Friday, April 30, 2010

This Weekend on H Street

Souk should have their bar up and running tonight. Hopefully the back dining room will be open as well. Liberty Tree now has the promised whole-bellied clams. These are sweet, delicious clams that make for the best fried clams.

The FreshFarm farmers' market reopens tomorrow. Look for Casey Patten of Taylor as the featured Chef at the Market around midmorning. The market will also feature new additions Red Apron Butchery, Dolcezza Gelato, and H Street's own Dangerously Delicious Pie. Metro Mutts is going to participate tomorrow as well. The market runs from 9-12 noon. There are some other events tomorrow night as part of the First Saturdays series that H Street Main Street is launching.

After the farmers' market, you can stop by Ethiopic, which opens at noon for lunch and congratulate Sam and Meseret and the birth of their first child, Noah. Their signature lamb tibs might be the tastiest thing you can get anywhere on H Street. While you are over that way, drop by Capitol Fine Wine and Spirits. They've gotten in almost all of the hard to find beers that folks have requested since openings, including four types of Bells and a Great Lakes beer. They have a really impressive beer selection now, including a few types of Ethiopian beers and a solid offering of inexpensive wines.

Just off H Street, Jimmy Valentines will be cooking up 90 lbs of bacon starting at 3 pm.

Toyland will be mixing up Mint Juleps in honor of Derby Day. They open at 5 and the race is at 6.

Saturday night, City Gallery has an opening reception for their latest exhibit starting at 6 pm.

There's a whole host of events on H Street on Saturday night, per usual, but especially in light of the First Saturday kickoff, so check out details about events at Palace of Wonders, Rock and Roll Hotel, Sova, and more here.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

EcoSymposiums on Sustainability in DC at Sherwood Rec Center (640 10th St NE) Saturday May 1, 10 am

EcoSymposiums on Sustainability in DC

On Saturday, May 1, Capitol Business Solutions LLC will hosting an EcoSymposium on Sustainability in DC at the Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th Street, NE). The symposium runs from 10 am until 3 pm (lunch included). The program will consist of several panel speakers, including Weatherize DC, Groundwork DC, DreamingOutLoud, Sol Systems Company, and a community forum to deliver information to constituents and businesses on relevant topics in the theme of "Green Ward, Green Life" and will be visited by Councilmember Tommy Wells. Local businesses and training resources will be operating booths to distribute information and answer questions of attendees.

Topics of discussion include:

·Informing local residents of available grants and programs,
·Discussing the economic opportunities for the working class through new green jobs, and
·Encouraging mobility and changes for businesses through new cost-effective sustainable practices.

1108 H Street renovated and on the market

1108 H Street has been vacant in recent years, but is housed between Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar (1104 H St) and the coming Asian restaurant in the historic Hubert Newsom Building (1110 H St) just down the block from the Credit Union, and Taylor Gourmet (1116 H St). If you've been down that block recently, you may have noticed construction going on at the front of this building. It has been largely renovated and is now for sale prepared to finish for use as restaurant/retail with a possible residential unit above.

The list price is $749,000. The location is great, but it will be interesting to see if a semifinished building merits that high of a price tag.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Reminder: H Street Farmer's Market resumes Saturday 9 am -12 noon

Reminder that the H Street FreshFarm Farmers' Market will reopen this Saturday on the south side of the 600 block of H Street.

Casey Taylor Patten of Taylor Gourmet will be on hand as the features Chef at the Market and various other festitivies are planned for the day. The Market will also feature new vendors this year, including Red Apron Butchery's famed charcuterie from Chef Nathan Anda, Dolcezza Gelato, and Dangerously Delicious Pies. This Saturday, Metro Mutts will be on hand with frozen yogurt for your dogs!

Souk adding beer/wine and expanded back dining room this weekend

Souk (1208 H St) plans to install their bar now that they have their liquor license along the west wall in the front dining room. Souk is also prepared to open their back dining room, which should seat an additional 20 diners and looks very nice. They hope to debut the bar and the back dining room this weekend.

They also recently improved the seating in their main dining room by installing a bench with cushions, similar to what they have in the front window seats. If you haven't been to dine at Souk recently, you should do so again soon.

Souk is open til 10 during the week, 12 am on weekends, and closed Mondays.

WP Dining Critic Tom Sietsema likes Liberty Tree (1016 H St)

Tom Sietsema features Liberty Tree (1016 H St) for his First Bite column in today's Food Section. Sietsema highlights our favorite menu item -- the Cape Cod Casino pizza.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Biergarten Haus (1355 H St) now opening Friday, May 14

Biergarten Haus (1355 H St) has pushed back their opening by a week and now plans to open to the public Friday, May 14.

