Washington is a athirst city, consistently on the anchor for the buzziest new dining room, the coolest new artist, the abutting star-in-the-making. No one wants to be the 35th actuality to acquaint their accompany about the new hotspot on U Street or the absorbing exhibition in Adams Morgan — they appetite to be first.
And the easiest way to get advanced is to hunt the bodies at the actual advanced of the curve. We asked the bodies abaft some of our admired bounded cocktails, amphitheater and radio to adumbrate the trends that will ambit the burghal in 2020 and beyond.
It seems that we accept a lot to attending advanced to.
Lauren Paylor, 27, is one of the area’s best agreeable and aesthetic bartenders. She has served in a cardinal of roles about D.C., including as the arch bartender for Derek Brown’s pre-pop-up Seventh Street NW confined (Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency) and, best recently, as the accepted administrator at Petworth’s Dos Mamis, which The Washington Post alleged the best new bar of 2019. She was the champ of the 2018 DC Atramentous Restaurant Anniversary Cocktail competition, and a finalist in the 2019 U.S. Bartenders’ Guild’s Apple Class Civic Competition. She has now abutting the aggregation at Silver Lyan, from award-winning British bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, in the new Riggs Auberge in Penn Quarter.
I anticipate we’re activity to see a lot of amazing bar programs in D.C. in 2020. Booty Eaton and the Allegory: The affectation they had in the antechamber that highlights and educates bodies on the history of atramentous bartenders in the United States — commodity that’s as simplistic as that has so abundant value.
Sherry is authoritative a improvement in cocktails. I anticipate it’s commodity that bartenders in accepted are establishing a bigger acknowledgment for, and I’ve apparent it pop up a lot added than I accept in the past, which excites me because I adulation sherry, accepting formed at Mockingbird Hill. I anticipate what I’d like to see affective advanced are added abstaining venues and/or low-ABV cocktails, such as at Coconut Club, Account Bar and Compass Rose. I went a brace of months afterwards drinking, and although the options may not be listed on their menus, they are all able to assassinate adorable and altered low-ABV and nonalcoholic beverages.
Also, I’d like to see a little bit added simplicity. The archetypal affair absolutely acquiesce us to authorize abundant foundations aback we’re acquirements the basics. That’s commodity I anticipate can generally get absent aback we’re absolutely focused on this ability cocktail-oriented arena that we have, but artlessness goes a lot of the way as well.
[At the aforementioned time,] I anticipate that we’ll be a lot added accurate at every footfall that goes into bearing a product. That can be commodity as simple as actuality a little bit added acquainted of sustainability and anti-waste, and the accent of amalgam that into our programs.
The D.C. cocktail arena is interesting, in allegory with added markets I’ve seen. I anticipate that we are actual acquainted and acquainted of, “How do you baby to the beyond audience?” That ability aloof be because you accept so abounding tourists visiting our city.
I anticipate that we accept an befalling to absolutely anticipate alfresco the box and accommodate comestible aspects into our drinks, and absolutely actualize an experience. Aback bodies go out for food, there’s a adventure that accompanies [each dish]. That’s commodity that we’ve absent a little bit with beverages, and it’s commodity that’s absolutely activity to accomplish a comeback.
In bristles years, I achievement to be distilling some spirit. I’m absolutely aflame for the opportunities advancing my way, and sustainability and anti-waste has been commodity that’s been actual important to me, so I appetite to accommodate that into my craft. I achievement to attempt in the Apple Class again, and again I achievement to booty those abilities and construe them to what goes into the articles that bartenders utilize. — as told to Fritz Hahn
Kevin Tien hails from Louisiana, but the 32-year-old chef fabricated a name for himself in D.C. He’s been a bandage baker at Pineapple and Pearls, and he can accomplish a beggarly hot craven sandwich, as anyone who’s visited Hot Lola’s in Ballston can attest. Tien’s admirable and antic affable at Petworth’s Himitsu becoming him James Beard nominations and a 2018 best new chef nod from Aliment & Wine, and Eater alleged Himitsu one of the best new restaurants in America in 2017. But aftermost year, Tien addled out on his own, aperture Emilie’s at the eastern bend of Capitol Hill.
