U street movie series

Another sign summer is ending. The last movie of the U Street movie series is tomorrow night. This one sounds great, as it’s a documentary about Duke Ellington, son of U Street, and the DC he grew up in. The other film they’re showing is Soul Power, a documentary about the stars of soul: Bill Withers, James Brown, B.B. King, the Spinners, and many more. The weather looks good, so I hope to see you out there.

Doors open at 7 at Harrison Field (14th and V), movie starts at sundown (which looks to be about 8 nowadays).

U street movie series

This sounds like so much fun! The Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, the U Street Neighborhood Association, Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association, ANC 1B and MidCity Business Association have organized a U street movie series.  The summer movie series (free!) will pay homage to the musical and culturally diverse roots of greater U Street, with a series of documentaries and films about musicians.

The schedule will be:

  • June 8: Michael Jackson’s This Is It (rain date June 15)
  • July 13: Buena Vista Social Club (rain date July 20)
  • August 10: The Soloist (rain date Aug 17)
  • September 14: Duke Ellington’s Washington and Soul Power (rain date Sept 21)

All films will be shown at the field at Harrison Recreation Center, 1330 V Street, NW. Gates will open at 7 pm. Free popcorn will be provided to the first 100 attendees beginning at 8 pm. Showtime will be at sundown around 8:30 pm.

Although the movie series is free, if you’d like to donate money for the movie series, your donation will benefit the Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, a committee of the U Street Neighborhood Association, and an official Park Partner with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Courtesy of dctourism (Flickr)

Courtesy of dctourism (Flickr)

Duke Ellington’s Jazz Festival runs through the 15th, and with the plethora of events associated with it comes Jazz in the hoods – there are a plethora of options in the U street area. From Marvin to Vinoteca to Bohemian Caverns to Sala Thai, there are free (mostly as far as I can tell – the only place it looks like you have to pay is Bohemian Caverns) jazz performances happening through next week.

On top of performances, there are some jazz happy hours and jazz brunches. Options for jazz brunch in the ‘hood include Marvin and Utopia.

And, the big jazz on the national mall event is happening this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. So let’s celebrate the Duke and U street’s rich history of jazz this week.

Courtesy of dctourism (Flickr)

Courtesy of dctourism (Flickr)

DCist has the info on the “state” quarter image for DC.

Thank GOD it’s going to be Duke Ellington. He really represents what is great about this city, and I love that he grew up about 3 blocks away from me. He helped to make my neighborhood Black Broadway, and the jazz mecca it is today (don’t you love that even Sala Thai has a night with live jazz?). The other options were Benjamin Banneker (an astronomer, mathematician, and clockmaker) and Fredrick Douglass (a worthy choice, though he didn’t spend most of his life in DC, but rather my hometown of Boston).

Of course, I would have preferred an image that had “Taxation without Representation” but that’s a whole other post.

The quarters are set to be in circulation by January 26.