Monday, February 24, 2014

Mythology & Lore coming to 816 H St NE

Mythology & Lore the modern chophouse and lounge that was previously slated to open at 1005 H St has finalized plans and is coming to fruition on H Street at a new location.  816 H Street NE was recently home to Fever Bar & Lounge and was where HR-57 originally located when it arrived on H Street and will now be substantially renovated to house Mythology & Lore

The concept comes to us via the Atlas Room's opening General Manager Mark Medley and owner Todd Luongo.  The duo plan to offer a modern Chophouse menu with a quality wine program and rotating craft beers. 

Medley was an integral part of the opening team at the Atlas Room and brings over 30 years in the DC restaurant industry including past stints at Mark & Orlando's, Vidalia, and Pesce.  Luongo grew up in the restaurant industry working the counter and grille at his father's breakfast and lunch dinette and worked at restaurants through college before launching his career in enterprise technology.  After years in Silicon Valley, Luongo's software company brought him to the DC area where he manages a number of businesses and investments.  He's excited to return to the restaurant industry and is thrilled to have finalized his longstanding plans to open here on H Street. 

Luongo tells us that "after an extensive search, we feel like we have found the absolute ideal location for the Mythology / Lore project. We are excited to be in a position to contribute to the next phase of the rebirth of the amazing H Street neighborhood. We think Mythology / Lore will serve as key cornerstones to this community for many years to come."  Stay tuned for more details on this exciting new concept as the project moves forward through buildout over the next several months. 

Luongo & Medley celebrate their new lease by taking down the for lease sign at 816 H St

Todd Luongo signs the lease to 816 H St NE with David Movafagh, a partner in the building's ownership group

Friday, February 21, 2014

Grand Opening of Flex Office Space at 1411 H St next Thursday, 2/27 6-8 pm.

Flex Office Space -- a recently opened co-working and virtual office space on H Street -- is having their Grand Opening celebrating next Thursday, 2/27, 6-8 p.m. at 1411 H Street NE. 

The celebration will feature a live painting by Aniekan Udofia and cocktails and light fare will be served.

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Flex Office Space
1411 H St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
IG: @flexofficespacedc
Twitter: @flexofficedc

Ward 6 city council candidates address education issues March 6, 6:30-8:00 pm at Stuart-Hobson Middle School (410 E St NE)

Please join us to hear Ward 6 city council candidates address education issues on March 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Stuart-Hobson Middle School. 
The forum will be moderated by Emma Brown, education reporter for the Washington Post. Students from Ward 6 middle schools will also participate, after working with CHPSPO partners, Future Civic Leaders and the DC Urban Debate League.
March 6 Forum on Education Issues
With Ward 6 City Council Candidates
Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization to Sponsor Education-focused Candidate Forum 
on March 6, 6:30-8:00 pm at Stuart-Hobson Middle School
On Thursday, March 6, the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO) will sponsor a forum with candidates running in the April 1 primary for the Ward 6 city council seat. The forum will focus on education issues.
Emma Brown, education reporter for the Washington Post, will moderate the discussion.
The forum will be held March 6, 6:30-8:00 pm at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, 410 E St., NE.
CHPSPO is working with students from all three Ward 6 middle schools -- Eliot-Hine, Stuart-Hobson, and Jefferson-- to involve their student governments and social studies classes in planning the forum. Two partner organizations – Future Civic Leaders and the DC Urban Debate League – will help prepare students to participate in the forum. Students will learn about asking good questions of candidates for public office, they will formulate the first set of questions for the candidates, and they will ask questions of candidates at the forum.
This is an important time in our city for many important education issues-- from funding, to boundaries and feeder patters, to preschool education, to school quality across the district, and school choice. Join us to hear Ward 6 City Council candidates address these education issues – and ask them your questions.
Not only will this forum help our community learn more about our candidates' positions on important education issues, it will be a chance for middle schools students to interact directly with candidates for office – and practice skills of future civic leaders.

