With a new month, comes a new guide to all the best things happening in D.C. At the start of each month we compile a list of things we’re particularly looking forward to seeing, reading, eating, touching etc. Our goal is for you to have the best possible month. If you’re looking to make this March the best March of all time, you’ve come to the right place. Consider this your guide to the whole shebang, life, the universe, everything.
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If you’re interested in fashion and art or you’re just a huge Bjork / Lady Gaga fan and want to live in their aesthetics, we have good news for you! Clear your schedule on March 5 and get ready to spend your evening looking at some of the most beautiful (and interesting) clothing in the world. The Embassy of Sweden is hosting a discussion about the future of fashion (with a huge nod to sustainability) at the House of Sweden on March 5. While you’re there, check out the exhibition Papier, which features intricate paper couture created by the artist Bea Szenfeld and worn by celebrities all over the world. The exhibition also includes fashion drawings by Stina Wirsén, which bring in an impressionistic pop.
The Phillips Collection is celebrating International Women’s Day the best way they know how, with some killer art and party vibes. Swing by to marvel at their newest exhibition, Riffs and Relations, and stay for music, brews, crafts and more! -Kaylee Dugan
The National Museum of Women in the Arts always goes all out for International Women’s Day (March 8), but this year, they’ve outdone themselves. NMWA is kicking it up a notch and turning themselves into the dream International Women’s Day venue by offering free admission to their excellent museum, plus yoga pop-ups, art talks, live music, some sweet vendorsand a special edition mini BYT book swap. Spend your day checking out their latest exhibition, grabbing a bite to eat, popping into a mini art lecture, picking up a (free) book at the book swap, whatever you want to do.
Grab your gal pals and head over to the National Gallery of Art for NGA Nights. This month, NGA Nights salutes women with engaging events like drum performances, pop-up talks and other art activities. Make a zine, compete against your friends with Women in History trivia, and much more! – Jess Makler
Every year ARTECHOUSE gives us a new way to think and feel about the cherry blossoms and every year is more beautiful than the last. Hanami: Beyond the Blooms immerses you into illustrations that are both abstract and traditional. This art is all about the mixture of chaos and the new beginnings that come along with springtime. Don’t want to fight with the tourists downtown? Hideaway from it all, while enjoying some boundary pushing art, at ARTECHOUSE. -Kaylee Dugan
Take a trip few people have ever been on and soak up some incredible sights with the world-renowned cave photographer Robbie Shone! He’ll be sharing photos and stories from a 2018 expedition in to Veryovkina, which just happens to be the deepest cave in the world. It’s a casual 7,300 feet long.
Not to sound like an old fart but before the internet, culture was much more influenced by real-world relationships and physical spaces. Athens, Georgia was one such place, home to all sorts of bohemian types, artists, filmmakers, musicians, etc. Grace Elizabeth Hale’s new book, Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture, goes deep on the role this relatively tiny college town played on the development of alternative culture in the 1980s, thanks to bands like REM, B-52s, and Pylon. -Matt Byrne
Another beautiful D.C. season means another 100% free BYT book swap. As a part of our Future Is Festival, the BYT Book Swap is the excuse you need to make a little more (or a little less) space on your bookshelf. Bring all the books you’re done reading and take all of the books that strike your fancy. Don’t have any books to trade? No worries! Come anyway and grab some literature. We always have leftovers and we always donate the leftovers to Carpe Librum. -Kaylee Dugan
After you’re done swapping books, pop on over to hear author / magazine editor Janice Kaplan talk about her brand new book, The Genius of Women. The book is exactly what you think it’s going to be about, and that’s why we’re very into it. -Kaylee Dugan
Beloved essayist Samantha Irby is back with another collection of hilarious autobiographical writings, this one called Wow, No Thank You. Irby, now a successful writer working to break further into showbiz while not actually living in LA, we get a front row seat as she takes meetings with execs and adjusts to married life in a sleepy Midwestern town following a move out of Chicago. -Matt Byrne
If you weren’t already jazzed about Women’s History Month, the Kennedy Center is giving you a good reason to get excited. They’re bringing their always compelling Direct Current festival back to D.C. and you can expect a full month of well curated music, films, art and more highlighting the stories of women. Some events are free, some events require some planning, but all of them are worth your time.
Are you passionate about coastlines and marine biology? Or do you just want to shoot some interesting facts straight into your brain while you enjoy fun activities and sip on drinks? Either way, this Nat Geo Nights on Canada’s waterways is right up your alley. Learn from a fish biologist, an aquatic ecologist, an ecological entrepreneur, a conservation ecologist and a marine biologist while you party down.
