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Monday, April 24, 2017

Local Briefing: BalletX at Dock 5, Chick-fil-A Opening & a Rescued Eaglet

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Dive Into Choreography with Septime Webre

Halcyon Stage's
 artistic director Septime Webre will discuss BalletX's upcoming production at Union Market's Dock 5 (1309 Fifth St.). The production will include two premieres: Trey McIntyre's work set to the music of Amy Winehouse and Matthew Neenan's choreography accompanied by the sounds of indie-rock band Beirut. Examine the music, and how two renowned choreographers responded to it. The talk will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. You can register online for the free talk. A light lunch and snacks will be provided. The actual performance is Saturday, May 13 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (including a meet the artist after-party with a dj). Tickets to the performance are $40. You can also catch the performers at a free pop up event the next day (Saturday, May 14) from noon to 2 p.m. The pop up is described as "a scavenger hunt-like musical experience," and you get a map.




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The Chick-fil-A Spicy Deluxe Sandwich. Image from the Chick-fil-A website

Chick-fil-A to Open May 18

Our new Chick-fil-A (1401 Maryland Ave.) will open in the former Checkers space Thursday, May 18th. Those who count themselves among the true Chick-fil-A fanatics can show up a day early, Wednesday, May 17 by 6 a.m. (the website asks that you please not arrive before 5:30 a.m.) for a chance to go on a First 100 Road Trip. If more that 100 eligible folks are present at 6 a.m. a drawing will decide who gets on the bus. Once on the Road Trip bus, you will stop at predetermined locations (the website offers examples such as a bookstore or park) to participate in planned activities. The bus will return to the new Chick-fil-A around 3 p.m., after which each eligible rider can receive a grand prize of one complimentary Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich meal a week (a chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and a medium drink) for one year.

The arrival of this Chick-fil-A has ruffled the feathers of some wary neighbors, who watched the Checkers close, only to be replaced by another fast food restaurant with a drive through.



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Eaglet in distress. Image © American Eagle Foundation. DCEAGLECAM.ORG 

Lending a Hand to an Eaglet in Need

DC4, one of the two eaglets in the nest at the Arboretum, had a harrowing experience late last week. 23 day old DC4 took a wrong step and the eaglet's right leg became lodged in a hole near edge of the nest. A press release from the American Eagle Foundation explains that DC4 was unable to break free "after many attempts to do so over a considerable period of time." The video feed suggested the seriousness of the eaglet's predicament, and concern was growing. "The non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) and the U.S. National Arboretum immediately cooperated with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Ex-Cel Tree Experts to plan the removal of the eaglet from the nest."

Video of DC4's return to the nest shows a rescuer braving wind and rain to get the eaglet home. Video © American Eagle Foundation. DCEAGLECAM.ORG 

Professional arborists freed the eaglet's leg, and temporarily removed the young bird from the nest for a vet check-up. After a vet from the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore gave the all clear the eaglet was reunited with the rest of the family, Mr. President, The First Lady, and DC5, less than 24 hours later.

2 comments:

Annoyingmous said...

First 100 customers at the Chick-Fil-A get a free copy of Leviticus and a lecture on how gay people were put here by Satan.

Anonymous said...

Ha. Annoyingmous made me laugh out loud.