Monday, March 02, 2015

DEF LEPPARD DRUMMER RICK ALLEN TO APPEAR IN BETHESDA MARCH 21

Buddha of Inspiration: A Study in Orange
by Rick Allen
Rick Allen, drummer for the legendary Def Leppard, will appear Saturday, March 21 from noon to 3:00 PM at Wentworth Gallery in Westfield Montgomery Mall. He will be exhibiting a collection of his fine art at the Bethesda gallery entitled, "Rick Allen: Angels and Icons."

Allen's art creation process is as innovative as his drumming technique. Working in the mediums of photography, light art and painting, he sometimes creates abstract works by filming his playing while using LED lights on the drumstick tip. Using long exposures, the lights create patterns that are also unique to the music that was being performed. 

His dramatic life story has brought him to the DC area before. As you may know - and as my falling-apart copy of Def Leppard: Animal Instinct recounts - Allen lost an arm in a car wreck at the height of the band's Pyromania-era success. Allen says a visit with wounded veterans at Walter Reed helped him "come to terms" with that traumatic event more than 20 years later. Rather than retire, he redefined what could be done on the drums with new techniques and technology.

Now he is expanding his palette to the worlds of art and philanthropy, helping to raise money for Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program, sponsored by the Raven Drum Foundation.

Here's a chance to meet a real rock star - RSVP online, or call 301.365.3270.

Wentworth Gallery is on the second level of the mall, just outside of Nordstrom.

Photo courtesy Wentworth Gallery

Sunday, March 01, 2015

HUNGRY-MAN SPICY FRIED CHICKEN REVIEW (VIDEO)

What better day to test out a hot and spicy fried chicken dinner than this? Here are 3 large pieces of dark meat fried chicken with a spicy coating in the Hungry-Man Spicy Classic Fried Chicken dinner. That means the classic Swanson/Hungry Man fried chicken with cayenne pepper added.

The classic Swanson mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans and corn) and an "apple dessert" round out the meal.

How does it taste? Watch my review to find out!

ROBBERY IN WHITLEY PARK, DRUG ARREST ON OLD GTOWN RD. + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on February 26, according to crime data:

Vehicle burglary. 7500 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Vehicle burglary. 5400 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft. 5300 block Western Avenue.

Robbery. 9700 block Whitley Park Place (Whitley Park).

Drug arrest. 11600 block Old Georgetown Road (Pike District).

BETHESDA SNOW UPDATE, FORECAST - WINTER STORM #SPARTA #DC #WEATHER

Bethesda will be under a Winter Weather Advisory from 7:00 AM this morning until 3:00 AM Monday morning. According to the National Weather Service, snow will begin to fall sometime between 7:00 and 10:00 AM this morning. At some point between noon and 3:00 PM, it will change to sleet, and then freezing rain. All told, the NWS forecasts 1-2" of accumulation of snow and sleet, and a tenth of an inch of ice.

This will make for hazardous driving through tonight on area roads.

The current temperature in Bethesda is 23°F, and we'll hit the low-mid 30s by afternoon, before dropping back to the low 30s tonight. Winds will be South, 10-15 MPH today.

Here are some of the current temperatures around Bethesda:

Woodmont Triangle 25.4°

Chevy Chase 25°

Greenwich Forest 25.2°

Brookdale 24.7°

Nahant Street 26.2°

Falmouth Road (Spring Hill) 26.1°

Fort Sumner 24.5°

Burning Tree 24.4°

Stay tuned here and at @BethesdaRow on Twitter for updates during the storm.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

LIQUOR ARREST AT THE METROPOLITAN, WEAPON ARREST AT TILDEN MS - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on February 25, according to crime data:

Liquor arrest. The Metropolitan.

Theft. 7800 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Burglary. 3800 block Woodbine Street (Chevy Chase Section 5).

Assault. Cedar Lane at Beach Drive.

Burglary. 5400 block Whitley Park Terrace (Whitley Park).

