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-

 

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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+

 

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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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Sports Park: Capitals Weekly Report Card – 1/26/15-2/1/15

Caps Report Card

Weekly Record: 1-3 (3 pts)

Overall: 25-15-10 (60 pts)
+8 pt advantage for playoff spot

Anytime the Capitals beat an actual Canadian team (like say, Montreal) at Canada’s own sport (no, not Maple Sugaring), that deserves a perfect A+ grade.

It makes zero difference that 13 of the Capitals’ players are from Canada, including both goalies.

Well, that didn’t happen. The Caps lost in overtime, 1-0, to the Canadiens on Saturday, and then lost another heartbreaker on Sunday to the Blues, pretty much ensuring the worst way to start the 2nd half of the season. Silver lining, they did get one point for the OT loss.

There’s always next week.

 

Results

January 27, 2015: Capitals at Blue Jackets – LOSS (3-4)

January 28, 2015: Penguins at Capitals – WIN (4-0)

January 31, 2015: Capitals at Canadiens – LOSS (0-1 OT)

February 1, 2015: Blues at Capitals – LOSS (3-4)

 

Jan. 26- Feb. 1 Weekly Report Card: D+

Food Park: Brooklyn’s Fatty Sundays Pop-Up @ Union Market, 2/5/15

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A Brooklyn-based shop specializing in chocolate-covered pretzels will pop up in Union Market (1309 5th St. NE, DC) in February.

Look for Fatty Sundays in a temporary shop on Feb. 5-8 and again Feb. 13-15.

“Fatty Sundays at Union Market will offer the brand’s signature salty-sweet mashups, including the PB&J, Salty Toffee, and Birthday Cake pretzel rods, the delectably crunchy pretzel brittle and the dark chocolate, generously dipped strawberry licorice, among others. The gourmet sweet shop will also serve up a tasty selection of indulgences for gluten-free customers,” the shop said in a press release.

Customers also can choose to dip and top their own pretzels during “Do It Yourself” workshops. You also can buy your own DIY Pretzel Kit to take home.

Founders and sisters Ali and Lauren Borowick started Fatty Sundays in 2010. “Since 2010, we’ve spent many Fatty Sundays together as a family tasting, testing and modernizing a sweet and salty classic,” say the New York natives. “We can’t wait to pop-up at Union Market and share the sweet and colorful world of Fatty Sundays pretzels with DC.”

For more info, visit http://www.fattysundays.com.

Around Town: Orwellian America @ DC Public Library, Through January

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We’ve been remiss in mentioning that the DC Public Library has an interesting 10-day series of events on government transparency and personal privacy, Orwellian America, being held in municipal libraries and other locations.

On Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2pm, the DC Public Library hosts the next event in the series at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW, DC)

From the DC Public Library: “Join Frontline producer Mike Wiser for a special screening and discussion of United States of Secrets, Part 1. Learn about the evolution of “The Program”: a top secret surveillance operation that began in the Bush administration and continued at the National Security Agency until Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Wiser.” (This program is made possible thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Studies.)

Another event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2pm: Orwellian America: Government Transparency vs. National Security. This event is hosted by the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC) in its Knight Studio.

From the DC Public Library: “Join us at the Newseum’s Knight Studio as representatives from the International Spy Museum and the Newseum Institute discuss issues of government transparency and national security, moderated by the Newseum. Voice your opinion afterwards with our electronic voting system. See a TV studio in action as the conversation is live streamed to the DC Public Library, Newseum and International Spy Museum websites.” (This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.)

For more information on other events in the Orwellian America series, visit http://dclibrary.org/1984.

Don’t Miss: The First Mappy Hour in DC for Outdoor Enthusiasts @ Penn Social, 1/29/15

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Do you wish you were hiking at this very moment?

Do you like to pour over maps and plan hikes and adventures?

Would to you like to find others in DC with the same passion for the outdoors?

Come check out the first ‘Mappy Hour’, hosted by OutdoorFest, on Thursday, January 29th at Penn Social.

OutdoorFest is a community of outdoor enthusiasts formed in New York City.

Since early 2014, OutdoorFest has hosted monthly Mappy Hours in New York for ‘outdoor enthusiasts to come together and share their passion for adventure, offer insider info on trip locations, trade books/maps, and be inspired’.

Now they are expanding Mappy Hour to DC.

 

Sarah Knapp, founder of OutdoorFest, explains:

ParkLife DC: Do you envision this being a monthly event like New York?

Sarah: “Absolutely, one of the most important factors to the success of Mappy Hour in NYC is it’s consistency. We’re not looking to just educate or entertain but also create a long term outdoor enthusiast community.”

ParkLife DC: Is someone from your team coming to DC to host this or is someone volunteering from DC?

Sarah: “While I will be traveling to DC for the first Mappy Hour – the real organization is coming from Jesi and Lauren – both DC area based. They both reached out to me because they heard about Mappy Hour NYC and were interested in bringing it to DC. Without either of them this wouldn’t be happening.”

 

Register for the first Mappy Hour here.

Mappy Hour in DC
Penn Social
Thursday, January 29
6pm
Free (bring maps and an adventurous spirit)
21+