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Friday, January 6, 2017

Countdown to Magic

This will be magical: "The DC Public Library Foundation is set to release a compilation album featuring several luminaries of the DC music scene entitled ALB’s Rock the Stacks. The release will come in both vinyl and digital format. The Foundation will host a local music festival and release party at the MLK Library on February 24, 2017. The proceeds of the album and all events surrounding it will go to the DC Public Library Foundation. ALB’s Rock the Stacks came together in memory of Annie Lou Berman, an essential member of the DC creative community and board member of the DC Public Library Foundation, who succumbed to cancer earlier this year.

Some of Berman’s favorite bands have donated recordings to the project while others collaborated to make fresh recordings in the state-of-the-art Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library recording studios. Some of the bands and musicians appearing on the album includeThievery Corporation, Deathfix, Fort Knox Five, Shortstack and Small Doses. The release party will feature many of the bands on the album, including Elmapi, Furniteur, Warm Sun and The ALB Allstars (a supergroup of members appearing on Rock the Stacks).

The project is being headed by a committee that includes Anna Fuhrman (Proper Topper),Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Deathfix), Jim Thomson (Gwar), Ben Gilligan (musician and restaurateur), Vida Russell and Jerry Busher (Deathfix, French Toast) as well as members of the library and Berman’s family members, including husband MJ Berman, sister Johanna Howe and cousin Kevin Bayly.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Uncensored Part 2: Songs for Banned Books & Freedom

We are pleased and honored to be co-hosts for UNCENSORED, a party to kick off Banned Books Week and to benefit the DC Public Library. Books are such a vital part of our lives and our business; we are deeply alarmed when the people who oversee the education of our children deign to limit access to them.

For this playlist, we’ve chosen songs named for great books that have been banned or challenged by school systems in the US. We hope you'll read (we’ve included a choice passage from each work), listen (spotify player below), enjoy -- then join us this Friday night at Martin Luther King Library for music, art and crafty cocktails. Tickets are available online or at the door.



Animal Farm by George Orwell
1. Animal Farm – The Kinks
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell


Howl by Allen Ginsberg
2. Howl – Florence + The Machine
“What is obscenity? And to whom?”  - Allen Ginsberg


The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
3. The Call Of The Wild – David Byrne
“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.” – Jack London


Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
4. Stranger In A Strange Land – Blitzen Trapper
“The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time - and then shut up.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

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Friday, June 19, 2015

25 Songs For 25 Years

Where were you 25 years ago? June 19, 1990. It was a steamy DC day, and, in the shiny new marble-lined West Hall of Union Station, a little shop rolled open its gleaming glass doors for the first time.

The hit movie of the summer was "Dick Tracy," starring Madonna and Warren Beatty, starting an ill-advised rush for yellow fedoras. (We didn't sell them.) JK Rowling had just begun to write the first Harry Potter book as future Hermione portrayer Emma Watson turned two months old. The checkpoint booth at Checkpoint Charlie was removed from the border between East and West Germany, two weeks before official reunification. Things were happening all over the world.

Twenty-five years later, we are proud and excited -- and, above all, thankful -- to still be going strong. Much has changed over the past quarter century in the world at large, and certainly in the world of retail. (Online shopping? Who'd have thunk of such a possibility in 1990.)

We are going to take you on a stroll through history in the next few months, starting today with a What We Were Listening To In 1990 Play List. Check back with us when you can ... it should be a fun ride.

We’d like to thank all the people who have taken part in this experience over the last twenty five years. Between our great staff and our wonderful customers, we are grateful and honored that you’ve made us a part of your lives. We hope you continue to do so for the next twenty-five years.

1. Ana - The Pixies
“I think everyone should sell whatever product they want to sell for whatever price they want to sell it for, but ultimately the market will dictate what it is and people will have to charge less money for everything. Record companies have been overcharging people for way too long and now this is the trouble that they're in.”
- Frank Black

2. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
“When you're young, you don't really know quite what you're aiming at. You're very impulsive and acting on impulse, which is very important and valuable. But you're kind of swimming in a blind sea. When you get older, you have more of a sense of direction.”
- Sinead O'Connor

3. Born At the Right Time - Paul Simon
“Yesterday it was my birthday.
I hung one more year on the line.
I should be depressed.
My life's a mess.
But I'm having a good time.”

