Friday, February 24, 2017

DUPONT: March Exhibitions at Studio Gallery - Starts March 1


Featured Artist: Eleanor Kotlarik Wang
Dates: Exhibition runs March 1 through March 25, 2017
First Friday Reception: Friday, March 3 from 6:00-8:00pm
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 4 from 3:00-5:00pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 25 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Return to Stillness, Eleanor Kotlarik Wang.
In this series, the artist explores the complexity of tai chi footwork focusing on movements and stances which both begin and end the exercise form. Formal analysis gives way to winding meanderings in the lines that connect the movements of physical and creative energy. ___________________________________________________________________

Show title: Details
Featured Artist: Jo Levine
Dates: Exhibition runs March 1 through March 25, 2017
First Friday Reception: Friday, March 3 from 6:00-8:00pm
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 4 from 3:00-5:00pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 25 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Pillars, Jo Levine. Photograph, 2016-2017.
The “Details” in Jo Levine’s photography show are components of art objects and buildings in the Washington area and elsewhere. As a photographer, she finds that focusing on part of a larger image can create something new and different out of what would otherwise be an unremarkable photo – perhaps demonstrating, as architects like to say, that “God is in the details.” Levine hopes that her photos will inspire viewers to look more closely at the intriguing shapes and patterns in the world around them.

In addition to the Studio Gallery, Levine is a juried member of the Middle Street Gallery in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Her work has been recognized with awards by distinguished jurors and solo shows at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville, Maryland, and the Glen Manor Winery in Front Royal, Virginia. Levine’s photos have also been selected for numerous juried art exhibitions in the DC metropolitan area.
Point of contact for both shows:
Svetlana Shaindlin,, 202-232-8734.
Studio Gallery is located at
2108 R Street NW, Washington DC 20008.

For more, see

SHAW: GRAND CATA Tastings: Get to know Verdejo & Mencía + Wine Club Release + Vino Classes on Demand

Grand Cata, A Latino Wine Co. features Vinos from northwestern Spain + Wine Club Release + Wine Classes on Demand
Discover Vinos from Northwestern España, and Wine Club Release!
Saturday: Get to know Castilla y León's Other Grapes
February has been a tipsy month with spring like weather and we love it! Tomorrow, Saturday at 3pm will be pouring two of our favorite lesser known varietals from northwestern Spain. First, a natural unfiltered Verdejo, a lovely white with elegant perfumed notes of tropical fresh fruit, peaches with slight oxidative qualities. We love the texture of this vino. Then you will taste a Mencía from Bierzo, high altitude, clay-sandy soils with beautiful dusty dark cherries, plums, round tannins and refreshing minerality. Get to know this gem from indie winemaker Raúl Pérez. #DailyCata starts at 3pm. 

Sunday: Fortified Yourself, Wine Club Release!
The time has come again to pick-up your wine club! This Sunday will be sunny and slightly more chilly, perfect for the wine club release at 3pm with our traditional tasting pick-up gathering. This month we are going full fortified with classics from the Iberian Peninsula + a tasty ñapa! See you all soon!
Wine Classes on Demand! Reserve yours today!
We are so happy to continue offering wine education in our communal table and we want everyone to know we can accommodate classes on demand with 48 hours advanced noticed. Minimum of (4) guests to (15) guests can takeover our communal table to continue educating our palates!

We offer rates per guest from (4) wines to (6) wines for a sit-down with our co-founders to learn more about Latin American wines and heritage nations. 

Please email us at or call us (202) 525-5702 to confirm your tasting event! Salud!

Grand Cata, Latin Wine Shop
1550 7th St NW
Washington DC, 20001
(202) 525-5702

Thursday, February 23, 2017

RESTON: Red’s Table Will Celebrate March Madness 2017 with Happy Hours Specials Throughout The Three Week Tournament - Starts March 14

Red’s Table, will be celebrating March Madness 2017, a NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament, with six big screen TVs and happy hour specials from March 14th through April 3rd.  College hoop fans are invited to watch the tournament in the restaurant’s 48-seat bar/lounge, which offers three 60-inch flat-screen TVs, or reserve the restaurants 30-seat private dining room, which offers one 55-inch flat screen TV and two 40-inch flat-screen TVs.  While at Red’s Table, guests can take advantage of daily happy hour specials, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Happy Hour includes $4 tap beers, $2 off draft beers priced under $7, $5 cocktail of the day, $5 select wines by the glass, and a rotating selection of dishes such as Smoked Chicken Wings (naked, house buffalo or maple sriracha); Daily Oysters by the half-dozen; Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Fritters with chili-apricot jam and green onion; Green Salad with a house greens mix, seasonal vegetables and Champagne vinaigrette; Fonduta with spicy chicken sausage, fried bread and mixed pickles; 4oz Dry-Aged Beef Burger with American cheese, grilled onions and B&B pickles, or Hand Cut Fries and Onion Rings, priced from $5 to $10 each.
Additionally, Red's Table will be giving out “Excuse Slips” in the event of March Madness related injuries such as wildcard coccus, hoop blindness, Irish flu, and even the salt plague, cured only through dilution of the blood with beer, that are sure to get you out of work, school, and all required activities.
Red’s Table is located at 
11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191.  
For additional information call (571) 375-7755 or visit

