D.C. is often portrayed as a land of monuments and politicians. We want to show you something more. These are the stories that matter to us — about the city, its people, and the lives they lead — sometimes joyous, sometimes sad, often messy, but always interesting.

The Carnegie Library – then and now

The Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square has gone through many transformations since it opened in 1903. The newest version of it opened less than a week ago, featuring an Apple store. Since the building is on the National Register of Historic Places, Apple had to preserve the facade, adding just a small Apple logo…

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Mo Lucas Community Foundation

In the weeks before the Funk Parade, we are showcasing some of our favorite groups. This week we are featuring the Mo Lucas dancers and band members, who come up each year from Winston-Salem with great Funk spirit. These photos from the last couple of years show them getting ready for the parade, and we’re…

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Spring is festival season in D.C., which brings out a lot of great performances. One of our favorites is the Vava United School of Samba, which was founded four years ago to bring together “all kinds of dancers, musicians, and everybody who loves and supports the Brazilian Culture and love for Samba”. Vava models itself…

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Happy birthday, Moke!

On April 15th, the zoo’s adorable baby gorilla Moke had his first birthday. The zoo threw him a party, with special treats and presents. He spent the whole party clinging to his mother’s back, and let the other gorillas enjoy the festivities. The highlight of the party was a frozen cake. Baraka, Moke’s father, took…

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Historic Preservation, of a sort

There are many odd buildings and many secretive buildings in D.C., but this building on 8th Street combines both oddity and secrecy in rare form. If you look up along the block of 8th St between D and E Streets, you’ll see some facades that look like a child has drawn them. The full effect…

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