ReadysetDC Partners with Read’s Clothing Project and Politics & Prose to Present The ReadysetDC Book Swap
What: ReadysetDC, an online magazine highlighting arts and culture in Washington, D.C. partners with locally owned clothing company Read’s Clothing Project and independent bookstore, Politics & Prose, to present The ReadysetDC Book Swap. Just in time for the holidays, The Book Swap will be just that, a book swap, but with a twist. Entry is free, with the donation of one book at the door*. All books will be collected and donated, in collaboration with Read’s Clothing Project, to Books for Africa, a non-profit dedicated to ending the book famine in Africa.
The event will feature a book swap, so bibliophiles, bring your best! All categories are welcome; children’s, non-fiction, fiction, poetry. The evening will also feature music and a cash and credit bar. The evening also will feature local illustrator Elizabeth Graeber, who’s book An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails will be featured at the event. Attendees can enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Politics & Prose at the event. And, the attendees who donate the most books will win a Politics & Prose tote bag.
*With the presentation of one, gently used book at the door, you will gain entry to the event. You can bring additional gently used books to either donate, or to participate in the swap. We ask that you please bring books that you feel will be of good use, something you treasure to give to someone who will treasure it. We retain the right to deny books that we deem inappropriate.
When & Where: Wednesday, November 30th 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. at The Dunes Gallery, 1402 Meridian Place, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20010.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Post had a review of a brunch preview and it looks pretty mouth-watering (ignore the Post's reporter's comment about the start date, it's Dec. 11.)
I also managed to get ahold of a menu from the preview. It's subject to change, but I am getting hungry reading it. Scones, fritatta, french toast, quiche and more. Traditional brunch fare with a bit of a twist, and if it's like the rest of Room 11's food, done very well.
There were other routes as well, which brought I-95, I-66 and I-70 into the city. The plans caused a lot of opposition in the city, one of the so-called "freeway revolts" around the country. Unlike many places, the opposition was mostly successful, with only a few parts, like the SW Freeway, actually built.
Furthermore, a lot of the funds for the planned highways was shifted over to funding Metro, so we can thank them for that.
The proposal for the U Street and Sherman Avenue freeway was thankfully never built, as it would have demolished a lot of houses and other buildings (see the photo overlaid with the freeway at Sherman to the right), and also physically divided the neighborhood. I'm very glad most of these plans were never followed-through. It's interesting to imagine how the area would have looked had these been built -- think about our neighborhood with the Whitehurst or SW Freeways slicing through. Doesn't seem like somewhere I'd want to go.
Interestingly, in planning circles there's a movement to demolish old highways -- in San Francisco, for example, the Embarcadero freeway was taken out without any increase in traffic, and similar things have happened elsewhere. Luckily we won't need to have that debate.
|Sherman replaced by Freeway|
Click the images for bigger versions, there's some interesting details in there.
UPDATE: Douglas Willinger, author of the highway blog, notes that the upper right image is actually an alignment for a highway on 14th Street! Even worse.
|U Street freeway|
|The entire proposed system|
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This raises a number of questions: namely, are free rides really that much of a problem for this person? Couldn't you just say no, I am not going to give you a ride? And unless it's a long ride, hours long, who would ask for gas money. Plus, the weirdest one, who would have sex with somebody for a ride? Unless there were a meteor about to hit DC or something, in which case I hope it still wouldn't happen. And then the Infiniti symbol is in there. Does some store make this sticker with different logos for all the different car brands out there? Was this a homemade sticker?
The DC government, through the Homesaver Program, now offers forgivable loans to homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgages because of unemployment. If you own a home in DC, are receiving or have received unemployment benefits at any time during the last 6 months, and are behind on your mortgage because you were laid off, you may be eligible for a loan to help bring your mortgage current. Call (202) 667-7006 or attend a FREE foreclosure clinic to find out more about this program and other realistic options for avoiding foreclosure.
