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Archive - Nov 10, 2014

Muriel Bowser Wins a Four Point Majority

The District Beat

On a beautiful November day, bucking national trends, District voters elected native Washingtonian, Democrat Muriel Bowser the next Mayor of the District of Columbia. Bowser received a total of 80,824 votes. With 53.96 percent of the ballots cast, she triumphed with a four-point majority. This was a major achievement for politician who barely eked out her party’s nomination with a 43.38 percent plurality.

Muriel Bowser Wins a Four Point Majority

The District Beat

On a beautiful November day, bucking national trends, District voters elected native Washingtonian, Democrat Muriel Bowser the next Mayor of the District of Columbia. Bowser received a total of 80,824 votes. With 53.96 percent of the ballots cast, she triumphed with a four-point majority. This was a major achievement for politician who barely eked out her party’s nomination with a 43.38 percent plurality.

Depeche Art

November Shows at MidCity Galleries

There is a lot to see this November in MidCity with an emphasis on photography as the seventh edition of Fotoweek DC launches a new series of exhibitions, panel discussions and workshops citywide with MidCity galleries Fathom and Touchstone participating.  

Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, a publication dedicated to DC’s visual arts.  For more information visit www.eastcityart.com

Keep Calm and Candlelight On

Let’s Get Physical

For this month’s feature, I arrived to VIDA Fitness Metropole at the end of a 16-hour day involving a 7:00 a.m. flight, layover, and hours of data entry at my desk—all fueled one paltry bowl of oatmeal. Plus, my friend, who is a personal trainer, put me through a short, but effective leg workout the night before the flight (at my imprudent request).

In short, I felt like a perfect candidate for the gym’s Candlelight Yoga class. 

Candlelight Yoga with Lara Levi is from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays at VIDA Metropole (1517 15th St. NW, phone number 202-588-5559), and 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at VIDA U Street (1612 U St. NW phone number 202-939-2577). Class is free with membership, $25 to drop in, or $150 for a 12-class pass.

A Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Thanksgiving is almost here. And you just had one of two reactions to that announcement: visions of joyful hours spent in the kitchen are dancing in your head, or you just broke out in a cold sweat. No matter how much you love cooking, feeding family and friends for a few days, including the biggest meal you cook all year, is a workout. Here’s my easy guide to Thanksgiving survival and celebration.

Give thanks for local farmers

Jonathan Bardzik is a cook, storyteller and author getting ready to cook Thanksgiving dinner at his home in Eckington. Known for his weekly, live cooking demos at Eastern Market (Saturdays from March to November), Jonathan loves cooking fresh ingredients as much as seeking them out in DC’s growing restaurant scene. His first cookbook, Simple Summer: A Recipe for Cooking and Entertaining with Ease is available now (and would make a wonderful gift!). Grab a copy and find out what Jonathan is cooking at www.jonathanbardzik.com or his Facebook page “What I Haven’t Cooked Yet.” Need some foodporn? Follow @JonathanBardzik on Twitter and Instagram.

New Artwork Proposal For Shaw

Longview Gallery is asking ANC 6E to support its application to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The plan is to improve the aesthetics of the Shaw neighborhood and celebrate its history on P St between Seventh and Eighth St NW.

“We believe that it will be the most unique public art experience not only to Shaw but DC as a whole,” said the Longview Gallery representative. The proposed site will be on the back side of City Market and O St NW and will be created by Zachary Oxman who also created the Duke Ellington statue in front of the Howard Theater.

Excerpted from October’s ANC 6E Report.

Streetscape Planning at 655 New York Ave, NE

Douglas Development appeared before ANC 6E to request support for public space permits related to new development at 655 New York Ave. NW. New paving and plans are in the works at the corner of New York Ave., Seventh St. and L St. NW.

New York Avenue will be repaved with a new pattern and slopes will be corrected to accommodate those with wheelchairs. Three large tree pits will also be installed measuring 12 feet wide. Bike racks will be added and small ramps will be built to facilitate entry into a new 11-story building on Seventh St.

Excerpted from October’s ANC 6E Report.

Ben’s Chili Bowl gets ANC Approval for Sidewalk Cafe

In a unanimous vote ANC 6A commissioners recommended that the ANC approve the application for a sidewalk café at 1001 H St. NE presented by Ben’s Chili Bowl. The application has the following conditions: closing the outdoor café at the usually mandated hours; only using the space for dining, no live or recorded music; installing a District Department of Transportation-approved fence; having an eight-foot buffer between the space and the sidewalk, and other minor stipulations.

Excerpted from the October ANC 6A Report.