Friday, July 29, 2011

Save The Date for the Hilly Awards at the Atlas Sunday, November 13

Save the Date:  The third Annual Hilly Awards are coming to H Street this year and will occur on November 13, 6 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St).  H Street businesses did very well at last year's Hillys and this year the event should be even more fun with a bigger, better space.  Save the date and follow the Hillys on facebook.  We've heard of a handful of new, exciting aspects to the night, details of which will be rolling out over the next few months. 

In the meantime, a hearty congratulations to Julia Christian of CHAMPS (and the rest of the team who help put on the Hillys) on receiving the Washington DC Economic Partnership Small Business Initiative of the Year Award for the awards ceremony, which helps promote local small businesses.  It's a good time and a great celebration of our many successful local businesses in the neighborhood. 

ANC redistricting - is it time to reunite H Street?

Now that DC's Ward lines have been redrawn, each Ward Councilmember has appointed a task force to draw ANC lines therein.  In Ward 6, former ANC6A Chair Joe Fengler is leading the taskforce, which also includes a number of other former ANC Commissioners including Cody Rice, Ken Jarboe, and Raphael Marshall.  Fengler is holding a series of listening sessions and has started a blog to promote dialogue and transparency. 

Because Ward 6's lines were redrawn during the redistricting process a certain amount of change to ANC lines seems inevitable.  ANC6A Commissioner Ronneberg has produced a serious proposed map for consideration.  His proposal would reunite H Street under a single ANC

H Street has historically been under one ANC, but was split a decade ago amidst allegations of corruption within its then ANC.  Since that time, ANC6A has come to be known as one of the city's very best and has received particular praise for its use of citizen staffed committees and through its use of a standard voluntary agreement, which is the model for negotiations with all liquor license applicants.  As Ronneberg explains it, it reunites H Street and seeks to keep major commerical corridors together while maintaning Commissions that consist of 7-9 Commissioners, as recommended by the Task Force.  Both goals are laudable and worthy of support. 

We endorse the concept of reuniting H Street.  It makes little sense that neighbors on one side of 8th Street NE have no say in matters occuring on the other side nor does it make sense for different rules to be applied on either side of it.  Nor does it make sense for restaurants east of 8th Street to sign standard volunntary agreements with ANC6A and have them posted publicly on the ANC website, while those west of H Street may or may not have signed any agreements and whatever agreement was signed is not made available to the public and the nearby residents.  Furthermore, a reunited H Street ANC would likely promote better attendance at Committee and Commission meetings.  As it stands currently, a resident intersted in attending a comittee hearing about a restaurant opening at 7th & H Street NE would have to head to 2nd & L Street NW to attend a community meeting on whether to support a liqour license application.  Residents shouldn't have to walk over a mile and a half to get to a meeting about a new business opening a block north of them. 

Ronneberg's proposal has met mixed reviews from some in the eastern parts of the Ward.  We're somewhat surprised by this as we think there's a good argument that eastern parts of the Ward could benefit from having an ANC focused on seeing Reservation 13, the Stadium site, and Benning Road development move ahead.  Drawing ANC lines that don't include Hill East in ANC6A or ANC6B does not mean that those who live closer to the river are no longer welcome to spend much of their money at local businesses on H Street or Barracks Row, it just means that they have their own ANC and that the ANCs that vote on uses of space on those commercial corridor consist of those who live in greater proximity to the sites. 

The next public meeting on Ward 6 ANC redistricting is Wednesday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library (1630 7th St NW).  At this meeting, the Task Force plans to discuss the first draft of ANC/SMD boundaries.  If you agree that it is time to reunite H Street and the residents who live along the corridor in one ANC, you are encouraged to attend and participate.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Promised Bikeshare expansion coming to H Street & North side of Capitol Hill this fall

Finally some good news about in the DC Transporation world.  Bikeshare announced that they will go ahead with the expansion of neighborhood stations and install others long discussed this fall. 

New stations are slated for:

6th & H (always planned, but never installed)
11th & H (long in the works)
6th & Florida (Galludet)
7th & Maryland (Stanton Park/ NE Branch Library)

Each of these locations were among the proposed locations that received the most votes during the public comment period earlier this year.

