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What to Expect for the Capitol Hill Area This Weekend

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival (Photo via Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival/Matthew Brazier)

The sounds of banjos and fiddles are slated to fill the air around the Anacostia River as part of the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival this Saturday.

Concertgoers can expect clouds and possibly some rain, with the temperature rising to the lower 60s Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

On Sunday, rain and maybe some thunderstorms are forecast to hit the D.C. area. The temperature is expected to get up to the upper 60s.

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

Photo via Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival/Matthew Brazier


Russell Senate Office Building to Host Holocaust Survivor Photo Exhibit

Photo by Barbara MackPortraits of holocaust survivors holding objects from their past will hang in the Russell Senate Office Building (2 Constitution Ave. NE) next week as part of a new touring exhibit.

The photo series, “Survivors and What They Carry,” features 20 portraits of Los Angeles-based holocaust survivors and aims to “capture the essence of these remarkable people, many of whom pose with an object from their past,” according to a press release.

The black and white photos, captured by photographer Barbara Mack, show survivors clutching items such as a faded photo, a Kiddush cup or a violin.

The exhibit will run from May 2 to 6.

More information from the exhibit’s press release:

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) proudly announces the exhibit Portraits in Black and White: Survivors and What They Carry, 20 powerful portraits of Los Angeles-based Holocaust survivors by photographer Barbara Mack will be on display at the Russell Senate Rotunda from May 2 through May 6, in commemoration of the annual Days of Remembrance.

Survivors and What They Carry captures the essence of these remarkable people, many of whom pose with an object from their past. Cherished objects and family heirlooms — a faded photo, a Kiddush cup, a violin — add powerful and evocative layers to these stunning images. The black and white portraits are accompanied by fascinating life stories. When interviewed by the Jewish Journal during the show’s Los Angeles premiere in January, Mack said, “Not everybody brought objects, but for all those people who were carrying something, it made this exhibit different from most Holocaust survivor exhibits. Each time you look at it, you think, ‘Why is this here?’ It adds mystery to the pictures.”

The show is the culmination of Barbara Mack’s seven-year collaboration with Holocaust survivors from Café Europa, a club sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles that invites survivors to meet weekly to build supportive relationships and participate in social and educational activities and community celebrations.
The exhibit was invited to adorn the walls of Congress at the Russell Senate Rotunda during in commemoration of the annual Days of Remembrance. and is an example LAMOTH’s mission to preserve important stories and continue to share historical lessons. “Many survivors have written their memoirs, but so many have not because it’s a huge undertaking. That their history can live on in the context of this exhibit is a very powerful thing,” says Executive Director Samara Hutman.

Survivors and What They Carry concludes its Washington stay with a stirring performance by the Argus Quartet on Friday, May 6 at 12:15 PM. The quartet will be playing music composed by two high school students inspired by a meeting with Holocaust survivors.


WHEN: MAY 2 10:00AM-6:00PM

MAY 3, 4, & 5: 7:00AM-6:30PM

MAY 6 7:00AM-3:00PM



Photo by Barbara Mack


Running of the Chihuahuas Rescheduled Due to Weather Forecast

Running dogs (Photo via Facebook/Running of the Chihuahuas IV)

An annual spectacle featuring local chihuahuas racing along the Southwest waterfront in celebration of Cinco de Mayo has been pushed back a week.

The “Running of the Chihuahuas” will now occur Saturday, May 7, not this Sunday as previously planned, organizers announced in an email this afternoon.

“We are reaching out to let you know that given the forecast, we are moving the 5th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas to the Saturday, May 7 rain date,” the email reads. “All other event details remain the same.”

Sunday is expected to be wet and cool, according the National Weather Service.

Photos via Facebook/Running of the Chihuahuas IV



Robbers Hold Up Navy Yard Business

Unit block of I Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)A group of men with covered faces robbed a business in Navy Yard at gunpoint early this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened at an unidentified business on the unit block of I Street SE about 3:30 a.m. The block includes a McDonald’s and a car wash.

The thieves all were dressed similarly, wearing blue pants and black shirts, according to authorities.

Five kids between the ages of 7 and 13 also robbed someone on the H Street corridor last night, police said.

The robbery occurred on the 700 block of H Street NE about 8:45 p.m.

Authorities haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects, but noted one of them was wearing a camouflage jacket.

Three kids between the ages of 9 and 12 robbed somebody in Southwest last night, too, police said.

The robbery happened on the 900 block of Wesley Place SW about 8 p.m.

Authorities haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects, but noted at least one of them was wearing a white or gray shirt and blue pants.

