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February 27, 2015

What to See and Do in Selma

The city of Selma prepares for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The city of Selma prepares for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SELMA, Ala., — Every year, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., makes a pilgrimage here to walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge, tracing the fateful steps he took on March 7, 1965, when he and others marching in favor of voting rights were savagely beaten by state troopers and thugs.

Friends, activists and fellow members of Congress have frequently joined him over the years, but not in the numbers expected for the upcoming 50th anniversary, when about 100 of his colleagues and President Barack Obama are expected to help him mark the half-century mark since “Bloody Sunday.” If you’re heading there yourself, here are a few things to check out, including places where the Selma to Montgomery March was planned, as well as a great spot for a proper Southern breakfast. Full story

February 26, 2015

The Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride: Civil Rights and Bamas

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. — A partial list of things not present at the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march: A drone mini-copter, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” Viola Liuzzo’s roadside memorial.

As Alabama, and the country, prepares to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 50-plus mile voting rights march, as well as the tragic events such as the March 7 “Bloody Sunday,” when protesters led by now-Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Hosea Williams were beaten by state troopers at Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Montgomery Bicycle Club did its part by sponsoring a Feb. 21 ride traversing the march route, which is now a national historic trail. Full story

February 24, 2015

The Democrats’ Lost Opportunity in Birmingham

Wallace and Bentley adorn booth B-4 at Carlile's BBQ. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Wallace and Bentley adorn booth B-4 at Carlile’s BBQ. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Walk into any barbecue place in the South and you’re pretty certain to find walls of fame and photos of the area’s local sports heroes. Dine at Carlile’s BBQ here in Magic City and you’ll see prominent politicians, mostly rock-ribbed Republicans, interspersed among the likes of Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Bear Bryant.

Booth B-4 provides the most vivid illustration of Carlile’s political tone. A contemporary photo of the current governor, Republican Robert Bentley, hangs just below a black and white photo of the late Democratic Gov. George Wallace, the long-time segregationist who recanted his views late in life but was for years a symbol, along with Police Chief Eugene “Bull” Connor, of white resistance to civil rights. (Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” immortalized Wallace’s status for fraternity party singalongs with the lyrics, “In Birmingham they love the governor.”)

By the cashier counter, former GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus gets a place of honor, next to a photo of singer Lyle Lovett, a Texan.

The city once dubbed “Bombingham” because of its Civil Rights Era violence was passed over last year in its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Alas. And Carlile’s isn’t on the list of many Democrats here — “It’s usually not in my repertoire of where I take my visitors,” Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., told CQ Roll Call recently, rattling off other ‘cue joints such as Dreamland and Jim ‘n Nick’s and Lannie’s in Selma. But imagine a gaggle of Democratic activists descending upon Carlile’s to eat pork butt and lemon ice box pie among the mugs of Wallace, Bentley and Bachus. Bipartisan barbecue!

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By Jason Dick Posted at 4:54 p.m.
Eat, Museums, The Sights

February 17, 2015

Washington Jewish Film Festival Casts Wide Net

The Washington Jewish Film Festival gets underway on Thursday, an 11-day showcase for the global tapestry of Jewish life. What you’ll see — a range of films that includes repertory classics like Francois Truffaut’s “The Last Metro” and Louis Malle’s “Au Revoir Les Enfants” to contemporary Israeli selections such as Nissun Dayan’s “The Dove Flyer” — is by turns dark, funny, religious, secular, musical and everything else under the sun. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 2:55 p.m.
Movies

February 13, 2015

David Carr’s Raspy Voice Lives On in ‘Page One’ and ‘Night of the Gun’

For those still processing David Carr’s sudden death, The New York Times scribe lives on in two great works he left behind, the 2011 documentary “Page One: Inside the New York Times” and Carr’s memoir, “Night of the Gun.” Full story

February 11, 2015

MLB to Take its Talents to Miami, Not D.C.

All-Star fans won't be seeing this view, at least not from Miami. (CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

All-Star fans won’t be seeing this view, at least not from Miami. (CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Major League Baseball has selected Miami for the 2017 All Star Game, shunning Washington, D.C., and the riverfront confines of Nationals Park.

Marlins Park, known for its cavernous interior accentuated by sparse attendance and an aquarium in the outfield, is located in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. The Miami Herald, which first reported the news, wrote that “the awarding of the 2017 event will mark the end of a long and bumpy road to bring the All-Star Game to South Florida.”

That’s an understatement. The Marlins were supposed to get the 2000 midsummer classic, but had that yanked after the franchise had a fire sale of the 1997 World Series winning team. Marlins Park opened in 2012, compiled a high-profile team headed by Manager Ozzie Guillen and shortstop Jose Reyes, then, when things didn’t work out, had a fire sale for those guys, too.

Maybe LeBron James can throw out the first pitch.

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February 6, 2015

The In-Between Zone Movies

It’s that strange time of year: the cinematic in-between zone when “The Boy Next Door” and “Boyhood” compete, if not necessarily for the same audiences or awards.

If one doesn’t want to see either cougar bait or Oscar bait, what else is available? Plenty. The in-between zone is a time not just for camp and class, but sleepers and second-runs. And with the weather still wickedly polar, it’s the right time for screen time. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 10:41 a.m.
Movies

February 5, 2015

When Interior Decorating Questions Get Weird

Young's office boasts a gavel made from a walrus penis. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Young’s office boasts a gavel made from a walrus penis. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Some members of Congress go their whole lives without being asked about their office decorations. Others have it foisted upon them.

