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Georgia Avenue Day, new neighborhood festival, is Saturday August 17
There's a new neighborhood festival coming this weekend: Georgia Avenue Day, which is this Saturday, August 17. I've seen a few posters around the Georgia Avenue Metro for it, it's organized by a group called Art Rave. It's at Bruce Monroe Park at Georgia & Irving and goes from 11am to 7pm.The website says there will be artists, makers, food, music and more, and it looks like they are still accepting vendors and volunteers, so if you're interested in helping out or selling your wares, take a look.

Tequila y Mezcal, new restaurant from Taqueria Habanero folks, now open at 14th and Otis
Muy bien! There's a new option for Mexican in our area, as Tequila y Mezcal is now open at 3475 14th Street NW. It's from the folks behind the awesome Taqueria Habanero at 14th and Spring.The bar has a variety of cocktails such as a hibiscus mezcal margarita which Eater says is "rimmed with citrusy chile de arbol tajin and sal de gusano (worm salt)", as well as menu items like mole from Oaxaca and the  seafood options from the Yucatan Peninsula. There are four groups of menu items: salads, shareable, chef's specials such as entrees, and tacos. eater highlights molotes, which are balls of sweet plantains filled with black beans and cheese, then friend and placed on poblano pepper mole. Sounds awesome. There's also a tile-covered bar, which looks pretty awesome. Just looking at it, it seems more of a bar than Taqueria Habanero. So far it has excellent reviews on Yelp.This location was previously El Atardecer, a Central American restaurant, as well as DC Fish Carryout, which was busted in 2012 as a drug market. I'm certainly happy to see another spot from the Habanero folks open here.

UPDATE: Columbia Heights Day is delayed due to construction & other issues
UPDATE: I just heard from District Bridges, who are organizing Columbia Heights Day. It looks like it will be postponed, as their original preferred location of the field at Bell School is under construction. Also it is quite expensive to close a street, so 11th may not be an option. They are working on new locations and are aiming at the end of October. I'll write a new post when I hear more information.ORIGINAL POST:Get ready, Columbia Heights Day, our big neighborhood festival, is back. More details are forthcoming, but it will be Saturday, September 7th from 11am-5pm. Like previous years there will be events for kids and adults, music, food, drink, vendors, local politicians, and a lot more. It's always a lot of fun. In the past it's been on 11th Street NW from Kenyon to Park, and I expect that will be the case again. Stay tuned for more info as it gets announced!The event is volunteer runs and District Bridges, the organizers, would love your help. It's also pretty fun to volunteer. To sign up, go here.

Follow us on Instagram! @newcolumbiaheights
If you'd like to find another way to get Columbia Heights news, events, food and drink recommendations and more, we're now on Instagram! You'll see posts there, as well as photos from around the area.In addition, we already have Twitter and Facebook. Hope to see you on there!

