by Tim Regan October 21, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Don’t tell Biff, but there’s a DeLorean parked in Dupont Circle right now.

The iconic car is parked in front of Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW) to celebrate the day that Marty McFly landed in the future in “Back to the Future Part II,” which just so happens to be today, Oct. 21, 2015.

Locals can head to the comic shop any time today to take photos of the car, snatch a “save the clock tower” flyer and even buy the DeLorean itself for the low price of $24,500.

Aaron DeNu, the man behind Dupont Festival and the MidCity Business District, was the one who helped the comic shop procure a DeLorean for the day’s festivities.

“It’s so exciting,” said Esther Kim, manager at Fantom Comics. “The DeLorean is the most iconic thing to come out of the movie, except for maybe Marty McFly’s vest.”

Fantom Comics will give away comics and play music outside the shop today in preparation for its Back to the Future costume party tonight at 6 p.m.

by Tim Regan October 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm 0

(Updated at 4:10 p.m. Thursday) Minions ran amok with Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen at the Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 7th St. NW) in Shaw last night.

The center screened the film “Despicable Me” outdoors starting at 6:30 p.m. in partnership with the Friends of Kennedy Recreation Center and Allen’s office. Residents brought chairs and blankets to sit on while they watch the film.

Popcorn was provided for free and the Dolci Gelati truck was on site to sell gelato. A portion of those sales went toward funding new programs for children and seniors at the recreation center.

Photo via Google Street View

by Sean Meehan October 2, 2015 at 3:50 pm 3 Comments

A documentary by professors at American University and George Washington University examines gentrification in the U Street area, Columbia Heights and Petworth.

The documentary, called Dog Parks and Coffee Shops, aims to make locals aware of how income inequality and buying decisions can hurt integration.

“Back in the day, Washington D.C. was America’s first city with a Black majority population, and many neighborhoods were predominantly Black,” says a narrator in the film’s trailer. “Today, many of those same neighborhoods have experienced significant demographic shifts.”

Sonya Grier, a marketing professor at AU and a co-producer of the documentary, said that consumption habits are one of the largest source of headaches in rapidly changing neighborhoods.

As the notion goes, gentrifiers move in to traditionally low-rent neighborhoods, open middle class destinations such as dog parks and coffee shops, and in the process cause tension among longtime residents by way of rising rent and a higher cost of goods.

“If you have people living in separate consumption worlds, that doesn’t support harmony, integration and unity within communities,” Grier said. “It supports what we observed, what we call faux diversity.”

Grier, who lives north of Petworth in Brightwood, said the idea for the documentary came from a trip she and co-producer Vanessa Perry, a marketing professor at GWU, took to U Street. The two professors noticed that, despite the racial diversity of the neighborhood, people of different ethnicities weren’t actually mixing.

Instead, groups of similar people tended to go to the same destinations. On the outside, Grier said, neighborhoods like U Street and Columbia Heights might look diverse. But walk inside businesses and restaurants and the crowds tend to be more homogenous. And that, she said, can lead to problems.

“One of the issues we identify in the film is that there’s not a lot of interracial discussions in these areas and that can lead to mistrust,” Grier said. “In the Shaw neighborhood, they have a campaign to get people to say hi to their neighbors. The fact that they need that campaign actually says a lot.”

The documentary will be part of the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza at the Angelika Pop-up Theater at Union Market next weekend. The filmmakers will also hold a free screening and discussion of the film at the Northeast Neighborhood Library at 330 7th St. NE at 2 p.m. Oct. 11.

Grier said she and the other filmmakers behind the documentary hope to use it as a tool to spur discussions between old and new residents and across racial lines.

“Something is going on where people aren’t interacting,” she said, “and we hope the film can act as a stimulus to get people talking about these issues.”

by Tim Regan September 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

U-Street-Movie-SeriesThe U Street Movie Series will conclude this year’s summer film schedule with screenings of two musicals.

Attendees can sing along loudly with “Frozen” this Saturday at 7:15 p.m., or hum quietly to “The Wiz” next Wednesday at dusk.

The film series, which takes place at the Harrison Recreation Center (1330 V Street NW), is free and residents can bring along food and drinks.

Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Photo courtesy of U Street Movie Series

by Tim Regan August 19, 2015 at 10:25 am 0

U-Street-Movie-Series

Residents can watch a beloved Bollywood film for free on U Street tonight.

The U Street Movie Series will screen “Monsoon Wedding” at the Harrison Recreation Center (1330 V Street NW) tonight at 7 p.m. The film starts promptly at dusk.

The film series is free and residents can bring along food and drinks. The next film in the series, The Wiz, will take place on Sept. 16.

Photo courtesy of U Street Movie Series

by Tim Regan June 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm 0

Hook in Farragut Square, photo via Golden Cinema“Hook,” starring the late Robin Williams, will play on the big screen in Farragut Square on Friday as part of Golden Triangle BID‘s Golden Cinema series.

Though the film begins at sunset, attendees can start setting up lawn chairs and blankets at 7:30 p.m.

This is the sixth film in the Golden Cinema series. The next film, “Nine to Five,” plays on July 10.

Photo via Golden Cinema BID

by Tim Regan June 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm 0

Adams Morgan Movie Nights poster

Tonight’s Adams Morgan Movie Nights showing of “The Bicycle Thief” has been cancelled due to wet conditions on Marie Reed School’s field at 18th and California streets, NW.

The film, along with a planned bike ride to the showing, has been rescheduled for June 23.

The next two Adams Morgan Movie Night showings are “Rich Hill” and “Whiplash,” which will occur on June 9 and June 16, respectively.

Photo via Adams Morgan Movie Nights

by Borderstan.com September 16, 2008 at 9:54 pm 0

From Logan Circle News:

Musicians Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Ray Barreto share fond memories of the scene while paying tribute to Machito. Warm and “simpatico,” Machito laughs, reminisces, and plays some of the hottest Latin Jazz on film anywhere.

In a career that spanned half a century, Cuban bandleader Frank “Machito” Grillo embodied Latin Jazz and influenced several generations of musicians, contributing to a cultural explosion on the international music scene. Machito weaves together vintage film clips and recordings, Hollywood production numbers, and one-of-a-kind street performances from 1920s Cuba to contemporary New York. Sensational shows at such hot spots as the Cotton Club highlight the golden era of Latin Jazz in the 40s and 50s.

“Hugely informative, with astonishing archival footage.”–John Pareles, “New York Times”

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