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Sifting school segregation

DCPS is almost due for its review of school boundaries and feeder patterns The upcoming 2024 review in 2024 will be the first in ten years—before that it was unchanged for 46 years. This article overviews the long, and racist, history of segregation in DC schools

 

The Wonder Boy

Footballer Wayne Rooney isn’t just the UK’s all-time leading goal scorer—he’s DC United’s next manager, bringing hope to a team that ranks 13th out of 14 teams in the MLS Eastern Conference. Fans and locals alike rejoice the news, knowing that Rooney will bring a new caliber of coaching to DC’s struggling team.

 

Fines are fine, says the DC Council

The DC Council is moving forward with a plan to allow drivers with unpaid tickets to renew their driver’s licenses. The city’s lowest-income communities with many traffic cameras were disproportionately impacted by the previous law that punished drivers with outstanding tickets. Some council members disagreed with the decision, suggesting that it will lead to more traffic violations in the future. 

 

Let’s take this show on the road

What happens when a local theater closes for reconstruction? A recreation of a bigger, magical stage inside a museum, naturally! The Building Museum, oft the site of whimsical and unimaginable exhibits (a “beach” ball pit or the rolling “lawn” hills) took on the challenge to house a Shakespearian theater, despite the seemingly insurmountable challenges. After many years, hundreds of parts, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in the making: visitors can barely tell they’re in a theater *inside* a museum.  

 

Wigging out over Wegman's

DC’s first ever Wegman’s has opened its doors in Tenleytown with fanfare that included Mayor Bowser and even a Women of Wegmans fanclub. (Unclear if Bowser is a member.) But with this high-class, culty grocery store opening, many are concerned about the continuing food swamp in DC’s poorest and most diverse neighborhoods.From 2010-2020 other wards gained 37 grocery stores, while in Ward 8 one store serves 85,000 residents


Also || 4,000 rescued beagles, local food bloggers on why they take little square pictures of round plates, a covid community care zine from CASS

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Emergency & You

Wednesday July 13

 

Voices for Choice

Join local DMV artists Erin Aminah, Jen Kovach, Keep Your Secrets and Griefcat for a collaboration show with music focusing on women’s health, equality, and health. All proceeds will be donated to women’s health groups. (8pm)

 

Rooftop Local Punk

A summer series of rooftop performances by local bands presented by DC Punk Archive at the MLK Library (630pm)

 

Also || talk: the fight against slavery in DC, jazz at Riverdale Park, DC trivia, march for assault weapons ban

 

Thursday July 14

 

Bastille Day!

Celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday Bastille Day! (oui, oui!) Enjoy a tour of famous French Americans (6pm), or dance to some french DJ music (4pm), or celebrate at the park! (2pm)

 

Live! At the Library!

Join the Library of Congress as they extend their hours followed by a showing of (the original and the best version of) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which is a prequel to Snowpiercer. (5pm)

 

District Fray’s Experiential Issue Launch Party

Enjoy ARTECHOUSE’s most recent exhibit, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies, while partying with local magazine District Fray to celebrate their newest issue launch. (7pm)

 

Capital Fringe begins

 

Also || Sketch Comedy: Bad Medicine, Black-only activist care/discussion space, tunes: Femi Kuti, ecstatic dance, comedy at Kelly’s, flip chart comedy: ADHD, art: Washington landscapes, spy museum turns 20

 

Friday July 15

 

I Am Not Your Negro

Enjoy a special screening of this revolutionary documentary. Based off an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, this film follows his personal account of the lives and assassinations of his close friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and MLK. Tickets are on a sliding scale based on what you can afford. (6:30pm)

 

Ha ha ha!

 

Also || Theater: American Prophet (Frederick Douglass), fringe: epilepsy, gender & the 00s, fringe: motherload, tunes: local indie, running on Karma, Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club

 

Saturday July 16

 

I Am Anacostia

This interactive theater piece continues to tell the stories of Anacostia, from the people and personalities of the neighborhood. Show plus discussion. (7pm)

 

Black Broadway walking tour

Welcome to Black Broadway! Celebrate Black History and explore the musical and cultural heritage of Washington's Greater U Street. Journey through one of Washington, D.C.'s most historical and unique neighborhoods on a guided walking tour.

 

Soul Food Saturdays

Join this walking tour in Alexandria to learn more about (and sample!) African American influence on American cuisine. (2pm)

 

Free Scoops of Ice Cream Jubilee

To celebrate Ice Cream Jubilee’s 8th anniversary, they’re giving away free scoops of ice cream for loyalty club members. Sign up here. (Noon)

 

Hole in the Sky's last show

The Greatest HITS Artshow is one last hurrah for the Eckington weirdo haven which has hosted so many of our best memories. (6-9 pm)

 

Also || The Body Show (also Sunday and next weekend, see our preview), Black Greek cleanup of Shepherd Park, Water Lily 5k Walk, pet portraits, Korean nail art, girls rock! summer showcase, ride: stormwater pollution, Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club, sounds of Africa

 

Sunday July 17

 

Bites for Rights

Come to Meridian Hill/Malcom X Park grab a snack, shop thrifty finds, and support local abortion funds. Some of dc’s best curators and local bakers will be putting together this event to raise funds and awareness. (12pm

 

Pints, is pints, is pints, is pints

Join Profs and Pints for a critical look at the Hamilton phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business. (3pm)

 

Also || tunes: Hop Along, tunes: Watchhouse, tunes: Sawyer, tunes: Beatles cover band, the Body Show, drag & standup

 

Monday July 18

 

Hope for Humpbacks

Join this online discussion about how Humpback whales are a conservation success story, having largely recovered from the threat of commercial whaling. Free willy!! (even though I think he was an Orca) (7pm)

 

Eats and Beats

Join Chef Marco Salierna and DJ Eskimo at the Thirsty Crow for some tasty food plus dancing! Thirsty crow? More like dancing crow! Don’t dance too hard or it’ll be a murder of crows. (5pm)

 

Also || talk: Odin

 

Tuesday July 19

 

Spy Night!

Join famous spy novelist Daniel Silva for a conversation about his newest book starting spy and art restorer (wow double threat) Gabriel Allon. (7:30pm)

 

Skate lessons!

Learn to be the coolest kid on the block with skate lessons! With beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons there’s something for all sk8ters! (7pm)



Also || tunes: Camp Cope, wine bar comedy, state fair bingo, visit Dumbarton Oaks

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