Are you staying in D.C. for Thanksgiving? Fortunately for you, there’s a lot you can do with your day off—besides the standard Turkey Trot

City Paper’s Emma Sarappo has you covered this Wednesday and Thursday, and everything she’s recommending for Turkey Day costs $15 or less. 

  • Support local music: Listen to Ivy League, who’ve toured with J Cole and Raheem Devaughn, as you sip some Sauvignon blanc at City Winery. (Wednesday at 9 p.m.)  

  • Educate yourself: Learn about the Green New Deal and climate change activism with free coffee at Busboys and Poets, Takoma location. (Wednesday between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.)

  • Marvel at art: Dupont Underground is hosting an international photojournalism exhibit. Check it out before it’s gone. FYI: Dupont Underground’s future is uncertain.  (Thursday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.)   

  • Visit museums: The Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art will be open on Thanksgiving Day, so take advantage while D.C.’s mostly deserted.

Need inspiration for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday? Subscribe to Sarappo’s newsletter and you’ll get a new set of recommendations by Wednesday afternoon. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email   

CITY DESK, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Despite significant efforts, D.C. hasn’t met its goal for vaccination rates in schools. [WCP]

  • D.C. missed its Vision Zero goals of 20 miles of protected bike lanes by 2020, too. [Post]

  • Violence Interrupter Clarence Venable, 40, was fatally shot outside a Cure the Streets meeting. There have been 152 homicides in D.C. this year. [NBC4, MPD]

  • Attorney General Karl A. Racine commits to visiting prisons and incorporating these visits into mandatory staff training. [Post]    

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips?

  • Record high 44 percent of D.C. adults have a positive view of the city’s public and charter school system. [Post]

  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser v. Montgomery County Executive Mark Elrich on the affordable housing crisis. [Post editorial board]

  • Maryland considers ban on flavored vaping products. [WAMU]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • Where to drink until 4 a.m. on Wednesday night. [Washingtonian]
  • Tom Sietsema’s favorite places to dine right now. [Post]
  • Ledo Pizza & Pub opens in Columbia Heights. [PoPville

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips?

  • Check out 30 essential books about D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • How D.C. trio The String Queens are changing the face of classical music. [DCist]

  • Monumental Theater Company’s 2020 season will include Head Over Heels, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Songs for a New World. [DC Metro Theater Arts]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. got so excited during his team’s eventual 19-16 win over the Detroit Lions that he missed the last snap of the game while taking a selfie with fans. Joe Theismann may not approve, but the moment meant that fans finally had something to cheer about. [ESPN]

  • University of Maryland graduate student Charlie Gaines scored a layup, free throw, three-pointer, and half-court shot to earn $500 during a timeout in the first half of Friday’s men’s basketball game at Xfinity Center. [WCP

  • Heritage High School alum Weini Kelati, who now runs for the University of New Mexico, won the women’s individual title at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. [Runner’s World]

  • The Sacramento Kings heldBradley Beal to 20 points and snapped the Wizards’ win streak at two with a 113-106 victory at Capital One Arena. [NBC Sports Washington]

MAKE PLANS, byEmma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips?

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