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No new murals

The city cut funding to MuralsDC, which funded almost 100 murals across the city since 2007. Local artists already face widespread closures of places to sell their work, such as galleries and cafes, and now applicants for the mural program will have grants delayed until at least 2021. 


Redistribute the produce

The answer to the overflow of produce that farmers can’t sell seems obvious: give it away to people who need it. While logistics may have stopped that from becoming a reality in the past, a new local coalition is connecting excess food from farmers with individuals in need of work to provide the surplus to food banks and other relief efforts. For example, the organization has started hiring taxi drivers that are out of work to deliver food to people’s homes, and turning ugly apples into shelf-stable applesauce. 


Understanding transmission

We found this breakdown by an immunologist who walks through conditions for coronavirus transmission helpful. In short, indoors activities like church services, parties, and indoor dining are bad ideas. While people will get sick outside, it’s way less likely.


Reinvent the high street

High streets, like 14th, U, or H St here in DC, have seen the pedestrian traffic they rely on decimated by COVID. They now have a chance to reinvent themselves--and perhaps improve on the car-reliant, privatized enclaves they’d been in danger of becoming. In the Guardian: “The mark of a successful high street, that it’s busy and bustling with people, will also present a challenge to public health.”

Also || What the pandemic reveals about the nuclear household, digital traffic jams, the Inn at Little Washington is using mannequins to make the dining room feel full, which is not creepy at all, really

Emergency & You

Wednesday, May 13

DC for Democracy

The progressive local lobbying org hosts a roundtable with most of the crowded at-large field, including Robert White, Ed Lazere, Markus Batchelor, Marcus Goodwin, Christina Henderson, Will Merrifield, and more. (7 pm)


Fix a flat

Learn a basic of bike maintenance with WABA. (12 pm)


Also || Get a face mask, hate of pandemic proportions, before and after Roe v Wade, a talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown


Thursday, May 14


Bike Ambassador handy dandy show and tell

Do you have go-to tool(s) that you make sure to carry with you on your bike in case of emergencies, or that you’ve found are just nice-to-haves? Hop into this Google Meet with WABA for a show-and-tell and hear from other cyclists! (12pm)


WAMU presents: Virtual Trivia

Join What’s With Washington’s host Mikaela Lefrak for a night of virtual DC-themed trivia, open to everyone (but please do them a solid and register by 3pm today!). Also, evergreen call to support local journalism - the event is free but donations are encouraged. (7:30pm)


Also || the hilarious world of depression (with Sean Doolittle)


Friday, May 15


Weird theater? Weird theater!

The Interface Lab has you covered. 


You could call COVID “Lovecraftian”...

Ahead of Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country, Peter Herman and Profs & Pints go deep on “Cthulhu and the Klan” and HP’s race problem. (4 pm)


Also || Concert: Lauren Calve, the CIA’s former Chief of Disguise


Saturday, May 16


Intro to Gaelic

What do whiskey, smithereens, and Baltimore all have in common? They’re words rooted in Gaelic, Ireland’s native tongue. Join Cork native Jennifer O’Riordan for insights into Irish language and culture. (7pm


Start a Garden

Up Top Acres is offering curbside pickup for seedlings you can grow all summer long. Order eggplant, kale, tomatoes, or other favorites in advance, plus apartment-friendly herbs like basil and cilantro. (all day)


Also || boot camp


Sunday, May 17


Poetic Meditation

Join poet Faith Aya for a grounding workshop that will teach you how to pair poetry with meditation. (1pm)


DIY Jamaican Patties and Hand Pies

Spice up your Sunday with a cooking class taught by Sonny’s. You’ll learn to make pie dough, then whip up savory and sweet fillings. The class is free, but donations are encouraged. (4pm)


Also || Manipulating audio samples, poetry through meditation, a caricature class?? 


Monday, May 18


Hirshhorn Artist Diaries

The physical museum may be closed, but through the Hirshhorn’s #InsideOut online series, you can follow along with artist diaries and see firsthand how they’re creating during and/or responding to the pandemic. 


Free Frostys, maybe? 

Possibly the worst intersection in the world, New York + Florida Ave NE, otherwise known as Dave Thomas Circle, is finally getting its much-ballyhooed some point. But they’re planning for the public space around it, and you’re invited to give feedback on what you’d like to see! (7 pm)


Also || Death Cafe


Tuesday, May 19


Yoga at the Parks

Well, your living rooms. Another in a series of 45-minute sessions to combat stress. Designed for all levels and you don’t need any special equipment besides your mat! (7pm)


The Inner Loop

Virtual readings create a new kind of intimate shared experience. As long as writers want to share their work, and people want to hear it, the Inner Loop is keeping them coming. Chec out this month’s featured reader Louis Bayard the Author and nine local writers in fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  (7pm)

Also || Symone Sanders

Like podcasts and insane dating stories?

So, We Met Online combines both. Every Sunday, enjoy stories from dating coach Erika Ettin, talking about everything from getting stood up to first date sex to Subway sandwiches.


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