Monday, January 26, 2015

HOUSING COMPLEX | Gridlock in Congress Heights: A Promised Neighborhood Transformation Gets Messy

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Go HERE to read the full article. 


The plans call for more than 200 apartments, 230,000 square feet of office space, and 26,000 square feet of retail in one of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods. Renderings show gleaming buildings that would fit right into the city’s most thriving corridors, with fashion boutiques, a cafe, and a bookstore surrounding the Metro station. The multi-tiered offices feature multiple roof decks, while balconies at the residences overlook a revitalized Congress Heights. 
In its submission to the Zoning Commission, which will hold a hearing on the proposed zoning change for the project on Thursday, the developer, Sanford Capital, promises “a vibrant transit-oriented development” with improved pedestrian safety nearby, higher Metro ridership, and substantial community benefits. 
The reality is more complicated. Where the new development is slated to rise, four decrepit apartment buildings now stand. Residents there say that Sanford has allowed the properties to deteriorate and has passively and actively sought to drive the tenants away in order to clear the buildings. Sanford’s control of the site is complicated by a fifth, vacant building that’s the subject of a lawsuit. And some residents and neighbors say an agreement between Sanford and local organizations intended to benefit the community instead gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to politically connected Ward 8 groups while doing little for residents of the properties.

Jan 30 - Feb 7 | Thunderous Productions presents Chapter Two @ Anacostia Arts Center

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Thunderous Productions proudly presents Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical Chapter Two directed by Rick Starkweather.

Neil Simon wrote the Chapter Two about his whirlwind romance and marriage to TV and film star Marsha Mason. The play begins by introducing the audience to George Schneider – a novelist, and recent widower – who has just returned from Europe, where he went to escape the ghost of his late wife, Barbara. Next we meet Jennie Malone – a recently divorced soap opera and stage actress – who has just returned from Jamaica where she was nursing her broken heart. Jennie and George meet and fall in love – intense passionate love and decide to marry only two weeks after their first meeting. When the dust settles, will they be able to deal with their tragic pasts and keep up their new exuberant relationship? Chapter Two offers audiences the quick wit and humor they expect from a Neil Simon show, it is also at times candidly raw and downright tragic.

Starkweather uses an eclectic mix of 1970′s American music throughout the show that will have AAC audiences tapping their toes and humming along throughout the show. The intimate size of the center’s blackbox theater will bring onlookers into Jennie and George’s New York City apartments and immerse them into some of the happiest and most melancholy parts of the pair’s lives.

Thunderous Productions has been putting on community theater in Prince George’s, Montgomery and Howard Counties since 2008. The company is very excited to perform inside of the beltway for the first time. They hope to add the District, and specifically Anacostia, as a regular performance location.

Go HERE for ticketing information.

1231 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020

Feb 26 - Feb 28 | TRUTH the Musical @ THEARC Theater

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THEARC Theater presents...Black History Month @ THEARC featuring TRUTH the Musical, an original production and collaboration with Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington and Keni Fine Productions.

When a troubled urban teen with a thirst for meaning gets himself in trouble, an unlikely champion from the the past appears to show him a way out. Sparks fly as Sojourner Truth takes Peter on a journey back through time, into her amazing life story, her world and its people. As Peter opens his eyes to scenes and songs from Sojourners life, part of his own history, he discovers who he really is and how good it feels and sounds to finally speak the TRUTH!

Sponsored by WC Smith, THEARC Theater, BGCGW, DCCAH, I CAN Technical Theater program, and Fineheart Productions.

$15 Youth/Senior
$20 Adult

Go HERE to purchase your tickets now!

1901 Mississippi Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020

Twitter: @THEARC_DC

Stay up to date with what is going on at THEARC with our #IamTHEARC and #THEARCtheater hashtags!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Washington School for Girls now recruiting for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students

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Feb 8 | Taratibu Youth Association Black History Show "Harambee!"

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Harambee! - a dance production featuring Taratibu Youth Association powered by I CAN Technical Theater Interns. Taratibu Youth Association comes together with the Bokamoso Youth Center, from Winterveld South Africa, the Jones & Haywood Dance School, Visions Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Farafina Kan Drummers to present a captivating and exciting experience of Black History and Culture.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 4:00pm
THEARC Theater

General admission tickets: $20

Go HERE for tickets. 

THEARC Theater
1901 Mississippi Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020

March 1 | Wacky & Whimsical Tea for THEARC @ the Ritz Carlton - Tickets now available!

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Seating is limited. Get your tickets now! 

The Wacky & Whimsical Tea for THEARC is a fun-filled Sunday afternoon that will include high tea, a silent auction and creative games for kids of all ages and their families, including a treasure trove, special entertainment and other surprises. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC).

Chairs: Annie Lou Berman, Jessica Heywood & Elena Tompkins

Honorary Chair: Eun Yang of NBC 4-TV

Event Location:
1150 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037