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Looking for a furry friend? One of these cuties—all available at Washington-area rescues—might be your match.

Ralphie (above) is a three-year-old Chihuahua and Feist mix. He is a happy and energetic dog. Ralphie loves playing with toys and fetching balls. He is an amazingly fast runner and also has an incredible vertical jump. He loves to play with other dogs or chase birds and squirrels in the backyard. Ralphie is at his best when he has had plenty of exercise. He has done very well with crate and house training. Ralphie is a very sensitive, affectionate, and smart boy, but is often fearful of new situations and people, keeping his distance and sometimes barking. He would not be a good fit for a home with small children. To find out more about Ralphie, please visit the Rural Dog Rescue website.

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Posted at 03:19 PM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Think art can't be fun? "Watch This!" might change your mind. By Emily Codik
Artists Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv created an interactive digital installation called "Text Rain," where participants can "catch" text from the poem “Talk, You” by Evan Zimroth. All photos courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum.

An exhibit opening on April 24 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, called "Watch This! Revelations in Media Art," is the kind of thing that can convert art haters into fans. Visit this show, and you can play a Halo-inspired video game on a vintage Atari VCS console from 1977. You can discover something called "Cloud Music"--an original score composed on-the-spot by a video analyzer and audio synthesizer, entirely based on the movement of clouds. There's interactive art, a TV clock, and a trippy installation where you stand in front of a graffiti painting and watch it become three-dimensional on a screen.

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Posted at 01:40 PM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Shop designer gowns at serious discounts at Carine’s Bridal Atelier. By Caroline Cunningham
Gowns from Monique Lhuillier and other top designers will sell for 30 to 75 percent off.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier is hosting a sample sale, and with their line-up of high-end designers, this is not one brides-to-be will want to pass on. From Monique Lhuillier to Marchesa, the boutique is filled with dreamy designer dresses. Quality comes at a price when you’re talking wedding gowns, but April 28 through 29, that price will be a lot lower.

With discounts between 30 and 75 percent on off the rack gowns, brides can score an amazing deal on a designer gown. All 14 of the lines carried by Carine’s Bridal Atelier will be up for grabs, so whether an iconic Carolina Herrera gown or a fashion-forward frock from Berta fits a bride’s aesthetic, there’s sale dresses for all. The salon only hosts two sample sales a year, so newly engaged brides-to-be will want to book their appointments ASAP.

Call the salon to reserve a spot, then grab your strapless bra, heels, and girlfriends to make the shopping trip a success.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier, 1726 Wisconsin Ave, NW; 202-965-4696, April 28-29.

Posted at 01:10 PM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Nab some great deals from Georgetown’s Book Hill shops. By Caroline Cunningham
All photographs Sam Kittner/courtesy Georgetown BID

Leave the office a little early today and hit up the Georgetown French Market, running Friday and Saturday this weekend. The 12th annual open-air fest, hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, is bringing together over 40 local boutiques, many of which are offering some big discounts on their goods.

If the concept of wandering Georgetown’s historic streets with the scents of crepes wafting through the air isn’t enough to entice you, here are a few addition incentives to check out the market this weekend.

1. Free parking. Until that Georgetown WMATA tunnel is a reality, driving to Georgetown is one of the easiest ways to get there--until you have to park. But on Saturday, drivers can park for free at the Hardy Middle School on Wisconsin Avenue.

2. French food. Do some carb-loading at Patisserie Poupon, where they will be an abundance of croissants, macarons, and tarts, with Illy coffee to wash it all down, or stick with the ever-delicious crepe at Cafe Bonaparte’s crepe stand. For the road, grab a $4 package of Sorelle Nurzia biscotti from Via Umbria.

3. Live jazz music. Enjoy some outdoor entertainment from Lassaiz Foure, a Washington-based 30s and 40s-style jazz quartet or the Swing Guitars DC, a gypsy jazz guitar duo, among other bands that’ll create the French market atmosphere, along with mimes, caricature artists, and face painters.

4. Discounted artwork. From a $400 Italian ceramic vase that’ll sell for $35 from Via Umbria to 30 percent off artwork on paper from Maurine Littleton Gallery, the market will transport you to the banks of the Seine, where there’s inexpensive artwork for sale every block.

5. Crazy clothing sales. A $365 Kiki Lynn gingham shirtdress will be sold for $182.50, and the whole Kiki Lynn collection is 50 percent off. Urban Chic is offering up to 80 percent off their sale items, and Redz Trading’s consigned goods are discounted by 20 percent.

