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28 Statue of Marion Barry Unveiled by Phil Hutinet

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HOMES & GARDENS 32 Changing Hands compiled by Don Denton

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NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. This year the festival is from March 20 to April 15. Here are some of the highlights: (1) the Kite Festival at the Washington Monument on March 31; (2) Petalpalooza Festival at the Wharf with fireworks on April 7; (3) the Parade on Constitution Avenue on April 14; (4) the Anacostia River Festival on April 15; and (5) free daily performances at the Tidal Basin from March 24 to April 8. There’s lots more. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. The Blossom Kite Festival is on Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on the grounds of the Washington Monument near 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

NO SPECTATORS: THE ART OF BURNING MAN Artworks from the legendary desert event known as Burning Man will activate the streets and parks of Washington, DC’s central business district for the first time through a collaboration between the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick presents six public art installations by noted Burning Man artists. The project is an outdoor extension of the Renwick Gallery’s building-wide exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, which will feature large-scale, immersive artworks that are the hallmark of the annual celebration in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, an influential phenomenon in contemporary art and a cultural movement. The exhibition will be on view from March 30 through January 21, 2019, with the outdoor portion on display through December. burningman.org. Marco Cochrane, Truth is Beauty, 2013, stainless steel rod, stainless steel mesh. Photo: Trey Ratcliff, StuckInCustoms.com

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BIG APPLE CIRCUS World renowned for its one-ring, intimate and artistic style, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers, Big Apple Circus is passionate about revitalizing the circus for modern-day audiences with unique and astounding human feats, innovative design and technology. See the famous seven-person pyramid on the high wire with Nik Wallenda and The Fabulous Wallendas. Marvel at the daring quadruple somersault attempted on the trapeze by The Flying Tunizianis. Enjoy humorous the interludes of Grandma the Clown and her comedic sidekick Joel Jeske. Don’t miss Dandino & Luciana who combine acrobatics and daredevil grace on roller-skates; contortionist Elayne Kramer; master juggler Gamal Garcia; Jan Damm on the Rola Bola; acclaimed Risley acrobats The Anastasini Brothers; Ringmaster Ty McFarlan; and circus trainer and presenter Jenny Vidbel who performs in the ring with 16 equines and six rescue dogs. The Big Apple Circus is at National Harbor, MD, through April 1. BigAppleCircus.com. Dandino & Luciana, a dynamic duo who combine speed, acrobatics and daredevil grace on roller-skates. Photo: Maike Schulz

SHAMROCKFEST ShamrockFest 2018 takes place on Saturday, March 17, noon to 8 p.m., at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds. A Main Event ticket includes entrance to ShamrockFest, access to all festival activities and performances. Various ticket levels entitle you to “bottomless beers,” souvenirs, VIP stage viewing and group pricing. The music is Celtic and alternative rock. The festival also features Irish dancing, party and carnival games, Irish vendors, multiple stages, a DJ party tent, bag pipers and “extreme activities.” ShamrockFest bills itself as America’s largest St. Paddy’s Day celebration. shamrockfest.com. Photo: Danilo Lewis for ShamrockFest

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Easter at the National Cathedral. March 30, Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday, noon. Good Friday Evening Service, 7 PM. Great Vigil of Easter on March 31, 8 PM. Easter Day Festive Holy Eucharist, 8 and 11:15 AM. Easter Day Organ Recital, 2 PM. Easter Day Festival Choral Evensong, 4 PM. Intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. Easter at the National Shrine. Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, noon; Choral Prelude, 2:30 PM; Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 3 PM. Easter Mass at 7:30 AM, 9 AM, 10:30 AM, noon and 4:30 PM, Spanish Mass at 2:30 PM. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. nationalshrine.com. Easter Sunrise Service at Lincoln Memorial (celebrating 40 years). April 1, 6:30 AM. Thousands gather annually at the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate Easter. capitalchurch.org. Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington Cemetery. April 1, 6:15 to 7 AM. The Easter Sunrise Service at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater will begin with a musical prelude. There is no rail service at this hour. Parking is free until 8:30 AM. arlingtoncemetery.mil. Easter Sunrise Service at Congressional Cemetery. April 1, 6:30 AM. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE, officiated by Christ Church (Episcopal). In the event of inclement weather, the service is moved into the chapel. washingtonparish.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS Orchid Spectrum at the Botanic Garden. Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent and many other aspects. Visit the US Botanical Garden (USBG) Conservatory to explore thousands of amazing orchid blooms arranged in captivating displays. Take time and appreciate the many unique, rarely seen orchids from the USBG’s and Smithsonian Gardens’ extensive plant collections. usbg.gov. Cherry Blossom Pink Tie Party. March 15. Celebrate the blossoms in style and experience an evening filled with delicious bites and cocktails from local restaurants, a silent auction, engaging experiences, music and dancing. $225. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 501auctions.com.

CHICAGO AT KEEGAN

Beginning March 10. In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap. Amos discovers that he has been duped and turns on Roxie. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. keegantheatre.com. Left to right, Maria Rizzo, Kurt Boehm and Jessica Bennett

Abraham Lincoln Symposium at Ford’s. March 17. The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a free day-long symposium focused on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. Free and open to the public. Full schedule at fords.org/visit/ special-tours-events/abraham-lincoln-institutesymposium. Tidal Basin Welcome Area Performance Stage. Beginning March 24, daily noon to 6 PM. 1501 Maine Ave. SW. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Blossom Kite Festival. March 31, 10 AM to 4:30 PM. The Blossom Kite Festival showcas-

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DCHFA, Your Homeownership Resource in D.C. The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency is your homeownership resource in the District for buying a home to retaining your home; we have a homeownership program to assist you. Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) DCHFA serves as a co-administrator of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) first time home buyer program, HPAP, which provides interest free deferred loans for down payment and closing cost assistance up to $84,000 combined. DCHFA administers HPAP applications for households meeting very low to low income criteria.

DC Open Doors DC Open Doors is your key to homeownership in the city. This program offers first-time and repeat buyers fully forgivable second trust loans to cover a buyer’s minimum down payment requirement in addition to below market interest rates for first trust mortgages for the purchase of homes.

Mortgage Credit Certificate The Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) provides an additional incentive for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home in the District of Columbia. An MCC provides qualified borrowers the ability to claim a Federal Tax Credit of 20 percent of the mortgage interest paid during each calendar year.

HomeSaver Restore Assistance Program DCHFA now offers a Restore Assistance Program. – A one-time payment, up to $60,000, to “catch-up” on delinquent property related expenses. Applicants must have suffered a qualified financial hardship due to unemployment or underemployment, own a home in the District and be able to sustain future payments going forward. Visit www.DCHFA.org for full qualification guidelines and information on how to apply to any of DCHFA’s homeownership programs.

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es the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. On the grounds of the Washington Monument near 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Taste of the Nation 2018. April 9, 6 to 9 PM. DC’s Taste of the Nation is an annual culinary event featuring bite-size dishes from The District’s hottest restaurants. All proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry’s efforts to fight childhood hunger in DC and across the country. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Learn more and to purchase tickets, visit events.nokidhungry.org/events/dcs-taste-nation. National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. April 14, 10 AM to noon. Grandstand seat-

ing $20, up. Parade route is Constitution Avenue, Seventh to 17th Streets NW. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Maryland Psychic Fair. April 22, 9 AM to 5 PM. Many of the best psychics, mediums, healers and readers of all types. Peruse related arts and crafts vendors from Maryland and the surrounding areas. 1506 Defense Highway, Gambrills, MD. maryland-psychicfair.eventbrite.com. Fashion for Paws 12th Annual Runway Show. May 5, 7 PM to midnight. This is a major fundraising event for Humane Rescue Alliance. Television personality and celebrity stylist Carson Kressley will bring his love of dogs, eye for fashion and endless energy to the Fashion for Paws stage. Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. fashionforpaws.com.

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD The Raid at Anacostia Playhouse. Through March 18. Idris Goodwin’s The Raid is a fabulation of a debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos and possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. theateralliance.com. Breathe: the Musical at THEARC. March 11 to 24. Breathe: The Musical is the story of the Jones family, a post-slavery family of sharecroppers in the early to mid-1900s, as they seek refuge from America’s violent racial climate. $30. THEARC BLACK BOX, 1801 Mississippi Ave. SE. thearcdc.org. Fort Dupont Ice Arena Public Skating. Public indoor ice skating; March 11, 5 to 7 PM; March 12 and 14, 2:30 to 4:30 PM; and March 16, 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Afterward the ice rink closes for the season. $5 for adults; $4, 12 and under and seniors 60 and over; $3 for skate rental. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. fdia.org. Feminine Folklore: Anything in between. March 16 to 18. This devised theatre series by the Fresh Theatre Company, tells the stories of the taboos, assumptions and stories of a range of Black women exploring life, love and relationships at various crossroads in their lives. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. anacostiaartscenter.com. Free Yoga by Transp0se Lite. March 17 and April 7, 11 AM to noon. Transp0se Lite is a gentle yoga class that infuses yoga and meditation for beginner yogis. All classes are free and open to the public. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. anacostiaartscenter.com. Contradiction Dance presents: Little White Lies. March 22 and 23, 8 PM; March 24, 2 and 8 PM. Featuring the choreography of Contradiction Dance Theatre company members and special guests. $20. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. anacostiaartscenter.com.

THE WIZ AT FORD’S

Beginning March 9. Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on their quest to meet The Wiz. In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. For ages 8 and older. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords.org. Ines Nassara will star as Dorothy in the Ford’s Theatre production of “The Wiz,” directed by Kent Gash. Photo: Scott Suchman

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ners welcome. Grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café. Read more at parkrun.us/anacostia. ALL THE WAY LIVE TUESDAYS! Every Tuesday through Sept. 25, 7 PM. With a varied line up of hip-hop, R&B, funk and soul, this series focuses on the vibrant creative economy of DMV talent. In addition to an evening of music, guests will have access to in-house boutiques and local vendors. Free. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. anacostiaartscenter.com. The Washington Ballet @ THEARC. Through May 25, 2018. Mondays, 7:15 to 8:30 PM, Adult Vinyasa Yoga; Tuesdays, noon to 1:15 PM, Adult Ballet; Wednesdays, noon to 1 PM, Adult Barre; Thursdays, 10:15 to 11:30 AM, Adult Modern; Thursdays, 7:15 to 8:15 PM, Adult Pilates; Saturdays, 8:30 to 9:30 AM, Adult Zumba. Single classes are $12. A discount of $6 is granted to adults from the zip codes 20020 and 20032 with a valid ID. Class cards good for 12 classes are $100/$60 for Wards 7 and 8 residents. THEARC is at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. thearcdc.org.

