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Nats stomp Phils, 10-2

Marquis hurls a Gem

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It’s been a hard season, so far, but nights like Tuesday night are the refuge of the hard-luck fan.

I could take no joy in the lead that the Nationals amassed over the Phillies in the third inning. Given the Nationals’ ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory this season, especially over the last few weeks, it was a tough night to watch the team, despite the 10-2 win they amassed. Between the heat, the roving packs of Philly fans, and the lead-but-not-a-lead, this was definitely a night where I popped an extra omeprazole with my half smoke.

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Entertainment, The Features, We Love Arts

We Love Arts: Venus in Fur

Christian Conn and Erica Sullivan in Venus in Fur, directed by David Muse at the Studio Theatre. Photo credit: Scott Suchman.

The night I saw Venus in Fur, I had strange dreams. Given that the play is inspired by the infamous 1870′s novel that gave birth to the term sado-masochism, I’ll forgive you if your first thought was that my dreams were a dizzying melange of whips, dog collars and PVC boots. After all, Studio Theatre’s press teaser quotes the New York Times as saying this is “90 minutes of good, kinky fun.” However, David Ives’ remarkable play is more than a romp through a fetish wonderland. In its fast burning build-up to the final electrifying minute, it’s the embodiment of that haunting line from Yeats, about a “terrible beauty” being born.

Ok, there’s also whips, dog collars and PVC boots. But every successful seduction needs a hook, right?

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s book Venus in Furs supposes that behind every fetish there’s an “innocent incident,” something almost innocuous in the past that marked us on a primal level. For his protagonist, Severin Kushemski, it’s his childhood punishment by an imperious aunt as he writhes under her whip on her cast-off fur cape. As an adult, he will seek subjugation at the hands of his lover, Vanda Dunayev. We don’t know what the “innocent incident” is that drives David Ives’ protagonist, a playwright directing his own adaptation of Sacher-Masoch’s novel, but we know from the first minute that he’s an arrogant misogynist just begging for a beating. Something is slouching towards his Bethlehem, all right, coming to take vengeance, but he’s oblivious to the danger until it’s too late.

At the end of a long day of auditioning to cast his own adaptation of Venus in Furs, Thomas (Christian Conn) is unloading his frustration over the phone about the paucity of truly sensual, powerful women to play his Vanda. It’s the kind of tirade an old-school Hollywood producer might have made, peppered with insulting assumptions made all the more comical by the fact that the shabby surroundings clearly indicate he’s not a power player. Describing strings of annoying actresses dressed as hookers, dragging bags of props, with voices that sound like “six-year-olds on helium,” he’s surprised when one last supplicant (Erica Sullivan) barges in from the rain with an obscenity-laced plea for an audition.

She’s exactly everything he’s just described. But he’s too blind to see the warning in that eerie similarity. And so begins a riveting game of domination and submission. By the end, Ives reveals in a shocking moment of divine retribution that the dice were loaded all along. Continue reading

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The NHL’s Newest Southeast Division City: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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We discussed this in depth (and what it could mean for the Caps) a few weeks back, but the Atlanta Thrashers are officially on their way to Winnipeg. It sounds like in the first season, the team-we’ll-all-want-to-call-the-Jets-no-matter-what-they-get-called will still play in the Southeast Division (even if they are in Western Canadia) before conference and division realignment takes shape a year later – with Columbus, Nashville and Detroit as your clubhouse leaders for a move to the East.

What will this mean for the Caps next season? Three road games for a divisional rival that’s 1,233 miles (1,984 km for our Canadian readers) away.

Funny side note: The announcement came at around noon this morning. As of 11 a.m., though, the Thrashers were still selling season tickets. Might want to refund those.

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Summer Fun :)....Hot Holiday Weekend For D.C., Scorching Heat By Tuesday
‘Summer Fun’ by Dan Dan the Binary Man

With the passing of Memorial Day comes the unofficial start of summer, and Dan Dan the Binary Man loses us into a child’s view of summer. The silhouettes give anonymity to the tikes and provide a wonderful compositional tool for black and white photography, as does the water in the middle, a natural reflector of light. The definition of the children’s forms is pronounced by the obscured figures in the right background, blending into day’s darkness and the surrounding landscape. The photo is a portrait of the innocence and adventure of youth and leaves us pondering: what is the child at the left looking at? His mother calling to him? Barking dogs? Sirens?

