How The Hell Houston Is A Cooler City Than Our Washington, DC?

Forbes  thinks our Awesome DC is the second coolest city after Houston. Measurements:  Houston has lower unemployment rate, stronger theater scene, world-class museums and a multicultural.

Either the people in Forbes including Morgan Brennan who wrote the article are on dope or I have always ended up staying in only blonde, blue eyes, vanilla ice part of Houston every time I was there.  I have been in that city four times ever since I got off the boat from Iran to Awesome Washington DC in 1986. I stayed an average of five days each time. I don’t remember ever spotted anyone but blondes and blue eyes with classic American red neck accent there.  So, not sure what multicultural thing Forbes is yapping about. Read more of this post

Global PechaKucha Day : INSPIRE JAPAN

Japan has inspired designers for many generations and it is where the “Pecha Kucha 20 images x 20 seconds” show-and-tell event format was born, and it has gone on to inspire designers to get together in 400 cities around the world, to share their creativity at more than 1000 events each year.

Japan has inspired us all, now is it our turn to “Inspire Japan.” Read more of this post

Worn Magazine Issue 2 Launch Party tonight

Hope you read my previous coverage on this exciting magazine which is about to awesomize and fashionaize Awesome Washington DC.

They have another party tonight. Join Worn + 10 local DJs to celebrate the launch of Issue 2!!

U Street Music Hall
1115A U Street NW
Washington, DC

Tonight from 8pm to1am Read more of this post

Worn Magazine to Fashionize Awesome Washington, D.C.

I attended the 2nd issue launch party of Worn Magazine on Saturday night.  The event was hosted by Ada Polla, one of our Awesome Washingtonian of the day and Alchimie Forever‘s boss at their studio in Georgetown.

As a technologist, this is the first time I am covering a fashion related subject that I barely know anything about. So, my apology to those fashion maniacs  for writing the story brief. Although, I love fashion and truly enjoy watching fashionable women, but when it comes to the space. I am clueless. So, here we go…

My first impression of the concept behind Worn Magazine: As I’ve been trying to Awesomize Washington, DC with my Awesome DC, Worn tries to Fashionize the city with their awesome art, fashion, and photography techniques 🙂

Worn Magazine was founded by  fashion blogger, LA girl Nicole Aguirre earlier this year. The magazine is also supported in part by a 2010 Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. With their basic black, white and red color scheme,  their art, fashion, photography is pretty creative and original – in particular for Awesome Washington, DC. Read more of this post

Capitol PechaKucha Night for Architecture Week 2010!

The two smoking hot sisters Bita & Rouzita have organized another one of those Awesome Pechakucha night in DC. Feel free to join them for their 13th Volume with AIA DC Architecture Week hosted at The Atlas Performing Arts Center.

The evening will feature award winning architects who’s work is making an impact locally and around the globe, showcasing residential and urban design projects, programs that bring architects to the classrooms, design competitions, architecture in the space of tourism, as well as graffiti art that captures and transforms space with light. Read more of this post

Art Lovers Of Washington, DC – 4th Annual Photography Exhibition

by Elias Shams
Those of you interested in photography, there is an awesome exhibition in DC till February 4th. So, you have less than two weeks.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has been hosting their Fourth Annual Photography Exhibition and Reception since Jan 9th.  It features works from local and regional artists using a variety of photographic processes including black and white, color, traditional, alternative, material, and digital.

The juror for the exhibition is Bruce McKaig, a Washingtonian for the last three years, local artist and arts educator. Bruce chairs the Photography Department at CHAW and teaches at Georgetown University and the Smithsonian Associates. He has exhibited nationally and internationally for over thirty years. Some of his current work is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC:

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5 Cool Things To Do This Week In Washington, DC

Switchfoot at the 9:30 Club!
• When:Sun 12/13 (7PM)
• Where: 9:30 Club
• Address: 815 V St. NW Washington, DC Map
• Cost: $20.00
• Here is their “Dare You To Move” music video:

