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24 East of the River Holiday Calendar! NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS 30 The Bulletin Board

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Education Inequity: DC Schools Are Chronically Underfunded by Alyssa Noth

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38 Vibrant Cultural Hub Opens in Fairlawn: The Nicholson Project Serves as a New Artist Residency, Community Garden and Art Gallery by Phil Hutinet

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DECEMBER A Chorus Line

Through Jan. 5. Up close in the audition room, feel every heartbeat and heartbreak as hopeful dancers pour out their dreams, memories, loves and why they dance in a breathtaking display of the tremendous talent it takes to be in a chorus line. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. off I395 at the Shirlington exit (#6). signature-theatre.org. Photo: Christopher Mueller

MUSIC City Winery. Dec. 10, Jump Little Children; Dec. 12 and 13, Los Lobos; Dec. 14, Slim Jim Phantom Trio; Dec. 15, BETTY Holiday Show; Dec. 17, Mike Zito; Dec. 18, Etienne Charles; Dec. 19, Ro-

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drigues; Dec. 21, Freddie Jackson; Dec. 22, Kevin Lionell and Backyard Band; Dec. 23, Vybe Band Holiday Show; Dec. 26, New Bomb Turks; Dec. 27, Music Soulchild; Dec. 28, PatriceLIVE; Dec. 29, Stephen Kellogg; Dec. 31, Secret Society NYE; Dec. 31 and Jan 1, Lyfe Jennings; Jan. 3, Christian

Lopez; Jan. 4, Anthony David; Jan. 9, Lenny Williams. City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. citywinery. com/washingtondc. Rock and Roll Hotel. Dec. 13, Seagraves; Dec. 20, The Captivators; Dec. 31, NYE 2020. Rock and Roll

Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. rockandrollhoteldc.com. Blue Mondays in SW. Mondays, 6 to 9 PM. Dec. 16, Carly Harvey’s Kiss & Ride; Dec. 23, Swampdog Blues!; Dec. 31, Bobby Felder’s New Year’s Eve Bash. $5 cover. Children under 16 are free. Rea-


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She the People

Dec. 1 to Jan. 5. The Second City returns to Woolly with a freshly written show inspired by the 2018 all-female, all-funny blockbuster. Woolly Mammoth, 641 D ST. NW. woollymammoth.net. sonably priced meals offered. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. westminsterdc.org. The Anthem. Dec. 11, NSO-Ugly Sweater Holiday Concert; Dec. 15, Zinzi Christmas Party; Dec. 31, White Ford Bronco; Jan. 1, Ron White. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. theanthemdc.com. SW Jazz Nights. Every Friday, 6 to 9 PM. Dec. 13, Tribute to Mary Lou Williams; Dec. 20, Holiday Special; Dec. 27, Juke Joint Jazz. $5 cover. Children under 16 are free. Reasonably priced meals offered. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. westminsterdc.org. Mr. Henry’s. Dec. 12, Only Lonesome; Dec. 13, Kevin Cordt; Dec. 19, Hollertown; Dec. 20, Chris Prince; Dec. 21, Julia Nixon; Dec. 26, New Voices; Dec. 27, Aaron L. Myers II; Dec. 28, Maija Reiman. Capitol Hill Jazz Jam every Wednesday. Shows run 8 to 11 PM; doors open at 6 PM; no cover; two items per person minimum. Henry’s Upstairs, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. mrhenrysdc.com.

THEATER AND FILM Newsies. Extended through Dec. 29. In the summer of 1899, the newsboys of New York City took on, Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst and won. arenastage.org. Amadeus. Through Dec. 22. Genius and jealousy collide in the opulent salons and opera houses of 18th-Century Vienna. Folger Shakespeare Theatre. 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. Dear Jack, Dear Louise. Through Dec. 29. When two strangers meet by letter during World War

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ReVision Dance Company. Photo: Mariah Miranda.

Dance Place’s Contemporary Viewpoints Festival

Dec. 7 at 8 PM and Dec. 8 at 4 PM. Dance Place’s Contemporary Viewpoints Festival is a curated mixed-bill showcase of boundary-pushing modern dance, presenting a range of work by choreographers from the DMV. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. danceplace.org.

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II, a love story begins. US Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday. arenastage.org. Peter Pan and Wendy. Budding scientist Wendy Darling dreams of earning a Nobel Prize. When Peter Pan arrives at her bedroom window, she takes a leap and leaves finishing school behind, chasing adventure among the stars. shakespearetheatre.org. Mosaic’s Eureka Day. At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus, diversity and inclusion are valued. Mostly importantly, vaccinations are a personal matter. atlasarts.org. IN Series’ L’Enfance du Christ. Dec. 14, 8 PM. In collaboration with Foundry United Methodist Church, Berlioz’s grand oratorio is uniquely staged as a community exploration of human migration and the power of hospitality to those fleeing persecution. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. inseries.org. Taffety Punk’s I Take Your Hand in Mine. Dec. 9 to 13. Suggested by the love letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper,  this production traces the passionate relationship between the world-famous dramatist and Russia’s leading actress. CHAW, 545 Seventh St. SE. taffetypunk.com.


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Becoming Jane at National Geographic

Produced in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, the exhibition explores Goodall’s life from her early years as an intrepid young woman with a dream to learn about animals in Africa. It narrates the years she spent establishing herself as a renowned scientist in Tanzania; and examines her present role as an activist, mentor and advocate. $10 to $15. National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW. nationalgeographic.org. Jane Goodall in her home is Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 1995. Photo: Michael Nichols

Fiddler on the Roof. Dec. 10 to 15. A wonderful cast and lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, as well as the timeless traditions that define faith and family. nationaltheatre.org. Jersey Boys. Dec. 17 to Jan. 5. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard. And, the radio just couldn’t get enough of. nationaltheatre.org.

LITERARY EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS AND TALKS Miniature Shakespeare Books from the Harner Collection. Through Dec. 31. Mondays to Saturdays, 11 AM; 1 PM and 3 PM; Sundays, noon and 3 PM. Take a free tour of the Folgers’ Founders’ Room to see a rotating display of selected items from The James L. Harner Collection of Miniature Books Pertaining to Shakespeare. Folger.edu. A Monument to Shakespeare-The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Through Jan. 5, 2020. The Folger Shakespeare

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Library is throwing back the curtains on its origin story and exciting future in “A Monument to Shakespeare: The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library.” folger.edu. Tammy R. Vigil - Melania and Michelle: First Ladies in a New Era. Dec. 13, noon. A compelling account of modern first ladies, exploring how each woman has crafted her public image and used her platform to influence the country, while also serving as a paragon of fashion and American womanhood. National Archives. archives.gov. Friends of SE Library Book Sale. Dec. 14, 10 AM to 3 PM. Most books are $1. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. dclibrary.org/southeast. Harry Potter and the Banned Books. Dec. 23, 7 PM. This presentation explores what gets banned in Harry Potter. It examines how access to information is conceived of in the series and the role of the library in Rowling’s Wizarding World. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. dclibrary.org/southeast.

SPORTS AND FITNESS NGA Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. Daily except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 AM to 9 PM; Fridays, 10 AM to 11 PM; Saturdays, 11 AM to 11 PM; and Sundays, 11 AM to 9 PM. pavilioncafe.com/ice-skating. Canal Park Ice Skating. Daily, Sundays, 10 AM to 10 PM; Mondays to Thursdays, noon to 10 PM; Fridays, noon to 11 PM; and Saturdays, 10 AM to 11 PM. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. canalparkiceskating.com.

