Washington, DC

113 Rhode Island Ave, NW. Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Dear PoPville,

Help me find someplace to celebrate David Berman’s life and works tonight!?”

From Pitchfork: “David Berman, the poet and songwriter known for his projects Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, has died. Drag City confirmed the news; his cause of death has not been confirmed. He was 52 years old.”

Ed. Note: I feel like Showtime would be a good place to morn but don’t know if they’re doing anything official. Anyone hear of a proper gathering to morn a great one.


inside 501 Morse Street NE

From a press release:

“Washingtonians will get to experience the world’s largest collection of authentic Hip-Hop artifacts and memorabilia when The Source magazine founder and D.C. native Dave Mays brings “The Hip-Hop Museum Pop-Up Experience” to the District this summer with the help of title partner Hennessy.

The new pop-up exhibit will celebrate its official grand opening on Thursday, July 11 at D.C.’s trendy Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge (501 Morse Street NE) in the Union Market District. The five-week pop-up, ending on Thursday, August 15, will introduce the first-of-its-kind upscale Hip-Hop theme restaurant, bar and lounge concept. Read More


1509 Swann Street, NW

Tom writes:

“1509 Swann, is on the market again. Love how the agent describes it as “historically significant”.

The full listing says:

“Don’t miss the rare opportunity to own a piece of history with this stunning 4 BR ; 3.5 BA Victorian rowhome, built circa 1886, located on gorgeous Swann Street in the highly desired Logan Circle neighborhood. Nestled in the heart of it all, this home offers luxury and privacy within a short walk to endless dining, retail, fitness, grocery, and transportation options. Upon entry, you~ll be amazed by the eleven-foot-high ceilings; the brilliant natural light that floods the living and dining areas; and the dramatic, antique English black marble fireplace, featuring a Venetian plaster chimney. Read More


Statement from the Family of Berner “Bud” Johnson (July 27, 1970 – May 19, 2019):

“This past Sunday, we said goodbye to our beloved husband, father, brother, son and friend Bud. He was alone when he was assaulted and viciously beaten by a group of men outside his favorite neighborhood restaurant on Wednesday, May 15. We made the incredibly difficult decision to remove him from life support four days later. His sudden departure from our lives and the violent way in which it occurred leaves a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

Bud had a big heart. He was a great family man and loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and children. At home, at work and with friends, he always put the concerns of others before his own.

As a result, Bud had an extensive and loving network of friends in the Senate, on his softball team, his son’s Little League baseball team and throughout the Washington, DC, community. Bud loved his neighborhood, which he and Diane moved into nine years ago seeking a change in their lifestyle. Along with their son Bo, they have lived in and around the DC community and became a part of it.

The family wishes to thank the first responders from both the Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Fire and EMS Department who tended to Bud immediately following his assault. Because of their efforts and success in reviving Bud, dozens of family members and friends were able to say goodbye to Bud before he passed.
The family is also grateful to the staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center who cared for Bud, keeping him comfortable during his final days while accommodating the constant stream of visitors who filled the halls outside the ICU. Read More


From WETA:

“Washington in the 2000s
Premieres Tuesday, May 14 at 8:00pm on TV 26 and WETA HD

WETA revisits the major events, people and developments that shaped Washington at the dawn of the new millennium. From 9/11 and the D.C. sniper to the return of Major League Baseball and a baby panda’s birth, the region experienced great highs and lows.”

And it’s quite possible you’ll hear the insane ramblings and recollections of a young prince: Read More


801 K Street, NW

The big day is tomorrow. All the details on Apple’s grand opening is here. I was lucky enough to take a tour yesterday and it is, indeed, absolutely dope. The renovation of the building is simply gorgeous. And to be honest, there is no way my photographs captured the beauty so just go and check it out yourself. Seriously.

But I would like to put in a reminder that The DC History Center is also there and really great.

“The DC History Center is a library and museum that includes the Kiplinger Research Library, three galleries, and a museum store. Located in the historic Carnegie Library, the DC History Center is where the public has free access to exhibits and programs about the diverse stories of Washington, D.C. The DC History Center is owned and operated by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Read More


3001 Sherman Ave, NW

Thanks to A. for sending:

“The beloved Stop & Go Market on the Corner of Columbia Rd. and Sherman Ave. is no more! After 20 years, the owner has decided to retire and sell the building. Real estate agent said something about a Capoeira Studio / Brazilian Café taking it over.

National Photo Company Collection via Shorpy

As an interesting aside, Shorpy has pics of this same building from 1921.” Read More


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