Monthly Archives: January 2010
It suddenly occured to me after mentioning the “January” exhibition at Gallery Nepture that I should draw your attention to a couple of other exhibitions in the area that are also winding up in the next couple of days. They are:
“Piece by Piece,” featuring works on paper by local assemblage artists Judy Basile, Jennifer Maben Bishop, Gwendolyn Graine, Sherill Anne Gross, Ellen Hill and Irene Sylvester. The exhibition is on at the Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. It’s free to enter and more info about the show, opening hours and so on can be found here.
“The Clean Hands Project,” offering a vivid glance into life in Nepal via photographs collected by a group of Nepali activisits and journalists. It’s on at the Washington School of Photography, 4850 Rugby Avenue , Bethesda, and is free to enter.
Okay so I enjoy films – sometimes old ones – but I’ve always been a fan of old movie theaters like this. So armed with my camera while out on a stroll around town, I decided to snap a few pictures! Most locals will be familiar with the Bethesda Theatre, but for anyone new to the area, here’s the deal…
Opened as the Boro Theatre (name changed only a year later) on May 19, 1938 to a screening of Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife, starring Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert, it soon became a local landmark/community hub and remains one of the few remaining Art Deco cinemas in the Greater DC Metro area. At the time it was built, it represented the cutting edge of technology and comfort.
Remaining in that role for more than four decades, in 1983 it was converted to a film and food venue known as the Bethesda Cinema ‘N Drafthouse, then later the Bethesda Theatre Cafe in 1990.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 and restored to its former glory, thanks to the Bethesda Cultural Alliance, the old cinema is now a theater showing intimate Off Broadway productions and cabaret-style shows. Great building! For more info on shows, history and old pictures, check out the theaters official website.
And despite being pretty small, its fashionable Deco lines help it hold its own against the towering building behind!
I’ve got to be honest – it is tough getting out for a walk when the weather is fluctuating from very cold to rainy …..I am really trying to stay in shape this winter but mother nature is not aiding my efforts! Fortunately, the super folks behind Bethesda Art Walk have made it a little easier to get motivated to walk.
Not heard of the Art Walk? Well let me give you the 411. The second Friday of every month there is a free gallary walk organized in Bethesda. As a part of it you can check out lots of galleries and studios that feature gobs of really interesting stuff. Photographs, pottery, painting…..well you get the idea. As an added bonus some of the places involved have nice little receptions (yes you knew food/ drink was likely to be involved). Sometimes the tour is self guided and on other occasions you can someone to guide you around. Either way it is a lot of fun and a good excuse to wrap up warm and stroll around town. The next one is February 12 and is, I think, self-guided. The tours start at the Metro (630pm start I believe although the galleries open 30 mins earlier I think) and I’m guessing if you are a bit late you can catch up and join in along the way. Have fun and enjoy the stroll!
Bethesda Actually has heard that a new mussels bar/restaurant is set to open in the space formerly occupied by Levantes. If so, this is sure to be a welcome addition to our town’s already impressive selection of eateries. Watch this space!
Chilly Days in B-town
Mon Ami Gabi is a wonderful restaurant located in the heart of Bethesda and we will certainly review the brunch, lunch and dinner options available sometime soon.
However, I’m guessing that at the moment a few of us are looking for ways to have an enjoyable meal out without breaking the bank….and if you are in that mode, I strongly recommend the happy hour at Mon Ami.
It is a little on the early side (about 5pm to 630pm) but a visit allows you to sit and enjoy the lovely bar area at Mon Ami and try their delightful salmon burger. Well made, really tasty and served with some fantastic (usually) piping out frites this is a must try at $5. The inexpensive price creates a bit of room to sample the very good wines on offer by the glass or, the wider, by the bottle selection. There are a few good beers available as well.
Now, I will say that going to the happy hour should not be seen as a substitute for enjoying the food and atmosphere of the main restaurant but if you, like me, want to have an inexpensive meal out, perhaps induldge in a lovely wine, and save a few dollars as you pay off the holidays….well Mon Ami’s happy hour is for you.