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Nats Can’t Grit Out Win Versus Mets

Photo courtesy of MudflapDC
courtesy of MudflapDC

There are some things in baseball that make perfect sense. Cliff Lee for example owns a 2.87 ERA for his career against the Washington Nationals. That makes perfect sense. Cliff Lee is very good. He has a career 3.54 ERA and a 2.91 ERA as a Phillie. So, it makes perfect sense that the Nats struggle against him. Dillon Gee isn’t Cliff Lee. He has a career 3.94 ERA, and after 7 2/3 innings of two run ball against the Nats now has a 2.80 ERA against them. That is right Dillon Gee has pitched better against the Nats than Cliff Lee. I doubt anyone could find a single person on the planet that would take Dillon Gee over Cliff Lee on a real life or fantasy team.

This is baseball. It doesn’t always make sense. It doesn’t have to make sense. It is entropy. It verges towards chaos and yet enough of it makes sense that we expect all of it to make sense. The Nats averaging 4.92 runs a game in August and Jayson Werth hitting over .400 for the month came into this game red hot, and couldn’t get it done. Werth went 0-4 and the Nats scored two runs, both on solo homers from the seven and nine spots in the order.

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Education, Special Events, The Features

September 2013 at National Geographic Live (including a drawing!)

Courtesy National Geographic

Courtesy National Geographic

We’re now in our fourth year partnering with the National Geographic Museum and their Nat Geo Live series of programming. They’ve kicked it up a notch this year to help celebrate the organization’s 125 years. The wide-ranging lineup over the next few months includes theatrical performances, explorer talks, holiday concerts, film screenings, new “Inside the Geographic” tours and even a Scottish whisky tasting. As the Society continues its celebration, Nat Geo Live’s offerings reflect the Society’s history of connecting audiences to people and places that inspire us to care about the planet.

“We’re excited to have such a stellar and diverse roster of talent joining us in Washington this fall,” said Gregory McGruder, vice president for Public Programs at National Geographic. “National Geographic Live is proud to continue its tradition of transporting Washingtonians on virtual adventures across the globe, via the powerful words, images and performances presented at these influential events at our headquarters.”

The Museum has graciously continued our monthly drawings for a two readers to win a pair of tickets each to a program of their choice. To enter, just comment below with what two programs you’d most like to see; make sure you use your first name and a valid email address. On Wednesday, September 4 we’ll randomly draw two names from the comment list.

Here is what’s being offered this month.

Bell ($30+)
Sept 12 – 21 (Thurs/Fri 7:30 pm; Sat 2 and 7:30 pm)
This one-man play, written by Jim Lehrer, directed by Jeremy Skidmore and starring Rick Foucheux, reveals the extraordinary life of Alexander Graham Bell. Best known for his invention of the telephone, the play shows many other facets of this daring, disorganized genius. He was a deeply committed family man, teacher of the deaf, holder of 47 patents and National Geographic’s second president.

Bird Walk Adventure: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens & National Arboretum ($150; Not Eligible for Drawing)
Sept 21, 9 am – 4 pm
Join National Geographic author, artist and resident bird expert Jonathan Alderfer on an urban birding adventure. After breakfast at the Society and a private viewing of the exhibition “A New Age of Exploration,” guests travel to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens by coach to observe waterfowl and migratory birds. After a picnic lunch at the National Arboretum, they return to National Geographic for a signed copy of Alderfer’s most recent book, National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America.

Discovering the Photo Archives Tour ($100; Not Eligible for Drawing)
Sept 26, 7 pm.
When someone needs an archival photograph at National Geographic, Bill Bonner is the man to call. He manages the Image Collection photo archive of more than 10 million images, including silver gelatin prints, original paintings and priceless private collections. Join Bonner for a tour of the National Geographic archives and a private viewing of the exhibition “A New Age of Exploration.”

