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August 15th, 2017

Dining Notes - August 2017

It’s August, and according to popular wisdom, Capitol Hill is supposed to be dormant. Not so this year; lots of things are happening, especially on Barracks Row. Porron, a pop-up outpost of Anxo Cidery & Pintos Bar, has arrived at 525 Eighth St. SE. (For 47 years, the space housed Phase 1, the venerable lesbian watering hole, reportedly the city’s oldest gay bar.) Anxo owner Sam Fitz has signed a five-month lease for his cidery, which opened July 7. If things go well, he might stay longer. For now, Porron is only open Thursdays through Saturdays.

An Eastside View: Bigger than Basketball?

A lot has been said about construction of new the Wizards practice basketball facility scheduled to come to the East Campus of St. Elizabeths. The announcement was met with a lot of excitement that a quality development is coming east of the river. Is this good for our community? Let’s see.

Charles E. Wilson is the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 8A05 as well as president and co-founder of the Historic Anacostia Block Association and River East Emerging Leaders. You can read his blog, The Art of WARd8, at www.

August 14th

UPDATED: Authorities Remove Man With Swastika Tattoo From Rumsey Pool

Councilmember Allen Issues Statement Saying 'Symbols of Hate Have No Place in Our Community'

A man with a swastika tattoo on his abdomen was asked to leave by staff at William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center (635 North Carolina Ave SE) at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon. DPR Director Keith Anderson said in a statement issued Monday afternoon that the individual had visible drawings on his body of swastikas, upside-down crosses, and "666". 

This post will be updated with comments from authorities as they are received.

Four Cars Stolen Saturday and Sunday on the Hill

Weekend Crime Blotter

At 8:21 p.m. Friday, there was an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon on the 1900 block of Bennett Place NE.

At 5:00 a.m. Saturday, there was a robbery on the 300 block of Eighth Street SE.

At 10:34 a.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 400 block of Eighth Street SE on charges of Indecent Exposure.

At 5:00 p.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 1900 block of Benning Road NE on charges of Operation of All-Terrain Vehicles and Dirt Bikes.

At 5:37 p.m. Saturday, a car was stolen on the 100 block of Seventh Street NE.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on August 13-14, 2017 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.

Two Souls Adrift: One a Victorian Vixen and the Other a TV-Obsessed Man-Child

At the Movies

Lady Macbeth

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

Bloomingdale Bites - August 2017

Boundary Stone’s Songs of Summer

The Boundary Stone (116 Rhode Island Ave. NW) has expanded its musical footprint and launched the 100% Summer Session Concert Series. While Monday is still reserved for open mic night, the venue has added events on Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer, and plans to continue in the fall. Each Saturday will see a different concert featuring local and regional bands. On Wednesday, owner Colin McDonough plans to mix it up with music education programs and documentary showings.

Taylor Barden Golden is a real estate agent with The Stokes Group at McEnearney Associates. A former Hill staffer, Taylor lives in Brentwood with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. She’s always on the lookout for new places to explore and ways to spend time outside. Get in touch:; @rtaylorb.

Stakeholders Give Views on Future of Closure of Seventh Street SE at EMCAC Meeting

Residents, Merchants and Vendors Give Reasons Why Street Should Be Closed —and Opened—to Traffic

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) Executive had an open meeting Saturday afternoon to discuss the status of Seventh Street SE.

Attendees included merchants from inside the market building, outdoor vendors from the publicly-managed outdoor market on the 200 block of Seventh Street SE and the two privately-managed outdoor ‘flea’ markets on the 300 block of Seventh Street SE, along with Seventh Street SE business owners and residents from the area.

The second EMCAC meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 15 in the North hall of Eastern Market. The North Hall is located at the corner of 7th and North Carolina Ave SE.

The ANC 6B Special Call Meeting takes place after the 7:00 p.m. meeting of the Executive, likely to begin around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday August 29 in the Frager’s Conference Room, 3rd Floor, at The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE).

An earlier version of this article stated that "The outdoor market on the 200 block was born after the 2006 fire at Eastern Market, when the street was closed to accommodate farmers and outdoor merchants." The article has been corrected to reflect the fact that an outdoor market existed before the 2006 fire.

East Side News - August 2017

Mount Vernon Triangle Is for the Dogs

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID), in partnership with Spot on Training, held a special event for man’s best friend, in conjunction with the weekly farmers’ market. Catering to the four-legged population of MVT, Milian Park was transformed into an obstacle course where dogs could jump, catch, and run through tunnels into their owners’ arms.

Taylor Barden Golden is a real estate agent with The Stokes Group at McEnearney Associates. A former Hill staffer, Taylor lives in Brentwood with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. She’s always on the lookout for new places to explore and ways to spend time outside. Get in touch:; @rtaylorb.