Archive for March, 2005

DC Transportation

So, to continue the discussion about metro area transportation, NPR’s “Morning Edition” ran a story about how successful the London congestion tax has been. It’s raised revenue for the city, which has been pumped into public transport and greatly reduced congestion in the “city of London.”

Also, there’s an article in the Washington Post about FlexCar/ZipCar (Registration required), the companies which let you rent a car by the hour. I think these are great companies and hope they can be successful. The Post mentions that Washington is the only major metro area where there’s actually competition among these services.

Bright-Eyes and the Faint

As promised, the concert dates for May 26th and May 27th at the 9:30 club went on sale today on Tickets.com . . . buy them now if you’re interested because as soon as the 9:30 Club posts them on their website they’ll be sold out in minutes.

A different kind of funny

If you didn’t get tickets for David Sedaris at Lisner Auditorium on Monday, April 4, it’s sold out. But you can still do something to make you laugh. Lewis Black will be signing his new book at Olsson’s Courthouse:

Monday, April 4 at 7:00PM

Who is a Journalist at the National Press Club

Who is a Journalist?

Giada de Laurentiis in town this weekend

If you’re looking for a Food Network TV Personality to stalk see this weekend, you’ll be happy to know you’re in luck. Giada de Laurentiis will be signing her book at the Williams-Sonoma on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest this Sunday, April 3rd, from 1 to 2:30. Though I find her smile frequently larger than any smile ought to be and a little bit nervous and forced, her Italian cooking is absolutely top notch, and let’s face it, she’s got a gorgeous…kitchen.

You thought I was going to say rack, didn’t you. perv.

Cheezborgers in DC?

Famous from John Belushi’s portrayal of their surly stylings behind the counter, the Billy Goat Tavern will be expanding to new metropolitan areas in the not too distant future according to Chicagobusiness.com. Looks like we get our own purveyor of sports-team-curses and cheezborgers. No word yet where the new BGT will appear, or even when, but initial reports tell us that they are no match for Five Guys.

HFStival lives!

Okay, so it will be in Baltimore, and the same day that U2 is playing in Philadelphia, but Baltimore’s on the way to Philadelphia, right?

The lineup:
Coldplay, Good Charlotte, Billy Idol, Social Distortion, Garbage, Sum 41, New York Dolls, Echo and the Bunnymen, Interpol, Unwritten Law, Louis XIV, They Might Be Giants, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Citizen Cope, The Bravery & The Stereophonics.

M&T Stadium on May 14. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets on sale with pre-sale password on Thursday, March 31. Tickets to the general public on Saturday, April 2 at noon. $40 General Admission, $65 Club Seats

What’s the deal with comedians at the Kennedy Center?

Jerry Seinfeld will be bringing his stand up to the Kennedy Center on June 24 & 25th. Tickets are $51 – $81, and I can tell you it will be money well spent. I’ve seen a lot of stand up comedy in the past couple of years, and Seinfeld still holds the crown in my book (and yes, that’s over Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, and Dave Chappelle). But you don’t have to believe me, Tom Shales’ review of Jerry’s last Kennedy Center appearance said it was similar to seeing Michael Jordan in his prime.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1 to Kennedy Center members and April 15 to the general public. He sold out all four shows last time, so I wouldn’t wait too long if you want to go. Unfortunately, you won’t see me there as I’m out of the country that weekend, but I expect a full report.

Cheetah cub update

If you still haven’t been to see the Cheetah cubs at the National Zoo, they’re getting bigger and spunkier. They won’t be cubs forever . . . and who likes awkward teenage cheetahs?

It’s a sellout!

I hope you already have your tickets, because according to a very nice woman at Ticketmaster, the home opener of the Nationals is sold out! So what if I’m out in the middle of center field with my $7 tickets. Now I just have to buy a hat. Do you think the Orioles store carries them?

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