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From a press release:

“The National Symphony Orchestra will blanket the neighborhoods of Brookland and NoMa home January 5–January 12, building deeper connections to its community by giving more than 50 free events and performances. From concerts at Echostage and Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre to in-school visits, concerts for toddlers, and performances at homeless shelters, NSO members will make music in ensembles large and small. The Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Echostage, McKinley Technology Education Campus, Dance Place, Union Market’s Dock 5, NPR: these are but a few of the distinctive and colorful locales to be visited, culminating in the concert at Hartke Theatre.

Four events anchor the array of performances, including three by the full orchestra. For these key events free reservations are required, but 15 minutes before performances, unclaimed reservations will be opened up to those waiting in line. NSO In Your Neighborhood Event Reservations.

January 7: Historic Union Market is not only home to more than 30 of the top artisanal food producers in the region, above the marketplace it boasts the distinctive event space Dock 5. There Glenn Donnellan (creator of “The Electric Slugger”—an electric violin made from a Louisville Slugger baseball bat) and NSO colleagues will bring their mix of rock ‘n’ roll, blues/jazz, fiddling, and maybe even classical, to this spacious urban venue. An arrival time of 6 p.m. is suggested; the performance begins at 7 p.m. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

I searched the property records, but I can’t find a more expensive house that’s ever sold in Brookland than this one now under contract, and in only 22 days.”

The listing said:

“Builders put the Craftsman in Ship, equipped it to steal your breath, big twin engines in Noah’s Ark, immaculate inception, words won’t work, let your eyes scan the prize, your feet walk the size, run fingers along the finish, listen, diminished noise, Brookland poised, a lofty location, so near your vocation, a custom-built, brand-new, ground-up, hands-down masterpiece”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4.5 bath was listed at $998,000.

Ed. Note: Remember the “renovated palace” once listed at $1,500,000? Of course it didn’t sell at that price.

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From an email:

SUSHI BELLY TOWER December 9th, Washington, DC reservations@sushibellytower.com SUSHI BELLY TOWER’s secret underground sashimi dinner is coming to Washington, DC, for a one-night-only event.

Founded by Michael Stember, Sushi Belly Tower presents nontraditional, underground full-kit food experiences—creating and serving the best version of all things. Stember cultivated his passion while at Stanford training for the Olympic Games, (he eventually ran in the Sydney Olympics) so the food he designs is a careful combination of fuel and art.

A Sushi Belly Tower dinner serves anywhere from 40 to 75 guests in cocktail-style interactive dinner feasts featuring a live band. Our popular sushi dinners includes 10 to 20 courses of sashimi, root vegetables, fresh herbs with multiple salts and oils and an unlimited open bar throughout the event. We showcase a live food design experience, plating each course directly in front of our guests. For us, an interactive feast includes an accessible, transparent process of food, art, music, and drink.

Tickets cost $175 plus applicable sales tax. Our pricing reflects the quality of our ingredients: grass-fed lamb, ultra-premium sashimi-grade fish, fresh herbs, rare oils, Wagyu beef flown in from Japan, and our top-shelf custom cocktail program.”

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From Zagat:

“#2Brookland Pint

Publican John Andrade continues his conquest of the District’s brew scene with this rustic tavern near the Catholic University, which one-ups sister establishments Meridian Pint and Smoke & Barrel in the sustainability department by devoting the majority of its 24 taps to locally made beers. A huge lineup of large-format bottles complements the pours, and the menu of upscale pub fare will satisfy vegetarians and meat lovers alike.”

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Thanks to all who sent emails about the big news about Shaw’s Right Proper Brewing Company from DC Beer:

“Right Proper will open a brewery to serve both the restaurant and area accounts.”

On the Brookland listserv a resident writes:

“Right Proper Brewing Company ~~ is the new business.

Weekend tastings etc,!”

A reader of mine also hears there will be a tasting room. Stay tuned for updates when they get closer to opening.

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So maybe the book(store) isn’t dead after all…

From a press release:

“In a teaming of two great Washington community institutions, we’re pleased to announce that Politics and Prose will soon begin operating bookstores at Busboys and Poets restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This innovative business arrangement will unite P&P’s bookselling experience with Busboys and Poets’ track record of operating multi-use, food-and-event gathering spaces. Both enterprises share a deep commitment to building community, providing quality customer service, and promoting the public discussion of ideas, cultural issues, and current events.

The new business relationship will start with the opening of a Busboys and Poets in Brookland in December and extend to the launch of a Busboys and Poets in Takoma in January. P&P will operate the book sections in each of these locations. Later in 2015, P&P will assume responsibility for book operations already in existence at the Busboys and Poets restaurants in Hyattsville, Shirlington, and downtown Washington at 5th and K. The book operation at the Busboys and Poets at 14th and V in Washington will remain managed by Teaching for Change. (more…)