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For D.C.’s older jazz artists, scarcity of gigs is a hard reality
WashingtonPost.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:50:00 GMT

Bill “Magic” Lavender-Bey knows all about the low end. Lavender-Bey plays the bass, the foundation instrument of jazz. It anchors the groove, frees up the other musicians to both articulate the melody and stray from it during solos. The bassist is the branch manager of the music — dispensing the helpful notes, keeping everyone on time and focused on the job at hand. But what happens when the bassist’s foundation outside the music is unsteady? Lavender-Bey, 58, has been a professional musician all his adult life, though these days, being a full-time jazz musician in Washington is research material for the blues. America’s capital is woefully short on clubs dedicated to America’s music. Too few places to play, too many instruments kept in their cases at night.


Three people are killed, two injured when two aircraft collide in Frederick County
WashingtonPost.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:55:00 GMT

Three people were killed Thursday when a helicopter conducting a training exercise and a private plane collided in midair near Frederick Municipal Airport.

Two men from Montgomery County suffered minor injuries in the 3:40 p.m. crash and were released from Meritus Health in Hagerstown by 7 p.m., the Maryland State Police said Thursday night. State police spokesman Greg Shipley said both men had been on the plane. They were identified as Gilbert Porter, 75, of Sandy Spring, Md., and Scott V. Graeves, 55, of Brookeville, Md.

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House of the Week | Dupont Victorian for $2.895M
WashingtonPost.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:30:52 GMT

Thomas Franklin Schneider, sometimes known as T.F. Schneider, is perhaps best known for the Cairo, the 12-story residential building on Q Street that triggered the District’s height debate. But he also built along that same street a collection of elegant stone rowhouses, such as this one from 1885.


Charles Severance, accused in Alexandria killings, will not go to trial until next October
WashingtonPost.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:04:00 GMT

The eccentric former political activist accused in the slayings of three prominent Alexandria residents will not go to trial until next October, and one of his attorneys said Thursday that he would have preferred even more time to explore what he called “circumstantial cases with multiple alternate suspects.”

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Weather Gang: D.C. area forecast: Breezy today, then mostly beautiful through the weekend
WashingtonPost.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:00:48 GMT
Breezy to windy conditions persist today and again on Sunday. But temperatures should remain mild.

‘E-Team’ takes viewers around the world with human rights defenders
WashingtonPost.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:21:26 GMT

“You don’t know if anything exciting or interesting is going to happen in front of the camera,” says Katy Chevigny, one of the directors of “E-Team,” opening Friday at the West End Cinema and at a Netflix account near you. “The only thing we knew was that we thought these characters were really interesting and we wanted to spend time with them. That was our money in the bank.”

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Maryland casinos blotter: voucher bandits, fighting moms, and unattended kids in cars
WashingtonPost.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:25 GMT

Working security at a casino must get repetitive, but it sure does not sound like it ever gets boring.

In the latest compliance report released after Thursday’s meeting of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission, there were plenty of ejections of intoxicated patrons, and the occasional underaged slot machine bandit or two. There were punches thrown and taken, and voucher snatchers that got away, or were caught and forced to pay up.

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Congressional Cemetery caretakers breathe life into historic D.C. graveyard
WashingtonTimes.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:48:21 -0400

Over the past two years, Paul Williams has learned a thing or two about throwing a party in a cemetery.

For one, serving alcohol is fine, but no one should get falling-down drunk. There are too many tombstones to trip over.

Since the historic preservationist was hired as president of ...

‘Birdman’ was a lesson in high-wire acting for actress Andrea Riseborough
WashingtonPost.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:32:06 GMT

Here’s a very basic explanation of how most film shoots work: The actors take their places. The camera starts rolling. The director says “action.” The actors act. The director says “cut.” Then they either do it all over again or, if the director is satisfied, they don’t. Repeat till movie is over.

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Fairfax County high schools to push back start times next fall
WashingtonPost.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:42:40 GMT

Fairfax County teens will get extra sleep next fall under a new initiative approved late Thursday that will push back the first class of the day in high schools to 8 a.m. or after.

The school board voted 11 to 1, with board member Kathy Smith (Sully) opposed, to delay start times to between 8 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. in the county’s 22 high schools and three secondary schools.

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Euro Fest exposes the young to Old World culture
WashingtonTimes.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:59:07 -0400

Take your kids on a whirlwind tour of Europe's cultural delights without spending thousands on airfare and accommodations — or even leaving the D.C. metro area.

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States is hosting the seventh annual Kids Euro Festival, a two-week celebration of European arts ...

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