DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SHOP OR NOT & WELCOME AND WISHES

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These days, staying hip is a full-time job. Shopping local is cool but where, exactly, you’re spending your dollar bills is constantly changing. Gifting something unique is awesome, but damn if that’s not more effort than I have to give sometime. In enters two DC startups, looking to shake up the shopping scene in a few different ways. Between helping wannabe (or exhausted) hipsters find the best of the best in terms of local goodies and curating gifts so that you can keep your title as perfect friend/daughter-in-law/neighbor or whatever, these startups are coming to the rescue by way of quick, painless (and kind of fun) shopping. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SHOP OR NOT & WELCOME AND WISHES

VISIT THE COUNTY FAIR FOR SOME DOWN-HOME FUN

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It’s that time of year again — time to smell the popcorn, hear the delighted screams of thrill-seekers on the Tilt-a-Whirl and see the prize farm animals and 4-H exhibits.

Time was, a county fair was the major social event of the year for anyone living outside of a major city. Before everyone owned cars and transportation was cheap and easy, the nation’s rural residents depended on the fun to come to them. VISIT THE COUNTY FAIR FOR SOME DOWN-HOME FUN

CHINA’S FOREST CITY: BATTLING POLLUTION ONE PLANT AT A TIME

It’s no secret: China is an industrial powerhouse. They serve up consumer-oriented goods faster than we can serve up burger and fries State-side. But, those factories and that enviable material making has come at a price: heavy air pollution. Overseas, it’s not uncommon for school to be cancelled due to a day ruined by smog, masks are worn regularly, and there are mornings that look like night as the sun fights to peak through a heavy layer of pollution soot. In other words, conditions are not ideal…they’re concerning. The pollution problem is actually responsible for over a million deaths in China each year, with many urban areas being subject to conditions that rival those in the middle of forest fires. CHINA’S FOREST CITY: BATTLING POLLUTION ONE PLANT AT A TIME

WEEKEND HITLIST — STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT MEOW!

If you’re visiting our nation’s Capital, chances are you’ve scheduled to visit the prominent places, like the White House and Washington Monument. However, there are events that happen on the weekends that will make your experience in this historical city even more enjoyable. We’ve put together some of the must-see events for this weekend, August 11th through the 13th. These events will immerse you in the arts and music cultures of the entire world; you won’t want to miss these. WEEKEND HITLIST — STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT MEOW!

AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s Trace project, on exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through January, highlights the plight of political activists worldwide who may otherwise have been forgotten. Portraits of 176 men and women created entirely from Legos bring life and color to the bleak existences many must endure as punishment for speaking out against discrimination, maltreatment and oppression. AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN