Monday, July 25, 2016

U STREET: OUTWRITE 2016 - A Celebration of LGBT Literature - August 5th thru 7th

The OutWrite LGBT Book Festival returns to The DC Center Friday, August 5th Sunday, August 7th. OutWrite is a celebration of LGBT Literature. The weekend is full of book readings, writing workshops, book discussions, poetry readings and more.
On Friday, August 5th at 6:30 PM at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105, this year’s opening event is a book launch for "Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America," edited by Kevin M. Cathcart and Leslie J. GabelBrett. It will be followed by a panel that will discuss the direction of future LGBT activism post-marriage equality.

On Saturday, OutWrite will host a diverse group of talented LGBTQ writers that cover genres such as science fiction, memoir, true crime, journalism and much more. Panels, workshops and readings include:

  • Stars in Their Pockets: Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
  • In Name & Memory: Art, Violence and Bearing Witness
  • Fuego y Hielo: poesía en español y inglés por
  • Hidden Histories: Research, Writing & Queer Visibility
  • Queering Afrofuturism with Imani Sims
In addition to the established writers, OutWrite will present four awards to young writers, in honor of literary pioneer Deacon Maccubbin, made possible by the DC Front Runners Pride Run.

As founder of the LGBT bookstore Lambda Rising, the Lambda Literary Awards and D.C.'s first Gay Pride Day, Maccubbin has dedicated himself to creating spaces for LGBTQ voices to be heard. The Young Writer Awards, made possible by DC Front Runners, aims to continue Maccubbin's legacy and provide opportunities for the next generation of the LGBTQ community to grow. The winners will read their work and be presented with their prizes.

A special treat this year is the addition of the OutWrite Open Mic hosted by noted poet Regie Cabico. The open mic will run from 12pm4pm, in the D.C. Center Lounge.

On Sunday, OutWrite presents five workshops for writers in conjunction with prominent poets and writers in the field. ME Girard, John Copenhaver, David Hazard, Imani Sims and Chelsea Shorte. Our speaker lineup includes :

  • ME Girard, workshop leader and author of GIRL MANS UP, forthcoming from Harper Collins in September.
  • Joanna Cifredo, author of A DARK ROAD TO PEACE and Racial & Economic Justice Policy Analyst with the National Center for Transgender Equality.
  • Regie Cabico, performance poet and cofounder of Capturing Fire, the only Trans and Queer Spoken Word Festival centered around Poetry Slam Culture and Literature.
  • Michael Nava, an attorney and writer, author of CITY OF PALACES and the Henry Rios mystery novels.
  • Tim Murphy, longtime journalist and activist, and the author of CHRISTODORA, forthcoming from Grove Atlantic in August.
  • Alexis de Veaux, the author of YABO, winner of the 2015 Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Fiction.
The festival promises to be entertaining and engaging. The lineup reflects many of the diverse voices in LGBTQ communities.
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BRENTWOOD: FCP and Self-Storage Zone Open First New Self-Storage Facility in Washington, DC in a Decade

Joint venture partners Federal Capital Partners® (FCP) and Self Storage Zone have announced the opening of a Self-Storage Zone flagship location in Washington, DC at 1850 New York Avenue, NE, the first ground up new self storage facility to be built in the District in more than 10 years. This LEED-certified facility has in excess of 1,400 climate-controlled and drive-up units as well as space for vehicle parking. Located between Montana Avenue and Bladensburg Road, the property is convenient to all DC neighborhoods, with very close proximity to NoMa, Capitol Hill and the H Street corridor. The Self Storage Zone facility features interior loading for the convenience of customers in any type of weather. The property has a state of the art security system and offers extended access hours.
Self Storage Zone Principal, Diane Tipton, encourages DC residents to visit the facility, noting, “We know DC customers are going to appreciate the modern design, clean and bright facilities and state-of-the-art security. Abundant parking and loading options make this Self Storage Zone location a great choice for customers with all types of storage needs.”

Friday, July 22, 2016

CLEVELAND PARK: Indian Restaurant Indique in Cleveland Park Launches Weekend Brunch on Saturday, July 30th

Available beginning on Saturday July 30th, celebrated modern Indian restaurant Indique known for its creative and contemporary Indian cuisine blending classic Indian flavors and ingredients with a contemporary twist - is launching their new weekend brunch service.
Available every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM to 3:00PM, devout brunch-goers in Washington DC will have the opportunity to enjoy Executive Chef K.N. Vinod’s new spice-infused weekend brunch at Indique in Cleveland Park. The notable modern Indian restaurant will offer a bottomless brunch option priced at $20 per person for brunch guests looking solely to indulge in unlimited savory dishes without all of the beverages. And brunch lovers looking to enjoy an endless stream of brunch beverages will have the option of indulging in either bottomless mimosas with fresh squeezed orange juice for an additional $10 per person ($30 total), or bottomless cocktails for an additional $15 per person ($35 total).

Creative brunch fare features Indian-inspired classics with creative twists including a Breakfast Kathi Roll, Chicken Kabab Eggs Benedict, Appam Waffle Sundae, Shreekandh Parfait, and Masala Omelette, just to highlight a few. And for brunch beverages, guests can choose from a variety of boozy sips including a Mimosa with Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Tamarind Margarita, Indique Mary, or a Rum Lassi, amongst others.

In addition, to add an exciting visual and interactive culinary brunch component, the team at Indique will also be offering a street food-inspired dosa station where guests enjoying brunch will be able to watch live as a selection of dosa's including a Cookie Butter Dosa, Vegetable Mini Dosa, Lamb Dosa, and Egg Dosa, are prepared fresh right in front of them. #DosasandMimosas is ready to make its debut in Washington DC’s bustling brunch scene!
Indique recently underwent a refresh and relaunched to the public offering completely revamped F&B menus, renovations featuring a refreshed look including new handcrafted artwork throughout the interior, and a one-of-a-kind new beverage program featuring handcrafted spice-infused cocktails as a result of bringing DC-based mixtress and cocktail consultant Carlie Steiner of Stir Bartending Co. on board.
Indique is open seven days a week – Monday through Thursday 5:30PM – 10:30PM, Friday Noon – 3:00PM, and 5:30PM – 11:00PM, Saturday 11:00AM – 3:00PM, and 5:30PM – 11:00PM, and Sunday 11:00AM – 3:00PM, and 5:30PM – 10:30PM. Happy Hour is available Monday through Friday 4:30PM – 7:00PM, and Weekend Brunch is available on Saturday's and Sunday's 11:00AM to 3:00PM.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

WASHINGTON DC: Get French Toast Doughnuts at Astro - Oh My!!!

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has added a new seasonal flavor to their summer lineup: the new made to order French Toast doughnut is a yeast doughnut served with vanilla pastry cream and maple syrup, with the option for seasonal peach compote on the side. The kitchen takes a yeast doughnut, dips it into an egg wash made with milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, orange and lime zest finishing it off on a flat top for a “French Toast” inspired finish. The seasonal peach compote is made with sautéed local peaches, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, honey and vanilla.

The doughnut is available for $4.50 and the peach compote is an additional $1.50 and they are on the menu at both the Downtown DC and Falls Church, Virginia locations during limited hours: Monday-Friday from 730 AM - 11 AM (both locations) and Saturday and Sunday 730 AM - 2 PM in Falls Church; 9 AM - 2 PM in DC.

