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NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

The 18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival is at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 1. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., with programs beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 7:30 p.m. The festival will feature a diverse lineup of 115 authors-including US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed novelist Amy Tan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and two-time Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo. History and biography authors include Kai Bird, Ron Chernow, Steve Coll, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Stuart E. Eizenstat, David Grann, David Ignatius, Lawrence P. Jackson, Joseph Kanon, Catherine Kerrison, Brian Kilmeade, Patricia O’Toole, Adam Sisman and Lawrence Wright. The exposition floor on the lower level of the Convention Center will also offer a wide array of fun and exciting activities and programs for festival attendees of all ages. Read more at loc.gov/bookfest. Photo: Courtesy of the Library of Congress National Book Festival

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WATER, WIND, AND WAVES: MARINE PAINTINGS FROM THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE The Dutch rose to greatness from the riches of the sea. During the seventeenth century they became leaders in marine travel, transport, commerce, and security as their massive cargo carriers and warships traversed oceans and their small vessels and fishing boats navigated inland and coastal waterways. Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age explores the deep, multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with the water, including their gratitude for the sea’s bounty and their fear of its sometimes destructive power. Drawn largely from the Gallery’s own collection, the exhibition features nearly 50 paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and ship models. From quiet harbor scenes and frozen canals to fierce naval battles pitting Dutch crews against their Spanish foes, the range of images reveals the extraordinary impact the water had on art of the Dutch Golden Age. At the National Gallery of art through Nov. 25. nga.gov. Willem van de Velde the Younger, An English Ship Running onto a Rocky Coast in a Gale, c. 1690 oil on canvas unframed: 24 7/16 x 30 1/2 in.; framed: 31 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 9 5/8 in. Kaufman American Foundation, George M. and Linda H. Kaufmam


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The DMV has had a brainy bar game creep up on it. Slowly but surely, local bars are offering a game with prizes, built-in conversation starters and ways to meet people while learning something. Trivia in bars is usually weekly, on Sunday through Thursday evenings. It’s free to play and you may just win free drinks. Here’s a partial listing: Justin’s (Navy Yard), 1025 1st St SE, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.;City Tap House (Dupont), 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Hen Quarter, 750 E St. NW, Mondays, 7 p.m.; Boundary Stone, 116 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Irish Channel, 500 H St. NW, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; and Arcuri, 2400 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Thursdays, 8 p.m. Visit triviakings.com and districttrivia.com for more venues. Trivia players at City Tap House (Dupont). Photo: Courtesy of District Trivia

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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY AT THE KEEGAN The Bridges of Madison County, a musical based on the best-selling novel, is a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross. This 2014 Tony Award-winner for Best Score and Orchestrations captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland and the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if…?” The Bridges of Madison County is on stage at The Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW, from Aug. 4 to Sept. 2. (The Keegan Theatre now offers $11 parking to patrons at Colonial Parking, 1616 P St. NW, the closest garage to the theatre. Visit keegantheatre.com/contact-or-visit/planyour-visit.) keegantheatre.com. Actors Susan Derry and Dan Felton. Photo: Rj Pavel

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE’S FREE FOR ALL Free For All returns this summer to Shakespeare Theatre Company, offering two weeks of free performances of the Company’s 2016 production of Romeo & Juliet. Directed by STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul, the production will run at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW, from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2, providing more than 12,000 people the chance to see the play free of charge. For each performance, a select number of seats are given away to lottery winners. The online lottery opens Monday, Aug. 20. Also, every day at least 200 tickets will be available to the public in a ticket line beginning two hours prior to curtain. Limit is two tickets per person. shakespearetheatre.org. The cast of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Romeo & Juliet, in 2016, directed by Alan Paul. Photo: Scott Suchman

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Seating begins at 7 PM. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and food. Alcoholic prohibited. Admission is free; the first 100 people receive a gift. TheMemorialFoundation.org.

OUTDOOR MOVIES, MUSIC AND CEREMONY Military Band Concerts at the Capitol. Weeknights in summer at 8. Mondays, US Navy Band; Tuesdays, US Air Force Band; Wednesdays, US Marine Band; Thursdays, US Army Band or US Marine Band; Fridays, US Army Band. West side of the Capitol. aoc.gov.

NSO Labor Day Concert on the West Capital Lawn. Sept. 2, 8 PM. Free. There will be a security check. No Alcohol. Union Market Drive-in Movies. Fridays. Sept. 7, 8 PM, The Lion King. Movies are held in Union Market’s parking lot, 1309 Fifth St. NE, and projected on the wall. Each showing is free for walk-up film fans in the picnic area or $10 per car. Food is delivered on wheels by The DC Rollergirls. unionmarketdc.com/ events/union-market-drive-in-2018.

Hill Country Backyard BBQ. Wednesdays to Fridays, 4 to 9 PM; Saturday, noon to 9 PM; Sunday, noon to 6 PM. Hill Country Backyard Barbecue is back on the National Building Museum’s west lawn. 401 F St. NW. nbm.org. Air Force Band Concerts at the Air Force Memorial. Fridays, 7:30 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA. airforcememorial.org.

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Wednesdays at The Wharf. Through Aug. 22; 6 to 8 PM. Wednesdays at The Wharf is a free summer concert series that brings live music to Transit Pier. Aug. 8, Monster Band; Aug. 15, Dixie Power Trio; Aug. 22, 19th Street Band. Transit Pier at The Wharf. wharfdc.com. Marine Barracks Evening Parades. Fridays, 8:45 to 10 PM, through Aug. 24. The Evening Parade, held every Friday evening in summer, is a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. Parade held at the Marine Barracks on Eighth Street SE, Capitol Hill. Reservations suggested. barracks.marines. mil/Parades/Evening-Parade. Jazz in the Garden at the NGA. Fridays through Aug. 24, 5 to 8:30 PM. The free concerts feature locally and nationally acclaimed musicians performing a wide variety of musical genres. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, between Seventh and Ninth Streets on Constitution Avenue NW. The full schedule is at nga.gov.

Mobile Art Gallery Youth Photography Exhibition in Ward 7

Opens Aug. 11, 2 to 4 PM with kick-off party. Exhibition is open Thursdays to Sundays, noon to 8 PM. Throughout July and early August, professional photographers helped Ward 7 kids hone their photography skills and take field trips to exhibitions. Their efforts culminated in a youth-curated installation in CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery at River Park Shopping Center, 322 40th St. NE. culturaldc.org. Eron Johnson and Kamari Pitnnock at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library practicing portraits. Photo: Courtesy of culturaldc.org

NoMa Summer Screen. Wednesdays at sunset. Movies subtitled. Aug. 15, Thelma & Louise; Aug. 22, Ghostbusters (2016); Aug. 29, Wonder Woman; Sept. 5, rain date. Movies are at NoMa Junction @ Storey Park, 1005 First St. NE. nomabid.org.

nates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with live cannon fire. Vehicles and pedestrians enter JBM-HH via Hatfield Gate. The Henry Gate is open for pedestrians only from 6 to 10:30 PM. Valid photo ID is required for patrons 18 and older. usarmyband.com.

Library of Congress Summer Movie on the Lawn. Aug. 16, The Wizard of Oz. National Film Registry movie begins at sunset and are shown on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov.

American Roots Music Concerts at the Botanic Garden. 5 to 7 PM. Aug. 23, Ruthie & The Wranglers. Provided seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis or bring a blanket or chair. National Garden Amphitheater. usbg.gov.

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Snarkitecture’s Fun House at the National Building Museum. Through Sept. 3. Curated by Italy-based Maria Cristina Didero, the heart of the exhibition is presented within a Snarkitecture-designed house. This freestanding structure recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional home. Admission, $13 to $16. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. nbm.org.

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Sunset Summer Film Series at the MLK Memorial. Aug. 23, at 8 PM, Black Panther.

RAMW Restaurant week. Aug. 13 to 19. The bi-annual promotion’s website will be updated regularly with menus from each of the 250 participating restaurants in DC, Maryland and Virginia. $35 dinner, $22 lunch and $22 brunch. RWDMV.com. Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week. Aug. 17 to 26. More than 50 Alexandria restaurants offer a $35 three-course dinner or a $35 dinner for two. More than 25 will also offer lunch deals at $15 or $22 per person in addition to the dinner specials. Fifteen restaurants will offer brunch for $15 or $22 per person. AlexandriaRestaurantWeek.com.

