Saturday, June 22, 2013

Join Tommy Wells for Ward 6 Family Day today 1-5 pm at Canal Park (202 L St SE)

Please join Councilmember Tommy Wells and your neighbors as we celebrate our 7th Annual Ward 6 Family Day on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Canal Park located at 202 L St. SE from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. There will be free food, music and games and fun activities for the entire family! This is a great event that celebrates the wonderful neighborhoods in the ward- Capitol Riverfront, Edgewood, Rosedale, Capitol Hill, Hill East, Penn Quarter, Southwest, NoMa and many more. We look forward to seeing you there. Bring a blanket or your lawn chair! If you have any questions please contact Pat Joseph at 202-724-8072 or


LUMEN8 Anacostia kicks off today

Lumen8 Anacostia is today.  Jeremy Flick who works at CONNERSMITH is showing work at the Anacostia Arts Center.

ARCH Development Corporation is proud to bring LUMEN8 back to Historic Anacostia for a second year beginning with a kickoff festival June 22. Seven weeks of themed programming will follow, culminating with a finale on August 10.
Saturday June 22 Kickoff Festival
The June 22 kickoff festival runs from 1 p.m. until midnight at two separate locations.

Anacostia Arts Center, Honfleur Gallery & The Gallery at Vivid Solutions
1pm to 6pm at 1241 and 1231 Good Hope Road SE

Daytime programming at the new Anacostia Arts Center includes a select group of artists pop-ups, children’s visual arts programming produced by Albus Cavus, a Gallery Operator Contest and the first day of the Public Studio Project. A series of live music and street performances will take place in the center. Additionally, two pop-up restaurants—Poulet et Gaufres (Chicken and Waffles) and DC DOSA (Indian food)—and a cash bar will provide food and drink options. Next door at Honfleur and the Gallery at Vivid Solutions, there will be live poster screen printing with free event posters for attendees, music performances, a bar, and S’mores Amores (a pop-up s’mores restaurant). Honfleur Gallery’s exhibit Figures in Jazz by John K. Lawson
and The Gallery at Vivid Solutions’s exhibit Unsung Jazz will be on view during the day’s festivities. Food trucks will offer food and drink options along Good Hope RD SE.
The Music Box
6pm to midnight at 1235 Shannon Place SE

In the evening, the party moves to the Music Box at 2235 Shannon Place SE where a
spectacular light display transforms the former Metropolitan Police Department evidence warehouse into the Music Box. The evening’s music lineup is as follows:
The VibeLive Show with Dev Duff & Tamika Love Jones
Eme & Heteru
Black Masala
The Funk Ark

The warehouse space will host live wet plate and large format portrait sessions by
STRATA photo collective. A Busboys & Poets pop-up restaurant will serve food. A cash bar will offer alcohol and non-alcoholic drink options.
Summer-long LUMEN8 Programming
LUMEN8ANACOSTIA continues through August 10 with weekly themed programming.
(Note: There will be no programming the week of July 4.)

The following themed weeks are planned:
LUMEN8FOOD! (July 8-13)
LUMEN8FILM! (July 15-20)
LUMEN8FASHION! (July 22-27)
LUMEN8TECH! (July 29 - August 3)
LUMEN8PARTY! (August 10)

The weeks of themed programming from June 24 through August 10 will include a wide variety of events including development workshops for creative professionals, cooking demonstrations, film screenings, a fashion show, an app-building workshop, a large-scale public art project and more. A full schedule of events is available at

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Neighborfood tour of H Street eats on Saturday, June 29 via Dishcrawl & TasteDC

Charlie Adler of TasteDC sent along the following announcement.  He's just helped organize a new food tour on H St: Neighborfood on Saturday, June 29th -- it's part of Dishcrawl, and he's working with them to promote this event

June 29th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Saturday)
Smith Commons
1245 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Tickets Are $30/per person - The Best Deal: 1 - $10 entry fee, 10 food tickets (Value of $60)

Neighborfood: 1 Day, 8 Restaurants, 100's of People, 1 Neighborhood..