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Way Better than American Idol

The Children’s National Medical Center is holding online voting to pick which of the four drawings will be the cover for their 2012 calendar. Today’s the last day to cast your vote – Lawrence, Joshua, Amanda, or Andrea. Personally I think Joshua was pandering but hey, you do what you need to for the votes, right? The pictures are adorable and a great salve to having to be back in the office after a long weekend.

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Catch a Striped Bass in Maryland, Win $10,000

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Maryland’s Department of Fisheries released a number of tagged striped bass this weekend that are eligible for various bounties, starting at $500 per tagged fish.  One fished, nicknamed Diamond Jim (for Diamond Jim Brady, no not that Jim Brady, the other Jim Brady) is worth $10,000 to the lucky angler who brings him in.

The Striped Bass (aka Rockfish), in addition to being tasty in a lemon butter sauce, is the state fish of Maryland.  You can fish for them all through the Chesapeake Bay and out into the Atlantic.  You can get an annual fishing license through the state for $15 if you’re a Maryland resident, or $22.50 if you’re not. If you just want a week’s worth of fishing, that’s $6 or $12.  if you’re a Virginia resident with a saltwater fishing license, Maryland offers reciprocity, which means you don’t need to pay twice.

Entertainment, Interviews, Music, Penn Quarter, Special Events, The Features

National Memorial Day Concert: Behind the Scenes

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Each year, PBS presents the National Memorial Day Concert live from the National Mall. The show features some of the top musical acts in the nation and around the world. This year’s show had special meaning to the production crew, performers, veterans, active soldiers, and all Americans due to the recent capture of Osama Bin Laden.

The 2011 program shown on Sunday evening commemorated the tenth anniversary of September 11. The show was also a “thank you” to our troops who have been serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their families in addition to being a tribute to our World War II veterans on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

A few of the musical acts including American Idol winner Kris Allen, word renowned classical vocalist Hayley Westenra and Grammy award winner Yolanda Adams took a few moments to speak with We Love DC in between their rehearsal sets the day before the live show. The west lawn of the Capitol played the perfect backdrop  to an event unique to the District and the performers involved were more than grateful for being an active part of this live tribute to our Armed Forces. Continue reading

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Nats Drop One-Run Game to Philly on Memorial Day

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The Nationals failed to secure a victory against Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies on Memorial Day despite a ten-hit game. Monday’s 5-4  loss is Washington’s third straight one-run loss during this homestand.

“It’s a loss. If we got six hits, it’s a loss. If we get fourteen, it’s the loss. Losses hurt and we completed very well,” manager Jim Riggleman said after the game.

“There’s no moral victories but you hope it seeps into people that we can do this. We can hit. We know we can hit. [There’s] a history of hitting and we’re going to hit.” Continue reading


Happy Memorial Day

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We here at We Love DC wish you and yours a happy and safe Memorial Day. If you are in harm’s way in service to the country, we thank you.

To those who paid the highest price, we remember and honor you. No matter the year or details of your passing, in peacetime or conflict, you were one of ours and had devoted yourself to the country in a way most of us never have and will never need to – because you did.

We Shall Keep the Faith

by Moina Michael, November 1918

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

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Padres Small Ball Better Than Nats, Take Rubber Match 5-4

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A scrappy game was played between two scrappy teams at Nats Ball Park on Sunday afternoon with the Padres proving to be the scrappiest of the bunch on the weekend, taking the rubber match 5-4 and the weekend series two games to one.

The Nats and the Padres are two teams that cannot hit. That became painfully apparent in the first two games of the series this weekend, with teams trading 2-1 wins on Friday and Saturday. Sunday degenerated in to a “get it done any way humanely possible” type of affair featuring bunts, sacrifices and small ball tactics to make any baseball statistician cringe.