The Best Job in the World ($12)
Sept 30, 7:30 pm
See the world premiere of the National Geographic Channel special National Geographic Photographers: The Best Job in the World and get an insider look at photography at National Geographic through the eyes of photographer Cory Richards as he travels to a remote mountain range in Antarctica to cover a climbing expedition for National Geographic magazine. The film features interviews with several of the Society’s most celebrated photographers. The screening will be followed by a discussion with photographer Mark Thiessen and executive producer Pamela Wells.

The Lens of Adventure ($24)
Oct 2, 7:30 pm
Award-winning National Geographic Channel filmmaker Bryan Smith shares gripping moments from his assignments documenting extreme sports in the world’s most challenging environments. He has repeatedly tested the limits while producing films like “The Man Who Could Fly,” about free climber and BASE jumper Dean Potter, and “Alaska Wing Men,” following Alaskan bush pilots on critical missions.

All events take place in Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic’s Washington headquarters. Tickets may be purchased online, via telephone at (202) 857-7700 or in person at the National Geographic ticket office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 20 to ensure guaranteed Early Bird Pricing. Free parking is available in the National Geographic underground garage for programs that begin after 6 p.m.

Week in Review

Week In Review: 8/26-8/29

I’ll keep things short, since I know everyone wants to get their photo fix and then to hit the beaches and/or barbecues. Despite all our efforts, it’s been a busy week! Huge crowds marching (BTW: check out this epic panorama from Wednesday; it’s so big, I couldn’t post it here!); major international events coming to a head; and, all the while, a new school year starting. Busy, busy, busy! But not too busy for us to look back. So have at the photos, enjoy them, and then relax; you’ve earned this three day weekend DC. Continue reading

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Nats Blank Miami 9-0 for the Sweep

long drive home
long drive home
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Baseball’s season may be starting to wrap up with just a few weeks left to play but, despite their place in the standings, the Washington Nationals managed a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins after securing a 9-0 victory on Wednesday night.

Left-handed starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez got off to a rocky start for the first two innings, which is reminiscent of his performances earlier on with the team, before settling in come the third. Gonzalez threw seven innings and gave up three hits while walking three and striking out eight on 108 pitches (74 strikes).

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We Love Weekends

We Love LONG Weekends too: Aug 31-Sep 2

Wow, the unofficial end of Summer is here already? Who okayed this? Oh well, if we gotta go we’ll go out with a hurrah.

Such a hurrah, in fact, that some of us have already started and can’t be spending time writing weekends entries. Don’t look at me like that – have you ever tried to decipher a rambling essay from an absinthe-soaked blogger? Madness, I tell you. You’re just going to have to make do with the below:

Don: Our Labor Day is going to be long on work and catching up and short on levity. I blame That Darned Baby. But we’ll spend it with family… even if that togetherness means they do grandparent bonding while my Darling Wife and I catch up on some work. But we’ll do a little pre-gaming by heading out to Wolf Trap tonight to catch Lyle Lovett’s annual appearance there. I’m led to believe there’s lots of tickets left over so if you’re inclined you should come join us on the lawn.

Tom: The end of summer is upon us. The end of my carefree life as not-yet-a-Dad is upon us. I can’t say I’m not feeling a little conflicted about this symbolic weekend, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be enjoying the holiday. We’re headed out to the country for pancakes & potatoes at the farm because fresh spuds are the gift that keep in the fridge all winter. Of course, I may be laboring this weekend, also, as there’s a theatre opening this coming week and that wireless network isn’t going to program itself.

Rachel: Gonna be bouncing around a bit this weekend. Friday night kicks off with a performance as part of The 9 Songwriter Series at one of my favorite DC spots — Ebenezers Coffeehouse. If you’re staying in town for the long weekend and want an early evening activity, please consider joining us for the 7:30 p.m. performance! The 9 shows are always a fun time whether your in the audience or on the stage. If you don’t know, The 9 Songwriter Series is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. I strongly recommend it. On Saturday, I’ll be at Nats Park savoring the last few home games we’ve got in this 2013 baseball season. Other than that, the rest of the weekend is up in the air. Maybe I’ll see a movie, maybe I’ll find a BBQ, who knows … maybe a trip to the National Mall is in order? It’s been awhile since I took in our city’s monuments.

