“David M. Rubenstein, Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, today announced an additional $40 million in gifts for the Kennedy Center expansion project, including a significant leadership pledge from Michael and Noémi Neidorff and the Centene Charitable Foundation. Mr. Neidorff and David Rubenstein serve as co-chairs of the expansion project’s capital campaign. With these new commitments and the initial $50 million pledge from Mr. Rubenstein, $90 million has been raised for the Kennedy Center’s $125 million campaign. As previously announced, the design and construction costs for the expansion project will be paid for entirely with private funds.
The Kennedy Center’s expansion project will be constructed south of the existing facility and will include rehearsal space as well as dedicated classroom space and multipurpose rooms for the Center’s extensive arts education programs. Public access spaces will include gardens which will fuse the Kennedy Center with the landscape and river and an outdoor video wall upon which simulcast performances and other multimedia events may be projected. The exteriors will utilize translucent Okalux, glass, and Carrara marble, the same Italian marble which clads the original facility.
The expansion is being designed by Steven Holl and senior partner Chris McVoy of Steven Holl Architects of New York in partnership with BNIM Architects of Kansas City. The expansion is currently in design development and groundbreaking is expected in late 2014. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.”
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The following was written by Eating around Town’s dcreba. dcreba previously wrote about and shared preview photos of Thally, opening soon in Shaw.
When the local firm GrizForm Design Architects was invited by the owners of Tonic to come and revamp their outdoor space, the first consideration was overall design. “We are immediately sensitive to movement and flow of people,” said Brooke Loewen. “Flow and function drive everything that follow.”
With this in mind, the designers created a contemporary beer garden in the middle of Foggy Bottom. It was envisioned as the perfect spot for leisure and study sessions during the summer day.
When the bar and restaurant are closed, students from neighboring George Washington University will spread out over the custom designed picnic tables built from light white oak and brightened with powdered metal legs in lively papaya.
Lunchtime would see a mix of local business workers, students, and neighbors. And at nightfall, the expansive outdoor space could take on a biergarten element. The bars, built from mahogany and topped with light colored granite, are cleverly built on industrial casters and can slide, as needed, to create a free form bar. (more…)
The Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has debuted a new dinner menu to reflect the summer season. Whether grabbing a quick bite before a show or relishing in an elegant meal amidst stunning views, guests will delight in the new selection of appetizers, entrées and desserts.
Highlights from the menu include seasonal additions as well as staple items beloved by restaurant patrons. For starters, choose from a number of savory summer dishes like a refreshing bowl of Chilled Tomato Gazpacho topped with flavorful Serrano ham, or the Bibb Lettuce Salad served with local grilled peaches, cloth bound cheddar, marcona almonds and finished with honey vinaigrette.
New main course offerings include Pan Seared Sea Scallops with farm fresh peas and carrots and Olive Oil Poached Black Pearl Salmon with fava beans and tomato mint salad. Crowd-pleasing entrees like Beef Tenderloin Filet with horseradish potatoes and fresh spring vegetables and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with grain mustard sauce, pickled red onions, and frisée remain on the menu.
For the perfect ending, guests can indulge a sweet tooth with a choice of select desserts. The mouthwatering Warm Rhubarb Cobbler is topped with cinnamon crème fraiche ice cream and drizzled with balsamic anglaise. Dark Chocolate Biscuit is the ultimate chocolate confection served with silky chocolate mousse and ganache.
Dinner 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. before Concert Hall and Opera House evening performances; Kitchen Buffet Brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. most Sundays
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The Roof Terrace Restaurant and KC Café are located at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566.
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Be Civilized – Be Urban Installation and Exhibit at Filter Coffeehouse, Washington DC, through September 2013 Architect: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture Design Team: John Burke, Jon Grinham, Todd Ray, Sophia Zelov Location: Filter Coffeehouse, 1916 I Street, NW, Washington DC.
Taking Dr. Spiro Kostof’s dictum “To be civilized is to be urban” as inspiration, Studio Twenty Seven Architecture has launched the first in a series of installations and exhibits with which it hopes to challenge urban norms and encourage non-standard thinking and discourse on our city and beyond. Be Civilized – Be Urban is on display at Filter Coffeehouse at 1916 I Street, NW through the end of September, 2013.
This installation focuses on Studio Twenty Seven’s research concerning Washington DC’s most urbanistically fraught administrative quadrant, Southwest. A neighborhood in its own right, Southwest is markedly different from the rest of Washington DC, a difference that can be attributed almost completely to the rise of the District’s commuter culture.
Southwest is bound by federal and civic infrastructure and the Eisenhower era highways that were built to provide easy access to the core for the 20th Century’s newly suburbanized workers. Isolated in this way, the quadrant was further marked by one of the nation’s most concerted federal efforts at urban renewal. National policies that encouraged suburbanization also spurred urban divestment, and the built result of this cycle, along with decades of attempted remediation, are writ large in Southwest. (more…)
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