Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC’

DC Cat Café Opens June 20th

June 11, 2015

DC Cat Café Opens June 20th

Crumbs & Whiskers, DC’s first cat café, is opening at 3211 O Street NW in Georgetown on June 20th. Kickstarter backers can schedule now, Gentlemeow’s Club members can sign up on June 15th, and the rest of us must wait until June 18th.

So reservations are required; sounds pretty exclusive. Will there be valet parking?

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No Drone Zone

May 17, 2015

No Drone Zone

Hey kids! The folks at the Federal Aviation Administration remind you that you can’t fly drones in and around Washington, DC.  It’s a No Drone Zone.

More:

“Drone Operator Detained in Front of White House,” Julie Zauzmer and Mark Berman, Washington Post

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Bayou Bakery Opens on the Hill

May 13, 2015

Bayou Bakery Opens on the Hill

Celebrity chef David Guas has a new DC outpost of his Arlington café on Capitol Hill. The Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery has just opened at 901 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, in the carriage house of the historic Old Naval Hospital, built in 1866.

The carriage house has some more recent history. In 1990 the nonprofit Community Action Group began operating out of it. CAG, affiliated with Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic Church, an African American parish, ran a program helping homeless men and women with drug addictions find treatment, housing, and employment. In 2007, when the city and private donors paid millions to turn the main building into the Hill Center, a nonprofit facility teaching kiddie yoga and French cooking, the program for the homeless was evicted from the carriage house to make space for a profit-making restaurant.

Bon appétit.

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DC Emancipation Day

April 15, 2015

DC Emancipation Day

On April 16, 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act which freed the 3000 slaves in the District of Columbia. This was nine months before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves held in the Confederate states, many of whom actually remained in bondage until the the war ended in 1865, and 20 months before ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which definitively outlawed slavery everywhere in the United States.

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The Phase

April 11, 2015

The Phase

Cosmic balance returned to Barracks Row two weeks ago when the Phase 1 Bar and Nightclub was reopened after three months of  renovation. Founded in 1970, “The Phase” is said to be the oldest continually operating lesbian bar in the USA and the oldest LGBT bar in the Nation’s Capital. That’s pretty amazing, since America’s lesbian bars are an endangered species.

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Cherry Blossom Webcam

April 7, 2015

Cherry Blossom Webcam

Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin; that’s springtime in Washington, DC. The National Park Service estimates that peak bloom will be April 11th to April 14th. Keep track of blossom progress on the Cherry Blossom Webcam.

NPS Tidal Basin cherry tree locator map

National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

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Washington Go-Go Invades SxSW

March 19, 2015

Washington Go-Go Invades SxSW

District Government and the Washington DC Economic Partnership pitched DC culture and tech start-ups at Austin’s SXSW music/film interactive festival this week. A number of DC bands performed on Tuesday, chief among them Go-Go music veterans Rare Essence, “the real story of the night,” according to Valerie Paschall:

“Chants of ‘R-A-R-Double E-S-S-E-N-C-E’ reverberated throughout the venue before the music even started and once the percussion kicked in, hands went up and feet started moving. It was a stunning moment of realization at how lucky D.C. audiences are to have this band in their backyard—Rare Essence didn’t just rule the night; the band set the bar for the entire festival.”

— “D.C. at SXSW: The Festival’s First Go-Go Show, Oddisee, and a Big Tribute to J Dilla,” Valerie Paschall, Washington City Paper

More:

“D.C.’s Rare Essence becomes the first go-go band to play at SXSW,” Chris Richards, Washington Post

Related:

“I Ran a DC Showcase at SXSW for Seven Years. Here’s How the Government Did It.” Valerie Paschall, Washingtonian 

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Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People

March 5, 2015

Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People
Kids have a snow day and want to sled on their neighborhood’s only hill. That’s winter in America, right? Wrong, if you’re one of the 600,000 American citizens who lives in the District of Columbia, and the the hill in question is Capitol Hill.

One Capitol Hill neighbor, Eleanor Holmes Norton, asked the Capitol Hill Police to let the kids go sledding on The Hill. You’d think that would count for something, since Ms. Norton is a duly-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, elected to 13 terms by DC voters whose federal income taxes help pay the Capitol Police. Nope. But then again the U.S. House of Representatives doesn’t let Ms. Norton vote on behalf of those taxpayers, either.

So sledding on Capitol Hill remains officially forbidden. But do you want to tell that to the neighborhood kids? Neither did the Capitol Hill Police. Kids: “Wheee!

More:

“Children bravely defy sledding ban on Capitol Hill, because freedom,” German Lopez, Vox

“Heroes Defy Cops, Sled on Capitol Hill,” Daily Beast

“Children Defy Police, Sled On Capitol Hill Grounds,” Matt Cohen, DCist

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DC: Snow, Then Cherry Blossoms

March 4, 2015

DC: Snow, Then Cherry Blossoms

The DC Metro Area will get more snow this week, but we’ve been promised signs of Spring. The National Park Service predicts peak cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin between April 11th and 14th. Of course the National Cherry Blossom Festival ends on April 12th, but what the heck, lots of stuff will be happening in DC anyway, not just pollen allergies.

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Merry Christmas Baby

December 30, 2014

“Merry Christmas Baby,” written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore, performed by Chuck Brown, DC’s “Godfather of Go-Go.”

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