What's Happening at Busboys and Poets

May , 2017

Events at 14th & V

Book Signing/book launch party
14th & V | Langston Room | May 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Anchored in the evidence, extensively referenced, and written in plain language, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice will change the way readers approach their work with all patients and families, not just with those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, and/or questioning (LGBTQ). The book is published by Harrington Park Press and distributed by Columbia University Press.


Tuesday Night Open Mic with host Twain Dooley
14th & V | Langston Room | May 2, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


NIAC DocuNight #37
14th & V | Langston Room | May 2, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Busboys and Poets welcomes The National Iranian American Council to the Langston room for their monthly Docunight. This month we are screening: Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran's Ultimate Party.


Latin American Youth Center Community Event
14th & V | Langston Room | May 3, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

You are invited! The Youth Transitions Collaborative is hosting a community arts event that will feature artists who will showcase their work on mental health within communities of color. This event is the first event as part of their Mental Health in Color series. Light refreshments will be served at this event. RSVP required!


A Cartoonist’s Eye on Life & Prison in Palestine: Mohammad Sabaaneh in conversation with Matt Wuerke
14th & V | Langston Room | May 4, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Busboys and Poets 14th & V welcomes Mohammad Sabaaneh to present his new book "White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine."

A noted Palestinian cartoonist (and former political prisoner), Sabaaneh showcases his powerful artwork and discusses his inspirations and techniques. Sabaaneh will be joined by Matt Wuerker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist at Politico.


LIVE! from Busboys Talent Showcase Open Mic hosted by Beny Blaq
14th & V | Langston Room | May 5, 2017 | 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! LIVE! is an open mic talent showcase that offers a platform for all performers.


FUNK PARADE
14th & V | Langston Room | May 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us in the Langston Room for this FREE concert as part of the 2017 Funk Parade!! Featuring Boomscat and Alex Vaughn!! 


A.C.T.O.R (A Continuing Talk on Race) Breaking the Stigma- A Mental Health Awareness Month Event
14th & V | Langston Room | May 7, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) open discussion series is hosted by Busboys and Poets as a community service. It provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. 


*SPARKLE* Queer Open Mic
14th & V | Langston Room | May 7, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! *SPARKLE* Open Mic Poetry is a queer-friendly and focused reading series that has featured an array of LGBT-dedicated poets. Hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou.


Christopher de Bellaigue: ISLAMIC ENLIGHTENMENT
14th & V | Langston Room | May 8, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets 14th & V welcomes Christopher de Bellaigue to present his new book "The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times."


D. Watkins: THE COOK UP
14th & V | Langston Room | May 9, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets 14th & V welcomes D. Watkins to present his new book "The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir."


Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence
14th & V | Langston Room | May 10, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The DC Anti-Violence Project seeks to use spoken word, dance, poetry, visual art, and other forms of artistic expression to bring DC LGBT communities together for a night of healing and self-expression to prevent violence in and against our communities and to support the survivors that live in our midst.


11th Hour Poetry Slam Hosted by 2Deep the Poetess
14th & V | Langston Room | May 12, 2017 | 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

The 11th Hour Poetry Slam offers an opportunity for poetry lovers to enjoy the competitive art of late-night performance poetry! Enjoy two rounds of high intensity poetry, with the audience choosing a winner.


Emily J. Lordi’s “Donny Hathaway Live” and Tony Fletcher’s “In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul
14th & V | Langston Room | May 15, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Busboys and Poets 14th & V welcomes authors Emily J. Lordi and Tony Fletcher to speak about their books "Donny Hathaway Live" from the 33 1/3 collection and "In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul of Wilson Pickett."

With live music by members of former Pickett backing band the Midnight Movers.


IVLP Volunteerism: Civic Action Luncheon
14th & V | Langston Room | May 15, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Private event in the Langston Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Tuesday Night Open Mic with host Drew Anderson
14th & V | Langston Room | May 16, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Charmaine Craig: MISS BURMA
14th & V | Langston Room | May 16, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets 14th & V welcomes Charmaine Craig to present her new book "Miss Burma."


Hugh Price: THIS AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIFE
14th & V | Langston Room | May 17, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets 14th & V welcomes Hugh B. Price to present his new book "This African-American Life: A Memoir."


