This Week in Halftime: Who knew Adams Morgan was so much fun

This week on the Voice‘s leisure and sports extravaganza known as Halftime, Erika Bullock found a paradise in this year’s Adams Morgan Day and spoke to the festival’s eccentric vendors and food stalls:

If Adams Morgan–or “AdMo” like the cool kids (read: me) call it–was a member of the DC family, it would be that crazy, hipster cousin who listens to bands with names like “The Ambiguous Lampshades” and tells you about the coolest hole-in-the-wall restaurants where you can find some of the best Jamaican jerk chicken DC has to offer. Adams Morgan would be cool with wearing mismatched socks with locally-produced leather sandals, and people would admire his personal flare and style as he sauntered, organic cotton satchel thrown casually over his shoulder, down the crowded city block.

Tori Morgan profiles creative writing and fiction professor David Ebenbach, who is a sucker for visual artists and empathy:

I get excited about understanding things. I feel like I go through life not understanding things…I write and I can find my way into the thoughts of people and the experiences of people…I love that process of writing for knowledge.

In sports, Rob Ponce hopes that after the 2014 World Cup, the patriots of this country will appreciate soccer on the same level as other domestic popular sports:

After this early success, I became a true believer. I not only wanted the team to succeed, but after their strong performance against Germany, I legitimately thought that they could contend with any team in the tournament. I desperately wanted them to beat Belgium in the Round of 16, as I could see American soccer becoming increasingly popular among sports fans who had previously refused to take the sport seriously.

Finally, but perhaps most fascinatingly, Stanley Dai ponders the question of whether professional gaming should be considered a sport:

The American stigma of professional gamers is quite negative – images of a few acne-ridden teens rocking back and forth in front of their computer screens immediately come to mind. Yet twenty-seven million people play LOL daily, and Staples Center sold out of LOL S3 World Championship tickets in less than an hour; surely not all of them are convention-attending, costume-donning freaks.

Photo: Georgetown Voice/Erika Bullock

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