GEORGETOWN: EastBanc and Jamestown Secure Race-Against-the-Clock Experience 'Escape Room Live' in Georgetown

Locked in a room with 45 minutes on the clock…searching for clues and piecing them together to find the only way out. It may sound like a mystery movie, but it’s real life – it’s Escape Room Live, and it’s coming to Georgetown. EastBanc, Inc. and Jamestown LP announced today that the race-against-the-clock live puzzle game has signed a long-term lease to occupy their retail property at 3345 M St NW. The two-floor, 6,573 square-foot Georgetown space will serve as Escape Room Live’s largest location with six, individually themed game rooms with CGI special effects, a reception space, lounge, bar and catering space designed to entertain up to 150 guests that is set to open this summer. Nicholas Papadopoulos of Papadopoulos Properties represented Escape Room Live in the deal. 
Escape Room in Alexandria
A challenging, interactive entertainment experience, Escape Room Live incorporates brainteasers and puzzle challenges with the adrenaline rush of a race against the clock. Participants are locked inside a themed room with 45 minutes to find and decipher clues that will help them figure their way out. With only a few hints, the group must use their wits, ingenuity and teamwork to complete the challenge and “escape the room.” 
Escape Room in Alexandria
Unlike any other escape room experience, Georgetown’s Escape Room Live has an exclusive partnership with Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment to create authentic, movie-themed rooms based on classics like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters. Escape Room Live will also bring Titanic, Friday the 13th, The Mummy and Edgar Allan Poe rooms to the new M Street location. 
“We are taking the level of immersion up several notches by incorporating Hollywood-style set design, CGI effects, lighting and sound into our new rooms,” says Ginger Flesher-Sonnier, owner and CEO of Escape Room Live. “With these upgraded effects, we are able to bring a greater sense of reality to the game. For example, the Titanic room will have a porthole timer where the water level viewed through the porthole gradually gets higher as time passes and, at 45 minutes, will appear to crack the window and water will look like it’s pouring in.”
The Escape Room Live location in Georgetown offers a new and exciting activity and entertainment to the main street and complements the dining and shopping experiences Georgetown has to offer. Friends and family can now shop, eat, and entertain a variety of ages and interests. As Escape Room Live is a teamwork-based activity, the six-room Georgetown location will also serve as a great corporate or student outing. With its engaging and accessible nature, Escape Room Live brings a fresh and fun twist to the shopping capital of DC.
“When we heard of the growing appeal of this concept we immediately looked for the best operator in town,” says Philippe Lanier, vice president of EastBanc. “We believe the Escape Room team takes painstaking care in making the experience addictive and repeatable, and will be an appealing addition to the urban fabric of Georgetown.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WASHINGTON DC: Star Trek Beyond To Open at National Air and Space Museum IMAX Theaters

Costume Display at Museum's Two Locations

Star Trek Beyond, from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot, will open at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater and at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center's Airbus IMAX Theater on July 22, with early evening shows on July 21. Both museums will also be exhibiting costumes from the film. The National Air and Space Museum will exhibit Capt. James T. Kirk's Starfleet uniform featuring the iconic Command Gold tunic with black pants and Starfleet pin. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will display Commander Spock's USS Franklin uniform and Lt. Uhura's Starfleet uniform. All three costumes were worn by the actors during the filming of Star Trek Beyond and will be on display near the theater box offices during the run of each film.
In addition to the costumes, all visitors can now enjoy the studio model of the Starship Enterprise from the original Star Trek series at the National Air and Space Museum's Milestones of Flight Hall. The exhibit is a new addition to the hall after its nearly two-year restoration.

Star Trek Beyond the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In Beyond, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

Moviegoers can experience the IMAX 12-channel sound mix in the upgraded Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater and Airbus IMAX Theater; both now featuring laser digital projection and 12-channel sound systems. Star Trek Beyond will be shown in IMAX 3-D at both locations.
From Paramount Pictures and Skydance, Star Trek Beyond is a Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment production. The film stars John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba. Directed by Justin Lin, the third film in the franchise series is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber and Justin Lin; and it is executive produced by Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Tommy Harper. Based on the TV series Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, the screenplay is written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung.

The film is rated PG-13, and tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at or at any of the Smithsonian IMAX box offices.

The Airbus IMAX Theater is located on the main floor of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport.

