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Wake to Washington

You don't need to leave the city to go to a music festival. 

The All Things Go Fall Classic returns to Union Market this October 12 & 13, featuring CHVRCHES, LANY, Betty Who and more. Get your tickets before prices increase this Friday!

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Pepco’s parent company, Exelon, has donated $5 million to the 11th Street Bridge Park project, establishing the Environmental Education Center. Including DC government’s $14.5 million share, that brings funding to more than half its total of $40 million and on pace for delivery in 2023. By then, after nearly 150 years, it could be safe to swim in the Anacostia River.

 

A transportation politic divided 

  • DDOT is holding an open house at THEARC in Ward 8 on street safety and upcoming projects in the ward, the deadliest place for traffic fatalities so far this year. Recently, CM Trayon White and residents semi-successfully pushed back against bike lanes for safety and speed-calming on the dangerous Alabama Ave SE. Seems like DDOT is trying to distribute bike and pedestrian safety measures more equitably, rather than when neighborhoods are already at a fever pitch of gentrification — but there’s a lot more good-faith community engagement they need to do. 

 

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

The Nationals’ speedy shortstop is having a down-ish year by his high standards, but he just became the 26th player in MLB history to record two career cycles. His exploits bolstered the Nats to 53-46 and the NL wild card lead ahead of the trade deadline, where they may look to add a reliever.

 

Getting the lead out

Last week, several Councilmembers introduced the Lead Hazard Prevention and Removal Amendment Act of 2019, enhancing a tenant’s right to force their landlord to remedy lead issues, with a focus on children’s and maternal health. DC law requires children to be screened for lead poisoning twice by the age of two.

 

A web series to watch

The Washington Informer Bridge profiled local filmmaker Antonio Hernandez, whose web series Garnish covers local food and music events—for example, episode 16 caught the first Glow End Theory party, and interviewees include ongoing influencers like Sugg Savage and Jessicunt.


Also || Sting on stage | an EV tax? | it’s still really hot!!! | Adrian Peterson in debt | driver who killed cyclist Salovesh pleads guilty | how traffic tickets work in Kenya | a short story set in Mt Pleasant

Wednesday, July 24 

 

Play hooky and see ponies swim

Each year, the Chincoteague Ponies of Virginia’s only resort island cool off with a swim across the Assateague Channel just south of Memorial Park. The event is inspired by Marguerite Henry’s 1947 children’s novel, Misty of Chincoteague, which she wrote while staying at the admittedly adorable Miss Molly’s Inn.

 

Petworth misses Pluto

Local astrobiologist David Grinspoon will be hosted by Loyalty Books for a free reading and Q&A on his latest book, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto. If you can’t make it to the reading, we’re sure you can catch him playing with the 7th Street Rockers at a bar in Petworth.

 

Also || Pearl and the Oysters @ Rhizome | Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth) | Kitchen 101 Knife Skills | profs & pints: brexit & baking shows | greendrinks 

 

Thursday, July 25


Closing garage party

Head to The Cheshire to toast to Pakke Social’s first art show coming to an end, complete with music, art and their creators, drinks, and more in a warehouse. Tix are $15 and event is wheelchair accessible. (8pm)

 

Escape-ism at Songbyrd

The first solo record from musician and author Ian Svenonius (ex-Nation of Ulysses) is out and he’s at Songbyrd to make an introduction. Hear it for yourself. (7pm)

 

Also || Confirmation Bias by Carl Hulse (NYT) | sausage making | history of DC tenant organizing | debating the war on drugs

 

Friday, July 26


Live painting and music jam

Sonia Herrero’s violin, Corey Thuro’s mandolin, Zhenya Parish’s live painting and Miss Kelly D’s tarot cards—they all Black Cat’s Red Room home for a night. Sounds witchy and wonderful. (8pm)

 

Nonprofit Professional Employees Union 

Interested in learning about what it's like to be in a union? Join NPEU for a happy hour (and come early for a chance at drink tickets). Plus Afghani food. (5:30pm)

 

Also || comedy in a secret location! | improv pop-up | Kaypi Peru Festival @ NMAI | 90s dance | intaglio | food recovery in MoCo | digital mktng wkshp | trend report: the power of placemaking

 

Saturday, July 27

 

Tats and Tiki

If your body has suddenly been possessed by the ghost of a 1940’s sailor, then this is the day for you. Yards Park is turning into a big tiki party all afternoon, complete with rum punch and a surfing simulator. (1pm) After that, head to Hole in the Sky for the Thundershark opening reception, with artwork inspired by traditional American tattoo design. (7pm)

 

Breaking Bread

A very special Story District brings you celebrity chefs and industry insiders—from Top Chef Kwame Onwauchi and Toli Moli co-owner Simone Jacobson to WaPo food editor Joe Yonan and Food Rescuer Angela Brown. (7pm)

 

Also || learn to make deep dish ‘za  | Merce Cunningham centennial at DancePlace | Adobo Gigante party | Georgetown walking tour | free workout

 

Sunday, July 28


Visit Vienna's Used Book Cellar  

Prices range from $1 to $2, hell yeah, and while you're out there you can try out such TripAdvisor faves as the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders.

Also || prime time pro wrestling championship | Street Fight Radio | n street village fundraiser | tunes: the Faux Paws | natural American wines | Hill Runners | gin & botanicals workshop

 

Monday, July 29

 

Addiction Nation

When a near-fatal illness led his doctors to prescribe narcotics, media consultant Timothy McMahan King ended up where millions of others have: addicted. The author discusses his memoir at Busboys and Poets. (6pm)

 

TransLAW Fundraiser and Celebration

Join LGBTQ+ friends and allies for an evening of fun to support Trans Legal Advocates of Washington (TransLAW). All funds raised go directly to clients receiving name and gender change services at Whitman-Walker Health's Name and Gender Change Clinic! (6pm)

 

Also || poets on the fringe | live music at wilson plaza (every day until 9/27) | women in tech

 

Tuesday, July 30


Sack Jack happy hour

Jack Evans kinda sucks. Kick off your shoes and join DC/Ward 2 activists and residents at an informational networking happy hour, and get to know the organizers behind the movement to oust the erstwhile councilmember. (6pm)

 

Kojo in Your Community

As development ramps up East of the River—a new sports and entertainment arena in Congress Heights, Busboys and Poets in Anacostia—how can longtime business owners, entrepreneurs, and job seekers take advantage of new growth? Kojo Nnamdi leads a discussion on the changing economic landscape in Ward 8. (6pm)

 

Also || outdoor fitness in farragut | watch the parent trap in georgetown | women of the music modernization act | This is Not a Show | tech transforms travel

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