Mid-City DC

02/15/2017 - 11:10am
A busy January in Bloomingdale means there’s a lot to get to in this month’s Bloomingdale Buzz: History in the Making At the Jan. 23 monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) the Bloomingdale Historic Preservation Committee gave its full presentation on the effort to retain the neighborhood’s historic character. Among the matters discussed was a special zoning that would protect the street views and prevent an overabundance of invasive construction. The... >>more
02/15/2017 - 10:07am
"Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism" at the NGA Despite his contributions to the birth of impressionism, Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) remains relatively unknown. A thematic presentation of 75 works including paintings by contemporaries such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir will bring to light Bazille’s place as a central figure. Several examples from the Gallery’s collection, which houses the largest group of Bazille’s works... >>more
02/13/2017 - 11:16am
The Inauguration Hits Shaw Barricades went up and commerce shut down in Shaw during the presidential inauguration this January. The week of the inauguration, chainlink fencing started to appear along Shaw’s Seventh and Ninth street commercial corridors, constraining pedestrian traffic along the sidewalks and limiting people to crossing the street only at the corners. Inauguration day brought even greater restrictions. Barriers and checkpoints were set up and streets actually closed down... >>more
02/13/2017 - 10:12am
Adding to the Tool Belt On Sunday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., Fifth Street Ace Hardware will host its sixth annual Ladies’ Night in partnership with the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District. Ladies’ Night will feature more than a dozen vendors – including popular hardware brands like Valspar Paint and Big Green Egg – with food and drink provided by seven local businesses, and raffle and giftbag items from many local stores and restaurants such as Shouk,... >>more
02/11/2017 - 11:03am
The month before Donald Trump was elected president of the United States the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAHC) opened its doors. This newly built institution should serve as a watch tower from which to view the next four years. Too often we read history books while suffering from amnesia. Our eyes read words and paragraphs but we fail to comprehend the narrative that can grab ahold of us like a ball and chain.  After the November election many could be seen... >>more
02/11/2017 - 10:12am
Donald Trump famously campaigned on promises to “make America great again” by fighting for working people. Yet his nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, has a long history of fighting against workers’ rights, both at his own companies and from a policy standpoint. He is the wrong choice for Labor Secretary. Puzder’s nomination would be confirmation that the District needs to continue charting its own path to helping workers, especially the least powerful. That... >>more
01/21/2017 - 10:12am
Big Bear Bazaar Bloomingdale’s Big Bear Cafe, a central hub of activity for residents, hosted its Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 17. Despite the cold and rain, locals turned out to browse and purchase everything from holiday wreaths and boutique floral arrangements to scarves and pottery, lotions and honey products. The first booth encountered was run by Jen Galvin of The Dirt Society, a nonprofit working to establish a common vocabulary among farmers, regulators, distributors, and... >>more
01/18/2017 - 11:14am
Foundry This January, Foundry Gallery celebrates its 45th anniversary and its first year at the Shaw location. In 1971 four students of colorist painter and teacher Gene Davis began the gallery. At the time, Davis showed work at the Duval Foundry in Georgetown. The next spring the four founders attended the Conference for Women in the Visual Arts at the Corcoran. Inspired by June Wayne's call for women to work together, they expanded and organized as Foundry Artists. By the 1980s the... >>more
01/18/2017 - 10:12am
Still to Table It’s finally here. The highly anticipated third DC establishment in the Farmers Restaurant Group opened in December, after months of rumors, planning, and construction. Located in the brand-new glass building at the intersection of Sixth Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW, Farmers & Distillers hopes to build on the wild success of its older sisters – the original Founding Farmers in Foggy Bottom (as well as its satellite locations in Tysons and Montgomery County)... >>more