Some Things You Might Have Missed This Week

Netflix Films "Rustin" Friday at Eastern Market

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Preparations for the installation of Jay F. Coleman's sculpture "Loveful Hands" at Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

Here’s a few things you might have missed –or be wondering about –this week:

What’s with the classic car show at Rumsey? A Little bit of a classic car show outside Rumsey Pool drew some attention Thursday morning.

Seventh Street SE near Eastern Market will be closed late Thursday afternoon and Friday for “filming“. A press release from the Mayor’s office indicated that Netflix will film biopic “Rustin” in DC this week. And the vehicles appear to fit the period.  Featuring Chris Rock, the film is a biopic of Baynard Rustin, the gay and civil rights activits who organized the 1963 March on Washington.

North Carolina Avenue SE will be closed from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Sixth and Eighth Streets SE; the alley behind the market will also be inaccessible. Shoppers can park along the farmers’ hood, adjacent to the market. The market remains open during filming.

The buses to and from Valley Mill Camp will pick up and drop off at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, across from the Southeast Library.

What’s with the black fencing on Eastern Market Metro Plaza? The fencing encloses the installation of Jay F. Coleman’s sculpture, Loveful Hands. The design was selected in late 2020. Installation began at the start of August and should finish by the end of the month, site crews said. The piece depicts two hands forming a heart shape.  Coleman said it represents new ways of coming together and communicating. It will be about six feet in diameter when complete. Coleman said he wanted the work to be large enough for people to interact with.

The CVS at Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE is still closed. Amid the extreme thunderstorms experienced throughout the District’s region this month, the store has extensive flood damage. Clean up crews were spotted entering the cellar of the pharmacy. Crews on site say the busy store at 661 Pennsylvania Avenue will reopen sometime after Labor Day; customers are being directed to the location at 500 12th St. SE (at Pennsylvania).

Pickle company and market favorite Number 1 Sons will shutter operations at the end of August. ” Unfortunately, we’re unable to continue operating in our current space,” the brother and sister team wrote on their website. The company has operated since 2012, spinning into a grocery delivery business during the pandemic and then back to their market operations. You can still get your fix at Eastern Market Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until August 28. It is the second closure affecting Eastern Market this week; on Tuesday, New American restaurant Newlands (327 Seventh St. SE) announced they had served their last meal at the end of July.

This story has been updated.