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Wednesday: Stuff the Bus for DC Central Kitchen at Birch & Barley
There is still time to Stuff the Bus with healthy foodstuffs for DC Central Kitchen. DC’s largest food charity has teamed up with the restaurant app, Venga, to collect food and donations. DC Central Kitchen provides meals for the homeless from its downtown kitchen and headquarters. The bus will be at various food and restaurant locations around the city through Friday, September 30. One of the local stops is at Birch & Barley, 1337 14th Street NW this Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm. You can always donate online to DCCK if you can’t make it to the bus! Venga is a mobile app featuring exclusive offers from more than100 of DC’s top restaurants.
Change of Pace: Metro Makes Improvements
Yep, you read that right. First, the word from DCist is that everyone will now be able to make payment to your SmarTrip card from the comfort of your own home using the Internet. That’s been a long time coming. And then we saw from the Post that Metro is working “every night” to expand cell phone coverage in its busiest stations. I know I was going through severe withdrawal during my 15-minute metro ride, but no more!
You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here
A couple of closings in the Borderstan ‘hood are rapidly approaching. First, news came from U Street Girl that Mid City Caffe will be closing this Saturday, October 1 (on my birthday, no less!). Mid City opted not to renew its lease, and it won’t be opening elsewhere. MetroWeekly also mentioned on Friday the closing of 1409 Playbill Cafe, blaming the upcoming development along the 14th Street NW corridor and rising rents. The owners do hope to find a new home in the Logan Circle area.
A couple of LBGT organizations are having some big dinners across the next week — it must be a fall thing. The HRC National Dinner will be held next Saturday; it has been sold out for a while now, so hopefully you have your tickets already. If not, make sure you get your name on the wait list. On a more local level, the DC Center will be hosting its annual fall reception next Friday and there are tickets still available.
Rujunko Pugh was born in Japan and is of African-American and Japanese descent. Her childhood was spent in California and North Carolina, and for more than 10 years she called Hawaii home. Today, Pugh is a Logan Circle resident and fine arts photographer making a name for herself in the D.C. arts scene.
Since moving to the District, Pugh has exhibited at Mid City Caffe, and her work has been part of the annual Art for Life auction, which benefits the Whitman-Walker Clinic. She currently has representation at Long View Gallery. In addition, she volunteers for the Washington Project for the Arts. Currently, her solo exhibition, “Color Temporis,” and selected previous works are on display at Logan 14 Salon until August.
“Color Temporis” relates to nature and also includes elements of science. Images she took of the Malva sylvestris flower and graffiti in Italy are integrated with letters of genetic code to create an interesting combination. “Color Temporis” and its seamless union of art and science is a true reflection of Pugh, an artist who holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering.
You’ve probably heard that Mid City Caffe is up and running at 1626 14th Street NW (upstairs above Miss Pixie’s). It’s worth mentioning again because our one time there was enjoyable. Moreover, Luis liked the coffee; no small compliment from a coffee-consuming South American. Read what Luis said at One Photograph A Day.
Oops, we missed this one. But Prince of Petworth has it: “Mid City Caffe To Open June 14th (Above Miss Pixie’s on 14th Street).” From PoP:
So it was a little later than April… From a press release:”On Sunday, June 14th, owners Fernando Acha and designer Mick Mier will unveil Mid City Caffé, a new coffee shop in Washington, DC. Located at 1626 14th Street, Mid City Caffé will offer the neighborhood and greater D.C. community a traditional coffee and pastry destination…”
Read full posting. Thanks, Prince.