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Well, here we go. The big weekend, where I tackle trying to get back on the writing horse. Where I try to see whether my plants will right the list in the ship of my story enough to make me want to sail it again. If it works, it'll be a launch point toward the story I originally planned to tell.

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Nothing could be wrong with you. You may have pulled the. As for the second half of your question… What the hell should you do? Like fuck some dude on the first date. Or better yet, go to Somewhat Depressed Guy and say: There are lots of people out there who jumped in the sack and did a little dick-sticking with people they barely knew but had a good feeling about.

Somewhat Depressed Guy might be somewhat less depressed if he was getting some, you might have higher self-esteem if you finally got some, and dispensing with your virginity might make dating after you part ways—if you part ways with him you never know —seem a lot less fraught. We had a brief conversation about my lack of sexperience when we.

I am a worrier thanks, mom! Am I just having silly virgin worries? What should I do? You should fuck this girl already—provided, of course, that this girl wants to fuck you. The right vagina, ass, face, skill set, or bank balance can blind a fucker with decades of experience. The only way to avoid vagina-blindness—or ass-blindness, etc. Four times now while we were having passionate sex, he has slipped out of my vagina and accidentally penetrated me anally. I know he feels super guilty each time.

My own personal sexperience with anal led me to doubt claims of accidental anal penetration, WHAT, as anal penetration always required focus, precision, and proper breathing techniques—in my own sexperience. Do you think this would work? Surely other people have this problem too, right? Stud Muffin These sparkling earrings are made with Swarovski crystals by local jeweler Rachel Pfeffer.

Awesome Blossom Celebrate cherry blossoms all year with this fiber art piece by textile artist Jamie Langhoff. Nailed It Fyubi Studio is the only salon in the U. And then Funk shifts from people to places. All 11 members of Rare Essence are. Tonight, like so many nights before, Funk is celebrating go-go on several levels: Rare Essence is now in its fourth decade as one of D.

In many ways, the story of Rare Essence reflects the story of black D. The story of Rare Essence is also the story of a homegrown funk music that refuses to fade away. No other go-go act, aside from Chuck Brown, has been as influential within the go-go community as Rare Essence. The club is jam-packed, with more folks filing through the door. Brown believed that pauses between songs slowed down the party, and so he worked with drummer Ricky Wellman to devise a percussion breakdown that could link songs together.

Soon, his band was playing those breakdowns during the songs as well. It predates the classic go-go sound, but the elements were already in place: Her youngest, Quentin Davidson, got a drum set at age six, and after that, all he wanted in this world was to start a band. Sam, had his own drum and bugle corps and gave Quentin his first lessons. The boys went through various names—Connections Unlimited, Thesis, and the Young Dynamos—before settling on Rare Essence, after a brand of perfume. James had already started working as DJ Jas.

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The first step would be taking the boys—all 13 or 14—to hear Brown perform. You could even tell when they came to that next rehearsal, it was a total different band. We played both songs back and forth all night. All we knew is that we wanted to play. Throughout the years, Funk has come and gone but has always remained connected to Rare Essence—since , he has performed regularly.

Funk says that Rare Essence played more often than other Showmobile acts because the other bands were more particular about where they played. I can concentrate on the crowd, from front to back, side to side. He was also the first of a number of high-profile band members to leave. In , he recorded his own. Rare Essence was often playing six nights a week, and on some weekend nights, they could play two or even three separate shows in different quadrants of the city.

After a few minutes, that guy got up and went home to his momma. For the boys of Rare Essence, his departure was an enormous blow. Rare Essence was apprehensive about signing with any major label. Perhaps there was less incentive to sign because the band was doing so well. The bands were wildly popular, and it seemed like every black D. Rare Essence learned a crucial lesson: Eleven people were shot.

In the years that followed, the death toll around the city rose, but any time violence took place during or after a go-go show, the media blamed the music. And so did police and local politicians. It was easier to point fingers at the go-go bands than to dig deeper and explore the inner city miseries behind the violence. Miss Sis died in They kept a lot of families together. They kept a whole lot of kids out of trouble. And they sold a lot of records. Mandatory dress rehearsals were part of the drill, just to make sure everything fit right.

Far more challenging was monitoring the boys at the clubs. They kept Miss Mack and I busy watching them, and they trying to duck us. It all started with his breakbeats—he was the breakbeat king. Still, Floyd appreciates his tenure with the band. During his occasional hiatuses from the band, Funk formed a side band, Proper Uten-.

Either due to ignorance about the go-go scene or plain old racism, go-go—a distinctly AfricanAmerican form of music—was censured again and again. Go-go bands kept thousands of kids off the streets and out of trouble, but that was hardly ever acknowledged. He had a big hole right through his heart.

According to police, he had been shot in the chest. His murder remains unsolved. The first was the earliest days, when Little Benny was with the band and they were still developing their go-go style. For those who still buy. But his allegiance was—and will always be—with Rare Essence. They need role models. And it kind of does something to them mentally. Maybe not mentally, but they have low self-esteem. Off stage, Funk seems lethargic, reticent, and a bit of a mumbler. The harder things get, go-go will move that much deeper underground.

