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Book Festivals

The Library of Congress Book Festival ends today. George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia continues its 10-day fest Fall for the Book until next Sunday. Covers popular fiction, historical fiction, history, biography, sports and culture.

Sportswriting: Baseball, Basketball, and Historical Perspectives@ George Mason Regional Library

Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Cultural historian Brett L. Abrams and Mason communications doctoral student Raphael Mazzone, co-authors of The Bullets, The Wizards and Washington DC Basketball, join long-time journalist Tom Dunkel, author of Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line, to talk about their books and the art and craft of sportswriting in general. Sponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library.

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Humane Society Adoption

At yesterday’s $12 adoption for 12 hours event I spent three hours portraying the mascot, Wags the Dog. My main job centered on standing out on New York Avenue, NE, in front of the animal shelter, waving to the cars. The truck drivers got a big kick out of it and always tooted their horns, like the did when we would ride past them in school buses.

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I got to hug adorable dogs too. Some of the dogs did bark at me, as they weren’t sure if I was really one of their species or not!

New Art Exhibit

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) held an opening on a happening art night in Washington, DC last night. Inside the Capitol Skyline Hotel, the WPA showed works by installation artist Ira Tattelman. Since the installation took place in the Hotel Lounge, Tattelman engaged hotel visitors with a series of games that they could play while sipping their drinks.

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Hanging on the far wall are six games, ranging from Hangman and Tic-tac-toe, to the more obscure, Fox and Geese. Several people played while I looked at the material the artist used to make the games. Deceptively simple, screws marked places on the game board and plastic plugs made up the game pieces to move around. I really appreciated that the screws created shadows on the wall that made for a nice pattern.

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The show appears at the Hotel on South Capitol Street and I Street, SW. 

Later that night, Art Whino held a show for invited guests at the old Friendship Baptist Church on Delaware Avenue, SW.