Streetcars in DC

From DDOT, you can check out the streetcars that will be running down H Street within a couple years in DC, May 5-8, at the Old Convention Center site.

First Modern Streetcar to Debut in the District

DDOT to Host DC Streetcar Showcase May 5-8
First Opportunity for Public to Board One of DC’s Modern Vehicles

District residents, workers and visitors will soon get their first opportunity to step aboard one of the District’s new modern streetcars. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host the DC Streetcar Showcase from Wednesday, May 5 through Saturday, May 8, 2010 at City Center DC, the site of the old convention center.

“We are getting closer and closer to putting streetcars back on the streets of the District, and we know there are a lot of people who are just as excited about their return as we are,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. “This will be a great opportunity for them to see a modern streetcar up close, inside and out, and to learn more about how they will operate in the District.”

The District owns three streetcars, which are currently stored at Metro’s rail yard in Greenbelt, Maryland. For the showcase, DDOT will transport one of the vehicles downtown where it will be set on temporary tracks in Lot B of City Center DC. The public will be able to access the lot from the intersection of 9th and H Streets, NW, which is just north of the Gallery Place Metro station on the Green and Yellow lines.

Admittance to the Showcase is free. The event schedule is as follows:

· Wednesday, May 5, 11am – 7pm
· Thursday, May 6, 11am – 7pm
· Friday, May 7, 11am – 7pm
· Saturday, May 8, 11am – 5pm

The DC Streetcar Showcase will coincide with several other related events in the District, including:

In the first half of the last century, the District had a robust streetcar network with more than 200 miles of track, but as bus service became more prevalent, the popularity of streetcars declined and the last day of streetcar service in the city was January 28, 1962.

Today, plans are well underway to restore this rich piece of the District’s history. DDOT is developing a 37 mile, 8 line system, and construction on two of the lines has already started. Streetcar service is expected to begin in 2012 on H Street/Benning Road.

Mead Row Development (1305-1311 H St)

Meads Row (1305-1311 H St) has been the subject of much attention during the H Street renaissance over the past few years. The four rowhouses are adjacent to the historic Atlas Performing Arts Center, but recently at least two of them have largely not been put to good use. The row was built by Charles C. Meads, “a local builder of note,” who was also responsible for some 105 structures on Capitol Hill. The buildings are among the oldest and nicest ones constructed along H Street.

Unfortunately, the buildings at 1309 and 1311 H Street have been unused in recent years and the owners of the properties sought to raze them and build a small parking lot in their place. This effort was readily opposed by the surrounding community and ANC6A sought to have them declared historic by the Historic Preservation Board. The ANC and the surrounding community felt that they were particularly good examples of the corridor's historic stock of first floor retail with two levels of residential housing above them and were located as an especially important spot in the heart of the Atlas/Entertainment District on H Street. That effort narrowly failed on a divided vote last year. That was presumed to be the end of that battle with the demolition and razing in advance of a tiny parking lot or otherwise wasted space just a matter of time.

However, the owners of the buildings recently sought and obtained permits to renovate and rehab both properties and construction is now underway to restore both properties to their prior glory. The precise plans have not yet been announced, but a restaurant or retail is expected to fill the first floor with residential on the upper levels as was the case for these buildings in their historic heyday. This makes great sense given the extreme level of interest for opening new businesses along H Street, especially along its eastern end.

Congratulations to ANC6A Commissioner David Holmes who led the effort to save these buildings and to the business owners on the 1200 and 1300 blocks of H Street whose successful openings helped convince the owners of these properties to renovate and rehabilitate rather than to raze. Once these buidings are reopened with new establishments on their ground level, the south side of the 1300 block will start with the new restaurant(s), followed by the Atlas Performing Arts Center, H Street Country Club, Dangerously Delicious Pies, Star and Shamrock, Rock and Roll Hotel, Biergarten Haus, Sova, and the H Street Playhouse and that block will give a real sense of the renaissance that so many hope to see completed on the rest of the corridor soon.

Living Social Deal of the Day: $20 for $45 certificate to the Argonaut

Today's Living Social Deal of the Day offers $45 gift certificates to the Argonaut for only $20.

The Argonaut (1433 H St) has the best outdoor patio on H Street and is a great option this time of year. Be sure to try their fish tacos and sweet potato fries, which are must-order items. They also do a strong brunch, with bottomless mimosas and a make your own bloody mary bar.

Link roundup

DC Urbanturf noted two of the best new houses for sale in DC are just south of H Street on 10th and 11th Street. Both houses are gorgeous and available for a just over $500,000, so they wont last long.

Washington Business Journal reported that a Giant will be the anchor grocery store at the Steuart Investment development project slated to open a couple hundred condos above retail on the north side of the 300 block of H Street.