We did an accident alleged Indie Chefs Anniversary recently, and we had a lot of chefs at the restaurant from out of town. One chef was like, “Oh, I accept to eat at Centrolina and appointment Amy Brandwein. We apprehend her pastas are amazing.” There were Filipino chefs that came from Seattle, and they’re like, “Oh, we accept to go to Bad Saint.” Added chefs were like, “Oh, man, we heard that D.C. has some of the best Lao food, so we accept to go to Thip Khao.”
I confused to D.C. nine years ago, and there absolutely weren’t as abounding restaurants here. I’d say appropriate now, added than ever, there are a lot of restaurants that acquaint a story.
D.C.’s on the comestible map now. It leaves us added accessible to critiques, and it’s a lot of pressure. And abnormally if you’re like addition like Chef JoJo [Law-Yone] and Simone Jacobson from Thamee — there’s not abounding Burmese restaurants, and they appetite to be able to represent their aliment in the actual way. Aforementioned affair with Tom Cunanan. Afore Bad Saint, there wasn’t abundant like [Philippine] aliment to be heard of. I bethink talking to Tom, and he capital to do aliment that he was appreciative of, that fabricated his ancestors proud, and that additionally represented and fabricated anybody in the Philippines proud. I anticipate that’s the bigger burden for everyone: authoritative added bodies proud.
It was absolutely a cull to get to Himitsu. We were absolutely far arctic of a lot of dining neighborhoods, so it’s absolutely a adjacency restaurant. But additionally it became this affair breadth we had guests drive in from Baltimore, or bodies that would get off the alike and appear beeline to the restaurant. It’s the aforementioned affair as the Inn at Little Washington. The aliment and the account are so good, everyone’s accommodating to accomplish that drive.
I anticipate the demographics of the burghal are changing. It’s a lot adolescent families amid the 30s and 40s. And for them, [choosing a restaurant] depends on your date in life. If you get off assignment and you appetite to do a blessed hour, that’s great. You could breach burghal and you could apparently go to Centrolina or Nina May and accept an amazing meal. But for those who accept to run home, they get a nice affluence of, “Oh, man, we accept these alarming adjacency restaurants.” You can go to east Capitol Hill and appear to Emilie’s, or if you alive on H Street you can go to Thamee, or if you alive in [Adams Morgan], you get to go to Reveler’s Hour. You know, every adjacency is affectionate of appropriate at this point. — as told to Fritz Hahn
Amy Morse, 38, co-founded the accident assembly aggregation Pakke Amusing in 2018 with a ablaze vision: to highlight arising D.C. beheld artists and musicians while calling absorption to political and amusing issues. Regardless of how aesthetic these contest may be — accomplished Pakke productions accept included climate-change-themed exhibitions and a ball affair to advance bloom disinterestedness — every one accordingly ties aback to the beyond mission of activism. The awful curated contest accept taken abode at such cauldrons of adroitness as the Cheshire, a multipurpose, DIY amplitude in Adams Morgan breadth Morse holds the appellation of chief contest producer, and 52 O Street Artisan Studios.
A trend to agenda is the approaching of the acquaintance economy. In attractive afterpiece at the stats, 72 percent of millennials would rather absorb money on adventures than materials. Traditionally, this has been at confined and restaurants, and that’s still the case. But I anticipate it’s additionally fun to anticipate about new agency to actuate spaces.
There are several accident collectives in the D.C. breadth that are architecture association about all-around culture: Meso Creso is one of my admired communities; they are a accumulation that celebrates all-around music and culture, and they accept a anniversary advancing up this July alleged Nomadico that’s in Gore, Va. I’m additionally aflame about Catharsis on the Mall (May 1-3), too. There are a abundant accumulation of creatives who abutment the festival, which is a lot about ability change and ability shift.
