Downtowner DC Nov. 22, 2017

CityCenterDC Tree Lighting, Nov. 25

CityCenterDC will kick off its holiday season celebrations Nov. 25 with a tree lighting and performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus and the Cardinal Shehan School Choir from Baltimore. In addition to the 75-foot stunner of a holiday tree, CityCenter’s “two resident 25-foot reindeer” will be illuminated. There will also be an overhead display in Palmer Alley.

Man Arrested for 9 Burglaries

Earlier this month, police arrested and charged a man with nine counts of first-degree burglary. Deaundrey Williams, 23, was sought for breaking into nine homes in Northeast and Northwest D.C. between June and October, the Washington Post reported. In many cases, residents were home during the break-ins, which occurred between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. When confronted, the intruder either ran or threatened residents with a knife.

DCist Has Ceased to Exist

Another D.C. media outlet has shuttered. DCist, which delivered local news to the area for years, shut down without warning Nov. 2. According to D.C. Inno, Joe Ricketts, CEO of DNAinfo and Gothamist, DCist’s parent company, said an unsustainable business model was the reason for the closure of the two media groups. DCist continued to publish news stories until the bitter end.

Barry to Return in Bronze

Courtesy of D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

A new addition to D.C. ’s roll call of monument s and memorials will h onor former Mayor Marion Barry, who died in 2014. Barry’s legacy (sans crack bust) includes four mayoral terms, three C ouncil terms and civil rights battles. He is also credited with helping build the city’s black middle class and providing opportunities such as a summer jobs program for D.C. youth. The bronze statue of Barry, created by Brentwood, Maryland, sculptor Steven Weitzman, is due to be unveiled in front of the John A. Wilson Building on March 6, Barry’s birthday.

Shaw Bar Has Christmas Covered

Miracle on Seventh Street, the pop-up bar affectionately known as the “Christmas Bar” will be back and better than ever. Washingtonian magazine reported that the Shaw bar, opening Nov. 24, will boast a full-sized red sleigh, 6,000 ornaments , cinnamon- and gingerbread-flavored cocktails, holiday-themed bar fare and a “Hanukkah Hangout” room offering Chinese food and movies (something of a Christmas Day tradition among Jewish families).


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