MUSIC AROUND TOWN Music at 9:30 Club. March 10, Beth Ditto; March 11, J Boog; March 12, K.Flay; March 13, I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan); March 15, Mason Bates’s Mercury Soul; March 16, Nils Frahm; March 17, Jon Batiste (Solo) and The Floozies; March 18, Moose Blood; March 19, Coast Modern; March 20, Wild Child; March 21, Betty Who; March 22, Dan Auerbach & The Easy Eye Sound Revue; March 23, Maneka; March 24, Godspeed You! Black Emperor; March 25, of Montreal; March 27, Turnover; March 29, The Soul Rebels featuring GZA & Talib Kweli; March 30 and 31, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong; April 2, Cigarettes After Sex; April 4, Yo La Tengo; April 5, The Motet; April 6, Anderson East; April 7, Eden; April 8, Rainbow Kitten Surprise; April 9, The Black Angels; April 10, Andy Grammer; April 11, Franz Ferdinand; April 12, Thirdstory; April 13, Perpetual Groove; April 14, They Might Be Giants. 815 V St. NW. 930.com.

RS24 at Anacostia Playhouse. March 23 to 31. Thursdays, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM. There will be two talkbacks on March 24 following matinee performance and March 30 following the 8 PM performance. In this intriguing oneact play, Clayton LeBouef plays a record store owner with a dream that he hopes won’t become a nightmare. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. anacostiaplayhouse.com.

Music at The Howard. March 10, Reggae Fest vs. Soca; March 14; March 15, The Dave Matthews Tribute Band; March 17, Devin The Dude & Backyard Band; March 22, Brandy; March 23, Leo Dan and Carifesta Concerts feat. Nailah Blackman & Preedy; March 24, The Throwback Party w/ Kid ‘n Play; March 25, Henny & Waffles; March 30, Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque; April 7, Mad Clown & San E w/ Sobae; April 8, Majah Hype & Trixx. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. thehowardtheatre.com.

Anacostia parkrun--Weekly Free 5k Timed Run. Saturdays, 9 AM. Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE. Registration required. Begin-

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April 15, 1 to 5 PM. For a taste of the real DC, celebrate the Anacostia River by taking a canoe out to explore the river, playing lawn games with family and experiencing Southeast DC’s local arts scene. Free. Anacostia Park, 19121998 Anacostia Dr. SE. yearoftheanacostia.com. Courtesy of 11th Street Bridge Park

vid Presents TS5; March 14, Oddisee; March 15, Autograf (live); March 16, Moombahton Massive; March 17, The Hunna and Coasts and the Upbeats; March 18, Nightmares on Wax (live); March 21, Chrome Sparks & Machinedrum; March 23, The Strypes and Goldroom (DJ Set); March 24, The Marmozets and EOTO; March 25, Vinyl Theatre/Vesperteen; March 26, Hollie Cook; March 27, Albert Hammond Jr.; March 28, Digitalism; March 30, REV909: Daft Punk/French House tribute and Indie Dance classics; March 31, Curtis Harding and Deep Sugar DC; April 1, Fujiya & Miyagi; April 4, Ripe; April 5, Chinese Man; April 6, Luca Lush; April 7, Colter Wall and Claptone; April 8, EU ft. Sugar Bear; April 10, Skizzy Mars; April 11, Pale Waves; April 13, Opiuo; April 14, Maya Jane Coles. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. ustreetmusichall.com. Music at Ivy City Smokehouse. March 10, Manu Chao live tribute, Fabulous Cadillacs live tribute; March 13, Sip and Paint; March 14, J. Peter Loftus. Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St. NE. ivycitysmokehouse.com. Music at Pearl Street Warehouse. March 10, Cry Matthews; March 11, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble; March 13, FY5; March 14, An

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dation annual 5k/10k. East Potomac Park in Washington DC. active.com/washington-dc. St. Patty’s Recovery Run 5k & Half. March 18, 9 AM. Come out after St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy this scenic, flat half-marathon and 5k in the heart of Georgetown near the Nation’s Capital. Both events run on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal path. Benefits the Semper Fi Fund. Register at bishopseventregistrations.com.

NATIONALS BASEBALL

Nats vs. Twins (training), 4:05 p.m. at Nationals Park; Nat’s vs. Mets (home opener with free t-shirts), 1:05 p.m. at Nat’s Park. Other April home games are, daily April 7 through 15 and 27 through 30. On Jackie Robinson Day, April 15 (Nat’s vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:35 p.m.), the Nationals celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the game of baseball during the team’s annual Black Heritage Day. Watch this paper’s Calendar SPORTS AND FITNESS and KIDS AND FAMILY sections for giveaways, fireworks, $1 hot dogs, etc. throughout the season. mlb. com/nationals. Courtesy of the Washington Nationals

Evening With Sherman Ewing & Very Special Guest John Jo Hermann; March 16, An Evening With Kristin Hersh, Grant Lee Phillips; March 21, The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson; March 22, Marty O’Reilly and The Old Soul Orchestra; March 23, The Revelers; March 24, Kyle Craft; March 30, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers; April 3, Jen Hartswick & Nick Cassarino; April 5, Forlorn Strangers; April 8, Dwight “Black Cat” Carrier and the Zydeco Ro Doggs; April 11, Della Mae. Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW. pearlstreetwarehouse.com. Music at The Anthem. March 10, Dropkick Murphys; March 15, MGMT; March 18, Judas Priest: Firepower 2018; March 24, Glen Hansard; April 6, Blossom Bash; April 9, All Black Extravaganza, featuring Monica; April 8, Lorde. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. theanthemdc.com. Music at Rock and Roll Hotel. March 10, Ezra Furman; March 13, Skinny Lister; March 15, The 9 Songwriter Series; March 16, Forces; March 17, The Captivators; March 20, Earthless; March 21, The Wedding Present; March 22, Agent Orange; March 23, Marlon Williams; March 24, Palm; March 30, Beastie Boys vs. Outkast; March 31, Lionize; April 3, Superorganism; April 4, Screaming Females; April 7, Sorority Noise; April 11, Kings Kaleidoscope; April 12, Frenship; April 13, Titus Andronicus; April 14, Lucy Dacus. Rock and Roll Ho-

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tel, 1353 H St. NE. rockandrollhoteldc.com. Blue Monday Blues in Southwest. Every Monday, 6 to 9 PM. March 12, Ursula Ricks Project; March 19, Charlie Sayles & the Blues Disciple; March 26, Clarence Turner Blues Band. $5 cover. Children free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. 202-484-7700. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. westminsterdc.org. Jazz Night in Southwest. Every Friday, 6 to 9 PM. March 16, Leigh Pilzer & the Washington Women in Jazz Festival All-Stars; March 23, Celebrating Reuben Brown: A Joyful Jam; March 30, Howard University Jazz Ensemble. $5 cover. Children are free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. 202-4847700. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. westminsterdc.org. Music at the Lincoln. March 17, Make America Gay Again; March 23, Lucius (ACOUSTIC); March 24, Postsecret: The Show; March 27, Rob Bell; March 31, What Your Man Won’t Do; April 2, Jack Septiceye; April 5, Stuff You Should Know Live; April 11, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester. The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. thelincolndc.com.

SPORTS AND FITNESS Race for Equal Justice 5k/10k. March 17 8 AM. This is GW Law School’s Equal Justice Foun-

MARKETS AND SALES

Capitol View Civic Association Meeting. Third Monday, 6:30 PM. Hughes Memorial United Methodist, 25 53rd St. NE. capitolviewcivicassoc.org. Deanwood Citizens Association. Fourth Monday, 6:30 PM. Deanwood Recreation Center, 1300 49th St. NE. Eastland Gardens Civic Association Meeting. Third Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 PM. Kenilworth Recreation Center, 4321 Ord St. NE. Contact Rochelle Frazier-Gray, 202-352-7264 or richelle. frazier@longandfoster.com.

Community Forklift Seed Swap. March 17, 11 AM to 2 PM. There will be two separate 30-minute talks on starting plants from seed, at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, followed by a full audience show and share and then the open seed swap. 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston, MD. communityforklift.org.

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Annual Forklift Garden Party. March 24. Every spring, Community Forklift hosts an event where they offer up a ton of landscaping and garden supplies and host gardening demos, experts, and vendors; local bands and a food truck. There are prizes for well-dressed people and pets. Florals, seersucker, and stylish hats are encouraged. This event is the Forklift’s biggest fundraiser each year. 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston, MD. communityforklift.org.

Fairlawn Citizens Association. Third Tuesday, 7 PM. Ora L. Glover Community Room at the Anacostia Public Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE.

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. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. 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.

CIVIC LIFE 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, 202834-0600.

Eastland Gardens Civic Association’s monthly meeting, every third Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., has moved to the Kenilworth Recreation Center, 4321 Ord St. NE.

Ward 7 Education Council Meeting. Fourth Thursday, 6:30 PM. Capitol View Library, 5001 East Capitol St. SE.

ANC MONTHLY MEETINGS ANC 7B. Third Thursday, 7 PM. Ryland Epworth United Methodist Church, 3200 S St. SE. anc7b@pressroom.com. anc7b@earthlink.net. ANC 7C. Second Thursday, 7 PM. Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church, 5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE. anc7c@verizon.net. ANC 7D. Second Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Dorothy I. Height Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 7D06@anc.dc.gov. ANC 7E. Second Tuesday, 7 PM. Jones Memorial Church, 4625 G St. SE. 7E@anc.dc.gov. ANC 7F. Third Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, 200 Stoddert Place, SE. ANC 8A. First Tuesday, 7 PM. HCD Housing Resource Center, 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE. anc8adc.org. ANC 8B. Third Tuesday, 7 PM. Seventh District Police Station Community Center, Alabama and McGee Streets, SE. anc8b.org. ANC 8C. First Wednesday, 7 PM. 2907 MLK Jr Ave. SE.

