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Capitol Hill Agenda (March 1-7)

Luis Ortiz and Tony Thomson (Photo via Twitter/washingtondc)

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.


Happy Birthday To You!: A Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash 
Northeast Library (330 7th St. NE)
3:30 p.m.

Children can have “an afternoon of crazy crafts, silly snacks and a chance to get Seuss-ified by” a caricaturist at the Northeast Library, according to the library’s website.


Film Screening: Journalism in D.C. Movies
Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
7-9 p.m.

Mike Canning, author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C.,” hosts a free screening of “All the President’s Men.”

The Sublime Stand-Up Comedy Series
Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
7:30-10 p.m.

D.C. comedian Allan Sidley brings in a cast of comics for a night of stand-up comedy. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.


HBO Boxing After Dark: Luis Ortiz v. Tony Thomson
D.C. Armory (2001 East Capitol St. SE)
10 p.m.

World Boxing Association Interim Heavyweight World Champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz takes on former world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson. Tickets are $25-$100.

Photo via Twitter/washingtondc


Mural-Centric Art Festival Headed for NoMa in May

NoMa mural (Photo via Flickr/NoMa Business Improvement District)Muralists from across the globe will meet in NoMa in May to beautify the neighborhood, according to the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID).

NoMa will serve as host to POW! WOW!, “a global art movement that celebrates culture, music and art in cities around the world,” during the last two weeks in May.

During the festival, local and international artist will paint walls throughout the neighborhood and deliver “classes, performances and lectures in addition to live art installations,” the BID said in a press release.

Read more about POW! WOW! below:

Starting humbly as a small art exhibition with a handful of artists in Hong Kong, the newest editions of POW!WOW! now encompasses creatives from all over the world painting in Honolulu and other cities.

Over the past five years POW! WOW! has grown into a major market art festival with a line up and experience that rivals some of the best in the world. POW! WOW! is an amenity with substantial economic and brand impact. The event is also a vehicle to celebrate cities’ art and culture, and draws tens of thousands of people to its doors.

Photo via Flickr/NoMa Business Improvement District


Pretzel Bakery Relocating to Space One Block Away

Pretzel BakeryA Hill East bakery known for its pretzels and sandwiches is moving down the street.

The Pretzel Bakery, which hand-rolls its own Philadelphia-style soft pretzels, will close its doors at 340 15th St. SE tomorrow, then reopen at 257 15th St. SE on Wednesday, the company announced on Facebook:

We’ll be closed on Tuesday, March 1st as we make the transition to our new location. We’ll open at 8am on Wednesday, March 2nd at 8am at our new location just a block away from the original at 257 15th St SE.

According to The Washington Post, the new space will span 2,000 square feet and double the size of the kitchen. And all that extra room means new menu items, like a pretzel calzone and a cheesy version of the bakery’s signature “Nutella bombs,” according to the Post.

Photo via Facebook / The Pretzel Bakery


Armed Robbers Strike in Navy Yard

1100 block of 1st Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 1 p.m.) A group of men with a gun robbed someone in Navy Yard over the weekend, police said.

The armed robbery happened at a parking garage on the 1100 block of 1st Street SE about 4 a.m. Saturday. The area is about a block north of Nationals Park.

According to authorities, other robberies that occurred in the Capitol Hill area since Friday afternoon include:

  • A violent robbery on the 400 block of 12th Street SE about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Three kids were arrested in connection with the crime.
  • A robbery on the 600 block of Orleans Place NE about 7:15 p.m. Friday. Police haven’t released any suspect information.
  • A violent robbery on the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE about 1 p.m. Saturday.

  • A violent attempted robbery on the 800 block of 1st Street NE about 7 p.m. Saturday. A woman was arrested in connection with the crime. Her identity wasn’t immediately clear.

Photo via Google Maps


Morning Rundown

Mayor Muriel Bowser rides the streetcar (Photo via Twitter/Mayor Muriel Bowser)

D.C. Streetcar Begins Service — The D.C. streetcar on Saturday picked up its first passengers, including Mayor Muriel Bowser. [Hill Now]

Cops Make Arrests in Navy Yard Shooting, Robberies — Police have apprehended Anthony Chambers in a shooting at a barbershop at 1005 8th St. SE and Kyree Black in armed robberies on L Street SE and on K Street SE last year. [Washington Post]

Relisha Rudd Remembered — Relisha Rudd, who was kidnapped from the D.C. General homeless shelter and has never been found, was remembered with prayer and dance Saturday on the second anniversary of her disappearance. [Washington Post]

Capitol Hill-Area Cop Dies — Metropolitan Police Department officer Kemal Johnson has died, according to a notice emailed to locals over the weekend. He patrolled the H Street corridor and other parts of northeast Capitol Hill. The cause of his death wasn’t immediately clear. [MPD 1D Citizens Advisory Council]

Photo via Twitter/Mayor Muriel Bowser


It’s Alive! Streetcar Rolls Down H Street NE

The D.C. Streetcar has successfully launched. No, seriously.

Though the project to send a streetcar down H Street NE took nearly $200 million and lasted longer than it took to send a man to the moon, it’s finally complete.

Don’t believe us? Here’s some proof:

BONUS: Here’s a photo of that cheeky Nando’s trolley.


What to Expect for the Capitol Hill Area This Weekend

Hine School project student art

At long last, the opportunity to ride a streetcar on H Street NE is here.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and District Department of Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo are set to officially launch streetcar service for the public Saturday morning.

Local businesses are offering specials and prizes in celebration of the District’s newest form of public transit. And if you visit a bar on the H Street corridor, there’s a streetcar-themed drinking game you can play.

