painted city
courtesy Painted City

From an email:

Painted City explores the history of Washington, D.C.’s community murals and the preservation issues they face in changing neighborhoods by following one local woman’s efforts to study and conserve them.

When: Monday, February 20 at noon (Presidents Day) 
Where: Burke Theater at the Naval Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Ave NW)
Tickets: $12 at DCIFF website

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Yesterday morning we woke up to the happy news that the Bill Cosby mural had finally been removed from the Ben’s Chili Bowl mural on U Street. Alas the sad news was that President Obama, Chuck Brown and Donnie Simpson went down too. And this morning the wall quickly went from white to worse:

bens graffiti
Photo by Owen Comstock

So a replacement is needed post haste! We mentioned yesterday that Ben’s was taking a poll to see who the replacements will be this year. There were 56 options, with some uh interesting choices, with many very good ones. Another option was to write-in your choice. Yesterday DC Fireman commented that Lt. Kevin McRae would be an excellent selection to honor his memory. Lt. McRae perished fighting a fire in Shaw in 2015. This movement to vote Lt. McRae is starting to gain steam and I wholeheartedly endorse it. So if you are going to vote – please do include Lt. McRae of blessed memory. Thank you.