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Capitol Hill based Jason Martin Group of Keller Williams Capital Properties was named one of America’s top real estate professional teams by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends. Jason Martin Group is now a member of the Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals, a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications. Jason Martin Group is now ranked in the top one half of 1 percent of the more than 1 million REALTORS® nationwide – and right here on the Hill!

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Chiropractic Resolution of Atrial Fibrillation & Improvement in Vision in a Patient with Diabetic Retinopathy By Dr. David Walls-Kaufman


he Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ February 2012, includes the interesting case of a 68-year-old female with fatigue, weakness, labored breathing, rapid heartbeat and hypertension. Her cardiologist diagnosed her with atrial fibrillation. After four chiropractic adjustments, the patient’s heart rate variability readings improved, her blood pressure returned to normal and was she able to discontinue her medication. The second case, published in Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 16, 2012, describes the case of a chiropractic patient with diabetic retinopathy and loss of vision showing reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) after undergoing chiropractic care. The patient, a 46-year-old male with type I insulin dependent diabetes, presented with numbness in both arms and fingers of the left hand, and diabetic retinopathy with total loss of vision for the past five years. After 8 months of care, he reported seeing shapes and colors through his left eye only for the first time in 5 years. He also reported a drop in intraocular pressure from an initial 50 mm Hg down to 18 mm Hg. Chiropractic works through our nervous system to improve our body’s ability to adapt to the environment and thereby raise our level of health and function. For the better health and life experience of you and your family – Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center 411 East Capitol St., SE 202.544.6035. Serving our neighborhood since 1985. ADVERTISEMENT

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BAKERY CAFÉ BISTRO DELI BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER SNACKS ENTERTAINING CATERING Spring is coming fast - get ready for TGIMarvelous! Music on the patio every Friday from 5-7pm. Featuring the Redwood Guitar Duo, Dave Mosick and Friends and Mr. Skip (kid’s music) on the 1st Friday of each month. Wine tastings on the last Friday of each month. April through October. Check Out our location at Results the Gym! WWW.MARVELOUSMARKET.COM Marvelous Market Capitol Hill

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GO.SEE.DO. Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Spring is in the air--literally! The Blossom Kite Festival presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival (used to be a Smithsonian event) showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of kite fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations including the popular Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle. Bring your own hand-made kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field. Sunday, March 31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on the Washington Monument grounds. Rain date is April 1. 877-442-5666. Photo: Courtesy of Smithsonian Associates

Easter Sunrise Service at the Lincoln Memorial

A Washington tradition for 34 years. On Easter Sunday morning, April 8, over 6000 people will gather at the Lincoln Memorial for one of the nation’s largest Sunrise Services, hosted by Capital Church of Vienna, Virginia, Pastor Amos Dodge. At 6:30am, as the sun begins to rise over the Capitol dome, the mall will ring with sounds of celebration as Pastor Dodge leads those in attendance, in the hope-filled proclamation and celebration of Easter’s message. The sun rises over the Washington Monument on Easter Sunday morning. Photo: Courtesy of Capital Church 14 H HillRag | March 2012

ShamrockFest at RFK Stadium

With 10 stages and over 50 incredible live bands and DJs, ShamrockFest is one of the best St. Patty’s Day parties in America. Here’s what else they’re offering this year: tented pavilions; 15 party areas; carnival rides and games; dozens of food, beverage and craft vendors; strolling entertainers; a “Greyhound/Peter Pan Irish Village”; assorted Irish bars; Mens Irish Football National Championship tournament; Women’s Irish Football National Championship tournament, pub games and activities for all ages. $19.99-$74.99. Saturday, Mar. 24, 12:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 E Capitol St. Photo: Amy Willard

HR 57 Jazz Club

Everyone seems to agree that the best way to get introduced to this remarkable venue is to attend a Wednesday or Thursday night (8:00 p.m.midnight) jam session. You may just be seated next to the next performer. Wine, beer, spirits and light southern fare are for sale and there’s an $8 cover. This is one of the few places left where you can b.y.o.b for a $3 corking fee. They take their name from a House Resolution first passed by congress in 1987. This resolution (H.Con.Res 57) designated jazz as “a rare and valuable national American treasure”. 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. HR 57, 816 H St. NE. 202-253-0044.

Arlington’s Artisphere

For paintings, theatre, film/new media, literary events, music and family programming, visit Artisphere. Artisphere has four performance venues, plus a Wi-Fi café, three visual art galleries, and a 4,000 square foot ballroom that will bring regional, national and international cultural offerings to the region. Artisphere opened in October 2010 and is a 62,000 square foot cultural campus combining the newly-renovated former Newseum space with the existing 397-seat Spectrum Theatre next door. Many events and performances are free and they rarely go over $15. It’s just across the river and there plenty of free parking on weekdays after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. 703-875-1100. Mexican Institute of Sound appears at Artisphere this month. Photo: Courtesy of Artisphere H 15





Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival. Apr 7, 2:00-9:00 PM (rain or shine). A fun-for-all-ages event with 3 stages featuring live music, and family-friendly water-related activities designed to entertain and educate, plus cherry-inspired food and beverages. As a culmination of the festivities, watch the National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show light up the night sky on the Washington Channel at 8:30 PM. 600-800 Water St. SW. 877-442-5666.

Old Town Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Saturday, Mar. 3, noon. saintpatricksdayparade. com/alexandria_va. 703-2372199. Capital Running Company St Patrick’s Day 8K. Mar 11, 9:00 AM, Freedom Plaza. This event offers a great downtown course, a deep awards structure, team competition, a 1K Kids Run, Irish dancing, refreshments, random prizes, and much more. Bring the family for a day of fun and help support Special Olympics DC, Habitat for Humanity & Back on My Feet. $40. 301-8710400. DC St Patricks Day Parade. Mar 11, noon, Constitution Ave. between Seventh St. and 17th St. NW. The colorful three-hour procession of floats, marching bands, and drill teams will also feature antique bicycles, cars, fire trucks, and Irish wolfhounds. Grandstand seats are $15. 202-670-0317.

Fireworks light up the sky at the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival. Photo: Ron Blunt Photography

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Christ Church St Patrick’s Dinner and Auction. Mar 17, 5:30 PM. This much-anticipated neighborhood event is their biggest fun and fund raiser each year. For more than 40 years they have celebrated St. Patrick’s with a feast of corned beef


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1014 D Street NE • Victorian of Rare Proportions w/ front & rear staircases, 6 brs, 2 bas, full basement, garage. $650,000 cabbage. $25 at the door.

and Children under 14 are free. Christ Church, 620 G St. SE. 202-5479300. St Patrick’s Day Celebration at National Geographic. Mar. 17, 7:30 PM. When the Grammy Award-winning band Clannad achieved fame with their pioneering approach to traditional music, Moya Brennan contributed a hauntingly beautiful voice and a mastery of Irish and Gaelic song. Bono of U2 describes her as “one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced.” Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a program rich in tradition, performed with a fresh spirit. $30. nationalgeographic. com

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1014 D Street NE • Victorian of Rare Proportions w/ front & rear staircases, 6 brs, 2 bas, full basement, garage. $650,000

Under Wraps & Coming Soon 2 New Listings 1214 C Street SE • Sweet serenity from the front

Atlas District / Capitol Hill porch to the rearNorth garden. Unassuming facade

beliesnew the exquisite renovations within. $689,500 Quiet block, Stunning renovation, 3br/3.5bas, finished basement, excellent selection of materials & design. Completion mid-March. Priced low-600s. 1214 C Street SE • Sweet serenity from the front

Dubliner. Mar 17, 10:00 AM3:00 AM. Three bands on two stages and giveaways. Full 1811 Independence Ave.SE menus served with $10 Cover. 4 927 Delafield Pl.NW “F” St. NW. 202-737-3773. dub908 Sheridan St.NE

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porch to the rear garden. Unassuming facade belies the exquisite renovations within. $689,500

3110 26th Street NE • Deliciously deep yard, gorgeous new renovation ofCapitol a 3br/3.5baHill bunga-/ Eastern Market / Lincoln Park 23rd St.NE low. $529,000 511 Prime Hill location, 3brs up, basement w/ 2nd full bath, large garage. 3110 26th Street NE finished • Deliciously deep yard, 4223 Clay St.NE

Kelly’s Irish Times. Mar 17, 10:30 AM-3:00 AM. Live Irish 103 8th Street NE Keep music all day. 14 F St. NW. 202543-5433. kellysirishtimesdc. com

gorgeous new renovation of a 3br/3.5ba bunga-

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ur properties have sold in less than 3Ourweeks at or near asking (if not, above). properties have sold in less than 3 weeks at or near asking (if not, above). can and will be provided. Molly References Malone’s. Mar 17, 8:00 References can and will be provided. AM-3:00 AM. Live Irish music in

Former of EXPERIENCE Burns & WilliamsWORKING • Coldwell Banker’sBEHALF top 2% in 2011 1st Qtr. All Properties Listed On: evening. Discounted Irish 35 YEARS ON Former Owner ofthe Burns & Williams Real Estate • Owner Coldwell Banker’s top Real 2% Estate in 2011 1stYOUR Qtr. whiskey and beer. Drink and Third generation Capitol Hill resident - dating back to 1918 • Selling Real Estate on Capitol Hill since 1977 specials. 713 Eighth St. SE. Looking for Results AND Straight Talk about generation Capitolfood Hill resident - dating back to 34 1918 • Selling Real EstateWORKING on Capitol Hillussince 1977 202-547-1222. mollymalonesYEARS YOUR BEHALF buying EXPERIENCE or selling your home– contactON today.

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34 YEARS EXPERIENCE WORKING ON YOUR BEHALF 18th Amendment Bar & Restaurant. Mar 17, 11:00 AM-3:00 AM. Live music and bagpipes. Drink specials, giveaways and prizes throughout the day. 613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5433622.


My Brother’s Place. Mar 17, 11:00 AM-3:00 AM. Food and drink specials. 237 Second St. NW. 202-347-1350. ST. PATRICK’S ON H STREET Argonaut. Mar 17, 10:00 AM2:00 PM. 1433 Maryland Ave. NE. 202-250-3660. Fruit Bat. Mar 17, 5:30 PM-2:00 AM. 1236 H St. NE. 202-3992323.

EASTERN MARKET POTTERY Handcrafted pottery for everyday and for giving . . . Visit our showroom soon! Down the stairs at C Street Open Saturdays & Sundays 10 am until 5pm on Weekdays when the gate is Open or by appointment: 202-544-6669 H 17

Makeover Celebration Saturday, March 24 6 pm - 9 pm

The renovation has been completed! Come check out our new space and share drinks and hors d'oeurves with us. Brent parents enjoying “A Taste of the Hill” Photo: Sophia Greenbaum

655 C Street, SE

202.543.6118 Walk-ins Welcome

A Taste of the Hill. Mar 24, 6:00-10:00 PM. Brent PTA hosts its annual benefit at St. Mark’s. “A Taste of the Hill” Spring Gala fundraiser that boasts of delicious food from Capitol Hill restaurants including Charlie PalmerSteak, Sonoma, Belga Café, Matchbox, Granville Moore, Zest Bistro, Acqua al 2, and the Sweet Lobbypaired with fine wines from vineyards all across the country. It features a silent auction as well as a live auction and the music from Capitol Hill’s own Free Lobster Buffet. Funds raised go directly to programming to support Brent Elementary. $75 in advance, $85 at the door. Visit to purchase tickets and for more info and updates.

Granville Moore’s. Mar 17, 4:00 PMabout 1:30 AM. Kitchen open until 11:30 PM. Business as usual. 1238 H St. NE. 202-399-2546. granvillemoores. com H Street Country Club. Mar 17, noon3:00 AM. $5 Margaritas and food specials. Watch NCAA basketball. 1335 H St. NE. 202-399-4722. Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar. Mar 17, 5:00 PM-close. 1104 H St. NE. Smith Commons. Mar 17, 5:00 PM2:00 AM. 1245 H St. NE. 202-396-0038. Pug. Mar 17, 11:30 AM-close. 1234 H St. NE.

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Red Palace. Mar 17, noon-3:00 AM. Watch NCAA basketball. 1210 H St. NE. 202-399-3201. Rock N Roll Hotel. Mar 17, 6:00 PM-2:30 AM. Drink specials TBA. 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. Star and Shamrock. Mar 17, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. Food and drink specials. Live music. 1341 H St. NE. 202-388-3833. The Queen Vic. Mar 17, 8:00 AM-2:30 AM. Opens early for English Premier League games. 1206 H St. NE. 202-3962001. Twelve Restaurant & Lounge. Mar 17, 5:00 PM-3:00 AM. 1123 H St. NE. 202398-2655.

