The eminently controversial, gleefully offensive, and stratospherically successful musical The Book of Mormon (photograph above) returns to the Kennedy Center next summer following its run last year, when ticket sales crashed the KenCen’s website.
Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia is a noted patron of the arts, but he’ll be excused if he recuses himself from The Originalist, a play by John Strand having a world premiere at Arena Stage next March. Scalia, the main character, will be portrayed by local actor Edward Gero.
A new brewpub is coming to Vienna’s 520 Mill Street, Northeast, in June, with former Heavy Seas Alehouse brewmaster Chris Mallon at the helm. While the 21-plus crowd will find plenty of IPAs, porters, and hard ciders at Caboose Brewing Co., the owners also plan to cater to the neighborhood’s many young families, with kid-friendly menu options plus house-made ginger ale and root beer.
Pity Reagan National Airport’s Terminal A no longer. The facility’s oldest and least prepossessing terminal—home to low-cost carriers such as Frontier, AirTran, and JetBlue—is getting a makeover. By next year, it will offer new restaurants, iPads for public use, even a full-service spa.
Welcome to Sportstown
Billionaire Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank—who bought an $8-million mansion in Georgetown last year—can feel more at home now: The Baltimore-based entrepreneur’s real-estate company has acquired the Serendipity 3 spot at M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Plank is rumored to be filling it with an Under Armour store.
The inaugural Funk Parade—a street fair, music festival, and, yes, parade—hits Northwest DC’s U Street corridor on May 3, the 211th anniversary of the District’s incorporation. The event, cosponsored by the organization Listen Local First, celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood and the city’s rich musical history.
New Eats at Nationals Park
You may never eat another hot dog at the ball park. Mike Isabella opens his second Italian sandwich shop, G at Nationals Park, this season behind right field, while the Levy Restaurants concessions add sushi, stir-fry noodles, crabcakes, and veggie and gluten-free dishes. Wash it all down with a beer at District Drafts, now with four locations throughout the park, serving house-made sodas and cold DC Brau.
Photograph of Scalia by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images; Photograph of airport courtesy OTG/ICRAVE; Photograph of U Street by Philip Scalia/Alamy.
This article appears in the April 2014 issue of Washingtonian.