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Blagden Alley Lounge?

Days after 18th Street Lounge was in the news contending against an usurper to their old space and name, they’re back for a better reason: The longtime nightclub will move to a (smaller) location in Blagden Alley and resume its beloved mix of jazz, world and lounge music around the end of the year.

 

Arts spaces are teen places

The Bridge chronicles how teens find relief from violence, gentrification and just plain ~teen stuff~ at DMV arts spaces like the Shaw Community Center and Southeast’s The Creative School and Gateway Media Lab on the MD border. Their responses have included news programs, Southside DRIP (a juice pop-up), and contributed to a show on Bob Johnson’s ALLBLCK streaming service.

 

“Divinely guided” to local leadership

Riah Gonzales-King says her providential appointment to vice president of DC’s Equality Chamber of Commerce is a chance to give back to an organization that helped her business soar. Now she’s mentoring trans youth, connecting the city’s LBTQ+ businesses with government and one another, and trying to demonstrate “capitalism with a conscience” in her own business.

 

What should city do with surplus? 

Campaigners are miffed by the city’s plan to use extra funds from the hard-won Paid Family Leave program to lower business taxes rather than expand coverage for lowest-income residents who need to take time off.

 

Chartering a new course

Bowser nominated a new state superintendent of education, and her most recent experience is overseeing Philly’s charters—she’s mainly been in charters, starting out with TFA—as the system was accused of racial bias in their renewals. The superintendent is not to be confused with the school chancellor, and mainly liaises with the federal government; DC, of course, has a massive charter system.

 

Breathing new life into city CPR response

During the pandemic only a quarter of people in DC requiring cardiac intervention received CPR from bystanders, an understandable but concerning dip from the city’s prior 40% mark (itself barely at the national average). Michael Fontaine, 26, calls the stranger who kept him alive after a heart attack jogging by Eastern Market “angel.”


Also || A profile of Yoga with Adriene’s canine companion Benji, DC Public Library celebrates 125 years, the best viral videos of all time, more outdoor coworking, longtime Frager’s Capitol Hill employee murdered at 40, roughly 1 in 14 Washingtonians has or had COVID and most questions about impact of COVID on cities TBD

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Emergency & You

51st dates

If you’re vaccinated, it’s a great time to revisit your favorite establishments or the ones you wish you made it to before the whole panorama. Barred in DC rounded up 51 favorites based on Twitter polls of favorite D.C. bars, and there’s also a [supposedly] definitive list of the city’s dive bars. 

 

Friday, June 4

 

Psychfiction

DYK the story arc of fictional characters in books like To Kill A Mockingbird and the works of Sylvia Plath have been used in medical schools’ training programs to study mental health? Learn about the impact writers and fictional characters have made in psychiatry. (7pm)

 

A gathering for all music heads

Loop Sessions is hosting an online event to unite music makers and producers in the DMV. Connect on music production, network, and make really cool content on the spot. (8pm

 

DCs Royals: A celebration of drag

Using photographs gathered from the archives of the Washington Blade Magazine and video interviews, the exhibition “aims to honor the roots of drag in America authentically, while also celebrating the power, pride, and leadership that define the drag community.” (5-10 pm)

 

Also || Filmfest DC + preview, the art of fugue, sidewalk palooza

 

Saturday, June 5

 

Tent de fromage + friends!

“Wine. Cheese. Cookbooks. Vintage Goods. Art Prints. Plants.” A pop-up curated by Underground Goods, PLNT, Each Peach Market and Bold Fork Books. (11am)

 

A good day to fight to #DefundMPD

The Defund MPD Coalition, a Black-led multi-racial coalition of people and organizations in DC, will host a mass mobilization at BLM Plaza to demand a transformation of public safety systems ahead of a June 10 hearing on MPD’s budget. (2pm)

 

The Gay Men’s Chrous turns 40

Sing along or just let GMCW do their thing. Tune in online to hear their beautiful renditions of “From Now On” (from The Greatest Showman,) “Rise Up,” + musical highlights through the years. (7pm)

 

Also || 826 DC Half Half Half Half Half Marathon, DC by foot, trolley trail tour, next: warmer

 

Sunday, June 6

 

Exterior tour of Dumbarton House

Built in 1799, the Dumbarton House looks drastically different today than it did over 200 years ago. Take a guided, socially-distant outdoor tour to imagine the estate throughout the decades. (1pm)

 

DC, exposed

The 15th annual Exposed DC Photography Show “shines a spotlight” on the city with an outdoor installation at Ellē in Mount Pleasant; an opening celebration takes place Sunday. (Sunday, 3 pm)


Also || jazz on the terrace, check out the merged bump n’ grind & moorenko’s
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