04/23/14 4:45pm

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From a press release:

“From April through August 2014 the National Archives, with its nonprofit partner the Foundation for the National Archives, presents free jazz-related panel discussions, concerts, film screenings, special events, and family activities exploring one of America’s greatest cultural exports.

The series, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the famed Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, kicks off at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the National Archives with “Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World,”a panel discussion on how the U.S. Government used jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War.

The programs will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.


Discussion: “Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World”

Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. (available live on National Archives UStream channel)

John Edward Hasse—author, curator, biographer of Duke Ellington, and founder of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra—leads a discussion on efforts by the United States Information Agency, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Department of State to use jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War. The program will incorporate photographs, motion picture excerpts, and sound recordings from the National Archives. Panelists include Ambassador David Killion, former U.S. Permanent Representative to UNESCO; David Ensor, Director of Voice of America; and Dr. Penny M. Von Eschen, author of Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War. (more…)

04/23/14 3:30pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 3-4 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible.


“This is Nut. We live in Takoma.”


“Not my pet, but a back porch friend in Petworth.”

Zoozoo of Park View

“Our bengal, Zoozoo, hamming it up in her Park View sun spot.”

04/23/14 2:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user mixedeyes

“Dear PoPville,

My boyfriend and I are long time DC residents with a strong desire to purchase a home together here in the city. As first time home buyers who earn modest incomes we are beginning to feel overwhelmed by the high cost of real estate in the District. Owning a home here seems to be out of our reach as prices continue to climb and become even more unaffordable. We would like to explore all of our options and among other things have begun researching first time home buyer programs. We are also looking into making a purchase from a DC tax sales auction for vacant property. Is there anybody who has made a purchase at an auction? Anybody with knowledge of the process that they care to share? We are in the gathering phase of our research and welcome all advice!”

04/23/14 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ranpuba

Calling the police on homeless men smoking crack?

“I live in a condo building that overlooks an alley. I have witnessed homeless men smoking crack on a few occasions and felt conflicted about calling the police. I mean, if I were homeless, I’d probably want to be in a numb state, too. If I call the police and they get arrested, they end up getting thrown in jail and doesn’t solve the problem. If I let them be, I have crackheads in my alley. The other day, I yelled at them that I already called the police (which I didn’t) and they thanked me and moved on. What’s your opinion?”

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04/23/14 1:25pm

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Piney Branch Parkway at 17th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

In the last few days a bunch of trees have been planted in an area of rock creek park that has been used as an informal soccer field for many years. This field is the open grassy area along Piney Branch just north of the Woodner.

I’d be interested in finding out more about the thought process for selecting this area for new trees. Were there any consultations with the public about the best use for this space. Is also like to know what your readers think about planting the trees in an area that has organically become a popular area for public use.”

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