The 15th production of Washington D.C. Fashion Week is almost here! Deemed “The Power of Style,” our nation’s capital is bringing you a week of international fashion kicking off September 19th through September 25th. We find it thrilling to recognize a city so dedicated to domestic and international political relations as a hotspot for innovative fashion design; as it should be, considering the amount of inter-continental travel taking place via D.C. embassies! Here we provide your one-stop shop for scheduling, participating designers you cannot miss, and if you are new to the concept, some general information regarding the event.
Do you know what the world's deadliest war has been since World War II?
Do you also know that it is happening right now?
While newspapers do a tremendous job covering the devastating happenings in the Middle East, they seem to skim over what has been one of, if not the worst conflict of the late 20th and 21st century: The Congo Civil War.
Over the last decade, an estimated 5-6 million people have died, with 15,000 people dying daily, either from direct combat, starvation, or disease. Rape has been used as a deadly weapon against women, not only scarring them physically and emotionally, but causing them to become ostracized within their communities. Additionally, thousands of children are targeted and forced to become soldiers to fight in a war they don't even understand.
What are you doing on Saturday, August 6th?
How does a night of complimentary hors d'oeuves, an OPEN bar, and live music sound?
Then come out to STROGA in Adams Morgan, where the 2nd annual Mid-Summer Night for Dreams is happening! The event will be raising funds for Dreams for Kids DC, an organization that empowers youth living in poverty and those with disabilities by uniting them with their peers, recognizing their abilities, and allowing their voices to be heard.
The event is also a platform to welcome the organization's new Executive Director, Glenda Fu, while wishing outgoing Director Andrew Horn the best as he moves to Chicago to take over national operations for Dreams for Kids.
It's finally the middle of the week, which means it's time again to stope lamenting last weekend's end and to start planning out next weekend's agenda. If you're looking for ideas, look no further than the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival. To go along with this week's feature film, City Slickers, you can russle up some friends, round up a big blanket, and prepare yourself a picnic fit for John Wayne.
Here are a couple of Joonbug's suggestions for a cowboy picnic:
1. Frank and Beans. There's nothing easier than heating up a can of red beans, with a bit of tabasco sauce and chiles, served with slices of hot dogs (or for the vegetarians, veggie dogs).
The basics of being environmentally-conscientious are easy: reduce, reuse, recycle. But if you're looking to do more than the basics, how about listening to chart-topping bands and enjoying delicious farm fresh food?
Head to the Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, Maryland on May 1st, 2011. Hosted by Sweetgreen, DC's go-to organic salad and frozen yogurt restaurant's and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, the festival will feature great musical acts, such as The Strokes, Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Ra-Ra Riot, and Cold War Kids and will include delicious food from local organic farmers.The festival's aim is to celebrate music, healthy food, and thoughtful living.
Mc-ing. Breaking. Dj-ing; The three elements of hip hop. Besides breaking, DJ-ing has become a lost art. We label someone a DJ because they are able to press play on a Macbook and speak into a mic. It takes a little bit more than that. You have to be knowledgeable; you have to know what song will ignite the crowd.
DJ Scratch understands this. He has been a DJ for over 25 years. He started his career as the resident DJ for hip-hop group EPMD. You name the artist, he’s spinned for them. On Saturday, April 9th, 2011, hip-hop heads, hipsters, and partygoers all gathered to celebrate another victory for DJ Scratch. He was crowned as the 2010 Master of the Mix, the first reality show for DJ’s.
March has a bad rap as being sort of a weird, transitional month. In like a lion, out like a lamb, daylight savings and all that jazz. This Friday and Saturday, March 25 & 26, the folks at Flying Dog Brewing Company, J Street Beer Review and DC Beer are here to help you ease through this difficult transitional period, by uniting the childish debauchery of St. Patty’s Day with the child-like innocence of an Easter egg hunt.
The 1st Annual District Beer Hunt kicks off at R.F.D. in Chinatown at 7 p.m. on Friday the 25th. Teams of up to four people can register at the bar until 11, or e-mail email@example.com to pre-register and avoid longer wait times. Registration is $20 per team.
As the military look has begun to wind down during the Spring 2011 season, we are beginning to see more nautical appearances in both clothing and accessories. Is it a coincidence or is one the inspration for the other?
Where we saw heavier clothing with a lot of buttons and military-style cuts for winter, it is no surprise to see the lighter, less dense Nautical/Navy appeal for the spring. We are seeing stripes in all shapes and sizes in the fashions for this spring. This is reminding us of the sea and giving a Navy feel.
When you walk into Pitango, you will be greeted by a sleek interior with blown glass light fixtures, and a glass counter that encases 20 metal containers, all brimming with some truly tasty gelatos and sorbets. Despite the modernity of the decor, the posters that adorn the wall ensures that Pitango promises authentic gelato, without all the modern -day additives.
Pitango uses organic milk, sugar, fruits, and nuts in their gelatos and sorbets, and no artificial flavoring or color. The base for each gelato and sorbet comes from their farm in Pennsylvania and is then delivered to each of their five locations in the DC Metropolitan area. Each location churns the gelato and sorbet fresh in the store before placing it in separate canisters to be kept at the perfect temperature of 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Before serving to the customer, the Pitango server whips and molds the gelato or sorbet to ensure a creamy and smooth texture.