DOWNTOWN: The Hay-Adams’ Popular Political Coasters Now Available in Collector’s Gift Set

The Hay-Adams is pleased to announce that guests can now purchase the hotel’s privately commissioned collection of six acrylic drink coasters depicting some of Washington’s highest profile political figures. The set is presented in a handsome red leather holder, and is priced at $65 per set excluding taxes and shipping. One can enjoy placing their beverage upon notables including President Barrack Obama with President George W. Bush, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi with Senator Chuck Schumer. The coasters are the artistic handiwork of Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonists Matt Wuerker and Ann Telnaes, along with notable editorial cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher.
“This coaster set was designed as a guestroom amenity for the 2017 Presidential Inaugural and based on the wonderful responses we received, we have added it to our minibar as a keepsake amenity for guests to purchase, as well as offering them through our concierge desk to special order,” states Vice President & General Manager Hans Bruland.
The Hay-Adams famous watering hole, Off The Record, Washington’s “place to be seen but not heard”, also features political coasters and has commissioned more than 20 collectable versions to date for guests to enjoy while patronizing the bar. The version presented in hotel’s bar is a complimentary paper product, and is also highly collectible.
The coasters mirror the expansive collection of political cartoons of leading politicians and Washington newsmakers that decorate the walls of Off The Record. Here the artwork on display, acquired by the Library of Congress, is part of a vast private portfolio of The Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoons, which took 60 years for Arthur Wood to amass.
The Hay-Adams is located at 
800 16th Street NW, Washington DC, 20006, 
For more information call (202) 638-6600 or visit the website at

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NOMA: Inaugural Mardigras Extravaganza at Union Market Dock 5 -February 28th

Coming to Union Market's Dock 5 on Fat Tuesday - February 28, 2017 - the Inaugural Mardi Gras Extravaganza will bring together 20+ of the DC area's best Southern-inspired restaurants, top mixologists, bar and breweries and rotating bands for a night of N'awlins fun. The event, from 5-10PM, will benefit DC Central Kitchen and St. Bernard Project.
Bites & Sips

Indulge in New Orleans and southern style grub and drinks to toast to Mardi Gras revelry. Featuring DC's top restaurants, bars and mixologists,  Abita Draft Beer and DC Brau will be flowing all night on tap.


DC's top mixologists will compete to serve the most creative Hurricane cocktails as party-goers go head to head for the best costume award. Winners will be awarded major bragging rights and a one-of-a-kind custom made bejeweled trophy.


Boogie the night away with live music from Dupont Brass, Brass Connection Band and Laissez Foure, Swinging Jazz Quartet.

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

GEORGETOWN: March at Via Umbria: Beef Brining, Whiskey Tasting & More

Via Umbria’s lineup of events for the month of March, include a meat brining class, a cheese and whiskey tasting, a steak tartare making class and more.
Cheese & Whiskey Tasting – Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Via Umbria will host a cheese and whiskey tasting class, which teaches guests how to pair the two together. Via Umbria will offer guests a selection of local craft whiskeys, as well as traditional Irish whiskey, including American blended whiskey; lightly peated Irish whiskey; craft bourbon whiskey; and local rye whiskey. Each tasting will be paired with a selection of cheeses hand-picked by in-house cheese-monger Alice Bergen-Phillips to complement the big, smooth flavors of the various whiskeys.

Price: $50


Being the Butcher: How to Brine Your Beef Class – Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Join lead butcher Scott Weiss in Via Umbria’s Laboratorio demo kitchen as he takes guests through the process of making corned beef as a nod to St. Patrick’s Day. Guests will learn how to make this traditional Irish-American dish and enjoy small bites from the kitchen. Beer and wine by the glass will be available for purchase throughout the class.

Price: $35


Wine Tasting: Notes of Cherry – Tuesday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
To celebrate DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival, Via Umbria will host a week full of events, starting with a wine tasting. Guests are invited to taste a selection of four Italian wines featuring notes of cherry with complimentary small bites. A valid government-issued ID must be presented.

