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Wake to Washington

Basic amenities > gondola rides 

Wednesday’s pedestrian bridge crash and the lack of urgency around replacing it or providing alternate transportation options to nearby residents is magnifying a broader, structural problem (literally) with the state of infrastructure in DC: development in whiter, wealthier parts of the city gets prioritized over maintenance of essential transportation amenities in predominantly Black Wards 7 and 8. 

 

If there are Olympics, DC will be there

Yes, Japan is going ahead with the Summer Olympics, and we’re sending runners (Josette Norris, Claudia Sanders, Noah Lyles), swimmers (Katie Ledecky, Torri Huske, Phoebe Bacon) and more. 

 

“The high cost of wide streets” 

In 200 urban US counties, streets take up 18% of total land area -- land worth about $1 trillion if it were used for housing instead. Interestingly, many areas’ zoning for wide streets predates the automobile, and skinnier streets are safer.

Also || How the Nacotchtank lived, Schwarber continues to crush, teens vaccinated 13x more in Ward 2 than Ward 8, new brewery in Edgewood, forget “wavy” here’s “Wazy”, meet WAMU’s Esther Ciammachilli, how to turn a parking lot into a COVID-safe haven, MoCo Dems can't stop entering MD gov race

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Emergency & You

Not too early to buy tickets for Broccoli City

The annual festival is back with an October date headlined by Lil Baby, but the “bottom half reads like one big D.C. party.” Advance tickets onsale today


If you like to watch

People Watching is an unconventional theater experience: A tour guide hands you binoculars and instructs you in watching the wildlife -- who are of course actors planted to play scenes for your prying eyes

 

Friday, June 25

 

Carni Klirs album release

DC-based musician Carni Klirs (mem. Scanners, Broken Grids) is releasing a new tape, Dissolution, a pandemic experiment in sound and texture that center around loops. Also performing are Privacy Issues, a post-punk duo from NYC and Ejjing (mem. Bad Moves). (6:30pm)

 

“What is Black Art”

BlkArthouse aims to drive a discussion around how audiences view and interpret “Black art” versus how Black artists view themselves through their art. (7:30pm)

 

Also || les femmes @ bad candy, sunset cinema: aquaman, talk: dreams, jazz pizza party, market SW, beyond the mall

 

Saturday, June 26

 

Rainbow Ride

Close out Pride Month with a celebratory ride around the District! Grab a bike or scooter to visit sites of LGBTQ+ & Black history in DC; riders are also raising funds for HIPS. (1pm

 

Freedom Ride: Rally for DC Statehood

Big Tony & Trouble Funk are supposed to perform at this “Freedom Ride for Voting Rights,” a series of events for the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. (12-4 pm

 

Celebrating 10 years of IGDC

Centered in community, IGDC provides a platform for DC creatives and photographers to connect and capture the beauty of the city. Celebrate 10 years of awesome content with the creators themselves at Bammy’s in Navy Yard. (5pm)

 

Also || tunes: Oh He Dead, art opening, heavyweights comedy, sonny’s pop-up, come as you are, tiny tudor cookies, the drone zone, sound scene, pride block party, block party brunch, a pop-up nightclub on the Kennedy Center’s roof, pride outdoor movie night

 

Sunday, June 27

 

Rook’s Gallery soft launch

New Petworth artist and video gallery goes live. (1 pm)

 

Korean soup across generations

Fans of samgyetang - traditional Korean chicken soup with ginseng - will want to tune in to this Smithsonian Folklife Festival event featuring Mandu’s mother-son chef duo. They’ll each make a traditional & contemporary version of the dish & discuss its tradition. (2pm)

 

Also || monkey beach, reiki training, talk: underground railroad

Living Earth Festival  

Watch on demand the National Museum of the American Indian’s annual festival. Native American business representatives, films and youth leaders in conversation about sustainability and innovation in Indigenous agriculture. Check it out

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