We have a few updates for you this weekend. We hope you have a great holiday and we’ll be back after the long weekend!
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Penn Quarter – This is the last weekend for the Shakespeare Theatre’s Free for All which runs through August 31 at Harman Hall (610 F St NW). The Free for All is an event where you register your interest for free tickets to a Shakespeare play online the day before the performance (see the FAQ). If you get selected, then you’re in. This year’s production is The Winter’s Tale.
Downtown/Shaw – The National Book Festival takes place this weekend on Saturday, August 30 from 10 am to 10 pm at the Washington Convention Center. Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this is an annual favorite for the readers and literature lovers among us.
Downtown – Specs New York opened their retail fashion sunglasses boutique at 1206 G St NW across the street from Macy’s. We checked out the store and thought it to be well arranged with great lighting design inside.
Downtown – PAUL, the French bakery chain, with its entrance facing the 1200 block of F St NW in Columbia Square (address of the building is 555 13th St NW) is hoping to open up some time next week and they are hiring but the actual date is not firmed up yet. We passed by and can see the outside is ready to go but the inside still needs some arranging…but it’s real close to being ready. Bon appétit!
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]