Two new plays at Dance Loft on 14th start Aug 9: Pinter's Betrayal and DC premiere of Enron
This is neat: the 4615 Theatre Company is performing two plays starting August 9th at the Dance Loft on 14th, the D.C. area premiere of Enron, about the downfall of the namesake company. It was originally run in London to lots of awards, then opened on Broadway. The other play in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, a famous play by the master playwright. Here are the details, including performance schedule.4615 THEATRE COMPANY KICKS OFF SEASON III WITH SCANDAL REPPinter’s ​Betrayal ​and Prebble’s ​Enron ​explore shared themes on a private and national scale4615 Theatre’s venue-hopping third season begins​ in the Art Deco-style theatre at the Dance Loft on 14, with the Summer Scandal Repertory;​ ​a pair of wildly different plays that explore mistruth, illusion and memory on a public and private level. The rep runs ​August 9-September 8. ​ENRON - DC Area Premiere - By Lucy PrebbleDirected by Jordan Friend August 9-September 1, 20192hrs and 15 min, with one intermissionWitness the true rise and fall of America’s most infamous company in this blisteringly funny satire of modern greed. Featuring a cast of 13 playing over 60 roles Lucy Prebble’s epic dark comedy is an absurd crime saga of Shakesperean proportions, complete with poetic profanity, musical numbers, and even a few velociraptors.BETRAYALBy Harold PinterDirected by Stevie Zimmerman August 16-September 8, 201980 min, with no intermission4615’s acclaimed resident director Stevie Zimmerman returns to helm Pinter’s masterpiece, in which an extramarital affair is told from all three sides, and in reverse. Beginning in 1977 and ending in 1968, ​BETRAYAL​ makes us question the very nature of love and honesty, constantly making us doubt what we’ve just seen.Performed at the Dance Loft on 144618 14th St NW, Washington, DCTICKETSTickets are $20, and $16.50 for patrons under 30. They can be purchased at Note: ​The Dance Loft is up a flight of stairs, and not wheelchair accessible at this time.JOIN THE CONVERSATIONTag mentions on social media with ​#4615theatre,​ or follow ​4615​ at @4615theatre on Twitter and Instagram and at ​​ for updates.SCHEDULE: Friday, August 9th: 8pm (​ENRON Preview)Saturday, August 10th: 8pm Performance (​ENRON ​Press Opening​)Sunday, August 11th: 2pm (​ENRON)Friday, August 16th: 8pm (​BETRAYAL Preview)Saturday, August 17th: 2pm (​ENRON​) ​and ​8pm ​(BETRAYAL ​Press Opening​)Sunday, August 18th: 2pm ​(BETRAYAL) and 7:30pm (ENRON)Thursday, August 22nd: 8pm (​ENRON​)Friday, August 23rd: 8pm ​(BETRAYAL)Saturday, August 24th: 2pm ​(BETRAYAL) and ​8pm ​(ENRON)Sunday, August 25th: 2pm (​ENRON)Monday, August 26th: 8pm ​(ENRON Industry Night)Wednesday, August 28th: ​(ENRON)Thursday, August 29th: 8pm ​(BETRAYAL)Friday, August 30th: 8pm ​(ENRON)Saturday, August 31st: 2pm ​(BETRAYAL) and ​8pm ​(ENRON)Sunday, September 1st: 2pm ​(ENRON ​Closing​) and ​7:30pm ​(BETRAYAL)Friday, September 6th: 8pm ​(BETRAYAL)Saturday, September 7th: 2pm (​BETRAYAL) and ​8pm ​(BETRAYAL)Sunday, September 8th: 2pm (​BETRAYAL ​Closing​)

Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen now open in former Walter's space, serving CBD cocktails
We now have a new option on Georgia Avenue, and it has an interesting twist: CBD cocktails. CBD is derived from cannabis but doesn't have the psychoactive effects of THC, the other main part of cannabis. It's more of a relaxing feeling and is federally legal.Mr. Braxton is already open, which is nice to see after the space set empty for a while.The spot was briefly Marrakech Moroccan restaurant, which closed after a month or two. It has also previously been Blue Banana, Park View Patio and Walter's Sports Bar. One of the problems before was that they didn't have a full kitchen, and Park View DC reports that Marrakech added one.Washingtonian has an article about Mr. Braxton, here's how they describe it:The newest addition to Park View, Mr. Braxton, will have a little bit of everything: Burgers. Paella. Taco Tuesdays. After it’s up and running in early June, you’ll be able to drink CBD cocktails and enjoy the occasional live music in a lounge area, or head out to the colorful, greenery-covered back patio for a local brew.Other dishes include watermelon soup, rack of lamb, tacos, mussels and more. The name comes from owners Shannon Cunningham and Booker Parchment's son Braxton. Cunningham formerly was manager of Brick Lane in Dupont, and Parchment is a businessman.Have you been so far? How did you like it?

