East of the River

10/13/2016 - 10:12am
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 - 9:10am
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
10/12/2016 - 5:08pm
Students in Ward 8 got a visit from tennis star Andre Agassi at the newly founded Rocketship Rise Academy Charter School (2335 Raynolds Place SE) on Oct. 11. Agassi and his Turner-Agassi Chart School Facilities Fund with the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation supported the development of Rocketship Education’s first East Coast school at the Ruth Rales Campus. He stopped by the school to celebrate the opening with the students. The new school will grow to teach more than 750 children in pre-... >>more
10/12/2016 - 11:10am
KenCen Jazz Returns with a Bang After a much-deserved summer vacation, jazz returns to the Kennedy Center this month under the direction of artistic director Jason Moran with a star-studded lineup.  Jane Ira Bloom, the 2016 Jazz Journalists Association Soprano Saxophonist of the Year, appears at the Terrace Gallery on Oct. 14 with her show “Wild Lines: Jane Ira Bloom Plays Emily Dickinson.” Pianist Fred Hirsch brings a trio to the Terrace Gallery on Oct. 15 with the Harlem... >>more
10/12/2016 - 10:12am
Twice a week for an hour a small group of students from Wards 7 and 8 get a chance to explore the arts – performance, music, visual, and more. Deonte Smith is one of them, a veteran of the Anacostia Gracious Arts Program (AGAP). Growing up in a part of DC that people often write off as dangerous, he has thrived in the program to develop his skills as a dancer and vocalist. “AGAP helped me a lot with my character,” he said. “As I got older, I was able to teach younger... >>more
10/12/2016 - 9:10am
In the final weeks of a steamy summer, one theater season breathed its last as another shows the first signs of life. Although the 2016-17 season and its creative teams and casts are still taking shape, initial season announcements provide a peek at a host of outstanding actors – famous and little-known – in intriguing roles. That’s the joy of DC theater: watching some of our country’s greatest stage actors inhabit new characters.  More casting of familiar actors... >>more
10/10/2016 - 10:10am
“If the council and [the mayor] were serious about affordable housing, they would finalize the regulations for DOPA [the District Opportunity Purchase Act],” said Will Merrifield, staff attorney for the Affordable Housing Initiative of the Legal Clinic for the Homeless. For more than two years, he has been representing low-income, elderly and disabled residents living in apartments in Ward 8’s Congress Heights. When DOPA was approved in 2008 by the DC Council, it gave the... >>more
10/10/2016 - 9:10am
An economic recovery is supposed to help more and more people the longer it lasts —  but that’s not happening in DC. Our economy has been rebounding since 2010, and income for the typical DC household has jumped a lot, following a nationwide trend. Yet this growth has not reduced poverty. Over 110,000 DC residents lived in poverty in 2015, according to new Census figures — that’s 18,500 more than in 2007. The District’s black residents are bearing the brunt of... >>more
10/03/2016 - 4:30pm
Cassandra Pinkney, educator and founder of the Eagle Academy Public Charter School, passed away on Friday, Sept. 30 at age 68 of unexpected complications from surgery. Pinkney, a native Washingtonian, was a well-known champion of early childhood education. She had a 30-year career in public and public charter schools in DC and Prince George’s County. “Cassandra represented the best among our city’s and nation’s educators and school leaders,” said Stefan Huh,... >>more