It’s almost February. Almost. Which means that baseball is just on the cusp. Rachel told you all about Nats Fest this weekend, and now there’s a prediction of an over .500 year for the Nats, based on a strong defense and low runs allowed. They’re also banking on the team scoring about 60 more runs in 2010 than in 2009, and allow about 130 less than they did.
It’s hard to say if they’re overeager about the Nats, even while the team is firming up its final spring training roster, but there’s certainly significant cause for Nats fans to be brightening up coming into the 2010 season.
Chimps of Goualougo; Photo courtesy National Geographic Society
The spring season of National Geographic Live – a series of dynamic lectures, concerts, films and more – kicks off next week.
This year, the National Geographic Society has graciously offered some event tickets to our readers. If you’re interested in winning a pair of tickets to any of the events below, simply remark in comments which two events – in preferred order – you’d like to attend. We’ll do a random drawing on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 2nd) after 1pm and we’ll get the winners set up with their first (or second, if your first choice is full) selection. Keep in mind that tickets are for single events only, not multi-part series or showings, unless otherwise indicated. (The kung-fu film festival is an exception; you can win tickets for all three movies!)
Okay, enough about rules. Check out the February offerings after the jump. Continue reading →
On icy weekends, such as the one we’re facing, you can’t stand for a cool, fruity, refreshing drink. It just doesn’t fit. Instead, you need something warm and robust that will ward off the cold; something that you can sip so that the warmth lingers for as long as possible. There are a few beverages that accomplish this, but I’m going to recommend Founders’ Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale. This stuff is powerful, with an 8.5%ABV and a thick texture. The flavor is complex and malty, with a sweet, smoky overtone. It’s a perfect example of a scotch ale, just one step lighter than a stout, both in color and character. Beware, though, this Michigan brewed beauty is not for the faint of heart, and definitely not a beginners beer. Rustico in Alexandria should have it on tap, or you can find bottles in most specialty wine shops.
Noah Baron took a few moments to chat and tell us a little about himself, his experiences on-set with the cast and crew of Adams Morgan: The Movie and about his character John Scales. Here are the highlights of that conversation:
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Where are you from? How long have you been acting? What made you start?
Well, I was born in raised in Cambridge, MA (a die-hard Red Sox fan). I’ve been acting for about 15 years now. One of my friends was in the Boston Children’s Opera in Belmont, MA. I had always wanted to perform, so my mother signed me up on the waiting list (there were no auditions). I still remember the exact second I was cast in my first role. I was 9 years old and sitting at my mothers computer in her room. The phone rang. My mother came upstairs to tell me that a role at Boston Children’s Opera had opened up and that I was going to be playing Professor Van Helsing in Dracula. One of the happiest days of my life. I continued working with Boston Children’s Opera for about four years and took part in thirteen shows. I was hooked. However, I had no idea that I would turn this into a profession. I ended up graduating from American University with a dual BA in Theater and Broadcast Journalism. I have just moved out to Los Angeles to further my career. So far, I’m loving every second of it.
How did you get involved with “Adams Morgan: The Movie”?
I really lucked out. Paul gave me a call after seeing me at a mass audition in Baltimore, MD. He told me that he enjoyed my work and was interested in having me come in to read for a role in “Adams Morgan: The Movie.” I went in to read for the character of John Sales. He shot me an email about a week later offering me the role. I called him from Spain (I was traveling with my family at the time) and accepted.
Nats fans and baseball enthusiasts alike would be silly to miss the 2nd annual NatsFest this Sunday. What could be better than filling into the park during the off-season? Sure … the there’s no fresh-cut grass to smell or draft beers to drink but members of the Nats management team and 40-man roster will be there to answer your questions, sign autographs, take pictures, and schmooze about America’s past-time.
Hell, you can even try your luck at slugging a homer in the fan batting cage! I can’t think of any better way to get out your post-season aggression against a team that hasn’t really had too much to brag about since their inaugural season in 2005.
