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Hello, beautiful people, and welcome to Tuesday. At 10 AM, a group of workers, clergy, and advocates will gather outside the DC Office of Campaign Finance to announce the formation of a new political group to overturn the DC Council’s repeal of Initiative 77. Residents have the right to call a referendum on the council, but the logistics of this fight are far less simple. Once the council eventually sends the repeal bill to Congress later this winter, the group will have to collect 25,000 signatures from eligible voters to call another vote.
Is the news cycle stressing you out? Stretch your legs at tonight’s 32nd-annual 17 Street High Heel Race, now run by the DC government. Tonight, Mayor Bowser will present the dash down Dupont Circle, where drag queens and fashionable folk alike strut their stuff. According to the event’s Facebook, nearly 4,000 people plan to go.
Do you need last-minute candy? A reminder that you can probably use White House phone numbers to get discounts at your neighborhood drugstore.
What we have cooking at Washingtonian:
- Can you believe?! We had brunch with Queer Eye‘s Antoni Porowski, and he riffed on everything from his bathing routine to his love for corgi puppies. He also made a carrot salad (Ted Allen is quaking), and here’s the recipe.
- Wanna be as cool looking as those folks who play squash? We got you, fam. Here’s a look inside the gym bag of Amir Wagih, Squash on Fire’s head coach.
- We asked DC Council candidate Michael Bekesha about the conspiracy theory one of his bosses spouted on Lou Dobbs and it went as well as you might think.
Our pick for things to do around the District:
Signature Theatre presents the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical Billy Elliot, an adaptation of the 2000 film of the same name. With a score by Elton John, the musical follows a community’s struggles during a miners’ strike and a young boy who has a passion for ballet. Through January 6. $74-$106.
- President Trump wants to use an executive order to eliminate the right to US citizenship for people born to some non-citizens, according to a new interview with Axios. This is not the first time Trump’s pushed this policy change, though—it was part of his immigration reform proposal in 2015.
- We still don’t know whether Amazon will bring HQ2 to the Washington area, but Sarah Holder reports that some real estate investors are already placing bets. (CityLab)
Big events from Washingtonian
We’re bringing back our series in which locals track the food they eat, the money they spend, and other activities they enjoy over the course of a weekend (we may have had an issue with spam filters yesterday, so you’ll have to click this link for more details). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to me directly if you’re interested in learning more and submitting. (And check out some of my fav past submissions.)
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