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Statehood trending

Julian Castro joined other Democratic candidates in supporting DC statehood, and Buttigieg gave us a prime-time shoutout. That's ten candidates who support statehood; frontrunners Biden, Sanders, and Warren have all made public statements in favor, too.


Rich people fun: naming vacation houses

That’s what these Washingtonians did in the 1980s and the list is pretty ridiculous. "Janthina," "Villa Bacaroni," "Snee Farm," "Cash Flow"???

Cheap, unmaintained golf courses for lease

The National Park Service wants to lease out three public golf courses in DC, the most noteworthy of which is the Rock Creek course. Many haven’t had regular maintenance since the 70s (who knew golf and the Metro had so much in common), but the push for privatization puts access at risk moving forward.


Climate vs. corruption

The city council hasn’t been doing great with controversies lately, especially regarding embattled member Jack Evans. Let’s not let the promise of the Green Bank—a potentially groundbreaking vehicle for funding a just transition to clean energy—be contaminated by those same concerns.

  • The Post op-ed linked above comes after the board of the bank were confirmed. We published ours before. Just sayin’. 

Also || Portside: the politics of the airport workers’ strike, watch Lizzo’s tiny desk concert for your mental health, apply for Atlas’ Intersections festival, no surprise: urban blue collar workers get fucked by recessions in financial capitalism, when Lebbeus Woods fought Trump

Wednesday, July 31 

Lawn Late Night

The National Building has done their latest indoor transforming, turning the space into a big, rolling green lawn. Catch it late night. (6-9pm


DC Punk Archive raises the roof (sry)

DC Punk Archive kicks off its summer concert series with local bands Saffron and Lavender on the roof of Woodridge Library. Venue is accessible. (6:30pm)


Also || Time in public sculpture | tunes: Torche | lawyers for LGBT youth | conversational DC: Spanish and wine | debate watch | clean beauty x happy hour


Thursday, August 1

An artsy evening

  • Don’t let your friends in New York get all the good rooftop bar pics this season. KenCen x Smithsonian presents a summer rooftop happy hour series with Port City Brewery samples, drink specials, and live music from JP Harris and Karen Jones. (5pm)

  • A Phillips After 5 Night Market with food trucks serving global cuisine, an early preview of Hillyer’s August exhibitions, DIY activity and live music from Evergreen. (5pm)

  • WPA and Library of Congress bring #DontMuteDC vibes to the Summer Concerts on the Lawn with Anacostia’s own ENTATY Music, plus a dance workshop. (7pm

Also || Ward 5 meetup | tunes: Bad Moves | Ford Theatre after hours | national IPA day + IPA dinner | open mic in Petworth 

Friday, August 2

First Friday Dupont 

First date alert. Check out the galleries around Dupont Circle. (6pm) Plus, head to the Hillyer for an art walk of their latest exhibitions. (also 6pm on)


Kickoff the Asian American Literature Fest

This three day festival put on by the Smithsonian has readings and workshops going on all weekend at Eaton, the Library of Congress and the Freer/Sackler. Check out the full schedule.

Also || Bike to the Beach | Hirshhorn AM | Touchstone Gallery: What is America? | late night bagel comedy show | capitol riverfront friday concert series | Watergate guided walking tour 


Saturday, August 3

Play a little

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is turning into an arcade! Gamers of all levels can play the classics and try out new games, especially ones highlighting communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community. (11:30am-7pm and on Sunday)


Rare Essence returns to Fort Dupont

Catch these go-go greats at a free concert at Fort Dupont Park. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and get ready. (6pm)

Also || Where We Find It exhibit opens at Sense Gallery | Indego Africa popup | Shop Made in DC Georgetown launch | Bowie v. Queen dance party | Water Lantern Festival 


Sunday, August 4


Wonderland turns 15, get em a present

All your hangovers are belong to them. Expect a pupusa bar, a mariachi band, an ice luge, pinatas and a whole lotta beer. (4pm-1:30am)


Rugby 101

The Washington Scandal is DC’s “inclusive rugby team.” Try your hand (quads?) at rugby, learn something new and meet new people. (2-4pm


Also || Museum of Women in the Arts community day | Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival | Legally Blonde @ Keegan Theatre | Mr Nice Jewish Boy DC | film: Metropolis


Monday, August 5


Book reading: Ocean Vuong

Poet Ocean Vuong will read from his debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, at Solid State Books, exploring a mother-son relationship, race, class and masculinity. (7pm)


Open mic night

Insert some laughs / cringes into your Monday. This open mic night includes all the regular things, but - BUT - there’s another comic to interrupt and heckle the comics on stage. We don’t even know. (8pm)

Also || 90s trivia night | comedy open mic | Ten Strong: Women of Barry Farm/Hillsdale | buy a ticket to this Meow Wolf film | riverfront yoga


Tuesday, August 6

Night Out for Safety and Liberation 

This annual event is all about reimagining what safety means for our community that’s been going on nationwide since 2013, partly as a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. Childcare, ASL interpretation and food will be provided. (5-9pm)


Learn to swing dance

Every Tuesday, you can head to the Josephine Butler center and learn to triple-step, triple-step, rock-step. Come for a free class, stay for the social dance. (8pm)

Also || Eat Pray Love outdoors | people’s choir: vacation | data & education | landscape design | Immigrant Artist Appreciation Happy Hour | 21 savage | social anxiety & networking


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