Friday, September 21, 2018

Craft Your Own Hot Sauce with Cultivate the City's Class Tomorrow (9/22)

A small harvest from my own garden earlier this year

Cultivate the City will hold a class tomorrow (9/22, 12–1pm) on making your own hot sauce. If you've never tried this before, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Creating your own hot sauces can be kind of addictive, and this class sounds like a great introduction. Tickets for the event, to be held at H Street Farms (roof of W. S. Jenks & Son Hardware at 910 Bladensburg Road NE), are $30 (+ $2.64 fee). The class will start with a quick tour of H Street Farms, an overview of the peppers in their harvest, and a look at some of the other ingredients in the sauces, before jumping right into making some blends.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

1101 Convenience Mart (aka Mimi's) Reportedly to Close at End of Month

1101 Convenience Mart in 2012

Reader Tapio wrote in recently with word that the 1101 Convenience Mart (aka Mimi's Convenience Mart) will close at the end of this month. He says they are selling everything (including beer and wine) at a discount. The building will reportedly be demolished to build condos. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Supreme Core Cider Teams Up with Ivy City Smokehouse for an End of Summer Clambake

Supreme Core's Taproom. Image courtesy of Supreme Core Cider.

Supreme Core Cider (2400 T St. NE), which opened near the Arboreturm this past spring, is teaming up with Ivy City Smokehouse (1356 Okie St. NE) for a clambake to mark the end of summer. The menu will include a wide variety of seafood steamed in Supreme Core’s Ivy City Goldrush Cider (itself a collaboration with One Eight Distilling, 1135 Okie St. NE). More than 10 of Supreme Core's ciders will be available on-tap, and the band Buddhagraph Spaceship (Asheville, NC). The "End of Summer Clambake" will take place this Saturday, Sept. 22 from 4–8pm in Supreme Core's taproom. Tickets are $25, which gets you admission, music, food and a mixed four-pack of Supreme Core Cider to take away.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Wunder Garten Sept. 28–30


It's Oktoberfest time again and Wunder Garten (1101 First St. NE) has you covered. The festivities will take place Sept. 28–30. Get ready for all the authentic German fare you can eat because Café Berlin (322 Mass. Ave. NE) is handling the food. Compete for prizes during the Bavarian Olympics (includes yodeling) & Steinholding Competition on Saturday.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Open Studio DC Partners with NoMüNoMü for a Blowout Closing Party & Extravaganza Oct. 5

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Open Studio DC (1135 Okie St. NE)  will host a closing party and fundraiser with the artist collective NoMüNoMü on Friday, Oct. 5th at 7pm. You find art and "a plethora of other cool stuff" for sale. It sounds like they are in the process of trying find a new space, but not necessarily in the District (likely Baltimore). Prior to relocating to Ivy City the screensprinting studio, which has provided space for artists to work and show their creations, as well as offered classes to the public, was located at 1348 Florida Ave. NE. Open Studio DC is just the latest arts space to find itself priced out of the District as development and the rising rents that go with it take hold in more and more of the city.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Opening September 22 at Gallery O on H: Michael Horsley's Photos in "House of Champions"

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Gallery O on H (1354 H St. NE) will show photography from Michael Horsley for an upcoming exhibition titled "House of Champions." Even if you don't immediately recognize the name Michael Horsley (which I suspect many will), the chances are good that you have seen some of some of his photos before. Horsley is known and loved for his images that captured the District and its residents in decades past. If you love this city, or just street/documentary photography in general, don't miss this show.

“House of Champions” is an exhibition in three dimensions capturing the essence of Horsley’s mission: to forge a fleeting, momentary look at a dynamic and very personal cityscape. In the late 1970s and throughout the 80s, Horsley wandered the District with his camera, documenting a city bustling and alive despite its plywood windows and lack of attention from the federal government. Hop on the White House Tour Bus and view a Washington never seen by tourists! Wander broken bottle alleyways, junkfilled empty buildings, drink at late night diners or hang out at punk rock bars in the living and breathing city. Who knows, you might get lucky and pick up a Polaroid discarded by a tourist!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Free Vision Screening Events for Kids & Adults this Weekend & Next Week (Kids Can Get Free Glasses) [Updated w/Expanded Hours]

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The non-profit the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) will hold free
vision screening events for kids and adults at their facility on 233 Massachusetts Ave. NE this weekend and next week (September 16-18th). I received word via email that the group has expanded the days and hours for the kids' vision screening so that both adults and children can come during all available times. Those times are:

  • Sunday, Sept. 16th, 12–5pm
  • Monday, Sept. 17th, 3–7pm 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 3–7pm.

They will screen children (ages 3-18) for amblyopia, strabismus and distance acuity. They will have ophthalmologists on site to provide prescriptions and the Society will provide free prescription eyeglasses to children (glasses will be available for pick-up approximately two weeks after screening).

The group will also screen adults for glaucoma  The District has among the highest incidence rate of glaucoma nationally. It's a silent, painless (usually) sight stealer, so it's important to learn of issues before sight is irreversibly lost. Ophthalmologists will be on site to answer questions. Anyone can develop glaucoma. Those at higher risk include: