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GO.SEE.DO. Baltimore’s Little Italy. Piccola Italia is a cozy neighborhood in the heart of downtown Baltimore between the Inner Harbor and Fells Point. Italian immigrants who moved into this small Baltimore district during the 20th century remained banded together in their new home-America. Generations later, many of Little Italy’s long skinny row houses are still owned by their families; it remains a tight-knit community…because there is nothing more important to Italians than la famiglia. Eat at one of the 30 great restaurants or simply wander through the narrow streets to experience a bit of the sapore and ambiente of the old country-Italia. Guests are greeted by Sergio Vitale, one of the owners, at Aldo’s in Little Italy. Photo: Courtesy of Visit Baltimore

INTERSECTIONS at the Atlas. The Atlas INTERSECTIONS festival was designed to spark dialogue and connections onstage and offstage, which speaks to the Atlas’ mission of engaging audiences through the arts. They wish to encourage patrons to see something new that may inspire, delight and energize them. That said, the Atlas is featuring a dizzing array of performances from February 23 through March 11. If you haven’t been to the Atlas yet, this is the perfect time. In addition to its main stage performances and special events, the curated festival will also feature emerging and artists in its Washington Post Café Concerts in the Atlas’ Kogod Lobby. The café concerts are designed to engage audiences before, during and after festival performances. Each Saturday during the festival has been programmed with family-friendly performances and activities. Family themed events include a new children’s musical, circus performances and live music workshops. Atlas performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Rachel Ann Cross, Happy Mojo Guitar. Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Ann Cross 12 ★ HillRag | February 2012

President Lincoln’s Cottage. After a $15 million restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public for the first time in 2008, giving Americans an intimate, never-before-seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and family life. Designated a National Monument by President Clinton in 2000, President Lincoln’s Cottage served as Lincoln’s family residence for a quarter of his presidency and is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. In addition to President Lincoln’s Cottage, the adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, features related exhibits and media presentations. Open daily. Admission by guided tour only. $12. 202-829-0436. Carol M. Highsmith, 2009

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. On Friday, Feb. 10, the National Archives will unveil an electrifying new exhibition, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. Founding Father, mad scientist, diplomat, humorist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Benjamin Franklin is one of the most remarkable and influential Americans of any generation. Learn more about the many sides of Benjamin Franklin and discover his impact on the world in this fascinating, interactive exhibition. Meet young Franklin in Boston, as a rebellious, ambitious teenager, and then travel with him to Philadelphia, London, and Paris. Learn about Franklin’s scientific experiments and civic initiatives, while exploring the world through his ever-curious eyes. A special section features original documents from the holdings of the National Archives--including original Franklin letters, the original journals from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, and a rare 1787 printed version of the Constitution. This section includes the original Treaty of Paris, negotiated and signed by Franklin. In France, war-weary American and British negotiators met to negotiate peace. Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and John Adams locked horns with their British counterparts over issues such as boundaries, fishing rights and financial compensation. The agreement they reached, the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, formally ended the Revolutionary War and established the United States as an independent and sovereign nation. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Open daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 1-866-272-6272. Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, 1777 Engraving, Augustin de Saint-Aubin after Charles-Nicholas Cochin. Collection of Stuart E. Karu. One of the first images of Franklin available in France, made within a few weeks of his arrival, this print was reproduced on countless souvenir objects. The fur cap Franklin wore that winter attracted the attention of the French public, who also associated it with a similar hat worn by the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Leo Villareal’s Multiverse Light Sculpture. Multiverse, the largest and most complex light sculpture created by American artist Leo Villareal, may be experienced by visitors as they pass through the Concourse walkway between the East and West Buildings of the National Gallery of Art. The work features approximately 41,000 computer-programmed LED nodes that run through channels along the 200-foot-long space. It’s worth a trip to the Gallery just to see this dazzling light show. Born in 1967 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Leo Villareal began experimenting with light, sound, and video while studying set design and sculpture at Yale University, where he received his BA. He earned his Master of Professional Studies in the design of new media, computational media, and embedded computing from New York University’s pioneering interactive telecommunications program at the Tisch School of the Arts. There he also learned the programming skills that enable him to push LED technology far past familiar commercial applications. ★ 13

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Cupid’s Undie Run Feb 11, noon-4:00 PM. Cupid’s Undie Run is a unique charitable event in Washington DC. Participants run a 1.75 mile lap around the US Capitol Building in their Valentine’s themed undies to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Sold-out but you watch. 14 ★ HillRag | February 2012

PRESIDENT’S DAY (GEORGE AND ABRAHAM) Wreath Laying at Lincoln Memorial. Feb 12, noon. Honor Abraham Lincoln at a Presidential wreath laying ceremony and a dramatic reading

of the “Gettysburg Address.” 23rd and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-426-6841. Grand Opening Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership. Feb. 12 and Feb. 20, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM. These free full days of programming begin with wreath layings at 8:45 a.m. The days feature lectures, ranger

talks, storytelling and music. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. Necessary Sacrifices at Ford’s. Through Feb 18. In his fourth commission for Ford’s Theatre, playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Freder-

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Last year’s Slumdog Millionaire showing. Photo: Sam Kittner Photography

Vote for NoMa Summer Screen Films Start dreaming of warm weather, and get ready for NoMa Summer Screen! As a spoof on doomsday prophesies marking the end of the Mayan calendar, this year’s series features movies about world-ending scenarios. For 2012: The End of the World?, join the NoMa neighborhood for our most popular event, a free, 12-week outdoor movie series featuring family-friendly films. Take a one-question survey on to vote for your favorite films. Leave comments or suggestions on their Facebook page. NoMa Summer Screen is the neighborhood’s signature summer event, attracting more than 300 people each week from around the region. Now in its fifth year, NoMa Summer Screen will run on Wednesday evenings May 23-Aug. 8. Bring a blanket, Frisbee and picnic cooler starting at 7:00 p.m., and connect with friends as you enjoy great films under the stars. Films start at 9:00 p.m. Subtitles will be provided for all movies.

ick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. During the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass challenges Lincoln to use his power as president to bring truth to America’s founding ideal that “all men are created equal.” $27-$40. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 800-982-2787 (for tickets). George Washington Classic 10-K Race. Feb 18, 8:30 AM (rain or shine). Certified course through Eisenhower Valley. Prizes, Technical Tee Shirts & refreshments. The first race of the season! Benefits the historic Old Town parade. $35. 703-829-6640. Revolutionary War Day Re-Enactment at Fort Ward. Feb 19, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. As part of the George Washington Birthday events, see historic camp and tactical demonstrations

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throughout the day, including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army. Experience the Revolutionary War soldier and his camp life up close with the First Virginia Regiment! Witness 18th-century armies do battle, perform fife and drum music, and fire cannon and muskets. Formation and inspection at 10:00 AM, rifle demonstration at 10:30 AM artillery demonstration at 11:30 AM, battle at 2:00 PM, and break camp at 3:00 PM. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA. 703-746-4848. Old Town Alexandria George Washington Birthday Parade. Feb 20, 1:00-3:00 PM. This is the largest parade celebrating the birth of George Washington in the USA. 703-8296640.

Mount Vernon Free on George Washington’s Birthday. Feb 20, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. The traditional wreathlaying ceremony takes place at Washington’s Tomb followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green. Join characters from the 18th century as they help visitors surprise General Washington with rousing birthday cheers! At “George Washington’s Surprise Birthday Party”, the first president will be presented with gifts which he will describe and react to during a speech to his birthday visitors. “General Washington” will be on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes all day. Celebrating Washington’s Birthday through the Centuries. Feb 22, 7:00 PM. On George Washington’s 280th birthday, Library Director Ellen Clark presents a talk on celebrations of Washington’s birthday since it was first observed by the troops at Valley Forge in 1778. Refreshments include a flag-bedecked cake based on one served by Larz and Isabel Anderson at the American Legation in Brussels on February 22, 1912. Free. The Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202785-2040. Washington Monument Earthquake Update. On Tuesday, Aug, 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, occurred 84 miles southwest of Washington, DC, damaging the Washington Monument. The National Park Service has temporarily closed the Monument and is assessing the damage to it. 202-426-6839. Petersen House Open. In 1849, William A. Petersen, a German tailor, constructed the plain red brick three-story and basement townhouse across the street from Ford’s Theatre. After the shooting, President Lincoln was carried to the house and tended in a back bedroom until his death hours later. Since acquiring the house in 1933, the National Park Service has maintained it as a historic house museum, recreating the scene at the time of Lincoln’s death. Here, visitors can learn more about that fateful night and the people who surrounded the President in his final hours. 202-347-4833. Visit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM; Sundays, 1:00-4:00 PM. Last tour at 3:45 PM. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby’s establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette. 703-746-4242.

VALENTINE’S EVENTS Valentine’s Dance Party with The Fabulettes. Feb 11, 8:00 PM. Rock the night away with this seven piece band and reserve now for the best Valentine’s Dance bash in town. Singles welcome, delights abound! $25. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. The Power of Chocolate Festival. Feb 1112, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM. This two-day celebration of one of the world’s favorite flavors includes traditional performances; live food demonstrations and free chocolate samples (while supplies last!); a talk focused on the health and nutrition benefits of cacao and chocolate; and presentations from one of the world’s greatest chocolate makers, Mars Chocolate; as well as hands-on activities for kids and families! American Indian Museum, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. In Every Language Love at the Sackler (An Open House for All Ages). Feb 1112, 2:00 PM. After a slideshow of images representing love in Asian art, use printing blocks inscribed with the word “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages to make valentines. Free. Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-6334880. Valentine’s Day “Old School Jam Session” at THEARC. Feb 14, 6:30-7:45, reception; 8:00-11:00, show. Red Karpet Eventz’s 1st Annual Valentine’s Day “Old School Jam Session” features Grammy Nominated Michael Orr and Company, performing your favorite hits from the 60’s and 70’s. Complimentary food and cash bar. $25. Theater at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202300-5367.

SPECIAL EVENTS Sugar & Champagne Affair Benefiting the Washington Humane Society. Feb 1. 6:007:30 PM, VIP Chefs’ Tasting Room; 7:009:00 PM, General Reception. Come and enjoy delectable confections by the metropolitan area’s most talented pastry chefs complemented by fine sparkling wines. A VIP reception presents an exclusive savory gathering by top chefs. Hosts Chef Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox & Watershed Restaurants and Muse at the Corcoran Gallery of Art once again welcome guests in honor of our local crusaders against animal cruelty. $90-$150. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration. Feb 11, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Born a slave, Frederick Douglass selected his own February 14th birthday. The National Park Service at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia has moved the celebration to the closest Saturday so that more people can enjoy the day. The day will a keynote speaker, oratorical contest recitations, kids’ actitivies, face painting, live entertainment and food for purchase. It may be cold outside but the celebration ★ 17

will be in heated tents, the house itself and the auditorium. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961. Washington Savoyards All Stars 40th Birthday Party and Fundraiser. Feb 11, 6:30 PM. The Washington Savoyards 40th Anniversary Celebration. This informal gala fundraiser is dinner-and-ashow for $125, featuring the specialities of some of H Street’s finest restaurants and auction opportunities. There will be a full performance of a unique show that features favorite Savoyards artists and music. There will be a lot of Gilbert & Sullivan favorites and hits from Broadway shows. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Jen-Krupa-Leigh Pilzer Quintet at the Atlas. Feb 1, 8:00 PM. Jen Krupa and Leigh Pilzer were inspired by the duo collaborations of such pairs as Gerry Mulligan and Bob Brookmeyer, J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding, and Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. With Jen on trombone and Leigh on baritone and soprano saxophones and a roster of world-class rhythm section members they perform jazz standards, selections from the Great American Songbook, and straight-ahead originals. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. Matt Gornick at Ebenezers. Feb. 5, 4:00-6:00 PM. Free acoustic music on the main coffeehouse level. Upon its release, Matt Gornick’s most recent sixsong record, “Meridian Hill” by Nillo and Flashman Irving, was immediately hailed as “the best record of the last ten minutes” by everyone within earshot. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Alleghany St with Occidental Gypsy and Justina & Marie Miller at Ebenezers. Feb 9, 7:30-10:00 PM. Alleghany St. is a brother sister duo! They love and live music! If they were to have a genre it would be considered folk/alternative music! $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Washington Savoyards All Stars. Feb 10-12. Celebrate the Washington Savoyards 40th anniversary season with a unique show that features its favorite artists and music. There will be a lot of Gilbert & Sullivan favorites and hits from Broadway shows. $15-$40. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s 40th Anniversary Concert. Feb 12, 4:00 PM. The concert features works by composers Robert Convery and Jeffery Watson

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and includes performances by a chorus of community voices, the Capitol Hill Youth Chorus, the newly-formed Children’s Honor Chorus from Brent Elementary, and a cappella ensemble Not What You Think as well as David Lazere, a student in CHAW’s private music studio. “Conversation with Composers” just before the concert, 3:15-3:45 PM., with Bob Convery and Jeffery Watson led by Peter DiMuro. Audience members can get an insider’s view of the compositional process as Jeffery Watson and Robert Convery discuss the creative impulses and production of their choral works being performed. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SE. 202-547-6839.

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Ben Allison Quartet-Jazz at the Atlas. Feb 15, 8:00 PM. Known for his inspired arrange¬ments, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to classical and world music, and seamlessly blends them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Suzie Brown, Cariad Harmon, Matt Koziol, and Barnaby Bright at Ebenezers. Feb 16, 7:30-10:00 PM. $8. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202558-6900. Michaela Anne in Concert. Feb 16, 8:00 PM. Blending country, blues and folk with heartfelt lyrics and a powerful vocal delivery, Michaela Anne evokes the ever-changing landscape of American life she witnessed firsthand. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202544-5807. Carolina Chocolate Drops at LOC. Feb 18, 2:00 PM. Winners of a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, the Chocolate Drops are “sophisticated musicians… channeling a dark history through a beautiful medium” (Robin Wheeler). With voice, banjo, fiddle, and guitar, plus jugs and bones, they have rediscovered and renewed traditions from 150 years of American musical history -- jigs, reels, ballads, blues and worksongs from the pre-Civil War South to Tom Waits and Blue Cantrell, with North Carolina’s Piedmont region as the starting point. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. INTERSECTIONS 2012 Washington Post Cafe Concert Series. World music, a cappella ensembles and a spotlight on jazz highlight the over thirty free performances presented on the Café Concert stage. Before or between seeing a ticketed main stage show, enjoy an “intersection” of art, connection and community. Relax in the Atlas’ Kogod Lobby, meet and mingle with festival artists and fellow patrons over drinks and light faire from our café and enjoy live entertainment. Feb. 23, 6:30-8:00 PM, Torcuato Zamora. Feb.

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24, 6:30-8:00 PM, Amy K Bormet and Matt Dievendorf. Feb. 25, noon-1:00 PM, Boogie Babes’ Mr. Skip; 1:00-2:00 PM, 3:30-4:30 PM and 5:00-6:00 PM, DC’s Different Drummers; 6:30-9:30 PM, Michael Kramer and Tom Baldwin; 10:30 PM-midnight, Open Jazz Jam Session with the Rodney Richardson Trio. Feb. 26 Sunday, 1:30-2:30 PM, Peter DiMuro & Friends; 3:00-5:30 PM, Tara Linhardt and Friends. Mar. 1, 7:00-9:30 PM, Marc Avon Evans. Mar. 2, 6:00-7:30 PM, The Fablers; 8:00-10:00 PM, The Pushovers. Mar. 3, noon-1:00 PM, Boogie Babes’ Groovy Nate; 1:30-2:00 PM, Ellington String Virtuosi, 2:30-4:30 PM, Matthew Mills & special guests; 5:00-7:00 PM, Og Ceol; 7:30-9:30 PM, Congressional Chorus; 10:30-midnight, Open Jazz Jam Session with the Joe Herrera Trio. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Nan Raphael’s “Tout Sweet” CD Release Party. Feb 26, 5:00 PM. You’ll hear several pieces from her CD as well as other pieces from the piccolo’s new golden age which demonstrate the unexpected versatility of this much maligned instrument. Since retiring from the US Army Field Band after a 26 year career as solo piccoloist with the band, Nan has been featured as a soloist at flute festivals and with community bands nationwide. Her most recent appearance was at the 2011 Australian Flute Festival in Canberra. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. (Tuesday, draft beer $3.) 816 H St. NE. 202-253-0044. Jazz Night (and fish fry) in Southwest. Fridays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Every Friday night. Expect a large, fun and friendly crowd. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). The cover is $5. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. 202-484-7700.

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Blue Monday Blues. Mondays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Local musicians perform, and the Southwest Catering Company provides a fish fry from 5:30-8:30 PM. $5/general; free/children under 16. Modestly priced food. 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700.

THEATER AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Political Satire from Pardon the Pundit. Feb 13, 8:00 PM. $10. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Rorschach Theatre’s The Gallerist. Through Feb 19. Through uncommon uses of envi-

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ronment and intimate passionate performances, Rorschach Theatre seeks to lure its audiences beyond the limits of ordinary theatrical experience so that they may discover new elements of their own humanity. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Elephant Room at Arena Stage. Through Feb 26. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle will be transformed into a mystical place of wonder and amusement, with a dash of ridiculousness, with Elephant Room, featuring semi-pro conjurors Dennis Diamond, Daryl Hannah and Louie Magic. Fresh from the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Diamond, Hannah and Magic bring their absurdist magic show to DC under the direction of Paul Lazar. $40. Arena Stage Kogod Cradle. 202-488-3300. The Gaming Table (originally titled The Basset Table) at the Folger. Through Mar 4. The thrills of the gaming table stylishly play out against the eccentricities of English manners in this handsome comedy. Lady Reveller, an independent widow with a penchant for gambling, leads a nightly card game, which bankrupts some and entertains all. $30-$65. Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. Peter Pan World Premier at H Street Playhouse. Feb 8-Mar. 4. Adapted and Directed by Michael Lluberes. Based on the stories by J. M. Barrie. A fantastical exploration of the fears of growing up and the power of the human imagination, Peter Pan is sure to be a captivating treat. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. Southwest Nights at Arena Stage. “Red” on Feb 14, 7:30 PM. “Elephant Room” on Feb 21, 7:30 PM. A special invitation is extended to their Southwest DC neighbors to buy discounted tickets for specially designated performances of each production. Tickets are $35 for musicals and $25 for non-musicals, plus fees. Proof of Southwest DC residency or employment for each member of the party must be presented at the time of purchase. Tickets are limited to four per person and are based on availability.

LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Author to Discuss Fashion Industry Impresario Eleanor Lambert. Feb 2, 11:30 AM. Fashion historian John A. Tiffany will discuss his book “Eleanor Lambert: Still Here” at the Library of Congress in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. The book will be available for purchase and a book-signing will follow. 202707-7450. Mastering “Real Talk”: Creating Authentic Dialogue. Feb. 4 and 11, noon-2:30 PM. Through readings, in-class exercises and assignments, in this mini course, you will learn to listen and then “record” believ-

Edward Gero as Mark Rothko and Patrick Andrews as Ken in the 2011 Goodman Theatre production of Red. Directed by Robert Falls. Photo: Liz Lauren.

Red at Arena Stage Through Mar 4. A visceral, “superbly taut” (Chicago Tribune) battle of wills, Red drops you squarely inside the world of painter Mark Rothko and sets your heart pounding. At the height of his career, Rothko struggles with a series of grand-scale paintings for NY’s elite Four Seasons restaurant. When his new assistant challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons or be crushed by the ever-changing art world he helped create. 202-488-3300.

able dialogue. You will become a master observer of conversation culminating in your creation of a story told entirely through dialogue. $100. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Benjamin Percy & Dagoberto Gilb at the Folger. Feb 6, 7:30 PM. Percy’s works have been published by GQ, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Gilb’s novel The Magic of Blood received the PEN/Hemingway Award. $15. Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Yusef Komunyakaa Poetry Reading. Feb 9, 6:30 PM. Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of 13 poetry collections, including Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. Komunyakaa will read his poems in response to images from The Phillips Collection exhibition Snapshot. $15. Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202544-7077. Southeast Library Book Sale. Feb 11, 10:30 AM-2:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. southeast Readings from Shakespeare’s Sisters. Feb 16, 7:00 PM. Rita Dove, Linda Gregerson, Elizabeth Nunez, Linda Pastan, and Jane Smiley read their commissioned

poems and essays from the forthcoming Shakespeare’s Sisters chapbook, published in conjunction with the Folger exhibition of the same name. Details to come. Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Arthur Phillips: The Tragedy of Arthur. Feb 24, 7:00 PM. Arthur Phillips discusses The Tragedy of Arthur, his novel about a newly discovered--and fictional--play by Shakespeare. Free. Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

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EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD “Bill Dorsey: Retrospective. (1961-2011)” will show from January 12 - February 11, 2012. Bill Dorsey is a leading artist in the Washington area who creates contemplative and nostalgic paintings of landscapes and people. International Visions- The Gallery, 2629 Connecticut Ave NW. Washington, DC 20008. 202 234-5112.

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Earth As Art 3: A Landsat Perspective. Through May 31. This exhibition showcases Landsat 7 images created by the United States Geological Survey. Since 1972, Landsat ★ 21

satellites have collected from space information about Earth’s continents and coastal areas. The images on display are actual digital photographs of the Earth, created by printing visible and infrared data in colors visible to the human eye. Geography and Map Corridor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500–1700. Feb 2-May 20. Virginia Woolf famously evoked Shakespeare’s sister in A Room of One’s Own as she tried to imagine the difficulties women writers faced during the early modern period. In fact, Woolf was not aware of how many women actually were writing during that time, because many of their works were never published, and those that were, lay in relative critical neglect. This exhibition explores those women who were, in fact, writing during Shakespeare’s time. It reimagines the “conversations” of these early women writers: with each other as members of families or groups; with the Bible; with spiritual and secular ideas; and with male writers of the time. Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds. The Michael Jackson Experience Traveling Exhibit through March 13. Featuring three Michael Jackson figures, one each from The Jackson 5 Years, The Bad Era, and This Is It Michael. 1001 F Street NW, 866.823.9565. Exploring the Early Americas. Ongoing. Exploring the Early Americas features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds. The exhibition includes two extraordinary maps by Martin Waldseemüller created in 1507 and 1516, which depict a world enlarged by the presence of the Western Hemisphere. Northwest Gallery, 2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture. Ongoing. Hope for America draws from the personal papers, joke files, films, radio and television broadcasts, and other materials donated to the Library of Congress by Bob Hope and his family. To put the history of the involvement of entertainers in politics into perspective, the exhibition also profiles the politically oriented activities of other prominent figures represented in the Library’s vast collections. Thomas Jeffrson Building, 10 First St. SE. Polar Exploration at the Navy Museum. Open daily, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM; weekends and holidays, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Explore the Navy’s Polar Exploration exhibit. Exhibits are in the Museum and on line for you to enjoy. Enter the Navy Yard at the Sixth and M St. SE gate.

CLASSES, TOURS AND TALKS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD 40 Free Events in 40 Days at CHAW. Moorland Ensemble Concert, Jan 30, 7:00 PM; Creative Clay Tile and Coaster Making, Jan 30, 6:45-8:45 PM; Sculptural Birdbath, Jan 30; A Day in the Life of a Forensic Artist, Jan 31, 7:00-8:30 PM; Belly Dancing Basics, Jan 31, 7:00-8:30 PM; The Blue-Collar Artist Navigates the Industry of Art, Feb 1, 7:00-8:30 PM: Zumba, Feb 2 and 9, 7:00-8:30 PM; One of a Kind Ceramic Checkerboard Game Pieces, Feb 3, 7:00-8:30 PM; Dramagami, Feb 4, 10:00-11:30 AM; Midnight in

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Paris: Andre Breton’s Exquisite Corpse, Feb 9, 7:008:30 PM; “Far Away” Capitol Hill Art League Opening, Feb 11, 5:00-7:00 PM; Conversations with Composers, Feb 12, 3:15-3:45 PM; 40th Anniversary Choral Concert, Feb 12, 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is required for some events. To register, visit and click on 40 Free Events Link. CHAW, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. Anyone Can Learn to Paint. Feb 4, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. This one-day workshop with artist Nana Bagdavadze is designed to encourage students to unlock their ability to express visually and become familiar with basic principles of composition, color and values. $120. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Overbeck History Lecture on Congressional Cemetery. Feb 7, 8:00 PM. Lecture on Congressional Cemetery and its comeback from decline and neglect by cemetery association’s director Cindy Hays. Free admission but reservation required. Email Naval Lodge Hall, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Byte Back Office Track at Hill Center. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM. Office Track delivers job skills with computer file management; word processing with MS WORD; spreadsheets and graphing with MS EXCEL and introductions to OUTLOOK and POWERPOINT. Prerequisite: PC Beginners or placement test (to be taken at Byte Back-call 202-529-3395 to make arrangements.). Free. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. American Indian Museum Highlights Tour. MondayFriday, 1:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM. Cultural interpreters provide a 1-hour overview of the museum’s history, landscape, building, exhibitions, and other points of interest. American Indian Museum, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000.

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Free Tango Lesson at CHAW. Feb 10, 7:00-9:30 PM. Once a month CHAW hosts an early evening free práctica. The idea of this practica is to provide tango dancers of all levels an opportunity to practice, collaborate, and learn in a collective space. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. KUKUWA African Dance Workout Classes. Saturdays, 11:00 AM. $15 for drop in; 5 class package, $50. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 1-866-958-5892. Free Yoga Fridays at St Marks. 7:00-8:00 AM. All levels welcome. St. Mark’s Yoga Center, 301 A St. SE. All levels welcome. 202-546-4964. Workouts at Corner Store. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 AM. The Morning Workout blends dance and pilates for a full body strength and flexibility workout. The instructor is Roberta Rothstein, with occasional substitutes. Wednesdays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Gentle Pilates with Katherine Richardson features a classic Pilates mat workout. No pre-registration. Strictly walk-in. $10. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Taking Control of Your Diabetes Health Fair. Feb 11, 9:00 AM-5:00 AM. A unique blend of first class exhibitors from pharmaceutical companies, fellow

not-for-profit entities, innovative small businesses, and health and fitness advocates, all geared toward diabetes care. $20. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 800-998-2693. Washington Wizards Basketball. Feb 4, 6, 8, 10, 22 and 29; 7:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397SEAT. Washington Capitals Hockey. Feb 5, 7, 9, 24 and 28; 7:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-266-2277. Full Moon Hike at Arboretum. Feb 6, 7 and 8; 7:00-9:00 PM and February 6, 7, & 8; 7:00-9:00 PM. This fourmile-long, brisk walk is a magical trip through moonlit gardens, meadows and woods. Clear winter nights provide especially bright skies. Not recommended for children under 16. $22. Registration required online at usna. or by calling 202-245-4521. There are two entrances: 3501 New York Ave. NE and 24th & R sts. NE, off of Bladensburg Rd. Winter Public Skating at Fort Dupont. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM and Saturdays, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. Dress for warmth and safety! Clothes should be easy to move in, and pants must not fall below the heel of the skate (sweatpants or leggings are a good choice). Everyone needs to wear gloves or mittens, and one pair of thin, long socks or tights that fit snugly (no ankle socks). A helmet or knit hat is strongly recommended (loaner helmets are available). Skating is $4-$5. Skate rental is $3. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. 202-584-5007. Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Open through Mid Mar. (depending on the weather). Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. View magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system. $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, students with ID and seniors 50 and over. Skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-2893361. Rumsey Pool. Public swim, MondayFriday, 6:30-9:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM. Public swim, Saturday, 1:00-5:00 PM. Public swim, Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. 635 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495. dpr. Capitol Hill Tai Chi Study Group. Saturday mornings (except when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s below zero or very inclement weather), meeting to teach and practice Tai Chi, 8:00-10:00 AM. All styles and abilities welcome. First hour form practice, second hour the martial practice of Push Hands. Lincoln Park. Dr. David Walls- â&#x2DC;&#x2026; 23


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Kaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. East Capitol St. between 11th and 13th Sts. 202544-6035. Kung Fu and Tai Chi at the Historical Society. Every Saturday (rain or shine). Kung Fu, noon; Tai Chi, 1:00 PM. Suitable for all ages. Kung Fu is a broad term that is used to describe all martial arts of Chinese origin. The ancient art of Tai Chi is a style of Kung Fu that emphasizes internal energy. Free. No RSVP required. Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K St. NW (Mount Vernon Square). 202-383-1850. East Potomac Tennis Center (indoor courts). Open daily. Indoor courts available year round at 70 degrees. 7:00 AM-10:00 PM. Winter indoor court fees are $17-$36/ hour depending on the time. 1090 Ohio Dr. SW (East Potomac Park). 202-554-5962. Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (indoor courts). Open daily; Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM; Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Four indoor courts. Six outdoor courts. Summer hourly fees at $6 to $10 for adults. Kids 17 and under play for free. 701 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-6456242. SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon Registration Open. Marathon on Mar 17. This is the inaugural SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon. Celebrate the history and culture of our nation’s capital as you run alongside the Potomac River, the National Mall, and some of our country’s most majestic monuments. Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month, noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Drive at West Basin Drive, near the Tourmobile. stand). 703-505-3567.

