Friday, August 23, 2019

Fourth Annual Park View Outdoor Move Night


District Bridges' Lower Georgia Ave Main Street will be hosting its annual Park View Outdoor Community Movie Night on Friday, August 30th at Hook Hall. All ages are welcome and drinks will be available for purchase for those 21+. Check out the details below:

Fourth Annual Park View Outdoor Community Movie Night

       Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
       Hook Hall, 3400 Georgia Ave NW
       Friday, August 30, 2019
       Seating starts at 7pm
       Movie starts at 8pm
       Bring your own chair and blanket
       Bring Photo ID if you would like to enjoy adult beverages at the bar
       *If it rains, the movie will be moved indoors but you'll still need your chair/blanket

This annual event is organized entirely by Park View community organizations. This year the LGA Main St has partnered with Georgia Ave Thrive, Park View UNC, and Encounter Church to put on the event.

Check out the LGA Main St Facebook page for more info or to sign up to volunteer for set-up and take-down! You can also help keep these community events free by donating to their GoFundMe.

Take a look at the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer:



Thursday, August 22, 2019

Happening This Weekend - Sixth Annual Back to School Block Party

Monday, August 26th marks the official start of the new school year for DC. Join the Ward 1 community for one last summer hooray at the Sixth Annual Parkwood Place Back 2 School Block Party this Saturday from Noon to 8 PM. 

Check out the fb event or the flyer below for details ... 



Barack and Michelle Obama visit The Coupe again to talk about their new movie


You may remember that President Obama visited the Coupe on 11th Street NW a few years ago, as part of an event about small businesses — and the restaurant has a photo of the visit when you come in. And a few days ago they came back, talking with the directors of their new Netflix movie American Factory about a Chinese businessman buying a factory in Ohio.

I’m not sure when it was filmed, but it’s neat to see the Obamas sitting in our neighborhood again. They’ve actually visited multiple times, including local schools and restaurants. Michelle, for example, ate at Maydan on Florida Avenue not long ago.

Welcome back, Obamas! Here's the full interview.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

NBA star Stephen Curry sponsors Howard University's new golf program


This is pretty neat: NBA superstar Stephen Curry is donating money to start a men's and women's golf team at Howard University. Curry played golf in high school and visited Howard in January, where he met some students, including senior Otis Ferguson IV, who organized a golf club and was hoping to create varsity golf program. The school previously had a golf team until the 1970s.

ESPN and USA Today have full stories. Curry will sponsor the program for 6 years.

Howard plays Division I sports and I've been to a couple football and basketball games and really enjoyed it -- the men's hoops team had one of the highest scorers in the country and the football team has Cam Newton's younger brother Caylin as the quarterback. The marching band is also a highlight.

Photo by Andrew Harvik/AP Photo

Friday, August 16, 2019

Georgia Avenue Day, new neighborhood festival, is Saturday August 17


There's a new neighborhood festival coming this weekend: Georgia Avenue Day, which is this Saturday, August 17. I've seen a few posters around the Georgia Avenue Metro for it, it's organized by a group called Art Rave. It's at Bruce Monroe Park at Georgia & Irving and goes from 11am to 7pm.

The website says there will be artists, makers, food, music and more, and it looks like they are still accepting vendors and volunteers, so if you're interested in helping out or selling your wares, take a look.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tequila y Mezcal, new restaurant from Taqueria Habanero folks, now open at 14th and Otis


Muy bien! There's a new option for Mexican in our area, as Tequila y Mezcal is now open at 3475 14th Street NW. It's from the folks behind the awesome Taqueria Habanero at 14th and Spring.

The bar has a variety of cocktails such as a hibiscus mezcal margarita which Eater says is "rimmed with citrusy chile de arbol tajin and sal de gusano (worm salt)", as well as menu items like mole from Oaxaca and the  seafood options from the Yucatan Peninsula. There are four groups of menu items: salads, shareable, chef's specials such as entrees, and tacos. eater highlights molotes, which are balls of sweet plantains filled with black beans and cheese, then friend and placed on poblano pepper mole. Sounds awesome. 

There's also a tile-covered bar, which looks pretty awesome. Just looking at it, it seems more of a bar than Taqueria Habanero. So far it has excellent reviews on Yelp.

This location was previously El Atardecer, a Central American restaurant, as well as DC Fish Carryout, which was busted in 2012 as a drug market. I'm certainly happy to see another spot from the Habanero folks open here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

UPDATE: Columbia Heights Day is delayed due to construction & other issues


UPDATE: I just heard from District Bridges, who are organizing Columbia Heights Day. It looks like it will be postponed, as their original preferred location of the field at Bell School is under construction. Also it is quite expensive to close a street, so 11th may not be an option. They are working on new locations and are aiming at the end of October. I'll write a new post when I hear more information.

ORIGINAL POST:

Get ready, Columbia Heights Day, our big neighborhood festival, is back. More details are forthcoming, but it will be Saturday, September 7th from 11am-5pm. Like previous years there will be events for kids and adults, music, food, drink, vendors, local politicians, and a lot more. It's always a lot of fun. In the past it's been on 11th Street NW from Kenyon to Park, and I expect that will be the case again. Stay tuned for more info as it gets announced!

