Friday, October 09, 2015

Reminder: S Street Rising Signing Tomorrow at the Argonaut


Award winning reporter Ruben Castaneda will hold a Q & A session and signing  for his book S Street Rising at the Argonaut (1433 H Street) at 4pm tomorrow (Saturday, October 10th). S Street Rising is a memoir about Castaneda's time covering the crime beat for the Washington Post during the violent crack era. The Washington Post named it one of the 50 notable works of nonfiction published in 2014, and Brightest Young Things named it one of the best books of the year.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Outsider Art Edition

Outsider Art Inside the Beltway celebrates its 10th anniversary at Art Enables. Experience the work of outsider artists from around the country at this annual showcase. Pictured above Cabin by the Lake by Mike Knox. Image courtesy of Art Enables.

Saturday, October 10

Stitch & Rivet – 9am to 1pm
Stitch & Rivet hosts a “Meet the Maker” series through November 21, 2015. Join Annie Howe for a workshop on paper cuts and prints. For more information, click here.
Stitch & Rivet is located at Studio #3 716 Monroe St. NE.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

It's Hitchcocktober at the Angelika Pop Up

As Halloween draws ever closer, the Angelika Pop Up (550 Penn Street, behind Union Market) is celebrates with a special Hitchcock series they're calling dubbed "Hitchcocktober." The series kicks off tonight at 7:30pm with The Man Who Knew Too Much. Tickets for this show, and the rest of the Hitchcocktober films are $7 (plus $1.50 fee if you buy online, but it does let you reserve a particular seat).

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Bake Sale at Sally's Middle Name to Benefit So Others Might Eat 10/14

Sally's Middle Name (1320 H Street) is hosting a fundraiser bake sale for the non-profit So Others Might Eat. For those unfamiliar with SOME, they are a pretty awesome group. Here's how they describe themselves:
SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and health care. We help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.

Be Part of Capital Fringe Festival 2016

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Image from the Capital Fringe website

Capital Fringe (1358 Florida Ave) is taking applications for performers and groups who want to be part of the annual Capital Fringe Festival this July. Full details below:

Applications to the 11th Annual Capital Fringe Festival, July 7 to 24, 2016 now open
The Fringe Festival is a self-producing performing arts festival where established and emerging artists can present their work free of a selection process. The Fringe Festival takes place in July with over 140 productions, roughly 800 individual performances, showcasing 5,000 artists for over 30,000 patrons each year. The Fringe Festival is DC’s largest and most anticipated performing arts festival. It is just the place for you to showcase your most daring, raw and authentic live performance work.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

ANC Joint SMD Meeting Re: 1164 Bladensburg Road Development

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 Text from the meeting notice:

We need your input regarding a future development project! Neighborhood Development Co. and its affiliates are planning to develop approximately 75 affordable housing units at 1164 Bladensburg Road, NE on the corner of Meigs Place and Bladensburg Road NE. The building is currently boarded up and serves little purpose to the surrounding community. This newly proposed development will help spur further development along Bladensburg which will help bring more retail and more general business to this part of Trinidad DC.

Reader Question: Can You Recommend an Architect & General Contractor?


A reader writes in that he and his wife are considering purchasing an older home in our area and asks for recommendations for any particular architects or contractors who might be a good fit.

My wife and I have lived in NE for 5 years now (love your blog) and are getting close to buying a home. A home we have an eye on definitely needs renovation but is not a total gut job. I was wondering if you or your readers have come across good (or bad) renovation companies to handle this sort of work? We're looking to expand a bathroom, do minor kitchen updates, and renovate another bathroom. We'd also do some painting/small electrical work, etc and would love to have one point of contact to handle this sort of work.

Non-Fatal Stabbing in the 900 Block of 8th Street

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Google Maps image

A man was stabbed last night around 8pm in the 900 block of 8th Street (between I and K). The man's injuries are not life threatening, and he refused to cooperate with MPD. MPD has said the victim "was stabbed by several suspects that he knows." The victim was taken to the hospital.

Monday, October 05, 2015

WaPo: More on Saturday's Early Morning Triple Shooting

The 700 block of H Street

MPD has identified the decedent as 32 year old Jerome Leroy Wright. Mr. Wright was apparently attempting to rob the other four men when one of them fought back and attempted to gain control of Mr. Wright's gun. That plan did not work out so well, and the resisting victim was shot in the chest. He did eventually get control of the gun and shot Mr. Wright multiple times in the chest. One of the other intended robbery victims was shot by mistake during the struggle. Some of that comes directly from a this Washington Post story, which contains additional details. The Washington Post piece also says the shooting is likely to be ruled a justifiable homicide, meaning no charges would be filed in Mr. Wright's death.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Two Critically Injured, One Dead, in Attempted Robbery on H Street Overnight [UPDATED]

MPD sent out the tweet above early this morning about a shooting in the 700 block of H Street. Hill News Now has more of the story, and it sounds like an attempted robbery that did not go as planned. An armed individual approached a group of four with the intent to rob them. There was a struggle, and at least two of the intended victims were shot and incritically injured. The robber was also critically injured. One of those three injured people has now died. 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

A Diner, Coffee, & Cask Fermented English Beers Headed to H Street

Recent months have seen a few businesses in the area close (Chinito's Burritos, The Spot Deli, and H Street Coffee & Cafe), but this past weekend brought news of three new places looking to open.

One of these new places is a 24 diner called Blue Diner. The address for this one appears to be 1250 H Street.