Area News Featuring Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Tenleytown & Georgetown
The Friendship Heights Bus Station, which serves Metro Bus,Ride On, The Friendship Heights Shuttle Bus & other conveyances, was relocated temporarily effective August 5.The relocation will last about two months - as the building above the station is renovated. Passengers who use the various bus stops within the station are picked up and dropped off at designated spots elsewhere in Friendship Heights. The entrance to the Metro Train Station via the Bus Station remains open.
Image below:A view of a small part of the Bus Station.
For several weeks, riders of the Friendship Heights Shuttle Bus and other conveyances found out - without advance notice - that they would have to take an alternative and relatively long route to the Giant Food Store & Pharmacy, Capital One Bank, Shushiko restaurant and other nearby businesses as the area shopping center’s interior streets are rebuilt. It is expected that the streets will reopen in September.As described in the article above, closure of the Friendship Heights Bus Station requires additional route adjustments.
Image below: A view of the entrance to the long & dimly-lit tunnel & garage thru which shuttle bus riders, including senior citizens, people with disabilities and others, must traverse to take an elevator to Giant & other businesses.
Ride On and Metrobus in Montgomery County offer Free Rides at select times for adults age 65+ and people with disabilities.Rides are Free Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-3:00 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am-4:00 pm.Rides are discounted at all other times. For details and more information, phone Montgomery County on 311.
Montgomery County is seeking proposals for redevelopment of Public Parking Garage 47at Montgomery Avenue and Waverly Street in Bethesda. Proposals are due September 17.
Work continues on redevelopment of the space formerly occupied by a branch of Chico’s apparel store at the corner of Willard & Wisconsin Avenues in Friendship Heights. After the initial permit was granted, the developer applied to Montgomery County for an additional permit for necessary changes to the property that had not been anticipated.The future tenant of the space has not been identified, but there are indications that it might be a bank.
There is nothing new to report about retailers who may plan to move to The Collection in Chevy Chase.
Plans to redevelop Parcels 4 & 6 in Friendship Heights are, apparently, still on hold.
Glen Echo Park will have their annual Labor Day Art Show, September 1-3 in the Spanish Ballroom.The exhibition features the work of more than 200 artists from the mid-Atlantic region. The wide range of artistic media offered includes sculpture, painting & drawing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, furniture and works on paper.
The 2018 Washingtonian Taste of Georgetown, presented by INFINITI, will take place on September 23.The event will be held in the heart of Georgetown, on K Street NW, between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street and along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. More than 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants will offer more than 60 signature dishes. Guests will be able to enjoy beer and wine as they stroll from booth to booth. Taste tickets can be purchased online - or in person on the day of the event. The event will benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center’smission to support the homeless. The event began over 20 years ago, when it was started by Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown and its former Rector David Bird and member Robert Egger.
Image below of a previous Taste of Georgetown: Courtesy of the Georgetown BID/Sam Kittner
Roti Modern Mediterranean continues installation of a branch of their chain of restaurants next door to the space formerly occupied by a PaneraBakeryon Willard Avenue in Friendship Heights. A mid-September opening is projected.
The Roti menu is inspired by the so-called Mediterranean diet, which is rich in vegetables, olive oil, wholesome grains, and lean protein.
As of the end of July, there was no information available about who will occupy the former Panera Bakery space. There have been many rumors about potential occupants, but none have turned out to be true. The Agenda News will post an article in this column about the future tenancy the minute reliable information is available.
American City Diner, which was open for some 30 years on the DC side of Chevy Chase - closed in July.The diner served all-day breakfasts & much more amid a casual atmosphere.The closure followed the passing of the company’s founder.
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park is presenting Peter and the Wolf, staged with half life-size marionettes, thru September 30.The show is based on Prokofiev’s popular tale of good versus evil, & is performed by Puppet Master Christopher Piper. "An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends, and their attempts to capture wily “Old Lupus.” The show is recommended for ages 4 - Adult.
Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park is presenting a world premiere play titled Tinker Bell, directed by Nick Olcott, thru August 20.The story is based on the works of Sir J. M. Barrie, as adapted for the stage by Patrick Flynn.The tale of Peter Pan is told from Tinker Bell's point of view. The show is recommended for all ages.
Adventure Theatre MTC & New York City’s Children’s Theatre will present a musical titled Blueberries for Sal, based on the book by Robert McCloskey & directed by Jess Jung, at Glen Echo Park, September 21-October 21.Written by Sandra Eskin and Michael J. Bobbitt, the show has Book, Music and Lyrics by William Yanesh. The musical is about the adventure of a bear and a little girl on Blueberry Hill.It’s recommended for all ages.
Cinema Art Bethesda will screen the Golden Globe-winner for Best Foreign Film, titled Fade, at Bethesda Row Cinema on September 16.Set in Hamburg, it's the tragic story of a reformed drug-dealer and Turkish immigrant, his young German wife and their six-year-old son. Cinema Art Bethesda is an all-volunteer organization that brings the best in foreign and independent film to Bethesda and surrounding Montgomery County communities.They pre-screen a large number of films and select those likely to provide an entertaining experience and a thought-provoking discussion.Each film is followed by a provocative discussion with outstanding film experts.
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will present a Movie Night at the Music Center at Strathmore on September 29, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s score for the Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront (1954).The score, which was the only work which he composed specifically for film, has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the best film scores of all time. The re-mastered film will screened as the score is performed live. Bernstein is said to have “created a powerful musical rendition of the drama, conveying the individual characters through music of unfailing appeal and expressiveness. Nobility, violence, corruption, tenderness, aspiration, frustration, resignation.”
