04/17/14 4:45pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC

From an email:

“Tour de Fat season is back; New Belgium Brewing today announced that the highly anticipated 2014 national tour of traveling bicycle advocacy will go to ten cities from May to October. This year marks the 15th season for Tour de Fat, which will travel across the U.S. These day-long festivities are free in every city, but the proceeds from beer sales go to local non-profits. Since its inception, Tour de Fat has raised more than $3 million, and raised half-a-million dollars last year alone.

The events kick off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, ending in a city park. That’s when eclectic entertainment takes over from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. This year will also include some brewing education and feature a “Bicycle Revival” to inspire festival-goers to believe in the power of two-wheeled transportation.

During each tour stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental imprint as possible. Tour de Fat hosts green vendors, has compost and recycle stations and festival trucks that operate on biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils.

In 2013, Tour de Fat traveled to 12 cities nationwide and attracted 97,500 festival attendees and 57,359 bicycle parade participants. The philanthropic events raised a total of $536,000 for local nonprofits and diverted an impressive 85 percent of waste from landfills. Tempe, Ariz., raised the most money (over $90,000) and New Belgium’s hometown of Fort Collins, Colo. attracted the most parade riders and festival-goers, both totaling 25,000 people.

See www.facebook.com/TourDeFat for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit an entry to swap your gas-guzzler for a fancy new bicycle in 2014.

Tour de Fat 2014 will cycle through each of the following cities:

Washington, D.C. May 31 Yards Park”

04/16/14 11:55am

Photo via Crawfish for Cancer

From an email:

“Our party features more than 700 lbs of crawfish, unlimited drinks, and live music for 5 hours on the afternoon of Saturday April 26th at Yard’s Park in SE DC (Navy Yard Metro). Our organization puts on crawfish boils nationally to mark the coming of spring, and to gather great people for a good time and worthy cause.”

Crawfish for Cancer’s 2nd Annual DC Crawfish Boil to Benefit the MMRF:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00pm – 7:00pm
The Yards Park DC
355 Water Street SE, DC

Join us at the Yards Park DC in the Capitol Riverfront for a day of sun, crawfish, and most importantly, fundraising to benefit multiple myeloma cancer research. As always, there will be hundreds of pounds of crawfish, beer, wine and spirits, and live music throughout the day.

Signature cocktails will be served including sweet tea vodka and other tasty delights.

Tickets are all inclusive. BUY TICKETS HERE.

04/15/14 10:55pm


A new sports bar, The Big Stick, is coming to Navy Yard right near Nats Park and the metro at 20 M Street, SE. A recent liquor license placard says:

“This is a new “C” Restaurant with an Entertainment Endorsement and Sidewalk Café. The establishment will be a sports bar featuring an alpine lodge theme and décor serving casual foods such as bratwursts, sausages and kielbasas, salads, sandwiches, wraps and crispy oven-baked macaroni and cheese.”

Hours of operation are listed as Sunday through Thursday 8am to 2am, Friday and Saturday 8am to 3am.

Washington Business Journal reported that it comes from the owner of nearby Justin’s Cafe and hopes to open in June.

Ed. Note: Not sure what’s up with the alpine themed bars


M and Half St, SE

03/25/14 3:00pm

1000 New Jersey Avenue Southeast

This rental is located at 1000 New Jersey Avenue, Southeast. The listing says:

“Charming Studio in an amazing building, fully furnished with tons of storage, an open kitchen and hardwood floors. The building features 24-hour concierge service, a gorgeous indoor pool, an exercise room and outdoor terrace. All of this just steps from parks, restaurants, shopping, the Navy Yard Metro and Nationals Park.”

You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,700/Mo.

03/12/14 3:15pm

WNO Opera in the Outfileld 2014 The Magic Flute  - photo by Scott Suchman
Photo courtesy of WNO by Scott Suchman

From an email:

“Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced two free special events in conjunction with its forthcoming production of The Magic Flute. WNO celebrates its sixth season of free opera simulcasts at Nationals Park with the M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield performance of Mozart’s classic The Magic Flute on the opera’s opening night, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pregame” activities for the entire family. The Magic Flute, which will be performed in English in a new eye-popping production featuring sets and costumes by Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko, will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition screen at the ballpark at 7 p.m.

WNO will also present a free exhibition of large-scale ceramic works by Mr. Kaneko in the Kennedy Center Hall of Nations, April 9 to May 19, 2014.

For more information about Washington National Opera,
visit www.kennedy-center.org/wno.

Visit www.facebook.com/WashingtonNationalOpera
for behind-the-scenes news, special offers, and advance notice of events.”

03/12/14 10:30am


From a press release:

“Top Chef All-Stars Runner-Up Mike Isabella is opening a G location at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, in Southeast Washington, D.C. this season. This second edition of Isabella’s Italian-style sandwich shop will feature four of G’s top-selling items, including the Chicken Parm, as well as a rotating special, ‘Sandwich of the Homestand.’ G will be located on the Main Concourse in right field near the First Base Gate, behind Section 136.

“People in this town are passionate about their food and passionate about their baseball. G at Nationals Park is a perfect fit,” said Chef Mike Isabella. “We’ll be serving our sandwiches made with the same top quality ingredients and freshly baked bread as our 14th Street location. I’m really excited to bring my best sandwiches to baseball fans. I think the G Chicken Parm is the perfect thing to enjoy while watching a game. ”

Isabella opened the original 14th Street location, G by Mike Isabella, a sandwich shop by day and tasting menu by night, in July 2013. G features classic Italian-American sandwiches along with pressed paninis, wood roasted sandwiches and specials created by prominent D.C. chefs. The menu at the newest addition to the G family will include Isabella’s take on the Italian deli classics, the Chicken Parm and Italian Hero, as well as his meatless Roasted Cauliflower sandwich and The Drewno, The Source executive chef Scott Drewno’s house made kielbasa sandwich created especially for G. Lamb Chili and peanut brittle will round out the menu.

G at Nationals Park will open for the Nationals Exhibition Game against the Detroit Tigers on March 29, and remain open throughout the season.”

03/04/14 11:15am

Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

From a press release:

“WHAT: Talented Washington Nationals fans who are interested in performing the national anthem throughout the 2014 season are invited to submit their applications beginning today. The first 50 anthem hopefuls to submit their resume (performance or otherwise) to anthem@nationals.com will be invited to audition live at Nationals Park on Saturday, March 8.

Anthem performers must meet the following prerequisites:

- The anthem should take no longer than 90 seconds to sing
- The anthem must be performed in the traditional style; all auditions must be a cappella
- Groups and instrumentalists are invited to audition as well
- Please be sure to write “2014 Live Anthem Auditions” in the subject line of the email

These auditions are not open to the public and will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit nationals.com/anthem.

WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Nationals Park – 1500 South Capitol Street, SE”

01/24/14 12:00pm

Lumber Shed at Water Street at Third Street SE

From a press release:

“Springtime at The Yards will bring the opening of Ice Cream Jubilee, the first dedicated store location for the popular DC ice cream brand that won the People’s Choice award at the DC Scoop competition last July. The 1,076 square foot store will be located in the Lumber Shed on Water Street at Third Street SE in The Yards, DC’s exciting new waterfront neighborhood in the Capitol Riverfront area.

Featuring a wide variety of creative flavors including Thai Iced Tea, Banana Bourbon Caramel, and Peanut Butter and Jam, made with local cream and other delicious ingredients, the Ice Cream Jubilee store at The Yards will offer ice cream and sorbet lovers of all tastes and ages individual servings, as well as a selection of pre-packaged half pints in a wide variety of exotic flavors that have quickly become DC favorites. Special limited-time seasonal flavors will also be available through the new store.

“Ice Cream Jubilee is the perfect complement to the growing array of places to eat and enjoy at The Yards,” said Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of Forest City Washington and self- described ice cream aficionado. “It will be located at the edge of Yards Park which is the perfect setting to enjoy their imaginative ice creams and sorbets on a sunny day, or just about any day in my book.”