Wake to Washington

Washington, Trash City

It’s cuffing season, or something like that.

There’s all these perfect winter date ideas, and maybe they have you thinking, “Hmm, who could I cozy up with?” Come out to one of DC Fray’s next speed dating events, and let them help play matchmaker!


The year in food

DCist rounded up this year’s highlights in the local food industry. These headlines underscore the notion that food transcends the restaurant or kitchen: it is politics, activism, community, and shared history.


New year, same Snyder, and the Wizards hit a Wall


"I am your mayor, and I must do some things for you so that you don’t have to"

Mayor Bowser was sworn in yesterday for her second term as DC Mayor, becoming the first woman mayor to be reelected in the city's history. Despite presiding during a time of economic and population growth, she'll have to ward off lingering criticisms from her first term—including inequitable growth, Vision Zero, a homicide rate spike, and multiple administration scandals.


Straws suck

DC became the second major city in the US to ban plastic straws in restaurants and bars, starting on January 1st. The law actually got passed in 2014, but hasn’t been enforced until now. So get used to hay, paper, or reusable straws—and think about making the switch at home too. (But remember: Disabled people may need plastic.)


We can’t even drink away our sorrows

The federal shutdown means that everyone’s favorite government agency, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, can’t approve new beers or labels, so local brewers hoping to introduce new varieties are stymied until the government reopens, which will coincide with 364,000 DC-area federal workers earning beer (and rent) money again.

Also || shutdown robs us of panda cam, a musical wall, East City Art, buses and trains and bad wifi, MPD tries to charge ANC $5k for transparency, we don't hate the suburbs

Support Anacostia Playhouse and see a show

The theater was broken into over the holidays, with more than $1,700 worth of items stolen and $500 in cash. Plan to go see a show here or help them recover via this GoFundMe.


The Public Option

Live along Rhode Island Ave in Northeast? Our highest recommendations go to The Public Option, a small brewery in Woodridge down the street from Langdon Park. Catch a neat musical performance there tonight (Hardanger fiddling??) and be sure to grab one of their delightfully wintry stouts. (7:30 pm)

  • If that’s not enough Americana, there’s a free bluegrass festival at Union Stage. (8 pm)

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • A burlesque, queer-friendly tribute to superheroes at Bier Baron. (8-11 pm)

  • Informal discussion about how our society organizes our food system, compared with historical examples. (7 pm)

  • Director Karen Yasinsky shows her “microcinema”—”Using hand-made puppets, quirky rotoscoped animation and re-purposed footage”—at Rhizome. (7 pm)

Also || Film Screening & Discussion with filmmakers: Just Like Me: Vietnam War Stories from All Sides, Common People dance party at Dangerous Pies, Performing Statistics opening receptionplaces to get your culture fix during the shutdown

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