Archive for October, 2009

A Week Fit for Two Kings

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 30, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

martin-luther-king-jrAfter much delay the National Capital Planning Commission gave its final approval for the memorial Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Mall and the construction permit was signed into yesterday. Like the struggle for equality itself, in recent years several incidents had almost derailed the progress of the project that broke ground in 2006.  The memorial to Dr. King should be completed by 2011. It will be located next to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and within sight of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Learn more and make a donation here.

This summer the world lost its biggest entertainment icon with the passing of Michael Jackson in while he was preparing for what was to be his comeback tour. The King of Pop had not toured in over a decade and fans were thirsting for simply a drop of his amazing talent that would drench the stage with his master craftsmanship and artistry.

 Octmichael-jackson-concert-2ober 28 previously unreleased footage of his final rehearsals for what would have been the This Is It tour hit theater screens throughout the country for a special two week limited engagement smashing ticket records. Check here to find the screening nearest you.


Boo la la!

Posted in DC: Dining & Cocktails with tags , on October 28, 2009 by substanceandstyledc


The Alliance Française and Napoleon Bistro & Lounge present Soirée Halloween in Paris, la suite this Saturday, October 31  from at 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at Napoleon, 1847 Columbia Rd NW.  Washingtonians with substance and style are invited to enjoy this deliciously chic Halloween costume party with a French twist. This event will feature a number of surprises, avant-garde performances and imagery from Louis Feuillade’s controversial 1915 film, Les Vampires. Soirée Halloween in Paris, la suite is a perfect opportunity to sink your fangs into something different this holiday. Cover is $20.  Learn more and reserve here.

With Liberty and Justice to Brawl!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 27, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

3354626189_f5d16a05faThe ladies of the DC Roller Girls are ready to give the hometown crowd some tricks and treats this Saturday at their second bout of the season. DC Roller Girls is the only all women’s flat track derby league in DC. On Halloween, 4:00pm at the DC Armory the Cherry Blossom Bombshells will take on Scare Force One and you can check out a special expo bout between the DC DemonCats and the Dutchland Blitz. If you haven’t been to a roller derby before you are sure to have a hauntingly good time. Get linked up to the action here.

Ladies, Start Your Engines | DC Drag Race!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 26, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

bigdragIndianapolis has the Indy 500. Louisville has the Kentucky Derby. Not to be outdone, Washington, DC has the annual Drag Queen High Heel Race that puts all other sporting events to fashion shame. Men dressed in exquisite gowns, extravagant costumes, big wigs and heels by designers ranging from Manolo Blahnik to Jimmy Choo race down 17th Street NW between P and S Streets, NW kicking up their heels and kicking butt. Just as fun as watching the race is watching the rest of the crowd. Attended by thousands of Washingtonians each year, the High Heel Race is a Halloween week favorite. The event has been around for more than twenty years. The race begins at 9:00pm but for a good spectator spot get to the area as early as possible – 6:30pm is suggested.

Poor Jim or Poor DC?

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 23, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

2k04_gajmjbk6d-Yesterday, many DC area news broadcasts led with more rumors and talk that Jim Zorn would soon be out of a job as head coach of the Washington Redskins. As a lead story that wouldn’t be so shameful if the Department of Labor hadn’t just released their September 09 numbers that indicate that Washington leads the nation with the highest increase in unemployment.

 Washington, DC has an 11.4% unemployment rate.

Indeed, people move to Washington from all over the country hoping to make a positive impact on the policies that govern our nation – young idealist who want to change the world. In a city of such great power and privilege the wealth isn’t equally shared among its residents. Rather than devoting so much time and focus on if Jim Zorn will remain in his highly lucrative and high profile job with a professional sports team perhaps our community should be using that time and energy to concentrate on creating employment opportunities for those who are underserved and even when working usually are yet still underpaid.

The Other “L” Word

Posted in Culture on October 22, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

12364foilThere once was a time when it was taboo and rare to bring up the word lesbian in a conversation. It was the unthinkable and unspeakable “L” word. Today the L word that is rarely mentioned seems to be the library. Long before, kindle and the like, the public library was a community mainstay and a bastion for the treasures of the written word and other activities. Times have changed and the DC Public Library is working to change too.

DC Public Library is now sharing books in the form of their expanding downloadable media collection. Patrons can check out and download books in Adobe, Mobipocket eBook and audio formats for use on computers and MP3 players. Check it out! At the next party be geek chic and let the L word cross your lips. Literature is sexy.

Model Call | Body Language

Posted in Culture with tags , , on October 20, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

The über talented and über handsome Renaissance man Tony Powell is at it again. This time the artist is searching for body models and dancers to be photographed for his next gallery show – Body Language – new images captured in darkness, experimenting with the effect of light on bodies in motion and at rest.


If you are a body model or dancer interested in Body Language, visit Tony online here.

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