East of the River

04/26/2017 - 9:44am
Guidelines and applications are now available for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) FY18 grant programs for the spring/summer application cycle.   Grants currently available for individuals include: Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (deadline,  May 26); Projects, Events or Festivals-Cycle 1 ( deadline, June 9); Public Art Building Communities-Cycle 1 (deadline, June 16); Art Bank: The Washingtonia Collection (Deadline, June 23).   Grants currently available... >>more
04/15/2017 - 10:12am
Spring is finally upon us! Look out for strawberries, blueberries, and all sorts of delightful springtime favorites later this year. The frost was light and came late, so many of us gardener and farmer types have already planted our early season crops and will be ready to reap shortly. But what about those of us who just can’t wait for May? Or for us vegans who struggle to keep fresh produce in our diets during the winter months? I am one of those people and I take to indoor gardening to... >>more
04/15/2017 - 9:11am
We Appreciate Buck Hill “[Billy] Hart remembers that Sonny Stitt always asked for Hill to be part of his group when Sonny would come to Washington, much as Milt Jackson has done in the same situation in recent years ... He also played with Gene Ammons ... and Miles ... even when Coltrane was in the band, Dizzy wanted Buck to go on the road with him ..." ―Ira Gitler, liner notes for “SCOPE” with the Buck Hill Quartet, SteepleChase Records, 1979 Our man with the golden horn... >>more
04/14/2017 - 10:12am
With more than 100 unique objects, 200 hundred photographs, documentary films, architectural fragments, and a replica of the Center Building, visitors can walk through the National Building Museum's recently opened exhibit, “Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths, 1852-2017.” It takes you back in time and place. Outside the exhibit’s entrance is a timeline of the institution’s development that features a topographical map from 1860, site plans from 1895, and a... >>more
04/14/2017 - 9:10am
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... >>more
04/12/2017 - 10:12am
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. Tours began in 2008... >>more
04/12/2017 - 9:12am
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... >>more
04/10/2017 - 11:38am
DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Mayor Muriel Bowser have become embroiled in an intense and heated battle with Sanford Capital and its subsidiaries Terrace Manor LLC and Oakmont Management Group LLC. This major landlord, headed by Aubrey Nowell Carter, has built its DC business renting to low-income residents. Its apartments are substandard and some even lack heating or air-conditioning. In others, inspections have uncovered sewage leaking from the ceiling while rodents scurried through... >>more
04/10/2017 - 10:12am
Shanya Lesane thought she would give law a try as a career after she graduates from Ballou High School (3401 Fourth St. SE) in Ward 8. The 11th-grade student has several family members in the profession and it seemed like a reasonable choice. But she had a chance to participate in the extensive events industry in the heart of DC through a program called EnventU with Ballou’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. Now she sees her future taking a new path. “Before I knew about EnventU,... >>more