The following existing bikeshare stations (which are often full or empty) are slated to expand:
13th & D
13th & H
13th & East Capitol (Lincoln Park)
This is good news for bikeshare users and for the neighborhood.  The existing stations, especially the 13th Street locations between Lincoln Park and H Street have a tendency to be full or empty and the expansion and additional locations will help ease that burden. 
The increased number of bikes in the area does beg the question of whether additional bike lanes should be installed nearby.  C Street and D Street have bikelanes, but there don't appear to be any closer to H Street than that.  H Street is not as likely option having just been redone and with streetcars coming eventually.  A December Greater Greater Washington post suggested G Street and I Street as possibilities for bike boulevards.  Maryland Avenue is currently being studied for pedestrian safety improvements and might be a good option for bike friendly improvements. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DC Beer Week August 15-20 lots of great events on H Street at Granville Moores, Smith Commons, Little Miss Whiskeys & Red Palace

The 3rd annual DC Beer Week is August 15-20. It's shaping up to be an amazing week for craft beer lovers in the District, especially on H Street where craft beer lovers find lots to celebrate.  Granville Moores & Smith Commons have events throughout the week and Red Palace and Little Miss Whiskeys are joining in the fun as well.  Look for a series of beer dinners from Chef Teddy Folkman and team at Granville Moore's and regional beer nights (Midwest, MidAtlantic, NE, and West Coast) at Smith Commons.  Little Miss Whiskeys and Red Palace will host Great Lakes Brewery nights and local gem DC Brau will also be featured at Red Palace.   
The full list of great events on H Street is after the jump:

Link roundup

Steuart Development broke ground at 360º H Street -- the new mixed use development with 215 residential units above a full service Giant Food grocery store coming to H Street between 3rd and 4th Streets in early 2013. 

D*mn Good Times has one of the better write ups on Toki Underground (1234 H St).  Toki has been doing some pretty awesome specials of late -- follow them on twitter to keep track of Chef's latest creative dishes and ramen add ons. 

District Cuisine does a nice job with their first review of Tru Orleans (400 H St). 

The Washington Post says H Street is a work in progress and quotes a spokesman for the Mayor's Office of Planning & Economic Development Office as saying that the plan is for an "H Street [that] is not just a place to eat out but also a place where people can go to buy things or spend the whole day."  The story doesn't break much ground (and actually seems a bit dated), but does have a couple good vidoes, this one on Smokey's Babershop and this one on style and the H Street scene

The Post also previewed the Importance of Being Earnest at the H Street Playhouse (1365 H St) through August 14.  It sounds like an interesting twist on the classic.   Shows run Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.

Politico reports that the revived Gang of Six talks on the debt ceiling arose through a series of dinners that Senators Coburn and Chambliss had on H Street.  First come the hipsters, then the young families, then the conservative southern Senators? 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Music in the Courtyard at Gallery O on H this Saturday

Music in the Courtyard continues at Gallery O on H (1354 H St) this Saturday.  Music in the Courtyard runs all summer on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.  Afro Bop will appear this Saturday, July 23 with cuban jazz music from 7:30-9:30.  The band is a Latin Grammy Award winner and admission is $5 at the gate. 

Yamomenem is next in the summer jazz series on August 13.  John Stone Reggae follows on August 27.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

413 H Street is for sale

413 H Street -- the building next to Capitol Fine Wine & Spirit, just down from Sidamo & coming later this year Big Board, which is across the street from coming later this year Boundary Road, Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill Capitol Hill, Fitness Together, and Studio H, is now for sale.  The building is available for $650,000

The property has been vacant and blighted for some time and was subject to the city's blighted tax rate this spring, so hopefully it will be purchased and renovated soon.  We think the location is very good and poised to get better soon with Boundary Road and Big Board's openings on the horizon and the 360º H Street development underway and bringing a Giant Food Store & 215 residential units just a block away in early 2013.

Steaurt Development breaks ground on 360º H Street w/ Giant & 215 residential units coming early 2013

Steuart Development broke ground on 360º H Street which will house a Giant grocery store, two levels of below grade parking, and 215 residential units yesterday morning.  Guy Steuart III, Mayor Vince Gray, and Councilmember Tommy Wells were on hand to participate in the occassion.  Steuart lined up several neighborhood businesses Sidamo, Tru Orleans, Taste of Jamaica, Inspire BBQ, Dangerously Delicious Pies, and the Argonaut to cater the event.  Nouveau Fleur provided flowers. 

