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To Do

September 18th, 2014 by Jen DeMayo · Capitol Hill


H Street Festival photo by Ted Eytan

Busy weekend ahead, so let’s get this started.

Tonight at the Hill Center’s Talk of the Hill series will be the upcoming elections. Jennifer Duffy and David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report will discuss the House, Senate and gubernatorial races with host, journalist Bill Press. They may even discuss the 2016 presidential race. The discussion begins at 7 pm and you can register here.

Friday night learn about the birth of the modern yoga movement at a screening of the documentary Living Yoga. The film chronicles the life and teachings of Swami Satchidananda, founder of the ashram Yogaville, near Charlottesville, VA. This special screening will be followed by Q&A with Alan and Carol Binstock, who began studying with Swami Satchidananda in the 1960s, shortly after his arrival to the US. The films is free and begins at 7 pm. Register here. [Read more →]

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King Lear: Sadness and Recognition at the Folger

September 17th, 2014 by Kate McFadden · Capitol Hill

courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

It’s often said that one of the measure’s of William Shakespeare’s talents was that his plays speak to us now as well as they did in Elizabethan England. King Lear, now onstage at the Folger Theatre, does that well, as it’s filled with real-life pains that await many of us today as those around us age. The play runs through September 21.

This staging of the tragedy starts out warm and friendly, much like a pep-rally, as the cast of the Shakespeare’s Globe touring program mingle with the audience and familiarize themselves with their Washington audience. They’ve traveled the world before this performance, and this performance is their American debut.  Seats are being snapped up, so get your tickets today. Tickets are very limited now and cost $60.

King Lear, tormented by dementia, bad choices and the treachery of two of the three of his daughters who are later referred to as vipers. The role is played by renowned classical actor Joseph Marcell, who is known in the US for his role as Geoffrey on TV’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His resume is filled with work in powerful roles in As You Like it, Othello, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as numbers other productions. [Read more →]

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Get Your [Belly] Dance On!

September 16th, 2014 by Kyra Deblaker-Gebhard · Barracks Row, Capitol Hill, Eastern Market

Photo courtesy of Saffron Studios.

Photo courtesy of Saffron Dance.

In my perfect world, every week would end with a wedding reception, where I could practice my belly dance moves next to an open bar. If you are like me and you dream of shimmying and sliding across the stage, but haven’t found a class that easily breaks down the basics of belly dance, have I got an option for you! Saffron’s Crash Course will see students learn a new movement each week, building on and incorporating elements from the prior weeks in this four-week course.  Particular focus is given to developing correct posture alignment, flexibility, arm positions and paths, fundamental shimmies, basic hip accents, introductory undulations, easy-to-follow traveling steps and combinations.

The best part? No prior dance experience is necessary!

On Thursday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 pm, Saffron Dance will offer two free teaser classes at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St SE). The belly dance crash course begins Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 pm at CHAW. To sign up for the crash course series, or for more information about the teaser classes, visit www.SaffronDance.com or email crashcourse@saffrondance.com.

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Reopening Southeast Freeway a Big Mistake

September 16th, 2014 by Guest Author · Barney Circle, Capitol Hill, New Hill East

Guest Post by ANC 6B Commissioner Brian Flahaven

Barney_Circle_Aerial_Closeup-1The District Department of Transportation is moving ahead with an ill-advised plan to reopen the closed segment of the Southeast Freeway between Barney Circle and 11th Street SE, re-introducing a major barrier between Southeast Capitol Hill and the Anacostia River waterfront.

In January 2013, DDOT closed the Southeast Freeway connection between Barney Circle and 11th Street SE and re-started the Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard transportation study. DDOT’s goal was to replace the freeway with an “urban boulevard” connecting I-695 to a new, fully constructed traffic circle at Barney Circle.

DDOT’s initial five design concepts for the boulevard essentially replaced the freeway with…a freeway completely separated from the neighborhood grid. ANC 6B, on which I serve, and Hill East residents voiced strong opposition to the DDOT design concepts, concepts more focused on moving vehicles than extending and adding value to the neighborhood. [Read more →]

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Hill Buzz

September 16th, 2014 by Claudia Holwill · Capitol Hill

Old Post Office Tower and Washington Momnument, from the Capitol

Photo by Jim Harvard on Flickr

  • The 11th Street Bridge designs are the talk of interwebs: Gizmodo, Washington Business Journal, District Source, Housing Complex, and Fast Company all weigh in.
  • City Lab examined how the 11th Street Bridge project and the streetcar project could, combined, be a key to connecting neighborhoods east and west of the Anacostia River.
  • JDLand and The Washington Business Journal reported that Monument Reality is leaving Half Street SE.
  • DCist reported that Bullfrog Bagels will be opening this week in the eastern half of The Star and Shamrock with the mission, “To make New Yorkers pine for D.C. bagels.”
  • Housing Complex reported that Vida Fitness pulled out of a possible H Street NE location because of the “yoga tax.”
  • The Washington Business Journal shared details on what the new new condos at the Navy Yard chiller site will look like.
  • Greater Greater Washington explained why reopening the SE Freeway is risky.
  • District Source reported that the proposed condos at 11th and I SE received “support for its initial design concept from Historic Preservation Office staff in advance of the Historic Preservation Review Board meeting Sept. 18.”
  • The Washington Post published an interactive on “Reimagining” Union Station and the expansion plans for the historic site.
  • Greater Greater Washington argued to “tap” the resources of Virginia Avenue between South Capitol Street and 1st Street SE as a bike and pedestrian path.
  • Young & Hungry visited the new District Doughnut on 8th Street SE.

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