CIVIC LIFE One City Summit. Feb 11, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ward or neighborhood, we all want a vibrant, sustainable city, where all residents have an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families, where every neighborhood is safe, where every student goes to a good school, where ev-

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ery tax dollar is spent wisely on a government that works, and where citizens’ voices really count. The One City Summit will offer District residents the chance to provide input on important decisions that will shape the city for years to come. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 202-709-5132. See the Supreme Court in Session. Feb 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. Be in line by 7:00-7:30 AM for seats for ordinary cases. There is a second line for people who want to view the court in session for 3 minutes. Free. One First St. NE. 202-479-3211. Annual Norton Tax & Financial Services Fair. Feb 25, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Bring 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, DC D-44 or D-40EZ. Also, bring photo ID, W-2, forms 1098 and 1099, itemized duductions, 2010 tax return and blank check for direct deposit. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. (Annual Norton Small Business & Finance Fair-Save the Date. Apr 13, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. One-on one with banks, federal contracting officers and the Small Business Administration. Apply for loans, Technical assistance workshops.) Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday of the month in Southwest and third Thursday of the month on H St. NE; both are 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Wells and members of his staff. 202-724-8072. Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW. 202-783-5065. gov ANC 6-A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-4238868. ANC 6-B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. anc6b. org

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Myrtilla Miner A Forgotten Legacy of Interracial Cooperation by Chris Myers Asch


ake a walk down 15th Street NE and a couple blocks south of H Street at Tennessee Ave. NE, you will encounter a graceful, redbrick school on your left. Renovated and expanded several years ago during the boom in school construction, Myrtilla Miner Elementary School boasts a Glee Club that has mingled with Harry Connick, Jr., and Michelle Obama at the White House, as well as a schoolyard gardening partnership with the National Arboretum. But you may wonder: who was Myrtilla Miner? To answer that question, let’s go back 160 years. It was December 3, 1851. Six students shuffled into a fourteen-foot square room in a home on 11th Street and New York Avenue, NW. The students were there for the first wday of class at the School for Colored Girls. In a city torn by racial strife, their school was a small but important example of interracial cooperation, as well as a repudiation of the prevailing assumptions about race in America and a predecessor to the city’s only public university. The girls’ teacher was the founder of the school, a stern and sickly white New Yorker named Myrtilla Miner. Thirty-six years old, single, with a fierce stubborn streak, Miner had seen firsthand the horrors of slavery while teaching school in Mississippi in the 1840s. The experience transformed her into an abolitionist. Though we honor them today, abolitionists at the time were shunned by “polite” society and considered “extreme” – joining the small, interracial band of Northern activists dedicated to ending slavery was not the kind of thing a nice girl from a good family should do. But Miner returned home committed to educating free black girls who, she believed, would teach a future generation of former slaves how to make the most of their freedom. She chose to open a school in the southernmost city where it would be legal: Washington, D.C. The Washington to which Miner moved in 1851 was a racially charged city, a symbolic staging ground for the national battle over slavery and freedom. Slavery remained entrenched in the District – more than ¼ of the city’s black population was enslaved – but pro-slavery members of Congress and local leaders feared that their “peculiar institution” was under attack. A year earlier, abolitionists had won a significant victory by getting Congress to ban the slave trade in the District, and they now were pushing to end slavery in the city once and for all. In response, city officials passed a series of black codes designed to limit the movement of free blacks and discourage the migration of blacks into the District. The racial climate worsened considerably. In such a context, Miner’s idea worried even some of her abolitionist supporters. Frederick Douglass called it “wild, dangerous, desperate, and impracticable, destined only to bring failure and suffering.” Local black Myrtilla Miner. Courtesy University of the District of Columbia Archives educator John F. Cook feared that “any thing savouring of abolition” will of town, but she refused to be intimidated – she slept above the school with a meet resistance. But Miner was determined. With start-up money primarily from northern abolitionists, she launched the school in December 1851. revolver at the ready. “Mob my school! You dare not!” she yelled at one group of The number of students quickly grew to several dozen girls, including Cook’s would-be attackers. “There is no law to prevent my teaching these people, and I shall teach them, even unto death!” daughter. Despite some early reservations, the interracial antislavery community in Students learn not only traditional subjects such as home economics and “the primary departments” (reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic) but also politics – they Washington embraced Miner and her school. Black and white supporters ofread Douglass’ North Star newspaper, William Lloyd Garrision’s The Liberator, fered funding and moral support, encouraging Miner to dream even bigger. In and other abolitionist literature. Though she could be a harsh, even condescend- late 1856, she began raising money to build a boarding school that would offer ing taskmaster, Miner held high standards for black children at a time when secondary education and teacher training. The planned expansion sparked a backlash that ultimately destroyed the most of her white peers could envision them only as slaves or servants. Her school triggered an angry response from many District whites. Local school. Leading the charge were former mayor Walter Lenox and William “rowdies” threatened her students on the street and sought to run Miner out Seaton, the editor of one of the city’s largest newspapers, the National Intel28 ★ HillRag | February 2012

ligencer. They feared that the expanded school will attract blacks from all over the region until, Lenox warned in early 1857, “our District is inundated with them.” More ominously, Lenox continued, teaching black students beyond “the primary branches” will lead to social upheaval because it will create “a restless population, less disposed than ever to fill that position in society which is allotted to them.” Lenox and Seaton were right, of course – Miner and her allies did indeed intend to prepare young black students for a future in which they would not be content to play only subordinate roles that society had “allotted to them.” She envisioned a society in which race does not dictate a person’s future. But Washington remainseda profoundly racist town, and white opposition successfully crippleed the school. As Miner’s health deteriorated in the late 1850s, so too did the school, until it closed its doors in 1860. Its demise was only temporary, however. In the 1870s, the school reopened as Miner Normal School, which grew into the leading school for black teachers in the city — its beautiful, recently-refurbished Colonial Revival building still stands proudly high above Georgia Avenue on Howard University’s campus. After Brown v. Board of Education, Miner Teachers College merged with its white counterpart, Wilson Teachers College, and later was incorporated into the University of the District of Columbia. Miner’s school reminds us of our shared legacy of interracial cooperation and the power of committed individuals to make positive changes in the community. Though we continue to struggle with racial divisions in this city, D.C.’s history is not just a shameful litany of racial tension, race riots, and segregation. It also includes inspiring tales of people such as Myrtilla Miner and the interracial abolitionist community that supported her. Chris Myers Asch teaches history at the University of the District of Columbia. He may be reached at ★ ★ 29

Davey Yarborough A DC Jazz Icon by Steve Monroe


caught up to Davey Yarborough – and catching up to him is a feat with the master educator and musician almost always on the go – on a slightly chilly mid-November morning in his third floor studio/classroom at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he has been director of the school’s jazz studies program and the jazz orchestra, and saxophone teacher for almost three decades. Yarborough was sitting on a stool in the middle of the large room filled with a piano, several music stands, instruments, CD players, and speakers. The walls were covered with photos of jazz luminaries like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsa-

lis, Phil Woods, Charlie Parker, Billy Taylor and many others, and there was a large painting of Thelonious Monk and other paintings, plaques and memorabilia of the music. “This is probably my favorite time of year,” said Yarborough, the 58-year-old Washington native who has been featured on shows like ABC News “20/20” show and CNN. “When school first starts, the first couple of weeks things haven’t settled down, you don’t know everything you are going to have … but at this point things have settled enough for me to have a vision for the band, and for the year, and I get to feeling good, because the young folks are excited as

well about their prospects.” His confidence about his students was on target. His orchestra’s first performance of the year, before a large crowd at the school’s Winter Concert in December, featured a polished set of music, with a highlight the group’s shimmering rendering of “A Child is Born.” “I wouldn’t trade my life for anything,” said Yarborough, who has also found the time to be a distinguished musician, with more than 35 years as a performer – frequently with his wife, the vocalist and entertainer Esther Williams. “I’ve been at Ellington for about 29 years … back then jazz was after school, it was extracurricular. So

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one of the first things I did when I became band director in 1986, I wanted to make jazz studies a part of the curriculum so it would be taken seriously by everyone, not only by the faculty but by the student body as well.” Through his teaching at the school and operating (with Williams) the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, a teaching and mentoring organization, he estimates he has helped “thousands” of young people over the years as teacher and mentor. “I have watched him change the lives of countless children by introducing them to the possibilities that a career in music can provide,” said Tia Harris, Dean of Arts at Ellington.

“Davey Yarborough is the essence of excellence in arts education,” said Rory Pullens, Head of School at Ellington. “Davey is such a shining role model as a professional musician and educator. Students, parents, and even his peers recognize they are in the presence of a DC icon.”

“Very much a natural” Renowned bandleader Bobby Felder, who was instrumental at getting Yarborough started when he was student of Felder’s at Federal City College and then the University of the District of Columbia says, “There’s nothing he can’t do musically … Davey is very much a natural. I can’t think of anyone greater than him in the area of education … and he’s exposed so many young people to jazz.” Yarborough first started playing clarinet, then saxophone, and played in R&B groups with his buddies. One night he heard a performance by Felder’s big band, which could – and still does -- play jazz as well as R&B with any group. He met Felder, who was recruiting kids who wanted to be musicians and was offering scholarships, and Yarborough said he was interested. Yarborough earned his associate’s degree at Federal City College, and then his bachelor’s at UDC. Judith Korey, a professor and the curator of the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at UDC, said she knew Yarborough, “ …first as a talented and serious student who spent hours in the practice room … so many that I gave him a key to my studio … and he would stay there all hours practicing.” After UDC, with a little persuasion from Felder, Yarborough went on to Howard University and earned his master’s in music education, studying with jazz stars like Frank Wess and Sonny Stitt.


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[Howard professor and director of jazz studies] sent me on a gig where Esther was appearing where they needed a saxophone player. It was a New Year’s Eve at the Iranian Embassy. So I played that gig and we exchanged numbers and I played with her every now and then and that was it … but we stayed in touch and then started dating and ended up getting engaged. We celebrated 33 years of marriage in August and have been performing together 35 years.” “Dave and I have a great musical relationship,” said Williams, an Illinois native who came to D.C. to work because she had family here, and went on to become a dynamic singer and entertainer, in concerts and in stage plays – as well as Miss Black DC. “It took us time to figure out how it was going to work but we knew we wanted to work together. I love working with my husband, and I love that we can work together. He and I think it is normal, but people somehow think, ‘How do you do it?’ If we have a disagreement, we work it out. If it is in music, and I want something a certain way, we try it my way, and if it doesn’t work, we try it his way.”

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“It’s been rewarding,” says Williams, “because I see the kind of young people we are turning out, the kids that come through the program and a lot of them are out there being good musicians and good citizens.” She adds though, “I will say it is very, very taxing. Finding funding is very difficult now. People we were able to depend on before are spreading their money around. We have been able to keep our heads afloat but it has been a struggle.” Yarborough says of the institute, established in 1998, “The object is to take any kid in Washington who knows they want to be an artist and give them some kind of support system.” Yarborough credits many musicians over the years for providing workshops for the institute. One in particular, Wynton Marsalis – who credits Yarborough for mentoring him as a teenager -- has been an institute board member and helped with donations. Yarborough says, “We have kids [former Ellington jazz and WJAI students] all over the world now … Ben Williams, Wallace Roney, Chuck Royal, Corcoran Holt, the Jolley brothers, Amy Bohmet … Brian and Jessica Settles …” Settles, a saxophonist who splits his time between this area and New York, and comes back to help Yarborough and Williams with the institute, says of Yarborough, “His strength is his ability to communicate with students, and he’s just supremely dedicated, and as a student that’s what we grab onto, his passion for the music.” Says saxophonist and bandleader Paul Carr, himself an educator, “Davey is a great musician, educator and person. It is vital that jazz players teach and mentor young musicians … jazz players that are educators can share those lessons learned to their young students and that’s the best way I feel this music can be passed on.” For more information on the Washington Jazz Arts Institute go to ★

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Black History Month Events Birthday Celebration for Langston Hughes. Feb 1, noon. The 110th birthday of the illustrious Hughes (1902-1967) will be honored at the Library of Congress with a reading of his work by Washington, DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick and Evie Shockley, who will also discuss Hughes’ influence on their own poetry. Items from the Library’s collection on Langston Hughes will be on display. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5394. Genealogy Lecture & Workshop. Feb 4 and 11, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. During Black History Month, discover your family’s history with expert tips from genealogist Char McCargo Bah. February’s theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History,” Ms. Bah will examine the family histories of four Alexandria women who were influential in the city’s African American community. See how Char’s techniques can help you document your own family history! Reservations recommended. $5. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA. 703-7464356. Three Films in Observance of Black History Month. Feb 6-The Great White Hope; Feb 13-Cabin in the Sky; Feb. 27-Akeelah and the Bee. Screenings begin at 6:30 PM. Free. Southwest Public Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202724-4752. The Rejection of Elizabeth Mason: The Case of a “Free Colored” Revolutionary Widow. Feb 7, 11:00 AM. Damani Davis, archivist, discusses the rejection and appeals in a pension file and illuminates African American participation in the Revolutionary War. National Archives, Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. entrance), 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Haiku to Hip-Hop (Monthly Open Mic Event) at Southwest Library. Feb 8, 6:30-8:00 PM. Shout out to aspiring performing artists and writers of all ages! Suggested theme is “creating African-American history.” Southwest Public Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. In the Spirit of Necessity: African American Inventors. Month of February. A photo exhibit of little known African American inventors whose creations eased domestic life, increased efficiency and improved safety in industry and leisure activities from the 1800’s to the 1900’s. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-3320. northeast “A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons.” Feb 7, 1:00 PM. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses and signs her new book. Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building, Independence Ave. between First and Second sts. SE. 202-707-5221. St Augustine’s Art & Spirit Coffeehouse. Feb 8, 7:00 PM. Charneice Fox Richardson will show excerpts from her new film “The MLK Streets Project.” Coffee and desserts, followed by audience Q & A. Free, donations accepted for artist’s honorarium. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration. Feb 11, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Born a slave, Frederick Douglass selected his own February 14th birthday. The National Park Service at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia has moved the celebration to the closest Saturday

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so that more people can enjoy the day. The day will a keynote speaker, oratorical contest recitations, kids’ actitivies, face painting, live entertainment and food for purchase. It may be cold outside but the celebration will be in heated tents, the house itself and the auditorium. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961. “Homecoming” Film Screening. Feb 11, 4:30-6:30 PM. The epic story of African American farming in the South, “Homecoming” chronicles land loss and black farmers from the Civil War to the present. Featuring archival footage and audio tracks including the voices of Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer and Julian Bond, the film also excerpts the testimony of freed slaves, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and the writings of August Wilson. Narrated by Charles S. Dutton. Screening followed by a discussion. Free. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA. 703-746-4356. Necessary Sacrifices at Ford’s. Through Feb 18. In his fourth commission for Ford’s Theatre, playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. During the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass challenges Lincoln to use his power as president to bring truth to America’s founding ideal that “all men are created equal.” $27-$40. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 800-982-2787 (for tickets). Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America. Feb 21, 6:30-8:30 PM. G. Derek Musgrove. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers. Feb 22, noon. In January 1944, a group of enlisted black men gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois to train as the Navy’s first African American officers on active duty. On receiving their commission, these pioneers came to be known as the Golden Thirteen. Paul Stillwell, former director of the Naval Institute’s History division, will discuss the experiences of these officers as well as the life the U.S. Navy’s first black admiral, Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. A book signing follows. Jefferson Room, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Enslavement to Emancipation. Feb 5, 2:00 PM and Feb 24, 10:30 AM. This video is presented in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the passage of the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Act in 1862. Discussion topics include the personal lives of enslaved and free people of color, the Civil War, laws governing slavery, the abolitionist movement, and noteworthy institutions. Free. For reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. On the Road to Freedom: Pre–Freedmen’s Bureau Records, 1862–1864. Feb 28, 11:00 AM. Genealogy archives specialist Rebecca Sharp examines records created by wartime superintendents of freedmen that illuminate the experiences of African Americans during the Civil War. (The lecture will be repeated in Lecture Room B, Thursday, Mar. 1, at 11:00 AM). Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance), National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

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A Black History Month Celebration-A Community Gathering of Musical Fun! Feb 19, 4:00 PM. Free but a goodwill offering will be taken. Imani Temple on Capitol Hill, 609 Maryland Ave. NE. 202-388-8155. A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. Feb 29, noon. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses the life of Paul Jennings, who was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison and later became a part of the Madison household staff at the White House. After achieving emancipation, Jennings would write the first White House memoir, see his sons fight with the Union Army in the Civil War, and give money from his own pocket to an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison. A book signing follows. William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Student Sit-Ins at the Greensboro Lunch Counter. Through February, Fridays, 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Sundays, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. Meet a Civil Rights activist in 1960, just after the Greensboro student sit-in began. Take part in a training session based on an actual 1960s manual and prepare for your first sit-in. Would you have the courage to fight for justice during the Civil Rights movement? These 15-20-minute performances reveal the people behind the objects on view and the emotion in their stories. All ages. Free. Just walk in. National Museum of American History. 202-633-1000. The Freedman’s Bureau. On permanent display in the National Archives Public Vaults exhibition is a special interactive section on records of the Freedmen’s Bureau. The records left by the Freedmen’s Bureau through its work between 1865 and 1872 constitute the richest and most extensive documentary source available for investigating the African American experience in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras. You can get a sense of this award-winning exhibition area at National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ★

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BabyLove DC Collecting on the Hill On Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m., look for the COLLEGE HUNKS HAULING JUNK truck at 7th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE and help them fill it with donations of gently used baby, children and maternity gear, products and clothing. Donations immediately go to families in need, right here in DC. BabyLove DC is a charity dedicated to helping families in need in DC by providing essential baby gear, clothing, and products for children and mothers-to-be. Items donated at monthly drives are distributed through a network of community-based organizations. 40 ★ HillRag | February 2012

2012 Community Achievement Honorees Chosen The Capitol Hill Community Foundation will honor Patrick Crowley, John “Peterbug” Matthews and Martha Huizenga at its annual dinner on Wednesday, April 25th. Also recognized will be the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop which will receive a check for $10,000, the Arnold Keller Jr. Award, in recognition of its fortieth year of bringing arts education to adults and children in the neighborhood and sponsoring art shows and dramatic and musical performances. The annual black-tie event, in the Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, is a fundraiser open to the public. The honorees have each made a unique and sustained contribution to the life of the Capitol Hill community. Mr. Crowley has been a volunteer at Historic Congressional Cemetery for fifteen years and has done virtually every task there -- from gardening to organizing dog walkers to leading tour groups to service on the board of directors. Martha Huizenga

Mayor Vincent Gray joined UDC President Allen Sessoms in breaking ground on a new $40 million student center. It will be the first LEED Platinum student center in the country and will be the face of UDC for the future. Pictured are (l to r): UDC Facilities VP Barbara Jumper, Dr. Sessoms, Mayor Gray, UDC Board Chairman Joseph Askew, Jr., Councilmember Michael Brown, and Council Chair Kwame Brown.

served as vice president and president of the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals from 2005 to 2009. She is a member of the board of directors of the Capitol Hill Group Ministry and of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, chairing the annual Literary Feasts which raise money for grants to local schools and serving as a very involved member of the grants committee. John “Peterbug” Matthews has been mentoring neighborhood young men for thirty-five years and has been a dynamic and positive presence at his Shoe and Leather Repair Academy on the corner of 13th and C Streets Southeast. Funds raised at the Community Achievement Awards dinner benefit the grants program of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation which has no overhead expenses and gives out over $250,000 a year in small grants to local schools, arts programs, social service organizations and gardens. For further information about the dinner, please inquire at

Turning RFK’s North Parking Lot into Usable Green Space Friends of Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park’s vision is one of green waterfront space near RFK Stadium that will be a gathering place for youth and adult sports. The vision,

which you can help them define, calls upon the DC government to act upon the National Capital Planning Commission’s recommendations to include active recreational facilities as part of the RFK site plan. This plan can alleviate the overcrowding on existing nearby fields, can support existing activities, such as the Farmer’s Market, and can make the area a destination for those that want to exercise, enjoy the waterfront, bike, or hike on Kingman Island. Re-claiming this area as usable space also helps solve the storm water runoff issues that are associated with the existing parking lots. Capitol Riverside will incorporate green design - including several solar community gardens. Read more about it at

One City Summit, Feb. 11 Join Mayor Gray at the One City Summit on February 11, 2012. Let Your Voice Be Heard – Help the District become a more livable, vibrant, and inclusive city – for everyone. Open to all DC residents. Sign up at

New Bike Shop Coming to H Street The Daily Rider bike shop opens this spring at 1108 H St. NE. It will offer all the best in urban bike gear-cruier bikes (including Bobbins & Pashleys), attractive helmets (including Yakkays), and comfortable clothing that you can wear on your bike commute and keep

on all day long. No spandex pants with big padded rear ends, but all the best gear to commute to and from work or to stroll around your liveable, walkable, bikeable neighborhood. Look for them between Taylor Gourmet and Little Miss Whiskey’s.

CHAW Registering Children and Adults for Spring Classes The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is now registering children and adult students for a slate of new classes in the visual and performing arts. Adult classes beginning Feb. 6 include Guitar, Ceramics, Photography, Drawing, Painting, Poetry Writing, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Tap, Ballet, Dance, and much more. Fourweek drop-in passes are available for certain classes. Students ages 0-5 can participate in Pre-Ballet and Ballet sessions beginning Feb. 4 and Tumbling and Creative Movement classes beginning the week of Feb. 6. CHAW also offers Private Music instruction in a variety of instruments for students of all ages. Tuition assistance and payment plans are available for all classes. For a complete list of workshops, classes or registration information, visit CHAW at chaw. org or call 202-547-6839.

AtlasVet Opens on H Street Atlas Vet is open as of Jan. 30 and will have normal appointment hours. To schedule an appointment, call 202-552-8600. 1326 H. St. NE.

Sharing Culinary Skills Barracks Row businesses will be opening their doors, sharing their recipes and teaching tricks of the trade in a series of classes called the Barracks Row Culinary Crawl. All under $20, classes will explore a broad spectrum of expertise. Co-hosted by Barracks Row Main Street, details on the Barracks Row Culinary Crawl Classes can be found at barracksrowculinaryeducationcrawl.eventbrite. com. Participants must register online by Saturday, Jan, 28, 5:00 p.m. Once classes are full they will be closed to new registrations. All

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Yards Park Concert Series Vendors-Request for Proposals The Capitol Riverfront BID is seeking proposals from local food, beverage, and booking/management providers for its 2012 Friday Evening Concert Series at the Yards Park. The concert series, now in its second year, attracts a regional audience looking for a place to relax and unwind, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the river and outdoors on Friday evenings. Lunchtime concerts will be held in Canal Park this summer beginning in July, and a second RFP for those will be released in early 2012. 202-465-7005.

EMMCA Winter Meeting EMMCA’s winter meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:00 p.m., 806 D Street, SE. Kitty Kaupp and Ken Golding, partners in Stanton Development Corporation and with Stanton-EastBanc, will join the meeting between 7:00-8:00 p.m. for a frank conversation about plans for the Hine Development. Light refreshments.

Book signing for 301 East Capitol: Tales from the Heart of the Hill by Mary Z. Gray On Feb. 12, 2:00 p.m., join a conversation with the inimitable Mary Z. Gray moderated by John Franzen, head of the new Overbeck History Press. They will discuss Gray’s new book, 301 East Capitol: Tales from the Heart of the Hill, which recreates the quirky, bustling neighborhood of Gray’s childhood on Capitol Hill in the 1920s. Gray’s family of music makers, undertakers, homemakers and home breakers lived just blocks from the US Capitol for five generations. At 93, Gray delights her audience with

Dave Lloyd & Associates lively tales and keen recollections from a by-gone era, bringing to life old landmarks, unforgettable moments, and individual portraits from our “nation’s neighborhood.” A book signing will follow. Free. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5494172. In addition to the book signing at Hill Center, Ms. Gray will be signing books on Monday, Feb. 13 at her old home, the funeral parlor, now the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Haskell Center, 301 E. Capitol St. at 1:00 p.m.

Saving Grace Services Earns Angie’s List Super Service Award Saving Grace Services (pet and home improvement services) has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5% of all the businesses rated on Angie’s List. Grace Steckler, owner of Saving Grace, says, “We are especially honored to receive the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Angie’s Listers are so communicative and discerning that we truly value their high opinion. We are proud of the fact that we are a “hill-grown” business, focusing our efforts to provide award-winning services to the neighborhood of Capitol Hill.” Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

M Street SE/SW Transportation Study DDOT has held the first of three community meetings to kick-off the M Street SE/SW Transportation Study. The study area boundary includes the Southeast-Southwest Freeway to the north, 14th St. SW and the Washington Channel to the west, the Anacostia River to the south, and 12th St. SE to the east. During the nine-month study period, DDOT will work with CH2MHILL to identify current and future transportation issues and mitigation strategies along the M St. SE/SW corridor and the

Southwest/Southeast waterfronts. A great deal of development is coming to the area and a comprehensive study is needed. DDOT will look at more than 30 other studies that have been done previously by others, including individual developers and the Complete Streets study that Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and the Capitol Riverfront BIDcommissioned a couple years ago. This first meeting allowed residents to gather around maps of three areas of focus (the Southwest Waterfront, the Ballpark District, and the SE Federal Center) and provide input on issues or challenges in those areas. On the Southwest Waterfront map, some of the issues mentioned by residents include the 4th & M Street intersection, lack of connectivity between Southwest and Near SE, commuters using P St. as a cut-through to avoid M St., sidewalks, and parking, among other things. The next public meeting will be held in the spring and a third meeting will be in June.

Master Class with Chef Nora Pouillon at Hill Center Nora Pouillon is chef and founder of Restaurant Nora, the first certified organic restaurant in the United States. With a lifetime commitment to nutritionally wholesome food, balanced eating and sustainable living, Pouillon initiated the first produceronly farmer’s markets in Washington, DC, and was instrumental in creating organic certification standards for US restaurants. Her cookbook, Cooking with Nora, was a finalist for the Julia Child Cookbook Award. Nora is a pioneer and champion of organic, environmentally conscious cuisine. On Feb. 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Nora cooks up various dishes using items you can find seasonally at the farmer’s market. $85. Class size limited to 15. Register at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172.

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Capitol Hill Group Ministry Furniture for Friends Furniture for Friends picks up quality furniture and delivers it to families who need it. Furniture for Friends works in cooperation with CHGM’s Congregation Based Shelter Program to provide furniture to families as they transition to their own housing and set up their apartments and their Family Resource Center to help families provide essential items for their households such as beds, dressers, or kitchen tables. Please consider

donating your gently used furniture to a family establishing their new home. Many families would also appreciate housewarming items to help them make their house a home. Most families need items such as bed linens, towels, dish sets, and pots and pans. Since storage space is limited, the pick up and delivery of donated pieces is based on the need for each item. Not all items will be able to be picked up immediately. To donate an item, call 202-544-0631 or email Furniture donations are tax deductible. Longtime Capitol Hill resident and activist Lael Stegall

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Friends, neighbors and colleagues will gather on SaturKnow a house of worship interday, Feb. 11, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to ested in reducing its environmental celebrate the life of Lael Stegall who died last October in impact on local waters and improving Deer Isle, Maine. Before moving to Maine in 2000, Stegall its facility with a green roof or similived on Capitol Hill for 30 years and was a member of lar project? This course is Capitol Hill Presbyterian, and then St. Mark’s Episcopal for people who want to Church where she maintained deep connections. Many reduce pollution in the Capitol Hill neighbors may associate her with her spaPotomac and Anacostia cious East Capitol Street house, known as “the deer house” Watersheds and for those because of the statue of a deer that graces the front yard, who want to explore the where she and husband Ron hosted countless receptions spiritual basis for caring supporting women’s rights and liberal political causes. An for our waters and our early Peace Corps volunteer and a founder of Emily’s List, neighbors living in these her professional life was devoted to women’s rights, social watersheds. It is also for change and philanthropy. She is survived by her husband faith leaders who want to Ron, daughter Shana, and son Skyler. St. Mark’s Episcopal install pollution reducing Church, Third and A sts. SE. practices on the properties of houses of worship but thought they were too have expired, and to consider such other business as expensive to afford. may properly come before the BID Annual Meeting. This is a 15- session course (starts It is also a great opportunity to reflect on the past year Mar. 12 at UDC) with classroom and Mayor Gray, Councilmember Wells and H Street grant recipients and get a preview of upcoming BID initiatives. Anypractical instruction that will equip you one wishing to be considered for a seat on the Board of to be an effective steward of the streams Directors should contact Carol Quillian (cquillian@veFirst-Round Recipients of H Street NE Retail Priority and rivers in your area and to provide, chair of the Nominations Committee, and Grant Program Announced leadership for you faith community copy Patty Brosmer ( on The first round of awards for the H Street NE Retail Priorand your neighborhood. This project is the email as well. ity Grant Program have been announced. The grants are meant funded through the Academy, meaning to stimulate small-business development and expansion while significant savings for a house of woralso creating new job opportunities for District residents along ship as it reduces its polluted runoff and NOMA Named Best Neighborhood the booming H Street NE retail-and-entertainment strip. The benefits its property. 301-699-6204. Branding Campaign awardees are the C.A.T. Walk Boutique, 1404 H St. NE; H Washington City Paper says “Over the last couple Street Care Pharmacy and Wellness Center, 812 H St. NE; years, several neighborhoods have attempted to marStan’s Inc., 822 H St. NE; The Studio Group/Bikram Yoga of ket themselves through a brand, with logos and slogans Capitol Hill BID Annual Meeting Capitol Hill, 410 H St. NE. Mark your calendars for the 9th an- and everything. This year and the last have given us The grant program was created by the H Street NE Renual meeting to be held on Tuesday, Feb. Anacostia (“Eat, Shop, Live”), Georgetown (“Come tail Priority Area Incentive Act of 2010. The program’s two 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at The Hill Center, out and play”), Midcity (“It’s more than art”), and sevproposed phases are being administered by the Office of the 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The Annual eral hoods (Mt. Pleasant, Brookland, Tenleytown) that Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Meeting allows all members (commercial advertise themselves as some variation upon “village in Ten new applications for the second round of the program property owners and tenants) in the BID the city.” Out of all those, only NoMa’s tagline—“Conwere submitted on Jan. 4, 2012. Additional awards will be anarea to elect new members of the Board nected”—really speaks to the niche the neighborhood nounced this spring. 202-727-6365. of Directors or reelect those whose terms is trying to fill. NoMa sits on a train station, a Metro 44 ★ HillRag | February 2012

line, and a major bike trail, all of which have brought enough people through it to create an actual place. Transit is a hell of a selling point.”

Red Palace Now Offers Full Menu Red Palace, a multi purpose music venue, is happy to announce that it’s now serving a full menu. It is open daily at 5:00 p.m., serving food until 11:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 1:00 a.m. on Fridays-Saturdays. Since opening in November 2010, Red Palace has played host to some of the most up and coming live acts out there. Those include Foster The People, Cave Singers, Gold Panda, Futurebirds, Gary Clark Jr, Ha Ha Tonka, Frank Turner, Liam Finn, Danielson, Sharon Van Etten, Allen Stone, AWOLNATION, Tim Barry of Avail, Zola Jesus, EMA, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Young The Giant, Small Black, Future Islands, and a line-up of variety acts. Red Palace, 1212 H St. NE.

Receive Free Radon Test Kit District Department of the Environment (DDOE) encourages all DC residents to test their homes for radon. The U.S. EPA estimates 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon-related. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. DDOE’s Radon program has free radon test kits for District residents. To receive a free test kit, call the District’s Radon Hotline at 202-535-2302 or request one via email at http://ddoe.

