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A Lot of Noise Over Nothing The D.C. Council makes sound and fury before going on summer recess. D.C. lawmakers are about to go on a twomonth break for their annual summer recess from July 15 to Sept. 15. (Yes, you read that right: Their six-figure salaries come with other perks.) But on Tuesday, during the D.C. Council’s final legislative meeting before that recess, councilmembers blustered for almost seven hours over a few controversial bills that did not immediately result in major changes to the law. The most significant action the Council took, however, was not a formal vote. A bare majority of councilmembers proposed a bill to repeal Initiative 77, the ballot measure concerning the tipped minimum wage that D.C. voters passed in June. The repeal proposal sets up another battle over wages for tipped workers this fall—or part two of the fiesty one that happened this past spring.
Looks like Initiative 77 may not become the law of the District after all. On Tuesday, seven of 13 D.C. councilmembers introduced a bill to repeal the initiative outright, despite the fact that D.C. voters approved it 55 to 45 percent in the June 19 primary election. News of the potential repeal relieved opponents—including restaurant owners, servers, and bartenders—who say the initiative would harm the local hospitality industry. They believe it would lead to restaurant closures, job cuts, and a reduction in take-home pay for tipped workers. The referendum phases out the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, currently $3.89 an hour, until it equals the standard minimum wage of $15 an hour in 2025. Supporters of the initiative—led by the D.C. chapter of Restaurant Opportunities Center United, the labor group that got the measure on the ballot—say having “one fair wage” paid directly to tipped workers alleviates wage theft and reduces sexual harassment and racial bias. The Council’s repeal bill is a little over a page in length and is named the “Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018.” It simply states that “Initiative No. 77
Seven Councilmembers Seek to Slay Initiative 77
... is repealed.” D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson quietly filed the bill with the Council’s Office of the Secretary instead of publicly introducing it during a Council committee meeting on Tuesday. Typically, councilmembers take the latter route to make a splash with new legislation, offering comments in the process. (Both methods are allowed under Council rules.) But on Monday, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, who supports the repeal, revealed that Mendelson and other councilmembers would propose the legislation the following day. Speaking on the steps of the Wilson Building with a megaphone, Evans encouraged protestors who had assembled to visit his colleagues’ offices to tell them to overturn Initiative 77. “Make sure that they know there’s enormous opposition to [this],” he said. A spokes-
woman for Mendelson confirmed that a bill would likely be proposed. After Evans’ cri de cœur, ROC–DC leader Diana Ramirez said in a statement that “it would be deeply undemocratic for Council to overturn the will of the people.” “DC voters don’t like it when Republicans in Congress do it, and we trust Council will not stoop to that level,” she said, adding that workers’ takehome pay would increase in the District as a result of Initiative 77, “just as it has elsewhere.” Seven U.S. states, including California, Minnesota, and Washington, do not have a sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. The District’s immediate neighbors, Virginia and Maryland, do. In Maine, tipped workers successfully fought to overturn a referendum to increase their tipped minimum wage, citing similar concerns as D.C. servers. The Council has previously overturned the
results of ballot initiatives, like term limits for D.C. officials. But it will not formally consider repealing Initiative 77 until the fall, after the legislature’s imminent summer recess. The Council must hold a hearing on the bill, after which point it will be marked-up before two required votes. The specific provisions of the legislation could change along the way. The other councilmembers who preliminarily signed the repeal bill are At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, and Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White. Asked about the potential repeal on Tuesday at a press conference about the impending Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has opposed Initiative 77, said she “look[s] forward to seeing … the washingtoncitypaper.com july 13, 2018 5
DistrictLine Council’s deliberation in action.” Other District officials are staking out middle ground. In a statement, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, who also opposed the initiative, said she does “not feel comfortable” with the repeal bill in part because Ward 1 voters approved it. “My sincere hope is that there is a path forward that addresses the concerns of the tipped employees I’ve heard from, that will ensure fair wages, and will help our tipped industries continue to thrive,” she said. —Andrew Giambrone Mendelson Bumps Anti-Busking Bill
Even on a bad day, Vanessa Henderson will pull in about $200. Henderson, a singer/songwriter who performs as Vanny, spends five, sometimes six, days a week performing her original songs and covers on street corners in downtown D.C. Her soulful, stirring voice over her smooth and rhythmic guitar playing is mesmerizing. When she puts her unique spin on the Tracy Chapman classic “Fast Car,”
about have recently taken their umbrage to the D.C. Council, which held a public roundtable on amplified-noise complaints in December and, in early June, proposed legislation to regulate the sound. Hot spots have been outside the Gallery Place and Foggy Bottom Metro stations, which see high foot traffic. But at the beginning of July, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced an accelerated or “emergency” version of the bill, saying regulations for “reasonable sound levels” were needed “during the summer months, when busker activity is anticipated to increase in the District.” The move angered buskers and racial justice activists, who argued that the rules—essentially fines of up to $300 for people who make amplified noises that are “plainly audible at a distance of 100 feet or more” after receiving a verbal warning from law enforcement—would mostly harm people of color like Henderson. At a rally in Chinatown organized by We Act Radio on Monday evening, on the day before the Council was scheduled to vote on the emergency legislation, Henderson spoke out against the bill and performed along with several other musicians and activists. The crowd held signs reading “#S oundProofDC” while they bemoaned the Council’s bill as a further example of driving the gentrification that is pushing out D.C.’s native residents and silencing their voices. “Most of the people who busk out here can’t even afford to live in Chinatown right now, because the prices have gotten so high,” said Aaron Myers, a local jazz musician and activist. “So we ask that the D.C. Council don’t take away our voice, because music is the only voice that can speak truth to power.” On Tuesday, the music-makers got what they wanted—for now. At the last minute, Mendelson withdrew his bill, noting that it did not completely ban amplified noise and that “for well over a year,” “scores” of residents and businesses had been complaining about performers. “[They are] concerned that the amplified noise has gotten so loud that there is never a quiet moment, whether it is in someone’s apartment or whether it is in a business’ conference room,” he said. After withdrawing the proposal, Mendel-
it’s hard to walk away, as was the case on a recent evening on the corner of 7th and H streets NW. Passersby spilling in and out of the Gallery Place Metro station stopped to appreciate the music. Some even threw cash in a tin bucket Henderson placed in front of her setup. Of course, not everyone is a fan of Vanny’s music. “Right here, there’s a guy that lives up in the high rise. He hates—I don’t want to take it personally because I think he does the same thing to other people—but I think he hates me,” she says. “He comes down and he films [me] so that he can complain to whoever.” Grousers like the man whom Vanny spoke
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son released the latest version of his emergency bill, which had not yet been publicly available. In an accompanying statement, he said the Council would hold another hearing on the issue so “that there can be more time to hear from those who are complaining as well as those who are performing, [and] so that there will be more comfort moving forward.” “This is not about prohibiting music, but there is a proper balance to be struck between how loud one is, and the ability to make noise,” Mendelson said. —Matt Cohen Trayon White Reneges on Push for Delayed D.C. General Closure On July 5, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White circulated a draft of a bill that aimed to delay the closure of D.C. General, the city’s largest family homeless shelter. City Paper reported in June that two homeless shelters intended to partially replace it in Wards 7 and 8 faced significant contracting and construction issues. White’s proposed delay to the existing shelter’s closure would “require, on an emergency basis, the Mayor to begin demolition at the current D.C. General site only after the new short term shelter locations have been opened in Wards 4, 7, and 8.” That’s what the first draft said, anyway. While getting nine votes on the bill appeared unlikely, it garnered strong support from social advocacy organizations and health experts, nearly 50 of which signed onto a letter drafted by the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless that urged the Council to pass White’s bill. But over the next five days as the vote grew closer, White’s office circulated a series of wildly different drafts. While he initially intended to pass a bill that mandated the city not close D.C. General until three smaller replacement shelters in Wards 4, 7, and 8 opened, a final version—the one introduced Tuesday— looked much different. Instead of legislating around the demolition of D.C. General, White’s new bill merely introduced a set of environmental impact reporting requirements. The measure, passed unanimously, requires the mayor to “provide a report to the Council beginning on July 20, 2018 and weekly thereafter, indicating the current number of families continuing to reside at the D.C. General Family Shelter, the number of exits detailed by program, and the number of families confronting significant barriers to lease-up.” Advocates who initially supported White’s effort called later iterations of the bill toothless, and some announced shortly before Tuesday’s legislative meeting that they would withdraw support for it. “Due to active opposition to his original bill
by @MayorBowser, including a $950k fiscal impact for delaying demolition, he couldn’t move the original forward,” the Legal Clinic tweeted. “But now the bill does nothing, and allows other Councilmembers to pretend that they are taking action today, when they are not. We just cannot support that.” In introducing his bill on Tuesday, White took a swipe at the Legal Clinic and other advocacy organizations that withdrew support for the bill after he circulated the final version that morning. “Somebody said that this doesn’t do anything,” White said. “I beg to differ. Not receiving timely and accurate information” about the shelter’s progress “put the Council at a disadvantage,” he told the room. Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, who chairs the Council committee responsible for overseeing the Department of Human Services, initially announced that she would not support White’s bill, claiming it would harm ongoing discussions with “advocates.” But she voiced support for the revised bill, saying that she “empathize[s] with the fact” that there’s been “less clarity and transparency than everyone would like.” “The system isn’t perfect,” she said. Referring to a series of public hearings on the closure of D.C. General, she said, there have been “things raised that we need to keep working on, and I’m committed to that.” But not every councilmember was so circumspect. At-Large Councilmember Robert White reiterated his discontent with how members of the Bowser administration––including the directors of both DHS and the Department of General Services, responsible for overseeing the construction of the replacement shelters––have communicated with him. Robert White has long complained that it took nearly four months for DGS to send his office a hazmat report for the demolition of building 9 on D.C. General’s campus. But on Tuesday, he vocalized again his concerns with what he described as a system of opacity. The Bowser administration has “repeatedly misled the Council to move the demolition forward, even as the process departed from the original plan … they’ve prioritized arbitrary deadlines and talking points ahead of the needs of families.” He also said that Bowser’s administration claimed it “wouldn’t increase reliance on hotels, but then the executive reversed that process.” “Now,” he says, “we’re demolishing portions even as we remove families, then we’re moving families” into shelters that aren’t the planned replacement shelters. He then expressed concern that he found out about the shelter delays through newspapers, and chastised DGS for informing the Council that the maximum price for each shelter had increased by $3 to 4 million, and then gave the body less than a week to approve it. —Morgan Baskin
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“I think this weekend will smack us all in the face. I can’t wait,” says D.C. United coach Ben Olsen ahead of the long-awaited debut of the team’s new home, Audi Field. washingtoncitypaper.com/sports
Get Your Fame On The MLB All-Star Game is coming to D.C. for the first time since 1969 on Tuesday, July 17. More importantly, the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game will make its District debut. The annual exhibition began in 2001 and will be played on July 15, one day before the Home Run Derby. Previous celebrities have included actors Chris Pratt and Jamie Foxx, comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman, musicians Snoop Dogg and Nick Jonas, and a number of former and current sports stars. Foxx, who is set to compete again this year, played in the 2016 game in San Diego against former San Diego Chargers and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and last year at Marlins Park in Miami with Dancing With the Stars runner-up Jason Taylor, a Hall of Fame defensive end from his days with the Miami Dolphins. D.C. may lack the glitzy star power of Miami or Southern California, but the nation’s capital has plenty of celebrities and celebrity connections. City Paper staffers came up with a dream team of local notables for this year’s edition. Let the games begin. —Kelyn Soong
By Washington City Paper Staff First base: Austin Scott (actor) BIO: Scott is currently the lead role in Hamilton at the Kennedy Center but playing in the celebrity game is one of the million things he hasn’t done. Second base: Dave Chappelle (comedian) BIO: Chappelle, a 1991 Duke Ellington School of the Arts grad, showed off his And-1 Mixtape moves on the baseball field in a 2003 sketch on Chappelle’s Show. Third base: Elena Delle Donne (Mystics player) BIO: Delle Donne, the Mystics’ leading scorer and one of the faces of the WNBA, makes any team she’s on better. Shortstop: Maury Povich (television host) BIO: He can turn the game into an actual episode of Maury with free paternity test readings! But seriously, Povich’s father, the legendary sportswriter Shirley Povich, long advocated for baseball’s return to D.C. before he passed away in 1998. Pitcher: Michelle Obama (former FLOTUS) BIO: Try to find someone with better arms than the former FLOTUS.
Closer: Chad Cordero (former Nationals player) BIO: The former Nationals All-Star closer and patron saint of the Island of Misfit Toys-esque ’05 Nats squad can probably still fan opposing batters and just might be able to make Nats Park bounce like RFK did all those years ago. Catcher: Dave Bautista (actor) BIO: Why is Bautista? He grew up on K Street SE near the Washington Navy Yard, just blocks away from where the host stadium sits, and no pitcher would want to face the 6-foot-3 action star. Left field: Gal Gadot (actress) BIO: Maybe the Wonder Woman star can bring some good luck to Nationals Park, which desperately needs some postseason success. Center field: Katie Ledecky (swimmer) BIO: If the D.C. native and longtime Bethesda resident can dominate an Olympic-size pool, she can do the same in the outfield.
