Fast food news
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.
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)
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)
Friday, February 7
First Fridays are for art
Check sculptor/performance artist Tsedaye Makonnen’s AM talk at Hirshhorn. (9 am)
Work with a material of your choice at the Portrait Gallery’s open studio. (1-5 pm)
Three Sheets lectures
Drunk History meets TED Talks at Dew Drop Inn. (8 pm)
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
Warm up for Valentine’s day with “Awkward Sex...and the City,” a comedy/storytelling show at the Black Cat (8pm)
Alternatively, head to Slash Run for “angry songs you can dance to,” featuring an absolute banger lineup of local acts, including Cosmic Halitosis, Inferior Brain Power, and, um, Alex Jonestown Massacre. (9:30pm)
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)
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)
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)
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