It's like a phoenix arising from the ashes. Just a few years ago, Washington DC's H-Street Corridor was derelict; full of vacant lots and broken dreams. But a former movie palace from the 1930s has become the staging ground for a neighborhood renaissance. Today the neighborhood is full of lively restaurants and businesses. The epicenter for this transformation is the Atlas. I went to their Intersections Festival last weekend. Six theatres jumping with vibrant performances by local talent. Because of the way the space is configured all of the six venues have an intimate feel. The sound and sight lines were excellent. The attitude of the staff was also remarkable; they clearly loved what they were doing.
The Festival offered a wide range of performances. Music ranged from Bluegrass to Blues to Opera Improv. Dance included Bollywood, Tap, Ballet and beyond, and there were films, lectures, sketch comedies, plays, poetry, puppets and puppies.
The Atlas has an in-house cafe which sells snacks. Next door is Dangerously Delicious Pies, an informal cafe which lives up to its name. The street also boasts the Star and Shamrock, a kludge of a kosher deli and Irish bar.
If you love the energy of the city, you should make a beeline for the Atlas and its Intersections Festival.
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