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Washingtonian Today: Let’s Run in High Heels

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Washingtonian Today is not just another political news roundup. Instead, this daily morning brief provides local context on national news, catches you up on what’s happening at Washingtonian, points you toward super duper awesome things to do around town, and lets you in on some special events going on in-house. Sign up here to receive Washingtonian Today in your inbox every morning.

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:

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.

Good reads:

Big events from Washingtonian

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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.