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Learn how a DC bill becomes a law in under three minutes

This animated video by the Washington Post makes it easy to learn how DC's local laws are made—and just how easy it is for Congress to meddle in the process.


Make Momma's Law permanent

20 witnesses testified before the DC Council's health committee for a permanent version of Momma's Law, a 90-day measure that prohibits pet owners from leaving dogs outside in cold weather. Currently, there are no laws preventing owners from leaving their pets in cars or outside during the upcoming summer months.


"The enemy of my enemy is my friend"

Residents frustrated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz’ ongoing interference in local politics have found an unlikely ally in Utah attorney Damian Kidd, a Republican who looks to challenge Chaffetz during next year's primary and "doesn't appreciate federal overreach in local matters."


Also || You can’t bribe your way into the cherry blossom bar, celebrate Yayoi Kusama's birthday with free gelato, the oldest (cutest) shelter dog got adopted!

Wednesday, March 22

Art as a metaphor for modern journalism

The Hillyer will host a talk with curators of a “preconceptual art” exhibit featuring 17 local artists. The art represents a “preconceptual” exhibit that focuses more on the curators’ ideas than the art--making their point that today’s news is often more opinion than fact. (6:30 pm)

Celebrate World Water Day with a movie
In a continuation of the ongoing Environmental Film Festival, Following Seas will play at the William G. McGowan Theater. The film uses old-school 16mm footage from two oceanic explorers who spent decades in the 20th century exploring across the world. (
7 pm)


Also || Common @The Kennedy Center, Bloombars cherry blossom concert, Wilson Building jam, Long Road to Hard Truth w Hon. Robert Wilkins, DC Bike Party Cherry Blossom Chase, Charity bball w congress, The Future is Female plays, No Pulp Comedy, health care rally


Thursday, March 23

Forget the jet lag

Interested in international travel but struggling with the funds/vacation days? Enter Passport Destination: Copenhagen, an experiential-immersion exhibit that “seamlessly combines interactive technology, photography, and documentary film” to leave visitors equipped with a greater understanding of different global cultures. (6pm)


Benefit for Casa Ruby

Casa Ruby, a nonprofit organization that serves the LGBTQ homeless population of DC, was vandalized last week – the third time in two weeks that they’ve been targeted by such acts. Help raise money and show up for Casa Ruby at JR’s on Thursday. (7 pm)

Also ||  Planning for mortality, rooftop farm tourbuilding lovable brands,  Songs of the Diaspora, Carnegie building tour, art and Irish poetry

Friday, March 24

Never Nesham Day of Action

Black Lives Matter DC needs your help to oppose the confirmation of Interim Chief Newsham to lead the MPD. With a history of covering up incidents of police brutality and overseeing anti-protestor crackdowns, he’s not the right choice for DC. Not able to be there in person? Don’t let that stop you. Organizers are asking for emails and calls in support, too. (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)


Tom Perriello Campaign Concert

Make the hike to Falls Church for the VA gubernatorial candidate’s Rock and Rally at the State Theater. The former Congressman from Danville, VA is known for his progressive bonafides, particularly around pipelines and environmental justice. (7-10 pm)

Also || The Blind Boys of Alabama, KIPProm,  Art party at Torpedo, Western & Chinese intervention in Africa, forum on McMillan Park

Saturday, March 25

Cherry Blossom kicks off

  • Start your Cherry Blossom Festival opening weekend with a visit to the Library of Congress for “Japanese Culture Day”. Try your hand at some origami, see a karate demonstration, or learn about Japanese life and culture from the Japan-America Society of DC. (10am-3pm)

  • Then head over to the festival’s opening ceremony featuring traditional Japanese music as well as contemporary dance performances that incorporate “electroluminescent technology”. (5pm)


Some light underground listening

If you haven’t yet descended under Dupont Circle, Saturday is your chance to experience the subterranean hype. OTHERFEELS & Friends are hosting a listening party for a new EP from Dawkins as well as some sure-to-be sick visuals set to one of their new songs in the tunnels of the Dupont Underground. (7pm)

