Wednesday, October 31, 2007

bloomingdale liquors

kris hammond has a post and pictures concerning the wine tasting hosted by north capitol main streets and held at bloomingdale liquors on the 19th.
look here

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Broadcast Radio One

i havent mentioned broadcast one except maybe when it was first announced. lots of people have covered this as its a pretty big project, pretty important for shaw development,and not as ugly as it could have been. ( i do actually like modern architecture.. just not a lot of DC's modern architecture)

Its not in bloomingdale, though many of you use the shaw metro.

so, here is some info about it.
ANC2C02 Forum

Washington post from a aways back.
for the love of growth

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

NanBon, appearing live at the bloomingdale farmers market!

Sweet breads and desserts

Can I take your order, please???

NanBon’s delectable desserts compliment any meal or moment. Our signature bread pudding is so sweet and light and lovely, it bakes more like a soufflé than any other bread pudding you’ve tasted. Don’t forget our delightful pies that touch that special spot in the tummy that you thought only grandma or that special aunt could touch.

Bread Pudding* Lemon Sauce
• Cinnamon raisin 8oz $8
• Apples and caramel 12oz $12
• Chocolate
• Peacans
Small- $7 meduim-$15 Large- $25
*Try our lemon sauce made from our homemade lemon curd as the perfect compliment to any of our bread puddings.

Buttermilk peacan pie: Sweet potato pie:
Large pie $25 Large pie $20
Tartlette $4 Tartlette $3

French apple tart: Rasberry frangipone tart:
8 “tart $10 8” tart $10
tartlette $4 tartlette $4

Individual $3 Dozen $30

HOLIDAY ORDER DISCOUNT!! Receive 10% OFF orders over $50.
Call 202-409-6485 or order online at

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

tour the old sand filtration plant!

i did this a ways back and posted my pictures of the tour HERE

toward Howard

Tours of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site -- Tomorrow, Friday, 10/12/2007

From Clint Jackson, Project Manager, of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED):

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Vision McMillan Partners will hold two site tour(s) of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site on Fridays, October 12 and 26 at 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to me via email by COB Thursday, October 11 for the tour on the October 12 or Friday, October 19 for the tour on October 26. You will find the announcement attached.

Please note that all tour participants must sign a liability waiver that will be sent electronically to all whom RSVP.


Clint Jackson
Project Manager
District of Columbia Government
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and
Economic Development (DMPED)
The John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 317
Washington, D.C. 20004
O: (202) 727-0991
M: (202) 538-1282


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Clint Jackson
October 5, 2007 mcclinton.jackson

The District and Vision McMillan Partners to host tours of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site

Who: Open to members of the communities surrounding the McMillan Site

When: Friday, October 12, 2007, 4:30 p.m.
RSVP electronically ( by COB Thursday, October, 11, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007, 4:30 p.m.
RSVP electronically ( by COB Friday, October, 19, 2007

Where: McMillan Sand Filtration Site
Bordered by North Capitol St NW, Channing Street NW,
First Street NW and Michigan Avenue NW
NOTE: The tour will begin at entrance to the site on First Street.
Parking is available along First and Channing Streets.

All attendees must sign liability waivers to participate in the tours. Liability waivers will be sent electronically to all whom RSVP.


Monday, October 22, 2007


October Specials at Showtime Barbarshop, 113 Rhode Island Avenue NW

See this message from ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti:

Take advantage of the specials that Sean Wiggins, the new owner of Showtime barbershop, is running all October long:

WOMEN: Shampoo, Conditioning Treatment, Trim, and Blowout for $30 (by appointment only)

MEN: Haircut for $10; Taper cut for $14 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays only)

Showtime is open Tuesday through Friday 7:00 to 7:00, Saturday from 7:00 to 5:00, and Sunday from 7:00 to 3:00. And for appointments, please call the shop at 232-2971 or Sean's cell at 391-8269.

Let Sean know that you read it on the listserv.


John T. Salatti
Commissioner, ANC 5C04
Vice Chair, ANC 5C
(202) 986-2592
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale"


When: Friday, October 19th & 26th 2007
Time: 11:00 AM until 5:00PM
Where: Mt. Bethel Baptist Church
1st Street & Rhode Island Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC. 20001
Office: (202) 667-4448
Fax : (202) 667-5162

· Fish: Whiting Fillet, or Croaker Bone
· Potato Salad or Cole Slaw
· Green Beans
· Cornbread, Wheat or White Bread
· Cakes and Soft Drinks

Dinners: $7.00 including Drink & dessert
Sandwiches: $5.00
Side Orders: $1.75
Soft Drinks: $ .75
Cakes: $1.25

****We will Deliver 10 or more orders****

Contact the Church Secretary (202) 667-4448
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM for orders or information.

Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Livingston, Sr., D. Min., Pastor

Thursday, October 18, 2007

historic districts

talk of a neighborhood becoming an historic district always seems so contentious. doesn't it seem like there should be some sort of middle ground between a neighborhood that anything can be built as a matter of right ( based on zoning) and the tight and red taped path of an official historic district?

Doesnt it seem that anything that can cause so much rift in a community should be fixed?

here is a link to the historic preservation office.

events in bloomingdale


{a reading series at Big Bear Café}
Event Starts @ 8:00 pm


Buck Downs
{poet; Mississippi born &, 80s onward, Washington raised; recent books include Ladies Love Outlaws, Let it Rip & Recreational Vehicle}

Ethan Edwards
{singer/songwriter/lady's man}

Jade Foster
{poet; published in "Growin Up Girl: Voice From Marginalized Space; terrible driver}

echothrs/John Jones
{gorgeous noise : }

&, of course, beer & wine swapped for donations

Questions? Readers/performers you'd like to see here? Interested in the possibility of an open-mic at Big Bear? Contact Joe @

Friday night:
See this message from North Capitol Main Street President Pat Mitchell:


Wine tastings are popular because they override the limitations of sampling wine alone, at home. How many wines can you taste on your own (unless you don't mind throwing away nine-tenths of every bottle)? How many wines are you willing to buy on your own? And how much can you learn by tasting wine in isolation — or with a friend whose expertise is no greater than yours?
At wine tastings, you can learn from your fellow tasters, as well as make new friends who share your interest in wine. Most importantly, you can taste wine in the company of some individuals who are more experienced than you, which is a real boon in training your palate.

NCMS invites you to come out to taste great wines and beers, mingle with neighbors and friends and get to know your neighborhood purveyor of Fine Wines and Spirits, Mr. Singh of Bloomingdale Liquors.
North Capitol Main Streets
First-ever Fall Wine Tasting
Bloomingdale Liquors
1st and Rhode Island Avenue NW
Friday, October 19, 2007
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Octoberfest at Florida Avenue Park – Tomorrow, Saturday, 10/13/2007

Octoberfest at Florida Avenue Park – Tomorrow, Saturday, 10/13/2007

See this message from ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti:

As part of the District's ongoing efforts to make the park at 1st Street and Florida Avenue NW a welcoming spot to all neighborhood residents and especially young children, Mayor Fenty and his Office of Community Relations and Services, along with Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., the Fifth District of MPD, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C, the Bates Area Civic Association, the Bloomingdale Civic Association, and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to Octoberfest this Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 to 6:00.

The day will include

* fun with the Skate Mobile. DC Library Mobile, and Old Cars Limited;

* music with musical artists the Randolph Kids Trio, the R Street Music Lab, Joyful Noises, Keyboard Player Billy Wrentz, and Emcee Sheila Queen Poole;

* games from bingo to the MPD basketball team;

* health information and service from Unity Health Mobile and the Howard U Dental School;

* food cooked by the DC Fire and EMS BBQ Grill Crew with their fire truck on hand;

and more!

So enjoy a few hours, see the park, have some fun, and build community.

John T. Salatti
Commissioner, ANC 5C04
Vice Chair, ANC 5C
(202) 986-2592
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale"

Opening Reception at 87Florida, “A New Art Space” – Saturday, 10/13/2007

Opening Reception at 87Florida, “A New Art Space” – Saturday, 10/13/2007

You're all cordially invited to the opening reception for Michael Gibbs's latest creative venture, featuring two versions of a handmade book, "Blue Moons, Yellow Cows, Green Tambourines," plus all 31 illustrations framed in custom frames made by NYC sculptor Fara'h Salehi. The book is a portfolio of images inspired by song lyrics.

WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2007
6:00 - 9:00 pm

WHERE: 87FLORIDA, a new art space
87 Florida Avenue, NW (corner of Florida Ave. and First Street, NW)
Washington DC 20001

For Map/Directions visit /
87 Florida sign

Show information:

For those of you who don't know him...

Michael Gibbs is an active member of the Art Director's Club community and also a member of the Illustrators Partnership of America, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Illustrators Club. He served as a juror in the 42nd Society of Illustrators exhibition, joining 8 other illustrators and designers in judging the advertising illustration category.

Michael's illustrations have received recognition from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrator of Los Angeles, 3x3 Magazine Illustration Annual, Print, American Illustration, Spectrum Annual of Science Fiction/Fantasy Illustration, The Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, The Art Directors Club of New Jersey, The Illustrators Club of Washington, the IABC, the Addies, and others. He was honored with a Spectrum Gold Medal award in 2004, and multiple Silver Addy awards in 2005 for his posters for the Pittsburgh Opera. He has won a number of "Best of Category" and silver awards from the Illustrators Club of Washington DC.

