04/17/15 10:25am

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Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.

What is your proudest moment?

“The delivery room, when my daughter was born.

All throughout the pregnancy I talked to her, and when she reached up and grabbed my goatee – I had goatee then – she knew me off the brink. And the nurse said, ‘She’s not crying, she’s smiling.’ That was a proud moment for me.”

-Otis, Bloomingdale

Author’s note: Otis is currently experiencing homelessness.

04/17/15 9:55am

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2477 18th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Upon opening in D.C. on Friday, April 17th, Songbyrd Record Café will be the first of its kind in the city. Songbyrd is defined by the freedom to enjoy, consume, and interact with music in a comfortable, social environment. In addition, the Adams Morgan cafe houses one of the country’s only 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booths, on which anyone and everyone is encouraged to record their own sounds directly onto a 45-rpm record.

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Microphone from Voice-O-Graph. photo: James Jackson

The moniker Songbyrd pays tribute to legendary DC musician, Charlie Byrd. One of the first to blend jazz and bossa nova in the early 60s, he is credited for introducing Americans to Brazilian music with the release his album: Jazz Samba, which was recorded in Washington, D.C. Drenched in musical history, the new café occupies the same space as the former Showboat Lounge, where Byrd and Stan Getz dreamt up the idea for the career making album. To locals, the Showboat Lounge was the “finest” music room in Washington and Sonbyrd hopes to build on that legacy.

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photo: James Jackson

Sonbyrd aims to re-imagine a musical destination in which devotees and aficionados can explore, create and purchase music while also enjoying a café atmosphere. With the Voice- O-Graph, artists can record up to three minutes and ten seconds of music, comedy, thoughts, or anything at all and take home their very own “45’” for $15. Ultimately, Songbyrd will offer approximately 350 vinyl records featuring an array of genres with a special emphasis on soul, funk, R&B, hip hop and indie albums that would make the cafe’s namesake proud. Want to discover new music? The café will suggest featured releases and custom digital listening stations will be available to sample albums as well as curated playlists.

Industry vet Alisha Edmonson and fellow audiophile and Adams Morgan resident Joe Lapan are hoping to build a sense of community with the perfect blend of music and food. “Moments in life are defined by music; it is as much a part of the human experience as food,” said Edmonson. “We wanted to create a place that accentuates the listening experience, where music becomes integrated into the very fabric of the meeting with friends, not overpowering it, but not fading into the background either.”

The coffee program plays an essential role in creating the harmonious atmosphere Songbyrd hopes to be known for. Fair trade, organic blend coffee brews from small batch producers in Africa and South America compliment the espresso program powered by a high performance Simonelli machine using a Full City blend, which provides an ample bodied flavor.

To create a mouthwatering menu for audiophiles, Songbyrd tapped Matthew Richardson, former chef of notoriously food-savvy spots in the District area: 1905, The Argonaut and Gadsby’s Tavern. When it first opens, Songbyrd Record Café will serve an assortment of sandwiches including a chicken and brie schnitzel with raspberry sauce, an eight hour braised pork shoulder on sourdough with melted gruyere and red wine au jus, and the roast ‘byrd’ with sage roasted turkey breast, creole mayo, sprouts and cranberry relish on a baguette. The jumbo slice and mumbo slice, open-faced sandwiches on focaccia, serve as Chef’s homage to the evolving neighborhood.

Those who have walked pass the record café will notice that Songbyrd is also working on a “music house” at the adjacent space at 2477 18th Street, N.W. News on plans for that space will follow.

Songbyrd Record Café will be open from 10am-10pm Sunday through Thursday and from 10am-12am on Friday and Saturday.”

04/17/15 9:30am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Nathan Jones

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

04/17/15 9:13am

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A reader reports last night:

“Don’t know what’s going on but wanted to give you the heads up of huge police presence on Quincy St between 13th and 14th. At one point I counted 12 police cars. Never heard sirens, though.”

From MPD:

“On April 16, 2015, at approximately 11:46 PM, Fourth District Officers were flagged down in reference to an armed robbery (knife displayed) that had just occurred in the west alley of the 3900 block of 13th Street, NW. Pursuant to eyewitness information, four suspects were stopped by police officers in the 1300 block of Randolph Street, NW. The two victims of this offense were robbed of their cellphones and wallets.

As a result of the police investigation, three juvenile males and one adult male were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery (Knife). During the investigation, the respondents/ defendants were found to be in possession of the victim’s cellphone’s and wallets.

Anyone with information regarding this offense is asked to call the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099. Thank you!”

04/17/15 9:01am

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photo courtesy @JackMac1087

Jack tells us it’s called One Penny:

“A young boy homeless by tragic misfortune, is taken in by a poor yet loving man. Dylan, now a street-smart maverick, and confronted by the realities of his past, yearns for a better future. With the odds stacked against him, Dylan fights to bring hope to his community, and find his place in the world.”

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Photo courtesy Amy

04/16/15 10:22pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jamelle Bouie

Last week @gingermoored tweeted this startling fact:

“CFO’s office predicts the average DC home will cost $938k in FY19, up from $771k this year.”

Last year we spoke about how much we pay in rent and since we’re able to maintain a certain level of anonymity and because I’m just curious – if you feel comfortable sharing – how much did you pay for your house/condo? Of course, please include the neighborhood and year bought for some perspective. If you can include number of beds/baths that’d be helpful too. Condo/coop fee? And anything else you think would provide some perspective.

04/16/15 10:05pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

Congrats to PoPville pick Randall M. with:

“Chewbacca: Rooro oroorrra rraoooa.
Han: I know.”

Congrats to PoP pick ratticusfinch with:

“You commuted in THAT thing? You’re braver than I thought.”

Honorable mention to Mug of Glob with:

“This “piece of junk” can get from Shady Grove to Glenmont in 12 parsecs!”

Winners please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail for your shirts, onesies or tote bag. and I haven’t forgotten the folks from last week – just running late as usual!