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This is a time where many of us are learning to be alone together (or together apart), which can be challenging or downright upsetting for some, yet new and exciting for others. This week, as many large public gatherings have been cancelled, postponed, or brought online, we encourage you to do things--alone, or with others--that keep us joyful, appreciative, and safe.

Wednesday, August 5

Make sweat sexy with 305 Fitness

Fitness is way more exciting when it’s dance cardio and it’s on Union Market’s rooftop. Send your last work email and treat yourself to an adrenaline boosting twerk session with 305 – grab your spot now.

The Job Club

Quarantining can challenge self-motivation and confidence in the best of us, especially when coupled with the anxieties around COVID and unemployment. Join DCCenter’s weekly job-seekers zoom to energize your job search with strength-led strategies and support. (RSVP 6pm-7pm)

Live from the Mansion

This free, virtual concert from Strathmore brings together Josanne Francis and Chao Tian who create a "transcendent soundscape" with their tropical steelpan and Chinese dulcimer. Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon will host the event. (7:30 pm, free)

On art and community

Hirshhorn assistant curator Betsy Johnson will host a conversation with Mexican-born artist Aliza Nisenbaum about her community-based portraits of fellow immigrants. The Zoom broadcast is free, but advance registration is required. (8 pm)

Also || The Empty Event, Al Roker at Sixth & I, Shaun King at Mahogany Books, Live in Da Garden, Josanne Francis & Chao Tian Live from the Mansion, Free, Raising Antiracist Kids, The Magic of Spying, Phillips Collection Guided Meditation, HillVets trivia

Thursday, August 6

Blues, BBQ, Bourbon… and art?

Enjoy music, food, art, and conversation at this month’s Phillips After 5—all the same artsy ambience, now online! Listen to funky tunes, order in Texas BBQ, and experience the work of Digital Intersections artist Luca Buvoli. (5:30pm)

From stick figures to...actual figures?

Develop your inner artist with the Portrait Gallery’s Drawn to Figures online workshop, where artist Jill Galloway teaches the techniques and challenges of figure drawing. Guided instruction opens this workshop to all skill levels. (11am)

Sup with the scientists

Join a virtual cafe with three scientists from the National Museum of Natural History to hear stories about the topics they’ve dedicated their lives to exploring, from the history of the cell phone to whales...and what it means to be wild. (6:30pm)

Also || CCAN’s Zoom & Zen to Save Democracy | virtual microcinema | API queer support group via Zoom | HillVets trivia |Headshots in Alexandra for small business owners and makers, Smithsonian: Garden photography tips

Friday, August 7

Summertime and living is uhh, anything but easy, but just go with it

Need to feel a cool breeze after this week? Plan a (socially-distanced) night out to look forward to at Union Market’s cookout pop-up. Enjoy local beef and meatless burgers, sauerkraut-topped brats, and elote on their new roof, then take a spin on the Florida Ave bike lane to work it off. (4-11pm)

The Psychopathic Brain

Take out your calipers, crime podcast fans. Profs & Pints has a neurobiologist in to talk psychopaths in the public imagination...and what actual brain scientists are learning about the why and how of psychopathy, plus the ethics and legal implications of this research. (7pm)

Also || Let’s Cook Pupusas, Profs & Pints Online: Exploring the Psychopathic Brain

Saturday, August 8

Support Black-owned businesses

Because it’s one of the simplest things you can do to help the movement. Check out a supply store pop-up featuring DC’s Black-owned businesses, as well as distanced food and entertainment. (2-7pm)

From Russia Without Love

A political science professor stumbles into the underworld of Russian organized crime - what could possibly go wrong? Join performer Sufian Zhemukhov for a new show on everything from nerdy professors to mafia members. (8pm

Also || Yoga, wine, and self defense (women-only), Book Talk: Bind Us Apart, Socially distanced comedy show, virtual live action game of clue

Sunday, August 9

The call to cultivate

Community rooftop gardens are one answer for urban access to produce—and you can be part of it. Volunteer at Cultivate the City, a NE rooftop garden that turns unused space into paradise with greenhouses, flowers, fruits and veggies. (12-4pm)

Also || Sunflower Yoga, Coffee Tasting @ Qualia Coffee, Yoga for Black Lives Matter, Zoom Community Sit 'n' Knit

Monday, August 10

For the early risers

Someone once said the key to working from home is establishing a daily routine. What better way to start your day than free meditation? (5-6am)

Talk the talk

  • East City Books hosts a virtual convo with Alexandra Petri on her new essay collection (7pm)
  • Politics & Prose hosts chats with Call Your Girlfriend girlfriends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman on their new book about friendship (8pm)

Also || Backyard sound meditation at Rhizome

Tuesday, August 11

Like a virgin

Story District takes you back (or forward, hey) with tales of “innocence, naivete, and first-times.” (7:30 pm)

Let’s cut to the chase

Dating is rough. Zoom dating in a pandemic: ouch. Cut to the chase with virtual speed dating. Conversations last 7-8 minutes and mutual matches are emailed the same evening. (7pm)

Also || Outdoor Yoga at the Wharf, Chocolate Talk with Asian American Chocolatiers

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