by Aaron Kraut — January 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm 187 0

Here are a few upcoming events from the BethesdaNow.com calendar. 

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form. Also, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on:


The Writer's Center logoCreating Your Book For Children
The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street
Time: 7:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Having a children’s book published in today’s tough market can seem like an impossible dream. But, in reality, getting your book idea into shape and into print can hinge on just the right advice and a timely critique from a pro. Do you need an agent? Should you connect with an artist? What about self-publishing? In a DC-area exclusive one-session workshop, nationally-known author Peter Mandel will pass on the insiders’ tips writers need to know in order to create a marketable first book and get it into the hands of exactly the right gatekeepers in the publishing world. During class, participants will come up with a working title for their book, focus in on a target audience and learn how to make professional-quality manuscript submissions.


Quincy's South Bar and Grille in White Flint/North BethesdaQuincy’s South’s First Annual Super Bowl Party
Quincy’s South Bar & Grille 11401 Woodglen Drive
Time: Noon — 2 a.m. Monday

Quincy’s South Bar & Grille will host their First Annual Super Bowl Party this Sunday, February 1. Doors open at noon and this is a FREE event! There will be a square pool, prizes and a special Super Bowl menu! See you at the Q!


by Aaron Kraut — January 22, 2015 at 12:05 pm 686 0

Pike & Rose along Old Georgetown Road in White Flint

Pike & Rose will continue its push to become the cultural anchor of the rebranded “Pike District” with a late-night audio-visual arts festival in a yet-to-be filled office building.

The free and first-ever Pike & Rose Audio Visual Arts Festival (or PRAVA) is set for 6 p.m.- 2 a.m. starting on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Artist Jason Peters will "attempt to trigger and explore intellectual and emotioanl reactions to the ways in which objects interact with their environments," at PRAVA ,photo via Pike & RosePike & Rose developer Federal Realty teamed up with New York-based Nuit Blanche New York and Materials & Methods to curate and produce the show.

According to a press release, it will include a Dutch “sound, installation and performance artist” who will turn the office building’s sixth floor into a choreographed roller arena — with the help of Baltimore’s Charm City Roller Girls. A Baltimore based duo will sample “found” sounds “ranging from cards shuffling to a frozen stream thawing in the sun.”

A more traditional music act will perform with a sound-reactive light show. A D.C.-based artist will present a video that shows an elaborate Baroque sculpture exploding in slow motion.

Guests must be 18 and older to attend. Those interested in attending the event (11580 Old Georgetown Road) can register at the website.


by Aaron Kraut — January 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm 188 0

Cookies from Bushel & Peck Baked, via Elyse HarrisonThe artist who calls Bethesda’s distinctive Peripoint Building home is teaming up with a local cookie company for a Valentine’s Day-themed pop-up exhibit.

Elyse Harrison, who runs the art education-focused Studio Neptune at the building, will host “14,” the exhibit featuring art from Harrison’s AVIARY collection and cookies from Bushel & Peck Baked.

The exhibit will featured new mixed media work, limited edition mugs (with free coffee on-hand) and small batch gourmet cookies from Bushel & Peck, owned by Sara Lacombe.

The exhibit will be open on the four weekends from Jan. 24-Feb. 14 at the Peripoint (5001 Wilson Lane). Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Harrison previously took over the recently-vacated ground floor of the building for a holiday pop-up exhibit.

Photo via Elyse Harrison

by Aaron Kraut — January 15, 2015 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

Trash dumped in an alley near the Willett Branch in the Westbard section of Bethesda, near Little Falls CreekThe Little Falls Watershed Alliance will host clean-ups of a local stream, park and the Capital Crescent Trail as part of volunteer work for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

The Alliance’s three events will actually Start Saturday, leading into MLK Day on Monday.

From 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, the Alliance will lend boots, gloves, bags and safety vests to those who help pick up trash on Little Falls Parkway and the Little Falls Creek. The group will meet at the gravel parking lot near the intersection of Little Falls Parkway and Massachusetts Avenue.

The group will hit Little Falls Park from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday to remove invasive weeds and vines. On Monday at 9:30 a.m., the Alliance will move its invasive weed and vine removal to the Capital Crescent Trail. The group will meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Brookeway Drive in the Fort Sumner neighborhood.

For more info or to sign up for any of the events, visit the Alliance’s website.

The events have been pre-approved to count for Student Service Learning hours from Montgomery County Public Schools.

by Aaron Kraut — January 12, 2015 at 3:25 pm 0

Here are a few upcoming events from the BethesdaNow.com calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form. Also, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on:


UberOffices BethesdaOpen House at UberOffices Bethesda
UberOffices at Bethesda 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400 West
Time: 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an Open House with food, drinks, and giveaways at UberOffices Bethesda on Tuesday, January 13th from 5-7pm. Network with current members at UberOffices and bring friends to learn a thing or two about coworking! RSVP here.


