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Join the Crowd at Georgetown Piano Bar

September 9, 2014

"Washingtonians like to get involved,"says Bill Thoet, one of the partners of the city's latest music venue, Georgetown Piano Bar opening this Friday, September 12th. Promising world-class live entertainment showcasing two of the area’s most recognized pianists, Hunter Lang and Spencer Bates, the establishment will be open seven days a week starting at 5:00 pm.

Having procured one of Georgetown's six coveted tavern licenses earlier this year, and spurred by the closing of Mr. Smith's, and Modern lounge space being available, the group decided to "build a piano bar."

Those with a favorite tune are welcome to request it here andlyric books will be made available to encourage sing-along. Guests itching to get up and perform solo will have the opportunity to do so as well. Thoet, an Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, is an avid piano bar goer himself. He enjoys singing Frank Sinatra hits and famous show tunes.

Guests can look forward to live piano music beginning at 9:00 pm until closing time seven nights a week. There's no cover charge to enter and enjoy the entertainment, centered around the red piano with three keyboards! Guests can relax, gather, mingle and sing. “Georgetown Piano Bar is not going to be one of those places where a piano player is the background music for people having high-end cocktails,” Thoet assures.

The bar's design plan allows for one or two piano players to perform together. It also incorporates seating for guests to sit directly across from the piano player or to listen while lounging on custom upholstered built-in benches just across the bar.

Georgetown Piano Bar’s weekend performer, Hunter Lang, is a singer/songwriter and pianist who oiginally playing by ear, and later studied classically with Lithuanian Virtuoso Broniaslavia Kimel and the brilliant Memphis musician Joan Gilbert. Hunter plans to release his first album in December 2014.

Guests at Georgetown Piano Bar can look forward to Hunter’s interactive show, which delivers an emotional and physical performance. Classically trained, he has an extraordinary skill playing the piano, producing a sound that is all his own.  The World Music Society has stated “that if you combined Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joel, and Mozart, you would have Hunter Lang.” His unique voice, timbre, and vibrato leaves the crowd wanting more as Hunter is a showman who uses humor and charm to woo his audience.

Georgetown Piano Bar’s weeknight performer, Spencer Bates, is a DC-based singer/songwriter, and piano entertainer. He will be performing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings as well as the first, second and fifth Wednesday of every month. For over a decade, he has played nightly at solo and dueling piano bars, universities, and other venues across the country, including an eleven year, three night a week gig in Georgetown, DC. Completely self-taught, Spencer has written, recorded, and released three solo albums.

Georgetown Piano Bar is located at 3287 M Street. Tel: 202.337.187

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Consider It Done Turns 20

August 24, 2014

Tim setting a grand table (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Tim setting a grand table

When The Georgetown Dish stopped in to congratulate Timothy Albrecht on 20 successful years at Consider It Done, it was a treat to find Bernardaud's regional sales manager, Yann Rowland there too.

For those not familiar with this treasure trove of museum quality tableware -- everything from exquisite antique and new porcelain and crystal to luxury lighting, Consider It Done is unique.

Yann and Tim with Bernardaud chargers (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Yann and Tim with Bernardaud chargers

An authorized retailer of Baccarat, Crystal Saint-Louis, Bernardaud, Herend, Seguso, Versace and Moser, the shop is eye candy for the tabletop lover, but so much more. Thanks to the vision of its owner, who “concentrates on items that are art – that come from the soul and can be appreciated whether it’s your style or not,” there’s a mix of Old World and modern at every turn. With decades of experience in showroom displays and interior design, Albrecht also helps clients find special pieces to update their own collections. “I believe in enjoying and using,” he says.

Rare Antique Meissen figurine (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Rare Antique Meissen figurine

Since his start in the 1970s with a formal initiation into the culinary arts via an American Culinary Institute apprenticeship at famed Jean-Louis Restaurant in the Watergate, Albrecht hasn’t left the table. “I’ve always been interested in the aesthetics and the food itself,” this chef turned business owner/charity fundraiser/events planner explains.

Kintsugi by Sarkis (Photo by: bernardaud.com) Kintsugi by Sarkis

Partnering with family-owned Bernardaud means the boutique's walls are filled with this creative French company’s plates.

To celebrate the company's 150th year, Bernardaud recently invited moviemakers, photographers and artists to express themselves through porcelain. One of the author's favorite designs is 'Kintsugi' by French artist Sarkis, an interpretation of the 16th century Japanese art of making visible repairs on ceramic with lacquer and gold. The collection includes 12 different plates and matching cups and saucers.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Dubbing it, ‘charger cave,’ Rowland explains that “every single service plate made by Bernardaud is carried here. Tim is the only one who has some of these pieces.”

“We’re very deep into the brands we carry,” explains Albrecht. Dealing strictly with companies that don’t outsource means Consider It Done carries only the world’s most prestigious lines. “After Meissen, the hottest fired porcelain in the world is made by Bernardaud and Herend,” he says. All the hand-painting will last. And last it does. Segusco (Murano glass) started in 1397, Baccarat in 1764, Herend has been active since 1829, Bernardaud since 1863 and Moser since 1857.

Consider It Done officially turns 20 on August 25th.

Consider It Done is located at 7806 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, MD. Tel: 301.654.8690

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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Gorgeous, Modern, Sexy

August 13, 2014

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"Nobody does it better," says Michael Reamy, quoting James Bond and referring to Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy of Washington Fine Properties (WFP). A fan of the duo, who, partnering with Ditto Residential have been rolling out one after another of the city's most spectacular residential renovations.

Kimberly Casey, Michael Reamy and Farleigh Jewett (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kimberly Casey, Michael Reamy and Farleigh Jewett

Wednesday evening marked the debut of two contemporary Capitol Hill properties on Constitution Avenue with a VIP preview cocktail party.

The architect, Chuong Cao of Dep Design Group explains, "We wanted to do something different than just a typical rowhouse diagram of a single loaded corridor down the length of the house. All floors are visually connected, where light becomes the focus and the organizing element of the house; it's the center of circulation, spatial programming and social and celebratory activities."

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In addition to three floors of living and entertaining space, each of the two 2,400 square foot properties boasts two parking spaces, landscaped first floor terrace, smart home systems, skylights, spacious closets, and a rooftop deck.

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As guests admired the homes' stunning furnishings, details, and custom features, including an 11-foot kitchen island with seating, white oak floors, architecturally minimal wood staircase leading to the rooftop deck, Kimberly beamed, "These are the most gorgeous, modern, sexy homes in DC on the market."

Each home is offered at $1,299,900.

For more information, contact Kimberly Casey (kimberly.casey @wfp.com 202.361.3228) and Daryl Judy (daryl.judy@wfp.com 202.380.7219) at WFP.

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1325 and 1327 Constitution Avenue NE (Photo by: HomeVisit) 1325 and 1327 Constitution Avenue NE

Jaye Langmaid and Holly Theis of Red House Staging & Interiors (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jaye Langmaid and Holly Theis of Red House Staging & Interiors

Martin Ditto, Steve Swenson, Stewart Lewis, Daryl Judy and Rowan Lewis (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Martin Ditto, Steve Swenson, Stewart Lewis, Daryl Judy and Rowan Lewis

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(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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