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Wake to Washington

Living free as breathing water

Think you’ve already had COVID-19? 

We now know the pandemic arrived in the US long before March. So was that hacking cough and fever you had in January actually...the 'rona? Plenty of people are convinced that they’ve recovered, but without enough testing or contact tracing, it’s impossible to know.

Tenants will have few options when the eviction ban ends

Tenants at The Woodner—DC’s biggest residential complex—say management is blocking efforts to organize as they push for rent relief. Residents can’t be legally evicted, but that hasn’t stopped landlords from filing complaints with the DC Landlord Tenant Court (this just got banned). The Council recommends setting up payment plans for back rent after the ban ends...and tenants wonder where their landlords think that money will come from, since they need that dwindling income for groceries and essentials.

Georgetown: Still full of blowhards

Nextdoor has become a battleground for Georgetowners who can’t handle the racket of leaf blowers. Though Mayor Bowser banned gas powered leaf blowers in 2018, because they actually suck, residents complain that other types are still driving them to distraction.

“I am very afraid”

Nurses protested in front of the White House yesterday among 88 pairs of white shoes, representing the nurses who have died from COVID-19. As part of National Nurses Week, National Nurses United organized the protest to demand more safety equipment and better workplace standards for frontline healthcare works. 

Also || AOC is visiting people in Animal Crossing, WCP delays Best of DC, pizza addict lizard’s record-breaking turd, if TP is so hard to find why doesn’t the US embrace bidets?

If fitness is a drag, make it a DRAG SHOW.

Saturday @ 11am: Do a real (+ free) 45 Min HIIT workout taught by a drag queen from Danimal Yoga, or just giggle in the background while you make brunch.

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In praise of the dinosaur doodle 

Join Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger (two paleoartists at The National Museum of Natural History) for a dinosaur-centric online drawing class. They’ll also explain how they consult fossils to ensure their art lends an accurate peek into prehistoric times. (11am)

 

Virtual noir at the bar

Local thriller writer Ed Aymar has a plan for the next several Friday nights — moody virtual readings to support local bookstores. This Friday’s event will support Politics and Prose, and eight local crime fiction writers will join to read their work. (8:30pm)

 

A poetry slam against COVID-19

The Black Coalition Against COVID-19 is organizing a virtual poetry slam that’s open to community members of all ages. Poems will address a question originally posed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the context of D.C.’s impending reopening: “Where do we go from here: Chaos or community?” Winners will take home a cash prize. (Submit by May 10)

Also || Join Rhizome’s virtual bingo, celebrate World Bonsai Day, recreate beloved D.C. spots in Animal Crossing

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

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