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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. 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. Have an item for the Calendar? Email it to calendar@hillrag.com. ◆


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HoLiDaY CaLeNdAr! Black Nativity at Anacostia Playhouse. Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. Black Nativity is the Afro-centric retelling of the birth of Christ through exuberant Gospel music and Modern dance. anacostiaplayhouse.com.

Enchant at Nat’s Park. Through Dec. 29. The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market is coming to Nationals Park this holiday season! $14.99 to $33.99. enchantchristmas.com.

Step Afrika! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show at the Atlas. Dec. 12 to 22. DC’s internationally-known percussive dance company celebrates the holidays with clapping and stomping production featuring furry friends from the Animal Kingdom. Do not mis a special dance party with DJ Frosty the Snowman. $25 to $45. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. atlasarts.org.

Celebrate Kwanzaa at THEARC. On Dec. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring the entire family to the Anacostia Community Museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Enjoy energetic and interactive introduction to Kwanzaa with the Melvin Deal African Heritage Dancers & Drummers. Dancers, singers, music, colorful costumes and lively characters designed for young children and adults alike. Free in THEARC Auditorium. RSVP at anacostia.si.edu.

Kwanzaa at Dance Place. Dec. 14, 7 to 10 PM and Dec. 15, 3 to 5 PM. Do not miss Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. danceplace.org. Downtown Holiday Market. Through Dec. 23, noon to 8 PM, daily. More than 150 exhibitors and artisans selling an array of high-quality gift items including fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, tasty treats and hot beverages. Market is at F Street between Seventh and Ninth Streets NW. downtownholidaymarket.com.

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National Cathedral Holiday Light Spectacular

Dec. 27, 6:30 and 8:30 PM; and Dec. 28, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 PM. Be transported into a snow globe world as the grand columns and high vaulted ceilings are blanketed in snowflakes and other lighting effects. Enjoy a screening of the 1982 film “The Snowman” as well as holiday favorites performed by a live orchestra and soloists. Run time is 45 minutes. $40. cathedral.org.

Cozy Christmas. Events DC will host its second annual Cozy Christmas holiday celebration at Gateway DC in Congress Heights on Dec. 15. This winter wonderlandthemed community event is free to the public and suitable for families with children of all ages. Photos with Santa Claus, arts and crafts, entertainment, drinks and food. 5pm8pm. Gateway DC, 2700 MLK Jr. Ave. Pre-register online at www.cozychristmas.splashthat.com, or by sending a text message to Brian Atkins at 202-295-7142.


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Season’s Greenings at the Botanic Garden. Daily through Jan. 5, 10 AM to 5 PM. Remember the fragrance of a freshly cut fir tree, the magic of holiday lights and sumptuous decorations and the delight of a child discovering the make believe world of model trains. This year’s Season’s Greenings explores botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine. Seasonal live music is on Dec. 10, 12, 17, 19, 26 and 31; 6 to 8 PM. Free. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov.

Folger Consort’s Gloria – A Baroque Italian Christmas

Dec. 13 to 18. Written around 1715, the piece was first performed by the all-female choir and orchestra of the Ospedale della Pietà, composed entirely of young women and directed by Vivaldi himself. $52. St. Mark’s on Capitol Hill. folger.edu. Photo: Teresa Wood

The Nutcracker. Through Dec 29. Set in Georgetown with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays. Warner Theater, 513 13th St. NW. warnertheatredc.com. A Christmas Carol at Ford’s. Through Jan. 1. Join the

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Georgetown GLOW Light Display. Through Jan. 5. Produced and hosted by the Georgetown BID, the region’s only curated light art experience juxtaposes commissioned pieces against the backdrop of Georgetown’s historic environs. georgetownglowdc.com. Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Dec. 13, 14 and 22, Join the estate for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Timed tickets are $26 for adults and $18 for children 11 and under (five and under, free). George Washington’s Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA. mountvernon.org.

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker. Trombonist, crooner and journalist Eric Felten will lead his jazz orchestra through Duke Ellington’s bigband arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” at the annual Blues Alley performances. 10 p.m. at Blues Alley; also Dec. 10. $35. Holiday Jazz at the St. Regis. Jazz pianist Christopher Linman performs during happy hour (5:308 p.m.) at the St. Regis. Bring the kids to write a letter to Santa (he promises to reply) or sip hot cocoa by the fire, and stick around for the 6 p.m. sabering of a champagne bottle, with free bubbly provided to guests. Wednesdays through Fridays from Dec. 4 to 27 at the St. Regis. Free.

joy from your car at $20 per car. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD. visitannapolis.org.

ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords.org. Zoolights. Through Jan. 1, 5 to 9 PM, nightly except Dec. 24, 25 and 31. Meander through the Zoo covered with thousands of sparkling lights. Attend special keeper talks and enjoy live entertainment. Free; $25 to park. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park. Through Jan. 1. The event features more than 60 animated and stationary displays, including traditional Marylandthemed favorites, holiday and children’s displays. En-

Caroling in the Gallery. Dec. 14, 1:30 and 2:30 PM. The Gallery’s long-standing tradition of community caroling in the West Building Rotunda is a favorite family activity during the holidays. Performances last 45 minutes; singers and spectators of all ages welcome. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. The Christmas Revels. Dec. 10 to 15. An Elizabethan celebration of the winter solstice. $12 to $65. Lisner Auditorium at GW University. revelsdc.org. National Gallery of Art Holiday Concerts. Dec. 15, 21 and 22. All concerts are at 3:30 PM in the West Building, West Garden Court. nga.gov. Handel’s Messiah at the National Cathedral. Dec. 9, 4 PM. There is no better way to start the Holiday sea-


What are you doing New Year’s Eve 2019? son than to experience Handel’s Messiah in the unique setting of Washington National Cathedral. cathedral.org. A Christmas Carol at The Little Theatre of Alexandria. Through Dec. 22. The family-favorite classic by Charles Dickens, equipped with special effects, Victorian carols and Tiny Tim returns to the Little Theatre of Alexandria. $20. The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA. thelittletheatre.com.

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WINTERFEST at Wunder Garten

Dec. 6 to 22 (kick-off, Dec. 6, 4 PM with live music). At this year’s WINTERFEST, shop local vendors, buy a Christmas tree, take family holiday photos, chat by the fire pit, chill in the igloo, see Santa (2 to 8 PM on Saturdays) and sip warm cocktails. Wunder Garten, 1101 First St. NE. wundergartendc.com.

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Del Ray Artisans Holiday Market. Dec. 13 to 15 and 20 to 22; Fridays, 6 to 8 PM; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM to 8 PM. Market features handcrafted work from local artists; handmade ornaments to support Del Ray Artisans. A bake sale benefits Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA. TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Gay Men’s Chorus- The Holiday Show

Dec. 7, 8 PM; Dec. 14, 3 and 8 PM; and Dec. 15, 3 PM. This annual extravaganza returns with an all-new edition featuring disco dancers, muscle boys, falling snowflakes, candlelight processionals, soaring vocals, Santa Claus and a 7-foot Christmas tree-in heels. $25 to $65. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. gmcw.org.

