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Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic Meet One-on-One with a Lawyer for Free! Presented by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and the D.C. Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs If you are an existing or an aspiring small business owner, come and meet one-on-one with attorneys at this brief advice clinic. If you do not have specific questions, come and tell the attorneys about your business – they can help you spot legal issues or give you general advice. Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Time: 5pm – 7:30 pm Location: DCRA Small Business Resource Center 1100 4th Street SW, Second Floor Waterfront-SEU Metro Station Please bring any documents relevant to the issues you wish to discuss. This is a walk-in clinic; however, if you wish to pre-register, call Darryl Maxwell, Managing Attorney at 202-737-4700, ext. 3369 or visit ConferencePresignup.action?iD=37424 Language translation services are available upon request.

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Bloomingdale Business • Jazzy Wright


Shaw Streets • Pleasant Mann


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42 Classifieds COVER: Liz Taylor mural at Dacha Beer Garden. Photo by Andrew Lightman.

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Kensington’s Antique Row

Nestled in the heart of historic Kensington, Maryland, Antique Row is the oldest antiques center in the area. For more than 30 years, Howard Avenue East and its adjacent streets have been a mecca for antique collectors worldwide. Many of the original merchants are still in business, continuing the tradition of honesty and integrity in the trade. Through the years, Antique Row has grown to include more than 80 shops. Their merchants specialize in everything from the finest antiques to the quirkiest collectibles. They offer art galleries, new crafts and gifts, design shops and salons and two eating establishments. Unlike an antique mall, you will have the pleasure of walking tree lined streets, resting on a Victorian park bench beside a planter of flowers and discussing your purchases personally with the owners. third thursday: merchants in Kensington keep their doors open late on third thursdays, attracting visitors with sales specials, live music and food. Photo: maier & warner Pr

Romeo and Juliet at the Folger

The noble houses of the Montagues and the Capulets have been at war for decades. With no end to the violence in sight, the Prince of “fair Verona” issues an edict imposing a death sentence on any citizen caught dueling. When young Romeo meets the beautiful Juliet, the two decide to take fate into their own hands and follow their passion for each other. However, circumstances beyond their control conspire against them, threatening their love and their lives. From Oct 15-Dec 1, it all happens right here in DC at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $40-$72. Paywhat-you-can on Oct 15, 7:30 p.m. Cash tickets will be available to the public one hour prior to the performance. College students can get $15 tickets on Oct 25 with valid ID. 202-544-7077. the two lovers are played by michael goldsmith and Erin weaver. Photo: James Kegley 8 u

DC Reads “Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC: The Lion of Anacostia”

The remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author is well recorded. Yet little has been written about Douglass’ final years in Washington, DC. In “Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC: The Lion of Anacostia”, journalist John Muller explores how Douglass spent the last 18 years of his life professionally and personally in his home, Cedar Hill, in Anacostia. The ever-active Douglass was involved in local politics, from aiding in the early formation of Howard University to editing a groundbreaking newspaper to serving as marshal of the District. From Oct-Nov 15, join fellow residents in book discussions around town in the public libraries. Nearby discussions are on Oct 10, 11 a.m. at MLK Library; Oct 21, 6 p.m. and Oct 26, 1 p.m. at the Southwest Library; and Oct 29 and Nov 6, 7 p.m. at the Southeast Library. When you’ve completed the book, make a pilgrimage to the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at 1411 W St. SE (corner of 15th and W). Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and January 1.

Dead Man’s Run at Congressional Cemetery

On Oct 19, 5:30 p.m., outrun the Grim Reaper and other haunts in the 206 year old Congressional Cemetery at dusk. Race starts with a toll of the funeral bell, continues throughout the cemetery and onto the Anacostia Trail for a ghostly evening run full of spooky music, fun, and a full moon. Join fellow runners in the beer tent after the race to reward your own survival. Costumes encouraged, with prize for best costume or team costume. The run benefits the preservation of this National Historic Landmark. Grown-ups run a 5K race and kids run about 1/4 mile. The kids run ($10) starts just after main run. $40 to register at and everyone gets a tee-shirt. The main entrance to Historic Congressional Cemetery is at 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. Runners approach the finish line. Photo: Congressional Cemetery

Night of the Living Zoo

It’s Baaaaack. Why should kids have all the fun? Join them for their adult Halloween bash! Wear your best costume and visit the National Zoo by moonlight for festive fire eaters, palm readers, talking bats, and illusionists! You can also look forward to zoo and animal house access during the witching hours, live (undead?) entertainment, face painting, photo booth by Photo-matica, a costume contest, carousel rides, food and drink, including their “Witches Brew” and the DC Slices and Cirque Cuisine food trucks. $30 (discount for FONZ members). You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission. Call 202-633-3045 for more information. Courtesy of Friends of the National Zoo

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OCTOBER HALLOWEEN The Ghost Story Tour of Washington. Fridays and Saturdays in Oct, 8:00 PM. Tour meets at 858 Vermont Ave. NW. (McPherson Square Metro “White House exit”). $12, $6 for those under 16 (babes in strollers or carriers, free). Military ID holders are half price on all tours. 301-5889255. Boo! Run for Life 10K and 2 Mile Fun Walk. Oct. 13, 8:00 AM. The Halloween-themed Boo! Run for Life 10K is a seasonal favorite of many runners. Run the 10K in costume, or enjoy a scenic 2 mile walk around the Tidal Basin! West Potomac Park, Washington DC. $29-$32. 703-7868581. Dead Man’s Run at Congressional Cemetery. Oct 19, 5:30-8:30 PM. Outrun the Grim Reaper and other haunts in the 206 year old Congressional Cemetery at dusk! Race starts with a toll of the funeral bell, continues throughout the cemetery and onto the Anacostia Trail for a ghostly evening run full of spooky music, fun, and a full moon! Join us in the beer tent after the race to reward your own survival. Costumes encouraged, with prize for best costume or team costume! Benefits the preservation of this National Historic Landmark. $40. $10 for the kid’s run. Boo at the Zoo. Oct. 25, 26 and 27, 5:30-8:30 PM. Enjoy tasty candy, delicious snack foods, and other special treats from more than 40 treat stations. This family-friendly event offers animal encounters, keeper talks, and festive decorations. Proceeds support animal care, conservation science, education, and sustainability at the National Zoo. $30. (The zoo is shut down currently. Check opening before you go.) Air and Scare at Udvar-Hazy Center. Oct 26, 2:00-7:00 PM. Their annual Halloween event, Air & Scare, features the spooky side of air and space at the Udvar-Hazy Center! Each year, people arrive in costume for safe indoor

Washington International Horse Show Oct 22-27. An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show. Each October more than 500 of the top national and international horses and riders, including Olympic veterans, come together in Washington, DC, to compete in six days of thrilling competition. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. Reed Kessler and Cylana, winners of the 2012 President’s Cup Grand Prix. Shawn McMillen Photography 10 u


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trick-or-treating. They participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. They can even pose for a photo with their favorite Star Wars character! Free. $15 to park. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located a few miles south of Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA. Zombie Run 5K at National Harbor. Oct 26, 10:00 AM. Limited to 5,000 participants. Wave “windows” of up to 600 persons will start every 15 minutes. Approximately 100 people will be released every 2 minutes during that time frame. Zombie Run is a zombie-infested 5k fun run where you can be a zombie, a runner, or an observer of the apocalypse. Their charity partner is Smile Train and the goal is to raise enough money to pay for 15 cleft lip and palate repairs for children in developing countries. Congressional Cemetery Ghosts and Goblets Soiree. Oct 26, 6:00-8:00 PM. Billed as a gruesome benefit for Historic Congressional Cemetery featuring torchlight graveyard tours, organ music, hauntings, and visits from some of their 55,000 residents. $75. Costume or casual attire. 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. Dia de los Muertos. Oct 26 and 27, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM. View several ofrendas (altars), and special programming that includes food demonstrations of traditional foods for the dead around the outdoor firepit, (weather permitting); music and dance performances. National Museum of the American Indian, on the National Mall between Air & Space and US Capitol. Drag Queen High Heel Race. Tuesday, Oct 29, 9:00 PM. Always fun, always outrageous and always held on the Tuesday before Halloween, this annual event features elaborately costumed drag queens racing down 17th St. NW from R to Church St. It attracts large crowds to cheer them on so don’t expect to park in the area. The race begins at 9:00 PM but come early because the real fun begins before the race. An informal block party follows. Night of the Living Zoo. Oct 30, 6:3010:00 PM. Why should kids have all the fun? Join them for their adult Halloween

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bash! Wear your best costume while enjoying the National Zoo by moonlight. Experience bone-chilling and mind-boggling performance art including palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists. A valid ID is required for admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. National Building Museum Halloween Ghost Tour. Oct. 31, 8:00 PM and 9:15 PM. Explore the haunted past of the National Building Museum. See a different side of the Museum on this lantern-light tour led by the ghost of Mary Surratt. Who are the irritable rider on horseback and the footless figure? Why are there mysterious faces swirling in the 75 foot Corinthian columns? And, why do these ghosts (and more!) call the National Building Museum their home? All will be revealed on this behindthe-scenes tour of the mysteries of the Museum. $18. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Haunted Hill 2013 Starring Cypress Hill. Oct 31, 8:00 PM. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803- Courtyard Cinema Classics: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Oct 31, 7:30-9:30 PM. Spend a spooky Halloween at a special screening of one of cinema’s earliest horror films, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. When the Dr. Caligari and his zombie-like somnambulist are accused of murder, there may be something more sinister and supernatural at work. Food and beverages available for purchase in the Courtyard Café. (1920, 67 minutes). American Art Museum, Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-1000. Where to Get Halloween Costumes. The American Backstage Company, 5380 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA. 703-212-8982. Find Pumpkin Patches in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Also find hay rides, pony rides, corn mazes and more.

