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The Albert V. Bryan US Courthouse in Alexandria, where the Paul Manafort trial is ongoing. Photograph by Evy Mages

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Happy Friday, Washingtonians! Trump has once again called the media “fake, fake disgusting news”; Lafayette Square protests continue for three weeks in; Paul Manafort‘s trial carries on. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more through the day.

Our Things to Do picks for Thursday, by Catherine P. Lewis:

THEATER: Sean Surla’s third original play, Theory of Theories. DCAC through August 11. $10-$15.

PODCAST:  Hey Frase records the next episode of their podcast at AMP, with two special guests: comedian Rob Maher and radio personality Danni Starr. $25, 8 PM.

Today’s free fitness class, by Kim Olsen:

It’s a fun surprise on Fridays with the November Project, the community-based, all levels welcome fitness gang that announces its Friday workouts on its social channels or its trackerLocation TBD.

It’s a plan! Let’s catch up, shall we?

•  We asked some DC crisis managers to get us out of an escape room.


• Six classic DC staples transformed over the last 30 years.


• Pinching your pennies for summer restaurant week?


• Does the Manafort trial make no sense to you?

Franklin Foer tells you what to watch for

Around town:

The pscyhology behind Manafort’s ostentatious outerwear.  (Washington Post)

Some alternate metro commute suggestions. (DCist)

Citied bumped from Amazon’s HQ2 list received smaller payments from the tech giant. (CNN)

Take a break…

America fell for Mariia Butina‘s tricks. (Politico Magazine)

News from home:

Show your office some love (and score some extra brownie points with your boss) by submitting your workplace for Washingtonian’s Best Places to Work feature.

Join Ann Limpert at 11 for her weekly food chat, which has become such a fun event for DC-area food fans. (Seriously, read last week’s transcript!)


Staff Writer

Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.