Joanna: Finally, a weekend back at home. DC looked like a jewel from the sky as I flew in last week, so in the city’s honor I’ll be looking for cheap jewels at the Arlington Flea Market. Then I’ll head over to The Kennedy Center for the Page to Stage Festival - a 3-day event packed with free readings and rehearsals of new works. If you’re interested in new plays and want an excuse to see the back rooms of the Kennedy Center (and some front rooms, too), this is a no-brainer. For Labor Day, what else? A cookout. Planning to eat a lot of these.

Music, Night Life, The Features, We Love Music

We Love Music: The Return of the 80s Dance Party (@ Black Whiskey — 8/31/13)

For many years, the toast of Adams Morgan was a video dance party playing music generally from the 1980s at Heaven and Hell on Thursday nights. The 80s Dance Party eventually came under the management of DJ Neal Keller, calling himself “The Angel,” and promoter Steve Donahoe, who kept it going strong for all that time.

For various reasons, that team eventually parted ways with the club and pursued different nightlife opportunities. But now, they have reunited to bring back the 80s Dance Party as a monthly party on Saturday nights to Black Whiskey on 14th St. NW near Logan Circle. The event debuts this Saturday, Aug. 31, at Black Whiskey, at 9pm.

I chatted with Mr. Keller, an old friend of mine after hosting me at many of his dance nights, about the expectations for the new party, the importance of good partnerships and the excitement of being in a vibrant, albeit different, neighborhood.

Mickey: Let’s get down to what’s important! What are people going to hear at the new 80s Dance Party?

Neal Keller: 80s Dance Party has always put an emphasis on the New Wave, Post Punk, Synthpop, Underground and New Romantic artists from the era. That means New Order, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Duran Duran, Yazoo, The Clash, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Love and Rockets, Flock of Seagulls, Blancmange, Heaven 17, Clan of Xymox, Simple Minds, Visage, Psychedelic Furs, Talking Heads, Joy Division and similar artists.

I think the change of scenery over to the 14th Street area will allow us the opportunity to focus more on the alternative and underground sounds of the 80s, and to back away slightly from the mainstream pop and cheesy stuff.  During much of the history of the event, we were catering to a more touristy crowd in Adams Morgan, and so we became known for the Top 40 music from the 80s.  But even back then there was a strong contingent of DC’s night people, replete with thick eyeliner and Manic Panic, who exerted a strong pull toward the more obscure material. You may remember, they pretty much annexed the seating to the left of the DJ booth, near the projector screen.

At the new location, Black Whiskey, there’s an edgier feel, and we hope that will attract more discerning New Wave enthusiasts.  In fact, the look of the place is a lot closer to the kind of places that first got me out clubbing back in the 80s. I’m hoping the atmosphere will be reminiscent of the humble beginnings of the event, when you were about ten times more likely to hear an Echo and The Bunnymen track than you were to hear Loverboy.

Having said that, I still want to honor guilty pleasures like “The Safety Dance” and “Love Is A Battlefield” — with the video. You’d be amazed how many alternative people request When In Rome. And I reserve the right to play some Prince — maybe more “Controversy” era, though.

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A simple and elegant photo today; one which combines a delicate use of color and shadow, light and dark, to please the eye. Paul’s framing of the silhouetted man descending the escalator is positioned just right for the viewer’s eye to catch the flowing lines in the concrete wall. In turn, all of the shapes and designs in the wall are illuminated nicely with pleasing colored lights, balancing out the black of the shadows. Simple and elegant; well done!

History, Special Events, The Features

Fifty Years Later, the Dream Is Still Relevant

Fifty years ago today, the “moral leader of our country” (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was introduced) delivered an astonishing, nation-changing message. It challenged all of us to re-examine our collective national conscience and dare to dream.