The Hill is Home held the first DC Blogger Skeeball Tournament at the H Street Country Club. HStreetGreatStreet was unable to attend this one, so the win went to the Fort Totten Team.

Lots of folks checked out the soft opening of the Star and the Shamrock (1341 H St), including yours truly, the City Paper, DCist, THIH, Prince of Petworth, Frozen Tropics, and Capital Spice.
The Star and the Shamrock will be opens for lunch starting today, April 27.

HStreetDC Twitter noted that the former R.L. Christian Library at the corner of 13th & H Street will be refitted for use by Affinity Labs who rents desks to startup small businesses. A number of others had their eye on this site as well.

Frozen Tropics noted the latest license application for a new restaurant on H Street from Khan's BBQ, which is slated to open at the southwest corner of 12th & H St (1125 H St). Look for more details on that here soon.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Farmshare / CSA available for pickup at 9th & Maryland NE

The Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative (LFFC) has added Washington Community Fellowship (WCF) church at 907 Maryland Avenue, NE, to its list of community-supported agriculture (CSA) distribution points. WCF will open each Wednesday night from the beginning of May through mid-November for shareholders to pick up their fresh fruits and vegetables. Time is running out to sign up.

The cost of shares for the 28-week season is as follows:
Full share of vegetables (7-12 items weekly, for 28 weeks): $775
Half share of vegetables (4-9 items weekly, for 28 weeks): $475
Full share of fruit (1-2 items weekly, for 20 weeks): $120

CSA members can also order healthful farm products such as milk, cheese, poultry, honey, and maple syrup on a weekly basis to be collected alongside shares of produce.

Visit to learn more about LFFC and to sign up! Choose the "NE DC/WCF" location on your application form. Place your order ASAP if you are interested in participating as they were still a few participants short as of a few days ago.

Please direct questions to Karla Yoder (

Beer Pairing Dinner with Chef Teddy Folkman and Orr Shtuhl at Granville Moore's NEXT WEEK, Tues. May 4

Next Tuesday, May 4 (note updated date), Granville Moore's Star Chef Teddy Folkman and Orr Shtuhl, Beerspotter columnist at the Washington City Paper will host a spring-themed beer dinner. The menu sounds incredible: five courses and six beer pairings, including a few beers, which are being poured for the first time! Tickets are $65 and a few spots are still left, so call Granville Moore's to make your reservation, 202-399-2546.


7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Happy Hour featuring the new Ommegang Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Duck Three-Way Terrine
w/ Farmhouse ale TBD

Bison Tenderloin Tartar with Six-Month American Boucheron
w/ Victory Hop Devil (and a surprise)

Red Gazpacho with Crispy Skinned Snapper
w/ Rogue Chipotle Ale

"Bangers and Mash," Quail Sausage and Gruyere Mashed Potatoes
w/ Anchor Porter

Mixed Berry Shortcake, Cocoa Whipped Cream, Allagash Caramel
w/ Allagash Four

Note: This event was initially scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, but had to be rescheduled.

NoMa Summer Screen: free movies Wednesdays at 7, on 200 blk L St NE starts May 12

NoMa Summer Screen is a free, weekly, outdoor film series, featuring local BBQ and music by Fatback. The movies play behind the Loree Grand on the 200 blk of L St NE, which is a quick walk from most places on H Street and easily accessible from the NY Ave metro. This year’s theme is The Future is Now, films that grapple with the future or the element of time. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, Frisbee, cooler, and take out from your favorite H Street restaurant (Ethiopic is close, but Sticky Rice and Liberty Tree are also good options) and enjoy great films under the stars. Subtitles provided.

May 12 Spaceballs In this classic Mel Brooks comedy, Lone Starr must stop Lord Dark Helmet from stealing Planet Druidia’s air supply. NR

May 19 WALL-E FAMILY NIGHT: In this futuristic Pixar film, a friendly waste-collecting robot embarks on a space journey that will decide the fate of mankind. G

May 26 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Two dim-witted teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine in this 1989 comedy. PG

June 2 Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn Admiral Kirk's mid-life crisis is interrupted by the return of an old enemy looking for revenge. PG

June 9 Donnie Darko A teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) lost in time is plagued by visions that manipulate him to commit a series of crimes. R

June 16 Back to the Future 17-year-old Marty McFly got home early last night; 30 years early. PG

June 23 The Fifth Element In the colorful future, cab driver Bruce Willis unwittingly joins the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay. PG-13

June 30 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light-years from home. PG

July 7 Sleeper* A Woody Allen love story about two people who hate each other...200 years in the future. PG

July 14 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star in this wildly imaginative love story: a couple erases their memories of each other, only to discover what they had in the beginning. R

July 21 Logan’s Run In this 1976 sci-fi classic, an idyllic future has one major drawback: Life must end at 30. PG

July 28 Groundhog Day A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. PG

Organized by the NoMa Business Improvement District

Saturday, April 24, 2010

City Gallery: Light and Allusion opening reception: Sat. May 1, 6-9 pm

City Gallery (804 H St) will hold the opening reception for its May exhibition “Light and Allusion” showcasing Nancy Donnelly’s elegant glass art and Jill Finsen’s whimsically primitive paintings executed in oil paint with the artists Saturday, May 1, 6:00–9:00 PM.

