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by Aaron Kraut — February 26, 2015 at 11:05 am 188 1 Comment

An environmental advocate who lives on an island in the Potomac River, a failing longtime business in a gentrifying part of D.C. and a high school percussion section will be three of the subjects featured in next month’s Bethesda Film Fest.

The third annual event, organized by the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District, is set for March 20 and March 21 at Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Avenue).

Screenings on both nights will start at 7 p.m. and include discussions with the filmmakers. Tickets are available for $10.

This year’s five selected films include “Towpath Joe,” from filmmakers Susanne Coates and Emily Wathen. The pair followed around Joe Hage, who lives on an island next to the C&O Canal.

The screening will also include “Fate of A Salesman,” a look at the Men’s Fashion Center on H Street. After 60 years in business, the suit and dress clothes store closed in 2012 thanks to declining sales and a changing neighborhood.

All five of the films and short descriptions follow:


by Aaron Kraut — February 19, 2015 at 1:15 pm 0

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Play In A DayPlay In A Day
Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue
Time: 8:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Six professional Washington, D.C. area theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours. Play In A Day kicks off on Friday night when playwrights and directors come together to receive their assigned themes and props. Playwrights then work through the night to create their ten-minute masterpieces. As the sun comes up, rehearsals begin as teams of directors and actors prepare anxiously to make the 8 p.m. performance deadline on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The result is a one-of-a-kind theatre experience! Some material may not be suitable for children.


Be The MatchDance For a Cure — Be the Match!
Next phase Bethesda 7610 Old Georgetown Road (Skywalk Level)
Time: 2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

We are helping our friend and community member, Lori Nam, who is 34 years-old and is fighting her third reoccurrence with blood cancer. She needs a match for a marrow transplant and Be The Match is working to find her unrelated donor because there are no current matches for her in her family. We are helping her by hosting a two-hour Zumba/ dance fitness master class with multiple instructors. There will also be lots of snacks and activities out in the lobby area so people can come to support/donate/ learn about the registry without having to dance. Participate in our fun raffle and help raise much needed dollars for the Be The Match mission to support Lori finding a MATCH. A minimum $25 donation is required to participate in the master class. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Be The Match Foundation, which covers all financial costs for donors to join the registry, as well as pay bills for patients who cannot afford their transplants.


by Aaron Kraut — February 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

MCPSA group of civic activists and volunteers will pore over the county school system’s $2.39 billion budget request next week in Bethesda.

The Montgomery County Civic Federation, Montgomery County Taxpayers League and the Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County are hosting the third annual “Budgetpalooza” on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane). The event is set for 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Participants will go chapter-by-chapter while analyzing the FY16 budget request finalized last week by the Board of Education. The effort is meant to provide an outside review. The MCPS budget traditionally makes up almost half of the county’s entire annual operating budget.

Because of anticipated state education cuts, the Board of Education shaved $10.2 million off of the budget proposed in December by then-Superintendent Joshua Starr. School officials have said more cuts are possible.

The County Council must approve the budget this spring.

The Civic Federation describes itself as a group of volunteers who “have committed themselves to providing an effective citizen voice to government policy makers, both elected and appointed.”

by Aaron Kraut — February 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm 422 4 Comments

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High SchoolHardly a plan for new development in Bethesda goes by without community concerns over school overcrowding or traffic congestion.

With those issues central to ongoing master plan revisions in downtown Bethesda and Westbard, Councilmember Roger Berliner is holding a one-day summit in which he hopes a group of government officials can educate the public and get resident input.

The event, “Infrastructure and Growth: Are We Keeping Pace?” is set for Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the cafeteria at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (4301 East-West Highway). It will include MCPS planner Bruce Crispell, Planning Department Director Gwen Wright and Glenn Orlin, the County Council’s chief transportation analyst.

“It has just been the undercurrent of conversations for years,” Berliner said. “I just felt like it was time to have an honest dialog with our public as well as our county leaders to see whether we are doing the best we can.”

The setting for the forum will also serve as a good example of the area’s infrastructure challenges.


by Aaron Kraut — February 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm 199 1 Comment

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

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The Blue House, Woodmont AvenueSealed With A Kiss: A Chocolate and Lip-Reading Event!
The Blue House 7700 Woodmont Avenue
Time: 1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Join The Blue House and local chocolate company Chouquette for Sealed with a Kiss! Guests will have their lip ­prints interpreted by Dr. Oz favorite Ariana Lightningstorm, certified lipsologist. Lipsology is the art of reading lip­prints for size, shape, color intensity, and special markings to gain insight on personality, energy levels, and even past and current health issues. Slots are limited, so guests should call The Blue House at 301­-656­-6088 to make their appointments! Attendees will also have the chance to sample Chouquette’s full line of chocolate-covered caramels, as well as to shop Coping Chocolates, an exciting new collaboration between Chouquette and JMF Designs.


