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A more exciting Thursday than usual

The DC area is actually a pretty great place to live. We have numerous museums, most of which are free, and some landmarks of American history in our many memorials and monuments. Unlike mindyklasky, I almost never go to any of them! In fact, now that my company moved to Arlington, I hardly go into DC at all.

But last night I went to a really cool Washington place, the Bohemian Caverns in Northeast DC, a jazz club with a storied past. Jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and John Coltrane have played there. The place is distinctive; you descend narrow, winding stairs into a basement room transformed to a cave-like setting. The restaurant upstairs serves (very yummy) nouvelle Southern-style food. A friend and I went to dinner and then caught a show by another friend and co-worker who goes by the stage name of Changamire. The show was wonderful, but it was also neat because here was this woman I work with every day— a nice woman, but she's so quiet, she's almost shy— on stage wearing a slinky dress and dangling earrings, and filling the room with a mellow sound. She did a long set of several numbers, some original, some old favorites. Georgia on my Mind was probably my favorite, but her version of My Favorite Things was wonderful because she took something familiar and made it new and different and yet somehow still the same song— almost like she herself was new and different and yet still the same person.

It was a wonderful evening. We really should do that again.






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bogwitch64
Dec. 11th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
I lived 25 minutes from NYC for half of my life, and while I went into the City often, I almost never went to the museums. Ugh. Youth.

My daughter, on the other hand, lives in NYC and she and her husband make it a point to visit one of the museums once a month. Of course, she works for a museum in the City so she gets in ALL museums for free, so that's a perk, right? :)

Sounds like a cool place. You should go more often!
karen_w_newton
Dec. 11th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
I really should. All the Smithsonian museums are free, which means if I go somewhere like NYC the charge to get in always comes as a shock. "What? You have to PAY to see the museum?"
sandystewart
Dec. 11th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Seems like we go to the DC museums only when guests are in town. Live music is nice, but can be so loud. We went to Meriweather Post Pavilion once; the fronting band was so loud we had to stand by the back fence as far from the stage as possible to save our ears. The Birchmere is better; I was there a few weeks ago to see a reunion of the '70s band Renaissance. The volume was still high but bearable.
karen_w_newton
Dec. 11th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
The was jazz, so it wasn't too loud-- very mellow. And you're right about the out-of-town company. I went on that Segway tour of DC only when my nephew and his wife were in town.
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