NEWS ROUNDUP: What we’re talking about in DC this week

Photo courtesy of The Washington Post.

by Alycia Williams

Here’s what we were talking about this week.  Tell us what was on your mind!

It’s official…football season in the District just got a lot more interesting! Check out Time’s Q&A with the newest member of the Redskins, RG3. 

The Caps made it to the second round of the playoffs with a nail-biting win over the Bruins in Game 7 on Wednesday. Too bad the Twitterverse exploded with a wave of racist tweets about Joel Ward after he scored the winning goal.

Police haven’t conclusively linked three attacks in Northwest DC, according to The Washington Post, but residents should remain on alert when walking alone.

As if WMATA didn’t have enough issues, folks who rode the Route 52 or 54 buses along 14th Street NW last week should be aware that a bus driver on that route was diagnosed with viral meningitis, according to CBS News.

A Washington institution got a new name this week. The Legg Mason Tennis Classic will now be known as the Citi Open after getting a new title sponsor, according to ESPN.

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EVENT: Natural Health Festival

Join the community for the first-ever Natural Health Festival on Sunday, April 29 at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park (map). Come learn about natural, sustainable living and learn how to be more proactive in maintaining your own holistic health and living practices. The festival will feature FREE yoga classes, workshops, presentations, and live music.

Enjoy a free tai chi workshop, or join a group meditation while you’re there. Learn about Ayurveda (alternative medicine native to India) or sit in on a presentation about living stress free. There will be vendors from “yoga teachers, massage therapists, Reiki masters, organic gardeners/herbalists, local health food-focused chefs and restaurants, aromatherapy specialists, organic clothing vendors, organizations promoting environmental sustainability, and much more.”

Enjoy free outdoor yoga
Photo by: Paulina Lam

Don’t forget to check out and join the Drum Circle starting at 4 p.m.! The circle has been a community staple occurring every Sunday evening in the Park since the late ’50s. Come share your hidden talent!

You can see a comprehensive list of the festival events here: http://bit.ly/HxEQTK

(Register online early, because the classes will fill up quickly.)

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NEIGHBORHOOD: Columbia Heights – a history lesson!

This week DC Hood Hopper is featuring the Columbia Heights neighborhood, located just north of Adams Morgan (which we also featured recently), and the subject of some fascinating DC history.

In the 1800’s the area was largely farmland. Home to the original campus of George Washington University, then called Columbian College and located on the land where Meridian Hill Park now sits, the neighborhood got its name from the college.

Entrance to Meridian Hill Park (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

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POLL: What type of event should we feature for this weekend?

There are so many events going on this upcoming weekend. Help DC Hood Hopper decide which to feature.

 

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BLOGROLL PICKS: Is H Street the new U Street? (H/T DCist)

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We recently featured DC’s U Street neighborhood here on Hood Hopper, where you saw a big nod to the famous U Street restaurant Ben’s Chili Bowl. It looks like the U landmark is opening a new location on H Street NE, which is big news because of the historical significance of the restaurant in its original location.

DCist has a “heretical” take on the news, saying the lofty position granted to Ben’s has more to do with its history than the quality of its food.

 

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NEWS ROUNDUP: What we’re talking about in DC this week

Photo courtesy of WashingtonTimes.com

by Alycia Williams

Here’s what we were talking about this week.  Tell us what was on your mind!

Everyone took a break from work on Tuesday to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly by on its way to its final resting place at the National Air and Space Museum outpost in Chantilly, VA. And while U.S. News and World Report questioned the cost of the public relations stunt, we enjoyed the pictures that flooded Facebook and the Twitterverse.

With Metro’s service issues and repeated fare hikes, residents want other options for getting around. Enter Car2Go, a new car-sharing service that just launched in the District, according to Forbes. Only time will tell how it will fare with ZipCar’s monopoly in the area.

Alec Baldwin was in Washington on Monday to campaign for arts funding, according to The Washington Post. Too bad most of the discussion about his visit had to do with his future on 30 Rock.

The second trial began this week to determine if Roger Clemens lied about using performance-enhancing drugs. According to ESPN, there’s a new issue about what the jury will hear from the last trial.

We’re always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Be sure to check out the world’s largest Earth Day celebration on the National Mall this Sunday, according to Yahoo! News. And The Washington Post and the National Science Foundation put together a great resource for learning more about the Earth from the comfort of your own backyard.

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EVENT: National Gallery of Art Concerts

By: Paulina Lam

For all classical-music lovers, the National Gallery of Art (NGA) will be hosting only four more performances for its 70th season of concerts for the 2011-2012 year.

The NGA concerts are open to the public, FREE, and are on a first-come, first-seated basis, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to a show. The final performances are presented in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

East Garden Court, National Gallery of Art
(Photo By: Paulina Lam)

Come out to one or all of the concluding performances:

April 20 at 12:10 p.m.

Claire Huangci, pianist
West Building Ground Floor, Lecture Hall
Music by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and other composers

April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

National Gallery of Art Orchestra
Chosei Komatsu, guest conductor
Charles Wetherbee, violinist
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
Music by Fujiwara, Hisaishi, and Noadira

April 25 at 12:10 p.m.

Robert Henry and Yoshikazu Nagai, pianists
West Building Ground Floor, Lecture Hall
Music by Haydn, Scarlatti, Schubert, and other composers

April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo
Thierry Fischer, conductor
Yu Kosuge, pianist
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro; Piano Concerto no. 22
Beethoven: Symphony no. 3
(Sponsored in part by Nippon Steel Corporation)

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