Mid-City DC

04/27/2017 - 12:00am
Guidelines and applications are now available for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) FY18 grant programs for the spring/summer application cycle.   Grants currently available for individuals include: Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (deadline,  May 26); Projects, Events or Festivals-Cycle 1 ( deadline, June 9); Public Art Building Communities-Cycle 1 (deadline, June 16); Art Bank: The Washingtonia Collection (Deadline, June 23).   Grants currently available... >>more
04/13/2017 - 10:12am
Fathom Gallery Just as the title of his latest series implies, DC-based artist Stephen Benedicto’s “Convergence” amalgamates his past work into a common whole. The artist has long-held a fascination with the technical aspects of his work. “Convergence” examines the technical aspects of light and the interaction of audiences with visual art in an age of technological distraction. Benedicto’s current series manipulates light into simple and reminiscent forms,... >>more
04/13/2017 - 9:12am
The other day, husband Peter and I visited a friend/colleague in Brookland who was recuperating from open heart surgery. Beforehand we lunched nearby at an old favorite, San Antonio Bar & Grill. Years ago the space housed Ellis Island, operated by a longtime friend, Hugh Kelly. He also owned the Irish Times (near Union Station), before retiring and handing it over to son Brendan. Kelly sold Ellis Island, which eventually became San Antonio Bar & Grill. The facade and interior have been... >>more
04/11/2017 - 10:12am
Shaw Main Streets Holds Annual Meeting Shaw Main Streets held its annual meeting at the Marriott Marquis hotel the evening of March 21. Board Chair Gretchen Wharton and Executive Director Alexander Padro started the meeting by recounting the accomplishments of the organization over the past year. Shaw saw 40 new businesses open in 2016, bringing 355 new jobs to the neighborhood. Perhaps the biggest milestone, however, was getting the Great American Main Streets Award from the National Main... >>more
04/11/2017 - 9:12am
As spring hits the District, there are plenty of things we can expect: more sunlight, warmer temperatures, and of course, tourists. And early Aprilwill also bring the release of Mayor Bowser's annual budget, which will help shape the District's spending priorities for the coming year. DC’s economy is generating more tax revenues, which the mayor could use to help meet the needs of a growing city: educating a growing number of students, rebuilding Metro, coping with the loss of... >>more
04/08/2017 - 11:11am
Developers and renovation projects in the District could get financial assistance from the city to prioritize “green” installations through a new bill Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed on March 15. The legislation would establish the nation’s first municipal “green bank.” Mayor Bowser has proposed that the District invest $7 million per year for five years to fund a Green Bank from a transfer of existing and future allotments in the Renewable Energy Development Fund (... >>more
04/08/2017 - 10:12am
“Can I recycle this?” As an avid and self-promoting recycler residing in the District, I dread this question. Unfortunately, and for too long, the answer in DC has been, “It depends.” “It depends” depends on where you intend to recycle the item and what the “material processing facility” (MRF, fondly pronounced “merf”) – the recycling company that services that recycling bin – will accept as a recyclable product. While... >>more
04/08/2017 - 9:12am
While “statehood” and voting representation in Congress continue to elude residents, in February DC gained a state fish and more authority to protect its natural resources. In signing the Fisheries and Wildlife Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser granted the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) more authority to protect natural resources, oversee recreational fishing, and increase environmental protections for aquatic life, wetlands, and shorelines.... >>more
03/17/2017 - 11:12am
Health and Fitness “We were looking for an opportunity to have a health focus in the neighborhood. There are some resources out there, but they’re not together in one place. This is a great opportunity for people with health-focused goals to come together.” Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) President Teri Janine Quinn offered those words to a dozen locals who gathered at Bloomingdale’s Big Bear Cafe at the Feb. 13 inaugural meeting of the Bloomingdale Health and... >>more