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April 22, 2015

Baseball Polling, in Black and White

Is baseball still a "national" pastime? (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Is baseball still a “national” pastime? (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Roughly one-third of Americans surveyed in a HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll released recently think the decline in African-American participation in baseball is reason for concern.

Interesting news in light of Clinton Yates’ recent story in The Washington Post about how the Washington Nationals have demoted Chuck Brown’s “Busting Loose” from the rotation when a Nats hits a home run at Nationals Park. The go-go anthem is an icon for people from the Washington area, particularly African Americans. Full story

Guest-List App IDs D.C.’s A-List Venues

D.C. loves itself a party. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

D.C. loves itself a party. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Of course there’s an app for checking in to a guest list, and for those heading to the MSNBC after party on Saturday after the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, you’ll be checked in using zkipster.

Now that we’re on the countdown to Saturday’s goat rodeo, zkipster released a list of what it considers the top venues in D.C. to “witness political and social power.” Drumroll, please. Full story

April 21, 2015

Tim Ryan Goes ‘Planetary’ (Video)

One of Congress’ foremost messengers on mindfulness is set to lend his voice to an Earth Day after-movie discussion of “Planetary” Wednesday night at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, will take a seat alongside National Geographic Society President Gary Knell and Lou Leonard, vice president of the World Wildlife Fund’s climate change program after the screening of the 85-minute documentary about life on Earth. Full story

April 20, 2015

What About #ThatTown?

How about al fresco truck dining? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

How about al fresco truck dining? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This is the week #ThisTown lives for, the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner and its multiple party-time events. But what about #ThatTown, the folks who won’t be picking up the tux or cocktail dress from the cleaners?

If you’d prefer to eat your food standing up, listening to music outdoors or watching some hoops, you’re in luck.

Full story

April 16, 2015

Versatile Toques Aim to Tantalize Seafood Fans

Profish has reeled in a who’s who of award-winning local chefs for its fourth annual “Charity Off the Hook” event, a gourmet dine-around designed to net much needed funds for food- and education-related charitable organizations.

This year’s tasting bonanza is scheduled to take place on April 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place (3000 K St. NW). Tickets for the all-inclusive event are $125 per person; as a courtesy, the organizers have offered readers a discount for the dinner. Entering “ROLLCALL” in the promo code spot will shave $25 off the price of admission. (Roll Call has no business relationship with the event.)

According to Profish Director of Sustainability John Rorapaugh, the evening is all about sensational nosh, good fun and supporting the patchwork of charities that strive to assist those most in need across the region. Full story

April 15, 2015

Filmfest DC Returns ‘Leaner and Meaner’

Filmfest DC, the homegrown international movie festival entering its 29th year, kicks off its 11-day slate Thursday. It almost didn’t happen.

“Last year, this time, we thought that was going to be it,” said Tony Gittens, the founder and director of the Washington, D.C., International Film Festival, also known as Filmfest. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 1:53 p.m.
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April 14, 2015

Stephen Colbert Portrait Set to Leave National Portrait Gallery

A nation turns its lonely eyes to you, Colbert. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A nation turns its lonely eyes to you, Colbert. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Nation! It’s come to this. Stephen Colbert’s portrait is coming down from its rightful spot in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, on the second floor between the bathrooms and above the water fountain. Full story

Piero di Cosimo’s Breakout Show

"The Discovery of Honey" by Piero di Cosimo (Photo courtesy National Gallery of Art)

“The Discovery of Honey” by Piero di Cosimo. (Courtesy National Gallery of Art)

It took almost 500 years for one of the bad boys of Renaissance art to get a major retrospective. But if recent crowds at the National Gallery of Art are any indication, Piero di Cosimo may be starting to  emerge from the shadows cast by famous contemporaries such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to take a long overdue star turn.

“Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence,” features 44 altarpieces, portraits and mythological and allegorical scenes painted by an enigmatic figure who was described in his day as uncivilized, eccentric and prone to “building castles in the air.” Full story

April 12, 2015

And the Morris Dancers Pressed On …

The Morris Dancers would not be denied. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

The Morris Dancers would not be denied. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Accordion music drifted over the reflecting pool as police wrapped up their press conference about the horrific shooting hours earlier on the West Front of the Capitol. Washington, D.C.’s Morris Dance Cherry Blossom Day of Dance would not be denied.

Saturday was a beautiful day in Washington. It was 70 degrees and sunny. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom. The Capitals clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the NHL playoffs. And the Morris Dancers headed to Capitol Hill for their annual spring revelry and celebration of a folk dance that dates to 15th century England.  “You’re happy. We’re happy. We’re dancing. You’re watching. It’s a win-win situation!” they proclaimed in a flyer.  Full story

April 9, 2015

‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ Lands at Air and Space Museum

If you aren’t awestruck by the fact that a quarter million people are zooming through the sky right now with drinks in hand, you are probably part of the majority. However, Brian Terwilliger wants to change that.

Terwilliger is the director and producer of “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” which premiered Wednesday night at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Dressed to the nines, chatty people crowded under the museum’s planes hanging from the ceiling, getting their fill of drinks and appetizers before shuffling into the Lockheed-Martin IMAX theater. Full story

Cherry Blossom Run Packet Pickup in CVC

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Are you participating in the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on April 12? A reminder those competing in the event’s Capitol Hill Competition can pick up their race packets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center’s HVC-215.

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April 8, 2015

The Power Lunch: Kosher for Passover Version

Italian matzo balls, also known as "Canederli in Brodo," served as part of Fiola's Passover menu. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Gale)

Italian matzo balls, also known as “Canederli in Brodo,” served as part of Fiola’s Passover menu. (Rebecca Gale/CQ Roll Call)

Whether it’s the Longworth Cafeteria or BLT Steak, the power lunch continues during recess just as it does when Congress is in session. But for those for whom an in-session day requires more time in the office, recess periods can be better time for the power lunch of the white tablecloth variety.

But what happens when recess falls during Passover, eight days in which all bread products must be eschewed? We found one D.C. restaurant that may have a solution for this gap in the marketplace. Full story

‘Red Lines’ Screening Comes to CVC

For those concerned the bloody civil war in Syria is being a bit overshadowed by events in Yemen and nuclear talks over Iran, the makers of the documentary “Red Lines” will screen their film in the Capitol Visitor Center Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in HVC-200.

The film is an on-the-ground account of the FUBAR the Syrian war has become, with many citizens caught between a dictator and fundamentalist forces.

Those interested in going, RSVP to info@sparkmedia.org.

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April 7, 2015

Selling Out at the Tune Inn

“I wouldn’t be sitting here if it wasn’t sold out.”

— A barfly at the Tune Inn, watching the Washington Nationals’ Opening Day game Monday at the Tune Inn on Capitol Hill. The Nationals lost to the New York Mets, 3-1.

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April 6, 2015

Opening Day Wasn’t Always a Given in D.C.

Things weren't always so merry with Washington baseball. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Things weren’t always so merry with Washington baseball. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s opening day for Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals are the odds-on favorite to win the 2015 World Series. It wasn’t always like this.

As any die-hard D.C. baseball fan can tell you, at one point success wasn’t a given for the nation’s capital on the baseball diamond, nor was even having a team! Full story

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