Hello, City Paper readers. Just a note of thanks for the incredible support you’ve shown us over the past few weeks. The coronavirus crisis will be the death knell for many newspapers across the country, but your support means that Washington City Paper won’t be one of them. To every single person who has joined our membership program, opened an email, shared an article, or used their limited time outside to pick up a print paper, thank you. You are why we are here, and why we will still be here when the dust settles and our city starts to pick up the pieces. We’ll move forward, together.
Here are highlights from our most recent COVID-19 coverage:
- The mayor won’t designate grocery workers “first responders” despite calls from the union. Doing so would allow these essential frontline workers priority access to tests.
- Unemployed D.C. workers will be waiting weeks to see the $600 weekly boost from the Feds.
- The virus is doing a number on D.C.’s coffers as scratch off sales take a dip.
- Local candidates are trying their hand at virtual campaigning–from Zoombombed happy hours to thousands of phone calls.
- The D.C. Council’s first virtual legislative meeting went disappointingly smoothly.
- Local farmers missing their usual restaurant business are pivoting to direct-to-consumer sales.
- D.C. residents with disabilities depend on grocery delivery services. Now everyone wants a slot.
- When practicing social distancing, keep blind neighbors in mind. A Cleveland Park resident who is blind offers some advice.
- Undocumented and informal economy workers were again left out of a D.C. Council coronavirus relief package.
- Do you know your housing rights under the Council’s most recent emergency bill?
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We’re here to keep you entertained and moving.
- This week, the Arts Club team searches for humanity in the empty streets of a post-apocalyptic London with 28 Days Later. Next they’ll be watching and discussing episode 3 of Black Mirror‘s first season, “The Entire History of You,” and reading City Paper alum Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel The Waterdancer.
- Synetic Theatre is offering streaming versions of Richard 3.0 and Hansel and Gretel through April 12.
- Two great weekend starters: Tune into Sir E.U’s YouTube channel, where he’ll be releasing new videos every Friday “til quarantine is over,” or peruse Presidential Pastime, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s extensive online exhibit. Or both!
- Recreate a canceled concert or learn from a master photographer.
- Give Arlington Arts Center’s Classes a go or try virtual trivia.
- See semi-live theatre in your living room or play a CIA card game.
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And now for some throw-back distraction!
Here are some light-hearted pieces and interesting long reads from our archives to fill your quaran-time.
- Buy a Painting From this Dog and Get a Cannabis Treat
- Places, Everyone. D.C. is a city full of private monuments that the rest of the world doesn’t see.
- The Plant Issue
You can also digitally flip through our archives on Issuu.
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