US Air Force Band Spirit of the Season. Dec. 14, 3 and 8 PM; Dec. 15, 3 PM. Enjoy classic and modern holiday music and a surprise visit from the North Pole. Free tickets available at usafband.af.mil. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW. usafband.af.mil.

Navy Band Holiday Concerts. Dec. 21, 3 PM and 8 PM and Dec. 22, 3 PM. This concert combines the musical forces of multiple ensembles from the US Navy Band for an entertaining family-friendly show. Santa appears. Free. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. navyband.navy.mil/holiday_concert.

Civil War Christmas. Dec. 14, noon to 4 PM. Discover how Christmas was observed during the Civil War. Suggested donation, $2 per person or $5 per family. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria, VA. alexandriava.gov/FortWard.

A Candlelight Christmas by The Washington Chorus. Dec. 15 to 22. It’s not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring the National Capital Brass, over 130 singers, the organ, sing-alongs and the magnificent candlelight processions. $19 to $82. kennedy-center.org.

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Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon. Dec. 20 and 21, 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Come to Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music. The fireworks beginning around 8 PM. Event also features local choirs, re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment in winter encampment and 18th-Century dance lessons. George Washington’s Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA. mountvernon.org. Christmas Caroling at The Wharf. Dec. 21, 5 to 7 PM. Enjoy music from strolling Christmas carolers. Greet Santa and one of his elves! Wharf Street, District Square, District Pier. wharfdc.com.

Wreaths Laying at Arlington Cemetery. Dec. 14, 9:30 AM. Meet at McClellan Gate at the intersection of McClellan and Eisenhower Drives. Volunteers receive a short briefing then move to the designated areas of the cemetery to participate in the laying of wreaths at headstones. To volunteer and for more information, go to wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. Since the Christmas Bird count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers. The DC count will occur on one day between those dates. Read how to participate at audubon. org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count.

ple of all faiths. Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org.

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Morgan State University Choir Annual Christmas Concert. Dec. 15, 4 PM. $10 to $25. Gilliam Concert Hall, Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD. msuchoir.org. A Bohemian Christmas. Dec. 16, 8 PM. The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2010. $15 to $35. The Atlas, 1333 H Street NE. atlasarts.org. A Jew in December. Dec. 18, 7 PM. Join Rabbi Aaron to discuss the concept of Christian privilege and how it impacts American Jewish identity. $18. Open to peo-

National Menorah Lighting. Dec. 22, 4 PM. Gates open at 3 PM. Free dreidels, latkes, donuts and menorah kits. Ceremony is on the Ellipse, south of the White House. Free tickets required at nationalmenorah.org. Christmas at Washington National Cathedral. Dec. 24, 6 PM, Lessons and Carols; 10 PM, Festival Holy Eucharist. Both services require free tickets, but there will be a standby line. Dec. 25, 11:15 AM, Festival Holy Eucharist; 1:30 PM, Christmas Day Organ Recital. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. cathedral.org Celebration of Christmas at the National Shrine. Dec. 24, Children’s Mass with Gospel Pageant, 4:30 PM; Musical Meditations on the Nativity, 9 and 10 PM. Dec. 25, Masses, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 AM; noon; and 2:30 (Spanish Mass) and 4:30 PM. 400 Michigan Ave. NE. nationalshrine.com.


An Irish Carol at Keegan Theatre

Dec. 12 to 31. An Irish Carol follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has distanced himself from others and lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. keegantheatre.com.

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Waterskiing Santa on the Potomac. Dec. 24, 1 PM. It will be along the Old Town Alexandria waterfront, from the Torpedo Factory to Lumley Park. Santa’s helpers come out early to ensure it’s safe for Santa. waterskiingsanta.com. Christmas Dinner for Those Who Are Alone or In Need. Dec. 25, 12:15 to 2 PM, in the Dining Room of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. This is a walk-in meal. Just show up. Volunteers are needed to fill many different positions. To volunteer, email rsvp@bnsic.org or phone 202526-8300. nationalshrine.com. First Night Alexandria. Dec. 31, 10 AM to just after midnight. This annual New Year’s Eve bash takes over Old

Town Alexandria with more than 100 performances at 22 indoor venues, with live music, dancing, children’s face painting and games. Fireworks just before midnight on the river. $30, Dec. 1 to 30; $35, day-of. Kids 12 and under and active military, free. firstnightalexandria.org. Fiesta de los Reyes Magos. Jan. 5, 11:30 AM and 2 PM. GALA’s traditional Three Kings celebration features the Magi, live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood and gifts for every child. Free tickets will be distributed at the GALA Box Office at 10 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. show and at noon for the 2 p.m. show. No tickets reserved by phone. Maximum six tickets per person in line. galatheatre.org. u

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2019 FoKAG Photography Contest Winners Announced

The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FoKAG) have announced the winners of their 2019 photography contest that not only highlights the beauty of the park, but also raises funds to improve the park and programs. These images and all previous contest winners can also be found in the online gallery at the new Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic website, kenaqgardens.org/events/ photo-contest/.

Second Annual Ward 8 Toy Give-A-Way

On Wednesday, Dec. 19th, Councilmember Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) will host his Second Annual Ward 8 Toy Give-A-Way from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Malcolm X Opportunity Center (1351 Alabama Ave. SE). Families should register online in advance. Up to four children aged 0-12 may be registered per household, and proof of Ward 8 residency will be required. Registration for 500 families is open until Dec. 14th.

Whitman-Walker Moving to St. Elizabeth’s

Whitman-Walker Health has signed a lease to build a state-of-the-art health center on St. Elizabeth’s East Campus. The 116,000-square-foot facility will house primary, behavioral, dental and substance misuse treatment services, expanding on the services currently provided at Whitman-Walker’s Max Robinson Center at 2301 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. SE. The development will also include a ground-floor pharmacy, a new home for Whitman-Walker’s Youth Services and administrative office space for over 100 Whitman-Walker staff. This expansion will allow Whitman-Walker to go from seeing 5,000 patients and to seeing 15,000 annually. The building will be located on Parcel 17 at the southern edge of the campus, a vacant site that faces Alabama Avenue at Sycamore Street SE. stelizabethseast.com/.

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office will be available at the Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE, to assist DC residents with connecting with federal government agencies such as the Social Security Administration, USCIS, the US Postal Service and Veterans Affairs. dclibrary.org/capitolview.

Cleanup Fort Stanton Park and Shepherd Parkway

On the first Saturday of every month, help Ward 8 Woods (W8W) remove trash and invasive plants from Fort Stanton Park, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers meet in front of the Ft. Stanton Recreation Center, 1812 Erie St. SE. Wear work boots, durable pants and clothes. Bring a water bottle. Documentation of community service hours will be provided upon request. W8W also holds Shepherd Parkway clean-ups every second Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers meet in the picnic area near the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Avenues SE. Gloves, bags and light refreshments are provided. Wear work boots, durable pants and clothes. Bring a water bottle. For questions, contact Nathan at or nathan@ward8woods.org.

Volunteer for The Anacostia Watershed Society

On, Dec. 14, noon to 3 p.m., help the Anacostia Watershed Society sort trash removed from their River Terrace Trash Trap. C count the pieces of trash and measure the weight and volume for each of 13 categories. The data collected will be used to educate the public and advocate for a healthier watershed. Learn about the trash challenges of the Anacostia. Volunteers meet at Bostwick House, 3901 48th St., Bladensburg, MD. anacostiaws.org.

