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.
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.
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 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.
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)
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.
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?
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?
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The District of Columbia is a cultural capital where you can you get your kicks from movies projected on the National Mall, lectures on vermouth or Russian avant-garde art. There's always something to do.
Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick