Meet DC’s tiniest resident, the Little Heart Man.
He’s the brainchild of Lorie Shaull, a government consultant by day and pipe cleaner sculptor by night. Inspired by street artists, Shaull began placing the men around the District this past summer.
You’re most likely to catch him hanging out around Dupont Circle or Capitol Hill, says Shaull, who puts her creations in places she thinks they will be easy to spot.
Her goal? Simply to make DC residents smile.
“I happened to notice someone walk by one of them once and just saw them react positively to it,” she said. “And I thought that was really sweet.”
You can see more photos of the Little Heart Man in action on Facebook.
Well, that happened. The federal government closed yesterday in anticipation of the Snowquester/Saturn storm—which turned out to be, as our own Sophie Gilbert astutely named it, a major “snoverreaction.”
Still, some of you managed to snap pictures of the snow before it completely disappeared. Check them out in the slideshow—and tell us in the comments how you spent what might have been the last “snow day” of the season.
Happy snow day! We hope everyone in the region stays safe and warm during Snowquester/Saturn’s arrival to the area. Got the day off? Having an especially interesting commute? We want to see your snow photos! Send them to us at email@example.com or upload them to Flickr and tag The Washingtonian. We'll post our favorites to the website!
Last week Ann Taylor hosted an exclusive preview of its new store in Union Station. Guests enjoyed cocktails, Champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and music while shopping the fabulous winter collection. The evening also included special remarks from Ann Taylor PR manager Arlena Pordoy and Washingtonian fashion editor Kate Bennett, as well as a violin solo by Evelyn Song of Washington Performing Arts Society, Ann Taylor’s partner for the evening.
We hope everyone in the region stays safe during Hurricane Sandy’s arrival to the area. While we encourage you to remain safe (maybe sing a few of Sandy’s favorites from Grease to pass the time and stay positive), we hope you’ll send us your best photos at firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them to Flickr and tag The Washingtonian.
If you’re even a little familiar with our website, you know there’s nothing we love more than photos of cute animals. Except, that is, for photos of cute animals in costume. We asked you to send your cutest (or funniest) photos to email@example.com, and our editors chose their favorites to feature on the website. Your pet’s dignity is a small price to pay, right?
Let us know what your favorite is in the comments!
Last night, The Washingtonian celebrated the July Best of Washington issue with a party at the National Building Museum. The event featured food from more than 60 of the 100 Very Best Restaurants, cocktails, and an old-fashioned candy bar. We asked guests to tweet their thoughts, photos, and favorite parts of the event with the hashtag #bestof. Here are a few of our favorites.
By Washingtonian Staff
On Saturday, Washington officially broke its record for
longest heatwave, with nine straight days of temperatures above 95.
Yesterday we asked you to send us photos of how you spent the blistering weekend. Did you brave the 105-degree heat to visit the
Folklife Festival? Did you stand in your air-conditioned
apartment and look out the window, pointing and laughing at the
masses below? Or did you indulge in that time-honored tradition
of attempting to fry an egg on the sidewalk? Below, a few of our favorite reader-submitted snapshots.
I don’t want to put a date on it, but when I was a teenager (a while back), the rage was to wear paper dresses. They were very Warholian, A-line with a white background and black designs we colored with magic markers. They cost about $14 and lasted maybe a month.
Cut to now, and the elegant dinner party Thursday night at Hillwood Museum, where guests ogled an entirely more advanced version of the paper dress: the exquisite and elaborate designs of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. These are paper dresses no one would dare try to wear, despite the yearning, and they are meant to last.
The exhibition, “Prêt-à-Papier” is all about eye-popping prettiness, and the al fresco dinner by candlelight to open the exhibition was exceedingly pretty, too: pretty weather, pretty tables under a white tent on the lawn at Hillwood, pretty flowers, pretty women in pretty summer dresses. The de Borchgrave creations, more than 25 in all, are arrayed in the public rooms of the mansion, which guests toured before the themed dinner of Belgian endive salad, filet mignon and salmon with Belgian frites, and pink peppermint ice cream with Belgian chocolate ganache.
Drew Barrymore with her new fiancé, Will Kopelman, at the premiere of Big Miracle. Photograph by Jeff Martin.
The so-called “whale movie” came to town last night with a splashy screening and a Potomac waterfront after-party for some 1,400 people. Big Miracle is the film’s official name, and it has an interesting, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting local angle. First, you need to know the name Bonnie Mersinger Carroll.
It was 1988, and Carroll—then Bonnie Mersinger—was working at the White House as the executive assistant for Cabinet affairs. President Reagan stopped by her West Wing office to inquire about an incident that was unfolding in Alaska, where three whales (two adults and a baby) had become trapped in the Arctic Circle by rapidly forming ice. The drama was receiving national media attention. “He saw that the National Guard was involved,” says Carroll, “and he wondered what the White House could do to help. And that’s how I met Tom Carroll.”