Enroll for DC Health Link at the Anacostia Library

DC Health Link’s open enrollment period runs through Jan. 31, 2019. Sign-up for highquality, affordable health insurance at DCHealthLink.com, the District’s online statebased health insurance marketplace. DC now ranks second in the country for the lowest uninsured rate with 96 percent of residents covered. More than 16,000 residents are covered through the DC Health Link individual marketplace and more than 77,000 people


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are covered through its small business marketplace. Get enrollment help at the DC Health Link Enrollment Center at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays except holidays. This drop-in enrollment center is designed to provide consumers and small business owners with information about DC Health Link and the enrollment process. DC Health Link Assisters will be on site to answer questions. In-Person Assisters are specially trained to guide people through the enrollment process and answer questions about the healthcare options. They can provide inperson enrollment assistance to individuals, families, small businesses and their employees. dclibrary.org/anacostia.

Rosa Parks. Photo: Donna Terek, March 6, 1993

DC Hypothermia Hotline

Hypothermia season is Nov. 1 to March 31. A Hypothermia Alert is called when the temperature falls to 32 degrees. Call the Shelter Hotline, 202-399-7093, to report a homeless person who may be impacted by extreme temperatures. The hotline can also be reached at 211 or uposh@upo.org.

National Arboretum Full Moon Experiences

Take a Full Moon Hike on the Arboretum grounds or Forest Bath on Dec. 11, 12 or 13, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 dollars, plus the additional Eventbrite processing fee. No pets or children under 16. Registration closes on Dec. 10. Forest bathers join certified nature and forest therapy guide Clare Kelley for an unforgettable experience. In the two-hour program, Kelley guides students through invitations: sensory and interactive experiences to reap the healing gifts of nature. Reconnect with the earth’s beauty and wisdom. This is a good alternative to those who want to experience the full moon at a slower pace. Register for both at fona.org/ events/fullmoonhikes/.

Starting a Business

Emergency Food Assistance

Know someone who is in need of food? Call the Hunger Lifeline at 202-644-9807. They can help find local pantries, kitchens serving free meals and other organizations that can provide emergency aid.

Marvelous Morphology Tours of Season’s GreeningsOn Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. or Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., join Dr. Susan Pell, US Botanic Garden Deputy Executive Director, on a tour of “Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens” to learn more about plants included in the garden’s holiday exhibit. Discover which leaves, stems, flowers and fruits are used EastofthERivERDcnEws.coM

“Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,” at the Library of Congress

Bike Lane Enforcement Expanded

Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon, famous for her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in 1955 Montgomery, often is mischaracterized as a quiet seamstress. Little attention is paid to her full life story. A new Library of Congress exhibition, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,” reveals the real Rosa Parks was a seasoned activist with a militant spirit forged over decades of challenging inequality and injustice. This is the first exhibition of the Rosa Parks Collection, which includes her personal writings, reflections, photographs, records and memorabilia. The collection was placed on loan with the Library in 2014 and became a permanent gift in 2016 through the generosity of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. loc.gov/topics/changemakers.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has partnered with DC Public Library to educate prospective business owners on the process of starting a business in the District of Columbia. On Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m., come to Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE and learn about: Business Licensing; Corporate Registration; Certificates of Occupancy; Home Occupancy Permits; Grant Opportunities; Vending; Farmers Markets and Certified Business Enterprises. dclibrary.org/francis.

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years. For the first time, DC residents voted for awards winners via online polling for the 11 other categories. The mayor recognized the contributions of Andy Shallal, Vernard Gray, DC Scores, The Content Farm, Models Inc. Performing Organization, Katie Burk, Ian Callender, Herta Feely, Marc Barnes, The Kennedy Center, Kay Photography and Xemiyulu Tapepechul.

to create plant-based recreations of DC landmarks. Use a magnifying glass to investigate the tiny flowers of a poinsettia or learn about the scents of evergreen trees. Free but registration is required. usbg.gov.

34th Mayoral Annual Arts Awards

On Nov. 6, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) held the 34th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor artists and arts organizations. The event celebrates the District’s arts, humanities and creative communities. The event was produced by DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment and the newly created DC Creative Affairs Office. The Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor is presented to an individual, group or non-profit organization whose contributions to arts and culture in the District have been substantial and consistent for at least 20

The District is mobilizing 26 new Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) to enhance bike lane safety in support of the city’s Vision Zero DC initiative. The Department of Public Works (DPW) currently has 272 PEOs who cover 109 locations in five eight-hour shifts. DPW began assigning new PEOS to bike lane beats on Nov. 12. The agency hopes that the additional officers will help change driving behavior and improve safety. Each beat has at least one PEO dedicated solely to bike lane enforcement. They focus on vehicles blocking bike lanes.

Do It Yourself Vehicle Emissions

On Nov. 15, Mayor Bowser launched the District’s first self-service on-board diagnostic emissions kiosk. This ATM-style service provides residents with 24-hour access to perform their own vehicle emissions test. Operated by the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the kiosk is available for vehicle model years 2005 and newer. The facility includes touch screen technology, integrated VIN bar code scanner, step-by-step audio support and other user-friendly features. The emissions kiosk is at Takoma Recreation Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW. Have an item for the Bulletin Board? Email it to bulletinboard@ hillrag.com. u


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Changing Hands

Changing hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list,based on the MRIs, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. NEIGHBORHOOD ANACOSTIA

1617 W St SE 2501 Sayles Pl SE #2 1262 Talbert St SE #20A 2123 Young St SE #202

BARRY FARMS 1510 Howard Rd SE 1523 Morris Rd SE 1527 Morris Rd SE

CONGRESS HEIGHTS 1206 Trenton Pl SE 741 Congress St SE 829 Xenia St SE 904 Alabama Ave SE 186 Darrington St SW 256 Oakwood St SE 1112 Savannah St SE #23 3835 Halley Ter SE

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FORT DUPONT PARK 3308 D St SE

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Council Approves Supportive Housing on Reservation 13 Residents Say Contract is Rushed

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n Tuesday, Nov. 19 DC Council unanimously approved a contract to provide 100 Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units on Reservation 13. The contract with developers Donatelli and Blue Skye includes subsidies of $3.1 million a year for 15 years to provide 100 units of housing in the F1 development. Residents were initially surprised by the contract, which had been placed on the consent agenda for the Nov. 5th DC Council meeting, meaning it required neither discussion nor debate. In response to community feedback, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6-D) asked chair of the District’s housing committee Councilmember Anita Bonds (D-At Large) to delay the vote for two weeks to allow for greater outreach.

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opment requires that 76 units be offered at 60 percent AMI and below. Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Laura Zeilinger said the PSH Project at Reservation 13 was designed with the community of women currently living at the Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter (1900 Massachusetts Ave. SE) in mind. Many of these women have been living in the shelter or the system for decades, and are reluctant to accept housing solutions that will take them out of the neighborhood or separate them from the community they have built together. “People talk all the time about how important it is that people not be pushed out of the neighborhood, and these people have a right to be included,” Zeilinger said. Residents are selected for PSH by the DC Housing Authority through a standardized system that assesses applicants and prioritizes their access in order to best meet their housing needs. That this location will match their key needs means that the women currently living in

Harriet Tubman will likely be the first clients matched to the Reservation 13 housing, but they will not be the only candidates for the housing. Anyone whose needs are best matched by these units will also receive an offer, Zeilinger said.

