H Street Life

Change brews at Vendetta.

It’s cold out there, and the low temperatures bite all the more fiercely when a mild winter leaves us unaccustomed to them. But don’t let that keep you huddled up indoors. There’s way too much fun and excitement to be had along the H Street NE Corridor.

Nerds in NoMa Offers a Thinking Person’s Happy Hour

The popular Nerds in NoMa (http://www.nomabid.org/lobby-project) series returns to present you with a thoughtful alternative to the usual happy hour. The free monthly panel discussions, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. every third Thursday through April, offer the opportunity to engage and exchange ideas with friends and others interested in the future of the District of Columbia. January’s session, dubbed “Hack D.C.,” focused on the role of civic hacking, open data, and technological innovations in improving life in the District. Upcoming panel subjects include the process of creating public art, a look at discovering urban adventures, and an examination of how DC is addressing climate change. With popcorn, beer, and wine available, the panels offer a chance to unwind a bit while ruminating on such topics.

All Nerds in NoMa events are offered free of charge, but the organizers do suggest reserving your spot online. Events will be held at 1200 First St. NE, which is accessible via the NoMa Metro station on the Red Line.

From Bocce to Brewpub at Vendetta

H Street NE restaurant and bocce bar Vendetta (http://vendettadc.com, 1212 H St. NE) recently changed owners and will undergo a format shift in the coming months. The new team members, no strangers to the H Street NE Corridor, include chef Teddy Folkman, chef Adam Cox of Maison-Dixon, barman Joe Englert, and Jimmy Silk of H Street Country Club (http://www.hstreetcountryclub.com, 1335 H St. NE). Folkman rose to fame as chef at Granville Moore’s (http://www.granvillemoores.com, 1238 H St. NE) when he defeated Bobby Flay in a moules and frites throwdown. Adam Cox cooks up spicy fried chicken and other Southern fare for Maison-Dixon that has been popping up around our area for a while (including at Vendetta). Englert has held an ownership interest in restaurants and taverns along the H Street strip.

The new owners have big plans for the tavern, involving transforming Vendetta into a brewpub serving a menu built around Cox’s Maison-Dixon, Nashville-style hot chicken concept. But before that happens Vendetta will offer a “Long Island red sauce” menu devised by Folkman. Said Folkman, “Big changes are on their way, but for now, we’re just having fun cooking dishes I’ve been eating or making since childhood.” Vendetta will serve a special “Lady & the Tramp” menu for two on Valentine’s Day. With a nod to the neighborhood’s sizable deaf community, Vendetta’s new owners note that the venue’s popular ASL trivia nights aren’t going anywhere.

Emulsion Mixes Things Up at Gallery O on H

Regional juried art show Emulsion (http://www.eastcityart.com/emulsion) returns to Gallery O on H (http://www.galleryoonh.com, 1354 H St. NE) for a third year. When making an emulsion one seeks to blend two seemingly unmixable components. The art show brings together artists from the art worlds of Baltimore and DC, two very different cities.

Residents over age 18 who reside, or create art, within fifty miles of organizer East City Art’s headquarters at 922 G St. SE are invited to submit entries online (https://emulsion.submittable.com) for consideration. All entries must be submitted by Feb. 15 along with an entry fee of $40. First prize is $1,500, second is $1,000, with $500 for third place and a $150 gift card awarded to each of two People’s Choice award winners. All works will receive consideration and may include (but are not limited to) two-dimensional pieces such as paintings, photographs, drawings, or digital images, three-dimensional sculptures, performance art, and new media.

The exhibit will open on April 9 with a reception, and all art will remain on display through April 15. Daily programming will include panel discussions and artist talks.

Dangerously Delicious Pies Temporarily Closes for Renovation

H Street’s Dangerously Delicious Pies (http://www.dangerouspiesdc.com, 1339 H St. NE) is temporarily closed for renovation, with reopening scheduled by Valentine’s Day, pending unforeseen construction delays. The shop is known for quiches and sweet and savory pies, including favorites like the Baltimore Bomb (Berger cookies melted down and swirled into a vanilla chess filling) and the SMOG (steak, mushroom, onion, and gruyere).

Po Boy Jim Shows It Can Carry a Tune

New Orleans-flavored sandwich spot Po Boy Jim (http://poboyjim.com, 709 H St. NE) recently got the go ahead from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to proceed with plans to offer live music performances and DJs as well as the occasional karaoke. While you’ll be able to enjoy some tunes along with your shrimp po boy, don’t expect the restaurant to turn into Bourbon Street anytime soon. ABRA instructed Po Boy Jim’s owners to mitigate any negative impact on neighbors resulting from the increased noise.

For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street NE, visit my blog at http://frozentropics.blogspot.com. Send me tips or questions at elise.bernard@gmail.com

Dangerously Delicious Pies aims to reopen with a new look this month.
Your next meal at Po Boy Jim could include live music.

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