Fascination with color is apparent in the work of both these artists. These pieces sing out - they raise the possibility that good humor can be engendered by color alone. Allusive of the natural world, they are at the same time direct and accessible. Surface is paramount to the success of these art pieces—the smoothness of the glass contrasts with layered textures in the paintings. The colors of glass and paintings complement each other and pull the exhibit in new and exciting visual directions. Both artists find negative space crucial to this effect, moments of rest that energize each work. Donnelly and Finsen’s works provide tension between familiarity and abstraction and at the same time question placement within imagined space.

The exhibit runs through May 29 and is otherwise viewable Fridays & Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Hill Newspaper loves Liberty Tree

Another rave review for Liberty Tree (1016 H St). One must-order item the review missed is the Clams Casino Pizza. Another is the Lobster Roll. It's not a big menu, but there's a lot to like at Liberty Tree.

WP: Old Settler at the Atlas is satisfying: funny, affecting, and inhabited by characters who seem like real people.

This morning's Washington Post has this favorable review for Old Settler which is currently running at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St). The show runs Thursdays through Sundays until May 15. Tickets are available online.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Biergarten Haus (1355 H St) slated for May 7 opening

via Margaret Holwill on HStreetDC twitter, Biergarten Haus will open at 1355 H Street on Friday, May 7, at 5 pm.

Grocery Store coming to 300 block of H Street at Steuart Development

Washington Business Journal breaks the news that the previously unidentified Grocery store hub for the Steuart Development on the north side of the 300 block of H Street will be a Giant.

The story indicates that the negotiations are in their final phase. Councilmember Tommy Wells recently helped enact a tax break to help provide adequate parking for the facility to ensure that a grocery store would be the main tenant at this new retail-residential mixed use development.

WP reviews Public Enemy at H Street Playhouse

Today's Washington Post contains a review of Public Enemy, which is currently runninng Thursday through Sunday at the H Street Playhouse (1365 H St) through May 16. Tickets are available online.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Caps Games on H Street

The Caps are in the middle of the first round of what will hopefully be a long run up to the Stanley Cup. If you can't get tickets to the games, you can catch them at the Red and the Black (1212 H St) where they are running a Puck Off PBR special with $3 PBRs during the game, and $1 Rock the Red shots every time the Capitals score. They'll also have some givewaways for true die-hard fans through the rest of the first round (4/21, 4/23, 4/26....)

Streetcars update, coming early 2012

The ANCs, Tommy Wells, and DDOT put on a pretty interesting meeting last night to approximately 100 attendees regarding streetcar development on H Street. The short of it is that there is real reason to expect the streetcars to be running from Union Station at 1st Street up through a hole in the hopskotch bridge and down H Street to Benning Road by early 2012. At the meeting, they showed the plans for punching a hole in the middle of the bridge, the connection to Union Station at 1st and H, where the maintaince facilities are (under the bridge) and a turn around at Benning Road/Oklahoma Ave, and explained that everything should be fully operational by Spring 2012. They also talked a lot about their expansion efforts and there will likely be a technology showcase for wireless/wire systems in the next few months.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Greek restaurant coming to 1220 H Street this summer

There are now plans to open a Greek Mezze restaurant (small plates served tapas style) at 1220 H Street this summer. The owner is a DC area native who comes from a large Greek family and who is very excited about the rapidly growing H Street dining scene. The restaurant name is yet TBD, but it will fill the first and second floors of the building for dining and house a large kitchen in the basement. The address is currently vacant, but is largely renovated, so you should look for it to open some time this summer. This should be a welcome addition on the 1200 block for the throngs of Granville Moore's and Sticky Rice fans who don't have the patience to wait in line for those popular H Street eateries on busy weekend nights.

Reminder: Streetcar meeting tonight at 6:30

Reminder that the Streetcar meeting hosted by local ANCs, Councilmembers Tommy Wells and Harry Thomas, Jr., and DDOT Director Gabe Klein and Streetcar Director Scott Kubly will be tonight at 6:30 at 1299 Neal Street (just north of Florida Ave, near 13th Street.

