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Archive - Mar 2014


Hill Center Presents Top Chef Contestant, Spike Mendelsohn With Vietnamese Cooking Class

Small Bites

You have a chance to learn from the talented Spike Mendelsohn at Hill Center on April 19th at 11 am when he will share some of his favorite Vietnamese recipes. This Capitol Hill restaurateur (Good Stuff Eatery, Béarnaise and We, The Pizza) and Culinary Institute of America grad, has worked for the culinary greats (Thomas Keller of French Laundry, Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque, and Drew Neiporent’s New York-based Mai House), but also spent time cooking his way through Vietnam.

March 30th

The Infamous Stringdusters Turn a Rainy Evening into a “Starry Night”

Photograph By
Emily Haynes

The rain did little to deter the concertgoers from eagerly lining up outside the 9:30 Club for The Infamous Stringdusters’s show on Saturday evening. The Charlottesville-based bluegrass band, in town to close out the first half of the tour promoting their upcoming album, Let It Go (High Country Recordings, April 1), drew a multi-generational crowd that filled the intimate venue with the kind of hooting and hollering that denotes a successful bluegrass concert.

The Infamous Stringdusters' newest album, "Let It Go" (High Country Recordings), will be released on April 1.

March 28th

Barracks Row Entertainment Files for Chapter 11

According to The Wall Street Journal, Barracks Row Entertainment, a Baltimore based corporation, owner of the Hawk'n'Dove, Pacifico. The Park Tavern, The Chesapeake Room, Molly Malone's, Lola's and a number of other Capitol Hill establishments, has filed for Chapter 11 protection in US Bankruptcy Court in the District.

Diogenes in the District

The ancient cynic Diogenes is said to have wandered the streets of Athens holding forth a burning oil lamp "in search of an honest man." One wonders how old Diogenes would fare in modern-day Washington, where the local political regime has been roiled, thinned and often jailed due to behavior so imbued with dishonesty as to make an honest man (or woman) an elusive rarity indeed.

James M. Loots is a long-time Capitol Hill resident and attorney.

Let’s Meet in the Middle (School)

EV's Education Corner

Recently District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson released an outline of baseline courses that must be taken by all DCPS middle school students. She has pledged millions of dollars to help improve the current state of the city’s middle schools. You can read more about the Chancellor’s plans.

E.V. Downey is the principal educational consultant at Downey School Consulting, where she consults on public, charter, private, and special needs school choices and issues. She started consulting after years of teaching kids of all ages and working in private school administration. A graduate of DC Public Schools, E.V. lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and 2 children.

Save Korean Dogs From Being Dinner

The South Korean Dog Meat Trade

Cultural Factors

Rosalyn Morrison is a Hill resident, who works on Governmental Affairs at The Animal Welfare Institute.

Tasting on Mardi Gras

The Lager Lady Visits the Crescent City Brewhouse

There are several similarities that unite the two cities of New Orleans and Washington DC; passionate football fans, historic importance and a love for great beer. The most importance difference between these two great cities, however, is the wondrous celebration known as Mardi Gras. Dating back to medieval Europe, this day is also known as Fat Tuesday and is celebrated in different forms in cities around the world.

Keep your eyes peeled for more adventurers of the Lager Lady as she drinks her way through DC's rich beer culture.

Summary of ANC 6B March Meeting

The District Department of the Environment and TetraTech, an environmental consulting firm, presented a short slideshow with information about the Anacostia River Sediment Project. The two organizations are in the process of finalizing a remedial investigation work plan and a community involvement plan in a project whose ultimate goal is to make the Anacostia swimmable and fishable. They are collecting community feedback until March 19th, will conduct stakeholder interviews in April and May, and publish a review and analysis of public comments in late May.