Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Streetcar stroll and roll this Saturday and next up and down H

H Street Celebrates Streetcar Line With Upcoming Stroll and Roll Events

Pedicabs to give the public free rides along future streetcar route; participants encouraged to visit H Street Corridor businesses, restaurants and bars

H Street Main Street, in conjunction with H Street Corridor businesses, will host “Streetcar Stroll and Roll” events on Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 23 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. to promote the upcoming launch of the District’s first streetcar line and highlight the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses.

A number of streetcar style decorated pedicabs will provide the public with free rides along the H Street Corridor from the Union Station to Maryland Ave. NE—the route of the upcoming H/Benning DC Streetcar line. While enjoying the pedicab rides, participants are encouraged to visit H Street NE businesses, restaurants and bars, enjoy displays from local artists that will be featured along the corridor and experience the neighborhood’s unique atmosphere.

“The H Street Corridor has really undergone a dramatic transformation over the last decade and we’re excited the streetcar line will open soon, making travel to H Street NE even easier for District-area residents and tourists,” said Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street. “H Street NE has so much to offer—exceptional food, shopping and entertainment—and we hope that the public will take advantage of these events and explore the area.”

The H/Benning line will be the first segment of the DC Streetcar system running 2.4 miles along H Street NE and serving residents, businesses, commuters and visitors between Union Station on the west and the Anacostia River on the east. Eventually, the H/Benning segment will be just one piece of the overall One City Line that will cross the city east to west from beyond the Anacostia River all the way to the Georgetown waterfront and facilitate easy travel to the H Street Corridor and other areas of the District.

In addition to celebrating the upcoming launch of the streetcars and the evolution of the H Street Corridor, the July 26 Streetcar Stroll and Roll will mark the grand opening of seven new H Street NE businesses:

·      Art By The Glazz, 407 H Street, NE
·      Halftime Sports Bar, 1427 H Street NE  
·      H Street Organic Market, 806 H Street, NE (Great Streets Grant Recipient)
·      Island Dyes, 331 H Street NE
·      Micho's Lebanese Grill , 500 H Street, NE
·      Po Boy Jim, 709 H Street, NE
·      The Pursuit - Wine Bar & Grill , 1421 H Street NE

The events will take place on Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. along the route of the upcoming DC Streetcar line. The cabs will take passengers from Union Station to Maryland Ave. NE and back at no charge.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Streetcar Construction on 12th between H & Linden today

DC Streetcar
DC Streetcar Construction Update

Traffic Delays: Intersection Work at 12th and H Street Tomorrow

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the DC Streetcar team will mill, overlay and restripe the roadway at the intersection of 12th and H Street NE, and on 12th Street NE between H and Linden Place NE; weather permitting. The work will take place from 7:00am-3:30pm; expect delays.

Flaggers will be on site to guide motorists traveling southbound and northbound on 12thStreet NE through the work zone.

“No Parking” signs will be posted near the intersection on H Street NE and along the work zone on 12th Street NE. There will be no impacts to the WMATA bus stop in the eastbound 1200 block of H Street NE. Minor impacts to pedestrian movements are expected.
We ask that motorists and pedestrians use caution as they travel through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. Please watch for advance warning signs alerting motorists to changes in traffic patterns and detours. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. We encourage you to contact us at any time to share concerns or request more information at construction@dcstreetcar.com or (202) 210-3700. Thank you for your patience!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thai Cuisine & Bab: Korean Fusion restaurants coming to 1300 block of H Street

1387 H Street has been vacant for several years.  It was supposed to house a pizza spot and underwent renovations for it off and on for a few years before that frequently renamed concept petered out.  A couple weeks back new signs were posted saying that Bab Korean Fusion was coming soon.  This is the building at the SE corner of 14th & H Street.

Has anyone heard anything more about Bab?  
There's also a sign posted for "Thai Cuisine" at 1360 H Street, which was home to a short lived Pho restaurant.  This is next door to Impala. 

Photo of 1360 H posted to twitter by @DCVet

Thai Cuisine has been on our short list for places that should really open on H Street for as long as we've lived here, so we're pretty excited to see a Thai spot finally coming to fruition.  Between the new wine bar and this Thai place coming soon, we're going to have update our list of what H Street needs to have open soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Emporiyum with Momofuku Milk Bar, Bryan Voltaggio, Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde & more to Dock5 @ UnionMarket 11/15-16


NOVEMBER 15-16, 2014

The Emporiyum, an event designed to introduce people with a passion for food to a selection of artisans from the Mid-Atlantic region and around the country is coming to Dock5 at Union Market on November 15 and 16. The two-day marketplace brings together a remarkable lineup of food and beverage purveyors. Meet the people behind the brands, taste and learn about their products, and wow friends and family for the holidays with unique edible gifts.
Local area favorites such as Erik Bruner-Yang (Toki Underground, Maketto), Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen), Bryan Voltaggio (Volt), and Luke’s Lobster welcome a roster of visitors including Paul Qui (Qui, East Side King), Momofuku Milk Bar, Mast Brothers Chocolate, Black Seed Bagels, Bittermilk, Quin Candy, Butter & Scotch, Bellocq Tea, will be on hand. The full list of participants is being updated regularly on The Emporiyum’s website.
VIP ($40) and General Admission ($20) tickets may be purchased online at: www.theemporiyum.com.  There's no charge for bringing kids under 12. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

10th Annual DC Public Schools Beautification Day is Saturday, August 23

DC Public Schools is hosting its 10th annual Beautification Day on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, from 9AM-1PM.

