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Locals see the humanitarian crisis up close when they travel to offer aid at the southern border.

DISTRICT LINE 4 Loose Lips: Residents take on a deep-pocketed developer at the Park 7 Apartments. 6 Mumble Sauce: Inside the world of artist Toni Lane

SPORTS 7 The Big Chill: With a new coaching staff in place, Maryland football players look forward to a calmer, less dramatic season.

FOOD 12 Lend Her Capital: Local female entrepreneurs fight for money to launch their food and drink businesses.

ARTS 14 Read ’Em and Weep: Five new releases from local authors will play with readers’ emotions. 16 Sketches: Assimakopoulos on Everyday Luxury: Silk Quilts from the National Collection at the National Museum of American History 18 Curtain Calls: Thal on Theatre Prometheus’ Or, 18 Short Subjects: Gittell on The Kitchen

CITY LIST 21 Music 24 Theater 24 Film

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Cover photo, taken at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge along the Arivaca Creek Trail, courtesy of Grace Laria



When It Rains, It Pours

Residents of the Park 7 Apartments have been waiting for months for developer Chris Donatelli to make essential fixes.

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Ramonn Dangerfield

By Mitch Ryals Chris Donatelli has arrived to listen. The wealthy white developer and frequent political donor met with tenants of his Park 7 Apartments last week after their list of demands went largely unaddressed for months. Conditions at the massive building that takes up nearly an entire block on Minnesota Avenue NE have deteriorated since it opened in 2014, tenants say. More than 90 percent of the 375 units are designated as affordable housing, and about half of the tenants have housing vouchers. A letter to Park 7 residents announcing the


meeting said Donatelli specifically wanted to address one tenant’s previous accusation that he is racist. It’s “a claim he takes very seriously and personally and wishes to address,” according to the letter, and one that stems from his apparent neglect of Park 7, some residents say. Donatelli did not address the allegation specifically, though he did take a pretty good thumping from his residents, all of whom in attendance last week were black. For more than two hours, Donatelli heard residents describe trash piling up in the hallways, chronic leaks and water damage, and mouse, roach, and bed bug infestations. Some residents spoke about what they believe are retaliatory evictions from the property management team and the gradual erosion of advertised amenities. The “lush court-

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yards” advertised on the front of the building are overgrown, the outdoor grills are gone, and access to the community room is restricted to just a few hours in the evenings. The modern, hotel-like complex once sparkled with daily cleanings, residents say. Now they come home to stained carpets and waterwarped baseboards. As Donatelli listened, a light fixture fell from the wall in the community room where residents gathered. It dangled there for the rest of the meeting. After more than an hour, one man who had been waiting patiently to say his piece, leaned over to LL. “Do you work for Donatelli?” Ramonn Dangerfield asked. LL does not, but it’s an understandable mis-

take given his pale complexion and untucked, slightly wrinkled attire. Dangerfield played a video on his phone of water streaming into his bedroom, which happens every time it rains, he says. Because of the water damage and the possibility that mold is growing in the walls, he now sleeps in the living room with his wife and 2-year-old son. Dangerfield says he’s lived at Park 7 for about two months through D.C.’s rapid rehousing program. He says his rent is $1,225 per month, most of which the government pays. An electrician by trade, he has recently been prevented from working due to a medical condition. He says his requests for repairs have gone unanswered. When it was finally his turn to speak, Dangerfield told Donatelli about the piss-filled beer bottles and trash bags that line the hallways. “But my biggest concern is this leak in my bedroom that still hasn’t been fixed,” he said. “I’m a construction worker, too, bruh. I’m just asking you to do your job.” Donatelli promised to walk up to Dangerfield’s unit after the meeting. As the meeting continued, residents’ feelings of resentment toward their landlord began to bubble up. “You keep your other buildings looking good, you need to keep this one looking good, too,” one resident who neighbors call Granny declared to much applause. “If we lived in Northwest or Southwest, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” said Shanel Wilson. Donatelli owns apartment buildings in Petworth, Columbia Heights, and on U Street NW, all of which are close to Metro stations. Earlier this year, he finalized a deal along with Blue Skye Development for a 262-unit project in Hill East, near the Stadium-Armory Metro. In 2009, the Council approved the sale of the land that would become Park 7 to Donatelli’s development company for just $10, a subsidy of about $13.1 million, WAMU reported in 2013. (Over the years, Donatelli has showered tens of thousands of dollars on local pols, including Mayor Muriel Bowser, former Mayor and current Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Councilmembers Brandon Todd, Jack Evans, Kenyan McDuffie, Mary Cheh, and Brianne Nadeau.) Last October, more than 100 Park 7 tenants signed a letter threatening to withhold rent if their demands were not met. Throughout the meeting last week, Donatelli told his staff to take notes and emphasized to the residents that he’s made some improvements—carpets were replaced, walls were painted, and a building-wide extermination has been scheduled. Some of the amenities were restricted at ten-

ants’ requests, he claimed. “Excuse my French, but that’s some bullshit,” the man says. “You haven’t been able to do anything that we’ve actually asked you to do.” AngelA Kennedy hAs recently become familiar with Park 7. As a new attorney with the Howard University Fair Housing Clinic, she’s helped multiple tenants fight eviction. But she says other lawyers who work in fair housing are more familiar with the complex than she is. “There are an extraordinary number of complaints they file,” Kennedy says of Park 7, “which is out of sync with the number of cases regularly filed in landlord-tenant court from one particular building.” Starting in 2017, tenants’ rights groups took notice of the unusually high number of eviction lawsuits filed against tenants in Park 7. According to data that Stomp Out Slumlords, the housing advocacy arm of the Democratic Socialists of America, compiled from D.C. Superior Court, Park 7 initiated at least 885 evictions against its residents between January 2017 and July 10, 2019. Donatelli says that number is drastically exaggerated. He says he’s filed 15 evictions in the past seven months. One former tenant, Lotus Muladhara, moved into the building in 2015, and by 2017, she reached her breaking point. After her requests for repairs, including a leaking bathroom ceiling and mold in the walls, went unanswered, she and a handful of frustrated residents met with organizers from Stomp Out Slumlords. Soon after that meeting, she says, a ticket appeared on her vehicle parked in the tenants’ lot and it was later towed. Muladhara says a D.C. police sergeant told her someone from Park 7’s leasing office called to have her car ticketed. In a cell phone video shared with LL, one of the building’s managers denies that accusation. Muladhara says her vehicle was towed just before Christmas and prevented her from spending time with her mother, who struggles with mental health issues. “My mom had an episode, and I couldn’t get to her,” Muladhara says. “She lives over an hour away, and it’s just me and her. That’s it. I’m all she has.” By then, Muladhara had been posting photos and videos of Park 7 and its employees on social media. She also started a website——solely dedicated to documenting problems with the building. In 2018, Park 7 filed two eviction cases against Muladhara. The first, filed in March, accused her of not paying rent. The second case, filed a month later, alleged that Muladhara’s yelling at property managers and her critical internet posts violated the terms of her lease. In court records, Muladhara responded with a list of several possible housing code violations including non-working appliances, pest infestation, and brown water. A judge combined the two cases, and in August 2018, both sides came to an agreement. Muladhara was required to take down her website and social media posts and was barred from posting disparaging things about

the building in the future. She also agreed to move out by September. In exchange, Park 7 forgave any unpaid rent, which, according to court records, amounted to $893. But in January 2018, just a few months before Park 7 tried to evict Muladhara, its leasing officer filed for a temporary restraining order and sued her for defamation. Mia Culbreth, who lived in Park 7 and was the target of multiple eviction cases herself, writes in court records that Muladhara cursed at her and called her names every time they saw each other. She also writes that Muladhara posted photos and videos of their acrimonious interactions online. “I am requesting that she stop taking my picture and video taping me, and putting it on my company website and social media,” Culbreth writes. “I want her to stop slandering my name and every time she sees me, calling me names. My job is in jeopardy.” The restraining order was dismissed when neither Culbreth nor Muladhara showed up for court, and a judge later dismissed the defamation case. Muladhara has since moved to California, where she says she’s “doing great now that I’m not in D.C. anymore.” “It was targeted, it was vindictive,” she says. “That’s why they wanted me gone, because I was organizing.” donAtelli listened for as long as his tenants had problems to share. He took over management of the building, which he owns, in January, but a walk through the building after the meeting makes it obvious that not every floor has benefited from new carpet and fresh paint. Tyrell Holcomb, the chairperson of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7F, has lived in the building since 2014. Sometimes, he says, he dreads coming home. “The value of Park 7 and the actual look on the inside don’t match,” he says. “The level of amenities that are communicated via the website and what you sign in your lease, I think there’s a very evident disconnect.” He points to a bill introduced by Gray earlier this year that would give Donatelli a tax abatement, though Gray couldn’t recall the exact value. His staff couldn’t pinpoint an exact number either. Gray introduced the same bill last year, but it died in committee, and his predecessor, Yvette Alexander, introduced similar measures in the past without success. A spokesperson for Gray tells LL that he will ask that the bill not be scheduled for a hearing until Donatelli and Park 7 residents reach an agreement over their demands. “I have no interest in something that’s only going to accrue to the ownership of the building,” Gray tells LL. “If it doesn’t help keep business and tenants there, I have no interest in that at all.” Holcomb says before he can support the tax break, he wants to see more and consistent improvements to the building. As for Dangerfield, whose bedroom leak went ignored for two months, he said in a follow-up interview someone recently came to seal the crack. But during Wednesday’s storm, hours before press time, he called LL to say rain was again pouring into his room. CP

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DISTRICTLINE Mumble Sauce The magnificent world of Toni Lane By Jordan N. DeLoach

Toni Lane says you can feel plants talking to you if you pay attention. Her houseplants had just finished cussing her out. The sprawling spider ivy and aloe had spent the day baking in the sunlight piercing the window of Lane’s studio apartment. The 65-year-old artist was busy making lino prints and hadn’t noticed they needed water. Lane tells me this as we nurse our half-finished bottles of Beck’s in her home, which is also her art studio. Stacks of canvases fill each corner. One of the walls is a large bookshelf holding self-made publications going as far back as the 1980s. The multidisciplinary artist often refers to herself as the Magnificent Toni Lane. The name fits her well. She wrote her first book in Marseille, France. She owned a gallery in San Francisco for nearly 10 years. And then she had a brain aneurysm and lived to paint the tale. Toni Lane currently works with other local disabled artists at Art Enables, a D.C.-based center that provides artists who have disabilities with education and professional training. Her art portrays experiences of Black women and girls. Lane’s signature style breaks down the human figure into its barest parts. Geometric, high-contrast bodies painted with thick brushstrokes and rounded edges bleed through her canvases. Whether it’s through her series “Ghetto Girls Rule” or paintings inspired by Black people who have lost their lives to violence, much of Lane’s artistry highlights the harm that Black and brown people endure. She’s moved by people like Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Black woman who was found hanged in her cell after being jailed for a traffic stop in Texas, and Relisha Rudd, a young Black girl who went missing from a D.C. homeless shelter in 2014 and has yet to be found. “There are children in cages. In detention centers. In jails,” Lane says. “As an artist, I feel like I have to put it out there.” Lane’s childhood in Southeast D.C. is her biggest creative inspiration. The brick project buildings that towered over her in her youth are re-

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Mumble Sauce is a summer 2019 column about how DMV Black communities uplift healing and creativity in the face of gentrification, displacement, policing, and incarceration. This is installment four of 10.

flected in many of her pieces, especially in her “Ghetto Girls Rule” series. “I had a wonderful childhood. Call me ghetto any day, I loved it,” Lane says, breaking out into her signature wide smile that shows all of her teeth. She grew up in Anacostia’s Frederick Douglass Dwellings projects with her parents, sister, brother, and cousin. “You learn about community, about family. You get close to people. You know the man in the corner store, and when you get caught stealing he knows just who your mother is,” Lane laughs. Lane gave birth when she was 18, and a few years later, she was studying photography at the University of the District of Columbia when she decided to move to France with her daughter. They “beboped” around the country for six months. “My mother got me some ‘Learn to Speak French’ records when I was around 13. At first I wondered why she got them for me. I thought only rich white people went to France.” Lane laughs again. “But I would play my records real loud in the ’hood. Everybody knew Toni was learning her French. And I knew I’d go to France one day.” It was in Paris that Lane found out she had