Get rid of that pent-up feeling and hang out on the National Mall for the Blossom Kite Festival! The National Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off kite season by showcasing the creativity of kite makers and the skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations. You can even build your own kite. – Jess Makler
If you’re a news junkie, you don’t want to miss out on this event. Featuring photojournalist Saumya Khandelwal, documentary photographer Yagazie Emezi, international journalist Rania Abouzeid and science journalist Angela Saini, this talk is all about the lengths these professionals have gone to get the scoop and finish the story.
Oyamel’s Tequila & Mezcal Festival kickoff is one of our favorite parties of the year. We’ll take any excuse to kick back and have a couple of margaritas at Oyamel, but the Tequila & Mezcal Festival is something different. It’s your chance to break out of your comfort zone and try some new booze. Whether you’re a novice or a professional, this is your excuse to learn and drink and have fun and party. We’ll be stocking up on some new mezcal recommendations while eating all the guacamole we can get away with. Can’t make it to the kickoff party? Check out their three ticketed dinners on March 5, March 10 and March 11. -Kaylee Dugan
Has it really only been one year since the opening of Silver Branch?
If it feels longer (which it does), that’s because the Silver Spring brewery wasted no time proving itself a vital contributor to the DC-area beer scene. Glass Castle is arguably the best pilsner you’ll consistently find around town, and the brewery’s Chronicle, a tropical stout rich in flavor at just 6.5%, is the antidote to the industry’s pastry stout excesses. Beyond those particular flagships, Silver Branch has brewed, canned, and sent into distro a seriously impressive range of German, Belgian, Brittish, and (both classic and new school) American styles. (This versatility makes sense considering co-founder and Head Brewer Christian Layke brought almost a decade of brewing experience at Gordon Biersch to the job.)
Silver Branch will celebrate a year of productivity with a week of programming. On Monday, they’ll share the full story of Silver Branch. The following day, it’s an epic birthday happy hour with all beers priced at $5… from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm. Friday brings the release of Power Boots, a dry-hopped pilsner “brewed with assistance from the women of Silver Branch” and utilizing Yakima Chief Hops’ 2020 Pink Boots Blend (which features Azacca, El Dorado, Idaho Gem, and Loral). And on Saturday, March 7, Silver Branch will host a birthday “blowout” with live music and the release of Deus Ex Machina, its anniversary hazy IPA.
Stay overachieving, Silver Branch. Stay overachieving. -Phil Runco
Speaking of anniversaries, Fair Winds Brewing is crossing the half-decade mark.
The pride of Lorton, Virginia is coming off its strongest year yet, continuing to excel at classic styles (few cold beverages are as refreshing as its Quayside Kölsch, and Siren’s Lure remains one of the few great saisons available locally) while getting a little frisky in its one-offs, like the immensely crushable Citra and Cashmere IPA Clear & Present Danger (a Crooked Run collab), the juicy but not joose-y Ironmaster IPA, the coffee Baltic Porter Brewers in Bars Getting Coffee (an Old Ox collab), and a succession of bright, clean fruited kettle sours.
On a more serious note, to see the brewery not just push ahead but flat-out strive following the loss of founder Casey Jones has been genuinely heartwarming.
They’ll mark the five-year anniversary with a party on March 7. All of your food desires will be satiated with Cipolla Rossa wood-fired pizzas, Natural Red Catering BBQ, and Quarterdeck seafood. On the chewy but not chewable side, Fair Winds will release its annual barleywine All Hands Anniversary Ale. And they’ll have on draft recent collaborations with Old Ox, Solace, Crooked Run, and Ocelot, who visited Fair Winds in February to brew the forthcoming double IPA Breakers Roar (heavily dry-hopped with Samba and Azacca). -Phil Runco
There are two marquee events on the DC Brewers’ Guild calendar. Early spring brings us HopFest, then late summer heralds the arrival of DC Beer Week. And while DC Beer Week planning has already officially commenced, today we’re going to talk about HopFest.
Now in its sixth year, HopFest has turned into one of the city’s best annual beer events. There are a few reasons for that. Each year brings more breweries (both within D proper and from the M or V) into the fold, so the offerings have gotten better and better. This year’s participants include Astro Lab, Bluejacket, Dynasty, Ocelot, Offshoot, UNION Craft, and Vanish (among many others), and I’ll tell you what: Those are some damn fine producers of IPA.
It’s also reasonably priced at $50 for four hours of unlimited hop consumption. (Or, for an extra $25, you get early admission, an extra hour, and commemorative DC Brewers’ Guild growler and growler cooler.) (Note: This is a fundraiser for the guild, so you’re basically donating to charity.)
