Author Archive for Mimi Kirk

Singers of the World, Unite: D.C. Labor Chorus Performs Saturday

The D.C. Labor Chorus has been known to sing in foreign languages, and this year’s annual “Evening of Favorite and Sacred Songs” is no different. Last December, the group—an affiliate of the Labor Heritage Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the labor movement through music and the arts—sang the famous socialist, communist, and anarchist anthem [...]

Hypnotist Flip Orley Returns to DC Improv

Stand-up comedian and hypnotist Flip Orley first learned about his craft at age 12 when he bought the book How to Pick Up Girls Through Hypnotism. “Most of the girls in school liked me as a buddy,” he says. “When I would ask them to a dance, they’d say, ‘Oh, but we’re too good of [...]

Striking at the Heart of Yarn Bombing

Tomorrow, the exterior of Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club on Bladensburg Road NE will be covered—that is to say, yarn-bombed—with knitted hearts in shades of pink and red. The cozy facade is part of ARTventures on H, during which galleries and art spaces along the H Street NE corridor open their doors for a neighborhood art [...]

Artist Helen Zughaib Wants to Foster Dialogue Between People…and Cats

Helen Zughaib offers me baklava soon after I enter her Foggy Bottom studio. “It’s not the real thing,” she apologizes. “It’s Greek, so it’s made with honey instead of simple syrup. We Arabs are sticklers about stuff like that,” she laughs.
Zughaib’s Arab heritage (her father is Lebanese, her mother American) informs not only her taste [...]

Wednesday: The Freex Come to Adams Morgan

It's no shocker that the counterculture video group that called itself the Videofreex formed at Woodstock in 1969. Co-founders Parry Teasdale and David Cort happened upon each other there—both carrying hunks of video equipment—and decided to join forces. Together—Teasdale relates in his 1999 memoir, Videofreex—they roamed the site, “[David] interviewing, me behind the camera taping [...]

In Mount Pleasant, Halloween is a Drag on Hobart Street

Every Halloween night for the past seven years, Tom Burkhardt, 61, and his partner, Steven Dunn, 55, with the help and participation of fellow Hobart Street residents in Mount Pleasant, have put on a drag show on the porch roof of their row house. Kids and adults alike gather in the street to watch the 7 [...]

For the Warm and Fuzzies, Knit Happens

It’s not hard to find the graffiti artists who call themselves the Warm and Fuzzies once they give you the general location of their Mount Pleasant basement apartment. It’s the one with knitted streamers hanging from the barred door, and once you’re inside, there’s yarn waiting to be knitted or crocheted everywhere you look. I [...]