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Sept. 9, noon to 4 PM. At Upshur Pool, 4300 Arkansas Ave. NW; Francis Pool, 25th and N Streets NW; and Randall Pool, South Capital and I Streets SW. doggiedayswimdc.splashthat.com. Photo: Courtesy of DC Department of Parks and Recreation


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DC World Reggae Festival at RFK Stadium. Aug. 19, noon to 10 PM. Roots reggae, Reggae lovers rock, Dub cultures, Ska, Soca, Calypso and Kompa. The festival promotes the varying cultures of the Caribbean. Also features a variety of Caribbean, American and International dishes. $70 online admission; $100 dayof. dcworldreggaefestival.com. Ben’s Chili Bowl’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. Aug. 22, 11 AM to 3 PM, enjoy Ben’s Block Party. At 7:30 PM the celebration continues at the Lincoln Theater with Ben’s Chili Bowl’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Gala, “A Tribute To Virginia Ali,” benefitting the Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, benschilibowlfoundation.org. All proceeds from all Ben’s Chili Bowl’s on Aug. 22 support the Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation. Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U St. NW. Maryland Renaissance Festival. Aug. 25 and 26; Sept. 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9. 1821 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis, MD. rennfest.com. Capital Dragon Boat Regatta at The Wharf. Aug. 25, 6 AM to 6 PM. Dragon boat racing has been part of the Chinese celebration of Duanwu Jie (The Dragon Boat Festival) for centuries. The Wharf’s District and Transit Piers. wharfdc.com. Enrichment Day at the Zoo. Aug. 25. Participate in training and enrichment activities, attend demonstrations and talk to animal keepers about why enrichment is such an important part of the everyday care of Zoo animals. nationalzoo.si.edu. Adams Morgan Day 2018. Sept. 9, noon to 6 PM. Vendors, sidewalk cafes, cultural activities and performances. 18th Street between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road NW. admoday.com. H Street Festival. Sept. 15. H Street, Fourth to 14th Streets NE. The festival is 11 blocks long. It’s 14 stages are diversely themed and programmed to target the different segments of audiences. hstreetfestival.org. Park After Dark. Sept. 15, 6 to 10 PM. Park After Dark is the C&O Canal Trust’s annual gala fundraiser, held under the stars at Historic Great Falls Tavern. $250. ParkAfterDark.org. Barracks Row Fall Festival. Sept. 29, 11 AM to 5 PM. Festival is on Eighth Street between E and I Streets SE. It features restaurants, food trucks, United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, community information tables and live entertainment. barracksrow.org.

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Born at the Bottom of the Ship: An Exploration of the culture of being Black in America. Through Sept. 15. Born at the Bottom of the Ship, explores the identity of the descendants of Africans brought to America. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. HonfleurGallery.com. L’s Dichotomatic Life at Vivid Gallery. Through Sept. 15. L’s Dichotomatic Life is a series of work depicting the dichotomy of love and loss.`. Vivid Gallery, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. VividGalleryDC.com Ward 8 Farmer’s Market. Saturdays, 10 AM to 2 PM. In the parking lot behind Martin Luther King Elementary School, 3200 Sixth St. SE, at Alabama Avenue. ward8farmersmarket.com. Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Public skating is weekdays, through Aug. 17, 6 to 8 PM; Saturdays, 1 to 3 PM; and Sundays, 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Skating is $5 for adults; $4, 12 and under and seniors 60 and over; and $3 for skate rental. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. fdia.org. Happy Ending at Anacostia Playhouse. Through Aug. 25. Happy Ending tells of two sisters, Ellie and Vi, who work as maid and laundress for the wealthy Harrisons. As the play begins they are sitting at the kitchen table in a tenement apartment in Harlem, lamenting the end of their good times. Anacostia Playhouse is at 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. Tickets are at anacostiaplayhouse.com. Anacostia parkrun--Weekly Free 5k Timed Run. Saturdays, 9 AM. Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE. Registration required before first run. All levels are welcome. Every week runners grab a post run coffee in a local café. Read more at parkrun.us/anacostia. Panel Discussion with Playwright Hope Lynne Price-Lindsay. Aug. 25, 2 to 4 PM. Playwright Hope Lindsay premiered her work, “The Intruders,” at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. In the play, two feisty and independent women named Ella and Avis, muse on how gentrification is changing their community and the effect this change is having on their lives. Lindsay will moderate a panel using the gentrification of DC neighborhoods as the focal point of discussion. Actors from the production will participate. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu. All The Way Live Tuesdays presents Aztec Sun. Aug. 28, 7 to 9 PM. Free. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. anacostiaartscenter.com. Bike to Men of Honor. Aug. 30, 7 to 10:30 PM. Come celebrate the end of summer by taking a bike ride along the beautiful Anacostia River Trail to the Navy Memorial to

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watch Men of Honor under the stars. Bring blanket, water, snacks, bike lock and lights. This is a one way ride and will be about six miles. Helmets are required. Register at org. salsalabs.com/o/451/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=100607. waba.org After Dark@THEARC 2018 Fundraising Gala. Sept. 29, 6:30 PM, cocktail reception in THEARC’s new building; 7:30 PM, pop-up performances, dinner, dancing. AfterDark@ THEARC is an elegant evening honoring their 14 resident non-profit organizations. $250. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. thearcdc.org. East of the River Jazz Night. Oct. 13, 3 to 5 PM. Hear great music and check out the different plants that bloom at different times of the year. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. friendsofkenilworthgardens.org. A Right to the City at the Anacostia Community Museum. Through April 20, 2020. After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, DC is witnessing a “return to the city,” with rapidly growing populations, rising rents and home prices. A Right to the City explores the history of neighborhood change in the nation’s capital. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu.

MUSIC AROUND TOWN Music at 9:30 Club. Aug. 11, Jeremih; Aug. 15, Seu Jorge; Aug. 17, Mura Masa; Aug. 18, DC Music Rocks Festival; Aug. 23, Kyle Kinane; Aug. 24, Can’t Feel My Face: 2010s Dance Party; Aug. 25, DJ Dredd’s MJ + Prince Dance Party; Aug. 31, Blisspop Disco Fest featuring Claptone; Sept. 1, Blisspop Disco Fest featuring Giorgio Moroder; Sept. 7, Nothing But Thieves. 815 V St. NW. 930.com. Music at Hill Country. Aug. 11, Texas Blues Dance Party Ft. Big Boy Little Blues Band; Aug. 12, Heather Gillis Band; Aug. 14, Roanoke; Aug. 17, Gangstagrass; Aug. 18, The Blasters; Aug. 23, Danny Barnes; Aug. 25, The Trainjumpers; Aug. 28, Szlachetka; Aug. 30,The 19th Street Band; Aug. 31, Drew Fish Band; Sept. 4, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds; Sept. 7, Ray Scott; Sept. 8, Koe Wetzel. Hill Country Live, 410 Seventh St. NW. hillcountry.com/dc. Music at U Street Music Hall. Aug. 11, U SLEAZE; Aug. 17, Vacationer; Aug. 18, Ra Ra Riot and Croatia Squad; Aug. 19, Be’la Dona; Aug. 24, Werk Ethic: 80s and 90s House and Techno; Aug. 25, Striking Matches and Moombahton Massive; Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Blisspop Disco Fest: Claptone; Sept. 6, Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises; Sept. 7, Fort Romeau; Sept. 8, MIXTAPE 10th Anniversary &

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Mondays, 7:15 to 8:30 PM, Yoga; Wednesdays, 7:15 to 8:30 PM, Ballet; Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30 PM, Pilates; Saturdays, 8:30 to 9:30 AM, Zumba. Single classes are $12. A discount of $6 is granted to adults from the zip codes 20020 and 20032. A valid ID is required to receive the discount. Class cards good for 12 classes are $100/$60 for Wards 7 and 8 residents. THEARC is at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. thearcdc.org. Adult ballet class at THEARC. Photo: Theo Kossenas, Media4Artists

