From early November through March, the Pavilion floor is transformed into a gleaming ice-skating rink. Ice skates and other supplies are available inside the Information Center at the Skate Shop, beside the Pavilion. Adults $10. Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St. Reston, VA; www.restontowncenter.com
From mid-November to March, the Washington Harbour Ice Rink transforms into a picturesque fountain, and is open for recreational skating every day, including all holidays. Adult admission $10, children $9, skate rentals $6. Various dates and times. The Washington Harbour: 3000 and 3050 K St. NW, DC; www.thewashingtonharbour.com
Experience skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by largescale sculptures by contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, Tony Smith and others. Various hours of operation. Adults $9 and skate rentals $4. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden: 9th Street and Constitution Avenue in NW, DC; www.nga.gov
Formerly an abandoned bus parking lot, Canal Park is one of Capitol Riverfront’s many neighborhood attractions. The ice rink at Canal Park stands out from its other DC counterparts in that the ice is on a track, much like gliding along a frozen canal. Skate your way around and around the figure eight and admire city views everywhere you turn. Various hours of operation. Adults $9. Canal Park Outdoor Ice Rink: 200 M St. SE, DC; www.canalparkiceskating.com
Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week showcases the inventiveness of local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Old Town, Del Ray, Carlyle and Eisenhower, and the West End. At a range of locales, from neighborhood favorites to restaurants specializing in international cuisine, guests will savor the flavors of Alexandria’s distinctive collection of eateries.
Alexandria restaurants will feature a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week. More than 35 restaurants will also offer lunch menus at $15 or $22 per person in addition to the dinner specials. Brunch lovers can enjoy brunch menus for $15 or $22 per person at 10 restaurants.
“What King Would Say Today,” with Anthony Cook, professor of law at the Georgetown University Law School, community activist, scholar of Martin Luther King Jr., and author of The Least of These: Race, Law and Religion in American Culture.
Honor Martin Luther King Day by attending a talk that asks: What would Dr. King say about America in the era of President Donald Trump?
From the founding of this country to the present time, race has always shaped American politics. The Trump era is no exception, although it has reverted to an overtness reminiscent of bygone eras – bullhorn rather than dog whistle racism. Rather than being universally rebuked for his racist rhetoric, our current president retains an approval rating that often exceeds 40 percent, thanks to the support of many evangelical Christian or working-class white people, white nationalists, black conservatives, and segments of the business community.
King struggled against similar forces during his time: Bull Connor and George Wallace and their klansman-styled racism; the less overt but more systemic and institutionalized racism of northern cities such as Chicago; the complacency and sometimes resistance of white and black Christian churches and moderates; and the inherent conservatism of the business class. At the core of King’s response to these dark alliances was a bold, progressive vision for America – the Beloved Community. Operating at the theological, secular philosophical, and social-movement levels, the Beloved Community called for a critique of white supremacy and unbridled capitalist ideology, a balancing of promotion of colorblindness and demands for equity in remedying the legacy of American slavery and segregation, a social democracy of more equitably distributed wealth and ownership of natural resources, and a revolution of values that prioritized human beings, relationships, and communities over property and things.
Join Professor Cook, a leading scholar and advocate of Reverend King, for a stirring discussion of the civil-rights icon’s life and ideas. King still has much to teach us. Are we willing to listen? (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, save $2 with a student ID.)
Advance tickets available at https://profsandpintsmlk.brownpapertickets.com/
Looking for a fun way to spend some time outside this winter? Join The Wharf for a free, friendly game of curling! The Canadian game marries hockey and shuffleboard for a low-pressure evening on the ice. Sign-ups to play are on-site (no advance registration available). Beginners are welcome and encouraged. Come with a friend or get matched with a partner when you arrive. No ice skates allowed, but please wear soft-soled tennis shoes. All other equipment will be provided. Spectators are welcome, too! Cheer on the players and learn the game from the sidelines — while sampling some winter cocktails.
You must be 8+ to play
Limit 200 people
“Bugs, Drugs, Evolution and Medicine,” with Rui Diogo, associate professor of anatomy at Howard University’s College of Medicine and resource faculty member at George Washington University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology.
Evolutionary medicine is a rapidly growing field that uses knowledge from evolutionary biology to better understand, prevent and treat disease. It’s offering an understanding of why our bodies are what they are, which allows us to have a better understanding of ‘imperfections’ that make us particularly vulnerable to certain diseases or sport injuries. It factors prominently into discussions of antibiotics, vaccines, obesity, and “poop treatments” to build the immunity of babies.
It’s also highly controversial. It remains on the fringes of pre-medical and medical education in the United States, a nation where medical students are not required to accept the theory of evolution, and many don’t. New genetic data is being used—often by people without adequate knowledge and scientific background—to try enhance the human body and build “superhumans.” Misunderstood science has revived old prejudices, to try to justify discriminatory treatment of immigrants and other groups.
Professor Diogo, who in November delivered a great Profs and Pints talk on evolution and racism, returns to the stage to give us an understanding of evolutionary medicine and its implications. He’ll discuss how it factors into worries about the impact of overmedication, a huge problem in the United States. He’ll talk about how it has played a role in medical developments such as the growing reluctance of doctors to give antibiotics to babies and their deliberate exposure of babies to fecal bacteria from their mothers. We’ll learn how environmental factors in the womb and elsewhere can switch genes on or off, leading to obesity and other problems, and how certain genetic factors can leave us particularly vulnerable to certain diseases or sports injuries.
You’ll leave with a much greater understanding of medicine and your own body. (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, save $2 with a student ID.)
Advance tickets available at https://profspintsevolutionarymed.brownpapertickets.com/
Join us for a fun, free game of broomball! This hockey-like game originated in Canada and we’re paying tribute to our neighbors to the north with some friendly competition on our ice rink. Sign-ups are on-site (no advance registration available). Beginners are welcome and encouraged. Come alone or bring friends to form your own team of eight people. A goalie is provided for each team. No ice skates needed, but please wear soft-soled tennis shoes. All equipment will be provided. Spectators are welcome, too! Cheer on the players and learn the game from the sidelines — with a winter brew in hand, of course.
Please note: This is a 21+ event.
“Hamilton’s History Remix,” with Richard Bell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical was completely sold out at the Kennedy Center this past summer, and many of us have the triple-platinum cast album playing on repeat. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: The Musical puts center stage.
Join Richard Bell, who previously wowed Profs and Pints audiences with his talks on Benjamin Franklin and on African Americans in the American Revolution, for a great examination of the history underlying the musical. In a talk aimed at people who’ve seen the show or know the soundtrack, he’ll explore the Hamilton phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business.
We’ll learn what this amazing musical got right and got wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States, and why that matters. We’ll examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based.
We will also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made? (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, save $2 with a student ID.)
Advance tickets available https://profspintshiphophamilton.brownpapertickets.com/