2017 Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Closing Reception
14th & V | Langston Room | May 18, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Langston Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Youth Workforce Leadership Academy, Session 4
14th & V | Langston Room | May 18, 2017 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Private event in the Langston Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Poetry Slam Discovery Charter School
14th & V | Langston Room | May 19, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Busboys and Poets Welcomes the discovery Charter School for this private event in the Langston Room. To schedule an event, please complete our inquiry form.


Haiti Week in DC : “Where Do We Go from Here? A Panel Conversation
14th & V | Langston Room | May 19, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

As a part of Haiti Week in DC, Busboys and Poets and the Embassy of Haiti invites you to this panel conversation on current issues in the U.S. featuring prominent Haitian-Americans at the forefront of socio-political affairs who will also reflect on how their Haitian heritage has shaped their political trajectory.


Networking Panel
14th & V | Langston Room | May 20, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

D.C.! Join us in an intimate conversation with Blavity CEO, Morgan DeBaun and founder of Heat Free Hair Movement, Ngozi Opara. This is the next stop in the 21Ninety & #EmpowerHer17 Panel tour, presented by @FordMotorCompany. #MyFordFam


Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry
14th & V | Langston Room | May 21, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Each program includes one to two featured poets and an open mic segment.


Andrew Evans: THE BLACK PENGUIN
14th & V | Langston Room | May 22, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets 14th & V welcomes Andrew Evans to present his new book "The Black Penguin."


Tuesday Night Open Mic with host Gowri K
14th & V | Langston Room | May 23, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Miranda Pennington: A GIRL WALKS INTO A BOOK
14th & V | Langston Room | May 23, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets 14th & V welcomes Miranda Pennington to present her new book "A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me About Live, Love, and Women's Work."


Indie Lens Pop Up Presents- Real Boy
14th & V | Langston Room | May 24, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

ITVS and WHUT Indie Lens Pop-Up and its community partners present Real Boy. Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom.


Annual Banquet of the DC Sociological Society
14th & V | Langston Room | May 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Private event in the Langston Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Congressional Hunger Center All-Day Program Retreat
14th & V | Langston Room | May 26, 2017 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Private event in the Langston Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
14th & V | Langston Room | May 26, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Private event in the Langston Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
14th & V | Langston Room | May 27, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Private event in the Langston Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432


Tuesday Night Open Mic with host Khadijah Moon
14th & V | Langston Room | May 30, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Laborfest 2017- Labor Jazz Showcase
14th & V | Langston Room | May 30, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Laborfest 2017 Presents: Labor Jazz Showcase. The DC LaborFest wraps up with a full night of jazz starting with a live simulcast concert from 5-6p on WPFW 89.3FM with local jazz musicians from the Washington Musicians Union.


Helena Sheehan Book Event
14th & V | Langston Room | May 31, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us to talk with Irish author Helena Sheehan about her new book The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left. Beginning as a strong Syriza supporter, Sheehan sees the party transformed from a horizon of hope to a vortex of despair. But out of the dust of defeat, she asks what we can learn from the Greek experience to help the left in Greece, the United States, and beyond succeed as it renews resistance to austerity. She will be introduced by Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder of CODEPINK and author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection.


Discussion, sharing, prayer with special guest Brian Guerin
14th & V | Langston Room | May 31, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Busboys and Poets welcomes the Abundant Love Christian Fellowship to the Langston Room for this Discussion, sharing, and prayer event with special guest Brian Guerin. Free and open to the public.


Events at 5th & K

Private Event: Congressional Progressive Caucus Leadership Dinner
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Private event in the Loft. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Private Event: CloseUp Foundation
5th & K | The Loft | May 2, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Loft. To plan your event, call our events team at (202) 332 6432


Private Student Group Dinner
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 2, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Wednesday Night Open Mic hosted by Chris Poetryzchyld Thomas | Featuring Piel Cafe Poetry
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 3, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Private Event: CloseUp Foundation
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 3, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, call our events team at (202) 332 6432


The Healing Forest Institute, Inc and Goombay Adventurers present the Annual Spring Event and Fundra
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 4, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for Karaoke-for-Kamp! This Benefit Fundraiser will help to sponsor 50 middle school girls on a summer academic travel adventure. Your support will help deserving girls have an amazing learning experience. Hosted by The Healing Forest Institute, Inc. a non-profit youth development organization, and Goombay Adventurers, the #1 African-American Outdoor Adventure and Sports Club.


