Solidarity with Standing Rock
Dec
6
6:30 pm18:30

Solidarity with Standing Rock

Come to Potters House Dec. 6th as we hear from Jordan Marie Daniels, of the DC Stands with Standing Rock Coalition, and share resources explaining what being in solidarity means, how to be an effective ally/accomplice, and how we can all be in action.

This event takes place just after the Army Corp issued evacuation notice of the Oceti Sakowin Camp set for Dec. 5th. We will update on what is happening in the #NoDAPL movement and share resources to educate others, and support and fundraise for our Water Protectors.

Author Talk with Brandan Robertson
Dec
8
7:00 pm19:00

Author Talk with Brandan Robertson

Part-autobiography, part-Christian spirituality, Nomad offers penetrating insight into the minds of the new generations of progressive evangelical followers of Jesus in the global Church. Themes include: community, war, redemption, wonder, grace, sexuality and the Eucharist. 

Art Between Us - An All Women's Open Mic
Dec
9
6:00 pm18:00

Art Between Us - An All Women's Open Mic

“Art Between Us” is the DMV's quarterly all-women’s event for an all-women audience. (All persons who identify as women are welcome!) In an effort to create safe spaces for ladies from marginalized arts communities, “Art Between Us” aims to encourage creativity, develop sisterhood within the arts, and build a support network for women and girls of all backgrounds to connect with each other over artistic expression and celebrate our diverse voices and experiences in a space that's just for us. 
 

Children's Storytime
Dec
10
10:00 am10:00

Children's Storytime

Bring your kids out for storytime! Led each month by volunteer readers from the neighborhood, your children will enjoy a reading that sparks the imagination, broadens the mind, and most of all makes us all smile and laugh.

Recovery Cafe
Dec
10
7:00 pm19:00

Recovery Cafe

Join us for the Recovery Cafe Open Mic! All DMV recovery communities, musicians, artists, supporters, families, friends are invited! This event is open to all.

In Partnership with The Potters House of Washington, DC, Recovery Cafe has a vibrant and much loved history. With a renovation complete, let's reignite the hope that anyone going through Recovery of any type, has a place to come and express themselves as they find their way. You will be supported at this open mic. 

Soulful Movement
Dec
12
7:00 pm19:00

Soulful Movement

 

Soulful Movement: explore full-bodied creative exploration through breath,  movement and imagination. 

Tuesday Discussion Table: Coffee House Theology
Dec
13
12:30 pm12:30

Tuesday Discussion Table: Coffee House Theology

People have been gathering in coffee houses, pubs and public spaces for ages, talking about life,philosophy,faith and deep questions of meaning. We are rediscovering the coffee house/pub as a safe,open space to explore and express questions and questions, learn from others,and engage one another of caring religious traditions or of none. As our society becomes increasingly fractured these public conversations are not only welcomed,but needed.   The Chapel of Mary invites you to come, bring your questions and pull up a chair

Born on Third Base - Author Talk with Chuck Collins
Dec
13
7:00 pm19:00

Born on Third Base - Author Talk with Chuck Collins

With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, inequality expert Chuck Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide—one that, for the first time in recent history, locks the nation’s youth into a future defined by their class and wealth at birth; limits our ability to address crises like climate change; and creates a world that no one, not even the rich, will ultimately want to live in. In Born on Third Base, Collins calls for an end to class war, busts the myths that define our views of rich and poor, and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide and re-engaging the wealthy in rebuilding communities for a resilient future.

Author Talk with Shon Meckfessel
Dec
21
7:00 pm19:00

Author Talk with Shon Meckfessel

US social movements face many challenges. One of their most troublesome involves the question of nonviolence. Civil disobedience and symbolic protest have characterized many struggles in the US since the Civil Rights era, but conditions have changed. Corporate media has consolidated, the police have militarized, dissent has been largely co-opted and institutionalized, but the strategic tools radicals employ haven’t necessarily kept pace. Our narratives, borrowed from movements of the past, are falling short.


Mindful Monday Yoga
Dec
5
7:30 pm19:30

Mindful Monday Yoga

Join Embrace Yoga DC teachers on the first Monday of each month at the landmark café/bookstore, Potter’s House, for a free community yoga class. This flowing open level vinyasa yoga class is an expression of love to our community. Dive in, flow and celebrate life with some of the Embrace Your Flow teachers and friends! Open to all levels. Bring a yoga mat, a smile, and a friend. 

Wisdom Circle
Dec
4
2:00 pm14:00

Wisdom Circle

There are some conversations you could not have prepared for, but then you stand amazed and grateful you could be part of them.  How do those conversations happen?  In the Firelight Wisdom Circle, we will practice careful listening and clear speaking to each other.  We will invite one another to risk sharing what's most valued in our minds, hearts, and souls based on our lived experience and the wisdom of our being.

Poetry Reading - Resisting Arrest Poems to Stretch the Sky
Dec
1
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Reading - Resisting Arrest Poems to Stretch the Sky

The poet-witnesses in this collection distill the horror and let in the light of our common humanity. They remind us of a universal hurt, grief, anger, rage, shame and love that we all can recall when confronting the blunt reality and the savagery of abuses associated with corrupted power, indifference and intolerance.

