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Station 4 Opens in Southwest

August 9, 2011

Southwest, that area along the Anacostia waterfront, home to the just redone Arena Stage and the reopened Fourth Street, just scored a breakthrough on its way to being rebuilt.  Station 4, a new bar, restaurant, had its successful grand opening last week.  
The main dining room (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The main dining room
The hot early summer evening made waiting to be ID'd no problem, while inside, the main spaces – the bar, the dining room and the outdoor patio – were packed.  Maybe it was the on-the-house beer or the scrumptious-looking hors d'oeuvres, but the crowd clearly demonstrated a hunger for this kind of establishment – a place where young professionals, and all others, can eat serious food, drink interesting drinks and just hang out with new and old friends, lovers and spouses, co-workers and strangers.  U Street, Columbia Heights and H Street, NE, have preceded southwest on this path while Georgetown continues its traditional role as a model diverse community where entertainment, residences, visitors and businesses all work together. 
Kate Riley and her husband Stephen Dwyer who live nearby (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Kate Riley and her husband Stephen Dwyer who live nearby
Station 4 sits between two office buildings on Fourth Street, just north of M Street, across from the Southwest-SEU Metro entrance and Safeway. (“SEU,” by the way, stands for Southeastern University, which doesn't exist anymore.)  It joins the other attractions in the neighborhood including the waterfront and the within-walking-distance Nationals Park, not to mention the ton of development on the drawing boards for the whole area.   
According to its Web page, Station 4 is part of a group of popular bar-restaurants that includes Tunnicliffs and Bullfeathers on Capitol Hill, Ulah Bistro on U Street and Stoney's on P Street, Logan Circle.
Tawana Campbell from Southwest and Stacci Curtis from southeast (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Tawana Campbell from Southwest and Stacci Curtis from southeast

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The American Songbook Sunday on 89.3 FM

August 4, 2011

Every Sunday, a national treasure gets behind the microphone at WPFW 89.3 FM to broadcast selections from "The American Songbook." For two hours, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and others sing some of the most beautiful tunes ever written. Host Donnie McKethan has been conducting this magic for 10 years at the station.

This Sunday 2:00 to 4:00 pm, McKethan features the music of Rogers & Hart. Whereas the pair are known for their Broadway and Hollywood success, McKethan concentrates on their romantic music this week.

"They really knew how to write music and lyrics that highlight romance," says McKethan. "Hart wrote the lyrics and Rogers wrote beautiful melodies."

As in...

Your looks are laughable, un-photographable,
Yet, you're my favorite work of art.

My romance doesn't have to have a moon in the sky
My romance doesn't need a blue lagoon standing by

This can't be love
Because I feel so well
No sobs, no sorrows, no sighs

If that's not enough, McKethan will be joined in the studio by Sinatra, Carmen McRae, Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughn and others. Tune in.



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Food Network looks for stars in D.C.

August 3, 2011

Design Star, HGTV’s top-rated reality competition series and Food Network Star, Food Network’s hugely successful culinary reality series, are casting for Seasons 7 and 8, holding open casting calls in Washington August 8 and 9, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at The Westin at 1400 M St. NW.

Design Star seeks people who are passionate about their work, knowledgeable and hold a clear & unique design perspective. So you know someone who might be interested in becoming the host of his or her own show on HGTV?

Food Network Star seeks passionate, knowledgeable food-lovers -- chefs, home cooks, caterers or culinary enthusiasts who might be interested in becoming hosts of a new cooking show on Food Network.

More information is CastingDesignStar.com and Foodnetworkstarcasting.com.


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