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been accepted into the San Francisco Art Institute. She started attending classes in California. The school didn’t have very many Black students, but she got to study under the legendary Black artist Robert Colescott. Lane’s eyes mist and she stumbles over her words as she describes her admiration for the late painter. He gave her the first canvas she ever owned. Life in California was wonderful and hard. Lane graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in photography in 1983 and started teaching art to high school students in Oakland. Driving a taxi cab paid the bills. San Francisco’s lesbian and gay scene offered her friendship. In the early 1990s, she opened her art gallery, Ethnic Trip Cultural Art. At the same time, she lost friends to AIDS. And the violence her students faced took a toll on her heart. One of her favorite students, LoEshe Lacy, was fatally shot while she was sitting in a parked car with her friends. She was only 16 years old. Lost in grief, Lane escaped to France again. “I went to Marseille. This time I stayed for about six years,” Lane says. “I didn’t come back until 2005 when I realized I needed to be clos-

er to my grandkids.” Her daughter had started having children and Lane wanted to be around as they grew up. It would be a long road to stability for Toni Lane once she got back to the District. She went to the hospital with a mind-splitting headache in 2006. Doctors in Fairfax rushed to operate on the aneurysm that had developed in her brain. “I felt lucky to be alive, but depression set in. My mental state was whacked,” she remembers. Lane’s mood worsened. Recovery was long and she felt lonely. A few years later, Lane started going to rehab where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. “Part of me was like, ‘Bipolar? Well, I’m bisexual. I’m a Pisces. It fits.’” Lane chuckles and takes another sip of her beer. “Another part of me felt like, ‘I’m the Magnificent Toni Lane. I used to have a gallery. I used to drive a taxi and teach kids in school,’” Lane says. “I had to work to accept it.” Art Enables helped her on her path to acceptance. SSI checks were barely covering the bills when her behavioral health case worker suggested that she check out the D.C.based arts center. Lane became a studio assistant soon after. She’s been at it for around three years. “Working with people who have different disabilities makes me stronger. And the artists there are great,” Lane says. “We create some beautiful art together.” Before this interview, the last time I’d seen Lane was at Art Enables. She was taking photographs of an event at the center. She maneuvered through the crowd with her camera hanging from her neck, her finger ready on the trigger, her senses guiding her to the scene she should capture next. Lane tries to pay attention when her environment is speaking to her. And just like her houseplants, the environment speaks. The clamor of Anacostia project buildings. The rattle of classroom desks in Oakland. The hum of Paris streets in the night time. Lane’s surroundings beg her to create wherever she goes. The result is magnificent. CP To learn more about Toni Lane’s artwork, check out her website,

The Big Chill



Wayne Rooney's imminent departure from D.C. United foreshadows an offseason of change for the club.

and is one of a dozen DeMatha alums on the team. Four players on the active roster list their hometown as D.C. This familiarity not just with the coaches, but among local players, has helped foster the family-like atmosphere. “I just feel like we all can relate to each other,” says Savoy, a Woodrow Wilson High School graduate. “Not saying that I can’t relate to the out-of-state players, but like, mostly a lot of guys from D.C. and Maryland, we know each other, Michael Locksley we know the area very well, we got a lot of things that we connect on.” Before Locksley’s hire, which has generated enthusiasm in the area, the Post published an article detailing the coach’s past controversies. His first head coaching job at the University of New Mexico from 2009 to 2011 ended after a series of incidents. Among them, he was accused of telling an administrative assistant that he wanted younger women in her role (the claim was later withdrawn) and of punching and attacking an assistant coach. The school fired Locksley four games into his third season and he finished with a 2-26 overall record. But at Maryland, Locksley sees “great opportunities.” He spoke repeatedly about developing the “right kinds of habits and behaviors” in order to be successful. going the right way.” Players may have perceived those words as Brooks, the senior defensive back, says the hollow had it come from any other coach, but coaches have “patience,” and allow the playLocksley has a deep connection to the D.C. ers to make mistakes. He adds that it creates area. The former offensive coordinator for the a more “relaxed feeling.” McFarland says the University of Alabama graduated from Ballou “culture has definitely changed as a team. High School in Southeast and served several Not even just coaches, but as a team, starting stints at Maryland, where he compiled a 1-5 to come together, just getting through everything together.” record as the interim head coach in 2015. Oluwaseun Oluwatimi, a senior defenIn January, Locksley hired Elijah Brooks, the former head football coach at DeMatha, to sive lineman who also graduated from DeMatha, describes the vibe in the building as be Maryland’s running backs coach. “I definitely feel like a home feeling every- “not as tense.” “They want us to be free,” he says. “They time I come here and talk to coaches, coach Locks,” says senior defensive back Tino El- want us to go out there and play loose and play lis. “That’s definitely one of the feelings, a fast. We’re going to make mistakes but they home feeling, because they’re all from the want us to make them at 100 miles per hour.” “Jordan will always be remembered,” Olusame area.” “It makes a big difference, it makes me com- watimi continues, “but how we move on, we’re fortable,” he continues. “A lot of these coach- gonna move on by preparing the right way, and es, I had a pre-existing relationship with them, playing the game the right way. He will always so I already knew them and they already knew be in our hearts, he’s forever our brother. But me. They know what I’m good at, what things we’re going to move on—we are moving on— I need to work on, so I think it helps out a lot.” and preparing the right way and honoring him Ellis grew up in Reisterstown, Maryland, the right way.” CP

Maryland football aims for a fresh start with a “more chill” atmosphere under coach Michael Locksley. ANTOINE BROOKS JR. can feel the difference when he steps into the Gossett Football Team House. Beyond the on-field changes and cliché slogan “Maximize It,” the new University of Maryland football coaching staff has brought a relaxed vibe to the program this year. “I mean, more chill. Chillin’. People used to be uptight or nervous or something like that,” Brooks, a senior defensive back from Lanham, says of himself and his teammates. “But you know, everybody, at the end of the day, everybody is just calm, cool, and collected.” In hiring Michael Locksley last December, Maryland turned to a familiar face to stabilize its football program about six months after offensive lineman Jordan McNair developed heatstroke during practice and died 15 days later, on June 13, 2018. A 192-page external report examining McNair’s death and the Maryland football program, commissioned by the school, revealed a culture where players felt afraid to speak out under former head football coach D.J. Durkin. Maryland placed Durkin on administrative leave last August, then reinstated him after the report came out in late October, only to fire him a day later. The players are ready to put this traumatic chapter behind them. “We’ve been working hard all summer,” says redshirt sophomore running back Anthony McFarland Jr., who grew up in Hyattsville and graduated from nearby DeMatha Catholic High School. “We’ve been putting in all the work that we need to put in. We’re just ready to go out there and prove what we can do. … This year is just for everything we’ve been through. We hit rock bottom last year and feel like this is the year to make something happen.” A feeling of normalcy had returned during the team’s media day earlier this month. Most of the questions from reporters focused on the emerging quarterback battle, the switch to a 3-4 defense by new defensive coordinator Jon Hoke, and the high-profile transfer players this season. The transfers include ex-Virginia Tech


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quarterback Josh Jackson, former Hokies wide receiver Sean Savoy, linebacker Shaq Smith from Clemson University, and linebacker Keandre Jones, who was recently granted a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately for the Terps after three seasons at The Ohio State University. When asked how the team plans to move forward while still paying homage to what happened last year, Locksley responded with a common refrain throughout his press conference. “We will be defined by what we do now,” he said. “What we’ve done in the past doesn’t really matter. It’s about what we do today and that’s always going to be our focus. But moving forward, we move forward the right way and one of the things that our team has embraced and kinda taken on is the way we honor Jordan is by how we compete, how we practice, and how we prepare. And that’s something our team has embraced. Obviously because of what’s happened here, we feel like we’re in the best shape possible to navigate through this and our team has really come together and I like the way we’ve moved forward and we’re august 9, 2019 7

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The U.S.-Mexico border

NORTH OF THE BORDER D.C. R ESIDEN T S W HO T R AV EL TO T HE U.S.-M E X ICO BOR DER W I T NESS T HE CR ISIS IN PER SON. STORY BY ALE X A M ILLS “Their feeT were so wrecked—blisters and just bloody.” Galen Rodes-Acar had one little pink tub at her disposal. She’d fill it with warm water and a few drops of bleach, and welcome a traveler to soak their feet for 20 minutes. Then she’d empty the tub, refill it, and call the next person in line. One by one, the migrants gently washed the dirt out of their own wounds until RodesAcar could check their cuts, hand them Neosporin and a pair of clean socks, and invite them to repeat the ritual the next day. “I mean, the foot bath was brown by the end,” she says. “And, like, sand would come out of it.”

For a week this past May, Rodes-Acar washed people’s feet at a Salvation Army in Yuma, Arizona. Immigrants who have walked from Central America through Mexico, made it through U.S. Customs and Border Protection and detention centers, and subsequently been released into the United States can get meals at the Salvation Army, along with a safe place to sleep and help contacting their U.S.-based sponsors who will book them bus or plane tickets to their ultimate destinations. Rodes-Acar is a staffer at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington—one of 18 the organization has sent to the border this year to help ease the immigrants’ en-

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try into a country that is actively developing and testing a full suite of policies designed to keep them out. These Catholic Charities staffers are not alone in their journey from D.C. to the border. In the town that largely created today’s immigration crisis—the Washington that wrote poor foreign policy, poor immigration policy, and is driving a white nationalism revival—regular people are scrambling to find ways to help incoming immigrants, who they see as fellow regular people deserving of a good life. Over the past few years, attorneys, faith leaders, activists, and people so jarred by im-

migration news that has included, in turns, separating children from their parents, filthy and overcrowded detention centers, and aggressive deportation efforts, have been traveling south to see the border for themselves. Their goals: to help immigrants in whatever capacity they can, to pray, and to simply understand what’s actually happening where Mexico meets Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. When Rodes-Acar got home this spring, she talked to her kids about what she saw on her trip. “I showed them the map of Guatemala and I was like, ‘Look, they walked through from this little place and they came all the way up, hiding from border patrols,

D.C. resiDent HeatHer Cronk went down to San Diego in the spring of 2018. She was working as co-director of an organization called Showing Up for Racial Justice at the time, and in that capacity had gotten in touch with a friend who was accompanying a caravan of migrants walking north toward the U.S. border. Cronk asked if she could help in any way. “The response back was, ‘We actually have a lot of people on the caravan who had to drop everything and make a really quick decision to flee political violence, personal violence, gangs threats,’” remembers Cronk. “And they had not lined up a sponsor for when they get to the border.” Migrants eligible for release into the U.S. need to show that they have a sponsor who will initially provide them food and shelter, a mailing address to receive court-date papers, and often buy them a one-way ticket to wherever in the U.S. the sponsor lives. Many migrants come to the United States with contact information for a relative or close friend who can fill out the paperwork necessary to become a sponsor. Cronk went about organizing plans for those who didn’t. SURJ partnered with immigrant justice organizations like Innovation Law Lab and Al Otro Lado, which had been offering legal clinics to people in the caravan along the way to ensure that they knew their rights when they arrived at the border. These groups knew people who needed sponsors. Cronk put out a call to SURJ’s networks asking, more or less, for anyone willing to open their home to a stranger in need. “I thought, you know, maybe we’ll get five or 10 folks who would say yes to that, right? Like that’s a really high-bar ask,” she remembers. “One by one, I started getting pings on my phone saying one person signed up, and then five people signed up, and then 20 people signed up. And within about 48 hours, we had 200 people who were willing to open their homes to a stranger,” says Cronk. She flew down to the border, crossed into Mexico, and set about matchmaking, which took place on the third floor of a coffee shop in Tijuana. Migrants’ children played soccer in the hallway. “Everyone from the caravan, each night they did collective meetings where they were making decisions together about, you know, here’s the atmosphere right now, here are the choices that we need to make. So I went into a room and they were deciding when they were going to go to border patrol and turn themselves in,” she says. “I literally gave everyone a piece of paper that had a person’s name, a phone number, and a city and state, and said, ‘Commit this to memory. This is the person who’s going to

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hiding from all of that. And they’ve come with just what they have on their backs.’ I mean, imagine that. They’re on the road for like three weeks, four weeks, not eating,” she says. “And I was like, ‘Think about that, you guys. Think about it when you’re complaining that you only have one kind of cereal to eat for breakfast.’”

