“Hybrid” Cherry Blossom Festival Underway In DC

By Southwester Staff An oft-repeated pandemic refrain is “the coronavirus doesn’t care” about various phenomena like borders, the NCAA basketball tournament, campaign rallies, and so on. In DC, we might say cherry trees “don’t care” about the pandemic.  At the time we wrote this piece, the cherry blossoms had started blooming, and planning for the […]

Stepping Up to Help Neighbors

By Southwester Staff Although there is no denying that it has been a tough year for Southwest residents, the community can be grateful for the many local organizations working to bring assistance and comfort to the neighborhood. The Friends of Southwest DC’s annual report, just released, highlights its support to community organizations that have worked […]

Setting the Stage for 2021: Interview with Molly Smith

By Sheila Wickouski  The 2019-20 season celebrating Arena Stage’s 70th Anniversary was planned with performances of people “fighting for what matters to them.” Early in 2020 and throughout the year, though, things changed dramatically, from on-stage stories of people fighting to real protests and riots in the streets.  We talked with Molly Smith, Artistic Director […]

Where Are They Now?

SWNA Scholarship Recipients, Past and Present By Wilma Goldstein At the 2020 SWNA Scholarship Awards Program, one of the recipients said it would be nice to have caring adults checking in with them while they are at college. Even though many may now be home, the Education and Scholarship Task Force (ESTF) organized to meet […]