Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Ambassador of Spain was among the audience on opening night in Columbia Heights - Calderón de la Barca's La vida es sueño (Life Is A Dream)

Scuffles, love scenes, comedy, and poetry to rival Shakespeare!

This Golden Age drama explores tyranny, fate, and free will.

GALA presents a new adaptation by Nando López of Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Directed by GALA’s Producing Director, Hugo Medrano, the production is performed in Spanish with English surtitles from September 12 through October 13, 2019.

Its adaptation at the GALA Hispanic Theatre is both a labor of love and an effort to uphold and extend a cultural treasure. The Ambassador of Spain was among the audience on opening night in Columbia Heights, where the audience embraced the performances of the ensemble, some of whom are established TV stars in Spain.

Set in Poland in the 17th century when its influence and power in Europe had waned, Life is a Dream explores tyranny, fate, and free will. Weaving together the stories of Segismundo, who was imprisoned at birth by his father King Basilio to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy, and Rosaura, who acts to restore her honor and control her destiny, this famous Spanish Golden Age drama addresses the universal question: “Who is the master of one’s fate?”

“The questions with which Calderón grappled,” states Mr. López, who adapted the play, “are as pertinent today as they were in the time the play was written. To what degree is our identity shaped by the environment in which we live and the world we inhabit? Do we choose who we are or are we merely marionettes in the hands of a higher power? Are we, like Segismundo, imprisoned in our own towers?” “Calderón,” adds Mr. Medrano, “challenges us to find the chains that bind us so that we can finally break free.”

Featured in the cast are Daniel Alonso de Santos as Segismundo; Mel Rocher as Clotaldo; Soraya Padrao as Rosaura; Delbis Cardona as Clarin); Peter Pereyra as Astolfo; Catherine Nunez as Estrella; Camilo Linares as a Soldier; Timothy Andrés Pabón as Basilio; and Leo Delgado as a Soldier.

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm.
Regular tickets are $45 on Thursday and Friday evenings, and $48 on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Senior tickets (65+), Student and Military tickets are $30. Groups (10+) are $30. 

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. 

This production is made possible with generous support from the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, SPAIN arts & culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Updates on 11th & Bark - Check out the possible design

Neighbors have been pushing the city to establish the Columbia Heights Dog Park - located at 11th & Park Rd NW - as an official city off-leash dog park. 11th & Bark, a neighborhood group advocating for the dog park, has been diligently working to promote neighborhood park and tipped us off to new concept renderings of what the park could look like. When the design is done, it will be led by DPR. We don't know if their design will resemble this at all. 

Credit: Gronning Architects

Back in May, WMATA announced it was ending the auction to sell the park and entered into negotiations with the city. In that letter, WMATA anticipated the sale to close by the end of August and no later than Dec 31, 2019. 

Now that we're into September, 11th & Bark is pushing the Mayor's Office for an update. Here's an excerpt from the letter they sent to the Mayor's Office on Sept 3rd: 
"Saving the park is about more than just ensuring members of the community have a space for our dogs. It is about maintaining a valued meeting place where Columbia Heights and surrounding community residents are able to interact with their neighbors, make new friends and feel a sense of community. And it is also about preserving the green space in our neighborhood, which is already greatly lacking.  

We greatly appreciate your efforts to save the park and look forward to hearing an update. 11th and Bark, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a partner of Green Spaces for DC, stands ready to assist in developing and maintaining this beloved park for the community."
Find out how you can get involved and keep updated on the progress here

Monday, September 16, 2019

Eat Chipotle today to raise money for Tubman Elementary

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Harriet Tubman PTO. Come in to the Chipotle on 14th St today from 4-8pm and show this flyer and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Harriet Tubman PTO. 

Chipotle Fundraiser for Tubman
3113 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Monday, Sept 16th 
4:00 - 8:00 pm 

Bring this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or simply tell the cashier that you're supporting the cause and 33% of all proceeds will benefit Harriet Tubman PTO. You can find more info on the fundraiser page.

The new Tivoli mural is Magical!

A new neighborhood mural was just completed in the entrance of the 826DC's Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply Co storefront on Park Rd & 14th. 826DC is a literary nonprofit, and purchases from their magic-themed store help keep all their writing programs and homework help 100% free for DC students.

Thanks to Sarah at 826DC for the tip!

"The new mural ties our mission in with magic and with symbols from Columbia Heights—be sure to check out my favorite one, the pigeon trying to blend in with the magician’s dove!
Other Columbia Heights tie-ins include the flower (just like the ones people sell over by the shopping mall), the bicycle (a nod to the bike racks), the green background color (for the green Metro line), and the white trim (inspired by the Tivoli Theater)."
The mural was done by local artist Kate Fleming, who has done several amazing public art pieces around the DMV.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Annual Celebrate Petworth Fest is this Saturday!