“I MEAN, IMAGINE THAT. THEY’RE ON THE ROAD FOR LIKE THREE WEEKS, FOUR WEEKS, NOT EATING. “AND I WAS LIKE, ‘THINK ABOUT THAT, YOU GUYS. THINK ABOUT IT WHEN YOU’RE COMPLAINING THAT YOU ONLY HAVE ONE KIND OF CEREAL TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST.” be championing you, who is ready to open their home when you get out.’” The program—called Asylum-Seekers Sponsorship Project—still accepts volunteer sponsors, who are asked to support the people they welcome with food, shelter, medical care, and legal help for six months to a year. Cronk says that some of the immigrants have already gotten work permits and moved from their sponsors’ homes into their own apartments. M. LuCero ortiz traveled the same route at around the same time. She is a D.C.-based immigration attorney—one of several who went to work inside various border detention centers in the spring and summer of 2018. For Ortiz, the border was familiar ground. She went to Texas on her own in 2014 to offer pro bono services to unaccompanied minors and migrants seeking asylum. She volunteered for RAICES (The Refugee and

Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), as well as the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in the Rio Grande Valley, where immigrants just released into the U.S. can get a shower, a good meal, and a place to sleep. Ortiz spent her trip sorting used clothes, and she loved the work. “That was the best task because I felt like I was a personal stylist, figuring out people’s measurements and then trying to bring them very fashionable outfits,” she says. Subsequent trips have been less joyful, as the situation at the border has grown more desperate and the outcomes have become increasingly devastating. Attorneys Caroline Solís and Jennifer Bibby-Gerth, both of whom work at Catholic Charities DC, witnessed child separation last August as they met with immigrants in detention and asked them for their stories in an

effort to connect them with pro bono representation. (The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., or CLINIC, sent 40 legal practitioners to the border in this period, six of whom were from the D.C. area.) Solís and Bibby-Gerth worked at the El Paso Processing Center in Texas and the Otero County Processing Center in New Mexico doing about five intakes a day at 45 minutes each for a week and a half. They both met parents in detention who were separated from their children. Solís says of one man: “His voice had no affectation, he was just completely dejected. He was looking down. You can’t imagine what he’s going through, being separated from his son. But you could certainly see it in his face when he’s talking.” In Mexico City last November, where Ortiz met migrants who were making their way to the border, she gave presentations on asylum law in a sporting complex where a section of a playing field was chock-a-block with tents housing migrants who were on their way north. Her presentations covered how difficult it is to win an asylum case, and what situations are covered under the law. The message was not always well received. “They thought that we were working with the administration, that we were trying to dissuade them,” she says. “They called us all sorts of names. They were like, ‘No, that’s not what I’ve heard. That’s not what I know.’ Like you’re literally telling me the sky is not blue. Like I’ve been told my entire life, the sky is blue. The United States is going to give me protection if I am fleeing from my country. And you’re telling me that’s not true. I don’t believe you.” “And so there’s desperation, there’s so much desperation.” She saw more desperation, and worse, when she went to Harlingen, Texas, in June 2018 to work with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) and return to the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center. An anonymous donor—she doesn’t know who—was sponsoring flights and accommodations for D.C.-area attorneys who could go into detention centers and try to help migrants get out and reunite with their children. She did legal intakes in the Port Isabel Detention Center, and tried to match parents and children who had been separated. Some of the children were so young, she says, they didn’t know their parents’ names beyond “mommy” or “daddy.” Some children spoke indigenous languages, not Spanish. “For us, it was just trying to figure out as the adults, who are you? Who did you come with? What do they look like? ” She remembers thinking that the average coat check was more thoughtfully executed than this system, where human lives were at stake. “We kept saying, like, they didn’t even give them bracelets,” she says. Ortiz returned to the border in August 2018 with CARECEN, the Central American Resource Center in Columbia Heights, where she is the director of legal services. She is going back yet again in mid-August, august 9, 2019 9

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this time to San Diego and Tijuana. She remembers talking to the press after one of the 2018 trips. “We talked about how these are starting to look like concentration camps. Like why are the conditions so bad?” she says. “And I remember we got a lot of pushback, right? Like, you shouldn’t be using those words. Like, there are very historical connotations behind those words. And while we were sensitive to that, we also wanted to sound the alarm. This is bad. I mean literally it’s like the United States declared war against Central America and we didn’t officially declare it. I mean to separate children from their mothers is an act of aggression, an act of war.” These sorts of comparisons came up again and again among locals who have volunteered at the border. Rabbi Charles Arian of Kehilat Shalom in Gaithersburg, who took a delegation of rabbis and Jewish educators to the border last December, says: “If ‘never again’ means just Jews, then it’s a meaningless phrase. ‘Never again’ has to be never again anybody, OK? And I’m not saying it’s the Holocaust, but the Holocaust wasn’t the Holocaust until it was. And so we have to step in to make sure that things that aren’t the Holocaust don’t become the Holocaust.” Arian and his group made a faith-based trip in collaboration with a Catholic organization, Kino Border Initiative. He started planning the trip after news of the child separation policy broke. At first, Arian had trouble booking his trip. “Most of the organizations that I contacted emailed back saying, you know, ‘We are so in crisis, you would just be in the way,’” he recalls. He wanted to be useful, to make a religious response to the crisis, and to learn. A short trip or a publicity moment wouldn’t do. The partner he found, Kino Border Initiative, is a Catholic organization that offers direct humanitarian assistance to migrants in Mexico and “immersion experiences” for visitors, who often meet with law enforcement officers and migrants alike. Georgetown University, for example, has been sending students to Kino Border Initiative on alternative spring breaks for eight years. Grace Laria went down as a freshman, and now as a recent graduate she’s a legal assistant at the Santa Fe Dreamers Project through Jesuit Volunteer Corps. “This trip kinda sealed the deal in terms of what I want to do in my life,” she says. One of her lingering memories is of a moment in their tour of the Eloy Detention Center when she walked up to a fence and saw detainees on the other side, and a woman said, in Spanish, something along the lines of “We love having visitors.” Laria took her to mean that she loved having witnesses—people to see what they were going through. Sofia Carratala, who also just graduated Georgetown, went on the trip last spring and the spring before, and that enabled her to see a massive change in the volume of immigrants. “The first year we served one meal to everyone seeking the services of Kino Border Initiative. And then this year we served three

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rounds of lunch,” she says. When Arian contacted Kino, he says, they told him that they usually only accept Catholic groups, but that if he could organize a group of no fewer than five or more than 10 rabbis, they could welcome them. Arian is an active Georgetown University alum and appreciates the Jesuit way of education. He reached out to rabbis and synagogues across the country and filled the 10 slots in short order, ultimately turning several people away. Father Peter Neeley, the associate director of education at Kino, hosted the rabbis. A picture from the trip shows Arian and Neeley with their arms slung around each other, smiling, and with nearly matching gray-white beards. Neeley says his organization welcomed 142 groups last year and is currently booked through the end of 2019 and beyond. One of his favorite regular visitors is an accountant in Philadelphia who uses his annual summer vacation to come down and volunteer with Kino. The rabbis and Jewish educators visited a courtroom in Tucson, Arizona, where they witnessed Operation Streamline, a federal effort to prosecute people who enter the U.S. without authorization. The court tries dozens of people at once. “The image,” says Neeley, “a bunch of people dressed in their clothes that they just walked across the border with or they got picked up at work with—you know, some little old Guatemalan indigenous woman, at 65 years old, chained at the waist, chained at the hands, chained at the feet, shuffling into court and [the judge] just saying, ‘Are you guilty?’ And they all say, ‘Yes, we’re guilty.’ OK. You’re all being deported or sent to prison or detention centers, or serving.” “I’ve had kids just turn around and walk out,” says Neeley. “They said it’s just too painful to watch.” The rabbis walked desert trails that migrants often use to cross on foot, and worked in Kino’s soup kitchen on the Mexico side. “There’s no doubt that these are people who are fleeing for their lives,” says Arian. “It’s quite obvious.” “We were in the cycle of Torah readings at that time—this was in December—we were starting to read the book of Exodus,” recalls Arian. “And you hear people say, ‘What kind of parents put their kids through that?’ And one of the people in our group said, ‘Well, what kind of parents put their kid in a basket and float it on the Nile?’ Moses’ parents did in the Bible. It’s exactly the same thing. When your choices are stay and be killed or undertake a risky journey, you undertake a risky journey.” Jaleesa Hall saw many of the same things on her trip—the walk in the desert, the Operation Streamline courtroom visit. She went as a masters of divinity student at Wesley Theological Seminary, and stayed with the Tucson-based BorderLinks, which has been hosting delegations since 1987. The memory she can’t get out of her head is the objects she saw on the walk in the des-

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ert. “We can tell where people hide at night. Just how the grass is wilted, it seems like someone was sitting there, or a brush left, or a diaper left, or we saw a little girl’s hair brush. Or we would see water that was empty, empty bottles.” She and her group members left full jugs of water for future travelers who might need a drink. Her theological conclusion was this: “We think of neighbors like, love the person next door to me, or love the person that I know. But our neighbor is across the border. … And for me, I’m thinking also as an African American woman, who has a jaded history as well in this country. If we’re not careful with this issue, if we are denying people the right to be seen and to be heard, we can go back to a place that had people in chains, that had people—and that’s happening, with the detention of children. So we have to be careful of not having history repeat itself. And one of the ways to do that is to say, ‘I love my neighbor. You are me. I am you. We are human.’”

ple of days, I cried, because I had never experienced—I mean, I do galas and golf tournaments,” she says. But she ultimately saw her own parents in the migrants she helped. “I was born in this country,” she says, “but my parents came in the ’70s, and I was like, my dad went through this. He definitely walked over the border. And I can’t even imagine walking over to the border. He was a man and walking over the border with a child.” Father Jacek Orzechowski, who worked at the same location last April, says that migrant after migrant told him they fled because their crops failed, and they couldn’t get access to water. He remembers one young Guatemalan woman in particular who told him what it was like to cross the Rio Grande: “She said that she had her daughter, her 2- or 3-year-old daughter, on her shoulders. And sometimes even she would have to be submerged in the water to cross it. At one point, she said that she slipped, and fortunately someone just grabbed her by the arm, and she showed me the mark area on her arm that prevented her from going down and possibly drowning with herself and her daughter.” He says she was filled with gratitude. Many of the migrants make their way to the D.C. area. Ortiz sees them walk through the doors at CARECEN in Columbia Heights regularly, and some of them have been through the same places she’s worked down on the border. In the same neighborhood, volunteers from All Souls Church, which sent a delegation to the border last November, distribute information on how to protect yourself from an ICE raid. Solís and BibbyGerth at Catholic Charities DC meet immigrants at the open legal intakes they offer one day a week, picking up what cases they can. They’re working to see that newcomers can stay, survive, and thrive. CP


Rodes-AcAR And the Catholic Charities DC employees who went down this spring— staffers from all different departments in the organization—met the migrants who made it through, who were tired travelers but filled with the enthusiasm of people who see a new chance before them. Rodes-Acar tells the story of a woman who came to her dehydrated and with a fever. She encouraged the woman to eat, gave her a pill, and made plans to check in the following day. “I came back the next day,” says Rodes-Acar, “and she’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, whatever you gave me, that was a miracle! I feel so good.” The pill was a single Tylenol. Carmen Joya also worked at the Salvation Army in Yuma. She’s the director of special events at Catholic Charities DC. “The first cou-



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Lend Her Capital

Do female food entrepreneurs in D.C. face more challenges when it comes to generating initial funding for their businesses?

