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Dine among mannequins

mannequins have been popping up around the nation. Virginia’s Inn at Little Washington was the first in the D.C. area to reserve tables for mannequins, a potentially creepy move that was meant to make social distancing seem less awkward; Rumi’s Kitchen, an Persian restaurant in Mount Vernon Triangle, is following. 


Ms. Congeniality, but IRL.

Ms. Senior DC pageant winners and best friends, Elvera Patrick, 65, and Hadiyah Muhammad, 66, will compete side by side for the Classy Ms. America title in Columbus, Ohio. Recently, Muhammad lost her husband to the virus, and in a show of support all pageant contestants swapped their Facebook profile photos for one of her wearing the Ms. Congeniality crown. 


“Yup. That was me.”

Ashley C. MacLeay, an at-large member of the DC State Board of Education, was seen at the RNC National Convention Roll Call as part of the team of District Republicans who nominated President Donald Trump. She has been featured in the news time and time again for contentious remarks, from furthering racist tropes to wading into the Kavanaugh debate


HIV on the decline

Our HIV cases declined by 16% in 2019. Education encouraging the use of PrEP, an expensive drug that’s “99% effective in preventing transmission of the virus,” is reported to slow infection. Low-income and LGBTQ+ communities of color, who are at higher risk of contracting the virus, have limited access to PrEP due to lack of medical coverage. 


Next level protests

Hundreds gathered in DC Monday night to protest police violence, and in a new development, some began confronting outdoor diners directly.  Reignited by the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Wisconsin on Sunday, protestors caught on viral videos demanded solidarity through a raised fist and chanting “white silence is is violence!” 


Also || Arlington’s ambitious overhaul of Mosaic Park will debut soon, a cheesy side hustle, Go-Go goes on SportsCenter, a map of ballot dropoff locations, some people social distanced during the Black Plague—and some went to bars, Kellyanne quits, comic: finding small sources of joy in a bleak summer

Errata: We mistakenly wrote that Jacob Blake was killed by police; despite their deadly actions, he has miraculously survived. He may never walk again. His family is collecting donations to support his children and cover his medical bills.

Emergency & You

Wednesday, August 26

Craft the pain away

It’s Women’s Equality Day, and you can celebrate by crafting—from a collage of Harriet Tubman to a portrait of Belva Ann Lockwood, using stuff around the house and the Portrait Gallery’s collections guide. (all day)

Ride for Black lives

DC Bike Party is riding nine miles in solidarity of the Black Lives Matter movement, with the ride specifically supporting The Palm Collective and Earl's First Amendment Grill. Wheels up at Dupont Circle, masks required. (7:30pm)

Also || Solid State Books feminist book club, Lean In DC, no seriously it’s time for some game theory, Chinese dulcimer and steelpan, what young people have to say about the political process, Black August film screenings


Thursday, August 27


Sound the Bezos bullhorns

This Thursday, people will rally outside the mansion (feat. 25 bathrooms) of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to demand appropriate PPE and sanitation supplies for Amazon employees, increased hazard pay, paid leave, healthcare and child care, and more. (12pm)


Ida Bae Wells

Union Station’s Main Hall features a mosaic of journalist and civil rights legend Ida B Wells, with each individual photo in the mosaic telling a story of suffrage. The installation is up for a week - go while you can. (all day; header credit Nikole Hannah Jones)


Go-go concert to drown out Trump

Trump is set to accept his RNC presidential nomination from the South Lawn of the White House...which wouldn’t ya know it is also where you can find a Go-go concert, noise demonstration, and dance party convened by ShutDownDC and Long Live GoGo. Text STRIKEDC 88202 for live updates. (9pm)


Also || Sunset Cinema at the Wharf, Sunflower festival, handi-hour celebrating women’s suffrage, formerly homeless youth leaders, a socialist perspective on Hiroshima (yeah it didn’t need to happen)


Friday, August 28

Stressed AND blessed

CreativeMornings DC focuses on August’s theme: stress. Guest speaker Jinahie will share her experience coping with stress as a spoken word artist and psychotherapist. She’s performed for Michelle Obama, and is a featured speaker for HBO, the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, the U.S. Department of Education, and more. (8am)


New March on Washington

Dr. King talked about his dream, but that dream remains unfulfilled. The New March on Washington will be led by those who “know the pain,” including the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Trayvon Martin. (11am)

More than a word

The National Museum of the American Indian hosts a screening and panel on the Washington football team and their use of a derogatory mascot. This documentary presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the name, with followup discussion by the museum director and a prominent Diné activist. (7pm)


Also || virtual paint n sip, take a cocktail class from Capital Hill’s Wisdom, Brother Outsider watch party, Inner Spaces dance festival


Saturday, August 29


Upheaval as street art

Barricaded streets and wooden sheaths on shuttered stores create canvas for guerrilla artists. Reclamation, Watergate Gallery’s newest exhibition, features District artists Absurdly Well, Erik White and Divorce Culture in a show on street and primitive styles in the current discourse. (5pm)


National Independent Bookstore Day
Show DC’s indie booksellers some love by participating in a virtual bookstore crawl, ranging from Capitol Hill to Second Story to Lantern. Use their hashtag to be entered into a raffle! (all day)


Not your mother’s art show (unless yr mom is super cool)

From your device, explore a virtual reality art space curated by ARTLAB’s teen summer interns and designed by the GENESIS Innovation Campus Team to learn about the foundational role Black women play in the go-go music scene. And you meet up with your friends online and experience the exhibition as a group! (3-9pm)


Also || U Hall tunes on twitch


Sunday, August 30


Geometric painting workshop

Sughra Hussainy is a master of Afghan styles of painting who just finished an exhibition at the Smithsonian Freer Sackler. Looking to expand your art practice? Join her for three separate workshops covering traditional Afghan styles of art she specializes in: miniature paintings, illumination, and calligraphy. (3pm)


Go for the outdoor space, stay for the turtles

With the temperature forecast to drop Sunday, it’s the perfect time to visit Brookside Gardens. Just outside DC, Brookside is a sprawling, beautiful public garden with 50-acres of sun, shade, “flower walks”...and an aquatic garden with ducks and giant turtles. I repeat: GIANT TURTLES. 


Also || Supporting animal-friendly candidates at the DC Council


Monday, August 31


How to improve your memory

Tired of cramming for your next exam or presentation? Join this free and virtual event that will help you “learn tips, strategies and techniques to help you remember more.” Register.


Groundbreakers Edit-a-Thon

You (yes you!) can improve the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia and improve representation on the crowdsourced site. Attendees of all experience levels will be trained to edit articles on the history of women in science in this virtual edit-a-thon. (12pm)


Also || Tiny Beauties, Pour House Trivia, Das Sausage Fest, Tai Chi, Deep Therapeutic Yoga


Tuesday, September 1


Reckoning Race in Georgetown

Ever find yourself wondering why Georgetown is...Georgetown? Drop in on a virtual panel—of thought leaders, academics, and descendants—for a conversation about race and racism in Georgetown. (6:30pm)


Sometimes nothing is happening and you just gotta:


Apply while you can!

Ever wanted to be a part of a thriving artists community? The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association is accepting membership applications through September 1. The TFAA offers exhibition opportunities, publicity and marketing, and professional development opportunities.

Also || Taco Tuesday, Zumba

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