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5550 Friendship Boulevard - Parcel 4
In June, representatives of the owners of 5550 Friendship Blvd. (Parcel 4) presented to the Friendship Heights Village Council an alternative concept for development of the property. The concept presented “reflects an interpretation of the 1998 Sector Plan.”
As described by the representatives, “Under these assumptions, the existing office building would be demolished and replaced with a 90-foot building with a floor area ratio … that would provide about 200 residential units. While there would likely be modifications during a sketch plan process, the massing is representative of the building envelope along with potential green space and building separation.”
A 90-foot building would be about 8 stories tall – as measured from the corner of Friendship Boulevard & North Park Avenue.
The plan which the owners reportedly prefer calls for construction of a 180-foot condominium tower of about 16 stories with about 95 residential units, which would be “built beside the existing office building and set back “to allow an optimal amount of open green space.”
In this plan, a relatively large amount of space would be taken up by an “arrival plaza”between the office building and the proposed 16-story condominium. Some residents have commented that – under either of the proposals - very little of the property would be left for green space that might be available to the community.
For whatever plan may eventually be selected, the property owner notes that “review and approval process for the plan is expected to take about two to three years to complete before a building permit could be applied for and construction could begin. Market conditions could also affect the timeline.”
Strathmore Visual Arts is presenting the 25th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibitionin the Mansion at Strathmore thru August 6. The exhibition features the works of 118 artists from eight countries as they demonstrate the sophistication, intricacy, and complexity of colored pencils.
The exhibition is juried by Joanne Moser, and the works shown "range from landscapes to portraiture, still life, and life studies with colored pencil used in a range of applications and styles. ”
Image below: "Elephants" by Gemma Gylling
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection in Georgetown, DC is displaying several special exhibitions thru March 2018, including:
Women in Art, 1850–1910 Ancient Bronzes in the Dumbarton Oaks Collections Early Bliss Acquisitions: Collecting in Paris & London, 1912-1916 Early Bliss Acquisitions: Collecting Textiles
In addition, the Museum & Collection are exhibiting Imagining the Empress: Theodora in Popular Culture, 1882-1922thru August 31. The display shows how a single historical figure—the sixth-century Byzantine empress Theodora—captured the public imagination at the end of the nineteenth century through film, theater, opera, and even buttons. The Museum & Collection are also exhibiting The City Water/City Lifethru August 31. The exhibit displays materials from the Rare Book Collection to explore the past and present of three major European cities: Amsterdam, Florence, and Paris.
The Friendship Heights Village Center will host Barry Wood, a foreign correspondent and economics journalist, who will discuss his book, Exploring New Europe: A Bicycle Journey, on Thursday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m.A Voice of America correspondent in Prague in the 1990s, Mr. Wood took a bicycle journey of 2,500 miles to connect with ordinary people in the Baltic lands, central Europe and the Balkans.
A quarter century after the collapse of communism, the author shares his discoveries about the countries’ successes in building democratic institutions and market economies. Copies of the Wood's book will be available for sale. Friendship Heights Village Center is located at 4433 S. Park Avenue in Chevy Chase. Please sign up in advance by calling the Village Center at 301-656-2797.
Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week will take place August 14-20 at select venues throughout the area. Visitors can have a 3 course lunch for $22 or brunch for $22 and a 3 course dinner for $35. Presented by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, this year’s summer restaurant week will have 250 participating restaurants in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Restaurants participating in Chevy Chase & Bethesda:
Chevy Chase: Lia’s - American Range - American Sushi Ko - Sushi
City Perch Kitchen - American, Comfort, Contemporary Kapnos Kouzina – Greek Morton’s The Steakhouse – Steak PassionFish Bethesda - Seafood Redwood – American
Muncheez, a casual restaurant featuring Lebanese cuisine, opened in June on the street level of Tenley View, the new apartment building on Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown. Muncheez was founded on the streets of Beirut by owners with a passion for eating “Lebanese street food.”
Lebanese cuisine “incorporates the basics of healthy eating….with their own blend of herbs, spices and olive oil.”Their shawarmas are made in-house daily by stacking fresh marinated meats on top of each other on a vertical rotating spit, then slowly roasting.They slice it to order, and serve it fresh and warm.