6. Home goods galore. Check out David Bell Antiques, Marston Luce, Matt Camron Rugs, and Corner & Co. for discounted antiques and furniture for your home. Additionally, local stationers Winifred Paper and The Dandelion Patch have their high-end paper goods for sale.

7. Awesome accessories. From SwitchWood’s unique wooden bow ties to stylish jewelry and scarves from Urban Chic, Britt Ryan, and The Pheonix, there’s plenty of spring-wardrobe add-ons that smart shoppers can pick up for cheap.

The market runs April 24 through 25 from 10 AM to 5 PM both days from P Street to Reservoir Road on Wisconsin Avenue.

Posted at 12:40 PM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A rowhouse in LeDroit Park, a sleek studio in Logan Circle, and a clean, contemporary place in Petworth. By Michelle Thomas

Petworth

Where: 407 Delafield Pl. NW

How much: $599,900

When: Sunday, 1 to 4 PM

Why: Contemporary, clean design fuses with original 1925 details in this three-bed, four-bath rowhouse. Highlights include the lime-lined pendant lights in the open kitchen, glossy white tiling in the master bath, and outdoor space that includes a brick patio and roof deck.

Logan Circle

Where: 1401 Q St. NW #T1

How much: $399,900

When: Sunday, 1 to 4 PM

Why: A private entrance and 200-square-foot terrace are big selling points for this lower-level 550-square-foot studio, but it also offers a coveted location and nice design, with 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows with custom roller shades, hardwood floors, high-end appliances and fixtures, and a sleek kitchen outfitted with black granite counters and mint Porcelanosa backsplash.

LeDroit Park

Where: 122 Bryant St. NW

How much: $724,999

When: Sunday, 1 to 4 PM

Why: This newly renovated brick rowhouse offers lots of desirable features, such as wide-plank oak and polished concrete floors, exposed brick, sleek baths, and a contemporary kitchen with two-tone cabinets, subway tile backsplash, and luxe fixtures. Plus there are two rear balconies, a private patio, and secure parking.

Posted at 12:32 PM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
See original works in a quaint setting, plus enjoy gourmet fare. By Sherri Dalphonse
The Art at the Mill show, which runs through May 10, offers a chance to admire—and buy—original works by local artists. Photo courtesy of Art at the Mill.

Close your eyes and picture a quintessential country village, and odds are that it looks a lot like Millwood, Virginia, a sleepy enclave (population: 106) where an 18th-century grist mill still operates alongside a picturesque creek. As if that wasn't enough reason to take a drive out for a picnic, add this one: Art at the Mill, a biannual show that starts this Saturday, April 25, and runs through Sunday, May 10. The show will fill the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill with hundreds of original works by regional artists. All of the pieces are for sale, for a good cause—proceeds help fund the mill, museum, and archives.

Now in its 25th year, Art at the Mill will feature more than 300 artists, almost all from Virginia and Maryland, displaying nearly 1,000 pieces. While oil paintings will be plentiful, visitors will also find sculpture, woodworking, pottery, and mixed media. The show is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 to 6, and Sunday 11 to 5. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors; kids 12 and under are free.

Locke Store, a terrific country market where you can pick up a gourmet sandwich or Thai chicken curry, and a fresh-baked cookie or other treat. You can savor your lunch at one of the picnic tables that dot the green outside of the mill.

Still in a mood to browse? Antique-lovers might want to pop into Red Schoolhouse Antiques, a Millwood store that's a little over a mile north of the mill.

Or extend your day in the country with a detour to the State Arboretum of Virginia, three miles away at Blandy Experimental Farm. With more than 5,000 trees and shrubs from around the world, various gardens, and four walking trails, it's a pretty place to work off your lunch.

Posted at 11:30 AM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A wave of spring openings brings highly-anticipated debuts, casual neighborhood spots, and plenty of variety. By Anna Spiegel
Urban Heights adobo chicken sliders on the roof deck, one of the many new dishes on the scene. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Spring brought a wave of restaurant openings, and there’s a strong variety among the new spots. Celebrity chef José Andrés went fast-casual, Robert Wiedmaier opened two firsts—a live music venue and rooftop Asian eatery—and the long-awaited Maketto brought a mixed retail/restaurant/bar concept to H Street. Have fun exploring—we certainly have so far.

All Set

8630 Fenton St., Silver Spring

Lobster rolls and Sunday fried chicken suppers are all set at this nautically-chic New England eatery, named after the popular phrase. A 24-seat patio is the place for fried clams and dark n’ stormy cocktails in warm weather.