More Affordable Units

With this contract, all of the units in Donatelli development on the F1 parcel will now be PSH. That project was originally to include 75 affordable units intended for families with incomes between 0 and 60 percent AMI. The PSH contract adds nine units, all deeply affordable and all one-bedroom. “We are actually getting more affordable housing out of this deal then is required,” Zeilinger said. The appearance of the F1 development is not expected to change and the G1 development is unaffected. It is important to move fast on the contract, Zeilinger said. While financing was in place for the development as previously planned, in order for the investor to support the change to PSH units, there needs to be surety that DHS will take on the debt. “Every time it gets delayed, we risk demonstrating that there is not the political will to do this,” she said.

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is both a housing and a service model. Units are usually located in a single building where 24-hour supportive services such as security, medical or employment assistance are provided on-site, usually by a non-profit organization. The model is designed to provide residents with the stability of housing and whatever support is necessary to address their individual needs in order remain housed. Rent and utilities are subsidized up to 100 percent, for a total of $45 million over 15 years. Although residents are asked to contribute 30 percent of their income, Bonds said the project was budgeted on the assumption that there will be zero income contribution. At the end of 15 years, the city has the option to renew the contract, the most likely path. Regardless, Jan. 21, 2016 Rendering of the sites of the F1 and G1 Donatelli-Blue Skye developments. Presented at April 7, 2016 hearing of the District Zoning Commission. app.dcoz.dc.gov the zoning order for the devel34

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But Hill East residents say that the sudden change to the contract is typical of the sudden changes to plans for Reservation 13. There has been discussion about development on Reservation 13 for more than fifteen years. A full plan for the area was produced with tcommunity input in 2008. Speaking before the vote, Hill East resident John Ten Hoeve said that part of the problem is that neighbors have no idea what the city really plans to


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DHS Director Zeilinger acknowledged that the agency did not realize the full extent of community concern with development in the area. She said that DHS had been advocating over the summer for a PSH deal in Hill East. When the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) notified DHS that they were able to work with Donatelli to modify their plans to include PSH, she said it seemed like the perfect opportunity to move quickly. Zeilinger said that it was an error not to have conducted community outreach until the week after Oct. 9, when the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) had voted to allocate local subsidies to fund the housing. “That was a mistake on my part,” she said. “I and my team didn’t understand the dynamics and how it would be perceived overall.” “Clearly, they felt blindsided, and the notice felt really short. That should have happened differently.” Despite the passions on the issue, Zeilinger said that engagement at the two community meetings held by the city on Nov. 13 and by Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 7F on Nov. 14, and both attended by DHS has been positive. “What surprised me most about [the Nov. 13 meeting] was that while it was kind of hostile at first and people felt strongly about it, still afterwards they

Different Views of ANCs

Reservation 13 is located in ANC 7F, which is chaired by Tyrell Holcomb (7F01). Together with Holcomb ANC 7F voted in support of the PSH contract. In a statement released after the vote, Holcomb said that to do otherwise would be to reject the most vulnerable people in Ward 7. “Donatelli Development owns the land in question and rejecting this resolution would mean the potential displacement of more Ward 7 residents,” the statement reads. “If the commission does not endorse permanent supportive housing; high-cost units will be built.” The ANC 7F resolution also stipulates that Donatelli will select a management company and provide a security plan. While Reservation 13 is located in ANC 7F, it is beside the Hill East residential neighborhoods of ANC 6B. At their November meeting, ANC 6B voted to send a letter to DC Council asking them to delay a vote on the contract until Dec. 5. ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp (6B10) said that the neighborhood supports affordable housing. “We need affordable housing in this city, for teachers, fire fighters and individuals who are homeless. That’s what the original contract was for. The neighborhood supported it,” she said. What the neighborhood doesn’t understand, she said, is why Donatelli is being awarded a $45 million contract, given concerns with other buildings they manage in the District. She said she is frustrated that the delay in the vote didn’t lead to more conversations. At the Nov. 19 council vote, Councilmember Elissa Silverman appeared to express similar sentiments. “Let me be clear, the issue for me was not the worthiness of public housing,” she said at the hearing. “But just because it is a worthy project, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to question the subsidy to developers.” Bonds said that the developer will have to redesign the entire building to meet requirements set by DHS and the city, a process that is expected to take five to six months and needs to be complete before construction begins. Zeilinger said that DHS will continue to build relationships in Hill East, adding that often the neighbors who have the most concerns about housing later become the biggest supporters. She said that for DHS, the priority is finding housing for homeless neighbors. “We always have urgency,” she said. “For us, we can’t move fast enough when it is about the needs of people we can’t house.” u

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do with Reservation 13 overall. He points to the other apparently spur-of-the-moment District action in regard to Reservation 13: the city’s offers of the spot for the Olympics, to Amazon, and as a potential site for an NFL Stadium. Ten Hoeve said these, together with the 2017 designation of the area as an Economic Opportunity Zone make him question the city’s plans for the entire area. “It would be easier for residents to really evaluate the proposal if it was situated in the context of plans for the entire Reservation 13 space,” he said. “Personally, I’m not against Permanent Supportive Housing,” said Ten Hoeve. “I’m not even against PSH in this location. What I take issue with is the process by which it has been handled.” He said the rush to vote makes it impossible for community members to read the contract and raise concerns, or for the concerns to be addressed before the city signs a contract. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen agreed that the DHS decision not to reach out prior to the DCHA meeting was a mistake, saying that the Mayor’s team “dropped the ball” in working with both council and neighbors. Allen said that neither he or Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray were informed about changes at Reservation 13 until the proposed contract was circulated to Council Oct. 31.

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A Recipe for Education Inequity DC Schools Are Chronically Underfunded

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chools may get the biggest share of DC’s local revenues, but that doesn’t mean they get enough. A closer look shows that the education budget continues to fail students who need that money the most—falling far below what experts say is adequate and not keeping up with rising costs year-to-year. Over the past seven years, the gap between actual funding and what’s needed was over $700 million. The consequences show up in several ways in this year’s school funding. Despite deep inequities in school outcomes by income and race, 15 schools in Wards 7 and 8 saw their budgets cut this year. Beyond that, DCPS openly misuses special funds for students who are considered “at-risk” of academic failure. Instead of putting that money into the programs for which it was intended, a large share of at-risk funds is re-allocated to cover other school operating costs because base funding for DCPS falls short—hurting students in DC’s lowest-income and primarily Black neighborhoods. The impact also shows up in DC’s public charter schools. The path to good school outcomes, and education equity, has to start with a rational budget-setting process that gives all schools what they need, provides additional funds to address inequity, and increases from year to year to keep up with known costs.

Current Schools Funding Is Inadequate

DC funds public education through the Uniform-PerStudent-Funding Formula (UPSFF). This school year, the formula set a base allocation of $10,980 for every student that enrolls in DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC public charter schools. The formula is weighted based on student grade levels, with additional funding for children with added needs, including special education, English Learners, and students “at risk” of academic failure. In 2013, DC’s Deputy Mayor for Education released an analysis of the costs of providing an educational program to support all students in meeting academic stan-

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dards. It recommended a base per-student funding level of $10,557, or $11,840 if adjusted for inflation to 2020 dollars. Yet the budget adopted by Mayor Bowser and the DC Council provides funding that is $860 per student, or seven percent, below the recommended level. The total shortfall in base funding is at least $80 million this year. Over the past seven years, the shortfall adds up to a $700 million distance from an adequate budget.

