by Aaron Kraut — December 18, 2014 at 10:15 am 265 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 258 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

by Aaron Kraut — November 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm 276 2 Comments

The exterior of the PerSei apartment building on Grand Park Avenue in Pike & Rose

One of the first major redevelopment projects in White Flint is celebrating the opening of its first phase with a ribbon cutting ceremony and first annual “holiday tree lighting festival.”

Pike & Rose, the massive mixed-use project from Rockville-based developer Federal Realty, will host the ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Federal CEO and President Don Wood is expected to be joined by a number of elected officials to make official the opening of a number of new restaurants, apartment units, retail shops and entertainment venues on the former site of the Mid-Pike Plaza Shopping Center.

The company announced two weeks ago it had started work on the second phase of the project, which will add more mixed-use development and a high-rise Hilton hotel below luxury condos.

On Friday, Nov. 21, Pike & Rose will host the tree lighting festival, complete with a kids crafting station, stilt walkers, singing groups and reindeer ponies available for photo ops.

The event will run from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Pike & Rose is located at 11580 Old Georgetown Rd.

by Aaron Kraut — November 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm 203 2 Comments

Photo via Turkey Chase

It’s only two weeks until Thanksgiving, meaning it’s also only two weeks until almost 10,000 runners take over Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road.

The 32nd Annual Turkey Chase is set for Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 27) and will again include thousands of runners from around the area in a 10K race and 2-mile fun run/walk through the heart of Bethesda.

Start time is 8:30 a.m.

Runners can register here and find more information here. Until the day of the race, registration is $45 for the 10K, $20 for the two-mile and $10 for the 50-meter Kid’s Run.

The YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club are also accepting donations. The two groups have organized the event since 1992.

The race route will start at the YMCA (9401 Old Georgetown Rd.) before heading east on Cedar Lane, threading through the Alta Vista neighborhood, turning south on Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue and back north to the finish line — also at the YMCA.

Locals can expect multiple lanes of Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road to be closed for a couple hours starting roughly at 8:30 a.m.

Photo via Turkey Chase

by Aaron Kraut — November 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm 307 0

Photo via St. Jane de Chantal Christmas Bazaar

Believe it or not, this weekend might mark the first Santa sighting of the season in Bethesda.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus are expected to take part in Saturday’s 9th Annual St. Jane de Chantal Christmas Bazaar, set for 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the 9525 Old Georgetown Rd. church.

The Bazaar (a BethesdaNow.com advertiser) will include 37 local vendors selling jewelry, holiday decor, vintage collectibles, furnishings and other gifts and accessories.

Two of Montgomery County’s most popular food trucks — Go Fish! and Linda’s Luncheonette — will be at the event for anybody looking for lunch and Bethesda nursery and garden center American Plant has donated dozens of holiday-themed plants that will be for sale.

The Bazaar also will include a thrift shop, children’s book fair and bake sale. All proceeds will benefit the Home & School Association.

Photo via St. Jane de Chantal Christmas Bazaar

by Aaron Kraut — November 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm 1 Comment

Veteran's Park, Woodmont Triangle

The Kiwanis Club of Bethesda will host its 55th Annual Veterans Day Observance on Tuesday at Veteran’s Park in Woodmont Triangle.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen will be among the elected officials and local leaders to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans when the ceremony starts at 10:45 a.m.

Veteran’s Park, between Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues in Bethesda, is home to a memorial honoring local veterans.

For more Veterans Day events and closings, check out our post from last week.

by Aaron Kraut — November 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm 0

The Abe Lincoln Racing President poses with Nationals closer Drew Storen (right) at least year's Big Train Holiday Auction, photo via Big Train/Lisa A. Kammerman

Bethesda’s collegiate baseball summer league team will be back at the DoubleTree Bethesda this month for its annual Holiday Auction.

The Bethesda Big Train and BCC Baseball will host the auction, which has raised more than $600,000 for local ballfields since the event started in 1999, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

ESPN commentator and Bethesda native Tim Kurkjian will again appear at the event, which includes an auction of baseball memorabilia, event tickets and restaurant gift cards — plus giveaways and a buffet-style dinner.

Joining Kurkjian will be University of Maryland baseball coach John Szefc, who last season guided the Terps to the program’s best season ever. Not to be outdone will be the George Washington Racing President.

The Big Train, a nonprofit started by Bethesda’s Bruce Adams, hopes to raise $50,000 at this year’s event for the ballfield improvement project.

For more information, visit the event page.

Photo via Big Train/Lisa A. Kammerman

by Aaron Kraut — November 5, 2014 at 10:05 am 282 0

Newt and Callista Gingrich, via Gingrich ProductionsTwo decades ago, Republicans drubbed Democrats in a mid-term election to take back control of the U.S. House and Senate.

On Wednesday, the day after a similar Republican drubbing in this year’s midterm, the man at the forefront of the 1994 “Republican Revolution” will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble in Bethesda (4801 Bethesda Ave.).

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista will appear at the bookstore starting at 7 p.m. to sign two books — Mrs. Gingrich’s new children’s book, “From Sea to Shining Sea” and Mr. Gingrich’s new policy book, “Breakout.”

