• Arts,  Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals,  Music,  Parades

    On this day, it was the District of Funk

    U Street was all about the funk on Saturday — music, dancing in the street, drum lines and tens of thousands of people turning out for the all-day party and music fest known as the Funk Parade. The festival of funk took over the U Street corridor, as old and new DC came together to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. The Mayor of Funk Town was even there throwing beads to cheering constituents, walking just a few hundred yards ahead of parade participants carrying a gigantic, inflatable joint. The parade slogan, after all, was “roll your funk.” Spread along the corridor from the Howard Theater to 14th Street, the festival included…

  • Sports

    Let’s Go Caps!

    Images from our DC Focused fans:       Thanks to Tim Brown, Clif Burns, and Victoria Pickering for contributing these photos to DC Focused. To be featured, please put photos in the DC Focused pool on Flickr or tag them #dcfocused on Instagram.

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  • Sports

    Bocce ball in Logan Circle with the Stonewall League

    [nectar_dropcap color=””]C [/nectar_dropcap]olorful, matching t-shirt?  A smooth, steady throwing motion with the ability to impart either a forward or backward spin? Team name that incorporates a witty innuendo or pun, preferably with the word “ball” in there? If so, then you’re probably at Logan Circle on a Thursday night. The Stonewall Bocce League, now in its 10th season, plays at the circle on Thursday nights. The bocce league is part of the Stonewall Sports League, which since its founding in 2010 has grown to have leagues in 10 different cities. In addition to bocce, in DC, Stonewall Sports offers billiards, darts, dodgeball, and kickball. All images © John Jack Gallagher. You can…

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  • Sports

    Ultimate reach …. by Kevin Wolf

      Gorgeous light and a fast shutter helped Kevin Wolf capture the above image of a Toronto Rush player stretching for the frisbee during Saturday’s match against the DC Breeze, one of two professional ultimate frisbee teams in the Washington metro area. Despite battling back to tie the game late, the Breeze lost in overtime 25-24. The two teams will rematch this weekend in Toronto. All images © Kevin Wolf. You can see more of Kevin’s work on flickr and on Instagram at @wolfkann. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]

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  • Featured,  Meetups,  Nature

    Spending a chilly weekend with Assateague’s wild ponies

      Camping out on Assateague Island National Seashore in March is always a roll of the dice. You might end up with great spring weather … and you might end up under a foot of snow. The recent DC Focused outing to Assateague probably fell somewhere in between. Temperatures dipped into the 40s but the windchill made it a lot worse. Still, we were there for the ponies and they didn’t disappoint. The 48,000 acre National Seashore is on the Maryland coast, just south of Ocean City, and about a two and half hour drive from the district. From the National Park Service: “Human activities also exert a strong influence Assateague’s natural…

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  • Protests

    Donald Trump pays the District a visit; DC is not impressed

      Protestors at the annual AIPAC conference are nothing new. This year, however, there was the added element of the not-quite-yet presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump making his first visit to the District this year. But unlike most of his campaign stops where he whips his supporters into a lather, Trump got a mixed reception from the bipartisan pro-Israel lobby group. There were no major disruptions reported during his speech as has often happened on the campaign trail. Instead, the protests happened outside as a small group of protestors waved signs and chanted as conference goers made their way into the Verizon Center. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line”…

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  • Cherry blossoms

    Here come the cherry blossoms: Peak bloom is (almost) here

      Peak bloom is coming. Exactly when … well, that’s another matter, entirely. The National Park Service seems to change its peak Cherry Blossom projection daily, which goes to show just how difficult it is to determine when the majority of the Yoshino cherry trees along the tidal blossom will be in bloom. The NPS first predicted peak bloom would be between March 31 and April 3 but changed the projection to between March 18 and March 23 only to change it once again to March 23 and 24. The fluctuating weather can play havoc on the projections. Here’s how the National Cherry Blossom Festival describes peak bloom: “The Peak Bloom…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Flight of the birds, snow caps and a urinal

      Hopefully, you’re surviving winter’s last gasp. Hang in there. Warm weather and spring is just around the corner. If you’re in Virginia and looking for events to photograph, you can get an early start on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And not to be out done, Annapolis is hosting its own Irish Festival. Featured image, Navy Yard – Old 933 by Brian Mosley, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]…

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  • Events,  Protests

    Supreme Court hears challenge to Texas abortion law

      Supreme Court justices heard arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, one of the most significant abortion rights cases to come before the Court in years. At issue is a Texas law that regulates facilities that perform abortions. If a lower court ruling is upheld, the law would effectively force the closure of all but 6 of the 40 facilities in the state where women can get abortions. You can learn more about the case here. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Our special Leap Year edition

      We have no idea what the forecast is this weekend (we’ve reached our limit of free WaPo stories and can’t check Capital Weather Gang until next month) but we’d recommend you grab your warmest coat if you head outside. The H Street Trolley is supposed to carry its first passengers on Saturday and that can only mean that a certain place is about to freeze over. We’ll believe it when we see it. Featured image, Moonrise over Washington DC by Navin Sarma, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider…

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  • Weather

    Scenes from last night’s crazy storm

      Wednesday’s violent storm ripped through the DMV right around rush hour, making it an ugly commute for a lot of folks. Of course, it also offered photographers a chance to capture some gripping images. Featured image, commute by Kevin Wolf is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]

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  • Architecture,  Events

    DC bids farewell to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

      These are photos from Friday when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s body was brought to the U.S. Supreme Court where it lay in repose overnight. His funeral was Saturday. Featured image © Tapan Bhargava was posted to the DC Focused Facebook group. More images from DC Focused community members below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]

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