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Karon Hylton-Brown.

Content warning. Police released body cam footage showing the death of 20-year-old Karon Hylton, who was struck by a car while riding a Revel scooter. The four officers involved have been put on leave as the investigation proceeds. DC police say they tried to stop Karon Hylton-Brown because he was riding without a helmet, but his family says they chased him, causing his death. 


Don’t drop the ball-ot

Officials are telling voters who still want to cast a ballot from home to use official drop boxes rather than putting it in the mail. In D.C. and MD, mailed ballots postmarked by Election Day will be counted until November 13, but VA has a tighter deadline—ballots must be received by Nov 6. While the state is expected to go blue, there will be some close races.  

Uncertainty is coming

As winter nears, so too does the potential of mass closings for local restaurants and bars due to the loss of help of outdoor service. Several local businesses by Eric and Ian Hilton are planning to “hibernate” for a few months, such as The Brixton and The Gibson. There are still several outdoor beer gardens that plan to stick it out, though, including  Dacha beer garden, Wunder Garten, and Garden District.


An even score

DC ranks as the world’s 20th best city according to tourism consultancy Resonance, who ordered cities (as always, somewhat arbitrarily) on their diversity, educational attainment, economic productivity, cultural programming, and ability to rebound from COVID-19. We’re sandwiched between Prague and Istanbul, and slot behind NY, LA, Chicago, and San Francisco in the US.

Also || Groundbreaking for NoMa 321-unit apartment project, Release: Monument and Marker public art exhibition, additional 5 miles of slow streets, how parents are saving Halloween, new playable art in Petworth, how COVID spreads in a living room, a bar and a classroom, City Paper’s Goodwin profile

Emergency & You

Oktoberfest at the Garten

From now through Sunday, the Kennedy Center’s pop-up wine and beer garden, Victura Garden, will transform into a Bavarian biergarten theme. Expect German-inspired eats and lots of great beers. (Varying hours)


Friday, October 30


Train to knock doors in Virginia

Election Day is hurtling closer, leaving many of us to manage existential dread on top of our pandemic stresses. Try to channel some stress into action by training to knock doors and distribute literature in Virginia. (6:30pm)


Vintage Game Night 

Bring your corona-safe bubble for an outdoor game night, complete with bocce, croquet, ring toss, and BYOB(oard games). Costumes encouraged. (5:30pm)


Spilling the zom-beans

A circus show & spooky backyard cabaret rolled into one performance on grief, healing, & ghosts – reserve a live spot in Alexandria, or join on Zoom to see an edited recording & attend the cast party. (8pm)

Also ||
talk: Autumn Refresh, Frederick Douglass hike in Harpers Ferry, talk: what sparked witch burnings, concert at Rhizome, “a spooky shmutzik spates spiel”


Saturday, October 31


Nosferatu with live music, yes.

The OG expressionist scary vampire movie in 16mm soundtracked live by DC’s own Tristan Welch? Absolutely. (6:30 pm)


A Halloween Mayor Bowser’s

After months of rent strikes and calls for landlords and legislators to cancel rent, District tenants are calling on Mayor Bowser to cancel all rent for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.” (Gather at 3, march at 4 pm from Fort Stevens Recreation Center)


Also || music: Live from Dumbarton Oaks, dia de los muertos weekend festival, Halloween at The Station, Dia de los Muertos with Brahms’ Requiem, Petworth News’ Halloween parade, participatory art: Shaping the Past: Empty Pedestals, Support Local Creatives, Make the *cutest* felted pumpkins

Sunday, November 1


Not Sbarro’s stromboli

Join Sonny’s pizza to learn how to make a gourmet stromboli from home. This will probably be the best meal prep you’ve done in months. Trust us, it’s worth it. (4pm)


A to Z in DC

With this handy guide, follow in the footsteps of local Washingtonian Austin Graff, who spent quarantine (+working from home + home schooling) rediscovering DC neighborhoods with three year old daughter. 


Also || Purple Light DC, Comedy Show, Día de los Muertos, Prevent Cancer 5k, One Shot Pottery Class

Celebrate Day of the Dead from home!   

Wistful for when we celebrated Día de los Muertos at the museum together? Our shared dedication to celebration continues online. Enjoy the music of GRAMMY-winning band Quetzal today at 6 p.m.   



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