- Paul Simon

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

21 Songs for World Toilet Day

For those of you that haven’t noticed, we post a music play list on this blog every Wednesday. Before we begin this week’s list, we ask that you forgive us our juvenile indulgence just this once. We promise to return to our high-minded musings and excellent music collections next week. It’s just that we were flushed with excitement when we learned that World Toilet Day fell on a Wednesday this year. It’s as if our whole life has been leading up to this very moment. We truly believe that it’s a shame to let good toilet jokes go to waste, and now we have the opportunity to blow the lid off some global dirty laundry that could benefit from public exposure. Lincoln himself said “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.” If you haven’t yet heard of World Toilet Day, this is absolutely a matter of life and death. Here’s the poop.

Nearly 2.5 billion people do not have access to a toilet or sustainable sanitation, with more than 1 billion forced to practice open defecation. The list of diseases directly linked to open defecation includes cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, diarrhea, worm infestation, reduced physical growth, impaired cognitive function and under nutrition. Diarrhea alone is the second biggest killer of children under five years old in the world. Around 1.5 million deaths each year - nearly one in five – are caused by diarrhea. It kills more children than malaria, AIDS, and measles combined.

Lack of access to sanitation cost the world’s poorest countries $260 billion dollars a year. The World Health Organization and The United Nations have launched initiatives to publicize the problem to encourage struggling nations to address the issue. Nonprofit organizations like have worked to promote awareness and raise funds to provide sustainable sanitation to those without it. They have shown remarkable returns on modest investments. For a mere $25 donation, you can provide someone clean water for life.  On average, every US dollar invested in water and sanitation provides an economic return of eight US dollars for some of the poorest countries in the world. This is a problem that can be eradicated in our lifetime.

Proper Topper has created a campaign with, not just because it gives us an excuse to use the world’s best hashtag #toiletsWIN but also because they run a remarkably effective charity. We would be honored if you would join us in this worthwhile cause.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Get Out and Vote Today!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Uncensored: A Playlist for Banned Books Week

In celebration of Banned Books Week, we (HUGE book fans, all of us) are doing all sorts of bookish things. We all went to the Uncensored bash at MLK Library last Friday evening, a preview party for Banned Books Week, sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation. It was the coolest spot in town (full disclosure, we helped host the event ...), featuring provocative art and music and literature and drink. You gotta love provocative drink.

And now, we are pleased and proud to present a guest playlist composed by DCPL's own Tony Ross. Enjoy.

Playlist: Uncensored


Selections and notes by Tony Ross, DCPL Librarian

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Seersucker Social + Prep.

It's that time of year again: DC's brightest and most beautiful will don their vintage gear and gather for a bike ride and a social on July 7th. You know we're big fans of whimsical gatherings, so we're happy to offer 20% off any clothing and accessories you need (full price only), now through Saturday {when you can mingle with the masses at Marvin for the Seersucker Prep}. Just mention you're shopping for the Seersucker Social, and we'll set you right up!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Small Business Crawl

We're pleased as punch to be the grand finale of tomorrow's Washington, D.C. Small Business Crawl, sponsored by the Internet Association, "in honor of D.C. Social Media Week to tour small businesses and highlight the profound impacts of the Internet on jobs, economic growth, and innovation" (from the I.A. press release). So, all you local bloggers, press, social media mavens--do consider joining in on the fun!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

of seersuckers and libraries.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

our thursday evening.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

a-hatting (+ a-biking) (+ a-reading) we shall go!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

tweed riders, unite!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

a wee tweed discount.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

trunk show: christine a. moore millinery.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

lanyapi trunk show.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

what a night!

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Friday, September 9, 2011

welcome {is that the SUN?!} weekend.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

welcome weekend.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

THURSDAY, April 14th, 2011chapeaux + champagne!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21st, 2011welcome weekend.

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