Archive for February, 2010

DC Restaurants: UNLEASHED

Posted in DC: Dining & Cocktails on February 25, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

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.

Back to B

Posted in DC: Dining & Cocktails on February 22, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

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.

Where All of Washington Meets

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , on February 19, 2010 by substanceandstyledc
One of the most beautiful aspects of Washington, DC is the diversity of the people that work, live and play here. Washington attracts people from all over the world and each new resident – no matter how long their stay - brings something uniquely rich to the District. For the next three weeks those differences and similarities will be celebrated at Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.
 
Theater, music & dance performances, late night parties, workshops, exhibits and delight await audiences who care to meet at the Intersections of race, age and culture.

Bearden in Baltimore

Posted in Culture with tags , on February 16, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

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.

From Lincoln to Obama

Posted in Politics with tags on February 15, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

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.

White Privilege

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 10, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

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.

Get Close Up with DC

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on February 9, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

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.

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