This will be your best opportunity to join with those officials in support of the semi-wireless plan they have to get the streetcars up and running soon. The tracks are already mostly laid along the north side of H Street and city officials have said they hope to have the cars in place and ready for use running from Union Station to the eastern end of the H Street Corridor by 2012, but a couple smaller groups have expressed opposition to streetcars recently claiming to be concerned that the any overhead wires might obstruct views of the city's varied historical monuments and of the U.S. Capitol.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Loree Grand goes live, applications available now for artist housing/work space in new building at 250 K St NE

The Loree Grand -- the first component of the Union Place development, located at the corner of 3rd & K Sts NE -- is making applications available now to house 30 artists in residence beginning early this summer. The building will also include over 200 residential units, a roof garden, a courtyard, a gym and ground floor retail. Occupancy is slated for June.

Star and Shamrock (1341 H St) officially opens tonight

The Star and the Shamrock (1341 H St) held a very popular soft opening weekend and will officially open to the public tonight.

The place looks awesome and the food and beer options are many. In addition to the usual jewish deli offerings, they have a series of fun bar snacks like fried matzo balls, reuben egg rolls, and a play on kosher pigs in a blanket. They were cash only this weekend, so bring cash or your debit card (they have an ATM) until they get their credit machines up and running.

You can check out this Prince of Petworth post with his photos and thoughts from the soft opening and a Thrillist piece, which also has a copy of the opening dinner menu. They offer a wide variety of beers, including some Hebrew Kosher ones, and a long list of Irish and other whiskeys.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Argonaut Special Event: School Night Monday, April 19

The Argonaut (1433 H St) has long been an H Street community leader, and is now hosting a monthly Ludlow Taylor Elementary School family Nights with a portion of the proceeds from the night's sales going to support the Ludlow Taylor PTA. The next one is Monday, April 19, 5:30-7 p.m. The "Ludlow Taylor School Nights will recur the second Tuesday of every month.

The Argonaut is your go-to spot on H Street for lovely patio dining for happy hour, dinner, or weekend brunch when they feature a make your own bloody mary bar and bottomless mimosas. They recently added outdoor entertainment options in the form of bean bag toss and ladder toss -- both located along the west side of the patio, alongside the Argonaut's Maryland Ave entrance.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Capitol Hill North Neighborhood Assn Spring Cleanup: Tomorrow 10-1

The Capitol Hill North Neighborhood Association (CHNNA) Cleanup will be from 10 AM - 1 PM on April 17th, starting from the M Street entrance of the Metro at 10 AM. The CHNNA boundaries are from the railroad tracks to 8th, and from Florida to G.

Teams will be divided as follows. (We will need a captain for each of these nine groups - please email Tony Goodman at if you'd like to do this - we'll be meeting at 9:45 at the Metro entrance.)

* Half the Volunteers start on 3rd Street, and then split into groups:
Team L) Turn onto Abbey and then turn left onto L Street
Team K) Turn onto K Street
Team I) Turn onto I Street
Team G) Turn onto G Street
* Half the Volunteers start on M Street, and then split into groups:
Team 4th) Turn onto 4th Street
Team 5th) Turn onto 5th Street
Team 6th) Turn onto 6th Street
Team 7th) Turn onto 6th to clean Orleans & Morton before turning onto 7th
Team 8th) Continue to the end of M, down Florida, to 8th

To help improve our tree boxes, there will be a stump grinder available as well as large ladders for removing plastic bags from tree branches. Phone numbers for these will be provided. In addition, we will have some pickup trucks driving around moving bags to consolidated locations for DPW pickup.

DPW will be picking up the bagged trash from the following locations:
* 3rd/M - SW Corner
* 3rd/G - SW Corner
* 4th/M - NW Corner
* 4th/I - SW Corner
* 7th/G - SW Corner
* 7th/K - NW Corner

To help get everyone started in the morning, stop by Pound (2nd & N NE -- the ATF building) for a free cup of coffee, or 25% off on lattes and food before 10 o'clock. Just mention that you're there for the CHNNA Cleanup. Thanks so much for all of your support, and we look forward to seeing everyone Saturday morning!

Tony Goodman, CHNNA Steering Committee
Phone: 734-330-4832

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Star and Shamrock is coming really soon

Margaret Holwill suggests that Star and Shamrock (1341 H St) may be soft open as soon as Friday night.

UPDATE: We have now confirmed that Star and Shamrock will be doing their neighborhood preview/soft opening tonight and tomorrow starting at 8 p.m. Slainte!

H Street Farmer's Market (625 H St) reopens May 1

The H Street Farmers' Market (625 H St), which is run by FreshFarm (who also runs the Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter and White House markets) will reopen May 1.

