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Events March 28, 2017 at 1:16 am

An opera about the chimpanzee named LUCY opens this weekend at the Atlas!

UrbanArias, which presents short, new opera-theatre in English, is performing another fascinating story this weekend on H Street:

LUCY is about a real scientist who raised a chimpanzee named Lucy in his family home during the 1970s. The music is a lyrical tour de force for baritone and chamber ensemble and features a toy piano highlighting the idea of the titular character, the chimpanzee LUCY. Special note: while Lucy’s presence is summoned in sound and story, the baritone is the only live primate in the piece. Experience this amazing story, as it is packed into a beautiful 70 minute show.

The show plays at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H ST NE for just 2 weekends: Saturday April 1, Sunday April 2, Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8. The performance is world class, but tickets are just $25 with the code JOINLUCY25. Check our http://www.UrbanArias.org for all the details about LUCY!

Oh, and also join us for a free audience question/answer session after every show — and a free wine reception & toast after opening night, this Saturday!

Announcements March 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Lease renewal help!

I live in a group house and my landlord is renewing the one-year leases for all of our roommates with the exception of one because he wants his friend to move into her room. She hasn’t violated any house rules so there’s no retaliatory action involved. Does he have the right to refuse her lease renewal?

Announcements March 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Found cat in Pleasant Plains

I found a small-ish cat on the Howard University campus. Definitely not a feral/one of the campus cats (no ear notch). She’s VERY friendly- crawls up your legs, nuzzles you, etc. Meows a lot and follows me around whenever she sees me (jumped right into my car). Might be pregnant? I’ve seen her in the past and she was very skinny, now she’s kind of fat in the middle.
She’s staying in my garage tonight (can’t bring her inside because I have an indoor cat and don’t want to risk fighting/getting her sick). I gave her food/water (she ate like she was starving), soft place to sleep, and a litterbox, and I’m planning on taking her to the Humane Rescue Alliance in the morning.

Announcements March 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Package Thieves in Shaw

My husband and I live in the 1500 block of 5th St, NW, in Shaw. Recently, the area’s seen a huge increase in the number of package thefts reported in the Third District. In fact, on the first day that we installed a security camera, we saw someone stealing packages from our front porch (it happened on 1/5/17). We filed a police report but haven’t had any luck identifying the person responsible.

On March 16, 2017, we were struck again by package thieves – this time they were two young black men (late teens or early 20s). I’ve attached the video of this latest left in hopes of drawing attention to this disturbing trend and to hopefully identify the perpetrators. In the video it looks like one of them has a DC Water ID tag hanging from his pants’ pocket. Please let us know if you recognize these two individuals!

https://youtu.be/VyhHogiMy6M

Thanks,

Rachel

Art March 26, 2017 at 12:35 am

Hand-Standing Lizard on the Top of the Heurich House?

While walking past the Heurich House in Dupont Circle, I noticed that it had a very strange figure on top of the turret. As far as I can tell it is a hand-standing lizard. Am I correct? And does anyone know the story behind this acrobatic iguana?

Heurich House Top

Events March 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Spring For Fashion

W Washington DC presents Spring For Fashion in partnership with Trunk Club. Join us on Thursday, March 30 to shop a curated collection of must-have pieces for spring inspired by you, the traveler! Opening party kicks off Thursday, March 30 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Visit the trunk show on March 31 and April 1 from 11:00am-8:00pm. RSVP at wwashingtondc.com/happenings.

Location:
W Washington, DC
515 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Life and Society March 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Become A CPE Mentor!

Nationally, only 11% of low-income, first-generation to college students will earn a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20s. For over 20 years, Capital Partners for Education (CPE) has improved the futures of motivated, low-income high school students throughout the DC metro area by helping them to get to and through college. With 99% of CPE graduates transitioning into college and 70% graduating on time, CPE effectively helps students traverse the college process, transition into college, and graduate at more than 6 times the rate of their peers nationally.

Mentoring is the cornerstone of CPE’s successful college preparatory program. If you are a college graduate, work in the DC metro area, and like to have fun, you already have all the skills to succeed in this program. We provide training and ongoing support throughout your mentoring relationship, so all you need to do is be yourself!

A candidate must be: – At least 21 years of age or older. – Be a college graduate. – Should be willing to go through a background check with CPE. The next orientation will be

March 30th from 6:30-7:30 pm

April 11th from 6:30-7:30 pm

April 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm

at 1413 K Street – 3rd Floor NW, Washington D.C. 20005!

RSVP- http://www.cpfe.org/mentor-orientations/ email Rianne Bonner rianne@cpfe.org with any questions!

