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Water relief

$13 million—$6 million from DC and $7 million from DC Water—has been allocated to a relief fund for ratepayers struggling to pay the runoff tax that funds the Clean Rivers Project.


Shutdown blues

Trash is piling up on NPS land, and all 17 of the city’s Smithsonian museums will be closed today as their rainy-day fund ran out. 4,000 Smithsonian employees funded by the government will join 350,000 federal workers on furlough. Some local sites, like the Kennedy Center, remain in operation.


Lauren the cable guy

Save this for when you have ten minutes to read the whole incredible essay: “A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney.” Lauren Hough writes about what she saw in her ten years as a cable tech in Northern Virginia. THIS IS WHY WE NEVER GO TO THE SUBURBS.


Home without walls

Obama’s Kalorama house does not, as Trump recently tweeted, have a ten-foot wall around it—just a retaining wall and fence, “tastefully done.”


New DC laws coming into effect for 2019


In 2018, scooters were a scene

It’s been a big (and technically, the only) year for e-scooters. As more “happy-sounding four-letter startups” came on the scene, more dots and pins proliferated across cityscapes indicating a speedy scooter steed was just around the block, ready to zip you to your destination. But what some see as cavalry ready for its role in the war on cars (podcast), others see yet another symptom of the inadequate public transport infrastructure across American cities.

Also || Chicago’s black exodus, Marine shot, killed at Barracks Row base in possible accident, German man flashes the White House, Spy Museum closes Penn Quarter location, will move, white powder at Eastern Market not hazardous

Wednesday, January 2


Trivia at Reliable Tavern
Pop open a Shiner and put on your thinking cap. Well, don't think about it too hard, because you probably want to answer quickly. (
7-9 pm)


Also || Decolonize your dreams, listen to a new Folkways project at Songbyrd


Thursday, January 3

The DC Gurly Show

A burlesque, queer-friendly tribute to superheroes at Bier Baron. (8-11 pm)


Exploring alternative food networks

Informal discussion about how our society organizes our food system, compared with historical examples. (7 pm)

Also || Film Screening & Discussion with filmmakers: Just Like Me: Vietnam War Stories from All Sides 


Friday, January 4


Let’s laugh

  • You’ll recognize Katt Williams tourmate Luenell from her role as the hooker with the heart of gold in Borat. She has two shows at DC Improv on Friday.

  • “It’s Called Comedy. Look It Up” at Colony Club. (8 pm)

  • “The King” hosts an underground fight club in this comically lowbrow theater event, now in its 9th year. Elvis – accompanied by sardonic sidekick Kittie Glitter – provides a little more conversation in the form of hilarious color commentary during seven acts of Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club. (8 pm)

Also || Shop local at Georgetown pop-up, Nancy Pelosi on the future of women’s leadership, 47Soul 


Saturday, January 5

Concertos and curators

The esteemed Emerson String Quartet performs at the Natural History Museum. (6 pm)


Set your intentions for 2019

If there’s a time for journaling, reflection and intention-setting workshops, it’s now. (2-4 pm)

Also || vinyl & vinyasa @ songbyrd, vision boarding and intention setting, Midnight Gardeners Lounge sketch comedy, Elvis Fight Club, Abraxas Stout pouring 


Sunday, January

"Dreams of Intelligent Machines" 

Professors and Pints returns with Dr. Colin Allen, a philosopher of science at University of Pittsburgh. (6 pm)

Also || She the People, woodshock screening, billy elliott, gtown glow

Monday, January 7

We'll get back to you on this one. 

Tuesday, January 8 

Gritty comes to town

The Philadelphia Flyers play the Caps and league-leading scorer Alex Ovechkin. (7:30 pm)


Ashlee Simpson!!!!

It’s not even 2004. She tours with husband Evan Ross (Diana Ross’ son!) (8 pm)

Also || vision boarding @ colony club, Sierra Nevada fundraiser for Camp Fire

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