The Writer's Center logoCharacters We Love…Or Love to Hate
The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

How do you breathe life into fictional characters-protagonists, antagonists, supporting cast? How do you make them so believable that readers will bond with your paper people and keep turning pages to find out what happens to them? A practical and effective way of looking at characterization suitable to all genres and accompanied by coffee-and-pastries with professional writing coach and author, Kathryn Johnson.

B-CC BaronBethesda-Chevy Chase High School 1984 Class Reunion
Eatonville Restaurant 2121 14th Street, NW D.C.
Time: 7:00 p.m.–Midnight

Join your classmates for the B-CC Class of 1984 30th Reunion.

When: Saturday January 17th , 2015; Where: Eatonville Restaurant, 2121 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Corner of 14th & V Streets NW); What: Cocktails & Dancing from 7 p.m.- Midnight

Happy Hour Drink Specials from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

How: RSVP online.


by Aaron Kraut — January 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm 209 0

UberOffices Bethesda

The coworking office space that opened last year in downtown Bethesda is hosting an open house next week in the hopes of attracting some new tenants.

UberOffices (a BethesdaNow.com advertiser) opened in the rebranded Bethesda Crossing building last summer.

The nearly 20,000-square-foot space with 50 offices is targeting startups and other businesses with little money to spend on multi-year leases. 

An UberOffices rep described the event on Tuesday (from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.) as an official launch to the Bethesda community. A number of current tenants will be there to network and UberOffices will provide free food and drink.

The company also rents out office space in Arlington and Dupont Circle.

For more information, visit the event page.

by Aaron Kraut — January 8, 2015 at 5:20 pm 0

City Sports at Pike & Rose Fun Run SeriesThe City Sports location at Pike & Rose will kick off its January “Saturday Fun Run Series” this weekend with a three-mile run, giveaways, post-run massages and a complimentary breakfast.

The store opened in November at 11600 Old Georgetown Road. The event, which will run from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on each Saturday in January, is free and open to the public.

All fitness levels are welcome, according to an announcement from the athletic gear retailer.

The giveaways will include a Fitbit activity tracker, awarded to one runner after each run.

by Aaron Kraut — December 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm 0

Photo via BUP

The Writer’s Center and the Bethesda Urban Partnership have partnered for a poetry contest with a $500 first place prize.

The winner, $250 second place winner, $150 third place winner and any $75 honorable mention winners will be announced during the annual Bethesda Literary Festival, set for April 17-19 in 2015.

The first place winner will have his or her poem published on The Writer’s Center’s First Person Plural blog and will get a free membership and class from the Walsh Street nonprofit.

There will also be a Young Poet category for teenagers 14-17 with a $100 grand prize.

Entries for the Poetry Contest must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. For requirements and eligibility rules, visit Bethesda Urban Partnership’s website.

Photo via BUP

by Aaron Kraut — December 18, 2014 at 10:15 am 535 0

Tom Cunningham Orchestra, coming to Glen Echo Park, Photo via Glen Echo Park Partnership

Below are some of the New Year’s Eve events going on around town.

Did we miss one? Shoot us an email at news[at]bethesdanow[dot]com or leave an event in the comments section below:

4935 Bar and Kitchen (4935 Cordell Avenue): The Woodmont Triangle restaurant with the upstairs lounge will host a lingerie show and cook up two full-roasted suckling pigs as part of its buffet style food setup. Champaign and live music is included. The party runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and there is a strict dress code. Cost:  $25

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club (7719 Wisconsin Avenue): The club in the old Bethesda Theatre is celebrating New Year’s with a four-course dinner, hats, noisemakers, unlimited champagne and live music from the “Junkyard Saints” and the 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra “Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band.” Doors open at 7 p.m. and the party starts at 9 p.m. Cost: $125

Brickside Food & Drink (4866 Cordell Avenue): Brickside is keeping it simple with a free buffet, free champagne toast, DJ and no cover — as long as you get there before the Woodmont Triangle spot hits capacity. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the party goes until 2 a.m. on Jan. 1. Cost: Free to get in

DoubleTree By Hilton Bethesda (8120 Wisconsin Avenue): The hotel is hosting its third annual New Year’s Eve bash with an open bar, multiple themed venues based on the elements of fire, air, earth and water, themed-food stations, live Big Band “The Jokers Wild,” DJ, dance floor, champagne toast at midnight and more. You must be 21 or older to attend. The event will run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost: Starting at $119

