“A new exhibition, “Ancestry, Artistry, Choreography,” tells the story of the rise of Korean-American choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess to international prominence by tracing his cultural heritage and the ways it has influenced his work. On view at the Korean Cultural Center (2370 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.), the exhibition opens Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. with a free performance by Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, remarks by the choreographer and a public reception. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the exhibition continues through Nov. 30.(more…)
“DC’s hot real estate market is going to sizzle now that Zusin Development’s (Zusin) and Sivan Properties’ latest residential and retail project in North Columbia Heights has broken ground. Located at 14th and Quincy Streets, NW, this 30,000 SF building combines 3,000 SF of ground-floor retail and four levels of residential space. Zusin turned to CORE, a prominent Georgetown-based architecture firm with award-winning residential and retail/hospitality design practices, to create their latest project.
“We always enjoy working with the Zusin team,” said CORE principal Dale Stewart. “On this project, we are glad to be designing a building that brings much-needed 2-bedroom 2-bathroom units, affordable housing, and flexible retail space to this flourishing DC neighborhood.” CORE previously designed the renovation of 433 Massachusetts Avenue, NW for Zusin.
14th and Quincy Street’s 20 units all have two bathrooms and an in-unit washer/dryer. Residents will share a well-appointed lobby, a roof deck, indoor bicycle storage, as well as underground and surface-level parking. Specific interior design finishes will be finalized later in the construction process.
“The design is a blend of modern aesthetic and traditional materials on a prominent corner lot. We hope its understated simplicity adds value to the architectural fabric of the neighborhood and the retail base provides additional convenience for its residents,” said CORE’s project architect Christopher Peli. “We’ve also included a commercial kitchen hood exhaust shaft through the building in case Zusin has a small restaurant tenant in the future. It’s important to make new-build retail space flexible so that future renovation costs are minimal.”
14th and Quincy Street will have a primarily red-brick exterior with striking floor-to-ceiling glassy, cantilevered bay windows that will maximize views across the city. The building’s main entry and residential bays are accented with rich, dark bronze-colored aluminum panels. A glass canopy shelters the recessed residential entry, which is also surrounded with terraced landscaping.
“Every time we work with CORE, we appreciate that they listen to what we want to do – then guide us through DC’s complex zoning and building process to a successful result,” said Zusin Development’s president Ilya Zusin. “Their deep understanding of how DC works cannot be underestimated.”
CORE is working with Maddox Engineers & Surveyors (Civil), Rathgeber Goss Associates (Structural), and Capitol Engineering Group (MEP) to complete construction of the 14th and Quincy Street project.”
“The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of the five individuals who will receive the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 37th annual national celebration of the arts are: singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting and comedienne Lily Tomlin. (more…)
“Kale, 1 habañero (soon to be many more), several tomatoes, lots of Thai basil, and an insane amount of chard! Some of Ledroit Park community garden’s bounty”
If you have a great haul, beautiful tomato or something like that, send an email and a couple photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail with your neighborhood and garden haul in the subject line and I’ll pick a few winners a week (free PoPville t-shirt or tote bag.)
“Stronghold: In Two Acts
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Big Bear Cafe, 1700 1st Street Northwest
You’ve probably heard of Bloomingdale and Eckington. Maybe even Edgewood and Truxton Circle. But Stronghold? On May 31st, you can watch an audio documentary live just blocks away from Stronghold at Big Bear Cafe produced by audio storytelling group From Block2Block. FB2B spent over a year reporting on this changing neighborhood and are now bringing their show to the community. This event will also raise money for the Stronghold Neighborhood Association College Scholarship Fund.
“The DC Taxicab Commission feels it is important to recognize the efforts of staff, drivers, owners and operators, riders and the public for making a positive impact within the District’s public vehicle for hire industry. Highlighting these individuals and raising awareness of their good works will hopefully provide inspiration and encouragement to all to continue to put forth their best. These actions serve as examples to motivate the continued contributions to improving the quality of service that should be expected from our industry. The Commission is delighted to honor those who have gone beyond the call of duty. Select the Commendation links below to read more.