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The Foundry Gets a New Owner

December 17, 2014

Los Angeles-based CBRE Global Investment Partners, and The JBG Companies of Chevy Chase, have formed a joint venture to invest about $250 million in equity to acquire $500 million in office, retail and multifamily properties.

The Washington Business Journal reports that through this partnership, they have acquired The Foundry at 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street in Georgetown.

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Meet Little Italy's Lou Di Palo & Holiday Shop The Italian Way

December 9, 2014

At Via Umbria, Georgetown's new emporium for all things Italian, the holidays are here! First, stop by Wednesday, December 10th for an evening of private shopping. From 5:00 to 9:00 pm, theree will be plenty of staff on hand to customize gift baskets, wrap and deliver them (within the Georgetown area). There's something for everyone on your holiday list: from ceramics and table linen, to wine and desserts.

And next Tuesday, December 16th for one evening only, meet Lou Di Palo, beloved owner of New York’s neighborhood food shop Di Palo’s Fine Foods.

Born Luigi Santomauro in 1951, Lou Di Palo grew up behind the counter at Di Palo’s in New York’s Little Italy and the Italian-American neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Beloved by both his customers and those in the food community and media, Lou Di Palo is considered to be a preeminent Italian food expert.

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In addition to running Di Palo’s (for forty years and counting) with his brother, Sal, and sister Marie, he works as an Italian food educator and consultant for supermarkets, trade associations, and even Italy itself, which has given him many awards for his efforts to educate Americans in the ways of Italian food. He travels all over the United States, speaking about Italian food products, and, with Di Palo’s Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy, his first book, he hopes to bring his knowledge and passion to those who can’t make the trip to visit Di Palo's in person.

Di Palo will be on hand at Via Umbria for a book signing and guided food tasting of some of his favorite Italian foods. Join their monthly book club where Lou will discuss his insights into Italian food. Participants are encouraged to prepare a dish from the book and bring it to an impromptu pot luck, where Lou will continue the conversation. Copies of Lou’s book will be available on the day of the event for purchase and signing by the author.

Attendance is free but RSVPs are encouraged by calling Via Umbria at 202.333.3904 or emailing at events@viaumbria.com.

5:30pm - 7:00pm: Reception, Book Signing and Food Tasting from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Book Club and Pot Luck

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Via Umbria is located 1525 Wiscosnin Avenue in Georgetown. Tel: 202.333.3904


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Feeling Trapped? Check Out Bernardi Roig's 'Intersections' at The Phillips

November 5, 2014

Through March 8, 2015, The Phillips Collection is showing the work of Mallorcan artist Bernardi Roig.  He has installed six sculptural works in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, challenging visitors to rethink the definition of the museum. Roig draws parallels between his and Honoré Daumier’s works, both of which offer poignant social commentary.

Roig addresses the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination, absence and presence. Typical of the artist’s work are the cruel-looking white plaster figures cast from real people, often cornered or crushed against walls or twisting in pain. By including the element of light -whether a single light bulb, neon tubes, or fluorescent lights—Roig’s work blends minimalist forms with highly charged expressions of anxiety and loneliness.

'Intersections' is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum's galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.

The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW. Tel: 202.387.2151

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