Seems like Tom has more accurate information than I do (go figure). He is reporting Cork Market will open on Friday, the 4th. He also has info about the hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, at least initially. Sietsema also says that the owners hope to open the space for art shows and community meetings. I’m excited! I’ll definitely be checking it out on Friday and give a full report. (Thanks to reader Kevin for the info)

Also, Vincent Gallegos has some photos up at his blog showing the setup inside the store.

Some of these news items are a little old, but since I was away for a long weekend I wanted to catch everyone up in case you missed it:

  • U street is the subject of the new Washington Post feature, Scene In. Pretty cool, especially if you’re into fashion and love U street. (Note: video starts playing when you click on the link.)
  • On Saturday, Deborah Ann Brown was murdered on 14th and Harvard. It is believed she was an innocent bystander. A 17-year-old, Devonte Carlton, was arrested for the murder. Now, it might just be coincidence, but when I saw that name it looked familiar. That’s because Lafonte Lurie Carlton was arrested back in January for two area murders. Are they related? I don’t know, but it is strange that they share the same last name, at the least.
  • Garden District is moving across the street to the other side of 14th and S and consolidating its inside and outdoor stores, meaning both of their current locations will close.

Look, Washington Post, I like you as a paper, generally. I think you do a good job covering national issues, I like your online chats and some of your blogs, but I have a huge issue with your laughable concept of local coverage. You are, whether you like it or not, published in Washington DC. You are not USA Today, a shamelessly national paper. Do a better job covering the city you’re published in.

If you can devote the resources it takes to write a 1305 word story (and take the time to email me, a local blogger, plugging the story) about post-ironic, quasi-hipsters and their trips to the freakin’ Target in Columbia Heights, you have the resources to write more than 42 words (!!) about this questionable, kind of scary Columbia Heights police shooting. This is a real story in the neighborhood, affecting people, hard news vs soft news as you in the J-business might call it. A man was shot and killed by a security guard at 9 pm on Friday night in Columbia Heights. Someone lost his life. Devote resources to a well-written, well researched article about that? Nah, let’s cover f&*#ing “hipsters” and their struggles with being all ironic and becoming domestic and suburban in hard-hitting Columbia Heights. ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME?!

Shame on you, Washington Post. No wonder newspapers are going to shit.

Fireflies, courtesy of L-ines (Flickr)

Fireflies, courtesy of L-ines (Flickr)

The reason there are so many fireflies in DC this summer? Too much rain, says WaPo: “This is firefly season in Washington, the best and brightest in several years. Scientists say a wet spring has made a lightning-bug-friendly region even more so, and hordes of the insects are now spending the last days of their lives floating over lawns and blinking in treetops.” Ah, mystery solved. Glad that wet weather led to something pleasant.

The Washington Post has identified the 6/10 homicide victim as Rahiem Moore. There is not much more information about the homicide, except WaPo has decided to write more than a 200 word article about a homicide in Columbia Heights, including the fact that there are people drinking in public, drug dealing, etc. in the area this man was killed.

Maybe I’m just becoming jaded, but after reading the article all I could think of was, really? Drug dealing and people drinking in public? You’re really breaking news on that one, WaPo.

Posto

Posto

I have yet to return to Posto, after my lovely visit about a month ago. I was happy to see that Tom Sietsema gave the restaurant 2 stars in the WaPo magazine. His bones to pick with the restaurant were also mine: it’s loud and the service was a little off (on my case – over-attentiveness, on his dishes – going AWOL) – though this is common for a new restaurant. His problems with the food were with dishes I had not tasted – the more casual pizza menu. I had thought I could go in there and have a more expensive, fancy meal by eating off the bottom of the menu, or a more casual, cheap meal by eating off of the pizza menu. Looks like, according to Sietsema, the pizza menu is not worth trying.

It’s good to see the restaurant getting some deserved praise from critics. However, it’s not like the restaurant needs it to stay open: every time I’ve walked by it’s been packed (and they still don’t take reservations) and Sietsema points out “If there’s any doubt Logan Circle can use more restaurants, this newcomer disproves that notion.”

Perusing some of the websites I checkout nearly every day, I come across this gem of a story from the Washington Post: Warm Conditions Offer Rare Chance to Dress Down – where yes, the whole stupid article is about how since it was warm yesterday people wore lighter clothes. REALLY? This article is perhaps the encapulation of what is wrong with old media.

