Splinterlands is a new dystopian novel that looks backward from the year 2050 at what went wrong. How did the world – and one man’s family – fall apart? From Brexit to Hurricane Donald to tomorrow's headlines, Splinterlands describes a fictional future that is fast becoming fact. John Feffer will talk about how closely his dystopian novel tracks with global developments and the first month of the Trump administration.
A discussion with Jacobin editor Matt Karp on slavery and struggles over control of the US state.
This event will celebrate the release of Matt Karp's first book, "This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy"
Josanne Francis is an exceptionally talented pannist (steelpan musician) and arranger, who is evidently committed to demonstrating the profundity and versatility of the steelpan- an instrument that is too often misconstrued and/or seen as a novelty. Josanne began playing the steelpan at the age of 9 and has since placed in several competitions in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Music Festival Solo Steelpan competition and the Scholarship Competition of Talented Teens.
Conversations are an exchange of ideas and information that require listening, energy and time. Skillful conversations on race are essential to changing minds and hearts and gaining support to enact change. When done well, conversations on race can leave participants well informed, transformed and inspired.
Join others to explore calling by sharing experiences, gifts, and desires. Honor stories, questions, insights, faith, and doubt. Welcome how your sense of call might open you – and others – to something greater. These discussions have no rules or requirements. All are welcome.
The Emerge Project invites you to join us in celebrating and cultivating the ingenuity of Black people in South Africa and Brazil. Our project goals are exciting and ambitious, and we can't do it without you! Come be a part of this movement and help us get to lift-off.
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.
The largely unexamined and often forgotten history of more than a hundred years of Cuban exile, migration, diaspora, and community formation
Do you have a home based business in Adams Morgan? Do you want to start-up a home based business and are interested in learning from others who’ve done that successfully? Or do you work from the Potter's House and wonder who else there might be based in Adams Morgan too?
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.
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.
Combining firsthand accounts from activists with the research of scholars and reflections from artists, Policing the Planet traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton. It’s a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over—to deadly effect.
Soulful Movement: explore full-bodied creative exploration through breath, movement and imagination.
In her Dorset Prize-winning new collection, Lauren Camp explores the lives of a first-generation Arab-American girl and her Jewish-Iraqi parent. One Hundred Hungers tells overlapping stories of food and ritual, immigration and adaptation, evoking her father’s boyhood in Baghdad in the 1940s at a time when tensions began to emerge along ethnic and religious lines.
Learn about an important housing fight happening at Brookland Manor. Tenants there a fighting back against a development plan that would demolish their homes and displace their families. Come to the Potter’s House on Feb 20th to find out how you can stand in solidarity and help them win.
Come hear four inspirational leaders share their joys and pains on the path of deeper calling and inspired action. Come hear what they did, what God did, what has happened, and what comes next. Learn how they are serving communities, empowering others, and seeking justice. And, come to nurture your calling to change the world.
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.
Join Jennie Gosche´, founder of Polar Bear Pals®, and polar bear photographer, for an exhibit of some of her photographs from a recent trip to Kaktovik. She will provide a presentation about the Alaskan polar bears and the impact of climate change as experienced by people and polar bears in Kaktovik. All of the framed photos will be for sale. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Alaskan wildlife and environmental conservation organizations.
In 1933, folklorists John and Alan Lomax went inside Louisiana’s Angola prison and made a series of recordings that are celebrated to this day. Eighty years later, filmmaker and ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert followed in the Lomaxes’ footsteps, visiting Angola and other Louisiana penitentiaries to document the state of prison music today.
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
Oliver Baez Bendorf
Zeina Hashem Beck
Potentially to also include Dane Edidi and Venus Selenite (poets from the Collective)
This reading, hosted by So to Speak journal, will raise monetary funds to support the DC Trans Women of Color Collective. A suggested admission donation of $5 will be collected at the door. Larger donations are welcome and encouraged.
An epic queer literary event.
