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Leading ALOHO into a new era

Get to know Ally Spaulding, the general manager of A League of Her Own in Admo (ALOHO for short) which has become both a fun, reliable bar as well as a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Spaulding is looking forward to rebuilding after the pandemic, emphasizing education, compassion, and community, including a big blowout for the establishment’s third anniversary in August.


Lower fares but more service, nice

To entice riders, WMATA is considering lowering fares and increasing service on bus routes and extending Metrorail hours to midnight. Ridership is anticipated to decline if more workers cut back on commuting after pandemic lifestyle adjustments, while also hopefully easing some of the financial impact on low-income workers who rely on public transit to get to work.


Where can the teen girls go? 

Too big for playgrounds, too broke for restaurants, and not drawn to skate parks or basketball courts: where are the spaces for teenage girls? Surveys find teenage girls seek spaces “that foster interaction, not competition” and to “try and fail without judgement or catcalls.” Nonprofits in Chicago and the UK are designing teen-centric spaces for open interaction, often centered around swings and seating for conversation. A request from my 16-year old self, sitting on the lone unused tennis court: come to DC next?


Georgetown “united in delight”

Stephen Starr, restauranteur behind Le Diplomate, announced plans for an Italian restaurant and market to occupy the old Dean & Deluca space on M Street in Georgetown. Georgetowners from local shops to Jack Evans are excited for a tenant to bring something new to the space as restaurants have dwindled over the years. 


Hoops stars Beal, Maker mull future

Howard big Makur Maker, the first five-star recruit to choose an HBCU, has declared for the NBA Draft after a disappointing, injury-laden freshman year. And in the NBA, the Wizards are finished after failing to seriously challenge the Sixers, leaving Eastern Conference leading scorer Bradley Beal with only one year remaining before free agency.

Also || DC parking tickets return, lyft launches a new e-bike, amazon’s delivery algorithm puts drivers at risk, MD to cut pandemic unemployment in July, trendier option for craigslisting furniture, local cook turns to help hungry people, what was up with those jets last night?

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Emergency & You

Listen to the city’s ‘authentic Black Millennial voices’

The Washington Informer digital/millennial brand, The Bridge, has launched a fleet of podcasts that “continue the Black oral tradition” with offerings spanning music, politics and even marijuana legalization. (Keen to hear this future Markus Batchelor local politics hour.)


Wig out

Join the Kennedy Center for The Wig Party: A Capitol Drag Festival -- a celebration of the talent and history of the District’s legendary Drag community. Outdoor events have been postponed due to inclement weather, but you can still stream films by local queer filmmakers. (6 pm)


The Underground Railroad

First a book, then a movie, and now a limited series directed by Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight,” “If Beale Street Could Talk”). Be sure to read and watch The Underground Railroad then join author Colson Whitehead, Barry Jenkins, and 1A host Jenn White in conversation about the book’s adaptation to the big screen. (7:30pm)


On Dreaming and Refusal: screening and art talk

SAAM is hosting a virtual film screening for the works of Girl, a duo made up of Brooklyn-based artists Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh. Through a queer feminist lens, Girl’s film centers on the interiority of women of color as a direct response to female nudes throughout Western art history. (5:30pm)


Also || healing, DC dems general assembly


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