04/23/14 4:45pm

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From a press release:

“From April through August 2014 the National Archives, with its nonprofit partner the Foundation for the National Archives, presents free jazz-related panel discussions, concerts, film screenings, special events, and family activities exploring one of America’s greatest cultural exports.

The series, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the famed Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, kicks off at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the National Archives with “Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World,”a panel discussion on how the U.S. Government used jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War.

The programs will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

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Discussion: “Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World”

Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. (available live on National Archives UStream channel)

John Edward Hasse—author, curator, biographer of Duke Ellington, and founder of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra—leads a discussion on efforts by the United States Information Agency, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Department of State to use jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War. The program will incorporate photographs, motion picture excerpts, and sound recordings from the National Archives. Panelists include Ambassador David Killion, former U.S. Permanent Representative to UNESCO; David Ensor, Director of Voice of America; and Dr. Penny M. Von Eschen, author of Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

From MPD:

“On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the Emancipation Day Parade will take place in the District of Columbia. The parade will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

Street Closures

*Pennsylvania Avenue and the surrounding streets will be closed between 3rd and 14th Streets, NW from approximately 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

*Constitution Avenue and the surrounding streets will be closed for staging for the parade between 9th Street and West crossover at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from approximately 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.

*Pennsylvania Avenue and the surrounding streets will be closed between 12th and 14th Streets, NW from approximately 4:00 am to 11:00 pm for the Emancipation Day Festival and fireworks.

*E Street will be closed between 13th and 14th Streets, NW from approximately 4:00 am to 11:00 pm for the Emancipation Day Festival vendors.

*12th Street will also be closed between E Street and Constitution Avenue, NW from approximately 8:30 pm to 9:45 pm for the fireworks display.”

04/10/14 10:25am

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6th and F Street, NW

Big news for Chinatown – the space that was going to become a bar from the owners Daikaya – has now been leased. It’s now going to become a bar from the owner of Mindful Restaurants which includes Ghibellina in Logan Circle and Acqua al 2 and Harold Black on Capitol Hill. The new spot is actually in the lower level around the corner from Fuel pizza on 6th Street in the historic OBA building:

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Owner Ari Gejdenson and his wife Stacy plan on making this a proper liquor bar. It’s on the smaller side at about 2000 square feet. The description kinda reminds me of an old school hotel bar – lots of brass, lots of leather, proper cocktails including all the classics, nice glassware – just a cool, comfortable, classy spot. There will be some small food items available as well but the menu (and the name for that matter) haven’t been finalized yet. But work has begun and you can see the making of lots of awesome booths. There will be 8 of them and room for 12-14 at the bar. If all goes well they should open around the end of the summer/early Fall. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out but in the meantime – you can get a basic idea:

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future booths

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windows are going to be replaced with older period windows.

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future bar

04/07/14 10:05pm

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“Dear PoPville,

A friend mentioned that she saw a sign at the Chinatown Bed, Bath and Beyond that said something about a World Market coming to the downtown area. Any info on that??”

I spoke with an employee at Bed Bath and Beyond (709 7th Street NW) who said they are going to remodel a section inside of the store that should open in about a month or so. World Market’s website says:

“In the late 1950s, a San Francisco businessman turned traveler and importer began selling shiploads of hand-woven wicker from one of the city’s piers. As crates were unloaded, locals lined up and loaded up. Even curious tourists were drawn to the unique and unusual.

With such a receptive audience eagerly awaiting his return, it only made sense to open a store. And in 1958 he opened the first store in San Francisco’s famed Fisherman’s Wharf and called it Cost Plus World Market. The store quickly became a destination for those who craved original and handmade items from around the world. Items were sold at cost, plus ten percent – hence the name Cost Plus World Market!

More than fifty years later it’s still our passion to discover extraordinary finds from all over the world and make them accessible to all.

Our everyday low prices and high-quality, original items are a great value. Choose from eye-catching, trend-setting home accents, an awe-inspiring array of international foods and wines, and much more.

We bring the beauty and excitement of global bazaars to you. Our selection is always changing, and, like favorite mementos from your life, each item has a story worth sharing. From Balinese baskets, pottery from Portugal and collectibles from Africa to scrolled artwork inspired by Spanish artifacts – each store is a treasure trove.

Gifts galore fill our floors – you’ll find something for everyone, from children to parents. And when you need entertaining essentials, we’re your one-stop shop – whether you’re hosting a holiday or a very personal special occasion.”

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700 6th Street, NW

Ed. Note: This is the spot that was going to become a Townhouse Kitchen and Bar back in 2012.

From a press release:

“CBRE has arranged a long-term 8,324 square-foot lease for a new American tavern-style restaurant at 700 6th Street NW in Washington. With this lease, local restaurant group Passion Food Hospitality will expand into the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area, a thriving location close to Verizon Center, as well as a hub of business and retail activity.

The restaurant group will build and operate a restaurant and bar called Penn Commons at the Chinatown property, which was completed in 2009 and became one of DC’s first LEED Platinum Core and Shell (CS) certified office buildings. Opening is slated for late summer. The restaurant and bar will be similar to the group’s already successful District Commons restaurant at 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Chef Jeff Tunks, David Wizenberg and Gus DiMillo are the partners behind Passion Food Hospitality. They opened their first restaurant, DC Coast, in 1998 and have expanded their style of American eateries to include such restaurants as Acadiana, Burger Tap, & Shake, Ceiba, and PassionFish.”

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04/01/14 12:39pm

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901 7th Street, NW

@WeinDC tweets us the photo above:

“Please tell me the @TDBank_US on 7th didn’t get robbed for a 3rd time

@dcalerts tweets:

“Police Alert- Bank Robbery_1106 hours_900 Block 7th Street NW_B/M/All Black/Last seen E/B on I Street NW”

UPDATE from MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a Bank Robbery which occurred at the TD Bank, located in the 900 block of I Street, NW, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at approximately 11:05 am.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 40’s, 5’4” to 5’7” in height, medium to dark complexion, and light brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black ski mask with just eyes exposed, black hooded sweat shirt with front zipper and hood over his head, black knit gloves with pink stripes across the hand, carrying a black shoulder bag. Suspect was last seen walking east on I street from 901 I Street and south on 6th Street, NW.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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717 6th Street, NW

Well this building, formerly home to Muse Lounge, is pretty freaking awesome. Built in 1928, the Bulletin Building:

“The architectural firm of Rodier & Kundzin designed the building for the United Publishing Company. The main façade of the building is constructed in limestone, and features four Art Deco bas relief panels that portray the printing trade and ties the building to the trade, that it housed for 60 years.”

It is owned by the group that owns, seemingly, nearly all of DC’s cool historic buildings – Douglas Development. The 7,070 rentable square feet building is currently for lease though no price is listed.

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Lots more photos including closeups of the Art Deco bas relief panels after the jump. (more…)