Theft. DSW Warehouse.

Weapon arrest. Tilden Middle School.

"Other sexual offense." 5800 block Nicholson Lane (Pike District).

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

BETHESDA CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: HOMELESS SHELTER TO RESTAURANT CONVERSION (PHOTOS)

Here is the latest progress at 4848 Cordell Avenue, formerly home to Catholic Charities' Bethesda House men's shelter, which has relocated to the Pike District (a.k.a. White Flint). The building is being converted into a future restaurant space, based on architectural designs by local firm Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc. Sigal Construction is the contractor.

For a sense of the timeline, here is how it looked last month, work began in October, and it was only 13 months ago that the initial design was revealed.

Click on any photo to enlarge for greater detail:







AVALON ON THE MOVE AT WESTFIELD MONTGOMERY MALL (PHOTOS)

Avalon Nail Salon has moved - and it will move again. The Westfield Montgomery Mall tenant has temporarily relocated to a nearby space in the mall. But then it will move back to its original location, which is currently being renovated.


Friday, February 27, 2015

2 ASSAULTS ON SAME NIGHT, THEFT IN POOKS HILL + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on February 23-24, according to crime data:

February 23

Theft. 4800 block Cordell Avenue.

Assault. 7100 block Arlington Road at 11:37 AM.

Assault. 3900 block Virgilia Street at 8:17 PM.

Theft. 5100 block Pooks Hill Road.



February 24

Theft. 7600 block Woodmont Avenue.

Theft from vehicle. 7300 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft from vehicle. 10800 block Mazwood Place.

Theft. 11500 block Rockville Pike.

URBAN HEIGHTS STAFFING UP IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

Future Bethesda rooftop restaurant Urban Heights is hiring staff, as this sign instructing interviewees indicates. The space atop the Norfolk-Cordell II building at that Woodmont Triangle crossroads has been taken over by DC-area restauranteur and chef Robert Wiedmaier (Mussel Bar, Marcel's, Brasserie Beck).

GALLERY ST. ELMO IS MOVING IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

Will it be called Gallery Cordell? Gallery St. Elmo is pulling up stakes and moving a block over to Cordell Avenue. It will fill the space just vacated by Freed Photography at 4931 Cordell Avenue (Freed moved upstairs to a bigger, expanded studio). The home furnishing consignment showroom has been featured in Southern Living magazine. Their new location will open in mid-March.

Their new location


BETHESDA BOXING & KICKBOXING ACADEMY INSTALLS SIGN (PHOTOS)

The martial arts/kickboxing studio coming to 4940 St. Elmo Avenue I reported on yesterday now has a name - and a sign: Bethesda Boxing & Kickboxing Academy.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

SCHLITZ MALT LIQUOR REVIEW (VIDEO)

My latest beer review on the Robert Dyer Channel is an American classic - Schlitz Malt Liquor. This is a 24 ounce can found in the Beer Cave at Sheetz in Virginia. Is the 5.9% alcohol content really the only selling point of this beverage, as some elitists would claim? Would I recommend you try this? Watch my review to find out!

SMOOTHIE KING GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION MARCH 27-29

The new Bethesda Avenue Smoothie King, which opened last month, will officially celebrate its Grand Opening on March 27, 28, and 29. 

On all three days, kids can get a free Kids' Cup smoothie with the purchase of one Kids' Cup smoothie, all merchandise in the store will be 20% off, they'll be giving away balloons and t-shirts, and there will be raffles to win prizes from local businesses.

On the 27th only, there will be a $5 medium smoothie special to kick off the weekend.

NEW MARTIAL ARTS/KICKBOXING GYM OPENING IN DOWNTOWN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

Once a shoe store, and then promised to be a crab shack, 4940 St. Elmo Avenue has now been leased by a new martial arts gym offering kickboxing, jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing and personal training. The gym will also offer a "morning boot camp," according to signage that appeared suddenly on the shop's windows. This space has been vacant for about 2 years.


