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“Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia” Reopens at Anacostia Community Museum in Celebration of All-Star Game

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The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum will reopen its popular exhibition, “Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia,” to celebrate this year’s All-Star Game July 17 at Nationals Park. The remounted exhibition, sponsored by ESPN’s The Undefeated, will be on display through Wednesday, Aug. 1.

“Separate and Unequaled” chronicles and celebrates the history of African Americans in baseball in the nation’s capital during segregation. The exhibition uses historical photographs to narrate this very American story. It was first on display at the museum in 2008 on the occasion of the opening of Nationals Park. This 10-year reopening includes three new murals and a selfie station.

“We are thrilled to bring back this inspiring exhibition 10 years later,” said Museum Director Lori D. Yarrish. “We know it will be a great addition to the city’s celebration of hosting this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game.”

The exhibition tells the story of African American baseball in Washington, beginning in the mid-1800s and through the desegregation of the sport. It describes how the organized African American teams, unable to own ballparks, played wherever they could and often requested the use of white-owned fields, including Griffith Stadium, the home of the major league Washington Senators. Because of consistent winning scores and exciting games, the African American teams soon became the fan favorites of Washington baseball lovers, selling out stadiums wherever they played.

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‘Turn Me Loose’ pays homage to Dick Gregory | Champagne and Reception, Friday, October 12

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The heckling is raw in “Turn Me Loose,” and you can get in on it if you dare. Edwin Lee Gibson plays comedian Dick Gregory in this biographical drama of the comedian/activist, who died last year at the age of 84, and true to Gregory’s form, the joking gets serious. You want to call him something? He invites the audience to stand up in the light and do it.

It’s a stark moment, and reflective of the combative tone that saturates Gretchen Law’s 90-minute drama at Arena Stage. Gregory’s life and career were indelibly shaped by the civil rights era; he knew the breakthroughs of getting attention on late-night talk shows (and playing hardball to land the gig on dignified terms), and he lived through the setbacks of murders and assassinations. The show draws plenty of laughs with jokes that still sting: a long story about moving into a white neighborhood, cutting his lawn and being mistaken for “help” that culminates in a racy punchline too explosively funny to spoil here.

But Dick Gregory knew, and Law underlines, that at some point it’s just not funny anymore.

“Do you want to be funny?” Gregory is asked at one point during an interview. The answer comes slow, and it drives the point home.

Bio-dramas can be hero worship, and Law’s script — fully titled “A Play About Comic Genius Dick Gregory” — does not break the mold. (The play premiered when Gregory was alive, and the extensive producing credits for this show include John Legend.) Director John Gould Rubin sticks close to the comedy-club environment of Christopher Barreca’s showbizzy set as the stream-of-consciousness scenes hit the high points of Gregory’s life.

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There’s Gregory in the early 1960s, a hip-looking young man cracking savvy jokes, cradling a cocktail and a cigarette, getting a gig in front of Southerners at the Playboy Club. There’s Gregory in later years, an aged sage wagging his finger at us about the conspiracies we just won’t get wise to, from food (he evangelized for a strict vegetarian diet) to undying American racism.

View feature by By Nelson Pressley @ The Washington Post HERE

Turn Me Loose September 6 – October 14

Get tickets  for the Friday, October 12 show and champagne reception @ http://bit.ly/dick-gregory-dmv

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What $2,500 a month rents you in D.C.

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various D.C. neighborhoods. Is one person’s studio another person’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $2,500 a month.

↑ In Northeast, these two-bedroom, two-bathroom units at the Brookland Press community start at $2,447 a month. The units are split across two buildings called The Foundry and The Forge that take cues from the neighborhood’s industrial past and offer modern amenities, including stainless steel appliances. The project is up the block from the Metro’s Red Line.

↑ For $2,500 a month, you can rent this updated three-bedroom, 2.5-bedroom house in Historic Anacostia. It has high ceilings, exposed brick, copious natural light, a backyard with a shed, and an unfinished basement for storage. The house is near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and Good Hope Road SE, and the neighborhood’s library.

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