Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

Some completely random and unrelated things...

- The actor Dan Futterman, who plays Daniel Pearl in the recently-released A Mighty Heart was born in Silver Spring according to IMDB and most other sources. However, in this interview he claims to be born in Brooklyn. Is he ashamed of his Silver Spring heritage? Does being born in Brooklyn give him more street cred? If he has to lie about where he was born, that's pretty pathetic. Maybe he feels the same way Lewis Black does when it comes to telling people you're from Silver Spring.

You may remember Dan from such films as The Birdcage and, uh, The Birdcage. Somewhat incongruously, he also penned the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Capote.

- Speaking of Lewis Black, his show at Springbrook High is coming up this Friday. I'll be there. I don't know if tickets are still available, but I'm guessing they aren't, as the order form is no longer up on the website.

- Silver Spring is becoming more like Bethesda every day. Olazzo, which currently has a restaurant on Norfolk Ave. in Bethesda, is setting up shop in the former digs of the Half Moon BBQ on Georgia Ave. Reader BG spoke to the staff at the current location and was told that the Silver Spring restaurant would be open in late July. This review will give you a good idea of what Olazzo is all about.

With the addition of Olazzo, Hook & Ladder, and some other to-be-named restaurants, the future of Georgia Ave. is looking better and better. They've even got a high-end clothing boutique in Pieces of Silver Spring. (Interestingly, when I stopped in to check out Pieces, the staff assumed I was from out of town. I'm not sure what to make of that.)

- Hold on to your pipes and gutters. Due to a 366% increase in copper prices over the past four years, copper theft is on the rise and Silver Spring is not immune. Thieves have ripped the drainage pipes off the side of the condos at 614 Sligo Avenue:

I associate this type of behavior more with Baltimore, but I guess that Chick-fil-A all over the ground isn't going to pay for itself.

- Silver Spring is a great place to harass women:

Van Reed, a 16-year-old, says this spot is one of the best in the District for scouting girls, but he’s had better luck at Largo Town Center and in Silver Spring. “Yeah, it works,” he says. “But you’ve got to look at a girl and see how she carry herself. You try not to yell. You walk up, ask her for her phone number and keep walking with her.”
- Do the jukeboxes at the Tastee Diner have Don't Stop Believin'? I've been wondering for a couple weeks, but haven't got a chance to go check.

- Another Rock-n-Romp is scheduled for this Saturday, for all those interested parents:
Saturday, June 30 2:30-5:00 pm

w/These United States, Laura Gibson (Portland) & Casey Dienel (Boston)

McGinty's Public House
911 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring
(parking is FREE in the big garage on Wayne Avenue)

$5 for adults, kids under 12 FREE
Adults MUST be accompanied by a child for admission


thecourtyard said...

Now call me a male chauvinist pig, but how is a 16-year-old boy trying to pick up a (presumably) teenaged girl in Downtown Silver Spring "harassment," especially within the context of an article that makes it seem fairly innocuous?

Kids in Downtown Silver Spring seem to get a bad rep on this blog. Why is that? I can't help but wonder what your motivation is, and I doubt you'd be as harsh on some preppy kid in Bethesda Row trying to sleaze his way into some girl's pants.

Sligo said...

Dan, you need to grow up and lose your paranoia and your obsession with Bethesda Row. It isn't healthy.

Did you even read the whole article?

"If she’s a slut, you have to treat her like a slut."

Why don't you ask some women (not just girls) about receiving unwanted harassment in Silver Spring. If you need, I can put you in touch with some.

b said...

I respect you and your blog, but when someone walks up to a woman and says, "give me your phone number", he's a pig. It is obvious that he isn't interested in getting to know her, or a meaningfull relationship. If she says yes it's either an STD waiting to happen,or she's in Future Welfare Mothers of America. Any woman worth knowing would kick him square in the balls.

lil b said...

dan, you have no idea what it can be like for a woman to walk down ellsworth alone in the evening. it can be fairly unpleasant to be approached or harassed by any man - white, black, hispanic - when you are just trying to get home. and when it happens in silver spring, where i LIVE, it's the same as when it happens mt. pleasant, dupont, bethesda, or georgetown. call me a feminist, but how can you defend some of the guys in this article?

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