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Did you hear? We’re the most exciting food city in America

That’s according to a Bloomberg article on DC’s food scene, which went on to completely botch the names of several DC chefs and proclaim that “‘restaurant desert’ neighborhoods don’t really exist here.” For the record, Wards 7 and 8 absolutely do lack sit-down restaurants, as this Washington City Paper piece explores. So yeah, we're good (and we know it), but guess it’s time to break out the DCist form letter for responding to bad takes on the District.

To abolish or not to abolish the Height Act

DC’s height acts dates back to the 1900s (it’s thanks to The Cairo and a panic about fire code, not the Washington Monument!) and feels like a DC meme. It could be holding us back from more affordable housing, though it's worth noting that a vast majority of DC is nowhere near the height limit, and other zoning restrictions are to blame. 

 

Recreational sales up in smoke

The Congressional appropriations package, set to be signed into law this week, prohibits DC from legalizing or regulating the sale of marijuana... again. There was hope that a Democratic house would overturn that restriction. The city’s most recent bill, introduced by Mayor Bowser in May, would’ve legalized selling weed to fund much-needed housing programs in the city, but the “ridiculous” budget rider could push off any resolution until September 2020. 

 

A long journey to love

Alexander Flores Olivas and Felipe Aguilar fled their home countries of Nicaragua and El Salvador because of homophobic violence. They met in Mexico, then made a fraught crossing into the United States as part of a group of LGBTQ youth. Now, with support from Casa Ruby, the two asylum seekers are living in DC and were married earlier this month.

 

Inside the ugly sweater industrial complex

Your thirst for ugly sweater parties is fueling a weird and raunchy ugly sweater industry. Online search advertising creates a sort of race to the bottom — the edgier the sweater the more attention it gets and the better it does in sales. Before you know it, we end up with… literally whatever this is.

Also || Different drinks to order at your local bar, the human toll of 2019 in the media, did digital streaming kill the monoculture?, does the rise of Uber mean people are drinking more?, how Trump is criminalizing homelessness, 80% of staffers could leave BLM due to move

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Wednesday, December 18 

 

In The Weeds

Politics wonks come to this live podcast taping of Vox’s The Weeds about politics, policy and, well, impeachment probably. Yeah, they’ll definitely talk about that. (7pm)

 

The Star Wars holiday special

The infamously cringe-worthy foray into a Chewbacca Christmas is playing at Suns Cinema. It’s a tiny, adorable spot, so get there early to get a seat.  (8pm)

 

Stop Motion’s Quarterly Slideshow

Local photography outfit shows their year in review at Big Bear. (7 pm)

 

Also || wintery fairy tales | working women | Washed Out DJ set | Midlands holiday market | Smut Slam open mic | Love Actually screening | free wifi comedy | admo run club + zoo lights

 

Thursday, December 19


Let the light in on Third Thursdays

Just once a month, the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art opens the shutters of Whistler’s “harmony in blue and gold,” and natural light floods into the Peacock Room, turning it into a glowing jewel of blue, green, and gold. (12-5:30pm)

 

Two new DC bands at Dew Drop

Do drop in to see Materialists and Teeth Tones play some “out of the box pop” that rox at Dew Drop! $5 donation. (8pm)

 

Also || tunes: 9-songwriter series | no kisses but plenty of wine | belgian holiday bash and clothing drive | how dickens invented christmas | yeahhh there’s a remove trump rally

 

Friday, December 20


Lightmare, Lotion Princess & Born Dad

All three local bands are playing at Black Cat, and they’re all can’t miss. (8pm)

 

art art art

Also || coffee and chocolate tasting | tap takeover 

 

Saturday, December 21

Holiday markets

Comedy tonight

Also || sip & shop | Christmas caroling at the Wharf | boogalu basura | 2000s dance party | trail run | “DC’s new lesbian exotic entertainment experience” | Elf screening | Rewild + No Kisses ceramics market

 

Sunday, December 22

 

Hains Point 100 (the last one!)

It’s the last year for this annual celebration of fun and women on bikes. Head down to Hains Point and really do whatever you want: try for a century, try for a metric century, spend 100 minutes biking the loop, or just dress cozy, take it easy and enjoy the community. (8:45am-3pm)

 

Look at paintings

Indulge in yonic flowers galore with this tour of the NGA East’s O’Keeffe collection. (3pm)

 

Also || nightmares before christmas | Green Zone latke pop up | Aphrosoul DJ set | profs & pints matinee

 

Monday, December 23

 

Light up things at Yards Park

Tis the season to look at lights outdoors. Yards Park has your back. (6pm)

 

Are you the Dreidel champion?

Enter this Dreidel spin-off competition at the Board Room for a chance to be crowned king or queen of the spin. There will be other board games and food (latkes!) too. (6pm)

 

Also || White Christmas 

 

Tuesday, December 24

 

Get your Christmas movie fix

Looking to get out of the house, but still be seasonal and festie, this Christmas Eve? Head to Red Bear and watch so many holiday movies. Festive PJs encouraged. (11am to close)

 

Carols!

Stroll over to the Kennedy Center for Choral Arts’ final seasonal performance — a selection of favorite holiday carols. (2pm)


Also || It’s A Wonderful Life


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