Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Where's The Advoc8te?

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Get thee some culture with this artistic double header this Friday

It's going down (or up) artistically this Friday, August 26th in Anacostia. Arch Development (a Ward 8 nonprofit) hosts their annual exhibition honoring east of the river artists. Don't miss it! Check it out and spread the love -- the SoutheastLove that is! Be sure to bring a friend or two or three! Support our local artists!

Distinguished Artist Award Ceremony | Anacostia Arts Center 6:30 pm
Arch Development and the Gautier Family are pleased to announce Bruce McNeil as the winner of the fifth annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award (EORDAA). ARCH will formally present McNeil with his $5,000 prize in front of his retrospective exhibition Between Latitudes. The show will be on view July 29 - August 27.

East of the River Panel | Honfleur Gallery 7 pm
Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum presents an artist talk and discussion about the state of the arts in Wards 7 & 8. Featuring the artists of the 10th Anniversary East of the River Exhibition, 2016 EORDAA recipient, and moderated by ACM Director of Education and Outreach, Paul Perry.

Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd SE
Photo courtesy of StereoVision Photography

Teddy's review of 'The Brig' on Capitol Hill

No cocktails.
Lackluster menu.
Plenty of seating!!!!
Underwhelmed but will try again.
Hope (like beer) springs eternal.

A Street Car Named "Meh"

Dear Street Car: It's not you, it's me.

Whenever I make a run over to H Street NE (and now you know why) I find myself once again baffled at the point of the street car. I don't understand the overhead lines, I don't understand why the street had to be torn up, I don't understand why now I have to try to squeeze my compact car in what feels like a space the width of my college dorm bed.  It's not just that H Street is clearly poppin' and has more amenities and housing on one block than all of east of the river. I just don't understand the point of the street cars themselves. Isn't it like a really clunky and really expensive bus? Correction: a clunky, really expensive bus with a cord (i.e. overhead power lines)? Why not just get more buses? Why not buy everyone a bike? Better still why not invest in hover boards or flying unicorns? Okay, I made that last part up but I really don't understand the obsession. Also, why are they always being tested?! I have yet to see someone actually riding the street car. There has to be real passengers right?  This can't be a really long practical joke? How many tests does someone have to take before they pass? This reminds me of the time I tried to learn how to ski. I took SIX ski lessons with a group of seven year olds (I was 30 at the time) before the instructor finally gave up and  kicked me out of the class. There does come a point where all the practice in world will not get you down the bunny slope without screaming and falling. All was not lost, I have some pretty badass apr├ęs ski boots to show for it.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I really, really, really, really wanted to love the street car but I am having a hard time. It's the lover I want to love but I still don't understand. My friends say he's cute but I just don't see it. It's like trying to love those outfits in my closet that were fabulous when I bought them but have aged out before I even had a chance to wear them.  Can I will them back into style or should I pass them over to my little sister who doesn't know any better?


My name is The Advoc8te and I'm addicted to Pow Pow

Behold, the purity bowl with mock chicken. It's tons of yummy for your tummy.

Just when I thought it would be impossible for anything to make The Advoc8te eat all of her veggies, let alone ONLY veggies, let alone MOCK CHICKEN,  along comes Pow Pow on H Street NE. I have been crushing this place H-A-R-D the past three weeks. The Pow Pow purity bowl now ranks up there with my love of fast internet and slow foot massages for things I can't get enough of (okay that may have been TMI). Burnt broccoli has literally never tasted so good. Between Pow Pow and the Pretzel Bakery there is really no reason for me to turn on my stove (and I haven't).

Typically, anything west of the river would mean getting in my car (sometimes in my pajamas) but now that I have discovered that UberEats will in fact deliver east of the river (and has done so to my job and my home pretty reliably) I have to say it is feeling good being part of DC -- at least as far as one food delivery service goes. 

Now if we can only get the pizza delivery person to actually come to the door to deliver the pizza we may be in business. Better still, how can I get a Pow Pow in Ward 8?!!!! Pow Pow for the people I say! 

P.S. If you want to try Pow Pow (and you should) then feel free to use my UberEats code. Do it for The Advoc8te! Do it so I can get a discount on my next purity bowl! I don't need it, but by golly do I want it! 

Use my Uber Eats Special Code EATS-NIKKIP2971UE for my "special friends" who currently don't have UberEats. Use it and get $10 off your first order! That's love baby! 

Little Salon makes it BIG in Anacostia on August 30th