Thursday, August 8, 2013

Upcoming Events Around DC


Thursday, 8/8 – Ballston FRESHFARM Farmer’s Market: On Thursday, from 3-7pm, head over to Ballston’s FRESHFARM Farmer’s Market to stock up on local, seasonal produce and other artisan treats. Easy to access in Welburn Square (901 North Taylor Street), and right across from the Ballston Metro, the farmer’s market offers goats' milk cheeses and yogurt smoothies, tree and field fruit, vegetables, honey and beeswax beauty products, crab cakes and dips, eggs, meat, pies, preserves, cut flowers, breads, pastries and more. The market also boasts weekly chef demos and live music. For more information, visit


Jazz in the Garden:  Spread out your picnic blanket at the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art and enjoy the free sounds of jazz guitarist Josh Bayer.  If you've never been to Jazz in the Garden, it's a D.C. summer tradition that takes place every Friday night from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.  Feel free to pack your own snacks and unwind (for free) after a long week at the office.  The last concert of the series will take place on August 23rd.


The Killers are coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on Saturday night, August 10th. This is definitely not a show to miss! I was lucky enough to see them play at Lollapalooza in Chicago's beautiful Grant Park this past weekend. The Killers' hit songs like "Smile Like You Mean It" and "Mr. Brightside," mixed with excited fans and gorgeous summer weather is the ideal way to spend your Saturday night. Tickets are still available at If you want a taste of what the Killers sound like live here is their video of "Mr. Brightside" at Lollapalooza 2013:


The 5th Annual DC Beer Week officially kicks off with "Hop Chef: Special Edition" presented by Brewery Ommengang and Washington City Paper. During the official opening ceremony of DC Beer Week 2013, which runs from August 11-18, 8 area chefs will cook with (and pair a unique dish with) beers of Brewery Ommegang to earn the title of Hop Chef DC. Competing chefs include Kamal Chanaka of Smith Commons, Anthony Piscioneri of DC3/Matchbox Restaurant Group, Will Artley of Pizzeria Orso, Logan McGear of Smoke & Barrel, Andrew Markert of Beuchert's Saloon, Thomas Schoborg of P.J. Clarke's, Andrew Dixon of Mad Fox Brewing Company and defending champion Jeff Eng of Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge. Hop Chef: Special Edition takes place 6:30-9 p.m. at Longview Gallery at 1264 9th Street NW. Tickets are $55 per person, and can be purchased here.


The DC Council is officially proclaiming August 12th “Clyde’s of Georgetown Day” to celebrate the landmark restaurant’s 50th anniversary. In honor of the festive occasion, this DC mainstay will offer specials throughout the entire day. Starting at 8AM on August 12th, Clyde’s of Georgetown will kick off the festivities by serving a special breakfast, free of charge. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy popular egg dishes, juice and coffee in the Omelette Room until 10AM. Following the breakfast, Clyde’s will keep the day fun-filled by bringing back special menu items served at Clyde’s that were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. With dishes such as the London Broil, Filet Bearnaise, and Beer Battered Shrimp, as well as drinks including the Brandy Alexander, Sidecar, and Kir Royale, guests will be transported to the era when the restaurant first opened. Menu items are priced from $5 to $25.


The Zach Bartholomew Jazz Trio will be performing at the legendary Blues Alley Jazz Club in Georgetown at 8 pm and 10 pm on Tuesday August 13th. Founded in 1965, Blues Alley has hosted countless Jazz legends including Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. The New York Times calls Blues Alley "the nation's finest finest jazz and supper club," and Blues Alley offers a wide selection of dinner entrees including a filet, jambalaya, and stuffed pork chops (they've even got a late night menu for their 10 pm and 12 am shows).  The Zach Bartholomew Jazz Trio, comprised of Zach Bartholomew (piano), Miles Bozeman (drums), and Brandon Robertson (bass), hails from Tallahassee, Florida. They've been performing together since they met at the Florida State University College of Music in 2009. Through their music and composition, this jazz trio strives to fuse together tradition jazz sounds with their own unique, modern style.  Tickets are available on the Blues Alley website, at, and are $20 per person.


NoMa Summer Screen on August 14. Outdoor film series in NoMa, Washington, D.C.’s fastest growing neighborhood. Hundreds of neighbors gather at 7 p.m. on the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE, for music, giveaways, food trucks, picnicking, and fun for the whole family. Films start at dark. Coolers, children and friendly (leashed) dogs are welcome. Bring a blanket, Frisbee, or picnic cooler and connect with friends and neighbors as you enjoy great films under the stars. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite the principal’s best intentions to keep him in school. PG-13. Food Trucks: @Fojolbros, @DougtheFoodDude, @PoppedRepublic, @DCEmpanadas,@CurbsideCupcake.

Photo by Emily Clack

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