Busboys and Poets Welcomes Author Khaled Fayyad
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 7, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us at Busboys and Poets as we welcome author Khaled Fayyad for a discussion and signing of his book Love and Promise.


Focus In! Film Series presents “America: An Immigration Nation”
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 9, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at Busboys and Poets Focus-In! Film Series: Cinema for a Conscious Community for a screening and panel of the Documentary America: An Immigration Nation.


Wednesday Open Mic Poetry hosted by Simply Sherri
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 10, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


The Democracy Collaborative presents author Kate Raworth
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 10, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join author and economist Kate Raworth to find out how to think like a 21st century economist as she talks about her book Doughnut Economics.


The Loft: A Queer Happy Hour
5th & K | The Loft | May 10, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Loft: A Queer Happy Hour at the upstairs bar 


Private Event: MD|DC Credit Union Association
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 11, 2017 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Private Event: Fundraiser for Virginia Democrats
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 11, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Private Event: NYU Spring Semester Celebration
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 12, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Private Event: Informal Gathering
5th & K | The Loft | May 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Reshaping the Haiti Narrative: A Movement in the Making,  A Conversation with Ambassador Altidor and
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 15, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a fireside chat with Haiti’s Ambassador to the U.S., Paul G. Altidor, and the owner of Busboys and Poets, Andy Shallal. You can look forward to an intimate discussion on a wide range of topics.


Private Event: Dinner for Senior Adults
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 16, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Private Event: Panel discussion
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Board Retreat Dinner
5th & K | The Loft | May 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Private event in the Loft. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Wednesday Night Open Mic Hosted by Mary Bowman
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 17, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Private Event: Children’s Book Guild
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 18, 2017 | 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


The Story Collider: Risk
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 18, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

We can all relate to the desire to feel comfortable, safe, secure. But what about those moments when we took a chance and gambled with our relationships, our futures, or even our lives? This month we bring you stories that remind us that on the road to reward, we all have to take some risks. 


Alumni Reception/Meet-Up
5th & K | The Loft | May 18, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Private event in The Loft. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Youth Open Mic presented by Busboys and Poets
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 20, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere.


Poetry
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 21, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Private Event: Duke Clinical Research
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Private Event:  Sierra Club
5th & K | The Loft | May 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Loft. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Brooklyn East Collegiate Field Trip
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 23, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Wednesday Night Open Mic hosted by Dwayne B
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 24, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Private Event: Presentation and Reception
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 25, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


ASL Open Mic
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 26, 2017 | 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

A Busboys and Poetry event!?On this night, American sign language users and viewers from all corners of life will come together to recite a poem, song, short skit or jokes. Come out and enjoy the wonderful environment while you eat, get your drink on and socialize. Great for those learning American sign language. Hosted by Fred Beam


Private Event: Meet the Dean
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 30, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Wednesday Open Mic Poetry hosted by Jonathan Tucker
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 31, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


PPFA Closed Reception
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 31, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Cullen Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Events at Brookland

Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Charity Blackwell
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 1, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


LOUDER THAN A BOMB - DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festival (LTAB-DMV)
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 6, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Split This Rock is proud to host Louder Than a Bomb, the largest youth team poetry competition and festival in the DMV! Join us for the Grand Slam Finals May 13th at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. This event is free and open to the public!


LOUDER THAN A BOMB - DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festival (LTAB-DMV)
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 7, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Split This Rock is proud to host Louder Than a Bomb, the largest youth team poetry competition and festival in the DMV! Join us for the Grand Slam Finals May 13th at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. This event is free and open to the public!


Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Orville Walker
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 8, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Carolyn Malachi
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 15, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Haiti Week in DC: We Are Forever United
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 17, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

As a part of Haiti Week in DC, Busboys and Poets and the Embassy of Haiti Presents: "We Are Forever United: A Conversation Honoring Haitian Contributions to African American History and Culture"


Focus In Presents:  A Letter To Niyyah: The Sharon Wise Film
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 18, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community Presents a screening of "A Letter To Niyyah: The Sharon Wise Story".  "A Letter to Niyyah" is a story about when your “Under-the-bridge experience” is an opportunity for hope and healing!  Through the lens of healing and hope, the ten-minute viewing session will leave you thinking, crying and feeling hopeful. 


