#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

Catch CNN political analyst John Avlon as part of the Presidential Distinguished Event Series. Plus a live podcast recording, a party in honor of WRGW’s 90th birthday, a massive celebration of cat videos and more.

GW To Do
November 04, 2019

Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Presidential Distinguished Event: John Avlon

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW
Free to GW students, RSVP required

George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address warned that forces like hyper-partisanship and foreign interference could threaten American democracy. According to John Avlon, senior CNN political analyst and anchor, that prophetic message might be able to help heal the current political climate. Mr. Avlon will discuss his book, “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations.” The lecture will be followed by a reception with the author.

This conversation is part of the Presidential Distinguished Event Series, which launched in spring 2019 to connect George Washington University students to renowned guest speakers and performers through culturally significant, free events on the Foggy Bottom campus.

Coming Up:

For Future Reference recording



Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Wonder Media Network and GSPM Present: For Future Reference (Live Recording)

Lehman Auditorium
Science and Engineering Hall
800 22nd St., NW
Free, registration requested

Tori Taylor, B.A. ’15, is chief political officer at Swing Left and the cohost of podcast “For Future Reference.” She’ll sit down with fellow alumna Megan Whittemore, chief of staff for Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) to discuss how the Graduate School of Political Management helped shape their careers and the power of mentorship and networking. The recording is followed by a cocktail reception.




Feb. 22 and 23 at 1:30 p.m. CatVideoFest 2020

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, Md.
$11 to $13

If you can’t be satisfied with just one cute video of a kitten trying to jump onto a counter, this 80-minute “joyous communal experience”—a compilation of classic internet videos, submissions and music videos—might scratch the itch.

WRGW formal



Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. WRGW Formal: 90th Anniversary

City View Room
1957 E St., NW
$5 to $10

This night of fun, food and dancing commemorates 90 years on the airwaves for GW’s premier radio station. Tickets are $5 ahead of time and $7 at the door for students and $10 for non-students. To buy tickets, WRGW staff requests guests Venmo @WRGW-radio with the names of those who will attend.

Soul Revue


Student Speaker competition



Feb. 24 at midnight Student Speaker Competition deadline

Have your voice heard: Graduating students can compete for the chance to address their classmates and community members at Commencement on the National Mall, prior to the main Commencement speaker address.

The deadline to submit materials is Monday, Feb. 24. Candidates must be in good academic standing with the university.

Save the Date:


Leonnig and Rucker



Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Politics and Prose and GW Present Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

Dorothy Betts Theatre
800 21st St., NW
$10 to $35; limited free tickets available to GW students

Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, both Pulitzer Prize winners, provide the definitive insider narrative of Donald Trump’s presidency in their new book, “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America.” Some free tickets are available for GW students. RSVP here.

NPHC Step Show



Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show

Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom
800 21st St., NW
$10 to $15

Members of black fraternities and sororities from GW and other area schools will showcase their moves at this celebration of the art and history of stepping. Partial proceeds of the performance will go to 2-year-old leukemia survivor Kristian Thomas.