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New frontiers of horny 

There’s a chill in the air and a flurry of new advice columns on how to navigate lockdown dating. Most suggest starting with the classics; virtual chatting about safety protocols and rates of community spread in your area, before getting to the good stuff: mask talk and perhaps even “indoor intimacy.” Go on, you crazy kids.

 

Something stinks about Phase 2...

And it’s probably the data. New emails obtained from Mayor Bowser’s office suggests that city officials tampered with the Covid-19 dashboard just two days before announcing the next phase of our, now more suspect, reopening plan. The city maintains that no data manipulation was behind the jump to Phase 2, but continues to do nothing to ease public concerns over the lack of transparency — the latest FOIA request has been denied. 

 

Label reprints local band, 30 years later

In 1984 Admas boasted four members with ties to Ethiopia, 1,000 prints of their debut, and a debt to their keyboardist’s mom. More than three decades later, one of those records found its way to a Norwegian enthusiast, providing a snapshot into our city’s past.

 

The wild world of restaurant openings 

It’s too early to tell if this is a case of lagging indicators lagging, or if DC restaurateurs are more resilient than we expected. Among a surprising number of openings: the erstwhile Slim’s Diner (which, fun fact, is where the Petworth Metro was supposed to go) will soon be the new home of a fried chicken joint from the folks behind Federalist Pig BBQ. A slick-looking Puerto Rican cafe is coming to Navy Yard. And, after we mourned Sushi Taro converting to take-out forever, it turns out they’re opening a whole damn food hall

 

You can’t even exit through the gift shop

A few more Smithsonians are modestly reopening at the end of this week, including NMAAHC and the Portrait Gallery. Smithsonians won’t really recoup any losses from reopening, since they’ve also indicated gift shops and restaurants will remain closed. 


Also || Another round of microgrants for area artists, 8 Georgetown students tested positive for COVID, Someone please help me with these playful urban foxes

Emergency & You

Reboot your Twitter

“I am here to highly recommend doing this if you, like me, feel like Twitter is starting to melt your brain.” How to start your Twitter over from scratch. 

 

Big week for book nerds

Colson Whitehead, Emily St. John Mandel, John Grishma, Ann Patchett, Tomi Adeyemi, and so many more: It’s the 20th annual National Book Festival.

 

District foraging

Skip the faraway orchards and hit up the mean streets of DC to grab all the wayward apples you can find! Then trade in your haul of foraged fruit to the good folks of ANXO for some of their classic DC estate cider. Do NOT forage and eat random mushrooms, please. We got a guy

 

Black colleges and Jewish refugees

It’s still a challenge to properly dissect the intersections of anti-Blackness and anti-semitism in DC — especially after stuff like this. If you’re looking for a decent point of entry, Profs and Pints and Capital Jewish Museum collaborate to present this look on how scholars who fled Hitler flourished at HBCUs. (7pm)

 

Meet your large list of at-large candidates

One out of every five DC residents is running for the At-Large Council race this fall, or at least it feels that way. SW Neighborhood Assembly is doing their damn best to fit them all in a forum by splitting it into three days. Catch the first tonight, or check the roster to see who you’re interested in hearing from. (7pm)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

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