Photo via Google Maps


Morning Rundown

Barracks Row clock

Bowser Kicks off ‘Rat Riddance’ Program on Barracks Row — Mayor Muriel Bowser was on 8th Street SE yesterday to launch a pilot rat abatement program. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Man Exposes Himself to Journalist Near Union MarketWashingtonian senior editor Marisa M. Kashino encountered a man pleasuring himself and walking toward her during her commute to the NoMa-Gallaudet Unviersity Metro station yesterday morning. [Washingtonian]

Kid at NPR in NoMa Shuts Down Newscast — A kid who was at NPR’s headquarters at 1111 North Capitol St. NE for “Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day” caused a minute of dead air after playing with a control panel. [Gawker]

Barracks Row Chef Aaron Silverman Talks About his ‘Baby’ — Chef Aaron Silverman described the 4,000-pound, custom Bonnet range he imported from Europe for Pineapple and Pearls at 715 8th St. SE as his “baby,” which is just part of what he says makes his new restaurant special. [Washington City Paper]


At Home on the Hill: Living Leisurely — A Capitol Hill Gem

At Home On The Hill

This sponsored column is written by Ty Voyles, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and principal of Fulcrum Properties Group, a team of real estate agents located on Capitol Hill that serves Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Imagine drinking your morning coffee on a front porch overlooking a large garden, right in the heart of the northeast side of Capitol Hill. Located just two blocks to Lincoln Park and a short stroll to H Street’s retail and restaurants, the location of this week’s featured listing couldn’t be better.

This lovely home at 217 14th Place NE welcomes you and your guests with hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and a large gas fireplace. The open kitchen with granite countertops is flanked by a spacious dining area and glass-paned door to the back yard. A half-bath is cleverly tucked under the staircase, rounding out the first level.

Upstairs, two broad bedrooms offer numerous closets and copious sunlight. Down the hall, a beautiful full bathroom includes additional storage and a large window.

With bookends of a front garden and rear patio delivering serene outdoor views; a life of entertaining and relaxation awaits you!

You can check out this home on Sunday, May 1, from 1-3 p.m. And be sure to check out our other featured listings on our website!

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hill Now.


Capitol Hill Building Permit Roundup (April 21-27)

Rowhouses on E Street NE

Hill Now’s building permit roundup is back. Check out what your neighbors are constructing around the Capitol Hill area.

The permits the D.C. government issued from Thursday, April 21, to Wednesday, April 27, are below. Permits from our previous roundups are here.

The data also is available through this link.

This project is a work in progress. Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section or at [email protected].


Miner Elementary to Host Yard Sale and Fundraiser Saturday

Donations for Miner Yard Sale, photo via Miner ElementaryLocals will be able to buy slightly used items from IKEA and other suppliers to support Miner Elementary School this weekend.

The school at 601 15th St. NE will host a community yard sale and fundraiser on its playground and in its cafeteria Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

Items for sale include flowering pots from Cultivate the City, a “nearly new” toddler bed and a crib from IKEA, strollers and assorted pieces of furniture.

The school will also set up an area where locals can dispose of hazardous materials like old paint, chemicals or electronics.

Photo via Miner Elementary School


Yard Park Friday Night Concert Series Kicks Off May 20

Summer Concert series, photo via Facebook : Yards ParkMusic will again fill the air in Yards Park on Friday nights next month.

Capitol Riverfront BID is set to kick off its annual Friday Night Concerts series on May 20 during a performance in conjunction with this year’s Tour de Fat celebration.

Six years running, the series is an event where locals can “come to Yards Park to relax and enjoy the river view, fantastic bands, food and beverage, and a large variety of great restaurants within a five-minute walk from the park,” according to its website.

Bands will play songs with “family-friendly lyrics” making it an event for adults and kids alike.

Image via Facebook / Yards Park


Man Injured in Shooting Escapes to NoMa

100 block of New York Avenue NE (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 1:40 p.m.) A man fled to NoMa after three robbers shot him last night, police said.

The shooting happened on the 300 block of U Street NE about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. But police found the victim on the 100 block on New York Avenue NE,  just north of the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The victim was trying to sell shoes to a man he met on the internet, according to authorities. During the meeting, two other men joined the prospective buyer, and all three of them flashed guns.

The men then took the shoes and $100 from the victim before he jumped in his car and headed to NoMa. As he left, the thieves shot him in the leg and sprayed his car with bullets.

The victim was brought to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects.