Current Featured Restaurants:

1. Smith Commons
2. Sol Mexican Grill
3. Tru Orleans
4. The Queen Vic
5. Hikari Sushi
6. H & Pizza
7. Rose’s Deja Vu
8. TBA!

*** Note: Event is Rain or Shine ***

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Brunch returns to the Atlas Room this and every Sunday, at 11 am

The Atlas Room (1015 H St) is resuming brunch operations this Sunday, June 9, at 11:00 am.  The restaurant previously offered a terrific brunch in 2011 before dropping brunch service last year around the time it started offering Monday dinner service.  The new brunch menu includes many popular items that were available on the prior brunch menu -- including the unique, slightly sweet honey apricot polenta -- as well as some new ones -- Chef/Owner Matt Cordes seemed particularly excited about his new omlet. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

DDOT Meeting on Transportation Improvements for Florida Ave NE, Wed. June 11, @ Gallaudet

The first public meeting for Florida Avenue NE safety improvements is coming up on June 19th (7-9pm at Gallaudet's Chapel Hall).  There are three planned meetings over the next few months to discuss potential improvements by DDOT including expanded sidewalks, bike lanes, reduced lanes, street trees, and more.
It is very important that as many people come as possible to remind DDOT that this project is essential for ensuring the safety of residents and visitors.  This study is the culmination of many years of letter writing, letters, meetings, and other lobbying by the ANC, CHNNA, NoMa BID and many, many more.
There is also a website set up where they are soliciting general or specific comments at  More information will also be posted here.  The study will end next Spring, and it will hopefully include actionable recommendations for improvements for which DDOT can begin design & construction soon after.
Thank you,
Tony Goodman 
ANC Commissioner, 6C06

Subject: DDOT Public Meeting Notice: Public Meeting for Florida Avenue NE Transportation Improvements

Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Transportation
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Media Contact: Monica Hernandez (DDOT) 202-671-2261,
Public Meeting for Florida Avenue NE
Transportation Improvements
(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting the first of three public meetings to guide the Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation Study. 
Members of the community are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss the future of Florida Avenue NE from New York Avenue to H Street and Benning Road. The study will evaluate traffic safety, streetscape, and operational enhancements to improve this important corridor.
What:                   Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation Study - Public Meeting            
When:                  Wednesday, June 19, 2013
                              7 p.m. – 9 p.m.                            
Where:                Gallaudet University – Chapel Hall
                              800 Florida Avenue NE
Transit:                Metrorail (Red Line): NoMa-Gallaudet U (New York Avenue)
Metrobus: Visit
For more information or to provide input about this transportation study, please visit the project website at For questions about this meeting, please contact Gabe Onyeador at 202-671-0590 or

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Step Afrika opens Symphony in Step tomorrow @ the Atlas; special 20% off opening night discount for HSGS readers

Use the code OPEN20 when ordering tickets to Step Afrika's opening night performance (tomorrow night) and receive 20% off your opening night tickets.  More info on the performance, which runs through Sunday at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St) follows:
Symphony in Step Premieres in D.C. June 5-9

Symphony in Step will have its East Coast premiere at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., from June 5-9, 2013. The dramatic merger of stepping, a percussive dance form developed by African American college students, and classical music features Step Afrika!, a 15-piece symphony orchestra and the largely unknown history of George Bridgetower.
Tickets are available by calling the Atlas Performing Arts Center box office (202-399-7993, press 2) or at Ticket prices range from $20-$48.50.

The two-act percussive dance performance has its origins in a 2011 cross-country collaboration with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, but the D.C. series features new work that explores the history of Bridgetower, an Afro-Polish child prodigy and violin virtuoso who toured Europe in the early 1800s and eventually inspired Master composer Ludwig Van Beethoven to compose the famous Kreutzer Sonata.

The first act of Symphony in Step will feature music inspired by Bridgetower along with his teachers and composers, Franz Joseph Haydn and Beethoven, performed on piano, violin and drum and interpreted by Step Afrika! 

The second act will feature a 15-piece chamber orchestra assembled especially for this project with professional musicians from across the D.C. area and graduate students from Catholic University’s Classical Music program.

