Best $1 bins at a record store
1843 14th St. NW
Some of my most treasured (and oft-listened-to) vinyl records came from the $1 bins at Som Records: Prince’s “Purple Rain,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” the Grateful Dead’s “From the Mars Hotel.” Whenever I stop by the 12-year-old record shop, I beeline for the $1 bins on the floor. The $1 bin — a staple of every good record store — is the easiest way to build your collection or take a chance on something with an eye-catching cover. Owner Neal Becton says some records go straight in the bins, while others are marked-down records that just didn’t sell. I get a rush whenever I find something good. Just a few months ago, I walked in looking for Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline.” After 20 minutes of digging through the regular section, I moved down to the $1 bins. A few minutes later, there Dylan was, smiling right back at me. Rudi Greenberg
Best place to find the perfect piece of vintage furniture
7313 Georgia Ave. NW; 3730 Howard Ave., Kensington, Md.
The last time I stopped into Modern Mobler, I swear I saw Don Draper kicking back in a corner with an Old-Fashioned. Of course it was just a mirage, spurred by the sea of pristine midcentury modern furniture before me. Founded in 2010, the vintage furniture store now has two locations stocked with classic Danish, American and European designs. It’s a jackpot for seating in particular, so if you’re in the market for chairs, this is a good place to start. Quality furniture, of course, comes at a price — so be prepared to drop some serious cash for your new favorite piece. Holley Simmons
Best Radio Station
Takoma Radio WOWD-LP
7014-B Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, Md.
Tired of hearing the same Top 40 crap? Tune in to Takoma Radio at 94.3 FM or takomaradio.org, where anyone can apply online for a weekly slot to play their favorite jams for an hour or two. At this small, volunteer-run station, DJs showcase little-known local musicians, play deep cuts from more popular artists, and generally aim to expand their listeners’ musical palates. Broadcasting from a tower on top of an 11-story senior center in Takoma Park, Md., the radio station’s 100-watt signal reaches parts of upper Northwest and Northeast D.C., as well as parts of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. “We are a voice of the community where you are going to hear children on the air, older people, senior citizens, members of our large Ethiopian communities, African-Americans,” says Marika Partridge, the station’s founder. “We are diverse, we are multicultural and we are trying to provide a voice not heard right now.” Sadie Dingfelder
Best place to see a future (or current) Netflix comedy star
With Underground Comedy, Sean Joyce has created a D.C. comedy empire. The 4-year-old independent comedy production company, which hosts stand-up shows in at least six venues, has become popular among national touring comedians, and D.C. gets to reap the rewards. Most of the shows are either in bars, like The Big Hunt’s tiny satanic-themed basement, or at Drafthouse Comedy downtown. Over the years, Joyce, a stand-up himself, has built a network of comedians who want to play his shows, and there’s always a good chance you’ll see a rising star who’s about to break out big (or one of the top talents in the District). Established comics seem to like the looseness and intimacy Joyce fosters. Michael Che worked his recent Netflix special at The Big Hunt before filming it; so did Rory Scovel. Hannibal Buress, Patton Oswalt, Judah Friedlander and Louis C.K. have all dropped in for surprise sets. That’s the magic of an Underground Comedy show: You never know who might show up, but you can guarantee it will be funny. R.G.
Correction: An earlier version of this post listed an incorrect address for Takoma Radio. It has been updated.
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