The Writer's Center logoExploring Erotica: How to Write a Sex Scene
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

Sex sells, and it’s also fun to write. We will explore writing prompts, how to find the balance between sexy and “too porny,” and the elements of a successful sex scene including the ever-mysterious “what to call things.” We will begin an erotica short story, so bring pen/paper or electronic device.


by Aaron Kraut — February 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm 299 13 Comments

Planning Department Director Gwen Wright, via Planning DepartmentMontgomery County Planning Department Director Gwen Wright will talk about plans for White Flint, Bethesda, Westbard and other areas in a panel discussion titled “Montgomery County — Revitalizing its Suburbs.”

The event, organized by commercial real estate news and marketing company Bisnow, is set for the morning of Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Road).

Wright will join speakers from development companies JBG, Monument Realty, EYA, the Chevy Chase Land Company and others, as well as noted Bethesda Row architect David Kitchens and Montgomery County’s Greg Ossont.

Ossont, deputy director of the county’s Department of General Services, heads up the office responsible for finding partnerships with private developers, including the new 2nd District Police Station planned for Rugby Avenue.

Tim Dugan, land use attorney with Shulman Rogers, will moderate the panel. Tickets cost $79.

According to a Planning Department press release, Wright will “explain how the new county zoning ordinance and master plans encourage mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly and sustainable communities where residents can walk and bike to homes, stores, offices, parks and transit.”

Photo via Planning Department

by Aaron Kraut — February 4, 2015 at 11:05 am 244 5 Comments

The free Pike & Rose Audio Visual Arts Festival (or PRAVA) is coming Saturday, when it will take over a few floors of an empty office building in White Flint/Pike District.

The video above shows Dutch sound, installation and performance artist Allard van Hoorn preparing for his show with Baltimore’s Charm City Roller Girls. Together, they’ll turn the sixth floor of Pike & Rose’s new office building’s into a choreographed roller arena.

Van Hoorn will create live, electronic music by recording and remixing sounds of the roller skates. There will be reflective costumes made from traffic material.

“This multi-person, real-time, collaborative performance will transform the building from a stationary office building to a building in motion. By repurposing the architecture, van Hoorn visually and acoustically calls into question our perceptions of the spaces we inhabit,” according to a description from show producer Nuit Blanche New York.

The roller arena performance is set for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday. The entire PRAVA show will feature bigger collection of performances running from 6 p.m.- 2 a.m. at 11810 Grand Park Avenue.

Video via Nuit Blanche New York

by Aaron Kraut — February 3, 2015 at 2:15 pm 254 1 Comment

The Kennedy Walk group last year, via Kennedy Walk

Starting at 4 a.m. Saturday, a group of a few dozen hikers will start their trek from Great Falls in Potomac to Harper’s Ferry as a way to reprise the historic walk taken 52 years ago by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

It will be the third edition of the 50-mile Kennedy Walk, organized by a meet-up group called the FreeWalkers along the C&O Canal towpath.

In 1963, President John Kennedy challenged military leaders to march 50 miles to prove they were as fit as those who served in 1908 under President Theodore Roosevelt, the man who originally issued the 50-mile order. Kennedy’s brother Robert took up the challenge himself and on Feb. 9, 1963, was the only one in his group to complete the trek.

Robert F. Kennedy after his 50-mile walk along the C&O Canal towpath in 1963, via Kennedy Walk/Time MagazineHe outlasted four staffers, his dog, several reporters and finished the walk in the dark. It took him 17 hours.

Paul Kiczek, co-leader of the group, said he was 15 at the time of Robert Kennedy’s walk and was one of many others who took up the 50-mile challenge.

“At that time, we had military threats, a recession, racial and religious tensions and public health and fitness issues too. Yet, we seemed to be able to take positive action toward solving those problems, led by a charismatic president that seemed to be able to overcome any obstacle,” Kiczek said in a press release promoting the event.

His co-leader Ray Smith is a Certified Interpretive Guide.

The event will start at 3:30 a.m. Saturday with registration and a briefing at VFW Post 5633 (11511 MacArthur Boulevard). Last year’s event included about 40 participants.

Via Kennedy Walk

by Aaron Kraut — January 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm 189 0

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

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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 719 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.


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