Inadequate School Budgets Harm Students and Teachers Alike

DC has two laws about how DCPS must allocate funding to individual schools. First, no school should lose more than five percent of the previous year’s allocation. Yet 19 schools lost five percent or more of their budget this year, and 15 of them are in Ward 7 or Ward 8. This isn’t fair or the right way to get to education equity. Second, at-risk funds generally must follow the student to their school. In other words, a school with a large percentage of at-risk students should receive additional supplementary funding over schools with higher incomes and fewer at-risk students. Yet several reports from the DC Auditor show that DCPS uses at-risk funds to pay for core education staffing. More adequate base funding would allow schools to address basic needs without having to tap at-risk funds. In the public charter sector, an inadequate UPSFF and the lack of labor protections mean that some teachers do not make a living wage. The average starting wage for charter school teachers $45,750—is not a living wage or a way to keep talented teachers in the classroom.

Budget Does Not Keep Up with Rising Costs

Examining and accurately projecting the education budget’s key cost drivers are essential to adequately funding the District’s educational needs. This year, per-student funding increased less than the increase in the average cost of a DC Public School teacher. This is the second time in three years that increases failed to keep up with

costs. That means that overall, schools are facing challenges maintaining current staff and services.

Getting to a Sound School Budget

The reality is that for a long time DC hasn’t had a system for developing the school budget in a logical way. Rather than looking at the costs of the city’s staffing model and taking a look at how costs rise year to year, the discussion over how much to devote to education is based on other factors, like the city’s available revenues or other spending needs. While those are legitimate constraints, it’s a problem if that means consistently underfunding schools. And it needs to change in time for Fiscal Year 2021. The Mayor, the DC Council, and the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) all have a role to play in building a better budget to support the 94,603 public school students that show up to school every day eager and capable of learning at high levels. The education budget should be sufficient to keep up with rising costs, stabilize school budgets, and ensure all teachers earn a living wage. • The Mayor should tie the annual UPSFF percent increases to rising personnel costs and inflation and commit to a plan to close the seven percent gap between current funding and the recommendations of the DC Education Adequacy Study; • DCPS should provide stabilization funds to schools with declining enrollment to make sure that a drop in enrollment doesn’t result in devastating cuts for the students who remain; • DCPS should ensure at-risk funding is supplemental to each school’s base funding; and, • The DC Council should amend the School Reform Act to establish a minimum living wage salary for public charter school teachers. Alyssa Noth is a Policy Analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org). DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia and increase opportunities for residents to build a better future. u


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Vibrant Cultural Hub Opens in Fairlawn The Nicholson Project Serves as a New Artist Residency, Community Garden and Art Gallery by Phil Hutinet. Photos by Ann Kim courtesy of the Nicholson Project

Inception

In Ward 7’s Fairlawn neighborhood, Nicholson Street SE connects the Anacostia River to Minnesota Avenue. Residential dwellings of all types line the three-block, one-way street, including single-family homes, apartment buildings and duplexes. In 2014, one of the homes caught developer Stefanie Reiser’s eye. “I wasn’t actually looking for property in that area,” Reiser concedes, as she had focused mostly on rehabilitating homes along the H Street corridor in Northeast. Somehow, one dilapidated clapboard home drew her in, and she saw potential to create a community asset. Thankfully, Reiser had both the vision and the patience for this project. The home had lain vacant for years. Neglect and the elements had taken a toll on the fragile wood-frame structure, causing years of deterioration. Raccoons, squirrels and other wildlife had taken refuge in the home, further damaging it. Making matters worse, an attached home had caught fire and caused additional destruction. By right, Reiser could have leveled the clapboard home and built a 28-unit multifamily dwelling in its place and on an adjoining vacant lot which she had also purchased. However, Reiser had a different vision for the space, which centered on the community but took over five years to develop. Reiser explains that she did not want to create a “temporary” space; she wanted something permanent and embedded. While rehabilitation of the home progressed, Reiser spent three years engaging the community to create a sense of what could bring neighbors together and serve as an anchor and cultural hub. In collaboration with community stakeholders, three main programs emerged from the engagement period: an artist residency program, a gallery space and a community garden. 38

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The Nicholson Project’s community garden provides residents with the opportunity to connect through a shared amenity. To accomplish this, Reiser partnered with Love and Carrots, a women-owned business that “envisions a future where vegetable gardens are commonplace in ur-

ban landscapes.” The urban farming company built a pergola with a vine canopy, five raised beds and 10 in-ground beds for herbs and vegetables. It also provides bi-weekly garden maintenance. On my first visit in late September, I marveled at the bounty the garden produced. Bowls filled with okra, tomatoes and peppers adorned the kitchen counters. Bundles of herbs, including basil, sage and rosemary, filled vases. The garden, which occupies an entire lot, is surrounded by high-rise apartment buildings, but the lush, verdant garden softens the intensity of the towering dwellings that surround the lot. Of note, the okra, a member of the hibiscus family, produces beautiful white and purple flowers from which the vegetable develops, giving the garden an exotic and almost magical feeling. Having brought together the neighbors through gardening and food, Reiser hopes to extend the community farming program to nonprofits, schools, foodbanks and other partners.

Artist Residency

Inside the Nicholson Project, Reiser sought to salvage as much of the building’s interior as possible. She managed to rescue the original floors and stairwell bannister. Many of the original doors were lovingly restored to their original condition. It is here, inside the Nicolson Street abode, that the art programs take place. To realize the Nicolson Project’s arts programming, Reiser turned to Ian LEFT: Amber Robles-GorCallender, who has worked don’s “Fertile Grounds: of on a number of large visuminds, of wombs and of al arts project in the region, the earth” occupies the including Art Whino, a forentirety of the main living mer church turned art space area on the ground floor. in Southwest DC that is now ABOVE: Bedroom for the under new management and artist residency. called Culture House. Amber Robles-Gordon, a DC-based artist, was selected as the first resident artist, from July through October 2019. She lived on the second floor, which includes a bedroom and a bathroom. Adjacent to the living quarters, Robles-Gordon accessed a separate studio that she used as workspace. The Nicholson Project’s artist-in-resident program will accept applications in October and March for one- to three-month residencies, which take place twice a year. Artists are offered living and work space and a stipend of $2,000 per month. Applications are available through the organization’s website. The res-


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Art Gallery

The art gallery, occupying the ground level of the Nicholson Project, features rotating exhibitions. The inaugural exhibitions hosted an eclectic group of artists working in a variety of mediums. Amber Robles-Gordon’s “Fertile Grounds: of minds, of wombs and of the earth” occupies the entirety of the main living area on the ground floor. She created the site-specific installation, made of textiles and found materials, during her residency at the Nicholson Project. Heather Teresa Clarke’s “Entry,” a large sculpture that snakes up the stairwell, is part of the Hirshhorn Museum’s ARTLAB+program, which partners artists with local youth, including Dantrelle Dean, Bernard Myers, Chris Plummer, Sacred Porter and Sellano Simmons. Chicago-based Jefferson Pinder partnered with Anacostia-based light artist Craig Kraft to create a neon installation that spells out the words “Take a Stand.” A photography exhibition, “Goosin’ DC,” features Larry Cook, Beverly Price and Vincent Rutherford Brown. According to the organizers, “goosin’” is “the act of looking at someone or something with admiration.” In short, the selected photographs examine communities in Washington, DC, and the people who dwell in them. The Nicholson Project is located at 2310 Nicholson St. SE, Washington, DC 20020. Gallery hours are by appointment. For more information visit www.thenicholsonproject.org. Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, DC’s alternative art source. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com. u

