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October 28th, 2014 by Claudia Holwill · Capitol Hill


Photo by Mike Licht on Flickr

  • Greater Greater Washington looked at what it will take for the 11th Street Bridge park design to succeed.
  • We Love DC sat down with Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury.
  • For Eater DC, our very own Tim Ebner found out what happens when you order a Manhattan at The Pug.
  • JDLand reported that Petco’s Unleashed is coming to the Boilermaker Shops.

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Willie’s Brew ‘N Que Opens

October 27th, 2014 by Katherine Howard · Capitol Riverfront/ Near Southeast

Sports fan? You need to get to Willie’s.

Not a sports fan? You need to get to Willie’s.


Although the “Brew ‘N Que” opened in Navy Yard just last week, I’ve managed to find myself there twice already. On Sunday, I took it all in while fans representing their various football teams took in the games. Sitting in the midst of twelve easily seen TVs, Fantasy Football conversation, and mild cheering, I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was.

The restaurant itself is aesthetically pleasing. The practically floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides allow you to look out onto the neighborhood and get that clean, open feel provided by all of the natural lighting. Both visits made it clear that this is a laid-back place to watch games, eat good food, and enjoy good company. While there was the standard rooting, cheering, and groaning that accompany games, it was still possible to maintain conversations at a normal volume.

It was so friendly a place that when one patron noticed that another was no longer eating his chicken (of which, there was plenty left), he offered to finish it off for him. The chicken made its way down the bar, with a “Sure, this is a communal table”, while the bartender got in on it, commenting, “Share your food”. I had ordered the brisket, and it was the best I’ve had in awhile. It passed the all-important “no knife needed” test and since I didn’t even notice sauce was an option, I enjoyed it all by itself. Well, mostly all by itself. I also tried out two of the twelve beers on tap and have to say, they paired very well with my meal!


I had already planned to make a return trip on Wednesday to see what it is like at night and to try a new menu item. Those plans became set in stone when on my cold, rainy lunch break I noticed Willie’s Facebook page posted a picture of their cider with bourbon. It is one of those drinks that essentially is the holiday season. Warm, with lemon and a strong cinnamon taste, it’s going to be the perfect treat when it really starts to get cold around here. I also ordered the pulled pork sandwich and sampled it with two sauces. I personally preferred it with the molasses sauce, but the sweet BBQ was pretty delicious too.

Lessons learned that I’d like to pass along:

  • Locate the sauces before you start eating. I made it most of the way through my brisket before noticing that 1) there are sauces available and 2) they were at the other end of the bar. There is also a condiment station located in the back with anything you might need. You can be sure I was on top of it the second time.
  • If you are interested in trying the kale – Get. There. Early. Obviously, living on the Hill, kale has become a staple food in my diet. Both visits I eagerly ordered the side, and both times was told that they had run out. Lucky for me, third time’s a charm! Here’s hoping, anyway!

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Sponsored Post: Integrate Art into Your Everyday Life

October 27th, 2014 by Guest Author · Capitol Hill

unnamed-1Pottery on the Hill, a pottery show featuring 16 of the nation’s top potters, returns to Hill Center October 31-November 2. Pottery on the Hill isn’t exactly what you might think of when thinking of a pottery show. Don’t just picture sculptures or pieces that look nice; think bright, patterned ceramic table platters, fanciful mugs, one-of-a-kind cooking pots, vases, and much more.

Pottery on the Hill is about integrating handcrafted art into every day life with functional pottery, including cups, plates, platters, steins, and more. The artists want people to drink their coffee from a hand cast mug, make lasagna in a covered dish, and serve dinner on a cleverly wrought platter. They don’t want their works to simply sit on a shelf, unused. A lot of the pieces are even dishwasher safe! [Read more →]

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TONIGHT: ANC 6B Candidate Meet and Greet

October 27th, 2014 by Claudia Holwill · Capitol Hill

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Come out to the SE Library tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 to meet the candidates for this year’s ANC 6B election. The event is being hosted by EMMCA (Eastern Market Metro Community Association). To learn more about the candidates, visit our 2014 ANC Election Guide.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Artist Collectives and Fever Edition

October 24th, 2014 by Guest Author · Capitol Hill

Liz Lescault Decollette, ceramic sculpture, white stoneware, 9"x11". Photo courtesy of the artist.

Liz Lescault Decollette, ceramic sculpture, white stoneware, 9″x11″. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Friday, October 24

Pleasant Plains Workshop – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join Pleasant Plains Workshop for a group exhibition featuring the members of DDAY Collective. Members David Ibata, Danielle Scruggs, Alice Wonder, and Yodith Dammlash, explore the idea of art as a reflective process offering insight into the individuals who create the works. For more details about the exhibition, click here.

Pleasant Plains Workshop is located at 2608 Georgia Avenue NW

Saturday, October 25

Fontana Forge – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of Fontana Forge in Brookland-Woodridge. The new studio space is designed for artisans focusing on blacksmithing of furniture, furnishings, and giftware. The morning events are for metalworkers, sculptors, and jewelers and the afternoon events are for friends, neighbors, and colleagues; visitors are encouraged to choose which timeframe is most convenient. For more information, click here.

The opening is located at Off the Beaten Track Warehouse, 2414 Douglas Street NE.

Harmony Hall – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Five Make Art celebrates the works of five women at the height of their careers. Pam Rogers, Liz Lescault, Ellen Cornett, Gloria Chapa, and Claudia Vess express their individual visions and passions in ways unique to themselves in this group exhibition. The variety of works span from watercolor to pastel to installations. For details about the artists and the exhibition, click here.

Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD

Project 4 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann presents recent work in her solo exhibit titled Feverland. Her paintings explore the patterns that emerge from the chaos and organic environment established through her process. As her works develop, these patterns dissolve creating diverse pieces, which strain on the verge of disunity. For more information about the exhibit, click here.

Project 4 Gallery is located at 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.


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