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Plus a virtual art exhibition, and more Streateries coming.
July 23, 2020
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COVER THAT FACE

Checks Open During Pandemic Off Bucket List

Just throw that focaccia to the wind. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli debuted his Officina pop-up in early June in the Via Umbria space (1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW), featuring a mercato, cafe, and trattoria. Since then, his pop-up has grown to include curated collections of specialty items and ingredients, picnic kits, an in-house butcher, a wine shop, ceramics from Via Umbria, housemade pastries and breads, a traditional Italian espresso bar, and classic Italian dishes available for pickup, delivery, and some seated dining. Their Officina A Casa weekly dinner menu is available Wednesday to Sunday, with each three-course meal featuring a salad, classic Italian dish, and dessert. Most recently, the pop-up is also offering Officina Provisions, a free weekly delivery service that brings the Italian culinary experience to your door. To learn more about Chef Nick's decision to open in Georgetown during such an uncertain time, check out our recent interview with him.

Pour One Out for Your Social Life

If you haven't made and Instagrammed 15 banana breads since March, have you really lived quarantine life? As much as baked goods have given us over the past few months, it's time to find something new to busy our hands. Fortunately Georgetown's Paddywax Candle Bar is open again for in-store candle pouring workshops, with class sizes reduced by 50% and many other precautions in place. If you're more comfortable getting your candle-making on from the comfort of your home, their DIY kits include everything you need to pour an artisan Paddywax candle. Each person's virtual workshop can be customized by selecting one of their custom vessels and fragrances, and a group of friends can also utilize a 30-minute virtual Q&A with one of their professional candle makers.

Weather On Brand with Exhibit Theme

For those who missed last week's BIDness, 1) we know who you are, and 2) tonight is the opening of a new temporary public art project in Georgetown. Artist and climate activist Monica Jahan Bose, and multimedia artist and video journalist Robin Bell are presenting WARMING WATERS - an installation that will drape the C&O Canal wall behind Blue Bottle Coffee. On display through July 25, these massive, colorful cotton fabric saris from Bangladesh are covered with printmaking and writing about climate change by residents of DC and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh, paired with video projections on the saris in the evening. The installation is open for viewing from sunrise until 10 pm. Projections will be in the evenings from 9pm - 10pm, weather permitting. Click here for free tickets to the evening projections, which are limited due to social distancing. Visitors must wear masks, and social-distancing circles will be marked on the ground for households to sit together, away from others. A dedication and projections will also be livestreamed

When Thrill of Scoring Toilet Paper Wears Off

Taylor Swift is releasing a surprise album tonight, because she provides. Beyond that, you may be at loss for what to do with your weekend. DC is still in Phase Two of its reopening, and we have several guides on our website highlighting everything from seated indoor and outdoor dining options, to in-store shopping, recreational activities, self-guided art and history walks, and more. As you're visiting Georgetown, please remember to wear a mask and distance yourself from others, whenever possible. We're working on more Streateries in the next week to make your experience that much safer and more comfortable, and will continue to add to our Guides throughout the summer. 

Overanalyzing Encouraged

If you prefer to experience your art while firmly planted on the couch, This Round’s on Me is a new virtual exhibition on display July 25 - August 22 with Calloway Fine Arts & Consulting, depicting the fragility artist Steven Walker faced with depression and anxiety. The objects within the glass focus on pleasant, successful, or even funny memories in his life. Walker’s expressive brushstrokes are paired with an emotive color palette to convey the deepest feelings of his suffering. Through these glasses, the viewer will see hope amidst the darkness, and the play between light and dark that Walker experiences. This year Steven has pledged to be more transparent about his condition in his art. He wants to show those suffering from depression that they are not alone.

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