Wake to Washington

Come thou bleak December wind

ICYMI: 2018 Congressional Social Media Report

Check out which members of Congress were the most avid social media users in 2018, how Democrats and Republicans differ on social media, and more in Quorum’s comprehensive new report. Learn more.


A tale of two churches

Take a whiff on me

According to Homesick candles, DC smells like “stone-faced buildings” and cherry blossoms. We asked you, dear readers, to tell us the smells they missed. Here’s our faves:

  • The worst: flaming Metro cars and river funk

  • The best: “recently smoked weed” and “armpits during a summer protest at the White House”

  • The most edible: Jumbo Slice, half-smokes, and mumbo sauce

  • Honorable mention: Burning MAGA hats

"We're more than a statistic—we're entrepreneurs"

A 2017 census found that 31% of young people experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ, despite making up around 7% of the general population. But rather than let a number define them, they're using their situation to start businesses, advocate for reform, and give back to their community.


The warm glow of efficiency

By 2022, city officials will hope to have converted 75,000 streetlight bulbs into LEDs. Not only will the new bulbs last longer, save millions, and eliminate emissions - they'll also utilize a computerized network for reporting outages. Counterpoint: residents really like the golden color of the inefficient sodium lights.

Also || Dan Snyder’s reign of error, new porcupine daddy, recarving history, local immigration and repro rights activist ordered deported (sign this petition to help her fight it), you can now track Metro with Lyft, 633% increase in NOVA housing sales with HQ2 announcement

Run for President?

Applications and, we hope, auditions, are now open to join the 2019 Racing Presidents at Washington Nationals games.


Nerd out like a pro

Rachel Pendergrass, who hosts the ongoing Nerd Nite series at DC9, described her ideal DC day to the Post, with stops at the Pinch, Brookland’s Finest, Capital Fringe, Smut Slam, Daikaya and a tarot reading.


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Cinema Hearts play the Luce Unplugged series at SAAM. (5:30pm)

  • Go “from bean to bar” in this chocolate-making class. (6:30pm)

  • The Barnett Aden Gallery was the first privately-owned black gallery in the United States. 75 years after its opening, artist, scholar and curator David C. Driskell will join historian Marya McQuirter in conversation to discuss its history and legacy. (7pm)

  • It’s the American Geophysical Union conference which means lots of rockin’ nerds will get together for a themed Story Collider. (7pm)

  • Amateur Drag King Night brings the best and most up-and-coming-est drag kings to the stage. Sign up to participate or come and cheer them on. (8pm)

  • Bomba Estereo have played their psychedelic cumbia at Glastonbury and Coachella. (8pm)

Also || Finding Your Voice as a Food Writer,2020 census, learn to make chocolate, Banned in DC is sold out :(, Women as Heads of Religious Freedom Organizations, high tide in dorchester screening, jingle & mingle, Byblos cooking class, improvised rock comedy, film screenings around the theme of joy, future of hospitality,  beer dinner + comedy, Hip Hop Family Tree

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