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra conductor Randall Fleischer and Step Afrika! Founder and Executive Director C. Brian Williams collaborated on the score with some original compositions developed by Fleisher while other music came from Step Afrika!'s existing repertoire.  Step Afrika! Artistic Director Jakari Sherman responded with the choreography for Symphony in Step, a performance in which rhythmic footwork, body percussion and spoken word is entwined with jazz, gospel and classical masterpieces.

Founded in 1994, Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Today, Step Afrika! performs worldwide to promote an appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people. Recent 2013 international performances include appearances in Spain, Italy, Paraguay, Montenegro, Croatia and Latvia.

Based in Washington, DC, Step Afrika! is DC’s first and only Cultural Ambassador representing the city and nation at events around the world. The company completes an annual 50-city tour of colleges and theaters from Maine to Mississippi and is a national model for the use of stepping in schools. Step Afrika! is a frequent partner of the Washington Performing Arts Society and has graced some of America’s most prestigious stages from the White House to the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Step Afrika! Symphony in Step Schedule:

·         Wednesday, June 5 at 8 p.m. (Tickets: $20-$43.50)

·         Thursday, June 6 at 8 p.m. (VIP Gala Performance. All tickets $125 each)

·         Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m. (Tickets: $25-$48.50)

·         Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Tickets $25-$48.50)

·         Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. (Tickets $25-$48.50)

For images, interviews or additional information, contact: Michael Fetters (571-262-1188) or


Monday, June 3, 2013

Great summer reading events planned at Rosedale Recretion Center Library

The Friends of the Rosedale Library have lots of great summer reading activities planned this summer.  Here are the events for June.  The program runs through August 24th, so there will be more to come as the summer progresses.  The Rosedale Recreation Center pool is now open for the summer (weekends only until school lets out) and the new playground there opened Friday, so there are lots of reasons to stop by 1701 Gales Street this month. 
"Dig Into Reading" and "Beneath the Surface" are the themes for the DC Public Library Summer Reading Program. which runs June 1st to August 24th.  There are programs and events for all ages, from babies to children, teens and adults!
At the Rosedale Library (1701 Gales Street NE), the summer program is kicking into high gear. Here's a list of programs for June:

* Wednesday, June 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. - Everyone is invited to the Kickoff of the Rosedale Summer Reading Program - with games, Wii and refreshments.  Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and a chance to win prizes.  Artist and teacher Albus Cavus will hold a special class on "Stenciling" at 5:30 p.m. for ages 12 and up.  Friends of the Rosedale Library will provide refreshments.  

* Friday, June 7 at 1:30 p.m. - Author Mark Taylor Nobleman, author of "Heroes With and Without Capes" will discuss his recent books about the creators of "Superman" and Batman" comics.  (Ages 12 and up)

* Thursday, June 13 at 1 p.m. - Master Gardener Fannie Hamilton will teach the basics about Indoor and Outdoor Herb Gardening for Kids at 1 p.m. (Ages 5 and up). Sign up and get seeds and soil - everything you need to 'get growing'.  

* Monday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m.- Albus Cavus will teach us about the "Science and Art of Color".  (Ages 12 and up)
* Tuesday, June 18 at 1 p.m. - Family dance troupe "Pacific Rythyms" bring the cultures of the Polynesian Islands to life, through dance. For all ages.

***Weekly Story times are 11 a.m. every Tuesday (birth to 3 years); and 10 a.m. every Thursday (ages 3 to 5).  
For more information, visit the Library or online at
For information about the Friends of the Rosedale LIbrary, email us at

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Please help find a cat lost near 7th/8th and H/I Streets

An indoor cat named Mitty has been missing for 3 days and she needs daily medication. She was last seen between H & I NE and 7th & 8th NE. She is about 10 pounds, with medium length fur, in a dilute tortie pattern of grey, orange, and white.  We are desperate to get her home.

If anyone sees her, please call Jessica and Justin at 202-746-4958 or 202-573-7458.  You could also email us at jess.culpepper [at]  Thank you so much for your help.