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Events May 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Renting vs Air BnB

Here’s our dilemma and we are looking for advice and insight.

We’ve redone our basement apartment in our new house (less than 2 months ownership) in the hopes of renting it out and mitigating the monthly mortgage payment. However, we are finding that it is rather loud down there–footsteps and voices carry, and we have two kids under 5. We are now considering trying to do Air BnB instead of having a renter so that we do not have to be on tenterhooks about any noises disturbing our renter at any time and instead can just be careful about volume whenever someone is in the basement as an Air BnB client.

The house is under 1 mile from the Brookland metro, and the basement is about 500 sq feet with two rooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, its own entrance and its own washer/dryer. Would it make more sense to rent it and have a consistent stream of money coming in while being very careful with noise every day OR to try the Air BnB market where we’d be able to be more relaxed about kids’ play and general ambient noises, but we would have to make up any differences in monthly payments ourselves? Convince me!


Events May 21, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Where I Belong: Finding Myself Under a Big Top

Against a backdrop of dazzling circus and aerial performances, one man is dismayed to find himself in the afterlife surrounded by the queers and sinners he always believed were destined for hell. But as he travels through this new landscape, witnessing jaw-dropping aerial acts that shatter his perceptions of bigotry, gender, friendship, and love, he discovers that where he ultimately belongs is the last place he expected … under a big top.

Three performances!
Fri. June 5, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.
Sat. June 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Sat. June 6, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

This is an Affiliated Event of Capital Pride Celebration 2015.

Tickets: $29.99, available at

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Produced by Sweet Spot Aerial Productions

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Events May 21, 2015 at 7:47 am

Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold and Proud True Stories Through an LGBT Lens

SpeakeasyDC presents stories from LGBT perspective that will challenge, provoke, inspire and ignite. From finding love in the time of grindr, to learning the truth about that crazy ‘bachelor’ uncle, or (dis)functional family fun. Out/Spoken is night of stories that celebrate the diverse perspectives of the community and embrace the challenges and triumphs of being queer, questioning, bold and proud.

Friday, June 5
Doors open at 6:00 PM

9:30 Club
815 V St NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

Tickets: $25

More Information/ Ticket Purchasing:

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Events May 18, 2015 at 11:48 am

Memorial Day Weekend in DC – what to do?

We’re usually away for the long weekend but this year we’re sticking around. What sort of fun things are happening in around DC to keep us occupied?

Events May 14, 2015 at 10:56 am

Strawberry Festival at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Save the Date for the 149th Annual Strawberry Festival at St. Paul’s Church (i.e., the church in Rock Creek Cemetery).

Saturday, June 13th
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(Rain or Shine)

There will be food, music, and lots of fun activities, including pony rides, a rock wall, moonbounces, crafts, and our popular tours of the historic cemetery.

We hope lots of friends and neighbors come out and enjoy!

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Events May 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream – FREE Outdoor Shakespeare Coming This Summer to DC!

This summer the Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade will be mounting our production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with performances running for three weekends on June 11,12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 2015. Performances will be held nightly at 8 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown (1041 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007). Audience members will be able to lay out blankets, pack a picnic and enjoy a free performance out under the stars. In case of inclement weather the show will be performed indoors. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for picnicking and relaxing pre-performance. Some concessions and fun FGC swag will be available for sale on site. For additional information, please visit our website:

FGC is the resident theater company of the Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown and a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Outdoor Summer Shakespeare must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donations are accepted here:

The company’s mission is to provide accessible theater to all, and we do so by providing free outdoor productions of the works of William Shakespeare each summer.

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Events May 13, 2015 at 11:11 am

Music In Action Benefit Concert to Support "Saving Children’s Lives"

We’re friends with a wonderful doctor, and all around great guy, Peter Meaney, who is a pediatrician and Program Director for an organization that trains medical professionals in Botswana to combat infant mortality. The organization, “Saving Children’s Lives,” is having a benefit concert at Bier Baron on Sunday, May 17. Info is below and at their Facebook page. Since 2013, they have trained over 200 nurses and 5 trainers, and helped reduce infant mortality by 22% at Princess Marina Hospital in Gabarone, Botswana. For this concert, they have a goal of raising $7,000 to train 35 lifesavers.

On a personal note, we traveled with Pete and his family in Botswana and South Africa in March. Botswana is awesome – the people we met were lovely, and this is a great opportunity to support a group making a real difference in saving children’s lives.

2nd Music In Action Benefit Concert to support the “Saving Children’s Lives” program, which targets the reduction of preventable infant mortality in resource limited communities of Botswana. This program was created in concert with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the American Heart Association.
When: Sunday, May 17 at 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20037
Cover: $10 donation (Tickets available at door)
Raffle for gifts/services from local DC merchants, as well as for authentic handcraft from Botswana

Bands donating their talent to the cause:
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Sons Of The Radio



Big Thanks To:
The Bier Baron Tavern – Hosting event and donating 10% of all food and beverage to cause

B-Line Medical – Providing matching funds for all donations up to a total amount of $7,000.00. YOUR DONATIONS GO TWICE AS FAR!

“Saving Children’s Lives” Info:
For more details about the cause, or to sponsor a lifesaver in Botswana, please visit

Events May 12, 2015 at 9:42 am

Found Downtown: IPAD!

