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Rio Still Missing: Female Pitbull Mix Disappeared from U Street Area


Help find Rio. (Courtesy of owner)

Rio, a black-and-white, 10-year-old pitbull mix is still missing. She went missing on March 19, just days after moving across the country.

Rio disappeared from 13th and U Streets NW, and was last seen around Howard University.

According to her owner, Rio is gentle and very smart. If found, please call 562-650-7085 or 202-576-6664. You can also email her owner at bringriohome[AT]gmail.com.

There is a reward offered for her safe return.

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“I TOO SING AMERICA: The Life and Poetry of Langston Hughes”


“I TOO SING AMERICA” at Howard University. (Photo courtesy JD Knight)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

“I TOO SING AMERICA: The Life and Poetry of Langston Hughes” is showing at Howard University’s Ira Aldridge Theater, March 6-9. We recently caught up with one of the writers and producers of the play to discuss the inspiration behind the performance and the details of the show.

Andrew Jackson Moore and Raymond Caldwell devised a script about the one of America’s most famous musical and literary figures in just two weeks.

“Due to some other projects falling through at the last minute, we were left with a very constrained time frame,” Moore explained. “So Raymond and I dug into Langston Hughes’ rich of oeuvres of work, including hundreds of poems, essays and two autobiographies.”

Caldwell is a seasoned actor and director and has worked on Howard University’s production of “Breath, Boom,” “The Sound of Smoke,” “House Halfway,” “In the Blood,” “The Great Dismal,” “K Comma Joseph,” “The Masquerade is Over,” among others.

However, for Moore, who works as a digital writer and editor for FederalNewsRadio.com, the experience was a first.

According to Moore, audience members can expect to see and hear poetry, live music, jazz classics and even a big gospel number.

“We use every theatrical tool to tell Langston’s story,” says Moore, who also explains that the play’s dialogue is taken directly from Hughes’ own words and writings.

The play covers the span of Hughes’ life, including parts of his childhood, time spent in DC music venues and also his time spent in Harlem in the 1920s.

“We’ve turned many of his poems into little vignettes or scenes,” Moore says. “For example, Hughes wrote a great many poems based on the blues style. Rather than just have the actors recite each of the poems, we’ve staged them and turned them into set pieces. In the blues section, a group of women sit out on a stoop on a hot summer night and recount their troubles — all set to Hughes’ poetry. Hughes also wrote many poems about race in America, particularly in the Jim Crow South. So we’ve grouped some of them together to tell the story of a family in the South nearly torn apart by racial violence.”

Moore says he and Caldwell also uses choreography throughout the 11-person performance to “deconstruct” the poems.

“I TOO SING AMERICA” is showing March 6 through 9 at 7:30 pm, with a second performance on March 9 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for students and $17 for general admission. For more information, visit the play’s website.

UPDATE: The performance scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 has been cancelled due to the snow. 

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Grocery, Retail, Residential Planned at Howard University Town Center


Howard Town Center on George Avenue NW ready for a make over? (Allison Acosta)

From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.

Plans are in progress to revive an underused property across from Howard University Hospital at Georgia Avenue and V Streets NW. The development, known as the Howard University Town Center, would encompass 2100-2146 Georgia Avenue. Plans include a 41,000 foot grocery store, a 15,000 foot apparel store, a national or regional bank, and 445 apartments with 320 underground parking spaces. Eighty-eight of the apartments, or 20%, would be dedicated for affordable housing built to the same standard of quality as the market rate units.

Fresh Grocer, a Philadelphia-based chain that focuses on urban locations, has signed on to anchor the site.

This project has a long and somewhat complicated history. Last December, the City Council voted to extend a tax abatement to the project, despite city Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi’s analysis that no tax abatement is necessary to move forward the financing for the project. Now Mayor Gray must decide whether to include the abatement in the DC Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 or 2014.

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Caribbeana Comedy Festival: Bridging Cultures Through Comedy

Wil Sylvince of HBO's Def Comedy Jam and other artists will perform at Howard University. (Caribbeana Communications, Inc.)

From Cecile Oreste of danceDC. You can follower her on Twitter @dance_DC or email her at cecile[AT]borderstan.com

Caribbeana Communications, a nonprofit media and membership organization headquartered in Lanham, Maryland, will host its 24th Caribbeana Comedy Festival on Sunday, June 17 from 7  to 10 pm. The event, which helps bring Caribbean and American cultures together through comedy, will take place at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium. Von Martin of WPFW-FM’s Caribbeana Radio, Wil Sylvince of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and BET’s ComicView and other artists from throughout the Caribbean are scheduled to perform. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


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Shaw Organic Garden Needs Summer Volunteers

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The organic garden at 11 and Florida NW needs volunteers for the summer. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel@borderstan.com

Summer is right around the corner and your green thumb is calling. Instead of spending money on a basil plant that you will attempt to keep alive for more than one week (a serious accomplishment for those of us with studios and limited access to sunlight), why not spend your time in a garden that reaps more than a mere serving of pesto?

