Taste and talk barrel-aging with 3 Stars Brewing, Charm City Meadworks, Don Ciccio & Figli, Oliver Brewing, One Eight Distilling & Supreme Core Cider as we unveil a special collection of beer, mead, cider and amari barrel-aged around the beltway in District Made Straight Rye Whiskey barrels.
Don't bug out
The DC Council is considering a new bill to alleviate the district's bedbug problem, ranked second worst among US metros. The "Bedbug Control Act of 2019" would establish regulations of the removal of bedbugs, and require landlords to notify tenants of past outbreaks.
Federal workers and contractors around the country are struggling to make ends meet, but the shutdown is also disproportionately affecting Black workers, who are over-represented in government employment (thanks to desegregation and civil rights action that happened earlier than in the public sector).
The trusty endorphin-inducing morning dance party is at the Renwick with kombucha and breakfast treats in tow. There’s yoga from 6-7am to get your limbs all nimble before the dancing starts. (7am)
Grand opening of Spin DC with Olympic ping pong players?!
No, this is not another boutique cycling studio. The new ping pong social hall opens with endless ping pong with a $10 donation (all proceeds go to our friends at 826DC). Word on the street page paddle is that Olympic ping pong pros are hangin’ around. What else could you want?! (7pm doors, 8:30pm ping pong show -- we don’t really know what this means either).
Before this weekend’s Women’s March, march in solidarity with Indigenous people from around the world in a call for justice—for missing and murdered indigenous women, for Standing Rock Sioux water protectors, and other human rights and environmental defense issues. Gather at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office for prayers, then rally and march. (8am-4pm)
Hip Hop Museum launch party
Culture House (the artist formerly known as Blind Whino) is home to the Hip-Hop Museum’s first pop-up experience, a month-long gallery show and one-night concert featuring The Sugarhill Gang, Trouble Funk, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the world’s first commercial hip-hop single, “Rapper’s Delight.” Don’t miss the kick-off. (6pm)
If you’ve been in DC a few years, you’ve probably seen these horn players at Metro stations around town — they were especially known for playing Dupont Circle (yeah, they capitalise the P), and they’ve been taking their act pro. Catch them at the Millenium Stage’s free show and pretend you’re in Dupont in summertime again. (6pm)
Cut! It! Off!
Ever wanted to see a Civil War medical historian amputate a fake leg using authentic 19th-century tools and techniques? Boy do we have the event for you! Atlas Obscura Society hosts a tour and demonstration on old-timey surgery, not for the faint of heart—the leg “feels and sounds” like the real thing. (5:30pm)
Author and Counter Culture’s East Africa supply chain manager Getu Bekele sits down for a talk about his new book, A Reference Guide to Ethiopian Coffee Varieties. Coffee will be provided followed by a Q+A session and book signing. (4:30 pm)
A classic martial arts movie and whatever Steven Seagal's doing
Shaolin Jazz's Can I Kick It? series returns this year for a screening of Above the Law starring Steven Seagal. Will a live hip-hop score make Seagal's movies tolerable? (6:30 pm)
Widely regarded as the greatest martial arts movie ever made, BloomBars will screen The Last Dragon followed by an audience discussion and Q+A. (7 pm)