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April 13th, 2017

Depeche Art - April 2017

East City Art’s Mid-City Gallery Exhibitions and News

Fathom Gallery

Just as the title of his latest series implies, DC-based artist Stephen Benedicto’s “Convergence” amalgamates his past work into a common whole. The artist has long-held a fascination with the technical aspects of his work. “Convergence” examines the technical aspects of light and the interaction of audiences with visual art in an age of technological distraction.

Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, dedicated to DC’s visual arts. For more information visit

Insatiable - April 2017

The other day, husband Peter and I visited a friend/colleague in Brookland who was recuperating from open heart surgery. Beforehand we lunched nearby at an old favorite, San Antonio Bar & Grill. Years ago the space housed Ellis Island, operated by a longtime friend, Hugh Kelly. He also owned the Irish Times (near Union Station), before retiring and handing it over to son Brendan. Kelly sold Ellis Island, which eventually became San Antonio Bar & Grill.

April 12th

Hill Native on 'The Voice'

Malik Davage Finished on the Show Monday

A Hill neighbor, who made it all the way to NBC’s “The Voice” vocal competition, finished his run on the show April 10. Malik Davage, 23 of the Hill East community in Southeast, lost in the show’s “battle round” to another competitor.

But not before stealing viewer’s ears and hearts with his voice on the nationally televised show. Davage sang with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, and won the musical star over with his first song “Sure Thing” by singer-songwriter Miguel.

Tours of St. Elizabeths West Campus

Buildout Slow in Coming

On my first tour of the West Campus of St. Elizabeths nearly a decade ago, the only movement was an occasional flyover by a flock of birds. A couple years later, dump trucks rumbled through the grounds. On a visit last month, police and bomb-sniffing dogs greeted guests, three cranes swung overhead, pallets of bricks were numerous, the zing of electric saws buzzed through a number of buildings, and the ring of hammers pelted the ears of nearly 100 interested tour-goers.

Dining Notes

Coming Soon

This spring, watch for The Salt Line, at 79 Potomac Ave. SE, a New England-style fish house on the waterfront across from Nationals Park. Sprawled in the Dock 79 development, the 3,500-square space will have an expansive dining room, outdoor seating, private party space, and riverfront bar.

DC Prep Brings Life Back to Historic Anacostia School

The former Our Lady of Perpetual Help School at 1409 V St. SE, built more than a century ago as the parish school of nearby St. Teresa of Avila, will welcome its first class of students in a decade as DC Prep opens its new Anacostia Elementary Campus (AEC) this fall. The Archdiocese of Washington (ADW) closed the school in 2007 due to low enrollment. DC Prep acquired the 18,000 square-foot, three-story building from ADW and broke ground last October on a $24-million project that will include two new wings, adding 32,000 square feet of learning and community gathering spaces.

Capitol Roots

A Musical Hall of Mirrors

I Draw Slow is a musical house of mirrors – an Irish band playing original songs influenced by American roots music that draws on Celtic traditions. Whether the members of the band are from Deep Gap or Dublin is ultimately beside the point, because they play old-time music authentically and with conviction. They’ll perform a free outdoor concert at the Hill Center on April 30 at 4 p.m., in support of their new record, “Turn Your Face to the Sun.”

April 11th

Help Spay, Neuter Feral Community Cats

The Humane Rescue Alliance Offers DC a Free Service

Living in a city means living with animals that may need help or live on the streets — including feral cats. Among its many services, the Washington Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) helps spay or neuter and vaccinate the cats on the streets.

HRA offers its CatNiPP service for DC, which helps prevent the breeding of cats and the spread of diseases like rabies. Treated cats are released back onto the streets with a nicked or tipped ear so that people can identify those that have received the care.