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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CP: Change of Plans at 1337 H Street

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 The Washington City Paper reports that the Hilton brothers no longer have plans to open a restaurant at 1337 H Street. They have apparently sold the lease, and aren't saying who bought it. Plans change, but the other interesting bit here is something that I somehow missed the first time around. The house's occupants have held a series of arts events in the home, but one of those events got a little crazy. It started with a man named Adrian Parsons. You may have remember him from the coverage of Occupy DC hunger strikers. Parsons, who starved himself for DC voting rights, is no stranger to controversy. He once circumcised himself in public as part of a performance art piece on suicide bombers. Here's how the Washington City Paper described the ill fated festivities at 1337 H Street:

"Parsons arranged FairFairFair, a counter-counter-fair at a new art space at 1337 H Street NE. Kool Raunch staged a show in which ensemble members dressed in togas, threw red paint, and wrestled in the ensuing mess; skinned calves’ heads were also involved. A result of the chaos: Ally Behnke, the 1337 resident who invited Parsons (though she says she never agreed to hosting the performance) got evicted."
This particular property has an interesting history. Five years ago the District took action against what it says was an illegal funeral home. The business owner responded by blaming the FUNERAL MAFIA.

11 comments:

Elliott said...

I thought the basement of this place was being turned into a craft cocktail bar, no? Is that still in the works? I seem to recall some construction being done.

inked said...

That's not happening. I will be very interested to know who bought the lease.

poo said...

you *are* very interested. not *will be interested*

just sayin'

Anonymous said...

I'd cancel my lease after reading that myself - Bad karma. (and why am I not surprised that Poo is the grammar police?)

inked said...

Yeah, but he's right on that one.

Anonymous said...

.Well, not exactly , Poo's correction results in--
"I 'are' very interested"

Maybe, "I am ..." would be even better

Gonzo said...

I'd love to see a performance piece in which Adrian Parsons is pummeled with his own ego.

Anonymous said...

Good call gonzo!!

oboe said...

Five years ago the District took action against what it says was an illegal funeral home. The business owner responded by blaming the FUNERAL MAFIA.

That is outstanding. I miss old DC sometimes.

Andrew said...

How hard could it possibly be to get the permits to operate a funeral home?

Anonymous said...

How soon we forget the days when you didn't need a permit to run any kind of business in DC... It was a legacy of the Barry administration. You got your building permit by leaving a case of booze, trash wasn't picked up, no contractor got paid, every city agency went into court receivership except for parks and libraries. Oh yeah, thems the good ole days. It's taken decades for the city workers to relearn their jobs.