If you haven’t heard of Midnight Madness at E St. Cinema by now, I can’t even be mad … I just feel bad that you’ve been missing out on a totally awesome experience for far too long. That is why I feel it is my duty to fill you in the details.
E St. Cinema hosts weekly Friday/Saturday night midnight showings of the oldie-but-goodie films that we’ve learned to love throughout the years. Tonight’s movie is a personal favorite of mine — Back to the Future. The show starts at the stroke of midnight (if you’ve got a Cinderella complex, I suggest another movie-going option). If you miss tonight’s show, there’s always tomorrow, but keep in mind this is a golden opportunity to see Michael J. Fox rip it up to Johnny B Good on the big screen so I suggest not squandering the chance.
For a full list of upcoming Midnight Madness movies at E St. Cinema, visit their website.
Virginia’s $75 million dollars in funding will build an additional 11 mile track to the current railway service between Woodbridge and Quantico. The new track will allow freight and passenger trains to simultaneously navigate this bottle-necked section and will allow trains to reach speeds up to 100mph. Improving this stretch is only part of a proposed $1.8 billion dollar project to create a Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.
According to WTOP, the $70million awarded to Maryland will rebuild a highly-traversed Baltimore tunnel and will speed both commuter and freight traffic.
That’s the word from the weather folks, is that this southern snowstorm is going to peter out somewhere between Richmond and DC, leaving Richmond up to their ears, and DC with a dusting. The area between Richmond and the North Carolina border may get 8+ inches, according to the Capital Weather Gang, but we’ll largely just dusted with snow.
Whew. I didn’t like the idea of having to shovel out this weekend.
Welcome to another installment of Where We Live. As we’re wrapping up the District’s neighborhoods (if there’s one I haven’t yet covered that you’d like to see, speak now!) before moving onto Maryland and Virginia, this week’s feature tackles a town that sits in both the District and Maryland: Chevy Chase. This neighborhood has a charming residential character, and beautiful tree-lined streets, and it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
If you start or end your commute in Arlington, tell Bike Arlington about it– where you commute, what mode of transportation you use, and how long it typically takes– and they’ll tell you if it’d be faster to bike to work. They’ll ride your route on bike, time it, and tell you if it beats your current commute. How great is that?
I’ve always wondered if biking would be faster than a typical Metro commute, and this is the perfect opportunity to try it out without having to figure out a route for yourself. Stay tuned for updates on Bike Arlington’s twitter page, and keep an eye out as a WeLoveDC author puts her hellish commute to the test!
Robert Parsons as Abraham Lincoln, Rick Foucheux as Stephen Douglas and Sarah Zimmerman as Adele Douglas in the Ford’s Theatre Society production of Norman Corwin’s The Rivalry, directed by Mark Ramont. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with special February programming. On February 5th, 12th, and 19th, Washington-area youth will present a selection of Lincoln’s greatest speeches as part of the Target Oratory Festival. On February 12th at 8:45 a.m., National Park Service Park Rangers will commemorate President Lincoln’s birthday with a Wreath-laying Ceremony on the historic steps of Ford’s Theatre. On February 13th, 15th, and 20th, visitors are invited to explore the many legends surrounding Abraham Lincoln’s life in Tales of the Lincoln with storyteller Jon Spelman.
Visitors can tour the recently renovated Ford’s Theatre Museum and experience an interpretive program about the events that led up to and include the assassination of President Lincoln. Visitors can also visit the Petersen House (the “House Where Lincoln Died”), dependent upon schedule. Through February 14th, check out a performance of “The Rivalry,” which explores the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. And to further enhance the visitor experience, park rangers and volunteers will be dressed in Civil War-era period clothing throughout the month of February.
Here’s a weird little comedy event that didn’t arrive in my inbox in time for this week’s Comedy in DC column. On Saturday the 30th at 8PM, Mike Blejer, Hampton Yount, Tim Miller, and Matt Hemmerlein will perform a benefit show where the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Haiti Relief fund.