College Open Mic Night hosted by Kosi Dunn
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 19, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

College Open Mic Night is an open mic event featuring groups or individuals from particular colleges who are invited to perform, followed by an open mic for college students and other audience members.


Private Event: Graduation Dinner
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office 


Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Lissa Piercy
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 22, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Film Screening of “In Our Words”
Brookland | Main Dining Room | May 24, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Independant film maker Cameron Harris for a Private Screening of In Our words


The Bonnet: A Nightcap for Black Femmes
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 25, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Bonnet: A Nightcap for Black Femmes presented by Makers Lab and ZAMI at Busboys and Poets 


Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Orville Walker
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 29, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


BUSBOYS AND POETS & @BeltwaySlamDC Present: the BELTWAY POETRY SLAM
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 30, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

BUSBOYS AND POETS & @BeltwaySlamDC Presents: the BELTWAY POETRY SLAM. DC's only Poetry Slam, Inc certified slam event meets the last Tuesday of every month at Busboys and Poets' Brookland location.  


​Book Launch: The Day Tajon Got Shot
Brookland | Pearl Bailey Room | May 30, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the release of a brand new novel by ten teen girls in NE DC, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. This project is a collaboration between Shout Mouse Press (www.shoutmousepress.org) and Beacon House (beaconhousedc.org).


Events at Hyattsville

Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 1, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under.


Thursday Night Open Mic hosted by DJ Tao
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 4, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 8, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under.


Launching Creative Inspiration and Inner Excellence with Harriet Cole
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 10, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 Life stylist, nationally syndicated advice columnist, best-selling author, former Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, Harriette Cole will open FOLA networking events with an inspiring message to “access and activate your passion.”  Presented as part of the 2017 Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA) 


Thursday Night Open Mic hosted by 2 Deep
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 11, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


Festival of Literary Arts:  Pyramid Atlantic Art Book Making Workshop
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 11, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

In this long stitch book workshop participants will learn to create a beautiful long stitch book. They walk away with a sewing card and one complete journal, plus the confidence to make many more books!  Presented as part of the 2017 Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA) 


Festival of Literary Arts:  The Business of Book Illustration and Book Cover Art
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 11, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join artists and illustrators Roger James, Francine Haskins, and Michael Brown as they share there insights of the illustration industry.  Presented as part of the 2017 Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA) 


Festival of Literary Arts:  Publishing Your Story: A Conversation about Launching your Literary Mast
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 11, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What are the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditionally publishing a book? Experienced authors and literary professionals will discuss publishing considerations and the publishing process. This introductory panel discussion is for aspiring and new authors. Presented as part of the 2017 Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA)


Festival of Literary Arts: ​How to Run Your Blog Like a Boss
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 12, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How can you build your brand, maintain a popular blog with a following, balance life, and make blogging profitable? Join Black Bloggers Connect founder, Jessica Aiwuyor, Three6ixtyfive founder Terrence Smalls, Nicole Luke (DC Thrifty Mom), and fashionista, Nikki Brooks-Revis.  Presented as part of the 2017 Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA)


Festival of Literary Arts: The Business of Writing Fundamentals: A Practical Overview of What All Au
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 12, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Is writing a book more than an item to cross off your bucket list? If you are ready to commit to the endeavor, this panel discussion is designed for you. Experienced literary professionals reveal the business aspects of publishing and selling books. Presented as part of the 2017 Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA)


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 15, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under.


Thursday Night Open Mic hosted by Rebecca Dupas
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 18, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.


LIVE! from Busboys Talent Showcase Open Mic hosted by Angie Head
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 19, 2017 | 10:00 pm - 12:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! ?LIVE!? is an open mic talent showcase that offers a platform for all performers.


The Soul of Haiti: Acoustic Performance by Internationally Acclaimed Haitian Songstress Emeline Mich
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 20, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Emeline Michel is known for fusing pop, jazz, blues, and traditional Haitian rhythms in to deeply moving, joyful music delivered with a charismatic live show.