The epitome came in the top of the ninth. Jorge Cantu pinch hit for the Padres’ pitcher slot and scraped a double down the right field line. He was brought home two batters later by an single from Ryan Ludwick that barely made it out of the infield, off the glove of shortstop Ian Desmond who whirled a throw to home that was a second too late.

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Jefferson Memorial Dance Arrests Poorly Handled

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Poorly handled by the demonstrators, that is.

The above video splices together several perspectives on yesterday’s arrests at the Jefferson Memorial of Adam Kokesh and others who were there to demonstrate against restrictions on personal expression at the memorial site.

The BoingBoing crowd is making a lot of the way Kokesh is brought to the ground, which is a highly unfortunate distraction from the more important issue of “free speech zones” in modern America. You can skip forward into the video to about the 2:20 mark and see the two more physical arrests. The first is of an unidentified individual; the arrest starts out with little physicality until another individual runs in and attempts to pull the first man away from the officer. Both are taken down to the ground and restrained.

The third arrest is of Kokesh and starts around 3:00. Viewing from there and listening to the audio it’s clear that the officer first attempts to tell Kokesh to submit to arrest without touching him, then endeavors to turn him around and detain him. Kokesh ignores the requests, continues to walk away, then refuses to kneel. It’s at that point that the officer lifts him and throws him to the ground to restrain and arrest him.

The selectively edited highlight reelJames O’Keefe would be proud – doesn’t show the first man interfering with the other man’s arrest nor do you see the officer attempt to arrest Kokesh without violence. It’s hard to tell to what extent anyone is resisting against the officers once they’re prone; while they don’t get any limbs free it’s clear they were physically resisting before that point. They could be straining against the hold the officers have on they – it’s impossible to tell from the video.

I’m personally a big supporter of civil disobedience against unjust laws and I was all the way behind Kokesh and the others… till the second the officers attempted to arrest them. The law against peaceful non-disruptive demonstration is baloney, but it’s the current law of the land. Getting charged with it and fighting it – although this is pretty pointless since there’s already a case in play that may be further appealed above the circuit court level - is great, but resisting that arrest is not.

Changing the law and changing public opinion via non-violent demonstration and challenging the constitutionality of an arrest is fine, but the additional escalation in this circumstance is entirely on Kokesh and the other demonstrators. They had the opportunity to get arrested for that they believe in and show the world the status quo – the arrest of the couple gently swaying, for example, is a perfect demonstration of how silly this restriction is. Forcing the encounter to be violent by resisting arrest cheapens the whole thing and distracts from what should have been the core issue.

Kokesh and the others could have chosen to go limp and non-violently resist the arrest. Instead they made this mess. Too bad.

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Memorializing Endless War in DC: Is it Possible?

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There was a piece in the Outlook section of Sunday’s Washington Post entitled “How we memorialize endless war?” by public-monument scholar Kirk Savage. It’s an interesting read that sparks a legitimate question on this Memorial Day weekend.

In the wake of the U.S. Armed Forces catching Osama Bin Laden after a near ten year search, the American war on terror isn’t over. Our troops are still overseas and many more never made it home. And, a good amount of the men and women who did make it home are wounded soldiers in some capacity, be it mentally, emotionally or physically.

Savage’s article begs the question: “Will Washington ever memorialize the fights these men and women fought if there is no set end date to the on-going nature of the fight against terror?” Continue reading

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‘Adams Morgan: The Movie’ Actor Has ‘Fight Club’ Parody Go Viral

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In early 2010, We Love DC sat down to talk to DC-based actor Noah Baron about his role in the independent, local film Adams Morgan: The Movie. Since then, Baron’s moved from the District out west to Los Angeles in pursuit of furthering his acting career.

Recently, though, Baron was part of an independent film project that has since gone viral. Cuddle Club, a shot-for-shot parody of the original Fight Club trailer was released on YouTube earlier this week. Baron and his colleague Ross Willett wrote and produced the parody themselves. In less than 48 hours, the video’s spread across the internet to sites like Funny or Die, Tosh.o and The Film Crusade (just to name a few). This morning, the video was listed on TV Guide’s website as being the “Most Buzzed” internet clip.

The short of it is — this is a hilarious clip. It’s well scripted, the acting’s timely, and the parody is worth the two minute thirty four second run time. The video is available after the page break.