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By Laura Hayes When Maya LoveLace was preparing to open two restaurants in Portland, Oregon, she launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to cross the fundraising finish line. She subsequently received a text message from a male restaurateur: “Running a Kickstarter is for kids with cancer—chefs should be able to succeed and get funding based on their skills alone.” Lovelace ended up raising $85,778 on Kickstarter, surpassing her goal of $75,000. “Women are often expected to be gracious and giving in this industry, so when they turn around and ask for something, it’s hard or confusing, especially to men,” Lovelace told the audience at Eater’s Young Guns Summit on July 27. The conference focused on how the

next generation of chefs and operators can improve restaurant culture. Lovelace’s panel on fundraising got City Paper thinking: What challenges do female entrepreneurs in D.C. face when they start a food or drink business and begin raising capital? Everyone from a soup maker and a bakery owner to fast-casual empire builders explained how they turned their ideas into fully operational businesses and whether their gender played a role in their successes or setbacks. Knowing your numbers will make it much harder for investors and banks to say no. “Access to capital is the number one issue women business owners have,” says Emi-

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ly Bruno, who opened the first Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring in 2014 with her wife, Julie Verratti, and head brewer, Jeff Ramirez. Bruno was previously the research and policy director at the National Women’s Business Council. In the early or “seed” stages, most aspiring business owners turn to friends and family as potential investors. “Think of it as friends of friends of friends who want to buy a piece of the company for a smaller amount than a professional investor,” Bruno says. Money from venture capital firms or strategic investors typically comes later, when a business looks to multiply. “Working with friends and family is the lowest barrier to entry,” Bruno says. “We were working with people who knew us and our work ethic. We didn’t have to build credibility.”

Debt financing is another option. Using this strategy, entrepreneurs borrow money from investors or banks, which often require assets to be posted as collateral for the loan. This method is generally cheaper in the long run and allows entrepreneurs to retain more equity, according to Bruno. “You have to be willing to put up something if you’re trying to do debt financing,” she explains. “Our house is up as collateral. If our business fails, we lose our home. As two 40-year-olds, that’s all the net worth we have.” Bruno and her partners fought the most friction when they sought loans from banks and the U.S. Small Business Administration, especially as they expanded from one brewery to two this spring. “You don’t really know if it has to do with your gender or race, but you feel like it has to to a point,” Bruno says. They met resistance from banks they approached for loans despite what Bruno describes as 30 years of combined relevant experience. “If we’re not good candidates then who is? Are we getting more scrutiny as two women and a guy with the last name of Ramirez? Is there more insecurity on the bank’s part because we don’t fit the stereotype of who a business owner is?” They eventually obtained two loans: a statebacked commercial loan for their Silver Spring location and a multi-million dollar SBA loan for Riverdale Park. SBA loans are more expensive because they have higher interest rates and higher fees up front “even though they’re supposed to be for people with less access to capital,” according to Bruno. Bruno was most frustrated when her team sought a loan for the new brewpub in Riverdale Park. “We had to switch our bank because our existing bank wouldn’t give us the loan,” she explains, adding that they had a thorough plan and budget and had been responsible borrowers. “They didn’t trust us to succeed. Would two white guys have had that experience? I don’t know. If it doesn’t have anything to do with gender, it means it’s way too hard for successful small businesses to get financing in this area.” To prepare for showdowns at the bank, Bruno advises women to know their numbers and be on top of their business plans so they can respond when underwriters dig to determine if a business can turn a profit. “If you have a case based on numbers, it clears the path no matter what situation you’re dealing with,” Bruno says. “Even if you don’t have credibility because you don’t look like everyone else, you at least have credibility because you know your numbers better than anyone else.” HipCityVeg founder Nicole Marquis similarly attributes some of her success to writing a meticulous business plan. “I knew down

to how many forks I was going to have in the building at the time,” she jokes. In July, she opened the second D.C. location of her regional vegan fast-casual chain. She hopes to have eight operational HipCityVeg locations by the end of September. The first HipCityVeg opened in Philadelphia in 2012 after four years of research. “I was very careful who I told because I had this amazing idea I had to protect,” Marquis says. “But I had a family friend who was a mentor. He said to write a business plan.” It was sound advice. “The first people who approached me were husband-and-wife health enthusiasts,” Marquis says. “The first thing they asked me for was a business plan. I went over the numbers again and again so I was able to answer all of their questions. If I hadn’t done the work, I don’t know if they would have had faith in me.” She says they gave her “a large sum of money to open a couple of restaurants.” Investing in women is trendy, but female entrepreneurs would prefer investors seek them out for their ideas. “Sexism is so 2005,” says Soupergirl cofounder Sara Polon. The former comedian started her vegan, from-scratch soup company in 2008 with her mother and can only remember being talked down to based on her gender twice over 10 years. “If you’re not going to take someone seriously because they’re a female, I’m sorry, you’re a dinosaur. Some of the coolest businesses out there are owned by women.” Polon wants to be identified as an entrepreneur without reference being made to her gender. “When I approach the bank and investors I say, ‘Listen to me as a business owner.’ That being said, I find that investors are seeking out female entrepreneurs and I’m going to use that to my advantage.” D.C. is seeing ripple effects from Silicon Valley, where, Polon says, there are “a lot of pissed off women” being shorted opportunities. “You hear these stories of women having so much trouble getting in front of people and harassment,” she says. “It’s led to a global introspection for the investment community and that’s bled into our world.” Polon’s advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs preparing to raise capital is to “just be a badass.” “If you have a passion for your business and your numbers are sound, it’s off to the races,” she says. “Just be confident. That’s hard for women. Even if you’re not, pretend you are. Don’t let anyone know that at 3 a.m. you’re in the fetal position. That’s between you and your teddy bear or your boo.” Shizu Okusa of JRINK and Apothékary shudders when she thinks people may have invested in her juice company for any reason other than it being a worthwhile idea, especially given the business acumen she acquired working for Goldman Sachs and the World Bank. “I hope people gave us money not because I’m a minority or a woman,” she says. “Those are the buzzwords these days. They’re trying to put money into social impact. Bullshit. This is a business.”

After founding the company in 2013 with $25,000 in savings, Okusa started making cold-pressed juice out of shared commercial kitchen space in Union Kitchen. Her first retail location was inside Epic Yoga in Dupont Circle. When it came time to grow the business, she called on friends, family, and angel investors, steering clear of venture capital. “Once you take in money that outpaces the business’ needs, it makes you change how you grow, the values of the company, which I didn’t want to compromise on.” Okusa is pleased, however, to see female investors take interest in her company. “Because I’m a woman, I can speak the language of other woman investors,” she says. “We’re starting to make more money as women. They trust me and know what we’re building and they want to feel comfortable about supporting a nonventure backed company.”

“You’re two women, it’s like you have bullseyes on your back. Be careful. People will try to take advantage of you.” They didn’t encounter anything similar while raising capital leading up to the opening of their Georgetown restaurant in 2015 or their Mount Vernon Triangle restaurant in 2019. “Chaia was a really attractive brand when we set out for our first seed round in September 2014,” Stern says. “We secured money really quickly and it was mostly men who gave us money. It wasn’t until our second seed round that we brought in a few women.” Like others, Stern wonders if some investors ponied up because of their gender. “Two women in business was attractive to them because that’s hot right now,” she says. “They want to be involved in that and [be] seen as feminists.” The Chaia partners also secured an SBA loan and sought out strategic investors who

“I have a lot of really positive experience working with women in the industry in D.C. … People are coming together and supporting one another’s business, buying each other’s products, and hosting meet-ups to pool resources or share information.” More than half of Buttercream Bakeshop’s investors are women, according to owner Tiffany MacIsaac. “I don’t know if that’s because it’s a woman-owned business,” she says. “I try to look at everything as a level playing field, even if it’s not.” The bakery, which MacIsaac opened in 2016 with her business partner Alexandra Mudry-Till, is part retail shop and part booming wedding cake business. “I’ve never felt that being a woman has held me back,” MacIsaac says. “There are a lot of people who say I didn’t get something because I’m a woman or X, Y, Z. Maybe it’s because not everyone gets what they want? If I don’t get something, I think about what I could have done differently to get a different outcome.” At first MacIsaac felt uncomfortable in front of investors. “I really don’t like owing people money,” she says. “Everyone I asked I said, ‘If you need this money to survive, please don’t give it to me. I’ll kill myself to make your money back, but if something goes wrong …’ They were like, ‘We’re investors, we know how this works.’” MacIsaac turned to Kickstarter to raise a final bundle of cash after her contractor went over budget. She received $49,027 from 335 backers. “The advantage of the Kickstarter is it doubles as a way to connect with the community,” she says. Those who pledged $68 or more got a free 6-inch cake. “I wasn’t giving up shares and it was a way to find future customers.” Since launching vegetarian taco company Chaia, co-founders Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern only had one negative experience that invoked gender. According to Stern, a former team member they fired told them,

now have some equity in the company. “Now we’re ready to go big or go home,” Stern says. “I didn’t open Chaia in Georgetown to open one taco shop. I don’t want my tombstone to say, ‘She had a taco shop in Georgetown.’ I want it to say, ‘She had a taco empire. She created taco trust funds for her grandbabies.’” Women should consider the financial consequences of tying a business to a love interest. “When people come to me saying, ‘I’m thinking of partnering with my significant other,’ my first response is ‘No!’” says Sunyatta Amen, the owner of two locations of Calabash Tea & Tonic. “It’s difficult enough. There’s no prince. The only Prince I liked died a couple of years ago.” Amen grew up working at her parents’ herbal shop and juice bar in Harlem and has opened seven retail spaces for herself or family members in D.C. Calabash sells everything from immune-boosting tonic and superfoods like raw Incan berries to Jamaican jerk seasoning and teas with names like “Black Magic Woman.” “As a woman there’s this sort of forgone conclusion that you will join finances and it’s not a big deal,” Amen cautions. “You buy a house together, have joint bank accounts, take their name. All that conveys in terms of losing your own identity in some capacity.” Speaking from personal experience, Amen says a split can adversely impact your credit. “The work that myself or someone like me may have been doing for decades is undermined by my inability to walk into a financial institution and say, ‘Here’s my experience and

money in the bank,” she explains. “They’re like, ‘Yeah, but your credit score is here and we want it to be here.’” There’s a behind-the-scenes network of female entrepreneurs in D.C. helping each other and the next generation reach their goals. “As a woman, it’s hard to put into words how grateful I am for the women who blazed the trail before me,” Polon says, emphasizing the work of Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso and Jamie Leeds of Hank’s Oyster Bar. “The camaraderie behind the scenes, the support network is shocking what we all do for each other.” Bruno agrees. “I have a lot of really positive experience working with women in the industry in D.C. … People are coming together and supporting one another’s business, buying each other’s products, and hosting meetups to pool resources or share information.” Okusa, for example, will happily share her deck—a brief presentation used for pitching investors—with others. “I send it to my friends and let them use it as a base so they don’t have to waste their time because it takes so much time,” she says. “I’m happy to be a resource. Money is one of those taboo topics no one wants to talk about, but it has to happen.” Female business owners seem to have a shared urge to nurture others. Here’s The Scoop has only been open since June 29, but its founder, Karin Sellers, is already thinking about how to pay it forward. The city awarded Sellers a $50,000 Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant to help the ice cream shop near Howard University get off the ground. She wasn’t able to obtain a loan because she didn’t meet the requirements despite previously owning her own hair salon for 15 years. “I want to lead by example,” Sellers says. “I want to use the ice cream as a draw for all types of people.” Her goal is to hire from the community and connect employees with people in her network with relevant skill sets. “If you want to open a business and have the greatest idea, but don’t have the management and financial knowledge, you have to kind of restart. I want to get them young so they understand how to conduct themselves. A lot of kids don’t get that guidance.” Sellers’ mission isn’t limited to women and girls. “I have two sons of my own,” she says. “I know the struggles of young black males.” Amen shares the same spirit. “A real master is judged by how many other masters they create,” she says. She already offers profit-sharing for Calabash staff and hopes to convert managers into franchisees. “My job is to help other people who may be awesome workers who want to put their back into it, but can’t go to the bank and get a loan,” she says. “My goal is to help them crowdsource funds like we did with our shop and let them come up with the rest of it through friends and family so they have skin in the game.” Her own hits and misses have positioned her to offer wisdom. “As an old witch, that’s the advice I can give to young witches.” CP august 9, 2019 13


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Read ’Em and Weep

Five local authors have released extraordinary books this year—titles that’ll have you crying, laughing, beaming, and contemplating everything.

