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by Prince Of Petworth July 18, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

2609 24th Street, NW courtesy Bar Civita

In the excitement of Bastille Day we missed this reporting about Bar Civita from Washingtonian:

“Bar Civita will close in Woodley Park by the end of July, according to chef/owner Liam LaCivita.”

1525 Wisconsin Ave, NW

From Via Umbria:

“We are thrilled to announce the latest member of the Via Umbria family: Chef Liam LaCivita.

With his addition, Via Umbria is expanding on its successful Italian Dinning Experience model by adding more made-to-order items and homemade pasta dishes with seasonal sauces. Liam is a man with a vision bringing signature dishes that integrate regional cheeses and charcuterie like we’ve never done before.

We are so excited to have him on board and invite you to join us in our café and our chef’s table to taste for yourself the new Umbrian experience.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 29, 2016 at 11:55 am 1 Comment

via umbria
1525 Wisconsin Ave, NW

This week is turning around!! More good cheese news from an email:

“On Wednesday, March 30th we’re hosting Melt, a fondue fest featuring traditional Swiss alpine fondue, Italian fonduta, American pub cheese, raclette, and fried Wisconsin cheese curds. The event will be curated by our in-house cheesemonger, and each cheese item will be paired with accompaniments and beer or wine.” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

1525 Wisconsin Ave, NW

More about Via Umbria here:

“Our authentic Italian market is dedicated to the bounty of Umbria, the rustic region known as il cuore verde d’Italia, the green heart of Italy. We’ve been immersed in its rich culture for decades and our deep relationships with local artisans and purveyors give us rare access to products of exceptional quality and authenticity. Discover the finest Italian olive oils, Italian pasta, delicious chocolates, succulent sauces, handpainted ceramics, beautiful linens and much more. We invite you to explore the best of Italy’s unique cuisine and crafts today!”

Hours are currently “7 AM (coffee and pastries!) to 7 PM (pick up a pasta, sauce, and some kale after work for dinner). We are closed on Thanksgiving, but open ever other day.”

Photo courtesy Via Umbria

Stand by for a Grand Opening around December 5th.

loading the Piccolo Piaggio courtesy Via Umbria

by Prince Of Petworth August 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

What to Do in D.C. This Week (8/13 – 8/16)

Restaurant week, yoga, and more yoga.

Photograph courtesy of Three Points Kitchen


OM NOM NOM…Loosen your belts: It’s summer restaurant week! Monday through Sunday, you can hit up a long list of DC-area restaurants for prix-fixe menus at a steal. Hit up $22 lunches or brunches or $35 dinners throughout the week. It’s a good way to try out restaurants that may be otherwise out of your budget, or just load up and check them all out.

NAMASTE…You’ve probably done regular yoga, but have you ever tried Soundscape Yoga? It mixes yoga, meditation, music, and technology to create a one-of-a-kind, illuminating experience. While you go through a yoga flow and meditate, DJ Kerim will play music with his electronic drums and vertical pianos–don’t be surprised if you get transported to another realm. (Also, it’s free!)

THINGS ARE GETTING SPICEY…Yep, Sean Spicer’s back, and he’ll be discussing his book The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President at a book event today. TBD on whether he’ll address Melissa McCarthy’s impersonation of him on SNL, but there will probably be talk of President Trump’s relationship with the press, the idea of “fake news,” and that infamous Twitter account.

ANDA party on Pearl StreetSip cocktails, belt Broadway tunesShawn MendesTake a drum classVolunteer at Whitman-Walker HealthA look at the year 1968A screening of the documentary The Invisible VeganLaura Van den Berg at Politics and ProseA fiction writing workshop(more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 29, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Dave Bloom


BREW IT UP: Leading up to the big Savor Craft Beer Festival this weekend at the National Building Museum, there will be a series of brew-focused events happening throughout the city. There will be tons of tap takeovers, multi-course dinners with beer pairings, and brewery talks. Tonight, for instance, you can head to City Tap House in Penn Quarter to try stand-out sour beers from around the country. (Locations, prices, and times vary)

