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The Best Autumnal Pumpkin Cocktail

October 16, 2017

Just in time for the fall season, The Rye Bar has introduced their newest seasonal libation, a Bourbon Cocktail. Made with bourbon, all spice dram, and a special syrup, the cocktail is the perfect blend of sweet and spice.

Adjacent to The Grill Room in Rosewood Washington, DC, The Rye Bar offers an intimate setting for relaxed conversation where the bartenders prepare drinks the old-fashioned way, employing time-honored methods and traditional utensils to maintain the integrity of the



They're so sure you're going to want to try this one at home they're sharing the special recipe.


A Bourbon Cocktail



2 oz Bourbon

.25 oz All Spice Dram (Cotton&Reed distillery from D.C.)

.25 oz Maple syrup

 .5 oz Orange juice

 1 oz Pumpkin syrup (see recipe below for the syrup)

couple of dashes of orange bitters

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Lemon segment



Add all ingredients into a shaker then add ice and shake it well, double strained it into a rock glass with a big ice cube then place the garnish on top of the ice cube



1½ cups water

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

4 cinnamon sticks

½ tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

½ tsp. ground cloves

1 butternut squash



Roast the butternut squash in the oven with a little bit of butter and salt, once roasted combine the water and both sugars in a saucepot and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then reduce heat to low. Add the cinnamon sticks, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and roasted butternut squash. Let simmer for about 5 minutes then blended all together except the cinnamon sticks, then strain it through a fine-mesh strainer put back the cinnamon sticks and store in the refrigerator.

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Renoir and Friends at the Phillips

September 18, 2017

Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party will focus on The Phillips Collection’s celebrated Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-1881) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the diverse circle of friends who inspired it.


From October 7, 2017 through January 7, 2018, experience the first exhibition to focus on this singular masterwork in more than 20 years, with over 40 carefully chosen works—paintings, drawings, pastels, watercolors, and photographs from public and private collections around the world—that reveal the story of Luncheon of the Boating Party and the artists and patrons who were instrumental in its creator’s success. 





Renoir (2012)



Teach with Luncheon of the Boating Party



Fashion a la Renoir



Renoir: An Intimate Biography


The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

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Hive at NBM Till Sept. 4

August 28, 2017

Check out Hive, the National Building Museum's latest Summer Block Party installation in the Great Hall created by Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago and New York.


Soaring to the uppermost reaches of the Museum, Hive is built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and will be interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. Reaching 60 feet tall, the installation’s tallest dome features an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum’s historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns.


Hive’s form recalls other built and natural structures such as Saarinen’s Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Florence Cathedral in Italy, vernacular Musgum mud huts in Cameroon, and the curvature of a spider’s web. By utilizing the catenary shape, each chamber will balance structural forces and support its own weight, while attaining a height that enables a unique acoustic signature. The tall yet intimate forms allow visitors to inhabit the installation at the ground level and to experience it from the Museum’s upper-floor balconies, providing a variety of exciting perspectives.


Explore how a structure can modify and reflect sound, light, scale, and human interaction. Hive’s smaller chambers feature tubular instruments ranging from simple drum-like tubes to chimes suspended within the space. Each chamber has a unique acoustic properties that will affect the instruments’ tone, reverberation, and reflection as well as visitors’ perceptions. The large main chamber is topped by a soaring dome that filters the natural light of the Great Hall and creates intricate light and shadow patterns in the space.


Just outside the installation, Philadelphia-based design educator Alex Gilliam’s notched cardboard Build It! Disks provide a hands-on cooperative building activity.


Tickets for Hive include admission to all other current National Building Museum exhibitions.


Get tickets here.

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