Archive for the ‘George Washington University’ Category

Charlie Sheen, Commencement Speaker?

March 4, 2011

Charlie Sheen, Commencement Speaker?

Students at Washington, DC’s George Washington University want controversial television star Charlie Sheen as their 2012 commencement speaker, and they’ve started a Facebook campaign to get him. This year another sexy celeb is featured at the school’s graduation: Michael Bloomberg.

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DC Buys Bronze Bobbleheads for Billionaires

March 26, 2009

DC Buys Bronze Bobbleheads for Billionaires

As part of its economic recovery effort, the DC Government commissioned $700,000 worth of sculpture for billionaire Theodore Lerner and his family. DC already built $611 million Nationals Park for the Lerners, who own the local Major League Baseball franchise, and the government wants to decorate it to suit the wealthy tenants. Who knows, this might even encourage the Lerners to actually pay rent on the stadium.

You can admire the artistic gifts your tax dollars bought for the Lerners at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 8th, when the sculptures will be dedicated. RSVP to Deirdre Ehlen at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) by email or phone (202-724-5613). The event is free, so go see the art you paid for before you have to buy Nationals tickets to do it.

Forbes estimates the personal wealth of Theodore  N. Lerner at $2.5 billion, but why spend your own money on art when the taxpayers will commission it for you?  The DC Government dead- panned that the baseball art belongs to DC and is only on loan to the Lerners, an assertion worthy of a Larry Neal Award for fiction.  The sculpture  is site-specific, so saying the art is on loan is like saying you don’t own the fillings in your teeth, you only rent them.

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The Grog is Gone

September 10, 2008

The Grog is Gone

It’s closed. The Grog and Tankard tavern at 2408 Wisconsin Ave, NW in Washington’s Glover Park. Where can white college boys go now to posture with guitars? American civilization is doomed. Doomed!

You can read Moira E. McLaughlin’s print paean to rock mediocrity in the Wasington Post, but read it on line; the reader comments, along with Dave McKenna’s rock reminiscence on the CP City Desk blog, hint at the true essence of Grog. Add the smell of spilled beer, cigarettes, carpet mildew, melting lighting gels and amp transformer windings. Feel the bass pulse; hear chainsaw guitar, stuttering snare, incomprehensible lyrics. See the GU and GWU women drinking beer, trying to look tough. I sing the coed electric!

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