By Hannah Grieco As the home of many nationally recognized authors who write and teach throughout the area, D.C. is brimming with literary talent. From shining local bookstores, like Politics and Prose, East City Bookshop, Solid State Books, and Kramerbooks to events like Words Out Loud, the National Book Festival, and NoVa TEEN Book Festival, the region offers access to some of the finest writing happening today. These five local writers have new books out this year that are well worth diving into. And thanks to that variety of local bookstores, there are many opportunities to hear these writers talk about and read from their own stories in the months ahead. Rion Amilcar Scott, a Silver Spring-raised George Mason University grad, is well known for his powerful voice in 14 august 9, 2019

both fiction and nonfiction. His 2016 short story collection Insurrections won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and his stories and essays can be read in countless publications. The World Doesn’t Require You is his new collection, out Aug. 20, and it’s as commanding as you’d expect from Scott. (His words also appeared in City Paper’s 2014 Fiction Issue.) The stories take place in fictional Cross River, Maryland, and the town’s history weaves in and out of each tale so thoroughly and with such certainty and authenticity that you’ll find yourself searching online for its local folklore about sinking, magical islands whose inhabitants lure men to their deaths. From the collection, “David Sherman, the Last Son of God” is a story filled with gorgeous prose, about David, the youngest of God’s 13 children. In this story, like in all of Scott’s sto-

ries here, the reader is left to pause at the end with held breath. It’s a combination of bliss and deep discomfort, as if we must now examine how we’ve always thought and moved through this world. His short stories sing, like entire lifetimes lived in just 20 pages. Scott reads at Politics and Prose on Connecticut Ave. on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. “the sky wAs slate; the trees were naked. The hag screeched from the peak of the pyre, bound to the stake, ropes thick enough to hold until the end,” Tara Campbell writes in “Bedpea,” a riveting story from her new collection Midnight at the Organporium. In “Bedpea,” a queen from long ago is put to death for daring to question her royal husband’s sexually predatory nature. Like many of her stories, it’s an observation of what is

CPARTS happening right now in D.C. and around the country. Campbell is a master of both language and subtle humor. She dives into speculative fiction, grounded in situations that feel both familiar and alarming. We should be shocked as the queen burns. But we aren’t. Instead we nod, filled with unease at how something so old feels so current. Campbell uses humor to lure us, sometimes in a steadily growing scene of horror, other times in a political commentary that strikes too close to home, and sometimes in pure, delightful silliness. Only Campbell can write a story about a homicidal plant, and deeply connect readers to its wounded owner, or a satirical story about parenting that makes us ache and burst out laughing in the same breath. Campbell reads at Radici Market on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. for DC Lit Crawl. Barnes & noBle has already selected Zach Powers’ debut novel, First Cosmic Velocity, as one of its Discover Great New Writers books of this summer. Released this week, the genre-defying alternate history tale of the USSR’s early space program is fiction for which the Arlington author did his homework. His details of the time period paint such a vivid picture that we frequently wonder what is real and what is imagined. The characters come alive as Powers puts forth a speculative adventure that might as well be true, full of Soviet intrigue, a secret training program with astronaut twins, hidden failures, and an almost mystical lineage of canines that helps to unravel the whole thing. Powers’ love of space is evident from start to end. This novel is his tribute to the wonder of it all.

In an interview with Powers for Barrelhouse Magazine (where I am a volunteer assistant fiction editor) he said, “We know far less than a trillionth of a percent of what’s in the universe. The novel’s ending might be my admission that I’ll never have the answers to two of the questions I obsess over: ‘What’s out there?’ and ‘What’s next?’” Powers reads at East City Bookshop on Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. In Be WIth Me alWays, D.C. writer Randon Billings Noble is in her element: an essay collection that features beautiful language intertwined with penetrating humanity. One of the many jewels in Be With Me Always is “The Heart is a Torn Muscle.” “Your heart was already full, but then you saw him and your heart beat code, not Morse but a more insistent pulse,” she writes. Noble gives us essays that elevate the rawness of real life with an overarching theme of hauntedness. From hard choices to characters in classic literature, from a near-death experience to past lovers, she has written a book that appeals to readers of both modern pop culture magazines and Emily Brontë. Hilarious and heartbreaking, these essays ask uncomfortable questions as Noble explores her own heart honestly and boldly. She never distances herself from ugliness, even as her purposeful words are so lovely. Her devotion to the books she loves comes through in many of her pieces, drawing in readers who love and long for romantic veils from which truth still peeks underneath. Noble reads at the Emerging Writers Festival in Alexandria from Aug. 16–18, and the Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University from Oct. 10–12.

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Tyler Hilton* w/ Alex2e




Crafty arts & makers festival

Ola Onabulé*

Roger Creager

An Evening with

Lloyd Cole (2 sets)

Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses


Tony Terry

An Acoustic Evening With

Shirley Murdock

9.26 w/ Will Johnson





Bob Mould Sunshine Rock Solo Electric

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 28–29, 2019 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

MelanIe hatter’s KIMBIlIo National Fiction Prize-winning novel Malawi’s Sisters takes on the personal and political aftermath of a young black woman’s murder. Her surviving family members’ struggles are an intimate counterpoint to today’s bombastic social climate, as the D.C.-based writer explores injustice through each powerful, delicately written character arc. A white man shoots Malawi Walker as she asks for help after a car accident, an incident inspired by the true-life story of Renisha McBride. Reading Malawi’s Sisters, you feel the weight of the countless true stories of families who have faced similar losses, and of your own friends and family members who live in fear of such events. Hatter’s beautiful storytelling never feels like a lecture. Instead it’s like you’ve been thrown into a family’s deepest heartbreak, trying to make sense of the senseless. We come to terms with what has happened, but resolution is not wrapped in a tidy bow—it festers with a deep, burning desire to change the violence that is still happening every day. “I hope readers will deepen their thinking around racial violence and realize the profound ripple effect it has on the families and communities involved, that violence in all its forms should not be tolerated, that every individual is a human being with a family, with loved ones who are left with the pain of the loss, and that as a society, we should be valuing everyone equally,” Hatter says. Hatter reads at Words Out Loud: A Spoken Word Series at Glen Echo Park on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. CP

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Log cabin parlor throw by Marian Frick, 1870–1890

PATCHWORK Everyday Luxury: Silk Quilts from the National Collection

At the National Museum of American History to January 2020 The NaTioNal MuseuM of American History is giving visitors unique access to rarely seen American threads in its new exhibition Everyday Luxury: Silk Quilts from the National Collection. It’s a small glimpse into the Smithsonian’s National Quilt Collection—a collection that contains 500 quilts and related needlework artifacts—and highlights an underrepresented part of the American textile industry: 19th century silk quilts, also known as parlor throws. The exhibition showcases nine throws from the museum’s extensive collection. The pieces represent each decade of the parlor throw’s popularity from the 1870s to the 1940s and span from Iowa to Virginia. The intimate walls of the Nicholas F. and Eugenia Taubman Gallery are lined with the encased quilts and quilting-related artifacts like personal sewing kits, needlework books, tools, embroidery samples, models of silkworks, and educational posters. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the American silk industry began to flourish. Paterson, New Jersey, became the country’s “Silk City,” supported by various factories in Connecticut. As silk became more popular,

industry competition increased and drove the once-high prices down. By the 1880s, even the women and girls working in the factories could afford silk dresses of their own. The decreased price and increased availability of such a desired commodity inspired a new fad in the 1880s—“crazy patchwork quilts.” Unlike most quilts of the time, these decorative silks were not meant to be slept under. Sometimes used as table toppers and piano covers, the quilts were often displayed in the parlor to serve as statements of status and style. Each decorative top is pieced together from irregularly shaped bits of silk fabrics. Quiltmakers adopted asymmetrical patterning to deviate from the geometric uniformity of traditional quilting. Accented by ornamental stitches and elaborate embroidery, these colorful tapestries have both texture and dimension. The quilts in the exhibition offer more than their apparent beauty. Between the seams are the stories behind the lives of their creators. Some quilts have known and detailed histories, while others are left up to interpretation and the imagination. Quilts often reveal the living circumstances of the women who made them and disclose traits, such as wealth, access to goods, education, skills, and personal identity. Some throws reveal the makers’ personal sentiments toward their own life experiences and the ongoing societal concerns of patriotism, anti-slavery, war, and peace. In addition to larger themes, some quilts are individualized to include personal

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Detail of a crazy patchwork parlor throw by Aimee Elkington Hodge, 1877–1946 mementos such as campaign ribbons, embroidered poems, significant phrases, or meaningful dates or initials, so the creators could leave distinctive stamps on their work. One parlor throw in the collection tells the story of Aimee Elkington Hodge, a Toledo, Ohio, native who began her decorative piece when she was just 12 years old right as the crazy quilts started to gain traction in 1877. Almost 70 years later, Hodge finished her life’s project in 1946 shortly before she died, without enough time to finish adding the border and lining she had intended. Composed of 25 patched and embroidered blocks, Hodge’s work displays the vibrant colors and silk, sat-

in, and velvet fabrics that were typical of the period. She included a variety of natural motifs—cattails, sunflowers, and spider webs. Some blocks were even used to memorialize friends. Her crane design is said to represent a friend of hers named Crane. Each block on the quilt surrounds her initials “A.E.” in the center of the work. Her whimsical use of color, shape, and pattern memorializes her, sharing her life’s story through art. While some of the collection’s quilts embody the frenetic nature of Hodge’s work, others, like the work of Marian Frick, appear to have more rhyme and reason. The Pennsylvania native was a dressmaker, and spent 20 years working on her project at the end of the 19th century. Her diamond-shaped pattern is made of samples from many different silks, including plain, pattern-woven, ribbed striped, plaid, dotted, and watered—likely scraps she collected from her dresses and combined to make into one magnificent piece. The 324 square pieces come together in a diagonal grid-like pattern. Everyday Luxury displays a little-known slice of American history, inviting museumgoers to explore a turning point in needlework. But it’s more than silk threads: Also on display are the powerful stories of women at the time, and their battle for self-expression. —Lia Assimakopoulos 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 633-1000.

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By Liz Duffy Adams Directed by Chelsea Radigan At Capitol Hill Arts Workshop to Aug. 17 Liz Duffy Adams’ play Or, begins with a ukulele player (Patty Pablo), crowned with a laurel of roses, hair streaked with bleach, strolling down the aisle reciting a blank verse meditation on the ambiguous title. Its protagonist, Aphra Behn (Dina Soltan), the first English woman to have a successful career as a playwright, and a former spy with a mysterious past (she went by the codenames “Astrea” or “One-Six-Oh”) is similarly difficult to pigeonhole. In 1666, Behn sits in a private cell in a London debtors’ prison, deliberately annoying her jailor (Zoe Walpole) with rhyming couplets even as she begs for another pot of ink. Thankfully, King Charles II (Peter Mikhail), in recognition of her prior service, arrives incognito to spring her out of prison. After much negotiation and witty repartee, Behn is ensconced in a room of her own, elegantly arranged with second hand furniture (artfully selected by scenic designer R. Scott Hengen), and smoking “damned good weed” on a chaise lounge with Nell Gwynne (Walpole again), a legendary actress known for playing both boys and girls. Behn’s name is known to theater historians, even if it’s relatively unknown to American audiences. Were we to pretend sexism did not play a role in this lack of recognition, we might note that Restoration-era playwrights simply don’t receive the same attention in the U.S. as they do in Britain. (I’ve only once had the opportunity to see her work staged.) Because the details of much of Behn’s early life are obscure, Adams is free to imagine a heroine who frequently defies easy definition: a non-conformist dedicated to the government of the man she sees as an enlightened monarch who is leading England to a golden age of freedom and opportunity. Adams’ Behn is also a polyamorous bisexual, so not surprisingly, Adams chooses to structure her play along the lines of the sex-farces popular at the time. Gwynne, the King, and a longmissing former lover and double-agent, Wil-

liam Scot (Mikhail), all traipse through Behn’s drawing room, into her bedroom, downstairs, to the pub, or inside a cabinet, all the while she tries to meet a deadline for the loquacious Lady Davenant (Mikhail). It’s light entertainment, but Adams gives us gorgeous poetry spoken by some sexy and smart characters. Soltan is a charismatic lead. Her skillful control of her brow not only communicates the emotional underpinning for Behn’s speeches, but a silent commentary on the speeches of others. Walpole is a playfully saucy Gwynne and a devoted Marie, Behn’s deadly efficient servant and sidekick who has been with her since her spying days. Mikhail’s ability to enact both the benevolent sensualism of Charles and the impulsive desperation of William is particularly well delineated considering he doesn’t have the luxury of a costume change. Most importantly, the cast has remarkable chemistry, no doubt facilitated by Ian Claar’s work as a fight and intimacy choreographer. Adams’ look back to the Restoration also keeps an eye on the hippie counter-culture. History does not repeat, but the same idealism that Adams captures in her script echoed through 1960s San Francisco. Coincidentally, Theatre Prometheus’ production opened the same week we marked the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Director Chelsea Radigan highlights those anachronisms with the company’s small budget: Candles light kitschy portraits of Jimi Hendrix as a cavalier and Janis Joplin as a madonna. Behn and Gwynne are dressed by costume designer Madison Booth in outfits that seem at home in both the 1660s and 1960s. If 6 was 9, indeed. Or, premiered in 2009 when many American artists imagined that the election of Barack Obama would usher in a new degree of artistic freedom, much as Charles did for Behn and her contemporaries. Of course, Behn still needed powerful patrons to pursue a career. Likewise, today’s playwrights, if they wish to break into larger theaters, often need the imprimatur that comes from graduating from one of a half-dozen prestigious writing programs and maintaining favor with the tastemakers on the payroll of the nation’s regional theaters. It is perhaps remarkable that in a less hopeful year, a light farce can remind us that while neither the Restoration nor Flower Power led to a golden age, repressive regimes like that of The Protectorate can still give way to greater freedoms. —Ian Thal 545 7th St. SE. $20-$30.

