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Fine, fine, fine.

Apparently we lead the country in annual fines per resident—$261. And while fines are supposed to ameliorate antisocial behaviors like double-parking, they can also be punitive and regressive, or even offer a tacit sanction of behaviors that might better be designed away (e.g. speeding). 


Burritos based in abuse

New York City is fining Chipotle $150 million for labor violations, especially related to the city’s laws regulating on-call shift work. A closer look reveals a longstanding of pattern of neglect at the restaurants, in addition to very public struggles with supply chains


Eviction entente erodes

The Council voted Tuesday to extend the public health emergency to late July without allowing evictions to resume. But new proposals to end the moratorium could be coming in another hearing on Friday. Seems like a lot of energy that could be spent instead figuring out how to make the Stay D.C. program — and its $130M in federal rental assistance for tenants or landlords — more widely known and accessible.

Mask manners in the post-vax world

TL;DR: “You should still tote a mask when you’re out on the town even though fully vaccinated Washingtonians can go maskless in most situations.”


Tatum takes over

The Wizards lost their first play-in game to the Celtics by the score of 118-100, with the margin of victory largely provided by Celtics’ forward Jayson Tatum’s 50-point outburst. In the NBA’s new playoff scheme they’ll now play Indiana, who eliminated Charlotte Tuesday, for the right to face 1-seed Philadelphia in the first round of the traditional playoffs. 


Also || Cuba Libre offers crypto as bonus to lure workers, petition: Amazon must pay its share of VA taxes, Biden raises efficiency standards for federal buildings, GWU’s prez to retire 2023, federal funds for restaurant revitalization already running dry

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Emergency & You

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Wednesday, May 19

Black Power in Chocolate City

From the author of “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital” comes a discussion of his new website “Black Power in Washington,” which explores the history of Black organizing in DC through maps, photos & text. (6:30pm)


Hirshhorn at home 

Jacolby Satterwhite’s work explores the intersection of Afrofuturism, video games, and queer theory in his digital art installation. Revered by The New Yorker, his work is conceptual “to create moving image installations that explore issues of labor, sexuality, and fantasy.” (7pm)


Also || Native American code talkers


Thursday, May 20


Just Recovery DC
Check out a People’s Hearing on Revenue, "on the importance of raising revenue for crucial investments in housing, childcare, education, small businesses, and elsewhere to build on the American Rescue Plan and advance racial equity in the District." (


Our Food Future

How food is grown, packaged, and sent makes an impact on our planet. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is featuring Our Food Future, a film about growing food to heal the planet and nourish the soul. (6:30pm)


Also || community foundation celebration, women in film & video book club, rally for $15, hello neighbor, stand up silver spring, talk: violence, dc improv

Friday, May 21


Bike to Work day

Hop on a bike and head to the office (?) to celebrate bike to work day! If your office is only a few steps from your bed, then consider taking your lunch break exploring the town on a capital bikeshare. (all day)


“I am titaaaanium”

What happened to David Guetta? Hope he is well. Anyways, Profs & Pints is walking through the social history of EDM and how it went from a youth underground subculture to mainstream music. (4pm)


Also || tunes: classical music trio, DC Music Summit, drive-in movie, the chartered cosmos, DC music summit, dance dance ReVision, DIY lotion, opening day for Qui Qui Puerto Rican restaurant


Saturday, May 22


Comedy ASL

“Comedy as a Second Language brings the hilarious stand-up comedy of immigrant and 1st generation performers.” This show will touch on their experiences moving to a new country, identity crisis, immigrant parents’ struggles, and more. (5:30pm)


What’s greenwashing?

This large-scale outdoor art exhibit explores the impact of “green” consumer products. How green are the products if they aid in mass consumption? Visit the exhibit to find out. (6pm)


Also || cicadafest, dc covid-19 community corps day of action, dc poet project, choosing harmony


Sunday, May 23


Remix your wardrobe

La Casita Pupuseria is hosting a second hand market at La Cosecha featuring local makers and creators from ReStore, Evan Ibrahim, Shop the Vibe & Armoire Vintage. Bop around this open air market, sway to live musicians and sip on specialty cocktails. (12pm)


Also || talk: revelations

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