Area News Featuring Chevy Chase, Bethesda, & Tenleytown
Bethesda Row will undergo several major changes in 2018. Amazon is preparing to open a book store at the corner of Bethesda Avenue & Arlington Road. The space has been occupied by an Urban Countryhome furnishings store – directly across from a Giant food store – for several years. Meanwhile, Urban Country is preparing to move to a space next door that was formerly occupied by City Sports. City Sports closed in 2015, and the space is currently vacant. The pending arrival of the Amazon book store eases – somewhat - the disappointment which book-lovers have felt since Barnes & Noble (B&N) announced that their popular store in the heart of Bethesda Row would close. The B&N store will be replaced by a large Anthropologiedepartment store. Anthropologie stores - such as the one at Wisconsin Place in Friendship Heights - usually feature apparel for women, but the new store will include a furniture showroom, a shoe salon, a beauty boutique and more. There will be a restaurant on the street level with an outside patio.
Image below: The Barnes & Noble store in Bethesda Row.
The Apex Building at 7272 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda is in an advanced stage of destruction to clear the site in preparation for construction of a Purple Line Station.The building formerly housed the American Society of Health System Pharmacists,the Regal Bethesda’s 10 movie theaters, the Food Wine & Co. restaurant, a For Eyes optical store & other businesses. The Purple line station will be built beneath two new residential buildings and an office tower; each building will be at least 25 stories tall - among the tallest buildings in downtown Bethesda.The new Purple Line station will be accessible from the Metro station, which is two blocks to the north.
Construction of The Frequency, a new rental apartment building in Tenleytown, is advancing. The building will be at 4000 Brandywine Street – just off Wisconsin Avenue – about a block from the Tenleytown Metro Station & next to a Whole Foods Market. Part of The Frequency will incorporate a building which was occupied for several years by American University’s public radio station WAMU. The six-story building will have 225 Units, including studios, 1 Bedroom and 2 Bedroom units, plus apartments with lofts.
Urban Investment Partners, the company which is developing The Frequency, also plans to redevelop properties at 4620 Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown. The properties at 4620 would be combined & redeveloped as an eight-story mixed-use building with ground-level retail and more than 100 apartments.
Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week will take place January 22-28.The event will feature Brunch for $22, Lunch for $22, & Dinner for $35.Restaurants participating in Bethesda, Friendship Heights & Northwest DC will include: Capital Grille (American) – in Friendship Heights Chef Geoff (American) - Northwest DC Jaleo(Spanish) – in Bethesda; Kapnos Kouzina (Greek) - in Bethesda; Le Chat Noir (French) – in Friendship Heights. Lia's (American) - in Friendship Heights Morton's (Steakhouse) - in Bethesda PassionFish(Seafood) - in Bethesda Sushi Ko(Sushi) - in Friendship Heights Image below: A view of Lia's restaurant in the summer.
Cinema Art Bethesda will present the Italian film, Like Crazy (La pazza gioia)on Sunday, February 11 in Italian with English subtitles at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema.The 2016 film won 5 David di Donatella Awards (Italian Oscars) including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director. The story is about two patients at a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic.An unpredictable and moving friendship develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution “in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse – the world of sane people.”
PostClassical Ensemble, led by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will perform Shostakovich’s score for the 1929 Soviet silent film titled The New Babylon as the film is screened at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre on March 30 & 31. The film has been called the “astonishing culminating achievement of the Soviet silent film era.” The film is set duringthe 1871 Paris Commune. It is the first of Shostakovich’s historic collaborations with film-maker Grigori Kozintsev.
Image below: Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andrew Chung
Washington Conservatory of Music will present the Fine Arts Quartet with Alon Goldstein, piano, in a concert titled Mozart & More: Special Celebration of the 55th and Final Season of the Fine Arts Quarteton January 19 at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda.The quartet is comprised of Ralph Evans, violin, Efim Boico, violin, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola & Robert Cohen, cello. Pianist Alon Goldstein has performed with esteemed orchestras in the U.S. & Canada, as well as the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and Radio France Orchestra.
Cantate Chamber Singers, conducted by Gisèle Beckerwill perform a concert titled A Joyful Noise……..The Rest is Silence at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish in Chevy Chase on January 20.The featured soloist will be Deborah Sternberg, soprano. The program will include works by Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, & Edward Elgar. Visit https://cantate.org/
Image below: Gisèle Becker
The Apollo Orchestra will perform a concert at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on January 28. The program will include Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony no. 3 and Hindemith’s Kammermusik no. 7 with organist Julie Vidrick Evans - plus Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists of the Washington National Opera performingarias from American operas. A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is located art One Chevy Chase Circle NW, in DC.
Montgomery County may opt to lease the vacant house at 5320 Willard Avenue. The county-owned house, which was built in 1898, abuts Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park. As reported in this column in December, some members of the surrounding communities have sought to have the residential site used to create a formal entrance to the park from Willard Avenue. However, the County has reported that there are not enough resources to move forward with such a plan. Elsewhere, several other communities are competing to have parks installed.
Image below: The county-owned house on Willard Avenue.
Whyte House Monograms, which originally opened as a pop-up shop in The Collection in Chevy Chase in mid-2017, will continue to occupy the space on a permanent basis. Closure had been expected at the end of 2017, but the success of the shop led to two lease extensions. The store features elegant customized gifts for the home, weddings and more. Image below: A view of the interior of Whyte House Monograms.
De Pandi, the upscale men’s clothing shop at 5518 Wisconsin Ave, in Chevy Chase, plans to close in February. The company previously had a shop in the former White Flint shopping mall. The DePandi shop is next door to Courtyard Marriott & the Chevy Chase Design Center, which opened in 2017.
Rockville Little Theatre will present Carl Sternheim’s farce from 1910 titled The Underpants, adapted by Steve Martin & directed by Karen Fleming, January 26, 27 & 28 & February 2, 3, & 4.
Round House Theatre in Bethesda will present the American premiere of Moira Buffini’s comedy Handbagged, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, January 31-February 25.The Olivier Award-winning, West End hit comedy focuses on the relationship between Great Britain’s Iron Lady & The Queen, aka, Margaret Thatcher & Queen Elizabeth. The two women were born six months apart, & each woman “had a destiny that changed the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?” The comedy imagines “what the world’s most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors.”