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Sip, sip, hooray!

Explore your neighborhood, one wine at a time. DC Wine Walk is happening in 4 DC neighborhoods this fall. It’s the perfect Saturday stroll, with complimentary wine tastings at each stop. Get the lowest price tickets before October 17!


Cocktail colonialism

Tiki and tropical drinks (which are two different things!) are experiencing a revival. Maybe you’ve noticed. But is it possible to enjoy without reviving the “colonialist kitsch” of tiki bars past? “It’s not about ostracizing anyone or putting them on blast. It’s just, let’s be critical and thoughtful.”

“We <3 you too”

Loud construction frustrated local offices while H-B Woodlawn built a new school for its students, but the teens quickly made up for any inconvenience. A “hi” from the students made out of sticky notes sparked a cute back and forth carried out daily by both sides

Sports too dramatic? Here's a puppy

A valiant but ultimately failed comeback leaves the Mystics tied 2-2 with the Sun in the WNBA Championship, and that means the Mystics and Nationals are both headed for sudden-death games this week. If that gives you heartburn, no fear: Captain the Caps pup to the rescue.  

$27 for a salad

Vicariously indulge yourself in the seedy underworld of the $500 sneaker-wearing, SoulCycle-attending moms of DC. Millie’s—affectionately known as “MILFie’s”—is the place to be for the multimillion dollar homeowners in the affluent neighborhood of Spring Valley. (We weren't sure if we could put that in our subject line...)


More sports betting contract drama 🤔

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie was all set to vote “no” on the no-bid DC sports betting contract (yes, the one that was recently suspended by the Superior Court). Then he changed his mind and somehow ended up with more political power, thanks to a committee re-shuffling orchestrated by Phil Mendelson. What is actually going on here?


The history of American anti-car movements

Before a 1970s protest movement in the Netherlands that led to the bike-friendly streets the country is known for today, the U.S. had its own anti-car demonstrations. In the 1950s and 60s, women-led “baby carriage blockades” demanded safe streets for children. 

Also || Georgetown students shout down homeland security official, Amazon store whyyy, St. Elizabeth’s hopes to have clean drinking water again next week, Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum to reopen Sunday, bill to tax soda makers introduced, Bowser vetoes bill on art commission independence

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Wednesday, October 9

Last call for glacier art

Check out the closing party of “Glacial Momentum,” an exhibit of polar ice images at the Chesire. The event will also feature a panel with NASA scientists and a live cello performance. (7 pm


Yom Kippur at New Synagogue Project

Join the New Synagogue Project for Yom Kippur services, afternoon programming, and a closing service/break-fast. Welcome the new year 5780 with music and introspection. (9:30, 2pm, 6pm)


Also || tunes: DMBQ | tunes: Trupa Trupa | tunes: P-Lo and Gupdad 4000 at Songbyrd 


Thursday, October 10

The Bauhaus, 100 years later

Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters podcast, is at the Hirshhorn to talk with Harvard curator Laura Muir, Art Institute of Chicago assistant curator Erica Warren, and Food New York director Dong-Ping Wong about the Bauhaus ideals and their long-standing cultural and aesthetic influences. Registration recommended, share with your most ~modernist~ friendz. (7 pm)


Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival returns

In its fifth edition, Double Exposure 2019 is happening at Eaton DC to convene investigative journalists, filmmakers, and multimedia producers for a 3-day line-up full of panel discussions, master classes, workshops and special programming to explore the intersection of film and journalism. Full lineup can be found here with tix varying in price. (Thursday thru Sunday)


Also || tunes: RAM from HaitiStray Fossaoh he dead | yoga, sound, CBD | ballet, if that’s your thing? | a time you faltered: readings supporting al otro lado | ShutDownDC next steps | crash course in ranked-choice voting | state of art/dc 


Friday, October 11

DC Bike Party’s Spooky Ride

Put on an extra scary and extra creative (but still bike-friendly) costume for this one! The after-party is at Franklin Hall. (7:30 pm)


Snally sightings

So excited for Snallygaster 2019 that you can’t wait one more day? Preview some of the brewers at various pop-ups around the city, including Churchkey, B Side, The Partisan, and The Sovereign. (4 pm)


Also || WET: A DACAmented Journey | Cristela Alonzo | tunes: Stolen Jars, The North Country | tunes: Katy Perry, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones (wait, what?) | the drop in comedy show | a time you faltered | remember you must die 

Saturday, October 12

Focus Cia De Danca

Focus Cia De Danca, a contemporary dance company, embodies a movement that builds art and meaning about the daily lives of the people in its home city of Rio de Janeiro. Catch their latest performance, Still Reich, which blends technical and innovative choreography. (Content warning for partial nudity oooh) (8 pm)


Pick out some art in Bethesda

This yearly arts festival will take over Bethesda Row on Saturday and Sunday. Browse, or purchase, glasswork, jewelry, watercolors and more from over 200 artists from around the country. (11 am to 6 pm)


Also || welcome an honor flight | All Things Go Day 1 | tunes: Miramar | DIY MIDI workshop | punk archive show | netwalkin | oktoberfest at home 


Sunday, October 13


Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum reopens

The museum, which closed in March for a $3.5 million renovation, is ready to show off its new outdoor space and improved heating and cooling. This opening event will feature food, live music and the chance to meet new director Melanie Adams. (10 am)


Renaissance faire???

Embrace your inner whimsy and tackiness at the Maryland Renaissance Faire. If you go, please tell us if the kraken in the middle of their map is real, and possibly a lesbian separatist. (10 am)


Also || menopause the musical | Mike Watt | All Things Go Day 2 | Impeach Now rally | Frederick Douglass in Capitol Hill | Cop Watch training | the women of hamilton

Monday, October 14


This is not my beautiful museum

Watch “Stop Making Sense,” the groundbreaking Talking Heads concert film that lets the viewer feel like a part of the band itself. Seating at the Hirshhorn is first come, first served. (3 pm)


Listen to Tejano fiddle tunes

Belen Escobedo is said to be “single handedly keeping alive” a Texas-Mexican fiddling tradition that has all but disappeared from the borderlands where it began. Hear it for yourself. (7:30 pm


Also || where bats are at… the bats are at profs & pints | lecture: dc murals


Tuesday, October 15


Feel the Sun in Your Mouth

Artist Alicja Kwade discusses her new exhibition with Hirshhorn chief curator Stéphane Aquin. Come early to see the pieces, then hear them unpack the structures and perceptions that help shape your experience with it. (6:30pm)

Bow down

Head to The Potter's House for a free book talk with Josh Levin, author of “The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Legend.” Learn about Linda Taylor, the real woman behind the Reagan-era stereotype—and dig in to what this story says about the country’s political rhetoric and moral posturing. (6:30pm)

Also || film: We Intend to Cause Havoc | profs & pints: the exorcist's power | spooky Halloween cookie decorating | Mexico in a bottle

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