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD INTERSECTIONS 2012 Washington Post Cafe Concert Series. World music, a cappella ensembles and a spotlight on jazz highlight the over thirty free performances presented on the Café Concert stage. Before or between seeing a ticketed main stage show, enjoy an “intersection” of art, connection and community. Relax in the Atlas’ Kogod Lobby, meet and mingle with festival artists and fellow patrons over drinks and light faire from our café and enjoy live entertainment. Mar 3, noon1:00 PM, Boogie Babes’ Groovy Nate; 1:30-2:00 PM, Ellington String Virtuosi; 2:30-4:30 PM, Matthew Mills & special guests; 5:00-7:00 PM, Og Ceol; 7:309:30 PM, Congressional Chorus; 10:30-midnight, Open Jazz Jam Session with the Joe Herrera Trio. Mar 4, 3:30-4:00 PM, American Youth Chorus; 1:30-2:30 PM and 4:00-5:00 PM, Dan Roberts. Mar 8 and 9, 6:30-7:30 PM and 8:30 and 9:30 PM, Andrea Wood. Mar 10, noon-1:00 PM, Boogie Babes’ Bridgette with Dawn; 1:00-2:00 PM, Molly Anderson; 3:00-4:00 PM, AC in DC; 5:006:30 PM, CASA’s Contemporary A Cappella League; 7:00-9:30 PM, Alpha Dog Blues Acoustic; 10:30 AM-noon, Open Jazz Jam Session with the Brad Linde Trio. Mar 11, 1:30-2:15 PM, Jeremiah Baker; 3:00-4:30 PM, Josh Walker and Karine Chapdelaine. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Samia Mahbub Ahmad-Spirit of Unity. Mar 4, 2:00 PM. Hindustani Classical Music vocalist Samia Mahbub Ahmad brings the wisdom of Kazi Nazrul Islam, the rebel poet of Bengal, to the Lang Stage. Bridging languages, cultures and religions, Ahmad’s fusion ensemble features tanpura, electronic tanpura, tabla, harmonium, clarinet, and violin, all played sitting on the floor yogic-style. Discover what her audiences in South Africa, India, Bangladesh and the USA have experienced – music as healing meditation for all seeking peace. $10-$15. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. Kayte Grace, Ali Grayson, Justin Levinson, and Casey Dinkin at Ebenezers. Mar 8, 7:30-10:00 PM. $8. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. eb-

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At Capitol Hill Bikes, we take our name from the neighborhood we’ve served for 12 years! H 19 Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher (piano) at the Library of Congress. Mar 8, 8:00 PM. Musicians from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. Con Giola, Julianne Baird and Preethi de Silva at the Library of Congress. Mar 9, 8:00 PM. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. SAW’s Emerging Artist Showcase Hosted by Margot MacDonald at Ebenezers. Mar 9, 7:00-10:00 PM. Free. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202558-6900. Kristen Graves, Rene Moffatt and Kevin Skolnik at Corner Store. Mar 9, 8:00 PM. $15 donation. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Early Music Seminar-The Songbird. Mar 14, 6:00 PM. Led by Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein, these lively and insightful seminars give music lovers a detailed look at the composers and their world. A light-reception is also included. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.


Ellen Cherry at Corner Store. Mar 16, 8:00 PM. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. cornerstorearts. org

Join us for worship, fellowship, outreach and education Palm Sunday: Sun, April 1 8:15 and 11:00 Holy Eucharist with Palm Procession from Eastern Market at 10:40 am Join the parade in front of Port City Java (7th and North Carolina). Children are especially welcome. Holy Eucharist: Mon–Wed: April 2-April 4 – 7:30 am Maundy Thursday – April 5 6:30 pm - Children’s Service with footwashing 7:00 pm - Agape Supper - Simple meal, leads into the 7:20 Maundy Thursday Eucharist 7:20 pm - Liturgy of Word begins in Parish Hall as Agape Supper ends, then moves to the sanctuary for Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar Good Friday – April 6 Noon - Good Friday Service 7:30 pm - Good Friday Service Holy Saturday – April 7 2:00 pm - Easter Egg Dyeing for Families 8:00 pm - Ecumenical Easter Vigil at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church Easter Day – Sunday, April 8 Sunrise Service at Congressional Cemetery 9:00 am - Holy Eucharist with Brass of Peace [] 10:00 Easter Egg Hunt and Festive Coffee Hour 11:00 am - Holy Eucharist with Brass of Peace [] Noon Easter Egg Hunt and Festive Coffee Hour

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The Songbird at the Folger. Mar 16, 17 and 18, 8:00 PM. As part of Folger’s celebration of 1,000 years of women writers, Folger Consort features Francesca Caccini’s powerfully dramatic songs and the dazzling string and keyboard music of the early Baroque. $35. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-5444600. DiVa Light: An Evening with Deborah Voigt. Mar 17, 7:00 PM. Voigt, a dramatic soprano usually known for her powerful interpretations of the works of Wagner and Strauss, will sing a selection of songs from Broadway and the American songbook, accompanied by the Washington National Opera Orchestra conducted by Ted Sperling. Joining her for a few duets is acclaimed

baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, star of WNO’s forthcoming production of Così fan tutte. Kennedy Center. $40, up. 202-467-4600. Andy Wagner at Corner Store. Mar 20, 8:00 PM. $15 donation. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL: A 1950’s American Cabaret at the Atlas. Mar 22 and 23, 8:00 PM; Mar 25, 4:00 PM. Ike was in the White House, Elvis was “The King” and everybody loved Lucy! Grab your poodle skirts and letter sweaters, jump in your tailfinned convertible, and come on down to H Street to join Congressional Chorus recreating the sights, sounds, and moves of the 1950’s. From Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, and Jerry Lee Lewis to Doris Day and Patti Page, it will be a rockin’ musical blast with a live 50s band that will set your toes tappin’ in your blue suede shoes! $35. Likely to sell out. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Reverend with Ted Garber and Stephen Chandler at Ebenezers. Mar 22, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Dance Party with The Marty Tucker Band. Mar 23, 8:00 PM. Rocking blues to dance off winter’s tail end! $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202544-5807. Cecelia Jeffrey, Joshua Johnston, and Jon Paul at Ebenezers. Mar 23, 7:30-10:00 PM. $8. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Modigliani String Quartet at the Library of Congress. Mar 23, 8:00 PM. Demonstrating the sophistication and elegance that has taken them to the world’s top concert halls, the Modigliani projects a refined sense of musical identity that is distinctively French. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. Chelsea Berry, Derik Hultquist, Amy Obenski and Neil Sullivan at Ebenezers. Mar 29, 7:3010:00 PM. $8. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-5586900. ebenezerscoffeehouse. com

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Gina Sobel at Corner Store. Mar 31, 8:00 PM. $10 donation. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-5445807. Matt Gornick-Coffeehouse Level at Ebenezers. Apr 1, 4:00-6:00 PM. Free acoustic music on the main coffeehouse level. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PMmidnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. (Tuesday, draft beer $3.) 816 H St. NE. 202-2530044. Jazz Night (and fish fry) in Southwest. Fridays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Every Friday night. Expect a large, fun and friendly crowd. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). The cover is $5. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. 202-484-7700. Blue Monday Blues. Mondays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Local musicians perform, and the Southwest Catering Company provides a fish fry from 5:30-8:30 PM. $5/general; free/ children under 16. Modestly priced food. 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700.

THEATER AND FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Slam Theatre 2.0, The Miseducation... Mar 3, 9:30 PM; Mar 8, 7:00 PM; Mar 10, 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Last year’s festival hit “Slam Theatre 1.0” is followed by a new hilarious fusion of sketch comedy, spoken word poetry, and live DJ music written by Malcolm Pelles. Inspired by the landmark album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” this romantic comedy event features 16 sketches or poems that line-up with the album’s 16 tracks. Like Hill’s Grammy-winning LP, Slam Theatre 2.0 tracks people in the City seeking and sometimes losing what they need most– love. Ages 16, up. $15-$20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Frankenstein: The Beauty of the Beast. Through Mar 10. What makes us

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“a good human person?” So asks the Creature. World-class story-teller Jon Spelman shines a compelling light on this question in his intimate and personal telling of Mary Shelly’s novel, often called “the myth for our time.” Spelman gives voice to Dr. Frankenstein’s still-forming, under-developed Creature—the ultimate “other.” Through rich Gothic language, interaction with four doll-like creatures, and live-musical accompaniment created by multi-instrumentalist Tina Chancey, Spelman brings an old tale to 21st century life. For ages 12, up. $15-$20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Ah, Wilderness at Arena Stage. Mar 9-Apr 9. Return to an idyllic age of America in Eugene O’Neill’s unabashedly romantic and sweetly funny Ah, Wilderness! As the Connecticut-based Miller clan plans their traditional Fourth of July festivities, their dreamy-eyed middle child, Richard, is wrestling with cultural conventions, political uncertainty, the power of literature and the exquisite pain of love. The memories of family life were never so delicately portrayed as in O’Neill’s only comedy. $40-$85. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. Ah, Wilderness! Southwest Night at Arena Stage. Mar 16, 8:00 PM. A special invitation is extended to their Southwest neighbors to buy discounted tickets for specially designated performances of each production. Tickets are $35 for musicals and $25 for nonmusicals, plus fees. Proof of Southwest DC residency or employment for each member of the party must be presented at the time of purchase. Tickets are limited to four per person and are based on availability. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found. Mar 12-Apr 1. There’s no going back. In this darkly comic piece, winner of the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Award for New Theater Writing, Fin Kennedy chronicles one man’s journey down the rabbit hole of identity. As he struggles to discern reality in a world of holograms, Kennedy explores the question of what makes us who we are in the twenty-first century. $35 ($25 for seniors). H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. Environmental Film Festival. Mar 1325. The 20th Anniversary Festival will present 180 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films at 64 venues across the DC area. This year’s Festival will screen 93 Washington, DC, United States and World premieres. Over 75 filmmakers and 115 special guests will present and discuss their work at the Festival. The

critical relationship between health and the environment is a special theme of the 2012 Festival and most screenings are free. dcenvironmentalfilmfest. org Gay Men’s Chorus-Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Mar 16 and 17, 8:00 PM; Mar 18, 3:00 PM. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will continue their 31st season of shows with an all-male production of the musical RICHARD O’BRIEN’S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 202-293-1548 or at the door. Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW.

LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Art & Spirit Coffeehouse at St Augustine’s. Mar 7, 7:00 PM. Don’t I Know You? An evening’s entertainment of portraits in verse read by Tara Ramsey and Bruce Crane. Readings will be followed by Q & A. Refreshments. Donations accepted. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202 554-3222. Southeast Library Book Sale. Mar 10, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. The Faulkner and Hemingway Literary Rivalry. Mar 16, noon. Scholar Joseph Fruscione discusses the literary rivalry of the great American authors Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Dining Room A, James Madison Building (sixth floor. 202)707-5394. Overbeck Lecture. Mar 18, 2:00 PM. Washington writer Mary Z. Gray reads from her new book 301 East Capitol: Tales From the Heart of the Hill and answers questions about growing up on Capitol Hill in the 1920s. Free but reservation required. OverbeckLecture@, giving your name and the number of seats you will need. Naval Lodge Hall, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Literary Birthday Celebration: Tennessee Williams. Mar 26, 6:30 PM. William Jay Smith, former Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, reads from his memoir My Friend Tom about American playwright Tennessee Williams, on Williams’ birthday. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library’s collections. Montpelier Room,

James Madison Building (sixth floor). 202-707-5394. Folger Shakespeare Library Member Appreciation Weekend. Mar 30-31. Open to members by invitation. Memberships start at $75. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Conversations with African Poets and Writers. Apr 3, 4:00 PM. South African poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile discusses the state of contemporary African culture, including poetry and literature. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. 202-707-5394. Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone. Apr 5, 5:007:00 PM. Author Nadine Cohodas discusses her new book, Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone. Free. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202549-4172.

EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500–1700. Through May 20. Virginia Woolf famously evoked Shakespeare’s sister in A Room of One’s Own as she tried to imagine the difficulties women writers faced during the early modern period. In fact, Woolf was not aware of how many women actually were writing during that time, because many of their works were never published, and those that were, lay in relative critical neglect. This exhibition explores those women who were, in fact, writing during Shakespeare’s time. It reimagines the “conversations” of these early women writers: with each other as members of families or groups; with the Bible; with spiritual and secular ideas; and with male writers of the time. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Life Lab Test Phase at Koshland Science Museum. Mar 4-9, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. Come by for a visit, try out the many multimedia exhibits, and give them your feedback. Play the virtual brain garden game and see how decisions we make are linked to how our brains work. Try out the driving simulator to feel the effects of multitasking on your ability to react to real-life scenarios. Explore strategies for healthy living throughout your lifespan. Kosh- H 23

land Science Museum, 525 E St. NW. : 202-334-1201. “Herblock Looks at 1962”. Mar 20Sept 5, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, MondaySaturday. John F. Kennedy in 1962, the second year of his U.S. presidency, attempted to implement new policies that met with partisan opposition: assisting the unemployed, passing a jobs bill and creating Medicare. Abroad, he increased military presence in Vietnam and faced the Soviet Union in a nuclear showdown known as the “Cuban Missile Crisis.” These issues provided rich material for Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block— better known as “Herblock.” By 1962, Herblock, who could artfully and effectively wield his pen, had won two Pulitzer Prizes. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE.


Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction Saturday, March 17, 2012 Parish Hall, 620 G Street, SE Bar and Bidding (silent)–5:30 p.m. Dinner–7:00 p.m. Live Auction–8:00 p.m. Fabulous silent and live auction items Traditional Irish menu Special activities for kids

“Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship” Exhibition at Library of Congress. Mar 20-Sept 15. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gift with this exhibition. In 1912 the city of Tokyo gave Washington, DC, a gift of 3,000 flowering cherry trees (“sakura” in Japanese), as a symbol of enduring friendship between Japan and the United States. Despite a war, the friendship has prevailed, and the trees every spring have bestowed upon the US capital a graceful beauty and a time-honored tradition of gathering and admiring the pink blossoms. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. Mar 22-Jan 6, 2014. This innovative new exhibit will bring together two marvels of transportation. Titanic and Hindenburg served demands for rapid worldwide communication and transportation. Both operated as the world’s largest mobile post offices. Each in its day promised the fastest possible worldwide mail service. Each offered onboard gentility and opulence. Each met a tragic end. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555. postalmuseum.

TOURS, TALKS, CLASSES AND LECTURES AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Master Class with Master Baker Mark Furstenberg. Mar 10, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Bread baking with DC bread impresario Mark Furstenberg. $85. Hill Cen-

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ter, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5494172. Talk of the Hill with Bill Press and Charlie Cook. Mar 13, 7:00-8:30 PM. Award-winning journalist, political insider and Capitol Hill resident Bill Press sits down for a series of one-on-one, thought provoking conversation with Charlie Cook, Cook Political Report Editor. Bill Press is former co-host of MSNBC’s Buchanan and Press and CNN’s Crossfire and The Spin Room. He currently hosts the radio show The Bill Press Show. Free. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Civil War Tour of Congressional Cemetery. Mar 17, 1:00 PM (3rd Saturday of every month, Mar.-Oct.). Tours are led by Civil War expert Steve Hammond. Free. Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. Raise Your Glass: Learn to Toast. Mar 22, 6:30-8:30 PM. Enjoy some bubbly while you learn how to give a toastthat will be remembered for all the right reasons. Join public speaking expertChristine Clapp for a fun and useful workshop that will cover how to craft anddeliver a great toast, as well as the etiquette of raising your glass. $80. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Women’s History Month Open House. Mar 25, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM. Tour the Museum free of charge and enjoy extended hours, snacks, and special talks with staff. Free. Sewall Belmont, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. 202-546-1210. French Cooking in French with Jennifer Wilkinson. Mar 31, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Join Francophile and foodie, Jennifer Wilkinson, to make a simple French lunch, taught in simple French, and followed by a sit down luncheon and conversation. This first, trial class will feature a traditional cheese soufflee, salad, bread and a seasonal French fruit tart. $75. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Congressional Cemetery Tour. Historic Congressional Cemetery is always open during daylight hours for self-guided walking tours. Copies of the tours are available from the mailbox attached to the gazebo at the 18th St. gate or can be downloaded at Free, docent-led tours are held every Saturday, Apr.-Oct., 11:00 a.m., beginning at the Chapel in the center of the cemetery. Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539.

Capital Country Showcase and Dance. Mar 31, 8:00 PM-midnight. In the vein of old “barn dance” radio programs that brought country music into Americans’ living rooms, the Showcase will feature a local honky-tonk dance band and a rotating cast of groups who play country, bluegrass and old-time. $10 cover. American Legion Post 8, 224 D St. SE. SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Washington Wizards Basketball. Mar 3, 5, 7, 10, 22, 24, 26, 30 and Apr 2 and 4; 7:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-SEAT. Washington Capitals Hockey. Mar 4, 6, 8, 11, 23, 25, 27 and 31; Apr 5. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-266-2277. Free Drop-In Tango Práctica at CHAW. Mar 9, 7:00-9:30 PM. Join Jake and Danarae Stevens for a free práctica. Once a month they host an early evening free práctica. The idea of this practica is to provide tango dancers of all levels an opportunity to practice, collaborate, and learn in a collective space. Capitol

Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. 202547-6839. Metro/DC Dance Awards. Mar 9, 9:30 PM. Party with the DC dance community when the recipients of the Metro/ DC Dance Awards are announced amidst festive libations, mixing and mingling, and music perfect for dancing. $10. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Marathon Health & Fitness Expo. Mar 15, noon-7:00 PM; Mar 16, 10:00 AM7:00 PM. Over 70 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health & nutritional information and much more. Pick up some last-minute race essentials before race day and be sure to visit the Brooks Official Merchandise Store. All runners must visit the expo to pick up their race number, swag bag H 25

and t-shirt. Free admission. DC Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St. SE. SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon. Mar 17. This is the inaugural SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon. Celebrate the history and culture of our nation’s capital as you run alongside the Potomac River, the National Mall, and some of our country’s most majestic monuments. Scope it Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness. Mar 25, 9:00 AM, Freedom Plaza. The race course starts and ends at Freedom Plaza and will take runners and walkers up scenic Pennsylvania Ave. to the U.S. Capitol, bringing the Scope It Out message to the doorstep of our nations decision makers. 3,000 people participated last year. $35. The Exodus 5K Walk/Run. Mar 25, 8:00 AM. Check-in begins at 7:00 am. Meet at Picnic Grove #24, off of Stage Road in Rock Creek Park. Recreate the biblical story in Rock Creek Park just in time for Passover with exercise, music, prizes, snacks, and an energy that even four cups of wine couldn’t replicate. Clean out cabinets in anticipation of Passover and bring non-perishable food items for donation. Teams are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place male and female runners, as well as best costume. $25. DC United Soccer Home Matches. Mar 30, vs. FC Dallas; Apr 7, vs. Seattle Sounders. 7:30 PM. $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. Individual game tickets to DC United games now on sale. Individual game tickets to all 2012 Major League Soccer matches are now on sale at dcunited. com/tickets, by calling 202-432-SEAT or by visiting any TicketMaster outlet. Tickets are $23-$52. The Hills Are Alive 5K & 10K. Mar 31, 8:00 AM, Fort Dupont Park. This is the toughest 5K & 10K in Washington DC. The course is made up of hills, trails, and more hills. All Proceeds To Help Fund The DC Running Clubs Six Month Childhood Obesity Program. $30-$40. 240-4729201.

Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble at THEARC. Apr 8, 5:00 PM. The company will perform a mixed repertory program. $12-$25. THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc. org Rumsey Pool. Public swim, MondayFriday, 6:30-9:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM. Public swim, Saturday, 1:00-5:00 PM. Public swim, Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. 635 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495. 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 WallsKaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. East Capitol St. between 11th and 13th Sts. 202-544-6035. Kung Fu and Tai Chi at the Historical Society. Every Saturday (rain or shine). Kung Fu, noon; Tai Chi, 1:00 PM. Suitable for all ages. Kung Fu is a broad term that is used to describe all martial arts of Chinese origin. The ancient art of Tai Chi is a style of Kung Fu that emphasizes internal energy. Free. No RSVP required. Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K St. NW (Mount Vernon Square). 202-383-1850.

Spring Training Game -Nats vs. Red Sox. Apr 3, 3:05 PM, at Nationals Park. (Home Opener, Apr 12, vs. Reds.) washington.

Public Ice Skating at Fort Dupont. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM and Saturdays, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. Dress for warmth and safety! Clothes should be easy to move in, and pants must not fall below the heel of the skate (sweatpants or leggings are a good choice). Everyone needs to wear gloves or mittens, and one pair of thin, long socks or tights that fit snugly (no ankle socks). A helmet or knit hat is strongly recommended (loaner helmets are available). Skating is $4-$5. Skate rental is $3. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. 202-584-5007.

National’s Ballpark Tours. WednesdaySunday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home

Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Through mid-Mar. (depending on the weather). Monday

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run & 5K. Apr 1, 7:30 AM, Washington Monument Grounds. 301-320-3350.

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games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behindthe-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.

through Thursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. View magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system. $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, students with ID and seniors 50 and over. Skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-289-3361. nga. gov/ginfo/skating KUKUWA African Dance Workout Classes. Saturdays, 11:00 AM. $15 for drop in; 5 class package, $50. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 1-866958-5892. Free Yoga Fridays at St Marks. 7:008:00 AM. All levels welcome. St. Mark’s Yoga Center, 301 A St. SE. All levels welcome. 202-546-4964. Workouts at Corner Store. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 AM. The Morning Workout blends dance and pilates for a full body strength and flexibility workout. The instructor is Roberta Rothstein, with occasional substitutes. Wednesdays, 11:30 AM12:30 PM. Gentle Pilates with Katherine Richardson features a classic Pilates mat workout. No pre-registration. Strictly walk-in. $10. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month, noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Dr. at West Basin Dr., near the Tourmobile stand). 703505-3567.

WIT’s (Women in Technology) 2012 Job Fair. Mar 7, 3:30-6:30 PM. Both men and women are encouraged to come and meet recruiters and hiring managers from more than 40 DC area companies and Government agencies (large, midsize and small) that are actively seeking candidates for positions. Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner, VA. No cost to job seekers, both those who are WIT members and non-members. Free parking. Visit womenintechnology. com for more details and to pre-register. DC Latino Caucus PAC Endorsement Meeting. Mar 10, 9:30 AM-noon (vote any time). Endorsement meeting for Delegate to U.S. Congress, Majority Party At-Large Member of the DC City Council, Wards 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 members of the DC City Council, Shadow U.S. Representative, Shadow U.S. Senator. Candidates that attend endorsement meeting will have the opportunity to address the audience, starting at 10:00 AM. Josephine Butler Center, 2437 15th St. NW. Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. Mar 15, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM. This annual expo is the premier event for showcasing businesses and building connections with participating government agencies, corporations, embassies, non-profits, small businesses, and individuals in the local Hispanic business community. They are anticipating 1,200 attendees and over 100 exhibitors. Free. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-728-0352.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon Date Announced. Oct 7. Registration open. 703-587-4321. wilsonbridgehalf. com

Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday of the month in Southwest and third Thursday of the month on H St. NE; both are 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Wells and members of his staff. 202-7248072.

Marine Corps Marathon Registration. Register online beginning Mar. 7 at $90. Marathon is Sunday, Oct. 28.

Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW. 202-783-5065. ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868.

CIVIC LIFE East Capitol Street Pedestrian Safety Project Meeting. Mar 3, 3:00-5:00 PM. Benning Stoddert Recreation Center, 100 Stoddert Pl. SE. DDOT is hosting a workshop to hear from citizens who live, work and play in the East Capitol Street study area. They want your feedback on safety improvements and alternatives proposed along the corridor. The meeting will begin with a short project presentation, but attendees are welcome to stop by any time during the scheduled hours. Your opinions will be used to help shape improvements along East Capitol Street.

ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. ANC 6D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at 1100 4th St. SW, DCRA meeting room, 2nd floor. 202-554-1795. H



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EASTER Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington Cemetery. Easter Sunday, Apr 8, 6:15 AM (but get there earlier). The Easter Sunrise Service on at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater will begin with a musical prelude. There is no rail service at this hour but parking is free. 703-607-8000. The Great Vigil of Easter at National Cathedral. Apr 7, 8:00 PM. This is the night when Christ broke the bonds of death…and rose victorious from the grave. Tonight we hear the ancient stories of God’s redeeming work, moving from darkness to light, from solemn chant to joyful song, as we celebrate the glorious Resurrection. Intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin aves. NW. 202-537-6200. Solemn Easter Vigil Mass at National Shrine. Apr 7, 8:00 PM. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300. Festival Holy Eucharist at National Cathedral. Easter Sunday, Apr 8, 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM (free tickets required). 4:00 PM, Evensong on Easter Day. 5:15 PM, Organ Recital. Intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin aves. NW. 202-537-6200. Easter Sunday Mass at National Shrine. Easter Sunday, Apr 8, 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, Noon, 4:30 PM. Spanish Mass at 2:30 PM. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202526-8300. St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill. Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, Apr 7, 8:00 PM. Easter Sunday Masses at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. 313 Second St. SE. 202-547-1430. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. Easter Service at 11:00 AM. Easter egg hunt follows service. 201 Fourth St. SE. 202-5478676. Capitol Hill United Methodist Church. Easter Service at 10:45 AM. 421 Seward Sq. SE. 202-546-1000. St. Marks Episcopal Church. Holy Eucharist at 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM. Sermon Seminar at 10:00 AM. Contemplative Eucharist at 5:00 PM. 118 Third St. SE. 202-543-0053. Holy Comforter-St Cyprian Roman Catholic Church. Easter Masses at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. 1357 E Capitol St SE. 202-5472036. Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Easter Services at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM. 212 E. Capitol St. 202-543-4200. reformationdc. org Christ Church on Capitol Hill. Holy Eucharist at 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM. 620 G St. SE. 202-547-9300. H

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March: In Like A Lion, Silence the Lamb


s we trudge through the final stretch of “daylight savings,” slog through the bureaucratic obstacle course of tax season, and temper our exposure to the Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close pissiness of the pre-primary scrum, our naïve hopes and lofty goals, joyfully born in the early days of a new year, are forgotten and misplaced--stuck under the dryer with your missing socks, maybe? After the wussiest winter of all time, spring bulbs are emerging, way ahead of schedule. On the playground, Hill moms discuss summer camps, while my favorite Monkey’s Uncles are accepting swimsuits for consignment. Ignore the “darling” crocuses and daffodils, friends, ‘cause it ain’t May yet. So take some “breathes” (as The Boy likes to say) before we roar into March. The expression “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” usually an apt description of March weather, also happens to describe the way I roll through the month. You see, only a mere seven days into the month of March is my birthday, which for me is like a personal New Years’ Day. But take away all the fun and merriment and leave only the lamenting over inadequacies and the setting of goals that really set me up to... lose. The shock that accompanies my annual fete causes a chain reaction of taking stock, recalling dreams deferred and setting goals in steel with the intention to keep my eye trained on the ticking clock. A wildcat, I pounce into week two of March. Rrrrraaarhhhh!

by Anna Cranage Conathan But, by week three, the lionhearted lady vanishes and the frantic squirrel-brained lady is back, running errands and surfing the internet in endless bursts of instant gratification ultimately signifying nothing. This has been the pattern for some time. As Albert Einstein is often credited with saying: “doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result every time is the very definition of insanity.” (No argument here. Again.)

Master your domain!

Make a name for yourselves like Peregrine’s own Lindsey Kiser, recently crowned uberbarista and Southeast Peregrine’s Lindsey Kiser, recently crowned Southeast Barista Champ, will be heading to the semi-final round of the US Barista Barista Champ, winning Championship in April. Photo: Andrew Lightman a week’s vacation touring coffee farms in the Caffeine Nation of the World, Costa Rica and securing herself a place in A hobby you can really put your the semi-final round of the US Baris- paws around ta Championship in April in one the Want to try working with your country’s major caffeine kingdoms, hands? Roll up your sleeves and get Portland, OR. Stop by 660 Penn- dirty? Do you like to throw things? sylvania Ave., SE and wish her well. Maybe you’d just like to hear the Maybe slip her a little mad money for phrase “you’re fired” in a more posithe journey? A girl cannot travel on tive context? Get out your aggressions coffee alone. Lindsey, repeat after me, by pounding, shaping and tossing clay! “Sapphire, up.” To follow Lindsey’s ad- Try a class at Eastern Market Pottery venture, go to: (225 Seventh Street SE, WashingGive ‘em serious “Hill Buzz,” Lindsey! ton DC 20003 easternmarketpottery. H 31



com). The skilled potters and instructors in residence have rich and varied backgrounds and are pleased to share their craft. To find out more about Eastern Market Pottery’s class availability - or their gorgeous hand-thrown pottery - call 202-544-6669.

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Result’s Gym - - Squash Pro, Brian O’Hora will be holding a special intro to squash “ladies night” at Results Capitol Hill, which will include instruction, on-court drills, and rudimentary play time, as well as the all-important post-workout cool-down happy hour. Beginners are welcome. Coach O’Hora, a nationally ranked player, as well as an infinitely patient and bloody good coach, is game to invest his time in anyone who “is for squash.” Rackets are available to borrow, but wear non-marking kicks, please. Thursday, March 15, 7:30–9:30pm, $20 per player, which includes instruction, drinks and nibbly bits. For more info or to register contact Coach Brian:

Skull & Boats Club

Another one of my attempts at personal challenge and departure from my usual comfort zone since arriving in DC was learning to row. Ever since my undergrad days in Boston where I would watch the graceful rowers glide up and down the Charles River, I fantasized about rowing myself. So, when I heard that Capital Rowing Club - capitalrowing. org - offered a beginner rowing classes at the Anacostia Boathouse - 1115 O St SE, - I joined up! The Novice Sweep Class was a blast. The instruction, the camaraderie among rowers, the sleek beauty of the shells… it was all fantastic. (Oh, and Coach Bob? Also 32 H HillRag | March 2012

Rowing on the Anacostia. Photo: Michael Conathan.

very cute.) Less than fantastic – for me - was the regatta at the end of the course. I was a far superior rower in my “Head of the Charles” fantasy than I was in Anacostia reality. I did love being out on the water and being around the boats but, for now, I’ve decided to be mediocre at one sport (squash) instead of horrific at two. Note:When setting goals it’s important to not gorge on the whole “lion’s share.” Splitting your energy can derail progress.

The hunt for big game

Why not try trivia at Justin’s Cafe, shuffleboard at Lola, or mini-golf at H. Street Country Club? Play Scrabble, chess, or one of the many other gaming events at Labyrinth. I’m pleased to report The Husband, my personal D.M., has transformed his teenage geek into retro chic, playing D&D on Wednesday nights at Labyrinth with a bunch of hipster wizards, parental paladins and thieving teens. And now, my Pride, I crown thee Kings (and Queens) of The Beasts and send you on your way. Roar into March, claws swinging, tail snapping, carnivorous in your attack. All you survey from the top of this Hill can be yours, if only you reach out with your massive paw and skewer it! Go get ‘em pussycats.

Playing shuffleboard at Lola’s. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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bulletin board Mayor Gray to Attend Meeting on Reservation 13, March 26

Today, 12 ANC commissioners representing districts adjacent to or near Reservation 13, the former site of DC General Hospital, announced that DC Mayor Vincent Gray will attend community meeting on Monday, March 26, from 7-9 pm at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE, to discuss the future development at the site. In December, 12 ANC commissioners invited Mayor Gray to participate in a community meeting to discuss stalled development plans at Reservation 13. The site’s master plan, approved by the DC Council in 2002, envisioned a mixed-use residential, retail and office development that extended neighborhood streets to the Anacostia River. Recently, Mayor Gray has stated his desire to build a training facility for the Washington Redskins at Reservation 13 and/or the RFK parking lots. At the March 26 meeting, the Mayor is expected to discuss the proposed facility and his vision for developing the area. Interested residents can learn more about Reservation 13 and the master plan at an informational meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue SE.

Hine Wins Washington Sustainable Growth Alliance Recognition

The Hine School Redevelopment proposal has been granted Recognition as a Smart and Sustainable Growth project by the Washington Sustainable Growth Alliance. In ad34 H HillRag | March 2012

dition the project has earned the Joint Recognition of the Alliance and the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Each quarter, an independent jury reviews project applications against a stringent set of criteria for project location, mobility and accessibility, density, design, diversity of uses, affordable housing, environment, community benefits, and community involvement. The Smart and Sustainable Growth Recognition Program distinguishes development proposals that exemplify smart growth characteristics, furthering the Alliance’s mission of encouraging land use, development and transportation policies and practices that protect environmental assets and enhance the region’s quality of life.

CHRS Preservation Café: What New Window Guidelines Mean for You

If you live in a historic house and are thinking about repairing or replacing your windows, CHRS’s Mar. 21 Preservation Café is for you. Speaker Amanda Molson, who reviews most Capitol Hill projects at the city’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO), will discuss HPO’s recently issued window guidelines for DC’s historic buildings and districts. She will address the most important things for homeowners to know about window repair and replacement in the historic district, how the city’s permitting process works for window projects, and how she and other HPO staff can advise and assist you in planning and getting permits for your window projects. Wednesday, Mar. 21, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 2nd and F sts. NE. The

Alan Braley, “Woman in White,” Acrylic, $3000 Photo: Judith V. May

“8 Artists” at Hill Center

“8 Artists” showcases a diverse group of techniques including watercolor, pastel and photography. With a wide variety of subjects and materials, each artist shares a unique and fresh point of view. Featured in this exhibition are Alan Braley, Gina Clapp, Marlo Underwood Collins, Nancy Freeman, Betsy Glassie, Jim Magner, Sarah Porter and Colin Winterbottom. Through Mar. 28. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202549-4172. Preservation Café is free, accessible, and open to all in the Capitol Hill community.

Join the Capitol Hill Writers Group

Capitol Hill Writers Group (CHWG) is a group of men and women who have a passion for creative writing. CHWG meets bi-weekly (currently every other Sunday at 9:30 a.m.) and follows the Clarion method of critique to give feedback on members’ works. If you are new to writing, getting back into it, or are a seasoned author, you will find the experience of working with a close-knit community of writers rewarding. To support members in their pursuit of writing, CHWG allows well-behaved children to the meetings. To be considered for membership, send an introduction with your name, genre(s), writing background, and what you hope to get out of the group to writeonthehill@ CHWG accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Capitol Hill Property for Sale Via Sealed Bid

Sealed Bids are being accepted for 1301-1309 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The ground floor has served as home to the McLaren law firm whose operations are winding down as the partners move toward retirement. Several apartments on the second floor than have serve the employees and affiliates as in town residences. The property is not a historically designated. Hollywood Real Estate Services LLC will conduct the sale. Bids, due May 15, 2012, are to be sent to the Washington office of Lincoln Property Company, 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Suite 325 East, Washington, DC 20001. For more information, email or call 202-491-5300.

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Overbeck Lecture: Mary Z. Gray Remembers the Hill in the 1920s

On Sunday, Mar. 18, 2:00 p.m., Mary Z. Gray will deliver an Overbeck History Lecture based on readings from her delightful new book about growing up on Capitol Hill in the 1920s. In “301 East Capitol: Tales From the Heart of the Hill,” the 93-year-old writer recalls being taken to meet President Coolidge at the White House and also Charles Lindbergh, just back from his solo flight to Paris. But mostly this a book about everyday life in a neighborhood served by lamplighter, iceman and horse-drawn produce wagon, and about the author’s colorful family, who had inhabited the Hill for five generations. Her lecture is at the Naval Lodge Hall, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. Contact OverbeckLecture@, giving your name and the number of seats you will need. Copies of Gray’s book will be available for purchase and signature at the event.

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Dave Lloyd & Associates Half Street “Fairgrounds” Announced

Akridge Real Estate Company and Bullpen/ Georgetown Events owner Bo Blair have recently announced their plan to create a combination market, food and events space in the lot at M and Half sts. Fairgrounds will be open seven days a week from the beginning of baseball season through OcSaving Grace Pet Care client, Dutchess Photo: Tisha Washington, Tag Pet Photography tober. Fairgrounds, which is modeled after Dekalb Market in Brooklyn, will utilize Saving Grace Pet Care Celebrates salvaged shipping containProfessional Pet Sitters Week with ers as vendor retail space and permanent food truck Blanket/Towel Drive Saving Grace Pet Care encourages pet versions of DC restaurants owners and pet lovers alike to celebrate Surfside and Bayou. The Professional Pet Sitters Week, Mar. 4-10. venue will also feature an This week of recognition seeks to educate observation deck built on pet owners about the advantages of in- top of the shipping containhome pet care, as well as to encourage the ers, a music stage and several public to explore professional pet sitting as HD televisions for game days. A variety of events will a viable and rewarding career opportunity. This year, Saving Grace be held at the Fairgrounds is sponsoring a blanket and towel drive to continually throughout the benefit shelter animals. Donations can be season, including Truckdropped off Mar. 4-10, 224 9th St. NE. eroo food truck festivals, “Family Days,” arts festi202-360-7896. vals, and farmers’ markets. Fairgrounds will open daily main the only bank in the metropoliat 11:30 am, and will have extended tan area to receive this honor. “Nahours on game days. tional Capital’s dedication to sound financial fundamentals together with the expertise of our professional staff Chateau Animaux Renamed Howl allowed us to achieve the highest net income in our long history,” says to the Chief Chateau Animaux at 733 8th St. Richard A. Didden, NCB Chairman SE has a new owner and a new name. and Chief Executive Officer. The New owner Kim Hawkins is the Bank was recently recognized as a founder of Rural Dog Rescue. There “top performing bank” in the Eastern will be adoption events every weekUnited States in an article by Bank end-both dog and cat-from various News, and was the proud recipient rescue groups. There will also be sevof the 2011 “Professional Service of eral fosters in the store and a photo the Year” awarded by the Capitol Hill album of the animals that are looking Association of Merchants and Profor their forever homes. Volunteers fessionals. and fosters are always needed-forms will be at the store too!