December Highlights: … Veronneau “Snowtime, Dec. 9, Blues Alley … Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra, Dec. 10, Blues Alley … Allison Shearer, Dec. 12, Twins Jazz … Annual Holiday Concert, Dec. 12, University of the District of Columbia, Univ. Auditorium, Bldg. 46-East … Freddy Cole “For the Holidays,” Dec. 12-15, Blues Alley … Tribute to Mary Lou Williams/Janelle Gill, Dec. 13, Westminster Presbyterian ‘Church … Michael Thomas Quintet, Dec. 1314, Twins Jazz … Thinking About Jazz/Mary Lou Williams: 1st Lady of Jazz Keyboard, Dec. 14, Westminster … Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary, Dec. 14, Kennedy Center … Joe Vetter Quintet, Dec. 15, Twins Jazz … Atlas Presents Jazz: A Bohemian Christmas, Dec. 16, Atlas Performing Arts Center … Jane Monheit, Dec. 18, Blues Alley … Etienne Charles—A Creole Christmas, Dec. 18, City Winery … Twins Jazz Orchestra, Dec. 19, Twins Jazz … Fred Hughes Christmas Jazz, Dec. 20, Westminster … Warren Wolf-Claus Celebrates the Holidays, Dec. 21, Jazzway 6004/Balt. … Brad Linde’s Therapy Band, Dec. 22, Twins Jazz … Landon Paddock, Dec. 22, DC Jazz Jam/The Brixton … Cyrus Chestnut—A Cyrus Christmas?” Dec. 26-30, Blues Alley … Juke Joint Jazz, Dec. 27, Westminster … The John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Jazz Quintet, Dec. 27-28, Twins Jazz … Cyrus Chestnut/Integriti Reeves, Dec. 31, Blues Alley …2019 New Year’s Eve Bash with Takoma Jazz!!, Dec. 31, Twins Jazz … A Jazz New Year’s Eve: Branford Marsalis, Dec. 31, Kennedy Center … December Birthdays: Wynton Kelly, 2; Jim Hall 4; Dave Brubeck, Frankie Dunlop 5; Jimmy Smith 8; Donald Byrd 9; Ray Nance 10; McCoy Tyner 11; Tony Williams 12; Clark Terry, Cecil Payne 14; Sy Oliver 17; Fletcher Henderson18; Chet Baker 23; Baby Dodds 24; Cab Calloway, Don Pullen 25; Earl Hines 28.

by Steve Monroe

A Merry Merry Jazz to All

A Merry Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and Jamming Jazz to all for this holiday season and a bountiful New Year to all of you too! Merry jazz events for the month include the University of the District of Columbia presenting its annual holiday concert at 8 p.m., Dec. 12. The UDC Chorale directed by Richard Odom, starts the evening with a program of choral music followed by the gospel sounds of The Voices, directed by Gerry Gillespie, according to UDC information. The UDC Jazz Ensemble directed by Allyn Johnson closes the program with big band jazz at the University Auditorium/Theatre of the Arts— Bldg. 46-East. Other holiday events include Freddy Cole’s “For the Holidays” shows Dec. 12-25 at Blues Alley; the Atlas Performing arts Center “A Bohemian Christmas” show Dec. 16 with the Bohemian Jazz Orchestra; Fred Hughes’ Christmas Jazz Dec. 20 at Westminster Presbyterian Church; Cyrus Chestnut’s Christmas shows Dec. 26-30 at Blues Alley and A Jazz New Year’s Eve with Branford Marsalis at the Kennedy Center Dec. 31.

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All bands international and domestic are urged by the DC Jazz Festival to apply -- $49 per band -- for the 2020 DC JazzPrix competition, an opportunity to win a year-long partnership with the DC Jazz Festival, a highly coveted main stage performance to a crowd of over 150,000 festival-goers in the 2020 June Fest, $15,000 grand prize and more, according to a DC Jazz Festival statement. See dcjazzpriz.org for more information.

Gray wins Mayor’s Arts Award

Vernard R. Gray, East River Jazz curator/ director won the Award for Excellence as a Community Arts Advocate at the D.C. E ast

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Mayor’s Arts Awards event last month. Gray is a native Washingtonian whose career, from the mid-60s to the present day has included documentary photography and videography, art gallery curating and management, wearable art designing, oral history recording, and jazz culture curation, according to a statement on the website dcmayorsartsawards.com. Gray has presented more than 300 jazz performances in the Washington-Baltimore region since 2008, including many East of the River events with the DC Jazz Festival.

InReview...

Showcasing his bold, brassy, bluesy hardedged horn sound, Lionel Lyles II has followed up his debut CD “At the Precipice” with a dynamic jam “Simplistically Complex.” “This album is a music depiction of Love in various forms,” says Lyles. “Conversation, Dance, and Intensity just to name a few. We hope you enjoy the project!” Capitalbop.com said, “The album is a hard-hitting and jubilant post-bop trip from protest to reverence, pairing wellworn styles (that fans of Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and [Cedar] Walton will dig for sure) with of-the-moment spokenword pieces on the state of the country. Lyles, originally from Colorado, grew up in Baltimore and began playing clarinet, flute and piano before concentrating on the saxophone at Morgan State University. “At the Precipice (Take2)” rocks and rolls behind the horn frontline swinging hard, and Lyles riffs hard and bluesy on his tenor. The horns again frame the melodic, waltzing “Alternative Facts” and Nadia’s Dance” is a lilting gem while “5th Arrival” recalls the organ-sax combo glory days. See www.llqmusic.com. Steve Monroe is a Washington, D.C. writer who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues.com and followed at www.twitter.com/jazzavenues. u R iver M agazine

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by Kathleen Donner

Winter Wonderland at Benning Library

On Dec. 15, 2 p.m., celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Dorothy I. Height Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE, from 2 to 4 p.m. Join in the festivities and make crafts good enough to eat. Best for ages 3 to12. All programs at the library are free and open to the public. dclibrary.org/benning.

Strong Start Playgroups

The Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program Community Playgroups are monthly hour-long sessions led by early intervention professionals at locations across the city. Families will engage in family-centered, child interest-driven play and learn about early childhood development, developmental screenings and the Strong Start DC

Early Intervention Program referral process. Each session includes songs, stories, sensory experiences, motor activities and more geared toward the targeted age group. To see the full list of Playgroup times and locations and to register, visit strongstartdc. eventbrite.com. Registration opens at 10 a.m. two weeks prior to the scheduled Playgroup date and closes at 10 a.m. the day before the Playgroup. Walk ins are welcome if space is available. For questions or help with registration, contact Christopher Chapman, Strong Start Early Intervention Specialist at christopher.chapman@dc.gov.

