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Muncheez Mania Halloweek

October 27, 2011

For those who haven’t heard about Georgetown’s newest hot spot, you are about to. In honor of  “Halloweek” (October 31-November 4) Muncheez Mania, located at Wisconsin and M streets, is running a special from 4-7pm each day: buy one crêpe, get one free. Here are the flavors to choose from starting at $3.99:

Nutella, Kinder, Sugar & Butter, Ham & Cheese. You can choose to add strawberries, bananas, and mushrooms for an additional $.99.

For those unfamiliar with Muncheez Mania, there’s a street side window for grab-and-go crêpes, on Thursday they stay open until 3:30 am, on Friday and Saturday they keep their doors open until 4:30 am. In addition to crêpes they also serve flat breads, salads, and pizza.

Muncheez Mania is is located at 1071 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.567.3000

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Artomatic SurrealDC Halloween Masquerade at Washington Harbour

October 24, 2011

Artomatic’s SurrealDC Halloween Masquerade is back by popular demand for the third consecutive year. The celebration will be held at Washington Harbour in Georgetown (3050 K St NW) on Saturday October 29, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am.  The theme is ‘Magical Halloween Masquerade’.

2010 SurrealDC Halloween Masquerade (Photo by: Artomatic) 2010 SurrealDC Halloween Masquerade

This year, the event will not only feature the return of the popular SurrealDC Costume Contest, it will also present multiple performing areas & art installations by D.C.’s myriad of talented artists.  Artomatic SurrealDC is looking to crown the scariest, craziest, funniest, sexiest, most original and creative costume dressers with choice prizes included.  It will be a fabulous evening full of mayhem and fun. As our British guest band Monroe said, “We were invited to play at the Surreal DC Mansion Halloween Ball (2010), It was definitely the best night we have had since we got here.”

In addition to the two performing stages that include Monroe, Atoms Apart, DJ Sequioa, Ramiro & Imperial, Color School, SNRG, DJ Asu Rock and many others,there will also be a special fire performance to welcome each guest.  Stroll down the ‘Valley of Fear’ to experience the mind bending paintings or wander into the thematic installations along the ‘Lairs of Salem Witches’Dance through the night at the ‘Ring of Fire’ with our versatile DJs or retreat to the private ‘Hell’s Corner’ to enjoy the panoramic view of the Potomac River.

Admission to SurrealDC 2011 is $25. Tickets can be purchased online and will not be sold at the door.  For more detailed information, please visit www.artomatic.org

Sponsors, partners and supporters include the Washington Harbour, MRP Realty, Flying Dog Brewery, iStrategyLabs, Nagaa Events, Mischief DC and Anime Mid Atlantic.

(Photo by: Artomatic)

Artomatic creates community, builds audience and expands economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression. Unjuried events showcase creative work in visual art, music, film, performance, and fashion. Artomatic is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported  by the National Endowment for the Arts. www.artomatic.org

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Dupont House Tour tea offers delights

October 13, 2011

The Whittemore House will be the site of Afternoon Tea for this Sunday’s 44th Annual Dupont Circle House Tour. 

The Arts and Crafts style mansion, at 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW was designed for opera singer Sarah Adams Whittemore by noted Washington architect Harvey Page in 1894.  It has been home to the Womens National Democratic Club since 1927.

The house sits on a triangular lot at the corner of New Hampshire Ave. and Q Street (the intersection of the first traffic light in the District) and is a familiar sight to Dupont denizens who esteem its leafy landscaping, and the colorful donkey statue out front corralled from the Party Animals exhibition.

Interestingly, in light of the Occupy D.C. protests and the dedication of the MLK Memorial, Whittemore House was actually an architectural reaction to the excesses of the Gilded Age.  Instead of the unyielding symmetry and heavy decoration of beaux arts classicism prevalent at the time, this structure presents an irregular shape, with tall chimneys, polygonal towers, no rectangular rooms, and a free-flowing cape-like slate roof.  Exquisite details reside in the deep leaded windows, punched copper cladding, and rich brickwork.  The second floor rooms usually unavailable to the public will be open for viewing, and the shady garden patio will accommodate the genteel sipping of tea.

Tour presenters emphasize that even if the house calls to mind a welcome modesty and restraint, the Tea itself will be “lavish” as House Tour goers have been accustomed -- this year featuring delights from Firehook Bakery, Hello Cupcake, Panas Gourmet Empanadas, and Teaism.

This year for the first time, the House Tour has a corporate sponsor -- Washington Fine Properties. WFP's Stephanie Bredhal serves as co-chair of the Tea.

House Tour is the main fundraising activity of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. Proceeds benefit the community through contributions to Ross School, Charlie’s Place, Whitman Walker Clinic, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, Clean Teams for Dupont Circle Park, and numerous other projects. 

The Dupont Circle House Tour takes place Sunday, Oct. 16 from 12 noon to 5:00 pm.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 on the day of, and include admission to the Tea from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Whittemore House. Tickets are available for purchase at local outlets:  Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, Axis Salon, Home Rule, Java House, True Value Hardware. And on Sunday only at the Dupont FreshFarm Market from 9:00 am to 12 noon. Online purchase at www.dupont-circle.org for pick-up starting at 11:30 am Sunday at the Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW.

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