So it was when Roll Call and WAMU went to the Capitol to report on why members display particular pictures of parents, presidential memorabilia or patriotic nutcrackers. It just happened to be on the day The Washington Post published Ben Terris’ story about Rep. Aaron Schock’s “Downton Abbey”-inspired red Rayburn office digs. Full story

February 3, 2015

George, Ellen or Groucho? National Portrait Gallery Asks for Votes

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(Screenshot)

The National Portrait Gallery is going to put one of three comedians — George Carlin, Ellen DeGeneres or Groucho Marx — up on its “Recognize” wall, and it wants the public to weigh in.

Announcing, “this is no laughing matter for the Smithsonian museum,” the curators of American culture want to display one of the three funny folk on its relatively new feature that highlights “one important person in our collection as chosen by readers of Smithsonian.com.”

So who’ll it be? The man who outlined the seven dirty words you can’t say on TV?

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The woman who broke Twitter with her selfies at the Oscars?

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Or the guy who had no idea how an elephant got in his pajamas?

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Vote until Feb. 15.

 

Correction, 9:30 a.m.:

An earlier version of this story misidentified the gallery sponsoring the “Recognize” wall.

 

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January 30, 2015

Kojo, Will and Roll Call on the Hill

The Folger will host Kojo at the Capitol (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Folger will host Kojo at the Capitol: In Partnership with Roll Call, WAMU’s Metro Connection, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If the voice of Kojo Nnamdi sounds different starting Monday, it could because be he’s channeling the Bard.

Kojo, who once upon a time covered Capitol Hill for WHUR, will helm Kojo at the Capitol: In Partnership with Roll Call, WAMU’s Metro Connection, and the Folger Shakespeare Library amid the Folger’s dark wood, thousands of manuscripts, vivid oil paintings and stained glass. Full story

Port City Brewing Celebrates Four Years

Port City Brewing Co.’s magic number is “four.” Starting Friday, the Alexandria, Va.-based beer maker is celebrating its fourth anniversary of operations, complete with the release of a Belgian quad-style beer, “Colossal IV.”

The brewing vanguard kicks things off at 3 p.m. at its “World Headquarters” (3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria) with the Colossal Four Anniversary and Release Party. That will be followed by a host of other events through Feb. 6, including a Saturday pub crawl, Sunday brunch at Sixth Engine in D.C., tap takeovers and other merriment. For more details, go to portcitybrewing.com.

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January 28, 2015

A Mild Journey to the Heart of Pentagon City (Video)

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

“You can’t be subtle in this town.”

— Hunter S. Thompson, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

We were somewhere around Pentagon City on the edge of Interstate 395 when the drug enforcers began to take hold. I remember saying something like, “I had no idea the DEA had a museum; maybe we should go …” And suddenly, there was a terrible mall all around us and the sky was full of what looked like squat office buildings — all glass and concrete and blocking out the sunlight — and the sound of the Metro, which ran underneath the Pentagon City Mall and the Pentagon Centre and the Drug Enforcement Agency Museum at 700 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Va.

“You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’s visited this museum,” said my companion (for the purposes of this chronicle, let’s call him Dr. Red Ladies) as we entered the DEA Museum’s revolving door. Full story

January 23, 2015

Pumpernickel Stout + Hot Chicken = You Are Warm

Durgin, left, and Cox have a brew for what ails you. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Durgin, left, and Cox have a brew for what ails you. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Winter does not stand a chance, not against the forces of Atlas Brew Works’ new Pumpernickel Stout and Maison Dixon’s Hot Chicken.

On Saturday, Capitol Lounge at 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE will turn over its taps to Atlas for the launch of its newest brew, Pumpernickel Stout. The brainchild of Atlas Head Brewer Will Durgin, the new brew is made with rye, blackstrap molasses and is designed “to help us through the coldest days of winter,” Atlas chieftain Justin Cox said. “This is whole grain belly warmer to see you through until spring.”

As accompaniment, pop-up food artist Adam Cox returns to the Lounge with his Maison Dixon vittles in tow: Nashville Hot Chicken, grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, chicken ‘n waffles and smoked fried pork chops.

If that doesn’t beat back the cold, nothing will.

From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. No cover charge, but it would be kind to RSVP to reservations@maisondixondc.com to make sure they have enough grub for the crowd.

Related:

Quaff This: Atlas Brew Works Rowdy Rye

Capitol Lounge Crosses the Maison Dixon Food Line

 At Atlas Brew Works, The Taps Are Flowing

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Americana on Display: Meat and Cars

A BIG red Corvette at the 2014 Washington Auto Show. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A BIG red Corvette at the 2014 Washington Auto Show. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Meat and cars. There’s the potential for a lot of macho.

The Washington Auto Show has rolled into town at the same time thatcarnivore restaurants are sponsoring Meat Week. It’s likely unintentional. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be related. What could be more American than checking out the latest muscle car from Detroit, then heading to Hill Country for some delicious brisket? Full story

Mucca Pazza’s Friday Junkanoo at 3 Stars Brewing

Those needing to express a little Thank-God-It’s-Friday could do worse than to head to 3 Stars Brewing for a live performance by Mucca Pazza, a 30-piece rock marching band that goes pretty well with some beer. Full story

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