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the city wakes with a song upon her

The top hashtags by members of Congress in 2019

Even with fewer members, Republicans posted more on Youtube than Democrats. Learn who posts the most overall (it will surprise you!) and which hashtags led each party in Quorum’s 2019 Congressional Social Media Report.

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How much is Airbnb to blame?

Airbnb and other platforms drove up single-family housing prices by over 5% percent in the city’s biggest tourist neighborhoods, according to PhD student at the University of Maryland. Citywide the average is closer to 2.24%, but the study’s author is specifically worried about the effects this could have on low-income home buyers in neighborhoods with a high percentage of minority populations. While the Council passed a law in 2018 to limit home-sharing to protect DC’s affordable housing, enforcement has proven difficult.   

DC’s art scene is changing again

High-end, white-walled gallery spaces may soon be a thing of the past in DC. High costs for space are challenging traditional galleries out and encouraging the flexibility of initiatives like CulturalDC’s Mobile Arts Project. The program brings high-quality art to communities around the city free of charge.

Why is the homicide rate rising?

DC lost 166 people in 2019, a 4% increase over 2018. Washington City Paper spoke with a dozen people in DC who "deal with death and its aftermath" to delve into the underlying causes. Many named a lack of opportunity to access DC’s booming jobs market as a major factor, but many homicides don’t fit so neatly into any one box. 

A J20 pod

You remember the arrests that took place at the protest on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. But how much do you know about what happened next? Subscribe for updates on this podcast, coming in September 2020, where a former defendant tells that story. 

Wednesday, January 22

 

Abortion Access Force

Lizz Winstead (co-creator of the Daily Show) is hosting an evening of comedy from Abortion Access Force ft. some of the most hilarious feminist buzzkills in stand-up. In addition to the performances, Winstead hosts a post-show talkback with local abortion providers and activists and several activist groups have booths full of direct action items. (7 pm)

 

MLK and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom

Before “I Have a Dream,” MLK addressed DC with “Give Us a Ballot.” Derek Gray, DCPL archivist and historian, explains. (6:30 pm)

 

Also || classic cocktail class | no new DC jail teach-in | how to become a full-time artist | LGBTQIA+ in STEM | the architecture of villainous lairs | yoga at SAAM | Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn

 

Thursday, January 23


Health’s Angels turns one

A year ago this month, activist Autumn Rain and public historian Jenn Montooth started organizing personal storytelling shows to highlight womxn’s health, body positivity, reproductive rights, chronic pain, and many other experiences often ignored. This week, Health’s Angels is putting on its fifth show and celebrating its first anniversary at Songbyrd. (7pm)

 

“The Imperfect Victim”

As part of a larger discussion series in 2020 to support sexual assault survivors and empower allies, The Outrage and Vanede lead a conversation on inclusion in feminism so allies can work to break down barriers that prevent overlooked groups of sexual assault survivors (LGBTQ, those experiencing homelessness, undocumented immigrants and more) from getting the acknowledgment and justice they deserve. (6pm)  

 

Preview Tabla, from the team behind Supra

For $35, get unlimited khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), khinkali (dumplings), and more as part of a festive preview dinner at Tabla, a new Georgian restaurant in Park View, opening in March.

 

Also || US Government Still Spying on Dissent | Heavyweights Comedy | Indeed’s job market | cuisine of Iran | facing addiction | hunt for Nazi uranium | Wild & Scenic Film Festival | ASL gallery walk at NPG

 

Friday, January 24


Cowork with us
We’re back at Eaton House for another
Locale! Hang out, talk shop, nap on a fancy couch, and linger for drinks afterwards (or join us there even if you can’t cowork!). Space for coworking is limited so reserve a ticket; happy hour is open to all. (10am-5pm)


tunes: The North Country, Canvas Vibes

The Heckler’s Ball

Coordinated heckling powers this fantastically fun show with prizes given to best comics, heckles, and audience participation. Even better, don't feel like a jerk because proceeds go to help dogs and cats at Humane Rescue Alliance. (8 pm)

 

Also || Second Floor Spectacle @ Big Bear | Speakeasy night at Woodrow Wilson House

 

Saturday, January 25

 

Calling all puzzlers

The Mount Pleasant Library (long may it prosper) is hosting a puzzle swap — if that’s your thing, then bring your solved puzzles to trade, and help solve a big community puzzle. (11:30am)

 

Be (and wear) what you want

Also || Story District’s Top Shelf | PT for new parents | American Television record release show @ Pie Shop | coffee brewing workshop w/ a Baked Joint| ASL gallery walk @ NPG | Show at new-ish venue The Pocket

 

Sunday, January 26

 

Learn to sketch and sojurn

Join local artist and Friend of 730 Carlos Carmonamedina as he shows you how to document and revisit your travels through illustration and journaling. If you haven’t seen his prolific DC Postcard work, check ‘em out here. (1pm)

 

Eee-ee-ee-ee! Eeee-ee-eee-ee!!

At the latest Profs and Pints, learn about the recently-resurgent Dolphins of the Potomac River and delve inside the minds of whales, dolphins, and porpoises with Prof. Janet Mann. (6pm)

 

Also || Embodied life

 

Monday, January 27

 

Talks: Ezra Klein + Jamelle Bouie

 

Also || build an environmental career you love 

 

Tuesday, January 28

 

Tuesday Talks

An embarrassment of intellectual riches to choose from:

Ladies Drawing Against Humanity

Ladies Drawing Night, but with Cards Against Humanity. No drawing ability needed, but a sense of humor is required. (7 pm)


Also || Canadian national ballet


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