SPECIAL EVENTS Preservation Cafe, Swampoodle “Virtual Tour”. Oct 16, 6:30-7:15 PM. Take a virtual tour of “Swampoodle”, the neighborhood between 2nd and 4th sts. between F and G, NE. Free. Ebenezers Coffee House (downstairs), 2nd and F St. NE. Feet in the Street. Oct 19, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Outdoor fun for bikers, hikers, climbers and all kids. Fort Dupont Park, (reference address is 3600 F and Minnesota SE). nps. gov/fodu Washington International Horse Show. Oct 22-27. An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show. Each October more than 500 of the top national and international horses and riders, including Olympic veterans, come together in Washington, DC, to compete in six days of thrilling competition. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. Southwest DC Home-Boat Tour. Oct 26, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Boat owners at the Gangplank Marina will host the Home Boat Tour where houseboats, sailboats, trawlers, office barges, and more will be opened to the public. Tickets cost $20, but residents of the 20024 ZIP code receive a $5 discount. Also on the same day, DC Harbor Cruises will offer discounted 60-minute cruises for $15. Like last year, Cantina Marina will offer a 10% discount to tour-goers. A portion of proceeds from the event will go towards local charities in Southwest. Atlas Underground: Not Your Usual Gala. Nov 1, 7:00 PM. An exhilarating evening of performances, dining, and danc-

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ing celebrating the finest in artistic expression. The evening will include world-class performances throughout the Atlas, including backstage, on-stage, and other spaces rarely seen by audiences. Individual ticket price, $225. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

LECTURES Through Nov 8. The fall lecture series from the Science, Technology and Business Division at the Library of Congress will include illustrated talks by NASA scientists on hot towers in hurricanes and the history of cosmology, and lectures by experts on Gregor Johann Mendel, the use of nanotechnology in treating cancer and the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure. Oct 21, 11:30 a.m., Cancer, Magnets and Heat: Can Nanotechnology Provide New Solutions for Old Treatments?; Oct 23, 11:30 a.m., At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, Our Place in the Universe: Cosmology from the Greeks to Today; Nov 7, 11;30 a.m., Bench to Bedside (DNA); Nov 8, 11;30 a.m., Solitude of a Humble Genius-Gregor Johann Mendel Professor: Volume 1-Formative Years. All lectures, which are free and open to the public, will take place in the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Folger Shakespeare Library Elizabethan Garden Tours. First and third Saturday of every month, through end of Oct, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Visit Folger Shakespeare Library’s intricate knot garden, filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works, as well as herbs popular in his day. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-5444600. Lunchtime Tour of the Conservatory. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon-1:00 PM. What do manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common? They all come from plants on permanent display in the USBG Conservatory. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life. You might see bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or learn about the next big breakthrough in medicinal plant research. Tour meets in the Conservatory Garden Court. Free, no pre-registration required. US Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

MUSIC Music at the Lincoln. Oct 12, The BYT Bentzen Ball Music Revue Featuring Megan Mullally’s Band; Oct 13, The Bentzen Ball Closing Ceremonies featuring Ira Glass and Friends; Oct 25 and 26, Anything We Want-Fiona Apple and Blake Mills; Oct 30 and 231, Neko Case; Nov 4, Barenaked Ladies; Nov 5, Colin Meloy and Eleanor Friedberger. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. Music at Sixth and I. Oct 13, Dan Croll; Oct 14, Mark Lanegan with Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss; Oct 15, Hey Marseilles with The Apache Relay; Oct 17, Diego Garcia; Oct 26, Cecile McLorin Salvant; Nov 7, CocoRosie. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Music at The Howard. Oct 15, Pete Rock & CL Smooth; Oct 18, Gato Barbieri; Oct 19, Martha Reeves; Oct 20, Amel Larrieux-Ice Cream Everyday; Oct 22, Robben Ford; Oct 23, Corey Holcomb; Oct 24 and 25, Eric Roberson; Oct 27, George Clinton & The P Funk Allstars; Oct 28, Eva Ayllon; Oct 30, The Orb; Nov 1, Incognito; Nov 4, Big Freedia; Nov 5, Gungor-I Am Mountain Tour; Nov 6, Lady; Nov 7, Everyone Orchestra; Nov 9, Morgan Heritage. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899.

Sunday Gospel Brunch Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir. Every Sunday, 12:30-2:00 PM. $30-$45. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but free will offering taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-347-2635. 1st Thursday @ First Church. First Thursday of every month, 5:30-7:00 PM. First Congregational United Church of Christ hosts a “Different kind of Happy Hour” for those passing by the corner of 10th and G sts. NW--music, art, refreshments and conversation. Childcare provided. 945 G St. NW. National City Christian Church Organ Concerts. Every Friday, 12:15-1:15 PM. Free. 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-232-0323. Steinway Series of classical music concerts at American Art Museum. Second Sunday, 3:00 PM The Steinway Series is a classical music concert that features the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s refurbished Steinway Concert Grand piano. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level American Art Museum (between Seventh and Nineth and and F and G sts. NW.) 202-633-1000. “Take Five” (free jazz at the American Art Museum). Third Thursday, 5:00-7:00 PM. Smithsonian American Art Museum, (Great Hall on the 3rd floor), Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-1000.

THEATER AND FILM Right and of Fellowship at the Atlas. Oct 18-20. This new and delightful play is a fiery battle between genre’s of gospel music and generations striving to move a rural church forward. $45-$65. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Sweet Charity at CUA. Oct 18-20. One woman’s trust and faith in others despite continued disappointment is the storyline behind “Sweet Charity,” the fall musical of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University. $10-$15. Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. For more information, visit or call the box office at 202-319-5416. The Argument at Theater J. Oct 23-Nov 24. Sophie, a charming, vibrant artist, and Phillip, a loyal, solid businessman, are a 40-something couple whose new relationship is rocked when Sophie learns she is pregnant. As each fights for the only future he or she can imagine, they are both forced to recognize the profound personal differences between them. And when the word “abortion” is introduced into the debate, all bets are off. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800 494-8497. The Night Watcher at Studio. Oct 23-Nov 17. Motherhood eluded Charlayne Woodard, but as a godmother, aunt, confidant, and mentor, countless children have enhanced-and sometimes rattled-her life. With exuberance and

grace, two-time Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee Woodard fuses ten vignettes of non-parental guidance into a radiant tour de force. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. The Woman in Black at the Keegan. Oct 31Nov 30. A lawyer engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. As the two men-portrayed by Keegan company members Rob Leembruggen and Matthew Keenanreach further into the lawyers darkest memories, the borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep…Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. Appropriate at Woolly. Nov 4-Dec 1. In this searing and audacious comic drama, the estranged members of the Lafayette family return to Arkansas, and their crumbling old plantation home, to settle the accounts of their recently deceased patriarch. As they sort through a hoarded lifetime of mementos and junk, they discover a gruesome relic that sends the family spiraling into a dark history of repressed memories and family secrets. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. Drive-In Movies at Union Market Encore. Oct 18, Good Will Hunting (National No Beard Day); Nov 1, Evan Almighty (All Saint’s Day); and Nov 8, People’s Choice (by vote via social media). Gates open (along 6th St. NE) at 6 p.m.; gates close for vehicle entry at 7:45 p.m.; films begin at 8 p.m. Union Market is at 1309 5th St. NE. For more information about Union Market, visit The Sunshine Boys at the Keegan. Through Oct 19. Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for more than forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together one last time. Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. The Velocity of Autumn at Arena. Through Oct 20. The play introduces us to Alexandra, a 79-year-old woman living a solitary existence in her Brooklyn brownstone with her fleeting memories and enough explosives to take down most of the block. At an impasse with her family over how she should spend her autumn years, her long-absent son enters as an unlikely mediator. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. Measure for Measure at Shakespeare. Through Oct 27. Shakespeare’s dark comedy leads a compelling season by posing controversial ideas and by exploring the corrupting nature of power. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. Love in Afghanistan at Arena. Through Nov 17. A daring world premiere drama combining the worlds of a talented hip hop artist and a mysterious Afghan interpreter in a thrilling, romantic adventure in an increasingly chaotic land. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202488-3300.

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The Thomas Circle Singers will perform their first concert of the 2013-2014 season on Oct 27. Photo: David Solimini

Thomas Circle Singers Oct 27, 5:00 PM. TCS will explore the varied ways in which music speaks to us and allows us to further express our thoughts and emotions in “I’ll Sing, I’ll Be.” Concert at the First United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW.

Romeo and Juliet at the Folger. Oct 15-Dec 1. The perfect poetry of Shakespeare’s tragedy reveals the heart-breaking loss of “star-crossed” love. Folger shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

Special Announcements ABC Board Decides 14th and U Corridor Moratorium Not in Public Interest. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has unanimously denied a petition for a moratorium on the issuance of new liquor licenses in the District’s 14th and U St. corridor. The Board determined the moratorium is not in the public’s interest after carefully considering public input and evaluating various standards for issuing a moratorium. Data collected by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration shows the 14th and U St. corridor has undergone a revival. Property values are appreciating, the violent crime rate has decreased, and residents and businesses alike are being attracted to the area. There was no evidence that additional ABC-licensed establishments will have an adverse effect on the neighborhood.

and using a public/private partnership to oversee the long-term maintenance and management of the park.

Transformation of Franklin Park Begun. The DC Office of Planning in partnership with the National Park Service, the District Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Downtown Business Improvement District has announced the launch of a collaborative comprehensive planning process to revitalize Franklin Park. At 4.79 acres, it is one of the largest parks in downtown DC. Franklin Park is located between K and I sts. and 13th and 14th sts., NW and is owned by the NPS. The park sits within the rapidly growing neighborhood of Center City DC that has seen a 31.6% increase in population over the last 10 years. Currently the park does not meet the diverse needs of neighborhood residents, workers or visitors; however, there is the potential to transform Franklin Park into one of our nation’s premier urban parks. To realize this transformation, OP and its partners will investigate options for increasing recreational opportunities, adding services such as food and restrooms, increasing events and programs, restoring historic resources, incorporating sustainable and ecologically sensitive materials and practices, enhancing surrounding streetscape and transportation connections,

Submissions are now being accepted online at through Nov 15, 2013. The competition is open to all residents of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, ages 8 and up. Those under 18 require parental consent. Selected vocalists will join an outstanding lineup of celebrity entertainers, marching bands from across the country, during the finale event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Cherry Blossom Festival Seeks Local Talent. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is accepting submissions for the first annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Sing Into Spring Competition, a call for local talent that will highlight the region’s outstanding vocalists in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Paradeâ on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Up to four winning soloists and/or vocal artists will perform in the largest spectator event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The 2014 Parade is from 10 a.m. to noon and runs along Constitution Ave. NW.

International Spy Museum Relocating. The Historical Society has been in confidential discussions with Events DC, the city’s convention and sports authority, for the relocation of the International Spy Museum to the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. The Historical Society intends to maintain its headquarters at the Carnegie in a cooperative arrangement. The current proposal envisions a 40,000-squarefoot underground addition for use by the Spy Museum. In addition, a new glass structure on the north side of the building will house a visitor’s center and other dining and entertainment uses. u

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Army Ten-Miler Expo at DC Armory. Oct 18-19. This expo is not like most other running expos. Besides the great deals on clothing, shoes, accessories and more, the ATM Expo has helicopters, interactive trucks and performances by The Old Guard Drill Team and Fife and Drum Corps. There will be a running shoe donation hosted by AMVETS. Make sure to bring your gently worn running shoes with you. Marine Corps Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at DC Armory. Oct 24-26. More than 100,000 will visit the Expo showcasing more than 200 exhibitors and interactive displays with free massages, food samplings and direct access to running industry experts. All MCM, MCM10K and Healthy Kids Fun Run participants will pick up their race-day packets and participant shirts at the Expo, which is free and also open to the public. Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month, noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Dr. at West Basin Dr., near the Tourmobile stand). 703-505-3567. Nearby indoor public swimming pools. Turkey Thicket, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-5769236. Rumsey Pool, 635 No.Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495. All DC public pools are free for DC residents. Have ID. Shaw Skate Park. A new 11,000 sq. foot skate park has opened in the Shaw neighborhood. 11th and Rhode Island Ave. NW. Nearby public tennis courts. Banneker Community Center (eight outdoor tennis courts), 2500 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-673-6861. Kennedy Recreation Center (one outdoor tennis court), 1401 Seventh St. NW. 202-671-4794. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314.