Finale. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. ustreetmusichall.com. Music at Ivy City Smokehouse. Aug. 11, Pressure Busspipe; Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, Kevin Cordt Quartet; Aug. 15 and 22, Farrah Flosscet; Aug. 17, Miss Mojo; Aug. 18, BIZ MARKIE; Aug. 23 and 30, DJ Scientific; Aug. 24, Schreiner; Aug. 25, Noche de TributosMana Live Tribute; Aug. 27, Scott Sharrard. Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St. NE. ivycitysmokehouse.com. Music at Pearl Street Warehouse. Aug. 11, The Mulligan Brothers; Aug. 12, Kevin Maines and The Volts; Aug. 14, Kris Lager Band; Aug. 16, Grass is Dead; Aug. 17, David Olney, Anne McCue; Aug. 18, Steve Riley and The Mamou

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Playboys; Aug. 21, Slocan Ramblers Fireside Collective; Aug. 23, The Cordovas; Aug. 25, Leticia Van Sant; Aug. 26, Southwest Soul Sessions with Elijah Balbed & Isabelle De Leon; Aug. 31, Dan Tyminski (solo); Sept. 1, The Nighthawks; Sept. 2, The Rock-A-Sonics and Ray Apollo Allen Band; Sept. 8, The Yawpers. Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW. pearlstreetwarehouse.com. Music at Rock and Roll Hotel. Aug. 11, Echoheart; Aug. 15, Nothing, Nowhere; Aug. 16, Bat Fangs & The Love Language; Aug. 17, The Messthetics; Aug. 18, Sparta; Sept. 6, Strung out; Sept. 7, Nothing; Sept. 8, Shopping & No Age; Sept. 9, Red Fang. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. rockandrollhoteldc.com.


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National Shrine Summer Organ Recitals. Sundays through Aug. 26, 6 PM. There is no admission charge. A free will offering will be accepted. All are welcome. Parking on site. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. nationalshrine.com. Music at Black Cat. Aug. 12, Pedro the Lion; Aug. 16, Cup; Aug. 17, George Clanton; Aug. 18, Risk!; Aug. 23, In the Whale; Aug. 24, Gringo Star; Aug. 25 Eighties Mayhem and Heavy Rotation; Aug. 26, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat;

Aug. 31, Dark & Stormy; Sept. 1 Garbagefest 3; Sept. 2, Ohmme; Sept. 7, Toe; Sept. 8, FTW FR. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. blackcatdc.com. Music at Union Stage. Aug. 12, Arts ‘N Beats; Aug. 13, Luke James Shaffer; Aug. 16, William Clark Green; Aug. 17, Classic Hip-Hop Night; Aug. 18, Play It Cool!; Aug. 19, Aurelio Voltaire; Aug. 23, Vetiver; Aug. 24, Peter Bradley Adams; Aug. 25, We Have A Dream: A Concert for Equal Justice; Aug. 26, Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Show; Aug. 29, Liniler e os Caramelows;

Aug. 30, Lucki “Days B4 Tour”; Aug. 31, The Last Rewind; Sept. 1, Warbling on the Wharf; Sept. 2, All White Party with The Dynamic Duo & Rare Essence. Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. unionstage.com.

Music at The Howard. Aug. 18, Twerkfest 3 and Reggae Fest vs. Soca; Aug. 25, Sheila E.; Sept. 1, Reggae Fest vs. Soca; Sept. 7, Wyclef Jean. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. thehowardtheatre.com.

Music at City Winery. Aug. 12, Algebra Blessett; Aug. 15, Brother Joscephius & The Love Revolution; Aug. 16, Honey Island Swamp Band; Aug. 17, Meli’sa Morgan CD Release Concert; Aug. 18, Howie Day with Brian Mackey; Aug. 19, Dame The Torpedoes; Aug. 21, Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely; Aug. 22, Shooter Jennings; Aug. 23, Barrence Whitfield &The Savages; Aug. 24, Mountain Heart; Aug. 25, An Evening with Freddie Jackson; Aug. 26, Pedro Capo; Aug. 28, Nikka Costa; Aug. 29, An Evening with Chaise Lounge; Aug. 30, Joanne Shaw Taylor with Simo; Aug. 31, Jeff Bradshaw & Friends; Sept. 2, Terrry Bozzio; Sept. 3, Carolyn Wonderland/Shinyribs; Sept. 4, A Evening with Rickie Lee Jones; Sept. 5, Wayne “The Train” Hancock; Sept. 6, Walking to New Orleans; Sept. 7, Ronnie Laws; Sept. 8, Black Alley. City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. citywinery. com/washingtondc.

Rosslyn Jazz Fest 2018. Sept. 8, 1 to 7 PM. Listen to live music performed by some of the biggest names in jazz and world music today. Enjoy several bar areas serving wine and beer, as well as a variety of favorite local food trucks. Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Rosslyn, VA. rosslynva.org.

Blue Monday Blues in Southwest. Mondays, 6 to 9 PM. Aug. 13, Robert Penn Blues Band; Aug. 20, The Nighthawks; Aug. 27, Introducing The Billy Price Band. $5 cover. Children are free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. westminsterdc.org. Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival. Aug. 14, Italian Four-Part Canzonas; Aug. 17, The Able Virtuoso; and Aug. 19, Classical Trios. All concerts at 7:30 PM. Suggested donation, $20 or $25; 18 and under, free. St. Mark’s, Third and A Streets SE. chcmf.com. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Tuesdays, 12:10 PM. Aug. 14, Chengcheng Yao, piano; Aug. 21, Leonard Sanderman, organ; Aug. 28, John Bullard, classical banjo; Sept. 4, Melissa Dvorak, harp, and Juliana Nickel, flute; Sept. 11, Mary Findlay, violin, Seth Castleton, viola, and Lois Narvey, harpsichord. 1317 G St. NW. epiphanydc.org.

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Sept. 6 to Oct. 14. This intimate and no-holds-barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory’s rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. arenastage.org. Image: Charles Chaisson

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Library of Congress Homegrown Concert. Sept. 12, 7:30 PM, John McCutcheon. Concerts are in Coolidge Auditorium the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Performances are free. No tickets required. loc.gov. Groupmuse Concert House Parties. Attend a concert for a $3 registration fee and a $10 per person donation to the musician(s). Concerts are BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) and welcome all ages. Read more and sign up to host or attend at Groupmuse.com. Concerts added continuously.

SPORTS AND FITNESS DC United. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m., vs. Portland Timbers; Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., vs. Philadelphia Union; Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., vs. Minnesota United FC. dcunited.com. Washington Nationals Baseball. Aug. 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 31 and Sept. 1 to 9. mlb. com/nationals. The Fast & The Fierce 5k. Aug. 25, 8 AM to noon. Race begins at Freedom Plaza at 8 AM; ends at 10:30 AM. Post-race event at the National Zoo, 9 AM to noon. Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. Across The Bay 10k Registration Open. On Nov. 4, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is closed to traffic, and open exclusively for runners, joggers and walkers. Register at acrossthebay10k.com.

Jazz Night in Southwest. Every Friday, 6 to 9 PM. Aug. 17, Music of Wayne Shorter; Aug. 24, Celebrating U Street & DC Jazz; Aug. 31, Lavenia Nesmith Swings. $5 cover. Children are free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. westminsterdc.org.

Yoga in the Garden. Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Come flow at the Garden with these free yoga gatherings led by WithLoveDC. This program is first-come, first-served with limited space available. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats. US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov.

Music at The Anthem. Aug. 17, NEEDTOBREATHE; Aug. 25, Beach House; Aug. 28, New Order; Spt. 4, Miguel; Sept. 5, Mac Demarco; Sept. 6 Punch Brothers. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. theanthemdc.com.

