Giant COVID art on the Mall?
LA artist Patrick Shearn is creating a moving sculpture of public responses to questions about what we’ll do when this is over and what we should change based on lessons learned from the pandemic.
Participate by submitting a message here.
The few. The privileged. The open.
Restaurants and bars are considering permanent closure, but those with a higher profit margin seem more likely to return. Two prime examples? After Popville hinted that The Line DC restaurants were closed for good, owners announced their plans to open soon. And Tail Up Goat also plans to reopen, selling dinner kits and virtual wine classes.
Kramerbooks not productive enough in current location
Despite panicked tweets from readers, the bookstore isn’t closing—just looking at its options, as the owner seems to have bigger dreams than the Dupont location can provide. After all, productivity-obsessed Steve Salis—who tried out for Real World and was a cofounder of &pizza—told Washingtonian after buying the bookstore in 2018: “I have very, very grand ambitions.”
Emergency & You
We asked readers for recommendations on what to do while we're dealing with this. Here's what you said.
Wednesday, May 20
Think smooth pop vocals and confident lyrics, courtesy of the Strathmore’s Live from a Living Room series. (7:30 pm)
Go ahead, sleep in.
You’ll have plenty to share and unpack when you visit the Dream Cafe on Wednesday and Friday nights. Hot plans. (9pm)
Thursday, May 21
Profs and Pints Online: COVID-19 and the election
What will the election process look like due to COVID-19? Will the conventions still happen? Do we have the infrastructure ready for widespread mail-in voting? So many questions, and probably not many definitive answers right now, but this Profs and Pints lecture will still leave you feeling more informed and engaged as a voter on these questions, and more. Tickets are $12. (7pm)
Gods & Monsters: Gallery talk
For AU Museum’s first ever virtual gallery talk, artist and ceramicist Viola Frey will discuss her exhibit of works that crack the barrier between craft and fine art. (7pm)
Friday, May 22
Urban planning 101
Take your hopes for a YIMBY future and learn how to apply them to the planning and design of urban communities with experienced strategist Ifeoma Ebo. (4pm)
Do you or a loved one suffer from galaxy brain?
The editor of Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders explains—from his clinical point of view—what draws people to conspiracy theories. (4 pm)
Saturday, May 23
One for the kiddos: Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley from the Bumper Jacksons will lead kids and their adults on a fun-filled journey to discover just what's so special about swing, and the star instruments (there’s no better time to take up the washboard). (10:15am)
Shop for safe housing
Need to accessorize for your next Zoom date? For each pair of earrings they sell, GiveGlitz is sending $10 to District Alliance for Safe Housing, a local org providing emergency housing and support to domestic violence survivors.
Sunday, May 24
Pretty fry for some pie guys
Sonny's Pizza is hosting a virtual baking class on cake donuts! Have the pros walk you through the basics of at-home frying and fight the Sunday scaries by learning to do(ugh?) something new. Plus, all proceeds benefit staff. (4pm)
From sea to virtual sea
Did you know we had a president named Millard Fillmore? We sure didn’t! Learn this and other fascinating facts on a whirlwind virtual tour of (dead) president’s houses and vacation getaways, all across the country. Only downside is no gift shop or overpriced cafe :/ (10:30am)
Monday, May 25
Maybe Michael Scott was ahead of his time
Suffering from Zoom fatigue? The time may be nigh to create a papier-mache head to be your decoy when you can’t bring yourself to decline another game night. Results may vary.
Take a virtual tour of DC (and other global landmarks) on Minecraft and participate in weekly challenges with others, organized by Microsoft Teams. (multiple dates)
Tuesday, May 26
Missing Songbyrd? Me too.
Take a springtime stroll through the District while listening to this DC-based playlist.
Siri, queue “Online Songs” by Blink-182
Book drops at DCPL are locked for now, and late fees are being extended, so hold on to yours and give it another go! (Take as long as you need.) Or, if you want to try something new, try out their digital platform.