Glen Echo Park (7300 MacArthur Boulevard): Glen Echo is bringing in a live band for its annual swing dancing celebration in the historic Spanish Ballroom, conga line included. The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will provide the music. Glen Echo Park will provide hats, noisemakers and desserts. A beginners swing lesson will start at 8 p.m. and the formal celebration will run from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Cost: $25

Redwood Restaurant and Bar (7121 Bethesda Lane): The Bethesda Lane restaurant is bringing an old-school Hollywood theme to its annual New Year’s Eve party, with a red carpet, food, cocktails and dancing. “Red carpet attire” is encouraged. Cost: $29, $45 and $68

Union Jack’s (4915 St Elmo Avenue): The Woodmont Triangle bar is hosting a “British Invasion Ball,” complete with heavy hors d’ouevres from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., a DJ and dancing and a raffle for a free trip to Jamaica. The champagne toast is at midnight and ticket prices go up as more or bought. Cost: Starting at 21.20

Photo via Glen Echo Park Partnership

by Aaron Kraut — December 15, 2014 at 9:15 am 270 0

Bethesda Row menorah lighting celebration, via Bethesda RowThis year’s Bethesda Row Hannukah celebration will include a “giant techno-Menorah” and a Hasidic rapper named “Mor-To-Life” known as the “rapping rabbi.”

The annual menorah lighting, organized by the Chabad Center of Bethesda, finds a new twist each year.

In 2012, the 18-foot wide, 10-foot tall menorah was made of balloons. In the past, the menorahs have been made of legos, ice, jelly beans and toys.

This year’s event, set for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on Bethesda Lane, will feature the techno-Menorah adorned with thousands of colored LED lights that flash and pulsate to music. The rapping rabbi will perform and, as usual, there will be latkes, jelly donuts and chocolate Hannukah gelt.

Each child in attendance will get a glow-in-the-dark gift. The eight-day Jewish holiday of Hannukah starts at sundown Tuesday.

Via Bethesda Row

by Aaron Kraut — December 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm 0

Here are a few upcoming events from the BethesdaNow.com calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form. Also, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on:


ArcLight Bethesda at Westfield Montgomery mall ArcLight Bethesda Presents…Holiday Classics on the Big Screen
ArcLight Cinemas Bethesda 7101 Democracy Boulevard
Time: 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 9, Dec. 11, Dec. 14 and Dec. 16

This holiday season, ArcLight Cinemas is giving moviegoers the chance to watch their favorite holiday classics in digital quality on the big screen with its “ArcLight Presents…” holiday series.

Check here for a listing of all the holiday films that will be screened this season. Audiences interested in attending these screenings can purchase tickets at the theater in Bethesda or on the ArcLight Cinemas website.


Chamber logoB-CC Chamber of Commerce Monthly After Hours
Chevy Chase Cars 7725 Wisconsin Avenue
Time: 5:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.

Join us for our monthly Networking After Hours in a unique location. Bring those business cards and driving gloves! Cost: $10. Member Price: Free

Xanadu: A High School Musical
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School 11710 Hunters Lane, Rockville
Time: 7:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Travel back in time with us to 1980s Los Angeles when a Greek Muse inspires a surfer dude to unite all the arts by building a roller disco! The score is full of chart toppers: “All Over the World,” “Strange Magic,” “Evil Woman,” “Don’t Walk Away,” “I’m Alive,” “Suddenly,” and, of course, “Xanadu.” Roller skates, neon lights, leg warmers, big hair, and great music – this is a night at the disco that you won’t want to miss!

This production contains mild language and terrible fashion from the 1980s.


Eoghan NeffEoghan Neff in Concert
The Writer’s Center 4508 Walsh Street
Time: 7:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Solas Nua is proud to present avant-garde Irish fiddler Eoghan Neff in his first ever DMV area concert. Our mission is to bring the best of Irish contemporary arts to the U.S. and we’re very confident that iconoclastic virtuoso Eoghan Neff fits the bill. His D.C. appearance will feature music from his album Week One.

by Aaron Kraut — December 2, 2014 at 11:45 am 449 0

Updated at 10:30 a.m. Friday It’s December, which means it’s time for visits with Santa, Hanukkah Menorah lightings and a host of other holiday-themed events around town and around the area.

Here’s a list of some to look out for over the next month. Know of others? Leave a comment below or shoot us an email at news@bethesdanow.com:


Rockville Town Square Tree Lighting, courtesy photoRockville Town Square Tree Lighting
Rockville Town Square 30 Maryland Avenue
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Rockville Town Square’s annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting will include photos with Santa, live music, live ice skating performances, horse and carriage rides, free parking and, of course, a tree lighting ceremony set for 6:30 p.m. that will be hosted by NBC4′s Aaron Gilchrist.