Anacostia High School Improvement Team Meeting. Fourth Tuesday, 6 PM. Anacostia High School, 16th and R Streets SE.

ANC 8D. Fourth Thursday, 7 PM. Specialty Hospital of Washington, 4601 MLK Jr. Ave. SW.

Benning Ridge Civic Association. First Wednesday, 6:30 to 8 PM at the Ridge Road Community Center, 830 Ridge Rd. SE

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Anacostia Boutique Celebrates Five Years of Fashion, Culture and Community Photo: Mayowa Ojo Photography

Free Tax Help Through April 18, meet with a qualified AARP tax aide at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE, Tuesdays, 11 a.m. and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.; William O. Lockridge Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW, Saturdays, 10 a.m.; and Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. For more information and to find other sites offering free tax help, visit dclibrary.org/incometax.

Environmental Leadership Forum This forum examines the role women play as stewards of the planet and conservators of its landscape. March 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Anacostia Community Museum, 901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu.

Skyland Town Financed The Bowser Administration has announced that construction of Skyland Town Center is underway following the closing of the first phase of commercial financing. This paves the way for the issuance of the Tax Increment Financing bonds that will support the long-delayed project. The first phase includes construction of 263 units of workforce housing and 80,000 square-feet of retail. It is expected to be completed in approximately two years. Retail leasing for Skyland Town Center is underway. CVS Pharmacy has agreed to take 10,000 square-feet. There is interest from full-service restaurants. Residential leasing will begin as the project nears

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completion. Follow construction progress in real-time via the Skyland Town Center webcam at skylandtowncenter.com/location/skyland-webcams.

Tenant Rights Workshop at Anacostia Library As Washington, DC rapidly changes, it is important that tenants know their rights, learn how to protect their homes and access new opportunities. Staff from Housing Counseling Services will be discussing tenant rights and responsibilities, the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, how to improve building conditions, rent control and other topics on Thursday, March 15, 6:30 p.m., at Anacostia Public Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. For more information, call 202-667-7608.

The Holiday Hustle The Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) has partnered with Global Empowerment Solutions (GES) to offer “The Holiday Hustle: Workroom & Showroom” through the Minnesota Avenue Main Street. The Holiday Hustle is designed for entrepreneur hustlers and conscientious shoppers alike. In “The Workroom”, entrepreneurs, “the hustlers,” learn how to turn their creative passions into profitable enterprises. In “The Showroom,” shoppers can buy directly from the hustlers who make or source their items including jewelry, clothing, body products and other unique finds. To learn more, visit TheHolidayHustle.com.

On March 17, 7 p.m. to midnight, Nubian Hueman Boutique Lounge, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, inside the Anacostia Art Center, hosts the Black Love Experience. This annual event blends art, music, shopping, food, live entertainment and thought-provoking, interactive sessions. Don’t miss DJ Underdog and DJ RBI; Farafina Kan, a traditional African drumming and dancing performing arts company; Tabi Bonney, the Togolese DC-based rapper; pianist Aaron Abernathy; Sa-Roc, an Atlanta based hip hop artist; Jabari Exum, an African percussionist who consulted on Marvel’s Black Panther. Tickets are on sale now at blackloveexperience.com.

Hombres de Arcilla Hombres de Arcilla (Men of Clay) honors the Mexican heritage of Alberto Villalobos. In pre-Hispanic cultures, masks had a strong connection with rituals of life and death. This project honors the missing students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College in Iguala, Guerrero in Southern Mexico. For Villalobos, clay represents the fragility of life, yet the resilience of the human spirit. By creating hand-built clay masks, he hopes to shed light on the disappearance of the fortythree students by giving faces to the disappeared, preserving their memory. Hombres de Arcilla runs from March 16 to April 21 in Vivid Solutions Gallery, 2208 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. SE. The opening reception is March 16, 6 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m. and by appointment. vividgallerydc.com.

Free St. Patrick’s Day Lyft Rides Free St. Patrick’s Day Lyft rides will be offered to deter impaired driving throughout the Washington-metropolitan area from March 17, 4 p.m., to March 18, 4 a.m. During this twelve-hour period, area residents age 21 and older celebrating with alcohol may download Lyft to their phones. Then enter a SoberRide code in the app’s “Promo” section to receive their no cost (up to $15) safe transportation home. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide promo code will be posted at 2 p.m. on March 17 on SoberRide.com.


Deanwood Opens at 6 a.m. DPR now opens Deanwood Fitness Center, 1350 49th St. NE; at 6 a.m. “Fitness First” is an initiative providing early risers with a free space to workout in Ward 7.

Community or Chaos: A Poetry Reading After the Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) is partnering with Day Eight, as part of the Spring 2018 DC Poet Project, to offer a poetry event on March 17 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, 2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. The event features Regie Cabico and Anne Becker, to reflect on the memories of 1968. Hosted by the ACC, poets Cabico and Becker will read selections from their poetry, followed by an open mic at which community members are asked to share their poetry related to Dr. King’s question: Community or Chaos? This event is a “DC Poet Project” event. One open mic reader will be selected the winner by ACC, Regie Cabico and Anne Becker. S/he will be awarded a $100 prize and an invitation to compete in the final DC Poet Project event on May 5 at the Anacostia Library for a $500 prize and book contract.

goDigital Drop-in Clinics Discover what the library has to offer with downloadable movies and music by stopping by a clinic. On Tuesdays at 2 p.m., the Francis Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE, offers goDigital drop-in clinics for DC Public Library’s free online resources. Get hands-on help using the library’s electronic collection of fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks and videos. Instructional sheets will be provided to take home. For more information, call 202-698-6373.

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Group The Alzheimer’s Association 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. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call Vickie Henrikson at 202-251-7117 with questions.

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Ground Broken on New Douglass Bridge

Frederick Douglass 5k and Oxon Run Trail Ribbon Cutting

The first annual Frederick Douglass 5k fun run/walk and the unveiling of the new Oxon Run Trail was held on Feb. 17 at the Oxon Run Park Amphitheater. The event honoring the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Frederick Douglass included a ribbon cutting for the newly remodeled run and bike trail in Oxon Run Park. Following registration and a warm up, Frederick Douglass 5k runners lined up at the grand opening ribbon for the Oxon Run Trail. Led by Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), participants ran through the ribbon to start the run/walk along the scenic trail highlighted by huge trees and a creek. Members of the community joined the mayo in putting the finishing touches on the planting of an English Elm tree. This species shaded Frederick Douglass during his historic speeches of the 1870’s. Mayor Bowser led the opening celebration of the Oxon Run Trail in conjunction with the first Frederick Douglass 5K run to honor the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. Photo: Courtesy of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

Housing Advocacy Team at their annual Homeownership Town Hall. The first and last hour of the program will consist of resource tables and workshops on a variety of subjects including: credit building, down payment assistance, DC property tax programs and advocacy. The MANNA Homeownership Town Hall is at Thurgood Marshall Academy Gym, 2427 MLK Ave. SE. Childcare, Spanish translation services and refreshments provided. For more information, contact Jonathan Nisly at jnisly@mannadc.org. mannadc.org.

Help Clean-up Shepherd Parkway Shepherd Parkway volunteers hold their signature community clean-ups every second Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mark the calendar: March 10 and April 14. Volunteers meet in the picnic area near the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, SE. Gloves, bags and light re-

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freshments are provided. Wear boots and work clothes. Contact Nathan at nathanbharrington@gmail.com.

Transforming Parkway Overlook The District Government has closed a financing deal that will preserve 220 affordable housing units in the long vacant Parkway Overlook Apartments in Congress Heights. The project, consisting of mostly family-sized units, will also provide workforce development training to residents and energy savings through the installation of solar panels. This effort is a collaboration between the DC Housing Authority, the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, the DC Housing Finance Agency and the DC Department of the Environment. The $82.2 million rehabilitation of the complex at 2841 Robinson Pl. SE will be comprised of units affordable to households making up to 50 percent of the area median income (AMI)

On Feb. 13, Mayor Bowser broke ground on construction of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. The work is part of the South Capitol Street Corridor Project, the largest public infrastructure project in the history of the District. The event kicked off a week of festivities celebrating the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass. The South Capitol Street Corridor Project will be completed in two phases. It includes replacement of the 68-year-old Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and reconstruction of the Suitland Parkway/I-295 interchange. The new structure will be built approximately 100 feet from the existing bridge. Its design includes three abovedeck arches, two piers and four pedestrian overlooks. For more information, visit newfrederickdouglassbridge.com.

2018 District Sustainability Awards The Department of Energy and Environment has opened polls for the 2018 People’s Choice category of the annual District Sustainability Awards. It honors DC businesses or organizations for outstanding achievement in sustainability. The public is invited to vote online until March 16. The District Sustainability Awards will be held April 18 at Eastern Market North Hall. The nominees for “People’s Choice” are: City Wildlife; Willard InterContinental Washington, DC; The DC Dentist; American Society of Landscape Architects; and Georgetown University. Vote at sustainabledc.org/in-dc/districtawards/peopleschoiceaward.

Through the Looking Glass Regina Miele’s “Through a Looking Glass, Urban Perspectives” runs from March 16 to April 21 in Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. The opening reception is on March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. An Artist Talk will take place on April 7, 2 to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m. and by appointment. Regina Miele, a classically trained painter, explores the fundamental te-

nets of order and place. Working closely within cityscapes, she draws out beauty in the often overlooked. For the past decade, Meile’s principle subject has been the physicality of an everchanging and gentrifying District; the blighted and transitional areas where artists often find themselves living and working.

Designed to Recycle Public Art Project The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the DC Department of Public Works invites submissions from artists and graphic designers for the Designed to Recycle public art project. This joint agency project funds artistic works that transform standard recycling trucks into mobile public art by adhering an artistically designed vinyl (digitally printed) to the truck’s exterior. It is the goal of the agencies to outfit fifteen trucks in this cycle. The deadline to apply is March 23, 4 p.m. For more information, contact Ron Humbertson, Art Collections Registrar at ron.humbertson@dc.gov or 202-724-5613.

