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Wake to Washington

Est. 2013

Kick for a cause

Safe at Home Charity Kickball Tournament isn’t just a fun day of of kickball (okay, it’s definitely a really fun day of kickball) but it also benefits Bridges to Independence to help people out of homelessness. Sounds good!

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Open Streets on Georgia Ave NW was a beautiful scene 

With cars out of the way, DJs and bands performed, kids drew an imaginary protected bike lane on the sidewalk (!!), skateboarders jumped over ramps shaped like books, and residents enjoyed the sights without worry of traffic disruption. When you have the space and security to be able to move around freely, you notice your environment--and your neighbors--more.

 

Arlington stage for a psychological thriller

Julius Onah - a director born in Nigeria who moved to Arlington at 10 - set his latest film, Luce, in Arlington because “you see a real range of different experiences [in Arlington] that I think is reflective of so much of what America looks like.”

 

Mega cooties

1 in 4 delivery drivers admit to tasting your food before delivering it. Local restaurant Dino’s Grotto (rip) chimed in on Twitter to share that they saw this problem a lot. So to recap: delivery apps are tasting your food, financially hurting your favorite restaurants, and aren’t all giving drivers their full tips.

 

How big cities decarbonize

Emissions are already declining in 30 of the world’s major cities, including Berlin, London, Madrid, and D.C. “Investments in transit, building energy efficiency, and switching fuel to zero-carbon energy sources are some of [the] largest drivers.”

 

“Stopping the (development) stoppages”

The Council unanimously passed revisions to the Framework Element of the Comprehensive Plan (a document thousands of pages long that maps out the next 20 years of housing development in DC) that’ll make it harder for residents/activists to oppose new growth and could help alleviate the city’s housing shortage. Others say the bill may be too developer-friendly.


Also || City staff’s use of WhatsApp undermines open records, carceral x surveillance state: DC invests in ankle monitors that listen, too, NAAATS

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Bentzen with my best friends

Brightest Young Things’ annual comedy festival is right around the corner. Take $5 off with code BFF on some special shows: the DC Comedy Homecoming (led by Jay Pharaoh), Maria Bamford, Call Your Girlfriend, Roxane Gay w/ Sasheer Zamata, Pete Holmes, and The New Negroes with Open Mike Eagle.

 

NGA Nights: Art History Mysteries

Go on a detective hunt through the galleries to uncover mysteries, hear pop-up talks, and BOO-gie on the dance floor. (6pm)

 

Sound and color

Bring music and art into your Thursday night plans. Local faves Oh He Dead play a live set of soul/funk tunes at the Kreeger Museum. (7:30pm)

 

WNBA Championship on the line

Will Mystics-Sun Finale Be the Best Game 5 Ever?” The only way to find out is to tune in tonight, and be sure to root for the home team. (8pm)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Debbie Millman, host of the Design Matters podcast, is at the Hirshhorn to talk about the Bauhaus ideals and their long-standing cultural and aesthetic influences. Registration recommended, share with your most ~modernist~ friendz. (7pm)

  • In its fifth edition, Double Exposure 2019 convenes investigative journalists, filmmakers, and multimedia producers for a 3-day line-up to explore the intersection of film and journalism. Full lineup can be found here with tix varying in price. (Thursday thru Sunday)

Also || tunes: RAM from Haiti | tunes: Stray Fossa | yoga, sound, CBD | Kennedy Center ballet | a time you faltered: readings supporting al otro lado | ShutDownDC next steps | crash course in ranked-choice voting | los carpinteros | talk: dr. christine darden | makars open mic | state of art/dc | be that person at the party who knows everything about blockchain and cryptocurrency

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