January 2020 - Special Events & Concerts

NEW YEAR'S EVE Swing Dance

Tuesday, December 31, 8:00 pm - 12:15 am

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $30 advance, $40 at the door / $20 ages 11-17, $10 ages 10 and younger

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com




American Swing presents New Year's Eve with CITY RHYTHM ORCHESTRA in the historic Spanish Ballroom! 


The tagline on their website says it all -- Great Music, Great Fun -- and CITY RHYTHM ORCHESTRA is all that and more. City Rhythm has a distinct style and sound that has been popular in their hometown of Philadelphia and around the world for many years. Led by Pete Spina and Nick Vallerio, their extraordinary performances at weddings, corporate events, nightclubs and tribute shows, are always tremendously entertaining. The band has been a long-time favorite of Gottaswing and are delighted to be back in DC to celebrate the new year with us. Look forward to a night of straight-ahead swing that'll keep you on the dance floor all night long.




Beginner swing lesson 8-9pm, dance 9pm-12:15am

• ADVANCE TICKETS $30—Advance tickets available until 11:59pm on Monday, December 30. Advance ticket purchasers will check in at the will-call desk at the door.  Online ticket purchase is by credit card payment only. Tickets are non-refundable. 

• DOOR ADMISSION $40 ($20, Ages 11-17; $10, Ages 10 and younger; photo ID required for age verification)

Advance ticket purchasers will check in at the will-call desk at the door.

Words Out Loud: A Spoken Word Series

Friday, January 3, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Presenter: Words Out Loud

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Room 302, North Arcade Building

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 240-899-6514


The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to host Words Out Loud, a monthly spoken word series! 


Meetings typically take place the first Friday of each month and feature readings by accomplished authors, followed by literary trivia and an open mic session.


Room 302 is in the North Arcade building. Enter to the right of the neon POPCORN sign across from the Carousel and take the stairs or elevator to the third floor.


Judith Bowles earned her MFA from American University where she taught creative writing. Of her first book, The Gatherer (2014), David Baker wrote, “Bowles’ aesthetic is shaped by clarity and a rightness of detail, minimal and revealing.” Unlocatable Source (2019) was praised by Richard Peabody: ”Her agile water music opens a treasure chest of magic and pain before floating us toward an oceanic satori.” She was poet in residence at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Washington in April, 2019. She has read at Politics and Prose, the Writer’s Center, Glen Echo, and many schools and libraries. Bowles’ work has appeared in Gargoyle Magazine, Delmarva Review, Innisfree Journal of Poetry, Better Than Starbucks, Ekphrastic Review and Cobalt.
Joanne Rocky Delaplaine’s first poetry book, The Local World (2019. Word Tech Editions), was named one of the top ten poetry books of 2019 by Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Ekphrastic Review, Innisfree, International Literary Quarterly, and more, and won honors such as Best of the Net 2015, first place in the Bethesda Literary Festival Poetry Contest, 2014, and first place in The Northern Virginia Review contest 2013. She is a Maryland native and for the past five years co-directed the Café Muse reading series in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She has taught poetry workshops for the Split this Rock Poetry Festival, the Great Labor Arts Exchange, and the Mariposa Poetry Festival, returning to the latter in Puerto Rico in August.