H Street Life
According to the calendar, we have already reached the peak of summer with the solstice on June 21st. But while things may be all downhill astronomically, there is still plenty of summer fun to be had in the greater H Street NE area.
Frenchie’s Pastries at Maketto
Are you a devotee of the fantastic croissants and pastries available at the H Street NE FRESHFARM Market? If so, you’ll be thrilled to know that Frenchie’s (http://www.frenchiesdc.com) baked goods will be available at Maketto (1351 H Street NE, once the much-anticipated market opens. For those unfamiliar with Maketto, it’s a combination coffee house, retail clothing shop, restaurant, and prepared food counter. It should open in the coming months.
Circus at the O Brings a Little Bit of the Big Top to H Street NE
Those who still pine for the weirdness of the Palace of Wonders should take note of a new event happening in the courtyard of Gallery O on H (1354 H Street NE, HYPERLINK "http://www.galleryoonh.com" http://www.galleryoonh.com). Circus at the O has ties to the original Palace, but also represents a collaboration with other folks along the H Street Corridor. Circus at the O will present three different shows, the first of which ran in early June. Cirque du Rouge (416 H Street NE, HYPERLINK "http://www.cirquedurouge.com" http://www.cirquedurouge.com) and Gallery O are two of the partners behind the June show that featured a contortionist, sideshow antics, burlesque performances, and a gallery filled with circus themed art. Catch the Circus two more times this summer and fall (7/12 and 9/6). Tickets for the last one were $20 (slightly cheaper if purchased ahead of time online). All patrons must be 21 years of age or over.
Local fans of independent film have much reason to rejoice these days. Recently news came that an Angelika Film Center (http://www.angelikafilmcenter.com) would open in the larger Florida Avenue Market that is home to Union Market (1309 5th Street NE). The Angelika will show a wide variety of art house and independent films. The only downside is waiting until 2015 for the multi-screen theater to open. The recently born Angelika Pop-Up (550 Penn Street NE, Unit E) has resolved this issue. Though considerably smaller than the permanent Angelika Film Center that will eventually replace it, the Pop-Up has its own charms, and instant gratification is only one of them. The Pop-Up has three screens, a nice little lounge area, and some very unusual concession offering. Think artisan sodas, crunch raw kale treats, micro brews, and even champagne. When I visited I was intrigued by cotton candy offered in flavors like lychee, banana, seas salt caramel, and watermelon.
The theater offers open caption screenings of some films, and closed caption options on others. They also have assisted listening devices and audio description headsets available. Adult tickets are generally $10.50-$11 ($8 for seniors and children), but the Pop-Up offers plenty of discounts. Parents of very young children will appreciate the $6 (children under 5 admitted free) cry baby matinee every Wednesday at noon. The volume at these screenings is intentionally kept low to reduce naptime interruptions, and the theater provides a changing table. Students pay $9 (includes free popcorn) on Tuesdays, and summer interns pay the same (includes free hotdogs or nachos) on Thursday nights. Anyone can take advantage of the Coffee Club discount that lets you sip a free cup of Intelligentsia coffee with your $6 ticket for any show before noon (every day).
Be sure to hold onto your ticket stub, as some Union Market vendors, and neighboring Dolcezza Gelato (550 Penn Street NE, http://dolcezzagelato.com), offer same-day discounts to theatergoers.
Dolcezza Gelato Factory Offers an Icy Weapon Against the Summer Blues
Dolcezza Gelato is delicious anytime, but especially so on a hot day. I stopped by one recent Sunday to sample one of their rotating menu sundaes and left quite impressed. The varieties of gelato and sorbetto rotate as well, but there is always something new to strike your fancy. Find one you like? Check the freezer for a pint to take home.
The Pursuit Wine Bar Offers Fine Wines and Grilled Cheese
When Sova closed its doors in February of 2013, it left a gap in the H Street NE Corridor scene. There were plenty of nice places to enjoy a glass of wine, but no wine bars per se. The Pursuit (1421 H Street NE, http://www.thepursuitwinebar.com/) aims to fill that void. With more than 50 wines available by the glass they appear well equipped to handle the task. The bar also does cocktails and boasts an impressive build-your-own grilled cheese menu.
H Street Organic Market Opens Its Doors
The eagerly awaited H Street Organic Market has finally opened its doors. Its produce section is extensive, with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Those with dietary restrictions will be delighted by the array of lactose- and gluten-free options, particularly in the prepared frozen foods sections. A coffee bar will be up and running shortly and will feature brews from local purveyor Swing’s Coffee (www.swingscoffee.com).
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