MARKETS & SALES Pottery on the Hill Show and Sale. Nov 1, 6:30-8:30 PM, preview reception, $25. Nov 2, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; and Nov 3, noon-4:00 PM. Sixteen of the nation’s top ceramic artists gather at Hill Center, bringing with them a wide array of bright, patterned ce-







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ramic table platters, fanciful mugs, one-ofa-kind cups, cooking pots and astonishing vases and whimsies. Many hundreds of pieces of their work will be for sale. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. 14&U Farmers’ Market. Saturdays through Nov 23, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. In front of the Reeves Center, at the corner of 14th & U Sts. NW Bloomingdale Farmers’ Market. Sundays through Nov 24, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. In front of Big Bear Café, at the corner of 1st & R Streets, NW Adams Morgan Farmers’ Market. Open Saturdays through Dec 21, 7:30 AM-1:00 PM. 18th and Columbia Rds. NW. Penn Quarter, DC FreshFarm Market. Thursdays through Dec 19, 3:00-7:00 PM. North end of 8th St. NW, between D and E Sts. NW. Brookland Farmers’ Market. Open Tuesdays through October, 4:00-7:00 PM. At the Brookland Metro, under the bridge. UDC Latino Farmers and Ranchers Farmers Market. Saturdays through Nov 10, 8:00 AM2:00 PM. 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. H Street FreshFarm Market. Saturdays through Dec 21, 9:00 AM-noon. H St. and 13th St. NE. Vendors are Atwater’s; Blueberry Hill; Cedarbrook Farm; Dolcezza Gelato; Full Cellar Farm; Garden Path Farm; Gordy’s Pickle Jar; Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, LLC; Quaker Valley Orchards; Red Apron Butchery; Richfield Farm. Union Market. Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 AM8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. The newly-opened Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-652-7400. Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 20th St. and Mass. Ave NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889.

CIVIC LIFE Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW, suite 900. 202-783-5065. All-Ways Mount Pleasant. First Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. LaCasa. All-Ways is a citizen’s association primarily for the tenants of the

larger apartment buildings of Mount Pleasant. 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. Chinatown Revitalization Council. Fourth Monday, 7:00-8:00 PM. 510 I St. NW. Chinatown Revitalization Council (CRC) promoting the Chinatown renewal and the preservation of its cultural heritage. The public is welcome. Convention Center Community Association. Last Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Kennedy Rec Center, 1401 Seventh St. NW. www.ccca-online. Downtown Neighborhood Association. Second Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM. US Naval Memorial Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. East Central Civic Association of Shaw Meeting. First Monday, 7:00 PM. Third Baptist Church, 1546 Fifth St. NW. Contact: Al Hajj Mahdi Leroy J Thorpe Jr, 202-387-1596. Eckington Civic Association. First Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE. Edgewood Civic Association. Last Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM. Edgewood senior building, 635 Edgewood St. NE, nineth floor7-9pm. They encourage all Eckington and Edgewood residents to come out and take part in the lively civic life of our communities. www. Logan Circle Citizens Association. Please contact Jennifer Trock at jennifer.trock@ for meeting dates and times. Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association. Third Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 PM. Yale Steam Laundry, 437 New York Ave. NW. lifein. U Street Neighborhood Association. Second Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Source (second floor classroom), 1835 14th St. NW ANC 1A. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 3101 13th St. NW. 202-588-7278. ANC 1B. First Thursday, 7:00 PM. Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW (second floor). 202-870-4202. ANC 1B11. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. LeDroit Senior Building (basement community room), 2125 Fourth St. NW. 202-481-3462. ANC 1C. First Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Health, 2355 Ontario Rd. NW. 202-332-2630. ANC 1D. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. 3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW. 202-462-8692. ANC 2C. First Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM. Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW (new location). 202-682-1633. u

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DC’s Newest Dining Scene by Jonathan Bardzik


his summer brought my husband Jason and I out to dinner in Shaw, twice. That was twice more than at any point in the ten years I had lived in DC. An article on DC’s Ethiopian food scene had introduced me to the fiery flavors at Queen of Sheba (1503 9th Street NW), and a late August email from Shaw Main Streets’ Alex Padro was the catalyst for an opening night meal at Tom Power’s new Baby Wale (1124 9th Street NW,, right next door to his first, and much lauded, Corduroy. We were intrigued. We’ve now discovered that, right under our noses, a decade of investment from business owners, developers, Shaw Main Streets and pioneering residents has poised Shaw to explode as the city’s next dining destination. A quick scan of the Shaw Main Streets website reveals plans for fifteen new restaurants and bars from Burmese to a bakery. Thai and Turkish will join Ethiopian and American bistro.

Drinking in the Biergarten at Dacha

The day after our dinner at Baby Wale, I saw a Facebook post from our friends Fernando and Will. “Drinking outdoors at Dacha!” Seeing the same post three more times that week, they surprised us with their newfound loyalty, if not their drinking schedule 16 u

(just kidding boys!). We checked it out. Dacha (1600 7th St NW) set in the former parking lot of their Chinese restaurant landlords, is complete with authentic German biergarten tables, great landscaping, and a three-story-tall mural DC’s sunny October days are a perfect excuse of Elizabeth Taylor. Jason is really the beer to sit outside and enjoy the menu of German drinker in our home, but owners Ilya Aland Belgian draft beers at Dacha. ter and Dimitri Checkaldin converted me. I’m not sure, however, whether it was the high quality or higher alcohol percentage on Mondays. As we stood on the sidewalk, poking of their carefully curated list of draft Gerat our iPhones looking for something to eat, Jason man and Belgian beers. On our first visit (yes, we’ve been back already), turned around and said, “Why don’t we just go here?” We pulled up to the bar at A&D (1314 9th St I started light and crisp, with a Weihenstephaner NW), ordered a couple of drinks, and quickly rePilsner, which is currently only available on tap in alized that the cool list of snacks would not make Washington, DC at Dacha. a meal. Our bartender, Lisa, told us that SUNdeVOn our second visit, a cooler night, we drank the ICH, the food truck and popular back alley sandrecently tapped Octoberfestbier. Though served well wich shop, occupied the same building, and owner chilled, a couple of tall glasses warmed us up. When Ali Bagheri is more than happy when his patrons you think you’ve had your fill, Ilya and Dimitri will grab a sandwich to enjoy at the bar. It made Jason ply you with a small glass of Kölsch -- it’s light and and I pretty happy too. easy, and the perfect cap to your night. I pegged Jason for the Havana, a Cuban with Gruyere cheese. He ordered Madrid, with rich and Eating SUNdeVICH at A&D Bar spicy chorizo, beautifully balanced by a bright, fresh After a busy month, with this article nearing chimichurri. Jason guessed the Moscow for me, deadline, Jason and I planned a date night to hit filled with a Russian salad of chicken, egg, potato two Shaw hot spots only to find them both closed and pickle salad. I settled on the Istanbul with a

Thally’s new American bistro restaurant transforms local ingredients into delicious and sometimes unexpected dishes like this celery root panna cotta.

Owner Ali Bagheri invites A&D Bar patrons to enjoy their drinks with a sandwich from his SUNdeVICH’s restaurant around the corner.

super-sized, tender patty of beef and lamb, paired with tart sumac-seasoned onions, mellowed by a creamy tzatziki. What’s up with the internationally themed menu? Ali told me it was inspired by his travels and a passion for street food. “I wanted to bring all that under one roof,” he says. “A sandwich is pretty much universally appreciated and a great vehicle to experiment with a wide range of flavors.” Ali shared that their international menu is created with foods from small local businesses and purveyors, and some local farms. And how does he feel about doing business in Shaw? “I live upstairs from the bar so I was a resident first,” Ali shared. “I think it’s great the neighborhood is maturing and becoming a dining destination because of all the new openings. This is a positive thing for all of us.”

Mockingbird Hill Wants You to Drink More Sherry

The night after our visit to A&D Bar, I ventured out with friends to finish my tour of Shaw. We kicked off the night at Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th St NW), a sherry and ham bar. “It’s a grandma drink,” my friends said. Owner Derek Brown’s selection of more than 60 bottles tells a very different story about this Spanish, fortified wine. A little overwhelmed by the list, my friend Nancy and I tucked into a

flight of three wines. The glasses painted a spectrum from nearly clear to a rich, dark caramel. The first pour was pale, light and dry Fino. The middle pour, an Amontillado, was golden, with flavors of caramel and a hint of salt. The Amoroso, our third glass, was bold and rich. Needing some food to balance our light buzz from the sherry, we ordered potted pork - rich with fat and balanced by both pickled beets and lightlydressed, sharp kale. Our second plate featured Firefly Farms’ aged Cabra La Mancha goat cheese. It was mild and creamy, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with coffee grounds. Mockingbird Hill’s delightful flavor combination complemented and illuminated every flavor note in the Hidalgo Napoleon Amontillado. It was a perfect pairing, and a perfect way to prepare our palates for our next stop at Thally.

Thally: Save room for dessert

I have never began a review with dessert, but one bite of Thally’s (1316 9th St NW, celery root panna cotta changed that. The elegantly smooth custard, under a thin layer of gelée challenged everything I knew about celery root. Celery root is sharp and earthy, but Chef Ron Tanaka has brought forth sweet herbal notes that taste of fennel and green tea.

This flight of three glasses from Mockingbird Hill’s cellar of more than 60 sherries proves that it is not your grandmother’s drink.

My entrée was another first. I ordered the vegetarian plate of earthy swiss chard and rich, creamy tarbais beans topped with roasted fennel. It helped that my four friends allowed me to taste the duck breast in olive sauce with sunchokes, a Delmonico dusted with coffee, rockfish, and branzino. I would gladly pass up the meat (well maybe not that duck breast) to order the swiss chard again. The flavors were as well developed as the other entrées on the menu, all of which were delicious. The meal started with crab roulettes -- crisp pastry cigars filled with peekytoe. Recently popular, peekytoe is a cold water crab, traditionally thrown back from the lobster traps whose bait they would eat. Light and mild the meat is seasoned with a spicy Old Bay that is complex and hot without overpowering the delicate crab.