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Let’s Build A Multi-Purpose Youth Sports Complex at the RFK Stadium


magine an 80-acre complex of green space, multiple sports fields and other facilities, biking/walking/running trails, a new covered pavilion area for the DC Farmer’s Market, an amphitheater space for outdoor performances, and Solar Community Gardens to promote green power -- easily accessible from three wards in Washington DC. A coalition of youth sports, environmen- RFK Stadium. Photo by Andrew Lightman tal, and community organizations, from both sides of the renewable energy. Anacostia River, are proposing just such a concept. Finally, the above-grade Metro line in this area Currently called the Capitol Riverside Youth Sports is a major constraint to many redevelopment options Park (or CRYSP), the concept is to convert a large in this area; however, its existence is not an impediportion of the northern parking area at the RFK Stament to a facility such as CYRSP. dium site to a youth sports park, including multi-use The concept is consistent with the 2006 Nationathletic fields and substantial green space. An initial al Capitol Planning Commission recommendations vision for this concept can be found at www.capitolfor the RFK stadium site. The CapitalSpace initiative; where community input is being so( identified a particular lack licited, and volunteers can sign up to help move this of ball fields, recreational facilities, and open space vision forward. in the Northeast quadrant of the city, leading to its CRYSP can provide a “coming together” point recommendation, among other things, that DC “… for three city wards – Wards 5, 6 and 7. Replacdevelop multi-use sports complexes that can accoming the desolate wasteland of the RFK parking lot modate a range of sports uses, but also include new that currently serves as a DMZ that separates these athletic fields.” This situation provided the basis for wards, CRYSP could provide a true “gateway,” unita NCPC recommendation that the RFK Stadium ing young people (and their families) along the Anasite fill such pressing recreation needs. Moreover, the costia River, perhaps even heading towards Mayor NCPC notes that permeable recreational surfaces Gray’s “One City” goal. such as athletic fields should be concentrated along Converting a large portion of the RFK Stadium the water’s edge to reduce environmental impacts. site to youth sports facilities will help meet a critical This conversion can take place relatively quickly, underserved need for DC youth sports programs.The and provide such immediate benefits pending denumber of DC children ages three through eighteen velopment, and eventual implementation, of a more engaging in organized sports has exploded over the comprehensive plan for redevelopment of the RFK past decade, with the need for athletic fields that can stadium site. As currently envisioned, the concept is accommodate the surging demand. Citywide, 5,700 fully compatible with other potential future uses of kids are registered to play soccer; more than 3,400 the complex for professional sports teams, such as are registered to play football; and thousands are DC United or the Redskins. And combining this playing baseball, softball, lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, with incorporation of additional recreational space field hockey and other outdoor sports. As the numassociated with the DC General/Reservation 13 reber of younger players engaging in organized sports development would further leverage these benefits. continues to grow, youth sports programs serving This concept was submitted as an idea under the DC youth will continue to be challenged in providSustainable DC initiative run by the Mayor’s Office ing safe, accessible, and high-quality outdoor spaces – and it received more votes than any other idea. We for DC youth to use for sports and recreation, along need to encourage the Mayor that this creates a winwith helping in the fight against childhood obesity. win-win situation for DC Wards 5, 6, and 7, as well This conversion also can create considerable enas the entire District. vironmental benefits to the Anacostia watershed. Over 52 percent of the RFK stadium site is covered Alphonso Coles, Ward 7 Resident and Ward 6 with concrete and asphalt. Run-off from this area Men’s/Fatherhood Program drains into the Anacostia River untreated, providing Dennis Chestnut, Executive Director, Grounda major source of storm water runoff into the river. work Anacostia River DC Replacing a large portion of this area by sports fields Michael Godec, Vice President, Sports on the Hill can dramatically reduce this run-off, while Solar Community Gardens can create jobs and promote ★ 45


Fighting Big Money at the Ballot Box by Martin Austermuhle


f someone won’t do it for you, get it done yourself. At least that’s what former D.C. Council candidate Bryan Weaver and Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Sylvia Brown were thinking when on January 17 they stated their intent to push a voter initiative that would forbid corporations from donating directly to D.C. campaigns, transition and inaugural funds, legal defense funds, and Constituent Services Funds. Unlike 23 states and the federal government, corporations can still donate to political campaigns in the District, provided they stick to the same contribution limits imposed on individuals. ($500 for ward races, $1,000 for at-large and $2,000 for mayor per year.) According to Weaver and Brown, this money – and there’s plenty of it – has had a corrosive effect on the integrity of the city’s elected officials. The initiative was born of frustration with the D.C. Council, which failed to meaningfully address the influence of money in politics during the months-long debate over ethics reform. “There is never the moment when the council will step forward,” Weaver told the Post. Now, should Weaver and Brown manage to gather over 23,000 signatures in six months, they’ll put the measure on the November ballot and do what the council couldn’t – or simply didn’t want to. The timing of their announcement was certainly strategic. With the 2012 races for the D.C. Council only now starting to heat up and the resignation of Harry Thomas, Jr.

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in the wake of his theft of $350,000 fresh on people’s minds, Weaver and Brown have injected a new issue into the various campaigns. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Ward 4. While Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) remains comfortably in the lead over her competition, she continues to face criticism that as the chief handler of the ethics legislation, she didn’t do enough to limit the influence of big money in local politics. Max Skolnik, one of her opponents, signed on with Weaver and Brown the day they proposed the initiative, and furthermore released a statement slamming Bowser for accepting corporate contributions. According to Skolnik, Bowser has counted on corporate donations for over 37 percent of the close to $1 million she has raised since 2006. (Skolnik called her “’Million Dollar’” Muriel Bowser.”) The dynamic is even more evident in the At Large race, where former councilmember and current contender Sekou Biddle also joined Weaver in supporting the initiative. Biddle’s target – incumbent Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) – is even more vulnerable than Bowser on the issue. According to a December 2011 fundraising report, Orange took in over $30,000 in bundled corporate contributions, including $9,000 from nine distinct LLCs linked to D.C. gas station mogul Joe Mamo. In the lead-up to the April 26 Special Election where Orange unseated Biddle, Or-

ange took in at least $43,000 from Jeff rey Thompson, a well-connected healthcare professional with huge city contracts. And though the Ward 5 contest is only slowly starting to come into focus, the issue of corporate donations featured prominently in the first candidate debate held on January 24. Despite its political ramifications, Weaver and Brown’s initiative is legally untested and could well do what many fear – push corporate money further into the murky world of the political action committees that have flooded federal and state races with money and ads. Speaking on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, this was exactly Bowser’s objection – corporate money will find its way into local campaigns no matter what anyone does, so it’s best that it be out in the open. During last year’s council debates on the ethics bill, some of her colleagues said the same thing, including Councilmember Jack Evans (DWard 2), who has taken corporate contributions for his unchallenged re-election bid. At a recent press conference, Mayor Vince Gray – who received corporate contributions for his mayoral campaign and inaugural transition – said he had not decided whether to support the initiative or not. To a certain extent, those concerns are self-serving – it’s always incumbents that make them, after all. But whether or not this becomes law is no longer up to the council, and both incumbents and challengers will have to fight out the merits of the initiative

on the campaign trail. This won’t be decided by 13 members of the council – and that’s Weaver and Brown’s point.

Good Odds for Internet Gambling? For the last year, Internet gambling has been legal in the District. It was in late 2010 that a provision was surreptitiously worked into a supplemental budget bill by Councilmember Michael Brown (I-At Large) allowing the D.C. Lottery to make the District the first jurisdiction in the country to legally allow its residents to gamble online. By April 2011, the D.C. Lottery was beginning preparations for a system that would offer four games and could raise upwards of $15 million in its first three years of operation. But since then, an outcry over how an issue as controversial as Internet gambling could have passed through the council without even the slightest bit of public input – the language took up all of a quarter-page of a broader budget bill – has forced the D.C. Lottery and its supporters to put the brakes on the plan. Implementation was stopped, and D.C. Lottery officials scheduled a series of town hall hearings to explain the program to residents. Finally, on January 26, right after this column went to print, a council committee gathered for a hearing on Internet gambling. But in an indication of how convoluted and compromised the entire discussion over Internet gambling has become, the hearing was only to discuss a repeal bill introduced by Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). In essence, the usual democratic process that sees proposed legislation go through a thorough public vetting

that includes hearings, markups and multiple votes was turned on its head – Internet gambling is law, and the public is only being given a chance to comment on whether or not to repeal it. The troubles run deeper, though. According to a January report by D.C. Inspector General Charles Willoughby, D.C. CFO Natwar Gandhi improperly added language that would allow Internet gambling to even be considered to a 2008 lottery contract worth $120 million. Additionally, debate still exists over the structure and mission of the city’s Lottery Board, which hasn’t been fully staffed since 1996. Critics also say that the town halls were a sham – under-publicized, lightly attended and purposely packed with supporters of Internet gambling. (A December D.C. Lottery report said that of the 254 people that attended the meetings, 68 percent were in favor.) But despite the questionable groundwork upon which the city’s Internet gambling law is built, Wells and Mendelson’s bill still faces an uphill battle. A person with knowledge of council dynamics told us that the votes likely weren’t there to sustain a full repeal. Still, opponents of Internet gambling are massing their forces as best they can. As of the time of this writing, 117 witnesses were scheduled to speak at the hearing on the repeal bill. Given the controversies that Internet gambling has already survived, not even that many people can stop something that seems like a foregone conclusion. We’re certainly not betting on it. Martin Austermuhle is the Editor-in-Chief of and a freelance writer. He lives in Petworth. ★ ★ 47

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the beginning of this year, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute released a first-ever “resource map” of the city’s workforce development efforts,

which includes what the city funds in adult literacy, job readiness, skills training, and job search and placement. Many states assemble similar

resource guides every few years to help elected and appointed officials set strategic workforce policy. The map—a visual diagram that â&#x2DC;&#x2026; 49

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accompanies this article—shows what the District spent on workforce development as a government in Fiscal Year 2010, what services were offered, and who was served. It is arranged by program; so, for example, it is clear from the map how many local dollars the city spent on adult job training. How many residents got jobs because of these efforts? Unfortunately, that’s not so clear from the map. The District needs to put in place better measures to report on the performance and outcomes of these programs, so we can strategically use our limited resources to put more residents on the path to careers and prosperity. Job training and job creation is a top policy 50 ★ HillRag | February 2012

priority for almost everyone, from President Obama to Mayor Gray to DC residents, as polling data shows. Effectively using resources to help DC residents learn new job skills, sharpen existing ones and match them with employers is critical not only to economic development but to reducing unemployment, lifting families out of poverty and lessening the income inequality gap. Unemployment in DC remains above the national average, even though the District has more than twice the number of jobs as residents. So the problem is not simply a lack of ready, willing and able employers—it is also that some of our residents lack the skills and resources needed to

get work in our job market. So what does the resource map tell us? The first surprise might be that there are many city agencies involved in helping residents get employment. Many think of the Department of Employment Services (DOES) as the city’s main labor agency, but it isn’t the only one involved in job readiness and training. In fact, the map shows that there are a dozen agencies involved in helping residents enter and re-enter the workforce. DOES plays the biggest role, administering and overseeing almost a third of the city’s workforce development programs, but agencies including the Department of Human Services and the Of- â&#x2DC;&#x2026; 51

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fice of the State Superintendent of Education also have significant funding for programs involving education, training, and placement. As the city’s main point of contact for job seekers, DOES receives a large portion of federal dollars through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). WIA funds job training for adults, as well as youth and seniors, but it also enables a wide range of other ser52 ★ HillRag | February 2012

vices. You can see where the funds are put to use in DC by looking at the “Federal Grants” line in the map. For example, WIA adult funding goes toward DC Works! Career Centers— One-Stops, in the government lingo— as well as toward Employer Services and Program Performance Monitoring within DOES. Yet WIA goes beyond simply providing for adult and youth job training and also

funds adult and family and literacy programs, which are administered by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education, as well as work readiness and job training services for adults with disabilities, which is administered through the District’s Department of Disability Services. The map shows that the District also uses a significant amount of local funding for job readiness

and training. This can be seen by looking at the “Local Funding” category on the map. By local dollars, we are referring to monies allocated from the District’s general fund, which comes from sales, income, and property taxes and fees, among other sources. Local dollars can be used with more flexibility, since local leaders can determine how they can be spent. What is the largest single al-

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location of local tax dollars in workforce development? The District’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides a six-week subsidized job for District youth ages 14 to 21. Though the program has been significantly downsized over the last few years, it still receives the largest appropriation of local dollars for workforce development. In terms of adult training, the largest local allocation goes to the employment program within TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. TANF is administered by the Department of Human Services, which highlights another point: The District needs better coordination between agencies engaged in workforce development. Some residents might access services through several different agencies, and those efforts should be complementary, not redundant. What doesn’t the map speak a lot about? As we mentioned above: Outcomes and performance. How many residents get employment after engaging in these programs and services? Unfortunately, there isn’t as much information on that as there should be. Given our limited resources, it is valuable to know what services are most effective. We hope our elected and appointed officials will improve the data on outcomes in upcoming years. Interested in getting a hard-copy of the map? Send an email to ★

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MPDC Commander Daniel Hickson Committed to Public Safety in the First District by Dana Bell


he First District is one of the most diverse districts in the city for the average police officer. Million dollar condominiums abut housing projects, themselves just blocks from the lawns of the Capitol. The former industry of the Yards Park lies next to the Navy Yards, blocks from the retail of 8th street. “It’s kind of interesting for a policeman, in that there’s such a diversity of neighborhoods, and with that comes a diversity of crime problems,” says Commander Daniel Hickson, who has been in charge of the First District since June. “The benefit to a policeman is that if you work here, you learn them all.” Now a seasoned professional, Hickson’s nearly 40 years of experience is one of the things that makes him such an asset to the First District. “I was a homicide detective when we had 500 murders a year. Now we’re down to 108,” Hickson can say now, sitting in his office on the rapidly changing Waterfront District. “So I’ve seen a lot of evolution of things.” Of course the evolution that Hickson refers to is not just the evolution of the city over the past thirty years. Since he joined the force, it is not just the city that changed, but the police force and Hickson along with it.

A Lifetime of Service When Hickson started out, D.C. was a very different city than it is now. His first assignment was in Southwest, the same area where his office is now. Just five years after the riots, the city was still struggling to recover economically. This struggle was manifested through the rampant crime throughout the city. For 54 ★ HillRag | February 2012

Commander Daniel Hickson. Photo: Dana Bell

a young police officer, it was a quick initiation into the force. “It wouldn’t be anything for us to handle up to thirty runs a night,” Hickson said--a run being a full response to a 911 call. “Now we feel bad if we make them do more than two.” He started out work as a young cadet and spent the next eighteen years working the beat throughout the force. As a narcotics detective, he

ran patrols and posed as a junkie to buy drugs undercover. He watched as the drug of choice changed from heroin to PCP to crack. He worked as a sex offense detective for a few years, and finally ended up as a homicide detective for the next twelve years while D.C.’s murder rate elevated its status to the murder capital of the country. In a force where most people ap-

ply for promotions three years in, Hickson waited eighteen full years before taking his first promotional exam. As a Sergeant in the Fourth District, he was a commander for a young cadet named Cathy Lanier-the current police chief. His experience made him an effective leader for a rookie like Lanier who was eager to learn. “She would want to learn how to do this, how to do that, how to get a search warrant,” Hickson explained. After a brief retirement, Hickson was drawn back to the force. His new job as a leader has been helped by his history in the District. “I look at my job now and the vast majority of what I do is leadership,” Hickson said. His approach is summed up as a “lead by example.” Hicksen always wears his Kevlar vests out on the job to encourage the officers to wear theirs as well. He comes in for midnight shifts and tries to answer radio runs as much as possible. “People who work for you have to believe a couple things about you,” Hickson says. “They need to believe you know what you’re doing, that you’re not going to ask them to do something that you wouldn’t do, and that you have the best interests of the agency and them as individuals. Because sometimes you’re going to make decisions that they’re not going to like.”

Intelligent Policing Hickson’s attitude about policing has changed as well. He described his own approach, and that of the police department as a “John Wayne” approach. “When I came on we were the lock everybody up mode,” he said. Following that, the force went through a “kumbayah” moment,

where they emphasized community-led policing, which was not necessarily more effective. Now the approach is somewhere in the middle, under the label of “intelligence led-policing.” This is a more calculated approach to policing that relies heavily on data and statistical analysis to prioritize approaches to crime. Both Hickson and Lanier will send each other academic studies, and Hickson has been known to pick up a phone and call a criminal justice professor to ask questions. This new approach puts a lot more emphasis on the role of information in the police department. “When I was patrolling the beat I had my own personal knowledge of what was going on, but other than that I was on my own,” Hickson remembers. “Now we’re constantly feeding these guys information.” Every squad car comes equipped with a Toughbook that can update each officer on any amount of information. The role of the policeman in the community is much more prevalent. “We reach out to the community now. It’s a mindset, you know, it’s instilled in people very early in their career,” Hickson reflected. This gives D.C. a very responsive police department, and also promotes a measured approach to the community that reflects the changing philosophy of the police department. This thoughtful approach is only fit for the heavy weight that comes with the job of police officer, but Hickson’s experience has taught him well. “It’s an enormous amount of responsibility to be able to put handcuffs on somebody and take their freedom away. And so it takes a whole lot of experience and judgment to find that balance-to know when to be aggressive and to know when to slow down and talk to somebody,” Hickson said. Luckily for the residents of the First District, Hickson has that judgment and the experience necessary to lead this complicated district. ★

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N EWS ANC 6A by Roberta Weiner

New Year, New Officers ANC 6A elected its officers for the 2102 and with the exception of a new Secretary, it’s a re-run of the hardworking and committed officers and committee chairs that have served in past years. Officers: Chair: David Holmes (holmes6a3@; Vice Chair: Drew Ronneberg (; Secretary: Andrew Hysell ( Treasurer: Nick Alberti ( Chairs: Economic Development and Zoning: Drew Ronneberg; Community Outreach: Elizabeth Nelson (; Alcohol Beverage Licensing: Adam Healy (healyanc6a01@gmailcom); and Transportation and Public Space: Omar Mahmud (

140 Maryland Avenue NE—Again It keeps turning up like the proverbial bad penny, but the prospective gas station at 1400 Maryland Avenue NE is still on the ANC’s agenda, still trying to locate at an intersection that make entry and egress difficult and will interfere with planned traffic patterns for the starburst at 14th and H Streets and Benning Road. Now the Commission is opposing that granting of a public space permit for the site because the plans the gas station submitted do not reflect existing conditions at the site, including the location of proposed on-street parking and the location of a bus stop, and claiming that the site plan “does not reflect existing had planned conditions of adjacent roadways and require the applicant to resubmit plans that reflect the current 56 ★ HillRag | February 2012

location of the bus stop on 14th Street…,” They are also concerned that the circulation plan makes it impossible to fully understand how cars will use the site. They are also concerned about the condition of the location and accuse the owners of being bad stewards of the property, it having been characterized as “blighted” by DCRA and they having done nothing to correct the violations, and have not paid a $825 Clean City fee levied against the property in 2009. This issue has been in the spotlight of the ANC for five years, and now they have asked that the Public Space Commission deny the application based on Capitol Petroleum’s poor stewardship of public space until the applicant removes the blighted conditions at the site and pays the outstanding fee for publically funded remediation of the site,

Other Actions… In other actions ANC 6A…

• Learned that DDOT will not approve the pick up/drop-off at the JO Wilson School in the mornings. They did say, however, that it’s possible that they could do one on 7th Street NE, and in another response to a 6A request found out that DPW will start street sweeping the alleys around H Street in the spring,’ • Approved a voluntary agreement for Rose’s Dream on H Street and withdrew a placeholder protest that had been put on the license last month. • Gave its support to the Capitol Hill Classic race, which is under new leadership this year and is instituting changes to lessen the problems it has run into with police monitoring and church parking. Mr. Alberti complimented them for how well they clean up after each race, • Approved a letter to DDOT urging prompt action on the C Street NE streetscape which has been moving forward much too slowly.


• Unanimously opposed a BZA application for a three-unit apartment building at 1337 Maryland Avenue NE. Three units would put the building out of compliance with the zoning regulations for that neighborhood, which limit buildings to two units. The owner is claiming hardship if not allowed to build the larger building. The ANC says the property owner cannot plead ignorance of the zoning regulations when he bought the building, and should have known what the limitations were.

ANC 6B by Emily Clark


he New Year usually brings a combination of firm resolve and change, some vague ideas of out-with-the-oldin-with-the-new, and/or starting with a clean slate. ANC 6B’s first meeting of 2012 was no exception. All ten commissioners were present, and the first action was the election of a new slate of officers. Commissioner Glick thanked the commission for his year as chair of ANC 6B but declined to run again. “I loved being chair, but I don’t want to risk becoming the Kim Jong Il of ANC 6B,” he joked, adding, “Oh, wait, he’s dead—I really don’t want to be him!” Commissioners Frishberg and Pate commended Commissioner Glick for improving what they said had been a divided commission at the beginning of his term. Gottlieb Simon, executive director of the Office of Neighborhood Commissions conducted the election, calling for nominations and advising the panel that a majority of votes of those present was needed to elect any officer, i.e., a vote of 6-4. Commissioners Critchfield and

Oldenburg were nominated to be the new ANC 6B chair. In supporting Critchfield, outgoing chair Glick said, “Jared is sharp and process-oriented, he’s level-headed and he has a lot of integrity.” Commissioner Flavahen also supported Critchfield’s nomination, noting that “he’s very focused and has a great relationship with the other commissioners.” Commissioner Metzger spoke in support of Commissioner Oldenburg, calling her “creative, experienced and respected.” He praised Oldenburg’s work on the transportation committee and her ability to run meetings effectively. Critchfield was elected chair by a vote of 6-4 and immediately took the gavel from outgoing chair Glick. There were also two nominees for secretary, Commissioners Pate and Glick. Pate accepted the nomination reluctantly, saying he had a lot on his plate. “I am flattered but I’m not enthusiastic.” Commissioner Garrison noted that the position of secretary is important because “it requires attention to detail and Commissioner Pate has shown a lot of skill.” Two votes were taken. In the first, Pate abstained and the vote was 5-4, not the required majority. In the second vote, Pate overcame his reluctance and voted for himself. He was elected secretary by a vote of 6-4. Commissioner Frishberg was re-elected as vice chair, Commissioner Green as treasurer and Commissioner Flavahen as parliamentarian, all by acclamation.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Commissioner Frishberg announced that DC Government plans on authorizing six medical marijuana dispensary sites—including one in the Eastern Market area--in keeping with the District medical marijuana statute enacted in 2010. The next step, he said, is that “the city will announce the applications that will go forward to the ANCs

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New Year’s Resolutions In reporting on the Outreach and Constituent Task Force, Commissioner Pate noted improvements to the ANC 6B website. “The archives are more organized and committees are up to date,” he said. He also said there will be a 2012 initiatives list that will include checking in with resident members, posting a calendar with up-to-date information, surveying ANC 6B residents to assess needs and creating an annual report on the commission’s activities.

Alleyways and Traffic Calming Reporting on the Transportation Committee, Commissioner Oldenburg said the committee is looking into traffic calming methods. Andrew Cadmus, P.E., a 6B resident, presented alternatives to speed humps, including costs, advantages and disadvantages of each. Among the other speed calming options are enhanced enforcement of existing speed laws, speed limit reductions, raised crosswalks and intersections, center islands and mini-circles. Oldenburg also noted the committee’s frustration with alley repairs in the historic Capitol Hill district and hoped to get DDOT engaged in explaining the repair process. DDOT had previously agreed to prioritize and simplify repair processes for sidewalks, and the committee is hoping they will do the same for alleys, she said.

Eastern Market Legislation Commissioner Pate noted that MCAC is looking at 14 items to address regarding Eastern Market legislation, and that more meetings are planned. The revised recommenda58 ★ HillRag | February 2012

tions will be posted online, and ANC 6B representatives will meet with Council Member Wells, he said. Carole Wright, managing partner of the Washington Arts Capitol Hill Flea Market, asked for the commissioners’ support in upholding her organization’s existing contract with the city, in light of the planned Hine School development and creation of a new board to oversee the Eastern Market. Commissioner Pate concluded, “It seems reasonable to reinforce the existing contract until construction since Council Member Wells has already agreed to it.”

ANC 6C by Roberta Weiner

And the Winners Are… As with ANCs 6A and 6B, there were no contested races, and with few changes from last year, the slate of 2012 officers is a mix of experience and new energy: Chair: Karen Wirt; Vice Chairman: Mark Dixon; Treasurer: Tony Richardson; Secretary: Tony Goodman. Committee chairs will be: Economic Development and Zoning: Mark Eckenweiler and Ryan MGinnis, co-chairs; Transportation and Public Space: Joe McGinnis ; Alcoholic Beverage Licensing: Kevin Wilsey; Youth and Education: Flora Lerenman and Grants: Bill Crews.

700 Constitution Avenue- New Address, New Project? A good amount of time at the January ANC meeting was taken up with a discussion of a new residential development that has recently popped up at 700 Constitution Avenue NE, an address some readers may recognize as the address of Specialty Hospital of America, currently a long-term care hospital, as well as the former site of MedLink—and several

proposed incarnations as oversized residential development. Yes, it’s that MedLink—the one that caused so much tension between its owner, Dr. Peter Shinn, and the surrounding community six years ago. Eventually, the hospital’s neighborhood was down zoned, preventing the massive project that was planned from being built. Dr. Shinn leased the large multi-building hospital to Specialty Hospitals, and now he has given IBG Properties a 75-year lease. , IBG plans to restore the original 1928 building fronting on Constitution Avenue and rehabilitate the 1956 addition on 7th Street to construct 140 residential rental units, 60% onebedroom, 10% two bedroom and 30% Jr. one bedroom units. They will remove the 1970s addition and the metal striping on the buildings. The development does not extend to the C Street NE side of the block, but does abut St. James Church on 8th Street. Jerri Martin, representing the Church’s vestry expressed her concern that nothing should move forward without consultation to the Church. The developers say they are willing to meet with the community including the Church. There are no zoning exceptions or variances required; it will be a matterof-right building and the presentation to the ANC was to seek support solely for the concept, to be presented to a historic preservation hearing. But community members have concerns. Badly burned by their experiences with Dr. Shinn, they are wary even of what could be, finally, a promising solution for the property. As Commissioner Bill Crews put it, the community became concerned because of a history of “promises unkept, deals not honored.” Rob Amos, chair of the Economic Development and Zoning Committee assured the Commissioners, and the community members who were present, that the Committee had received assurances that Dr. Shinn had absolutely no control of the project, and that the developer won’t be coming back with a different game plan over and over again. A major issue that kept being raised was the speed with which the

ANC was being asked to act—it had been only ten days since the issue emerged—and that there had been inadequate time for analysis of the project’s component parts and what its impact will be on the neighborhood. After lengthy discussion, including protest from the developers, who wanted to have a sense of the ANC’s position to take to its prospective lender, the Commission voted 6-2 to table the discussion until next month.

Capital Place Station Townhouses on the Move Another dormant project, Capital Place Station, the large project that will cover the block between 2nd and 3rd and G and H Streets NE, is moving forward with a new developer, Fisher Brothers, and a new architect, Hickok Cole Architects. They came to the ANC to request support for minor modifications to the development that include providing 73 additional residential units (with no increase in floor area), a reduction in the number of parking spaces and several other minor changes to both the interior and exterior of the buildings. There was no discussion of the proposed changes and the Commission voted unanimously to support them. The good news is that they hope to begin construction in the third quarter of 2012.

Warehouse Conversion to Condos Again on Track A third building that was approved several years ago and not built is a warehouse at 460 New York Avenue NW, and its developer is now asking for support for special exceptions and variances so that it can move ahead. They have reduced the number of condominium units from 84 to 63, and they are developing a lift system for the parking spaces which will be on the first two floors of the existing building. There was some discussion about the trash pickup, which will be on L Street, and the Commission voted unanimously to support their request to the BZA.

In Other Actions... * Unanimously agreed to write a letter of support for the granting of a $3.4 million construction loan to The SeVerna Phase 2 Golden Rule Apartments from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development. They had received a similar loan for Phase I of the project, which has been completed. * Unanimously supported an application for a public space permit for the Central Union Mission which is converting the Gale School at 65 Massachusetts Avenue NW to a shelter. The space permit is for the removal of curb cuts on Massachusetts Avenue and a reduction in the number of parking spaces in front of the building to allow for landscaping and seating area inside the gate of the school. According to Mission director David Treadwell, the object is to create an inviting atmosphere to draw clients into the building with a lot of landscaping. * Tabled discussion of support for the Walk for Lupus Now, which is scheduled for April 21, because it is a Saturday morning (9-11:30 AM), and uses Freedom Plaza as its starting and ending point. Objections have been raised about its potential for impeding traffic and interfering with the guests at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, which, along with the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) have complained. The month’s delay was granted to give the parties an opportunity to work out their differences. * Gave its support, however, to the Scope It Out 5K race for colorectal cancer on which will be held on Sunday, March 25. * Heard from new member Scott Price that there would be an end of January meeting to discuss the results of a traffic study of Maryland Avenue NE from 2nd Street to Benning Road NE. The study is being undertaken in an effort to improve traffic and pedestrian safety on what is now a hazardous thoroughfare. * Heard a report from Commissioner Goodman on The Crucible, a sexually-oriented “private” club that has opened on 1st and

M Streets NE in his SMD. He has been fighting the club’s existence for several months. While calling itself a private club, they have circumvented a city regulation that says they can’t sell tickets at the door, by selling tickets from a bus parked outside the door. He and Commissioner Richardson are appealing the club’s permits. * Heard from Education and Youth Committee Chair Flora Lerenman ( that she is looking for programs in schools in the Commission’s area that are potentially eligible to receive grant funds from the ANC. The next meeting of ANC 6C will be on Wednesday, February 8, 7PM, at The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE.

ANC 6D by Roberta Weiner

ANC 6D’s 2012 Officers ANC 6D has a two-year term limit for its chair, and this was the year for a new face at the helm—a new face that has served the Commission well in the past: Chairman (he prefers that to Chair): Andy Litsky (; Vice Chair: David Garber (dggarber@; Secretary Bob Craycraft (Treasurer: Cara Shockley (

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C ANC 6C serves Capitol Hill, Union Station, NoMa, Mt. Vernon, Sursum Corda, and downtown as far west as 9th Street NW. The community is invited to attend/participate. Monthly meetings are generally the second Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E. Call for information: (202) 547-7168. Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee First Tuesday, 7 pm. Contact (202) 669-5184

Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee First Wednesday, 7 pm., NPR 635 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.

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creating a renaissance of school-age children in the neighborhood and a growing need for a school. Currently, they attend Amidon/Bowen in southwest, a long trip for them to make every day. 6D Commissioner David Garber presented a resolution to the Commission, to be sent to DCPS, that has been developed by a group of parents who believe they have a workable solution, For the past several months, while renovations are being made to their own building, the Capitol Hill Day School has been using a group of school trailers on a parcel of land behind Van Ness School. At the same time, the School Within a School at Peabody School, which has been outgrowing its four-room facility, is looking for a new home. Consistently earning top scores and exceeding early reading benchmarks, demand for places in the school can no longer be met. The idea is to move the School Within a School to the temporary buildings on 4th Street SE, where the Near Southeast children can join them. DCPS has promised a renovation and re-opening of Van Ness when there are enough students, and that could move forward. The ANC agrees, and passed a unanimous resolution urging that the School Within A School open in the temporary buildings for the 2012-2013 school year so that it can serve as a neighborhood school for Southeast children, and that Van Ness be re-opened no later than the 2014-15 school year.

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For the past 11 months, the Office of Planning has been working with local property owners DC government agencies and other community stakeholders to develop an analysis and recommendations for the redevelopment of Maryland Avenue SW between 4th and 12th Street SW. The goal of the project is to create a plan for the redevelopment of the area—a small area plan, in OP parlance—that covers transportation, streetscape and landscaping, buildings—retail, residential and commercial. In short, everything having to do with rede-

velopment, land use and community development that will restore a key part of the L’Enfant plan adjacent to the National Mall. Joyce Tsepas, the OP project manager, gave a presentation to the ANC on the status of the project, discussing the draft plan that has been produced and is available for public comment until February 3rd. The plan, called the Maryland Avenue SW Plan, is available at www,planning,

The Green Line is an Engine for Future Development Michael Stevens, Executive Director of the Capitol Riverfront BID, gave a presentation on the information he planned to disseminate at the BID’s Annual Meeting the following week, Justifiably proud of the progress being made in the Southeast area, he spoke about the rapidity with which the community is developing: thousands of new residents, the opening of ten new restaurants within the next year, the advent of Harris Teeter at The Yards, and Canal Park opening this summer with water features for the kids and a restaurant for their parents. But he was most excited about the outcome of a study that Capitol Riverfront BID commissioned on the impact of the Green Line on development in the District. The last line opened, and the slowest to gain ridership it is now, according to the study’s results, the fastest growing in terms of ridership, and that, he said, is because whether it is Petworth, Gallery Place, Ft. Totten or Navy Yard, those Metro stops are the ones that are seeing the most development and the most change. Stevens expects that the Navy Yard Riverfront area will continue to attract corporate tenants as well as residential. People, he said, are attracted by the waterfront and the growing number of amenities, and with its fellow Green Liners will form new spine of activity for the District.