The H Street Farmers' Market was recently rated one of the top five markets in DC. It is open from 9 am until 12 noon every Saturday.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ANC6A Chair Kelvin Robinson running for Council At-Large seat currently held by Phil Mendelson

As expected, ANC6A Chair Kelvin Robinson, the former Chief of Staff to Mayor Anthony Williams, will run for the D.C. Council seat currently held by Phil Mendelson. Former Fenty Department of Parks and Recreation Director Clark Ray is also running in the Democratic primary.

Mendelson has been widely criticized for his role as the Chairman of the Public Safety Commmittee where he has opposed significant aspects of the Mayor's Crime bill, including stricter gun laws, stronger penalties for juvenile crime, and anti-gang measures.

According to the head of DC's police union: “There’s soft on crime, there’s softer on crime, then there’s Phil Mendelson.” This should make for an interesting and well-contested race.

Studio H launches Rod Glover "Ungrounded" Saturday 6-9 pm

Studio H (408 H St) will host the opening reception for "Ungrounded" by Rod Glover on Saturday, April 17, from 6 - 9 p.m. The show will run through May 12.

More info on the exhibition is reproduced below:

Rod Glover's paintings simplify the complexities of life without the need for representational depictions. He constructs his work using abstract shapes and color. "Abstract shapes have undeniable power. The orientation or action of a shape evokes conflict, balance, anxiety or harmony. In shapes we perceive ourselves, and they become the archetypes of existence" explains Glover. The shapes in Glover’s work seem to float in space that he imagines to be infinite. The forms are in movement through time. The shapes speak of many things: relationships, solitude, confrontation, awakening, joy, stillness, order or chaos.

Glover's work is influenced by early geometric or reductive abstractionists. Painters such as Kandinsky, Malevich and Moholy-Nagy used geometric shapes to reject illusionist practices in the belief that shapes could convey expressive feelings and ideas without the need for recognizable or objective forms.

The paintings are built through many layers, beginning with a basic foundation of color. Portions of the foundation are masked and masking is added in each successive layer to retain areas of that specific color and to introduce new elements to be preserved throughout the process. The visual and physical texture of the work is extremely important. The ability to see layers of paint, to see how abrasions reveal what has come before, all heighten the depth of field. This richness of surface, imperfect, aged, sometimes scratched or pocked, creates an acknowledgement of time and change.

Link roundup

People's District highlight's Atlas Performing Arts Center Communications Director, founding MOTH, THIH contributor, and neighborhood resident extraordinaire Jen DeMayo.

The Going Out Gurus tout Little Miss Whiskey's (1104 H St) whiskey tastings.

Boogie Babes announces Friday and Monday events for your tots at Sova (1359 H St).

Frozen Tropics spreads the word that the painted H-shaped flower boxes that temporarily decorated H Street are available for a tax-deductible donation to DC Greenworks. Sounds like trees should be filling the treeboxes in their stead soon.

Spoiled and Rotten Kids Boutique & Spa (1012 H St) had this release on their upcoming appearance on the Tyra Banks show, which airs Thursday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m.

HStreetDC Twitter says that The Star and the Shamrock (1341 H St) has obtained their certificate of occupancy from DCRA and should have the health inspection complete soon, so assuming that goes well it wont be long before they are up and running soon.

WP Dining Critic Tom Sietsema likes Ethiopic (401 H St)

The below First Bite review of Ethiopic (401 H St) runs in today's Washington Post.

First Bite: Ethiopic in the Atlas District of Northeast

By Tom Sietsema
Wednesday, April 14, 2010; E03

Meseret Bekele and her husband, Samuel Ergete, kept having the same reaction to the many Ethiopian restaurants they explored in Washington and elsewhere: "We liked some things, and we were disappointed in others," says Bekele, a financial aid officer at Johns Hopkins University. "We always talked about how we would do it" if they had a place of their own.

Now they do. It's called Ethiopic, and it's located where the couple reside, in the ever-more-colorful Atlas District. What was formerly a drug rehabilitation center is now an attractive backdrop for salads and stews eaten with pieces of injera, the pleasantly sour Ethiopian pancake. Paintings and sculptures collected by Bekele from a trip back home last year give the brick-walled space the feel of an art gallery. Alcoves are set with Ethiopian basket-tables. Letters of the Ethiopian alphabet crawl across the columns. A small bar graces the rear.

One visit to the corner storefront isn't enough to make decisive judgments, but on the basis of a few dishes at Ethiopic, I can say that this is food with real personality. Chicken legs sauteed in seasoned butter and cloaked in a gravy of sweet onions, ginger, garlic and more make for a memorable doro aletcha wat, while raw minced beef spiked with mitmita, the fiery Ethiopian spice blend, and tamed with house-made cottage cheese yields a tartare of distinction. Even the dedicated carnivores at my table were helping themselves to seconds and thirds of the vegetarian sampler decorated with red and yellow lentil purees, cabbage salad and zesty collard greens.

