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DCRA’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) Celebrates Small Business Week 2013 Small Business Restaurant Symposium and Expo “Capitalizing on the Thriving Restaurant Industry in the District of Columbia” (FREE OF CHARGE)

When: June 17, 2013 Where: Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University 800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington DC 20002 Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30 am) Topics will include: • The D. C. Government Regulatory Processes

How to Open a Small Business by Navigating through DCRA’s Regulatory Process When: June 19, 2013 Where: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) 1100 4th Street, SW, Suite 200; Washington DC, 20024 Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Featuring DCRA’s

• How to Open a Restaurant (in Spanish) • Financial Management • New Frontiers in Restaurants, Catering and Pop-Up Restaurants • How to get Financing to Open a Restaurant • Building Lease Agreements

• Business Licensing Division • Corporations Division • Occupational and Professional Licensing Division • Permits and Inspections Division • Weights and Measures Division • Zoning Division

• New Development Hot Spots in the District

To register for the SBRC workshops go to: https:bizdc.ecenterdirect.com For assistance with registering for the SBRC workshops call: 202-442-4538

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GO.SEE.DO. Truckeroo

Truckeroo is a monthly festival held at the corner of Half and M sts. SE (across from the Navy Yard Metro Station on the Green Line), showcasing food trucks from the DC area. It features 20 food trucks, picnic tables, games, cold drinks, plenty of shade, and live music all day, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Expect cheese steaks, cupcakes, empanadas, barbecue, crab, lobster, cookies, pho, and more. The remaining dates are June 14, Aug 16 and Sept 6. Admission to the festival is free. truckeroodc.com

Photo: Courtesy of truckeroo

Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series

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Friday evening concerts at Yards Park have become a summer tradition. This year the concerts will feature bands selected by OnTap magazine, as well as delicious tastes, sweets, beverages provided by Pepe, mobile sandwiches from Jose Andrés’. OnTap will bring a wide range of live musical performances to Yards Park including top-40, country, salsa, pop, bluegrass, and reggae. Here’s the lineup: June 7, J.P. McDermott; June 14, Cazhmiere; June 21, Nayas; June 28, The Reserves; July 5, Scott’s New Band; July 12, Texas Chainsaw Horns; July 19, 40 Thieves; July 26, Practically Einstein; Aug 2, Sam O; Aug 9, 19th Street Band; Aug 16, Crowded Streets; Aug 23, Alma Tropicalia; and Aug 30, Framewerk. Yards Park is in the Capitol Riverfront at 355 Water St. SE, three blocks from Nationals Park. Take the Green Line to Navy Yard (New Jersey Avenue exit). Concerts start at 8:30 p.m. yardspark.org

Community Forklift Turns Seven and a Half

The all-day celebration will feature activities for kids, live music from local bands, and half-smokes on the grill. They’ll have half-price discounts on modern and vintage building materials throughout the 34,000 sq. ft. warehouse, as well as free do-it-yourself workshops to inspire you to complete the half-finished projects around your house. Community Forklift is an unusual organization that has attracted loyal customers and donors from all over the region. In 2013 Community Forklift was voted “Best Hardware Store” by readers of The Washington City Paper; in 2012 it was voted “Best Home Store” by readers of The Washington Post Express. Join them from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Forklift’s Edmonston warehouse, 4671 Tanglewood Drive (near the D-Prince George’s line in the Hyattsville area). For details and updates on the Half-Birthday Party visit CommunityForklift. org. Community Forklift, the DC area’s largest thrift store of surplus and salvaged building materials, opened in 2005. Their name reflects their mission: to lift-up local communities by keeping waste out of landfills, creating green jobs, and making renovation supplies affordable. Hours are noon-6:00 p.m., Tuesday; 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; and 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. This couple loads up an iron fence and vintage shutter. Photo: Edward Jackson

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship

Photo: Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

Discover the perils and privileges of 18th-century pirate life as you explore artifacts recovered from the Whydah, the first authenticated pirate ship found in US waters. One of the most technologically advanced vessels of her day, the Whydah was built and launched as a slave ship and captured on her maiden Atlantic voyage by legendary pirate Sam Bellamy and his crew. After a few alterations and a quick hoist of the Jolly Roger, the Whydah became the flagship of Bellamy’s flotilla, leading raids throughout Caribbean waters and up the Atlantic coast. Then on April 26, 1717, the perfect storm sank the Whydah with most of her crew aboard, as well as the bounty from more than 50 captured ships. Almost 300 years later underwater explorer Barry Clifford and his team managed to locate the wreck and painstakingly unearthed her treasures. In Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship dive into the wreck to discover the true stories of Capt. Bellamy and his crew through fascinating artifacts in the world’s first exhibition of authentic pirate treasure. Touch real pirate treasure and marvel at gold and silver coins from all over the world, and discover the advanced technology that revealed these treasures to the modern world. National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588. nationalgeographic.com

Mini Golf and BBQ at the National Building Museum

This summer the National Building Museum brings back its popular indoor mini-golf exhibition. The expanded attraction features two 9-hole course options, with all new holes designed and built by leading Washington-area architects, landscape architects, designers, and contractors. The courses reflect this year’s theme of “Building the Future,” with twists and turns sure to challenge golfers young and old. Designed for ages four and up, the one-of-a-kind courses are located in air-conditioned comfort and open during museum hours from Memorial Day (May 27) to Labor Day (Sept 2). The museum will also offer six “Mini Golf Late Night” evenings during which mini golf will remain open until 9:00 p.m.: June 6 and 27, July 11 and 24, Aug 8 and 22. $5 per course per person. With purchase of full-price museum exhibition admission ticket the price for one course is reduced to $3. Last entry time to play is 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. Minigolf ticket sales will end at 3:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org. The National Building Museum has partnered with Hill Country Barbecue Market to present Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue, a unique, branded outdoor experience featuring Hill Country’s award-winning Texas-style barbecue, ice-cold Shiner beers, and signature cocktails on the museum’s spacious and picturesque West Lawn. Throughout the summer the space features live American roots music on Friday and Saturday nights, presented by Hill Country Live, Hill Country’s Austin-inspired music program. HillRag | June 2013 H 15




SPECIAL EVENTS Brookland House and Garden Tour. June 2, noon5:00 PM. $12. gbgc.org CHAW Art and Performance Festival. June 8, noon10:00 PM. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop presents a day of art, music, dance, and more. CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. chaw.org DC Government “Truck Touch”. June 15, 9:00 AM2:00 PM., at RFK, Lot 7, 2400 E. Capitol St. NE. The DC Department of Public Works invites the public to attend DC’s annual free, citywide “Truck Touch”. DC government agencies will demonstrate and explain the vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, fix potholes, clear snow, provide emergency services, and more. Mayor Vincent Gray’s official summer kick-off event will take place in the adjacent Lot 6 and will offer activities for youth of all ages, as well as family services and information until 5:00 PM. Free, family-friendly event is city’s official summer kick off and offers something for all ages.

Friends, neighbors, and families gather for NoMa Summer Screen, a free outdoor movie series for 13-weeks this summer at the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE. This year’s theme is Outlaw Heroes. Photo: Sam Kittner Photography

NoMa Summer Screen

“Outlaw Heroes”. 7:00-11:00 PM. June 5–The Princess Bride; June 12–The Italian Job; June 19–Goonies; June 26-Breakfast Club; July 3-The Fugitive; July 10-Bridesmaids; July 17-Moonrise Kingdom; July 24-True Grit; July 31-Hunger Games; Aug 7-Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Aug 14-Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Aug 21- (rain date). Movie location at L St. between 2nd and 3rd, NE. nomabid.org

Dungeons & Dragons Game Day. June 15, 11:00 AM5:00 PM. Play in the prequel adventure to the new D&D Encounters Search for the Diamond Staff session! This adventures is called the Vault of the Dracolich, and is guaranteed to packed with adventure...and treasure, of course! No experience with D&D is necessary. This event is free, but you must RSVP to play. Please RSVP to kathleen@labyrinthgameshop.com. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-544-1059. Netrunner Game Day. June 16, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM. Netrunner is a wildly popular asymmetrical card game with a cyber-punk theme. Players play as either the Corp, a mega-corporation bent on power and control over the masses, or the Runner, a hacker attempting to steal the Corp’s secret agendas. Join them for a day of open play and demos. Please RSVP to kathleen@ labyrinthgameshop.com. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-544-1059 Safeway Barbecue Battle. June 22, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; June 23, 11:00 AM7:30 PM. $10-$12. Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 9th & 14th sts. bbqdc.com Smithsonian Folklife Festival. June 26-30 and July 3-7. 11:00 AM-5:30 PM. Evening events at 6:00 PM. Festival features programs on Campus and Community, Citified, and Creativity and Crisis. Free entrance. National Mall between 7th and 14th sts. folklife.si.edu/center/festival

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Marine Barracks Evening Parade. Friday evenings through Aug 30. Guests admitted starting at 7:00 PM. Guests should be seated by 8:00 PM. Program begins at 8:45 PM. The Evening Parade has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The ceremony begins with a concert by the United States Marine Band. Free. It is wise to have reservations that can be made online at mbw.usmc.mil. Marine Barracks (front gate), Eighth and I sts. SE. 202-4334073. mbw.usmc.mil 2013 Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer. Wednesdays, through Aug 28, 7:00 PM with pre-ceremony pageantry starting at 6:45 PM. Members of the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard), the US Army Band “Pershings Own,” Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team will perform an hour-long sunset military Pageant. Over 100 Old Guard soldiers dressed in period uniforms will provide a glimpse of Army history from colonial times to the soldier of the future. Summerall Field on historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. usarmyband.com

Join Friends and Family for the 36th Annual Peter Bug Day

“BUG FEST” Saturday, June 8 Parade at 9 AM

Line up at 18th & E Sts. SE through Ward 6 to Peter Bug Way

Live Music

Noon – 7PM Jazz, R & B, Gospel, Doo-Wop, African Drums

Food & Fun

Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran. This summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, enjoy special exhibitions and programming free of charge in addition to Gallery tours, select workshops, demonstrations, and performances for all ages. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org Docent-led Tour of Congressional Cemetery. Every Saturday (Apr-Oct), 11:00 AM. Free. Tours begin at the Chapel in the center of the cemetery. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. congressionalcemetery.org War of 1812 Tour of Congressional Cemetery. First Saturday of every month at 1:00 PM. Free. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. congressionalcemetery.org Civil War Tour of Congressional Cemetery. Third Saturday of every month at 1:00 PM. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. congressionalcemetery. org

MUSIC Adams Morgan Summer Concerts. Saturdays, June 1-July 6, 5:00-7:00 PM at the corner of Columbia and 18th NW. adamsmorganonline.org 10 String Symphony at Corner Store. June 5, 8:00 PM. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. cornerstorearts.org

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DC Jazz Festival. June 5-16. With more than 100 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the

largest music festival in Washington, D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. The Festival presents year-round music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents by local, national and internationally-known talent at venues across DC, promotes music integration in school curricula, and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts. dcjazzfest.org Military Band Concerts at the US Capitol. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in summer (weather permitting). 8:00 PM. Mondays, US Navy Band; Tuesdays, US Air Force Band; Wednesdays, US Marine Band; Fridays, US Army Band. Free. West Terrace US Capitol Building. Yards Park Marine Band Thursday Night Concerts (before the movie). 7:30 PM. June 6-Aug 29 (not Independence Day). Yards Park is in the Capitol Riverfront at 355 Water Street SE, three blocks from Nationals Ballpark. Take the Green Line to Navy Yard (New Jersey Avenue exit). yardspark.org Music in the Courtyard. June 8 and June 15, 7:00-10:30 PM. at Gallery O on H, 1354 H St. NE. Navy Band “Concerts on the Avenue.” Tuesdays starting June 11, 7:30 PM (new time). US Navy Memorial. The United States Navy Band and its specialty groups will perform. Free. Seventh and Penn. Ave. NW. 202737-2300. navymemorial.org Jazz at the Atlas-Michael Formanek Quartet at the Atlas. June 12, 8:00 PM. 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org Roosevelt Dime at Corner Store. June 20, 8:00 PM. ....Roosevelt Dime, a Brooklyn, NY based band that blends elements of acoustic jug-band blues, classic New Orleans soul and neo-folk to create an original sound best described as Kings County Steamboat Soul. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. cornerstorearts.org New Music at the Atlas-Newspeak Ensemble. June 21, 8:00 PM. You could call this punk classical. Fearlessly aware, insightfully political, resolutely defiant, it’s … stunningly intense. 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. atlasarts.org Nicolette Good at Corner Store. June 22, 8:00 PM. Rich lyrics, powerful vocals and complex characters have the critics calling her “a songwriter to follow” and “a poet of the first order,” making her feel right at home performing in listening rooms and intimate venues. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. cornerstorearts.org Rhythm in NoMa Concerts. June 27, July 25, Aug 29, Sept 26; 6:00-8:00 PM. Connect with business partners, family or friends while listening to a variety of popular musical styles, from Motown to funk to quiet jazz ensembles. location TBA. nomabid.org


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den. Live jazz performed by an eclectic mix of top artists from the Washington area entertains visitors outdoors in front of the fountain or in the Pavilion Cafe (if it’s raining). The Pavilion Cafe features a seasonal tapas-style menu and bar service during the concerts. Everyone can enjoy these concerts. You do not have to order food or drinks. Free. 202- 289-3360. nga.gov Live American Roots Music. Friday and Saturday nights in summer. The National Building Museum has partnered with Hill Country Barbecue Market to present Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue, a unique branded outdoor experience featuring Hill Country’s award-winning Texas-style barbecue, ice-cold Shiner beers, and signature cocktails on the Museum’s spacious and picturesque West Lawn. Throughout the summer, the space features live American roots music on Friday and Saturday nights, presented by Hill Country Live, Hill Country’s Austin-inspired music program. National Buildiong Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts at Canal Park. Wednesdays, May 15-July 31, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Canal Park is located at 202 M St, SE. canalparkdc.org HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. 1007 H St. NE. 202-253-0044. hr57.org Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but free will offering taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-347-2635. epiphanydc.org

Jazz Drummer Nasar Abadey. Photo: Courtesy of Hill Center

DC Jazz Festival

Meet the Artist: Jazz Drummer Nasar Abadey. June 12, 7:00 PM. Conversation with Nasar Abadey, moderated by literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller. Nasar Abadey is a Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies department at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Nasar’s band SUPERNOVA’s® debut CD, Mirage was released on Amosaya Records, and his sophomore CD Diamond In The Rough was released on DPC Records in 2011. Most recently SUPERNOVA® was selected by the US State Department and the Lincoln Center as Ambassadors to tour with the American Music Abroad Rhythm Road. Free admission to conversation. Ticketed performance follows at 8 p.m. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. hillcenterdc.org

Parno Graszi at the Atlas. June 28, 8:00 PM. High-energy Hungarian Roma music and dance. 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. atlasarts.org Banda Magda at the Atlas. June 28, 10:00 PM. Banda Magda boasts an intricate, tropical and eclectic sound, drawing from world chansons infused in South American grooves with a twist of jazz. 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series. Fridays, 8:30 PM. Here’s the lineup: June 7, J.P. McDermott; June 14, Cazhmiere; June 21, Nayas; June 28, The Reserves; July 5, Scott’s New Band; July 12, Texas Chainsaw Horns; July 19, 40 Thieves; July 26, Practically Einstein; Aug 2, Sam O; Aug 9, 19th Street Band; Aug 16, Crowded Streets; Aug 23, Alma Tropicalia; and Aug 30, Framewerk. Yards Park is in the Capitol Riverfront at 355 Water Street SE, three blocks from Nationals Ballpark. Take the Green Line to Navy Yard (New Jersey Avenue exit). yardspark.org Air Force Band Concerts. Fridays in June, July and Aug.

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8:00 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA. (14th St. Bridge into Virginia, merge onto Washington Blvd. and then Columbia Pike in the direction of the Navy Annex. Then follow signs.) Expect a pleasing mix of contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. Free. airforcememorial.org Postgame Concerts at Nationals Park. Blues Traveler (June 8), Thompson Square (July 6), Gavin DeGraw (August 31) and Montgomery Gentry (September 21) will comprise the lineup for the 2013 NatsLive Free Postgame Concert Series following select Nationals home games throughout the summer. The performances will begin approximately 15 minutes after the final out of each Nationals game. Fans who wish to attend the free concerts must have a valid ticket for that day’s Nationals game, which can be purchased at nationals.com/NatsLive. The Double Play Giveaway & Concert Packs are also available at nationals.com/flex for those who want to ensure their seat for each of the four postgame concerts. Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Fridays, through Aug 30 (rain or shine), 5:00-8:00 PM. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Gar-

Jazz Night (and fish fry) in Southwest. Fridays, 6:009:00 PM. Every Friday night. Expect a large, fun and friendly crowd. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). The cover is $5. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. 202-484-7700. westminsterdc.org/jazz Blue Monday Blues. Mondays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Local musicians perform, and the Southwest Catering Company provides a fish fry from 5:30-8:30 PM. $5/general; free/children under 16. Modestly priced food. 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700. westminsterdc.org/blues

THEATER AND FILM Light in a Darkness & Death of the Marquis de Sade/Dante. Through June 2. Acclaimed actress Miřenka Čechová, and her company Tantehorse from the Czech Republic will mount Light in a Darkness, a piece that combines surreal and decadent poetry with elements of physical theater and modern dance. Tantehorse Company initially focused on the strong Czech tradition of modern pantomime, however the ensemble soon abandoned the world of fragile silence and went their own way through slapstick, comedy and black humor, with works tending towards surrealism and decadence. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org Robben Island Bible at the Folger. June staged reading in honor of the exhibition of land Shakespeare. Political prisoners at South Island in the 1970s signed their names next

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passages that spoke to them. Hahn’s 2008 interviews with many of them are juxtaposed with Shakespeare’s words in a play that explores how life imitates art. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger.edu Canal Park Outdoor Movies. Thursdays at sundown. June 6, Green Lantern; June 13, Iron Man; June 20, Batman and Robin; June 27, The Hulk; July 4, no movie because of the holiday; July 11, Batman Begins; July 18, Thor; July 25, The Dark Knight; Aug 1, The Avengers; Aug 8, The Dark Knight Rises. Every week there will be trivia for each comic, as well as special giveaways on designated theme nights and more. Canal Park is accessible from the New Jersey Avenue entrance of the Navy Yard Metro. Canal Park is at 200 M St. SE. canalparkdc.org Three on a Match Movie Screening. June 7, 7:00 PM. Join New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot and movie critic Nell Minow for a screening of Three on a Match (1932), a quintessentially racy, hard-boiled movie from pre-Code Hollywood, the era when movie censorship was not yet in full force. Three on a Match follows three New York gal pals (Joan Blondell, Bette Davis and Ann Dvorak) from the Jazz Age to the Depression, as they find jobs, boyfriends, and for one of them, drugs and debauchery. Free. RSVP online at hillcenterdc.org or call 202549-4172. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. hillcenterdc.org Twelfth Night at the Folger. Through June 9. Cast away on the shores of a distant land, lost lovers and their unruly servants converge and conspire in this romance-filled comedy. Folger shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger.edu One Destiny at Fords. June 11-July 6. One Destiny was commissioned by the Ford’s Theatre Society to bring the drama and emotion of the American Civil War to life through informative and entertaining theatre. This unique 35-minute play captures the emotions of that fateful night in 1865, as told through the eyewitness accounts of actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre coowner Harry Ford, among others. Ages 8 and up. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords. org U Street Movies. June 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18. Contact harrison@ustreet-dc.org to help organize or donate. Movies shown at the Harrison Recreation Center field, V St. between 13th and 14th sts. NW. Free admission. Attendees are encouraged to come early to picnic in the park and listen to music spun by local DJs. movies.ustreet-dc.org The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare Theatre. Through June 23. Traveling through time, visiting the austere court at Sicilia and the bright sea shore of Bohemia, two generations transcend torment and obsession. The Winter’s Tale is a compassionate and dazzling saga that tells the tale of King Leon-

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tes, who is overcome with jealousy when he believes his pregnant wife Hermione and his good friend King Polixenes are lovers. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-5471122. shakespearetheatre.org Stupid Fucking Bird at Woolly. Through June 23. An aspiring young theatre director named Conrad struggles to get out from under the shadow of his mother Emma, a famous actress. Meanwhile, his young muse Nina falls for Emma’s lover Doyle, and everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this contemporary and irreverent riff on Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner transforms the famous “subtext” of the classic play into exuberant scenes and songs. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202393-3939. woollymammoth.net The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard at Studio. Through June 30. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org The Hampton Years at Theater J. Through June 30. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 202518-9400. washingtondcjcc.org One Night with Janis Joplin. June 21-Aug 11. Get ready to relive the summer of love! Back by popular demand, One Night with Janis Joplin returns to rock Arena Stage for another round of exhilarating performances packed with classic songs like “Piece of My Heart, “Summertime” and “Mercedes Benz. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-4883300. arena-stage.org

EXHIBITIONS A Book Behind Bars: The Robben Island Shakespeare. Through Sept 19. A copy of the complete works of Shakespeare signed by ANC prisoners at South Africa’s notorious Robben Island prison in the 1970s, including Nelson Mandela. On exhibit for the first time in the US. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger. edu Hill Center Galleries New Exhibit. Through June 22. Featured artists: Nana Bagdavadze, Alan Braley, Kay Elsasser, Peggy Fox, Susanne Kasielke, and Gayle Krughoff. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. hillcenterdc.org The Gibson Girl’s America: Drawings by Charles Dana Gibson. Through Aug 17. “The Gibson Girl’s America,” a Library of Congress exhibition of 24 works, primarily drawings, that highlight the rise of the Gibson Girl from the 1890s through the first two decades of the 20th century. It also illuminates how women’s increasing presence in the public sphere contributed to the social fabric of turn-of-the-20th-century America. The Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Library’s Thomas Jeffer-

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ADVENTURE THEATRE’S SUMMER MUSIC THEATRE CAMP Be a part of Adventure Theatre’s musical theatre world at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in a camp complete with choreography, acting, and singing! Each two-week workshop concludes with two full-scale productions with costumes and props on stage at the Atlas! Participating students will be assigned a role in one of two summer productions:

Pirates! The Musical!

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Kids

Grades 1-5* | Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm *Open to students entering Grades 1-5 in fall 2013.

Session 1 July 1-12 (No Camp July 4th) - $625 Session 2 July 15-26 - $650

“BUG FEST” 36th Annual Peter Bug Day

June 8, parade at 9:00 AM (18th and E Sts. SE through Ward 7 to Peter Bug Way). Live music, food noon-7:00 PM. son Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov Herblock Looks at 1963: Fifty Years Ago in Editorial Cartoons. Through Sept 14. A 10-cartoon exhibition featuring the work of Herbert Block (Herblock), the awardwinning editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post, during 1963. The Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov “The Civil War in America” Exhibition Features 230 New Items. June 14-Jan. 4, 2014. The Library of Congress exhibition “The Civil War in America” will feature 230 new items starting Friday, June 14, including Union and Confederate recruitment posters; handwritten pages of Lincoln’s inaugural addresses; and the haversack Walt Whitman carried as he attended to soldiers in Washington, DC hospitals. Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov

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SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Washington Mystics Basketball. June 2, 8, 16, 27 and 30. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. wnba.com/mystics Nats Baseball. June 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26 and 27. Nationals Park. 202675-6287. washington.nationals.mlb.com Step Africa! Symphony in Step. June 5-9. Step Afrika! presents the DC premiere of Symphony in Step: a ground-breaking merger of stepping and classical music. Created and composed by Step Afrika! and Maestro Randall Fleischer, Symphony in Step will feature the dynamic artists of Step Afrika! alongside a talented 15 piece chamber orchestra in an historic coming together of artistic traditions. Atlas Performing Arts

Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org Pride 5K at Congressional Cemetery. June 7, 7:00 PM. Hundreds of runners from across the city, suburbs and out of town will gather for the inaugural running of a chip-timed 5K run and walk and post-race party, coinciding with the festivities of DC’s Capital Pride week. The site is historic Congressional Cemetery (near the DC Armory) with a course that follows the Anacostia River up toward RFK Stadium and back. dcfrontrunners.org Lawyers Have Heart 10K, 5K Run & Fun Walk. June 7, 7:30 AM. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 703-248-1705. lawyershaveheartdc.org Washington Yu Ying 5K and 1 Mile Kid Dash. June 8. 8:00 AM. Catholic University Facilities Grounds Center. yuying5k. eventbrite.com Washington Nationals Pups in the Park. June 9, 1:35 PM. Nat’s vs. Minnesota Twins. Bring your well-behaved dog (on a leash) to the ball park. Tickets for you and your dog are $30 which includes a $8 donation to Humane Society. washington.nationals.mlb.com DC United Soccer Home Matches. June 15 vs. Toronto; June 22, vs. San Jose; June 29 vs. Vancouver. $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. dcunited.com Purple Stride 5K. June 15, 7:00 AM. Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 13th and 14th)...raising awareness for pancreatic cancer. 310725-0025. purplestride.kintera.org DC Running Club 5 Mile Disco Roll & Run. June 15, 8:00 AM. Hains Point. 240-472-9201. dcrunningclub.com Father’s Day 8k. June 16, 6:30 PM. C&O Canal Towpath. fathersday8k.com National’s Ballpark Tours. WednesdaySunday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Nationals Park. Over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes you will visit the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club, the Stars & Stripes Club, luxury suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center, Nationals dugout and Nationals clubhouse. Throw a pitch in the Nationals bullpen. $12$15. All proceeds from Nationals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation. washington.nationals.mlb.com Fitness Classes at Corner Store. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, 8:30-9:30 AM. $10 per class, with no

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pre-registration needed. Walk-ins welcome! Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. cornerstorearts.org

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Oct 6. Registration open. 703-587-4321. wilsonbridgehalf.com

NSBC Boxing, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-7:00 PM. Self defense/PVA boxing class. New Samaritan Baptist Church, 1100 Florida Ave. NE. Contact Coach Odell Montgomery, 202-905-5215 for more information.

Marine Corps Marathon Registration. Register online at marinemarathon.com. Marathon is Sunday, Oct. 27. This event brings golfers, interfaith leaders, business principals, and our Capitol Hill neighbors together for an afternoon of camaraderie to support a critical need in our community-serving the homeless population in Capitol Hill. Register at Golf.CHGM.net.

Rumsey (indoor) Pool. Public swim, Monday-Friday, 6:30-9:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM. Public swim, Saturday, 1:00-5:00 PM. Public swim, Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. 635 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495. dpr.dc.gov DC Public Outdoor Pools Opened Memorial Day Weekend. They will then be open weekends only until school is out. After school is out, they will be open daily. Nearby outdoor pools are East Potomac Pool at 972 Ohio Dr. SW; Randall Pool at South Capitol and I Sts. SW; and Rosedale Pool at 1701 Gales St. NE. All outdoor pools are open weekends, noon-6:00 PM. Weekday hours are 1:00-8:00 PM. Every pool is closed one day a week for cleaning and maintenance. All pools are free for DC residents. Have picture ID. dpr.dc.gov Roller Skating at Anacostia Park. Skate weekends, sunrise to sunset. This is a covered, outdoor skating pavilion. Free. Onehour free skate “rental” has started but sizes and supplies are limited. During summer months, open daily. Go east on Penn. Ave. across Anacostia River and make the first right turn onto Fairlawn Ave. and another right onto Nicholson and then into the park. 202-472-3873. Free public tennis courts in Ward Six. King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW; Garfield Park, Third and G sts. SE; Randall Park First and I sts. SW; Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE; Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. dpr. dc.gov/dpr Capitol Hill Tai Chi Study Group. Saturday mornings (except when it’s below zero or very inclement weather), meeting to teach and practice Tai Chi, 8:00-10:00 AM. All styles and abilities welcome. First hour form practice, second hour the martial practice of Push Hands. Lincoln Park. Dr. David Walls-Kaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. E. Capitol St. between 11th and 13th sts. 202-544-6035. Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesdays, noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Dr. at West Basin Dr., near the Tourmobile stand). 703-505-3567. dcroadrunners.org

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“Hope for the Homeless” Golf Tournament (save the date). Sept 23. This event brings golfers, interfaith leaders, business principals, and our Capitol Hill neighbors together for an afternoon of camaraderie to support a critical need in our communityserving the homeless population in Capitol Hill. Register at Golf.CHGM.net.

MARKETS AND SALES Southeast Library Book Sale. June 8 (monthly on the 2nd Saturday), 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-6983377. dclibrary.org/southeast Southwest Public Library Book Sale. June 8, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and June 15, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. Southwest Public Library, 900 Wesley SW (K and 3rd Sts. SW). All proceeds for the sale go directly to supporting programming and equipment needs of the branch. Aya @ SW Waterfront. Saturdays, 9:00 AM1:00 PM. On the grounds of Christ United Methodist Church, 900 4th St. SW. New Grant Avenue (flea) Market in Takoma Park. June 9 and July 14, 10:00 AM3:00 PM. The new market is at the intersection of Grant Ave. and Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park, MD with antiques, collectibles and funky finds. Over 25 vendors plus popular DC store anchor vendors: FOUNDRY, Parisian Flea Market from U Street, NW and Ruff & Ready Furnishings from 14th St. NW. Market goers can expect to find the same winning format as the Fenton Street Market-vendor booths, music and food trucks-adding yet another activity to the busy Sunday line-up in Old Takoma which already offers the popular Takoma Park Farmers Market. Families will enjoy the day with a host of children’s activities including a bicycle carousel made from re-purposed bikes and a giant trikeboth thanks to sculptor Howard Connelly. grantavenuemarket.com Capital Riverfront Farmers Market. Open Tuesdays through October, 4:00-7:00 PM. Every Tuesday, Canal Park’s southern block will transform into a festive marketplace with a dozen local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, locally prepared food, and artisan crafts. Canal Park is located in the Capitol Riverfront at 2nd and M Sts. SE.

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H Street FreshFarm Market. Saturdays through Dec 21, 9:00 AM-noon. H St. and 13th St. NE. Vendors are Atwater’s; Blueberry Hill; Cedarbrook Farm; Dolcezza Gelato; Full Cellar Farm; Garden Path Farm; Gordy’s Pickle Jar; Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, LLC; Quaker Valley Orchards; Red Apron Butchery; Richfield Farm. freshfarmmarkets.org Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. easternmarket-dc.com Union Market. Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. The newly-opened Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-652-7400. unionmarketdc.com Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. easternmarket-dc.com Penn Quarter, DC FreshFarm Market. Thursdays through Dec 19, 3:00-7:00 PM. North end of 8th St. NW, between D and E Sts. NW. freshfarmmarkets.org 14th and U Farmers’ Market. Saturdays through Nov 23, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Reeves Center Plaza at the corner of 14th St. and U St., NW. marketsandmore.net Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 20th St. and Mass. Ave NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889. freshfarmmarket.org 9th and U Flea Market. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 9th and U sts. NW. Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclement weather), 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM. The crowd is as diverse as the items for sale! Antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, rugs, pottery, china, jewelry, silver, stained glass, books and photographs are an example of the available items. 1819 35th St. NW. 202-775-3532. or georgetownfleamarket.com

CIVIC LIFE Public Meeting for the Long Bridge Study. June 6, 4:00-7:00 PM. DDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration have launched a study to evaluate improvements needed to the Long Bridge, a railroad bridge crossing over the Potomac River that serves freight, commuter, and passenger rail traffic. The purpose of this meeting is to get feedback on the alternative concepts that were developed based on the project’s needs

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and feedback received from agencies and the public. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. Free DC Department of the Environment Backyard Habitat Workshop. June 8, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Common Good City Farm at their farm in LeDroit Park. To register, send an email to backyardhabitat@dc.gov with “Common Good City Farm Workshop” in the subject line and the names of the attendees in the body of the email. Directions and other instructions will be sent to all registrants a few days before the workshop. 202-535-2600. ddoe.dc.gov DDOT Semi-Annual Circulator Forum. June 18, 6:008:00 PM. At the forum DDOT will solicit feedback from passengers on the strengths and weaknesses of the bus system to ensure the DC Circulator continues to meet the needs of current and future riders. Studio Theatre, First Floor Lounge (P Street Entrance), 1501 14th St. NW All Politics is Local with NBC4’s Tom Sherwood featuring Chancellor Kaya Henderson. June 19, 7:00 PM. NBC 4 reporter Tom Sherwood welcomes Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools to June’s edition of All Politics is Local. Together, they will discuss current issues facing the DC public schools. Free. RSVP online at hillcenterdc.org or call 202-549-4172. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. hillcenterdc.org Grosso Near You (informal) Meeting. First Thursday, 8:00-9:30 AM, Pound the Hill, 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The meetings will provide the opportunity for constituents to bring ideas and issues directly to Councilmember Grosso as part of an effort to make the DC Council more accessible. Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday in Southwest at Channel Inn; third Thursday on H St. NE at Sova; fourth Thursday in Shaw. Please call the councilmember’s office for Shaw location as it varies. 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Councilmember Wells and members of his staff. 202-724-8072. tommywells.org Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW, suite 900. 202-783-5065. norton.house.gov ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. anc6a.org ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. anc6b.org ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. anc6c.org ANC 6D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at 1100 4th St. SW, DCRA meeting room, 2nd floor. 202-554-1795. anc6d.org H

Hosted by Councilmember Tommy Wells

7th Annual Ward 6 Family Day Saturday, June 22, 1 pm-5 pm

Live Music

@ Canal Park 202 L Street SE

Free Food & Fun for All Ages

Games & Activities

Please join Councilman Tommy Wells and your neighbors as we celebrate the strengthening of the wonderful neighborhoods in the ward – Capitol Riverfront, Edgewood, Rosedale, Capitol Hill, Hill East, Penn Quarter, Southwest, NoMa and many more. Partners include: Serve Your City, Edgewood Brookland Collaborative, Harris Teeter, Capitol Riverfront BID, FEMS, MPD, DPR, DC United, and others Supported by the Hill Rag!