In Other Actions... * Voted its support for the SunTrust Rock-and-Roll Marathon after six years of controversy and

rerouting the race’s path through Southwest, its organizers have designed a route that meets the demands of the community’s need to have access to the streets, and adequate advance notice about the inconveniences residents will have. Race organizers have committed to continue working with the ANC to make sure neighborhood needs are met for the race, which will take place on Saturday morning, March 17th. * Voted unanimously to support a historic designation and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places for the Main Pump Station at 2nd Street SE. Still in use by DC Water the elaborate Beaux Arts building was designed and built between 1903 and 1907 at the confluence of the Washington City Canal and the Anacostia River, and. surprisingly was not been designated earlier. * Was given a preview of the first in a series of meetings on the study that will identify existing and future transportation issues and possible mitigation along the M Street corridor and the SE/SW waterfront area. While individual developers have done surveys of small parts of the area, the nine-month study is the first comprehensive traffic study of the broad neighborhood—from 12th Street SE to 14th Street SW and from the freeway south to the Anacostia—and has been a priority of the ANC for many years. * Heard a report from Alcohol Beverage Control Committee Chair Coralie Farlee about the activities of her committee during 2011 which indicated an active and up-to-date relationship with licensed establishments and a commitment to attending ABRA hearings and the meetings of other ANCs and their ABL committee meetings. The next meeting of ANC 6D will be held on Monday, February 13, at 7:0 PM at 1100 4th Street SW, DCRA Hearing Room, 2nd Floor. ★



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HILLRAG CROSSWORD Mathematical Selection by Sally York and Myles Mellor Across:


1. Perverse ones 7. Prepares taters 13. Malacañang Palace locale 19. Disconnect 20. Columbus discovery of 1493 22. Map line 23. Do well on an exam 26. ___ and cheese 27. Arabian Peninsula country 28. Jewel 29. Donald and Ivana, e.g. 30. Enter 33. Atlanta-based airline 35. Wrap 37. Functionaries 39. Arose 42. No longer working: Abbr. 46. Desert rat 49. Quiche, e.g. 50. Move over 52. Bouquet 53. Comply with 57. ___ lepton (physics particle) 59. Cylindrical 60. Some advertisements boast these 65. Arab leader 66. Certain sorority woman 67. “Come here ___?” 68. Bled 69. “Mârouf” baritone 71. Con game 74. In favor of 75. Gray, in a way 78. Player, e.g. 80. Frost lines 82. According to 84. What she gave the stern teacher 90. Made up (for) 91. Big deal 92. Parting words 93. Aims 94. Open a cheap bottle of wine 96. Auction unit 98. Cement mixture 100. Punishment for a sailor, maybe 101. Flower part 103. “Because ___ Young” (1960 Dick Clark movie) 106. “Dear” one 107. Farm units 109. They’re nuts 113. The one over there 117. Blue 119. Certain something 120. Monopolist’s portion 121. Obey one of God’s directives 129. Check 130. Adolescent 131. Lofty 132. Swindled 133. Certain spoons 134. Specked

1. Fish dish 2. Pre-Columbian 3. Walk heavily 4. White wine aperitif 5. It’s next to nothing 6. Calypso offshoot 7. Batterer 8. Chronicles 9. Dwarf 10. Greetings 11. Mania starter 12. Vocalized 13. Cambridge sch. 14. Baseball bat wood 15. Do, for example 16. Surefooted goat 17. Beam intensely 18. ___ and sciences 21. Amorphous creature 24. Fashion 25. ___ friends 31. Black shadows 32. Clavell’s “___-Pan” 34. Egyptian snake 36. Hurried, musically 38. Blockhead 40. Falafel bread 41. “Get ___!” 42. Any “Seinfeld,” now 43. Ablutionary vessel 44. British poet laureate Nahum 45. Colors 46. Dead duck 47. Tomato blight 48. Second crop 51. Experienced 54. It may be yellow polka-dotted 55. Pilot’s announcement, briefly 56. Barks 58. Amateur video subject, maybe 61. One who fatigues 62. Pick, with “for” 63. Green 64. Decadent 70. Rope ___ 72. “Waking ___ Devine” (1998 film) 73. Catch 75. Imitating 76. Crystal-lined rock 77. Artist Max 78. Judy’s partner 79. Eggs 81. Dump 83. Not mono 84. Drag 85. European erupter 86. “ER” doctor 87. Groundless 88. Bad end 89. Catch sight of 95. Midsection 97. 1773 jetsam

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Last Months Answers: 99. “Raiders of the Lost ___” 102. Skill 103. Walk through snow 104. Mythological messenger 105. Genesis brother 108. Ear part 110. ___ lazuli 111. Object of many prayers 112. In a playful manner 113. Lift 114. Deli offering 115. ___-American 116. Arduous journey 118. Face-off 122. Milk 123. Common contraction 124. Grassy area 125. “Go on ...” 126. Once around the track 127. ___ Avivian 128. Bank offering, for short

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A Glimpse of Our Birds of Early Winter text and photo by Peter Vankevich


ear the end of the year, we have an opportunity to see what kind of birds as well as how many are present in the District of Columbia and parts of its immediate area. This organized “census” is conducted by many volunteers who venture out during a 24-hour period to tabulate the birds they identify. These numbers are then submitted to a compiler who reviews the data, especially reports of rare or unusual species as well as high and low numbers of individuals, and sends it off for input into the database of its sponsor, the National Audubon Society. It is, of course, not just the District region’s data that is included, but more than 2000 counts that take place throughout the United States and Canada and increasingly in other Western hemispheric countries. The official name is the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This activity was begun in 1900 by a self-educated ornithologist named Frank M. Chapman to call attention to birds were being slaughtered in great numbers, and for many species, their long-term survival was in danger. That first year, 25 count areas were covered and more counts have been added every year. Each count has a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle. In addition to the District and Roosevelt Island, our count area stretches into parts of Northern Virginia including Dyke Marsh, Arlington Cemetery and the C&O Canal along the Potomac River above Key Bridge. Oxon Run including Blue Plains and Bolling Air Force Base, is also part of the count area. This season’s DC count, the 69th

since 1900, took place on December 17. 137 people participated and reported a total of 89 species and 32,975 individual birds. How does this compare to earlier counts? The general consensus by the compiler Larry Cartwright and some of the seasoned observers is that this was a rather poor year, the second in a row as last year reported only 92 species. The average number of species for this CBC for the previous twenty years is 112. Migrant duck numbers were down as were several northern land birds that winter in our region. Considering the regional record warm dates for November and December, many of these birds may have still been farther north. There was some reassuring news. The local year-round resident woodpeckers and passerines seemed to be stable. The National Arboretum was bustling with lots of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings. Raptors, i.e. birds of prey that feed on other animals including smaller birds, appear to be adapting to the DC climate and habitat. Not counting the two vultures, Black and Turkey, which are sometimes classified as raptors, nine other species produced 158 individuals including 28 Bald Eagles. The highest number was 45 Red-tail Hawks. Double-crested Cormorants, which are normally farther south, were at an all-time high of 313 individuals. Looking over the data, I was surprised that the combined numbers of American Robins (3954), the two crow species, Fish and American (4648) and European Starlings (4028) were 38% of the birds counted The complaint of fewer birds was

not limited to the DC area. I spend the last week of each year on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and am the compiler of two CBCs, Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands. On these two counts, the numbers were also low as appeared to be the case with two other nearby counts. So where were the birds? The data for the counts will be ready in the next month or so and you may wish to check it out yourself starting by typing into an Internet search engine: Christmas Bird Count historical results, which will direct you to the National Audubon database. Having a bad year or two should not necessarily be a source of concern. Variables such as weather conditions that are colder than average or sustained warmer temperatures further north as was the case this time, can have an influence as to where birds may be located. For those who would like to participate in a bird census sooner than next December, consider getting involved in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) organized by Audubon with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It takes place President’s Day weekend each February and you can count the birds each day in your backyard/community and then enter the results online. For more information on the GBBC, visit: The immature Double-crested Cormorant was phowtographed in the marina area on the Anacostia Rwiver. Please feel free to send comments and suggestions to ★ ★ 63


A Typical CHDS Project Capitol Hill Day School Moves Back to the Dent Building by Dana Bell


ight before Capitol Hill Day School closed its doors in August for a longanticipated renovation, the second graders signed the walls one of the beloved architectural anomalies: the stairs-to-nowhere. The stairs-to-nowhere are two flights of stairs off the lobby on the first floor that lead straight up to a wall. They are absolutely useless and totally brilliant. The stairs are gone now, torn down to make way for the renovation that will update the school, give it bigger meeting spaces, bring the administrative offices up to the front door, and unify the early childhood classes. The new building will be sleeker and more efficient, like a nice, normal school. It’s impossible to report on the renovations without acknowledging that I was once a student at the school. I was a second grader draped on the old brown carpeting of the steps-to-nowhere. As I returned to CHDS to write this piece, I wondered what the school would be like, uprooted for six months and then returned to an entirely new building. Most schools might be intimidated by such a prospect. But for CHDS, the half year spent in the temporary mods have only served as a learning opportunity, bringing the students, faculty, and parents even closer together. The move has been, in the words of Principal Jason Gray, “a typical CHDS project.”

The Renovation The renovation has been in the works for almost a decade. In the early 2000s, the school planned an addition that would link the Dent Building with the administrative offices in the house next door. The recession put a temporary halt to that plan, but it didn’t stop the desire for a renovation. In 2010, the school restarted the Capital Campaign and started to plan for a modified renovation. “We said, we can’t do this, but we can either sit and whine or find something we can do for the kids,” said David Carlin, a parent of two at CHDS and one of the chairs of the Capital Campaign. The new renovation is a physical and organizational recasting of the Dent Building. 64 ★ HillRag | February 2012

The reception desk will be moved up from the basement to an area inside the front doors where visitors to the school can be welcomed and assisted. The music room, which was previously in the basement, will move to the old Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten room on the first floor so that all of early education can be on the same floor. The main gathering areas in front of the Rose Window and on the top floor will be expanded, with sliding glass doors that allow for makeshift rooms. This will improve the ability of the school to have multi-class events, but will also allow break out spaces for additional classes. The school is keeping its historic character by retaining its hardwood floors, the large wooden classroom doors, and the high windows, as well as the traditional brick façade. Overall, the cost of the renovation has been about $2.5-4 million for a complete overhaul of the interior. The renovation is funded in part by donations through the Capital Campaign, and also through a bondfinanced mortgage. It’s easy to forget how long the building has been around—and how many renovations it has undergone. Of course I like to think that CHDS has always been the same since I went there, but the demolition process reveals the layers of education that have happened in that building over the century. In one room, they tore down a wall and uncovered a chalkboard still bearing long-forgotten math equations.

The Mods I showed up before school at 5th and K to check out the school’s temporary building. It was larger than I expected, a big one-story tan building that stretched the whole block. The students lined up to shake the principal’s hand before going into the building, and it didn’t matter that it was in front of a chain link fence instead of the big wooden doors of 210—it was still CHDS. Once I got inside, I started to be reassured. The classrooms looked like they had been lifted directly from the old building, and they had even brought over the yellow brick blocks

I remember playing with in kindergarten. “The teachers really put in the extra effort; it looked like the school had been there forever,” said Holly Howe, the Director of Development at CHDS. According to Principal Gray, the students were excited by the novelty of the new building and the new location, but most of all by the water fountains and the bathrooms. There are double the amount of water fountains in the new building. And what about the bathrooms? Gray didn’t have a definitive answer. “Different, cleaner, more of them? I don’t know what it was.” In typical CHDS fashion, the curriculum was altered to treat the new location as a learning opportunity. “There’s been a lot of neighborhood exploration,” says Lisa Sommers, the Director of Field Education for the school. The third grade has been working on basic map reading skills by analyzing four different routes back to Garfield Park. “The field trip aspect has meant that the curriculum really goes anywhere,” said Carlin. This will still be true no matter what building the school is in. “It’s never going to be self-contained,” Carlin said. “We’re always going to be outside for certain things, using the city as the classroom.”

Returning Home The school will move back into the building on February 21, following a celebration in the new building on the 10th. All in all, the teachers have been flexible, the students have been excited, the parents have been supportive. “The community is wherever we are, together,” says Holly. ★





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DC Pagan Community Center A Magical Addition to Capitol Hill by Monica Cavanaugh


alling all Druids, all Wiccans, all who bow to the goddess Brighid: Rejoice! You have a corner of the Hill to call your own. Perched inconspicuously above a bright blue and white liquor store at the crossroads of 15th Street and South Carolina, Massachusetts and Independence Avenues, SE, the DC Pagan Community Center has found its home. Developed by the Open Hearth Foundation, a coalition of DC-area Pagan groups, the DCPCC is dedicated to providing a place where its members can gather, worship, teach, and strengthen their community. Though it has often been used as a pejorative through history, today the term Pagan has returned to its roots. Paganism, said Angela Roberts Reeder, a member of the foundation’s board of governors, is Earth-based in its spirituality. Pagans “look to preChristian beliefs for their traditions,” Eric Riley, Tigre Cruz, David Salisbury, Iris Firemoon, Anura Rose and Eric Eldritch gather to catalog the Center’s extensive library. she said. Reeder explains: “It’s about develrooms, available to rent for meetings, oping a relationship with the divine that is centered in a sense that the world rites and the like. The smaller of the we live in is valuable and is sacred. Each two rooms houses the lending library person in the community is going to – a collection of Pagan texts available have a different relationship with the to both members and those who are divine and the gods and goddesses that simply curious. “This collection is representative of they worship.” many different beliefs,” said Eric Riley. A A self-proclaimed Pagan for a quarcore OHF member and librarian for the ter-decade, Reeder knows well the chalDC public library system, he has been lenges involved with building a sense volunteering his time cataloging hunof community with such a diversity of dreds of books, all of which have been Pagan beliefs. donated by the community. “We cover With such fragmentation, it’s difalternative religious literature, sacred ficult to create an-all inclusive hometexts, liturgical and educational material base. “We would meet in coffee shops, – all geared towards educating people in in parks, in people’s living rooms,” alternative practices and faiths.” said Reeder. “Now these community At this time, the collection is open initiatives have a central location to call for all visitors to peruse on-site, though their own.” the library committee is developing a The Center itself is modest. 1700 Eric Eldritch shows off one of the most-donated texts: Drawing Down the Moon lending strategy. square feet hold two multi-purpose – Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today by The larger room is a more flexible Margot Adler 66 ★ HillRag | February 2012



space. Surrounded by an expanse of windows and filled with foldable furnishings, it can be transformed into anything its users require. The OHF membership is small, but growing. Funded entirely by sponsorship and room rentals, the center’s hours are currently limited by volunteer availability. “For the first month or two we’ll just see what the community wants,” said Iris Firemoon, Chair of the Board. “Will people want to drop by and hang out? Or come for specific events?” She offered that there are plans to coordinate movie and game nights, in addition to the traditional faithbased gatherings. Visitors to open events needn’t be members; anyone in the community who’s interested in a w orkshop, art exhibit (there is one currently on display,) or festival is welcome to join and learn. The Pagan world is foreign to many, and a lack of knowledge often leads to apprehension. Eric Eldritch, project leader for the library, isn’t worried. “I lived on the Hill 25 years ago,” he said. “This is an accepting community. For the Open Hearth Foundation to be here is like coming home.” Interested in taking a leap? Who knows, maybe this year you’ll discover the divine in an unexpected place. To learn more about the DC Pagan Community Center and Paganism in general, visit their website at www.

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Maryland Avenue Restoration as a True L’Enfant Street by William Rich


he DC Office of Planning released its draft report on the Maryland Avenue SW Plan at the end of 2011 after working on it for several months. This report is a component of the Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative that the National Capital Planning Commission is studying for the area. In the Maryland Avenue draft report, there are recommendations on how the avenue can be reconstructedto diversify land uses and serve as a connector through the Southwest Rectangle (the area between the National Mall and Interstate 395). Currently, the Maryland Avenue corridor is disjointed – a small section of the avenue was rebuilt above railroad tracks west of 12th Street

as a part of The Portals complex with a landscaped median and on its eastern end, it will bisect a future memorial for President Eisenhower. However, Maryland Avenue does not exist between 12th Street and 7th Street. Along this stretch, railroad tracks for freight and Virginia Railroad Express (VRE) are in the avenue’s right-of-way. East of Reservation 113 (the green space at 7th Street and C Street), Maryland Avenue reemerges before intersecting with Independence Avenue across from the National Air & Space Museum. Four components that the draft report addresses include land use, transit, connections and public realm:

A small portion of Maryland Avenue has already been rebuilt west of 12th Street SW by decking over railroad tracks. The developers of The Portals complex recreated the roadway to provide access to the office buildings and Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Photo: William Rich 68 ★ HillRag | February 2012

Land use The draft report encourages a diversification of land uses for the corridor, which is currently dominated by office space. To that end, there are four Federally-owned parcels along Maryland Avenue that the General Services Administration (GSA) is considering for conveyance out of the Federal inventory. These parcels could then be redeveloped as mixed use sites, potentially with residential included in the mix. Zoning in the area can be changed to encourage residential development with Housing Credits, similar to the bonus density incentives used to increase housing downtown over the past 15 years. Other parcels along the Maryland Avenue SW corridor could also

be redeveloped, including the GSA Regional Office Building at 7th Street and D Street , the Reporters Building (where Pizza Autentica is located), and two sites at The Portals (perhaps one could be luxury condos affiliated with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel next door with sweeping views of the Tidal Basin?). The draft report indicates that at least 1,000 residential/hotel units need to be created in the area to justify more retail amenities.

Transit Connections between the L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail station and the L’Enfant commuter rail station should be improved. According to the draft report, about 20,000 riders

Reservation 113 has the potential to become a dynamic urban park, where Maryland Avenue SW and Virginia Avenue SW intersect. Currently, the green space is underutilized and is primarily used as an access point to the L’Enfant commuter station. Photo: William Rich

use the Metro station each weekday and over 15,000 VRE riders use the commuter rail station. Future ridership estimates anticipate an increase over the next few years and the commuter rail station may need to expand to accommodate a possible extension of MARC train service to L’Enfant as well as the electrification of the rail line. After looking at three options to expand the commuter rail station, the report recommends building an extended platform in the vicinity of the current platform to accommodate four tracks and bilevel trains. The Reporters Building would eventually become an intermodal hub where VRE, MARC, Metrorail, Metrobus and streetcar service would intersect.

Connections Three alternatives were considered for decking over Maryland Avenue: one creates a boulevard with a landscaped median along its length, and a newly constructed 9th Street would connect Independence Avenue, Maryland Avenue and D Street; a second would create a center roadway section from 12th Street to 10th Street, with a ramp connection to D Street, while the area between 10th Street and Reservation 113 would become a linear park; option three would create a center roadway from 12th Street to Reservation 113 and create a square around it by shifting the railroad corridor to the south. The report prefers a center roadway section to a median because of its consistency along the centerline of Maryland Avenue, but also allows flexibility along the edges depending on what structure abuts the right-of-way. The approximate cost to re-establish Maryland Avenue would be $429 million, including streetscape, railroad enclosure, commuter rail station improvements, connections to the street grid and four-track railroad enhancements.

Public Realm Reservation 113 has the potential, if designed properly, to

be a centerpiece for the neighborhood. Views to the Capitol should be maintained and Maryland Avenue’s significance as a L’Enfant diagonal street should be considered in its design; however, pedestrian-scale elements need to be considered as well. The tree canopy of the area needs to be enhanced and sidewalks designed for heavy pedestrian use. New buildings along the corridor should be oriented towards Maryland Avenue and Reservation 113 with the building facades meeting the edge of the right-of-way to create a defined street wall effect. Retail nodes should be created at 7th Street and 10th Street, with ceiling heights along the ground floor at these locations at a minimum of 14’. Sustainable infrastructure elements should be maintained throughout the corridor, including storm water filtration and collection and piezoelectric generation along the rail corridor. Development along the Maryland Avenue corridor can begin in the eastern end between 6th Streetand 7th Street, where the avenue already exists and improvements would take less time (and money) to implement. The Switzer Building modernization and greening, along with Federal Building 8, is breathing new life into the area. GSA Parcel 4 is located between 6th Streetand 7th Street and if conveyed, the parcel could be redeveloped into a use other than office to help change the perception of the area as an “office-only” destination. In addition, some improvements can be made to Reservation 113 to make the area more inviting. As the Southwest Waterfront redevelopment gets going and the future of the Department of Energy campus is determined, that will help spur activity on the western side of the Maryland Avenue SW corridor.

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all it the re-urbanizing of America. More Corridor. And where they went, the real estate comlyn-Ballston Corridor in VA. and more people, especially in the 18-34 munity followed, with more housing starts in the • Compared to the 1990’s, the Green Line Corage range, are choosing to live in America’s Green Line Corridor over the past ten years than any ridor captured nearly ten times as many young urban centers. other metro corridor in the city. households in the 2000s. Over the last decade, D.C. led this trend by The study was executed by RCLCO, after the • The Green Line Corridor captured 32 percent— achieving the highest population growth percentage Capitol Riverfront BID felt anecdotally that change nearly one third—of all growth in 18-to-34in the country by adding over 30,000 new residents. has been occurring along the corridor. But we didn’t year-old households in the District during the In the process, the nation’s last decade. capital reversed a longstand• The study reveals new ing pattern of lost market household incomes of new share to suburban competiresidents along the Green Line tors and became a residential Corridor are as much as 50 destination of choice. Ward 6 percent higher than estimated was no exception. by conventional data sources. Economic observers typi• Stations along the Green cally point to Metro’s Red Line Line Corridor are a magnet for in Northwest D.C. and the high-paying private sector jobs Rosslyn-Ballston Orange Line in the region, and are outcomcorridor in Northern Virginia peting areas in Northwest DC as the most successful investand Arlington County. ment and development loca• The fiscal impact of tions. But a study – GreenPrint Green Line stations is signifiof Growth – released in Janucant: new development proary by Robert Charles Lesser jected within a quarter-mile and Company (RCLCO) and of the Green Line Corridor commissioned by the Capitol study area stations could genRiverfront Business Improveerate $2.32 billion in addiment District (BID), paints tional tax revenue and 19,000 a surprising and far different permanent jobs over the next picture. Twenty years after its 20 years. opening, D.C.’s Green Line The study affirms that Corridor stations have become the Green Line Corridor is an economic engine for the out in front of the District’s District and the region. overall growth curve and can For many observers, this continue this growth into shift in the economic axis has the next decade and beyond. Capitol Riverfront BID Executive Director Michael Stevens holds up a copy of the GreenPrint of Growth report released at the BID’s annual meeting in January been off the radar. However, The connection to the Green population growth, job creLine Corridor and its aforeation, and investment along mentioned competitive adthe Green Line from Petvantages, combined with its worth/Georgia Avenue to the Navy Yard Metro sta- have the hard data to underscore what we were see- ample development capacity, position the Capitol tion/Capitol Riverfront neighborhood all have sur- ing until the release of the study findings which show Riverfront neighborhood surrounding the Navy passed the former Red and Orange Line leaders. The that the Green Line has become an economic engine Yard station as a “receiving zone” for this developstudy GreenPrint of Growth reveals the Green Line for the District and the region creating a new spine ment energy. Specifically, the analysis conducted Corridor as a leader in capturing the highly-prized of development that connects the city. Among the suggests that the Capitol Riverfront—given its demographic of young professionals, and that these study’s findings: Green Line access at the Navy Yard Station and young urbanites have incomes at least double what • The Green Line Corridor study area captured its significant amount of development capacity—is was previously estimated. Also, high-paying private more young and affluent households in the among the most competitive locations in the resector jobs have gravitated toward the Green Line 2000’s than the NW DC Red Line or the Ross- gion for households, companies, and retailers. 70 ★ HillRag | February 2012


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Fortunately, the District Government and Metro had vision and planned for this. And private investors have responded. Today, mixed-use neighborhoods like Columbia Heights, Gallery Place/Penn Quarter, and the Navy Yard/ Capi- tol Riverfront are coming of age as magnets for urban life and work. And the study suggests the trend will continue over the next 20 years.

A graph from the GreenPrint of Growth study illustrates the study area’s capture of young (18-34 year old) household growth from 2000 -2010. The Green Line study area outperformed NW DC Red Line stations and the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in Arlington, Virginia. A dramatic shift from what took place between 1990 – 2000.

It’s time to acknowledge this new reality. Development has shifted and continues to take advantage of access to Metro, especially along the Green Line. By locating along the Green Line Corridor, employers are making a strategic decision to position themselves where they are best able to attract and retain the highly educated, young professional work force that live along the Corridor. With other DC neighborhoods along the Green Line Corridor nearly built out, the Capitol Riverfront and Southwest DC are poised to become the most sought-after locations in the region. These neighborhoods also reconnect our magnificent city to the water and provide incredible new public parks and retail destinations. The affluent young people who are re-urbanizing this city are finding the richness and diversity of urban living they crave along the Green Line. “We are witnessing the reurbanizing of America. Younger households – those between 18 and 34 years old – are an important driver of this trend. In the DC region specifically, especially during the last decade, a large proportion of affluent, young professionals—along with their employers—moved into neighborhoods not only in urban neighborhoods or in the District itself, but specifically proximate to Green Line corridor. It’s a trend that can be expected to become even stronger in the future. The findings of this study suggest that the Capitol Riverfront and other Green Line Corridor neighborhoods have established themselves as economic engines over the past decade and are ripe for future investment,” said Shyam Kannan, a principal at RCLCO. This is where the economic future lies. And if this study about the Green Line’s stunning emergence over the past ten years is any indication—and we believe it is—the future is already here.

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h street streetlife life Intersections Festival and a New Vet by Elise Bernard


t’s February, often a sleepy time of year. It’s still too cold to venture out unless you are bundled up, but it’s not too early to think about spring. It you are looking for a good way to shake off that winter boredom, you can enjoy countless shows at the upcoming Intersections Festival. Intersections is an arts festival based at the Atlas. In addition to drawing a neighborhood crowd, Intersections draws visitors from throughout the region. That’s great news

Chris Miller are excited to bring their skills to the H Street Corridor. At 3,600 square feet, the space is quite large. It’s light filled and decorated in such a way that you don’t quite feel like you’re visiting the vet. Exam rooms have upholstered furniture and rugs. Many walls feature exposed brick, and there’s a play space for children in the waiting area. The surgery room faces out on H Street NE, but don’t worry, you won’t actu-

cially designed for use with cats and dogs. X-rays can be emailed anywhere they need to go, including to the owner. AtlasVet also strives to welcome our local deaf community. They have a veterinary assistant who is fluent in ASL, and another employee who is a graduate of our own Gallaudet University. Miller and Antkowiak have also sought to green their renovation. Many of their appliances (washing machine, dryer, refrigerator) are reclaimed from other projects. The same is true of the granite countertops in the exam rooms. AtlasVet is not currently set up to board animals, but this will likely change in the future (depending upon demand and staffing). The guys are very excited about their new venture. Judging from the fact that they had 17 appointment requests within hours of announcing their soft opening, I’d say the community is equally excited about having AtlasVet around.

Conscious Café Headed to H Street NE A new restaurant serving world fusion cuisine aims to open at 1413 H Street NE (formerly the home of West African restaurant Buka). They recently filed a beer and wine only liquor license (class D) for a restaurant. With space for 40 patrons, Conscious Café will also feature live entertainment, a space for social events, book readings, and speakers from the local community.

Intersections Arts Festival Livens Up H Street NE AtlasVet wants to care for your cats and dogs.

for all of H Street NE, as many of those visitors will return to explore H Street more fully at a later time.

AtlasVet Offers Local Care for The Four Legged Set I recently visited the recently opened AtlasVet (, 1326 H Street NE). AtlasVet is a new veterinary office offering care for dogs and cats. Veterinarians Matt Antkowiak and 72 ★ HillRag | February 2012

ally be able to watch Fido go under the knife (they’ll be partially obscuring the glass. They will also have a few parking spaces behind their building. Though AtlasVet offers check-ups, surgery, and dental work, it is not a 24-hour animal hospital. They are open six days a week with evening hours (until 8pm) on Mondays and Wednesdays. They are equipped to perform skin testing, full blood work, and urinalysis, in-house. AtlasVet also has access to an outside laboratory. Their x-ray machine is spe-

Intersections (, which bills itself as a new American arts festival, is back for another year of fabulous performances. As in the past, Intersections will feature music, cinema, theater, spoken word performances, and dance. The line up is huge and very eclectic. There is a little something in there for patrons of all ages, and interests. Many of the events are free or low cost. Some offer discounts for seniors and students. This is the third year for the Atlas Performing Arts Center (, 1333 H Street NE) festival. In 2010 Intersections drew over 6,000 visitors, by

dor have pined for a bike shop. They finally got their wish. The Daily Rider ( will open at 1108 H Street NE. The Daily Rider offers bicycles, accessories, and clothing to those who want a little style with their ride. They hope to open sometime this spring.

H Street Playhouse Seeks a New Home

The Zip Zap Circus offers thrills to audience of all ages during the Intersections Festival

The H Street Playhouse’s (http://www.hstreetplayhouse. com, 1365 H Street NE) lease expires in February 2013, and the theater will need to relocate. While this is sad news for H Street NE, the word is that the theater is shopping other locations in the neighborhood. Specifically, it could go to Bladensburg Road, or Benning Road. Both streets offer significantly lowers rents than can currently be found on H Street, and that’s great for a live theater, which is not exactly going to become a cash cow. If either of these options becomes a reality it presents an excellent opportunity for a new mini-arts district, and an extension of the development activity currently cooking all along the H Street NE Corridor.

Is Ace Hardware Headed to H Street NE? The Spilling Ink Project is one of many performances making up the Intersections Festival

2011 that number was 9,000. This is an extremely diverse festival. You can catch a free Flamenco musical and dance performance, test your skills with jugglers and tightrope walkers from Zip Zap Circus USA (, or take in a classical concert.

