Upcoming Events

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  • CINEMA NIGHT – Suffragette

    580a98401407d.imageCinema Night — “Suffragette”

    Friday, February 17, 2017 

    TIME: 6:00 PM—Bar opens with light dinner
    7:00 PM —Film starts

    EVENT TYPE: Movie Night



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    Suffragette, a moving drama inspired by true events, explores the passion and heartbreak of women in early 20th century Britain, who were willing to lose everything to fight for equality and the right to vote.  They risked their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives.  Their civil disobedience sparked debate across the nation. When increasingly aggressive police action forced them underground, they engaged in a dangerous game of cat –and-mouse with authorities and sparked debates across the nation.

    Three time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter head the cast.  Suffragette is directed by BAFTA award winner Sarah Gavron.

    PRICE: $25 Members/$30 Non-Members (Light dinner and movie); $10 Movie only. Cash Bar.


  • Peter and the Starcatcher


    “Peter and the Starcatcher”

    A Panel Discussion with Allison Arkell Stockman, Dallas Tolentino and Megan Graves

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

    TIME: 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Panel Discussion

    Get the word from the two young stars of this incredible Broadway musical theater hit, staged by Constellation Theater Company, playing at the Source Theater (14th St. NW) from Feb. 9 – March 12.

    These two talented “triple-threats” (acting, singing, dancing) — as the leads of this adult prequel to J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” — will talk about how they developed their roles.

    Dallas is one of the “lost boys,” the one who becomes (later) Peter Pan, and Megan plays “Molly,” who will later become Wendy.  Plus Allison Arkell Stockman, the co-founder and artistic director of Constellation — now in its 10th anniversary season with string of critical and commercial hits — will take us behind the sense of its creative shaping and staging.

    The show features a superb cast and is a musical treat, integrating on a small stage a stylish script (based on the Dave Barry comic novel), stunning choreography, and catchy tunes.  See evil, yet funny, pirates all over the pace,  bad pirates!

    WNDC members will also be offered discount tickets to see it.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes Hors d’Oeuvres. Cash Bar.


  • April Ryan

    april ryanApril Ryan:

    At Mama’s Knee: Mothers in Black and White

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

    TIME: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    5:30 pm – Bar opens, 6:30 pm – Talk, Q&A, book signing

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    Timed for February “Black History Month,” celebrated journalist and author April D. Ryan, White House bureau chief and correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, will talk about race in America, from a Black mother’s perspective, at the dawn of the post-Obama era.  And it turns out that mothers are on the front lines of racial revolution, and reconciliation.

    Her first book,The Presidency in Black and White (2015) examined race in America through her own experience as a White House reporter.  Her latest book, At Mama’s Knee: Mothers in Black and White (2016), is a truly explosive look into what mothers really teach their children about race in America, including a look at how to handle the “N” word.

    It goes from the White House to every house in America, based on her own personal stories, as a Black mother with two daughters living in her Baltimore hometown.  But she also tells stores learned from interviews with iconic Americans, including Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton, Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Harry Belafonte, Senator Cory Booker, and Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett.  Wolf Blitzer, CNN anchor on The Situation Room, calls it “truly amazing — powerful and personal.”  The forward is by Chris Matthews, MSNBC anchor of “Hardball.”

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes Hors d’Oeuvres. Cash Bar.


  • Robert McNeely: The Making of Hillary Clinton

    McNeely_6937_CompRobert McNeely:

    “THE MAKING OF HILLARY CLINTON: The White House Years”

    Thursday, February 23, 2017 (Lunch)

    TIME: 11:30 AM – Bar opens; 12:15 PM – Lunch served;
    1:00-2:00 PM – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    McNeely, official White House photographer during the presidency of Bill Clinton, reveals never-before-seen, candid, intimate images of the First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a photo-chronicle of her transformation in the 1990s into a national policymaker on health care reform and so much more.  This remarkable photo essay foreshadows her unprecedented role as a trailblazer for women in presidential politics, leading to her nomination for President in 2016.

    It is impossible to comprehend the past twenty-five years of American politics without understanding both Hillary and Bill Clinton.  She redefined the role of First Lady, taking an office in the West Wing.  She became a key member of her husband’s inner circle of policymakers as well as traveling overseas, including to Beijing, China to deliver her famous speech that “women’s rights are human rights.”

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


  • The Refugee Crisis in America

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    THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN AMERICA, Trump’s Ban on Entry, and a local Response on Capitol Hill

    Thursday, February 23, 2017 

    TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    How ought we treat “strangers in a strange land”?  How can we counter the prejudice and fear of Americans towards Muslim refugees, fleeing lands of civil wars? One way is to extend helping hands to new refugee families. Three residents from the multi-faith group Good Neighbor of Capitol Hill describe how they mobilized to support a family that arrived Jan. 17 and to help two additional families. Homes are being furnished with clothing, linens, kitchen and bath supplies, cell-phones and computers. Arriving families are met at the airport; offered help with transportation, medical appointments, and job interviews; and supported financially during their first year here.

