• Q&A

    5 minutes with Mike Lennett

      13,000 miles, 68 days, 29,000 shutter clicks There are two big trips that I hope to do some day — one of those around-the-world airline tickets where you pay one price that allows you to make numerous stops around the world as long as you keep going in the same direction, and a cross country road trip across the U.S.A. That’s one reason I was so fascinated with (and very envious of) Mike Lennett’s Facebook feed the last couple of months as he posted daily updates on his trek across the country. All told, Mike traveled 13,000 miles in 68 days, visiting 27 states, 17 national parks, numerous state and…

  • Bars & Restaurants,  Drink City,  Q&A

    Drink City: Tania Morgan

    Part-time bug geek, former entomologist, and current bartender Tania Morgan is the creator of a number of delicious cocktails at both Church & State and Wisdom.  Her great taste and charm make her the subject of this month’s Drink City.  Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the D.C. area who are invested in D.C.’s drinking culture.  What brought you to D.C.? My husband and I both finished grad school in California in 2008. He got a post-doc in D.C., and I ended up deciding I didn’t want to work in a lab any more. I was lucky enough to come here when the cocktail scene was really starting…

  • Events,  Fourth of July,  Monuments, Memorials, Statues,  Photographers,  Q&A

    5 minutes with Brian Mosley (the fireworks guy)

      Brian Mosley is “the fireworks guy.” Photographing fireworks in the nation’s Capital and writing about it on one of DC’s popular local blogs year after year will get you that kind of reputation. His work promoting Washington, DC’s annual celebration has been as much an act of devotion as a public service. He’s told people the best places to see the fireworks and offered advice to would-be photographers. He has led Meetup groups at DC’s Fourth of July celebration and even had one of his fireworks photos recognized in Exposed DC’s annual contest. So when we were thinking of who to feature for our Fourth of July fireworks Q&A, we…

  • Bars & Restaurants,  Drink City,  Q&A

    Drink City: Van Hillard

    Van Hillard has served drinks under a number of aliases around the District: Dr. Clock, Mr. MiG (of MiG Bar), and Hassan (of Hassan’s Rumpus Room).  Ever elliptical, he currently serves as the heart and soul of the surreal, atmospheric upstairs of Adams Morgan’s Rendezvous Lounge, colloquially known as Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar.  Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the D.C. area who are invested in D.C.’s drinking culture.  What brought you to D.C.? Tunes and a desire for a new homebase.  I was playing with a band out of the South and we were routinely trekking up and down the East Coast. D.C. made for a…

  • Photographers,  Q&A

    5 minutes with Victoria Milko

      Victoria Milko has been around cameras all her life. “Some of my first memories are of sitting in my father’s darkroom at Georgetown University, watching photos magically appear in-front of my eyes when placed in a tray of mysterious liquid,” she writes on her website. “I was mystified, intrigued and instantly enamored. I received my first camera, a Polaroid, when I was a toddler- the world became my photography playground.”  So, it shouldn’t be a big surprise that these days, she’s at the forefront of DC’s indie photography scene, a city that she has been around since those Polaroid days. Besides staying busy doing product shoots, freelancing for the Washington Express…

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  • Bars & Restaurants,  Drink City,  Q&A

    Drink City: Franklin

    Franklin bartends at Ardeo + Bardeo on Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park.  Franklin has a penchant for creating delicious drinks like his famed Alobar, named for the character in Jitterbug Perfume, as well as a dry and sometimes puckish sense of humor. Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the D.C. area who are involved in D.C.’s drinking culture.  What brought you to D.C.? I was born in D.C., but I spent my formative years overseas in Warsaw, Poland. My family still lives over there. I returned in 1986, and went to high school in Northern Virginia. I moved back into D.C. in 2011 when I started bartending at…

  • Bars & Restaurants,  Drink City,  Q&A

    Drink City: Dani Paulson

    Dani Paulson is currently at Copycat Co. on H Street NE.  Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the D.C. area who are invested in D.C.’s drinking culture.  What brought you to D.C.? I moved back to the DMV area after college. My stepdad had just been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and my mom needed help with my younger brother and sisters while he was away. I worked in retail for a few years and I was miserable, so I went back to school after my stepdad got home and started waiting tables to pay my tuition. I fell in love with the restaurant industry and moved to…

  • Music,  Photographers,  Q&A

    5 minutes with Chris Suspect

    Back in the mid-80s, a teenaged Chris Suspect went to his first punk show at the old WUST Hall, where the 9:30 Club sits today. Naked Raygun, MIA and the Cereal Killers were among the bands that took the stage that night.  “Back then I didn’t have a camera nor the balls to photograph the bands, punks and skinheads at these shows, but I remembered the energy, the fun and the danger that swirled like a tornado at these events,” he writes on his blog, Suspect Device. DC has come a long way from those days. As has Chris, a new media designer who took up photography about seven years ago…

  • Photographers,  Q&A

    5 minutes with Navin Sarma

    A life-long resident of the DC area, fine art photographer Navin Sarma has traveled the world chasing that perfect image. Yet, he’s done some of his best work closer to home — whether its his artistic interpretations of famous Washington landmarks or some of the gorgeous landscapes that he has captured just a short drive outside of the city. He says he wants his viewers to “feel awe and wonder about how shapes, colors, and contrasts can converge, artfully, into a scene.” Besides exhibiting his work and conducting photography workshops, he has also picked up several accolades for his photos, including an honorable mention in the 2014 International Photography Awards. You can see…

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