07/07/15 4:30pm


From a press release:

” The Landless Theatre Company announces the return of it’s award-nominated Sweeney Todd Prog Metal Version at Atlas Performing Arts Center in July, 2015. The production garnered 2015 Helen Hayes Award Nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Melissa Baughman), and Outstanding Music Director (Charles W. Johnson).

Stephen Sondheim granted Landless permission to orchestrate the Progressive Metal Version of his musical masterpiece in December, 2013. “Yes, I did indeed give them my okay,” Mr. Sondheim was quoted in NY Times. “Since I believe that what keeps theater alive is its openness to reinterpretation from generation to generation, I look forward to seeing (and hearing) what they do.”

Mark E. Horowitz of The Sondheim Review wrote: “I was more than pleasantly prised to how well the new arrangements and orchestrations worked. They were particularly effective in the underscoring, by turns thrilling, funny and frightening… the range of colors available in the electronic instruments resulted in several hair-raising moments. This was also the fleetest production of Sweeney Todd I’ve seen, with many numbers seemingly performed at twice their typical tempos. I don’t know whether this was part of the prog metal aesthetic or a separate directorial choice, but it certainly energized aspects of the show.” (more…)

07/07/15 4:10pm

2424 18th Street, NW

Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted word about BicycleSpace opening in Adams Morgan.

“Delighted to invite you to our BicycleSPACE ¡Grand Opening Extravaganza! this Friday-Sunday, July 10-12.

The festivities take place at 2424 18th St NW during our regular business hours:

Friday: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 11-6

It’s a double header as we hold grand openings in both Adams Morgan and Mt. Vernon Triangle at 440 K St NW.”



07/07/15 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 6-8 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. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.


“Zoe the Corgi beating the heat in Brookland”


“Fred and George of Petworth”


“This is Woodson from Bloomingdale. He’s a sweet little puppy who loves to nap, play and snuggle!”

07/07/15 2:50pm

3901 Tunlaw Road Northwest

This rental is located at 3901 Tunlaw Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great 2 BR, 1 Ba unit in Winchester Fulton. Renovated kitchen with gas cooking and separate eating area. Refinished parquet floors. Living room and large dining area. Renovated bath and 2 large bedrooms. Ceiling fans and through the wall units. Roof deck. Close to Wisconsin Avenue and shopping, restaurants and transportation. Street Parking . Available September 1st.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,300/Mo.

07/07/15 2:25pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Matt Steenhoek

“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing for advice about excessive noise levels that DC police have repeatedly refused to address.

Each day (every day) on the corner of 15th and Penn a band with a full drum kid, three trombones, and, occasionally, amplified vocals plays for about 6 hours. It’s a commercial district where DC law imposes a 65 decibel noise limit (DC Rule 20-2701.1) which applies to “Noise resulting from musical instruments, loud speakers,” and other sources (20-2800.1).

The trombones and drums clearly exceed these decibel limits (trombones produce sound between 85-115 decibels and drums are even louder). (In addition to being extremely loud, the band only plays four musical sequences, so it’s basically like listening to the same ten trombone blasts on repeat over the entire workday.)

Hundreds of people in my offices and in the five surrounding large office buildings have called in noise complaints over the last several months. (See the Washingtonian article–from May–mocking one office for their complaints.)

DC police regularly respond that they are unable to measure the decibel levels of the band and hence cannot tell whether they are breaking the law. In essence, they shrug their shoulders and say they won’t do anything about it.

We are all sympathetic for the guys in the band, and understand where people are coming from when they ask what the big deal is. But it is exceptionally distracting and people are very frustrated with the band itself and with the response of the city and the police. The police are basically allowing four individual street vendors to break the noise ordinance at the expense of several hundred workers.

Thus far, neither the city nor the police (nor direct outreach to the band itself) have helped. Any advice?”

07/07/15 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user bajidc

Any streets without street sweeping? Zone 2

“My boyfriend and I are going out of the country for a week and were wondering if anyone has suggestions about where to park during that time as to avoid a street sweeping ticket. Are there any streets that do not have street sweeping? We have a Zone 2 parking sticker. If not, is there anywhere we can park for cheap for a week? Thank you!”

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07/07/15 1:25pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

“Dear PoPville,

I live in an apartment on Corcoran St. NW and have been having repeated issues with moisture in walls and floor and now mold. Over the past two years, when I reported it, the landlord came and cleaned the affected areas and repainted them. The underlying sources of the moisture is still there (the apartment is partially underground), and I am now having respiratory issues (asthma basically).

DC passed a law last summer called the Air Quality Amendment Act of 2014. Although DCRA housing inspectors still do not inspect for mold (just moisture), the law now requires landlords to inspect for mold within 7 days of written notification and to remediate within 30 days if it is determined that the mold meets the threshold as defined by the law. Failure to meet these requirements allows the tenant to file a complaint in housing court and enables them to be awarded certain damages.

In my situation, I am still waiting to hear back from the landlord, but my concern is that they will “inspect” within the 7 day threshold and then claim that the mold doesn’t meet the requirements in the law for a professional remediation, proceed to clean it, and repaint the affected areas again, and then be off the hook.

So my questions are:
1) Does anyone have any experience with mold/resolving mold issues since this law took effect?
2) Should I have a professional inspection done to have definitive proof of the mold? The court can require the landlord to reimburse me if I take the landlord to court. The law also states that if I provide a written report of a professional inspection, this creates a rebuttable presumption that the landlord must have it professionally remediated, thus forcing action more quickly.
3) Should I file the complaint in housing court NOW given the time it will take to serve the landlord and to get a hearing date? Or do I need to have proof that they have failed to act in accordance with the law first?”