HISTORY STROLL: It’s always interesting to learn a little bit about White House history, but what about from someone who worked in the presidential home over 150 years ago? A historical actor will take on the role of John Ousley, who served as the first White House gardner in the mid-1800s. He’ll walk you around the area surrounding the home, and tell you about planting the seeds of what is now the storied grounds. (Lafayette Square, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE)

#HEALTHYMINDS: In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, the theme of Subcontinental Drift’s open mic is #HealthyMinds. The group will partner with the South Asian mental health organization MannMukti for a night that’s all about sharing your stories, thoughts, or experiences with mental health. Come and take the stage, or simply sit back and listen. (Subcontinental Drift, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., $5)

MORE: Van Ness Compost Training Class (University of the District of Columbia, 6 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), City Bikes Pizza Ride (City Bikes – Adams Morgan, 7 p.m., FREE), Adams Morgan Outdoor Movie Night: Hairspray (Marie Reed Elementary soccer field, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., FREE), Film & Board Game Night (Pansaari, 5:30 – 10 p.m.), Suur Toll: A Night of Estonian Animation (Suns Cinema, 8 – 11 p.m.), Bouquets and Bubbles (Tulips DC, 7 – 9 p.m., $37), Jack White (The Anthem, 7 – 10 p.m., $65 – $85), Paint Nite (Wet Dog Tavern, 7 – 9 p.m., $47.58), Cooking Class: Pasta & Dessert (Via Umbria, 7 – 9 p.m., $60) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 21, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Eric Sidle


ORCHIDDING ME: No more Trader Joe’s bouquets for you! Head to the National Arboretum to learn the ways of the green thumb from a master. Jeff Morris, orchid-grower extraordinaire, will walk you through taking care of these finicky plants, and you’ll have exquisite blooms of your own in no time. (National Arboretum, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., FREE)

BIZ TALKS: Atlantic Media owner David Bradley oversees publications such as the Atlantic, National Journal and the Hotline, Quarts, and Government Executive, not to mention consulting companies like Corporate Executive Board and the Advisory Board Company. Come pick the business mogul’s brain at a fireside chat tonight. (The Alley, 6 – 9 p.m., $25)

THE THEATAH: Ever wanted to dip your toe into the theater world? Now’s your chance. At tonight’s Direct an Epic Workshop, Constellation Theatre Company’s artistic director, Allison Stockman, will walk you through how to direct your own production, and will share her insights from putting together shows. (Constellation Theatre Company, 7 – 9 p.m., $25)

MORE: Oud Beersel Beer Dinner (Brasserie Beck, 5 p.m.), Cinema Lounge Discussion: Science Fiction (Teaism Penn Quarter, 7 – 9 p.m.), Rooftop MacRostie California Wine Tasting (The Watergate Hotel, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., $50), D.C. Premiere of Soufra (GW Lisner Auditorium, 7:30 – 10 p.m., FREE), D.C. Death Cafe (The Potter’s House, 6 – 8 p.m., FREE), Jim Holt: When Einstein Walked with Gödel (Politics and Prose, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE), Carla dal Forno (Union Stage, 7:30 p.m., $15 – $35)

Photo by Flickr user Josh


ART TOUR: See the National Gallery in a new light. Senior Lecturer David Gariff’s tour “Images of Labor” takes you through the portrayal of workers and their work in the museum’s permanent collection. From artists like Joseph M.W. Turner to Winslow Homer, you’ll get a new perspective on old pieces. (National Gallery of Art, 1 – 2 p.m., FREE) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Julie Skarwecki

Monday, May 14

ROYAL WEDDING TEA: It’s time to start the countdown to the Royal Wedding. Toast Harry and Meghan and get in the English spirit at a proper British tea. Each afternoon, the St. Regis will have special English pastries inspired by the royal duo, as well as specialty teas. (The St. Regis, 2 p.m., $55)

LOCAL PRESS CLUB: Celebrate local DC journalism tonight at a happy hour hosted by 730 DC. Mix and mingle before sitting down to hear a panel of local reporters, Christina Sturdivant Sani, Rachel Kurzius, and Leigh Giangreco, talk about covering the city. Afterwards, there’ll be a Q&A, so come with questions. (Pearl Street Warehouse, 6 – 9 p.m., FREE)

