Even though my shopping experience at Lambda Rising has not always been pleasant (that shopping while black thang) since first hearing news of its pending closure from the 10 December 2009 Metro Weekly feature article "Book Ends" I wanted to make sure that I captured the store's last holiday window display (designed by Jim Bennett) since its window displays have always been amongst my favorite.
In fact, according to a posting at Lambda Rising's website ... Bennett, who took a leave of absence from the store's day-to-day operations in 1999 but has continued as an officer, will be coming back to the store to install this year's holiday display window. “It's something I've always enjoyed and I know so many customers get a kick out of our campy, kicky holiday displays, so we're going to pull out the stops for this year's,” Bennett said. He added, “I spent 20 years working in Lambda Rising and it was a marvelous experience. The store has touched the lives of so many people - it was never just a bookstore, but always so much more. Every day I went to work there, I knew I was doing something that made a difference.”
Since her original design by Harry Bliss for participation in the May through October 2002 "Party Animals" public art exhibition in Washington DC the saga of PETA’s sad circus elephant, Ella PhantzPeril—a shackled baby elephant with tears trickling down her face, carrying the inscription, “The Circus Is Coming; See Shackles, Bullhooks, Loneliness … All Under the Big Top”—has had a more than difficult life.
Though the fourth design had been accepted in June 2002 the DC Commission on the Arts filed a lawsuit citing concerns regarding physical aspects of the “sad” elephant design.
On 7 August 2002, Judge Richard J. Leon, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, granted the injunction and ordered the Commission to include PETA’s entry in the Party Animals exhibit.
On 26 August 2002, the commission filed a motion with the judge asking for reconsideration of his earlier ruling.
Two days later, on 28 August, the court reiterated its ruling in PETA’s favor and denied the Arts Commission’s request to reconsider his previous ruling.
Though, in November 2003, the Court of Appeals would reverse the District Court's order that permitted PETA to have its "sad" circus elephant displayed in the D.C. Party Animals event ... Ella PhantzPeril was on display at the Connecticut Avenue and Q Street overpass in NW Washington DC through October 2002 which was when the Party Animals exhibit concluded.
And while the City of St. Louis MO may have denied PETA's request for her appearance at the October 2009 Ringling Brothers Circus at the Scott Trade Center ... “Ella PhantzPeril,” has returned not only to the nation's capital but, also, to Dupont Circle.
As was observed during my visit to Dupont Circle yesterday afternoon. Which was Sunday, 27 December 2009.
In compliance with the Skip the Bag, Save the River initiative beginning 1 January 2010, District businesses that sell food or alcohol must charge you 5 cents for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag.
Gearing up for the 1 January 2010 5-cent surcharge on disposable bags, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on 16 November 2009 launched the District’s “Skip the Bag, Save the River” education campaign.
In promoting public awareness of the bag fee Safeway, CVS / Pharmacy and Giant have partnered with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).
CVS/Pharmacy is contributing 12,000 additional “Skip the Bag” reusable bags and Green Bag Tag cards, and will distribute them along with DDOE at community events throughout the District. The Green Bag Tag gives CVS ExtraCare members $1 back every four times they reuse a bag. Safeway will distribute 10,000 bags beginning 1 January 2010, when the bag fee is instituted.
Giant Food Stores locations will offer up to 250,000 reusable bags to shoppers for a week starting 1 January 2010 as part of a plan to get residents to stop using disposable plastic and paper bags.
As a major recycler for nearly 50 years and, in particular, since the November 2009 "Skip The Bag, Save the River" launch, District Safeway stores have stocked up on affordable reusable bags which are available to customers for purchase at checkout points.
And, if you are connected with a catering company, you definately should contact Donna and Keith Ellingsworth of the Blue Ridge Cutting Board Company to stock up on a selection of handcrafted wooden cutting boards.
According to a sign posted at the front entrance the Safeway store in Waterfront Station at 4th and M Streets in SW Washington DC is closed for the rest of day on Saturday, 19 December 2009 due to the Snow-pocalypse.
