Go Fox Yourself: Bottomless Brunch Edition


If you were at our last “Go Fox Yourself” Happy Hour, you had a blast with us and raised almost $2,000 for the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research!

This time, Team Fox YPDC is doing it brunch style.

Don your best fox gear and join us for an all you can eat Mexican brunch (think huevos rancheros under bacon, over bacon) and all you can drink mimosas and Bloody Maries for $40.

As per usual, we will have great gift certificate give-aways, raffles, and costume prizes for the foxiest fox and best Michael J. Fox character (still waiting for a Teen Wolf to show up).

Every ticket constitutes a donation to MJFF, which is working every day to cure Parkinson’s Disease.

Buy your tickets here:


If you’re looking to get more involved, check us out athttp://teamfoxypdc.org/

As always, #GoFoxYourself


Funk Parade Kick-Off



Date(s) – 03/13/2014
8:00 pm

LIV Nightclub

An Extravaganza in the Spirit of Funk!

Come join us at Liv Nightclub Thursday, March 13th to continue getting excited for the Funk Parade and to kickoff our fundraising efforts!

This celebration will feature *for one night only*
The Funk Parade All-Star Band (aka Ninja Bunny)
including members of Elikeh, Lucky Dub, Eme & Heteru
& special guests!


DJ Michael Saretsky (TNT) & DJ Nitekrawler (Moneytown) and more!

Tickets are
$15 in advance,
$20 day of event,
$50 supporter level includes FREE Tito’s Cocktails all night.
Doors are at 8 pm.

Come enjoy an extra funky Thursday night at Liv and help make Funk Parade happen!



Popular Atlas District Pizzeria Concept Expands to U Street
With Opening of Second Location

Washington, DC – The Atlas District’s popular quick-casual pizzeria restaurant concept H &pizza is making its way to U Street. EastBanc, Inc. and Jamestown announced today that owners Steve Salis and Michael Lastoria have signed a ten-year lease to occupy the 1,300 square foot retail space at 1250 U Street, NW. Using the catchy title from its H Street counterpart, the new location is simply called &pizza and will replace the current occupant, Quiznos, immediately to prepare for the necessary build-out and renovations, with a grand opening slated for mid May. Gary Taubin of Streetsense represented U & Pizza in the deal.

Last April, EastBanc and Jamestown expanded their retail portfolio into the U Street corridor with the purchase of 1250 U Street, NW – an office and retail building located directly above the U Street/Cardozo Metro station on the green and yellow lines.

Last summer, H &pizza opened its first location in the H Street Atlas District with great success. Soon, U Street pizza lovers can walk up to &pizza’s counter and choose from traditional, whole-wheat or nine-grain dough with five types of house made sauces and whole-milk mozzarella, freshly prepared daily. Customers can then decorate their pizza pies with a wide range of fresh, locally sourced ingredients compatible with any dietary need. Pizzas are topped and then blast-fired in &pizza’s oven, ready to eat in minutes.

 “Primed to satisfy cravings, &pizza will deliver an original and authentic pizzeria concept to the lively U Street corridor,” said Philippe Lanier, vice president at EastBanc. “We are impressed with its popularity on H Street and know it will be a huge success in the highly visited U Street neighborhood that includes numerous eclectic restaurants and retailers.”
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About EastBanc, Inc.
EastBanc, Inc. specializes in the acquisition, redevelopment and management of commercial real estate assets. The firm’s long-term appreciation strategy emphasizes the creation of enterprise value in targeted markets through targeted deployment of investor capital. The cornerstone of EastBanc’s enterprise value strategy incorporates its unique ability to influence sizeable portions of urban streetscape with significant capital upgrades and master-planned leasing.  With an emphasis on urban mixed-use investment, EastBanc’s developments include upscale retail, luxury residential, Class A and Class B office and luxury hotel property types. For more information, visit www.eastbanc.com.
About Jamestown
Founded in 1983 with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. and Cologne, Germany and offices in New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Boston, Jamestown is a leader in acquisitions and value added management. Over 29 years, Jamestown has generated approximately $8 billion in strategic investments. The company is focused across the risk spectrum with core, core-plus and opportunistic funds in two primary markets: 24-hour cities and Sunbelt regions with strong demographic growth. For more information, visitwww.jamestownproperties.com.

Fabbioli Cellars Wine Tasting at Vida Fitness

You wouldn’t usually go to your gym for a wine tasting with gourmet food pairing, but Vida isn’t exactly your average gym. I joined other freezing cold Washingtonians last Friday at the U Street location of Vida, a Beltway fitness destination known for its raging summertime rooftop pool parties and outside-the-box social activities, to warm up with some local Virginia wine.

We tasted all of Fabbioli Cellars’ wines in a group setting. LBB columnist Just Jen loved the Una Pera, which retails at $16, and is described by the vineyard: “To produce this wine, we crush Asian pears with an apple crusher before pressing them with our wine press. We then ferment the pear juice cold in stainless steel tanks. This all pear wine shows well soon after bottling and continues to develop as it ages in the bottle. It has medium + intense flavors of Asian pears, golden delicious apples, golden raisins, and brown sugar.”

Meanwhile I loved Tannat, a rich, bold red that you could almost chew ($45). Fabbioli adds: “Pairs excellently with rarer and gamier meats (think venison, bison, or pheasant) as well as the softer and more aromatic cheeses.” After trying several of the wines paired with amuse bouches like honey on a cinnamon cracker, winter sausage, aged cheese, and a luscious dark chocolate, we headed home after a long week with a nice toasty wine buzz. Definitely the best Friday night gym trip I’ve made in awhile!

For more information, see VidaFitness.com.


One Home Many Hopes Breaking Ground

Editorial credit: Caroline Coppel

A private U Street-area home was an apt setting for a dinner for One Home Many Hopes, a non-profit dedicated to housing and educating children in Kenya. The event, which kicked off OHMH’s nearly month-long fundraising drive, had the feel of a house party, except everyone arrived on time and was very well behaved.


Guests brought homemade appetizers and desserts, and chatted politely before a brief presentation and Q & A session with the organization’s founders, Thomas Keown and Anthony Mulongo.  Keown said that the goal of this year’s drive, called “Breaking Ground 2011: Beyond the Classroom,” was to raise just under $300,000 to finish a school in the coastal Kilifi region of Kenya.  Last year, OHMH built 24 of the school’s classrooms; this year, they hope to add amenities such as a library, computer lab, kitchen and medical center.


Mulongo said the school would provide children with an education that was significantly different from the kind typically offered around the nation. The school’s curriculum will focus on teaching concepts and skills, rather than teaching to an exam.  This method of teaching, he said, was the key to solving Kenya’s systemic, pervasive poverty.


“If we take the children, be patient with them, give them the education they need, then in 15 years they will be able to do something about it,” he said. “We will empower them to sort it out themselves and bring lasting change.”


Mulongo, a former journalist who started OHMH in 2007, also discussed a possible mentoring program, which would connect Kenyan students with other children around the world.


Currently, OHMH runs a home for girls that was completed in February 2011. The organization plans to open the school in January 2013, and expand it in the following 4-5 years.


The presentation ended not with calls for donations, but requests for people’s time.  Keown said that OHMH wanted to increase its network of volunteers, as a team effort made fundraising simpler and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Find out how to get involved with the Breaking Ground campaign here: http://www.breakinggroundkenya.org/.

Visit www.onehomemanyhopes.org for more information and volunteer opportunities, or email their DC rep, Jen Hopcroft, at jenhopcroft@onehomemanyhopes.org.

Sammi's Scoop: The Pharcyde and J Dilla at 9:30 Club

DC does indeed seem to really, really love Dilla, and Tuesday night’s tribute concert at the 930 Club proved that. The evening started off with a moment of silence in memory of the hip hop producer, who died in 2006 after a battle with lupus. It might be hard to conjure up a mental picture of a totally silent 930 club, but I promise you, it happened. Fans as young as 15 and as old as… I don’t know, maybe 60? all stood silent for a minute in honor of James Yancey.

Then the music started, and it did not stop for the next three hours. James Layne and his “Players” provided nonstop background music. There was no pre-recording, and no auto-tune to be heard. Host and emcee Grap Luva kept the audience pumped up between performances, and he did his job well. The energy in the room was palpable, even to a slightly overwhelmed novice blogger from the suburbs.  Performers took the stage with complete confidence, and gave performances that had a spirit and tenacity that many of their more famous contemporaries are sometimes missing during live shows.

By the time The Pharcyde wrapped up the show, the audience had been treated to a night of incredible showmanship from local talent like Flex Matthews, whose almost aggressive delivery had the audience in the palm of his hand from the moment he set foot onstage. Or Baltimore’s enigmatic Labtekwon. You couldn’t even see his face (due to a rather unfortunate combination of a fedora + A LOT of braids), but you didn’t really need to. With lyrics that clever and delivery that emphatic, everything else becomes kind of superfluous. Plus it made him look mysterious, and who doesn’t love a man of mystery?

I’m going to have to be honest and say that I am by no means an expert on DC’s underground hip hop scene, or hip hop music in general, but after watching this benefit concert, I am definitely a bigger fan.  It always seems to me that a lot of the more main stream rap and hip hop artists that we hear on the radio are all about their own image, but “DC loves Dilla” was a night dedicated to hip hop as an art, and self expression, and the memory of a beloved friend and fellow artist.