“I am very excited about this project,” Councilmember Tommy Wells said. “It will become an anchor of the west end of the corridor bringing new residents, new amenities, and creating jobs in the neighborhood.”  Mayor Gray was similarly bullish on the project and also spoke with enthusiasm about streetcars, noting how successful the system in Portland had been. 

 360° H Street includes five levels of apartments and two floors of underground parking. The apartment kitchens will feature center islands with seating, random length and width character floors, large windows, 8’8” ceilings and excellent views of Washington. Apartments will vary in size from studios to two bedrooms with dens. Residents will enjoy a rooftop terrace, an elevated, lushly landscaped courtyard and 22-foot wide sidewalks.  Leasing is expected to begin in early 2013. 

 Well-regarded Torti Gallas is the architecht.  SR/A Interior Design is doing the apartment lobby, community room and fitness center.  Parker Rodriguez Architects will create the rooftop terrace and second-floor courtyard. The building will be LEED certified, and they are aiming for a Silver designation. There is an additional 1,500-square-foot retail bay on H Street at the corner of 4th Street which is available and is reported to have 22 foot ceilings. The development is expected to open in early spring 2013.

The 42,000-square-foot Giant Food will feature full-service departments, a wide variety of natural and organic items.  The store will be not quite as large as the recently opened Harris Teeter in NoMa, but will be much larger than many older grocery stores in the city.  It is expected to open in late spring 2013.
Total costs for the project are expected to reach exceed $50 million, not counting the cost of the land some of which has been under the Steuart families control since 1930.

UrbanTurf has
written about the “explosive effect” that the opening of a grocery store can have on a neighborhood and has noted examples throughout the city, including the “urban lifestyle” Safeway on the ground floor of CityVista at 5th and L Street NW and the Whole Foods on P Street NW.  We expect the  360º H Street will have a great impact on the H Street Corridor and surrounding neighborhood and will post separately explaining why soon. 

More photos after the jump

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Link roundup

Steuart Development breaks ground on 360º H Street today.  The groundbreaking is not a public event, but the Mayor & Councilmember Wells are expected to participate.  The development will bring a Giant grocery store and over 200 residential units to the now vacant lot on the north side of H Street between 3rd and 4th Streets.  This is a big deal. 

Hessman Entertainment (@EventsonHSt) put on a terrific Bastille Day celebration at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St) with guitar virtuoso Stephane Wremble.  Stay tuned for the next event from Hessman, a resident of the neighborhood. 

HR-57 (816 H St) hosted an awesome performance by the Chuchito Valdes Quintet.  He'll be back again in the fall, and there'll be lots of terrific performances between now and then.  We were lucky to catch this show and the Bastille Day fest and they were probably the two best performances we've seen on H Street or anywhere else recently.  Check HR-57's website for more details and remember that you can BYOB.

The Hill checks out Queen Vic (1206 H St), which is one of our favorite new spots.  We recommend the fish n chips, burger, and whatever's on special.  This place is a real gastropub and the food is every bit as good as the drink. 

The Hill is Home has a similar guest review that also concludes that this isn't your average pub, because the food and drink are damn good.  The reviewer also mentions our favorite draught beer on their list: the Bellhaven Scottish Ale. 

Eater has a preview on Tru Orleans (400 H St), which opened Friday.  It looks terrific. 

Express has a nice piece on Khan's (1125 H St).  Khan's has added a nice outdoor patio and a full prepared appetizers menu in recent weeks and we've heard good things about both.

Ward 6 ANC lines are being redrawn and the Committee now has a blog website

Tru Orleans (400 H St) opened over the weekend.  Thrillist has a nice preview.  We haven't been yet. 

Scott Kubly the DDOT employee overseeing the streetcar program announced he was leaving the government (h/t CM Tommy Wells).  Lydia DePillis follows up at Housing Complex noting that Kubly also oversaw the Circulator Bus and Capitol Bikeshare (though another individual runs that program).  Kubly explains his departure is a sign that the streetcar program has made substantial progress with a  contract for two additional cars going before the Council a request for proposals for streetcar operations and maintenance recently completed.