Public Art Grants The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities invites the submission of applications for the FY19 PABC Cycle 1 grant from DC-based nonprofit organizations, Business Improvement Districts and individuals who are DC residents. The PABC grant program supports individual artists and organizations in their effort to design, fabricate and install new temporary or permanent works of Public Art. Deadline to apply is April 6, at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Keona Pearson, public art coordinator, at keona.pearson@dc.gov or 202-724-5613.

CAAB Launches DC Saves The DC has the highest rate of residents in the region not having a banking relationship. Almost 11% of District residents are unbanked: don’t have a checking or savings account. Moreover, 25 percent of District residents are underbanked or still use alternative financial services. Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) has launched the DC Saves Campaign to encourage DC residents to start saving or improve their saving habits. CAAB will share savings tips on caab.org, through CAAB’s social media


platforms Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The organization will also promote savings with media engagements and in-person presentations on the following six key topics: being banked; setting-up an emergency savings fund; saving and planning for college; claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit; saving your tax refund and, saving and planning for retirement. For more information, contact Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz at 202-419-1440 x 102 or by email at jleitmann-santacruz@caab.org.

Join DPR Spring Fitness Programs Registration has opened for DC DPR’s Spring Fitness Programs. DC residents can enroll in sports activities such as baseball and soccer for kids, flag football and tennis for youth and adults. There are also popular exercise classes for weight training, yoga and Zumba. Included are “Senior Strength,” “Walk Fit” and more active programs for seniors. The full listing of Spring Fitness Programs is available online, but an account must be created for each participant to register for a program. Register at dpr.dc.gov.

New Location for Bar Pro Bono Center The DC Bar Pro Bono Center Offices has reopened in their new headquarters at 901 Fourth St. NW. For questions, general information or other services, contact lpaley@dcbar.org.

See The Emancipation Proclamation Original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment are on display in the “Slavery and Freedom” exhibition on Concourse One of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAH). The documents share exhibition space with a restored slave cabin used in the early 1800s to house enslaved families on a plantation on Edisto Island, SC. The Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment are on a long-term loan to the museum by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, Smithsonian Regent and co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group. nmaahc.si.edu. Have an item for the Bulletin Board? Email it to bulletinboard@hillrag.com.

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Don’t Tread on DC

Don’t Bring Your Guns to Town by Josh Burch

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ome Watkins, Aaron Teeter, Roland Brooks, Robert Plight, DeAnthony Henson, Robert Arthur and Jermaine Bowens. These are the names of friends, students and neighbors of mine who have been shot and killed in the District of Columbia. They were victims, all of them, of a culture that perpetuates violence, where the process of pulling a trigger is more empowering to some than starting a conversation or seeking help. I will never get my friends back; more importantly, nor will their families. As I write this I am also thinking of the families in Parkland, Virginia Tech, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook and so many other mass shootings. As individual and mass shootings continue, members of Congress remain beholden to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and do nothing about this uniquely American scourge of violence. We must change our culture and we must change our gun laws as part of that process. I do not know all of the answers on how to stop the slaughter. I do know that guns are too readily accessible both legally and illegally. We are a gun culture, and that is a horrible illness. The lawful, easy access to guns feeds the illegal supply of them as well. We have tried through our elected officials to limit the number of guns in the District, but with firearms readily accessible across the border in Virginia and in too many states, we cannot stop the flow into DC. The District has lost court rulings about its gun laws and has made adjustments to comply with them. (We have lost court rulings before federal judges who were confirmed by the US Senate, a body where we have no representation.) The courts are not the greatest threat to DC gun laws: it’s Congress and people like Rep. Tom Garrett and Sen. Marco Rubio, who are the sponsors of bills aimed at gutting DC gun laws. As we approach

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the 2018 election we should be seeking to make sure Rep. Tom Garrett and those who enable his dangerous behavior (looking at you, Rep. Barbara Comstock) lose where it counts, at the ballot box. Americans for Self-Rule is a political action committee (PAC) set up to defend the District’s right to self-governance against congressional intrusions, and they will be working to defeat Rep. Garrett. Please consider working with them, the Indivisible Groups in Virginia’s 5th and 10th Congressional Districts or our own DC for Democracy. They are focusing on the power of the ballot to bring about meaningful change. If we want a more just, equitable and safe District and nation to live in, we need to be more active in ensuring that people who respect the District’s right to home rule and pursuit of statehood win elections. The statehood movement needs to start demonstrating electoral strength to build alliances among supporters and create fear within our opponents. Though we have no vote in Congress, we can still be active in the electoral process to make sure that true allies of home rule and statehood win elections and that opponents lose. Gun laws are not perfect. They do not stop hate. They do not stop all violence. They can, however, help prevent the easy access that puts weapons in the hands of those who use them to kill. Our national gun laws foster and sustain an immoral system that values gun ownership over public safety. It is long past time to end our culture of violence, and this year should be transformative in that process for the people of DC and the nation. Between now and November, we must begin building a coalition to prevent gun violence and

support DC statehood. We must use the power of the ballot to make sure that we end our culture of violence, end our irrational gun policies and end the careers of those who care more about the NRA’s money than about the thousands of victims of gun violence. We must radically change our culture of violence and reject the policymakers who enable it. Josh Burch is a member of Neighbors United for DC Statehood (www.the51st.org), a group of residents who believe that community organizing and strategic congressional outreach are the foundation and driving force behind the DC statehood movement. He can be found at josh@unitedforstatehood.com or followed at @JBurchDC.


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The DC Budget: An Opportunity to Invest in District Residents by DCFPI Staff

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C’s vibrant and growing economy has made it a great place to live and work for many, but the benefits are not being shared widely. Our healthy economy has had troubling downsides, including an increase in homelessness, displacement of people of color from the city and widening racial inequities in access to affordable housing, quality healthcare and educational opportunities. The DC budget – our community’s decisions about how to spend its resources – is the central tool for addressing these challenges. Budget choices can help ensure that all residents thrive, through investments in schools, affordable housing, healthcare, homeless services, jobs and training and more. Smart use of resources to support residents also lays the foundation for a strong future for the city as a whole. DC’s growing economy and strong finances give us the opportunity to make bold investments in the fiscal year 2019 budget. The District has a proud history of supporting services that make a difference for all of us, like housing, healthcare, schools, libraries and rec centers. Yet, in many cases, those investments are not enough to meet the scope of our challenges. Affordable housing programs still make up just three percent of the DC budget, for example, and school funding in recent years has not kept up with inflation and enrollment. The coming months will offer many opportunities to give voice to our values and help shape the fiscal year 2019 budget. We all can, and should, have

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a say in where our community invests its resources. The following recommendations for the 2019 budget reflect effective ways to use the city’s resources and prosperity to create a promising future for all District residents.

Healthcare The mayor and the DC Council should take important steps to strengthen access to quality healthcare, improve public health and reduce racial and economic inequities in health access and outcomes. A crucial first step is to improve the DC Healthcare Alliance program, a local health insurance initiative for residents, many of whom are immigrants, who don’t qualify for other forms of public coverage. An investment of $17 million in the DC Healthcare Alliance program would support several improvements to an unnecessarily burdensome re-enrollment process, which currently prevents thousands of residents from staying covered and receiving healthcare. An investment of $7.4 million would help ensure that DC residents with behavioral health needs can continue to access effective treatment options by, among other things, supporting a needed increase in

reimbursements for behavioral health providers to better cover the costs of providing treatment. Meanwhile, a $2-per pack increase in the District’s tobacco tax would reduce tobacco use, reduce healthcare costs and save lives, particularly among youth. It would also increase resources for tobaccocessation services that help residents quit.

Affordable Housing The District’s recent efforts to create and preserve affordable homes, while substantial, have made only a modest dent in the affordable housing challenges. Workers in low-paying jobs and residents relying on fixed incomes bear the brunt of high housing costs. The crunch hits residents of color the hardest, putting communities with long-term roots in DC at risk of displacement. Yet, since 2015, DC has funded just a small fraction of the overall need for units affordable to the city’s extremely low-income residents. Faster progress is needed. The mayor and the Council should make a substantial down payment toward DC’s complete affordable housing needs by ramping up the city’s investments in the Housing Production Trust Fund, which creates more affordable homes, and the Local Rent Supplement Program, which helps low-income families pay rent. Greater investments in affordable housing will be key to addressing racial equity, economic mobility and homelessness.

Homelessness The District has made significant efforts to tackle homelessness in the past few years, but more needs to be done to reach DC’s goals of making homelessness rare,


brief and non-recurring. The mayor and the Council should invest $30.8 million toward helping residents experiencing chronic homelessness. These are residents who have been homeless for years and suffer from life-threatening health conditions and/or severe mental illness that are made worse by the lack of a home. The District should also improve conditions in shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness, and it should expand the Homeless Prevention Program, which currently serves only families, to serve individuals as well. A $5.5 million investment is needed for shelter and transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence. Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness, and providers must frequently turn survivors away because of lack of capacity. The District should also invest in long-term affordable housing for families who need it to avoid a return to homelessness. The District should build on its investments to end youth homelessness by fully funding year two of Solid Foundations, the Comprehensive Plan to End Youth Homelessness. And finally, the District should invest $600,000 in public restrooms to ensure that all residents have a place to go.

Early Childhood and Pre-K to 12 Education The District is not investing enough in education to give all students the support to reach their full potential. Students of color and low-income students, who represent the vast majority of DC students, experience fewer opportunities and face barriers to academic achievement, starting at birth. The budget should provide targeted resources to address racial injustice and economic inequality. This starts with investments in our youngest children. DC should adopt pending legislation to give childcare providers enough resources to offer high-quality early education to lowincome children, and to support salaries for staff on par with similarly cre-

dentialed pre-K teachers. The budget should include an $11 million down payment toward that goal for the toddlers of today. DC must also implement the special education reforms adopted in 2014 that expand early intervention services for more toddlers with delays, in addition to providing faster evaluations and better high-school transition planning for older special-education students. The District needs to invest more in support for school-age children, both inside and outside the classroom. This includes $25 million to give lowincome students the same enriching, out-of-school-time opportunities, like afterschool and summer programming, as their higher-income peers. The District should also provide enough funding for DC Public Schools and public charter schools to meet growing enrollment and the rising cost of living, and to ensure that atrisk funding dedicated to low-income and academically struggling students is spent on targeted programming for these students. Beyond that, schools should get additional resources to support evidence-based solutions for school discipline, like restorative justice. Every school that wants to become a “community school,� with community-based resources to deliver services like healthcare, after-school programs, adult education and early childhood programming, should have enough resources to do so. The DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi. org) promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in DC and increase opportunities for residents to build a better future.

