Curator, collector + digital creator Libby Rasmussen offers much more than a pop of color.
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MOVE. We’re having a lot of fun this year playing with themes that have multiple meanings — both tangible and subjective. The magazine acts as a narrative conduit to community and individual experiences in the D.C. area, and our April issue gives readers an eclectic roadmap for what “move” might mean to them.
We spoke with realtors Daisy Lacy and Alison Scimeca, who are deeply ingrained in D.C.’s creative scene, about the mid-century modern craze, their tips for home buying and why it’s okay to consider moving outside of city limits. Photographer Mariah Miranda told the visual story of four distinct neighborhoods in each of the District’s quadrants, and captured marketing director and disco dealer Libby Rasmussen’s colorful Mount Pleasant apartment (accompanied by my interview).
Our deputy editor Nicole Schaller took us on a day trip to the brand-new Crimson Lane Vineyards; photographer and writer Andrew J. Williams III explored the city via public transportation and captured one couple’s mid-century modern haven; and our contributing editor Annie Agnone picked very different variations of “move” with pieces on teasing your way into burlesque, exercising with shelter dogs and planning a bike ride along one of the city’s waterfront trails.
As always, we expanded beyond our theme to include timely content on what’s happening this month: Kennedy Center’s eco-friendly RiverRun festival, “Shout, Sister, Shout!” at Ford’s Theatre, the Nats’ 2023 season, what’s new at the DC Center for the LGBT Community and Graham Nash’s upcoming Birchmere show, to name a few. Plus, a glimpse into a D.C. startup reviving historic liquor brands, notable multiracial chefs creating a new kind of fusion, STABLE Arts’ upcoming programming, and more.
We hope you enjoy this choose-your-own-adventure issue, and will see you at our move-themed party on Saturday, April 22 at metrobar in Brentwood.
Taking a Template, Making a Home
This light-filled quasi modular house design inspires DMV residents to add their own color to a blank canvas.
4 Bike Rides to Celebrate D.C.’s Waterways
Experience D.C.’s iconic waterways by bike on some of the city’s best trails.
Multiracial Chefs Create a New Kind of Fusion
Chefs and bar directors on fusing foods from multiple parts of their families.
Lots of Dots: 5 Dishes Evoking Yayoi Kusama’s Vibrant Pop Art
Try these five dishes reminiscent of the many dots in Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors.”
Global Cheap Eats Around D.C.
Some of the best casual dining options for global flavors around the city.
Food For Thought: Lotsa Pasta
Tigerella Executive Chef Vincent Falcone on pasta, pasta + more pasta.
Global Appetite: Chinatown
Inside some of Chinatown’s most delicious mainstays.
Off the Clock: Joseph Oddo
The Imperial and Jack Rose’s Joseph Oddo visits these places when not directing beverage programs.
Riff Raff’s Jon Schott Talks Balance On + Off the Menu
The award-winning mindful drinking expert opens up about taking career leaps and reimagining drink culture.
Day Tripping to Crimson Lane Vineyards
Crimson Lane Vineyards, a new vineyard in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offers the perfect day trip (and sip) for Washingtonians looking to get away from the city.
Reboot Beverages Brings Whiskey Back to Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant has a whiskey-filled past, and Reboot Beverages is reviving its historic brands.
DMV Sounds: April 2023
Five of the best local show options this April in the DMV.
Graham Nash on Contentment, New Albums + Major Life Changes
Graham Nash discusses his career in music before heading to The Birchmere for a career-culminating show.
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Realtor: Vinyl DJ + DMV Real Estate Agent Daisy Lacy
Daisy Lacy offers up her advice on the housing market and vinyl shopping in D.C.
Reading List: April 2023
What to read this summer according to Takoma Park’s newest bookstore.
Film Picks: April 2023
Overlooked gems and legendary films in museums and world class theaters this April in the DMV.
I Will Follow: April 2023
Who to follow on Instagram, what newsletter to read and what podcast to listen to to make your life better.
The Kennedy Center’s RiverRun Festival Inspires Aliveness
The Kennedy Center created the RiverRun festival to celebrate the world’s rivers, and the “Ferry Tales” exhibit highlights the wonders of D.C.’s very own Potomac.
Ford’s Theatre Celebrates Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Described as “a voice you never knew you already knew,” Sister Rosetta Tharpe will finally have her story shared front and center at Ford’s Theatre through May 13.
STABLE Arts Shakes Up the D.C. Arts Scene
D.C.’s largest art studio, STABLE Arts, hosts great local artists, giving them space to create and showcase at special events for the public.
Explore All 4 Quadrants of the District
Explore your own backyard with these four D.C. neighborhoods.
Local Tourist: Takoma Park
Our Local Tourist column explores the thrills of D.C.’s many neighborhoods. This time, we zoom in on Takoma Park.
Bound for Adventure: A D.C. Public Transit Photo Essay
D.C. has many great options for getting around all eight wards, and District Fray tries a few out for an afternoon on the town.
Room for All at the New DC Center for the LGBT Community
The new DC Center for the LGBT Community offers more space for anyone who needs resources or a place to call home.
Real Estate Agent Alison Scimeca’s D.C. Market Advice
Alison Scimeca knows all the D.C. neighborhoods, and she has tips on how to find the right place for you.
Game Time: April 2023
Soccer, basketball, hockey, football + baseball picks for April in the DMV.
Feeling Optimistic: Nationals Players Talk Upcoming Season
Washington Nationals players talk about the upcoming season and how the team is united by one goal: to win.
Mutt + Run: Exercise with D.C. Shelter Dogs
The Humane Rescue Alliance offers a volunteer opportunity for dog-lovers: taking shelter dogs on weekly jaunts through some of D.C.’s most beautiful outdoor spaces.
Beginner’s Guide: Tease Your Way into Burlesque
D.C. burlesque pros discuss the beauty and confidence of stripping down in front of an audience — and tips for those wanting to give it a go.
April 2023 Illustration
View this month’s illustration by E$ inspired by the greener things in life.
Members Only: Braulio Agnese
District Fray member Braulio Agnes talks finding home in a transient city, participating in local stories and loving D.C.
Players’ Club: Reuben Brenner-Adams
DC Fray player Reuben Brenner-Adams talks striking the right balance in life — and in spice level.
Photo Hunt: April 2023
Spot the six differences in Libby Rasmussen’s beautifully curated bathroom.
Photo Hunt Answer Key: April 2023
The answer key for the April issue photo hunt, taken at Libby Rasmussen’s apartment. Only open after spotting all six differences.
Move Crossword: April 2023
We hope this crossword moves you.
Move Crossword Answer Key: April 2023
Read only if you have completed this month’s crossword. No cheating!