But perhaps most of all, HopFest has locked into the perfect venue with DC Brau. It’s production space is roomy, it allows for inside or outside socializing, and the whole event is very well organized.
Forget green beer. This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, c’mon get hoppy. -Phil Runco
First Cow – March 6
Kelly Reichardt’s movies are often quiet, slow-moving character sketches. Her latest, First Cow, is a riff on the Western genre following a pair of working class men who meet traveling across the Oregon Territory and attempt to start up their own milk business. The titular cow belongs to a nearby landowner, who is unaware that his cow is being used to kickstart this new business, and all sort of gentle, Americana-tinged hijinks ensue. -Matt Byrne
D.C. is chock full of great film festivals, but thanks to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Eaton, you can add another excellent film festival to your calendar. The succinctly titled Women Filmmakers Festival takes place March 6-7 and is a celebration of the creative work of women and nonbinary artists. From local shorts to director talks to classic indie films, the 100% free two day festival has a lot to offer. From sci-fi to reality TV to stop motion, there’s something here for everyone.
Misbehaviour – March 13
Just give me all of the Women’s Lib Movement content, you guys. IT FUELS MY SOUL. Misbehaviour takes a look at the 1970 Miss World competition in London, where feminists infiltrated and disrupted the production (to an audience of 100 million, HELL YEAH). Basically, v. here for it. – Megan Burns
The Hunt – March 13
Inspired by the ever-provocative short story The Most Dangerous Game, The Hunt follows a group of all-American conservative types who are being hunted for sport by a group of elites. This self-consciously on-the-nose satire of the current political landscape was originally supposed to hit theaters last Fall, but in the wake of a pair of mass shootings, was apparently scrubbed altogether. Six months later, it’s back and marketing itself as the kind of movie “they” don’t want you to see. Who knows if it’s even any good. Doesn’t necessarily seem like it! We’ll see! -Matt Byrne
The Environmental Film Festival is one of those events that make you feel lucky to be in D.C. Every year, they bring incredible eco-based programming to D.C. and this year is no exception. National Geographic is hosting a lot of cool screenings during the festival, including a film about the Flint water crisis, a documentary about the Andes that won an award at Cannes and a new documentary film about Jane Goodall that celebrates how her work has changed the world.
A Quiet Place Part II – March 20
It’s the question that has been on everyone’s lips since it was first announced: why are they making a sequel to A Quiet Place? It was a good movie, sure, but can’t we just let that be enough? Of course not, so here we are with A Quiet Place Part II, an even Quieter Place. As with the original, John Krasinski wrote and directed, I wonder if it will be able to stand up on its own now that the novelty of the original has mostly worn off! -Matt Byrne
Deerskin – March 20
Remember that movie Rubber, about a killer tire with telekinesis? It was insane, right? Deerskin is the latest picture from Quentin Dupieux, the French DJ and filmmaker responsible for the madness that was Rubber. Deerskin follows an aging loner whose obsession with a deerskin jacket takes him to all sorts of dark, weird places. There’s sure to be plenty of wild characterizations and unsubtle satire of the modern male ego, if that’s your kind of thing! -Matt Byrne
Mulan – March 27
Fun fact! I have never seen Disney’s animated Mulan in its entirety, so I have zero expectations set for the live action remake! Meaning I am in an especially good position to go into watching it with a clear head! Regardless of whether or not the resulting film brings honor, the cinematography/scenery/
Raise an oyster and a glass to women around the world at Hank’s all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat International Women’s Day celebration. Featuring beers from Denizens Brewing Company and all of the raw bar bites you could ever dream of, this is basically our dream party. Every good celebrations should include cold beer and even colder seafood. -Kaylee Dugan
We live in frustrating times. Some people work through their emotions by baking, others by writing their feelings down. What if we told you that you could do both? That’s where Cake Back The Night , our cookie decorating class with a cause, comes in. We’re bringing in The Sweet Feminist (a.k.a. Becca Rea-Holloway) to help us channel our anger into some deliciously funny baked goods.
