The world’s best acroyogis will convene in Washington, DC, September 1820, 2015 for the 2nd Annual Capital Flight Festival.
The beach is great–except for all the sand, sunburns, and shark attacks. You risk none of those things if you instead take the MARC train to DC to visit the National Building Museum‘s “beach” this summer. That’s because the ocean in question is actually made of 1 million clear plastic balls–you know, like the ball pits that little kids play in, except way more adult, and way huger. Seriously: it’s so deep that you can’t even touch the bottom.
Starting Saturday (Dec. 13), MARC Penn line passengers will be allowed to bring bikes on weekend trains.
In an effort to upstage Election Day, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo announced yesterday that the name of the new female giant panda cub is being put to a vote.
There are five Mandarin names to choose from, nominated by “U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke and family, PRC Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai, National Zoo giant panda keepers, Wolong giant panda keepers (where she will move when she turns four years old) and the Friends of the National Zoo.”
Here they are:
Everyone is raving about VEEP, the HBO comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and shot in Baltimore and other parts of Maryland. Our own David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun called it “brilliant” and the Washington Post liked it too. If the trailer, above, is any indication, the show is sure to be a winner.
While rising ocean levels may flood Charm City, there are some other disasters that we’d have a decent chance of surviving. Like, what if someone detonated a nuclear bomb near the White House? According to a government study, the explosion would destroy everything in a half-mile radius. The flash would be so bright it would blind Beltway drivers. But it wouldn’t be the end of the world — for Baltimore, at least.
The study looked at the impact of a 10-kiloton nuclear bomb, which is big — about 5,000 times bigger than the Oklahoma City bombing’s blast — but not as terrifying as the Cold-War era bombs dropped from the sky. The kind of nuclear weapon you could fit in a van couldn’t produce Hiroshima-level destruction. “If you are thinking about (a city) being wiped off the face of the earth, that’s not what happens,” says Brian Michael Jenkins, a senior advisor to the president of the RAND Corporation. So the White House would be flattened, but the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Washington Monument, and the Pentagon would probably sustain only light damage.
Our neighbors to the south have recently been arguing about whether DC is a good place for artists (Slate: “DC: The Anti-Berlin”; Washington’s City Paper: “Why Slate is Wrong About DC”). According to Slate’s Matthew Yglesias, “If you’re a semi-employed artist or guitar player it’s much more expensive than Philadelphia or Baltimore and still smaller and less interesting than New York City.” Which made us wonder: is Baltimore a better place for artists to live?
Well, first of all, we’re cooler. (Duh.) But if you want to get scientific about it, there are plenty of official metrics that’ll support our superiority. For example, Baltimore’s artists have a higher average income than their DC counterparts ($46,012 versus $41,118); the same is true for our musicians ($40,636 versus DC’s $34,109). However, Baltimore’s writers and editors earn less than their counterparts in the District (sigh).
Of course, $40k in Baltimore will go farther than the same amount in DC. City data guru Richard Florida crunched some numbers to find out how much money arts/entertainment/design workers have left over each month after paying for housing, and — no surprise — Baltimore beats out DC and Philadelphia.
Recent years have been rife with news of those losing their homes. And now Edgar Allan Poe, dead for 162 years, finds himself swept up in the housing crisis. The well publicized money troubles of Baltimore’s Poe House and Museum, where the author lived for several years, have inspired Washington-area Poe fans to stage a benefit concert.
The event will feature four bands: Lenorable (a Poe reference?), Nunchucks, Dance for the Dying, and Lions & Tigers & Whales. It’s set to take place at 9:30 pm on October 7 at the Velvet Lounge in DC. Tickets are eight dollars.