From an email:

“Pay 2 Play (opening in DC Sept 12 and in cities nationwide in October and November) is part political comedy and part expose. Director John Ennis compares American elections and politics to the board gane Monopoly, showing how money in politics usually gets in the way of meaningful change. As he covers the outlandish Coingate scandal in Ohio, Ennis grasps that the primary function of pay-to-play politics is to repay the donor with public money—way, way more money than donors put in.

Pay 2 Play features everyone from Robert Reich to Jack Abramoff talking about greed, corruption, gerrymandering, SuperPacs, Citizens United, and the cattywampus reality of politics in America today. Also featured in the film are John Nichols, Lawrence Lessig, Noam Chomsky, Jerry Springer, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Thom Hartmann, Marge Baker, Bob Edgar, Mark Crispin Miller, Rashad Robinson, Brad Friedman, Lee Fang, and Kathay Feng

In DC, Pay 2 Play opens September 12 at Angelika Popup. Immediately after the Friday night 7:30 screening there’ll be a Q and A with Aliya Rahman from Code For Progress, Lauren Windsor from American Family Voices and The Undercurrent and Producer Holly Mosher..”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user evegophotos

From NoMa BID:

“BANGARANG! The NoMa Business Improvement District will remember the amazing Robin Williams at a special encore NoMa Summer Screen with the classic film Hook on Wednesday, August 27!

“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate the life of Robin Williams the terrific work he created,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District. “Friends, neighbors, and residents: please spread the word. Pirate apparel encouraged.”

Hook will be shown on the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE. The event starts at 7 pm with music, giveaways, food trucks, picnicking and fun for all ages. Films start at dark (around 8 pm). All movies are screened with subtitles. Coolers, children and friendly (leashed) dogs are welcome. Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID or Facebook for weather updates and to hear more about a free guerrilla yoga class before the movie, courtesy of Yoga NoMa, the neighborhood’s newest yoga studio opening this fall.”

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1309 5th Street, NE

Thanks to @vplus for tweeting us:

Panorama Bakery

“new “Panorama Bakery” at @UnionMarketDC going in..”

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@vplus also notes that it looks like a Toki Underground stall is coming to Union Market:

“what about @TokiUnderground new space at @UnionMarketDC ? Looks like it. it’s next to the butcher in the back corner”

Union Market’s website says:

“Toki Underground, the acclaimed Ramen and dumpling house from H Street Corridor will be at Union Market serving street food breakfast. Toki will run from 8 a.m. until it is sold out, Tuesday-Saturday.”

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911 2nd Street, NE

Thanks to a reader for sending. Elevation DC reported on the planned 42 unit residential property in March:

“Expected to be ready by summer 2015, the one-bedroom, two-bedroom and duplexes will feature a contemporary warehouse design, says Fortis Companies President George Chopivsky III. The average size will be 800 square feet.”

Updates as construction progresses.

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791 2nd Street, NE

Thanks to @JBenoff for tweeting us the photo above:

“Now leasing sign and website for new building at 2 and k g ne”

Station House’s website says:

“Discover luxury Washington, DC apartments designed for the way you want to live now. Smart, connected, in tune. From the chic lobby to your chef’s kitchen, from the pet spa to the rooftop pool, from the party room to the gaming lounge to the buzzing H Street Corridor, move effortlessly through your life with style. Feeling at home has never felt quite like this.

APARTMENTS WITH PERSONALITY
Pre-leasing October 2014″

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Photo courtesy Union Market

From a press release:

Union Market, home to over 40 local artisan, food and beverages vendors, will host its movie drive in summer series finale this Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. This classic American treat will take place in Union Market’s parking lot and will project the feature presentation, Casino Royale, onto the market’s three-story wall. The family-friendly series is $10 per car or free for walk-ups in the picnic area.

Movie lovers and retro fanatics alike can munch on theater worthy delectables from Timber Pizza Co and sip on Suburbia DC favorites such as fizzy pop sodas and summer cocktails. Patrons can stretch their legs and enjoy the summer air in a variety of pre-show activities, including games of cornhole at Suburbia. The DC Rollergirls will be on hand delivering snacks and drinks on wheels.

The popular UM Drive In Summer Series has brought in immense crowds since it’s inception in 2012. The throwback event offers a summer retreat for those looking for communal fun and vintage kitsch.

EVENT DETAILS
Friday, August 8, 2014
Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
Gates close at 8:15 p.m.
Film begins at 8:30 p.m.
Union Market parking lot
13905 5th Street NE”

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Urban Land Company reports:

“Part of the development team responsible for Union Market’s development has purchased the existing Burger King site at 320 Florida Avenue, NE. It’s too early to have exact details on what the plans are for the site, but it is adjacent to the parcel purchased by LCOR, Inc. that is planned for 188 apartment units.”

And in other Burger King news – the one at 501 G Street, NW in Chinatown has also closed:

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

A reader sends word:

“The entire 1000 block of 1st Street and maybe more are blocked to all traffic, pedestrian and cars. The security guard in our office building said someone was killed!! Have you seen any reports of this?”

Unfortunately another reader hears that there may have been a suicide.