05/29/15 1:40pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Bossi

Fear not, it’s Awesome Con.

From Events DC:

“Awesome Con, Washington DC’s premiere comic con and pop culture convention will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on May 29 – 31 with more than fifty movie and television celebrity guests making appearances throughout the weekend. Awesome Con expects to greet more than 50,000 pop culture fans across 230,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 10 rooms of programming.

More than one hundred exhibitors will be selling toys, video games, comics, apparel and other collectible memorabilia. A new addition for 2015 will include kid-centric activities with an area called Kid’s Zone where they can draw along with noted comic book artists, learn how to make their own Superhero symbol, see a wizard magic show, attend Superhero University led by top industry professionals and make their own superhero cape. A full list of Kid’s Zone activities and programming can be found here: http://www.awesome-con.com/kids-zone/.

A wide variety of celebrity guests from screen stars to voice actors will be part of the weekend; signing autographs, sitting on panels, and taking photos with attendees. Among them include the iconic William Shatner and George Takei of Star Trek; Grant Imahara of Discovery Network’s Mythbusters; Jason Mewes, known as Jay from Jay and Silent Bob; Good Charlotte lead guitarist and comic book artist Billy Martin; the original voice actors of all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings and The Goonies; plus cast members from Doctor Who; Once Upon a Time; Power Rangers and Walking Dead.

Single-day admission and three-day weekend packages are available. Kids age 10 and under get in for free. Three-day VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt, comic book and other paraphernalia, as well as early admission to the event. Ticket and event information can be found at: www.awesomecon.com.”

05/29/15 1:20pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

“Dear PoPville,

I live in an Adams Morgan apartment recently bought and managed by UIP. When I toured the place last summer, I was quoted a rent of ~$2800. When I came to sign the lease, I was told the rent was actually ~$3200 but I’d be given concessions to the tune of ~$400. Being somewhat renter naive and in a hurry, I went ahead and signed the lease.

I was then more than a little embarrassed when someone pointed out at a tenants association meeting that if my base rent had actually been $2800, UIP would only be able to raise it by $98 as the legally allowed yearly increase (1.5% CPI + 2%). So, not only could UIP decide to simply stop giving me the concessions, effectively raising my rent by $400 a month, they *could* raise it another $112 ($3200 x 3.5%). My monthly payment could go from $2800 to $3312. Even if they don’t raise it that much, they can still raise it beyond the 3.5% simply by offering me less in concessions. Of course, I’ll move out before I’ll pay that much.

I felt a little less embarrassed when I discovered that several of my fellow tenants were in the same boat. I see people coming in all the time to look at vacant apartments and I want to warn them. To all those looking to rent in DC, please be aware of the ramifications of rent concessions!”

05/29/15 12:50pm

GDoN

This unit is located at 5040 1st Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Large Top Floor 2BR/2BA condo w/ rooms on opposite ends. Hardwoods, plenty of nat light, in-unit W/D, dual walk-in closets, granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances. Great building with roof top terrace and fenced rear yard with patios and grilling station. Low Condo Fees, building renovated in 2010. Close to Ft Totten Metro”

inside

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $299,999 ($398 monthly fee.)

05/29/15 12:20pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Claire

A reader writes: “Don’t know if you saw this, but Washington Post is reporting that Metro has banned issue ads through the end of the year. Can’t we just talk about shoes?”

From the Washington Post:

“The sudden advocacy-ad ban comes as an anti-Muslim group planned to put a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in transit system ads.

A Metro official said the agency feared the ad would make buses and subway stations “terrorists targets.”

From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of May 29-31 with service adjustments on five of six rail lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Yellow Line trains will operate regular weekend service between Huntington & Fort Totten. Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between College Park and Branch Avenue stations; buses will replace trains at Greenbelt Station. Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 26 minutes and Red Line trains will operate every 10-20 minutes.”

and @wmata tweets:

“Next 7000-series #newtrain will enter service June 8 at 7 a.m. on the Red Line. First trip will start at Shady Grove.”

05/29/15 11:22am

dacha
7th and Q St, NW

From a press release:

“As summer approaches, so do more opportunities to enjoy the outdoor bar and restaurant Dacha Beer Garden in the Shaw neighborhood.

Owners Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin, along with General Manager and Chef Michal Matejczuk, are debuting their new brunch menu this weekend, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 – opening at 10:00am – an hour earlier than most brunch establishments in DC. (more…)

05/29/15 10:44am

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“Dear PoPvill,

A friend of mine lost her sweet dog George when he jumped from her car window on May 23 between 4 and 4:30pm. Any help finding him would be appreciated! The route she took was Brandywine St – 46th NW – Mass Ave – Nebraska Ave – Foxhall – Key Bridge – 29 – I-66 W to exit 69 in Falls Church. He could have escaped anywhere alone that route and my friend is desperate to find him. His microchip number is 4C26226956. Call 202-500-6332 with any information. Could you post his info to help get the word out?”