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More than 300 pumpkins were donated to the hospital, ensuring pumpkin painting and carving for all of the hospital's young patients who are unable to leave the hospital to trick-or-treat. Photograph by Preston Keres.

Every year, Children’s National Medical Center brings a bit of Halloween spirit to its young patients who aren’t able to leave the hospital to trick-or-treat with the rest of their peers. Hospital staff, visitors, and patients alike participated in this year’s celebration, which included pumpkin painting and carving, dances and skits, a costume contest, and even a parade through some of the hospital’s units. Children’s National also asked for donations of pumpkins this year and received more than 300, ensuring kids had some fun painting activities.

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Posted at 10:40 AM/ET, 11/10/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Ruby's excited for the race to begin! All photographs by Ryan Weisser.

At this year's Oktoberfest at Yards Park, dachshund owners and enthusiasts gathered to watch dachshunds of all shapes, sizes, and fur-lengths race to be top dog in the Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash.

After the race, dachshunds donned their cutest and most elaborate Halloween get-up for the doggie costume contest. Other pups came to the park to show off their costumes and to cheer their dachshund pals on. Here are some of the cutest costumes we found:

Ready to race.
Little princess.
And the Halloween bride.
Bat-dog to the rescue!
This handsome little guy gives Johnny Depp a run for his money.
Lobster corgi and Frankenweenie corgi.
Coolest costume goes to...
This doggie duo couldn't be any cuter.

Posted at 02:14 PM/ET, 09/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Variety DC aims to help handicapped children with this unique strategy. By Angie Hilsman, Elissa Miolene
Photograph by Elissa Miolene

Last night, 85 people gathered at Clyde's Gallery Place location to support a cause new to the DC scene.

For $75, attendees received two drink tickets and appetizers, and they got to see an early screening of Trainwreck, the new Amy Schumer comedy that comes out Thursday. The event was hosted by Variety—the Children's Charity and raised money with raffles for items such as a collection of DVDs, movie posters, and a bar set. The DC chapter of the charity was formed earlier this year and focuses on helping children with mobility challenges.

(Left) Blu-rays donated by Paramount and Allied Integrated Marketing. (Right) Variety volunteers David Binet, Esther Baruh, and Ilana Nutkis sell raffle tickets at the doorway. Photographs by Angie Hilsman.

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Posted at 02:10 PM/ET, 07/15/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A boy helps sell a mixture of goat and beef in Huancayo. Photography by Joshua Eli Cogan

Photographer Joshua Eli Cogan visited Peru last April with two curators from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, aiming to capture a few story ideas to share at the Folklife Festival last week.

"The culture is very colorful and filled with diversity," Cogan says.

The team decided to focus on chicha culture, the often colorful art, music, and dress inspired by Peru's rural, working-class communities that's gaining popularity in the country's urban areas. Using visuals such as street art, mototaxis, and gourd carving, Cogan and the Folklife crew captured the history and growth of the chicha movement.

"The idea is not to tell your version of their story, but to tell their version of their story," says Cogan.

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Posted at 12:03 PM/ET, 07/06/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Here's how the massive community art project came together. By Angie Hilsman
The sun comes up on Tysons Corner as a crew from Severn Graphics starts on the second day of installation of the Tyson Tiles public art project. Photography by Jennifer Heffner

Artist Julia Vogl surveyed 1,000 people in roughly 20 locations around Tysons to create an ambitious community art project. Each respondent's answers were translated into a color-coded tile, and the tiles were then fit together to make this 5,000-square-foot ground mural. Here, from photographer Jennifer Heffner, is the story of how Tysons Tiles, currently on display through August 3, hit the pavement.

Vogl pushes her custom made Tysons Tiles art trolley into the Silver Line Center. Vogl used a custom developed app, and three questions about the individual's role in the community, opinions on culture, and a fun fact about them, at 27 different locations in Tysons to gather information that was used to create the Tyson Tiles.

Vogl (center) and Lisa Mariam with the Arts Council of Fairfax County (right) collect data from participants in front of the McLean Metro Station on the Silver Line in Tyson Corner.

A young participant waits for his colors to be put on his tiles while at the Tysons Farmers Market while visiting the Tyson Tiles art trolley.

A worker from Severn Graphics consults the map of tiles at Greensboro Green Park to figure out where to lay the next set of tiles.

Severn Graphics crew begins installation in front of Tysons West.

Vogl installs tiles in front on Tysons West, which is approximately 700 square feet.

The tiles are printed on aluminum-based vinyl, which is often used as ground graphics for marathon start lines. It is 100 percent recyclable, water-resistant, and slip-proof.

Vogl installs some of the missing tiles at Greensboro Green Park. Participants can find their tile using a map onsite at either location.

Vogl (second from right) answers questions from a curious onlooker while the crew from Severn Graphic (left) installs the Tysons Tile public art project.

Workers from the Meridian Group reinstall the Greenboro Green Park furniture.

An overhead view of Greensboro Green Park, at 8301 Greensboro Drive, after the project was completed on Wednesday, June 24.

Correction: This post originally misspelled Lisa Mariam's name.

Posted at 02:33 PM/ET, 06/25/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Including a vegetable-toting First Lady. By Tanya Pai

On Tuesday night, eager crowds gathered in Dupont Circle to watch one of Washington’s most fun—and glittery—Halloween traditions: the annual High Heel Drag Race. DC mayoral hopeful David Catania served as the grand marshal this year, and opponent Muriel Bowser also made an appearance.

Who finishes first isn’t really the point (it was first-timer Scott Teribury, for the record)—at the drag race, everyone’s a winner, especially the spectators, who get to take in the jaw-dropping costumes without any of the exertion. They're generally a mix of topical ensembles, Halloween classics, and some that mostly seem like an excuse to walk around covered in as many rhinestones as possible. This year we spotted Mean Girls’ Plastics-as-Santas, a turnip-toting Michelle Obama, and Racing President Woodrow Wilson, who somehow managed to balance his giant head on two-inch heels (the minimum required height).

Click through the slideshow for more great photos from the event, and read our interview with the 2012 and 2013 race champ.

Posted at 01:02 PM/ET, 10/29/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Nearly 50 photos from the Nature’s Best Photography competition went on display in DC this weekend. By Sophie Gilbert
Photograph by Lee Slabber.

You may indeed be able to get your animal fix via the Internet most days (cat gifs, anyone?), but when it comes to eye-popping photography, there's nothing quite like the annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, named after the acclaimed American photographer. Around 20,000 images were entered into this year's competition, and you can see 48 of the best shots at the National Museum of Natural History, where they're on display through the end of 2012.

Sandra Windland Smith Rice, who died in 2005 at the age of 35, had a particular interest in protecting natural wildlife, and aimed to make it more accessible to humans through photography. To see more photographs, or to enter your own work in the 2013 contest, visit You can see a video that accompanies the exhibition here. For more information about the exhibition, visit the Natural History Museum's website.

Posted at 03:50 PM/ET, 04/04/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()