Imogen Binnie - Nevada
Jericho Brown - The New Testament
Alexander Chee - The Queen of the Night
Tom Cho - Look Who's Morphing
Lucy Corin - One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses
Melissa Febos - Abandon Me
Holly Hughes - Memories of the Revolution
Tennessee Jones - Deliver Me From Nowhere
Eileen Myles - Chelsea Girls
Morgan Parker - There are Things More Beautiful Than Beyonce
Hosted by Michelle Tea - Black Wave
Please join us for an afternoon tea (plus coffee and pastries and fresh fruit!) featuring readers from Belladonna* Collaboratve, Nightboat Books, and the EARSHOT reading series at DC's beloved activist bookstore.
We marched. We chanted. And now we're taking even more action. Join us at the Potter's House (between Adam's Morgan & Columbia Heights) this Monday, January 30th to take part in the first of 10 Actions in 100 Days. Join us to write a postcard to key Senators about what matter's most to you - and how you're going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We'll provide postcards, stamps, pens, and a list of which representatives are most important to contact. Join us - and bring friends!
Join us for the Levine Music end of semester jazz recital, featuring teen and adult jazz students enrolled in Jazz @ Levine! Students will perform in small and large ensembles directed by Levine's expert jazz faculty. All are welcome!
Lifted from the rich traditions of storytelling in Uganda, this book seeks to capture the stories of war, heartache, faith and forgiveness in one community from the moving perspective of one conflict survivor. The powerful stories and stunning photography in Enduring the Night shine a light on children in conflict zones worldwide and how one person can make a difference.
For nine years, Brett Trapp kept a secret journal of thoughts on being same-sex attracted and Christian, knowing one day he'd shout the story he feared most.
On a Wednesday morning in late 2016, he logged on Facebook and began shouting...
He started by publishing a Gossip Guide to his sexuality—a cheeky way to let friends know his secret. He then began sharing the vivid details of his story through a 44-episode memoir, published as one episode per day. Each episode combined visually-rich prose and stunning photography. He called the story Blue Babies Pink.
The night before the presidential inauguration, social movement leaders and progressive policy voices will gather at The Potter’s House for a Teach-In on Trump’s plans for our world and ways we can resist them. In quick presentations, they will bring us up to speed on the incoming administration’s policy goals and the disastrous effects they will bring for vulnerable communities if implemented. Together we will consider how we can disrupt this destructive vision and build mass movements for justice and peace in what is sure to be an uphill battle.
In The Revolution Has Come Robyn C. Spencer traces the Black Panther Party's organizational evolution in Oakland, California, where hundreds of young people came to political awareness and journeyed to adulthood as members.
Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA) invites you to join us for a screening of Years of Living Dangerously, the award-winning docu-series which discusses climate change’s impact with experts around the world. In addition to the screening, this event will include a discussion with representatives from Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Interfaith Power and Light. We would love to have you join us to talk about carbon pricing and how people of faith can serve as stewards of creation.
Carol D. Marsh founded, directed and lived at Miriam's House, a Washington, DC residence for homeless women living with AIDS. In this powerful memoir, Marsh recalls how she came to confront issues far removed from her own experience: addiction, poverty, and the institutional racism that permeates our society on every level. From the humorous to the sublime, Marsh offers a gripping view into a world where the stakes are high and love is pushed to its limit.
Join us to discuss trends in development finance that threaten to exacerbate the violation of indigenous and community land rights and learn more about how you can support the Sengwer, whose fight to stay on their forestland and play a role in its conservation continues to this day.
A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it
"A Bridge of Story: Risking it All to Connect Classrooms and Cultures in Belize," released by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers features the journey through project creation and facilitation as well as a step by step detailed guideline of the creative writing program, explanation of the legends shared and a collection of stories written by Belizean students and teachers who attended the workshops and seminars.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, December 20th from 6-7pm at The Potter's House, please join Pathways to Housing DC as we discuss how we're ending homelessness for our most vulnerable neighbors and how community member can take action and make a tangible difference in the lives of the men and women Pathways to Housing DC serves!
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.
“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.
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.