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Introduction: Mapping Commonplaces

My name is Marguerite J Tucker and I am a Sophomore transfer student at American University in Washington DC. I am a Sociology major on the pre-med track; as a course requirement this semester I took college writing 101. Throughout the semester I researched a specific site in DC as a built environment. The site I chose to research was the Lincoln Theatre on UStreet. Throughout the semester I discovered what the Lincoln Theatre meant to the history and present day of UStreet and I discovered what it meant  to the people from Washington DC and what it meant to tourists of DC. Through this project the Lincoln Theatre was explored as a commonplace, a structure, an idea, and a symbol. In addition to my research this semester, I created Annotated Bibliographies to help guide the direction of my research and what exactly I wanted to discuss in my final project. I created Digital Archives of the Lincoln Theatre and the surrounding area of UStreet to document the physical characteristics of the theatre and its environment. Additionally, my Reading Analyses share my analytical observations and synopsis on others authors’ work, mainly regarding the topic of rhetoric and Built Environments. Check out my Commonplace Book and Extra Stuff to get a closer look at my life journeys, thoughts and ideas about the world as I experience it. My written works regarding the results of my semester research on the Lincoln Theatre, UStreet, as well as my final reflections and thoughts  can be found here; check out the interactive publication I created !

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Lincoln Theatre: Public Relations and Social Media Reviews

“The Lincoln Theatre.” Facebook, www.facebook.com/pg/TheLincolnDC/reviews/. Accessed 30 Mar. 2017.

The Lincoln Theatre has an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars on its Facebook page out of a total of 165 reviews.  The majority of people (105 out of 165 people) gave the theatre 5 stars and described their experience at the Lincoln Theatre as “scary good” , “nothing short of amazing” and “excellent acoustics”. Some of the less favorable reviews were directed towards the environment or the staff working at the theatre, such as, “Neighborhood seemed a bit sketchy”, and  “unfortunately, its poorly run”.  Additionally, there is an “About” portion on the Facebook page that displays the theatre’s address and telephone number as well as a brief history of the theatre’s ties to Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington from 1922. The about page also includes, information about I.M.P, the company that has own the Lincoln Theatre since June of 2013.

The Lincoln Theatre’s Facebook page will be useful for my research in a way that allows me to see what the general public is having to say about the venue. The reviews are unfiltered and honest which give me a better understanding how guests of the venue genuinely feel and from what demographic of people the critiques are coming from. The Lincoln Theatre’s Facebook page also allows me to view how it is marketed to the public through a social media platform such as Facebook.


Account, The Lincoln Theatre Verified. “The Lincoln Theatre (@TheLincolnDC).” Twitter, 29 Apr. 2017, twitter.com/TheLincolnDC. Accessed 30 Mar. 2017.

The Lincoln Theatre has a mere 3,433 followers on Twitter in comparison to the 9:30 Club’s 88.4k twitter following despite the fact that they are under the same management and just a few minutes in commute away from each other.  The Lincoln Theatre is tries to display its classical elegance even on such a contemporary social media platform such as Twitter.  The account bio reads, “The Jewel on U” referring to the theatre’s regal nickname, followed by the words, “Restored” and “revived” “ready to shine brighter than ever before”. Unlike the Facebook account for the theatre, the twitter page is very “fresh” and plays on the theatre’s evolved aspect and is branded at something “better” than what it once was, everything regarding the account is about the latest and the happenings of now. On the Twitter page of the Lincoln Theatre are various tours being promoted, multiple shows and artist that will be performing or recently have performed at the venue. Events at the Merriweather Post Pavilion can also be found on the Lincoln’s Twitter page.

I found the Lincoln Theatre’s Twitter Account to be very helpful to my research. Twitter is probably one of the most,  if not the most used social media platform in the world right now, it is also newer than that of Facebook. I was able to analyze how The Lincoln Theatre is staying true to it classical, historical vibe all while keeping up with the current times and staying relevant in the world through a site such as Twitter. There is a clear marketing difference from the the way the Lincoln Theatre is branded on Twitter vs the way it is branded on Facebook or even on its own website. Everything from he tweets, to the pictures and even the bio, has a tone of something better than what once was and I found this to be very useful to my research in who the venue is looking to attract and the type of presence it has on social media as a whole.

Annotated Bibliography 3 + 4

“U Street.” Washington.org. Destination DC, 17 Feb. 2017. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.

