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Everybody do the Dutch Reach

Starting in January, driving schools across the country will start incorporating a Dutch driving technique to reduce cycling accidents. For cities seeking a Vision Zero solution, it's progress, but not nearly as effective as protected bike lanes (which the Netherlands has advocated for dating back to 1935).

 

Welcome to the 21st century, NGA

For the first time since opening in 1941, a woman will direct the nation's second-most attended art museum. Kaywin Feldman, who currently runs the Minneapolis Institute of Art, will look to tackle long-standing issues of sexual harassment and favoritism while helping the museum transition into the digital age.

 

Providence Hospital slowly winds down

The Michigan Park hospital is shutting down, but keeping its emergency wing open amidst understandable protest from nurses that this leaves the eastern part of DC with even fewer medical resource. Meanwhile, plans for a new Ward 8 hospital are deadlocked.

 

Meow Wolf 2022

The Santa Fe-based art group announced they’ll open a permanent installation in Fort Totten in 2022. To learn more about the art collective, check out this 2016 Times Style piece or this long profile.

 

Bring out your dead

Urbanists—and not just goth ones—should care about cemeteries. They can serve as parks, but also take up lots of land. How can we design for the dead?

 

Also || Late night Metro service could be restored but it’s complicated, 77 campaigners are running out of time, w7&8 can get groceries through Lyft and Martha’s Table, gift ideas from local celebs, ultramarathons are becoming more popular here, great balls of fire (on monday night)

Wednesday, December 12

 

Experimental spanish rock

Fancy some symphonic, electro-acoustic music melded with Goya prints? Check out Erizonte at the former residence of the ambassadors of Spain with a Goya-inspired music, video and dance performance. (6:45pm)

 

WERKNotWalls

Queer and trans immigrants and their allies meet at the White House before marching—nay, “hip-bumping, salsa-dancing, debke-stomping, and booty-shaking”—to shithead Stephen Miller’s house for another of their famous dance parties. (5:30 pm)

  • Queercore punk band Homosuperior play at Black Cat. (7:30 pm)

Also || watercolor & cocktails, gender and anger in literature, fashion for lunch, winter art fair at colony club, no pulp comedy


Thursday, December 13

 

Bloomingdale & black art

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)

 

Pretty Boi Drag

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)

 

Also || Finding Your Voice as a Food Writer, bomba estereo, 2020 census, story collider: geosciences!, learn to make chocolate, Banned in DC is sold out :(

 

Friday, December 14

 

Many musics for your moods

  • Let loose to Harry & the Potters at the Black Cat’s Yule Ball. (6pm)

  • Get cultured with some Chopin and Chesnokov. (7:30pm)

  • Check out Curls (with Christopher Owens of Girls fame) and Baby Bry Bry at Songbyrd. (8pm)

  • Bop to some local punk bands at Slash Run. (8:30pm)

  • Go “VOGUE the night away” at the Anna Winter U Hall party. (10pm)

 

A feast for your senses

Celebrate artists living and working in DC at the Sense Gallery’s inaugural show, featuring the likes of Rose Jaffe and Esteban Whiteside - and more! (7pm)

 

Also || Lindsay Stirling, ugly sweater row, Mumford & Sons, Women Uncorked, Step Afrika’s holiday show


Saturday,  December 15

 

Last DC Rollergirls bout of the season

Come see the DC Rollergirls last Bout of the season against Free State Roller Derby and Southern Maryland Roller Derby. Still have holiday shopping to do? The Bout will have over 20 vendors set up! (4:30 pm)

 

Get beautiful things

  • Hole in the Sky is putting on their holiday bizarre bazaar with all sorts of goods from local makers. (2-7pm)

  • Head out to MilkBoy ArtHouse for a v intriguing art show where everyone walks away with something. (3-7pm)

Also || Lay wreaths at Arlington Nat’l cemetery, workshop for new yogis, Darlingside, solidarity saturday for N St Village, Pirog brothers at PSW


Sunday,  December 16

 

Funk + comedy jam

A little funk and jazz music, comedy, libations, and civic engagement all at the historic Howard Theater! The Home for Homeless [H4H] campaign is throwing the show to raise awareness and money for city-wide efforts to combat homelessness. (5:30 pm)

 

Forage for a wreath

A festive day of foraging, fun and artisanal wreath making in the countryside includes an AM foraging workshop, farm-to-table lunch, and PM wreath making instruction by DC artist Arrin Sutliff! (here)

 

Also || Jane Austen Bday Tea, LeBron’s in town, winterfest, Christmas wrap party, Yolks on You!: A Comedic Burlesque and Variety Brunch Party, Hains Point 100

 

Monday, December 17

 

Nightmares before Christmas

Hit up Profs & Pints and learn a little something about Krampus and other seasonal demons. (6pm)

 

The circular economy for hair

Do you have hair products that just aren’t right for you—but you can’t fathom throwing those bottles away? The Curl Swap is your chance to get rid of those unwanted or unused products. (7pm)

 

Also || comedy open mic, Wigstock at Suns Cinema, Dial Code Santa Claus screening, carols at the Willard, Las Posadas Navidenas procession


Tuesday, December 18

 

The 1930s like you've never seen before

As part of the Films Across Borders series, Union Maids tells the story of three women who lived through the 1930s labor movement that led to the creation of the CIO. Footage from the National Archives chronicles the fight to form unions through goon squads, hunger marches, and red baiting. (6 pm)

 

We Choose to Go to the Moon

The National Portrait Gallery closes out their "One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey" exhibition with a NASA collaborated dance performance from Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company that explores the mystery of the cosmos and fragility of life. (6:30 pm)

 

Also || fuzz queen + time is fire, gypsy sally’s jam, The Effects, comedian Jon Savitt, Martha’s Table volunteering, free wifi comedy

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