Bekele and Ergete, a former data processor, hired Almaze Endale to cook for Ethiopic. She brings past experience at Dukem and Zed's, among other restaurants, to her latest gig.

Her employers have set the bar high. Bekele aspires to serve food "as close to what we used to eat back home" as they can.

401 H St. NE. 202-675-2066. Lunch entrees, $9-$27 (sampler for two); dinner entrees, $14-$35 (sampler for two).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WP: Let's Get (the streetcars) Rolling

Today's Washington Post editorializes in favor of the current plan to get the streetcars running from Union Station and down H Street using a mix of wireless battery and overheard wires in early 2012.

The local ANCs, Councilmembers Wells and Thomas, and DDOT Director Klein and Streetcar Director Kubly will be at a public meeting on streetcar development on April 20. This should be a good opportunity to join with those officials in support of the semi-wireless plan they have to get the streetcars up and running soon.

Still More Coming Soon (update)

The past couple months have had a ton of openings on H Street.

From Capitol Fine Wine & Sprits (415 H St), to Toyland (421 H St), to Liberty Tree (1016 H St), to City Gallery (804 H St), to Ethiopic (401 H St), to Metro Mutts (508 H St), to Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H St).

So, what's next in the weeks and months ahead?

Biergarten Haus (1355 H St) still hopes to open before the end of the month. Hopefully, their enormous beer garden, which can hold over 300 people, will be open just in time to take full advantage of our beautiful Spring weather.

The Star and the Shamrock (1341 H St) is close behind. It seems that DC red tape has slowed them somewhat, but they've been working feverishly to get up and running. Best bet seems to be some time in May at this point.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Roll Call: Dangerously Delicious Pies "serves the upper crust"

Today's Roll Call has this article on Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H St).

Have you been yet? They aren't cheap, but their pies are delicious, filling, and made from scratch with all natural ingredients. Try a Cowboy Quiche for breakfast or a Steak, Mushroom, Onion, Gruyere (SMOG) or BBQ Pulled Pork for lunch or dinner.

Friday, April 9, 2010

This Weekend on H Street

Atlas Theatre hosts Gilbert & Sullivan's Mikado on Friday and Saturday nights. The show will run each of the next three weekends.

Art Galleries Evolve (1375 Maryland Ave) and City Gallery (804 H St) host opening receptions for new exhibits on Saturday evening.

Local Elementary School Ludlow Taylor (659 G St) hosts Market Day on Saturday with a silent auction (11-1:30) and other events for children and adults.

Newly opened businesses Metro Mutts (508 H St) and Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H St) are open for business. Stop by for some treats for your dog after you take the kids to play at or bid on prizes for yourself at Market Day and pick up a slice or a pie for dinner or dessert after checking out two of the H Street Corridor's great art galleries. On Sunday, Joe Buck will be performing at Dangerously Delicious with "Pie Man" Dangerously Delicious Founder/Owner Rodney Henry serving as the opening act starting at 8 p.m.

Throw in a visit to Tom Sietsema's favorite new bar Toyland (421 H St) for pre or post-dinner at Ethiopic (401 H St) drinks or check out Liberty Tree (1016 H St) what Don Rockwell calls "the best bet on H Street" notable for its "good beer selection" and "attractive interior" and you've got what should be a beautiful weekend's worth of events on H Street.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

H Street art exhibits opening this Saturday

City Gallery (804 H St) and Evolve Urban Arts (1375 Maryland Ave) both launch new exhibits with opening receptions this Saturday evening. Evolve is also starting new extended evening and weekend hours (listed below).

Magic Realism: Gina Clapp at City Gallery (804 H St)
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 10, 6-9 pm
Exhibit Runs through April 25 (Friday and Saturdays 1-5 pm)

There, Not There: Matthew Carucci & J. Pouwels at Evolve Urban Arts (1375 Maryland)
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 10, 4-8 pm
Exhibit Runs through May 22 (MWF 1-7 pm, T,TR 1-4 pm, Saturdays 11 am - 2pm)

More critical acclaim for Toyland (421 H St), H Street

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema shares his enthusiasm for all the new spots on H Street in his online chat today. Tom is especially excited about Toyland's cocktails.
Tom Sietsema: Funny. I strolled by [soon-to-open Biergarten Haus] just last night. The space looks very impressive.

I'm digging what's going on in the Atlas District these days. I lost track of the number of places I'm eager to check out.

Hot Tip Du Jour: My fave new bar is a place called Toyland on H St. NE. It's not very big, but it brims with early-60s charm and the clientele is refreshingly mixed: bikers, thirtysomethings, groups of ladies, gay guys, blacks, whites, Asians ... Plus, the drinks are GREAT and not too expensive. Four of us popped in not long ago and got a round of fun for $35. Go, go, go (but not all at once, please.)

