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We made it through another week. Given the times, congratulations are in order. 

Got no plans this long weekend? Here’s a running list of what to do, depending on what you are in the mood for.


Eat a mash-up of two popular Thai desserts: honey toast and mango sticky rice at Silver Spring newcomer Sweeteria. More information here.  

Eat New York-style pizza in Capitol Hill. Visit the food hall, the Roost, to try Slice Joint. More information here


Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring, Red Bear Brewing Co. in NoMa, Church Hall in Georgetown, and Hook Hall in Park View all take reservations for their outdoor, beer garden set-ups. More information here


DC Protests will host a “community mutual aid,” where organizers will prepare and serve meals to those who are unhoused. Where? Malcolm X Park. When? Saturday at 3 p.m. More information here

They/Them Collective will march for Roxanne Moore, a Black transgender woman who was shot multiple times by police in Reading, Pennsylvania. Where? Dupont Circle. When? Saturday at 7p.m. More information here

A few local residents are staging an Indigenous Peoples’ Day protest, where organizers plan to “register people to vote, protest Columbus, and advocate for a more sustainable community.” Where? Union Station. When? Monday at 11 a.m. More information here.  

Long Reads:

Read “Thousands Of D.C. Renters Are Evicted Every Year. Do They All Know To Show Up To Court?” by DCist contributor Josh Kaplan. It’s a sobering read about why so many tenants are kicked out of their homes, through no fault of their own. Within 24 hours of publication, the Council passed legislation aiming to resolve the problem. 

Read “Super-Concierge Doctors, High-Design Home Classrooms, and Catered Backyard Dinners: Lifestyles of the Rich and Quarantined” by Washingtonian’s Mimi Montgomery and Jessica Sidman. I promise you, you’ll exclaim at least once. 


The Friends of the National Arboretum are hosting a “Indigenous Peoples Day Forest Bathing Walk.” It’s a two-hour forest therapy walk that is bookended with a tea ceremony. When? Sunday at 9 a.m. More information here.

 —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • As of Oct. 9, D.C. reported no deaths related to COVID-19 but 78 new positive cases. The total number of cases is now 15,843. Cases have increased within the last week, according to the city’s dashboard on the daily case rate. The daily case rate—meaning, the seven-day average of the daily case rate per 100,000— jumped from 5.25 to 8.28 between Oct. 2 and 8. [EOM]
  • Without more federal aid, Amtrak warns it’ll cut an additional 2,400 jobs. [Post]
  • Republicans in Congress are trying to hobble D.C. statehood with these three bills. [WAMU]

By Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • The campaign to decriminalize magic mushrooms paid as much as $10 per signature to get the initiative on the ballot. [Post]
  • D.C. gave incarcerated felons the right to vote. Questions about the Bureau of Prisons’ cooperation remain. [Informer]
  • Health departments in the DMV region say contact tracing for Trump’s Rose Garden event has been insufficient. [AP]

By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Where to drink beer with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. [Washingtonian]
  • Seven restaurant trends Tom Sietsema doesn’t miss. [Post]

By Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

Five Previews From the (Virtual) Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival

Horror movies are the only way to make sense of our present moment. At this […]

  • D.C. native Luke Barnett talks about his new film Faith Based. [WCP]
  • The D.C. Palestinian Film & Arts Festival organizers discuss the event’s significance and this year’s virtual showcase. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

By Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

Dwayne Haskins Jr. Should Be Given Another Opportunity to Start

After months of preaching patience and development above all things, Washington Football Team coach Ron […]

  • Ben Olsen’s decade-plus coaching tenure with D.C. United is over, but the longtime fixture in the local soccer community, both as a player and coach, will have another yet-to-be-determined role with the club moving forward. [ESPN]
  • Three Washington Spirit players, goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe and forwards Ashley Hatch and Ashley Sanchez, have been invited to the U.S. Women’s National Team training camp later this month. [Twitter]

By Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

City Lights: Fancy a Journey with A Fairy Queen?

So you’re pro-mask? Great! But are you pro-masque? As in, do you […]

By Emma Sarappo (tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)