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A Breakout Year for Clean Decisions

Hill Company Wins Honors, Expands In 2018 by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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ocal businessman Will Avila could not believe it when he heard that his business, Clean Decisions, had been selected as a participant in Unlocked Futures. The company, started in 2014, employs returning citizens to provide cleaning, event and landscaping services and has a sister not-for-profit called Changing Per-

ceptions which provides support and community to those making the transition from incarceration. The Unlocked Futures program is an 18-month business accelerator backed by musician John Legend who selected eight entrepreneurs affected by the prison system. Each winner received a $50,000 operational grant and a spot in the 18-month training and mentorship program. “I still was in shock,” Avila said of

the moment he received a call inviting him to meet with John Legend, whose Free America campaign collaborated with New Prophet and Bank of America to create Unlocked Futures. “I don’t know how that happened.”

I Knew in My Heart... I’d Die in Prison Raised in Brightwood, Avila said that he only saw one way through life growing up. In his youth Avila saw his broth-

Charlie Curtis, Graham McLaughlin and Will Avila pose as they clean a commercial kitchen with Clean Decisions

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er and cousin enter the system, the latter serving a life sentence. “I already had instilled in me that I was going to be incarcerated,” he said. Lacking family support, he said that at the age of 14, “I knew in my heart that going down the streets, I’d die in prison.” Avila was incarcerated as an adult at the age 16. After eleven years in and out of the federal prison system Avila emerged determined to stay out. He said it only took four days to run out of money, and finding work was difficult. He applied for 22 jobs and was rejected for all of them before deciding to act on his plan to start his own business and employ himself. At a poetry reading during a year of homelessness that followed his release, Avila met Graham McLaughlin. McLaughlin helped him get together the start-up funds to found Clean Decisions in October 2014. Avila founded the not-for-profit Changing Perceptions a year later.

Clean Decisions The business employs 15 returning citizens to provide cleaning, event and landscaping services. They have cleaned industrial kitchens for businesses throughout the District, done work at events for Events DC, staffed two Clean Teams and are responsible for erecting and dismantling the pedestrian barricades every weekend for the Georgetown BID. In 2015, Rob Cronin joined the team to develop the landscaping arm of the company. A 25-year resident of Capitol Hill, Cronin said that the company is able to provide personalized services and attention to the smaller yards of the neighborhood. The not-for-profit arm, Changing Perceptions, provides support and training to returning citizens, including access to therapy and mediation services, community support and events such as pancake breakfasts and guest speakers. In partnership with the Department of Small and Local Business Development, the program has incubated eleven new businesses and pro-


Carlos Tyler has been with Clean Decisions for almost two years, currently as the company’s Administrative Assistant.” I really don’t know what path or track I’d be on had I not had this relationship. So in short, it was everything.”

vided jobs to 43 individuals, in addition to training in transitional skills and the promotion of entrepreneurial efforts.

‘We Know How to Hustle’ The Unlocked Futures Progra helps start-up companies in two ways. First, it provides an 18-month executive coaching program, which includes training on how to run a business. Rob Cronin said that the training program helps fill in some critical gaps for the company. “We know how to do good, quality work and get good jobs. That doesn’t mean we know how to do a W2 or a W9 [form] or manage QuickBooks or all of the administrative back end that’s necessary.” The other part of the program is an operational grant from Bank of America. The funds are dedicated to building business operations as the company sees fit. “The $50K really helps,” Avila said, but adds that the program has given him and the company a boost in confidence. “Just having Bank of America back you up, newprofit.org and Free America with John Legend back you up,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

A ‘Breakout Year’ 2018 is a ‘breakout year’ for Clean Decisions, said Cronin. “So much of

what Clean Decisions has been doing has been based on hustle, and now it’s poised to become a stable business,” Cronin said, pointing to returning customers and crew and new, solid contracts. Clean Decision was awarded a contract last December through the Launch Pad Initiative with the District Department of General Services (DGS). The company competed against six other business to win the contract for comprehensive green cleaning and related comprehensive maintenance for Barry Farm Recreation Center (1230 Sumner Rd. SE), where DGS spokeswoman Joia Nuri said Clean Decisions provides “the highest quality of janitorial services.” “In the beginning, we experienced some minor challenges,” added DGS Building Services Supervisor, Ronny Lowe. “After I provided clearer instruction on the work process, Clean Decisions’ work is so good Barry Farms Recreation Center is one of the cleanest buildings in the District.” Cronin said that the DGS contract is one piece of Clean Decisions’ move to becoming a long-term stable employer for returning District citizens. “[W] hen people are not just getting paid by the hour, but can be hired based on salary,” Cronin said, “that’s when you’re making a difference in creating jobs and opportunity for people that don’t have a lot of alternatives.”

Tyler as an administrative assistant was part of Clean Decision’s move into the next phase. Tyler was a juvenile when he was first placed in the system at 16. Released at 18, he was out for a total of two weeks before he was re-arrested, landing in prison for another six years. Tyler was assigned to do an apprenticeship following his release that included on-the-job training with Clean Decisions. “From there, the relationship was solid,” Tyler said. He went on to do many jobs with the company and has now been affiliated with the organization for nearly two years. As part of the clean-up team for a ‘Drink the District’ event, Tyler was paired with a quiet, unassuming man. As they worked, Tyler’s partner asked him questions about his future, including where he saw himself in five years. “I remember thinking to myself, I wonder what the heck this dude was locked up for? What could he possibly have done?” It was only later that evening that Tyler learned that the man was Graham McLaughlin, who had helped Avila found the company. The two built a relationship and Tyler was offered a position as a navigator, or mentor, with Changing Perceptions. He went on to an apprenticeship with the Council for Youth Justice, learning

software programs like QuickBooks before he started looking for administrative work. McLaughlin suggested Tyler for the administrative opportunity with Clean Decisions. He says the effect of the organization and the communities it has built on his life has been “pretty much everything,” emphasizing the last word. “For me to transition from prison into society and be immediately welcomed by this group with acknowledgment of all that I’ve been through –it was basically a lifeline.” “I really don’t know what path or track I’d be on had I not had this relationship. So in short, it was everything. Yep.” Avila is grateful to the Hill community for their support and for spreading the message of hope for the future. He said the message is “you can make a clean decision today and change the way people perceive you.” “Do the right thing. Choose the positive path.” Learn more about Clean Decisions or get a job estimate at cleandecisions.com by calling 202903-4332 or emailing info@cleandecisions. com Follow the company and their sister notfor-profit Changing Perceptions on Twitter @ cleandecisions @ChangingDC

After eleven years in the system, Will Avila started his own company and a sister not-for-profit to spread a message to returning citizens: “You can make a clean decision today and change the way people perceive you.”

‘It Was Pretty Much Everything’ Avila emphasizes the mission of both his company and the sister not-forprofit, measuring the company’s success not just by the growth in business but in the impact on people’s lives. Carlos Tyler is an example of both. Hiring

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Solar Energy Creates (Local) Jobs! by Catherine Plume

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e all know that solar energy is good for the environment and good for your pocketbook. Even a small solar array on a DC rowhouse roof can significantly reduce electricity costs. But, did you know that solar energy is also creating jobs for District residents? In 2017, Washington, DC, increased its solar energy workforce by 10 percent and now ranks sixth in the number of solar jobs

per capita in the US. GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic is working to ensure that residents are a part of this growing workforce through the Solar Works DC program, a three-year, lowincome solar-installation and job-training initiative spearheaded by the District’s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES). GRID Alternatives was founded in California in 2001 and now works across the nation and internationally to make solar photovoltaic (PV) technology practical and accessible for low-income communities that need the savings and jobs. GRID

Mayor Bowser helps Ward 5 resident Amy McKelvin celebrate the installation of a solar array on her home thanks to the combined efforts of GRID Mid-Atlantic and Solar Works DC.

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GRID Alternatives solar job-training program focuses on hands-on experience. Photo: GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic

Alternatives Mid-Atlantic launched in 2014 and is implementing the first year of the Solar Works DC program, providing job training to participating District residents in the solar and renewable industries. The program is rigorous and thorough. Trainees who complete GRID’s Installation Basics Training (IBT) program gain skills and earn certificates. They also attend customer outreach and construction workshops, receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 certifications and take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Photovoltaic (NABCEP PV) associate credential exam. The hands-on training includes installing solar arrays on qualified low-income single-family homes. To date, 35 lower-income homes have been outfitted with solar array installations at no cost, with some 60 to 100 installations planned per year over the next three years of the program. Amy McKelvin, a Ward 5 solar array recipient, says, “I’m very proud and happy that I was able to get solar through the Solar Works DC program. I’m really feeling comfortable about it, because I will get a discount on my electric bill. I am very happy that I was able to get that.” This past fall, 22 District residents participated in the 12-week GRID Alternatives program. Two months later, nine of them are employed in the renewable energy/solar field. A second training program will be launched this spring, and a sixweek prorated job-training program will be offered this summer to residents ages 18-24 through the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. Nicole Steele, executive director of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, is proud of this program. “Connecting individuals to well-paying solar jobs is a key part of GRID’s mission. Seeing our trainees learn the basics of solar installation, develop their skills on the job site and transition into the rapidly growing DC solar industry after graduation speaks to the success of hands-on job training and the Solar Works DC program.” Perhaps more importantly, the trainees, now professional solar installers, rave about the program. Reginald Chandler graduated from DC’s Eastern High School


Reginald “Reggie” Chandler is a DC resident and proud graduate of the GRID Alternatives Solar Works DC job-training program. Photo: GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic

in 2015. A Ward 5 resident, he completed the GRID Alternatives Solar Works DC training program this past fall and is currently serving with GRID as an AmeriCorps Fellow. “My favorite thing about Solar Works DC was the job training. I had no direction before with my career or training, I was delivering pizza.” Solar Works DC is part of the District’s Renewable Portfolio Standard [RPS] Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, which aims to increase access to clean energy and create a longterm pipeline for green jobs. Over the course of the three-year program, Solar Works DC intends to train more than 200 residents and install solar systems on up to 300 low-income single-family homes in the District. DOEE Director Tommy Wells is a huge fan of Solar Works DC, noting, “The mayor has often said that what’s good for the environment is good for the economy. Solar Works DC proves

that to be the case by helping out-ofwork or underemployed DC residents get trained for the fastest growing industry in the country – solar power. Our goal is to provide at least five percent of the city’s energy needs from renewable solar power locally generated. This is a win for everyone involved including our future generations.” Know of someone who should take advantage of this program either as a trainee or a homeowner? If so, contact GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic at 202-602-0191. Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer and a blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.blogspot.com; Twitter: @DC_Recycler. She is a board member and conservation chair of the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, but the perspectives expressed here are her own and do not necessarily represent the positions of that organization.

