• Restaurant Recommendations: Dewey, Rehoboth, LewesRestaurant Recommendations: Dewey, Rehoboth, Lewes

    WASHINGTON — From famous dive bars to quaint and charming eateries, there’s no shortage of great restaurants in Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. Here are some favorites from WTOP employees, known to visit the beaches often. The Buttery 102 2nd St, Lewes Bob Yesbeck of Rehobothfoodie.com tells WTOP’s Megan Cloherty that The Buttery is one of the best restaurants in the area. Menu items include oysters and crudo, charcuterie and cheese, and entrees such as organic half chicken, New Zealand rack of lamb and Atlantic salmon. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) window.Site = window.Site || {}; window.Site.Gallery = window.Site.Gallery || {}; window.Site.Gallery.options = window.Site.Gallery.options || {}; window.Site.Gallery.options = { slides: [{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"The Buttery\n102 2nd St, Lewes\n\nBob Yesbeck of Rehobothfoodie.com\u00a0tells WTOP’s Megan Cloherty that The Buttery is one of the best restaurants in the area. Menu items include oysters and crudo, charcuterie and cheese, and entrees such as organic half chicken, New Zealand rack of lamb and Atlantic salmon. (WTOP\/Megan Cloherty)\n"},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"Heirloom\n212 Savannah Rd, Lewes\nAnother one at the top of Yesbeck’s list is Heirloom, also in Lewes. The restaurant is in an old Victorian house and the menu is heavy on seasonal vegetables and fresh seafood.\n"},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"The Back Porch Caf\u00e9\n59 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach\n\nFor creative, high-end cuisine, WTOP’s Shawn Anderson heads to The Back Porch\u00a0Caf\u00e9 in Rehoboth Beach.\n"},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"Zogg’s Raw Bar and Grill\n1 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach\nAnd when Shawn Anderson is in search of that “classic beachy vibe,” he heads to Zogg’s Raw Bar and Grill in Rehoboth.\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"\n\tAdvertisement\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\n","caption":""},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Mama Maria’s\u00a0\n1608 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach\n“Nothing’s really hidden in Dewey, but Mama Maria’s is not frequented much anymore. It’s a rare place to get good Italian food on the Delmarva.” — WTOP’s Matt Ritter \u00a0(AP Photo\/Matthew Mead)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Half Full\n125 2nd St, Lewes\n\nPizzas are the specialty at this Lewes spot. Try combinations such as artichoke goat cheese, Gouda chicken and BBQ chicken. There’s also a great wine and beer list. (WTOP\/Megan Cloherty)\n"},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"Surf Bagel\u00a0\n17382 Coastal Hwy, Lewes\n“Big, fat, chewy bagels. Toasted and smeared, or served as a sandwich. Worth the trip to Lewes.” WTOP’s John Domen\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Louie’s Pizza\n11 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach\n\n“For subs and pizza, everyone who lives there will tell you it’s one of their absolute favorite places.” — WTOP’s John Domen (Getty Images)\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"\n\tAdvertisement\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\n","caption":""},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"The Starboard\n2009 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach\nIf you had a rough night out, the Starboard can fix you up in the morning. WTOP’s Reada Kessler says the Eggs Delmarva (basically a crab benedict) is a favorite, and the make-your-own bloody mary bar is legendary. (WTOP\/Megan Cloherty)\n"},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"Salt Air\n50 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach\nLocally sourced ingredients make up a menu of Eastern Shore crabcakes, Thai peanut udon noodles, grilled rib eye and crispy skin red snapper, among many other options.\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Crystal Restaurant\n620 Rehoboth Ave.,\u00a0Rehoboth Beach\n“It’s where the locals go for breakfast. Always busy, even in the offseason.” WTOP’s John Domen (Thinkstock)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"The Blue Hen\n33 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach\nThe Blue Hen, named for the owners’ University of Delaware mascot, is a new concept from the same team behind Henlopen Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The Southern-inspired spot includes everything from biscuits to deviled eggs and fried Amish chicken. (WTOP\/Megan Cloherty)\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"\n\tAdvertisement\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\n","caption":""},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"Rose & Crown\n142 2nd St., Lewes\n“Everything on the menu is great, but steak night (they have daily specials throughout the week) is a must order.” — WTOP’s Will Vitka\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Jake’s Seafood House\n29 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach\nWTOP’s Julia Ziegler has high praise for this seafood spot.\n“This place came recommended to us while on vacation one year and it didn\u2019t disappoint. It was so good we went back twice in one week. Great family atmosphere.”\nHer Must Order: Jake’s Famous Seafood Bisque \u2013 “If you love creamy seafood soups, you gotta try this soup. Go for the bowl size, not the cup!”\u00a0(AP Photo\/Larry Crowe)\n"},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"Nicola Pizza\n8 N 1st St, Rehoboth Beach\n“A Rehoboth icon for decades, it’s home of the Nicoboli, which no trip to Rehoboth is complete without. A party pizza will also feed your whole beach house, but everyone knows you gotta get a Nicoboli. Very kid friendly.” — WTOP’s John Doman\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Nectar Cafe and Juice Bar\n111 Neils Alley, Lewes\u00a0\nFeeling healthy? The juice menu is overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetable concoctions. Of course, there’s also pancakes, steak and eggs, and buttered pecan French toast at this Lewes breakfast spot. (WTOP\/Megan Cloherty)\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"\n\tAdvertisement\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\n","caption":""},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"Just In Thyme\n38163 Robinsons Drive, Rehoboth Beach\n“Best restaurant you’ve probably never been to. On the Forgotten Mile (a strip of land between Rehoboth and Dewey), it has some of the best steak and seafood dishes on the Delaware coast. Try the Shrimp Orlando (named after owner Jon Orland), which is shrimp and pasta in a lobster cream sauce with veggies. You can order it even when it sometimes floats off the menu.” — WTOP’s John Doman\n \n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Crooked Hammock Brewery\n36707 Crooked Hammock Way\nFor craft beer, wings, burgers and sandwiches, this Lewes hangout is the place to go. (WTOP\/Megan Cloherty)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats\u00a0\n320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach\nFor a taste of Delaware’s most famous beer \u2014 and great food items\u00a0\u2014 head to the Dogfish Head brewpub in downtown Rehoboth. (WTOP\/Megan Cloherty)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"The Pond Bar and Grill\n3 S 1st St, Rehoboth Beach\nAccording to WTOP’s John Domen, The Pond is the best place to go for wings and beer.\n“Many years ago, a guy who went by Byrd was a bartender and manager there. After closing, it wasn’t uncommon for him to whip up some wings for the crew with a special sauce he came up with. They were so good management eventually made him put his Byrd Wings on the menu. The rest of the menu is good too. There’s often live music from some of Rehoboth’s best local artists and most popular cover bands during the week too.” (AP Images)\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"\n\tAdvertisement\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\n","caption":""},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Cafe A Go-Go\n102 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach\n\n“For the occasional rainy day in Rehoboth, or late afternoon after the beach, the Cafe A Go-Go’s Mexican Hot Chocolate is a twist of the favorite. Plop down in the comfortable couches for a few minutes of ‘ahhhh.'” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein (Thinkstock)\n"},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Henlopen City Oyster House\n50 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach\nAs the name suggests, oysters are the specialty here. There’s also clams, calamari, lobster rolls and pan-seared scallops. (AP Photo\/Steve Helber)\n"},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"Cultured Pearl\n301 Rehoboth Ave.,\u00a0Rehoboth Beach\n“I\u2019ve spent a number of birthdays celebrating at the Cultured Pearl in downtown Rehoboth. The different kinds of edamame are to die for.” — WTOP’s\u00a0Stephanie Flax\n"},{"type":"embed","media":"\n\t","caption":"Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro\u00a0\n12 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach\n“Green Man Juice Bar & Bistro has been our family’s favorite breakfast, brunch or lunch place for years. Fresh juices, creme brulee French toast, steel cut oatmeal and coffee in an old house a block from the beach.” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein\n"},{"type":"ad","media":"\n\tAdvertisement\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\n","caption":""},{"type":"photo","media":"\n\t\n","caption":"Hammerheads\n1818 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach\nWTOP’s Colleen Kelleher recommends this Dewey Beach spot, which serves seafood, tacos, sandwiches and salads. 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For even more beach news, traffic and weather, visit WTOP’s Summer Beach Guide section. The post Restaurant Recommendations: Dewey, Rehoboth, Lewes appeared first on WTOP.

