the Anthem sings a tribute to 9:30

  I was a little sad when I first heard I.M.P. was opening another club in DC. I love the 9:30 club so much. I’ve been going there for longer than I haven’t been. Why change it up? Why mess with perfection? Then last night I walked into The Anthem for the first time… and it all made sense. There’s a big, classy lobby when you first enter. A glass elevator rises up to the terrace area from near the entrance, with access to balcony levels above. Cymbals hang like tiny spaceships in the three story atrium, leading to a crab’s eye view of a rooftop swimming pool (unfortunately, part of nearby condos, not the club.) Moving out of the lobby and into the concert hall… the space is enormous. The floor is probably twice the size of 9:30, the balcony 3 or 4x bigger. The stage is huge, too – I can …

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Sketches of Redskins Fandom

Football is a game of numbers, statistics, metrics, predictions, analysis, massive crowds, huge salaries, gigantic men. My relationship to football, my personal connection to it, is far different – its basis in the intimate and not the organized – I never played for or cared about my junior or high school teams, but spent afternoons in the neighborhood, running post routes in the street, tackling my friends into piles of dog shit; and Sundays on the couch, shouting at the TV. My perspective on the ‘big picture’ is ever evolving, during some seasons I get in such a disgusting funk over the whole thing I can’t bear to watch, other seasons it’s all I can do not to replay a game three times during week. I’ve at times been casual, meticulous, and absent in my fandom. I’ve been zealous, and then skeptical, and then angry, and then glad. It comes …

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on National Geographic Live!

The National Geographic Society has launched a program called ‘NG Live!’ in which brilliant photographers from the magazine’s pages present their work at the Grosvenor Auditorium, in Washington D.C. to a curious and appreciative audience. Gardens by Night Diane Cook and Len Jenshel presented an alluring series of exposures from gardens around the world, captured during the darkest hours of night. The soft light from the moon casts a diaphanous glow on the beautiful landscapes in the images. Gardens, curated carefully to be visually pleasant, calming and intricate, show a hidden power at night. Fuling and Changing China I’m acquainted with the modernizing landscape along the Yangtze River from my own travels, but gained fresh perspective from the images captured by Anastasia Taylor-Lind. Her presentation ‘Fuling and Changing China’ uncovered an engaging and striking portrait of the people, structures, and natural beauty of the region. Ms. Taylor-Lind journeyed along the …

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on Tysons, in Black and White

Much of the world’s Internet management and governance takes place in a corridor extending west from Washington, D.C., through northern Virginia toward Washington Dulles International Airport. Much of the United States’ military planning and analysis takes place there as well. At the center of that corridor is Tysons Corner – an unincorporated suburban crossroads once dominated by dairy farms and gravel pits. Paul E. Ceruzzi, Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner, 1945-2005

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4 Years Later

I was an intern at the Washington Post’s multimedia desk during the last Presidential Inauguration. I went out to the National Mall at 4 a.m., hoping to capture some of the early scene before reporting for my desk shift later in the morning. I took photographs of the crowds beginning to arrive, and got a sense of how giant the event would be. I remember the bitter cold, more than anything else. Returning to the WP office in Arlington by 10, the crowd’s cheering was audible across the river as the President took his oath. Since I’m no longer a ‘member of the press’ it would take an act of Congress to get me out of bed that early again. The crowd is expected to be smaller this year and the city is still buzzing, but I’m not as thrilled as I was four years ago to go out into the …

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on the Marine Corps Marathon

I ran in the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, and despite not having trained for it, I finished with a time of about 5:46, a 13:13 mile pace. It was quite difficult at times but I persevered. The mistake I made in training was attempting to run a normal short-distance pace for longer runs – I burned myself out by trying to do 8 minute miles when I should have been doing 10 or 11 minutes. If I put in a long run every weekend of 10-13 miles, at a 10-11 pace, I think I could bring down my finishing time significantly for next year’s race. My original plan for the marathon (if you could even call it a plan – I kind of just rolled out of bed and stumbled to the starting line) was to only run 10-13 miles. The night before the race my family was asking …

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The Washington Warriors

Washington Warriors.Has a nice ring, don’t it? This isn’t a new baseball or hockey team. I’m talking about football.I’m talking about what we used to call the Washington Redskins. It’s the fourth quarter, and the time has come to punt the old name away. Just to clarify, before I’m charged with treason: I am a fan of the Washington Redskins football organization. I was draped in Redskins regalia before I was a year old.I was young enough to care about winning and losing in those monumental seasons of the late eighties and early nineties. I think the name is offensive, but that’s not really why I want it gone. I just want Dan Snyder to make more money. Various ethical organizations around the country, including those of Native Americans, have called for the renaming of the team before without any success. I think they are taking the wrong approach, although …

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