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April 28, 2015

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April 27, 2015

Senate Leaders Are Sports Throwbacks

Columnist George Will, left, Reid and Bryce Harper, right, hang out at Nationals Park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Columnist George Will, left, Reid and Bryce Harper hang out at Nationals Park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A couple of generations ago, America’s top sports were baseball, horse racing and boxing. Times change, but the Senate’s top two leaders love to kick it old school.

Look no further than the upcoming Friday, when the chamber won’t be in session, providing valuable travel and hang-out time in Kentucky and Nevada for two marquee events. Full story

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 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.
Movies

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

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

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

‘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

March 30, 2015

West End Cinema Leaves ‘Em Laughing

Turn out the lights, the party's over. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Bring out your dead. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Every moviegoer knows the ending is important. Josh Levin ended the five-year run of his West End Cinema on March 29 with one last screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” choosing to go out with a laugh.

“I’m just dumb enough and romantic enough to be glad I did this,” Levin said of his venture in cultural programming in the nation’s capital.

In keeping with the spirit of the 1975 classic, one might imagine a conversation between Levin and the Bridgekeeper: Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5:46 p.m.
Movies

March 27, 2015

West End Cinema Preps Its Own Last Picture Show

Alas, it’s not just a flesh wound. This weekend is it for the West End Cinema in Foggy Bottom, and owner Josh Levin is going out like a true cinephile.

Something old, something new, something indie, something French. Full story

Senate Loses Top Baseball Nut (Video)

Reid and Harper share a moment at Nats Park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reid and Harper share a moment at Nats Park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated March 30, 2:30 p.m. | With Harry Reid’s retirement, the Senate is not just losing its top Democrat. It’s losing its foremost baseball fan.

Over the years, the Nevadan would wax about the nation’s pastime on the floor, going so far as to say he and arch-frenemy Mitch McConnell were on the same page. “Mr. President, the Republican leader and I don’t agree on — everything. But we do agree on some things. And there is one thing no one can dispute we agree on. And that’s our love of baseball,” he said on the floor last year. Reid has particular affection for the Washington Nationals, whose season starts on April 6 with the Opening Day game against the New York Mets. For those who can’t wait, the Nats are playing the New York Yankees in an exhibition here Saturday.

Even though he was a fan already, Reid seemed to go into overdrive when the Nationals scooped up Nevada phenom Bryce Harper, bringing the brash slugger up to the big leagues in 2012 for their playoff run. Full story

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