Over 100 Washington restaurants are gearing up to unleash a number of discounts, deals and pre-fixe menus during the first week of March. After taking a series of losses during February due to the two snow storms that kept diners at home for several days the restaurant community has pulled together for the one week promotion to attract needed customers. Unleashed, will be March 1 through March 7.
Archive for February, 2010
In Washington restaurants come and go but for more than a decade B. Smith’s, named after the model turned entrepreneur who owns it, has been serving a mouth-watering menu of Cajun, Creole and Southern cuisine. Located inside of Union Station, during the week it attracts many DC visitors, Hill staffers for business lunches and dinners and in the evening those who like a break from the typical social scene for drinks in their beautiful and spacious bar. Consistently named as a ‘best’ place for weekend brunch, they feature a tasty buffet and limitless mimosas. The combination of great location, delicious food and style will keep B. Smith’s on the list of places to dine for some time to come. If you haven’t visited in a while, head back, if you have never gone, make a reservation soon. Right now B. Smith’s is offering a special pre-fixe lunch and dinner option with proceeds of the check being donated to a children’s orphanage.
A one tank trip to Baltimore is worth taking over the next several weeks. Now through March 28 the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is displaying the From Process to Print: The Graphic Works of Romare Bearden exhibit. This exquisite collection of 75 works illustrate Bearden’s ‘extraordinary facility for weaving into every art form a rich tapestry of literary, biblical, mythological, popular culture and western and non-western themes informed by his African American cultural experiences.’ The museum is also hosting a series of complementing events and programs to further enhance your understanding.
Join Maurice Jackson and Chandra Manning of Georgetown University, Edna Greene Medford of Howard University and Ronald Waters of the University of Maryland for Lincoln, Race and the American Presidency, a discussion on race and presidential politics February 18, 2010 at 7:00pm in the Carmichael Auditorium at the National Museum of American History. This event is free and open to the public.
When most people think of white privilege it is done so in race theory, a way of “conceptualizing racial inequalities that focuses as much on the advantages that whites accrue as on the disadvantages that people of color experience.” Over the past six days Washington, DC has been hit with a snowstorm that shattered decades old snowfall totals immediately followed by a blizzard with additional snow and unusually high winds.
This occurrence has illuminated yet another kind of ‘white privilege.’ This one not based on race so much as by where you stand economically and geographically in all the white stuff we call snow. Dismally explored on local newscast – if at all – was not the number of inches of snow that fell on the ground but how that snow disproportionately impacted the lives of some Washingtonians.
So Washingtonians with substance and style please remember….
You might be stuck in the house but you aren’t one of the more than 12,000 people living on the streets of Washington or in a homeless shelter.
You may have had trouble getting to work but you aren’t one of the estimated 30% of Ward 8 residents who is unemployed. The total unemployment for all of DC is 12.1%.
You might have experienced a power outage but at least you know your light bill has been paid and will be cut on as soon the work crews can restore it. Some people didn’t have all their utilities before the first flake hit the ground.
You may have had to stand in long lines at and not gotten everything you wanted at Giant, Whole Foods or Harris & Teeter but about 88,400 different people receive emergency food assistance in any given week from the Capital Area Food Bank.
Be safe, be kind to your neighbors, be conscious of your own privilege and know that you are blessed.
If you don’t have someone to get close to on Valentine’s Day there is an alternative. This year offers you the opportunity to get a close up and become even more enchanted with the city we all love, Washington, DC. Join film makers and enthusiasts from the District for the annual Our City Film Festival on Sunday February 14 at the Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh Street, NW. Sponsored by Yachad, the aim of the festival is to encourage pride and understanding in the neighborhoods and people of Washington through film. All documentaries were made in or around Washington and focus on a number of aspects of Washington life including, the old Jewish community in SE, go-go music, the home that was a church that became a home again and much more. Interesting takes and outtakes on the District. Tickets are selling fast. View the complete list of films and purchase some sweet cinema for Valentine’s Day.
Latest cover of Vanity Fair has meaning crying foul for their absence of women of color featured in their profile on up and coming faces in Hollywood. For those yearning to see people of African descent on the silver screen, visit the Smithsonian Museum of African Art to Learn about Nigerian movies with the documentary Nollywood Babylon Thursday, February 4 at 7:00pm. The documentary chronicles the explosive growth of the Nigerian film industry which is second only to Bollywood. Nollywood Babylon blends traditional and contemporary movie clips that capture the sights and sounds of Nigerian culture. Following the screening will be a discussion with the directors Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal following the screening.
Join the Historical Society of Washington, DC and the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum for a reception celebrating the arrival and opening of East of the River: Continuity and Change, Sunday February 7 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Historical Society of Washington, 801 K Street, NW. The exhibit offers reflections on the past and dialogue on the present and the evolving future of life east of the Anacostia River. For more information or to RSVP call 202.383.1828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have not already taken a dip into Tarell Alvin McCraney’s beautifully written drama In the Red and Brown Water at the Studio Theater then you are in luck. The run of the show has been extended until February 21. Set in the Louisiana projects, In the Red and Brown Water tells the story of a young woman who begins with such promise and falls into such pain.