Just getting started

With the long slate of openings, we’ll be back to Shaw frequently. Besides, Jason wants to make sure Dacha’s beer stays nice and cold for you. He’s really considerate like that. Jonathan Bardzik is a storyteller, demo chef and author living in walking distance of Shaw. You can find him outside at Eastern Market, each Saturday morning, cooking with local, fresh produce. Jonathan’s first cookbook, Simple Summer: A Recipe for Cooking and Entertaining with Ease, is available now. Grab a copy and find out what Jonathan is cooking at or his Facebook page “What I Haven’t Cooked Yet.” Need some foodporn? Follow @JonathanBardzik on Twitter and Instagram. u Midcity DC | October 2013 u 17

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RETAIL THERAPY by Mariessa Terrell

Artful Fashion at DC Fashion Week

Is it nurture or nature that can transform an individual into a creative talent? Some artists learn about design at an early age from a relative or mentor, while others with no proximity to the arts are born with a natural gift that emanates from within. Regardless, it takes courage, tenacity, and a bit of refusal to channel creativity into a discipline like fashion. Diana Vreeland, former editor of Vogue, believed that fashion is art. How else could Vreeland withstand the controversy of exhibiting Yves Saint Laurent apparel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, only a few blocks from the YSL flagship store? It takes authentic creativity to emerge original from obscurity. And it takes a fashion investigator from the Diamond District to ferret out talent any- and everywhere. Of the many talents that I encountered on Sept. 28 at the DC Fashion Week Emerging designers showcase, I was most excited about the artistry of Underground Market.

Underground Market

Kenneth Wells hails from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. In June 2013 he launched Underground Market out of the basement of his Woodbridge, Va., home. The collection, inspired by “life” and her many machinations, can best be described as “transformative street wear.” By carefully layering original photography, drawings, and replications over, under, and tip to toe, Wells has elevated his cotton and rayon blended t-shirt line to cult status. Remarkably he prefers to

view each shirt design as a wearable work of art. “The sleeves form the [picture] frame,” he says. Therefore, they are typically monochromatic and made of standout materials like leather and suede. The “Birth of Venus” design, though controversial, is a favorite. Wells’ re-edited version of Botticelli’s nude classic is a result of a five-step process that involves digitizing, filtering, and re-painting lithographic images. The nudity in the original work presented a unique challenge. Kenneth reasoned that “it’s one thing to see nudity framed on a wall ... and it’s another to wear such controversial artwork.” In an effort to render the piece less R and more PG-13, Wells decided to splash wording like “Parental Advisory” across the bare breasts of Venus. “My goal,” he says, “was to show respect for those who aren’t so daring.” Bold designs combined with zipper trimmings, feathers, and an affordable price point further distinguish the Underground Market collection from the many other luxury street brands. The designs appear to be back lit because they are forged by a man in pursuit of happiness. They resonate because they are an authentic mashup of art and culture, angst and love. When encountering a Kenneth Wells design you literally feel the energy leaping at you. It’s akin to what Wells said to Ean Williams (DC Fashion Week founder/producer) at the conclusion of his runway presentation on Saturday. When you wear Underground Market you “wear your heart on your sleeve.” Mariessa Terrell, aka Simone Butterfly, Fashion Investigator, does her sleuthing at www. yoohoodarling. com and @SimoneBtrfly. u

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by Jazelle Hunt

PR evolution

emember the Hula Hoop craze that electrified young Boomers in the late 1950s? If that’s before your generation, just know that, according to Time magazine, 25 million Hula Hoops were sold in the first few months of their release. But this article isn’t about those toys of yesteryear. In its latest incarnation hooping has become a form of fitness, therapy, and meditation. It’s even been embraced as a flow art, a dance-like performance that focuses on object manipulation (e.g. fire performance, juggling, yo-yoing). Dancer and hoop instructor Noelle Powers began a love affair with hooping while living in Seattle, and continued when she returned to her hometown of Silver Spring. “There are myriad benefits. It’s a great workout for losing weight, burning calories, and building muscle, but it’s also a great brain workout,” she says. “So it ends up having a simultaneously calming and energizing effect. It’s a moving meditation, and lots of times people have trouble with meditation in terms of just sitting still.”

The Wheel, Reinvented

Today’s hoops aren’t just mass-produced, one-size-fits-all plastic rings. Now the best ones are handmade. They’re multi-sized by experience level and intended use, weighted for fitness training, or thinned for performing tricks, and even collapsible for easy transport. And they’re very personal, something like a yogi’s mat. Even hooping itself has

The rebirth of hooping began on the West Coast and has found a firm foothold in the Washington area. Photo: Noelle Powers.

Hoop dance trainer Noelle Powers is dedicated to spreading the love of hooping through her practice. Photo: Isaac Oboka.

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expanded far beyond waist rotations. As Powers explains, “Some people are more workout-centric with their hooping, or dancer-like, or trick-centric, or meditative. [There are] so many different avenues, and [hooping] evolves as more people get into it.”

In the Hoop

One thing that hasn’t changed about hooping is the motion. But that doesn’t mean it’s effortless, especially if it’s been a while since you whipped one around your hips. I found this out at the weekly Tuesday hoop jam at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, which Powers teaches. After choosing a hoop from the 25 or so leaning against a wall in the studio, I was ready to get started. I remembered hooping as a child, how it seemed to be just a matter of keeping my body in motion. I quickly realized, though, that adult hooping requires more thought than that. It’s more like hand-eye coordination – except I had to coordinate the hoop, my waist, and my eyes. My core muscles engaged

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immediately, almost involuntarily. Contrary to my notions, watching myself in the studio’s mirrors was actually disorienting. Still, it didn’t take much time to get the hang of it. And it was fun! Powers’ eclectic, vibrant playlist, the studio’s dim, colorful stage lights, and the hoopdance going on around me created a party-like atmosphere. I set some personal goals for the evening. As Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” played, I figured out how to baby-step a full circle while keeping the hoop spinning. Sometime during a samba song, 20 minutes later, I learned to rock the hoop around my waist in either direction. Oh, and my forehead was glowing. Although the five other women present were doing amazing things – like Powers, who was hooping with her feet and legs while lying on her back, or Deanna Wertheimer, the person nearest to me, who was spinning her hoop around her waist, chest, shoulders, neck, and arms – I felt proud of the progress I’d made. For Wertheimer, a Columbia Heights resident, the endless opportunity for advancement makes hooping interesting. “When I started I thought waist hooping was boring. I wanted to do all the interesting tricks,” she shares. “Then I went to Return to Roots [a flow arts retreat], and in one workshop that was just about waist hooping we learned all these interesting and challenging things … I realized there was so much room for exploring.” 22 u


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The Hooping Community

Usually hoopers practice and perform at community events such as the Malcolm X (Meridian Hill) Park drum circle, H Street Festival, or Lumen8Anacostia. There are also pockets of local hooping enthusiasts who use Facebook and Meetup to connect and jam. Currently the hoop jam at Joe’s Movement Emporium is DC’s closest consistent hooping class. Friday, Oct. 5, is World Hoop Day 2013; as of press time the nearest organized celebration is in Silver Spring. For at-home training, websites and are the resources of record, but hoop blogs (such as Powers’ can offer helpful information. Purchase an “adult hula hoop” online or from a local distributor, such as Powers; generally, larger, heavier hoops are better for adult beginners and/or bigger bodies. Powers also recommends a YouTube education for those who want to practice on their own. A YouTube search for “hooping” yields about 340,000 results. As the saying goes, everything old is new again. You can connect with Noelle Powers via her blog, The hoop jam at Joe’s Movement Emporium (3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mt. Rainier, Md.) takes place on Tuesdays from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. There is a $10 drop-in fee. u

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What Is The Price of the Ticket?


y the time you read this, the incident I describe would have happened weeks ago. By the time you read this another similar incident could occur. It was a Sunday and I was on a bus going up 16th Street. It wasn’t a crowded bus. There were a few Ethiopian women dressed in beautiful white garments returning from church. Two men got on and went to the back of the bus. I was reading A Poet’s Craft, a new book by Annie Finch, and was engrossed with where poems come from and how things turn into poems. Behind me I heard the voice of a black man; the angry black man rage that often reminds me of how middle class I’ve become. If you want to know why my head is often in a book pull out your cell phone and take a picture of what I’m going to write next. The black man was yelling at a gay white and latino couple. I soon discovered he was upset with their open acts of affection. He wanted them to move to the front of the bus. Yes, this incident did take place prior to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. The black man was demanding his right to sit in the back of the bus – alone.

by E. Ethelbert Miller Things started to become very confrontational. The white gay man marched to the front of the bus and reported the problem to the bus driver. The bus driver (black like me) stopped his vehicle, got up from his seat and went to the back of the bus. He told the black man he was going to have to leave the bus if the incident continued. Up front I saw an elderly white woman quickly get off the bus. It had become one of those days like back in the 1960s, when planes were being hijacked and redirected to Cuba. But I was on a 16th Street bus going suddenly nowhere on a Sunday morning. I was in the middle of the politics of now, a changing city, a changing world. The black man was offended by the new values, the openness and tenderness shown between men, the act of public intimacy one could only describe as love. Do you want to live in a society in which who you love is a crime? Who is protected by the law? Who is driving the bus? Where are we going? The black man got off the bus. He was yelling now at everyone. He was telling us that the love between the two male passengers was wrong. For a quick moment I was thinking like a new pope and wondering , who gives anyone the right

to condemn the lifestyle or life of someone else? How sad to enter out into the world with one’s lover only to have the day slap you in the face with hatred and prejudice. How does one uphold beauty in the midst of so much ugliness? After the black man departed and the bus departed, the gay couple moved to the back of the bus. I was left feeling like Rosa Parks staring out a window. There are times when dignity is a torn garment we all wear. There is a silence that turns even the best of us into observers. Still, we survive because of small acts of courage and the refusal to have the world cave in on our heads. I see the world through eyes shaped by a glorious tradition and history. When I read about the anti-Gay laws being passed in places like Moscow, I know there will soon be blues singers in Russia. Somewhere people are falling off the bus. Here in D.C. one can still manage to travel to Silver Spring with hope. E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the author of several books of poetry and two memoirs. Mr. Miller is the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University as well as the board chair for the Institute for Policy Studies. u

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Walmart Woes

What Effect Will The Councilmember’s Positions On The Defeated Living Wage Bill Have On The Mayoral Election?


ommy Wells, darling of big business. Jack Evans, friend to organized labor. That might sound like an upside-down, Opposite Day description of the two D.C. legislators and mayoral contenders, but it’s also how they aligned themselves this summer when the D.C. Council debated and voted on a contentious Living Wage Bill that would have forced Walmart and certain other large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour. Wells, contra his usual image as a progressive standard-bearer, voted against the bill in July and again in September, when the Council tried to override a veto by Mayor Vince Gray. Evans, for his part, bucked his usual pro-big business persona and supported the bill during both votes. Their respective alignments are indications of some of the complicated strategizing going into next year’s mayoral primary, where Evans and Wells are already lined up against Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and could face Gray, should he choose to run.