Their Manakeesh, Wraps and Pizzas are sheeted, filled and baked to enjoy fresh from the oven.
Their Tabbouleh (or Tabouli) salad is a popular Lebanese vegetarian dish that is traditionally made from tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur, and onion, then seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.
For dessert, Muncheez offers a selection of Crepes.
In addition to dining in a casual setting with an open kitchen, a counter, table & chairs, Muncheez offers delivery. The restaurant is near a Metrobus stop and the Tenleytown Red Line Stop; street parking is sometimes available nearby. The company also has a branch in Georgetown.
Image below: The interior of Muncheez with Corporate Chef Haidar Charaf at center.
Chatter is the new name of the venerable bar & restaurant at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue & Jenifer Street.The restaurant was called Chadwicks for many decades, and later it was renamed Chads.
The restaurant was sold early this year to an ownership group that includes Tony Kornheiser, Gary Williams, Maury Povich and Alan Bubes. The new owners have ties to sports & media. They suggest “chatting with us about recording your podcast at Chatter.”
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland is exhibiting Botanica: The Art & Science of Plantsin the Visitors Center, thru July 21.The juried exhibition of botanical art features works by artists affiliated with Brookside Gardens' School of Botanical Art & Illustration and the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region.
Original art and archival quality prints are available for purchase in the Visitor Center gift shop.
Brookside Gardens is displaying their annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit thru September 17. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can “learn about their amazing metamorphoses, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.”
Strathmore’s Backyard Theater for Children is now open on Thursdays, when little ones can “romp, run, roll, and make music on the green hills. Families can enjoy performances by top-notch kindie rock musicians and entertainers under the tented Backyard Theater Stage."
The performers will include illusionist The Amazing Max, Falu’s Bazaar, who combines classical Indian music with American pop in interactive concerts, and Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, who perform positive, original music for young listeners. Strathmore’s Backyard Theater Stage is adjacent to the historic Mansion at Strathmore.
Historic Dumbarton House in Georgetown will have a Jane Austen Film Festivaloutdoors on Wednesday evenings - beginning at dusk - in July. Films are, as the titled suggests, all based on the classic books by the beloved English novelist.
The screenings will be on:
July 19 Emma (1996)
July 26 Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Dumbarton House, shown below, is at 2715 Q Street NW.
Bethesda’s annual Outdoor Movie Series will take place July 18-22 at the city’s Woodmont Triangle at the corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues. A limited number of chairs will be provided, and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. The schedule of movies to be screened is:
July 18: The Wizard of Oz July 19: Field of Dreams July 20: Dead Poets Society July 21: Hidden Figures July 22: La La Land
The Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival will take place on the lawn near the historic Mansion at Strathmore and Gudelsky Gazebo, August 24-27. There will be live music, visual art displays, and games. Barbecue, and beverages, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase from Ridgewells.
Recent blockbusters will be shown “on a 52-foot-wide inflatable movie screen. Guests will enjoy an unrivaled outdoor movie experience with digital cinema projection." The screening schedule is:
Thursday, August 24:Moana – PG Friday, August 25:Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - PG-13
Saturday, August 26 – The Lego Batman Movie – PG Moviegoers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, low beach chairs & small coolers.
The free event is underwritten by Comcast and produced by DTA Global with Strathmore, and benefits NIH Children’s Charities.
In the event of severe weather, the screenings will be cancelled.
Image below: A view of a previous Comcast screening.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Spectacular: Gems & Jewelry from the Marjorie Post Collection, thru January 1, 2018.Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, “tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.”
Her collection “represented the finest assembly of gems and historical and twentieth-century jewelry in America. She commissioned great pieces from the most important jewelry firms of her time including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and Verdura and many others…..
New and previously unseen pieces from the Merriweather Post collection are a highlight of this exhibition.”