Outdoor Public Pools. East of the River outdoor public pools close for the season Sept. 3. They are: Anacostia Pool (closed Mondays) at 1800 Anacostia Dr. SE; Benning Park Pool (closed Thursdays) at 5100 Southern Ave. SE;


DC HOUSING ENTERPRISES Douglass Pool (closed Wednesdays) at 1921 Frederick Douglass Ct. SE; Fort Stanton Pool (closed Thursdays) at 1800 Erie St. SE; Kelly Miller Pool (closed Mondays) at 4900 Brooks St. NE; Oxon Run Pool (closed Mondays) at 501 Mississippi Ave. SE; Ridge Road Pool (closed Thursdays), 830 Ridge Rd. SE.; Kenilworth Pool (closed Mondays), 1300 44th St. NE. All outdoor pools are open weekends, noon¬ to 6 PM; weekdays, 11 AM to 8 PM. Pools are free for DC residents. Have picture ID. dpr.dc.gov. Barry Farm (indoor) pool. Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 AM to PM; and weekends from 9 AM to 5PM. Free for DC residents. 1230 Sumner Rd. SE. 202730-0572. dpr.dc.gov. Deanwood (indoor) Pool. Weekdays, 6:30 AM¬ to 8 PM; Weekends, 9 AM¬ to 5 PM. Free for DC residents. 1350 49th St. NE. 202671-3078. dpr.dc.gov. Ferebee Hope (indoor) Pool. Open weekdays, 10 AM to 6 PM. Closed weekends. Free for DC residents. 3999 Eighth St. SE. 202-6453916. dpr.dc.gov.

MARKETS AND SALES Ward 8 Farmer’s Market. Saturdays through Nov. 17, 10 AM to 2 PM. In the parking lot behind Martin Luther King Elementary School, 3200 Sixth St. SE, at Alabama Avenue. ward8farmersmarket.com. H Street NE Farmers Market. Saturdays through Dec. 15, 9 AM to 12:30 PM. 800 13th Street NE. freshfarm.org. (night) Market SW. Fridays, Aug. 24; Sept. 7 and 21; Oct. 5 and 19; 4 to 10 PM. Art, food, flea, live music and beer garden. 425 M St. SW. diversemarkets.net. Goodwill Store and Donation Center. Mondays through Saturdays, 9 AM to 8 PM; Sundays, 9 AM to 6 PM. Donations accepted Mondays through Saturdays, 9 AM to 6:30 PM; Sundays, 9 AM to 5:30 PM. Weekly halfprice specials based on price tag color. 2200 South Dakota Ave. NE. dcgoodwill.org. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7 AM to 7 PM; Saturdays, 7 AM to 6 PM; Sundays, 9 AM to 5 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open weekends, 9 AM to 6 PM. 200 and 300 blocks of Seventh Street SE. easternmarket-dc.org. Branch Avenue Pawn Parking Lot Flea Market. Saturdays after 10 AM. 3128 Branch Ave., Temple Hills, MD.

Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Tuesdays, 3 to 7 PM. Farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh Street SE. easternmarketdc.com.

CIVIC LIFE DMV Quarterly Town Hall Meeting. Aug. 14, 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Georgetown Service Center, 3222 M St. NW. dmv.dc.gov. Congresswoman Norton’s SE District Office. Open weekdays, 9 AM¬ to 6 PM. 2041 MLK Ave. SE, #238. 202-¬678¬-8900. norton. house.gov. Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting. Last Tuesday, noon¬ to 2 PM. Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort St. SE. For further details, contact Philip Pannell, 202-¬889-¬4900. Historical Anacostia Block Association. Second Thursday, 7 to 9 PM. UPO -Anacostia Service Center, 1649 Good Hope Rd. SE. For further details, contact Charles Wilson, 202¬-834¬-0600. Anacostia High School School Improvement Team Meeting. Fourth Tuesday, 6 PM. Anacostia High School, 16th and R Streets, SE. Benning Ridge Civic Association. First Wednesday, 6:30 to 8 PM at the Ridge Road Community Center, 830 Ridge Rd. SE Capitol View Civic Association Meeting. Third Monday, 6:30 PM. Hughes Memorial United Methodist, 25 53rd St. NE. capitolviewcivicassoc.org. Eastland Gardens Civic Association Meeting. Third Tuesday, 6:30¬ to 8 PM. Kenilworth Recreation Center, 4321 Ord St. NE.Contact Rochelle Frazier-Gray, 202-3527264 or richelle.frazier@longandfoster.com. Fairlawn Citizens Association. Third Tuesday, 7 PM. Ora L. Glover Community Room at the Anacostia Public Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE.

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dens. Spend the day removing lotus from the ponds to help in next year’s growth, taking out invasive plants, picking up trash and performing other park projects. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and long-sleeved shirts. Bring an extra set of clothes if working in the ponds. Be prepared to work outside and a water bottle and sunscreen. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lydia Vanderbilt at Lydia@ friendsofkenilworthgardens.org or 313- 970-5195. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is at 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE.

Children from across Ward 7 attending summer enrichment programs at Aiton Elementary School, learned the meaning of Reading Is FUNdamental when Do The WRITE Thing of DC and Howard University WHUT-TV engaged them in educational games and literacy activities and took their photos in superhero costumes. The photos were used to produce a personalized book for each child.

Hillcrest Activist Frank Senger Passes Pastor Frank Senger passed away on July 20, 2018. He was a leader in Hillcrest for many years, serving as president of the Hillcrest Community Civic Association in the late 1980s and 1990s when the HCCA was known city-wide for its activism. As pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, at Alabama and Branch Avenues SE, he facilitated the use of the church as “Hillcrest headquarters”. He was a gentle soul with a strong voice and a great sense of humor who had a way of bringing the community together even when controversial issues threatened to divide. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Good Shepherd Mission Endowment Scholarship c/o Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or to Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, 3319 Alabama Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20020. (Contributed by Kathy Chamberlain)

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nesty program and additional support services are designed to give parents the tools they need to support their children. For more information, visit cssd.dc.gov.

Local Boys and Girls Clubhouse Renovated On July 17, Bank of America, Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals and DC government officials gathered for the unveiling of the recently renovated AllStar Teen Center at the Richard England All-Star Clubhouse #14 of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington at 4103 Benning Rd. NE. The complete renovation and expansion of the center creates much needed space and supplies for multifaceted after-school activities and programs. The renovation effort replaced four inoperable HVAC units, many inoperable doors as well as providing new furniture, TVs, computers and games and improving the outdoor spaces surrounding the facility.

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Help Clean-up Shepherd Parkway

DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) has announced a month-long child support amnesty program in August as part of Child Support Awareness Month. The Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) child support amnesty program will help parents who have fallen behind on payments get back on track. To facilitate this, it will halt or postpone enforcement actions related to failure to pay. During August, OAG will also offer free paternity testing, distribute free school supplies, host a career fair for non-custodial parents and share inhouse workforce development resources. OAG’s am-

Shepherd Parkway volunteers hold their signature community clean-ups every second Saturday of the month (upcoming dates are Aug. 11 and Sept. 8), 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers meet in the picnic area near the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, SE. Gloves, bags, and light refreshments are provided. Wear work boots and clothes.

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Volunteer at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens On Sept. 22, rain or shine, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, volunteer on National Public Lands Day at Kenilworth Aquatic Gar-

THEARC Fundraising Gala AfterDark@THEARC, on Sept. 29, is an elegant evening honoring THEARC’s 14 resident non-profit organizations. This year, the funds raised at the gala will fulfill the commitment to complete THEARC’s campus. The Phase III Expansion added a third and final building to THEARC’s campus, adding 93,000 square feet to the current 110,000 square feet footprint. The new building is home to five partner organizations and a black box theatre: AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, Children’s National Health System, The David Lynch Foundation, The Phillips Collection and The Bishop Walker School for Boys. In addition, the current space housing Children’s Health Project of DC at THEARC will be renovated into a commercial teaching kitchen and café operated by DC Central Kitchen, which will provide workforce training, on-site food service and nutrition programming. Sponsorships are available starting at $1000 for a position on the host committee. Individual tickets are $250. thearcdc.org.