Beefsteak

800 22nd St., NW

It’s all about the veggies at José Andrés’s first fast-casual venture, which goes beyond the salad bar with cooked-to-order seasonal vegetable bowls mixed with a variety of grains, sauces, and yes, a few meats (chicken, house-cured salmon). A Dupont Circle location is slated to open this summer.

All Set brings a nautically-chic look and New England seafood boils to Silver Spring. Photograph courtesy of All Set.


Bonchon Navy Yard

1015 Half St., SE

The Korean fried chicken chain with a cult-like following opened its first branch in the District. Look for a large bar area with Asian and American craft drafts, new dishes like bulgogi sliders, and a separate takeout counter for grabbing spicy and soy-garlic wings on the go.

Clarity

442 Maple Ave E., Vienna

One of the most anticipated openings for Virginia comes from industry vets Jonathan Krinn and Jason Maddens, who met working at the high-end incarnation of 2941. The duo goes casual and cozy for their own restaurant, serving dishes like salmon crudo, fresh tagliatelle with veal meatballs, and roast chicken.

Afghan chef Shamim Popal serves classics like meat-filled dumplings at Lapis.


Lapis

1847 Columbia Rd., NW

The Popal family (Café Bonaparte, Malmaison) channeled their roots when transforming Napoleon Bistro into a Afghan restaurant. Mother Shamim Popal helms the kitchen, turning out flatbreads and steamed dumplings, rice dishes and kebabs. Drinkers can try creative cocktails like the Afghan 75, Champagne spiced with cardamom syrup, or house pomegranate-rose soda.

Maketto

1351 H St., NE

Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground is behind this ambitious market/restaurant, which mixes a coffee shop and bakery, men’s street wear from Durkl, and a Southeast Asian bar/restaurant. Drop by during the day for Cambodian sandwiches and pork buns, or in the evenings for a larger menu of small plates and shareable platters such as Taiwanese fried chicken. A courtyard patio and deck are guaranteed hotspots for summer.

Maketto combines a men's retail shop with Southeast Asian fare from Toki Underground chef Erik Bruner-Yang. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Maki Shop

1522 14th St., NW

Former Kushi chef/owner Darren Lee Norris is behind this modern Japanese joint, which specializes in ready-to-eat hand rolls. Customers pick creative combinations from a display case, such as Hawaiian poke tuna with black rice, roasted wild mushrooms, or sous-vide short rib with kimchi. Round out a meal with miso soup and side salads.

Maxime

2915 M St., NW

This Georgetown spot in the former Guards space serves a simple bistro menu, with classics like escargots, steamed mussels, and creme brûlée. At the center: La Formule, a $19.95 prix-fixe menu that includes fresh bread, salad, a half-pound steak with house sauce, and frites (fish and vegetarian alternatives are available). Feeling fancy? Foie gras can be added for $6.

Chef Peter Chang dishes up Szechuan specialties like fried pork belly with chilies. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Peter Chang Rockville

20-A Maryland Ave., Rockville

Lauded Szechuan chef Peter Chang is busy in Washington, having opened his first local eatery in Arlington, followed closely by the Maryland branch. The menus are nearly identical—balloon-like chive pancakes, cumin lamb chops, fried pork belly—with location-specific dishes among the daily specials.

Songbyrd Record Café

2477 18th St., NW

Coffee lovers, music enthusiasts, and sandwich seekers mingle in this funky Adams Morgan spot, which combines a vinyl record shop and cafe. Grab an organic brew and braised pork shoulder with melty gruyere on sourdough, and browse through 300-plus albums. A 1947 Voice-o-Graph is available for recording your own tunes or jokes.

Songbyrd Record Café pours organic coffees and serves creative sandwiches alongside an extensive collection of vinyl records. Photograph courtesy of Songbyrd.


Urban Heights

940 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda

Bethesda’s biggest outdoor dining and drinking spot has arrived courtesy of chef Robert Wiedmaier, who transformed the former Roof Bethesda space into an airy Asian restaurant. Guests can pick between a dining room patio and roof deck for island-inspired cocktails, and dishes like Filipino spring rolls or crispy whole fish from former TenPenh chef Cliff Wharton. Make sure to check out the Tuna Bar, which centers around sushi-grade fish for tartars and sashimi.

