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by Sean Meehan — August 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Down Dog Yoga (Photo via Twitter/ Down Dog Yoga)Down Dog Yoga, a local chain of yoga studios, will hold a class  in the Dupont Circle park tomorrow morning to raise money for the Africa Yoga Project.

Participants in the 10 a.m. class are asked to donate $10 or more to the Africa Yoga Project online or at the event. The Africa Yoga Project teaches yoga to children in East Africa.

Representatives for Down Dog Yoga could not be immediately reached for comment, but a tweet about the event promises a “fun and sweaty” time.

Photo via Twitter/ Down Dog Yoga

by Sean Meehan — August 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm 162 0

Veuve Clicquot's champagne truck (Photo via Twitter/ Veuve Clicquot)Bar Dupont will receive a special shipment of French champagne tonight.

A traveling truck packed with Veuve Clicquot champagne will be parked at the bar’s patio at 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW from 5-9 p.m. tonight.

Representatives from the high-end champagne brand have been touring the country and hosting patio events at bars in several cities. Bar Dupont patrons will be able to purchase $20 glasses of bubbly or $110 bottles between 5 and 9 p.m. today. For $129, customers can purchase unlimited champagne for the evening.

Bar Dupont will also be serving three specialty cocktails made with Veuve Cliquot champagne, and a food menu that includes hibiscus-infused ceviche, mini lobster rolls, and Chesapeake Bay oysters.

The Veuve Cliquot truck will stop at several downtown bars over the weekend before leaving the District.

Photo via Twitter/ Veuve Clicquot

by Tim Regan — August 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Dupont Circle beer hall Sauf Haus (1216 18th Street NW) is set to debut a new retractable roof by Sept. 19, says the bar’s general manager John Issa.

Currently, the bar’s top floor patio is protected only by a few moveable sheets. The new retractable roof will help protect the bar area from the elements as well as control the temperature there, Issa says.

The new roof will also contain noise coming from late night bar crowds and live music.

“This was a big motivating factor in the owners’ decision as they’re working hard to be a fun, neighborhood bar and not a late-night nuisance,” says Sauf Haus marketing and event coordinator Brittney Roberson.

Designer Adam Ford Roll-A-Cover designed the new roof, which Issa says will have cost “in the six figures” once installed. Ford has also designed retractable roofs for the Argonaut, Jack Rose, Ivy & Coney and Red Rocks on H Street.

Renderings courtesy of Sauf Haus

by Sean Meehan — August 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm 190 0

The District Vocal perform at the 17th Street Festival in 2014 (Photo via Facebook/ 17th Street Festival)Local art, live music and activities for kids and pets will take over a stretch of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle on Sept. 12 for the sixth 17th Street Festival.

The festival, which runs from noon to 6 p.m., will be similar to previous years’ festivals and will include more than 50 local artists and special zones for kids and pets.

Artists and other vendors will set up on 17th Street between P and R streets NW. Most of the vendor spots have been filled but submissions to fill the few remaining spots will be accepted until Friday.

Lee Granados, founder and co-chair of the festival, says that the festival tries to have a wide variety of art styles represented.

“We really try to push the envelope a little bit and bring in a pretty extensive variety to touch a lot of interests,” Granados said. “We have our typical traditional paintings and photography, but some of the applications I’ve seen have been for comic book graphic designers and some computer-generated work. There’s definitely a range from very contemporary to very traditional artists.”

While their parents peruse the art, children can enjoy storytelling, moon-bounces and other activities in the “kids zone” located at Stead Park on P Street. There will also be a “pet zone” sponsored by Dupont pet boutique The Cheeky Puppy.

Organizers are still finalizing entertainment for the main stage, but Granados says the festival plans to continue its annual tradition of including performances by local drag queens in the day’s entertainment. Several high-profile LGBT organizations have signed on as sponsors of the festival, including Capitol Pride and the Washington Blade newspaper.

Granados says she is also working with businesses around 17th Street to incorporate them into the celebration. The festival, which is put on by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, has a policy of excluding any vendors who might compete directly with area businesses.

