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Day 28 of the partial government shutdown. It doesn’t feel so “partial” anymore, does it? As McKay Coppins writes in the Atlantic, Congressional aides believe reopening the government “may require a failure of government so dramatic, so shocking, as to galvanize public outrage and force the two parties back to the negotiating table.” A little concerning that we’ve reached the “flood, famine, fire, and pestilence“ part of the governing process.
Another victim of this shutdown? Eighth-grade trips. While your ideal Saturday may not include navigating around bunches of wired 13-year-olds in bucket hats, the Washington, DC, the middle school trip is as important to kids as it is to the local economy. And now, it’s likely that schools across the country have to cancel their trips due to uncertainty about what DC attractions will be open.
Yet through this maelstrom, there is kindness: An Englishman and his fiancé are offering to buy unpaid feds pizza from across the pond. Know anyone who could use a slice? Send them the offer.
Winter Restaurant Week is barreling to a close. Check out some of the best new restaurants while you can. Choose a brunch spot for this weekend–at $22, maybe the best Restaurant Week deal, our critics say. Need a last minute Winter Restaurant Week recommendation? Do you just want to talk about the fast-food feast in the White House? Join Ann Limpert for her weekly chat with readers today at 11 AM.
In case you missed it: Former Speaker of the House John Boehner wants to teach you how to became a marijuana millionaire. Please, watch this weird Boehner weed infomercial.
What we have cooking at Washingtonian:
- Tomorrow is the third annual Women’s March. Who’s going to be there? Is it still on if we get snow? A guide to all your questions here.
- Yet this time around, the feminist energy that encapsulated DC two years ago seems missing.
- Come to this post about DC porn viewership during the government shutdown for the stats; stay for the puns. (I also encourage you to read the comments on Reddit.)
- There are so many fun food events around town this weekend that there’s no excuse to stay in and watch Marie Kondo.
- What’s in your gym bag, Elevate Interval Fitness founder David Magida? Protein powder, Airpods, and a leash, among other things.
Our pick for things to do around town:
THEATER The 1954 classic Twelve Angry Men follows the discussion of a jury in a trial for a teenager accused of murder. One juror argues for the accused’s innocence, forcing the entire panel to revisit the evidence and challenge their personal biases in coming to their verdict for the case. In this production at Ford’s Theatre, six black and six white actors comprise the jury, which director Sheldon Epps did intentionally to highlight the play’s continued relevance in questioning bias—particularly racial bias—in the justice system. Through February 17. $20-$62.
Really, the story is worth the hype. Take the time to read the entirety of BuzzFeed News’s report that President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. This is shaping up to be a rough day for Individual-1.
Big events from Washingtonian
You’re engaged?! Celebrate with us at Love Unveiled, the ultimate wedding showcase for all couples on January 27 at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. Visit washingtonian.com/unveiled for tickets before it sells out!