Friday, August 24, 2007

Crystal City Rollerblade & Block Party . Saturday, 25 August 2007

Crystal City will be rockin' and rollin' tomorrow, 25 August 2007, from 8 am until 6 pm.

Creating a “Beach Drive” experience in the heart of Crystal City visitors can rollerblade along the long stretches of Crystal Drive, between 12th and 23rd Street, from 8 am until 12 noon.
Free and open to all ages, CrystalRolls is actually a precursor to the FREE outdoor summer block party, CrystalBlock. Which takes place from 1 pm until 6 pm on West 23rd between Fern and Eads Streets.

Celebrating historic “Restaurant Row,” Crystal-Block will feature live musical entertainment and family friendly activities, including:

1:30 pm - Johnny Artis Band
3:00 pm - Mary Ann Redmond
4:30 om - Niki Barr Band

Crystal-Block is opened to all ages. Must be 21 to drink.

Eastern Market food merchants relocate to temporary structure at East Hall

East Hall Market Building Opening
Food Merchants Return, Eastern Market Revived

24 August 2007

Eastern Market food merchants displaced by the April 30th fire are relocating to a new temporary structure dubbed the East Hall and will open for business on Saturday August 25th. This will mark the return to full operation of all Eastern Market activities since the fire.

Mayor Adrian Fenty will cut the ribbon Saturday morning at 9:30 am to officially open the East Hall at 7th & C Streets, SE, according to a release from Bill Rice of the DC Office of Property Management (OPM), which oversees the new facility, erected across the street from Eastern Market, whose South Hall was devastated in the fire.

"The rapid response of the Fenty administration will be applauded as an example of government at its best," exclaimed Michael Berman, Communications Director of The Flea Market at Eastern Market.

Tom Rall manager of the popular Sunday flea market claimed, "While both we and many of the market businesses have been open since the fire, business has been off throughout the neighborhood. It should recover rapidly now as customers rediscover the full market offering."

Rall said a tour of the new building yesterday revealed an attractive, sparkling setting full of bustling activity as merchants prepared for the reopening. "Most of the familiar faces were already there," he said.

The tour also revealed that a last minute decision had been made to resurface the entire adjacent Hine School Playground, which is also used by the weekend flea market. "That was an unexpected plus," Rall noted, "because the surface had been badly damaged by construction activity. The resurfacing will be safer than a patch job.

Another positive aspect will be what Berman called "great synergy between the new structure and the flea market activities on the school grounds". While a fence separates the building from the school property, a twenty foot wide gateway in the middle of the fence provides direct access between the two. "This will likely boost pedestrian flow for both activities", Berman explained.

"Stacey Norris, Acting Coordinator for OPM at Eastern Market, also confirmed that Seventh Street between C Street and North Carolina Ave. SE will continue to be closed on weekends," Rall reported. "That was particularly good news because it maintains an alternative venue for farmers and exhibitors who are displaced from areas around the market reconstruction."

"Now the main thing we have to do is tell everyone to come on out and see us," Berman concluded.

The East Hall will be open Tuesday through Sunday with similar hours to those of the South Hall previously: Tuesday-Saturday from 7am-6pm, and Sunday from 9am-4pm., Norris said. The Flea Market at Eastern Market will continue its advertised 10-5 Sunday schedule.

The Flea Market at Eastern Market
1101 North Kentucky St.
Arlington,VA 22205

Friday's Photo of the Week . 24 August 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Planet Arlington's 2nd Annual World Music Festival . Saturday, 1 September

Exploring issues of immigration, globalization and the environment through the lens of the arts and humanities, the 2nd Annual PLANET ARLINGTON WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held on Labor Day Saturday, 01 September 2007 at the Netherlands Carillon/Iwo Jima Memorial Grounds. Rain or shine!

The FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT opens at 4 pm with a performance by The Ska-talites (Ska/Reggae-Jamaica's Greatest Band). A 5:30 PM performance by Cyro Baptista (avant garde Brazilian percussionist) preceeds the New Orleans street band Benny Jones, Sr. and the Treme Brass Brand 6:30 PM set.

At 7:30 pm Latin Grammy winning/Oscar nominated Mexican-American vocal powerhouse Lila Downs takes to the stage. While the 2nd Annual Planet Arlington World Music Festival closes with legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela whose performance is scheduled to begin at 8:45 PM.

Visit the website for details.

Click the above photo to view my 1st Annual Planet Arlington World Music Festival photo set which took place on Saturday, 02 September 2006.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

DELIRIUM Sunday Tea Dance Party at Pasha's previews this Sunday, 26 August

Though DC's newest Sunday Tea Dance Party, Delirium Sundays at Pascha, will not launch until Labor Day Sunday, 2 September, Bill Alldredge and the folks at Atmos Events will hold a preview party this Sunday, 26 August 2007, at the former Mr. P's.

DJ Kevin DuRard kicks off the Sunday tea dance event at 5 pm while Michelle Miruski takes helm from 9 pm until 2 am.

Click the above image to view flyer and to connect with ATMOS EVENTS.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

FED EX - KINKOS opens on 14th Street in the Logan Circle area

I began photographing the U Street Corridor, the Historic 14th Street District and P Street in the Logan Cirlce area in June 2005 with my 35 mm Canon Rebel. Having lived at 1320 Q Street from April 1985 until July 1986 which was when Greg and I moved to 417 15th Street in SE my documentation of the area has not been unlike my interest in other areas of the city. Or NYC including Chelsea and Gramery Park that I have had more than just a passing connection to.

Observing during my Wednesday, 15 August 2007 photo walk that a FED EX KINKOS had recently opened in a retail space at Lofts 14 - Two which I have photographed since June 2005 I stepped inside and while informing the staff of my ongoing interest in 14th Street, inquired how long had KINKOS occupied the space.

They said three weeks.

Before acquiring an IMAC 9.2 OS in 2001 I spent a lot money creating many photoessays, collages, and greeting cards via KINKOS. Most of which were catalogued and archived.

However, with the IMAC computer in 2001 and a Dell 4600 in July 2003 most of my projects since have been via the internet. Including reporting for several news organizations which began in September 2001 as a result of the 11 September attack. Which, in recent years, has shfited more toward blogging.

Located in a ground level retail space of Lofts 14 - Two the FED EX - KINKOS at 1512 14th Street in NW is a much needed service to the Logan Circle area.

Phone at (202) 232-4826 or fax at (202) 234-0892. Email at