Friday, July 27, 2007

dc space reunion/benefit for Tom Terrell

DC Space, 2005
Originally uploaded by IntangibleArts
There is a home town party this weekend at the new 9:30 Club in the form of a dc space reunion party/ benefit for Tom Terrell beloved deejay and a friendly familiar voice to many a dc night owl. The 9:30 Club and dc space were located in what once was a forlorn F Street shopping district during the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. The Hecht's Departent Store is now a Macy's, and Woodies is going to be an outlet for Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. The 9:30 Club has since moved to V Street, near Howard University, and now that area, too is coming back.

dc space, once on the corner of 7th and E, closed in 1991, but it's spirit is still alive. ( Yes, it's a Starbucks, but at least they didn't tear it down.) Workers found an old office upstairs that once belonged to Clara Barton and maybe that helped save the place. There were shows there where I was nervous about the dancing crowd on the second floor which was not built for mayhem.

Over fifty artists, including the founders of both 9:30 and space, are gathering to celebrate 9:30/30 anniversary, and in the spirit of the ole place, many are donating their talents this Sunday, July 29th. Doors open at 4. Twenty dollar donation. Performances including music, poetry and film going on until 1 a.m.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Farewell A.V. Ristorante

(photo by bethhowe1 @ flickr)

Augosto Vasaio opened his landmark Italian restaurant in July 1949 on New York Avenue, and it became magnet for everyone from stars to well, everyone who loves to eat. My cousin, Peter adored it for the large portions of comfort food, Italian style. He was in heaven when we had cousin parties there. I remember him ordering platter after platter until we all left groaning. We would be sure to be a little bit messy because the restaurant was a customer of Modern Linen which my Uncle Mimi and Dad ran throughout the 1960s. "Modern" kept them supplied with tablecloths and napkins for many years.

cousin party circa 1985

My father was a fan of the restaurant and remembers that Augusto used to fill a big old station wagon full of stockings, toothpaste, cigarettes- whatever he thought would sell overseas. He (and the car) would get on a boat to Italy every year, and come back with a new load of olive oil and pasta and cheeses. Not to mention that Italian yard art that A.V.'s is so famous for in the courtyard.

Another piece of Washington history is slipping away. The doors close July 28.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Real D.C. Fourth of JulY

Happy Fourth of July
From the Real D.C. Not Federal,
but the Territory, District 
the we the people...