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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mark Andre

And that day is tomorrow!

From an email:

“This week, as the District prepares for the Inauguration of an Administration that stands to cast doubts on the future of Women’s rights, the Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) will turn political disappointment into action by welcoming marchers, activists and allies to their DC headquarters.

Starting Wednesday, January 18th the WNDC will kick off a series of cultural programming workshops and activities to empower allies to organize and protect the rights of women. The events will feature special guests including, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Jackie Speier and Actress Fran Drescher.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 6-8:30 PM

WNDC Pre-Inaugural Welcome Reception at the WNDC headquarters (1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW) will be keynoted by Rev. Jesse Jackson and joined by Actress Fran Drescher, Rep. Jackie Speier and Senator Chris Van

The event is open to the public and folks who are interested can register for the event here: .”

pansaari
1219 Connecticut Ave, NW

Ed. Note: We spoke about our favorite Thai restaurants on Friday here.

Pasara‘s last day in DC will be January 21st:

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“For over a decade, Pasara Thai restaurant has served the freshest, flavorful and healthy Thai food in the VA/DC area. As a family owned and operated restaurant, Pasara Thai began in Alexandria Virginia. Expanding now to 4 different locations, each place has its own unique atmosphere and decor but the same authentic Thai food. Owner and Executive Chef, Pasara, created a menu to offer the finest Thai dishes outside of Bangkok by fusing her culinary instincts with recipes from the streets of Thailand. (more…)

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Bernardo O’Higgins was a Chilean independence leader who, together with José de San Martín, freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. He was a wealthy landowner of Spanish and Irish ancestry. Although he was the second Supreme Director of Chile (1817–1823), he is considered one of Chile’s founding fathers, as he was the first holder of this title to head a fully independent Chilean state.”

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1300 Connecticut Ave, NW

This is the former Riccardi Clothier space that closed back in March of 2015.

Update on the Jenni Bick “opening in about two weeks” status in Dupont from GTMARCHITECTS:

“GTM Architects, an award-winning residential and commercial architectural firm, recently announced that it designed the first brick and mortar retail space for Jenni Bick Fine Custom Journals at 1300 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The formerly online only handmade journal business is moving into the Dupont Circle location previously occupied by Riccardi Clothier.

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courtesy GTMARCHITECTS

GTM Architects Partner Clare Marino and Project Coordinator Lauren Pacheco worked with owners Jenni and Robby Bick to create a space that accentuates the products, which include personalized, handmade and custom journals, notebooks and albums. Marino and Pacheco kept the organic and natural design aesthetic of the online store by incorporating a neutral, modern décor in the retail space that includes wood shelves, hardwood flooring and light-colored walls. Extensive shelving will showcase an array of colorful merchandise, while freestanding tables and shelves provide a place for seasonal and specialty items. Customers can review the products, select fonts and text for personalization, and watch the embossing process. (more…)

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2200 P Street, NW courtesy Westpark Tenant Association

From the Westpark Tenant Association:

“Here’s the story so far:

At the end of November, DC’s Historic Planning Office (HPO) issued its recommendation to the Preservation Review Board (HPRB) to decline Marx Realty’s plan to convert the landmarked service station into a MUD. The extant structure would have been relocated on the site and become some form of retail. (The Fine Arts Commission had previously given its approval.)

December 6, Marx tells the Sunoco to get out.

Yesterday (Tuesday 1/3) it’s emptied out and fence up. I haven’t been over there yet today to see what kind of progress has been made. A neighbor sent a video from this morning showing the canopies over the former pumps being demolished. (more…)

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via Facebook

Well this oughta be something to see!!

From DCMJ (“fighting for equal rights for cannabis users, growers, and their families in the District of Columbia”):

“You are cordially invited to join DCMJ for the inaugural #Trump420 taking place on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC!

We will gather on the west side of Dupont Circle at 8am for coffee & tea and parade down to the National Mall at 10am. Along the way we’ll hand out 4,200 joints of legally grown cannabis! At 4 minutes and 20 seconds into President Trump’s speech we’ll light up! (unless President Trump comes out now in support of full cannabis legalization in all 50 States and DC!) (more…)

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Photos courtesy Dupont Underground

Thanks to the folks from Dupont Underground for sharing. You can sign up for tours here.

“These tours will explore the living history and conceptual reinvention of a DC hidden gem. Each tour will consist of a guided forty-five minute long experience through the tunnels under Dupont Circle, that once served as the only underground portion of the District streetcar system over fifty years ago. Tickets are $15 per person.”

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19th Street entrance