April 2018: 30+ FREE Receptions in DC

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Note: This list will be updated all month long. Thanks to those that have sent in events!

Here are over thirty free receptions for you to attend this month. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Opening Reception: reBirth::Washington DC 50 Years after 1968, 6-8pm at District Architecture Center (421 7th St NW). Join AIA|DC and explore projects in neighborhoods affected by the events of 1968 and watch “April Uprising: DC After Martin Luther King’s Assassination,” a documentary film narrated by Aaron Gilchrist of NBC4. FREE

What Social and Political Responsibilities Does an Artist Have?, 5-7pm at Flagg Building, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design (500 17th St NW). Dudley Memorial Lecture with Best-Selling Illustrator and Graphic Journalist Wendy MacNaughton. Arrive at 5pm to enjoy a reception with beverages and light hors d’oeuvres prior to the 6pm lecture. FREE

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Leadership Matters: Keynote, Ted Talks, Panel + Reception, 4-5:30pm at Kimpton Hotel Palomar (2121 P St NW). Speakers and panelists will make the case for why Washington should stop obsessing about policy and start a new conversation about the importance of bold, diverse, and sustained leadership that leads to real action and better outcomes for our students. FREE

Thursday, April 5, 2018

DFG Reception with Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek, 6-8:30pm at DFG Office(1130 Connecticut Ave NW). After brief opening remarks, Dorothee Dzwonnek will speak on “The Internationalization of Excellence: German Science Policy and Perspectives for German-American Cooperation.” A reception will follow. FREE

Art exhibition “Once Upon a Time” by Bijan Rashedi, 6:30-9:30pm at L2 Lounge (3315 Cady’s Alley NW). You are cordially invited to attend the art exhibition “Once Upon a Time” by Bijan Rashedi in Georgetown, DC. Bijan Rashedi is an abstract oil and mixed media painter. FREE

Friday, April 6, 2018

POYi-CPOY-WHNPA Reception, 4-7pm at National Press Club (529 14th St NW). POYi, CPOY and the WHNPA (White House News Photographers Association) are hosting a reception and portfolio review in the First Amendment Room. FREE

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Maine Girls, Movie Screening, 5:30pm at Arts Club of Washington (2017 I St NW). The Arts Club of Washington Cinema Committee invites you to a screening of the film Maine Girls and a discussion with Director, Yael Luttwak. A cocktail reception will precede the movie. FREE; registration required

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

When Disaster Strikes: Risk, Mitigation Strategies, and Recovery, 6-7:30pm at Urban Institute (2100 M St NW). The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center, in partnership with CoreLogic, will offer analysis on the deadly and destructive hazards the United States and its territories have recently endured and highlight policy outcomes being discussed and implemented. Check-in and a networking reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. FREE

Cherry Blossom Congressional Reception 2018 – NCSS State Sponsors, 6-8:30pm at United States Botanic Garden (100 Maryland Ave SW). The event is graciously hosted by the U.S. Botanic Gardens with a formal program at 6:30pm and a follow on reception with drinks and light fare. Doors will open at 6pm, the program will be general admission standing only with very limited seating. Attendees must be 21 years old to attend with a government ID to match the name on the ticket. FREE

“The Muslim Next Door” Premier Screening and Reception, at Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st St NW). MALA is proud to host the premier screening of The Muslim Next Door, the first installment in the series. After the screening, a special panel of some of MALA’s dynamic storytellers will discuss their impressions and their reflections on being “The Muslim Next Door.” We invite you to continue the conversation at a reception immediately after. FREE

National Tartan Day Congressional Reception, 5pm at Rayburn House Office Building (This reception will feature remarks about Tartan Day by Congressional leaders, visiting Scottish dignitaries, and prominent Scottish-Americans. – plus entertainment by Scottish-American musicians—fiddlers, pipers and others. Soft drinks, beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The reception will also feature two whisky tastings). FREE; by invitation only

AHI Congressional Salute to Greek Independence Day, 6-8pm at Cannon House Office Building, Room 340 (27 Independence Ave SE). “A Congressional Salute to Greek Indpendence Day” – Presented by the American Hellenic Institute, in cooperation with: Rep. Carolyn Malong (D-NY) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). FREE

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Artolution’s DC Opening, 5:30-8pm at Fathom Creative, Inc. (1333 14th St NW). Please join us at a reception to welcome Artolution Co-founders, Max Frieder and Joel Bergner, to DC. FREE

