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The New School on the Block

Kids & Family - 2 hours 44 min ago
By Paul Rivas

There’s a new high school in town, and it’s not like the others.

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New Sounds for a New School Year at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Kids & Family - 3 hours 14 min ago
By Hannah Jacobson, with Chris Bulbulia

Did you hear that sound, Capitol Hill-ians? A scale here, a few notes of an American folk song there. A jazzy piano chordresounding, young voices rising. It’s floating over from 7th and G streets SE. You know it has to be Capitol Hill Arts Workshop(CHAW) with the colorful columns and countless arts opportunities happening day and night.This sound is just a little bit new, though, and it’s because what you’re hearing is a melodious collection of voices from a new resident of CHAW – American Youth Chorus.

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Making the Education Choice: Three Stories

Kids & Family - 3 hours 43 min ago
By María Helena Carey

From the time parents bring their baby home to the moment when the no-longer baby leaves the nest, endless educational choices arise and invite judgment. Choosing a school for your children involves multiple factors: educational philosophy, location, and family size. As the children mature, extracurricular activities and personal preference, far more than parental input, often determine the choice of a high school.

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The Literary Hill

The Arts - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:10pm
By Karen Lyon

Only Connect

Does the Internet simply extend existing politics or can it transform them? This is the provocative question posed by Irene S. Wu in her new book, “Forging Trust Communities.” She hints at the answer in her subtitle: “How Technology Changes Politics.”

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Categories: The Arts

Art and the City

The Arts - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:42am
By Jim Magner

It’s the idea of an idea. The sense of a sense. Is it a flag? A sail? Yeah, sort of. Or Not. It could be about how the wind and sail are interacting. The only thing that matters is that it’s a place where Champneys Taylor wants to be. Peacefully.

The true subject is optical space. Seeing the spaces among the spaces. Seeing the pieces of thought settle themselves and then move to a new balance, assembling a fresh idea.

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Second Look: The Annual List of Films That Got Away

The Arts - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:11am
By Mike Canning

As usual, this September column takes a look back at movies “That Got Away,” feature films little noticed or publicized when first released. This selection avoids mainstream Hollywood fare in favor of films that offered something distinctive, discriminating, or offbeat. Most of the films mentioned below had short runs and had very modest box office returns.

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Don’t Wait to Dive In

The Arts - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:42am
By Barbara Wells

This fall, DC’s flourishing theater community rolls out plans for a staggering array of productions. From the Shakespeare canon to American musical standards to world premieres, the Washington area has it all — in fact, too much for anyone who can’t make theater-going a full-time job.

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Cognac: The Excellence of Eaux de Vie

Dining - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:12am
By Lilia Coffin

The grape-growing region of Cognac has been reaping the benefits of its ideal setting for hundreds of years. The production and sale of eaux de vie made from the local grapes has been ongoing since roughly the 13th century. Mastery of oak aging and blending over the years has made cognac a world renowned French export. And there is so much more to it than Hennessy and Courvoisier.

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Dining Notes

Dining - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:42am
By Celeste McCall Photograph By Celeste McCall

As summer gives way to fall, things are hopping along Barracks Row. First a quick facelift. Wow, that was fast! The Chesapeake Room, 501 8th St. SE, has reopened after just five weeks with a new look plus a new, shortened menu. A huge Phantom-of-the-Opera chandelier sparkles overhead. White tablecloths add a dressier air. The bar looks wider because lamps have been removed. We could have comfortably dined there, but evening breezes beckoned us to outdoor seating. There we sampled chef Scott Robison’s Southern-influenced fare.

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Catania Bakery

Dining - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:11am
By Annette Nielsen Photograph By Annette Nielsen

6880: Jose Reyes moves the bread out of the 14-tiered, 1948-era oven. The bread baking operation takes place every day to supply many restaurants and Italian delis in the region. Photo: Annette Nielsen

6979 AND 6995: Rebecca Bardet and her daughter Olivia keep a Saturday tradition of visits to Catania Bakery to enjoy their favorite bread. Photo: Annette Nielsen

6904: Santos Reyes and Oscar Canales sprinkle the wooden baking peels with corn meal before the unbaked loaves are placed. Photo: Annette Nielsen

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National Book Festival Features Children's Authors

Kids & Family - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:00am
The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival is at the Washington Convention Center on Sat., Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.). From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., approximately 150 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations in pavilions dedicated to Children; Teens; Picture Books; Biography & Memoir; Contemporary Life; Culinary Arts; Fiction; History; International Programs; Mysteries, Thrillers & Science Fiction; Poetry & Prose; Science; and Special Programs. Special evening activities begin at 6 p.m.