Benefit Baseball Outing Seeks Donations Six years ago the Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) partnered with the late Hannah Hawkins to establish an annual baseball outing to Nationals Park


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Find Your Way to Anacostia Park

Construction projects on bridges near Anacostia Park will affect accessing the park via driving, walking or mass transit. The projects are part of the District’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, which will reshape the area’s transportation infrastructure to improve access to the Anacostia River waterfront for residents, commuters and visitors, while also improving the area’s environmental quality. The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) will permanently close access roads to Anacostia Park via South Capitol Street, temporarily close access via Howard Road SE and reduce access on Nicholson Street with intermittent lane closures and flaggers directing traffic. There are four ways to access the park to bypass construction. Skate or walk along the scenic paved Anacostia Trail that runs through Anacostia Park. Start your trip at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Navy Yard or the National Arboretum. Land a canoe, boat or kayak at the public ramp boat ramp located in Anacostia Park. The ramp is located right next to the only skating pavilion. Use the Green Line and exit the Anacostia Metro Station by following signs toward the Metro parking lot. With just a few short steps, enter Anacostia Park. Cross the 11th Street Bridge or drive through Historic Anacostia and see the “big chair,” turn into the park via Good Hope Road SE. For more information, visit go.nps.gov/visitAnacostiaPark. To learn more about DDOT’s construction projects, visit nicholsonse.anacostiabridges.com and newfrederickdouglassbridge.com. Photo: Courtesy of the National Park Service

for the kids served by the Children of Mine Center. For most of them, these outings have been their first visit to the baseball stadium and exposure to a live professional sporting event. The Nationals Baseball Club provides the complimentary tickets and ACC raises the funds for a bus and refreshments. The cost of the outing is approximately $2,000. Want to help? Visit gofundme. com/ward-8-youth-at-nationals-park-2018.

welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification. The program is offered at approximately 12 sites in the District, including senior centers and libraries. To learn more, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1-888-687-2277. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.

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Looking for volunteer opportunities? Register for Serve DC’s My Brother’s Keeper one-day volunteer recruitment fair on Aug. 22, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl. NW. This one-day volunteer recruitment fair will host 60 nonprofit and government agencies that provide volunteer opportunities for young boys and men of color. This event is designed for prospective mentors, tutors, coaches, and pro-bono consultants. serve.dc.gov.

An Alzeheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Faith Presbyterian Church, 4161 South Capitol St. SW.

Anacostia Arts Center Call for Proposals Anacostia Arts Center is offering residencies for small performing arts companies and individuals to produce high quality performances while nurturing the creation of new work. The purpose is to increase high quality artistic programming at the Anacostia Arts Center. Residencies are in theatre, music and dance. Apply at anacostiaartscenter.com.

Volunteers for AARP Tax-Aid AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. TaxAide offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions. The program is seeking volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is

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NMAAHC Walk-up Passes The National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) has announced Walk-Up Weekdays in September. Individuals may enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis weekdays during the month of September. 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. nmaahc.si.edu.

Recycling Trucks Wrapped with Art Three years ago, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provided funding for 10 recycling trucks to be wrapped with original works of art by local artists. The project (“Designed to Recycle”) was launched to promote recycling, invigorate District streets and support local artist. This year, they are providing funding for 15 more. dpw.dc.gov.

Green Finance Authority Established On July 10, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) signed the District of Columbia Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2018. DC is the first city in the US to create such an institution. Green Banks finance projects that create green jobs, expand solar power, lower energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet sustainability goals. They are capitalized with limited public funds and attract private capital investment that are then used to offer loans, leases, credit enhancements and other financing services to close funding gaps for clean energy projects.

1000 Opportunities Initiative Help Sought Mayor Bowser recently announced the 1000 Opportunities Initiative, an effort to connect 1,000 residents in communities disproportionately impacted by unemployment and violence with subsidized and unsubsidized work experience and training over the next 90 days. This initiative program provides opportunities for residents to take on various types of employment opportunities through such resources as the Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Transportation, DC Infrastructure Academy, Summer Youth Employment Program and more. The Bowser Administration is seeking assistance from the local business community to help fund the project. For more information and/or to sign-up, visit 1kopportunitiesdc.com.

Destination Atlas Tickets Available Eighty years ago, The Atlas made its grand debut on H Street offering a dynamic new destination for art and entertainment. Today, it celebrates its rich and honorable past as a landmark destination for performing arts


and cultural connection. Help support this work by purchasing tickets to Destination Atlas 2018 is on Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Cocktail attire required. Valet parking available. To reserve tickets visit atlasarts.org/destination.

Grant Awarded for Water Quality The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) has awarded a grant to Anacostia Riverkeeper to develop a volunteer based program to monitor the levels of bacteria including E. coli in the District of Columbia’s surface waters. The project will recruit a diverse group of District residents to sample water from areas along District waters where residents and visitors recreate. Monitoring will take place from May to September. The data will be accessible through an online portal. For more information, visit doee.dc.gov/service/water-qualityregulations.

PARK(ing) Day 2018 PARK(ing) Day returns to DC on Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On this day residents and businesses display their creativity by building pop-up parks in curbside parking spaces. The deadline to apply for PARK(ing) Day is Friday, Aug. 17. Read more at ddot.dc.gov/ page/parking-day-dc-2018.

DPW Collections Begin at 6 Trash and recycling crews from the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) now begin their daily routes at 6 a.m. The earlier collection time ends on Sept. 3. Residents can put their items out starting at 6:30 p.m. the day before their collections are made. Trash and recycling containers should be removed from public space by 8 p.m. on the collection day or a citation may be issued.

Community Forklift Summer Hours Through the summer, Community Forklift will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. People dropping off donations still need to arrive at least 30 minutes before close. The storage period for purchased items is reduced from seven to five days. Community Forklife is at 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Bladensburg, MD. communityforklift.org.

DC Farmers Markets Aid Low-Income Shoppers A coalition of farmers market organizations, including FRESHFARM, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture and Community Foodworks, have launched Fresh Match, a unified dollar-for-dollar matching program for shoppers using federal nutrition benefits at market. The new program enables customers to redeem their matching vouchers at any market in DC operated by coalition members. Fresh Match increases access to fresh, healthy, seasonal, local food. Under the program, shoppers can redeem their SNAP/EBT benefits at market and receive a Fresh Match voucher that can be spent on SNAP-eligible products at all participating FRESHFARM, Arcadia or Community Foodworks markets. Market shoppers receive a match of up to $10 per market per day for the benefits they spend. Matching vouchers expire at the end of each calendar year. For more information, visit freshmatch.org.

Keep Cool Use Pepco’s online energy management tool shows consumer current bills at any time during the month. Turn off all unnecessary lighting and devices. Keep thermostats at a constant, comfortable level when at home. Set the thermostat at 78 degrees. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust home temperature when away or sleeping to save as much as 10 percent off annual electric bills. Ensure that no furniture is blocking ducts or fans. Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. Those without air conditioning should use ceiling fans or portable fans with the windows partially open to circulate fresh air. Those with air conditioning can use fans to evenly distribute cool air. Run appliances that produce heat at night when it is cooler. Pepco customers can sign up for “Budget Billing” to avoid seasonal billing peaks by dividing payments evenly over the course of the entire year. Learn more about these programs and other ways to save money and energy by visiting pepco.com/WaysToSave or calling 1-866-353-5798. Have an item for the Bulletin Board? Email bulletinboard@hillrag.com

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Relocated Historic Homes on W Street SE Await Rehabilitation by John Muller

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fter more than a year of inactivity, heavy machinery has recently maneuvered back and forth behind a chainlink fence on the 1300 block of W Street in Historic Anacostia, drawing the attention of residents. On the lot formerly occupied by a Unity Health Care clinic sit two historic homes salvaged from the former Big K lot. They were relocated to the W Street lot in 2017 from the active Maple View Flats construction site

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on the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) owns both land parcels. “We can only see that DHCD is moving around dirt,” said Greta Fuller, commissioner of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 8A, who has advocated for preservation of the homes since the Fenty administration acquired the Big K lot. “We were told over two years ago that they had permits and the homes would go up for sale in 2017.” Charles Wilson, a former member of the Historic Preservation Review Board, counseled a reevaluation of the entire project. “I think DHCD needs to take a step back and reassess the vision for the site,” said Wilson. “Moving forward, they need to actively involve Office of Planning, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the community in a conversation to see if we can achieve a more creative vision that benefits everyone in the neighborhood.” Although neighborhood activists feel the delayed timeline has not been fully communicated, Mayor Muriel Bowser and officials at DHCD remain committed to the site’s development, as completion of Maple View Flats nears with an expected opening later this year. “Mayor Bowser is committed to transforming these historic homes into safe and affordable housing for Ward 8 residents, and multiple DC Government agencies are currently working together to make that happen as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Polly Donaldson, director of DHCD. “This means hitting the reset button, not only by restoring the homes within a revised, hard timeline, but ensuring that residents stay informed during key parts of the restoration process.”

