Friday, January 27, 2012

Visual Stimulation

In Memory of Rob Ballowe

Rob Ballowe
1979 - 2012

I hate making these blog post's, But my friend Rob Ballowe had past away this past week of Jan 18th 2012.  I will greatly miss him, I met Rob back in 1998 at a club here in DC, we would always run into each other and that's how we became friend's.  When he moved to Vegas we kind of lost touch there for a little bit, but with Facebook we connected again and I was very happy to see he was on the West coast doing his thing.  He had come to DC to visit his parent's I remember 3 years ago, and we all went out and had dinner.  I will always remember his laugh and smile!  Rob I miss you alot  save me a spot up there bud.

Chinese New Year Parade

Here is a schedule of special events in the DowntownDC BID area:
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival
Chinatown Community Cultural Center
616 H Street, NW

Programs and activities will include: live music and dance performances, traditional Chinese calligraphy, children’s crafts, face painting, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations, lion dancing, poetry readings, film screenings, art and photo exhibits, raffle prizes, New Year souvenirs, free giveaways, and much more. Special guest performances by: Wong People and students of Yu Ying Public Charter School.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chinese New Year Parade and Festival
H Street, NW, between 6th and 8th Streets

Each year a parade is held in Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment with a giant firecracker set off at 3:45 pm


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Shuttle Landing!

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is preparing to welcome the space shuttle discover into its collection.  Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough says the shuttle will be flown to Washington Dulles International Airport on the back of a Boeing 747 in April.  An April 17 flyover is planned in the nation's capital before Discovery makes its final home at the museum's massive hanger in Northern Virgina!

I'm sure there will be crowds there, I thought this was a neat-o idea to go watch it land!!  any more geeks with me??



at the
Comedy Club

Feb 1, 2012

The Queen of Sass and Crass

Dance Heginbotham

A member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, teacher and choreographer John Heginbotham presents his alluringly hot and humorous movement, set to the music of Daft Punk.

The Kennedy Center
Millennium Stage

Friday 27, 2012


DJ Dredd presents "1958"

1353 H St.  NE
Washington dc

A dance party featuring the music of Prince, Madonna & Michael Jackson

Art Exhibits: 30 Americans

500 Seventeenth Street.  NW
Washington DC

Corcoran - 30 Americans from Corcoran Gallery of Art on Vimeo.

30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

Last Chance!

Through Feb 12th ONLY!!

American Ballet Theatre!!!

Jan 31 - Feb 5

Opera House

Get excited!!!  

DC ranks 2nd for biking & walking

The District ranked near the top in a national survey when it comes to the number and safety of commuters who bike or walk to work.
In the 2012 Benchmarking Report by the Alliance for Biking and Walking, Washington ranked second in the country when it comes to the number of commuters who bike or walk. The study was based on data from all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities.
Among the top five for commuter volume:
  1. Boston
  2. Washington
  3. San Francisco
  4. Seattle
  5. New York
The same status can't be said for the entire DMV. Maryland and Virginia both ranked in the bottom half of the survey, at No. 32 and No. 36, respectively.
When it comes to pedestrian and cyclist safety, Boston ranked once again on top. That data was based on the number of fatal accidents. The District came in sixth, with Minneapolis, Omaha, Seattle and Portland ahead of it.
Fort Worth, Texas, is the least friendly for biking and walking. It ranked at the bottom of both surveys.
The Alliance for Biking and Walking says overall 12 percent of all trips were by bike or by foot and between 2000 and 2009, the number of commuters who biked to work jumped by 57 percent.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Thanks to Amanda again for the great info on what the Spring/Summer 2012 H&M line for men will look like, Great tips and looks.

Check out the video and see what fancys you!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Taylor Gourmet Breakfast & Delivery

So these are the new guys in the neighborhood, but they have been in DC for some time, but I love them and I'm gonna help a hometown place as much as I can.  Taylor Gourmet is now delivering from their 14th St. location and serving breakfast sandwiches.


Just remember to think ahead before leaving for work today, you know there is going to be back ups.  best to metro or bike!  Just sayin!

Visual Stimulation

DC Yester-years

Check out this amazing photo from back in 1863 with the Capitol building under construction in the background. The photo was taken looking SE  and other than the Capitol, the view is a very different one today (including paved roads). Unfortunately the church in the forefront, Trinity Episcopal Church, was demolished during the construction of the I-395 tunnel

All that is really left today is a historic marker at 526 D St NW with this photo and a little description of what once was


Elikeh, Alma Tropicalia
The Bellevederes
at the

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012
8pm- 12am

A musical evening featuring the choicest world music grooves from bands based in the DC-MD-VA region. Live music with influences from Africa, South America and the United States will include performances by Afro-pop maestros Elikeh, DC-based Brazilian band Alma Tropicália and raw southern soul from Baltimore’s Bellevederes.


