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A living lab of innovation

Crystal City neighborhood and future home of Amazon HQ2 may become the first “smart city at scale.” (We've never heard that before, ever.) Now dubbed “National Landing,” the neighborhood’s developers are preparing an “urban showcase” of sustainability and technology. Think blanket 5G access, light sensors for air quality and lighting, and even self driving cars (may they also be shared and electric or god help us)?! 


“We didn’t ask for a mediator, we asked to speak to Doug.”

The boycott continues against Nellie’s, despite the arrival of local activist Ruby Corado. Corado accepted a contract position to assist Nellie’s with diversity and inclusion training, but groups like Harriet’s Wildest Dreams and Collective Action for Safe Spaces have unmet demands. Corado, a veteran consultant, has already begun work and details the arduous task ahead here


Connector or isolator?

When a truck brought down a pedestrian bridge over I-295 last month, it served as a sharp reminder of how highways have historically divided and secluded communities, particularly of color. Greater Greater Washington surveys the neighborhoods surrounding—and separated from one another by—I-295


Council gives first approval to higher income tax for top earners

The D.C. Council voted 8-5 to support a tax increase for individuals who earn $250,000 or more a year. The estimated $100 million in revenue will fund early childhood education from birth to age three, 2,400 housing vouchers, and a monthly basic income for certain families.” At the bottom of the marginal range this additional tax will only be one-eighth of one percent of income.

Also || Hannibal Burress announced to open Capital Turnaround; research suggests highway jokes do the job; mapping DC by sounds; Nats don’t expect Castro back after domestic violence allegations; Prince George’s settles pay discrimination suit with minority officers; Washingtonians in federal prison cite lack of COVID care; “keeping people out of jail reduces crime

Ann Hui’s Hong Kong Stories

Pioneering filmmaker Ann Hui is one of the original members of the Hong Kong New Wave. Select films streaming in the DMV; others nationwide, free through July 25. Watch now!


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Emergency & You

Wednesday, July 21

Love Lockdown

What does love look like behind prison doors? Author, Elizabeth Greenwood explores 5 relationships and goes behind the scenes to unveil the emotional ups and downs of dating and falling in love across America’s prisons. (6pm)


Stompin’ the Blues: Rare Essence

Celebrate Go-Go culture and dance the night away at Color Burst Park, featuring performances by local Swing, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Salsa artists. (6pm


Food fight!

This P&P Live conversation discusses the truth behind food politics and the government’s push back against healthier eating habits since World War II. (7pm)


Also || Physically distanced dance exhibition, climate & environmental justice, WABA maintenance workshop, book club, DC unite for progress, music @comet ping pong


Thursday, July 22


“Be creative and do good”

How does our “bias blind spot” fuel our artistic minds? POP UP! DESIGN SPRINT LAB will guide participants to unlearn their unconscious bias, welcoming an open and fresh way of thinking about creative ideation. (5:45pm)


Making tinctures A.K.A. herbal extracts 

Join Common Good City Farm to learn how to make your very own tinctures with healing properties. Botanist Holly Poole-Kavana will walk you through the process of harvesting and processing herbs for medicinal use. (6pm)


Also || film: A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story, art: 100 year old archive, family art moments, Rosslyn live, O Museum virtual concert, adobo gigante,  tunes: robert randolph & the family band, movie: girls trip


Friday, July 23


“Arts, food, flea, and fun!”

Market SW returns with their Friday night market’s on the waterfront complete with a beer garden, food trucks, local artisan goods, and live music! #supportlocal (4pm


Spring cleaning @Capital One Arena

If you’re a DC sports fan, you won’t want to miss this. Capital One Arena is clearing out their warehouse and stock with signed merch from the Washington Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, Capital City Go-Go and Wizards District Gaming. (all day)


Also ||  tunes: Junkyard Band, friday night concert, adobo gigante, movie: Ip Man 2, drag show + dance 


Saturday, July 24


Thievery Corporation home game

Born out of Eighteenth Street Lounge during the summer of ‘95, Thievery Corporation combined style influences from Brazil, India, Iran, Jamaica, and more “to make music where you didn’t know whether it was recorded today or a decade ago.” Get a taste of their vibe, live at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. (8pm)

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Swap pong for cornhole 

Join in on the 10th annual cornhole tournament at Bardo Brewing. The team with the most creative name + the winning team will both receive prizes. Proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity DC. (1pm)


Also || bracelet build bar, adobo gigante, teen cobra @bad candy 


Sunday, July 25


Xmas in July

Cool down your summer weekend with a flight of Christmas inspired beers from Pizza Paradiso in Hyattsville. (all day)


Crafternoon w/SMIDC

Tap into your creative side and the greater DC artistic community at Shop Made in DC. (12pm


Also || tunes: Los Adolescentes & Jason Cerda, outdoor vinyasa clasyoga, the intimacy experiment


Monday, July 26


DCFPI MPD budget oversight tool webinar

“Learn how you can utilize the tool to advocate for progressive budget priorities.” (6pm)


Swoon to the smooth sax

Start your week with pizza, brews, and live jazz music performed by award winning saxophonist Eljiah Jamal Balbed at Comet Ping Pong. (7pm)


Also || DC virtual death cafe, movie: in the line of fire


Tuesday, July 27


Channel your inner Lara Jean

Have you ever written a cathartic letter to a crush or an ex? Whether your message was delivered or stashed away in your notes app on your phone, podcast host Joanna wants to hear your story to help you find comfort and closure. (submit)

Also || women in park leadership, talk: american isis, drag bingo, creators notebook

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