“We have something for everyone and we hope that people come and enjoy a variety of entertainment and vendors and learn about some of the nonprofits in this area,” Granados said. “We also hope that people will support our local businesses while they’re here.”

Photo via Facebook/ 17th Street Festival

by Tim Regan — August 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm 181 0

1220 Connecticut NW

(Updated at 1:39 p.m.) A bar centered around “rare bourbons” may open in Dupont Circle.

A public hearing notice for a liquor license application posted recently on the ABRA website shows that the proprietors behind a new bar identified under the trade name “DVL” seek to set up shop at 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW.

According to the application, the bar would serve “light fare” alongside “rare bourbons” in a space with seating for 30 and a total occupancy of 250. The bar would also host occasional events with DJs and bands.

The bar’s owners seek to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The bar’s listed contact, David Chung, was not immediately available to comment.

by Tim Regan — August 25, 2015 at 10:30 am 440 1 Comment

Leave a dollar, take a tea in Dupont Circle

D.C.’s honesty just got dissed by a Bethesda-based tea brand.

As part of an unscientific quest to find the most honest cities in the country, Honest Tea set up an honor system tea stand in Dupont Circle last month. The instructions were clear: take tea, drop money in a box.

Now, the results are in: Only 94 percent of people in D.C. paid for the tea, making D.C. the 17th most-honest city in the U.S. out of 26.

To add insult to injury, Honest Tea says D.C. was the only city in which people actually stole money from the payment box, a first for the program’s history.

Despite the low ranking, our city performed on par with the national honesty average, Honest Tea says, and stiff competition from Atlanta (100 percent), Indianapolis (99 percent) and San Diego (97 percent) set the bar fairly high.

And it could have been worse: According to the results, the least honest city in the program was Providence, R.I., with 83 percent.

by Sean Meehan — August 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm 155 0

marmaladeAn internationally known Swedish circus and dance troupe will bring their kid-focused program to Dupont Circle tomorrow.

The Claire Parsons Company will give two performances of “Marmalade,” a dance and circus show aimed at children aged 2-6. The performances will take place at 10 a.m. and noon in Dupont Circle.

The Swedish Embassy and Dupont Festival, a group that brings public events to the Dupont Circle area, teamed up to bring the troupe to D.C. The company is coming off of a string of performances earlier in the month at the International Contemporary Circus Festival in New York.

The performance will be the first Dupont Festival event geared specifically toward children.

“One of the things that we’ve been hearing from our Dupont Festival fans is that we have a lot of families that live in the area and we haven’t done something that 100 percent kids-oriented, and we wanted to fill that void,” Aaron DeNu, principal organizer for Dupont Festival said.

“Marmalade” incorporates music, dancing and juggling, with audience members encouraged to dance and move along with the performers. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic baskets for the performance.

“This is the type of event that produces smiles, laughs and a generally good feeling, and that’s what we try to do with our festivals,” DeNu said.

Though it’s Dupont Festival’s first event geared specifically toward kids, it’s not the first time they’ve teamed up with the Swedish Embassy. In June, they co-hosted a viewing party for the Women’s World Cup and a free concert in the park as part of the Nordic Jazz Festival. DeNu, who says it’s his personal goal to work with every embassy in D.C., says that he thinks its important to use Dupont Festival events to share other cultures.

“It’s a win-win working with international communities,” he said. “It’s great to be able to use our public parks to showcase different cultures.”

Photo courtesy of Dupont Festival

by Tim Regan — August 21, 2015 at 10:45 am 125 0

Trans-rights activists at Dupont Metro

Seven transgender-rights activists hoisted a banner to protest the unjust treatment of transgender people at the Dupont Circle Metro station between 8 and 9 a.m. this morning.

The public display was organized by transgender rights group DC Trans Power.

Activist Jes Grobman said the banner was meant to disrupt commuters’ lives to bring attention to the cause.

“Last week, there were three trans people killed,” said Grobman. “It’s hard to connect those stories to reality. People need to be confronted and faced with the fact that we are dying.”

“We got a lot of support,” they added. “People on the streets walked by thanking us.”

Grobman said today’s protest is the first in a series of impromptu public displays.

“We’re going to keep doing things,” they said. “We keep being killed. We keep being unable to get jobs and afford housing. These are issues that are continuous.”

