Winter Festivals, Black History Month Events, and Things to Do in DC

‘Wild Seeds of the Soufside’ opening at Phillips at THEARC

Photographer Dee Dwyer’s images of people and daily life in Southeast Washington are featured in a new exhibition at the Phillips Collection gallery at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) in Congress Heights. Dwyer discusses his work at the opening reception, where community members are invited to share their stories and experiences. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Exhibition on view until May 13. Free ; registration required.

Listening to the music of Marielle Kraft makes FaceTiming feel like your best friend. She’s heartwarming, honest, and sometimes hilarious as she sings through moments that seem almost universal, especially to Millennial and Gen Z women — first loves, hangovers, phone fights. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has a knack for making her confessionals feel shared and her little moments huge; “I can see us settling for a studio / I’d give half my clothes to share a closet with you,” she sings in “Ahead of Myself.” Both indie-pop EPs and several Kraft singles have an endearing vulnerability that makes you feel like you’ve known her since grade one. 7:30 p.m. $15.

Iluminacion: The Afro-Latin and Hispanic Cultural Showcase at the International Student House

This celebration of Afro-Latin culture takes place at the International Student House, a non-profit organization that houses international students at the DMV. Organized by ¡Changó! : the Association of Afro-Latin Students and the Spanish Language Society, it includes dance performances, a fashion show featuring works by Afro-Latin designers, musical guests and more from students and artists from Howard from the area. Not only is this showcase a new event for the school, but Changó is a new organization, the university’s first Latin club, and its goal is to shine a light on a range of cultures. “As much visibility as we can give to all of Latin America, we try to do it the best we can,” says Kayla Cason, Vice President of Changó. 7 p.m. $20.

‘District Postcard Views’ book release at DC History Center

Photographer Shedrick Pelt’s new book reimagines modern DC street scenes as vintage photographs – literally. Each “page” of “District Postcard Views” is actually a 5 x 7 inch postcard that can be removed and used. Join Pelt at the DC History Center, inside the Carnegie Library, for a panel discussion on his book, featuring a ‘Then and Now’ exhibit of images from the DC History Center’s collections, plus light food, drinks and music from a DJ. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; registration encouraged.

Rhythm and hues at Lady Bird

The Kimpton Banneker Hotel wraps up Black History Month celebrations with a party at its rooftop lounge. Watch art being created during a demonstration by Terrell Arts DC, taste black-owned wines from the McBride Sisters collection, visit a pop-up shop featuring local makers, and listen to music curated by the DJ Trinity from WKYS. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $35.

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