This website has page for all of Washington DC’s neighborhoods and the entities and attractions of the particular area. The page for U Street is has a big picture of the front of Ben’s Chili Bowl when a reader is to click on more information about U Street. The first line of the description for U Street says, “U Street was once truly the heart of black culture in America, attracting locals and visitors for an unparalleled music and nightlife scene”. The description commences to explain the significance of black culture pertaining to U Street and how Duke Ellington is celebrated here being that DC is his birthplace. The further in the description are food places that are  popular visits for tourists as well as locals such as Ben’s Chili Bowl and various ethiopian and soul food eateries.

I plan to use this article in a way that helps me better understand exactly how not only Lincoln theatre is marketed towards people but also how Street itself is marketed towards visitors and people unfamiliar with the area. Noticeably, like art of the other sources I’ve found so far mention the cultural history of U Street as the main attraction, just as this article does in the first sentence of the description.

EllingtonApts Apr. “The Ellington.” The Ellington Apartments Washington, DC: The Bozzuto Group  N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.

This is the official website of The Ellington Apartments, located on UStreet. The website shares an about page regarding he ownership and location of the new luxury apartments. The drop down menu feature the amenities, a short description about the neighborhood, floor plans, a gallery of the inside, and a tab for service information. At the very top of the website is a link to schedule an appointment for a walk through for perspective residents.

I plan to use this website as a source of the changes happening on UStreet and around the Lincoln Theatre given the fact that these apartments are located directly behind Lincoln Theatre and named after one of the greatest musicians to ever, Duke Ellington. Ironically, despite the namesake, Duke Ellington is not mentioned once one the website, not even on the about page; the description simply mentions the area is a popular one for live music and musical entertainment. Im not sure that the residence moving into “The Ellington” are even aware of why the apartments are named that. To market these grand apartments the way they are and not mention Duke Ellington’s significance to the area is something I would like to investigate more and definitely address in my Essay.

Annotated Bibliography 9 + 10

Ramanathan, Lavanya. “The Latest Trick to Making New Developments Cool: Just Add Rock-and-roll.” The Washington Post [Washington DC] 23 Mar. 2016: n. pag. Print.

This article featured in the Washington Post last month explain’s Seth Hurwitz’s plans for The Anthem, a brand new concert venue and  the highlight of the highly anticipated new attraction to Southwest DC called The Wharf.  Seth Hurwitz is the co-founder of IMP Productions and also the owner of 9:30 Club as well as the Lincoln Theatre. Hurwitz’s vision for his newest concert venue, The Anthem is a grand one, it is suppose to open October of this year and seat 6,000 people per concert. The concert venue is going to  be below a pool club that he plans to open in the roof of the venue and concert go-ers will be able to look up at the glass floor of the swimming pool. The 60 million dollar venue is highly anticipated and a project, Hurwitz himself has state he thinks will be an “excellent attraction to the area”.  The Anthem is sure to be heard about again in the fall of this year for the grand opening. 

This article is helpful more me in a way that allows me to learn more about the owner of the Lincoln Theatre, Seth Hurwitz. This article goes into fair detail the business side of what Hurwitz is like and why he chooses to invest in the projects and partnerships that he does. This article is a helpful source from learning about Hurwitz in a business perspective.


Phillips, Hayley G. “San Francisco-born Pop-Up Magazine Lands at the Lincoln Theatre Tuesday.” Washingtonian [Washington DC] 28 Feb. 2017: n. pag. Print.


This article covers, a performance of Pop-Up Magazine at the Lincoln Theatre two month ago. A pop-up magazine is also known as a live magazine that performs all of its contents therefore its producers, writers, filmmakers, actors, and photographer as well as radio host take the stage and perform the content that would otherwise be found in a magazine. The performance is about 90 minutes and is made up of about 10 people. The founder of Pop-Up Magazine, Douglas McGray,  thought the Lincoln theatre would be a great venue for the show because he grew up in Washington DC well into his 20s and felt like it would be received well in this area, he said “DC is such a smart crowd, full of curious people”. McGray has brought the Pop-Up Magazine to venues in DC as well as San Francisco and he thinks the Lincoln Theatre is a “nice fit” for his show.

This article is useful to my research because I able to learn more in detail about the current acts and talent being booked at the Lincoln Theatre a bit more in detail rather than just looking at the show schedule on the theatre’s website. From this article I am able to learn about what type of talent the Lincoln Theatre is presently booking, what type of shows are being hosted and whom are in the Theatre looking to attract the most. 

Annotated Bib 7 +8: Chocolate City turns to Latte City

Dvorak, Petula. “From Chocolate City to Latte City: Being Black in the New D.C.” The Washington Post. WP Company, 15 Oct. 2015. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.

