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40 Capitol Roots: NRBQ Keeps It Loose and Fresh by Charles Walston 42 In the Theater: Suffering the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune by Barbara Wells
46 Tales From Behing the Bar: The Best Worst Dates by Meghan Markey
48 Dining Notes by Celeste McCall 52 The Wine Girl by Elyse Genderson 54 At the Movies by Mike Canning
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56 Art and the City by Jim Magner
Don’t Tread on the District: Talking Statehood in LA
58 The Literary Hill by Karen Lyon 60 The Poetic Hill by Karen Lyon
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A Decade of Progress. A Future of Growth
Preventing Falls: The Secrets to Staying Upright
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Don’t Tread on the District: Talking Statehood in LA by Josh Burch
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Jewish-Muslim MLK Celebration: Hill Havurah and Interfaith Connections by Virginia Avniel Spatz
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Changing Hands by Don Denton
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Preventing Falls: The Secrets to Staying Upright by Pattie Cinelli
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Kids & Family Notebook by Kathleen Donner
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Hold These Truths at Arena. Feb. 23 to April
8. Jeanne Sakata’s one-man drama Hold These Truths tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants who defied an unjust court order when America placed its own citizens in internment camps during World War II. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. arenastage.org.
Ryun Yu as Gordon Hirabayashi in Hold These Truths, which runs Feb. 23 to April 8, 2018 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo: Patrick Weishampel for Portland Center Stage
FEBRUARY CALENDAR VALENTINE’S St. Valentine’s Concert & Sparkling Wine Tasting. Feb. 10, 6:30 to 9 PM. Make a date for an evening of love songs and fabulous wine and food at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. This event supports the Good Neighbor Capitol Hill refugee program, Capitol Hill Group Ministry and other service projects on Capitol Hill. $15 to $100. Free child care and parking. Tickets are at valentineconcertchpc.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit capitolhillpreschurch.org. Street Scene-Valentine’s Day Concert with Imani-Grace Cooper, Vocalist. Feb. 14, 7 PM. Hill Center introduces a new concert series, Street Scenes. This series focuses on new music composed by
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emerging DC jazz artists. Imani-Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the Howard University jazz program where she was a student of Connaitre Miller. $18, in advance; $20 day of. hillcenterdc.org. Annual Valentine’s Dance Party with The Fabulettes! Feb. 17, 8 PM. Enjoy a warm night of spirits, sustenance and song, while dancing to a seven-piece band with a wide array of sweet treats, savory fare, hot cider. Singles, doubles, trios, gangs of buddies are all welcome. $25. The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. cornerstorearts.org.
some beads while you cheer on the first Mardi Gras parade down Wharf Street. The party will continue at their Pearl Street bars. Wharf Street, District Pier. wharfdc.com. Washington’s Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon. Feb. 17 to 19, 9 AM to 5 PM. Free admission, Monday, Feb. 19. Wish the General a happy birthday while enjoying hoecakes made over the open fire. #PoseLikeThePrez in the Education Center Lobby, observe wreath laying at the Tomb, watch dancing demonstrations on the bowling green and listen to members of the Washington family recount stories about the General and visit with George and Martha Washington in the Interpretive Center. mountvernon.org. National Portrait Gallery Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of “America’s Presidents.” This February, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its “America’s Presidents” exhibition. The recently transformed exhibition will welcome two additions: the official portrait of former President Barack Obama and the 1843 daguerreotype of President John Quincy Adams, which is the earliest known likeness of a US President, to be on view Feb. 7. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. npg.si.edu.
George Washington Birthday Parade. Feb. 19, 1 to 3 PM. The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. washingtonbirthday.net.
Mardi Gras at the Wharf. Feb. 13, 5 to 9 PM. Let the good times roll and catch
George Washington’s 286th Birthday at Mount Vernon. Feb. 22, 9 AM to 5 PM. Free admission. mountvernon.org.
Fire & Ice Festival at The Wharf. Feb. 24, 7 to 9 PM. Join them for their inaugural Fire & Ice Festival. Warm up at the blazing bonfires while admiring the glistening ice sculptures on the piers. Live performances will include fire spinning and ice sculpting, as well as music. wharfdc.com. USBG Production Facility Open House. March 10, 10 AM, 10:30 AM, 11 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1 PM and 1:30 PM. The site includes 85,000 square feet under glass, divided into 34 greenhouse bays and 17 environmental zones. In addition to foliage and nursery crops, see the USBG collection not currently on display, including orchids, medicinal plants, carnivorous plants and rare and endangered species. $10. Registration required. usbg.gov.
ATLAS INTERSECTIONS FESTIVAL The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival is about presenting excellent art in all its forms that inspires a community to connect and create a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world. Now in its ninth season, INTERSECTIONS is a key layer in DCâ€™s dynamic arts scene. Explore the festival through their more than 100 offerings in sound, movement, story and family performances. For the full schedule with times and ticket prices, visit atlasarts. org/intersections. Childrenâ€™s performances are in the Kids and Family section of this paper. Tickets are on sale now. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Sound. Feb. 23, Todd Marcus Quintet: On These Streets, Semilla Cultural: A Journey; Feb.
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24, Cristian Perez Chamber Ensemble: Music and Water, Lafayette Gilchrist and the Sonic Trip Masters All Stars, Elikeh: Between Two Worlds; Feb. 25, Adejoké & SongRise: The Rising of the Women Means the Rising of Us All, Flo Anito: Life is a Cabaret, Choose Your Own Adventure: Live Composed Funk, UrbanArias: Irreverent Improv, The French-American Production Co.: A Winter’s Day in the City; March 2, Dior Ashley Brown: My Vessel; March 3, Natalie Jean: Haiti Mwen Renmenw (Haiti I Love You); March 3, Cultura Plenera: Puerto Rico’s Uplifting, Rebellious and Defiant Music; March 4, LeDroit Chamber Players: Split Screen, Sopranessence: Virtues and Vices, Capital City Symphony: Mambo! And Beyond; March 10, Cheick Hamala Diabate. Movement. Feb. 23, Motion X: Breaking Barriers, Sons of Freedom: A Portrait of Me; Feb. 24, Nomad Dancers and Raqs Habibi: Colorful World, Capitol Movement: Indivisible, Contradiction Dance Theatre: Forgiveness, Dissonance Dance Theatre: Lenny B; Feb. 25, Alter Circus: Hysterical, Nancy Flores and Therese Gahl: La Voix des Femmes, I.C. Movement Project: Through the Glass Ceiling; March 2 and 3, Furia Flamenca Dance Company: Flamenco, Passion and Soul; March 3, Street Light Circus: Circus in Lines, Meki’s Tamure Polynesian Dance Group: Drums of the Islands, Capitol Tap and District Tap: #TapToListen, Company | E: Speak Easy, Gin Dance Company: Phenomena, Urban Artistry: Manuscripts Found in Light; March 4, Kathy Gordon: 100 Days, RawArts Dance Company and Terre Dance Collective: Two Sided, Exit12 Dance Company.
Story. Feb. 22, Story District: Uncommon Sense; Feb. 23 and 24, Amy Oestreicher: Gutless and Grateful; Feb. 24, Madeline Farrington: That Part Is True, The SAPAN Institute: Fracture, Dreamcatcher Entertainment: Billosophy Life, Circus, Death, Atlas Presents Film: Little Stones, Monumental Theatre Company: Infinite Future, Sekou Sangare: New Short Films on Life and Love, Story District: Uncommon Sense; Feb. 25, Monumental Theatre Company: Infinite Future, Armed Services Arts Partnership: More than a Uniform; March 2, Lars Klores: Orson the Magnificent, Day Eight: DC Poet Project; March 3, Angelina Hoidra: The Yellow Wallpaper, Collective Eleven, Women from Mars, Gitana Theatre: LadyM, Madeline Farrington: That Part Is True, New Millennium Howard Players: The Intruders, Kim B. Miller: Human Rights for all Hueman Right?; March 4, New Millennium Howard Players: The Intruders. Free Cafe Concerts. Feb. 23, Crys Matthews; Feb. 24, Mr Skip, Colin Chambers, Jared â€œMK Zuluâ€? Bailey, Benjamin Gates; Feb. 25, Matthew Mills, inHALE; March 2, Ney Mello; March 3, Culture Queen, Not What You Think, Brittney Allen & Herman Burney, Hope Udobi.
MUSIC Music at Pearl Street Warehouse. Feb. 3, Eric Scott & Jonathan Sloane; Feb. 7, Grand Prize Winning Lovcal Songwriter Circle; Feb. 9, Aztec Sun; Feb. 10, The Lil Smokies; Feb. 13, The Grandsons; Feb. 14, The Empty Pockets; Feb. 15, Robert Lighthouse; Feb. 16, The Plate Scrapers Colebrook Road; Feb. 17, Surprise Attack; Feb. 23, David Cook; Feb. 24, The
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James Hunter Six; March 2, The Mighty Pines; March 3, No Second Troy; March 9, Bumpin Uglies; March 10, Cry Matthews. Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW. pearlstreetwarehouse.com. Music at The Anthem. Feb. 3, Greensky Bluegrass; Feb. 12, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds; Feb. 13, BØRNS; Feb. 15, Umphrey’s McGee The Marcus King Band; Feb. 24, Portugal. The Man; Feb. 25, Tyler, The Creator; March 3, Little Brown Town; March 10, Dropkick Murphys. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. theanthemdc.com. Music at Rock and Roll Hotel. Feb. 3, Beauty Pill; Feb. 6, High On Fire; Feb. 7, Tiny Moving Parts; Feb. 9, Young, Lean & Sad Boys; Feb. 10, John Muas; Feb. 11, Shredders; Feb. 15, 80s Dance Night Reunion; Feb. 16, Vim & Vigor (CD release); Feb. 18, Two Feet; Feb. 20, Phoebe Bridgers; Feb. 23, Dear Creek; Feb. 24, Flyny Flossy and Turquoise Jeep; Feb. 27, Vieux Farka Toure; Feb. 28, Diet Cig; March 1, Tyler Childers; March 2, the Mowgli’s; March 6, Mr. Pickles Thrashtacular; March 7, Lola Marsh; March 8, Jonathan Wilson; March 9, Alex Cameron; March 10, Ezra Furman. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. rockandrollhoteldc.com.
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Blue Monday Blues in Southwest. Every Monday, 6 to 9 PM. Feb. 5, Lou Jerome Band; Feb. 12, Full Power Blues; Feb. 19, Midnight Blue; Feb. 26, Tom Newman Blues Band. $5 cover. Children are free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. 202-484-7700. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. westminsterdc.org. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every
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Celebrate Our Wonderful World at the 21st Annual School Within School
Saturday, March 3, 2018 6:00 pm St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 301 A St SE
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Chiarina Chamber Players in Concert.
Feb. 10, 4 PM, Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. March 4, 7:30 PM, St. Mark’s and April 28, 4 PM, St. Mark’s, 301 A St. SE. $15 online at chiarina.org; $20 at the door; $10 students. Read more at chiarina.org. Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Feb. 6, Sophia Subbayya Vastek, piano; Feb. 13, Wayne Jennings, tenor, Pamela Simonson, soprano, Louis Davis, baritone, & Lester Green, piano; Feb. 20, Lukas Hasler, organ; Feb. 27, Jeremy Lyons, guitar, Stephen Ray, flute, & Peter Kibbie, cello; March 6, Washington Bach Consort, Richard Giarusso, conductor; March 13, Rob Patterson, clarinet, & Chen Tzuyi, piano. 1317 G St. NW. epiphanydc.org. Jazz Night in Southwest. Every Friday, 6 to 9 PM. Feb. 9, Perkey Down the Parkway; Feb. 16, Vince Evans Jazz Ensemble; Feb. 23, Tribute to Buck Hill. $5 cover. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. 202-484-7700. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. westminsterdc.org. Music at Mr. Henry’s. Thursday Night Bluegrass: Feb. 8, Truck Farmers; Feb. 15, Bluegrass Double Header with By & By and Moose Jaw; Feb. 22, Justin Trawick. Fri-
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day Night Jazz: Feb. 9, The Kevin Cordt Quartet; Feb. 16, Craig Gildner; Feb. 23, Aaron L. Myers, II. Saturday Night Ladies of Jazz: Feb. 3, Akua Allrich; Feb. 10, Batida Diferente; Feb. 17, Julia Nixon (Jazz): Special Ticketed Show; Feb. 24, Cecily. Capitol Hill Jazz Jam every Wednesday. Shows run 8 to 11 PM.; doors open at 6 PM; no cover; two items per person minimum. Henry’s Upstairs, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412. mrhenrysdc.com. DC Chamber Musicians Concert. Feb. 18, 3 PM. Selected works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Rossini and Dubois. Free but donations accepted. Proceeds to the DC Concert Orchestra Society. St. Mark’s, 301 A St. SE. Folger Consort: Il Lauro Verde. Feb. 23 to 25. Folger Consort explores the growth of Italian musical style from Renaissance to Baroque. Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu.
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Concerts at the Miracle Theater. Feb. 25, Rhett Miller & Evan Felker; March 8, Adrianne Lenker & Nick Hakim. Miracle Theater, 535 Eighth St. SE. themiracletheatre.com. Groupmuse Concert House Parties. Attend a concert for a $3 registration fee and a $10 per person donation to the musician(s). Concerts are BYOB and welcome all ages. Read more and sign up to host or attend at Groupmuse.com. Concerts added continuously.
Ave SE #6, listed at $539,000, and received multiple offers. Staging was a critical component of the marketing. Staging often cost sellers thousands of dollars. The JLC Team provides free staging for every listing to ensure that each of our sellers gets a maximum return on their investment. Thinking of selling? Give us a call for a complimentary consultation.
THEATER AND FILM Unnecessary Farce at Keegan. Through Feb. 10. Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant. In the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. keegantheatre.com. Convergence Theatre: This is All Just Temporary. Through Feb. 10. Lauren, a recent college grad, moves back in with her parents while she looks for a job. However, the behavioral aggression of Laurenâ€™s autistic younger brother is severely increasing. $15 to $18. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. anacostiaartscenter.com. The Way of the World at the Folger. Through Feb. 11. Mae is an altruistic woman with a $600 million inheritance. When her philandering boyfriend, Henry, seduces her aunt, both women become the object of scandal. Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu.
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Jefferson’s Garden at Ford’s. Through Feb. 11. Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker explores the contradictions between the founding fathers’ ideals and the realities of freedom in America. Christian, a Quaker pacifist, defies his family to fight in the American Revolution. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords.org. Constellation’s Skin of Our Teeth at Source. Through Feb. 11. In this time-traveling tragicomedy by acclaimed playwright Thornton Wilder, the Antrobus family is made up of a husband, a wife, their children and their maid Sabina. They live an ordinary life in suburban New Jersey. Except that Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus have been married for 5,000 years. The maid is constantly threatening to quit the play. The family pets are a baby dinosaur and a woolly mammoth. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. ConstellationTheatre.org.
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Pointless Theatre’s Imogen. Through Feb. 11. Pointless explores what happens when Princess Imogen’s fairy tale narrative doesn’t go according to plan. Get ready for a mash-up of the Bards’ most classic plot twists. Confused identities, an estranged royal family, fantastical forests and a wicked stepmother are told through stylized movement and shadow puppetry. Dance Loft on 14, 4618 14th St. NW. pointlesstheatre.com. Sovereignty at Arena. Through Feb. 18. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. arenastage.org.
SPIN on H 4,380 Nights at Signature. Through Feb. 18. For the last 12 years, or 4,380 days, Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the United States government at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Shirlington, VA. signature-theatre.org. Hamlet at Shakespeare. Through Feb. 25. In the wake of his father’s abrupt death, Hamlet returns home from university to find his personal and political world changed as he never imagined it could. His mother is remarried. His uncle is on the throne. The world has seemingly gone insane. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. shakespearetheatre.org. La Foto (A Selfie Affair) at GALA. Through Feb. 25. Two families are changed forever when a selfie is sent to one person but shared by another. In this highly technological world it is easier to connect intimately with one another… but at what cost? GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. galatheatre.org.
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The Wolves at Studio. Through March 4. Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, Soccer and adolescence in their teamwork and violence…a group of 16-year-old girls turn into warriors on the field. Join the pack. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. studiotheatre.org. The Great Society at Arena. Through March 11. Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society, the second half of the epic drama about President Lyndon Baines Johnson, makes its DC debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. arenastage.org.
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most perfect day for the most perfect couple of all time ever. $15. Performances take place in Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. drama.cua.edu. Bethesda’s Play In A Day. Feb. 17, 8 PM. Six professional DC area theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours. Participating theatre companies include: Adventure Theatre MTC (Glen Echo, MD); Flying V (Bethesda, MD); Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD); The Keegan Theatre (Washington, DC); Olney Theatre Center (Olney, MD) and Rorschach Theatre (Washington, DC). General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased at bethesda.org. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 7 PM. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. bethesda.org.
America’s Musical Journey. Feb. 17. IMAX at Air and Space for a couple of weeks. It will also be shown on a smaller screen (non-IMAX) starting Feb. 16 for at least a year at the American History Museum. America’s Musical Journey celebrates the unique diversity of cultures and the creative risk-taking that characterize America, as told through the story of its music. americanhistory.si.edu. Familiar at Woolly. Feb. 5 to March 4. It’s winter in Minnesota, and an immigrant Zimbabwean family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter, a first-generation American. When the bride insists on observing a traditional bride-price ceremony, it opens a deep rift in the household. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. woollymammoth.net. SOMETHING ROTTEN! at the National. Feb. 6 to 18. This hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of William Shakespeare. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. TheNationalDC.com. Light Years at Signature. Feb. 6 to March 4. This new production features music, lyrics and book by Robbie Schaefer of the band Eddie from Ohio. Robbie journeys from his childhood in India to the joys and struggles of growing up, pursuing his passion and raising a family. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Shirlington, VA. signature-theatre.org.
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Peepshow at Woolly. Feb. 7 to 25. Peepshow takes-back objectification and sexism, widens the feminist frame and kicks the patriarchy where it counts. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. dogandponydc.com/peepshow. The Raid at Anacostia Playhouse. Feb. 8 to March 18. Idris Goodwin’s The Raid is a fantasy debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos and possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. theateralliance.com. CUA Department of Drama Plays. River Like Sin, Feb. 16 to 25. A dancing river is the last thing keeping this struggling farming community alive. Everything changes when young Wren Walker crosses the river on a dare and discovers the town ghost is an elderly woman whose tears keep the river flowing. The Know, Feb. 17 to 24. Khymi and TJ are getting married. It’s going to be the
Becoming Dr. Ruth at Theater J. Feb. 21 to March 18. She’s America’s favorite sex therapist! But before she became Dr. Ruth, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem and survive as a single mother in America. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Hold These Truths at Arena. Feb. 23 to April 8. Jeanne Sakata’s one-man drama Hold These Truths tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants who defied an unjust court order when America placed its own citizens in internment camps during World War II. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. arenastage.org. National Archives Showcase of Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects. Feb. 28 to March 4. Free screenings of the Academy Award nominees in four categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film. The schedule and show times will be posted on archives.gov/calendar after the nominations are announced. Register online at archivesfoundation.org/events or call 202-357-6814. Miracle Theater. Movies shown Fridays, 4 PM, 7 PM, and 10 PM; Saturday, 8 PM and 10:30 PM; Sundays, 4 PM and 7 PM. Movies before 6 PM are $6. Movies 6 PM and after are $8; $6 for children, students, military and seniors. Advance
schedule not possible here. Sign up for whatâ€™s playing at themiracletheatre.com. Miracle Theater, 535 Eighth St. SE.
SPORTS AND FITNESS Cupids Undie Run. Feb. 10, 1 PM, party starts; 3 PM, run begins. $30 to run. The Park on 14th, 920 14th St. NW. cupids. org/city/washington-dc. Yoga in the Garden. Saturdays, Feb. 24 through fall, 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Come flow at the Garden with these free yoga gatherings, led by WithLoveDC. These classes aim to create an accessible space for all people to tune into their breath while enjoying the natural beauty in the Garden. This program is first-come, firstserved with limited space available. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mats. US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. Canal Park Ice Skating. Sundays, 10 AM to 10 PM; Mondays to Thursdays, noon to 10 PM; Fridays, noon to 11 PM; and Saturdays, 10 AM to 11 PM. Special hours on holidays. Skate fees are adults, $9; kids and seniors, $8; skate rental, $5. 200 M St. SE. canalparkiceskating.com.
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William T. Newman, Jr. plays Preacher Oedipus. Photo: DJ Corey Photography
Community Forklift. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, weekends, 9 AM to 6 PM; Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 AM to 7 PM. Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies. Great for creating window seats, mudroom benches, play kitchens, and more. 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston, MD. Sign up for sale alerts at communityforklift.org.
Avant Bard’s The Gospel at Colonus. Feb. 22 to March 25. The Gospel
Goodwill Store and Donation Center. Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 8 PM; Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM. Donations accepted Mondays through Saturdays, 9 AM to 6:30 PM; Sunday, 9 AM to 5:30 PM. Weekly half-price specials based on price tag color. 2200 South Dakota Ave. NE. dcgoodwill.org.
Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7 AM to 7 PM; Saturdays, 7 AM to 6 PM; Sundays, 9 AM to 5 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open weekends, 9 AM to 6 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. 200 and 300 blocks of Seventh St. SE. 202-6985253. easternmarket-dc.org.
at Colonus transforms Sophocles’ timeless tale of the last days of Oedipus into a parable for our times. Its message of redemption is sorely needed. Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, 2700 So. Lang St., Arlington, VA. avantbard.org.
Wharf Ice Rink. Through late February, depending on weather. Mondays and Tuesdays, noon to 7 PM; Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 9 PM; Fridays, noon to 11 PM; Saturdays, 11 AM to 11 PM; Sundays, 11 AM to 7 PM. Adult admission, $10 with $2 discount to active military, seniors; $8 for children 12 years and younger. Skate rental is $6. Wharf Ice Rink is on Transit Pier, across from The Anthem, 960 Wharf St. SW. wharfdc.com/wharf-ice-rink. Fort Dupont Ice Arena Public Skating. Public indoor ice skating, noon to 2 PM on Feb. 9 and 23; 1 to 3 PM on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; 2:30 to 4:30 PM on Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; 4 to 6 PM on Feb. 26. $5 for adults; $4, 12 and under and seniors 60 and over; $3 for skate rental. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. fdia.org.
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MARKETS AND SALES Friends of SE Library Book Sale. Feb. 10, 10 AM to 3 PM. Most books are $1. Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. dclibrary.org/southeast. Maury Elementary School Used Book Sale. Feb. 10, 10 AM to 2 PM. $1, paperbacks and children’s books; $2, hard backs. Sale also features a make-your-own-bookmark station, valentine cards, pencils and pads to purchase, as well as baked goods and hot chocolate. Eliot Hine Multi-Purpose Room, 1830 Constitution Ave. NE. The entrance on the east side of the Building next to the Maury Village, the temporary location for Maury Elementary. Friends of SW Library Book Sale. Feb. 24, 10 AM to 3 PM and Feb. 25, 1:30 to 5 PM. The
Union Market. Tuesdays to Fridays, 11 AM to 8 PM; Saturdays and Sundays, 8 AM to 8 PM. Union Market is an artisanal, curated, food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-652-7400. unionmarketdc.com. Have an item for the Calendar? Email it to email@example.com. u
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American Ensemble Theater Presents Character Building. Saturdays, Feb. 3 to 24, 1 PM. This one-man musical is adapted from talks Dr. Washington gave his students at Tuskegee University. What Dr. Washington gives is timeless wisdom for people of any age about how to have a productive life. All tickets are pay-what-you-will, and 100 percent benefits Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and their tuition assistance program. CHAW, 545 Seventh St. SE. chaw.org. The Raid at Anacostia Playhouse. Feb. 8 to March 18. Idris Goodwin’s The Raid is a fantasy debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos and possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. theateralliance.com. Book Signing with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Feb. 8, 3 to 4 PM. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will sign hardcover copies of his book “What Color Is My World: The Lost History of African-American Inventors” outside the Places of Invention exhibition on the First Floor, West Wing of the American History Museum. Copies of “What Col-
or is My World” available for purchase. americanhistory.si.edu.
nity in which his historic home lies. 1411 W St. SE. nps.gov/frdo.
Fact or Fiction Fridays: The Rosa Parks Story at the Capitol. Feb. 9, 16 and 23, 1:30 PM. Contrast and compare historic facts to a film clip from the 2002 television movie, “The Rosa Parks Story.” Learn about the documentation Rosa Parks left behind about a day of peaceful defiance that inspired a movement. Meet in the Senate Theater of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes. visitthecapitol.gov.
A Celebration of Black History in the District. Feb. 15, 2 to 3 PM. Performances by Blacks in Wax, musical selections from the Washington School for Girls and Wilson High School and a book discussion from the authors of ìChocolate Cityî. John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, first floor foyer.
