Mayor Muriel Bowser and her administration’s Office of African Affairs will screen a documentary on the District’s African population tonight in Navy Yard.

The documentary “Diaspora in Dialogue” profiles several Africans who now live and work in the District. In the film, six District residents talk about their heritage and being a member of the African diaspora in D.C.

The screening, which is part of the OAA’s Black History Month celebrations, will be held at the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities at 200 I St. SE at 6 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the ties between African and African-American communities.

Attendees must have a government ID to enter and are asked to RSVP online.


Morning Rundown

Vatican City flag near the U.S. Capitol (Photo via Twitter/U.S. Captiol)

Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for 2014 Hill East Shooting — James Joseph, who was arrested in June in connection with a 2014 shooting in Hill East, was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison. [Department of Justice]

Developers Plan for More Homes and Commercial Space Near H Street NE — A Virginia-based developer is planning to convert a Linden Court body shop behind the Atlas Performing Arts Center into several new homes and commercial space. [Washington Business Journal]

Affordable Apartments for Veterans Set to Open Next Year Near Union Station — The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, a 124-unit apartment building at 1005 North Capitol Street NW that will serve homeless veterans and those with low income, is set to open next year. [Urban Turf]

H Street Corridor Participates in City-Wide Art All Night this Saturday — Several galleries, performance spaces and businesses on the H Street corridor will hold art events all night this Saturday as part of the city-wide Art All Night festival. [Frozen Tropics]

Photo via Twitter/U.S. Capitol


Morning Rundown

Snow measurement, H Street NE (Photo via Twitter/HStreetWeather)

Snowfall — About 1.5 inches of snow had fallen on H Street NE as of 7:45 a.m., according to one measurement. [H Street Weather Geek]

A First Look at the Pour House’s Replacement — Stanton & Greene, the Pennsylvania Avenue SE bar that will open soon in the former home of the Pour House, now was “Scandi-modern cedar planks” and minimalist decor. Cocktails will cost an “approachable” $11 or $12 each, and $6 to $9 during happy hour. [Washington Post]

The Troubled Management of D.C. General — As the one-year anniversary of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd’s disappearance nears, advocates for homeless people want management of the shelter at D.C. General to be awarded to another operator. [Washington City Paper]

H Street NE Buildings to Be Razed for Residential Units — The owners of three two-story buildings at 14th and H streets NE want to demolish the buildings and create a 28-unit residential building with ground-floor retail. [District Source]

K Street NE Gallery Profile — Roll Call spoke with the owners of the small gallery at 321 K St. NE, which is tucked into a line of rowhouses. [Roll Call]

Photo via Twitter/HStreetWeather

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The D.C. Independent Film Festival kicks off today, with more than a dozen movies showing across the District — including on Barracks Row.

The world premiere of the documentary “Southeast 67” will be held Friday night at Barracks Row Theater Church (535 8th St. SE). The documentary tracks the lives of 67 Anacostia students who were promised college scholarships in the early ’90s by the I Have a Dream Foundation. Twenty years after the rising seventh graders — who came to be known as “Dreamers” — were given a leg up, director Betsy Cox found them and told the stories of their lives.

“‘Southeast 67′ focuses on the students’ struggles to reconcile the dream of college with daily survival in a community rife with violence, poverty and addiction,” a summary of the film says.

The documentary will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost $5 each and are available online and at the door.

The film festival runs through March 1. For the full list of films, see the website for the event.

Video via Vimeo/Southeast 67


Christylez Bacon and Nistha Raj (Photo via Facebook/Atlas Arts)D.C. concertgoers can hear a mashup of hip-hop and Indian music this weekend.

The hip-hop musician Christylez Bacon and Indian classical violinist Nistha Raj will play at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can expect a mix of music and dance traditions in the latest installment of the “Washington Sound Museum” series.

“Washington Sound Museum is an extension of my personal artistic goal to promote cultural acceptance and unification through music,” Christylez Bacon told DCist. “Through these musical collaborations, we celebrate our differences and connect through our similarities, ultimately learning from each other.”

The shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 each. An Indian tea reception will be held in the theater’s lobby at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. A dance class with hip-hop and Indian steps will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Photo via Facebook/Atlas Arts


Painted tile (Photo via Capitol Hill Arts Workshop)The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop isn’t just for kids.

The 545 7th St. SE arts center is hosting two events tomorrow night for the older crowd: a “Painting Clay & Sipping Cabernet” session and a figure drawing class.

The events are part of the Friday Adult ARTnights that CHAW began last week. They’re aimed at giving locals “a great excuse to get out of the house and get creative in a fun and social setting,” a statement said.

The clay class starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and costs $40 per person. Participants will paint and use stencils on tiles, with artist Clay Hollenkamp.

The “Working from the Figure” class is also set to start tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. Classes cost $20 each and easels but not drawing materials will be provided.

Later this winter, Paint & Sip classes will be held, plus burlesque for beginners.