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Twelve Great Ways to Do a DC Summer by Kathleen Donner


hether you’re a long-time resident, summer intern, or first-time visitor, the Washington area offers an incredible array of entertainments, adventures, and opportunities. Summer is no different. One obvious way to enjoy DC in the summer is the National Mall. It speaks for itself. Four of the ten most visited museums on Earth are here – Air and Space, Natural History, American History, and the National Gallery of Art – and you

shouldn’t miss them. Listed below, however, you’ll find places to visit, things to do, and experiences to have that are classics, like an evening at Wolf Trap, or “I didn’t know that” destinations like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s gravesite in Rockville, or the closest place to go “pea-ing” (pea-picking), or something else a little off the beaten path. They may be just down the street, in the nearby burbs, or a manageable drive away but they won’t disappoint. So, what’s your poison?

Staycation n. a vacation spent at home or nearby; blend of stay and vacation.





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The lawn at Wolf Trap. Photo: Nathan Adams

I. Eat Local

A. Litteri Italian grocery store is a legend. It’s also hard to find if you’re not familiar with the wholesale food distributors area just north of the intersection of Florida Ave. and 6th St. NE. Heading north on 6th, make the first left just before the Metro. It’s the second business on the left (517 Morse St. NE). There you’ll find every imaginable olive oil, vinegar, pasta, and wine import from Italy and a great deli. Walking out of Litteri’s, past chainlink fences and an abandoned truck, stop at the equally remarkable Union Market. It’s new and fast becoming DC’s premier foodie hangout. Litteri’s is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Union Market is open Wednesdays through Sundays. litteris.com and unionmarketdc.com Picking our own produce is the closest most of us will ever get to being farmers. They say farmers have very satisfying jobs because they extract something of value from the soil. You’ll feel the same way picking peaches, spinach, peas, and berries. We’re going to send you to a clever website where (we believe) a wonderfully eccentric and dedicated person keeps a labor-of-love listing that you can sort by state and county: go to pickyourown.org. This site will also lead you to pumpkin patches in the fall and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms. Nothing says summer like a squeaky floor, a brown paper table cloth, and a hammer. Don’t miss out on a crab-shack dinner on Chesapeake Bay or a tributary river. Capt’ Billy’s Crab House, 11495 Popes Creek Rd, Newburg, Md., is the place we suggest. Old-timers will remember Robertson’s (closed now), which was next to Capt’ Billy’s. Their famous “backrub” cocktail could keep you from driving legally for a week, and it’s hard to find a yard sale that doesn’t have a pilfered Robertson’s glass. Capt’ Billy’s is about 25 miles from the DC border, south on Rte. 301 about 20 miles and then right on Popes Creek Rd. You can’t miss it: captbillys.com. 32 H hillrag.com

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“All the President’s Pups” explores five different historic locations on the estate. Photo: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

PS. The St. Mary’s County Crab Festival in Leonardtown, Md., is June 8 this year with a June 9 rain date.

II. Listen to the Music

If you’re of a certain age and attended parochial school, there’s a good chance that you chipped in for National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception construction costs. The shrine has a lovely way to end a summer weekend during July and August, Sundays at 6:00 p.m. – organ recitals in the sanctuary. The music is relaxing and contemplative, all the more so because of the basilica’s spectacular mid-60s architecture. Free but an offering is appreciated. All are welcome and there’s plenty of parking. The National Shrine is at 400 Michigan Ave. NE on the Catholic University campus. nationalshrine.com The quintessential summer evening out is an evening of music at Wolf Trap. And for this, lawn seating is best because (1) you can bring a picnic with wine (2), the sound is just as good, and (3) the tickets are cheaper. Lawn seating is first-come, firstserved, but you’re making an evening of it anyway. From Interstate 66 West take exit 67 to Rte. 267 (Dulles Toll Road), follow signs for local exits, pay a $1.75 toll, and exit at the Wolf Trap ramp. It’s not a far as you think and the parking lot empties out quickly following the show. wolftrap.org Listen to the music at LUMEN8ANACOSTIA 2013 ( June 22-Aug 12). This is an eclectic and fun festival of the arts in Anacostia. The Saturday, June 22, 12-hour kick-off is a free day and night of art, light, music, chess, classes, theater, dance and performance art. The kick-off festival is followed by six weeks of creative events many of which are family-friendly. Much of the action is at or near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road. LUMEN8ANACOSTIA is defined as LUMEN, a measure of light; 8, Ward 8 and ANACOSTIA, an amazing historic neighborhood in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. lumen8anacostia.com

III. Survive the Dog Days

Hirshhorn “Summer Camp” movies this year are “The Breed” (2006), June 6; “Man’s Best Friend” (1993), June 13, and “Cujo” (1983), June 20. All movies are shown at 8:00 p.m. in the Ring Auditorium. In case you haven’t figured it out, these are all doggie horror movies. They’re free (no tickets) and fun. The Hirshhorn is at the corner of 7th and Independence, SW. hirshhorn.si.edu George Washington’s Mount Vernon invites all dogs and their two-legged friends to explore the estate through a new guided walking tour devoted to dogs! “All the President’s Pups” takes place on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., through June 29. This special walking tour covers 1.25 miles of Mount Vernon terrain, stopping at five historic locations including the West Gate. Learn about canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at Mount Vernon today. The walking tour costs $5 in addition to general admission for humans. Admission for dogs is free. All dogs must be leashed with their owner at all times. Mount Vernon is about 16 miles from DC. Take the George Washington Parkway east. MountVernon.org Midcity Dog Days Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival, traditionally the first weekend in August, is an annual event where retailers along U and 14th streets NW have “open houses” and offer up deals and freebies. This includes restaurants, bars, galleries, gift shops, florists, and anyone else who wishes to jump in. Goods are out on the sidewalk. Live music permeates the experience, and Studio Theater, 1501 14th Street NW, has its popular annual “garage” sale. PS. The last Washington Nationals “Pups in the Park” until fall is June 9, 1:35 p.m., at the Nats vs. Minnesota Twins game. Bring your wellbehaved dog (on a leash). Tickets for you and your dog are $30, which includes an $8 donation to the Humane Society. washington.nationals.mlb.com

IV. Have an Adventure

Terrapin Adventures in Savage, Md., among other thrills offers Zip Line. They want you to experience the thrill of gliding through the trees 30 feet in the air at speeds up to 20 mph as you travel on their 330 ft.-long zip line. They call it no-sweat adrenaline. It’s $15 per ride. Upon arrival add an additional zip line ride for just $10 and try it backwards. Must be 8 years old, at least 48 inches tall, and weigh between 60 and 275 pounds. You can book online. Take I-95 North to exit 38A, Rte. 32 East toward Ft. Meade. Follow signs to Savage Mill. Take exit 12B, Rte. 1 South. At 2nd light take a right on Gorman Rd. Take right at Foundry St. Take 2nd left on Baltimore St., 2nd left at Fair St. and enter parking lot (takes about 40 minutes). terrapinadventures.com Carderock is probably the most climbed cliff in the eastern United States. It’s located nearby in Maryland just north DC. The west-facing cliff, 25 to 60 feet high, offers lots of easy and moderate top-rope routes. If you are interested in making the jump from contrived healthclub walls to a real rock, this is the place. We suggest that you go there and have a look first. On the weekends the area is full of climbers. There’s always an obnoxious 17-year-old, barefoot with no ropes, who scampers to the top, effortlessly, in seconds. Never mind. Watch their route. From I-495 take exit 13 and drive north on the Clara Barton Parkway to the first exit for Carderock Recreation Area and then follow the signs. nps.gov Take a biplane ride before or after the Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, VA. Most Sundays through October (check their website) the gates open at 11:00 a.m. and the show begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($7 for ages 3-12). An enclosed-cockpit ride is $50 and an open-cockpit ride is $80. There’s an open-cockpit aerobatic ride for $140 but make sure you have a strong stom-

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V. Connect with the Potomac

Fishing on the Potomac is regulated by the District Department of the Environment. Here are the rules. The striped bass season begins May 16 each year. The minimum possession length is 18 inches. Anglers may possess no more than two fish in the following combinations of lengths: two fish between 18 and 28 inches or one fish between 18 and 28 inches and one fish greater than 28 inches. (We told you this was government.) There are no bait restrictions. They do, however, take licensing seriously and you can get one online at takemefishing.org. Fragers, 1115 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, sells bait. The Potomac Riverboat Company operates a water taxi between Alexandria and National Harbor. It’s a fun and effortless way to get out on the river and particularly beautiful after sunset. The roundtrip fare is $10-$16 and all three destinations are worth a stop: Alexandria, National Harbor, and the Gaylord National Hotel. The boats run frequently, and the one-way trip across the river takes about 25 minutes. potomacriverboatco.com DC Sail is the community sailing program of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation. Their mission is to promote and sustain affordable educational, recreational, and competitive sailing programs for all ages in a fun and safe environment. They operate out of the Gangplank Marina in SW. They’ll get you out on the water and give you the confidence to handle a boat. dcsail.org

VI. Do July 4th Differently

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A Local Tourism Guide at sunset. Take Rte. 4 South into Calvert County, then Rte. 260 (another 9 miles) to Chesapeake Beach. There will also be post-game fireworks on July 3 after the Nats vs. Milwaukee Brewers baseball game. The game starts at 6:05 p.m., which means that the fireworks will start at about 9:00 p.m. You don’t have to be

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Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas hiked the length of the C&O Canal in 1954 when its neglected remnants were threatened by the construction of a scenic highway. Photo: National Park Service

member the fireworks we saw when we were children. There are always fireworks on July 3 at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. They invite us to spend the morning celebrating our Independence and the afternoon playing at the water park, then join family, neighbors, and friends at the special fireworks display on the beach

at the ballgame, just be where you can see the top of the park. DC comes pretty close to being a small town on the 4th of July with its two neighborhood parades, Capitol Hill and Palisades. The Capitol Hill parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and marches along 8th St. SE from I St. north. The Palisades parade begins at 11:00

a.m. and marches along MacArthur Boulevard. They’re both open-participation parades, and you can expect all the mayoral candidates to do Capitol Hill and then streak up to Palisades.

VII. Experience History

Take a trip back in time to the 1870s. Ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules. Experience the feel of rising eight feet in a lock. Hear park rangers in period clothing describe what life was like for the families that lived and worked on the canal. Enjoy life at a slower pace. The Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center is located at 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, Md. The boat tours are offered April through October, Wednesday through Sunday. Rides are $5-$8. 301-767-3714. nps.gov/choh The “Gettysburg: A New Birth of Freedom” Commemorative Ceremony will be on Sunday, June 30, 7:309:00 p.m. It marks the 150th anniversary of the historic battle and will take place on an outdoor stage near Gen. Meade’s Headquarters. The ceremony will include music, a keynote address, and “Voices of History,” a dramatic reading of eyewitness accounts written by soldiers and ordinary people swept into the events of the battle and its aftermath. Keynote speaker will be historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Country music artist Trace Adkins will sing the National Anthem accompanied by the United States Military Academy Orchestra. The ceremony will end with a procession to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery to see luminaries marking each of the more than 3,500 graves of soldiers killed in the battle of Gettysburg. Take George Washington Parkway West to I-495, then I-270 north, Rte. 40 west, Rte. 15 north, and Rte. 134. Watch for signs. It’s about two hours. nps.gov/gett The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia preserves the home and legacy of runaway slave, abolitionist, civil rights advocate, author, and statesman Frederick Douglass. He was a towering historical figure in the 19th century and his home, “Cedar Hill,” is preserved as closely as pos-

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sible to the way it was when he lived there. Frederick Douglass was born on a plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland around 1818. He died 77 years later at Cedar Hill. The rangers are happy to take you on a tour but you should reserve first. nps.gov/frdo

VIII. Take a Road Less Traveled

The National Arboretum is practically in our own backyard and it has nine miles of roads suitable for biking. It’s a wonderful way to spend a summer morning. You can picnic (no alcohol) at the Grove of State Trees. Due to recent sequestration budget cuts the Arboretum is closed Tuesdays through Thursdays. But the rest of the time it’s open, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., welcoming and underappreciated. Enter the Arboretum at 3501 New York Ave. NE or Bladensburg Road NE. Find out what’s blooming at usna.usda.gov. Northern Frederick County is home to three historic covered bridges. All three are listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The Utica Mills, Loy’s Station, and Roddy Road covered bridges all cross streams within 12 miles of one another. Besides their beauty the bridges are also structurally interesting, as each has a different truss system (which is what keeps a bridge standing). Start your tour in Frederick. Visit visitfrederick.org for the intricate directions. Back in DC, sections of Beach Drive are closed on weekends (Saturday, 7:00 a.m., to Sunday, 7:00 p.m.) and holidays for bikers, rollerbladers, hikers, and joggers (no horses). The closures run from Broad Branch Road to Military Road, from Picnic Grove 10 to Wise Road, and from West Beach Drive to the DC line. Enjoy. nps.gov/rocr

IX. Explore the Underworld

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Mary’s church at the intersection of Maryland Rte. 355 (Rockville Pike) and Viers Mill Road. It’s a quiet place and rarely visited, but on Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald’s birthday, Sept. 24, visitors find their way to the gravesite and leave flowers, packs of cigarettes, martini glasses, and gin bottles. The grave is adorned with the familiar “Boats against the current” quote from “Gatsby.” The best way to get there is to take Metro to Rockville. The cemetery is adjacent to the station. Edgar Allen Poe lived and worked in Baltimore (think Baltimore Ravens) for a good part of his life. In addition to his home (closed and under renovation) and his gravesite, traces of Poe’s life and death can be found throughout the city. The gravesite is at Westminster Cemetery on the southeast corner of Fayette and Greene. Before you leave for Baltimore in search of Poe, have a look at the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore website at eapoe.org. About two hours from DC in Luray, Va., is Luray Caverns, an active cave where new deposits accumulate at the rate of about one cubic inch every 120 years. Take a one-hour walking tour along well-lighted, paved walkways that lead through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high. The enormous chambers are filled with towering columns, shimmering draperies, and crystal-clear pools. Getting there is a pleasant drive through the Virginia countryside and over the mountains. Take I-66 West to Gainesville, US 29 South to Warrenton, US 211 West to Luray Caverns, 45 minutes from Warrenton, 90 minutes from Capital Beltway. luraycaverns.com

X. Reach for the Stars

The Air and Space Museum has an observatory with a 16-inch telescope on the east terrace. Weather permitting, you can look through it Wednesdays through Sundays, noon-3:00 p.m., and see spots on the sun (using safe solar filters), craters on the moon, or the phases of Venus. Often overlooked as people rush past to enter the building, it’s definitely worth a few minutes. airandspace.si.edu The best way to watch a meteor shower is by getting out of the lights of a big city. A meteor shower is a spike in the number of meteors, or “shooting stars,” that streak through the night sky. The next meteor shower is the Perseids on Aug. 11 and 12. Under dark skies you might see 15-20 “shooting stars” per hour. The Moon sets by late evening. Other meteor showers in 2013 are the Orionids on the night of Oct. 21, Leonids on Nov. 16, and Geminids on Dec. 12 and 13. According to the Air Force Times, because of budget cuts due to the sequestration the Andrews Air Show has been cancelled. Officials at Joint Base Andrews near Washington say budget cuts are forcing them to turn a popular annual air show into a biennial event. The Air Force says about 200,000

people attended last year’s free show. They’ll have to wait until 2014 for the next one. It costs about $2.1 million to produce an air show and the military needs to save money.

XI. Meet Some People

One Brick (volunteering made easy) brings volunteers together to support other nonprofit organizations by adopting an innovative twist to the volunteer experience: they create a friendly and social atmosphere around volunteering, and after each event they invite volunteers to gather at a local restaurant or cafe where they can get to know one another in a relaxed social setting. Their commitment-free volunteering allows you to choose when you volunteer, rather than having to make commitments for a certain number of volunteer hours, or agree to be available every week at a specific time. washingtondc.onebrick.org Take a Sunset Sail aboard a schooner every other Friday evening, June 14 through September, from the Gangplank Marina on the Southwest waterfront. The sail lasts about three hours, and you can bring along a picnic, champagne, and snacks (whatever you please). The boat accommodates 35 people. It’s $50 and you register online. Please be kind and wear soft-soled shoes and (they’re adamant) no open toes. dcsail.org Every third Thursday ( June 20, July 18, and Aug. 15), at 5:00 p.m., Relax and Take 5 with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard of the American Art Museum. The Courtyard Cafe is open and you can borrow a board game to play during the concert. Feeling inspired to create? During concerts ArtJamz sets up a temporary studio, offering registered participants an opportunity to paint while the audience mingles. For registration information visit artjamzdc.com. The American Art Museum is at 8th and F streets NW. americanart.si.edu

XII. Have Quiet Moments with a Great Man

The memorial to Albert Einstein is situated Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field. Photo: NASA

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Albert Einstein by sculptor, Robert Berks. Photo: Alex Jamison

in an elm and holly grove at the southwest corner of the National Academy of Sciences grounds, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. Einstein is depicted seated on a three-step bench of Mount Airy (North Carolina) white granite. The bronze figure, weighing approximately four tons, is 12 feet in height. Three caissons, totaling 135 tons, sunk in bedrock to a depth of 23 to 25 feet, support the monument. George Mason is also seated on a bench. The George Mason Memorial is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The memorial stands in West Potomac Park, near the intersection of Ohio Dr. and E. Basin Dr. SW. In terms of placement, the memorial occupies a highly symbolic and important position on the National Mall, within sight of the more prominent tributes to two of Mason’s Virginia contemporaries, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. nps.gov/gemm The memorial garden to Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) is on Massachusetts Ave. NW, midway between Dupont Circle and the National Cathedral. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. The memorial garden must be visited in summer when the fountains are on, otherwise it’s rather bleak. Here’s a favorite line of his poetry: “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.” H

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hen June arrived back in the South Bronx in the early 1960s, schools went the way of the yo-yo. I ran across the street to the playground next to PS 39. It was where I played baseball. It was where I fell in love. How did this begin? It might have started with baseball cards, pink Spaldings, and a good broomstick. Yes, there is such a thing as seduction. Little did I know. I thought I was just collecting cards with my heroes’ pictures. Today people draft reports about why there are few African Americans playing baseball in the major leagues. How many young black kids are collecting cards? How many kids are playing stickball in the streets of Washington? I don’t see them. Back in April, as the cherry blossoms were trying to bloom, I found a greenish-yellow softball on Georgia Avenue across the street from Howard University. At first, from a distance, I thought it might be a tennis ball. I seldom find baseballs in the streets of our city. No one is hitting a ball over a fence. Why? My father never took an interest in any sport except boxing. His favorite fighters were Kid Gavilan, Kid Choco-

by E. Ethelbert Miller late, and sweet Sugar Ray Robinson. It was my mother who purchased my first baseball glove. I was blessed to have a cousin who lived upstairs in our apartment building on Longwood Avenue who had been bitten by the baseball bug. Even in the snow we played catch, throwing the ball until our arms grew tired or the sun did. My mother only knew the name Jackie Robinson. She was a closet Dodgers fan only because she once lived in Brooklyn. Baseball might have been in my blood, but I didn’t get it from anyone who sat around the dinner table. While my brother was discovering Thomas Merton, my sister was into Sam Cooke. Not the best siblings to discuss RBIs and strikeouts with. In June 2010 my son and daughter treated me to a Washington Nationals game for Father’s Day. It was hot, very hot. My children’s clothes were sticking to their seats. I looked at both of them and knew on that day they were not baseball kids. I also knew how much they loved me. They were willing to suffer sunstroke for their dad. It would be nice if love was simply as round as a baseball. You could toss it into the air and always catch it. My children rarely

played baseball. Is it because they were DC kids growing up before the Nats came to town? There is an emptiness in the streets these days. Not the playgrounds or the gym – but the streets. When was the last time you saw a Spalding? When was the last time you saw 12 or 18 kids with bats and gloves? Where is the addiction to the game? How many kids imagine themselves pitching a no-hitter in the big leagues? Maybe it should begin with the baseball cards and the collection of memories and dreams. But who would invest in them? It’s sad to see young boys this summer ignoring the American pastime. I’m afraid something might be forever lost. Why must the number 42 remain so lonely? There are many black people playing baseball. They just happen to be black people who speak Spanish. This reflects our changing nation. What’s good for the American and National leagues should be good for all of us. Maybe we need to embrace language the way we keep embracing color. There was a time when the ball I played with in New York was pink. Si! Pink. H HillRag | June 2013 H 41

bulletin board Tommy Wells Kicks Off Mayoral Campaign

At noon on Saturday, May 18, DC Councilmember Tommy Wells was joined by family, friends, and supporters from across the city to officially kickoff his mayoral campaign. Wells has served the District for over 20 years as a public official, social worker, and community leader. The kickoff was held at Starburst Plaza, at the crossroads of Wards 5, 6, and 7 (northeast corner of the intersection of H Street and Bladensburg and Benning roads NE). tommywells.org

Giant Opens New Store on H Street

Giant Food of Landover, Md., opened a 41,000 squarefoot store at 300 H St. NE on May 1. The new Giant, which Mayor Vincent Gray, along with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and Anwar Saleem, executive director of H Street Main Street, Inc., cuts the celebratory is LEED-certified by the US ribbon marking the official opening of the new H Street Giant. Joining Mayor Gray are (left to right) Giant Food District Director John Hicks, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, H Street Giant Store Manager Charlton Clarke, and ANC 6C 05 Commissioner Mark Kazmierczak. Green Building Council, is part of Steuart Investment Company’s mixed-use project, 360° reviewer Mike Canning will present filmmakers over the years have rep- Hello Cupcake’s Sweet & Savory H. The H Street Giant will be open a lecture on his book “Hollywood resented DC well and ill. Canning, Pies at Hill Center 24 hours a day. This is the second Gi- on the Potomac: How the Movies a Hill resident, has been reviewing Would you like to know the secret ant in Northeast Washington and one View Washington, DC.” The book films for the Hill Rag for almost 20 to perfect pie crust? A delicious way of two new stores scheduled to open offers a comprehensive look at the years and is a member of the Wash- to use leftovers? An easy but impresthis year in the District, with a third intersection of the capital city and ington Area Film Critics Associa- sive savory tart for Sunday brunch? American feature films. In examin- tion. The program will take place in scheduled for 2014. ing more than 50 motion pictures the Southeast Library at 403 7th St. With a few simple tools and tips all of the sound era, it reveals how the SE. Admission is free and the book the above is achievable, even if you “Hollywood on the Potomac” District has been treated as either will be available for purchase and are a novice chef. On June 6, 7:00subject, setting, or background. The signing. For information call 202- 9:00 p.m., join Penny Karas, owner Lecture and Book Signing of Hello Cupcake, at the Hill Center On June 13, at 7:00 p.m., at the lecture will include film stills and 698-3377. to learn where the expression “easy Southeast Library, Hill Rag movie clips from the book, showing how 42 H hillrag.com

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UniverSoul Circus at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds

UniverSoul Circus returns to the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds June 5-9. The 2013 edition, entitled the “Turn’t Up Tour,” will feature intimate theatre-in-the-round seating, dazzling lights, energetic sounds, and a cast of A-list performers from around the world under a newly designed red and yellow Big Top. The tour includes new acts, such as a neck-breaking, head balancing act from Vietnam, beat-box and a cappella vocalists from Atlanta, and a hip-hop-inspired Magic Cat Illusion featuring live tigers. From start to finish, UniverSoul Circus has assembled its most sensational lineup of performers, including artists from the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, France, Vietnam, South Africa, Russia, Brazil, and West Africa. Show times are weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon, 4:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16-$32 and are on sale via Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000. Children under 1, free. The RFK Stadium Festival Grounds are easily accessible by Metro on the Blue and Orange lines (Stadium-Armory station) and numerous bus lines. On-site parking is also available. universoulcircus.com

CHRS Presents “Do We Need the Height Act?”

“Do We Need the Height Act?” is a free forum on Wednesday, June 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the presentation will follow a brief business meeting of the CHRS membership. The speaker will be Laura Richards, an attorney who testified before 44 H hillrag.com

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Congressman Issa’s committee last summer in support of the Height Act. Her testimony emphasized that the Height Act of 1910 plays a positive, powerful role in shaping the cityscape and the experience of living in the District. The event is free and handicapped-accessible, and the public is encouraged to attend. No reservations required. For more information visit chrs.org.

Columbus Plaza Rehabilitation Project Completed

The Columbus Plaza Rehabilitation Project was designed to improve access and circulation patterns in and around Union Station as well as to improve the appearance of this high-traffic pedestrian/ vehicular plaza. It was intended to provide needed improvements at the city’s primary multimodal transportation center, while preserving and enhancing the historic character of Columbus Plaza and Union Station.

The 18-month construction project began in September 2011. The total cost was $10.8 million.

J. Chocolatier Now Offering Free Delivery on Capitol Hill

Jane Morris, owner of J. Chocolatier, a small-batch, artisan chocolatier, is now offering free delivery of her treats to Capitol Hill residents and businesses. Morris, a 12-year Capitol Hill resident, had operated a boutique in Georgetown for three and a half years, but recently closed it. Morris plans to offer her now-famous liquid salted caramels, chocolate bars, chocolate dipped fruit, and a few seasonal handmade truffles. Other items that were popular at her Georgetown shop, such as her fresh baked cookies and lavender lemonade, will be available this summer. Chocolate lovers can check out the new J. Chocolatier at jchocolatier.com or the J. Chocolatier Facebook page. For now, delivery orders

should be placed by phone or email (the website will automatically add shipping). Morris also plans to do occasional pop-up shops at the Tabula Rasa on Barracks Row.

Eastern Market Metro Park/Plaza Design Study and Transportation Management Plan

Barracks Row Main Street is initiating a new design study and transportation management plan to improve the public space along Pennsylvania Avenue SE, between 7th and 9th, including the area around the Eastern Market Metro Station. Unlike previous planning efforts, this study will not consider re-routing traffic in the Pennsylvania Avenue right-of-way. Its overall goal will be to renew and upgrade, both functionally and aesthetically, the publicly owned land in the 700 and 800 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue. It will examine the best way to accommodate pedestrians, bi-

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 7-9 p.m. CHRS June Membership Forum Why DC Needs the Height Act Guest Speaker: Laura Richards, Esq. Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE The National Capital Planning Commission, the Office of Planning and a bevy of consultants are developing a Height Master Plan to consider changes to the Height Act. What do we stand to lose? Doors open at 6:30. This event is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. Preserve and Protect Your Neighborhood Join the Capitol Hill Restoration Society

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cyclists, and all other modes of public and private transportation, such as Metrobuses, taxis, the DC Circulator, automobiles, and emergency vehicles, as they converge at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza. Among the transportation and safety issues that may be addressed: improving pedestrian access to the Metro Station, enhancing signalization to reduce pedestrian/vehicular conflicts, reassessing the location of the Capitol Bikeshare station and the Metrobus stops, and delineating clearer pedestrian pathways. In addition to preparing two alternative master plan concepts for the public parcels within the two-block area, more detailed designs will be developed for the portion of the study area north of Pennsylvania Avenue between 8th and 9th streets SE, including construction documents for a permanent children’s play area. To provide input and guidance Barracks Row Main Street will establish a local advisory group of representatives from Capitol Hill organizations and members of the community. Regular community updates about the project, including interactive plans with feedback mechanisms, will be available at barracksrow.org.

Waste-to-Energy in DC at Anacostia Community Museum

A key strategy to create a sustainable DC is to explore waste-to-energy opportunities. The question is how. Residents who have found facilities of this nature in their communities often question the concept. However, waste-to-energy has been used successfully in Europe. How can waste-to-energy be part of other efforts, including composting and recycling, to 46 H hillrag.com

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Champs “Hilly” Awards Pre-Event Cocktail Party

The “Hilly” Awards is returning in November. To kick things off Champs is holding a cocktail party on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. on the rooftop of the Capitol Hill Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. The event features the announcement of categories and nominees, open bar, and early voting. champsdc.org

Cajun Cooking with David Guas, Chef/Owner of Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery

On June 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m., New Orleans native David Guas leads an interactive class that will prepare (and subsequently consume) cheese straw, deviled eggs, crabmeat maison, Gulf shrimp, stuffed mirlitons and some “DamGoodDesserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth” at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. hillcenterdc.org Bayou Bakery is one of the area’s most beloved and funkified eateries, full of Southern character and delicious and nurturing food. Guas’s first cookbook, “DamGoodSweet – Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth New Orleans Style,” was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Dessert Cookbooks of the year in 2009. Guas himself was a finalist for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef in the Country for 2011 and 2012 and has appeared on Food Network’s “Chopped” and

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) “Choice Planning Coordinator” Solicitation No. 0010-2013 DCHA is in need of a qualified consultant (“Choice Planning Coordinator”) to coordinate all necessary research and manage and complete the DCHA CHOICE planning process. This includes coordinating activities to develop a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Transformation Plan for HUD’s approval, in concert with simultaneous activities to develop a Small Area Plan for District Council’s approval. The Choice Planning Coordinator will work with DCHA, DMPED, OP and the selected Team, as well as other District agencies and community stakeholders (“DCHA Choice Team”). DCHA encourages proposals from individuals/firms with thorough knowledge and experience in the goals, objectives, requirements and processes of Public Housing, Community Development, HOPE VI, Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Programs, and the District’s Small Area Planning process. SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS will be available at the Issuing Office at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Room 300, Administrative Services/Contracts & Procurement, Washington, DC 20002-7599 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning on Monday, May 13, 2013. SEALED PROPOSAL RESPONSES are due to the Issuing Office by 11:00am on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Contact the Issuing Office, Adrienne Jones on (202)535-1212 or by email at agjones@dchousing.org for additional information.


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the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets.” Critics and patrons alike have praised Bayou Bakery for its iconic Southern dishes. Guas was named the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Pastry Chef of the Year, and Bon Appetit hailed him as one of eight Dessert Stars in the country. Guas regularly appears on NBC’s Today Show, de-mystifying everything from jambalaya and gumbo to Mardi Gras king cakes.

DC United Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

DC United and its charitable arm, United for DC, have announced details of the Annual United Celebrity Golf Tournament, set for Monday, June 17, with a 12:30 p.m. tee time. The event is a major fundraiser for the charitable foundation and will be held at National Golf Club in Fort Washington, Md. Fans will have the opportunity to spend a relaxing and exciting day on the green with DC United players and coaches while supporting the club’s charitable arm. Presenting and supporting sponsorships are available at $7,500 and $5,000. Each sponsorship includes recognition prior to and at the event as well as participation in the event. Additionally celebrity fivesomes, available at $1,000, allow four individuals to golf alongside a DC United player or coach. Regular foursomes and individuals are also available for $750 and $250. The event will feature lunch, dinner, drinks, and numerous course contests including the chance to win a new Volkswagen. United for DC will also host a silent auction at the event, with items available from DC United and other area sports teams in addition to entertainment packages and gift certificates from local businesses and partners. All proceeds go to benefit United for DC’s mission to champion

educational, heath, and recreational programs and events that serve disadvantaged youth of greater DC by engaging the resources and skills of DC United and our community. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operates three signature programs: United Reads, which encourages and promotes reading and the importance of a healthy lifestyle; Kicks for Kids, which provides the DC United game-day experience to thousands of at-risk, underserved youth each season; and United Soccer Club, which provides free after-school soccer programming to disadvantaged urban children throughout the area. For more information on United for DC’s initiatives and events visit unitedfordc.org. For more information on the Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament visit dcunited. com/golf or contact United for DC Program & Events Manager Kat Cheshire at 202-587-5434 or kcheshire@dcunited.com.

Langston Terrace Public Housing Development Turns 75

Langston Terrace, opened in 1938, was the first US government-funded public housing community in Washington and the second in the nation. It was designed by African American architect Hilyard Robinson, a native Washingtonian. Construction began in 1935 as part of the New Deal relief work initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. African American workers performed most of the construction work. The finished complex of 274 units provided affordable housing to working-class families who competed for the opportunity to live there at a time of extreme housing shortages. With its handsome art and style it embodied Robinson’s belief in the ability of fine buildings and art to inspire and uplift residents, and generated news coverage across the US.

After 75 years, Langston Terrace is still here and the community still buzzing. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the DC Inventory of Historic Sites in 1987. Last year the DC Housing Authority received a $300,000 grant for a feasibility study to redevelop the Langston power plant, which sits adjacent to the property. The plant has been inoperative for more than 30 years, and DCHA would like to make it a model for renewable energy generation in the 21st century.

30 Years’ More Light at Westminster Presbyterian

On Sunday, June 2, at 11:00 a.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the congregation’s adoption of a prophetic “More Light” policy, going on record to actively oppose the denomination’s discriminatory practices regarding ordination of LGBT persons. Pastor emerita the Rev. Dr. Jeanne MacKenzie will be preacher for the day. Westminster continues to grow, with an extremely diverse congregation in every sense of the word, and programs serving a wide range of community needs including the popular Jazz Night and Blue Monday Blues, which draw hundreds of people weekly for great music, food, and community. This year the congregation celebrates its 160th anniversary, having begun on “the [Tiber] Island” in SW DC in 1853. As the mission statement says: “this accepting, caring, risk-taking congregation continues to seek the message of God in people and places too long rejected and ignored. We celebrate the justice that has been achieved and continue to HillRag | June 2013 H 49



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work with others to end discrimination and stigma.” The public is invited to the special service on June 2 and the celebratory lunch to follow. On Nov. 17 the congregation will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the church’s founding of Food and Friends, with special guest Rev. Carla Gorrell, the first director of the ministry, with music by the Gay Men’s Chorus. For more information see westminsterdc.org.

