Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Florida Avenue at Night


Look Back at DC's Crack Era in a Reading at Maketto Tonight


Author Tony Lewis Jr. reads from his memoir "Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration" starting at 6pm tonight at Maketto (1351 H Street). Lewis is the son of Tony Lewis Sr. who was a major drug kingpin during the District's crack cocaine epidemic. As this piece from WAMU describes, the book mostly focuses on Tony Jr.'s life after his father went to prison and the young man returned to District with his mother and found himself amidst the chaos of the crack epidemic. This event starts at 6pm. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale.

Shooting in 800 Block of 20th Street

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The 800 block of 20th Street. Image from Google Maps

From MPD:
Alert: SHOOTING at 2218 HRS in the 800 BLOCK 20TH ST NE. NO LOOKOUT
Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-507) Alert DC
Sent by MPD Cad # 5269
This is in the Carver-Langston area.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Hill Now: H Street Organic Market to Close Tomorrow

Hill Now reports that the H Street Organic Market (806 H Street) will close its doors tomorrow. All inventory is currently discounted by 20%.

GU Grad & 1st Deaf America's Next Top Model Contestant Hosts Watch Party on H

Image courtesy of America's Next Top Model

2012 Gallaudet University graduate Nyle DiMarco is the first Deaf competitor on the reality show America's Next Top Model (WARNING: Linked video will AUTOPLAY). DiMarco majored in math and had plans to become a teacher until an acting part on Switched at Birth shifted his focus. He's hosting a watch party at Red Rocks (1348 H Street) starting at 6pm Wednesday 8/5. DiMarco's twin brother will be on hand to DJ. Wednesday is Hump Day Happy Hour all day, so take advantage of the discounts while you watch.

Celebrate National Night Out Tomorrow

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Come out tomorrow evening and gather with neighbors and police as part of National Night Out. Meet the officers who work in your neighborhood. Get crime prevention tips, and have fun.
The 5th District will celebrate National Night Out at the Starburst Plaza (6-9pm). They'll have food, full activities, fingerprinting for kids, a live performance by the Caiso Calypso Band, appearances by Chief Lanier and Attorney General Karl Racine, and a demonstration of the body cameras MPD officers will wear. I also wouldn't be surprised to spot a few reporters there tonight given the recent attention to the recent public identification of the Starburst as a problem spot for synthetic marijuana, and ANC 5D Chair Kathy Henderson dubbing Bladensburg and Benning Roads "Zombie Corridors." I haven't seen any details on the 1st District's event offerings, but they will hold their celebration from 5:30-8:30pm at Folger’s Park (3rd and D Streets SE).

Opera on Tap Tonight at Vendetta

Lego Opera Singer
Lego Opera singer by Ted Drake on flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license

Stop by Vendetta (1212 H Street) tonight for free opera, cabaret, and classics of musical theater from Opera on Tap. You'll hear songs from Grease, Porgy and Bess, Aladdin, Carmen, and more. Tonight's artists include: David Chavez, Rachel Sitomer, Elizabeth Mondragon, Carla Rountree, Mandy Brown, Patrick Cook, and Molly Simoneau. 7-9:30pm. No cover, but cash donations to Opera on Tap are accepted. Tonight is $2 slider night (two drink minimum). Show up early for Happy Hour from 5-7pm.

Fatal Shooting 800 Block of 18th Street [UPDATED]

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The block of the shooting as shown by Google Maps

Info released by MPD:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 800 block of [18th] Street NE. On Sunday, August 2, 2015, at approximately 5:32am, members of the Fifth District responded to the report of a robbery. Upon their arrival, officers located an unidentified, unconscious male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital where all life-saving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Canicule 2015 Edition

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1103, 2003 (image from ArtsManager, LLC). Courtesy of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Canicule 2015 Edition

Thursday, July 30

Long View Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Long View Gallery presents New Year/New Artists featuring the works of Rebecca Coles, Joelle Dietrick, Georgia Nassikas, Robert Ochs, Sarah Stockstill and Casey Vogt. For more information, click here.

Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St. NW.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Googling "Events in DC" Shows Death Cab for Cutie Concert at Khepra's


In reviewing my Twitter feed, I saw a tweet sent out July 24th by the ever informative @Oortville with a screenshot showing that Googling "events in DC" reveals a listing for a concert by the popular band Death Cab for Cutie (you might have to scroll over) tomorrow at  Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar (402 H Street). According to the band's website they are currently on tour in Australia. So even if Khepra's weren't a tad bit small for such an event, this would seem to be some sort of error or joke. No time is provided for the concert, but it seems like an excellent excuse to stop by Khepra's for some genuinely tasty fare (seriously!). I see Reddit also noticed the posting, but @Oortville appears to have beat them to it.

Volunteer at the H Street Festival Sept 19th

H Street Festival 2014 from Michael Price on VimeoThe 2014 H Street Festival recap by d dot films

The H Street Festival is the District's largest neighborhood festival. It attracts people from all over the region, highlighting local talent and letting everyone get a taste of what the corridor has to offer. Every year the Festival depends on volunteers to keep everything running smoothly. Interested in becoming one of those volunteers or learning more about the opportunity? Sign up online, or email questions to Paul Ahn with H Street Main Street at volunteer[at]

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

405 Yoga Headed to Trinidad

Image from Google Maps

Exciting news comes our way that the space left vacant by the closing of J.B. Liquorette (1000 Florida Ave, right where it meets West Virginia Ave) more than two years ago will become a yoga studio. This is big news for the space, the intersection, and the neighbors. I've seen a lot of speculation about what might go into the space with some of the more frequently mentioned possibilities being daycare center, hardware store, and even a Starbucks. But a yoga studio makes sense and isn't likely to cause the sort of traffic issues you might experience with those first two options. H/T to Twitter user @ImaMadLibrarian who tweeted a photo of the coming soon announcement.

National Night Out Events 8/4

A previous event held at the Starburst Intersection

National Night Out is here again Tuesday, August 4th. The citywide kick off is in Takoma (300 Van Buren Street NW at 5pm), but there are local events for the 1st and 5th District. Info below:

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Shooting in the 1500 Block of Benning

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Image from Google Maps

From an email sent by an MPD Lieutenant serving as Watch Commander:

On Saturday, July 25, 2015, Fifth District received calls for service for sounds of gun shots in the 1600 block of Benning Road Northeast.  As units arrived they observed a late model four door sedan leaving the area at a high rate of speed.  As the units got closer they discovered that the complaint was onboard and being transported by friends to HUH.  Once at the hospital the units learned that the crime scene was in the rear of the Pentacle Apartment Complex which is located in the 1600 block of Benning Road Northeast.  Units were dispatched to locate a crime scene.  The responding units located the crime scene in the 700 block of 16th Street Northeast. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Music in the Meadow with Mark G. Meadows - TONIGHT! (7/23)

Mark G. Meadows. Photo courtesy of FONA
Mark G. Meadows. Image courtesy of FONA

Friends of the National Arboretum have a special event planned for this evening. From their website: