Interview: Brent Smith of Shinedown (@ Out of the Darkness Community Walk — 11/2/19)

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Brent Smith of Shinedown participates in the Out of the Darkness Walk on Nov. 2, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

An hour before sunset on Saturday, more than 2,500 people disembarked from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a long trek around the tidal basin. The walk was part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk.

Leading the walk for the second straight year was Brent Smith, lead singer of Shinedown. Invited by radio station DC 101, and walking as part of their One More Light team, Brent took the time to talk with many of the participants, and to lend a compassionate ear to those who told him of the reasons why they were walking.

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Around Town: 155th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek @ Middletown, VA — 10/18-10/20/19

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Greg and Shirley Pituch with their medicine wagon, supplied with medications, dressings, and amputating table. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Oct. 19, 1864  — 155 years ago, the last and largest Civil War battle in the Shenandoah Valley was held on the original battlegrounds in Middletown, Virginia. General Jubal Early of the Confederates launched a surprise attack on the Union Army and pushed three corps from their positions. Union General Phil Sheridan arrived and counterattacked, driving the Confederates back. This battle helped Abraham Lincoln win reelection in November 1964.

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Around Town: Dine-N-Dash @ Penn Quarter + The Wharf — 6/12/19

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Nonprofit World Central Kitchen, established by Chef José Andrés to feed people after global disasters, held its top fundraising event recently, drawing hungry hoppers to more than 30 DC restaurants in Logan Circle, Penn Quarter, and The Wharf to dine and dash through curated meals and drinks.

As ever, this event was a lot of fun, and everyone left with full tummies and high spirits.

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Preview: Dine-N-Dash @ Penn Quarter/ 14 St./ The Wharf, 6/12/19

Flight Wine Bar Kabir Amir, owner and sommerlier, pours at Flight. (Photo courtesy Dine-N-Dash)

José Andrés and World Central Kitchen have recruited 30 restaurants to participate in the annual Dine-N-Dash fundraising event to benefit the nonprofit global charity as restaurants at The Wharf, located in Southwest DC, join the event for the first time on Wednesday, June 12.

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Around Town: SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience @ National Building Museum — 5/17/19

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Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey presented some lovely takes on popular sour beers at SAVOR 2019 on May 17, 2019.

Presented by the Brewers Association, the 12th edition of the Savor Craft Beer and Food Experience recently welcomed more than 90 small and independent craft breweries, many serving two or three of their beers, from around the country.

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Around Town: National Cannabis Festival @ RFK Stadium Festival Grounds — 4/20/19

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Participants press for federal legalization of marijuana at the National Cannabis Festival on April 20, 2019. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

“To me, pot is just fun. And I’m glad to see the rest of the country is coming around to my way of seeing things,” Keith Richards said in interview in Rolling Stone magazine Sept. 3, 2015. Keith would have enjoyed the National Cannabis Festival at RFK Stadium on April 20.

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