“I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

I think we can all agree there’s still work to be done. But without King’s tremendous address to the quarter-million people before him on the National Mall, a speech that was broadcast to the country, our work would be much, much harder.

King broke the dam, shattered the glass wall. Because of his words, his actions and those of the Civil Rights Movement, our country is a better place. Please take a moment today and read King’s words, let them soak into you. They’re still relevant today, regardless of color, creed, and any other descriptor you can think of that crafts a barrier to equality.

My thanks to Dr. King and all of the men and women who’ve fought for freedom, justice, and equality in this country over the course of history.

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We Love DC Podcast Episode 1: Spirits in Black, Rachel Levitin & Rhode Island Ave

Welcome to the first episode of the new We Love DC Podcast. Our editors Tom Bridge & Jenn Larsen have cooked up three stories for your auditory pleasure.

Story 1: Spirits in Black

Jenn Larsen talks to the creators behind Spirits in Black, Ashley May and Patrick Owens, about their recurring event combining heavy metal music and craft cocktails set at the Black Cat tonight. Joined by DJs Andy Overton and Mike Murphy, and guest bartenders Owen Thomson and Jeff Faile, the crew shares the mayhem and love behind their collaboration and gives you a taste of what to expect.

Story 2: Rachel Levitin

We Love DC’s Rachel Levitin wears a number of hats, but she’s also a performer. We sat down with her in our studio to talk about her new EP due out this Fall, and she recorded The Light of Love for us. You can find Rachel at

Story 3: Rhode Island Avenue

What happens when the City Council declares the city has another Main Street corridor? Kyle Todd from Friends of Rhode Island Avenue takes us through the new Main Street Corridor in Northeast Washington and what this might mean for the businesses and neighbors that live there.

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Ohlendorf Loses Steam But Nats Beat Marlins 2-1

Ryan Zimmerman swing
Ryan Zimmerman swing
courtesy of BrianMKA

Tuesday night’s game at Nationals Park was far from being a marquee match-up. The fifth place Miami Marlins came to town to face the second place Nats and played in front of the smallest crowd of 2013 since April 10.

24,616 in paid attendance occupied the ballpark while the Nats secured a 2-1 victory over the Marlins, nudging themselves back over .500 by a game. Right-handed starter Ross Ohlendorf pitched five innings plus one batter, struck out three, intentionally walked one, and gave up three hits and a run (on a homerun) on 78 pitches (50 strikes).

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Music, The Features, We Love Music

The Winning Ticket: Tommy Keene @ 9:30 Club, 9/13/13


As a way to say thanks to our loyal readers, We Love DC will be giving away a pair of tickets to a 9:30 Club concert to one lucky reader periodically. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to find out what tickets we’re giving away, and leave a comment for your chance to be the lucky winner!

Today, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see Tommy Keene at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 13.

The prolific Keene, a DC-area native, has returned with a new album, Excitement at Your Feet, on Second Motion Records. His return to the 9:30 Club marks a continuation of his long-time relationship with co-owner Seth Hurwitz, who managed Keene at the start of his solo career in the early 1980s! In the past few years, Keene has shown no signs of slowing down, releasing several albums and putting out a two-disc career retrospective in 2010. (Indeed, he kinda strikes me as our hometown version of Elvis Costello!)

For your chance to win these tickets, simply leave a comment on this post using a valid email address between 9am and 4pm today. Feel free to leave any comment, but perhaps share your favorite song by Tommy Keene (or one of his many collaborations)! One entry per email address, please. Tickets for this show are also available through Ticketfly.

For the rules of this giveaway…

Comments will be closed at 4pm and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner.

Tickets will be available to the winner at the 9:30 Club Guest List window one hour before doors open on the night of the concert. The tickets must be claimed with a valid ID. The winner must be old enough to attend the specific concert or must have a parent’s permission to enter if he/she is under 18 years old.