The venue is only listed on the Facebook event as 2413 Mount Vernon Avenue, Del Ray. I haven’t heard back from the organizers yet for confirmation, but I Googled that address and came up with a commercial real estate flyer for a vacant property that used to be a carpet store. So… the good news is, it’s not some noisy bar where the TVs will be on in the background. But you’ll have to BYOB (which is not necessarily a negative, in my opinion).
The Metro Board voted early this afternoon to use fare hikes, and not rail service cuts, to cover a $40M budget gap for the rest of FY 2010, which ends in June. The fare increase will go into effect on 1 March 2010, raising the minimum fare on Metro to $1.75 during rush, and $1.45 during offpeak. The move is just one of a group of measures that will cover the budget gap, and was said by GM John Catoe to potentially raise $9-11M in extra fares.
Also included the measures adopted by the Metro Board were staff cutbacks at the transit agency (mostly open positions) and other measures, but significantly absent from them was a transfer from the capital budget to operating funds, which could have jeopardized future purchasing for Metro.
In addition to the fare hike, the council also elected Peter Benjamin from Maryland to the chairman’s position, replacing Ward One councilman Jim Graham who is cycling off the chairmanship.
Kirkles: I’mma be taking some friends that recently moved to the area around to a few of my favorite haunts on U St., which means the Saloon, Gibson, and Ben’s Chili Bowl. I might try to convince them that we need to go to Wisdom, as I’ve never been and have been meaning to get over there for some time. On Saturday, provided we’re not snowed in, I’m going to Mr. P’s Ribs and Fish in Brentwood, for some good, southern BBQ out of the back of an old school bus. Supposedly, the ribs are to die for. Sunday will be my recovery day, but I plan on going to the Eden Center for some sweet, sweet Vietnamese food.
…but it’s not a fault of the offer or the team, it seems. The threat to the peaceful transfer of the Wizards is coming from Washington Sports & Entertainment, who insist they should have the right to accept outside public offers for the Wizards as part of the sale. Negotiations have been (publicly) civil between Leonsis and the Pollin family, who’ve both retained investment banks to assist in the valuation of the Wizards franchise (right now? I’d give ‘em a nickel.) and the Verizon Center.
What had previously been released was that Leonsis, and his company Lincoln Holdings, had an exclusive period in which to make an offer for the team and the Verizon Center, after which things could be opened to the public. The President of WS&E, though, believes that not to be the case, and he’s gone public with a memo sent to the Pollin estate and Leonsis.
What had been a peaceful process just got a whole lot of potential to get ugly. Thanks, jackass.
Um, no. That is not a thinly veiled reference to… whatever you were thinking it was a thinly veiled reference to. (PSH, you thought I was going to fill in that blank? No way. I am an adult. And mature. And stuff. At least that’s what I tell my Mom.) Anyways, Meat Week. I found out about this via Twitter (which is where ALL the good information is these days) – so hat tip to Capital Spice for being awesome with all the details.
So what is meat week? A celebration of DC carnivores, basically, where you just eat a ton of meat and feel fat, happy and protein’d. Restaurants like Red Hot ‘n Blue, Rocklands and Pork Barrel BBQ are site to meat-lovers dinners, and you better be there. The dudes from Pork Barrel BBQ are putting together a buffet (of meat!) on Wednesday, February 3rd, from 5-9 p.m. at Mango Mike’s in Alexandria. (Mango Mikes is the brother restaurant of Pork Barrel’s upcoming joint, don’t be thrown off by the tropical name.) The southern-style menu sounds redonkulous, with ribs and cornbread and other delectables.
For a full schedule of events, check out Capital Spice’s round-up and the full schedule is available at the Meat Week web site (no, for real, there is an official site for this). There are no fussy prix-fixe menus at any of the places hosting meat week, so order however much you want and dig in. So, forks up. Let’s go.