Ferebee Hope Basketball Courts Open

On Nov. 19, DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in partnership with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Ferebee Hope Recreation Center outdoor basketball courts in Ward 8. The three courts are the newest refurbished recreational space by the foundation. Artis Timothy Goodman created a three-panel mural to serves as the backdrop for the courts. It features basketball sayings, urban imagery and the Go-Go, Mystics and Wizards logos with a DC theme. dpr.dc.gov. Ted Leonsis, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Chairman helps cut the ribbon. Marcus Hopkins/DPR

The Magical Piñata Melvin Deal African Heritage Drummers & Dancers. Photo: P. Perry

Celebrate Kwanza at THEARC

On Dec. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring the entire family to the Anacostia Community Museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Enjoy energetic and interactive introduction to Kwanzaa with the Melvin Deal African Heritage Dancers & Drummers. The participatory program includes dancers, singers, music, colorful costumes and lively characters designed for young children and adults alike. During the performance and afterwards, kids can also enjoy making Kwanzaa-inspired arts and crafts from a variety of materials. Art workshops will be led by artist/educators Brian Barber and Alma Robinson. Free in THEARC Auditorium. RSVP at anacostia.si.edu. 40

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A seemingly plain clay pot magically transports Cucha, a selfish and lonely girl, from her town of Zapotoco, Mexico, to a mysterious jungle. There she encounters Parrot Rivera, a jungle muralist who paints the future; Señor Chapulin, a soccer star with the heart of the present; and Burro Burrito, a farmer who plows the past. But the evil Monkey King and his silly Sidekick know the clay pot is really a magical piñata and scheme to steal it from her. Learn the magic of the mundane, the roots of cultural pride and the power of sharing. $22. The Magical Piñata is on stage at the Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW, Dec. 14 to 30 at 11 a.m. keegantheatre.com.

Nearly New Year’s Family Dance Party

Rumpus Room, on Dec. 29, doors at 2 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, is a family-friendly daytime dance party created by Mac Meistro and Steven Faith, DJs who wanted to share the nightclub experience with their chil-

dren. Rumpus Room transforms the club environment, think disco balls, lights and music, into safe family-friendly fun. The soundtrack is a mix of popular dance hits, classics and kids’ songs at a kid-friendly volume. Rumpus Room is designed for kids 8 and under but older siblings are welcome. No adults admitted without a child. Maximum of three children per adult. $12 in advance; $15 at door. Infants and crawling children enter free. blackcatdc.com.

MANNA Gifts for Kids

MANNA provides Christmas gifts to children at the New Community for Children and MANNA condo owners. Each child has a list of items they wish to get. Help by visiting their wish list at signupgenius.com/go/20f0449aaaf22a4fe3-holiday. Drop off or mail unwrapped gifts to MANNA at 6856 Eastern Ave. Suite 100, Washington, DC 20012. The last day to drop off items is Friday, Dec. 13 by 5 p.m. They also accept wrapping supplies.


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Trains at the National Christmas Tree

The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec. 5. The tree is lit daily from approximately 4:30 p.m. to midnight thereafter. Planted on the Ellipse, the 30-foot Colorado blue spruce is from Lebanon County, Pa. Visit the tree, surrounding model trains and decorations any time throughout the season. thenationaltree.org.

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Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is at The Atlas from Dec. 12 to 22. This fun, familyfriendly performance features friendly, furry characters, pre-show instrument-making workshops, photo ops and a dance party. The show is suitable for ages 4, up. $25 for kids; $45 for adults. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. atlasarts.org.

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On Dec. 11, at 10 a.m., join National Archives staff for story time designed for children 3 to 5 and accompanying adults. Children listen to a story, participate in group activities and create a craft. The theme for December is the Wright Brothers and their invention of the airplane. archives.gov.

On Dec. 9 to 13 and 16 to 20; at 10:15 and 11:30 AM; also a 1 PM performance on Dec. 11, 18 and 19, this signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations’ tradition of the Winter Solstice in an interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. This show sells out early. For ages 5 to 10. Tickets prices for Seasons of Light are $1 higher than other performances at Discovery Theater. discoverytheater.org.

Celebrate Kwanzaa

On Dec. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring the entire family to the Anacostia Community Museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Enjoy energetic and interactive introduction to Kwanzaa with the Melvin Deal African Heritage Dancers & Drummers. The audience participatory program includes dancers, singers, music, colorful costumes and lively characters designed for young children and adults alike. Art workshops will be led by artists Brian Barber and Alma Robinson. Free fun for the entire family in THEARC Auditorium. RSVP at anacostia.si.edu. On Dec. 14, 7 p.m. and Dec. 15, 3 p.m., enjoy Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Gather family and friends to join Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa. At Sunday’s performance, get one free ticket for a child 12 and under with a paying adult. Tickets are $30 for adults; $15, college students and children 17 and under. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. danceplace.org.

The Polar Express

On Dec. 14, 11 a.m. Pajama Party and Dec. 22, 4 p.m., Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas. $6. Miracle Theater, 535 Eighth St. SE. themiracletheatre.com.

A Children’s Christmas Service

On Dec. 24, 9:30 a.m. and noon, all are welcome to this joyful and lively service with Christmas carols, prayers and the Nativity story. Children are invited to come dressed as angels, animals and shepherds


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On Dec. 7, noon to 1:30 p.m., join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s beloved “Messiah.” The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a space unlike any other in Washington to experience Handel’s masterpiece. This is an abbreviated performance of “Messiah” highlights, perfect for busy families with young children. Tickets are $25 to $95; $15 for students. cathedral.org.

The Choral Arts Society’s Family Christmas

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On Jan. 5, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., GALA’s traditional Three Kings celebration features the Magi, live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood and gifts for every child. Free tickets will be distributed at the GALA Box Office at 10 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. show and at noon for the 2 p.m. show. No tickets reserved by phone. Maximum six tickets per person in line. galatheatre.org.

On Dec. 24, 11 a.m., bring the kids to the Kennedy Center for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics. Enjoy a merry tour of holiday singalongs and Christmas favorites. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! This one-hour concert is perfect for children ages 5, up. It is 60 minutes with no intermission. $20 to $45. kennedy-center.org.

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Do not let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs and feathers, this world premiere Kennedy Center commission features a script by Mo Willems, creator of the best-selling “Pigeon” picture books, , plus music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. For ages 5, up. Plays in the Kennedy Center Family Theater through Jan. 5. $20. kennedy-center.org.

Annapolis Kids New Year’s

The annual Annapolis New Year’s Celebration kicks off with family-friendly activities and entertainment that will start behind Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be free activities for the kids including moon bounces, slides, obstacle courses and crafts. Plus enjoy CrabTown Curbs Cuisine, food trucks, face painting and early familyfriendly fireworks at 5:30 p.m. visitannapolis.org.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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The Velveteen Rabbit

When the Child gets the Rabbit for Christmas, she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and Child grow and care for each other. And they discover that love is the greatest force in the Universe and can make impossible things Real. On stage at Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo, through Jan. 1. All ages. Tickets are $19.50 and can be purchased at adventuretheatre-mtc.org or 301-634-2270.

The Nutcracker

A Washington tradition for 30 years, The Nutcracker is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy and their adventure together in the land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. $12. On stage at Glen Echo, through Dec. 29. Recommended for ages 5, up. thepuppetco.org. Have an item for The Notebook, email the information to bulletinboard@hillrag.com. ◆


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