Friday, February 14, 2014

East City Art weekend event roundup, includes Saturday opening at Connersmith (1358 Florida Ave)

Weekend East City Event Round Up:  Valentine’s Blizzard Edition

Saturday February 8

39th Street Gallery– 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sculptor Kyle Bauer discusses how he allows objects to dictate their own form when creating work.  Details found here.

9th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD (second floor)

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 4 p.m

The BAE has invited six members of the Glen Echo Glass School to discuss their work and their creative process at their art center which focuses on kiln-formed glass.  For more info, click here

9th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD (second floor,

Anacostia Arts Center– 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Anacostia Arts Center will present a group exhibition by local quilters.  Workshops and other events are forthcoming.  Details here.

Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road, SE

CONNERSMITH– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Maria Friberg returns to CONNERSMITH, presenting a solo show titled between solitude and belonging.  The internationally acclaimed Swedish artist explores the disconnect between the coming generation who grew up communicating in the age of social media and an older generation whose interactions came from direct personal interaction.  Full description of exhibition here.

CONNERSMITH is located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE

***Note the SCRAP DC Invasive Plants Workshop scheduled for Saturday and Sunday has been postponed to the end of April due to the snowstorm.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ward 6 School Boundary & Feeder Pattern Community Meetings 2/13, 2/18 & 2/19

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the District of Columbia is undertaking an effort to review school assignment policies including school boundaries and feeder patterns for public school children.  School choice and student assignment policies establish the access rights that students have to public schools in the District of Columbia. School choice and student assignment policies determine who gets to go to which school, where and how parents and students apply to school, what rights students have to remain in a school they have chosen, and what rights students have to transfer between schools.

Ward 6 parents and community members are invited to join the Ward 6 representatives on the Deputy Mayor of Education’s (DME) Advisory Committee on Student Assignment for an opportunity to share your views, ideas and recommendations on:
        Your experience with the current student assignment and choice policy (including lotteries)

        School boundaries for elementary, middle and high schools for Ward 6 families

        Feeder patterns for middle and high schools

        Bridging student assignment and choice policies across DCPS and Charters School


All Meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. - arrival)

1.     Eliot-Hine Middle School – Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. arrival

2.     Stuart-Hobson Middle School – Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. arrival

3.     Jefferson Middle School – Thursday, Feb. 20,  2014 at 6:00 p.m. arrival

More information and materials from the DME’s Office may be viewed at the DME Website:

DC Tots hosting Playtime Family Brunches at H Street Country Club 2/23, 3/8 & 4/13

DC Tots is hosting a series of playtime family brunches at H Street Country Club over the course of the next couple months.  Details follow:

Please join us for a series of Playtime Family Brunches at H Street Country Club (1335 H St NE)! The brunches will take place from 10am-12pm on Sunday, February 23, Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, April 13.

Each Brunch will feature:

-Buffet brunch featuring scrambled eggs with spinach, veggie burritos, bacon, veggie hash, french-mex toast and fruit with yogurt and granola.
-Unlimited mini golf with tot-sized putters and wiffle golf balls
-Infant/baby play area

-‘Wee-ball’ with prizes (a tot-friendly version of skee ball)
-Craft activity

UrbanSitter babysitters will be on hand to help out with each of the activities.

Tickets are $19 for adults, $5 for kids and free for babies under a year.  Advance ticket purchase is required. Space is limited so please order early.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Boundary Road! Celebrate with them on Thursday & enjoy events all month long

Dear Friends, Regulars & Neighbors,

February is here and we have tons of fun already lined up! Here's whats going on this month:

Thursday 2/13: Our 2 year anniversary! We appreciate all your love and support, and we want to say sincerely, thank you. Come celebrate with us and enjoy a 10% discount off your tab for the entire evening!

Friday 2/14: Bring out your inner romantic on V-Day and allow us to be the backdrop; we've got you covered. Or just come hang out. We added special dishes for 2 to our menu just for Valentine's Day. Space is running out, so call us at (202) 450-3265 to reserve a table. Of course, we also have our bar and communal harvest table available on a first-come, first-serve basis!

Cider Week: Brenden's got some funky, fresh, and fruity ciders coming in the week of February 25th-April 2nd. More details to come. Don't miss it!