Bravado Celebrates 2012 Makeover

Bravado has been renovated in time for the new year, and they look forward to celebrating the completion of this renovation with their clients. Please stop by to check out their new space and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeurves. Saturday. Mar. 24, 6:009:00 p.m. Bravado, 655 C St. SE. 202-543-6118.

Join the Washington Nationals to “Take Back the Park”

The Washington Nationals have started a “Take Back the Park” campaign in order to fill the stadium with Nats fans for the Philly v. Nats 3-day game series May 4-6. The tickets are on sale now to buyers who can prove

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Grand 4 level garage town-home fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. Enjoy the sun-drenched exposure, an inviting entrance foyer, 3 BR’S, 2.5 BA’S, gleaming hardwood floors, a remodeled table space island kitchen, elegant living and dining rooms, a vaulted master retreat with luxury bath, 4th level loft/3rd bedroom, and a walk-out rec room w/FP opening onto a private fenced in patio. All within easy walking distance to Ballston, Metro and all of the wonderful shops, café’s & shops along the vibrant Orange Line Metro corridor.

504-C N. Thomas Street. Arlington N. – Monument & River Views! $489,900

Spacious 2 BR in luxury high-rise smack dab in the middle of the Orange Line Metro corridor. Enjoy 1,150 sqft of living space, 2 updated baths, an elegant tiled foyer, updated granite kitchen w/service counter opening to living room, separate dining room, hardwood floors, an in-unit W/D, a large covered balcony overlooking the city, and 5 star building amenities including: 24 desk service, swimming pool, exercise room, sauna and garage parking. All just steps to shops, café’s, restaurants, farmer’s/antiques market and METRO!

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Arlington S. – Exceptionally Charming! $389,900

This popular Edgewood model offers 1400 sqft of living space, three finished levels, gleaming hardwoods, updated modern kitchen, two updated baths, an enormous master BR with built-in closet organizers, and a fully finished “high ceiling” lower level complete with rec room, guest room, full bath and W/D. All nestled in a park-like setting yet just minutes from DC & Old Town, and just steps to Shirlington town center, express bus & swimming pool.

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Arlington N. – Two homes for the price of one! $729,900

Attention investors…or owners who want to offset their mortgage expenses. This property offers two separate residences. The front home is a charming and updated circa 1904 front porch farmhouse with 3 BR’S, 2 BA’, formal living & dining rooms, remodeled kitchen, plus an office/den. The rear cottage offers 2 BR’S, 1 bath, its own separate driveway & rear alley/street entry, a spacious master, W/D, and a relaxing front porch. All just steps from Metro bus stop and just minutes from Ballston & Metro. Many big ticket items recently completed.

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a Washington, Maryland or Virginia address. Unless they have second homes in or around the nation’s capital, Phillies fans will not be able to buy tickets during this exclusive pre-sale event. The team is also sending out a notice to season-ticket holders, alerting them about the pre-sale and encouraging them to make sure their tickets stay in the hands of Nats fans when the Phillies visit.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Receives the Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s Arnold F. Keller, Jr. Award

Lynn Brantley, President and CEO, Capital Area Food Bank and Jamie Miller, Manager of Public and Community Relations, Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Donates $100K to Capital Area

to the waitlist signup page, or email for more information. If you have been invited to become a member, sign up quickly. Membership is annual and runs from March 1st to the last day of February the following year. The waitlist is opened in midJanuary, but during the year, as spots become available, they are offered to those on the waitlist in the order in which they signed up. Membership is a requirement of dogwalking privileges in Congressional Cemetery. Dogwalkers play a vital role in the running of Congressional Cemetery. 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is pleased to Food Bank Giant Food of Landover, MD presented Southwest Duck Pond announce it is the recipient of the Capitol Hill Community a check in the amount of $103,486.05 to the Officially Named Foundation’s Arnold F. Keller, Capital Area Food Bank. Through the Good Bob Craycraft, Secretary of Jr. Award. This special grant of Neighbor Food and Funds Drive, Giant cus- Neighbors of Southwest Duck $10,000 is given once a year tomers donated more than $175,000 to sup- Pond, wishes to give special by the Foundation and recog- port five Feeding America food banks in the thanks to Luis Alfonso, Melissa nizes “projects of organizations Mid-Atlantic region during the November Rohan, and Olgo Stopher for all making significant, ongoing campaign. that went into the City Council contributions to the life of the testimony a few months ago recommunity.” The Capitol Hill questing the name change and to Financial Strategies for a Successful all who signed the petitions and othCommunity Foundation is a community organization that supports Retirement at Hill Center erwise supported the effort. Neighbors activities, projects, and groups that This seminar will introduce at- of Southwest Duck Pond are working enrich the lives of residents and cel- tendees to concepts and practices that with DPR in the hopes of having a ebrates the history of the Capitol Hill may help them to spend their retire- proper sign by the time the fountains community. ment comfortably and in control of are turned on for the season Apr. 7. their finances. The program will focus Find the park between 6th St and on money management strategies, Makemei Pl. and I and K sts. SW. Calling all Stuart Junior High or investments, employer and personal Stuart-Hobson MS Alumni retirement plans, estate planning and DC HPRB Board Chair To Speak at The Archives Club of Stuart-Hobinsurance. Attendees will be provided son Middle School will hold a second with a colorful, in-depth workbook CHRS Community Forum “Alumni Family Night” on WednesCatherine Buell, Chair of the city’s and be given the opportunity to attend day, Mar. 7, 6:30 p.m., in the library of Historic Preservation Review Board an optional one-on-one retirement Stuart-Hobson Middle School at 4th (HPRB), will be the Capitol Hill Resplanning session. The course consists and E sts. NE. All alumni of Stuart toration Society’s guest speaker at its of four sessions plus the optional oneJunior High or Stuart-Hobson MS Mar. 27 Community Forum. She will on-one retirement planning session. are invited. If you have family memaddress such topics as how the city’s $60/couple. Wednesdays, Mar. 21bers who attend or recently attended historic preservation program works, Apr. 11, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Hill Center, the school as well, they would love to trends in projects reviewed by HPRB 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549have you share your experience at the and its staff, issues and challenges af4172. school and may also record a short fecting preservation in DC, how presoral history interview with you. If you ervation contributes to revitalization have any artifacts, such as photographs Congressional Cemetery of business areas such as Barracks Row or school papers, from that time, the Dogwalking Program Main Street, and historic preservation Archives Club would be appreciate The community comes together homeowner grants. Ms. Buell’s presenit if you brought them with you. The walking their dogs off-leash over the tation will be followed by a questionsponsors of the Archives Club, Ms. beautiful 35+ fenced acres. If you and-answer period. Tuesday, Mar. 27, Jan MacKinnon and Ms. Satu Haase- would like to become a paid mem- 7:00 p.m., multipurpose room at Webb can be reached at stuarthobso- ber, go to and then Maury Elementary School, 1250 Constitution Ave. NE. Doors will 38 H HillRag | March 2012

open at 6:45 p.m. The Forum is free, accessible, and open to all in the community.

Off-Peak Lane Closures on 11th Street Bridges Project

The District Department of Transportation may close lanes during off peak travel times on the 11th Street bridges, related ramps, and portions of the Southeast/Southwest Freeway, I-295/DC 295 and local streets through Friday, April 6 to accommodate 11th Street Bridge Project related construction activities. Lane closures will not be implemented over holiday weekends. For more information about this work or the 11th Street Bridge Project, contact DDOT Project Manager Ravindra Ganvir at 202-359-6948 or visit ddot.

Save the Date: Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House, Apr. 22

On Sunday, Apr. 22, noon-4:00 p.m., enjoy jugglers and jesters, music, song and dance, stage combat workshops, and more. It’s the one day of the year when the Folger reading rooms are open to all-plus, birthday cake for everyone! Rain or shine. All activities will move indoors if it rains. Free but there is a charge for some food and drink. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

Job Readiness Training for DC Seniors

Low-income and senior citizen residents of DC who are interested in improving their computer skills are getting more help from the AARP Foundation and Byte Back. The Foundation has awarded a twoyear, $160,000 grant to Byte Back, a Washington, DC nonprofit offering computer literacy and employment readiness skills to underserved communities. Funding from the AARP Foundation will allow Byte Back to retrain older workers to better compete in their previous careers or to obtain mid-level information technology positions, which are plentiful and growing in the city. The training is handson and project based, geared to the needs of adult learners. Byte Back also offers tutoring, mentoring, financial

literacy, job readiness training and job search assistance. Students will also learn how to access needed services while there are in training and seeking employment. Classes are being held at more than a dozen training sites in the city. To find a convenient location and find out how to register for classes, residents should call 202-529-3395.

maker Wendy Maruyama; Mar. 24 (evening), benefit dinner and auctions at the famous Willard Hotel and One-of-a-Kind Award to Fleur Bresler; Mar. 25 (morning), awards brunch honoring four craft educators at the St. Regis Hotel. Contact the James Renwick Alliance at 301-907-3888 or for event and ticket information.

Capitol Hill Group Ministry Operation Hope Tote

Yards Park Lumber Shed Receives HPRB Approval

Operation Hope Tote is Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s homeless outreach that provides an opportunity for caring persons to give real help to struggling homeless men, women and children in Washington. Hope Totes are small plastic bags you fill with inexpensive items like soap, toothpaste, socks, and non-perishable snacks. These basic supplies can make a big difference in the way homeless people live and feel about themselves. They’ll send you a complete Operation Hope Tote kit, with as many Hope Totes as you think you can fill. Once your Hope Totes are filled, simply deliver it to Shirley’s Place, 1338 G Street, SE, for homeless families. Call Capitol Hill Group Ministry at 202-544-0631 for more information.

Mayor’s Arts Awards Call for Nominations

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces a call for nominations for the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards and Mayor’s Awards for Arts Teaching. The awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. To submit a nomination, please visit The deadline for submissions is Mar. 16. For more information, contact Steven Mazzola at or 202-724-5613.

Renwick Gallery Spring Craft Weekend (March 23-25)

Spring Craft Weekend is the major fundraising event for the James Renwick Alliance. Each year the amount earned from weekend patrons’ support, ticket sales and the results of the silent and live auctions is used to fund the JRA pledge to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Weekend Highlights include: Mar. 23, private tours and reception at Renwick Gallery; Mar. 24 (morning), panel discussion at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium. Japanese Influence on American Craft with textile expert Jack Lenor Larsen; artist Donald Friedlich and two of their 2012 Distinguished Educators--ceramic specialist Dr. Judith Schwartz and furniture

Forest City Washington, LLC has recently been approved by the DC Historic Preservation Review Board to proceed with construction of the historic Lumber Shed building overlooking Yards Park. The developer’s plan to completely enclose the building in glass in order to create office and restaurant space has been endorsed by the Board with the solution to preserve the original building form by applying new materials onto the glass curtain wall.

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Divide & Conquer

How Vincent Orange Will Win Another Term


n only a matter of weeks, D.C. voters head to the polls for the April 3 primary. If you live in ward 2, 4, 7 or 8, you’ll be voting for a councilmember. If you don’t, you’ll be voting in a closely watched and

by Martin Austermuhle – and they did so over Orange. Not one to give up, Orange ran for the seat, and last April defeated Biddle for it. Now Biddle wants it back, along with former Prince George’s County Commissioner Peter Shapiro and Ward 1 ANC commissioner and pastor E. Gail Anderson Holness.