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New Mural at 16Th & W Streets SE

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Titled “Spread Southside Love,” the new mural at the corner of 16th & W Streets SE in historic Anacostia draws from the past while celebrating the present. Initiated by journalist and historian John Muller, the project commemorates Frederick Douglas’ 200th birthday while responding to the community’s request for a beautification project on a once-neglected corner. Muller worked with corner store owner Ephrame Kassaye. Kassaye not only owns the market at 16th and W Streets where “Spread Southside Love” was painted but he also owns the corner store at Mellon Street and MLK Ave SE in Congress Heights where Muller worked with a local group to produce the highly visible “March on Washington Mural” commemorating Martin Luther King’s famous 1964 “I have a Dream” speech. To find the right artist for the project, Muller contacted the Anacostia Watershed Society who in turn put out a call to artists to its member list. Within minutes of receiving the call in her inbox, Rebecca Ryvola responded. Says the artist, “I must have emailed him [Muller] back within 5 minutes. Frederick Douglass is one of the most important historical figures in leading us towards freedom for all, for the oppressed and for the oppressors. He continues to inspire so many, irrespective of race, age, or background, to this day. And the location of the mural, Anacostia in DC’s southeast, grapples more visibly than most places with the challenges Douglass worked so hard to address.” Rebecca elicited the help of the community to help her paint the mural. Germany Ray, a senior at Richard Wright Public Charter


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Muralist Rebecca Ryvola in front of ”Spread Southside Love. ’’ Image courtesy Rebecca Ryvola.

School played a prominent role in helping Ryvola complete the project. Muller funded “Spread Southside Love” privately through a crowd-sourcing campaign. The mural itself weaves the past and the present together in a visual narrative that incorporates elements from the neighborhood found in Frederick Douglas’ time as well as in contemporary Anacostia. Douglass takes center stage in “Spread Southside Love” as he sits on a lawn chair reading at his beloved home, Cedar Hill. Douglas is surrounded by both friends and contemporaries like abolitionist John Brown, the first Black graduate of Harvard Richard Greener, Civil Rights leader Ida Wells, the first Black Senator Blanch Bruce, abolitionist Wendell Phillips and Poet Grace Greenwood. Muller likens this setting to “reading salons” held by Douglas at his home where he and his peers discussed women’s suffrage, civil rights and other contemporary social issues. In the background, Douglas’ grandson plays the violin as children from present-day Anacostia run across the lawn amid the backdrop of DC’s iconic monuments.

Honfleur Gallery Honfleur Gallery will exhibit the paintings of Regina Miele in an exhibition titled “Through the Look-

Richard Wright Senior Germany Ray with a neighborhood cat working on “Spread Southside Love” mural. Image courtesy Rebecca Ryvola.

ing Glass, Urban Perspectives.” Miele has used the city’s rapidly changing landscape as inspiration for her work. A graduate of Catholic University, Miele’s decade-long study of DC’s cityscapes has created a body of work the speaks to the radical changes DC has experienced during this time. Like many artists, Miele has lived in transitional areas of the city in search of inexpensive studio space to perfect her craft. As a result of her own experiences, “Through the Looking Glass” is more than a series of studies on DC’s changing landscapes but rather a body of work that bears profound witness to the city’s rapid development, a commentary on displacement and who will have access to the city in the future. The exhibition opens on Friday March 16 from 6-9 p.m. and runs through April 21. Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Rd SE, DC; www. honfleurgallery.com. Gallery hours are WednesdaySaturday, 12-7 p.m. and by appointment.

Vivid Solutions Originally from Mexico, Villalobos works both as a fine artist and as an interior designer in New York City where is he based. He is also an accomplished violinist and composer. For Washington audiences, the artist will present his latest iteration of “Hom-

Alberto Villalobos, ‘’Seis Hombres ”, Ceramic, 4’ x 4’. Image Courtesy Vivid Solutions

bres de Arcilla” (Clay Men). The concept dates back to 2008 when the artist originally exhibited a series of ceramic works titled “Masks & Mural of Mexico” curated by Veronica Abraham at Grady Alexis Gallery in New York City. Since its inception, the artist has made a series out of his original concept resulting in exhibitions at Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas and in Portland, Oregon as part of the 2017 National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference. His latest exhibition of Clay Men opening this spring at Vivid Solutions Gallery will pay tribute to the students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teacher’s College in Iguala, Guerrero in Southern Mexico. The story made international headlines in 2014 when a group of 43 students, all of whom were men, were arrested in route to Mexico City by local police. The account of what happens next remains disputed. What is known is that the local police handed over the students to a local crime syndicate called Guerreros Unidos. The students were then summarily executed, their bodies burned and their ashes scattered by a river. While many theories exist, some implicating the Mayor of Iguala and his wife, what remains unclear is the motive for kidnap(continues to pg. 29)

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Statue of Marion Barry Unveiled

Eight-foot Statue Occupies Prominent Place on Pennsylvania Avenue NW article by Phil Hutinet | photos by Ronald Gilbert Baker

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n Saturday, March 3, 2018, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities unveiled an eight-foot statue of Marion Barry, Jr. The bronze sculpture, created by local artist Steven Weitzman, stands on a two-foot pedestal outside the Wilson Building which houses the offices of the City Council. This public monument commemorates Barry for his civil rights leadership, his time as mayor and as Ward 8 councilmember. His statue prominently occupies the northeast corner of 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, a highly visible position on “America’s Main Street” between the White House and the US Capitol. While most people know Barry as a mayor and a councilmember, he ascended into politics first and foremost as a civil rights leader. Born in rural Mississippi and raised in Memphis, Barry’s first foray into activism came inadvertently. As a youth, Barry worked several jobs including two newspaper routes. Barry won a trip to New Orleans from one of the newspapers for which he delivered. However, the paper refused to pay the additional cost of his trip as Mississippi required two separate buses for the white and the black winners to traverse the segregated state. Barry boycotted his route in protest and the paper relented, agreeing to send him to St. Louis instead to which Barry agreed as a compromise. As an undergraduate, Barry continued his activism as a member of the NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while attending LeMoyne College. Often outspoken, Barry’s open crit-

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icism of a college trustee at LeMoyne—for making racially disparaging remarks against black students—almost resulted in his expulsion. A brilliant science student, Barry would later obtain a Master’s degree in organic chemistry from Fisk University and began doctoral studies first at the University of Kansas, then at University of Tennessee Knoxville. A series of racist polices and encounters at the University of Tennessee Knoxville prompted Barry to interrupt his studies and work full-time as a civil rights leader. While he would never complete his doctorate and pursue the scientific career as he had sought, he would become one of the nation’s foremost civil rights leaders. In 1965 Barry moved to Washington DC and opened the local chapter of SNCC. He quickly established himself as a respected leader when he organized a successful bus boycott to protest fare increases in DC. He later founded Pride, Inc. an organization funded by the US Department of Labor to assist in the employment of black men. In 1972, he was elected to the DC school board, a position from which he would springboard to higher political office. He served as DC’s second Mayor from 1979-1991 and from 1995-1999; he served as Ward 8 councilmember from 1993-1995 and from 2005 until his death in 2014. Cora Masters Barry, from whom Marion Barry was separated though still on friendly terms, worked closely with Weitzman during the creative process offering the artist articles of Barry’s clothing and other items to help fashion the statue. Best known for creating the Frederick Douglas bronze which now resides in the US Capitol’s Emancipation Hall, Weitzman has extensive experience creating commemorative work. Based in the Gateway Arts District in Brentwood, MD just a couple of miles over the DC line from Eastern Avenue NE, Weitzman’s studio kept Barry’s statue a secret until its final unveiling this past Saturday. Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, a publication dedicated to DC’s visual arts. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com


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ping and the murdering these young men. To honor the memory of these men, Villalobos has fashioned a series of clay masks to represent the 43 victims of this senseless tragedy. Villalobos explains that “Clay represents the fragility of life, yet the resilience of the human spirit.” The exhibition opens on Friday March 16 from 6-9 p.m. and runs through April 21. Vivid Solutions has relocated to 2208 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE. The gallery can be visited online at vivigallerydc. com respectively. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-7 p.m. and by appointment. 202.631.6291

Anacostia Playhouse Presents Clayton LeBouef’s RS24 Anacostia Playhouse celebrates the return of vinyl this spring with eight performances of “Record Store 24: RS24”. Presented in partnership with All About the Drama Theatre Group, Prosperity and the Zhanra Groups, the one-act play is written and directed by Clayton LeBouef with co-direction by Cheryl L. Hawkins and Ella Davis. The play “celebrates ancestral wisdom, vintage music and the return of vinyl” according the Anacostia Playhouse’s press release. A native of Yonkers, NY, LeBouef, is no stranger to DC where he lived for many years after college. Known for his roles as Colonel George Barnfather in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and Wendell “Orlando” Blocker on HBO’s “The Wire”, LeBouef has recently focused on writing and directing a series of plays including RS24. In RS24, LeBouef plays the role of a man who apprehensively realizes his dream of owning a record store. His apprehension lies in the possibility that such an undertaking may in fact turn into a nightmare. RS24 will run at the Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE, for 8 performances from March 23, 2018 to March 31, 2018. Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. There will be two talkbacks Saturday, March 24 following matinee performance and Friday, March 30 following 8:00pm performance. TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets can be purchased at www.anacostiaplayhouse.org. Group of 10 or more discounts available.by calling 202-2902328 Find out more about tickets and special perks at https://anacostiaplayhouse.secure.force.com/ ticket/#details_a0Si0000004PJ8iEAG Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, a publication dedicated to DC’s visual arts. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com

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John Brown’s Raid: You Are There. What Now? by Barbara Wells

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V viewers who grew up in the 1950s and 60s may remember Walter Cronkite’s series, “You Are There.” These re-enactments of famous historic episodes had modern-day reporters on the scene to bring immediacy, drama, and instant analysis. Try to imagine such a re-enactment of John Brown’s raid on the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, but with the benefit of inventive staging, an outstanding cast, and action unfolding just steps from your seat.

