Photo by Matthew Monthei
- Like its artistic namesake, Ride On's Van Go chose to take its own life on Wednesday evening just outside Discovery headquarters. Instead of shooting itself in the chest, however, the troubled bus opted for the far more dramatic method of self-immolation. Could the vehicle, inspired by Lee's ill-fated demonstration last week, been performing a Buddhist monk-like protest against Discovery's baby-themed programming? We may never know.
(Personally, I much enjoyed watching the Van Go burn. Back on March 17th the Van Go cut me off when I was crossing Colesville at a crosswalk just before it executed an illegal right turn on red. Karma.)
- Speaking of Lee, he has now achieved in death that which he could not in life - attracting (unpaid) followers. On Wednesday, a man stood across the street from Discovery holding a sign that read "JAMES LEE WAS RIGHT". The man claims that he agrees with many of the points points in Lee's online manifesto, and believes we are all headed toward a Malthusian catastrophe which somehow Discovery can prevent. (Spoiler alert: Soylent Green will be people.)
- Reminder: the 7th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival is tomorrow from 3:30-10:30 at Veterans Plaza. This year's festival will be headlined by Aaron Neville.
- In other music news Chuck Brown, D.C.'s own "Godfather of Go Go", will be performing a free concert in Downtown Silver Spring on Tuesday, September 21st at noon. The show will celebrate the release of his latest album, which you can get autographed by Brown after the show.
- The Nando's Peri-Peri on The Promenade is officially scheduled to open next Wednesday. Mmmmmm...
- The Fenton Street Market, current located at the corner of Fenton Street and Silver Spring Avenue, will be moving to Veterans Plaza beginning October 23rd. This is a logical move, as the Farmer's Market runs concurrently on Saturday just across the street. I'm glad they were able to get approval from the County for this- I've been advocating a market on this spot for years.
(On a side note, the Farmer's Market rule that vendors can't sell anything before 9AM is bogus. If I am standing in front of a chocolate croissant at 8:37 and I cannot give someone money in exchange for it, that's just stupid. I'm not going to stand around for 20 minutes waiting for the opportunity to pay for a confection. It's not Georgetown Cupcake.)