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Totally Tubular: Sip & Chill

Chill with DC Fray and relax on a river tubing adventure with a bev in hand. It’s your last chance to hit the river, don’t kick yourself for missing out. Sign Up with Friends // August 17


Is summer almost over already? 

The first wave of public pool closures comes this Sunday, including Benning Park and Douglass Pool; the last wave is September 2. 

Kansas City vs. Unemployment

Hundreds of federal employees will soon lose their jobs if they choose not to move to Kansas City by the end of September, due to a controversial relocation of two USDA agencies from Navy Yard to Missouri. The union that represents the agencies says that the move is “a “clear attempt to undermine their scientific work”.


The never ending saga

Councilmember Jack Evans has been fined $20,000 by the D.C. ethics board. The board decided there was “substantial evidence” that Evans violated rules that prohibit using government resources and influence for personal gain. He didn’t admit to violating the D.C. Council Code of Conduct, though. And ICYMI, he’s also under federal criminal investigation.


Baby you can drive Marion Barry’s car

The late Mayor for Life’s alleged Jaguar is available on Craigslist for a cool $50K.


The funding gap

Women starting food and bev businesses in DC’s booming scene say access to capital can be a big hurdle—and dish on how to get around it. “Women are often expected to be gracious and giving in this industry, so when they turn around and ask for something, it’s hard or confusing, especially to men.”


Water you talking about

When DCist wrote about the Georgia Ave. Water Bar, they weren’t actually able to, you know, go inside. Now that the biz is further along, the Post’s Sadie Dingfelder did get in—and “it felt like I was trying to engage in behavior far more illicit than hydration.” It involves Solo cups, irregular hours, cash—and, well, some actually tasty water.

Also || MBT to detour through Eckington, ward 3 v ward 6 density, support a new DC culture magazine’s kickstarter, houseplant tips, how taxi drivers map the city, big Deanwood development, sports betting coming to bars

Biking is a laughing matter

In the Super Spectacular Comedy Show for Better Biking, Grassroots Comedy DC joins the fight for better and more protected biking in the DMV with an epic fundraiser comedy show for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. (8 pm


REACH for the sky

Throughout much of September, the REACH—the Kennedy Center’s new 3,100-foot space—will throw an opening festival that will include everything from George Bush’s paintings to De La Soul, Thievery Corporation, Arrested Development, Flying Lotus, Kelela, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Judah Friedlander and the Chuck Brown Band with Bootsy Collins. (info here, September 7-22)


Art this weekend

  • Friday: The Cheshire, a new arts space in Adams Morgan, hosts the opening reception for artist Elmer Calata’s run. (7-11 pm)

  • Saturday: Spend a summer evening in Alexandria and spy this sound-activated Mirror Mirror installation, which comes to life with celebrated composer David Schulman performing original compositions with local Sarah Marie Hughes. (9 pm)

  • Sunday: Mount Pleasant is home to some stellar house show venues, a grocery store that raised funds using punk music and bars where the house bands always draw a crowd. An afternoon of walking tours, concerts by beloved local bands and an art show promise a glimpse into the neighborhood's relationship to music and community. (12-10pm)

  • Sunday: Continuing the art and activism theme, head to Eaton Hotel downtown for tunes and art courtesy of the Uptown Art House masterminds with Nag Champa. (4-9 pm)

Sunday: 3 Stars, 7 candles

The brewery throws a birthday bash at their Chillum Place place. (Sunday, 1-6 pm)


Sunday: Scavenge at the National Zoo

ThingsToDoDC run a 2.5-hour scavenger sprint through the zoo. (Sunday, 11:30 am)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler


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