Cole Sternberg Art Exhibit
• When:Sat 11/7 – Tue 12/15 (7PM)
• Where: American University Museum at the Katzen
• Address: 4400 Massachusetts Ave. Northwest Washington, DC Map
• Cost: FREE! Here is an interview with Cole Sternberg back in July of this year:

MARILYN Thursdays : GRAND OPENING! at The Reserve on L
• When:Thu 12/10 (5PM)
• Where: The Reserve on L
• Address: 1426 L Street NW Washington, DC Map
RSVP here

Christmas on the Potomac and ICE!
• When:Thu 11/19 – Sun 1/10/10 (7PM)
• Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
• Address: 201 Waterfront St National Harbor, MD Map
• Cost: Buy ticket here or call (301) 965-2000

Happy Hour at Vegetate
• When: Mon 10/6/08 – Fri 2/25/11 (6PM)
• Where: Vegetate
• Address: 1414 9th St NW Washington, DC Map
• Cost: $3-$5

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Hi, My Name is Elias, I am a Dupont Circleholic!

by Elias Shams
And, NO! I am not gay 🙂

Considering my first boy was born in Dupont Circle area, how could I be so stupid not to start my blog with covering this great area, one of my favorite places in the Washington, D.C?

Those of you not familiar with the D.C, Dupont Circle is known for its gay & lesbian community. Well, correction – it used to be known as the main hub for gays & lesbians till 2002 or 2003. Something changed. After four years of goofing around in Europe, ever since, I moved back to D.C in summer of 2006, It looks like most of the gay and lesbian community have moved to the U street – a few blocks further to the East. Even one of their old hangout clubs, the Circle is now a hang out club for straights. It is called Cazuza. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I got nothing against them. In fact, I have four gay friends – one from Madrid, one from D.C, and two from Tehran. Did you hear that Mr. Ahmadinejad? Gays from Tehran. Yes, there are tons of them in Iran and other part of the world.

Anyway, enough of gay, lesbian, and straight stuff. Back to the Dupont Circle:

Dupont Circle is also known for its funky shops and trendy restaurants and bars. This neighborhood is the heart of Washington, D.C’s nightlife. The area is one of the hippest neighborhoods in town. I’d say over 80% of Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with some of historic homes and foreign embassies as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and other private art galleries. Its cosmopolitan air draws visitors both young and old. You can easily notice seven girls for a guy in the area which is right along the poll the Washington Post conducted a few years ago. Great news for the us. 🙂

It used to be a neighborhood of old money. Dupont Circle today is home to artists, intellectuals, young professionals, many recent college graduates, and me. There are many high-rise apartment buildings and many rowhouses have been converted into apartments. The Circle itself is a gathering place with park benches, grass and a unique fountain in the center. The neighborhood, today is the house of art museums, restaurants, embassies and fun shops. Dupont Circle is also home to the Phillips Collection, one of the city’s foremost art museums with paintings by Renoir, Degas and Cezanne. In fact, it was the first museums I took my first date back in 1989 when I was still going to school. I just wanted to pretend I was cultured. Not that I am not. You know, it was one of those classic stupid guy thing. I just wish I had done my homework about the museum prior the date, cuz she ended up being my first and last date once she found out I didn’t know jack about Renoir, Degas and Cezanne.

Here are two great clips of Dupont Circle I found on Youtube. No, I am not in any of the videos:

We were also mentioned in The American President movie Michael Douglas played as the U.S. President:-) not in a positive tone though 😦

Check out a picture gallery of Dupont Circle and the surrounding area.

The area is located North of Downtown, East of Rock Creek Park, South of Adams Morgan and Kalorama, and West of Logan Circle. Map of Dupont Circle .

Public Transportation is very easy, but parking might be bitch – especially over the weekend.
Metro station: Dupont Circle

Nightlife in Dupont Circle is great. This neighborhood is one of the most popular destinations in the city for nightlife. See a guide to Dupont Circle Bars and Nightclubs.
Major Attractions Near Dupont Circle:

The Textile Museum
National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall
Woman’s National Democratic Club Museum
Embassy Row
Woodrow Wilson House
The Phillips Collection
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
The Brewmaster’s Castle
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle

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