10.22.2014

The NERDS! hiatus has come to an end!

Join us on Saturday for October NERDS! We're back to party!

Sign up in the cafe at 7pm, game starts at 8pm.

Teams are limited to 5 people; grilled cheese special from 7-9pm; and don't forget PRIZES!!!

9.30.2014

Dear Friends:

We have some hiring news! We are looking for new baristas to join our team! We are looking for someone with previous café experience, who works well in a fast-paced environment, who can both serve food (pastries, sandwiches, soups) and also make tasty drinks on the espresso machine. Perks of the job include a meal with every shift worked, along with significant discounts in the coffeehouse & bookstore as well as neighboring businesses. If you love coffee as much we do, come join us! Please email Café Manager Matthew Scott Davis: matt.davis@moderntimescoffeehouse.com

9.29.2014

The season of change

Just as the leaves start signaling the beginning of fall, there are changes coming to Modern Times Coffeehouse in the upcoming months.  With an infusion of some new faces and a return of some familiar ones (Matthew Davis!), we have already started putting some changes in effect.  Ultimately, you will find your experience to be easier and our menu to reflect our commitment to bringing you quality food and drinks prepared with care.  

Starting October 1st you will find a streamlined menu and an increase in our food and drink prices.  We have not changed our prices in three years; we can no longer continue to absorb the increased cost of our wholesale ingredients, especially produce, dairy and bread - which, when you think about it, comprise fifty percent of our menu. You will see the highest increase reflected in the price of our food items prepared every day on-site, using quality ingredients from vendors with whom we have fostered strong relationships over our 8.5+ years in business.  We promise to continue purchasing the best quality ingredients, sourcing from as many local vendors as possible, and preparing our food in-house.  


We are also committed to helping our employees keep up with the cost of living increase in Washington, D.C.  One of the reasons that you see so many familiar faces in our shop is that we foster an environment where employees feel empowered to bring about change and have say in our policies and offerings.  Our dear city is becoming less affordable for young people in the service industry; a good percentage of the price increase will go toward giving more access and opportunities to thrive in D.C. to our employees.  They do a fantastic job every day and we feel lucky to have them run the shop so well.  


We feel that our new price structure and selections are comparable to similar businesses in the area and to a national standard.  Independent coffee shops are moving toward a simpler menu, leaving behind confusing nomenclature and multiple sizes.  The foundation of our drinks are two very simple ingredients: milk and coffee.  No need to make it more complicated.  We have chosen to eliminate multiple sizes to reflect a commitment to serving delicious, balanced drinks.  Of course, there is always room for personalizations and further variations and your barista will be happy to make drinks that you might not see in our new menu.  


Let me take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the growth of Modern Times Coffeehouse for almost 9 years.  You might have wondered where I have been all this time.  As some of you might know, a year ago, I opened another shop in Takoma, La Mano Coffee Bar, with a friend and former employee of MTC, Anna.  My own family has grown with the addition of my daughter, Nina Inés, six months ago, who I adore and brings joy to my life every day.  With a new business and a brand new life in my hands, I have chosen to not pursue a renewal of our lease with Politics and Prose ending in February 2015.  The coffeehouse at Politics and Prose will continue as such beyond our lease.  Barbara and Carla,  and now Brad and Lissa have been gracious hosts and partners in our growth and, recently, have injected the space with vitality and continue a commitment to our space as a center for community, exploration, and the power of ideas.  I wish them and their wonderful staff luck with their own continued growth.  

Thank you so much!  

Please direct any personal comments or questions to 
javier [at] moderntimescoffeehouse [dot] com  or matt [dot] davis [at] moderntimescoffeehouse [dot] com 

  

9.21.2014

Boat Hulls (Sept. 22-Nov. 2)

MTC is proud to present Boat Hulls: Maritime Abstracts by Frances Borchardt

Be sure to join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 27, 7-9pm.





"My abstract photographs capture what often goes unseen or unnoticed. Boat Hulls are pictures of the undersides of boats placed on marine jack stands to weather the winter months. They are straight views
paired with detail shots. Otherwise ordinary surfaces are transformed into things of beauty by focusing on color, texture, light and shadow cast on weather-beaten hulls.”

Frances Borchardt worked as a magazine photo editor for more than twenty-five years and attributes her career choice to developing an eye for visual storytelling, design and composition.  A non-traditional photographer, Borchardt's work is often referred to as being “unconventional” or “outside the box". She explores multiple image collage, alternative photographic processes and creates complex black and white images through double exposures. Additional work can be viewed at http://borchardtphotography.com.