Whoa: city closing Georgia Avenue to vehicular traffic for a day on Oct. 5 for Open Streets DC event
Wow, this is pretty neat. Curbed reports that the city is planning to close Georgia Avenue from Missouri Avenue NW to Barry Place NW to vehicle traffic for a day, as part of a new Open Streets DC program. The city describes it like so:Open Streets is a program that temporarily closes streets to motor-vehicle traffic and opens them to people for healthy activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Open Streets help inspire people to think differently about their streets by encouraging physical activity, creating recreational opportunities, and fostering community building and education.Sounds pretty neat. Other cities do this as a kind of festival. Bogota, for example, does something called a Ciclovia where people ride bikes on major streets, and it's very popular. In other places it is more like a street festival with kids events, recreation, performances and so on. New York City's events attracted 300,000 people, for example.One block on either side of Georgia are also closed for the event, which will be from 6am-5pm. They are listed here:Howard Place NW; Euclid Street NW; Fairmont Street NW; Girard Street NW; Gresham Place NW; Harvard Street NW; Hobart Place NW; Columbia Road NW; Irving Street NW; Kenyon Street NW; Keefer Place NW; Lamont Street NW; Morton Street NW; Park Road NW; Newton Place NW; Otis Place NW; Princeton Place NW; Quebec Place NW; New Hampshire Avenue NW; Rock Creek Church Road NW; Quincy Street NW; Randolph Street NW; Shepherd Street NW; Taylor Street NW; Upshur Street NW; Kansas Avenue NW; Iowa Avenue/Varnum Street NW; Webster Street NW; Allison Street NW; Buchanan Street NW; Crittenden Street NW; Decatur Street NW; Delafield Place NW; Emerson Street NW; Farragut Street NW; Arkansas Avenue NW; Gallatin Street NW; Hamilton Street NW; Ingraham Street NW; Jefferson Street NW; Kennedy Street NW; Illinois Avenue NW; Longfellow Street NW; and Madison Street NW.The city's order says "All building, health, life safety, and use of public space requirements shall remain applicable to the Special Event Areas designated by this Order." which I assume means things like emergency vehicles can still go through.Stay tuned for more details.  

Columbia Heights residents get $500 to renovate their homes
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Heat emergency: City pools open til 9 pm, shelters and cooling centers open
It's hot out there. Super hot. The city declared a heat emergency yesterday, which means that pools will stay open later, and there will be cooling centers and shelters open as well, all through Sunday.In our area, that means Banneker Pool on Georgia Ave is open until 9pm Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (they're closed Thursdays) and Upshur Pool at Upshur & Arkansas is also open until 9pm every day (they're closed Mondays.)There's a full map of cooling centers and shelters here, as well as spray parks for kids.ABC7 has more info, and to see the city's full plan here.

Flower shop She Loves Me open at 808 Upshur Street NW
This is neat: there's a newish flower shop, She Loves Me, on Upshur Street, where you can stop in to get a bouquet, subscribe to a monthly flower service, or get flowers for your wedding or event. It opened in a former shoe repair shop, and is next door to the new location of Lemon Collective, a coworking and art space which has classes and events.Here's more from She Loves Me. Sounds cool! Always nice to see more retail in our area.She Loves Me is a flower shop of wonders in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC, founded by Holley Simmons and run by a team of strong women. We offer flowers by the stem and custom-built bouquets using buds from our favorite local growers; we also carry a wild collection of botanical-based goods for your home and body. She Loves Me offers a subscription flower service for those who love having fresh blooms delivered right to their doorstep every month; sometimes we even send love notes to our subscribers! Within our space we encourage exploration and asking questions. Our mission is to provide unique blossoms and, in the process, spread enthusiasm and appreciation for the world around us. The She Loves Me team also offers monthly botanical-themed workshops ranging from dried wreath-making to Plant Parenthood 101 in their coworking space next door, The Lemon Collective. We offer our classes off-site as well, making them the perfect party treat for your next birthday, wedding event, or night in!Photos by Megan Graham