In the pantheon of Memphis rap, Young Dolph stands above the modern crop of rappers all carrying the torch lit by Three Six Mafia. Dolph’s Memphis compatriot, Key Glock, will soon be there too, and 2019’s collaborative mixtape between the two Dum and Dummer is a good example why. Over 22 tracks, Dolph and Glock seesaw between individual greatness stooped in the hallmark signatures of Memphis. There are few rappers in the genre who do a better job of switching between jewelry flexes and inner demons. Actually, there are few rappers better in the genre at all. -Ruben Gzirian
Fea is an all-woman punk band from San Antonio, Texas. Their angry songs are filled with hooks, and they sing predominantly in Spanish. Needless to say, they’re political without being too in your face about it. Now that they’re releasing more songs in English, including the single “Girl Band,” they’re on the verge to become the soundtrack to your next drunken dance party. -Alan Zilberman
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the DC indie music scene wouldn’t be the same without Rob Stokes and Sir E.U. These two have been playing music in town in some capacity, several times a month, for the better part of five years. After a few different concepts and solo projects, they’ve formalized the wonderfully organic creative chemistry between them and re-emerged as October ’71. The band has a penchant for concept albums and “based on a true story” re-imaginings; the music and the live show are all the better for it. Episode IV, released late last year, is a romping ride with psychedelic undertones that will make you want to hit the gas and hit the road (or at least the air drums). -José Lopez-Sanchez
There is a certain level of mysticism that surrounds 070 Shake. For most people, the North Bergen native introduced herself on Kanye West’s I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome. Her delivery, punctuated by a slow monotone build up that peaks with blistering emotion, is as powerful as it is blunt. Her recent album Modus Vivendi is a fresh breath of musty air, full of mood and emotion. In other words, it’s an excellent example of modern day R&B influenced by dark dualtone pop. -Ruben Gzirian
Stones Throw Records has a deep roster of uniquely talented artists, including Knxwledge, Prophet, Kiefer, and even the legendary J Dilla. Yet even in this sea of amazing art, Los Angeles-based talented violinist, vocalist and producer Sudan Archives stands out. The violin loops cut over slinking, bass and synth-heavy beats, while her voice shimmers and dips in and out of the wells of negative space. Athena, her debut full-length album, came out in November 2019 and it’s only getting better with each listen. -José Lopez-Sanchez
When I saw SOB X RBE at U Street Music Hall in March 2018, I was left wanting. All the signs of youth and immaturity obscured a uniquely talented group from Vallejo, CA. Since then, and three albums later, SOB X RBE continues to push along and fine-tune the balance of having three members (Yhung T.O, DaBoii and Slimmy B) who all push for the limelight with each verse. December 2019’s Strictly Only Brothers showed that while the influences of West Coast/Bay Area hip hop still flow unhinged through SOB X RBE’s production, but the manner in which they make that influence their own basks in confidence; so much so that the album cover pays homage to the cover of NWA’s 1988 debut Straight Outta Compton. -Ruben Gzirian
Best Coast makes you feel like you’re sad on the beach and Mannequin Pussy makes you feel like you’ve been shot through with electricity. Both of these feelings are feelings I enjoy. If you like shouting and dancing and maybe even crying at the same time, you’re going to enjoy this show. -Kaylee Dugan
When I saw Yasiin Bey (stage name Mos Def) at The Kennedy Center on January 1, 2017, I, and everyone else in attendance, assumed that would be one of the last times anyone anywhere would see this modern genius perform. We thought that because that tour was billed as Bey’s “retirement” tour. Well, now he’s performing at The Howard Theater. I’m always weary when it comes to seeing old hip hop acts, but this feels different. Bey has always floated above the typical career arch of a performer and became certifably timeless when he released Black on Both Sides in late-1999. Will this be the last time you’ll be able to see Bey? I wouldn’t bet on it. But that doesn’t mean you should take his addiction to the craft for granted. -Ruben Gzirian
The Kennedy Center’s third SHIFT festival is bringing four amazing orchestras to D.C. for a week of music and community building. Stop by to hear music from Jacksonville Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, but don’t expect these shows to be a regular night out. SHIFT combines traditional orchestral elements with video projections, dialogue and mixed genre music to create an experience that’s a little more than the sum of its parts. -Kaylee Dugan
In 2019, two of the best albums were from Nigeria. One of them was Burna Boy’s afro-fusion masterpiece African Giant, and the other was Davido’s pop masterclass A Good Time. On only his second album (his first, Omo Baba Olowo, released in 2012) Davido redefined the sound structures, the cohesiveness, and the charisma of Nigerian pop. Davido is the living embodiment of the artistic vibrancy pulsating out of Nigeria and he, like his compatriot Burna Boy, is already a legend of African music. -Ruben Gzirian
In a winter full of highly-anticipated albums, none excited me as much as Suddenly, Caribou’s latest release, and his first since 2014’s critically acclaimed Our Love. It’s not that Dan Snaith is particularly reclusive – he’s popped up around the internet over the last couple of years with the occasional remix and released two records under his Daphni alter-ego – but he’s pretty quiet when he’s not touring. So, the roll up to this new record was simultaneously eternal and sudden: after five years of radio silence, we got three singles over the course of two months, and the record in short order. And though it’s not as dance-oriented as his previous work, it carries that emotional heft and introspection that is a hallmark of all Caribou albums.
