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The best community and culture events in Washington this week

Colony Club. | Photo: Heather J./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on April 10, 2019.

Looking to get out into the community this week?

From art and jazz to a D.C. Emancipation Day commemoration, there's plenty to do when it comes to community and cultural events coming up in Washington this week. Read on for a rundown.

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Conversational DC: Spanish

First, join fluent speakers and beginners alike at this free Spanish language meet up. Grab a drink downstairs, then head up to the private event space and offer a friendly "Como estás?" to the first person you meet. No English is allowed, so if you are at the beginning of your Spanish journey, just listen in.

When: Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave. NW, Floor 2
Price: Free
Click here for more details, and to RSVP

Shared Exploration: Music and the Visual Arts

Next, a new exhibit of paintings from Oliver Lee Jackson opens at the National Gallery Art. To honor the artist who celebrates jazz and African cultures in his work, the Gallery will host performances by the Marty Ehrlich Ensemble and TRIO 3. Afterward, poet and music critic A. B. Spellman will moderate a discussion with the musicians about the intersection of music with the visual arts.

When: Friday, April 12, 1-2 p.m.
Where: National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Price: Free
Click here for more details, and to get your tickets

Lights of Freedom

Finally, join community residents and descendants to honor the memory of the thousands of African American men, women and children that were buried during the late 19th century under what is now Walter Pierce Park. Over 2,000 candles will be lit to recognize  the 8,428 people buried there, each of whom gained freedom as a result of the Civil War. Area church choirs and a period of silence will mark the remembrance.

When: Saturday, April 13, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Walter Pierce Park
Price: Free
Click here for more details, and to RSVP


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