It's a blockbuster third week at the DC LaborFest, with tonight's DCUnited Union Night, Tuesday'sscreening of Matewan with director John Sayles,Wednesday's Love Songs from the Liberation Wars andThursday's Labor 411 Union Beer and Whiskey Tasting, plus of course a bunch of other great events, detailed below. Mark your calendar, get your tickets and RSVP now!
LaborFest This Week:
DC United Union Night:Sat, May 13, 7p, Saturday, May 13
No God No Master (LaborFest Film): Mon, May 15, 7pm – 10pm
Quest (LaborFest Film): Mon, May 15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
The Struggle For Justice: Labor At The National Portrait Gallery(LaborFest Art): Tue, May 16, 1pm – 2pm
Matewan (With Director John Sayles) (LaborFest Film): Tue, May 16, 7pm – 10pm
Iron Workers History Tour (LaborFest Art/History): Wed, May 17, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Love Songs From Liberation Wars (LaborFest Music): Wed, May 17, 5pm – 8pm
Labor 411 Union Beer and Whiskey Tasting (LaborFest Other): Thu, May 18, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Labor & Migration (LaborFest Film): Fri, May 19, 12pm – 1pm
Solidarity Forever Awards (LaborFest Music/Art): Fri, May 19, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Labor History Walk (LaborFest History): Sat, May 20, 10am – 12pm
Labor Night at DC United (vs Philadelphia)
Sat, May 13, 7pm – 10pm
RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA (map)
Tickets here; Promo Code: LABOR17
No God No Master (LaborFest Film)
Mon, May 15, 7pm – 10pm
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Hosted by IATSE 22
For tickets visit here
This re-telling of the story of anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti explores the disintegration of civil liberties during times of social unrest.
Quest (LaborFest Film)
Mon, May 15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
New Deal Café, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770
FREE; RSVP online here
Director Jonathan Olshefski follows the Raineys, a working-class Black family living in North Philadelphia, over the course of eight years.
The Struggle For Justice: Labor At The National Portrait Gallery(LaborFest Art)
Tue, May 16, 1pm – 2pm
National Portrait Gallery, 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (map)
FREE but space is limited and you must RSVP online here
Hour-long tour features more than forty photographs, paintings, posters, buttons and sculptures.
Matewan (With Director John Sayles) (LaborFest Film)
Tue, May 16, 7pm – 10pm
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Hosted by NNU; For tickets visit here
With Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones. Based on the 1920 showdown between coal miners determined to form a union and coal company agents hired to prevent them, this is one of the classic films about American labor.
Iron Workers History Tour (LaborFest Art/History)
Wed, May 17, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Intl Association-Iron Workers, 1750 New York Ave NW #400, Washington, DC 20006 (meet in lobby)
FREE but you must RSVP here
Exclusive guided tour of the Iron Workers headquarters, featuring handmade motorcycles, a spectacular wall mural, historic tools, photos, convention paraphernalia, World Trade Center mementos and more!
Love Songs From Liberation Wars (LaborFest Music)
Wed, May 17, 5pm – 8pm
Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St, Washington DC 20012 (map)
FREE but you must RSVP online here
Excerpts from the original “labor jazz opera” by local activist/musician Steve Jones, “Love Songs” tells the moving story of a strike led by African-American women at the R J Reynolds factory in Winston-Salem, NC, which was an early victory against Jim Crow segregation.
Labor 411 Union Beer and Whiskey Tasting (LaborFest Other)
Thu, May 18, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Dubliner, Phoenix Park Hotel, 4 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (map)
$25, order ticket here
DC Labor 411 and the DC LaborFest host our first-ever all-union beer and whiskey tasting, along with delicious appetizers at one of DC’s very finest union establishments (thank you Unite Here Local 25!)
Labor & Migration (LaborFest Film)
Fri, May 19, 12pm – 1pm
AFL-CIO, 815 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
FREE; RSVP online here
Solidarity Forever Awards (LaborFest Music/Art)
Fri, May 19, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
This year’s Solidarity Forever Award goes to Newton B. Jones, president of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, for his outstanding leadership in preserving labor history and culture through the Boilermaker History Preservation Department.
Labor History Walk (LaborFest History)
Sat, May 20, 10am – 12pm
meet at AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street NW, Washington (map)
$11 per person donation benefits Jews United for Justice.
Sign up online here
From the Labor Hall of Fame to Joe Hill’s ashes, worker’s history is around just about every corner in our nation’s capitol, if you know where to look.