by November 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,217 0

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Hello Kitty for President. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

To take the edge off of this week’s big election, Living Social has decked out its main office with Hello Kitty… Yes, you heard me correctly. Just think of the trendy 918 F Street NW location as the Japanese icon’s campaign headquarters.

The pop-up campaign will be open through November 6 from 10 am until 8 pm. Visitors can meet Hello Kitty and participate in giveaways and festive activities (including makeovers from Sephora. All proceeds from the pop-up shop will benefit the American Red Cross; other proceeds will be donated to 826DC, a local nonprofit that runs workshops to one-on-one tutoring sessions with the city’s public schools.

For more information on Hello Kitty’s campaign trip to DC, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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by May 22, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,632 0

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The Capital Pride Heroes & Silent Action is May 30. (Luis Gomez Photos, 2011 gala)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at [email protected]

The 37th Annual Capital Pride Heroes Gala & Silent Auction will take place Wednesday, May 30, at Living Social’s chic downtown location (918 F Street NW).

The event, which helps kick-off the yearly Capital Pride Festival, recognizes community-nominated individuals who have helped to further the causes of the LGBT community.

A $50 ticket gets you access to an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment throughout the gala and auction, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Tickets to the event are limited to 200 people and can be purchased online.

2012 Honorees

Recipients of this year’s Heroes Award:

  1. Andrew Barnett, executive director of metro D.C.’s Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL).
  2. Eboné Bell, whose  BOI Marketing & Promotions gives DC its annual Capital Queer Prom.
  3. Michelle Benecke, cofounder of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
  4. Kevin Paul Platte, founder of the DC Cowboys.
  5. Justin B. Terry-Smith, volunteer Maryland Defense Force and HIV activist.

So come on out in your best cocktail attire and support those who pave the way for  pride in our community! is proud to be a Bronze sponsor and media partner with Capital Pride 2012.

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by January 20, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,289 0

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14th Street NW: A perfect backdrop for Shit People in DC Say? (Borderstan file photo)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

Sh*t People in DC Say. Two things about this: one, this video is funny for the same reason all the others in the “Sh*t X People Say” series are — it is based in truth. Second, it seems to be very relevant to our coverage area of Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Let’s face it, this hood is loaded with the people, overheard conversations and stereotypes portrayed in the video on YouTube (it’s part of Living Social).

“What do you do?” and “Where are you from, originally?” How many times have you heard those? Not to mention, “They have the best brunch,” or “But H Street is, like, so hard to get to…”

You know these gems have popped out of your mouth, and you know you start conversations with, “So, where do you work?”

Just sayin’.

by November 11, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,450 1 Comment

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No more bright lights at ICONdc at 1841 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

Metro Fights Back for the 99%?

TBD certainly took the #OWS (Occupy Wall Streeet) frame of the story and ran with it. As a girl who likes shiny things, I feel for the woman. Even more so after learning, from NBC Washington, it was an engagement ring/family heirloom.

Apparently, while removing her gloves on the Dupont Circle escalator, a woman lost a century-old, expensive diamond and sapphire ring. Metro is looking for it, they report, but have yet to find it. If you found it, do the right thing and turn it in. Otherwise, she may be the happiest person in the world that a ton of escalator work is scheduled for the station in the near future.

Zipcar and Living Social Birthed in Dupont California Pizza Kitchen?

Well, sort of — the company that invested/created both entities was borne out of a lunch meeting in California Pizza Kitchen in DC (now home to Casa Nonna). Revolution is a company owned and operated by founder of AOL and former chair of AOL Time Warner, Steve Case. So after he left AOL Time Warner, The Atlantic says he took a colleague out for pizza. All good things emerge over barbecue chicken pizzas, it turns out.

Moving on From Greig’s Departure from Race

You probably know by now we’re fans of many of the things Greater Greater Washington does. David Alpert takes to their pages to make an impassioned plea for the rare breed of politician who is a good candidate and also a good advocate for their community. Sometimes, it may be necessary to take a chance on a candidate that others call inexperienced in order to embrace a measure of change. Surely the DC residents that took to U Street in celebration of that candidate on a national scale — Obama — can embrace that spirit in order to look at all the candidates fairly and make the best choice for their neighborhood. Or are all those traits necessary? Or, do you love our City Council as is?


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