For those of you who venture outside this weekend, heavy winter coats shouldn’t be necessary during the day. The temperature is expected to rise to the mid-40s Saturday and upper 5os Sunday, under sunny skies, according to The National Weather Service.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:


Volunteers Needed to Help Spruce Up Rosedale This Weekend

TrashRosedale residents are calling on their neighbors to help them clean up their neighborhood tomorrow.

Locals are planning to meet at 17th and Rosedale streets NE at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for the community cleanup, according to neighborhood blog Frozen Tropics.

The blog adds:

Neighbors will spend about 1-2 hours working a grid of streets and back alleys to pick up trash. Clean ups like this can be a great opportunity to meet neighbors, or catch up with those you missed during the winter months. Spring is right around the corner. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. This clean-up is organized by Pete Maki (pete.maki[at]gmail.com) and “Doc” Perry Roots.


Burglars Hit Papa John’s on 11th St. SE Day After Armed Robbery

Papa John's Pizza at 914 11th St. SE (Photo via Google Maps)A Papa John’s Pizza about two blocks east of the Marine Barracks had a run in with two burglars early yesterday morning, a day after a masked man with a gun robbed the shop, police said.

The burglary happened at the Papa John’s at 914 11th St. SE about 4 a.m. Thursday.

A surveillance camera caught a man smashing the shop’s glass front door with a brick, according to authorities. He went into he Papa John’s soon after and pried open two cash registers with a screwdriver.

But there wasn’t any cash inside them.

He then grabbed two liter bottles of soda and departed. Another individual entered soon after and also snatched two liter bottles of soda before fleeing.

The first thief came back, however. He grabbed his brick and then left for good.

Police haven’t released descriptions of the suspects.

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Take Two Sips: Streetcar Launch Prompts New Drinking Game

Streetcar on H Street NEWant to toast the D.C. Streetcar when it launches tomorrow? A new drinking game will let you do just that.

Locals who want to participate can grab a beverage, pull up a chair in clear view of the streetcar and follow rules like taking a sip “for every X2 driver you see screaming at a streetcar” and drinking “if you see [former D.C. Mayor] Vince Gray crying.”

The drinking game was conceived by local musicians and cultural provocateurs Jack on Fire, who released a faux DDOT bulletin touting the game earlier this morning:

Click here to view the drinking game in its entirety.


Morning Rundown

Kingsman Academy Public Charter School mural

Frager’s Redevelopment Renderings Revealed — Perseus Realty and development partner Javelin19 have unveiled renderings for the redeveloped Frager’s at 1101-1117 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, which is set to include the hardware store, condos and two retail spaces. [UrbanTurf]

SeoulSpice to Open in NoMa With Free Food Today — Fast-casual Korean eatery SeoulSpice is slated to celebrate its grand opening at 145 N St. NE with free food today. [Facebook/SeoulSpice]

‘A Streetcar in the Mire’The Economist weighs on what it calls the District’s “pointless streetcar.” [Economist]

Man Pleads Guilty to Capitol Hill Bank Robbery — Francis Davis, 69, has pleaded guilty to the Nov. 9 robbery of the SunTrust bank on the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. [WJLA]


Capitol Hill Bagel Shop to Close, But Not for Good

Bagels and Baguettes (Photo via Google Maps)A staple of the Capitol Hill breakfast scene is set to shut down next week, but hasn’t given up on the neighborhood yet, its owner told Hill Now today.

Bagels and Baguettes is slated to serve its breakfast sandwiches and kettle-boiled bagels at 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE until Monday, when it must leave to allow renovation work in its building to proceed, owner and operator Helen Bekele said.

But she doesn’t expect the construction work to put an end to her 20-year-old eatery.

Bagels and Baguettes, which opened in 1996, might return to 236 Massachusetts Avenue after renovations are complete, she said. However, with construction work expected to continue until at least mid-2017, Bekele is looking to open elsewhere in the area.

“We’re going to work hard to be” on Capitol Hill, she said.

Photo via Google Maps


Here’s How to Help Pick Movies for the Capitol Riverfront Film Series

Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series (Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID)Which movies do you like best: “Annie,” Mean Girls,” “Skyfall,” or all three?

The Capitol Riverfront BID is seeking community input on the lineup of its outdoor movie series scheduled to take place later this summer. The films will be screened outdoors in Canal Park, located at 2nd and M streets SE.

To see the full list of films and to cast your vote, see the BID’s voting page.

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID


Taser-Wielding Robbers Strike in Hill East

500 block of 14th Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)Thieves with a stun gun robbed a woman in Hill East yesterday afternoon, police said.

The robbery happened on the 500 block of 14th Street SE about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The area is about a block north of the Potomac Avenue Metro station.

A woman was walking in the vicinity when two men and two women approached her, according to authorities. One of the individuals then pulled out a Taser, shocking the victim on one of her hands.

The group of people soon after ordered the woman to hand over her shoes and cash, which she did. They then fled toward the Potomac Gardens public housing complex.

Police haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects.

Photo via Google Maps


Far East Taco Grille to Open Location Near Gallaudet

Far East TacoAn eatery specializing in Asian-inspired tacos and burritos will open a new location in the former Chinito’s Burritos space at 635 Florida Ave. NE, as first reported by local blog Frozen Tropics.

The new taco spot should open “at the beginning of March,” the company told us earlier this morning.

The forthcoming location will be an expansion of the Far East’s 15th Street NE shop, which serves tacos, burritos, bowls and quesadillas. Click here to see the eatery’s menu.

Photo via Far East Taco Grille


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