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To Do

July 17th, 2014 by Jen DeMayo · Capitol Hill

th (3)Are you sitting in a joyless cube? Stop. Go outside and enjoy this spectacular un-DC-in-July day. Praise be the polar vortex.

If you need suggestions on what to do, keep reading.

Tonight there is still space in chef Mark Haskell’s “Summer on the Chesapeake” class at the Hill Center. You can learn to prepare dishes using ingredients from the Carolinas that were pushed north by the Gulf Stream. We’re talking crab, shrimp, corn, okra, tomatoes and the legacy Fish Chiles which spawned the classic Baltimore fish broths & stews of the 1800′s. Great food and great stories of African, European & Native history will be shared. The class begins at 7pm and ends at 9pm. Tickets are $65 and are available here. [Read more →]

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Interact and Create Edition

July 17th, 2014 by Guest Author · Capitol Hill

Chromatic Transmissions opens this Thursday in Brookland. Photo credit: Kelly D. Hughes "Neurotic Octopus"; courtesy of the artist.

Chromatic Transmissions opens this Thursday in Brookland. Photo credit: Kelly D. Hughes “Neurotic Octopus”; courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, July 17

Monroe Street Market – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join the artists on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market for the monthly third Thursday Open Studio. Visitors can stop in and see the work of eight local studios along the walk. To see a full list of studios open, click here.

The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St., NE.

Wild Hand Workspace – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

While you’re at the third Thursday Open Studio event make sure to see the opening reception for Chromatic Transmissions by Kelly Hughes/Cobra Wu. Her mixed-media pieces explore absurd narratives and the use of color to convey emotion. For more information about this opening, click here. [Read more →]

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Rudi Appl, Capitol Hill Institution, Died Today

July 16th, 2014 by Tim Krepp · Capitol Hill, DC

Rudi and friend James sharing breakfast and Capitol Hill stories, May 2014. Photo by María Helena Carey

Rudi and friend James sharing breakfast and Capitol Hill stories, May 2014. Photo by María Helena Carey

One of the great stories of Capitol Hill came to its inevitable conclusion this morning. Rudi Appl, longtime bartender at Mr. Henry’s Capitol Hill, passed today at about 10:15 am. He was with a good friend at his side, and had just finished a pleasant phone chat with another.

I came to know Rudi from our family’s weekly trip to Mr. Henry’s kids’ night. By the time I had hustled my kids upstairs, Rudi would have my beer ready to go. It would often beat me to my usual table. Most nights, the crush of kids would keep my interaction with Rudi to a minimum. I’d be in the grown-up section, boisterously discussing the week’s events with other Hill parents. Rudi would be behind the bar, serenely smiling as the latest crop of children sat entranced by an animated film. Even the din of thirty kids emerging from their stupor at the end of the movie could not knock the smile off his face.

But some nights, when it was a little slow or I came early or stayed late, Rudi and I could have a bit of a chat. He had a fascinating history. As a child, he fled war-time Czechoslovakia, and eventually settled with his parents in Canada. He had a variety of adventures before arriving in Washington, DC– amongst them, a stretch in the Canadian Navy. As a Navy vet myself, I enjoyed sharing sea stories. I never caught him out in any lies, and I don’t think he caught mine either, but we enjoyed swapping them.

We saw less and less of Rudi this year as he struggled with health issues, but it was with great delight we saw that the Washington City Paper published a cover story on him this May. We knew we had shared only a small portion of his life, regrettably only toward the end, and I’m glad his friend, longtime businessman and bar owner, Joe Englert was able to fill in the gaps for us. It came as no shock that he was beloved by generations of Hill residents. I was particularly pleased to discover that Rudi shared my dislike of TVs in bars. Apparently, once someone brought a TV to Mr. Henry’s and Rudi “bounced the thing across the sidewalk into an oncoming WMATA bus.”

Physically, it was hard to imagine the old and frail gentleman I knew doing that, but the spirit didn’t surprise me in the least. Well done, Rudi.
Rudi is survived by a nephew and his family in Germany. No word yet on funeral arrangements.

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The Need for Increasing Neighbor Participation in Incident Planning as CSX Plans Considered

July 16th, 2014 by Guest Author · Capitol Hill

vatunnelGuest post by K. Denise Rucker Krepp

In the aftermath of 9/11, significant resources were devoted to improving communication processes. Intelligence stovepipes had prevented information sharing before the attack and the new measures were supposed to make everyone more secure. Sadly, the Washington Navy Yard shootings last year demonstrate that gaps still exist and vulnerable populations remain at risk.

On the day of the Navy Yard shootings, a friend of mine and I were walking along the National Mall. It was a sunny September day, blue sky, and birds chirping. The peaceful morning was suddenly interrupted by countless numbers of sirens and police cars racing by. Something had happened but we didn’t know what had occurred so we kept on walking.

When I returned home, I turned on my computer and discovered that that an unknown individual had killed several Navy Yard employees. My next door neighbor works in one of the buildings under attack and I started feeling queasy. Full blown panic set in when news reporters started talking about a second shooter. My daughters’ school is located blocks from the Navy Yard. It went into lockdown yet parents weren’t immediately notified. [Read more →]

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Hilly Awards Nominations NOW OPEN!

July 16th, 2014 by Maria Helena Carey · Capitol Hill, DC

Hilly Awards logo courtesy of CHAMPS

Hilly Awards logo courtesy of CHAMPS

You love Capitol Hill– all of it. You shop, dine, and carry out as much of your business as you can in this large, diverse and welcoming neighborhood we all call home. It’s time to tell those businesses that make this place awesome that you appreciate them and reward them accordingly! Nominations are NOW OPEN for the Hilly Awards, produced by CHAMPS, coming in November.

Click on this link and it will take you to a survey where you can nominate all the area’s businesses, from Best Bar/Tavern of the Year to Best Non-Profit of the Year.


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