The Hill is Home | The to-do list: week of March 3, 2022

And just like that, it’s March. This year is going at breakneck speed. What can we do to escape our thoughts of mortality for a little while?

First of all, a salute to all the women who make this city a wonderful place to live. Happy International Women’s Month!

You must see a pretty little face like Bailey’s. Yes, you do. Yes, you do. Photo by @beastiessandbesties, via our hashtag #thehillishome.

Now that we know the cherry blossom festival starts on March 20 and peak bloom will be March 22-25, are you ready to decorate your porch for the Petal Porch Parade? A happy spring and pink block party, this event encourages neighbors to GO ALL OUT and decorate their homes and add them to the official map. For more information, click here. Be sure to click the link and watch the videos with adorable ideas on how to make cherry blossoms for outdoor and window decoration!

Do not forget : INTERSECTIONS runs until March 13 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center! You can browse shows and buy tickets here and you can ask DC Metro Theater Arts to help you navigate the acts you want to see.

The Miracle Theater is making a series of romantic films this winter. This week watch casablanca is March 4. Tickets here. Also, for the little ones, why not watch Encanto? Show at 4:30 p.m. Tickets here.

Who alive doesn’t love Dolly Parton? If you’re a fan of her and young adult fiction, join Dolly and author James Patterson as they discuss Patterson’s new thriller “Run, Rose, Run” this Sunday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. This chat is hosted by our friends from East City Bookstore and you can register here to watch.

But wait! If you like to discuss books in person, sign up for this special chat hosted by East City Bookstore at The Yard Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. to hear author Lillie Lainoff discuss her YA gendered account of The Three Musketeers. Register here.

Also on March 8, visit ShopHER inside Union Station, mezzanine opposite the Pizzeria Uno. ShopHER is a small business incubator that showcases women’s small businesses. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., enjoy bubbles while watching Balinese Legong dancers and shop for discounted BATAX clothing. BATAX incorporates Western silhouettes with Indonesian textiles. For tickets and more information, click here.

If you prefer to create (and soak in), then a special cherry blossom-themed Sip and Paint at The Betsy is the event for you. For more information, click here. To reserve, call 202-544-0100. $135 per person.

Want to stroll in a flower garden and take pictures? IGDC has a nice guide to photogenic gardens in the area. We would definitely add Kingman Park to this list.

Do you like orchids? The Hillwood Museum will zoom in on these beautiful plants on March 9. A greenhouse full of orchids features Marjorie Merriweather Post’s extensive collection, while horticulturist Drew Asbury talks about these incredible plants. Learn more and register here.

By the way, you have until March 13 to enter the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s “The Capitol Hill Home” photo contest. The winning entry wins a pair of free tickets to the Mother’s Day House and the CHRS Tour Garden. More information here.

PLAN AHEAD

Do you believe in the subversive power of books? Then sign up for a virtual chat hosted by Solid state books with Azar Nafisi and Joanne Leedom-Ackerman about Nafisi’s book Read Dangerously on March 10. For more information and to register, click here.

Want to run a 5K and celebrate women? Register for this year His 5k story Saturday, March 19 at Freedom Plaza. For more information and to register, click here.

the Fog Horn String Band will be at the Hill Center on Sunday, March 20 as part of their American Roots series. If the first show is sold out, a second date will be added. Get your tickets here.

On March 24, meet the artist who created this year’s artwork for the National Cherry Blossom Festival with A visit all by itself! This virtual tour is part of a double-header: Part one is Herstory, all about sculptures of women carving statues of, you guessed it, women! Click here to register and for more information.

CHAWbaret, celebrating 50 years of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, takes place April 2. From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can listen to jazz singer Amy K. Bormet, followed by a live CHAWbaret. Seating in person is limited and $50 per person. If you prefer to celebrate virtually, it will be free but a donation is encouraged, so CHAW can celebrate another 50 years! More information and tickets here. If CHAW has been a part of your life, we encourage you to send in your memories of your CHAWesome experiences.

the Capital Food Fight is back in person on April 7 at The Anthem and tickets are on sale now. Learn more about this loud and fun night to feed those who need it most here.

the National Cannabis Festival itakes place on April 23 at the RFK Festival Grounds. The concert will feature Wiz Khalifa, but in addition to the music there will be a whole host of events promoting community, education, politics and highlights. Click here for tickets and vendor information.

the Mother’s Day House and Garden Tour hosted by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society is one of those very Capitol Hill events that you have to do at least once (but you’ll want to do it every year). The tour, which benefits and supports the mission of CHRS, will take place March 7-8, 2022. For more details and to book your tickets, click here. Not sure what to expect? Why not do a preview tour on March 26 and 27? Click here to find out more and book your tickets.

On a personal note, I’m proud to say that one of my photos was selected as one of the winning photos in this year’s contest Exposed DC photography contest. If you are a photography enthusiast, Exposed DC supports photography in the district and the photo scene. I look forward to inviting you to this year’s winning image reception. Take a look at them here.

OFF HILL

the Dupont underground is back! On Friday, March 18, you are invited to Négritude, a performance presented by Howard University’s Visual Arts Program, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more details and tickets, click here.

Until April 24, the United States Botanical Garden will display a magnificent collection of orchids in the Kogod Courtyard of the Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum. The collection is a celebration of the women who helped catalog, conserve and preserve these beautiful plants. More information here.

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