Movie Night: Its back! We're pulling down the projector screen and dimming the lights every Sunday around 10pm for a late-night movie. Info on screenings will be posted ahead of time on our website and Facebook page. Next up is Stigmata!

Slow Cooking Club: Meet with Chef Brad and other food nerds once a month to learn different cooking techniques or share your own. Sign up via to get the details on our next meeting, coming up soon! 

3rd & H to reopen to pedestrian & vehicular traffic today thanks to streetcar construction progress

Intersection of 3rd Street NE and H Street NE Will Reopen to Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic

On Monday, February 10, 2014, the intersection of 3rd Street NE and H Street NE will reopen to pedestrian and vehicular traffic; weather permitting. All pre-existing 3rd Street NE detours and turn restrictions will be lifted and all lanes in both directions will be open.
All turning movements allowed before the closure of 3rd Street NE will be restored.
Crosswalks at 3rd Street NE and H Street NE will be reopened and pedestrians will be able to cross in all directions. A temporary crosswalk is still in place at the top of the Hopscotch Bridge for pedestrian access to Union Station. Pedestrians are advised that the south sidewalk on Hopscotch Bridge adjacent to the Plaza Place development is currently closed due to construction unrelated to the DC Streetcar project.
Traffic signals will be restored to normal patterns and the flashing yellow signals turned off. Once the streetcar is fully operational, a dedicated streetcar signal will control streetcar traffic through the intersection. All traffic should continue following the traffic signals at all times.
The westbound X2 bus stop that was moved from 3rd Street to 4th Street will remain until further notice.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Randall Scott Projects (1326 H St) presents Venice from Chris Anthony through 2/22

RandallScottProjects is pleased to announce our next exhibition by Los Angeles based photographer, Chris Anthony  “Venice” continuing through February 22nd. 
 Chris Anthony's Venice Series continues his exploration into the photograph as open-ended narrative. As in his earlier work, specifically the Victims and Avengers series, Anthony crafts a scene, similar to a stage production, where the viewer is given the actor and a selection of props. Relationships are made within the scene and a "play" develops in which the viewer becomes the playwright.
 In the Venice Series, Anthony exchanges the traditional notion of a wooded stage and painted backdrop for the shoreline and sky. His players perform in the water, just out of reach of the incoming waves. They interact and execute various actions: ride a bicycle, play an instrument, sweep the water with a broom, all without concern of their environment. Anthony's underlying theme is a society that has developed in and on water. Venice, carrying a double meaning calling reference to Venice, Italy and Venice Beach, California, where the series was photographed.
 Anthony's images are playful and often incorporate a solitary figure. His subtle usage of color contrasts the painterly greyness of a background sky and sea. Swashes of bright reds and yellows are worn by his subjects. Anthony styles his characters in a manner of dress that crosses the boundary of retro-uniform fashion, somewhat post-apocalyptic in design, yet akin to a futuristic fashion layout. 
 Chris Anthony was born in Sweden and now lives and works in Los Angeles. He is a filmmaker and photographer. His current book, Seas Without a Shore was released in 2013.
Chris Anthony: Venice
Now – February 22nd, 2014
1326 H Street NE  2nd floor
Washington, D.C. 20002

National Symphony Orchestra "Musical Instrument Petting Zoo" at Rosedale @DCPL Mon, 2/10, 10:30 am

National Symphony Orchestra "Musical Instrument Petting Zoo" at Rosedale Library, This Monday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m.

The Rosedale Library (1701 Gales Street NE) has lots of children's programming this month: including honoring Black History Month and celebrating Valentine's Day and President's Day.  There are programs honoring author Mo Williams, Family Story Times, the February edition of the "Reel Reading Children's Book Club" and more.  
One special event is this Monday, at 10:30 a.m., when the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will bring their orchestral instruments for children and their parents to see and touch.  This hands-on demonstration of the instruments that NSO members play during their concerts is a project of the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra. 