Join Fiskars in Celebrating DC’s New Lansburgh Park Community Garden

On a single day, July 31, undeveloped land in Lansburgh Park in Southwest will be transformed into a beautiful and productive community garden. Fiskars is a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden, and outdoors. It has joined with Southwest Community Gardens, a fiscal sponsorship recipient of Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, and The Home Depot Foundation to build a community garden full of fruits, vegetables, and flowers as part of Fiskars’ community garden initiative, Project Orange Thumb. The Lansburgh Park Community Garden was chosen the 2013 Project Orange Thumb garden makeover recipient from over 400 applicants. Envisioned as a place for community gardening and programming for veterans, youth, and seniors, the 8,000 square-foot garden will provide educational opportunities and give residents a place to grow their own food. The ribboncutting ceremony to unveil the new Lansburgh Park Community Garden is scheduled for July 31 (save the date), 4:00-4:30 p.m., at Lansburgh Park, 1098 Delaware Ave. SW.

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Current DC Department of Health regulations cite that “no food, drink, glass or animals [are allowed] in the pool area” (25-C DCMR § 6403). DOH is the agency responsible for licensing and inspecting all pools within the inventory of the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The current regulations are designed to keep pools safe and free from harmful sub-

stances that may contaminate pool water, as well as to eliminate clutter and other potential hazards from the pool deck. DOH and DPR are reviewing these regulations in light of recent questions regarding the use of water bottles by pool patrons. Both DOH and DPR understand the importance of pool patrons maintaining maximum hydration and encourage patrons to continue to enjoy the District’s pools. DOH and DPR will temporarily allow the use of non-glass, non-breakable water bottles in the pool area at District aquatic facilities, pending a review of the regulations.

Norton Small Business Fair to Feature Expert Advice and How-To Workshops

Congresswoman Norton’s annual Small Business Fair will take place on Tuesday, June 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. The event is free, open only to DC residents and DC small businesses, and seating is first-come, firstserved. Advance registration is underway. The Norton fair is geared toward helping small businesses and residents start, develop, and grow small businesses in a recovering economy. Participants will receive one-on-one advice and counseling from bank loan officers, government smallbusiness procurement specialists, and Small Business Administration (SBA) specialists on initiating the loan application process, writing a winning business plan, optimizing marketing strategies, hiring practices, and understanding the E-Verify program. The fair begins with a one-hour plenary session featuring SBA District Director Antonio Bass, who will discuss specific ways the SBA can help DC residents and small-business owners grow their businesses using SBA resources and programs. Norman H. Jones, Sr., owner of Capital Energy Group, DC small business of the year, will speak on how he learned to succeed as a small-business owner. Afternoon workshops will cover how to start a small business and how to win a federal contract. Other workshops will provide guidance and insight on tax credits available through the Affordable Care Act, and financing opportunities for businesses. norton.house.gov H

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The Corporate Contribution-Free Campaign by Martin Austermuhle


unning a citywide campaign is expensive. Begging friends, family, supporters, and total strangers for cash to run a citywide campaign is a thankless and time-consuming task. Put the two together, and it becomes no surprise that candidates for elected office in D.C.—and just about everywhere else—have been happy to take money from corporations and well-connected contributors over the years. This year, though, at least one candidate has pledged to do exactly the opposite. As part of his nowofficial mayoral run, Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) has promised not to take money from any corporations, much less accept contributions that are bundled together by lobbyists looking for outsize influence in the Wilson Building. Even more specifically, Wells says that the money that fuels his campaign for the city’s highest office will be traceable back to the individuals who gave it. “For every contribution I get, there will be a name on there, someone you can call, a person that’s contributing to our campaign,” he said at his campaign kickoff in midMay. It is important to remember that this does not prevent Wells from accepting a handful of checks from a single person provided the contributions are made by individuals. Given what happened with Mayor Vince Gray’s 2010 shadow campaign and the persistent concerns that the city’s elected officials are beholden to the developers and corporate interests that fund their campaigns, it’s a smart way for Wells to set himself apart from his competitors, which at this point includes Councilmember Muriel Bowser (DWard 4), with Councilmember Jack 52 H hillrag.com

Evans (D-Ward 2) expected to jump into the race this month. For the first-time citywide contender hoping to become the city’s first white mayor, the pledge to steer clear of the usual campaign finance shenanigans isn’t just about money, though—it’s also about message. Will it make a difference for him?

Money Won’t Buy You Love, Much Less An Election

If it seems like Wells could be hamstringing himself in what could be a tough year-long campaign, consider this: money—the presence of lots of it, that is—doesn’t win elections. It doesn’t take much digging through campaign finance reports to find that the best-funded candidates don’t always come out victorious. In the recent At-Large special election, Republican contender Patrick Mara raised oodles of money, including hefty sums from parking interests and realtors, but only managed a third-place finish. In fact, he scored fewer votes than fellow contender Elissa Silverman, a first-time candidate who did exactly what Wells is doing: she refused corporate campaign contributions. The 2010 mayoral election stands in even starker contrast: incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty had a $5 million war chest, the biggest in the city’s history, and still couldn’t manage to beat Gray, who only had $1.7 million to work with. Sure, you could say that Gray had the assistance of an illicit $653,000 shadow campaign, but even that money put his total bankroll at half of what Fenty had. Or how about Pete Ross? The furniture magnate dumped $200,000 of his own money in a 2012 bid

for one of the city’s unpaid shadow senator seats, but still couldn’t manage to unseat incumbent Michael D. Brown, who raised less than a tenth of that amount. It’s also worth noting that while corporate and bundled contributions—which usually come from multiple LLCs registered at the same address and controlled by the same people—are an easy way to inflate fundraising totals, they have the pernicious effect of giving the candidate an inflated sense of popularity and political relevance. (It also affects media coverage: absent reliable polling, we tend to go with money as an indicator of popularity, sometimes mistakenly so.) Having to raise small amounts from more contributors is an important—albeit time-consuming—way to build a base. Silverman seemed to prove this point, using her anticorporate stance as a means to attract support from progressives and run a lean—though efficient—campaign. All of this is important to Wells. In making his pledge, Wells has said that he’ll only need between $1 million and $1.5 million to run his campaign, generally less than what most mayoral contenders have raised. Still, he insists, that money coming from lots of small contributors will be more powerful than a larger war chest filled with corporate dollars. His exploratory committee’s fundraising offers a hint of what he has in mind: he raised $150,000 from 500 contributors, for an average of $300 per donor.

Money and Message

For Wells, the anti-corporate pledge isn’t only about the money— it’s also about the message.

He knows he’s up against a tough contender in Bowser, who isn’t only a proven fundraiser, but has also indicated that she’ll make ethics and integrity one of the key planks of her campaign. In pledging to steer clear of corporate dollars, Wells is trying to drive a wedge between what Bowser—and any other contender that jumps in the race—says and does. His first step has been to challenge those contenders to follow in his footsteps. Last month he launched the “Leadership Challenge,” a pledge under which all candidates for office would decline corporate and anonymous contributions. “It’s the only way the politicians can prove that they haven’t been bought, and that government decisions aren’t for sale to the highest bidder,” he explains. The challenge is squarely aimed at Bowser and Evans, both of whom have benefitted from the largesse of deep-pocketed business interests over the years. (Both raised over $300,000 for their 2012 re-election

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campaigns; Evans ran unopposed, mind you.) It’s doubtful that either one will completely swear off corporate contributions, though, nor will they quietly let Wells take the ethical high ground. Evans has long argued that it doesn’t matter where you get your money, as long as you disclose its source. As for Bowser, she’s likely to say much the same, and note that it was her efforts that led the D.C. Council to pass a 2011 bill that strengthened ethics rules and created the city’s first Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. She also won’t shy away from defending her own campaign—at a recent fundraiser, she refused money order contributions, the very type of contributions that fueled Gray’s shadow campaign.

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Despite those very legitimate arguments, Wells has taken a strong first step in his aspirations to be mayor. Given Gray’s shadow campaign and nagging concerns that the city’s politicians are far too close to the people that provide the most in campaign contributions, Wells isn’t only claiming he’ll be more ethical than his competitors or his predecessors, but he’s taking a step in that direction—while putting his competitors on the defensive. Silverman proved it was possible to take in less money from more small contributors and still run an effective campaign. In fact, the decision made her campaign that much more compelling, and left her only a few thousands votes short of victory. The issue won’t be limited to the campaign trail, though. On July 11, a council committee will hear testimony on a bill introduced by councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and David Grosso (I-At Large) that would allow D.C. to establish a public financing system for local elections. Martin Austermuhle is a web producer and reporter for WAMU 88.5 FM and freelance writer. He lives in Columbia Heights. H

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any were saddened this year to learn that 600 children were living in DC’s largest family emergency shelter. That crisis may be out of the news but it is still with us. Now that the cold weather is gone, the District is working to move families out of shelters and motels. But most newly homeless families will be turned away from shelter until next November, when hypothermia season starts. Even worse than 600 children in shelter is 600 homeless children on the street. DC’s practice of denying shelter to families with children for half of the year is both a moral and a policy failure. The number of families in desperate situations – staying with an abusive partner, living with friends or relatives in seriously overcrowded conditions, or sleeping in cars or under bridges – accumulates during the summer. These families then flood the shelter system in the winter, an overwhelming crush that makes it hard for the city to act humanely and effectively. There is broad agreement about what we need to do to fix this problem. A promising new national practice gets families and individuals out of shelters quickly and brings many to a reasonable level of stability with short-term housing and social service assistance. Beyond this the District needs a plan for helping chronically homeless residents such as those who have severe mental illness but few social supports. Ending and preventing homelessness also will require a consistent investment to maintain a stock of low-cost housing in the face of expanding gentrification. DC’s leaders deserve credit for starting to move in this direction. The recently adopted budget for 2014 includes new funds for all

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by Ed Lazere of these elements, and both Mayor Gray and the DC Council directed resources to these efforts. Council members Mary Cheh and Jim Graham just announced legislation to end homelessness in DC. The hope is to fund it with sales tax collections on online sales, assuming Congress adopts legislation to allow DC and the states to do so. That’s an iffy proposition, though, and even if it happens Council Chair Phil Mendelson has other plans for those new tax dollars. We don’t need to wait for Congress to get started on ending homelessness. There are things the District can do to make progress, building on the budget the Council just adopted.

Get Homeless Families Out of Shelter Quickly

A key tool to getting the number of children in shelter below 600 is “rapid re-housing,” under which families are moved into housing quickly and get rental help and services for one to two years. Early findings on this approach suggest that it often is enough to get families back on their feet. DC has started to use rapid re-housing, but the program needs to spell out rules that define the benefits, rights, and responsibilities of participants. The rules have been drafted but not finalized, and the program cannot be fully implemented until this is done.

Expand Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Residents

A small share of homeless residents face challenges, such as severe mental illness, that lead to long-term homelessness. DC’s Permanent Supportive Housing program follows the successful “housing first” approach

of placing residents into housing and then using that stability to address the challenges that led to homelessness. The District placed several thousand individuals and families in permanent supportive housing before the recession, but funding dried up in the downturn. The justadopted budget for 2014 will house about 100 more families and individuals, but that is just half the pace needed to end chronic homelessness over the next seven years, a goal set by DC’s Interagency Council on the Homeless.

Keep More Residents from Losing Their Homes

DC’s Emergency Rental Assistance program helps families facing eviction due to a temporary crisis – such as loss of a job or illness. For some families one-time assistance is enough to avoid homelessness. The 2014 DC budget includes the first funding expansion for emergency rental assistance in years, but it is likely that demand will remain greater than the resources available. And assistance today is only available to certain categories of residents; single adults are excluded, for example.

Help Families with the High Cost of Rental Housing

Efforts to reduce homelessness in the long term must address the wide gap between low-wage work in DC and the high costs of housing. A parent currently needs to earn $29 an hour to afford a decent two-bedroom apartment in DC, but half of working DC residents earn less than that. As a result the typical low-income family in DC spends more than half of its income on rent

every month. Homeless families that go through rapid re-housing will lose their housing subsidies within a few years and find themselves in the same place as other working poor families, struggling each month to pay the rent while meeting other basic needs. Rapid re-housing thus works best if there are longer-term affordable housing options available for those who have the hardest time paying the rent. Mayor Gray pledged $100 million to affordable housing this spring, mostly to DC’s Housing Production Trust Fund, which supports construction and renovation of low-cost housing. It is part of the mayor’s goal of creating 10,000 affordable homes. That will make a tremendous difference, but because housing construction can take years it won’t do much to address the immediate need. Another DC program, Local Rent Supplement, provides rent subsidies through nonprofits that offer supportive services, as well as vouchers that go directly to families so they can move into private-market housing. Housing vouchers are the fastest way to get help to the lowest-income families. The DC Council provided funding for 120 new vouchers in the 2014 budget, a step in the right direction but not at the right scale to help the 30,000 households with severe housing cost burdens. Ending homelessness requires a sense of urgency and willingness to try new approaches. The good news is that the District has both of those right now. It also takes a high level of collaboration among many partners, and lots more resources. Those are things to work on next. Ed Lazere is executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi. org), which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. H


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H Street Named “Great Street of the Year”

Rachel Dutcher, the director of development for the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, announced that the organization has named H Street NE as their “Great Street of the Year.” The official celebration will be on May 30 at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar. Hosted by Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, the celebration will honor what the organization calls “the Four Hs that make H Street Great: Hot Spots, Hard-Rock, Heritage, and Hospitality.” Tickets cost $50 and are available at conversationsongreatstreet.eventbrite.com.

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ing Pepco’s smart meters. Since that petition was denied, the OPC representative encouraged community members to contact their ANCs and councilmembers to demand an opt-out option. The second case involves Washington Gas, which is asking for approximately $29 million in additional revenues, which would increase a consumer’s bill by 14.9 percent. The OPC also helps consumers find alternative providers; however, they filed a petition in April regarding veritable rates from those providers.

Streetcar Construction Update

Ron Garraffa, the senior construction manager for DC Streetcar, gave a construction update. There is a long-term closure at 3rd and H streets, which extends partially up the Hopscotch Bridge. During the day parking lanes from the intersection of 4th and H to 14th streets will be closed as crews remove and replace light poles. In the Benning Road area crews will complete demolition on 21st and 26th streets for pocket tracks leading toward the Car Barn Training Center (CBTC). On the eastern side of the project Pepco will remove and replace some of their overhead power

poles. On May 2 the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) granted the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) authority to design, permit, and construct the revenue-generating part of the CBTC while the actual building is awaiting approval.

Lincoln Park

Dr. Joy Kinard, the central district manager of National Capital Parks-East, announced that construction at Lincoln Park will be extended through July 1. Work stopped in the plaza due to a drainage issue that could worsen. National Capital Parks-East petitioned for, and received, extra funds for two new drains near the playground. The steps located on the eastern side of the park were to be poured in the next week and new fences installed.

Options Public Charter School

Commissioner Hysell, who was the only commissioner absent from the meeting, met with Scott Pearson, the executive director of the Public Charter School Board, to discuss Options Public Charter School, the only school receiving regular complaints. Pearson said he would encourage Option’s staff to better

control students’ movements to and from school and attempt to find another potential location.

SeeClickFix App

During her single-member district report Commissioner Nauden discussed the SeeClickFix app, which allows DC residents to take a picture of a non-emergency issue and send it to the nearest call center. The app also allows users to vote on issues and receive quicker responses from the Citywide Call Center.

New Authorizations

Commissioner Williams presented a two-part motion for a policy that would apply between May 9 and October 13. The first part would authorize the commission’s chair to object to the placement of items on committees’ consent calendars that were not considered by the commission. The second part would authorize the commission’s chair and the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing (ABL) committee chair, separately or together, to evaluate and protest on behalf of the commission any substantial change, renewal, or new application if the commission cannot act before the petition date.

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A DAVID HOLMES, CHAIR, 202-251-7079 Serving the Near Northeast, North Lincoln Park, Rosedale, and Stanton Park communities

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ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE.


ANC 6A, 2nd Thursday, June 13, 7PM Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee 3rd Tuesday, June 18, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Jay Williams, 906-0657 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, June 17, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Sts. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee 3rd Wednesday, June 19, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Streets, NE • Chair, Laura Gentile, 744-2014 Community Outreach Committee 3rd Monday, June 17, 7:30pm • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex • 1235 C Street, NE • Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512

Please check the Community Calendar on the website for cancellations and changes of venue. Attend a meeting! Volunteer for a committee! It’s your ANC!

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) “Property Management Services” Solicitation No. 0015-2013 The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to provide property management services to one (1) or more of DCHA’s property. SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS will be available at the Issuing Office at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 300, Administrative Services/Contracts and Procurement, Washington, DC 20002-7599, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning on Monday, May 13, 2013. SEALED PROPOSAL RESPONSES are due to the Issuing Office by 11:00am on Friday, June 14, 2013. Contact the Issuing Office, LaShawn Mizzell-McLeod on (202) 535-1212 or by email at lmcleod@dchousing.org for additional information.

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With license renewal period coming up, there have been times when the deadline was not in sync with ABL or ANC meetings. Therefore the policy applies if the deadline falls before the next ANC meeting. Commissioner Holmes stated that in regard to the first part of the motion the commission enacted a similar one in 2011 and 2012. With respect to the second part he was worried about tavern licenses that come in before they reconvene in September. While Commissioner Alberti suggested making the motion a year-round blanket policy, Commissioner Philips-Gilbert preferred using the suggested dates as a trial period. The commission voted 7-0 for the motion.

Other Votes

The commission voted 7-0, with one abstention, on the Economic Development and Zoning (EDZ) committee’s amended recommendation regarding razing and rebuilding a one-story garage located on 20 14th St. The ANC will withhold approval until the developer is granted a special exception for a commercial parking garage and agrees to fix issues including a broken curb and using permeable paving for uncovered parking spaces. The Commission voted 0-0 to defer a decision regarding 1423 North Carolina Ave. to the EDZ committee after realizing that the owner had installed an illegal structure on the property. This vote rejected the original recommendation to support a request for three special exceptions to construct a two-level raised deck. Brian Carlson was approved as the EDZ committee’s newest member, with a vote of 7-0. The commission approved a $300 grant to Eliot-Hine Middle School PTSA to purchase educational games. The commission voted 7-0 to write DDOT a letter of support regarding temporary traffic-calming measures on Florida Avenue. They requested this as an emergency action to override the 30-day wait period. The commission voted 6-0 with one abstention to protest Cusbah’s 58 H hillrag.com

liquor license renewal application, as their settlement agreement does not incorporate the standard hours for sidewalk cafes. However, the commission voted 7-0 in favor of supporting Sol Mexican Grill’s application for a stipulated license if the owners sign and adhere to a new settlement agreement. In a vote of 6-0 with one abstention the commission resolved to write a letter to DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Mayor Vincent Gray supporting and reiterating the need for a playground at Sherwood Recreation Center, as School-Within-School will move to the area next school year. H

ANC 6B By Emily Clark For the most part the May ANC 6B meeting, with all commissioners present, was a harmonious lull of unanimous votes. But a couple of issues broke the comity, and the meeting took on elements of “Family Feud” or “J’Accuse.”

License Renewals

It was smooth sailing for most of the 26 establishments applying for renewal of their Alcohol Beverage Regulation (ABRA) license, as the commission quickly approved all but three, most without a dissenting vote. Two of the restaurants – Tandoor on Barracks Row and Il Capo di Capitol Hill on Pennsylvania Avenue – saw their licenses renewed after reporting progress on noise issues. In the case of Tandoor neighbors had complained about mechanical noise from a compressor. The owner said he had an HVAC expert looking into the mechanical problems and that he has already replaced the compressor. Commissioner Peisch noted that the conversations with the owner had been “unnecessarily adversarial,” but that he was satis-

fied by the owner’s efforts and by the signed settlement agreement. The vote to approve renewal was 9-1 (Garrison). Noise of another kind was the issue with Il Capo, as owner Henry Mendoza wants to add mariachi music and neighbors are concerned about sound pouring out into the early morning. Commissioner Oldenburg made a site visit to the restaurant for a sound check, determined that the music doesn’t carry outside, and informed the neighbors. The license renewal was approved 9-0-1 (Peisch abstaining).

The Matchbox Exception

The congenial atmosphere turned hostile when Matchbox on Barracks Row attempted to carve out a special exception to the uniform closing hours worked out by the ANC and nearly every other establishment on 8th Street. Fred Herrmann, vice president of operations for the Matchbox Group, maintained that his establishment is not a problem and that Matchbox “wants to be able to operate within what the license allows,” not necessarily what the commission has worked out with other Barracks Row eateries. Noting Matchbox’s five-year presence on Barracks Row, Hermann said that the restaurant usually closes well before the time allowed but that “maybe three or four times a year” would be open late. “We’re quiet,” Herrmann said. “We’re the people you want on this block. We’re good, responsible operators and we don’t want the ANC to dictate our business.” This did not sit well with the commission. Commissioner Garrison said he was troubled that one establishment “wants to write its own agreement.” Further, Garrison added, “I am staggered by the owner’s audacity and non-cooperation.” He noted that the applicant could always get permission to stay open late without asking for special treatment. Commissioner Oldenburg said, “We have worked on this issue for years and now this one establishment doesn’t want to comply.” In moving to protest application

renewal, Commissioner Peisch said he was disappointed by the applicant’s “lack of flexibility” in contributing to a pattern of “peace, order and quiet on the block.” Garrison was quick to add that “it’s not about this applicant but about the principle of imposing uniformity across the block.” Allowing Matchbox to carve out an exception “will encourage others to do the same and set a bad precedent.” Commissioner Frishberg noted that the case for protest was weak, and “that’s another bad precedent.” Ultimately the ANC voted to protest Matchbox’s renewal 8-0-2 (Frishberg and Opkins abstaining).

Hine School

After a presentation by Ken Golding, president of Stanton Development, the commission voted unanimously to approve the company’s public-space application package for the Hine School development. The next hurdle for the developers is a hearing on June 23. Golding offered a revised plan that changes the fountain in the development’s plaza, adds a substantial number of bike racks, and increases sidewalk access by reducing tree box size with a system that allows tree roots to grow horizontally. When Commissioner Pate emphasized that the public space should be designed to best support Eastern Market, Golding noted that newly reopened C Street between 7th and 8th streets would provide space for vendors.

Stressed-Out 911 Operators

Lee Blackmon, a 911 operator and union president, presented her case for better staffing and maintenance of current 10-hour shifts. A proposal to increase the shifts to 12.5 hours poses a “grave public safety concern,” she said. Blackmon maintained that very few new staff have been hired in the last four years and that 12 operators had to handle 3,800-4,000 calls a day. She said that there should be 20 operators for each shift and that the training division, which was abolished in 2009, should be reopened.

She said that her union is working with the DC Council on training and response issues and that technological changes, including 911 texts, might speed response time.

The Art of the Retroactive Permit

Derek Mattioli, who owns a house at 1375 Massachusetts Ave. SE, asked for support for variances to construct a rear addition to his property. The problem is, Mattioli built the structure – an enclosed porch – four years ago, and some neighbors contend he went far beyond the parameters of his permit in constructing an addition resulting in almost 100 percent lot coverage. The dispute, for which Mattioli has already been cited and fined, seemed personal, with neighbor Mark O’Donnell claiming the porch does not conform to the neighborhood and that gas and electricity were added without permit. In a twist reminiscent of “Family Feud” each man’s wife stood up to defend her husband. Mattioli claims that his lot is narrow and triangular at the back, and that it would be difficult to put it to any other use. He also contends that demolishing the porch would pose a hardship. He produced letters of support from neighbors. Although a few commissioners recognized a hardship case, others were firm in opposing retroactive permitting. Commissioner Pate noted that “you built this without compliance, and you should tear it down and rebuild it.” Commissioner Garrison noted that “wanting more space is not grounds for a hardship claim.” Garrison’s motion of protest was defeated, but a divided commission voted 4-2-3 to take no position. H

ANC 6C by Charnice A. Milton

Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk

Julie Hanson of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention spoke with the commission regarding the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk taking place on June 1 and 2. Although the organizers plan to close H Street between 20th and 21st streets as well as 20th and 22nd streets for their start and finish lines, the walkers will stay on the sidewalks. The event will begin around 7:20 p.m., taking the participants 16 miles throughout the city. All six commissioners present voted to support the event.

Two Rivers Public Charter School

Jessica Woodatch, the executive director of Two Rivers Public Charter School, asked the commission for support in refinancing two school buildings. Described as an “Expeditionary Learning school,” Two Rivers serves 500 students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. The school needs a letter of support for the revenue bond program. Woodatch reminded the audience that Two Rivers, not the city, would be responsible for paying the bonds off. The commission voted 6-0 to support the school.

Sherwood Recreation Center

Phil Toomajian, president of the Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers, discussed the possibility of bringing a playground to the Sherwood Recreation Center, located in nearby 6A. The process began two years ago, when the group made a request to the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Despite receiving support from the community and money for the project in DPR’s fiscal year 2014 budget, the volunteers hope to finish it before SchoolWithin-School moves into Pros-

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) “Paint Plaster & Drywall Service” Solicitation No. 0014-2013 The District of Columbia Housing Authority (“DCHA”) invites proposals from qualified contractors/firms to provide painting, plastering and drywall services to assist DCHA in keeping its commitment to maintain aesthetically pleasing affordable housing. SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS will be available at the Issuing Office at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Room 300, Administrative Services/Contracts & Procurement, Washington, DC 20002-7599 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning on Monday, May 20, 2013. SEALED PROPOSAL RESPONSES are due to the Issuing Office by 11:00am on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Contact the Issuing Office, Darcelle Beaty on (202)535-1212 or by email at dbeaty@dchousing.org for additional information. HillRag | June 2013 H 59

pect Learning Center. The group wanted a letter of support to the DPR director, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, and the mayor. The commission voted 6-0 to support the project.

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Malia Salaam appeared on behalf of DC Streetcars’ Public Engagement Team to give a construction update. She suggested residents check the website (www.dcstreetcar.com) for current updates or join the construction notification Listserv. Firstphase construction has begun on the Hopscotch Bridge, widening the median to accommodate the streetcars; this will continue until late June, impacting left and right turns onto 3rd Street. The second phase, affecting 3rd and 4th streets, will begin in late June, while the third phase, which includes installing traffic and streetcar signals in the area, will take place from June to August.

Capitol Crossing PUD

Capitol Crossing, a project restoring the area around the Center Leg Freeway, was originally approved by the Zoning Commission in July 2011. However, the applicant wanted an 18-month extension to file a building permit application for the platform and base infrastructure. Thanks to design changes and environmental-assessment-process delays, the applicant cannot file the application before the July 1 deadline. Commissioner Eckenwiler explained that there were also issues relocating the utilities, which will take two years to complete. In a 6-0 vote the commission voted to support the application.

Uline Arena

Kevin Sperry of Antunovich Associates presented a new Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) application for the Uline Arena, a modification to a prior order granting relief for a reduction in parking and technical relief with the roof

structures. The applicant modified the design, which the Zoning Commission has to approve. Commissioner Goodman asked about changes to the streetscape; Sperry noted that the Department of Transportation (DDOT) allowed them to remove a curb cut on 3rd and M streets, replacing it with loading zone. Also, some office space was replaced with retail. After the commission voted 6-0 to support the application the representatives presented four options for the parking garage. Options A and B feature a picture of the Beatles having a snowball fight, signifying the arena’s cultural significance. Options C and D are similar to the original plan, with C being more monolithic. Sperry recommended sending the plans to the commission, which will then circulate them among constituents for feedback.

Giant Food

Representatives from Giant Food, located on 3rd and H streets, returned to the commission to ask support for a permanent liquor license application. In April the commission supported Giant’s application for a stipulated license to sell alcohol ahead of their May 3 grand opening. While the store operates on a 24-hour schedule, their liquor sales are from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. Seeing no reason to oppose their request, the commission voted 6-0 to approve the application.


TruOrleans, currently seeking its liquor license renewal, was targeted for multiple investigations from the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). According to the reports the restaurant violated its voluntary agreement by operating more like a nightclub, complete with promoter-organized events and loud live music. Neighbors complained that TruOrleans operated well past hours, especially on the open-deck second floor, while rowdy custom-

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY ers caused disruptions. Since the owners and operators ignored the complaints and fines, the commission voted 6-0 to protest their application, with the goals of enforcing voluntary agreement, eliminating the entertainment endorsement, and limiting outdoor and second-floor operating hours.

1200 1st Street Artwork

Robin-Eve Jasper, president of the NoMa BID, presented plans for a sculpture located in front of 1200 1st Street. After dealing with utility conflicts and redesigning the concept (mostly to decrease the footprint), Jasper, along with planning manager Galin Brooks, asked for support for the design. Answering a question regarding the cost, Jasper said that the NoMa BID and the Arts and Humanities Commission will each pay 50 percent. As for safety issues, the sculpture will be 35 feet, which could be too large for climbing. The commission voted 5-1 for the design, provided they install seating. Commissioner Price gave the dissenting vote, noting that the sculpture’s wires and height could become a liability if someone is injured.