Under the direction of Colin Hovde, Theater Alliance’s production of “The Raid” has all this and more, powerfully conjuring the intense deliberations of John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and their followers in the weeks before Brown’s doomed assault, which aimed to trigger an armed slave rebellion nationwide. The performance that unfolds commands rapt attention and inspires its audience to consider: In a time of protest, what are YOU willing to fight for? It all begins in 1859 at a quarry near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where Brown and Douglass meet under cover of darkness to debate their choice: At-

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tempt to incite a slave uprising now or hope for the election of Abraham Lincoln to create a national groundswell of abolitionist fervor. As Brown, Nicklas Aliff conveys the urgency of an aging man convinced that God has called him to end the scourge of slavery, while Marquis D. Gibson is the temperate Frederick Douglass, demonstrating the dignity and restraint of a leader and former slave who has learned, the hard way, how to bide his time. Josh Adams plays Brown’s secretary, Henry Kagi, embodying the jittery nerves of followers who may be willing to plot treason but are wary of potential traitors in their midst. The calmly commanding Dylan J. Fleming plays Emperor, Douglass’ loyal friend, as composed as Kagi is anxious as he considers casting his lot with Brown. The play illuminates the depth of their dilemma in chilling flashbacks of furious confrontations over slavery. Moira Todd depicts Mahala Doyle, a mother desperately pleading for the life of her teenaged son during Brown’s raid of cabins owned by pro-slavery activists in “Bleeding Kansas,” a proposed new state where the slavery debate reached a fever pitch. And Robert Bowen Smith is the enraged Rep. Preston Brooks, who savagely caned the abolitionist Sen. Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate in an incident that makes today’s political incivility look tame. These actors are the heart of the play, dispensing with almost all theatrical trappings to harness the power of imagination. Like the rest of the cast, they slip


Dylan J. Fleming as Emperor in The Raid

all he has to a righteous cause.” The Raid will be performed at the Anacostia Playhouse through March 18, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill.

DON’T MISS! “The Great Society, Arena Stage, through March 11

in and out of character and, between their scenes, take seats in the front rows with the audience and intently observe the action. Only suggestions of sets and costumes augment the actors’ words and movement: Scenic designer Jessica Cancino evokes the quarry’s slabs of rock on the theater’s walls with painted corrugated cardboard. Megan Thrift’s lighting design subtly signals scene changes from the silent woods to the various settings where violent altercations occur, and Danielle Preston’s modern-dress costumes barely allude to the stature and position of an array of characters. Most remarkable of all may be the fight direction of Cliff Williams III, who guides the full cast of seven through the climactic raid on Harper’s Ferry. Moving en masse and then in synchronized formation, the actors morph seamlessly from rebels into the local militia and U.S. Marines and back again as they sneak up to the armory, seize their position, and finally engage in mortal combat. Several characters return to reflect on the outcome, pondering the morality, wisdom, and impact of Brown’s quixotic attempt to arm and mobilize America’s slaves. Perhaps Frederick Douglass said it best: “No man fails, or can fail, who so grandly gives himself and

 his sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s T Tony Award-winning play “All the Way” once again features the amazing Jack Willis as Lyndon Baines Johnson, bringing all the wit, swagger, and pathos the role demands. The play chronicles LBJ’s valiant efforts to sustain his Great Society programs even as the escalating Vietnam War, persistent racial tensions, and the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy tear the nation apart.

“Becoming Dr. Ruth,” Theatre J, through March 18  irected by Holly Twyford and starring D Naomi Jacobson, this one-woman show can’t miss. Jacobson has real heart and spot-on comic timing, a perfect combination for portraying Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the nationally beloved sex therapist, media personality, and author who survived Nazi Germany and found her way as a U.S. immigrant. This one-woman show was written by Mark St. Germain, who earned accolades for Theatre J’s “Freud’s Last Session.”

“Gospel at Colonus,” Avant Bard at the Gunston Arts Center, through March 25  vant Bard revives this highly acclaimed A production, which was originally directed by Jennifer L. Nelson last year. Many of the original cast members return along with musical director e’Marcus Harper-Short and the Women’s Ecumenical Choir of Alexandria, Virginia.

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Vocalist Karen Lovejoy, a featured performer at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival last month and frequently for East River Jazz events, appears on March 11 at the Anacostia Arts Center for the monthly Jazz Brunch series.

Women in Jazz and More East of the River March blows in some musical high winds this year east of the river, thanks to the Washington Women in Jazz Festival (WWJF) as well as Vernard Gray and the Anacostia Arts Center. WWJF events include the Young Artist Showcase and Jam Session, noon to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10, presented by the Levine School of Music at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center (THEARC/ www.thearcdc.org) at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. The showcase, admission $5 at the door, is “for emerging jazz women musicians in high school and college,” with selected artists performing with the WWJF trio, meeting and getting advice from professionals and hosting a jam session, according to WWJF information. The next day, at 3 p.m., March 11, at the Anacostia Arts Center, Vernard Gray of East River Jazz presents another show in the Jazz Brunch series (second Sunday of each month), featuring songstress Karen Lovejoy, a longtime favorite for her soulful, sultry, distinctive phrasing. “The Jazz Brunch has become a growing success, we are thrilled to be able to provide an experience such as this to the Anacostia community,” says Kadija Bangura, marketing manager for ARCH Development Corp. (www.archdevelopment.org), which runs the arts center. “Each month I meet a new guest who says, ‘I never knew this was here’ or ‘This is such a great event.’” Gray says that the Arts Center asked East River Jazz to partner with the Jazz Brunch series “based on our presenting Sunday afternoon performances during our annual JAZZFest series ... Of course, we were very much interested in the idea. Our immediate plans are to present a good mix of instrumental and vocal based interpretations of the music. Each of our events are ‘conversations’ with an audi-

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ence that mix performance and related performer/ patron discourse.” WWJF returns east of the river for a 4 p.m. show on March 17 at THEARC, featuring the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra and works by composers/musicians Anna Webber and Angela Morris. See www. washingtonwomeninjazz.com.

InPerson ... Sarah Hughes, Eliot Seppa, Herb Scott, Karen Lovejoy Top performances last month included woodwind adventurer Sarah Hughes twice, first at Rhizome in a trio setting, playing meditative, soft melodies on clarinet, then moving to more urgent squawks, growls and groans during a free piece. Later in the month Hughes was downtown at the Smithsonian Art Museum, honoring Ornette Coleman, blowing riffing rhymes and rhythms on her searing alto sax. Also, Eliot Seppa commanded his bass expertly at Sotto on 14th Street for the Tuesday jams. Dynamic sax man Herb Scott’s Capitol Hill jam at Mr. Henry’s drew a packed house one Wednesday night. Siren of song Karen Lovejoy delivered some poignant numbers in her show at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, including “I Concentrate on You” and “Willow Weep for Me,” while elsewhere, teenage phenom Matthew Whitaker wowed a large crowd with his cascading, rippling, sometimes funky, always swinging runs on piano and organ. Steve Monroe is a Washington, DC, writer who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues.com and followed at www.twitter.com/jazzavenues.

MARCH HIGHLIGHTS: … Young Artist Showcase/Washington Women In Jazz Festival, March 10, Levine @ THEARC … Shannon Gunn Tribute to Women Composers/ WWJF, March 10, Smithsonian American Art Museum … Orrin Evans/The Bad Plus, March 10-11, Blues Alley … Karen Lovejoy/East River Jazz Brunch, March 11, Anacostia Arts Center … Judith Ferstl/WWJF, March 13, Embassy of Austria … Dwayne Adell, March 13, Blues Alley … Shana Tucker/WWJF, March 14, Hill Center … Kevin Eubanks, March 15-18, Blues Alley … Tim Whalen Quartet, March 16-17, Twins Jazz … Amy K. Bormet’s Ephemera/Isabel Escalante, March 16, Georgetown University … Leigh Pilzer/WWJF All-Stars, March 16, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra/Anna Webber, Angela Morris, March 17, THEARC … Christie Dashiell, March 17, The Alex/Graham Georgetown Hotel … Sarah Hughes “Coy Fish” album release, March 18, Rhizome … Eric Byrd Trio, March 19, Blues Alley … Allyn Johnson Meet The Artist/Jamal Brown, March 20, University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Recital Hall, Bldg. 46-West … Reuben Brown Tribute, March 23, Westminster … Jeff Antoniuk/David Bach Consort, March 23-24, Twins Jazz … Irene Jalenti/Marco Panascia, March 24, The Alex … Akua Allrich, March 24, Kennedy Center Jazz Club … Japanese Jazz Series, March 2629, Blues Alley … Samuel Munguia, March 27, UDC Recital Hall, Bldg. 46-West … Rene Marie, March 29, Clarice Smith Center/University of Maryland at College Park … Corcoran Holt CD release, March 29, Bethesda Blues & Jazz … Ricky Ford Quartet, March 30-31, Twins Jazz … HU Jazz Ensemble, March 30, Westminster … Jazz Night at the Movies/Buck Hill, March 30, Westminster … MARCH BIRTHDAYS: Benny Powell 1; Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Doug Watkins 2; Jimmy Garrison 3; Ricky Ford 4; Wes Montgomery 6; George Coleman 8; Herschel Evans, Ornette Coleman 9; Bix Biederbecke 10; Leroy Jenkins, Bobby McFerrin 11; Terence Blanchard 13; Quincy Jones 14; Cecil Taylor, Charles Lloyd 15; Tommy Flanagan 16; Nat King Cole 17; Harold Mabern, Charles Thompson 21; George Benson 22; King Pleasure 24; Ben Webster, Sarah Vaughan 27; Thad Jones 28; Michael Brecker 29; Freddie Green 31.