A Bike Shop for the H Street Corridor For year residents of the H Street Corri-

A writer for the Washington City Paper recently looked into rumors that an Ace Hardware might be coming to the H Street Corridor. Conclusion? The owner of multiple DC Ace Hardware store confirmed to the author that she is indeed shopping space along the strip, but stated that she has not yet committed to any particular site. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street you can visit my blog You can send me tips, or questions at elise.bernard@gmail. com. ★ ★ 73



Barracks Row by Sharon Bosworth


f February 2012 finds you in love and living anywhere near Barracks Row you are in luck. There is no better place to be if you want the perfect Valentine’s Day experience for you and your sweetie. Let’s start with a Valentine’s Day surprise that will be cooked up by

planning more learn-to-cook events like this one in the coming year. The Culinary Education Crawl was created by Penny Karas, owner of Hello Cupcake, 705 8th Street, SE and hosted by Barracks Row Main Street. Hello Cupcake is a can’t-miss stop on Barracks Row when mak-

Homebody, 715 8th Street SE, Features Jewelry, Cards and Chocolate

students from our first ever Culinary Education Crawl which was held on Sunday, January 29. The event was based on the premise that the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach. Ten Barracks Row Restaurants devised a one day cooking school curriculum. The chefs taught students how to make favorite dishes right off their menus and, with two weeks to V- Day, there was still time to go home and practice. We think their Valentines will be very impressed with dinner at home this year. But, don’t worry if you couldn’t attend, we are 74 ★ HillRag | February 2012

ing up your Valentine’s Day itinerary. You’ll find classic Valentine cupcakes to take home in sweet packages that hold from one to one dozen of Hello Cupcake’s adorable creations. Or drop by with your Valentine on February 14th after dinner for coffee and freshly baked cupcakes for dessert. As usual, the big question for Valentine’s Day is whether to celebrate at home or with a night out on-thetown. Like Hello Cupcake our entire five block corridor can provide the smartest solution either way you go. Stay-At-Home Valentine’s

Barracks Row. If you are looking forWhen planward to a fully orchestrated ning ahead for a stay-at-home evening comS t a y At-Home plete with champagne, then Valentine’s Day, you must stop at Chat’s Lidon’t miss the Prequors, 503 8th Street, SE, and have view Samples of heart shaped macaowner Bernie Williams introduce you to grower champagnes. Brand rons at Sweet Lobby, 404 8th Street, name champagnes blend grapes from SE. Drop by in the weeks before many vineyards together to develop a Valentine’s Day to taste the exquisite uniform taste bottle after bottle. But flavors available. Then order a special small vineyards, or growers, many box of these decadent French invenhundreds of years old, produce dis- tions for your Valentine, all pre-tested tinctive champagne adventures all by you. Gift boxes start at $9.20. And here’s another idea from the at the same price as the big brands. French who do know a thing or two You’ll taste the difference right away. about amour: perhaps a bit of role With new discoveries in champlay is in order? Consider a French pagne bubbling up, Valentine’s Day Country Maid outfi t from Backmay be the perfect time to add to stage Costumes, 545 8th Street, SE. your collection of champagne flutes However, if appropriate accessories at Homebody, 715 8th Street, SE. are all that’s needed there are also red A refined plastic-like substance cast fi sh-net tights, saucy mini hats with in familiar barware shapes is making a debut at Homebody. These lovely, gleaming flutes are stem-less and non breakable making a stay-at-home Valentine’s romp through the house a much safer adventure. And what is Valentine’s Day without risqué cards? Homebody has a full collection of these gems for co-workers, friends and loved ones. For the traditionalists, Homebody also features a full display case of locally made jewelry. For even more cards and gift options shop Groovy DC, which relocated last year to 323 7th Street, SE, right across Pennsylvania Avenue from Taste the Sample Macarons at Sweet Lobby, 404 8th Street, SE Then Make Your Own Assortment

Migonette, Filet Mignon and, for dessert, Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. For reservations at Zest Bistro call 544-7171. Createyour-own fixed price dinner experience at Lavagna Ristorante Italiano, 539 8th Street, S.E. Select a three-course meal from their extensive menu of fresh appetizers, main dishes including homemade pastas and delectable desserts - all for $35.00 per person. Accompany with half price wines all by the glass for a memorable yet affordable celebration. For reservations at Lavagna call 202-546-5006.

Barracks Row For Valentine’s Day - Without Reservation But what if today is February 14th, Valentine’s Day, and you have nothing for your Valentine- not even a card? There are still wonderful choices on Barracks Row. Make a run to Spring Mill Bakery, 701 8th Street, SE. You’ll find big heart shaped Meet a Marine on Valentine’s Day at Ugly Mug, 723 8th Street, SE cookies with fun Valentine’s Day greetings: “Tweet Me” or “Yes” pretty veil netting and lots of interesting garor “Send Me an E-mail” as well as small, ters. Then there are wear-with-anything-orheart- shaped Ganache Cakes and organic nothing-at-all head bands for $2.95: sparCherry Chocolate Bread. Or go for a gift kling, antennae-like hearts will bob above certificate at Skin Beauty Lounge, 404 ½ your head as you greet your Valentine at the 8th Street, SE. The special this month is a door. For an even more dramatic greeting facial plus massage for $100, an experience add the almost-full-size, bright red Cupid ’s to put a big smile on your Valentine. bow and arrow to your outfit.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie for Your Valentine To include the kids in Valentine’s Day, drop by the Playseum, 545 8th Street, SE. Plans are in place to run children’s baking events all day long in the Playseum’s kitchen. Special art projects will be available for kids the week before to guarantee everyone in the family is remembered with homemade Valentines. If you are reading this, then it’s already February, still time to make big plans for a night out but don’t wait much longer. Many Barracks Row restaurants will serve special fixed price menus for the evening but seating is limited. Chef Bart Vandaele of Belga Cafe, 514 8th Street, SE, is creating a signature five course European feast. Add in the wine pairing option for an elegant, $120 before-tip splurge per- person. For reservations at Belga Café, call 202-544-0199. At Zest Bistro, 735 8th Street, SE, the $39.00 per person fixed price menu includes Oysters

If you are really a procrastinator and you are heading out the door to pick up your Valentine as you read this, make Barracks Row your destination- even without reservations a great dining experience is here for you to discover. There are over thirty fine dining restaurants to choose from - and one very unusual after dinner show. On February 14th at 8:00 p.m. The Ugly Mug, 723 8th Street, SE, is holding their Annual Meet a Marine Valentine’s Day Party. Ladies pay $1.00 to bid on a Marine and $10.00 (minimum) to buy a Marine of their choice for the evening. Come by and watch the fun. Who knows – maybe there’s a long term relationship in there somewhere! All proceeds from the Meet a Marine event go to Habitat for Humanity. There is parking in the City Lot under the freeway for seventy five cents per hour, the lowest price in DC, with 3 hour limit after 6:30 p.m. ★


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Edible Arrangements 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (202) 544-7273 How do they find such beautiful delicious fruit? Seriously! Edible Arrangements offers same-day service and delivery on their fresh, daily-made arrangements and boxed treats. Owner Tom Stratford considers the team the “Capitol Hill Gang” (he also has the M St. NW and Alexandria locations), and encourages people to stop by for a sample of the day. Bring a business card – they hold a twice-monthly drawing for an arrangement of your choice, valued at around $65! Arrangements are available for all occasions, and Valentine’s Day specials start at only $25.

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Flowers on the Hill Sheril Williams 650 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (202) 546-3835 Flowers on the Hill has been around for more than 30 years, but Sheril Williams has been the owner since 2008. She likes to do individual arrangements and suggests that people tell her of the personality of the intended. For instance, she might do tropical Zen for urban girls, or a mixture of earthy tones and styles of flowers for contemporary customers. Frontrunners for conservatives are roses and lilies. Sheril offers a Valentine’s Day special: a dozen premium long-stem roses and a box of chocolates with free delivery if you pre-order by Feb. 7. Flowers on the Hill is open Mon. to Fri. from 10am to 5pm (‘til 2pm Sat.), or order by phone until 7pm. If you stop in, enter through the double doors.

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Love your pets! Dr. Ashley of the Animal Clinic of Anacostia has been there caring for pets since 1979. She has a primary goal: helping people manage their four-legged friends as effectively and as well as possible. She does this by taking a generous amount of time to explain what needs to be done to have a great, long-term companion. For example, Dr. Ashley explains to new dog owners about scheduled treatments and vaccinations and the need for obedience training and leashes, helping them to understand that what they put in will make their life with the animal easier in the long term. Dr. Ashley is the only vet at this small office. The clinic is easy to get to, just over the 11th St. Bridge. Open for drop-in visits weekdays from 9am to noon and from 5 to 6pm, closed Thurs. and weekends.

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Real Estate The Return of Movies to the Hill by Robert S. Pohl


n December 27, 1909, Washington DC was hit by the second snowstorm in as many days. Well before the damage of the first snowstorm had been fully determined, the street sweepers and snow plows were called out again to battle the snow again. Snow kept falling all afternoon. It would have been the perfect time to stay home, but almost 1000 DC residents decided to brave the elements. Bundling up against the wind and cold, they made their way through the drifting snow to get to an historic event: The opening of a new theater.

A New Theater for the Hill This was not just any old theater, but one that had been built specially for showing movies. Some 15 years after the first public projection of film, here was a building dedicated to this new art form. The brainchild of Henry I. Meader, the new theater was state-of-theart, with seating for 360 on the main floor plus another 120 in the balcony. It had been built with a proper stage, so that it could be used for both mov-

The National Community Church today (RSP)

ies and vaudeville. Henry Meader had been a grocer on Capitol Hill for over 20 years when he retired in 1909. His business had been highly praised and the Washington Post, in 1903, praised it as “handsome and up-to-date.” Meader was also active in numerous civic organi-

zations, including the Retail Grocers’ Protective Association, whose President he was in 1909. Nonetheless, Meader decided to get into a new business. As befit a man who had been a successful enough to be asked to join the board of one of DC’s banks, Meader set out

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methodically in starting his new venture. He formed the Meader Amusement Company, installed lawyer Alexander Wolf as its president, and sold shares. Building on the foundations of his old store at 535 and 537 8th Street SE, the new building took shape throughout 1909. The sold-out shows on the first day of operation – in spite of the snow – must have brought him great satisfaction.

A Competitor Appears Unfortunately for Meader, he was not the only one to see that there was a great need for movie theaters on Capitol Hill, and on August 16, 1910, the Avenue

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Grand opened just a few blocks away on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Grand was, as its name implied, a much larger venture, and in fact seated over twice as many patrons as Meader’s did. Meader had to find other ways of making his theater pay, and at the end of 1910, he hosted a “Yuletide festival,” which featured the Marine band and the Sousa Juvenile Minstrels. Two years later, during what turned out to be the Nationals first winning season, baseball fans could ‘watch’ away games at the Meader theater. An “electric board reproducer,” which was a large sign with a baseball diamond painted on it, as well a scoreboard,

was installed in the theater. As the results came in, lights on the board would go on and off to indicate the status of the game.

Renovation After 10 years of operation, it became clear that a revitalization was needed. Meader filed a building permit for repairs to his theater. In order to advertise this improvement, the theater thereafter was known as the “New Meader Theater.” Meader did not have long to enjoy this new theater, as he died in early 1926. He was buried in Congressional Cemetery. After his death, the name of the theater was changed to the New Theater, and it was sold to the Stanley-Crandall chain. Over the next 35 years, the theater went steadily downhill, changing its name numerous times, eventually settling on the name “Academy.” In 1960, it was bought by Blaine Massey, who renamed it the Art Acad-

emy theater, and its specialty was changed to foreign movies. This new lease on life did not last long, as later that year, it was back to just being the simple “Academy” and was showing discount movies, “big pictures at tiny prices,” Shortly after that, the Academy began showing double bills.

A New Life Finally, in 1962, the theater was bought by Fred and Charlotte Hall, who converted it into the People’s Church, which remained a Barrack’s Row institution for almost 50 years. In 2011, the building was sold to the National Community Church, which im-

mediately began the arduous task of renovating the space. Since Easter 2011, they have been holding their services there, but, as Mark Batterson, NCC’s lead pastor says “It was a theater back in the day, something that’s missing on the Hill.” The inside, done in red curtains, and gold-trimmed metal, is already a huge improvement over the white, fluorescent-bulb lit interior that greeted them when they bought the venue. A stage still exists, though the proscenium and dressing rooms that the theater had when it was built are long gone. The main floor has a full complement of theater seats, while those in the balcony must make do with folding chairs for now. A few major pieces are still missing, however: While the marquee sign is ready for installation, a blade sign with the theater’s name still awaits city approval. A new ticket booth – and a location for it – must be found.

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his year, a New Movements Series has brought to the Synetic Theater stage two world premieres: the theater’s trademark wordless Shakespeare in Taming of the Shrew in December, and performances by a dadaism-inspired performance theater group from the Czech Republic. The world premiere of Genesis Reboot, directed and co-written by Ben Cunis, is Synetic Theater’s first production for 2012. Cunis, a fight choreographer who has been with the theater for more than five years, is known at Synetic Theater for a choreography style that draws influence from parkour, stage combat fighting, and gymnastics. Cunis’ production will tell the story of an angel who “has built a new Tree of Life and Brynn Tucker as Eve in Genesis Reboot, a new farcical play directed by Ben Cunis with script in collabosets out, with a reluctant Demon in ration with Peter Cunis, is running now through March 3 at Synetic Theater. Photo by: Johnny Shryock tow, on an experiment to discover what would happen if the story of Adam and of Georgia in the mid-1990’s. They estab- less. The Washington Post wrote “this is Eve were redone.” Genesis Reboot runs lished Synetic under the umbrella of the the Hamlet we know in our bones.” As February 9 through March 3 at Synetic International Stanislavski Theater Studio Paata describes the theater’s various proTheater in Crystal City. in 2001. Hamlet was the theater’s first ductions, his eyes light up, and he uses Each year, tens of thousands of the- production. When Synetic announced his hands as much as his voice. His hand atergoers come to see the theater’s word- it, some people saw the project as hereti- cuts across a flat plane as he describes the less Shakespeare productions. Perfor- cal. “ How dare you touch Shakespeare’s three inches of water that covered the mances fuse the dynamic art forms of works!”, they exclaimed. It would be stage in 2010 for the production of King movement, acrobatics, dance and fight unconscionable,“‘like a meal without Arthur, one of the theater’s non-Shakechoreography with music and acting. the food” or like “the Bible without the spearean wordless plays. An English Although at Synetic only about 10 of its text.” Paata sees it in terms of boxes – story rich with imagery of rain and water 50 productions have been wordless, the some people were in a box. But if people and with the Lady of the Lake, the protheater is perhaps best known for its take couldn’t see or hear or imagine beyond duction featured a water-covered stage. on Shakespeare, the only productions it the box, Synetic would show them. As Paata describes, it had Synetdoes without words. ic’s trademark intensity of high-enWhen Synetic first put on wordless ergy physical expression combined with Shakespeare in 2002, a version of Ham- More Than Words The Synetic team was convinced “weapons, real swords, sticks, plus water let in which director Paata Tsikurisvili – it was craziness, so dynamic, and it was starred as Hamlet, “everybody was like that Shakespeare could be more than dangerous,” Paata recalls. People have ‘what the hell is this guy is doing?’” Paata just words –love, betrayal, hate, jealousy been injured. Actors have suffered brorecalls. He and his choreographer wife, and power, themes rich with symbol- ken legs, broken heads, arms, fingers and Irina, came to the U.S. from the country ism, all of it was so human, so bound- knees. There are no stunt doubles and ★ 89

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no lines to memorize, but the work is complex. Many have described the theater’s style as “cinematic” and the scripts look more like film storyboards than scripts. Paata also has an MFA in film. But why Shakespeare, exactly? In part, it’s because the Tsikurishvilis were counting on the fact that American audiences were already familiar with Shakespeare and could follow along. They also wanted to make it accessible. “I have heard from many people that [Shakespearean] English is not accessible anymore, especially to young people,” Paata explains. “Whatever Shakespeare describes with the words, it translates into action; there is so much movement in it, so many things going on,” Paata explains. His hunch, and Irina’s, was that Shakespeare could be translated into the language of movement and dance. Many of the theater’s productions also integrate dances, spinning and jumping from the Georgian folk dance tradition. The theater holds auditions once per year and casts for its season. During an intense training period in the summer, actors learn Georgian folk dance, and the physicality of Georgian storytelling is a key influence on Synetic theater’s style. But although he and Irina were in Georgia when he promised her they would one day have their own theater, Paata insists, Synetic was born in America. “It’s my American baby,” he says. Synetic might have influence from Georgian tradition, but it is 100 percent American-born. Paata tried to synthesize different art forms back in Georgia when he was younger, but people told him, “ You cannot do it like this. If you are a mime you cannot talk, if you are a dancer you cannot act, if you are an actor you cannot dance.” But Washington DC turned out to be the place where a project like Synetic Theater’s was possible. The talent pool has a wealth of professional actors, and with 80 theaters, Washington is a theater town that can compete with New York and Chicago, but without the commercialization of Broadway. “Broadway is amazing no doubt about it, but unlike Broadway, Washington produces art,” Paata says.

It Had to be Washington When Paata first came to America, Irina was already working as a choreographer in Baltimore. Paata spoke almost no English and suffered from culture shock after landing in Washington. Everything was different. It was a country he would eventually come to love – for its culture of philanthropy, for its openness to new art forms – but in 1995, the future was unknown. Paata suffered from a year of depression. Eventually, he decided to work solo doing something he knew: miming. Although in America the mime “has no reputation whatsoever,” Paata says, the mime has a long tradition in Europe. So he painted his face white, put on his pantomime gloves and went out into the city. An immigrant from the ex-Soviet Union who could barely speak English, Paata had few words, but he could speak the silent, motion language of the mime. He was discovered in a restaurant when someone asked him to perform at a children’s classical theater. He went on to directing and never stopped. Synetic Theater’s next production will be Light in the Darkness, an original performance by a Dadaisminspired Czech physical theater group from Prague called the Tantehorse Theater Company. Synetic will also stage “Taming of the Shrew” March 31 through April 22 at the city’s Shakespeare Theater downtown. “It is an amazing fact that they are going to let me in to do non-verbal Shakespeare there,” Paata says. This year’s spring season will also feature an original play called “Home of the Soldier,” running May 23rd through July 1, about a soldier recruited from California’s Georgian minority community. The season will offer theatergoers a chance to see something that could very well be unique in the world. “Nobody is doing it,” Paata says. “Just us in Washington DC. You don’t need to go to Europe, to Paris, to London or Berlin to see that kind of thing. It is right here. And it is world class.” For tickets and more information about Synetic Theater, visit ★

Capitol Hill History Project Launches Publishing Venture by Rosemary Berkley Freeman tures more than two years ago that Mary Z. Gray held a delighted audience spellbound as she read excerpts from her bookin-progress. Her stories included hilarious scenes from her childhood and the exploits of four generations of forebears, all of whom had lived within ten blocks of the Capitol. But finding a major publisher for 301 East Capitol proved to be an Mary Z. Gray author of 301 East Capitol, a memoir of early Capitol Hill life insurmountable challenge published by the Overbeck History Press for Gray. Eventually, Overbeck Project founden years ago, the Capitol Hill Coming chairman John Franmunity Foundation established the zén, who was strongly convinced of the value Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill of the book, decided to create the Overbeck History Project, aiming to create a richly History Press in order to publish it, and postextured history of everyday life in the com- sibly other books in the future. munity. The project enlisted a corps of volun“In a way, we’ve been publishing all teers and began recording and archiving oral along,” Franzén says of the organization, histories from longtime local residents. whose website features the transcripts of And this month the group is celebrating dozens of oral histories. “So creating the its ten-year milestone by launching a new Overbeck History Press seemed like a logipublishing venture, the Overbeck History cal next step.” Press, and releasing its first book, 301 East The publishing world has radically Capitol: Tales From the Heart of the Hill by changed since Gray’s previous book, Ah, Mary Z. Gray. Bewilderness!, was published in 1984, FranGray was a regular contributor to The zén notes. “Today, none of these companies Washington Post, The New York Times and wants your memories and musings unless other papers for half a century, but during her you’re a celebrity or a criminal.” He persuad1920s childhood she lived above her family’s ed Gray to publish through the Overbeck inherited funeral home two blocks from the Press, which is using a print-on-demand U.S. Capitol. Her book, which paints unfor- service affiliated with gettable scenes of the neighborhood in that Over the past three years, Franzén has era, is the product of four years of effort, aided become Gray’s close friend and de facto and encouraged by Overbeck volunteers. editor. He calls her book “a meditation on The move into publishing is a natural the quirky connections between people and outgrowth of the Overbeck Project’s mission. events over time.” Named for local historian and preservationThe Overbeck Press is sponsoring a book ist Ruth Ann Overbeck, the organization set signing for Gray on Sunday, February 12, at out to create “a permanent, accessible, ongo- 2 p.m. at the Hill Center at 9th and Penning record” of the people and events that have sylvania S.E. Those in attendance are likely shaped the community. Under the direction to learn why Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard of project manager Bernadette McMahon, Thompson calls Gray “one of the funniest rathe group has collected well over a hundred conteurs I know.” oral histories, mostly from older Hill resi301 East Capitol: Tales From the Heart dents, and made them available in transcript of the Hill will be available in printed and form on its website, downloadable form at and at The group also runs a highly successful local bookstores. For more information go to lecture series that delves into Capitol Hill ★ and DC history. It was at one of those lec-

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TH E ATE R The Snowy Day Leaps from the Page As Peter’s Excellent Adventure by Barbara Wells


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Ma (Giselle LeBeau-Gant) shares her memories of snow with Peter (Alan Wiggins). 92 ★ HillRag | February 2012

brand-new children’s musical opened at Adventure Theatre last month, taking a landmark picture book called The Snowy Day from a little boy’s silent exploration of fresh fallen snow to a bouncing stage production full of music, singing and dance. Purists who have fallen in love with the vividly illustrated book by Ezra Jack Keats over the last 50 years may balk at the stage production’s injection of plot lines and characters, but playwright David Emerson Toney’s vision is a treat for kids on its own terms. Adventure Theatre producing artistic director Michael Bobbitt says he is inspired to find stories that celebrate African American culture but also illustrate universal themes. This year he is adapting and staging five of them as musicals. The Snowy Day perfectly fits the bill, showcasing an AfricanAmerican cast unleashing their imaginations in an urban setting familiar to all Washingtonians. Some might flinch at adapting this iconic and beloved bit of children’s literature, immortalized for both its artistry and the fact that it was the first full-color picture book to feature an African American child as its main character—earning the 1963 Caldecott Award. But Toney embraced the challenge, expanding the story from a simple chronicle of crunching through snow and meandering through a city blanketed in white to fantastic flights of a six-year-old’s imagination, complete with a magical snow pirate, dancing snow man and

talking crow. Anyone who has delighted in the colorful collages of Keats’ book will recognize the primarycolored buildings and quilted child’s bed in the center of scenic designer Timothy J. Jones’s set. But the play immediately departs from the book with the appearance of Peter himself, a little boy played by a grown man (Alan Wiggins). While relatively diminutive, Wiggins has a 5 o’clock shadow and is at least as tall as his “Ma” (Giselle LeBeau-Gant.) Even when he dons Peter’s signature red snow suit with its whimsical pointed hood, at first it’s tough to think of him as a child. In time Wiggins’ infectious smile, bursts of energy and lively dancing capture a little boy’s exuberance—mercifully, without straying into saccharine cuteness. He brings a perfect blend of wonder, enthusiasm and petulance to keep Peter engaging and interesting throughout. He’s joined early on by Harold (Calvin McCullough), a snowman distressed by the prospect of melting. They later meet up with Roberta (Lauren Dupree), a colorful and sassy crow, and embark on a journey to the North Pole—or the end of the block, whichever comes first. Rounding out their group is a mysterious snow pirate, played by LeBeau-Gant after trading in Ma’s housedress for a brilliant white coat and pirate hat. Music is integral to the show, and composer Darius Smith has penned a rich array of songs to help spin the story—whether Ma is reminiscing about snowfalls

Peter (Alan Wiggins) enjoys climbing a fresh pile of snow.

of her youth, Harold the snowman and Roberta the crow are explaining their plights or Peter is just jumping and dancing for joy to their infectious rhythms. Kurt Boehm complements the music with choreography tailored to each character. Peter favors leaps and high-stepping dance moves, mimicked tentatively by Harold the snowman as he learns to use his new legs, while the otherworldly magical snow pirate glides around the stage waving her arms in broad strokes. The nearly constant movement brings every inch of the tiny stage to life. In a clever twist, puppets portray Peter’s friend Arnold and grouchy neighbor Mrs. Krinkle, their small size suggesting distance as they shout down to Peter from the windows of their high-rise apartments. But still, it takes plenty of imagination to envision the small space as a city street. At one point, the illusion completely collapsed for my fouryear-old companion, who blurted out “That’s not real!” when one of the plywood building facades spun

around to reveal a painted cardboard mountain of snow. One wonders if the show would benefit from some heaps of artificial snow for the cast to toss in the air, but instead they rely on make-believe as clever lighting effects and twinkling lights help to evoke a snow-covered world. Director Jessica Burgess keeps all of the somewhat random plot lines straight—including the abrupt arrival of the sun in Peter’s nightmare, depicted as a woman holding the snowman captive, dispensing sunglasses and singing to a calypso beat as she threatens to melt all the snow. As the cast indulges in one pretense after another, the audience of young kids and their adult escorts never seem to lose interest. It’s a lot like watching children at play; just roll along and enjoy the ride. The Snowy Day is playing at Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo Park through February 12, 2012. Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill. ★ ★ 93

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Congressional Chorus — 25 Years of Great American Songs by Emily Clark


f you stay too long at a Congressional Chorus rehearsal, you risk becoming a hopeless groupie or worse, a wannabe singer (lacking only talent and sight-reading ability). Such is the infectious camaraderie that governs the group, now celebrating its 25th year. But scratch the surface of this party atmosphere, and you find serious, dedicated musicians brought together by their love of singing and their devotion to American music of all types.

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performance that was 60s music, and absolutely fell in love with it,” Thompson recalled, adding that she will “look for any excuse to sing.” Ault also noted that “most of my friends are here and we hang out together outside of the chorus.” The rehearsal (and, in March, performance) space is the hip, refurbished Atlas Theater on H Street NE, where there is lots of room and a great piano. Simmons—who has a near-encyclopedic knowledge of music history--leads the group through wordless “na-na-na” singing of classics like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Love Me Tender” and “At the Hop.” The four-part harmonies flow like water, and there’s a lot of foot-tapping and humming in the audience.

Chorus director David Simmons puts the singers through their paces, preparing for the upcoming cabaret performance in March. This year’s show, with the theme of “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” highlights music from the 1950s, including rock and roll, country and early folkSingin’ on the Hill revival songs, as well as movie tunes. The spacious Atlas is a far cry from the early This is the sixth year for the cabaret show, and the past few years, every performance has sold out, even with years, when a small group of Congressional staffers added shows. Each year, Simmons said, “we step it up a who liked to sing formed the Congressional Chonotch.” The show features costumes, sets, choreography and cabaret tables to create a club-like atmosphere. Brittany Thompson and Jessica Ault, both sopranos and section leaders, are relatively new to the Congressional Chorus, but are huge fans of the cabaret show and the dancing they get to do. “Before I joined the chorus, I came to a cabaret

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Last year’s cabaret: “Stompin’ at the Savoy”

rus as a creative outlet and stress reliever. For the first year, the chorus’ eight members had to pay $10 a week to roll the one piano available on the Hill into their rehearsal room in the Dirksen Senate office building. They sang at lunch and often had to rush back to the Hill for business. David Capes and Louise Buchanan have been with the Congressional Chorus since its beginnings, watching it grow by a factor of ten into the 80-member group it is today. Capes, who still works at the Senate’s Office of the Sergeant at Arms, recalled the early years under the late director Michael Patterson. “We wrote a charter, solicited support in the House and Senate and put on two or three concerts a year,” he said, adding that part of the original mission was “to focus on American music and use the Congressional Chorus for community service.” In the early days, the Congressional Chorus sang at nursing homes, homeless shelters and inner city schools. “We sang at a high school where a student had been murdered the week before, Buchanan said, “And before it was over, the students were singing with us.” In its second year, however, the Congressional Chorus burst into the spotlight when it was one of two groups chosen to sing at the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush. “We sang ‘America the Beautiful’ as the presidential motorcade drove up,” Buchanan said, smiling at the memory. Buchanan, formerly a staffer with the late Congressman Jack Kemp, said that today the three-year-old American Youth Chorus is the chorus’ main education arm. That group of middle-schoolers has performed at the White House and will do a jazz concert later in the spring.

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Dining Notes by Heather Schoell


ining Notes is a snapshot of what’s happening in the culinary realm of Capitol Hill. It’s normally Celeste McCall’s gig, but you’re stuck with me for half of this month and all of next! If you see something new on the dining front, drop me a line. Cheers!

Heat-Seeking @ DC-3 (McCall) “What do call two Mexican firefighters? Jose and Hose B.” OK, the humor was a bit lame. But the joke drew laughs on January 10, as the Food Network was taping a segment for its “Heat Seekers” series at DC-3. Located on Barracks Row, the funky, airline-themed hot dog eatery is operated by Matchbox Food Group. As cameras ground away, firefighters from Fire Station 18 (across the street) were sampling hotter-than-ever versions of DC-3’s half smokes and bulgogi/kim chee wieners. “This brings heat to a new level,” a firefighter gasped as he chewed away. Marines from the nearby Barracks and other neighbors were enjoying the show. The Food Network’s “Heat Seekers” footage is due to air on a yet-to-be determined Monday evening. Open daily, DC-3 is located at 423 Eighth St. SE; call (202) 546-1935.

First Bite at Boxcar (McCall) By now everyone knows that Boxcar Tavern arrived Dec. 30. Peter and I, who live practically around the corner, were among the first to visit. Proprietor Xavier Cervera’s $1.1 million project is striking, with burnished wood furnishings and handsome trim. With its elongated shape (Cervera’s team knocked out the back wall of the site’s predecessor, Petit Gourmet), the space really does resemble a boxcar. The decor incorporates pieces of neighborhood memorabilia, including a mural of Eastern market and signs from long-gone Whitby’s, the Hawk ‘n’ Dove (which Cervera recently purchased and plans to reopen in the spring) and Finn MacCool’s (now Molly Malone’s). This is Cervera’s fifth Hill restaurant. Peter and I were seated at a comfy booth in the rear, where we ordered a glass of tempranillo vino and an Abita beer. After perusing the midday menu of classic French onion soup, steak salad, burgers and country style pate, Peter chose a half dozen fried Virginia oysters. Then the two of us split a pastrami-and-Swiss sandwich. Nestled between slices of rye, this was the best pastrami I’ve tasted south of the Big Apple. Top toque Brian Klein, who presided over the kitchen for sister restaurant Senart’s opening, cured the meat in-house, as he does everything else, he told us. Open daily, including weekend brunch, Boxcar is located at Meet Vincent and Marc (l to r) at Crepes on the Corner 96 ★ HillRag | February 2012

224 Seventh St. SE. Call (202) 5440518 or visit

Also new (McCall) Lot 38 Espresso, a new coffee bar, has opened in the old Little Red Building/Star Market in the shadow of the Nationals Park. You’ll find it at the northwest corner of 2nd and K Sts. SE.

