January 18, 2024 – January 25, 2024

In keeping with our ongoing mission of uplifting racial and cultural connections, Busboys and Poets is hosting Palestine Week (January 18 through January 25, 2024). This week-long series of events will offer a diverse range of programming featuring Palestinian food, music, dance, poetry, discussions, and other enriching events. We hope that such events will lead to better understanding and help to create a more peaceful and tolerant world.
all events are free and open to all, unless otherwise noted

Read Why We Are Doing Palestine WeekAndy Shallal

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

6 PM @ Busboys and Poets – Takoma

Palestine Culture Night hosted by the Jackson-Reed High School Arab Student Union

featuring Malikat al Dabke, Crystal Silmi , and Fuad Foty


6 PM @ Busboys and Poets – Columbia
Food & Folklore: The Gaza Kitchen w/ Laila El-Haddad | 4-Course Dinner & Storytelling

Laila El-Haddad, the award-winning author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey, has worked with the Busboys and Poets culinary team to present a 4-course dinner that beautifully highlights the diverse cultural tapestry of Palestine.

Enjoy each course while our featured speaker provides fascinating insights into the history and ingredients utilized in each dish.

$40 per person. Tickets include the 4-course dinner and program.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

4 PM @ Busboys and Poets – Takoma
Social Justice Art Poster-Making Workshop

6 PM @ Busboys and Poets – 450K

Conversation with Josh Paul

Join us to gain further insight into this significant decision and hear Josh Paul’s personal account of “Why I resigned from the State Department.”

Sunday, January 21, 2024

5 PM @ Busboys and Poets – Brookland
Poems for Palestine 

An open mic hosted by Zeina Azzam (Palestinian American Poet, Poet Laureate of the City of Alexandria VA) with other special guests!


Monday, January 22, 2024

6 PM @ Busboys and Poets Shirlington
An Evening with Linda Sarsour

Palestinian Muslim American, Community Organizer and Mother of Three, Linda Sarsour will discuss the current state of affairs in Palestine


6 PM @ Busboys and Poets 14th & V

Busboys and Poets Books welcomes Yaffa As to discuss “Blood Orange”

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

3:30 PM @ 14th & V

Lunch & Learn with Nadim Nashif & Andy Shallal 

Co-founder and owner of Wusol Digital Academy, the Executive Director and co-founder of 7Amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media 

This program will be recorded for broadcast on “Next up to the mic with Andy Shallal”, WPFW 89.3 FM Radio


5 PM @ 14th & V

In Conversation with Miko Peled & Gina Dent


6 PM @ 14th & V

An Evening with Angela Davis

Busboys and Poets presents an evening with world-renowned activist and scholar, Angela Davis


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

6 PM @ 14th & V

Gaza Monologues: Voices of Young Palestinians

This inspiring play presents 31 monologues written by teenagers from different parts of Gaza, many of whom had no prior experience in theater. 


Thursday, January 25, 2024

6 PM @ Takoma

Busboys and Poets welcomes Dr. Jill Stein presidential candidate Green Party 

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#PaintTheStorefronts

These are trying times for people and local, small businesses across the globe. Instead of boarding up our windows after an unfortunate act of vandalism, we’ve responded by spreading messages of optimism and hope by hiring local artists to #PaintTheStorefronts. All of our seven locations are painted, and we are spreading the movement; already we’ve … Continued