On my commute home on Friday afternoon, I found an iPad in the bike lane on L St at 12th St. I almost ran right over it, but it’s completely unscathed. I know this is a long shot, but I want to try to get it back to the owner. If you know anyone who lost an iPad downtown on Friday, I might have it! It doesn’t have cell service, so it’s not getting any “Find my iPad” messages, and it has a password lock, so I can’t just go in an send an email to the owner. The lock screen image is distinctive, so it will be easy for me to identify the owner if they contact me. Email me at brittany985 AT gmail DOT com if you think it might be yours. Thanks!

Events May 6, 2015 at 10:09 am

Springtime & Lunch in a Cloister Garden!

Spring Luncheon at the Franciscan Monastery
Enjoy the annual Spring Luncheon in the cloister garden of the beautiful Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land on Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m. Tickets are $45. Proceeds benefit the ministry of the Holy Land friars.

Register at or call Margherita at 202-526-6800, ext. 895. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017. Free parking.

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Events May 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

Bloom Calendar for Dumbarton Oaks

I created this calendar using a modified gantt chart to show when different plants will be in bloom at Dumbarton Oaks. They list this info on their website, but it’s all text and a little cumbersome to use.

Here’s a link

Events May 4, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Free Tickets! Game Show Dynamos Documentary

Anyone a quiz show junkie? Remember watching Match Game and Jeopardy before Trebek? Then, come with me to the Landmark Theater on E Street on Thursday, May 21st from 7:30-9:30pm to relive those game show moments. Come see my game show story, the story of how my grandparents, Claire and Bernard Boiko, got our family out of debt by winning TV game shows from the 1950s to the 1990s.

The audience will have a chance to spar with 90 year old game show dynamo, Claire Boiko. There will be prizes and after the film, a Q&A with star, Claire Boiko, the filmmaker and other special guests.

Tickets on sale through Tugg until May 6th:


I have four free tickets to this event. Please email me at rsschwar [at] responding to this post to receive free tickets to this showing!

Events April 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Garrison Elementary's On-line Auction Opens 8:00AM May 1st

Please support Garrison Elementary by participating in our on-line auction. Bidding opens promptly at 8:00AM on May 1st and closes at 8:00PM on May 8th. The first 5 people to place a bid will receive five 24-hour membership passes for Capital Bikeshare valued at $35!

Top 5 Reasons to Bid & Donate:

1. All proceeds go directly to the students: Money raised will help fund enhanced programming and school trips like the one we have planned for Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore.

2. Your support helps local businesses: We have been overwhelmed by the donations provided by our generous local sponsors. Let’s return the love and go to their establishments.

3. A strong neighborhood school makes a strong community: Neighborhood schools are the fabric of our community. Strengthen our neighborhood schools with enhanced programming, events, and extra-curricular activities, and a healthy, vibrant local community will surely follow.

4. Give yourself a treat: We have some really nice auction items. Why not splurge on yourself or someone you love and help Garrison at the same time?

5. Just because it feels good: Altruistic giving makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Events April 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Twentythirtysomething Book Club May Selection

Are you a local reader at least 21 years old? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join us for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a DC Public Library book group for younger adults.

In our May selection, the 2014 nonfiction title “Nothing is True and Everything is
Possible,” journalist and television producer Peter Pomerantsev describes the stranger than fiction scenarios and individuals he encountered when work brought him to Russia at the start of the 21st century.

We will be meeting on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park. Questions? E-mail and

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Events April 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Free Performance at Busboys and Poets

Weird phobias, Bigfoot and the i-Pocalypse descend on Busboys and Poets in STAGE FRIGHT, the new original play from Young Playwrights’ Theater’s Student Advisory Council!

Wednesday, May 6, at 7pm
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
FREE and open to the public!
Recommended for ages 13 and up due to strong language.

Written and performed by the nine talented young playwrights of the Council, STAGE FRIGHT explores the topic of fear through a series hilarious and poignant vignettes. The show culminates in a Choose Your Own Adventure-style piece, where the audience decides the ending!

STAGE FRIGHT is presented by the Student Advisory Council as a fundraiser for Young Playwrights’ Theater.

For more information, visit or check out the facebook event here:

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Events April 28, 2015 at 10:54 am

Day of the Dog Festival and 5k at Congressional Cemetery: May 2

Join us for our annual puppypalooza on May 2 from 10 to 3 as we celebrate everything we love about dogs! Congressional Cemetery is known on Capitol Hill as one of the best places to walk dogs, but usually that privilege is reserved for K9 Corps members. However, on Day of the Dog the cemetery will be open to all members of the public and their pups – a special opportunity for dog lovers to experience this beautiful and historic site. Many local pet vendors and services will participate, including rescue organizations with dogs available for adoption.

Admission will be FREE for all dogs and humans, with tickets for sale for special activities, including a raffle. Registration for the 5k and kids run are $40 and $10, respectively. Activities will include contests and games (for both kids and dogs), demonstrations, free yoga, and pet portraits by artist Erin Murray. Some of the most popular of DC’s food trucks will be there, and beer-tasting tables will be hosted by Port City Brewing Company and Atlas Brew Works.

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