1. 10:37 4th Apr 2014

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    JCC Pulls the Shondes From Music Festival Lineup Over Stance on Israel

    By Christina Cauterucci

    For the second time this year, the D.C. Jewish Community Center’s role as an arts programmer is chafing against its Jewish identity.

    For months, the Shondes, the Brooklyn-based “klezmer-punk” band, were set to headline the center’s Washington Jewish Music Festival this June with a show at the Black Cat. But the band got a surprise phone call from DCJCC CEO Carole Zawatsky last week: Because of lead singer Louisa Solomon’s support of Palestine, Zawatsky said, the Shondes were being kicked from the show.

    According to Solomon, Zawatsky cited the DCJCC’s policy of withholding platforms from those advocating a boycott of Israel (Solomon has previously voiced her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement). Solomon clarified that the Shondes intended their performance to be a concert, not a rally, and offered her word that they wouldn’t mention the boycott onstage. That wasn’t enough for Zawatsky, according to Solomon, who said that some of the Shondes’ songs, like “I Watched the Temple Fall,” which brings up “blood all over our hands” and “colonial hate,” could be inflammatory. Solomon told her that the song refers to Abraham Joshua Heschel's writings on Jewish ritual as architecture of time. Zawatsky wouldn’t budge. (WAMU reported the news last night.)

    “We were aware of the JCC’s position on Israel…and we took the invitation as a sign that they understood their community includes people with lots of different views on Israel,” Solomon said in an email. “We were heartened at their gesture toward inclusivity and were really sad that they then reneged on it.”

    Zawatsky, in a statement, said the band simply went too far for her organization: “This band, which embraces boycotting Israel, exceeds the redline limits of the DCJCC’s open policy.”

    The June 2 show at the Black Cat will still go on, but without the DCJCC’s imprimatur.

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  2. Women Can See Guys Pee in Toro Toro’s Restrooms

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    We’re experiencing some website difficulties, so here’s a story about urinals we want to make sure you can read

    By Jessica Sidman

    Toro Toro already looks like sort of like a chic prison with its floor-to-ceiling metal bars and jumpsuit orange accents. But the newly opened Pan-Latin steakhouse also has something else in common with lock-up: not a lot of privacy when you pee.

    The men’s and women’s restrooms share a trough-like sink divided by a mirror, but in between is a large gap with a direct view of the urinals. That’s right, ladies, you can actually see the guys taking a leak. (Women’s stalls have more privacy with cowskin-covered doors.)

    In an era where soft-core porn is acceptable and ubiquitous restroom decor, maybe this isn’t so scandalous?

    Other restaurants have similar setups that connect both bathrooms, but none are quite as ripe for flashers. The men’s and women’s restrooms of the downtown Jaleo are also divided only by a mirror with a gap below the sinks to the ground. Meanwhile, the Georgetown outpost of El Centro D.F., from the same owners as Toro Toro, has no mirror division, so guys and gals come face-to-face when washing hands.

    Ostensibly the idea is to spark conversation. But “wow, you must have had a lot to drink“ is a terrible pick-up line.

    Toro Toro, 1300 I St. NW; (202) 682-9500; richardsandoval.com/torotorodc

    Photo taken from the women’s restroom by Jessica Sidman

     
  3. 14:56 29th Aug 2013

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    Kemp Mill Records used to be the king of D.C. music retail. Now all that’s left are one store and a lot of memories.
This week’s Washington City Paper cover story. Photo by Darrow Montgomery.

    Kemp Mill Records used to be the king of D.C. music retail. Now all that’s left are one store and a lot of memories.

    This week’s Washington City Paper cover story. Photo by Darrow Montgomery.

     
  4. 14:02 12th Mar 2013

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    Sinkhole Appears Adams Morgan

     
  5. 15:29 22nd Jan 2013

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    930club:

    You know it, you’ve read it, heck, you probably read it every Thursday! It’s not the Bible, but it’s pretty darn close. Our Partner feature this week is the one, the only, Washington City Paper. Boom-chaka-laka, oh how we love thee. They are an encyclopedia of knowledge for my three favorite things: food, arts and entertainment, and free stuff. AW YEAH. 

    If you’ve lived in DC longer than four and a half minutes and don’t read the City Paper, you better start now. Their Promotions Newsletter tells you how you can get free stuff (like 9:30 Club tickets, among other fabulous things), their Art Desk Blog gives the best entertainment advice, and their Best of DC Voting Poll let’s you decide what in DC is rockin’, and what, well.. isn’t. 

    Seriously though, this is the Washington City Paper we’re talking about! If you enjoy being publicly shunned by an entire city, I suggest never reading it. Otherwise, get out there and get to know our dear, dear friend: Washington City Paper!

    -Sara Sopher

    We second the endorsement of public shaming for failure to read WCP.

     
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    Inaugural, 2013 by Darrow Montgomery

    Inaugural, 2013 by Darrow Montgomery

     
  7. 15:38 17th Jan 2013

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    Tuesday, Five Things By Darrow Montgomery

    Tuesday, Five Things By Darrow Montgomery

     
  8. 12:59 10th Jan 2013

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    A Brief History of Flight, January 9. By Darrow Montgomery

    A Brief History of Flight, January 9. By Darrow Montgomery

     
  9. 11:56

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Being a bear can be a pretty complicated thing. Ryan Little explores D.C.’s hairiest gay subculture in this week’s cover story.

    Illustration by Carey Jordan

    Being a bear can be a pretty complicated thing. Ryan Little explores D.C.’s hairiest gay subculture in this week’s cover story.

     
  10. 16:33 3rd Jan 2013

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    18th Street NW, January 2. By Darrow Montgomery

    18th Street NW, January 2. By Darrow Montgomery