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The Eagle has landed. For good. 

A longtime center for the gay and leather community, the DC Eagle will close after this week. The news comes just a week after confusingly/perfectly named gay nightclub Ziegfeld’s/Secrets closed and continues the slow upheaval of the last generation of gay bars.


[long drag] I remember when Juul came to town

That’s right, the biggest name in vaping is moving from San Francisco to DC, a move that’s easy to read as an admittance that the company’s future doesn’t lie in tech disruption but convincing regulators to lay off. “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” indeed! 


"I can’t see you, here’s some ways you can help me social distance"

How do you stay socially distant if you can’t see? A Cleveland Park neighbor offers some tips for the community on how to stay respectful of visually impaired residents when trying to stay six feet away. For one, communication is key—so don’t hesitate to speak up if you see someone walking with a white cane or guide dog and let them know where you’re coming from. 


That’s probably not a murder hornet

While murder hornets are causing quite the buzz (ba dum tiss) online as freakishly large insects here to destroy our bee populations, if you see a wasp in the DMV-region it’s probably *not* the killer. A local bee expert is urging residents to “chill the hell out” about the invasive insect as it isn’t known to be harmful to humans and there aren’t any documented cases of the bug nearby. 


Three surveys, three chances to be heard

Also || Lyft introduces cheap but slow option, your landlord can’t bill you for amenities closed during COVID, Sidwell to keep its small-biz loan, nurses say hospital deal not enough for Ward 8 health needs, Howard’s COVID outreach, Trump still sucks on statehood

Home fitness stuff only works if you take it out of the box.

But we’ll make it easy! Break up the at-home work day with Danimal Yoga by trying out the new gear with a free 90s Mini Workout.


Emergency & You

Wednesday, May 6

Speaking of Speakeasies

Allen Pietrobon, a Global Affairs prof at Trinity Washington U, tells you everything you need to know about Prohibition and its boozy effects. (7pm)


Journalism in the time of COVID-19

Sixth & I host a convo between Rabbi Shira Stutman and Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, to unpack what it means to run a media company right now. (7pm)


Also || A weekly chat about game design, movie night with NoMa


Thursday, May 7


Culture for you vultures

A double-feature from Rhizome, you lucky cats ‘n kittens: first up at 7pm is a virtual microcinema featuring experimental shorts, streamed on YouTube. Then at 9pm, hop on Facebook Live to join electronic musicians Andrew Weathers and Andy McLeod for some tunes. Suggested donations welcome.


Cake arts

Join Mangia DC Make and decorate a cake that’s as classic as it gets: yellow cake with icing and whatever decorative (and ideally edible) supplies you’ve got on hand. (6pm)


Also || Movie night | Making sense of the pandemic | Mother’s Day Floral Virtual Workshop | Hamilton and Washington | Pun DMV | we own the future


Friday, May 8


Living Room Sessions

Round out the week with another set in the Sixth & I series, this time with Cat Janice, a local indie rock and pop singer. (4pm)


Buzz buzz, baby

At Live in Da Garden’s latest virtual session, artist Leila Spolter is spreading ~prickly vibes~ with her sex toy-inspired artistic interpretations of cacti. (7pm)


Saturday, May 9


This moment should be painted

Instructor Khalid Thompson is holding a painting workshop on color application. Bring your materials and brush up. (11am)


Is there ever a *wrong* time to learn tarot?

If you want to get serious about learning how to read tarot cards, now’s your chance. The Glow Club is holding a 4-hour intensive training on tarot theory and practice. Buckle up. (10am)


Also || did someone order bootcamp? | motherless mother’s day


Sunday, May 10


Sip n paint

Love + Solidarity Collective joins forces with Blue Tuesday for a virtual Sip N Paint. Learn how to paint, hang out with good people, and paint your mom something nice for Mother's Day. (8pm)


Sip on soup

A class on soups from four continents with soup recipes for each. (1pm)


Also || Sunset Sessions at The Parks every Sunday


Monday, May 11


Bike Anywhere Week

Well, it’s not the year to bike to work and get a free t-shirt from WABA. So instead, Bike Anywhere, all week! Register to receive a BINGO card with fun (socially-distanced) stuff to do around town and be entered into a giveaway. Bikes and bingo, ya love to see it.


More Yoga

But this time, with tacos and superhero costumes. Seems like a chance we shouldn’t pass up. (5pm)


Also || order some bbq


Tuesday, May 12


Social Studies Game Night

Lincoln was well-known for his dinner parties. Try to meet the par and play at Game Genius’ game night. Your advantage: The internet. (7pm)


Yoga at the Parks

Every Tuesday, the mother-daughter duo, The Parks, is offering evening yoga sessions. Tune in and zen out. (7pm)


Plastic, personified.

The original comedic play, History of Plastic, is coming to you as an online reading. The main character, Plastic, tells us his life story and why he was invented. After each of the seven scenes, you get the chance to discuss the plot as a group. It's a Knowledge Commons thing. (6pm)


Also || Amadou Kouyate + Yasmin Williams


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