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Archive - Jun 2013

June 30th

The Jazz Project

Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover

The Literary Hill

A Wild and Dangerous Place

If ever there was a book for our time, it’s “Cyber Warfare: How Conflicts in Cyberspace Are Challenging America and Changing the World.” Author Paul Rosenzweig explains how computers enable both “increases in productivity and improvements in human welfare” and “a dark side”: the potential for cyber mayhem. From the “daily churning” of cyber thefts to espionage, insurgency, and outright warfare, the threats to the Internet are myriad and, as we have seen recently, quite real.  

Art and the City

Artist Profile: Steven L. Miller

Why do you care about these pictures? Is it the stark black and white contrasts? Carefully balanced compositions? Something about the people? Yes. But something else jumps out. Of course, it’s the gesture, the spontaneous act of living in the moment. But it’s not just any moment that might be caught in a snapshot. You sense that it is an extraordinary instant in their lives. That’s why we care, because Steve Miller cares about these ordinary people and their audacity in demanding their personal moment, their grand reality in that time and place.   

Thoughtful Summer Movies

A Tense, Underplayed Thriller and a Bittersweet Comedy Romp

Shadow Dancer

The late 20th century’s Irish Troubles have been the subject of a number of notable British films in recent years (e.g. “Bloody Sunday,” “The Boxer,” “Some Mother’s Son”). You can add the tight, tense “Shadow Dancer” to that list (now in area theaters, 101 minutes, rated R for language and violence). 

Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. He is the author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at

When Is a Bottle of Wine Bad?

The Wine Guys

Wine drinking should not be stressful; in fact, it should be just the opposite. When, you ask, is drinking wine stressful? When, in a restaurant, the waiter brings you the bottle and shoves it in your face. Is that what I ordered? I can’t even see the vintage without my glasses. The waiter then pulls the cork and places it in front of you. What do you do with it? I suggest you don’t smell it because it probably smells, well, like cork. If you have already had a few cocktails you can put it in your ear, but it’s probably best to leave it on the table. 

Felix Milner is new-media manager at Schneider's of Capitol Hill’s and a wine student studying for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma, a prerequisite for the Institute of Master of Wine.

Dining Notes

Déjà vu all over again. Six years ago our beloved Eastern Market burned down. Last month our cherished 90-year-old Frager’s Hardware, 11th and Pennsylvania Ave. SE, also succumbed to fire. In the smoldering aftermath we spoke to neighboring restaurateurs. 

Hot Diggity Dog!

Howlin’ Happy Hours on the Hill

Feeling guilty about leaving Rover at home when you head out to happy hour or a bite to eat after work? With the dog days of summer upon us you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of watering holes with outdoor patios around town that cater to both canines and their human counterparts, including several that offer special doggie happy hours.

Here is a roundup of Hill “Yappy Hour” and other four-legged-friend-friendly destinations within dog-walking distance of the Capitol that are worth howling over.

Capitol Hill Residential Market

First Half of 2013

As we wrap up the first half of 2013 the Capitol Hill residential sales market is looking very good. In the $1.0 million+ market we are on track to exceed last year’s record sales of 48. So far this year properties over $500,000 exceed 600 annualized. On the other end of the price spectrum fewer than 20 properties sold for under $300,000 (and that is stretching all the way to Florida Avenue). The median price for all of Capitol Hill is running at $650,000, and within the Historic District it is much higher (I will run the data at the end of June).

Don Denton is branch vice president of Capitol Hill Coldwell Banker and proud St. Peter’s School parent.