Image courtesy of DC Trans Power

by Sean Meehan — August 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

La Tomate

La Tomate Italian Bistro in Dupont Circle is celebrating 28 years in business with happy hour and dinner specials until Sept. 17.

The restaurant, located at 1701 Connecticut Ave. NW, has been serving Italian food since 1987.

For the next month, the bistro will host a $10 happy-hour appetizer buffet every day, which includes one drink. Diners will also be able to order a three course dinner for $28.

Jonathan ten Hoopen, who has served as general manager at La Tomate since 1993, says that the restaurant owes its longevity in part to its consistency over the years and its crowd of regulars who live or work in Dupont Circle.

“We’ve had a loyal following since we’ve opened,” he said. “We’ve always been very neighborhood-involved and active in the Dupont community and we’ve kept our price point the same.”

Although La Tomate has focused on consistency over the years, the neighborhood and city around them have changed a lot, especially in recent years.

“The most change has happened in the last five years where development [in the] east has really started to pull away a lot of the business,” ten Hoopen said. “The three big areas for dining and bars used to be Dupont, Georgetown and Cleveland Park, and we’re now three neighborhoods that are suffering a little in that regard due to growth elsewhere.”

As the cost of living in Dupont Circle has gone up, younger customers have moved east, and new restaurants have followed, ten Hoopen says. La Tomate is hoping to bring diners and drinkers back to Dupont with more affordable options and happy hour specials.

Last year, the bistro converted one of its dining rooms into La Tomate Caffe, which serves lighter, more affordable breakfast and lunch options.

“We’ve had a loyal following since we’ve opened, but what we’re looking for now is to create the next group of loyal customers,” he said. “That’s been a challenge because of where the younger generation is living and the number of new options people have.”

While ten Hoopen admits that Dupont is no longer the trendiest restaurant spot in town, he doesn’t worry about La Tomate’s longevity looking forward, describing the restaurant as an “old favorite” that people will always return to.

“There’s no doubt that we’ve felt the shift in the concentration of diners and drinkers because they have so many more options now,” he said. “But we benefit from being a neighborhood bistro for so long. It’s less of a trendy destination and more of a regular, comfortable place to be.”

by Tim Regan — August 19, 2015 at 1:10 pm 0

ESL Classes, Photo via Facebook.com/FoundryUnitedMethodistChurchFoundry United Methodist Church is seeking volunteers to help teach the English language during its upcoming English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in September.

Volunteers will teach adult students with low-to-advanced level English language skills during free two-hour courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Those interested in volunteering don’t need to have previous ESL teaching experience or belong to the church.

To get involved, fill out the church’s volunteer interest form.

Photo via Facebook.com/FoundryUnitedMethodistChurch

by Tim Regan — August 19, 2015 at 8:45 am 373 0

Police are on the lookout for a man filmed in connection with an armed assault in Dupont Circle.

According to police, a suspect knocked on the door of a home on the 2000 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW last Saturday at approximately 1:45 p.m. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and unsuccessfully attempted to force his way into the home before fleeing.

The victim was not injured during the crime.

Police are searching for a man in a white tank top and dark colored pants filmed walking through the lobby of a building.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via MPD

by Sean Meehan — August 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm 1,233 4 Comments

1831 Bar and Lounge

A steampunk-inspired bar and lounge is set to open on M Street in September.

The bar — appropriately called 1831 — will be located in the former Second State space at 1831 M St. NW.

The new hangout is the brainchild of brothers Jeff, Sean and Jean-Paul Chreky. Daniel Chreky, the brothers’ father, owns the building and operates Daniel’s Hair Salon on the upper level.

Jeff Chreky, 24, said he and his brothers, 31 and 34, came up with the concept for the bar together, hoping to give diners a “classier” alternative to clubs and college bars.

“We don’t want to be a club or a place that gets crazy,” Chreky says. “We want it to be a place where you can sit down and have a drink and something to eat.”

The lounge will serve small plates with salads, skewers and meat and cheese plates, Chreky says, and the bar will feature six taps and a wide selection of wine, beer, liquor and cocktails.