Photo via Google Maps


Morning Rundown

M Street NE street art

Girl Assaults Woman Over Loud Music Complaint on Green Line — A girl attacked a woman who asked her to wear her headphones to listen to her music last week on a Metro train near the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station. [WUSA]

Developer Submits Paperwork to Raze Burger King Near Union Market — The Burger King at 320 Florida Ave. NE is one step closer to shutting down after a developer filed a raze permit application for the property. [Frozen Tropics]

Artists to Paint Murals in NoMa Next Month — A global art movement called POW! WOW! is set to bring artists from around the world to NoMa to paint murals in the neighborhood. [Washingtonian]

Eight Capitol Hill-Area Alleys Set for Repairs During ‘AlleyPalooza 3’ — Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation have announced eight Capitol Hill-area alleys scheduled for repairs this summer. [Hill Now]


New Batting Cages Planned Near Eliot-Hine Middle School

Future site of batting cages near Eliot-Hine Middle School (Photo via Google Maps)Kingman Park residents and Little League players across the Capitol Hill area will soon have a new place to practice.

Batting cages are set to be installed sometime this spring on the empty lot at the intersection of 19th and C streets NE beside Eliot-Hine Middle School. Events DC, which manages the land, partnered with Capitol Hill Little League to install the cages. Capitol Hill Little League offers baseball and softball instruction for D.C. children age 6-16.

Events DC president and CEO Gregory O’Dell said that the cages are part of an effort to find short-term uses for the area around RFK Stadium while Events DC explores permanent redevelopment options.

“Events DC is excited to partner with Capitol Hill Little League, enabling us to enhance community and family-friendly programming on the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus,” he said. “We look forward to welcoming the batting cages this spring for District residents and our city’s youth to benefit.”

The cages are slated be open year-round for Little League practice and community use.

Photo via Google Maps


Local Eateries to Serve Samples at Barrack’s Row’s Taste of 8th

Taste of 8th (Photo via Barracks Row Main Street)Pineapple and Pearls, Medium Rare and other area businesses are preparing to serve food and drink samples for the Taste of 8th festival next Saturday. Each sample will cost $5, but some locals have a chance to get them for free, as long as they’re willing to work for it.

Barracks Row Main Street, the group that puts on the annual food festival, are offering free tickets to volunteers who help with the festival. Those interested in volunteering can email the group to sign up.

Those who aren’t volunteering can purchase tickets online. A single taste costs $5 but hungry festivalgoers can buy 5 tickets for $20.

The festival will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 1-4 p.m. More than 16 Barracks Row-area eateries have already committed to the festival, including Sweet Lobby, Bayou Bakery and District Doughnut. The full list of participating businesses will be released on Barracks Row Main Street’s website.

Photo via Barracks Row Main Street


Eight Capitol Hill-Area Alleys Set for Repairs During ‘AlleyPalooza 3’

Alley Palooza 3 locations (Photo via District Department of Transportation)

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation have announced eight Capitol Hill-area alleys scheduled for repairs during this summer’s “AlleyPalooza 3.”

The campaign to mend alleys across the District starts today. DDOT hopes to repair eight alleys in each of the District’s eight wards by July.

Eight Hill-area alleys were improved in September during the second AlleyPalooza. The alleys identified for service this year include lanes near:

  • 112 14th St. SE
  • 1201 C St. NE
  • 121 12th St. NE
  • 1302 H St. NE
  • 1301 C St. NE
  • 809 5th St. NE
  • 324 16th St. SE
  • 1419 D St. SE

Residents can track the agency’s progress online.

Photo via District Department of Transportation


Free Outdoor Film Series in NoMa to Include ‘Purple Rain,’ ‘Princess Bride’

NoMa Summer Screen (Photo via Facebook/ NoMaBID)

The list of movies that will be screened outdoors in NoMa this summer has been released.

Earlier this month, the NoMa Business Improvement District, which hosts the annual outdoor film series, asked residents to vote for which movies would make the list. The theme of this year’s series is “Choose Your Own Adventure,” and voters chose a wide range of adventures, including “Princess Bride,” “Fast Five” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”.

Organizers also added a special screening of “Purple Rain” starring Prince on Tuesday, June 7.

Here’s the full film schedule for this year’s series:

  • “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” on June 1
  • “Purple Rain” on June 7
  • “Princess Bride” on June 8
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” on June 15
  • “Jumanji” on June 22
  • “Fast Five” on June 29
  • “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” on July 6
  • “Life of Pi” on July 13
  • “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” on July 20
  • “E.T.” on July 27
  • “Apollo 13” on Aug. 3
  • “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on Aug. 10
  • “Jurassic Park” on Aug. 17

All of the screenings will be held in the Storey Park lot at 1st and L streets NE. Gates to the park will open at 7 and movies will start at sunset.

Chairs, picnics and coolers and kids are all welcome.

Photo via Facebook/NoMaBID


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