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The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan" is the story of black Washington DC told from the perspective of Cool “Disco” Dan starting with his birth during the civil rights era and follows his life parallel with the rise of Go-Go music through the 1980s (which is the unheard but yet dominant urban music of DC) and also local DC politics with Marion Barry’s rise and fall. Despite ending up homeless Cool “Disco” Dan used graffiti to escape the social problems D.C. had in the 1980s when things turned violent and became known as the Murder Capital of the United States. Cool “Disco” Dan ends up as a cult character of DC and his name becomes a symbol of survival during DC’s most trying years.
If you haven’t ever heard of COOL “DISCO DAN,” and (especially if) you live in D.C., you simply must see this movie. Narrated by D.C. native Henry Rollins, the film tells the story of our fair city in the 1980s through the eyes of graffiti legend COOL DISCO DAN, whose signature blanketed the city in the 1980s and 1990s. There are interviews with Marion Barry, Chuck Brown, and many others, and tons of cool old archival footage of the Go-Gos (both a style of music and a place you went to hear it) and pictures from the era when crack and violence corrupted the city, making it known as the Murder Capital of the United States. Despite the violence, the movie really makes you understand D.C.’s soul and history. This is the real D.C., not the one now blanketed by expensive restaurants and trendy bars.
You can get a digital rental of the movie for $4.99 (just click above for the pre-sale; the movie will officially release October 17), buy the DVD if you’re already convinced, OR you can attend a screening this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at AFI in Silver Spring. At the 5:15 screenings, Dan, THE MAN, will be there to sign posters and DVDs that will also be for sale. You might not want to miss that: it’s the first–and perhaps the only–opportunity to meet this elusive and fascinating character.keep looking »
You guys. There is a new magazine in the world devoted to style and food (!!). Here’s how Cherry Bombe describes itself: “a beautifully designed biannual magazine that celebrates women and food—those who grow it, make it, serve it, style it, enjoy it and everything in between. It is about sustenance and style and things that nourish the mind, the eye and, of course, the stomach.”
Food and fashion. Two of my favorite things, combined. So very exciting. I’m drooling, in fact.
The inaugural issue (which features one of my favorite artists and subject of my I-want-to-be-her-when-I-grow up reveries, Jennifer Rubell) is sitting on my coffee table, patiently waiting for my week to be over so that I can curl up and devour it (couldn’t resist).keep looking »
When the Filene’s Basement near Farragut North Metro stop shuttered I wondered where the working women of downtown Washington would get their retail therapy (nothing like blowing off a little work steam with an inexpensive pair of shoes or pair of tights!). Well, now we’ve got our answer and it opened today in the former Borders space: Nordstrom Rack at 1800 L Street, NW (M-F 9-8; Sat 10-6; Sun 12-5).
Temptations on deck: Kate Spade bags and jewelry, Cole Haan and Coach shoes, labels like Trina Turk, Calvin Klein, lots of fun Betsy Johnson accessories, and worth stopping in to scoop up discounted products from Phyto, Fekkai, and Bliss.
Good to know: the pricier labels (both clothes and shoes) are up front, less expensive merch is in the back. Ladies shoes range from size 4 to 12.keep looking »
14th Street is a-changin,’ but late on a Saturday night you can still meet a young kid named Johnny, smoking a cigarette, trying to make it big, outside of the Black Cat.keep looking »