Deep Denial - Author Talk with David Billings
Nov
29
7:00 pm19:00

Deep Denial - Author Talk with David Billings

Deep Denial - part popular history, part personal memoir - documents the 400-year racialization of the United States and how people of European descent came to be called “white.” Author David Billings focuses primarily on the deeply embedded notion of white supremacy, and tells us why, despite the Civil Rights movement and an African-
American president, we remain, in the author’s words, “a nation hard-wired by race.”

Play Forward:  An Introduction to InterPlay
Nov
28
7:00 pm19:00

Play Forward: An Introduction to InterPlay

Try something new that has the power to change your life. I will introduce a few of the elements of the InterPlay practice to explore our individual and collective journeys. Social change is a spiritual practice.  With the “sneaky deep” practices of InterPlay, we can come together in love, community and compassion.  From teachers to students, artists to politicians, from the streets to your home, we will explore how our stories and full-selves can play with changing the world for the better.  

Soulful Improv for Artists & Activists
Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

Soulful Improv for Artists & Activists

// The revolution WILL be improvised! 

Longform improv is improvised theater with a team of other players. At Soulful Improv, we explore improvisation as "practice" for the real world: Engaging in that vulnerable-but-gratifying act of making something beautiful out of chaos - in the partnership of others.

The General's Son-Author Talk with Miko Peled
Nov
3
7:00 pm19:00

The General's Son-Author Talk with Miko Peled

This is the powerful account by Israeli peace activist Miko Peled of his transformation from a young man growing up in the heart of Israel's elite and serving proudly in its military into a fearless advocate of nonviolent struggle and equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis. His journey mirrors in many ways the transformation his father Matti Peled, a much-decorated Israeli general, had undergone three decades earlier. Peled paints touching portraits of his childhood in Jerusalem, of the tumultuous events that sparked his transformation, and of the Palestinian and Israeli peace activists he has worked with in recent years.

Grandparents Connect!
Nov
2
11:00 am11:00

Grandparents Connect!

Join a group created especially for Grandparents and their grandchildren! Have a cup of coffee and share ideas, anecdotes and helpful advice, as well as entertain your grandchildren in a group setting.

Each meeting will have a general theme related to the special relationship between grandchildren and grandparents as well as stories/songs for the children. 

Waking Up White-Author Talk with Debby Irving
Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

Waking Up White-Author Talk with Debby Irving

Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.

Jazz Night with The Ethan Philion Trio
Oct
27
7:00 pm19:00

Jazz Night with The Ethan Philion Trio

The Ethan Philion Trio is a local jazz group consisting of three of the DC area's most in demand jazz artists: Chris Barrick (vibraphone), Ethan Philion (bass), and Ele Rubenstein (drums). The group plays a mix of jazz standards and original compositions.

Four Futures: Life After Capitalism - Author Talk with Peter Frase
Oct
25
7:00 pm19:00

Four Futures: Life After Capitalism - Author Talk with Peter Frase

One thing we can be certain of is that capitalism will end. Maybe not soon, but probably before too long; humanity has never before managed to craft an eternal social system, after all, and capitalism is a notably more precarious and volatile order than most of those that preceded it. The question, then, is what will come next?

Wayne Miller and Henry Crawford Poetry Reading
Oct
24
7:00 pm19:00

Wayne Miller and Henry Crawford Poetry Reading

The poems of this fourth collection from Wayne Miller exist in the wake of catastrophe. It is a world populated by rogue gunmen on shooting sprees, a world where the only inheritance a father has to pass on is his debt. The collection coalesces around three primary occurrences: the birth of a child, the death of a father, and the seeming explosion of sociohistorical and political conflict and violence over the past fifteen years. Throughout this series, Miller processes grief, but also cuts through pain to open up a way forward in the aftermath of shared loss. Post- thrums with pathos and humor, pain and the beauty of living.

Author Talk with Milagros Phillips
Oct
23
2:00 pm14:00

Author Talk with Milagros Phillips

Race literacy changes everything. It changes the way we view ourselves and our nation. Race literacy gives us the proper context in which to ground our conversations on Race. It touches our heart, and leaves us free to have healthier relationships, and greater compassion for self and other. We don’t know what we don’t know, but if we open ourselves up to new possibilities, everything changes. 

Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela - Author Talk with George Ciccariello-Maher
Oct
21
7:00 pm19:00

Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela - Author Talk with George Ciccariello-Maher

In Building the Commune, George Ciccariello-Maher travels through the many radical experiments of Venezuela, assessing how they have succeeded and failed, and how they are continuing to operate. Speaking to community members, workers, students and government officials, Ciccariello-Maher provides a balance sheet of these projects, that movements throughout the world can look to for lessons and inspiration.

Intersectionality - Author Talk with Patricia Hill Collins
Oct
20
7:00 pm19:00

Intersectionality - Author Talk with Patricia Hill Collins

The concept of intersectionality has become a hot topic in academic and activist circles alike. But what exactly does it mean, and why has it emerged as such a vital lens through which to explore how social inequalities of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability and ethnicity shape one another?