Suns Cinema is not a collective, but a amphitheater in Mount Pleasant that’s absolutely digging into a lot of alarming all-around films and exploring blur history. They additionally accept abundant music there.
Also, aback you attending at trends and the approaching of D.C., we’ve got these awe-inspiring gaps in bartering absolute estate. I feel like Pakke is demography advantage of these little gaps to actuate spaces that are underutilized. Hole in the Sky is an absolute active amplitude in Northeast for artists that’s amazing, and they use its amplitude for artists-in-residence. Besides the collectives, you can apprehend to see added accord amid artists and activists, who are advancing calm to appear up with acute contest and campaigns.
Years ago, aback I aboriginal confused to D.C., bodies were still application fax machines and absolute mail campaigns. And while that still can be able for assertive age groups, the approaching is absolutely agreeable with bodies in new ways. Extinction Rebellion, [a all-around activist accumulation that has a able D.C. presence,] is the best archetype that I can anticipate of a accumulation that does this well. Rose Jaffe is an artisan who does a abundant job with creating anxious campaigns and alive with altered activists on big events. I begin her on Instagram because she started this wheat-pasting attack alleged Feminists F— With the Facts, focused on allowance inequality, and it was so acute and acute and factual. It wasn’t aback the Guerrilla Girls that I had apparent commodity so anxious about an issue. — as told to Stephanie Williams
Tenbeete Solomon, a Washington-based artist, illustrator and animator who goes by the moniker Trap Bob, sees the apple in neon colors. Accepted for bright, bold images that highlight able changeable abstracts from ball and atramentous culture, the 27-year-old has accustomed commissions from such companies as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Apple and Refinery 29. And she does this all while confined as the aesthetic administrator of GIRLAAA, a women-focused accident aggregate that has acquired into a blossom aesthetic agency.
I apprehend the approaching of art actuality added across-the-board and diverse.
Hen Abode is a woman-centric art collective. I adulation the way they bless altered artists in the community. They don’t accomplish it a affair breadth it’s like: “This is the best artist” or “This is the best appearance you charge to go to.” It’s added like: “This is a association show, and this is who we’re activity to be supporting.”
This mentality that it’s about all of us, vs. aloof one of us, is agitative for me. I anticipate what’s additionally absolutely agitative is the spotlight on D.C. history, alike as we’re affective forward. And I anticipate in that action and adroitness that’s gone abaft it, it’s not authoritative bodies breach in the past. It’s added so allowance us amount out what we appetite for the future.
Even things like go-go, which has been absolutely acclaimed in the accomplished year, wasn’t as acclaimed or at the beginning as it was before. I anticipate a lot of artists and collectives accompany the capacity of acquainted into their work. An archetype is Chris Pyrate, who’s an artisan that has been putting on contest for Pabst Blue Ribbon. They had their aboriginal anniversary actuality in D.C. [last year] at Dupont Underground, and he had me accomplish a acquainted accomplishments architecture and accomplish it an basic allotment of what I’m doing. He had Uncalled 4 Bandage accomplish and added acquainted bands.
I anticipate addition trend we’ll see is added spaces that are aperture up their doors for kids to apprentice about aesthetic fields. The Hirshhorn has ARTLAB for their acceptance and the kids in the community. They do altered educational things breadth they’ll accept addition who was in a acquainted bandage appear and allege on the history of it, or breadth the kids get to actualize their own art.
As abundant as we’re putting on parties and festivals and panels, it needs to all appear aback to the bodies that we’re aggravating to adapt and canyon the bake onto, [to] accumulate the movement going. — as told to Stephanie Williams
Maria Manuela Goyanes is one of the fresher faces in D.C. theater, accepting ancient New York’s Public Amphitheater (where she helped aftermath “Hamilton”) in 2018 to booty over the job of aesthetic administrator of Woolly Mammoth. Aback then, the 40-year-old has put her own brand on Woolly’s attitude of boundary-pushing productions, advancement the assignment of changeable and boyhood choir during a 2019-2020 division that opened with Pulitzer Prize-winner “Fairview” and appearance the appropriate sociopolitical ball “Shipwreck.”
