Wake to Washington

triple dog dare you

“Black people have dogs, too.”

A group of Ward 8 residents are aiming to put an end to the “dog park desert” east of the Anacostia River, making the case that Ward 8 deserves the same amenities as other wards. But others are understandably skeptical of something seen as a symbol of gentrification—especially when there are pressing community needs. 


Have you been ghosted by MTPD?

A new report found that Metro Transit Police failed to “investigate or properly document” more than 3,000 crime complaints, ranging from robberies, to assaults, to sexual offenses. Many case files contained only initial police reports, and more than 1,200 “lacked any documentation of investigative activity.” MTPD says undertook corrective action as part of modernization efforts.


One Snyder to another, this is bad

Following a decade of allegations and an NFL investigation into workplace discrimination and sexual harrassment, the Washington Football Team received the league’s highest-ever fine, and will pay $10 million into a fund. However, the findings of the report won’t be made public, and while Dan Snyder is recusing himself, his wife Tanya will take the helm.


Another spin down Whirlwind Way

A thunderstorm is one thing, a tornado is another: It’s not clear at press whether there officially was a tornado or not, but either way the damage was severe, and rain will likely have continued through the night. Arlington got it bad, with flights to DCA diverted to Dulles, and numerous trees fell into buildings -- and it wasn’t clear whether a “major building collapse” on Kennedy St NW might have been exacerbated by earlier weather


Someone was paying attention to Portland

If a new commission adapting our regional transit plan for climate action and impacts has its druthers, we won’t be like Portland, going viral because a heatwave melted our streetcar cables. (Somehow it seems more likely we won’t go viral because climate interrupting transit will be unremarkable.)  

Also || Gauff, Kyrgios headlining tennis’ Citi Open, petition to keep Beach Dr. open to recreation, a form of reparations?: wildlife trips for youngsters paid for by insurance racism settlements, biking benefits for HQ2 workers, DCMJ activists celebrate pot legalization with VA giveaway, local incubator IDs founders needing tech support

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Emergency & You

Calling all burger connoisseurs 

Now’s your shot at a chance to eat as many burgers as you possibly can in under 10 minutes. Is there anything more American than this? Probably not. First place wins $1,750, but don’t worry, participants up to 6th place will win some $$$. (12pm

You, Me, Them, Everybody 16 months later… and they’re back!

Join Allison Lane, Haywood Turnipseed Jr., Kate Flaherty, and Rosie Cima for a LIVE show at Wonderland Ballroom for some insightful comedic conversations about life. (7:30pm

Also ||
DC Comedy Fest: Best of the Best, bmore than dance, dodgers vs. nationals, art chat, talk: who is owed springtime, the art of looking, film: the adventures of priscilla, queen of the desert

Saturday, July 3 

Classified Comedy
Kick off the holiday weekend with a laugh at a stand-up show mixed with a bit of magic (?). (

Pay your respects...however you interpret that
Visit RBG’s final resting place, as well as, all the many other “Forgotten Women of Arlington National Cemetery” with A Tour of Her Own. They will celebrate and explore all the brave women who have played a role in making our country. (

Also ||
sündown @flash, watch: Euro Cup, floral class, comedy showcase, salsa dancing, essential oils workshop

Sunday, July 4

Bringing community together
As business doors begin reopening and life returns to the “new normal” it’s important to reflect on the loss we have experienced. The Outrage is opening their space to share their COVID-19 Memorial Project, an art gallery memorializing the lives lost to the pandemic. (
all day

Asian American pastries with a twist
Here’s a list of reasons why you should submit a pre-order request for Rose Ave Bakery: pandan coconut donuts, ube cake, tajin mango donut, scallion egg tart, musubi croissant, and more. (

A spectacular firework extravaganza
Celebrate July 4th with the best view in town at the REACH. Fire up the grill with Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, enjoy specialty snacks and frozen desserts, and sip on a wide selection of wines. Admission is free, but first come, first served. (

Also || 4th at the Wharf, outdoor yoga, flashy 4th, yappy hour

Monday, July 5 (no newsletter)


Pints x U.S. Women's Soccer

Head to Wundergarten for a free showing of a friendly match between the US Women’s Soccer team and Mexico (along with Bavarian pretzels + a pint of Hefe Weissbier). A portion of your bev proceeds will be donated to the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs for children. (5pm)


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