BOOK TALK: Thomas E. Ricks is a national security advisor at the New America Foundation, and he’ll be at Kramerbooks to talk about his book, Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. The book looks at the roles both figures played during WWII and combating the rise of fascism and authoritarian rule. (Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE)

MORE: New Music Happy Hour (Dacha Beer Garden, 4 – 8 p.m.), Bon Jovi (Capital One Arena, 7:30 p.m., prices vary), Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (E Street Cinema, times vary, $9.50 – $10), Yoga in the Park (Chinatown Park, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE), Sip + Savor Yoga Social Mondays (Wunder Garten, 6 – 7 p.m., $18), Short Fiction Writing Workshop (Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 7 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), Drag Bingo (Right Proper Brewing Company, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.), Bourbon & Bowties (Art and Soul, 5 – 7 p.m.)

Photo by Ted Eytan

Tuesday, May 15

OUTDOOR MOVIE: It’s the first night of the Adams Morgan outdoor movie screenings, and the event is officially back at Marie Reed soccer field. Kick off summer with tonight’s lineup of Pixar’s short, animated films. The award-winning shorts range from their early days to their new releases. (Marie Reed soccer field, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., FREE)

MEXICAN BEER DINNER: 3 Stars Brewing Company is heading to Oyamel for a five-course meal complete with beer pairings. The menu pulls from the Mexican flavors Oyamel is known for, with dishes like ceviche, tacos, tostadas, and spicy lamb. It’ll all be paired with libations like double-hopped IPAs, ales, and fruity blends. (Oyamel, 6:30 – 9 p.m., $75) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 12, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Victoria Pickering


MURAL MONDAYS: Head to Listen Vision, D.C.’s oldest recording studio, for its Mural Mondays event. Check out goods from local painters, photographers, potters, glass blowers, and more while grooving to the DJs that will be there all day spinning. Don’t forget to check out the murals, sculptures, and prints on display, too. (Listen Vision Recording Studios, 12 noon – 10 p.m., FREE)

SHOWTIME: Warm up those pipes: It’s Showtunes & Cocktails tonight. Grab a drink and stand around the piano as you belt out new and old show favorites with other musical lovers. Actors from Adventure Theatre and Folger Theater will be there, too, to provide expert backup. (Beacon Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., FREE)

DRINK YOUR COOKIE: A guest bartender from Service Bar will be mixing up drinks at The Royal tonight. The best part? They’ll all be inspired by Girl Scout cookies. Think Tagalongs and Thin Mints in cocktail form, plus edible Girl Scout cookie shot glasses. (The Royal, 9 – 1 a.m., FREE)

MORE: Boxing Mondays with Angel in The Loft (Lululemon – Georgetown, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required), Slipstream Movie Night (Slipstream – Navy Yard, 4 – 8 p.m., FREE), The Art and Science of Ship Camouflage During WWI (National Museum of the United States Navy, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. FREE)

Photo by Flickr user Erin


FLOWER POWER: Celebrate spring in seasonal fashion by putting together a floral bouquet. Tulips D.C. will have everything you need to create an arrangement, plus appetizers and bottomless champagne. After, you’ll take your creation home in a new vase. (Tulips D.C., 7 p.m., $37)

POD IT UP: Ever wanted to be on-air? Learn everything you need to know at “I’m Totally Starting a Podcast: Learning to Love the Mic,” a panel moderated by Lauren Ober of NPR. Whether you’re just curious or want to launch one of your own, you’ll walk away knowing more. (NoMa Business Improvement District, 6 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required)

BREWS AND BRACKETS: Want to dominate the office pool? Come to Brews and Brackets to learn all about the data analytics and methods that’ll help you put together your best path to the Final Four possible. After you’ve had some beer and strategized, sign up for the General Assembly bracket. (General Assembly, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE, registration required) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 5, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Mr.TinDC


TEQUILA: Come party tequila style at Oyamel. This all-inclusive party will have food, music, a photo booth, and 15 mezcal, tequila, and beer tasting bars. Ole! (Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 6 – 9 p.m., $49)

