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Fence, out

The fence around the Capitol finally came down Saturday, just over six months after the January 6 attack. Beyond the symbolism, its removal will restore a critical walking and biking route to and from the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

 

Infrastructure weak

DC’s Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs has added additional safety reviews for multifamily and commercial buildings in response to recent collapses in both Surfside, Florida, and closer to home, at a construction site on Kennedy Street NW. In an effort to create better early warning systems, owners and engineering firms will be required to report unsafe structural conditions in all city buildings.

 

Silver Spring’s Spring Silver

DC is known for its Black musical culture. But how many of us think of shoegaze and dream pop as part of that tradition? Mixmag explores the role of Black artists in these genres, highlighting the British band that coined “dream pop” and Spring Silver, a DMV artist who’s taking the sound forward.

 

Free transit for everyone 2021

Sung-ha Jou, an Air Force veteran who lost his job and his home during the pandemic, won a year of free Metro rides in the city’s vaccine lottery. “When I thought everything was going wrong, this really helped me out,” he told Stars and Stripes.

 

There’s no place like … Catholic University's Drama Archives

In 1973, actress Mercedes McCambridge gifted what is believed to be one of Judy Garland’s dresses from “The Wizard of Oz” to a Catholic University professor. Hearsay said the present was still in the drama department offices, but no one had seen it — until this year, when a professor found it in a bag on top of the faculty mailboxes.

Also || AwesomeCon returns this August; Capitol Police may run out of funding, MoCo schools’ free meals will run through the summer; all-day breakfast at Jose Andres' new Bethesda restaurant; every 52 seconds an American buys an ebike; Nats pitcher’s dad saves fellow fan; a slice of history in Southeast; walking every block of Takoma Park to study invasive species; should DC subsidize daycare?

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Emergency & You

Wheely fun

All ages and abilities are welcome to skate, dance, or just watch at the Anacostia Park skating pavilion. RSVP via Eventbrite and show up 30 minutes early for a free skate lesson. (Note: “must have your own skates and bring a mask” — the pavilion’s usual free skate rentals are currently on hold). (4-8pm)

 

Bubbles! Bubbles! My bubbles.

Walk through BubbleWorksDC, an “immersive world-class bubble spectacle” at City Center. The 7-minute show runs every hour in the afternoons through the month of July. (1-7pm)

 

A movie under the stars

AdMo is back with their summer movie series, premiering with Punk the Capital. Grab a brown bag movie meal deal from Amsterdam Falafelshop, Shibuya Eatery, Spacycloud, and more. Then cozy up with friends or yourself at the Marie Reed Soccer Field. (8pm)


Also || trivia, underground comedy, free bootcamp class, entrepreneur crash course, improve your memory, Bob Dylan whiskey hunt, underground comedy, HIAS letter writing, apply for an awesome foundation grant, reduce food waste with Too Good to Go (thanks to a reader for this tip! You can also volunteer with this other org working locally. – Gracie)
This issue of 730DC brought to you by:
Andrew DeFrank (welcome!), Anne Dolan, Gracie McKenzie, Hayden Higgins
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