Celebrate Petworth is a free neighborhood festival organized by and for the residents of Petworth and surrounding neighborhoods, celebrating the creativity, diversity, culture, people and quality of life of our wonderful neighborhood.

The main stage will feature local musical performances, the Petworth Dog Show & Contest, and other events all day long. Check out the full line up here. The festival also includes the Taste of Petworth which offers the opportunity to try the menu of Petworth area restaurants like Cinder BBQ, Homestead Food & Bev, and more! 

You won't want to miss the Petworth Dog Show & Contest happening on the Main Stage at noon! 

The Petworth Dog Show & Contest has become an annual staple at the Celebrate Petworth Festival. Pups from all over the community will compete to win Best Dressed, Most Glamorous, Best Singing/Barking, Coolest Trick, and Look-Alike. Winners get prizes! The Humane Rescue Alliance will be on-site from 11am to 2pm with adorable, adoptable dogs and cats for you to meet! You can sign your pup up to compete here - registration of $10 per contestant. The Dog Show & Contest will run from 12:00-12:30pm on the Main Stage.

Celebrate Petworth 2019

Sat - Sept 14th from 11a - 5p

800 Block of Upshur St NW

Check out the festival website for a full list of activities and more information! You can also sign up to become a volunteer or a sponsor here.

Celebrate Petworth started in 2014 when a group of community organizers in the Petworth neighborhood came together to create a new kind of neighborhood festival: one that seeks to bring together the residents of our neighborhood through the creation of new opportunities for collaboration, partnership, and engagement between local businesses, residents and community-based organizations. And it's been a hit in the neighborhood ever since! 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

"Captain America" Chris Evans spotted at Maydan yesterday

Wow! A tipster spotted Captain America actor Chris Evans at Maydan last night, where he was enjoying some dinner. It's not clear why Cap was in town, although he previously met with senators, and of course visited our fine city a while ago while filming Captain America: Winter Soldier. Maydan is excellent, so who can blame him.

Evans isn't the first celebrity to visit Maydan, as Michelle Obama was spotted there a while ago. Amazon's Jeff Bezos has also been spotted at Queen's English on 11th a few times. A few months ago, a tipster reported that Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza was at Room 11 as well. And of course, both Obamas recently filmed a short at The Coupe about their new documentary American Factory.

Here's our full coverage of celebrities and famous people who visited our area. My favorite may be Drake eating at Z-Burger.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ANC 1A Meeting Tonight - Sept 11

Columbia Heights & Park View

September 11, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Harriet Tubman Elementary School
3101 13th Street N.W. (Gymnasium)

A few items of note that will be discussed at tonight's meeting...
  • A resolution opposing the installation of a Child Detention Center in Ward 4
  • Updates on the Crosstown Protected Bike Lanes Project
  • Open Streets Event on Georgia Ave (DDOT to present)
  • New pedestrian safety and traffic calming measures for Irving St NW, Columbia Rd NW, Georgia Ave NW, Park Rd NW, and Lamont St NW
You can check out the full agenda here.

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Note: all committee meetings are held at the District Bridges/ANC 1A office, located at 
3400 11th St NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20010

Education Committee
Meet and Greet event with local youth-focused educational organizations scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 pm.
Public Safety Committee
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 meeting is being rescheduled, new date and topic TBD. The Education and Public Safety Committees will hold a joint meeting in October 2019 focused on school and student safety, date TBD.
** The Public Safety Committee is seeking resident input to determine the guests they would like to invite to the September Committee meeting. You can find the survey here.

Transportation Committee
Tentative next meeting date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 pm to discuss the 14th Street Transportation Project with representatives from DDOT.

Zoning, Parks, and Planning Committee
Next meeting date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 pm.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

In Remembrance of Margery Magill - Tonight, Sept 10th

Join the community in remembering and celebrating the life of our neighbor Margery Magill. Services to be held in her honor this evening, Tuesday, Sept 10th. 

Margery Magill via TurkishWIN
From our neighbors in Park View: 
"Please join us in honoring and remembering the beautiful life and adventurous spirit of Margery Magill, the victim of a tragic crime in NW DC. We invite you to celebrate and cherish her life through a candlelight vigil and words from loved ones. Following the vigil, there will be a gathering at The Outrage, one of Margery's favorite woman-founded businesses."

September 10th, 2019

6:30 PM - Candlelight Vigil
Meridian Hill Park
16th St NW & W St NW, Washington, DC 20009

8:00 PM - Gathering
The Outrage
1722 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Neighbors and community members are encouraged to join in celebration, remembrance, and to show support for Margery's family and friends through this incredibly trying time.  

On Aug 27, Margery Magill was making her regular rounds walking dogs for Park View residents when she was brutally attacked by the stranger. You can read more about the truly tragic loss here