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For the first time in Washington Nationals history, our boys will play for the championship after an early strike put Game 4 in their hands. With the Nats “peaking at the perfect time,” we could put a 95-year championship drought behind us. (It only took Boston 86 years to become insufferable…)


Left with nothing

The District’s obscure tax lien sale program has transformed into a predatory system that transforms small bills (like $134 in property taxes) into massive debts and forces vulnerable residents out of their homes when debts to the city are sold to private interests. “This is destroying lives.”


Toxic Housing Discourse: coming to a local listserv near you! 

Mayor Bowser released *the other 22 chapters* of the Comprehensive Plan yesterday (yeah, remember all that news about the Comp Plan? That was the first chapter). The Office of Planning also released housing production targets by neighborhood cluster — making DC the first city in the country to have neighborhood housing targets. The goal is 36,000 new units in the next 5 years, 12,000 of which will be subsidized affordable units.

  • A big part of the plan is changing how growth is distributed: the highest number of new units are planned for “Rock Creek West” (Palisades, Tenleytown, Friendship Heights Chevy Chase, etc), “Rock Creek East” (Takoma and Brightwood) and Capitol Hill. These areas are the furthest behind in the overarching goal of making sure that at least 15% of all housing in a given area is affordable housing.

  • Now this is all opened to 90 days of public review, and won’t be submitted to the Council until at least next March. 

An ode to Woodside Deli

New on our blog: Memorializing a Silver Spring “Jewish-ish” eatery where you could always find a seat, order some matzo ball soup, and—in this writer’s experience—remember a loved one with a personal connection. 


Also || proposed zoning change would prohibit new buildings from blocking solar panels, Lyman’s Tavern on the TODAY Show, new tenants’ union wants to help low- and moderate-income renters, Capitol Hill Books has a TikTok now

If we had a party...

… how would you want to spend it? We’re throwing a get-together in a couple weeks and while it won’t be so high-key, we’d like to hear your ideas. We’re particularly interested in activities, vendors, and performances. Points for being easy to pull off.

Wednesday, October 16

Sign up for Thursday’s Data Protected Bike Lane blitz!

For all our Virginia lovers out there--the How’s My Driving app is recreating the success of the Data Protected Bike Lane Project again this Thursday in Arlington! Join for a shift (as little as 30 minutes) and help collect data on driving infractions to show how our bike infrastructure needs help. (all day)

Comedy underground

Dupont Underground is hosting its monthly comedy showcase. Go get your laugh on underground. (8:30pm)


The philosophy of Burning Man

Caveat Magister is the author of the new book “The Scene That Became Cities: what Burning Man philosophy can teach us about building better communities.” At A Baked Joint. (7:30pm)


Also || Photoshare | tunes: Modest Mouse, Black Keys | Oscar Wilde’s birthday | see a film by one of France’s groundbreaking female filmmakers | social anxiety & networking | felon: poems | rihanna voice: must be sex on the brain | preserving your fav home movies | adam rippon at 6&i


Thursday, October 17

Plenty o’ tunes

  • One for the old heads: rapper Pharaohe Monche (from Organized Konfusion) brings his intricate wordplay to Kennedy Center (7:30pm)

  • Dancey act !!! (chk chk chk) raves up U Hall, with local opener Den-Mate warming up the space first. Who knew “Me and Giuliani Down by the Schoolyard” would seem so fresh 15+ years later! (7pm)

  • Fun fact: Alex G played guitars on Frank Ocean’s Blonde! That’s a long way for the lo-fi indie songster, who’s well acclaimed in his own right; Stereogum called this fall’s album from the “boy wonder” “the most concise summation of his many talents.” (7 pm)  

  • Asa Chang and Junray head to Hill Center from Japan as part of the Flash of the Spirit Festival. Lauded as Japan’s premier session percussionist, the tabla player can “make S Club 7 sound like Joy Division.” OK. (7 pm)

Also || Pack the Hearing: DecrimNow | Data PBL in Arlington | hearing by DHCD | rosslyn cider fest | panel: redefining “good” college


Friday, October 18

Soiree the night away

Go to the grand opening of STABLE, a new visual arts studio in northeast DC. The event will feature drinks and a dance party with DJ Pharoah Haqq. (8pm)


Get yer typin’ fingers ready

Did you know October was American Archives Month? Neither did we. Celebrate anyway with a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on women “trowelblazers” (aka women who made an impact in the field of anthropology). (1:30 pm)


Also || boo @ the zoo | 29 rooms | Arabian Sights Film Festival | talk: What’s next for democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan? | all u can eat donuts for $10 | radical hospitality


Saturday, October 19


Constitutional (n)

Eastern Market Main Street is holding their second Constitutional walking and tasting tour of Capitol Hill. Last year, attendees caught a glimpse of was the neighborhood was like during Prohibition. This year, celebrate the centennial of America’s 19th Amendment and women in civic life. Plus, your VIP ticket includes a cute goodie bag full of themed treats and 730DC stickers. Cute. (2-5 pm)


Stroll your soul away

Ever wish your spooky October activities had more history attached to them? Head to the Congressional Cemetery for a Soul Stroll - a guided tour on the history of the cemetery with costumed interpreters. (6 pm


Also || Clubhouse Festival (feat. Madeon, Rezz) | Down in the Reeds Music Festival | tunes: Sneaks | tunes: Swervedriver | Ballston Women’s Market | Kreeger Museum open house | n street village SHERO family walk


Sunday, October 20


She Kills Monsters

A play about coming to terms with the inevitability of death through Dungeons and Dragons? What more could you want? Catch it at Atlas Performing Arts Center through Nov. 10. (3:30 pm and 6 pm)


Perhaps, the rum is not always gone

Sir Henry Morgan (AKA the real Captain Morgan) was one of the most popular colonial pirates of his time. But just like any other misunderstood and multi-dimensional villain of the seas, Morgan has *layers.* Learn more about the Captain’s “legendary image of spirited freedom thus stands in tension with a form of piracy deeply intertwined with the history of human bondage” from professor John Donoghue at Profs & Pints. (6pm)


Also || Brookland Exchange Makers Mart | plant sale | Bulgarian folk music | new kitchens on the block | Ballston Women’s Market 


Monday, October 21


An encyclopedia of political record labels

“Focusing on vinyl records, and the labels that produced them, this groundbreaking book traces the parallel rise of social movements in the second half of the twentieth century and the vinyl record as the dominant form of music distribution.” (7pm)


Pack the hearing on body cams

Show up to support accountability and transparency from the Metropolitan Police Department at this public roundtable on the use of body cameras. (10:30 am)


Also || lecture: fort reno post-civil war | class: visible mending | stop avoiding your neighbors | Meet the Ward 4 candidates | tunes: W.I.T.C.H


Tuesday, October 22


Stories of the Apollo 11 recovery

We all know the story of the moon landing mission from the astronauts’ perspectives. But what about the people on the ground? Hear the story of the Apollo 11 recovery firsthand from three of the people who had to retrieve the astronauts and return them to port in quarantine. (8 pm)


Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul

Learn about Ethopian music from this documentary about the partnership between a music journalist and a producer who made 120 singles and 14 albums with Ethiopian musicians between 1969 and 1975. (7 pm)

Also || tunes: Machine Gun Kelly + Young Thug | CLR James and DC | tunes: Lightmare | Women: A Photography Exhibit opens | green drinks hh


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