Tommy Keene
w/ The Deadmen (with Justin Jones), Hero Jr.
9:30 Club
Friday, Sept. 13
doors @5pm
All ages

Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 8/23-8/25

This is the week I consider the real end of summer. Kids, even college kids, are heading back to school in droves; pools start closing for the season; and the movies that are released in theaters for the next month are completely awful. We only have Labor Day weekend to put the final nail in the coffin of summer. So start stocking up on BBQ supplies, because you’ve only got five days left to the last barbecuing holiday of the season.

To get you in the mood for the weekend, check out the photos in today’s Flashback. Our photo contributors have outdone themselves with this weekend! Continue reading

We Love Weekends

We Love Weekends: Aug 23-25

Jenn: It’s August, and the city is sleepy. Or is it? This weekend sees the remount of one of Fringe’s most hilarious performances from 2012, I <3 Hummels, about (yes) a lovelorn dorky Hummels collector. It’s also free (donation suggested). After this weekend, the show goes on the road to Vegas! How can you not love that? Cheer on local band The Torches as they make their Kennedy Center debut with our very own Alexia at Millennium Stage on Sunday. Sugar up with BYT’s Cookies and Cream event at Penn Social on Saturday. Dance it off at Flash. Brush up on your Shakespeare at the Free For All. But get ready for the real Queen of the Weekday, as next Wednesday sees an array of evening excitement: from a Francophilia Extravaganza at sexy VeraCruz Gallery, to Dream Dance at Tropicalia with The Cornel West Theory celebrating the anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, to pyrotechnic cocktails and heavy metal madness at the always amazing Spirits in Black event at the Black Cat. I spoke with that mad gang last night and all I can say right now about what to expect is – whoa, go.

Rachel: The Nats are out of town this weekend so that leaves me a little time to do some of the other stuff I don’t usually have time for in the summer. Friday night I may try to recruit some people for a darts game or two at Buffalo Billiards. Then, I’d like to visit the Smithsonian’s American History Museum. It’s a perennial tradition of mine mostly because I love the transportation exhibit. The Route 66 section is one of my favorite portions of the entire museum. I’ve been there more times than I can count but I still love going back and reading the plaques. Saturday night, I’m gonna try and make it to The Velvet Lounge to see my friend singer-songwriter Brittany Jean while she shares a bill with Oh So Peligroso and The OK Corral. Sunday I might try to make it to the movies. Is there anything good playing right now?

Alexia: Friday night I’m going out to dinner in Old Town Alexandria with my family, celebrating my parents’ 45th wedding anniversary! Later in the evening I hope to make it to Tropicalia to see one of my favorite DC bands Coup Sauvage & the Snips get their groove on (10pm/$5/21+). Saturday night I’m playing with my band The Torches at the Bier Baron. Advance tickets available here. (8:30pm/$10). Sunday I’m super excited to be playing the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, with my band The Torches! This show is FREE and all-ages! (6pm/FREE)

Fedward:  Friday the Social Chair and I will be at the Art Romp Anacostia opening reception at the Anacostia Arts Center.  We’ll start our Saturday with the Rally for DC Statehood at the DC War Memorial before the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington gets underway.  After that, as fans of both Don LaFontaine and screwball comedies, we’ll head to the AFI Silver for In a World  and maybe even an impromptu double feature with Blue Jasmine (is it impromptu if I’m announcing it here in advance?). Sunday we’re looking forward to the 3rd Annual Summer Block Party at Bourbon Steak, and after that, if we can still move, we’ll head over to the Passenger for some Corpse Revivers No. 2.

Tom: August means the 199th anniversary of the burning of Washington by British and Canadian troops, and Saturday I’ll be joining with some local history buffs to toast the rebuilding of Washington after its unfortunate fate.  Afterwards, we may drive up to the Canadian and British embassies to moon them, but only if we can be sure we won’t get caught.  As I’m all gimped up after a nasty fall, so I won’t be out on my bike, but registration for the Seagull Century is now open which could be a fun training goal.  As it is, I’ll likely be doing the pre-parental trip to the burbclaves in order to stock up on the necessaries to be a parent. I will, though, no doubt be caught at the new Ted’s Bulletin on 14th Street for breakfast.

