Weekend Roundup: Hirshhorn Afterhours, Truckapalooza, and more!

Okay, not all of this stuff is in Foggy Bottom, but it is all pretty neat. Let us know if you have other events we should be promo-ing!

Thursday

- Know Fashion DC is tonight! Cocktails, music, and a runway all combine for a super hip evening.

Friday

- Truckapalooza is at GWU tomorrow! Between 20th & 21st on H St NW, from 11 am to 2 pm, over 20 food trucks will be dishing up delicious meals straight to your waiting hands. Trucks in attendance include CapMac, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Sweetz Cheesecake, The Orange Cow, STIX, Cajunators, Stella*s PopKern, and more. WRGW will also have opportunities to win tickets to Wiz Khalifa and Miike Snow.

- Hirshhorn Afterhours has it’s autumn iteration on Friday night. They currently have a pretty amazing Ai Weiwei exhibit along with a great Barbara Kruger installation.  See our reviews of previous Afterhours here & here. Tickets are $25, more information at their tumblr.

Saturday & Sunday

- This is the last weekend of the Maryland Renascence Festival! This is my recommendation for the weekend because everyone knows the Ren Fest is amazing.

- The GWU Department of Theater and Dance’s production of Almost, Maine, opens on Thursday and closes Sunday. Tickets are $10 for students.

Summer Previews: Capital Fringe Festival – Something Old, Something New

Ecce - a film by AP Carroll

It’s that time of year again: time to block off a week of your time to theatre. New plays, weird plays, interactive plays, local plays. Running from July 12th through the 29th, there are no fewer than 30 plays being performed each day of the fest.

So how do you possibly decide? Don’t worry, FoBoBlo is here to help you narrow it down to at least one must-see play for those who love both supporting local artists AND love politics.

ECCE is a play that might sound familiar to recent grads and current students at GWU, because it debuted as a 14th Grade Player production in the fall of 2010. That was the same semester that the playwright, AP Carroll, graduated. While young writer often turn to their own lives for material (see: Lena Dunham’s oeuvre). It’s being directed by Ed Churchill.

We sat down with Amanda Rhodes, Ecce’s producer, to learn more about what makes this play an absolute must for this year’s Capital Fringe Fest crowd.

The story is a familiar one — Pontius Pilate was the judge of Jesus’ trial in the Roman province of Judea, and the man who let him be crucified. But the play examines this story from Pilate’s perspective — a politician with ambitions but also the desire to do good in the world.

Rhodes says this play is perfect for a contemporary DC audience — it’s a political thriller set in a timeless story, and it gives audiences a chance to see “the humanity of power players.” The play is for people who want to see “something new set in a familiar story.” The context of the play is especially resonant in DC, and the play “really reflects the city that we live in.”

To find out more, check out the ECCE Capital Fringe Fest pageECCE Facebook Page.

If you’re interested in more productions from former FoBoians, there are at least two!

In This Economy is written and directed by friend-of-the-blog and two-time Jeopardy contestant John Krizel.

- The Webcam Play is written by Tim Guillot and stars Steve Isaac, two GWU other GWU theatre alums.

Both of these plays take a look at love in the modern age — how internet communication is more and more vital in the world we live in, and that includes romance.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Events, Nov. 14-17

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The George Washington University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is hosting a week to increase awareness of the pervasive problem of homelessness. For every 10,000 people in Washington in 2007, there were 90 that are homeless. (National Alliance to End Homelessness). Current estimates have that number higher, estimating approximately 6,500 homeless folks living in the District. From 2008 to 2009, the number of people in homeless families increased 25%, and again by 10% from 2009 to 2010. This, coupled with the number of shelter closures throughout the city in the past few years (several of which resulted in lawsuits with the city), along with budget cuts to services, keeps this issue critical for the DC population.

GWU is hosting a wide variety of events this week, as well as a  food drive in residence halls benefiting Capital Area Food Bank. The week ends with the Fannie Mae-sponsored Health the Homeless Walkathon on the 19th.

Further reading: Occupy DC protesters welcomed by [some] local homeless, WaPo

Organizations (that you can volunteer with!): Capital Area Food Bank, Miriam’s Kitchen, Street Sense, Bread for the City

Confirm: Karl Hobbs is Out

Image via BlackburnReview.com

We just got a quick confirmation from the GW Sports Department that GW Men’s Basketball coach Karl Hobbs is on his way out, though no details have been released. I’ve seen some great wins under Coach Hobbs and some hard losses, and I wish him well with wherever he goes in the future!

GW Law Students Prepares for the Trial of Her Life

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of a blog originally found here. I’ve been following the author, Prerna Lal, on our twitter feed for a while now and her story is compelling as well as infuriating. As a first-generation American (whose abuela just became a US citizen last week!), immigration issues are incredibly important to me, and thought that her story should be shared here, as she’s a part of our FoBo community. You can also check out this article about her situation at the Hatchet.

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My name is Prerna Lal. You may know me as one of the founders of DreamActivist or from the Immigrant Rights blog at Change.org where I have worked for the past two years to stop the deportations of several members of our community. I serve as a board member for Immigration Equality and I was the recipient of a Changemaker Award at the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) summit this year.

I am writing this because I am currently sitting for my first-year law school exams at The George Washington University, and already, I’m facing the trial of my life. The United States government has decided to prosecute and deport me away from my family, friends and community. They sent me a notice to appear for removal proceedings last week.

I just paid $800 to the State of California in business taxes. And I’m expected to appear in an Immigration Court in San Francisco for this trial. That is some heavy taxation without representation. To make matters more complicated, my entire family is American and they have done nothing to deserve this treatment.

My only grandparent alive is a U.S. citizen. My legal resident parents brought me here when I was a minor. Even my older sibling is a U.S. citizen. I grew up in this country. This is my home.

So why am I in removal proceedings? The simple answer is that I aged-out. Due to the number of visas allocated to each category and the slow movement (and retrogression) of family visa categories, I turned 21 before my family to could petition for a green card for me. As a result, I am being removed from the country that I call home and I cannot re-enter for any reason for the next 10 years.

However, I would qualify for a green-card immediately if USCIS did not have a questionable (and much litigated) re-interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act, a legislation that was passed by Congress to prevent children of U.S. citizens and legal residents from aging-out of family, employer and diversity visa petitions. A nation-wide class action lawsuit is pending on this matter in the Ninth Circuit, but instead of holding petitions in abeyance till the lawsuit is resolved, USCIS cannot wait to deport young people away from their homes.

I would have also benefited from the passage of the federal DREAM Act, a piece of legislation that would put certain immigrant youth on a pathway to citizenship. Just this week, 22 Senators called on President Obama to use his authority to stop deporting DREAM Act-eligible youth like myself. The letter read, “We would support a grant of deferred action to all young people who meet the rigorous requirements necessary to be eligible for cancellation of removal or a stay of removal under the DREAM Act, as requested on a bipartisan basis by Senators Durbin and Lugar last April.”

Even if one is in favor of the most stringent immigration policies, it makes no sense for the government to spend thousands of dollars and several years in litigation to remove immigrant youth like me from our homes. In response to this atrocity, my friends have created a petition to top immigration officials to stop this ridiculous prosecution. You can read more and sign the petition here.

http://www.change.org/petitions/keep-prerna-home-stop-the-deportation-of-dreamactivistorg-founder-prerna-lal

My queer and law school friends are also outraged and are throwing together a fundraiser in support of me (and the DREAM Act) on May 6 in Washington D.C. Check here for more details.