The New York Times notes the changing population demographics in the District with a focus on the H Street neighborhood.  The piece unfortunately picks up on an angry individual who did not property taxes and whose property was listed for the annual tax sale of unpaid property tax bills from previous years.  The piece ends with an interesting note from Anwar Saleem who is the H Street Main Street Executive Director & owner of a hair salon on the 1000 block of H Street: “Do you want to sell what you want, or do you want to sell what people want to buy?” he said. “If you change your attitude, guess what? It will change your pocket.”  According to the story, Saleem is changing the name of his salon to Salon on H in an effort to do that latter.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Community Meetings this week

There are a handful of community meetings of interest this week. 

Tonight: ANC6A Transportation Committee Meeting, 7 pm (Cap Hill Towers 900 G St NE)
Performance parking (variable meters, red resident only signs), X2 stops, bikeshare locations

Tuesday: ANC6A Alcohol Beverage Committee Meeting and 8th & Maryland 7-Eleven Issues Meeting Both, 7 pm (Sherwood Rec 640 10th St NE)
ANC6A ABL will discuss Dangerously Delicious's application for a liquor license & the proposed sidewalk seating restaurant on the corner of 9th & H
7-Eleven meeting is about 8th & Maryland 7-Eleven and significant trash & alley concerns.

Wednesday: ANC6A Economic Development & Zoning Meeting, 7 pm (Sherwood Rec 640 10th St NE)
Proposed changes to Meads Row property on 1300 block of H & Maryland Ave plans

Thursday: Ward 6 ANC Redist. Meeting for ANC6A residents, 6:30 pm (Miner Elem. 601 15th St NE)
Ward 6 ANC redistricting task force meeting solicits input from residents of ANC6A

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tuesday groundbreaking for Steuart Development 360 H St; 200+ residential & Giant grocery store

The streetscape construction is substantially complete, but the H Street progress continues. 

Steuart Development will hold their official groundbreaking at 360 H Street (the north side of the 300 block of H St) where a mixed use building with over 200 residential units are planned above a Giant grocery store on Tuesday morning.  The groundbreaking is not open to the public, but Mayor Gray, Councilmember Tommy Wells, Guy Steuart & Giant's Shane Sampson are expected to participate.  Some construction equipment is already on site and preliminary work is beginning now.  

The development is the first of several large buildings expected to come to H Street in coming years with other projects planned and approaved for the 200 block (south side), 600 block (south side), 800-900 blocks (south side), and 1100 block (south side).  Flats at Atlas broke ground just east of H Street last fall.  Progress is ongoing at sites just off of H Street, including the redevelopment of the building at 315 G St and for a new building at 4th & I as well.  We'll have more details on plans for a new building at the corner of 14th & Maryland soon.     

Progress at Liberty Tree: new sign up & patio construction underway

Liberty Tree (1015 H St) has posted a nice new sign and has finally received the necessary permits and began construction on their side patio earlier today. 

When complete the patio will offer a good bit of more room for dining at Liberty Tree with an additional 40 seats.  The construction should finish this week and tables have been purchased, but the new patio will have to be inspected and DCRA will have to approve a new certificate of occupancy before Liberty Tree can put it to use.  Hopefully, that will happen within the next 10 days or so.  When it does, look for Chef Graig to make full use of it and to offer some special items that involve his smoker and other al fresco dining treats. 

In the mean time, keep an eye out for Liberty Tree's house cured pancetta making occassional appearances on the menu.  We tasted some on a salad recently and it was delicious.  We hear Chef Graig's already got another batch curing.  We're looking forward to enjoying it on the patio before long.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Link roundup

Thrillist has a quick preview with a nice picture of Tru Orleans (400 H St), which opens Friday.  The menu looks good, though the beer and wine lists are not yet up to par with the many terrific craft beer lists available on H Street.  We're looking forward to checking it out soon.  The renovation work they did is substantial and adds nicely to the western portion of H Street. 

DDOT called on residents & businesses to water street trees.  We've heard from a number of folks who are concerned about the condition of some of the new trees planted on H Street.  The construction contract covers tree watering for the next couple months, but thereafter the trees will need to be watered.  As a homeowner or business owner you are responsible for caring for the tree box in front of your property.  Young trees typically need to be watered weekly during the summer months in DC and need about 25 gallons of water per week.  If you would like watering bag/bucket, please contact DDOT Urban Forestry or Casey Trees to obtain one. 

