Welcome to District Fray’s Quarantine Social Club roundup, where our chief anti-boredom officer (just kidding, assistant editor) gives you things to do when you have nothing to do. Below are some events from our friends around town that we think are worth checking out this weekend.
Murder, She Wrote
Get your crime fix and support local writers and bookstores at this second virtual edition of Noir at the Bar. Each Friday, local crime fiction writers read parts of their work live in support of local bookstores. If you like what you hear or just want more quarantine reads, you’re encouraged to buy books from a select institution each time.
This Friday, Kramerbooks and Afterwords will be highlighted. Participating writers this week are Sujata Massey, Caroline Bock, Tara Laskowski, Mark Bergin, Adam Meyer, Nik Korpon, Austin Camacho, Greer Macallister and David O. Stewart. Noir at the Bar is hosted by D.C. columnist and novelist E.A. Aymar, and jazz musician Sara Jones will provide the soundtrack for the night. If you like a little booze with your crime, mixologist Chantal Tseng will provide recipes to recreate at home for your drinking pleasure. For the full lineup and to tune in at 8 p.m., sign up here via Crowdcast.
All About Jane
National Geographic’s exhibit on the inimitable Jane Goodall is now available from the comfort of your living room. Get lost in Goodall’s world for an educational and inspirational addition to your Saturday evening isolation activities, but for now is available whenever your heart desires.
“Visiting “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” virtually certainly isn’t the same as being physically immersed in her story, but it is the next best thing!” says Kathryn Keane, director of the National Geographic Museum. “The exhibition’s content, archival photos, inspiring videos and interactive elements can all be experienced digitally, which allows us to share Jane’s life, legacy and message of hope with our community and beyond – in a time when we need it most.”
If you can’t get enough of Goodall and her primate friends, you’re in luck: You can also view “Jane Goodall: The Hope” from the National Geographic Channel, which premiered on Earth Day and can be viewed through Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo MUNDO, Disney+ and Hulu. For even more, revisit District Fray’s interview with Jane Goodall, a review of the IRL exhibit and a review of her powerful call to action when she stopped by The Anthem last fall. Explore Goodall’s world virtually here.
Shop (Locally) ’til You Drop
Do you miss shopping? Are you looking for ways to support local businesses from home? Say no more – a group of D.C., Maryland and Virginia business owners have declared this Saturday as Small Business Saturday. Participating brands include Shelter, Shop Made in DC, Salt & Sundry, Ivy Wild, Kramerbooks & Afterwords, Politics and Prose, The Outrage, Cherry Blossom Creative, Veer and Wanter, Miss Pixies, The Brown Beauty Co-op, Urgo Beaty, Sophie Blake, Penny Post and many many more local favorites. As an incentive to give your credit card a workout this Saturday, some shops are offering promotions – browse them all here. For a full list of participants and more information, visit www.dcshopsmall.com.
Other Things To Do This Weekend
Rent the Other Music documentary through local record store Mobius Records – the shop will get 50 percent of the sales!
Add a new playlist to your Spotify library.
Check out how Round House Theatre is still creating during the pandemic.