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DC's New Recycling Rules

January 7, 2018

After you take away the Christmas tree, it's time to focus on DC Department of Public Works' new recycling requirement with its expanded list of items, effective January 1, 2018.  All part of a citywide goal of getting 80 percent of waste out of landfills.

 

The new list of recyclables is now the same for both residential and commercial properties, and includes these newly eligible items:

 

Pizza boxes

Paper and plastic plates, cups, lids and takeout containers

Plastic produce, deli/bakery containers and trays

Residents should continue to loosely place recyclable items in the blue bins without plastic bags.

Plastic bags, wrap and film are still not recyclable through DPW’s system, but residents can find a dropoff location to recycle those items.


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National Museum of the American Indian Hosts 'Americans'

November 27, 2017

The images are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, and from classic Westerns and cartoons to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names are everywhere too, from state, city, and street names to the Tomahawk missile. And the familiar historical events of Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn remain popular reference points in everyday conversations.

 

Opening January 18, 2018, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is hosting an exhibition of American Indian images, names, and stories that infuse American history and contemporary life.

 

Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. It will surround visitors with images, delve into the three stories, and invite them to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists.

 

Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians as well as how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States.

 

About the photo above: Considered the most stylish of mass-produced motorcycle models, this 1948 Indian Chief is now on view in the museum’s Potomac Atrium. It will take up long-term residence on the Third Level when Americans opens this fall. From its origin as a bicycle brand exported overseas through its transition to a motorcycle line, the “Indian” name has signified American quality to foreign and domestic customers alike. This motorcycle’s fender ornament is an Indian figure with headdress. Indian Chief motorcycle on loan from the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Birmingham, Alabama. Photos by Matailong Du for the National Museum of the American Indian.

 

National Museum of the American Indian is located at 4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW. 


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Caroline Adams Paintings at Susan Calloway

October 25, 2017

Through November 11, 2017 at Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery, view  Someplace Else, a show of Caroline Adams' paintings.

 

Here's what Adams says about her work:

 

"Every time I move somewhere new -- every four years or so -- I spend time feeling disconnected. Why did I go so far away? Where do I really belong? Can I reinvent myself in this new place?

 

I paint my way toward the answers. This is especially true with my egg tempera paintings. Egg tempera doesn’t glide around the way oil does. It doesn’t abide being moved from here to there, or wiped off the canvas to try another direction. Egg tempera hits the panel and stays put. There is a solidity, a rooted-ness to it. In order to build an egg tempera landscape, I sit for hours laying down line after line, layer upon layer. If I work long enough, the unfamiliar language and customs around me fall away.

 

And I’m someplace else. Someplace I’ve made, someplace that draws on the memory of all the places I have traveled and lived and made my home. Sometimes, it’s a glimpse of sky in a faraway place. Other times, it’s a field that I saw a thousand times as a child. This has been a hard couple of years to be away from home. Lots of things have changed and are changing still. I hope that these reflections of my visual experience will bring you to a time you remember, somewhere familiar or, if needed, just someplace else. The fields that I saw as a child are the same fields that Andrew Wyeth wandered and painted so hauntingly in his tempera works. In light of his recent retrospective at the Brandywine River Museum, minutes from my childhood home, I’m thinking about my fellow Pennsylvanian. The steely grays and cold browns belie a sincere empathy for his subjects and a deep connection to the place where he lived. I move around far more than Wyeth, and I paint a wider variety of landscapes. But his temperas depict my first home.

 

And I return to them over and over, visiting like a dear friend."

 

Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery is located at 1643 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.


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