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Right field: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice) BIO: The 85-year-old SCOTUS Justice puts in work both in the court and off it with her butt-busting workouts. She can definitely be the angel of this outfield. Pinch hitter: Jose Andres (chef) BIO: Because Andres pinch hits when FEMA doesn’t do its job. Manager: Alex Ovechkin (Capitals player) BIO: Raising the Stanley Cup over his head for the millionth time would be enough to inspire this team.
Pitching coach: Wale (musician) BIO: The rapper and former Quince Orchard High School football player, who threw a respectable first pitch at a Nats game in 2013, has already written a song about Bryce Harper. That’s qualification enough. Pinch runner: Wayne Rooney (D.C. United player) BIO: He may be past his prime, but soccer players run between seven and 9.5 miles a game, according to STATS SportsVU, so he should be fine covering the bases.
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The Scoreboard is a new sports feature spotlighting the winners and losers, the champs and chumps, the highlights and lowlights, and anything in between, of sports in the D.C. area. RecoRd SetteR D.C. could get used to this whole winning thing. Not only are the Washington Mystics in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 12-8 record while perennial All-Star Elena Delle Donne leads the team with 20.2 points per game, but coach Mike Thibault added another milestone to his record-setting career. The WNBA’s all time winningest coach won his 300th career regular season game on July 7 in the Mystics’ 83-74 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks. Sparks coach Brian Agler is second on the list with 263. “It just means I’ve been at it for a long time,” Thibault told The Washington Times. “It’s a nice number, but the only number I care about is that we’re the last team standing.” You’Re An All-StAR What do you do when you’re named to your second MLB All-Star Game? If you’re Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle, you tweet the news to the band Smash Mouth, creators of the 1999 hit “All Star.” In 2014, Doolittle celebrated his first AllStar selection by “jumping up and down on the bed” while blasting the song. Doolittle joins teammates Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer on the National League roster. Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon weren’t as lucky, as they were both snubbed from the team. Turner was a candidate for the MLB All-Star final vote ballot as of Wednesday afternoon. On July 5, Turner finished with a grand slam and eight RBIs to help the Nationals rally from a 9-0 deficit in their 14-12 victory over the Miami Marlins. A new eRA Despite sitting in last place in Major
League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, D.C. United is basking in the glow of its shiny new toys—international superstar Wayne Rooney and the soon-to-open Audi Field. Rooney arrived in D.C. late last month to hundreds of screaming fans and gives the franchise a jolt of excitement. He will make his debut on July 14, the same day that fans will experience the new stadium at Buzzard Point. The construction of D.C. United’s new home reportedly cost upward of $400 million.
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The team doesn’t “need to look back at its history, it needs to create more history,” Rooney told the audience at the Newseum last week. “I’ve said many times I’m not here to see out [my] last few years, I’m here to compete. I’m here to win, that’s the way I’ve always played.”
Whether or not that happens this year remains to be seen.
loSS of SpiRit D.C.’s other professional soccer team isn’t finding much success on the field either. In the nine-team National Women’s Soccer League, the Washington Spirit is in second to last place and was held scoreless throughout the entire month of June. This is happening despite having the fifthhighest shot total. As of early Wednesday night, forward Ashley Hatch is third in the league with 46 total shots but only has 17 shots on goal. The Spirit rank in the top five in only one other category: yellow cards.
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RecYcled plAYeRS Dwight Howard will play on his sixth team in eight seasons. Jeff Green, the former Georgetown star, will be on his fifth team in five years. Both have joined the Wizards for the 2018-19 season. Howard will receive $5.3 million while Green is set to get the $2.4 veteran’s minimum, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo. The moves give the team veteran experience “at a cost that builds in little-tono risk,” Woo wrote. But they won’t particularly excite a frustrated fanbase. At least LeBron James has left the Eastern Conference. —Kelyn Soong
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Technology is so scarce in some of D.C.’s public schools that fundraising for equipment has become a routine part of teachers’ jobs. Story and graphs by Kate Rabinowitz
Each spring, D.C. students ages 8 to 14 log in to computers to complete a standardized test called PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The test will go on to define student capability and teacher performance, and influence staffing decisions and how parents choose schools for their kids. But at some public schools, technology access is so limited that students barely get to use computers to practice for the computer-based test. And some schools report having equipment so old that staff are afraid to let children use it before the test, in case the precious computers break. This is just one example of what it’s like to teach and learn in a tech shortage. An analysis of a DC Public Schools’ technology inventory across schools, received through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveals broad disparities in the equipment as of February 2018. (Charter schools do not have the same reporting requirements and are exempt from FOIA. The District’s public charter board is subject to FOIA, but its individual charter schools are not.) 10 july 13, 2018 washingtoncitypaper.com
ComputeRS Garrison Elementary School in Ward 2 had more laptops than students and staff, while Randle Highlands Elementary in Ward 7 had less than one laptop per every 13 students and staff. The data revealed a more extreme gap District-wide in desktops, where the poorest-resourced schools reported having less than one desktop for every 20 students and staff. (DCPS says it gave students at three middle schools laptops through a grant last school year.) Computers are crucial for preparing students to succeed in the modern world. They are also essential to participating in standardized testing and blended learning, an
approach that provides students both face-to-face instruction and online, personalized learning. DCPS recommends one device per every three students that participate in online standardized testing. This is below the State Educational Technology Directors Association recommendation of one per student. The results of City Paper’s FOIA did not reveal whether all DCPS schools met the one-to-three ratio because it’s unclear which devices are allocated to students and which are allocated to staff. The data do show, however, a wide disparity in technology access across schools.
Laptop Access in DC Public Schools
Desktop Access in DC Public Schools
Tablet Access in DC Public Schools
Tablets, such as iPads, allow students to access online programs and resources, and many schools pay subscription fees for these programs. Seven D.C. schools didn’t have tablets at all. On the other end of the spectrum, seven schools had at least one tablet for every four students and staff.
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WhiteboaRDS anD pRojeCtoRS Interactive whiteboards, which display online or projected resources and respond to human touch, allow teachers to display lessons and student work. DCPS budget guidelines recommend one interactive whiteboard per classroom. Over a third of schools didn’t meet that requirement given the number of students at each school divided by the maximum number of students allowed per classroom. Six schools didn’t have any interactive whiteboards at all.
Projector Access in DC Public Schools
Interactive Whiteboard Access in DC Public Schools
As bad as the inventory may look for some schools, teachers and parents balk at the numbers shown. “If my school has that many laptops, I have no idea where they are,” said an elementary school teacher who spoke on the condition of anonymity. A report by the Office of the DC Auditor last fall found that in seven of the eight audited schools, “existing technology was frequently unavailable because it was outdated or of poor quality.” When technology breaks, it’s likely to stay that way for a while. The DC Auditor’s report found, through interviews, that “technology support was limited because there were long delays before an item would be repaired, that support was not available, that technology support staff members were not competent, or that relatively inexpensive repair inputs were unavailable, such as replacement light bulbs for projectors.” DCPS recommends that schools replace computers every four years at a minimum. At least 30 percent of laptops and half of all desktops were four years old or older as of February 2018, ac-
cording to City Paper’s FOIA. One teacher told the DC Auditor “that technology support personnel had informed her that computers were too old to be fixed.” Old equipment is not evenly spread out across schools. At Benjamin Banneker High School, City Paper’s FOIA found, half of all laptops and desktops were from 2010 or earlier. On DonorsChoose.org, a site where teachers and students can fundraise for classroom equipment, teachers lament the quality of technology provided to them. A teacher identifying as Ms. Glickman at Brightwood Education Campus in Ward 4 wrote on her fundraising page: “We need computers desperately! Four out of our classroom's five allotted computers do not work.” From Garfield Elementary in Ward 8, a teacher named as Mrs. Tomlinson requested a reliable iPad so that “[w]e will no longer need to worry about the device shutting down in the middle of an assignment or have to wait until the following week to have a technician see about the problem.” Aging and broken equipment leaves
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many schools with far less accessible technology. While some schools this year have a laptop for every student, a teacher posting on DonorsChoose.org from King Elementary in Ward 8 said she had no computers at all in her classroom, and over 400 students shared a single computer lab. At Dunbar High School, a teacher identifying as Mr. King reported on the site that his classroom had access to technology, but had to request it days in advance.
Technology and The dcPs budgeT D.C. public schools are given broad latitude in budget allocation decisions. They receive funds from the DCPS central office in two buckets: personnel salaries and non-personnel services. The second category supports everything but salaries—bandaids for the nurse’s office, paper, professional development contracts, cleaning supplies, and much more. “Technology is in competition with paper and pencils and workbooks and desks” explains Mary Levy, a DCPS budget expert. “There are constant complaints that non-personnel services funding is inadequate. Teachers are buying basic paper out of their own pockets.” In this environment, Levy says, it’s no surprise technology goes underfunded. The only time schools receive technology-specific DCPS funding is during a full school modernization or through
the annual at-risk technology investment. An at-risk student is defined as a student that is homeless, in foster care, qualifies for temporary financial or supplemental nutrition assistance, or is one or more years older than their grade level. Schools with an at-risk student population of over 25 percent receive $20 annually per pupil attending the school. Where the at-risk student population is over 75 percent, schools receive an additional $20 per pupil. DCPS budget guidance, last updated in February 2018, notes: “To successfully compete in a global workforce, all students must be able to be comfortable with and capable of using basic technology. Technology in schools must also support instructional goals and support online assessments.” The guidance positions the at-risk technology investment as a way “to ensure all DCPS students have an equitable distribution of, and access to technology.” “This is a really inspiring statement that comes nowhere near reality,” remarked Miner Elementary School parent Katy Thomas at this year’s DCPS budget hearing. DCPS budget guidance recommends that a school with 300 students and a staff of 80 should spend between $52,000 and $65,000 annually to replace computers on a rolling basis. Atrisk technology investments for a school of 300 at-risk students wouldn’t even
cover a quarter of that. The recommended spending does not cover ongoing maintenance or non-computer equipment like tablets and whiteboards. “Budgets are woefully inadequate for one-quarter replacement or ongoing maintenance,” says Joe Weedon, the Ward 6 Representative on the State Board of Education. “It’s parents that are buying new machines.”
paRentS FunDRaiSing FoR equipment Last year the parent-teacher association at J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Ward 6 raised $13,000 at a fundraiser to purchase 20 laptops. A PTA auction at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Ward 3 last year raised nearly $44,000, all of which went to new desktops, laptops, and iPads. The PTA at Brent Elementary School, located near Eastern Market in Ward 6, raises funds throughout the year. It has a 2018-19 budget of $30,000 for interactive whiteboards, $11,000 for laptop carts, and $16,000 for new teacher laptops. Grace Hu, an Amidon-Bowen Elementary School parent and a member of the school’s Local School Advisory Team, an advisory group to the principal, noticed on a recent tour of her child’s school a stack of broken laptops in the corner. She says that as she began to research technology across DCPS schools she found that “schools that are doing it well have PTAs that can raise tens of thousands of dollars.”
teaCheRS FunDRaiSing FoR equipment But many D.C. schools lack PTAs. Parents can’t afford the dues, much less the donations, or make the time. Administrators look for grants. Teachers are encouraged to rely on the kindness of strangers. In Ward 6, a teacher who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, stands in the middle of her brightly colored classroom after school is out. Looking past the miniature chairs and desks to the few computers in one corner and onward to the interactive whiteboard in front of a colorful alphabet rug, she remarks matter-of-factly, speaking of her technology resources, “Everything here is from DonorsChoose.org. Most of the classrooms in this school only have [technology] from Donors Choose.” Before even her first day in the classroom, administrators encouraged her to start putting requests on Donors Choose. A teacher down the hall says administrators who were sitting in her class told her that she should get a projector to display student work. It was understood that she would be responsible for getting
the projector. Teachers do occasionally receive donations through DCPS’ central office, but they are often secondhand. “In an attempt to give students an opportunity to access and use these [blended learning] websites, my school has a set of old laptops that were donated a few years ago. Most of these computers have many technical issues, including missing keys, glitching screens, and limited ability to connect to the internet,” wrote a teacher identifying as Mr. Brofft from Barnard Elementary School in Ward 4 on DonorsChoose.