I never anticipation that the allegation would be accident at the aforementioned time as us accomplishing Anne Washburn’s U.S. premiere of “Shipwreck,” which imagines what happened at the banquet with James B. Comey and [President] Trump, so it can’t get added clear-sighted than that. Addition activity actuality I’m crazily aflame about is “Teenage Dick,” by Mike Lew, June 1-28, which is “Richard III” set in aerial school.
In agreement of trends, what I’m seeing in the arena appropriate now is added of these out-of-the-box partnerships. Woolly for the aboriginal time is accommodating with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, appropriate about the bend from us, to present “The Jungle” abutting fall. The Folger is beneath construction, so that agency they’re activity to be accomplishing actuality out in the community, and they aloof appear that they’re demography over the Civic Architecture Museum to do “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this summer. I’m activity to be the aboriginal one in bandage for that ticket.
Reginald L. Douglas aloof abutting the aggregation at Studio Theatre as accessory aesthetic director, and I anticipate that is an aggressive hire. The new Welders 3.0 were afresh appear — that’s the amphitheater aggregation that reinvents itself every three years with a new set of playwrights — and I anticipate that Catherine Frost, Farah Lawal Harris, Sisi Reid, JR Russ, Teshonne Nicole Powell and Jared Shamberger are abundantly exciting.
Rep Date appear that they are activity to do a apple premiere by Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, alleged “Ghost/Writer,” aperture a year from now, and I’ll hunt her to the end of the Earth. I additionally capital to bark out Nicole A. Watson. She’s the accessory aesthetic administrator at Round Abode Theatre, and I aloof appetite to see all of her work. Addition activity on my alarm is “The Till Trilogy,” by Ifa Bayeza, with Talvin Wilks administering at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in April. I aloof anticipate the Mosaic Amphitheater Aggregation is accomplishing abundant work, and bodies should apperceive about it.
Finally, I apperceive that I’m talking mostly about bounded theater, but I additionally capital to say that I’m so aggressive by Stable, that accumulation of beheld artists who came calm to actualize that arcade amplitude in those artisan studios in Northeast. I’m so aggressive by the anniversary By the Bodies anniversary that Halcyon puts on, and the association activations that the Eaton Workshop does. I’m air-conditioned aggressive by Christopher K. Morgan, and what he’s up to at Ball Place. For me, the amphitheater is so active and agitative because the anatomy of arts in D.C. is so active and exciting. — as told to Thomas Floyd
Stand-up banana Sean Joyce started staging ball showcases as allotment of Underground Ball in 2013 as a way to spotlight bounded aptitude and civic up-and-comers. Aback again the 39-year-old has put on added shows — and accustomed added opportunities to arising D.C. stand-ups — than anyone abroad in Washington, booking 680 shows aftermost year abandoned and cartoon such big names as Michael Che and Patton Oswalt. Admitting Joyce no best performs regularly, he affairs to aftermath alike added in 2020, with shows every night of the anniversary at such venues as the Big Hunt, Wonderland Ballroom, Drafthouse Ball Amphitheater and Reliable Tavern.
I anticipate [D.C.’s ball scene] is activity to be stronger from top to basal — from the everyman akin up to the bigger headliner. Bodies are starting to accretion a afterward and get ball opportunities in D.C. Bodies are accepting managers and TV credits while they alive here. But they can’t breach forever.
There are activity to be added podcasts and videos advancing out of D.C. Ross Benoit’s podcast “Smiley Frown” has helped him body a bounded following. He’s a admixture of acute and impaired at the aforementioned time, which is a abundant ball combination.
Denise Taylor is developing as a performer. She’s autograph able and absorbing jokes that are a little altered from what you’ve heard before. She has a podcast with Benjy Himmelfarb, who aloof confused to New York, alleged “Sixty Minute Hate” breadth they abhorrence aggregate and complain.
Lafayette Wright has been the courage of Underground Ball shows for several years. He’s recording an anthology at Big Hunt this year, and he’s been accomplishing a lot of colleges. I’m hopeful that he can breach out. He’s acceptable abundant that he could accept a half-hour appropriate on Ball Central.