Neighbors’ Concerns During a canvas of W Street, I spoke with several neighbors concerned with the condition of DHCD’s portfolio of vacant properties and lots within the Anacostia Historic District but also with the enforcement of laws against illegal renovation work. While Diane de Bernardo expressed frustration with the “dirt movers” across the street she also shared her frustrations with ongoing unpermitted construction of the two attached homes next-door at the corner of 14th and W streets SE. “In my neighborhood, Historic Anacostia, these have all been problematic in the construction and housing industries for a long time,” de Bernardo wrote in an email to members of the DC Council, various city agencies and advisory neighborhood commissioners. “It’s time for this to change.” “I have written to DCRA,” de Bernardo’s email says, “called, emailed and submitted online forms about this house many, many times over the last several months, starting sometime late in 2017. Frustrated with the lack of results, I consulted with my community. I learned that during the last two years, our ANC commissioner, representatives of our historic society and of our homeowner’s association, the president of our historic society and numerous other community members have also submitted complaints and requests for enforcement for these houses.”


Residents of W Street SE in Historic Anacostia observe heavy machinery operating on the 1300 block, down the street from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Photo: John Muller

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Historic Homes Restoration According to a DHCD webpage dedicated to Maple View Flats, “the historic homes will be moved to a new site in Ward 8 and restored, beginning in early 2017 and ending by fall 2017. In addition, three new construction homes will be built on the site, designed and developed based on the approved Neighborhood Pattern Book for the Congress Heights, Anacostia and St. Elizabeths (CHASE) communities.” The relocation process of the historic homes revealed unforeseen challenges – not uncommon for construction projects – that compromised the structural integrity of the already delicate homes and required a revision of the project’s timeline, according to DHCD officials. DHCD plans to update the executive committee of ANC 8A in August with a revised timeline for the site’s development. For more information on the restoration effort and Maple View Flats follow DHCD on twitter @DCDHCD or visit https://dhcd.dc.gov/page/maple-viewflats-big-k-site-development-0.

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Food Trucks: Culinary Oasis or Public Threat Vehicle Safety Questioned After July 3rd Fire by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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cluster of blackened leaves still marks the tree outside NASA headquarters where a food truck burned beneath it a few minutes after noon on July 3. According to DC Deputy Fire Chief Tony Falwell, the cause was a faulty propane regulator, which caused a burst of fuel to ignite sending flames more than ten feet into the air. The occupant of the truck escaped with only minor injuries. He was lucky. Others have not fared so well in District food truck fires. In November 2016, a food truck caught fire near George Washington University, seriously injuring three employees, one critically. Investigators said that fire was caused when the operator refueled a hot gas generator causing the fuel to ignite as the truck served customers. Every day food trucks park end-toend outside many of the District’s federal buildings, including a row of trucks at Maryland Avenue and Sixth Street SW where as many as 3,000 people pass through every hour, according to data collected by Kurb Technologies for the Southwest Business Improve-

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ment District (SWBID). Given these numbers, it is worth knowing something about the steps The District government takes to ensure the safety of these commercial kitchens on wheels.

How Does DC Inspect Food Trucks? Four agencies regulate food trucks, or Mobile Retail Vehicles (MRVs), in the District. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) handles vending on public space. The Department of Health (DOH) ensures safe food handling, while DC Fire and Emergency Services (DC FEMS) issues permits for propane gas and open flame use, as well as conducts fire safety inspections. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) provides broad oversight of the industry. They are in charge of licensing food trucks, as well as setting standards for the design, maintenance and operation of food truck equipment. Many DC Code requirements, including for fresh and waste water tanks and a three-compartment sink as well as a generator-powered refrigerator and freezer, relate to food safety. Fewer recommendations focus on ensuring safe

A food truck burns outside the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) building on the 400 block of E St. SW Tuesday, July 3. DC Fire officials said it was likely caused by a faulty propane regulator. Photo: SWBID

operation of portable heat, fuel and power sources. Although 500 food truck permits are currently issued by DCRA to mobile retail vehicles in the District, there are only four officers to enforce them. And while generator-powered refrigerators and freezers are a requirement for vending vehicles under DC Code, none of the regulations set standards for the use and handling of gasoline-powered generators, nor do they require training for the handling of propane tanks. Members of the DMV Food Truck Association (FTA), which represents more than 100 food trucks in eight jurisdictions, say that there is no cause for alarm. “I would say that there’s the same risk as there is at any brick-and-mor-

tar restaurant,” said DMV FTA Political Director and food truck operator Che Ruddell-Tabisola. Together with his husband Tad, he has been operating the BBQ Bus for seven years, parlaying the business into a catering service and, last year, a brick-and-mortar storefront, the BBQ Bus Smokehouse in Brightwood. Ruddell-Tabisola said that food trucks are regulated and periodically inspected by the same agencies that govern restaurants, as well as the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). “Every food truck is a fully operational, inspected and licensed commercial kitchen,” he said, noting that characteristics of each truck vary according to the menu but are substantially the same as those found in a storefront restaurant.


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unfair advantage over every business that plays by the rules. It also takes away from the quality of our neighborhoods for the residents. In the meantime, DCRA needs to step up enforcement on bad actors who are breaking the law. Enforcement goes a long way toward deterrence and ensuring everyone is playing by the same rules and meeting health and safety standards.”

At Canal Park, children play 20 feet from a row of food trucks as Department of Transportation employees line up for lunch. Photo: M. Ashabranner

Safe by Design

A National Concern The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that workers on food trucks receive training on such topics as how to extinguish fires and check for fuel line leaks. They also recommend that refueling of generators takes place only during non-operating hours when the surfaces are cool to the touch. In the District, FEMS inspects food trucks prior to licensing, checking signage, wiring, fuel lines and looking at fuel and fire suppression systems, and issuing permits for the use of propane gas. But Falwell acknowledged that operators are not required to take any training in operating or handling of fuel and fuel systems, and there are no fire code regulations in terms of the placement of generators or the distance between trucks and buildings. Falwell said propane typically used on food trucks is similar to that used in at-home barbeques. “But we do want the food truck operators to know what to do in case of emergency, so we’ve got to put something in place to make sure we’re covering that training piece.” Falwell said he has been examining the NFPA regulations and is hoping to incorporate them into regulations moving forward, either by changing regulations or appending them. “Inspection of the food truck is one thing, but when the food truck is operating in the public [it] is another thing,” Falwell said. “You can be clean as a whistle when you leave [FEMS], but two weeks later when you’re out in the community selling, that’s

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where the issues are.” The NFPA recommends food trucks be parked at least ten feet from buildings, structures and other vehicles. In the July 3 fire, a pizza truck parked directly behind the burning vehicle was also damaged. While Falwell will be pushing for increased spacing between parked food trucks, he said ten feet is probably not feasible in the District. “Somebody will just park right between the trucks,” he said, “and your whole purpose has just been defeated.” DCRA has convened a Food Truck Advisory Committee with representatives from the DMV FTA, FEMS, DCRA, DOH, MPD and the neighborhood Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Ruddell-Tabisola said the group is a good forum for communication between all the parties. “We’re partners in this,” he said. “I do think everyone in the group is interested in improving the current regulations.” The group also discussed the fire, and what should be done about it. “Many of us have struggled with the cat and mouse issues of food truck regulation enforcement,” said SWBID Executive Director Steve Moore. “But since the explosion here earlier this month, we now believe that many of these trucks are unsafe.” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) has introduced legislation that closes the loopholes that many of the food trucks exploit. ”There are a small number of food trucks who regularly flaunt the law with little consequence,” he said. “Right now, it’s the cheapest rent in town and gives

