Last night we had a chance to attend a networking event at Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th St., NW). While most known for their sherry program, one of their best offerings, in our opinion, is their Gin and Tonic, which happens to be available ON TAP. The house-made tonic features notes of citrus and spice and is the perfect refreshment for a Summer evening.
The MLK Library is moving through the renovation process having now selected an architecture team to redesign the aging Mies designed structure at the corner of 9th and G St NW. The architectural solicitation was also released for housing an interim library and associated programming.
There are a few websites we’d like to point out where readers can find information about the renovation project as below. The first link is the best link to follow to track ongoing progress and updates:
DC Shorts, the annual short film festival that was born and grew up right here in Penn Quarter, takes place September 11 through 21 at the E Street Cinema and the Navy Memorial auditorium.
The festival is also in search of hosts who can put up guest rooms for filmmakers who come to the event and travel to Washington, DC. More information follows below:
DC Shorts Film Festival
Host a Visiting Filmmaker
Thursday – Sunday, September 11th – 14th
Overnight quarters needed during the festival
If you have a spare bed, a sleep sofa, or room to set up an air mattress, consider hosting a filmmaker
For this hospitable gesture, the Festival producers give hosts
- Four Tickets to Screenings
- Two Tickets to Any Party
- Two Tickets to Best of DC Shorts
- Access to DC Shorts Online Film Festival with over 100 Films
Now in its 10th year, the DC Shorts Film Festival has grown into the largest short film event on the East Coast – showcasing 135 films from 25 nations. With this amazing growth have come some challenges, including the need for more volunteers to house the filmmakers.
DC Shorts encourages filmmakers to come to Washington and attend the festival; this year, more than 140 filmmakers will attend, some need a place to stay for a few days. Filmmakers are scheduled throughout the day so they really only need a place to sleep and shower.
Please forward this to your friends, colleagues, and family members who might be interested – or willing – to host a filmmakerTo host a filmmaker complete the form at: http://bit.ly/dcs13-hostform
- Website – http://festival.dcshorts.com
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dcshortsfilmfest
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/dcshorts
- Instagram – http://instagram.com/dcshorts
DC Shorts Film Festival
1317 F Street NW, Suite 920
Metro: Metro Center, exit 13th and G or 12th and F
Today we observed workers putting presumably final touches on a dragon headed digital billboard (clickable photos above) at the entrance to the Gallery Place alley (701 7th St NW) with blade signs facing both north and south down 7th Street NW slightly canted at an angle. This intersection is where G St NW tees into 7th Street NW between the Verizon Center and the main Gallery Place commercial/residential building.
Orange Barrel Media based in Columbus, Ohio, who books time on the signs didn’t quite get their way from their original plan from 2010 which would have had much taller and inappropriately positioned signs on the Gallery Place edifice itself. For a sense of how advertising is pitched by Orange Barrel and what this signage will look like once lit, one can visit this link and click on the second and third images from the rightmost image in the slideshow (the fifth and sixth images in the slideshow sequence).
Past experience with digital signage installed in the neighborhood leads us to believe there will be a bright burn in period followed by regular operations at a lower intensity.
This weekend, stop by the National Building Museum (401 F St., NW) and check out Canstruction. The international event has teams of local engineering, design and construction experts working with canned food to build intricate structures for awards and bragging rights. This year’s theme is “Play With Your Food.” Be sure to contribute your vote for the People’s Choice award. Finished structures will be on display until September 5. All canned goods are then donated to Capital Area Food Bank.
In other news, congratulations to Rose’s Luxury for being named the #1 restaurant in America by Bon Appetit. We ate there last week and enjoyed some of the most interesting and innovative food, like the sausage and lychee salad pictured above.
The 900 G St NW office building development (photo above) is looking fine these days as construction proceeds apace and workers have almost all of the glass facade in place. This morning they were putting glass onto the eastern face of the building. This building replaces the former YWCA building and while we lament the loss of the onsite swimming pool, we hope that a good retail tenant makes their home on the ground floor. Here’s the direct link to the photo gallery and the fly through video.
In other commercial real estate news:
- 600 Massachusetts Ave broke ground. This 400k square foot Gould development will go up on one of the last flat top parking lots in the area. Here’s the dedicated website link. [Downtown DC BID]
- Phillip Kennicott, the Washington Post’s architecture critic, reviews CityCenter. We agree with him about the public plaza aspect of the project. [WaPo]
- The Gospel Rescue Mission building at 808-810 5th Street won’t become high end condos. It will remain functioning as a shelter leased to DC’s Department of Human Services to provide temporary shelter, transitional housing, and supporting services. [Wash Business Journal]
- The MLK Central Library is on the hunt for space where it can temporarily operate during its upcoming renovation. [Wash Business Journal]
We were saddened to hear about Robin Williams’ death this week. The tragic passing of a very gifted comedian and entertainer also shone a light on mental illness and more recently on Parkinson’s disease reviving the conversation once more about how a community gets help to those in need of health services.
We also learned that the National Portrait Gallery (8th and F St NW) added Williams’ portrait to the National Portrait Gallery on August 12. The notice follows:
Robin Williams’ Portrait Installed Today at the National Portrait Gallery
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will install a photograph of celebrated American comedian and actor Robin Williams today. The work will be on view in the first-floor gallery where the museum memorializes the passing and celebrates the lives of people represented in the museum’s collection. The photograph was taken for Time magazine by Michael Dressler in 1979.
Williams was a madcap genius in performances of all types of entertainment, from stand-up to feature films. Known initially as a comedian, he surprised with his ability to play serious dramatic roles. His breakthrough came in the 1970s TV comedy Mork and Mindy; as the alien Mork, much of Williams’ dialogue was improvised, as would be the case in most of his comedic roles. Once established, Williams worked tirelessly in show business, going on to appear in many feature films, including Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993); he won an Oscar for his role as the psychologist in Good Will Hunting (1997). He played Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009). He also did voiceover work in animated films and returned to television with The Crazy Ones (2013-14).
National Portrait Gallery
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.
The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000.