We heard from our friends at the DC Public Library Foundation about their fundraising “Story Time” gala reception that is taking place at the MLK Library (901 G St NW) on Thursday, March 16. Tickets can be purchased here and we clipped the salient points from the press release below:
DC Public Library Foundation to Host Second Annual “Story Time” Gala Reception
Washington’s top chefs and bartenders gather to benefit DC Public Library’s early childhood literacy programs and say “Goodnight Library” in final event before MLK modernization
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb 15, 2017)—The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) will host the second annual “Story Time” Gala Reception on Thursday, March 16 at 6:30pm. The celebration, which benefits the DC Public Library’s early childhood literacy programs, will take place in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The theme of this year’s event is “A Book is a Dream” and, appropriately enough, the Great Hall of the library will be transformed into a wondrous dreamscape. The evening will be the last large event held in the MLK branch of the library, as it will close soon thereafter for a 3-year modernization project. Tickets, which start at $150, are available here.
The evening will feature some of the District’s most exciting chefs and bartenders, brought together by Derek Brown, DCPLF Board member and co-owner of several acclaimed District bars. Erik Bruner-Yang (Maketto), Johnny Spero (Columbia Room), Evan Scarlatelli (Eat the Rich) and Scott Drewno (The Source) will create inspired food for the event. Cocktails will be crafted exclusively for the evening by JP Fetherston (Columbia Room), Paul Taylor (Southern Efficiency) and Duane Sylvestre, (Collectif 1806).
In addition to the food and cocktails, there will be short performances and live music at the gala.Proceeds from the “Story Time” Gala Reception will support the DC Public Library Foundation and the Library’s critical children’s programs that serve more than 25,000 children a month in every Ward throughout the District.
Individual tickets for the “Story Time” Gala Reception are $150. The event has already attracted corporate support , including lead sponsors Smoot/Gilbane and Pepco Holdings, Inc., and sponsors EastBanc/JBG/Clark, Blue Skye Construction Group, Graham Holdings, SAXON Collaborative, Quadrangle Development Corp, Reset Public Affairs and others. Sponsorships are available for $5,000 and $10,000. An array of individual Washingtonians have also signed on to host the event ($2,000), including former Mayor Anthony Williams, DC Public Library former and present Trustees, DC Public Library Foundation board members, and others.
For more information and a full list of performers, hosts and sponsors please visit the DCPLF webpage.
Add one fast casual dining spot to replace the demise of another. Poké Papa, a poke bowl shop, plans to open in the formerly closed ZPizza space at 806 H St NW (ZPizza opened in December 2010). They will also have poke wraps, sushi burritos in other words, on the menu to capitalize on that fast casual food trend too.
This Washingtonian article previews the restaurant.
Photo above: Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge and Barbara Pinolini as Ghost of Christmas Present with (background) Stephen F. Schmidt in the 2016 Ford’s Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol.” Photo by Scott Suchman.
Ford’s Theatre (511 10th St NW) announced its 2017-2018 season schedule (scroll to bottom of this link) which has a number of classic productions on the list including its annual incarnation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.
Ford’s also indicated they continue to run the Free First Preview program which offers more than 1,400 free performance tickets to the company’s mainstage productions during the 2017-2018 season. The Free First Preview initiative seeks to remove price barriers and build audiences in a more inclusive way, by inviting those who live and work in the Washington community who might not otherwise consider participation in the arts.
Ticket sale dates will be announced in May 2017.
The production list with production dates is as follows:
- Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” directed by Stephen Rayne
- September 22 to October 22, 2017
- “A Christmas Carol” featuring Craig Wallace as Scrooge
- November 16 to December 31, 2017
- “Jefferson’s Garden” by Timberlake Wertenbaker and directed by Nataki Garrett (American premiere)
- January 19 to February 11, 2018
- “The Wiz” directed by Kent Gash
- March 9 to May 12, 2018
- Daytime One-Act “One Destiny”
- March to June 2018
- History on Foot Walking Tours
- March to October 2018
- August Wilson’s “Fences”
- Presented during the 2018-2019 season
We can’t believe this is the 30th installation of Cribs, our post series that takes you inside condos and homes in the Penn Quarter and downtown DC neighborhoods. Today we’re headed to Unit 616 in the Gallery Place condo building (see the building listing on our Condos in PQ page) where there is a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom unit for sale at an asking price of $500K.
Why did we pick this unit? It’s one of the few units we’ve seen in the neighborhood that has no remaining stock finishes as it’s been completely rehabbed with a modern design aesthetic in mind. All of the living areas have had their walls painted and floors swapped out, and the kitchen and bathroom have been fully replaced. The wine fridge built into the counter is a nice touch.
The list price is $500K which comes in at $731 per square foot. The condo fee is $541 per month which amounts to 79.1 cents/ft2/month.
To see basic information on all of the condo buildings in the Penn Quarter/downtown DC neighborhood, check out the Condos in PQ page.