Washington Performing Arts presents: Living the Dream.... Singing the Dream. Feb. 11, 7 PM. For more than 25 years, Washington Performing Arts’ Gospel Choirs have shared the inspirational gift of gospel music with audiences throughout the DC region and beyond. The choirs’ annual concert with the Choral Arts Chorus, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a joyful celebration of the power of music and the human spirit. $25 to $70. kennedy-center.org. Frederick Douglass’s Bicentennial Birthday Celebration at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Feb. 17 and 18, 10 AM to 4 PM. Find Your Park at the national historic site dedicated to the “Lion of Anacostia” during the 200thanniversary celebration of Douglass’s birth. This year’s programs and activities will honor the legacy and activism of Frederick Douglass and his connection to the Anacostia commu-
Emancipation Proclamation on View at National Archives. Feb. 17 to 19, 10 AM to 5:30 PM. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War, formally proclaiming the freedom of all slaves held in areas still in revolt. National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth Streets NW. archives.gov. The Great Stain: Witnessing American Slavery. Feb. 22, noon to 1 PM. In her book, author Noel Rae provides first-hand accounts from former slaves, slave owners, and even African slavers. National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth Streets NW. archives.gov. Soul in Motion Players in Prequel. Feb. 24, 8 PM and Fe. 25, 4 PM. This popular annual anniversary show is an audience favorite that reaches across generations with heart-pounding rhythms, stunning choreography from the cultural diaspora and beautiful traditional costuming. $25 for adults; $15 for students and seniors;
and $10 for children, 10 and under. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mt. Rainier, MD. joesmovement.org. I Still Have Joy Gospel Concert. Feb. 25, 3 PM. St. Augustine presents Shirli Hughes and the Ovation Ensemble. Special guest soloist: Malivyn Statham, of the original, award winning, Gospel recording artists Clara Ward Singers. Reception to follow. Free, offering taken. St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 555 Water St. SW. Staugustinesdc.org.
City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. This exhibition features never-before-seen images from photographers Roland Freeman, Jill Freedman, Robert Houston, Laura Jones, Clara Watkins and Ernest Withers. It also features wooden tent panels, lapel buttons, placards and murals created by and used by some of the nearly 8,000 people who occupied the National Mall for nearly six weeks to call the nation’s attention to the crippling effects of poverty for minorities, children and the elderly. National Museum of American History. americanhistory.si.edu. Crowd wading in the Reﬂecting Pool, June 19, 1968. Photo: Collection of the Smithsonian National, Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Laura Jones © Laura Jones
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1968: Civil Rights at 50. Through Jan. 2, 2019. This exhibit explores the tumultuous events that shaped the civil rights movement in 1968, when movement leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, unleashing anger and anguish across the country. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. newseum.org. A Right to the City at the Anacostia Community Museum. April 21 to April 20, 2020. After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, DC and similar urban centers around the country have been witnessing a “return to the city,” with rapidly growing populations, rising rents and home prices, but also deepening inequality. A Right to the City explores the history of neighborhood change in the nation’s capital and its rich history of neighborhood organizing and civic engagement that transformed the city in the face of tremendous odds. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu. National Museum of African American History and Culture. Open daily, 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Same-day online, weekday walk-up, and advance online passes are needed for entry. Passes go quickly. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is at 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. nmaahc.si.edu. Tour the Frederick Douglass House. Open 9 AM to 4:30 PM, daily. The historic house is open only at scheduled times for guided tours. Reservations are strongly encouraged. 1411 W St. SE. nps. gov/frdo. Visit the MLK Memorial. Open to visitors all hours, every day. 1964 Independence Ave. SW. nps. gov/mlkm. u
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Recovering Voices Mother Tongue Film Festival
Capitol Movement: Indivisible performs on Feb. 24, 3 p.m. Photo: Courtesy of the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival is about presenting excellent art in all its forms that inspires a community to connect and create a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world. Now in its ninth season, INTERSECTIONS is a key layer in DC’s dynamic arts scene. Explore the festival through their more than 100 offerings in Sound, Movement, Story and Family performances. For the full schedule, see the Calendar section in this publication. Children’s programming is in the Kids and Family section. Visit atlasarts.org/intersections. Tickets are on sale now. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.
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The third annual Mother Tongue Film Festival is on Feb. 21 to 25 and features 32 films representing 33 languages across six continents at six venues in DC. Film makers and community cultural leaders from around the world cwill engage with audiences during post-screening discussions as well as participate in a large expert panel. Each day showcases short and feature length films from around the world, each in a unique mother tongue, many of which are indigenous. Through Recovering Voices, the Smithsonian Institution strives to collaborate with communities and other institutions to address issues of indigenous language and knowledge diversity and sustainability. The full festival catalog will be available at recoveringvoices.si.edu in early February. recoveringvoices.si.edu.
“Keep Talking/Niuygaa Yugaa,” is about the revitalization of the Kodiak Alutiiq language in Kodiak, Alaska. Film website is keeptalkingtheﬁlm.com.
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Cezanne Portraits Bringing together some 60 examples drawn from collections around the world, Cézanne Portraits, March 25 to July 1, is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist’s portraits. The revelatory exhibition provides the first full visual account of Paul Cézanne’s portrait practice, exploring the pictorial and thematic characteristics of his works in the genre, the chronological development of his style and method and the range and influence of his sitters. Several paintings are exclusive to the National Gallery of Art’s presentation, while some works have never been exhibited in the United States. nga.gov. Paul Cézanne, Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888–1890, oil on canvas, overall: 89.5 x 72.4 cm (35 1/4 x 28 1/2 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art
Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s It’s the 80s as you’ve never seen it before. Explore the iconic decade when artwork became a commodity and the artist, a brand. Razorsharp, witty, satirical and deeply subversive, these nearly 150 works examine the origins and rise of a new generation of artists in 1980s New York who blurred the lines between art, entertainment and commerce. Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s is on exhibition at the Hirshhorn, beginning on Feb. 12. hirshhorn.si.edu. Barbara Kruger, Untitled (I shop therefore I am), 1987. Photographic silkscreen on vinyl; 111 5/8 in x 113 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in (283.53 cm x 287.65 cm x 6.35 cm). Glenstone Museum, Potomac, MD. © Barbara Kruger. Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Photo: Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art.com
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Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes Iconic photographer Stephen Wilkes documented four ancient bird migrations across the globe from the majestic flamingos in Kenya to the elegant sandhill cranes in Nebraska’s Platte River for National Geographic’s March 2018 issue. Go behind the scenes of these compelling images in this immersive exhibition that celebrates the mystery and beauty of these important species. Day to Night is on exhibition at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW, Feb. 13 to April 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Museum admission is $15. nationalgeographic.org/dc. Photographer Stephen Wilkes’s work ranges from capturing the long-abandoned medical wards on Ellis Island and the impacts of Hurricane Katrina to shooting advertising campaigns for the world’s leading corporations. His photographs are included in public and private collections globally and his editorial work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times magazine, Vanity Fair and many others. His highly acclaimed first monograph, “Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom,” was published in 2006. His second, featuring his iconic Day to Night series, will be published in 2018.
The Winter’s Tale at the Folger Transporting playgoers from Sicilia to Bohemia and safely home once more, Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy, prophecy and redemption, celebrating the magic of story-telling and the power of forgiveness. The Winter’s Tale is at the Folger from March 13 to April 22. A brief but cluttered synopsis follows. The “tale” of The Winter’s Tale unfolds in scenes set sixteen years apart. In the first part of the play, Leontes, king of Sicilia, plays host to his friend Polixenes, king of Bohemia. Suddenly, Leontes becomes unreasonably jealous of Polixenes and Leontes’s pregnant wife, Hermione. Leontes calls for Polixenes to be killed, but he escapes. Hermione, under arrest, gives birth to a daughter. Leontes orders the baby to be taken overseas and abandoned. The death of the couple’s young son, Mamillius, brings Leontes to his senses, too late. Word arrives that Hermione, too, has died. In Bohemia, a shepherd finds and adopts the baby girl, Perdita. Sixteen years later, the story resumes. Polixenes’s son, Florizell, loves Perdita. When Polixenes forbids the unequal match, the couple flees to Sicilia where the tale reaches its conclusion. Perdita’s identity as a princess is revealed, allowing her and Florizell to marry. Leontes and Polixenes reconcile. Hermione returns in the form of a statue, steps down from its pedestal and reunites with her family. folger.edu.
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The cast of The Wolves. Photo: Theresa Wood
The Wolves at Studio Theater Spend enough time on the field and come away with blood. But the blood that opens Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves isn’t skinned knees or thousands of burst blood vessels congealing into a purple bruise. It’s menstruation in all its coagulated glory. The Wolves’ bloodthirst doesn’t manifest itself in a jealousy-fueled competition. Instead, it finds form in the team’s frantic whispers about a sheltered teammate who chooses pads over tampons and jokes about pregnancy that quickly become unchecked abortion rumors. Make no mistake. The competition is real, and when these young women focus on the stratagems of winning. Don’t be in their sights. These girls are driven. They’re sixteen and it shows. The Wolves is at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, through March 6. studiotheatre.org.
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Ready to die for a belief ? Is it better to work within the system to change it or take up arms against the system to destroy it? Idris Goodwin’s The Raid is a fantasy debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos and possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery. The Raid examines the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, the implications of race in social protest and the limits of radicalism in the age of #Resistance. The Raid is at the Anacostia Playhouse, Feb. 8 to March 18. Adults, $40; senior, student and military, $30; previews are half price. Anacostia Playhouse is at 2020 Shannon Pl., SE. theateralliance.com. Name-Your-Own-Price tickets are available for each performance to make sure that the price of a ticket does not stop anyone from seeing live theater. To claim a ticket under the program just show up at the Box Oﬃce one hour before the show and there will be a minimum of 10 NameYour-Own-Price tickets available. u
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NRBQ Keeps It Loose and Fresh
he American roots rockers NRBQ released their first record before Scott Ligon was born. He didn’t hear of them until he was 18, but when he saw them in person a year later, he was hooked. “It changed my life,” said Ligon. “I related to it in such a profound way. Sometimes you have these experiences where you realize there are other people like you out there. I felt like I was somehow supposed to be part of this thing, which was really weird for an 18 or 19 year old kid.” Weird or not, Ligon wound up as the guitar player for NRBQ, which returns to The Hamilton on Feb. 24, with founding keyboard player Terry Adams, bassist Casey McDonough and drummer John Perrin. Longtime fans can expect to hear some favorite songs, but as always at an NRBQ show, one should expect the unexpected. Ligon fills the big shoes of guitarist Al Anderson, whose tasty licks helped define the twangyrockabilly sound that’s part of the NRBQ playbook. But he also has an aﬃnity for the loopy side of the band, as personified by Adams – jazzy and joyously whimsical. An example is the title cut off NRBQ rocks and rolls into the Hamilton on Feb. 24. Photo: NRBQ
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by Charles Walston of the Happy Talk EP that the band released last year, which Ligon sings. When Ligon discovered NRBQ as a teenager, he became obsessed with the band for about a decade, never missing a show in his hometown of Chicago. “You couldn’t even talk to me the day of the show,” he said. “I was in the zone.” NRBQ disbanded in 2004, but within a few years Adams was performing as the Terry Adams Rock and Roll Quartet, and one of Ligon’s bands, The Flat Five, opened for them at a show in Chicago. Afterward, the two musicians took turns playing an old upright piano and discovered that their common musical interests ran The James Hunter Six hit Pearl Street Warehouse on deep. Ligon asked Adams to keep him in mind Feb. 24 in support of their new record, Whatever It Takes. Photo: James Hunter Six if he ever needed a guitar player. Five months later Ligon got a message from deviancy in there – guys who are incredibly muAdams on his answering machine, and they consically talented, but who don’t act like they are.” tinued their conversation. The next thing he knew, www.nrbq.com Ligon was in the band. “He hired me without ever https://www.thehamiltondc.com/ hearing me play guitar.” Adams rechristened the band as the new James Hunter Six NRBQ in 2011, and in 2016 they released “High You can add James Hunter to the list of artists from Noon,” a five-CD career retrospective. Today, inthe British Isles, like Dusty Springfield and Van stead of the 250 shows a year that Morrison, who have an uncanny ability to channel NRBQ once performed, they might American soul music. (In fact, Morrison sang backplay 75, choosing from hundreds of up on one of Hunter’s early albums.) songs in the band’s catalog, plus new Hunter has been on the radar of U.S. audiencmaterial that they continue to learn. es for more than a decade, but could become betLigon is not only a worthy heir ter known soon with the release of his brand new to the guitar chair in NRBQ, but he record, Whatever It Takes, on the reliably great has helped Adams keep the band Daptone label. A tour in support of the record will fresh. The spontaneous lunacy of bring the James Hunter Six to Pearl Street WareNRBQ, which captured his imagihouse on Feb. 24. nation as a teenager, still holds him http://www.jameshuntermusic.com/ in awe. https://www.pearlstreetwarehouse.com/ “There is a level of creative musicianship in this band,” Ligon said, Charles Walston plays in the band The Truck Farmers, “being able to make it seem so simwhich will perform at Mr. Henry’s on Feb. 8. (www.faceple. At the same time … there’s some book.com/TruckFarmers ) u
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In the Theater
Suffering the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune
he past 18 months haven’t been easy. Feeling anxious? Stressed? Uncertain? It’s nothing new. Whether producing “Hamlet” from the 17th century or the World War II-era “The Skin of Our Teeth,” local theaters prove that contending with eroding social norms, crumbling political institutions, and even unsettling forces of nature is a timehonored tradition. While it’s “Skin” that’s billed as an absurdist tragicomedy, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Hamlet” fully embraces the absurdity and humor in a dark tale of treachery and revenge. The story is familiar: Hamlet returns from school to learn that his father has died, his mother has married his uncle, and his uncle has made himself king. That’s bad enough, but then the ghost of Hamlet’s father tells him to avenge his death. Now there’s a dilemma. As the drama unfolds, at first one might cringe after bursting into laughter when the ghost appears on a surveillance screen or when Hamlet shrugs off his accidental murder of the gentle Polonius. These developments normally meet with rapt silence. But director Michael Kahn invites us to confront these supernatural and implausible plot twists with our 21st century sensibili-
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by Barbara Wells ties, without ever diminishing the poignancy of Hamlet’s plight or undermining the play’s themes of love, betrayal, and corruption. For once a production that introduces modern dress, video screens, and cell phones goes beyond simply using these devices to draw parallels between Shakespeare’s time and ours. The characters and their behaviors feel entirely current, and the presence of surveillance cameras and security guards spotlight a stark reality: Hamlet’s uncle has executed a coup and is ruthlessly tightening his grip on power. It’s a well-worn cliché that “Hamlet” allows infinite interpretation, and nowhere more than at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. As Tom Hulce told The Washington Post while preparing for Kahn’s first production of the play in 1992, the character of Hamlet “does not exist”; he is the character of the actor who’s playing him. Hulce’s Hamlet was agitated, alienated, and detached, underscoring the “generation gap” in the play. Kahn’s 2007 rendition featured Jeffrey Carlson, who was visibly wounded, distraught, and even suicidal in a production that illuminated powerful family bonds. And Wallace Acton’s Hamlet, under the direction of Gale Edwards in 2006, was brilliant and pensive; the play’s language has never sounded more beautiful.
Alan Cox as Claudius, Gregory Wooddell as Osric, Michael Urie as Hamlet, and Madeleine Potter as Gertrude. Photo: Scott Suchman.
Today, this thoroughly modern production works because Michael Urie has created a thoroughly modern Hamlet. He’s the picture of the smartest, funniest, most popular kid in the class. He’s emotional but not unhinged; pensive but not brooding; a young man of boundless charm and whit gripped by grief for his father’s murder, heartbreak over his mother’s frailty, and fury at his uncle’s crimes. He’s a thinker who clearly would have made a fine king if his uncle hadn’t stolen the crown. In an astonishing performance, Urie speaks Shakespeare’s most famous, timehonored lines as if they’re being uttered for the very first time. It’s easy to see why Michael Kahn, his former instructor at The Julliard School, was eager to direct his third Hamlet if Urie would play the role. “I have been struck by the depth and emotional intelligence of his acting, the serious side alongside the playful, physical, comedic side,” Kahn has said. “You need all of those tools to play Hamlet, and Michael has them.” This production belongs to Urie, best known for his roles in TV’s “Ugly Betty” and last season’s production of “Buyer and Cellar.” The play has other high points, of course. Oyin Oladejo admirably portrays Ophelia’s descent into madness, Robert Joy as Polonius is completely endearing in cautioning his son to “neither a lender nor a borrower be,” and Keith Baxter provides a delightful and touching turn as a gravedigger who blithely reflects on life and madness as he tosses bones from the dirt.
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Malinda Kathleen Reese, Steven Carpenter, Lolita Marie, and Dallas Tolentino in “The Skin of Our Teeth”
But even these memorable performances pale in Urie’s brilliant glow; you miss him whenever he leaves the stage. His exuberance makes Hamlet’s tragic end, dictated by inscrutable forces of nature and politics, sting all the more. The Skin of Our Teeth Constellation’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” offers a more optimistic take on resilience in the face of calamity, winning a Pulitzer Prize at a time when the United States stood at the brink of World War II. Traversing eons, the play chronicles the endurance of the Antrobus family of suburban New Jersey as they repeatedly bounce back from the ravages of the Ice Age, a great flood, and a seven-year war. This two and a half-hour marathon premiered on Broadway in 1942, when audiences may have had more tolerance for lengthy, absurdist fare with an exhausting array of plot twists and theatrical devices. Beyond its fantastic changes of scene and compression of centuries, the play intermittently morphs characters into not only other characters but also the actors who play them, at which point they directly address the audience. By design,
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they remain symbols instead of fully formed characters that can achieve an emotional connection. Director Mary Hall Surface gamely takes on this challenging work, embracing its offbeat humor and themes while expertly maneuvering more than a dozen actors (including a scene-stealing lifesized dinosaur and woolly mammoth outfitted by puppet designer Matthew Aldwin McGeeas) around the Source Theatre’s tiny stage. And scenic designer A.J. Guban deserves accolades for creating a set that converts an arts-andcrafts living room into a boardwalk on the beach before the eyes of an awestruck audience. (During intermission, witnesses burst into appreciative applause when the transformation was complete.) An odyssey like this demands a guide, and as Sabina, Tonya Beckman is wily and wise. She opens and closes the show, in between lending sage commentary like this: “My advice to you is not to inquire into why or whither, but to enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.” Sabina by turns serves and seduces George Antrobus, inventor of the wheel, creator of the alphabet, and president of the Ancient and Hon-
orable Order of Mammals. Portrayed with aloof dignity by Steven Carpenter, George is the patriarch of two children. Dallas Tolentino brings surprising passion to the role of the somewhat dimwitted and occasionally murderous son, Henry, while Malinda Kathleen Reese is agreeably sweet and sly as the daughter, Gladys, who teeters on the cusp of womanhood. As these characters grapple with supernatural and manmade disasters, it’s George’s dutiful wife, Maggie, who understands not just how but also why they all will survive. When George pronounces that he is leaving her for Sabina, Maggie, portrayed with gravitas by Lolita Marie, simply won’t have it. “I didn’t marry you because you were perfect. I didn’t even marry you because I loved you,” she says. “I married you because you gave me a promise. … Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn’t a house that protected them; and it wasn’t our love that protected them — it was that promise.” Thus Wilder asserts: Even when humans survive only by the skin of our teeth, where there is a promise, there is hope. If only Hamlet had known. The Shakespeare Theatre presents “Hamlet” at the Harman Center for the Arts through March 4. Constellation’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” is at the Source through Feb. 11. Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill. u
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Tales From Behind the Bar The Best Worst Dates
by Meghan Markey is photos were boyish and cute, he was tall, and he looked a little nerdy. We had exchanged pleasantries over an online dating app, and set up an afternoon to meet
in person. I met him at a bar, that nervousness sitting in the pit of my stomach that has become an alltoo familiar feeling in the zeitgeist of online dating and dozens of first dates with relative strangers. The first thing he says to me, as I slide into the bar stool next to him, is a spastic “Just so you know, we’re going to be splitting this, ok?” Not a hello. Nary a nice to meet you. Heaven forbid a friendly hug. And that, single men of the world, is how you squash the fluttery butterflies in a woman’s stomach. He proceeded to be confused about how tabs work, arguing with the bartender. I spent the next hour politely looking at photos of his exgirlfriends, oddly all of whom were significantly older Korean women, and listened to his musings about how being an administrative assistant at a large law firm was like cat herding. He must have said the phrase “cat herding” 15 times, like a nervous tic, oblivious to the vacant look in my eyes. I remember thinking I would rather die alone with a herd of cats than date this person. As we paid up (splitting the check of course), the bartender motioned to me to hang around for a minute. After my prince charming had left, the bartender put another glass of beer and a shot of whiskey in front of me and stuck out his hand. “On the house - I tip my hat off to you,” he said. “You smiled through that like a champ. It was painful to watch.” And that got me wondering. Online dating has become a necessary evil for single people today; we self-inflict what were traditionally called “blind dates” on ourselves, except it is
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lost his wife about a year suspect algorithms that and a half prior in a freak do the matching, not accident (beware, single our well-meaning marpeople: don’t ask this on ried siblings or granda first date!) mothers. And bartendBut that was not the ers must be witness to most awkward part of this a lot of these blind date interaction. Not by a long romantic disasters. shot. That was cemented So I asked a bunch by her response: of them in the neighbor“So am I prettier hood about the worst than her?” dates they’ve ever seen The bartender, morfrom behind the bar. tified on humanity’s beThese recollections half, and rightly so, fled, were collected over not wanting to bear witmultiple conversations ness to what may be the with staff and industry worst reaction to a perfriends, and sourced sonal disclosure of tragefrom Beuchert’s Saloon, How many of these pairs are experiencing a dy, ever. Tunnicliff ’s Tavern, Ac- worst ﬁrst date? But, there is a happy qua Al 2, and Molly ending! The bartender tentatively returned to the Malone’s. Identities are not disclosed to protect bar area, only to find the budding couple making these horrible date whistleblowers. out passionately, all over each other. She never Well, That Escalated Quickly did find out what transpired between “Am I hotAcqua Al 2 is a very romantic restaurant; inarguter than your recently deceased wife?” and the ably one of the top spots in the neighborhood for lip lock. a dinner date with its low, warm lighting and cozy atmosphere. One late night, two people, clearly A Truly DC Date on a first date, were the last individuals at the bar. Our next foray down bad-date lane begins in They were sitting by the dishwasher, where the 2016, the year of a contentious election (you bartender was polishing glasses and idly eavesmay recall it). One night at Beuchert’s Saloon, dropping on their conversation, unavoidable a young man came in and awaited his date. The since the entire restaurant was empty save these woman arrived, and it was clear from the begintwo people. ning that these two individuals were at the opThe woman asked something that is always posite of the political spectrum - not necessaria loaded question on a first date: “What is the ly a kiss of death in the DC dating scene, but the most serious relationship you have ever been in?” odds are high; he was very conservative and she Hesitantly, he informed her that he was a was very left of center. widower at the tender age of 30, and that he had Upon realizing they may not share the same
ideals, the woman diplomatically asked, trying to bridge the gap of their political divide, “If you could select one Republican to be the presidential candidate, who would you choose?” His answer: “Ben Carson.” Cue Kiss of Death music (although if the young woman could have seen into the future, she may not have been so revolted by his answer). Needless to say, the rest of the date did not go well, and ended with the lady slipping the bartender a piece of paper - with her number scribbled on it.
The server walked over, and immediately recognized the guy sitting opposite the irate woman. Why? He had hooked up with him after connecting on Grindr mere days prior. The cringe-worthy, horrified look of recognition on the patron was priceless. “Dear, calm down, please don’t talk to the staff that way” he pleaded, as the server assured her sweetly that their order would be out soon, cocked his eyebrow at the man and sauntered away. I believe the woman’s delayed appetizer was the least of her problems.
You Have a Nice (Gingivitis Free) Smile One bartender recalled a date where the Romeo opened conversation with an icebreaker about how his family has a history of gingivitis. This was ostensibly offered as a preemptory defense to disgustingly picking at his teeth with multiple flossers during the entire date.
You Said You Liked Trying New Things A man met his date at a bar, where the woman communicated the common disclaimer: “I want you to know, no matter how well this goes, that I have plans at 10:15 p.m.” She was carrying a very large tote bag, the importance of which would be revealed later. As it neared the end of their date, the woman excused herself to the ladies room. The man took advantage of her absence to peek into her gigantic tote bag. There was a riding crop nestled in it. Upon her return, unable to restrain his curiosity, he asked “What’s with the riding crop? I don’t think you’re going horseback riding at this hour.” She admitted she was going to a BDSM happy hour after the date. Surprisingly, she asked him along! If that’s not a sign of a date gone well, I don’t know what is, folks. Happy Valentine’s Day to all you singles in DC, and good luck out there. May all your dates involve politics, Grindr, and riding crops. u
Be Nice to Wait Staff It was the day of the Marine Corps Marathon, and Molly Malone’s was slammed. They have a small kitchen, and orders were taking up to 45 minutes to come out. The servers did their best to manage expectations, but one half of a couple learned the hard way that thou shouldn’t protest too much. A couple ordered a plate of tots. The wife became incensed at the length of time it was taking for said tots to arrive. After being verbally abusive to a number of staff, this woman, well-dressed and decked out with a huge rock on her hand, flagged down a male server, an action her husband would ultimately regret.
