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Nerds in NoMa: The Future of Union Station
Conversation with '12 Years a Slave' Screenwriter
Lobby Project Art Opening:Edmond van der Bijl
Nerds in NoMa
Beatles 50th Anniversary Concert

Nerds In NoMa: The Future of Union Station Tuesday
Photograph courtesy of Washington Project for the Arts

Get your brain cells fired up at Nerds in NoMa, a free speaker series this winter exploring everything from beekeeping to the tech startup scene in the District. The next night of nerdery will be Tuesday, January 14, from 6-8 PM on the Future of Union Station. The foremost brainiacs from Amtrak, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, and Akridge will delve into the cutting-edge plans that will revitalize the historic train station, including a European-style glass train shed, green rooftops, and acres of park space. Your happy hour crew will not want to miss the delicious fare available for purchase from Ravioli Revolution or the wine and beer selection from Union Kitchen. Click here to RSVP for this free event.
Can’t make the event on the 14th? Assemble a brigade of your most curious friends for another event at the Lobby Project before the series ends in 60 days. The Lobby Project will feature four more Nerds in NoMa events, a delightful weekday morning café, and art installations curated by Washington Project for the Arts. Amanda Burnham’s layered drawing will be on display in the lobby through January 20. Click here to watch the stop motion video of Amanda’s art installation, (bonus points if you can spot the new NPR headquarters). 
Have You Met Shannon Yet?
Did you know that there is a morning cafe at the Lobby Project Monday -Friday? Charming Uncle Chip's owner Shannon Boyle brings French-pressed coffee and a warm smile to the Lobby Project cafe weekday mornings from 8-11 AM. Uncle Chip’s is a local DC business with a brick and mortar space over on North Capitol Street, NW. Shannon brings Uncle Chip’s renowned cookies, muffins, and other breakfast treats to get your morning started off right.
 Head over to the Lobby Project, located at 1200 First Street, NE on Fridays to take advantage of Shannon’s special “caffeine hour” and receive $1 off your coffee all morning. Free wifi, throwback games including Hungry, Hungry Hippos, comfortable lounge furniture, and unique evening events all combine to make Shannon’s adorable café your new morning haven. Click here for more information about the Lobby Project and Uncle Chip’s café.
Bidwell Restaurant Opens in Union Market Thursday
Bidwell, Union Market’s first full-service restaurant, is slated to open its doors on Thursday, January 9. Chef John Mooney is utilizing a seasonal, local model where fruits and vegetables will be sourced directly from Union Market’s rooftop gardens. The 120-seat restaurant will be open Tuesday-Friday for lunch and dinner and on the weekend for brunch and dinner.
The restaurant is named after General John Bidwell, a US Army General in the 1800s known for his farming methods. The majority of Bidwell’s produce will be grown without soil, using 70 aeroponic planters on Union Market’s rooftop. 
Two Rivers Math Teacher Awarded DC Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Two Rivers Public Charter School math teacher Bill Day for being selected as the District’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014! D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray presented Day, or Mr. Bill as his students call him, with the $5,000 check prize amidst cheers from students and faculty.
Day’s teaching strategy engages students in math by using real-life problems to show them how integral math is to daily life. I “want them to see that we do math to solve problems, not that we have problems so we can do math,” Day said. Mayor Gray praised Day for his hard work, and for being “everything that a teacher should be.” Thank you to Two Rivers Public Charter School for cultivating a wonderful learning environment in NoMa.
Conversation with '12 Years a Slave' Screenwriter Wednesday
Film fans rejoice: NPR is hosting a special event with 12 Years a Slave screenwriter and producer John Ridley on Wednesday, January 15. Gather your friends and family to hear NPR correspondent Michele Norris moderate a discussion with Ridley about the creation, historical background, social influences, and cinematic nuances of one of the year's most powerful films. Audience members will have the opportunity to pick Ridley's brain during the Q&A session at the conclusion of the event.  Tickets are $15 and the event is anticipated to sell out. Click here to purchase your tickets.

12 Years A Slave is the tale of Solomon Northup, a free man from New York who is tricked, kidnapped, and sold into slavery. Regarded by critics as one of the most authentic portrayals of American slavery to date, this film is nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, including Best Screenplay. Ridley is a American novelist, director, and screenwriter whose other films include Undercover Brother (2002), Three Kings (1999) and Cold Around the Heart (1997).

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Time: Doors open at 6:30PM / Show at 7:00PM
Location: NPR Headquarters; 1111 North Capitol Street, NE
Tickets: $15,

Anthony Green Jr. Wins Quarterly Ambassador Award
Pictured left to right: Hospitality Program Manager Otavio Thompson, Hospitality Ambassador Anthony Green Jr., President Robin-Eve Jasper

The NoMa BID would like to recognize Anthony Green Jr., the newest recipient of the Quarterly Ambassador Award, for unfailingly going above and beyond in all aspects of his work. Anthony joined the team in September 2012 as a temporary employee and became a full-time Ambassador after only a month.  He won this award, in part, for providing superior customer service, detailed infrastructure and safety reports to DC agencies, and exemplary assistance at NoMa BID events. 
A little bit about Anthony: a kid at heart, Anthony unfailingly wakes up at 8 AM to watch Saturday morning cartoons with a bowl of cereal. Anthony also enjoys cooking, and experiments with different seasoning and marinades to create the perfect dish. If you see Anthony, say hello and congratulations!
Beatles Tribute Concert February

Did you know that on February 11, 1964 the Beatles played their first concert in North America at the Washington Coliseum in NoMa? To mark the 50th anniversary of the historic show, the D.C. Preservation League and Douglas Development are reenacting the concert at the original venue, with the original set list of the historic show performed by a Beatles cover band. Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets. 


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