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Zimmermann Hard-Luck Loser As Nats Bats Silenced By Friars

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If you set up a script for how to win a baseball game, it would go something like this:

Get good starting pitching that gives you at least six innings and allows less than three runs. Make good defensive plays that keep the other team off the board and line up three quality relievers to shut the other team out at the end of the game.

Oh, and score enough runs to make it all stand up.

The Nats got three out of the four pieces of the equation on Saturday against the Padres. Jordan Zimmermann was solid through six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts. He threw 100 pitchers to 24 batters and left the game down 2-0. For fielding, Rick Ankiel made two great plays in centerfield to finish both the first and second innings. Jerry Hairston made a great diving stab-and-throw in the third. Zimmermann picked off would-be base runner Eric Patterson (who had just stole second) to end that inning.

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Reminder: Orange and Blue lines have four closed stations

Metro closures for Memorial Day

Metro is hard at work this holiday weekend to conduct some serious repairs on the Orange and Blue lines.  They’re replacing almost 5,000 track fasteners, adding 5 miles of communications cable for cell phone access, repairing 21 escalators and 8 elevators, and replacing four track switches as part of the work.

Capitol South, Eastern Market, Potomac Ave and Stadium-Armory are closed all weekend while the work gets done. Metro’s running shuttle buses through the area, so if you need to get to those areas covered by those stations, you can still get there, but plan for a lot of extra time to do it.

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Michael Morse is Mr. Walk-Off for a Night

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Friday night’s Nationals game versus the San Diego Padres can best be summed up by the father-daughter duo I encountered on the Metro last night after all was said and done: “It was perfectly awesome.”

Without a strong heart of the order and Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup, the Nats have struggled to get their offense cooking this season. They snapped a 1-7 losing skid in grand fashion Friday at the Navy Yard, though, in a 2-1 victory thanks to a lead-off, first pitch, walk-off homerun from Michael Morse. Continue reading

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Friday Happy Hour: Granita Cocktails at Casa Nonna

Wednesday started out pretty poorly for me. One of my favorite people celebrated his birthday on Tuesday night (his “actual” birthday, following the “pre-birthday” celebrations at U Hall on Saturday, mind you) and things got a bit saturated. I woke up the next morning feeling pretty sick. After some coffee and water, I got around to checking my email – only to be reminded that I was scheduled to meet up with some other press people to attend a cocktail tasting at Casa Nonna that evening.

I considered canceling, but let’s face facts: A drinks writer calling in hungover is not just unprofessional, it is downright amateurish. When six rolled around, I got myself together and headed over to Dupont Circle.

Casa Nonna is on Connecticut Avenue at N St, in the former California Pizza Kitchen space on the corner. A long, attractive patio stretches along the one side and the place seems absolutely perfect for the drinks-after-work set though, on this evening at least, the place is comfortably populated but definitely not crowded. As the summer evenings drag on, though, one expects that to change. To sweeten the deal: a trio of special “granitia cocktails” that bring together icy, fruity, and boozy to appealing result.
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DC Social Innovation Launch Party

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Two years ago Congress enacted the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and created the Social Innovation Fund.  The fund aims to improve the lives of people in low-income communities by mobilizing public and private resources to grow promising, innovative community-based solutions that have evidence of compelling impact in three areas of priority need: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development.

However, although the Act may have been signed in to law in Washington, DC, its national focus has left room for improvement in the District itself.  The DC Social Innovation Project (DCSIP) hopes to bridge this gap.

Co-founded by former Akin Gump attorney Darius Graham and attorney Omar Hashmi, DCSIP fosters social innovation through two different initiatives.  The first, the Community Lab, grants program provides $1,500 grants to neighborhood associations, community groups, and schools in DC to implement a small scale, high-impact community project.  The second, the Bright Idea Challenge, enlists 18-35 year olds in the DC area to propose creative social ventures that address a local issue, with the two best ideas receiving up to $10,000 in funding and other pro bono services to help them launch their venture.

For those curious about the organization, DCSIP has scheduled its launch party next Wednesday, June 8th at Funxion from 6-9pm.  You can register for the event here.