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March 17th, 2017

Urinary Health

As mammals we all pee. Urine, produced by the kidneys, is an essential part of physiology: it eliminates excess water, helps electrolyte balances, rids the body of toxic metabolites and waste products and drugs, and helps maintain acid-base balance within the bloodstream. Therefore, it is essential to maintain proper kidney and urinary health. 

Let’s start with drinking sufficient amounts of water. Always keep your pet’s water bowl full with fresh water. Change it daily and be certain to wash the bowls with soap and water frequently.

Dan Teich, DVM, is at District Veterinary Hospital, 3748 10th St. NE. Email questions to

The Poetic Hill - March 2017

Kenneth Carroll IIIwas selected by Words Beats & Life as the 2017 DC Youth Poet Laureate. He began performing as a sophomore at Wilson High School and continues to participate in poetry slams and readings throughout the Metropolitan DC area. Carroll, who self-identifies as “a total nerd,” is interested in issues of identity and social justice. Part of the latest generation in a tradition of the black literary arts movement in the District, Carroll’s work speaks to the inspiring resilience of DC’s cultural heritage.


The Literary Hill - March 2017

BookFest 2017!

Join us on May 7 for the Sixth Literary Hill BookFest, where you’ll meet the writers below as well as more than 30 other local authors. Capitol Hill booksellers, publishers, and other members of our literary community will also be on hand, and we’ll have author talks and a full lineup of stories and activities in the Children’s Corner. The BookFest is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Hall of Eastern Market.

Jazz Avenues - March 2017

Honoring Masters Like Melba Liston; Enjoying Women in Jazz

“Melba [Liston] had the incredible ability of making musicians sound better through what she wrote for them. That’s the mark of a great arranger,” writes jazz master pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston in his autobiography, “African Rhythms,” written with our own DC Jazz Festival guru Willard Jenkins. “She wrote for Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Gloria Lynne, the Supremes, Bob Marley …”

Steve Monroe is a Washington, DC, writer who can be reached at and followed at

March 16th

The Dietitian Next Door

Learning how to eat better in a food desert with guidance

What’s for dinner? Sounds like a simple question but it can have some very complicated responses. Cooking meals at home has been proven to lead to healthier eating and calorie control.

But what do you do when nutritionally adequate ingredients are scarce and unaffordable? Call your neighborhood dietitian.

Hello! My Name Is Charmaine

Candace Y.A. Montague is the health reporter for Capital Community News.

CHAW’s Resident Gallery Artist Program Presents Pam Rogers’ “Botanica Magnifica.”

Demystifying Artist Open Studios and the Artistic Process

Introduced in August 2016, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Resident Gallery Artist program connects the Capitol Hill community with working artists and their process. CHAW is now in its 45th year as an organization with a track record of “building community through the arts.” CHAW’s Resident Gallery Artist program provides a space for experimentation while functioning as an artist incubator that interacts with the public. 

Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, DC’s visual arts publication. See this month’s Hill Rag insert for more information or go to for daily updates on DC’s vibrant art world.

Trayon White Launches Initiative to Combat Violence

In his 32 years of life, Trayon White says he has buried more than 93 people. He’s lived his entire life in DC’s Ward 8, except for the time he spent away at college, and now leads the community as its city councilmember. One of his first initiatives is to start curbing the violence that takes away so many of his residents’ friends and families. “I want to use my position on the Council to empower more people like me on this issue,” he said.

Art and the City - March 2017

Artist Revisit Profile: Ben Tolman

They chase the ambiguities of existence in a boundless zone of suggestion – all possibilities and no answers. Each drawing is his personal exploration, with no attempt to translate it for you. You’re on your own as you search for doubts and dreams in the dangerously seductive intricacies of Ben Tolman drawings.

I wrote that seven years ago. Maybe you, like countless others, have found yourself seduced by Ben’s ever evolving, ever-searching exploration of the mysteries of the ordinary, the familiar.

A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim Magner can be reached at His award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty,” can be acquired through