Events March 23, 2017 at 10:40 am

Sakura Taiko Fest: Japanese Drumming Performance

Sakura Taiko Fest: Japanese Drumming Performance
Date/Time: April 9th, 12 noon-2:00 pm
Location: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Hall, University of Maryland
Cost: FREE
Website: Sakura Taiko Fest

The fifth annual Sakura Taiko Fest is a free event which features Japanese drumming performances from a collection of East Coast taiko groups. As a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, this energizing family-friendly show explores a range of different drumming styles, and celebrates Japanese cultural and artistic traditions from professional, community, and Buddhist taiko groups.

The Sakura Taiko Fest has grown each year, which we hope to continue this year in a beautiful new theater at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Last year five taiko groups traveled from up and down the east coast and played over two hours of traditional and modern taiko. One group brought in an electric guitar for a heavy metal version of a classic song, while other groups came together to play community favorites. Guests also had the opportunity to try taiko themselves and meet the drummers.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is located at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland. Parking is free in select lots on the weekends and public transport is also available to campus through metro busses, and the #104 campus shuttle from the metro station. Full directions and parking details are available here: http://theclarice.umd.edu/parking-and-directions

For more information, please call (202) 503-4587 or email sakurataikofest@gmail.com

Bitly link for google map: http://bit.ly/2jCLWzi

Announcements March 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

SOBE Organic Cleaners

Does anyone else use SOBE Organic Cleaners? I’ve been using them since 2012. They have missed two scheduled cleanings in a row. I’m worried that they may be out of business. Calling their phone goes to a voicemail that is full. Their website is still up, though. Has anyone else dealt with a house cleaner going out of business in general? It seems like really poor form for them to keep my house keys. I don’t want to have to change my locks because of it. But, I guess I have to?

Other March 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm

New home for a great dog?

Jax is amazing blue heeler mix who I got from a family in delaware who loved him but could not take care of him because they could not handle his energy level. His primary owner had recently committed suicide.

(See his handsome mug attached)

I have been working to try and find him a forever home thorugh friends, family and even a horrible Craigslist experience. I’ve had no luck. I can’t keep him because recently my husband’s parents moved into our house, and they are terrified of him.

He is 13 months old, 55 lbs, neutered and up to date on everything. For his age, he is well trained, he loves leash walks and long hikes in the woods on and off leash. He has a perfect recall and sits to say ‘please’ for everything from scratches to play to dinner. He needs a lot of exercise, we spend at least a half hour in the morning at the dog park (just he and my other dog, in the wee hours before anyone else is there, he isn’t quite ready for the 50 new friends experience) and take an hour walk in the evening, plus fetch to wear him out.

The good:
He is sweet and loving (cuddler), good with my other dog (who is 1/2 his size, but he plays appropriately with her in small doses for a total of hours daily), smart (we’ve done an adolescent dog training class and we’ve been doing some basic agility), and probably the most fun I’ve had in years. He’s crate trained, although he doesn’t love it he’ll go to it when you tell him to go to his house.

The less good:
He is shy with people and dogs, reluctant, but not aggressive in his fear. He experiences occasional object fear (a snow shovel made him lose his whole pup mind). He resource guards me from humans and my other dog. He resource guards very high value food (bones) from the other dog, but will let humans take them. We have worked on these issues and are seeing improvement, a new owner would have to continue to work on this. He is terrible with cats, he’s a chaser. Again, in just a month, dramatic improvement, but I would not recommend him to a cat owner. He hasn’t been kid tested, he’s not weird around them when he sees them, but he is a lot of dog for a child.

Jax needs an owner who will put in the work, but he’s amazing, anyone will fall in love with him in 5 minutes.

Please help,

Andi

Events March 21, 2017 at 7:58 pm

Easter Treasure Hunt

Hours: April 1 through April 16 ONLY. Daily 11am – 3pm – Close 5pm. Tours based on availability.
Where: The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street 2020 O Street N.W., DC
Tickets: $25/person – Online reservations are required
Reserve: http://www.omuseum.org/visit#tours

Don your favorite Easter bonnet and celebrate spring with a fun filled treasure hunt at The Mansion! Search for special Easter & spring themed items found only at The Mansion.

Hurry! This hunt hops away after Easter Sunday.

Prizes for best Easter bonnet and decorated egg contest! (bring your decorated egg with you to enter.)

Explore our themed rooms and search for secret doors. Bring your own shopping bags. Everything is for sale! Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

General Discussion March 21, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Another meddling politician?

While guns are always a controversial topic, I am getting a *little* sick of politicians from other places determining what is best for the people living and working in DC. Per the WaPo,

“A freshman Republican member of Congress from Virginia has introduced legislation to void D.C.’s strict gun laws as one of his first bills, sparking a retort from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton that he should pay more attention to the lax gun laws in his own state.

Rep. Thomas Garrett’s bill, filed March 15, would eliminate the city’s prohibition on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines while making it easier for residents and visitors to carry concealed firearms.