First look at Hook Hall, beer garden, cafe and event space opening Thursday, July 18 in Kraken Axes space
A few weeks ago we learned at the new spot coming to the Kraken Axes space at 3400 Georgia Avenue NW is called Hook Hall and would be a big beer garden, indoor bar and event space. I was able to visit last week and talk with owner Anna Valero and also learn more about the space. It's opening on Thursday, July 18, and I'm pretty excited.The space, if you recall from Kraken Axes day, is very large, both inside and out. Valero, who also owns Kraken Axes at its new location downtown as well as local event firm Drink the District, has a lot of plans. Originally, the building was a Peoples Drug (now CVS), then Murry's grocery store, an indoor mushroom farm, then finally Kraken.Normally Hook Hall will be a cafe during the day with Vigilante Coffee, though it will only be open in the evenings to start. It will transition into a bar in the evening, with both indoor and outdoor bars and 32 taps overall.They don't have a kitchen but will have pastries and such, and Valero says she plans to have a food truck at times outside as well as having rotating food vendors -- for example the types of places you might see at food halls or food incubators. There are TVs and wifi, plus a separate front patio that also opens up on the main indoor bar, kind of like Pearl Dive on 14th Street. She thought it might also serve as a walk up coffee bar during the day, which sounds great.They also plan to hold various events and festivals there, including classes from Sweat DC, yoga, regular events and things of that nature. It can also be used for neighborhood meetings and various classes, such as Drink the District cocktail or beer events, tastings, classes, cooking demos and so on. In the long term Valero hopes to add a commercial kitchen outside in a shipping container.Outside, Valero aims for an upscale beer garden with a big bar, a synthetic lawn and 10 reservable covered cabanas for 12-15 people each. Pets will be allowed outside too. It's catty-corner from the Midlands, another beer garden, but considering how crowded that place is I'm sure it will do fine.The space has five rentable areas for events, which you can also combine (you can see a floor plan below.) There will be large movable dividers so events can be separate or even happen during regular working hours. I can picture wedding receptions, cocktail hours, meet-up events, and so on. She also plans to have smaller spaces for work meetings and such too. For events, there are teams that can help with furniture, security, valet parking, A/V and so on, with room for 700 people inside and 675 outside.The space looks nice inside, with the original brick exposed and what Valero called industrial nautical  -- hence the name, Hook Hall. There are copper pipes from the former District Distilling on U Street, plus touches like murals, anchors and metal chandeliers. She says she was partially inspired by Houston Hall, a pretty awesome beer hall in New York. They've also added some big roll up doors to let in more natural light as well as a big mural wall that can also be used for projecting movies onto.The bathrooms are very nice and quite large, able to accommodate a lot of people. I definitely appreciate that, it stinks to wait in bar bathroom lines. That should be good for big events too.I'm pretty excited to check it out. Here are some photos from last week (so still not quite set up.)

Eater names Call Your Mother one of the best new restaurants in the country
Well, the line at Call Your Mother may be getting longer soon. The "Jew-ish" bagel spot at 3301 Georgia Ave NW, was just named one of the country's 16 best new restaurants by Eater. They highlight the quality bagels, "offbeat" items like the challah cheesesteak, and the Argentine touches from chef Daniela Moreira. They also do an occasional supper club.CYM is the only DC-area spot on the list, joining others from New York, LA, Philly, Chicago and other big cities, plus a few smaller spots like Newport, KY. Previous list included other local spots, such as last year with Maydan on Florida Ave NW, Himitsu in 2017, Pineapple & Pearls in 2016, and Maketto in 2015.It's nice to see restaurants in our area get noticed. Bad Saint has also been recognized all over the place, such as being the #2 best new restaurant in the country in 2016 according to Bon Appetit.Photo by anokarina

