Tuesday, September 16, 2014

&pizza coming to Chinatown, Dupont

&pizza Chinatown's shop would occupy the white building next to Starbucks.
Washington Business Journal is reporting that &pizza will open more restaurants, and soon. Three of the planned four new shops will be located in the District. The Dupont location will be located at 1215 Connecticut Ave NW, near Rhode Island Ave. The Chinatown restaurant will be located at 802 7th St NW, most recently the site of a bank. &pizza also plans to open restaurants in Capitol Hill and Rockville, MD. They hope to accomplish all of this by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

&pizza is a fast casual style restaurant that makes-to-order personalized, single-serve pizzas. Once you start the customization process, it typically takes 4-5 minutes to receive the pizza ready to eat. It's a neat process and they are vegan friendly, so I eat there A LOT. They recently opened a restaurant close to the new Chinatown location at 1005 E St NW. 

Interesting note in the WBJ article: west coast pizza chain Pizza Studio will also open in Dupont at 1333 New Hampshire (formerly Baja Fresh). Looks like I need to revive Pizza Wars!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Video: Batala DC

The Batala DC percussion group always impresses and yesterday was no different. The all-women drum group was founded in 2007 and is often seen in parades, festivals, or just drumming up a rhythmic storm at your local park or plaza. They played for quite a bit at Adams Morgan Day, but I only recorded about 2 minutes worth, not doing them any justice to be honest. Check out their events calendar for the next chance to see them live. Enjoy!

Adams Morgan Day 2014: Photos

Another great DC day. Another great Adams Morgan Day. The pre-fall weather cooperated, there was lots of good music, and the crowds were moderate. I got great coffee at the temporary/maybe not temporary Cafe Diem pop-up coffee shop, but passed on most of the lines for street food in lieu of people watching. There was just enough new to keep it interesting and enough familiar to keep you coming back. A few photos:

Beautiful weather! Moderate crowds at midday.
Dance instruction all day at the bottom of the hill.
Our good friends at Meeps had great music and dope fall wear; for dudes + ladies.
Johnny Pistolas stayed busy at the end of its first week of existence. 
Can't go wrong with DC flag merchandise.
Food & drink stands lined 18th St NW.

View from Suntrust Plaza
Batala drummers!
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT block this exit.
Bands played at several venues including just outside of Heaven & Hell.
Even Madam's Organ got into the street food business.
Looks like Federal Restaurant and Z-Kabob are going the way of a new retail development.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Return of Movies in Lamont Park

Mount Pleasant Main Street has organized more movies in Lamont Park for this Fall. The three-movie series begins next week and will be held at Lamont Park at the corner of Lamont Street and Mount Pleasant Street NW. 

The dates and movies from the organizers:

"Friday September 19th: Dead Poets Society (PG, tribute to Robin Williams)
Friday October 3rd: Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings (PG) [TENTATIVE]
Friday October 10th: Zoolander (PG) [TENTATIVE]

7:30-10:00. Free. Rain Date: Sundays

Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks
Support your local businesses and main street

Volunteers needed - email achoey@gmail.com

Donations needed - www.mtpmainstreet.org (hit donate button) or at event"

Check the MPMS Facebook page for updates on the tentative movie dates. (No offense HP fans, but I'd rather see LOTR.) Have a great weekend!

OK, so this is totally a photo from the Mount Pleasant Music Festival, not movie night. Imagine movies.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kids PJ Party at Past Tense Studio

This is a really cool idea. Mount Pleasant's Past Tense Studio is throwing a pajama party for your kids. And sort of for you, too. 

On Saturday September 27 at 6:00 PM, you can drop your little ones off at the the studio (3252 Mount Pleasant St NW); along with their packed dinner. Between that time and the 9:00 PM pick up, they'll eat, play games, watch a movie, and of course, do some kids yoga. You're free to use that three hours to get dinner yourself, relax at home, or whatever really. As long as you're back to pick up the lil' ones at 9:00 PM. Past Tense will even give you a coupon for Beau Thai. Check here for all the details (under Kids Yoga).

The PJ Party workshop costs $30. However, Past Tense was nice enough to extend a discount to readers of The 42 Bus (you!). The discount is for 10% off of one purchase on all class passes, workshops, and kid classes; including the PJ Party. Use the promo code "The42Rocks" at checkout. Huge thanks to Past Tense for setting that up!