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First, the COVID-19 updates

Food for thought

If you, like us, were worrying—read the breakdown of how the pandemic is impacting Eden Center. “‘They’re gonna do what immigrants and first-generation do; they’re going to tough it out.’” And while you’re missing the local dining scene, take a peek at these illustrations of some of the city’s favorite spots (or buy one for yourself to support DC Central Kitchen).

 

Keeping former Hope Village residents in DC

As the district’s largest halfway house Hope Village prepares to close next week, 31 former residents were transferred out of the city by federal authorities, with 104 remaining. Local officials are asking for the men transferred out of DC to be sent back to the city, but it’s difficult to know how safe it is to return; Hope Village, which wasn't so popular already, is currently facing a class-action lawsuit alleging it failed to provide medical attention and proper sanitation amid COVID-19.

 

The kids are alright

How does this time feel for kids? “Different: We stay in my house all day, we are not going anywhere. Same: I still have to work and don’t get to play the whole time.” Relatable. Tykes (and their parents) weigh in from around the country. 

 

Also || How coronavirus is taking an outsize toll on Filipino American nurses, RIP Fado in Chinatown, why a one-way street in Eckington is perfect for a bike lane, are you a musician? Listen Local First wants to hear what kind of help you need right now

Wednesday, April 29


Wine night with a purpose

As the COVID-19 crisis creates unprecedented strain on global communities, KAMA DC and Immigrant Food are hosting a conversation on how the virus is impacting immigrant issues. (6pm)

 

Meet Ward 7 candidate Anthony Lorenzo Green

Challenger to ex-mayor and incumbent Vince Gray joins DC for Democracy to discuss his candidacy and qualifications. (

 

Town Hall on Reopening DC

The city’s ReOpen DC committee wants you to share your ideas, then join this “tele-town-hall” where the committee will offer an update on its plan. (5 pm

 

Also || Virtual salsa/bachata class

 

Thursday, April 30

 

Dig out your sketchbook

Fix yourself a drink and join Sketch the District for a #SketchAtHome happy hour. Instead of staring at a blank page, bring something half-baked—the theme will be “Unfinished Business.” (5:30pm)

 

Space Songs from National Air and Space Museum

Ben Gibbard, Dan Deacon, Clipping, and Sting were obviously inspired by the government’s confirmation of aliens. Tune in, jam out. (8pm)

 

Also || Dating (or not) during a pandemic

 

Friday, May 1

 

A Day IN: DC

There is plenty to look forward to this week, but Friday feels special. BYT is hosting a day-long fundraising stream to raise funds for the small businesses and organizations involved. We’re sticking to our brand and will be on at 7:30 a.m. for a live-reading of the day’s morning newsletter. The festival schedule is packed with 20+ local shops, performers, and more. (7:30am)


Find out the Little Mermaid origin story
In an online installment of the Profs and Pints discussion series, listen to folklore experts discuss the Slavic stories of “mermaid week,” and how the aquatic, half-human beings became a cultural phenomena. (
7pm)


Awesome Con goes online

The annual nerdfest has pushed its main event to December, but you can “party in your pajamas” with their programming all weekend, including short-films, watchalongs to classics, virtual cosplay karaoke and more. 

 

Also || Socialists and the labor movement, “A benefit show full of movement and sound for the Move Move Collaborative”

 

Saturday, May 2

 

Your apartment is now a jazz lounge

DC Jazz Fest takes their operation online. Every Saturday at 7pm, tune in for vintage performances and livestreams from home performers

 

A talk on social housing

The Will Merrifield campaign for at-large Council seat puts on a panel with Amanda Huron (UDC), an architect from Vienna (which has a long, successful history of social housing), organizers with the LinkUp campaign and more. (12pm)

 

Also || Profs & Pints Online: A world heritage of tattooing

 

Sunday, May 3

 

Shakespeare without the pesky words

Sacrilege or brilliance? Arlington’s Synetic Theater pioneered A Midsummer Night’s Dream but without words in 2010, and it’s now ready for you to stream; a 2015 reviewer called it “absolutely scandalous in all the best ways and shimmering with mesmerizing movement.” 

 

Also || tunes: highnoon, turn anything into a midi controller

 

Monday, May 4

 

Understand epidemiology

Explore the history and modern practices scientists use to study disease with Cara Frankenfeld, an associate professor of epidemiology at George Mason. (7pm)

 

Politics & Prose Live: “Becoming Kim Jong Un”

Jun Pak, a former CIA analyst, will be featured on this live author talk from P&P live. In her book “Becoming Kim Jong Un,” Pak shares one of the most detailed and thorough portraits of the dictator to date, and builds on her 2018 Brookings essay, “The Education of Kim Jong Un.” Suggested contribution of whatever you can afford to support Politics & Prose programming. (7pm)

 

Also || tunes: Acid Mothers Temple, tunes: Kendra Amelie + Oscar Tengo

 

Tuesday, May 5

 

Raccoons Unmasked

Urban wildlife expert and instructor John Hadidian is leading a virtual interactive talk with Profs & Pints on social interactions and organization. Add it to the list of ways raccoons in the city outsmart their cousins in the country. (7pm)

 

Organize to Win

Candidates for DC City Council are still in full swing on the campaign trail, even if from a distance. Our Revolution is holding their monthly meeting online with candidates Janeese Lewis George, Medea Benjamin, Jordan Grossman, Anthony Lorenzo Green. Ed Lazere, former Council Chair candidate and current candidate for DC Council At-Large, will also be speaking. (8pm)


Also || Local First townhall for small biz & covid response, Molly Ball profiles Nancy Pelosi in new book, virtual 5k fundraiser for BEST Kids, Vote Safe DC presentation, mid-May conference

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