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Bike from Dupont through Downtown to the Mall

20th/21st/22nd St NW protected bike lanes project would fill a critical bicycle infrastructure gap in the city’s northwest. But ANCs, residents, and the Phillips Collection can’t agree on a design—you could be the tiebreaker by voting on three options with DDOT. For updates on these bike lanes and other hyperlocal reporting on DC streets, check out the Street Justice newsletter.


Tip fairly and don’t get memed

Restaurant and service workers, who work grueling days under inordinate stress, use online meme groups to cope and commiserate. But while the content can be achingly relatable and hilarious, it pokes at more draining parts of industry subculture: overworked and underpaid, targeted for sexual harassment, and the broader power dynamic between patrons and servers—especially relevant in light of the repeal of Initiative 77.


Let the Dollars Circulate

Unrelated to any shutdown deal, rides on the DC Circulator will be free for the whole month of February. It’s essentially advertising for Mayor Bowser’s “Fair Shot” budget, which will be announced in the coming months and will be previewed for public input at a series of forums.  


Newseum building sold to Johns Hopkins

...for $327 million of dat Bloomberg money, far below its appraised value of $622 million—which may be unsurprising given the museum’s recent financial woes. Bleak timing given  least 1,000 people at BuzzFeed, HuffPo, and Gannet were laid off last week. Hopkins plans to consolidate its various graduate programs in the building, leaving the Newseum to find a new, probably smaller, home.


Comeback kid?

Former Councilmember Michael A. Brown (not to be confused with shadow senator Michael D. Brown) left DC politics in 2012, disgraced and sentenced to prison on bribery charges. Now, he’s back—and aiming to challenge David Grosso in 2020, who unseated him in 2012.

Also || The District CFO’s bet on Intralot for a monopoly sports betting contract, related: mapping the ties between Councilmembers and sports betting lobbyists, suspect in attempted Comet Ping Pong arson

Backcountry Film Festival at Penn Social

The touring film festival stops in DC to feature films of backcountry snowsports and their communities. Produced each year by the Winter Widlands Alliance, the film festival will donate all screenings funds to local conservation efforts and winter management issues. (6pm)


Podcasting 101

Heartcast Media offers a cheap, accessible introduction to broadcasting in the digital age. (6 pm)


Theatrical options

  • At Anacostia Playhouse, a black actor tries to decide whether he should audition for Othello in the award-winning American Moor. (Jan 31)

  • A House of Cards writer forays into theater with Kleptocracy, about a Russian oligarch who runs afoul of Putin. (here)

  • Visitors to Signature Theater in Arlington are conveyed into prewar Harlem for Tony-winning Ain’t Misbehavin’, featuring the songs of Fats Waller. (here)

  • Admissions at Studio Theatre follows white liberals who feel threatened by affirmative action. (not tonight, but through February)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Penn Social hosts the touring BackCountry Film Fest. The lineup of short films include titles like “Surfer Dan” and “Ski the Wild West”. Proceeds go to the Winter Wildlands Alliance, which is dedicated to promoting & preserving winter wildlands and human-powered snowsports on public lands. (7pm)

  • DC’s Women in Film & Video is hosting a roundtable on screenwriting. Break down Oscar-nominated scripts and learn how to make that half-baked movie idea a real thing. (6:30pm)


Also || Plastic pollution coalition lunch, Beijing's Soft Power in Africa, DC Community Health Connect, Sheila album release party, introduction to hand lettering ($), FYI the Lemon Collective moved to Petworth, get involved with Zinefest, Body Map Body

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