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Directed by Andrea Berloff The premise of The Kitchen, in which three mob wives fight to take over the business of their incarcerated husbands, could inspire very different films. It could be a girl power polemic that exploits the pleasures of seeing women succeed at a man’s game, or it could be a richer, more complex tale about good people who just happen to be women driven to do bad things. The rousing victories and frustrating defeats of The Kitchen come from its attempts to straddle these two versions of itself. In 1978 Hell’s Kitchen, Kathy (Melissa McCarthy), Claire (Elisabeth Moss), and Ruby (Tiffany Haddish) find themselves in desperate times when their husbands, players in the Irish mob, are sent upstate for various offenses. Unable to make ends meet with the modest stipend offered by their husbands’ bosses, they decide instead to muscle in on their territory. They begin with loan sharking, and eventually work their way up to homicide. It’s a farfetched story idea that the screenplay, which writer-director Andrea Berloff adapted from a DC graphic novel, never quite works hard enough to construct. The women’s rise to power happens too quickly, and their socioeconomic predicament—they have no ability to earn a living because, as wives, they were never encouraged to gain marketable skills— is rushed over. It’s an awkward adaptation: Too often, Berloff struggles melding the film with the graphic novel, opting for an overly broad tone more befitting of the story’s original form. Most of the actors are doing subtle character work, as if they were in a naturalistic drama, but they are

buried in cartoonish ’70s-inspired costumes, hair, and makeup. The first half of the film feels choppy and unformed. Establishing scenes between our leading ladies and their husbands are reduced to short exchanges, later resulting in unearned payoffs. Ruby, in particular, is sorely underdeveloped—the conceit that she is a black woman living in an Irish neighborhood is certainly not enough to be considered character development. It feels like there may be a great threehour cut of this movie somewhere, but someone in charge lost their nerve along the way. It’s a testament to the power of the film’s performers that when the fireworks start to go off, they really bang. McCarthy nails yet another dramatic role as Kathy, following her performance in last year’s stellar Can You Ever Forgive Me?, burying her comic vulnerability at the start and then brandishing it to great effect as her character’s plans start to fall apart. Still, the star here is Moss, who blows through the film like a hurricane of righteous fury. Claire is the archetypal hothead of the group, but Moss’ portrayal of a soul overtaken with bloodlust is far more emotionally nuanced than we’ve seen before. Her tender romance with a psychopathic underling (a spectacular Domhnall Gleeson) provides a welcome soft spot in the film’s hardened surface. A mediocre film is well served by ending on a high note, and The Kitchen is at its best in the final third, when the precarious partnership between our three anti-heroes is threatened both from outside and within. The platitudes fall away, the broad strokes get sharper, and the characters carry the film toward a surprisingly emotional climax. It may take a long time to get going, but when it does, The Kitchen sizzles. —Noah Gittell The Kitchen opens Friday in theaters everywhere.

Merriweather Post Pavilion • Columbia, MD THIS FRIDAY!

Train/Goo Goo Dolls * w/ Allen Stone .....................AUGUST 9 THIS TUESDAY!



 Amon Tobin presents Two Fingers w/ Sketchy Pete ......................Th AUG 8 Neurosis w/ Bell Witch & DEAFKIDS ................................................................ F 9 White Ford Bronco: DC’s All ‘90s Band ................................................. Sa 10 AUGUST


Sonic Youth: 30 Years of 

Daydream Nation Screening  with panel discussion featuring   Steve Shelley, Brendan Canty  (Fugazi/The Messthetics), and   SY Archivist Aaron Mullan  

  This is a seated show. .......................F 16

DC Music Rocks Festival feat.  The Eli Lev Collective with special   guest Jarreau Williams,    More AM Than FM, and more!..Sa 17 SURPRISE! AT THE CLUB!

Brittany Howard  of Alabama Shakes  w/ Thelma and the Sleaze .F 23 & Sa 24 No Scrubs: ‘90s Dance Party

 with DJs Will Eastman and Ozker •  Visuals by Kylos ........................F 30


 25th Anniversary Celebration . M 16

Band of Skulls  w/ Demob Happy ........................Th 19 Grace VanderWaal  w/ Patrick Martin .........................F 20 grandson w/ nothing,nowhere.

 Early Show! 6pm Doors. .....................Sa 21 U STREET MUSIC HALL PRESENTS

 The Joe Kay Experience   A Special 4 Hour Set   Late Show! 10pm Doors ...................Sa 21 Ride w/ The Spirit Of The Beehive ..Su 22 Whitney w/ Hand Habits ............M 23 Ingrid Michaelson ................Tu 24 Pinegrove w/ Boyscott ............Th 26 half•alive Early Show! 6pm Doors. ..F 27 BLISSPOP & U ST MUSIC HALL PRESENT



dodie .............................................F 6 Deerhunter +  Dirty Projectors .....................Su 8 Wilder Woods  (Bear Rinehart of    NEEDTOBREATHE) ..................W 11

The Band CAMINO w/ Valley ..F 13 Barns Courtney w/ The Hunna  Early Show! 6pm Doors ....................Sa 14 U STREET MUSIC HALL PRESENTS

 Marc Rebillet   Late Show! 10pm Doors ...................Sa 14



Polo & Pan ..............................Su 15 Live - Throwing Copper 

 BLISSPOP DISCO FEST feat.   The Black Madonna w/ Josey 

   Rebelle, Amy Douglas, and more!

    Late Show! 10pm Doors...................F 27   Chromeo (DJ Set), RAC (DJ Set),    and more! Late Show! 10pm Doors ..Sa 28 Jade Bird w/ Flyte  Early Show! 6pm Doors. ....................Sa 28 K.Flay w/ Houses & Your Smith ..Su 29 Dean Lewis ..............................M 30 OCTOBER

Joseph w/ Deep Sea Diver ...........W 2

The best thing you could possibly put in your mouth Cupcakes by BUZZ... your neighborhood bakery in Alexandria, VA. |

 * w/ Joan Jett and The Blackhearts & Elle King ................ AUGUST 13

The Smashing Pumpkins &   Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds * w/ AFI ......... AUGUST 17 Beck & Cage the Elephant * w/ Spoon & Sunflower Bean . AUGUST 22 Lauren Daigle w/ AHI ........................................................................ AUGUST 23 Gary Clark Jr. and   Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats .................... AUGUST 25 Pentatonix * w/ Rachel Platten ........................................................... AUGUST 26 Vampire Weekend * w/ Christone “Kingfish” Ingram ..................... AUGUST 29 Morrissey w/ Interpol ..............................................................................SEPT 5 O.A.R. w/ Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness & American Authors ..............SEPT 7 AEG PRESENTS

 Tyler, the Creator w/ Jaden Smith & GoldLink .......................SEPT 21 WPOC SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY FEATURING

Old Dominion • Michael Ray • Jordan Davis • Lauren Alaina • Dylan Scott • Jimmie Allen • Brandon Lay • Filmore .....................SEPT 29

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Lincoln Theatre • 1215 U Street, NW Washington, D.C. JUST ANNOUNCED!

NATA SHA BEDINGFIELD Robert Earl Keen - Countdown to Christmas

 ...................................... OCTOBER 14

w/ Shinyribs ............................................................................................. FRI DECEMBER 6

On Sale Friday, August 9 at 10am

Criminal Podcast

 - Live Show .................................... SEP 11

Reignwolf w/ JJ Wilde ......... Sa AUG 10 Benjamin Francis Leftwich .Th SEP 5 Alex Lahey w/ Kingsbury .............Th 22 Ceremony w/ Choir Boy & Glitterer .Tu 10 Why? w/ Barrie ...........................Su 25 Fontaines D.C. w/ Pottery ............W 11


Tinariwen w/ Lonnie Holley ........ SEP 19  Bianca Del Rio -

  It’s Jester Joke ........................ OCT 18


The Waterboys ..................... SEP 22 AEG PRESENTS Adam Ant: Friend or Foe .... SEP 23  Jónsi & Alex Somers   Riceboy Sleeps  Cat Power w/ Arsun ................... SEP 25    with Wordless Orchestra .......... OCT 28 POLITICS AND PROSE PRESENTS

Ta-Nehisi Coates -

  The Water Dancer     Book Tour .................................. SEP 26 ALL GOOD PRESENTS

Nahko and Medicine    for The People w/ Ayla Nereo . SEP 29

Emeli Sandé (Acoustic) .............. OCT 3 METROPOLITAN ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS


The Band Perry w/ Phangs .... OCT 15

 Zaz ................................................... OCT 4

X Ambassadors  w/ Bear Hands & LPX ....................... OCT 29 Puddles Pity Party  w/ Dina Martina ................................ OCT 31 Angel Olsen w/ Vagabon ............NOV 1 U Up? Live ....................................NOV 4 Kishi Bashi ..................................NOV 8 Misterwives w/ Foreign Air ........NOV 9 Mandolin Orange  w/ Sunny War ....................................NOV 14

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CITY WINERY 1350 Okie St. NE. (202) 250-2531. Bumper Jacksons. 6 p.m. $20–$25. DC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. Shawn James. 7 p.m. $15.


FLASH 645 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 827-8791. George FitzGerald. 8 p.m. $8–$15.


JAMMIN JAVA 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. The Hunts. 7 p.m. $15–$30.


CITY WINERY 1350 Okie St. NE. (202) 250-2531. Backyard Band $30–$40.


NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART SCULPTURE GARDEN 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. (202) 7374215. The Bailsmen. 5 p.m. Free. TWINS JAZZ 1344 U St. NW. (202) 234-0072. Reginald Cyntje. 9 p.m.; 11 p.m. $15.


CITY WINERY 1350 Okie St. NE. (202) 250-2531. Melissa Polinar, Jeremy Passion, and Gabe Bondoc. 6:30 p.m. $16–$20.


9:30 CLUB 815 V St. NW. (202) 265-0930. Neurosis. 8 p.m. $30. FILLMORE SILVER SPRING 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. (301) 960-9999. Wrëking Crüe. 9 p.m. $7.75–$15.50. GYPSY SALLY’S 3401 K St. NW. (202) 333-7700. Cris Jacobs. 7 p.m. $18–$20. THE HAMILTON 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. Funky Feat. 6:30 p.m. $25–$35. MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. (410) 715-5550. Train & Goo Goo Dolls. 5:30 p.m. $29.50–$175. VELVET LOUNGE 915 U St. NW. (202) 462-3213. Nalani & Sarina. 8 p.m. $10.


GYPSY SALLY’S 3401 K St. NW. (202) 333-7700. Davy Knowles. 7 p.m. $20. THE HAMILTON 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. Rachel Ann Morgan. 10:30 p.m. Free. thehamiltondc. com.


BIRCHMERE 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500. David Allan Coe. 7:30 p.m. $55. CITY WINERY 1350 Okie St. NE. (202) 250-2531. BJ Barham. 6 p.m. $18–$25. JIFFY LUBE LIVE 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. (703) 754-6400. Brad Paisley. 7:30 p.m. $29–$235.


CITY WINERY 1350 Okie St. NE. (202) 250-2531. Backyard Band. midnight $30–$40.