The bill wasn’t new when it was introduced earlier this year—the idea of forcing large retailers to pay above the District’s minimum wage of $8.25 has been floating around for close to a decade. But with Walmart planning to bring six urban-format stores to D.C. over the next three years, the new version of the proposal attracted loud support from labor unions and progressive activists and intense opposition from business groups and the Arkansasbased retailer itself. Supporters of the bill argued that with a growing economic divide in D.C. and the rest of the country, Walmart could afford to pay employees a little more. 26 u

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Anti-Walmart poster attacks Councilmember Tommy Wells. Photo: Andrew Lightman

In fact, they argued, the $12.50 living wage—roughly $26,000 a year for a full-time worker—could help a family of three escape poverty. Opponents countered that while the bill may have been well-intentioned, it was also discriminatory, focusing only on retailers occupying more than 75,000 square feet of space in the city. Walmart would have to pay the higher wage, they pointed out, but not Apple or Nike. They also worried that other large retailers that had long eyed the District would start looking to the suburbs instead—“retail leakage,” as it’s called,

amounts to $1 billion in lost revenue per year—and that Walmart would get cold feet and start backing out of some of the stores it had planned. It did just that, threatening to yank three stores if the bill became law. The bill seemed tailor-made for Wells, who has made a career of being a progressive outlier on the Council. But he was quick to reject it—as did Bowser, and later Gray—saying that it would chase away jobs that pay, especially in areas that have no jobs to begin with: “I view this as a job killer. We are not rural America. We need our minimumwage jobs, our low-wage jobs,” he said, according to The Huffington Post. Evans, on the other hand, sounded an almost populist tone in favor of the bill when he told WTOP: “It has become very difficult, as you know, to live in the District of Columbia. We are prospering beyond what any other city in America is doing and, as a result, it is expensive to live here. So people who are working, particularly in the retail industry, are having a hard time.”


So what caused Evans and Wells to play a game of switcheroo? For Evans, the matter may have been more political than it was for Wells. If he ever wants to be mayor, Evans knows that he needs to convince voters that he won’t side with big business every time big business comes calling. There was also a little vote-trading going on: in exchange for supporting the Walmart bill, Evans managed to get the votes he needed to pass a quarter-point decrease of the sales tax, which took effect on Oct. 1. For Wells, the political calculation was less naked—though the political consequences could be more severe.

Like Bowser and Gray, Wells recognized that while Walmart might not offer great jobs, it at least offers jobs. That’s especially true in the parts of town where Walmart is setting up shop—wards 4, 5, and 7 among them—which is exactly where Wells will need to work hardest to get votes. In his quest to become the city’s first white mayor, Wells will want to peddle the progressive label as often as possible, but he won’t want to be weighed down by it—especially when progressives are often white and wellto-do. For Bowser and Gray, the calculus was much the same: the first Walmart is set to open on Georgia Avenue in Bowser’s ward, while one of the most important, the Walmart at the longunderdeveloped Skyland Town Center, is in Ward 7, Gray’s home turf. Wells is also a more nuanced candidate than many people give him credit for, and he could have seen the bill as inherently flawed. Though few people would disagree that Walmart should be able to pay its employees more than it often does, the bill would have created an obvious contradiction: certain large retailers would have to pay the “living wage,” while others wouldn’t. Among those that wouldn’t were supermarkets with existing collective bargaining agreements in place, some with salaries under what Walmart would have been forced to pay. This led Wells, along with Bowser and Gray, to ask an obvious question: if supporters of the bill agree that D.C. businesses and retailers should pay employees more, why not push for an across-the-board increase in the city’s minimum wage? Wells was quick to propose just that, introducing a bill that would push the minimum wage up by $2 over two years and increase the deductions that middle- and low-income families could claim. Gray has recently said he’d like to see the minimum wage increased, and Bowser at least wants a commission formed to study the issue. None of this was much consolation to the coalition that backed the Walmart bill. Ahead of the debate over whether or not to override Gray’s veto of the bill, Wells and Bowser’s faces appeared on posters around town proclaiming them as

part of “D.C. poverty wage coalition.” Among those pushing Wells to change his stance was Elissa Silverman, a former At-Large candidate and policy analyst at the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, which also advocated in favor of the Walmart bill. After neither Wells nor Bowser budged on the vote to override Gray, supporters of the bill said they wouldn’t soon forget how the two mayoral aspirants voted. This, of course, sets up an interesting dynamic for the campaign ahead: Who exactly will unions and progressives side with in the mayoral contest? They’re peeved with Gray, Wells and Bowser, but will they back Evans, not exactly the best pro-union bet, instead? At least one small union has already has: in late July, the Maryland/D.C. State Council of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers endorsed Evans, citing his support for the bill. Gray has already started covering his bases, should he choose to run. In the midst of the debate over the bill, he announced that the new D.C. United stadium to be built at Buzzard Point would be governed by a project labor agreement, which guarantees that construction jobs go to union workers. That leaves Bowser and Wells at a disadvantage, with Wells hurting the most. It’s unlikely that his most stalwart progressive supporters will vote against him in the mayoral primary, but they may also have been put off enough by his vote on the Walmart bill to contribute and volunteer less—both of which will be central to Wells’ campaign, especially as he remains committed to rejecting any corporate contributions. Wells can hope that those progressives soon forget the Walmart bill ever existed, and that might be easier if he manages to push through his bill increasing the minimum wage for all D.C. workers. Even there, though, he faces difficulties: Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) has introduced an alternative that would offer a larger increase than what Wells is offering. Martin Austermuhle is a freelance writer. He lives in Columbia Heights. u Midcity DC | October 2013 u 27

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Boosting DC’s Minimum Wage Has Broad Support


starting wage of $12.50 minus benefits for employees of DC big-box retailers proved to be controversial among our city’s elected officials. But even some of the legislation’s strongest critics agreed with supporters on one key point: that DC’s minimum wage is too low and needs to be raised. On the same day the DC Council failed to overturn Mayor Gray’s veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act, three bills were introduced–with broad support—to boost DC’s minimum wage to more than $10 an hour. And the next day, the mayor himself said that raising the minimum wage is one of his top priorities. Raising the minimum wage – at both the local and federal level – has been demonstrated time and time again to increase take-home pay without resulting in job cuts that hurt lowwage workers. It is one of the most studied economic topics, and the vast weight of the research points to “little if any effect” on jobs. Now is the time for DC residents to hold our elected leaders to their word, as the public debate shifts from the Large Retailer Accountability Act to what might be called a Keep Your Word on Raising the Minimum Wage Accountability Act.

Raising The Wage Helps DC Families And Our Economy

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by Elissa Silverman DC has become. Whether you recently looked for an apartment and saw $2,700 rents for studios or found out your neighbor sold his tiny house for much more than the asking price, we are witness daily to DC’s rising housing costs. It boggles the mind to think about how anyone can live in the District on the current minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. Yet many struggle to do just that. At $8.25 an hour, a parent with two kids working full-time earns well below the federal poverty line. Most of DC’s low-income households are in fact working, and many have one or more people with a full-time job. Others work part-time because they work in retail or other service industries where part-time work is the norm. DC has among the highest levels of income inequality – the gap between rich and poor – in the United States. The lowest-earning fifth of DC households have an average income of just $9,100, while the richest five percent have an average income of $470,000. Steps to raise wages are critical to helping low-income residents continue to call DC home. Analysis of a $10.10 wage—as proposed for the entire country by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (DCA)—shows that it would help 36,000 DC workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The estimated $58 million in increased wages would

be spent at markets, clothing shops and hardware stores, helping District businesses large and small. The direct and indirect impacts would help an estimated 16,000 children. Almost all affected workers—95 percent—are 20 years or older. This has many benefits, not only to the individual household, but the city as a whole because these residents will be less reliant on taxpayer-funded programs for health care, housing, and food assistance. That saves DC money, allowing us to shift those funds to other investments.

Raising The Minimum Helps Workers Without Job Loss

Economists have studied the impact of minimum wage increases for decades. And what they have found is good news for low-wage workers: Raising the wage floor provides an income boost for low- and moderateincome households without leading businesses to cut jobs notably. This year, noted economist Paul Krugman wrote that: “U.S. experience offers many ‘natural experiments’ in which one state raises its minimum wage while others do not…the great preponderance of the evidence from these natural experiments points to little if any negative effect of minimum wage increases on employment.” Two economists, John Schmitt and David Rosnick, specifically examined the impact of city-level minimum

wages in in a 2011 paper and similarly concluded that “citywide minimum wages can raise the earnings of lowwage workers, without a discernible impact on their employment.” The economic research cannot prove why a minimum wage increase works this way, but they make educated guesses: Some businesses with minimum wage jobs – such as retail – need to be in specific locations to reach customers and cannot move in response to wage hikes. Also, businesses adjust to higher labor costs in many ways, including efficiencies in other parts of their operations. Higher wages also result in lower worker turnover – perhaps because are happier and more committed – a tremendous benefit to a business. This “high-road” approach of paying workers more to get better workers is one that many employers take, most famously Costco. The retailer has average hourly pay of over $20 an hour, and they are wildly successful.

The DC Elected Officials Accountability Act

The vast majority of DC residents support efforts to raise low wages. A recent Hart Research poll found that seven of 10 residents supported the Large Retailer Accountability Act, and six of 10 would like to have seen a minimum wage increase plus a higher wage for large retailers. This suggests that a majority of all residents will back a standalone minimum wage hike. The minimum wage in 1968, measured in today’s dollars, was $9.55 per hour. U.S. labor productivity has risen by 135 percent since then. If the minimum wage had kept up with productivity growth over this period, it would now be $18.67 per hour.

Three of the four bills now being considered by the Council would raise the minimum wage to over $10 per hour over the next two to four years. That would bring DC’s wage floor to roughly the 1968 level – though without any adjustment for productivity improvements since then. Here’s a rundown of what has been introduced: • Councilmember Wells introduced a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $10.25 over two years and set future annual increases to the consumer price index. This bill also would increase the standard deduction in DC’s income tax, helping reduce the high taxes paid by DC’s low- and moderate-income families. • Councilmember Catania introduced a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $10.50 over three years, but it would not index to inflation after that. The bill would also amend the city’s paid sick leave law to include tipped restaurant workers. • Councilmember Orange introduced a bill to increase the minimum wage to $12.50 an hour over the next four years and tie future increases to the consumer price index. The bill would also raise the minimum wage paid to tipped workers to 70 percent of the minimum wage. The minimum wage before tips for these workers currently is just $2.77 an hour in DC. • Councilmember Bowser introduced a bill to create a commission on DC’s minimum wage and report recommendations within nine months. Now is not a time to be distracted. There are many things our government can do to improve the lives of low-wage households in our city, including improving the educational resources and outcomes for their kids, providing good job training in growing sectors of our economy, and keeping housing affordable. But having a city of residents who earn above the poverty level makes all these investments pay off even more. Silverman is the communications director and workforce policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. u


Take A Few Lessons From The DC Council! by Anonymous


n a beautiful fall day, The Nose often takes a constitutional around the footpath that forms the periphery of Marion Park. Enjoying a toot from a fine cigar complimented by the occasional swig from his handy silver hip flask, he savors the bite of the crisp autumn air while greeting friends and neighbors. This morning, however, The Nose discovered the gate to his favorite oasis padlocked and decorated with an enlightening epigram. “Because of the federal government shutdown this National Park Facility is closed.” Outraged by this severe disruption of his essential circadian rhythm, The Nose vowed to turn his poison pen to schooling the petulant politicians who inhabit the corridors of the nearby marble Alice-In-WonderLand, whose local moniker is ‘The Hill.’ The District is often the subject of national political opprobrium. Citing the ubiquity of DC’s governmental malfeasance, members of Congress smugly justify withholding the vote from its 632,323 citizens. They relegate the District to the status of a territory while withholding all of the tax benefits. However, the federal government shutdown truly demonstrates which legislature is the real banana republic. After all, while the DC Council has balanced its budget for many years, The House of Representatives has not even managed to pass one of the thirty appropriation bills necessary to fund the US government. Rather, Congress has given up the entire idea of budgeting, preferring instead to pass endless continuing resolutions. Unable to find the political will to actually make hard choices required to balance the country’s books, it unleashed the sequester. In point of fact, the hopeless hacks of the US Congress could learn four choice lessons from the delightful denizens of the Wilson Building: 1. The ABC’s of balancing a budget; 2. Methods for quickly and effectively disciplining

Marion Park playground shutdown.. Photo: Jim Loots

fellow legislators; 3. Tips for generating an annual surplus; 4. The art of political compromise. For our dear congressional compadres, here is a lament for your dismal, dysfunctional institution, the US Congress, purloined from the Ray Charles songbook: Whoa Congress, oh Congress, don’t treat us so mean, You’re the laziest legislature that I’ve ever seen. I guess if you voted so I’d have to shut-down my city and go. That’s right! Hit the road Hacks and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more. Hit the road Hacks and don’t you come back no more. What you say? Now Congress, listen Congress, don’t ya treat us this way Cause I’ll being getting the vote some day. Don’t care if you do ‘cause it’s understood, you can’t legislate a budget, you just ain’t no good. Well, I guess if you vote so I’d have to shutdown my city and go. That’s right! Hit the road Hacks and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more. Hit the road Hacks and don’t you come back no more. Well, Don’t you come back no more. Uh, what you say? Don’t you come back no more. Congress, if you can’t legislate, please pack your bags and go home. Leave the hard work of real government to the DC Council; and let The Nose enjoy his morning walks in peace. u Midcity DC | October 2013 u 29

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Logan Circles by Mark F. Johnson

District Flea Market Gets Extended Stay

Like Sicilian pizza and loft apartments, another New York City-transplant seems to be taking root in DC! For that reason, developer JBG has decided not to kick the New York City-based District Flea off its grounds in October, as originally planned. The very popular flea market has been extended at least through November and possibly longer. Every Saturday since mid-September, District Flea has steadily increased its attendance at the JBG-owned vacant lot on 9th near Florida Avenue, NW. The lot is adjacent to the Atlantic Plumbing project that the company is scheduled to develop into a new housing and retail complex sometime within the next year. Shoppers and those “just looking” have been coming out to buy new and vintage clothing, furniture, art and other household items. Vendors come from as far away as New York and Philadelphia to join locals at the al fresco market which opens at 10 a.m. and closes at about 6 p.m. Of course, coffee and other food vendors have found their way to District Flea as well. District Flea is one of three popular flea markets in town, the others being Eastern Market and Georgetown flea market, open only on Sunday.

New Wine Bar Opens in Old Bodysmith Space

In an architectural departure from the norm in U/14, Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar has created a new space on 14th near the corner of Corcoran. Gone is the store-front space that housed Bodysmith Gym and what has now come is a Modernist set-back structure with outdoor seating on the front with an ample supply of requisite 30 u

floors of the building and I hear that a coffee bar might be part of the plan too.

Fathom Creative to Host Coffee Shop in StreetFront Space

A day at the popular District Flea at 9th and Florida Avenue.

heat lamps for winter dining. The tapas restaurant is the newest chain to come to the strip, with other locations in Atlanta and a handful of Connecticut cities. The Spanish-inspired eatery is the second of its kind to come to 14th Street as Estadio opened a couple of years back about three blocks south.

And International Street Food Is On the Way Too

If you remember the old Ethiopian-owned Collage Café, which served coffee and pastries in the 1300 block of T Street, near St. Ex Café, then you know the building that housed that business has been vacant since Collage closed about two years ago. After some renovations to the three-story building and a fight with certain neighborhood activists over a liquor license, Compass Rose is on its way to opening perhaps sometime just before Thanksgiving or between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The owners of the business, one of whom is named Rose, plan to serve liquor and street food from around the world, hence the “compass” in Compass Rose. The business plans to occupy all

A coffee shop is set open at Fathom Creative, the white-front graphics design studio on 14th just south of Rhode Island. The windowed space in the front which the company has used for display purposes is to become a new coffee shop while design work continues in the rear of the building. The second level is used as rental space for events and the owners live on the third level. At the yet unnamed coffee shop owners say they will also serve cocktails in the evening. The new business is slated to open sometime in the first quarter of 2014 the owners say.

Whole Foods Shows a Heart to Shutdown Victims and Others

In the first week of the Federal government shutdown, many businesses reached out to offer deals to those who feared loss of income. Whole Foods was among them, offering a free spaghetti dinner on a Sunday in early October. Even though there was serious talk of Federal workers being retroactively refunded back pay for time they didn’t work, the plan did lure several to the P Street Whole Foods location. This being a “government town,” lots of businesses worried about the ripple effects caused by customers reluctant to spend money during the days the government was shuttered. Many small businesses in the area are feeling the effects of decreased patronage as a result of the shutdown. u

Bloomingdale Bites by Jazzy Wright

Local Farmers’ Markets Meet Market Demand

Challenge for the month: Try finding a large grocery store in Bloomingdale that sells fresh fruits and vegetables all week long. Having trouble? You’re not alone. Bloomingdale is one of several DC neighborhoods lacking a large grocery store or supermarket. According to the US Department of Agriculture, nearly 17,000 DC residents live in food-desert communities, more than half a mile from grocery stores that sell healthy, affordable foods. Though options are limited for carless residents, those with cars of their own can travel to grocery stores in Ward 5, including Costco, Save-a-Lot, Aldi, or the relatively close Giant store in Brentwood. During the past few years the city has tried to entice grocers to open stores in food deserts. In 2000 the City Council passed the Supermarket Tax Exemption Act, which waived taxes and fees for 10 years to supermarkets that set up shop in specific neighborhoods (Bloomingdale grocers would qualify for the exemption). A decade later the Council passed the FEED Act, which promised corner stores and other small food retailers that the city would renovate their stores if they sold more produce and healthy foods. Perhaps the most controversial attempt to bring grocers into the District came in September, when Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, a bill that would have required big box retailers, including grocers, to pay a $12.50 minimum wage. Wal-Mart threatened to cancel plans to build several grocery stores immediately after the Council passed the retailer bill. “If I were to sign this bill into law, it would do nothing but

hinder our ability to create jobs, drive away retailers, and set us back on the path to prosperity for all,” Mayor Gray said in a letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. While the opening of a WalMart grocery at the New York and Bladensburg Avenue intersection will provide food options for some Ward 5 residents, getting to the market may still be challenging for people in Bloomingdale.

that 94 percent of all customers walk or bike to the market. The market “is a community space that is welcoming to everyone in the neighborhood, like an old-fashioned plaza where everyone can shop and meet and talk,” said Shuster. Other residents buy their fresh foods on Wednesdays from Arcadia Mobile Market, the 28-foot greenpainted school bus located on 3rd and Elm streets. The local farmers-market-

Food buyers stop by the Mobile Market on 3rd and Elm streets.

Even as large supermarkets are missing-in-action in the area, many Bloomingdale residents are relying on one way get the fresh foods they need: local farmers’ markets. Citywide the number of farmers’ markets has jumped 60 percent since 2009. Nearly 700 food shoppers show up every Sunday for the Bloomingdale Farmers’ Market on First and R streets to buy bread, fruits vegetables, meat, artisan cheese, and homemade desserts. Market director Robin Shuster said

on-wheels – which aims to make nutritious food more accessible – operates weekly markets at senior living facilities and community centers. Both markets accept federal food assistance vouchers such as SNAP and WIC, and as a bonus all federal food access program dollars are doubled by a matching program run by the city and various nonprofits. “It’s nice to be able to walk around to pick up food,” said mobile market buyer Monta Newby, who has lived in

the area for 38 years. Arcadia’s culinary educator, Juliet Harris, said that Bloomingdale is unique in being the only community market with uppermiddle-class buyers. Most Arcadia mobile markets sell in food deserts in low-income areas and draw a mixedincome crowd. “I call that neighborhood a crossroads area, remarked Harris, “because on one side, near the Kelly Miller apartments, you have people in lowincome housing, while there are newer, wealthier residents on the other side.” She added that many local Howard University students depend on the market for fresh food. She spends much of her time educating buyers about how to cook vegetables and herbs. According to Stacy Miller, project director for the Farmers Market Coalition, local markets like the Bloomingdale market and the Mobile Market are thriving in urban areas because that’s where demand for local food is the highest. On the supply side, small and mid-size farmers who traditionally cannot compete in the supermarket industry are flocking to urban markets because there are lower barriers to entry. “Farmers’ markets provide communities with the widest variety of fresh, locally grown produce while supporting rural livelihoods, incubating entrepreneurial innovation, and strengthening the civic fabric of America’s neighborhoods,” commented Miller. Urban governments can do more to develop local markets, said Miller. “Cities can support farmers’ markets through fiscal sponsorship, as well as supportive zoning and permitting policies that allow for markets to operate affordably on public space and for farmers to sell their products without navigating byzantine regulations.” u Midcity DC | October 2013 u 31

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hile the biggest event in Shaw last month was its Art All Night festival (see separate article), there was a lot more going on in terms of economic and community development.

Convention Center Hotel Tops Off

Shaw Streets article and photos by Pleasant Mann

the dignitaries of a ceremonial steel beam that was lifted to the roof of the hotel. The Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel will open in May 2014.

Homegrown DC Fair

Old City Farm & Guild, located at Rhode Island Avenue and 9th Street, NW, was the site of the first annual Homegrown DC Fair, a celebration of all food grown right here in our nation’s capital, on September 7. Homegrown DC was created by Old City Farm & Guild, the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, and Common Good City Farm to bring together the District’s urban produce leaders and illustrate the viability of local farming here. The fair, which presented about 30 vendors, allowed school gardens, community gardens, and urban farms within the city to show off what they’ve grown. The hundreds of attendees at the fair were able to buy fresh and

Mayor Vincent Gray and a number of other city and corporate leaders marked a milestone in the construction of the Washington Marriott Bill Marriott at Convention Center Hotel Topping Off. Marquis convention center hotel in Shaw by holding a “topping off ” ceremony on September 25. Mayor Gray, in his remarks, noted the importance of the $520 Million project to the District’s economy, particularly with the size of the Federal government starting to shrink. The Marriott Marquis hotel is expected to create 1,000 Over 30 vendors participated in the well-attended Homegrown DC Fair. new permanent jobs. its height above ground, likely making it the Greg O’Dell, CEO of Events DC, which deepest excavation done in the city. He also includes the Washington Convention Center, noted how the project has helped the city: 39 talked about how the hotel will impact the percent of the total hours worked on the hotel community. While the goal for contracts to so far have been done by District residents, and disadvantaged, local and small businesses was an estimated $36 million a year contributed to initially set at $84 million, the actual level of the District’s economy from the construction contracts to these enterprises is now at $100 of the hotel. million. O’Dell also noted that there will be J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. closed the speecha training program to help District residents es by noting that his family’s second A&W obtain jobs at the convention center hotel. He Root Beer franchise, the beginning of their also mentioned the recently announced Events empire of Hot Shoppes and Marriott Hotels, DC project to move the International Spy Mu- opened at 606 9th Street, NW, in the 1920s. seum to the Carnegie Library, which will also The fact that it was next to the Gaiety Theincrease visitor traffic in the neighborhood. ater, a burlesque house, gives an indication of Chris Gladstone, president of Quadrangle how long it took for 9th Street to finally beDevelopment Corporation, started by noting come respectable. that the hotel had a depth of 130 feet, close to The ceremony ended with the signing by 32 u

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value-added products and were entertained by several musical groups during the event. The success of Homegrown DC ensures that there will be a similar event next year.

Dacha Beer Garden Opens

While the restaurant scene on 9th Street has started to gain attention, particularly after Mayor Vincent Gray simultaneously conducted ribbon cuttings for Baby Wale, Thally and Mandalay on September 6, there is also activity on 7th Street, Shaw’s other main commercial street. Dacha Beer Garden has opened at the northwest corner of 7th and Q Streets, NW. The open air establishment specializes in serving Belgian and Central European draft beers rarely found in the District. Perhaps the most notable aspect of Dacha, however, is its three-story high mural of actress Elizabeth Taylor, designed by Ivo Koytchev and executed by noted Washington muralist G. Byron Peck. The opening of Dacha, along with the upcoming opening of Ivy and Coney a block away, signals the beginning of a new locus of restaurants in Shaw. A tavern has signed a letter of intent to move to a space on the same block. Top chef and noted restaurateur Richard Sandoval has just signed a lease across the street to put an El Centro DF restaurant at 1547 7th Street. The new apartment building going up at 1500 7th Street has also gotten inquiries from restaurants wanting to open in its retail space. The intersection of 7th and Q, NW, will soon be known as another significant destination for the District’s diners. u

A Bid For Release

The board unanimously passed a resolution in support of the city releasing a request for proposal (RFP) for a parcel of land at the corner of 1501 7th Street NW so that it may be available for the public to bid on for a project to improve the neighborhood. Will Lansing, owner of Valor Development, spoke at the meeting and gave his support for the proposal. He said that a public project would activate the corner and benefit the neighborhood through development. Area development could include retail and residential units.

Railcar Route Addition

A representative from the DDOT Projects and Planning division provided a brief introduction of a project that would include a ninemile streetcar rail from Takoma to Buzzard Point. The project is aimed at improving transit alternatives and the first round of public meetings will be held during the first week of November. The 6E area has had parking problems in the past and the board asked that it be considered in the planning. “We want to know from a community standpoint on what is off limits regarding parking being affected by rail lines. We would like to see comments and specifically which streets that will be most touched”, said the DDOT representative. Visit for more information on the planning and to see the public meeting calendar.

Stop Or Go?

A representative from the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) spoke before the board on the continuing problem of traffic light timing at the major intersections of 5th Street and Massachu-

setts Avenue NW, 5th Street and New York Avenue NW and 4th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. “Timing is dangerously off and with an upcoming construction project next month, it will cause havoc”, said ANC6E05 Commissioner Marge Maceda. With two pedestrian deaths at 4th and Massachusetts Avenue NW, the board was very adamant about correcting the problem. “People are running lights and the crosswalk signal changes almost immediately while people are in the middle of the street. It is a fatality waiting to happen,” said ANC6E01 Commissioner Alexander Padro. The DDOT representative told the board that the intersections are very wide with several crosswalks and that they are taking a look at the push button detectors and timing. “We have had utility problems, but I believe we will have everything solved by mid November and are determined to have pedestrians cross safely,” said the DDOT representative.

Possible Security Funding

ANC6E03 Commissioner Frank Wiggins proposed that the board offer grants to businesses to install surveillance cameras to deter theft. The matching funds would only be available for businesses that would offer crime footage to the DCPD promptly upon an incident. “DCPD knows the crime stats on active locations and this would aid in making the neighborhood safer,” said Wiggins. Wiggins also noted that he would talk about the cost of the cameras in later meetings but wanted to bring it to the board’s attention.

Playground Project Delay

Commissioner Maceda spoke with DC Parks and Recreation on the subject of building a playground at the Carnegie Library on 801 K Street NW. Maceda was told that the project would start this month, but she heard that the city is in negotiations with the Spy Museum, which could push the project back two to three years. “I just wanted to bring this to everyone’s attention and please reach out to me for questions,” said Maceda. Contact Maceda at with questions or comments.

Senior Outreach

Mark Anderson, Co-Director of the “We Are Family” Senior Outreach Network, spoke on behalf of his organization’s service of helping senior citizens keep their homes in the face of neighborhood changes and increased property values. We Are Family volunteers serve 600 seniors a month. The organization depends on community support and is looking for more volunteers to deliver Christmas gifts in December and make holiday calls to seniors who may be alone and forgotten. “It is so important for neighbors to look out for neighbors and we encourage everyone to recognize and get to know each other,” said Anderson. Visit for more information.

No Turn On Red

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O ABOVE: T: Batala Washington drummers drew a crowd to Watha T. Daniel Shaw Library during Art All Night DC 2013. Photo: Pleasant Mann.

ABOVE: Electric cellist Wytold electrified the crowd at Alpersteins. Photo: Alexander M. Padro.

ABOVE: Festivalgoers are all smiles after getting their faces painted by Anike Robinson during Art All Night DC 2013. Photo: Alexander M. Padro.

ABOVE: Painter Suman Sorg and friends pose with some of her massive canvases at Alpersteins Furniture venue. Photo: Alexander M. Padro.

ABOVE: Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon thrilled the crowd at Alpersteins on 7th Street. Photo: Aleander M. Padro.

ABOVE: The enthusiastic crowd at Alpersteins enjoyed Christylez Bacon’s human beat box and HipHop performance. Photo: Alexander M. Padro. LEFT: Volunteers wearing Go-Go poster t-shirts greeted visitors to all Art All Night DC 2013 venues. Photo: Alexander M. Padro. 34 u

by Pleasant Mann

n September 28, Shaw was host to the 2013 Art All Night DC festival, presented by Shaw Main Streets. Art All Night, first held in 2011, mimics Nuit Blanche, the annual late night arts festival pioneered by Paris. This year, Art All Night was limited to Shaw, but stretched over 17 venues from the Touchstone Gallery on New York Avenue, all the way to Shaw’s Tavern at 6th Street and Florida Avenue, NW. Crowds, estimated to total 15,000 people, moved up and down the streets of Shaw attending the various events. On the 1000 block of 7th Street, NW, the former site of Alperstein’s Furniture held an exhibition of paintings by Suman Sorg and Michael Guild, with performances by a diverse set of musicians, including electric cellist Wytold and renowned local performer Christylez Bacon. The Warehouse Theater hosted eight hours of performances developed by the Emergence Community Arts Collective that ranged from Capoeira to Swing dancing, along with spoken word and poetry readings. The old Walker Thomas Furniture store at 1027 7th Street had its neon sign lit up for the first time in decades and was the site of a video projection display by Billy Colbert. A photo installation by Rosina Teri Memolo was housed in a small vacant building at the southeast corner of 7th and L Streets. The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library had a series of fashion presentations downstairs, while Anike Robinson provided body painting for visitors all night. Also downstairs was performance artist Shanna Lim, who merged with a camouflaged environment set up in one of the library’s conference rooms. Outside the library, La Colombe, which is opening a coffee shop in Blagden Alley, offered free samples from its vintage French coffee truck. The concert outside the library by the Batala Washington drummers collective entertained an enthusiastic crowd of about 250 people. The hottest corner of the night was at 7th and S Streets. The line went around the block to get into Douglas Development’s recently restored Wonder Bread Factory, where the Alliance Francaise de Washington, Art Soiree, Eighty Eight DC, the Embassy of Spain and Cultural Tourism DC curated art exhibitions over three floors. Particularly striking were the video projections that appeared on the front windows of the building. Next door, on the ground floor of the United Negro College Fund’s building on 7th Street, the No Kings Collective and the District of Columbia Arts Center curated “25 at 25,” with 25 well-known District-based artists, past and present. Nearly 8,000 people visited that location, making it the busiest Art All Night venue ever. The musical accompaniment to the exhibition led to an increasingly lively party on the street as the night wore on. Shaw businesses were flooded with customers all night, and a number of them also decided to present art. The Taylor and York Salon invited visitors to produce their own paintings, to the accompaniment of a DJ. Pekoe Acupuncture and Wellness showed works by Brian Mishoe and held a DJ-led party in the basement, attracting a total of 680 people. Kafe Bohem also had a DJ to provide music along with its exhibition of prints by Lenora Yerkes, one of the café’s managers. u


n (continued from page 33) unanimously. The sign prevents East bound traffic from turning right and the sign has been in place for over twenty years. With changing dynamics in streets and traffic, cars are being held for unnecessarily long periods at night. The passed motion will urge DDOT to remove the sign.

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6E Crime Report -- Robberies and assaults with and without a gun have picked up and are centered on liquor and convenience stores. Property crime is down and auto theft is up during Convention Center Events. A Public Space Permit for alley use was approved for a resident at 206 N Street NW for construction staging. The permit is for two weeks but the resident noted that the alley would only be blocked for a day on October 15th. A motion passed with a vote of five to one to support a “Stipulated” ABC Liquor License for Ivy and Coney Sports Bar.

The next ANC 6E meeting occurs on Wednesday, November 6th, 6:30 p.m., at the Shaw Library located at 1630 7th Street NW. Visit to view the ANC 6E newsletter. Follow on Twitter, @ANC6E, and Facebook by searching ANC6E. u


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Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Family Day

On Sunday, Nov 10, 1-4 p.m., families are invited to tour the historic tavern as Junior Docents, volunteers from grades 4 through 7, share their enthusiasm for history. To honor Veteran’s Day and American Legion Post #24 who helped save these buildings, all veterans, active duty military personnel and their immediate families will receive free admission. Ticket is $5 per adult and $3 per child (ages 5 through 12). Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Alexandria, VA. BELOW: Junior Docents giving a tour of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Photo: Courtesy of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.