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Dining Notes by Celeste McCall
Irish on the Wharf You can’t get more Irish than a pub founded by a former Guinness employee. With more than nine years of experience, Irish-born Mark Kirwan unveiled his eponymous Kirwan’s on the District Wharf last fall. Kirwan’s ambience is warm and cozy with real Gaelic flair. For brunch, our group of four was seated at a comfy booth, where we began with zesty, horseradish-laced bloody Marys. Corned beef hash was crowned with poached egg; guests may order their eggs any style. Fish and chips involved feather-light, delicately breaded cod, almost like tempura. Pub fries were properly crisp, but the mushy peas—which we encountered and liked in London— were bland and unappealing. Potato/leek soup—normally welcoming on a cold winter afternoon—seemed a bit watery. Other brunch options run the usual gam-
Hearty corned beef hash is crowned with a poached egg at Kirwan’s, on the District Wharf.
tuna crudo with avocado mousse; potato leek soup; shrimp and scallop pasta; grilled venison; passion fruit panna cotta. For more information and reservations (almost a must), call 202-930-6955 or visit www.joselitoDC.com.
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Feather-light ﬁsh and chips is a popular brunch oﬀering at Kirwan’s, at the District Wharf.
ut of eggs Benedict, eggs with crab meat. Standouts on the regular menu are classic Caesar salad, grilled salmon, steak sauced with Jameson whiskey, shepherd’s pie and lamb stew. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Kirwan’s is at 749 Wharf St. SW. Call 202-554-3818.
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Valentine’s Day– Spanish Style Joselito Casa de Comidas, 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, will present a Valentine’s Chef ’s Tasting Menu Feb. 14. Priced at $80 per person ($130 with wine pairings), the six-course repast will include such Iberian classics as
Like the Energizer Bunny, Cava keeps going and going. The Mediterranean fast-casual chain is unveiling its eighth Washington outpost, this one in the Atlas District, 523 H Street NE. Known for spicy lamb sliders, hummus and tongue-tingling “crazy” feta, other nearby Cavas are located at Union Station, Capitol Riverfront, and on Barracks Row. The 1,358-square-foot H Street Cava is the ever-expanding chain’s 44th nationwide location. Founded in 2005 in Rockville by Ted Xenohristos, Dimitri Moshovitis, and Ike Grigoropoulos, this highly successful restaurant group is the result of inspiration and hard work of these childhood chums who decided to open a traditional Greek/Mediterranean restaurant incorporating family dishes and values. CEO is Brett Schulman. The name “Cava?” In Greece they used to store wine in caves. “Cava” also means special, reserve vintages and it’s Spanish for sparkling wine. Some Cava eateries are Mezze—full service restaurants with small plates similar to Spanish tapas. In contrast, Cava Grills are quick service, where customers move along a line and select
their dishes. For updates visit www.cava.com.
Lunch at Little Pearl On a frigid weekday, we ambled over to Little Pearl, ensconced in the carriage house at the Hill Center. The modest offshoot to Aaron Silverman’s fancy, pricier Pineapple and Pearls and Rose’s Luxury, Little Pearl opened late last year. Décor is rather plain; gone are the warm New Orleans motifs of the departed Bayou Bakery. Pipes and exposed brick are painted stark white. However, purple tulips brightened up tables on a dreary winter day. We found seats and sipped tea (teabags are made in house, and the kitchen sliced lemons especially for us). Customers order at the counter out front where some items are displayed, take their beverages and await their food. Complaint: While potential lunchtime customers were waiting, communal tables were partially occupied by folks tapping away on their laptops while nursing their drinks. Service was slow, but our hearty sandwiches were worth the wait. “The Touchdown” was stacked with house-cured corned beef (which tasted more like regular roast beef ), with provolone and Thousand Island dressing. Messy but delicious. Peter’s Japanese-style fried chicken was enlivened with bonita flakes and a sweet-and-sour sauce. Lunch for two came to $31.
And… Come nightfall: Little Pearl morphs into a wine bar. Snazzy snacks— tagged at $1.50 to $11--include smoked onion dip with chips, anchovy toast; a “crispy” potato with cod roe hollandaise; spring rolls
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All four locations of Hank’s Oyster Bar--including outposts at the Wharf and on Capitol Hill--have climbed aboard the brunch wagon. Among crowd-pleasers: the “hangtown fry,” a frittata with fried oysters and bacon (or pork belly), and crabcakes topped with poached eggs and crowned with zesty hollandaise. Boasting a waterfront patio (weather permitting), the Wharf ’s Hank’s is at 701 Wharf St. SW; on Capitol Hill you’ll find Hank’s at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
Coffee Coming Coming soon to 12th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. SE: Hype-Café. To accompany your cup of java, this Ethiopian-style coffee house will also dispense homemade pastries, according to Mahmoud Abd-alla who owns the building. If the address sounds familiar, the structure once housed Frager’s Paint Store, which has moved nearby. Current occupants include the homey Anh-Dao Vietnamese Restaurant and Pizza-Iole Pizza by the Slice. Asked when
Tidbits In the Navy Yard, Ana at District Winery has launched weekday lunch. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Executive chef Michael Gordon and chef de cuisine Benjamin Lambert will ladle out vegetable bisque, along with duck wings, a smoked turkey club and more. Ana is located at 385 Water St. SE; call 202-4849210….Mixologist Todd Thrasher is opening a rum distillery and Tiki bar, Potomac Distilling Co., at the Wharf….On Barracks Row, Senart’s Oyster & Grille Room, 420 Eighth St. SE, has “temporarily closed.” The restaurant is scheduled to reopen February 26…Driftwood Kitchen, the Atlas District watering hole at 400 H St. NE—known for its festive happy hours—closed its doors last month.
Adios ‘til Spring As we do every winter, we snowbirds are heading south to the sunny (we hope!) climes of Siesta Key, Florida. So, Dining Notes bids you ‘bye ‘til April. u
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Grenache: Diverse Styles From Around the Globe by Elyse Genderson
renache is the primary grape used in some of the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. Iconic regions like Châteauneuf-du-Pape use Grenache in their blends, as do cult California producers like Sine Qua Non. These wines can fetch up to $500 per bottle. While Grenache is commonly passed over in favor of Cabernet Sauvignon, the grape has just as much depth of character and expressiveness. Grenache shows signature flavor characteristics depending on where it’s grown. France, Spain, Italy, The United States, and Australia are the major Grenache producing countries. France produces the most with more than 250,000 acres planted to Grenache. Known as Garnacha in Spain, where the grape originated, you’ll find warmer growing conditions like in Calatayud in the North. Here the wines often have higher alcohol content and higher sugar levels. Common flavors and aromas include cinnamon, cherry, jam, paprika, and
dried herbs. Priorat is also praised for its wonderful Grenache wines. In France, Grenache grows in the southern Rhône Valley, where it appears as a single varietal or in blends along with Syrah and Mourvèdre. Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas are wonderful regions to look for as these wines offer a classic restrained style with lower alcohol and sugar levels. The flavors include earthier characteristics of tobacco as well as fragrant purple flowers. The French examples offer more finesse and grace. American Grenache is more fruitforward, ripe, and higher in acidity. Flavor profiles include raspberry, cherry, plum, and spice. Grenache has medium tannin and high acidity which makes them wonderful food wines. They pair beautifully with spicy Indian food, as the spice in the wine complements the heat in the dish. They also pair well with slow cooker dishes of pork or lamb, and even roasted turkey. Barbequed meats, and burgers are another perfect match. Ten Outstanding Grenache Wines to Try From Classic Regions:
2013 d'Arenberg Stump Jump GSM, Australia ($11.99): Grenache dominates the blend with some Syrah and Mourvèdre. This is a terrific value wine meant to be consumed in it’s youth. Soft, ripe black cherry fruit with hints of chocolate, and dried oregano.
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At the Movies
Two Films for the New Year: The American Western Revived and a German Crime Drama by Mike Canning
but gradually, plausibly, as part of a unit that has withstood triThey used to be standard fare in als together. movie houses: “classic” WestChristian Bale, an actor erns, typically featuring laconfor all seasons and a Brit who ic heroes, stoic sidekicks, cavhas spent half his career playing alry units, Indian attacks, ladies Yanks, pulls off another adroit in distress, exquisite photograand convincing characterization phy of handsome scenery, plainas the taciturn captain, a man tive sound tracks, etc.... They who bears—with bristly beard don’t make ‘em like that anyand drooping ‘stache--a 19th more—except they just did in century face, one that does a lot Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” and, of his acting silently, just listenin displaying all of the above eleing to the people around him. ments, the film can stand proudNot to be outdone is Rosamund ly among its many forebears Pike (“Gone Girl”), also Eng(now in theaters, the film is ratlish, who morphs convincinged “R” and runs 134 mins.). ly from a woman in shock to a The time is 1892 at Fort proper, well-spoken lady of the Berringer in New Mexico terRosamund Pike (left) and Christian Bale star in the new Western “Hostiles.” best moral stature—who can ritory. Tough-as-leather Army Photo: Lorey Sebastian; ©Yellow Hawk, Inc. use a rifle! Captain Joe Blocker (Christian John Ford himself might Bale), near retirement, grudg(Jonathan Majors), but it is interrupted by vihave approved of “Hostiles.” ingly takes on the assignment of escorting a dycious encounters with Indians, bandits, etc. It’s ing Cheyenne war chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Stuone dang thing after another... In the Fade di) and his family back to die in his tribal land in Yet the telling of this Western saga is done One of the more prominent current faces of EuMontana. Yellow Hawk has been imprisoned at with such panache and understated elegance ropean film is Fatih Akin, a Hamburg-born son the fort for several years with his family, including by Cooper (“Crazy Heart,” “Black Mass”) and of Turkish immigrants. His films as writer-direcson Black Hawk (Adam Beach). Blocker, a fierce his cast that it carries you along on this trek and tor have typically treated the intersection of GerIndian fighter, resents protecting a figure he remakes you believe its sturdy storytelling. The trail man and Turkish life in striking ways (see “The gards as a vicious enemy, but he’s forced to unrhythms and incidents are strongly etched and, Edge of Heaven,” “The Cut”), but his newest dertake the task, which is immediately complicatindeed, classic. The violent elements—there are film, “In the Fade,” takes a more domestic tack ed when his small band runs across a traumatized plenty, fully earning its “R” rating—are brutal, by concentrating fully on one German character widow, Rosalie Quaid (Rosamund Pike). but quick, not lingered on or romanticized and (though with a cross-national partner) and emThe dogged journey (captured in vivid landfully believable in context. The hint of romantic bracing a wholly German cultural and political scapes by cinematographer Masanobu Takaysparks between Blocker and Quaid are just that, environment. This effort has resulted in a picanagi) is initially punctuated by personal and hinted at and not overplayed. Reticence and reture that many German authorities have indicatphilosophic exchanges between the stern Blockspect rules this relationship. The resentful Blocked is their best this year: the film is the country’s er and his team, including veteran comrades like er gradually softens and comes to appreciate his oﬃcial entry in the Academy Award sweepstakes Sgt. Metz (Rory Cochrane) and Corp. Woodson Cheyenne charges (who also hate Comanches)
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Diane Kruger (right) and Denis Moschitto in the trial scene from “In the Fade,” a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
(Rated “R,” “In the Fade” runs 106 mins. and opens in DC at Landmark E West End on February 2). “In the Fade” (titled in German “Aus dem Nichts”) is mostly a taut thriller set in contemporary Hamburg. Its story turns on Katja (Diane Kruger) a tough-minded and headstrong woman who is committed both to her ex-con Kurdish-German husband Nuri (Nurman Acar), and their sweet violinplaying son Rocco. However, early on in the film she witnesses their murder in a Neo-Nazi terrorist bombing of her husband’s tax office. She finds herself bereft, facing both her own grief and some menacing probing from legal authorities about her own and her husband’s backgrounds. Katja must undergo a grueling investigation of the case—where suspicion falls on Nuri himself—followed by the fraught trial of the suspected bombers, a smarmy young couple of radical bent (Ulrich Brandhoff and Hanna Hilsdorf). Under some duress, she is also called upon to testify. Though her case is capably represented by her family friend and lawyer Danilo (Denis Moschitto), the prospective terrorists are exonerated through the resolute machinations of the pair’s persistent (and threatening) defense council (Johannes Krisch). Katja is crushed and, at her wit’s end, begins to think about enacting her own personal revenge, first tracking
the malefactors and then pondering how to confront them to finally assuage her angst. After an effective buildup, the film’s last chapters are its weakness: practical Katja being transformed into an obsessed and intrepid stalker lacks credibility, and the finale seems facile and unbelievable given the film’s overall earnest tome. Subtleties are lost. German-born Diane Kruger is known as a glamorous and versatile actress on both sides of the Atlantic. She has been a pretty face in epics (“Troy”) and in American fluff (the two “National Treasure” films), played tough on US cable TV (in “The Bridge”) and provided a sultry presence in international films like “ Joyeux Noel,” and “Inglourious Basterds.” “In the Fade” offers her a chance to perform in her native German for once and to stretch her acting range, both as a flawed character and as a reluctant seeker of vengeance, and she mostly pulls it off (she won a Cannes Festival award for this role). For director Akin, he shows he can pull off an effective crime procedural—but only up to a point.
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Artist Profile: Desiree Sterbini
he people are introspective—lost in a simple moment. Desiree Sterbini takes them back to where they were. It’s the searching through time that people do, especially old folks. It’s a brief timeout. A break from the present and an escape from pondering the future. Dez likes to paint older people because she can listen to their stories. The stories carry them to times and places that made them happy, alive in a brightly colored past. Those memories are an essential part of who they are, and become an intricate part of the portrait. Her mastery of oil pastel and pencil creates a glow, in both lights and darks, bright colors and shadows. The color complexities give you depth that allows the strength
“Shelling Peas”, Oil pastels and Colored pencils on Colourﬁx paper
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of character that typifies They’re glaring at you, deher work. manding your attention. Dez SterbiThey scream, “I’m a big ni has always loved shot, pay attention to my books and creating. exalted place in life…and Her father gave her the things I wear and own.” a sketchpad when We all know that stashe was five, and she tus is important at all arwas hooked. She loves eas of society and that to use her hands and oil pastels there are different levels are “hand intensive.” The interand styles of stature…and action with the texture of the paportrait painters had betper is “exciting.” She gets “hyper ter pay attention. focused”…lost in her world… Kings, queens, and lost in art. potentates have always She received a BFA from wanted majesty—the loftthe University of North Carolina iness of power and wealth. and continues to study through Painters like Hans Holworkshops and studio classes. bein, Francisco Goya and “Patriotic Mother”, Oil pastels and Colored Her work is exhibited and colThomas Gainsborough pencils on Colourﬁx paper lected throughout the DC area gave it to them. and nationally. Politicians, on the You can see her work this month at other hand, go for the stately, whether they’re actually statethe Hill Center (see: At the Galleries). ly or not. They want the earthy tones of Rembrandt applied to Her grandmother was a quilter and her the somber visages of humble nobility. Their gaze floats past oil pastel paintings are inspired by her you and settles on a great vision of the future. Gilbert Stuart grandmother’s wonderful patterns and and Rembrandt Peale got it rolling and many others have uncolor compositions—“stitched together derstood the genre, and the humbly heroic visage continues from the family’s fabrics of life.” to this day. Her parents grew up in JacksonEntertainment titans want flair and the latest acclaimed ville Co., Florida and she would often go styles with lots of color. It’s mostly photography these days. there to visit cousins. These were simYou get the impression they’re looking in a mirror, checking ple places, where people played checkout their own beauty. ers outdoors, shelled peas and found joy The portraits of ordinary people, by first-rate painters like in simple things. She finds herself creDesiree Sterbini, (See Artist Profile) are often not “portraits,” ating images of those people, living forso much as just paintings. The people have an inner gaze—an ever in a brightly colored timelessness. inner strength Dez Sterbini’s pastel and pencil works are about much more than likeness. The core of any portrait is identity—that Jim Magner’s Thoughts inner and outer amalgamation of spirit and bone, skin and on Art energy…especially mental energy. Dez captures that identiWhen you see portraits of the important ty through their still, quiet moments of looking inward while and self-important, the grandees of hislooking outward. tory, their eyes are not looking inward.
GALLERY AT THE WHARF
At the Galleries Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania. Ave. SE –Feb 25 The Hill Center is welcoming 2018 with three new exhibitions running concurrently: “Stitched! Stories told in Clay, Fiber, Textiles, and Paints.” Five local artists give new looks to something very old: the quilt. Some approaches are woven into a visual narrative while others go beyond traditional patterns and colors to find a personal expression. It’s a terrific show. Desiree Sterbini’s oil pastel paintings are inspired by her grandmother’s quilts— stitched together from the family’s “fabrics of life.” (See: Artist Profile) Kasse Andrews-Weller draws upon her Southern rural roots to interpret great quilt patterns and color compositions with clay. Paula Cleggett’s oil paintings of daily life [have] the comfort and often the patterns of the home-made quilt. Lillian Fitzgerald’s layered encaustics capture the richness of memory and the beauty of living. Sandy Hassan’s quilts sing with color harmonies and hypnotizing patterns.
“Cool Guy Alert! By Charlie Visconage” Charlie Visconage comes at you with guns blazing, firing primary colors at your crazy undecipherable world. But look out—there are some very serious ideas under the comic cover. Laughs, too.
New Artists Foundry Gallery 2118 8th St. NW –Feb. 25. Opening reception: Sat., Feb. 3, 5-8pm You will like the four new artists who have joined the gallery. Their work can be, in turn, powerful, bruising, peaceful and intriguing. Vu Nguyen paints passionate abstracts that express outrage at ecological disasters in Vietnam, where he grew up. Lavely Miller-Kershman portrays people in mental or physical anguish. Teresa Jarzynski's still lifes are painterly and lovely. Hester Ohbi's abstracted landscapes come alive with color and movement. www.foundrygallery.org
Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Ave. NW Feb. 2–25. Opening Reception: Fri., Feb. 2, 6-8:30pm Closing Reception: Sun., Feb. 25, 2-4pm With “In Transit,” Touchstone artists explore transitions and mobility in their photographs, paintings, collages, hand-pulled prints, sculptures, clay forms and drawings. In “The Pursuit of Balance” in Gallery B, Landscape Painter Elaine Florimonte brings simplicity with emphasis on the horizon. The proportions of sky, water and ground are the true subjects of her solo show. In Gallery C, “Landscapes: The Terrain Within,” Rosemary Luckett presents archetypal “Legacy”, Oil pastels and Colored pencils on Colourﬁx paper guides in her own psychological terrain.
Capitol Hill Art League Juried Invitational The “Invitational” includes thirty-one artists from the Capitol Hill Art League, a visual arts program featuring members from the DC area. You’ll discover a great range of topics, media and techniques. The only commonality is the dedication and skill of the artists. hillcenterdc.org/galleries.
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The Literary Hill by Karen Lyon
Adrift in the Pentagon If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside that forbidding five-sided fortress across the Potomac, prepare to be illuminated. In “Only Small Things are Good,” first-time novelist Micah Harris captures the quibbling, power struggles, acronym-speak, and bureaucratic machinations at the Pentagon in all their Kafkaesque absurdity. Thrust into the midst of the maelstrom is Joel Alden, an earnest young assistant to the Secretary of Defense who, despite his disillusionment following a work stint in Africa, still clings to a semblance of idealism. But making a difference is proving to be harder than he’d thought. “It would be okay, I suppose—thirty-year-olds running the world,” he muses. “The only problem is, thirty-year-olds were taught by fifty-yearolds who don’t believe in anything.” When his push for a policy on re-educating detainees leads to a briefing at the White House, he catches the attention of the president, who requests a private meeting to seek his unoﬃcial advice. Over whiskey, a pensive president (clearly not the current oﬃce holder) tasks Joel with nothing less than explaining to him “who we are in this country and who is responsible for tending our culture.” In the course of preparing his response, Joel revisits his ties to his family and his faith, has long philosophical discussions with friends, and painfully examines both his own soul and the soul of the country. The
In a new novel by Micah Harris, an idealistic young Pentagon worker is called upon to provide advice to the president.
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result is a fresh, thoughtful, and sometimes droll exploration of what happens when “[America’s] national myth unravels [and] you no longer know who you are and who you’re supposed to be.” A West Texas native, Hill resident Micah Harris has worked for the past 12 years in the Senate, the White House, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is currently a consultant for the Department of Defense. Find him at micaharris.com and on Twitter @ writermicah.
Growing Up Busang Brett Busang possesses either a prodigious memory or an amazBrett Busang’s new book of stories evokes all the ingly fertile imagina“Laughter and Early Sorrow” of growing up in suburban Memphis. tion. I suspect it’s a hefty dose of both. How else to explain Deep Space-dark cavities.” He’s also the way he’s able to portray so able to call up every piquant emotion convincingly the life of a boy of childhood, with all its bewildering growing up in post-WWII subfears, guilt, shame, and injured sense urban Memphis? of righteousness. In his new book, “LaughIn “The Great Walkout,” his ter and Early Sorrows and Othunnamed narrator pitches against a er Stories,” Busang casts himchurch-league baseball team that has self back into the mind of a kid brought in an over-aged ringer. While who can spend hours pinging the game predictably goes terribly stones off a sidewalk, and evokes wrong, it somehow also ends up goa child’s-eye view of grown-up ing terribly right. In “Moment Musifaces, with their “drooping and cale,” he succumbs to an accordion flaring universe of age-elasticraze that’s sweeping Memphis and cized flesh” and “enormous, discovers that, while he has no mu-
beer and wine. sical talent, he This month, does have a flair for performthey’re hosting ing (and “sure a talk by Emilooked good in ly Dufton, aua clip-on tie!”). thor of “Grass In the title story, Roots: The Rise the giddy exciteand Fall and Rise A new independent bookstore opening on ment of an illicof Marijuana in H Street is cause for celebration! it nighttime adAmerica,” Feb. venture with his 21, 7:00 p.m. friend Sam quickly gives way to a sour sense Solid State Books is at 600 H Street (next to of disappointment. the Wydown Coffee Bar), open every day 10 Whether surviving the summer camp a.m. to 8 p.m. www.solidstatebooksdc.com from Hell, puzzling over a shut-in neighbor who hovers “in the gloom of the carport On the Hill in February like…a wraithy thing,” or challenging a cruEast City Bookshop presents authors J.D. el, fat-shaming teacher on behalf of an overand Kate Dobson (“Hottest Heads of State: weight but amiable schoolmate, Busang’s Volume One: The American Presidents”), crystalline focus is so sharp that you’ll feel Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.; Morgan Jerkins (“This as though you’d lived through all the expeWill Be My Undoing”), Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.; riences yourself. Hermione Hoby (“Neon in Daylight”), Feb. Brett Busang is a prolific essayist, play8, 6:30 p.m.; “Saving Family Memories,” a wright, and painter (he provided the cover workshop led by local author Louise Farmer art for “Laughter and Early Sorrows”). His Smith, Feb. 11, 3:00-4:15 p.m.; Short Stofirst novel, “I Shot Bruce,” told the story of ry Happy Hour + Author Talk by Ho Lin a musician ousted from a rock band just be(“China Girl”), Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.; and a fore they made it big. Find him at brettbubook launch with David Bonior (“Whip: sang.com. Leading the Progressive Battle During the Rise of the Right”), Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. www. A Solid Addition to eastcitybookshop.com. Folger Shakespeare Library presents the Neighborhood “Natural Mystic: A Poetic Celebration of Welcome, Solid State Books! The new indeReggae,” an O.B. Hardison Poetry reading pendent bookstore that opened as a pop-up with Kwame Dawes and Safiya Sinclair, Feb. just before the holidays has now settled into 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets and information at 202their digs located at 600 H St. NE. Billed as a 544-7077 or www.folger.edu. “full-service general interest bookstore with a Smithsonian Associates continues deep and diverse selection of fiction and nona four-part series, “The Immigrant Expefiction titles,” Solid State hopes to appeal both rience in Literature,” with “Breath, Eyes, to neighborhood readers and to DC’s many Memory” by Edwidge Danticat, Feb. 5, visitors. 6:45 p.m.; and talks by Charles W. CalIn addition to a wide selection of books houn, author of “The Presidency of Ulyssand gifts for all ages, owners Scott Abel es S. Grant,” Feb. 8, 6:45 p.m. and Andrew and Jake Cumsky-Whitlock will offer a full Morton, author of “Wallis In Love,” about schedule of author readings and signings, the Duchess of Windsor, Feb. 20, 6:45 p.m. children’s story hours, book groups, and lowww.smithsonianassociates.org. u cal interest panels. And if that’s not enough of an attraction, they’ve even got a coffee bar stocked with a selection of pastries, snacks,
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The Poetic Hill by Karen Lyon
fter 44 years of practicing law, James C. Brady decided to return to pursuits about which he was once passionate: painting, sculpting, and writing. “There is a calmness to the artistic efforts that is not so readily found in the search for courtroom victories and municipal governance,” he writes. It was seeing a poem in the Hill Rag, he says, that “awakened a long-dormant memory of that other time… and by doing so suggests to all of us: We can go home again and, just maybe, they will take you in.” He and his wife, Neysa Rich, have been part-time residents of Capitol Hill for 25 years. HOME MAKING This was a day of plastering And finding the little things We like about our new house; Of searching couch crevices For the treasures of others; Of testing mattresses For just the right one.
