Plus a new restaurant opens with taco nights.
March 4, 2021
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Light at the End of the Looonnng Tunnel 

A year-long, aged us like a two-term president, tunnel. With the end of the pandemic finally in sight (maybe through binoculars) and some warmer weather on its way, we're bringing a new season of light to Georgetown. Today we're announcing the five artworks for Spring GLOW, the free outdoor public art experience that's running Friday, April 9 - Sunday, June 27. Three DC and two national artists will be featured in the exhibition, with installations viewable by day, and brighter by night. From a suspended rainbow of lights that's accompanied by an a capella choir of eight LGBTQ+ voices telling their story through song, to a sculpture that appears as a hologram of a former structure, and a replica of a meteorite that fell from outer space, each piece has its own unique meaning and backstory. Each artwork will allow for social distancing, and masks will be required. Both in-person and virtual walking tours and artist talks will be available throughout the three-month series, with dates and more information posted on our website. Visit now to get a preview of all five artworks.

How Does One Dress Oneself?

The vaccine fact sheets need to start coming with some guidance on how to reemerge into society after The Lost Year. Are people wearing gold or silver? Are tie-dye joggers still happening? What do actual shoes feel like on your feet? WE NEED HELP. Just in time for our collective panic, EastBanc is opening Concept 31/M - a new retail lab debuting this month at 3077 M St, in the former Brooks Brothers space. The curated collective will host a revolving selection of brands and experiences, offering retailers both new and old the opportunity experiment with their products, and design and operate their own portion of the store. As many as 10 brands will be featured at any one time, in addition to a coffee bar. Current brands include Laiik hand-crafted sandals; Flex All Day athleisure; social impact jewelry brand Kicheko Goods (each piece of jewelry funds one month of school for one child!), Ubioubi frames, and Isabel Alexander jewelry. Concept 31/M will shine a spotlight on local businesses, and eventually expand onto the second level. 

Needs Reading Glasses to See Glasses Book 

Cueing up a Dad joke in 3...2...1... What an eye for talent! Warby Parker recently released its new book, The Alphabet of Art, featuring 352 pages of incredible artists and illustrators they've collaborated with over the past 10 years. Available at their store at 3225 M St NW, the book is a celebration of work by over 100 artists of all disciplines showcased in alphabetical order - from still lifes, to abstractions and surrealist cityscapes. Proceeds benefit Pupils Project, an initiative that brings free eye exams and glasses to public school students in need. 

Someone, Anyone, Take the Children

Start clearing a spot on the bookshelf for that lopsided bowl you'll have to display for the next decade. Registration is now open for Hinckley Pottery's Camp Mud 2021 - a great introduction to working with clay for young potters and clay artists (or just non-artistic kids getting on your last nerve) ages 10-14. Camp begins on July 6 at the Georgetown studio (3132 Blues Alley), with sessions Monday through Friday through August 16. Students will develop skills in throwing on a potter's wheel, plus a variety of hand-building techniques. All will learn how to make cups, bowls and other simple forms. Register before May 1 for a 10% discount; click here to learn more about their COVID precautions, and to book a slot. Weekend and afterschool Spring classes for kids and teens also begin in early April, in addition to adult 10-week sessions that start on a rolling basis. To learn more about the fascinating life of studio owner Jill Hinckley, whose teaching career spans more than 50 years, check out the feature we did on her a few years ago.

Passed Hors D'Oeuvres of Yesteryear

Taking bets on what month and year we'll find ourselves pawing at a tray of bacon-wrapped scallops like the good old days, passed from person to person without a care in the world. (August 2022?) While the catering world has taken a serious hit, some like chef Daoud Harriss have pivoted. With his partner, Daoud turned his former business into a speakeasy-style restaurant called Tasting Room Georgetown (TRG) that opened recently on the second floor of 1073 31st St NW. The seven-course prix-fixe menu features everything from roasted lamb rack to a vegan cauliflower ceviche topped with...yes, popcorn. All-you-can-eat Taco Tuesdays serve up the daily catch with jicama slaw, in addition to beef, chicken, and squash avocado varieties. For a more casual, at-home experience, order through UberEats and GrubHub and try the Basque short rib, crab fried rice, or black pepper wings.

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