AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s Trace project, on exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through January, highlights the plight of political activists worldwide who may otherwise have been forgotten. Portraits of 176 men and women created entirely from Legos bring life and color to the bleak existences many must endure as punishment for speaking out against discrimination, maltreatment and oppression. AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN

THERE’S AN AIRBNB FOR ARCHITECT NERDS, AND THE LISTINGS ARE INCREDIBLE

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If you look through the listings on Airbnb and think, “these are nice, but they aren’t quite enough black turtleneck-ish,” then I have the site for you.  It’s called Plans Matter, and it’s an Airbnb-type short-term rental site, only all the homes for rent have been vetted by real life fancy architects.  That means you could stay in a genuine Frank Lloyd Wright house for a couple hundred bucks a night, take a ton of photos of yourself lounging around the priceless home, and then use them forever in all your online dating profiles.  (When your confused date sees your basement apartment for the first time, you can be like, “oh, this is just a place I rent to keep me humble.”) THERE’S AN AIRBNB FOR ARCHITECT NERDS, AND THE LISTINGS ARE INCREDIBLE

This gorgeous Palisades home looks like a model you’d see in a miniature terrarium on the desk of the super-attractive graphic designer in your office who’s so cool that when you asked them out for a drink that one time, they laughed and then said, “oh, were you being serious?”

This gorgeous Palisades home looks like a model you’d see in a miniature terrarium on the desk of the super-attractive graphic designer in your office who’s so cool that when you asked them out for a drink that one time, they laughed and then said, “oh, were you being serious?”

DC SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: ICE CREAM JUBILEE

If you aren’t aware, let me inform and assure you: Being a small business owner is daunting. No matter what dream you are chasing, there are bills to pay, questions to answer, and hurdles to overcome. Yet, people still walk boldly down the path of entrepreneurship – and they do it with flair and determination. DC is no exception to the rule. Hidden in back alleys, tucked in spots where you least expect it, and proudly flaunted in broad daylight next to the big guns, this is a town where dreams can and do come true (with a healthy dose of hard work, of course). For this post, I want to shine the small business spotlight on a DC staple…Ice Cream Jubilee. DC SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: ICE CREAM JUBILEE