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With "Academy Award Movies" having been the winning theme for the Capitol Riverfront BID's 2011 summer outdoor movie series, the BID is now asking people to vote on which Academy Award movies should be screened. The series starts on May 26, and will once again be on Tingey Plaza, at New Jersey and Tingey just behind the USDOT building. (Last year's screening location, the Canal Park footprint, will be unavailable this summer because the locusts have arrived, dogs and cats are sleeping together, and it appears that construction is about to get underway.)
While the movie series isn't being held at the Yards Park (just a smidge to the north of it) the BID is working on an ever-growing list of events that will keep the park hopping through the year:
* Kicking off the slate, there will be a Family Fun Day on April 2 from 11 am to 4 pm, in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. According to the press release, activities at the free event will include sake tasting and a Japanese beer garden by Mie N Yu, lantern making, sushi from Nooshi Sushi, a moonbounce, and more. (Then everyone can take a leisurely walk down M Street to the Southwest Waterfront for the Fireworks Festival, which actually starts at 1 pm and runs until the fireworks kick off at 8:30 pm.) This is also the day of the first Saturday home game of the year at Nationals Park, just two blocks to the west, starting at 1:05 pm against the Braves.
* Sensorium, the "culinary and sensory experience" announced a while back, starts its multi-week run on April 12.
* While the summer movies will be on Thursday nights, the park will also host a free summer concert series on Friday nights from 6 to 8 pm, kicking off on May 13 and running through August 19. This will be in addition the the lunchtime concert series that the BID has run for the past three years, and is expected to feature music ranging from jazz and blues to rock and reggae. (If you're a food provider and you want to serve at the concerts, here's the RFP.)
* July 9 will see MetroDash, the "country's premier obstacle race series," which includes obstacles such as tire flips, rope swings, 15-foot cargo net climbs, wall jumps, monkey bars, the "strongman shuffle." You can sign up here (if you dare), though the web site doesn't seem to be responding right now.
There are also plenty of private events already on the park's calendar, so if you were thinking about throwing your own shindig there, you won't be alone.
UPDATE, 3/20: According to their web site, the May 7 DC Music Fest has been cancelled, "due to lack of funding and sponsorships."
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MJM says: (3/8/11 1:31 PM)
What is everyone's take on the movies? (Can non-bid tax payers vote? - just joking). Interesting movies, ugh? Not sure what crowd they are trying to get out to the movies?


Andrew in DC says: (3/8/11 4:23 PM)
The movie choices weren't that bad. The no-R-rating + time limit probably constrained them a bit. Still wish they were doing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. guess I'll have to netflix it.



JD says: (3/8/11 4:24 PM)
Viewing party at Andrew's house!


Andrew in DC says: (3/8/11 4:34 PM)
Ooooooh... uh.. I'm busy... that ... day. Really this whole month is bad.


JT says: (3/8/11 7:30 PM)
This is completely unrelated, but LRB 2.0 is bricked up to the tops of the windows most of the way around.


MJM says: (3/8/11 7:41 PM)
Yeah it looks nice with the two-toned lighter stone at the bottom and red brick above that.

OT: Tons of cones and barrels up along park area with giant orange street signs for construction action ahead - its really happening!


JD says: (3/8/11 8:13 PM)
Since we're off-topic-ing about new spaces, Harry's is so close that they're just taunting people now: link


JT says: (3/9/11 7:24 AM)
Temporary No Parking signs are up on the east side of CHT saying that you can't street park there until 5/2012 due to Canal Park construction. I won't misconstrue 5/12 for an expected park completion date, but it's another sign that something is starting there.


AndyCHT says: (3/9/11 9:35 AM)
JD, Harry's is indeed taunting people, haha. My wife and I were walking home from work last night and saw the 'NOW OPEN' at the door. So we thought we'd pick up a bottle of wine, since we're out. Sadly, we were rejected by locked doors, but we're still excited for them to open soon.


Ishmael says: (3/9/11 12:04 PM)
As I approached Harry's yesterday around 530pm, a person inside (the owner?) waived me away, while mouthing the word "tomorrow." Could it be? Anyone working in the hood willing to go for a midday tipple to let us know?


GaryRKarr says: (3/20/11 1:39 PM)
This may be posted somewhere else, but FYI DC Music Fest is canceled. At least accoding to this: link

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