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Rest in peace

The first two deaths from COVID-19 in DC were confirmed. In his lifetime of service, Franciscan monk John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond "helped find housing for people who needed it, made sure food baskets were delivered to families that were struggling on Christmas."

Books, whiskey, or both


SNAP is not enough

Stocking up isn’t a viable option for families who rely on SNAP assistance, and the response hasn’t widened federal safety nets. Here’s what would: making information more accessible, authorizing online purchases via SNAP, and adjusting eligibility criteria.


“We take for granted that there’s always going to be something to do”

Jenna Camilla Henderson, a local singer-songwriter, was juggling three jobs working security at 9:30, supporting classrooms at a charter school, and playing gigs at Harlot. In this NYTimes profile, she shares the digital artifacts from when she found out each job was put on hold or canceled in response to the pandemic, all within a matter of days. Her situation likely mirrors that of many others at this moment where months loom ahead with no steady source of income. 


ICYMI: How-tos for COVID culture

Last week we published guides for working at home without losing your mind and seeing the cherry blossoms without visiting the Tidal Basin. Pitch us your story—it doesn't have to be about the pandemic, either, just DC!

Also || Survey for visual artists, MetroBus will be effectively free for now, we're not locked down yet -- here's what it means if we are, city hires Republic Restoratives to make hand sanitizer


Emergency & You


Let it out

Channel John & Yoko and apologize to your neighbors beforehand—the “DC Area Primal Scream” event has 1200+ attendees. (7pm)


A (virtual) art fair!

The Spring Cleaning art sale is going digital! Find new works from DC artists with #SpringCleaningDC on Insta and DM @amy_loko or the artist directly to purchase. We’ll all be spending more time at home...why not make it a pretty place to be? and give your neighbors a boost at the same time. (6pm)


No time like the present to be a badass

Certified Badasses welcomes current or aspiring athletes, adventurers, rebels, and all other ‘badasses’ to join quarantine friendly activities, like an overnight paranormal investigation, acting coaching, marksmanship with a Marine, tea ceremonies, astrophotography, and more. Free memberships with code ‘COVID-19’ for a limited time.


Going the Distance

Local band Bad Moves join their record label Don Giovanni for a remote festival with labelmates like Evan Greer and Downtown Boys. (8 pm)

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