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Space; the Final Frontier. No, I’m not going start talking about this ship’s continuing voyages but I am going to talk a little about astrophotography. That really big word (which I do enjoy saying) just means taking pictures of stars, planets, and the moon. While it can cover such things as the pictures the Hubble Space Telescope took, in this instances I’m thinking more amateur and terra firma based.

Marc’s photo above is a great star trail photo. If you didn’t know, the night sky is in constant motion because the Earth is rotating. If you’re skilled enough, you can capture this motion in photo form in two ways. The easier (and that does not mean easy) way is to use film; using a low ISO, or low-light sensitive, film, a photographer can keep the camera’s shutter open for very long periods of time (as in hours) to capture the celestial movement.

The other way, which is what Marc did, is to take multiple shorter exposures (say 30 to 60 seconds each) and then layer them in a photo editing programming, like Photoshop, to combine them into a single shot. You might think this is cheating, but it’s the only way to do it with digital photography; since digital cameras are sensor based, not a physical medium like film, keeping a digital camera running long enough to capture star trails would overheat the sensor and ruin the shot. So layering multiple shots is the only way to achieve it. Also, combining dozens of shots is not a simple task. This is something I hope to try someday and I’m always thrilled to see photographers nail. Great work Marc!

Music, The Features, We Love Music

The Winning Ticket: Toad the Wet Sprocket @ 9:30 Club, 11/7/13


As a way to say thanks to our loyal readers, We Love DC will be giving away a pair of tickets to a 9:30 Club concert to one lucky reader periodically. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to find out what tickets we’re giving away, and leave a comment for your chance to be the lucky winner!

Today, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see Toad the Wet Sprocket at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The California jangle-pop quartet have reformed as a full-time band, put out a single, and vowed to release a new album in September! Their last album was released in 1997, but they are likely still best remembered for the single “All I Want” from 1992.

For your chance to win these tickets, simply leave a comment on this post using a valid email address between 10am and 4pm today. Feel free to leave any comment, but perhaps share your favorite song by Toad the Wet Sprocket! (Do they have any overlooked gems I should check out?) One entry per email address, please. Tickets for this show are also available through Ticketfly.

For the rules of this giveaway…

Comments will be closed at 4pm and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner.

Tickets will be available to the winner at the 9:30 Club Guest List window one hour before doors open on the night of the concert. The tickets must be claimed with a valid ID. The winner must be old enough to attend the specific concert or must have a parent’s permission to enter if he/she is under 18 years old.

Toad the Wet Sprocket
w/ Lee DeWyze
9:30 Club
Thursday, Nov. 7
doors @6pm
All ages

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We Love Music: Technophobia @ Black Cat — 8/17/13

Denman Anderson of Technophobia (Photo courtesy of the band)

Denman Anderson of Technophobia (Photo courtesy of the band)

Dark wavers Technophobia held their first show at the Black Cat on Saturday night, playing a polished set of fully realized synthpop tunes that may be considered a new standard for orchestrating a debut.

The band played seven songs, only one of which has been posted publicly to date (“Waltz Demise”), but each of them reflected a high degree of sophistication in songcraft that the band could have released any of them as an initial splash. In an interview with We Love DC before the show, Stephen Petix said the band wanted to avoid working out the kinks in their performance on stage or on the road. By that measure, their premiere show was a smashing success.

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Weekend Flashback

Weekend Flashback: 8/16-8/18

Half of the weekend was awesome (Saturday), and the other half was kind of crappy…yet turning into quite nice (Sunday). Honestly, for middle of August, I’ll take the fall-ish weather however it comes. Sadly, high 80s and low 90s are coming back this week. October in August was fun while it lasted.

