This Month in Washington

What do you do for George Washington’s birthday when you live in the city named for him? How will President Obama’s State of the Union Address shape legislative strategy? What should you get your Valentine? It’s February in Washington, D.C., and here are a few items of interest for interns.

Politics:

January ended with a bang as President Obama delivered the State of the Union Address. Now, DC politicos are watching one thing: healthcare. How will the loss of the supermajority affect healthcare legislation? Will it pass? Either way, keep your eyes on Washington this month.

Of course, to keep up-to-date with Congress’ proceedings by following the House and Senate calendars or reading insider publications like Politico or Roll Call.

Arts:

The Kennedy Center February schedule includes And the Winner Is…, a “thrilling orchestral salute to the Academy Awards” – just in time for the Oscars!

Also, DC’s Shakespeare Company presents Henry V, Richard II and Antony and Cleopatra.

Speaking of historical theater, you have until February 14th to see The Rivalry at Ford’s Theater, which revisits the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephan A. Douglass.

Washington’s Smithsonian museums, which do not charge admissions, will have an array of new exhibits this month. Of particular interest are “From FDR to Obama: Presidents on Time,” U.S. presidential portraits on the cover of the famous weekly at the National Portrait Gallery, and a new exhibit featuring the work of Bauhaus artist Josef Albers at the Hirshhorn Museum.

Holidays:

On February 12th at noon, among the many President’s Day Weekend activities, is a wreath laying ceremony at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon tomb followed by a Revolutionary War battle demonstration. Of course, be sure to come back on President’s Day itself (February 15th) when Mt. Vernon admission is free for the general public.

Need a Valentine’s Day treat for that special someone? Stop by Chocolate, Chocolate, D.C.’s own independent (you guessed it) chocolate shop.

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