Looking for something great to do on a Saturday afternoon? Well then! Stop by 3 Stars Brewing Company'
s tasting hours: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. After your ID is checked, you're handed tickets to try what they've got on tap.
Opened last August, the local brewery specializes in atypical ales on the darker side. Knowing that, I was a little skeptical considering I'm more of an amber/malt gal but upon tasting their Sea Change Pale and Pandemic Porter I've become quite an admirer.
Here are some pics I snapped to give you a sense of the place. Cheers!
Sean was so in love, he didn't notice he was still wearing my purse. Atta boy!
Calling all cigar aficionados! Want to up the ante of where you relax with your stogie of choice? Well dames and gents, stop by Civil
. Opening January 14
in the Chevy Chase Pavilion
. The cigar lounge is quite a delight. Adjacent to the recently opened Range, it's bound to make its own mark in the area nightlife scene. I'm not a cigar smoker myself, but nevertheless really enjoyed last night's preview. The bar was serving up yummy drinks -- a smoky Manhattan for starters -- and small plates (tuna tartar any one?) that I could (and did!) devour again and again.
Where'd Sean go? Oh wait ... the bar. Shocking. He was quick to order a Manhattan .... and light up his pipe.
The fabulous Leo Schmid of Thrillist
trying a variety of cognacs. Alas, Mr. Schmid behaved last night as he was snapping photos galore for his site. The nerve!
Sean checking out the cigar selection ... Why so serious?
Had to snap a shot of Civil owner Matt Krimm. Well done sir! Such a humble, down-to-earth dude. Wishing you the best of luck!
Oy vey! As happens with most of my Closer Inspections in the WaPo Mag
, we can't fit every item I write about in the one-page feature. This time around, some of my fave pieces from this collection of local artifacts at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
didn't make the print edition
, so I'm highlighting 'em below.
These 1957 license plates were donated by the late Rabbi Tzvi Porath in 2004, and were used when he took part in the inaugural parade of President Dwight Eisenhower. In addition to serving as the rabbi at Ohr Kodesh Congregation
from 1952 to 1984 in Chevy Chase, Md., Turman says Porath made “a very big effort to extend his reach beyond his congregation.” According to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum
, Porath was a co-chairman of the Religious Observance Sub-Committee under the 1957 Inaugural Committee.
A menu boasts delicious blintzes sold by Rich’s Restaurant, a Jewish deli and restaurant formerly at 19th and E streets Northwest that was opened by Seymour Rich in 1945. “If I told you were there lines outside at lunch time, it would not be an exaggeration,” recalls Rich’s son, Ronald Rich of the restaurant that closed in 1971. “Dad would not seat two people at a table for four. You had to double up. You had to have at least three people at a table and people didn’t mind no matter how big a shot you were.”
Below, Ronald poses with his grandfather in front of the restaurant.
And while the trio of commemorative books -- given to Jewish leader Simon Wolf by his daughter Florence Gotthold in honor of his 70th birthday in 1906 -- were featured in print, I had to show you all more photos since the books are so beautiful.
One of the many inscriptions by local and national personalities was by Heurich Brewing Company president Christian Heurich. An excerpt: “If there were more Simon Wolfs in this world, society would be the gainer.”
Last night, Sean and I attended the media night for Range
, Bryan Voltaggio
's latest restaurant venture in D.C. The space was absolutely gorgeous and the food? Let's just say I was so busy enjoying it that I didn't stop to take enough photos! The restaurant opens in mid-December and should definitely be on your to-do list. The prices are affordable and the menu -- ranging from ricotta ravioli to pork cheeks -- is a tasty adventure.
Want more details? Well, it's a good thing non-food-critic, Sean Quinn
was willing to share his thoughts.
And just when we thought he was done .... more dessert arrived ....
A few minutes into our arrival, Sean was already checking out the only vehicle in the place. Meanwhile, I got the No Kings boys (Brandon Hill and Peter Chang) to take a second from running around to take a photo with moi.
Local entrepreneurs Twice as Warm
were on the scene, pressing T-shirts on the spot. Across the room, folks were donning 3-D glasses to see the work of XXist
LOVE this piece by Asad Walker
. A true talent. Hope to actually meet him at one of these things some time!