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  • How Rehoboth hot spot picks new ice cream flavorsHow Rehoboth hot spot picks new ice cream flavors

    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — There will be more than a dozen new ice cream flavors posted at a Rehoboth Beach ice cream staple that its customers helped select.  Related Gallery Restaurant Recommendations: Dewey, Rehoboth, Lewes From famous dive bars to quaint and charming eateries, there’s no shortage of great restaurants in Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. Here are some recommendations from WTOP employees. The Ice Cream Store on Rehoboth Avenue and the boardwalk is known for its inventive flavors that rotate daily. And many customers may have asked themselves just how the employees come up with some of the 100 combinations posted each summer day. The answer: the ice cream social. “We just did the ice cream social. It’s an ice cream tasting they hold every spring at the Ice Cream Store,” said Alex Papajohn, an ice-cream lover who turned out for the affair. The one-day tasting is how the store decides its new flavors for the summer. They’ll be announced by the colorful magnets for which the store is known. It even provides a spinning wheel of flavors to help customers decide. “Basically, what we do is throughout the winter, we travel around a little bit, get some ideas from other places, trade flavors — you know, whatever we need to do to have crazy new flavors for every single season,” said manager Heidi Belote. There were 21 flavors up for vote including Black Raspberry Blast, Cake by the Ocean and Bacon Maple Crunch. “The fig is actually doing pretty well. The Chai, Spices and Tease and the Cucumber, Melon and Tajin are doing well also,” Belote said. “Any of these on the list, if you’re like ‘Black Raspberry needs more chocolate.’ If everyone says more chocolate, we’ll add more chocolate.” “Right now, the Mocha ice cream is really high on the list for me. I really liked that one. I liked the lavender flavor,” Papjohn said. By Memorial Day, Belote said the final 100 rotating flavors will be set. The post How Rehoboth hot spot picks new ice cream flavors appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Five for Fighting, Scotty McCreery, ‘Moana’ lead Memorial Day ConcertFive for Fighting, Scotty McCreery, ‘Moana’ lead Memorial Day Concert

    WTOP's Jason Fraley previews the Memorial Day Concert Jason Fraley http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MEMORIAL-CONCERT-2017-jfray.mp3Download audio WASHINGTON — The Memorial Day Concert returns to the National Mall on Sunday, paying tribute to U.S. war veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. While the annual event airs live nationwide on PBS, folks in the D.C. area enjoy the extra treat of actually watching the production in person on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol starting at 8 p.m. Hosted by Joe Mantegna and Laurence Fishburne, this year’s impressive lineup includes Gen. Colin Powell, Gary Sinise, Five for Fighting, Scotty McCreery, Renée Fleming, John Ortiz, Christopher Jackson (“Hamilton”) and Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”) alongside the National Symphony Orchestra. “I’ve had so many family members who have served and who are serving,” said Cravalho, who grew up on Hawaii’s Big Island, a few islands away from Pearl Harbor. “We take it for granted sometimes, of just how amazing our country is and how freedom isn’t something we should take so lightly. So, it’s a wonderful way to give back to our troops, say thank you and give a wonderful event just for them.” The voice that sang the Oscar-nominated “How Far I’ll Go” in “Moana” will sing the national anthem. “I’m incredibly excited,” Cravalho said. “This will be the first time performing it for me. I’ve thought about what it really means, so I’m keeping it as simple, patriotic and honorable as it can be. … There’s many different versions on YouTube. I’ve certainly done my homework on Whitney [Houston] and Mariah Carey and all the other different versions, but I think I’m just going to keep it my own.” Ironically, it was a different video that got her discovered by Disney’s casting director. “My friends and I put together an audition [tape] for [a] charity event … however, we didn’t make it to the charity event, we didn’t get through the audition,” Cravalho said. “But the woman who was going through those auditions was also the casting director for Disney, so she saw our auditions and asked if I wanted to — instead of audition for the charity — audition for ‘Moana.’ Thankfully, I got that one.” Now, she’s forever tied to composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “Lin-Manuel Miranda is an incredible songwriter,” Cravalho said. “He really is fantastic. He’s so sweet … so smart, so kind — and he gives really good hugs. I don’t know what detergent he uses, but he also smells good. … [The Rock] is also really incredible. … He works so hard; the busiest man in Hollywood. … He gives really good hugs as well. He’s also very soft. You see how his muscles are always at perfect attention in photos? His skin is velvety smooth. Not only does he smell good, he’s also very soft.” Cravalho says she’ll apply recent Oscar lessons to her performance at the Memorial Day Concert. “I’ve still got the performance stuck in my mind,” Cravalho said. “While I was [at the Oscars], I did have a run-in with a flag. … I got hit with a flag in the back of the head! … I hear there are going to be many flags at the Memorial Day Concert, but you know what? I’m putting my trust in the people running this show that I won’t get hit with a flag again. But if I do, this time, it’ll be very patriotic.” WTOP's Jason Fraley chats with 'Moana' star Auli'i Cravalho Jason Fraley http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/moana-interview.mp3Download audio The event also features a performance by “American Idol” champ and country star Scotty McCreery. “Both of my grandfathers served and they both instilled an appreciation in me for those who go out there and fight for our freedoms and, my goodness, the sacrifices the families make,” McCreery told WTOP. “The least I can do is come out and show my support and sing a song.” Known for his deep voice (i.e. Randy Travis or Josh Turner), McCreery will perform “The Dash.” “It’s one of my favorite songs on that record,” McCreery said. “It’s one of those songs that’s honoring a veteran who’s paid the ultimate sacrifice and it’s talking about how it’s not about the numbers in concrete on your tombstone; it’s about the dash in between [the dates] and the life you lived, that kind of thing. It’s a really cool tune, it was an honor to sing, so I can’t wait to get out there and do it.” At 23 years old, McCreery has lived quite the life so far in his “dash,” having won “American Idol” at age 16. “If I sit down, take a breath and try to take it all in, it’s been an amazing six or seven years,” McCreery said. “I never would have thought me. I was just your average kid growing up, packing groceries and playing baseball. My life changed forever, so it’s been an amazing run and we’ll try to keep it going.” He still keeps in touch with such Season 10 peers as Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina and James Durbin. “We have a little group text that we try to keep in touch with everybody,” McCreery said. “That season man, I know I’m a little biased, but it was just awesome. The diversity of talent that we had and everybody was really good at what they did: R&B, gospel, jazz. It was fun to watch from side stage.” He says he’s surprised, yet excited, to see “Idol” return on ABC just a year after its farewell on FOX. “I would’ve thought it would’ve gone away a little longer, but I’m excited,” McCreery said. “I was a fan of the show before I got on it. I watched it from Season 1, 2, on until my season, and I still watched it after. It’s a fun show, a fun way to discover talent, and you never know if they’re going to be the next big thing, so I love the idea of it coming back. I’m excited to see Katy Perry and Chris Daughtry.” WTOP's Jason Fraley chats with Scotty McCreery Jason Fraley http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/scotty-mccreery-interview.mp3Download audio Sunday also brings singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, better known as Five for Fighting. “Back in the day in the Iraq War, I started getting emails from our troops about how music really matters to them and how they listen to music before they go on mission or come back,” Ondrasik told WTOP. “That lead to The Concert for New York and touring with the U.S.O. My buddy Gary Sinise has been asking me to do this Memorial Day Concert for many years. … This year, the schedules lined up.” He’ll be performing Five for Fighting’s inspirational song “All For One.” “For this event, it’s probably my perfect song [because] the chorus is: ‘One for all, all for one,'” he said. “I actually wrote it for a ‘Hawaii Five-O’ episode, but I noticed some of the military folks had started using it in some videos and tributes. I think it’s probably cooler than ‘Superman’ or ‘100 Years.'” He can even relate those popular songs to his love for the troops. “My ‘Superman’ doesn’t want to be Superman,” Ondrasik said. “Over the last 15 years, I’ve met true ‘super men,’ and sorry for the pun, but when you start going out with the troops and you meet the gold-star families who have lost loved ones, the severely injured soldiers who lost multiple limbs, you realize your life’s pretty good. … [As for ‘100 Years’], there actually will be a 101-year-old soldier from the Doolittle Raid we’ll be paying tribute to [named] Lt. Cole. … There’s not many World War II veterans left.” The “fighting” in Five for Fighting doesn’t involve the battlefield, but rather ice hockey’s penalty box. “Back in the late ’90s, the record company came to me and said, ‘Nobody can pronounce your name,'” Ondrasik said. “I had just come from an L.A. Kings hockey game … and in the NHL, if you get in a fight, you get a penalty for five minutes — five for fighting. So, I sarcastically said to the label, ‘How about Five for Fighting?’ And they’re like, ‘We love it!’ … Twenty years later, Five for Fighting is still going.” As a massive hockey fan, Ondrasik also offered words of solace for Washington Capitals fans. “I picked you guys this year. I wanted you guys; I thought when you got Justin Williams from the Kings that he’s the guy that can turn that magic key,” Ondrasik said. “But when you’re the best team in the league, there’s a unique pressure. … It sucks you had to play the Penguins in the second round! That’s not right. … I do think it’s only a matter of time. I think Ovechkin will get his [Stanley] Cup. Stay with it. You’re a contender every year; that’s all you can ask for. One of these years, the stars will align.” Until then, come see the stars align on stage at Sunday’s Memorial Day Concert. “It’s such a great event; I’ve been watching it every Memorial Day on PBS,” Ondrasik said. “This year, I get to go sing … celebrate our veterans, troops, their families and tell them how much we love them.” WTOP's Jason Fraley chats with Five for Fighting Jason Fraley http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/five-for-fighting-interview.mp3Download audio The post Five for Fighting, Scotty McCreery, ‘Moana’ lead Memorial Day Concert appeared first on WTOP.