When: Wednesday, December 7—12:00 P.M.Wednesday, December 14—12:00 P.M.Wednesday, December 21—12:00 P.M.Wednesday, December 28—6:00 P.M. Where: Housing Counseling Services
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Monday, November 28, 2011
For example, Past Tense Yoga on Mt. Pleasant Street has their own online sale today:
We're kicking off the holiday season with a gift for you: The Cyber Monday Past Tense Flash Sale. Get 10% off everything purchased today only (11/28) by using the promo code CyberMonday at checkout.Any other local businesses have online deals today? If so, post them in the comments.
Seems to me like the reader is in the right -- why would it say parking on Tuesday if you couldn't park there?I've got a question over a parking sign stack on my block. I live on a rush hour no-parking street.
For months and months and months, all my neighbors and I have been parking on my side of the street on TUESDAYS, and the rest of the week on the opposite side.
The opposite side of the street has a Tuesday street sweeping 7am-7pm sign.
Just the other week or so ago, all my neighbors and I started getting tickets for parking on my side of the street on Tuesdays, even though the parking sign states you can park there 7am-7pm Tuesdays [with residential parking permit of course]
WTF? Why would they have ticketing start recently?
Was wondering if you, or anyone in the community has run in to this kind of conflicting parking sign situation before.
I really don't want to pay $100 out of the blue.
Anyone else have this happen on their blocks?
The first is MPD's listserves. They have listserves for each district (we are in district 3) and they list all the crimes that happened each day, major arrests, info about suspects wanted, safety tips, and more. They're pretty useful. Here's the MPD page with all the listserves: Third District and Third District Substation cover Ward 1. (And here's the police district maps.)
The other option to get crime info is to use the city's online crime map. It's interesting, but a word of warning, it may freak you out. It's at crimemap.dc.gov -- although crime around 14th and Irving, for example, is down 12% from the same time last year, so that's a plus.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The Times also has an article about the loss of Thanksgiving due to the early opening, and one about a person eating Thanksgiving dinner in line. To me, that's too much.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
DC is generally less crowded on Thanksgiving, so with a lot of folks away, the rest of us will need some things to do. Got any ideas?
There's always the local bars and restaurants, which will be much less crowded -- there are times I really like going to somewhere like Wonderland or the Red Derby when they're almost empty.
You could also visit other places that are usually packed, like Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Estadio, and ChurchKey/Birch and Barley, if you venture a little out of our neighborhood. Touristy things may be less crowded, like the Smithsonian, and there's a model train display at Union Station.
Or you could go hiking in Rock Creek Park, which is pretty fun and nearby.
And of course, there's shopping, like Black Friday at DCUSA, if you are a crazy person (or just like that craziness) or Small Business Saturday. Adams Morgan is doing a lot for Small Business Saturday, for example.
Any other ideas? Places to check out close by or farther afield?
And in any case, I'll be taking a hiatus until the Monday after Thanksgiving. Have a good holiday!
"Mall" reminds me of being a high school kid in the suburbs and going to the mall with some friends to waste time: wandering around, drinking an Orange Julius and playing in the arcade or something. (That said, I wish there were an Orange Julius at DCUSA.) But in turn, those memories and the term "mall" makes me wonder if Columbia Heights is getting to be less of a city and more of a suburb, with the negative connotations that brings. (Of course there are positive things about the 'burbs too, but you don't worry about those.)
However, I'd argue it's not a mall. Take the Georgetown Mall, for example. Technically called the Shops at Georgetown Park, it's mostly inward facing, with the majority of the stores only accessible from inside. That's partially true with DCUSA, with Target, Best Buy and Bed Bath and Beyond, but for the most part it's street-facing. I'm glad it is too, it would stink to have bare walls on 14th and Irving. DCUSA also doesn't have traditional mall features like a food court, benches and kiosks. Plus it's just smaller, with around a dozen stores, most of which are on the street only.
So I guess that makes me feel a bit better. We aren't Germantown just yet.
Photo by Mr. T in DC
Spots are still avaliable.
Artists and Crafters Wanted
Be Part of the Art!
Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday December 10, 2011
LAYC’s Art + Media House
3035 15th St NW WDC
Vendor Fee: There is no cost to reserve a space. The revenue for each vendor will be totaled – 20% of total will support the youth work of the LAYC Art + Media House; and 80% will be earned by the vendor.
If you are interested please contact Claudia Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It's been a long time since we first heard about Z-Burger. They were supposed to open this past summer, but nothing happened. And a few months ago I went by and there had been no progress.
Unfortunately, that's still the case. I went by this weekend and looked in the window -- they laid down some flooring and there was a small counter in the corner, but that appeared to be it, it was still pretty disheveled. There was a permit from August on the window.
I've tried getting in touch with them but to no avail. It's pretty strange, why sit there paying rent on an empty space? Is it that difficult to do construction? Are there permit problems or delays?
I don't get why this seems to happen so frequently in the area.
|The other Petworth|
In 1803, Colonel John Tayloe, one of the wealthiest men in America, bought 100 acres of land north of Rock Creek Church Road. He named in Petworth, after a famous mansion in England. Tayloe bred racehorses on the land, among other things.
In 1887, B.H. Warner and Myron M. Parker bought the land from Tayloe's heirs, and after combining it with some other land to form a 387 acre plot, the area was subdivided for the neighborhood we know today.
The DCist post linked above has more about the neighborhood's history into the 1890s. Always love this kind of thing.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The Gallery at BloomBars supports the broad mission that art and artists have the power to transform people, the community and the world. For artists, the Gallery provides an environment that cultivates and challenges their aesthetic and professional growth and encourages relationships between the artist and community. For the non artist, the Gallery serves as a source for new knowledge and the expansion of their concepts of neighborhood and society.
Currently, BloomBars is seeking visual and performance artists whose themes and works explore, confront and interpret personal, social, political and economic issues in ways that inform, challenge, expose, uplift and transform the viewer.
If you are interested in an exhibition or performance opportunity, please email email@example.com and request an exhibition proposal form.
Additionally, The Gallery at BloomBars is seeking craft artists to vend at a holiday bazaar, Saturdays and Sundays, December 12 -13 and December 19-20 with the exact times to be determined. If you are interested in a vending opportunity , please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an vendor application form.
BloomBars is located in the diverse community of Columbia Heights at 3222 11th Street, NW.
The Target in DCUSA is joining others around the country and opening at Midnight on the 25th, and it will stay open for 24 hours. The midnight opening is a few hours after Thanksgiving dinner is over for many folks, and Target employees actually started a petition against the early opening.
In addition, Best Buy and Bed Bath and Beyond are also opening at midnight, though they're closing at 11 and 10.
Previous years have been pretty crazy at DCUSA, with port-a-potties and crowds, though commenters said they were mostly gone by the afternoon. I've always tried to avoid shopping on Black Friday due the crowds and general level of insanity, though I know some people do it as a tradition -- to each their own.
For those looking to avoid Black Friday, or just help small businesses, there's a relatively new effort called Small Business Saturday, encouraging people to spend money at small, local businesses on the 26th. I support that 100%, and have actually seen a few signs for it in the neighborhood. It's sponsored by American Express (and ironically lots of big companies, but hey, I will always support spending money at small businesses.)
There aren't a ton of options for small business retail in the neighborhood, but there are some good ones: D'Vines would be a great spot for the wine or beer lover, the farmer's market craftspeople have some cool jewelry and other neat items, 826DC's Museum of Unnatural History has tons of fun, quirky items, and there are vintage spots like It's Vintage Darling up on 14th.
Any others I'm forgetting? And of course, there's lots of small businesses on U Street, Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, and elsewhere around the city.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The DC Square Dance Collective is pleased to invite you to our final dance of 2011, this Saturday, November 19. Yes folks, this is the genuine article: a good old-fashioned square dance, the kind that's delighted Americans for centuries in barns, churches, and living rooms all over this land. We'll have live old-time music from string band Hell on the Wabash, featuring Cleek Schrey and Rhys Jones on fiddles, Paul Brown on banjo, Jordan Tice on guitar, and Jason Sypher on bass. Old Man Kelly will be in town from Blacksburg, VA to call the dances. It's another all-star lineup - not to be missed!
