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On the Horizon: More Mintwood

Happenings, announcements, and rumors to know about.

Photograph by Scott Suchman

Fans of Cedric Maupillier’s French-inflected American fare at Mintwood Place—but not of parking in Adams Morgan—are in luck: The chef and partner Saied Azali (pictured above) have confirmed plans to launch a second spot at City Market at O, in DC’s Shaw neighborhood. They hope to open the more modestly priced, as yet unnamed restaurant early next year. 

On Point

The Corcoran Gallery of Art may be ebbing, but the financially strong Phillips Collection is opening an exhibit of neoimpressionist works on September 27, with a focus on how artists such as Georges Seurat and Paul Signac were influenced by music and poetry to create their pointillist images.

Home Brew

Washington’s home-grown alcohol industry is about to grow again this summer with the opening of Denizens Brewing Co., a brewpub in Silver Spring, and Northeast DC’s One Eight Distilling, which will bottle gin, vodka, and white whiskey.

Kitty’s Hood

Kitty Kelley, famous for her unauthorized bios of Jackie O, Frank Sinatra, and Oprah, is writing her next book on Georgetown, one of the most celebrated and powerful parts of DC—and also Kelley’s own neighborhood. “I’ve always felt a special karma living in the house that was Justice William J. Brennan’s,” she says of her Dumbarton Street home. Royalties for the book, which Kelley expects to take a year or two to finish, will benefit a Georgetown nonprofit.

Music for Galaxy Gazers

In past summers at Wolf Trap, the National Symphony Orchestra has played along to screenings of recent Disney movie musicals. Pleasant enough, but on July 19, the NSO accompanies Stanley Kubrick’s epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, which samples Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra. Is any film more wedded to its (gripping, sometimes terrifying) score? Okay, Disney’s Fantasia, also on the NSO’s Wolf Trap slate, July 11 and 12.

New Stage for Pike & Rose

Residents of Rockville’s snazzy Pike & Rose development are getting another incentive never to leave suburbia: Strathmore is opening a satellite 250-seat music venue there this fall. The space starts booking shows in early 2015 after a dry run as an event space.

Snug Harbor

No room for friends in your tiny apartment? Starting next year, send them to the Hotel Hive, a “pod-style” lodge in DC that developer Jim Abdo is fashioning from Foggy Bottom’s Allen Lee Hotel, known for dingy conditions and alleged hauntings. The Hive’s 83 rooms will measure just 250 square feet—plenty of space for a bathroom, charging stations for portable devices, and either bunks or queen-size beds.

Photograph of 2001: A Space Odyssey Courtesy of Wolf Trap.

This article appears in the June 2014 issue of Washingtonian.