As a bonus, synth genius and potential real-life magi Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is the opener on this tour. If you haven’t seen or heard what she can do, I highly recommend you go on a hike, pop some headphones in, and experience EARS and The Kid. These records might actually change your relationship to nature. -José Lopez-Sanchez
BYT forever DJs Tezrah and Damn Kham will be spinning your favorite Lizzo jams at this free dance party. You’re going to be there, right? -Kaylee Dugan
She Believes Cup on ESPN2, ESPN and ESPNEWS – March 5, 8, 11
The annual She Believes Cup kicks off on Thursday the 5th w/ the USWNT facing England’s Lionesses. Sunday the 8th will be a match against Spain (played here in the NYC area if that’s of geographical interest to you), and Wednesday the 11th will be the final face-off between the USWNT and Japan. All of these teams are really good; I’m especially interested to see how England does considering they’ve got some key players out with injuries (they’d be lookin’ a lot more dangerous with Beth Mead, for example), but I’m sure Beth England, Nikita Parris, Jordan Nobbs, etc. will be giving us a run for our money. Will just have to wait and see! – Megan Burns
Dispatches from Elsewhere on AMC – March 1
I was too busy hanging out with my friend Tom yesterday night to catch the premiere of Dispatches from Elsewhere, but I’m gonna watch it as soon as I get home tonight, because it looks REAL GOOD. Basically sign me up for anything involving Sally Field and alternate reality weirdness ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. Fingers crossed it’s as A+ as my lil heart thinks it will be! – Megan Burns
Feel Good on Netflix – March 19
I accidentally stumbled on the trailer for this Channel 4/Netflix series that’s headed our way mid-month, and oh my god it looks V. GOOD. Canadian comedian Mae Martin plays herself, so yes it is super queer and yes I am super ABOUT IT. The series will take on some heavier topics like addiction, so expect dark humor vibes, aka the best kinda vibes. Bonus? There are just six episodes clocking in at a half hour each, so should be a breezy binge. In sum, P. EXCITED. – Megan Burns
Westworld on HBO – March 15
Ummm holy bananas, you guys…Westworld S3 looks INCREDIBLE. Am I fully prepared to run the existential gauntlet that is pretty much always coupled with me watching this show? I mean, no, never, but WORTH IT EVERY TIME. – Megan Burns
We’ll take any excuse to hang out with Bentzen Ball alums. RIOT! at the Kennedy Center brings Margaret Cho, Dulcé Sloan, Sasheer Zamata, Jen Kirkman, and Catherine Cohen together for an International Women’s Day event filled with comedy and music. You’ll laugh until you laugh. -Kaylee Dugan
Because who doesn’t like a little dose of celebrity news? Whether you’re deeply confused about celebrity culture or you’re following Jake Paul and Gigi Hadid’s tweet argument like it’s your own personal Super Bowl, Who? Weekly breaks it all down for you. It’s like a delicious sugary cereal for your ears. -Kaylee Dugan
Nora McInerny is the queen of making me cry in my car / on public transportation. Her podcast Terrible, Thanks For Asking is required listening if you have feelings, but because our Future Is Festival is a little less about crying and a little more about having a good time, we’re bringing Nora’s web series with The Lily to the Lincoln Theatre! Nora Knows What To Say is an A+ advice show where Nora walks you through your tough decisions and moral quandaries. No matter what you throw at her, Nora has your back. -Kaylee Dugan
If you like watching very smart people do kind of stupid things, this is the live game show for you! NPR’s Ask Me Another takes some of your favorite people in the world and gives them silly puzzles, brain teasers and trivia questions. It’s a perfect little package of fun people doing funny things. -Kaylee Dugan
We’re incredibly excited to host our first entirely spanish speaking show! Ashley Frangie and Lety Sahagun are the hosts behind Se Regalan Dudas, a podcast that’s all about breaking down and exploring taboos. Covering everything from mental health to masturbation, Se Regalan Dudas is asking the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. -Kaylee Dugan
Author Alex Elle’s hey, girl. podcast feels like listening in on a cozy chat with your best friends. Alex interviews her friends, family and women all over the world about their own personal stories and the things that drive them. This is the kind of show where you’ll probably have plans with everyone in the audience by the time you leave. -Kaylee Dugan