The “in-house series” events offer diverse opportunities to engage and connect with fellow community members, thinkers, artists, and activists through the medium of film, music, poetry, art, books, performance, and more. Each series (listed below) has a designated time and space that we encourage you to add to your calendars for your participation is vital to enhancing and heightening the ongoing discussions.

A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race)
is an open discussion series that provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak honestly and openly about issues relating to race. The intent is for each person to walk away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured, hopeful, inspired and moved to action! Each month there is a new topic with our Events Director Pamela Pinnock as facilitator.
Where & When: 14th & V, 1st Sunday of the month, 5pm-7pm
Admission: Free and Open to All
Contact: Pamela Pinnock at

Book Club
Do you enjoy relaxing and opening the imagination with a good read? Launched in February 2011, Busboys and Poets presents a monthly Book Club for lively and thought-provoking discussions with a wide array of books surrounding social conscience and artistic sensibilities. Selected books can be purchased on-site at the Global Exchange Fair Trade store at Shirlington. Be sure to email us (see below) to be added to the Book Club email list!
Where & When: Shirlington, Second Saturdays of every month, 9-11am
Admission: Free and Open to All
Contact: Melissa DePaulis

First Fridays: A Local Arts Exploration is a monthly series, which includes artist talks, local studio visits and more! Mixing up the First Friday Gallery Walks popular to many U.S. cities, whereby arts venues all open their doors at the same time, Busboys’ “First Fridays” will combine a reception, artist talks and the unique opportunity to meet other local artists, as well as see their work in the surrounding areas. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Where & When: Hyattsville, 1st Friday of every month, 5:30-7pm
Admission: Free with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres

“LIVE! from Busboys” is an open mic talent showcase held at Busboys and Poets that offers a platform for all performers – not just poets! Whether you are a musician, comedian, dancer, actor/actress, magician or any other type of performer, we want to see what you’ve got! So, come out and showcase your talent!
Where & When: 14th & V, 1st Friday of every month, 11pm-1am
Shirlington, Last Friday of every month, 10pm-Midnight
Hyattsville, 3rd Friday of every month, 10pm-Midnight
Admission: $5 (tickets can be purchased online. Cash only accepted for door sales)

Peace Café
is a Busboys and Poets program that offers an on-going series of events designed to bring together Arabs, Jews, and those interested in working toward a resolution to the conflict in the Middle East. The focus is on encouraging individuals from various backgrounds to share food and conversation. Founded by Andy Shallal, Ari Roth and Mimi Conway.
Where & When: Varies
Admission: Free and Open to All
Contact: Andy Shallal

Busboys and Poets Poetry
Busboys and Poets is proud to be a venue that provides space and support for poets and spoken word performers to showcase their work through its Busboys and Poetry programming. From the cozy atmosphere of the “Sunday Kind of Love” poetry series to the high intensity of Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry at 14th & V, we are sure you will find a Busboys and Poetry event that will leave you inspired and wanting to come back for more!
Poetry Programs: Weekly Open Mic, Nine on the Ninth, 11th Hour Poetry Slam, *Sparkle*, Sunday Kind of Love, ASL, Youth Open Mic

Rise + Rhyme is a weekly Busboys and Poets series for local stay-at-home parents and early rising families of all kinds! Featuring performances and stories for children ages 5 and under.
Where & When: Hyattsville, Every Monday, 9:30-11AM
Admission: $5 suggested donation



DC Veg Restaurant Week

Dine at Busboys and Poets this week and enjoy our special DC Veg Restaurant Week prix fixe menu. We are offering some of your favorite Vegan dishes, served together for one great price.

Covid-19 Protocol

Covid-19 Protocol

Due to the upcoming vaccination/testing requirements, we are re-posting the Busboys and Poets Safety Protocol: “The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented moment in history and has impacted the hospitality industry unlike anything else we have experienced before.  This manual is an introduction to how Busboys and Poets plans to get in front of the situation, … Continued

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A Reflective Minute: The Crown Act Mural Unveiling in Anacostia

Busboys and Poets is built, in part, on the premise of being a place where, “arts, politics and culture intentionally collide.” So there is no better place for Candice Taylor’s Crown Act Mural to be displayed than on the side of a wall of Busboys and Poets in Anacostia. The 2019 Crown Act was created … Continued


Busboys and Poets – Baltimore

You may have noticed the new mural being installed on the windows of the new Busboys and Poets location Charles Village – 3224 St Paul Street Baltimore, MD This mural is titled: The Busboy and the Poet by Mia Duvall The name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a … Continued

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Everest Base Camp #20

FINAL POSTING FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP TRAVEL LOG. Thank you for staying with me and for your beautiful comments. Hope to see at least some of you soon. Why I am here. It is 7:15 am. Our flight out of Lukla is at 8. I savor a yak cheese omelette and my last Himalayan coffee. … Continued

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The Nepal Chronicles #1

March 2, 2021… For the next couple of weeks I will be blogging on Facebook about a trip that I have been planning the day I turned 65, which was about a year ago. I am heading to Everest Base Camp and hoping to celebrate my 66th there. I got the all clear from my … Continued

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Community Resources for COVID-19

Here are some resources that you may be able to take advantage of: Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you Back To School After Lockdown – Tips From An NHS Psychologist One Fair Wage – Emergency Funding for Tipped Employees/Service WorkersRWCF- Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund USBG- COVID-19 Relief Grants for Bartenders Restaurant Opportunities Centers- United … Continued

Congressman Jamie Raskin on “The Takeout” in Takoma

Congressman Jamie Raskin on “The Takeout” in Takoma

Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin joined CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett at Busboys and Poets in Takoma to talk about impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, his role on the House Judiciary Committee and whistleblowers on this week’s episode of “The Takeout.” Air Date: Nov 15, 2019 Watch:

Books We Recommend

Books We Recommend

If your New Years resolution is to read more, you may want to add these two to your list!

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Everest Base Camp #8

Fasten yourself seatbelt it’s going to be a bumpy ride or There is literally nothing that duct tape can’t solve. Dawa picks me up at 5 am sharp and we make it to the airport by 5:15 for our 6:15 flight to you know where! There is no traffic to speak of. It is really … Continued

Good Samaritans

Good Samaritans

Busboys and Poets’ Tribe donates appliances to recovery center that provides structured housing and recovery services for homeless and addicted people