Wake to Washington

Bardawg crosses the Rainbow Bridge

August Wilson’s Fences at Historic Ford’s Theatre

Fences explores the walls we build around ourselves and our loved ones, while also illuminating one family’s struggles in a racist society. Patrons 21-35 use code UNDER3520. Join us 10/11 for Generation Abe Night.


A tidbit of DC history: Neverland

In 1994, Haymarket, VA (~35 miles east) was all set to house a new thing called Disney’s America until the company pulled out at the last minute. Protests materialized after a Disney executive envisioned an experience to make visitors “feel what it was like to be a slave”; opposition grew and expanded into fights for lands preservation and protection of the historic Manassas Battlefields. 


“A little slice of Buffalo”

A local business to know: Stachowski’s market in Georgetown, where a Buffalonian-in-DC finds a slice of roast beef and/or home.


Three Part Harmony Farm

Gail Taylor’s operation has grown from “six CSA members on my porch” to almost 200 shares. She’s especially proud of local legislation she pushed that reduces property taxes 90% when owners lease vacant lots to urban farmers.


Getting sunny

There were twice as many permits issued for solar panel installation in DC in this fiscal year than last year. One reason is DC’s mandate for renewables (10% of energy from solar by 2040), creating one of the strongest markets for solar credits and a less bureaucratic process. Win for operational efficiency.


Let the beat build

Down in the Reeds announced the lineup for their inaugural music festival, planned for October 19th, including a main stage and workshop stage, plus pumpkin carving and other activities. Check the lineup.


Oh say, say, say:

Maps! This lovely project (available on Github) takes city roads and colors them based on their suffix (St, Rd, Ave, etc.) The results speak for themselves: urban planning, stark divisions, and winding vein-like throughways are beautifully represented, allowing us to reconsider how a city is knit together. 

Also || streets can get awesome fucking murals if you partially close them to cars, Vancouver is using escalators wrong, shelters open early for hottest weather ever recorded so late in the year here, coalition fights for rent control, Ward 2 Council candidates on housing

Tiny Desk Fest

Ever wondered how people get a spot to see NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts? This could be you (for a price)! NPR announced Tiny Desk Fest set for four days at the end of the month. The artists are a secret but Bob Boilen says they will be “big”. Tickets go on sale at noon today.


Open calls for Rhizome

The Takoma arts collective issued open calls for works of all media for 2020. Proposals due November 1.

  • The Parks at Walter Reed are looking for an arts-related tenant. RFP here.

Get in the spirit

It may be a million degrees outside and sure, even Trader Joes is too freaked out by the unseasonably warm weather to push their aggressive fall agenda, but that’s no reason you can’t lean in to October and visit one of the many haunted locales around town. Spooky Rock Creek awaits!


Go-go after 5

Philipps after 5 is doing a whole DC thing with music by JoGo Project, half smokes from Ben’s and rickey cocktails. (5pm)


Words Beats Life Fest Day 1

Kick off this four-day festival with the finals for DC Youth Poet Laureate at the Kennedy Center. More programming going on through Sunday. (6pm)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Yeah, cookie decorating for the holidays is fun. But have you ever decorated cookies for a good cause? Milk Bar at Logan Circle will be hosting a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness with DC-based undergarment brand Underbares.

  • It’s Oktoberfest and the last chance to catch Wundergarten’s festivities is this weekend, thru Sunday. Full lineup of events can be found here

Also || Life Stories Institute | blackheart burlesque | No Pepco Pledge campaign launch | climate comedy | USCAN turns 30 | Latin food and fashion market actually opens | fifth annual oktoberfest at wunder garten | Glacial Momentum launch party


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