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Community News

From May 2010 Issue

Breaking News

New Preservation Board Chair Named

Catherine Buell, a real estate lawyer with Patton Boggs who has served as a member of the Historic Preservation Board since 2008, is to be sworn in as its new chair on Wednesday, June 2nd in the Ceremonial Room of the John A. Wilson Building at Freedom Plaza, according to the staff in the Mayor’s Office of Boards and Commissions.

As we reported two years ago at the time her nomination as a Board member was being considered by the City Council, she was a well-known resident activist in the Anacostia Historic District concerned with and sensitive to the need to rescue and restore that community’s beautiful and decayed Cottage, Italianate, and Queen Anne-style homes and commercial buildings. (See, “Citywide Preservation Groups Raise Objections at Hearing to Confirm New HPRB Members”, February 2008, page 1; available in the Current & Back Issues Archive.) [posted 6/1/10]

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Italian Artist Featured at Dupont East Gallery Opening

Fri., May 12 (7-10pm): Picasso Gallery (1709 17th St.), in collaboration with GalIeria d’Arte Le Muse in Cosenza, southern Italy, will be holding an OPENING RECEPTION to meet the artist and view the paintings Olga Minardo. Her show, titled “Love Poems,” will remain on view through June 2nd. For more info, call (202) 232-0021.

Free Weekly Organ Concerts at Thomas Circle

<BULLET> Fri., May. 14 (12:15pm): ): The weekly MUSIC AT MIDDAY free, 30-minute lunch hour concerts at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle continues with the church’s organist, Minister of Music Dr. Charles Miller, presenting a program that will reveal the majesty and sublime beauty of sound produced by the magnificent 7,000-pipe, five-keyboard Moller organ, characterized by Dr. Miller as truly a “magical, musical, mystical machine!”

Dr. Miller will also be performing at the same time on May 21st and 28th in the church’s soaring John Russell Pope designed sanctuary (reminiscent of a great Christopher Wren church in London), which is especially conducive to enhancing the power of this great instrument.For more info, call (202) 797-0103 or send an email to cmiller@nationalcitycc.org.

Ward 1 Democratic Party Candidates to Debate

Thu., May 20 (7:30-9pm): The three Democratic candidates currently running for the Ward 1 City Council seat — incumbent Jim Graham and challengers Jeff Smith and Bryan Weaver — will present a public debate at the monthly meeting of the Kalorama Citizens Association (KCA). The debate, co-sponsored by the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association <RCNA), will be held at the Goodwill Baptist Church (1862 Kalorama Rd.); it will be proceeded by a short KCA business meeting starting at 7 pm. All are invited and may also bring questions for the candidates which need to be submitted on cards that will be presented to the candidates by the moderator. For more info, send email to President@KaloramaCitizens.org.

Artists to Hold Open Studios Event

Sat. & Sun., May 22 & 23 (12noon-5pm): Mid-City Artists continue their twice-yearly OPEN STUDIOS event with 27 artists working in the area east of Dupont Circle, roughly bounded by 18th Street on the west, V Street on the north, 9th Street on the east, and P Street on the south. This is always an interesting and satisfying way to check out the studios of these artists working in various media, including oil, acrylic, pastels, collage, sculpture and photography. A complete listing of the artists and their studios, with addresses, along with a handy map that can be printed out, is available on the Mid City Artists website, www.midcityartists.com — simply click the orange button link at the top of the home page. For more info, email info@midcityartists.com.

Photojournalism Show Focused on African Drought Conditions

Mon., May 24 (7pm): The Stanford in Washington Gallery’s late SPRING EXHIBITION, closing this day, is featuring the photojournalism of Ariane Kirtley, whose compelling photographs depict the desperate plight of the Niger Republic’s nomadic inhabitants in the northern Azawak region. Drought-failed harvests and the dying off of grasslands to feed livestock are threatening the very survival of the Woodaabe Fulani and Tuareg peoples. Kirtley’s show, titled “Amman Imman: Water is Life,” is also the name of her foundation, which raises funds to deep-drill water wells into the Libyan aquifer in the hope of assisting in the survival of these remarkable people. Pictured here are a group of unmarried young Azawak men –- dressed in their finest robes, adorned with jewelry, with their faces cosmetically beautified –- awaiting their individual selections by unmarried young women.

Opening on June 8th will be a provocative show organized by Humanities Texas, titled “In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez,” featuring photos from throughout his life and excerpts from his speeches and writings. Organized by Humanities Texas. For more info, call (202) 332-6235 or visit http://tinyurl.com/295ccgo.

Annual Free Neighborhood Museums Open House Event Slated

Sat., Jun. 5 (10am-4pm) & Sun., 6th (1-5pm): For the 27th year, the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Consortium will be holding its two-day MUSEUM WALK event, rain or shine, featuring this year 10 large and small neighborhood museums between Georgetown and Logan Circle. Shuttle bus service will be available for easy getting around. Participating museums will include (in alphabetical order) Anderson House, Dumbarton House, Fondo del Sol, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, Meridian International Center, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, The Textile Museum, and the Woodrow Wilson House.

Highlights this year among all of the free events – and free admission to the museums – will include special exhibitions covering everything from mid-century art and design to a president’s beloved walking sticks; DC Jazz Festival’s Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days at The Phillips Collection; food vendors; and a photo contest celebrating these neighborhood museums. For more info, send email to dkmuseums@gmail.com or visit www.dkmuseums.com.

Legal Assistance Organization Celebrating 37 Years of Helping Area’s Latinos and Other Immgrants

Thu., Jun. 10 (6-8pm): Adams Morgan based Ayuda (1707 Kalorama Rd.) will celebrate its 37th year of bringing justice and opportunity to  low-income immigrants in DC and around the metro area with a gala FUND-RAISING event to be held at the National Press Club (14th & F Sts., NW). The $125 per person tickets may be purchased on-line by visiting http://tinyurl.com/26lv9bw and designating your payment for “Gala 2010.” You will receive an email confirmation from Ayuda within 48 hours to confirm your purchase. For more info, call (202) 387-4848.

Since 1973, Ayuda has grown to become the area’s leading provider of high-quality, multi-lingual legal and social services for low-income immigrants and over those years Ayuda’s staff has helped tens of thousands of immigrants navigate our legal system, access justice and obtain the resources necessary to build better, more secure lives for themselves and their families. Among its accomplishments have been the following: (1) Provided legal advice and representation to low-income immigrants in nearly 2,300 cases and social services assistance in nearly 140 cases. Clients are men, women and children from all over the world including asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, and abused or abandoned children; (2) trained over 800 service providers and community members so they can better serve immigrants. Trainees included teachers, attorneys, police officers, school counselors, priests, non-profit intake staff, among others; (3) expanded its Community Legal Interpreter Bank to serve 26 legal services providers with 51 legal interpreters speaking over 20 languages, thereby making access to justice a reality for persons with limited English proficiency, the hard-of-hearing and the deaf.

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