To purchase the works, contact the artist directly at feborchardt@aol.com.

8.16.2014

Featured Art: Amidst the Tangle - Works on Paper (Aug. 18-Sept. 21)

MTC is proud to present Amidst the Tangle: Works on Paper by Alex L. Porter.

Be sure to join us to celebrate his works on August 23, 7-9pm.


Alex L. Porter’s art depicts landscape elements as icons of all life in order to address the profound experience that the spectacle of nature provides. Rather than presenting the landscape purely as scenery, his images point to our common involvement with these features. The environment that becomes a pastoral backdrop to human life is, itself, undergoing the brutal ritual of living and dying. Seeing and representing this ritual in nature is pertinent to understanding the struggle we all undergo.

The subject of most of the pieces is simply, growth. It emerges from a bleak but fertile void until it becomes an overwhelming force. The process used to create each piece also relates directly to this idea. These drawings are built slowly and delicately, but depict the raw, chaotic elements that command the form of the natural world. Portrayed flatly as black ink silhouettes, but in focused detail, branches and trunks emerge from the lines. No shorthand brushwork or painterly illusion is employed. Every mark is equally attended to on the paper, allowing the viewers’ eye to find or create emphasis as they view the piece.

This style emerged slowly from more traditional landscape drawings and paintings done in a variety of media. This current approach he developed primarily in the interest of ritual over illusion. His images are about forms, about a language of lines rather than a play of light.

Alex is a D.C. area local, and has practiced in drawing and painting from a very young age. His work has always benefited from the combination of a family-life that found him frequently outdoors, and the inspiration of many great art instructors. Alex spent years developing skill in both oil and acrylic painting, but was focused increasingly on watercolor landscapes. After graduating from the Corcoran College of Art + Design he continued in this style of landscape illustration to develop his current body of work.

7.14.2014

Summer-time, NERD-time (July 19)

Been feeling especially nerdly of late? Yeah- we have, too. So join us on Saturday for our monthly trivia night; this time, with a guest host!

Sign up in the Coffeehouse at 7pm (have a team name ready), and get your grilled cheese on! Game starts upstairs at 8pm.

6.28.2014

What I Did While You Were Having Fun, 6/24-8/17

Modern Times is proud to host original works by Mark Moran.

What I Did While You Were Having Fun will grace our walls through the summer - be sure to come check out the show!


6.16.2014

NERDS! Assemble

Its time for all ye NERDS to find your way back to the homeland... otherwise known as Trivia Night, this Saturday!

Check out the poster for the details, but the important take aways:
1) BE THERE
2) Sign up in the cafe at 7pm
3) GRILLED CHEESE SPECIAL
4) Trivia starts at 8pm, upstairs
5) Think of a team name starting.... now.


5.18.2014

New Face of Haiti: Paintings by 'Najee'

MTC is proud to present New Face of Haiti. These paintings, by Haitian artist, Najee, will be featured from May 19-June 21.


Be sure to join us for the reception this Saturday, May 24, 7-9pm

About the Artist: 
Michelet Calice, nicknamed "Najee", remembers creating art since he was 12 years old. Painter, sculptor, and accomplished guitarist, he finds inspiration in nature and living an eco-friendly life. Since the 2010 earthquake, Najee, his wife, and their young daughter have chosen to live in the rural mountains of Port-au-Prince. Living in a tent and planting, harvesting, and eating their own produce, they are inspired as a family by the natural surroundings and simple peasantry of the small mountain community.

Najee's dream of success goes beyond creating a simple and sustainable life. His unique perspective and talent afford him the ability to give "a new face to art" even amidst the rubble of a broken infrastructure and a fractured, yet not failing, society.

Najee believes that doors could be opened to and for Haiti by setting an unprecedented example of creating recycled art. His hope is to honor his country and the family that has always supported him by opening a training center for those needing the encouragement to find their own paths of expression.

About Beyond Borders:
Beyond Borders helps people build movements to liberate themselves from oppression and isolation. In Haiti and the united states we are bringing people together for just and lasting change. We support social movements in Haiti to: End child slavery, Guarantee universal access to education, End violence against women and girls, and Support dignified and sustainable livelihoods.

4.22.2014

NERDS, assemble (this Saturday)

Come hither, all ye NERDly folk!
April trivia is this coming Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8pm



Come prepared with your team name, and sign up in the cafe beginning at 7pm.
As always, glean what you can from the hint above.