From the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, we learned about an interesting exhibit at the Canadian Embassy (501 Pennsylvania Ave NW). The details follow:
Murals from a Great Canadian Train on Exhibit
Through September 16, 2016
In 1953, the Canadian Pacific Railway purchased 173 brand-new stainless steel rail cars from the Budd Company of Philadelphia. To highlight the natural beauty along the cross-country route as well as promote tourism, the Canadian Pacific Railway engaged prominent Canadian artists of the day who were able to create over a dozen landscape murals of Canada’s national and provincial parks to adorn the rail car interiors.
Text accompanying the murals is in English and French
No charge to see the exhibit
Mondays – Fridays, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Embassy of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Avenue,NW
Metro: Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter
Did you know that Sunday evenings in the Summer there’s a Tango gathering at Freedom Plaza (Penn. Ave. and 14th St. NW)? All are welcome and it’s free! Whether to dance or to watch, it’s a great way to add some flare to your weekend.
Mike Isabella Announces New Restaurant Arroz For Early 2017 Opening In Marriott Marquis (901 Mass Ave NW)
We learned that Mike Isabella will open a new restaurant named Arroz in the Marriott Marquis hotel at 901 Massachusetts Ave NW. Easily walkable from Penn Quarter and downtown DC, this restaurant will focus on the cuisines of Valencia, Andalusia and Portugal, incorporating dishes from Tangier along with other North African influences. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Selected snippets from the press release offer more information as below:
On the Menu
Arroz is Spanish for rice, and as might be expected from the name, Valencian rice dishes like paella and soupy rice will have a prominent place on the menu alongside fideos and regional tapas. Also present throughout the Southern Spanish menu are elements and techniques often seen in the cuisines of Portugal and Morocco, most notably the northern city of Tangier, including bastilla, argan oil, and tempero cookery. Vegetable and seafood tagines and family-style dishes native to the Canary Islands show off Arroz’s diversity of influences.
In Your Glass
Naturally, the beverage menu will lean heavily Spanish and Portuguese with plenty of Iberian wine, including a number from the Toro, Rueda and Ribera del Duero regions… Cocktails will include several varieties of sangria, as well as gin and exclusively Spanish-made tonics… A large sherry and port list will explore interesting Spanish and Portuguese vintages of both.
Natalie Park Design Studio is behind the look and feel of Arroz, which offers a contemporary interpretation of Moroccan and Spanish architecture, motifs and colors. The 246-seat space includes 124 seats in the dining room, a private dining area for 12, bar seating for 18 with additional high-top tables and a plush lounge that seats 30, as well as a 62-seat terrace. A mix of both lounge and dining seating, the terrace is outfitted with fire pits, lush greenery and an open trellis with Tivoli lighting.
Photo: The young 2015 cast the Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Scott Suchman.
We’d like to remind readers that just beyond summer lies the beginning of theater season. Ford’s Theatre may ring of tourists but it was the first theater we visited growing up in DC as native Washingtonians and it remains a favorite of ours especially since it was renovated a number of years ago. Ford’s posted its 2016-2017 season schedule online and tickets are already on sale for the first show, Come From Away. The full schedule follows below:
The Ford’s Theatre 2016-2017 Season
Come From Away
Book, Music and Lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Music Supervision by Ian Eisendrath
Choreographed by Kelly Devine
September 2-October 9, 2016
“A superb new show! A moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to the indomitable human
Fresh off sold-out runs in Seattle and San Diego, the new musical Come From Away tells the heart-warming true story of how, on September 11th, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers for a week – spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances. Featuring a rousing propulsive score, Come From Away honors the better angels of our nature, revealing hope and humanity in a time of darkness. The production marks the Ford’s debut of Tony Award-nominated director Christopher Ashley. See this hit musical prior to its Broadway engagement!
September 19, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell returns to Ford’s Theatre for one night only, Monday, September 19. With impeccable timing, twinkling eyes and shock-of-recognition insights into American politics, Russell draws materials from the pomposity of public life. Long before Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political processes. Russell’s unique brand of comedy earned him the Mark Twain Award for political comedy and has made him a popular favorite on PBS.
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens; Adapted by Michael Wilson; Directed by Michael Baron
November 17-December 31, 2016
A holiday tradition for 35 years!
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns for to play Scrooge in a production The Washington Post proclaims “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”