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Coaches’ concerns that too many players were exhausted and risking injuries at the end of the extra period was the key factor in the decision. Research suggests the number of games that will go into overtime and end up tied will climb slightly. Over the past five years, with the 15-minute period in use, the league has averaged about one tie game each season. Projections show that could climb to three. “We don’t think it will lead to more ties,” Goodell said. He noted a number of coaches said they expect a more aggressive approach to scoring with the shorter extra period. Rams owner Stan Kroenke said he welcomed the decision to delay awarding the Super Bowl to Los Angeles by a year. “We want to be sure that we do everything right, 100 percent,” he said after the meetings. “To have the Super Bowl, that’s the important thing.” Unusually wet weather had already caused significant construction delays at the $2.6 billion football stadium in Inglewood, California. 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Norman (@J_No24) May 23, 2017 If celebrations are deemed a violation by on-field officials, players could still be penalized under existing unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting violations, as well as fined. “Everybody has a different idea where the line is,” the commissioner said. There is no set time limit on how long such celebrations can continue. But the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. The 40-second play clock will begin once an official signals a touchdown and teams will have to snap the ball for their extra-point play by the end of the clock. League officials will review celebrations during the preseason and anticipate providing guidance as the regular season progresses. Former player Jon Runyan, who is in charge of on-field disciplinary actions, will decide the fines. 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  • Overtime Shortened as 2017 NFL Rule Changes HitOvertime Shortened as 2017 NFL Rule Changes Hit

    WASHINGTON — NFL overtime rules are among the leading rule changes to the league in 2017. NFL team owners approved shortening overtime — in the preseason and regular season — from 15 to 10 minutes, the league announced on Tuesday. The rule change comes amid complaints about the number of additional plays forced upon teams while playing a 15-minute overtime period, with special consideration given to teams playing their next games on short rest. Team owners also banned players from leaping over the line of scrimmage to block kicks, and approved automatic ejections for egregious hits to the head. Replays will also be centralized under the rule changes, with the league’s officiating command center in New York now being granted final say over replay reviews, similar to how Major League Baseball handles reviews. The league has also eliminated one roster cut-down deadline, with teams no longer cutting rosters down from 90 to 75 players. Rather, there will only be one deadline to cut rosters down to 53 players. Also, teams can now return two players from the Injured Reserve list, rather than one. The new rule allows for two players per season to be eligible to return to practice after they have been on IR for at least six weeks. They can return to games eight weeks after being placed on IR. Follow @ChrisLingebach and @1067TheFan on Twitter

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  • New Helmet Technology Isn’t A Cure-All For Football’s Concussion IssuesNew Helmet Technology Isn’t A Cure-All For Football’s Concussion Issues

    Ryan Mayer Head trauma. Two words that have become synonymous with the country’s most popular sport. The looming shadow of the long-term health effects of concussions and the violent collisions that NFL players undertake for our enjoyment each weekend has lurked in the background, all too willing to remind us, and players of the potential consequences in their later years. It has been the driving force behind league rules, research, and new technology associated with the game all in an attempt to make the sport safer. Last week, we got a glimpse at a pair of new helmets that are being introduced at different levels of football in an attempt to continue down that path of safety. The Zero1 helmet, introduced by Seattle startup Vicis, is a leap forward in helmet design. According to the “Play Smart, Play Safe” initiative established by the NFL — in conjunction with the NFLPA — the helmet was determined to be the highest performing helmet of the 33 tested in the lab and it has reportedly been purchased by 25 teams in advance of this upcoming season. According to the company’s website, the helmet is designed so that “multiple layers work together to slow impact forces. The helmet features a soft outer shell and an underlying layer of columns designed to mitigate collisions from multiple directions.” Vicis released a promotional video that helps explain how the helmet works that you can see above. By any measure, this technology looks to be a step forward in the fight for better safety for football players of all ages. In addition, at the college level, the University of Texas unveiled new helmets that incorporate Riddell’s InSite technology, that allows the training staff, via sensors within the helmets, to monitor hits taken by the players during the course of practice or a game. Both of these new pieces of tech look impressive, and should continue helping the ball roll towards a safer version of football. But, helmet technology isn’t a panacea for the problems that the game faces. It is at best, a tool to help improve the conditions. “New helmet technology may be beneficial for football’s problem of concussions. However, I do not believe that any new helmet can ultimately thoroughly solve the problem, as individuals will still be experiencing head collisions and impacts,” said Dr. Teena Shetty, a neurologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City via email. “Even if these helmets lessen the force of the blow, repeated force over time (including sub-concussive blows) may imply consequences that we are still trying to understand.” Dr. Shetty is hopeful that the new tech, particularly the helmets with sensors being introduced by Texas, will contribute to a better understanding of the cumulative amount of force that a player experiences over the course of a season. But, she also cautions that, just because we have more data available to us, that doesn’t mean that we can make overarching conclusions about what amount of force is a safe impact for players, because as with many things in the realm of human health, there’s a certain amount of individuality at play. “This technology has the possibility to lead to change in the sport. However, one detail that makes this data analysis difficult is the individuality of mild Traumatic Brain Injury, or concussion,” said Dr. Shetty. “Whereas one blow with a small amount of force may lead to a concussion in one individual, another player may sustain repeated hits to the head over a season and experience no concussive symptoms.” This isn’t to take away anything from the two companies, Vicis and Riddell, who are both pouring money into attempting to produce helmets that address the largest issue facing the sport. Their new helmet designs are sure to help better our understanding of head trauma and concussions. However, the onus for more effectively slaying the specter of danger facing the sport falls on the players and coaches. “One of the most powerful ways to minimize risk is to create an atmosphere where players feel safe and comfortable reporting symptoms of a head injury,” said Dr. Shetty. “The most dangerous scenario is when a player returns to the field before they are fully recovered, as a second impact if not fully recovered can be devastating. I have seen the sport begin to change in this direction, as players are automatically removed from play after a hit to the head, but there is still a ways to go to make sport even safer.” As we’ve seen in recent days, players who are at the top of the sport, such as New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees or former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, have acknowledged that they either have or would hide concussions from the training staff. This is the part of the sport that no matter what changes in technology, rules, or improvements in the spotting and diagnosis of concussions can combat. If players don’t feel safe to report concussions, or are worried that they will lose their spot by being injured, then the problem is unlikely to be solved. We can revel in the advances made in helmet tech and applaud those companies for it. The understanding among players of the seriousness of concussions and head trauma is continuing to improve. But, until we get to a place where players feel completely comfortable telling someone that something feels off, the sport’s problem will remain.

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  • More NoMa buildings get murals during POW! WOW! FestivalMore NoMa buildings get murals during POW! WOW! Festival

    WASHINGTON — The NoMa business Improvement District is hosting an arts festival called POW! WOW! that brings mural artists together for an event that includes music, live art-making events and other activities built around a 10-day plan to paint murals on buildings in the Northeast D.C. neighborhood. It is the second year the group has hosted POW! WOW! This year’s artists include eight from D.C.; four from across the country, including New York graffiti artist STASH; and three international artists. Related Gallery Ben’s Chili Bowl seeks input for new mural (Photos) The mural outside the iconic restaurant on U Street in Northwest D.C. has been painted over and its owners are asking patrons to help choose how it will be replaced. Starting May 17 and lasting until May 27, the artists are creating 15 murals at NoMa locations, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, the new AVA NoMa apartment building at 55 M Street NE and the District of Columbia Housing Authority building at 1133 North Capitol Street NE. The DC POW! WOW! has been curated and organized by DC artist Kelly Towles. “Last year was just so amazing,” Towles said. “The D.C. community really embraced the festival, and I’m really excited to make this year’s POW! WOW! even better.” The festival is also being sponsored by real estate developers Foulger-Pratt and Skanska, and several District businesses. AVA NoMa, a recently completed 438-unit luxury apartment building, is hosting an artist’s reception and walking tours to view the murals May 24. Mural tours begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Lobby Project at 1200 First Street NE and conclude at the AVA building at 55 M Street NE at 8 p.m., followed by a cocktail hour. The post More NoMa buildings get murals during POW! WOW! Festival appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Junkies Debate What ‘Mushmouth’ Bruce Allen was ‘trying’ to sayThe Junkies Debate What ‘Mushmouth’ Bruce Allen was ‘trying’ to say

    WASHINGTON — Redskins team president Bruce Allen was in the news this week after discussing quarterback Kirk Cousins’ future and the current state of the front office while at a charity function. Allen addressed the vacant general manager position, left behind by Scot McCloughan, who was fired in March, six weeks before the NFL Draft. “We’re getting close to having a final plan,” Allen said of filling the position, adding that the Redskins have interviewed “over a dozen” candidates. Though he hedged those remarks by saying they’ve learned “a lot about other strategies and structures around the league,” saying they’re looking to add “at least one, two, maybe three people.” The Sports Junkies took issue Tuesday not so much with what Allen said, but with how he said it. “My God, I hate him,” Eric Bickel said. “So that means nothing,” said John Auville. “We’re getting close to having a plan.” The Junkies then listened to Allen’s comments regarding the ongoing contract negotiations with Cousins. “I’m always an optimist,” Allen said of getting a long-term deal done. “He’s having a good offseason so far, he’s working well with his new teammates and his former teammates. We’re looking forward to it. I’m still optimistic.” “His former teammates? What an idiot,” Bickel said. “You mean his current teammates. His old teammates. What is he saying? He’s working with his current teammates and his former teammates?” “He doesn’t even know how to speak English,” he said. “You just mean the guys on the team last year. Not his former teammates. What is he working out with Santana Moss?” “Is he throwing balls to DeSean?” Auville zinged. “That doesn’t bother you?” Bickel asked. “That doesn’t bother you, that he can’t master the English language,” he asked again. “He doesn’t even understand.” “That’s your fearless leader of your personnel department,” Auville said. “I mean we all make mistakes, but he doesn’t know the quarterback,” Bickel said, in reference to Allen repeatedly mispronouncing ‘Kirk’ as ‘Kurt.’ “Do you realize what a buffoon this guy is that’s running our organization? He doesn’t even know the quarterback’s first name. And then he’s talking about throwing to former teammates. What do you mean former teammates, you moron?” “He either doesn’t know his first name, or he intentionally disrespects him by calling him the incorrect name,” Auville said. “I think he’s just stupid,” Bickel said. “And I’ve said that, I’ve been on record. It’s my opinion. There’s no basis in fact, other than plenty of anecdotal evidence, that Bruce Allen is a moron. He doesn’t know his name. He can’t get it straight! Why is he calling them former teammates? Can you guys obsess on this with me, please?” “Well, I don’t understand why he would say that,” Jason Bishop said. “Because he’s stupid!” Bickel shouted. “Unless he’s throwing to guys he played in college with,” Bishop added. “He’s not!” Bickel said. “Or guys who, like I said, guys who used to play for the Redskins,” Bishop said. “That’s not what he’s saying!” Bickel insisted. “Which I don’t understand why he would do that,” Bishop said. “But, maybe he is.” “No, he’s just saying former teammates because he’s stupid,” Bickel said. “Are you with me? He’s stupid!” “I think he could be talking about Michigan State guys,” their producer, Matt Cahill, theorized. “He’s not going to say former teammates unless he’s talking about old…” “He was talking about his new teammates,” Bickel said. “And then instead of saying ‘and his current’…” “He’s talking about guys like Jamison Crowder,” John-Paul Flaim said. “He’s talking about guys who have played with him the last couple of seasons.” “Yeah, that’s what he meant,” Bickel agreed. “Well, they’re not former teammates,” Auville said. “They’re teammates.” “Right,” Bickel agreed. “He’s just a moron. Just accept he’s a moron, man!” The Junkies went on to pick apart one final Allen quote: “I think even Kirk said it: There’s a lot of players on the league on one-year deals.” “There’s a lot of players on the league on one-year deals,” Auville repeated for comedic effect. Follow @ChrisLingebach and @1067TheFan on Twitter

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  • Equality Virginia PAC endorses Northam in Virginia gubernatorial raceEquality Virginia PAC endorses Northam in Virginia gubernatorial race

    The political arm of Equality Virginia on Tuesday endorsed Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's campaign for governor, giving the Democrat a boost in his race against former Rep. Tom Perriello three weeks out from the primary election. James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia PAC, said the decision to back Mr. ...

