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Free Jazz Concert at the Spanish Steps April 27

April 21, 2013

The Spanish Steps in Sheridan-Kalorama will be the site of a free jazz concert this Saturday April 27 from 1 to 3 pm.  Beasley Real Estate is sponsoring the event to benefit the Spanish Steps Preservation Project.

D.C.'s Spanish Steps (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) D.C.'s Spanish Steps

Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the music.  Local, professional musicians and vocalists will perform. A student group from the SITAR Arts Center also will entertain.

The Spanish Steps, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, are located at 22nd Street and Decatur Street near Dupont Circle, in one of the city’s toniest neighborhoods. There are magnificent mansions, many of which are now diplomatic embassies or residences. At night, there is a wonderful view of Washington.

Donations are welcome at the concert.

The concrete steps, we counted 35 or so, were constructed in 1911 on a slope too steep for carriages but allowed pedestrians to cross on 22nd Street.  After years of neglect, the steps were restored in 1999.  Landscaped with trees and flowers in bloom, the steps are topped with a lion-head fountain and set off with sturdy balustrades.

A panda statue in a garden near the Steps (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) A panda statue in a garden near the Steps

Although the imposing Spanish Steps in Rome are taller and more famous, DC’s steps are more intimate and aren't commercial. Day or night, it’s a place to watch the world go by.

The Spanish Steps are a walkable distance from the Dupont Circle subway.

For more information, call Beasley RE founder and managing partner Jim Bell at 202.607.4000 or email




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Come One, Come All to Canal Square's Celebration April 19

April 14, 2013

Spring’s arrival will be celebrated Friday, April 19 from 6 pm-8 pm on Georgetown’s Canal Square courtyard at 1054 31st  Street NW with interesting art, spectacular jewelry, delicate food and good cheer.

A Bracelet, part of the Azza Fahmy collection shown at the reception (Photo by: Azza Fahmy Jewelry) A Bracelet, part of the Azza Fahmy collection shown at the reception

Come take a load off your feet, mingle with your neighbors after a long wind-tossed winter, and nibble on tasty comp’d appetizers. Artists and galleries will show their work.  

The Sea Catch restaurant hosts six Galleries 1054 openings per year.

The restaurant will provide hors d’oeuvres, including crab melt, coconut shrimp, Thai chicken skewers and an assortment of French mini pastries.  Sea Catch will provide a cash bar in the courtyard.

Among the Canal Square merchants participating will be Syra Arts displaying new  Egyptian collections from Azza Fahmy Jewelry at the Alla Rogers Gallery, Parish Gallery, Winter Palace Gallery and Mocha DC Gallery.

This will be the first of a series of such receptions at Canal Square every third Friday of the month through October, with a hiatus during July and August.  Mark your calendars and come on down to Canal Square, Georgetown's oldest enclave of art galleries located along the historic C&O Canal.

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CAG Wins Georgetown Iron Chef Cook-Off

April 9, 2013

Cooks for the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) won the cook-off championship Monday night at the new Capella Hotel Georgetown on 31st Street.

On the winning team were CAG President Jennifer M. Altemus, John Girouard, Colleen Girouard, Kallie Seniff and Betsy Cooley.

Capella Chef Jakob Esko displays ingredient (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Capella Chef Jakob Esko displays ingredient

The Capella reception for the Georgetown Business Association, Georgetown Business Improvement District and CAG featured a Georgetown Iron Chef competition on the patio right next to the C&O Canal. The ingredients were supplied by the hotel’s restaurant. The expertise was by the participating competitors.

Among the judges were Sonya Bernhardt, publisher of the Georgetowner newspaper, Jakob Esko, executive chef at the hotel, and hotel GM Alex Obertop.  Or at least we think so, because judging was done behind closed curtains in an interior dining room, although the cooks did their slicing, dicing, frying, and whatever out on the patio for all to see on a beautiful night. The winning dish was a yummy combo of fish and vegetables, said Esko.

The Capella has been doing a series of events to celebrate its recent opening.

Better luck next time: Bill Starrels, Janine Schoonover, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said, Rokas Beresniovas (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Better luck next time: Bill Starrels, Janine Schoonover, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said, Rokas Beresniovas

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