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Washingtonian Today: Real Tech Titans Leave Parties on Scooters

Photograph by Evy Mages

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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.

Matthew Shepard vigil DC
Photograph by Evy Mages

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.

In more scary robot news: Vespa-like dockless scooters (!!!!!) may be on their way to DC and at this point, I’m curious why we couldn’t get that streetcar project to really take off.

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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.

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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.