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  • Best Memorial Day Events In Washington D.C.Best Memorial Day Events In Washington D.C.

    By Laura Catherine Hermoza Memorial Day is all about honoring and remembering those who bravely serve in the military protecting and sacrificing for this nation. Traditional celebrations surrounding the occasion generally revolve around patriotism and community festive gatherings and special events. As the nation’s capital, D.C. is booming with plenty of Memorial Day events. From parades to parties, here are some great ways to celebrate the day. National Memorial Day Concert U.S. Capitol (West Lawn) East Capitol Street N.E. and First Street S.E. Washington, DC 20004 www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/about/the-concert/ Attend the free National Memorial Day Concert at the Capitol for the ultimate patriotic pursuit. An annual tradition since 1989, the concert features a grand collaboration of live music from the National Symphony Orchestra, dramatic readings, documentary footage and appearances by several notable celebrities and guests, including co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. The concert is televised live on television and can be seen on PBS and other public channels including those accessible to military personnel overseas. The event will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 8 p.m. sharp with gates opening at 5 p.m. Lincoln’s Cottage Tours Armed Forces Retirement Home 140 Rock Creek Church Road N.W. Washington, DC 20011 (202) 829-0436 www.lincolncottage.org A visit to the Lincoln’s Cottage is another great way to spend Memorial Day. Enjoy ongoing tours of the cottage between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. as well as free guided tours of the USSAH National Cemetery, which will be available at 10:45 a.m. and then again at 12:30 p.m. on May 29. There will also be a special wreath laying ceremony at the Soldiers’ Home at 10 a.m. You will find the Lincoln cottage right onsite of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Visitor entrance is through the Eagle Gate. Hometown Holidays In Rockville Rockville Town Center 30 Maryland Ave. Rockville, MD 20850 (240) 314-8620 www.rockvillemd.gov Come out to Rockville Town Center for an annual tradition 73 years in the making. As part of the City of Rockville’s hometown holidays, ongoing free fun and entertainment will begin at 9 a.m. and last through 1 p.m. on Memorial Day Monday. A special ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m., complete with live music, a wreath laying by the American Legion Post 86, a gun salute, presentation of colors and more. The day will begin with a much beloved tradition for many—the annual parade procession down Washington St. Related:  Best Memorial Day Getaways Near Washington DC Falls Church Memorial Day Events City Hall 223 Little Falls St. Falls Church, VA 22046 (703) 248-5077 www.fallschurchva.gov/calendar Falls Church has an estimated 10,000 visitors planning to attend this year’s annual Memorial Day Festival and Parade, which will be held at the City Hall grounds on May 29. The day’s events will highlight the popular Don Beyer 3K Fun Run as well as a special Veterans’ ceremony. Other events to take place will include various food and craft vendors on location, children’s activities, pony rides and loads of other activities. All this plus live music from 40 Thieves and the City of Falls Church Concert Band will keep guests well entertained throughout the day. National Memorial Day Parade Constitution Avenue and 7th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20004 (800) 395-2036 www.americanveteranscenter.org/avc-events/parade An annual event held consecutively for the last several years, the National Memorial Day Parade stands as the country’s largest Memorial Day event. Hundreds of thousands of parade spectators and participants come out each year to be a part of the grand occasion, which steps off at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street N.W. and continues past the White House to 17th Street. The parade features marching bands and Veterans from all 50 states, patriotic floats, balloons and more. This event honors all those who have served, are currently serving and/or sacrificed for their country, throughout history—beginning with the American Revolution up through modern day. The parade will take place at 2 p.m. sharp on Monday, May 29. Related: Memorial Day Celebrations In Washington DC

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  • Washington D.C. bar removes 'Pill Cosby' cocktail after complaints - AOLWashington D.C. bar removes 'Pill Cosby' cocktail after complaints - AOL

    AOLWashington D.C. bar removes 'Pill Cosby' cocktail after complaintsAOLWashington D.C. bar removes 'Pill Cosby' cocktail after complaints. Anna Iovine, AOL.com. May 23rd 2017 11:41AM. A Washington D.C. bar is under fire for a drink option known as the "Pill Cosby." The cocktail was on the menu at new restaurant Diet ...DC Restaurant Under Fire For 'Pill Cosby' CocktailPatch.comThis 14th Street Restaurant/Retail Pop-Up Is Serving “Pill Cosby” CocktailsWashingtonian.comBill Cosby-themed drink with pills stirs controversy, prompts apology from DC barFox NewsWTHRall 50 news articles »

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  • Top 10 US landmarks to visit — and which DC icon makes the listTop 10 US landmarks to visit — and which DC icon makes the list

    WASHINGTON — Tourists comes to D.C. for the museums and monuments, but a TripAdvisor list of the Top 10 Landmarks in the U.S. includes only one of Washington’s iconic landmarks. The Lincoln Memorial ranks No. 2 on the list, behind the Golden Gate Bridge. TripAdvisor said it bases the list on an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks gathered over a 12-month period. The list also includes the top-rated tours that go along with each landmark. For the Lincoln Memorial, it is the Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour. Related Stories DC draws 20 million domestic tourists in year for 1st time Washington, DC News Visitors to DC-area national parks spent $1.2B in 2016 Local News DC celebrates another year of record-breaking tourist crowds Washington, DC News TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Landmarks the U.S.: Golden Gate Bridge, Top Tour: Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour Lincoln Memorial, Top Tour: Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour Alcatraz Island, Top Tour: Alcatraz Tour, plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip Grand Central Terminal, Tour: Grand Central Indoor Food Tour Statue of Liberty, Top Tour: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour USS Arizona Memorial, Top Tour: Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl Sightseeing Tour Empire State Building, Top Tour: Empire State Building Tickets — Observatory and Optional Skip Line Tickets Rockefeller Center, Top Tour: Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Top Tour: NYC Highlights Small-Group Tour Biltmore Estate, (No top-rated tour recommended.) The post Top 10 US landmarks to visit — and which DC icon makes the list appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Kevin Spacey Rides The DC Metro (Photos) - Patch.comKevin Spacey Rides The DC Metro (Photos) - Patch.com

    Patch.comKevin Spacey Rides The DC Metro (Photos)Patch.comGet free real-time news alerts from the Washington DC Patch. Subscribe. House of Cards went all out for the promo, even hiring former White House photographer Peter Souza to snap the shots that are now being circulated across social media.Frank Underwood rode Metro this week and it was peak DCWashington PostFormer Obama photographer hits 'campaign trail' with 'House of Cards' presidentCNNKevin Spacey ventures out in Washington for presidential photo shoot as 'House of Cards' characterBaltimore Sun (blog)all 57 news articles »

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  • Pregnant Maryland Teen Not Allowed at Graduation CeremonyPregnant Maryland Teen Not Allowed at Graduation Ceremony

    Pregnant at 18. Hailed by abortion foes. Punished by a Christian school. https://t.co/kSyazXDF1w pic.twitter.com/cqiQwOcBeW — The New York Times (@nytimes) May 21, 2017 BOONSBORO, Md. — A Maryland high school senior has been barred from participating in her school’s graduation ceremony because she is pregnant. Media outlets report 18-year-old Maddi Runkles discovered she was pregnant in January. She attends Heritage Academy, a small private Christian school in Hagerstown. Upon Runkles’ pregnancy announcement, school officials also suspended her for two days and removed Runkles from her student council position. The teen has a 4.0 average. Runkles says she feels she has been treated more harshly than students who have been suspended for other reasons. Anti-abortion organization Students for Life says Runkles shouldn’t be punished for her pregnancy, but should be praised for choosing to keep the baby. Heritage Academy Administrator David Hobbs issued a statement calling Runkles’ pregnancy “an internal issue about which much prayer and discussion has taken place.” “Some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won’t speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby,” Runkles told the New York Times. “Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion would have been better. Then they would have just forgiven me, rather than deal with this visible consequence.” Follow CBS D.C. on Twitter (© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press and CBS D.C. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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  • Wegmans To Open In DC In Fannie Mae Redevelopment - Patch.comWegmans To Open In DC In Fannie Mae Redevelopment - Patch.com

    Patch.comWegmans To Open In DC In Fannie Mae RedevelopmentPatch.comWASHINGTON, DC — Upscale grocery chain Wegmans will open their first DC location in 2022, according to reports. Mayor Muriel Browser said Sunday that the grocery chain's first DC store will anchor the redevelopment of the Fannie Mae headquarters at ...Wegmans Signs Deal for First-Ever Washington DC StoreDeli Market Newsall 4 news articles »

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  • Tri-State veterans fly to Washington D.C. - WXIXTri-State veterans fly to Washington D.C. - WXIX

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  • City Council hears about needle exchangeCity Council hears about needle exchange

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  • WC to graduate 24 on FridayWC to graduate 24 on Friday

    Washington Catholic High School 2016-2017 graduation will be Friday, at 8 p.m. in the WCHS gymnasium, with 24 seniors graduating.