LeaRning anD TesTing in a teCh ShoRtage In 2013, DCPS began to introduce blended learning—the combination of face-toface instruction with personalized online education. DCPS has credited blended learning with increasing test scores and attendance, and has described it as a “key level to reach the goals in A Capital Commitment,” the agency’s 2017-2022 strategic plan. Each year, schools spend thousands in licensing fees to make blended resources available. But in many classrooms, investments in blended learning go unspent or underutilized because there is no available technology to make use of them. At Beers Elementary School in Ward 7, the electronic learning budget for 2017-18 school year was nearly $15,000. On DonorsChoose, a Beers teacher identifying as Ms. Hamilton posted, “Imagine having accounts for online learning to practice math concepts but unable [sic] to access them!!” At Brightwood Education Campus in Ward 4, which spent over $30,000 on electronic learning this year, a teacher identifying as Ms. Swick wrote: “We have so many great programs and videos to enhance the education of our students, but need the devices to actual [sic] show them.” Faced with limited equipment, at least one school is cutting back its blended learning licenses for the next school year. But schools can’t cut back on testing. Standardized tests like PARCC and i-Ready, an assessment that measures baseline math skills for students in grades 2 through 5, have a major impact on students, teachers, schools, and parents. Kids take these tests on computers, which can spread schools’ technology resources thin. Schools may bring in loaner laptops from the Office of the Chief Technology Office (OCTO) or have students take tests in shifts. For some students, a standardized test is the rare opportunity to use a computer. “These students are required to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) at the end of the year
on computers without access to the very technology they are required to test on,” wrote a Mr. Brofft in a post on fundraising platform GoFundMe. Schools sometimes withhold access to computers throughout the year to ensure the old equipment makes it through required testing. Heather Schoell, an Eliot-Hine middle school parent, says “students can’t even use laptops at any other time [than testing] because they might break.” One administrator indicated to the DC Auditor that “his school limits computer use to conserve computers for administering exams.” Teachers are concerned that the lack of access means students are less prepared for tests. A teacher identifying as Ms. Clemons at Nalle Elementary School in Ward 7 wrote on DonorsChoose, “Today’s assessments involve typing responses to writing prompts. I would like to expose my students to answering prompts online as often as possible. This will help them gain the confidence needed to knock the ball out the PARCC.” An elementary school teacher, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, was more blunt: “How are we supposed to teach to the test if we don’t have computers? With paper?” In high-poverty neighborhoods many students do not have access to computers at home, making access at school all the more important. In 2016, more than one in five D.C. households had neither a laptop nor a desktop. Weedon says, “PARCC makes basic computer literacy necessary.” A lack of computer access in schools “creates another hurdle for poor students to overcome.” Last fall, DCPS, in response to the Office of the DC Auditor’s report, indicated that it was building a technology road map that would detail “mass enhancements” to devices, infrastructure services, shared technology platforms, technology proficiency, and data reporting. The road map recommendations and funding requests would be included in the budget process for the upcoming school year. Since the technology roadmap was first announced, “there has been radio silence from DCPS” says Weedon. In a statement to City Paper, DCPS spokesperson Shayne Wells indicated that such a plan is still in the works, writing that the agency is “working toward developing a four-year school technology plan to ensure equity in technology access and to centralize the purchasing and refreshing of staff and student devices.” Without a comprehensive technology plan, a road map, and a funding plan in hand, parents and teachers are concerned that nothing will change. “I just want my children to have the same access,” says Amidon-Bowen parent Grace Hu, “the same opportunities to learn that they would at the richest public schools.” CP
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Nazirahk Amen brings rice farming back to the mid-Atlantic and to the tables of D.C. diners. By Laura Hayes “The neighbors are going to be pretty surprised to see rice growing in their backyard,” says Nazirahk Amen. The naturopathic medicine practitioner and founder of Purple Mountain Organics pays $200 a year to grow dryland rice on a sunny field at the back of a suburban development dotted with mansions in Ashton, Maryland. He’s one of a few experimental farmers who have figured out how to grow rice in the region. And he doesn’t have to flood a field to do it. Amen’s distinct aesthetic is visible as soon as he turns into the development. He’s outfitted his purple 2003 MINI Cooper with a racing suspension and the car purrs when he takes the turns that lead to the rice field. Then he steps out of the car. Loose-fitting purple clothing in hues ranging from eggplant to amethyst swirl around his frame like a tempest. “The neighbors know us as the purple people,” Amen says. Back at his purple home that doubles as his medical practice in Takoma Park, Amen’s wife and children are also festooned in purple garb. “At this point the purple represents peace beyond gain or loss,” Amen explains. “Whether you have everything or you have nothing, you’re content with the life that you live.” Amen lived in a spiritual community for three years, but elects not to discuss that period of his life. Amen grew up with his family on 20 acres outside Opelousas, Louisiana. “We lived off of land between what we grew and what we hunted,” he says. “My mom only went to the grocery store for oatmeal and stuff that wasn’t a necessity.” But Amen’s family didn’t want him to become a farmer. “I grew up in a community that viewed agricultural pursuits as hard work and toil and education as the door to progress,” he says. His parents sent him to get a college degree in biology, hoping he’d never look back. During his stint as an EMT in New Orleans from 1987 to 1991, Amen decided to make a career out of natural medicine. “I saw there was little or no prevention offered to many of
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and a kitchen used for vegan cooking classes. Amen places all of his new patients on a detox diet. “It’s a way to trick people into eating healthier because if you eat healthier for three weeks or a month and try to go back to eating crappy food, your body will let you know,” he says. “From there people started asking us how to grow the food,” Amen continues. “That’s how we started Purple Mountain Organics in 2004.” For Amen, farming is an extension of natural medicine. “At some point buying veggies and meats from the grocer became less expensive than growing your own and it’s cost many communities their health,” he says. “If people are healthy, they have some type of relationship with their food.”
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lantic was feasible. He carried out his research from 2014 to 2016 at the Firebird Research Farm with Che Axum, the director of urban farming for UDC CAUSES. With the grant, Amen became one of the first people to attempt growing rice in the Chesapeake region in more than a century. He followed Heinz Thomet of Next Step Produce, who first gave it a try in 2011 in Newburg, Maryland. Thomet once sold his rice at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market. Now you can try it at restaurants like Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen and Lovettsville, Virginia’s Restaurant at Patowmack Farm. The two rice farmers aren’t at odds. “We have a slightly different approach, but it’s mutually beneficial to learn from each other,” Thomet says. Amen even brings his rice to Thomet’s farm for cleaning and drying. According to the International Rice Research Institute, the world produces 700 million tons of rice in paddies annually. The irrigated conditions make it challenging for weeds to grow, thus requiring less upkeep and labor. The downside to paddy production is that it yields a high amount of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. The dry-land growing technique Amen uses is modeled after techniques from the System of Rice Intensification—a method designed to reduce methane emissions while increasing yield from rice fields. He lays biodegradable mulch and drip tape in soil high in microbial activity, and covers the middle paths with black landscape fabric, which controls weeds and speeds the maturation process by trapping heat. Then he pokes small holes and tediously transplants seedlings about ten inches apart. His highest yielding variety produces about 4,800 pounds of rice per acre, while some of the better tasting varieties, such as the Japanese sushi variety, Koshihikari, yield closer to 3,500 pounds per acre. Comparatively, farmers growing rice in paddies in the U.S. net 8,000 pounds per acre. Amen continues to work with UDC CAUSES to build a local grain hub where District residents and regional grain growers can access tools and other support to help them get their grains from field to table. Like Thomet’s products, the rice Amen grows on private plots of land like the one in Ashton ends up on restaurant menus. Chefs see the quality of the rice and make it the star of the plate, instead of a side. Republic in Takoma Park, for example, serves a “Purple Mountain Rice Bowl” with baby bok choy, piquillo peppers, scallions, sautéed mushrooms, tempura baby carrots, and ginger sambal. “We love working with local farms like Purple Mountain because they live and breathe the products they grow,” says Republic chef Danny Wells. “There is a lot of character and
subtle differences between the different varieties of Purple Mountain rice. The process by which the rice is hulled results in more texture and flavor than any rice I’ve tried.” Amen has experimented with more than 30 varieties of rice and waits to hull it until a restaurant places an order. He says rice loses half of its nutritional value and flavor within eight weeks of being hulled. Chef Spike Gjerde also serves Purple Mountain Organics rice as an entrée at his restaurant, A Rake’s Progress. A crown of hearth-kissed spring vegetables surrounds the mound of rice in the bowl. “Hulling it to order was an amazing move on his part,” Gjerde says. “It underscores his commitment to nutrient-dense food.” Gjerde is hellbent on sourcing locally for his restaurants. “Small grains in the Mid-Atlantic for me in a way closes the circle on what our region is capable of,” he says. “Guys like Nazirahk who are pushing it are doing the hardest, most interesting work. The price can be a little off-putting, but what you’re buying is not just the product, but also the possibility that this could become a more viable part of our food system.” Purple Mountain Organics rice costs restaurants $10 per pound. Amen’s latest project involves experimenting with grains like sorghum, millet, quinoa, oats, and heirloom wheat. Seylou Bakery in Shaw has expressed interest in using his grains. To bring the project to fruition, Amen is working to secure a lease on a 12-acre plot near Bowie. “I consider myself a landless farmer,” Amen says. “I have the skill and know-how, but not the land.” For a long time Amen hesitated to call himself a farmer. “I’ve never had to rely on selling food to pay my bills,” he says. “It wasn’t my livelihood, so as to not disrespect anyone, I didn’t call myself a farmer.” But that changed once he started traveling to organic farm shows up and down the East Coast. “People would come up and say, ‘Tell us about rice production,’” he says. “We started teaching farmers how to farm. Now I can say we’re legitimate. Farmers call us farmers.” Despite the fact that Amen’s parents urged him to find a career outside of agriculture, he couldn’t help but make it a significant part of his life. “Growing up black in the south, the goal was to get away from the toil, get an education, and have a better life,” he says. “But then there was this emptiness. Once I figured out the value of growing food, how important it was, it was almost like this fever took over.” Amen is hopeful that others will catch on, even if they’re just farming backyard plots or shared city gardens. “The next generation of farmers has to come from the inner city,” Amen says. “It has to be those people who have come to value food security and sustainability. These people take the initiative … You have to have people who bring the heart to farming.” CP
Imagine the Pastabilities First came a rush of new taquerias. Then a wave of Indian restaurants. Now D.C. is seeing an influx of Italian restaurants specializing in pasta. Consider this a to-do list if you love twirling spaghetti with seafood or consuming a wide variety of meatfilled carb pouches. —Laura Hayes
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San Lorenzo Ristorante & Bar 1316 9th St. NW Shaw newcomer San Lorenzo is the passion project of Chef Massimo Fabbri. The Tuscan chef, formerly of Tosca and Posto, took over the Thally space and introduced a menu of antipasti, pasta, and roasted meat and fish. Fabbri makes all of the pasta in house and the texture of the pappardelle with rabbit ragu, white wine, herbs, and olive oil ($17) is spot on. Other options include tortelli filled with robbiola cheese and black truffle in a porcini mushroom sauce ($16) and gnocchi coated in a verdant basil pesto with pine nuts and parmesan ($16). The space is charming and the negronis are strong. You’ll only wish the portions were slightly larger. Napoli Pasta Bar 2737 Sherman Ave. NW Antonio Ferraro’s first solo restaurant is a salute to his hometown, sandwiched between Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
in Italy. He even sources hand-painted plates from the region, which serve as colorful backdrops for seven pasta dishes. The paccheri with slow-cooked meat and tomato sauce with parmesan cheese and basil ($19) is a dish common at Sunday family lunch in Italy. Half of the pasta at the Park View restaurant is made fresh in house and the rest comes from outside vendors. Ferraro explains that starting with dry pasta is common in southern Italy and achieves a better al dente texture. You can taste the firmness of the spaghetti that comes topped with clams, cherry tomatoes, and parsley ($19). Come early and see if you can nab the table fashioned out of a vintage scooter. If there’s any room for improvement, it’s that the pastas don’t always come out piping hot. Trattoria Al Volo 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW Restaurateurs Daniele and Matteo Catalani have practically made pasta their singular pursuit in life, and it shows. Washingtonians have tried their noodles at farmers markets, Union Market, and in Adams Morgan at
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The Dish: The Smith’s Breakfast Pot Pie Where To Get It: Weekend brunch menu at The Smith, 901 F St. NW and 1314 U St. NW
What It Is: Who says you can’t have pie for breakfast? Instead of a sweet option, The Smith serves a savory “breakfast pot pie” packed with meaty surprises, making it the perfect cure-all for a weekend hangover. Just like a traditional pot pie, there’s a buttery and flaky outer crust—this one is made with cheddar biscuit dough. The Smith tops the golden brown outer shell with a pair of two fried sunny-side up eggs. Grab a spoon and dive deep into the dish, where you’ll find thick-cut bacon and sweet sausage baked in a luscious cremini mushroom sauce. How It Tastes: This pot pie is brunch in-
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Osteria Al Volo. One of their latest ventures is a trattoria in the former Ripple space in Cleveland Park. The uncleand-nephew team makes the pasta on site and if you like what you had for dinner, you can purchase their pasta fresh or frozen to cook at home. Vegetarians should gravitate to the half-moon shaped eggplant mezzaluna with ricotta salata, cherry tomato confit, and a creamy sauce ($20). Of the 11 other pastas, the pappardelle al cinghiale, with its red wine and wild boar ragu ($20), is supremely comforting. The Catalanis plan to launch cooking classes at the trattoria in the near future. Lupo Marino 40 Pearl St. SW This waterfront sister restaurant to Lupo Verde and Lupo Osteria has a small but indulgent selection of four pastas. Try the paccheri with blue crab, head-on shrimp, squid, and garlic in a saffron brodetto ($28) and ask for warm, crusty bread to sop up the sauce. Chef Todd Sprik says the flat, wide paccheri noodles are the only type of pasta he doesn’t make in house. Other dishes are more experimental, like the gnocchi with wild mushrooms, asparagus, fonduta, spring peas, and parmesan gelato ($22). Lupo Marino stops a little short of transporting diners to anywhere in Italy. A Top 40 radio station blares from the soundsystem, commercials and all, and rosé wine is served warmer than room temperature. genuity at its best. Unlike other traditional pot pie recipes, which come filled with mixed vegetables and lean chicken, you get a dense meat pie loaded with the richest morning meats. The meal gets even messier when the egg yolks break and combine with the mushroom gravy below the surface. Why It Helps: This one-skillet meal is sure to sizzle through any lingering aches or pains you experience from a heavy night of drinking. The eggs, bacon, and sausage pack in the protein. Meanwhile, the buttery biscuit crust combined with the rich, creamy cremini sauce adds an indulgence factor to a dish that’s otherwise filled with downhome comfort. —Tim Ebner
Top of the Hour
what we ate this week: Full veggie breakfast with runny egg, mushrooms, roasted tomato, tinned beans, potato boxty, arugula, and toast, $16, Duke’s Counter. Satisfaction level: 5 out of 5.
