Wake to Washington

Shigata ga nai

Day of the Dead festival in DC? We're in.

Two days of free performances and family activities to celebrate Día de los Muertos at the National Museum of the American Indian. Check it out this weekend.


Curtains for Southeast’s only hospital 

United Medical Center, the District’s only hospital east of the Anacostia, is shutting its doors, and with negotiations stalled on who will take over, it’s unclear if the city will meet the deadline to build a full-service replacement hospital in its place by 2022. The city’s decision to defund UMC has been harshly criticized for leaving thousands of residents in Southeast without access to critical medical services and compounding the city’s existing health disparities


Gourd Theft Auto

ICYMI: Someone brazenly stole a pumpkin off a Georgetown stoop yesterday in broad daylight, but atleast the owner of said gourd has a sense of humor about it. Seriously, though, who’s driving that getaway car? 


Sex workers discuss legalization

At a 14 hour hearing earlier this month 170 people testified as the Council considered a bill that would decriminalize (not legalize) sex work. The bill would remove criminal penalities for buying and selling sex but wouldn’t regulate it, or create red light districts. The Lily heard from advocates and sex workers themselves in their own words

The Washington Color School is still vivid

On our blog, a look at the history and present of DC’s most influential modern art movement (think non-representational color fields) through the lens of three recently-exhibiting artists from different stages of the School’s diverse constituency.

Also || “Juan Soto is the future”, heckling Trump = keeping elected officials accountable, Dave Chappelle Day, “If I hear the roar, then I know it’s not gunshots”: the neighbors of Nats Park


17th Street High Heel Race

If you haven’t taken part in this DC institution give it a go. Dress up and participate or get there early to get a good spot along 17th street to watch some beautiful drag queens sashay and race for fame and glory. (7pm)


Get spooked for free

If you’re looking for some pre-Halloween/Samhain action, stop by the Black Cat for a night of scary stories compliments of six local horror authors. (7pm)


The war on warlocks

File under Halloween topical. Get yrself some learning on the hunt for male witches in 16th and 17th century France. (6pm)


Plan ahead: Swing Virginia

Dems are just two seats in each house from a game-changing majority. Catch a bus with Swing Left down to canvass in the last weekend before their election by signing up here


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Wolf Eyes is sold out at Rhizome (#inzane) but you can still get freaky with Big Freedia, the queen of bounce, at 9:30 Club, or vibe to the epic post-rock of Russian Circles at Union Stage. 

  • Little Salon is back with fiction from Rion Amilcar Scott (we’re fans), plus abstract rap, experimental theater, sculpture and Caribbean cuisine. Got all that? (7-10 pm)

  • There’s a baseball game and it matters, I guess. (8 pm)

Also || intro to block printing | film screening: The Warrior Tradition


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