Community Baptist Church Presents “The Spot”
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 21, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What's "THE SPOT," you ask? It's a night filled with live music, spoken word, poetry, live painting, and art that praises the Lord. Our theme is "“Where are you going and who’s going with you?”, a spin-off to the previous theme, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 22, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under.


Private Event: Graduation Celebration
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 23, 2017 | 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Private event in the Zinn Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE


Thursday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by E-baby
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 25, 2017 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Busboys Book Club in Hyattsville
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 27, 2017 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Busboys and Poets Book Club in Hyattsville meets on the last Saturday of every month at 9am in the Zinn Room.


POM Squad Fundraiser
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 28, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under featuring Culture Queen
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 29, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Culture Queen creates fun and cultural experiences for your royal children! Join her at Rise and Rhyme for interactive storytelling, music and movement activities that build your prince or princesses child’s self esteem while introducing them to diverse cultures from many royal lands. 


Private Event:  Graduation
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 30, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Events at Shirlington

Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by KaNikki J
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 1, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Busboys and Poets Book Club in Shirlington
Shirlington | Paul's Den | May 6, 2017 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Book Club meets at the Busboys and Poets in Shirlington on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9am-11am.


PRIVATE EVENT: Arlington Democrats
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 6, 2017 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Private event for the Arlington Democrats in Robeson Room. 


Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by 13 of Nazareth
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 8, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Youth Open Mic, Shirlington
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 14, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere.


Monday Night Open Mic Hosted by Lauren Bullock
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 15, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Washington Gas Luncheon
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 15, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Private event for Washington Gas in the Robeson Room. 


Privat Event: Meeting
Shirlington | Paul's Den | May 17, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Private event in Paul's Den To book your next event in one of our private spaces click here and fill out our online form or call the Events and Marketing team at 202-332-6432.


Private Event: Staff Meeting
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 17, 2017 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Private event in the Robeson Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


George Mason Univeristy College
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 19, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Private event in Robeson Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Private Event: Graduation Party
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 20, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Private event in the Robeson Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or at the events office @ 202-332-1914.


Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by Sli’im Williams
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 22, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


“LIVE! from Busboys” Talent Showcase hosted by Beny Blaq
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 26, 2017 | 10:00 pm - 12:00 am

LIVE! from Shirlington takes place on the last Friday of every month and offers a platform for all performers ...musicians, comedians, dancers, thespians, magicians, or any other type of performer!


Monday Night Open Mic Poetry All Host Extravaganza
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 29, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Busboys and Poetry event! For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under featuring Mr,. Banjo Man
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 30, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's performer is Mr. Banjo.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under Hosted By Mr. Banjo Man
Shirlington | Robeson Room | May 30, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under, stay-at-home parents, and early rising families of all kinds.


Events at Takoma

Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under ft. Audrey Engdahl
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 1, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's performer is: Audrey Engdahl


Laborfest 2017- Labor R&B & Jazz show: Lee Anderson and Bev Holton
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 2, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Labor Fest 2017 Presents: Labor R&B & Jazz show: Lee Anderson and Bev Holton.  Many musicians have day jobs and many office workers dream of other vocations: Lee and Bev weave these together perfectly. They both work at the AFL-CIO – Lee’s a Senior Digital Strategist in the Digital Strategies department and Bev’s an Administrative Secretary in the Communications department – and they’ve both been singing for decades.


A DC Science Café Event… Other Worlds!
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 3, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

For a rare insider view on the profound adventures of the hunt to discover exoplanets—planets circling other stars., join exoplanetary scientist R. Paul Butler, one of the earliest and now most prolific exoplanet hunters, and Steven J. Dick, an astronomer and historian of science who has devoted his career to chronicling humanity’s profound and complex curiosity about other worlds and the life those other worlds might harbor. 


Laborfest 2017-  Songs for the Resistance: Joe Uehlein
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 4, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Laborfest 2017 Presents: Songs for the Resistance- Joe Uehlein. Joe has sung on hundreds of picket lines, in union halls, at union educational conferences and conventions, and in all of DC's finest venues. His deep roots in the labor and environmental movements make the theme of this show -- "Songs for the Resistance" -- a natural for him.


