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What are you doing next next weekend?

730Day is back, baby! We’ll be hanging at Metrobar from 1-5pm on Saturday, July 30. Come say hi to the team, enjoy some food truck nachos and/or transit-themed cocktails, see our new merch, sign up for Friendship Lab™, etc. RSVP via Eventbrite.

More artist havens, plz

Resident artists at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory have been met with a wave of change that some have long tried to stave off. The city has proceeded with a new selection process for residency and something called a “vibrancy plan,” which would cut existing studio space to make room for “new art spaces” and also … a restaurant? The result is thirteen longtime resident artists will leave their studios at the end of the summer, when fifteen new artists will find their spot within the historic art space. 


Abortion’s gone but the First Amendment is thriving /s

Planned Parenthood clinics in the DC region have seen an increase in anti-abortion protestors and need more protection for patients and staff. It’s serious: stalking, blockades, threats, and other violent disruption tactics have increased as much as 600% nationwide since last year. There is a federal law that’s supposed to protect patients from obstruction to their reproductive health service, which is so beyond a twisted irony I’m not even sure what to call it.


The whole damn system is wrong!

A class-action lawsuit brought by Civil Rights Corps, law firm WilmerHale, and Georgetown University Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection alleges that hundreds of people — as many as one in three — in pretrial detention in Prince George's County were illegally jailed until trial, even after judges had authorized their release. The suit names Prince George's County, the leader of the county department of corrections, and all eleven judges who oversee plaintiff's bond hearings. 


Any neighborhood, any age, any time of day

On Wednesday, for the third time in three weeks, a driver killed a person riding a bicycle in Washington DC. In memoriam and in order:

Also || is it too late to hire this guy for 730 Day; guys being dudes, tying tubes; dance lofts to pirouette onto upper 14th; are you eligible to pre-register for your monkeypox vaccine?; Parker's Ward 5 listening tour; more like long delay bridge; Maryland GOP picks right-wing extremists for AG, Governor

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Watch The Song of the Butterflies

You are invited to watch The Song of the Butterflies at the National Museum of the American Indian. This Saturday, 1 p.m., follow Rember Yahuarcani on his journey from Peru to Colombia. 



Emergency & You

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The Next Gen Giving Circle is accepting applications from local nonprofits that work to advance the financial and economic security of BIPOC individuals and families in the DC region. Apply by July 21!


Tearing through your summer reads?

  • Capital Book Fest is back today at Woodrow Wilson Plaza, right off the Federal Triangle metro stop, where you can “[s]hop thousands of gently used books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl all on sale for $6 or less”!!! (10am-5pm)

  • Bring books and vinyl you want to swap and then hang out, listen to live music, shop a local vendor’s market, and listen as event organizers lead a conversation about freedom for all. Food and drinks available. (3pm)

  • Michael Pollan's told you why to eat better and do drugs [thoughtfully]. What do they have in common? Plants! Pollan on plants with Ari Shapiro at Sixth & I for his new book, "This Is Your Mind on Plants." (7 pm)
  • For the book people who are really word people: Live crossword at Arlington Drafthouse (7 pm).
  • For the book people who are really story people: Science-themed Story Collider at Smitty's. (7 pm)

Want to run for ANC? Here's how. 

Bless every one of you: Greater Greater Washington runs a two-hour free training detailing what it takes to run for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. (6 pm)

Mad as HELLcat improv abortion fundraiser

Add a dash of laughter to your fury when you join Hellcat, Washington Improv Theatre's all-female ensemble, for an evening of improv to support the National Network of Abortion Funds. (7:30pm)


Experience ego death

Named a "Best of Fringe" show, EGO/DEATH tells the story of a young woman who dies after her college graduation and is resurrected a year later. It's got a good review and plays tonight. (8:15pm

Also || tunes, feelings: Sharon Van Etten/Julien Baker/Angel OlsenBlack Greek Festival, talk: parenting as an immigrant, karaoke under the stars, ANC training, bouquet workshoptunes: Public Figures + Dear Daria, what statehood is worth, tunes: Nonchalant, kayaking at Riverfront, film: Girls Trip, email McDuffie for domestic workers' rights, monkeypox questions? monkeypox answers (with DC Health);

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