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April 18, 2014

Shunned Superheroes at Capitol Reflecting Pool

Robin and Poison Ivy? You're on the list. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.)

Robin and Poison Ivy? You’re on the list. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.)

Awesome Con made a valiant effort to break the world record for assembled superheroes on Friday at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, but fell short.

Perhaps the somewhat-stringent guidelines for acceptable costumes played a part in the failed effort? Among the “Official Pre-Approved Character List from Guinness® World Record,” were such icons as Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and more esoteric characters such as Dazzler and Raven.

The guidelines wanted to specify that “the characters must have first appeared in comic books,” but this is leaving out a whole lot of characters from the two big comic book universes, DC and Marvel.

Why, then is Swamp Thing a go, but not Man Thing? Why Deathstroke but not Deathlok? How about Ragman and the Scarecrow? With those last two, some of the Washington press corps could have been hustled into the frame without anyone blinking an eye.

Overly restrictive? Seems like a Brother Blood/Red Skull type plot to foil the record. (Neither of whom, ‘natch, was on pre-approved list.)

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:39 p.m.

March 31, 2014

Tommy Wells’ Scarf Ad Wins Mayoral Fashion War

Win or lose in Tuesday’s D.C. Democratic mayoral primary, Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells has won the fashion ad wars.

Hats, or scarves, off to a candidate not afraid to be a bit unconventional in his pitch. Many thanks to Dave Weigel for letting the world know about this scarf on his Twitter feed. 

By Jason Dick Posted at 7:42 p.m.

September 27, 2013

Weekend Calendar: Getting Crafty at Union Market, Seeing Sights While You Can

Even as Capitol Hill digs in for a long, long weekend of bickering, Washington City Paper is prepping its 10th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair at Union Market. The weather is supposed to be perfect this weekend, which adds up to two days of awesomeness celebrating D.C.’s local underground art scene, as well as the food, drink, music, dance and everything else that makes the District what it is.



Crafty Bastards has always been a big draw, even in its nascent phases, when it was staged in an empty lot near the Columbia Heights Metro stop. More than 150 vendors, including some of D.C.’s most popular food trucks, breweries and artists will be plying their wares at Union Market’s spacious grounds, and when it’s time to drop out a bit, you can head to the New Belgium beer garden, a newbie to the festival.

“The beer garden is new, mostly though, we’ve really tried to up the production level. This is my first year, but all the feedback I’ve read through the years has been that it was overcrowded, tough to navigate, and not an event you could really spend some time in if you weren’t shopping.  We’ve added nearly 25,000 [square feet] of usable space. With that, we added an extra vendor tent, a dozen food trucks, picnic tables, wider shopping aisles … etc.,” said Stephen Ball, Washington City Paper’s marketing and promotions manager. Nicely done. Space to think, and drink! Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1309 Fifth St. NE. $5 each day. To get tickets in advance, go here.

Meanwhile, the Global Language Network and New York University’s Washington outfit are hosting a “culture and diversity festival” they’re calling G Fest at NYU’s Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center (1307 L St. NW) on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will feature booths, dance performances and all kinds of cultural happenstance from several participating countries’ attaches, including Brazil, Japan and Poland. To register, go here.

And, don’t forget to get that long-delayed tour of the National Archives or the Hirshhorn in this weekend. Who knows? They could be closed for a while the ways things are looking in Congress.


August 27, 2013

Headline Shirts Serves Up Political ‘America’ Tees

As summer winds down, it’s time to be on the lookout for those last-minute impulse T-shirt purchases. Headline Shirts, a San Francisco-based purveyor of stuff you don’t need, fits the bill with two different versions of Captain America.

The first, Captain ‘Merica, we spotted in Harrisburg, Pa., at a Harrisburg Senators-Erie Sea Wolves minor league baseball game at Metro Bank Park. The visage of this alternative Captain America is custom made for the red state slummer.



“Captain ‘Merica! He’s just as good as the ‘other’ captain, with a few nuances: The other captain was given a serum that made him a ‘super soldier,’ enhancing all of his functions to the peak of human ability. Captain ‘Merica is known to drink other people’s ‘wounded soldiers’ (unfinished beers), which has given him a superhuman tolerance for Busch Lite,” Headline Shirts’ description reads.