#HouseOfCode Demo Day Reception, 4:30-6:30pm at Rayburn House Office Building. The students will demonstrate to lawmakers the apps they developed to win their Congressional district’s coding contest, thus turning the House of Representatives into the #HouseOfCode. The annual gathering is quickly becoming the new National Science Fair, but focused specifically on computer science and technology entrepreneurship. FREE

Friday, April 13, 2018

Visionary Venture Fund Reception at ASCRS, 5-7pm at DBGB DC (931 H St NW). Visionary Ventures Investment Committee including Dr. Richard Lindstrom, Dr. Eric Donnenfeld, Dr. Kerry Solomon, Dr. Ehsan Sadri, Dr. Toby Tyson and Jeffry Weinhuff invite you to drop into our Visionary reception at ASCRS in Washington DC. Complimentary spirits and appetizers will be served. FREE

“Outside/IN: Martha Jackson Jarvis at Dumbarton Oaks” Opening Reception, 5:30-8:30pm at Dumbarton Oaks (1703 32nd Street NW). Please join us at Dumbarton Oaks for a special event celebrating the reopening of the gardens and the opening of the exhibition Outside/IN: Martha Jackson Jarvis at Dumbarton Oaks. Jackson Jarvis and Dumbarton Oaks Director of Garden and Landscape Studies John Beardsley will participate in an illustrated discussion at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the museum and gardens at 6:30 p.m. FREE

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Artists’ Reception: April Shows, 4-6pm at Studio Gallery (2108 R St NW). Come join us for the artists’ reception for our April shows, featuring Miriam Keeler, Steven Marks, Joyce McCarten! Refreshments and good company provided! FREE

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Taco Tuesday Happy Hour, 5:30-7:30pm at Tortilla Coast (400 First St SE). Bosma Enterprises cordially invites you to a special reception for members of the Indiana delegation In Congress and their staff. FREE

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Economics of Alcohol and the Evolution of Cocktails, 6-9pm at District Distilling Co. (1414 U St NW). Join America’s Future Foundation for a night of liberty and cocktails! We will discuss how prohibition laws affected the alcohol market and led to some of our favorite drinks. Appetizers and cocktail samples will be available, followed by a reception with happy hour priced drinks. FREE

Pre-Founders Day Mass & Reception, 6:30-8:30pm at Saint John Paul II National Shrine(3900 Harewood Rd NE). Please register by March 20 at 4:00pm for catering purposes. FREE

Crown Agents Roofdeck Reception, 6-8pm at Crown Agents USA (1129 20th St NW, Roofdeck ). Crown Agents CEO Fergus Drake requests the pleasure of your company at a rooftop reception to be held on the occasion of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund 2018 Spring Meetings. Drinks and canapes will be served. FREE

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Opening Reception- “Heavy Metal”- Eve Stockton and Takefumi Hori, 6:30-8pm at Long View Gallery (1234 9th St NW). Featuring new work by gallery favorites Eve Stockton and Takefumi Hori. FREE

Opening Reception: Transformers: New Contemporary Latin American Sculpture by Darío Escobar and Patrick Hamilton, 6-8pm at Art Museum of the Americas (201 18th St NW). Transformers: New Contemporary Sculpture by Darío Escobar and Patrick Hamilton is part of AMA’s exhibitions program showcasing contemporary artists of OAS member countries. AMA is part of the OAS’s Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs, and its work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities, as visual components reflecting the four pillars of the OAS: democracy, human rights, security and development. FREE

FIN Reception & Panel: Building a Secure Financial System in Latin America, 7-9pm at the Watergate Hotel (2650 Virginia Ave NW). The Financial Integrity Network cordially invites you to a panel discussion and reception on the event of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to be served at 6:00 PM. Panel discussion to begin at 6:30 PM. FREE

Capitol Riverfront Speaker Series: River Revitalization, 4-6:30pm at Earth Conservation Corps Pump House (1520 First Street SE). Join the Capitol Riverfront BID at the next 10 Years of Growth Speaker Series event, “River Revitalization,” as we celebrate the progress of the Anacostia River and its positive impact on the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood with a panel discussion featuring Department of Energy & Environment Director Tommy Wells, reception featuring bites from The Salt Line, and boat tours along the water with Anacostia Riverkeeper and Anacostia Watershed Society. FREE

