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May 27, 2015

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May 26, 2015

Nobody Puts NoMa in a Corner

NoMa Summer Screen kicks off its schedule Wednesday at its new location, and with its 2015 theme, “Dance, Dance, Dance.”

First on the screen will be “Dirty Dancing,” the 1987 classic about the dance romance of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Food trucks accompanying the flick at NoMa Junction at Storey Park — the 1005 First St. NE location previously known as the Greyhound bus station — will be Popped! Republic, DC Slices, DC Empanadas, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Kaftamania and Captain Cookie & the Milkman.

The series continues on Wednesdays through Aug. 19. Come check out the digs while you can. The old bus station is slated for redevelopment to mixed use commercial and retail space. So the murals and food trucks and all that transitional jazz will only last so long.

Here’s the full dance card for the rest of the summer: Full story

May 16, 2015

D.C. Outdoor Movie Season Kicks Off

The D.C. outdoor movie season kicks off in the middle of the city on May 22, when the Golden Cinema series starts up with its inaugural flick, “Empire Records.”

The 1995 classic of the too-slim slacker genre follows the staff of an independent record store as it tries to fend off a chain moving in on its turf. How things come full circle, no? The chain record behemoths such as Tower Records are now dead and gone, while indie vinyl specialty shops (such as D.C.’s own Crooked Beat, Red Onion, Som and Hill & Dale) are enjoying a revival. Full story

May 11, 2015

There Be Dragons — and Horses

Take in a Black Eyed Susan on Preakness Day! (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Take in a Black Eyed Susan on Preakness Day! (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Start off the week with a rock-star historian and end it with the spectacle of dragons gliding down the Potomac River. In between, mix with a little splash of ginger and take in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Full story

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

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

March 13, 2015

A Documentary Looks to Influence Legislation, NFL Draft

When a documentary comes around that might influence legislation in Congress, a few people might raise their eyebrows. But when a documentary comes around that might influence the NFL draft? That’s how you get attention.

Such is the potential of “The Hunting Ground,” a film about sexual assault on U.S. universities and the follow-up for director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering after their 2012, “The Invisible War.” Full story

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

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 23, 2015

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

December 15, 2014

Calendar: ‘Through a Lens Darkly’ Illuminates Screens

Protesters march in the "Justice for All" march on Dec. 13 in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters march in the “Justice for All” march on Dec. 13 in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thomas Allen Harris worked on his latest film project, “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” for years, and it was released in Washington on Dec. 12.

The timing, while entirely coincidental, comes during a period of renewed discussion of race as grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., continue to reverberate and demonstrations sweep through the halls of power, including at Capitol Hill. Full story

December 5, 2014

Hill, K Street: Grab a Drink, Get Your Party On

Time to sort through your holiday party invites. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Time to sort through your holiday party invites. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If you’ve been stuck in the Capitol cramming on the “cromnibus” and missing the whole holiday mingling circuit, then it’s time to grab a drink and get your party on.

Some of the hottest December shindigs are still to come, offering a rare respite from the partisan vitriol and legislative gridlock. These are opportunities for some serious bipartisan collaboration, though the invites — or lack of — can be challenging to navigate. Full story

November 24, 2014

To Trot or Not to Trot

Ready for Turkey Day? (CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Ready for Turkey Day? (CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Staying put in Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday has its perks. No airport waiting lines. No captivity on I-95. A relaxed, convivial atmosphere. That’s good to keep in mind when arriving amid the forecasted snow and cold at Freedom Plaza for the 2014 Trot for Hunger 5K race.

The footrace, put on by So Others Might Eat, raises money to provide food, health care and clothing for the homeless. The D.C. trot, SOME’s 13th annual, is expecting more than 10,000 runners for an 8:30 a.m. start time for the kids’ 1-mile fun run and 9 a.m. for the 5K. SOME aims to raise $525,000 in its effort to feed the hungry and help the homeless.

To register for the event, go to SOME’s sign-up site at soome.convio.net. It’s $30 for an untimed run and $35 for a timed one. A hyper-competitive environment this is not. Ridiculous costumes are welcome, particularly of the avian variety. Ability is not an issue. Case in point? Your Roll Call After Dark columnist himself will be participating, rehabbing torn MCL and all.

SOME’s downtown D.C.-centered trot is just one of many in the area. Still, there’s something about seeing thousands of people running around in the cold, amid the Capitol Dome. The political world can cast a dark tone on Washington, and given congressional approval ratings, not too many folks view Capitol Hill in a positive light. Showing there’s more to D.C. than Republicans and Democrats trading potshots starts with events like this.

But surely there must be easier ways to get out of helping stuff the turkey on Thursday morning? SOME is more than eager to shoot you in the right direction for volunteer opportunities on Turkey Day and beyond. Drop them a line at some.org.

Among the many other places to volunteer are DC Central Kitchen, Bread for the City, Food & Friends, the Capital Area Food Bank, take your pick. If you want to volunteer, there’s a spot for you.

Something to keep in mind is that while Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas holidays are good motivators for community service and volunteerism — and charitable organizations are eager to accept goodwill during such busy times — the need doesn’t end with the holidays.

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November 19, 2014

Decoding the Sometimes Mystifying Vocabulary of Politics

Have you ever found yourself walking back a dog whistle on the basis of a Washington handshake? Sometimes the political world’s vocabulary is otherworldly. In those cases, “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs & Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech,” is here to help.

This new book, the product of veteran political journalists Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark, provides a breezy guide to the arcane shibboleths employed by the lawmakers, journalists, staffers, fixers (defined on p. 13) and other citizens primarily of the Acela Corridor (defined on p. 70). Its fun tone belies its utility, as even the most seasoned D.C. sherpa (p.25) or graybeard (p. 34) may not know the ins and outs of each and every term. Want to know the genesis of some of the budgetese (p. 102) thrown around in the coming weeks? This is the place.

This is no goat choker (p. 189), and given how often, and for how long, some of the terms have been bandied about, will likely be no snowflake (also p. 189). If you can carve a little time out of this week’s lame-duck nut-cutting time (p. 116), McCutcheon and Mark will be discussing their book tonight at the Northeast D.C. Library on Capitol Hill at 330 Seventh St. NE at 7 p.m.

As for the title? Turn to pages 136, 200 and 97, please.

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November 7, 2014

Party Like It’s 1844

An ambitious Kentucky lawmaker. A president mistrusted by his own party. Texas taking on an outsize role in Congress. Is this 2014, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell  waiting gleefully to seize the majority, President Barack Obama under withering criticism from Democrats marooned in the minority and Lone Star Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz ready to take up spheres of influence in the Senate?

Nope. It’s 1844, when Henry Clay of Kentucky dethroned President John Tyler as standard-bearer for the Whig Party in that year’s presidential contest. It was a year when Tyler bet his political future on annexing the Republic of Texas, risking war not just within Congress; but also with Mexico, which was still smarting from Texas’ secession. It was a year when religious fundamentalism was on the rise, with Mormonism in its ascent and other Christian sects predicting the second coming any day now. It was a time of economic uncertainty and hardened debate about the future of the country.

This journey into Antebellum America is brought to you by John Bicknell, a CQ Roll Call alumnus whose new book, “America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation” is the latest selection for Roll Call Book Club. Full story

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