Thursday, July 13, 2017

901 H Street Moves Forward; Will Bring 400+ Units

901 H St NE
The "Avec on H," a new multifamily residential building on H Street NE, just hit a major milestone. DC can sometimes seem like a city of cranes. Well, now the Avec (I... I... just can't call it that. I'm calling it 901 H St) has a crane of its own. The excavation isn't quite done, but most major digging is over and some of the concrete basin and lower floors are already starting to take shape.

We now have some of the final numbers for the project:
  • 419 apartment units for rent
  • 44,300 square feet of residential space
  • 430 parking spaces
901 H makes three 300+ unit residential buildings between 6th & 10th Streets NE. Anthology (625 H St NE) has 307 rental units and the Apollo (600 H St NE) has a whopping 430 rental units. Further away, 501 H St NE will have 28 rental units and the Constellation on H (1402 H St NE; formerly identified as 1401 Florida) will also come in with 28 condo units.

501 H St NE
"Constellation on H"

Thursday, July 6, 2017

ICYMI: Photo Exhibition Extended, Capital Fringe Begins, X2 Bus News

Happy post 4th! Hopefully your neighbors have exhausted their supply of after-midnight fireworks and you've swept the last bits of burnt fire paper from the sidewalk. 363 days until we do it again!

Looking for something new to do now that the fireworks are done? Two reminders:
  • The After Hours photography exhibition at Femme Fatale is back on for another week. The extended run for this show from Marie Emerson means you get another four days to check it out. Head to the Femme Fatale pop-up at 1371 H St NE today, Friday, and Saturday until 10 PM, or Sunday until 6 PM. Free.
  • Capital Fringe starts today! Here's a short write up of the basics, but all you really need to know is that it runs for two weeks at venues across the District and it represents the best in timely experimental theater, poetry, and performance art. July 6-23. Multiple venues & pricing options.
And one last bit of news about our beloved X2 bus: It now runs 24/7! This helps a tiny tiny bit to offset the across-the-board fare increases for bus and rail. Metrobus is now $2 per ride for normal routes like the X2. The free 2 hour transfer rule is still in effect.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Capital Fringe Starts This Week

1. not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme.

Capitol Fringe Festival has cemented itself as part of the DC cultural landscape over the past decade. It returns in 2017 at a time when we need the arts find an apt critique, establish a primer for future life experiences, make sense of things, or simply to escape. I hate to say I ever want to "get lost" in the art, but sometimes you want to stay hidden in it, envelop yourself in it, insulated from reality, for however long that lasts. Other times you want it right front and center for deconstruction and interpretation. However you experience and react to art, there will be a lot of it starting this week in the form of the Capital Fringe Festival. 

There are too many shows to list them all, but here are a few I'm intrigued by:

Presented by Ellouise Schoettler, Spoken Word Artist
A true story of 64 Maryland Army nurses who went to France during WWI. In a one-woman show their words tell a little known eyewitness account of plucky women in The Great War.

Presented by Ally Theatre Company
Generated from true stories via interviews and social media, Think Before You Holla is a devised piece that examines the patriarchal roots of gender-based street harassment and its overall influence on women’s psyches. It’s time to reclaim our space.

The Words She Gave Me
Presented by S.B. Heart Music, LLC
A dramatic character study of how various woman-to-woman relationships have shaped the way an assortment of black women define their black womanhood.

Presented by Theatre Prometheus
In this dark comedy, two sisters hire a taxi to take them on an interstate journey to get an abortion. On the road, past and present collide as they consider the choices that led them to this long cab ride.

Presented by Poetry Cabaret Collective
With fearless exploration of erotic expression and Bacchanalia, yet still confronting themes of resistance and social justice, Poetry Cabaret blends original spoken-word poetry with music, burlesque and boylesque, comedy, and philosophical magic for an experimental reading in avant garde cabaret style.

The venues for Capital Fringe include are numerous, but some are right here in Northeast DC including: Atlas Performing Arts Center, Logan Fringe Arts Space, Gallaudet University, Shopkeepers, and Pursuit Wine Bar.

Capital Fringe operates from July 6th to 23rd. The Trinidad and H Street venues will get an additional shows on a special July 26-30 extension run, which is awesome.

Get out there and enjoy!

About Capital Fringe (from the organizers): 
"Founded in 2006, the annual Fringe Festival held each July, starting in 2006 serves as celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone. By embracing diversity and a spirit of independence, we create or rent a series of theatre spaces made available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Our aim is to challenge perceptions and shake up the hierarchy, to be brave and unafraid and to serve as a launching pad for unseasoned to existing theatre artists."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Exhibition for Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale is a pop-up that is more than just a store or collection of retailers. It is a gathering space, gallery, showcase, and promoter of the arts. It's been a great addition to Atlas District and a refreshing and uplifting new presence on H.

Today photographer Marie Emerson opens "After Hours," an exhibition running through the weekend. The opening is tonight, June 29, from 7 PM - 10 PM. Then the show runs Friday 4 PM - 10 PM, Saturday 1 PM - 10 PM, and Sunday 11 AM - 6 PM. 

From the organizers:

“After Hours” is a photography exhibition, saluting the lives we lead after our 9-5 jobs conclude. The exhibition is composed of portraits of ten local Washington, D.C., women representing six different ethnicities. It showcases the type of photographic work Emerson has conceptualized since first embarking on a photography career, but never conjured up the nerve to do so. 

In the exhibition, Emerson explores the duality of what is asked of us during working hours and full autonomy over our lives between the hours of 5:01 PM and 8:59 AM. “After Hours” represents: hours are all we have, and whether or not it is between 9AM to 5PM, or from 5:01PM to 8:59AM, we are the only ones who choose the lives we wish to lead.

Femme Fatale is located at 1371 H Street NE. 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Fare Hike, Major Changes Coming to Metrobus & Rail

Metro/WMATA enters a new phase next week, starting Sunday June 25. Long debated structural changes are coming and we'll have to adjust to the new normal of less service and higher fares. Whether the performance rates improve will be one of the big questions, but Friday morning's Red Line meltdown was *not* a good omen. Here are some of the biggest changes. 

Biggest news for Carver/Benning Rd/H Street NE:
  • Bus fares for regular routes, including the X2 and X8, will now be $2.00 (up from $1.75). 
  • The X2 bus will run additional late night service until 4 AM, daily. Late night service will include ~30 minute headways.
  • Metrorail will close at 11:30 PM on weeknights (M-T).
  • Sunday rail service will end at 11:00 PM. 
  • Friday and Saturday night rail service will close at 1:00 AM.
  • Minimum and maximum rail fares during peak hours will be $2.25 and $6.00, respectively. 
  • Minimum and maximum rail fares during non-peak hours will be $2.00 and $3.85 respectively. 
Further afield:
  • The 90 bus will run additional late night service until 2 AM, daily.
  • Airport buses 5A (Dulles) and B30 (BWI) will now cost $7.50 per trip.
  • A new one day rail and bus pass debuts for $14.75.
Other changes:
  • Kennedy Center is being added the the station stop currently called "Foggy Bottom-GWU." The new name will be "Foggy Bottom-GWU Kennedy Center."
  • Rush Plus is being closed out, meaning all Yellow Line trains will north run to Mt Vernon Sq during rush hours, and Fort Totten all other times.
  • Still no flat fare ride-all-you-want monthly rail pass, but Select Pass has more options and is still great if you commute the same route during rush M-F.
  • To make the last downtown bound Green Line train from Nats Park on a weeknight game, you'd have to board by 11:09 PM. This should be OK for 9 inning contests starting at 7:05 PM; except for rain delayed games.