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NEW EDEN WASHINGTON OPENS
-- TerraTech CEO Vander Soulridge has
capitalized on the success of his popular waterfront club in Annapolis,
New Eden, by expanding to Washington, DC.
The new Art Deco-inspired club has many design similarities in theme to the Annapolis Club, but is located downtown instead of on the waterfront as it is in Maryland.
The main entrance faces McPherson square with the jauntily scripted "New Eden" name shining a steady Neon Green over the large, ornate double doors
As with the previous club, there are three levels: Eden Ascending, a VIP level themed with heavenly-inspired decor; a dual-level main restaurant for the general public with stonework floors, and Eden Descending, a smaller, more intimate basement club with a contrasting sort of "depths of hell" motif.
The atmosphere of the nightclub is surreal and unusually enticing. Everything in there just simply seems to be "more", an Aristotelian pinnacle version of itself, from the art to the tableware to the music, to the appearance of the patrons, to even the spigots in the restrooms.
On the main floor, there is a small cabaret area where there is live music. Sometimes there is an in-house lounge pianist; in the future, Soulridge hopes to showcase several local talents currently under negotiation.
VIP access passes are available by contacting the maître d'hôtel.
Carlyle House Haunted House Tour Sponsored by WBDE 93.1 FM
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- WBDE Radio's new annual tradition of giving a group Ghost Tour at a local venue of note, continued this year with a
costumed guided tour of the John Carlyle
House in Alexandria.
A large number of well-known local faces were said to be in attendance, though being in costume it was difficult to determine identities.
Attendees were greeted in the foyer with refreshments, including apple and pumpkin snacks. Large swags of black mourning cloth were draped over the front entrance and family coat of arms outside. The central entry hall – normally used for joyous dancing and entertaining, is lined with Windsor chairs and bereavement bands, as well as the banquet tables set up with the food.
People in somber, plain Colonial attire offered period treats to the guests, and showed them brief glimpses of the special decor throughout the entrance area. In Colonial America mourning had not taken on the significance it did in the later Victorian era. There was no special clothing worn, no books which outlined mourning customs, and no elaborate meals and wakes provided. At the death of a family member the family buried them simply and without a lot of ceremony. The wearing of black, however, is a custom that has been put into practice for centuries. It dates back to the time when Death was feared by the living and wearing black was thought to make mourners as inconspicuous as possible so that Death would not claim them as its next victim.
DJ Nyx of WBDE played "John Carlyle", the host for the evening. Attendees were asked to pair up with a partner. Each team received two disposable cameras, an EMF meter, and a tape recorder for Electronic Voice Phenomena. The radio station filmed the tour live, and installed web cameras for home listeners who could view the tour on the WBDE web site.
"Mr. Carlyle" took the Tour into the Blue Room. "This room is named the Blue Room, and if you can't guess why, there is no hope for you. We begin here. The Congress of Alexandria at the time of the French and Indian Wars met in this very room. It was here, that General Braddock decided, against Washington's advice, to make that disastrous expedition to Fort Duquesne." He then took on a bit of his persona in earnest. "I had little care when I was told by a young George Washington, returning from the wilds of western Pennsylvania, that the boorish Braddock had been killed in an ambush. Shall we continue?" Several attendees had been commenting on the feeling that they were already experiencing the presence of something in the house other than what the tour was showcasing.
The group made its way towards the dining room, where "many dinner parties were held for the height of society in Colonial times. Mr. Carlyle himself was not terribly important to the Colonial or Revolutionary cause, but he was none the less influential, and rubbed elbows with the best of the best."
"Carlyle" stepped off to the side for a moment to let the people see the Casket and slave set up. "Mr. Carlyle died in 1780, and here we can see how his passing must have affected everyone, including his slaves."
"A little history on the home itself: this huge stone house was soon sold out of the family after his death, and by the mid 19th century a large wooden hotel had completely obliterated the Carlyle homestead from public view and memory. Luckily during urban renewal, over 120 years later, the stone house was rediscovered and its architectural riches and historical importance, thanks to 20 plus letters from John Carlyle to his brother, George, in England, once again making Carlyle House an address of prominence in Alexandria." The group further commented on their equipment showing invisible reactions to their presence.
