Author Archive for Caroline Jones

Should Politics & Prose’s Neighborhood Be Called “SoChe,” “NeConn,” or “Literary Alley?”

Attempts to change neighborhood names have become annoyingly common in D.C. The GaP, SoMo, SoNYA: all terrible. If some business owners have their way, a stretch of Connecticut Avenue NW may be getting its own new, unofficial name—and hopefully one that's significantly less awful than its brethren in rebranding.
Ask any loyal customer of Politics & Prose what neighborhood [...]

I Read The Thinly Veiled Politico Thriller So You Don’t Have To

Summer’s here and you’re looking for the perfect beach read. Might we suggest The List, former Politico reporter Karin Tanabe’s novel about life inside The Capitolist, a barely disguised Politico substitute described as “the only media outlet in D.C. that’s actually on the rise?"
But while Capitolist might be doing well, Tanabe's writing—not so much. That [...]

How to Get Ahead on the Mall

Expect crowds. One of the first pieces of advice given to inaugural ticketholders and, based on their behavior this morning, one of the first to be forgotten. You can't really blame them for being upset: some traveled thousands of miles and fought aggressively to get tickets, thinking this would get them a front row seat [...]

Is “St. Elmo’s Fire” Still Burning?”

If ABC gets their way, DC might soon be home to yet another television production.  The proposed pilot? St. Elmo's Fire-The Hour-Long Dramedy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joel Shumaker, who directed the 1985 Brat Pack classic, Jamie Tarses, former head of ABC's entertainment division, and actor Topher Grace have plans to modernize the story of [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Angry Townsfolk Edition

Good Morning, City Desk readers!  It's the second week in August, which usually means that most people are on vacation and not doing anything news-worthy.  But when he was elected, President Obama promised change and he has followed through on that.  Congressional town meetings, once sedate opportunities for schmoozing with your elected officials, have suddenly [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Save the Journalists Edition

Good Morning, City Desk Readers!  The big news today is presidential, of course, but poor Barack Obama got usurped on his birthday by America's other First Black President.  Bill Clinton is receiving all the accolades today after his trip to North Korea, where he met with President Kim Jung Il and helped negotiate the pardoning [...]

Happening Tonight: National Night Out

As the last month of summer begins, it's time to step outside your air-conditioned oasis and take some time to appreciate your neighborhood.  Or as this practice is referred to around the country, National Night Out, the one evening a year in which law enforcement, citizens, business owners and local officials come together to heighten [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Hung Up Edition

Good Morning, City Desk readers!  While City Paper is busy commemorating Sexist Day here at the office, all sorts of newsy events are happening all over the city, so here it is.

Alexandria Police Chief David P. Baker announced his retirement yesterday afternoon, ending a 40-year career in law enforcement.  This comes in the aftermath of [...]

Passenger Struck by Train at Van Ness

Another day, another Red Line delay.  This time, it's due to a train striking a man as it pulled into Van Ness/UDC  station around 12:30 this afternoon.  According to Metro's press release,
"A six-car Red Line train headed toward Shady Grove was pulling into the station around 12:30 p.m. when witnesses report the man intentionally placed [...]

DC Movie Tours: What’s There to See?

Now that every TV camera in the nation has turned it's lonely lens to Washington, it is only fitting that a bus tour has been arranged to guide tourists past the filming locations of every notable DC movie or TV show.  On Location Tours, Inc., the New York-based company behind the Sex and the City [...]

What’s Happening Tonight

Tonight is packed with all sorts of viewing parties and movie screenings so if you're lacking plans, pick some from the following list.

In honor of Chef Art Smith's appearance on Top Chef Masters tonight, his Art and Soul restaurant is hosting a viewing party in the ArtBar from 8-11 pm.  Complimentary hor d'oeuvers representing classic [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Just When We Forgot Edition

Good morning, City Desk readers!  Remember those lovely events and people we tried to forget about in the past few years, among them press secretaries, judicial nominations, and transit accidents?  They're all back to rear their ugly heads this morning, so let's commence with the news rundown.

Yesterday afternoon, City Desk posted the latest WaPo article [...]

Dancing in the Street to Support Iran

Major intersections downtown might be crowded today with people dancing to their iPods in large groups.  Why?  To show their solidarity for the Iranian elections, of course.  In all seriousness though, the Georgetown chapter of Project Nur is planning a series of flash mobs that will take place throughout the city as a way of [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Law and Order Edition

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor would like you to know that she was misunderstood when she said that a wise Latina woman would come to a better decision than a white man.  Yes, she's been repeating this line since the soundbite came out almost six weeks ago, but it seems to be the main focus [...]

Silverdocs Movies Getting Wide Release

Still lamenting the fact that you missed some Silverdocs screenings last month and don't know when you'll get the chance to see them again?  Have no fear.  POV, the PBS series dedicated to documentaries with a point of view, is showing several programs that previously played in Silver Spring throughout the summer and into the [...]