Where: Exiles Bar, 1610 U St. NW; (202) 232-2171; exilesbar.com Hours: Mondays through Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Drink Specials: $4.50 house wines, rail drinks, Goose Island IPA, Budweiser bottles, Genesee Cream Ale, and Miller Lite; half price wine bottles on Thursdays Food Specials: $5.50 cup of beef chili, BBQ pork sliders, chicken poppers, spinach and artichoke dip, deviled eggs; half off burgers on Mondays Pros: Exiles has the neighborhood bar vibe down pat. Located halfway between the heart of the U Street NW Corridor and the hustle and bustle of Adams Morgan, this is an awesome place to meet a friend for a beer, a burger, or a bottle of wine and actually be able to hear what they’re saying. Plus, since happy hour goes until 8 p.m. during the workweek, there’s no need to rush to the bar from the office. Happy hour is offered throughout the bar. Choose from an upstairs spot perfect for a large group, a more traditional bar downstairs, or a patio complete with a smoker, a Doctor Who-themed storage shed, and plenty of shade. The food specials steal the show. The chicken poppers and deviled eggs are great to share, but don’t miss the BBQ pork sliders. Far from your basic pulled pork, these mini sandwiches feature generous hunks of smoky pork that get boosts from mustardy sauce and slaw. Pair them with a cheap bottle of wine or a Genny Cream Ale on the patio. Cons: The happy hour beer selections are a bit limited and charging $4.50 for a Bud borders on robbery. They could use some more discounted drink options, unless you have simple taste or don’t mind paying full price for craft beer. —Max Frankel
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Shooting Blanks Two new indie films opening this weekend stretch the nature their conceit razor thin. The King
Under the Tree
Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Directed by Eugene Jarecki PerPetual twilight is the right look for Under the Tree. The family drama from Icelandic filmmaker Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson is set during the holiday months, when the sun always looks like it is about to set, and his characters are similarly stuck in a transitional period. There are two concurrent storylines: a disintegrating marriage and an escalating war between neighbors. The trouble is that Sigurðsson’s sense of plot and character is too obvious, when he should strive for something more inevitable. Under the Tree has comic moments and Sigurðsson clearly wants his film to serve as a metaphor for modern alienation, except it lands with all the power of a sitcom’s “special episode.” When we first meet Atli (Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson), he cannot sleep because his neighbors are fucking too loudly. He decides to jerk off in the family room, and his wife Agnes (Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir) catches him in the act. Her confusion turns to outrage once she realizes that not only is Atli watching porn of himself, his partner in the video is his ex-girlfriend. She kicks him out, so Atli stays with his parents Baldvin (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Inga (Guðbjörg Edda Björgvinsdóttir) who have problems of their own: Their neighbor Eybjorg (Selma Björn-
sdóttir) whines about a large tree obscuring the sun in the backyard. Hours of daylight are infrequent in Iceland, so their war of words gets nastier—even violent—once the neighbors resort to childish pranks and stealing. Under the Tree can be intriguing when we are still trying to figure out who these characters are. Inga is needlessly nasty, calling Eybjorg names like “cow,” while Atli debases himself so he can reconcile with Agnes. There are convenient reasons for all this behavior, and Sigurðsson’s script reveals them all within the film’s slim running time. Canny audiences will anticipate that these characters are still reeling from past trauma, and their bad behavior is just their version of lashing out. This is not a new line of storytelling; in fact, nearly every family drama since 1980’s Ordinary People has riffed on this idea. As the film wraps, presenting its themes in a neat bow, there is a gnawing feeling that there must be more than the obvious twists we see. There is not, so the story loses its power to shock and serve as allegory. Like many other recent European dramas, Sigurðsson strives to find comedy in discomfort. There is a scene where Atli goes to his daughter’s kindergarten, and the nervous child care worker in a man bun quietly emasculates him. There are several scenes where Inga makes of point of being passive-aggressive whenever her neighbors are in earshot. In the best examples of these European dramas, such as the recent comedy Force Majeure, that discomfort unearths nasty truths about tough targets like toxic masculinity or modern gender roles. Ironically, this film works best when it ditches the comic discomfort and lets its characters actually talk. There are a few heart-tohearts where Atli and the others let down their defenses, suggesting Under the Tree would be improved if it actually focused on reconciliation. Every comedy of manners, whether it is set in modern times or hundreds of years ago, focuses on how easy it is for civilized characters to become savage. Under the Tree takes that notion and makes it literal: in his desperation, Baldvin gets violent with Eybjorg’s husband Konrad (Þorsteinn Bachmann). While these two middle-aged men have all the trappings of affluence, there is nothing funny about their clumsy, protracted fight. Nor is there any surprise when the fight arrives: Sigurðsson seemingly does not believe in subtext, keeping his metaphors at the surface level. That kind of subtlety is perfect for a short film, or perhaps a
How the Smithsonian Folklife Festival resurrected a local women’s festival from the ’80s washingtoncitypaper.com/arts comedy sketch, but not a feature-length film that purports to be about “the way things are.” At every possibly turn, Under the Tree goes after, er, low-hanging fruit, and treats its facile revelations as if they are profound. —Alan Zilberman according to The King, America is Fat Elvis. Director Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In) takes a weak metaphor and gyrates with it in this documentary, comparing the rise and fall of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll with the trajectory of our country. No matter how hard he tries to connect the dots, however, the analogy remains as stretched as Elvis’ late-career stage clothes. Throughout, Jarecki has actors and musicians ride in the back seat of Presley’s Rolls Royce as they opine or perform. They go to places such as Tupelo, Mississippi, (Presley’s birthplace) and Memphis (home of Stax Records), though the commentators largely stay in the car as the director explores. He talks to Presley’s neighbors, for example, and an Elvis impersonator who says that Elvis was “a champion for the working man.” There’s repeated emphasis on the idea of Presley starting out as a country boy and rocketing to fame, and how that sudden success led to him feeling trapped and unhappy. It’s all very scattershot, and as for what it has to do with the state of the U.S.—beyond an admittedly apt comparison to the so-called American Dream—your guess is as good as mine. At one point, Jarecki asks his road crew chief about his idea. “I don’t know what the hell you’re doing with this movie,” he said. “I’m not sure you know what you’re doing.” Another interviewee says that having people ride in the Rolls was “a reach,” that Jarecki could have at least used one of Presley’s American-made Cadillacs. It’s odd that the director would undermine himself like this, but perhaps it’s a proactive mea culpa, his way of saying that if the film ends up being a mess, he did really try. As for the States’ side of the comparison, Jarecki gets a little shy about taking it all the way. There’s talk of the current economy, yes, but only flashes of Trump footage and dances around our political climate. Immortal Technique says that “if Elvis is your metaphor for America, we’re about to OD,” but only indirectly references 45. Though Jarecki filmed at least part of this pre-election: Alec Baldwin—why is Alec Baldwin here?— is the only one who mentions the president. “Trump is not going to win,” he says while in the Rolls. “Trump is not going to win.” How much better the doc would be if it had captured everyone’s opinions after the inauguration! Of course, music is also a component of The King, but there’s not nearly enough of it. We get only brief glimpses of Presley performances, with more time being devoted to footage of his Army days, clips from his movies (there’s lots of discussion about his movies), or audio of his interviews while we look at shots of ’Murica. At the very end, Jarecki really goes random: While Presley sings “Unchained Melody,” there’s a montage that includes KISS, O.J. Simpson, Monica Lewinsky, Barney, and footage of September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Women’s March. At one point, we get a close-up of what looks like a gold-and-glass toilet to punctuate discussion of Presley’s death. It’s in terrible taste, but at the same time fitting, suggesting that the result of Jarecki’s high concept is flushable. —Tricia Olszewski Under the Tree opens Friday at Landmark West End Cinema. The King opens Friday at Landmark E Street Cinema. washingtoncitypaper.com july 13, 2018 19
CPArts Arts Desk
the sounds of the ’90s are alive and well in WetA’s new special Washington in the ’90s.
The Scene RepoRT
From an entire lo-fi Dixie Chicks cover album to screaming sounds of the resistance, here’s what’s new and notable in the D.C. music scene. —Jonathan L. Fischer
K A G, Fly by The Dixie Chicks
The Caribbean, “Vitamin Ship”
The funny thing about this track-fortrack cover of The Dixie Chicks’ 10times-platinum 1999 album is that if you removed singer Katie Alice Greer’s voice from these pummeling, charmingly hissy trappings and inserted it into a Nashville studio, she might actually sound like a Dixie Chick. The Priests singer banged out these renditions by herself in less than a week, singing and playing everything (except for, on two tracks, some extra guitar from Hothead, aka Laurie Spector). As it turns out, material and interpreter benefit from each other: We now know what The Dixie Chicks would’ve sounded like if their primary influence had been Pussy Galore or This Heat, and that Greer’s serrated, full-bodied wail may have always been a little bit country.
This single from the long-running experimental-pop band may have begun as a solution to a problem—what to do with “an insistent melody in the brain,” as the group puts it—but once the trio solved it, they decided to scramble the formula. “Vitamin Ship” opens with a sunny, Nuggets-y guitar riff, but it quickly moves into weirder waters, an astral gloop that the melody slowly accommodates itself to, like it’s succumbed to the oxygen deprivation coveted by elites in the song’s chorus. Like most Caribbean yarns, this one depicts a pocket universe you wouldn’t want to visit but which you’re happy to give some voyeuristic attention.
RiYL: Reassessing the songs of your youth.
Blacks’ Myths, S/T Atlantic Rhythms
Your favorite art-rock band wishes it had this rhythm section. The duo of Luke Stewart (bass) and Warren G. “Trae” Crudup III (drums) makes looping, gloomy instrumental explorations— maybe it’s jazz, maybe it’s ambient, maybe it’s both and more—that feel at once technical and soulful. You could read what you want into the sinister, strangely zen vibe, but with song titles like “Country Ghetto,” “Lower South,” and “Black Flight,” Crudup and Stewart clearly have race, geography, and their tense intertwining on their minds. RiYL: Minimalist jazz. Jazzy minimalism.
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RiYL: Trips to the Star Trek mirror universe.
Mock Identity, Paradise Resistance and defiance music, wellcalibrated for our moment but smart, artful, and spritely enough that it’ll still sound fresh in the next one. The band—particularly guitarist Jeff Barsky—is twitchy but galloping, executing a mathy post-punk that carries frontperson Adriana-Lucia Cotes’ piercing meditations on our sexual and social politics like a missile. She’s a stunning singer in English, but the Spanish-language “Nación de Opresión”—about life under you-knowwho—is the standout, a rallying cry in a week when you’re worried your country might not make it. RiYL: A better America than the one we have right now.
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April 22–July 29, 2018 See the pioneering African American artist’s most personal work—hand-carved and assembled sculptures inspired by the materials and traditions of Africa and ancient Greece.