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It is a day all done up in New paint, perfumed in linseed; One cut of old memories, tied to new. A day when you are no longer Down the street, along the track No, this day there is no time when I am made to take you back. You are, in my too big shirt Hung low over delicate shoulders, A real neighbor, now, ready to Breathe my air and I yours. This is what makes a home, you know. Soon, we will grow to look alike; We almost do, now, in some ways. If you would like to have your poem considered for publication, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. (There is no remuneration.) u
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BULLETIN BOARD Mardi Gras Pancake Supper There will be a pancake supper at St. Augustineâ€™s, 555 Water St. SW, on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Supper is $5; kids under 8 eat for free. Pancakes and sausage (including vegetarian) will be served. There will also be a live saxophone, games and dancing. All are welcome. staugustinesdc.org.
2018 Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award Honorees
DC Invests $4.7 Million in Kingman and Heritage Islands In honor of the Year of the Anacostia, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has directed the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to designate portions of Kingman and Heritage Islands as a State Conservation Area. In addition, the southern area of Kingman Island will be set aside as a Critical Wildlife Area. The State Conservation Area designation mimics the federal covenant for the islands, restricting their use to environmental, educational, and recreational purposes. In addition, the Mayor also announced a new $4.7 million investment for educational and recreational improvements on the islands. The new investments will support outdoor classrooms, bathrooms and accessible routes and pathways for visitors. doee.dc.gov. Tommy Wells, director of the Department of Energy and Environment and Mayor Muriel Bowser. Photo: Khlaid Naji-Allah
Capitol Hill Community Achievement Awards will go this year to Bernadette & Jim McMahon, Pearl and Joel Bailes, and the Reverend Cara Spaccarelli. Each of them has put unique gifts at the service of our neighborhood and our community. Bernadette and Jim McMahon are model neighborhood volunteers having contributed to a wide range of activities and institutions over their 40 some years on the Hill. Most recently, Jim and Bernadette have provided steady leadership and technical expertise for the Ruth Ann Overbeck Oral History Project, sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. As a fourth grade teacher at Capitol Hill Day School, Pearl Bailes has taught, inspired, encouraged and amused generations of neighborhood children. As part of the Capitol Hillbillies she and Joel have brightened many a Saturday and Sunday afternoon and countless
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local occasions with lively, foot stompin’ music for all to hear as they visit Eastern Market or stroll down East Capitol Street. The Reverend Cara Spaccarelli has been rector of Christ Church + Washington Parish for eight years, bringing sparks of new energy and enthusiasm to the oldest Episcopal parish in Washington, DC. Cara and her husband, Michael Lawyer, have two sons who are students at Brent Elementary School. Cara is the third annual Steve Cymrot “Spark” awardee. These awards will be celebrated at a gala dinner in the Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library on Thursday, April 26. For more information about the dinner, which is a fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, contact Dee Seward, 202-547-3742, dee. email@example.com.
Allen Now Chair of Region Transportation Board Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) has been elected the 2018 Chair of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). He will work on ways for the jurisdictions to improve coordination between land use and transportation planning, and address the stark east-wide divide in equity and access to transportation and to look at the future of transportation needs and challenges. The TPB is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for metropolitan Washington. Working with local, state, regional and federal partners, the board provides data and
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Annual Gala Village Takes Up Baseball Theme Capitol Hill Village’s 10th annual “fun” fundraiser will take place on March 10. Gala organizers, noting that it will take place during baseball’s spring training, decided to honor the national pastime with the theme “It Happens Every Spring: Batter Up!” The baseball theme will be prominent throughout, highlighting the fact that this summer, DC’s Nationals Park will be the host of the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. The event will take place at St. Mark’s Church, 301 A St. SE, thus returning to the venue of the first “Starlight Gala” a decade before and run from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The Gala has always been known as a formal affair, but this year baseball gear and caps will also be appropriate, and attendees can don the colors of their favorite team. The church’s nave will be the centerpiece of the fest, dubbed “The Stadium,” with an emcee to liven up the crowd and a DJ for dancing into the night. Food will consist of a buffet of light fare and libations, and a live auction of several prestigious prizes will again be a featured part of the program. The Baxter Hall at St. Mark’s (“The Dugout”) will provide space for bidding on several silent auction items. These will include the usual intriguing set of vacation homes and numerous “Salon Dinners,” a signature Gala item where attendees bid (typically $75 to $100) to break bread with fascinating local celebrities and speakers in distinctive Capitol Hill homes. This season, reservations are $125 per person, and corporate sponsorships are also available. For more information visit the website: www.capitolhillvillage.org/gala or contact Gala Chair Linda Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org or CHV’s Executive Director Molly Singer at email@example.com.
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2018 Eagle Cam Live A pair of Bald Eagles have returned to their nest in a Tulip Poplar tree high above the Azalea collection in the US Arboretum. “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” have begun making repairs to the nest in preparation laying for new eggs. Last year they took turns incubating two eggs from February to March and raised eaglets “Honor” and “Glory.” The American Eagle Foundation hosts the two cameras on the nest 24/7. dceaglecam.org.
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Working for You Book Signing Pot Luck at St. Mark’s On Feb. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a book signing pot luck with Loretta Woodward at St. Marks, 301 A St. SE. Author of “Being My Mom’s Mom” and “Refreshment for the Caregiverís Spirit”, Loretta is a motivational speaker and trainer on dementia and caregiving and offers encouragement to her audiences.
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SW Waterfront AARP Annual Meeting The Southwest Waterfront AARP Chapter will hold its 25th Anniversary Year, annual Luncheon Business Meeting on Feb. 21, noon, in the River Park-South Common Room, 1311 Delaware Ave. SW. The guest speaker is Dr. Frank Smith, Director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. The program coincides with the 2018 National Black History Month Theme: African Americans in Times of War. Lunch is $5. Current AARP members, prospective members, visitors, and guests are welcome. For moreinfo, contact Chapter President Betty Jean Tolbert Jones, bettyjeantolbertjones @yahoo.com or 202-554-0901.
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Patricia M. (Tricia) Ostrander has been appointed executive vice president, chief administrative and compliance officer for The National Capital Bank of Washington (NCB). Ostrander, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be responsible for human resources and compliance. She has over 28 years of banking experience in the DC Metro market. Most recently she founded Ostrander Management Consulting, LLC, which provides human resources and organizational development services for community banks. nationalcapitalbank.com.
Public Comment on DC Circulator Changes Extended The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has announced it is extending the public comment period for the April 2018 Proposed Service Changes to allow the public more time to review and comment on the proposal. Based on community feedback received at a public hearing on Jan. 4, DDOT is extending the comment period until Feb. 9. The proposed major service changes involve reconfiguration of two routes (Union Station to Navy Yard and Potomac Avenue to Skyland), and the addition of regular late-night service between Georgetown and Union Station, as well as a proposed fare change. Members of the public can submit comments at dccirculator.com/ service-changes-2018; via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by filling out any of the gray paper comment forms on all DC Circulator buses. If you have additional questions or
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State of Art4/DC State of Art/DC: A Conversation is a forum about the visual arts in the DC region. Begun in 2015, State of Art/DC supports new connections and ideas among visual arts leaders, artists, administrators and artreprenuers. The program featureslocal speakers who are prominent artists, art curators, visionaries, innovators, collectors and advocates. State of Art4/DC: A Conversation is on Feb. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, George Washington University, 500 17th St. NW. General admission is $35; $15, students. Additional information is at stateofartdc.org.
Ford’s Raises Funds for House of Ruth Ford’s Theatre Society has announced that a donation drive during performances of this season’s “A Christmas Carol” has raised $96,226.93 for House of Ruth. This brings the company’s nine-year totals to more than $735,822 raised for Washington charities that aid thousands who struggle with hunger, illness and homelessness. fords.org.
New Home Purchase Orientation Prepare to purchase a new home by attending a free Pre-Purchase Orientation to learn about the District of Columbia’s home buying incentives and affordable housing options. Pre-purchase Home Buying Orientations are on Feb. 7, 6 p.m.; and Feb. 8, 15 and 22, 11 a.m., at Housing Counseling Services, 2410 17th St. NW, Suite 100. Register at housingetc.org or call 202-667-7606.
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Annual Ladies’ Ace Hardware Night In partnership with the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID), Fifth Street Ace Hardware, 1055 Fifth St. NW, is hosting their Seventh Annual Ladies Night on Feb. 11, 6 to 8 p.m. Get 20 percent off regularly priced merchandise while learning easy fix-its and tips from product vendors and local experts. In addition to giveaways, DIY demos and raﬄe prizes, there is complimentary food and wine from local purveyors, 100 swag bags to the first guests of the evening and hands on demonstrations lead by Ace experts. acehardwaredc.com. Have an item for the Bulletin Board? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. u
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TALKING STATEHOOD IN LA by Josh Burch
spent a weekend in Los Angeles talking about DC statehood, and it was both insightful and inspiring. One evening, a friend hosted an event where 25 friends assembled in his living room to learn about and discuss the District’s political status. The following day, I had an info booth at the Women’s March-Los Angeles, where two friends and I spoke with over 300 Californians about DC statehood. On my plane trip back east, I jotted down four words that summed up my experience: ignorance, indignation, support, priorities. The Women’s March was filled with smart, passionate and politically active Californians, yet it was sobering to talk with so many people who were ignorant about our political status. Time and again, people had no clue that we were taxed without representation, that we do not have the final say over budget and laws and that Congress meddles in our local affairs. Many did know about our status, but most who came to our table were uninformed about it. People could not believe what they were hearing as I talked to them about the federal district’s lack of rights. They went through a range of emotions from shocked to confused to downright indignation. Not only were they upset about DC’s lack of voting rights and autonomy but they were equally indignant that their two senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, are mute on the subject. There was no equivocation by anyone we spoke with that they supported our right to have equal congressional representation and autonomy over our own affairs. While we spoke with hundreds of supporters at the Women’s March, it was clear that many people in California have other issues higher on their priority list to commit to and work on. With daily threats to civil rights and civil liberties, many questioned whether they should prioritize this issue over others. My interactions over two days were both inspiring and empowering but also demonstrated how far we have to go. Knowing that statehood for DC is not a reality with this Congress and the current occupant in the White House, there clearly is a lot of work for all of us to do. First, we must wage a war against the ignorance around our status. While
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one or two visits to friends’ homes around the country is important work, it’s not nearly enough. The people of the District need to invest in a multi-million-dollar campaign to educate the nation about our status. We need to commit public and private funds to grassroots organizing in tandem with a multimedia campaign. Second, we need to have direct asks ready for people who are angered by our status and supportive of statehood. We need to tell our allies to call their members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the statehood bill. We need to ask them to host events at home, post information on social media, ask organizations to which they belong to endorse statehood and support candidates who support equality for the people of DC. And finally, while we’re breaking down the great barrier of ignorance and building alliances, we do need to recognize that this year is not our year and that our allies need to fight other fights too. Our allies need to focus on combating the assault on civil rights and civil liberties as well as organizing for electoral changes, but we need to make sure that they commit to being there when we need them in the coming years when we are able to truly push for a vote on statehood legislation. Californians taught me a lot over two days. They reaffirmed that when people know about our cause they are dumbfounded by our status and supportive of the end we seek, statehood. Californians showed me that we have a lot of work still to do to reach and teach Americans about who we are and what we want. I’m ready to take this show on the road again. Who’s with me? Josh Burch is a member of Neighbors United for DC Statehood (www.the51st.org), a group of residents who believe that community organizing and strategic congressional outreach are the foundation and driving force behind the DC statehood movement. He can be found at josh@ unitedforstatehood.com or followed at @JBurchDC. u
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SOUTH BY WEST
A New Library and Greenleaf Redevelopment by William Rich
New Southwest Library Closer to Reality In early January, DC Public Library (DCPL) submitted an application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) in order to build a new, standalone Southwest Branch library at 900 Wesley Place SW. The existing library was built in 1961 and no longer serves the needs of a growing community, where thousands of new multifamily units are coming online within the next five years. After a series of public meetings, DCPL developed a plan for the library which provides separate spaces for children and adults. On the first floor, patrons will enter the new library using an entrance on the northwest corner of the building. Upon entering the library, the north side of the building will be the Market Place. The west side of the building will contain two multipurpose rooms and the book drop. Space dedicated to Children’s Services will occupy the remaining area on the first level, as well as restrooms. The second floor will contain a series of study/meeting rooms, space for Teen/
Adult Services, an adult patio, staff areas, and space for the Friends of the Southwest Library. Designed by Perkins + Will, the new Southwest Library takes cues from the modernist design of the neighborhood with the use of wood, metal panels, glass, and a distinctive crinkle roof. The new library will be similar in size to the existing one at 20,792 square feet, but there will not be a basement due to concerns over flooding since it is below the floodplain. Green features will include, among other things, a green roof, photovoltaic panels, and bioretention areas, sufficient to secure Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status for the building. DCPL is seeking approval for the project and has requested three special exemptions from zoning regulations. One special exemption has to do with parking – zoning requires a government building of this size to have nine spaces, but DCPL wants to build seven surface spaces. Since the library is close to the Waterfront Metro station, two Metrobus routes, and within walking
Current library (left); rendering for the new Southwest Library.
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distance of most of Southwest, DCPL contends there will be sufficient parking. The second special exemption is for long-term bicycle parking – DCPL will provide one less space than required. Finally, the third special exemption is lot occupancy – it is required that up to 40% of the lot be occupied by the new building, but the design calls for 47% lot occupancy. All three special exemptions have been requested in order to maintain the current design of the new library. At its December 2017 meeting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D voted 3-0-2 in support of the BZA application.
Surrounded by New Development The library site abuts parcels slated for redevelopment on three sides. To the west across Wesley Place SW is the northeast parcel of Waterfront Station, currently owned by the District. PN Hoffman was selected by the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) to develop the parcel into a mixed-use complex
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Greenleaf Redevelopment To the east across 3rd Street SW, the Greenleaf public housing complex is being prepped for redevelopment. After years of planning and delays, the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) back in December for a co-developer to redevelop Greenleaf, the 15-acre public housing project that straddles M Street SW. Greenleaf was built in 1959 and currently contains 493 public housing units spread over 23 buildings. According to the RFQ, the development objectives include the following: • The redevelopment will replace all 493 existing units at the same level of affordability. • The redevelopment will minimize the movement of residents – to the greatest extent possible, residents will move directly from their old unit to their new unit. • There will be zero displacement of current Greenleaf residents. • There will be a mix of market-rate, affordable, and possibly workforce housing.
Public safely will be improved with increased activity on streets and public spaces. • The redevelopment will integrate into the surrounding community. • The redevelopment will support the development of human capital, assisting with such things as job opportunities and supportive services programs. The phased redevelopment concept for Greenleaf by HR&A Advisors has been designed with a mix of high-rise and townhomes. The high-rise buildings would be concentrated along M Street SW and Delaware Avenue SW with the townhomes further away from those two streets. Some retail is anticipated as well along M Street SW. A unique feature of the redevelopment will be the use of the “build first” model, which would allow the project to proceed without displacing Greenleaf residents. The first phase of development would use a site near the Greenleaf footprint to build a mixed-income building. Once residents move into that first building, it will free up land within Greenleaf to start demolition and development. DC-owned sites that were identified as having the best potential to do build first include the Metropolitan Police Department First District parking lot along Delaware Avenue SW and the DC Fire and Emergency Management Services Repair Shop at the NW corner of M and Half streets SW. While the HR&A report suggested a build first site be selected prior to releasing the RFQ, a site has not been chosen yet.
Library Construction Timeline If approved by the Board of Zoning Adjustment, demolition of the existing library will likely take place this fall, after an interim library location is found. Construction will take a little more than a year and the new library will be complete in early 2020. William Rich is a blogger at Southwest…The Little Quadrant that Could (www.swtlqtc.com). u
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ANC 6A REPORT by Elizabeth Nelson
dvisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A Chair Phil Toomajian called the meeting to order at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE, with Commissioners Calvin Ward, Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, Marie-Claire Brown, Mike Soderman, Patrick Malone and Stephanie Zimny in attendance. Amber Gove was unable to attend. The meeting opened with beginning-of-year business items, including election of officers, approval of committees and establishment of a meeting schedule. The officers are unchanged from last year: chair, Phil Toomajian; vice chair, Mike Soderman; secretary, Calvin Ward; treasurer, Stephanie Zimny. Committ e e
chairs and members are: Economic Development and Zoning – Brad Greenfield (chair), Jake Joyce, Missy Boyette, Michael Hoenig, Stephanie Zimny. Transportation and Public Safety – Todd Sloves (chair), Jeff Fletcher, Andrea Adleman, Hassan Christian, Elizabeth Nelson. Alcohol Beverage Licensing – Jay Williams and Christopher Seagle (cochairs), Roger Caruth, Michael Herman, Justin Rzepka, Mark Samburg. Community Outreach – Roni Hollmon (chair), Gladys Mack, Joyce West. Monthly meetings of the commission will be held on the second Thursday of each month (except August) at 7 p.m. All meetings will be held at Miner Elementary School except the July meeting.
Amber Breitenberg of FreshFarm H Street NE Farmers Market requested the commission’s support for a street closing on the 800 block of 13th Street NE (first block north of H Street) on Saturday mornings to accommodate the Farmers Market. The same support has been offered by the ANC since the market’s inception. The commissioners gave unanimous approval. John Knutsen, First District, Sector 2 captain, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), reported a significant reduction in violent crime within the First District portion of ANC 6A. Every major crime category has dropped. He credits “intelligence based deployment” of officers. He cited “vitally important” private security camera footage as an important tool in solving crimes. He also credited the global thinking of the new sector system, rather than the more segmented police service area (PSA)approach to policing. The number of mountain bike teams may be increased. Zimny directed Knutsen’s attention to traffic issues on Linden Court NE. Between 7 and 9 a.m. especially, delivery trucks are blocking egress and creating a fire safety hazard. Knutsen said he would give that some attention. Prostitution continues to be a problem along the K Street NE corridor. Knutsen said that MPD is working to address this and the strip seems quieter. However, prostitution sting operations are very resource-intensive. Haley Peckett, project manager of the Streetcar Storage and Maintenance Facility Needs Assessment Study, presented the findings of the assessment. To accommodate a planned expansion of streetcar service from Union Station west to Georgetown, additional cars will be required. Currently there
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ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A PHIL TOOMAJIAN, CHAIR, PHILANC6A@GMAIL.COM Serving the Near Northeast, North Lincoln Park, Rosedale, and H Street communities ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE.
www.anc6a.org is insufficient space to store them. Three possible additional locations have been identified for environmental assessment, all on Benning Road NE: Hechinger Mall (1518) and two Pepco addresses (2934 and 3398). Whichever location is chosen will be “co-developed” to include additional functions. In the case of the Hechinger Mall site, retail would be retained though businesses might have to close during construction. Peckett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alcohol Beverage Licensing Actions The commissioners voted to withdraw ANC 6A’s protest of Nomad Hookah Bar’s (1200 H St. NE) request for later sidewalk cafe hours. The ANC had entered into a settlement agreement (SA) with the owners that stipulated that the protest would be dropped if an enclosure sufficient to contain the noise were constructed. A neighbor testified that there was no visible change to the tent-like structure since the protest was filed and that he was skeptical that it would offer adequate soundproofing. However, Commissioner Brown and Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee Chair Seagle said that the work was in compliance with DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) standards. Toomajian pointed out that the SA included a provision to revisit the hours of operation if there were three substantiated noise complaints – sound heard inside individual homes. These should be directed to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), not the police, at the agency’s hotline: 202-442-4423 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., MondayFriday; 202-329-6347 from 7 p.m.
to 3 a.m. on evenings and weekends.
Transportation and Public Space Actions The commission deferred discussion of the concept proposed in B22-0351, legislation authored by Councilmember Charles Allen to create a school parking zone program. Amber Gove, the commissioner for the single-member district (SMD) most directly affected, was not in attendance. It will be on the agenda when both Gove and Allen can attend. The legislation would address DC Public Schools’ policy that currently prioritizes onsite parking on school property over recreational space for students. ANC 6A will ask DDOT to investigate pedestrian safety around Miner Elementary School as well as establish or review its “Safe Routes to Schools” plan.
Economic Development and Zoning Actions ANC 6A will send a letter to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) in support of a special exception from the requirement that a rear addition extend no more than 10 feet beyond a neighboring structure, so that a rear addition can be added at 128 17th St. NE.
Next ANC 6A meeting is Thursday Feb 8th, 7pm Miner E.S 601 15th St NE. Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee - Tuesday, Feb 20th 7pm at Sherwood Recreation Center • 640 10th St., NE Jay Williams - Co-Chair (906-0657) / Christopher Seagle - Co-Chair
Transportation & Public Space Committee - Monday, Feb 19th 7pm at Capitol Hill Towers Community Room • 900 G St., NE J. Omar Mahmud - Co-Chair / Todd Sloves - Co-Chair
Economic Development & Zoning Committee - Wednesday, Feb 21st 7pm at Sherwood Recreation Center • 640 10th St., NE Brad Greenfield - Chair (Brad.email@example.com 202 262-9365)
Community Outreach Committee - Monday, Feb 26th
7pm at Maury Elementary School • 1250 Constitution Ave., NE Multi-purpose Room (enter from 200 Block of 13 Street) Veronica Hollmon - Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Reports & Announcements Toomajian announced that DDOT Director Jeff Marootian will appear at the Feb. 8 meeting of ANC 6A and Councilmember Charles Allen will appear on March 8. A representative of the DC College Savings Plan gave a presentation. The program is administered by the District government and offers tax benefits (both “state” and federal) to District residents.
P.O. Box 77876 • Washington, D.C. 20013-7787 www.anc6c.org • (202) 547-7168 ANC usually meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm, 214 Massachusetts Ave, N.E. Please check the ANC 6C website for dates.
ANC 6C COMMISSIONERS ANC 6C01 Christine Healey 6C01@anc.dc.gov
ANC 6C04 Mark Eckenwiler 6C04@anc.dc.gov
ANC 6C02 Karen Wirt (202) 547-7168 6C02@anc.dc.gov
ANC 6C05 Christopher Miller 6C05@anc.dc.gov
ANC 6C03 Scott Price (202) 577-6261 6C03@anc.dc.gov
ANC 6C06 Heather Edelman heatheraedelman @gmail.com
ANC 6C COMMITTEES Alcoholic Beverage Licensing First Monday, 7 pm Contact: email@example.com Grants Last Thursday, 7 pm Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @ANC_6C_Grants Parks and Events First Tuesday, 7 pm Contact: email@example.com
Transportation and Public Space First Thursday, 7 pm Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development First Wednesday, 6:30 pm Contact: 6C04@anc.dc.gov Twitter: @6C_PZE
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Savings can be used for any accredited postsecondary education. More details can be found at www.dc529.com. Miner Elementary School has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) RiverSmart program. Per the website (www.doee.dc.gov/service/riversmart-schools), these schoolyard greening projects focus on incorporating landscape design principles that create habitat for wildlife, emphasize the use of native plants, highlight water conservation and retain and filter stormwater runoff. They have the added benefit of being an outdoor classroom that supports effective teaching practices and promotes student learning. This was the last meeting for Gail John, who has been taking minutes for ANC 6A. Toomajian thanked her for her “outstanding work” and crucial contribution in support of transparency to the community. Soderman noted that it is possible to donate to funds established by Pepco and Washington Gas to assist residents who can’t afford to heat their homes. Brown and Zimny accompanied Mayor Bowser during her walking tour of Ward 6. They were joined by Councilmember Allen and were particularly interested in the use of dry ice for rodent control (it asphyxiates the varmints). Malone expressed concern about the effects on District residents of a possible federal government shutdown, which could come on Jan. 20. He plans to produce a report on the potential consequences for the use of his fellow commissioners. ANC 6A meets on the second Thursday of every month (except August), usually at Miner Elementary School. The 6A committees meet at 7 p.m. on the following schedule: Alcohol Beverage and Licensing, third Tuesday of each month, Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. Community Outreach, fourth Monday of each month, Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. Economic Development and Zoning, third Wednesday of each month, Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE.