Georgia Ave changes: Marrakech Moroccan restaurant closed after 2 months, Mr. Braxton bar coming, Tsehay Ethiopian now open
Lots happening on Georgia Avenue -- Marrakech, a Moroccan restaurant formerly on P Street in Dupont, opened at 3632 Georgia Avenue a couple of months ago without much fanfare, and now they're gone. The replacement has permits in the windows, which will be Mr. Braxton Bar and Restaurant.And next door at 3630 Georgia, Tsehay Ethiopian Bar and Restaurant is also open. I walked by the other day and it smelled great. If you recall, this place had some strange permits a while ago for restaurant, beauty shop and skating rink. I am guessing someone just picked the wrong code. Tsehay has great reviews on Yelp so far. They're open for lunch and dinner.Mr. Braxton next door is coming to the seemingly cursed space at 3632 Georgia, pictured above. That space was formerly Blue Banana, Park View Patio, Walter's Sports Bar, and finally Marrakech. One of the problems before was that they didn't have a full kitchen, and Park View DC reports that Marrakech added one, so that's good for Mr. Braxton.Washingtonian has an article about Mr. Braxton, here's how they describe it:The newest addition to Park View, Mr. Braxton, will have a little bit of everything: Burgers. Paella. Taco Tuesdays. After it’s up and running in early June, you’ll be able to drink CBD cocktails and enjoy the occasional live music in a lounge area, or head out to the colorful, greenery-covered back patio for a local brew.They also mention watermelon soup, rack of lamb, tacos, mussels and more. The name comes from owners Shannon Cunningham and Booker Parchment's son. Cunningham formerly was manager of Brick Lane in Dupont, and Parchment is a businessman.Marrakech was a mysterious one to me -- it never really looked open and they never responded to me reaching out about their business. You'd think they'd want to get some press. They opened with what seemed to be a temporary permit, then disappeared as quickly. I emailed them today and they said they moved to Eastern Market.Hopefully these new spots succeed!

