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Washingtonian Today: Yes, a Ruth Bader Ginsburg Energy Circle Is a Thing

Photograph by Evy Mages

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We made it to Friday in an jam-packed news week. Let’s hope no one is fired or resigns by the time you’re done reading this. Need a recommendation of where to drown your sorrows or bask in celebration? Ask our food critic Ann Limpert a question now and she’ll try to answer it during her weekly chat at 11 AM. I personally would like to know the best place to forget my job responsibilities for a few hours. Too bad the Foggy Bottom TGI Fridays is no longer—they made a mean Long Island Iced Tea. Here are five other ways to escape DC and the news this weekend.

Speaking of bartenders, incoming New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines yesterday when she said she has to wait to start getting her new $174,000 salary before she can afford an apartment in Washington. Maybe she can consider bunking in Crystal City’s housing version of coworking space WeWork: WeLive. It has a kind of communal feel that’s right out of the Democratic Socialist playbook.

SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: There are some people on Facebook who are forming a Ruth Bader Ginsburg Positive Energy Circle after yesterday’s news. The group description reads: “In light of the most recent news of RBG breaking 3 ribs I thought it would be a good time to send some extra love her way!! Use this page to remind yourself and others to send positive thoughts/prayers/wishes to the notorious RBG!!!”

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

• Is embattled chef Mike Isabella stepping away from his restaurant empire? The answer is not super clear.

• There was a pro-Robert Mueller demonstration in Washington last night with a turnout in at least the hundreds—and it probably won’t be the last.

The “Mueller Protection Rapid Response” protest near the White House Thursday night. Photograph by Evy Mages

• Dear local human being who enjoys eating, here is a list of seven fun food events you can both enjoy and dine at this weekend. And if you really like this newsletter, maybe send me some leftovers.

• You think it’s hard to explain what’s going on in Washington to the rest of the US? Try doing it in another language. We talked to a few foreign correspondents and got their take on the madness.

• Yes we have photos of a Rockville home renovated for HGTV and now on sale and yes you are dying to give it a good click-a-rooni.

Our pick for things to do around town:

THEATRESnoop Dogg might not seem like a likely candidate for the world of musical theatre, but he’s teamed up with playwright Je’Caryous Johnson on the touring musical Redemption of a Dogg, which runs this weekend at the Warner Theatre. This semi-autobiographical musical uses songs from Snoop’s new gospel album, Bible of Love, in a story about a man’s choice between fame and family. The musical co-stars singer Tamar Braxton. Through November 11. $69.50 – $79.50.

Good reads:

Gene Weingarten thinks Gmail’s new autocomplete feature is dumb and How about Thursday? I’m inclined to agree with him. (Washington Post)

• Ever wonder why some trash trucks around DC have quotes on themEsther Ciammachilli explains it all in this very fascinating read. (WAMU)

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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.