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771 is the new 202

The Public Service Commission announced the DC region's newest area code: 771. Those with the classic 202 area code should have no fear as the 202 area code will be retained for existing customers—it's just that there are no new 202 numbers to give. The new code will be implemented in three stages across 13 months.


Bat ‘er up

With their first vote on the official mammal of DC, the DC Council passed a bill in favor of the little brown bat. There still needs a final vote, but it's expected to become a reality after it secures Mayor Muriel Bowser's signature and a 30-day congressional review.


Closer to Vision Zero

With traffic fatalities up this year, the new Vision Zero package, passed Tuesday, "accelerates improvements to bike and pedestrian infrastructure, expands the city's automated traffic enforcement program, and boosts traffic safety education." Research says the first is the most important, and this bill—which Bowser hasn't promised to sign—requires sidewalks on both sides of the street, bans right-on-red at major pedestrian intersections, and increases fines for construction teams that neglect bike lanes.


Brr… where are the patio heaters?

Fall has fallen and you might be wondering how you’ll keep up with patio dining in the cold weather. Enter: DC’s Office of Nightlife and Culture’s new grant program. With the closing of restaurants and bars across town, the DC gov is now dedicating $4 million in funds to aid local restaurant owners prepare their patios for the winter. 


Eviction notices are now illegal

Though inactionable, notices are being used by disgruntled property owners to coerce tenants into paying rent or departing. The Council also granted Mayor Bowser the ability to extend the emergency, which could then extend the eviction ban beyond December.


A moving memorial

The US COVID-19 death toll passed 200,000 on Tuesday. Working through the night, a group of DC friends planted 20,000 memorial flags on the Mall that will remain until today. Moving images captured the memorial.


Errata: Same-day registration

While noting that October 13 is the DC and Maryland deadline for voter-registration, we neglected to mention that you can also register at the polls. More info here

Also || buckle up...more traffic cameras, more of whatever this building design is please, Arlington-based game designer wins with Election Night, new low: Uber but for evictions, Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing created after years of advocacy

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Emergency & You

Wednesday, September 23

SAAM Art Talk: Aruna D’Souza

Author and art historian Aruna D’Souza will give an online lecture on her recent book “Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts,” which is about contemporary art, intersectional feminism, and how museums shape us. (6:30pm)


What urban renewal got wrong

“Federal Experiments and Their Consequences: Urban Renewal,” with the DC History Center, looks at some of the ways we’ve served as Congress’ laboratory—not always to our benefit. (7:30pm)


But I thought restaurant week was over…

Think again: Women’s Food Fest, celebrating women-operated local restaurants, bakeshops, cooking schools, bars, delis and more, debuts today by offering specials all week. (varies)


Also || talk: Meltdown on Aisle Twenty Story District: Belonging, intersectionality & museums, Andrea Wulf (The Invention of Nature) talk, tunes: Sufi music, crafting at home with the Smithsoinian, yoga + social justice


Thursday, September 24


Today in queer history

The 100th year of the 19th Amendment has brought a lot of reflection and storytelling, but we all know it was only white, upper class women who got the right to vote in 1920. Pride Outside is queering the suffragette movement to deconstruct the heteronormative narrative. (8pm)


Paint, but with digital strokes

Take your art to the next level by learning how to use vectors in Adobe. Join DC’s vector experts, who have been commissioned to make portraits of everyone from Elizabeth Warren, Baby Yoda, ESPN, and more. (7pm)


Literally just talking to new people

Hello Neighbor is a project to help you meet new people through meaningful conversations. RSVP to this virtual hangout where you and a few others in a breakout room will talk about questions pulled from a crowdsourced deck. To keep the conversation flowing, only RSVP if you can stay until 9pm. (7pm)


Also || pay tribute to RBG, 100th Anniversary, Hello Neighbor, Anti-Racism for Allies, The Earth’s First Crust, Dance Place AIR, Art Speak: Black Voice, talk: restorative justice & sexual assault, doc: domestic violence in Saudi Arabia 


Friday, September 25


Hirshhorn at home: street art

DC-based muralist Cita Sadeli (the artist behind the Hotel Zena mural) is anchoring the latest installment of Hirshhorn Inside Out, talking street art and its evolving definitions and influences. (12pm)

World War II-era flyover 

Seventy vintage warbirds will fly over the Potomac to honor the 75th anniversary of World War II’s end. Snag a seat on the National Mall for the best view. (11:30am)


Also || VisArts Virtual Gallery, Power of Connection & Science, talk: Spirits Around the Place, Library Beats with Malik Dope Drummer, Back to the Yards


Saturday, September 26


Ride for Black Lives

An afternoon 14-mile ride will take cyclists by sites of local Black significance, according to organizers Arlington for Justice. (3 pm)


Also || Pop-up book sale, Yoga at the REACH, Beat ya feet academy


Sunday, September 27


Newfound quarantine anglers

We’re all evolving from sourdough bakes: DC residents have been taking up bait and tackle during quarantine as a new outdoor hobby. Hit up these top spots if you’re ready to get hooked. (varies


It’s like the High Line, but the Hi-Lawn

Union Market’s used their rooftop space for outdoor movies, dance-a-thons, and even professional tennis games. Now, they’re turning it into a green space with funky drinks and picnic baskets for purchase. (All day)


Also || Outdoor donation-based yoga for BLM


Monday, September 28


Really just chill. 


Also || talk: Kennedy vs. Nixon, Kindred Spirits, Surviving and Thriving Workshop, sonic meditation


Tuesday, September 29


Seriously, chill. We'll think of something for you to do by then. 

Also || Connect with nature, Photography Editing 101
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