Author Archive for Kim Chi Ha

VietFest Helps Soothe Wounds of Eden Center Raids

Recent crackdowns at Eden Center and Vietnamese-owned spas haven't been a good look for local Vietnamese-owned businesses. The inaugural VietFest, taking place Saturday at George Mason University, could change that.
Singer Anh Minh, who’s performed on the music variety show Paris by Night, is scheduled to headline the daylong festival, which is a celebration of Vietnamese arts, food, and fashion [...]

ABC Board Approves Sale of Love Nightclub to Dean Smothers

Love Nightclub has a new owner. Last week, the Alcoholic Beverage Control board approved the $7.8 million transfer of sale from Washington "nightclub impresario" Marc S. Barnes and his Okie Dokie LLC to Dean Smothers, a local real estate investor and owner of The Scene nightclub.
Barnes opened Dream in 2001 at 1350 Okie St. NE, and changed [...]

Asian Pop Rock Weekend, from Dengue Fever the Band to Yellow Fever the DJs

Tonight’s film screening of Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, a film documenting Los Angeles-based band Dengue Fever’s experience traveling through Cambodia, kicks off Asian Art Revolution, a weekend of art, film and music at the Freer and Sackler Galleries.
The weekend events are meant to target “a young professional audience, [showcasing] things Asian Americans are doing,” says [...]

What Not to Wear‘s Stacy London Tours D.C. Boutiques, Aims to Tap Obama Cool

If you rush, and if it's your thing, you can still catch  Stacy London on her shop crawl around town today to promote Style for Hire, her new, just-launched personal styling service. The What Not to Wear co-host started the service with friend and D.C. resident Cindy McLaughlin–the pair intends to open services in New York, [...]

Arts Roundup: The What You Know About That Edition

Good morning, everyone. Autumn just stepped in for a visit. Strange, isn't it? Today's forecast calls for a partly sunny day with a high of 70. I swear, it was sweltering just last week—not sure how I feel about all of this.
In case you missed it, the Dance Party is returning to the District, maybe [...]

Arts Roundup: The Chatroulette an Exorcism Edition

Good morning, everyone! Another lovely, rainy Monday. The last full week of August has arrived, and the kids are heading back to school—where did the summer go?
In theaters this past weekend, The Switch, based on a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides, author of Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides, proved to be "disarmingly winning." Strange. A [...]

Arts Roundup: The Rain’s a Riot Edition

Morning, everyone. Rain, rain, rain. The District's under flood warning this morning—hope your commute isn't too dreadful. Looks like the kind of day to stay in bed.
Speaking of the weather, the Phillips Collection is throwing an End of the Summer White Party where they'll pay tribute to Snowpocalypse, and they're taking any memories you'd like [...]

With Closing of Adams Morgan Blockbuster, Only Eight Video Stores Remain in D.C.

News broke on e-mail lists over the weekend that the Blockbuster on Columbia Road NW is shuttering—hardly a surprise, since the former behemoth announced last fall its plan to close as many as 960 stores nationwide by the end of this year, reported the AP.
It means that there's just one Blockbuster left in the District, at 410 8th Street [...]

Arts Roundup: The Sleepyhead Edition

Good morning, sleepyheads! A high of 97 degrees today–don't know why I decided to sleep in sweats last night. For your viewing pleasure this morning, Passion Pit's been on repeat in my earphones.
Glee hottie Puck, or rather Mark Sailing, is releasing his first (perhaps last) album Solo dropping in October. Take a gander–I'd rather listen [...]

Charles Manson Releases Eco-Themed Records on Fredericksburg’s Magic Bullet Records

Cult leader Charles Manson, you'll be pleased to know, is still serving his life sentence for the Tate/LaBianca murders of 1969. But that won't stop him from releasing a tetralogy of environmentally minded albums on Fredericksburg's Magic Bullet Records over the next year. The first, Air, just came out.
The bluesy, eerie eight-track album is [...]