Crepes on the Corner (Schoell) For years, residents north of Lincoln Park have pined for a decent neighborhood place for coffee and nibbly things, so it is with great pleasure that I share with you – Crepes on the Corner is open for business! Please don’t consider this to be just any old nibbles. Hill residents and owners Chef Victor Bradberry and business partner Marc Ross offer foods of fine quality – fresh, local and house made. Victor uses seasonal, farm fresh ingredients and does his own canning, as in the tomato confit for The Vegetarian sandwich, paired with seasonal greens and shaved Parmesan on freshly baked baguette. The chicken and turkey are roasted in-house for savory crepes, muffins baked right there, coffee roasted locally, cows milked…not there, but close enough – Trickling Springs Creamery provides the diary. They will offer a selection of market items, including some of Vincent’s canned produce, such as pears with cinnamon and thyme and the aforementioned tomato confit. Gluten-free friends, rejoice – Crepes on the Corner offers gluten-free crepes! 257 15th Street NE, (202) 5254795, on Facebook, or

Red Palace (Schoell) Red Palace is pleased to present… a new menu! Red Palace is the melding of The Red and the Black with Palace of Wonders, owned by Blair Zervos and Ricardo Vergara (also co-owners of H St. Country Club). They started the new year with a new kitchen, open with full-on meals. Get your sliders, salads and

Burporken. That would be a burger topped with pulled pork topped with grilled chicken, the Triple Lindy of meat sandwiches – a real show-stopper. (Heart, too, maybe?) The meat is locally sourced, according to Blair. Vegetarians are warmly welcomed with a roasted eggplant and portabella mushroom sandwich or a grilled cheese on sourdough. For dessert,: hand-made ding dongs or carrot cake twinkies, made by Jennifer Voorhies of Sweet Moe’s. Red Palace is a place to go for live acts – that rock n’ roll business and sideshow acts, like burlesque. Dine downstairs, and then head upstairs for the entertainment. 1212 H St. NE, (202) 399-3201 or Open daily from 5pm.

Barracks Row Culinary Crawl (Schoell) Ten Barracks Row businesses are sharing trade secrets during the first Barracks Row Culinary Crawl. Participants can learn the arts of pizza making, cupcake baking, oyster shucking, choosing the right Champagne and more! Co-hosted by Hello Cupcake and Barracks Row Main Street, participating businesses are Matchbox, Senart’s Oyster and Chop House, Hello Cupcake, Spring Mill Bakery, Chat’s Liquor, Zest Bistro, Lasagna, Hill’s Kitchen, Capitol Hill Tandoor and Belga. Several will donate fees to Barracks Row Main Street, Oyster Recovery Project and Capitol Hill Village. Jan. 29, 9:30am to 5pm, $10 to $20 per class. Go to barracksrowculinaryeducationcrawl.eventbrite. com for more information and to register.

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Wine Guys Wine for Valentines by Felix Milner


ebruary is always an interesting time of year in the wine business. After a month of attempting to limit consumption and make good on New Year’s resolutions, Valentine’s Day seems to coincide perfectly with the inevitable drop in will power for most of us. My desire for a couple of glasses of wine with dinner returns, and as the coldest weather hits I want to warm up with winter stews and spicy zinfandels or earthy Chateauneuf-du-Papes. In addition to the natural feasting impulses, the imminence of Valentine’s Day has most of us, or at least myself, thinking about what to pair with a wide array of rich and decadent foods. Whether you’re planning an intimate evening for two or getting a group of friends together, following a few guidelines is a simple way of enhancing the evening. Most people for most occasions select their food first and their wine second but some holidays call for reversing the order. Something sparkling, preferably pink Champagne, is a classic way to start the evening. Often called oeil de perdrix, or eye of the partridge, in France, it’s pink tinge can be made a couple of different ways. Champagne is the only region in Europe where producers are permitted to make rosés by adding a small proportion of red wine to the blend. However, it is always worth looking out for rosés made from 100% pinot noir. This is made by keeping the juice in contact with the skins for a short time during fermentation in order to extract color as well as a little extra body and tannin. While they may appear very light in the glass, they can exhibit delightful richness and robust fruity and spicy qualities. While enjoyed easily as an aperitif on its own you may want to serve it with flavorful starters such as smoked salmon, goat cheese tart or carpaccio. As both luxury foods and reputed aphrodisiacs, shellfish, particularly oysters and lobster, are a Valentine’s Day standby. A good chardonnay, such as a Chablis premier cru with a mineral streak, can be a great choice but there are some interesting alternatives worth considering. Aligote, often seen as Burgundy’s little sister to chardonnay can provide a delicious, seaside and herbaceous quality. Dry rieslings from Austria to Oregon can also be a great accompaniment. For the main course, there is often nothing more appealing than a hedonistic cabernet or beautiful pinot noir. Whether you’re serving steak, lamb or roast fowl and game such as rabbit, either grape variety, 98 ★ HillRag | February 2012

providing it has seen enough time in oak, should have enough body to match up. If you’re interested in trying something a little different, Ribera del Duero produces some exceptionally good value wines made from tempranillo that match up to the cabernets of Bordeaux or Napa. Although chocolate and champagne are often considered a natural pair, I find the powerful flavors in chocolate can smother the delicate complexities in Champagne and lighter dry wines. Why not try something different? A brachetto or red malvasia from Piedmont in Italy can be a great choice with dishes like chocolate torte. Their low but perceptible sweetness balances very well with most milk and bittersweet chocolate, while their effervescence lifts anything rich or pastry based. It’s definitely worth a go, and you may get extra points for choosing something unexpected.

C.G. Di Arie Southern Exposure Zindandel 2006 $30 This may be my favorite Zinfandel. It is full bodied with intense fruit that is not over the top. Its perfect balance and soft, elegant flavors keep it in check and will have you going back for another glass… and another!

Brunel Les Cailloux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 $40 Predominantly Grenache and Morvedre, this ripe seductive wine exudes bold fruit flavors of black cherries, figs and plums overlaid with pepper, herbs and a hint of tobacco leaf. It was also awarded 95 points by Robert Parker.

Jean Laurent Rosé NV $50 A vivacious and energetic rosé exhibiting redcurrants and cherries with freshly picked mint and spices in the background. This Champagne shows character and depth.

Camu Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy 2008 $35 Typical citrus and wet stone aromas develop onto the palate with a soft mouthfeel. A stunning value premier cru.

Lejeune Bourgogne Aligote 2009 $15 Fresh, zesty lemons, herbs and a somewhat minerally, seaside quality on the nose. Clean on the palate with a crisp streak of acidity.

Wohlmuth Riesling 2009 $20 A highly aromatic display of peaches and apple blossom carries on to a light and lively body.

Olivia Brion Pinot Noir 2007 $40 Grown in the Wild Horse Valley, one of the cooler sub regions of Napa, the 2007 balances delicious red fruit with tea leaves, clove, coriander and orange peel. The wine unfolds on the palate with appetizing flavors and terrific length.

Barrique Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 $30 This very complex, full-bodied cabernet possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as opulent black currant and cherry fruit judiciously touched by hints of oak and graphite. Elegant yet powerful, rich, supple and exuberant with sweet tannins, it is delicious now with two hours of breathing and will improve for many years in the bottle.

ValSotillo Crianza 2006 $35 The ValSotillo Crianza 2006 is Ribero del Duero at its finest. It offers a gorgeous nose of blackberry fruit intermixed with smoke, licorice, truffle, and mineral scents. There is sensational purity, full body, and a blueberry/blackberry fruitiness that lingers on the palate for over 30 seconds.

La Sera Red Malvasia 2010 $12 Made from the rare red malvasia grape, this wine comes from the picturesque hills of the Casorzo di’Asti appellation in Piedmont. Best enjoyed chilled, it’s slightly sweet and effervescent quality packed with lots of strawberry and raspberry fruit is delicious with chocolate. Try pairing with a raspberry chocolate torte. Felix Milner is an employee of Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. ★

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Artist Portrait: Joan Konkel


n the works of Joan Konkel, light plays games with your perceptions. It reflects off wire mesh surfaces, and the canvas beneath. Some is absorbed but not extinguished. Bright colors can blend and become mysterious—elusive—as you move about. Dimension is both the perception and the reality. Although hung on the wall, these are low relief sculptures, not traditional paintings. Painted patterns hold the structure together visually, but they are ever changing, like a mountain range at sunset. You don’t tire of looking at them because they are always slightly new. The secret lies in the construction. Layers of mesh flow over and apart from the canvas beneath. Paints that are applied in acrylic can be intense, or diffused in Moiré patterns as colors combine or become isolated. Of course, however ingenious the techniques, or interesting the materials, what really matters is the complete work. And these really matter. The sculptures of Joan Konkel have warmth, even those with muted colors. They exude an inner joy. Joan was an elementary school teacher in California, with degrees in Fine Art. She came to Washington, and took classes in sculpture at the Corcoran, and earned a Masters degree in sculpture from George Washington University. Sculpture, in both definition and prac-

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tice, is a transformation of space. In short, you need space to do it. Joan’s practical answer was relief sculpture and easily managed materials. From those practical demands came the magic. Exploration has become passion. Joan loves the interplay of light. It’s like “exploring the mysteries of life.” She is now pushing forward, finding how far she can move in new directions while staying with the same materials. It is the nature of the materials that allows Joan Konkel, like her work, to be ever changing—touched by ever changing light.

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art Art is more than making pictures. The Niagara (diptych), 48”x 120”x 8”. Aluminum, mesh, acrylic on canvas French painter Eugene Delacroix said art gives value to time. It also gives value to the person projects simultaneously. Up to 800 parking who shares it with others. places are gone. That’s what is so damn important This affects far more than art groups. about the art therapy groups at Veterans Thousands of patients, DC area veterans, Hospital. Men and women share precious who rely on the hospital for life-sustaining treatments and services, must compete for a few parking slots. Who cares? Nobody apparently. It will probably take some disaster to get attention. It is near impossible to park, and fights over an available space are already beginning. Combat vets—of any age—do not like to be brushed aside, and someone could get seriously hurt. As for me, it already hurts that I can no longer be a part of that group, but I will not compete for parking with someone who needs to get inside for critical treatment. I hope some of the wonderful people of the art groups will be able to find ways to get there. Art helps you live not only happier, but longer. It does as much for the body as it does for the soul.

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time working on art projects for the annual VA Creative Arts Festival…happily. I began as a volunteer almost ten years ago to help improve skills, but stayed as a member of the group—vets who sit around a big table, listen to old jazz, tell jokes, laugh, and also make art. It is worth the hour spent in spirit-crushing traffic to get there. But no more. The Hospital administrators have eliminated most of the parking by initiating a number of construction



and floral themes are her primary subjects, the real subject is the internal brightness that leaps from her oil and acrylic canvases. Gina Clapp. Gina is a classic watercolor painter who has mastered the technique. She looks for beauty in the mundane: the way light reflects off a table or filters through a bouquet. Nancy Freeman. Nancy Butterfly Effect, 36”x 60” x 3”. Acrylic, aluminum cutouts on canvas teaches pastel techniques at the Art League and will inAt the Museums clude a few still lifes. February Openings Alan Braley. It is hard to find a wider range National Gallery of Art of techniques, subjects and treatments. Alan 4th and Constitution Ave. NW gives you degrees of realism, from tight renderFebruary is a great time to get to the Na- ings to loose, free flowing landscapes. tional Gallery—no summer crowds. And, for Colin Winterbottom. Colin is a photograthe following three reasons: pher who invites you to look at the familiar in First, the permanent galleries of 19th-Cen- a new way. You are forced to become aware of tury French painting are reopening: Manet, some detail of the capitol, or monument, that Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, you never really noticed before. and friends. Sarah Porter. Her directly painted images Second: “Picasso’s Drawings, 1890–1921: float with traditional and Asian influences, and Reinventing Tradition.” It is an astounding dis- include resist and shibori dyed silk, and indigoplay of his drawings over a 30-year period. dyed shibori linen. And Third, “The Baroque Genius of Marlo Collins: Marlo paints American Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione.” Castiglione, flags…but not really. These are interpretations (1609–1664), was a master of the Italian ba- of the flag. roque. Be amazed by the dynamic loveliness of Opening reception: Thurs, Feb. 16, 6-9. All it all. of the works are for sale, with 30% going to support the Center.

The Hill Center Eight Artists – The Hill Center 9th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE To March 31 The Hill Center may be the best thing to happen to the Hill in the way of art, and other intellectual endeavors, in a long time. The story has been well told of how the Old Naval Hospital was converted, through heroic community action, to this elegant and comfortable atmosphere for the arts. Now, the focus is on the future. Much consideration is being given to how art and artists can best be served. The general thinking is that there should be a mix of established and emerging artists. The first show, which opened in December, was a good example. The next show will follow in the same direction. The artists are: Jim Magner. Yes, me. It has been a couple of years since I have entered a show. but the Hill Center is such a great space that I couldn’t resist. Some works are old, some new, some large, some small. I am including a series of recent interpretations of a student drawing I did in 1962. Betsy Glassie. Betsy is a “modern Impressionist.” Although garden landscapes

At the Galleries “Far Away” The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) 545 7th St. SE Feb. 11 – Mar 2. This is an all-media juried exhibit , with the theme, “Far Away.” Marsha Staiger, painter and instructor at The Art League in Alexandria is the juror. Don’t miss the opening on Sat., Feb. 11, 5 – 7.

Larry Janezich The Fridge 516 1/2 8th St., SE “The Artist’s Book: Sources of Inspiration: The collected work of Larry Janezich.” Saturday, January 28, 2012, 7:00 to 11:00 pm; Sunday, January 29, 2012, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. One of the Hill’s newer galleries, the Fridge is located in the alley directly across the street from Matchbox on 8th Street, SE behind the Belga Cafe and Shakespeare Theatre Company offices. Jim’s new book, “A Haunting Beauty” can be acquired through ★ ★ 101

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Two Different Worlds: A Thwarted Life in Victorian Dublin and Marital Strife in Today’s Tehran by Mike Canning

Albert Nobbs This is what might be called a “chamber film,” adapting the word from chamber music, which implies intimate music played in a salon setting and often melding several solo instruments into a seamless harmony. The modest but very touching “Albert Nobbs” definitely qualifies as a chamber film, with its intimacy of setting, its gentle tone, and its bevy of actors serving as the concordant instruments in a Victorian dance of stilled passions (now showing at the E Street Cinema, the film is rated “R” and runs 113 minutes). Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) is a middle-aged woman living a life-long lie: she works as a male waiter in the restaurant of the turn-of-the-century Morrison Hotel in Dublin, a life she has chosen because it suits her and constitutes civilized behavior. Her/ his (that’s the last time I’ll use that locution in the review) motivation is suggested only once and obliquely. It appears she was the victim of sexual abuse as a young woman and retreated thereafter into a protected, sexless condition. She has always lived alone, done her job without fault, strived not to stand out, and to cover up her true identity. Albert does have a dream, however. She desires to be her own boss and has hoarded her salary over 30 years to put money down on a “nice” tobacco shop. Hers has been, of necessity, a life of routines carefully crafted—until she encounters two very different women. One is the lovely hotel maid, Helen Dawes (Mia Wasikowska), who Albert feels needs rescuing after being treated 102 ★ HillRag | February 2012

Mia Wasikowska and Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs.” Photo: Patrick Redmond

badly by her lover, a handsome bounder named Joe Mackin (Aaron Johnson). Another is the burly Mr. Page ( Janet McTeer), who is contracted to paint the hotel, and spends a night, of necessity, in Albert’s spartan bed. It is Page who later reveals to Nobbs that she, too, is a woman passing as a man. Moreover, she has found a mate to live with her, another woman who accepts her as “male.” These encounters lead Albert to dream more broadly, to, perhaps, find—as Page has done—a companion who shares her hope for a “decent” life. Nobbs senses that she needs domesticity, the warmth of a hearth with another. To that end, she asks the impressionable Helen to go on walks as a pleasant, non-threatening alternative to her physical entanglements with Joe, who desperately wants to leave

Ireland. The relationship with Helen warms, enough for Albert to show her the site of her dreamed-of shop and even to talk of marriage. However, the tender prospects for Albert Nobbs come up against the reality of Helen’s unwanted pregnancy, the latter’s discord with Joe, and a physical confrontation that strains frail Albert to the breaking point. The film is a one-woman band, with Glenn Close’s fingerprints on every frame. She played the character, created in a short story by Irish writer George Moore, in a theater production in the 1980’s and then worked for years to get this film made. She produced the film, cast herself as the lead, co-wrote the screenplay (along with John Banville and Gabriella Prekop), and even wrote the lyrics to the poignant closing song accompa-

nying the end credits! While it was not reported, she probably swept the set and catered lunch. As the diffident Albert, the otherwise charismatic Close loses herself in the role (and the make-up) just as Nobbs lost herself in her male identity. She plays a cowed, super-cautious character, but she finds ways to bring Albert both a wiry alertness and trussed-up dignity. It is the kind of transformative role that awards’ committees love, and rightly so. Close is well seconded by the rest of her cast. Anglophiles will recognize Irish actors Brendan Gleeson and Brenda Fricker and the English Pauline Collins as respectively, the gruff Dr. Holloran, the tart cook Polly, and the smarmy hotel manager Mrs. Baker, all worthy featured roles. I would especially acknowledge the wonderful Janet McTeer, a strong, dominating presence as Page. My guess is that many filmgoers who don’t know McTeer (and her penetrating eyes) will not be aware of her as a woman until she reveals herself to Albert. Mia Wasikowska (“The Kids Are All Right.” “Jane Eyre”) handles the role of Helen with both spunk and grace, a sweet young thing who knows her mind if not her own future. This chamber drama works like an extended O. Henry story, told with admirable restraint, its hermetic hotel world limned with care, and its upstairs/downstairs personnel portrayed with acuity. It may seem too precious for some and too languid to others, but “Albert Nobbs,” ably directed by Rodrigo Garcia (“Mother and Child”), should reward those who persevere with a character to remember.

Left to Right: Peyman Moadi as Nader and Sarina Farhadi as Termeh in “A Separation.” Photo by Habib Madjidi © Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

A Separation A middle-class couple in Tehran is pulled in different directions: the wife Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to leave Iran and make a life elsewhere; the husband Nader (Peyman Moadi) wants to stay, raise their only child, eleven-year-old Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) and tend to his father, stricken with Alzheimer’s. The split is matter-of-fact, not rancorous, but it causes a concatenation of events that produce a troubling momentum. “A Separation” begins as a basic domestic dispute, but it proves itself to be a forceful human drama with both convincing universal as well as culture-bound elements (now in area theaters, it is rated PG-13 and runs 123 minutes). The initial separation of the couple means Nader must find a care-giver for his father, but the woman, Razieh (Kimia Hosseini), poor, pregnant. and uncertain of her role, does not work out, and her forcible rejection from the apartment results in her miscarriage. Her unemployed husband, Hodjat (Shahab Hosseini) is a short-fused type who berates his wife and who threatens Nader with a murder charge in a dingy family court. Blame proliferates, resentments fester, and several thwarted lives face an uncertain end. The finale hangs tenuously on which parent will Termeh end up with. The universal, shown through the compendium of little wounds that can break a family apart, is what makes “A Separation” so relevant. This is an Iran that is not grotesquely alien, but, rather, familiar anywhere. The marital tensions, the trouble with the “help,” the encounters with implacable bureaucracies, the pressures on parents...all these and other dimensions are played out here with

utter believability. Moreover, one common burden on all societies--what to do with our aged—is here handled with an honesty and truth never shown in Western movies. In our films, you will never see a scene like one in this film where Nader must tenderly change and hand wash his crumpled father. It’s the kind of sequence that makes you identify with the characters and makes you believe in their genuine human dilemma. To make the film more intriguing for us, the universal elements are tinctured with distinctive Iranian/Muslim ones. The relations between the sexes will be strange for many of us. For example, Razieh is alarmed by having to change a grown man’s clothes and, later, she is condemned by her husband for working for a “single man.” It’s something like ground sumac sprinkled on long-grained Persian rice. Director Asghar Farhadi handles the whole family chronicle with just-right pacing and purposeful editing; the momentum he builds creeps up on you but works superbly. He handles all his actors with great skill, but I want to single out one in particular: the young Ms. Farhadi (the director’s daughter) as Termeh. She is a composed presence, the witness (and judge) of all that happens before her. She seems the lone soul who senses how this family break-up has happened, yet also the one who will be best able to survive beyond it. Long-time Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. His reviews and writings on film can be found online at www. ★

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events by Karen Lyon

mourning” for the year that fol- was a booby trap for a small child. lowed. “A year after Papa’s death, One small step…” While too young Grab a cup of tea and settle in when Mama added a touch of to recognize the “musical luminarfor a good story. And what a tale purple to her wardrobe, it was as ies,” she writes, “I do recall worrying Mary Z. Gray has to tell! One if the sun had risen after an un- a bit about Franz Liszt. I thought he of her great-grandfathers played ending night.” looked pale and sickly. Maybe somecornet with the United States Racism was also an unpleasbody should make him get a haircut. Marine Band at the first Lincoln ant fact of life then, which young Or take his temperature.” inauguration; the other fought at Mary discovered when she tried Eventually, “after four generations Antietam and returned to found unsuccessfully to coax Oscie, the of funeral directors,” the family moved a funeral parlor on Capitol Hill. family’s black cook and her conon to other pursuits and the building The address of that establishment stant companion, to have a piece at 301 East Capitol Street was sold. furnishes the title of Gray’s abof peach pie with her in Sherrill’s. Today it houses the Folger Library’s sorbing new memoir, “301 East A puzzled Gray related the inciHaskell Center for Education and Capitol: Tales from the Heart dent to her mother, who explained Public Programs. “As if caught up in of the Hill.” The book is the first that “there are certain places colits own ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ published by the new Overbeck ored people can’t go. Th at’s just the funeral parlors turned into a place History Press. the way it is.” “I didn’t understand of magic, where the once silent walls As Gray notes, her ancesthen,” she writes. “I don’t underrang with…the sounds of hautboys, tors “lived for five or more genstand now.” recorders, drums and all manner of erations…all within ten blocks of A writer all her life, Gray’s medieval and Renaissance instruments each other on Capitol Hill, startwork first appeared in The Wash- fill[ing] the formerly muted space,” ing in 1840.” Now 93, she grew ington Post in 1940. She up above the funeral parlor at 301 became a speech writer and her early memories of the A writer with deep roots on Capitol Hill shares stories about growing up in the neighborhood in a new memoir. for the Kennedy-Johnson neighborhood provide the leavWhite House in 1963, ening for a rich and vivid slice of the light below the Capitol dome was and served as a writer for a life in the early 20th century. She relit signaling that the lawmakers were Presidential committee for the members “waiting for the lamplighter at work. next 14 years. Her journalistic each evening at sunset, as he made Viewing the Capitol from the chops are evident in the clear his way up the street, lighting the gas apartment window was a plus, but and bracing style that characlamps one by one. They gave off a faint, living over a funeral parlor had its terizes “301 East Capitol” – as golden glow that seemed to deepen distinct disadvantages. “The sharpest is her sly humor. Here she is the shadows.” memory I have of my mother is see- describing Grant’s Row, the She recalls the rounds of the fruit ing her at the grand piano in our living block of brownstones on East and vegetable peddlers, the iceman, room – over the ‘parlors’ – as she ran Capitol that was razed to make and especially, an organ grinder and her hands over the keyboard without way for the Folger Shakespeare his monkey. “Dressed in a bellhop’s touching a key. There was a funeral go- Library: “I used to think of uniform, the little fellow hopped onto ing on downstairs and we must keep them as bosomy matrons, wearanybody’s arm, if welcome. I never saw silence.” Once word came that the ser- ing Dr. Scholl’s sensible shoes him surprise or frighten anyone by an vice had concluded, “Mama attacked that lace, and came in black or unwanted leap.” the keyboard,” and “brother and I re- brown only.” A true child of the capital, Gray’s leased our tension by stomping all over And here she is recalling “first words that I remember being the apartment.” the “forest of pedestals beartaught to say were, ‘Now I lay me down Unfortunately, death was not ing heads and busts of the to sleep…’ The second were, ‘They’re in confined to the downstairs. Gray’s fa- world’s greatest composers” session.’” When she was three, she was ther died in 1925 when he was only that populated the parlor of Bestselling author Arthur Phillips discusses his latest given the “political plum” of announc44 years old, and her mother, as was her cornet-playing forebear novel, about the ‘discovery’ of a lost Shakespeare play, ing to her parents and brother when the custom of the time, went “into on 9th Street, SE. “That room at the Folger Library.

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Gray writes. “Oh, how my mother would have reveled in the transformation.” The Haskell Center provides one of two opportunities in February to meet Mary Z. Gray for conversation and a book signing. The other will take place at former U.S. Naval Hospital, now the Hill Center, where the streetcar let Mary and her mother off to visit to their musical relatives on 9th Street. Join her on Feb. 12, 2pm, at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE. 202-5494172, or Feb. 13, 1pm, at the Haskell Center, 301 East Capitol St., SE, 202-544-7077,

7pm. 202-544-7077 or Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses her new book, “A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons,” at the Library of Congress. From the time he was about 10 years old, Jennings served as “messenger, dining room servant, assistant to the coachman, and other duties” and was said to have been “a favorite page of Mrs. Madison’s.” In fact, when Dolley Madison famously saved the paintings in the White House from the invading British, it was Jennings who assisted her. Taylor’s talk is on Feb. 7 at noon in the Mumford Room. 202-707-5221 or

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In “The Tragedy of Arthur,” bestselling author Arthur Phillips creates two Shakespearean dramas: a play about a king in sixth-century Britain and the story of an unforgettable contemporary family. A fictional memoir masquerading as the introduction to a long-lost play by Shakespeare, this clever literary romp nabbed the coveted cover spot in the New York Times Book Review, which called it “splendidly devious.” Phillips tells all at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Feb. 24,

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Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover Jazz can be enigmatic, an alchemy of mysterious sounds and moods that is spontaneous and yet deliberate in its free flowing creativity. The music can be complex, but good jazz feels as simple as first love—it goes straight to the heart and rests there, beating gently. At times, the music can be so life-like that it speaks to you with honesty and love. One still gets a keen sense of understanding of the complexity of the music. There is such a high note of haughtiness, perhaps a sort of natural aristocracy from a kind of inbred austerity about jazz that puts it in a class by itself, elevating one to a higher ground of one’s consciousness. It almost borders on elitism, and yet jazz strikes one as a beautiful music for everyone. And it is, especially for those of us who not only enjoy but truly love the music. True, most good jazz musicians more than likely think of jazz as the arbiter of modern music. And on a good day, I think they are correct. You can walk in your door after a hard day’s work and a harrowing Metro ride, put on Sarah Vaughn and your world is transformed. Your mind clears, your body relaxes and suddenly life is pretty good. There’s no drug in the world that can do that. Jazz is beautiful music.

The Well ••••• Tord Gustavsen Quartet, ECM

Tribe •••• Enrico Rava Quintet, ECM Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava is heard here in peak form along with some first class musicians on his newest quintet that features Gianluca Petrella (trombone), Giovanni Guidi (piano), Gabriele Evangelista (double-bass), Fabrizio Sferra (drums), and Giacomo Ancillotto (guitar). If ever there was a classical jazz trumpeter then Mr. Rava’s sound would put him in that category. The purest of any living jazz trumpeter today, the music of Mr. Rava stands alone and one simply has to listen to it and believe. On his latest album the standouts are “Carbage Can Blues,” “F. Express,” “Tears For Neda,” “Paris Baquette,” and “Planet Earth.”

You have to love those folks over at ECM for the beautiful music that they keep showering down on us like manna from heaven. This is just pure and simply life-enhancing music for those of us humble ones who just enjoy being alive and believe in other experiences outside of our own. Metaphorically speaking, The Well will quench your thirst and renew your sense of humanity with pieces like “Communion,” “Communion var.”, “Suite,” “On Every Corner,” and the title track “The Well.”

Hot Sauce ••• Jesse J, Heads Up Here’s an album to help heat up your winter and add some romance as an extra bonus for that special treat. Jesse J has a saxophone and she is hot — hot and saucy with a wicked attitude and a “bring it on” temper. A lovely woman with a beautiful sound on “Leave Right Now,” but remember “Last Night.” On “In A Sentimental Mood,” featuring vocalist Saunders Sermons, the flirtatious Ms. J is so charming and sweet on the saxophone that you are caught off guard. Or listen to her soft and pleading request on “Leave Right Now” just before she whisper in your ears on “Till You Make Your Mind.” Perfect, and so beguiling for that ever illusive tryst. Buy this album and be happy with your loved one.

Here We Go ••• Peter White, Heads Up

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Guitarist Peter White is one of jazz smooth artist that brings the best of today’s easy listening jazz music, and on his latest album the swagger and sexual excitement is all there on pieces like the title track “Here We Go,” “Our Dance,” “Joyride,” and “Costa Rica.”

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In The Zone ••• Richard Elliot, Artistry Music Saxophonist Richard Elliot’s

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latest album, “In The Zone,” offers no surprises here except more of what his fans would expect with his lush and sensual after-midnight sound on pieces like “Metropolis,” “The Lower Road,” and “Golden Triangle.” Produced by Jeff Lorber and Mr. Elliot, In The Zone also showcases Mr. Elliot’s maturity on the saxophone and the fun and pleasure it gives him in providing the kind of music his fans have come to expect from him. This is a good album for smooth jazz lovers.

An experimental jazz album that at times erupts and shines from its cogent mixing of the alto saxophone, grand piano, guembri, oud, kalimba and drums and the hauntingly ceremonial voice of Majid Bekkas, heard exceptional well on “Dounia.” Joachin Kuhn’s alto saxophone is like a wind-swept desert

wind with drummer Ramon Lopez and Mr. Bekkas’s instruments on “White Widow.” Other highlights include “A Live Experience,” and “Youmaia.”

Threedom ••• Pilc Moutin Hoenig, Motema Pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, bassist Francois Moutin and drummer Ari Hoenig may have a lot in common as musicians, but not much else on their latest album. All the right songs are here except for the performances which rarely got much attention except for pieces like “A Foggy Day,” “Birth,” “Dusk,” “Lily,” and “Smile.”