The Children’s Hospital Clinic at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW is looking for volunteers to tend to its recently planted organic garden at 11th and Florida NW. Volunteers are expected to help with upkeep on an every-other-day basis for one week at a time. In return, volunteers are sent home with part of the season’s harvest.

Those interested in volunteering should email Lindsay Ehlers at lbehlers[AT]gwmail.gwu.edu or call the clinic at (202) 476-5500.

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SYMHM Missed: Planes, Bikes and Cars Edition

Bike Rack, Q Street NW, Air Force Bands Euphonium and Tuba Quartet

Saturday afternoon: The Air Force Bands Euphonium and Tuba Quartet played holiday music in front of the The Bike Rack at 1412 Q Street NW. (B. Young)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike that he might have missed? Email him at mike@borderstan.com or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Cheap Escapes

Good news for anyone who can get out of DC using JetBlue. WTOP reports that the airline has now purchased the landing rights to eight more slots at Reagan National Airport. We don’t yet know what new routes will be developed from the use of these spots, but this is definitely a big win for those of us who like cheap fares out of the city.

Ghost Bike Disappears

DCist reported that the ghost bike has intermittently been present at in the intersection of 20th and R Streets and Connecticut Avenue for the last three years has “gone on” — or, rather, erased. The bike, which was originally installed to mark the death of cyclist Alice Swanson in 2008, has been removed by the city every time it has reappeared on the grounds that all public memorials will be removed within 30 days. Apparently no one from the District had any comments on the matter.

Don’t Kill the Electric Car

TBD has the scoop on the new electric-vehicle charging stations that are going around the city. The first four have already debuted at Pentagon City, and a total of 47 are going to be installed around town (though it seems like most are outside the District itself), primarily located at other shopping meccas and Walgreens stores, among other locations. Think this’ll decrease our dependence on oil?

Bad Touch

Five students are suing Howard University for sexual assault and harassment by a university employee, according to WJLA. George Bright-Abu is now in jail on claims from supervisees that he gave them “unwanted touching, flirting, fondling and degrading propositions of a sexual nature.” The lawsuit also says that when victims reported charges to the university, Howard did nothing to protect them, though the university says they referred the claim to MPD and then terminated the case accordingly.

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SYMHM: The (Mostly) Hippie Edition

Occupy DC, Luis Gomez Photos, National Mall

Members of Occupy DC participated in a labor union rally on October 15 on the National Mall. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at michellel@borderstan.com.

Occupy DC: Inside the Park

The Georgetown Voice goes inside the Occupy DC encampment and uncovers some interesting info about the food situation (spoilage and waste is a bigger issue than not having enough), trash and the grass everyone cares about so much. Apparently, the protesters are moving tents and re-seeding the grass during their time in the park, so there you go. It’s worth the read (it’s a little long) if you are at all curious as to what the protesters are protesting and how they’re spending their time. Note: a lot of these people are educated and employed and wear shoes, so stop stereotyping already.

Howard U to March in Support of Occupy DC

Howard University students, faculty and alumni are planning a march today to “bring more racial diversity” to the protests. They will start at the Campus and end at the Chamber of Commerce and have coordinated with the two occupation groups encamped in DC. The Washington Post has a quick blurb recopied from the AP that outlines their plans, so look for more coverage as the event unfolds.

Capitol Hemp Raided

Both locations of Capitol Hemp were raided on Wednesday night, a move the owner said was politically motivated. DCist has the updates in this unfolding story, but several employees (and a customer) were arrested and thousands of dollars of merch were seized. The laws seem awfully fuzzy about what is allowed and what is illegal regarding drug paraphernalia in DC. The political motivation the owner is referring to, by the way, is not about drugs but his opposition to a boutique hotel that he says has turned neighborhood folks against him.

ChiDogO’s Closing

Bummer. The dog joint will be closing its doors on November 11. U Street Girl broke the news, and noted it was likely inevitable given all the construction around the area. Did  you ever get a hot dog there? I thought they were pretty decent, and as much as I love taquitos from 7-11 it was nice to have an alternative late-night stumble home snack.

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