01/23/14 11:15am

From a press release:

“Live Nation announced today that Billy Joel will perform at Nationals Park – home of the Washington Nationals – in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance at the ballpark.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 at 10:00 AM
through FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 at 10:00 PM.

JANUARY 30 will also mark the special pre-sale period for Nationals Season Plan Holders. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning 10:00 AM on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 via nationals.com/billyjoel.”

01/09/14 12:00pm

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300 Tingey Street, SE

From the Washington Post:

“You are likely to empty your glass but leave food, sometimes a lot, on your plate.

For the sake of comparison, I revisited Bailey’s Birch & Barley last month after a long time away and found the onetime trendsetter to be a shadow of the upscale tavern it was when it sprang on the scene four years ago. Although the service was genial, the cooking was muddled; even dishes I used to recommend are no longer their good old selves.”

Aresenal is located in the Bluejacket brewery at 300 Tingey Street, SE in the Boilermaker building. Birch & Barley is located at 1337 14th Street, NW in Logan Circle. Have others noticed a decline in the food at Birch & Barley?

12/18/13 10:30am

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301 Water Street, SE

Last month it was Osteria Morini and on Saturday Agua 301 is opening next door in the Lumber Shed building in Yards Park. From a press release:

“A modern Mexican menu with less than traditional touches will be created by Chef Antonio Burrell when Agua 301 opens December 21 in Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront. Taking its name from its 301 Water Street SE location the 4,000 square-foot, 106-seat waterfront restaurant is housed in the historic Lumber Shed Building in the burgeoning Navy Yard/Nats Park neighborhood.

Burrell’s menu includes Bocaditos or “little bites” that he says are perfect with drinks. Among those will be Empanadas de Venturas del Mercado made from seasonal vegetables and Beef Barbacoa Flautas with shredded braised beef and caramelized onions which he says are his Mexican version of a Philly cheese steak along with three versions of guacamole.

Entrees include a pan seared black bass with butternut squash, bacon, sweet potato hash and cumin scented orange agave butter, a roasted Mexican spiced adobo chicken and a braised short rib chichilo with creamy nixtal and winter vegetables accented with a lime crema.

Tacos will be a specialty with the pork belly al pastor to be among the highlights. This crispy friend pork belly creation will incorporate pineapple habanero salsa and al pastor aioli. Another highlight will be the carne asada con kimchi tacos with grilled marinated skirt steak, housemade kimchi, cojita and citrus.

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A 44-seat patio will open when the weather warms. Owners Amanda and Stephen Briggs see this as becoming a popular spot at which to enjoy a variety of margaritas while enjoying a pre-Nats game cocktail or an afternoon sojourn with a river view.

Designed by GrizForm Design Architects the restaurant’s interior was inspired by Mexican design, landscape and historic ancient ruins. Its color palette is based on neutrals of sand, taupe and rich brown along with natural wood tones reminiscent of Mexico’s terrain. Custom-routed wall panels were inspired by the ancient city of Teotihuacan and wood trellis accents mimic the steep steps of the Mayan Pyramids.

NOTE: Agua 301 will open for dinner service on December 21; lunch service will begin on December 28. Brunch will begin on New Year’s Day and continue as a Saturday/Sunday brunch thereafter.

Hours of Operation

Lunch: Monday-Friday 11 am -3 pm
Dinner: Sunday- Thursday 3:30-10 pm, Friday – Saturday. 3:30-11 pm
Lunch/Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:30-3 pm
Happy Hour: 3:30-7 pm 7 days a week”

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Here’s a look at the dinner menu – and a look inside:

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Aitken courtesy Agua 301

12/17/13 5:00pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

From a press release:

“The 10,000 square foot ice skating rink in Canal Park is now open daily for skaters of all ages and abilities. Monday’s opening marks the beginning of the second full season for the Canal Park Ice Rink.

