What does it mean when a generation claims a certain figure as cool? What qualities does this person embody at that historical moment? “American Cool” explores these questions through photography, history, and popular culture. In this exhibition, cool is rendered visible, as shot by some of the finest art photographers of the past century.
The NPG wrote in to let us know that the exhibit continues to draw large crowds and that a number of events are planned in March including the following related specifically to the American Cool exhibit:
Richardson Symposium: American Cool
Friday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
The concept of cool is the most influential contribution American culture has made to global aesthetics and style. An exemplary group of cool scholars, hosted by “American Cool” co-curators Joel Dinerstein and Frank Goodyear, will explore how three intersecting branches of cool—youth culture, popular culture and African American culture—impact style, marketing and society. Speakers will discuss two related questions: What do we mean when we say someone is cool? How do icons of cool impact society for a given generation? The scholars will address what cool means in their work and in American culture, participate in panel discussions and then take questions from the audience. There will be a break for lunch on your own at 12:30 p.m. and the program will resume at 2:00 p.m. with a roundtable discussion, followed by a tour of the exhibition with the co-curators at 3:00 p.m.
Curator’s Tour: American Cool
Saturday, March 8, 2:00 p.m.
Joel Dinerstein, co-curator of “American Cool” and the James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization at Tulane University, leads a tour of the exhibition. Meet at the exhibition entrance, second floor. Following the tour, Dinerstein will sign copies of the exhibition catalogue in the G Street lobby from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. The catalogue will be available for purchase in the museum shop.
A few weeks ago, Living Social announced it will be closing its special events and classes business and location, 918 F Street. The company will complete the classes already sold into April and is looking for someone to take over the building lease. What would you like to see go into this space? A new multi-level restaurant and lounge? A hip bar and dance club? A Penn Quarter outpost of a major retail brand? It is an incredible, historic building, with 3 floors of great space and interesting architectural details. Let us know if you hear what or who will be calling 918 F Street home in the future.
The week before last we offered up the downtown DC/Penn Quarter closure report letting our readers know about retailers that recently closed. Today we offer up the opening report listing out businesses that opened recently or that we expect to open in downtown DC and Penn Quarter in the near future. Some are restaurants, some are retail, and we welcome all of them in joining the neighborhood!
1) Joe’s Stone Crab (15th St NW) – Joe’s opened to the public on January, 31 and Penn Quarter Living tried it out shortly after it opened. We added an Eater link with photos too. [Penn Quarter Living] & [DC Eater (photo set)]
2) The Partisan (709 D St NW) – This Red Apron Butchery and The Partisan, the linked restaurant, are coming soon. We know because they’re hiring. [Partisan tweet 1] & [Partisan tweet 2] & [Partisan tweet 3 (help wanted)]
3) Zagg Phone Repair (1204 G St NW) – Hat tip to regular PQ Living reader Jon for letting us know about Zagg, a phone repair and accessories retailer opening in the same block as the recent Dunkin Donuts opening. This is across the street from Macy’s – photo at top of story. Coming “soon”. [Zagg's store locator] & [Zagg website]
4) Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (1200 block G St NW) – Sandwiched in between the soon to open Zagg and the recently opened Dunkin Donuts. Opening date is TBD. [Downtown DC BID] & [Jimmy John's website]
5) &pizza (14th St NW) – This custom pizza shop will come to K Street across the street from DC Coast at 14th St. [Washington Business Journal]
6) Allen Edmonds (1071 H St NW) – High end men’s shoe store next to the recently opened Tumi on H St NW in CityCenter. This will be the 2nd retailer to open in CityCenter so we bestow upon them the silver medal. [Washington Business Journal]
7) Longchamp (CityCenter) – Bids for a CityCenter shop build out requested. [Washington Business Journal]
8) Umaya Restaurant (733 10th St NW) – In what we call the Skanska building, Umaya is a Japanese restaurant venture that will be opened by the same owners as Cafe Asia. Early July 2014 is the quoted date. [Badwolf DC (Shaw)]
9) Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave NW) – Opening May 1st, the “convention center” Marriott will feature multiple eating venues and lots of new rooms to support larger/more numerous conferences in downtown DC. We thought it interesting that the hotel’s homepage describes it as a “Penn Quarter” hotel. Well, they’re close. [WaPo] & [WaPo (photo gallery)] & [Marriott Marquis homepage]
10) Sports Zone Elite (675 H St NW) – Sports clothing and shoe retailer coming next to the Walgreens on H aside the 7th Street intersection (photo below). Spring 2014 is what’s on the sign. [Sports Zone Elite website]
Word comes to us from Ford’s Theatre (511 10th St NW) about two discounts available, one for residents of downtown DC/Penn Quarter and the other for the romantic at heart. This is for performances of Violet which run until Sunday, February 23. Every neighbor we’ve talked to who’s seen Violet has great things to say about it. Details about the discounts can be found at the end of this post and tickets can be ordered online here.
