Franklins facelift

April 7, 2013

Hyattsville’s newest piece of public art is a 14-by-40-foot mural, installed the first week of April over Franklins’ south-facing exterior brick wall. “My first love is neon,” admits shop owner Mike Franklin. That wasn’t feasible for a project this size, but he still wanted something [read more]

Local filmmaker launches fourth premiere

March 20, 2013

BY IVONNE OLGUIN —  Many of us love the excitement of sitting in the dark watching a movie and being taken to faraway lands or into the lives of others. But for others, such as Hyattsville native Francis Abbey, the excitement comes from creating those stories. Abbey is an independent filmmaker [read more]

Local band shows versatility on five-song debut recording

March 18, 2013

BY DAN HART — Can a band mix blues, folk, reggae, gospel, and a bit of country into a base ingredient of straight rock ‘n’roll and make it all work in just five songs? With their new EP, Like A Freight Train, the Hyattsville-based Lonesome Valley Ramblers prove that this difficult task can [read more]

Film series features local immigrant stories

February 18, 2013

BY ROSANNA LANDIS WEAVER — The same week that President Obama reminded a Nevada crowd that “we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants.” Hyattsville branch library hosted the first of a 2013 winter film series with a similar theme: “Travel Tales: Stories of Migration.” This season is [read more]

Wishes granted for local schools

January 15, 2013

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Two area schools started 2013 with major donations. Hyattsville Elementary School’s Rainy Day Games campaign, set up in December as a Wish List on, brought in more than 100 new games in its first month. Principal Julia Burton worked with the staff to identify items [read more]

Art will bloom at former florist’s

January 15, 2013

BY ROSANNA LANDIS WEAVER — A new art school is coming to Hyattsville. Art Works Studio School of Mount Rainier will be moving into the Route 1 building in Hyattsville that for many years housed Marche Florists. William Marche started the family business in 1908 in Washington, D.C.  After he [read more]

Civil servants recruited for theater festival

December 10, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — We know you’re out there, civil servants. As part of the Atlas Intersections Festival, to be held in February at D.C.’s Atlas Performing Arts Center, the local theater group Active Cultures is putting together  .govaculture, 15 original short plays about life as a federal [read more]

Frigid temps thwart first Handmade on Hamilton festival

November 10, 2012

Riverdale Park glass artist Tina Van Pelt displays her wares at Handmade on Hamilton, a West Hyattsville arts festival. Photo courtesy Susie Currie (November 2012). BY LAUREN FLYNN KELLY — Replacing the longstanding International Festival, usually held in September, Handmade on Hamilton: An [read more]

Hyattsville Arts Fest showcases art in all its forms

October 10, 2012

BY LAUREN FLYNN KELLY — Recycled, repurposed, vintage, handmade and 100 percent eclectic were the themes of the day at the Fifth Annual Hyattsville Arts Festival, which took place on September 22 in the city’s Gateway Arts District on Jefferson Street at Baltimore Avenue. Organizers estimate [read more]
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