Price: $35


Being the Butcher: DIY Steak Tartare – Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Continuing Via Umbria’s “Being the Butcher” series of meat related cooking demos, Scott Weiss invites guests to join him for a class on how to make steak tartare. The class will include a brief demonstration from Scott, followed by the chance for guests to mix together their own steak tartare and dig in. Beer and wine by the glass will be available for purchase.

Price: $35


In addition to the above, Via Umbria will be hosting their monthly Cheese of the Month Party with in-house cheese-monger Alice Bergen-Phillips, a selection of Italian dinner parties, Sunday bottomless brunches, a craft beer tasting, NCAA March Madness trivia night, and more. 
To see the full lineup of March events, visit:
Via Umbria is located at
1525 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WASHINGTON DC: Kusama Dots Streets of Southwest DC

SWBID and Hirshhorn extend work of world-renowned artist to SW’s streets in BID’s launch of artSW public art initiative

The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) will be extending the innovative work of Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama from inside the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to the streets of Southwest DC. Starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, Kusama’s signature dot pattern blanket the walls and sidewalks surrounding the L’Enfant Metro Station at 7th and Maryland Ave. SW, the jersey barriers that line the 7th Street SW perimeter of the Wilbur Wright Building, and outside the Hirshhorn museum itself. This outdoor display coincides with the Hirshhorn’s newest exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” opening Feb. 23, and is the first in a series of public art programming planned by the SWBID as part of their new artSW initiative.
“Bringing public art to this area of the District has been a priority since we launched the SWBID two years ago,” said SWBID board chairman Geoffrey Griffis. “This installation is a revolutionary launch for our artSW initiative to enliven the parks, streets, and public places throughout Southwest DC.”
“When we heard the Hirshhorn was bringing Kusama’s work to Washington, we knew that we wanted to bring her work to life for the neighborhood surrounding the museum”, said Steve Moore, Executive Director of the SWBID. “Fortunately, the artist and the Hirshhorn shared our enthusiasm.”
For Kusama, polka-dots are a singular, universal motif that symbolizes oneness, the universe, and the void. They are one of her most common visual themes, recurring throughout her more than 65-year career. Working with the SWBID staff, the color, size, and placement of each dot was carefully arranged by Kusama’s studio in Tokyo to create a design called “Dots Obsession.” The dots themselves are made of a vinyl adhesive by a local a fabricator under the SWBID’s direction.
Spearheaded by the SWBID, this project was made possible through close cooperation between the Hirshhorn and Kusama’s studio, in addition to Boston Properties, the General Services Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
“It’s not every day that something as cool as this is happening in your own backyard. When we heard about the Hirshhorn’s plans, we had to pursue this” Moore continued. “It worked out better than we could have hoped.”
Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Nagano, in 1929. Today she continues to produce paintings at her studio in Tokyo. She studied traditional Nihonga (Japanese-style) painting in Kyoto and moved to New York City in 1958. There she was active in avant-garde circles during the formative years of pop art and minimalism, exhibiting her work alongside such artists as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow, figures who have cited Kusama as influential to the development of assemblage, environmental art and performative practices.

“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” is on view through May 14. 
The SWBID Installation on 7th Street SW will be up through May 1.

UPDATED - NEW DATE and TIME - THE YARDS: Join Due South at Ice Yards! Sunday, February 26th from 12-5pm

The Third Annual Ice Yards will now take place on Sunday February 26th, from 12Noon till 5pm, if you are intending to attend please make sure you make the change in your schedule - it will be a blast
Now in its third year, Ice Yards has become THE event of the winter season, with thousands of revelers enjoying an unparalleled afternoon in DC’s only adult-friendly winter wonderland. This year, the event finds a new home on The Yards boardwalk. Back by popular demand are icy cocktails and local DC brews, interactive ice activities, live music, igloo pods and more. Following an incredible turnout the last two years, this year’s event will feature a bigger footprint with more bars and more opportunities to enjoy the frozen fun, including:
  • Multiple bars serving cocktails and local DC brews
  • Snow Cone Bar (including frozen hot chocolate, Frosé and frozen Hurricanes)
  • Live Music by Jeff From Accounting and DJ Jerome Baker
  • Interactive ice activities and games
  • Food vendors from neighborhood favorites
  • Igloo pods
  • DC’s largest group shotski attempt
  • And… Signature Ice Yards swag for those dressed in après–ski attire!
This year your ticket includes (1) drink upon entry!*

Food vendors from neighborhood favorites (bring cash! not all accept cards)

*Free drink selections include Due South IPA, Due South Lager, red wine, or white wine

Remember - 21 & Over, ID check required
Event happens - RAIN, SNOW OR SHINE!