In her news article Petula Dvorak starts off her article with the cold hard facts about that decreasing number of black people that once made up the famous District of Columbia; what was once known as Chocolate City is now Latte City. What was once a majority african american city is a majority white city, she highlights the things that are driving African American people out of the nations capital. The racial profiling and discrimination is at an all time high; she details the story of Jason Goolsby and young black college student that was forced to the ground in handcuffs for simply using the local ATM. She addresses the disappearance of affordable housing that is forcing a lot of people in black neighborhoods to relocate entirely, due to the “rebuilding” in many areas of DC that cause the price of housing to skyrocket. So many of this things that DC knows and love was created and upheld by the black residents of DC.

I plan on using this article in a way that adds the support of local voices and journalism to my research. In the article, examples and stories of local black people  that are affected by the changing race relations in DC, would be very helpful for my paper when looking at the reinvention of the Lincoln Theatre in a systematic approach.


Hopkinson, Natalie. “Farewell to Chocolate City.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 23 June 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.


In this New York Times article, Natalie Hopkinson, interviews local born and raised DC resident Donna, and African American woman in her late 40s. Donna’s family has own having in DC for the past three generations of people and she has watched city full of people that look liked her, speak and move, and act like turn into a city that she doesn’t even recognize. Hopkinson highlights how easy it is for local black DC residents to feel like a stranger in their own homes when the familiar neighborhoods, people and places are being removed and leaving and being replaced with entities unfamiliar to them. Hopkinson briefly touches on the long history of Washington DC dating back to 1791, and what it meant at the time as one of the only safe cities for African American people. The reader is reminded of all of the iconic African American people such as Zora Neale Hurston and Duke Ellington that helped make DC home for a lot of black people. Natalie Hopkinson closes that article with addressing Donna’s feelings of “hopelessness” and “worthlessness” when she feels like the City that has given everything to her,  is now pushing her farther away than ever.

This journal news article is very helpful for me in a way that the previous article from the Washington Post was helpful to me in the fact that, these are first hand accounts of local black people young, old and middle age telling their story and what the city was like in their eyes and how they city it now. This article goes into exactly what changes have occurred in black neighborhoods the touches on the upsetting reality for so many black residents such as the woman featured in this article.

The Lincoln Theatre: Annotated Bibliography 1+2

Rany, Bob “In Concert at the Lincoln Theatre – Washington DC” International Association of  Jazz Record Collectors Journal Vol. 44 Issue 1, Mar 2011 p. 58-59

In this article, Bob Rany outlines that highlights Buddy Collete’s career; he was one of Jazz biggest reed players and one of the Lincoln Theatre’s most frequent performers. The article highlights what the careers were like of those whom played at the Lincoln Theatre, which was once a theatre for mainly black artist entertainment. I plan to use this article to help me form a basis around what the historical players and artists were like when performing at the Lincoln theatre in the past, this text will be useful because it is heavily focused on a black jazz artists that was celebrated frequently at the Lincoln Theatre over the many years that he played as a solo artist and as a leader of an all black quintet. This article will also be helpful in understanding the type of clientele the Lincoln Theatre hosted in the past because the type of acts they were hiring such as Buddy Collete, are reflective of the people the enjoyed his music; thus giving me a better read on who was attending shows at the Lincoln Theatre in the past.


Hanley, Delinda C. “Palestine’s Wishah Popular Dance Troupe Headlines Turaath.”The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, vol. 35, no. 1, 2016., pp. 45


The American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee hosted the 5th annual celebration of Arab Culture in America called a Turaath, and this big performance and hosted at the Lincoln Theatre. This event was co-hosted by the Palestinian American Organization. This event is a celebration of arab culture and traditions through music, acting and dance. Famous Iraqi-American musicians such as composer, Amir ElSaffar and his Jazz ensemble perform at this event every year accompanied by many other performers of Arab culture.

I plan on using this text to familiarize myself with the variety of acts and performances that take place in the Lincoln Theatre today, given the fact that these are more contemporary that what the Lincoln Theatre was known for which was black artists and black entertainment. This article will also allow me to have some more insight as to where politics stand in a space like the Lincoln Theatre because topics such as the Palestine and Israel conflict is an extremely charged conflict even for citizens of the United States right now.I am very curious about how this type of political debate fits into a place like U Street and even more specifically a place like on the stage of the Lincoln Theatre. I plan on using this source to also analyze the political bias of the owner of the Lincoln Theatre, maybe the manager of the theatre, or one of the theatre’s sponsors.