For more information, call the Library at 202-727-5012 or check it out online at  

Sign up for Capitol Hill Classic yet? Get fit & support local DCPS in Capitol Hill Cluster (Peabody/Watkins/Stuart-Hobson)

Already dreaming of warmer weather and hitting the streets of Capitol Hill for the 35th Annual Capitol Hill Classic 10K/3K? This year's Classic is Sunday, May 18 -- and you can sign up for your choice of 3K or 10K at

The Capitol Hill Classic 10K race is a major annual fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Cluster, a DC Public School serving over 1,000 students between Peabody (PS3-K at 5th & C St NE), Watkins (Grades 1-5 at 12th & E St SE) and Stuart-Hobson (Grades 6-8 at 5th & E St NE). 

This year's Classic is the 35th running of the annual race and offers a 10K, a 3K, and a kids' fun run.  The Capitol Hill Classic is the only race that runs entirely on the streets of Capitol Hill.  It's a great opportunity to run a fun race in the neighborhood and to support some of our local schools.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CM Tommy Wells hosts Black History Month celebration at newly renovated NE Library (7th & MD) Sat., Feb. 15, 1 pm.

The NE Library was reopened with a ribbon cutting yesterday and Councilmember Wells is hosting a Black History Month Celebration featuring a reading from Dr. King's Letter from Birmingham Jail the Saturday after next.  This is a great opportunity to check out our gorgeous, newly renovated library. 

Councilmember Tommy Wells invites you to "A Celebration for Black History Month" on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, at the newly renovated Northeast Library located at 330 7th Street, NE (corner of 7th & Maryland Ave NE).  This will be a wonderful event with Councilmember Tommy Wells reading "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and performances by the Washington Youth Choir (Eastern High School), Contra Verse (Cesar Chavez PCS- Poetry Slam Team) and Jabari Exum, a Spoken Word artist.

Please join us for an afternoon that promises to be fun and entertaining!! Contact Pat Joseph at 202-724-8628 or for further details. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

DPR Fun Day during DC Public Schools Professional Development Day on February 14

DPR Offers "DPR Fun Day" on February 14 During DC Public Schools' Professional Development Day
Second of Three "DPR Fun Days" to be held during the 2013-2014 DCPS School Year

DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) recently announced the second DPR Fun Day will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014.  DC Public Schools will close that entire day for staff development, therefore DPR will offer DPR Fun Day, a single-day program offering fun and enriching activities (such as sports activities, arts & crafts, and more) for children ages 6 - 12 years old. 
DPR Fun Day will be offered at 12 DPR sites on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Registration for Fun Day is now open.  Before care and after care will not be offered. DPR Fun Day will incorporate DPR’s “Move, Grow and Be Green” initiative, as DPR continues to plant the seeds of personal development and environmental responsibility.   
Sites offering DPR Fun Day in Wards 5, 6, and 7 are as follows:
Ward 5 :    Trinidad Recreation Center - 1310 Childress Street, NE  | (202) 727-1293
                  Turkey Thicket Recreation Center  - 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE  |  (202) 576-9238
Ward 6 :    Kennedy Recreation Center - 1401 7th Street, NE  |  (202) 671-4794
                  Sherwood Recreation Center - 640 10th Street, NE  |  (202) 698-3075
Ward 7 :    Deanwood Recreation Center - 1350 49th Street, NE  |  (202)) 671-3077
                  Hillcrest Recreation Center - 3100 Denver Street, SE  |  (202) 645-9200
Although there is no "application" or registration fee for this program, online pre-registration is required.    Space fills on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment at each site is subject to availability. It is recommended that parents create an online account for all members of their family in DPR's registration system before the registration period in order to be prepared. Registration closes at 12 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2014.
  • Click here.
  • Select the program, DPR Fun Day, to your cart.
  • Check out to complete the enrollment.
Children should be sent with their lunch and snacks for the day as DPR staff will not provide these items. Parents are asked to adhere to DPR's policies on food and snacks, which will be available on DPR's website at the time of registration.

For more information, visit DPR Fun Day or contact DPR's Seasonal Programs office at (202) 671-0372.