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Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
If you’re a D.C. resident looking to relieve your anxiety by envisioning the worst-case scenario, look no further than Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. Contrary to what you may assume from the title, The Division 2 is a third-person shooter role-playing game. In a post-pandemic Washington D.C., law and order have collapsed and the District has been divided by competing militias. You play as a customizable member of “The Division,” a group of American sleeper agents that are activated to keep order. Yes, the American military fantasy knows no bounds, but it can be entertaining. The game is an open world, meaning you can wander through various D.C. landmarks while playing through the main story or tagging along with friends. For those wondering what this has to do with Mr. Clancy, the noted spy novelist founded Red Storm Entertainment, named for Clancy’s Red Storm Rising, way back in 1996; that company released a series of video games with his name on it and gaming giant Ubisoft purchased it in 2000. Since Red Storm’s founding, there have been over 45 video games marketed under the “Tom Clancy’s” name. The author’s 2013 death did nothing to stop the stream of Tom Clancy material, with The Division 2 being one of the latest—and most prescient—updates. The Division 2 is available for XBOX One, PS4, Stadia, PC, and UPLAY+ at store.ubi.com. $6.99–$79.99. —Tristan Jung
“DMV Covid-19 Social Distance Art Sale” Facebook group
Galleries in D.C. may be closed, but as with so much else these days, arts commerce is quickly shifting online. Just 10 days after its April 4 launch, a public Facebook group called “DMV Covid-19 Social Distance Art Sale” had passed 1,500 members. It’s a mix of artists, gallerists, and other D.C.-area arts aficionados, including such prominent figures as Lenny Campello, Cynthia Connolly, Mary Early, Muriel Hasbun, Philippa P.B. Hughes, Andrea Pollan, and Tim Tate. The group, founded by Arlington-based photographer Jason Horowitz and managed by Leslie Holt, co-director of Red Dirt Studio in Hyattsville, offers artists a place to network and sell their wares. “I started the group out of a sense of personal isolation,” Horowitz says. “Many artists in the area and all around the country are essentially out of work. Some artists are locked out of their group studios but still expected to pay rent. Many artists are freelancers with little or no health insurance.” Some artists are using the site directly to sell their work, while others are posting links to their websites or to other outlets such as Etsy. Horowitz’s hope for the group is to create “a community of supporters and artists that mutually reinforce each other.” Join the group and check out the affordable offerings on Facebook. Prices vary. —Louis Jacobson