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Good morning sunshines, and congrats on making it to Friday. I think I’ll treat myself to a Wawa coffee this morning; you should, too. Last night Washingtonian and Boeing threw a party honoring this year’s Tech Titans. Many tech and startup bigwigs in very sharp suits and dresses joined us at the visually stunning Organization of American States main building; there, the Titans (who all seemed quite human-sized) ate disco fries, drank rum-raspberry mules, and rubbed elbows with some of Washington’s most influential movers and shakers. I stationed myself firmly at the “make your own waffle on a stick” bar. As the party dispersed, I saw many of our Titans jump into Uber Blacks (no Pools here, folks), others drive off in their ultra-luxury cars, and one guest–a hero among us–blast off on a dockless scooter.
At 10 this morning the Washington National Cathedral will hold a public Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard, whose remains will finally be laid to rest in a private family ceremony afterward. Our photographer Evy Mages was at last night’s candlelight vigil in Dupont Circle and sends along this photo.
Also this morning, the White House will host a Young Black Leadership Summit. Reminder: after the administration’s loss of Omarosa Manigault Newman earlier this year, its team currently has no black senior White House staff.
What we have cooking at Washingtonian:
- With Amazon’s HQ2 announcement imminent, Crystal City wants more public art.
- Rick Wilson tells us the six types of Trump trolls that inundate his Twitter inbox.
- Meet the DC couple who manage 60 Airbnb properties around the city.
- WAMU hopes its recent grant will help reshape its 1A program, and maybe even the sound of NPR, for the next two years.
- Ann Limpert will chat with readers at 11! Get your questions in now so you can get personal advice from our food critic.
- A lot of strange things happening in Virginia races this year, including a brush with *checks notes* Bigfoot erotica? Brush up before Election Day.
- Pumpkin spice bagels were just the beginning. Here are 7 pumpkin breakfast and brunch foods to carry you through to candy-cane season.
Our pick for things to do around the District:
FILM AFI Silver has two different film series starting this weekend. Halloween on Screen features classic scary movies such as 1931’s Frankenstein, 1922’s Nosferatu (with a live score by Silent Orchestra), and a 4K restoration of 1979’s Zombie. AFI’s Silent Cinema Showcase kicks off on Saturday and its month-long run includes 1928’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1923’s Salomé (with a live score), and 1911’s Dante’s Inferno (with live musical accompaniment by Maurizio Guarini of Goblin). Halloween on Screen: October 26-31. Silent Cinema: October 27-November 21. Individual tickets: Free-$20.
- Molly Ball reports on Michael Avenatti‘s curious theory to beating Trump in 2020: only a white man can take POTUS down. (Time)
- The Olympics hit Paris in 2024—but will the city’s Metro adjust to accommodate those with disabilities? Clothilde Goujard investigates. (Citylab)
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