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December 7, 2017

Joe Sternlieb and his team at the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) welcomed guests to a holiday cocktail reception at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Wednesday evening to celebrate 2017 Georgetown GLOW. 

 BID Marketing Director Nancy Miyahira and Jamestown Urban Management's Renee Finnerty (Photo by: Judith Beermann) BID Marketing Director Nancy Miyahira and Jamestown Urban Management's Renee Finnerty

From December 8 through January 7, 2018, this free exhibition is open to the public from 5:00-10:00 pm nightly. 

Jennifer and David Romm (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer and David Romm

The region’s only curated show of outdoor public light art installations, for the fourth year, GLOW invites visitors to interact, connect and play with nine artists' whimsical and dazzling displays.

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown lobby (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ritz-Carlton Georgetown lobby

From Washington Harbour to Grace Street to the Georgetown Waterfront, our historic neighborhood is transformed into an illuminated playground. For a complete list of Georgtown GLOW projects and locations, click here


And don't forget to mark your calendars with special holiday happenings including an extended evening of shopping on Dec. 14.

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A Look Inside Private Prisons with Lauren-Brooke Eisen

November 20, 2017

Jackie Pletcher and Charlie Eisen welcomed guests into their Georgetown home Sunday to celebrate Lauren-Brooke Eisen’s new book, Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass IncarcerationHer study examines the relationship between profit and incarceration in America.

Jackie Pletcher chats with Diane Rehm (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jackie Pletcher chats with Diane Rehm

Introducing the senior counsel at The Brennan Center for Justice, a non-partisan public policy and law institute, Charlie Eisen proudly explained that his daughter also researched the book while raising two small children, “Like Ginger Rodgers, she did it all backwards and in high heels.”

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Guest enjoyed champagne cocktails and a scrumptious brunch as Eisen gave a brief history of correctional facilities, starting with the “tough-on-crime” 1980s (specifically mass incarcerations for crack cocaine use), followed by the rise of for-profit prisons, turning us into “the world’s biggest jailor.” 

Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Rachel Briggs at the buffet table (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Rachel Briggs at the buffet table

The trend to privatize stemmed from growing costs of imprisonment and a desire to reduce the size and scope of the federal government.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

The creation of rural prison towns and the housing of immigrant detainees helped create an $80 billion dollar prison industrial complex.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Today more than 100,000 Americans and half of all immigrant detainees are held in private prisons. With $4 billion dollars in annual revenue, financial incentives play a huge role in their proliferation.

Lauren-Brooke Eisen tells guest about her book (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Lauren-Brooke Eisen tells guest about her book

In her book, Eisen examines the complex issues of an industry where filling beds and lengthening prison stays gets more attention than reducing a long-standing 75% recidivism rate. 


She writes, “The nation is warehousing so many of its parents behind bars that just a few years ago Sesame Street introduced Alex, a muppet whose father is in prison.”


Through interviews with inmates, families, correctional staff and policy makers, the author takes a look at all sides with the objective of improving the outcome for those incarcerated.


Recognizing that private prisons are here to stay, the author recommends “a good first step would be to structure contracts around reorienting incentives, something that we might call performance-based contracting” that improve prison conditions, and create training programs for successful reentry.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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All The Wharf's A Stage at The Anthem

November 13, 2017

That stunning chandelier dubbed "Cymbalism," Dan Steinhilber's installation dominating the entrance of The Anthem, dazzles from every floor. You have to look closely but the blue rectangles reflected from the glass ceiling are the bottom of the The Channel luxury apartments' swimming pool. And if you're wondering how residents like living above a new 57,000 square-foot musical venue, they like it just fine. The $60 million building includes $3 million worth of soundproofing.

The stage with perforated mesh curtains (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The stage with perforated mesh curtains

An industrial space reminscent of the 9:30 Club but with five times the capacity at 6,000, The Anthem on the SW Waterfont, has a movable stage for comedy shows and smaller concerts with two balconies above the floor with seats. You can pay a little more for “Super Excellent Seats” but the rest of the venue is general-admission standing with patrons free to wander to find the best viewing spot.

From the balcony terrace (Photo by: Judith Beermann) From the balcony terrace

“Our goal is to make it the best music venue in the world," said co-owner Seth Hurwitz.  He wants to offer patrons escapism with great acoustics. A 9:30 Club favorite, Foo Fighters headlined The Anthem's first show a few weeks ago and Hurwitz, who also owns the 9:30 Club, plans to have the two venues work together in concert.

Looking down over (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Looking down over "Cymbalism" chandelier

Aesthetics and comfort are designed into everything from seat positions (changing depending on the angle to the stage) and moving equipment (directly behind the stage are garage doors to the loading dock) to perforated mesh curtains, a last minute addition matching the electronic bunting. Oh, and Coatchex will send you a text so you don't forget your coat.

Potomac Water Taxi (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Potomac Water Taxi

Hungry? Signature menu item at the concession stand is Wharfle Belgian waffles with "The Full Monty Sauce" named after Monty Hoffman, founder and CEO of PN Hoffman,The Wharf co-developer with Madison Marquette.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

When the show ends, there's even a water taxi waiting that leaves for Georgetown or Alexandria (and National Harbor in the spring) every night 20 minutes after the last performance. 

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Imagine The Anthem experience when there's a live concert! 

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