On a recent walk, we noticed this plaque recognizing one of many significant historic events to occur at The Willard Hotel (1401 Penn. Ave., NW). This is the location where Julia Ward Howe, after meeting with President Lincoln in November 1861, is said to have written “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” This is her best known work, but Howe was a prominent American Abolitionist, social activist and poet.
The Church of the Epiphany (G St between 13th and 14th St) announced their Noontime concert schedule for October as below (h/t: Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association). There is no charge to attend although a $10 free will donation is invited for the sole benefit of that day’s performers:
Washington Bach Consort
J. Reilly Lewis, Music Director
Cantata: Christus, der ist mein Leben, BWV 95;
Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548,
J. Reilly Lewis, organ
Daria Scarano, piano
A recital featuring fascinating 21st century repertory
The United States Navy Band and Sea Chanters
Safe Harbor: Songs to Connect, Heal, and Inspire
with music by Bloch, Byrd, Whitacre, and William Harris
Brian Kay, lute and vocals, Ronn McFarlane, lute, Willard Morris, colascione,
Mattias Rucht, percussion in Songs of Albion: Music of Renaissance Scotland,
England, and Wales
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center, exit 13th and G
Beef ‘n Bread (750 6th St NW) is now open at the corner of 6th and H St NW offering fresh meat oriented sandwiches (read: roast beef, corned beef, and turkey) in Chinatown/Penn Quarter. The management behind Wiseguys Pizza (corner of 4th and H St NW) are behind this venture. Before Beef ‘n Bread, this location was a pizza counter for a brief time and a kung fu video store for a long time.
Thanks to @eat_dc for snapping menu photos which also indicate the hours and that they are open for breakfast. Our favorite part of the menu is the title about the opening times…”HOURS/ or UNTIL RUN OUT.”
We recently had the pleasure of enjoying a truly delicious lunch at the just re-opened Source (575 Penn. Ave, NW). Following a month-long closing at the end of the Summer, there’s a new look and revised menu to enjoy. One favorite from our recent trip that is perfect for lunch, dinner or a late-night snack, the Lacquered Duck Buns.
When the Source opened in 2007, it brought a clean, sleek LA vibe along with it’s Wolfgang Puck celebrity appeal. The new look is warmer and more sophisticated, while still very hip – perfect for the DC crowd. Chef Scott Drewno continues to produce some of the most consistent and delicious food in town. We were very excited to learn that Chef Drewno will soon be offering a 2-seat, kitchen-side, Chef’s tasting menu restaurant in a restaurant concept.
One of our favorite library events takes place every fall, UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week, at the DC Public Library. It started in 1982 in response to challenges to books appearing in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. The exhibition UNCENSORED: Information Antics is a month-long public art exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (9th and G St NW) from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22.
Events include a Harry Potter moviethon at the Shaw Libary all day October 3 and 4. We repeated the most challenged books from 2014 as listed on the DCPL site below – click here and scroll to the bottom to see the reasons why these books were challenged:
1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
2) Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
3) And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
4) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
5) It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
6) Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
7) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
9) A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
10) Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
The Pope is visiting Washington, DC as a part of his tour of the United States. He will mostly be west of downtown DC and Penn Quarter except for a visit to the U.S. Congress, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (619 10th St NW), and to Catholic Charities (924 G St NW) on Thursday, September 24. A number of road closures affect Penn Quarter on Wednesday night and Thursday all day when he is in Penn Quarter.
The best overall resource we found for the visit is a page on the DC government’s website dedicated to the Papal itinerary. Specific pages worth visiting include the daily schedules especially the 23rd and 24th. Also, the Washington Post does their usual good job of mapping out street closures and traffic patterns in this article.
If you snap any photos of the Pope, tweet them to us @pqliving!