ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: BONSTRA HARESIGN

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Watching any town or city develop from the sidelines is amazing. Take a step back, and you’ll see time passing by as places evolve, neighborhoods gentrify, and skylines rise from the dirt. It’s a fascinating concept, and in today’s environment, it’s happening fast. Leave your neighborhood for a few years, and when you come back, you might recognize little more than the bones of your favorite spots. The city doesn’t do this on it’s own, though. Of course, there are masterminds hard at work behind every construction scene, mapping out the details and drawing up the next attraction. That’s one of the many reasons I love covering local architecture firms: showcasing the talent that’s so often hidden amongst the shadows. Today, I wanted to introduce Bonstra Haresign Architects. ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: BONSTRA HARESIGN

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): WEST HALF

Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out with the crowd…

Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,

I don’t care if I never get back…

Is this the song DC will be singing as they root, root, root for the home teams of JBG and ODA Architecture as they complete work on West Half, a development located at the foot of the Washington Nationals major league baseball stadium ? It might as well be. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): WEST HALF

THE BEST EVENTS FOR SAVOR BEER WEEK

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(Photo courtesy of the Brewers Association)

Each June, D.C. is flooded by the best craft brewers in the country. It’s all part of the annual Savor festival, a two-night tasting event featuring 90 outstanding beers and food.

This year’s event happens this coming weekend, June 1 and 2, and the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW). Each night runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., which is almost enough time to try all of the tasty brews on hand. The only downside is the cost – general admission tickets run $135 a pop. THE BEST EVENTS FOR SAVOR BEER WEEK

THE GREATEST HOSTESS GIFTS YOU CAN SCORE IN DC

If you’ve hosted anybody in your humble abode, you can probably share in reminiscing about the highs and lows of hosting. Not ringing any bells? Let me give you an example. High: Having guests praise your amazing ability to pick out high-brow snacks from Whole Foods AND making them believe that yeah, you totally eat like this all the time. Low: Having everyone turn to you after they devour your perfectly laid out charcuterie board, with that “what’s next?” look in their eyes. A cheese board is an event in and of itself, people! THE GREATEST HOSTESS GIFTS YOU CAN SCORE IN DC

DRINK, EAT, AND BASK IN SUNSHINE (FINALLY): DC’S BEST PATIOS

DCers, it’s been a while since we have all been able to share a meal al fresco. Fear not, though, because the monster that was Winter 2018 is behind us –– it’s finally patio season. I doubt I even have to ask for amens after that long drudgery, but I’ll do it regardless. Can I get an amen?!

This is the first year in forever when I haven’t even been bothered by the fact that the air is so thick with pollen I have to consider how my outfits will match with the dusty yellow backdrop that is Spring in the District. In fact, I’ve considered gathering all of the pollen together in a big pollen pile (the way you do with leaves in the fall) and jumping in it right after I’ve hyped myself up on some Zyrtec. In other words, I’m pretty excited that the cold weather is a distant memory. DRINK, EAT, AND BASK IN SUNSHINE (FINALLY): DC’S BEST PATIOS

This exceptional Kalorama home used to be the ballroom for the house next door, so if you have a party and, late into the night, want to push all the furniture against the walls to do the jitterbug in the middle of the living room, you could definitely do that, though keep in mind that behind all your friend’s frozen grins of “amusement,” they’re going to be thinking, “why can’t we be like other cliques and just get drunk?”

This exceptional Kalorama home used to be the ballroom for the house next door, so if you have a party and, late into the night, want to push all the furniture against the walls to do the jitterbug in the middle of the living room, you could definitely do that, though keep in mind that behind all your friend’s frozen grins of “amusement,” they’re going to be thinking, “why can’t we be like other cliques and just get drunk?”

THE WING, A CO-WORKING AND SOCIAL CLUB FOR WOMEN, HAS LANDED IN DC

The future is female.

If that kind of bold, feminist statement gets you all huffy and puffy, then this is your cue to leave. If it lights your fire, however, then hold onto your lady-loving britches, because have I got some news for you, clad in pink and ready to get down to business.

The Wing has landed in DC!!! I repeat, The Wing has landed in our city. THE WING, A CO-WORKING AND SOCIAL CLUB FOR WOMEN, HAS LANDED IN DC