a week in review: 3.20.16

An old friend came to DC to visit for a week and I spent a lot more time exploring and running around the city than I usually do on school nights. Went to check out cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin and enjoyed tons of delicious brunch (at Busboys & Poets and Tap&Parlour), happy hours (Masa14, Satellite Room, Madhatter, and Ben's Next Door), and even a Kizomba dance lesson(Cafe Citron). Although my mornings we excruciating, it was well worth the fun of exploring DC for a short period of time. I'm definitely too old to maintain this type of behavior on the regular. lol. Check out some of my snaps from the week!

the murals are popping up everywhere in this city..

while mostly known for their chili, don't sleep on the other offerings at Ben's.


Cory Henry at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

I was first introduced to Cory Henry while watching the memorial services for Melvin Crispell.  Musicians from all around came to honor Crispell, a legendary and world-renowned gospel & jazz composer and musician. While I didn't know Melvin by name, I was more than familiar with his work - Hezekiah Walker’s “Jesus Is My Help” and “Wonderful Is Your Name”; and James Hall Worship & Praise tracks “Caught Up” and “He Took My Place.” During the service, a musician named Cory Henry got on the organ to play tribute and blew me away the soulful & heartfelt melody of Crispell tunes.

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to see him perform live at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in promotion of his newest album entitled "The Revival". Since my first introduction, I had mostly heard him play as part of the jazz collective known as Snarky Puppy - so I was pretty stoked to check out a solo performance. Of course, a grabbed a couple of videos from the show to share with y'all. Check them out below!

Also, if you haven't already done so, take a full listen of "The Revival" below!


A Day at the Renwick Gallery

 The Renwick Gallery is newly renovated museum for contemporary craft and decorative art. It has been a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum since 1972.

After being closed for renovations for two years, the gallery reopened on November 13, 2015. The gallery currently features its inaugural exhibition titled WONDER, featuring nine major contemporary artists - Gabriel Dawe, Patrick Dougherty, Maya Lin, Tara Donovan, Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker, Leo Villareal, Janet Echelman, and John Grade  

woven sculptures made from tree saplings created by Patrick Dougherty

Cap-Haïtien, Haiti

Cap-Haïtien, often referred to as 'Le Cap' or 'Aux Cap', is a city located on the northern coast of Haiti. It has been historically known as the Paris of the Antilles due to its beautiful architecture and artistic life. It served as the capital of the French Colony of Saint-Domingue (which later became the country known as Haiti) from the city's formal foundation in 1711 until 1770, when the capital was moved to Port-au-Prince. After the Haitian Revolution, it became the capital of the Kingdom of Northern Haiti under King Henri Christophe until 1820 when he passed.

the small plane we flew to Aux Cap
paintings being sold at the Guy Malary Terminal for $5 each
After our time in Petionville, we headed to Aérogare Guy Malary (the Guy Malary Terminal) at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince to take our 20 minute flight to Hugo Chávez International Airport in Aux Cap.

We stayed at Habitation Jouissant, a beautiful boutique hotel located in the hills of Aux Cap, overlooking the Caribbean Sea and offering stunning views of the bay and the city of Cap-Haïtien. Our first stop after checking in and dropping of our bags off was to jet off to lunch at Hostellerie du Roi Christophe, a  hotel in the middle of the city that blends colonial architecture with modern comforts while celebrating the life of King Henri Christophe.