Thursday, April 16, 2009

Columbia Hype

Here's this week's Columbia Hype, from 2BloxDC:

Featured Event

For those of you that are unaware, our very own Columbia Heights happens to be home to the Mexican Cultural Institute. Perhaps you have seen it? It’s housed in a massively august four story Tuscan revival structure on the east side of 16th street, just south of Columbia. The building itself was designed, roughly a hundred years ago, by architects Wyeth and Fuller (best known in Washington for their lay out of the White House West Wing). For sixty-nine years the structure housed the Mexican embassy, but when the embassy moved into its new home on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1989, the Mexican Cultural Institute moved in.

The Mexican Cultural Institute is an organization, the avowed purpose of which is to present the best of the Mexican arts community to the people of Washington D.C. The interior is nothing short of breathtaking. It presents a perfect dichotomy of forms between its classically resplendent, expansive decor (so representative of the mansions in the Mexican heartland) and its looming, lustrously sublime, three story mural by Roberto Cueva del Rio. While maintaining both rotating and permanent gallery installations it also hosts film screenings, lectures and music events. Tonight at 6:30 it will host a discussion with Ruben Gallo of Princeton University and Barbara Tannenbaum of the Library of Congress, on the bohemian communities of Mexico City in the early 20th Century. Furthermore, tonight and tomorrow will also be your last opportunity to view the Institute’s exhibit on contemporary Mexican architecture; it will close on the 17th.

The Mexican Cultural Institute is at 2829 16th Street NW, 202.628.1728


DC area nonprofit Words Beats and Life and All Ways Rocking are holding a 1 on 1 b-boy/b-girl battle at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St NW. Doors open at 7 pm, $5 cover, and a cash prize.


Words Beats and Life is holding the fourth Bum Rush the Boards Hip-Hop Chess Tournament is at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard Street NW. The tournament is intended to "promote the idea to the hip- hop generation of overcoming through strategic struggle." More here


Party Animals Brunch - A fundraiser to help the Humane Society Legislative Fund put an end to Puppy Mills, the brunch is one of 100 fundraisers to help stop inhumane breeders. There will be food and drinks and dogs. It's from noon to 5 at 1335 Kenyon. If you're interested, please RSVP - for more info and to RSVP click here.

Flaming Lips on the Mall!! Not in the hood, but I'll be there.


  1. Cabron that's not tuscan, take that shit back to your villa or whatever the fugg you about!

  2. I didn't write it, but duly noted.


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