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Horace & Dickie’s will fry its last fish

The iconic H St joint that served up “one of the 24 dishes that shaped how DC eats,” is closing on March 1 after 30 years due to pressure from the landlord to vacate the space. “Gentrification,” the owner says about the store’s rapidly changing surroundings, “is a cultural genocide.” 

A new women’s history Smithsonian?

The House passed a bill to establish a Smithsonian museum honoring women’s history on or near the Mall, a timely milestone coinciding with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Even if the Senate passes it, though, it might be a while before construction breaks ground; The NMAAHC opened 13 years after Congress passed legislation to create it, and almost 30 years after Rep. John Lewis first started championing it.

 

2020 candidates’ plans for housing

A national housing shortage is part of the American crisis of affordability. Here’s where 2020 candidates stand when asked about housing and affordability.

 

Facts among the stacks 

DCist runs through some hidden history at the Library of Congress. For example: two-thirds of Jefferson's library—offered to replace the collection lost to British blazes in the War of 1812—burned in 1851; yes, there is an underground book tram; tanks guarded the transfer of the Constitution from the Library to Archives in 1950.

Also || Sanders receives Washington Teachers Union endorsement, writings on resilience from GGW, Council will continue to investigate Evans, half the world's cities didn't exist 40 years ago, Transit Police leadership shut down weekly arrest contest

Buy me love at Showtime’s crap sale

Got some emotional baggage? Add onto the weight and buy some physical goods at the best sale around town: Showtime’s Lovage Crap Sale, featuring cheap drinks, serious scrap, and beats! (6:30pm)

 

anti-valentine

Love is hell: From the makers of FUNLAND comes Love is Hell: A Valentine's Day Horror Experience. The Funland team invites you to explore the horrors of love and romance, including advice from evil Cupid, games, themed photo stations, and of course, Port City beer! 

 

Luce Unplugged: Des Demonas

Luce Unplugged invites musicians to perform in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s programming space, the Luce Foundation Center, while surrounded by thousands of artworks. Staff will kick off the evening by giving talks on pieces of art chosen by the performing artists, followed by a performance at 6pm. (5:30pm)

 

A whole bunch of good (p/v)alentine’s eve activities


Also || jake shimabukuro, | talk: Doug Brinkley + Jeanne Theoharis | cacao bite making | Billentine’s Bingo @ Black Cat | enigma codebreaking | rising in the ranks | DIY workshop: Macrame Plant Hangers | Warren in Arlington | makars | chocolate and wine tasting

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