12/01/15 11:05am

Photo by PoPville flickr user Brandon Kopp

Easy come, easy go – just as the Renwick Gallery reopens – the awesome Freer Gallery will be closing:

“We are closing the Freer Gallery from January 4, 2016, through 2017 for long-needed upgrades to our infrastructure. The renovation also is an opportunity to re-present our collections and to improve the visitor experience throughout the museums. The Sackler Gallery will remain open and as dynamic as ever, with events held both in the museum and at venues throughout the DC area.

Don’t miss special events celebrating the Freer before its brief hiatus!

The remaining Peacock Room shutter openings
The final days to tour the Freer galleries on January 2 and 3, with tours, masks, and more

Experience artistic connections possible only between our two Galleries:

the Freer’s Rinpa exhibitions and the Sackler’s Sōtatsu: Making Waves
the Freer’s Peacock Room and the Sackler’s Peacock Room REMIX
the Freer’s ancient Egyptian art and the Sackler’s Perspectives: Lara Baladi, a contemporary take on Egypt”

12/01/15 10:35am

Photo by PoPville flickr user fromcaliw/love

From the Old Takoma Business Association:

“We have learned that Starbucks is actively considering the Takoma commercial district (DC and MD) as a new market.

The Old Takoma Business Association works to support locally-owned, independent businesses and recognizes the great, small businesses already in Takoma that serve coffee like La Mano Coffee Bar, Capitol City Cheesecake and Spring Mill Bread Company.

We’d like to ask for community feedback about a possible Starbucks in Takoma. Please share your comments HERE

Note: all comments are public and will be shared.”

12/01/15 9:45am

Photo by PoPville flickr user blake martin

From an email:

“I’m organizing a collection of gently used baby carriers for refugees arriving in Europe. Carry the Future is an organization that meets refugees as they arrive, and fits parents of babies and toddlers with carriers to help ease the burden and provide comfort and security on the next leg of their journey.

There are lots of ways that folks can participate:

– donate a gently used carrier (like a Baby Bjorn, Lillebaby, Mei Tai, or Ergo) at a variety of drop off locations anytime before Dec 15th, or at a Petworth home on Saturday Dec 12th (maybe before heading to the Upshur Street Art and Craft Fair?) We are asking for $5 per carrier, too, to offset shipping costs. Any excess funds will be donated directly to Carry the Future. As a special bonus, consider packing the carrier’s pocket with a note, protein bar, baby food pouch, or anything else that might ease a refugee’s journey

– If you don’t have a carrier to donate, shop off Carry the Future’s Amazon wish list

– if you live in a part of town not represented on the drop off sites list, become one yourself! (leave a box on your porch for drop offs, or coordinate with folks to receive if that isn’t a good option for you) Just post a message on our FB event page and we’ll follow up. (more…)

12/01/15 9:30am

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mark Andre

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

11/30/15 10:22pm

11th and Florida Avenue, NW

Most recently in August we noted that the Florida Avenue Grill had added outdoor seating (obviously more substantial in the warmer months than what’s pictured here but check out the sweet table below.) Now they’ve posted a liquor license placard too:

“Soul food restaurant. Total Occupancy Load of 50. Sidewalk Café with seating for 36.”

Hours of alcohol consumption are listed as Sunday through Thursday 10am-12am, Friday and Saturday 10am-2am and sidewalk cafe hours are listed as Sunday through Saturday 8am-9pm.

For those who haven’t been in a while you can see their menu here.