This was a “oh crap nothing really happened this weekend in the district because it’s a holiday but we need an article to take up space” article. Snippets of the genius reporting:

Epic fail by the Washington Post

Fail by the Washington Post

“Despite overcast skies, drizzle and a breeze that put a slight chill in the air yesterday afternoon, T-shirts and light sweaters were out in force in front of the White House, along Pennsylvania Avenue. Tourists carried jackets under their arms, and scarves were loosened. More than a few people broke out flip-flops for the occasion.”

The reporter then needs some quotations, so he talks to a weatherman (ooooh) and a purveyor at the Dupont farmers market who claims they sold out of parsnips (WTF?).

This is what I hate about traditional media, a meaningless story just to take up space in the paper, and it needed to get out fast therefore lackluster reporting, pointless descriptions of tourists in flip-flops, and just stupidness. So much of old media is entrenched in old traditions that no longer make sense, but they stick to their mores because they don’t know what else to do. I ran across this a lot in journalism school, where I was penalized for having a too long lead, not including a quotation in the first third of the story, not telling a story in a “pyramid” theme… and I couldn’t help but think how pointless these conventions were and how they were going to kill traditional journalism. Well, here we are a few years later and traditional media is taking its last gasps of breath…

The Washington Post has an interesting article on charter schools in DC in today’s paper. I have been tutoring at a local organization that helps kids from a SE housing project for the past two years. A lot of the kids go to charter schools, and since I’ve got involved with the organization and the kids, my interest in education in Washington has grown.

The Post article paints the charter schools as a good development in the wasteland that is education in DC. Charter schools have grown immensely since the system started in 1996: with 60 schools, 92 campuses, and 26,000 students, charter schools have more than a third of the city’s public school enrollment.

While students in DC charter schools still aren’t doing well, they are doing better than public school students: on DC’s standardized tests, the passing rate for charter middle schools was 13% higher on average than public schools. Records show that charter school students also have better attendance and graduation rates than public school students. Seem like charter schools aren’t wildly succeeding, but they’re doing better than public schools.

The charter system might be the model for the future of education in DC. Anyone who has spent anytime learning about the mess that is DC public schools know that even though DC kids have the most money per capita spent on them, they have the lowest test scores and graduation rates in the country. I don’t know if DC public schools is something that can be fixed. And I’m not sure that charter schools are the solution, but it’s good to see that they are at least more successful than the old model.

Courtesy Sophistpundit

Courtesy of Sophistpundit

First Stage is a new theater that is currently running its second production, the Violet Hour, which is on its final weekend. It’s in Tyson’s Corner, VA. It’s not exactly metro accessible. That means that, in all practical matters, I’d have never heard of it nor made the effort to get out there.

It happens that a few friends are involved in the production of the theater as well as the acting. Now, I’m no huge fan of theater, in general. I much prefer film, I’m not going to lie. So don’t think that me waxing poetic about this theater and its productions means that it’s just because I have friends involved or that I love theater. I went to see the shows to support them, but even a non-theater lover like me can recognize good art.

The theater just got a (pretty) great review in the Washington Post for its Violet Hour production. It has had raving reviews in DC Theater Scene, the DC Examiner, and Potomac Stages. This theater is doing good things, producing thought-provoking as well as very funny and entertaining productions, and is also in desperate need of a bigger audience. I know in these times, going to see theater isn’t exactly at the top of people’s lists, but if you are a lover of good art, it is well worth your money and time (as well as the difficulty to get out there) to see one of their productions.

The Violet Hour is in its last weekend and tickets can be purchased here. I encourage you to give it a try.

Gillian from Flickr's beautiful holiday cookies

Gillian from Flickr's beautiful holiday cookies

Yesterday, the Washington Post released their annual  Holiday Guide, with recipes for 25 lovely cookies. Some of these sound like real keepers.

I’ve gotten into baking every weekend, not so much for myself (because I could never eat a whole batch of cookies on my own) but for friends. Therefore, I’m always on the search for a good cookie, pie, bread, or cupcake recipe.

My one regret is the oven at my parents’ house, where I’ll be spending the holidays, is out of commission so I’ll be unable to make them there.

Here are the ones I’ll be trying:

I’ll have to spend some time in the kitchen and report back later.