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Biden chiefing it

The only explanation for why a Democratic administration, years after DC decided to legalize pot ourselves, will not end the I-77 limbo and retains a ban on selling (and therefore taxing) marijuana in DC: Big Joe wants all the bud to himself. 

 

Dance dance appropriation

A venue opening up shop in the former digs of hallowed hipster haunt 18th Street Lounge has crossed the line between admiration and appropriation, according to the 18SL team. “The Lounge” has received a cease-and-desist letter and says they’ll work with the former owners, but haven’t yet offered to change their somewhat misleading name. 

 

The Shaw Commune

A reflection on the “radical geography” of DC should include 1337 7th St NW, which was for a chunk of the early 20th century—when the party was quite preoccupied with multiracial organizing—the headquarters of the Communist Party in DC, before it moved downtown to the Atlas Building. 

 

Amazon’s cashier-less grocery store arrives to DMV

Amazon Fresh tries to bring the seamless experience of online shopping to real life, with automated checkout the most obvious change—cameras follow you throughout the store. This first store is in Franconia (and still has some bugs to work out), but another is planned for Logan Circle soon. “It offers a dystopian, total-surveillance shopping experience.”


Also || Strasburg leaves start with tight trap, held for seven months—and then released, Council pushes to pedestrianize parts of Beach Dr, Mexican-themed cocktail bar opening in Mt. Vernon, AAPI urbanists to know

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Emergency & You

Wednesday, June 2


Save DCPS libraries

Washington Teachers’ Union is putting together an “read-in” event on the front steps of the Wilson building to “stop DCPS from eliminating school librarians.” Enjoy free books, prizes, and treats while community members share how you can lend support. (4pm)

 

LOL, IRL

DC Improv is having their first live show from the Bullpen. The outdoor showcase will feature Eddie Morrison, Eddie Bryant, Natalie McGill, Matt Deakins, Rahmein Mostafavi, Lucas Bohn Tables will be socially distant and capped at 6 people/table with food + bev delivered to you. (7pm)

 

Also || dreaming abolition, flower workshop, town hall: understanding the budget, outdoor pilates, original works, Wiz-Sixers game 5

 

Thursday, June 3

 

The Underground Railroad

First a book, then a movie, and now a limited series directed by Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight,” “If Beale Street Could Talk”). Read/watch The Underground Railroad then join author Colson Whitehead, Barry Jenkins, and 1A host Jenn White in conversation about the book’s adaptation to the big screen. (7:30pm)

 

On Dreaming and Refusal: screening and art talk

SAAM is hosting a virtual film screening for the works of Girl, a duo made up of Brooklyn-based artists Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh. Through a queer feminist lens, Girl’s film centers on the interiority of women of color as a direct response to female nudes throughout Western art history. (5:30pm)

 

Also || healing, DC dems general assembly

 

Friday, June 4

 

Psychfiction

DYK the story arc of fictional characters in books like To Kill A Mockingbird and the works of Sylvia Plath have been used in medical schools’ training programs to study mental health? Learn about the impact writers and fictional characters have made in psychiatry. (7pm)

 

A gathering for all music heads

Loop Sessions is hosting an online event to unite music makers and producers in the DMV. Connect on music production, network, and make really cool content on the spot. (8pm

 

Also || Filmfest DC + preview, the art of fugue, sidewalk palooza

 

Saturday, June 5

 

Tent de fromage + friends!

“Wine. Cheese. Cookbooks. Vintage Goods. Art Prints. Plants.” A pop-up curated by Underground Goods, PLNT, Each Peach Market and Bold Fork Books. (11am)

 

The Gay Men’s Chrous turns 40

Sing along or just let GMCW do their thing. Tune in online to hear their beautiful renditions of “From Now On” (from The Greatest Showman,) “Rise Up,” + musical highlights through the years. (7pm)

 

Also || 826 DC Half Half Half Half Half Marathon, DC by foot, trolley trail tour, next: warmer

 

Sunday, June 6

 

Exterior tour of Dumbarton House

Built in 1799, the Dumbarton House looks drastically different today than it did over 200 years ago. Take a guided, socially-distant outdoor tour to imagine the estate throughout the decades. (1pm)

 

Also || jazz on the terrace, check out the merged bump n’ grind & moorenko’s 

 

Monday, June 7

 

Mind, body, and soul 

Practice yoga and meditation with Yoga District. Visit their website to join in online or outdoor classes. (sign up)

 

Also || Shabbat Clusters, join young non-profit org

 

Tuesday, June 8

 

Portals

“We Starve Ourselves and Each Other”: Hunger and Lesbian Self-Fashioning in 1970s America, through NMAH. (5 pm)

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