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Nineteen-year-old Ingrid Contreras says her hours at the Van Ness Burger King were cut after she complained about homophobic treatment while on the job. A store manager claimed any disparity in hours is due to trying to schedule Contreras on a different shift from the manager who harassed her—a chronic problem in the service industry

An endorsement for Kennedy in Ward 2

Patrick Kennedy “understands how the District’s governance structure can be wielded and worked to advance an urbanist agenda,” GGWash writes in its endorsement for Jack Evans’ replacement. The group praises his “realistic” and “meaningful” concepts for housing and transportation policy. Other candidates include John Fanning, Jordan Grossman, Daniel Hernandez, Kishan Putta, Yilin Zhang and, uh, Jack Evans again.


‘Circle of death’ gets an upgrade

That 16th Street traffic circle that sits on the border between DC and Maryland in Silver Spring is going to get an upgrade aimed at making it safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Expect more signals, crosswalks and expanded sidewalks when construction wraps up in the fall. 



After four years on Georgia Avenue and one on Upshur, The Lemon Collective is closing up their brick-and-mortar storefront. Instead, they’ll go mobile, hosting private workshops and classes at different locations—so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime they’ll always be crafting in our hearts. 


Shadow of a doubt

Of course there’s a local angle on the Iowa caucus app: the makers were until recently based at the Manhattan Laundry WeWork.


Little Free Pantry

Hill East residents set up a Free Library-esque food pantry to fight food insecurity after the local Safeway was demolished to make room for luxury apartments. The origin of the "blessings box" goes back 30 years, when one of the resident's grandmother shared free produce with neighbors in need outside of her corner store. Now, residents are keeping the small pantry stocked amid "hopelessness" and SNAP benefit scares

Also || Iowans in DC prefer Warren, annoying alarms make you grumpy, 2019 DMV venture capital deals at a low, Jeff Bezos’ massive parking tickets, study says Washington NFL team name offends most Native Americans, Dominion & a huge offshore renewables project

Wednesday, February 5

City Paper’s Best of DC voting party

Partisans gather at Pearl Street Warehouse to do battle/vote for their favorite local businesses, restaurants and people, with beer and music. (6 pm)


Vintage game night

We’ve been, and it’s so fun—ticket includes a drink, snacks, and all-you-can play vintage board games (incl croquet IIRC?; 5:30-8 pm)


Also || the origin of images | live at LSC | book talk: persistence + prose, the scientist and the spy | democrats in 2020 | perfect liars club


Thursday, February 6

Ward 2 Candidates Environmental Forum

Do you know where your Ward 2 DC council candidates stand on environmental issues? The Sierra Club is hosting a forum with the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center to help inform voters ahead of the June 2 Democratic primary. (6:30pm)


Bell’s Hopslam Release Party

If you’re a Bell’s (or just beer) superfan, Owen’s Ordinary in Bethesda will have special pours on tap, including the Hopslam--an Imperial IPA despite with honey--that’s brewed just once a year. (5pm)


Also || two scientists walk into a bar | book talk: Alice McDermott, future histories, brother & sister | tunes: standard deviation jazz session


Friday, February 7


First Fridays are for art


Three Sheets lectures

Drunk History meets TED Talks at Dew Drop Inn. (8 pm)


Also || estrogenius benefit comedy show | tsedaye makonnen @ the hirshorn | international clash day @ bluejacket | tarot at Slash Run | tunes: Boaty Otis @ Pocket


Saturday, February 8


A Win for Wangari

Wangari Gardens — the lush Park View oasis and community garden that sits right next to the Irving Street highway hellmouth — is having an open house on how the garden and park space can be improved to best serve the community. Snacks and childcare provided. (1pm)


Bad Dates or Bad Breath

Also || optical synthesizers! | be there or be square dance | consume all the tannins | District warehouse sale | winemaker takeover @ cheesemonster | SAAM panel | kinan azmeh’s cityband | the future of museum design | portrait story: rosa parks | Bloomingdale estate sale


Sunday, February 9


Buy local art

Attend Dupont Underground and Art Rave's first weekly Sunday arts market to support 50+ local vendors, from painters to wood workers. (11am)


Talk: “Democracy’s Capital: Black Political Power in Washington DC”

Dr. Lauren Pearlman’s book covers the 1960s and 70s and “narrates the struggle for self-participation in the nation’s capital.” (2-3:30 pm)


Also || Freddy Leighton Memorial Show feat. Knife Wife, Sir EU, Tuff Lover, more | panel: passing & identity within the black experience | frightful fairy-tale weddings | portrait story: rosa parks


Monday, February 10


Light show at the National Cathedral

Lights, architecture, action! Immerse yourself in a colorful light show highlighting the cathedral's Gothic style while listening to live music by Gary Hardnett. (5:30pm, 7pm, and 8:30pm)


The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine

Politics & Prose hosts Rashid Khalidi in a discussion about his book on the history of settler colonialism and resistance in Palestine, from 1927 to 2017. (7pm)


Turn a new leaf

Solid State Books hosts a flower arranging workshop, plus wine, snacks, and advice on how to keep your house plants alive. (6:30pm)


Also || flower arranging workshop | Profs & Pints: happily ever after? | lecture: during the first congress


Tuesday, February 11


Bystander intervention training

Help your neighbors stay safe on a night out at a training designed to share safety tips specific to the nightlife scene. (2pm)


Elephant in the room

Tis the season! Story District brings you an Anti-Valentine's Day contest with 12 storytellers sharing true, personal stories in a race to the bottom--to tell the tale of the worst date ever. (7:30pm)

Also || build the bike lane | bugs, drugs, evolution and medicine | speed dating | Kaytranada night | american ballet theatre: giselle | sing-along: breakup songs | bike ride to build the Eastern Downtown bike lane | Native Americans in aerospace

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