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National Book Festival Features Children's Authors

Kids & Family - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:00am
The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival is at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.). From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., approximately 150 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations in pavilions dedicated to Children; Teens; Picture Books; Biography & Memoir; Contemporary Life; Culinary Arts; Fiction; History; International Programs; Mysteries, Thrillers & Science Fiction; Poetry & Prose; Science; and Special Programs. Special evening activities begin at 6 p.m.

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First District Crime and Crime Trends Meeting

Neighborhood News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 2:12pm
The First District Police Citizens Advisory Council, Inc. (CAC) will convene the Fall session on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a district wide discussion of crime analysis on how, Part I (felonies reported to the FBI) and Part II (misdemeanor crime) is affecting the neighborhoods within the First District. The First District CAC has requested a detailed analysis of these crimes from the Metropolitan Police Department. They are also asking US Capitol Police, US Park Police and Metro Transit Police to weigh in crime trends.

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Categories: Neighborhood News

Shooting in Southwest

Neighborhood News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 1:52pm
By Andrew Lightman

At 6:45 p.m. last night, there was a shooting on the 900 block of Third St. SW. Police investigating discovered a 13-year-old girl and a adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims are expected to recover.

According to police sources, the shooting was not random. However, the young girl, who was heading home from the Southwest Library, was not targeted.

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The Eastern Market Report

Neighborhood News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 1:45pm
By Peter Waldron

Financial Report

The Eastern Market’s June revenues were $66,000, according to the Manager’s Report read during the July meeting of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC). South Hall rents were $19, 676. North Hall revenue of $5737 was substantially lower than the annually forecasted $300,000. Exhibitor and Farmer’s Line revenue averaged $3489 for each weekend business day. The North Hall as required by legislation had a “community use of 250-270 hours per month.”

Crumbling Facade

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What We Know about Charter School Finances

Neighborhood News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 1:12pm
By Soumya Bhat

Public charter schools serve almost half of all public school students in the District. They receive over $600 million in local resources from the DC government each year. So, understanding how charter schools spend these resources is important for both parents choosing a school and policymakers responsible for their financial oversight.

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Crossing The River

Neighborhood News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:42pm
By Jonetta Rose Barras

District politicians famously promise, primarily through sloganeering, to connect communities. Their delivery often falls short; neighborhoods remain mostly a string of silos. Former Mayor Vincent C. Gray, for example, repeated with passion his “One City” mantra. Instead of being the sealant people wished for, he proved to be more divisive than his predecessor, albeit for different reasons.

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Dear Garden Lady

Homes & Gardens - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:10pm
By Wendy Blair & The Capitol Hill Garden Club

My oriental lilies are now hidden and need to be planted closer to the house. Can you advise about when and how to transplant them?

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Categories: Homes & Gardens

The ABCs of Zoning

Neighborhood News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:45am
By Ken Jarboe

Attend any meeting on zoning and you will be confronted with a barrage of acronyms: BZA, ZC, PUD, OP, DCRA, OZ, ZA, ZRR, ANC, R-4, C-2-A. It's enough to confuse even those in this town use to the governmental alphabet soup.

Before confronting the nomenclature, let's start at the basics: building permits, zoning and land use planning regulations. Land use planning regulations are the end point and building permits are the mechanism. The intermediate step is the work of zoning.

Yes! There is a Plan

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The ABCs of Zoning

Homes & Gardens - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:45am
By Ken Jarboe

Attend any meeting on zoning and you will be confronted with a barrage of acronyms: BZA, ZC, PUD, OP, DCRA, OZ, ZA, ZRR, ANC, R-4, C-2-A. It's enough to confuse even those in this town use to the governmental alphabet soup.

Before confronting the nomenclature, let's start at the basics: building permits, zoning and land use planning regulations. Land use planning regulations are the end point and building permits are the mechanism. The intermediate step is the work of zoning.

Yes! There is a Plan

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Categories: Homes & Gardens
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