Food Park: DC Capriotti’s One-Year Anniversary, 11/21/14

Biden at CapriottisJoe Biden orders a sandwich at Capriott’s in DC

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, my classmates would rave about the opportunities to eat a sub from Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the first of which was established in Wilmington, DE, in 1976.

Now it seems the shop has swept the country with a surprising fervor.

And DC got its first Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop (1800 M St. NW, DC) on Nov. 21, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden, ardent supporter of all things Delaware, was in line to get a sandwich that day.

DC’s Capriotti’s will celebrate its first anniversary this Friday, Nov. 21. Starting at 11am, the shop will give a free Bobbie sandwich to the first 50 people in line.

The Bobbie, hailed by Capriotti’s as “Thanksgiving on a roll,” comes with house-roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo.

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You couldn’t blame Biden if he showed up again!

Free Sub to the First 50
Capriotti’s
1800 M St. NW
Friday, Nov. 21
Doors @11am

Music Park: Stars @ 9:30 Club — 11/14/14

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Torquil Campbell is a man with something to say.

And the Canadian singer often does so surrounded by the five other members of his chamber-pop band Stars, which recently released a marvelous new disco album, No One Is Lost, last month.

I confess that I was pleasantly surprised by the band’s performance at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Nov. 13, when I learned why they have amassed a large following over a seven-album tenure. But the standout performer among the band that night was Campbell, who put passion, grit and catharsis to a powerful set of songs, the best of which hailed from the latest album, in my opinion.

First let me say that I caught a performance of Stars only once previously at the Coachella Music Festival in 2013. In that performance, I was thrown a bit by the clear new wave influences in the band’s music, as I tend to anticipate our chamber pop bands to foray more into folk pop.

But Campbell and company weren’t interested in conforming to my preconceived notions. He and co-lead singer Amy Millan poured themselves into a 22-song set that began with the lovely “From the Night” from the new album and closed (before the encore) with the same album’s title track, a musically and lyrically mighty confrontation of loss, grappling with the concepts of loneliness and death — while remaining a stunning dance track.

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Don’t Miss: Bluejacket Pop-up Beer Garden — Nov. 14-16

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Bluejacket will host its first ever pop-up beer garden, as part of the 5th Street Folly fair hosted by Union Market.

Four different beers will be on offer ($6-8). In addition, Red Apron will serve some of their famous franks.

 

Bluejacket Brewery Pop-up Beer Garden

Penn Ave. NE, a lot between 4th St. and 5th St. NE (outdoors near Union Market)

November 14 – November 16

4-7pm

Free to enter – beers ($6-8)

http://bluejacketdc.com

Music Park: Meredith Sheldon (Opening for Johnny Marr) @ 9:30 Club — 11/9/14

The winsome Meredith Sheldon opened for Johnny Marr at the 9:30 Club once again earlier this week.

Ms. Sheldon came through with Marr also in April 2013, but then she was performing in a loose band called Alamar with Johnny’s son Nile Marr. A friend compared the sound of the two together to The Sundays.

This time, Sheldon performed alone with her guitar, and she was as dreamy as that comparison would suggest, but her sound definitely smacked of a jangle pop found in other Massachussetts singer-songwriters like Tanya Donnelly and Juliana Hatfield.

Sheldon opened with “Metal Hand,” a song about the strength required to heal. From the start of her set, she had a good rapport with the audience, and it reflected in her easy, comfortable playing. In one segment of her first song, she thumps lightly on the guitar instead of strumming it, creating a unique bridge and providing ample room for her airy voice to fill the space.

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Music Park: The Concert for Valor takes over the National Mall — 11/11/14

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Hundreds of thousands of people came out to the National Mall on Veteran’s Day to experience The Concert for Valor.

From my vantage point (next to the Hirshhorn Museum), far fewer people than expected braved the perfect weather to witness some of the biggest artists and celebrities honor our veterans.

My guess is the pre-concert buzz of hordes of 800,000 to a million concert goers crashing the Mall scared off most people. The reality was…still a lot of people, but the whole affair turned out orderly, civilized and the city of DC proved to be well prepared. My favorite feature was the ‘family reunification’ station.

The Concert kicked off with Jennifer Hudson singing the National Anthem. Underwhelming start, but a number of performances stand out.

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Don’t Miss: Thomas Dolby Supporting Amanda Palmer @ Sixth & I, 11/12/14

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Thomas Dolby (Photo courtesy Conqueroo)

Thomas Dolby, the English musician best known for his ubiquitous new wave hit “She Blinded Me With Science,” now lives in Baltimore.

Dolby moved there earlier this year to accept a faculty position from Johns Hopkins University as its first Homewood Professor of the Arts.

The move, undoubtedly an intellectually stimulating endeavor for Dolby, also is proving fruitful for music enthusiasts like myself as he settles into the region and continues to experiment and expand upon his musical repertoire.

The professor makes one of his first appearances as a local tonight as a guest of Amanda Palmer during her The Art of Asking Book Tour at the Sixth&I historical synagogue in DC. Palmer’s book is described as, “Part manifesto, part revelation, The Art of Asking is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet.”

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Grapevine: Sam Fitz Leaving Pizzeria Paradiso

Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown

The Young & Hungry columnin the Washington City Paper (which abhors the name Washington but uses it anyway) revealed today that Sam Fitz, beverage director at Pizzeria Paradiso, will soon depart after only a few months on the job.

Jessica Sidman reported: “Beer aficionado Sam Fitz is leaving his position as bar manager of Pizzeria Paradiso over the next month to open his own place with his sister Rachel Fitz. He’s not revealing a lot of the details at this time, but the business will be in D.C. and take inspiration from a cider-focused trip he took to the French and Spanish Basque country last February. He’s registered an LLC for Basque Bar.”

In a statement to the City Paper, Pizzeria Paradiso owner Ruth Gresser said, “Sam’s tenure at Pizzeria Paradiso was always seen as a transitional one, both for him and for Pizzeria Paradiso.”

Longtime Paradiso manager Josh Fernands is slated to take over the beer program after Fitz’s departure sometime in the next month.

Music Park: Le Butcherettes @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 11/5/14

Teri Gender Bender, lead singer of glam-punk trio Le Butcherettes, has put less shock and more seduction into her act these days.

Before I ever saw them, sources like Allmusic.com say the band burst into Los Angeles with shock tactics and depictions of women as slaves. But today, Ms. Gender Bender is all about putting herself into her music, as she demonstrated in a recent show at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

At various times, she might purr or hiss, sway or strut, whisper or howl, depending on the song. The audience, a very nearly sold-out crowd on Nov. 5, was enraptured.

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Around Town: George Takei @ FedTalks 2014, 11/6/14

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Actor George Takei addresses FedTalks 2014.

To many of us, he’s a virtual presence known for his social media following.

But George Takei visited DC in person last week to serve as the keynote speaker at FedTalks 2014, held by media and conference company FedScoop at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium.

In his remarks, the Star Trek actor discussed his experiences in a Japanese-American internment camp as a young boy during World War II. He rolled the discussion of being inspired by his heroes in the Japanese-American 442nd Infantry Regiment and his parents.

His memories and research into that time led to him starring in a musical, Allegiance, which will head to Broadway in 2015. Takei credited his social medial clout with bolstering awareness of the play and its related issues.

“By trial and error, I built my small base of sci-fi geeks and nerds into a bigger one,” Takei told the audience, saying he started the conversation with his Twitter followers and others through humor, and later addressed social justice issues.

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