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Slightly ajar 

We’re still in phase 2, but the Mayor announced a limited pilot to allow indoor concerts and performances at some venues — which dubiously includes a nightclub at the Kennedy Center while ignoring smaller venues. Plus, some DCPS students are going back to in-person classes, with the cosmetology and barber classes at Ballou leading the way. Even some indoor pools will be reopening this fall. Is any of this a good idea? We probably won’t know for a while. 

 

Let the good times roll again 

The pandemic may be driving new interest in roller skating, but the retro sport has a rich history, particularly within the Black community. At the height of the roller-skating craze, DC used to have five indoor rinks, but these important sites of community recreation have since closed down or been converted (looking at you, Adams Morgan’ Harris Teeter!)  — the city’s last indoor rink shut down in 1992, but you can still (seasonally) get your groove on at the public rink in Anacostia Park.

 

Changes afoot in DC dining

As closures continue to claim beloved eateries, many in the biz are reevaluating how to pandemic-proof their operations. One strategy to keep the doors open: step back and let longtime employees take over as owner-operators (as at least one restaurateur, behind eateries like Ghibellina, is doing).

 

Voices on addiction

Creative nonfiction set in DC, a sister writes about visiting her troubled brother and caring for his children. “I want to say to these boys: this father of yours, I knew him before. Before the puffed skin, that befuddled gaze, the grimace pulled tight.” 

 

“We’re all in the same gang”

Local rapper Kenilworth Katrina remakes an anti-violence anthem during COVID times, a logistical and musical masterwork. ”There’s no better way to celebrate the Black man than through music.


Also || The Green Line that could have been, nominate a local business for Think Local First awards, microgrants for local artists, writers + composers

Emergency & You

Go for the slide, stay for the everything else

Have you been to the newly-reopened MLK Library yet? Though capacity is limited, you can now check out the totally renovated DCPL Central Library. There’s a slide! And go-go on the roof! We can’t wait to write up a ton of events that it’ll host for years to come. Here are six ways to reacquaint yourself with the renovated building.

 

Rise up with Al Sharpton

Join the Reverend and Georgetown prof. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as they talk 2016 election madness, activism, and lessons for this political moment -- the latest offering from Politics and Prose’s Live! Series. 


Also || Connect with nature, Photography Editing 101

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