The Hill is Home reports on a meeting regarding neighborhood concerns about the 7-Eleven at 8th & Maryland.

Young & Hungry has the scoop on Chef Teddy Folkman's Bacon Chive Mayo, which is one of several great sauces for your frites available at Granville Moore's (1238 H St).

Little Miss Whiskeys (1104 H St) is teaming with DC Brau for a Brau BBQ tomorrow night.  We're tried each of the current Brau offerings and highly recommend them. 

Hessman Entertainment / @EventsonHSt partners with the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St) for a big Bastille Day celebration this Thursday.   Gypsy Jazz Guitar Virtuoso Stephane Wrembel will be performing and there's a french wine tasting as well.  Tickets are moving, so be sure to buy yours ahead of time.

50-60% off @ Star & Shamrock via So What's the Deal

So What's the Deal is now offering 50-60% off to NY kosher style deli and old time Irish pub Star & Shamrock (1341 H St).  For only $10 you can have a $25 lunch voucher for $20 you can have $40 to use any time.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pedestrian Safety Improvements on Maryland Ave coming via DDOT website now live & accepting input

DDOT & Toole Design are conducting a Pedestrian Safety Study on Maryland Avenue between 2nd & 15th Streets NE.  The first public meeting was last month.  The study website is now live and collecting input on ways to improve the streetscape to enhance pedestrian safety.  Think the area needs more stop lights and 4 way stop signs?   Want to see bike lanes or raised cross walks?  Think we need to take measures to keep commuters from speeding off Maryland onto side streets like G, F, or D Street?
Weigh in.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Music in the Courtyard at Gallery O on H this Saturday

Music in the Courtyard at Gallery O on H (1354 H St) continues this Saturday with Oasis Island Sounds starting at 7:30. 

Music in the Courtyard runs the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.  Saturday, July 23 will feature 2 time Grammy Award winner for Best Latin Jazz Album Afro Bop.

East City Art Weekend Event Round Up: Industry Gallery, Conner Contemporary & Orcon

Saturday July 9

Conner Contemporary Art (5-6pm & 6-8pm)

Conner’s annual Academy program featuring the most promising graduates from the Washington-Baltimore area’s BFA and MFA programs returns to Trinidad. This is your chance to see emerging artist on their way to stardom. The Academy 2011 event ends with an award presented by Pulse giving the winning artist an opportunity to show at the Pulse Fair in Miami.

Note that the Academy 2011 event is from 6 to 8pm and is preceded by an (e)merge art fair panel discussion at 5pm on the topic of collecting emerging art.

For more information about the event including the artists showing, click here.

To read an interview with Academy creator and Conner co-founder Jamie Smith, click here.
Conner Contemporary Art
1358 Florida Avenue NE

Industry Gallery (6pm to 8pm)

On the heels of Conner Contemporary’s 11th annual Academy program comes Industry Gallery’s first MFA invitational. Curated organized and curated by University of Virginia graduate students Michael Maizels and Brittany Strupp, the exhibition pairs up-and-coming artists from the mid-Atlantic region with emerging scholars, critics and curators. For more information about the exhibition including preview pictures and a list of artists, click here.
Industry Gallery
1358 Forida Avenue NE

ORCON (9pm to 11pm)

We know very little about ORCON imaging except that the medium will be photography and that the exact location of the show, which will be somewhere in the H street corridor, will not be announced until opening day. The exact location and announcement will be posted on East City Art the minute we find out!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bastille Day celebration jazz guitar concert & wine tasting at the Atlas, Thursday, July 14

Don't miss the Bastille Day celebration next Thursday, July 14, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St).   There are a few things going on, but the main event is a concert by Gypsy Jazz Guitar Virtuoso Stephane Wrembel. Anyone who has seen the new Woody Allen movie "midnight in paris" has listened to his guitar playing as his song "bistro fada" is the theme that is played through out the film. He also has done complete albums with David Grisman and his own band, headlined Lincoln Center, and had music in "Vicky Christina Barcolona" during his career.

The event starts at 6:30 with a wine tasting that is open to the public. The will be about 15 different wines from 3 regions of France. There will have wines by the glass and open tasting bracelets for sale. There will also be a cheese maker on site giving out samples and selling cheese along with a crepe maker. The music starts at 8:00pm and the Stephane goes on around 8:45. The Atlas is also running Paris is burning in the other room. Every concert ticket includes a glass of wine.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

H Street Bakes returns this Saturday @ the Pug

H Street Bakes returns for another fun day of delicious treats this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Pug (1234 H St) will be hosting this weekend's bake sale.