Photo via Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

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Children dancing (Photo courtesy of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop)

You can buy seasonal crafts, go to children’s dance performances and peruse an art show on 7th Street SE this weekend.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will hold its annual Winter Performance Festival & Arts Showcase on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The event is a chance for Hill residents to experience art together, CHAW Executive Director Jill Strachan said.

“The festival is a perfect opportunity to come together in an open space to share, play and connect,” she said in a statement. “It is important to us to take a moment to thank and celebrate the students and faculty who actively contribute to CHAW’s work and mission of building community through the arts.”

Here are the events scheduled at 545 7th St. SE:

11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Art Sales/Shop ‘n Drop and winter class registration in the Gallery

12-1 p.m.: Youth Arts Program performances and demonstrations in the Dance Studio; Youth Arts Program Art Show in the Art Studio

[Special event 1-4 p.m.: Gingerbread House-making fundraiser at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE.  Donation-based.  Thanks to the generous support of CHAWsome sponsors Phil & Jeanne!]

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Youth Music and Dance performances in the Dance Studio

2-3 p.m.: Faction of Fools Theatre Company Benefit Performance for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project in the Black Box Theatre

4-5:30 p.m.: Adult class performances

5-7 p.m.: Student Art Show Opening & Reception with wine and cheese

Photo courtesy of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop


An office building lobby on 1st Street NE will soon double as gallery space for a local artist.

Comic book-inspired abstract paintings by D.C. artist JD Deardourff go on display at 1200 1st St. NE on Thursday night. The colorful works explore the “energy, technology, destruction, construction and juxtaposition of the urban and natural environment” the artist sees in NoMa, according to a statement from event sponsor the NoMA Business Improvement District.

“For this project, [Deardourff] has created a sequential, abstract narrative. It expresses the evolution of the NoMa neighborhood through composition, shifts in color and the repetition of imagery,” the BID said.

The show kicks off with a reception open to all on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. To RSVP, see the BID’s website.

The event is a collaboration between the BID, the Washington Project for the Arts and the Lobby Project to transform underutilized office spaces.

Photos via NoMa BID and


When Capitol Hill photographer Jenny Nordstrom thinks of her neighborhood, it’s not the Capitol Building that comes to mind — it’s rowhouses and smiling dogs and skyward escalators.

These scenes from neighborhood life are what she captured in a 2015 Capitol Hill calendar she’s selling now.

“I wanted people to feel like I feel when I walk on the Hill,” said Nordstrom, a photographer and graphic designer who moved to the area in 1999. “I have one picture of the Capitol, but that’s really my only token standard.”

Nordstrom is selling the limited-edition calendars online and at the Brent Elementary School Christmas Tree and Holiday Sale this weekend.

The image for June shows a bright-eyed dog looking right at the camera. Nordstrom snapped the shot this summer when neighbors and their pet stopped at a lemonade stand Nordstrom’s 7-year-old daughter had set up.

“I chose that because in June on the Hill, dogs are everywhere,” she said.

Another image shows a shiny Model T someone repairs in the alley behind Nordstrom’s home near Garfield Park.

The $30 calendars will be sold at Brent Elementary (301 N. Carolina Ave. SE) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, when live Christmas trees, garlands and more will be sold. They can also be purchased by emailing [email protected].

Photos courtesy of Jenny Nordstrom


Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker (Photo via Momentum Dance & Fitness Studio)Locals can listen to jazz, mingle with neighbors and support the “Jazz and Hip Hop Nutcracker” tomorrow (Saturday).

A concert and food event at Momentum Dance & Fitness Studio at 534 8th St. SE will support the 15th annual performance of the dance created by studio owner Roberta Rothstein.

Food from the 8th Street SE restaurant Tash and rum drinks will be served, and the Brazilian and American jazz quartet Batida Diferente will play at the event scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the “Nutcracker,” which is set to be performed next month by more than 35 children and adults of all technical levels.

“This is not your mother’s ‘Nutcracker,'” Rothstein said. “It’s an original script about transformation through the arts.”

In this version of the classic, a wizard gives two alienated but talented youth “gifts that help them create the rest of the show from their imaginations,” Rothstein explained. It will be performed at Wilson High School on Dec. 13 and 14 and at the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly on Dec. 20 and 21.

This year’s dance will be set to a combination of Duke Ellington’s version of “The Nutcracker Suite” and contemporary hip-hop and pop by Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and others.

For more information on the fundraiser and the “Nutcracker,” visit Momentum’s website.


Feeling less than positive about love and dating?

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. will bring a performance about the joys and sorrows of romance to the Atlas theater on Saturday.

The “anti-love cabaret” show “Love Stinks!” will include songs from musicals including “Cabaret,” “Chicago” and “Avenue Q,” the chorus’s website says.

Tickets for shows at 5 and 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE cost $20-35 each.

The chorus will follow up the “Love Stinks!” shows with “Love Rocks!” shows near Valentine’s Day.

Video via Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C.


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