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Anacostia Museum for African Amer History 1901 Fort Pl SE - Back Door Smithsonian Anacostia Marcia Burris 1901 Fort Place SE - Back Door DC Center for Therapeutic Recreation 3030 G ST SE ARCH 1227 Good Hope Rd , SE Anacostia Pizzeria 1243 Good Hope Rd , SE SunTrust Bank 1340 Good Hope Rd , SE Unity Health Care Inc 1638 Good Hope Rd , SE Bread for the City 1640 Good Hope Rd , SE Marbury Plaza Tenants Assoc 2300 Good Hope Rd , SE Dollar Plus Supermarket 1453 Howard Rd , SE Ascensions Psychological and Community Services 1526 Howard Rd SE Dupont Park SDA Church 3985 Massachusettes Ave SE Orr Elementary School 2200 Minnesota Ave SE Hart Recreation Center 601 Mississippi Ave , SE Southeast Tennis and Learning Center 701 Mississippi Ave , SE The ARC 1901 Mississippi Ave , SE Neighborhood Pharmacy 1932 Martin Luther King Jr , SE PNC Bank 2000 Martin Luther King Jr Ave , SE Bank of America 2100 Martin Luther King Jr Ave , SE C Aidan Salon 2100 Martin Luther King Jr Ave , SE Big Chair Coffee 2122 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Animal Clinic of Anacostia 2210 Martin Luther King Jr Ave , SE Max Robinson Center of Whitman-Walker Clinic 2301 Martin Luther King Jr Ave , SE The United Black Fund 2500 Martin Luther King Ave SE The Pizza Place 2910 Martin Luther King Ave SE Metropol Educational Services, 3rd Floor 3029 Marin Luther King Jr Ave , SE National Children’s Center - Southeast Campus 3400 Martin Luther King Jr , SE Assumption Catholic Church 3401 Martin Luther King Ave SE Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center 3500 Martin Luther King Jr Ave , SE Congress Heights Health Center 3720 Martin Luther King Jr Ave , SE CVS - Skyland 2646 Naylor Rd , SE Harris Teeter 1350 Pennsylvania Ave SE Thai Orchid Kitchen 2314 Pennsylvania Ave SE St Francis Xavier Church 2800 Pennsylvania Ave SE Pennsylvania Ave Baptist Church 3000 Pennsylvania Ave SE CVS – Penn Branch 3240 Pennsylvania Ave , SE Congress Heights Recreation Center 100 Randle Pl , SE Johnson Memorial Baptist Church 800 Ridge Rd SE Ridge Recreation Center 800 Ridge Rd , SE Savoy Recreation Center 2440 Shannon Pl SE PNC Bank 4100 South Capitol St , SE Rite Aid 4635 South Capitol St , SE United Medical Center 1310 Southern Ave , SE Benning Park Community Center 5100 Southern Ave SE Benning Stoddert Recreation Center 100 Stoddert Pl , SE Union Temple Baptist Church 1225 W ST SE Senior Living at Wayne Place 114 Wayne Place SE 115 Atlantic St , SW William O Lockridge/Bellevue Bald Eagle At Fort Greble 100 Joliet St SW Covenant Baptist Church 3845 South Capitol St Faith Presbyterian Church 4161 South Capitol St SW Henson Ridge Town Homes Office 1804 Stanton Terrace, SE The Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW CCN office 224 7th ST SE Eastern Market 225 7th St SE YMCA Capitol View 2118 Ridgecrest Court SE CW Harris Elementary School 301 53rd Street, SE DC Child & Family Services Agency 200 I Street SE

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Peter and The Wolf at THEARC Peter and The Wolf, the children’s orchestral classic, comes to life in an engaging artistic collaboration with The Washington Ballet Studio Company and the DC Youth Orchestra Program for four performances at THEARC Theater, March 24 and 25 at 1 and 5 p.m. Best known as a children’s introduction to music and instruments, the addition of dance enriches this tantalizing visual and musical tale. The program also includes a performance by The Washington Ballet @THEARC Performance Ensemble. Members of the artistic team will present a “Talk Back” immediately following matinee performances. This informal gathering will provide insight about the performance and ballet. Audiences are encouraged to stay for this free discussion. Tickets start at $30. Tickets are available at washingtonballet.org and by calling 202-362-3606 X605. DC Residents of Wards 7 and 8 may receive a special discount: Tickets start at $15 (plus applicable fees and based on availability); proof of residency is required at the time of purchase. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE.

Teen VIBE Session On April 13, 7 to 9 p.m., the Anacostia Community Museum hosts this youth program with an evening of open mic, freestyle and creative expression. Participating teens are encouraged to express themselves creatively in spoken word, poetry, rap, fashion, dance and drawing. It is recommended for ages 13 to 19. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu.

After School Zone Looking for a fun place to drop by after school? Visit the Francis A. Gregory Library every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. for games, puzzles, a coloring cafe, and simple crafts. For ages 9 to 12. Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. dclibrary.org/francis.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Langdon Park. National Community Church’s fabled Eggstravaganza is on March 24, 10 a.m. to noon, at Langdon Park, 2901 20th St. NE. The event features ten hunts with 20,000 eggs, games, sports and an inflatable obstacle. Kids are invited bring their own Easter baskets. If not, they’ll provide a goodie bag. No preregistration is needed for this free event. All hunt times are first

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come, first served. The Easter Eggstravaganza is sponsored by National Community Church, 205 F St. NE. eggstravaganzadc.com.

Ikebana for Kids Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. On April 15, 1 to 2 p.m., kids ages 10 to 13 can spend an hour with a trained ikebana teacher qualified to train young people this ancient art. Each child takes home


Anacostia River Festival

On April 15, 1 to 5 p.m., the 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the fourth annual Anacostia River Festival, the official close of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Celebrate the Anacostia River by taking a canoe out to explore. Ride in the bike parade. Play lawn games with the family and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene at this special free event. This year’s festival will celebrate the100th Anniversary of Anacostia Park and the Year of the Anacostia. Anacostia Park, 1912-1998 Anacostia Dr. SE. yearoftheanacostia.com. Photo: Courtesy of yearoftheanacostia.com.

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a beautiful living flower arrangement as part of the workshop. All materials will be provided. The fee is $10. Registration is required at usna.usda. gov. There are two entrances to the National Arboretum: 3501 New York Ave. NE, and 24th and R Streets NE.

The Cherry Blossom Festival On April 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the Freer Sackler. Take a family-friendly tour and learn about nature in Japanese art at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Then, continue to explore the Freer for pop-up art-making activities and artist demonstrations inspired by the spring season. All ages welcome with adult companions. freersackler.si.edu.

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Easter Monday at the Zoo

On April 2, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrates Easter Monday. Throughout the day, the Zoo offers family-focused activities. Enjoy an Easter egg hunt with prizes, field games, special animal demonstrations and live entertainment. And don’t miss a chance to meet Easter Panda. Zoo hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admittance is 4 p.m. Zoo admission is free, but parking is now $25. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. Easter Monday has been a Washington-area multicultural tradition for more than 100 years. Photo: Meghan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

On March 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit the National Archives for a fun, activity-filled day exploring the many ways countries show their friendship. Investigate treaties. Learn about some of the unusual gifts countries have given. Participate in interactive activities designed for the entire family to enjoy. archives.gov.

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Waves Adults with their little ones follow a pathway of shells and stones into a warm tent on the stage, where a gentle seaside scene awaits. Through sand shaping, shadow puppetry and inventive sound effects, the two performers create tender, magical moments of sea turtles, seagulls, fish, dune grass, ships and sky. Most enjoyed by ages 18 months to 4 years. $15. On stage at the Kennedy Center, March 21 to April 1. kennedy-center.org.

NSO: Black Violin Raised on a steady diet of both Hip Hop and classical music, violinist Kevin Sylvester and violist Wilner Baptiste have built a musical style all their own. The duo has shared the stage with such top names as Kanye West and Aerosmith. They have collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. Now they join the NSO to showcase their dynamic performance style, bridging infectious beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique. For ages 5, up. On stage at the Kennedy Center, Wednesday, April 4, 8 p.m. kennedy-center.org

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Jam with King Bullfrog!

On April 14, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy a morning with King Bullfrog, a high-energy acoustic duo. Mr. Jeremiah and Mr. Steve, both Capitol Hillbased dads and music teachers, will sing about plants and the environment with a set of folk, blues, world and original music for children and their grown-ups. Please note: The musicians will play two sets at the Botanic Garden’s Conservatory Garden Court. Free, no pre-registration required. usbg.gov. Photo: Courtesy of the US Botanic Garden

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DPR Opens Camp Registration

DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) 2018 summer camp registration has opened. The summer camp season is June 18 to Aug. 17. Most camps are offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, but hours vary by program. DPR provides a wide variety of summer camp experiences for youth ages 3 to 17. 2018 Summer Camp Dates: Session 1: June 18 to 29; Session 2: July 2 to 13, (no camp July 4); Session 3: July 16 to 27; Session 4: July 30 to Aug. 10; Session 5: Aug. 13 to 17. Before and After Care is offered at an additional charge. For more information, visit dpr.dc.gov/service/summer-camps or contact the DPR Summer Camp office at 202-671-0372 or DPR.Camps@dc.gov. Photo: Courtesy of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation

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DISCOVER YOUR FAMILY’S RHYTHM! Music TogetherŽ classes for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Register now at www.littlestepsmusic.com Spring classes begin April 9

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A romantic tale of a handsome prince and his love, Beauty set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Winner of a Citation of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette, it has played successfully to children and families nationwide. On stage at Glen Echo, through March 25. Recommended for ages 5, up. Tickets are $12. Have an item for the Notebook? Email it to bulletinboard@hillrag.com.


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News from the Anacostia and Southeast Areas of Washington, DC

East of the River Magazine March 2018  

News from the Anacostia and Southeast Areas of Washington, DC

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