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SYMHM: The Weekend Roundup

by Borderstan.com — May 2, 2011 at 6:30 am 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

From Matty Rhoades

Ever Wonder About the Wonder Bread Building?

If you’ve walked by the vacant former Wonder Bread factory building at 641 S Street NW in Shaw, you’d have to wonder, “When will that get renovated and resold… as condos or something?” Greater Greater Washington gives you the history of the building as well as a look at the DC Preservation League, which recently held its 40th Anniversary gala at the site.

More on the Verizon Building Project

14th & You has more details on the recently announced PN Hoffman project for the Verizon building at the northwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW: “The biggest piece of news is that PN Hoffman acquired only the smaller south building for their project, not the larger building to the north.” Give it a read for all the details.

Wanna Buy Michelle Rhee’s House?

Famous people and power players are constantly selling D.C. houses — it’s the nature of our Beltway beast. So here’s another one. You have to ask whether Michelle Rhee will be staying in D.C. or is simply downsizing: Her five-bedroom house in 16th Street Heights is on the market for $875,000, according to the City Paper’s Housing Complex blog. The former DC Public Schools chancellor now heads up Students First, an advocacy group she founded. Rhee is engaged to Kevin Johnson, former NBA star and now mayor of Sacramento, his hometown.

More ArtJamz Sessions Scheduled

ArtJamz is headed back to Lamont Bishop Gallery on 9th Street NW for five more sessions: May 26-27 and June 9-11. Space is limited, so you need to register online. Not sure what it’s all about? Check out the profile Cecile Oreste’s did (and Luis Gomez’s photos): ArtJamz: Tap Into Your Creative Side. As founder Michael N. Clements explained, “ArtJamz is a simple idea. We get anywhere from 15 to 50 people together to eat, drink and create. Each person gets an easel and paints, a canvas they get to paint and take home, and lots of wine, beer, good food and music. I can also tell you what ArtJamz ISN’T… it’s not a class. There is no structure. No teachers. People are encouraged to simply create. But our hosts are always around to give some inspiration.” ArtJamz just held two sessions last week at Fathom Creative on 14th Street NW.

Outdoor Movie Season Gets Underway

Dcist has a nice overview of the summer outdoor movie schedule, which includes several venues around town as well as right-across-the-river in Rosslyn. One of the venues is close to home: U Street Movie Series: Harrison Field Under the Stars (1330 V Street NW). The series is sponsored by the Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, organized with the U Street Neighborhood Association, Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association, ANC 1B and MidCity Business Association. Donations at the gate benefit the Harrison Recreation Center. Films for the U Street Movie series have not been announced.

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