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ConneXions is a small, slashy relaxacon that used to happen about ten years ago in the area, and I'm working with some people on bringing it back this August.

Registration is open through August 1
Panel Suggestions are being taken now.

We welcome everyone, as long as they're a fan of talking/daydreaming/writing/art-ing about queer relationships between fictional characters or possibly famous people.
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June 1st and 2nd, 2013

Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Sunday, 1 – 5pm

Discover nine diverse museums in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Save on gas and museum admission by hitting the pavement and taking a walking tour or riding the free shuttle between sites. Visit in any order you choose!

museum walk details
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6:30 PM

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcomes Alice Walker to discuss and sign her two new books, The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way and The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems)
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Dates and Times
Friday, Dec. 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Getting to NPR
635 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Metro Stops:
Gallery Place/Chinatown on Red, Yellow, and Green lines
Mt. Vernon Square/7th St-Convention Center on Yellow and Green lines
More Details
Check the Warehouse Sale-a-bration site for any updates.

Deep discounts to NPR shop items and a full schedule of NPR personalities, including a live Q&A with the Pop Culture Happy Hour crew! sale-a-bration details and schedule
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The 8th DC Green Festival will take place September 29-30, 2012 in our nation's capital, so mark your calendars now!

Green Festival, the nation's largest and most diverse sustainability event will return to the Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW. DC Green Festival will offer not only an incredible sense of community but also the largest, most diverse and most trusted place for learning, shopping and having fun! DC Green Festival will feature an organic, vegetarian and vegan food court; an environmental film installation presented by the Sierra Club; an eco-fashion showcase; a Green Pets Stage; hands-on DIY workshops; cooking demonstrations; live interactive art; an organic beer and wine garden; and, an incredible Green Marketplace featuring products and services from local, regional and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.

September 29 10-7, September 11-6
Washington Convention Center
Tickets $12-17 online
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We want you to enjoy the “new” H Street as part of an even larger crowd than the 50,000 who loved HStreetFestival2011. So, we’ve planned quite an all day party from noon to 7pm for young and old alike. In addition to all of the stuff that made last year’s festival great – like the live music on 5 stages, the artcars, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, the fashion shows, the patio cafes and the street parades, we’ve added even more entertainment and events to HStreetFestival2012’s 6 blocks of Urban Fun.
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September 28–30, 2012

The Patuxent River 4-H Campground
18405 Queen Anne Rd • Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

The final KarmaFest of the season and this is what you’ve been waiting for: a location near DC, Annapolis and Baltimore WITH camping! We’ve got all the great KarmaFest stuff: hooping, bellydancing, drumming, dancing, yoga, holistic products, lectures and workshops. We’ve got reiki, reflexology, massage and readings. We’ve got great music featuring TELESMA, DYNASTY ELECTRIC and Raa Djarsi (plus much, much more when it comes to entertainment, including my new favorite: David London, The Magician). We’ve got camping on Friday and Saturday nights OR you can just come for the day.
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Signature Theater is holding an open house tomorrow, Saturday 8/4. There will be musical and theater performances as well as lectures, etc. here's the link for more information: Signature Theater Open House
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Location: Frederick Douglass NHS
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fee Information: Free!
Contact Name: Jasmine Armstrong
Contact Phone Number: 202-426-5961
Come celebrate summer, Frederick Douglass, family, and fun! We will have live music, crafts, historic house tours, bike rides, free ice cream and popcorn, Massachusetts 54th reenactors, and more!!!

Cost: FREE!
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R. Kelly will be signing Soulacoaster: Thhe Diary of Me at the Union Station Barnes & Noble on Saturday, August 11, at 6 p.m.
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Learn the best natural hair techniques from "The Hair Whisperer" Felicia Leatherwood, natural hair stylist to celebrities. Her clientele includes Jill Scott, Sanaa Lathan, Will Smith, Arsenio Hall, and others!

Whatever your hair issues are—natural hair styling, hair loss, growth, the best products—get the best answers at the workshop. Refreshments will be served.

