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by BethesdaNow.com — January 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm 0

Organizers are accepting entries for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, the prestigious fine art show that includes a $10,000 prize to the best in show winner.

All original 2-D and 3-D paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, fiber arts, digital arts, mixed media and videos will be accepted. The work must have been completed within the last two years and by artists who live in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.

A three-person jury, including Phillips Collection senior curator Dr. Vesela Sretenovic, will choose up to 10 finalists whose work will be displayed in Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Gallery B studio (7700 Wisconsin Ave.) starting in September 2013.

Last year, a Baltimore woman won top prize for her oil paintings, based on photographs of scale models of important historical sites around the world.

Bethesda Urban Partnership is accepting entries for the contest until April 1. For more information on the contest and how to apply, visit the event website.

The Trawick Prize also celebrated its tenth anniversary with a “Best of the Best” competition, which put to a vote all the Best in Show works of the event’s first 10 years.

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

by BethesdaNow.com — January 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm 4 Comments

The Box Bar & Grill, known for its Hooters-like sports bar appeal, will attempt a rebranding effort with a civil rights celebration and visit from Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) on Friday.

In a press release, The Dry Fried Wing Company announced it is launching its “sports bar co-branding program” at what is now The Box Bar and Restaurant (7525 Old Georgetown Rd.) on Friday afternoon with a ribbon cutting, VIP reception and salute to the members of the Wilmington Ten, “in recognition of their outstanding perseverance and commitment leading to their recent pardon.”

The Dry Fried Wing Company is owned by Ben Chavis, the acknowledged leader of the Wilmington Ten and a former executive director of the NAACP.

It’s an extreme departure for the downtown bar, which opened in 2011 with waitresses and bartenders in skimpy referee uniforms advertising “the sexiest wings in Bethesda.” It was reportedly run by a former general manager of a D.C. gentlemen’s club.

There’s a new owner, according to the Dry Fried Wing Company press release, which perhaps explains the bizarre change between what The Box Bar was and Friday’s event.

Former Lt. Gov. and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will also attend. More information as we get it.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm 0

Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Innocenti urged residents to lock their cars overnight in order to avoid thefts from vehicles.

Bethesda and Chevy Chase have been hard hit by thefts from vehicles over the past two years.

“The easiest way to prevent theft from vehicles is to lock your vehicle doors,” Innocenti told County Cable Montgomery’s “County Report This Week.”

Innocenti said surveillance video from an incident in Chevy Chase shows a thief opening the doors and looking for items to steal in three unlocked cars.

Video via MyMCMedia

by BethesdaNow.com — January 14, 2013 at 11:15 am 0

The Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday could approve plans for redevelopment in Chevy Chase Lake, an almost three-year long process that’s sure to draw close inspection from the County Council.

At issue in the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan is the height and density of new mixed-use residential and commercial buildings that would be allowed for the section of strip malls on both sides of Connecticut Avenue between Chevy Chase Lake Drive and Manor Road.

Community representatives want smaller buildings, as to not contribute more congestion to already clogged Connecticut Avenue.

Developers want taller buildings, especially around a planned Purple Line station.

As the plan nears the County Council, which must approve it, Planning Department staff, developers and residents seem to agree the area is ripe for a facelift.

“The differences,” according to a draft Sector Plan that could be approved for submittal to the Council on Thursday, “lay in the quantity of development, in particular how tall the buildings would be.”

Last year, members of the Connecticut Avenue Corridor Committee (the main community group involved in discussions) said they would go before the County Council to protest a Board-recommended 150-foot building near the potential Purple Line station. The CACC asked for a 90-foot height limit.

“This Plan alone cannot reduce the number of cars that move through Chevy Chase Lake at peak times and does not recommend widening Connecticut Avenue, or expanding existing rights-of-way,” the draft Sector Plan states. “Instead, it focuses on enhancing the pedestrian experience and creating alternative ways to get around.”

The draft would accommodate about 2.2 million square feet of development, including 1,300 new living units, if the Purple Line is built. The draft says the development would not require new schools, libraries or fire stations, another concern of the CACC and other residents who point to an already overcrowded Bethesda-Chevy Chase cluster.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 14, 2013 at 9:10 am 3 Comments

County Digging In For Fight Against Pepco Rate Hike Requests — Montgomery County has assigned a county attorney to work full time on making the county’s case against Pepco rate hike requests, a signal of the ongoing battles to come. [The Gazette]

Bethesda Neighbors Battle Over ‘Frankenhouse’ — Neighbors of a house construction project in Edgemoor apparently disliked the new-look home so much, they threw rocks through the windows and got into arguments with contractors. Then, the home started winning architectural awards. [Bethesda Magazine]

Most Marylanders For Gun Control Measures — Maryland voters favor a state assault weapons ban by a 62 percent to 35 percent margin and 71 percent support limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets, according to a poll. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has suggested he would pursue such laws in the General Assembly. [Baltimore Sun]

Flickr photo by Bill in DC

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