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Trick or please stand 6-feet away from me

It’s the first day of October and people are already thinking Halloween decorations and trick or treat strategies. Some folks in Woodley Park installed a candy shoot along their stair railing to ensure kids get their sugary treats. 

 

Charging up Virginia

The commonwealth passed major climate legislation earlier in the year, and it includes one of the more ambitious targets for energy storage in the country. That’s right, we’re talking about huge batteries that smooth out any asynchronicity between renewables generation and electricity consumption, making Virginia a proving ground for decade-defining technology.

 

Surging tenant activism 

60% of DC residents rent, and nearly half were considered cost-burdened even before the pandemic hit. The health crisis, against a backdrop of an existing housing crisis in DC, brought demands like ‘cancel rent’ from the fringe to the forefront. Rent strikes increased 7-fold this year, as well as a major uptick in demonstrations to demand better living conditions.

 

 

H Street's coolest spot just got cooler

Maketto – an eclectic restaurant, cafe, and hype beast clothing store – just added vinyl records to their repertoire. Now their second floor boasts a collection of underground artists and the greatest hits in genres ranging from hip-hop, rap, and R&B to soul, jazz, and soft rock.

 

Meager cash assistance for DC’s undocumented

DC Cares, established by Events DC in April, sought to assist unemployed undocumented workers during COVID-19, but has fallen short of the massive need. While some financial support is better than none, the program released just 5,000 debit cards of $1,000 each to an estimated population of 25,000 undocumented workers. DC Council has allocated $9 million more, but yet to deliver.

 

Also || Dolcezza closings, Neighborgoods Store is also closing, Ward 7’s pipeline, 17-unit apartment project breaks ground in Petworth, Broccoli City Festival would be this weekend but we can wait for 2021; The Kennedy Center’s popup nightclub, edging up to voter intimidation in Fairfax, last day to self-report for 2020 Census

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Housing policies in the DMV

Georgetown’s urban and regional planning program, which, full disclosure, sponsors this email, is doing a talk about local and federal housing policy. (9 am)

 

Drive-In Comedy Night 

Parking Lot Social is kicking off its multifaceted drive-in experience in the DC area with a comedy night featuring local stand-up comedians. Arrive early to secure your parking spot, check out live DJs and sample local food vendors. (7pm)

 

Also || talk: Overcoming Boredom, Persian mystic songs, setting boundaries during the pandemic

 

Thursday, October 1

 

Classes in Charcoal

Did you catch Portraits in Charcoal before the Portrait Gallery closed and wonder how to do it yourself? Take a charcoal portrait drawing class led by a local artist and next stop, Smithsonian! (6pm)

 

You might win free socks!

Put your DC knowledge, especially about our push for statehood (hint, hint) to the test with WAMU’s What’s With Washington trivia night. (Say that five times fast.) You might win socks! (7:30pm)

 

On the Table Conversations

VoicesDMV is an initiative that hopes to convene “On the Table” conversations that bring DMV residents together to discuss matters that are most important to their communities. You can join a conversation, or learn how to host on yourself here.

 

Also || talk: A Feast of China's Lore, panel: on the table, podcast: Insurgent Imagination, The Tea: Tashera, Strathmore’s “Monuments”, VoicesDMV

 

Friday, October 2

 

Fortitude Gala 

Dance Place DC celebrates their 40th anniversary with free virtual performances and fundraising. (6:30pm)

 

Filmfest DC

Our international film festival streams for your private viewing, starting with the Italian film Ordinary Happiness—something we in 2020 are certainly not taking for granted. There are films about a love affair as an invasion approaches Lebanon; a Korean crime drama; biopics about Banksy, Truman Capote, Chuck Berry, and Billie Holliday; a documentary about Argentina’s most famous bank robbery; and so much more. Check it out

 

Also || talk: Humans – naturally good or bad?, DIY Cider, dinner and a movie: “O”, Black Panther at Cantina Bambina, circling the Supreme Court in honor of RBG; Misty Copeland discusses picture book Bunheads, Korean art at home

 

 

Saturday, October 3

 

Tail talk

What’s your dog trying to tell you? Find out by heading to Virginia Ave dog park with your dog and learn the basics of dog body language. (11am)

 

Indies and Anti-Racists: Unite!

Five local bookstores from across America (including DC’s own Politics and Prose) partner to present an anti-racist panel series featuring authors, librarians, illustrators, and more. (4pm)

 

Also || REACH: Sound Health, Oktoberfest, test-drive an EV in VR, Dead Man’s Run, go-go in Greenbelt, walking tour: Douglass’ Anacostia

 

Sunday, October 4

 

Peak Fall: Apple Picking

Classic 2020: the weather destroyed most of the apple crop near DC. A few nearby orchards are still offering pick-your-own apples on weekends with masks, but without reservation. (Baughers, Catoctin)

 

Tunes & History: That’s so 70s

Throw it back with the Motown sound of the 1970s through this musical history program - you’ll get to jam to the greatest Motown hits and learn their pop culture (as opposed to music theory) context. (7pm)

 

Also || VisArts: FEAST, the blessing of the animals online

 

Monday, October 5

 

A 4-course meal for two, or just you.

Common Good City Farm is partnering with local restaurants for a virtual night on the farm. This is how it works: buy a ticket, pick up your Big Bear Cafe meal, and join a virtual cooking demo with the chef. (7pm)

 

“It’s a game. It’s a show. It’s America!” 

Round House Theater is launching a week long play (and game show?) where the live audience selects which of three hopeful immigrants gets the golden ticket: citizenship. So it’s like the Hunger Games, but immigration in theater form. Interesting... and reminds of Xena Ni's recent piece The Lottery. (7pm)

 

Also || talk: Supreme Court at a Crossroads, talk: Ecology of Monuments, Flannery O’Connor’s Thomistic vision of grace, sound meditation @ Rhizome

 

Tuesday, October 6

 

Patrice Khan-Cullors

A co-founder of Black Lives Matter shares her memoir with Politics & Prose. (4 pm)


Also || Creatives Helping Creatives, talk: Origins of Antifa, Lenny Kravitz memoir, free concert at KenCen

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