Doom metal is often associated with long tracks, ones that regularly break five and six minutes. Does this characteristic come from ambition—hoping to create epic, complex works—or (more simply) is it just easier to never end a song? Most likely, it’s a bit of both. Seattle ambient doom metal band Bell Witch’s 2017 album Mirror Reaper—which is really just one track, “Mirror Reaper”—clocks in at 83 minutes, meaning that the music doesn’t merely approach the cinematic—it actually plays as long as a feature-length film. The record is the band’s haunting elegy for its former drummer Adrien Guerra, who died while Bell Witch were writing it. It’s a stirring sonic experience, one that conjures a sense of profound and complicated sorrow through moody ambiance and discordant noise. When the band opens for Oakland legends Neurosis, it’ll be a sonic Sturm und Drang that will test the limits of attendees’ earplugs. Bell Witch perform at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $30. (202) 265-0930. —Matt Siblo



VELVET LOUNGE 915 U St. NW. (202) 462-3213. Vice Souletric. 8 p.m. $18.

JAMMIN JAVA 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. The Duskwhales. 7 p.m. $12–$20.

FILLMORE SILVER SPRING 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. (301) 960-9999. Pouya. 8 p.m. $25.


THE HAMILTON 600 14th St. NW. (202) 787-1000. Naughty Professor. 6:30 p.m. $10–$15. TWINS JAZZ 1344 U St. NW. (202) 234-0072. Reginald Cyntje. 9 p.m.; 11 p.m. $15.

DC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. SMRTDEATH, Lil Lotus, and Guccihighwaters. 6 p.m. $15–$17.

ROCK & ROLL HOTEL 1353 H St. NE. (202) 388-7625. Not Your Groupies. 8 p.m. $12–$15. WOLF TRAP FILENE CENTER 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. 8 p.m. $45–$85.



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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. (888) 9452468. Washington Concert Society: “A Summer Night’s Dream”. 4 p.m. Free.


MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. (410) 715-5550. Chris Stapleton. 5:30 p.m. $34.75–$89.75. CITY WINERY 1350 Okie St. NE. (202) 250-2531. Nappy Roots. 6 p.m. $20–$25.


AMP BY STRATHMORE 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. (301) 581-5100. Chicago Plays The Stones. 7:30 p.m. $36–$56. BIRCHMERE 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500. Mother’s Finest. 7:30 p.m. $35. CITY WINERY 1350 Okie St. NE. (202) 250-2531. Legendary Shack Shakers & J.D. Pinkus. 6 p.m. $20–$22. DC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. Bit Brigade. 7:30 p.m. $13–$15. FILLMORE SILVER SPRING 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. (301) 960-9999. Bad Religion. 8 p.m. $32.50. JAMMIN JAVA 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. Dan Navarro. 5:30 p.m. $20–$25. JIFFY LUBE LIVE 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. (703) 754-6400. KISS. 7:30 p.m. $24–$490. WOLF TRAP FILENE CENTER 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. 8 p.m. $45–$85.


CITY WINERY 1350 Okie St. NE. (202) 250-2531. Van Hunt. 6 p.m. $20–$28.

The images presented in My Iran: Six Women Photographers range from documentary snapshots of post-Islamic Revolution protests to digitally altered family photo albums and anachronistic portraits that testify to the tension between tradition and modernity experienced by many young Iranians. Featuring works by Hengameh Golestan, Newsha Tavakolian, Malekeh Nayiny, Shadi Ghadirian, Mitra Tabrizian, and Gohar Dashti, the show uses Iran’s 1979 Revolution as a starting point, tracing the trajectory of the conflict before revealing how its aftershocks still resonate today. Although the six photographers employ varying artistic styles and subjects, they share a common preoccupation—namely, navigating the complex set of emotions raised by their birth country. Some, like Ghadirian and Dashti, currently live in Iran, while others, including Nayiny and Tabrizian, are expatriates. Regardless of whether the creators are based at home or abroad, the artists’ photographs reflect similar themes: loss and longing sparked by physical separation from loved ones, alienation from contradictory values or traditions, and, ultimately, an underlying sense of hope for Iran’s future. The exhibition is on view to Feb. 9, 2020 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. —Meilan Solly


JAMMIN JAVA 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. (703) 2551566. The Bachelor Boys Band. 7 p.m. Free.


JIFFY LUBE LIVE 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. (703) 754-6400. Bryan Adams & Billy Idol. 8 p.m. $25– $449.


HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 3022 Woodlawn Ave, Falls Church. (703) 532-6617. Choralis: Mozart Requiem & Chilcott Requiem. 7 p.m. $15.


CAPITAL ONE ARENA 601 F St. NW. (202) 628-3200. Shawn Mendes. 7:30 p.m. $79–$138.49.


THE ANTHEM 901 Wharf St. SW. (202) 888-0020. Bryan Ferry. 8 p.m. $75–$250. JIFFY LUBE LIVE 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. (703) 754-6400. Alice Cooper & Halestorm. 7 p.m. $29–$553. MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. (410) 715-5550. Heart. 5:30 p.m. $29.50–$350. BIRCHMERE 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500. Lila Downs. 7:30 p.m. $69.50.


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For a story centered on mental health issues, teen suicide, and a spiraling series of lies, Dear Evan Hansen is surprisingly heartwarming. The musical’s premise—a depressed high school senior pretends he was secretly best friends with a peer who recently committed suicide—is wholly original, and its catchy yet cuttingly incisive score, composed by songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, earned the production one of its six total Tony Awards. On this leg of the national tour, former Broadway understudy Ben Levi Ross steps into the show’s notoriously demanding lead role, providing vocals on 11 of 14 musical numbers and embodying Evan’s debilitating anxiety through facial tics, nail-biting, and stooped posture. (Ben Platt, who originated the role on Broadway, won a Tony for his universally acclaimed performance as the well intentioned but misguided teen.) Dear Evan Hansen is a thoroughly modern musical: Its out-of-control lie revolves around forged emails, and its characters use social media to promote a sense of community. At its core, however, the show’s message is timeless. As Evan proclaims in the finale, “Today is going to be a good day. And here’s why: because today at least you’re you and that’s enough.” The show runs to Sept. 8 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $79–$175. (202) 467-4600. —Meilan Solly









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Toy boats float. So do dead children. “You’ll float too!” screams a haunted version of 6-yearold Georgie Denbrough in Andy Muschietti’s film sensation It, based on Stephen King’s classic novel. With only a month until the release of the film’s second installment, It Chapter Two, the 2017 horror hit returns to the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse to knock the yellow raincoats off audiences once again. After the mysterious disappearance of Georgie the previous summer, seven young outcasts known as “The Losers’ Club” must conquer their fears—both metaphorically and quite literally—to put an end to a supernatural being’s reign of terror. Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of the sinister Pennywise transforms the beast from Tim Curry’s realistic human clown into a fantastical but equally terrifying dancing monster, his creepy smile on par with Curry’s cackle. But perhaps the real horror of the film is the arduous task of growing up. It is a comingof-age story sprinkled with monsters and gore, like if The Sandlot and The Shining had a baby— so float on down to the Ashburn theater for a night of clownishly scary horror. The film screens at 7 p.m. at The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 20575 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn. $10. (571) 293-6808. —Ayomi Wolff




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Alice Cooper is the founder of horror-core as we know it, the original grandmaster of shock rock. The Detroit-born hard rocker and his original band were signed by Frank Zappa in 1969 Los Angeles, and in the ’ 70s Cooper became a pop culture icon. More recently, Cooper has collaborated with members of Deep Purple and ZZ Top and played King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar. He also hosts the Nights With Alice Cooper radio show, where he plays his favorite tracks from the ’ 70s and ’ 80s between interviews with artists like Ringo Starr and David Gilmour. Cooper is currently working with other artists who have roots in Detroit on new material inspired by their hometown. But he remains as flamboyant as ever: His live shows have an aesthetic somewhere between The Evil Dead and vaudeville, with finales that often use Cooper’s execution by guillotine or electric chair as their centerpieces. Alice Cooper performs at 7 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $29.50–$250. (703) 754-6400. —Will Lennon








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the stage among the puppeteers, who purposefully remain visible to the audience. Adventure Theatre MTC. 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. To Aug. 18 $20. (301) 634-2270.


THE COUNTRY WIFE William Wycherley originally wrote The Country Wife in 1675 as a Restoration comedy known for its sexual themes. This rendition directed by Alan Duda is set in 1955 New York City. Greenbelt Arts Center. 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. To Aug. 18 $12–$22. (301) 441-8770.

WOLF TRAP FILENE CENTER 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. (703) 255-1900. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. 6:30 p.m. $25. STRATHMORE GUDELSKY CONCERT GAZEBO 5301 Tuckerman Ln., Bethesda. (301) 581-5100. Rare Essence. 7 p.m. Free.


WARNER THEATRE 513 13th St. NW. (202) 783-4000. Common. 8 p.m. $32.25–$325.


ROCK & ROLL HOTEL 1353 H St. NE. (202) 388-7625. Kitty. 7 p.m. $15.


JIFFY LUBE LIVE 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. (703) 754-6400. Santana. 7 p.m. $35.25–$221.


PHILLIPS COLLECTION 1600 21st St. NW. (202) 3872151. PostClassical Ensemble: The Reinvention of Arnold Schoenberg. 6:30 p.m. $5–$45.


U STREET MUSIC HALL 1115 U St. NW. (202) 588-1889. Catching Flies & IHF. 10 p.m. $10–$15.


GYPSY SALLY’S 3401 K St. NW. (202) 333-7700. Shook Twins. 7 p.m. $15. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS COOLIDGE AUDITORIUM First Street and Independence Avenue SE. (202) 7075507. The Murphy Beds. noon Free.


LIBRARY OF CONGRESS THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDING 101 Independence Ave. SE. (202) 707-5000. Verny Varela. 7 p.m. Free.


BIRCHMERE 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500. The Waifs. 7:30 p.m. $35. CAPITAL ONE ARENA 601 F St. NW. (202) 628-3200. Jonas Brothers. 7:30 p.m. $111–$590.


HOWARD THEATRE 620 T St. NW. (202) 803-2899. Beres Hammond. 6:30 p.m. $39.50–$45.


ANN Holland Taylor’s Ann is the comedic portrayal of the late Democratic Texas Governor Ann Richards, whose legacy as a feminist and activist politician lives on. Ann has played at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and on Broadway. Arena Stage. 1101 6th St. SW. To Aug. 11 $56–$105. (202) 4883300. ASSASSINS Assassins is a musical based on John Weidman’s book with music by Stephen Sondheim. It is the dark comedy story of nine attempted and successful presidential assassinations and their assailants. Signature Theatre. 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. To Sep. 29 $55–$93. (703) 820-9771. BOOTLEG SHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III In Bootleg Shakespeare, actors come to the performance with only their lines prepared—no rehearsals, no direction. Back for a second year, the Taffety Punk Bootleggers present Richard III. Folger Shakespeare Library. 201 E. Capitol St. SE. To Jan. 1 Free. (202) 544-7077. THE CAT IN THE HAT Based on the beloved children’s classic by Dr. Seuss, this adaptation of The Cat in the Hat, directed by Adam Immerwhar, features the use of puppets. Louis Davis stars in the title role and takes


DEAR EVAN HANSEN Dear Evan Hansen is the winner of six Tony Awards and a Grammy. It is directed by Michael Greif and stars Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 2700 F St. NW. To Sep. 8 $79–$175. (202) 467-4600. DISNEY’S ALADDIN From the same producer as Broadway’s The Lion King, the new production of Disney’s Aladdin comes to the stage at the Kennedy Center with Clinton Greenspan as Aladdin and Kaena Kekoa as Jasmine. Kennedy Center Opera House. 2700 F St. NW. To Sep. 7 $39–$179. (202) 467-4600. SHEAR MADNESS Shear Madness is an audienceinteractive crime comedy set in Georgetown about the murder of a pianist who lives in a hair salon. Each show delivers a unique performance based on the audience’s sleuthing. Kennedy Center Theater Lab. 2700 F St. NW. To Sep. 28 $56. 202-467-4600. TREASURE ISLAND Jane Hawkins is an orphan who gets swept up in the world of pirates, as she learns about her past and who she is. This play is based on the 1883 adventure novel of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson. Synetic Theater at Crystal City. 1800 South Bell St. , Arlington. To Aug. 18 $10–$65. (866) 811-4111. THE WAR BOYS Three boys, best friends since childhood, spend their time patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border, learning lessons of belonging and who gets to be “American.” Joe’s Movement Emporium. 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier. To Aug. 31 $15–$25. (301) 699-1819.