January 24-February 23, 2014
music by Jeanine Tesori; lyrics and book by Brian Crawley; based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts; music direction by Jay Crowder; directed by Jeff Calhoun
A touching story of love, hope and healing. In the early 1960s, a young woman travels across the South in search of a miracle. On her journey, she meets two young soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own self-worth. Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change, Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie) returns with a dynamic score of bluegrass, gospel, country and rock. Directed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies).
PENN QUARTER RESIDENT DISCOUNT
Residents of the Penn Quarter neighborhood in Washington, D.C., receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to Ford’s Theatre performances. The Penn Quarter neighborhood is defined as the area bordered by 15th Street Northwest and the Center Leg Freeway (Interstate 395) to the west and east, and between New York/Massachusetts Avenues and Pennsylvania Avenue to the north and south. These tickets may be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster online or by calling (800) 982-2787. Use promo code PENNQ. You must show proof of residence at the Box Office once arriving at the theatre. Limit of two per person.
DATE NIGHT DISCOUNT
Ford’s is running a special Date Night promotion where patrons who use code DATE50 can get two-for-one rear orchestra tickets to Violet. The musical’s story of hope and love makes for the perfect backdrop to your date night this February. The Date Night discount offer is good for performances through Feb. 23.
There’s been quite a bit of buzz and build up for Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab (750 15th St. NW). DC definitely loves it’s steak and seafood, so I’m sure the menu will do well. On a recent visit to the bar to check out the scene, it was clear almost immediately that Joe’s is primed to be THE downtown after work drinks spot. Joe’s offers what seems to be one of the largest bar spaces this part of town, historic architecture and a comfortable ambiance. They are still working out the kinks, I hope, with painfully slow bar service that lacked personality and an overhead speaker system for announcing table reservations that is completely incongruent with the setting. We look forward to a return visit to experience the dining room and definitely think it’s worth a stop after work to toast with the lifeblood of DC – lawyers, lobbyists, and politicians.
By way of the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association (monthly breakfast meeting list), we learned about MenuMBK’s (405 8th St NW) neighborhood Meet & Greet this Wednesday evening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. We visited MenuMBK’s ground floor Market shortly after it opened and really like the overall concept. The BistroBar we’ve yet to visit so we’ll see everyone on Wednesday evening!
When you RSVP for attendance per the directions below, please indicate that you heard about this event via Penn Quarter Living.
On to the details:
MENU – Market / BistroBar / Kitchen
Hosts a Penn Quarter Meet & Greet
Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 – 7:30pm
MENU’s owner, Frederik De Pue, and staff want to thank everyone who has extended
a warm welcome to MENU – MBK. As an expression of their gratitude, they are inviting
the Penn Quarter neighborhood to stop by.
* Enjoy One Complimentary Drink and Bar Snacks
* Meet Others in the Neighborhood
* Relax in the BistroBar and Kitchen Dining Areas Upstairs
MENU – MBK hopes to be a convenient location for those living and working in Penn Quarter to grab groceries or a quick bite at the Market to eat at the BistroBar or take out, dine at night at the BistroBar or Kitchen or come by with friends, family, or colleagues after work and on weekends.
Market / BistroBar / Kitchen
405 8th Street, NW
Metro: Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter
Writing about openings is far more fun than writing about closings but the shuttering of a business is part of its lifecycle. We have a few closings to mention with Muse Nightclub and Osteria Elisir being the biggest ones. Let’s get started with the list and what we know:
1) Muse Nightclub (717 6th St NW) – This address has been a nightclub or bar for a LONG time and the latest incarnation, Muse, quietly closed its operation in late January. This linked article provided by a Penn Quarter Living reader provides most of the history behind this address and the confirmation that Muse is closed, but we can also add that after the MCI (now Verizon) Center opened in 1997 and before 2005 this building was home to The Rock, a multilevel sports bar. The club’s website is no longer in operation either. The web page to market the property to another prospective tenant is already up. Photo sans Muse signage is shown below.
2) Tuscana West (1350 I St NW) – This I Street Italian restaurant across from Franklin Park held its last night of service this last Wednesday after a twenty (20) year run. It opened in 1993 and was one of the survivors from before downtown’s development resurgence. We did enjoy dining here and are sad to see it go. The same owner runs the recently opened Catch 15 restaurant/oyster bar on K Street…we’ll definitely be stopping by for oysters.