This is also a cancer awareness fundraiser. Proceeds will be donated to Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (www.smithcenter.org) - DC's only standalone cancer support organization. Together we can make a difference and save the lives our sisters, mothers, friends, daughters, and girlfriends.

WHAT: Natural Hair Workshop with celebrity stylist Felicia "The Hair Whisperer" Leatherwood

WHEN: Sunday August 12, 2-5pm location, cost, registration )
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The movie Minority Report was supposed to take place in 2054, but it seems that we’re reaching the future ahead of schedule. In the 10 years since the sci-fi film was released, several of the “futuristic” technologies have come to fruition or seem within reach, like 3-D holograms, predictive policing, bug-like robots, and a gestural computer interface system that’s like an iPad in open air. These advances have made the film’s discussion of free will, government regulation and use of technology, and other issues more relevant than ever.

That's why Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University will host a Future Tense screening of Minority Report at Washington, D.C.’s Landmark E Street Theater at 555 11th Street NW, on Monday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

We won't just watch the movie. Our host Tom Kalil of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will introduce the film, and when it’s over, he’ll share a few thoughts on how we can embrace cutting-edge technology without falling prey to Minority Report’s darker visions. RSVP, future plans )
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Saturday, February 25, 2012 @1:00pm - Saturday, February 25, 2012 @5:00pm

Record your story about the place you call home as part of the "Door to Door at DCPL" oral history collaboration between the DC Public Library and WAMU 88.5.

"Door To Door at DC Public Library" brings us inside the neighborhoods that make up our diverse city. We talk with residents about the history, geography and culture of their communities, and find out what makes them unique.

Radio journalists will be on hand to record interviews with members of the public at the Petworth Library from 1 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Come with family and friends, photographs and your stories!

Select interviews will air on WAMU 88.5's Metro Connection, and all recordings will be archived in the Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Most interviews will take around 15 minutes. Listen to and read previous Door to Door stories.
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Building a successful and attractive transit system takes more than drawing lines on a map and buying snazzy vehicles. In addition to the many technical issues, one of the most important factors is values. Who is the system for, and why will they use it?

International transportation consultant Jarrett Walker, who writes the blog Human Transit, has a new book by the same title about the values behind transit, transit's limits and opportunities, and why people do and don't ride.

Greater Greater Washington is cosponsoring an informal chat and question/answer session with Jarrett next Thursday, February 9th, at 6:30 pm. Jarrett is also giving 2 public lectures on Tuesday evening in Silver Spring and Thursday afternoon at the National Building Museum.

Our evening event will be at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) offices at 1666 K Street NW, Suite 1100, starting at 6:30. Young Professionals in Transportation, Women's Transportation Seminar, the American Planning Association, and APTA are also cosponsoring the event.

Our event does require an RSVP. Additionally, there are a limited number of books available at a discounted rate. You can reserve one when you RSVP.

On Tuesday, February 7, the Montgomery County Planning Commission is hosting Jarrett as a part of their speaker series. The talk will start at 7:30 pm in the Planning Board auditorium at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

On the 9th, Jarrett will speak at the National Building Museum from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. The National Building Museum is located downtown at 401 F Street NW. It may fill up so RSVP to reserve your space.

For those of you who live or work in the Baltimore area, Jarrett has also announced a lunchtime talk at Penn Station. It will run from noon until 1 pm on Tuesday the 7th.

All of the events are free.

Jarrett's book, like his blog, is full of insightful commentary. I was particularly interested in his discussion of the relationship between connections and frequency in enabling transit to be a more feasible mode. It was especially poignant for me, since the Metrobus and Prince George's County bus routes in Greenbelt were restructured around these principles just last year.

Prior to the change, we basically had a "direct service everywhere" design, which meant either long waits for the right bus or long rides on the wrong bus. Jarrett talks about how good design (both frequency and connections between routes) can mean that transferring might get you there more quickly and more reliably at the same cost to the agency. My experience on the ground backs that up, and the book explains why transit works that way.

Anyone who has ridden transit on a regular basis will appreciate the points Jarrett makes. Especially his matrix showing the seven demands of useful transit service. Transit designers must take these demands into consideration if they hope to compete for riders.

