Target opened a very large new store in the former Sears/Best Buy space in Tenleytownon November 10. The store brings many jobs to the area and is readily accessible by Metro Rail & Bus. There is a large parking garage, which also serves the Container Store, Ace Hardware, & other businesses, below the Target store.
Major construction projects are making a big change in the Bethesda skyline – and there are many more on the way. Construction of The Wilson Building and The Elm – a three-tower, 23-story landmark development on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda - is advancing apace. The buildings will house hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space and 360 apartments in two residential towers. The future Bethesda Purple Line Station will occupy the lower levels beginning in early 2023 – if things go as planned. The new station will connect to the existing Bethesda Metrorail Station. In addition, the mixed-use complex will house WTTG, and WDCAFox Five, which will move there from their long-time home in Friendship Heights. Carr Properties razed the APEX building and broke ground on the new properties in 2017. The project will feature glass curtainwall facades, enhanced outdoor public and private spaces, first-class amenities and state-of-the-art building systems. The APEX building had housed multiple businesses, including several Regal Cinemas, which many in the community miss very much.
Image below: A rendering of the new buildings.
American University Museum is exhibiting Israeli and Irish Multi-Media Works by Women; Observations from the Valley Floor by Christine Neill; Frank Hallam Day’s Dark World; and The Clyde’s Murals by William Woodward, thru December 15.
Select Theatres at AMC in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screenings of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are favorites of area residents.
TheLittle Beet Table (LBT) plans to open their branch in The Collection in Chevy Chase for Dinner on Tuesday, November 19 and for Lunch in early December. The space has been completely redesigned and furnished in a contemporary style. There is a total of 84 seats throughout a large room and in an adjoining patio and at a long bar.The menu is inspired by the cuisines of the Mediterranean, new California, France, and beyond. The company uses the freshest possible products from nearby farms, of which there are many in Maryland and Virginia.
The Collection will open Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery and The Hunter's Hound in the former Ralph Lauren building in 2020. Urban Plateswill open in 2020 next to Farr Park - opposite the Little Beet Table. To read more about the Little Beet Table, visit www.thelittlebeettable.com
The Potbelly company made very little visible progress in October preparatory to redeveloping the former Panera space on Willard Avenue in Friendship Heights.However, there was work on the adjoining “new” space, which was "carved out of" the former Panera space. There is no news on who will occupy the new space.
Matchbox restaurant chain opened a branch in October in Bethesda Row at 7278 Woodmont Avenue. The site formerly housed a branch of American Tap. Matchbox is known for its American bistro fare, notably wood-fired pizzas, mini burgers, fresh salads and chef-inspired entrées, such as pan-seared sea bass and oven-roasted filet mignon. The special weekend brunch menu features more than 3 dozen small plates and pizza. The company has several other branches, including a very large restaurant on Rockville Pike.
The Glen Echo Park Holiday Art Show & Sale, presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, will take place November 23-January 5.The event will be held in the Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery.
Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville will present An Unforgettable Evening with Sophia Lorenon November 20 & 21.The Oscar® award-winning actress “will reminisce about her extraordinary life and career with a live interview, hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Bill Harris, alongside film clips from her career.”
Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo Park is presenting The Velveteen Rabbit, based on the book by Margery Williams as adapted by Patrick Flynn and directed by Jenna Duncan, thru January 1, 2020. The classic toy story tells of how a little girl gets a Rabbit for Christmas and is at first disappointed in her gift. But as she and the rabbit have adventures together, they begin to care for each other.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD is displaying the annual Garden of Lights, thru January 1, 2020 - except on November 19-22 and December 24-25.The magical winter wonderland is illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights. Inside the Conservatory, visitors can enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape.
Select Theatres at AMC 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.
The Avalon Theatre on Connecticut Ave. NW continues to offer Senior Cinema Thursdayson the third Thursday of each month. Seniors can see the Avalon’s current feature film on the big screen at 10:30 a.m. as they meet friends and enjoy a morning of entertainment! All movies are shown in the more-easily accessible downstairs theater, Avalon 1. The series is presented by Chevy Chase House, and, at last report, tickets are still $5 each.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, which has been called "a sparkling evocation of the world of commedia dell’arte clowns," at the Music Center at Strathmore on November 24.
The program will include the world premiere of a BSO commission by Russian-American composer and pianist Lera Auerbach.
Opera Screenings Live from the Met atAMC Theatre 7 in Mazza Gallerieare listed atwww.fathomevents.com
Whyte House Monograms has relocated their shop to 5471 Wisconsin Avenue in The Collection from their previous site a few doors down the avenue. Their new space was formerly occupied by Sugar & Ice, the popup candy shop, which left The Collection, as planned, at the end of September.
Chase Bank is preparing to open a branch at 4445 Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown – across the avenue from the new Target store & a Red Line Station. The bank is in the process of establishing a major presence in the D.C. area. At last count, Friendship Heights/Tenleytown had eight bank branches, and Chase Bank will bring the total to nine.
Round House Theatre will present The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, November 20-December 22.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration plans to install a High-intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) at the corner of Willard Avenue and The Hills Plaza …. near Wisconsin Place, the JBG Building, and Whole Foods Market. Many pedestrians have found that crossing Willard Avenue can be very dangerous, as some drivers ignore the marked crosswalk….and some drivers treat Willard Avenue & The Hills Plaza as speedways! There have been tragic incidents where pedestrians have been struck by fast-moving vehicles passing through the area. A standard HAWK beacon stays dark until it is activated by a pedestrian. The activation triggers a flashing yellow light that changes to a solid yellow light. The HAWK beacon then changes to a dual solid red light, and a pedestrian signal indicates that pedestrian and bicyclists can safely proceed across the road.
IMAGES: The image at top shows pedestrians in the dangerous crosswalk, while the image below depicts how a HAWK light changes when activated by a pedestrian.