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Transportation and Public Space, usually the third Monday of every month, Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G St. NE. In February it will meet on the fourth Monday due to the federal holiday. Visit www.anc6a.org for calendar of events, changes of date/venue, agendas and other information. u
ANC 6B REPORT by Elizabeth O’Gorek
he quorum for the meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B was Jennifer Samolyk (6B01), Diane Hoskins (6B02, vice chair), Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04), Nick Burger (6B06, treasurer), Aimee Grace (6B07), James Loots (6B03, parliamentarian), Chander Jayaraman (6B08, chair), Daniel Ridge (6B09, secretary) and Denise Krepp (6B10).
Alcohol and Beverage Committee A representative from Little Pearl, a coffee shop and wine bar located in the carriage house at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, appeared to request a modification to its settlement agreement related to the liquor license. The modification would allow for a one and one-half-hour extension in hours, Monday to Saturday, moving the closing time to 12:30 a.m. The representative said the license and permitted operating hours had been directly transferred from Bayou Bakery, which used to operate at that site. Little Pearl operates as a coffee shop in the morning and early afternoon, then becomes a wine bar at 5:30 p.m. “It will probably allow us another turn, as they say in the restaurant business,” said the representative of the extension. Chair Jayaraman noted that Little Pearl would also have to request a stipulated license from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Admin-
istration (ABRA) in addition to the ANC request. The request was supported unanimously.
Planning and Zoning Committee The Ebenezer United Methodist Church development team (400 D St. SE) appeared in relation to an historical preservation application (HPA) for a structure surrounding an electric parking lift in the rear of five planned new townhouses at the same address. There was extensive discussion on the application, most of which centered on the viability of the mechanical lift, the use of the currently vacant greenspace for this purpose, the safety of such a structure in a neighborhood so near to many schools and childcare centers and the effect on traffic patterns, as opposed to concerns linked directly to historical preservation, such as the appearance of the building, which Oldenburg said was the HPA-related question before the ANC. One neighbor voiced concerns about the use of the structure, which would lie behind his home, meaning that the access road would run beside his property. Noting that church services occur at a fixed time and that the structure admitted cars one at a time, he worried about the backlog to get in and out. Others expressed concern about the noise that might be generated by the device and the maintenance of the building and device. Still another said that additional parking for 24 cars was not of significant value to the neighborhood and that the concern could be addressed in another way. A few neighbors pointed out that the church was attempting to address concerns with parking pointed out by the community when plans to construct the five townhouses were initially presented. “We have to address reality,” he said. “If we want the church to be active we have to address the issue of lost street parking,” adding that he supported the proposal because the church was addressing the parking issue. Another pointed out that if the church did not survive, the community would probably have to deal with condo construction on the site. Elizabeth Nelson of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) presented the ANC with a print copy of comments from the society, noting in the meeting that CHRS would oppose the curb
zoning case, someone complains about parking,” he said. “These guys are trying to come up with a solution; we’re opposing a reasonable, creative solution.” The ANC voted to oppose the structure on the basis of the use of green space and the opposition of neighbors. The opposition was supported, 4-2-2. The ANC heard a Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) request for a variance regarding a lot at 205 Third St. SE. The application had originally been made using the address of the adjacent lot at 213 Third St. SE. The architect explained that this had occurred prior to the hiring of his firm and was due to limitations in input possibilities on the digital forms for the various relevant District agencies. He said that the firm had requested all information be corrected. The Commissioner Daniel Ridge (6B09) was ANC voted to delay consideration elected chair of Advisory Neighborhood of the application for 30 days and Commission 6B at the Jan. 9 meeting. to ask that the BZA do so as well to allow for address corrections and cut required for the project because of its efcommunication between the applifect on traffic patterns, noise, property values cant and the homeowner at 213 Third St. SE. and stormwater runoff. She added that this The motion passed unanimously with the asproject could set a precedent for building on sent of all parties. green lots in the middle of residential squares. Burger presented on a notice of a pubLoots didn’t see a public benefit to the lic hearing by the Board of Zoning in regard parking structure, but that was not the issue to changes to zoning codes proposed by the before the ANC. He pointed out that there Office of Planning. The zoning changes afwas a precedent in regard to the use of intefect daycare facilities for children, seniors and rior greenspace at the center of an alley-free adult treatment facilities but, Burger emphablock in a case previously considered on the sized, not licensing regulations. The changes 400 block of Seventh Street SE. In that case, would delete the clause requiring that play the ANC determined that the maintenance space required for childcare facilities be loof undeveloped space is essential to the parcated on the same lot as the center. In RA and ticular historical nature of Capitol Hill and MU zones, the changes would remove the limopposed the application. For that reason, he itation on the number of persons in the daywould oppose this HPA. time care centers. Committee Chair Burger said he was still Jayaraman noted that he supported the prepared to support the application, because changes for childcare centers but would be he did not want to overapply the historic prestestifying at the hearing to voice his objecervation rules. He said the tension in the case tion to the inclusion of adult treatment cenwas hard to resolve. “In every planning and
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ters in the same changes. After some discussion, the commission voted unanimously to endorse a letter supporting changes as applied to childand senior-care facilities but requesting the zoning commission not apply the changes to adult day-treatment facilities. The letter also recommended changing, as in other zones, the clause that limits by-right use by the number of individuals in the RF zone.
Transportation Committee Grace requested that a letter to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), with comments on the Southeast Boulevard and Barney Circle Study, be moved from the consent agenda to the regular agenda in order to allow further comment from residents who felt they had insufficient time to do so at the Transportation Committee meeting. Much concern was expressed about a phrase indicating the committee supported the fixed elements of the project, although many residents opposed a bus facility, included in the plans, which they saw as a fixed element. Many argued that concerns with traffic, noise and air pollution had not been addressed. Another argued that many residents did not want a bus depot at all, and wanted that sentiment to be expressed in the letter. Noting that construction of the depot, if it takes place, would begin about 15 or more years in the future, Transportation Chair Oldenburg altered the letter to remove the implication that the ANC was in favor of the facility and to state that the lack of information about the depot itself had caused concern so grave that some in the community opposed the bus depot. The changes and the letter were endorsed unanimously.
Officer Elections At the end of the meeting, the commissioners elected officers for the 2018-19 year. All officers were elected unanimously and as a bloc. They are: Daniel Ridge, chair; Chander Jayaraman, vice chair; Nick Burger, treasurer (incumbent); Kirsten Oldenburg, secretary; James Loots, parliamentarian (incumbent). Terms commenced at the conclusion of the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.
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ANC 6C REPORT by Elizabeth Oâ€™Gorek
ew officers were elected at the regularly scheduled meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C held at the Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts Ave. NE) on Wednesday, Jan. 10. All were uncontested and affirmed by unanimous vote. The quorum: Christine Healey (6C01, secretary), Karen Wirt (6C02, chair), Scott Price (6C03), Mark Eckenwiler (6C04), Chris Miller (6C05, treasurer), Heather Edelman (6C06).
Officer Elections Karen Wirt was reelected as chair; Chris Miller was elected as vice chair and Scott Price as treasurer; Christine Healey was reelected as secretary. The ANC also reelected the current committee chairs as a bloc: Steve Oâ€™Neal, Alcohol Beverage Licensing; Victoria Lord, Grants; Joe McCann, Parks and Events; Mark Eckenwiler, Planning, Zoning and Economic Development; Mark Kazmierczak, Transportation and Public Space.
Community Announcements Vincent Morris, a resident of ANC 6C and a government affairs employee with DC Water, presented on issues of water problems brought on by the recent cold weather as well as issues related to new water meters. Morris said that since Dec. 1, DC Water had repaired 141 breaks, leaks and valves throughout the District, 77 of them since Dec. 30. He thanked the public for reporting leaks and breakages. He noted that sometimes crews were delayed in responding to calls because they
were working elsewhere or first had to consult with utility companies, especially in cases where excavation was necessary. Morris said that DC Water was in the process of replacing all of the water meters, the devices used to assess water usage and billing, throughout the District, saying that residents may have noted the covers in their tree boxes or sidewalk in front of the house. Morris said that a transmitter on the meter sends a signal to DC Water several times a day, providing information on usage. If that system is covered by soil, mulch or landscaping the meter will be unable to transmit, and DC Water will not be able to detect sudden spikes in usage that might indicate a leak. Everyone has a meter pit in front of their home, he added, whether in the tree box or sidewalk. That meter pit is technically public space. Morris said that water-main breaks or leaks or illfitting water meter covers should be reported to DC Water. He recommended that residents use the Water and Sewer Emergency number, which links directly to the DC Water Command Center and is staffed 24/7. That number is 202-6123400.
Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee Travel Traders Retail, located in the Hyatt Regency Hotel (400 New Jersey Ave. NW), seeks an amendment to its settlement agreement in order to allow single sales of alcoholic beverages. Steve Oâ€™Neal, chair of the Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee, noted that representatives from the Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV), the shelter located a block to the west of the hotel, attended the meeting to voice opposition to the amendment. Commissioner Edelman asked if the commission wished to set such a precedent, given that there is a liquor store across the street from the hotel. Although the committee discussed limiting single-sales to hotel guests, they voted unanimously to oppose the amendment even if the limitation were added. The commissioners also considered matters related to a liquor license renewal by Giant Foods (360 H St. NE). The ANC had previously voted to oppose the application, wanting the retailer to ad-
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CIVIC LIFE Potomac Ave. SE Triangle Parks Project Meetings. Feb. 6, 7 PM. Presentation of final design to ANC 6B07 Planning & Zoning Committee at St. Coletta’s, 1901 Independence Ave. SE; and Feb. 13, 7 PM. Presentation of final design to full ANC 6B at monthly ANC meeting at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. anc6c.org.
Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9 AM to 5:30 PM. 90 K St. NE. 202-408-9041. norton.house. gov. ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. anc6a.org.
ABC Committee, ANC6D. Feb. 22, 6:45 PM. Alcohol license applications, renewals, enforcement, and other issues. Meeting at 1D MPD building, 101 M St. SW. To be added to e-mail list for agenda and notifications contact Coralie Farlee, Chair, ABC Committee at 202-554-4407 or email@example.com.
ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. anc6b.org.
ANC 6E. First Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Meeting at Watha T. Daniel Library. anc6e.org.
dress issues of traffic and pedestrian safety during deliveries and parking. Although the ANC had sent a letter to the food retailer in early December, it had not yet received a response. The committee sought authorization for about $5,000 in funds to hire counsel in preparation for legal action. After confirming that the usual counsel would be approached on the matter, the ANC moved unanimously to authorize the request.
Transportation and Public Space Committee Indigo Restaurant (243 K St. NE) sought approval of its application for converting an unenclosed sidewalk cafe into an enclosed one. The enclosure would be in two parts. The restaurant exterior on Third Street NE would have a canopy with clear plastic sides, all of which could be rolled back. The portion along K Street that is currently open would have solid walls made of plexiglass that could be removed according to weather. The committee expressed concern with the lack of detail in the application, noting that the owner said he had District Department of Transportation (DDOT) approval for an ADA ramp shown in the drawings, but had not offered proof. Nor did the owner bring a public space license for a sidewalk cafe, which would be required for the enclosure. However, noting the popularity of the establishment, the committee still wanted to support the application, but only after receiv-
ANC 6D. Second Mondays, 7 PM. Meeting at 1100 Fourth St. SW, 2nd floor. anc6d.org
ing copies of correspondence in regard to licensing, the ADA ramp and detailed plans. Commissioner Edelman said she wanted more detail on the appearance of the enclosure. Price said he would be interested in the opinions of homeowners in the area. The commissioners voted unanimously to oppose the application in the current form but said they would withdraw their opposition if the applicant would request a delay in his public space hearing to allow more information to be presented to the ANC.
Parks and Events Committee Joe McCann, chair of the Parks and Events Committee, provided an update on committee business, noting that the M Street and L Street NE underpasses would receive lighting replacements beginning in mid-January. This will require rolling closures of sidewalks, but at least one will be open at all times. Commissioner Edelman asked if the District had made arrangements with the community living under the underpasses regarding resettlement and placement of their possessions. McCann said the committee was talking with the mayor’s office about the topic. Noting that the Department of General Services (DGS) had formed a task force to address the use of recreational fields at District public schools and would present findings in March, the committee recommended the ANC send a letter in support of the task force. The letter would offer four recommendations:
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A ranked list of users in order of priority should be made, but DGS should establish a mechanism to mediate between users. • Publish available times for fields, and scheduled times, users and activities (in a manner similar to that done by the public libraries). • Have an open-call application time for every facility, with a predefined application period to avoid a first come, first served situation (which would invalidate the priority user list). • In light of complaints from residents, consider morning use restrictions for outdoor fields, and note concern about late evening use. Commissioner Price added a friendly amendment requiring a quarterly report on field use to be received by the ANC in which the school is located. The ANC endorsed the letter unanimously. Finally, McCann noted that he wanted to conduct a one-year pilot program, wherein the Parks and Events Committee would focus on issues of sustainability and the environment. The committee would help the community learn about and foster initiatives for a more sustainable DC, focusing on issues of water, waste, air, wildlife and smart growth initiatives. The committee would select eight to 10 issues to address in 2018. The ANC noted the information with approval. ANC 6C generally meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month (except August) in the ground-floor conference room at the Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts Ave. NE). The next meeting of ANC6C will be an exception. It will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. u
ANC 6D REPORT by Andrew Lightman
dvisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on Jan. 8. Commissioners Gail Fast (6D01), Cara Shockley
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(6D02), Ronald Collins (6D03), Andy Litsky (6D04, chair), Roger Moffatt (6D05), Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06) and Meredith Fascett (6D07) were on the dais.
Elections In his chairman’s report, Chair Litsky praised the commission’s 2017 accomplishments including: a new standalone SW Library, the soccer stadium, the Museum of the Bible, the Frederick Douglass Bridge; the return of the Southwest Circulator and the opening of Phase One of The Wharf. “We are the busiest ANC in the entire city,” Litsky boasted. Supervised by the Executive Director of the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Gottlieb Simon, the commission elected a new slate of officers by acclamation. Commissioner Fascett was elected chair. Commissioner Litsky was elected vice chair. Commissioner Fast returns as secretary. Commissioner Collins will serve as Treasurer.
Traffic Issues at The Wharf Commissioner Fast stated that she had taken constituent concerns about the traffic congestion and pedestrian safety to The Southwest Transportation Strike Force, which is made up of stakeholders including commissioners, developers, government agencies and law enforcement. A pedestrian was recently struck by a vehicle at Fourth and M Streets SW, she said. The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) pledged at the meeting to review issues at the intersections of Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Streets and M and Maine Avenues, said Fast. The agency will also be presenting a traffic control plan for Wharf events. The strike force discussed the need for Traffic Control Officers to monitor these intersections. The Wharf will be bringing its plans to the next strike force meeting on Feb. 9. Chair Litsky made a point of thanking Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) for convening the strike force.
Waterfront Station Lot Representatives of PN Hoffman presented their plans for the development of the northeast Wa-
terfront Station lot owned by the District. This mixed-use project incorporates ground floor retail, affordable housing and the arts. The building will house approximately 446 apartments. 134 units, 30 percent of the total, will be affordable. These will be equally reserved for residents making 30 and 50 percent of Area Mean Income (AMI). There will be a secondfloor courtyard amenity space. Two levels of parking are planned with 170 spaces reserved for residences and another40 for the theater. The project will contain about 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail, mostly located along Fourth Street SW. Negotiations are continuing with the owners of Tryst to incorporate a diner. The developer confirmed that a 350- seat, black box for the Forum theater is still a central element of the plan. Appletree Public Charter School, now housed in portable classrooms next to Jefferson Academy, is interested in leasing 13,000 square feet for a preschool. Entrances for the theater and school will be located on a private drive planned for the north side of property. Commissioners expressed concerns about the location citing the impact on traffic patterns on Fourth Street SW.
950 South Capitol After an extensive discussion at the commission’s last meeting, the Ruben Companies returned with updated renderings. The drawings better illustrated the streetscape and façade of their 950 South Capitol project. Discussion, however, took another turn. Commissioners stated concerns about the lack of retail planned for the ground floor on South Capitol Street. The current plan is to create retail bays, but initially devote the space for a shared work environment as a building amenity. Within 20,000 square feet of vacant retail space in the Capitol Riverfront, Ruben remains leary of developing any more. Commissioners expressed concern about the lack of streetscape activation if the 6,000 square foot ground floor was reserved for a building amenity. The commission voted unanimously to support the project with the caveats that ground floor retail be developed as soon as possible and
that the developer also consider an arts usage.
ABC Matters The commission decided to table any consideration of a liquor licenses for Officina, 1120 Maine Ave. SW. and The Intercontinental Hotel, 801 Water St. SW. Representatives of Officina did not present adequate drawings of the impact of its summer garden on pedestrians. In the case of the hotel, the request was for an additional 72 seats on the seawall. “We are now receiving requests for summer gardens beyond the property lines,” stated Chair Litsky. “I want to make sure that they comport with the PUD (Planned Unit Development).” He stated he plans to meet offline with representatives of both the establishments and The Wharf. The commission at Commissioner Fascett’s request agreed to table any consideration of the request by Due South, 301 Water St. SE, to increase their summer garden from 31 to 55 seats. Fascett was concerned about the impact of the seating on the neighboring public park. The commission approved unanimously an amendment to match the hours at LaVie, 949 Water St. SW, to neighboring establishments. It also approved the addition of community member Veronica Lake as an At Large representative to the ABC Committee.
Anacostia River Presentation Emily Frank, the Anacostia Riverkeeper, gave an update on the state of the Anacostia River. 2018 Year of the Anacostia. She stated that a record of decision is expected on
the plan to clean up the sentiment in the river by the end of 2018. She mentioned that the organization’s Thursday night kayaking and Friday night fishing programs will continue this year. Currently, Frank stated, the river is not swimmable because of the bacteria in the river due to the dumping of raw sewage during heavy rainfalls. DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project will be coming on in March. It will significantly reduce the bacteria by nearly eliminating sewage releases. The Riverkeeper will begin weekly testing of the Anacostia and the Washington Channel. Frank stated that they plan to develop a Swim Guide.
Other Matters The DC Housing Authority (DHA) is moving forward with the redevelopment of Greenleaf Gardens Public Housing. The commission voted unanimously to request the Director of DHA come and brief the ANC on the agency’s plans. The commission voted unanimously to support: • the Smithsonian’s public space permit to create curb cuts on 12th Street SW for an entrance to a planned new loading facility. • a zoning modification adding habitable 2,100 square foot of penthouse space to Monument’s Realty’s project at 1200 Van Street SE provided a dog park with a minimum of 850 square feet was included a residential amenity; • minor façade modification to the project at 88 V St. SW to accommodate its location in the 500-year flood plain; • a one-year extension for the Yards PUD for the DC Water
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site slated to accommodate a movie theater; approved the commission’s meeting dates for 2018; • to participate in the ANC Bonding Fund; • the Scope It Out 5k race in support of colon cancer planned for March 18. Steve Moore, executive director of the Southwest Business Improvement District, outline the organization’s plan to extend its clean and safe services south of M Street SW to the northern boundary of the new soccer stadium. The commission unanimously supported to support The Wharf provide free ice skating for Southwest residents, stated Chair Litsky. No date has been set yet. •
Correction It was incorrectly reported in the November Hill Rag that the commission took “no action” on a Class B license for Officina, 1120 Maine Ave. SW. In fact, the commission tabled the matter due to concerns about the impact of the establishment’s summer gardens on pedestrian circulation. The next ANC 6D meeting will be held on Feb. at 7 p.m. at 1100 Fourth St. SW. Visit www.anc6d.org/ for more information. u
ANC 6E REPORT by Steve Holton
ommissioners Alex Padro (6E01, chair), Anthony Brown (6E02, secretary), Frank Wiggins (6E03, vice chair), David Jaffe (6E04), Alex Marriott (6E05, treasurer) and Kevin Rogers (6E07) made up the quorum to conduct official business at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E January meeting. Alvin Judd (6E06) was absent.
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MVT Farmers Market Requests Support for Permit Renewal FreshFarm Markets, which is a part of Mount Vernon Triangle’s (MVT) farmers market located at the 400 block of I Street NW, asked for support for a public space permit. The space will include 14 metered and two unmetered parking spots. Marriott moved to support the application and will communicate it in writing to the Public Space Committee of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The motion passed unanimously.
Request for Fifth Street Property Rich Markus of Rich Markus Architects spoke before the commission to request support for historic preservation approval for a property located at 1112-1114 Fifth St. NW. Plans call for renovation and new construction, which will include interior renovation, an addition to an existing building and construction of a new building. The new construction will be an eight-unit apartment building on a parcel of land that is currently a vacant lot. Jaffe asked Markus if the new building’s exterior would be brick and if it would be painted to match other brick structures on the block. Markus confirmed that it was already in the plans. Brown noted that the applicant had previously met before the ANC 6E Zoning Committee and that support was recommended. Although there were no issues with the plans, Brown noted that there were minor concerns over a lowerlevel doorway. Jaffe moved to motion support for approval and will communicate it in writing to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). The motion passed unanimously.
Request for Expansion of Child Development Centers Eva Laguerre, director of licensing and compliance of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), requested support for the DC Office of Planning’s proposed amendments to zoning regulations affecting child development centers.
The proposed amendments will expand daytime care as a matter of right instead of special exemption in Residential Flat zones, Residential Apartment zones, Mixed Use zones and the Walter Reed Zone. The amendments will also remove established caps on the number of children and eliminate the requirement for the location of play areas. In addition to requesting the commission’s support for the proposed amendments, Laguerre urged the community to testify at the hearing on Thursday, Feb. 8. The hearing will be at the Jerry R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room, 441 Fourth St. NW, Suite 220-S. Marriott moved that ANC 6E support the request for proposed amendments. The motion passed unanimously.
Results of Sewer Backup Investigation Tanya Hedgepeth and Craig Frickle of DC Water gave a slide presentation on the results of their investigation into sewer backups which occurred during a rainstorm last Aug. 17. The investigation showed that the problems stemmed from private plumbing and draining issues. It was also revealed that there were no known blockages in DC Water’s sewers. Hedgepeth and Frickle said that the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project will mitigate future flooding by creating additional capacity in the sewer system. The tunnel is expected to be in service in 2023. Other DC Water actions to mitigate flooding are the Backflow Preventer Rebate Program and the Floodproofing Rebate Program.
NEAR Act Resolution A representative of Councilmember Charles Allen’s office spoke before the commission about the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Amendment Act of 2016. Councilman Allen chairs the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety which funds the NEAR Act. This is a crime-prevention bill that supports the reduction of violence and works collaboratively with human services agencies to address unmet behavioral and mental health needs. The representative spoke of two new offices that would be created by the NEAR Act: the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engage-
ment and the Office of Violence Prevention and Health Equity. At a later date, the commission will receive a resolution for consideration.
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6 E C r i m e Wa t c h . Throughout the 6E jurisdiction in the last 30 days, violent crimes have declined, with the bigger issue being theft from auto. There were three robberies and one assault with a deadly weapon. Overall, burglaries are greatly down. Meeting attendees asked Metropolitan Police Department representatives for greater police presence at the N Street Park and also Eighth and P streets NW. New treasurer. Marriott motioned that Wiggins serve as both the vice chair and treasurer. The motion passed unanimously. Website updates. Marriott motioned that ANC 6E compensate Karen Jehle with a monthly fee of $250 for updating the new 6E website as well as her usual minute-taking services.
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AGAIN, DISTRICT SALVADORANS FACE AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove n January, President Donald Trump announced that his administration plans to end temporary protected status (TPS) for the 200,000 Salvadorans who came to the United States following a series of devastating 2001 earthquakes. They now have until September 2019 to obtain a green card or leave the country, putting them and their 190,000 US-born children in limbo. The largest groups of TPS recipients in the country, fully 32,000, live in the DC area. They constitute roughly a tenth of the region’s 300,000-strong Salvadoran community – the region’s largest immigrant group. Though applying for a renewal every 18 months reminded many TPS recipients of their precarious legal status, most have felt secure enough to build lives for themselves here: opening businesses, taking out mortgages and starting families. Though well integrated into the region’s culture and economy, the DC Salvadoran community, as its history reminds us, has always had to protest – sometimes violently – to have its needs addressed by an uncaring, when not hostile, government. Small numbers of Salvadorans began coming to the District in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as embassy staff and members of political or cultural delegations. Their numbers, along with the city’s Latino population overall, began to grow significantly beginning in the late 1950s, spurred first by political turmoil back home and later by the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which allowed for greater immigration from Latin American countries. Like other Spanish speakers, Salvadorans clustered in
the neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights, which had been bucolic streetcar suburbs for white Washingtonians. Women such as Rosa Lopez drove the Salvadoran immigration to DC in the 1960s and 70s. Lopez worked as a housekeeper for an American family that was posted with the US Agency for International Development in San Salvador in the 1960s. When the family returned to Washington, they brought Lopez with them, and she eventually became a permanent US resident. She settled in Mount Pleasant, and her husband Javier joined her in 1968. In the ensuing decades, 35 Lopez family members migrated to the Washington area. Pioneering women like Lopez helped transform Mount Pleasant/Adams Morgan into the city’s unofficial barrio, with “Se habla Espanol” signs and Latino restaurants, bodegas, a churreria and other businesses peppering the commercial strips near the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road. Squeezed between mostly lowincome black residents to the east and high-in-
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come white residents to the west, the community’s heterogeneous population represented nearly two dozen different countries. In the 1980s, the Salvadoran community grew rapidly as men, women and families fled a murderous civil war fueled in part by the US, which supplied the right-wing government and its death squads with billions in military aid, training and intelligence. The Salvadoran influx doubled the city’s Latino population, which reached nearly 33,000 by 1990, and gave the DC Latino community a distinctly Salvadoran feel.