There’s a new white house in town, and while it may—debatably—be less functional than the one on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, it is certainly more fun. On July 4th, the National Building Museum opened Fun House, an interactive installation designed by Snarkitecture, the firm behind the National Building Museum’s 2015 smash hit The BEACH. Ostensibly a house, but one where nothing is as it seems, the exhibition is part 10-year capstone of Snarkitecture, part 5-year capstone of
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the National Building Museum’s Summer Block Party series. As such, Fun House incorporates previous installations and objects from Snarkitecture’s decade-long history, including the balls from The BEACH repurposed as a swimming pool, a baby pool, and a bathtub. Fun House is more obviously an exhibition at the intersection of art, architecture, and design than its beachy predecessor. It’s an immersive experience with many parts, and each subverts or riffs on everyday objects. But Fun House is just as social media friendly as The BEACH was, and possibly more so. Meanwhile, a timed ticketing system replaces The BEACH’s epic wait times. The National Building Museum’s previous Summer Block Party exhibitions—Bjarke Ingels’ The BIG Maze in 2014, The BEACH in 2015, Field Operations’ ICEBERGS in 2016, and Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang’s Hive last year—have put the museum’s summer programming on the map and established it as a place that takes seriously the challenge of making a thoughtful museum experience the whole family can enjoy. Fun House is no exception. It is a house, but
one that puts the fun in “dysfunctional.” The front door is part of a foam tunnel that snakes off to the right upon entry; the front hall has sneakers dangling from the ceiling and deadends at a mirror. In one room is a marble run, in another are everyday items that appear to have been cracked open or torn apart. Elsewhere there is a spotless white basketball hoop, a slab table that looks like part of a stalactite, and seating formed from oversized letters that spell out “fun house.” There is a bathroom and a kitchen, but those terms are used very loosely. The back of the house dissolves into a pillow fort, beyond which stretches out Snarkitecture’s Playhouse, originally designed for an exhibition in Columbus, Ohio. Almost everything is white, but it is all begging to be touched or held, dropped into a chute or pushed aside while walking, stepped in or climbed on. In a brochure that explains the original Snarkitecture objects and exhibitions that Fun House combines, the concept behind the Playhouse is described as starting with “the premise that most architecture is designed for the scale of adults, but is often reinterpreted by children for imaginative pur poses.” It’s a helpful lens for understanding the appeal of Fun House, too. Curated by Maria Cristina Didero, Fun House integrates Snarkitecture’s greatest hits to reinterpret the platonic ideal of suburban domestic life via, as Didero told press last week, the “surprise, wonder, and disbelief ” that are characteristic of Snarkitecture’s work. Speaking about Fun House’s elements of surprise and subversion, Snarkitecture partner Benjamin Porto explained, “Part of what we’re after, with the reduced pallet and not just using white, but no color, the idea of stripping stuff away, it can lend itself to seem like ‘Oh, I shouldn’t touch it, oh it’s modern…’” His instructions: “Jump in, sit on it, touch everything! Especially touching white stuff, you’re never supposed to!” “To me that’s the best way to engage adults,” Porto said. “Kids will have fun no matter what you do with them, it doesn’t take much.” As if on cue, just behind him a young boy threw himself into the pillow fort, shrieking with glee. In front of him, adults were snapping beaming selfies in the pool. It was hard to tell who was having more fun. —Naomi Shavin 401 F St. NW. $10—$16. (202) 272-2448. nbm.org.
Peace of Mind Peace Will Grind You Down Luna Honey BLIGHT. Records
Peace Will Grind You doWn, the debut LP from D.C. quartet Luna Honey, does a great deal with very little. It’s the kind of record that’s perfect for an evening of introspection. Unlike a lot of the other more dance/popcentric acts on BLIGHT. Records, Peace Will Grind You Down isn’t likely to draw anyone toward a dance floor. Anchored around the husband-and-wife duo of bassist Levi Flack and vocalist/guitarist Maura Pond, the band conjures the gothic, occasionally oppressive, and always beautiful atmosphere of musicians like Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Swans. It’s the kind of spooky, minimalist music that’s great for zoning out while still offering enough twists and turns to warrant constant attention. Peace Will Grind You Down is a damn dark sounding record, held together with low-end frequencies. But that darkness comes with a certain degree of light at the center. “If you’re unfamiliar with dark-sounding music, you think it sounds really depressing and dark,” says guitarist Benjamin Schurr (Br’er, Swoll), “but if you’re familiar with it, it sounds very holy and very spiritual.” This statement rings true, as many of the tracks draw heavily on drone music. Leaning on repetitive bass lines and sparse guitar work creates an almost meditative nature in many of the tracks, especially the titular “Peace Will Grind You Down.”
Flack’s bass takes center stage, with a single bass line providing the only real rhythm on the track and laying a foundation for Pond’s reverb - drenched vocals and— later— Schurr’s shimmer-laden guitar. Very little happens until three minutes into the nearl y s i x- m i n u t e track. Pond begins hitting higher notes, expanding the relatively limited range she showcased up to this point, and Schurr’s guitars b e c o m e m o re and more prominent. It’s the kind of gradual layering of sounds that folks familiar with the BLIGHT. Records catalog will recognize, and what makes what would otherwise be a rather one-note title track into something quite compelling. For all of the record’s darkness, Peace Will Grind You Down is not a nihilistic offering. “I think nihilism is something that you use to distance yourself from the rest of the world, ultimately,” says Pond. “Nothing out there matters, and also I don’t matter. I just feel like, what’s the point in that?” In a lot of ways, Schurr points out, it’s easy to be a nihilist right now, and it’s sometimes hard to disagree with him. Turn on the news and it’s hard not to get depressed and feel like life isn’t worth living. Luna Honey leans into the anger and disgust inspired by contemporary politics, but shies away from suggesting that there’s simply nothing to be done. As Flack points out, “Nihilism doesn’t change anything, and it never will.” Overall, Peace Will Grind You Down is a stunningly atmospheric album that does a wonderful job of paying homage to its various influences while finding a fresh approach to their dark and brooding sound. The minimalist compositions occasionally feel a touch too sparse, but that’s likely why the band has recently added Madeline Billhimer on baritone saxophone for live performances and future releases. If this first offering is any indication of what’s to come, we’re all in for a devilish good time. —Keith Mathias Luna Honey will be playing a record release show on Friday, July 13th with Among The Rocks & Roots and Social Station at the Hole in the Sky Collective.
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Hill Country live 410 7th St. NW. (202) 556-2050. Dirty Blanket. 9:30 p.m. Free. hillcountrywdc.com.
eCHostage 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. (202) 503-2330. Infected Mushroom. 9 p.m. $20. echostage.com.
soundCHeCk 1420 K St. NW. (202) 789-5429. Shiba San. 10 p.m. $20. soundcheckdc.com. u street MusiC Hall 1115 U St. NW. (202) 588-1889. Todd Terry. 10 p.m. $15–$20. ustreetmusichall.com.
FUNk & R&B
Blues alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 3374141. Jean Carne. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $25–$30. bluesalley.com.
FlasH 645 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 827-8791. Randomer and Hodge. 8 p.m. $8–$15. flashdc.com.
BetHesda Blues & Jazz 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. (240) 330-4500. Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Summer White Affair. 7:30 p.m. $40–$65. bethesdabluesjazz.com. twins Jazz 1344 U St. NW. (202) 234-0072. Frank Lacy. 9 p.m.; 11 p.m. $15. twinsjazz.com.
wolF trap Filene Center 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Juanes. 8 p.m. $40–$80. wolftrap.org.
gypsy sally’s 3401 K St. NW. (202) 333-7700. Staycation, Gordon Sterling and The People. 9 p.m. $13. gypsysallys.com. tHe HaMilton 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. The Devon Allman Project. 8 p.m. $15–$39.75. thehamiltondc.com.
AIN’T TOO PROUD—THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS
It’s basically impossible not to sing along to songs like “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination.” Fellow lovers of the oldies but goodies will have plenty of opportunities to scream those songs at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater as it hosts the East Coast premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations. The show, written by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, tells the story of the iconic quintet of talented young black men from Detroit who, in the ’60s and ’70s, produced a magical, soulful sound that still resonates. Ain’t Too Proud doesn’t skimp on The Temptations’ signature dance moves and harmonies—which, let’s be real, are what audiences show up for. And, boy, have they shown up: The show has become the highestgrossing production in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s history. But beyond the magic of the music and dancing, the show captures the group’s massive impact on all music, from pop to hip-hop to rock. Where would music be without The Temptations? Thankfully, we’ll never know. The show runs to July 22 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $79–$250. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. —Malika T. Benton
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Howard tHeatre 620 T St. NW. (202) 803-2899. Beres Hammond. 8 p.m. $39.50–$75. thehowardtheatre.com.
Hill Country live 410 7th St. NW. (202) 556-2050. Bastille Day Ft. The Highballers. 9:30 p.m. Free. hillcountrywdc.com.
BirCHMere 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500. Melanie Fiona. 7:30 p.m. $45. birchmere.com.
JaMMin Java 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. Milo in the Doldrums. 8 p.m. $15–$25. jamminjava.com.
MerriweatHer post pavilion 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. (410) 715-5550. Sugarland. 7:30 p.m. $56.50–$299. merriweathermusic.com.
Blues alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 3374141. Jean Carne. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $25–$30. bluesalley.com.
velvet lounge 915 U St. NW. (202) 462-3213. Whiskey Pull. 8:30 p.m. $10. velvetloungedc.com.
kennedy Center MillenniuM stage 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600. ÌFÉ. 6 p.m. Free. kennedy-center.org.
aMp By stratHMore 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. (301) 581-5100. Marilyn Maye. 8 p.m. $30–$40. ampbystrathmore.com.
wolF trap Filene Center 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Ninth. 8:15 p.m. $25–$60. wolftrap.org.
eCHostage 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. (202) 503-2330. Cash Cash. 9 p.m. $25–$30. echostage. com. FlasH 645 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 827-8791. Kittens. 4 p.m. $10. flashdc.com. FlasH 645 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 827-8791. Thomas Melchior. 8 p.m. $8–$15. flashdc.com.
FOLk dC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. Dear Creek. 9 p.m. $10. dcnine.com. tHe HaMilton 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. Carbon Leaf. 8 p.m. $30–$35. thehamiltondc.com. JaMMin Java 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. Alex Guthrie. 6 p.m. $15–$20. jamminjava.com.
JAzz BetHesda Blues & Jazz 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. (240) 330-4500. Tony Jackson. 8 p.m. $25. bethesdabluesjazz.com. twins Jazz 1344 U St. NW. (202) 234-0072. Frank Lacy. 9 p.m.; 11 p.m. $15. twinsjazz.com.
OPERA kennedy Center MillenniuM stage 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600. WNO Opera Institute. 6 p.m. Free. kennedy-center.org.
THU 7/12 DRIVIN’ N’ CRYIN‘ $15/$18 FRI 7/13 DIRTY BLANKET SAT 7/14 HIGHBALLERS TUE 7/17 SONGS FROM THE ROAD BAND THU 7/19 ANDREA VON KAMPEN + PETER HARPER $10/$12 FRI 7/20 SIX STRING DRAG SAT 7/21 HOLLERTOWN MON 7/23 SAM LEWIS TUE 7/24 MAMMOTHS WED 7/25 KARAOKE SAT 7/28 FOLK SOUL REVIVAL W/ PRESSING STRINGS $15/$17 TUE 7/31 JOEY HARKUM DUO THU 8/2 LANCE LOPEZ FRI 8/3 KURT CRANDALL SAT 8/4 SCOTT KURT & MEMPHIS 59 SUN 8/12 HEATHER GILLIS BAND $12/$15 HILL COUNTRY BARBECUE MARKET
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CoMet ping pong 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-0404. Light Beams, Blizzard Babies and Giant Peach. 10 p.m. $12. cometpingpong.com.
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LORI WILLIAMS ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR W/ SIMO
JEFF BRADSHAW & FRIENDS FT GLENN LEWIS & TEEDRA MOSES (2 SHOWS)
ROAD TO LOCK’N: AN INTIMATE EVENING W/ MATISYAHU
JOIN US FOR HAPPY HOUR 5PM-7PM MON - FRI!
CITY LIGHTS: SATURDAY
The only person on the internet to correctly name all the references in a Wussy song was crazy. So says Lisa Walker, frontwoman of the Cincinnati rock quintet that will headline Black Cat Saturday night. Walker recalled that one time “back in the MySpace days” when an internet fan accurately listed all the other bands that were influencing Wussy at the time. Then she checked out the commenter’s other online ramblings, and discovered they were “not all there.” Oh well. Wussy have been around for 17 years now, and Walker is accustomed to people speculating—incorrectly—about three or four references that might be buried in each track she and her bandmates write. Wussy’s new studio album, What Heaven is Like, pays homage to 1960s and 1970s protest songs, Walker says, while also continuing to sneak religious references into the richly layered, three-guitar sound they call “Midwestern drone.” This time around, there will be definite mid-Atlantic influences at this show courtesy of opener The Paranoid Style, a D.C. band Wussy met a few years back when playing at the former Tree House Lounge. Celebrate their Saturday reunion by listening to the bands' split single on Bar/None Records. Wussy perform with The Paranoid Style at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. —Rebecca J. Ritzel
48 HOUR ADVANCE access to tickets before the public
AND SO MUCH MORE!