Not to be left out, though, is Latin America, Captain America’s twin brother Esteban Rodriguez, who was separated at birth and raised in Mexico.



Perhaps now is the time for this shirt, what with the immigration debate today. “Apparently his catchphrase of ‘Now we are all Latin Americans!’ didn’t go over so well in 1950s White America,” Headlines Shirts’ cheeky mock biography states.

Get ’em soon or git ‘er done, because summer, and its bad fashion choices, is almost over.

By Jason Dick Posted at 1:10 p.m.

June 27, 2013

SCOTUSBlog Looks to Conquer Fashion World

SCOTUSBlog, the go-to news source for every turn of the screw at the Supreme Court, is branching out into the fashion world.

Today the Supreme Court. Tomorrow, the Gap? (Screenshot.)

Today the Supreme Court. Tomorrow, the Gap? (Screenshot)

How long will it be before we see these gracing casually hip attorneys?

By Jason Dick Posted at 11:05 a.m.

June 20, 2013

Eat Your Hearts Out, Hirsute Hipsters

Of the many amazing attributes of Frederick Douglass that dignitaries detailed at the Wednesday unveiling of his Emancipation Hall statue, there was nothing said of how ahead of the curve he was in fashion.

Michael E. Crutcher, Sr. of Historical Presentations and an impersonator of Fredrick Douglass, was on hand for the statue dedication ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitors Center of the U.S. Capitol.  (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call.)

Michael E. Crutcher Sr. of Historical Presentations and an impersonator of Fredrick Douglass, was on hand for the statue dedication ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

He had a great head of hair that would have made the most dedicated H Street hipster weep in jealousy.

By Jason Dick Posted at 11:06 a.m.

June 11, 2013

Frager’s Hardware T-Shirts Are on the Way!

Now that Frager’s Hardware has gotten over the initial trauma of the fire that devastated its storefront on Pennsylvania Avenue and has temporarily relocated to Eastern Market, we can turn our attention to the question on everyone’s mind: Where can you buy an iconic blue and orange Frager’s T-shirt?

Gabriel Schon sports the iconic Frager's Hardware t-shirt. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Gabriel Schon sports the iconic Frager’s Hardware T-shirt. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“Our first priority was to get the plants down, to take care of them,” said Rob Larsen, a Frager’s employee. “We’re going to get back some sense of normal, at least as far as the garden, as soon as possible,” he added as people shopped for nursery items on Tuesday morning in Frager’s new spot. The new digs are at the same place used to temporarily house Eastern Market in between its own fire in April 2007 and when it reopened a little more than two years later.

From left, Melinda Hunter, Cary Caldwell and Rob Larsen of Frager's Hardware at the store's relocated garden retail spot at Eastern Market on Tuesday. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call.)

From left, Melinda Hunter, Cary Caldwell and Rob Larsen of Frager’s Hardware at the store’s relocated garden retail spot at Eastern Market on Tuesday. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

A customer asked as he was buying plants if there were T-shirts available for purchase.

“We should have T-shirts by the weekend,” said another Frager’s employee, Ricky Silverstein. He said that virtually the entire stock of shirts went up in the fire and the store’s current order was so big that their vendor had to contract out to complete it. “Even the staff needs new T-shirts,” Silverstein added, pointing out the worn garb of a colleague, Andrew “Air Force One” Melendy.

Melendy said he was proud of the shirt he was wearing, complete with sweat stains and faded glory but said it was time for a new one, pointing to a product depicted on the shirt that the store doesn’t stock any longer. “I mean, we don’t even sell Sakrete anymore,” he said.

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:46 p.m.

June 7, 2013

May We Suggest Gitmo-Appropriate Leisure Wear?

Now that we know that Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., along with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, are visiting the Guantánamo Bay prison facility today, we can dwell on the next logical question: What to wear?

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Well, Cuba is hot this time of year, and with tropical storms all around, perhaps it would behoove the travelers to keep in mind casual wear. May we suggest District entrepreneurs T-Shirt Insurgency, who happen to offer a Guantánamo Bay T-shirt?



Keep it local, Congress. And classy.

By Jason Dick Posted at 2:18 p.m.

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