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    Last week’s Page Three Photo: 1800 Block of 7th Street NW, June 17, 2014.

    Last week’s Page Three Photo: 1800 Block of 7th Street NW, June 17, 2014.

     
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    AFI DOCS, the acclaimed documentary festival formerly known as Silverdocs, is back. Our guide can tell you which films to see and which you can safely skip.

    AFI DOCS, the acclaimed documentary festival formerly known as Silverdocs, is back. Our guide can tell you which films to see and which you can safely skip.

     
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    Our guide to where to watch the World Cup in and around D.C.

    Our guide to where to watch the World Cup in and around D.C.

     
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    This week’s cover storyFrom sunrise to sunset and back to sunrise again, where to eat in the D.C. area at any time of day.

     
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    For our second annual tribute to the gay community in D.C., we created The Encyclopedia of Gay D.C. (Abridged).
Readers can contribute too. Use the form here.

    For our second annual tribute to the gay community in D.C., we created The Encyclopedia of Gay D.C. (Abridged).

    Readers can contribute too. Use the form here.

     
  6. 15:22 3rd Jun 2014

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    Photograph by Avi Gupta, part of “There Is Here,” a series on Bengali homes in the D.C. area and in Kolkata, India.
Image courtesy of the artist and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

    Photograph by Avi Gupta, part of “There Is Here,” a series on Bengali homes in the D.C. area and in Kolkata, India.

    Image courtesy of the artist and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

     
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    Photos: Richard Pinhas Plays Familiar Soundscapes at Pyramid Atlantic
     
  8. 15:41 16th May 2014

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    This cupholder could be yours for about $2.

     
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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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  10. 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