Howard tHeatre 620 T St. NW. (202) 803-2899. Beres Hammond. 8 p.m. $39.50–$75. thehowardtheatre.com.
JaMMin Java 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. Tyler Plazio. 9:30 p.m. $10–$25. jamminjava.com.
BlaCk Cat 1811 14th St. NW. (202) 667-4490. Wild Moccasins. 7:30 p.m. $15. blackcatdc.com.
roCk & roll Hotel 1353 H St. NE. (202) 388-7625. White Ford Bronco. 9 p.m. $25. rockandrollhoteldc. com.
dC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. Badflower. 8 p.m. $12–$15. dcnine.com. tHe HaMilton 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. King Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band. 7:30 p.m. $20–$25. thehamiltondc.com. JaMMin Java 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. Jammin Java Songwriters Circle: A Tribute to the Songs of the Eagles. 7 p.m. $16. jamminjava.com.
kennedy Center MillenniuM stage 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600. NSO Summer Music Institute. 6 p.m. Free. kennedy-center.org.
sixtH & i HistoriC synagogue 600 I St. NW. (202) 408-3100. Sleeping With Sirens. 7 p.m. $25–$99. sixthandi.org.
state tHeatre 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. (703) 237-0300. La Santa Cecilia. 8 p.m. $18–$22. thestatetheatre.com.
FlasH 645 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 827-8791. Behrouz. 4 p.m. $8. flashdc.com.
FUNk & R&B
BirCHMere 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500. Michael Henderson. 7:30 p.m. $45. birchmere.com. Blues alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 3374141. Jean Carne. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $25–$30. bluesalley.com.
BetHesda Blues & Jazz 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. (240) 330-4500. Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Sunday Jazz Brunch. 1 p.m. $40–$85. bethesdabluesjazz.com. BetHesda Blues & Jazz 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. (240) 330-4500. Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Grand Finale Jam. 7 p.m. $40. bethesdabluesjazz.com.
Barns at wolF trap 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Roméo et Juliette. 3 p.m. $36–$92. wolftrap.org.
CoMet ping pong 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-0404. Outer Spaces, Goon, and Bacchae. 9 p.m. $12. cometpingpong.com. wolF trap Filene Center 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Halsey. 8 p.m. $40–$80. wolftrap.org.
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9:30 CluB 815 V St. NW. (202) 265-0930. The Get Up Kids. 7 p.m. $25. 930.com.
velvet lounge 915 U St. NW. (202) 462-3213. Polar Bear Summer. 8:30 p.m. $10. velvetloungedc.com.
kennedy Center MillenniuM stage 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600. Stas Venglevski & Tatyana Krasnobaeva. 6 p.m. Free. kennedy-center.org.
Blues alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 3374141. Shannon Gunn & The Bullettes. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $20. bluesalley.com.
dC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. Cut Worms. 8 p.m. $12. dcnine.com. JaMMin Java 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. Mobley. 7:30 p.m. $10–$20. jamminjava.com.
velvet lounge 915 U St. NW. (202) 462-3213. Watersdeep. 8:30 p.m. $10. velvetloungedc.com.
state tHeatre 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. (703) 237-0300. Jonny Lang. 8 p.m. $48. thestatetheatre.com.
Merriweather Post Pavilion • Columbia, MD
Sugarland w/ Brandy Clark & Clare Bowen ............................................... JUL 14 Dispatch w/ Nahko and Medicine for the People & Raye Zaragoza ....... JUL 21 DC101 KERFUFFLE FEATURING
Fall Out Boy • Rise Against • Awolnation and more! ......................... JUL 22
David Byrne w/ Benjamin Clementine ....................................................... JUL 28 VANS WARPED TOUR PRESENTED BY JOURNEYS FEAT.
3OH!3 • August Burns Red • Less Than Jake and more! ......................... JUL 29
THIS WEEK’S SHOWS
Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker
Hot In Herre: 2000s Dance Party
with DJs Will Eastman and Ozker with visuals by Kylos ..................... F JUL 13
The Circus Life Podcast 5th Anniversary Concert feat. JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience • Alex Barnett •
Justin Trawick and The Common Good • Louisa Hall • Geoff Browning • Bumper Jackson Duo • Eli Lev • Benjamin Carter • Nardo Lilly ........................ Sa 14
The Get Up Kids w/ Racquet Club & Ageist ................................................ Su 15 JULY
Deafheaven w/ Drab Majesty & Uniform ........Sa 21
Kyle Kinane This is a seated show. ......................Th 23 Can’t Feel My Face: 2010s Dance Party with
D NIGHT ADDED!
FIRST NIGHT SOLD OUT! SECON
Sleep (performing Holy Mountain) w/ Dylan Carlson .........................M 23 That 70s Party featuring
DJs Will Eastman & Ozker with visuals by Kylos ................F 24
Champion Sound (Live) and Vinyl DJs Gudo • John Eamon • Detroyt ......................................Sa 28
Nothing But Thieves w/ Demob Happy ............................F 7 MC50: Kick Out the Jams 50th Anniversary Tour
Bitch Sesh 3pm Doors. This is a seated show. .......Su 5 No Scrubs: ‘90s Dance Party
featuring MC5’s Brother Wayne Kramer, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Fugazi’s Brendan Canty, Kings X’s Dug Pinnick, and Zen Guerilla’s Marcus Durant ......Tu 11
with DJs Brian Billion and Ozker with visuals by Kylos ................F 10 AEG PRESENTS
Jeremih w/ Teyana Taylor & DaniLeigh ..Sa 11 Seu Jorge .................................W 15 Mura Masa ................................F 17 DC Music Rocks Festival feat.
Black Dog Prowl • Allthebestkids • Fellowcraft • Pebble to Pearl • Kid Brother .............................Sa 18
Los Amigos Invisibles ...........F 14 Joey Coco Diaz This is a seated show. ......................Sa 15
FIDLAR w/ Dilly Dally & NOBRO ..............Tu 18
SZA • 2 Chainz • RL Grime • Carnage • Young Thug • Playboi Carti • The Internet • Smokepurpp • Rico Nasty and more! ......................SEPT 22
The National w/ Cat Power & Phoebe Bridgers ...................................SEPT 28
Brett Eldredge • Dan + Shay • Dustin Lynch • Devin Dawson • Morgan Evans • Jimmie Allen • Jillian Jacqueline .........................SEPT 30 Lincoln Theatre • 1215 U Street, NW Washington, D.C.
THE BYT BENTZEN BALL THE BENTZEN BALL COMEDY FESTIVAL
#ADULTING with Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos Early Show! 5:30pm Doors .......................................................................... FRI OCTOBER 26
SMART FUNNY & BLACK FEAT.
Amanda Seales (HBO’s Insecure)
Late Show! 9pm Doors ............................................................................ FRI OCTOBER 26
ÓLAFUR ARNALDS ....................................................NOVEMBER 14 On Sale Friday, July 13 at 10am
Blackmore’s Night w/ The Wizard’s Consort .................. JUL 25 Amos Lee w/ Caitlyn Smith ...... SEPT 18 Welcome To Night Vale .. SEPT 26 Blood Orange ........................ SEPT 28
D NIGHT ADDED!
FIRST NIGHT SOLD OUT! SECON
MANY MORE SHOWS ON SALE!
Phish ...................................................................................................................... AUG 12 CAKE & Ben Folds w/ Tall Heights ....................................................... AUG 18 Kenny Chesney w/ Old Dominion ............................................................ AUG 22 Portugal. The Man w/ Lucius..................................................................SEPT 21
• For full lineups and more info, visit merriweathermusic.com • 930.com
FIRST SHOW SOLD OUT! EARLY
Jason Mraz w/ Brett Dennen ...................................................................... AUG 10 AUG 11 SOLD OUT!
U STREET MUSIC HALL PRESENTS
Charles Feelgood • Eau Claire) & (Sa 1 - Giorgio Moroder • Ultra Naté • Will Eastman) .....F AUG 31 & Sa SEP 1
DC’s All 90s Band ....................Sa 4
Erykah Badu • Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals • Nas • The Roots • Method Man & Redman • Daniel Caesar • Lion Babe and more! . AUGUST 4 & 5
WPOC SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY FEATURING
Blisspop Disco Fest (F 31 - Claptone • Francois K •
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic .Th 2 Andrea Gibson w/ Mary Lambert This is a seated show. ..........................F 3 White Ford Bronco:
CDE PRESENTS SUMMER SPIRIT FESTIVAL FEATURING
DJ Dredd’s MJ + Prince Dance Party
with visuals by Robin Bell .....Sa 25
w/ Russell Dickerson .............................................................................................. AUG 2
Car Seat Headrest w/ Naked Giants & Don Babylon .Th 20
The best thing you could possibly put in your mouth Cupcakes by BUZZ... your neighborhood bakery in Alexandria, VA. | www.buzzonslaters.com
Lykke Li ......................................... OCT 5 Gad Elmaleh ............................. OCT 10 Eric Hutchinson & The Believers w/ Jeremy Messersmith .................... OCT 12 The Milk Carton Kids w/ The Barr Brothers ....................... OCT 13
• thelincolndc.com • U Street (Green/Yellow) stop across the street!
9:30 CLUB PRESENTS AT U STREET MUSIC HALL Katie Herzig w/ Liza Anne ........... Sa JUL 14 Lydia w/ Jared and The Mill & Cherry Pools ................................ Tu AUG 7 Shannon And The Clams w/ Big Huge & Gauche .......................... Th 26 Vacationer w/ Sego .............................. F 17 • Buy advance tickets at the 9:30 Club box office • 930.com
TICKETS for 9:30 Club shows are available through TicketFly.com, by phone at 1-877-4FLY-TIX, and at the 9:30 Club box office. 9:30 CLUB BOX OFFICE HOURS are 12-7pm on weekdays & until 11pm on show nights, 6-11pm on Sat, and 6-10:30pm on Sun on show nights.
HAPPY HOUR DRINK PRICES impconcerts.com AFTER THE SHOW AT THE BACK BAR!
PARKING: THE OFFICIAL 9:30 parking lot entrance is on 9th Street, directly behind the 9:30 Club. Buy your advance parking tickets at the same time as your concert tickets!
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3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA • 703-549-7500
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POCO & ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION 13 DONNELL RAWLINGS 14 MELANIE FIONA 15 MICHAEL HENDERSON Aberdeen 19 NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND Green 20,21 Janie &22 THE BACON BROTHERS Barnett Kentucky 25 SHELBY LYNNE Avenue 26
An Evening with
COWBOY JUNKIES 29 MOTHER'S FINEST
30 An Evening of Music & Storytelling with
JULY CONCERTS TH 12 F 13
SA 14 SU 15 W 18
FY5 w/ THE TOO SOONS ZEN WARSHIP w/ COSMIC ROMP FREE SHOW! ELLIS DYSON AND THE SHAMBLES FREE AFTERNOON SHOW! 12:30pm DOORS REVELATOR HILL w/ ERIN LUNSFORD CICADA RHYTHM w/ ORION FREEMAN MICHAEL McDERMOTT w/ JESSE TERRY
JAMES HUNTER SIX
F 20 SA 21 SU 22 SU 22
w/ SOL ROOTS
THE MIGHTY PINES RANDY THOMPSON BAND FOLKFACES FREE AFTERNOON SHOW! 1:30pm DOORS SOUTHWEST SOUL SESSIONS HOSTED BY: ELIJAH BALBED & ISABELLE DE LEON
JAMBALAYA ON THE BAYOU KEVIN GORDON TRIO HAPPY HOUR LOUISIANA FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS!
ALL GOOD PRESENTS LARRY KEEL EXPERIENCE w/ ANDY FALCO ALL GOOD PRESENTS DIRTY GRASS PLAYERS w/ TWO TON TWIG MAYBE APRIL
F 27 SA 28
AUGUST CONCERTS W1
TH 2 F3 SA 4 TU 7
JAM BOX: A WORLD MUSIC MASHUP OF INSTRUMENTS & VOCALS PRESENTED BY STRATHMORE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE WITH DARYL DAVIS & SETH KIBEL THE EMPTY POCKETS FREE SHOW! ELI COOK w/ KATHRYN RHEAULT BLAIR CRIMMINS AND THE HOOKERS w/ MOOSE JAW BLUEGRASS JACKSON’S FIVE - A STORYTELLER SERIES
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KINA GRANNIS Imaginary Future
Sean AMANDA SHIRES Rowe 3 BILL KIRCHEN & TOO MUCH FUN
CITY LIGHTS: SUNDAY
In a river of Disney-Nickelodeon divas with multi-octave vocal ranges and pop machine productions, Jessie Reyez is the salmon swimming against the current. Armed with an idiosyncratic voice that is all quirks, squeaks, and rasps, the Canadian singer-songwriter is one of the rawest and realest players in pop music. She’s got a penchant for wrestling crazy-in-love demons and asking the big questions, like she does on “Great One:” “What is life? What is love? What are lies? What is trust? What is everything?” That voice and those lyrics are front and center over a melange of pop, R&B, and electronica, or—in the case of her breakthrough hit, “Figures”—a simple acoustic melody. Earlier this year, she won a Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, putting her in a lineage of Canadian artists that includes Drake, The Weeknd, Feist, and Alessia Cara. This time around, she’s opening for Halsey, one of those pristine pop machine singers, but she’s sure to be headlining again soon. Jessie Reyez performs at 8 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$80. (703) 255-1849. wolftrap.org. —Chris Kelly
featuring Johnny Castle & Jack O’Dell ‘The Return of The Classic TMF!’
