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Watch “The Game (Show) of Love”
If you find yourself missing the jittery anxiousness and excitement of meeting someone new, why not try watching strangers go on intimate first dates in front of your very eyes? Now on its third episode, “The Game (Show) of Love” is a Zoom-based gathering of six D.C.-area based singles who play games and answer audience questions in hopes of scoring a virtual date. With the help of a host, the contestants spill some inner secrets in “Two Truths and a Lie,” “Would You Rather,” “Never Have I Ever,” and other slumber party-esque Q&As. Periodically, audience members are asked to choose a couple to go on a virtual date. The host then eliminates the screens of everyone but those two, who have a sometimes cringe-worthy, sometimes picture-perfect first date. Audience members ask questions and make observations in the chat, and by the end, contestants anonymously message the host with who they’d pick to go on a date with. If all goes well, you’ll have the chance to see romance bloom before your very eyes. At the very least, you’ll get to feel butterflies on others’ behalf. Join the group on Facebook for the Zoom link and time. Free, donations encouraged. —David Gleisner
Museum of the Palestinian People’s online exhibitions
The Museum of the Palestinian People started in 2015 as a traveling exhibit, stopping in key cities around the United States before settling this summer in D.C. But just a few months after the museum found permanence in a one-room unit near Dupont Circle, COVID-19 forced it to close its doors. Fortunately, the intimacy of this small space translates smoothly into a new virtual museum. Just as in person, the curious are first introduced to a green glass jug. According to Public Radio International, this placement is an intentional choice. The jug focuses on the personal in an attempt to transform the common narrative around Palestinians. If you hover over the jug, you’ll learn that it’s Hebron glass. Next, browse a 1914 edition of National Geographic that explores Palestine’s land and agriculture. Then, after finishing your virtual tour of the museum’s permanent collection, learn more about the art of Palestinian women. You can explore the work of Lux Eterna, the multidisciplinary artist behind striking portraits of colonized and indigenous women. You can also read a narrative from Dana Barqawi, who creates mixed media revisions of photographs housed in the Library of Congress. The Museum of the Palestinian People’s diaspora map asks “Where are Palestinians today?” The answer, according to the MPP, is all over the world, with diaspora populations in Germany, Brazil, Sweden, and the U.S. Spend time reading captions, listening to recorded information, and learning about the more than 12 million Palestinians around the globe. Explore the museum’s virtual offerings at mpp-dc.org. Free. —Sarah Smith