Everyone is welcome - no partner or experience required. The caller will teach you all the moves and tell you what to do. Just walk on in and dance!
The dance is held in the beautiful sanctuary of St. Stephens Church, a short walk from the Columbia Heights metro. Many thanks to the wonderful community of St. Stephens for sharing their space with all of us. And thanks to the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, of which we are a part(y).
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 pm
Place: St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington DC
Directions: St. Stephens is a short walk from the Columbia Heights metro stop. If you're driving in, you may be able to find street parking, or there is a parking garage on Park Rd just west of 14th St, under the big shopping mall.
More info on Facebook.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Are you smarter than a bunch of law students?
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American University, Washington College of LawEqual Justice FoundationTrivia Night at Zeba Bar
Wednesday, November 168 p.m.
Equal Justice Foundation supports law students who work in the public interest. It provides summer funding to students to do public interest work.
Buy-in is $7 and it comes with free appetizers, discounted drinks, and endless fun.
Help make the world a better place. Support public interest lawyers.
Monday, November 14, 2011
I walked down the 1300 block of Harvard this week and noticed this gap between two houses. A construction crew had started working, building a house in the gap, which is always good to see -- more neighbors and taking advantage of empty lots. I walked by a few hours later and was impressed by the amount of work they'd done in that time, the frame was already up on the first floor. I'm no construction expert, so maybe that's too fast, but I at least like seeing some work being done.
Plus it's nice to see new houses. It might mean the housing market is looking good in the area -- or that the owners of the lot got tired of getting no money for it. That to me is the weirdest thing about abandoned houses and empty lots, especially in our neighborhood -- if you have a livable house, you can make a good deal of money from it by renting or selling it. And if you don't have a livable house and don't plan to either fix it up or build a new one, why sit on it? It's crazy to me.
I know sometimes there are family disputes, like with 1483 Newton, which is such a shame. Otherwise though, I don't get it. It's work building or maintaining a house, but you get money and help the neighborhood get better.
Crazy stuff. It serves as a reminder to keep your windows and doors locked, or get window bars. Of course, even if you have both, you should make sure valuables aren't close to the windows, like when thieves reach through open windows and steal things.
The other day I was on Harvard, just east of 14th Street and saw these cool bike racks: they say "DC". Always nice to see more bike racks in the neighborhood, especially cool ones like this. There used to be a real lack of them.
I'm not sure how many people will need to park their bikes in this location, but hey, couldn't hurt.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Washington DC's IHOPs Salute all Veterans
Friday, November 11th Veterans received 20% OFF their entire bill.
Present proof of military service, past or present, or Military Dependent ID to receive discount.1523 Alabama Ave SE or 3100 14th St NW
It's definitely fall, if the trees on Girard are to be believed. I walked up the 1100-1200 block today and noticed a lot of great fall foliage. Always nice to see this. Until you have to rake it, of course.
Any other good spots to see foliage in the area? I bet Rock Creek Park and Meridian Hill are looking nice.
Leo puts on a great show: I saw him a few years ago a American U. The Max Levine Ensemble is from DC.
Always cool to see local boys done good, and also cool shows in the area. You may remember that Positive Force was involved with a lot of the hardcore music that happened here in the 1980s, and have been active since then.
Here's a sample of some Ted Leo songs I like.
UPDATE: Medications have been added to the bill.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This is the same building as the new Domino's and a dry cleaners. The space used to be a convenience store which I was sad to see go, they had good, cheap beer.