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Given the role religion has played in the repression of women, they would seem to be natural allies, and, indeed, many feminists have been outspoken and influential secularists. However, the relationship between secularism and women’s issues remains largely unexamined.

Join us on May 18-20, 2012, for the “Women in Secularism” conference, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry. This historic conference will discuss and celebrate the many contributions women have made to the secular movement, while critically examining both the successes and failures of secularism in addressing women’s concerns.

May 18–20, 2012
Crystal City Marriott
Reagan National Airport
Arlington, Virginia
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What is the Reason Rally?
The Reason Rally is a movement-wide event sponsored by the country’s major secular organizations. The intent is to unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide, while dispelling the negative opinions held by so much of American society… and having a damn good time doing it!
It will be the largest secular event in world history. There will be music, comedy, great speakers, and lots of fun… and it’s free!

When will the Rally be held?
On March 24, 2012, from 10:00AM – 4:00PM at the National Mall, nontheists from all corners of the nation will descend on Washington, D.C. en masse to deliver the good news: “We’re huge, we’re everywhere, and we’re growing.”

Why are we doing this?
Across America, in every city, every town, and every school, secularism is on the rise. Whether people call themselves atheists, agnostics, secular Humanists, or any of the other terms used to describe their god-free lifestyle, secularism is coming out of the closet. According to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (PDF), the percentage of people with no religious affiliation grew in all fifty states.
The purpose of this particular rally will be to advance secularism (in the broadest sense of the word) in society.
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What: The Loving Story: Film and Panel Discussion
More about the film: The Loving Story

(2011, 77 min) This documentary directed by Nancy Buirski, investigates the lives of Mildred and Richard P. Loving, a black woman and white man who struggled to live as a married couple in the state of Virginia where, in 1958, interracial marriage was against the law. A panel discussion including the film's director and legal scholars follows.

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:45 - 9 PM

Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum/Portrait Gallery
McEvoy Auditorium (enter from G St.)
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Free Fall Baltimore is a series of free arts events throughout October.

One that caught my eye is the Strand Theater hosting a dramatic reading of the One Maryland One Read book, Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True History of a Part-Time Indian, Wednesday October 19, at 7 p.m.
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The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival presents the year's best in Jewish writing by both emerging and established authors from across the globe. An annual celebration of Jewish literature, the Festival features engaging author panels, readings, and talks for lovers of fiction, history, politics, humor, children's stories and much more.
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ptember 23, 2011, is the 173rd birthday of our namesake, Victoria Woodhull. Every year on this day, Sexual Freedom advocates gather to learn, share ideas and celebrate the sexual freedom movement’s big day!

This year, our focus on freedom of sexual speech and expression is highlighted in our educational program, “Sexual Outlaws: The Prohibition of Pleasure.” We hope you will join us to find out more about the war on sex and why right now is a crucial time for advocates of sexual freedom. We have already confirmed human rights leaders, academics, community advocates, writers, educators and performers and we hope we can count you in as well!

After the exciting afternoon of Sexual Freedom panels and discussions at the Pew Charitable Foundation Conference Center, we’re moving to the Hamilton Crowne Plaza for a Sexual Freedom Gala, a cocktail reception, fabulous raffles, an awards ceremony hosted by Carol Queen and Nina Hartley, and the fun and fabulous Pamala Stanley whose unparalleled voice encompasses everything from the most intimate whisper to the soaring “bel canto” that is her trademark.

We have a full day of events planned and we hope you can join us for the entire celebration!

Event Schedule

1-5 p.m. “Sexual Outlaws: The Prohibition of Pleasure” Panel Discussion (PEW Conference Center)
6-7 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception (Hamilton Crowne Plaza)
7-7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception (Hamilton Crowne Plaza)
7:30-10 p.m. Sexual Freedom Gala and Awards Ceremony hosted by Carol Queen and Nina Hartley with entertainment by the fabulous Pamala Stanley! (Hamilton Crowne Plaza)

Full schedule and event details here


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