The Polls

Councilmember Vincent Orange.

potentially competitive race for an At-Large seat on the D.C. Council currently held by Councilmember Vincent Orange. There’s a certain amount of drama in the At-large race. In January 2011, after D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown vacated the seat, the D.C. Democratic State Committee chose former State Board of Education member Sekou Biddle to hold the seat until the Special Election 40 H HillRag | March 2012

Where does the race stand? Fortunately, we have two February polls to help us assess that. According to a telephone poll done by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, only 30 percent of likely D.C. voters side with Orange, while 48 percent would vote for someone else and 22 percent are undecided. That’s big news, at least if you’re challenging Orange. Of course, Orange’s internal polling says different. According to numbers commissioned by his campaign, Orange leads all challengers with 46 percent of the vote, with Biddle coming in second at 15 percent and Shapiro third at nine percent. What accounts for the difference? The types of people polled. The poll showing Orange with low approval and at the mercy of a challenger tested all likely voters, including Republicans, Statehood Greens and independents that won’t vote in his race. Conversely,

Orange’s poll only surveyed likely Democratic voters, giving a more accurate picture of where the incumbent stands relative to his challengers. One thing that the polls coincide on is obvious enough: if Orange is pitted against more than one contender, he wins. It happened in last year’s special election in which he narrowly defeated Patrick Mara, ostensibly because Biddle, Bryan Weaver and Josh Lopez peeled off enough votes that Mara contended could have been his. At this rate, this April will be a repeat of last April unless either Biddle or Shapiro drop out.

Will Biddle or Shapiro Have to Go?

Sekou Biddle

real run at Orange on ethics, economic development and job creation. Moreover, Biddle is just too compromised to win over skeptical fence-sitters – it was only last year that he received the endorsements and financial backing from Mayor Vince Gray, D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, former Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr.

But who should be the one to drop out – if either – is a thorny question amongst their supporters. For Biddle’s proponents, the former interim councilmember has citywide recognition and a broad base of supporters, as measured by the number of small contributions his campaign has received. And despite coming in third in last year’s special election, he did show more broadbased appeal than Orange. To Biddle’s people, Shapiro is simply an unknown candidate who hasn’t been in the District long enough and doesn’t have the time to get his name out to enough voters. For Shapiro’s fans, though, he’s the real deal – a true progressive who has governed (albeit in Prince George’s County) and can take a Peter Shapiro

(D-Ward 5) and Councilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). If you’re running on ethics, that’s not exactly a cast of characters you want to be associated with. It’s tightly contested, and Biddle and Shapiro have split progressive voters. Weaver has sided with Biddle, while former supporters of Weaver and contributors to the influential urbanist blog Greater Greater Washington have thrown in their lot with Shapiro. Unfortunately for both, not even money really helps tilt the balance either way. As of the end of January, Shapiro had more money – some $73,000 in the bank, to Biddle’s $33,000. But Biddle’s supporters are quick to point out that $50,000 of Shapiro’s fundraising haul was a personal loan – hardly an example of widespread support.

Orange Sits Pretty

As that game of chicken plays out, Orange is just sitting pretty. As of his January fundraising report, he had hardly started touching his own campaign treasury: of the $145,000 he raised through January, $108,000 remains in the bank. Even if one were to believe that only 30 percent of voters across the city would vote for Orange, that’s enough money to run an extremely efficient get-out-thevote campaign on election day. But given the ethical morass the D.C. Council has been drowning in over the last year, how is it that an incumbent like Orange remains somewhat untouchable, especially as he continues to pull in tens of thousands in bundled campaign contributions from corporate interests, a point both Biddle and Shapiro regularly make? (Gas station mogul Joe Mamo has given generously to Orange, and Orange has generously defended Mamo against legislation that would put a partial dent in his gas station monopoly.) Simple – spare egregious corruption, ethics isn’t a primary campaign issue. In a city that remains starkly divided and with a widening gap between haves and have notes, running on job creation, education, affordable housing and economic development carries significantly more weight. Orange knows this, thus partially explaining why he seems at least somewhat deaf to the perceptions that he’s the beneficiary of corporate contributions that are seen as the root of much of the District’s corruption. That’s not to say that Biddle and Shapiro don’t speak of those issues broadly,

but rather that they sometimes seem to take a back seat to otherwise accurate concerns about where Orange gets his money and who he’s beholden to. (When they do raise the issue, Orange is quick to remind them that he proposed banning outside employment for councilmembers and imposing term limits.) Moreover, when Thomas resigned his Ward 5 seat in disgrace, it gave Orange the opportunity to play savior to his old constituents. He quickly organized a townhall meeting to discuss a special election, and introduced legislation capping medical marijuana facilities and strip clubs in Ward 5.

Tough Decisions

Do either Biddle or Shapiro face a chance? Of course they do. Just not at the same time, and not in the same race against Orange. The poll numbers and past experience make the case – Orange wins against a divided opposition. If either of them really wants Orange gone – and they both do, since they’re running against him – they might have to have some serious conversations in the next week over who should drop out. Will that be an easy decision for either? No, and neither is it an easy call to make from the outside. What makes their decision is even more important is that turnout for the election could well be very low. A variety of political observers have pointed out that campaigning has been light relative to years past, and many voters are still unaware that the primary has been moved up from the usual September to April. With fewer voters, the thinking goes, the incumbent benefits. That’s yet another advantage Orange has on his route towards reelection and beyond. At a recent forum, Orange refused to say that he’d serve out the entirety of a new term, hinting that he’s again eyeing either the Council Chair or mayor’s office.


March 5 is the last day to change your party registration ahead of the April 3 primary. That means that if you’re one of the District’s 80,000 independent voters, it’s the last day you have to choose whether you want to join a party and vote in the primary. If not, you’ll have to wait until November. Martin Austermuhle is the Editor-in-Chief of and a freelance writer. He lives in Petworth. H H 41


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Doing the Math of DC Schools Funding

The Public Education Finance Reform Commission and Its Recommendations


by Soumya Bhat

hat is the most equitable way to fund DC public and charter schools? Are we spending too much? Too little? How can we make the schools budget more readable and accessible to parents, teachers and community members? These are some of the tough questions that were tackled by the District of Columbia Public Education Finance Reform Commission, which released its recommendations to Mayor Gray and DC Council last month. The fifteen member commission, which was created by Council legislation in 2010, spent three months examining these issues. Chaired by Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the group included a diverse set of city and school officials, researchers, community representatives, and advocates. The Commission’s final report offers recommendations for immediate action in the Mayor’s FY 2013 budget process as well as recommendations to be considered in future budget cycles.

recommendations were intended to inform the 2013 budget. The Commissioners looked at several questions, including whether charter schools were getting enough funding, how DC spending overall stacks up when compared with other school systems, and how best to fund the added educational needs of lower-income students who are behind grade level. There were other important issues that the Commission did not address either due to the compressed timeline or the limits of its mandate. In particular, charter school advocates feel that many of their schools need more help to secure facilities that are educationally appropriate. It is a topic that is sure to come up again in future education debates. So, what exactly did the Commission cover and how should the public weigh in on the recommendations? Read on for some of the highlights and notable findings…

How did the Commission come about?

The Commission wrestled with what equity and uniformity of resources truly means with regards to DCPS and public charter schools, particularly when the two sectors operate with different expectations and obligations to the public. Local education funding is distributed to both DCPS and each charter school through a formula called the “Uniform Per Student Funding Formula.” The UPSFF is supposed to fund programs and services for both types of schools on a uniform basis. Public charter school advocates said they have been at a disadvantage, because DCPS has received fund-

The Commission was established as an independent body under legislation adopted in 2010, in large part as a response to concerns from public charter school supporters who felt they were not being funded fairly when compared to their DC Public Schools (DCPS) counterparts. It was charged with examining this issue of “equity” of school funding, but also to examine broader issues, including the “adequacy,” “affordability,” and “transparency” of DC’s education finance. The Commission had just a few months to operate and address a wide range of complex issues because its 42 H HillRag | March 2012

Are all DC Schools Being Funded on a Uniform Basis?

ing beyond the formula for building maintenance and because DCPS has benefited from mid-year funding bumps that charter schools did not receive. Yet several commissioners noted that DCPS has a different set of responsibilities that affect its funding needs For example, DCPS must provide a school of right to any school age child in DC at any time of year, no matter their educational needs, while charter schools have the option of returning a child to the DCPS system. Also, DCPS is responsible for a large amount of space, managing a set of buildings, many of which are old, and built for a larger student body. Ultimately, the Commission recommended that facilities maintenance funds be recalculated based on actual cost factors to schools, such as industry standard rates, building age, and amount of building space. This would lead to a more effective funding mechanism that better matches maintenance funding with needs. At the same time, the Commission encouraged the city to create incentives for more efficient use of school space, including co-location of DCPS schools and public charter schools in the same building. The Commission expressed concerns over mid-year supplements to the DCPS budget. Ultimately, though, commissioners did not reach consensus that a situation leading to additional funding needs for DCPS necessarily should translate into a proportional funding increase for public charter schools as well. The Commission also did not vote to change the way enrollment figures are used to allocate funding from the UPSFF for DCPS and public charter schools to be more uni-

form. Currently, funding is based on projected enrollment for DCPS and actual enrollment for public charter schools. While this discrepancy was explored, the Commission did not have the time to agree upon a common formula to resolve the issue.

Are we spending enough?

The District is often associated with high education spending per student, but are we spending the right amount per student and is it enough to meet educational needs? Surprisingly, the Commission’s report found that DC spends less per student than neighboring school systems in Arlington County and Alexandria, and is comparable to spending in Baltimore. Source: Equity and Recommendations Report for the Deputy Mayor for Education, p. 31. Data collected and presented by Commissioner Siegel to the DC Public Education Finance Reform Commission on January 5, 2012. Due to limited time, the Commission was not able to analyze the full costs of an adequate education in DC before the report deadline, but it recommended that a full-scale adequacy study be completed to address this question. The outcomes of an adequacy study could lead to revisions to the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula, which has not been updated since 2008. Commissioners also recommended the study look into a provision of additional funding to schools based on the number of students who are both low-income students and academically behind. The report suggests using up to $350,000 in local funds from the FY 2013 budget to support such a study. The process may take

up to a year, so any findings that come out would probably not go into effect until FY 2014.

Helping Charter Schools Find Adequate Buildings

For more information on the Public Education Finance Reform Commission, visit Bhat is an education policy analyst at 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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Public charter school supporters are concerned with the way they receive funds to support acquisition or modernization of facilities. Each charter school receives $3,000 per student per year for these costs, but the level has been a bit unstable. Charter schools worry that lenders may be hesitant to provide mortgage or construction loans because their ability to repay the loans depends on unpredictable local funding for facilities. The charter school supporters also argued that $3,000 per student simply was not enough, especially for new schools trying to obtain adequate facilities. However, facilities funding was not part of the Commission’s initial charge, and there was not enough time to explore this matter in addition to the stated goals of the Commission. This important issue undoubtedly will come up again in the future. While not everyone got everything they wanted out of the Public Education Finance Reform Commission, the report examines several key issues related to fiscal equity and uniformity for all of DC’s publicly funded schools. It can serve as a springboard for DC’s policymakers to re-engage the public in these critical decisions affecting our schools. While the Commission’s recommendations now sit with the Mayor, it is important for the larger community to take notice of this report and weigh in on these recommendations for FY 2013 and future budget cycles for them to become reality.

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Historic Cemetery, Modern Focus As Exec. Director Cindy Hays Steps Down, Congressional Cemetery Takes A New Direction by Emily Clark


ajor changes are underway for the historic Congressional Cemetery in Southeast—the country’s oldest national cemetery. The 35acre burial ground is home to the graves of John Philip Sousa and J. Edgar Hoover, as well as a significant number of US Senators and Congressmen. In all, more than 55,000 people are buried at the Congressional Cemetery, an idyllic spot near 18th and E Street SE. Executive director Cindy Hays stepped down last month, along with cemetery manager Alan Davis. The board of directors for the Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery (APHCC) eliminated their positions in an effort to cut costs and refocus the organization’s mission, according to board chairman John Gillespie. “When I became board chair, we started to look at staff jobs and decided we needed a different direction,” Gillespie said. “We want to be more preservation focused, and we need to raise large sums of money to do work that needs to be done.” Gillespie said that longtime volunteer and former board chair Patrick Crowley will act as senior executive pending a search to fill that position.

New Funding Efforts

Crowley noted that the board is Fornmer Executive Director Cindy Hays. Photo: Andrew Lightman currently writing a job description, but that the next senior executive ed if she did,” he maintained, adding but by 2000, volunteers handled al“will have to be a fundraiser and a that Hays “brought a lot of energy most all aspects of the Cemetery opgrant writer.” He also said that Hays and unique events” to the cemetery. erations, Crowley said. When Linda is welcome to apply for the new posiWhen the APHCC was formed, Harper came on board as a volunteer tion. “We would be happy and excit- in 1976 the cemetery had paid staff, as Chair of the board of directors, 44 H HillRag | March 2012

she began the strategic reorganization of the Association and began a push to match the congressionally established endowment held by the National Trust. Crowley started the successful dog walking program, with dog owners paying $200 a year to become members, plus $50 per dog. Currently, the cemetery is an exercise space for 700 dogs and their 535 owners, and the money goes toward cemetery maintenance.

