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Local Notable Promoted

September 7, 2014

Local Notable Promoted

Capitol Hill resident Chesty XIV (above), U.S. Marine Corps mascot, was recently promoted to Corporal. Be sure to congratulate the handsome canine Non-Com when you see him strolling along Barracks Row.

More:

“Marines’ Chesty XIV Promoted to Corporal, Despite Taste for Snacks,” Julian E. Barnes, Wall Street Journal

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The Unkindest Cut

September 2, 2014

The Unkindest Cut

Brice’s Barber Shop (532 8th Street SE), long a fixture near the Marine Barracks, is closing. The window reads “It Pays to Look Well,” but there’s no truth to the rumor that Brice’s was shut down by the Grammar Police.

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National Book Festival 2014

August 30, 2014

National Book Festival 2014

The 2014 National Book Festival is running until 10:00 PM Saturday August 30th in Washington DC, produced by the Library of Congress. This year’s festival was kicked off the National Mall and is being held in the cavernous Walter E. Washington Convention Center, but they could have held it in a phone booth. 24 percent of Americans haven’t read a book in the last year, and those who did read around 5, probably comic books.

You can attend for free. Go to the Culinary Arts Pavilion to enjoy America’s new National Pastime, watching other people cook.

Related:

“The Decline of the American Book Lover,” Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic

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Pistol Packin’ Pork Lobbyist

July 24, 2014

Pistol Packin' Pork Lobbyist

Ronald Prestage, President-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, went to the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning because, you know, pork barrel politics. Mr. Prestage, a veterinarian who runs a 170,000-sow swine operation, was carrying a Ruger 9mm pistol. You never know when you’ll run across a fierce feral hog on The Hill, or a raging, veggie-wearin’ PETA protester. Unsympathetic Capitol Hill Police arrested him. House Republicans want everyone in DC to pack heat, just not around them.

When Dr. Prestage realized he had his gun in his bag, you can imagine how he felt. He’s a former Chairman of the National Turkey Federation.

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2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 25, 2014

2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back on the National Mall in Washington DC, June 25th to June 29th and July 2nd to July 6th. This year’s free Festival features thematic presentations on China and Kenya,  evening concerts and crafts and foodways demonstrations. And bring the kiddies.

The full daytime schedule is here. See you on the line at the food concessions.

Festival map.

Festival blog.

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Rolling Thunder

May 25, 2014

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Departure from the Pentagon 12:00 Noon for Reflecting Pool via Memorial Bridge
Speaker Program and Musical Tribute 1:30 p.m. at the Reflecting Pool across from The Lincoln Memorial.

More information here

2014 Buffalo Thunder Memorial Motorcycle Ride
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Departure from Sears parking, 2101 Brightseat Road, Hyattsville, MD 10:00 AM for the African American Civil War Memorial

African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

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Restaurants are Crossing the Line

May 18, 2014

Restaurants are Crossing the Line

“If you think the great equalizer in rank-conscious Washington is the Department of Motor Vehicles or a summons to appear for jury duty, you haven’t been out to eat lately. Thanks to a ravenous appetite for fashionable food served in appetizer-size restaurants — and an abundance of millennial patience — the leveling agent for secretaries and Secretary of State alike boils down to this: More of us are waiting in line for dinner because restaurants aren’t taking reservations.”

— “No reservations? This restaurant trend has become harder to swallow,” Tom Sietsema, Washington Post

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Sunday: Literary Hill BookFest 2014

May 3, 2014

Sunday: Literary Hill BookFest 2014

Literary Hill BookFest
Sunday, May 4, 2014
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Eastern Market, North Hall
7th Street & North Carolina Avenue SE
Capitol Hill, Washington DC 20003

If you’re in DC and like to read, stop by Eastern Market this Sunday and meet local authors and poets: Brett L. Abrams, Jonathan Bardzik, Louis Bayard, Elizabeth Becker, Simeon BookerMike Canning, Jack Colhoun, Pete Daniel, Christopher Datta, John DeFerrari, Tom Dunkel, Alison Fortier, Frederic J. Frommer, Stephen H. Grant, Mary Z. Gray, Patricia Gray, Lovey Marie Guillory, Lucinda Janke, Abby Arthur Johnson and Ronald Maberry Johnson, Anu Keene, Katy Kelly, Tim Krepp, Jonathan Lewis, Myrina McCullough, Diana McLellan, John Muller, Jean Nordhaus, Garrett Peck, Quintin Peterson, Frank Pietrucha, Robert Pohl, Gina Sangster, Canden Schwantes, Paris Singer, Benjamin Soskis, Janine K. Spendlove, Cathy Travis, Bill Walsh, Gene Weingarten, and John R. Wennersten.

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Ruins of Ancient Washington

April 11, 2014

Ruins of Ancient Washington

The Lil Pub is no more. Capitol Hill’s 18-seat bar closed in January, leaving an empty, forlorn little hut near Eastern Market and Barracks Row. It was built in 1937 as Little Tavern No. 20, an outpost of  eatery emperor Harry F. Duncan, purveyor of tiny hamburgers (“Buy ‘Em By The Bag!“).  The last Little Tavern closed in 2008, but many of the distinctive buildings have been re-purposed

The building at 655 Pennsylvania Avenue SE was converted into a bar some 30 years ago by retired DC cop J.J. Elliott who was killed in the place by an intruder. New proprietor Howard Schurr (and the gentrification of other nearby pubs) made the place the Hill’s preeminent dive bar.

More:

“D.C. Dives: Lil Pub Reflects Old Days On Capitol Hill,” Jerad Walker, WAMU Metro Connection

“Little Tavern Locations,” Diner Hunter

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Snow on Cherry Blossoms

March 17, 2014

Snow on Cherry Blossoms

There’s snow on our Capitol Hill neighbor’s cherry tree today. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Spring starts on Thursday.

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