04/16/14 10:22pm

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827 Upshur Street, NW

More exciting news for Upshur Street in Petworth – a new bookstore is coming next door to (from owners of) Petworth Citizen in the former Hair Impressions space. From an email:

“Join our Bookstore Founders Club and help open our new bookstore!

Slated to open later this Summer, Upshur Books is a small, independent bookstore with a strong connection to the Petworth community. The bookstore will focus on literary fiction and poetry, local authors, art books, and independent publications, and will also host free literary and cultural events. The bookstore will complement the thriving retail district that is growing on Upshur Street in Petworth.

To help raise funds for the new Petworth community bookstore, we’ve put together an innovative funding program. By joining the Founders Club, you receive store credit and additional discounts on future purchases.

Click here for more information and to sign up.

We also have a full-time position open for the Manager of the Bookstore listed here.”

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1926 14th Street, NW

Located next door to the coming soon Wydown Coffee and a few storefronts north of the new Trader Joe’s is Tico:

“A place that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Tico has a fun, sexy atmosphere, delicious and unpretentious food, amazing cocktails, cold beer, lots of tequila, cool music and great people watching.

Tico is all about your good time.

Conceived by Chef/Owner Michael Schlow, Tico is a new and exciting style of restaurant; American at its core, the menu is influenced by Schlow’s travels and love for Spain, Mexico and South America.”

You can see their Boston menus here.

An old liquor license application says the DC spot will have an occupancy load of 250 with seating for 150.

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We first heard about Tico coming to DC back in 2012 when 14th and U looked like this:

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My favorite from Meridian Hill Park – Jeanne d’Arc:

“Joan of Arc nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans” (French: La Pucelle d’Orléans), is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to a peasant family at Domrémy in north-east France. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years’ War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted in only nine days. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII’s coronation at Reims. On 23 May 1430, she was captured at Compiègne by the English-allied Burgundian faction, was later handed over to the English, and then put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon on a variety of charges, was convicted on 30 May 1431 and burned at the stake when she was about 19 years old.

Twenty-five years after her execution, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr.[9] Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. She is one of the nine secondary patron saints of France, along with St. Denis, St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis, St. Michael, St. Remi, St. Petronilla, St. Radegund and St. Thérèse of Lisieux.”

You can see the full unveiling ceremony from Jan. 6th 1922 here.

“Ceremony of unveiling a statue of Jeanne d’Arc in Meridian Park. Crowd assembled for the ceremony. President and Mrs Warren G Harding arrive at ceremony. Officials speak at stand. Unveiling of Jeanne d’Arc statue. Flags on poles. Man places bouquet and flowers in front of the statue. Secretary of War, John W Weeks speaks. Side view of statue. Various officials speak at ceremony.”

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04/16/14 9:10pm

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A reader writes:

“This dog was found in Petworth today, 9th and Buchanan. Ray is the person who found the dog, his contact is tel:202-882-8482″

Another reader sends:

“We took her to get scanned and she is not chipped. Very friendly, good in car and at vet. Pale pink collar. No id. Please call 202-321-7573.”

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04/16/14 4:50pm

A Piece of Who I Am – Mathew Curran from Napoleon Wright II on Vimeo.

From a press release:

WHAT: Renowned LA-based artist Mathew Curran opens “SHRED” a solo exhibition on April 19th at Hierarchy, a special exhibition venue and project from Washington, DC based artist group No Kings Collective in partnership with Napoleon Bistro. Through his work, Curran brings stencil to life, creating unique large-scale murals in a process where he cuts away, shredding his chosen medium to get to the root of his art. As spaces become more urbanized with new homes and longer streets, wildlife and nature have receded. In “SHRED,” Matt Curran imagines the natural world pushing back into the city, back against the new homes, larger buildings, longer streets. He envisions birds soaring above factories, flowers breaking through the cracks of an old brick wall, fish making their way back through water systems. Curran captures the struggle for the historically natural to find its place in an unnatural landscape through his unique stencil work. “SHRED” will be on exhibit at Hierarchy through May 11th, 2014.

Designed as an ever-evolving, chameleon exhibition space, Hierarchy opened in February 2014 and is located at 1841 Columbia Road. Hierarchy features monthly artist exhibitions and weekly cultural programming and serves as the latest incarnation of a long standing creative relationship between the artist collective and the Popal family which began in 2012 with the pop-up art project, The Water Street Project, now Malmaison.

WHEN: “SHRED” grand opening Saturday, April 19th 7:00 pm to midnight
Gallery hours: Saturday and Sundays noon to 5pm

WHERE: Hierarchy, 1841 Columbia Road, NW Washington, DC 20009

04/16/14 4:25pm

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1065 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Ed. Note: This space is the former Ralph Lauren’s Rugby and Cafe which closed in Feb. 2013.

From an email:

Nadeau – Furniture with a Soul, an importer of stylish handmade furnishings, is excited to announce that we are relocating to a new larger space situated much closer to the city in the heart of Georgetown, DC at 1065 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The new store will showcase more of our unique furniture in the huge 7,000-square-foot space. With a rotating stock of over 6,000 items, we offer a wide selection of hardwood furniture pieces that have been hand-painted, carved and stained by local craftsmen in India and Indonesia. Nadeau’s unique looks have kept loyal customers coming back to our Alexandria store for the past 2 years and our 21 other retail locations for over 20 years. Once to-the-trade only Nadeau opened to the public–offering its low wholesale prices to everyone. We are very excited to offer more hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind furniture items to the thriving and exciting city of Georgetown!

WHO: Nadeau – Furniture with a Soul
WHAT: Grand Opening Celebration
WHERE: 1065 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20007
WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am to 8pm

Stop by and browse our unique furniture and meet the store manager, Vecente Murray. Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sunday, 12pm to 5pm. We look forward to seeing you at the new space soon.”

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If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 3-4 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible.

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“This ‘cool cat’ hailed from the alley in Edgewood where we used to live and has moved with us to Bloomingdale this year – so he is attired appropriately. He enjoys barking at the neighborhood’s many dogs.”

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“Molly soaking in the sun and view of 11th and H Street, NE.”

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“Sydney doing her best blue steel (Dupont circle)”