Monday, July 18, 2016

DOWNTOWN: Paride Guerra Tapped as The New Director of Food & Beverage at The Hay-Adams

The Hay-Adams Vice President & General Manager, Hans Bruland is pleased to announce the appointment of Paride Guerra as the new director of food and beverage for the award-winning historic hotel.  The Hay-Adams, located at 800 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, is the residence of choice for the most discriminating visitors and diners, as it has consistently been recognized as one of the top 500 hotels in the world by top-tier travel publications. Travel + Leisure recently named the hotel as one of the 15 Best City Hotels in the Continental U.S., and included The Hay-Adams in the “World’s Best Hotels” list in 2016 for the thirteenth consecutive year.

“Paride Guerra has a passion for the hospitality industry, a love for classic hotels, and he takes great pride in the skills he has honed over the years,” explains General Manager Hans Bruland. “He pays exceptional attention to detail, and we are delighted to have him join our team at The Hay-Adams, bringing his experience to the table in service of our clientele.”

A native of Switzerland, Paride Guerra brings a wealth of luxury level hospitality expertise gleaned in Europe, the United States and Asia to his position at The Hay-Adams. He most recently served as the director of food and beverage for COMO Hotels and Resorts five-star properties, Point Yamu in Phuket, Thailand and The Treasury in Perth, Australia, winner of Gourmet Traveller’s best new hotel of 2016 award.

Prior to that appointment, Guerra was tapped to return home as the director of food and beverage for The Chedi Andermatt Hotel, Switzerland, a five-star property nestled in the Swiss Alps, which like The Hay-Adams, is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. Here he worked from 2013 to 2015, as part of the opening team involved with the successful launch and operations of the property’s multiple dining outlets, from all-day dining in The Restaurant, to The Japanese Restaurant by Hide Yamamoto, The Lobby, The Bar and Living Room, The Wine and Cigar Library, Board Room and The Pool featuring indoor and outdoor dining, as well as in-room dining.

Guerra previously resided in the United States from 2009 to 2013, working in exceptional restaurants and hotels on both coasts. Highlights from these stints include a year working at The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons five-star hotel in Beverly Hills where he served as manager at THE Blvd Restaurant. Guerra also worked three years as outlets manager for The Grill, Bar and Courtyard, Pool and in room dining operations for the five-star Setai Hotel in Miami, Florida, where he was honored to be named Manager of the Year in 2010.

A 2004 graduate of Economics University Lugano, Guerra also went on to earn a hotel management degree from the State Tourism and Hotel Management School in Bellinzona, Switzerland in 2008. While at university he held additional management training positions in Malaysia, Dubai and Switzerland, before embarking on his career at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf in London post graduation.
 The Hay-Adams is located at 800 16th Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006

Friday, July 15, 2016

MVT: Tunes in the Triangle Free Concert Series Returns to Mount Vernon Triangle - Concert Dates Set at Milian Park

Live music will return to Mount Vernon Triangle in 2016 as the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) brings back the “Tunes in the Triangle” evening concert series at Milian Park at 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW in Washington, DC (with one exception; see below). The concerts, which showcase local artists of genres ranging from pop to jazz, will be held from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, are free, and guests are encouraged to pack a picnic; bring a blanket or chair; and enjoy the music with friends, family, kids and pets. Evenings in the park will include popular family games – corn hole, hula hoops, bubbles and more – and free lemonade.

The concerts are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, July 21 – The Oxymorons (Genres: Rock, Blues, New Orleans funk, Americana)
  • Tuesday, August 2 – Alison Carney (Genre: Eclectic) 
(Note: Tuesday, August 2 concert to be held at 5th & K Street in conjunction with the annual    “National Night Out” community-building campaign; stay tuned for additional details)
Weather delays will be announced through Twitter @mvtcid and Facebook if needed. 
Tunes in the Triangle is sponsored by the MVT CID and produced by OnTap Productions, with in-kind support provided by Boston Properties and Steuart Investments.