In addition to the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York, his work has been exhibited in the Society's annual traveling show, and at the University of Maryland, James Madison University, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia College, and in juried group exhibitions at the Sumner School Museum, the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Washington, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, and the Design Center in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2005, his work was included in the Spectrum Best of Spectrum Sci-Fi/Fantasyshow at the Society of Illustrators.

For more information visit

Jen Fults
Art Directors Club of Metro Washington
c: (202) 257.0621

still time

banished? productions has announced a production of their "play machine," Balade Mechanique (ver. 1.0)at Big Bear Cafe from Monday October 8th through Sunday October 13th.

It's part of the city-wide Susan Lori Parks' 365 series. The machine will do 7 of the plays.

admission is whatever you'd like to donate.
7-9 PM at the big bear cafe.

I went on tuesday night to see what this was about. its a fun video/ sculpture contraption that you have to fiddle around with to see whats going on. start over at the video screen and select which "play" you want to watch. its a bit Dada, so just roll with it.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

wine tasting in bloomingdale

For Immediate Release
Contact: Pat Mitchell, 202.547.7979
October 8, 2007

North Capitol Main Street, Inc. to Sponsor Wine Tasting Event

Washington DC—On Friday, October 19, 2007, from 6 to 8 pm, North Capitol Main Street, Inc. (NCMS, Inc.) will host its First Annual Fall Wine Tasting at Bloomingdale Liquors, located First Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW. Event details are summarized below.

“The holiday season is fast approaching,” says NCMS, Inc. President Pat Mitchell. “October is a great time of year to discover wines that will go well with holiday feasts, Christmas parties, and other special occasions.”

“We also want to showcase the wide array of wines that Bloomingdale Liquors carries,” says Lonna Hooks, Chair of the NCMS, Inc. Promotions Committee. “Bloomingdale Liquors is ready to meet residents’ wine and spirits needs for the holiday season.”

Who: North Capitol Main Street, Inc.
What: First Annual Fall Wine Tasting
Where: Bloomingdale Liquors, First Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW
When: 6 pm to 8 pm, Friday, October 19, 2007
bloomingdale center
NCMS, Inc. is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 2003 with the primary purpose of serving as a catalyst for neighborhood commercial revitalization. Specifically, this volunteer-driven organization was established to revitalize the North Capitol Street area's historically and culturally important neighborhood commercial corridors. NCMS, Inc. follows the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street approach to economic revitalization, which focuses on incremental change and self-help.

North Capitol Main Street, Inc. ▪ P.O. Box 90044 ▪ Washington, DC 20090

tuesday night at big bear.

banished? productions will unveil their so-secret-that-we-only-sent-the-press-release-two-days-ago
BALLADES MECHANIQUES (ver 1.0) story machine at
Big Bear Cafe
(1700 1st St NW - that's 1st & R, near Florida Ave if that helps)
a fabulous place that serves up the fantastic coffee by Counter Culture
OCTOBER 8-14, 2007.
Café hours: M-F, 7a-9p; Sa, 7:30a-6p; Su 9a-5p.
Play a play, or seven, for free. Donations are graciously accepted.

What pray tell is this gadgetry of alleged theatrical association?
Well, best if you came on down to this super-chill cafe and find out for yourself!

We will be having a low-key-post-opening fete at Big Bear Cafe on Tuesday, Oct 9th at 6pm .
The wee rations of champagne's on us, but coffee (and you know you want some!) and such intoxicating beverages as well-made mochas, lattes and mighty leaf teas are available at the cafe! Support us by supporting them too!

Ok, the real answer, if you really need one...

Made entirely of found and salvaged materials, BALLADES MECHANIQUE (ver 1.0) is a Rube Goldberg-inspired machine that fashions an individual sensory experience of the play for the audience member/user. The user selects a story, thus activating the machine and the experience. The plays are primarily performed with the assistance of digital video, which re-imagines the stories with animations and puppets, creating an aural/visual accompanist to Suzan-Lori Parks' rhythmically distinct and intensely succinct writing. Video is also used to instruct the user on how to discover the stories that require the assistance of the viewer, who manipulates hand cranks, buttons, switches and such to dispense the stories. banished? concept is hugely playful and borrows liberally from the Dadaist movement in its interpretation of its seven plays. The aim was to create a way of telling stories – an age-old practice and intrinsic human need – using a method that expressed a complex, multi-layered vision of the human being persevering in an irrevocably technological world.

Hope you can catch it!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Theatre in Bloomingdale.

banished? productions has announced a production of their "play machine," Balade Mechanique (ver. 1.0)at Big Bear Cafe from Monday October 8th through Sunday October 13th.

It's part of the city-wide Susan Lori Parks' 365 series. The machine will do 7 of the plays.

admission is whatever you'd like to donate.
7-9 PM at the big bear cafe.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Post nods to Bloomingdale

Change is Clear

the article is a little spotlight on bloomingdale and mentions the change in neighborhood markets north of rhode island avenue.

it has a nice picture of Windows, as well.