Open Up Your Mind ••• Allan Harris, Love Productions Records This is the Valentine’s month and here is some late night music for hungry. Easily understood, readily accessible, and provides you with all the right moves to make your play. Vocalist Allan Harris, who also plays the guitar, might sound corny, but this is great background music for those of us who want to hear songs like “Can’t Live My Life Without You,” “Hold You,” and “Color Of A Woman.” Appearing on this album are Paul Beaudry (bass), Lafayette Harris (piano), Jerome Jennings (drums), Jesse Jones, Jr. (sax), Shawn Banks (percussion), Jesse Fisher (keyboard dubs), and Mathias Kunzli (Turkish percussion). All CDs and DVDS reviewed in this article are heard through Bowers & Wilkens 802D Speakers and ASW 4000 subwoofer, and Rotel Preamp 1070, amplifier 1092 and CD player 1072. CDs are available for purchase through For more information about this column, please email your questions to ★

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Health & Fitness Finding Love Through Chocolate How One Capitol Hill Woman Met Her Husband by Pattie Cinelli


rin Gorman has lived on Capitol Hill since 1999. She worked for a non-profit corporation that handled fair trade issues. Through her job, she met a British woman, Pauline Tiffin, who was on the board of a unique chocolate company – Divine Chocolate – a fair trade company owned by small cocoa farmers in Ghana. “Divine’s mission is to improve the lives of small cocoa farmers,” said Erin. She was impressed with the concept and the function of the cooperative called Kuapa Kokoo, which means good cocoa growers. The cooperative has a mission to empower farmers in their efforts to gain a dignified livelihood, to increase women’s participation in all of Kuapa’s activities, and to develop environmentally friendly cultivation of cocoa. Divine is the only fair trade chocolate company that is 45 percent owned by farmers. Fair trade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income – a share of the profits – is a benefit of company ownership. “It is very unusual for farmers to have a say in the chocolate market. Most cocoa farmers will never have tasted chocolate in their lifetime.” According to Erin, 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa and 49 percent is from Uganda. The uniqueness of the company and Divine’s commitment to improving the lives of small cocoa farmers was a natural fit for Erin. In 2005 she left her job and joined Pauline at Divine Chocolate Company. About the same time Erin joined Divine Chocolate as its CEO, her colleague Pauline and her husband opened a new Turkish restaurant on Pennsyl-

vania Avenue called Meyhane. Pauline and her husband did not anticipate the popularity of the restaurant in the early months of its opening and solicited friends to help out. Erin was often in the restaurant serving as hostess or doing whatever was needed. At the same time, a friend of Pauline’s husband, Utku Aslanturk, also frequented Meyhane. He became smitten and asked Erin out. “It was not love at first sight,” joked Erin. “In fact, I turned him down. I thought he was too young.”(He’s a few years younger than Erin.) But Utku said her refusal just made him more interested. He asked again. “I reluctantly accepted. I thought, what harm could it do going to dinner. After all, I’m not going to marry this guy!” Erin smiled. “I realized at dinner that this is the man I WAS going to marry. He was so level-headed, mature and honest. I don’t think I ever met anyone quite like him.” Utku said he also knew after that first dinner that this was going to be a serious relationship. Erin and Utku dated for a few years. Both had strong commitments to their businesses. Erin had become CEO of Divine which involved travel to Uganda, and Utku and his brother own Dila Construction and Zeyno Cabinets and Countertops on Capitol Hill. Utku suggested they take a vacation to his home country of Turkey. They could relax, and he could show her around. However, once Erin got there, she realized there was an underlying motive

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his friends. His cousins who spoke English came to translate. “They asked me all sorts of questions.” According to Utku, it is Turkish tradition for a son to have approval from his mother before he proposes to a woman. When they returned to Capitol Hill, Utku took Erin to a favorite Turkish restaurant in Adams Morgan. “He sat me down at a table and looked very serious,” said Erin. “I have something to tell you, he said. My mother said I can’t marry you. For a second my heart sank, but then the waiter came with champagne and roses and Utku proposed.” The couple married in 2007 in Turkey. “Utku has a huge family and mine is small. We had around 200 people at the ceremony.” The couple lives in a recently renovated home that has a “mother-in-law suite.” Erin can now speak household Turkish and can converse with Utku’s parents when they visit. Divine Chocolate, which first opened in the United Kingdom, is 15 years old. Erin remained CEO until her daughter Duru was born almost two years ago. She is now vice chairman of Divine’s board of directors. She continues to set strategy and help support senior management of the company. Divine chocolate is not a super premium expensive chocolate, but falls somewhere in the middle of the market. “Divine believes everyone should have access to good chocolate. Divine can be found at Whole Foods

and seasonal items such as dark, milk and white chocolate hearts can be found at local stores like Yes. Its full line of dark, white and milk chocolate bars can be ordered on its website – Divine’s website also has videos of the cocoa farmers, information on the company and delicious-sounding recipes such as Heavenly White chocolate Brownies, Divine Velvet Cheesecake and Italian Fig and Chocolate Ice Cream that uses Divine chocolate as an ingredient. In 2003 the Sanderson Hotel in London launched a unique range of chocolate cocktails made with Divine Chocolate. The following is one of the hotel’s cocktail recipes on Divine’s website.

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Feeling Stuck? Get off the Merry-Go-Round and Find Your Way Forward by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW Going Round in Circles? Do you ever feel that you are re-visiting the same Monday again and again -- like that movie Ground Hog Day? Going through your repeated schedule each week makes it easy enough to feel that life is stuck on repeat or that you are trapped in some endless loop. That daily grind can leave us in a mindnumbing state, feeling that we will forever be slogging through some predictable schedule -- but is it true? Do our lives have to be a repetition of the same cycle, the same routine, the same argument or same route home? And if not - then what?

Looking Ahead When we are feeling stuck in an endless cycle, perhaps it is because our focus is on the short term -- getting through the day, the week, the month. What if we lifted our gaze beyond the short term and thought more about where we want to be headed. What if we allowed ourselves to imagine what we would love to be doing with our lives. What would you do if you were guaranteed you could not fail? So much of what keeps us stuck in the daily grind is the fear that we might not succeed if we took the risk to do what we love to do. So what would you do if you could not fail, and what small step could you take today that could put you on that road? Another question to ask yourself is how much of your life are you willing to invest in that daily grind - you do not have an endless life - how many weeks, months or years are you willing to spend living your life stuck on repeat? Are you willing to look back on your life when it is coming to a close and say that you spent your days going through the motions, and if not, what could you begin to do about that now?

What if I Don’t Know What I Love to Do? It’s all well and good to say follow your heart, to live your life with purpose, but what if you don’t know what that is? If you are unsure, ask yourself what really matters to you in life, what is most important to you. If that evades you, then try asking yourself what you loved to do as a child. Could you incorporate some aspect of that into your life now? Watch out for your self-limiting beliefs. We have many thousands of thoughts in a

day -- and most of us believe that these thoughts are true. Many of these thoughts, however, are either products of our upbringing or of our culture. They can be self-limiting and hold us back from living the life we want. It’s also easier when we are stuck to blame other people for our own circumstances - a bad boss, a relationship that is not working out. No one else is responsible for your life, however convenient it may be to think so. When you can realize that you are the person that can make the change in your own life, you begin to make a step forward in getting unstuck.

Practicing Acceptance There are times when it is not possible to make a change, and yet you may find that you are resistant to the way things are. Maybe you have had the same conversation with a teenager or a spouse for the hundredth time, and find that it is making no difference. You may feel that you are stuck, hitting your head against a brick wall and getting nowhere but frustrated. Sometimes, the only way we to deal with the unchangeable is to accept the way that it is. With acceptance you may find some measure of calmness and emotional distance, and it is then you might find a different way to address the situation.

“You cannot step twice into the same river” However it may seem that we are eternally repeating the same pattern, we might consider the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who said that everything is constantly changing or, “you cannot step twice into the same river.” However it may seem that we are stuck in the same Monday morning, no Monday morning is ever the same. Each day is unique, one we have never seen before. If we can see our lives in this way, then there is no endlessly repeating schedule, no daily grind and no getting stuck.

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Pet Projects: New Year’s Resolutions for the Pet Owner by Dr. Matthew Antkowiak and Dr. Christopher Miller


n the time honored tradition of making changes to your life for the New Year, we would like to humbly introduce the first annual New Year’s resolutions for the Capitol Hill pet owner. There are always aspects of our relationships with our family pets that can always be improved upon. However, as with our own lists, if we can accomplish even one or two resolutions then this is a personal victory. The point of a list such as this is not to preach or point fingers, but to help improve quality of life by strengthening and prolonging the bond we have with our pets. 1. I resolve to keep my pet’s weight under control. According to the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, between 60 and 70 percent of the owners of obese pets don’t think their dogs are heavy. Obesity, just as in humans, is a serious problem in pets and can lead to cardiac problems, diabetes, or can worsen pre-existing problems like osteoarthritis, a bad back or knee problems. You, the diligent owner, have fed your pet the same diet as you always have, you are going by the recommended amount on the back of the bag of food, yet your cat or dog continues to maintain or gain weight. What are you doing wrong? Here are the quick answers (Brace yourself ): a. Feed less. I know, I know, sounds too simple to be true, but the honest fact is that as your pet gets older, their metabolism slows and you would be amazed at how little your sedentary cat or sleep-on-thecouch dog needs. b. Don’t let your emotions rule feeding habits. When we, 112 ★ HillRag | February 2012

the veterinarians, make a feeding recommendation we hear “But that can’t possibly be enough food!” but it usually is. Rule of thumb – Get a starting weight, feed your pet 25% less and reweigh in 2 weeks. If the weight is the same, cut back another 25% and reweigh. If there is appropriate weight loss, maintain the diet. c. Food does not equal love. Cut out the snacks. As much as we love the joy-in-the-eyes tap dance that extra treats often bring out in our pets, there are other healthier options than the equivalent of a calorie rich milk bone. Fresh or frozen carrots and green beans are great alternatives or break down that treat to one-quarter of its original size. d. Get help. All weight loss programs should be accomplished under the direction of your veterinarian. There are some serious side effects, especially in cats, of losing weight too quickly. Also, your pet not eating for 2-3 days may have the desired effect of weight loss, but may also indicate a larger underlying problem that your veterinarian should address. 2. I resolve to get my pet more exercise. Going hand-in-hand with the above resolution is increasing your pet’s activity. An active dog is a healthy dog and even your older Basset Hound could use an extra stroll down East Capitol. Get to Lincoln Park, Kingsman Dog Park, and Congressional Cemetery to get your dog the exercise he or she

deserves. Cat owners can replace that beat up scratching post, get a new ball to be batted about or just take a half hour out of your busy day to play with your cat via laser mouse or dangling string toy from Metro Mutts. This kind of activity is great for your pet and not too shabby for yourself either. 3. I resolve not to ignore changes in my pet. Increased thirst, increased urination, loss of appetite, inappropriate weight loss, hiding more often, less energetic on walks, and significant hair coat changes are often written off as “allergies”, “change of season”, or “age-related” and are often ignored. Many of these signs can be significant and an indication of underlying problems. If you notice ongoing changes in your pet, please schedule a visit with your veterinarian. 4. I resolve to get my pet spayed or neutered. A no-brainer, right? However, despite study after study showing spaying or neutering will prolong your pet’s life, some pet lovers simply choose not to for emotional or convenience issues. Need a refresher course on the benefits? pet-care/spayneuter/spay-neuter-top-ten.aspx Also, if expense is an issue, the Washington Hu-

mane Society offers low cost and sometimes free spays and neuters at their SW location. 5. I resolve to be better about my pet’s dental hygiene. Your pet’s dental health is important and often overlooked. Like your dentist, we recommend daily brushing. However, for those of us that cannot make time for this in their everyday routine, annual anesthetized dental cleanings are advised. Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule and individual options should be discussed with your veterinarian. The New Year is a chance to set in motion personal goals we may have previously discarded in the hope for a healthier and happier life. The same applies to our animals and the resolutions we can make on their behalf will allow you to continue your relationship with your pet for years to come. We at AtlasVet hope you and yours have a safe, happy and healthy 2012! See you ‘round the Hill! Both Dr. Antkowiak and Dr. Miller reside in Capitol Hill and are the owners of AtlasVet (the Atlas District Veterinary Hospital) at 1326 H St. NE which opened in January. ( ★ ★ 113


Winter Bicycle Commuting: Yes, you can! by Catherine Plume

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ccording to the 2010 census, 3.1 percent of DC’s population regularly commutes to work by bicycle, and DC now ranks fifth among major US cities in bicycle commuting. I come from (far) south of the MasonDixon, so it’s taken me a few years to get the hang of winter. I’ve learned that with just a few accoutrements, you can enjoy a safe and comfortable bicycle commute. While winter cycling requires some additional gear, you don’tt have to break into your 401K. February is a great time to invest in winter gear as stores begin to clear their inventory for spring stocks. Here’s a list of essentials - and some low-end options that will make your winter commute enjoyable! A helmet is a necessity no matter what the season, and, yes, you should use a helmet even when using Capital Bike Share! Low-end Option: None. Protect your head! Illuminate and reflect: While DC streets are well lit and you may not need lights to see where you’re going, once the sun even begins to set, your visibility as a cyclist -- to cars, other cyclists, and pedestrians -- catapults into near oblivion. Invest in lights whether you cycle on trails or roads, and put them on the front and back of your bike. Battery powered front (white) bike lights go through a lot of batteries. Rechargeable lights cost a bit, but after five years and daily use for six months of a year, mine is still as bright as a car headlight when charged (which takes about an hour). Red, flashing battery-powered lights should be on the back of your bike. An extra one or two on your backpack or helmet is a good idea, too. Reflector bike vests are also a wise investment. Low-end Option: While these don’t replace lights, stick-on reflectors are inexpensive, or attach an old CD or two to your wheels with a zip-tie. Most of all - BE SEEN!! Insulate thyself! For many Hill cyclists, a bicycle commute includes a brisk (read CHILLY) ride down Capitol Hill. But, eventually, you’ll work up some heat, so you don’t want to overdress. Here are a few tips for striking a comfortable balance. • Gloves: On cold mornings, consider a thin glove with a heavier glove or mitten over them. They can’t be too bulky, or you won’t be able to brake. Low-end Option: Slip in charcoal hand warmers (you can buy them at Frager’s). Tooooooasty! • Shoe covers: The top of the foot where it meets ankle can get miserably cold on a bike. Shoe covers help your feet stay warm, and they can keep the rain out of your shoes year round. My shoe covers are fairly flimsy, but they keep my feet warm and dry. Buy a size that will fit over the shoe you wear as many are designed to fit only over clip-in bike shoes. Low-end Option: Plastic bags over your shoes and cinched at the ankle with a rubberband won’t win you any fashion awards, but they will keep your toes warm! • Layering: A pair of tights or long johns under your bike pants, slacks or skirt will help keep your legs warm. Low-

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When Divorce Is Collaborative Instead of Combative By Barbara A. Burr


s a longtime family law attorney in Washington, D.C., I recently met with a very unhappy couple who were looking for legal help to sort out their affairs as they struggled through the painful decision to separate and divorce. Speaking of affairs, the marriage had ended in an instant. In a “snap,” as Martha might say in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” Edward Albee’s bitterly painful peak into one married couple’s particularly painful dysfunction. The husband who sat in my office had a one-night tryst with another woman while away on business. The wife, following a suspicion, snuck a peak at his blackberry and confronted her husband. The husband admitted the adultery. The wife felt her world go black. It was as if everything she had known, everything that she relied on -- for better or for worse -- was gone, in a snap. The wife, feeling hurt and betrayed certainly, but also feeling humiliated and belittled beyond words, kicked her husband out of the house immediately. The husband, hating himself for his selfishness and stupidity and barely able to stand the pain he had inflicted on his wife, complied. Before he knew it, he found himself sitting alone in a rented apartment, with the family’s old couch and TV, and the couple’s bed (as the wife no longer wanted it in the home). Life as he knew it was over. After 15 years of marriage and three children, the couple was now looking to me to help them disentangle the logistics of their veryintertwined day-to-day lives while simultaneously navigating the 116 ★ HillRag | February 2012

emotional tidal waves that accompany divorce. They had some urgent questions: • Could they afford the housing and living expenses of both the family home and the husband’s new apartment? • What about the children, what about custody? • Was it OK for the children to sleep at the husband’s new apartment? • How would the children cope with becoming children of divorce? • Should she hire a shark and seek a pound of flesh? Her friends were telling her to make him pay for his infidelity. • Should he hire a shark to make sure that he did agree to a settlement that he could not afford because of his feeling of guilt? As I watched the couple whirl through their questions reflecting all of their hurts, their fears, their uncertainties, I was struck by the very sad truth that at the end of the day, at the bottom of all that hurt and betrayal and distrust, both the husband and the wife really just wanted their old life back. I do not know how any couple overcomes the breach of adultery. I especially did not know if this couple had whatever it takes to make such reconciliation possible. But I knew that this husband and this wife, notwithstanding the hostility and anger they felt at the moment, otherwise were decent, caring, honest people who were slogging their way through the worst patch of their lives. If they could not save their marriage, they deserved to find a way to move beyond the anger and the

hurt to a place where they could treat each other (and be treated by the other) with civility and respect, and where they could find some peace in their new lives and their new identities as ex-spouses and co-parents.

A Better Way So, is there a better way? Is there a way to divorce that not only promises, but delivers more civility and respect? And if so, what are the costs? Is it safe for the wife to trust her cheating husband to behave honorably in divorce negotiations? Can the husband engage in voluntary settlement negotiations without getting taken to the cleaners? Is it possible to negotiate the dissolution of the marriage without magnifying the most damaging and destructive aspects of the couple’s dynamic? Is it realistic, given the anger and hostility between the husband and wife, to expect them to treat each other with civility and respect? Collaborative divorce is an alternative approach to the traditional combative divorce. Collaborative divorce engages divorcing couples outside of the courtroom in an open, supportive, lower-conflict environment. Collaborative divorce focuses on helping couples find shared solutions -- solutions that take into account what is important and acceptable to the wife and what is important and acceptable to the husband. In the Collaborative Process, the husband and wife each have the support of their own lawyer in the room. Collaborative lawyers help the couple identify what is most important to them and then help

them advocate for those goals with civility and respect. The couple also has the option to call on trained financial professionals to help both the parties collect, organize and understand their financial circumstances. In this way, the wife can rely on facts and certainty about her actual budget when evaluating decisions about alimony and child support. And both parties can assess whether a particular settlement is affordable before agreeing to its terms. The couple may also call upon mental health professionals who serve as Divorce Coaches who help the parties keep their settlement discussions safe and productive and also help the parties manage the emotions that accompany divorce negotiations. Divorce Coaches may help the wife understand how better managing her own anger in settlement meetings will help the meeting proceed (and thus end) more quickly. And the husband may learn how to speak up about what is important to him, notwithstanding how guilty he feels about his contribution to the breakdown in the marriage. Mental health professionals also may serve as Child Specialists, who provide special insight and information about the needs and concerns of the parties’ children. Child Specialists may help the wife remember that notwithstanding how her husband betrayed her, the children still love and respect him as their dad and that the children have much to gain, and the wife has nothing to lose by allowing the children to feel free to love both parents unconditionally. Collaborative divorce focuses on

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Moving Forward Safely and Productively My secret hope for this couple is that with the support of a Collaborative Team, the husband might find the safety to tell his wife that in losing her he has already lost what mattered most to him in the world and that he is devastated because all the money in the world cannot buy that back. And that the wife might then find the nerve to admit that she does not know how to forgive him and maintain her dignity as a woman and as his wife. And that together, they might find the courage to explore whether they have what it takes to repair their marriage. But even if they do not, I am confidant that the Collaborative Process will give them the best possible opportunity to move through the divorce negotiations with grace, support and respect so that one day they will be able to fathom their future as ex-spouses and coparents feeling a little more calm and settled about their past, feeling proud of how they handled this horrible moment in their lives, and in the end, feeling a little more hopeful about their future. Barbara Burr can be reached at 202-347-9002 or at bburr@burrlawf For more information on the Collaborative Process go to ★




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kids&family NOTEBOOK by Kathleen Donner

Spanish Classes for Toddlers on Capitol Hill When you combine the fun of a playgroup and the learning of a workshop, you get a Prata Creative Playshop for early language discovery. They create Fun+Learn immersion experiences for children to learn foreign languages naturally conversation and play! To learn more about their exciting curriculum, interactive activities and dynamic teachers, call 202-872-4548 or email $190 + tax per child. Northeast Stars Montessori School, 1325 Maryland Ave. NE.

Capitol Hill Little League Spring Training Capitol Hill Little League is offering off-season clinics to help players get ready for the spring season. Little Leagues coaches and friends will be working on pitching and catching on Saturday, Feb. 11, and fielding on Saturday, Mar. 3. Clinics for girls and boys ages 10-12 are 10:00-noon; ages 7-9, noon-2:00 p.m. All clinics are at the Extra Innings Indoor Baseball and Softball Training Center at 401 Prince George’s Blvd., Upper Marlboro, MD. Each clinic is $20 and each clinic holds a maximum of 24 players per session. Spring season isn’t far away with first workouts and tryouts beginning on March 10th. Learn more and register online for clinics and spring season at

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Daniel’s Story bridges the generations. Photo: Courtesy of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Remember The Children, Daniel’s Story This exhibition is a history of the Holocaust for families and young people, ages eight and older, told from a youngster’s point of view. The exhibition is based on experiences of children who survived the Holocaust and who recorded what happened to them between 1933-1945. The exhibition has many interactive components that engage children in the learning process. As they walk through the exhibition, the young visitors witness the increasing restraints of Nazi policies on one family’s life, from smaller food rations to deportation to a ghetto and finally up to, but never through, the gates of a concentration camp. At the end of the exhibition visitors are invited to express their feelings about the exhibition by writing a letter to Daniel. As a memorial to the approximately one-and-one-half million children who died in the Holocaust, Remember The Children, Daniel’s Story is an unforgettable experience for all audiences. Free admission. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. 202-488-0400. ★ 119

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The first “Smart College Choice” Expo will be held on the campus of Trinity University on Saturday, Mar. 10, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. The event is designed to expose DC high school students to the complete college landscape. 202-727-2824.

The Archives Club of Stuart-Hobson Middle School will hold two alumni family nights on Feb. 15 and Mar. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Stuart-Hobson library, Fourth and E sts. NE. All alumni of Stuart Junior High or Stuart-Hobson MS and those who have any family members who attend or attended the school, are invited. They would like to have you share your experience at the school and may also record a short oral history interview with you. If you have any artifacts, such as photographs or school papers, the Archives Club would be appreciate it if you brought them with you. They are planning two events in case you can only attend one, but you are welcome to attend both. The sponsors of the Archives Club, Ms. Jan MacKinnon and Ms. Satu HaaseWebb can be reached at

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Conversations with the Tuskegee Airmen during the African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day. Photo: Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day African American Pioneers in Aviation Day is dedicated to the accomplishments of African American Aviation pioneers of the past and present. It includes an opportunity for visitors to meet a distinguished panel of local Tuskegee Airmen who will discuss their struggles and the history of the African American World War II fighter group. The day also includes hands-on activities, book signings, and appearances by current scientists, pilots, and engineers in Aerospace. Free. Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave. at Sixth St. SW. (African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is Feb. 25, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Also free but parking is $15.) 202-633-2214. come to attend the new empowerment and mentoring club “Homegirl to Homegirl”. They will have discussions and exercises comparing and contrasting historic and contemporary images/perceptions/opportunities of young women of color. In February they will begin meeting twice a month on Thursdays, Feb. 2 and 16, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Southwest Public Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752.

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US Army Band “Pershing’s Own”Concerts from the Collections-Big Band The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” continues its excellent familyfriendly Concerts from the Collections series. The Army Blues explores big band music from the era of Ella Fitzgerald and Nelson Riddle. Feb. 4, 8:00 p.m. Get free tickets online at or call 202-399-7993. Atlas performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

Established in 2008, American Youth Chorus is Congressional Chorus’ after-school music program at the Atlas Performing Arts Center for students ages 8-14 from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Founded on the premise that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, deserve a high-quality music education, AYC offers students a performance-based choral/musical theatre program that encourages young people to develop their voices, creativity, and self-esteem. The curriculum focuses on reading skills and music theory, singing in parts, stage presence and basic choral choreography. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays (ages 8-10) and Thursdays (ages 11-14) from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. To schedule an audition, email or call 202-399-7993, ext. 182. Potential singers need not prepare a song in advance. The artistic director will run some scales and warmups with your child and have him or her sing something familiar such as “Happy Birthday.” 202-399-7993.

Botanic Garden National Invasive Species Awareness Week Kids Day On Sunday, Feb. 26, noon-3:00 p.m., learn about invasive species and what you can do about them through hands-on activities, demonstrations, songs and stories. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with Woodsy Owl and the dedicated scientists and volunteers. Free. No pre-registration required. US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Levine School of Music Early Childhood and Elementary Music at Hill Center “Music Time for Babies and Toddlers” (6-24 mos.) is presented Feb 15-May 30, 10:30-11:15 AM. This class is designed to not only provide babies and toddlers with unique first musical experiences, but also to support parents and caregivers with quality musical activities that reinforce learning and development. Musical activities include songs, chants, lullabies, wiggles, bounces, peek-a-boos and playing to recorded music. $375. “Round We Go” (2-3 years) is also presented Feb 15-May 30, 11:15 AMnoon. This class provides a wonderful opportunity for a parent or caregiver and child to continue making music together as they participate in slightly more complex musical activities, including singing songs and lullabies, chants, finger plays, wiggles, bounces, listening and movement. $375. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172.

Youth Film Festival The Pendragwn Film Foundation announces the second annual Pendragwn Youth Film Festival (PYFF).

Created by the Pendragwn Film Foundation, PYFF seeks to contribute to society through the power of storytelling by helping talented youth grow as artists through film and video. PYFF is an educational experience geared towards exciting eleven to eighteen year olds about the arts. Each applicant will receive a graded rubric with feedback from film industry professionals with comments that give the student constructive criticism about their film. Finalists will be screened at the Festival but everyone can participate in the day’s events. PYFF 2012 will be held at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Mar. 24, 2012, 1:00-6:00 p.m. Applicants can submit films three to five minutes in length in the following categories: documentary, narrative, or music video via mail or email. Applicants may also submit a 30 second public service announcement in the super-short category. The submission deadline is Feb.10. Participation is free. For more information, visit For more information about Pendragwn Productions and Pendragwn Film Foundation, visit

Save the Date-Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House On Sunday, Apr. 22, noon4:00 p.m., enjoy jugglers and jesters, music, song and dance, stage combat workshops, and more. It’s the one day of the year when the Folger reading rooms are open to all-plus, birthday cake for everyone! Rain or shine. All activities will move indoors if it rains. Free but there is a charge for some food and drink. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

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kids&family information, such as Advanced Placement data, college enrollment statistics and other indicators selected by schools to highlight unique achievements, will help families make the best decisions for their children and allow community members to track progress. The scorecards, available online at profiles and in print this week, provide a holistic overview of each DCPS school and offer an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. The scorecards also incorporate all the information previously available in the DCPS School Profiles launched in 2010, such as academic programming, extracurricular activities, facilities, community partnerships, demographics and enrollment.

Young People’s Literature is named by the Librarian of Congress for a twoyear term, based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and his or her ability to relate to children. The position was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. 202-707-2905.

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Koshland Science Museum Wonders of Science Online Gallery Take a look at recent scientific research helping to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of the universe. Explore cutting edge science visualizations. Explore the Earth at night. Zoom in on your hometown or places far away. Compare images from 1993, 1997 and 2003 to infer changes in population, energy consumption, energy efficiency and economic activity.

Discover Engineering Family Day 2012 The National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite you to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality. Celebrate National Engineers Week by participating in this free, hands-on and fun-filled festival! Discover Engineering Family Day is a free, drop-in program. $5 donation suggested. Program and activities are most appropriate for children ages 5-13 with adult supervision. Registration is not required. Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

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Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Moves to Permanent Home Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School commemorated the move to its new home at 220 Taylor St. NE with a Chinese New Year celebration. Washington Yu Ying is one of only a few public Mandarin immersion programs in the country and is the only International Baccalaureate candidate charter school of its kind. From its inception in 2008, Yu Ying has strived to create an enthusiastic and diverse community of learners who are grounded in intercultural understanding and respect, and who are confident in their ability to read, write and think in both Chinese and English. In its new, permanent home, Yu Ying will be able to lay the groundwork for rapid and sustained growth for students. 202-635-1950. invited to enter The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition or The Art Institutes Culinary Scholarship Competition for a chance to earn a scholarship. To be eligible, entrants must submit a Entry & Release Form by Feb. 3. Deadline for complete entries into the competition is Feb. 24. Learn how to enter at

information on Family Day at the Corcoran, visit Mar. 3, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202639-1700.

Corcoran Gallery of Art Family Day: Up, Up, and Away!

Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and two Newbery Honors, has been named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Myers has chosen “Reading Is Not Optional” as the heading for his platform. “Walter Dean Myers is one of America’s preeminent authors of books for young people,” said Billington. “He is a lifelong advocate for reading for young people, and he has practiced what he preaches in schools and detention centers across the country.” The National Ambassador for

Get ready for an art adventure that covers a lot of territory—from under the sea to way out in deep space—during the Corcoran’s Family Day: Up, Up, and Away! This free epic journey includes gravity-defying performances, organic art workshops, out-of-thisworld face painting, and eco trivia and prizes. Don’t miss the gallery-turnedspace-capsule featured in the special exhibition Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet? For more

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Asteria (Sylvia Rhyne, soprano, and Eric Redlinger, tenor and lute) brings to life the songs of medieval Burgundy, transporting listeners back to the age of chivalry. Eric and Sylvia will demonstrate their instruments, sing songs and talk about what it was like in the medieval world of knights, ladies, troubadours, and kings. Approximately 45 minutes. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Feb. 5, 1:00 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court, Fourth and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-737-4215.

