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Is today the day

You can’t rush genius. And you can’t be mad that the Columbia Heights Taco Bell Cantina, after numerous prior delays, didn’t open on time yesterday, with management saying that lunch today might be possible.


Bowser budget gets a Biden bump

“$2.3 billion from the American Rescue Plan has to be spent over the next four years.” Coupled with a relatively strong recovery to government revenues, that means most city priorities are getting a funding boost. MPD receives a small cutback that could be reversed next cycle. 

 

Fix Crummell School, heard

After a half-century of neglect against the requests of residents, the Crummell School site in Ivy City will receive a $20 million renovation. A community center means ball fields and playgrounds, classes and government services nearby—amenities many thought would never come. “The way it was going, I thought I would be dead and gone before anything ever happened.” (The project will take several more years.)

 

Not in the Spirit of the game

The Washington Spirit were supposed to play much of the year in Loudoun County’s new Segra Field, but it’s not ready even though the season is supposed to start now—leaving the Spirit struggling to find a place to play. DC United has been obliging with Audi Field, but apparently only up to a point. 

 

What can Union Station become?

CityLab spotlighted Union Station’s $10.7 billion upgrade as a top national rail infrastructure opportunity, with Congresswoman Holmes Norton pointing out that it should be a federal priority—since it’s the only station owned by the federal government. “We want to make sure it meets the needs of the next century, not the last one.” 

 

Also || Wiz should go big, Shaw scooter shooter arrested, small-scale manufacturing helps smol cities , DC Crime Lab director is gone (or is she?), can housing & Columbia Heights dog park coexist?, Bowser task force recommends winding down eviction moratorium in “phases” following COVID indicators and capacity

Emergency & You

Your beach reads

13 suggestions from local booksellers and librarians (including the Librarian of Congress, because that’s a local library too, right?) include reads from noir novelist George Pelecanos, which Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal says “should be required reading for DC transplants.”

 

Friday, May 28

 

Alley art and artist talk

Catch Christopher Chen’s artist talk for his photo series, “Floating World,” documenting DC streetscapes which is displayed on an alley wall in Mount Pleasant, next to Elle. Photos will be on display through May 31st. (7pm)

 

AAPI artist exhibition and art benefit

“We Are Home” is a show curated by art boutique HOMME featuring DC-based Asian American artists. 20% of proceeds will go towards BLM DC, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development. Gallery opens today and is on view by appointment through June 6.

 

Also || dc impro, drive-in: bridesmaids, one acts festival, architecture, music: veronica swift, a version of La Boheme set in Columbia Heights? 

 

Saturday, May 29

 

Mazes & Maps

Head up to Hyattsville for Pyramid Atlantic’s opening of Mazes & Maps, with live DJ and many artists on-site. “An adventuring party of cartographers assemble at the entrance to Pyramid Atlantica….Enter the Pyramid, and witness their odyssey! Twists and turns abound from our heroes' display of mazes inspired by digital and analog gaming.” (register)

 

Pups, Peonies & Pie

Adoptable dogs, flowers and Milk Bar pies—which one will you go home with? (12-2 pm)

 

Heavyweights Comedy Show 

Laugh off the woes of the week with a comedy showcase featuring Gibran Saleem, a Virginia-raised Pakistani comedian. (7:30pm)

 

“Sorry, I was talking on mute”

If you just can’t take any more loud keyboard sounds/lagging screen shares/random call drops, this Zoom circus gone wrong might be the laugh you need to get through the last stretch of remote work. (8pm)

 

Also || film: Navajo Code Talkers; carnivorous plants, jazz festival

 

Sunday, May 30

 

Get your classics on

Chill at Rhizome’s latest outdoor concert, featuring composer and bassist Thomas Helton. (7pm)

 

Monday, May 31

 

Normalize Monday brunch 


Also || DuPont cookout, Heavy Metal Parking Lot screening

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