PERSON OF INTEREST: PAUL TAYLOR, DRINK COMPANY

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Paul Taylor, Bar Manager and Partner of Drink Company

First, they gave us “Miracle on 7th” this past Winter, and then they introduced us to Spring with “Cherry Blossoms”. But who exactly is the mastermind behind these carefully designed and well executed pop-up bars that have sent social media users into a picture sharing frenzy? Well, we know… and they are called Drink Company. PERSON OF INTEREST: PAUL TAYLOR, DRINK COMPANY

McDUFFIE BILL PUSHES FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES

“Despite our focus on affordable housing, people have felt left out, specifically families that already live in the District.” Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, 2017

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Whether you take the bus, hop in an Uber, or walk as your primary mode of transportation throughout the nation’s capital, it is hard to NOT notice the monstrous construction cranes piercing the skyline. Almost every week, it seems as though there is yet again another crane, popping up like weeds, commissioned by the big developer names in DC. It is evident that the DC housing market is booming and developers are making the right moves to leverage this profitable trend. McDUFFIE BILL PUSHES FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES

NOW AT HIRSHORN: INFINITY MIRRORS, POLKA DOTS AND PHALLUSES

Grab your mobiles and hit up the “best Instagram exhibit” of the year.

Famed artist Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective exhibition hits DC this weekend at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and it’s sure to cause a stir. The artist, who is known for her extensive use of nudity, phallic sculptures and – you guessed it – polka dots has seen a dramatic rise in her status in recent years which has culminated into the kick off of her North American tour — the first in almost two decades.

NOW AT HIRSHORN: INFINITY MIRRORS, POLKA DOTS AND PHALLUSES

#WINNING: HERE ARE THE TOP 5 VDAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES YOU CAN’T MISS

Work week got you down? Valentine’s Day festivities leaving you drained? Well you’re in luck! We’ve combed the interwebs to bring you our list of the top five coolest events/activities for you to decompress and generously partake in during this Valentine’s Day weekend.

#WINNING: HERE ARE THE TOP 5 VDAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES YOU CAN’T MISS

WE NEED FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S FIREPROOF HOUSE NOW MORE THAN EVER

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The most frightening implications of the Tennessee wildfire that erased an entire community from existence almost overnight is that, according to experts, these types of fires are going to become more and more common.  (This guy’s video of driving out through a hellish nightscape of burning cabins and collapsed trees is more heart-pounding than any Hollywood blockbuster.)  The short explanation: climate change is leading to longer droughts (producing tinder-like conditions) and more volatile weather patterns (the fire spread so far and fast due, in part, to winds that reached 90 miles per hour).

So how should Gatlinburg rebuild?  Incredibly, plans for a fireproof house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright no less, have been around since 1907.

First published in Ladies Home Journal, Wright’s design is a variation on the classic American foursquare, but constructed entirely of concrete.  Wright described the house as a “masonry monolith … interlaced with steel fibers,” with interior walls made of plaster over metal or clay tile blocks.  The house was also strikingly cheap ($5000, albeit in 1907 dollars), due to its extremely simple four-up, four-down layout; since all four sides of the house were identical, construction only required one set of concrete forms. WE NEED FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S FIREPROOF HOUSE NOW MORE THAN EVER

PERSON OF INTEREST: BAKTASH AHADI

Baktash Ahadi is part-owner of Improvonia, an ordering service for restaurants and their suppliers. Through an easy-to-use app and website, restaurants place all their orders to all their suppliers in just one click, and suppliers receive those orders automatically organized and filed digitally. Find out what Bak is up to when he’s not providing major time-saving tools for your favorite local restaurant. PERSON OF INTEREST: BAKTASH AHADI