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01/29/2015 - 11:36am
As DC lawmakers consider legislation to implement an inspection program for rail freight passing through the Nation's Capital, the question naturally arises: What has the local government historically done to protect communities and historic structures from a catastrophic train wreck or toxic spill? The answer, unsettling as it may sound, is: Not much. CSX Transportation, the company that owns, operates and maintains some 70 miles of track in the District, says it handles 375,000 carloads... >>more
05/02/2016 - 2:24pm
Jonathan Lewis is an international Hill poet whose poetry has been published in five countries. In 2015, he received a Reader’s Award from Orbis Literary Journal. Most recently, his poem titled “Jökull” (“glacier”), inspired by a trip to Iceland, appeared in The Icelandic Connection. You can also read his articles on unusual and quirky DC history in the Hill Rag. His inspiration for the poem below, whose name is the Japanese term for “flower viewing... >>more
05/02/2016 - 2:12pm
BookFest 2016! We promised you a bigger, better BookFest in 2016 and we’re as good as our word. Come to Eastern Market on May 1 and see for yourselves! Here are some highlights. More than 40 authors will be on hand to chat and sign copies of their books. We’ll be showcasing a remarkable line-up of local literary talent, from memoirists, novelists, and poets to children’s writers, politicos, chefs, and historians. Gene Weingarten and Louis Bayard are back, and we’re... >>more
05/02/2016 - 1:42pm
Native Washingtonians have an unmatched perspective of this city as they have seen enormous changes take place since the turn of the 21st century. With the vertiginous pace of development in the past decade, many have sought to make sense of this experience by documenting the change they’re seeing. Within this framework, Mount Pleasant resident Diriki Rice, who grew up in Adams Morgan, has, through the photographic lens, captured the city’s evolution first through its architecture,... >>more
05/02/2016 - 1:11pm
“What you notice first are the visual rhythms. Forms move and jump. Light rises from bottom to top and touches each shape as it dances to the painted music. Keep looking and you begin to see things you recognize … a chair or a vase. Maybe several of them. Look some more and you see whatever you want to see.” I wrote that 14 years ago. The visual rhythms of Tati Kaupp still float and jump. They still search for the bright colors of excitement and huddle in the deep hues of... >>more
05/02/2016 - 12:45pm
Fireworks Wednesday Since the 1990s, Iranian cinema, relatively unknown before and after the Iranian Revolution (1979), has produced a complex mix of movies from a series of able director/writers who craft personal, domestic dramas of high quality. Though still little seen in the West, some of these films (and their filmmakers) have been able to reach wider audiences at international venues. Notable among this new wave is Asghar Farhadi, writer/director of the newly released “Fireworks... >>more
05/02/2016 - 12:12pm
The rolling hills of Tuscany surrounding Florence have produced some of Italy’s most renowned wines since the Etruscans ruled in the eighth century. The regions of Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are all nestled just inland of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the warm, Mediterranean climate. While they produce some of the country’s best DOC and DOCG classified wines, they are also the first region to rebel against the regulations in order to produce what they... >>more
05/02/2016 - 11:48am
Man Attacked by Group of Youth A man was robbed by a group of six to ten youth on the 900 block of 13th Street NE around 10:25 p.m. on April 30. The group surrounded the man, stole his cellphone, punched him in the face and then fled. Package Thief Caught on Unit Block of Ninth NE Police caught and arrested a man stealing a USPS package on the unit block of Ninth Street NE around 1 p.m. on Thursday. This is the latest in a string of package thefts in the Capitol Hill area. In Other News At 8:20... >>more
05/02/2016 - 11:42am
Barracks Row’s growing restaurant family welcomes a new sibling, EatBar, which arrived last month. For the March 30 “soft opening” chef Nathan Anda (of Red Apron Butcher fame) and his team hosted a one-night dress rehearsal for neighbors, friends, and family. Proceeds benefitted the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. EatBar’s decor is whimsical, to say the least. One wall of the 44-seat renovated space is lined with 99 vintage CDs, ranging from the Beatles to Elvis to... >>more
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