The Collection in Chevy Chase plans to open at least four restaurants in coming months. Little Beet Table (LBT) will open in mid-to-late September in the space formerly occupied by Mi Cocina. LBT restaurants are open all-day and feature healthy and tasty food and beverages. The space is being completely redesigned and will have a spacious patio next to the adjacent park. The restaurant and patio will occupy the street level of the space pictured below.
Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery (JB), a fast-casual restaurant based in Alexandria, Virginia, and The Hunter’s Hound are planning to open in the former Ralph Lauren space in The Collection in late 2019/early 2020. JB has been described as “an authentic American neighborhood bistro featuring some of the best pastries and baked goods you've ever tasted.” They offer buttery breakfast croissants, lunch sandwiches and family-style dinners. To read about the branch in Alexandria, visit www.junctionbakery.com/
The Hunter’s Hound will be a neighborhood-oriented restaurant serving modern American cuisine along with craft beer, cocktails and wine in a casual setting. Hunter’s Hound will be the first DC restaurant owned by Jason O’Brien and Chef Donal Crosbie.They own Trinity and Hudson Hound (note the different spelling) restaurants in New York City.To read more about Hudson Hound, visit www.hudsonhoundnyc.com/
Urban Plates plans to open in The Collection in the spring of 2020.The company makes everything fresh in their restaurants in-house every day using sustainably sourced ingredients.Their menus are planned around the seasons. The company has several locations in the DC area and in California.To read more about the branch at Westfield Montgomery Mall, visit https://urbanplates.com/
Potbelly continued work in August on the former Panera space on Willard Avenue in Friendship Heights, preparatory to opening a branch of their chain of sandwich shops there.A wall now divides the space, and Potbelly will occupy about 2/3 of the original space, and a new business will occupy the rest. The future occupant of the “new” space had not been identified at the end of August.
DePandi men’s apparel moved to their permanent space in The Collection in August. The elegant shop is in a prime location at 5481 A Wisconsin Avenue – two doors from the Tiffany & Company store. A DePandi bespoke garment is made completely by hand in the owner's tailor shop and provides a discerning client with both a perfect fit and a completely individual look. The store windows are pictured below. To read more about the company, visit www.eduardodepandi.com/
The Pam and The Ivy will be popping up in one of The Collection’s new retail suites(the blue one – 5481-B) from September 28th – January 1st. The tagline is “east coast classic meets west coast cool.” They will have women’s, men’s and kids’ clothes.
Tabandeh, the jewelry and dress shop which has been on the lower level of Mazza Gallerie since 1984, has opened a branch in The Shops at Wisconsin Place. The company showcases the talents of “singular, visionary designers worldwide.”They offer bags, clothing, fragrances, jewelry and shoes. The new shop is next door to Peet's Coffee & Tea on one side and Sephora cosmetics on the other side ….. near the corner of Wisconsin & Western Avenues. The original shop in Mazza Gallerie will continue at that site. To read more about the company, visit https://www.tabandehjewelry.com/
Target made considerable progress in August on construction of a 46,000-sq.-ft. store in Tenleytown. As reported, the store will open in 2020 and will occupy space formerly used by Best Buynext to the Tenleytown Metro. The Container Store and Ace Hardware continue operations elsewhere in the building.
Saks Off 5th is leaving Congressional Plaza.Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble (B&N) Books and Land’s End apparel plan to occupy spaces in Congressional Plaza.B&N will close their store at Rockville Pike Montrose Crossing.
The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is now presenting Early Fall Exhibitions. The image below by Grace Hartigan istitledBeware of the Gifts, 1971. Visit https://american.edu/
The Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival will take place October 12 & 13.About 190 leading artists nationwide will turn Bethesda Row’s Arts and Entertainment District into an outdoor art gallery, featuring juried fine arts and fine crafts. This year there will be a Young Collector’s Corner in a tented area, where emerging local artists will showcase their works to first-time and novice art collectors.Also, a new VIP Experience will offer patrons a personalized tour of the event – by reservation - guided by a knowledgeable art consultant. The tour will include electric cart service, refreshments, and one-on-one time with pre-selected artists.In addition, over two dozen volunteers will line the streets as Art Ambassadors to guide patrons through the event, passing out a daily newsletter, maps, offers at local restaurants, and providing way-finding services.
Image below: A previous Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Arthur Murray dance studioin The Collection in Chevy Chase will present Ballroom Under the Stars - a free instructional dance event - on Parkside Lane near The Green on the evening of September 12. Instructors will teach the basics of popular dance styles - followed by a dance party.
Please see the flyer below for details.
The Taste of Georgetown
The Annual Taste of Georgetown will take place on September 22 on K Street NW, between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street and along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. The epicurean festival will be celebrating its 26th year with creative tastes from more than 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants along with beer and wine. The festival will benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center's Homeless Assistance Programs.The event was started over 20 years ago by Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown.
Image below:A photo of a previous festival by Sam Kittner.