Villain & Saint

7141 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda

Its been a big two weeks for Robert Wiedmaier, having just opened Urban Heights (above) after the debut of his live music venue, Villain & Saint. Nightly performances and jazz brunch play on the restaurant’s stage, while the kitchen turns out chef-y bar fare such as slow-smoked ribs, deviled eggs with feta, and a lineup of “saintly” vegetarian dishes. Fitting for a space with lava lamps on the wall, the bar pours drinks like Bye-Bye Miss American pie with house-made fireball.

Urban Heights serves island-style drinks on a large patio and roof deck. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Posted at 11:25 AM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Where to find today’s food trucks in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. By John Scarpinato

Happy Friday, food truck followers! Lots of trucks are heading to Navy Yard for the first Truckeroo of the season today, which features 20-plus vendors, live music, and cold beer from 11 to 11.

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Posted at 10:04 AM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Former Northern Virginia resident Dave Grohl sheds some tears over Vance's decision to leave the 11 PM news. By Benjamin Freed
Video still via YouTube.

Jim Vance's departure from WRC's 11 PM news broadcast isn't just a blow for local fans of Washington's favorite newscaster. Even high-profile expats are mourning the fact that the 73-year-old is stepping away from the late local news, as evidenced by the latest promo for Foo Fighters' July 4 concert at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.

The ad, which the band posted on YouTube Thursday evening, features a yokel in a Baltimore Orioles cap watching television on his couch and talking to a "hon" at the Road Ducks reunion. The screen in the video shows a classic Vance moment from 2008, in which he closed out a 6 PM broadcast with a clip from Paris Fashion Week in which a runway model stumbles twice, prompting Vance and George Michael to burst into on-air hysterics. The clip has enjoyed a long run as a viral video and frequently turns up in the top search results for either Vance or "news anchor can't stop laughing."

The Foo Fighters ad, which is titled "Jim Vance, we're gonna miss you," ends by purportedly cutting into the klutzy model's reaction to the stumble, except in this shot, the model is replaced by former Springfield resident Dave Grohl, who appears in a blonde wig and tear-streaked makeup before the frame freezes with details for the concert.

Grohl's tears might be a bit premature. Vance isn't retiring in full. While his longtime chair at 11 PM will be filled by Jim Handly, Vance plans to stick around on News4's 6 PM broadcast until his contract runs out in 2017.

Posted at 09:45 AM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
What people really are saying when they tell you they're from here. By Britt Peterson
Photo-illustration by Paul Spella; Photograph of Bowser by Stephen Voss.

DC native /ney-tiv/ Reared in Washington, and therefore more entitled to an opinion on local politics and life.

Asked about his qualifications to sit on Metro’s board of directors, health-care-sector executive Corbett Price described himself to the Washington Post as a “native Washingtonian”—a “driver’s license[-holding], voting and tax-paying member of the community” where he was born. Until February, however, Price was registered to vote in New York, where he has worked. He owns property, according to the Post, in places from Massachusetts to Florida.

Nativity is always a tricky question, nowhere more fraught than in this city of transients. Washington is composed of overlapping layers—the huge, permanent federal bureaucracy, the political class, and the Virginians and Marylanders pulled in and out by cycles of urbanization. Are you native if you spend most of your waking hours inside the Beltway but hang your hat in Arlington? Can you become “native” after 30, 40, 50 years? What if you were born here, or your family was, but you didn’t stay?

Calling yourself a native Washingtonian can have other connotations, ranging from pride—as when District mayor Muriel Bowser invokes her fifth-generation DC lineage—to embattled defensiveness. The term showed up in the first decades of home rule, when DC Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis and mayoral candidate Sharon Pratt used it to point up their roots in campaigns against Mississippi-born Marion Barry and other outsiders. But as gentrification has transformed the city over the past decade, avowals of DC nativity have sometimes taken on a racial subtext. Tom Sherwood, Channel 4 reporter and coauthor (with Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe) of Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington D.C., says he hears it when community-forum meetings about development in historically black neighborhoods grow tense: “‘I’m a native Washingtonian, dammit, so listen to me.’” In recent campaigns, the word has come to signal a connection with longtime residents’ sense of loss and anger—the last three mayors have all wielded their native status on the campaign stump.

“For black politicians, it has become a way of solidifying yourself as part of the culture that existed before DC began its most recent change,” says Chuck Thies, who ran former mayor Vincent Gray’s 2014 campaign.

As the District solidifies around its new culture— the city’s flag has become a popular tattoo among young white hipsters (including Sherwood’s son)—“it may be used less as a defensive mechanism,” Sherwood says. As Corbett Price perhaps already understands, “native” may even come to be more inclusive than exclusive.

Posted at 07:00 AM/ET, 04/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()