“All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space,” says Oprah Winfrey about The Life You Want Weekend. On September 19 and 20, that space is the Verizon Center as she hosts her traveling motivational show. Oprah presents her own story as well as talks by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and controversial Evangelical pastor Rob Bell, among others.
Pour out a small-batch kombucha for Tonic in DC’s Mount Pleasant. The restaurant/bar, a reliable spot for a beer and nachos, and its related cocktail lounge, Last Exit, have been sold to neighborhood resident Will Warren, who plans to open Goodall’s Bistro in its place. Warren says his organic menu will cater to vegan, Paleo, and gluten-free diets.
If you can’t seem to leave DC’s Union Market without a cool serving dish and a few bottles of artisanal bitters from urban-boho Salt & Sundry, you’re now in double jeopardy. Owner Amanda McClements will launch her second location, at 14th and S streets, Northwest, in late summer. The 850-square-foot shop will open in the 1401 S Street complex, already home to Redeem, Lou Lou, Doi Moi, and Ted’s Bulletin.
The museum known since 1869 as the Corcoran will be turned over to the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University this fall. You’ve got until October 1 to see the museum in its familiar form. The Corcoran’s final exhibits, featuring metal sculptor Albert Paley and visual artist Mark Tribe, open this summer.
Georgetown’s über-luxe canal-facing condo building, 1055 High, will be finished in late fall, according to the developer, EastBanc. The building—named for Wisconsin Avenue’s pre-1895 name—fuses historical architecture with the latest amenities, including a 45-foot pool and a glass-enclosed fitness center on the roof. The three- and four-bedroom units of up to 4,300 square feet (just seven in all) start at $3 million.
If you’ve already finished Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices and are looking for other candidates (political or literary), you need only wait till August 19, when New York governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, releases All Things Possible and Wisconsin GOP congressman Paul Ryan lets loose with The Way Forward. Both books are the best indications we’ve had that their authors may run for President.
Big Ten Terps
Do the Midwest’s football powerhouses fear the turtle? Find out October 4, when the University of Maryland Terrapins host their first Big Ten Conference home game, against Ohio State, after joining the oldest Division 1 league last fall. Terps fans can get used to football being serious business and not just a diversion until basketball season.
This article appears in the July 2014 issue of Washingtonian.