The National Zoo Uncorked will take place on September 12.Throughout the evening, visitors can enjoy unlimited wine tastings, live music and entertainment, an art walk with local artisans, a fun outdoor evening and "that warm fuzzy feeling of helping save animals." The Zoo's Think Tank and Great Cats exhibits will be open late.
Adventure Theatre MTC will present the musical MTC Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play, based on the books by Mo Willems & directed by Cara Gabriel, September 20-October 20."Gerald and Piggie are "bestus" friends, with Gerald taking care of all the worrying and Piggie living her best life. Piggie’s even happier and more excited than usual. They’re going to a party hosted by the Squirrelles! And so begins a day when anything is possible."
The annual ZooFiestawill take place at The National Zoo on September 21.The event will be part of a Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration: Un día de diversión animal para toda la familia.” There will be a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America.
The Collection in Chevy Chase will present The Collection of Frights – theirannual Halloween event - on Saturday, October 26th.
Cinema Art Bethesda (CAB) will screen the Israeli film titled Shoelaces at the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema on September 22.CAB is an all-volunteer organization that brings the best in foreign and independent film to Bethesda and surrounding Montgomery County. Shoelaces was released in 2018 and won several awards.The film tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son. Shoelaces will be screened in Hebrew with English subtitles.
The Collection in Chevy Chase will present Fall Flicks - Free Outdoor Movies on the Tiered Plaza - on the evenings of September 28 & October 5. There will be popcorn & candy compliments of The Collection. See the flyer below for details.
Historic Ellicott City, Inc.—a nonprofit supporting the preservation and restoration of the Ellicott City Historic District and other historic structures in Howard County—will present the annual Decorator Show House September 21-October 20. Twenty local interior designers will decorate 23 rooms and spaces in the stately French Provincial private home, Belle Vue at the Chase. No accessible parking will be available at the Decorator Show House address. A shuttle will be provided to transport guests to and from the home.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection is exhibiting Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion, thru January 5, 2020. The exhibition is the first to exhibit close to 60 pieces from the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine textile collection. The installation “emphasizes the visual splendor of 4th to 14th century CE textiles while examining their history as grave goods, modernist art objects, archaeological artifacts, and crucial tools for understanding long-lost lives.” Glittering examples of Byzantine jewelry intended to accessorize garments are also on exhibit, as well as several complete tunics for adults and a child.
To read more about Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion, visit www.doaks.org/
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will present a concert titled Eroica + Beethoven at the Music Center at Strathmore on September 21 & 22.The Eroica Trio is comprised of Erika Nickrenz, piano, Sara Parkins, violin and Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello.The concert will feature Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C Major and his Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major(“Eroica”). The Triple is considered “one of the most unusual concertos in the Western tradition.”
Washington Bach Consort, led by Artistic Director Dana Marsh - pictured below - will perform A Royal Occasion - music composed for Kings and Queens in 1727 - at National Presbyterian Church, near Tenleytown, on September 22.
Washington National Cathedral will present a concert titled Vivaldi: Four Seasonson September 28.The program will celebrate two of Vivaldi’s most famous works, “The Four Seasons” and “Gloria.” Berio’s “Corale” will provide an artistic counterpoint, introducing the Cathedral’s newest artist-in-residence, violinist Elicia Silverstein. The concert will celebrate the Cathedral’s 112th birthday with music designed for a sacred and soaring space.
The Apollo Orchestra, led by music director Stephen Czarkowski- in concert with trumpeter Chris Gekker - will perform a concert at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School-The Nolan Center on September 14. The program will feature Alexander Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet.
Washington Concert Opera will present Opera Outsideat Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park in Columbia Heights, DC, on September 28. The soloists will be soprano Vanessa Becerra, baritone Benjamin Taylor, and pianist David Hanlon. The concert will be free and open to all! The audience can bring children, pets, blankets, and chairs. No tickets are required, but you can register to win free tickets to the upcoming season.
Images below: Vanessa Becerra - credit Gabriel Gastelum & Benjamin Taylor
Theater J will present the new musical Love Sick, written and adapted by Israeli actress/writer Ofra Daniel with music by Ofra Daniel and Lior Ben-Hur, September 4-29.Directed by Christopher Renshaw, the musical “fuses a thrilling original score, Middle-Eastern harmonics, dazzling choreography, and an inspired story of passion and awakening."
Rockville Little Theatre will present Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic & Old Lace at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre September 27, 28 & 29 and October 4, 5, & 6.It's the tale of "two charming sisters who live in the family home in Brooklyn, offering rooms-to-rent, while populating their cellar with the remains of 'acceptable' lodgers. Visit http://rlt-online.org/
Rockville Musical Theatre will present Seussical, directed by Lee Michele Rosenthal, at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, October 25 & 26, November 1, 2,3, 8, 9 & 10.Based on the children's stories of Dr. Seuss, much of the plot is from Horton Hears a Who! - plus many other stories. Seussical is a show for the whole family.