The #MeToo Movement—Why Now Again? What Next?, 3-5pm at Healy Family Student Center, Georgetown University (Tondorf Road). Professor Tannen will speak with panelists from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Women’s Law Center, and Georgetown University to examine the nuances behind #MeToo: its political and cultural predecessors, its effect on low-income workers and women of color, and its relationship to systemic inequality. Reception to follow event. FREE

Friday, April 20, 2018

Wine Social at Rooftop Terrace near White House – Hosted by Servcorp, 6-9pm at Servcorp Offices (1717 Pennsylvania Ave NW). All Professionals in DC, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend our Rooftop Wine Social Event. We will be serving complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres while you enjoy breathtaking views of Washington, DC. FREE

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Erick Jackson “I’m Walkin’ Here” artist talk and closing reception, 6-9pm at Lost Origins Gallery (3110 Mt Pleasant St NW). FREE

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Another Dimension: Closing Reception, 5-7pm at DC Arts Center (2438 18th St NW). Another Dimension is an invitational exhibition for which we the curators have asked artists in the District-Maryland-Virginia area to create “nano” artwork in the style of the work the artist typically makes. The largest dimension of work when ready for display cannot be more than 6 inches. FREE

Monday, April 23, 2018

Reception and Knife Skills Documentary Screening, 5:30-7:30pm at U.S. Capitol Building Auditorium (East Capitol St NE & First St SE). A reception with appetizers will be start at 5:30pm. The Knife Skills screening will start promptly at 6pm, followed by a panel discussion moderated by CNN commentator Shermichael Singleton and featuring the film’s Director Thomas Lennon and Edwin’s owner Brandon Chrostowski. FREE

Expanding Our Understanding of Building Movement and Facade Joint Design, 4-7pm at District Architecture Center (DAC) (421 7th Street NW). In this presentation, we will explore the building movements and tolerances that affect facade joints and discuss how to appropriately design joints to accommodate them. We will serve refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Cocktail Reception at 6pm. FREE

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Aggies on the Hill Closing Reception, 5-7pm at U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, HVC-201 (First St NE). This is a biennial event held in our nation’s capital and hosted by The Association of Former Students that promotes awareness and encourages federal support for Texas A&M University and higher education. FREE

The Fair Housing Act at 50: How Far Have We Come? Where Are We Going?, 9-5pm at Arent Fox LLP (1717 K St NW). The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council will host an all-day symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Lunch and a continental breakfast will be provided. A reception at the office of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council will follow the event at 5:30pm. FREE

Thursday, April 26, 2018

International Chart Day – Panels & Reception, 5:30-8pm at Rayburn Foyer (45 Independence Ave SW). Tumblr and the Society for New Design in collaboration with the office of Congressman Mark Takano are hosting a daylong conference and evening event on Capitol Hill to discuss and celebrate charts – and the first annual “International Chart Day.” Panels 10am-2pm. FREE

Opening reception for NEXT, 6:30-9pm at Corcoran School of the Arts & Design (500 17th St NW). Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. FREE

A Revolutionary Book Party, 6:30-8:30pm at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St SE). To celebrate the publication of two new Emerging Revolutionary War Series book titles, Congressional Cemetery is hosting a book lecture and reception with authors Mark Maloy and Robert Orrison. These titles, “Victory or Death: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton” and “A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord,” explore the impact of these major battles on the Revolutionary War as well as the entirety of American history. Event will will include two short lectures and a book signing. A cash bar will be onsite with beer and wine for sale. FREE

Saturday, April 28, 2018

ACM 50th Anniversary Program: Block Watch Opening Reception, 12-2pm at Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (1901 Fort Place SE). The public is invited to embed their own words and images related to their personal experiences of the community into the work’s three dimensional, collaged layers of drawings to create a tapestry of voices in vignettes throughout the bold, broad structural lines of the piece. FREE

Monday, April 30, 2018

International Jazz Day at the Embassy of Switzerland, 6-9:30pm at Ambassador’s Residence (2920 Cathedral Avenue NW). Music from Swiss harmonica player sensation Grégoire Maret, whose work was recently voted top miscellaneous instrument in a critics poll. Reception at 7:45pm featuring authentic Swiss Raclette dinner and Swiss drinks. FREE

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