Nyx continued, "The kitchen, just on the other side of that wall," as he gestures, "is probably one of the least interesting places in the entire home. From here, we ill make our way out to the gardens." He walked out into the lovely restored gardens out back, and adds, "It is said, late at night, a woman can be heard singing here. I suspect it might be Sarah Fairfax herself."
Around this time, several attendees reported being bothered by a ghostly figure, and strange sounds coming from random areas of the house. The staff escort the guests on to the Wine Cellar. By this time several of them are on edge, and there have been multiple visual and aural phenomena recorded during the tour. The Tour ended in a great deal of chaos and confusion. Whether or not the sightings were anything paranormal, the attendees were too spooked by the presentation to remain, and started to leave the building, some seeming quite frightened.
As with last year's Ghost Cruise, WBDE and the hosting venue have no comment on the events that took place.
Next year's Ghost Tour venue has not yet been announced.
MUSIC, MASKS AND MYSTERY - THE DARK ASGARD MASQUERADE BALL
Loki, was present, mingling with the guests, with regular companion
Felicity Duckworth hanging from his arm. The couple had donned Bonnie
and Clyde costumes, which according to inside sources, were totally
vintage; the only modern accessories were the plastic water pistols, a
concession to local gun replica laws.
Her musical set started with a furious “riot grrrl” feminist punk song; while the rest of the performance featured a mixture of calm, more goth-moody pieces and a few more punk-fueled tunes, including a cover of a Jack Off Jill song.
After Ivy League's set was done, Loki climbed back up on stage to join them, to an enthusiastic reception.
Ivy and her band remained on stage, as she joined Loki in performing one of his classics, “Je Rêve De Son Touche” (“I Dream of Her Touch”), a goth ballad from his first album. The female vocals of this opus, performed that night by Ivy, were originally performed by Loki’s former lover and mentor Marianne Sers. When the couple broke up a couple years ago, fans thought they might never heard this song performed again.
When that song ended, Loki returned the favor by playing and singing his rendition of one of Ivy’s songs, a more punk offering than his usual.
However, he took well to the song, punk being a musical style that Loki used to favor in his teen years. He performed several more songs on both guitar and keyboards, including premiering two new tracks that will be part of his long-awaited return to the recording studio.
Despite the crowd's warm reception, this was not the pinnacle of the evening. Once his last song was done, Loki asked his girlfriend, Felicity, to approach the stage, and the substantial crowd hushed and murmured as he knelt, producing a small box from his pocket. He opened it, revealing a vintage engagement ring with rubies and diamonds arranged in a flower pattern; and asked Duckworth in front of the entire audience, “Would you marry me?" Duckworth was handed a microphone, and prompted to reply to the crowd. She accepted. Loki dramatically jumped off the stage; sliding the ring onto his fiancée’s finger. A deep kiss sealed the deal, and the crowd cheered.
The couple made their rounds through the club, receiving congratulations, after which Duckworth retired early from the party.
Loki remained behind with a few friends, and
a third, unannounced musical act was spontaneously offered: a solo
performance by an unidentified young Asian-featured man, who, now half out of
costume, climbed on stage with Ivy’s guitar and Loki's blessing, played
a soft Japanese ballad later identified as Hyde’s “Evergreen”.
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LOCAL THERAPIST EJECTED IN BAR BRAWL
NORTHEAST -- A police report was made following an altercation between dance therapist Bell Neveu and Ivy League drummer Azazel inside a BDSM nightclub in Northeast called Bound. Neveu, a known regular at the club, was seen talking with WBDE's Midnight Dreams host DJ Nyx at a table, when Azazel approached the pair and made some conversation. He then departed.
A few minutes later, Azazel got into a confrontation with an unidentified patron who apparently roughly knocked into him. Immediately afterwards, Neveu left her table angrily and approached Azazel, berating him loudly and publically for several minutes, until bouncers escorted her outside, where several minutes later, Azazel, Nyx and others followed. No further incidents occurred outside the club.
No one was actually injured and no charges were actually filed, but a report was made of the incident.
It was a year ago this month that the city started seeing signs of the street drug "Little Death," which was known to cause a rash of violent, unexplainable behavior reported throughout the DC Metro area. There is no reason to suspect a connection at this time, but a investigation is ongoing.