JAKE SHIMABUKURO Christie Lenee 9&10 TOAD THE WET SPROCKET 11 AARON NEVILLE (Duo) 12 MORRIS DAY & THE TIME 13 MINDI ABAIR & THE BONESHAKERS 14 SHAWN MULLINS 5
"Soul's Core Revival Tour"
Felix Cavaliere & Gene Cornish’s
with special guest Carmine Appice
JEFF DANIELS & BEN DANIELS BAND 19 JEAN-LUC PONTY 18
"The Atlantic Years"
JOHN HIATT & THE GONERS SONNY LANDRETH
The Voice of the Moody Blues
JUSTIN HAYWARD 23 TANYA TUCKER 24 LITTLE RIVER BAND 25 KEB MO'
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CITY LIGHTS: MONDAY
This one is for the old heads. Detroit’s Slum Village reside in that rarefied air of hip-hop legends that many may not recognize but have definitely influenced the genre’s sound and culture. The original Slum trio from Detroit’s Conant Gardens neighborhood included T3, Baatin, and the legendary super producer J Dilla, both rapping and producing some of the group’s most classic cuts. The sound he cultivated in the studio for Slum Village would go on to influence pretty much every established major producer in the modern hip-hop era. Eminem? Dilla schooled him. Stealth master producer Q-Tip? While Q helped put Dilla in the national spotlight many would say that J surpassed his friend and mentor. While the group has lost two of their three founding members in Baatin and J Dilla, they will bring to Songbyrd some cuts from their new offering The Lost Scrolls Vol.2 and a dose of classic tracks with T3 and Grammy-nominated producer Young RJ. Head to Songbyrd to soak in Dilla production and feel the energy of finely crafted musicianship consumed the way it was meant to be: live and onstage in a crowded basement. Slum Village performs at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd, 2477 18th St. NW. $22–$40. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. —Hamzat Sani
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soundCHeCk 1420 K St. NW. (202) 789-5429. LZRD. 10 p.m. $15. soundcheckdc.com.
CITY LIGHTS: TUESDAY
One of the greatest movies ever made about the movies, Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard stars Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a former silent film legend who hires a struggling writer (William Holden) to create a script that she hopes will lead to her triumphant comeback. This darkly comic film noir goes beyond lurid crime drama to present a bitterly cynical view of mid-century celebrity— and of growing old. While Swanson plays the apt role of the faded star (at the peak of her career in 1925, she reportedly got 10,000 fan letters in a single week), hers isn’t the only fall from Hollywood grace: The great director Erich von Stroheim, whose 1924 drama Greed was edited so severely it’s considered a lost masterpiece, plays the bittersweet role of Desmond’s trusty helper. The film screens at 5 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. —Pat Padua
Hill Country live 410 7th St. NW. (202) 556-2050. Songs From The Road Band. 8:30 p.m. Free. hillcountrywdc.com.
JaMMin Java 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. Ethan Schaefer. 7:30 p.m. $12. jamminjava.com.
Blues alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 3374141. Jay Williams Project. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $22. bluesalley.com.
Barns at wolF trap 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Roméo et Juliette. 7:30 p.m. $36–$92. wolftrap.org.
wolF trap Filene Center 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Straight No Chaser. 8 p.m. $30–$65. wolftrap.org.
BlaCk Cat 1811 14th St. NW. (202) 667-4490. Little Junior. 7:30 p.m. $10. blackcatdc.com. dC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. The Social Animals. 8 p.m. $10–$12. dcnine.com.
twins Jazz 1344 U St. NW. (202) 234-0072. Matt Horanzy. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $10. twinsjazz.com. wolF trap Filene Center 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Boy George & Culture Club. 7 p.m. $42–$90. wolftrap.org.
BlaCk Cat 1811 14th St. NW. (202) 667-4490. Pearl Charles. 7:30 p.m. $12. blackcatdc.com. dC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. Second Letter. 8 p.m. $10. dcnine.com. JaMMin Java 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. Eric Scott and Mutlu. 7:30 p.m. $15. jamminjava.com. roCk & roll Hotel 1353 H St. NE. (202) 388-7625. Petal and Camp Cope. 8 p.m. $15. rockandrollhoteldc.com.
state tHeatre 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. (703) 237-0300. Buddy Guy. 7:30 p.m. $82. thestatetheatre.com.
pHillips ColleCtion 1600 21st St. NW. (202) 3872151. Vocal Colors. 6:30 p.m. $20. phillipscollection. org.
soundCHeCk 1420 K St. NW. (202) 789-5429. Spag Heddy. 8 p.m. $12–$15. soundcheckdc.com.
stratHMore BaCkyard tHeater stage 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. (301) 581-5100. Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra. 9:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. $8–$10. strathmore.org.
CoMet ping pong 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-0404. The Donkeys and Sean Barna. 9 p.m. $12. cometpingpong.com.
Blues alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 3374141. Poncho Sanchez. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $50–$55. bluesalley.com. twins Jazz 1344 U St. NW. (202) 234-0072. Brandon Ciocco. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $10. twinsjazz.com. velvet lounge 915 U St. NW. (202) 462-3213. The World Peace Ensemble. 8:30 p.m. $10. velvetloungedc.com.
Barns at wolF trap 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Roméo et Juliette. 7:30 p.m. $36–$92. wolftrap.org.
BlaCk Cat 1811 14th St. NW. (202) 667-4490. Kid Claws. 7:30 p.m. $10. blackcatdc.com. dC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. MOURN. 8 p.m. $12–$14. dcnine.com. gypsy sally’s 3401 K St. NW. (202) 333-7700. Knox Hamilton. 8:30 p.m. $13–$15. gypsysallys.com. tHe HaMilton 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express. 7:30 p.m. $15–$25. thehamiltondc.com. JaMMin Java 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. Virginia Man. 8 p.m. $12–$25. jamminjava.com.
andrew Martin & randall klein Writer Andrew Martin’s first novel, Early Work, traces life’s early stages for a young writer who desires to spice up his fiction. Author Randall Klein’s Little Disasters is a sus-
daniel silva New York Times bestelling author Daniel Silva chats about The Other Woman, his latest work about Russian espionage, love, and betrayal. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 600 I St. NW. July 19. 7 p.m. $15–$40. (202) 408-3100. JaMes CraBtree James Crabtree writes about India’s huge wealth disparities and what those disparities mean for the country’s future in his new book The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age. Politics & Prose. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. July 15. 1 p.m. Free. (202) 364-1919. MauriCe JaCkson and Blair ruBle Editors Maurice Jackson and Blair Ruble discuss DC Jazz, their book presenting a collection of stories centering on the District’s jazz scene and showcases the genre’s rich and often overlooked history in the area. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. July 17. 6:30 p.m. Free. (202) 387-1400. paul greenBerg Author Paul Greenberg explores the science, business, and environmental impact of humanity’s use of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil in his new book The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet. Politics & Prose. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. July 14. 3:30 p.m. Free. (202) 364-1919.
ain’t too proud—tHe liFe and tiMes oF tHe teMptations This Berkeley Repertory Theatre production chronicles The Temptations, whose signature dance moves and harmonies led them to be widely considered as the greatest R&B group of all time. The electric new musical features hits like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 2700 F St. NW.
wolF trap tHeatre-in-tHe-woods 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Alphabet Rockers. 10:30 a.m. $10. wolftrap.org.
penseful debut chronicling an affair between two married people and its subsequent consequences. Politics & Prose. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. July 14. 1 p.m. Free. (202) 364-1919.
BirCHMere 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. 7:30 p.m. $49.50. birchmere.com.
Blues alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 3374141. Duane Eubanks Quintet. 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $25. bluesalley.com.
Hill Country live 410 7th St. NW. (202) 556-2050. Andrea von Kampen and Peter Harper. 8:30 p.m. $10–$12. hillcountrywdc.com.
stratHMore gudelsky ConCert gazeBo 5301 Tuckerman Ln., Bethesda. (301) 581-5100. Lena Seikaly. 7 p.m. Free. strathmore.org.
FlasH 645 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 827-8791. Total Science. 9 p.m. $10. flashdc.com.
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CITY LIGHTS: WEDNESDAY
The title of local photographer Marie Emerson’s second solo show came to her courtesy of the 2016 presidential election. Emerson, working with her circle of friends, had already mounted a collaborative exhibition in June and July of 2017 titled After Hours at Femme Fatale, the D.C. creatives collective. That show had explored the participants’ lives outside their jobs, and early on, Emerson knew the next exhibition would be called During Hours. She then created the eventual title, enDuring Hours, after thinking about her and her collaborators’ emotional pain after the 2016 election. “We funneled our individual and collective hardships over these past couple of years through each photographic image,” Emerson says. The images feature metaphorical expressions of the subjects’ states of mind, through yoga-like poses and corporeal interactions often captured in impromptu studio sessions. Emerson recalls a working mom once told her, “When home life is bad, at least you have work. When work is bad, at least you have home.” Now, though, she says, “all facets of our individual lives have been affected” by the politics of our time—and it shows in her work. The exhibition is on view to July 29 at Shopkeepers, 1231 Florida Ave. NE. Free. shopkeepersgallery.com. —Louis Jacobson
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When Rolling Stone ranked the 100 best guitarists of all time in 2015, Buddy Guy landed at 23rd on that list. On the same list were B.B King at 6 and Eric Clapton at 2, behind Jimi Hendrix. Fittingly, both Clapton and King helped induct Guy into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Clapton calling Guy the greatest guitar player ever. To this day, Guy is one of the best examples of what blues has to offer the world. Now, the 81-year-old Muddy Waters protege will play at State Theatre in Falls Church along with young blues phenom Quinn Sullivan, who’s been playing music since he was 3. For you urbanites weary of getting to the burbs, don’t fret: The East Falls Church Metro station is a brisk 15 minute walk to the State. I made a promise to myself to make sure that I experience some of the greatest musicians still alive before they pass. I missed out on B.B. King and Prince. I won’t miss out on Buddy Guy, and I suggest you don’t either. Buddy Guy performs at 7:30 p.m. at The State Theatre, 220 North Washington St., Falls Church. $82. (703) 237-0300. thestatetheatre.com. —Hamzat Sani
To July 22. $59–$159. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. generation gap This Second City production, a new original work for Kennedy Center audiences, showcases a battle of the ages from the Greatest Generation to the latest generation. Kennedy Center Theater Lab. 2700 F St. NW. To Aug. 12. $49–$59. 202467-4600. kennedy-center.org. HaMilton Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit finally comes to the Kennedy Center. The world famous hiphop musical chronicles the extraordinary life of United States Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Kennedy Center Opera House. 2700 F St. NW. To Sep. 16. $99–$625. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. H.M.s. pinaFore The Hypocrites present Olney Theatre audiences with their zany take on comic twoact opera H.M.S. Pinafore. In their playful reimagining of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic sailor love story, instead of the high seas, the story takes place at a slumber party with pajama-clad sailors. Olney Theatre Center. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. To Aug. 19. $30–$74. (301) 924-3400. olneytheatre.org. on tHe town When three young sailors on shoreleave come to 1944 New York City to find love, two stumble into romances and one searches for a beauty he saw on a subway poster—all before being shipped off to war. This production, set to an exuberant Leonard Bernstein score, stars favorite D.C. actors, including Evan Casey, Tracy Lynn Olivera, and Rachel Zampelli. Olney Theatre Center. 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney. To July 22. $54–$84. (301) 924-3400. olneytheatre.org. tHe pirates oF penzanCe The Hypocrites, an innovative Chicago theater company, brings its critically-acclaimed version of The Pirates of Penzance to the Olney Theatre Center. The Pirates of Penzance is a two-act comic opera centering on young pirate Frederic whose Leap Year birthday becomes his undoing, with iconic music and lyrics by Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert. Olney Theatre Center. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. To Aug. 19. $30–$74. (301) 924-3400. olneytheatre.org. tHe wonderFul wizard oF oz Synetic Theater presents a brand new adaptation of this classic tale about a girl named Dorothy who turns the land of Oz
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upside down. Based on L. Frank Baum’s masterpiece of the same name, Synetic’s version will feature verbal and nonverbal communication converging. Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University. 3700 O St. NW. To Aug. 12. $20–$45. (202) 687-3838. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