The ice skating rink is open seven days a week. Patrons can bring their own skates or rent them on site, and skating lessons are available for kids and adults. Ice skating rink hours and rates are as follows:

Adult Admission – $8
Children (under 12)/Seniors (55+)/Military Admission – $7
Skate Rental – $3

Monday – Wednesday: 12pm – 7pm
Thursday – Friday: 12pm – 9pm
Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm”

12/16/13 3:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

From a press release:

“The Washington Nationals are looking for outgoing and energetic personalities to be a part of the team’s entertainment crew for the 2014 season. Beginning this week, the Nationals are accepting applications for the NatPack, the Racing Presidents and the Ball Girl squad. Fans across the Nation’s Capital have until Friday, January 3, 2014 to apply for these seasonal positions by visiting the Job Opportunities section on nationals.com or checking out www.teamworkonline.com.

NATPACK

The NatPack is a quintessential part of the Nationals fan experience at the ballpark and around the District. NatPack duties include interacting with fans, distributing promotional items, motivating the crowd, facilitating entertainment with live, on-screen interactive features, and other duties as assigned. Qualified candidates must:

· Have prior experience performing in front of and entertaining large crowds
· Have strong interpersonal skills with a positive, energetic personality
· Be available to work all Nationals home games and outside appearances as needed, including days, nights, weekends and holidays

RACING PRESIDENTS

Fans with presidential aspirations are encouraged to audition to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill. Beyond participating in the traditional GEICO Presidents Race, the Presidents interact with fans by posing for photos, signing autographs and appearing at select events across the region. Qualified candidates must:

· Be between 5’7″ and 6’6″ in height
· Be able to run while wearing costume weighing approximately 45 lbs
· Be able to run from right field to home plate (approximately 200 yards)
· Be available to work roughly 40 percent of the Nationals home games

The Racing Presidents application process is threefold: in addition to applying online, candidates must answer a short questionnaire before select applicants are invited to take part in a live audition in January. Tryouts will take place regardless of weather conditions and additional details will be released in the coming weeks.

BALL GIRLS

This position necessitates a strong knowledge of baseball, as candidates are required to field both fair and foul balls and know the difference between the two, among other assigned duties. In addition, qualified candidates must:

· Have strong interpersonal skills with a positive, energetic personality
· Have strong communication and public relations skills
· Be athletic (softball experience a plus)
· Be punctual and reliable, and available to work days, nights, weekends and holidays
· Be at least 18 and a resident of the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area”

12/11/13 5:00pm

From a press release:

” What: Art Yards, a month-long public arts project at The Yards, will culminate this weekend with a group exhibition by the renowned video projection mapping artist consortium 3_Search. Curated by NYC-based John Ensor Parker and Leo Kuelbs, the exhibition, titled “Illuminated Ops,” will feature works by Glowing Bulbs featuring John Ensor Parker, Integrated Visions, and United VJs. Illuminated Ops will turn the SE face of the former NGIA building into an 8,260 s.f. (five-story) canvas for stunning projected images. See examples of prior exhibitions here and here, and expect a teaser clip of the show on Thursday December 12th.

Like Art Yards itself, the fleeting nature of this final installation is perhaps its biggest draw. Since mid-November, Art Yards, which is co-sponsored by The Yards and the Capitol Riverfront BID, has transformed the monolithic government building into a large-scale public arts spectacle, receiving widespread praise and raising DC’s profile as a city for the arts. The installations will disappear when the building is demolished this winter.

To keep up-to-date, visit www.ArtYardsDC.com and follow #ArtYardsDC and The Yards on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about The Yards, visit www.dcyards.com.

Who: Open to the public.

When: Thursday thru Saturday Dec. 12th -14th
Presented on continuous loop 5:30 p.m. – midnight

Where: New Jersey Ave. SE at Tingey St. SE in The Yards”

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Illuminated Ops photo courtesy of Art Yards

Yesterday The Inside Story Of The Plan To Send Hazardous Materials Straight Through The Heart Of D.C. was published:

“In the nation’s capital, commuter rails run underground and freight trains rarely stop so the risk of a serious hazmat incident due to a derailment is relatively low.

But that risk would significantly increase under a proposal by CSX which is currently being considered by the U.S. and D.C. Departments of Transportation. If approved, the company would dig a massive trench, and uncovered freight trains would carry crude oil and other hazardous materials in the open, less than 50 feet from the homes of families, children, and seniors and less than one mile from the U.S. Capitol building. A residential tree-lined block would be bowled over, dug out, fenced in, and would stay that way for at least five years.

