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August 16th, 2017

The Poetic Hill - August 2017

Brenda D. Hudson has been writing poetry and songs since she was nine years old, and says that writing has always been a way for her to express her creativity. Her inspirations are as diverse as her poetry. She has had work published, including a poem that appeared here in 2015, “You Don’t Get to Define Me!” She hopes someday to compile an anthology of her work, but reports that she is currently “literally fighting for my life as I have an advanced stage of breast cancer.”

But you can’t put sugar on it!

If you would like to have your poem considered for publication, please send it to (There is no remuneration.)

Depeche Art - August 2017

East City Art’s Mid-City Gallery Exhibitions and News

Foundry Gallery

Foundry Gallery will exhibit the works of Ric Garcia and Fierce Sonia in an exhibition entitled “Dynamic Duos: Power and Form.” As one would expect with a title focused on superhero references, the artists have endeavored to produce an exhibition replete with imagery harkening back to the days when cartoons dominated the airwaves on Saturday mornings. However, beyond the strength and power associated with superheroes, the artists have chosen to take a different twist on the subject of struggle, power, and heroism. 

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

The Literary Hill - August 2017

Wading Into the Fray

Once a land is gone, what becomes of its nationality? How can a citizenry exist without a country? And what are we going to do with the millions of people expected to flee adverse environmental conditions in the coming decades?

Insatiable - August 2017

Ari’s Art Deco

We’d been meaning to try out Ari’s Diner in Ivy City. The first time we visited, every seat was taken. But the next time, for lunch, we practically had the place to ourselves. The appealing decor is Art Deco, with gleaming aluminum trim, nifty light fixtures, and wide, comfy booths and counter stools. Chef Miguel Rosario’s kitchen turns out better-than-decent diner fare, with all-day breakfast plus healthy options like salads (including a summery watermelon version), burgers, and sandwiches.

August 15th

RFK Campus Block Party Takes Place Sunday August 20

Celebrate the Redecorated Skate Park, the End of Summer and the Start of the School Year

Change keeps coming to the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium Campus. For the past six weeks, the Skate Park at RFK has been closed for a transformation by local artist Naturel.

Co-designed by a pro skater, this 15,000-square-foot attraction has been called the top skate park in the DC area. Skaters of all ages and skill levels use it, and families enjoy watching the action.

A release for print publication previously listed the date of the event as Saturday August 19th.

Events DC has confirmed the RFK Campus Block Party will take place Sunday August 20, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bright and Lively Spanish Whites

The Wine Girl - August 2017

This August, discover the bright white wines from Spain offering diversity, lively freshness, and best of all, value.  Every day my customers ask me, “what are the best value white wines?”  I recommend looking to lesser-known regions and varietals rather than the established high-status regions, which always fetch a higher price tag.

Visit Elyse at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill to discover wines you love.

Time for Change

Events DC Advances Plans for RFK Site

Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium opened in 1961 and has been the home for numerous events as well as the District’s major league baseball, football and, currently, the DC United soccer team. But DC United is expected to move to their new stadium in Buzzard Point next year.

The time seems opportune for change, and the community has long been eager for the nearly 80 acres of parking lot that surrounds the outdated building to be converted into green or recreational fields.

For the People, By the People: Building A Community Grocery Cooperative

Residents Plan Co-op to Address Problem of Food Access

Tired of waiting for action from District Government, a small group of Anacostia residents has decided to take food access east of the river into their own hands. In March 2016, the Community Grocery Cooperative (CGC) was incorporated by board members Ginia Avery, Clarice Manning and Damian Bascom. Its mission is to provide better access to food and knowledge about health and nutrition as well as a timely process to get these needs addressed.

Email the Community Grocery Cooperative at communitygrocerycooop@gmail.comor find them on Facebook at, or visit them Saturday August 19th at Good Hope Family Community Day