Wake to Washington

Pedestrian bridge fallout

Citing low foot traffic (recorded 6+ years ago) and the existence of other bridges, local officials say they are still evaluating, and may not rebuild the pedestrian bridge over 1-295 that collapsed last week. But “the communities being built in Ward 7 deserve passage to Kenilworth and Minnesota Avenue areas,” Mysiki Valentine told DCist. “The city consistently allows Black spaces, Black communities to deteriorate.”


Don’t say it don’t say it don’t say it … man, it’s a hot one

DC may not be the country’s warmest Washington of late, but today is forecast to be this week’s hottest. Here’s how you can help unhoused neighbors stay safe out there — and where you can find the city’s designated cooling shelters. (Call 311 for free transportation).


Delta’s gray cloud

The more-transmissible Delta variant now accounts for 20% of U.S. Covid-19 cases. Early Tuesday, the WHO recommended continued mask usage, breaking with the CDC. Several cities have updated their policies but DC has yet to provide new guidance. 


‘We prioritize symbolism and pass off promises as structural change’

The toppling on Juneteenth 2020 of a statue of former Confederate General Albert Pike was part of a broader movement, and it built momentum toward removing questionable DC statues, like President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square and the particularly white-saviory one in Lincoln Park. But a year later, the latter two — along with countless others — remain in place. City Paper asks: What’s next?


Also || DMV at the Olympics; yes, Ludacris saw VDOT’s pun; eviction moratorium survives SCOTUS review; protests outside Nellie’s continue; while vowing police reform, Prince George's County has spent $17.6M fighting its own officers’ allegations of racism; minimum wage to go up $0.20 on July 1; a Black vision for development in the birthplace of urban renewal; Schwarber: 16 HRs in 18 G

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Emergency & You

Wednesday, June 30

Word up!

DC’s newest museum, Planet Word, is hosting an online event about code-switching, “something that many people around the world do consciously and/or subconsciously as they move through different environments and communities.” (11am)


Couples therapy

No, it’s not that kind of show. DC Improv hosts Rahmein Mostafavi, along with his guests Eddie Morrison and Ty Davis for a “scheduled appointment to laugh about relationships and single strife.” (7:30pm)


Also || boating in DC, will i make it into the middle class?, bringing asteroids to earth, trivia, pilates, struggling chartist


Thursday, July 1


Relax | Relate | Release

Kick off the long weekend early with the first night of “a three-day explosion of joy and play” from three Black women curators, featuring an arts market, film festival, wobble/electric-slide lesson, and DJ set, all outdoors on the Kennedy Center’s REACH Plaza. (Register here — then entry is first-come, first-served).


It’s like scrapbooking but better

Join Art in DC at Femme Fatale for a night of collaging and “mystery cocktails” at their brand-new location in Cleveland Park. They’ll provide materials, but feel free to bring clips from newspapers, magazines, etc. that inspire you! (4pm)


Also || Gettysburg and its environs, at union stage: constituents’ hillarious, explore new murals, sunset cinema, DC improv: Nimesh Patel, poetry cafe, pizza party, taboo thursday, espionage and enslavement, the new minimum wage


Friday, July 2


Calling all burger connoisseurs 

Now’s your shot at a chance to eat as many burgers as you possibly can in under 10 minutes. Is there anything more American than this? Probably not. First place wins $1,750, but don’t worry, participants up to 6th place will win some $$$. (12pm)


You, Me, Them, Everybody 

16 months later… and they’re back! Join Allison Lane, Haywood Turnipseed Jr., Kate Flaherty, and Rosie Cima for a LIVE show at Wonderland Ballroom for some insightful comedic conversations about life. (7:30pm)


Also || DC Comedy Fest: Best of the Best, bmore than dance, dodgers vs. nationals, art chat, talk: who is owed springtime, the art of looking, film: the adventures of priscilla, queen of the desert


Saturday, July 3


Classified Comedy

Kick off the holiday weekend with a laugh at a stand-up show mixed with a bit of magic (?). (10pm)


Pay your respects

Visit RBG’s final resting place, as well as, all the many other “Forgotten Women of Arlington National Cemetery” with A Tour of Her Own. They will celebrate and explore all the brave women who have played a role in making our country. (10am)  


Also || sündown @flash, watch: Euro Cup, floral class, comedy showcase, salsa dancing, essential oils workshop


Sunday, July 4


Bringing community together

As business doors begin reopening and life returns to the “new normal” it’s important to reflect on the loss we have experienced. The Outrage is opening their space to share their COVID-19 Memorial Project, an art gallery memorializing the lives lost to the pandemic. (all day)


Asian American pastries with a twist

Here’s a list of reasons why you should submit a pre-order request for Rose Ave Bakery: pandan coconut donuts, ube cake, tajin mango donut, scallion egg tart, musubi croissant, and more. (pre-order@5pm)


A spectacular firework extravaganza

Celebrate July 4th with the best view in town at the REACH. Fire up the grill with Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, enjoy specialty snacks and frozen desserts, and sip on a wide selection of wines. Admission is free, but first come, first served. (12pm)


Also || 4th at the Wharf, outdoor yoga, flashy 4th, yappy hour


Monday, July 5


Pints x U.S. Women's Soccer

Head to Wundergarten for a free showing of a friendly match between the US Women’s Soccer team and Mexico (along with Bavarian pretzels + a pint of Hefe Weissbier). A portion of your bev proceeds will be donated to the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs for children. (5pm)


Tuesday, July 6


Bingo was his name, oh!

Get back into in-person socializing with a friendly game of bingo and dinner from Union Market. (6pm)

Also || flowers at Salt & Sundry, talk: Work, Inequality, Gender, and Capitalism in Modern America

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