Entries by Joel Goldberg

D.C. United Forges a Distinct Identity

“Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades” is an axiom my seventh grade science teacher once taught me. It was basically a grim way of saying, “Close don’t cut it,” and it’s a refrain that D.C. United may hear in 2019. After a demoralizing loss in penalty kicks to Columbus Crew SC left D.C. […]

D.C. United: Rocking The District from Day One

Fans will fill the 20,000 seats, angled European-style toward a pitch made of natural grass, on March 3 to usher in the first full season of Major League Soccer at Audi Field. During D.C. United’s abbreviated first season in its new surroundings, the team drew an average of 18,929 fans across 15 home games and […]

Breakout Batter: Meet Michael A. Taylor

The “A” has always stood for Anthony. Now, it stands for his performance. Michael A. Taylor, center fielder for the Washington Nationals, established himself last season as one of the young players to watch in Major League Baseball. He finished among the top three Gold Glove candidates at his position in the National League despite […]

Barley Wine Season

Everyone has a favorite way of keeping warm this time of year – sitting by the fireplace, cozying up next to a favorite furry friend, or crawling under the covers and cranking up the space heater. When out on the town, though, it’s often most convenient to warm your innards with something in the form […]

Danny Barnes Trio Brings Grit To Waterfront

Pearl Street Warehouse welcomes one of the greatest banjo and bluegrass musicians of his generation this Friday night. Danny Barnes – who along with Joe K. Walsh and Grant Gordy formed the Danny Barnes Trio – has been honing his craft since 1971, back when he was immersed in the music of punk and dub […]

A Day in the Life: Cobbler Mountain’s Laura McCarthy Louden

Cobbler Mountain Cellars has a history that’s more than a half-century old, and it has been preserved largely thanks to its current owners, Jeff and Laura McCarthy Louden. The winery-cidery resides at the foot of a small mountain, quietly hidden from nearby Interstate-66 in Delaplane, Virginia. There, Laura works alongside her husband to produce a […]

Interactive ‘Digital Eye’ Explores Modern Privacy

Blind Whino’s Digital Eye exhibit celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month and primes patrons for Halloween with its eerie portrayal of free speech and privacy dilemmas. During the hour-and-a-half-long opening last night, sponsored by 13 arts and cultural institutions (some local and many from overseas), actors imitated the familiar conflicts, both real and theoretical, that haunt people in the […]

One Eight Distilling Launches Rock Creek Bourbon

While at Ivy City’s One Eight Distilling on Saturday, it seemed appropriate that I found myself beside a green-coated wall while discussing the life and growth of DC’s distillery scene. “As we uncovered these walls, we saw these green colors here and in the tasting room, and we actually left them,” said Alex Laufer, One Eight’s cofounder and […]

DC’s Literary Scavenger Hunt: UNCENSORED Underground

Wednesday evening at Columbia Room, a crowd of book and scavenger hunt enthusiasts escaped the August heat with cocktails and conversation. The talk revolved around the scavenger hunt taking place throughout the District next month. Inspired by Banned Books Week, the DC Public Library Foundation and the DC Public Library will task area residents with […]