Elikeh mixes Afro-beat with traditional Togolese polyrhythms to produce captivating tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.
“A band of D.C.-area musicians present us with a modern form of groovy, jazzy, and dance-friendly rhythms…Elikeh taps into the same historical energy of Afro-beat bands of long ago. Yet, Elikeh is new, refreshing, and distinct.”
Matthew Forss, Inside World Music (7.11.10)

Alma Tropicália

Alma Tropicália (Portuguese for Tropicália Soul) is a new creative project and DC's first ever tribute to the classic Brazilian 1960's tropicália movement. The group combines traditional Brazilian rhythms with the outrageous sounds of psychedelic pop - equal parts samba, bossa nova, forró and rock 'n' roll. Alma Tropicália is fronted by Elin, a renowned vocalist and master of Brazilian styles, who has toured the world and led her own groups at the Blue Note, Lincoln Center, and other top venues. Elin is backed by a group of the city's finest performers of Música Popular Brasileira. Together they delve deep into this mind-altering musical movement to deliver a mix of tropicália-inspired originals, as well as classic and rarely heard songs by Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Tom Zé, Os Novos Baianos, and more, filtered through the group's signature noise rock sound.

The Bellevederes

“It all starts with the emcee, a sadly lost part of the modern musical landscape. The Bellevederes employ an old school style Master of Ceremonies to make sure, from the moment they take the stage, you know you're not seeing any old cover band. Getting the crowd into the groove is just the first step in the band's master plan to take you back to a time when music was funky, soulful, and just plain fun. Evoking the sounds of Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, the Meters, and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few, the group's three-piece horn section, crunchy keyboards, and stand-out lead vocals channel the very best of Stax-era R&B, and the group creates a vibe that makes it damn near impossible to stand still once they take the stage.”
– Baltimore City Paper // Best Throwback, 2009


Blisspop presents. MAYA JANE COLES 
Chris Nitti & Lxsx Frxnk

at U St. Music Hall

Blisspop pres. MAYA JANE COLES w/ Chris Nitti & Lxsx Frxnk
Thurs. Jan. 26th
9pm, Free before 11pm for 21+/$10 after, 18+
Purchase advance tickets:

2010 - 2011 have been the years that Maya Jane Coles announced herself as one of the most talented up and coming artists in electronic music.

In the years preceding a steady output of techy cuts on labels such as Dogmatik and 1trax simmered away catching the attention of cluded up heads and savy A&R people alike. It was her debut EP on Franck Roger’s Real Tone though that ignited the fire of hype and boosted her profile on the global stage receiving heavy support from the house & techno elite. Aside from being hammered repeatedly on the worlds most happening dance floors ‘What They Say’ reached the number 1 spot on across the board; Beatport Deep House Chart No. 1, Traxsource top download & Resident Advisors most charted tracks for October. It’s safe to say the release won the hearts and heads of fans and critics a like and a landmark year was topped off with a nomination for Best Breakthrough Producer nomination in the DJ Mag Best of British awards.

Not one to fall victim to the pitfalls of being one of the scenes ‘buzz names’, Maya has built on her flourishing reputation with a slew of gigs across Europe holding her own alongside world renounced DJs. So much so her schedule for 2011 is already jam packed with dates across Europe; London’s Fabric, Batofar, Watergate, not to mention iconic Glastonbury Festival, just a few of the destinations.

Maya’s productions take’s influence from a diverse range of musical styles and British – Japanese heritage. Her talents are by no means confided to realms of house and techno. Under the guise of her live dub/electronica outfit, ‘She Is Danger (alongside the multi-instrumentalist/singer Lena Cullen) she has remixed the likes of Massive Attack and Gorillaz and fans of her Dubstep Product under the name Noctural Sunshine include key tastemakers, Joy Orbison and Sucba to name a few.

As well as her trademark bass heavy approach Maya’s diversity as a producer also shines through in productions under her own name as well. Climbing high in Beatport’s ‘Chillout’ top 100 tracks from her stunning ‘Humming Bird’ EP on Hypercolour showcase her blissful vocals and ability to create songs and not just music for the dance floor. Forthcoming EPs on Anja Schneider’s Mobilee Records and for a number highly anticipated exclusives will no doubt elevate her status even further.

A bright talent with more than a couple of strings to her bow Maya Jane Coles is only just getting started. - via RA

Chris Nitti
Chris Nitti is a sonic explorer of the digital underground, spinning deep, dusty grooves at Bliss and Lost & Sound.

Lxsx Frxnk

Thursday, January 19, 2012

DC Record Fair

The D.C. Record Fair, one of this blog's favorite semi-regular cultural events, is back in D.C. aftera stop in Rosslyn in October. The next fair takes place Feb. 12 at Riot Act Comedy Theater in Chinatown.
Entrance fee is $5 if you show up during the first hour (before things get picked over!), and $2 after that. According to the invite, there'll be more than 40 vendors, plus, um, bloody marys.
Co-organizer Jon Meyers, of the Vinyl Districtblog network, says the event will be spread over the venue's ground-floor lobby and basement theater. (The other organizers are Som Records and DC Soul Recordings.) Guest DJs are TBD.
Riot Act, which has a pretty large, pretty choice location at 801 E St. NW, still feels too big to be a comedy club (at least to my eyes), but it's announced plenty of interesting non-comedy bookings, likea comedic mini-festival put on by D.C. Shorts and, I'm just noticing, a trivia nightMaybe I should check that out.
The D.C. Record Fair takes place noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at Riot Act Comedy Theater.
D.C. Record Fair Is Back on Feb. 12 was originally published by Washington City Paper on Jan. 16, 2012.


Yes they made one!  Check this funny clip out

Wednesday, January 18, 2012