    The panel consists of Karen Getman (Episcopalian), Brendan Danaher (Methodist) and Kathryn Tobias (Lutheran). Their challenge is simple: We are called to acts of radical hospitality. Also invited is former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who has spoken out against the President’s ban on refugees and calls this new policy “a cruel measure” and “a stark departure from America’s core values.”

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes Hors d’Oeuvres. Cash Bar.


  • Gentle Vinyasa Yoga Series

     Gentle Vinyasa Yoga Series

    February 27 – April 10, 2017

    TIME: 6:00—7:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Yoga Class

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    Vinyasa Yoga is a fluid integration of breath and movement designed to awaken your inner strength, cultivate balance, and connect you with greater consciousness from within. Through meditation, breathwork, and gentle flowing sequences, expect an accessible mixed level practice that will both challenge and meet you where you are. Be prepared to build your practice in a safe environment with humor and ease. Come on in. The water is fine.

    Dahlia Shaaban is a DC-based teacher, speaker, and coach in yoga and nutrition. Before launching her integrative health practice, she began her career in Middle East conflict resolution, serving in the Iraq Program at the U.S Institute of Peace. “Live Deliciously” is her unique method designed to help busy professionals create healthy eating and lifestyle habits, even with the craziest of schedules.

    For more information, visit

    PRICE: Individual classes are $10 per person.
    All 12 classes are $100 per person.



  • Black History Month: William Ferguson Reid

    Dr. William F. ReidDr. William Ferguson Reid (Fergie):

    From Segregation to Political Activism – A Life Story Continues

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

    TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served;
    1-2 pm – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon


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    Still politically active past age 90, Dr. William Ferguson Reid (“call me Fergie”), recounts his story of growing up in segregated Richmond, getting his MD at Howard U and MPH at NYU, and working around the world as a Regional Medical Officer with the State Department.  Dr. Reid also led voter registration, fair housing and civil rights campaigns.  He won election to three terms on the Virginia House of Delegates as the state’s first black elected legislator since Reconstruction. His political activities continue to the present. Dr. Reid’s website is, the meaning of which he’ll explain in his presentation.

    Fergie will be introduced by Phyllis Bennis, IPS Fellow,  long-time Peace and Social Justice activist, and our December presenter on Syria in our US Role in a Changing World series.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


  • Dare to Compete with Emerge America

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    Dare to Compete 

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (Lunch)

    TIME: 11:30 AM – Bar opens; 12:15 PM – Lunch served;
    1:00-2:00 PM – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon
    Interested in running for office, but don’t know where to start? Let Emerge America’s political director A’shanti Gholar point you in the right direction during our Dare to Compete webinar. Learn the basics on starting your run for elected office. After the 2016 election, America desperately needs the unique perspectives and skills YOU can bring to the table.

    Emerge America and the Emerge affiliates share one mission: to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. Our vision: To change the face of power, politics and leadership in this country in order to have policies that are responsive to all Americans.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

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    telhamis_portraitDr. Shibley Telhami:

    The U.S. Role in the Middle East after Trump, with special emphasis on Israel-Palestine.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served;
    1-2 pm – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    For his presentation, Dr. Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and the Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll, will be presenting data from his latest polls of American public opinion toward the Middle East. He will look at issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, including settlements and the UN resolution, foreign policy, and American attitudes toward Islam and Muslims. After presenting his findings, Dr. Telhami will reflect on current American policy toward the Middle East and how it’s being perceived in the region.

    He was selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York with the New  York Times as one of the “Great Immigrants” for 2013.

    Book Sales and Signing: His books The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the  Reshaping of the Middle East, and The Peace Puzzle: America’s  Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace 1989-2011 will be available for sale and signing.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


  • DemList and WNDC Welcome Reception for New Leadership of DNC


    Welcome Reception for New Leadership of DNC

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 

    TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Reception

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    DemList and WNDC will welcome the newly elected leadership of the Democratic National Committee at a reception where the newly elected Chair of the DNC, other Executive Officers, and special guests will say a few words.

    PRICE: Individual Ticket: $100
    Member Ticket: $75

    For Sponsorship Information, please click here 


  • Better Nutrition Better Be Delicious

    ztXoixtCBetter Nutrition Better Be Delicious! With Best-Selling Author Tess Masters (aka The Blender Girl) and Dietitian to the Stars Ashley Koff RD

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    TIME: 12:00 – 2:00pm

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    Come taste how delicious better nutrition can be with best-selling author Tess Masters (aka The Blender Girl) and Ashley Koff RD. Tess will demonstrate several of her delectable recipes for you to taste while she and Ashley share their tips for making better nutrition choices more often.

    Tess’ new book “The Perfect Blend” available for purchase and signing. She will demo the new Kitchen-Aid blender that she helped design, as well as share some of her other favorite kitchen tools.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-Members