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D.C. Listening Lounge’s informal monthly meetings invite sound lovers and the sound-curious to discover new ways of listening. Attendees bring bird calls, their families’ recorded oral history, found recordings, their own music, and whatever else, encouraging discussion of the sounds’ effect on the listener. Jocelyn Frank, one of the group’s managing facilitators, says there are no credentials for attendance—just bring food, drinks, audio, or a friend. “It isn’t just a professional’s audio gathering. You don’t have to do anything but have an open mind, really,” she says. The lounge was started in 2004 with a mission to reeexamine the act of listening. “The point of the group is to celebrate a sense that’s often overlooked, and that’s your hearing,” Frank says. She makes it clear these intimate living room meet-ups aren’t parties—and they’re definitely not meant to facilitate hook-ups. Attendees, she hopes, “come away with a greater appreciation for how sound exists all around us.” The lounge typically meets in small-capacity venues, but for the masses, the group also puts on a bigger event called Sound Scene. If you can’t get into tonight’s lounge, stop by Sound Scene June 2 at the Goethe-Institut.
To learn more about tonight’s D.C. Listening Lounge at 7:30 p.m., email firstname.lastname@example.org.