Also || The Woman Who Would Be King, free bootcamp, Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella &Company, cocktails in Cuba, build a hobbit door, Literals @Rhizome

Sunday, March 26


Start your spring on the right foot

Grab your dog and a seasonally appropriate costume for a fun run (or walk) through the streets of Capitol Hill. Sponsored by Howl to the Chief and Summit to Soul, all proceeds from the run will go to benefit the Rural Dog Rescue. (9am)


Or grow your green thumb

We know you’ve had ambitious plans for that plot in front of your house for some time. Learn all about how to make your first gardening effort successful and stress-free at Knowledge Commons’ “Planting Your First Vegetable Garden” class. The class is free, the knowledge is invaluable. (2pm)


Also || Nana Grizol, Watashi Daisuki (I adore myself), Resist Pharaoh/Labor Seder#ResistAIPAC,  Sunday afternoon groove session

Monday, March 27


Boulder Philharmonic

As part of a SHIFT, a weeklong festival of orchestral music, participate in outdoor musical hikes “with a special emphasis on birdsong.” Plus, look out for more events throughout the week. (3:30 & 5pm)


Make Bill Nye proud

After the budget announcements of the last week, you may be concerned about the impact on the scientific community. Join a panel of scientists, advocates, and journalists as they cover topics such as climate change, funding cuts to key agencies, the impact of policies on women’s health, and what you can do to support science and stay informed. (7pm)

Also || Laura Stevenson, show EPA love, DC Abortion Fund benefit, Patrick Watson @U Street Music Hall, Allah-Las @930


Tuesday, March 28


Diversity in tech

The lack of diversity within many of today's flourishing tech companies is a conversation that can no longer be ignored. Join General Assembly for a discussion panel with some trailblazers in tech, where they'll share their stories on what they're doing about diversity in the industry. (6:30 pm)


Astronomy on tap

DC9's next installment of Astronomy on Tap features a set of talks from NASA employees and researchers, prize giveaways, and astronomy-themed music. (7 pm)

Also || Space Jam and wine?, basket making, JoJo, Milk$ - All the way live, The Power Behind Institutions of Memory


Looking ahead

3/29: GGWash’s birthday party, the music of 1999, hands of peace, Boulder Philharmonic pop-up
3/30: Czech for beginners, how to taste gin, , The Atlantic: Renewal Summit

3/31: Princess Nokia, laboratory kitchen, make your own bitters, The Joint

4/1: WPA Auction Gala, South Asian Sexual Health Advocacy conf, Singleling (podcast), Blossom kite festival

4/2: Statue walking tour, Rainbow Seder, American primitivism/guitar

⅘: Perfect Liars Club, Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon, heighten your senses in nature\

4/4: Body weight training, Plato explained through cereal, life of a poet

4/6: Damaged City, Peter Silberman of Antlers, Planet Forward, Georgetown's Slave Past

4/7: Ulysses, first fridays at General Assembly, what not to do: abstract painting in DC

4/8: How to yell your loudest at Donald Trump, Anoushka Shankar, Poet in Progress Reading Series

4/9: Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez, el-wire workshop

4/11: Community night seder, drinks and bites on rooftop farm

4/17: rooftop yoga

4/21: Take Five!

4/22: Earth Day Swap

4/23: DC Edibles Festival

4/24: Elizabeth Warren, Engineers Without Borders, TED DC

4/25: Nat Geo’s Gender Issue, Sheryl Sandberg, Create With Love workshop

4/27: The Canopy Awards, Caitlyn Jenner + Buzz Bissinger, Safe Spaces Jam

4/28: Books Alive!, Washington Antiquarian Book Fair

4/29: People’s Climate March, couples dinner & discussion on intimacy, Ella Turns 100

4/30: Workers’ March on Washington, visit Fallingwater


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