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Archive - Nov 11, 2014

Boy Scout Improves Fort Stanton for Eagle Scout Project

Photograph By
Greyson Acquaviva

Greyson Acquaviva lives a few blocks away from Fort Stanton. Built in 1861, Fort Stanton was built to protect the city, particularly the Navy Yard, from the Confederate Army during the Civil War. “If the Confederates were able to get by that fort, the Union probably would have lost,” Acquaviva told the One City Youth blog. However, the fort did not see battle and was abandoned in 1865.

To learn more about Greyson Acquaviva's Eagle Scout Project, visit

Urban Wear Boutique Opens in Anacostia

Over the summer 8 x 11 sheets of paper with a map outlining the city with “District” running along Eastern Avenue and “Culture” running along East Capitol Street covered the glass door and bay windows of 1922 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. “Coming Soon” was the only information for persistent inquisitors walking. Inside, a group of four close friends were hard at work building out interior cabinets and display cases, painting the walls, and installing lights and a security system of a soon-to-open urban wear boutique.

The Future of Congress Heights

Art by the people: Southeast residents stake claim to neighborhood

“Art is something that brings people together,” says Luis Peralta, visual artist and winner of the 2013 East of the River Distinguished Artist award. 

“We may have a lot of differences in our political views, we may have a lot of differences in the way we think about certain neighborhoods,” he continues, “but art is something that everybody can enjoy.” 

For more information on the Ward 8 Art and Culture Council, go to

Gregg Deal And The Team That Can’t Be Named

Daniel Snyder has his finger pointed, commanding you to “Be Honored.” The Washington football team owner is rendered in a 12-foot high, burgundy and gold mural. The artist, Gregg Deal, a member of the Nevada-based Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe, sits in the middle of the room. People dressed as fans wheel around him like a kettle of condors. 

“Get over it, chief,” they say. “You aren’t even a real Indian anyway.”

Jazz Avenues

Rahmat honors Idris

Charles "Rahmat Shabazz" Woods, the D.C. area-based saxophonist, flutist, bandleader and composer honors Idris Muhammad, known for his “broad, inclusive” funk to swing body of work, this month with a special show at Vicino's in Silver Spring.

Brought to you by vocalist and impresario Chad Carter, Monday Night at Vicino's on Nov. 17 features the Charles Rahmat Woods Quartet Plus performing a "Tribute to Idris Muhammad.”

Christopher Farris McKnight

In Your Kitchen
Photograph By
Twyla Alston

Taking in the nostalgia of the transitioning Summer has many joys in DC. However this year I reminisced in a special way with my uncle Christopher McKnight (the youngest of my father Ronald McKnight’s six siblings).  He is a king in his own right.

Black Mosaic Revisited

A recent symposium examines a groundbreaking exhibit and the years since

PHOTO: Panelists discusses the immigration trends in the D.C. metro area of people from the African diaspora over the past two decades at the recently held Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum symposium "Revisiting Our Black Mosaic" co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson Center. (L-R) Patricia Foxen, Deputy Director of Research, National Council of La Raza; Heran Sereke-Brhan, Deputy Director, Office on African Affairs and Kristian Ramos, Public Relations Officer, Office on Latino Affairs, Executive Office of Mayor Vincent C.

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

Proposals Requested for Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club Building

The Department of General Services is now accepting Requests for Proposals for the Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club building at 261 17th Street SE. Representatives from Dante’s Partners Firm and the National Center for Victims of Crime both attended the ANC meeting to briefly present their proposals and ask for community input. Each plan included senior living facilities, which the Eastern Branch Task Force specifically requested back in February.

Excerpted from the October ANC 6B Report.