Select AMC Theatres in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are among the favorites of area residents.
Image below: The lobby of AMC Theatres in Mazza Gallerie
Strathmore will present the annual FREE Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival on the Lawnbeginning nightly at 7:30 p.m., August 23-26.Visitors should “come early to stake out your spot, enjoy pre-show activities, and grab dinner from Ridgewell's summer grill." Profits from food sales will benefit the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities.The films scheduled are:
Thursday, August 23 – Coco Friday, August 24 – Black Panther Saturday, August 25 – The Lion King Sunday, August 26 – Wonder Woman
No tickets are needed.
Image below:A view of a previous outdoor screening.
The Diderot String Quartet will perform a concert titled From Russia with Love at Washington National Cathedral on September 10. The concert will include Haydn's "Sun" quartets and one of Beethoven's "Razumovsky" quartets, which Beethoven dedicated to Russian ambassador Andrey Razumovsky, who paid the wages of the very first professional string quartet.
Image below: Diderot String Quartet by JenniferToole
Washington Bach Consort, conducted by Artistic Director Dana Marsh,will present a concert titled Handel & Bach: Sing a New Song at National Presbyterian Church on September 16.The soloists will be Amy Broadbent, soprano, Rebecca Kellerman, soprano, Roger O. Isaacs, countertenor, Kyle Tomlin, tenor and Steven Combs, baritone. The program will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 190, George Frideric Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76; & J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243.
Monica Jeffries Hazangeles was named Strathmore’s new President and CEO in August, 2018 by the Board of Directors. She will succeed Eliot Pfanstiehl, who founded Strathmore in 1981. Pfanstiehl & Jeffries Hazangeles guided the evolution of Strathmore into Maryland’s “most prolific multidisciplinary arts presenter and producer.” She will assume her new role at Strathmore effective September 1, 2018. Image below: Monica Jeffries Hazangeles
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” in The Music Center on September 22.The concert will also feature pianist Garrick Ohlsson with the orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The program will include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner’s New Morning for the World (Daybreak of Freedom). Image below: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson
Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Stanislav Khristenko in a Celebration of Chopin on September 8 at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda, MD. The venue is on the border between Maryland & DC. Khristenko has won top prizes at some of the world's most prestigious piano competitions & has performed with some of the world’s most esteemed orchestras.He has performed solo concerts at Carnegie Hall & other distinguished venues.
Khristenko's all-Chopin concert will mark his appointment as 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence at the Washington Conservatory.
Image below:Stanislav Khristenko
The Thirteen, the esteemed all-star professional choir known for inspired and powerful live performances, will perform concerts titled i write your nameon October 20 & 21.The concerts, accompanied by organist Jeremy Filsell, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. The concert on October 20 will take place at the Church of the Epiphany in DC.The concert on October 21 will take place at Bradley Hill Church in Bethesda, MD. The program will feature two works inspired by conflict: Maurice Duruflé’s touching Requiemand Francis Poulenc’s technically-demanding Figure Humaine. Image below:The Thirteen
Maryland Lyric Opera will present Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) in concert at The Music Center at Strathmore on September 14 & 15. The rarely-performed romantic Western epic opera features “one of opera’s greatest scores and lushest orchestrations.” Two casts will be led by internationally-acclaimed sopranos Susan Bullock and Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs in the role of Minnie. The 75-member Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Louis Salemno, will appear on stage with the principal singers and chorus.
Image below: The poster for Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West Visit www.mdlo.org/
Glen Echo Park is offering free concerts in the Bumper Car Pavilion every Thursday, thru August 30. Visitors can "order your special picnic from Pralineat Glen Echo Park while you enjoy an evening of great music." The schedule is:
August 23: James Bazen Big Band August 30: Texas Chainsaw Horns
The Frequency, a new rental apartment building at 4000 Brandywine Street in Tenleytown, is now open for occupancy. The building offers modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances, quartz counters and in-home laundry. There is a roof deck and fitness center, plus a resident lounge and garage parking. The pet-friendly building also offers bike storage and is within walking distance of Metro's Tenleytown Red Line station and the shuttle bus to American University.
Several retail shops and restaurants in Georgetown have closed recently, most notably Restoration Hardware, but a few new venues are opening. Anthropologie & Co. opened one of their new concept stores at 3222 M Street in July.The store, which is on multiple levels, offers apparel for women, a design center, wellness products & a sweets shop. Meanwhile, preparations continue to open an Anthropologie & Co.new concept store in Bethesda Row this Fall. The company plans to close their branch in Wisconsin Place when the Bethesda store opens.
Rangoni – Firenze, a shop featuring shoes for women, is in the final stages of preparations to move from The Collection in Chevy Chase to their new location on Wisconsin Avenue near Courtyard Marriott hotel.The move will likely take place in August.
NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase will have their 2018 Quilt Show & Artisan Boutique at Kensington Armory/Town Hall in Kensington, MD, October 5 & 6. The event will include more than 200 Quilts, Opportunity Quilt, Silent Auction with Handcrafted Fiber Art, Raffle Baskets, Calico Elephant, Demonstrations and more.
Image below: the postcard for the show & boutique.
Rockville Little Theatre will present The Diary of Anne Frank, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett & adapted by Wendy Kesselman, at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre September 28-30 and October 5-7. Directed by Pauline Griller-Mitchell, this new adaptation "brings us into the secret annex where 13-year-old Anne and seven other Jews evade Nazi deportation. "For over two years, all that will stand between them and the concentration camps is their trust in one another and the bravery of those harboring them."