Hays’ Star Turn

During Hays’ four-year tenure as executive director of the APHCC, she hired Davis to develop a sales and marketing program to promote the Congressional Cemetery as an active burial ground, rather than just an historic site. Davis tripled the number of site sales and brought in nearly $200,000 in operations income last year, Hays said. With Congressional appropriations, the cemetery started rebuilding the roads; the long neglected 1850s-era drainage system was renovated, and a new cemetery-wide watering system was installed. As the first part of the Oehme van Sweden landscape development plan, sixty new trees were planted, with more planned for 2012. She recruited and supervised volunteers to weed grave sites, raise more than 1,000 footstones and reclaim a brick walk. Hays also hired an archivist to catalog more than 15,000 range and site files, more than 10,000 deeds, endowment cards, death certificates and other documents relating to grave sites. Grant money allowed the organization to begin digitizing vault

Over 700 dog walkers pay $250 per year to support the Cemetery. Photo: Andrew Lightman

books and ledgers dating from the 1820s. In 2011 the cemetery was awarded prestigious National Historic Landmark status, and Congressional was finally recognized as the “first National Cemetery,” predating Arlington by 57 years. To raise the cemetery’s public profile, Hays hired Rebecca Roberts as the first program manager. Roberts developed a series of public programs and special tours, including “Lincoln’s Last Day,” “Civil Rights Heroes,” “Uppity Women” and “Last Call: Prohibition.” All special tours feature actors in period costume, Hays said, “standing graveside, telling a story of that ‘resident’s’ life.” Hays oversaw the development of two new websites, and The former features the cemetery’s extensive collection of historic and genealogical information and publicizes cemetery activities, while the latter provides information to dog walkers.

Sacred Ground, Historic Park

The Congressional Cemetery is like a big historic park, with more than 14,000 headstones, many needing repair. Senators and Congressmen have their own row of headstones, each topped by a pointed cenotaph. The 150-yearold brick burial vaults are undergoing restoration. Cindy Hays helped bring the

historic Congressional Cemetery into the modern age, and the board hopes the new senior executive will be able to match federal funding to implement a strategic architecture plan for the site, according to John Gillespie. “Congress designated $2 million into the endowment at the National Trust that we have to match,” Gillespie said. “We’ve matched the first million but need to match the second, and then we would have maintenance funds in perpetuity.” Gillespie also noted that the new senior executive would be charged with developing individual donors and engaging the community in restoration efforts. “We’re heading into a phase that other nonprofits go to, with a more professional development program, and we need community support for our projects,” Gillespie said. Current and future projects include rebuilding columbariums, restoring the lawn and cleaning grave sites, he said. “The cemetery is like a history book,” Gillespie said, praising Hays for her service to the site. But organizations change and sometimes require different skills, he concluded. For more information on the Cemetery or to contact the organization go to H H 45


Medlink Redux

Development Site A Community Concern


ewly elected ANC 6C06 commissioner Scott Price has adopted a strategy of being “Capitol Hill cordial” as he calls it, while leading his constituents through the thicket of dealing once again with the former Medlink Hospital. On a recent evening Price patiently took notes and answered questions as he listened to concerned community members discuss options at a strategy session on the disposition of the controversial property owned by Dr. Peter Shin, attended by forty residents. Shin is planning to lease half of his property for 75 years to IBG Partners who plan to rehab its interior and place on the market 140 rental units and 80 parking spaces. Asked about where this issue is headed, Price responded: “IBG believes they can do this as a matter of right. We are not so sure about that.” The meeting ended inconclusively with a consensus that more information was needed. David Holmes, ANC6A Chair, cautioned the community: “We don’t want to use a club and kill everything.” Dr Peter Shin remains the 800 pound gorilla in the meeting rooms of the ANCs and the residential community. Shin purchased the property in 1992 for $6 million and has made a number of attempts to develop it even as he operated a nursing facility and short term care facility with Medicaid and Medicare revenue peaking at $35-40 million (2000-01) before filing for bankruptcy twice in the past decade. Under the terms of the Confirmed Plan signed by Judge S. Martin Teal, Shin was forced to sell these assets and shortly thereafter Shin leased the property to Specialty Hospital-Capitol Hill. There are estimates that the property is valued at over $100 million. This latest attempt at development has exacerbated the deep well of mistrust between Shin and the surrounding community as his repeated assurances of cooperation in controlling noise, trash, congestion and parking have been met with disappointment. Community members also insist that a number of BZA orders have been ignored. Monte Edwards, long time community activist, says: “Peter Shin’s role….and not having a copy of the lease agreement are what the community is most concerned about.” Nearby residents and the St James & St Monica Church which abuts Shin’s property face the daunting prospect of dealing with the impending construction and long term congestion that will permanently change the character of their neighborhood. John Van De Weert, the Senior Warden of the parish Vestry, reports that so far the working relationship with IBG “has been very cooperative” adding that the Vestry 46 H HillRag | March 2012

by Peter J. Waldron

Former Medlink Hospital. Photo: Andrew Lightman

will soon discuss the project, but he is unsure if “there is a need for a vote.” One fear expressed by a community member who did not wish to be quoted is that Shin will use the IBG project as a Trojan horse for his own development of the balance of the property and square: “Shin is still holding the neighborhood hostage. Shin has control over the building and [he has] a sordid history on Capitol Hill.”

A Plan Lacking Details

IBG Partners submitted the required application in December for “concept approval” and await the decision of the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). IBG operating as Capitol Hill Partners LLC, believes it can, if approved by HPRB, move forward as a matter of right. According to Ann Adams of Goulsten & Norris, who is representing IBG in shepherding the approval process and outreach to the community: “The Zoning Administrator ( Matt LeGrant) has issued a letter which states there is no need for zoning relief.” Using Cath-22 phaseology, Adams explained that there was so little detail in the design being offered because: “We can’t tell you until we design it and we can’t design it until we

have a project.” IBG’s position is that ANC and community input end with the review at HPRB. IBG Partners are acutely aware of the history of the project with Adams drawing a distinction: “IBG is aware that the site comes with baggage” adding that “there is no connection between Dr Shin and our guys.”

ANC Support With Conditions

At a meeting on February 9, ANC 6C voted unanimously to support the concept design put forward by the developers although there were questions raised as to its incompleteness. ANC 6A followed suit the following day. Both ANCs attached conditions for support, most of which have to do with traffic studies and parking and included fully incorporating in the discussions the interests of St. James & St. Monica. ANC6C07 Commissioner Bill Crews, formerly the Zoning Administrator, embraced the contours of the IBG design, stating: “ I am impressed with your willingness to work with us and am concerned that you get the concept approved. This looks compatible with what we want. We want to see this property developed.” The matter was scheduled for a February hearing at HPRB whose preliminary staff re-

port recommends approval. In a late breaking development IBG asked that 700 Constitution NE be taken from HPRB’s February 23 meeting calendar.

Clean Hands

One issue not raised at any meetings which may play a role as this project moves forward is that Shin owes real property taxes on the property of $2,197,149.18 plus interest and penalties as well as a lien filed by WASA for $80,865.08. Under the District’s Clean Hands law (DC Code 47-2861-66) no one is allowed to secure a license or permit to do any business with the District government who owes more than $100.00. A Clean Hands certification is required from the Office of Tax & Revenue (OTR). These unpaid taxes could complicate arrangements between the developer and Dr. Shin and certainly will draw the interest of the affected community. Taxes on the property are just under $800,000 annually. According to District records the property was assessed in 2011 at $43,077,600. Helder Gil of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) asserts that the Clean Hands law applies only to getting a business license as he concedes that OTR only has mechanisms in place to monitor licenses. “OTR has never created a database where a permit” is reviewed adding when queried whether applications are ever denied: “There are not many but it does occur once in awhile.” The law states clearly that both licenses and permits are its intent. The lingering question remains: can Shin lease this property to IBG who presumably have the clean hands necessary to do business with the District or are either Shin or IBG or both disqualified from moving forward until this issue is resolved ? Attempts to reach Shin and Scott Fuller, President of IBG were unsuccessful. H

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by Roberta Weiner

National Marathon Hits Human Roadblock

Convincing lobbying by Chair David Holmes and Commissioner Nick Alberti, whose Single Member Districts are most seriously affected by the Sun Trust Rock and Roll National Marathon slated for Saturday, March 17, led to a Commission vote against supporting the race for the first time, after years of what the Commission feels is an insensitivity to the special issues of the area. The ANC’s opposition is the culmination of a dispute between the ANC and the race’s organizers that has lasted as long as the race has been run in the District and has focused on the race’s route through the ANC, the lack of consideration to residents of the area, and the condition in which the streets have been left. Commissioners Holmes and Alberti have pointed out year after year that for the five hours the race is on, residents are virtual prisoners, unable to get in and out of blocked-off streets around East Capitol Street, through which the race is routed in two directions, as it both begins and ends at RFK Stadium. Holmes pointed out that this is the first year that cars will be removed from the route, along parts of 19th, C Street NE, North Carolina Avenue, 13th Street and East Capitol Street. Chris Browne, head of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, organizers of the race, apologized for things that went wrong last year that were supposed to have been modified. Holmes pointed out changes that have been made, such as moving the water stations, and pro48 H HillRag | March 2012

viding non-amplified music in Lincoln Park (an innovation this year is that there will be live music at places along the route, and a more elaborate clean-up plan than in the past. Browne committed to working on a new route for the next marathon, but he was not convincing enough to gain the ANC’s support for this year’s outing.

700 Constitution Avenue is Conceptually Okayed

While the Specialty Hospital is physically located in ANC 6C (see report below), it is directly across the street from 6A, at 8th Street and Constitution Avenue, enabling 6A to be a party to the newest iteration of the long-running community discussion about the fate of the buildings, the latest of which is a 140-unit apartment building at 700 Constitution Avenue NE on the southern portion of the block. Commissioner Holmes, Drew Ronneberg, chair of the Planning Zoning and Environment Committee and others feel that after years of struggle, the current plan seems the most promising, and most likely to be successful and an asset to the community. The project was scheduled for a Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) concept hearing, and the Commission voted unanimously with three provisos, to support the application. The three reservations are mirrored in similar caveats raised by 6C, and have been mostly resolved by the developer prior to the HPRB hearing. They include softening the look of the exterior on the north façade of the building; getting a traffic analysis of the area (particularly important on that corner, site of the Maryland Avenue traffic study; and a plan for the utilization of traffic alternatives, such as ZipCar, and CaBi bike sharing.

Commission Protests Several Licenses

Faced with a string of problems with alcoholic beverage licensing issues, the ANC… • Voted to protest a CT license request for HR jazz club HR 57, 1007 H Street NE, which has moved across the street from its original H Street digs, unless a Voluntary Agreement (VA) is signed before the petition date. It did, however, agree to support the granting of a stipulated license in the interim because the club is already operating and there have been no complaints. • Also voted to protest a license for a new taqueria—Impala Cantina and Taqueria, 1359 H Street NE unless a VA is signed before the ABRA deadline. The committee was waiting to hear from ABRA with answers to two concerns, but felt certain they would be able to reach an agreement with the ANC prior to the deadline. • And, similarly, supported the granting of a stipulated license to Souk, 1208 H Street NE but voted to protest the awarding of a new license to the establishment’s new owner unless a new VA is signed by the petition date And finally, the Commission made the same decision to protest a new license for DC Conscious Café, a new restaurant at 1413 H Street NE, unless a VA is signed by the petition date,. All these actions were taken with the abstention of Commissioner Alberti who serves on the ABC Board and recuses himself from discussion and

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• The ANC heard a ‘presentation from DDOT on the progress being made on the eastern end of the trolley car tracks on Minnesota Avenue, and was told that they are now aiming for a summer 2015 completion date, including completion of the proposed car barn at McKinley High School. It was reported that a good deal of the distress at the proposed site was that there had been no notification to the community, but that several sites are being looked at. • Heard from Elizabeth Nelson and Office of ANCs Director Gottlieb Simon that money had been removed from the DC budget for interpretive services, at a time when disability rights groups are putting pressure on agencies, including ANCs, to provide them. While, according to Nelson, the Commission hasn’t made regular use of interpreters, the Commission is in the same area as Gallaudet, and issues do arise when they are needed at meetings, and they are budgeted for in the Commission budget. Simon said he received a memo saying that it was a pilot program, and not being renewed. • Learned from constituent Warren Williams, a lifetime resident of the neighborhood, that “synthetic weed” is being sold at stores in the area, and that he had seen a store on Benning Road sell some to a 13-yeaar-old boy. He said it was

legal because it was being sold as incense. He pointed out that the store was, ironically, an old High’s grocery on Benning Rd. between 18th and 19th Street NE. Chairman David Holmes, Chris Fitzgerald, the Mayor’s Ward 6 representative, Naomi Mitchell of Councilmember Wells’ office all said they will look into the situation. • Discussed the fact that it is possible that there may be a medical marijuana dispensary on H Street. There are two potential groups in the running, and a decision will be made shortly, and the ANC will then have relatively few day to respond on three topics: a. the potential adverse impact of the proposed location on the neighborhood, b. an overconcentration or lack of cultivation centers in the affected ward; and c. its proximity to substance abuse treatment center, day care centers and halfway houses, Chair David Holmes said that it may be necessary to have a special meeting of the ANC during March, The next meeting of ANC 6A will be on Thursday, April 12, at 7 PM at Miner Elementary School 601 15tj street NE. H

ANC 6B by Emily Clark


hen reading the agenda for an ANC meeting, it’s usually easy to spot the topics likely to generate the most discussion. Not so with ANC 6B’s meeting on Valentine’s Day, when the hot issue was a residential reconstruction/remodel project on Capitol Hill. Eight Commissioners were present (Campbell and Pate were absent, though Pate cast several votes in absentia and Commissioner Metzger had to leave early).

