GREAT WAYS TO WARM UP AND CHILL OUT IN NEW YORK, CAPE MAY AND DC THIS JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

High on the list of DC’s attractions, especially when it’s cold outside, are the amazing Smithsonian museums, all of which are free! Book a stay at Akwaaba DC and plan a weekend of museum hopping. Check out some of our favorites:

DC

Art Awaits

Apollo11 Command ModuleAir and Space Museum—World’s largest collection of air and space crafts. Featured exhibits–Aircraft: The Jet as Art, Jeffrey Milstein’s supersized photographic prints and Fly Marines, a celebration of the centennial of Marine Corps aviation.[clear]

Paul CadmusAmerican Art Museum—National collections from folk art to LED installations. Newly installed gallery dedicated to video and time-based artwork. Opening Jan. 20, Annie Lebovitz: Pilgrimage, the famed portraitist’s photos of landscapes, objects and more.[clear]

 

National Portrait Gallery—Famed faces of U.S. history and culture. Only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House. Through April 22, The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, portraits representing the African-American experience in the 20th century.

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Experience the Dream

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present Let Freedom Ring!

featuring Bobby McFerrin

D.C. is the place to be for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday. Pay tribute to the Civil Rights giant at his magnificent memorial, then “Let Freedom Ring” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where at 6pm a musical celebration of King’s legacy will be held on the Millennium stage.

The concert is free, but tickets are required and will be distributed the day of the event in front of the Concert Hall beginning at 5 pm.

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Take a listen to Bobby McFerrin’s Say Ladeo

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Cape May

Color Blocking

Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored YouthFrom Jan. 16-April 15, step back in time at the Carriage House Museum of the Emlen Physick Estate museum house, where you’ll find Wendell White’s Schools for the Colored photo exhibit, depicting the landscape and architecture of historically segregated schools in northern states.

Nationally renowned New Jersey photographer White showcases 50 photos, including a retrospective of Cape May’s Franklin Street School. Free admission; opening party on MLK’s Birthday, Monday, Jan. 16th at 4pm.

For details, log onto www.capemaymac.org

 

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Brew & Vino

Cape May Brewing Co.
Cape May Brewing Co.Every Saturday, you can visit a micro-brewery and sample amazing ales or tour a winery and learn exactly what it takes to go from vine to wine. Cape May Brewing Co. brews up a good time from 12-4pm.

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Cape May Winery
Cape May Winery
Cape May Winery, meanwhile, tours its facility and vineyards starting at 3pm, followed by fruit and cheese to accompany a wine tasting that includes a sip right from an oak barrel. The price is $20, and you can keep your souvenir wine glass. 609-884-1169

If you’re really a wine lover, come for the Cape May Wine Weekend February 17-19 and triple your enjoyment by combining a Wine Tasting Dinner, Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting and Wine School Class. The four-course Wine Tasting Dinner is held on Friday evening at the Washington Inn, where guests receive individual attention from the wine steward as they savor Great Italian Wines to go along with the theme of the Sunday Wine School Class. The guided tour and tasting at the award-winning Cape May Winery is on Saturday. Call 609-884-1169 for more details, and book your stay with us by calling 866-466-3855.

 

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New York

Fun & Free!

First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
Two of Brooklyn’s premiere arts and culture venues invite you to listen to live music, dance, nosh and mingle afterhours at a price you can’t beat—free.

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First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum–a must. You get to take in the art—the Egyptian collection is one of the best anywhere—party to live tunes, hear speakers, watch films and more from 5pm until 11pm. For more info, click here.

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BAMcafé Live - Mutha Wit

The Brooklyn Academy of Arts presents BAMcafé Live on select Friday and Saturday nights, featuring rock, jazz, R&B, world music, pop, and more from Brooklyn and beyond. This intimate performance space has been the launching pad for a whole galaxy of new stars, such as Stew, Antibalas and Slow Six. Happy Hour is from 6-8pm, followed by a 9pm show. For a schedule of talent, click here.
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Cape May – Color Blocking

From Jan. 16-April 15, step back in time at the Carriage House Museum of the Emlen Physick Estate museum house, where you’ll find Wendell White’s Schools for the Colored photo exhibit, depicting the landscape and architecture of historically segregated schools in northern states.

Nationally renowned New Jersey photographer White showcases 50 photos, including a retrospective of Cape May’s Franklin Street School. Free admission; opening party on MLK’s Birthday, Monday, Jan. 16th at 4pm.

For details, log onto www.capemaymac.org

 

Make Your Way to Old Broadway

Stick Fly
When you’re not sipping tea by the fire at Akwaaba Mansion, check out these hot new shows on B’way. Starring stellar Black talent, these productions are also a great way to celebrate Black History Month.

Stick Fly Presented by super songbird Alicia Keyes, this dramatic play proves that when it comes to family, you’re stuck.

Porgy & Bess Gershwin’s groundbreaking 1935 American folk opera comes back to Broadway reworked for modern audiences. Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald stars.

…Coming early spring, Josephine, the story of Josephine Baker starring powerhouse singer Debra Cox.