American Century Theater presents

The American Century Theater is bringing A Piece of My Heart, a celebration of women who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War, to Washington D.C. this November 6th – 21st. They are performing at the historic theater space of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

A Piece of My Heart is the story of six women– before, during and after the Vietnam War. Based on Keith Walker’s book of the same name, the play is a collage of sound and imagery pinpointing the significant moments in each woman’s journey. The reality of the play occurs at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. At the moment of dedication, memories come flooding back, transporting the audience to the beginning. We see six young women make the choice to serve and the consequences of those decisions on the course and direction of their lives. They return different people who must reconcile their need to serve humanity with the horrors they experienced during war. It is a piece about transcendence that deals with the themes of service, heroism, life, death, trauma, forgiveness, sacrifice, despair, depression, rejection, friendship and rebirth. A Piece of My Heart features the unsung heroes often overlooked in history until now.

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, with one intermission.

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Upcoming ANC6C committee meetings

ANC 6C committee meetings upcoming next week:

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning and the Environment Committee
Wednesday, November 4th, 7:00pm
NPR – Board Room West
635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

  1. Sixth and K Sts NW (550 K St NW) – Request for 2-year extension to begin development. Representative: Chip Glasgow Holland & Knight. Hearing Nov. 20.
  2. 225 E Street NE – HPRB case, removal of existing two-story addition to the rear of the house and construction of a new two-story addition. Representative: Greg Zahn (Architect). Hearing Nov 19.
  3. NPR Concept design, 1111 North Capitol St N.E. Representative: Maury Schlesinger, NPR Hearing Date: unknown

ANC 6C ABL Committee
Tuesday, November 3rd, 5:30pm
Specialty Hospital, 700 Constitution Ave. NE (entrance on 7th St.)

Draft Agenda
1. New license application for Carmine’s

425 7th St N.W.
CR (restaurant) license

New Italian family style restaurant with occupancy load of 720 featuring southern Italian cuisine and a summer garden with 18 seats.

Sunday through Saturday 7 am – 2 am

Sunday 10 am – 2 am & Monday through Saturday 8 am – 2 am

Sunday through Saturday 11 am – 2 am

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Latest Bisnow update on 425 Eye

Commercial Real Estate news site Bisnow has provided another update on Paramount Group’s renovation of 425 Eye Street NW.

John Bone of Paramount Group

It’s a great value play at low to mid-40s full service) and on schedule to deliver Q1 ‘10. It’ll have all new lobby, common areas, bathrooms, fitness facilities, and rooftop deck, and he adds that 4th and I is a “perfect” place for a restaurant.

Paramount has selected Bill Miller of Transwestern Retail to lease the 29,000 SF of ground floor retail space. Transwestern has been a key player in the downtown retail scene signing Buddha Bar for 455 Mass and listing Coco Sala, PS7, Proof and Cork & Fork among their deals.

Transwestern’s website lists 22 tenants actively looking available space in the DC Metro Area. Any of the 22 seem like a fit? I think Humble or Marvelous Market might work. While I know there is a hunger for diners among district residents I can’t say Metro Silver Diner really appeals to me. That seems like it should have signed on at DCUSA…

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Roundup from just outside the ‘hood

City Center: The new gastropub Againn, that we previously shared details on, has opened across the street from City Center at 1099 New York Ave. [Eater, Thrillist]

image of Againn interior courtesy of Eater

Northwest One: The next phase of nearby Northwest One will be 300 residential units at North Capitol and Patterson. [DCMud]

Chinatown: Nick Cho, who helped Max Brown get Chinatown Coffee off the ground, has been indicted for past tax evasion at the former Murky Coffee on Capitol Hill. [WBJ, PQLiving ]

Mayor’s Office: Cary Silverman outlines the rift between Fenty and our City Council. [The Other 35 Percent]

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Mr. (& Mrs.) Gates Goes To Washington

by Laetitia; cross posted at FrenchTwistDC

If you came for the hockey game, you need to go across the street. If you came for Shakespeare, you need to come another night.” But we were at the right place, at the right time. Last night, I joined some 250 diplomats, hill staffers, administration officials and other guests at Harman Hall to hear Bill & Melinda Gates present The Living Proof Project.

The Gates went to Washington to urge lawmakers to continue spending money on global health initiatives despite the economic crisis and the soaring deficit. Describing themselves as “Impatient Optimists” they shared with us success stories of people whose lives have been changed thanks to U.S. investments in global health initiatives. They drew on history to illustrate that diseases – smallpox for example – can be eradicated and spoke of the terrific progress made in the fight against malaria. A picture speaks a thousand words and the presentation was interspersed with beautiful footage of “living proofs:” a father in Nicaragua whose child was saved by having access to the Rotavirus vaccine or an orphan in South Africa whose life was prolonged when she got access to AIDS medicine.

While they touted the success stories, they also highlighted how far we still need to go and how slow progress can be at time. Millions of lives have been saved, improved and empowered because of the investments in global health made by the U.S. and its partners around the world. But there are millions more “living proofs” yet to come and the pace of progress is often slower than it should be…

We were treated to an acapela performance by Vocal Motion 6, a PEPFAR funded Namibian group that educates it audience about HIV through music. It also ended with an appeal by Bill & Melinda gates to share these Living Proofs with others. So I am taking a quick break from D.C. food and culture to ask you to view this compelling presentation in its entirety one the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation website.

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Modern Classics

Through ongoing contributions from Danny Harris, the Prince of Petworth blog recently featured a conversation with Wellesley Scott of Modern Classics about his passion for Vespas.

Wellesley is a former Vespa Washington employee who signed a lease for a 6000 SF space at 955 V Street NE to start Modern Classics. This new business will service most makes of scooters and motorcycles and sell quality gear and accessories.

I never would have known about Modern Classics if not for the PoP posting so it seemed appropriate to pay it forward by getting the word out in this forum.

Any other scooter owners among the Triangle readership? I saw a brand new black Vespa being delivered to Madrigal Lofts on Monday morning.

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