Joy of Motion hosts DCypher Dance 5 year anniversary @ the Atlas this Sat, July 9

DCypher Dance Celebrates Its Five Year Anniversary at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

Joy of Motion Dance Center’s resident adult hip hop company DCypher Dance celebrates its five year anniversary at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 8 p.m. The hip hop concert titled Ascension: Phase 5 features choreography from DCypher Dance member Nikki Gambhir, as well as a host of talented artists including Porche Anthony of Beat Ya Feet Kings – a Washington based hip hop dance crew who competed on Season 4 of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Other guest choreographers include Chelsea Cooper, Jared Jenkins, Chris Law, Christina Nontanovan, Neil Schwartz and Kevin Simon. The show will also feature special guest performances from local talent.

Artistic Director Natasha Hawkins has been with DCypher Dance since the beginning and has seen it grow in a positive direction. She decided to name the show Ascension: Phase 5 not only to represent the five year anniversary, but also to speak to the rise of the company. “Words can’t express how far this company has grown in five years,” she said. “Phase 5 is meant to say that the company will continue to grow beyond these five years. Just one phase of many years to come.”

About Ascension: Phase 5
DCypher Dance’s performance of Ascension: Phase 5 will take place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Adult tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets for children, students and seniors are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Purchase tickets online at or call the Atlas Performing Arts Center box office at 202.399.7993.

About DCypher Dance
DCypher Dance is Joy of Motion Dance Center’s resident adult hip hop company. DCypher Dance focuses on developing new and innovative, high energy works for audiences of all ages and walks of life. DCypher Dance is integral to the initiatives of Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Project Motion Community Outreach program. DCypher is the featured performer at our interactive Motion Expressions dance concerts offered free to DC schoolchildren in Northeast DC. The company also headlines JOMDC’s D.A.R.E.® Dance Assemblies at public schools throughout the region. For more information, visit

Link roundup

WTOP reported on the date that streetcars would be operational slipping.  We asked Mayor Gray about it via twitter and he responded that "DDOT is still moving full speed ahead on the project; it's just going to take a little longer to complete everything."  We're not yet satisfied. 

Mike Neibauer of WBJ reported that the ground breaking at 360 Degrees H Street (the Steuart mixed use development that will house a Giant grocery store as well as a couple hundred residential units) remains on schedule to break ground later this month.

Joanna Knows Food now knows that Ethiopic is a terrific restaurant with lovely owners and delicious food

Frozen Tropics provides a PSA that you can obtain vouchers to cover spaying & neutering pit bulls at the Human Society.

City Paper has this update from the neighborhood residents who plan to open the Big Board - a restaurant specializing in burgers at 421 H St.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Free Street Photography Workshop Series begins Sunday, @ the Atlas

Here's an announcement on a free workshop series on your photography skills.  The first session is this Sunday at noon.  All sessions will meet in  in front of the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St).

Come on July 3rd and 24th to learn the details of street photography and August 7th and 21st for storytelling hints.  Participants will need a digital camera of some sort (point-and-shoot is ok) and should try to attend all sessions.  Contact John Jacks for more info:

East City Art Weekend Roundup: Saturday exhibit @ Conner Contemporary

Conner Contemporary Art (10am to 5pm)
This will be your last chance to catch see three concurrent solo exhibitions by Jeremy Kost, Joe Ovelman and Geoffrey Aldridge.  Kost's Polaroid and cibachrome photographs reveal intimate glimpses of constructed identities and sexual personae in urban club scenes. Ovelman explores sexuality and the subversion of social norms with a series of new sculptures. In his videos Disco and Bath, Aldridge employs an emblem of gay culture- the disco ball.  Also on display are two *gogo art project installations by Jeremy Flick and Patrick McDonough.  Flick's A Unified Theory of Everything is a large site-specific wall painting in the gallery’s courtyard while    McDonough’s awnings can been seen above the doorways of the businesses on the 1300 block of Florida Avenue NE.  For more information about the exhibit, click here.

Conner Contemporary Art
1358 Florida Avenue NE