ant-Man and tHe wasp Paul Rudd reprises his role as Ant-Man, this time finding himself teaming up with Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp to uncover past secrets. Co-starring Michael Peña and Walton Goggins. (See washingtoncitypaper.com for venue information) tHe First purge This prequel chronicles the events that lead to the very first Purge event, where the New Founding Fathers of America use the event as a sociology experiment to limit crime. Starring Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, and Joivan Wade. (See washingtoncitypaper.com for venue information) Hotel transylvania 3: suMMer vaCation The monster family is back, this time on a luxury monster cruise ship for summer vacation where Dracula falls for a ship captain with a dark secret that threatens monsterkind. Starring Adam Sandler, Mel Brooks, and Selena Gomez. (See washingtoncitypaper.com for venue information) skysCraper Dwayne Johnson stars as a U.S. military veteran who must go on the run after being framed for a skyscraper fire, find the true perpetrators, clear his name, and save his family. Co-starring Neve Campbell and Pablo Schreiber. (See washingtoncitypaper.com for venue information) sorry to BotHer you Lakeith Stanfield stars as a telemarketer who discovers the key to success is magically speaking with a different voice. Co-starring Tessa Thompson and Jermaine Fowler. (See washingtoncitypaper.com for venue information)
SAVAGELOVE Longtime Savage Love fanboy with a bit of a conundrum—and it’s your fault! I’m a bi man in my 30s. To use Charles M. Blow’s word, my bisexuality is “lopsided.” This means that I fall in love with women exclusively, but I love to have sex with men occasionally. My current girlfriend not only approves, she likes to join in. We have a great kinky sex life, and at times we invite a hot bi dude to join us. You keep saying that to counter bisexual erasure, it is the duty of every bisexual to come out of the closet. If I were a “proper” bisexual, i.e., romantically interested in men also, that would be no problem—my family and work and social circles are extremely liberal. However, your advice to us kinksters and people in open relationships is that we probably shouldn’t come out to our parents or colleagues, since when it comes to sex, it’s advisable to operate on a needto-know basis. While I agree with this completely—my mother doesn’t need to know my girlfriend pegs me—the rule keeps me in the closet as well. Since I’m only sexually interested in men, wouldn’t I be revealing facts about my sex life if I came out as bi? I also wouldn’t want to mislead gay men into thinking that I’m available for romantic relationships with them. So which rule is more important: the duty to come out as a bisexual or the advice to operate on a need-to-know basis when it comes to your sex life? —Bisexual Leaning Out Warily There’s nothing improper about your bisexuality, BLOW—or Charles M. Blow’s bisexuality, or the bisexuality of other “lopsided” bisexuals. While the idea that bisexuals are equally attracted to men and women sexually and romantically used to be pushed by a lot of bi activists (“I fall in love with people, not genitals!”), it didn’t reflect the lived/ fucked/sucked experience of most bisexuals. Like you and Blow (hetero-romantic bisexuals), many bisexuals have a strong preference for either women or men as romantic partners. My recently “gay married” bisexual friend Eric, however, is one of those bi-romantic bisexuals. This popular misconception—that bisexuals are indifferent to gender (and more highly evolved than all those genital-obsessed monosexuals)—left many people who were having sex with men and women feeling as if they didn’t have an identity. Not straight, not gay, and disqualified from bi. But thanks to bisexuals like Blow coming out and owning their bisexuality and their lopsidedness, a more nuanced and inclusive understanding of bisexuality has taken root. That nuance is reflected in bisexual activist Robyn Ochs’ definition of bisexuality: “I call myself bisexual,” Ochs says, “because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted—romantically and/or sexually—to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not
necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.” Lopsided or not, BLOW, you’re a proper bisexual, and if you’re in a position to come out to your family and friends, you should. And rest assured, telling people you’re bi doesn’t mean you’re divulging details about your sex life. You’re disclosing your sexual orientation, not detailing your sexual practices. You can tell someone you’re attracted to men and women—at the same time, in your case, if not in the same way—without telling them about the hot bi dudes you and the girlfriend bed together. And if you and the girlfriend are perceived to be monogamous, and you want to keep it that way, you can allow people to continue to make that assumption. Finally, BLOW, most gay men are aware that bi guys usually aren’t romantically interested in other men. And that’s fine—so long as hetero-romantic bi guys don’t mislead us, most gay men are down to fuck. (And gay men who won’t date homo-romantic or bi-romantic men? You guys are missing out. My friend Eric was a hot, hung, adventurous catch. Congrats, Christian!) And since you’re partnered and presumed to be monogamous, you’re also presumed to be unavailable. But if you’re worried a gay friend might try and get rid of the girlfriend so he can have a chance at your heart, come out to him as hetero-romantic at the same time you come out to him as bi. —Dan Savage
Bi married man here. I was always out to my wife, but two months ago, I came out to our tight circle of friends. Everyone has been supportive, and I’m glad I took this step. But on three different occasions, my wife’s best friend has loudly asked me whose cock I would most like to suck out of all the other guys at the party. My birthday is coming up, and I don’t want her there. My wife doesn’t want to offend her oldest friend, and she makes excuses like “She was drunk” or “She was only joking.” I told my wife that I wouldn’t be coming to my own birthday party if her friend was invited, but she invited her anyway “by accident.” (She sent the invite via group text.) She doesn’t want to confront or disinvite her friend because that would be awkward. What do we do? —Her Unthinking Buddy Bad Yucks Here’s what you’re going to do, HUBBY: You’re going to ask your wife how she would feel if a friend of yours was sexually harassing her and you made excuses for that friend (“He was drunk!”) and then “accidentally” invited that asshole to her birthday party. Then if she won’t call her friend and retract the invitation, you do it. It will be awkward, that’s for sure, but your wife’s friend shouldn’t be spared that awkwardness. Lord knows she made things
awkward for you—don’t hesitate to return the favor. —DS
I am a 23-year-old bisexual woman and I have two questions for you: (1) Is it possible to fall in love differently with women than with men? I think I am bisexual because I have been in love with some women, despite never getting past a kiss. What I find strange is that whereas with men I feel immediate attraction, with women the attraction rises after a deep friendship is formed. (2) Is it possible that I was in love with two different people at the same time? I always thought that I could be in love with only one person at a time, but during that short span, I was in love with both a guy who made me suffer and my best friend, a woman, who helped me with that guy. After I found a new boyfriend, I stopped thinking about anyone else because our relationship is closed. But I don’t know if that’s just because I avoid thinking about others or because I wasn’t really in love with the two people (despite my surprisingly real heartbreak). —Bisexual In Need And Inquiring Finally 1. See my response to BLOW, above. 2. A person can love more than one parent, more than one child, more than one sibling, more than one set of tit clamps, and more than one romantic partner. Telling people they can feel romantic love for only one person at a time isn’t just stupid, it’s harmful. Let’s say Bill is partnered with Ted, and Bill believes romantic attraction/love is a one-ata-time phenomenon because that’s what he was told. Now let’s say Bill develops a crush on Sandra. If Bill doesn’t question the oneat-a-time bullshit he was taught to believe about romantic love, Bill is highly likely to think, “Well, I must not be in love with Ted anymore, otherwise I couldn’t feel this way about Sandra,” and then he may dump triedand-true Ted for shiny-and-new Sandra. I’m not arguing that everyone should be poly—most people want only one partner at a time, and that’s fine. But telling people they can’t experience romantic attraction or romantic love for more than one person at a time sets long-term relationships up for failure. Because while stable, lasting love feels amazing, it’s less intoxicating than shiny, new, cumdrunk love. And while almost all stable, lasting loves were shiny, new, cum-drunk loves early on, very few new loves become lasting loves. If we don’t want people tossing lasting love overboard every time they develop feelings for someone new, people need to know that, yes, you can be in love with two different people at the same time. —DS Email your Savage Love questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Adult . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 SUPERIOR COURT Wills or to the Register OF THE DISTRICT OF of Wills Auto/Wheels/Boat . . . with . . . .a .copy . . . to 42 COLUMBIA the undersigned, on or Buy, Sell, Trade . . before . . . . .1/12/2018, . . . . . . . .or . .be . PROBATE DIVISION 2018 ADM 000707 Marketplace . . . . forever . . . . . barred. . . . . . .Persons . . 42 Name of Decedent, Barbelieved to be heirs or bara Ann Walker, Notice Community . . . . . legatees . . . . . . of . .the . . .decedent . . 42 of Appointment, Notice who do not receive a Employment . . . .of . this . . . notice . . . . .by42 to Creditors and Notice . . . . copy to Unknown Heirs, Health/Mind . . . . mail . . . within . . . . .25 . . days . . . .of . . Denise Walker, whose its publication shall so address is 440 Rd. . . . inform Body &Ridge Spirit . . . . . .the . . .Register . . . . . of 42 Apt 4, Greenbelt, MD Wills, including name, . . . . . .and . . .relation . . . . 42 20770Housing/Rentals was appointed address Personal Representative Legal Notices . . . ship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 of the estate of Barbara Date of first publication: Ann Walker who died onRow . 7/12/2018 Music/Music . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 March 1, 2018, without Name of Newspaper . .serve . . . . . . . . . and/or . . . . . periodical: . . . . . . . .Wash42 a Will Pets and will without Court Superviington City Paper/WashReal Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 sion. All unknown heirs ington Law Reporter and heirs whoseHousing wherShared . Name . . . . of . . Person . . . . . Rep . . 42 abouts are unknown resentative: Denise Services . . . . . . . . Walker . . . . . . . . TRUE . . . . TEST . 42 shall enter their appearance in this proceedcopy ing. Objections to such Anne Meister appointment shall be Register of Wills filed with the Register Pub Dates: May 12, of Wills, D.C., 515 5th 19, 26. Street, N.W., Building A, 3rd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 1/12/2019. Claims against the decedent
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SUPERIOR COURT Legals OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DC SCHOLARS PCS REQUEST Landlord and Tenant FOR PROPOSALS – ModuBranch lar Contractor Services - DC 2018 5874 ScholarsLTB Public Charter School D.C Housing : solicits proposalsAuthority for a modular Plaintiff, contractor to: provide professional v. management and construction services to construct Clarence Marble :a modular building to house: four classrooms Defendant. and one faculty offi ce suite. NOTICE TO HEIRS OF The Request for MARBLE Proposals (RFP) CLARENCE specifi cations can be obtained on and after Monday, November 27, Clarence Marble, 2017 from Emily Stonewho via comlived at 5336 Colorado firstname.lastname@example.org. Avenue, NW, Apt. 203 All questions should be sent in Washington, 20011, writing by e-mail.DC No phone calls regarding this of RFPhis willreportbe acat the time cepted. Bids must be received ed death, is the subjectby 5:00an PMaction on Thursday, of for a December Com14, 2017for at Possession DC Scholars Public plaint by Charter School, ATTN: Sharonda Plaintiff D.C Housing Mann, 5601 E. Capitol St. SE, Authority, in 20019. the LandWashington, DC Any bids lordaddressing and Tenant Branch not all areas as outof the Superior lined in the RFP specifiCourt cationsof will the District of Columbia, not be considered. Case No. 2018 LTB 5874.Apartments A judgment forfor Rent possession may lead to eviction and the loss of personal property in the residence. Any interested person, including but not limited to creditors, heirs, and legatees of the decedent, shall appear on September 11, 2018 at Must see! Spacious semi-fur10:00am in Courtroom nished 1 BR/1 BA basement B-53, in the Landlord apt, Deanwood, $1200. Sep. and Tenant Court, lo- entrance, carpet, kitchcated W/W at 510 4thW/D, Street en, fireplace near Blue Line/X9/ NW, Washington, DC, V2/V4. Shawnn 240-343-7173. to show cause if there be any reason why the Rooms for Rent complaint for possession should not be granted Holiday SpecialTwo furand the plaintiff take nished rooms for short or long possession, dispose of,per term rental ($900 and $800 or takewith any access other acmonth) to W/D, WiFi, Kitchen, and by Den.this Utilition as ordered ties included. Best N.E. location Court of any personal along H St. Corridor. Call Eddie property contained in 202-744-9811 for info. may or visit the unit. Inquiries www.TheCurryEstate.com be directed to: Lisa J. Dessel, Esq. Musolino & Dessel PLLC 1615 L Street, NW Suite 440 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 466-388
SUPERIOR COURT Construction/Labor OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Landlord and Tenant Branch 2018 LTB 5876 D.C Housing Authority : Plaintiff, : POWER DESIGN NOW HIRv.ING ELECTRICAL APPRENTICES Covington OF ALL SKILL Angel : LEVELS! Defendant. : NOTICE TO HEIRS OF about the position… ANGEL COVINGTON Do you love working with your hands? Are you interAngel who ested Covington, in construction and lived at 1845 in becoming anHarvard electrician? Street, NW, Apt. 918, Then the electrical apprentice Washington, DCperfect 20009, position could be for atyou! the Electrical time of their apprentices are able todeath, earn a is paycheck reported the and full benefi while learnsubject of antsaction inga the trade through for Complaint for firsthand experience. Possession by Plaintiff
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