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Just the basics

Non-essential businesses are now temporarily closed by mayoral order. These include pretty much all non-food retail, including bike shops and barbershops; liquor stores (and in Maryland, dispensaries) count as food, apparently? 

 

Following your dreams is having a moment

With lots of newfound time on their hands, teleworking and self-quarantined individuals are finally tackling the projects pushed to the backburner by busy work-life schedules. Baking new recipes, exercising a green thumb, and finishing up an idea for a board game are just some ways folks are taking advantage of newfound free time. But sleeping in or trying not to succumb to the overwhelming feeling of doom are equally productive ways to spend the extra time.


Youth is not invincibility

From the opinion pages at NYT, a 26-year-old yoga instructor sent to the hospital with the virus: “Millennials: If you can’t stay at home for others, do it for yourselves.” Her plight is not abnormal, as about 14% of twenty-somethings have been hospitalized by the virus, as well as about 20% of adults 30-49.  

 

Olympians staying home, too

With the Olympics on hold until 2021, local athletes’ reactions range from relief to anxiety; DC’s powerhouse swimmers like Katie Ledecky couldn’t find a pool to train in, but others are happy to focus on their professions. 


Also || Busboys, Turning Natural weather burglary | climate gentrification in Miami | Yards Park’s “Mutt Madness” | joycrumbs | “Driving Around Telling People To Stay Home” | Food It Forward

Emergency & You

Wednesday, March 25


Online shopping for good

Each pair of earrings for sale by this DC-based jewelry maker sends $10 to Martha's Table, providing healthy food and family support for low income communities in Washington D.C. during the COVID-19 outbreak. Buy a pair for yourself or as a gift.

 

A business-casual chatroulette

Break up the day while you work from home. Block off your calendar and find time to meet remotely with other teleworkers for a virtual lunch or coffee break. Schedule your next break at Cafecito.

 

Did you know there’s also a climate crisis?

The DC Environmental Film Fest has moved online, and made it’s listing available on its website. You can still take the discussion to Twitter. (Thru 3/31)

 

Thursday, March 26


Meditation & mindfulness

The National Museum of Asian Art is putting on workshops online four times a week.

 

Tune in for a live opera concert

Ever wanted to hear the difference between Baroque and Classical Opera? Opera performers will perform a concert that dives into each of the different historical periods. Tickets are $10. (8pm)

 

The Decameron

A quick Google calls it “part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.” The organizers of this reading group call it “classic plague smut.” (8:30 pm)

 

Friday, March 27

 

Summon some fairies

Profs and Pints goes online with the co-founders of the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, revisiting the fae as “indifferent, powerful, and not to be trifled with.” (7 pm)

 

Virtual Happy Hour! 

You know what’s extremely cool and sexy right now? Staying in on a Friday night. Order from one of the many bars now delivering drinks, then — and this is important — make sure to still tip your pretend bartender using this list of service industry workers’ venmo accounts

 

Saturday, March 28

 

Siri, play "Digital Get Down" by *NSYNC

Book drops at DCPL are locked for now, and late fees are being extended, so hold on yours and give it another go! Or, if you want to try something new, try out their digital platform.

  • Or, actually get down, “From DC to the World” with Scorpio Entertainment—local wedding and event DJs—who are promising a digital dance party everything from 70s and hip-hop to EDM and top 40. (8 pm
 

Solo bloom admiration encouraged

Last weekend was "peak bloom," but you can still consult our guide for 8 ways to see cherry blossoms without visiting the Tidal Basin, complete with several more suggestions for spending time outdoors this nascent spring.

 

Sunday, March 29

 

Read the District

Stockpiling toilet paper is for losers. Stockpiling books is where it’s at. Capitol Hill books has started taking one-hour appointments where you can have the whole store to yourself. If you’re elsewhere in the District, we definitely recommend patronizing your local bookstore — most do online orders! If you need a place to start, here are 50 essential books on DC history

 

Learn to live code electronic music

Dance to your own beat—literally. Hang out online with Rhizome and learn to use free software, no experience or coding knowledge necessary. (2 pm)

 

Monday, March 30

 

Buy art
The Spring Cleaning art sale is going digital! Find new works from DC artists with #SpringCleaningDC on Insta and DM @amy_loko or the artist directly to purchase. We’ll all be spending more time at home...why not make it a pretty place to be? and give your neighbors a boost at the same time. (6pm)

 

Or make it
IA&A at Hillyer is accepting submissions for “Outbound,” an all-media, juried exhibition for artworks that address exploration, adventure, and discovery. Unclear when the deadline is (currently marked as TBD) so if you’re feeling the quarantine-induced creativity, submit! (And fingers crossed the exhibition will go on as planned in September.)

 

Tuesday, March 31

 

The Social Distancing Festival

Stay ~*~a patron of the arts*~ and check out this site, dedicated to all the talented work being cancelled/delayed/disrupted. Poke around for rehearsal clips, webcam performances, workshop recordings…up today: a wellness hour and a stream from the Paris Opera. (lots of times!)

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