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“That cured my seasonal depression”

It’s the biggest, brassiest holiday spectacular you’ve never heard of. New on the blog: Michelle Delgado gives us the scoop on Tubachristmas, the night when a 300+ tuba army takes over the Kennedy Center to celebrate an underappreciated instrument, with reckless holiday cheer and uninhibited delight.


$15 minimum arrives at Dulles and DCA

SEIU announced the increase for workers after pushing since 2015 “including a series of strikes, protests, and other actions.”

Satellite’s gone

Satellite Room, located behind the 9:30 Club, will close at the end of the year as its 7-year lease comes to a close. Here’s recalling many a Frank Costello


DC should be able to vote by mail

In a short op-ed for 730, learn how the city could increase its voter turnout by allowing vote-by-mail, as is allowed in Oregon. Our neighbors to the north in Rockville recently piloted vote-by-mail.


Meet the abuela of Columbia Heights street vendors

Colochita, so named for the curls in her hair, started selling mangoes in Mount Pleasant nearly three decades ago, sending money home to her four children in El Salvador; now she sells pupusas and pastelitos from a wheeled cart down the street, and serves as an elder stateswoman for the food vendors speaking up against recent police crackdowns.  


Also || UPS drivers love dogs, fund the DC Humanities Truck, Trump Hotel bartender: “This’ll only make him stronger, right?”, Carter Kieboom is Nationals’ top prospect

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We are “The Center of the Squash World

For the first time ever, the world team squash championships are being held in Washington. (The association of squash with elitism is apparently mostly a US thing?) Catch some tight, hot balls at Squash on Fire at West End today and tomorrow. (here)


Tonight: Lightmare, Lotion Princess & Born Dad

All three local acts rock the Black Cat. (8pm)


Friday: art art art


Saturday: Holiday markets


Sunday: Hains Point 100 (the last one!)

It’s the last year for this annual celebration of fun and women on bikes. Head down to Hains Point and really do whatever you want: try for a century, try for a metric century, spend 100 minutes biking the loop, or just dress cozy, take it easy and enjoy the community. (8:45am-3pm)


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