Join over 4,000 volunteers for a variety of projects to help clean and spruce up schools in preparation for the students first day of school. Activities will include gardening and landscaping, organizing books and libraries, painting, flower planting and more.

We have lots of local DCPS in our neighborhood from Capitol Hill Montessori (3rd & G), to Peabody (5th & C), to Ludlow Taylor (7th & G), to JO Wilson (6th & K), to School Within a School (10th & F), to Maury (13th & Constitution), to Miner (15th & F).  Odds are good that if you live near H Street, you are a short walk away from a DC Public School.  If you're in town August 23, set aside the morning to volunteer at one of our many local public schools. 

·         When? Saturday, August 23rd from 9AM to 1PM
·         Where? When you sign up as a volunteer, you’ll be able to select your school choice. We recommend you register as ‘flexible whenever possible to ensure all schools receive quality care.
·         How? Here is the registration link: www.bit.ly/BDAY2014
·         Why?  As a valued member of our community, your presence matters! Show up, have fun, and foster meaningful relationships with schools and neighbors.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekend East City Art Event Round Up, incls openings at CONNERSMITH & Open Studio on Fla Ave

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Local Art Rules Edition
Friday, July 11
Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries host opening receptions for The Seventh Annual East of the River Exhibition and The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River. Honfleur’s exhibit features the work of nine artists who have a special connection to communities East of the River while at Vivid Solutions, Susana Raab’s photographs weave an East of the River community narrative. To read more about these events, click here.
Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE.
CHAW – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Join CHAW for “Paint and Sip” this Friday. Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear will provide step-by-step instructions while you enjoy snacks and wine. For information to register, click here.
CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.
Saturday, July 12
Art Enables’ Off-Rhode Gallery – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Off-Rhode Gallery hosts an exhibit celebrating the creativity and art of Ward 5. For a list of  all participating artists, click here.
Off-Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave., NE.
39th Street Gallery - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join the 39th Street gallery in saying good-bye to Melissa Ezelle, current artist-in-residence (A.I.R.), and welcoming new A.I.R., Jack Warner. Melissa will talk about her work and time at the Gateway CDC. For more information, click here.

39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.
CHAW - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Interested in comic art? Visit CHAW for the opening of DC Conspiracy: A Retrospective. This exhibit explores the collaborative side of comic book art by local illustrators. To read more about this exhibit, click here.
CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.
CONNERSMITH. - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
CONNERSMITH presents the opening of ACADEMY 2014. Dr. Jamie Smith, exhibition founder and curator, invited 17 artists from local MFA and BFA programs to the 14th annual exhibition. For an in-depth look at about the work of two of the invited artists, read profiles by Wade Carey and Eric Hope.   For more information about ACADEMY 2014, click here.
CONNERSMITH. is located at 1358 Florida Ave., NE.
Open Studio DC - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Don’t miss the final event at Open Studio DC’s Trinidad NE location. See the works of Carolyn Hartmann, Pepa Leon, Fawna Xiao, JD Deardourff, and David Bellard. To read more about this event, click here.
This event will be held at 1348 Florida Ave., NE.
Sunday, July 13
DC GlassWorks - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
DC Glassworks hosts classes on second Sundays and last Saturdays throughout the summer. This week, learn ho to make your own paperweight. For information about registering, click here.
DC GlassWorks is located at 5346 46th Ave., Hyattsville, MD.
Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"Circus at the O" (1354 H St) July 12 & September 6

CIRCUS AT THE O II: Art Exhibit and variety show extravaganza!
A circus under the stars!

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"Circus at the O" is grown from a
successful collaboration between Gallery O on H, Cirque Rouge Tattoo and Palace Productions - Snake Oil, Holy Water and Sweet Tea art exhibit and variety show, a multi media shows including a themed art exhibit.

The collaborators returns with their second installment of "Circus at the O", a circus series featuring original circus themed art exhibit and variety show with sideshow, magic, burlesque, and more. To capture sounds and sights, Dj music and movies clips of vaudeville era gone by.

Step right up to the circus under the stars! Circus at the O is a show like no other. Big top talent with visual treats and dazzling feats...outdoors!! This isn't any ordinary variety show this is an experience! You will witness pain defying SIDESHOW, eye popping CONTORTION, dazzling BURLESQUE beauties, astonishing MAGIC. BUT WAIT! This CIRCUS AT THE O!! also features circus themed art exhibit at 8:00pm.

There is more treats and surprises! We can't give it all away...Step right up and grab yourselves a ticket for the most amazing multi-media art show on H Street N.E.

Shows are scheduled for July 12th and September 6th at the Gallery O on H:  1354 H St. N.E. Art Exhibit, 8:00pm no cover. Variety show, 9pm, $15 adv. $20 dos. 21+  Tickets:  www.eventbrite.com or purchased at Cirque Du Rouge, 416 H St NE.