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Ready to party at the city’s most affordable, all-inclusive parties for New Year’s Eve? Get an open bar, live DJ, party favors, and more for only $69 at Kelly’s Irish Times or Grand Central. Pop the champagne!


Another tragic malörtage

The beloved, possibly disgusting/"medicinal" niche liquor's Chicago supplier will no longer be distribute in DC, and bartenders at Ivy & Coney expect their supply to be gone by week's end. 

A win for folks with small bladders

...but not for another year or so. A law and funding passed by the Council will mean two new “Portland Loo” public restrooms installed in DC per year, starting in spring 2021. The law also created a program incentivize businesses to keep their bathrooms open to the public. The two programs in tandem will do a lot to help those who are homeless and in need of facilities

In the wake of that heinous new SNAP requirement

WMATA’s proposed budget for next year would include a pilot program for free and discounted SmarTrip cards to more than 1,000 residents receiving TANF or SNAP assistance. The pilot will help WMATA understand what the most effective program might be (whether that’s unlimited free rides or a discount). Hopefully, we’ll join cities like NYC that offer cheaper transit costs to low-income residents

Wonder Woman in Washington

We know the upcoming Wonder Woman movie was filmed in the DC area, but where exactly? Washingtonian took up the task of ID’ing the various locations seen in the movie’s trailer. Watch and see how well you can do! Some anachronistic bike lanes made it into the shots of 1980s Pennsylvania Ave


Just the facts, ma’am

Facts weren’t always king in journalism. But with the rise of short dispatches via wire services, “facts” (and their checkers) grew in importance. Now, in the internet era, fact-checkers are less common but more lionized. Let’s not forget, though, that “facts themselves lack the ability to deliver one to the truth.”


ICYMI: “A Tree Grew—and Died—in Rock Creek Park”

In this elegiac original piece for 730, Lina Tran tells the story of an uprooted white oak on Piney Branch and 17th NW: how it lived, how it fell, and where the next chapter of its cycle through the food chain will unfold. 


Winter isn’t coming. It’s here. 

Even if Walmart pulled their unbelievable cocaine Santa sweater, we can still let it snow―honestly, nice powder would be better than the wet snow showers we’re likely to receive between time of writing (midnight) and when this is sent (7:30 am).

Also || 10 fun facts about Union Station, Washingtonian’s 27 best dishes right now, “Gondola Now!,” DC sues greyhound for illegal bus idling, Maryland’s surveillance tactics for tracking traffic

Wednesday, December 11 


Dacha holiday market

Shop for holiday gifts while enjoying a drink at this popular Shaw beer garden. The vendor lineup includes local artists like BicycleTrash, District Batch skincare, Bailiwick Clothing Company and more. (4pm)


“60-minute high-energy, dance heavy queer art production”

OK, “Highkey” sounds high key. And very, very fun. At Trade. (9:30 pm)


Also || information and disinformation | the story collider | toys for tots in ballston | yoga in luce


Thursday, December 12

NPR Presents: Audie Cornish & Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho has been keeping it real while making people laugh for 25 years, and was recently named one of the 50 Best Stand-up Comics by Rolling Stone. Audie Cornish, host of All Things Considered, sits down with Cho for another installment in her Women in Comedy live series. (7pm)


Profs & Pints: Understanding Therapy

With rates of anxiety and depression rising, therapy is on people’s minds, and this introductory talk will tackle some common questions about therapy, how to find a therapist, and determining whether it’s a good fit. (6pm)


Garage Art Party: Block 5

Art show features folks from within a 5-block radius of the Cheshire in Adams Morgan. Coral reef VR? (6:30 pm


Also || brew lights | tunes: Nova ONE, pen palindrome | omar and pressley on running for office | north pole live | comedy: chris and paul show | Acuña Acuna encore


Friday, December 13

A chance for all of us to—er—let our hair down.

Yes it was weird that Cho Chang sort of disappears for the last couple books, but that doesn’t mean the Yule Ball isn’t an iconic part of Harry Potter’s coming-of-age tale. Live the story at Black Cat, with Harry & the Potters, puppet shows, minus the Weird Sisters. (6-11 pm)

Also || the bruery’s 12 days | comedy: bad medicine | open studio fridays | streetsense: digital trends 


Saturday, December 14


A ferment event

Learn to make sourdough bread and kombucha at this event in Park View. You, yes you!, could be DC’s next Bread Person. (1pm)


Bikes bikes bikes!

Phoenix Bikes is bringing its refurbished bike sale back to Big Bear. Get there early or you will get trounced! Get a bike! (10am)


Also || bal folk | holiday market @ outrage | procrastinator’s market | kwanzaa celebration | A$AP Ferg


Sunday, December 15



After (if?!) you make it through the giant ice maze in City Center, maybe head to a lecture on how to meet the snow maiden (from a beloved Russian folktale) after? (lecture at 2 pm)


When’s the last time you paid Granny and the Boys a visit?

Close out the decade with the Bloomingdale institution. If you haven’t seen ‘em yet, you just have to go to know. (7:30pm)


Also || QGMN holigays screening | Choral Arts Songs of the Season


Monday, December 16


Tunes: Mount Eerie

Concert features the sad songster (previously The Microphones) from the PNW at the intimate Miracle Theater, singing beautiful songs like “Love Without Possession” with Julie Doiron off their new Lost Wisdom Pt. 2. (8 pm)


Robert Frost’s winter

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”? “A Winter Eden”?Michael Manson isn’t just a former lecturer on literature at AU, he’s a past president of the Robert Frost Society. At Bier Baron. (6 pm)

Also || east coast hop project panel | still-life drawing


Tuesday, December 17


Discover the terror of Jólakötturinn!

Profs and Pints is back, this time with absolutely sloshed academics from the Ohio State’s School of Folklore and the Fantastic (yes, that’s a real institution) talking about terrifying holiday myths from around the world. (6pm)


Little Salon’s 50th outing

Join an intimate gathering with Little Salon to celebrate the season with dream pop, cigar-box juggling, storytelling, bitters samples, and "Selfies with Santa" (we wonder why that’s in quotes). (7pm)


Also || Story District: Breaking Bread | velo city trivia | talk: smithsonian women leaders | churchkey’s 10th anniversary | Shot Menorahs at Chai-vy and Cohen-y 


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