Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dinner with Channing Daughters Winery at Sally's Middle Name Jan. 29


Tickets are now available for a special five course dinner at Sally's Middle Name (1320 H Street NE) featuring selections from Channing Daughters Winery (Bridgehampton, NY). This dinner is part of Sally's new cheese program, which "features American made, artisanal cheeses. It goes beyond the traditional cheese plate, highlighting the unique qualities of some of the best cheese the country has to offer." Each course highlights an artisanal cheese and paired with a pour of Channing Daughters wine.

Monday, January 15, 2018

ANC 5D Special Meeting (Officer Elections) Jan. 22nd

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Screenshot of a video filmed by Edward Milton of the Jan. 9, 2018 ANC 5D meeting

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D, which represents Trinidad, Carver-Langston, Union Market, and Ivy City, will hold a public special meeting Monday, January 22nd. At this meeting the commissioners will vote to elect new officers for the Commission.  They tried to elect officers at the regularly scheduled January monthly meeting, but only six of the seven commissioners were present. Bernice Blacknell (5D04), was out sick. Two attempts to choose a new Chair resulted in ties. Commissioners Clarence Lee (5D07) and Kathy Henderson (5D05) both stood for Chair at the regular January meeting, and I expect them both to be candidates for the same position at the special meeting.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Local Briefing: Fancy Radish, a Photography Showcase, J. D. Deardourff Prints, & Celebratory Cocktails & Eats


The Washington Post has an update on the new vegan restaurant coming our way from the Philadelphia based team behind Vedge and V Street [LINK PLAYS MUSIC]. The new spot opening at 600 H Street NE was to recreate the V Street Concept, but the name has now changed to Fancy Radish. To go along with the new name is a shift to bring in more elements of Vedge.

There's a ton a fun stuff happening in our neck of the woods this weekend. On Friday the Community Collective Photography Showcase opens at Capital Fringe (1358 Florida Avenue NE). This third installment of the showcase features works from local artists, as well as those hailing from further flung locals. You can visit The Community Collective on Instagram. The event starts at 7pm, and the Fringe Arts Bar will open at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

ANC 5D to Hold Special Meeting to Elect Officers, Date TBD

Video of last night's ANC 5D meeting (courtesy of Edward Milton)

Here's the full playlist of videos for last night's ANC 5D meeting. Thanks to Edward Milton for taping and uploading it so quickly (you can also watch video of the December meeting if you are so inclined). Just a warning, last night's meeting ran very long (about 3 hours). I wasn't at last night's meeting, and I haven't had a chance to watch the video yet, so the details below rely on tweets from a local resident (@ker_dc) who frequently live tweets these meetings. If you want to read tweets from last night's meeting you can search #ANC5D on Twitter.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Karen Cohen's Phantasm Opens 1/12 at Gallery O on H


Gallery O on H (1354 H Street NE) presents works by District-based photographer Karen Cohen in her upcoming show Phantasm. Cohen is an award winning digital artist/photographer/photojournalist.  The show, which runs through January 26th, will have an opening reception 7–9:30pm Friday, January 12th. The HillRag has a write-up on Cohen and her work, and you might also be interested in the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) Mind of the Artist profile from August.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Sasha Bruce Youthwork to Host Community Open House Jan. 17th

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Sasha Bruce Youthwork is the only organization in the District specifically focused on ending youth homelessness. Their mission is to help young people find safe homes, and provide access to much needed resources.

Sasha Bruce Youthwork will hold a Open House Wednesday, January 17th 6-8pm at the Bruce House (1022 Maryland Avenue NE). They invite all neighbors to visit, learn about the organization, and meet some of the young people. Please RSVP to mreynolds[at]

Friday, January 05, 2018

The Bruery Store at Union Market Opens Jan. 19

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Image from the Bruery Store grand opening Facebook event page

A lot of local beer fans are going to be very excited to see The Bruery open their first local brick and mortar outpost. The Bruery is a California-based "boutique craft brewery...specializing in barrel aged and experimental ales." The Bruery Store at Union Market (513 Morse Street NE) will officially open its doors to the public with a celebration on Friday, January 19th at 11am (closing time is 8pm). To mark the occasion they'll have giveaways, special sales, and also events around town. You must be 21+ and carrying valid ID for all giveaways and specials.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Three Kings Party at Gallery O on H Saturday 1/13 [New Date]

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Gallery O on H (1354 H Street NE) hosts their annual Three Kings Party Saturday, January 6th 13th 8-11pm. Come celebrate with live music. Eat King Cake. Learn your future...and whether it might include a crown. This event has been rescheduled from its original date due to very cold temperatures.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Driftwood Kitchen has Closed Its Doors


A note now greets would-be diners at Driftwood Kitchen (400 H Street NE). The note reads "To Our Neighborhood Friends: Driftwood Kitchen is now closed. We want to thank you for your support." If  some local chatter is to be believed the restaurant's employees were given no notice of the impending closure, and were told of the layoffs only during their final night of work.

Driftwood Kitchen opened in October of 2014 with an impressive space and cocktails and food to match. No word yet on what might replace Driftwood. I reached out to Driftwood for comment on the closure this morning, but I have not heard back. Here's hoping all the employees can secure solid jobs quickly after this rocky start to the year.

Local Briefing: ANC 5D Meeting, WSJ Mentions H Street NE, Intern with Mosaic Theater Co., & Eagle Cam is Back


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Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D will hold its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, January 9th at 7pm at the 5th District MPD Station at 1805 Bladensburg Road NE.

H Street NE in WSJ Piece on Declining Homicide Rates in LA & DC
The Wall Street Journal mentioned H Street recently in an article (behind a paywall) on what makes cities safer. The piece was the second in a two part look at homicides in four cities (Chicago, Baltimore, the District of Columbia, and Los Angeles). Homicide rates rose in the first two cities, and fell in the latter two. Anwar Saleem of H Street Main Street was among those interviewed for the portion covering the District.

Monday, January 01, 2018

TRUTH Hookah/Cigar Lounge Applies for ABRA License at 1220 H Street NE

1220 H Street NE is the gray building (photo from May of 2017)

There's a new ABRA application for TRUTH Hookah/Cigar Lounge, to be located at 1220 H Street NE. The ABRA application indicates the lounge will have seating for 95 patrons and a total occupancy load of 198. There will be both live entertainment and dancing.

A Go Fund Me page, that appears to have been set up by owner Demasion Thompson in late November, explains that the lounge will have a special cigar area and two bars.

Protest Petition Deadline: February 12, 2018
Roll Call Hearing Date: February 26, 2018 (10 am)
Protest Hearing Date: April 25, 2018 (1:30 pm)
License No.: ABRA-108602
Licensee: Truth Hookah/Cigar, LLC
License Class: Retailer’s Class “C”
Ward: 6
SMD: 6A01