It is the House counterpart to legislation reintroduced this year by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

“My citizens should be able to come to their capital and protect themselves, just the way they can at home,” said Garrett, a former state senator who represents Charlottesville and a conservative swath of central and southern Virginia. “This should be something that D.C. leadership looks at. It’s their responsibility to protect their citizens.”

Perhaps in a countermove there should be a push to remove the metal detector, security checks, and strict gun regulations at his places of work, just for balance.

Events March 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

POV Live presents Allison Balanc

Join us Friday, March 24th for a rooftop party with the jazzy-soul sounds mixed with early ‘90’s hip-hop and R&B beats of Allison Balanc. Doors open at POV at W Washington DC at 8 p.m.

Location:
W Washington DC
515 15th Street NW
Washington, DC

Real Estate March 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Buying without Permits: Update & Scary News!

Hi all,
You may remember us from this forum a few weeks ago: http://www.popville.com/2017/03/buying-without-permits/

While we were still deciding how to handle the situation, we conducted an electrical safety inspection and the inspector found so many problems that he said living in the house would be unsafe. While we ultimately walked away from the deal, the seller was unwilling to make these changes and plans to put the house back on the market (the sale is still listed as pending). With how poorly the electrical was installed and the fact that he refused to show us the architectural plans of the additions or work with us to get permits, I don’t want any potential buyers to fall into the same trap we did.

We’ve sent the electrical report to DCRA and reported the lack of permits, but buyers beware!

https://www.redfin.com/DC/Washington/544-Newton-Pl-NW-20010/home/10043248

Real Estate March 20, 2017 at 9:32 am

Advice for appealing property tax assessment – new homeowner

Dear Popville,

I just closed on a new condo and would like to appeal my DC property tax assessment. It’s a three-unit building (all units are brand new construction with same materials), and they’ve assessed our unit as the most expensive by far ($120K more and $76K more than the other two units) even though ours was the mid-priced one in terms of the list price and the eventual purchase price when comparing the three units to each other.

I am definitely going to appeal the assessment and have read many threads on this site and others about how to do it. My remaining question that I hope to have answered here is:

I see that I have to check a box on the form indicating the basis for my appeal. If I appeal on the basis of equalization, comparing my home to the other units in the building as well as comparing it to other properties in the area, and then lose at the first-level of the appeal, can I appeal at the second level on the basis of estimated market value, using the appraisal from my settlement? I’d rather not use the appraisal yet because I feel that we could get a fairer assessment if we succeed on an equalization argument. But IF is the key word. If we don’t succeed on the equalization argument, I want to be able to bring in the appraisal at the second level of review.

Also, I would appreciate any other advice on the appeal, as this is my first time going through the process. Thanks in advance!

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Replied on March 28, 2017 at 1:16 am

An opera about the chimpanzee named LUCY opens this weekend at the Atlas!

UrbanArias, which presents short, new opera-theatre in English, is performing another fascinating s…
Replied on March 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Lease renewal help!

This is what I was looking at before for reference: http://ota.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/…
Replied on March 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Lease renewal help!

I live in a group house and my landlord is renewing the one-year leases for all of our roommates wi…
Replied on March 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Found cat in Pleasant Plains

I found a small-ish cat on the Howard University campus. Definitely not a feral/one of the campus c…
Replied on March 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Package Thieves in Shaw

My husband and I live in the 1500 block of 5th St, NW, in Shaw. Recently, the area’s seen a …
Replied on March 27, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Hand-Standing Lizard on the Top of the Heurich House?

Also, here’s another view of it from the neighboring rooftop. Attachments:You must be logged …
Replied on March 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Hand-Standing Lizard on the Top of the Heurich House?

Hi streetcarlights… thanks for walking by and looking up! The finial is actually a flame-dan…
Replied on March 26, 2017 at 12:35 am

Hand-Standing Lizard on the Top of the Heurich House?

While walking past the Heurich House in Dupont Circle, I noticed that it had a very strange figure …
Replied on March 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Spring For Fashion

W Washington DC presents Spring For Fashion in partnership with Trunk Club. Join us on Thursday, Ma…
Replied on March 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Become A CPE Mentor!

Nationally, only 11% of low-income, first-generation to college students will earn a bachelor’…
Replied on March 23, 2017 at 10:40 am

Sakura Taiko Fest: Japanese Drumming Performance

Sakura Taiko Fest: Japanese Drumming Performance Date/Time: April 9th, 12 noon-2:00 pm Location: C…
Replied on March 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

SOBE Organic Cleaners

Does anyone else use SOBE Organic Cleaners? I’ve been using them since 2012. They have missed…
Replied on March 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm

New home for a great dog?

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Replied on March 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm

New home for a great dog?

Jax is amazing blue heeler mix who I got from a family in delaware who loved him but could not take…