Syllabus week shouldn’t be stressful, so use your spare time to sightsee, explore restaurants or museums and party on a weeknight. Make your syllabus week silly with activities for all different interests around the District:
For the museumgoer:
“Yacine Fall: Looking for God:” Fall, a recent graduate of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, is presenting an exhibition at Gallery 102 across from Phillips and Lisner halls. Her work investigates the continuous labor of black people throughout history through visual representations, a theatrical performance and video. Fall draws inspiration from Sufism in Dakar, Senegal, a sect of Islam, in the spiritual exhibition.
Smith Hall of Art, 801 22nd St. NW, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibit runs until Sept. 6.
The Music of 1969: Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Visit the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center on Aug. 26 for a discussion on the funk and pop music of 1969 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the socially tumultuous year. Dave Price, a D.C.-based author of the upcoming book “What’s That Sound: Song Lists and Stories to Help You Better Understand the Music of the Baby Boom Era,” will lead the talk alongside songwriter and poet R.G. Evans and Rolling Stones expert Doug Potash. If you can’t get enough of the Allman Brothers, Judas Priest or The Beatles’ final album, this may be the event for you.
S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $45 for non-members.
For the party animal:
No Scrubs: ’90s Dance Party: The 9:30 Club is hosting a night filled with guilty pleasures and classic hits – the perfect playlist for your first Friday night back in D.C. The largest ’90s party in America features DJs Will Eastman and Ozker with a visual light show by Kylos. Revel in the hyped ambiance set by artists including Salt-N-Pepa, Nirvana, Biggie and The Prodigy.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, Friday, Aug. 30, doors at 9 p.m. Tickets are $16.
Garbagefest 4: Black Cat’s first Saturday night event of the semester is sponsored by Food Not Bombs. Its fourth annual benefit music festival, Garbagefest, will help raise money to promote vegan eating and providing healthy meals to everyone, including low-income families and the homeless. Featured performers include Ceschi, XK Scenario, Brooklyn the Kid and Wanda Perkins.
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, Aug. 31, doors at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
For the coffee addict:
Emissary: This relaxed coffee shop located on P Street offers a cozy atmosphere and delicious coffee and vegetarian eats. In addition to grabbing an iced latte and catching up with friends, you can use the cafe to get a head start on readings that might already be due. Latte prices start at about $3.50, but the shop’s avocado toast ($12) and breakfast menu, served all day, will fill you up for a meal.
Emissary, 2032 P St. NW. Open Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m.
The Wydown Coffee Bar: This coffee joint started out as a pop-up migrating around U Street before settling at two permanent locations, one on H Street and the other on 14th Street. Both shops flaunt a rustic interior featuring wooden tables and sleek countertops with friendly staff serving java, baked goods and cocktails in the evening. The 14th Street location is the closest to campus and is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shop opens on weekends at 7 a.m.
The Wydown Coffee Bar, 1924 14th St. NW. Open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For the adrenaline junkie:
Free yoga on the Georgetown Waterfront: Wellness Corporate Solutions – a health coaching and wellness organization – hosts free yoga every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. The event is a great activity to clear your mind, get the endorphins flowing and enjoy some time outdoors. The session takes place at Georgetown’s Waterfront Park with a clear view of the Potomac River, and you don’t need to be a yogi master to attend. Sunscreen, a water bottle and sunglasses are recommended.
Georgetown Waterfront Park, 3303 Water St. NW, Aug. 31 at 9:30 a.m. Free.
Run with D.C. Run Crew: Running can become boring if you are doing it alone, so enjoy the camaraderie of a group and get outside before summer is officially over. If running is more your speed, do not miss D.C. Run Crew’s biweekly long runs. D.C. Run Crew welcomes runners of all fitness levels and offers three different run options: easy, intermediate and advanced.
Potomac River Running Store, 919 F St. NW, Aug. 31, 9 a.m. Free.