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Mostly young, male and poor, the new immigrants packed into dilapidated, overcrowded apartments, emerging each day to work as busboys, janitors and construction workers. Fully half of the area’s Latinos lived in households that contained four or more people and earned less than $20,000 per year. Because many immigrants had arrived without papers documenting their legal status, they could not vote, and the city government largely ignored them. With little access to government services and concentrated in the most vulnerable segments of the economy, they were hit hard by the 1990 recession. As unemployed Salvadoran men filled neighborhood parks to wait for work and socialize, their more established neighbors, black and white, came to see them as alien and threatening. Police officers, few of whom spoke Spanish, rousted loitering men from area parks, often becoming rough with the non-English speakers who could not understand. Tensions between the predominantly African-American police and the Salvadoran community increased dramatically. Daniel Enrique Gomez knew these tensions well. Gomez arrived in DC from El Salvador in 1989 and secured a job washing dishes at the Georgetown Marriott. Once his shift was over, he would grab a bottle and catch up with friends at a small park at the corner of 17th and Lamont streets NW. On May 5, 1991, Gomez and three friends were thoroughly drunk when officers Angela Jewel and Griselle Del Valle cited the men for public intoxication. The men resisted arrest, and during the ensuing scuffle Jewel shot Gomez, wounding him critically. Rumors that a black officer had
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shot and killed a Salvadoran man coursed through the Latino community. Crowds of angry residents gathered along Mount Pleasant Street as hundreds of police reinforcements scrambled to the scene. By nightfall, bystanders were throwing bottles and rocks at a wall of riot police. Groups of young men raged up and down the Mount Pleasant commercial strip, burning police cars, smashing windows and looting. Though frightened by the violence, many residents could not help but sympathize. “They’re standing up for their rights,” insisted Mount Pleasant resident Bea Rodriquez. “If you live here you see a lot of abuse by police.” No one was seriously injured, and property damage was limited to the Mount Pleasant and Columbia Road commercial strips. But the riot helped inspire a new generation of Salvadoran leadership and kindled a new assertiveness that focused attention on the poor relationship between the city’s black-run government and the fast-growing Latino community. Latinos made up more than five percent of District residents but less than one percent of municipal workers, and the city bureaucracy did a poor job of providing Spanish-language services. Latino leaders demanded their fair share of city resources. Long-time community leader Beatrice Otero called for “equity and parity,” while younger activists such as Pedro Aviles of the DC Latino Civil Rights Task Force warned, “Unless these problems are addressed in a comprehensive way, we will have the danger of having similar disturbances again.” After the riot, Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon promised to open the government to the Latino community. She promised to revitalize the
Office of Latino Affairs and pass reforms aimed at giving Hispanic residents a measure of power and influence in city affairs. Yet, in a recession economy, Dixon’s initiatives faced fierce opposition. Some within the black community rejected Latino demands entirely. “If [Latinos] don’t appreciate our country, get out,” snapped Councilmember H.R. Crawford. Others sought to protect their own constituents’ interests. “I believe the Latino community is entitled to their fair share of city contracts and services, but I won’t allow that to happen at the expense of the African-American community,” asserted Councilmember William Lightfoot. Dixon’s initiatives stalled. By the end of her term, Latinos made up only 1.7 percent of city workers, many agencies still did not have translators and Latino activists picketed the District Building as the cashstrapped DC Council considered the elimination of the Office of Latino Affairs. In the ensuing decade, the District recovered from its near bankruptcy, and the Salvadoran community continued to grow, swelled by migrants fleeing a devastating succession of economic disasters, earthquakes and gang violence. The largest influx came in 2001, when three catastrophic earthquakes killed 1,200, left 1.5 million homeless, and sent tens of thousands fleeing the country. At the behest of Salvadoran President Francisco Flores, who desperately needed the millions of dollars in remittances Salvadorans living in (Continued on pg. 93)
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PAYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINS LANDMARK KELLER GRANT Funds Will Support a Nurturing School Culture by Barbara Wells ayne Elementary School, located at 14th and C Sts, SE, will receive the Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s prestigious Arnold F. Keller Jr. Grant, which has doubled in size to $20,000 this year. The funds will be used to train Payne’s teachers in the Responsive Classroom method, a social and emotional learning program that independent research links with higher academic achievement in math and reading. Payne Elementary Principal Stephanie Byrd
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has seen Responsive Classroom produce impressive results at other D.C. elementary schools like Marie Reed and Hyde. “I know firsthand the impact it has on school climate and culture and on the children themselves,” Byrd said. “Classrooms become not just more manageable but also more nurturing.” “We all agreed that the time is right for Payne,” said CHCF Vice President Stephanie Deutsch. “The school has an outstanding principal and an increasingly active and Rapt students listen to a story in a Payne classroom. involved parent body.” with consultant visits to observe the teachers and And for several years CHCF has supidentify areas for growth. ported other successful programs at Based on the belief that teaching both social Payne, including Playworks, Readand emotional skills and academics creates the best ing Partners, and REACH, an out-ofenvironment for learning, the Responsive Classschool time program that pairs teen room approach trains teachers to use intentional reading tutors with younger students. language that helps students solve problems. In adByrd immediately introduced dition, instead of using punitive responses to misa key element of Responsive Classbehavior, teachers learn to set clear limits and help room when she joined Payne last year. students learn from their mistakes. Each school day begins with “morn“Responsive Classroom is about how you ing meetings,” gathering everyone in speak to children and involve them in developing the classroom in a circle for 20 to 30 rules,” Byrd explained. “Instead of saying ‘Line up minutes for a greeting, sharing, group because I said so,’ it’s more like ‘Line up so that activity, and morning message. Byrd everyone can have their own personal space as we also organized a Responsive Classtravel safely through the hall.’ It allows students to room workshop last October, where think through their problems and develop soluboth teachers and aides respondtions themselves.” ed enthusiastically and began impleWith about one-third of its students living in menting its principles in the school. shelter at D.C. General, Payne has challenges that Now the CHCF grant will enable the Responsive Classroom approach is particularly 30 Payne staff members to complete effective in meeting. As Byrd notes, “Many of our four days of Responsive Classroom students live in extreme poverty and have experitraining, followed in about a month enced trauma. Responsive Classroom helps stu-
dents feel welcomed, acknowledged, and safe. That lowers their emotional filter and opens them up for learning.” By enhancing Payne’s educational environment, Responsive Classroom can improve the school’s academic performance, attract more families to the Capitol Hill community, and help keep high-performing pre-k students in the school for first grade and beyond. And while training and immersing new teachers in the Responsive Classroom culture, Payne will support and collaborate with the growing number of other D.C. public schools that have adopted the method, such as School Within a School, Garrison, Hyde-Addison, Marie Reed, and more. “We are so grateful to the Capitol Hill community for making this training possible,” said Deutsch. CHCF grants, totaling about $300,000 a year, are entirely funded through the contributions of residents, businesses, and friends of Capitol Hill. Every dollar raised is donated to organizations that enhance the community’s children’s education and youth programming; social services; arts, culture, and recreation; and neighborhood beautification. Learn more about Payne Elementary School at https:// paynedc.org/ and Responsive Classroom at www.responsiveclassroom.org. Visit the Capitol Hill Community Foundation website at www.capitolhillcommunityfoundation.com. Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill. u
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Jacqueline Dupree receives the Community Partner Foundation Award from Michael Stevens , president of the Capitol Riverfront BID
Mayor Muriel Bowser addresses over 275 Annual Meeting Attendees
Clean Team Employee of the Year Diarra Walton with Councilmember Charles Allen and BID VP Dan Melman
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A DECADE OF PROGRESS. A FUTURE OF GROWTH by Michael Stevens, AICP he Capitol Riverfront BID held its Annual Meeting Luncheon on Thursday, January 18 at Nationals Park to celebrate our 10th year of BID activities, as well as the accomplishments of our Clean Team and public and private partners. Over 275 attendees heard a summary of the BID’s activities over the past year, including new development that is occurring in all four market segments: retail, residential, office, and hospitality At the annual meeting, the BID recognized three recipients of its Foundation Awards. The Public Sector Partner award went to DC Water for their Clean Rivers Project and new corporate headquarters being built on the Anacostia River. The Private Sector Partner award went to JBG Smith for their development efforts of the Federal DOT headquarters office building, the newly delivered 1221 Van residential building, and the West Half apartment building which is currently under construction. The Community Partner Award recognized JDLand.com founder Jacqueline Dupree for her efforts in documenting and chronicling the transformation of Capitol Riverfront through her website and photos.
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Capitol Riverfront Clean Team members were recognized for their invaluable contributions throughout the public realm that make this neighborhood an inviting and attractive place to live, work, and visit. The BID also released new research conducted by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors on the positive impact of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood on the District’s revenue streams and taxes.. The study, titled Riverfront Recaptured: How Public Vision & Investment Catalyzed Long-Term Value in the Capitol Riverfront, documented how the District’s public investment of over $1.1 million in Capitol Riverfront is leveraging significant returns on that investment. This critical analysis highlights how this neighborhood has emerged as a major economic contributor to the District over the past decade. Findings of the study include the following summaries: • The annual net fiscal impact of the neighborhood is expected to be nearly $132 million, more than triple what the neighborhood generated before the BID was created. • The private sector has more than matched the District’s contributions to the neighborhood. To date, every dollar of public invest-
ment in the Capitol Riverfront has leveraged $1.92 of private investment. • In 2018, Capitol Riverfront will generate $287 million in revenues to the District, more than 3.5 times what it generated before the bid was created in 2007. • In 2018, Capitol Riverfront will generate: – THREE TIMES more real property tax revenue; – FOUR TIMES more income tax revenue; and – FIVE TIMES more sales, meals, and hotel tax revenue than in 2007. • $1.92 of private investment per $1.00 of public will exceed $8.00 by 2035. • Capitol Riverfront’s net fiscal impact will exceed $8.3B by 2040. Mayor Bowser and Charles Allen both made remarks at the luncheon, and spoke to 2018 being the Year of the Anacostia and the importance of the river and the public park lands to the District. Mayor Bowser spoke of her commitment to the river corridor through the financial package for the DC United soccer stadium (Audi Field) and
the recent commitment of $4.7 million to Kingman and Heritage Islands. With the opening of the DC Clean Rivers project and the coming of the MLB All Star Game in July of 2018, there will be a renewed interest in the Anacostia river corridor as a major asset to the city and its residents. Mayor Bowser also remarked on the District being shortlisted as one of twenty sites that Amazon is now considering for its HQ2 project, stating that the Capitol Riverfront remains a great riverfront campus site opportunity for Amazon.
170 rooms delivered in 2017, bringing our total hotel room count to 737. • 18 new retailers opened in 2017 including Rasa, CAVA, Orange Theory Fitness, District Winery, and Willow. • At least 14 new retailers and restaurants will open in 2018 including Whole Foods, Circa, Open Road, Shilling Canning Company, All Purpose Pizza, barre 3, Chloe’ (opened), and Eighteen Eight Fine Men’s Salons. The program concluded with a panel discussion that looked back on ten years of development and the forces that shaped Capitol Riverfront. Panelists included WC Smith CEO Chris Smith; Forest City Washington President Deborah Ratner Salzberg; Akridge Vice President of Development Adam Gooch; and JDLand. com founder Jacqueline Dupree. The full report and the executive summary of the Riverfront Recaptured study, the 2017 BID AnAnnual Meeting panel with remarks from founding stakeholdnual Report, and the development ers of Capitol Riverfront overview presentation boards from Councilmember Allen also thanked the the BID’s annual meeting are all available on our Clean Team members who have made such a BID website at capitolriverfront.org/resources. difference in the quality of the public realm, and 2017 was quite a year for the Capitol Rivreflected on the importance of Yards Park and erfront neighborhood and the BID as we exCanal Park as world class parks and public inperienced the largest development cycle in the vestments that create community and a sense of neighborhood’s history and continue to be the place. Councilmember Allen was instrumental in District’s fastest growing neighborhood. The securing long term maintenance funds for both proposal for Amazon’s HQ2 project to occur in of these parks. a large segment of our neighborhood only speaks The Capitol Riverfront BID released its to how far we have come over the past dec ade 2017 Annual Report to the public and presentin creating a high quality, mixed-use riverfront ed an overview of development highlights from community. 2018 will be special with the ongoing the past year including: Year of the Anacostia, the opening of the Clean • Five new residential buildings opened conRivers Project, the MLB All Star Game week, the taining 1,667 units bringing our total unit 100 year anniversary of Anacostia Park, the opencount to 6, 236. ing of Audi Field, and the construction starting • 3,381 residential units are currently under on the new Frederick Douglas Bridge. construction in 15 different projects. Please visit us over the next few months as • Our total residential population is 8,400 and new restaurants open, more residential is addshould reach 13,400 by the end of 2019. ed, baseball begins play in April, and the pop• Three office buildings are currently unular outdoor concerts and movies begin in late der construction containing 488,700 SF spring. It is compelling and interesting to see of space. what a decade can bring as the Capitol River• The Marriott Residence Inn containing front neighborhood continues to grow. u
(Continued from pg. 89) the United States sent home every year, the George W. Bush administration created a work permit program. Local social service organizations such as Casa de Maryland were overwhelmed by the number of people seeking help with the paperwork. Though swelled with new immigrants, the Salvadoran community still struggled to exercise political power. Though Salvadorans represent more than one-third of the city’s Latino population, no District Salvadorans have gained elected office above the level of the advisory neighborhood commission. Only two have retained seats in the Maryland General Assembly – one each from Prince George's and Montgomery counties, where most of the region’s Salvadorans now live. Local elected officials like County Executive Rushern Baker III have raised their voices in opposition to Trump’s recent order, but they have not been able to help their constituents. The Trump administration has justified its order by claiming that the emergency created by the 2001 earthquakes has passed. This is indeed true, yet international gangs, including MS-13, that were created in part through US immigration policy have turned El Salvador into one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The violence claims an average of 15 lives per day. In light of that violence, many TPS recipients have told reporters that they will stay in the United States illegally. The carnage aside, many have lived here longer than they lived in El Salvador; their jobs, friends and homes are here. Their children know no other home. The President has created for them an impossible choice: violate the law or suffer in silence. The District’s Salvadoran community has faced this choice before. From “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital” by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove, 2017. Used by permission of the University of North Carolina Press. www.uncpress.org u
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Cheick Hamala Diabate in Concert. Photo: Cheick Hamala Diabate
Art in the Alley returns in spring. Photo: Elise Bernard
H STREET LIFE by Elise Bernard ebruary can be a blustery and gray month in the District, making it all the more tempting to stay inside where it’s cozy and warm. But if you spend this month hibernating, you’ll miss out, as this February turns out to be a great month for both the visual and performing arts in our community.
Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival Returns in Late February The annual Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival (www.atlasarts.org/intersections) will soon be upon us again, running from Feb. 23 through March 10. This is a performing arts festival that brings together works that impact our society, culture and world by informing, inspiring, educating and entertaining. For the 2018 festival, the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE) is working in partnership with the John F. Kenne-
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dy Center for the Performing Arts and 14 other DC arts organizations to celebrate the Leonard Bernstein centennial. The festival presents works in a variety of mediums, including music, dance, spoken-word storytelling and film. In the award winning “Little Stones” documentary, filmmaker Sophia Cruz weaves together the tales of four women artists from around the globe who use their art forms to empower women and raise awareness of and combat genderbased violence. A Brazilian graffiti artist confronts the topic of domestic violence. A dancer and sociologist helps survivors of sex trafficking heal and reclaim their bodies and lives through dance movement therapy and community building in India. A Senegalese hip-hop star spins lyrics that touch on themes of forced marriage and female genital mutilation. An American who moved to Kenya with her missionary parent and grew up to become a fashion designer founded a nonprofit that provides a free, 18-month in-
tensive training and certification program in advanced sewing techniques to vulnerable women. Upon completion the women choose to accept a position with an associated clothing company or use their newly acquired skills to enter the job market. Musician Cheick Hamala Diabate treats his audience to an engaging evening of song, dance and Malian oral history and legend. Diabate is known as the king of the n’goni, a traditional West African plucked lute with a body made of wood and stretched animal skin. It’s a sort of distant cousin to the American banjo, another instrument Diabete plays skillfully. He’s previously collaborated with artists including Bela Fleck and Bob Carlin. His band includes bass, sax, djembe drum, guitar, drum kit and more. The full schedule of INTERSECTIONS events is posted on the Atlas website. You can purchase tickets to individual events online or through the box office. There are also multi-
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Art in the Alley Celebrates Local Art in Local Spaces The Trinidad neighborhood’s freewheeling, do-it-yourself festival Art in the Alley will take place Saturday, April 28. The festival originally launched in 2011 and has taken place in the fall over the past few years. The organizers took a break last year, promising to return this spring, partly in an effort to avoid the inevitable scheduling conflicts with the District’s many festivals that take place in the fall. The free event celebrates local art in local spaces, specifically an alley located behind the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Florida Avenue and Morse Street NE. For one night, residents transform an alley into a cheerful gallery and invite neighbors and visitors alike to view works by local professional and amateur artists while mingling with friends new and old. Paintings, photos, weavings, jewelry and more are on display. The evening traditionally features both live musical performances and a DJ.
Driftwood Kitchen Quietly Closes Driftwood Kitchen (400 H St. NE) quietly shut its doors last month. A note posted on the door greeted would-be diners with the message, “To Our Neighborhood Friends: Driftwood Kitchen is now closed. We want to thank you for your support.” Driftwood
Kitchen joined the H Street NE dining scene in October 2014, offering modern American food with Mediterranean influences and some skillfully crafted cocktails in an impressive space. There’s no word yet on what might replace Driftwood at the location.
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CulturalDC (https://www.culturaldc.org) has set up its mobile art gallery SPACE4 outside Union Market (https://unionmarketdc. com, 1309 Fifth St. NE). Inside SPACE4 you’ll find works by artist J. D. Deardourff (https://www.instagram.com/jddeardourff ), known for his vividly hued prints that reference a comic-book aesthetic. The solo show “Uncanny Fantastic” features new, experimental monoprints focused around themes of color and energy. It coincides with the release of Deardourff ’s self-published comic book series bearing the same name. The exhibition, which runs through Feb. 23, includes free community workshops where Deardourff will demonstrate screen printing basics and produce small works of art with participants. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 12 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
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JEWISH-MUSLIM MLK CELEBRATION Hill Havurah and Interfaith Connections
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Breitman. The congregation is also an acting laikum salaam,” third- and fourthmember of the Good Neighbors of Capitol Hill graders practice answering in reRefugee Resettlement program, working with sponse to the Arabic greeting, “Safaith groups on the Hill to assist newly arrived laam alaikum.” Not the first scene refugees. most people would associate with “Rabbi Hannah has helped our congregaMartin Luther King Jr. weekend. Not a standard tion’s passion in these areas to flourish,” Uslesson in most Jewish religious schools either. But dan says. “She has spearheaded events like the interfaith work has always been important to Hill MLK Day celebration and included us in ... anHavurah, the neighborhood's 20-year-old Jewish other group called Jews and Muslims Acting congregation. And Jewish-Muslim dialogue, in Together (JAM-AT) and particular, has been a goal the annual Greater Washof the congregation's first ington Summit of Imams, rabbi, on the job now for Rabbis, and Community 18 months. “Jewish-MusLeaders that took place in lim MLK Day Celebration December.” on the Hill” is already a traRabbi Hannah says dition, and it was standingthat interfaith relationroom-only for the all-age, ship building has been immulti-congregation proportant to her since high gram on Jan. 14. school, when her father, Hill Havurah has longDan Spiro, helped start the standing social justice and Jewish Islamic Dialogue community service comSociety of the DC area. mittees, explains Rachel “It turns out it's an imporUsdan, who planned the Mehreen Farooq speaks to the full astant value for the Hill HaMLK Day celebration tosembly about her work with the World vurah as well. One of our Organization for Resource Development gether with Rabbi Hannah and Education in front of a tapestry favorite things about sharSpiro and another conmade earlier in the day by youth learning ing space with neighborrelated concepts. gregation member, Rachel hood churches has always been building our relationships with the wonderful congregations that dwell within them.” Hill Havurah is also developing a “beautiful relationship with Mount Moriah Baptist Church, our neighbor down East Capitol Street,” Rabbi Hannah adds. Past programs included a musical gathering and a vigil for victims of Aaron Shneyer shares a gun violence in Ward 6. “In just a few Palestinian-Israeli duet of “A weeks we'll be coming together for a text Change Is Gonna Come,” part study on the Book of Esther in honor of of Heartbeat's work to promote understanding through music. both Purim and Black History Month.”
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Different communities join to create meals for those in need, adding artwork and messages of hope.
Inspiration and Collaboration The MLK Day celebration included presentations from Jews and Muslims involved in non-violent conflict resolution efforts: Mehreen Farooq of the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE); Rabia Chaudry of the Safe Nation Collaborative and “Adnan's Story”; Aaronehreen Shneyer of Heartbeat, a nonprofit using music to empower Israeli and Palestinian youth to transform conflict; and Brett Parson with the Special Liaison Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department and one of the few Jewish officers on the force. The day included programs for students from pre-K to high school and finished with a sandwichmaking project. Many participants singled out the hands-on activity as important for building relationships. Mitch Malasky, relatively new to Hill Havurah, thought it was important to “bring people together and build understanding – meet and know people, learn faces and names, not just nameless other.” Jameel Montgomery, of Masjid Muhammad, said the event reminded him of the teaching that God created us “in nations and tribes so that you may know one another.” Remarked Inshirah Aleem, with the youth weekend program at Mas-
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jid Muhammad, “We can get discouraged, but I truly believe people coming together shows our hearts are one. Seeing a room full of different people together inspires me.” In addition to general inspiration, some new collaborations were sparked. Hill Havurah member Lisa Raymond says her 13-yearold son talked to Shneyer about using music in his upcoming bar mitzvah project. Farah ShakourBridges, of Masjid Muhammad, and Isaac Adleberg, third-grade teacher for Hill Havurah, spoke of doing more joint work and possibly exchanging teachers.
Division and Unity “There is so much we have in common,” Rabbi Hannah says, “but much more exciting to me is what we have to learn from each other and how much more effectively we can repair the world when we're doing it as partners and as friends.” Farooq, who works to avoid conflict as near as Montgomery County and as distant as Bangladesh, described some of the violence and oppression behind the poems of Punjabi sufi Baba Bulleh Shah. She asked the audience to remember that his poems, with their powerful messages of love, have endured since the 18th century and inspired new generations, while voices of hate and ugliness have been forgotten. Learn more about Hill Havurah and some of the interfaith partnerships at www.hillhavurah. org. Also visit www.WORDE.org, www.rabiachaudry.com, www. heartbeat.fm.
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“SENIORS X SENIORS” PORTRAITS AT HILL CENTER Buck Waller
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by Elizabeth Nelson he show currently on display in the Young Artists Gallery is the fruit of collaboration between Maury ES artists and Capitol Hill Village*. The project was developed by CHV Executive Director, Molly Singer, and Maury art teacher, Lauren Bomba. Singer was planning an intergenerational festival, GenFest, to be held at Hill Center and approached Ms. Bomba about creating something unique to enliven the atmosphere. Never one to be content with mere decoration, Bomba suggested a series of “mirror portraits” of the Villagers, to be created by fifth graders – the Seniors - at Maury. A mirror portrait is created when a photograph of a subject's face is cut in half and left for the artist to complete with pen and ink. Students and Villagers both practiced the technique, focusing on symmetry, balance, contour line, and value. Any serious student of art knows that the measure of a great portrait is insight into the character of its subject. So the artists needed to develop a rapport with the individuals who would sit for them. They invited the Villagers to visit them in their studio for shared art activities, games and interviews, a session designed by Ms. Bomba “to give Villagers and students an authentic way to connect in a deep and meaningful way with someone from a different generation.” It worked. According to Lira, “It was really fun getting to know my person.” Her classmates agree. Alena “really liked my senior (but she looked realnterview Right: Maury students’i rs age Vill Hill itol Cap Nick Alberti
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A Maury student interviews a Villager to capture his essence for the portrait.
ly young)… her mother gave her a trip to Africa as a graduation present!” Camille was impressed with the paper flowers her Villager made as a backdrop to his portrait. She also appreciated the mirror-portrait technique, noting that “it was much easier than doing a regular drawing, especially the nose and teeth.” The relationships that developed were meaningful to the Villagers as well as the kids. “I was attracted to the project because it was a very special opportunity for a senior to be involved in the community in a fun way. The kids were delightful, the challenges of portraiture were daunting and the entire experience was a delight.” –Rosemary Freeman “I really enjoyed the interaction with the youngsters. I was able to share some of my experiences with the children and we got to know each other. I’m looking forward to the gala and seeing the kids again.” – Stanice Anderson With the preliminary work complete, the students began work on the final versions in pencil and ink on watercolor paper, incorporating images of objects with special meaning to the sitter: a cross for a particularly devout Villager; a caped superhero for another who wishes she could fly. In turn, several of the Villagers elected to create portraits of the students. Many of these are also on view in the gallery.
Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The Young Artists Gallery is on the ground floor, east of the main staircase. The show will hang through the end of February. Ms. Bomba invites everyone to see it and witness a “partnership, both personal and artistic, between old and young right here in our own neighborhood… These works of art are perfect evidence for what results when love and meaning is infused into learning.” Capitol Hill Village describes itself as “a neighborhood nonprofit organization that aims to sustain and enrich the community of Capitol Hill residents for the long term.” u
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done and not paid for! You don’t want to pay for that, do you? Less interesting could be a clerical error in which someone failed to correctly enter deed information into the computer. It happens. So, your title company protects you from purchasing a home that can’t legally be sold to you due to any number of things – mental incompetence, fraud, back taxes, etc. The title company will order a location drawing or boundary survey, depending on your jurisdiction and other criteria. The location drawing is quicker and less expensive, but if there’s any issue, such as an easement or a question as to whether that parking area really conveys, please err on the side of the boundary survey. The title company charge is insurance, a one-time cost at the time of purchase. Don’t cheap out on it, and certainly don’t skip it!
Capital Gains Someone asked me about capital gains. I’m not a tax expert, so I can’t give advice about tax issues. I can say that capital gains taxes are on properties that have been held longterm. For sale of short-term property, the gains are counted as income, and the tax rate is as it would be for your current income, subject to income-level brackets, married filing jointly vs. separately, single, etc. It looks like the new tax law doesn’t change the formula for calculating whether or not capital gains on the
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Where’s the Next Hot Spot? People ask me where the next hot spot in DC will be. My crystal ball shows me that it’ll be in the vicinity of Capitol Hill, very easy to get to and from. I don’t see a gigantic chair or a big warehouse market. I do see a boat, though no water, and a cemetery. Does this remind you of Pee-wee Herman and the Alamo? Because I do detect Texas. Housing prices are steadily rising, though it’s largely under the radar because there aren’t fancy places to eat. You can get your driver’s license renewed with almost no wait time, though. Anyone know where this is?
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health and fitness PREVENTING FALLS
Katie Nieman, physical therapy student, performing a balance activity (tandem stance on an uneven surface) with Sarah Amesbury, physical therapist.
The Secrets to Staying Upright by Pattie Cinelli
his past fall a friend of mine was doing what she does every day – walking to her sink. This time, however, her sandal caught the edge of the throw rug in front of the sink and Boom! She fell down hard on her hip. It broke and she had to have a partial hip replacement from which she is still recovering. Others are not so fortunate. Katherine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post, died from head injuries sustained from a fall in 2001. Both my friend who is 75 and Graham who was 84, became part of a grim statistic. Every year one in four people age 65 and older experiences a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One out of five of those falls causes injuries such as a broken bone or head trauma. For many of those who fall and don’t get injured, the fear of falling again can limit their everyday activities. What’s even
worse, falling once doubles your chance of falling again. However, the fate of older adults is not sealed, nor is the outcome inevitable. There are many ways to counter the inflexibility, instability and muscle deterioration that contributes to incidences of falling.
Why Do We Fall? As we age we don’t move as much. Let’s examine a typical life progression: children play, run jump, fall easily and get up; teens are moving all day in school from class to class and usually participate in extracurricular activities; college students are running all over campus. Once we begin careers most of us sit eight to 10 hours or more a day, not only in front of the computer but also in front of the steering wheel or on public transportation commuting. Then we sit in front of the TV. Just as a car rusts and doesn’t work if you don’t use it, so do our bodies. Falls often begin when parents start having kids. They
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Come to a Balance Class The Capitol Hill Village will host a Physio Balance class Friday, Feb 16. 12:30 to 1:30 at the Southeast Public Library. The class is taught by a physical therapist at Novacare Rehab and is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested but not required. Call Capitol Hill Village: 543-1778. don’t sleep, eat or hydrate well, they get stressed and when they try to participate in sports or exercise activities as they did when they were younger, accidents happen. A student of mine recently returned from an extended visit to her son’s home to help care for her grandchildren. Her daughter-in-law had taken, not one, but two falls – one in her house on her steps and the other outside on the ice. She is 38. Falling is not limited to age, but can be more dangerous for older adults. By the time we get older, our bodies are stiff, achy, arthritic, and we often have chronic pain. We don’t feel like moving. Falls result from a variety of reasons. The inability to correctly transfer or shift our bodyweight caused 41 percent of tumbles, according to a study released from Simon Fraser University in 2012 that examined 227 falls among 130 residents in two nursing homes. The falls involved a body movement that caused the center of gravity to change improperly while walking or standing. The researchers called them ‘misjudgments or overcorrections. Other causes include: dizziness, overtiredness, rushing, multi-tasking, texting and walking, lack of focus on the present moment, deconditioning, low blood pressure or muscle weakness.
Prevention is the Key I always tell my students when we do a core exercise, “All of us are going to trip and stumble, but not all of us will fall.” We all want to be in the group of non-tumblers. How do we do that? I asked Sarah Amesbury, physical therapist and center manager at NovaCare Rehabilitation on Capitol Hill. She says that changes to your environment and changes to yourself can help keep you from falling. “In your home, add adequate lighting, get rid of any throw rugs, make sure stairs have railings and wear supportive footwear. Loose slippers are not good nor are heels or soles of shoes that are too slippery or too sticky.” Sarah also said it is helpful to practice mental imagery or visualization. “If I do fall, what would I do?” Try to be specific and positive and create several scenarios. She also said it’s important to make safe choices when deciding how to proceed when the weather is bad. For example, last month I knew there would be ice overnight so I diligently coated my sidewalk with salt. The next morning when I went to walk my dog, I didn’t give it a second thought. It looked clear. I took one step and slid, twisted and stumbled on black ice but didn’t fall. When I stabilized myself I took a deep breath, calmed myself and made a decision: I could either walk with the dog or drive to the park where we could walk on the grass. I chose the latter.
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Pattie Cinelli demonstrating one of Sarah Amesbury’s favorite balance exercises
Knowing where your body is in space (proprioception) and having the strength, flexibility and reflexes to right yourself when you get out of balance requires making exercise a priority. “It has to become an integral part of one’s life and fit into one’s lifestyle,” said Sarah. Sarah recommends exercising three to four times a week optimally but two times a week at a minimum. Exercises must include challenging your center of gravity and learning how to engage your core muscles while doing exercises. “Working to correct poor posture is also very important as are strengthening the glutes,” she said. A few of Sarah’s favorite exercises include: sit to stand and standing hip extension both to the back and side. Each exercise can be repeated for two sets of 15 or three sets of 10 repetitions. Another favorite is tandem stands – holding on while lifting one leg and counting to 30. Many aging characteristics are those that we can’t change and can only embrace. Falling is not one of them. Pattie Cinelli is a holistic fitness professional has been writing her health and fitness column for more than 25 years. She writes about new and innovative approaches to staying well. Pattie works with clients in their home, office or at Sport & Health Gym. She can be contacted at: email@example.com. u
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A patient with myofascitis decided to try chiropractic. She had lived over ten years with the condition. There were posture issues and she suffered from tons of stress. Chiropractic care is a proven method to significantly help brainwave patterns. This improves body stress response, which greatly alleviates pain. The patient reports a reduction in pain and regrets not trying chiropractic long ago. For the better health and life experience of you and your family Dr. David Walls-Kaufman Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center 411 East Capitol St., SE | 202.544.6035
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CRANIAL CRUCIATE LIGAMENT DAMAGE By Dan Teich, DVM ogs are prone to many orthopedic injuries, but none is as common as rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). The knee is a complex joint, composed of a number of ligaments and cartilage padded areas. When there is damage to the CCL, the knee becomes unstable, leading to discomfort, damage to the cartilage, and eventual arthritis. The CCL in dogs is analogous to the ACL in humans. This ligament is frequently torn in athletes during a traumatic episode (think football), but in dogs, the ligament begins to weaken when they are young, leading to possible rupture during mundane activities. The CCL serves to stabilize the bones of the knee. The femur (long bone that extends from the hip joint to the knee) sits on
top of the tibia (shin bone) and is prevented from sliding off the tibia by the CCL. The ligament also helps prevent twisting of the bones on top of each other. When the ligament is torn, the femur has excess mobility leading to possible damage of the protective coating of cartilage in the joint, inflammation, and pain. Walking becomes more difficult as well. As the inflammation and instability persist, the body reacts by producing scar tissue in an attempt to stabilize the joint. After some time, the joint develops arthritis, leading to chronic pain. We frequently see dogs for CCL damage and the history may involve jumping playing, or nothing at all. Since the ligament weakens in many dogs at a young age, it may simply rupture when out for a walk. In working or highly active dogs, the damage may
be secondary to trauma or a hard landing, but frequently, the dog is simply lame after a walk. Common breeds for CCL damage include all pit bull breeds and retrievers. Large breed dogs are also over-represented, but we do see problems in small dogs, too. Diagnosis of a ruptured CCL is based upon history and an orthopedic examination. X-rays are useful, but do not show the ligament damage as most ligaments do not appear on X-rays. During the examination, the veterinarian will assess if the joint is stable by flexing and extending the knee, along with testing if there is drawer or tibial thrust. The later two techniques show if the femur slides back and forth on top of the tibia. Once a presumptive diagnosis of a CCL tear is made, X-rays are frequently taken of the knees and the hips. It is important to be certain that there are no other abnormalities within the knee and to ascertain if the hips are normal. If you fix a damaged knee, but the hip itself is problematic, you may not have made a positive difference in the walking or comfort of the dog or the hip itself is the real problem, and not the knee! Initially torn CCLs are managed with rest, an anti-inflammatory medication for pain and inflammation control, and a glucosamine supplement such as Dasuquin Advanced. Not all CCL tears are complete and with time, medications and rest, some may stabilize and not require further intervention. Regenerative medicine - including stem cells and platelet rich plasma, along with physical therapy and rest may greatly aid in recovery of dogs with less than 50% partial CCL tears. For those with
a complete tear, surgical intervention is necessary to obtain the best outcome. Several surgical techniques are employed to stabilize the knee joint, but the tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) is the most common procedure. In our opinion, the TPLO hasthe best outcomes of any surgical technique. The TPLO does not recreate the broken ligament, but changes the position of the top of the tibia bone so that the femur sits more flatly upon the tibia, eliminating the need for the CCL. This is performed via making a circular cut in the tibia, rotating it into position, and securing it with a steel plate and screws. Post operation the pup is placed on pain medications, joint supplements, omega-3 fatty acids (Welactin brand is most recommended), Adequan (an injectable joint supplement), rest, and given physical therapy. Dogs recover quite quickly and frequently resume their pre CCL rupture activities within three months. Remember earlier where it was discussed that CCL rupture is usually a degeneration of the ligament? Well, in 50-60% of dogs that damage one CCL, the other will be damaged within 15-18 months. The best treatment is to repair a CCL when it ruptures and then repair the other, too. CCL ruptures are common in dogs, but can be effectively treated in all sizes of dogs. If your pup is suddenly lame in a hind leg, the CCL may be to blame. Dan Teich, DVM, is the medical director of The District Veterinary Hospital, 240 Seventh St. SE, desk@districtvet. com. u
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The Great Backyard Bird Count The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the GBBC, from beginning bird watchers to experts. Participate from a backyard or anywhere in the world. The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb. 16, through Feb. 19. Visit birdcount.org for more information.
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Discover Engineering Family Day On Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Discover Engineering Family Day will be held for the 26th time. Through the years, it has illuminated engineering to thousands of parents, teachers and children. Meet an astronaut. See one of NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon’s racecars. Watch an engineer ascend to the top of the National Building Museum. Family Day is designed to introduce children from ages 4 to 12 to the wonders of engineering. Engineers of all types will be on hand to share their love of the design-and-build process. The National Building Museum is at 401 F St. NW. engineeringfamilyday.org.
The GenOUT Chorus’s second annual Youth Invasion concert will feature songs that inspire and celebrate LGBTQ pride. Soloists and small ensembles will be interspersed with songs performed by the entire GenOUT Chorus in a concert featuring hit songs from Broadway and film, pop favorites. The GenOUT Chorus is made up of 20 singers from 15 schools around the area. Songs include “Build Me a World,” “Electricity” from Billy Elliott, “We Are One,” “Hold Fast to Dreams” and “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Han-
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sen.” Come join the young people of GenOUT as they sing out and proud. $20 to $35. The Youth Invasion concert is on Feb. 10, 8 p.m., at the Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. atlasarts.org.
Girl Scout World Thinking Day Capitol Hill Girl Scouts are celebrating World Thinking on Feb. 10, 2:30 to 5 p.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. This year’s theme
is “Impact”. This World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will think about what it means to make an impact on the world while celebrating being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. As part of the event, local Girl Scouts will be partnering with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. The project’s mission is to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in DC. Troops participating in the World Thinking Day event will be collecting donations for the Children’s Playtime Project. The donations will include pull-ups, baby wipes, potty training books and training potties. Interested in learning more or donating items? Contact Natalie Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Scouts Thank Kaiser Permanente The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital presented a plaque to Kaiser Permanente last fall in recognition of their support for Capitol Hill Girl Scout Troop 6560. For the past five years, Kaiser Permanente has hosted the troop’s meeting. Troop members are very grateful.
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11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. npg. si.edu.
The Uncle Devin Show is a live, interactive musical experience for children by renowned drummer Devin Walker. The show cultivates the minds of children through percussion instruments. It is a dynamic cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock. The Uncle Devin Show in on Feb. 15 and 16 at Discovery Theater on the Mall. Photo: Cipriana Thompson Eckford of Soulfully Speaking Photography
Celebrate The Emancipation Proclamation
Discovery Theater on the Mall On Feb. 13 and 14, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy “Meeting Mr. Lincoln.” What would you say if you got to meet one of the greatest presidents of all time? While on an errand for seamstress Elizabeth Keckley, young Eliza finds a barefoot, uneducated country boy sneaking through the White House. Caleb wants to meet his idol Honest Abe—someone who was once like him but who rose to lead the nation. For ages 7 to 12. On Feb. 15 and 16, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy Tot Rock: Percussion Party with Uncle Devin. Ready to make some noise and learn some beats? Early math and numbers add up to plenty of fun when everybody’s favorite musical uncle returns and invites young audiences to hear and play a world of percussion instruments. For ages 2 to 6. On Feb. 20 to 23, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. (also 1 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 22), enjoy Black Diamond. Score a home run with a spirit-rousing musical play about the “other” major league. This updated hit from nationally recognized arts leader Michael Bobbitt and tunesmith John Cornelius chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. For ages 6 to 12. All shows are at the Smithsonian Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Tickets are $6 per child, $3 for under 2 and $8 for adults. discoverytheater.org.
NGA President’s Day Enjoy a series of family programs on Presidents Day celebrating the founding fathers and the presidents who have led this country at the National Portrait Gallery (NGA). Activities will include live music, art activities, tours with historians and a special appearance by the Washington Nationals’ Running Presidents. Festivities take place Feb. 17,
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gual and entertaining play is a fun-filled musical spectacle for children 5 to 10 years old that combines past and present, myth and stories of everyday life. VolcanO: Tales of El Salvador plays from March 3 to 17. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10. children. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. galatheatre.org.
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On Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., stop by the ReSource Room at the National Archives before or after viewing the Emancipation Proclamation and learn more about this important document through hands-on discovery. archives.gov.
On Feb. 18, 2 and 4 p.m., learn the language of music with a fresh twist as the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) reunites with Grammy-nominated beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon and wildly original electric cellist/composer Wytold for a crash course in the fundamentals of remixing! $15. For ages 5, up. kennedy-center.org.
What happens when a concert violinist and an opera singer join everyone’s favorite stuffed animal? Two Divas and a Bear! March 2 to 4, join NSO violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan as they explore the human voice. As it turns out, the violin has a voice, too! Listen to Schubert’s The Trout, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Rossini’s Two Cats. Discover that the strings of the violin are very similar to human vocal cords. $20. For ages 3, up. kennedy-center.org.
On Thursdays, Feb. 8, 15 and 22, learn about the suffragist and abolitionist, Sojourner Truth, and make a collage in honor of this important American freedom fighter. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes. visitthecapitol.gov.
Chinese New Year
On Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrate the Lunar New Year at SAAM to begin the Year of the Dog. Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations including traditional paper cutting, an art scavenger hunt, red paper lantern making and panda crafts. Performances by special guest artists from Chengdu, China, include traditional music, Sichuan Opera and acrobatics. Help “awaken the lion” and ring in the New Year. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW. americanart.si.edu.
VolcanO: Tales of El Salvador In Mayan volcano is ixcanul (fire mountain). A volcano’s fire is hot, alive and beautiful, like the stories and folktales from El Salvador. This bilin-
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The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket Henry and Bucket are best pals, although sometimes one wouldn’t think so! When these two friends transform their rusty, dusty, battered and bockety world into a place of wonder, their adventures can take them anywhere! Recommended for ages 4, up. Playing at the Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW., March 20 to April 5. keegantheatre.com.
National Children’s Museum Reopens The National Children’s Museum will reopen at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, in March 2019. Its new space, just steps from the White House, provides more than 33,000 square feet for new interactive exhibits which will place an emphasis on teaching science, technology, en-
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The Alliance Française of Washington DC has landed in Capitol Hill at the Hill Center (two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station) Native French speaking teachers will lead our most popular children’s classes: Our 1-hour “Pitchouns” class for the 3 to 5 y.o, is a fun language discovery with arts, songs, dance, games and stories
Our 1.5 hour “Gamins & Gamines” class for the 5 to 6 y.o. stimulate your child’s intellectual, motor and artistic skills while they learn a new language
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6-Week Summer Performing Arts Camp Ages 6-15 / June 18-July 27, 2018 Weekdays 9:00am-5:30pm Closing Dinner Theatre Performance! Enrollment Opens January 2, 2018 Reserve Your Spot Today! www.sugarfoots.com/camp or call 202-316-2258
Acting, Dancing, Music and Art. Sugarfoots was featured on the “Working Woman” segment on WJAL TV 7 with Alison Starling.
At Capitol Hill United Methodist Church 421 Seward Square, SE (3 blocks from Eastern Market)
Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival for Kids Theatre for the Very Young: Inside Out; Feb. 24, 25, 28; March 1, 2, 3, 4. In Series: Bastian and Bastiana, Feb. 24, Family Fun Day. Shakespeare for the Young: The Tiniest Tempest, Feb. 24. Dreamcatcher Entertainment: Billosophy: For Kids, Feb. 24. Really Spicy Opera: The Princess Pirate Party Musical, March 3. Kidz Musiq Club: Jazzing Up Learning, March 3. Youth Summit: March 10, Dance Exchange, F.R.E.S.H.H. Inc., Capitol Movement Pre-Professional Company, Arena Stage Voices of Now, Elements Dance Company, City at Peace, and Youth Summit Showcase. Capital City Symphony: Family Concert: I Like to Move It!, March 18. Theatre for the Very Young: Inside Out
gineering, art and math (STEAM), reinforcing and expanding national education goals for children of all ages. The museum, which will cost $10.95 for adults and children, will be open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more at nationalchildrensmuseum.org.
DCPR Summer Camp Registration opens Feb. 5 The summer camp season is June 18 to Aug. 17. Most camps are offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, but hours vary by program. DPR provides a wide variety of summer camp experiences for youth ages three to seventeen and has been doing so for more than 30 years. On average, over 5,000 children participate in DPRís camps each summer. 2018 Summer Camp Dates: Session 1: June 18 to 29; Session 2: July 2 to 13, (no camp July 4); Session 3: July 16 to 27; Session 4: July 30 to Aug. 10; Session 5: Aug.
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13 to 17. Before and After Care is offered at an additional charge. DPR also offers Reduced Rates for 2018 Summer Camps for those eligible. Non-DC residents may register for DPR Summer Camps beginning March 5..For more information, visit dpr.dc.gov/ service/summer-camps or contact the DPR Summer Camp office at 202-671-0372 or DPR.Camps@dc.gov.
A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it’s a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. Alexander wake up with gum in his hair. His mother forgets to pack him dessert. His bestie decides he’s not his best friend anymore. Alexander’s brothers don’t have any cavities, but he does. And just when it can’t get any worse, there are
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Saturday Mornings at The National On select Saturday mornings, The National hosts free programs that engage and inspire the young mind. Saturday programming is best suited for children 4 to 10. Siblings and friends of other ages are always welcome. Performances take place Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Helen Hayes Gallery. The National Theatre is at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets may be reserved one week prior to the performance. The reservation system closes at 10 a.m. on the Friday before the performance but walk-ins are welcome if there is room. Register and get more inlima beans for supper and kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Uuuugggghhh. All ages. It is on stage at Glen Echo Feb. 9 to March 31. Tickets are $19.50 and can be purchased online at adventuretheatre-mtc.org or by calling 301-634-2270.
A Bollywood Princess & The Pauper Set in long ago India, a corrupt Wazir plots to steal the throne from the Sultan’s heirs. A spoiled Princess Razia forces a shy dressmaker’s daughter, Zainab, to exchange places with her. Razia gradually discovers how unfairly the people are treated and resolves to become a just leader. Can she expose the Wazir’s villainy before he is crowned? Best for ages 5, up. Plays Feb. 10 to March 18, at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD. imaginationstage.org.
formation at thenationaldc.org. Here’s the lineup: Feb. 3, ¡Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andrés!; Feb. 10, Gemini Children’s Theatre--Little Mermaid’s Pollution Solution; Feb. 24. On Feb. 10, Gemini Children’s Theatre presents Little Mermaid’s Pollution Solution. “And when all the sea creatures see my pollution, they will disappear leaving me the ruler of the sea!” Photo: Shawn Hopkins
Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward On Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join them for Revolutionary War Day at Fort Ward. Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish at 2 p.m. between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army. Participants include renowned reenactment units from around the US dressed in authentic period costumes and demonstrating authentic 18th Century weaponry. For more information, visit washingtonbirthday.net. Free admission. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA. alexandriava.gov/FortWard. Have an item for the Notebook? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org u
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www.capitolhillclusterschool. org. Peabody is located at 425 C St. NE. Watkins Elementary School is located at 420 12th St. SE. Stuart-Hobson is located at 410 E St. NE. Follow them on Facebook.com/CHCS.DC and twitter.com/CHCSPTA. –Sean O’Brien. y
Watkins Discuss the Dream on Great Day Washington On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Principal Elena Bell and several Watkins fifth-graders appeared on Great Day Washington to discuss the Watkins tradition of reciting Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Markette Sheppard, host of the WUSA9 program, asked Student Body President Mather Zung and Treasurer Delia Stuckey about their experiences preparing for the speech and what it will mean to stand with their classmates and participate in
Author Minh Le Visits Peabody The Kindergarten and Pre-K 4 students were treated to a reading by author Minh Le in December. He shared his book, “Let Me Finish!” with the students and answered enthusiastic questions from the budding readers. The Cluster community is grateful to East City Bookshop for helping to make this special visit a reality.
Author Minh Le shares his book “Let Me Finish!” with Peabody students
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Celebrations of Learning Ludlow-Taylor has been recognized for its strong and improving standardized test scores, but just as impressive is its commitment to making students’ learning visible in ways that go beyond a number or let-
this 14-year tradition. Fifth-grade violinist Io Huttinger played a portion of “We Shall Overcome”, a song which all of the fifth-graders will sing together on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Stuart Hobson Teacher Honored at National Championship Stuart Hobson reading teacher Beth Dewhurst was honored alongside teachers from around the country at the 2018 College National Championship in Atlanta. In a ceremony on the field, the DC Teacher of the Year Beth Dewhurst and other teachers are recognized at the College National Championship 2017 DC Teacher of the Year was recognized for “going the extra ter grade to encompass a richer, more compreyard” for the students at Stuart Hobson. The hensive view of assessment. During the fall and cluster community couldn’t be prouder of this winter, the school has sponsored a series of “celgreat teacher, and everything she has done for ebrations of learning” that bring families and staff her students. She is a true champion! together to honor students’ progress.
