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The 2020 DC Homeless Crisis Reporting Project

6,380 Washingtonians, living in a state of emergency. Today, Street Sense is spearheading the DC Homeless Crisis Reporting Project, with stories posted throughout the day by seven additional area newsrooms. Check it out at

At least traffic will be better

The environmental havoc wreaked by online returns

Online returns often end up in a landfill, as this Canadian outlet found in an investigation involving undercover disguises and GPS trackers. With 30-40% of all online purchases being sent back, these unwanted items can take long, circuitous routes to their final destination, or just get thrown out. The US generates five billion pounds of waste in online retail returns alone.

For all you stats nerds and map lovers

We know this election is shaping up to have record turnout because of early voting – this GitHub project maps out all the early voting stats, including by percent of 2016 total turnout. At the time of writing, Vermont leads, having cast a number of votes equal to 35% (!!) of 2016 turnout. (DC’s at 19%)

Also || how DC kids are celebrating Halloween without trick-or-treating, WeWork shutters three DC locations, WeWork closes Wonder Bread, 2 more locations

The Coffee You’ve Been Waiting For…

Now Open at 1440 8th St. NW, RĀKO Coffee Roasters is here to bring you freshly roasted single-origin coffees, both in whole beans to-go & espresso drinks! More info here.



Emergency & You

Wednesday, October 14

For progressives who love pop music
For those who need to talk about the moral necessity of Carly Rae Jepsen albums to pull us through the careening emergency that is American politics, Season 2 of
The B-Sides podcast drops today. Look forward to bi-weekly musings about pop’s place in our world and the music to fuel your reckoning with the trashfires all around us. 

  • For the DC music scene fans: Check out their interview earlier this year with DC-based band Frass Green. Listen to The B-Sides here on Apple, here on Spotify, and anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Terrarium making workshop 

For those of us apartment dwellers who lack any balcony space for some home gardening, join City Blossoms and REWILD for a DIY terrarium workshop! All materials are included in the ticket. (6:30pm)

Double Exposure Film Fest 

Register for the annual investigative documentary festival, with this year’s features including 76 Days, about the initial Wuhan lockdown, MLK/FBI, about the agency’s harassment of the civil righs leader, and tons of workshops and panels for those following the industry. 

Also || level II sketch writing, Green Drinks’ LinkedIn seminar, Unrig The Courts, talk: Inside Presidents’ Cabinets, Nadeau for Lazere rally


Thursday, October 15


Composting in the district

DC aims to compost almost all food and yard waste by 2032. Get all your questions about composting in DC answered by a rep from the Department of Public Works, hosted by the DC Sierra Club. (5:30pm)


Adventure? Contemplation? Or an interactive blue-hued castle.

Artechhouse’s newest exhibit, Crystalline, is bringing tranquility in the form of a blue-hued castle. Inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, the exhibit offers visitors a chance to submerge in the sights and sounds of classic blue. (ticketed entry)


Also || Virtual Writing Hour, getting out the HBCU vote


Friday, October 16


Treat yourself to self-discovery

Woolgatherings, instruction-based performances aimed at audiences of one, is back this fall with rolling availability in October. Grab a ticket to be guided through reflection, discovery, and connection. (varies)


100 Days of Solitude...and Counting

Reflect on the strangeness and isolation of quarantine through the eyes of 30+ artists. On exhibit online through October 18. (Online)


Also || Arlington Treasure Hunt, A Midnight Dreary, talk: Japanese Ghost Stories, Sippin with City Dance, Floral Design


Saturday, October 17


Trump paired with vintage fabrics… what?

Culture House DC will reopen a new exhibit featuring, “a collection of hundreds of statements by Donald Trump and others in his administration, hand-stitched into vintage fabrics.” Add your own piece to the exhibit or simply enjoy the fun. (All day)


Shop til you drop

Chat with DC local womxn entrepreneurs and shop from their selection of baked goods, vintage outfits, trinkets, and more at Femme Fatale’s open market.  (2:30pm)


Also || Race for Every Child, Junk Journals, Capclave, Race for Every Child, Picnic in the Park


Sunday, October 18


We all scream for...screams

Field of Screams has revamped their grounds to accommodate COVID guidelines; they’re combining their haunted paths into one terrifying trail for groups. Tickets are limited for social distancing – grab one to get your scream on. (varies)


Art in focus

Spend a couple hours escaping reality with Visarts Center’s virtual galleries. Explore their current exhibits: Monroe Isenberg, Hall of Portraits, and Blazo Kovacevic to get a virtual taste of what’s popular in the art-scene. (All day)


Monday, October 19


Eat, drink, sleep… repeat

Take a needed work break and dive into special shopping, dining, and entertainment deals put on by Taste and Shop Georgetown to support local businesses. (All day)


Also || Techstars Startup Week, talk: The Cabinet, How to Be a Better Ally


Tuesday, October 20


“Let’s boho this babe!”

If your dining room furniture is looking a bit drab, take painting and upholstery lessons from Tanglewood Sue to give your living spaces a (needed?) face lift. (Watch now)

Also || The Inner Loop x Makars, talk: Virtual Teachers Workshop, talk: Natalie Portman and Eva Longoria

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