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Aiming for neutral

The Council unanimously passed legislation that will ban most natural gas use in new buildings and require new buildings and substantial renovations to be net-zero by 2026, meaning they produce as much energy as they consume. They also committed to making DC carbon-neutral by 2045. 

A roof for queer youth 

The city's first LGBTQ+-focused shelter opened yesterday in Southeast DC. The 40-bed shelter not only provides a place to stay, but also includes trauma-informed case management and programs to help end residents experiencing homelessness. 


School’s out for… five years?

After a decade of growth in public schools, enrollment in DC public and charter schools are expected to drop in the next five years. Birth rates have fallen since 2016 and during the pandemic many families left the city, opted for alternative schooling options, or delayed sending kids to school—putting financial strain on the schools they left behind


That one festival in California has beef

The yearly DC go-go festival Moechella, which started as a grassroots #DontMuteDC demonstration and has grown to something bigger in the last three years, is stuck in a David and Goliath fight with Coachella over its name. While organizers want to trademark the name Moechella, which they say developed organically, Coachella doesn’t want the two festivals to be associated.


Seeking asylum 

Texas Governor Greg Abbot sent thousands of immigrants by bus to DC under false pretenses and in bad faith. Groups like Sanctuary DC are calling on the D.C. government to help fund their nonprofits to be able to continue providing help and resources. Councilmembers support this call for help, but Mayor Bowser has not responded.


Also || What rent stabilization could look like in Prince George’s, monkeypox vaccine preregistration,single tracking delays Green Line this weekend, Gambet getting better?, MICA staff unionized -- and management is now firing 10% of them, why did Bowser slow down on parole control and Council on protections for domestic workers

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A weekend on the Fringes

Capital Fringe, a leading local showcase of independent culture and performing arts, is officially underway. There’s something for everyone—theater, comedy, live music, open mic, and more, with shows in vacant retail spaces in Georgetown. Here’s a list of performances broken down by genre, and you can click to view a full show schedule here. All shows are $15.


Friday July 15


I Am Not Your Negro

Enjoy a special screening of this revolutionary documentary. Based off an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, this film follows his personal account of the lives and assassinations of his close friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and MLK. Tickets are on a sliding scale based on what you can afford. (6:30pm)


Sammie Standoff 

Run over to Baker’s Daughter to participate in a friendly competition, pitting Eater DC editor Tierney Plumb against Washingtonian editor Anna Spiegel. May the best sandwich win. (All day


Ha ha ha!

Also || Theater: American Prophet (Frederick Douglass), fringe: epilepsy, gender & the 00s, fringe: motherload, tunes: local indie, running on Karma


Saturday July 16


I Am Anacostia

This interactive theater piece continues to tell the stories of Anacostia, from the people and personalities of the neighborhood. Show plus discussion. (7pm)


Black Broadway walking tour

Welcome to Black Broadway! Celebrate Black History and explore the musical and cultural heritage of Washington's Greater U Street. Journey through one of Washington, D.C.'s most historical and unique neighborhoods on a guided walking tour.


Soul Food Saturdays

Join this walking tour in Alexandria to learn more about (and sample!) African American influence on American cuisine. (2pm)


Free Scoops of Ice Cream Jubilee

To celebrate Ice Cream Jubilee’s 8th anniversary, they’re giving away free scoops of ice cream for loyalty club members. Sign up here. (Noon)


Greatest HITS: the final show 

After twelve years, a building sale will force the DIY space and gallery to close its doors this summer. This will be Hole in the Sky's last show ever. Don't cry because it's over, smile because it was so good for so long (but Patrick will still probably cry a little bit). HITS forever, thank you for everything. (6pm


Also || The Body Show (also Sunday and next weekend, see our preview), Black Greek cleanup of Shepherd Park, Water Lily 5k Walk, pet portraits, Korean nail art, girls rock! summer showcase, ride: stormwater pollution, Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club, sounds of Africa, art: Sheldon Scott 


Sunday July 17


Bites for Rights

Come to Meridian Hill/Malcom X Park grab a snack, shop thrifty finds, and support local abortion funds. Some of dc’s best curators and local bakers will be putting together this event to raise funds and awareness. (12pm


Pints, is pints, is pints, is pints

Join profs and pints for a critical look at the Hamilton phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business. (3pm)


Trade up

Bring gently loved clothes, shoes, and accessories to DWELL and swap 'em for something new. 1200 Florida Avenue NE, in the carriage house. Anything left at the end of the day gets donated. (2pm)

Also || tunes: Hop Along (holy god “Tibetan Pop Stars”), tunes: Watchhouse, tunes: Sawyer, tunes: Beatles cover band, the Body Show, drag & standup

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