The interior, which is still under construction, will feature rustic light fixtures, sleek black tables and several small couches. In connection with the steampunk theme, a brick wall opposite the bar will house a mural inspired by the Jules Verne novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

“Some of the places that were here before sort of went around what the space is,” Chreky says. “We decided on the concept because it’s something different than what is around here.”

by Tim Regan — August 14, 2015 at 9:45 am 530 0

A woman was spotted climbing onto the tracks at the Dupont Circle Metro station, reported local transportation blogger Unsuck DC Metro earlier this morning.

In a series of photographs sent to Unsuck DC Metro by a user identified as “William,” a woman can be seen climbing down onto the tracks and posing for a photo.

WMATA spokeswoman Sherri Ly said that, while the agency wasn’t aware of that specific incident, it wasn’t particularly surprised that it occurred.

“It’s not necessarily uncommon,” Ly said.

“We’ve had this happen numerous times in a week,” Ly added. “Sometimes, people drop their cell phones or their wallets. It’s so important to them that they will go down onto the tracks to retrieve whatever it is. It does happen more frequently than the public may realize.”

Image via Unsuck DC Metro

by Tim Regan — August 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm 185 0

Vision Zero Bikeshare bikes

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Bikeshare today put 30 safety-themed Bikeshare bikes into circulation near Dupont Circle.

The new bikes can be rented from the Bikeshare docks at Massachusetts Avenue and Dupont Circle NW.

The bikes bear custom-made wheels to promote D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate bike fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

As part of the new initiative, DDOT is asking Capital Bikeshare riders to “Bikeshare their safety stories” by tweeting at the @DCVisionZero Twitter account. Additionally, riders are being asked to report unsafe intersections and roads on DDOT’s Vision Zero Safety Map.

Image via DDOT

by Sean Meehan — August 13, 2015 at 3:55 pm 248 0

Pagan Pride Day 2014 (via Facebook/DC Pagan Pride)Witches, Wiccans and other Pagans will gather at Dupont Circle for the annual Pagan Pride Day celebration on Sept. 20.

The all-day celebration in the circle will bring together multiple orders and sects of Pagans from the D.C. area and will feature several speakers and live entertainment. The centerpiece of the festival is a harvest ritual at noon which will be conducted by Connect DC, a Wiccan public ritual group, in celebration of Mabon, the autumnal equinox.

The tentative event schedule includes two speakers, though only one is booked so far. Debby Morris, a minister in the Circle Sanctuary Wiccan church in Wisconsin and an interfaith community leader will give a speech on how Pagans can work with leaders of other religions and faiths.

The other speaker has not been announced, but Angela Roberts, the local coordinator for the event says that they typically try to bring in a speaker from a non-Pagan religious tradition that nonetheless has some commonalities with Pagans. Last year, a representative from the Hindu American Foundation spoke about the common concerns of Hindus and Pagans.

The festivities are open to all people, and Roberts says one of the goals of the event, which was first held in 2001, is to spread awareness of the often misunderstood faith.

“One of the reasons we do Pagan Pride Day in such a public area with a lot of walk-through traffic is so people who know nothing about Paganism can come by, find out what’s going on and learn that there’s this whole other way of thinking and being in the world,” Roberts said.

Additionally, Roberts hopes that the event can give those interested in Paganism an entry into the community.

We have a lot of people who come to Pagan Pride in D.C. who are new transplants either for school or work or whatever, and this will present a point of entry into the community,” she said. “From there they can find a group or people to do things with throughout the year.”

In addition to the second speaker, the organizers are still working to confirm the entertainment for the day. Entertainment at past festivals has included magic, comedy and music shows. Though there are ritual elements of the celebration, Roberts says that the main focus is to bring together Pagans from around the area and engage with the non-Pagan community.

“Being Pagans and Wiccans, we don’t proselytize, we just say this is what we do and we’re your neighbors,” Roberts said. “We’re here and we’re having a good time and you can have a good time with us.”

Admission is free but organizers request that people bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to So Others Might Eat, an interfaith organization that provides food, clothing, and health care to poor and homeless people in Washington.

Photo via Facebook/ DC Pagan Pride


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