Community connection has a lot to do with it. But plenty of go-go bands continue to perform regularly: Rare Essence has love and the admiration of the fans, the people, and the city. Rare Essence is D. The contents of this advertisement are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies. Download the Passport DC App on your smartphone for interactive maps, event listings, and exclusive content! Shop for plants, and enjoy diverse food, puppet shows, carousel rides, and entertainment for the whole family.

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The famed New York restaurateur announced last fall that he would eliminate gratuities and raise prices at 13 of his Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants by the end of The company is by far the largest and most notable American restaurant group to change up its business model in this way. Proposed changes to D. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently introduced legislation to the D. Employers are required to make up the difference if the wages of tipped employees, who get the bulk of their pay from gratuities, fall short of the full minimum.

Many restaurateurs say raising the tipped minimum would force them to raise prices and cut back on staff or staff hours. It could also result in an even more profound shift: Meyer opted to get rid of tips in large part to help eliminate the pay disparity between the kitchen staff and dining room staff. Am I going to service charge people? Madriz points out that seven states—Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—already have a uniform minimum.

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Read more at washingtoncitypaper. The name was especially fitting on a recent Friday night. For some, it was comedy nirvana; for others, comedy hell. You see the latter more often at local shows. For decades, the District has been a proving ground for comics on their way to bigger and better things. That tradition was the focus of the Comedy Festival, held in April. That comics have to leave D.

Under his Underground Comedy banner, he produces stand-up shows every night of the week and has built a new infrastructure for D. With shows held primarily at the Big Hunt and Bier Baron, his mini-empire provides local comics with much-needed stage time at places besides the D. Improv and Arlington Drafthouse. Kamau Bell, says that D. He has earned a reputation as one of the best comics in D. Johnson, a year-old Woodbridge native, works relentlessly, performing at eight or nine shows a week.

Not only was he on four bills during the festival, but Johnson was coming off a major week: He opened for Louis C. The bookings were the most recent in a string of shows that have put Johnson on the path to L. After gigs like that, Johnson knew a change in location would soon be in the cards.

I feel like six months in L. Plus, there are more opportunities to perform and watch comedy in D. Improv owner and manager Allyson Jaffe, who has seen the D. Bars like Wonderland Ballroom feature long-running shows, theaters like the Howard and Lincoln nab marquee names, and venues like the Black Cat and 9: In April, Arlington Drafthouse opened a downtown D. Johnson opened for D. It was a winning formula, with several shows selling out and packed houses every night of the festival. Longtime Adams Morgan record store Crooked Beat will close at the end of the month. Funk, the lead talker of longtime gogo progenitors Rare Essence, has been one of the driving forces of the genre—arguably the most funky thing to come out of D.

Like Mount Pleasant, the U Street corridor has a rich and vibrant history. Viola da Gamba and Electronics, captures the imagination and paints evocative images. Parliament and its leader George Clinton are kind of the keepers of all that is funky and weird, so yes, this album is funky as hell. The challenge to me is doing it in a way that is tasteful. After years of mainly playing the cello, Domingues went back to school at Peabody in Baltimore to learn everything she could about the viola da gamba, a old cello-like bowed instrument with six strings and frets.

Observable Phenomena Solas Nua comes back from hiatus with a strong showing, and a provocative monologue needles its audience. Or rather, on the unchecked proliferation of stories made possible by modern technology. Meanwhile, a more resilient feature of humankind —our insatiable appetite for narrative—makes us susceptible to manipulation and falsehood. Ideas are like viruses! Three examples are always better than two! Daisey uses only an outline, Suilebhan is performing from a full script.

Only the way he says it is better: Suilebhan chose this period with care: It is the moment when replication-absent-variation became globally instantaneous. Seventy thousand people witnessed it at Yankee Stadium, but 70 million heard the broadcast. Welles 30 may 6, washingtoncitypaper. Those who prize their right to remain silent should direct their attention elsewhere. British forces quelled the revolt with overwhelming man- and firepower, literally bringing a gunboat to a gunfight.

But it remains a culturally significant occasion in Ireland, one Kinahan interprets through the eyes of two young, poor, rural Irish—Josie Megan Graves and Tom Dylan Morrison Myers —each moved to join the cause for their own reasons. Michael Winch and Aaron Bliden directed the music. The marriage of form and content is a happy one. Set designer Paige Hathaway has covered a simple table in pasted copies of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

The set choice cleverly embodies the idea of ordinary people bringing ideology into their lives like an accessory, another examination of how witnesses become radicalized into revolutionaries. Graves is especially compelling as an apolitical shopgirl enticed by the prospect of building a government that would afford women the legal rights men enjoyed. Kinahan, whose contemporary family drama Moment just wrapped up a celebrated run at Studio Theatre, does a fine job of distilling the churn of history down to intimate scale. April 28 - June For tickets visit LIVE. Judith Seligson, Lower Left: Susan Hostetler, Lower Right: Julia Bloom all photos: The Athenaeum Prince St.

