One of our favorite parts of living in DC and especially in Penn Quarter, Jazz in the Garden, begins today! Tom Lagana, jazz guitarist, kicks off the summer program today at 5 pm. The schedule can be found here with more general information about time and location as indicated by an excerpt from the press release shown below:
The Jazz in the Garden concert series at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden begins its 15th season on May 22, 2015, with weekly performances on Fridays through August 28. The free concerts feature local and nationally acclaimed musicians who perform a wide variety of musical styles—blues fusion, Brazilian, be-bop, salsa, Latin, and Afro-Cuban—every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 in the Sculpture Garden, located between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW.
The Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association also reminds us that:
- Sculpture Garden hours are extended to 9:30pm
- Picnickers may bring blankets
- Alcoholic beverages and coolers are not permitted
- The Pavilion Café and carts located on the patios offer a seasonal light fare menu and cold beverages
The Martin Luther King Library let us know about the continuation of their Fringe Music in the Library Series. From the e-mail:
On Friday, May 22nd the El Reys featuring Anthony Pirog will be playing our monthly Fringe Music in the Library series. The concert starts at 12 pm in the Great Hall of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, and in honor of this surf rock inspired group, we’ll be showing the classic surf film “Endless Summer” for a backdrop. Check out dclibrary.org/fringe for upcoming shows at the library, sponsored by Capital Fringe and the DC Public Library Foundation.
A new exhibit is open at the National Archives (700 Penn. Ave., NW) that those of us who like to cocktail should check out. “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History” portrays the federal government’s alcohol policy from the American Revolution to Prohibition and into the present.
Derek Brown, of local favorites like Eat The Rich and Mockingbird Hill, has been named “Chief Spirits Advisor” by the Archives, and “will curate a new History of the Cocktail Series to discuss the role of spirits in U.S. history. In this ten-part series, some of the top writers, bartenders, spirit-makers, and thinkers in spirits and cocktails will discuss various eras in the history of the cocktail, shedding light on our Spirited Republic.”
Drink specials connected with the exhibit at participating neighborhood bars can be found here
One of the first seminars is this Saturday, May 16, 3pm-5pm. Tickets are still available here.
American Drinking: Before the Cocktail: Moderated by M. Carrie Allen of the Washington Post, panelists include Derek Brown, David Suro-Piñera, and Steve Olson.
The Walgreens occupying the former Guess store space (opened 2009 – closed 2014) will open on Friday, May 15 according to signage on the store’s front doors facing 12th Street NW. The shelves are getting stocked so we look forward to checking it out once it’s open.
On Friday, May 8, the 70th Anniversary of the World War II Victory in Europe, VE Day, will be celebrated in DC with a flyover by a diverse array of World War II aircraft. Planes are expected to fly over the Lincoln Memorial starting at 12:10pm and make their way to the WWII Memorial before turning back to fly South along the Potomac. For more information and prime viewing locations, click here.
The new Mastro’s Steakhouse grand opening is this upcoming Friday, May 8 at the corner of 13th and F St NW (600 13th St NW). This is the next in a line of steakhouses to open in downtown DC. The highlights include:
- a 14,000 square foot space across two levels
- an 8 foot entryway chandelier (click on construction photo above)
- entry level – main dining and two bars
- downstairs level – one bar, two private dining rooms, and a small boardroom
- a menu featuring steak, seafood, vegetables, and beverages – sample menu from Chicago location
This is the 13th Mastro’s opening up and the second on the East Coast. Hours will be as follows:
- Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 3 pm (lunch); 5 pm – 10 pm (dinner)
- Friday: 11:30 am – 3 pm (lunch); 5 pm to 11 pm (dinner)
- Saturday: 5 pm – 11 pm (dinner)
- Sunday: 5 pm – 10 pm (dinner)
- Bar opens daily at 4 pm
For the full press release, read on:
MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE OPENS SECOND EAST COAST LOCATION IN WASHINGTON D.C.
The Opening Will Mark the 13th Location of the Mastro’s Collection of Restaurants
WASHINGTON,D.C. – Mastro’s Steakhouse will open its doors in Washington D.C. on Friday, May 8, 2015 as the thirteenth Mastro’s Restaurant location in the U.S and the second on the East Coast. The iconic restaurant celebrated by diners and critics alike is renowned for indulgent, signature dishes such as their two-foot-tall seafood tower, lobster mashed potatoes, and melt-in-your-mouth Signature Warm Butter Cake.