I'm not really sure we need another pharmacy in the area, as there's CVS, Giant and Target, but I suppose it could be worse: another bank or cell phone store that contributes nothing to foot traffic. I was hoping for a bar or restaurant.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
- Wonderland, Monday nights starting at 7:30. This trivia used to be packed all the time with varying degrees of question quality. Lately, however, it's been less packed and there have been less impossible questions (I remember one night where every question was basically trying to teach you a lesson about how much cars pollute.) You get $100 off your bar tab if you win, and the regular bartender Andy is a nice guy.
- Looking Glass, Tuesday nights starting at 8. This one is always hosted by the same guy, Dalton, aka The Quizmaster of Georgia Avenue. The trivia is always fun, and he always does an audio round. Can't beat that. Every week's has a theme: this week's theme is Cleveland, Ohio, so study up if you're going. I think first prize is
$50off your bar tab. Update from Dalton: "$60, actually. The prize for best team name is $15. Typically the team names that win are both topical & vulgar. And they often make fun of me."
- Acre 121, Tuesday nights starting at 7:30. I've never been to this one, but they have a webpage.
- DC9, Monday nights starting at 7. Close enough.
- Bedrock Billiards, Sundays at 8. You can bring in your own food.
No, really. The other day I was at a friend's house, and he suggested I check out the alley. Not sure what I would find, I walked down a bit and then discovered what he was talking about. There were 4 dildos (or technically vibrators) strewn about in the middle of the alley, plus some batteries, a newspaper, and a pair of socks. Three of them were identical, plus one other. (The fourth was a little up the alley from this cluster.)
Now it's funny enough that there are random sex toys in an alley. But to me, the more interesting thought exercise is, why are they there? Maybe this was a Halloween costume gone awry? Or somebody was getting back at their roommate by tossing their sex toys out. Or maybe there was something illicit going on in a car and the perps ditched the evidence? Somebody was going to a sex toy party (like a Tupperware party) and got scared and started running? The possibilities are endless. Feel free to speculate in the comments (but let's keep it PG-13.)
To make it more confusing, what's up with the socks? And there was something that looked like photo paper -- obviously I wasn't going to touch it. Nearby there was a backpack, but who knows if that's related. I guess you have to carry them around somehow?
The randomness of stuff around our neighborhood never ceases to amaze me.
Monday, November 7, 2011
A celebration of local food and community!
Handcrafted jewelry and art by local artists * Meet your local chefs serving their favorite dishes * Local beer and wine * A look back at the past two Marketplace seasons * Silent auction featuring prizes from Columbia Heights and DC
Second Annual Harvest Evening:
Celebrating Another Great Season
Wednesday, November 9th
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
All Souls Church
1500 Harvard Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tickets: $30 presale / $40 at the door
Tickets available at the Marketplace every Saturday or buy online TODAY:
Enjoy food and drinks from local restaurants and Marketplace food vendors, including:
La Taquaria Distrito Federal * Meridian Pint * Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza * RedRocks * Chipotle * The Getaway * The Heights * Los Hermanos * Uptowner Café * Chapel’s Country Creamery * Sprigs Delight * Upper Crust Bakery * Bonaparte Breads * Chesley Vegetable Farm * Great Lakes Brewing Company * Capitol City Brewing Company
Win great silent auction items, like:
Handcrafted jewelry and gifts, Yoga Classes at Studio DC, Results Gym Membership,
and giftcards to all your favorite Columbia Heights restaurants, bars, and businesses!All funds raised from this event supports the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, a 501(c)3 charity organization. Help us to grow our market, double-value Festibucks program for our most vulnerable neighbors, and youth gardening programs! Thank you in advance for your support this season!
Let's hope you don't park on Euclid -- in the early morning hours on Friday, an SUV driver smashed into a bunch of parked cars on the 1000 block, doing a lot of damage. The car literally hit cars for the whole block. As you can see above, they did some serious damage -- see the photo gallery.
Neighbors told WUSA there was a police chase, and an MPD spokesperson sort of said that: "Early Friday morning a suspect travelling in a vehicle on the 1000 block of Euclid Street NW, collided with several parked vehicles and fled the scene on foot without making his identity known. Police are in the process of determining the identity of the suspect and would be issuing a warrant for his arrest soon." I would assume suspects don't usually drive really fast unless they're being chased, or were drunk or on drugs.