DARK ASGARD BREACHED BY RABID DOG; CLUB CLOSED FOR HEALTH INSPECTION
SOUTHEAST -- Music venue Dark Asgard on Half Street was closed for one day, due to an incident in which a large rabid dog managed to work its way into the club and attack several patrons.
Witnesses report a mixed breed Doberman in poor condition slipped past bouncers and trotted through the club, jumping up on its hind quarters and drooling bloody saliva on the floor, then charging patrons. Someone pulled a fire alarm and club-goers fled for the exits in a panic. Marshal Ethan Redfeather responded to the 9-1-1 report and attempted to shoot the dog, but the crowd prevented a clear shot.
The dog raced after a long-haired blond man, who struggled with it after Marshal Redfeather fired several shots at it as it ran, that did not take it down. The unidentified man produced a knife, and took the dog down by cutting its throat, after which he disappeared into the crowd. Animal Control found no signs of the dog's carcass at the scene, but there was a pool of blackened blood and ashes where it was last seen.
LOCAL PRIEST FOUND MURDERED, BODY DUMPED AT LOCAL BOOKSHOP
SOUTHWEST -- Staff at a local occult bookstore in Southwest were stunned to discover, stuffed inside a large opaque Rubbermaid bin, the burned body and severed but uncharred head of a local former priest, Father Heinrich Von Hendrick, originally from (former East) Germany, last seen recently street preaching with a young woman he picked up here in the United States a few years ago. The woman, Erin Murphy, it was said he referred to as his daughter, but she is no actual relation to the priest. She was last known to be working at a local shop in Southwest.
Employees of The Final Word bookshop went out to the back loading dock a few evenings ago, when the grisly discovery was made, and police were called in. None of the shop staff are considered suspects or even persons of interest at this time.
Police have no other suspects, although the priest was said to have been excommunicated by the Catholic Church some years back for heretical preaching, which he had frequently been seen doing around the city of late, sometimes with Ms. Murphy in attendance, witnesses say.
An investigation is ongoing.
VETS VEXED BY PASSEL HASSLE AT MEMORIAL
SOUTHWEST - Several homeless or mentally unstable Vietnam War Veterans who habitually are tolerated by Park Police as they sleep on the grounds of the Vietnam Memorial, lodged a complaint about a minor disturbance in the evening a few days ago.
Four college aged or 20-something men appeared to be led by one in particular who was bald or shaven headed and wearing a T-Shirt with explicit language on it.
They were seen cavorting between the Reflecting Pool all the way up to the Vietnam Memorial, where they were only noteworthy when several of them laid down at the Memorial near the Vets and snapping photographs of themselves and their surroundings, causing a bit of a ruckus. The young men were pointing at various engravings on the wall, and their supposed leader walked further up the slope to the top of the row and started snapping pictures of their antics.
After this, the leader was approached by a white male in a trench coat, who had a conversation with the leader and apparently got into an argument which ended with the second man punching him as his friends dragged him away from the fight.
Other than a handful of complaints by homeless Veterans at the site, none of the other parties involved sought police assistance or filed charges. Nobody was seriously hurt in the altercation.
Drug Thugs Mug Local Occult Shop Owner
SOUTHWEST -- Two male assailants, suspected members of local Southeast drug crew Word Up C Street, were thought to have been the attackers in the vicious mugging of a local resident several blocks from his shop over Halloween weekend. The Final Word co-owner Caleb Brown reported to police that he was parked several blocks from his Southwest curio and bookstore, when he was grabbed and pulled into an alleyway on his way to the shop.
Two men, one white, one black, in their teens or early 20's, thin-built, hit Brown in the head, stunning and incapacitating him. The pair also cracked his ribs and left him with severe cuts and bruising, and a concussion.
The men stole about $250 cash from Brown's wallet, but did not touch the ATM card or credit cards. That and their attire and description lead police to suspect possible members of the C Street crew, as cash is handy for buying weapons and drugs in ways credit cards cannot be used.
