Wake to Washington

Est. 2013

Ransom fail

Hackers published hundreds of gigs of D.C. police internal files after the city countered their $4M demand with just $100k. It’s not clear just yet how damaging the files are, but it includes documents on crimes, suspects, and investigations (including those internal 👀), and intelligence briefings, including related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.


Don’t throw away the masks just yet

New CDC guidance says masks and social distancing are no longer necessary for people who are fully vaccinated, and while some states lifted mask mandates almost immediately, D.C. is reviewing the guidance before adopting it. What will that maskless future look like? Rather than going “back to normal”, we could make progress on the issues magnified by the pandemic and prioritize the need to care for all Washingtonians. 


“I was a cable guy” essayist recalls DC life

Many years before Lauren Hough went viral with her essay about fixing Dick Cheney’s cable, she often spent the night in her car in Dupont Circle. Her new memoir, surprise, is “about homelessness and jail,” as well as DC’s early-aughts gay bar scene and more from her haphazard time here. (Wonder if this visit to the DC Eagle is in there?)


New meaning to “basement apartment”

An aide accuses Rep. Lamborn (R-Co.) of allowing his son to live in a storage space beneath the Capitol, a move that if true surely deserves a spot in the Failson Hall of Fame.


Give the people more trains

Yes, half of riders say they want more cleaning and social distancing—but after a year of deadly contagion, nearly as many said they want more frequent trains, reflecting a persistent desire from riders. Three in four currently say they’ll feel safe riding post-vax. 


Listen: High Dive

You won’t need any walking sticks to get up and groove with this one: From their breakout single “Trampoline” to their new album High Dive, the DC-originated seems to have a knack for soaring. Streams begin today. 

Also || Man arrested Monday with sword at Capitol, parts of National Cathedral reopen, AG Racine calls for regime change at beleaguered forensics lab, appeals court says no eviction filings while waiting for resolution, how Mystics are thinking about WNBA’s 25th season, Glen’s Garden Dawson’s Market

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Emergency & You

[Samuel L. Jackson voice] Hold on to your butts

Get ready for the Jurassic Encounter, an absolutely absurd animatronic experience in Northern Virginia where you drive around a fake dinosaur enclosure...unclear if you get one of those sweet-but-not-very-safe jeeps to cruise around in. (all weekend)

Friday, May 14



Interested in visualizing your aura? Detroit-based projector, Eileen Lee captures your self portrait and overlays it with colors representative of your energy and aura.  (4pm)


W(h)ine and Angst Book club

Every second Friday of the month: “Are you over 21 but you still love reading YA? Join our W(h)ine & Angst Book Club, where we drink wine and read all kinds of books about teenagers.” (6:30 pm)


Also || heavyweights comedy, curbside cookout, tunes: we are family, talk: gothic heroines, remember the titans, Tunes @ Rhizome 

Saturday, May 15


Sari-sari pop-up

In honor of AAPIHM, Samasama is hosting a one-day pop-up market at Shopkeepers to celebrate the incredible creatives and small businesses in our local AAPI community. Shop from artisans, chefs, entrepreneurs and more. (12pm)


Electronics, art and tunes

Make a day of it by swinging up to Takoma for open gallery hours for four artists’ closing exhibition at Rhizome (12-4 pm) while your partner sits in for a DIY electronics course (12 pm), then stick around for Protect-U and Soso Tharpa (6:30 pm).


March for Palestine

“Join the Palestinian Youth Movement DMV chapter on Saturday, May 15th in resisting 73 years of ongoing and Nakba and the violent continuation in Sheikh Jarrah.” (3 pm)


Community concert remembers Adams Morgan Uprising

Performers at the Saturday concert include Kumera Zekarias, whose recent Latin-Ethiopian crossover recording we covered last week. (4-9 pm)


Also || farnan block party, dc statehood, the Black Hair Experience, national landing market


Sunday, May 16


Beers & bites

A visit to Other Half Brewing on Sunday not only means beers, but also a summer popup on the patio with bites from Pueto Rican eatery La Famosa. (12pm)


“Let Ivy City Bloom”

Ivy City is blooming with breweries, restaurants, and axe throwing. But what’s lacking is greenery, parks, and recreation. Floralscapes by Adele Yiseol Kenworthy, “aims to center art as the catalyst for change, express community power, and reject gentrification and displacement.” (Visit)


Community Yoga in Georgetown

Go with the flow and take one of Be Free Live Fully’s yoga classes virtually, at the park, or in-studio. Pay what you can. (schedule

Also || talk: sci-fi, heart of van ness, union organizing bootcamp, p&p live, theater: Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me UP

Local herbalism

Herbal wellness appointments with herbalist Holly Poole-Kavana, DC-based herbalist with 10 years of clinical experience addressing chronic and acute health concerns. 


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