6th Annual Kennedy Street Festival is Saturday
It's not Columbia Heights, but if you want to go up to Petworth, the 6th Annual Kennedy Street Fest is happening on Saturday from noon to 4pm. The street has been bustling of late, with new bars and restaurants like the Anxo cidery and awesome neighborhood bars Jackie Lee's and Moreland's Tavern.The fest sounds like a lot of fun, with arts and crafts, vendors and food, music and events for kids and adults, plus a big raffle and more. And a water balloon fight! The event is free and runs Kennedy Street from 3rd to 8th Streets NW. There is more information here, and you can also buy raffle tickets.The Kennedy Street Festival is Back!The 6th Annual Kennedy Street Festival is happening on June 22nd from 12-4pm in parking lots and in front of businesses along the the 300-800 blocks of Kennedy Street NW, with hubs of activity at 716, 608 & 308 Kennedy Street NW.Started in 2014 by the Kennedy Street Development Corporation, this annual celebration brings recognition to vibrant small business community located on Kennedy Street.This year's event will feature over 40 local makers, artisans and community-based organizations as well as four hours of performances by local musicians! Activities for children, including face painting, music and over-sized games will be available all day. We also look forward to hosting our annual raffle (tickets can be purchased in advance online), a pop up art gallery, a photo booth, and the annual water balloon fight!GETTING TO KENNEDY STREET NWKennedy Street NW is well serviced by public transit (bus stops and offers plentiful bike parking. Free two hour street parking is available on Kennedy Street, as well as the all adjacent side-streets. Ride-sharing services also service our community and provide another option for guests.We anticipate that parking will be limited the day of the festival. Festival attendees are encouraged to walk to the festival or take public transit if possible.SCHEDULE OF EVENTS-Patrick’s Pet Care Community Stage- (608 Kennedy Street NW)12:20 PM Sara Ghebrimichael1:00 PM Remarks from Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Todd& Uptown Main Street Chairman of the Board1:30 PM DMV 9102:30 PM Robert Ax & On the One Band3:20 PM The JoGo Project4:00 PM Raffle Announcement4:10 PM Water Balloon Fight-Vassar Broermann Group Community Stage-(716 Kennedy Street NW)12:00 PM New Sewell Music Conservatory12:45 PM Fusion Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps1:15 PM DJ Zach Pleasant3:00 PM New Sewell Music Conservatory3:35 PM Salvatore Gonzalez-Andrene’s Soul Food & Caribbean Cafe-(308 Kennedy Street NW)12:00 - 4:00 PM Drummers, Dancers, Raffle & DJSPECIAL ACTIVITIESThis year we’ve partnered with local businesses and artists to present special activities throughout our corridor. From photo booths to pop up art installations, we invite you to #WalkUptown and discover something new!Pop Up Art Gallery (515 Kennedy Street NW)(sponsored by Walmart Supercenter on Georgia Avenue)Photo Booth (608 Kennedy Street NW Entrance)(sponsored by Horton’s Funeral Home)Raffle (608 Kennedy Street NW - Site #1)Mobile T-Shirt Printing (608 Kennedy Street NW - Site #1)(sponsored by Mayor Muriel Bowser)Terrarium Making (703 Kennedy Street NW)ANC 4D KIDS HUB(504 Kennedy Street NW)At our Kids Activity Area, we’ll have fun for all ages. Stop by to get your face painted, make a special craft or meet with our two vendors (National Center for Children & Families & Breathing Space DC).12:00 - 4:00 PMFacepainting, Crafts & Coloring Sheets(sponsored by Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Palmer & Blandi’s CLC)1:30 PM Kids Yoga Demo(sponsored by Breathing Space DC)3:00 - 4:00 PM Magic Show & Balloon Animals(sponsored by the National Center for Children & Families)GET YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS TODAY!Raffle tickets for unique business experiences and discounts at local restaurants can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite ( for our annual festival raffle. Tickets are 1 for $5; 3 for $10 or 7 for $20. All proceeds help support the work of Uptown Main Street and are directly reinvested into our programming.- Yoga Heights 5-Class Pass ($85 value)- Cheesemonster Studio gift card ($25 value)- Andrene's Soul Food & Caribbean Cafe gift card ($25 value)- HR Records gift card ($50 value)- L'Enfant Flowers gift card ($30 value)- BBQ Bus Smokehouse gift card ($25 value)- Loyalty Books gift card ($25 value)- Uptown Main Street Taste of Uptown Passes ($80 value)- Kennedy Street Poster from Victory Dance Creative ($20 value)- Jackie Lee's gift card ($20 value)- Lost Sock Roasters Coffee + Mug ($20 value)- Lighthouse Yoga Class Pass ($25 value)- Moreland's Tavern gift card ($25 value)- Kennedy Counseling Collective 50 minute self-care consultation ($80 value)- Capitol Bikeshare 1 Year Membership ($85 value)- Tranquil Treasures Styling Session ($75 value)- Tranquil Treasurers Weekender Tote ($75 value)- Lost and Found Bar gift card ($25 value)- Free State Bar gift card ($25 value)- Craft Beer Gift Basket ($25 value)- ANXO Cider gift card ($50 value)- 2 Tickets to a DC Sporting Event ($75 value)- T-Shirt & 2 Pint Glasses from DC Brau ($30 value)*Please note that attendees must visit the welcome tent at the 608 Kennedy Street lot to pick up your tickets but prizes may be claimed after the event! Be sure to add your contact information to your raffle ticket!

Meridian Pint to be replaced by Malaysian restaurant Makan from Maketto chef
That was quick! Meridian Pint at 11th and Park, which unexpectedly closed several weeks ago, will be replaced by Makan, a Malaysian restaurant from former Maketto and Spoken English chef de cuisine James Wozniuk, who Zagat profiled a bit ago.DCist has the story, they're aiming for late summer, and Wozniuk is partnering with Kendrick Wu on the restaurant. They add that the restaurant will use Mid-Atlantic ingredients.I don't see any permits there yet, but I did see a transfer of the liquor license from the Pint to Makan.Once I hear more I'll let you know. They're at 3400 11th Street NW.

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