Budget Funding for Stuart-Hobson

The final presentation came from the Stuart-Hobson Middle School Improvement Team, lead by Philip Brady. Since December the team has been working toward renovating and modernizing the school. Although the team received approval on the project they lack the funds necessary for exterior and interior improvements as well as an athletic space. Commissioner Eckenwiler urged the commission to send a letter to the mayor and Councilmember Mendelson supporting funding in the fiscal year 2014 budget, without stating a specific dollar amount. The commission voted 5-0 with one abstention. H

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ANC 6D by Roberta Weiner

Town Center Controversy

In 2006, the Bernstein Companies purchased the two classic 1960, I.M. Pei-designed apartment buildings just to the east of Waterfront Station (M, 3rd, and L Streets) and sold many of the apartments to the buildings’ tenants. Now, as the developer proposes to move forward with the next phase of its original plan—the construction of three additional buildings—two 11-story buildings that will fill areas currently occupied by parking lots and a three-story structure that will occupy the green space between the two existing buildings—a battle has erupted between the builder and the homeowners that spilled over into the ANC meeting, and has not yet been resolved. There appear to be several issues at the root of dispute. The Town Center Unit Owners Association, unhappy with issues from the quality of the architecture to the amount of green space left between the two buildings, met to discuss their options, ranging from seeking historic designation for the Pei buildings to speaking in opposition to the new buildings at the ANC meeting. A Bernstein representative was at the meeting, and followed up with a letter saying that, according to the original 2006 agreement the residents had signed, the residents are not allowed to “impede in any manner the development or re-development of the project…” and, with the threat of legal action, urged then to refrain from taking any steps that would hamper the project plans, including “speaking in opposition to the redevelopment at the upcoming ANC meeting.” Chair Andy Litsky, reflecting the anger and frustration of the crowded room of unit owners and other Town Center residents, said he felt that the language had been slipped in to the original agreement without the full awareness of the residents, and suggested that there

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DC Housing Authority Public Hearing Notice The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is providing notice of

a Public Hearing to discuss and solicit comments on the agency’s proposed

2014 Moving to Work (MTW) Plan. The Public Hearing will take place on

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM at 1133 North Capitol St., NE in the 2nd floor Board Room. The MTW program is a U.S. Department of Hous-

ing and Urban Development (HUD) program that allows select public hous-

ing authorities to design and implement innovative programs and policies with the intent to 1) reduce costs and improve efficiencies; 2) encourage

residents to obtain employment and become economically self-sufficient; and 3) increase housing choices for low-income families. To request a copy of the plan, please contact the DCHA Office of Public Affairs at (202) 5351315. Written comments on the proposed plan initiatives can be submitted

via e-mail by June 24, 2013, to MTW@dchousing.org or by mail to Kimberley Cole, Deputy Chief of Staff, DCHA, 1133 North Capitol Street, NE,

Suite 200, Washington, DC 20002. Information on the MTW program is available on the DCHA web-site at www.dchousing.org.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C ANC 6C serves Capitol Hill, Union Station, NoMa as far east as 8th Street N.E. The community is invited to attend/participate. Monthly meetings are generally the second Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E. Call for information: (202) 547-7168. www.anc6c.org Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee First Tuesday, 7 pm. Contact (202) 997-6662 Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee First Wednesday, 7 pm. Contact zoning@eckenwiler.org

Grants Committee Contact 6C05@anc.dc.gov Transportation and Public Space Committee First Thursday, 7 pm. Contact (202) 641-4264

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should be a way to “find a way…” He said he could not understand how people could be treated as cavalierly as the tone of the letter indicated. He, and Commissioner Roger Moffatt, in whose Single Member District the project is located) also noted that the plans for the development had reached the Commissioners only 10 days prior to the meeting, an inadequate amount of time to digest them. He offered a motion containing a long list of outstanding issues that was superceded y a resolution of opposition to the project because there had not been adequate time to analyze and comment on the proposal. Many residents, Unit Owners Association president Josh Zembik among them, commented on the project and focused on the importance of the Pei buildings and their context, set off by green space, and decried the poor quality of the architecture and materials being proposed for the new buildings. He said that the Bernstein project was ”shoddy work,” and not “respectful” of its antecedents. A disabled resident of the building said that her access needs had not been taken into account, eliciting an immediate offer to work with her to fix things. And Kael Anderson, president of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) said that the organization would withhold its approval because of the long-term adverse impact the project could have on the community. Allison Prince, a Bernstein attorney, apparently bowing to community pressure, announced that the Bernstein group would agree to meet with the home owners and discuss the list of outstanding issues if a vote opposing the development was delayed. A motion to that effect was passed unanimously. And now we wait for the next installment…

A Long-awaited Addition to Waterfront Station’s Landscape

The development of Waterfront Station is finally moving forward with the development of the lot at the northwest end of 4th Street SW, beyond the CVS. Part of the second stage PUD granted by the City five years ago, according to Vornado Realty’s David Smith, the land will be occupied by a 305-unit glass and terra cotta apartment building. And rather than retail, the U-shaped building will have town houses at its base. Commissioners concerned about a sparse tree canopy since the Waterfront Station area was developed were assured that the building will be surrounded by green space and trees, the number, however, yet to be determined. The project, scheduled for an early June Zoning Commission hearing, will move ahead with ANC approval after a unanimous vote of support. 62 H hillrag.com

Mass Action on Liquor License Renewals

In an effort to impose order on its licensing procedures, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) has reorganized its license renewal system to bring all licenses of the same type (e.g. tavern, restaurant, grocery, etc.) up for renewal at the same time. What that meant for this year, practically speaking, was that the ANC’s ABC Committee, under the leadership of former Commissioner Cara Shockley, had the huge number of 25 licenses to consider for the May meeting. That number included long-time venues like the Channel Inn and Jenny’s and newcomers Gordon Biersch and Station 4. Also on the list, hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental and Marriott Courtyard and river cruise boats like the Spirit of Washington. Most were routinely approved, but several, because they did not have signed Settlement (the new term for Voluntary) Agreements, were protested as a placeholder until a Settlement Agreement could be signed. And some, like Justin‘s Café, the Southeast neighborhood’s successful pizza emporium, had changes to their license—in Justin’s case, a new okay to have entertainment one night a week,

New Venue, New License

Three enthusiastic guys, potential managers of a new entertainment venue near the ballpark, presented their plans and sought support for a stipulated liquor license, in order to get it up and running as soon as possible. (A stipulated license is a temporary license issued by ABRA until a permanent license can be issued, one that can be revoked if the permanent certificate is not forthcoming.) Their extended colloquy with the Commission—the last item on a crowded agenda—kept the Commission in session long after its scheduled adjournment time. The plan? To use the future site of the Riverfront (Florida Rock) development, just south of the stadium, as an event space, featuring group activities such as kick ball and Frisbee before and after baseball games, along with food and drink. The Commissioners raised lots of questions about parking and pedestrian issues, along with those about the business plan for the venue and after a substantial amount of back and forth, the ANC voted 4-3 to oppose the stipulated license. But that wasn’t the end. The entrepreneurs, more than anxious to move forward before too much of the summer has passed, implored the Commission to change its mind—and implored and implored. In order for that to happen, however, it was necessary for someone who had voted against the motion to change her/his vote. That turned out to be,

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In Other Actions…

In other actions, ANC 6D… Heard a presentation by the Office of Planning‘s Melissa Bird about the upcoming Small Area Plan (SAP) that will provide blueprint for the development of Southwest’s open spaces. The study, scheduled to begin within the next few weeks and completed before the end of the year, will provide an assessment of Southwest’s existing open space. Ms. Bird was emphatic about the ongoing involvement and participation of Southwest residents through the establishment of a broadbased advisory committee made up of people from every corner of the community, • Gave its support to a Fatherhood Education Empowerment Development event, which will take place at Lansburgh Park on Saturday, June 15 at Noon. • Approved a BZA application for variances that will enable Southeast resident Chris French to add a third story to his century-old Southeast townhouse. • Got a glimpse of the free events planned for the waterfront this summer, including Saturday morning aerobics and yoga classes, Thursday evening jazz and Friday evening music groups, from 6 to 8:30 PM, accompanied by food and beer. The next meeting of ANC 6D will be held on Monday, June 10th at 7 PM in the 2nd floor DCRA conference room at 1100 4th Street SW. H •

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“Make It Count”

Crossword Author: Myles Mellor • www.themecrosswords.com • www.mylesmellorconcepts.com

by Myles Mellor and Sally York Across:

1. Is living ___ 6. Schubert composition 14. Hang glides, perhaps 19. Light show 21. 2001 Fox TV series 22. Lowest deck 23. Head over heels 26. Landlords 27. German historian Joachim 28. Punished, in a way 29. Musical group 32. Source of heat 33. Expiated 34. Hops heater 38. Sheets 40. Square 41. Kindred 43. U.N. arm 44. ___ Beach, Fla. 46. Skin products maker 50. Recapturing youth? 55. Puget Sound city 56. Moon of Neptune 57. Informatory 58. Summer attire 61. Ordered 62. Most plucky 63. Metric unit, abbr. 66. Control system 68. Con game 70. Shag rug 71. Wood of Hollywood 74. Mysterious: Var. 76. Headband 79. Kind of check 80. “I Am the ___” (Beatles tune) 82. Girths 86. Comment on getting it right romantically, finally 90. Balanced 91. “Unforgettable” singers 92. Low 93. Prefix with centric 94. Distribute 95. Block 98. Carol 99. Look good on 102. The Lion of God 104. Lodge resident 106. European capital 107. Meager 108. ___ Sunda Islands 113. Cruise flick 118. Knight’s need

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119. Kennedy advisor 120. Flavored with hot spices 121. ___ Whiskey 122. Comfort food 123. Head lock


1. Cannikin 2. Old character 3. Leavings 4. Admiring sounds 5. DuPont trademark 6. Natl. Humor Month 7. Anatomical duct 8. Shakespearean suffix 9. Coterie, var. 10. Freud contemporary 11. Help the environment 12. M.I.T. part 13. “What a relief!” 14. Infatuated with 15. Synthetic fiber 16. Set apart 17. Rambled 18. Tore 20. Naturals 24. Fails to be 25. Bony 30. Gannon University city 31. It’s softer than gypsum 33. Skirt 34. Miss in a 1934 song 35. Five-star 36. Ancient colonnade 37. Cabanas 39. Warner Bros. creation 40. Spiny anteater 42. ___ lab 44. Storage medium 45. Feral feline 46. Interruption 47. Subordinate 48. Imperious 49. Sancta in an ancient temples 51. Wade 52. Sun-cracked 53. Safety device 54. Satellite ___ 59. Foot pedal 60. Sylphlike 62. Spirit 63. Liabilities 64. Hello or goodbye 65. Kind of cabinet 67. Gold braid 69. Kind of support

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Community Life Capitol Person

Noel Kane

Enjoying a Lifetime on Capitol Hill


he first thing you notice in Noel Kane’s Capitol Hill townhouse is the proliferation of books. They are everywhere. “I’m an inveterate reader,” the 72-year-old attorney told me as I settled into the sofa across from Kane’s sunny window nook. He has just finished Erik Larsen’s “In the Garden of Beasts,” a chilling account of events surrounding William E. Dobbs, whom FDR appointed ambassador to Germany after Hitler’s rise to power. But Kane’s favorite author is Scottish-born crime writer Ian Rankin, who has penned more than two dozen whodunits. Born in Scarsdale, N.Y., Noel Kane earned his bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he met Betty Ann Cooper, who hails from suburban New Jersey. The couple married on June 19, 1965. They have two grown children, Jessica and Justin, who attended DC public schools. They also have three grandsons. Georgetown law school brought the Kanes (with two-month-old Jessica) to Washington. At first the young family rented a house on G Street NE. In 1971 they purchased their present abode for the unbelievable sum of $30,000. After law school Noel worked in the antitrust division of the Federal Trade Commission while Betty Ann taught English at American University. After nine years with the feds Noel launched his solo law practice 33 years ago. “I have the scars to prove it,” he said, adding that his sense of humor “helps me survive.” In the beginning he was working out of an upstairs bedroom, before moving his practice to a nearby office building. He restricts his cases to family

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law and probate, referring other types of cases to colleagues. He usually works alone. “I make the coffee, run the printer and answer the phone.” Kane’s most incredible law case? A couple, who had a child, got divorced, Kane recalled. Later a brief encounter resulted in another baby. A custody battle ensued. “I was explaining all this to the judge, who asked me to repeat it. So I did,” Kane added. “I thought that’s what you said,” the judge responded

sagely. Kane does not recall the custody case outcome. Why does he love the Hill? “We came here from Connecticut in August. If you can love DC in August, it’s a serious love affair … Betty Ann’s involvement in politics solidified it.” Betty Ann is well known on Capitol Hill and citywide. After serving on the District of Columbia school board she was elected to the DC Council (at-large) in 1978 and was reelected in 1982 and 1986. She was also on the founding board of

the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital and currently chairs the DC Public Service Commission. What else? Eastern Market, hiking the Shenandoah, and (back here) bookstores. “I miss Trover’s … I even miss Sherrill’s with their grumpy waitresses.” Speaking of restaurants, Kane favors La Loma, conveniently located near his office, where he often dines with clients and family. He’s a World War II and presidential buff, and also follows (mostly vintage) rock and roll (Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd). Kane has also been active in All Souls Unitarian Church in Northwest. “And keeping up with my grandchildren!” The Kanes often vacation in the family cottage in Harpswell, outside Brunswick, Me. Kane is a baseball fan. He grew up in New York in the 1950s, when the city had three teams, the Yankees, Giants, and (Brooklyn) Dodgers. His favorite was the Yankees. “But the most exciting player I ever saw in person was the Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson,” Kane said. “I saw him steal home twice. When my grandson Lance was in Washington touring the Georgetown campus, I took him to see the movie ‘42.’ It brought back so many memories, and I told everyone in the theater I could buttonhole that I saw the real Jackie Robinson play.” Today Kane roots for the Nationals. “But law is my real interest,” he said, “and I plan to practice as long as I am able. Sometimes people come to me for advice about law and even government…some consider me a grand guru of politics.” Noel Kane can be reached at 202547-1777 or noelkane@earthlink.net. H HillRag | June 2013 H 65


Violinist Gino Madrid

One of “The President’s Own” fnds his home in Sousa’s birthplace


by Pattie Cinelli

hether you believe in coincidences, fate, serendipity, or following your inner guide, Regino (Gino) Madrid’s life is filled with fortuity. As one of the nine violinists in the “The President’s Own” Marine Chamber Orchestra, Gino has performed for three presidents, played with Yo-Yo Ma, performed on the David Letterman show, and hobnobbed with

Hollywood actors and world leaders, doing what he loves. And now, in an inriguing coincidence, Madrid is the proud owner of the house on G Street, SE that was the 1854 birthplace of J. Phillip Sousa, the Marine Band’s legendary 17th director and composer of American military and patriotic marches, including “Semper Fidelis” the official march of the United States Marine Corps.

Madrid’s Musical Journey

From an early age Gino’s life was full of signs that music was his path. His parents chose the violin for him to play at age six. Born in Manila, where he lived until he was nine years old, 66 H hillrag.com

he began lessons with his Russian violin teacher when his family moved to Houston. “She was very demanding, but she was great. I grew a lot as a musician because of her. That’s when the first notion of having music as a career came to me.” His teacher was reluctant to encourage students to attempt a career in which it is so difficult to make a living, but, encouraged by college friends, he decided he would go for it. Gino enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Music, a small school of fewer than 200 students. “Looking back, it was the best decision I ever made. That is where I found my passion for music and knew playing music was definitely how I wanted to spend my life.” Even though only a small percentage of graduates get jobs playing music, Gino’s energy drew him to the perfect job. Reading the job openings in an international musician paper he discovered a position he never knew existed. “I didn’t know there were strings in the Marine Band. I started reading about it and got very excited.” Musicians of “The President’s Own” are chosen at auditions

that are similar to those of major symphony orchestras. The audition during his last month at school was grueling. Judges sat behind a screen and listened to three rounds of five competitors. Groups of three advanced to the second round. Gino laughs, “It’s kind of like American Idol.� After the second round the judges requested another round with just Gino. After graduating in 1998 he got the job and became a Marine. Members of the Marine Band serve under a four-year contract as active-duty enlisted Marines. They are the only members of the United States Armed Forces who are not required to go through recruit training. They are not assigned to any unit other than the Marine Band.

paused on the sidewalk to glance back at the now pitch-black house that was his own. “The next day I came back and the hallway light was on. I was a little freaked out. I was the only one who had keys. This happened two days in a row. I even asked if there was something wrong with the lights!� Nowadays Sousa’s former birthplace looks very little like the empty house Gino bought four years ago. He’s replaced most of the major systems in the house, which has kept him busy when he’s not working. Gino practices just about every day and says when he practices in the front room. “It sounds so great!�

The Perfect Home for One of the President’s Own

When I asked him to describe his typical work week, Gino hesitated. “In some ways it’s regular, but also it’s random because we are on call for the White House. We rehearse at the Marine annex at 7th and K streets SE when we have a program coming up.� Whether performing for South Lawn arrival ceremonies, state dinners, or receptions, Marine Band musicians appear at the White House more than 200 times each year. These performers range from a solo harpist or chamber orchestra to a dance band or full concert band, making versatility an important requirement for band members. “We always get requests and can usually play them,� says Gino. At the Kennedy Center honors this past year David Letterman requested the Marine Band hymn. “We played it for him. Afterwards he asked us on his show.� If you would like to hear Gino perform go to www.marineband. usmc.mil. Click “who we are,� then click “members,� then “strings,� then “violin.� Scroll to Gino, then click on the link that shows Gunnery Sgt. Sato and Gunnery Sgt. Madrid explaining John Phillip Sousa’s connection to the Marine Band and performing Bruce Dukov’s string arrangement of Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.�

After eight years of renting a residence in Dupont Circle, Gino was ready to buy. As he searched, one house in particular caught his eye. It was a house on G Street S.E., built around 1805, where John Phillip Sousa was born. “I asked our realtor if we could just see the house. I was curious but didn’t think I could afford it.� He put in an offer – the first one the owners received. “They loved the fact that it was from a Marine Band member. They took our offer and accepted no others.� Depending on what you believe, coincidence or a sign from John Phillip Sousa himself manifested the night after closing. “I went to the house and hung around, had dinner on the floor and was enjoying the prospect of living there.� Upon leaving Gino turned off all the lights, locked the doors, and

J. Phillip Sousa’s birthplace in early days.

The Daily Life of a Marine Band Member

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SOUTH Next Up for a BID... Southwest


here are currently nine business improvement districts (BIDs) in the District, and by this fall, a tenth could be created right here in Southwest. BIDs are funded by a property assessment levied on property owners in order to provide services such as cleaning, hospitality, marketing, beautification, planning, safety, event organizing, and programming. In the case of Southwest commercial property owners and large apartment building operators would be taxed, while condo and co-op buildings as well as single-family/townhouse owners would not. Organizations such as the Waterfront Gateway Neighborhood Association, a group of six homeowner associations located south of the Southwest freeway, may have the option to opt-in for certain services such as landscaping and security. While the Capitol Riverfront BID includes a small portion of Southwest in Buzzard Point, the proposed Southwest BID will cover a large swath of the quadrant. Its proposed boundaries are Independence Avenue SW, to the north, 15th Street SW and the Washington Channel, to the west, M Street SW to the south, and South Capitol Street SW, to the east. This geography covers a diverse area, including the federal enclave around L’Enfant Plaza, the residential communities north of M Street SW, Waterfront Station, Arena Stage, and the Wharf development. Steve Moore, who was once the deputy director of the Downtown BID, is now with Hoffman-Madison Waterfront and is helping to get the Southwest BID off the ground. Hoffman-

Maintenance and operation of the Southwest Duck Pond would be transferred to the Southwest BID under a proposed service-level agreement. Photo: William Rich 68 H hillrag.com

by William Rich

The proposed boundaries of the Southwest BID would extend from the southern edge of the National Mall to M Street SW and from 15th Street SW to South Capitol Street SW. Map: Google Earth

Madison Waterfront is the master developer of the Wharf project along the Southwest Waterfront, and during the planned unit development process (PUD) for that project the creation of a BID was one of the line items the developers agreed to undertake. According to Moore meetings began last summer with major players in Southwest, including representatives from the General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Capital Planning Commission. The former is the main landlord in the Federal Center SW area south of the National Mall, while the latter is responsible for the Southwest Ecodistrict, a major planning initiative envisioned for the area around L’Enfant Plaza. Those meetings proved fruitful, so Moore con-

vened a committee of property owners, Advisory Neighborhood Commission members, civic groups, and other interested organizations to start the BID creation process several months ago. “If all goes well, the Southwest BID will be established this fall and services will begin next spring,” said Moore. A lot still needs to happen over the next few months. Solicitations went out to commercial property owners in April to gauge interest in forming a BID. A bylaws structure still needs to be firmed up as well as incorporation as a nonprofit organization, raising funds, and getting legislation introduced into the DC Council establishing the BID. According to Moore the BID would help give the area an identity and define its public spaces, along with more con-

Neighbors of Southwest Duck Pond


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Supervised Soccer Play at Amidon-Bowen Playground

Banners similar to the ones recently installed along 4th Street SW at Waterfront Station could potentially be placed in key corridors in the Southwest BID. Photo: William Rich

ventional services such as street cleaning. While the GSA is not allowed to be taxed for BID services, they will be involved in the BID in some capacity. One of the beneficiaries of the formation of the Southwest BID would be the Southwest Duck Pond, the maintenance and operation of which would transfer to the BID under a proposed service-level agreement. Bob Craycraft, who helped form the Neighbors of Southwest Duck Pond group, helped bring attention to the crumbling park. Monthly cleanups got more neighbors invested in the care of the park, and the group was designated a Park Partner by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Some programming has been introduced to the park by the group, including the Little Farm Stand, fundraisers for the PAWS of Southwest dog park group, and other events. If the BID takes over operation of the park, more programming could be introduced. The BID can also help with restoring the park, which will cost over a half million dollars. Funds were secured in 2011 to restore underwater lighting, which will help with safety at night. Those repairs

may be completed this year and will cost up to $13,000. Craycraft and Moore would like the Southwest BID to help address the condition of several underpasses that go beneath railroad tracks and the Southwest freeway. Most of them are dimly lit and full of bird feces, posing a safety and health hazard to pedestrians who use them to walk to Metro or to work in the Federal Center SW area. Over in Near Southeast the Capitol Riverfront BID helped secure funding to brighten up the underpass along New Jersey Avenue with lighting and artwork. Perhaps a similar project can be done in Southwest. While the creation of a BID will not be the cure-all for everything that ails Southwest, it can help with basic issues such as cleanliness and safety, which could go a long way toward making the area a more enjoyable place to live, and help to market the neighborhood for additional investment and retail and office tenants. William Rich is a blogger at Southwest … The Little Quadrant That Could (www.southwestquadrant. blogspot.com). H

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“Let’s Paint at the Duck Pond” with Amidon-Bowen PTA


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Veterans Day Pet Parade with PAWS of Southwest

Let’s Get Connected! Facebook: Southwest Duck Pond Twitter: Southwest Duck Pond Join our list serve: southwestduckpond@gmail.com Special Events Welcome Visit our website www.southwestduckpond.org for more information. Just two MetroRail stops from Eastern Market to SW Federal Center. Neighbors of Southwest Duck Pond (NSWDP) is a fiduciary subsidiary of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (www.swdc.org), a 501(c)3 organization headquartered at 1101 Fourth Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024. NSWDP is a participant in the District of Columbia Park Partner program and is the ANCendorsed community organization representing the interests of the Southwest Duck Pond. The Southwest Duck Pond is bounded by Sixth, I (Eye), K Streets, and Makemie Place, S.W.

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h streetlife


by Elise Bernard

his spring has brought a multitude of new openings along the H Street NE Corridor, and things show no sign of slowing down as the temperatures heat up. Get out there and find your favorite place for patio cocktails, or for hiding away in air-conditioned comfort when the mercury climbs too high.

Vendetta Brings Italian to the H Street NE Corridor

Italian restaurant Vendetta (http://vendettadc. com) opened its doors recently at 1212 H Street NE. Initially, Vendetta will be open only for dinner, but they plan to start daily lunch, and weekend brunch service later this summer. They also have plans for a patio out back. Inside the space looks very different than when it housed Red Palace. They’ve knocked down some walls, and really opened the place up. Among the changes is a glass garage door that can be raised to let in fresh air in nice weather. The menu consists of various appetizers, some of which will surely delight seafood lovers. A short list of salads, and rotating small plates accompanies several pasta styles that can be matched with eight different sauces. Each day’s menu will also include an insert with chef ’s selections. These special offerings will be poultry, meats, fish, and vegan options. I’m told they will have gluten free items. They have three beers, as well as a prosecco on tap. They will have a much wider variety of beers in bottles. Wines bottles range from $32-60 dollars. You can expect to pay $8-12 per glass. If you stop in during the daily happy hour, you can enjoy Peroni or prosecco for $5 a glass.

Chupacabra Opens Brick and Mortar Off H Street NE

You may have tried the tacos from local food truck Chupacabra, but they offer much more than tacos at their brick and mortar space (http://chupacabradc.com, 822 H Street NE). In fact, when I chatted with one of the owners he stressed that they plan to offer a rotating menu of all sorts of Latin American fare, and even some Caribbean inspired offerings. When I visited, they had arepas, sopa de res, cocktail de camarones, cubanos, and far more on 70 H hillrag.com

the menu. Because I was in the mood for tacos, I chose that path and ordered the al pastor (slow roasted pork with pineapple and guadjillo chillies) and the borrego del fuego (tender lamb leg with habanero). I was impressed with both offerings, but the lamb was a particular treat. They don’t have a liquor license yet, but they are seeking one so they can serve you a cerveza or margarita with your meal. Until then you can enjoy a Jarritos. All seating is outdoors, but there are plans to enclose the current patio. They are applying for additional space for a sidewalk café.

Avery’s on H, a Hidden Gem

Owner Avery Leake wanted to create an unpretentious bar where patrons can kick back and relax. There are two levels of bottled beer and mixed drinks. They have food available during happy hour. Rotating djs set the mood, which can vary by the night. Works by local artists adorn the walls. Some of these works come in the form of wall murals. You have probably noticed the rooftop deck, as it is easily visible from the street. Unfortunately, they can’t yet open it to the public From Top to Bottom: (a previous tenant constructed features Italian it, and some paperwork still Vendetta fare and bocce. needs to be filed). I was allowed to sneak a quick peek Chupacabra offers late up there, and I think it might night Latin American food be the highest rooftop deck in Avery’s on H is a hidden that section of H Street NE. gem along the Corridor The view is spectacular, and the deck will certainly be a big draw once patrons can access it. Avery’s on H is located on the second and third floors of 1370 H Street NE.

Fundrise Launches New Project at 906 H Street NE

Fundrise (https://fundrise.com), the same team behind the crowdfunding effort at 1351 H Street,

has launched a similar offering at 906 H Street NE. Fundrise’s model has drawn considerable interest

from both local, and national, press. Fundrise is an online platform that allows small investors to invest in commercial real estate developments that previously would have only been available to large investors. In the case of 1351 H Street NE (the future home of Maketto), and 906 H Street NE, it presents the opportunity for neighbors to own a small piece of a local restaurant, or retail space. Their offering at 906 H Street NE attracted $150,000 in the first 24 hours. Of those more than 150 early investors, the vast majority came from the H Street NE neighborhood. Most of them invested between $500-1,000. Fundrise is an inclusive neighborhood and community development model, that they hope to expand to other cities that are impressed with its success along the H Street NE Corridor.

Yes! Organic Market Coming to 1365 H Street NE

There’s been a lot of speculation about what might occupy the space left vacant when the H Street Playhouse moved to Anacostia. If all goes well with the Historic Preservation Review Board, the new occupant is likely to be a Yes! Organic Market (http://www. yesorganicmarket.com).

Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang Pops Up at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

The Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street) recently announced a “Toki Takeover” of their Atlas Cafe. Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of local ramen restaurant Toki Underground (2nd floor 1234 H Street) will reportedly serve up Cambodian style street food during the takeover. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street you can visit my blog http://frozentropics.blogspot.com. You can send me tips, or questions at elise. bernard@gmail.com. H



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Riverfront Activities and Development Updates by Michael Stevens, AICP


he Nationals have been playing baseball for over six weeks now, and before and after games fans are discovering the newly opened Canal Park, Yards Park, and the Riverwalk Trail connection to Nationals Park. Spring is here and so are some of our favorite outdoor happenings for residents, employees, and visitors. Canal Park had a wonderful opening in November and immediately transitioned to outdoor ice skating for almost four months. The rink hosted over 19,000 skaters from November through early March, and then the Park Tavern restaurant opened in April for dinner and is now open for lunch as well. It began serving brunch the weekend of May 18-19. The park’s plantings have bloomed and filled out nicely, while the lawns of the middle block are hosting children for impromptu playtimes. The middle block water feature is now operational, and children have again discovered the magic of water in the canal-like feature. The 42 waterjets on the southern block provide another waterpark feature for children to play in on the warm days, spring through fall.

Canal Park Summer Events

Canal Park’s summer outdoor events include: • Lunchtime Wednesday Concerts – Every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the middle block of the park is home to our fifth annual Wednesday lunchtime concerts. The 12 concerts will occur from May 15 through July 31, so grab your lunch and come to the park for the sounds of summer. • Canal Park Thursday Movies – Our popular outdoor movie series returns, starting Thursday, May 30, and running through Aug. 8, in the northern 72 H hillrag.com

block of Canal Park. The movies, starting at dusk each Thursday, will feature superheroes from DC and Marvel comics. Grab your blanket and food and enjoy outdoor “walk-in movies.” • Boot Camp Thursday Classes – New this year is outdoor summer fitness in Canal Park with free Thursday boot camp classes at 7:00 p.m. from May 14 to June 25, presented by Results Gym. • Farmers Market – A farmers market will occur every Tuesday from May 21 through Oct. 29 in the southern block of Canal Park near the waterjets, 4:007:00 p.m. Presented by the Capitol Riverfront BID in partnership with the Canal Park Development Association and managed by Diverse Markets Management (DMM), the market will feature a dozen local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, locally prepared food, and artisanal crafts. Yards Park is also ready for another season of fun and outdoor activities on the banks of the Anacostia River. This will be our third season of hosting concerts, festivals, and other events in the park. While certain events are private, during these events we will always have a portion of Yards Park open and available to the public. Summer events, especially the Friday concerts, create a vibrant neighborhood and community gathering place.

Families enjoying Yards Park during Friday Concert Series

Free yoga classes offered Monday and Wednesday in the Yards Park

Yards Park Events •

Friday Night Concert Series – Our popular Friday Night Concert Series started on May 3, with an 18-concert lineup that will run every Friday evening (weather permitting) through Aug. 30. The concerts take place 6:308:30 p.m. on the River Terrace Steps in Yards Park. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and beverage offerings from

Water jets in the southern block of Canal Park

Think Food Group (by Jose Andres), Luke’s Lobster, the Big Cheese Truck, STIX, and BBQ Bus. The Friday Night Concert Series is generously sponsored by CSX as well as the Capitol Riverfront BID. Thursday Night Marine Corps Band Concerts – Yards Park welcomes a new concert series featuring the Marine Corps Band, performing every Thursday night beginning on June 6 until Aug. 29. The concerts will run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday and will also be offered on the River Terrace Steps. Bring your blanket and a picnic and enjoy the sounds of the Marine Corps Band. Yoga on Monday and Wednesday – Two days a week the park offers free yoga classes at 7:00 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Classes are presented by Yoga Activist from May 13 through Aug. 26. Participants should bring a mat, towel, and water bottle. Festivals and Other Events – Yards Park is also hosting festivals such as Tour de Fat on June 1, Taste of DC’s Drink the District event on June 29, and DC Veg Fest on Sept. 28. Check the Yards Park online events calendar for additional information.

Construction Updates •

The Yards Park water features have been closed for approximately three months due to repairs to the pump room as well as replacement of the lining of the canal basin pool. The good news is that the lining has been replaced with a stronger and more durable coating, and the pool, fountains, and water wall should be fully operational at the end of May. The historic Lumber Shed building has been totally enclosed in glass, and the building renovations are nearing completion. Tenant finish-out is beginning on two of the restaurants that will be located in the building. Upon reopening, the building will be home to Osteria Morini, an Italian restaurant by Chef Michael White of New York, as well as Agua301,

a family-friendly Mexican restaurant by the owners of Zest Bistro. Forest City Washington, the developer of the project, will be moving their DC corporate offices to the second floor. Construction continues on the site for the 50,000 square-foot Harris Teeter grocery store at 1212 4th St. SE. The project will also include 219 apartment units, a 28,000 square-foot VIDA health club, Bang Hair Salon, Aura Spa, and another 10,000-15,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail. Two cranes are operating on site, the concrete structure is already two levels above grade, and 1212 4th should open in the third quarter of 2014. The Boilermaker Shops building renovation has been completed and tenant finish-out is occurring on several retail spaces opening this summer, including Bluejacket Microbrewery & Restaurant, Buzz Bakery, Nando’s Peri-Peri Peruvian Chicken, and Willie’s Brew & Que. The Foundry Lofts Building will be home to a new retail tenant, Desi Furniture, which will occupy the retail bay space adjacent to Kruba Thai & Sushi, overlooking the Lumber Shed building.

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The weather is warming, the water is inviting, the parks are open, and we are ready to host some summertime fun! Come and visit us at the Capitol Riverfront. Spend some time outdoors along the Anacostia River or in our great open spaces. Experience an event at Yards Park, take a stroll on the Riverwalk Trail, sit on the docks at Diamond Teague Park and Piers, watch a movie in Canal Park, or eat in the Canal Park Tavern. Our Friday night concerts are a wonderful way to ease into the weekend, and our Thursday night movies offer a summertime take on the old drive-in movie experience. There is magic in the water, whether you are a child playing in the Yards Park fountains and wading pool or an adult listening to music while the waterjets dance in Canal Park. H HillRag | June 2013 H 73


The Pace Heats Up On Barracks Row by Sharon Bosworth


ife is difficult.” Most people agree with these celebrated opening words of M. Scott Peck’s handbook for living, “The Road Less Traveled.” Life is doubly difficult if you’re a tree, especially a tree along that road more traveled, 8th Street SE. When our Barracks Row trees were installed in 2005 not much attention was paid to each of the saplings. Seventy-two American elms were delivered, holes were dug in the tree boxes, saplings were dropped in, and off the crews went to tackle the next emergency in the DC tree canopy. This inattention turned out to be a big problem, discovered this year by Urban Forestry Administration’s DC arborist, Jack Chapman. Some American elms begin life with branches more prone to drooping and splitting – an arborist can spot this right away.

Barracks Row Garden Party 2013

These errant fledglings should be culled out at the nursery. At least 11 of our Barracks Row trees had the splitting problem, some right down the middle of the tree. With winds and delivery trucks putting constant stress on the already split boughs and trunks, local customers, visitors, and historic buildings were all in danger. As you read this, new American elms have been planted to replace the original 11, and we’re back to rooting for another generation of healthy trees on the row.

Summer Construction – South End of 8th Street

On the south end of 8th Street SE, right on the other side of the I-295/395 freeway, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has been at work. The entry ramp has been demolished as part of the 11th Street bridge improvements. A new slip ramp will be installed in the next few weeks. Overnight street closures will minimize the impact to Barracks Row, with traffic being routed to nearby streets. The murals in the tunnel under the freeway, which were sponsored by the Design Committee of Barracks Row Main Street to enliven that dismal passageway, will be impacted by the slip ramp construction. The three mural panels to the south end will be removed and stored during construction. After the ramp is installed the murals will be re-configured by City Arts’ Byron Peck along with DDOT and the 11th Street bridge contractors.

BRMS Initiates Design Study

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Meanwhile the gateway to Barracks Row, Eastern Market Metro plaza, is up for some much needed improvement. On May 13 Barracks Row Main Street announced its goal to functionally and aesthetically upgrade this historically important public space. Barracks Row Main Street’s Chairman, Tip Tipton, noted that the area around the Metro Station was envisioned in Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for Washington. Our Metro plaza was once planned to be a great community public space, linked to other nearby parks and plazas by L’Enfant’s plan for broad diagonal avenues. “Working with our

community partners, our vision is to create a green, beautiful space that will benefit everyone living, visiting or working on the Hill and that is more in keeping with the grace, elegance and beauty that the founders intended,” said Tipton. Architect Amy Weinstein will lead the planning effort, which includes nationally celebrated landscape architecture firm Oehme, van Sweden, 536 8th St. SE, and transportation planning firm Kittleson and Associates. Unlike previous planning efforts this study will not consider rerouting traffic in the Pennsylvania Avenue right-of-way. A local advisory group will be established composed of representatives from Capitol Hill organizations and members of the community to provide input and guidance. Regular community updates about the project, including interactive plans with feedback mechanisms, will be available via the BRMS website: www.barracksrow.org.

Sizzle in the Middle

This year an early parade schedule kicked off the season at Marine Barracks Washington. The renowned United States Marine Corps Friday evening parade had by tradition begun right after Memorial Day and continued through the summer, ending right before Labor Day. This year two extra parades were added to the beginning of the season. Parades typically bring crowds of a thousand people, and most groups schedule dinner at one of our restaurants then walk across the street for a night under the stars at the parade. Add in the fans attending the 81 home games at Nationals Park and the result is the peak of peak, all summer, as our neighborhood becomes a must-visit destination.

Barracks Row Garden Party 2013

The Barracks Row annual Garden Party fundraiser goes years back to the beginnings of Barracks Row. Traditionally held in a nearby neighborhood garden, the party celebrates the ongoing accomplishments of the dedicated residents who believe in 8th Street’s destiny to become the business heart of Capitol Hill. The Garden Party this year was held at Deer House, 712 East Capitol St. Five Barracks Row restaurants were there to help with the celebration.

Amanda and Stephen Briggs, owners of Zest Bistro, 735 8th St. SE, and executive chef Dot Speck greeted visitors with lobster bisque and grilled shrimp skewers. Zest Bistro will be opening a new venture, Agua301, at the Lumber Shed later this summer. In the tented garden the new executive chef at Senart’s Oyster and Chop House, Andrew LaPorta, and his crew presided over the fresh oyster bar. During the evening an audience formed around Chef Andrew as he prepared individual appetizers of Nantucket Bay scallops with braised oxtail. Chef Bill Tu manned the buffet for Nooshi, 524 8th St. Nooshi owner Vanessa Lim and Chef Tu created small steamed buns as the perfect launchpad for appetizers of Peking duck, the specialty of the house at Nooshi. Inside the ca. 1903 Victorian house the crew from Ambar, 523 8th St. SE, set up, ready with spoon-sized tastings of the luscious Balkan salad featured on their menu. Ambar also served samples of leek croquettes, a dish unveiled in April to an appreciative crowd at Barracks Row’s Taste of Eighth. Belga Café, 514 8th St. SE, fresh off the opening earlier in the week of its new enterprise in Logan, B Too, wowed the party with lovely appetizers of stuffed baby tomatoes as well as a summer salad of julienned strips of cucumber and mango. Guests found room for dessert too as they met Chef Rebecca Abernathy of Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th St. SE, in the dining room. Pop tarts, cakes, and cookies were served with that special Ted’s spin, and Ted’s take-home bags were generously on hand, too. Upcoming Barracks Row events are the Summer School Session of the Culinary Education Crawl, which is an August cooking school, and on Sept. 28 the Barracks Row Fall Festival, celebrating the neighborhood with a unique street festival. More news of this year’s Fall Festival highlights will be announced shortly. H

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Congressional Cemetery Graves Revealed Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Locate Vacant Grave Sites


by Sharon Bosworth

hat do King Richard III and the SS Titanic have in common? Both were from the British Isles, both inspired hit performances, Shakespeare’s swashbuckling “Richard III” and James Cameron’s Oscarwinning “Titanic.” The unpopular king and unlucky ship were lost for many years, their final resting places a mystery. But new technology unlocked the answers. Using sonar, Titanic was discovered in 1985 off the coast of Newfoundland, miles from where she was supposed to lie. Using ground-penetrating radar (GPR), King Richard III was found in 2008, buried under a parking lot built over the site of a long demolished abbey. Both sonar and radar are non-invasive technologies leaving no imprint on anything in their paths. Radar’s electromagnetic signal bounces off an object, creating an image of the object; sonar’s acoustic signal passes through an object, creatPaul Williams, president of Congressional Cemetery, and Bob Perry, owner of Topographix, ing an identifiable echo. Sonar with ground-penetrating radar device. has a much longer range in water, making it the ideal way identified a baffling problem. His then the grid would be off. But how to create navigational charts and locate shipwrecks. Typically GPR staff could not with certainty know much? Which way? Only hours of can locate utilities, pipelines, and sink- which sites at the 206 year-old cem- measuring and probing could idenholes. GPR is at work here on Capitol etery were occupied. In many cases tify which sites were vacant. Many historic cemeteries face Hill, one week per month, at Congres- no marker had been erected after a burial. Also, the region’s many riv- this problem. Williams, learning sional Cemetery. ers cause gradual buckles and shifts that Richard III’s grave site had been in the land. Even though the cem- discovered with GPR, quickly realGround-Penetrating Radar Looks etery has detailed records since it ized that Congressional Cemetery into the Past was founded in 1807, always using needed a GPR service. Intrigued Last year Paul Williams, presi- the same precise grid to identify sponsors stepped forward to help dent of Congressional Cemetery, each site, if the earth itself shifted with funding. And the long process 76 H hillrag.com

of interviewing began. One GPR firm in particular stood out, Topographix, owned by Bob Perry, an extreme mapmaker hailing from Hudson, N.H., just outside of Boston.

See for Yourself How It Works

After many years in the military Perry found a civilian outlet for his map-making endeavors when an historic cemetery asked him to illustrate a map of their site locations. In the past 10 years Topographix has become a cemetery specialist, having completed 330 projects for cemeteries including maps, site surveys, GPR reports, and GPS positioning of unmarked graves. Perry has four licensees and he is grooming his son to take over the business. But cemeteries are not his only customers. Soon there will be a project in Honolulu for a rail line which is about to run through fields containing 200 known and suspected ancient burial sites. The perfect job for GPR! Visit Bob Perry at Congressional Cemetery and watch the screen as he rolls his GPR device over what appear to be empty sites. With just a bit of coaching you’ll become expert at “seeing underground” to identify disturbances where old grave sites are located. For more information on this project, or to volunteer at Congressional Cemetery, call 202-543-0539. H

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Dancing with the Youngest Stars

In opening Tippi Toes Dance Company in DC, Claire Portolese has returned to her roots as a dance instructor. While most children may open a lemonade stand, Portolese expressed her early entrepreneurial spirit by teaching dance moves to young neighbors in her Tulsa, Ok., neighborhood. “We played house and dancing teacher in between our two houses,” Portolese said when remembering her neighbors. No doubt inspired by Portolese’s early instruction, those very same neighbors started the Tippi Toes franchise in Oklahoma City in 1999, and Portolese opened the DC branch in July 2012. “The whole company has a community feel,” she remarked. In addition to offering dance instruction, teaching body awareness, and emphasizing good nutrition practices, Tippi Toes stands by teaching dance moves through original music. “We write all of our own music,” Portolese said, adding that the “imaginative” songs focus on “how to keep [kids] engaged … and excited. We incorporate dance

terminology throughout the songs.” “I think they are learning good listening skills, balancing, and coordination,” commented Capitol Hill resident Danielle English, whose two-and-a-half year-old twins attend Tippi Toes classes. “It’s also great socialization and just plain fun for them.” Now known to some parents as Claire Tippi Toes, Portolese left her job of 14 years as a consultant in favor of teaching toddlers how to plié. “You get to enhance kids’ lives, do something that you’re passionate about, which for me is dance, and be with children,” Portolese remarked. “I feel more connected to my community than I’ve ever felt before,” she continued. “I’m connected with the kids, the schools, and the parents, and it’s a great feeling to be such a part of the city.” Tippi Toes offers classes year-round at various locations, including The Hill Center as well as in schools on the hill and in Northwest. Contact Tippi Toes at www. tippitoesdance.com, at Claire@TippiToesDance.com, or by calling 202-527-9089.

More Than Just a Pretty Façade

Glen Milano, owner of the House Number Lab

From townhouses to brownstones, every home needs a house number. In starting The House Number Lab in 2011, owner Glenn Milano recognized the demand and is already dominating this niche market. Milano, whose parents and grandparents were artists and craftsmen, draws on his degree in fine arts and his passion for painting and photography while designing house-number styles, though he still has a day job at USAID, working in international development and public health issues. Do a quick Internet search and you will find that The House Number Lab is one-of-a-kind. “We’re the only company online where you can design, buy, receive, and install these numbers.” In addition to sending a free, architectural-grade digital proof Milano supplies all materials necessary for installation, including tools, markers, and tape. Milano has sold his numbers to house owners in 33

Kermit the Frog Was Wrong: It’s Easy Being Green

Jason Holstine of Amicus Green Building Center has retail is in his blood. “My family goes back five generations owning a store,” Holstine said. Despite his family’s retail roots Holstine’s primary motivation in opening Amicus Green in 2005 was “connecting a lot of dots and seeing where certain trends were going” with regard to green building, and recognizing the importance of customers being able to “select, touch and feel the material.” Committed to living a “deep green” life rather than just talking a good game, Holstine has worked in the green building field for 15 years, capitalizing on his degrees in environmental science and business and his experience helping to start the Energy Star Program. Amicus Green “has products and principles,” Holstine said. “In many ways they go hand-in-hand.” “Knowing how to recognize a duck when it quacks and doing due

Claire Portolese, owner of Tippi Toes Dance Company

states, Canada, and the UK. One satisfied customer said, “We decided to go with [The House Number Lab] because of the quality of the work, the options available, and the effort that went into the site,” and added, “I loved how you recommended certain typefaces based on the style and era of the house.” Milano noted that originally almost all of the houses had hand-gilded transoms, explaining that in creating the various house number styles he wanted to ensure the historical accuracy and aesthetic integrity of his product. “The number is unique because it’s the only kind of typography you have on the house,” Milano explained. “It’s the thing that every single person who’s looking for your house is going to look at.” Milano plans to sell his house numbers in a few local hardware stores and is creating a broader variety of styles. Contact The House Number Lab at www.housenumberlab.com or call 1-888-396-9262.

diligence” are the qualities that distinguish Amicus Green from its competitors, according to Holstine. “We always ask about manufacturing practices [to determine] whether or not it’s legitimately a green product.” Amicus Green was “helpful and walked us through the process,” Nick Greek said. He’s a Capitol Hill resident who bought a kitchen countertop and tile from the company. “They gave good advice, not just about green building, but building in general and offered a list of contractors who were familiar with green building.” “More than anything else, we answer questions,” Holstine said, which includes debunking the idea that green products cost more. “The price on something is its intrinsic value; something’s value reflects people’s values.” Amicus Green also consulting and landscape design services. Contact Amicus Green Building Center at www.amicusgreen. com or by calling 301-571-8590. H

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Real Estate A Neighborhood Survivor St. Paul AUMP Church at 4th and I SE


by Robert S. Pohl

he changes south of the freeway on Capitol Hill in the past few years have been astounding. Where not long ago there was either tired public housing or nothing at all, there are now ranks of bright new row houses, rapidly filling up with families looking for more space and modern amenities plus all the other advantages that come from living on Capitol Hill. Some things, however, have not changed. Chiefly among these is a church that has been anchoring a corner lot in the Navy Yard district since 1924: St. Paul African Union Methodist Protestant Church.

can neighborhood surrounding the Navy Yard, that was the logical place to search for a lot to build the church. Fortunately there was a property that fit their needs on the corner of 4th and I streets SE. This corner contained a wooden building that had been there since before the Civil War. For a while it was home to the Colliflower brothers, who were carpenters, but since the middle of the first decade of the 20th century it contained a grocery store. While it had been repaired over the years, time had not been easy on the building and the owner was willing to sell. Razing the store and building

a new church would be a good move for the square, which was mainly filled with other wooden buildings of equally antique vintage. To design the new church the congregation turned to Romulus C. Archer, a native of Norfolk, Va., who had studied architecture at Columbia University and moved to the District after military service during World War I. After a brief tenure working for the Treasury Department Archer struck out on his own. Archer was not a member of St. Paul’s but had already designed a number of churches in Norfolk and was

A New Church

St. Paul’s has existed since 1900, when it was founded as a prayer group. The group followed the precepts set down in 1813 by Peter Spencer, a former slave. In the intervening 87 years the African Union Methodist Protestant Church congregation grew significantly, offering African Americans, both free and enslaved, the opportunity to worship among likeminded people. The DC-based prayer group increased over the next 20 years and in the early 1920s was ready for a permanent home. With the bulk of congregants living in the predominantly African Ameri-

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working on others in DC, so his credentials were impeccable. He would become the District’s second African American licensed architect, two years after completing the work on this church, and would continue to work as an architect for another 30 or so years, designing many churches along with homes, stores, and the Yenching Palace restaurant, a Cleveland Park institution for 50 years. For St Paul’s Archer designed a Gothic Revival brick building stretching 35 feet along I Street and 46 feet on 4th, with a 40-foothigh steeple on its northwest corner. On May 7, 1924, the city signed a permit to build this new church, and work commenced. Over the next six months the church took shape, rising over the low wooden buildings that surrounded it.

A Neighborhood Changes

In the years after St Paul’s began operating the area around it started to change. The great change was the construction of the Carrollsburg housing project in 1941, which covered the area between I, M, 3rd, and 5th streets SE with low-rise brick housing. A

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little over 10 years later the project was expanded with the Capper development, named after Arthur Capper, a Republican senator who had spearheaded the razing of slums and replacement with housing projects. During the next 60 years residents from these buildings joined St Paul’s for services. It was by no means a wealthy congregation, and thus only absolutely necessary repairs were made to the church. This ended up being a blessing in 2010, when the church applied for historic designation. As the only church surviving in this neighborhood it quickly received support for the designation. Furthermore, the outside of the church was largely unchanged since 1924, and so restoration to its original condition would be relatively straightforward, especially with the monies available to structures with historic designation. Further recognition of the church’s importance came in 2011, when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. One of the first projects is now underway, replacement of the roof. With that complete and the structure stabilized further projects will include removing the dropped ceiling to re-expose the tin ceiling that has remained hidden for far too long. Pastor Karen Mills, who was a congregant at the church as a child, returned a few years ago to lead the congregation into this new era. While most of those who worshiped there have passed on, physically or metaphorically, new families moving into the various developments do not have far to go for a church. St. Paul’s will continue to anchor this particular corner – and the neighborhood – in the years to come. Thanks are due to Bruce DarConte for assisting with the research on this column. H

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Changing Hands




Changing hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list, based on the MRIS, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. Neighborhood

Price BR


$375,000 $397,000 $485,000 $501,750 $512,500 $550,000 $626,500 $699,000 $780,000 $917,000


$1,130,000 $910,000 $950,000 $980,000 $1,156,000 $1,213,500 $1,225,000 $1,310,000


$112,000 $170,000 $273,800 $280,000

5 4 5 3 3 9 3 3 4 4 5 4 3 3 4 5 4 4 2 2 3 4


$900,000 $1,349,000 $1,370,000


$732,500 $769,000 $1,300,000




$370,000 $385,000 $396,000 $399,900 $400,000 $406,593 $436,500 $515,000 $618,000 $699,000 $700,000


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$215,000 $310,000 $342,000 $355,000 $385,000 $405,000 $409,000 $415,000 $419,000 $458,500 $471,500 $473,000 $495,000 $683,560

$725,000 $425,000

7 3




3 5 4 4 4 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 3 2 2 3 3 5 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 3


$1,250,000 $1,300,000 $1,175,000



$265,000 $465,000 $518,512 $536,000 $594,900 $616,000 $620,000 $625,000 $635,000 $637,000 $650,000 $650,000 $661,000 $670,000 $685,000 $700,000 $719,000 $740,000 $750,000 $762,500 $770,000 $793,000 $800,000 $803,000 $838,000 $857,000 $857,000 $860,000 $870,000 $900,000 $1,089,000 $1,185,000 $1,212,000 $1,265,000 $1,300,000 $1,375,000 $1,399,900 $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $1,598,000 $2,500,000 $749,000 $650,000 $805,000


$690,000 $855,000 $875,000 $1,190,000 $1,200,000 $1,250,000 $1,495,000 $1,820,000 $1,875,000




$560,000 $820,000 $1,375,000



3 4 3

2 2 1 2 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 4 5 4 6 6 5 12 3 2 5 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 6 4 3 6 2


$461,000 $525,000 $535,000 $540,000 $575,000 $602,500 $635,000 $640,000 $641,000 $650,000 $699,900 $700,000 $1,000,000 $115,000 $126,000 $147,900


$615,000 $750,000 $1,150,000



DEANWOOD 5038 JAY ST NE 1006 48TH ST NE 845 51ST ST NE 5511 NANNIE H. BURROUGHS AVE NE 4932 JAY ST NE 3915 CLAY PL NE 584 50TH ST NE 831 52ND ST NE 820 52ND ST NE 1050 44TH ST NE 641 49TH ST NE 4236 GAULT PL NE 4011 CLAY PL NE 5357 BLAINE ST NE 4216 CLAY ST NE 4815 JAY ST NE

$80,000 $90,000 $125,000 $125,000 $150,000 $174,000 $194,300 $205,000 $205,000 $215,000 $223,000 $225,000 $225,000 $240,000 $259,000 $270,000

2 3 4 2 4 3 3 3 4 6 5 4 4 2 3 3 3 4 5 2 2 3 2 4 3 3 3 2 2 3 4 4 3 3 4 3


$1,343,075 $1,431,460 $1,506,125

3 3 3



GEORGETOWN 1027 31ST ST NW 1022 29TH ST NW 1657 34TH ST NW 2207 FOXHALL RD NW 3036 DENT PL NW 1359 28TH ST NW 3225 RESERVOIR RD NW 1334 31ST ST NW 3243 Q ST NW 1724 35TH ST NW

$697,000 $730,000 $901,900 $1,010,000 $1,200,000 $1,450,000 $1,800,000 $2,140,000 $4,550,000 $1,475,000


$664,000 $725,000 $781,123 $820,000 $845,000 $1,170,000


$550,000 $595,000


$675,000 $761,126


$1,399,000 $1,948,000 $2,250,000 $2,550,000

4 2 2 3 2 4 4 4 5 0 3 2 3 3 3 4 5 3 3 4 3 6 6 6 6

KENT DUPONT 5507 MACARTHUR BLVD NW $875,000 4 1619 21ST ST NW 1903 S ST NW 1823 S ST NW

$1,305,000 $1,960,000 $650,000


$465,000 $470,000 $570,000 $593,000 $660,000 $703,000 $853,000




$731,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,695,000


$108,000 $185,000 $210,000 $245,000 $247,000

6 5 4 3 3 3 4 5 4 4 2 3 6 5 6


$970,000 $1,085,000 $1,675,000


$340,000 $595,000 $768,000 $800,000 $825,000


$81,500 $128,000 $136,000 $150,000 $190,000


4 5 4

1103 R ST NW


134 53RD ST SE 5502 D ST SE 4675 A ST SE 5115 D ST SE

$80,000 $140,000 $225,000 $308,780


$327,000 $399,000 $775,000




16 84 16 25 14 16 32 12 17 14 33 17 21 15 72 82 13 24 17 25 42 91 82 16 60 42 15


63 20 40 95 16 15 16 14


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2 3 3 3 2



44 37 37 39 36

2 3 8 3 4 3 4 6

53 52 52 53 51 60 55 53 61 49 54 73 61 60 46 61 82 82 53 50 47 44 41 52 41 44 38


$650,000 $722,391 $875,000 $955,000 $975,000




$807,000 $903,177 $926,000 $1,034,000 $1,100,000



OLD CITY #1 1621 H ST SE 84 Q ST SW 1618 F ST NE 2529 BENNING RD NE 1438 K ST SE 1610 GALES ST NE 321 17TH ST NE 1237 DUNCAN PL NE 1708 C ST NE 1425 C ST NE 331 18TH ST NE 1735 D ST NE 215 17TH ST NE 1533 MASSACHUSETTS AVE SE 725 L ST NE 822 D ST NE 1326 CONSTITUTION AVE NE 248 15TH ST SE 1742 D ST NE 25 15TH ST NE 426 13TH ST NE 917 G ST SE 829 4TH ST NE 1632 POTOMAC AVE SE 608 5TH ST NE 420 F ST NE 1534 EAST CAPITOL ST NE

$675,000 $225,000 $290,000 $347,700 $360,000 $411,000 $413,226 $431,000 $435,000 $460,000 $466,000 $478,000 $525,000 $550,000 $560,000 $620,000 $635,000 $665,000 $680,000 $680,000 $699,000 $702,911 $705,000 $737,000 $795,000 $815,000 $819,000


$350,000 $360,000 $438,000 $439,900 $536,000 $600,000 $756,000 $967,000

3 3 3 5 4 6 3 4 5 3 4

$897,500 $1,540,000

3 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 3 3 4 4 3 2 2 3 4 3 5 4 2 2 2 3 3 4 4 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 4 3 5


$340,000 $350,000 $350,000 $360,000 $365,000 $377,000 $379,000 $390,000 $399,999 $400,000 $412,000 $444,000 $450,000 $463,000 $480,000 $495,000 $525,000 $556,500 $571,000 $580,000 $607,000 $619,000 $620,000 $625,000 $650,000 $655,000 $678,000





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Just a 4-block stroll from the countless cafes and shops of Barracks Row stands this wide and deep porch front, constructed in the Wardman style and completely renovated in 2008 with an upper owner’s residence and separate lower suite.


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Pig Out, But Be Nice by Emily Clark


hen Texas governor Rick Perry compared North Carolina barbeque to road kill he nearly ignited a new War between the States. When writer Calvin Trillin favorably reviewed a BBQ joint in a small Texas town, locals groused that the lines got so long they could hardly get in. Barbeque, at its simplest just a collection of grilled or smoked meats, is regional, personal, and a matter of pride. In the Carolinas barbecue means slow-cooked “whole hog” – fall-off-the-bone pulled pork with a vinegary sauce. In Texas it’s brisket, hickory or oak chips, and spice rub, accompanied by ketchup-based hotterthan-hell sauce. Folks from Memphis and Kansas City brag about their versions of barbeque. Some people spell it with a “c,” others with a “q.” The main thing is to enjoy, mind your manners, and don’t ever, ever insult someone else’s version of BBQ perfection. If you are so inclined you can comparison shop right here, in and around Capitol Hill, all flavorful and easy on the wallet. But remember what every Southern mama says: If you can’t say something nice, keep your mouth shut and smile. There’s something to like about every establishment, ranging from the small chain roadhouse to the neighborhood joint, shack, and walkup stand. Vegetarians take note: If you accompany a carnivore you won’t go hungry. Most of these places have enough sides to make a meal, even if it means breathing in smoky meat aromas while you watch your loved ones dripping with grease and accumulating a disturbing pile of paper napkins.

Inspire BBQ

This is the quintessential walkup takeout stand, with the doubly noble mission of training young people in customer and food service. Inspire bills itself as DC BBQ, incorporating tastes from all over. Warning: Inspire often sells out of its most popular meats, so get there early. We had to wait about 10 minutes for ribs, but it was totally worth it, and we added two of the three offered sauces, which were respectively sweet/tangy and sweet/hot/spicy.

Preparing barbeque at Inspire BBQ at 650 H Street, NE

The standouts: ribs and pull chicken. The potato salad offered a good counterpoint to all the spice, and the collards were perfect. 650 H St. NE. 202-391-0741. www.inspirebbq.com

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With locations in Penn Quarter and New York City, Hill Country has the cavernous ambience of a

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Kenny’s BBQ Smokehouse

This unpretentious place has the feel of a neighborhood hangout. Takeout containers are piled high above the counter, but it’s also a comfortable place to sit and eat. When you order, specify mild, medium, or spicy (we went for the last). Kenny’s sells beer, but it’s hard to resist the dark sweet iced tea, which tastes like homemade. Kenny’s has the most extensive menu, featuring both pork and beef options, as well as chicken and fish. A long list of sides offers collards and cabbage, red beans and rice, mashed or sweet potatoes, and cornbread. The standouts: chicken and ribs and awesome collards. 732 Maryland Ave. NE 202-547-4553 • • • • • • •

Levi’s Soul Food Café

A diverse product line of quality beverages from all over the world One of the largest and most unique wine selections on Capitol Hill A friendly and knowledgeable staff Located just minutes form Downtown, DC and Alexandria, VA 1 block south of Eastern Market Metro on the vibrant Barracks Row Owned by the Williams Family since 1978; established before 1919

The best weekly wine tastings on “The Hill”- Sat (3-6pm)

Everett Buchanan, owner of King Ribs

Texas roadhouse, with rough wood floors and tables, neon Lone Star and Shiner Bock beer signs, decades of Texas license plates, photos of cheerleaders, and twangy background soundtrack frequently augmented by live music. The restaurant is in the front, the meat market at the back. Take a seat and order your drinks, then fill out your food choices and saunter on back to the market to order. The standouts: spicy sausage and crunchy slaw that’s more vinegar than mayonnaise. 410 7th St. NW. 202-556-2050. www.hillcountrywdc.com

King Ribs

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This Southwest Waterfront shack, whose motto is “Tasty to the Bone,” is only open from Thursday to Sunday and has a more limited menu than its sit-down counterparts. But it has the feel of an outdoor smokehouse, with huge grills under a tent and fashioned from oil drums. You order at the window and take your ticket back to the smoker. Within minutes you walk away with ribs, turkey thigh, chicken, steak, or kielbasa. Sides were limited but adequate. The best part is the free view, watching boats glide by on the Potomac, and you can minimize your sun exposure by sitting at one of the tables under umbrellas. The standouts: ribs, hands down. 7th and Water streets SW. No phone, no website. Just follow the smoke.

If you limit your Barracks Row dining to the north side of the freeway you’re missing out, big time. At Levi’s the food is served cafeteria style, and our only regret was that they were out of their best seller, chopped North Carolina vinegar BBQ pork. We settled for perfectly cooked ribs and chicken, macaroni and cheese with that irresistible brown crust, and collards that were tender and just slightly flavored with vinegar. The meatloaf looked good, but there’s only so much you can eat in one sitting. The best thing about Levi’s is the home-like atmosphere and the friendliness of the owner and cook. When I asked the cook his secret he replied, “The secret is love.” And the owner, North Carolina native John Kerrey, and I shared a mutual respect for the health benefits of pot liquor, the stuff you drain and drink from the collard pot, full of vitamins. 1102 8th St. SE. 202-547-6500 Bon appétit, y’all! H

Serving up barbeque at Levi’s Soul Food Cafe. Photo Andrew Lightman

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by Celeste McCall a high decibel level, making conversation difficult. Toward the back of the dining area with its long sushi bar Nooshi’s open display kitchen is set off with “Peking Duck” etched on a frosted glass partition. Nooshi’s third level is dominated by large windows overlooking Barracks Row. Seated downstairs we started our repast with tom kha, Thailand’s aromatic, lemongrass/coconutmilk soup laced with shrimp, cilantro, and other spices. Fried Singapore noodles showcased pork and shrimp, a dish benefitting from a dash of Ambar, DC’s first Balkan restauant is now serving a “bottomless” soy sauce. Next time weekend brunch. Photo: Goran Foto we’ll explore calamari, won tons, edamame, t long last Nooshi, upstairs from the well-received Korean-style wings, spring rolls, and Tash, arrived last month on myriad noodle and rice dishes. We Barracks Row. We went on open- will also check out the extensive sushi ing night; in spite of bad weather lineup. Located at 524 8th St. SE (upthe place was packed. We entered through the red side door which led per levels), Nooshi is open daily upstairs to the handsomely appointed from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 202space, which seats 120. Red seems 827-8832. to set the tone: an Asian-style red chest (hostess stand) greets guests. Bottomless Brunch at Ambar Lacquered red chairs, colorful wall Around the corner, on Barracks hangings, burnished wood, glittering Row, Ambar, the Hill’s first Balkan light fixtures, and skylights complete restaurant, has introduced “bottomthe sleek, sophisticated look. Unfor- less” weekend brunch. For $35, guests tunately concrete flooring creates get unlimited dishes and cocktails.


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The prix fixe deal must be ordered by the entire table. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Small plates” options run the gamut of wild mushroom salad, white veal soup, Balkan burgers, salmon omelettes, cinnamon-sweet sourdough, and fried apple rings. Ambar is located at 523 8th St. SE. 202-813-3039. www.ambarrestaurant.com

Coming Soon

Spike Mendelsohn’s latest enterprise, Bearnaise, is set to debut this summer at 313 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Spike’s mom and sister were spotted shopping in Paris for artwork to decorate the property, which used to house Thai Roma and Conrad’s bar. Spike, who has cooked in France, told me that Bearnaise will be modeled after a “classic steak/frites” restaurant. He and a colleague were sweeping the floor of the gutted space, getting ready for the future restaurant. Stay tuned.

District Taco Arrives

Si! As we reported last month the Hill welcomes another Tex-Mex eatery. District Taco has arrived at 656 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, in the spot vacated by Yes! Organic Market, which moved to Barracks Row. Don’t miss the nifty Art Deco sign out front. We had already sampled District Taco’s overstuffed taco at a recent Hill Center event. It was delicious but messy, requiring a fork and lots of napkins. But we were not prepared for the enormous burrito mojado, bulging with chicken, black beans, rice, cheese, and spices. Equally generous was the quesadilla, filled with

choice of meat. We ordered our meals at the counter, waited for our number, and headed to the condiment bar, laden with incendiary mestizo and milder tomatillo salsas, pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, and other toppings. If you really want firepower request the palate-scorching habanero salsa. You have been warned. District Taco dishes up all-day breakfast (try the huevos rancheros), nachos, salads, and assorted sides, plus kids’ meals. District Taco has also applied for an alcohol license, so expect cerveza sometime in the future. Open daily. www.districttaco.com

Nearby at Beuchert’s

Beuchert’s Saloon, the reincarnated speakeasy which opened in mid-March, is now serving weekend brunch. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. guests may chow down on executive chef Andrew Markert’s “brunchers” or “lunchers,” like house-made granola, beet salad, cornmeal cakes, roast chicken omelettes, and “B-burgers.” Meanwhile prosecco – ideal for mimosas – bubbles from Beuchert’s very own fountain. Weather permitting, guests may dine al fresco on Beuchert’s patio. Located at 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Beuchert’s is open daily. 202-7331384. www.beuchertssaloon.com

Cuban Delight

We thought the only place to find an authentic Cuban sandwich was Ybor City, the Cuban neighborhood in Tampa. That was before we tasted the two-fisted, overstuffed version at

Canales Delicatessen, in Eastern Market. Lacking so-called Cubanstyle bread, Canales presses a regular sub roll filled with roast pork, ham, pickles, and mayo. Priced at $6, a Canales Cuban sandwich can feed two. Eastern Market is closed Mondays. 202-547-4471

Garden Buzz

Speaking of coffee, the other day we stopped by Sidamo Coffee & Tea, 417 H St. NE. We were greeted by the aroma of freshly roasted coffee, and we mean fresh. “We roast our coffee daily,” said proprietor Kenfe Bellay, indicating the huge roaster by the entrance. He added that much of Sidamo’s java comes from his native Ethiopia (where coffee beans were first discovered, we’re told). Out back is Sidamo’s lovely garden patio. Red roses were in bloom, which set off bright red umbrellas shading the three tables. Besides delicious coffee, Sidamo offers teas, yerbe mate (South American herbal infusion), bagels, croissants, sandwiches, and other light fare. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, Sundays at 2:00 p.m., the family-run

café hosts an impressive Ethiopian coffee ceremony. 202-548-0081. www.sidamocoffeeandtea.com


In nearby Penn Quarter restaurateur Ashok Bajaj has added yet another establishment to his growing culinary family. Nopa, named for its location, North of Pennsylvania Avenue, has opened at the former site of Zola. Nopa’s executive chef Greg McCarty creates “savory snacks,” market veggies, cheeses, smoked meats, and entrees (skate with rhubarb sounds particularly intriguing). There’s also a raw bar. Peter checked out Nopa the other day and reported an attractive, airy décor with white brick walls separating the three dining areas and lots of rich leather. Look for a mini review in a future Dining Notes. Located at 800 F St. NW, Nopa is open daily (check). 202-347-4667

How Sweet It Is …

Fans now find more than beer, hot dogs, and pretzels at Nationals Park. New on the stadium’s edible scene is Fluffy Thoughts Cakes, which opened last month. You will find the kiosk in section 134 (first-base line), dispensing jumbo and mini cupcakes in such flavors as red velvet, apple/bacon, and chocolate, as well as brownies and baseball-shaped cookies. Fluffy Thoughts Cakes is the sweet creation of talented Lara Stuckey, a 2003 graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine.


Owner Kenfe Bellay in Sidamo’s lovely outdoor patio.

Congrats to Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St. SE, Leah Daniels’ nifty cookware shop (with cooking classes held upstairs), which is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Acacia Gourmet (before that Wellness Café), 325 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, has departed. Look for a sushi eatery to open in that spot. H HillRag | June 2013 H 93

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Old World vs. New World by Felix Milner


ne of the great pleasures I find working in a small wine store is the frequent interaction with friends and customers. It is always enjoyable to get to know someone’s tastes and preferences well enough to make a successful recommendation, whether they’re looking to stick to a few staple varieties or go for something more adventurous. One evening recently a discussion with a customer sparked an interesting debate. She wasn’t after anything specific, just a pleasant red to go with dinner, and wasn’t too bothered about variety. Even after finding out she was looking for something in the $15 to $30 price range I was still left with nearly three hundred wines to recommend! To pare down this huge list of wines I needed to find her preference for the main characteristics in a wine. Was she after something soft and fruity or would she prefer something earthy and savory? What I thought would be an easy shortcut, simply asking whether she wanted something from the New or Old World, ended up opening a can of worms. Generally speaking the Old World is Europe, which includes the big four wine producers; France, Spain, Italy, and Germany, where the vine was widely established by the 4th century. The New World is a term used to distinguish the colonies established as a result of European exploration, starting in the 15th century, and so principally refers to North and South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Where the Old World has relied more on tradition and terroir, when it comes to viticulture and winemaking practices, the New World takes a more scientific approach. (Terroir refers to the cumulative impact on a finished wine of the soil, climate, and some would say human, specifics of where the wine’s grapes were grown.). How this translates in the bottle is that Old World wines on the whole will be more savory and earthy, while the New World wines will be riper and more fruit forward. What gets tricky of late, explains Jancis Robinson in the “Oxford Wine Companion,” is that most of the “differences between the Old and New 94 H hillrag.com

Worlds are being systematically eroded as those in the Old World increasingly adopt technical innovation and those in the New World are increasingly exposed to some of the better aspects of tradition.” Furthermore, “more and more wine producers travel freely between Old and New Worlds, exchanging ideas and techniques.” Now you have winemakers in the Old World not just adopting the technology – such as stainless steel, temperature control, or micro-oxygenation – but also the style of the New World. Winemakers who adopt this style are often called “new school” producers. This has been particularly prevalent in Rioja, Bordeaux, and Tuscany. Meanwhile New World producers are increasingly adopting Old World practices and developing styles more akin to old-school producers. Probably one of the most significant steps is here, in the United States, with the establishment of the American Viticultural Area (AVA) designations. As Robert Hass of Tablas Creek puts it in a recent article (http://tablascreek.typepad.com), “central to the AVA’s raison d’être is the concept that each appellation shares similarities in their soils and climate that give the wines that are grown there a shared character.” In fact Tablas Creek is a great example of New and Old World partnerships. One of the early “Rhône Rangers,” it is the result of a relationship between Robert Hass and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel. The Rhône Rangers are a group of American winemakers who promote the use of grape varieties from the Rhône Valley in the south of France. You might think that with styles converging across continents, almost globalizing, it would reduce our variety of wine choices. Quite the opposite. There has never been a more fascinating time, with an ever-increasing selection and variation to choose from. As ever we enjoy seeing you here at the store, offering advice and guiding you through the whole world’s vast and increasing offerings. Felix Milner is Schneider’s new media manager and a wine student studying for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma, a prerequisite for the Institute of Master of Wine H

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Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover

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

The Third Reel ••• Nicolas Masson, Roberto Pianca, Emanuele Maniscalco, ECM

The beautiful melodies heard on this debut album are best summed up by Nicolas Masson (sax, clarinet) when he said, “The very pure sound in the recording room definitely encouraged us to aim for a ‘perfect’ version of each tune, with no unnecessary embellishment.” And he is right. The Third Reel is a series of fluid, improvisational, innovative music that washes all over you like a light summer rain. The

music evokes wonder and a longing for love and comfort. It is a feeling of being alive and a longing for gratitude and humility. Such connections are a remarkable achievement for any musicians. Their first time playing together, Mr. Masson and the other two musicians, Roberto Pianca (guitar) and Emanuele Maniscalco (drums), had to work very hard to create their own space and trust to help make the album a success. In the end it was their musical integrity and their bonded faith in each other that brought such freedom and passion to the music resulting in such quintessential interplays with “Afterall,” “Orbits,” “Neuer Mond Prologue,” “Fasten,” “Ginkgo,” “Sparrow,” “Spectrum,” and the “Eleventh Winter Tale.”


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City Of Broken Dreams ••• Giovanni Guidi Trio, ECM

Piano music can be so heartwarmingly personal that it often creates an intimacy that makes one think of being somewhere beautiful with a lover. City of Broken Dreams is the debut album from the prodigiously gifted Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi. Joined by Thomas Morgan (bass) and João Lobo (drums), the album is orchestrated with free-flowing melodies that swirl and float above one’s head, as if reaching up to the heavens in a burst of majestic joy and ecstatic passion. This is enduring freedom and sacred blessing from three delightful musicians celebrating and sharing their union together. Enjoy, and take note of “The Way Some People Live,” “The Impossible Divorce,” “Late Blue,” and both versions of the title tracks “The City Of Broken Dreams.” All CDs and DVDS reviewed in this article are heard through Bowers & Wilkens 802D Speakers and ASW 4000 subwoofer, and Rotel Preamp 1070, amplifi••er 1092 and CD player 1072. CDs are available for purchase through amazon.com. For more information about this column, please email your questions to fagon@hillrag.com. H

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Two Family Sagas A Woman Seeks to Discover Her Origins and a Child Looks to Escape Hers by Mike Canning

Stories We Tell

Exactly six years ago in this column I praised highly the film “Away from Her,” the directorial debut of Sarah Polley, known up to that time as a fine character actor for her performances in “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Guinevere,” among others. In that film I felt that, though barely 30, she showed maturity and taste both as a screenwriter and as a gifted handler of her veteran actors. Last year she struck again with “Take This Waltz,” which was, for me, a wondrous study of young people in relationships they don’t quite fathom, and which starred a radiant Michelle Williams. Now she has turned her attention to her own Toronto roots in the very personal documentary “Stories We Tell,” a searching and compelling portrait of a family discovering and disclosing a long-held secret. (Now showing at select theaters, the film runs 108 min. and is rated PG-13.) Polley’s documentary technique at first seems clumsy, almost offhand, as she quietly adjusts equipment and mumbles through set-ups to interview her father and her sundry sisters and brothers. The family members are genial but also somewhat skeptical of Polley’s project, anxious about the story she wants to tell. Her purpose was explained in an interview: “I think it’s a universal thing in

Director of Cinematography Iris Ng (left) with Sarah Polley (right) in “Stories We Tell.” Photo: Ken Woroner.

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every family, that people have their own specific versions of pivotal events or even small memories. They are 100 percent certain that their recollections are the truth because whatever the truth is, as they recall it, has formed them and it is part of their history. Discrepancies in memory preoccupy families, and the idea of this fascinated me.” The family narrative she is seeking focuses on her deceased mother, Diane, a vivacious and fetching Canadian actress who died of cancer in 1989, when Sarah was 11. The family, involved in theater and acting, was an early user of super-8 video technology so there is a lot of grainy family footage, much of it focusing on the photogenic Diane. Much of this footage is described in voice-over by Sarah’s father, Michael Polley, an Englishman long established in Toronto who met Diane in 1965 while both appeared in a play (they married in 1967). Michael’s story of the marriage admits of difficulties, Diane being ever the slightly ditzy party girl while her phlegmatic husband settled into the insurance business. She had no guile; he hid things. The voices of the siblings are brought in, as are those of several friends of the family and acquaintances, most especially one Harry Gulkin, a show business figure from Montreal.

The drama, with all the characters in place, unfolds in roughly chronological order, the crucial event being Diane’s leaving the Polley home in Toronto to perform in Montreal in 1978. This sojourn leads to Diane’s late and last pregnancy at 42, and the birth of Sarah, who somehow “doesn’t really look like her father.” Family discussion of this lack of resemblance peppers conversations over the years, leading Polley herself, as an adult, to find out if there was a romantic liaison in Montreal. This turns out to be the story she seeks to tell. Summarized thus, “Stories We Tell” may sound like rather thin gruel, but Polley is able to create a steady tension as pieces of the family story slip out, as Michael’s narration grinds on, as her attractive sisters and brothers ( Joanna, Susy, John, and Mark) bob and weave under her steady probing (at one point her father bemoans her “sadistic interview”). When brother John asks Polley what her documentary is about, she replies that she is “trying to bring someone to life” – her mom – and also to resolve the long-standing family slips and contradictions about her own origins. Through it all there are twists and turns that keep you guessing. Why, for example, is Michael standing at a lectern “reading” this candid depiction of his marriage to the camera? Only late in the documentary do you learn why. How are all these kids related in the first place? Only two-thirds through do you learn of Diane’s first, unsuccessful marriage and the fact that she lost custody of four kids. Revelations keep slipping out. The documentary then morphs into Polley’s recent search to determine her own parentage, including her quizzing of men in her mother’s stage life and her befriending of the voluble Harry. It becomes a gentle, slightly aching detective story. A wonder of the film is the fount of footage that Polley is able to show. OK, this image-conscious family had cameras around and used them (especially focused on Diane), but how could Polley find in the archives such timely shots of her mom’s active home and social life under all conditions, including some quite intimate, not to mention her own involvement with the Harry character in Montreal? Answers to these questions come only when you carefully read the end credits of this fascinating family odyssey. Turns out that Polley’s method is hardly clumsy or offhand; a very sly and pointed intelligence has produced more a work of artfully crafted “truth” than a straightforward documentary.

What Maisie Knew

What probably was an intriguing concept for co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel turns vinegary in the new film “What Maisie Knew.” (Running time 93 min., rated R.) The screenplay borrows its theme from an 1897 novel by Henry James, changing its locale from Victorian London to contemporary Manhattan. Unfortunately what was for the mature James a subtle yet caustic take on well-off dysfunctional families turns out to be an irritating display of irresponsible, feuding New Yorkers, redeemed only by the presence of the one true adult in the picture, six-year-old Maisie Beale (Onate Aprile). The new “What Maisie Knew” reboots the premise, this time with a well-off but clueless, self-absorbed couple, in this case aging rock singer Susanna and smug art dealer Beale ( Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan), who have separated, have no time for their child, and keep fobbing her off to other people, Among those other people are her nanny, sweet Margo ( Joanna Vanderham), and stolid bartender Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgård), vagrant mom’s new younger squeeze. There are custody battles, fights over school pick-up, nasty walk-outs, even abandonment. At one of Maisie’s final encounters with her hyped-up mom, the latter – who hopes to take the child on tour with her – blurts out, “Whaddya, scared of me?” Precisely, lady. Blessedly there is a semi-sweet finale with an exuberant (finally) kid in the hands of the younger folk, who at least offer her a day of fun at the beach. Poor Maisie’s life is defined in the film from the first scene, when she is awakened from sleep by her bickering parents, a situation which is reprised several times in the film, each time more excruciating than the last. Through it all young Aprile shows a wary yet hopeful face, rarely smiling but able to adapt to her constantly shifting fortunes. She judges, intuitively and ever so slightly, with downcast eyes and pursed mouth, but she never cries. She is the touchstone of the film, from whose viewpoint the grownups need to be spanked. Little Aprile proves a striking, even uncanny, presence, but you have to put up with a lot to find out “What Maisie Knew.” Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. He is the author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at www.mikesflix.com. H

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hese images exist outside of time. They offer themselves as thoughts that resonate in the universe of theories – the explanations of what, not why. In her latest series, “Particles,” Peggy Fox does not illustrate the concepts and terms of physics, she only lets them connect with her visual ideas, pairing up in the singularity of art and photography where the rules are rewritten in a personal way. Peggy Fox. Portrait by Jack Radcliffe Photographs of beads become particles, or electric pearls, when printed on transparencies and adhered to an aluminum sheet. Other lighting effects are created around the particle images. In works such as “Dark Matter,” “String Theory,” and “Particle/Wave” the dramatic lighting induces a mood of endless space. You are floating in an eternity. In “Chaos Theory” and “Three Sorts of Quarks” Fox paints in oils directly on the aluminum, around the transparencies, to create a String theory 35X52 archival pigment print 2010 near-space sense of movement suggesting unknown forces. Fox grew up in Philadelphia and trained as a painter at Moore College of Art. She was the director of the art department at St. Paul’s School and subsequently became one of the first professional women photographers in Baltimore. Her 20 years of commercial photography led to independent projects like documenting people in their places, such as “Patapsco: Life along Maryland’s Historic River Valley” and “The Streets of Baltimore.” There is a wide breadth in the work of Peggy Fox, yet there is always a seemingly magical mix of art and photography that results in seamless composites. Earlier works, such as “Morality Tales,” are surreal, occupying that narrow gap between imagination and hard reality that makes you wonder which is which. You happily give up your seat in reality and catch the trip to delightful illusion. Chaos Theory 24X30” Paint & Transparencies on Her “Particles” series can be viewed Aluminum 2009 98 H hillrag.com

this month at the Hill Center (see At the Galleries), and all of her work can be viewed at www.PeggyFox.net.

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art

Photography is an evershifting art form. A few photographs can be so entrancing that they go beyond the mastery of the camera to a vision that gets into your head and won’t leave. Many artists, like Peggy Fox, use the camera as part of a larger artwork. Some photos appear to be ordinary, but then they punch you in the gut with a swirl of emotions and conflicts: a bomber crew just before being shot out of the sky, an art museum before the fire, a jungle prior to Agent Orange. That is the way the book “Continental Divide,” by local photographer Krista Schlyer, hit me. It’s a portrait of wildlife along the US-Mexican border, with seemingly standard calendar shots and superb lighting and composition. Then the grim reality strikes home. The book could be entitled “A Fence Runs through It.” Yes, a two-thousand mile, 18-foot-high fence, from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf Of Mexico, has risen in the middle of a wide, bulldozed swath across deserts, woodlands, wetlands, hills, and valleys, much of it acquired by eminent domain. It is supposed to stop people and drugs from coming through Mexico. Raise your hand if you think it’s going to work. The impact on animals, from a migrating bison herd and bighorn sheep to the tiny creatures at the bottom of the food chain, will be a tragedy. I grew up near the border and handled environmental issues for a US senator from Arizona. We funded projects to restore the land and its natural ecosystems – to fix the damage done by an earlier wave of shortsighted imperatives, those social and economic “demands” that look no further than immediate satisfaction or the next election.


Artist Portrait: Peggy Fox

by Jim Magner

But the hurt I feel is for the end of a great sweep of the eye across a continuous landscape of indescribable beauty. It’s the land I walked and painted. Go to Amazon books and enter “Krista Schlyer.”

At the Galleries

Edvard Munch National Gallery of Art 3rd and Constitution Ave. NW July 28

Edvard Munch was born 150 years ago, and this is a celebration exhibition of some of his most renowned works on paper, including “The Scream.” That’s the image of the alien-like weirdo with his hands pressed over his ears to squeeze the air out of his head while waves of disharmonious colors reach out to engulf and suck him into the underworld of horror and doom. Everyone loves it. Actually there is much more to the great Expressionist. Go see it. www.nga.gov

Hill Center Gallery Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE June 22

This is an excellent show with a great variety of approaches and techniques among the six painters and photographers. Peggy Fox brings her latest series, “Particles,” a dance with the theoretical concepts of physics. Alan Braley introduces a stirring new series, “The Boys of Summer,” a mixed-media return to the glory days of baseball. It captures the sights and surroundings of historic parks as well as famous players. The floral photographs of Gayle Krugoff are beautifully expressive and always popular. Nina Bagdavadze, Kay Elsasser, and Susan Kasielke continue with their unique expressions of form and color. www.hillcenterdc.org.

Adam Lister
 The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties 505 9th St. NW June 5-Sept. 4 Reception June 5, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Adam Lister paints color with ”hard edge” acrylic paintings. He paints the geometry he sees all around us, building “fields of alternating fluorescent, pastel and cool colors that are set up as bridges ... obstacles arranged in reaction to the entire picture plane.” info@efronart.com. www.adamlistergallery.com

Capital Pride 2013 Evolve Urban Arts Project 1375 Maryland Ave. NE June 6-28 Reception June 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

This special show of GLBT artists from the Washington area will include Bettina Aten, Geoff Ault, Wan Hoi Lee, Scott Hunter, Wayson Jones, Rob Kleinsteuber, Bill Mould, and Juan Wilson. Don’t miss the opening reception, which is always great. www.evolvedc.com

Freya Grand Gallery Plan B 1530 14th St. NW June 16

Freya Grand paints the “mystery and grandeur” of the natural world through large, dynamic landscapes and seascapes. She also has a series of smaller works that have a “cinematic quality,” the “excerpted pieces of the movie of where I’ve been.” www.galleryplanb.com

“Figures in Jazz” John K. Lawson Honfleur Gallery 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE June 28 Free concert June 6, Nasar Abadey Quartet, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

These large, vibrant portraits are not the usual attempts at likeness. Lawson is after the elusive quality of identity, the fourth dimension of time and place that has to be seized and held prisoner in a painting. He does it very well. www.honfleurgallery.com

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events

by Karen Lyon She calls on journalists to ask “questions about whether the right to travel Before you book that dream trip also include[s] the responsibility to reyou might want to read reporter Elizaspect a country, its environment, people beth Becker’s new book. “Tourism is and culture.” And she lauds the efforts one of those double-edged swords,” she of groups such as the Global Sustainwrites, that “can ravage wilderness areas able Tourism Council, which has estaband undermine native cultures.” And lished new international guidelines that don’t get her started on pollution, degcall for employing locals in high posiradation of beaches and cultural sites, tions and providing information to visitors about natural surroundings, local culture, and cultural heritage. Becker’s goal is not, as one critic has contended, to “lock people out” of travel opportunities. Instead she advocates a responsible approach to tourism and cites numerous examples of getJournalist Elizabeth ting it right, such as Costa Becker takes on the Rica’s embrace of ecotourmammoth tourism inism. However, her numerous dustry in “Overbooked.” examples of getting it wrong – tourists swarming over the reduced living standards for the locals, temples of Angkor Wat, and Venice and sexual exploitation of children. sinking under the onslaught of foreign In “Overbooked: The Exploding sightseers – should inspire a spirited Business of Travel and Tourism,” Beckdebate about balancing the desire of er documents the extraordinary rise in the public to visit exotic locales with international tourism, from 25 million the environmental and cultural costs of trips in 1950 to 250 million in 1980. those visits. Such a debate, she writes, Today that number is one billion and will enable “communities, businesses growing. The effect of these hordes of people “flooding the planet in search of and governments [to] sort out what they want – and don’t want – from … the wonders of travel” is enormous. Becker analyzes the myriad reasons tourism and travel. Without defor the boom in tourism, and parallels bate, nothing changes.” Elizabeth Becker is an awardthat story with the development of the winning author and former cortourist industry, which “contributed $7 respondent for The New York trillion to the world economy in 2007 Times who began her career as a and was the biggest employer, with war correspondent for The Washnearly 250 associated jobs.” Given its ington Post and has also served as financial magnitude – and the fact that senior foreign editor for National travel writers are frequently subsidized Public Radio. by the industry – it’s easy to understand

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The Well-Dressed Skeleton

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tours of DC, Canden Schwantes has discovered that many tourists harbor an “inner middle-school girl [who] loves gossip, rumors and scandals that surround the Capital City.” Clearly they’re not alone. In her new book, “Wicked Georgetown,” she focuses with relish on the scoundrels, scandals, and spies that lurk in the closets of the rich and famous. “Georgetown’s closets may be walk-ins,” she writes, “but they still have their share of secrets and well-dressed skeletons.” Take for example the tale of John Bruebaker and George Seaman, 19thcentury boatmen who lived along the C&O Canal. During a drunken brawl over Mrs. Bruebaker her husband reportedly crowed, “Seaman is the bully of Georgetown, but he can’t whip me!” Unfortunately his boast rang hollow when Seaman kicked him in the stomach and “sent him flying across the room where he fell, unable to get up.” He died a few hours later. Oddly, Seaman was not convicted of manslaughter and went on to keep the courts busy with various offenses, including calling another man “some hard names” for which he was fined five dollars. Naturally, this being the nation’s capital, spies receive a good airing. From the “duplicitous daughters of

A local manager of historic tours peeks into the scandalridden closets of Georgetown.

the Confederacy” who ran messages to the South during the Civil War to the modern-day examples of Alger Hiss and Aldrich Ames, Schwantes describes numerous well-documented cases of secret agents and treasonous acts. She also devotes chapters to corruption, taverns, prostitution, scandalous marriages, runaway nuns, and even a purported exorcism. With plenty of archival photographs “Wicked Georgetown” provides a titillating tour of the “tawdry and downright devilish side” of our elegant neighbor across town.

Why We’re Not Winning the War on Drugs

As proposals to decriminalize marijuana appear on ballots across the country, it’s time for a reasoned look at the origins of our so-called War on

Historian Kathleen Frydl questions the government’s motivation for the War on Drugs.

Drugs. Why aren’t US drug policies working? Why does the government seem to be so out of sync with public opinion? And how did we come to this pass? In a well-researched and eyeopening new book, “The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973,” historian Kathleen J. Frydl tackles this complex issue. What she discovers is surprising. “[T]he shift from a regulatory regime toward a puni-

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volunteers, Thanks to all the ipants who donors, and particthird annual helped make the Fest a Literary Hill Book rousing success! tive and prohibitive one was not dictated by a surge in illicit drug use [or] crimes associated with drug use,” she writes, but had more to do with “balancing and building state power.” In making her argument Frydl exposes the complicated mechanisms of taxation and regulation of narcotics, the discretionary power given to federal law enforcement agencies that allowed for increased policing of inner-city minority neighborhoods, and the US role in the international drug trade. The reason that the War on Drugs has been such a failure, she concludes, is because control of drug trafficking and use were never the goal in the first place. By focusing on the transition from regulating drugs through taxes to making their possession and use a criminal offense, she uncovers the real agenda. As one reviewer notes, “She offers a cogent account of how drug enforcement became less a realizable goal than a way for the U.S. government to define and legitimate its missions amid uncertainties at home and abroad.” Kathleen Frydl is also the author of “The G.I. Bill,” which won the 2010 Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration. Her research for “The Drug Wars in America” was supported by a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Center.

This Month on the Hill

The Library of Congress’s Benjamin Bodkin Lecture features Bill C. Malone, author of “Music from the True Vine: Mike Seeger’s Life and Musical Journey,” June 12 at noon. Visit www.loc.gov or call 202-606-1743. Mike Canning presents a lecture on his book, “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC,” at the Southeast Library, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. For information call 202-698-3377. Join local historian and author Lucinda Proud Janke at the Hill Center for a free talk about her new book, “A Guide to Civil War Washington, D.C.,” June 18, 7:00 p.m. More at www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172 H

The Poetic Hill by Karen Lyon


atricia Gray is the former director of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress and has taught several poetry workshops, most recently at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. She also served as a judge for the Poetry Out Loud national competition from 2009 to 2011. Her poetry collection “Rupture” was published by Red Hen Press, and she has had poems in numerous magazines, including Best of the Potomac Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Poetry International, and The Poet’s Cookbook, and in the online publications Forpoetry.com and Poetrymagazine.com. A recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, she lives and works on Capitol Hill. Her poem below first appeared in Pudding magazine. To the Late-Blooming Writer That journal I asked you to keep doesn’t have to be “literature.” Forget punctuation and capital letters. Crack the door. Let the small self creep out – the part that got shunted aside while you wrote memos in offices, pursued your career, or just picked up the car from the shop. Let that self stand up and strut on the page: flesh it out, let it laugh and talk. Give me the chloroformed cloth you clasped over its mouth till it slumped in the corner. No one deserves to be treated that way.

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Health & Fitness Well Nourished An Array of CSAs


hen you sign on for a membership in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) you enter into a partnership with a farmer or producer. Your payment at the start of the growing season for a weekly delivery of produce, fruit, dairy, poultry, or meats evens out the cash flow for the farmer, helping them plan how much to grow or produce. In this scenario the farmer is more focused on marketing product before the long days in the field begin. A model embraced in the 1960s in Europe and Japan as a way to stem the increase in imported foods, and a way to support local agriculture, CSAs didn’t reach the United States until the 1980s. They can work through one type of producer or a network of producers – with the consumer picking up at a farm or with deliveries being made to a workplace or neighborhood location, with a minimum number of subscribers. While CSAs may offer a diversity of items and take different forms, they all possess a shared commitment to building a more local and sustainable food system. Most CSAs in our region start gearing up for their first deliveries starting at the end of May or first part of June. If you haven’t signed on yet there’s still time to become a member in a CSA that services your neighborhood or workplace. You’ll find as many CSA personalities as there are people who run them. Michael Protas is in his fourth season of farming for himself, but he’s had more than a decade of farming experience working for others. His One Acre Farm is located in Boyds, Md., and his CSA runs early June through

by Annette Nielsen Mike Nolan of Earth Spring Farm and CSA planting a field with farm workers on location in Pennsylvania.

Mike Nolan of Earth Spring Farm and CSA delivering shares packaged for members’ pickup on Capitol Hill.

November. “It’s a lifestyle choice to market your produce through a CSA model versus a farmers market,” says Protas, noting that many larger farmers’ markets operate on weekends, and the CSA model allows for easily delivering his produce on another day of the week. “Flexibility is key in farming – there are many variables like drought or pests –

there’s no exact formula, and education is also a key factor, and we get to play a role in that.” Protas enjoys being able to establish a relationship and even hosts farm tours for current or prospective CSA members. His new Capitol Hill CSA members receive the book “Asparagus to Zucchini” to offer great ideas for using all of the vegetables they’ll be receiving throughout the season. Tanya Tolchin’s Jug Bay Market Garden CSA, in Upper Marlboro, Md., has been delivering to Capitol Hill for over a decade. “My husband and I became interested in farming as college students,” Tolchin relates, “and we both worked on various farms as interns before deciding to start one together.” Throughout the season they offer vegetables and add-ons like a flower share. Tolchin blogs about the seasonal produce and offers suggestions about cooking and preparation. (See her recipe for spring green salad with strawberries.) At Dragonfly Farms in Mt. Airy, Md., Claudia Nami and Susan Lewis have been farming since 2002 – but didn’t start out with vegetables or a CSA. Their interest was producHillRag | June 2013 H 103

Michael Protas of One Acre Farm conducting a tour for visitors at his farm in Maryland, where onions and leeks are growing through reusable fabric designed to minimize weeds. Photo: Jill Streisand.

ing wine and growing black currants to add to their five-acre vineyard. Their coveted slow-fermented black currant wine vinegar is even sold at Whole Foods. “We have the CSA with vegetables and cut flowers and also participate in a farmers market in Columbia Heights,” says Lewis, “and we offer a variety of membership plans. The CSA model allows us as farmers to know how much we need to grow – it’s actually better for the environment, not as much waste. It’s a great way to get to know who is consuming your produce too, and for them to know us.” She continues, “We can communicate about the produce, offer recipes – but it is a lifestyle commitment – you need to commit to cooking each week.” Lewis notes that the CSA also offers fruits, most of which they get from a farm up the road. They network with a variety of farmers, and “ if we have problems, say with our green beans, we can reach out to an area farm. There’s also a trend in CSAs that are run by people who might not be farmers or producers.” Dragonfly Farms networks with a local artisanal bakery and cheese maker in Howard County, so it can offer premium add-ons like bread, cheese, 104 H hillrag.com

coffee, and honey from other producers to round out their offerings. They even offer a wine CSA. At Earth Spring Farm, in Carlisle, Pa., in addition to their standard CSA locations and farmers markets they’ll set up private or corporate drop-offs (other CSAs may offer this option; it’s best to ask). Farmer Mike Nolan grew up in Dutchess County, N.Y., where his family raised pigs and beef cattle. After he received a degree in landscape architecture he joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Togo, West Africa, where he worked on projects like composting and building a public library. Nolan and his wife have been leasing land for farming, but recently they purchased their own farm and look forward to increasing their shares to about 500 members – a mid-sized CSA – adding restaurant sales too. “We allow work in exchange for produce too,” says Nolan, “which has the benefit of bringing fresh energy to the farm every week.” He and the regular farm staff do the heavy lifting and harvesting, but the volunteers – usually about 20 throughout the season – contribute around six hours a week in exchange for a weekly large box of vegetables

and fruit. “The people working at the farm are its heart and soul.” Because of the weather this spring they got a later start than normal, but his deliveries have been gearing up – he has 10-12 drop points around DC, including accounts at The Washington Post and NPR. He stresses the high level of organization needed to run a CSA, tracking the planting and harvesting schedules. “You can’t enter into this work for romantic reasons. Everyone has to do a good job.” Out of Richmond, Va., Mark Lilly and his wife Suzi work with farmers and producers to assemble their Farm to Family CSA package, which includes a wide array of options for fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, maple syrup, coffee, and more. “The CSA model is by far the single thing you can invest in that is a win-win for everyone – supporting your community, the environment, creating jobs – no downside to any of it,” says Lilly. He believes in his model, which supports a number of farmers. It also offers an opportunity for people like Capitol Hill resident Gabrielle Sanchez, who likes supporting local food producers and small family farms. “The variety and volume of food we receive as part of our share is very generous,” she comments, “and we particularly love the dairy shares. The milk is the best.” Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about joining a CSA: • Your food will be really fresh, as at a farmers’ market, with vitamins and minerals intact, because it hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to get to you. • CSA pick-up models vary. Some have the produce packed in a bag or box, ready for you to take home, while others might set up in farmers-market style, with a table displaying the week’s offerings and parameters on how much of each item you may take. • The share quantities usually increase as you advance through the season. If you have too much, share with a friend or neighbor. If you have a small amount of an item, try it out as a garnish.

“CSA Information” (www.localharvest.org) is a comprehensive resource to identify additional farmers and producers or CSA information based on a variety of search criteria. Here are some local CSA farms. Dragonfly Farms PO Box 10 • Mount Airy, MD 21771 240-353-8408 or 301-353-8408 Contact: Claudia Nami or Sue Lewis dragonflyfarms@hotmail.com www.dffarms.com Capitol Hill delivery location: Brent Elementary School, 301 North Carolina Ave. SE. Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. Earth Spring Farm 366 Stought Road • Carlisle, PA 17015 717-805-7778 Contact: Jamie and Mike Nolan earthspringscsa@gmail.com, www.earthspringcsa.com Capitol Hill delivery location: Independence Avenue, 2.5 blocks from Eastern Market (exact address given to members) Boxes delivered late morning/afternoon and pick-up until 9:00 p.m. Farm to Family 2817 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23223 804-767-8570 Contact: Mark and Suzi Lilly farmshares@thefarmbus.com, www.thefarmbus.com Capitol Hill delivery location: Eastern Market, 225 7th St. SE Tuesdays (Fresh Tuesdays Outdoor Farmers Market), 4:00-7:00 p.m. Jug Bay Market Garden 10508 Croom Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-237-7538 Contact: Tanya Tolchin, tanyatolchin@verizon.net, jugbay@verizon.net www.jugbaymarketgarden.com Capitol Hill delivery location: Christ Church, 620 G St. SE Mondays, 5:30-7:00 p.m. One Acre Farm, LLC 13600 West Old Baltimore Road Boyds, MD 20841 301-503-3724 Contact: Michael Protas, michael@oneacrefarm.com, www.oneacreafarm.com, www.oneacrefarmgirl.blogspot.com Capitol Hill delivery location: 219 11th St. SE Thursdays 4:00-7:00 p.m.

• Chances are you’ll be trying some new vegetables or fruits – and with that the opportunity to learn how to cook with these new items. Many CSAs offer recipe ideas online through their Facebook page or websites, some with preservation tips for canning or freezing. • You will establish a relationship with the person running the CSA – with the opportunity to provide feedback, ask questions, and learn a bit more about agriculture. Your commitment to this relationship is important to farmers and producers; it contributes to the farm’s stability and growth, and communication is key. • Most farmers and producers will invite CSA members to their farm at least once during the season. You’ll get to see first-hand how the animals are raised, the fruits and vegetables are grown. Make sure to take the kids too – they’ll be more inclined to try items from a farm where they’ve visited. • Prices for an approximately 20-week share range from $400 to $700, depending on the type of share you receive. Some are half-shares or vegetables only, while others offer add-ons like fruit, dairy, eggs, meat/poultry, or flowers. • Farmers gain the advantage of receiving payment earlier in the season, which helps with cash flow. They accomplish their major marketing before they are working long days in the field.

Jug Bay Market Garden CSA’s Spring Green Salad with Strawberries

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(Left to right) Diego Cusano and Suzi and Mark Lilly of Farm to Family CSA set up at Eastern Market for their weekly delivery. Photo: Annette Nielsen

bines some of our favorite spring crops and is a great way to get children to eat their spinach. Serves 4 1/2 pound young spinach or spinach and lettuce mix 1 pint fresh strawberries quartered 1 green onion sliced into round disks. Freshly chopped herbs such as parsley, mint, or thyme Dressing: 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (optional) Salt to taste (a pinch should do) Wash and spin dry spinach and optional lettuce. Tear into bite-sized pieces if needed. Combine spinach, strawberries, and onion in salad bowl. In small bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients until combined. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Enjoy immediately, leftovers will not keep long. H

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A Caffeinated Cafe Bike Crawl


know just enough about coffee and cycling to realize how much there is to learn about each. Thus my two-wheeled cafe “crawl” from Capitol Hill to U Street. Five miles, five coffee shops. On the scale of baristas I’m a well-versed novice with Counter Culture Coffee training and three months of full-timing at Eastern Market’s Peregrine Espresso. As for biking I’m a certified spin instructor who doesn’t teach and the proud owner of a Jamis road bike – my gift to myself when I moved to DC a year ago.

Carpe the Mediocrity!

You don’t need to be a bike guru or coffee pro for this pilgrimage, but here’s what you will need: a trusty bike (CABI works too), helmet, Ulock, water bottle, and carbohydrates. Food is a must along the way, whether brought from home or bought on site for the sake of caffeine jitters. (I vote

by Kelsey B. Snell trail mix; the nuts and tangy dried fruit can accentuate the coffee’s flavors.) Beginning at Peregrine Espresso in Capitol Hill, this mostly flat route runs north to a segment of the Metro Branch Trail before crossing New York Avenue and up through Bloomingdale and Shaw to the intersection of 14th and U streets. Make my adventure your own. Just go along for the ride.

Peregrine Espresso

Eight months ago I would’ve been on the other side of the counter, but this Sunday afternoon I walk into bustling Peregrine Espresso as just another thirsty local. Ranked barista champion Ryan Jensen opened the flagship in Eastern Market five years ago and recently planted two more locations on 14th Street and at Union Market. Here’s what you’ll get: Counter Culture coffees (Durham, N.C.) from

the pour-over bar; a simple espresso menu; one monthly espresso special (think rosewater or pickle juice in the mix); and a crew of knowledgeable baristas responsible for Peregrine’s recent “America’s Best Coffeehouse” title. Indecisive folks are in luck because there aren’t many choices to be made here: one-size cup, no sugary flavored syrups or whipped cream, and none of that frozen chai bogusness. Allow me to make a suggestion. Espresso. If you’re sure you can’t stomach this typically toxic soup, give it one more shot – or two here. Peregrine baristas pull all shots as doubles. Today’s espresso is a fruitforward, spiced Tairora from Papua, New Guinea. www.peregrineespresso.com

Vigilante Coffee Co.

Across the street local roaster Vigilante Coffee serves pour-overs (Colombia and Burundi today) and iced (L) Lance Rosenfield and Ashley Morton bike to Eastern Market from H Street for a Peregrine Espresso date. (R) Cappuccinos on Peregrine Espresso’s sidewalk patio

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beautyhealthfitness coffee at the Flea Market at Eastern Market. I walk up to their tent as one barista opens a canister to let curious passersby smell the grounds while the other explains his brewing method. Owner Chris Vigilante plans to open a brick-and-mortar at 13th and H streets come September, but for now they’ve set up shop in Hogo rum bar. www.vigilantecoffee.com

Big Bear Cafe

Big Bear Cafe’s garden patio.

A cortado and house-made peanut butter cookie at Big Bear Cafe

From the market the ride zigzags to a Bloomingdale anchor just over the northwest border. I try to stay in bike-lane territory, which is cake once you’re on East Capitol Street. Turn right on 6th, hit the Metro Branch Trail, and cut through NoMa to go over the God-forsaken intersection of Florida and New York avenues. (Expect traffic congestion here.) Next a left on bike-friendly P Street then right on 1st Street NW, a straight shot to Big Bear Cafe in all its ivy-overgrown glory. When I went to Big Bear for the first time last summer I was expecting cabin decor, taxidermy,




Although my next stop is just five blocks west on Florida Avenue, I take the scenic route, R Street then a right on 6th. Kafe Bohem sits in the shad-


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DC’s coffee guru Jonathan Riethmaier (aka Mr. District Bean) frequents Big Bear Cafe in Bloomingdale



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and menu puns, but despite the misleading name there’s no trace of kitsch in this airy bungalow or its garden patio. Local coffee blogger and barista Jonathan Riethmaier (@DistrictBean) had snagged us a corner of the communal table; he was just off his opening shift at the Coffee Bar (corner of S and 12th). As a veteran crawler Riethmaier says he usually evaluates shop to shop with “common denominators.” He’ll try an espresso, a cappuccino, and a brewed coffee at each – usually split with a friend – which is good in theory but not so much when you’re cheap and alone. I vie for a cortado (a “baby latte,” or espresso and steamed milk, in an oversized shot glass) and a house-made peanut butter cookie. www.bigbearcafe-dc.com

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Kafe Bohem serves espresso from Vienna roaster Julius Meinl with a sugar wafer and sparkling water.

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ows of mother restaurant Bistro Bohem, beside Shaw neighborhood’s revitalized Howard Theatre. Cozy Bohem transports patrons to a Viennese kaffehaus with its Julius Meinl roasts from Austria. I order an espresso that’s served with a sugar wafer and sparkling water, but unfamiliar options like the einspanner (coffee with house-made whipped cream) tempt us purists too. Bonus here: traditional European pastries like sausage-spinach kolaches and dense apricot cake. www.kafebohem.com


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Last stop: a paper-plastered storefront. Chad McCracken, co-owner of The Wydown, greets me at the unmarked door. Don’t get too excited, it’s no coffee speakeasy, but it is little known – for now. Chad and brother Alex are gutting this space for a six-month stay, just a preview of their permanent cafe coming next spring, one block away at prime 14th and U streets. Alex refers to this current teaser space as a “gallery” that just focuses on the coffee. Today the McCrackens are tasting, or “cupping,” to choose two or three coffees for their shop’s brew bar. Cupping is coffee-speak for a barebones brew method to eliminate flimsy variables that may affect the coffee’s taste. Our tools are minimal: hot filtered water, fresh grounds, rocks glasses, and soup spoons. Pouring hot water over the grounds, we smell each then “break the crust” to get the most intense aroma from the CO2 release. Skimming off the grinds, we slurp our way around the table trying coffee after coffee, then trying, trying again. We taste nine different roasts from PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. of Topeka, Kan. There’s a blueberry-drenched Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, a balanced Guatemalan, and even a Nicaraguan home-roasted by the brothers. [web address TK… will be www.thewydown.com but it’s not up yet] H

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Seven Avoidable Pitfalls of Pet Ownership


here is little more exciting than discovering the companionship of a new pet. Whether you have just picked up a pooch from the Washington Humane Society or decided to formally take in the alley cat from the back yard, forming a bond with a dog or cat is a great feeling. However, once this bond has been formed there are some simple mistakes that can

by Dr. Christopher Miller and, surprise, we have a new five-year-old Lab mix! Whether or not the pet picks us, or we pick out the perfect companion from a local shelter or breeder, it is important, prior to making any big decisions, to know your comfort and skill levels of raising a pet. You should consider your living conditions, family status, and financial situation before signing up for a new pet. If a new dog or

talking on a cell phone held in one hand and with the other hand holding a retractable leash attached to a rambunctious dog that is pulling the owner down the street like a sled dog. Proper training is essential to providing your dog with a safe environment and lifestyle. Signing up for a local pet-training class, having a trainer come to your house, or even learning lessons from a book or video can teach you simple steps to getting voice control over your dog. Learning valuable lessons like how to socialize your dog and how to use the proper equipment (retractable leashes are not ideal for training and can be dangerous to dogs and people) can make everyone’s life much easier.

3. Not Having a Financial Plan for Pet Ownership

You might have read my article a few months ago about this very topic. As the development of veterinary medicine parallels human medicine, we are able to treat and cure diseases that we never thought possible a decade ago. With this leap forward in medical care can come a hefty price tag, and being prepared for a sudden emergency is crucial to getting your pet the medicine it needs. In a nutshell, any plan is better than none. If you have deep pockets and can drop $3,000 without a problem this pitfall is less urgent for you. If you are like the rest of us, purchasing pet insurance or saving small amounts of money specifically for pet care is a good place to start. be made, even if you are a seasoned pet owner. This is a list of the top seven pitfalls that pet owners may fall victim to if they are not properly prepared for the task at hand.

1. Not Getting the Right Pet for You

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cat falls in your lap, take the time to confirm that owning a pet is the right thing for the family right now, and if it is a poor fit or timing consider finding a new, more appropriate home for the little guy.

2. Failing to Train Your Pet

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4. Failing to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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6. Not Embracing Preventative Medicine

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This couldn’t be truer with companion animals. Annual exams, recommended vaccinations, and routine diagnostics can help prevent common diseases like parvovirus, a severe gastrointestinal disease that is common in younger dogs and preventable with vaccines. Taking care of your pet’s teeth by brushing, giving appropriate chew treats, and performing anesthetized dental cleanings when recommended are great ways to save money and improve your pet’s health in the long run. Giving recommended medications like flea and tick preventative and heartworm preventative year-round can keep your pet healthy year-round. At AtlasVet we recommend that any pet age seven or older start annual

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7. Loving Your Pet to Death

I’m often asked, “Is my pet too skinny?” The answer is almost always no. Many folks who ask this have a pet with an ideal weight, but when compared to other dogs in the area their pet seems too small. The United States is suffering from a severe obesity epidemic and our pets are not excluded. Sedentary lifestyles, high calories, and feeding too frequently are causing our pets to balloon to epic proportions. You should be able to feel your pet’s ribs and spine without having to jab your finger into its side. Your veterinarian will let you know your pet’s Body Condition Score (or a medical assessment of overall physical health), and if Fido is greater than a four or five out of nine, then it is time to cut back on the calories and break out the leash for some long walks. This will help prevent many chronic disease processes later in life such as degenerative joint disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease. There are many possible pitfalls when adopting a pet, but they should not discourage you from embracing the human-animal bond. Pets make us happier and healthier, so knowing what keeps them healthy and safe is key to maintaining this relationship. A small amount of knowledge goes a long way. And when all else fails, know that you have your local vet to fall back on. Dr. Matthew T. Antkowiak and Dr. Miller reside in Capitol Hill and are the owners of AtlasVet (Atlas District Veterinary Hospital) at 1326 H St. NE (www.atlasvetdc.com, @atlasvetdc, facebook.com/atlasvetdc). Dr. Miller is a graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and practices full-time at AtlasVet. H

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Celebrates “Where the Wild Things Are” with Local Kids

Legendary athlete and children’s author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar read and spoke with children at Reading Is Fundamental’s oldest program in the nation at a “Where the Wild Things Are” celebration on May 10 at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, 401 I St. SW. Tracy Hutson of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” also helped lead the festivities which included crafts and “Wild Things” costumed characters. All of the children at the school received a copy of Maurice Sendak’s iconic and award-winning “Where the Wild Things Are,” thanks to a donation from HarperCollins Children’s Books. Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 410 million books in the hands of more than 39 million children since it was established in 1966. Learn more and help provide books to kids who need them most at rif.org.

Bravado KIDS to Open in Late June

Bravado Hair Design is poised to open a special kids section in late June with services priced $20-$35. Bravado Hair Design is at 655 C St. SE, across from Eastern Market. 202-543-6118. bravadohairdesign.com

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Family Film Night at Sursum Corda

Now in its third year, the NoMa BID is sponsoring an (outdoor) Family Film Night at Sursum Corda, where families and children gather for free family-centric movies and free food. Family Film Night will take place on four Tuesdays this summer. On June 18, “How to Train Your Dragon,” a hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. PG. On July 9, “Brave” (Pixar), determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that

brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, she must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. PG. On July 23, “The Incredibles” (Pixar), a family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, is forced into action to save the world. PG. On Aug. 6 (in conjunction with National Night Out), “Toy Story 3” (Pixar), the toys are mistakenly delivered to a daycare center instead of the attic, right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. G. The events start at 7:00 p.m. with kid-cenHillRag | June 2013 H 115

kids&family life; and the irrepressible Steppers. In the words of incoming sixth-grade student Olivia Schoell, “I wish it would’ve been longer. The girl with the glasses was the best singer and the finale was funny – a boy dancing to Beyonce.” The event was very well attended but there were a few seats left. Next time, claim one of them for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

“How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare” at the Folger

World-renowned playwright and Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig (“Crazy for You,”“Lend Me Eliot-Hine Fashionistas strut their stuff. Photo: Elizabeth a Tenor”) will be hosting an Nelson interactive discussion on tric activities and free food. Films start Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” folat dark. Sursum Corda is bounded by lowed by a signing of his new book, North Capitol St. on the east, 1st St. “How to Teach Your Children ShakeNW to the west, K St. NW to the speare.” at the Folger Shakespeare Lisouth, and New York Ave. NW to the brary on Saturday, June 8, at noon. The north. event is free and open to the public; reservations are recommended and Eliot-Hine Fashionistas Strut can be made by visiting folger.edu/ theatre or by calling the box office at Their Stuff The audience knew they were 202-544-7077. The talk is presented in for an entertaining evening the in association with Folger Theatre’s moment Eliot-Hine students rolled production of “Twelfth Night,” playtheir math teacher, Lawrence Dance, ing through June 9. A 2:00 p.m. matiinto place as master of ceremonies, nee performance will follow the event. “How to Teach Your Children at the May 16 Talent Show. What Shakespeare” (Crown Publishers, goes a hoot! Who could have predicted on sale June 11) details an enormously that the mild-mannered math-geek fun method to help children memowould have such stage presence? rize passages from Shakespeare’s plays Good thing for him, as he had an while learning a world of information amazing revue to introduce, including singers, rappers, poets, steppers, about the Bard’s life and work. You and dancers, all topped off with a don’t need to be a Shakespeare scholar fashion show. A mash-up of Eliot- to reap the benefits of great literature Hine’s Got Talent and Eliot-Hine’s for your children. Ludwig found that a Next Top Model. The “house band,” foundational understanding of ShakeFuture Band DC, with music teach- speare is a leg up for any child, giving er Stephan Naylor, had faculty and them a head start in reading comprefamilies grooving in the aisles dur- hension, public speaking, literary hising intermissions. Highlights of the tory, and overall academic confidence. evening included Markisha Robin’s In his book Ludwig provides the tools rendition of “Someone Like You” by to instill children with a lifelong love Adele; Jada James’ fierce reading of and understanding of Shakespeare’s her original poem, “Blackness,” about works, without overwhelming them. a father absent from his daughter’s His method combines read-aloud, 116 H hillrag.com

repetition, and rhyming techniques with vivid descriptions of the plays and characters to introduce kids to Shakespeare’s world. Folger Shakespeare Library, East Capitol St. SE.

Mad Hatter Tea Party at Southeast Library

On June 15, at 1:00 p.m., join the Southeast Public Library for a Mad Hatter Tea Party. Enjoy snacks and tea while the kids play Alice in Wonderland games. Crazy hats expected! Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE. 202698-3377. dclibrary.org/southeast

202-841-5244. The mission of HTS is to work with girls ages 8-18 from economically challenged communities to bridge the gap between the family and the civil and global communities and prepare the girls with social, life, and critical-thinking skills. Afternoon tea, the symbol of social civility, was adopted as the backdrop for its transforming effect of calmness and serenity, which enables girls to gain personal insight and self-awareness. Join them for high tea on June 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. highteasociety.org

Bryce Harper Bobblehead Giveaway Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchesat Nats Game On June 23, 1:35 p.m., Nats vs. tra at the Atlas

the Colorado Rockies, the first 15,000 fans will receive a Bryce Harper Bobblehead. Fans must enter through the centerfield gate to receive a promotional item while supplies last. One promotional item per person, per ticket, based on availability. On June 6 and 23 kids can run the bases after the game. On June 20 there is $1 ice cream and on June 26 there are $1 hot dogs. washington.nationals.mlb.com

On June 20, 8:00 p.m., enjoy a wonderful evening of orchestral music performed by North Carolina’s best youth orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. Listen to works by Vaughan Williams, Sibelius, and Mozart and enjoy a rousing rendition of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie theme. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org

High Tea Society Civili-Tea “Because Pacific Rhythm at Street Skills Are Not Enough” Southwest Library

The High Tea Society is not a social club. They do not have any major donors. They also do not have the capacity to meet the current demand for programs for at-risk girls. What they do have is a network of individuals who volunteer, contribute, encourage, and recognize that girls are too precious to be cast aside and ignored. With support from the public they can intervene on behalf of girls and give them a chance to succeed. They are looking for committed individuals who will help think through how HTS can broaden its reach to attract more volunteers and financial support, better mobilize the community to listen to girls and give voice to their needs, and institutionalize HTS’s social/civil curriculum to promote positive behavior, as well as oppose all forms of violence against girls and take action through research, policy, and program advocacy. Contact Judge Mary Terrell (ret.) at marytea1997@yahoo.com or

On Saturday, June 22, at 11:00 a.m., family dance troupe Pacific Rhythms brings the cultures of the Polynesian islands to life through dance. For all ages. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. dclibrary.org/southwest

United Drives to Collect Soccer Equipment

Through its United Drives program, DC United collects items at select home games to benefit nonprofit organizations in the DC metropolitan area. During June DC United will collect new soccer equipment to benefit Leveling the Playing Field. This month’s drive will be held on June 29. The United Drives booth is located outside of RFK Stadium’s Gate A and will open an hour and a half prior to kickoff, closing 15 minutes into the first half. As a thank you from the club, each fan who donates an item will re-

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brary of Congress Young Readers Center. She will manage the dayto-day operations of the center, which opened in 2009 as the first Library of Congress space devoted to the needs of young people. Jaffe’s experience at PBS includes co-directing an online video news broadcast for middle- and high school students Pirate Family Festival. Photo: Rebecca Hale/National Geographic and managing curriculum develceive a “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket voucher opment, assessgood for a DC United regular season home game ment, and student competitions. Previously Jaffe as well as a United promotional item. On non- founded and directed KIDSNET, a clearinghouse game days donations are also accepted in the DC for children’s electronic media. Jaffe has also been United offices on the fourth floor of RFK Stadium. a communications specialist for the National EdFor more information on the United Drives pro- ucation Association. loc.gov gram or to receive information about DC United’s Community Relations’ initiatives contact Aprile Pritchet at apritchet@dcunited.com. dcunited.com Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian, Lucky

Pirate Family Festival at National Geographic

Ahoy, me mateys! Tired of the same old pirate stories? National Geographic Museum brings real pirates to life with historical re-enactors, telescope making, and traditional pirate tunes. Create your own Jolly Roger, see a live pirate show and falconry demonstration, learn how to build a boat, and dive into the world of underwater archaeology! Festival is on June 22 at 10:00 a.m. at National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588. nationalgeographic.com

Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run Registration Open

On Oct. 26 children ages 5-12 can experience the thrill of reaching the finish line in the onemile, just-for-fun Healthy Kids Fun Run, held the day prior to the Marine Corps Marathon. The event includes a family fitness festival, mascots, healthy snacks, giveaways, and music. You can choose from different start times between 10:00 and 11:40 a.m. $10 plus processing fee. marinemarathon.com

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Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Lucky Diaz, Alisha Gaddis, and company rock out with contemporary family music all dressed up in the 50s. The Chicago Tribune applauded their “indie pop-rock for seriously groovin’ families.” Presented with Jammin’ Java coffee house and music club. Ages 2-6. Performances on Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, 3rd Sublevel. Children $6 (under 2, $3) and adult general admission $8. For tickets and information call 202-633-8700 or visit discoverytheater.org.

Fort Dupont Ice Arena Summer Skating Camps

Fort Dupont Ice Arena offers several opportunities to keep cool in the summer. The Summer Skating School includes daily off-ice fitness classes, group skating lessons, and supervised practice from July 8 to 12 and July 29 to Aug. 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is for children entering second through seventh grades in fall 2013 and for skating levels Beginners through USFS Basic Skills 5. The Figure Skating Camp includes daily on- and off-ice classes taught by highly qualified coaches. Classes will focus on jumps, spins, MIF, dance, synchronized skating, artistry, and choreography, July 8 to 12, from 8:30 a.m. to5:00 p.m. It is for children entering second through twelfth grades in fall 2013 and for skating levels Best for USFS Basic 6-8/Pre-Preliminary through Nov-

ice Moves in the Field or equivalent. First Annual Teen Camp for Girls includes daily off-ice fitness classes, group skating lessons, and supervised practice, July 29 to Aug. 2, from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. It is for children entering eighth through twelfth grades in fall 2013 and for skating levels Beginners through Basic Skills 5. Registration forms are now being accepted. Camp registration deadlines are Friday, June 21, for camps staring on July 9, and Friday, July 19, for camps starting on July 29. Camp registration will be closed once all spots are filled. Register early! A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Contact lmoreno@fdia.org for application. fdia.org

Youth for Understanding Host Families Needed

Youth for Understanding (YFU) is one of the world’s largest and most respected international exchange programs. A YFU exchange student becomes a member of your family, participates in family activities, shares in home responsibilities, and provides an international friendship that can last a lifetime. YFU carefully selects its international exchange students based on their academic excellence and teacher recommendations. They have studied English and many have even received scholarships. Your international son or daughter will be 15-18 years of age and will come from one of over 60 countries that partner with YFU. If interested in inviting another part of the world into your home contact Tchi Sogoyou at 240-235-2102 ext 2507 or tsogoyou@.yfu.org. For more information visit yfuusa.org.

Mount Vernon Searching for History Teacher of the Year

The home of George Washington is looking for DC-area teachers who bring creativity and passion to their teaching, generate a love of learning, and deepen their students’ understanding and appreciation of history. The Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash award, an all expenses-paid field trip to Mount Vernon for his or her students, and the opportunity to participate in the 2014 week-long residential George Washington Teachers’ Institute. The top finalist will receive free admission to Mount Vernon for up to 75 students and chaperones. The application deadline is June 3, 2013. Contact Mount Vernon Education Department at 703799-5082 or education@mountvernon.org.

Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color Scavenger Hunt

“Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color” examines the extraordinary career of Thomas Day (1801-ca. 1861), who owned and operated one of North Carolina’s most successful cabinet shops before the Civil

War. His furniture and architectural woodwork represent the finest of 19th-century craftsmanship and aesthetics. The late Patricia Phillips Marshall, who organized the exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of History where she was a curator, called Day one of the fathers of the North Carolina furniture industry. A themed scavenger hunt for children and families, “Day’s Way,” is available daily at the Information Desk during the run of the exhibition through July 28. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Ave. at 17th St. NW. americanart.si.edu

National Museum of the Marine Corps Civil War/Battlefield Medicine Family Day

On Saturday, June 8, noon3:00 p.m., build a Civil War battlefield medicine kit and learn how it was used. Free admission and free parking. Museum store and restaurants are available. National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Va. usmcmuseum.org

ROXIE Black Tie Gala at Arena Stage

The Second Annual ROXIE Black Tie Gala is presented by the students of Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts. It will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 6:00 p.m. at the Fichlander Stage, in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Proceeds will help the school reach the goals that the students, staff, and parents have been working so hard for, including funds to purchase buses and/or vans for field trips, college tours, national and local media opportunities, and weekly school-wide community service projects. Funds will also go toward the school’s uniform fund and the Principal’s Empowerment Forums (workshops for parents, families, and community). richardwrightpcs.org. H HillRag | June 2013 H 119


Celebrating Academic Success at Stuart-Hobson MS


n a sunny afternoon in May, Tonya Harris, Assistant Principal of Stuart-Hobson Middle School, allowed her students to throw pies in her face. They earned this rare privilege by significantly improving their Common Core Math scores on the Paced Interim Assessments (PIA), proving that with the right instruction, support and incentive, academic achievement is the perfect cause for celebration. The PIAs are administered every six weeks throughout the school year to routinely measure students’ progress in math and in English language arts. Students must answer multiplechoice questions, provide written responses to questions and solve mathematical problems. Similar to the DC CAS, the PIAs are used to measure a school’s success, and Stuart-Hobson, like many DC public schools, is facing declining enrollment.

First Step: Motivate Students

Still in her first year at StuartHobson, Harris ended a three-year trend of declining test scores at the school by focusing her students’ attention on academic growth and by tackling those challenges incrementally. For example, Stuart-Hobson’s scores on the DC CAS declined an average of six points on the math section and four points on the reading section between 2009 and 2010. “I want to help Stuart-Hobson start righting the ship,” Harris said. 120 H hillrag.com

by Ellen Boomer Students take a delight in trying to pelt Assistant Principal Tonya Harris with a pie.

“We made some aggressive targets. All year long, I’ve been benchmarking how the students are doing, staff is doing, and school is doing.” “You have to carve out bite-sized chunks to have them stay motivated and continuously moving toward greater success,” Harris noted, drawing on her years of experience working with young people both in the classroom and as a principal. Before leaving Perry Street Prep Public Charter School in DC to join the administrative team at StuartHobson, Harris was a high school principal in North Carolina, worked as a curriculum specialist, and, at various times, taught math, social studies and special education.

Harris “wanted to get students abuzz about math…and create math superiority,” at Stuart-Hobson, so this winter, Harris created a “rival board” to track each class’ progress in First in Math, which is an online, supplemental mathematics program. Classes competed against each other as well as against other schools. Capitalizing on the success of the rival board, Harris promised her students that if they either exceeded the District average on the math section on two rounds of PIAs or surpassed their own, previous score by at least 15 points, they could celebrate by throwing pies in her face. Over half the students earned this privilege. “If we got a certain score on the Tonya Harris, Assistant Principal of StuartHobson Middle School, gets ready for another student to throw a pie in her face as a reward for improving the PIA scores.

test,” Nastashia, an 8th grade student at Stuart-Hobson, said, “then we’d have the opportunity to have a fun day. I don’t know any other school that’s able to do that.”

The Keys to Academic Success

In addition to Harris’s incentives and her support, the math teachers were integral to the students’ overall improvement. Mr. Garner, one of Stuart-Hobson’s math instructors, teaches his students to factor trinomials and to understand the distributive properties. He also demands that his students complete two problems as an “exit ticket” in order to leave class each day. “How can you use properties of real numbers to solve multi-step equations?” Garner asked his students. For each quadratic equation Garner wrote on the board, several students raised their hands to show their classmates the solution, excited about the chance to explain how and why they took each step to solve the equation. “Math is a foreign language,” Harris pointed out. “Students have to be able to understand what a coefficient is,” to understand how to solve a problem. “There’s a difference between having a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset,” Harris said when acknowledging that her main focus this year was helping students improve their math skills. “If we’re all looking at our growth, we’ll do far better. We want to be able to say we had a value-added year.”

Empowering Students and Parents

To help students prepare for the DC CAS, Harris created a peertutoring program. For several weeks before this assessment, a group of 8th grade students worked as teaching assistants in math classrooms, helping their peers understand concepts such as ratios, probability and the Pythagorean theorem. “I never really thought of myself as smart,” an 8th grader named Katherine told Harris, “until you put me into this peer tutoring program. I was able to explain this math to my peers, and it really made me feel smart.” “It’s definitely easier to listen

to your friends,” Sean, an 8th grade student, offered when commenting on the success of the peer-tutoring program. Harris modified the schedule for a week before the DC CAS to enable teachers to offer focused, specialized instruction based on students’ needs. In addition to empowering the students and teachers, Harris knew parental involvement was essential to students’ success. The school offered evening programs for parents that centered on the PIAs and the DC CAS and provided sample test questions as well as suggestions for how to support the children at home. “Having general conversations about mathematics and English… where children have to express themselves and support their ideas is incredible for English as well as math,” Harris noted.

Making A Lasting Impact

Beyond helping students prepare for standardized tests, Harris has offered her students guidance about how to make smart, academic choices. “Freshman year is going to be a huge determinant of whether or not you graduate from high school…and what type of colleges will be interested,” Harris tells her students, encouraging them to continually strive to do their best. “She’s always giving us goals,” Matthew, an 8th grade student commented about Harris, adding that she’s said if students work hard to achieve something, “[she’ll] back [them] throughout,” the process. “First, what [Harris and the faculty] try to do is build a relationship with you so you can trust them,” an 8th grade student named Joyce said. “Once you trust them, you know that they won’t tell you anything that won’t help you in the long run.” So on that spring day when over 100 students hurled pies at Harris’s face, they did so knowing that she’ll always have their backs. Ellen Boomer is a Hill resident, writing tutor and freelance writer. She can be reached at emboomer@gmail.com. H

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with them slowly, then dumped cups of the mixed water and fish into the river. We had to dump it slowly and carefully so the fish wouldn’t be shocked and die from the impact. It was cool.” Submitted by fifth-grader Olivia Schoell. Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave. NE. Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal. 202-698-3838 or mauryelementary.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Miner Elementary Student News Miner’s Fair and Yard Sale, June 8

Yard sale, games, kids’ activities, food, music! Want to clean out that overflowing closet? Do you have homemade items for sale? Buy a table at the yard sale for $20 and make your own profit, or donate your unwanted items to the Miner PTO for our sale! If interested in buying a table or donating items contact Dianne Smith at Miner Elementary at 202-397-3960 or email minerpto@gmail.com. The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. on June 8 and end at 5:00 p.m., rain (in the gym) or shine (outdoors). All proceeds go to the Miner PTO.

Cluster School News Peabody Primary Campus

Into the Woods, Jr.

Miner students are offering up a mad fairy tale where all of your child’s favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch – meet and interact on their journeys. Show times are 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on June 1 in the Miner Elementary auditorium. Lauren Kabler, Myrtilla Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. LaVonne Taliaferro-Bunch, Principal. 202397-3960.

Maury Elementary News Maury Students Raise and Release Shad

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Maury fifth-graders release shad fry into the Anacostia River.

them. Ms. Levin’s preschool class came to see the shad and ask questions of fifth-graders. They tried to guess how many bones the shad have. They guessed “eleventy,” 1000, 3, and 18. One boy was very close – he guessed 760, and the answer is 769. They asked how the shad poop and pee and if they use a toilet. No, they don’t. We were all laughing. On a hot day in May we took a Living Classrooms bus to the US Arboretum and went down the Asian Trail to the Anacostia River. We got the fish used to the water by putting river water in

Peabody kicked off a new tradition in May – an annual yard sale to complement the Capitol Hill Classic race registration. This year’s sale benefited the Peabody Children’s Gardens and raised over $1,000 to help pay for a drip-water irrigation system. The good news keeps coming for the Peabody Gardens. Peabody won a $2,000 Whole Kids Foundation school grant that will help them continue to incorporate the gardens in the classroom experience. Peabody’s garden was chosen because it exemplifies a viable, sustainable, and wellsupported garden that, most importantly, is able to be integrated into students’ learning via our Food Prints program. Peabody kindergarten teacher Jeris Ogden’s students visited the Smithsonian’s Haupt Garden on April 25 and gathered data for inclusion in a digital story collection about gardens and how to care for them. They worked with gardeners as part of Earth Week festivities at the Haupt Garden, handling and releasing “beneficial bugs” like ladybugs, and even interviewing garden visitors. The 20 students took nearly 500 garden photos with EdLab’s collection of iPods. The SI Gardens team will host and feature the students’ final garden stories on their website once the stories are complete.


Family Night on May 10 brought students back to the Food Lab at Watkins Elementary School to prepare a meal with their parents and siblings. As part of their regular curriculum all the children at the school participate in the FoodPrints Program, where they learn how to plant, harvest, and cook a colorful range of vegetables, many grown in a garden right outside their classrooms. This year FoodPrints Director Jennifer Mampara and Master Gardener Barbara Percival invited families to sign up for a series of evening events so they might cook nutritious seasonal dishes together in the new, fully equipped demonstration kitchen of the FoodPrints Program. On this particular night Mampara distributed recipes for Vietnamese spring rolls, a Thai curry-noodle soup, and the popular Korean dish, bibimbap. Groups clustered around three classroom tables to measure, chop, and mix ingredients while adults took turns behind the stove sautéing greens, stirring broth, and frying eggs. Just about every child pitched in to roll fresh herbs, noodles, and crunchy raw vegetables in ricepaper wrappers for the Vietnamese starter. Recipes used some of the same vegetables the children are growing in their edible garden, such as the radishes and spinach they are harvesting this spring. The FoodPrints program at Watkins and Peabody Schools is made possible by the support of FRESHFARM Markets.

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Students at Tyler Elementary have fresh new wall designs thanks to Hands on DC and school volunteers.

and South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool. Following the event at the Jefferson Memorial, band members joined in the “Long Short Walk and Roll.” Peabody has $4 million for renovation. Stuart-Hobson seventh-graders, with the support of Smithsonian EdLab, have taken on the challenge of incorporating community feedback into a redesign of Peabody school as their final project this year. They will display their work to the public in a job-fair format on June 11 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. Included in your free admission to the fair will be a ballot that allows you to vote for your favorite project and presentation. See what issues the students who use the building every day find important to address. Come see what our students learned that cannot be measured by a test, and help us choose the most important student ideas for consideration. Twenty-seven students from Stuart-Hobson Middle School participated in the National History Day citywide competition on May 4. Students had spent several months prior preparing their projects for entry in the competition, focusing on this year’s theme, Turning Points in History. Five entries will move on to nationals at the University of Maryland, College Park, on June 9-13. These students have completed websites and exhibit boards ranging from topics about “Exploration of the Deep Sea” to “School Prayer.” Each student has worked tremendously hard and has accomplished a great deal. Great work, students! Katie Baptiste, Peabody Primary Campus, 425 C St. NE. Watkins Elementary Campus, 420 12th St. SE. Stuart-Hobson Middle School Campus, 410 E St. NE. www.capitolhillclusterschool.org 124 H hillrag.com

On May 4 Hands on DC partnered with Tyler Elementary School for a community volunteer day to develop murals and to give a fresh coat of paint to hallways and the school auditorium. Tyler parents Sarah McPhie and Linsey Silver selected or created artwork that was projected on walls and painted by Hands on DC, an all-volunteer group that works to improve the physical condition of DC schools. Tyler sends a heartfelt thank you to Hands on DC for their work, which has an enormously positive impact on our school. Tyler students also benefit from an incredible partnership with the Phillips Collection. On May 14 all pre-school, kindergarten, and first-grade classrooms engaged in the Phillips Collection Young Artist Exhibition Community Celebration, where students and their families viewed student artwork on exhibit at the Phillips Collection, which features modern and contemporary art. Phillips Collection staff work in collaboration with Tyler students and teachers to create artwork that reflects curricular work within the classroom. Tyler students have also enjoyed a curated in-school exhibit of work created in pre-school through fifth grade classrooms over Tyler’s four-year relationship with the Phillips Collection. Colleen Cancio, Tyler Elementary, 1001 G St. SE. www.TylerElementary.net


Summer is growing time in the garden – and at SWS. Over the next few months we will be moving to our new, bigger, permanent home at Anne M. Goding Elementary located at 10th and F streets NE. We can’t wait! The move is exciting, but there’s also a lot to look forward to this school year. When SWS finishes its expansion it will house three “learning communities” based on age: early childhood, primary, and elementary. This year’s kindergartners are marking the end of their time in the early childhood community with final projects. For much of the year the kindergarteners have studied bridges: how they are built, what they connect, what they cross over. They have visited several bridges across DC, including a recent field trip to see and measure the bridges that span parts of Rock Creek Park. Now they are building their own bridges out of clay, paper, string, and found objects.


