Wake to Washington

iPhones can now use Apple Wallet as a SmartTrip

Features include auto reload, and riders can use it on Metrobus and some regional lines as well. Metro currently doesn’t plan on phasing out the cards – a rapid shift to cashless could leave out the elderly, poor, and disabled


95% of downtown DC office workers worked from home this summer

Office workers' absence dropped nearly everything from restaurant and retail sales to entertainment revenue and hotel occupancy. Apartment rents also fell, but condo prices still rose. While some of us may go back to the office before the end of the year (maybe/probably not), downtown will need time to bounce back.


Racism is all around us

Sixty-five government-owned spaces in DC may be renamed, recontextualized, or removed, according to a new working group commissioned by the Mayor. After reviewing 1,300 DC assets to identify ties to racism or slavery, names for further scrutiny include Alexander Graham Bell, James Monroe, James Barry and more. 


There’s a science behind menu design.

Experts study the psychology of restaurant menus. It’s a tactical balance of the direction you view a menu to verbiage used, and much more. In times of COVID-19, restaurateurs look to engineers in hopes of maximizing profitability on both digital and paper menus.


Jousting is the official sport of Maryland

We’re all learning a lot about our northern neighbors these days. Lacrosse is the state team sport, but the state sport is jousting, and Brunswick, MD will host the national championships in October.


Muriel Bowser, law-and-order candidate

The mayor charged the US Attorney with being lenient on protesters, whom she labeled largely “outside agitators.” The US Attorney said MPD did not provide enough evidence to charge the majority of arrestees and that “guilt by association” was not basis for prosecution.

Also || Bike traffic increased 25-50% on some local trails, copter-spotter Twitter, Phase 3 in Maryland by Friday [kind of], Bowser urges US Attorney to crack down on protesters, TIL the official sport of Maryland is jousting

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Emergency & You

Wednesday, September 2

Your next quarantine project

You’ve mastered quarantine cooking and baking, now take on the food scraps. Learn how to build your own home compost setup, and get a sweet rebate on a traditional backyard system. (11:30am - DC residents only)


The Monument Lab

Hirshhorn conversation about the independent art and history studio Monument Lab, which cultivates critical conversations around monuments and collective memory. (12 pm)


Also || National Book Fair; talk: The Fed and the COVID Recession; Virtual Hand Lettering Class, talk: Brian Stelter, women opening doors for women, introduction to theater of the oppressed, tunes: Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj, tunes: live in da garden


Thursday, September 3


Plead the Fifth virtual slam

This virtual story slam is all about being silenced; performers will prepare five-minute stories on times they kept their mouths shut or shouted out. Sign up to speak or enjoy the show. (7:15pm)


Get your cider on

Somehow, fall is on the horizon, which calls for cider cocktails. This Zoom workshop shows you how – tickets include a cocktail kit. (8:30pm)


“Any body Home?”

In this participatory talk by an ethnomusicologist, you’ll explore what a sense of home means within the flow of time and space. Part of the “KUVV” series of collaborative performances and events that explore the relationship between home, familial lineage, and the body. (7:30pm)


Also || Sunset Cinema at the Wharf, Laughing in Logan, book talk: Chasten Buttigieg


Friday, September 4


Art and cocktails with an AR twist

The intersection of art and technology is cool. It’s even cooler when augmented reality drinks from Maketto, Colada Shop, and Thamee are part of the experience. Revisit spring at Artechouse (drink in hand) with their Hanami Beyond the Blooms exhibit. (all day)


Justice Walks

After we posted about evangelical tours of DC, a local pastor reached out to tell us about Justice Walks, a justice-oriented counterpart. They do tours through DC Tours by Foot every Friday. 


Porkchop Volcano Live Online

What’s more awkward than an improv show? A zoom-improv show! Porkchop Volcano, a favorite short-form improv troupe performs live online. Don’t forget to hit mute - or not! (8pm)


Also || DC Fridaze, Doughnut Madness, Trivia Night, Fall for the Book Festival (all wknd), k-art at home, Zumba from home, The Tea: Tamika Love Jones


Saturday, September 5


Rise, Rhyme, and Read w/Culture Queen

This may be a virtual children’s event, but you’re never too old to learn and practice the art of self love and empowerment. Use your niece or nephew as an excuse to listen in and educate yourself on famous social justice superheroes. (10am


Choose your suspect

Reminisce your childhood with a virtual, live-action, game of Clue. Use your critical thinking and detective skills to solve the ultimate murder mystery from the comforts of home. (11:30am)


Also || Vinyl and Vinyasa, French Cooking Class, Virtual Dating; Glen Echo Outdoor Art Marketplace


Sunday, September 6


When you want sushi but the team wants pizza

Tex-Mex meets Japanese, meets Detroit Pizza, meets Korean? Yup, that’s a DC foodhall for you. Ghostline serves worldly interpretations of fried chicken, ramen, sushi, and more prepared by top DC chefs. Feeling overwhelmed? Then order it all. (all day


Every day’s a great day…

To sign up to be a poll worker. Plus you can get everything you need to know about voting safely in our guide.


Summer is not over!

Sunflowers are still blooming in Southern Maryland! Join Serenity Farms for their September kickoff weekend, feat. 8-acres of pick-your-own sunflowers, food & libations, the Art Barn, + new COVID safety precautions! (ticket timed entry)


Also || Poetry and Protest, Virtual Escape Room, The Goonies, Outdoors


Monday, September 7


DC TikTok finds

Yes, D.C. TikTok exists, and creators are chronicling everything from new bites to old debates (Call Your Mother or Bethesda Bagels? Baked and Wired or Georgetown Cupcake?) Get your next outing from the coolest corner of TikTok by following these accounts


Also || How to Improve Your Memory; Old Town Alexandria Walking Tour


Tuesday, September 8


Voices on Race and Gender, Past and Present

Roxane Gay discusses her newly edited collection of Audre Lorde’s poetry, for a new generation of readers, centering on “intersectional feminism, queer theory, and critical race studies.”  (8pm, virtual)

Also || talk: on defunding the police

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