Around The World Storytime at MLK Library

Come and read, sing and dance with stories and songs from around the world. This story time will be partially in English and also feature songs and stories in a variety of foreign languages. For ages 0-5. Mondays, Oct 21 and 28; and Nov 4 and 18 at 1 p.m. Call 202-727-1248 for more details. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

GALita’s Fabulas Mayas

In this entertaining children’s play, the Creator and Shaper, provides lessons about life through the creatures they create to populate the earth. A bilingual adaptation of traditional Mayan legends and fables that features puppets, music and song. Produced in collaboration with Wit’s End Puppets. Student matinee presentations with post-performance discussion. Oct 21-Nov 2. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. GALita is dedicated to producing children’s theater in both Spanish and English that inspires a sense of joy, discovery, pride and self-identity in the community’s youngest children.

Mayor Gray Opens New Hamilton Playground

On Sept 13, Mayor Vincent Gray and other dignitaries joined community members for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Hamilton Playground at 1340 Hamilton St. NW. Keeping the “natural feel” of the residential neighborhood, the playground includes climbing boulders and logs as well as the “Megatower” play structure, one of the tallest play structures in the District. Other amenities include renovated basketball courts, a new soccer/futsal court, play equipment, outdoor fitness equipment, new rubber surfacing, a shade shelter and a new community garden with a storage shed and a compost bin in line with the principles of the Mayor’s Sustainable DC initiative. Hamilton playground is the eighth play space to be completed under Mayor Gray’s Play DC playground improvement initiative.

Children’s Sabbath at Washington National Cathedral

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On Sunday, Oct 20, 10:10 a.m., Marian Wright Edelman discusses the importance of Children’s Sabbath with Dean Gary Hall. Mrs. Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, began her career in the mid-60s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. In l968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death. She founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children’s Defense Fund. For two years she served as the Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University and in 1973 began CDF.

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Saturday Morning at the National Free Performances for Children

On Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. there are free live performances for children in the Helen Hayes Gallery. Tickets are required and distributed first come-first seated. Tickets are distributed 1/2 hour prior to performance. One ticket per person in line. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 202-783-3372. Oct 19-Bright Star Theatre: Bluegrass and Tall Tales. Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan and Daniel Boone fill the program as kids clap along to old fashioned Southern Bluegrass music while learning the history of Appalachian instruments. Oct 26-NOW THIS! Halloween Improv For Kids.The highly-skilled and imaginative actors of NOW THIS! will take kid’s creative suggestions and devise rib-tickling musical tales of cats and moons, witches on brooms, and notvery-scary ghosts and goblins. Kids are invited to dress in their Halloween finery and get into the spirit of the season! Nov 2-Act!vated Story Theatre. These actors don’t just tell stories, they act!vate them with physical comedy, audience participation, American Sign Language, and imaginative props-all before a gigantic oversized book.

the first 3 hours, and $22 for more than 3 hours.

Board Game Blast at MLK LIbrary

On Nov 5, have great family fun playing their collection of board games. They will feature a new board game and explain how to play it the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. For ages 6-12. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

NSO Family Concert “Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel!”

In this frightfully fun follow-up to the NSO’s popular Halloween Spooktacular program, an incognito Ankush Kumar Bahl conducts a new round

of goosebump-inducing favorites including the Toccata and Fugue in D minor-J.S. Bach’s most famous organ piece--featuring the new Rubenstein Family Organ, the “Ritual Fire Dance” from Manuel de Falla’s ballet score El amor brujo (“Love the Magician”), “Anitra’s Dance” from Edvard Grieg’s music for the play Peer Gynt, and a selection from John Williams’s score for the Harry Potter films. For ages 5 and up. Don your spookiest ‘ween wear and come early for pre-concert trickor-treating plus a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo,” a project of the Women’s Committee for the NSO. Oct 27, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Immediately following the 3 p.m. performance, meet concert artists for a free Kids’ Chat. Tickets, from $15. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-416-8000.

American Wildlife Day at the Zoo

This event offers educational and fun activities for children and adults, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. American Wildlife Day is on Saturday, Nov 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Zoo admission is free. Parking costs $16 for 38 u

Join them, Oct 19, 10:30 a.m.; and Oct 20 at 11:30 a.m., for a selection of animated films featuring witches and monsters. In a new release from the creators of The Gruffalo, a friendly witch and her cat suffer hilarious consequences when they offer some Room on the Broom to a group of helpful animals ( Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, UK, 2012). Other films include A Dark, Dark Tale (Ruth Brown, Weston Woods Studios, 1983) and Leonardo the Terrible Monster (Mo Willems, Weston Woods Studios, 2007). Approximately 50 minutes. Free and for ages 4, up. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups are welcome. No advance registration required. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.

Night Adventure at the Botanic Garden

“Man of the House” at the Kennedy Center

In this world premiere for young audiences produced by RainArt Productions, master storyteller and musician David Gonzalez returns with a brand-new, semi-autobiographical solo show about Pablito, a young boy of Cuban/Puerto Rican heritage who searches for his long-lost father while spending a summer in Miami. For ages 9, up. $20. Nov 2 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Nov 3 at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-4168000.

“Frightfully Funny” at the National Gallery

Who knew kids could be so excited about vegetables? Photo: Alden Corrigan

Barn Night and Kid’s Day at the Horse Show

The Washington International Horse Show Barn Night is a favorite with local young riders and horse enthusiasts who attend in groups and have a chance to enter contests, win big prizes and enjoy a fun, horse-filled evening! Barn Night is on Thursday, Oct 24, with activities beginning on the concourse at 6:00 p.m. It includes a Stablemates painting party hosted by Breyer Animal Creations. The first 100 kids to arrive will receive a special prize, also courtesy of Breyer. Participate in the WIHS Barn Night Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win an Essex Classics show shirt. Enjoy the exciting and hilarious Gambler’s Choice Show Jumping Costume competition, a Shetland Pony Racing exhibition presented by Charles Owen, a t-shirt toss, plus an autograph session with top riders. Kids’ Day is a free event created to engage the local community and educate kids and their families about horses and equestrian sport. It will take place (rain or shine) on Saturday, Oct 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. both inside Verizon Center and on a closed city street just outside the arena.

Ever wonder what it’s like to be at the U.S. Botanic Garden late at night after the public and gardeners have gone home? A night adventure awaits you as you venture out on a flashlight tour of the Jungle, explore night-blooming flowers and night pollinators, experience the cool of the night desert and participate in several hands-on plant science experiments. Please note: Participants must be between the ages of 8 and 12 and be accompanied by an adult. No adults may enroll without registered children. Parents must remain on site during the program. Night Adventure is on Saturday, Oct 26, 7-9:30 p.m. It’s free but pre-registration is required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Back To School Safety For Teen Drivers

As part of their ongoing effort to help raise awareness for teenage driving safety,, a leading online educational learning site that offers free permit practice test services to learner drivers, recently released a new Parent-Teen Safe Driving Contract, which is available for free download at Why is a ParentTeen Driving Contract necessary? Car accidents are still the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds, accounting

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for almost 40% of all teen deaths. Helping your teenager learn how to be a safe, careful driver can make the difference in their survival behind the wheel. Although this parent-driver contract may seem rather formal, it should serve as a symbol of the great passage of knowledge that goes into learning how to drive.

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

Day of the Dead Family Day at the American Art Museum

On Saturday, Nov 2, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., explore the museum’s new Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art exhibition and celebrate the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Enjoy performances throughout the day and try out craft activities, including making paper marigolds, papel picado (a decorative paper-cutting craft), creating memory books, and decorating skull masks. American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW. 202-6331000.

Fall Family Day at the Daughters of the American Revolution

On Saturday, Oct 19, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., fall into the spirit of the season by making a beeswax candle to light the autumn nights and other fun crafts like a magnetic puzzle. Contact the museum at (202) 879-3240 or Supplies are limited. Advance registration requested; drop-ins welcomed. Free and for ages 5 and older. DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW. 202-628-1776.

Kids Euro Festival

Kids Euro Festival--the largest children’s performing arts festival in the United States-returns to the Washington area Oct 16-Nov 13, with more than 200 free, familyfriendly, European-themed events. Designed for children aged 2-12 and their families, Kids Euro Festival, now in its sixth year, unites the soon-to-be 28 embassies of the European Union (EU) and more than 30 American cultural institutions, such as the Kennedy Center, DC Public Library, Strathmore, Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, National Geographic, and AFI Silver Theatre. All of the embassies and organizations work together to transform the capital region into an action-packed cultural adventure for young people and their families. Kids Euro Festival artists include many of Europe’s most talented performers for children in diverse and imaginative live shows of puppetry, dance, music, theater, storytelling, and more. While all of the performances are free, some performances require reservations, which can be made at

Pop Art Fun: Free Family Day at Artisphere

On Sunday, Oct 13, noon-4 p.m., celebrate legendary pop artist Andy Warhol at Artisphere’s free family day presented in conjunction with his Silver Clouds installation on view in the Terrace Gallery through Oct 20. From art activities to a Studio 54 inspired dance party for kids by the team from Baby Loves Disco, Artisphere will be filled with fun for the whole family. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. u 40 u







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• New or Re-Roofing • Tear-Off & Replacement • Flat Roof Specialist • Copper, Tin, Sheet Metal & Rolled • Seamless & Flat Roofs • Re-Sealing • Tar, Asphalt, Gravel, Hot Coats • Modified Bitumen • Ask about our gutter specials Insurance Claims • Free Estimates • 24Hr. Service

Fully Insured • Licensed • Bonded “No Job Too Large or Small” Senior & Military Discounts Available!


All Work Inspected by Owner...Deals Directly with Customers! All Work Fully Guaranteed

Our Prices Won’t be Beat!


FLAT ROOF SPECIALIST WE STOP LEAKS! • Roof Repairs • Roof Coatings • Rubber • Metal • Slate

• Tiles • Chimneys • Gutters • Waterproofing • Roof Certifications

We Do Everything!


75 years in service



202-223-ROOF (7663)


Roofing & Gutters

NO JOB TOO SMALL!!! “Stopping Leaks is Our Specialty”




WHS PLUMBING & HEATING Superior Service and Quick Response

We are Repiping & Drain Cleaning Specialists · Competitive On The Spot Pricing · Same Day, Nights, Weekends & Emergency Service · Licensed Plumbers and Gasfitters · Underground Domestic Water and Sewer Line Leak Detection · Underground Pipe Locator

Hill Family Owned & Operated Call William at

(202) 255-9231


Roof Specialists Modified Bitumen • Skylights • Shingles • Slate •

Chimney Repairs Roof Coatings • Gutters & Downspouts • Preventive Maintenance • Metal Roofs • •


202-489-1728 Licensed, Bonded & Insured Free Estimates Senior and Government Discount 10% SPECIALIZING IN SEAMLESS GUTTERS


20 years of experience Licensed, Bonded and Insured LSDBE Certified


Licensed & Insured | All Work Managed & Inspected by Owners


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Midcity DC | October 2013 ◆ 43

Tell Them, “Shaw Main Streets Sent


Shaw Main Streets is a designated DC Main Streets program and is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development, Vincent C. Gray, Mayor.

Midcity DC Magazine October 2013  
Midcity DC Magazine October 2013