Six great DC events enewsletters

15 Nov

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue is a fantastic venue to see events. © David Monack

People are always asking me how I found out about such and such event, book reading, presentation, etc., and the answer is: enewsletters! Here are some of my favorites.

1. National Geographic has an auditorium where they host a series of events called NG Live featuring primarily photographers and explorers. I’ve been to about five and always really enjoy them. Nat Geo is walking distance from the Farragut West (Orange Line) and Farragut North (Red Line) Metro stations, and there’s free parking underneath the building (and usually parking on the street). A lot of the events are offered on Goldstar.com for about half off.

2. Politics and Prose hosts a number of book readings, including some pretty big names. The space isn’t huge, so sometimes they’ll co-sponsor an event at a larger venue. If you do go to an event at the store, plan on getting there early otherwise it’ll be standing room only.

3. The Smithsonian Resident Associate Program offers a wide-variety of lectures. I’ve seen events about polar bears, memory and creativity here. They also offer courses, art classes and special tours. The events I’ve gone to have taken place at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, which is right on the Mall.

4. . There’s no shortage of music venues in DC, but I don’t think there’s any argument that the 9:30 Club is the absolute best. It’s the perfect size and often attracts bands that typically play much larger venues. Getting on their enews is a must!

5. . Sixth & I is a synagogue with a long and interesting history. Loads of events are held here, many to do with Judaism but lots of others too. I’ve seen author Elizabeth Gilbert speak here as well as Toni Morrison and photographer Annie Leibovitz. Seating is first come, first served, which means that for some events you need to get there a couple hours early to ensure a good seat. (Believe it or not: One time I was meeting a friend here, and he asked me where it was.)

6. Cultural Tourism in DC is a great resource when you’re looking for events or places to visit. I highly recommend perusing their site and signing up for the enewsletter.

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