The event is volunteer runs and District Bridges, the organizers, would love your help. It's also pretty fun to volunteer. To sign up, go here.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Follow us on Instagram! @newcolumbiaheights


If you'd like to find another way to get Columbia Heights news, events, food and drink recommendations and more, we're now on Instagram! You'll see posts there, as well as photos from around the area.

In addition, we already have Twitter and Facebook. Hope to see you on there!

Two new plays at Dance Loft on 14th start Aug 9: Pinter's Betrayal and DC premiere of Enron


This is neat: the 4615 Theatre Company is performing two plays starting August 9th at the Dance Loft on 14th, the D.C. area premiere of Enron, about the downfall of the namesake company. It was originally run in London to lots of awards, then opened on Broadway. The other play in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, a famous play by the master playwright. Here are the details, including performance schedule.

4615 THEATRE COMPANY KICKS OFF SEASON III WITH SCANDAL REP
Pinter’s Betrayal and Prebble’s Enron explore shared themes on a private and national scale
4615 Theatre’s venue-hopping third season begins​ in the Art Deco-style theatre at the Dance Loft on 14, with the Summer Scandal Repertory;​ ​a pair of wildly different plays that explore mistruth, illusion and memory on a public and private level. The rep runs August 9-September 8. 

ENRON - DC Area Premiere - By Lucy PrebbleDirected by Jordan Friend August 9-September 1, 2019
2hrs and 15 min, with one intermission
Witness the true rise and fall of America’s most infamous company in this blisteringly funny satire of modern greed. Featuring a cast of 13 playing over 60 roles Lucy Prebble’s epic dark comedy is an absurd crime saga of Shakesperean proportions, complete with poetic profanity, musical numbers, and even a few velociraptors.

BETRAYAL
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Stevie Zimmerman August 16-September 8, 2019

80 min, with no intermission
4615’s acclaimed resident director Stevie Zimmerman returns to helm Pinter’s masterpiece, in which an extramarital affair is told from all three sides, and in reverse. Beginning in 1977 and ending in 1968, BETRAYAL​ makes us question the very nature of love and honesty, constantly making us doubt what we’ve just seen.

Performed at the Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St NW, Washington, DC

TICKETS
Tickets are $20, and $16.50 for patrons under 30. They can be purchased at www.4615theatre.com/tickets

Please Note: ​The Dance Loft is up a flight of stairs, and not wheelchair accessible at this time.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONTag mentions on social media with #4615theatre,​ or follow 4615​ at @4615theatre on Twitter and Instagram and at www.facebook.com/4615theatre​ for updates.

SCHEDULE: 
Friday, August 9th: 8pm (ENRON Preview)Saturday, August 10th: 8pm Performance (ENRON Press Opening)
Sunday, August 11th: 2pm (ENRON)Friday, August 16th: 8pm (BETRAYAL Preview)Saturday, August 17th: 2pm (ENRONand 8pm (BETRAYAL Press Opening)
Sunday, August 18th: 2pm (BETRAYAL) and 7:30pm (ENRON)Thursday, August 22nd: 8pm (ENRON)
Friday, August 23rd: 8pm 
(BETRAYAL)Saturday, August 24th: 2pm (BETRAYAL) and 8pm (ENRON)Sunday, August 25th: 2pm (ENRON)Monday, August 26th: 8pm (ENRON Industry Night)Wednesday, August 28th: (ENRON)Thursday, August 29th: 8pm (BETRAYAL)Friday, August 30th: 8pm (ENRON)Saturday, August 31st: 2pm (BETRAYAL) and 8pm (ENRON)Sunday, September 1st: 2pm (ENRON Closing) and 7:30pm (BETRAYAL)

Friday, September 6th: 8pm (BETRAYAL)Saturday, September 7th: 2pm (BETRAYAL) and 8pm (BETRAYAL)Sunday, September 8th: 2pm (BETRAYAL Closing)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen now open in former Walter's space, serving CBD cocktails


We now have a new option on Georgia Avenue, and it has an interesting twist: CBD cocktails. CBD is derived from cannabis but doesn't have the psychoactive effects of THC, the other main part of cannabis. It's more of a relaxing feeling and is federally legal.

Mr. Braxton is already open, which is nice to see after the space set empty for a while.

The spot was briefly Marrakech Moroccan restaurant, which closed after a month or two. It has also previously been Blue Banana, Park View Patio and Walter's Sports Bar. One of the problems before was that they didn't have a full kitchen, and Park View DC reports that Marrakech added one.

Washingtonian has an article about Mr. Braxton, here's how they describe it:

The newest addition to Park View, Mr. Braxton, will have a little bit of everything: Burgers. Paella. Taco Tuesdays. After it’s up and running in early June, you’ll be able to drink CBD cocktails and enjoy the occasional live music in a lounge area, or head out to the colorful, greenery-covered back patio for a local brew.
Other dishes include watermelon soup, rack of lamb, tacos, mussels and more. The name comes from owners Shannon Cunningham and Booker Parchment's son Braxton. Cunningham formerly was manager of Brick Lane in Dupont, and Parchment is a businessman.

Have you been so far? How did you like it?