Wake to Washington

The city as self-adaptive system.

Do something different this spring: competitive karaoke. 

Join District Karaoke, DC's social, team-based karaoke league! (Yes, competitive karaoke is real!). Form a team, join a team, or register as a free agent at


The best city for black women?

No city is doing complete justice to black women’s lives—but a recent CityLab index reveals some are more livable than others. The DC metro area ranks first, largely due to strong economic prospects. However, health conditions still lag significantly compared to other regions, and black women may face both a maternal health crisis and an inaccessible healthcare system.


Spy Museum rethinking torture exhibit

After backlash grew over a recreated waterboard and a “sanitized depiction” of Bush-era terrorist interrogation tactics that suggested that they were effective methods in preventing attacks, the Spy Museum says it is planning changes.


Five years since the fire

Yesterday marked five years since poor maintenance led to a Metro fire that killed one and sickened dozens; WTOP has a stunning photo gallery of the incident. More recently, WMATA safety continues to have its ups (adding enhanced safety oversight for the Silver Line project) and downs (sending a train full of passengers towards a possible rail fire). 


Recommended viewing: “Southwest Remembered”

Reupping this documentary from 1990 on Southwest DC: It interviews former residents on how redevelopment upended the area—and their lives—forever, and how the complex and damaging effects of “economic revitalization” on long-time residents is still so relevant for DC today. (The Anacostia Community Museum showed the film Saturday.)


“Fun without being bad”

Also || Solar panels on historic homes get the green light, Jeff Bezos closes on $5MM Kalorama mansion, Eastern High teacher, native to DC, dies traveling, MPD leaves fake tickets advising against car theft, is Brookland Home historic?

Backcountry Film Festival is back

The touring snowsports and winter recreation film festival is back in DC, this time at Penn Social. Gather for films on mountaineering, mountainscapes, and mushing dogs in the era of climate change. (6pm)


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Also || for kids: young portrait explorers | Pinegrove listening preview at Songbyrd | Mosiac Theater play reading at the Petworth Library


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