ParkLife’s Best of February

Best-of-February

Here’s a sampling of some ParkLife’s notable posts from February and the upcoming ‘Don’t Miss’ events in March.

Review of the band Spirit Animal @ DC9 — 2/25/15

How did we grade the Washington Capitals’ performance this month?

What is a Flashband?

Review of Laura Tsaggaris and Justin Jones @ 9:30 Club — 2/4/15

 

Don’t Miss in March

3/7/15 – DC United’s Season Opener

3/7/15 – Carpark Records 16th Anniversary at DC9

3/8/15 – Midge Ure at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

3/21/15 – DC Craft Beer Festival

3/21/15 – Shamrockfest

3/29/15 – THEALUMRUN 5 and 10K

Around Town: Flywheel Sports to Open @ Dupont Circle in March

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An indoor bicycling gym is set to take over the space once occupied by the former Visions Cinema (1907 Florida Avenue NW, DC), which closed way back in 2004.

The bicycling studio in question is the rapidly expanding Flywheel Sports, which is opening its first DC studio and 33rd U.S. location overall with the Dupont Circle-area location later this month.

“We are excited to open our largest studio yet in the heart of our nation’s capital,” said Flywheel co-founder Ruth Zukerman in a statement. “Given that Washington, DC, is one of America’s healthiest cities, we understand the need to provide the most effective, results-driven workout — a product that we consistently deliver every single day.”

At the former Visions site, Flywheel will open its largest gym to date with more than 60 high-tech bikes. The studio will feature the TorqBoard, a proprietary performance-tracking technology that provides riders with information such as their resistance (Torq), speed (RPM) and power throughout each class. After working out, riders also can find data including calories burned, average speed and total miles on their performance pages at http://www.flywheelshports.com and on the Flywheel iPhone app.

“Flywheel’s advanced technology is one of the many unique elements that have positioned the brand at the forefront of the indoor cycling industry,” said Ed Kinnaly, Flywheel CEO, in a statement. “We are thrilled to add something new and innovative to the DC fitness scene.”

The company also will offer FlyBarre, its complementary total body sculpting class, in a “theatre-style studio.”

FlyBarre consists of “small, intense interval exercises choreographed to contemporary and inspiring music,” said the company. The exercises are designed to “reshape the body for strong, lean and elongated muscles.” Class exercises target arms, abs, thighs and butts.

Founded in Manhattan’s Flatiron district in February 2010, Flywheel Sports has expanded nationally to include locations in the New York tri-state area, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, South Florida and more.

For class times and more information, visit http://www.flywheelsports.com.

Sports Park: Capitals Weekly Report Card – 2/23-3/1/15

Caps Report Card

Weekly Record: 1-2 (2 pts)

Overall: 34-20-10 (78 pts)
+9 pt advantage for playoff spot

Nooooo! The Caps headed into last Sunday’s game on a 3-game losing streak. After a 4-game winning streak, this is the worst time to lose their cool.

But in fine form on Sunday, the Caps raked the Maple Leafs, 4-0, to get back on track.

Alex Ovechkin had two more goals, and continues to lead the league (41).

This week the Caps play a couple bad teams, including Buffalo, so it’s the perfect time to start another winning streak.

 

Results

February 25, 2015: Penguins at Capitals – LOSS (3-4)

February 27, 2015: Capitals at Hurricanes – LOSS (0-3)

March 1, 2015: Maple Leafs at Capitals – WIN (4-0)

 

Feb. 23-Mar. 1 Weekly Report Card: C-

 

Report Card Archive

Don’t Miss: The Second Mappy Hour @ Meridan Pint, 3/2/15

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This is the outdoors

The second Mappy Hour is happening this Monday, March 2nd at Meridian Pint.

From the email ‘After a huge launch event (over 120 people) at Penn Social we’re bringing back Mappy Hour to a more intimate location in a private room at Meridian Pint. Join us to hear from OutdoorFest Founder Sarah Knapp on the long-term vision of this outdoor community in D.C. Join this new outdoor enthusiast community with maps, adventure planning and beer.’

Having attended the first Mappy Hour in late January, it proved to be a good opportunity to chat with fellow hikers and meet other outdoor enthusiasts. People shared their expertise and asked others about topics they were interested in, but there was no specific structure.

Moving to Meridian Pint means the event will be a bit smaller in size. Future events will include guest speakers.

 

Register for the second Mappy Hour here.

Mappy Hour in DC
Meridian Pint
Monday, March 2
7-9pm
Free (bring maps and an adventurous spirit)

Sports Park: Capitals Weekly Report Card – 2/16-2/22/15

Caps Report Card
Weekly Record: 3-1 (6 pts)

Overall: 33-18-10 (76 pts)
+12 pt advantage for playoff spot
The Capitals started the week with a resounding bang. Winning two games by a combined 8-2 score.

Then they won a close game over the 1st place Islanders in a shoot-out, taking an impressive four game winning streak into Philadelphia on Sunday.

Sadly, all streaks end, and the Flyers were the reason.

Beating a Canadian team gets the Caps an A+ and winning three out of four games gets them a B, so combined they get another solid B+ this week.

Alex Ovechkin scored two more goals to keep his league-leading tally (38).

 

Results

February 17, 2015: Capitals at Penguins – WIN (3-1)

February 19, 2015: Jets at Capitals – WIN (5-1)

February 21, 2015: Islanders at Capitals – WIN (3-2 OT)

February 22, 2015: Capitals at Flyers – LOSS (2-3)

 

Feb. 16-22 Weekly Report Card: B+

 

Report Card Archive

Sports Park: Capitals Weekly Report Card – 2/9-2/15/15

Caps Report Card
Weekly Record: 2-1 (4 pts)

Overall: 30-17-10 (70 pts)
+10 pt advantage for playoff spot

 

Alex Ovechkin has been a force of nature this season. He now leads the league in goals scored (36) after scoring two against the not-so-mighty Ducks on Sunday and another one against the Kings on Saturday.

The Capitals continue to play well enough to win. Their only loss this week was a road game against the Kings. No shame in that.

 

Results

February 11, 2015: Sharks at Capitals – WIN (5-4 OT)

February 14, 2015: Capitals at Kings – LOSS (1-3)

February 15, 2015: Capitals at Ducks – WIN (5-3)

 

Feb. 9-15 Weekly Report Card: B

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Sports Park: Capitals Weekly Report Card – 2/2-2/8/15

Caps Report Card

Weekly Record: 3-1 (6 pts)
Overall: 28-16-10 (66 pts)
+9 pt advantage for playoff spot
The Caps beat the defending champs, the Kings, 4-0! That’s one way to get their mojo back.

Then they beat the Senators. That’s an A+ for winning against Canada.

But after a three game winning streak, they slipped against the Flyers to close out the week.

Still a good effort.

 

Results

February 3, 2015: Kings at Capitals – WIN (4-0)

February 5, 2015: Capitals at Senators – WIN (2-1)

February 6, 2015: Ducks at Capitals – WIN (3-2 OT)

February 8, 2015: Flyers at Capitals – LOSS (1-3)

 

Feb. 2-8 Weekly Report Card: B+
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