They plan to reopen tomorrow morning (Sunday, 20 December 2009).
Representing installment four (4/5) of my End of the Year / New Year 2010 compilation series, click the cd cover to listen to the AN ENDING: End of the Year 2009 trance mix podcast which features selected favorite ambient, progressive and hard trance tracks that were purchased during 2009.
Plan b will host a reception on December 16 to benefit Culture Capital. A portion of the art sales this evening (as well as throughout the run of the exhibition) will be donated to help support this internet tool that connects users to the arts and culture community in the Greater Washington, DC region.
When preparing for the second installment (2/5) of my End of 2009 / New Year 2010 music compilation series which as a "Decade In Review" mix features selected weekl;y #1 dance hits from 1999 through 2009 ... I checked Wikipedia's List of number-one dance hits (United States).
As the final days of 2009 draws near and we trancemigrate into 2010 and the second decade of the new millennium I can not help but but reflect on my life over the past 3 1/2 deades. It is through this reflection ... and celebration ... that I am currently in the process of mixing at least 5 music compilations that will not only celebrate and reflect on the music over the past 3 1/2 decades but will also shed light on my personal story as an openly gay black man. Though I have always been gay, and black, it was shortly after my first visit to the Pier 9 in SE Washington DC, in the fall of 1972, that I came out to friends at Great Mills High School. And, it was a year later that Frank G and I met, as freshmen, at the University of Maryland's Easton Dorm. Though he passed in the spring of 1989 not only is there seldom a day that goes by that he does not cross my mind but each and every music compilation that I have mixed over the past 3 1/2 decades has had some connection to or reflection of him. And this End of 2009 / New Year 2010 series is no exception! As a special New Year 2010 tribute to Frank Gramarossa the first installment of my "End of 2009 / New Year 2010" series entitled "First, Last & Everything" features this 70's and 80's disco track list. It is at this time that I'd like to send a special 'shout out' to Discoguy of Disco-Disco.com whose interviews with Tom Moulton and various DJs and Remixers served as the very foundation of this tribute. Click the cd cover to listen to and/or download my New Year 2010 Special Tribute to Frank Gramarossa - FIRST, LAST & EVERYTHING - Classic 70's & 80's Disco Retrospective mix podcast. No doubt, when the clock strikes midnight this New Year's Eve I'll be listening and, perhaps, dancing to "First, Last & Everything". Or "Save Your Love For Me" which represents the third mix of the installment. Both, as special tributes to Frank, feature the very music that we and our friends partied and danced to. And #2/5, as a 'Decade In Review' is titled "Everyday".
From the monster-selling albums to the iconic new stars, the most blogged-about controversies to the most life-changing technologies, take a look back at the wild, unpredictable and unforgettable decade in music.
Purchased by my grandparents Thomas Walter and Violet Emma Dove Biscoe in the 1920's the 100-acre "No Point Farm" was one of the few farms owned by African Americans along St. Jeromes Neck Road in Dameron, Maryland.
Lonnie Bunch, museum director, historian, lecturer, and author, is proud to present A Page From Our American Story, a regular on-line series for Museum supporters. It will showcase individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story — our American story.
It was during my documentation of the 34th Annual Marine Corps Marathon and while plugged into mixes that I've uploaded to my Ipod that I contemplated that the second installment of my 'trance vocal' series may would be running music.
Click banner for information regarding Paul van Dyk's WE ARE ONE musical monument to the Fall of the Berlin Wall. And here is his blog posting featuring a CNN interview which reflects his experiences during the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Click flyer for details regarding the H Street History Project Informational Session which takes place on Saturday, 7 November 2009 from 11 am -12:30 pm in Room A-5at the Martlin Luther King Jr. Library at 9th and G Streets in NW Washington DC.
As a long time fan, I try and purchase at least one of Tangerine Dream's cds each October in celebration of my birthday since my huge record collection containing many of their earlier albums was destroyed some years back.