All Creation Waits - Author Talk with Gayle Boss
Oct
16
2:00 pm14:00

All Creation Waits - Author Talk with Gayle Boss

Open a window each day of Advent onto the natural world. Here are twenty-five fresh images of the foundational truth that lies beneath and within the Christ story. In twenty-five portraits depicting how wild animals of the northern hemisphere ingeniously adapt when darkness and cold descend, we see and hear as if for the first time the ancient wisdom of Advent:  The dark is not an end but the way a new beginning comes.
 

Solitary from the Inside Out
Oct
15
2:00 pm14:00

Solitary from the Inside Out

The event will feature readings from Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement, a new book from the New Press edited by Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, and Sarah Shourd. The book provides firsthand accounts from 16 current and formerly incarcerated people of what it is like to be kept completely alone in a small cell, often for years or decades on end—offering a perspective that should inform any debate about human rights and prison reform. The afternoon will feature one of the book’s editors, advocates reading from the work of contributors still in prison, and Johnny Perez of the Urban Justice Center in New York, who will share from his first-hand experience with solitary confinement and the national movement to end it.

Among Animals 2 - Book Reading and Discussion
Oct
14
7:00 pm19:00

Among Animals 2 - Book Reading and Discussion

Join The Potter's House and DC Stampede for an evening of fiction and discussion about the relationship of humans and animals in the modern world. From the anthology Among Animals 2, C.S. Malerich reads from her short story "Phoenix Cross" in which science, fantasy, and industrial agriculture meet.
 

America's Social Arsonist- Author Talk with Gabriel Thompson
Oct
13
7:00 pm19:00

America's Social Arsonist- Author Talk with Gabriel Thompson

Until now there has been no biography of Fred Ross, a man who believed a good organizer was supposed to fade into the crowd as others stepped forward. In America’s Social Arsonist, Gabriel Thompson provides a full picture of this complicated and driven man, recovering a forgotten chapter of American history and providing vital lessons for organizers today.

Stamped from the Beginning - Author Talk with Ibram Kendi
Oct
11
7:00 pm19:00

Stamped from the Beginning - Author Talk with Ibram Kendi

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America--more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.

Indigenous People's Day Movie Screening and Discussion
Oct
10
2:00 pm14:00

Indigenous People's Day Movie Screening and Discussion

It is a good time to ask ourselves, particularly those of us who are clearly "settlers" in the U.S. colonial state, "What is our role in the recovery of land, respect, resources, and true sovereignty of the native people's upon whose land we reside?" 

Reclaim "Columbus Day", and join us for a movie screening and community discussion to explore this important question.

Moving Parts and The Umbrella Mender-Author Talk
Oct
8
2:00 pm14:00

Moving Parts and The Umbrella Mender-Author Talk

Join authors Christine Fischer Guy and Lana Pesch as they discuss their latest works, The Umbrella Mender and Moving Parts. Unfamiliar landscapes give their characters the chance to map new territories of the self, a place to explore, reimagine and reconsider identity. Can stories only ever be set inside ourselves?

 

CANCELED - From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation-Author Talk with Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor
Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

CANCELED - From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation-Author Talk with Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor

In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.

USA-1000 and Charmed Particles - Author Talk
Sep
29
7:00 pm19:00

USA-1000 and Charmed Particles - Author Talk

Sass Brown’s darkly funny debut collection of poems explores both the isolation and the absurdity of twenty-something apartment living. The world Brown creates in USA-1000 overflows with infomercials, classic Hollywood films, billboard messages, strip clubs, and fortune-tellers, illuminating our complex relationship with consumerism. In the absence of personal intimacy, everyday objects take on unexpected importance: the clothing of a would-be couple mingles in a washing machine; a father watches pornography in a hotel room with his wife and daughter; a woman searches a shopping mall to put on hold items she’ll never buy; a broken hair dryer prompts a complaint letter to the Better Business Bureau. Brown’s dazzling poems probe the disappointment of domestic reality in the face of America’s glossy facade, abundance and emptiness hand in hand. Ultimately, the book finds beauty in the deliciously artificial and resurrects “the missing world” with words and memory.

DC Stampede Letter Writing
Sep
28
6:30 pm18:30

DC Stampede Letter Writing

Join DC Stampede and Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) to write letters to elders who are incarcerated. RAPP will share a bit about their work to get aging prisoners back to their families and communities. 

We'll provide all the materials and a quick "how to" for writing to people in prison. It'll be a good chance to meet and hang out with other folks who are fighting for change.

 Studs Terkel - Author Talk with Alan Wieder
Sep
27
7:00 pm19:00

Studs Terkel - Author Talk with Alan Wieder

Studs Terkel was an American icon who had no use for America’s cult of celebrity. He was a leftist who valued human beings over political dogma. In scores of books and thousands of radio and television broadcasts, Studs paid attention – and respect – to “ordinary” human beings of all classes and colors, as they talked about their lives as workers, dreamers, survivors. Alan Wieder’s Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation is the first comprehensive book about this man.