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  • Agencies under fire for keeping billions in fines, feesAgencies under fire for keeping billions in fines, fees

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  • I’m fired up for political protests but my husband is too lazy to join in. Is this it for us?I’m fired up for political protests but my husband is too lazy to join in. Is this it for us?

    Q. My husband and I have been growing apart for a couple of years, but these past several months it’s like we are living separate lives. I have wanted to do activist things in response to the current administration, and I feel fired up in a way I haven’t in a long time. Though he […]

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  • Luxe squash facility joins the D.C. fitness sceneLuxe squash facility joins the D.C. fitness scene

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  • Trump's victory fuels local surge in political donations to Democratic causes. See who's giving.Trump's victory fuels local surge in political donations to Democratic causes. See who's giving.

    The 2016 presidential election may have ended last year, but the political fundraising is just getting started, apparently. Wealthy donors in the Washington region took no time to start giving again this year to political action committees, which collected millions of dollars in the first three months ending March 31, according to Federal Election Commission data. In that time, D.C. donors gave $1.7 million, followed by Northern Virginians who donated a little shy of that figure. Maryland donations…

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  • Ethics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waiversEthics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waivers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The message from a senator to the government ethics office: Use your authority to force the president to reveal how many waivers he’s granted to ex-lobbyists in his new administration. That was Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s demand to the Office of Government Ethics in June 2009. He was seeking information about some of President Barack Obama’s most controversial appointees, the people who used to make their living pressing the federal government for money and policies. Eight years and a political flip later, Republicans in President Donald Trump’s administration say OGE lacks that authority, and they’ve asserted that there’s no need for them to publicly disclose any ethics waivers. Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney is asking that ethics director Walter Shaub halt his inquiry into lobbyists-turned-Trump administration employees. “In particular, this data call appears to raise legal questions regarding the scope of OGE’s authorities,” Mulvaney wrote in a letter last week to Shaub. Shaub fired back Monday that OGE’s request is well within bounds. He highlighted Grassley’s request years ago as evidence that lawmakers agree, even though Republicans so far have been silent on the Trump administration’s resistance to disclosure. The ethics director says he expects to see the waiver information within 10 days. “I want to assure you that a request from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget is not something that I decline lightly,” Shaub wrote to Mulvaney The back-and-forth follows a request Shaub made in late April that agency heads share with his office waivers that the Trump administration has issued to its ethics policies concerning lobbyists. As part of Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington, he continued an Obama-era two-year prohibition of lobbyists and lawyers hired into the executive branch from working on “particular” government matters that involved their former clients. Trump also instituted a five-year lobbying freeze and lifetime ban on foreign government lobbying for people who later leave his administration. Like Obama, Trump is making exceptions to those rules. In his two terms as president, Obama granted waivers to 66 White House and administration employees, according to what the Office of Government Ethics posted on its website. “In the Obama administration, the President ordered that waivers be shared with OGE, and we gladly did so,” Obama’s chief ethics counsel Norman Eisen said Monday. Waivers continue under the Trump administration, but the extent of them is unknown because his executive actions on ethics do not include provisions for public disclosure or information-sharing with OGE. While each administration has the authority to grant waivers, there should be some central repository for the public to learn when an employee has been granted one, said Sean Moulton, the open government program manager at the Project on Government Oversight in Washington. Mulvaney’s letter last week indicated that administration agencies, such as Treasury, Commerce and Defense, wouldn’t respond to Shaub. Separately, there’s a longstanding legal question about whether the White House itself is subject to any disclosure to the OGE. The Office of the White House Counsel has until June 1 to comply with Shaub’s data request or decline in writing. Eisen called the move by Mulvaney “the latest salvo in his attack on good government.” Democratic lawmakers also seized on the White House’s desire to keep ethics waivers private — in such a way that seemed to channel Grassley circa 2009. They asked the OGE to keep up the fight. “It is critical that you and your office make transparent how the individuals serving in the Trump Administration are complying, or failing to comply, with President Trump’s executive order and other ethics requirements,” Rep. Elijah Cummings and other Democrats on the House Oversight Committee wrote in a letter dated May 19. “Your role is particularly important because the White House itself is keeping this information secret.” House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who says he is soon leaving office, did not respond to requests for comment. Eight years ago, Grassley asked the OGE to force “the Obama administration to live up to its word.” “As a senior member of the United States Senate, I have consistently worked to ensure that the business of the Government is done in as open and transparent manner as possible,” Grassley wrote in his June 10, 2009, letter to OGE’s then-director Robert Cusick. Shaub wrote in his letter Monday to Mulvaney that it was Grassley’s letter that prompted his office to develop a policy of posting ethics waivers for the Obama administration. “However, the current Administration has not been complying with this established practice,” Shaub wrote. Grassley’s office did not return repeated requests for comment. The post Ethics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waivers appeared first on WTOP.

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  • DJ Spooky to present ‘Rebirth of a Nation’ mash-up at Kennedy CenterDJ Spooky to present ‘Rebirth of a Nation’ mash-up at Kennedy Center

    WTOP's Rick Massimo chats with DJ Spooky Jason Fraley http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dj-spooky-interview.mp3Download audio WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, DJ Spooky (Paul Miller) has been cutting and remixing not only music but visual arts, film, technology and culture. “DJing is the art of remixing,” Miller told WTOP. “You’re always taking found fragments of material.” His work has taken the D.C. native from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Whitney and Vienna Biennials. He’s collaborated with Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Chuck D. He’s penned books on his aesthetic and the environment. He’s also executive-produced a five-disc collection of early films written, produced and directed by African-Americans. On Tuesday at the Kennedy Center, he’ll present one of his early multimedia pieces — “Rebirth of a Nation,” a reworking and re-imagining of D.W. Griffith’s silent epic “The Birth of a Nation” (1915), widely considered the first masterpiece of American filmmaking — despite its frankly racist content. In DJ Spooky’s show, he cuts and mixes pieces of the film with pieces of recorded and live music. On Tuesday in particular, it’ll be played by the string quartet Sound Impact, deconstructing the visual language of the film while reinterpreting — and letting the audience reinterpret — whatever results. DJ Spooky puts together the sights and sounds in similar but different ways each time he performs it. “I have a formula that I can use to create permutations,” he said. “‘OK, at this point in the film I need to make sure that [these] images have already been sequenced, and these sounds have already been played.’ And then there are all sorts of layers that can go into that.” Like Griffith’s film, Spooky’s original piece was about three hours. He’s since cut it down to an hour. “I’ve switched scenes around; I’ve changed the ways the characters interact with one another. I think of the film as Lego blocks. I can make it into a castle; I can go in many different directions,” he said. 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  • Kentucky lesbian sues employer for sexual orientation discriminationKentucky lesbian sues employer for sexual orientation discrimination

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  • Chelsea Manning released from prison following commuted sentenceChelsea Manning released from prison following commuted sentence

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  • Movies Turning 10Movies Turning 10

    “Juno” Directed by Jason Reitman | Starring Ellen Page and Michael Cera Witty, moving and unapologetic, the premiere of “Juno” at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival was met with a standing ovation. From there, “Juno” received its fair share of praise, winning an Oscar for Diablo Cody’s original screenplay and topping famed film critic Roger Ebert’s annual list of best movies. The comedy-drama’s honest treatment of the titular protagonist’s teenage pregnancy and the stellar performances from the cast transformed the film’s coming-of-age narrative into a fresh, bold take on adulthood and parenthood. For another 2007 comedy, see “Superbad.” “Ratatouille” Directed by Brad Bird | Starring Patton Oswalt and Ian Holm With its unlikely rodent hero and visually stunning depictions of Paris and French cuisine, “Ratatouille” was a worthy addition to Pixar’s canon of films. The dynamic combo of idealistic rat Remy, who has ambitions of haute cuisine, and awkward young man Linguini, who is trying his best to get by, keeps audiences of all ages entertained. With its commentary on the nature of art, and the kind of people who create or critique it, “Ratatouille” never goes for the cheap laugh, delivering its narrative with sincerity and warmth. For another 2007 animated features, see “Bee Movie.” “There Will Be Blood” Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano An epic historical drama, Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood” won widespread critical acclaim as one of the greatest films of the 2000s. Inspired by Upton Sinclair’s “Oil!,” the film details the merciless quest of a silver miner for wealth during California’s oil boom. The ruthless prospector, and his gradual moral decay, is played masterfully by Daniel Day-Lewis, who would go on to win a litany of accolades for the role. For another 2007 historical thriller, see “No Country for Old Men.” “Hairspray” Directed by Adam Shankman | Starring Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta Based off the 2002 stage musical that was in turn based off the 1988 comedy film, “Hairspray” had no shortage of source material to work from. Instead, director Adam Shankman and writer Leslie Dixon refreshed the story, adding a millennial patina to the film’s retro premise and handling serious issues like segregation with maturity. Starring an exuberant Nikki Blonsky in her breakout role as Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenager who aspires to local teen dance show stardom, the film’s ensemble cast includes heavy-hitters like John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah and Zac Efron. For another 2007 live-action musical, see “Across the Universe.” “Stardust” Directed by Matthew Vaughn | Starring Claire Danes and Charlie Cox A thrilling fantasy adventure, Matthew Vaughn’s “Stardust” is spellbinding and captivating. Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s 1999 novel of the same name, the film follows Tristan, a young man from the fictional English village of Wall. As Tristan journeys into the bordering fantasy kingdom of Stormhold to collect a fallen star for his crush, he is surprised to discover the star is a young woman. As the pair return to Wall, the audience is introduced to a whimsical cast of well-developed supporting characters and an enthralling, magical world. For another 2007 romance, see “Atonement.”The post Movies Turning 10 appeared first on .