DC9 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. Overstreet. 7:30 p.m. $13–$15.



ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD In 1960s Los Angeles, a television actor and his stunt double go on an odyssey to make their names in Hollywood. Starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie. (See for venue information) SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK A group of teenagers have to fight frightening, supernatural creatures. Starring Dean Norris, Zoe Margaret Colletti, and Michael Garza. (See for venue information) DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD The beloved children’s television character sets out on an adventure to save her parents and solve a grand mystery. Starring Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria, and Benicio Del Toro. (See for venue information) DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME This documentary follows David Crosby—of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, & Nash—in his post-fame old age. Directed by A.J. Eaton. (See for venue information) THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN A racecar driver learns lessons about life—and racing—from his dog. Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin Costner, and Amanda Seyfried. (See for venue information) ONE CHILD NATION This documentary follows the social and personal ramifications of China’s one-child policy. Directed by Nanfu Wang and Lynn Zhang. (See for venue information) THE KITCHEN A group of mobsters’ wives continue their rackets while their husbands are locked up in 1970s New York. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, and Tiffany Haddish. (See for venue information) FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW Two archenemies team up to take down a bad guy bigger than either of them. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, and Jason Statham. (See for venue information)

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Alas: After countless snafus affecting permits, ticketing, venue, and line-up, the cursed Woodstock 50—which almost ended up being a free show at Merriweather Post Pavilion—has officially been canceled. While the fourth go-round of the legendary festival is a no-go, you can still celebrate the spirit of ’69 with one of the original concert’s most important acts: Santana. The Latin rock pioneers broke through in a big way back at Bethel; they hadn’t yet released a debut album, which was fortuitously scheduled for just two weeks after their performance. On this tour, expect some of the songs made famous on that day, like “Soul Sacrifice” and the band’s cover of “Jin-go-lo-ba,” but also songs of a (relatively) more recent vintage. This tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of Supernatural, the collab-heavy smash album that introduced Santana to a new generation, and has found continued life thanks to the memeable “Smooth” and “Maria Maria,” which spawned DJ Khaled and Rihanna’s “Wild Thoughts.” Santana perform at 7 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $35.25–$221. (703) 754-6400. —Chris Kelly



God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates ... movie screening of Jurassic Park. The Library of Congress, which added the movie to its National Film Registry last year, is showing Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster at its summertime movies on the lawn series. The classic film toys with the question: Can you play God and bring back life? But there’s no ambiguity about Spielberg’s answer. Once the characters descend on the Disney World-like park, complete with a T. rex that isn’t actually seen for the first hour or so, you know something is bound to go wrong. Though 26 years have passed since its premiere, the movie is enduringly popular for its thrilling T. rex chases, memorable one-liners (“life finds a way”), and stand-out cast, featuring a young Laura Dern and a sexy—yes, sexy— Jeff Goldblum. The film screens at 8:30 p.m. on the north lawn of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. (202) 707-5000. —Chelsea Cirruzzo


I’m a 42-year-old single, straight female who recently started dating a 36-year-old man in a somewhat exclusive, long-distance relationship. We have known each other for a short time, but have clocked hours upon hours on the phone. I have specifically stated many times I don’t want kids of my own (he does), am extremely safety conscious (only when I see someone’s STI results and know we’re 100 percent monogamous will I go “bareback”), and am against hormonal contraception. Therefore, I’ve insisted on the use of condoms since our very first encounter, which he at first reluctantly agreed to, but has since obliged without incident. He is expressively into me and treats me better than any guy I’ve dated; cooks for me, gives me massages, buys me gifts, showers me with compliments, listens to me at any hour of the night, and has shown nothing but respect towards me since Day 1. Until our last sexual encounter. He woke me up in the morning clearly aroused and ready for sexy time. He asked if he could enter me, and after I said yes, I grabbed a condom for him and he put it on. We were spooning at the time so he entered me from behind. At one point early in the encounter, I reached back to grab his hand, and all of a sudden, felt the condom he had been wearing laid out on the bed. Shocked and outraged, I immediately stopped and turned to him asking, “Why did you take this off?” To which he replied, “Because I wanted to cum faster.” All I could muster back was, “Do you have any idea how bad that is? I can’t even look at you.” I covered my eyes and cried uncontrollably for a few minutes. After getting dressed, showering, and exiting without a word, I started to process the atrocity of his actions. It’s clear that he does not respect me, my body, my health, or my reproductive choices, and made his physical pleasure as top priority. He has apologized profusely, been emotional about his actions, and has definite remorse. After sending him several articles on how it’s criminal (including the one about the German man who got eight months in jail for stealthing), he now seems to grasp the severity. It’s hard to reconcile his consistent respect for me with a bold and disrespectful act like this. The best case is that he’s a dumbass, the worst being that his respect and care for me is all a façade and I’ve been a fool. Is there any reason I should consider continuing to see this guy? Is it remotely forgivable? —Stealthed On Suddenly Nope. The obvious (and objectively true) point is that anything is forgivable. People have forgiven worse—I mean, there are mothers out there who’ve forgiven the people that murdered their children. But moms who’ve found it within themselves to forgive their children’s murderers ... yeah, they don’t have to live with, take meals with, or sleep with their children’s murderers. I’m not saying that forgiv-

ing the person who murdered your kid is easy (I wouldn’t be able to do it), but most people who’ve “forgiven worse” never have to lay eyes on the person they forgave again. So while it may be true that people have forgiven worse, SOS, I don’t think you should forgive this. And here’s why: You only just started dating this guy and all the good qualities you listed—everything that made him seem like a good, decent, lovely, and possibly loving guy (the cooking, the massages, the compliments, etc.)—is the kind of best-foot-forward fronting a person does at the start of a new relationship. Not only is there nothing wrong with that, SOS, but you wouldn’t want to date someone who didn’t do that at the start … be-

So while it may be true that people have forgiven worse, SOS, I don’t think you should forgive this. cause the kind of person who doesn’t make the effort to impress early in a relationship is the kind of person who can’t be bothered to make any effort later in the relationship. We all erect those façades, SOS, but some people are slapping those façades on slums you wouldn’t wanna live in, while others are slapping them on what turns out to be pretty decent housing. And if I may continue to torture this metaphor: When the first cracks appear in the façade, which they inevitably do, and you get a peek behind it, you aren’t a fool if it turns out there’s a slum there. You’re only a fool if you move in instead of moving on. Anyway, SOS, everybody fronts, but eventually those façades fall away and you get to see people for who and what they really are. And the collapse of your new boyfriend’s façade revealed him to be a selfish and uncaring asshole with no respect for your body or your boundaries. He was on his best behavior until he sensed your guard was down, at which point he violated and sexually assaulted you. Those aren’t flaws you can learn to live with or actions you can excuse. Move on. —Dan Savage I am a 27-year-old man in an open marriage with a wonderful partner. They’re my best friend, I smile whenever they walk into the room, and we have a ton in common. We don’t, however, have that much sex. I’m currently seeing someone else and our sex is great. We’ve explored some light BDSM and pegging, and I’m finding myself really enjoying being a sub. I’m

kind of terrified that, as a man, I might accidentally violate someone’s boundaries. I’m also autistic, which makes navigating cues from partners rather difficult. Completely submitting to someone else weirdly makes me feel totally safe and free for kind of the first time. The problem is, my spouse is also pretty subby. When they do try to initiate sex, it’s often so subtle that I totally miss the signals. In the past month, I’ve had sex with my spouse maybe once, compared to four or five times with my other partner. My question is this: Have you seen examples of people in open marriages who essentially fulfill their sexual needs with secondary partners, while still maintaining a happy companionable partnership with their primary? —Sexually Understanding Butt-Boy I’ve personally known people in loving, happy, sexless marriages who aren’t leading sexless lives; their marriages are companionate—some can even be described as passionate—but both halves seek sexual fulfillment with secondary, tertiary, quaternary, etc., partners. But companionate open marriages only work when it’s what both partners want … and your partner’s feelings are conspicuously absent from your letter. How do they feel about being in a sexless or nearly sexless marriage? Your spouse would seem to be interested in having sex with you—they occasionally try to initiate—but perhaps your spouse is just going through the motions because they think it’s what you want. So … you’re gonna need to have a conversation with your spouse about your sex lives. If you’ve found being told what to do in unsubtle ways by your Dominant second partner to be sexually liberating, SUBB, you could ask your spouse to be a little less subtle when they want to initiate—or, better yet, ask them not to be subtle at all. Nowhere is it written that subs like you and your spouse have to be subtle or sly or stand there waiting for others to initiate. “I am feeling horny and I’d really like to have sex tonight” is something submissives can and do say. —DS

Hey, Everybody: The deadline is right around the corner to submit short films—five minutes or less—to HUMP!, my dirty little film festival! Your HUMP! film can be hardcore, softcore, live-action, animated, kinky, vanilla, gay, straight, lesbian, trans, enby: Everyone and everything is welcome in HUMP! And HUMP! films are only screened in theaters—we don’t release anything online—so you can be a porn star in a movie theater for a weekend without having to be a porn star for eternity on the internet! The deadline to submit your film is September 13! Go to to find out more about entering HUMP! —DS

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Heard Empty, August 2019 PeoPle say that the city empties out in August. That it goes dead and becomes quiet. For a moment you could believe it. The school bus has come and gone, picking up campers and taking them to their destination, and parents, having said goodbye, have moved on, to work or back home. A nearby elementary school’s playground is nearly empty, and everyone who is here seems to be going about their business alone. A lone woman circles the field slowly and consistently as the sun rises in the sky. Her Apple earbuds dance as she moves counterclockwise around the track. An older man, dressed in athletic attire, sits on a bench and observes. On the other side of the fence a woman multitasks: doing yoga or stretching while also entertaining her two dogs. She alternates between striking a pose and throwing a frisbee, which one of them lazily chases. The only pair—a young child and a young woman—also operate as individuals. The child toddles across the vacant playground and scales the jungle gym, unencumbered by other kids. The woman sits in the shade and watches. The streets and sidewalks seem empty, too. Even the cars and cyclists and pedestrians who pass by do so with respect for the morning’s solitude. The city feels deserted, but every desert has its mirages. Just a block away a construction team is making a terrible noise and downtown traffic and work and school and lawmakers and political debates loom. But this morning people enjoy their oasis. —Will Warren Will Warren writes Scene and Heard. If you know of a location worthy of being seen or heard, email him at

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Stevens Stevens Acting Acting Register Register Legals of Wills Wills Pub Pub Dates: Dates:Legals of August 1, 1, 8 8 and and 15. 15. August DC SCHOLARS SCHOLARS PCS PCS -- REQUEST REQUEST DC FOR PROPOSALS – FOR PROPOSALS – ModuModuSUPERIOR COURT SUPERIOR COURT lar Contractor Services -- DC lar Contractor Services OF DC OF THE DISTRICT Scholars Public Charter School School OF THEPublic DISTRICT OF Scholars Charter COLUMBIA solicits proposals for a modular COLUMBIA solicits proposals for a modular PROBATE DIVISION contractor to professional PROBATE DIVISION contractor to provide provide professional 2019 Name management and construction 2019 ADM ADM 731 731 management and Name construction services to construct aa modular of Decedent, Colette services to construct modular of Decedent, Colette building toDavis. house four classrooms Francisto Notice of building house four classrooms Francis Davis. 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No will phone regarding this RFP becalls acPersonal Representaregarding this RFP will be acPersonal Representacepted. be received by tive ofBids themust estate of cepted. must be received by tive ofBids the estate of 5:00 PM on Thursday, December Colette Francis Davis 5:00 PM on Thursday, December Colette Francis Davis 14, 2017 at DC Scholars Public who died on June 13, 14, 2017 at on DC ATTN: Scholars Public who died June Sharonda 13, Charter School, 2019, without a Will Charter 5601 School, Sharonda Mann, E. ATTN: Capitol St. SE, 2019, without a Will and serve without Mann,will 5601 E. 20019. Capitol St. bids SE, Washington, DC Any and will serve without Court Supervision. All Washington, DCall 20019. Any not addressing areas as bids outCourt Supervision. 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