Imagined conversation between Peter and Sean: "Nice pony tail!" "Nice curls!" "Nice glasses!" "Nice bowling shoes!"
On seeing this piece by Truth Among Liars
, I couldn't help thinking this installation probably wasn't cheap to do.
And because I'm SO mature, I tried to blend into the scene ala where's sex-toy Waldo.
And these animal themed glass works by Mericle were among my faves of the night.
All in all, a lovely night. Hope to see you the next time around my lovelies!
Heyo! Here are some shots I took on the fly while following around Peter Chang and Brandon Hill
of the No Kings Collective
for a feature in Washington Post Magazine
. (For legit professional shots, check out this gallery
shot by Matt McClain). Enjoy!
There were many moments when the guys would make me nervous by doing something not exactly safe. Below, Hill is mixing paints on an adjacent rooftop that he'll use to finish the lucha libre wrestler (above) he painted in VeraCruz
If I'm not mistaken, Hill's exhibit, "Tough Guys & Dames
" is still on display at VeraCruz if you want to catch it. Works include pieces made from salvaged wood, like this crab claw made from skateboard decks.
I also tagged along with the No Kings at this year's Artscape
in Baltimore. This table is packed to the brim with wooden blocks Chang pumped out to sell to passersby.
I didn't get any good shots of Hill's pieces, but I did find this video I took of 'em. Very rad stuff.
Chang manning the sales tent at Artscape. I was impressed by his haggling skills.
The guys ran out of business cards after the first day, so they had to improvise.
Chang, a founding member of the Always Rockin' Dance Crew, took a break from selling artistic wares to break dance with his brother and other b-boys. Pretty impressive for such a tall guy!
Chang flipping his little bro, b-boy style.
SNAKE SCARF! SNAKE SCARF! Kudos to Hill for pointing out to me that a couple guys always walk around Artscape wearing snakes like scarves, like it's the most normal thing in the world.
Below, Hill at a potential site for this year's Submerge. Where most see a broken-down building, the No Kings see an opportunity.
Ah, nothing like taking a nap in a bone yard next to a dragon skull.
Such is the life of a Closer Inspection writer. Ben and I's latest assignment took us to Markoff's Haunted Forest
where we got the low down on how they've been spooking folks for the last twenty years. Here's some extra bits that didn't fit in the one-pager
Across from the bone yard -- which features fake human skeletons and real cattle bones -- you'll meet Goat Head. Made from polyurethane foam, the head sits on a mechanical track that is moved back and forth by an operator behind it. The creature’s jaw opens and roars, and his eyes light up. Be wary, folks: He can reach the path you'll be walking on.
I'm also starting to think that knowing where some of these creatures are in the woods is going to make my visit to Markoff's this weekend that much scarier. Like the Wendigo. Holy moly. Just seeing how high his legs are without the torso and head attached is pretty freaky.
You can get an idea of what the Wendigo will look like in the video below, but don't bet on his movements being so tame at Markoff's. Paul Brubacher, VP of operations at Markoff's, tells me they've reprogrammed the beast to be more mobile. "Most of the haunts will have ‘em go slow, and it’s really cheesy," he says. “He’ll be rockin.’ Those posts will be jumping out of the ground by the end of the night. He’s just going to slam down on you.”
How cool is this? In the Markoff workshop, there's a room that houses dozens of skeletons awaiting frightful duties.
Markoff’s orders durable plastic skeletons from Bucky’s Boneyard
, a company that sells the lowest grade (called fourth quality) anatomical skeletons
. “They’re still complete,” says Brubacher of the skeletons. “But you may have two left arms, or a backwards right foot. But we don’t need perfect.”
I remember the days when my dad would throw a fit if I put a video of him doing something silly on YouTube.
Well, that was before he retired.
Now it seems, all bets are off. He was adamant that I upload this video of he and Tracey's wedding dance last weekend. It starts off sweet and slow, but then it gets a little interesting ...
And just to give you a little perspective on how far Dad came in his dance moves, here's the pair rehearsing just days earlier. Yowsah!