Without thinking of the hot weather ahead of us, why don’t we look behind us at this weekend? As always, our excellent photographers captured a wonderful swath of life in the area. So put up your feet and check out their hard work! Continue reading

We Love Weekends

We Love Weekends: Aug 16-18

Fedward:  Now that we’ve got a dining room table, we’re ready to have guests Friday night, in the form of Don and his Darling Wife.  We might even break in our grill with some meat from Red Apron, although it’s equally likely we’ll just get some pizza from Moroni & Brothers.  Saturday morning we’ll visit Qualia Coffee for the District Doughnut popup and coffee pairing (“There’s an element of ridiculousness in everything that’s great,” says Finkelstein). After that we might try to shop for the bathroom fixtures we didn’t get to last week (thanks to a rescheduled delivery), and then we’re meeting friends for more rum and Hawaiian food at Hogo. Sunday the Social Chair has a book club brunch at B Too, and we’ll round the day off with our usual Passenger, uh, brunch. If having two brunches in one day is wrong, you and I have different ideas about right and wrong.

Rachel: It’s a music filled weekend for me. Friday night I’m checking out Tropicalia on U Street for the first time to see my friends Alex Vans & the Hideaway and Norman Rockwell rock out. Then Saturday I’m headed to Vienna, VA to see Ben Tufts and Friends at Jammin’ Java as part of the Craig Tufts Memorial Fundraiser. Sunday, I’ll be breaking my trumpet out of storage to sit-in and learn some new charts with Jason Mendelson’s band The Open Doors. I’m looking forward to learning some Metro Songs!

Patrick: This weekend starts with a movie at E-Street, right now I’m leaning towards Oscar hopefuls Fruitvale Station and The Butler. You know I love to Oscar Watch. The rest of the weekend will be spent out in Leesburg. Why would I make myself go out there? Running the Leesburg 5K. It should provide some scenic views as I sweat and struggle to run the short distance. Plus there’s cool stuff to do around there afterwards like Leesburg Corner or Costco. I think there’s a Wawa near there too.

Mosley: Raiders of the Lost Ark is playing at the AFI! Why, yes, I do enjoy reliving my childhood movie releases every summer; why do you ask? Besides an awesome movie, I’m hoping this amazing weather holds out for the weekend. If it does, I’m thinking of doing some photographing along the Mount Vernon Trail; I haven’t gone on a good photo walk in some time, so it’s badly needed.

Don: I’m hoping my weekend doesn’t involve sitting inside and gnashing my teeth out the window asking WHY IS IT RAINING NOW BUT WAS SO NICE DURING THE WEEK? If the weather cooperates I’ve maybe got Truckaroo Friday evening and I’ll spend a few minutes thinking that I wish Naked Girls Reading wasn’t on a Friday night in hell Adams Morgan. Saturday is sloth day and Sunday is, annoying soggy weather predictions permitting, a little BBQ time with some out of town visitors.

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Nats Fifth Win in a Row a Near Disaster

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Pence Fouls off a Pitch
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With Brandon Belt on second and Buster Posey on first the line drive off of Hunter Pence’s bat hung in the air. The crowd groaned in anticipation of watching Belt cross the plate tying the game at six, but the line drive hung in the air. Denard Span may not have been the offensive lead-off hitter the Nats wanted, but he has been the defensive outfielder they’ve needed and on several occasions he has saved his pitching staff. The line drive hung in the air, the crowd groaned, and then they cheered as Span out ran the baseball and made a rare diving catch.

The Nats 18-16 record in one run games would lead one to believe they were good in close games or at least not bad. Doing what winning teams do as the narrative squad would have you know. It isn’t the case. This evening’s contest is a drama that has played out far too often for the Washington Nationals. After a solo homer in the second inning tied the game the Nationals exploded in the fourth inning sending ten batters to the plate and scoring five runs to take what appeared to be a commanding 6-1 lead, or so it appeared.

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