Glen Echo Park is offering a Summer Concert Seriesin the Bumper Car Pavilion every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., thru August 31.Visitors can order a special picnic from Praline at Glen Echo Park while enjoying an evening of music. Dancers are welcome!Performances are scheduled on:
July 20: Brendan Pelan July 27: U.S. Marine Band - Free Country August 3: Bollywood Brass DC August 10: Elikeh August 17: Origem August 24: U.S. Marine Band - Dixieland Ensemble August 31: Tall in the Saddle Band
Image below: The Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park
The Music Center at Strathmore'sLive from the Lawnseries of free summer outdoor concertsis now in progress on select days. Performances take place at Strathmore’s Gudelsky Gazebo. Picnic blankets, low beach chairs, and small coolers are welcomed. Food is available for purchase from Ridgewells Catering. In case of inclement weather, concerts will move indoors to the Music Center.
Performances are scheduled on:
July 19: Look Homeward – bluegrass, folk music, & gospel plus Southern charm July 26: Bib Ray & the Kool Kats - Trumpeter Ray Caddell & his band play big band, dance hits, pop and R&B favorites—plus Motown, Sinatra, and more.
August 2: Fémina - reggae, Latin, and hip-hop fusion. August 9: Matuto – A 4-piece group known for their infectious dance floor rhythms and cross cultural musicality.
August 16: Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys – The 4-piece string band melds soul, folk & bluegrass. August 23: Uke Fest – An all-star celebration of the little instrument that brings people together in harmony. August 30: Akua Allrich – the DC native considered one of the area’s most vibrant vocalists as she approaches timeless jazz standards with blue and pan-African influences. September 9: Team Familiar – The soulful group formed by D.C. native and go-go legend Donnell Floyd, they “reign supreme on the sultry go-go scene.”
NIC+ZOE, a clothing line for women, opened a branch at Wisconsin Place on Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase in mid-June.The company specializes in knitwear made of high-quality yarn. Chief Executive Officer Dorian Lightbown founded the company in 2006 to offer a style of dress that could “take women from day to night and from work to the weekend.” She named the company after her children, NIC+ZOE. The shop is in space formerly occupied by a branch of BCBG.
Image below: NIC+ZOE
Located in the former Saks Jandel location on Wisconsin Ave, The Chevy Chase Design Center is an extension of a family-owned business from over 100 years ago that was started by the owner's grandfather, who made his living as afine rugs dealer. Current owner VictorChaim continues the tradition with fine home furnishings, luxury designer fabrics, decorative accents, lighting, andworks of art by internationally-renowned artists.
Naturally, antique and designer floor coverings from around the world take center stage in this new Chevy Chase Design Center showroom.
Image below: A room designed & furnished by the Chevy Chase Design Center.
Whyte House Monograms, a pop-up shop in The Collection at 5471 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase, will remain open through July 15. The store features elegant customized gifts for the house, weddings and more.
Image below: A view of the interior of Whyte House Monograms.
The sidewalks at the corners of Wisconsin & Willard Avenues and Wisconsin Circle have been in deplorable condition for years, despite many reports of pedestrian safety issues in this publication and elsewhere. One of the great concerns has been a raised platform at the corner nearest Clyde’s restaurant.
The platform was said to have been installed to alert blind pedestrians to the crossing - if when their canes/walking sticks touched the platform - but the platform turned out to be counter-productive – to say the least! Pedestrians, especially those who have visual problems or are using walkers or scooters or canes, have bumped into the platforms repeatedly as they approached the intersection. Some have fallen or been badly shaken.
When repairs on the corners finally got underway in late June, the platform near Clyde’s was being restored rather than being removed. To make matters worse, platforms were installed on the other corners of the intersection as well. The expression about "adding insult to injury" was never more appropriate!
Images below: At left, the original platform under restoration & at right - one of the new platforms.
Rockville Music Theatre is presenting Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Clare Shaffer, at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, on select days, thru July 23. It’s a take on the classic film comedy, and retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
In addition to beautiful show girls, there are cows, killer rabbits and much more.The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Quotidian Theatre Company (QTC) is presenting Horton Foote’s family drama titled Night Seasonsat The Writer’s Center in Bethesda thru August 13.The play, directed by Jack Sbarbori, takes place on the 93rd birthday of an elderly woman who has outlived her husband and daughter and who “begins to realize her longevity may be her punishment.”
The production stars Jane Squier Bruns and John Decker, who are both acting company members who have performed in numerous Horton Foote plays at QTC over almost 20 years.