Wednesday, October 29, 2014

REWIND | DC Mayoral Debate at Anacostia High School

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Go HERE to view the full video of the last mayoral debate that took place on October 16 at Anacostia High School.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thank you for taking this journey with me.

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As you may have heard, yesterday The Advoc8te was named by Urbanful as one of the '20 People Making D.C." for my community advocacy work east of the river. It is so nice to know that there is an appreciation for what I do and I have all of you to thank.




Today, Urbanful reporter Erica Hendry posted a more in-depth interview of my story (you can read it HERE).  It's funny how sometimes it takes a project like this to look back and see what started you on a path somewhere. Although it has been seven years It seems just like yesterday that I closed on this little condo in Congress Heights and was picking out furniture (a later a little rascal named Teddy).I had no idea that I would literally still be sitting here right now (at this moment writing a report on Anacostia small business success stories), updating not just this blog but four others and trying to figure out how to tweet as a dozen Southeast entities while trying to doing my full-time job! 

That is not to "humble brag" but merely to say even I with all of planning and foresight and late night hours I couldn't have foreseen all the opportunities and experiences I have been blessed to have living and working in Ward 8. It's funny, when you are so close to a thing it is sometimes  heard to see the bigger picture and to see how other's may see you. To me, I am just doing what I have done all my life -- try and improve things whenever I can, and try to do the right thing whenever possible. I never considered my work "noble" just authentic for me. After spending eight years in the private sector feeding my bank account I thought it was time to feed my soul (but it would be nice to feed my bank account again!). I suppose my very first reSPIN client was me. I wanted to undergo a personal and professional makeover. I wanted to challenge myself to evolve. I wanted to know it wasn't too late for to change my own path. I suppose that is how I finally chose my six word memoir.


Oct 27 - Oct 29 | Kids Euro Fest Brings 3 FREE shows to THEARC!

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Go HERE to learn more!
THEARC is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave SE

Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting more than 80 free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families. There are performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, and more... and it’s all brought to you by the 28 European Union Member States!

From October 27-29, 2014 three FREE shows will happen in THEARC Theater! These shows will feature storytelling and music from around the world!

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10:30AM
The Little Needle Girl

What is it like to be different — really different — from everybody else? Little Needle Girl knows exactly how that feels... because, just like a porcupine, she has sharp pins all over! The pins protect her, but they also mean that nobody can touch her. Little Needle Girl tries very hard to be a regular little girl, but nobody wants anything to do with her, because they think she’s so strange and different. After all, she’s covered with pins! This touching story presents valuable lessons about how people are different and yet the same, and about accepting others.

Ages: 4+

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:30AM
Re Re

RE RE is a power pop and folk girl quartet coming to America straight from the 2014 European Capital of Culture — Riga, Latvia! They’re kids from a far away
country... but in lots of ways, they’re also just like you — because they love to sing and dance to fun tunes. In a concert showcasing traditional Latvian music, you’ll have the chance to sing along to the biggest hits of these Eurovision Song Contest challengers — and you’ll also answer quiz questions about Latvia, play Latvian folk games, and maybe even win a RE RE CD to take home!

Ages: 5-12

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Cow Story

Everyone knows the famous story of the three pigs — but did you know that three baby goats and three baby cows also live in the same forest? It’s a fairy tale fact... and Slovakia’s PIKI Theatre brings this and other favorite legends — including some you’ve probably never even heard! — to the stage in Cow Story. See three goats rescued from a hungry wolf’s tummy; find out who helpedthe piglet build his solid brick house; and discover the cows’ daring and unusual mission of milk. Cow Story is a“tall fairy tale” with a twist!

Ages: 5-9

News Type: Outside News
Partner: BBAR - Building Bridges Across The River



Artist space now available!

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ARTIST STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE
ARCH Development Corporation (a Ward 8 nonprofit!) has one studio left around the corner on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave available for lease.

$350/month for a beautiful work space with natural light.

Email alokoff@archdc.org for tours and more info.



#SoutheastLove Rewind

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Nothing like looking back on the month and seeing all the #SoutheastLove from the SE quadrant -- on both sides of the river!

And remember, it is easy to show your own #SoutheastLove! Spread love, not hate! 
  1. Print (go HERE to print your own sign)
  2. Pose (show us what you love)
  3. Post (include the #Southeastlove hashtag)












Monday, October 27, 2014

Nov 2 | 'Do You Pray or Prey' @ Anacostia Arts Center

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October 31 @ 7:00 pm - November 2 @ 3:30 pm | $12
Go HERE to get your tickets!



Do You Pray or Prey? is a tale of treachery, deceit and most of all passion. It gives insight into the personal lives and every day activities of some of the more prominent religious figures of the fictional small towns of Eden and Jessup, Mississippi. Do You Pray or Prey? is a testament to the humanistic tendencies that even those called by God tend to portray. Although this is a fictional story, it still brings to mind an important warning for all Christians, no matter the religion, “Be careful of who you worship with!

October 31, 2014- 7pm

November 1, 2014- 7pm

November 2, 2014- 3:30pm

Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Rd SE in the historic Anacostia neighborhood.