The proposed open trench is part of a larger effort by CSX to reconstruct the Virginia Avenue Tunnel (VAT), an underground freight rail that extends from 2nd to 11th street in the historic Capitol Hill and Navy Yard neighborhoods of southeast D.C.”

You can read the full story here.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office writes:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today wrote Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), Chairman or the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, requesting a subcommittee hearing on the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project. Norton said that while the tunnel affects her constituents, federal issues also are involved because the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead federal agency in the project. In her letter, Norton said, ”Although the project is an important component of the nation’s effort to add and update space for freight infrastructure, I do not believe there have been any oversight hearings.” Citing a meeting she held in the Capitol Quarter community in November, the Norton letter pointed to some of the outstanding issues involved in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) such as noise, air quality, and construction near homes and senior housing.

Norton’s community meeting heard presentations from CSX, FWHA, the D.C Department of Transportation, and questions and remarks from community residents. Norton said that at the meeting she and the community learned some information for the first time, but it became clear that many issues need federal oversight, including a proposed open trench during construction close to homes and senior housing, trains carrying hazardous material, rerouting during construction, and the experience of other districts where CSX has done similar work.”

Do you guys think CSX will be allowed to do this or do you think the neighborhood will be able to rally enough support to stop it?

12/05/13 12:00pm

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Lumber Shed at 301 Water Street, SE

From a press release:

Osteria Morini is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The new Italian restaurant by award winning Chef Michael White, which opened last month in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood, offers guests a selection of appetizers, salads, pastas and panini as well as two prix-fixe options from which to choose.

The One-Course Lunch, priced at $19 per person, comes with a choice of panino served with the guest’s choice of either tortellini in brodo or fennel and apple salad. The $25 per person Two-Course Lunch gives guests a choice of any pasta and a choice of either an antipasti to start or dolci to finish. Tax and gratuity are not included.

Executive Chef Matt Adler encourages guests to begin a la carte selections with a variety of cured meats, crostini, antipasti and other small starters to share, or dive straight into the traditional housemade pastas from the country’s north central region. Substantial salads, including an Adriatic style seafood salad and the Guanciale, with bitter greens, caramelized onion and poached egg mingle with entrées such as a Fritatta with mortadella, pecorino and arugula and the Pollo Arrosto, a roasted half chicken served with young Romaine and cacio e pepe. All lunch pastas, panini and entrees are priced between $12 and $23.

Osteria Morini also debuts its “7 for $7” happy hour, offering guests a rotating list of seven items for $7 from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday in the bar and lounge. Snacks such as Arancini with pomodoro and parmigiano fonduta, Mortadella sliders and Crispy ravioli with bolognese will be served to complement a selection of happy hour cocktails, wines and beers.”

12/02/13 12:30pm

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From a press release:

“The smell of a fresh-cut Frasier fir, the taste of hot cocoa and the memories created from a handmade ornament—let Wahoo Enterprises, LLC transport you from the hustle and bustle of DC to Christmas in the countryside with the opening of the first Christkindl Market at Canal Park (canalparkdc.org).

From crafters to families to DOT employees on break, the Market has something for everyone, featuring elements such as Rudolph’s Roadside Stand and a Christmas Tree Forest designed to help bring the holiday season to DC. Located at 200 L Street SE, the Market will run from December 2 to December 22.

Specifically, the market will include:
Rudolph’s Roadside Stand: Warm up with good conversation and a cup of hot cocoa (or coffee) at Rudolph’s Roadside Stand.
Christmas Tree Forest: Select your perfect Douglas or Frasier fir, brought in fresh from the rolling countryside of Gettysburg, PA. Didn’t bring your SUV? No problem. The Christkindl Market also offers free tree delivery.
Local Music: Enjoy music of the season from a cappella groups and local musician Kayte Grace as you roam through the market.
Crafting Tables: Visit on a weekend, and you’ll find our crafting booths open to help guide you through the creation of your own one-of-a-kind wreath and tree ornament.
Ice Skating Rink: The ice skating rink will open in mid-December.

Christkindl Market will be open Monday to Thursday (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.); Friday (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.); Saturday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.); and Sunday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)”