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Don't you come back no more.

Hit the road, Jack

It's official: Jack Evans finally resigned from the DC Council yesterday in a brief, 100-word letter to the chairman. He’ll stick around for about two more weeks, and the decision to resign is likely due to the Council’s preliminary vote to kick him out in December.

 

DC to clear NoMa encampment

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.

 

A new Yang Gang

No, not the presidential candidate. Yang Market in Eckington is reopening under new ownership after a year-long hiatus. The former shop, famous for its Italian hoagies, is transforming into a corner store that sells “all the good things you’d find if 7-Eleven and Whole Foods had a baby” with a soft opening (after a long wait) this weekend. 

 

Weird Web 2020

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.

Also || Historic preservation versus front facing solar panels, gender neutral DC, use this tool to make your own joy (topographical) maps

Meditation for the 99%

Mindfulness isn't just for monks and Silicon Valley tech bros. Listen to Meditation for the 99% from DC-based writer and meditation teacher Jeremy Mohler everywhere podcasts are available.

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Wednesday, January 8


Women Uncorked

For anyone who identifies as female, this “question or confession” conversation will be about all things sex. It’ll be hosted at The Wing with drinks available for purchase. ($10)

 

Ranked Choice Voting

The Action Network will be hosted a conversation on ranked choice voting, a whole different way we could be voting. Councilmember Grosso and Fair Vote will be speaking. (6:30pm)

 

Also || perfect liars club | coding & cocoa

 

Thursday, January 9


Triple act at Comet Ping Pong

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)

 

Also || iron cages | boys & sex | heavy seas turns 24 | comedy: battle for 2020 at union stage

 

Friday, January 10

Tunes

Watch paint dry

Play hooky & pick up some knife skills at Open Studio Fridays at the National Portrait Gallery--learn to paint portraits with a palette knife! (1-5pm)
 

Also || streetsense: holiday retail spending | book talk: extreme economies | ladies get coffee | 10th Annual DC Tattoo Expo | Estrogenius comedy at Colony Club

 

Saturday, January 11

 

Transportation Camp

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)

 

Also || Rally to close guantanamo and end torture, comedy & improv: the instagram show, la vie en janvier, the comedic art of not giving a f*** | one eight distilling turns 5 | enduring visions

 

Sunday, January 12

 

Meditation and creativity workshop

Did you know that meditation can help you access your creativity? Learn about the science of why, and explore how, at this afternoon workshop. (2pm)

 

Make a Women’s March poster

And then take that poster and join the march on Jan. 18. (10am)

 

Also || dc sing-along | portrait story: albert einstein

 

Monday, January 13

 

Talk it out

 

Learn a little

 

Also || for kids: young portrait explorers | Pinegrove listening preview at Songbyrd | DC Backcountry Film Fest | Mosiac Theater play reading at the Petworth Library

 

Tuesday, January 14

 

Bike for your life

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)


Also || Story District: the Morning After | evolution, belief, gods and ghosts


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