“A Snowy Day” at Adventure Theatre Adventure Theatre continues its 60th Anniversary Season and it’s African-American Adventures Series with The Snowy Day, through Feb. 12, based on the first American picture book to feature an African-American child as the main character by Jack Ezra Keats. The simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night is brought to life in the magical world premiere musical. Peter celebrates the snow-draped inner city with a day of adventures-experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. This show is the second of Adventure Theatre’s African American Adventures Series, a series of five world-premiere musicals based on the African-American experience written by African-American artists. $18. Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD in the historic Glen Echo Park. 301-634-2270. ★

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ong thought to be a youth sport dominated mostly by suburbanites, soccer in the District of Columbia has grown so much that surrounding jurisdictions are taking notice. Nowhere is this more evident than with the local Capital Futbol Club. Capital FC, a premier travel club based in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, recently completed its 2011 season boasting a championship in the Columbia Fall Classic (U10) held in Columbia, Maryland; a championship in the Bull Run Tournament in Manassas, Virginia (U12); and first place in the Old Dominion Soccer League (U11). Most notable, however, was the recognition that three of its players, Jake Barrette (12), Marcelus Jones (13) and Miles Kato (12) received when they were selected to play with the Northern Virginia District Olympic Development Program (ODP). Additionally, Marcelus and Jake were selected to the Virginia State ODP team (DC does not have an ODP program). Capital FC is a young organization founded in 2010 by Capitol Hill parents who wanted to provide a local option for those interested in travel soccer that didn’t require travel practice to upper NW

Capital FC’s William Bell advances ball against Centreville SYA Cardinals as teammates Nicholas Frank (l) and Nick Mahr (r) assist. Photo Credit: Krister Holladay

DC, Virginia or Maryland. It has grown from four to seven teams in the first year. Approximately 100 kids are enrolled in the program – 90% live in Washington, D.C. It’s a year-round program that focuses on player development. The teams, comprised of U9-U13 players, compete in the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL) and the Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL). Capital FC’s Technical Director, Whitney Minnis, runs a developmental program for

younger players or those seeking additional training. In the off-season, he holds frequent training sessions and pick-up games for all skill levels. The primary goal for the coaches is to constantly improve the players’ techniques. “Our coaches strive to instill their passion for the game in the kids,” said Minnis. “Beyond the training we provide, these kids work hard on their own – ensuring individual and team success on the field.” In addition to the players’ commitment, the group considers community partnerships key to its success. Capital FC is closely partnered with Sports on the Hill (SOTH) – sharing fields and working together to give players many options. Together they teach the foot skills necessary for the kids to play at a higher level. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation provides scholarships to families who otherwise would not be able to participate. Other area businesses, such as The Smith Team; Kentlands Travel; Phyllis Jane Young of Coldwell Banker; District Electrical Services; D Street Construction and the William C. Smith Company have also supported the Capital FC with financial contributions. Their generous donations provide equipment and uniforms for the teams. “The relationships we’ve built over the years are essential as we continue to grow our organization,” said Jon Schans, president of the Capital Futbol Club. He acknowledges that partnerships such as these are especially important now as they work with the Friends of Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park (FCRYSP) on proposed development plans to convert the north parking lot of RFK stadium into recreational fields. The greatest challenge that many soccer groups in D.C. face is securing fields for practices and games. Capital FC is no exception. While they have a beautiful new home field at Watkins Elementary School, it is a space that is shared with many sports teams so scheduling gets complicated. Capital FC, therefore, is enthusiastically collaborating with the FCRYSP, SOTH, and community partners to make the RFK plans a reality. Helping to develop soccer fields that rival those in suburbia seems like a natural extension of

Capital FC’s James Holladay moves to retrieve a loose ball from Frederick Academy player. Photo Credit: Krister Holladay

Capital FC’s Zachary Drozdowski defends against Chantilly Cesena player. Photo Credit: Krister Holladay

the Capital FC mission as they continue to do exactly that with their teams. “We’re seeing more and more families choosing to stay in the District,” said Mike Barrette, Capital FC coach and vice president. “Providing access to high quality programs and facilities is vital to keeping them here. If all goes according to plan, our seven teams will grow to 20 in five years and these kids, along with the SOTH kids, will need a place to play.” For more information go to com/site/capitalfutbolclub/home. ★

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School Notes Compiled by Susan Braun Johnson

Cesar Chavez PCS Notes “Who Dat, Who Dat, Who Dat?!” “Who Dat?” This phrase, first uttered by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, has taken on a meaning and identity of its own . . . the call of New Orleans! The response: The Capitol Hill campus of Cesar Chavez Public Charter School’s New Orleans and Back program. Started five years ago by the art teacher, Jennifer Sonkin, native of Mississippi and adopted daughter of New Orleans, the New Orleans and Back program educates Chavez scholars about New Orleans, pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina, the issue of affordable housing in the Chavez students from the New Orleans and Back program. US, and the importance of establishing beautifully painted murals, and the best liand maintaining community. To raise funds for the annual spring trip, brary teacher, Kate Sweeney. One of the many scholars sell hand-made art, furniture, and de- things that make Ms. Sweeney a standout is signed sketch books at Eastern Market. While her Reading Lunch. Three times a week, 4th there, the students work with organizations and 5th graders may join her in the library such as the St. Bernard and Epworth Projects, with their lunch – they eat while she reads to Neighborhood Story Project, and House of them. Currently they are reading a post-apocDance and Feathers to help continue the re- alyptic novel entitled The City of Ember. The building effort, put their stories to paper, and main characters find a fragmented message become immersed in the culture. Upon return, from the past. Ms. Sweeney used the Elmo they use what they have learned to develop projector (courtesy of the Capitol Hill Comand implement lesson plans focused on community building. Participants in this program begin to understand their personal power through development of leadership skills. They learn to identify public policy issues and address them at the grass roots level and they are empowered to become change-agents in their world. –Camiel Irving. Find out more about the program and how you can help at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, 709 12th St, SE.

munity Foundation) to project this image for all the students to see. Students were riveted to the screen, attempting to decipher the message over PB&Js; it struck me as a moment when everything came together – technology, great teaching, an engaged community, and inspired learners.

Maury Loves Disco! Maury Loves Disco is shaking the house again this year – Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., baby! There will be food and fabulous accessories for purchase so you can feel good and look good while you boogie down on the dance floor or belt out the hits in the karaoke room. $3 at the door; all ages welcome.

Save the Date – Maury at the Market! Maury at the Market, a silent auction and allaround fun night, is coming again soon! We hope to see you March 24 from 7 to 10pm at the historic Eastern Market North Hall! Maury, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal. 202-6983838 or Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. - Heather Schoell.

Two Rivers leaders at the Josephine Baker Awards. Pictured from left: Director of Out of School Time Activities, Dawnyela Meredith; Board of Trustees Chair, Ann Gosier; Board of Trustees member, Kinny Mu; Executive Director, Jessica Wodatch; Elementary School Principal, Maggie Bello; and Teacher Leader, Chelsie Jones.

Two Rivers PCS Notes Two Rivers Receives Charter School Excellence Award

Maury Elementary School Notes

At a ceremony on December 17th, Two Rivers was honored with the Josephine Baker Award for Public Charter School Excellence. The award celebrates Two Rivers’ standing in tier one on the Public Charter School Board’s Performance Manage-

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The mission of Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts is to transform students in grades 8-12 into well-versed media contributors by providing a student-centered environment that connects them to the classics and modern languages and a curriculum focused on strong writing skills and vocabulary.

ment Framework rankings. The award ceremony was attended by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education, De’Shawn Wright. Awards were given by Public Charter School Board members to Two Rivers leaders representing the school at the event. Congratulations to the TR community on such a prestigious achievement! - Paul Staats, www. www.facebook. com/tworiverspcs. Twitter @ TwoRiversPCS. TRPCS, 1227 4th St, NE.

Capitol Hill Cluster School Report Getting Ready for Fall Peabody kindergarteners and Watkins fifth graders took a favorite field trip this January—to the school they will attend next year. At Watkins Elementary, each kindergartener was greeted by a first-grade buddy. At Stuart-Hobson Middle School, the fifth-graders received a thorough tour, visiting English, Spanish, science, and history classes, and touring the computer lab, the library, the cafeteria, the gym, and the spacious auditorium. Watkins fifth-grader James Walston described his trip: “We saw the gym, where we learned how renovations are going to make it better, and the technology room, where the teacher was very nice and funny.” The library, Walston reported excitedly, is “very big,” as is the cafeteria. Walston heard the new school band practicing in the auditorium: “I liked how they played,” he enthusiastically reported. “It was exciting finally to go to Stuart-Hobson!”

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Peabody At the Peabody Early Childhood Center, pre-k three-yearolds have been studying their community and building a block city. Pre-k four-year-olds recently held a toy drive for Martha’s Table, while the kindergarteners studied the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. ★ 125

kids&family In Peabody’s who are stronger at can read on their own or parents can School-within-School, math keep score while read to younger students. The program features an on-line the class of Mr. Jere students who are stronLorenzen-Strait ger at language spell out tracking system accessed by the coorworked with two lowords, and everyone dinator, Jessica Zeiler, Amidon-Bowcal architects to build hones all of their skills. en Librarian. She will log in the hours a model of the school Eventually, the students and distribute the tickets which are for neighborhood around hope to compete against selected dates during the 2012 season. Stanton Park. Students other schools. Watch All student reading hours must be learned about structural out for the Ludlow- submitted by March 1, 2012. Each Read to Succeed ticket elements, drawing tools, Taylor Academic Warand building materials, riors! And next Open comes with a discount admission and practiced sketchHouse: February 8 (9 ticket for the family so they can also ing, color rendering, to 10:30 a.m.). - Sara celebrate the reader’s success. - Meg and model building. McLean, Ludlow Tay- Brinckman. Amidon-Bowen, 401 I St. SW. They used their bodies lor ES, 659 G St., NE. to “act out” structural elements and learned how to measure with a ruler and navigate with Ludlow-Taylor Kindergarteners Sarah Felkner and Nyaysha Lett at the Holiday Feast. a compass. The students Hissing Cockroaches and then made a 3-D map Science Projects Read to Succeed of Stanton Park and the surrounding Eighth grade science students rebuildings. program of Six Flags Theme Parks cently welcomed a group of MadagasThe Six Flags Theme Parks “Read car hissing cockroaches to the science ‘Twas the Season to Succeed” program is aimed at moti- lab. As part of the science curriculum, Watkins The holidays at Ludlow-Taylor vating kids grades K through 6 to read students prepared an appropriate habWatkins students are getting in were full of festivities and cheer, from for recreation. Students will complete itat in the class terrarium and are inshape (and ready for the Capitol Hill three- and four-year olds caroling six hours of “reading for fun” with the vestigating the cockroaches’ response Classic) at their new mid-day run- around the neighborhood, to kwanza goal of earning free admission tickets to different stimuli. Students in grades ning club. Students receive incentives collages, to latkes in Mrs. Johnson’s to the Th eme Park. Teachers stand three through eight also are immersed to run laps around the athletic field and Mrs. Brown’s class, thanks to a to benefi t also if they submit read- in individual science projects that will during recess. “It’s already proving to parent volunteer. ing records of ten or more students in be displayed and judged during Cathbe popular, with dozens of students During “Polar Express Week,” their classes. Any recreational reading lining up to run every recess,” reports kindergarteners enjoyed a holiday olic Schools Week the first week of including newspapers, comic books, February. Eureka! the school. feast and a holiday book exchange, novels, and nonfiction will count. Kids where they gave and received beautifully wrapped books from a Stuart-Hobson Where in the World? In January, Stuart Hobson Middle- secret friend. All of our littlest Geography Bee schoolers participated in a school-wide students looked forward to a late Every student in grades science fair, a “most peaceful class” com- January field trip to “The Snowy four through eight competed petition in honor of Dr. Martin Luther Day” at Glen Echo Park’s Adfor a position on their class King, Jr., and a social justice printmak- venture Theater. team for the school-wide ing club, sponsored by eighth-grade National Geographic Bee at history teacher Ms. Amy Trenkle. MLK Day the end of January. The winCome see all that the Cluster has Students also learned about ner of the school-wide Geo to offer on January 31, at 9 a.m. (Pea- the life and legacy of Dr. MarBee will go on to compete in body and Watkins) and 10 a.m. (Stu- tin Luther King. Even four-year the District of Columbia Naart-Hobson), and on February 2 at 5 olds could tell their parents all tional Geographic Geography p.m. (Peabody), 6:00 pm (Watkins), about him and sang songs about Bee in March. Good luck Geo and 7 p.m. (Stuart-Hobson) his dream. scholars! - Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt. Peabody Early Childhood Center – 425 Safety Patrol Stars C St NE. Watkins Elementary Cam- Scrabble Club Fifth Graders and some inHats off to the St. Peter pus – 420 12th St. SE. Stuart-Hobson School Safety Patrol! A dediMiddle School Campus – 410 E St. trepid third and fourth graders cated group of sixth graders, NE. started the New Year with a new Scrabble club overseen by Mr. led by Dean of Student Life Speller in Aftercare. The group Lacy Woodside, arrive at meets twice a week. Students Khalil Warren reads to Ronnie Nelson in ABES Library Center

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Amidon-Bowen News from St. Peter School Elementary Notes

St. Peter Second Safety Patrol

school early and stay late to assist students who walk to school, help those who are in the carpool line, and direct them safely to and from their classrooms. Members must maintain good grades and serve as student role models in order to serve on the patrol. Thanks to our safety patrol stars!

St. Peter School Auction at Nats Park – GAME ON! Mark your calendars for an exciting, unique, home run of an evening! The St. Peter School annual auction will be held at the PNC Diamond Club overlooking the Washington Nationals ball field on February 11, 2012. This year’s auction is promising to be the best party ever, with fabulous items and many new surprises in store! Join the school community to share a great time and extraordinary access to Nationals Park, including the players’ own batting cages where you can take a swing or two (or more!) against actual pitchers. Tickets are $75 - for more information, send a message to See you at the ball park! - Sally Aman. St. Peter School, 422 Third St, SE,. www.

Washington Yu Ying News Washington Yu Ying Has A New Home Washington Yu Ying PCS has just completed the build out of its new home and is hosting information sessions on our new site! Please join them February 9 and March 7 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about Chinese Immersion /IB program and also for tours of the new school. They are located at 220 Taylor St NE, Washington, DC 20017. Learn more online at www. or info@

Capitol Hill Day School News The City is Our Campus You must pay for parking. There was a big fire at Eastern Market. The British burned the Capitol. This was how Capitol Hill Day School second-graders recently began their study of Capitol Hill – brainstorming what they know and what they want to know then putting ideas into categories. They transferred their knowledge to a large map outlining the broader Capitol Hill neighborhood and the boundaries of the Historic District, identifying streets, landmarks, parks, familiar businesses, and, of course, their school! ★ 127

CHDS 2nd graders discuss their class map of Capitol Hill. Photo: Laura Nakatani.

dents’ drawings of their homes and other buildings were plotted on this map. Through field trips, second-graders conduct research, coincidentally connecting with CHDS alumni. Langley Bowers (Class of 2000) will present the film he made chronicling the rebirth of Eastern Market after the 2007 fire. At Hill’s Kitchen, students will talk with owner Leah Daniels (Class of 1994) about starting a business on the Hill. They will also visit the U.S. Capitol, Barracks Row, and Eastern Market. Using this “project approach,” students apply and sharpen their skills in math and art, reading and writing, organization and research, history and geography. They determine the course of their research, as well as how to present their results to the class. This second-grade study unit demonstrates the CHDS tradition of handson learning through in-depth, integrated studies, with field education at its core. Students take an active role in their learning, proposing research ideas and strategies, doing field work, and building a repertoire of ways to organize and share knowledge. Jane Angarola. CHDS, 210 South Carolina Ave, SE.

tivities like this will be held on March 10th from 4-7 pm at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE (This is also where RPNS is located). The event will feature live children’s music, dancing, kids’ games and crafts. In addition, the event will include a silent auction featuring goods and services from local businesses. Tickets will be $40 per family, which includes appetizers, dinner and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Purchase tickets through the River Park website at http://www. riverparknurseryschool. org/index.htm. - Jonathan Leavitt.

CH Montessori at Logan News Casey Trees Planting Day In November, with a generous grant from Casey Trees, Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (CHM@L) elementary students planted 6 trees on the school’s new grounds. On Planting Day, Casey Trees staff led students in various activities to learn about the

RPNS News River Park students learned about giving and receiving gifts for the holidays. Students planted and sprouted paper white bulbs before the end of 2011 and gave them to their families. By early 2012 they had beautiful plants decorating their homes. The annual Sock Hop that supports ac128 ★ HillRag | February 2012

River Park Student, Colleen, Leavitt, with her blooming paper whites.

trees and how to plant and care for them. Casey Trees will come out once again in the spring with more trees for students to plant. The children were amazing and impressed all with their teamwork and energy. CHM@L opened its doors this school year in a new location near Union Station. Parents, teachers, students, and neighbors have worked tirelessly to improve the outdoor space by creating and maintaining gardens which support a Montessori curriculum. The addition of the trees donated by Casey Trees will add more beauty (and learning opportunities!) to the improving landscape.

CHM@L Library Wins $5,000 Grant In January, CHM@L won a generous $5,000 grant for its library from the Masonic and Eastern Star Home of the District of Columbia Charities, Inc. (MESH). This grant will provide critical funding for additional books that are needed to make the library an even better place of learning. We’re grateful for the ongoing support of the community and the local organizations that are helping to make our school great.

CHM@L School Mascot The students have voted on a mascot for their new school, and the final results are in. Welcome the Capitol Hill Montessori Monarchs! –Julie Stewart. Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, 215 G St. NE, 202.698.4467,

DCPS News New Scorecards for DCPS Lets Parents Access School Info District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson recently unveiled new scorecards for all DCPS schools that will give the public unprecedented access to school information and data, such as academic performance and progress, safety, and community satisfaction. New information, such as Ad-

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ebruary is the month of romance. We dream of roses and romantic notions, often ones that have been instilled in us through the movies. The 1954 movie Three Coins in the Fountain, which won two Oscars, is a classic example. In the film, a fountain holds the fortunes of three young women in Rome seeking adventure and, of course, romance. Fountains play a special role in our gardens as well. They not only provide a visual focus, but also produce some healthy side effects. The sight and sounds of running water help the body and mind relax. There is an amazing calming effect as the body takes in the rhythmic sounds of the water. As this happens, the body increases the level of serotonin, which results in a better mood and energized feelings. So, it is a natural that we associate fountains with romance. Even if you aren’t the romantic type, fountains are considered an important part of the practice of Feng Shui, which aims to create harmony by balancing the five elements of earth, metal, fire, wood, and water. Different types of fountains bring together several of the elements, combining water with metal, wood, or ceramic.

In the past twelve years, garden enthusiasts have seen water fountains become an essential part of high-end landscaped gardens, and the trend has shifted from outdoor gardens to inside fountains. Charles Hudman, President of Surroundings on Capitol Hill, reports strong enthusiasm for fountains from his landscape clients. In fact, it is Charles’ magnificent fountain at the corner of 11th Street and East Capitol at Lincoln Park that sparked my interest in finding out more about fountains in winter.

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The Surroundings Fountain sits in a straight line elevThe 1876 Bartholdi Foundation is based on classical and Renaisen blocks from the sance sculpture, and with modern day upgrades is one of the Capitol. most romantic spots on Capitol Hill. If you head the other direction away fountains are an intricate part of the from the Capitol, you end up at the scene. So it is just part of his DNA US Botanic to have a fountain in front of his Garden, which has one of the home and business. biggest and most romantic founBut doesn’t icing up cause damtains on the Hill. The Bartholdi age to the fountain’s inner workings Fountain and Park is across Indeor create the potential for cracks and pendence Avenue from the glass breaks, I wondered. Charles said Conservatory, and is open every day that if the fountain is made of cast of the year. iron or metal, there is nothing to The fountain was taken off site worry about. But he warns that you for repair work and maintenance would not want to leave a fountain from 2008 through the late fall of running in the winter if it is plastic 2011. As part of the recent mainor resin. “I do turn off the pump tenance work, the fountain was uponce the fountain is totally frozen dated with energy efficient systems over,” saidCharles, “and then turn it and water treatment technology. back on when it begins to thaw.” Th e cast iron fountain is hard to “Many homeowners are beginmiss, standing thirty feet high and ning to incorporate a water feature weighing more than 15 tons. In in their gardens here on the Hill,” addition to the water features, the he noted. Today’s fountains recycle their waterand can even be powered by solar, eliminating the need for electrical power to the garden site. Fountains can be designed to fit almost any garden style from elegant to whimsical. As one can imagine, the prices range from a hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on size and what the fountain is constructed with. “Water ponds are also an alternative to a fountain,” Charles commented. “They require less maintenance but can be just as wonderful in the garden space.” Surroundings is a full landscape business, as well as a great florist shop,

The US Botanic Garden turns the water off of the Fountain in the winter, but rain and snow puddles gather in the basin, creating beautiful reflections.

fountain was designed with exceptional lighting. At the time the fountain was created in 1876, gas lighting was all the rage. Gaslights were eventually replaced with electric lights and today with energy efficient lights. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who is best known for his creation of the Statue of Liberty, designed the fountain. The Capitol grounds fountain was created for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876, and the combination of iron, gas light and water was symbolic of a modern city, according to information provided by the US Botanic Garden. The fountain is sometimes known as the “Fountain of Light and Water.” Laura Condeluci of the US Botanic Garden staff said, “The goal is to leave the fountain operating as long as possible during the colder winter months.” Generally speaking, the garden staff uses Thanksgiving week as the time to turn the water off and looks to turn it back on the first week of April. But they are able to adjust that time frame as weather permits, to give visitors the longest possible window to enjoy the beauty of the fountain. Even without the water flowing, the fountain and surrounding garden are worth a visit. At dusk or twilight, the twelve lights around the fountain light up from the top, creating a special effect even with no water in the basin. Simulated gaslights around the basin make it easy to walk around the fountain. Each angle provides an amazing view, with one viewpoint that puts the Capitol dome in perfect alignment. It is rather amazing to think that water fountains would make such a perfect winter topic for a garden column. But between the ice magic of the Surroundings Fountain and the romantic light of the Bartholdi “Fountain of Light and Water,” there probably aren’t two more romantic spots on Capitol Hill. Enjoy. Rindy O’Brien lives across from Surroundings and enjoys the ice sculptures every day. Comments or ideas send to Rindy at ★

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Dear Garden Problem Lady, Feeling beset by gardening problems? Send them to the Problem Lady c/o The Capitol Hill Garden Club at andrew@hillrag. com. Your problems might prove instructive to others, and help them feel superior to you. Complete anonymity is assured. I have planted my clematis properly. It grows well, but never climbs properly up the trellis I have provided. It falls over, and will not climb vertically. Obviously I am missing something – but what? Clematis climbs by twining – using its leaves like tendrils. The young leaves of these plants are able to twist around slender wires, string, twigs or other leaves. The key is to provide a thin enough support for the leaf stem to curl around. A lattice made of 1-inch wide slats won’t work for leaf twiners. Instead of a trellis, try stapling some wire, string or even fairly open chicken wire, up against your fence. Clematis can be encouraged to grow up, and also horizontally. Add a string to blank spots and encourage a branchlet along it. Everywhere on Capitol Hill I see masses of Nandina berries. For what reason might our Nandina have no berries? If your plant looks vigorous, it probably needed more sun to make it flower during the late spring. Nandinas will tolerate some shade, but must

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thelastword The Hine Project Misses the Mark In the January issue of the Hill Rag (The Hine Project Moves Ahead), Roberta Weiner set forth the three questions that need to be answered to determine the appropriateness of awarding Planned Unit Development (PUD) status to the Stanton group’s proposed plan for the Hine School site. Though not in the order listed, the questions and the answers to those questions are: Question One: “What is the value of the PUD. i.e. in allowing height and density beyond the current zoning?” Answer: Great wealth to the developers and their chosen realtors. Even without PUD approval, the Hine site is a potential gold mine. One of the very hottest real estate markets in the country is Washington, D.C. One of the hottest spots in D.C. is Capitol Hill. And the very hottest and most sought after location on Capitol Hill is Eastern Market. What more could a developer want? Density! The more units it can build and the more square footage it is allowed, the more the cost to build each unit and each square foot is reduced and, of course, the more sales and/or leases it may make or enter. The taller the buildings, the less open space provided; the larger the building footprint and the smaller the building setback requirements, the greater that density gets. The potential value of PUD approval to the developers is multi-millions of dollars in sales profits and income from leases. Question Two: “Is the project of sufficient value to the community that a PUD should be considered?” Answer: No. The proposed PUD is not consistent with or complimentary to its Eastern Market neighborhood character and characteristics, detracts from its ambiance and it should not be considered. Neither the now empty Hine Junior High School building, which was always a little too tall and too massive, nor the asphalt former playground which now serves during the week as a large public parking lot, are consistent with, or complimentary to, or add value to the community. On the other hand, a properly sized and

designed building project providing residential housing, retail shops and office space, together with underground parking and ample public open spaces could add both value and character. Unfortunately, the currently proposed PUD is neither consistent with nor complimentary to its Eastern Market location. Rather than adding value to the community, the plan as now designed will only diminish its extraordinary character. The current plan appears to call for a massive seven story building to run the entire length of the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue and some 200 feet going north on narrow 7th Street before reducing its height to five stories, with only the very top floor set back from the face of the building at all. An urban mountain and a 7th Street canyon will be the result. That might feel right at Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Silver Spring or Ballston, but not at the Eastern Market. The only public open space proposed is a narrow trapezoidal area squeezed between the huge Pennsylvania Avenue facing building and a separate building running along the alley between 7th and 8th Streets. Question Three: “Are the benefits and amenities offered by the applicant commensurate with the value of the PUD?” Answer: No. Not if the “benefits and amenities” are those cited: * High quality architecture and landscaping should be a given *Opening C Street would have an overall negative impact on the pedestrian and automobile traffic flow around the Market and is unnecessary. * Participation in job training and employment programs seems like a good thing, if not already required. * Environmentally sustainable construction seems like a good thing, if not already required. * Parking should be a given. * A plaza with space for the weekend flea markets must be part of the functional public open space. The space proposed is neither functional nor big enough for the flea market. * More affordable housing than the minimum the law already requires seems like a good thing. The Eastern Market and its environs are a treasure. People from

around the world come to savor its ambience. While the Hine property site presents a great opportunity for new housing and new small business entrepreneurs, its great challenge is to provide that opportunity while maintaining the feel and the flavor of the Eastern Market neighborhood. If the project misses the mark, that feel and flavor will be gone forever. The Stanton group’s proposed plan misses the mark. Christopher “Kip” Howell

A Violation of Public Trust As one of the many tireless youth workers in the District, I feel outraged, disgusted, and deeply saddened by the actions of ex-Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. Stealing over $300,000 intended for underserved youth is a truly despicable act. Now, his actions have triggered calls to dismantle or defund the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (DC TRUST). Allowing the TRUST to be another victim of Thomas’ crimes would be a disgrace and further rob thousands of youth the quality support they deserve. As a leader of a non-profit organization with a diverse funding stream, I can assure you that the competitive bidding process, rigorous fiscal and programmatic reporting requirements, and commitment to outcomes mandated by the TRUST are unparalleled. Furthermore, Councilmember Tommy Wells has already enacted legislation requiring all funds dispersed through the TRUST to be competitively bid out. No earmarks are currently allowed. This set of controls did not exist when Harry Thomas began his corrupt scheme. The fact that a public official committed a felony should not be the reason to dismantle such an important institution in this city, especially one that remains committed to quality and oversight. In addition to its competitive grants, the TRUST provides capacity-building, technical assistance, staff training, and resource- sharing for many youth-serving organizations. Its vision and support collectively saves these organizations millions of dollars. It allows organizations like

mine to leverage resources, provide high-quality and innovative programming, and achieve rigorous and comprehensive outcomes. In short, we cannot do our work without the TRUST’s help. I have worked with youth in the District for seven years now and am constantly amazed at their creativity, insight, love of learning, and compassion for others. The youth in our programs make strong academic, civic, and nutritional gains on every assessment we administer. The real proof, however, is witnessing them gobble down spinach smoothies, jump out of their seats with excitement to answer a question, eagerly participate in yoga class, ask if they can sponsor a toy drive for sick children, confidently recite original poetry, and show off their report cards. Walking into our after-school programs fills me with tremendous joy. These are the reasons I will fight today and every day on their behalf. We can give them so much more. It is time to reinvest in our city’s youth, not a time to reduce resources. We need to find a stable funding stream for the TRUST and ensure that the new oversight and accountability regulations are upheld in the future. Please reach out to your DC Council representative and encourage them to support and reinvest in this vital institution. We cannot do the work we do without its help. Andria Hollis, Program Director, Kid Power, Inc.

The January Hill Gardener Thank you so much for writing that wonderful article. I must say that seeing pictures of Kim [Breneger] and me on the same page was emotional. I took that picture of Kim in Miami only 7 months before she died. Between the two pictures are the words that tether all that is left between us. Your eloquence preserves the spirit of Kim and what we shared. You have my heartfelt thanks and your personal appeal to the community is much appreciated. Joe Ardizzone For information on how you can contribute to Kim’s Garden, go to ★ 149

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hy is it that our politicians always have to kowtow to the hacks in Richmond? Dear Readers, The Nose has had it. It is time to declare war on these meddling neighbors who clog our streets with their SUVs! So, when Councilmember Mary “The Professor” Cheh recently faced off against Virginia Attorney General Ken “The Creep” Cuccinelli over her recently authored Wildlife Protection Act of 2010, The Nose’s ears perked up. The Council’s own constitutional pedagogue was going to stick it to the rubes from Richmond! A DC political junky, The Nose often spends the late night hours reliving Sulimania on the Internet. Who can forget the image of The Professor as strict schoolmarm cross-examining a belligerent Brown? Even The Nose, who bats for the same team, was taken by the sight of those sexy wired rimmed glasses… With the premier of Professor vs. the Attorney “Creep” General, it was time to sit down on the couch with a bowl of microwaved popcorn and three fingers of Willet. Imagine The Nose’s disappointment when he heard Cheh defend her bill with a citation of its rodent exemption. In the Professor’s view, apparently, rats and mice fail to rise to the lofty designation of “wildlife” and thus do not qualify for humane relocation. My Dear Professor Cheh! The Nose entreats you to spend any night of the week in his kitchen. The antics of his nocturnal visitors resemble the best episodes of Wild Kingdom. It is an orgasmic dancing, prancing, cabinet opening, dish smashing orgy. A vast array of solutions purchased at great expense from Frager’s Hardware have discouraged these nightly rodent revels not one whit. No poison, trap, bait or electrical gadget suffices. The spoils of The Nose’s larder are simply too tempting. In The Nose’s humble opinion, Dear Readers, the one thing likely to end his rodent home invasion is the credible threat of exile to the great state of Virginia. District rodents are not stupid. They understand that the rightwing politicos of the Old Dominion believe in equipping every citizen with a fully automatic assault weapon. Across the Potomac, rats do not dine at leisure. Rather, they dodge a hail of gunfire every time they cross a kitchen threshold. (The only exception to this vast gener-

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alization might be the People’s Republic of Arlington.). To get another perspective on Councilmember Cheh’s legislation, The Nose interviewed one of his nightly furry visitors. To preserve his anonymity, this column will refer to said rat as ‘Ratatouille.’ Taking an opposite tack to The Nose, Ratatouille complimented Professor Cheh on her legislation. In his whiskered opinion, the law addressed an essential problem of district, ‘Wildlife Gentrification.’ Apparently, our city’s rodents, who are true Washingtonians, are being displaced by suburban possums, raccoons and deer lured by tasty trash and lush foliage of our fair metropolis. Humanely relocating these interlopers is critical lest they alter the District’s essential character. Ratatouille also suggested a number of other civic pests that might be happily exiled to the Old Dominion: • •

The Wizards. Let’s face it. They stink. Occupy DC. There must be some National Park in the Shenandoah where these folks can live in. Perhaps, they could be relocated by a mountain stream to encourage more frequent bathing. Ex-Councilmember Harry Thomas. Petersburg possesses an excellent federal facility distinguished by its decorative razor wire. It even has softball, although the bats are locked between games along with the players. Speed Cameras. Can’t members of the DC Council figure out another way of funding the city government? Bollards & Traffic Barriers. The growth industry in these concrete monstrosities has turned the District into Baghdad on the Potomac. Congress. Give DC’s human residents the vote or exempt them from federal taxes so that their larders can be stocked with choice morsels for DC’s rodent citizens.

The Nose was about to amend the list to include Councilmember Marion Barry. However, as Ratatouille pointed out, the Mayor for Life’s last Virginian exile did not result in much of a reformation. Have a comment for The Nose? He loves hearing from his Dear Readers. Email ★

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1233 E Street, SE. First Open Sunday February 12th 1pm-3pm Park Views and private garden oasis. Three bedroom semi-detached end unit in perfect condition with many fresh improvements. The main level is open and bright with bay windows, fireplace, oak floors, large powder room and a new custom kitchen loaded with upgrades, granite, pro-series appliances, table space and exit to the deep, lush professionally landscaped rear garden. Upper level 3 bedroom, updated bath. Lower level inlaw suite/ home office with full bath, private entrance and connecting stairs. Location and condition are the Hills finest. $849,000

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Hill Rag Magazine February 2012  

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Hill Rag Magazine February 2012  

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