A POET AND I KNOW IT: Hear some poetry at the Brookland Busboys and Poets this evening. Local poet Jonté “Luki” Barrett will perform some of her work while fellow artist Charity Blackwell hosts. Barrett has been called the “Princess of Spoken Word,” so come hear her live up to the hype. (Busboys and Poets – Brookland, 9 p.m. – 12 midnight, $5)

MOVIE NIGHT: The Navy Yard Slipstream hosts movie nights every Monday. This week’s theme is action movies, and Boondock Saints and Lucky Logan will be on the screen. Come by for free popcorn, all-night happy hour deals, and half-off wine bottles. (Slipstream – Navy Yard, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Pianist Michael Weiss (Arts Club of Washington, 7 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), Adams Morgan Day Community Planning Meeting (The Line Hotel, 7 – 9:30 p.m., FREE), 2018 National Bike Summit (Renaissance Washington – Downtown, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., $280 – $650), Basic Bike Maintenance and Security (District Hardware and Bike, 6 – 6:45 p.m., FREE, registration required), Glendalough Distillery Whiskey Masterclass (Five to One, 4 – 7 p.m., FREE, registration required)

Photo by Mr.TinDC


TANGO: It takes two to tango, so grab a friend or significant other and head to the Argentinian Embassy for free tango lessons. Argentinian instructor Jorge Pereyra will be in the house to teach you all the steps of the famous dance. It’s for beginners, so not experience necessary – just excitement. (Embassy of Argentina, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE)

THE BIG LEBOWSKI: Celebrate the Dude – it’s the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski’s release, and Reliable Tavern will be ringing in the event. Drink White Russians in your best Lebowski costume and stick around for trivia and contests. (Reliable Tavern, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m, FREE) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Nathan Castellanos


BUBBLY, PLEASE: If your New Year’s resolution was to entertain more often, go to this: The St. Regis will host a cocktail class covering how to make the best champagne cocktail. You’ll learn to recreate plenty of recipes at home, and try some, too. Everyone gets to sample the cocktails they make, and there will be appetizers and a parting gift. (The St. Regis Hotel, $85, 4 – 6 p.m.)

PARTY LIKE AN OLYMPIAN: Let the games begin! Kick off the Olympics by watching the Opening Ceremony at Wunder Garten’s dance party. There will be themed cocktails like the Triple Lutz and the Downhill Chaser, a DJ, and prizes for the best costume (so break out those ski jackets). If you can’t make it, come by throughout the games to watch events on the spot’s TVs. (Wunder Garten at NoMa, 6:30 – 11 p.m., FREE)

WRITE ON: The Muslim Writers Collective is hosting its monthly open mic tonight. The theme is Love & Heartbreaks, so if you have something to say in the midst of Valentine’s Day season, sign up to share your songs, poems, or essays. Don’t want to get on stage? Come hang out and listen to the stories in-person. (Thurgood Marshall Center, 7 – 8 p.m., $7)

HAWT DAWG!: Free. Hot. Dogs. Yes, you read that correctly. Go by The Pig at lunch today, where they’ll be giving away 100 of their Boss Hogg Dogs free of charge. These bad boys come with smoked gouda, Cognac mustard, and foie gras aioli, so it’s worth it to elbow people out of your way en route. (The Pig, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., FREE)

MORE: CinEinsomnia: Ghost (Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 12 midnight, $9.50 – $10), Tedeschi Trucks Band (Warner Theatre, 8 p.m., $67.50), Cabaret Rising (Dupont Underground, 3 – 5 p.m., $35 – $75)

Photo by Erin Kelly


YOU’VE GOT MAIL: This is way better than Hallmark – come to the National Postal Museum to make a Valentine for your boo or BFF. They’ll provide the supplies, and afterwards, you can head to the museum’s stamp store, pick out your favorite, and send the card right then and there. Who said snail mail is dead? (Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE)

MOUNTAIN WINE: Cork’s wine tasting series continues this month with a new focus: mountain wines. Come by to taste and learn all about vinos from the mountains of France, Italy, and Spain. On top of the wine flights, there will be small plates, too, and you’ll leave with enough knowledge to host a wine tasting of your own. (Cork Wine Bar & Market, 2 – 3:30 p.m., $40) (more…)


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