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  • Summertime in DCSummertime in DC

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  • TV Shows To Catch This SummerTV Shows To Catch This Summer

    ‘Master of None’ When “Master of None” premiered on Netflix in 2015, viewers of the show were instantly captivated by its stunning authenticity and witty humor, lauding comedian Aziz Ansari for writing such a thoughtful and culturally relevant script. The show addresses the personal issues faced by its main character, Dev — played by Ansari — who struggles with his identity as the son of immigrants, a millennial searching for employment and simply as a single man trying to navigate a rapidly changing dating scene. The second season of “Master of None” premiered May 12 on Netflix. Composed of 10 episodes, the season heads in a more developed direction, highlighting new subject matter as well as continuing to employ different visual elements to provide fans with a distinctive and compelling viewing experience. Although a third season has yet to be confirmed, season two of “Master of None” provides audiences with enough clever humor and insight to last the summer. ‘Game of Thrones’ Perhaps the most anticipated show of the summer, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returns for its seventh — and penultimate — season July 16. Although returning for only seven episodes, as opposed to the usual 10 per season, “Game of Thrones” has legions of fans anticipating its summer premiere date, having garnered a significant following since its debut in 2011. Joining fan-favorite cast members Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Peter Dinklage are newcomers Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper, playing Archmaester Marwyn and Dickon Tarly, respectively — characters who will certainly bring their fair share of drama to the fantastical world of Westeros. The Emmy Award-winning series not only plans to expand its cast, but also promises to deliver on and resolve storylines that began in the show’s first season, as it slowly brings characters together for a final battle for power. With its gifted cast, critically acclaimed script and beloved story, “Game of Thrones” is certainly one of the top TV picks for this summer. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ After ending on a dramatic cliffhanger last season, Netflix’s critically acclaimed hit series “Orange Is the New Black” is back, picking up right where the season four finale left off. After the tragic death of one of their own, the prisoners of Litchfield Prison are ready to revolt, angry at the actions of their oppressors. The fifth season, which will take course over three drama-filled days at the prison, will show new sides of the characters that fans have come to love, bringing a greater level of depth to the already well-developed show. Although no new actors are set to be introduced this season, long-standing cast member Laura Prepon — who plays the mysterious Alex Vause — will direct the 10th episode, marking her highly anticipated directorial debut. The fifth season, which will span 13 episodes in total, will be available on Netflix starting June 9, and the sixth and seventh seasons have already been confirmed by producers. ‘Twin Peaks’ ABC’s cult classic “Twin Peaks” is considered one of the best television programs of the 1990s. The crime drama follows the story of FBI agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan, as he delves into a murder investigation in the mysterious town Twin Peaks, Wash.. This year, Showtime will continue the surreal story of “Twin Peaks” in “Twin Peaks: The Return,” as Cooper makes his long-awaited return to the town. Although few details have been revealed about the upcoming season, “Twin Peaks: The Return” promises to bring the same sense of surrealism and mystery that established the original as one of the most groundbreaking series of its time. Fans of “Twin Peaks” will enjoy watching the return of MacLachlan and a majority of the other original cast members. Series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost and composer Angelo Badalamenti have also returned to work on the new season. A number of new actors will make appearances this season as well, including Laura Dern, Naomi Watts and Michael Cera. ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is one of Netflix’s most successful shows to date. Premiering in 2015, the hilarious sitcom instantly attracted a strong viewership with its offbeat story and stellar screenplay. The show follows the misadventures of Kimmy Schmidt, a comically optimistic cult survivor played by Ellie Kemper, as she navigates the big city and encounters a host of quirky friends. The series has consistently been a critical favorite — two seasons in, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has garnered 11 Emmy Award nominations — and earned its renewal for a third season last year. Premiering today on Netflix, season three of “Kimmy Schmidt” will follow the titular character as she heads off on her next great adventure: college, sure to be a source of hysterical mishaps. Viewers can also look forward to the exciting additions of new cast members, such as Laura Dern and Maya Rudolph, as well as the returns of fan-favorite actors Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski, masters of comedic timing. ‘Orphan Black’ The fifth and final season of “Orphan Black” will premiere June 10 on BBC America, promising to deliver an action-packed conclusion to the sci-fi series that first premiered in 2013. The Canadian dystopian drama follows the story of Sarah Manning — played by the Emmy Award-winning Tatiana Maslany — a con artist living in a dark futuristic world where she is one of a number of clones, each portrayed by Maslany. Over the course of the series, the versatile actress has played nearly a dozen different roles, acting as both a star and supporting actress all in one. As she heads into her final season, Maslany — now also a producer on the show — hopes to continue the show’s legacy of brilliant acting and complex storytelling. Viewers can expect to see old characters — and clones — return, and should, of course, plan for a few plot twists along the way.The post TV Shows To Catch This Summer appeared first on .

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  • Upcoming Movie ReleasesUpcoming Movie Releases

    Wonder Woman | JUNE 2 Directed by Patty Jenkins | Starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine Israeli actress Gal Gadot made her on-screen debut as Wonder Woman in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016. Despite the film’s poor critical reception, Gadot was highly praised for her standout portrayal of the fierce superheroine, leaving fans of DC Comics eagerly awaiting her standalone film: “Wonder Woman,” set to premiere June 2. “Wonder Woman” is an epic origin story that will follow the Amazonian princess warrior Diana Prince as she leaves her reclusive island of Themyscira to try to stop World War I, discovering her heroic identity along the way. Gadot stars alongside Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor, the American pilot who convinces Diana to leave her home to save the outside world from ruin — and, ultimately, fulfill her destiny as Wonder Woman. THE BEGUILED | JUNE 23 Directed by Sofia Coppola | Starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman In 1971, Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page starred in “The Beguiled,” a drama based on Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 Southern Gothic novel of the same name. Although the film was well-received by critics, it remained largely unrecognized in the United States — until this year. On June 23, audiences across the country will be able to relive all of the sinister drama and mystery of the original in a remake of the film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. “The Beguiled” takes place during the Civil War telling the story of an injured soldier, played by Colin Farrell, who arrives at a women’s boarding school in the South. As the women of the school, played by Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, become increasingly infatuated with the soldier, the school’s tense atmosphere of sexual repression and secrecy threatens to explode in violence and betrayal. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING | JULY 7 Directed by Jon Watts | Starring Tom Holland and Michael Keaton In any given year, a good portion of new cinematic releases are remakes of older films, and superhero franchises are especially well-known for being given the Hollywood reset treatment. This year, for example, Marvel Studios will release “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” with rising star Tom Holland in the lead role of Peter Parker. Holland is the third actor to play Spider-Man in roughly a decade and has big shoes to fill — Tobey Maguire starred in the first “Spider-Man” in 2002, and Andrew Garfield in the 2012 reboot — yet promises to bring a fresh and youthful approach to the character. This time around, the focus of the film will be Parker’s difficulty to balance his life as a high schooler with his role as a superhero, as he faces a dangerous new threat: the villainous Vulture, to be played by Michael Keaton. Fans of the franchise will want to mark their calendars for July 7 — the film’s premiere date — and see for themselves whether or not the new series lives up to its expectations. DUNKIRK | JULY 21 Directed by Christopher Nolan | Starring Tom Hardy and Mike Rylance In a summer of comedies and superhero blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” stands out as a powerful must-see film, sure to move audiences with its compelling wartime story. Set for release July 21, the film is about the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II — an event that shaped the course of the 20th century, particularly for the British. Nolan chose to tell the story through a threefold perspective, looking at the military operative through land, air and sea, without focusing on one specific protagonist or character arc. In fact, “Dunkirk” develops much of its story through its score and cinematography, with little conversation between characters, adding to its heightened sense of suspense and tension. Its male-dominated cast includes a number of high-profile actors — Tom Hardy, Mike Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Sir Kenneth Branagh — who face the challenge of bringing the dialogue-thin script to life. Given Nolan’s status as one of the most accomplished filmmakers of the 21st century, “Dunkirk” is widely expected to be a standout of the season, as Nolan expertly weaves a poignant human story over the backdrop of one of the most historic events of the war. THE DARK TOWER | AUGUST 4 Directed by Nikolaj Arcel | Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey Although many film adaptations of Stephen King’s novels have fallen squarely in the horror genre, the latest of its kind, “The Dark Tower,” will combine elements of science fiction, fantasy and Western film. “The Dark Tower” continues King’s eight-part book series of the same name, telling the story of Roland Deschain — played by Idris Elba — a man sworn to protect the Dark Tower, the supernatural object that holds his universe together. Deschain’s mission is complicated by the arrival of the villainous Walter Padick — played by the Academy Award-winning Matthew McConaughey — a sorcerer quite literally hellbent on stopping him. With its two highly accomplished lead actors and the source text of one of the best suspense writers of all time, “The Dark Tower” promises to be one of the most thrilling watches of the summer. The film will be released in theaters Aug. 4 and a television series, also to star Elba, is currently in the works.The post Upcoming Movie Releases appeared first on .