Link roundup

The Express says H Street -- especially Sova (1359 H St) -- is a great place to avoid the tourist crowds.

New York Magazine touts H Street for fun Spring travel, noting that Little Miss Whiskeys (1104 H St) and H Street Country Club (1335 H St) are fun spots to check out.

CivSource shares some info on the Digital Capital Week proposal for an H Street Pop Up Lab at the corner of 13th & H Street in the old RL Christian Library space. It appears that logistics are not yet complete, but the proposal is to transform the vacant Library Kiosk into a temporary innovation lab for creatives, technologists and citizens to experiment with new things for at least a 10 day period. It will be interesting to see what happens here and what use is made of that space going ahead.

The Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St) announced a series of other films to be screened on its new HD screen, including a previously unreleased 1989 Grateful Dead show (setlist)and Mikado at the Movies, joining the ongoing Opera in Cinema series, which runs on Wedensday nights and weekend afternoons.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Metro Mutts now open at 508 H Street

Metro Mutts opened its doors this weekend at 508 H St. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am - 8 pm, Saturdays 9 am - 6 pm, and Sundays 11 am - 5 pm. They are closed Mondays.

Metro Mutts recently announced that they will have grooming available every Wednesday starting April 14th. Email Anna ( to schedule an appointment.

Dangerously Delicious Pies also opened its doors this weekend at 1339 H Street. They are open seven days a week starting at 8 am for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert with quiche, sweet pies, and savory pies all available by the pie or by the slice. They are open late, closing at midnight Monday through Wednesday and at 3:00 am on weekends (note: they may close early if they sell out of pie). Stop by for a slice or pick up a pie to serve at your next dinner party.

Stay tuned for more news on the next opening on H Street coming soon.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Ludlow-Taylor Market Day: Saturday, April 10, 11 am-1:30 pm

Support your local elementary school! Ludlow-Taylor Elementary (659 G Street NE) is the local elementary school for most of the NE side of Capitol Hill (anyone south of H Street). There are lots of exciting developments at the school, including a budding Reggio Emilia Program, and new, proactive leadership on the PTA.

This Saturday, the Ludlow Taylor PTA will host their annual Market Day, which is the big fundraiser event in support of the school. Market Day will feature a silent auction between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Among the varied offerings are: $100 gift certificate to the soon-to-open Biergarten Haus (1355 H St), tickets to see Conan O'Brien on his upcoming visit to DC's DAR Constitution Hall, club seats to see the Nats play on Father's Day, tickets to shows at the Atlas Performing Arts Center and Shakespeare Theater, a cash raffle, lower box Wizards tickets, and a birthday party for 10 children at H Street Country Club (1335 H St).

Ludlow Taylor Market Day
659 G Street NE
Saturday, April 10, 11 am - 1:30 pm

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Washingtonian: Sidamo's Coffee Ceremony is one of DC's best "Hidden Gems"

The April Washingonian highlights Sidamo's (417 H St) Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies as one of the 62 best off-the-beaten-path things to see and do in the Washington metro area. Sidamo hosts the free ceremonies, which features fresh roasting, grinding, and brewing, every Sunday at 2 pm. Due to the Easter holiday, Sidamo closes early today and will not host another coffee ceremony until next weekend.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Streetcars meeting, April 20, at 6:30 at Wheatley Elementary

ANCs 5B, 6A, 6C & the Sierra Club will host the second streetcar meeting on April 20, at 6:30pm at the Wheatley Elementary School (1299 Neal Street NE). DDOT Director Gabe Klein, Councilmember Tommy Wells, and Councilmember Harry Thomas are all expected to attend and present. The meeting is cohosted by ANC 6A, 6C and 5B

Friday, April 2, 2010

This is the day

That the Pie was made... As expected, but after much delay, Dangerous Delicious Pies (1339 H St) is finally open for business starting today at 5 pm. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or your late night eats.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar (1104 H St)

-Gorgeous renovated, interestingly decorated interior
-Awesome bottled beer list with U.S. micro brew focus
-Very friendly bartenders who make a point of learning your name and introducing you to others
-Good (if limited) food options weeknight's until 10 pm, usually including a soup and a handful of sandwich options which come hot off the grill.
-Various popular entertainment options including DJs, trivia night, karaoke, whiskey tastings, etc
-Convenient location at 11th and H St for the many customers who live to the west of the main H Street entertainment district

-No wines at all. Why not keep at least one bottle of white on hand for nonbeer drinkers?
-Cool, unaltered rowhouse front does not improve the appearance of the cooridor -- maybe a fresh coat of paint would help even if they wont hang a sign?