Permanently clearing the encampment under the bridge on K street NE in NoMa is a step further than its various regular “cleanups.” (L and M won’t be cleared.) Officials say tents on K pose a hazard to pedestrians; homeless advocates argue that the city should focus more on creating housing.
The “Weird Web,” once home to interactive content and games, died with the decline of Flash in the 2010s. But could 2020 see the revival of the Weird Web 2.0? New tech like machine learning and augmented/virtual reality—as well as new monetization strategies like Patreon—could lead to a whole new era of wacky shit.
It’s a trifecta of musical acts at Comet Ping Pong tonight, featuring London-based band Modern Nature, New York-bred art rock group Olden Yolk, and DC indie-folk troupe Near Northeast. Tickets are $12. (9pm)
Really, really, really, really, really don’t care
DC's punk band Born Dad just released their latest single, IDC. Turns out, we care enough to write about it! Come listen to 50% queer rage and 50% jokes at DC9. (8pm)
The Constituents: Battle for 2020
Political comedy troupe The Constituents will bring a night of “SNL on steroids” roasts to Union Stage as local comedians embody Trump, Bernie, Biden, and more. All proceeds will go towards Hilarity for Charity. Tickets are $20. (doors at 7pm)
It’s a day-long ~*unconference*~ that brings together transit enthusiasts of all backgrounds to talk about the future of urban transportation and tech. And no worries if you’re not an expert/bureaucrat/card-carrying NUMTOT — diverse perspectives are valuable, so bring your experience as a transit user or curious futurist! And hurry — there’s only a few spots left. (8:30am-5:30pm)
HIPS volunteer orientation
Join the community with a day of training at the Winter 2020 direct service volunteer orientation. Get to know the organization through learning and sharing! And be sure to fill out the volunteer application beforehand. (11am-4pm)
Graphic Novel: A (North) Korean Story
Join the opening reception for the new show at Lost Origins Gallery. Artist Song Byeok combines art and activism, using the skills he gained as a propaganda artist for the North Korean regime to explore untold stories and unexpected satire in daily life. (7-10pm)
Join safe streets advocates for a ride up 9th St NW, to demonstrate the need for the (still delayed!) protected bikeway in Eastern Downtown. Join on your bike/scooter/surry/pennyboard and help send a message. (5:30pm)
Why we can’t sleep
Ada Calhoun discusses her new book, exploring the new kind of midlife crisis facing Gen X women and the unique circumstances that set them apart from generations that usually get the spotlight. (7pm)