Book Launch Party
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 7, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Private event in the Nicolás Guillén Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under featuring Culture Queen
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 8, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Culture Queen creates fun and cultural experiences for your royal children! Join her at Rise and Rhyme for interactive storytelling, music and movement activities that build your prince or princesses child’s self esteem while introducing them to diverse cultures from many royal lands. 


Laborfest 2017-  Aztec Sun
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 9, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Laborfest 2017 Presents: Aztec Sun. United by the beat and driven by the groove, AZTEC SUN's music is perfect for dancing or just listening and appreciating. Named "DC's Best Local Band of 2016" by the Washington City Paper's Reader's Poll, they offer a blend of 70s-era Funk and Soul music with heavy influences of Afrobeat, Blues and Jazz.


Grapevine: Storytelling Series
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 10, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

COME HEAR IT AT THE GRAPEVINE @ Busboys and Poets, Takoma SECOND WEDNESDAYS @ 7:30 PM! Tim Livengood and Noa Baum host The Grapevine Spoken Word Series. Celebrate the timeless Art of Storytelling, with Truths, Folktales, Rumors, and everything in between! $15 suggested Donation


Jazz & Verse Open Mic
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 14, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sunday Jazz & Verse Open Mic Poetry & Jazz Night! A Busboys and Poetry Event. Every second Sunday, cap off brunch with two hours of incredible music and poetry! Audiences can expect a diverse array of spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and more with a Jazz soundtrack! It will feature the sounds of a professional Jazz Band to groove us into the night. All are welcomed to perform, or enjoy a night of Jazz & Verse!


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under Hosted By Mr. Banjo Man
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 15, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under, stay-at-home parents, and early rising families of all kinds.


Bread & Roses- Laborfest 2017 Edition. Love Songs from the Liberation Wars
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 17, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bread & Roses- Laborfest 2017 Edition. Love Songs from the Liberation Wars. An original “labor jazz opera” by local activist/musician Steve Jones, “Love Songs” tells the moving story of a strike led by African-American women at the R J Reynolds factory in Winston-Salem, NC, which was an early victory against Jim Crow segregation.


Storytelling Event
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 21, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Taiwanese American Professionals - Washington, D.C. Area (TAP - DC) and NAAAP DC as we celebrate Asian American Heritage Month through listening to shared stories by members of the DMV’s greater AAPI community centered on the theme of [Identity].


Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under Hosted By Mr. Banjo Man
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 22, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under, stay-at-home parents, and early rising families of all kinds.


Dinner for Graduation Celebration
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 22, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Private event in the Nicolás Guillén Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Laborfest 2017- MAGPIE
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 23, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Laborfest 2017 Presents: MAGPIE.  Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner return to the LaborFest for the second straight year. They’ll be singing selections from their new CD, "When We Stand Together: Songs of Joe Hill, the IWW, and Fellow Workers."


Staff Training & Development
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 23, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Private event in the Nicolás Guillén Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Racial Equity and Nuclear Weapons
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 24, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Beyond Nuclear and Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) to the Nicolás Guillén room for this discussion. This event will include Anti-nuclear speakers, film clips, outreach by Alliance for Nuclear Accountability to youth and people of color.


Donor/listening party with recording artist Mandisa (American Idol).
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 24, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Busboys and Poets welcomes WGTS and recording artist, Mandisa, to the Nicolás Guillén room for this private event. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Company Event
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Private event in the Nicolás Guillén Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Wedding Reception
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Private event in the Nicolás Guillén Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.


Cancelled - Rise + Rhyme: Storytelling/Performances for Ages 5 and Under
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 29, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Due to the Holiday Rise + Rhyme has been cancelled. A Busboys and Poets in-house series! Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series for children ages 5 and under. Today's feature is TBD.


Conversation with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 30, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us in the Nicolás Gullén room for 'Norton in Your Neighborhood'. We'll be discussing congressional issues of interest to the Takoma and Ward 4 communities. Bring your questions and concerns to discuss with the Congresswoman and enjoy our delicious food while you're at it! Come make your voice heard!


8th Grade Prom
Takoma | Nicolás Guillén Room | May 31, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Private event in the Nicolás Guillén Room. To plan your event, complete our online form HERE or call the events office @ 202-332-6432.