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From a press release:

Hyattsville’s newest studio space will host its first art show and grand opening at Vigilante Coffee 4327 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, March 21 from 6PM – 10:30PM.

The event kicks off the curated Urban Canopy show, which will run from March 21 through June 20 and is open to the public. It is Studio SoHy’s first show, focusing on the interplay of nature and the urban environment.
The kick-off features art, music, and lively company.

From 6PM – 8PM, Hyattsville artists Chris Suspect, Kathleen Geldard, Bronwyn King, and Christine Monaco will be on hand to exhibit recent work as part of the studio’s Urban Canopy show.

From 8PM – 10:30PM, Wild Anacostias Brass Band will be playing two sets of Louisiana-inspired music. Light refreshments and food will be provided. Vigilante Coffee available for purchase. Donations welcome.

Located near Hyattsville’s thriving arts district and with easy access to Route 1, Studio SoHy is situated to draw a diverse crowd of creators and viewers. By expanding beyond just the visual arts, the studio will offer new opportunities for performance artists and musicians.
Studio SoHy focuses on local and regional artists, displaying their work in a dynamic space. Acting as both a gallery and an event space, Studio SoHy’s mission is to connect artists and audiences. A free exchange of ideas and easy access to artists supports increased collaboration and a vibrant artist community.

The studio is located in the same refurbished 1920s car dealership as Vigilante Coffee, a destination café in the DC Metro area. Building owner Daniel Simon worked with local artists to launch Studio SoHy in support of the local arts scene. The gallery is managed by Bronwyn King and Kathleen Geldard.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Nikoo Yahyazadeh

From WMATA:

“This weekend, Metro’s escalator contractor will install major components of the first new entrance escalator at Bethesda Station.

Bethesda’s entrance escalators are the second longest in the Western Hemisphere. Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, large gantries will move and position nine large sections of escalator truss. In addition, two motors, each the size of a small car, will also be moved into the escalator pit and will replace the outdated six-motor configuration that powered the original escalator. Control systems and other equipment also will be delivered this weekend.

To support this work, on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, Bethesda Station will be temporarily closed so that construction crews can safely install, align and mechanically fasten the escalator truss sections. For safety reasons, the work, which will take nearly 52 consecutive hours, cannot take place with customers nearby. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user rockcreek

From @Serial:

“MD Court of Special Appeals rules it will hear arguments in Adnan Syed case in June session.”

MD Court of Appeals Order (PDF)

From Serial:

“Now that the appellate court has granted this order, what happens next is that, in its June session, a panel of judges will hear oral arguments from Adnan’s side, and also from the state. Neither side can bring in new evidence or witnesses. Then the court will either deny or grant Adnan further relief. That relief could be a whole new trial in the circuit court, or it could be that the circuit court just has to allow Adnan to present new evidence.”

Big score for Mount Rainer!

From a press release:

“The Menkiti Group has been selected by the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County, Maryland to redevelop the 3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue in the Mount Rainier Gateway Arts District. The three historic buildings comprising the 3300 block will be restored by the Menkiti Group and will consist of 12 residential units above 10,000 square feet of commercial space. The Menkiti Group has already obtained commitments from Annie’s Ace Hardware, famed restaurateur Joe Englert, and arts incubator ReCreative Spaces, to occupy the three commercial spaces fronting Rhode Island Avenue. (more…)

Capital Wheel Night Shot
Photo courtesy National Harbor

From a press release:

“The Capital Wheel at National Harbor is poised to become a must-see destination when it opens to the public on Friday, May 23rd in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Soaring 180-feet above the Potomac River, The Capital Wheel will join a roster of large-scale observation wheels around the globe.

The Capital Wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas. The VIP gondola, National Harbor One, seats four passengers and features glass floors, wine chillers, a retracting monitor/DVD player and leather bucket seats. The remaining 41 gondolas accommodate up to eight passengers and feature glass exteriors to maximize the panoramic views of the National Mall, White House, U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery and beyond.

To celebrate the iconic addition to the Washington, D.C., skyline, The Capital Wheel will have extended operating hours this summer. From May 2014 to August 2014 The Capital Wheel is open from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Please visit the newly debuted website to see year-round operating hours and pricing, www.TheCapitalWheel.com.

[How much do tickets cost?
All tickets, plus tax:

$15 for adults
$11.25 per child ages 3 – 11
Free for children ages 2 and under
Discount pricing is available for seniors and military with valid ID for $13.50
Tickets for National Harbor One (the VIP Gondola) cost $50 each. The VIP Gondola can fit up to four riders.]”

metalsmith

From an email:

“We know how well blacksmithing goes with “ragtime” music. So as you take in the cool designs and metal work by Robinson Forged Metals, the 2014 Washington Area Music Award winner for Best Folk/Traditional Group (ragtime) band, the Bumper Jacksons will be playing some songs off of their new album from 1-3pm.

Enjoy BBQ, beer and wine.

What: Metalsmithing and Ragtime – Open House
When: April 19th, 2014, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Where: Robinson Forged Metals, 5530 Tuxedo Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20781
RSVP: HERE

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Rendering courtesy nationalharbor.com

From a press release:

“Soaring 175 feet above the Potomac River waterfront at National Harbor, The Capital Wheel, set to debut in May 2014, will join a growing number of large-scale observation wheels around the globe as an iconic, world-class attraction.

From its dynamic location at the end of a pier overlooking the river, The Capital Wheel will offer riders a spectacular view of the Nation’s Capital “from a new perspective,” according to National Harbor developer Peterson Companies. Sights visible from The Capital Wheel include the White House and Capitol, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.

With its 42 closed, climate-controlled gondolas, each seating eight, The Capital Wheel will operate year-round, as do observation wheels in other locales, where they have boosted economic development and prestige. The Capital Wheel is expected to attract 600,000 – 800,000 visitors annually.

The London Eye quickly became the United Kingdom’s most popular paid tourist attraction, averaging 10,000 visitors daily and some 3.75 million annually. A popular location for films and TV shows, it also hosts events as diverse as corporate launches, weddings and fashion shoots.

In similar fashion, The Capital Wheel will host a variety of public, corporate and private events, with catering available by Wolfgang Puck, whose team will provide creative seasonal concessions.”