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The forthcoming issue from local food zine Runcible Spoon is swimsuit-themed. Hardy-har, Runcible Spoon. I see what you did there, with your recipes designed to pack on the pounds (a guide to D.C.’s best buffets, a recipe for lard pie). The ironic take on summer publications fits: The zine’s name references Edward Lear, the English poet behind the dafty “The Owl and the Pussycat”; Lear used “runcible spoon” most famously in that poem, and it’s now in our lexicon as a meaningless nonsense word. Runcible Spoon’s seventh issue promises to deliver more of the twee-craftiness it’s cultivated since its inception in 2010: hand-drawn titles, comic-paneled recipes, photo essays on kitschy vintage kitchenware. So set aside any seasonal body-image quandaries reinforced by Cosmo et al., and indulge in the silliness of the zine’s summer-issue launch party tonight at Blind Dog Café, the daytime/early evening coffee shop alter-ego of Darnell’s. There’s a bubblegum-blowing contest, which might be the closest thing to a workout at this soirée.
The launch party begins at 6:30 p.m. at Blind Dog Café, 944 Florida Ave. NW. Free. therunciblespoon.info.