The book preview gives a rundown of five things “you’ll learn” by reading it:

  • Why environmental extremists cling to the myth of “peak oil,” and how the fracking revolution is about to make America the world’s leading oil producer
  • How personalized healthcare–radically individualized treatments made possible by advances in genetics–and regenerative medicine could wipe out our most feared diseases, and why they’re on a collision course with Obamacare
  • How self-driving cars are on the verge of making traffic jams–and traffic deaths–a thing of the past, unless regulators wreck them before they leave the lot
  • Why a one-size-fits-all education will become a historical curiosity, unless the teachers’ unions and professional academicians succeed in preserving the current dysfunctional systems
  • How NASA–once the repository of American dreams of the future–became a textbook case of death by bureaucracy
    Americans don’t have to settle for a shrunken future. We can escape from the prison of the past into a future of undreamed of opportunity and abundance. All we need is the courage to break out.

Photo via Gingrich Productions

by Aaron Kraut — October 30, 2014 at 11:40 am 414 0

Union Jack's of BethesdaThere are a number of Halloween events around town this weekend for those who have outgrown neighborhood trick-or-treating (and even for those who haven’t):

Bethesda Row celebrates Halloween a night early –  About 40 businesses and restaurants in one of downtown Bethesda’s most popular areas will offer trick-or-treating on Halloween eve.

From 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, the stores will offer deals, live entertainment and trick-or-treating for the kids. There will also be a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to the Paper Source.

Nightmare on St. Elmo Street – Union Jack’s (4915 St Elmo Ave.) gets the prize for best event name, plus the Woodmont Triangle bar will be offering specials and costume prizes on both Thursday and Friday nights.

A Captain Jack Sparrow-style Halloween dance party – Dance Bethesda (8227 Woodmont Ave.) is looking for people willing to walk the plank at its pirate-themed session of dance lessons and performances starting at 8 p.m. on Friday. The event costs $15 per person and tickets should be purchased in advance.

Monster Bash at the Doubletree – A few doors down from Dance Bethesda, the DoubleTree Bethesda (8120 Wisconsin Ave.) will put on its “Monster Bash,” event. For $10, guests get a live DJ and dance floor, cash bars, a costume contest and two movie theaters showing horror films. The event starts at 9 p.m.

Costume contest at 4935 – Music and a costume contest are on the agenda at 4935 Bar & Kitchen (4935 Cordell Ave.). Entry is free all night. Festivities start at 10 p.m. and will include a costume contest with prizes for the funniest, sexiest and most original costumes.

Fireball and games at Caddies – Caddies on Cordell (4922 Cordell Ave.) will feature Halloween-inspired Fireball cocktails, $2 Pumpkin Spice shooters, a costume contest, prizes and other giveaways from 4 p.m. to close on Friday.

by Aaron Kraut — October 30, 2014 at 10:25 am 162 1 Comment

Talbert's beer and wine store in Westbard, Flickr photo by ehpien

What is a charrette?

It’s the question often overheard from residents attending Planning Department events, where the concept has become a staple of the department’s outreach efforts.

Starting Monday, Nov. 10, planners will offer a series of charrettes aimed at figuring out what the Westbard area of Bethesda should look like over the next 25-30 years.

Residents, business owners and property owners are invited to drop in to a morning walking tour, stop by an open house or attend an evening session at Walt Whitman High School.

The definition of charrette is “a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions together.”

With residents already wary of new residential development that might come from new property owner Equity One, that probably won’t happen over the course of one week. But planners are hoping to get as much input as possible before proceeding with their sector plan rewrite:

The PlanWestbard Community Charrette will take place during the week of November 10; a full schedule of meetings is posted online at www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide insight into the Sector Plan process from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Westwood II (5110 Ridgefield Rd, Bethesda, MD). Evening presentations will be held during the week at the Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda, MD) from 6 – 9 p.m. The final presentation of the completed Concept Plan will be held at Westland Middle School (5511 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD) from 7 – 9 p.m.

Charrette Schedule At A Glance:
Monday, November 10 – Walking Tours will be conducted in the community at 10 a.m. and noon starting at Westwood II.  Charrette Open House hours will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Westwood II. Attend the PlanWestbard Visioning Session at Walt Whitman High School starting at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, November 11 – Observance of Veterans Day (no charrette activities)

Wednesday, November 12 – A “Sunrise Series” meeting will be held for business owners at 7 a.m. at Westwood II.  Charrette Open House hours will follow until 5 p.m. at Westwood II. The Framework Concept will be presented at Walt Whitman High School from 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, November 13 - A “Sunrise Series” meeting will be held for all stakeholders at 7 a.m. at Westwood II followed by Charrette Open House hours until 5 p.m. The community will be asked to give feedback on the preferred options for the Framework Concept at Walt Whitman High School from 6 to 9 p.m.

Friday, November 14 -The community is invited to drop in at Westwood II during the day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to talk with Montgomery Planning Department staff as they refine the Concept Plan.

Monday, November 17 – Planners will be working on the results of the charrette in preparation for Tuesday’s evening presentation of the Completed Concept Plan at Westland Middle School.

Tuesday, November 18 – Planners will summarize the results of the charrette and its influence on the plan at Westland Middle School from 7 to 9 p.m.

About the Westbard Sector Plan:
The existing WestbardSector Plan is one of the oldest plans still in use in Montgomery County, having last been revised in 1982. It is now being updated at the direction of the Montgomery County Council to keep pace with the times and changes in the area.


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