Tag: Things to do in DC

Architecture meets the arts at Building Museum’s design-focused film festival

WASHINGTON — Over the years, the National Building Museum’s Great Hall has been made into a beach, a beehive and an iceberg. And this weekend, it will go through yet another transformation when it becomes a theater for D.C.’s 2019 Architecture and Design Film Festival. “There’s this great connection between film and architecture,” said Kyle […]

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In a once-flourishing taxicab mecca, DC rides plummet

WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital once boasted the highest number of taxis per capita of any city, but in 2019, the number of taxi rides in the District are plummeting — leaving some wondering if the industry is doomed. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, while the number of “one-tap” ride-hailing trips using services including Uber and […]

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Crowd converges near Friendship Archway for Chinese New Year celebration

WASHINGTON — Folks lined the streets of downtown D.C. Sunday afternoon to celebrate Chinese New Year. It was a community affair to ring in the year of the pig, which represents wealth, fun and good fortune. A crowd several rows deep packed the streets around the Friendship Archway in Chinatown. People stood on bus stop […]

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Reviving the retro soda shop: Buffalo & Bergen grows with second location

WASHINGTON — Six years ago, when veteran bartender Gina Chersevani told friends she wanted to open a soda bar in D.C., the typical response was, “What the heck is that?” And she didn’t exactly have an answer at the ready. “I didn’t know, because one didn’t exist, so I had to come up with a […]

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High security costs scuttle DC’s St. Patrick’s Parade

WASHINGTON — Citing the high costs of government-required security, organizers say this year’s St. Patrick’s Parade in Washington has been canceled. The parade on Constitution Avenue usually steps off the Sunday before March 17, featuring marching bands, bagpipes, Irish step dancers and floats. About 100 units have comprised some past parades. The St. Patrick’s Parade […]

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New DC restaurant launches pay-what-you-can menu to foster accessibility

WASHINGTON — When Johnny Spero developed the concept for his new Georgetown restaurant, Reverie, a project two-and-a-half years in the making, the 32-year-old chef kept his focus on one word: approachable. He wanted to build a space that could cater to neighbors in search of a weeknight glass of wine and a burger (made with […]

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SPiN pingpong social club comes to National Press Club building

WASHINGTON — New York-based SPiN will open one of its artsy, funky pingpong clubs in time for the holidays at 1332 F St. NW in the National Press Club building. It will be SPiN’s eighth location in North America. The first opened in New York in 2009. Other locations are in Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, […]

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Some D.C. area gifts to bring home to your out-of-town family

WASHINGTON — Between honey made from beehives on a historic burial ground, to bourbon rested in wine barrels, the District and its surroundings have plenty of “take-home-to-mom-worthy” gifts. Consider cured meats from Silver Spring’s Urban Butcher, or preserved fish at the Ivy City Smokehouse. Or, if you’re looking for a little whimsy with your whiskey, […]

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Volunteers, wreaths needed to decorate veterans’ headstones at Arlington National Cemetery

WASHINGTON— The placement of wreaths on the veterans’ gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery is an annual holiday tradition that stretches back nearly three decades. Wreaths Across America, the volunteer organization spearheading the annual effort, is looking for help to honor those buried there. National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, Dec. 15. “We will be, on […]

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30 years ago, Bombay Club introduced Indian to DC’s fine-dining scene

WASHINGTON — When Ashok Bajaj moved to D.C. from London 30 years ago, he arrived with one objective: to open a fine-dining Indian restaurant in the nation’s capital. Today, D.C.’s dining scene would be incomplete without one — or several. But the restaurant industry was drastically different in the late ‘80s. Most of the white […]

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DC bagel shop cooks up crowds, even months after opening

WASHINGTON — When Andrew Dana first started working on the concept for Call Your Mother, a Jewish-inspired deli that opened in October in D.C.’s Park View neighborhood, he imagined it would be “a semi-sleepy” neighborhood bagel shop that drew a small crowd on the weekends. “I wanted to create a bagel shop that could be […]