Friday and Sunday

Bethesda Row Holiday Market
Bethesda Lane (Between Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street)
Time: 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. on Friday; 12 p.m. — 6 p.m. on Sunday (Saturday’s event has been cancelled because of weather.)

See Bethesda Row transformed into a holiday market, with more than 20 of your favorite stores and restaurants in festive tents on Bethesda Lane. Bring the family to enjoy live ice sculpting, family crafts, dessert making, live holiday music, photo booths, balloon artists and more.


Photo via Bethesda Urban PartnershipBethesda’s Winter Wonderland
Veterans Park (Corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues)
Time: 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. (Event was moved from Saturday)

The Bethesda Urban Partnership invites you to kick off the holiday season at Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1-4pm. This FREE celebration features choral performances by local schools, a live ice sculpting presentation and a visit from Santa Claus. All activities take place in Bethesda’s Veterans Park located at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues.

Saturday and Sunday

A Visit With SantaA Visit With Santa
Chevy Chase Center Office Tower 5425 Wisconsin Avenue
Time: 12:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy some holiday treats and take a picture with Santa at Chevy Chase Center.


by Aaron Kraut — November 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm 181 2 Comments

A recent addition to downtown Bethesda’s art scene will host its first Holiday Show starting next week.

Studio B, the Bethesda Urban Partnership-backed art studio space in the Bethesda Crescent building, will offer up the work of its four resident artists starting Wednesday, Dec. 3 until Dec. 20.

BUP opened up the space (7475 Wisconsin Avenue) earlier this year after it was donated by property owner Bainbridge. Four local artists will sell their works, starting at less than $100:

Linda Button of Chevy Chase, MD, describes herself as an urban figurative artist. Her body of work, which includes oil paintings, focuses on mannequins as seen through storefronts along city streets, a look through the designed windows that dazzle and evoke imaginations of another life.

Judy Gilbert Levey of Bethesda, MD, is an oil painter. Among her works which include interpretations of varying landscapes and objects from nature, she is also showcasing a new set of fall paintings that are inspired by Bethesda’s wooded areas. The work focuses on the light filtering though trees and the glowing colors of autumn leaves.

Steve Hay of Cabin John, MD, also an oil painter, exhibits paintings of both local and New York City landscapes. New pieces he is currently working on include depictions of the C & O canal, the Potomac River and scenes around Bethesda. Hay often practices as a plein air oil painter but when working from photographs he still leans on his experience as a plein air painter to achieve the vibrancy, depth, and lively atmosphere that are distinct to his paintings.

Songmi Heart of Fairfax, VA, showcases an abstract painting style. Working with different mediums including acrylic and oil, her pieces vary between black and white and remarkably colorful in both small and large-scale sizes. Heart’s current work is based on musical inspiration, interpretive illustrations of sound, rhythm and beat.


by Aaron Kraut — November 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm 0

Here are a few upcoming events from the BethesdaNow.com calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form. Also, please check out the event calendar to see all that is going on:


Catch Me If You Can poster, Whitman High SchoolCatch Me If You Can
Walt Whitman High School 7100 Whittier Boulevard
Time: 7:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Walt Whitman High School Drama Department presents a rousing rendition of the musical comedy CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Performances are scheduled for November 20-22 at 7:00 p.m.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a stage musical based on the Dreamworks motion picture starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. The story of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN follows Frank Abagnale, Jr., who as a teenager ran away from home in search of the glamorous life, and successfully posed as several different high-level professionals. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is just pure fun — it’s a splashy, high-energy trip back to the 60s. With professionally choreographed dance numbers, a live pit orchestra, and a 64-member technical crew, this show is a spectacle not to be missed! So pack your bags and join Whitman’s Jet Set for an unforgettable evening of frolic and fun!


Music Box Series, StrathmoreAll About Bears
The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.

Bring your favorite teddy bears and join the BSO in learning about our favorite fuzzy animals. BSO Music Box is a new concert series created for babies and toddlers 6 months to 3 years and their families. Hosted by acclaimed actress, dancer and storyteller Maria Broom, the Music Box Series gives your budding music-lover the chance to explore music through highly engaging and interactive performances. Each half-hour concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing classical and children’s songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy. 


by Aaron Kraut — November 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm 164 1 Comment

Photo via BUP

Bethesda Urban Partnership’s annual ice sculpting display, choral group show and visit from Santa will return to Veterans Park (corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues) on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The ice sculpting presentation will start at 1 p.m., followed by choral performances from local school groups and the visit from Santa — who will have treats for children.

The free event will feature groups from the Academy of the Holy Cross, Garrett Park Elementary, Oneness-Family School, Our Lady of Lourdes, Rockville High School and Westbrook Elementary.

For more information, visit the event page.

Photo via BUP


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