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Two Awards for Lauren Bomba Lauren Bomba has been named 2018 DC Art Educator of the Year by the District chapter of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). The award recognizes excellence in teaching and service to the community. Ms. Bomba will attend a ceremony at the 2018 NAEA National Convention in Seattle in March. She has also been awarded the DCPS Ludlow-Taylor students show off their original writing Rubenstein Award for Excellence in Teaching during a Publishing Party. and will be honored at the Standing Ovation event at the Kennedy Center in February. The Students in kindergarten through fifthMaury community surprised Ms. Bomba with grade have produced and shared original writthe announcement and presented her with flowing at “Publishing Parties” in conjunction with ers, a paper crown, and a special poem delivered the LT’s new Writer’s Workshop program. As by her students. part of their study of activism, second-graders chose topics that were personally relevant and related to political, environmental, or social activism, such as Black Lives Matter, air pollution, and animal cruelty. Each student created and presented a poster to raise awareness about his or her chosen cause. Meanwhile, in first-grade, students completed their study of space by creating a model of the solar system using materials of their own choosing and sharing their knowledge at their Space Museum. Ludlow-Taylor Assistant Principal Kristen Addison believes these fun events have serious educational benefits. “Students are assessed on content knowledge, speaking, project appearance, originality, and other areas that aren’t considered in traditional assessments. These sorts of learning celebrations build confidence in students and encourage them to own their learning.” Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School is located at 659 G St NE. To learn
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Saying “Goodbye” to Old-Maury Maury is on the cusp of an 18-month modernization; the two-story 1960s building along 13th Street will be torn down (the historic building will remain) and be replaced with a three-story structure. All school operations have been relocated to the Maury “Village” at Eliot-Hine, modular buildings on the athletic fields of the middle school campus. To say “goodbye” to the facility, the site of so much joy in learning, the kids were armed with paint and brushes and given free rein to decorate the walls with illustrations of their favorite memories. The result: corridors resembling a 3-D yearbook. The images present “a trip down memory lane” with images of a favorite climbing tree, holiday celebrations, field trips, and friendship, plus messages of appreciation from students, faculty and staff. Maury Elementary is located at 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Call 202-698-3838 or log on to www.
Maury teacher, Lauren Bomba (wearing the crown), wins two arts education awards.
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Miner Bears Spell and Dance On Jan. 18, Miner Elementary beat the cold with a tropical luau! The festivities were held in the gym, with students and families putting on their best party clothes, celebrating and dancing the night away. The first family engagement event of 2018 was hosted by the school and PTO, with support provided by Move!Play!Grow! sponsors. In addition, 18 students in grades third, fourth and fifth competed in a spelling bee before the dance, showing off their word skills in a friendly competition. The three finalists will advance to the cluster bee, becoming eligible to go to the citywide event -- which feeds to the Scripps National spelling bee. Miner is also hosting its last open house on Feb. 6, at 9:30 a.m. The open houses have been drawing great interest, and the Miner team is happy to share the news of the positive changes happening at the school. Miner is located at 601 15th St NE. Learn more at www.minerelementary.org or call 202-397-3960. y
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Winter Traditions The winter, as always at SWS, has been a magical time, full of pancakes, pajamas, peace, and light. The students from all grades, with the help of music teacher Katy Allen, prepared for the December Winter Concert. The program included a few sing-alongs, songs in Spanish and French (thanks to French teacher Emily Greif), and folk songs. The program
concluded with the after-school chorus’ gorgeous rendition of Time After Time. The following day was the annual SWS Solstice celebration, one of the most magical days of the year in which everyone—including teachers and parent volunteers— wears pajamas to school. Parent volunteers flip pancakes and bacon in every classroom to prepare feasts of favorite breakfast treats. The kids create special art projects, discuss the meaning of solstice, and have ceremonies to mark the shortest day of the year.
June 11 – August 17 Ages 31/2 -15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Inaugural Issue of Goding Gazette A group of fourth-graders has published the first ever SWS student newspaper! Lilah Rich is editorin-chief of the Goding Gazette, and created the newspaper along with a team of classmate co-editors, illustrators, and reporters. The issue includes interviews with new teachers, informative articles, a short story, comics, and even a crossword puzzle. Be on the lookout for the next issue.
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Northeast Stars Montessori In December the students at Northeast Stars Montessori (NES) did a holiday presentation and dance. The children worked on learning songs in sign language and dance moves. NES is a sponsor for Child Fund working with eight families in India, Asia and Africa. This is an international program that
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NES has been involved in for 15 years. The children and family members write letters to Northeast Stars about their interests in school, farming and fishing, and sports. NES staff reads the letters and shows the pictures of the families to the children, it helps everyone stay connected on a global scale. For those interested in admission, please call 703-945-0408 or email northeaststarsmontessori. firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm an observation.
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Two Rivers Public Charter School
Magic Behind Making Math Mastery Meaningful and Fun! Two Rivers Public Charter School loves math, intentionally. Their annual Math Festival invites staff, families, and students to come together to celebrate all things numeric. This year’s event was held on January 11 and welcomed an Northeast Stars Montesenthusiastic crowd. sori is located at 1325 Two Rivers’ enthusiasm Maryland Ave, NE and at around math is no chance 697 North Washington St. occurrence. In 2010, school Alexandria, VA. To learn leadership decided to shift more check out www.netheir math culture. Inspired stars.net. y by Carol Dweck’s research Capitol Hill Day School Early Childhood students at PG County Recycling Center. on growth mindset, leadership began a professional deCapitol Hill recycling are collected, sorted, bundled, and revelopment series focused on Day School used to make new items, like bottles, toilet paper, understanding why teachers had fixed mindsets Rock Hounds, Recyclers, and Aviator and stuffed toys. Other field trip adventures inconcerning their math abilities, and more imporEach of the three Early Childhood classrooms are cluded a composting facility, a landfill, and Comtantly how they might be unintentionally creatlearning math, science, geography, history, social munity Forklift. ing fixed mindsets for students. They understood studies, art, and more, each through a different Flight is the focus for the third Early Childthat shifting the school math culture began with lens. Teachers allow children’s knowledge and hood group, with research trips to the “We can all the adults in the building. Not just math, but interests to steer their study, generating guiding fly” learning lab at Udvar Hazy, Air and Space Mualso ELA, art, and music teachers, administrative questions together. seum, and College Park Aviation Museum. Stusupport, literally everyone, was included. One class is engrossed in rocks and minerals, dents welcomed experts to their classroom, inStaff explored their own “math stories,” a and students are busy drawing, sorting, weighcluding a UMD Aerospace Engineering student chronicle of their math educational experiences. ing, measuring, and comparing them. Rocks also and a NASA engineer. They learned to unpack negative messages reinvite geographic, historical, and cultural study. Whatever the theme, children in the Early ceived as students. The next step was learning Guiding questions include: What is a rock? How Childhood program have ample opportunity to to approach math in a completely different mando rocks form? How and why do living organlearn and explore through work and experiences ner. The school adopted a problem-based math isms use rocks? relevant to them. Through authentic and tangible curriculum. Today, Two Rivers’ math study is foAnother group of early childhood students project-based work, children are best able to concused on conceptual understanding, procedural is engrossed in recycling. One day, they saved struct knowledge about the world around them. skills, and problem solving, not rote memorizatheir lunch trash to see how much waste they protion. Sure, students learn algorithms and math duced, and then sorted it into plastics, tins, paCapitol Hill Day School is located at 210 South “rules”; however, the learning priority is on unper, and trash. They visited the PG County ReCarolina Ave, SE. Visit www.chds.org or call 202derstanding why the algorithms work. Also, cycling Center and learned how truckloads of
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Eliot-Hine Middle School
Eliot-Hine on the Red Carpet! Eliot-Hine was on the NAACP Image Awards red carpet with press credentials and the whole bit! Students Temitayo Adeola, Princess Courtney, Alejandra Jimenez, and Lance Spencer were the lucky four chosen to represent Eliot-Hine at the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards on Jan. 15 in Pasadena, CA. Students interviewed Tracee Ellis Ross and Jenifer Lewis of the award-winning Black-ish, Loretta Divine, Chadwick Boseman, Niecy Nash, Lil Rel, and Anthony Anderson – these were just some of the stars they got to meet. What an amazing opportunity for the kids, but also tremendous exposure for Eliot-Hine’s one-of-a-kind Broadcast Media program, and for DCPS. Southwest Airlines, the Washington Teachers Union, and TV One helped make this happen – a huge thank you to them! EH Around the Globe! Five eighth-grade students from Eliot-Hine have been accepted for the DCPS Global Travel Initiative, and seven are waitlisted for this awesome journey to one of six places around the globe. Some trips are language-immersion, such as to Madrid or Paris, others are service-oriented, such as the trip to China, and some are more about culture, such as the trips to the Mediterranean Coast and to Ecuador. Amazing! Congratulations to the Eliot-Hine students who will this summer care for pandas, visit the Louvre, or complete a service project in the mountains of the Dominican Republic! Open
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Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive Students from St. Peter School collected over 2,000 canned and other non-perishable food items to support the 30th Annual Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive, which is a Catholic Charities affiliated outreach event held each year by parishes around the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. The food drive is the only event of its kind and is the most direct way of addressing food insecurity. This year over 60 shelters, food pantries, and local organizations in the greater metropolitan Washington, DC area benefitted from the fruits of the students’ labor of love. Learn more at www. greggannoncfd.org. Eliot-Hine students Temitayo, Princess, Alejandra, and Lance with Broadcast Media teacher Mr. Birks on the red carpet of the NAACP Image Awards!
Houses at EH Payne ES: Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. (families from other schools are welcome to attend). SWS ES: Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. (families from other schools are welcome to attend). All school open house on Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to stay for the PTO meeting at 6 p.m., featuring a fun Valentine’s Day activity. Bring the kids! Feeder School Chat & Chew, Feb. 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This is dedicated time with Principal Young in a small-scale setting to share your sixth-grade goals, learn how to prepare for it, and ask about the transition to middle school. Adults and are students welcome! Eliot-Hine IB Middle School is located at 1830 Constitution Ave. NE. For more information, call 202-939-5380 or go to www.eliothinemiddleschool.org, on Twitter at @EliotHine, and on Facebook it’s Eliot-Hine. DCPS’ Eliot-Hine blog is at dcpsplanning.wordpress.com/category/eliothine. –Heather Schoell. y
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Reading is FUN-damental! During Catholic Schools Week, students in grades second through sixth were treated to a surprise visit by
award-winning author Gary Karton. Mr. Karton spoke to students about his Brody Boondoggle spirit animal adventures series and his experiences growing up with dyslexia. More information about Mr. Karton and his spirit animal series can be found at brodyboondoggle.com.
Calling All Alumni & Former Students As St. Peter School gears up for a big 150th Anniversary Celebration on April 21 the school is trying to connect with as many alumni and former students as possible. Please encourage friends and friends of friends to register via the school website: www stpeterschooldc.org. St. Peter School is located at 422 Third St. SE. For more information call 202-544-1618 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. –Tony Militello. y
Experiential Education in the Biology Classroom Blyth-Templeton Academy is a physics-first high school, so its biology class is comprised of eleventh and twelfth-graders. This has given them the opportunity to go more in-depth with some advanced topics, such as genetics, bioethics, and ecology. They are frequent visitors to
St. Peter School students assemble donations for Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive.
Eastern Loves Its Partners! What better time than February to say that Eastern loves its partners? Payne Elementary for welcoming Eastern students in to tutor the children. Walk to School Day participants for watching the Eastern band with rapt attention. Companies for Causes and other partners’ time and effort spent to prepare Eastern students for life beyond high school with campus visits and lessons in handshakes and eye contact. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation for supporting the mindful learning that goes on in Eastern’s green house and City Blossoms for working with the students. MedStar for providing amazing internships and Georgetown University for teaching the street law class. And you for including Eastern in the community! Happy Valentine’s Day!
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the Museum of Natural History and love zipping down there on the metro. In order to further BTA’s mission of experiential learning and to engage with the local community, they traveled to the DC Wharf, where they dissected locally sourced fish and clams. In this activity, they were able to apply what they learned in the classroom to identifying physical structures of the animals. Students are excited to take what they have learned in this class and apply it to their post-secondary education!
cer Honors presented by the DC State Athletic Association! Congratulations to Aaryn Harris for earning DCIAA All League Honors in Indoor Track!
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Eastern student Paris Whealton earned All State Soccer Honors! Photo M. Roy.
Blyth-Templeton Academy is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE in the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Contact them at info@ blythtempleton.org, www.blythtempleton.org, or call at 202-847-0779. Follow them at www. facebook.com/blythtempletonacademy and twitter.com/blythtempleton. y
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Eastern’s Sports Stars! Congratulations to Asad Davenport for his selection to the 2017 All - USA Today District of Columbia Football Team! Asad was selected 1st - Team Defensive Line. Congratulations to Paris Whealton for earning All State Soc-
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20 YEARS OF CAPITOL HILL GARDENS by Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA moved from Mount Pleasant to North Carowe interact with wildness once again.” Vogt adlina Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets, vocates gardens supportive of all life forms, both just west of Lincoln Park, 20 years ago. Since above and below the soil, including those we may then it’s been an honor to consult with about not be aware of or know anything about. 200 Capitol Hill residents and see dozens of my garden designs installed by many local talented contractors and artists. Much has changed since then. The Hill has noticeably gentrified, and the climate has become warmer and more erratic. We better understand our waters, including the Chesapeake Bay and our local rivers, and some important local and regional regulations and programs are in place to improve water quality, including DC’s Riversmart Homes. Through technological advances like GPS, powerful cellphone apps and the proliferation of citizen science, we know more about ecology, which may be defined as “the scientific study of the processes influencing the distribution and abundance of organisms and their interaction” (http://www.caryinstitute.org/). We know more about the critical relationship between pollinators and native plants, and how the ornamental plants we introduce into our gardens don’t or do foster positive interactions between other life forms – insects, fungi, birds, fish and mammals, besides ourselves. As Benjamin Vogt (pronounced “vote”) writes in his new book, “A New Garden Ethic,” our gardens “cannot be solely or primarily for humans. We need places that provide “A New Garden Ethic” by Benjamin Vogt offers a philosophihabitat for people and other species so that cal backbone to garden making. photo: Benjamin Vogt.
Being Better Garden Consumers and Producers Fortunately for clients of design services, the Hill and greater DMV have access to a large and highly educated design community that in some ways leads the nation in ecological landscape design and, more broadly, landscape architecture. Significantly, many of our local institutions are also national in scope, like the US National Arboretum, the US Botanic Garden, the American Horticultural Society and more. This brings tremendous resources into our local gardening community. Today, more native plants are available at local garden centers including Frager’s and Ginkgo Gardens. We accept a more relaxed garden appearance, which provides better food and habitat for wildlife, and we plant ground-cover plants as a “green mulch” in place of mountains of mulch or crew-cut lawns. We have become aware of environmental impacts of harmful new insecticides like neonicotinoids (https://xerces.org/neonicotinoids-and-bees/). With knowledge comes responsibility. For example, you may like the red berries of the Asian nandina, but knowing that they are harmful to cedar waxwings you may opt instead for the native winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata), whose similar red berries offer better nutrition for birds, including the waxwing (http://nc.audubon.org/news/winterberry-%E2%80%93-irresistible-birds-andpeople).
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A new generation of garden When people learn I am a books offer titles that speak to landscape architect they often the big changes we have seen in smile and say how nice it must nature around us. They include be to work outdoors. The reality “Cultivating Chaos” by Jonas is that most landscape architects Reif and Christian Kress, “Garlike me spend an awful lot of time den Revolution” by Philadelsitting behind a set of large douphia designer Larry Weaner with ble computer monitors, creating Thomas Christopher, “Planting electronic drawings with comin a Post-Wild World” by DC plicated software. I have decided area landscape architects Thomthat it’s time to get back outside. as Rainer and Claudia West. Add I am becoming a Peter to this list Vogt’s “New Garden Hess sound-massage practitioEthic,” which provides a deepner (www.relaxwithsound.com) ly cultural and psychological and will offer what are known exploration of the act of garden as “sound baths” to individumaking against the backdrop of als and groups, both indoors mass extinctions and likely irreand outdoors, as a way of conversible climate change. necting with nature. This work To the question, “Is it magwill combine the Japanese conical thinking to believe that our Cheryl Corson (center) demonstrates singing bowls and forest bathing for the Capitol cept of forest bathing, “shinpostage-stamp-sized urban gar- Hill Garden Club in November 2017. Teresa Speight is on the right. photo: Capitol Hill rin yoku” (www.shinrin-yoku. Garden Club. dens can have a positive environorg), with the beautiful sounds mental impact on a larger scale?” of therapeutic Peter Hess singtive plant debate as discussed by many of the top Vogt says, “not necessarily.” The author, a Ph.D. ing bowls which are handcrafted in India. We will players in the horticultural, design and environin creative writing, is walking his talk, leaving also explore tree health and healing using methmental fields. He provides an environmentally academia three years ago to start a natives-onods taught by Dr. Jim Conroy, the “tree whisperethical structure around which you can make inly residential garden design company. His fresh er” (www.thetreewhisperer.com/about/profesformed decisions. approach as an outsider dives deeply into our allsional-services/). Vogt advocates both a top-down approach, too-human reactions to frightening news about Most importantly, we will leave our flat challenging plant growers and retailers to make sea-level rise, bomb cyclones, wildfires and mudscreens to reconnect with the physical world and more responsible choices, and a bottom-up apslides – we bury our grief. reawaken our senses. Gardens emerging from this proach, speaking right to homeowners. He beRather than brush aside this sadness, Vogt way of being may be places of even greater delight lieves that gardens can “heal our broken bonds wants it to “quickly feed defiant compassion, to to all living beings. to nature and to one another. Gardens [are] activcarry us into real, actionable solutions that radiOnline garden software and apps proliferate, ism as surely as any art form, and as surely as any cally and fundamentally change how and why we and citizen science can help us map plant species mercy we might bestow on one another in times live on this planet. Let’s harness sadness to help and track things like water quality and butterfly of sorrow or anger.” us learn,” he urges. Seen this way, planting a garmigration. Let’s keep the best features of the inden becomes an existential declaration of solidarternet but return to our gardens and wilder spacChanging How I Work ity with all life forms – a radical act. es beyond. If we do, a butterfly effect could ocThis way to questioning the how and why of garVogt’s book is good early spring reading becur – small changes resulting in large differences den making has influenced my thinking and confore you run to a local garden center or the anin a later state. Through our gardens we may acsequently the direction of the business I founded nual plant sales at the National Arboretum and tually change the world. in 2003, Cheryl Corson Design. I will continue the American Horticultural Society’s River Farm, accepting a limited number of design commisCheryl Corson is a licensed landscape architect and both in April. What you choose to plant matters. sions each year, while focusing more on writing, writer and a long-time dirt gardener. She is author Vogt’s book leaves plant lists to others. What his teaching and lecturing. After writing for the Hill of the “Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Manual book does is help wrap your head around the Rag for 10 years, the last four of them monthfor the Chesapeake Bay Watershed” (2017). Keep in deepest meanings and functions of garden maktouch for gardens or sound massage at www.cherylly, I will appear as an occasional guest writer gocorson.com or 202-494-5054. u ing and the status of the native/cultivar/non-naing forward.
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Vermiculture Composting Is Ideal For Small Spaces by Catherine Plume confess, I’m obsessed with my worms. I am fascinated with what they like, and don’t. While I’m a longtime composter, I started vermiculture composting only a couple of months ago. The idea that these small, hermaphroditic (both male and female) organisms could take my food waste and churn it into coveted fertilizer became intriguing and something I knew I needed to try for myself. Three months later, I have a thriving worm population feeding on food waste – in my boyfriend’s living room. Vermicomposting, per the Oxford English Dictionary, is “the use of earthworms to convert
organic waste into fertilizer.” According to GardenGuides.com, the practice of vermicomposting can be attributed to Michigan biology teacher Mary Appelhof, who in 1972 wanted to continue composting during winter months. She ordered one pound of red wiggler worms (Eisenia fetida) from a bait dealer by mail order. She created a shallow bin in her basement, loaded it with bedding and added her food scraps and worms. By the end of the winter, they had consumed 65 pounds of food waste and produced worm castings that eventually led to impressive vegetable yields in her garden. Flash forward to 2018, and vermicomposting is gaining in popularity as people recognize how food waste, when placed in landfills, creates methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. While backyard composting is great for homeowners, vermicomposting is ideal for situations that don’t have outdoor space. And the worms are the ideal pet. Requiring minimal maintenance, managed correctly, there is no associated smell or attraction of vermin. The systems can even be aesthetically pleasing, not to mention a great conversation piece. Composting worms aren’t just any worm. They’re specialized breeds that thrive while living in colonies. You can order them from any number of sources online. You’ll need about a thousand to get started. There many vermicomposting systems available. I opted for the Worm Factory 360 Composter, but a quick Google Jeffrey Neal of Loop Closing (www.loopclosing.com) builds worm bins for homes, businesses, and government facilities in D.C. Photo: Plume
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search will provide instructions for a wide range of products including inexpensive and homemade vermicomposting systems. Beyond the intrigue and quirkiness of setting up a vermicomposting system, why should you consider doing this? • Food makes up some 30 percent of our waste stream. Together with food recovery efforts such as those operated by Food Rescue US and composting, vermicomposting can reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Food waste in landfills is particularly problematic as the anaerobic conditions convert it to methane, a greenhouse gas that warms the climate 86 times more than carbon dioxide and contributes to climate change. • Worms create coveted and nutritious “castings” (worm poop) that are an excellent fertilizer. If you don’t have a garden, even your house plants will thrive when these castings are added to their soil. Castings also make a unique and homegrown gift. • Looking for a conversation starter and fascinating science project for your favorite eight-year-old? What could possibly be better than a worm farm? Meanwhile, at least one DC condo building is sporting a community vermicompost bin in its basement. Condo owners feed their mashed-up food waste to worms. The castings are returned to residents for houseplants and herb gardens with any excess donated to a nearby community garden. If you’re not ready to install your own vermicomposting system or you can’t convince your condo association – or boyfriend – to give it a try, you can still support vermiculture and improve the health of your house and garden plants by purchasing worm castings. Now that Frager’s is officially affiliated with Ace Hardware, you can order worm castings online and have them deliv-
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ered free to the store. How does it all work? Those tiny worms have mouths but no teeth. Like all beings, they have preferences for certain food types. They don’t like meats, dairy, oils, citrus or onions, and large concentrations of these can result in a die off. They’ll eat almost anything else. They need some roughage in their diet such as coffee grounds, and moist newspaper will help mitigate any smells or fruit flies that might emerge from the bin. Too much moisture in the bin will result in “leachate” – a liquid that will cause a vermicompost system to smell. I confess, I’m obsessed with my worms. I am fascinated with what they like, and don’t. How about you? Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer and a blogger for the DC Recycler: www. DCRecycler.blogspot.com; Twitter: @DC_Recycler. She is also a board member of the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, but the perspectives expressed here are her own and do not necessarily represent the positions of that organization. u
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Yes of course. Right now, just ight now in the midst of a cut back those fat flower stalks at winter thaw, my garden their base, leaving the leaves, and sprouted countless shoots keep it slightly watered as it sits in a of Autumn Clematis. I sunny window. When spring arrives used to have a crush on you can put it outside in your garden this airy vine with its masses of fraby Wendy Blair in a sunny place, keep it well-watered grant, tiny white flowers in September. and well fed with bloom and root-enhancing supplements all summer. It Silly me. Now that its roots have networked throughout the backyard, can I get likes to be pot bound. Bring it in when the weather cools. Then let it go rid of it? dormant in a dark cool garage or basement. About 7 weeks before the time Digging up the shoot and severing as much of the root system as you you wish it to bloom, bring it back upstairs. In a sunny window, begin to can will work only temporarily. Hard pruning actually rejuvenates this harwater sparingly when the first green shoot appears. Voila! dy clematis. Try using the weed-killer Roundup, but it will not work until the true growing season begins. In spring, cut off the stem at ground level Hell is what this winter has brought to my broad-leafed evergreens -- Pierand paint the remaining cut stem with full strength Roundup. is, and Camellias. Deep-freeze. Thaw. Then sleet. What fresh hell will February bring? We have an underground watering system, because of which the garden thrives without much labor. But this winter the pipes have unaccountably We gardeners must learn not either to blame ourselves for these tragcome to the surface of the soil. What is happening, and how can we fix it? edies â€“ or, harder â€“ not to take too much credit for our brilliant successes. Perhaps your pipes where not installed deep enough to start with, and Robert Johnson, Landscape Architect, Oehme Van Sweden, will discuss water feaneed to be re-installed when the weather warms up. Or maybe frozen ground tures for the small urban garden at the next public meeting of the Capitol Hill has heaved them up. It could be that buried pipes need to be held down Garden Club on February 13, 2018 at the NE Public Library, corner of Maryland by some hardware during installation. Notwithstanding its flaw, your best Ave. NE & 7th St. NE. Meetings start at 7 p.m. and are free and open to all. Memplan is to try to ignore the problem of unsightly piping until someone can bership details: capitolhillgardenclub.org. dig down and see what happened. Can I keep my gorgeous Amaryllis plant alive to bloom again next Christmas?
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