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08/17/2017 - 9:12am
Artist Profile: Rick Bach     Art explodes from Rick Bach like solar flares, seemingly at the speed of light. It started at birth. In Pittsburgh. His father owned an auto body shop and Rick was spray painting on metal when other kids were using Crayons. He had his own air-brushing business by sixth grade. “It’s where I really learned to draw.” Art was not only a passion, but a visual platform for ideas and observations. It was about energy. Rick’s work has... >>more
08/16/2017 - 10:12am
Foundry Gallery Foundry Gallery will exhibit the works of Ric Garcia and Fierce Sonia in an exhibition entitled “Dynamic Duos: Power and Form.” As one would expect with a title focused on superhero references, the artists have endeavored to produce an exhibition replete with imagery harkening back to the days when cartoons dominated the airwaves on Saturday mornings. However, beyond the strength and power associated with superheroes, the artists have chosen to take a different twist... >>more
08/16/2017 - 9:13am
Ari’s Art Deco We’d been meaning to try out Ari’s Diner in Ivy City. The first time we visited, every seat was taken. But the next time, for lunch, we practically had the place to ourselves. The appealing decor is Art Deco, with gleaming aluminum trim, nifty light fixtures, and wide, comfy booths and counter stools. Chef Miguel Rosario’s kitchen turns out better-than-decent diner fare, with all-day breakfast plus healthy options like salads (including a summery... >>more
08/15/2017 - 10:12am
This August, discover the bright white wines from Spain offering diversity, lively freshness, and best of all, value.  Every day my customers ask me, “what are the best value white wines?”  I recommend looking to lesser-known regions and varietals rather than the established high-status regions, which always fetch a higher price tag.  One of the best assets of Spain is that the country offers high-quality wines that express a sense of place, while still providing... >>more
08/15/2017 - 9:12am
It’s August, and according to popular wisdom, Capitol Hill is supposed to be dormant. Not so this year; lots of things are happening, especially on Barracks Row. Porron, a pop-up outpost of Anxo Cidery & Pintos Bar, has arrived at 525 Eighth St. SE. (For 47 years, the space housed Phase 1, the venerable lesbian watering hole, reportedly the city’s oldest gay bar.) Anxo owner Sam Fitz has signed a five-month lease for his cidery, which opened July 7. If things go well, he might... >>more
08/14/2017 - 10:12am
Lady Macbeth No, this is not a new cinematic version of the Shakespeare classic taken from the point of view of one of the principal protagonists; its source is not even the Bard (even at one remove).  This new British import is quite a different tale whose origin is the 1865 novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk” by Russian writer Nikolai Leskov, a subversive tale of its time which also became the subject of a 1934 opera by Dmitri Shostakovich.  This is not the story of a... >>more
08/14/2017 - 9:12am
Mount Vernon Triangle Is for the Dogs The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID), in partnership with Spot on Training, held a special event for man’s best friend, in conjunction with the weekly farmers’ market. Catering to the four-legged population of MVT, Milian Park was transformed into an obstacle course where dogs could jump, catch, and run through tunnels into their owners’ arms. This was the fourth annual Doggone Fun Day, and Spot on Training... >>more
08/14/2017 - 9:12am
It started as an idea to promote the music they love and has become a full-time passion – with the attendant headaches of fundraising and working 24/7 for modest, if any, return. Giovanni Russonello, a writer and music critic, and Luke Stewart, a bassist spanning many musical genres, started CapitalBop, now a 501c(3) nonprofit, as a jazz calendar at, but it has become so much more. It has blossomed into a community of its own with monthly DC Jazz Loft shows, a digital... >>more
08/12/2017 - 10:12am
This summer, as the heat index begins to rise, Americans turn to water-based festivities in an attempt to escape the scorching sun. For residents of the District of Columbia, the Anacostia River is beginning to be a favored destination for aquatic pastimes like fishing and kayaking. Once called the “Forgotten River,” the Anacostia is now experiencing a revival owing to developments around the Navy Yards area, the new Anacostia River Trail, and kayak rentals from Diamond Teague Park... >>more
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