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Archive for September, 2013

Washington Concert Opera to Present Early Verdi Work in Concert Format

Sun., Sep. 22 (6pm): I masnadieri, Verdi’s tragic opera of love, deceit, loss, greed, and lust will be performed at Lisner Auditorium (21st & H Sts., NW). The performance will be preceded by a lecture at 5pm. Featured will be American tenor Russell Thomas as Carlo. Having performed to recent acclaim Simon Boccanegra at Covent […]

From September 2013 Issue / October issue PDF to post on the 11th

Parvenus and Buccaneers: The Leiters of Dupont Circle

By Stephen A. Hansen* The current site of the Dupont Circle Hotel at 1500 New Hampshire Avenue was once home to one of the largest and grandest mansions in Washington, built by Levi Zeigler Leiter (1834-1904). Levi Leiter was born in Leitersburg, Maryland (just north of Hagerstown). The town had been founded by his grandfather, […]

September Issue PDF & All On-line Content Except “What Once Was” Now Uploaded; The “What Once Was” Feature to Post on Wednesday

Prepared for by Jo Ricks / Reporting Period: July 2013

The area covered by these listings is bounded by Rock Creek on the west, Upshur Street on the north, North Capitol Street on the east, and Massachusetts Avenue/M Street on the south.   SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (55) [condo & co-op listings follow] 160 Adams St. $480,000 221 Bates St. $645,000 48 Channing St. $728,000 540 […]

Franklin Park Changes Community Meeting Postponed

Postponed Until Further Notice Due to Federal Government Shutdown Wed., Oct. 2 (6-8pm): A complete rehabilitation of downtown’s Franklin Park will be the subject of a public presentation and “open house” at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel (1201 K St., NW) hosted by the DC Office of Planning (OP) and its “Franklin Park partners” […]

Columbia Heights Day Festival Plans Announced

Sat., Oct. 5 (10am-6pm): Neighbors and others from all over who want to experience the dynamism of Columbia Heights are invited to join in the fun during the seventh annual, free Columbia Heights Day to take place on the Harriet Tubman Elementary School playing field and along 11th Street between Irving and Lamont Streets (just […]

Organ Concert Brilliantly Revealed Spectacular New Organ at First Baptist Church

On Sunday,  September 15, 2013 the magnificent, brand new Austin organ, with its more than 6,000 pipes, recently installed was on full display in its inaugural concert, featuring the church’s minister of music and noted organist Dr. Lawrence P. Schreiber. We previously reported on this major enhancement to the cultural life of the city (see, […]

We Urge Rejection of Any Move to Relax Current DC Building Height Limitations

In last month’s issue we published an extensive report on various options being considered to amend 1910 Height Act to allow for taller buildings (August issue PDF page 1; Our reporter, who attended the first of five public meetings held in August, was struck by the sense of disappointment by those attending that meeting […]

New Anthony Bowen YMCA Opens to Great Acclaim; Enthusiastically Welcomed to the U Street Area With Appreciation for its Beauty and Offerings

Images accompanying this feature can be viewed in the current issue PDF Ben Lasky* The new Anthony Bowen YMCA has now opened its doors for good. Located just above U Street and east of 14th at 1325 W Street, the Y held its grand opening, including a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 9, 2013. One […]