Brown's shop has been ransacked in recent years by a supposedly unrelated European-accented gentleman who was never apprehended. Additionally, while still a student at George Washington University, his dormitory was also burglarized. Police do not have a motive connecting the incidents to each other at this time, nor do they have any identified suspects. There is so far no connection between this and the body of a murdered priest found at the shop last week.
Anyone with leads can call the DCPD Anonymous Tipline.
Dragon Family Gang Tensions Mount Against MS-13
Arlington, VA -- An unnamed Asian-American male attacked several members of a local suspected gang tied to MS-13 in Arlington, VA.
Police were called to break up a brawl between several suspected members of MS-13 and according to bystanders and anonymous tips, the Dragon Family Asian gang, known for dealing in home break-in robberies and prostitution, operating in the Glebe Road corridor near Little Saigon at 7 Corners in Falls Church.
Tensions have been escalating for unexplained reasons between Hispanic and Asian gangs and crews in the last month. This is the third similar incident to be reported this month. Gang Task Force members have no leads at this time.
Mysterious Altercation at Logan Circle Park
NORTHWEST -- Several motorists phoned in reports of some odd events at Logan Circle Park, at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue, 13th Street NW, Vermont Avenue NW, and P Street NW.
There were several reports starting at approximately 11 p.m. of 2-3 individuals standing around the statue in the center of the traffic circle, with a surveying tripod. DC Department of Transportation confirms that there was no official crews doing work that late at night at that location.
Reports also stated that at approximately 11:15 p.m., a young child of late elementary school age and indeterminate gender, rushed the men from across the park. Witnesses insist that they saw one of the gentlemen shoot blue lightning out of his arms at the crazed boy, who was struck by it but kept coming. It was reported that he eventually was run off and headed into traffic, causing several fender benders as he disappeared.
An unmarked van then pulled up and removed the tripod and one of the men, the other two walking off before police could respond.
Police have no suspects, nor any explanation for the fantastical reports except to theorize that there was a downed power line in the park or else that one of the gentlemen may have illegally possessed a stun gun and fired it at the child.
A report just a half hour later stated that vandals destroyed a power transformer box just two blocks away at the Vermont Gables apartment buildings off 13th street NW. Residents reported a brownout, and the superintendent investigated the power controls in the building, discovering the tampering and reporting it.
Anyone with leads in this case can report them to the Tipster's Hotline.
Parkinson's Sufferer's Mysterious Gift
grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Lynchburg College in
Virginia. He went on to receive a Law degree from American University in
Washington, D.C. Greg’s 30-year professional career focused on Labor
Relations and Human Resource Management with The Continental Group,
PepsiCo, and Bank of Boston. Greg retired in 2002 partly due to his
Parkinson’s disease, but also to devote more time to his three children
and pursue his passion for community service.
He currently resides in Dover, MA, and continues to pursue his music.
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Entertainment and Gossip
From regular columnist
I know what you are waiting to hear, pets. Of course I won't tell you who I was that night; that would spoil all of my fun! But gather round and I shall tell you the good dish on the Dark Asgard Masked Fête.
Sources over the course of the evening accounted for several members of Loki’s usual entourage: dance therapist Bell Nouveau as a zombie Marilyn Monroe; Loki’s Irish blonde friend and her bookish beau were teamed up as two different media interpretations of Death, though frankly her beau was limping along as if he took his role too seriously.
Some of the usual entourage were hard to identify in costume, so that will teach you naughty children to hide from Aunt Kitty. No notoriety for you! Other costumes by lesser known party-goers were a Sir Lloyd-Webberish Phantom of the Opera, a Tim Burtonesque skeleton; a red and gold angel, a snow fairy, a rather modest Playboy Bunny, some comic book characters, and an overabundance of vampires and zombies. We did see one old-fashioned "old school" US Marshal, though we suspect he was actually on duty. Apparently the Coroner was seen dressed as a vampire bite victim, with an attention to detail that only someone in her line of work could provide... and she seemed to be there with the Marshal.
There was another cadre of young men who seemed almost Clockwork Orange themed but they were in red and black. I do have a bit of dish on these boys though. Sources say that later in the evening, they were seen chatting up not only La Newvoh, but Ivy herself, even getting her to hike up her shirt and let them draw on her supposedly unremarkable breasts for phone cam pics which I'm told are now out on the internet somewhere. A special cookie for anyone who can get us proof.