BETHESDA SNOW UPDATE: WINTER STORM REMUS HITS BETHESDA, FORECAST

Bethesda will get slammed by Winter Storm Remus during this morning's rush hour - not so much in snow accumulation, but in terms of deteriorating road conditions. The National Weather Service is forecasting the heaviest snowfall to drop between 4:00 and 8:00 this morning.

We are under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon, and snowfall is expected to stick and be in the 1-2" range. Winds will be 10-15 MPH, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 20s.

It is currently just below 30°F in Bethesda - that will drop in the hours ahead, and then rise to a high of 33° by 4:00 PM. Skies will then be partly cloudy tonight and on Friday.

Currently, the federal government will open on a 2-hour delay this morning.

Stay tuned here and at @BethesdaRow on Twitter for updates during the storm.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BONOBOS OPENS AT WESTFIELD MONTGOMERY MALL IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

The second Bethesda location of Bonobos is now open, inside Westfield Montgomery Mall. Bonobos specializes in men's trousers, with the selling point of providing a better fit than the typical khakis, corduroys and Dockers you pull off the racks at department stores. But they also have everything from suits to sweaters to belts and other accessories. You can try their apparel on to get the right fit, but your order will ship to your home after it is placed at the store.





CITY PERCH ADDS LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR AT PIKE & ROSE

City Perch Kitchen + Bar, the restaurant above the iPic Theaters at Pike & Rose, is adding two new promotions to its schedule. They now have a second Social Hour (their version of Happy Hour) at night, every night from 10:00 PM until closing. Pricing of drinks and small plates are similar to the earlier Social Hour after work: $3-6. There will also be a live DJ during the Social Hour on Friday and Saturday nights.

For those in the service industry, City Perch has a second new promotion - 30% off every Monday night after 9:00 PM. Just bring proof of your employment to qualify for the discount.

City Perch
11830 Grand Park Avenue 
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 231-2310

PUBLIC MEETING MARCH 2 FOR BRADLEY BLVD. BIKE LANE/SIDEWALK PROJECT IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has scheduled a public workshop this coming Monday evening, March 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, regarding the proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements along Bradley Boulevard. It will be held in the cafeteria of Pyle Middle School at 6311 Wilson Lane.

This project proposes to add an 8' shared use path (on the north side of the road), a 5' sidewalk (south side) and 2 5' bike lanes to the existing road. These additions will shrink the size of the roadway available to automobiles. The project is in Phase II, which determines cost, impacts and scheduling. 

The section of the road in question is between Little Falls Parkway and Wilson Lane. There are 85 homes, and 54 trees measuring 24" or greater in diameter, along this stretch of Bradley.
Among the concerns expressed by residents are the loss of street parking and trees, aesthetics of drainage swales, and pedestrian safety for those crossing Bradley. According to county statistics, there were no fatal collisions during the study period of 2003-2007 along this stretch of Bradley. There were 62 collisions during that time, and 3 of those involved bicycles.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PHOTOS OF BETHESDA STARBUCKS RENOVATION

The Starbucks at 7700 Norfolk Avenue was closed yesterday, as contractors began a major renovation of the popular store's interior similar to that already completed at the chain's Westwood Shopping Center location in 2013.

This Starbucks will close early at 5:00 PM today and on Wednesday as work continues.

Here's a look at what was being done last evening during the renovations (click on any photo to enlarge for greater detail):






PEET'S COFFEE & TEA CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY AT WESTFIELD MONTGOMERY MALL (PHOTOS)

Construction has begun on the future Peet's Coffee & Tea at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. It replaces the already-closed Caribou Coffee, and will be a kiosk. The chain took over several Caribou locations in the area, including downtown Bethesda's.
Peet's will face well-established competition in the mall's Starbucks and Aroma coffee shops. It is located near The Art of Shaving, Talbots and Forever 21 on the lower level.