Freedom Friday

Hello My Good people!
It’s been a minute since we’ve had a Freedom Friday, but ThatKellieGirl is back!  🙂
 ThatKellieGirl has been playing catch up since returning from travel.  Then, we all hunkered down to brace for Hurricane Sandy.   But we, well some of us, ended on a high note with the re-election of President Obama! 🙂
Regardless of what is happening around us or to us, we must remember to count our blessings and not our burdens.  Sometimes, it seems so easy to tell someone what is going wrong in our lives?  I understand that we all have to blow off some steam.  But if you always have a complaint, grudge, or problem, then it’s time to shift your perspective.
I will admit, when I first started dating my fiancé, I thought he was unreal.  Every time, I would ask him “how was your day” he said, “Wonderful!” with a great ole’ big smile.  However, instead of being inspired, honestly, I became irritated by it.  I thought “Has he drank the kool-aid?”  So one day, in exasperation, I said to him, “Is every day REALLY WONDERFUL?  Everyone has a bad day every once in a while!”  And he calmly and lovingly told me, but why would I want to focus on that ?  Hmmmm.  He made think about shifting my perspective by looking at the brighter side of things and focusing on solutions.  See, this is why I am marrying him! 🙂  
However, the second part of being grateful is how often we practice it and our sincerity.  How often do we take the time to  reflect on the things we are grateful for? Daily?  Weekly?  Monthly?  And even when we take the time to give thanks, during Thanksgiving or a mealtime prayer, are we just going through the motions? 
I truly believe if more of us take the time to count our blessings, consistently and in a sincere way, we would be more loving and compassionate towards each other. So each day, let’s take a moment to give thanks. 🙂
And we can start giving thanks in honor of Veterans  Day this weekend.  Here is a list of  Veterans Day activities in DC.      
Also for the weekend, singer, guitarist, composer, and diplomat, Gilberto Gil is performing this Saturday at Lisner Auditorium.   His latest project, “For All”, features the reinvention of folkloric, celebratory, Baião music of Northeast Brazil.  Check it out.
Over the next couple of weeks, ThatKellieGirl will be catching up on all  on music, events and activities, so please stay tuned!
Enjoy the long weekend! 🙂
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl
LINER NOTES is back! And this time we’re kicking it up a notch with all new liner notes, poetry, visual media AND special guests! The theme for November is “family”, so plan to bring everyone from 8 to 80 years old! We’ve got goodies from the O’Jays, Dizzy Gillepsie, Tupac, the Bee Gees, Salt n Peppa and more!  Featuring Kris Funn and the Corner Store Jazz Quintet, Paige Hernandez, Baye Harrell , Akua Allrich and projections by Tewodross MelchishuaNovember 9-10
 Atlas Performing Arts Theater
1333 H St NE
$20 at door| $15 advance tickets
Get tickets here
DC Shorts and SpeakeasyDC join forces for a unique film competition.  Seven filmmaking teams have only five days to write, shoot, edit—and screen a film based on stories from seven local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams have heard the stories before they are presented. One amazing event presented by the DC Shorts Film Festival and SpeakeasyDC occurs on two consecutive Friday evenings in November.
November 9 & 16
U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
7PM & 9:30PM
$20 per show
$30 for tickets to both Friday evenings (Nov. 9 and 16)
Get tickets here

Weekly house party Red Fridays hosts Timmy Regisford(Area Code, NYC) with Chris Burns!Friday, November 9
 U Street Music Hall
1115 U St NW
Get tickets here
Free before 11pm for 21+….$10
Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors open

Show up dressed in all black for Living Social’s fun-run (and walk) set to music. Glow-in-the-dark accessories and entry to the after-party at the Armory are included in admission.

Friday, November 9
2400 East Capitol St. SE
Get tickets here
Now in its 9th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper.
Saturday, November 10
Union Market
1309 5th St., NE
Get tickets here for 5 bucks, today only


No Kings Collective is proud to announce the 2nd annual showing of Submerge, a nine-day flash ‘art happening’. Submerge 2012  is an ‘ode to the District,’  an art exhibition and creative art space that will pay homage to the town of its creation; Washington DC. Submerge, the exhibition, will be a “group exhibition” uniquely created from a collection of solo-exhibitions.

November 10-18

700 H Street NE


Click here for schedule



Back ~2 ~Black: An All Black Affair featuring Black Alley. Music by Dee Jay Casper & DJ Nonchalant. This is a grown and sexy Affair.

Saturday, November 10

Layla Lounge

501 Morse Street, NE


10 bucks in advance

Click here for tickets


Capital Fall Fringe is an annual performing arts event that introduces risk-taking art and non-traditional performances including theater, dance, music, poetry, puppetry and more. Select favorite former performances will be repeated in Fall Fringe (plus a few brand new shows).
November 1-18
Capital Fall Fringe
607 New York Ave, NW
Click here for schedule and tickets
FotoWeekDC 2012 features a photo contest and juried exhibition, gallery openings, lectures, educational workshops, portfolio reviews, book signings and more.
November 9-18
Throughout the District
Click here for schedule and tickets
From stand-up to Broadway, David Alan Grier has a remarkable range of talents that will be showcased when he teams up with Kennedy Center Jazz Artistic Advisor Jason Moran for a night of laughs and unforgettable music.
Sunday, November 11
Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Get tickets here
Happy Veteran’s Day!

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