The Week Ahead…(Chess at Eastern Market Metro) & Some Photos from the Past Week

The Week Ahead…(Chess at Eastern Market Metro) & Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Sunday afternoon, R&B/Soul band Elroy International performed at Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  Founder and front man Michael Elroy Craig started the band in 2020.  Sunday was the first time the band performed here.  Craig says he has partnered with Image Society to bring his music to Metro Plaza and hopes to perform once a month throughout the summer.  Image Society is a Global Conservation community organization dedicated to the preservation of culture through exposure and education by offering classes in music, graphic design, video editing, social media development, entrepreneur development and life skills. 

Meanwhile, this was the scene over at the West Front of the US Capitol as preparations continued for Sunday night’s Memorial Day Concert.  Security was tight, and the closed area extended from the West Front all way to Second Street west of the Capitol. 

Here’s some video from around 7:30pm on Friday evening at 13th and South Carolina Avenue, SE.  It looks like Prince George’s County Police pursued a vehicle into the District resulting in a chase through the Hill East neighborhood and a crash.  MPD was lax in posting a DC Alert to enlighten residents, but tweets from witnesses alleged there were seven MPD and Prince Georges County police vehicles involved.  Witnesses said that an individual – possibly a juvenile  occupant of the crashed vehicle – was being detained.  Witnesses also reported a surveillance helicopter overhead which may have been looking for another individual who was reported to have fled the scene.  No word how this comports with MPD regulations regarding pursuit of vehicles.  Video credit:  Brian Alcorn. 


Thursday evening at MLK Library, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan applauds the presentation of Dirk Lohan – architect and grandson of Mies van der Rohe.  Van der Rohe designed the recently completed $211 million renovation of MLK.  Reyes-Gavilan said “MLK is the only Mies building in DC and the only Mies Library in the world.”  Lohan toasted his just-finished hour long talk entitled “Mies and Me,” with an admittedly fake martini, a tribute to a long stretch of Thursday evening conversations with Mies which featured martinis and cigars.  Lohan’s recollections of his grandfather – spiked with numerous anecdotes – highlighted van der Rohe’s transformation from a classical architect to a modernist following WWII. 

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee held a virtual meeting on Wednesday night.  The committee discussed possibilities for honoring former chair Donna Scheeder, who passed recently but came to no final decision.  Acting chair Chuck Burger expressed his hope that a permanent chair could be appointed by the next meeting on June 29.  He said he had had discussions with CM Allen regarding the vacant seat on the Committee (both the slots for members designated by Allen and Mayor Bowser are currently unfilled) and said he hoped both of these would be filled by fall. 

And finally, last week on Monday night, the four Democratic candidates for DC mayor participated in a forum at Hill Center:  Muriel Bowser, Robert C. White Jr., Trayon White Sr., and James Butler.  The forum was sponsored by The Hill Rag and Ward Six Democrats and moderated by Sam Ford, bureau chief of ABC Channel 7 News.  The the station carried the proceedings live.  Here’s some video showing what being in the room was like. 

The Week Ahead…(Chess at Eastern Market Metro)
by Larry Janezich

The Week Ahead…

Tuesday, May 31
ANC6B Executive Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm to set the agenda for the June meeting of the full ANC on June14. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:

Thursday, June 2
ANC 6C Transportation and Public Space Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:

Among items on the draft agenda:

·       1005 First Street, NE – Public Space Application for projection on the corner along 1st Street, NE, and
L Street, NE, for a new restaurant entrance and facade.
·       301 Massachusetts Avenue, NE – Public Space Application for outdoor seating including a sidewalk
café on 3rd Street for Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza. 
·       Proposal for a bike parking corral at 6th and K Street, NE, and general discussion of bike corrals in
·       Update on Maryland Avenue, NE, streetscape improvements.

Friends of Southeast Library hold an in-person monthly meeting at Southeast Library at 5:30pm. 

Friday, June 3
·       Chess in the Park at Eastern Market Metro Plaza from 1 to 4pm, sponsored by the U.S. Chess Center.
·       Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, weather permitting.  (Info on
the featured artist was not available at press time.)
Saturday, June 4
Chess tournament for kids from 10:00am – 1:00pm. 
·       This FREE tournament will be hosted by the US Chess Center and Barracks Row Main Street Program
for students in grades 2-8. Students need to register via the U.S. Chess Center to be entered in the
tournament. Registration and more information can be found on the U.S. Chess Center’s website

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