Extended Day Program. Like SWS, the Bridge is based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Students in the extended day program at SWS spend plenty of time outdoors, both in free play and in organized activities, and also create some impressive arts and crafts. This July the Bridge is hosting a month of summer camp. For more information email bridgeextendedday@gmail.com. Hannah Schardt, SWS, 215 G St. NE. 202673-8275. schoolwithinschool.org

Richard Wright PCS Roxie Black Tie Fundraiser

The Second Annual ROXIE Black Tie Gala presented by the students at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts will be held on June 15 at 6:00 p.m. It will be at the Fichlander Stage, located at the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Students showcase their end-of-year projects which include short films, documentaries, videos, and art, using the skills in acting, journalism, performance, public speaking, photography, graphic arts design, and video editing they mastered this year. The mistress of ceremonies is Taylor Thomas, local news anchor for the Steve Harvey Morning Show. The special guest for the night is actor Trey Chaney, “Poot” from the HBO series “The Wire.” The school is working hard to provide students with an academic, professional, and creative experience that transforms not only the students but their families and communities. The proceeds from the gala will help the school purchase buses and/or vans for field trips, college tours, national and local media opportunities, and weekly schoolwide community service projects. Funds will also go toward the school’s uniform fund and the Principal’s Empowerment Forums like workshops for the parents, families, and community. For more info contact Mi-

Speaking of bridges, SWS is happy to be entering its second School-Within-School kindergartners visit the bridges of Rock Creek Park as part of year of partnering with the Bridge their final project of the school year.

ture. A favorite was a former jail that is now the Sun Yat Sen School, complete with a rooftop basketball court. The final highlight was meeting Nick Leahy, the architect whose team designed the Tenement Museum. Leahy is Capitol Hill Day School fourth-graders climb stairs at the Tenement Museum a colleague of to visit the 1868 apartment of Bridget Moore. Photo: Lisa Sommers a student’s dad. He shared bechelle Santos, journalism and media fore-and-after arts coordinator. photos and explained how curators, April Goggans, Richard Wright architects, and construction crews Public Charter School for Journal- worked together to recreate apartism and Media Arts, 770 M St. SE. ment living as experienced by immi202-388-1011 x154. www.richard- grants from the 1860s to the 1930s. wrightpcs.org; msantos@richardThis two-day immigrant expewrightpcs.org rience connected the students’ DCbased exploration with some of the traditions, people, and neighborhoods at the root of American cul4th Grade Immigrant Experience ture. On a sunny May morning CapiJane Angarola, Capitol Hill Day tol Hill Day School fourth-graders School, 210 South Carolina Ave. SE. boarded a bus for New York’s Lower www.chds.org East Side to wrap up their study of American culture, from individual family history to the immigration history of North America. Students Shine at STARS Gala The trip was filled with firsts – To celebrate the successes of the Seward Park, the first public play43 percent of District students who ground and park in New York City; attend public charter schools, and Lombardi’s, America’s first pizzeria, their teachers, mentors, and parents, licensed to an Italian immigrant the DC Association of Chartered family in 1905; the Tenement MusePublic Schools recently held its anum (and the students’ first experience nual STARS Tribute Gala. Judges with time travel!). With the help of from community, fraternal, business, costumed interpreters students met and professional organizations esan 1868 Irish immigrant and a 1916 tablished the criteria for the awards, Greek Sephardic immigrant in their and selected the finalists and winners apartments. At the Museum of Chiin 14 award categories. DC Counnese in America students explored cil Chair Phil Mendelson presented stereotypes. They also encountered the evening’s first award, for Most an “appetizing” store opened by RusOutstanding All Around Student, sian Jewish immigrants in 1914, and to Kendra Spruill of Friendship ColFerrara’s Bakery, opened by Italian legiate Academy. Spruill also earned immigrants in 1892, where they enthe award for Most Outstanding joyed gelato. The students explored Female Student Athlete. Friendship Lower East Side neighborhoods, Collegiate Academy, which serves learning how each wave of immigrades nine through twelve, has a 91 grants left its mark on the architecpercent on-time high-school gradu-


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ation rate, some 35 percent higher than regular DCPS high schools. And 100 percent of the graduating class is accepted to college. The ceremony honored the exceptional work of many public charter school teachers. This year’s Most Outstanding Teacher/ Leader award went jointly to Natasha Parrilla of Dorothy I. Height Community Academy, Joshua Johnson of Center City Public Charter School, Eric Blood from Friendship Collegiate Academy, and Judy Kittleson of Briya Public Charter School. Aazaar AbdulRahim, athletic director and football coach at Friendship Collegiate Academy, who has had 80 student athletes earn college scholarships, won the Most Valuable Administrator award. Mayor Gray concluded the evening by presenting Most Outstanding High School Graduate to Phillip Pride of Friendship Collegiate Academy, and Most Outstanding College Graduate to Jerrell Davis, who also attended Collegiate Academy. Dan Cronin, Friendship Collegiate Academy, 4095 Minnesota Ave. NE. www. friendshipschools.org

Amidon-Bowen News Principal Hopes for CAS Success

Amidon-Bowen Principal Izabela Miller has two barometers for success – internal and external. “My internal measurement is when I see children wanting to be in this school and talking about learning,” she said. Externally, success throughout the DC public school system is measured by rising test scores, and that cold calculus has posed a challenge for Amidon-Bowen in the years before and since its reconstitution in 2011. “Improving test scores is a priority and is really the last piece of the puzzle to turning Amidon-Bowen around,” said AmidonBowen PTA President Martin Welles. “Early signs indicate substantial gains. However, in this empirical world the only scores that matter are the final results. Principal Miller understands the challenges and has devoted a tremendous amount of energy and skill to improving Amidon-Bowen’s scores.” Calling standardized testing a “necessary evil,” Miller acknowledges that it is essential to have an objective way of measuring student progress. “We saw a little gain last year but I think with the amount of work we are putting in, just to show people that we are doing the right thing and aren’t just talking and thinking about doing the right thing, we need to start seeing those scores go up.” Lucy Rojansky, Amidon-Bowen Elementary, 401 I St. SW. 202-724-4867. h t t p : / / p ro fi l e s . d c p s . d c . g o v / a m i d o n bowen+elementary+school

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Friends Community School Panamanian Artist Suescum Visits

Panamanian artist Victoria Suescum visited Friends Community School and offered first-and second-grade students a lesson in pop-up art. The children learned to produce three-dimensional works of art out of two-dimensional pieces of paper. The resulting artwork included castles, condominiums, and reproductions of New York City’s Times Square. The modern architecture pieces boasted features such as Times Square’s New Years Eve ball and parking lots with handicapped parking and crosswalks. The children’s enthusiasm was evident from their creative embellishments. Suescum is the aunt of Friends firstgrade student Gabriela Suescum, who lives on Capitol Hill. She was visiting the Washington area for the opening of a collective exhibit on women artists from Panama at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Cultural Center, where one of her pieces was on display. Further information on her artwork and background is at www.victoriasuescum.com. Friends Community School is a small kindergarten-through-eighth-grade Quaker school that welcomes students of all beliefs. It educates a growing number of children from Capitol Hill as well as students from other parts of the metropolitan area. Eric Rosenthal, Friends Community School, 5901 Westchester Park Dr., College Park, Md. www.friendscommunityschool. org

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kids&family erary analysis of each work, discussing content, form, and function. Students were assigned a character analysis, which they then used to prepare for a performance of selected scenes from each classic. The middle school literary performances showFriends Community School students display their pop-up artwork cased the innovative made with guidance from Panamanian artist Victoria Suescum. Suescum is in the last row with her niece Gabriela, a first-grade approaches St. Peter student at Friends and a resident of Capitol Hill. School teachers embrace to engage students in the joys of learning. St. Peter School, 422 3rd St. Spring Musical a Smashing Success SE. 202-544-1618. www.stpeterUnder the direction of music schooldc.org director Mrs. Towson, St. Peter’s brought to life some all-time favorite Dr. Seuss characters in an onstage performance of “Seussical Jr.” Fifth-Graders Visit Philadelphia and Through the voices of Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Maisy La Battleship New Jersey Brent fifth graders traveled to the Bird, and all of the Whos of WhoNational Museum of American Jewville, students in grades two through ish History in Philadelphia and the eight brought down the house in a battleship “New Jersey” to study forces rousing rendition centered on the of immigration through the late 19th power of imagination. Months of reand early 20th centuries and the effects hearsals, set creation, and costume deof the second industrial revolution on sign resulted in two sold-out evening World War II. Students got the opperformances capped by a fantastic portunity to spend the night on the cast party. battleship and participate in a shipwide scavenger hunt.

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Middle School Drama Festival

Middle school students spent several weeks examining classic literary works including “Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry and “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the play adapted from the original diary, in preparation for the annual Middle School Drama Festival. The students conducted a lit-

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Fourth-Graders Work to Restore the Anacostia Watershed

Brent fourth-graders are now officially “Rice Rangers.” Both fourthgrade classes finished their Rice Ranger wetland planting project last

week with a memorably muddy adventure at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens . For the last six weeks the fourth-graders have been growing three species of wetland grasses in the science room as part of their study of plants and the Anacostia watershed. Last month they brought their young plants to be transplanted into a mudflat on the Anacostia River, where they will restore much needed habitat. It was an unforgettable adventure as the rain and mud gave new meaning to “getting our hands dirty” for science. Congratulations to the fourth graders for doing good for the environment while having a great time.

Chess Team Takes Third Place in Citywide Tournament

Brent’s Chess Challenge team won the third-place team trophy in the DC Citywide Chess Tournament on April 20. Congratulations to Saul Meyer-Fong, Isaac Holt, Griffin Smallwood, Griffin Smith, Griffith Barton, and Will Lankford for great matches! Denise Diggs, Brent Elementary, 301 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202698-3363. www.brentelementary.org; denise.diggs@dc.gov

Eliot-Hine News Introducing Yolanda Brown-Lynch

¡Dos! ¡Uno! ¡Cero! And the spotlight is on Yolanda Brown-Lynch, a Spanish-language instructor and a real “firecracker.” It’s easy for her to keep her students’ attention – because she’s nearly impossible to ignore. Young, lively, and clearly on a mission, she slips back and forth

between Spanish and English, giving instruction in both languages. To keep things interesting she uses a mix of independent study, team work, speaking, writing, video presentations, games, and friendly competitions. It’s a pleasure to see teens so engaged in their lessons that their enthusiasm occasionally threatens to bubble over – at which point she (or one of the students) will cheerfully call “¡Silencio!” and the class quiets down. What Señora Brown-Lynch finds most rewarding is her students’ “ability to connect with the language and culture and their openness to learning new things. They are beginning to realize that the world is larger than their street and city” and are eager to practice what they have learned in school with other Spanish-speakers. In her view having a second language is very beneficial, almost necessary, in today’s workplace so she takes great pride in offering it at the middle-school level. If you would like to observe a class, you can arrange a visit through the school. Sra. BrownLynch and the rest of the faculty are eager to meet prospective students and their families. Elizabeth Nelson, Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Ave. NE. 202-939-5380. http://eliothinemiddleschool.com/

Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS Teacher Writes Bilingual Children’s Book

Calling her work “a great example of our commitment to bilingual education,” Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS art teacher Mira Meltzer recently published her first book, “My Hands.”

Brent fourth-graders work on restoring the Anacostia watershed.

have a chance to mingle with neighbors and prominent community members. The focal point will be the sale of student/staff/parent-made fine arts and crafts (photographs, paintings, drawings, pottery, mosaics, and jewelry) as well as the first issue of Eastern’s literary magazine, “Rambler Life.” Live entertainment will be provided by Eastern’s FX Hip Hop dance crew, musical selections and performances by Eastern students, Señora Brown-Lynch teaches Spanish at Eliot-Hine MS Shakespeare scenes from “Romeo and JuWritten in both English and Spanliet,” and spoken poish, the children’s book is based on etry performances. All funds raised a poem in which a mother uses her through the event will be allocated hands to tell a story about a journey to the PTSA to provide financial in life. The Argentinean native has support to the promising young taught at Elsie Whitlow Stokes for students at Eastern. Don’t miss the last seven years. Her bilingual your chance to support the historic book fits perfectly with the school’s enrichment of Eastern Senior High academic mission. One of a small School; it will be a night to rememnumber of bilingual immersion ber. Admission is free. There will be DC public charter schools, Stokes art pieces and refreshments for sale. PCS requires its students, pre-K Direct inquiries to easternhighthrough sixth grade, to speak, read, schoolptsa@gmail.com. write, and think in two languages, Erica Hemsley, Eastern Senior either French and English or Span- High School, 1700 East Capitol ish and English. St. NE. Teachers like Meltzer are one reason the DC Public Charter School Board has classified Stokes as a high-performing school. A 21st Annual Spring Benefit and recent admissions lottery for the school drew 1,000 applicants for Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony Archbishop Carroll High 30 spaces. Elsie Whitlow Stokes Commu- School is hosting its 21st Annual nity Freedom PCS, 3700 Oakview Spring Benefit and Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony at the KenTerrace NE. www.ewstokes.org nedy Center on June 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person, with proceeds benefiting the educational programs at Arts in the Atrium The Parent Teacher Student Carroll. The evening will include a Association at Eastern Senior High buffet at the Rooftop Terrace ResSchool is pleased to present “Arts taurant and live music. For scholin the Atrium” on June 7 from arship information or to purchase 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The event in the tickets call Cherry Fields at 202West Atrium will celebrate the vi- 529-1193 or order online at www. sual, written, and performance arts archbishopcarroll.org and click on at Eastern Senior High School. the link to Spring Benefit Tickets. Guests will view a showcase of local For more information contact Stacy and student-led entertainment and Rubens at srubens@achsdc.org. H

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Homes & Gardens Garden Spot

An Accidental Love Affair


by Derek Thomas

he garden of Charles Dennison Lane, located at 1312 Independence Ave. SE, is a lush private oasis of varied textures and multiple interests. Within the space of a rear garden Lane has managed to pack a lifetime of experiences into one cohesively eclectic gathering of plants.

From the Beginning

From his upbringing in the presence of one of the most important plants men of the 19th century, his stepfather, Sir Peter Smithers, whose lifetime was spent divided between politics and gardening, Lane has been surrounded by world-class gardens. While growing up in English boarding schools he spent his summers at Colebrook House in Winchester, England, where the gardens and grounds were both splendid and inspired. Later in life his family lived at Villa Smithers in Vico Morcote, Lugano, Switzerland. On visits to the family home Lane observed his stepfather developing many new hybrids including the Brigadier Lane tree peony, a plant named for Lane. When asked how his love of gardens came about, Lane declares frankly, “I hated gardens. Growing up on the grounds of Colebrook House I would have been much happier playing football on the front lawn, not looking at it. As you can imagine, with a formal lawn like that we were not ever going to play ball there.� It was not till later, at a foreign post during his early days in the army, where he had a career of more than 30 years, that he found himself cultivating plants in a window box. The thought occurred to him that perhaps plants were always to be a part of his life. And what an important part!

Charles Dennison Lane takes a moment to place an offering in his sprit house. Photos: Derek Thomas and Charles Dennison Lane

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provided by the five-foot-tall Nandina domestica in the back corner, whose mulch skirting is formed by lush hostas of various varieties. The hostas and several giant calla lilies are placed to surround the antique cast iron child’s bathtub that now doubles as one of two water features. Heirloom cannas at the base of the magnolia soften the tree’s chunky, random-cracking bark. Osmanthus, coral-bells, and mixed herbs and several strawberries have begun to naturalize on the sunny side of the magnolia. Harbor dwarf nandina fill an otherwise uninhabitable space between the wall and fence, and a 30-foot-long, thornless blackberry

bow, more like a jester who is never satiated with anyone’s applause. In the height of summer the herbs and giant rudbeckia in this sunny part of the garden flex and push at each other like a crowd of hungry kids waiting for the lunch bell. The northeast portion of the garden is an area where bamboo is given a space, walled in on all sides to grow with abandon and freely demonstrate why this primitive grass plant is best contained. The bamboo rustles in the wind and provides sanctuary for the small song birds that Lane feeds in the winter. A custom lattice-enclosed hallway covered with wine grapes and winter clema-

The Pond, formally a child’s cast iron bath, sits tucked away in a bed of hosta and calla lilies.

Abandoning the adolescent disdain of a garden that was too cultivated to be lived in, and creating a home garden that is the most spectacular, comfortable retreat, Lane has extracted the beauty of his childhood gardens, removed the stuffy impositions, and made a space where guests are free to live harmoniously among the plants. Not bad for a self-described hater of gardens.

The Garden

The structure of a military upbringing is echoed in the garden’s hardscape. The stonework is a Pennsylvania blue flagstone that encases

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the formal living space structurally and provides a purposeful flow through the garden. The vertically rigid exterior cedar fence and internal brick wall provide a backbone to the garden, and though the enclosures are a strong element the space is kept grounded and softened by the large canopy of a Southern magnolia. The stone walls are reminiscent of the garden beds at Colebrook House, and though Lane did not intend emulating his childhood family home the references to gardens of old cannot be ignored. There is a large corner anchor

A young tree peony to rival the gardens of youth.

has been espaliered along the fence in a grid-like, Pac Man-game design. At this point the garden breaks at the raised deck and gives a prefect vantage point for taking in the lush flowing view. The garden’s east interior wall is more like a foreboding brick sentinel, but the specimen plants are perfectly at home in the foreground. The lush, weeping lace-leaf Japanese maple adds a shade of red to the hottest summer day and blows and bends wistfully in the spring and fall winds. The weeping blue Atlas cedar is in a continual state of salute and

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already seamlessly take care of each other, and I trust the relationship will be a long, mutually satisfying one. Enjoy. Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV ’s Curb Appeal and Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at www.thomaslandscapes. com or 301-642-5182. You can find and friend him on Facebook at Facebook/Thomas Landscapes. Follow him on Twitter @ ThomasGardenGuy for great garden tips. H

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n a city where there’s concern for the environment, with a population that cares about a healthy and active lifestyle, and where people make great use of their public parks for recreation and activities, it’s not a surprise to see an increase in the number of District community-garden projects. Residents meeting as an informal group a little over a year ago explored how they might start a community garden in Lansburgh Park, reclaiming land in a centrally located area with ample open space. With more regular meetings the group got a name (Southwest Community Gardens, SWCG for short), hosted fundraising activities, and started operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA), facilitating a dialogue with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Kael Anderson, SWNA’s president, noted, “We worked with Councilmember Tommy Wells

by Annette Nielsen to identify necessary funds to supplement the park restoration.” During this summer Lansburgh Park will see the addition of a dog park under the nonprofit community organization Paws of Southwest, as well as a community garden. Kamilla Kovacs, newly elected president of Southwest Community Gardens, is “most excited about the garden’s ability to bring various constituencies in Southwest together – with programming that will include students, veterans, activeduty personnel at Ft. McNair, seniors – a place where people can truly relax and come together as a community.” Southwest neighbor Bernice Boursiquot, who

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and a few months later received some good news: the group had received the prestigious national Garden Makeover Day award from Fiskars Brands, Inc. Fiskars started its Project Orange Thumb program in 2002 through a series of grants that provided funds and tools to garden groups in the United States and Canada. In 2008 they expanded the program to include two hands-on garden makeovers each year. The garden makeovers are valued at $50,000 each, with a mission to build a complete community garden in just one day. SWCG was the only US garden in 2013 to be selected for this makeover out of over 400 applicants. The other award went to a garden in Canada. Kamilla Kovacs is enthusiastic about the award. “This will be a great boost to the project,” she declares, “allowing us to really get the garden up and running this season. We’re so incredibly thankful to have been selected for this highly competitive award – it truly speaks to the dedication of the many people coming together, working toward the goal of a neighborhood garden.” Says Fiskars marketing specialist Ally Spaight, “I could tell from the high level of detail in the application that Southwest Community Gardens would be a great group to work with – but it was really the on-site interview that made this group stand out. The amount of community support for the project was outstanding, and it was very easy to tell how passionate the group in Washington, DC is about this garden. It is also really nice to see how the groups are working collaboratively – Southwest Community Gardens, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, and DC Department of Parks and Recreation are all coming together for the benefit and greater good of the community.” John Stokes, chief of staff for DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), echoes that sentiment. “We’re always

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thrilled when we have community partners – whether individuals, businesses or other agencies. In this instance, with Fiskars, we’re able to build on the mayor’s huge initiative – where we’re all being tasked with looking toward sustainability and improving the quality of life for all, as a part of the One City Plan.” Out of 42 community gardens throughout the District, 13 are on DPR sites. Stokes says that they’ll be expanding that number by 10 this year, and the Lansburgh Park/SWCG location is part of that number. He adds that some of the community gardens are being implemented in tandem with the 30+ playgrounds being built throughout the city this summer. Stokes says that part of his agency’s success with community gardens is the intergenerational bridge they provide – senior citizens working with youth. Community gardens work really well, he observes, when people have a space to gather for social and educational reasons or have outdoor classrooms where workshops can take place. “We’ve also seen great success when guest chefs can come in and work with the herbs and produce grown there – teaching onsite.” In DC this summer Chef Rock will be visiting a few of the community garden sites to speak about healthy and nutritious eating with kids. Says Stokes, “The students will have the opportunity to not only plant the produce but learn to cook with it.” SWCG member Sam Marrero is also anticipating collaborative work with area schools. “We’re excited to add another dimension, an eco-educational dimension, to the learning experience of the promising younger inhabitants of our neighborhood, the Amidon-Bowen elementary school students.” Coy McKinney is an active Southwest neighbor who came to DC a few years ago. After graduating from law school he knew he wanted to follow his passion for

Additions & Basement Experts urban agriculture. Now McKinney works as a consultant with the University of the District of Columbia’s on-campus farming initiatives and has volunteered to serve as the garden manager for SWCG, working on community outreach and volunteer coordination. McKinney has been attending community meetings at apartment complexes, making presentations, and talking about the garden, looking to engage youth as well as public-housing residents on the SWCG project. “I was interested in urban agriculture and started attending some of the early planning meetings where it all seemed a little theoretical until the Fiskars’ garden makeover was awarded,” he notes. During the time leading up to the Fiskars Garden Makeover Day, as community outreach continues, garden-design plans are being fine-tuned by a team from DC-based Moody Landscape Architecture. All are invited to attend the makeover day. Even if you don’t live in Southwest you may pick up great tips and skills you could use in your own garden. The Southwest Community Garden at Lansburgh Park (1098 Delaware Ave. SW ) welcomes Fiskars for its makeover day on July 31. Check-in will start around 7:00 a.m., when volunteers will be provided with t-shirts and be placed on a team, gather for breakfast, and mingle with neighbors. The first-dig ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the Fiskars president, and will kick off the garden work throughout the morning. Fiskars will also provide lunch and an ice cream break, and at 4:00 p.m. there will be a ribboncutting ceremony and celebration of the newly built garden. If you’d like to volunteer during the July 31 Fiskars Garden Makeover Day please respond by July 17 to swgardensdc@gmail.com or call 202417-8577. For more information visit swgardens.org. H

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Troubleshooting, Repairs & Upgrades Virus and Spyware Removal New and Existing Computer Setup Network andWireless Installation Data Recovery, Transfer and Back-up Webpage Development


www.BikramYogaCapitolHill.com Look better, feel better and change your body! Living on & serving the Hill since 1986

Dr. David Walls-Kaufman


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Big dogs, puppies, hard to handle and older dogs. I love them all ….and I also love kitties.

Phillip DuBasky


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411 East Capitol St., SE

Never missed a walk in 10 years

Serving Capitol Hill Since 1995

Experienced and Reliable Outstanding Hill References • Insured by PSA

All are welcome to Dr. Walls-Kaufman's free Saturday morning Tai Chi class at 8 am in Lincoln Park



508 H St. NE 407 8th St. SE Dog Walking

202.450.5661 202-546-7387 202.450.9258

Barracks Row location is now open 7 days a week!

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Would your INDOOR cat or kitten like to be pampered, cared for and played with while you’re away or at work? Then you should give me a call as I would love to pet-sit your cat or kitten. Joyce at 202-547-0556

Because Optimal Health is Impossible Without Optimal Posture!



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Adoption Event at Howl to the Chief Sundays Noon to 3 PM 733 8th Street, S.E.

a five-minute walk from Eastern Market Metro.

Visit our Web site to view pictures and their engaging personalities at www.capitalcats.petfinder.com or www.homealone.petfinder.com



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Helen Zhu

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Cooking lessons Mandarin lessons Cooking lessons

202.885.9406 202.885.9406

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WANTED: Independent...motivated... profit-driven entrepreneurs! Our business is exploding. Need business partners. Will train.

Contact us at dreamteamdesk@gmail.com or call 202-670-1869 to schedule an appointment. 148 H hillrag.com





Capital Cats is a non-profit cat rescue organization on the Hill that has many wonderful, personable cats and kittens available for adoption to good homes.



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the NOSE by Anonymous


ial the Surgeon General! Call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention! Grab a bugle and summon the US Cavalry! There is a dread malady, Dear Readers, blighting the lives of our hapless elected officials. The oft denigrated denizens of the dais are suffering a pernicious plague of PANDERING! No, the mendacious mandarins of the Wilson Building are not moonlighting as DC Madams or Pimps on the Pike. Dialing 311 does not guarantee a constituent a ‘good time.’ Content inappropriate for children is not being broadcast by The Office of Cable Television. This new scrounge on our body politic originates, not among Chinese pigs or waterfowl, but in the throes of the last heated election. Scrambling to gin up a few more votes late in the game, Anita ‘DC Mama’ Bonds (D-At-Large) floated the notion of exempting senior, long-term residents entirely from property taxes. To be more specific, residents over age eighty with 25 years in the District and an annual household income of $100,000 or less would get a free ride. (These qualifications are likely to be fine-tuned to $60,000 and age 75 in the final legislation, according to Brittney Madison, Legislative Director for Anita Bonds.) Terming it proper compensation for surviving the District’s dismal decades, the tax break, Bonds argues, is a necessary hedge against seniors with fixed incomes losing their homes to the taxman due to DC’s overheated property market. Eager to share the political dividends, undeterred by any negative effect on District finances, near mayoral candidate Jack ‘Can’t Read The Budgetary Fine Print’ Evans (D-Ward 2) joined Bonds in her fullthroated call for senior tax relief. “Who does not love little old ladies?” Dear Readers, The Nose wants you to know that some his best buds are old biddies and codgers. While sharing a love of the aged with Evans and Bonds, he thinks it important to reacquaint these two esteemed members with several essential truths:

1. The District protects long-term residents against rapidly escalating real estate values by limiting increases on property assessments and granting homestead exemptions. 2. District residents 65 years and older receive a 50% discount on their property taxes. 3. Seniors pay on average $1,129 in property 150 H hillrag.com

Pandering, A New Legislative Epidemic? taxes while non-seniors pay $3,771, according figures provided by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. 4. The District already gives away an estimated $14.6 million in tax relief annually to seniors, an amount substantially expanded in the latest budget. 5. The District median household income is $62,000. In sum, District seniors already receive considerable tax relief. Moreover, “Why is 25 the magic number?” The Nose wonders. Are residents who have lived in the city for 24 years and 364 days no less deserving of protection from the rapacious taxman? Thus, it appears that the legislation devised by Bonds and Evans is directed not at the aged poor, but at garnering support from middle class residents of Wards 4, 5 and 7. This is the epitome of PANDERING, in The Nose’s humble opinion. Bonds and Evans are not alone in their legislative quest for votes. The District’s current plan to implement Obamacare is in serious danger of stalling. Yvette ‘Ms. Congeniality’ Alexander (D-Ward 7) has come out against requiring businesses of 50 or fewer employees to opt-in to the new insurance exchange. Her position mirrors that of David Wilmot, who lobbies for several major insurance plans and Walmart. Oddly, Wilmot has represented the councilwoman’s campaign in investigations over its finances. Alexander is joined in her opposition by David ‘What A Long Strange Trip’ Grosso (I At-Large), whose former employer is CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, no proponent of healthcare reform. Perhaps, Grosso and Alexander have never had to deal directly with the small business health insurance market. The Nose’s own experience is illustrative. His enlightened employer provides him with the choice of either a high or a low deductible plan from a single company. Under the proposed exchange, The Nose could choose among bronze, silver and gold alternatives from any participating insurer. Moreover, unlike the current situation in which the price of The Nose’s monthly premium is directly linked to the average age and general health of his small group, his insurance rate would be calculated as a member of much larger collective. Greater choice? Protection against sudden

rate spikes? All this sounds good. So, The Nose pronounces both Grosso and Alexander guilty of PANDERING to the insurance industry. If he had found the stomach to dig through the reams of data recently unearthed by WAMU on the political contributions of DC developers, The Nose no doubt would have diagnosed more infections. However, the limitations imposed by his vigilant Editor leaves room only for a ditty penned to the tune of The Wander: Oh well, I’m the type of pol who likes to run around. Wherever old people gather, you know that I’m to be found. I glad hand ‘em and I schmooze ‘em ‘cause to me they’re all votes to gain. I eliminate their property taxes so they remember my name! They call me the Panderer, Yeah, the Panderer, I spread the tax breaks around, around and around. Oh well, I roam from ward to ward as happy as a lord. I dispense monies to any development not completely untoward. When stadiums are threatened I take up my sword. ‘Cause I’m a Panderer, Yeah, the Panderer, I spread the TIFs around, around and around. There’s old ladies on my left and developers on my right, But Dave Wilmot is the guy that I’ll be with tonight. And when he asks me, “What healthcare exchange do you love the best?” I tear open my shirt, I got a Blue Cross tattooed on my chest ‘Cause I’m the Panderer, Yeah, the Panderer, I vote around, around and around. Around and around we go, where the PANDERING stops, nobody knows. Have a bone to pick with The Nose, email thenose@hillrag.com H

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the NOSE by Anonymous


ial the Surgeon General! Call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention! Grab a bugle and summon the US Cavalry! There is a dread malady, Dear Readers, blighting the lives of our hapless elected officials. The oft denigrated denizens of the dais are suffering a pernicious plague of PANDERING! No, the mendacious mandarins of the Wilson Building are not moonlighting as DC Madams or Pimps on the Pike. Dialing 311 does not guarantee a constituent a ‘good time.’ Content inappropriate for children is not being broadcast by The Office of Cable Television. This new scrounge on our body politic originates, not among Chinese pigs or waterfowl, but in the throes of the last heated election. Scrambling to gin up a few more votes late in the game, Anita ‘DC Mama’ Bonds (D-At-Large) floated the notion of exempting senior, long-term residents entirely from property taxes. To be more specific, residents over age eighty with 25 years in the District and an annual household income of $100,000 or less would get a free ride. (These qualifications are likely to be fine-tuned to $60,000 and age 75 in the final legislation, according to Brittney Madison, Legislative Director for Anita Bonds.) Terming it proper compensation for surviving the District’s dismal decades, the tax break, Bonds argues, is a necessary hedge against seniors with fixed incomes losing their homes to the taxman due to DC’s overheated property market. Eager to share the political dividends, undeterred by any negative effect on District finances, near mayoral candidate Jack ‘Can’t Read The Budgetary Fine Print’ Evans (D-Ward 2) joined Bonds in her fullthroated call for senior tax relief. “Who does not love little old ladies?” Dear Readers, The Nose wants you to know that some his best buds are old biddies and codgers. While sharing a love of the aged with Evans and Bonds, he thinks it important to reacquaint these two esteemed members with several essential truths:

1. The District protects long-term residents against rapidly escalating real estate values by limiting increases on property assessments and granting homestead exemptions. 2. District residents 65 years and older receive a 50% discount on their property taxes. 3. Seniors pay on average $1,129 in property 150 H hillrag.com

Pandering, A New Legislative Epidemic? taxes while non-seniors pay $3,771, according figures provided by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. 4. The District already gives away an estimated $14.6 million in tax relief annually to seniors, an amount substantially expanded in the latest budget. 5. The District median household income is $62,000. In sum, District seniors already receive considerable tax relief. Moreover, “Why is 25 the magic number?” The Nose wonders. Are residents who have lived in the city for 24 years and 364 days no less deserving of protection from the rapacious taxman? Thus, it appears that the legislation devised by Bonds and Evans is directed not at the aged poor, but at garnering support from middle class residents of Wards 4, 5 and 7. This is the epitome of PANDERING, in The Nose’s humble opinion. Bonds and Evans are not alone in their legislative quest for votes. The District’s current plan to implement Obamacare is in serious danger of stalling. Yvette ‘Ms. Congeniality’ Alexander (D-Ward 7) has come out against requiring businesses of 50 or fewer employees to opt-in to the new insurance exchange. Her position mirrors that of David Wilmot, who lobbies for several major insurance plans and Walmart. Oddly, Wilmot has represented the councilwoman’s campaign in investigations over its finances. Alexander is joined in her opposition by David ‘What A Long Strange Trip’ Grosso (I At-Large), whose former employer is CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, no proponent of healthcare reform. Perhaps, Grosso and Alexander have never had to deal directly with the small business health insurance market. The Nose’s own experience is illustrative. His enlightened employer provides him with the choice of either a high or a low deductible plan from a single company. Under the proposed exchange, The Nose could choose among bronze, silver and gold alternatives from any participating insurer. Moreover, unlike the current situation in which the price of The Nose’s monthly premium is directly linked to the average age and general health of his small group, his insurance rate would be calculated as a member of much larger collective. Greater choice? Protection against sudden

rate spikes? All this sounds good. So, The Nose pronounces both Grosso and Alexander guilty of PANDERING to the insurance industry. If he had found the stomach to dig through the reams of data recently unearthed by WAMU on the political contributions of DC developers, The Nose no doubt would have diagnosed more infections. However, the limitations imposed by his vigilant Editor leaves room only for a ditty penned to the tune of The Wander: Oh well, I’m the type of pol who likes to run around. Wherever old people gather, you know that I’m to be found. I glad hand ‘em and I schmooze ‘em ‘cause to me they’re all votes to gain. I eliminate their property taxes so they remember my name! They call me the Panderer, Yeah, the Panderer, I spread the tax breaks around, around and around. Oh well, I roam from ward to ward as happy as a lord. I dispense monies to any development not completely untoward. When stadiums are threatened I take up my sword. ‘Cause I’m a Panderer, Yeah, the Panderer, I spread the TIFs around, around and around. There’s old ladies on my left and developers on my right, But Dave Wilmot is the guy that I’ll be with tonight. And when he asks me, “What healthcare exchange do you love the best?” I tear open my shirt, I got a Blue Cross tattooed on my chest ‘Cause I’m the Panderer, Yeah, the Panderer, I vote around, around and around. Around and around we go, where the PANDERING stops, nobody knows. Have a bone to pick with The Nose, email thenose@hillrag.com H

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