District Merchant, photo via Facebook : Folger TheatreThe Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St. SE) is scheduled to host a free forum this Sunday meant to examine race and religion

The forum, dubbed CrossTalk DC, will feature scenes from Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” and “District Merchants,” a D.C.-centric re-imagining of Shakespeare’s “Merchant” from playwright Aaron Posner.

The purpose of the forum, according to a press release, is “to bring disparate publics together to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history.”

Caleen Jennings, a playwright and American University theater professor, will lead participants in small group discussions. Refreshments will also be served.

Read the full press release from Folger:

Folger Shakespeare Library will host the CrossTalk DC Kick-Off Forum on Sunday, May 15. CrossTalk DC is a community engagement initiative to bring disparate publics together to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history. More than 14 CrossTalk DC conversations and forums will happen across the District between May and October.

Two theater pieces will serve as the catalyst for conversation: The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s brutal and still highly controversial play about prejudice, violence and materialism among Jewish and Christian characters written in 1596-97, and District Merchants, Aaron Posner’s re-imagining of Shakespeare’s characters as Jews and African-Americans living in 1870’s Washington, DC, and, later, Belmont, Massachusetts, which will receive its world premiere at Folger Theatre this June.

Forum participants will listen to actors read brief scenes from both plays, then have an open discussion about identity and differences. The conversation continues over light refreshments. To RSVP, go to http://www.folger.edu/eform/submit/crosstalk-forum.

Photo via Facebook / FolgerTheatre


Morning Rundown

Eastern Market

Friendship Charter Schools Founder Plans to Retire — Donald Hense, the founder and head of Friendship Public Charter schools, plans to retire this summer. Friendship is one of the largest charter networks in the District and includes Chamberlain Elementary and Middle schools in Hill East. [Washington Post]

Folger Shakespeare Library Offering Ward 6 Discounts for Christmas Performance — The Folger Shakespeare library will offer discounted tickets for its Christmas performance at the Church of the Reformation at 212 East Capitol St. NE to Ward 6 residents. [Hill Rag]

Developer Secures Financing for 138-Unit Condo Building at The Yards — Developer PN Hoffman announced they have secured financing for a 138-unit condo building at the intersection of 4th and Tingey streets SE in The Yards, which will break ground in the beginning of next year. [JDLand]

H Street Streetcar Test Runs to Increase Today — The empty H Street streetcar will be making more trips up and down H Street NE for the next three weeks as the beleaguered tram gets ready for safety certification to carry passengers. [Hill Now]


Halloween Pumpkins (via FlickrTeo)

There are only three more days until Halloween, so it’s time to start planning how you want to celebrate. Since the holiday falls on a spooky Saturday this year, you have plenty of time to join the festivities and plenty of options for where to go.

Whether you’re looking for some costumed clubbing or family-friendly fun, here’s a list of events to make the most of this Halloweekend:


Dinner and a Movie
The Argonaut (1433 H St. NE)
5 p.m.

The Argonaut is hosting a event for parents and their children. Upstairs, the newly-formed Argonaut Kids Club will be showing movies, doing activities and eating while parents can dine downstairs. Event prices start at $30 and vary based on the number of children who attend.

Hilloween at Eastern Market
7th Street SE (between Pennsylvania and North Carolina avenues SE)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The community tradition returns with free family-friendly activities and ways to celebrate Halloween. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best costumes and visit professional face painters, a haunted house, and a photo booth. Food, drinks and other treats will also be available for purchase. Councilman Charles Allen and Mayor Bowser will also be in attendance to give opening remarks.

Sweets to the Sweet!
Folger Shakespeare Library (201 E Capitol St. SE)
5:30 – 8 p.m.

The Folger is hosting a family-friendly Halloween celebration, Shakespeare style. Guests can expect holiday treats, candy, lines from Shakespeare and activities. The event is free and open to the public.

Boo to You Halloween Party
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St. SW)
6 – 8 p.m.

The recreation center is throwing a traditional Halloween party, with a costume contest and dance. The event is free and open to the public.

Derek Brown & Thriller on H Street
Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

This dance workshop will teach the entire routine from the Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. The workshop is open to dancers of all abilities levels ages 19 and up. Costumes–especially those inspired by the King of Pop–are encouraged. After the workshop, winners of the dance-off and costume contest will receive dance class packages. Participants can register online in advance for $25.


Halloween at Rosedale
Rosedale Community Center (1701 Gales St. NE)
12 – 4 p.m.

Center staff are throwing a Halloween Safe Haven celebration for community members with games, food, music, candy and a community parade. The event is free and open to the public.

Happy Howl-O-Ween!
13th Street Community Park & Garden (13th and C streets SE)
1 – 3 p.m.

Nonprofit pet adoption organization Homeward Trails and the 13th Street Community Park & Garden invite families-and their pets-to the park for a Halloween celebration. All guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and gift card prizes will be awarded to the best dressed child and pup. Some adoptable dogs are also expected to attend. This outdoor event is free and open to the public.

Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE)
2 – 4:30 p.m.

This free event will preview the CHAW community through festive songs played by private music students and artwork samples from various classes. The art gallery will open at 2 p.m., and tours of the building will also begin at that time. The concert starts at 2:30, followed by a reception with donuts and cider. Costumes are recommended, as CHAW staff and the performers will be wearing them.

Photo via Flickr/Teo


Market SW (Photo via Facebook/MarketSW)

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.


WalkingTown DC

NoMa, H Street NE and Capitol Riverfont

Time: Varies

Locals can take walking tours of Capitol Hill-area neighborhoods.


Market SW

Waterfront Metro Station (4th and M streets SW)

Time: 4-9 p.m.

Dozens of vendors will gather for Southwest’s monthly, Asian-inspired market. There will be crafts, antiques, live music and food trucks.

Shakespeare, Not Stirred Book Talk and Signing

Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St. NE)

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Authors Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim will kick off the 2015-2016 season of free Folger Friday talks. They’ll discuss and sign copies of their new book, “Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas.”


Sherwood Day

Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St. NE)

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers are hosting the 2nd annual Sherwood Day. The event is a celebration of the neighborhood made for the whole family with food and activities.

Community Health Fair and Farmer’s Market

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (1636 East Capitol St. SE)

Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The fair and market will have several free events, including health screenings, face painting, a moon bounce, pet grooming, an Xtreme video game truck, secure document shredding, line dancing, yoga and more.

Photo via Facebook/Market SW


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