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City passes Clean Energy DC

Busy busy day as DC Council closes 2018 business

Here’s a rundown of some of the other important stuff that passed:

  • The Public Restroom Bill, which will create a pilot for both standalone public facilities (like the ‘Portland Loo’), and an incentive for businesses to open their bathrooms to the public.

  • Legalizing sports betting, beating MD and VA as the first in the region after the Supreme Court allowed it earlier this year.

  • An incredibly complicated, contentious, but ultimately successful bill to accelerate construction of a new hospital on the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Southeast.

  • A “red flag” gun law, that allows for the removal of firearms if there’s a probable cause of violence or suicide.


How our NYC friends are handling Amazon

Worth a listen: Kojo Nnamdi and Martin Austermuhle from WAMU went on the Brian Lehrer show up in NYC to talk about how our two regions are dealing with the HQ2 news. There’s organizing happening here too, but in general the ire in Queens seems to be much greater, since New York gave a hell of a lot more away to please Daddy Bezos.


Washingtonian’s Washingtonians

The magazine says 2018’s most distinguished locals include Elena Delle Donne, who helped lead the Mystics to their first championship appearance; noir novelist George Pelecanos; and Lucile Adams-Campbell, the first black woman to earn a PhD in epidemiology.

Also || Rats: The District’s million-dollar mascots, a cartoon explainer of why US transit stinks, Dude, Where’s My Tiny House?, how Chile became a leader in electric buses, our 2018 rain would have slaked world’s thirst for 3 weeks, Wize lose to bottom-feeding Hawks

Wednesday, December 19


You, unplugged

Or as most would call it, an acoustic open mic. Listen (or participate) to local musicians perform at the newest open mic in DC at Union Stage. Sign up is at 6pm. (7:30pm show)


Festive drinking

Churchkey will have 30 holiday beers including 10 versions of the regionally famous Hardywood Gingerbread Stout. Donate canned food and get a free taster of beer! (4pm-close)


Also || three’s comedy, Robert Frost’s winter, recycle your tinsel, profs and pints


Thursday, December 20


Do it for the youth

Volunteer at Generation Hope’s Holiday Party, with snacks, crafts, hot chocolate, and more. Help attendees navigate the event that is expected to host more than 200 scholars and sponsors. (5:30pm)


Merry Murder Mystery at DC Improv

It’s the holidays, and someone just got murdered on stage. Solve the crime at DC Improv, with mystery provided by Die Laughing Productions. (7:30pm)


The next best thing to eating a pie in a jacuzzi

If you missed seeing Jacuzzi Suit at the 730 Showcase at Bravo Bar, Thursday is your LAST CHANCE to see ‘em. They play their last show at Pie Shop on H Street, with Frend and Tuff Lover. We guarantee some bops. (7pm)


Also || Festivus, learn about Native activists, overlooked highlights at the portrait gallery, sing along with A People’s Choir, live jazz in the Kogod courtyard


Friday, December 21


Live from somewhere near you

  • Big Nothing, Max Levine Ensemble at Black Cat. (8 pm)

  • Jack on Fire, Laurel Rose, Yesferatu at Dwell in Trinidad. (7:30 pm)

  • Union Stage’s holiday bash with funky fresh Black Masala. (8 pm)

  • Surely you can clap to this: Eric B. and Rakim--possibly the greatest MC/DJ duo in all hip-hop history--return to rock the Howard. (8 pm)

  • Beautiful Swimmers and Juana soundtrack late nights at Ten Tigers near Petworth. (10 pm-3 am)

  • Snail Mail plays at 9:30 Club but it’s suuuper sold out, even on Stubhub, because she’s amazing.

Also || Winter solstice campfire, solstice and wellness at Eaton, practice yr English


Saturday, December 22


Laugh while you walk

Try something new, like a walking tour guided by a professional stand-up comedian. (2pm)


Tour de Radpants

Is that a bobcat? A wildcat? Nay, it’s an ALLEYCAT! (2-5 pm)


Also || Children’s National blood drive, Robyn v Gaga dance party, Color Palette @ Black Cat, marathon reading of Midwinter Day poem, holiday concert @ P&P


Sunday,  December 23


The Messthetics

Should Fugazi-adjacency appeal to you, well, this is their rhythm section. But also so much more! They’re prepping for their first album release. (7:30 pm)


Also || Last chance to see Corbin Bleu, gem of the ocean


Monday, December 24


Take in a matinee

Tickets are still available for the early shows of the Nutcracker by the Washington Ballet. Take in this holiday classic and admire the astonishingly strong quads and glutes needed to make it happen. (11am, 3:30pm)


“The Longest-Running Water Ski Christmas Show”

Yeah, that’s basically it: Santa water skis. Head to Old Town and wear layers. (12:45pm)


Also || O Museum, Falafel Frenzy, O Museum Christmas Eve dessert tour, It’s a Wonderful Life in 35mm, Matzoball party


Tuesday, December 25


Too many volunteering opportunities to list

  • Prep and serve meals, visit seniors, donate blood, and more during DCJCC’s D25 Day of Service. (7 am)

  • Over 1,000 Christmas dinners will be served at the National Shrine Cafeteria and another 1,000 delivered. (7 am)

  • Most organizations aren't hosting an event, but that doesn't mean they won't need volunteers. Check in with a shelter or service near you to see how you can help. (10 am)

Binge a year’s worth of #culture

There are plenty (too many) of "Best Of" lists floating around this time of year. Pick your poison from books, TV, or movies and we'll see you in 2019.


Also || festive flow

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