In addition to holding a position on the Board of the DMV FTA, Jason Tipton is also one of the owners of the East Coast Mobile Business Launchpad, which for the past ten years has custom-built about 150 food trucks for use in the District for “everyone from mom and pop line cooks to the US Navy.” Tipton also is a partner in The Dirty South Deli, which operates four food trucks. Any operator can construct and operate their own vehicle, provided the vehicle passes inspections by DCRA, DOH and FEMS. Along with a few other builders, Tipton has recently incorporated the National Food Truck Manufacturers’ Association to bimprove food truck design standards. He believes licensed contractors should be responsible for elements of food truck construction that require professional trades people, like electrical and plumbing, the latter including fittings for fuel systems. “Some food trucks have 20,000 watts of power and 60 lbs of propane,” he said. “if you’re a cook and you’re just trying to make French fries and gyros, do you really have any business connecting propane and running a 120-volt power box?” The current regulatory system is not fool-proof, Tipton said, specifically noting regulations around plumbing. “Just last week I sent out two interns to look for specific violations of the regulations, and in about five hours they found forty violations,” he said, noting that many of the vehicles had made it through the DOH permitting process. For Tipton, it isn’t that more regulations need to be written. He says there needs to be more mechanisms to ensure that those already on the books are consistently enforced in a useful way. “In terms of the regulatory regime, the tools are all there for the regulators and the enforcers,” Tipton said. “They just need to take a hard look at it and start enforcing the rules that have been passed and adopted by the City Council, and the Council needs to provide them with the funding that they are requesting to do that.” Deputy Chief Falwell disagrees with Tipton. He would like to see some modifications or elaborations on existing regulations. “You have to revisit what you have in place every now and again to make sure that you are meeting the needs of the changing environment,” he said. “The food truck industry in the District has grown and continues to grow.” Many of those involved in the industry believe the regulations need to grow with it.


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Community Profile:

Marvin Bowser by Anthony D. Diallo

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here are many truths about Marvin Bowser. He is openly gay, a self-proclaimed avid photographer and a devoted gardener who retired as a systems engineer with a defense contractor that employed him for 34 years. Bowser has also held the distinction of being a Hillcrest Community Citizens Association board member for 10 years and managing the association’s garden club for a decade.

Lover of Hillcrest The Hillcrest neighborhood, filled with its tree-lined suburban streets, is sometimes referred as the secret jewel of Southeast and one of the most desired communities in Ward 7 if not the entire District. Hillcrest is known for its majestic Colonial and Tudor single-family houses as well as craftsman bungalows and cozy ramblers. Here Bowser, a native Washingtonian, has lived for the past 21 years, since Thanksgiving 1997. “I love living here east of the river. I love the neighborhood. It is so accessible to everything. I love my house with the 40-foot pool and my koi pond that I built three years ago with my godson. I love being able to say ‘Hi’ to Marvin Bowser and his 40-foot pool behind his Hillcrest home.

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my neighbors and getting a ‘Hi’ back. Hillcrest is a very stable community.” Bowser, 57, who is the sibling of DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, appears cool, calm and collected on one side, but on another he is a proud man who enjoys his current overall life and the comfortability his past life has afforded him. He is still discovering things to add to his repertoire, like being a working thespian and a gregarious neighbor. Jimmie Williams, president of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association for the last two terms and the chair of the Ward 7 Democrats, credits Bowser for helping him decide to live in Southeast. “Actually, he introduced me to the neighborhood 20 years ago when he was doing garden shows and heading the club. I think Marvin is one of the strongest advocates for East of the River and Hillcrest we have. He doesn’t just talk about Hillcrest, he arranges parties and gets neighbors socializing.” Williams added, “I have a 1929 customstyle bungalow. When I bought this house, I didn’t want to have to move again because the house got too small. This community is perfect and convenient to everything. I worked in Virginia and got to work easily. It is also very accessible to downtown and practically everywhere. People aspire to live in Hillcrest. That’s the truth.”

Out of the Closet East of the River The truth of the matter was that “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the official US policy on military service by lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and queers (LGBTQ) instituted by the Bill Clinton administration in 1994, and lasting until 2011, affected Bowser even though he was a civilian and not an enlisted soldier. “I was a closeted gay for many years, and though as a civilian it

wasn’t as treacherous, there was tension. When my then partner and I moved here to East of the River, we were welcomed immediately. It wasn’t as you may think. Not day one, but day two a lady knocked on our door introducing herself as a neighbor down the street and welcomed us to the community. The only issue, and it really wasn’t an issue but an … interest, was, would we come into the neighborhood and become involved. My ex is a marketer and he attracted other LGBTQs to the area, and now there are a lot in the neighborhood. Hillcrest has been friendly and inviting to me.”

The Mayor: My Baby Sister Bowser is both passionate and protective of his baby sister, the highest elected politician in Washington, DC, and


Marvin Bowser enjoying his koi pond with a dozen koi.

the city’s eighth mayor, who turned 46 on August 2, 2018, as well as the latest addition to the Bowser bunch, his niece, Miranda Elizabeth Bowser. Miranda is the newborn girl that the mayor adopted in May. “It is lovely having a baby in the family again,” Bowser said about the two-month-old. “There were five of us growing up, not counting mom and dad. Muriel was the youngest, the baby. I have a twin brother Martin who is older than me. We grew up in Ward 5 and lived across the street from a wooded area. We played hard and ran wild in the summer. I grew up in an age when any adult could spank a child. It was definitely quieter times and a lot more family-centric.” His sister is only the second woman in DC’s history to be elected mayor, after Sharon Pratt Kelly, and is likely to be the first to win a second term since she did not have any high-profile Democratic contenders challenging her for the primaries. “There have been no credible candidates that have come forth to challenge her because Muriel has done so much and done it well. She laid out goals

and marched down that list. Things like extending the summer youth program that one-time Hillcrest resident and former DC Mayor Marion Barry started (and officially naming it in the late mayor’s honor) as well as helping the unemployed find jobs are all accomplishments.”

An Exciting Future Today Bowser intends to continue living his authentic life by traveling to exotic locales like southern Africa and honing his acting chops by exploring interesting, inspiring and irresistible projects for future roles. He has worked on such venues and vehicles as “DC Black Pride: Answering the Call,” a documentary tracing the roots of the District’s LGBTQ community that was produced by the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment. Bowser appeared on one 2018 episode of the “Dead of Night” drama series (as a courtroom judge) and recently was spotlighted in the music video “Backwoods and Perfume,” a song by District hip-hop artists Ra-

heem DeVaughn and Wes Felton, collectively known as CrossRhodes. Bowser’s exterior house and inviting pool are prominently featured in the video, which is viewed by internet. “This acting is still new to enough to me,” Bowser remarked. “I am enjoying it. I started acting in high school. I didn’t do much until I was asked to do a cameo in ‘Davenport Diaries’ which started in December 2015 and ended in 2016.” The episodes can be viewed on YouTube and “Triangle,” the web series. According to information obtained from Bowser’s website (www.marvinbowser.com), the “Davenport Diaries” is an LGBTQ-themed soap opera based in the District of Columbia with Bowser playing the Davenport patriarch, Barron Davenport. “Although I am open to various genres, I will probably focus on mysteries,” Bowser said. “A friend told me recently that I have comedic talent. I don’t know about that. I must maintain a certain level of dignity,” he said laughing slightly. “I won’t do anything ungentlemanly!”

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Free-music drumming guru William Hooker, with his new album “Pillars … at the Portal” drawing acclaim, appears on Aug. 19 at Twins Jazz. Photo: William Hooker

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till one of this listener’s all-time favorite recordings, we honor August birthday hero Lester Young by remembering again his album “Lester Young in Washington, DC, 1956,” on the Pablo/ Original Jazz Classics label. Recorded at Olivia Davis’ Patio Lounge – one of the back-in-the-day venues mentioned prominently in the recently released book “DC Jazz,” the album, with Bill Potts on piano, Norman Williams, bass, and Jim Lucht, drums, expertly frames Young’s supple, witty, at times ferocious, at other times hauntingly melancholy riffs on tunes like “A Foggy Day,” “Tea for Two,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “Jeepers Creepers” and others. The recording still brings wonder and surprise on every listening. Other August (quite a heroic month) birthday heroes are Louis Armstrong, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Benny Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Count Basie, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington – just to name a few!

Anacostia Arts Presents ‘DC Jazz’ Panel, Kent Miller Quartet Anacostia Arts Center, East River Jazz and MahoganyBooks bring us an afternoon of jazz from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, featuring the Kent Miller Quartet, following a panel discussion with the editor and contributors of the recently released book “DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington DC.” The panel will explore what some feel is the “overlooked and little-known history” of DC’s contribution to jazz, with Blair Ruble, co-editor of “DC Jazz,” speaking on “DC jazz institutions, the cultural hotbed of Seventh and U Streets, as well as the great Duke Ellington’s time in the nation’s capital,” according to Anacostia Arts Center information.

