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Neighborhood News, Events & Reviews from Around Washington, DC

Mar 31

Opening Day Preview: What to see at Nats Park

Prepare yourself, Nats fans, for the 2011 season.  No, I’m not talking about the Playoffs (hah!) or even a winning record (Let’s call that an 8% chance), but the 2011 season appears to be the start of a new era in Nats Town on a number of counts, so if you’re heading out to the ballpark, here’s a few things you can expect to see at the stadium that are new or different this year. Left Field Tent is Gone: We’ve known about this one for a few weeks, but I didn’t realize until I got up into the … [Read more...]

Mar 28

We Love Arts: Blue Man Group at Warner Theatre

Don’t let the blue body paint and vow of silence deter you from the Blue Man Group’s mission. There’s more to the chaotic and childish stage show than one might think. In actuality, Blue Man Group’s intentions are anthropological in nature. When entering Warner Theatre for opening night of the Blue Man Group’s touring show on Wednesday night, patrons were greeted by a blue screen with the following text projected upon it: “When meeting people from a foreign culture, offer a few gifts that … [Read more...]

Mar 26

National Marathon this weekend

I may not understand marathon runners, but I absolutely admire them.  As a middle- and long-distance swimmer in high school and college I know what it is to move and move and move and move, granted I never had a course such as this to swim.  The race begins at RFK Stadium, proceeds to the Capitol, Union Station and the Ellipse before turning north through downtown, up Connecticut Ave, then through Adams Morgan and thence east to Columbia Heights, down past McMillan Reservoir, down North Capitol … [Read more...]

Mar 25

Penn Quarter Farmers Market Opens Today

Today may not seem like a good day to wander around outside, but sometimes the draw of tables full of vegetables and homemade goodies is just too much to pass up. After their winter hiatus, the Penn Quarter Farmers Market opens back up today and will be open until December 22nd. Operating from 3pm until 7pm on Thursdays, the market will be in the same location as in years past — 8th St. NW between D St. and E St. A favorite of area chefs, the PQ Farmers Market has hosted plenty of chefs over … [Read more...]

Mar 23

Backstage with the Washington National Opera

Touring the backstage of the Opera House at the Kennedy Center for me was rather like being a very small mouse in a very large cheese shop. I’ve been backstage at many theaters, but never one as massive as this one. Photographer Brian Mosley and I joined a private press tour minutes before a Washington National Opera performance of Madama Butterfly earlier this month, and there was an eerie quiet backstage. We were in the proverbial calm before the storm. Technical professionals in black were … [Read more...]

Mar 23

We Love Outdoor Dining: Our Favorite Spots Around Town

Now that the weather is starting to turn for the better (don’t mind that pesky rain), all I can think about is eating and drinking outside. And in Washington, where the appropriate outdoor dining season is about two weeks long, it pays to be organized. That is why we’ve put together our favorite spots to sip a beer or have a bite on a patio, deck or sidewalk. Enjoy them, but if you take the last table at one of our favorites, we’re going to be seriously mad. Addison: Although it tends to fill … [Read more...]

Mar 09

Five Favorites: Reasons to Bike to Work

Bike to Work Day registration is now open, so mark your calendar for Friday, May 20!  This awesome event, sponsored by WABA, is a great way to get your feet wet riding your bike around the city. At last year’s event, when I had just started out commuting by bike, I won a raffle for a fantastic messenger bag, got all sorts of great bike gear, and enjoyed free food all before 10 AM– all things that made it a bit easier to integrate biking into my daily commute. And no matter where you live or work … [Read more...]

Mar 09

Washington D.C. Mardi Gras Events 2011

It's that time of the year again! It's time to let down your hair and let go of your inhibitions and party New Orleans style for Mardi Gras! For those of you who can't make it down to the real party in Louisiana, Metromix suggests you go out and show your Big Easy spirit by drinking a whole bunch, stuffing yourself on creole food, and collecting as many beads as humanly possible. (How you go about this is your choice.) Here are some avenues in which to accomplish this goal. … [Read more...]

Mar 04

10 Neighborhood Must-Do’s: Logan Circle

Logan Circle is a fun, hip neighborhood located just outside of the Dupont Circle & Shaw neighborhoods of DC. Logan has seen a major transformation in the last few years, and we've compiled some our favorite activities in this eclectic neighborhood...   Gourmet Fare @ Bar Pilar Bar Pilar serves up inspired, high-quality bar food. This unpretentious, neighborhood hotspot serves up delightful fare and fine wine. Arrive early, the room fills up quickly. Red Room @ The … [Read more...]

Mar 04

And the Cherry Blossoms Cometh…

Hard to believe it, but the National Cherry Blossom Festival is right around the corner! The official festival celebration is from March 26 through April 10 this year. Just announced this morning by National Park Service Chief Horticulturist Rob DeFeo, the optimal bloom time for the blossoms will be March 29 – April 3, right in the middle of the Festival. The average peak bloom date is April 4 with varying lengths; last year was a short window due to the heavy snows that blanketed the area in … [Read more...]