The musical offerings were nothing that's liable to infect my IPod anytime soon, but probably suitable for the intended audience. The first number involved a judicious exploration of everyone's favorite Anglo-Saxon verb, the likes of which I had not seen since the Russian Mob sequence in Boondock Saints. The drummer, Azazel, was difficult to recognize, as he covered his usual distinct grunge look with a lot of Jules Verne-like contraptions and accessories. I'm told this look is called "Steam Punk", a sort of conglomeration of Victorian technology that is making a resurgence.
Ivy League joined Loki in performing one of his classics, “Je Rêve De Son Touche” (“I Dream of Her Touch”), from his first album. We wonder if Ivy is trying to replace Marianne Sers in more ways than one (as if she could), though this could be mitigated by Loki's sudden engagement, and we mean the ring kind, not the musical kind. Let's hope this performance is not One Night Only.
Seemed like a quiet ending to a great party, as the newly engaged made their rounds of the guests, and then Felicity slipped out early before she turned into a pumpkin. But for some, it wasn’t over: Loki was seen slipping off to his apartment in the company of Ivy and the snow fairy.
Trick or Treat, darlings!
In other news... Loki seemed to think he could give my eagle eyes the slip by slipping out to lunch at Tea42, a lovely and vastly underappreciated venue in Northeast. He was recently seen there with frequent cohort Miz Neveu, and sans Felicity. Again. Then his lunch date turns the tables on him, and has her repast the following week with Ivy League's drummer, who honestly cleans up very well, as he was sporting a new, much handsomer look. Competition?
Then, just to make sure our Tiny Dancer does not starve, the kindly King of the eerie airwaves, DJ Nyx, was seen masticating with her at the Four Seas Restaurant, right after Thanksgiving. Apparently she did not get stuffed enough over the holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, Loki continued to be up to his usual duplicity, sneaking up a somewhat familiar looking redhead to his apartment. In fact, scandalously, we believe it may be one of his fiancée's coworkers! She was seen a few days later downstairs partying it up with Azazel. Mix and match, indeed.
One of Loki's bevy of babes we have not seen much of lately is the Arabian looking lady of the night. Could she have not been able to tell the Prince 1001 Tales of Arabian Nights, and been secretly beheaded? And without ever telling us her name. Tsk!
Speaking of naming things, doubtless The Duchess is going to be doing so soon, as we're pretty certain she skipped Loki's party due to her impersonation of the letter B, and that our sources have said she checked into the Precious Life Birthing Center a couple of weeks ago, with a female friend, and sans hubby Eriond.
Apparently Loki, Ma Bell, Nyx and Ivy were cavorting around Crystal City on a shopping spree en masse. They drew quite a bit of a crowd, which doubtless made trying anything on, a dramatic exercise in hide and seek.
POLICE NEWS (Con't)
Gunfight in Southeast; Man Shot
SOUTHEAST -- Police responded to a 9-1-1 cell call placed from the 1st block of C Street, Southeast, by none other than the Post's Editor, Laura Bauer. An unidentified gentleman placed a call from Bauer's phone to report a shooting and stabbing that happened in broad daylight just blocks from famous nightclub Dark Asgard.
Bauer was on the scene as a witness to the shooting, but the other gentleman had left the scene of the crime by the time police and medical teams arrived. She described him as a Greek or Mediterranean-looking male in his late 20's-30's or so, about 5'10", flowing hair to his shoulders, attractive. The man was apparently a passerby who stopped to assist when the fight broke out, and then left the scene suddenly.
According to Bauer's statement, she was walking towards D Street when she noticed an altercation near some abandoned cars. She approached but stayed back, and was joined by the other anonymous observer as they saw a man later identified as Ferran Sevren, arguing with 5 black gentlemen in very ghetto-styled attire. The group taunts each other for a few seconds, and then one of the men opens fire with a pistol on Sevren. Weapons were drawn and the fight erupted into a chaos of gunfire, which left four gang members dead and one missing who fled the scene, apparently naked for unexplained reasons. Sevren was brought to GW Hospital with four gunshot wounds to the chest, unconscious.
Sevren is currently recovering from the altercation. No suspects nor motive have been named.