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PHOTOS: Nationals Winterfest returns to the ballpark this weekend

WASHINGTON — Whether it’s to challenge a Racing President or to take a few swings in the batting cages where the players warm up, Washington Nationals fans have a lot to do this weekend. Nationals Winterfest takes over Nationals Park for the first time since 2011. The event, which is a wintertime tradition in D.C., […]

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Hometown hero Carla Hall reclaims, celebrates soul food in new book

WASHINGTON — When Carla Hall walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, she was overcome with emotion. Tears streamed down the celebrity chef’s face as she pictured others before her fighting for equal rights, only to be punished, or worse, killed. The stop in Selma was one of many for Hall, who was […]

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‘Cool’ places to dine, drink this season

WASHINGTON — The holiday season is heating up, and to celebrate, many D.C. dining establishments are cooling down with winter-themed patios, pop-ups and more. Whether it’s alongside ice sculptures or inside igloos, here are a few ways you can chill out and drink in the holiday season: Bourbon on Ice at The Four Seasons  The […]

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Downtown Holiday Market comes to life

WASHINGTON — Instead of braving the crowds at the department stores this weekend, how about sipping hot chocolate, listening to live music and browsing dozens of unique shops? You can because the Downtown Holiday Market is back. Many shoppers who wished to avoid Black Friday shopping made their way to the market as a more […]

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All aboard! US Botanic Garden holiday display features tiny train stations

WASHINGTON — Every year, mushrooms, acorns, cacao pods and other plant materials are transformed into a dazzling display at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill. This year, visitors will journey on a virtual train trip across America. In the Botanic Garden’s West Wing, visitors get a glimpse of the nation’s rail history in “Season’s […]

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After 17 years, 1 flood, 2 Amys still pleases pizza lovers

WASHINGTON — Peter Pastan can never quite recall the exact date in September, 2001 he opened his Northwest D.C. pizzeria 2 Amys. But there is one date he will always remember: July 8, 2018. “There’s kind of a rule in the restaurant business that you never answer your phone on a Sunday morning because it’s […]

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DC’s painted doors depict growing demand for more affordable housing

WASHINGTON — For the last three years, artist Tim Davis has been transforming drawers, cabinets and other three-dimensional found objects into works of art to tell stories of immigration, mass incarceration and life in America. So when the opportunity came knocking to illustrate another social justice issue on a 7-foot door, Davis didn’t hesitate. In […]

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Award-winning chef brings Israeli cuisine to home kitchens (recipe)

WASHINGTON — Michael Solomonov knows Israeli cuisine. The Philadelphia-based chef is a three-time James Beard Award winner, and is well-known for bringing a taste of his birth country to the East Coast with his flagship restaurant Zahav. But Solomonov’s latest project skips the restaurant kitchen entirely: His new book, “Israeli Soul,” brings the foods and […]

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Fitness, reading pop-up stretches body and mind

WASHINGTON — Yogis in the D.C. area can bridge in a brewery, warrior in a winery — even down-dog in a field of goats. And now, they can stretch their bodies — and minds — at Well + Read, a yoga pop-up that doubles as a reading club. Well + Read is the brainchild of […]

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Where to take the family while they visit DC

WASHINGTON — The next time you have visitors in town, try these not-so-typical destinations, and show your family another side of D.C. Tour the National Cathedral The National Cathedral is a great destination for those interested in learning more about art and history (the Cathedral offers several different tours, including one that ends with a […]

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New DC studio to serve as a ‘Gouda’ place to learn about cheese

WASHINGTON — In the last five years, D.C. has lost several specialty cheese shops, including Cowgirl Creamery, Sona Creamery and Righteous Cheese. Now, a local cheesemonger is betting area residents are ready to spend their hard-earned dough to buck that trend. This winter, Alice Bergen Phillips will bring her Alexandria-based cheese business, Cheesemonster, to D.C.’s […]

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