This advertisement was made possible through the support of the Alexandria Marketing Fund. Can you sit through 15 hours of opera 18 with intermissions without permanent nerve damage to your ass? Can you stage such a production without going bankrupt? Director Francesca Zambello eventually staged the whole thing in San Francisco, before she was brought back to D. Reviews are for people deciding whether to see something or not, but no one is on the fence about the Ring. Or about Wagner, for that matter. What this offers, other than an excuse to outfit most characters in some stylish leather dusters by costume designer Catherine Zuber, escapes me.

The only consistent motif, oddly appropriate given the political movement Wagner helped inspire, is a confluence of militarism, capitalism, and romanticism of ancestral land. Hmm, if only there were a word for that. Putting on the Ring is risky, and there are plenty of expensive ways to screw it up. Maybe they should have invested CP in a transforming stage after all. Concert Hall 8 p.

Terrace Theater 7 p. Presented in collaboration with the Irish Arts Center. Groups call This offer does not apply to discounts tickets, special events or private parties outside regularly scheduled hours. He puts two repulsive human beings on screen and tries, over the course of the next two hours, to make us sympathize with them. He needs it badly.

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    It turns out their real father is a disgraced scientist who lives in the tiny island town of Ork. Elias and Gabriel travel there, where they meet their three halfbrothers, who are, to varying degrees, even more grotesque and unpleasant than they are. The boys move in, and while their elderly father never comes out of his room, they get a weird and wonderful education in their family history all the same. Most of the action takes place inside the house, which the brothers, uneducated and unemployed, rarely leave. Picture Grey Gardens but in Mississippi.

    The paint is peeling from the walls, the furniture is falling apart, and farm animals roam the house uncaged. Elias is a fascinating contradiction of a man: The against-type casting of Mads Mikkelsen, a hunky Dane known for playing Hannibal Lecter on TV, goes a long way here; when Elias brags often of his sexual prowess, we find ourselves believing him despite all evidence to the contrary. They practice table manners and read the Bible, arguing hilariously over its meaning.

    But there are those weirdos who will be tuned to its frequency and can celebrate a film that finds sweetness even in the most dirty, grimy, and perverse corners of the human soul. Young musicians come together for a collaboration of music performing repertoire including Telemann, Mozart, and Haydn. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Estonia. Also featuring original narration by dramaturg Robin Phillips. His first album, This Is Cool, Right? May 17—June 5, the Kennedy Center presents a major festival highlighting Irish culture and its relationship to America.

    For full schedule, visit kennedy-center. These three siblings from the Pacific Northwest bring the exciting rhythms of Ireland to their live shows with dance, music, and storytelling. The Celtic punk band from Chicago has been proudly spreading their Irish gospel across the globe, with no plans of slowing down. Chef Armstrong Restaurant Eve in Alexandria; multiple James Beard Award nominee showcases his commitment to complex, thoughtful dishes that combine his Irish roots and French training with American cuisine. For information, call There is no free parking for free performances.

    This Celtic rock band from Ireland consists of the four Diver sisters who play their own melodic pop as well as traditional songs, garnering an Irish Music Award for Top Celtic Rock band. Guest speakers include Dr. Rubenstein, Kennedy Center Chairman. The concert features outstanding musicians with disabilities, aged 14— LGDT seeks to cultivate a greater understanding of the world through thought-provoking dance works.

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    The Millennium Stage was created and underwritten by James A. Deborah Rose and Dr. DC9 9th St. Ryan Beaver, Jonny Grave. The hamilTon 14th St. Jammin Java Maple Ave. Taylor McFerrin, Cautious Clay. Grum, Christauff, b2b, Dave Cortex. Dial for Jazz with Steve Washington. With true-crime programming riding a wave of popularity it seems like everyone is still talking about The People v.

    Sure, those mass market paperbacks have a dedicated space at your local library, but if you want a new title that combines the quickly consumable qualities of detective fiction with some literary heft, look no further than Laura Lippman. The case brings up all sorts of dark and repressed memories that Luisa had buried for years. Part psychological study, part gripping thriller, the book looks at the lasting impact of crime while providing locals with a scene they just might recognize. Laura Lippman reads at 7 p. Andrew Litton, conductor; Vadim Gluzman, violin.

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    Featuring appearances by Martin Luther King, Jr. Edgar Hoover, and other public figures from the era, this play serves as both history lesson and cautionary tale. Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theater. Whether as a DJ, event curator, or boss of the fringe-dwelling Purple Tape Pedigree label, the born-and-bred New Yorker promotes electronic club music that seems drawn from dystopian nightmares: This is metal machine music meant for catharsis, not escapism.

    Geng is one of the most connected and respected selectors in the club music underground, in New York and beyond. Forward, now in its ninth year, always brings exciting and experimental electronic music to town, but never before has it hosted music this brutal—especially in a suburban coffee shop. Geng performs at 6 p. StreetSense who kills a young man and finds herself haunted by a series of lost souls and spirits that gather around and illuminate a young child.

    Directed by Randy Baker, this production explores how strange beginnings can lead us on unexpected paths. Atlas Performing Arts Center. Happy Hour Spooky Action and German theater collective machina eX present this video game production in which audience members control the action. Two teams of players must help their counterparts escape from an evildoer using only the tools they can find before time runs out.

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