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Lucky D.C.: Free John Waters lecture

I almost don’t want to blog about this — come on, like anyone in this city reads this blog? — because I intend to get there early for the very best seat. But: indie film maker John Waters will be stopping by the Smithsonian’s American Arts Museum at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday to give a lil’ lecture on modernist painter Cy Twombly’s work “Letter of Resignation” (1967).


The talk kicks off the museum’s joint series with the National Portrait Gallery called “American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series,” which pairs great works of art with pre-eminent figures of contemporary American culture.

Other discussions in the series include:

April 11: Novelist Jamaica Kincaid discusses Edward Lamson Henry‘s painting “Kept In” (1889).

April 18: Scholar Harold Holzer discusses John Henry Brown’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1860).

And the other one I’m most ecstatic about:

April 26: Cartoonist Roz Chast discusses Charles Addams’s famously gruesome cartoon “Boiling Oil” (1946).


Here’s more info.

Which lectures will/would you attend?

10 songs about presidents

It’s President’s Day. Let’s celebrate with a list of songs about United States presidents. Ready? I’ll start with the first 10, then you add:

1. Manic Street Preachers “The Love of Richard Nixon”
2. Dick Holler, “Abraham, Martin and John” (about Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy)
3. Lou Reed, “The Day John Kennedy Died”
4. Electric Six, “Jimmy Carter”
5. Stevie Wonder, “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” (about Richard Nixon)
6. They Might Be Giants, “James K. Polk”
7. The Ramones, “Bonzo Goest To Bitburg” (about Ronald Reagan)
8. Bright Eyes, “When The President Talks To God” (about George W. Bush)
9. The Minutemen, “If Reagan Played Disco”
10. Bongwater, “Reaganation”

Okay, your turn!

Happy 200th, Honest Abe!

You foxy thing, you’re totally in again!


Have you ordered your ‘Yes We Can’ cookies yet?

Max and Benny’s Restaurant, Deli and Bakery in Illinois is offering these tasty, patriotic “Yes We Can” cookies in the shape of our new president’s head. Look, it’s Barack Obama:


Here’s another option, Barry in a fancy top hat:


You can also order these hand-decorated cookies in the likeness of First Lady Michelle Obama:


Our Vice President Joe Biden:


the nation’s 16th president Abraham Lincoln:


and this very special “Lil’ Blago” cookie in the fluffy-haired form of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich:


Which other political or historical figures would you like to see in cookie form?

What do these historical figures have in common?

Tell me if you admire any of these historical figures and I will tell you something they all had in common:

Abraham Lincoln
Benjamin Franklin
Henry David Thoreau
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rosa Parks
Sir Isaac Newton
Susan B. Anthony
Mahatma Gandhi
Albert Einstein
Albert Schweitzer
Jane Goodall
Isaac Bashevis Singer
J.D. Salinger
Jean-Jacque Rosseau
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Immanual Kant
Coretta Scott King
Franz Kafka
Charles Darwin
Emily Dickinson
Vincent Van Gogh
Dizzie Gillespie
Gustave Flaubert
H.G. Wells
Louisa May Alcott
George Harrison
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
John Lennon
Leo Tolstoy
Leonardo DaVinci
George Bernard Shaw
William Blake
Mark Twain
Mary Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Lord Byron
Mr. Rogers
Nikola Tesla
Rainer Maria Rilke

So, what do all of these folks have in common? Every single one of them was a vegetarian.

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