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ICYMI: 92 acres of unused land

DC's first large-scale water purification system, the McMillan Sand Filtration Site near Howard University, has sat fenced off and largely unused since it was decommissioned over 30 years ago. The city has heard years of petitions to build a national landmark, develop housing, and turn it into a destination spot, but why hasn't progress been made? The TL;DR is court battles. The longer version goes back to 1907.

Pizza tour of DC, anyone?

A local food critic completed the quest to find the perfect slice in DC. The top ten list of his favorite pies around the city from deep dish to Detroit style, Tino's to 2 Amy's, is tempting, but the lack of jumbo slice options leaves drunken late night cravings unfulfilled. At least he gave Papa John's 30 pizzas in 40 days record a challenge. 


Little Brown Bats for DC

Local Girl Scouts want to make the Little Brown Bat DC’s official state mammal. They testified Monday about the challenges these “deeply misunderstood” animals face; the bats play an important role in the ecosystem by pollinating plants and eating mosquitos. But no Little Brown Bats have been seen in DC since 2004, so we might have to go with the Big Brown Bat instead.

Accountability after tragedy

Prince George’s County announced an officer had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, just a day after William Green was shot seven times and killed as he was handcuffed in the backseat of a cruiser.

Also || TranspoBINGO, why does the DC area produce so many Olympic swimmers?

Take charge of your well-being

The Food Sanity Program is an innovative 10-week group method for women who want to feel energized, confident, and physically and mentally strong. Enroll now.


Wednesday, January 29

Placemaking at HBCUs

The Architects Foundation gathers at the Octagon to talk about how architecture and design can create a supportive environment at the schools that produce almost one in five African-American college graduates. (5:30pm


True Crime: Double Murder in Appalachia

Author Emma Copy Eisenberg takes us to 80’s West Virginia, a false conviction, and a serial killer finally caught. In conversation with Summerhouse editor Michelle Delgado. (7pm)


Also || whole tuna butchering + dinner | OEC tasting takeover | benefit reading for 826DC | brewing debut: Blaze | joy is an act of resistance | placemaking at HBCUs | local economics & sustaianbility | climate reporting & bad science | comedy: Free WiFi


Thursday, January 30

Guest House: Three Women Reclaiming their Lives

Attend a screening of “Guest House,” a documentary following the stories of three women reacclimating to life at Friends of Guest House, the Alexandria residential program that helps women reenter the community after incarceration and opioid addiction. A Q&A with Hannah Dweck, a co-director, will follow. (7pm)


Forum: Health Care Justice and 2020

Join the Right Care Alliance DC for a forum (the first in a series) examining each major Democratic candidate’s vision and plan for fixing the American healthcare system. (6:30pm)


Also || Robin Ha: Almost American Girl | placemaking at HBCUs | outraged embroidering | “iron cages” closing | a more perfect union | documentaries: 16 Bars, | a night of syllables | radical acts at the hirshorn


Friday, January 31


Fermentation is delicious

Learn how yeast is involved in this wide range some of lovely things: coffee, beer, wine and bread. (6pm)


Tunes: Pree

Longtime local indie band Pree brings their dramatic, dark pop to the Luce Unplugged series at SAAM. (6pm)


Also || schtick comedy | henryd art show at Spacycloud | Blaze Brewing in NOVA | spyfest | cybersecurity for small biz | open studio | DMV Black Restaurant Week


Saturday, February 1


Scavenge the Smithsonians!

Join this scavenger hunt through the Smithsonian museums. Competition, prizes and trivia? What’s not to like. (11:30am)


DC Music Summit!

This all-day event at the Eaton Hotel gathers musicians, music educators, and industry folks to help cultivate and sustain a thriving music scene in the District. Attend if you’re any one of those people, or even if you’re interested in meeting some excellent folks. (8am)

Also || Polar Plunge | Ice Yards | screening: stomp out slumlords | museum of the palestinian people | chinese new year family celebration | Sleepover at the Archives 


Sunday, February 2


Celebrate Groundhog Day

Did you know that we have a National Groundhog? Forget that Pennsylvania schlub — Potomac Phil is promising both weather and political predictions this year. Attend yourself to find out, and don’t get stuck in any time loops! (8:30am)


Free Community Day @ National Museum of Women in the Arts

Have you ever wanted to see a painting so green it will bring you to tears? Ever been curious about the Women’s Art Museum on New York Ave downtown? Today’s your chance to check it out free of charge. (12pm)


Also || passion fruit dance co. | improv: the broken bones + runaway train


Monday, February 3


Radio icons, live

Diane Rehm. Kojo Nnamdi. Mellifluous. (7 pm)


5 decisions that remade DC

Post reporter Jonathan O’Connell chats at AIA DC about the big urban planning decisions that have shaped our city since the recession. (6:30 pm)


Also || iran beyond the headlines 


Tuesday, February 4


Plants! Plants! Plants!

Looking to take your houseplant game to the next level? Tonight’s your night — learn the Japanese art of Kokedama at Rewild, or take a succulent terrarium building class at Shop Made in DC in Georgetown. (7pm and 6pm, respectively)


Crash course

Prof: GW professor of economic history, Trevor Jackson, walks you through the secret history of financial scandal, from the South Sea Bubble of 1720 to today. Pints: because you’ll want to drink after learning about this. (6pm)


Also || Classic cocktail class | centuries of financial scandal | green drinks workshop | book talks: goliath, arguing with zombies





2/5: City Paper’s Best of DC voting | the origin of images

2/6: Ward 2 Candidates Environmental Forum | two scientists walk into a bar

2/8: Awkward Sex...and the City | optical synthesizers! | square dance

2/9: Freddy Leighton Memorial Show feat. Knife Wife, Sir EU, Tuff Lover, more

2/13: tunes: Des Demonas, the showtime crap sale

2/14: benefit show for HIPS | Transformer’s Heartbreakers Ball

2/15: Walking Tour: Women Activists

2/18: tunes: Bat for Lashes | NewsBash 2020

2/20: tunes: Tosser (album release) | Mother Tongues Film Festival

2/21: tunes: Pinkwash

2/23: Guatemalan marimba at NMAI

2/28: Story District: Funnier than Fiction | tunes: Hannah Jaye & the Hideaways



3/6: tunes: Bacchae

3/7: tunes: Bonnie Prince Billy + Jonathana Richman, Dojo 12 hour comedy marathon

3/9: tunes: Destroyer

3/11: tunes: Dead Kennedys

3/13: Boiler Room

3/15: tunes: Uniform + The Body

3/27: WordPress Camp



4/5 : tunes: the Glitch Mob



5/2: tunes: Andy Shauf

5/4: tunes: Acid Mothers Temple

5/12: tunes: Bikini Kill

5/21: tunes: TORRES



6/6: tunes: Tame Impala



8/15: tunes: Rod Stewart + Cheap Trick

8/22: Joe Strummer Birthday Bash

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