Farewell, My Lovely Crime and Punishment Museum

Some electrifying headgear. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

The Crime and Punishment Museum had to blow after getting the bum's rush from its downtown D.C. joint. "Sadly, due to unforseen circumstances," the sign said.  

Where Roll Call Dares Logo(Thumbnail) Who bumped the CPM? The chin was they didn't have the cabbage to stay in primo real estate. Without a big butter and egg man, they had to go, pronto, dateline Sept. 30. It was worth one last look before the museum blew its wikiup. For backup, there was no better jane around than Justice.  

Getting on the Big Bus, an Alternative Commute

Tourists wait for the Big Bus to depart Union Station. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Where Roll Call Dares Logo(Thumbnail) There are worse ways to get around Washington than riding the Big Bus.  

Poncho-frocked tourists typically are the only ones trekking about on D.C.'s double-deckered tour buses. Frazzled locals, meanwhile, cram into rising-fare Metro trains that come with the added excitement of death by smoke inhalation, multiple stabbing wounds, derailment or the banality of chronic delays and overcrowded discomfort. "Almost every time I take @wmata on the weekend I regret it," a friend groused on Facebook. His post likely broke the "like" button.  

Farewell, My Indigestion: Bidding Adieu to Restaurant Associates

" But if you'll eat it, you never have to prove your courage in any other way."

— Gen. Corman, "Apocalypse Now"

Getting the Run of the Place at Congressional Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery's annual Day of the Dog features beer, dogs, and even a footrace for humans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Where Roll Call Dares Logo(Thumbnail) Even the dead need a cold beer now and then. Hence the "City of Silence" coozies Historic Congressional Cemetery sells for five bucks a pop.  

On Saturday, those resting in peace at the cemetery on the edge of Capitol Hill will be able to kick back with a temperature-protected brew as their two- and four-legged neighbors gather for the latest Day of the Dog . Food trucks, two local breweries — Atlas and Port City — and local pet vendors and services will be on paw for the celebration of all things canine. Dogs will even be able to see their humans lope around the grounds for a change, at the inaugural Day of the Dog 5K and 2K runs. And they won't even have to throw a slimy tennis ball to see the bipedals giddyup.  

What to See and Do in Selma

The city of Selma prepares for the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SELMA, Ala., — Every year, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., makes a pilgrimage here to walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge, tracing the fateful steps he took on March 7, 1965, when he and others marching in favor of voting rights were savagely beaten by state troopers and thugs.  

Friends, activists and fellow members of Congress have frequently joined him over the years, but not in the numbers expected for the upcoming 50th anniversary, when about 100 of his colleagues and President Barack Obama are expected to help him mark the half-century mark since "Bloody Sunday." If you're heading there yourself, here are a few things to check out, including places where the Selma to Montgomery March was planned, as well as a great spot for a proper Southern breakfast. Photographer Spider Martin's images of "Bloody Sunday" and the subsequent march to Montgomery are the ones most often burned into our consciousness. Lewis and Hosea Williams facing troopers just before the billy clubs and tear gas were unleashed, Martin Luther King Jr. leading the march across treacherous territory.  

The Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride: Civil Rights and Bamas

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. — A partial list of things not present at the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march: A drone mini-copter, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," Viola Liuzzo's roadside memorial.  

As Alabama, and the country, prepares to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 50-plus mile voting rights march, as well as the tragic events such as the March 7 "Bloody Sunday," when protesters led by now-Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Hosea Williams were beaten by state troopers at Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Montgomery Bicycle Club did its part by sponsoring a Feb. 21 ride traversing the march route, which is now a national historic trail. For those signing up with more ambition than ability (such as Washington-based writers) the club made sure to include some not-your-average athletic inspiration on the official ride T-shirts and jersey, courtesy of Martin Luther King Jr., who led the March 21-25 march: "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving."  

A Mild Journey to the Heart of Pentagon City (Video)

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

"You can't be subtle in this town."

— Hunter S. Thompson, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

A Hard Rock Day's Night

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

If there is an epicenter of the Washington Tourist-Industrial Complex, it may very well be the Hard Rock Cafe in Penn Quarter.  

At the peak of tourism season, during the warm spring and summer months, the self-styled "Embassy of Rock and Roll" caters to an audience that is 90 percent visitor and 10 percent local, according to the establishment's management team. In business at 999 E St. NW since 1990, the embassy is strategically located next to Ford's Theater, the (for now) FBI headquarters, the Washington Welcome Center and, of course, a Cosi.  

Madame Tussauds' Terrifying D.C. Presence

Greatness and Gilbert. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

The most terrifying thing about the Madame Tussauds D.C. wax museum outpost is the fact that designers grouped ex-Washington Wizard Gilbert Arenas with Babe Ruth and Jesse Owens. Of all the indignities to endure, the Sultan of Swat and the man who showed up Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games have to share a platform with a guy whose claim to fame is bringing a gun to the Wizards' locker room.  

Madame Tussauds is an international tourist attraction, branching out from its original 19th century London location to far-flung locales such as Las Vegas; Bangkok; Orlando, Fla.; and Washington. The D.C. branch is a mash of American pop culture and politics, with a twist of Washington-specific history. Marilyn Monroe greets you at the entrance, followed by Richard M. Nixon and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a neat encapsulation of what, or whom, people want to see. Norma Jeane and The Rock would fit in at any wax museum or Americana-centric attraction. Nixon? It would've been better if it was him and Elvis, aping the iconic photo from the 1970s of the King and the Prez. But no matter. Nixon's part of America, too.