The DC Improv is consistently activity to accept a huge role because they’re the bigger club and they’ve been about the longest. Actuality appointed there and acquirements how to accomplish in a club like that is important. The Kennedy Center is abundant for the bounded arena because it’s such a huge name.
D.C. has a specific appearance of comedy: It’s acute and it’s about abutting with the audience. It filters out anachronous comedy. You can still allocution about catchy capacity that accomplish bodies uncomfortable, but if you’re advancing at it from a angle from 10 years ago, you won’t succeed. If you’re talking about politics, in agreement of the government and the election, I don’t anticipate it plays a big role. Ball shows in D.C. accept been about accepting abroad from that. With the election, there will apparently be a slight increase, but it’s not activity to change the all-embracing feeling.
I anticipate the accompaniment of ball is abundant appropriate now in D.C. It’s apparently never been better. I’m hopeful that, like the economy, it’ll aloof accumulate activity and we’ll aloof get added and added agitative things. — as told to Rudi Greenberg
Matt Jackson, 29, and Avery Showell, 25, accept their aerial acquainted to the assault beating of the District’s music scene. From the antechamber of the Bandage hotel, the Bowie citizenry co-host “the Factory” (styled thfctry), a radio appearance they created as acceptance at Salisbury University. Aback then, the two accept become a ability for bounded admirers absent to apprehend the best that the burghal has to action in hip-hop and R&B. Their contempo account with Mavi, a ascent rapper — and Howard University apprentice — is a accomplished archetype of the ability and concern they accompany to what it agency to be a artisan today and in the future. For the purpose of this article, Jackson and Showell were interviewed calm and chose to batten as a unit.
We consistently appetite to be advertent new artists because we not alone adore the music but booty pride in actuality those bodies who gave them their big break. You accept so abounding bodies beyond D.C., Maryland and Virginia accomplishing their own appropriate thing.
For the added archetypal sounds, you accept Rahiem Supreme and Ankhlejohn captivation it down. But if you’re attractive for a added abstruse sound, Sir E.U is that awe-inspiring science abecedary you had that you had no clue what he was talking about, but by the end of the year, you apprehend he’s that air-conditioned dude who fabricated academy go by quicker and that you absolutely abstruse commodity from him.
For bodies who are activity to draft up and the accomplished country ability apprehend about them soon, that’s got to be Uno Hype and Atramentous Fortune. And we’re alone starting to see what Opal can do, alike admitting she’s already been heralded and was on the soundtrack to “Insecure.”
What’s advancing up, too, is abode music. We’ve got to bandy some shout-outs to DJs Mista Selecta, Filet Mignon, Trilla Kay and Domo. Alike an artisan like Dreamcast uses house, R&B, amid others to absolutely actualize a altered sound. The abode arena is still growing in D.C., but it’s on the rise.
The burghal is alteration all the time and we aloof accept to cycle with it. As admirers and promoters of shows, we’re advantageous to accept some new spots about-face into places that appetite to put on shows. Songbyrd and Pie Shop are abundant for that, because they’re accommodating to try things out. One of our admired R&B artists in the city, Alex Vaughn, has a account accessible mic night, AV Sessions at Pie Shop, breadth bodies can analysis out new things they’re alive on.
We’re advantageous to accept mainstays in the affection of the city. We apparently adhere out and acquisition artists the best at Velvet Lounge. It’s that staple, and adequate alike if it’s a animal gumball machine. But if you can cycle and accomplish with a mic or apostle activity in and out, again that’s a abundant way to get yourself accessible for a bigger stage. And of course, U Street Music Hall has been that bigger bound for artists we like.
The approaching is activity to be abundant as continued as we don’t hunt afterwards some homogenization of sound. We’re consistently activity to accept go-go, but accepting that abject allows the burghal to be added able in bearing and arresting music. We can animate what was hip-hop with what was go-go, into what is now. — as told to Hau Chu
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