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  • Hottest DC Summer EatsHottest DC Summer Eats

    New Food Spots Ladurée Ladurée is a luxury French bakery best recognized for its colorful double-decker macarons and handmade sweets. The bakery first opened its doors in 1862 and has since expanded on a global level, with 11 locations in the United States — including its recent opening in Georgetown. Located on M Street, the restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, coffee and aperitifs — alcoholic beverages served before meals, often to stimulate the appetite. Although it boasts a menu of savory dishes, Ladurée’s French pastries, homemade ice creams and chocolates are its signature specialties — all must-tries for anyone with a sweet tooth. Visitors can indulge in light desserts and drinks while enjoying the restaurant’s upscale Parisian ambience. Waterfront Rosé Garden at Whaley’s Raw bar and restaurant Whaley’s is one of the hottest spots for Washington, D.C. residents to get their seafood fix. Recently, the popular venue opened up its very own rosé garden: a waterfront bar serving up an elegant ambience and a mouth-watering menu of snacks, cocktails, frozen drinks and, of course, 10 different varieties of rosé. Visitors to the bar are treated to stunning river views, a beachy atmosphere and luscious cold drinks, making it the perfect summertime hangout. The Rosé Garden seats up to 30 guests and is open until 10 p.m. The Halal Guys The Halal Guys began as a simple grab-and-go halal eatery on a street corner in Manhattan, but it has since expanded onto the popular food scene, adding locations across the country — and even internationally. The fast-casual restaurant recently opened two spots in the D.C. area — one in Dupont Circle and one in the Atlas District —  attracting customers from across the city. The Halal Guys’ most recognizable dishes are its chicken and gyro rice bowls and wraps, served with a tangy white sauce and roasted vegetables. Lines for the halal dishes may be long but are certainly worth the wait. Siren Belgian-American chef Robert Wiedmaier has become a staple of the D.C. food scene since opening Marcel’s, a high-end French-Belgian restaurant, in Foggy Bottom in 1999. Since then, Wiedmaier has continued to expand his presence in the area — most recently with Siren, a fine dining seafood restaurant in Logan Circle. In addition to offering its signature seafood platters, Siren serves a number of lesser-known varieties of fish, giving its food a distinctive flavor. Although certain items on the menu can be quite pricey — the Grand Plateau, a large seafood platter, is most expensive at $150  — visitors can select from more affordable options that will still ensure a deluxe eating experience. Restaurants Coming Soon Kung Fu Tea New York-based bubble tea franchise Kung Fu Tea recently made its long-awaited arrival in the greater D.C. area with locations in Rockville and Silver Spring, Md., and Mclean, Va. This summer, however, Kung Fu Tea will be even closer, as it prepares to open a new location on Wisconsin Avenue. Visitors of the bubble tea cafe are able select from a long list of drinks, including fruit- and milk-based teas, yogurts, slushies and punches, and even a variety of seasonal specialties. From there, customers can handcraft their orders, fine-tuning temperature and flavor, while also choosing from an assortment of toppings. As Kung Fu Tea continues to expand across the country, D.C. foodies will not want to miss out on the chance to have a taste.   Isabella Eatery in Tyson Galleria Restaurateur and chef Mike Isabella, well-known for his work on “Top Chef,”  has major plans to expand his base in D.C. this summer. Over the past few months, Isabella has been developing a 10-part eatery on the third floor of Tysons Galleria, one of the most popular shopping malls in the D.C. area. Isabella Eatery, which covers over 41,000 square feet, will seat over 600 patrons in its 10 dining spots. The eclectic assortment of venues include a seafood bar, sit-down Mexican and Mediterranean restaurants, a coffee shop and a casual Japanese eatery. Isabella Eatery will provide a wide variety of cuisines all under one roof, making it the go-to for foodies in D.C. this summer. Blue Bottle Coffee Headquartered in Oakland, Calif., Blue Bottle Coffee has become an integral part of the “new wave” of artisanal coffee shops sprawling across the country. The chain, with locations throughout the United States, boasts the freshest product — in fact, it only sells coffee within 48 hours of brewing. The company, which sells a variety of blends, emphasizes brewing coffee at just the right time — even providing patrons with a helpful “flavor timeline” to ensure the highest-quality taste. Blue Bottle Coffee will have opened three spots in D.C. by 2018 and has confirmed one of the three locations to be along Potomac Street — perfect for Georgetown students in need of a caffeine fix. Insomnia Cookies Although Georgetown students love Wisey’s cookies, they will certainly jump at the chance to have a taste of Insomnia Cookies this summer. With more than 90 locations nationwide, Insomnia Cookies has gained quite a loyal clientele — customers love having the bakery’s warm, gooey cookies delivered right to their door. Insomnia Cookies opened its first location in the District last year, in Adams Morgan, and plans to add two more this season, along H and O streets in Georgetown. Though the eatery specializes in warm baked goods, it will surely attract passersby with the prospect of refreshing ice cream cookie sandwiches. With locations so close to Georgetown, students may just find themselves making late-night orders — after all, the bakery delivers fresh cookies until 3 a.m.The post Hottest DC Summer Eats appeared first on .

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  • Museum Exhibits Across the DistrictMuseum Exhibits Across the District

    “Wish Tree for Washington, D.C.” The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is one of D.C.’s premier art galleries, attracting millions of visitors each year with its eye-catching exhibits. In 2007, during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Hirshhorn installed “Wish Tree for Washington, D.C.,” a sculpture by Yoko Ono aimed at promoting harmony and prosperity by having visitors write and attach “paper wishes” to the sprawling Japanese dogwood tree. Visitors have been able to attach their wishes every summer. This June, the museum will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ono’s “Wish Tree” with a series of performances and pieces inspired by the visionary artist. The original “Wish Tree” will be on show starting June 17, which will also see the the Washington debut of “My Mommy is Beautiful.” “My Mommy is Beautiful” is an interactive art installation by Ono that will allow participants to leave photos and keepsakes to celebrate their own mothers; it promises to be one of the Hirshhorn’s most engaging and poignant pieces of the year. The museum will also invite visitors to observe a reinstallation of “Sky TV for Washington, D.C.” Originally created in 1966, Ono’s “Sky TV” plays a live feed of the world outside the Hirshhorn, encouraging its viewers to be more observant of their surroundings. This “Summer of Yoko Ono” concludes in September with a concert featuring Ono and performers from Washington, D.C., who will celebrate her legacy and lifetime of activism through song. “Summer of Yoko Ono” will be available for viewing at the Hirshhorn from June 17 through September Admission to the Hirshhorn is free. “Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography” Images of urban life have become prevalent across social media platforms in recent years as artists are increasingly able to provide online viewers with colorful snapshots of city life. Contemporary depictions of big cities often focus on the excitement and opportunity of the urban experience, drawing attention away from its many difficulties — particularly, in the inner city. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new gallery, “Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography” explores the concept of city life in the late 20th century through the works of Latinx photographers, who bring raw and honest perspectives to the idealized perceptions of urban living. The exhibit will showcase the works of 10 photographers who artfully capture the challenges of life on the streets in cities like Los Angeles and New York. Images in the exhibit reflect on issues of inequality, marginalization and the neglect of underprivileged communities, illustrating the power of the critical camera lens. Among the featured photographers are Frank Espada, an activist and documentary photographer best known for his poignant portraits of urban residents, and Oscar Castillo, who documented the Los Angeles-based Chicano movement of the 1960s, which aimed to secure civil rights for Mexican Americans.  “Down These Mean Streets” is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum until Aug. 6. “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times” The Smithsonian American Art Museum recently unveiled its newest project, “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times,” a stunning photo exhibit that celebrates the legacy of the former president, who has long been considered a symbol of national character. Although he came into office at a time of high tension and uncertainty, Kennedy was able to shape a strong and confident American public by sharing his progressive and patriotic values. The Smithsonian Museum’s latest exhibit reflects on Kennedy’s lasting legacy by highlighting his most iconic quotes and photographs, which have been thoughtfully curated from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Getty Images and private and family collections. Of over 34,000 images found in these archives, the exhibit has selected 77 photographs to showcase. These photographs document Kennedy’s life from his first Congressional campaign to the aftermath of his assassination in 1963 and illustrate both his active political career and enigmatic personal life. The gallery is divided into rooms marking different periods of Kennedy’s career — “The Making of JFK,” “The Road to the White House” and the “The New Frontier” — each of which provide a new perspective on his presidency. The exhibit is based on the book “JFK: A Vision for America,” edited by Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley, and has been organized by Lawrence Schiller, a photojournalist from Kennedy’s presidential campaign trail.  The “American Visionary: John F Kennedy’s Life and Times” exhibit will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum until Sept. 17. Read more online at thehoya.com. “Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War” The National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History have collaborated to produce “Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War,” an exhibit that re-examines World War I through the lens of art inspired by and created during the war. According to Peter Jakab, chief curator of the museum, the 1910s marked a time of significant cultural change, particularly with respect to attitude toward war. Artists began to move away from romanticized depictions of war toward a more authentic illustration of the tragic realities of battle. Many of the pieces in “Artist Soldiers” have never before been seen by the public. Some are culled from the archives of the official U.S. war artists of the time: a group of professional artists commissioned to produce works that represented the experience of American soldiers in the war. Other works come from soldiers themselves, who provide raw and emotionally charged perspectives on their time in combat through painting, drawing, photography and other mediums of art.  “Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War” is on display at the National Air and Space Museum until Nov. 11, 2018. “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now” On April 7, the National Portrait Gallery opened “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now,” an exhibit committed to exploring and understanding the emotional and psychological effect of modern warfare on American soldiers. The gallery features 56 portraits by six contemporary photographers, in addition to a number of paintings, sculptures, drawings and other media-based artworks, including film and audio presentations. Photographs in the exhibit shed light on the normalization of warfare in American society, particularly since the 9/11 attacks, and aim to humanize the experience of soldiers, both active and veteran. The gallery places a special focus on the theme of identity, looking at the threats to identity that soldiers may face while in battle. Although it explores the darker realities of war, the exhibit also hopes to celebrate soldiers’ commitment to their country and the honor the sacrifices they make in order to serve. “The Face of Battle” continues the National Portrait Gallery’s “Portraiture Now” series, which promotes development in the realm of portrait-taking.  “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now” is on view at the National Portrait Gallery until Jan. 28, 2018. “Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History” Visitors to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this summer will also be delighted to view the paintings of German contemporary artist Markus Lüpertz. Lüpertz is known for creating abstract, high-concept paintings and sculptures that incorporate religious and mythological symbolism and make reference to the history, culture and sociopolitical landscape of his birth country. His extensive body of work traces back to the 1960s, when he moved to Berlin from Paris, where he initially launched his career as an artist and began work on his first series of paintings. As his work progressed, Lüpertz began to emerge as a leading figure in the neo-expressionist movement of the 1970s, which rejected minimalist techniques in favor of more expressive, vivid art forms. “Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History” will showcase the artist’s earlier paintings from the 1960s and 1970s with a focus on his pieces of abstract expressionism and pop art. Among these paintings will be his famous 40-foot work “Westwall [Siegfried Line],” in addition to more than 30 other pieces of art infrequently or never before displayed in the United States. This gallery will be on view at the same time as the Phillips Collection’s upcoming exhibit, “Markus Lüpertz,” which displays select works from the artist’s entire career. This is Lüpertz’s first major showing in the United States, spanning two major museums. Visitors to the Hirshhorn and Phillips Collection can look forward to seeing the artist’s bold and colorful works, which not only broke artistic conventions of the time, but also sparked — and continue to encourage — intellectual discussion about the social and political landscape of Germany following World War II.  “Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History” can be viewed at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden from May 24 to Sept. 10. Admission to the Hirshhorn is free. “Markus Lüpertz” will be on display at the Phillips Collection from May 27 to Sept. 3. For non-members, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and visitors 62 and over.The post Museum Exhibits Across the District appeared first on .

