East of the River

11/19/2016 - 9:10am
Happy Happy Teddy Wilson! Just happened to be enjoying the classic CD “Pres and Teddy” by the Lester Young-Teddy Wilson Quartet (Verve, 1956), focusing on the exquisiteness of Wilson’s piano playing, and realized Wilson (1912-86) is one of our birthday heroes this month, and his day, Nov. 24, is also Thanksgiving Day. From the book “Jazz,” by Mervyn Cooke (Thames and Hudson, 1998): “[Benny] Goodman began making a name for himself in July 1935 when he recorded... >>more
11/17/2016 - 10:12am
The Washington Ballet (TWB) offers a wide range of adult classes designed to promote excellent physical technique, strength, and flexibility in a non-competitive atmosphere that allows individuals and groups to connect with friends and loved ones and meet new people. “I started taking adult classes with TWB to meet new people and do something different – something out of my normal routine, and I am excited to be here,” stated one of the class attendees. After my dance partner... >>more
11/17/2016 - 9:12am
“The Backyard of Derek Webster’s Imagination,” currently on view at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (ACM), exhibits works by self-taught artist Derek Webster (1934-2009). All works come from the ACM’s Regenia A. Perry Folk Art Collection. Curated by Nada Alaradi, the exhibit provides biographical information with an emphasis on Webster’s life as an artist, while highlighting works from various periods in his artistic career. A 20-minute video interview... >>more
11/15/2016 - 9:21am
“This is a healing model for us as a community,” said April Goggans, looking out on a candle-lit circle of community members outside Marbury Plaza on Nov. 1. The vigil marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Alonzo (Zo) Fiero Smith, age 27, following an encounter with special police officers (SPOs) at the apartment complex, 2300 Good Hope Road SE. The vigil brought together Zo's family, friends, and neighbors as well as members of supporting organizations: Coalition of... >>more
11/13/2016 - 9:12am
DC At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds has picked a fight with the city’s landlords, hitting them where they are likely to hurt most: in their wallets. She has introduced or co-introduced several legislative proposals destined to reform the city’s rent-control law, including the Rental Housing Affordability Stabilization Act of 2016, which would recalculate annual allowable increases on apartments and discontinue hikes in rents on vacant units. Realtors and apartment owners crowded... >>more
11/12/2016 - 10:15am
It looks like DC may consider scrapping a welfare time limit that threatened to leave thousands of families with children without cash resources to pay for rent, school uniforms, transportation, and other basic needs.  A Working Group convened by Mayor Bowser concluded that the District needs a stronger safety net for children. Twenty years of federal welfare reform – known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF – has shown that that strict time limits often fall on... >>more
11/03/2016 - 11:55am
“I hate for people to ask how I'm doing because there's always something wrong,” declares Sonjiah Davis with a deep sigh. “When I wake up in the morning it's like waking up with the flu. It takes me about half an hour to an hour just to get out of bed. I'm never 100 percent better.” How does a vibrant young woman go from being a dancer and yoga teacher to struggling with getting out of bed in the morning? Why can't a physician explain what's going... >>more
10/13/2016 - 9:12am
Consider this scenario: A Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer stops to talk with a group of high school students in Ward 8. Neighbors had reported suspicious behavior from the group, so the officer drove by to see. But the students push back at the officer’s offer to talk and accuse him of not knowing what it’s like to grow up in the area. The officer responds that actually, he does know. He graduated from Anacostia High School (1601 16th St. SE) before joining the force.... >>more
10/13/2016 - 8:10am
Tucked between the homes of residents in the Anacostia Historic District sit a number of blighted, boarded up and falling apart homes. People have tagged the doors and windows with spray paint, rust and stains mar the paint along the rooflines and the most yard care each sees is an occasional mow.    No on lives in these District-owned homes and the cost to repair them would be considerable.    DC City Council Chair Phil Mendelson introduced a bill in the July that could... >>more