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Music will follow courtesy of the Kent Miller Quartet, “a kind of big band, straight-ahead jazz throwback” led by DC-based acoustic bassist Kent Miller.

Whalen’s Web Series Highlights Our Artists Pianist and composer Tim Whalen is one of our firstrank pianists – and you can catch him in his next show at Blues Alley on Aug. 15 with his quintet for verification of his artistic talents. But we appreciate Whalen also for reaching out to spotlight other artists via his AceTone Sessions on www.timothywhalen.com, which have featured bassist Zack Pride, guitarist Paul Pieper and saxophonist Tedd Baker.

Hooker’s Album ‘Pillars …’ Wails Drummer, composer, adventurist William Hooker’s new CD, “Pillars … at the Portal,” on his Mulatta Records label, is not for the faint of heart or the faint of ear. A veritable wall of sound it is, stretching the senses in a number of ways, but a worthy avant statement it is. Of his group on this recording, we know bassist Luke Stewart and guitarist Anthony Pirog fairly well, having heard them up close and personal in their own adventuresome displays. Also backing Hooker’s whipping, slashing drum work are Jon Irabagon, tenor and soprano sax, and James Brandon Lewis, tenor sax, with some fierce deliveries and skyscraping riffs. Notably moving on the album are the opener “Ray of Will,” with Hooker and Pirog both slashing and jamming over the horns and bass. “To Be and Do” is a 10-minute-plus driving, hypnotic excursion powered by horns and bass, as well as drums. Hooker slashes and bangs, and his whispers on cymbals in harmony with Pirog’s vintage searing, then spacey guitar riffs, highlight “Comes into View.” Hooker appears with his trio on Aug. 19 at Twins Jazz. See www.williamhooker.com for more information.

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS: … Cheyney Thomas, Aug. 11, Twins Jazz … Ninth anniversary Jazz Jam, Aug. 12, DC Jazz Jam/The Brixton … Marty Nau, Aug. 15, Twins Jazz … Tim Whalen Quintet, Aug. 15, Blues Alley … The Music of Wayne Shorter/Tim Green, Aug. 17, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Carol Morgan, Aug. 17-18, Twins Jazz … Elin, Aug. 18, The Alex … DeAndrey Howard, Aug. 19, DC Jazz Jam … William Hooker, Aug. 19, Twins Jazz … Anthony Pirog Trio, Aug. 20, Blues Alley … Cyrus Chestnut, Aug. 23-26, Blues Alley … Celebrating U Street and DC Jazz/Davey Yarborough, Aug. 24, Westminster … Thinking about Jazz/U Street Jazz; Jazz in DC/Blair Ruble, Aug. 25, Westminster …Steve Washington, Aug. 25, The Alex … Reginald Cyntje, Aug. 26, DC Jazz Jam … Brad Linde’s Therapy Band, Aug. 26, Twins Jazz … Shannon Gunn, Aug. 29, Twins Jazz … Thad Wilson, Aug. 31, Twins Jazz … AUGUST BIRTHDAYS:… Big Nick Nicholas 2; Eddie Jefferson 3; Louis Armstrong, Sonny Simmons 4; Lenny Breau 5; Rahsaan Roland Kirk 7; Lucky Millinder, Benny Carter 8; Jack DeJohnette 9; Claude Thornhill 10; Russell Procope 11; Earl Coleman, Pat Matheny 12; Mulgrew Miller 13; Stuff Smith 14; Oscar Peterson, Mal Waldron, Bill Evans 16; Ike Quebec, Duke Pearson 17; Oscar Brashear 18; Jimmy Rowles 19; Count Basie, Art Farmer 21; Bobby Watson 23, Claude Hopkins 24;Wayne Shorter, Pat Martino 25; Branford Marsalis 26; Lester Young 27; Kenny Drew 28; Charlie Parker, Dinah Washington 29; Kenny Dorham 30. Steve Monroe is a Washington, DC, writer who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues.com and followed at www.twitter.com/jazzavenues.


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1. Place for bubbles 5. Ate 8. Beach wear 11. Purple shade 15. Fed. property manager 18. Plant with medicinal properties 19. Of volcanic origin 21. Mammoth 23. Singer, then actor? 26. World power (abbr.) 27. Showed 28. The Mavericks, on scoreboards 29. Rutabaga 30. African capital 34. Airplane black ___ 35. Make up then and there 37. Like Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf 38. Skater’s move 39. Express 41. Convent dweller 42. Insect sensor 45. Summoner’s signal 46. Dupes 47. Got on 49. Japanese dancer 53. Novel character, then fashion designer, then actress? 57. Prophet 58. Lick 59. Half 60. Jamaican fruit 61. Turkish title of rank 64. Concept 67. Kind of court 69. Prickly seed case 72. Phonograph piece 73. Bay transport 75. “Fancy that!” 76. Potent potable 77. Principle in shingling 79. Admirable 80. Bobble 81. Former Rus. national assembly 82. Interest sharing nations 85. Vintage 87. Tip, in a way 91. Actress, then another actress? 98. Zen enlightenment

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99. Physique 100. Pod dweller 101. Yearn 102. Monthly payment 104. Certain theater, for short 105. Balance sheet item 106. Atahualpa, e.g. 107. Gymnast’s need 110. Slope 112. No, in Shakespeare’s English 113. “___ the Dragon” Bruce Lee movie 114. ‘He’s ___ nowhere man’ 117. Roth or Traditional? 118. Pyramid king 119. Tarzan’s buddy 121. Actress, then Idol judge? 129. Like some interviews 130. Flexible 131. A favorite with milk 132. Stadium cheer 133. Kevin Costner film role 134. Improve, as wine 135. Blister 136. A kind of sandwich

Down:

1. Shoot, game for example 2. Stout 3. Even more 4. “___ Alibi” 1989 film 5. Goes quickly 6. Ottoman “Commander” 7. Some trial evidence 8. Compound used as a water softener 9. Undo 10. Stupid person 11. Code for cons 12. Release, like a clothespin 13. USMC rank 14. Cupid’s back up 15. One beyond help 16. Glove material 17. Still 20. Miscue 22. Cut the grass 24. Kind of reaction 25. Idiosyncrasy

E a s t o f t h e R i v er D C N e w s . c o m

Look for this months answers at labyrinthgameshop.com 30. Indian classical genre 31. Neural transmitters 32. Sesame plant 33. Seaweed 34. Badger 35. Heavenly glow 36. Highlands musician 39. “Just as I thought!” 40. Type of reseller, for short 41. John Masefield play “The Tragedy of ___” 43. Sward 44. Wounded pride 47. One earning a fee, maybe 48. Coming 50. Hon 51. Undulating

52. Licorice flavor 54. Boer’s pen 55. Innocent 56. Mirror reflection 62. Catching 63. Quite sufficient 65. Stat for Clemens 66. Dry gulch 68. Hidden 69. Indicates 70. Soft palate projection 71. Decrease 74. Shout 78. Gillette 83. Baseball’s Master Melvin 84. Relating to sets of musical notes

86. Stupid 88. Plant with purple flowers 89. Type of stone 90. Yard barrier 92. Common verb 93. Elder, e.g. 94. Image in Egyptian art 95. Confederate soldier 96. ___ in hand 97. Vintage designation 103. Jurors 105. Takes out 107. Military rank 108. Stadium 109. Freshwater fish 111. Decorative tapestry 112. Surgeon’s assistant 113. Electric swimmer 115. California’s Santa ______ Mountains 116. Illustrate 118. Offshoot 119. Top 120. Hammer part 122. Invoice amount 123. Home to the Crimson Tide, abbr. 124. At this point 125. “___ Baby Baby” (Linda Ronstadt hit) 126. Grand ___, Nova Scotia 127. Always poetic 128. Disorderly situation


East of the River Magazine August 2018  

News from the Anacostia and Wards 7 & 8 of Washington, DC

East of the River Magazine August 2018  

News from the Anacostia and Wards 7 & 8 of Washington, DC

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