However, later on MPD chief Cathy Lanier said there wasn't a police chase. I would assume there's some kind of liability if there are accidents during a police chase, but I'm not sure why.
Sounds like a scary situation for those folks who were there. MPD doesn't have the person in custody, and it's unclear if they know who it was. What's odd is this isn't too uncommon, something similar happened in 2008 on 13th Street. Yeesh.
Anybody see it or hear it happening?
Friday, November 4, 2011
Drop by for our final fall event, 9:30 am tomorrow on 11th Street, between Park and Monroe, for a neighborhood clean-up. For those interested, Meridian Pint is hosting a discounted brunch for volunteers following the clean-up at 10:30. See you tomorrow!
The shop, called People's Noodle Bar, is open every Saturday from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm in the Senor Chicken in DCUSA, on Park Road just west of 14th. They serve up big bowls of traditional ramen with pork or duck skin or a vegetarian variety. Some friends and I went a few weeks ago and it was pretty tasty stuff. Always nice to see new, interesting businesses in the neighborhood.
Recently we talked with Peter, who runs the business.
How did you get into the food business?
I got into the food business in 2008, working in various restaurants as a line cook or floor manager.
Specifically it means:
We are also working with a local homeless shelter on a plan to donating/delivering some food on a more regular basis.
We are just starting; so things will be gradually rolled out. We believe in do good, do it right and having fun while doing it. I guess that's our high level plan.
Check out the People's Noodle Bar this Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on the Park Road side of DCUSA. You can follow them on Twitter too.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A Public Knowledge Tour: Mount Pleasant LibrarySaturday, November 5th10:00am-12:00pmMetro: Columbia HeightsJoin DCPL for a tour of the historic Mount Pleasant Library! Led by project architects Dale Stewart and Dean Hutchenson of CORE, the construction tour will highlight the renovation of this important historic resource and the incorporation of new construction on the site.
Purpose-built in 1923 as a neighborhood library, this Beaux-Arts structure was designed by accomplished New York architect Edward Lippincott Tilton and was the last of three DC neighborhood library’s built with funds provided by Andrew Carnegie. Designed to harmonize with the monumental architecture along 16th Street, the library is a contributing resource within the Mount Pleasant Historic District.
Space is limited!
$15 DCPL Members
Click here to register.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I don't know much more than that, and there isn't a timeline for when they might start that I've heard, but it sounds good. I like Room 11 a lot, and there is definitely a need for more brunch spots in the neighborhood.
I hope they decide to do it. Your thoughts?
D.C.'s Different Drummers, Capitol Pride Symphonic Band Presents: Architects of MusicThe Capitol Pride Symphonic Band is proud to present our Fall Concert, Architects of Music. The event will be held on Saturday, November 5, at 8pm at the Columbia Heights Education Campus Auditorium (CHEC), located at 3101 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, call 202-403-3669 or visit our, online box office. Please note, tickets purchased online include a small processing fee. Please contact email@example.com
with any questions.
This program reflects composers that exemplify architectural structures in their compositions. We will also feature guest emcee Martin Moeller, author of AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D.C., and guest conductor Nancy Plantinga.
The concert will begin with J.S. Bach's "Fugue a la Gigue," arranged by Gustav Holst. Bach was the master of the fugue and constructed a clear foundation upon which other composers built. Our next selection, Eric Whitacre's “Sleep,” highlights our guest conductor, who is a personal music mentor to our own conductor, Joe Bello. Nancy was instrumental in Joe's musical journey, serving as his first "Architect of Music."
Closing the program will be Ottorino Respighi's stirring composition "The Pines of Rome." Respighi was an Italian composer and musicologist whose music reflects the 16th and 17th centuries. This work is most commonly known for its appearance in Disney's Fantasia 2000.
We look forward to seeing you at 8pm on November 5, at the CHEC, to journey through D.C.'s Different Drummers' Architects of Music.