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Washingtonpost.com profile of Air,
June 16, 2004


Christine Moritz was mentioned in the Washingtonpost.com June 16, 2004 profile of Air, below. (The DJ lineup for the event changed after the item went online (see related story); Christine played from June 18 to July 16, and DJ Enferno played on Friday, June 18.)

Editorial Review

Many bars and clubs in the Washington area have outdoor patios and decks. But at Air, which is held on Friday and Saturday nights in the spacious courtyard of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, almost everything -- including a dance floor, multiple bar stations and lounge furniture -- is open to the elements.

Air made a hugely successful debut last summer, but this year's opening was delayed for weeks because of the construction of Aria -- a new Italian restaurant replacing the defunct jordan's in the Reagan Building. But there's a silver lining: Aria adds a new indoor component to Air, meaning the outdoor event won't be canceled when rain is in the forecast (as happened several times last year). Aria also removes the biggest gripe about Air's location: Patrons had to go through a metal detector every time they needed to use the bathrooms inside the Reagan Building. Now they'll be screened before they enter Aria and that's it.

In another change, the music on Friday and Saturday will be very similar -- "a mixture of retro, hip-hop, house and dance," says promoter Howard Kitrosser. Last year, Friday focused on hip-hop, R&B and soul, while Saturday was a mixture of house, disco, hip-hop and '80s. The DJs, though, differ night to night. Friday features local DJ Enferno, who won the prestigious national DMC DJ competition last year and finished second at the world championships, and Christine Moritz, recently of Eighteenth Street Lounge. Saturday brings DJ Gaurav down from New York City; he'll be joined by special guests.

Those who get on the guest list through www.airclubdc.com pay $10 between 9 and 11; everyone else pays $15 all night. Dress is "summer casual" -- leave the shorts and sports sandals at home, guys, but you can wear dressy or fashionable sneakers and T-shirts.

-- Fritz Hahn (June 16, 2004)

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