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April 14th, 2017

The Literary Hill - April 2017

The Gentleman from Ohio

Louis Stokes shined shoes in Depression-era Cleveland to help supplement his mother’s income as a maid. “We were poor as poor and we knew it,” he writes. But his mother encouraged him and his brother Carl to “get something in your head. Be somebody!” And they did.

Art and the City - April 2017

Artist Profile: Fierce Sonia  

The hands … watch the hands. They guide you to the eyes – the compelling gateway to Fierce Sonia’s personal exploration of the mysterious forces of nature. Once you enter, the visual voices lead you to navigate the explosive colors, intricate patterns, and swirling graphic echoes that move you through the images and further into the story.

A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim can be reached at Artandthecity05@aol.com. His award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty,” can be acquired through www.ahauntingbeauty.com.

The Poetic Hill - April 2017

E. Ethelbert Miller has been a DC poet and literary activist for nearly five decades. His important contribution to the local literary scene was recognized in April 2015 with his induction into the Washington, DC. Hall of Fame. The author of several collections of poems and two memoirs, his most recent publication is “The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller,” which brings together more than 300 poems representing his artistic journey. When he recently posted the poem below on Facebook, hundreds of people shared it.

If you would like to have your poem considered for publication, please send it to klyon@literaryhillbookfest.org. (There is no remuneration.)

Setting the Table for Spring

The Wine Girl

Spring is a transitional season for wines. When the weather gets warmer and the mercury in the thermometer starts to climb, we start sipping on the patio and dining alfresco looking for light, elegant, and fresh wine styles.  Look to zesty, dry, high-acid whites like Albariño, Txakolina, and Gruner Veltliner for a refreshing culinary treat.  These tart and crisp whites are low-alcohol and are incredibly versatile and food-friendly.  Pretty pink rosé, especially the light salmon-colored styles from Provence, are also ideal for the season. 

Elyse Genderson is the HBIC at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill.  Visit her at the store to discover wines you love. 

Setting the Table for Spring

The Wine Girl

Spring is a transitional season for wines. When the weather gets warmer and the mercury in the thermometer starts to climb, we start sipping on the patio and dining alfresco looking for light, elegant, and fresh wine styles.  Look to zesty, dry, high-acid whites like Albariño, Txakolina, and Gruner Veltliner for a refreshing culinary treat.  These tart and crisp whites are low-alcohol and are incredibly versatile and food-friendly.  Pretty pink rosé, especially the light salmon-colored styles from Provence, are also ideal for the season. 

Elyse Genderson is the HBIC at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill.  Visit her at the store to discover wines you love. 

Alpha Phi Alpha Mentors Better Men

On a blustery Friday morning, inside Mr. Gentile’s social studies room, 22 middle-school boys sit patiently at their desks waiting for class to start. Yet, this morning’s lesson will not be the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence, and Gentile will not be instructing. As they have for nearly four years, these scholars, selected for their leadership qualities, will be learning how to achieve higher social, economic, and intellectual status.

April 13th

New Trees Coming to Northeast Triangle Park

Plus: Get a $100 Rebate for Planting Trees in DC

A much-beloved triangle park at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NE, Constitution Avenue NE and Seventh Street NE will get a fresh spruce with new trees and care this spring.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C approved a $1,750 grant for Casey Trees to plant seven new trees in the Reservation 84 park to replace the dead or dying trees there. Though the park belongs to the National Park Service — as does many triangle parks scattered across the District — neighbors adjacent the park have agreed to water and care for the trees once planted.

Two Slices of British Pie: One Touching and Tasty, a Second Nervy and Nasty

At the Movies

‘The Sense of an Ending’

Julian Barnes’ “The Sense of an Ending” won the Man Booker Prize as the best English-language novel of 2011. It features an unreliable narrator, Tony Webster, who finds a piece of his past interrupting his unremarkable life. Whether such a novel can work as a film is a good question, and the just-released British movie that takes it on makes a decent effort. (Now in theaters, the film is rated PG-13 and runs 108 minutes.)