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  • Recent Album ReleasesRecent Album Releases

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  • Concerts and Festivals: Editor’s PicksConcerts and Festivals: Editor’s Picks

    May 23-24, 2016 - Mac DeMarco at the 9:30 Club Over the past 10 years, Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco has cultivated one of the most distinctive sounds of the indie genre, combining soft, echoing guitar arrangements with lazy, lo-fi vocals in what some have described as “slacker rock.” Earlier this month, DeMarco released his third full-length studio album, “This Old Dog,” a strong addition to his repertoire that both showcases the singer’s growing lyrical prowess and highlights his more introspective side. DeMarco will take stage at the 9:30 Club twice this May, alongside supporting act Tonstartssbandht, an American psychedelic rock duo. DeMarco’s show promises to deliver a laid-back listening experience, as the singer plays fan-favorite hits like “Salad Days” and “Cooking Up Something Good,” as well as popular tracks from his latest album, such as “My Old Man.” For those unfamiliar with the indie rock scene, going to one of DeMarco’s concerts this summer — or any show at the 9:30 Club — may just be the perfect foray into the genre and D.C.’s vibrant alternative music scene. Mac DeMarco plays at the 9:30 Club on May 23 and May 24. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $35 through the venue’s official website. June 9-18, 2016 - DC Jazz Festival Although music lovers often associate the origin of jazz solely with the city of New Orleans, jazz music also has many of its roots in the nation’s capital. The District, in fact, is the birthplace of a number of legends of the genre, most prominently the iconic Duke Ellington, who fused a variety of musical styles to create a form of jazz still popular today. The D.C. Jazz Festival, originally named the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, has been held each summer since 2005 to celebrate the historical and cultural significance of jazz and simply to provide fun summertime entertainment. Visitors can attend over 125 performances by more than 300 soloists and 90 bands, up-and-coming and long-established musical acts alike. Over the two weeks, special events will be held at a number of landmark spots in D.C., including the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Howard Theatre and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Other performances will be held at restaurants, clubs and hotels across the city, allowing jazz musicians to incorporate their art with other aspects of culture and day-to-day life in the District. The D.C. Jazz Festival is scheduled from June 9 to 18. Events are scheduled at over 40 different locations and venues; a full itinerary is available at http://dcjazzfest.org/schedule. June 13, 2016 - July 16, 2016 - “The Sound of Music” at the Kennedy Center “The Sound of Music” has enjoyed enormous success since its Broadway debut in 1959 and has been reproduced a number of times since: most notably, in 1965, in the Academy Award-winning film adaptation starring Julie Andrews. The Kennedy Center’s production promises a fresh take on the time-honored story of Maria Rainer and the Von Trapp family, under the direction of three-time Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien. O’Brien’s production, with a run time of 160 minutes — including a brief 20-minute intermission — will delight audiences of all ages as it delivers one of world’s most beloved musical scores. The production may just be one of D.C.’s “favorite things” this year! “The Sound of Music” will run from June 13 to July 16 at the Opera House in the Kennedy Center. Tickets range from $39 to $149, and can be purchased online at the Kennedy Center’s website. June 14-18, 2016 - AFI Docs Every summer, the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel join forces to host AFI Docs, an international documentary film festival held in Silver Spring, Md., and Washington, D.C. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the five-day event is dedicated to giving artists and filmmakers a platform to share their eye-opening stories with diverse audiences and to connect with others who share their beliefs. This year, AFI Docs will represent 28 countries by highlighting 103 films, a number of which will premiere at the festival. Among the most anticipated documentaries this year are “Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which follows former Vice President Al Gore’s fight against climate change, and “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” which celebrates Whitney Houston’s legacy and explores the late singer’s personal struggles. AFI Docs hosts a number of special events in addition to these screenings, including the Impact Lab and AFI Docs Forum, both of which aim to promote the power of film to spark political and social movement. AFI Docs runs from June 14 to 18 at several locations in Silver Spring, Md., and Washington, D.C. Tickets can be purchased at AFI.com/afidocs. Begins on June 29 - Smithsonian Folklife Festival The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has long served as a symbol of cultural exchange and awareness in the District. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer, the two-week celebration is held around the Fourth of July holiday, enhancing its message of national and cultural pride. Hosted by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the festival is open to the public, drawing more than a million participants from across the country and globe, including artisans and tradition bearers from every state and nearly 90 countries, as well as a number of cultural groups, particularly from the Native American community. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy musical and narrative performances, artistic exhibitions and foods from other cultures. This year, special programs will highlight youth and migration, as well as the rich history of circus arts in the United States. Smithsonian Folklife is one of the most engaging and enjoyable ways to learn more about other cultures. The best part? It all happens in the nation’s diverse capital, giving local residents the chance to have a taste of travel all in their own backyard — the National Mall. The festival is free and runs from June 29 to July 4 and July 6 to 9. The schedule of events will be posted in early June on the festival’s official website.  July 21 - Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. at the Verizon Center Kendrick Lamar has more than earned his title as one of the greatest artists in the hip-hop scene today. With seven Grammy Awards under his belt, he has established his legacy as a socially conscious rapper with a prolific and powerful message. Lamar’s fourth studio album, “DAMN.,” released in April, received universal critical acclaim, making fans more excited than ever to see the rapper perform. Lamar’s tour, produced by Live Nation, launches in Phoenix on July 12 and will stop at D.C.’s Verizon Center on July 21. The tour will feature special guest artists Travis Scott, who collaborated with Lamar on Scott’s track “Goosebumps” earlier this year, and D.R.A.M. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Kendrick Lamar’s official website; prices begin at $105.The post Concerts and Festivals: Editor’s Picks appeared first on .

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    The National Aroboretum Located in northeast Washington, D.C., the U.S. National Arboretum is a 446-acre living museum dedicated to enhancing the value of ornamental and landscape plants through research, conservation and exhibition. Featuring 9.5 miles of roadways, the Arboretum’s beautiful gardens can be explored by foot, bike or car. Although the Arboretum is free, for $30 visitors can take an after-hours hike  through the moonlit meadows, gardens and woods. Other special activities include the “Kid’s Climb,” the “Azalea Bonsai Exhibit: Putting on the Glitz” and “The Bonsai Saga: How 53 Japanese Bonsai Came to America.” Open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the National Arboretum is the perfect destination for anyone looking to spend a summer day outdoors. U.S. Botanic Garden Created by Congress in 1820, the United States Botanic Garden is a perfect destination for history and plant lovers alike. As one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America, this living museum aims to demonstrate and promote the importance of celebrating and preserving the natural world, especially to the American youth population. Popular activities include taking a free guided tour of the grounds, photographing the beautiful landscape and spending the day sketching outdoors. The “You Can Grow It!” exhibit, on view until Oct. 17, allows visitors to learn more about gardening. Open 365 days a year, the Botanic Garden offers a peaceful respite from the busy city life at any time. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens The gorgeous Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens houses a comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art and French decorative antiquities. Guests can also view the original owner Marjorie Merriweather Post’s elaborate wardrobe and jewelry collection, as well as take an audio or guided tour of the mansion or gardens. Located just 5 miles from downtown Washington, the oasis of Hillwood can be reached by car or bike, with parking available on-site. Those who prefer to use the metro will have to take the red line and exit at the Van Ness-UDC station located 1 mile from the Estate. Admission is just $10 for college students, making the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens an excellent and affordable place to escape for the day. Shenandoah Valley If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of D.C. for more than just a couple of hours, consider taking a weekend trip to Virginia’s breathtaking and historic Shenandoah National Park. The park contains over 500 miles of hiking trails through the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the most scenic stretch of the Appalachian Trail, making it a perfect destination for seasoned mountain-climbers and new adventurers alike. Those who prefer a more mellow experience can enjoy a calming drive along Skyline Drive, the National Scenic Byway that rides along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Other popular valley activities include wine tasting, stargazing, horseback riding and outdoor concerts. After a long day of exploring the beauty of the park, guests can relax by booking a room at the Skyland, Blue Meadows Lodge, Lewis Mountains Cabins or by camping in the park itself. No matter your interests, a trip to Shenandoah National Park is sure to satisfy and provide a breath of fresh air.The post A Breath of Fresh Air: Nature Near DC appeared first on .

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