Historic vs. Modern

A representative from the architecture firm Davis Buckley presented revised plans for the residential remodel in the 1200 block of C Street SE, reducing lot coverage and altering materials to conform to neighborhood standards. Commissioners had an extensive discussion of the plans, the lack

of support letters from nearest neighbors and concerns as to whether the remodel would maintain the appearance of the historic Capitol Hill district. Several commissioners claimed to be fans of modern design but wondered if it would work on the Hill. In the end, they voted narrowly (4-3, with Commissioner Glick abstaining) to approve the design’s concept without actually approving the application.

Reservation 13

Commissioner Flahaven announced that he had met with Mayor Gray regarding Reservation 13 (the site of the former DC General Hospital), and that the mayor has agreed to meet with the community. There have been proposals for a Redskins training facility at the site, Flahaven said, and he noted that the community had not yet been heard.

Run, Run, Run (or Walk)

Chris Browne of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance made a presentation regarding changes to the Sun Trust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon, scheduled for March 17th. The race begins and ends at the Stadium Armory, includes both full and half marathons and is expected to draw 21,000 runners this year—an increase of 4,000 over 2011. The event involves multiple ANCs but chiefly Ward 6. Browne says there are plans for a significant overhaul in 2013 that will remove portions of the route from Ward 6 and that race organizers will meet with the community to discuss reconstruction of the route. Among what he noted as improvements, Browne said the water station will be moved from Lincoln Park to 2nd and East Capitol SE. As far as the ongoing problem of trash, DPW will again send street sweepers, a local nonprofit will clean up discarded clothing and a private company will also participate in the cleanup, Browne said. The Ward 6 DC Road Runners will be “the final line of defense for cleanup,” he said. Browne said the number of runners has been capped this year and that the expected increase is fairly evenly split between full and half-marathoners. He also noted the charitable and economic benefits of the race.

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ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, 7 pm, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE. ANC 6A, 2nd Thursday, March 8 Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee 3rd Tuesday, March 20, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Adam Healey, 556-0215 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, March 19, 7pm • Community Room of the Capitol Hill Towers 900 G St. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee 3rd Wednesday, March 21, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Drew Ronneberg, 431-4305 Community Outreach Committee 3rd Monday, March 19, 7pm • 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!

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Commissioner Frishberg said there will eventually be a model of the Hine School development on display at the Hill Center. Meanwhile, discussion focused on parking, namely whether the hundred or so new residents of the mixed use development should be allowed to apply for Zone 6 residential parking permits. Commissioner Frishberg noted that allowing the permits would put more than a hundred additional cars on the already congested streets in the area. Commissioner Garrison expressed concern about the increased congestion but said he was troubled by what he called a “sledgehammer approach.” He thought it might be unfair to ask new residents, many of whom will be living in the affordable housing set aside for teachers, firefighters and others, to cough up more money each month for garage space. But the commission voted 7-0 to send DDOT a letter of concern regarding the transportation impact study for the project.

Brick vs. Concrete

The Commission voted 8-1 (with Commissioner Glick abstaining and Commissioner Pate voting in absentia) to ask for $149,000 in PBP funds for sidewalk repair at Garfield Park. Commissioner Frishberg suggested getting estimates of relative costs of replacing the existing brick sidewalk or using concrete. Bill Phillips, spokesman for a neighborhood group, noted that neighbors pay to maintain the park, but “We’ve been trying to get the sidewalk repaired for a decade.” The park sidewalk extends along 3rd Street SE from South Carolina Avenue to the freeway.


Tamara Haye Daufour, founding director of the nonprofit HayeGirl, introduced herself to the commission and explained the focus of her organization, which occupies offices in the Hill Center. Daufour has a degree in chemical engineering and also worked as a stockbroker and financial planner. She hopes HayeGirl will be an effective outreach in teaching financial literacy to four target groups: military families, disadvantaged businesses, at-risk youth and low-income women. Daufour has 50 H HillRag | March 2012

worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs and Washington Parks and People, teaching basics of taxes, bank accounts, budgets, credit, insurance, estate planning, investment, retirement/employment benefits and entrepreneurship. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August) at the Hill Center, 921 Penn. Ave. SE. H

ANC 6C by Roberta Weiner


hair Karen Wirt began the ANC 6C meeting with an announcement that there were 22 items on the agenda, and there were. They included: • Approving of the concept application for the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for 700 Constitution Avenue, the old MedLink project, which will now be an apartment building using the original 1928 and 1956 buildings. The building is a matter-of-right building, and so this is the only opportunity the community will have to comment on the structure. The Commission had conditionally approved the project, with five caveats that they wanted to see acted on. In the month intervening between the developer’s original presentation to the ANC many of the issues, such as making the cornice on the north façade of the building more attractive and meeting with representatives of St., James Church to solicit their views have been implemented and the others will be. The Commissioners seemed to feel that while this may not be the perfect solution for the site, it is a great deal more satisfactory than any other plan that has been presented over time. With that in mind, the ANC voted unanimously to give its okay to the development. • Rejecting 4-2 support of the Sun Trust Rock and Roll Marathon on March 17th. Despite apologies from Chris Browne of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance for inadequate trash pick-up last year,

and inadequate entry and egress points for residents due to closed off streets., And despite a similar commitment for new route planning for next year to that given ANC 6A (in fact, the 6C meeting was held prior to the 6A), 6C Commissioners were not convinced enough to withhold their displeasure. A unanimous vote to support a public space permit for a curb cut for a mixed-use development that will rise at 100 K Street NW near Union Station at a site with narrow sidewalks and a wall at street level on one side. Knowing where the curb cut for a parking garage and loading dock will be located will allow the developer to move forward with the design of the project. Archstone, the developer was praised for other developments they have undertaken in NoMa, and their outreach to the community. A presentation from the streetcar team at DDOT designed to assure the community that, contrary to rumors, there will be no streetcars going up 3rd Street NE, and there will certainly be no turnarounds on the narrow street An announcement from Damon Harvey of DDOT that performance parking will be coming to H Street NE between 3rd and 15th Streets, which means that parking meters will vary depending on the time of day. The extra money collected through the program, designed to keep parking moving, will come back to the community in the form of grants. It was suggested that the program be on G and H to the south, and I and K Streets to the north as well. Mr. Harvey agreed, and said there should be more. Enthusiastic approval of a proposal offered by Commissioner Tony Goodman for DDOT to widen the sidewalk on Florida Avenue, part of the NoMa transportation plan that can be done immediately. He pointed out that it’s now impossible for Gallaudet students and faculty to communicate with each other walking down the street An agreement to write a letter of support for Fresh Farm Markets supporting the farmers’ markets in Penn Quarter and on H Street

NE.. New this year in Penn Quarter will be a matching dollar program for students at a new nearby charter school who bring SNAP (food stamps) or WIC cards. At H Street, construction is supposed to begin on a new development at the 6th Street site during the summer, and the Saturday market will have to find a new home. However, they feel that if they start at their usual place, they can more easily let people know where they will be moving, In more market news, a vote to provide a grant of $2500 toward the establishment for its second season of a Sunday outdoor market in a parking lot at 5th and I Street NW. The market, a project of the Mt. Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, will feature fresh and prepared foods, antiques, collectibles and crafts, and will operate from the spring through November. A presentation by Cory Barnette on his proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary at 777 H Street NE, which is currently being considered by the City. His background is in working with dispensing medical drugs in San Diego, and he has a carefully thought out plan, down to floor plans with security camera locations and security doors. The DC Department of Health will make a decision about who and where his dispensaries will be located. A unanimous recommendation that a letter be sent to the Mayor’s Agent, urging that an appeal by the Third Street Church of God of the denial of a raze permit for three houses at 1232, 1234, and 1236 New Jersey Avenue NW be denied. The commission had previously rejected the church’s request to demolish the residential buildings on the grounds that they had done nothing to preserve the property. The request had also been denied by the Historic Preservation Review Board. A report from Commissioner Scott Price on the Maryland Avenue NE Traffic Study, which has produced a series of recommendations that include constructing new medians, changing traffic patterns and installing traffic lights. The ANC

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also unanimously approved Price’s resolution for DDOT to have a Capitol Bikeshare station installed at the triangle at 8th and D Streets as long as it is not located at a place that will jeopardize customer of pedestrian safety, Not one, but two presentations on the future of Uline Arena, one a proposal for a student project to redesign the structure as an ecologically sustainable building, the other from the National Symphony Orchestra to use it as a venue for part of its outreach into the community and to, under a $150,000 two-year grant from the NEA, do some upgrades to the historic site and hold concerts there Enthusiastic reception for a set of lamppost banners that the NoMa BID has had designed to be hung on 1st Street. NE. The series of six designs, rhomboidal in shape, will be up for two years. Support for the granting of a stipulated alcoholic beverage license for Zuppa Fresca, a new Italian restaurant at 250 K Street NE (the Loree Grand). Heard a presentation about the Washington DC Clean Energy Adult Public Charter School, which has been developed for adults who lack a high school degree. The school will provide students 18-30 with both academic credentials and a renewable energy job certification.

The next meeting of ANC 6C will be held on Thursday, March 14th at 7 PM at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE. H

ANC 6D by Roberta Weiner

Youth Probation Center Slated for South Capitol Street

The prospective opening—at the end of April or the beginning of May— of the Southeast Balance and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Drop-In Center, a project of the DC Family Court, was greeted with alarm and anger by Southwesters living nearby, across from Nationals Stadium and just north of a new residential development currently

nearing completion on South Capitol and N Streets SW. The community is also concerned that they were not consulted or even notified, only receiving an announcement that the center was opening. According to its brochure, the BARJ Center “provides a detention alternative for medium to high-risk pre-adjudicated juveniles awaiting trial, as well as juveniles who have violated probation (pending revocation), to receive after-school services in a structured community-based environment, and facilitate family support and involvement.” The Center provides a long list of services, ranging from probation supervision and mentoring to health education, peer-to-peer mediation, community service, cultural outings, art appreciation, even cooking. The program meets from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 10 - 2 p.m. is for male offenders, ages 12 to 18. Program director Terri Odom and Hon. Zoe Bush presiding Judge, Family Court, described the center’s programs, making clear that it is not a detention center, that there is adequate security staff, as well as agency staff, that there are 20-30 people assigned to each probation officer and the attendees are scheduled fully in classes and counseling sessions for the full time they are at the Center. Ms. Odom apologized to the people at the meeting, saying that it was not their intention to overlook the community in selecting the new location. She said their object is not to create an “eyesore” but to be a part of the community. Judge Odom pointed out that there was less than 6% recidivism from the program. Several community members present pointed out the inappropriateness of the location, which not only is in a neighborhood that is enjoying a renaissance, but is less than one block from a liquor store. In fact, despite assurances that there would be no problems at the Center, the ANC voted unanimously to write to the Court expressing disappointment in the choice of the site, and asking that they work with the community to find an alternate site that would be more acceptable.

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A long-awaited multi-use PUD at the former site of St, Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, so long in the planning, in fact, that it included the demolition of the church, several seasons of a Christmas tree lot, the establishment and cultivation of a community garden, and many trips to the ANC, is finally set for presentation to the Zoning Commission; At the ANC meeting, representatives of developer Trammell Crow, CSG Urban Partners, Shalom Baranes Associates, architects, and Father Peter Huber of the Church came to the commission to seek its support for the project. The PUD includes a new St. Matthews Church at the corner of Delaware Avenue and M Street, an L-shaped building containing 220 apartments, a community center named for Thurgood and Cecilia Marshall to honor the contributions of the longtime Southwest residents. The Center will provide youth and adult computer classes, fitness and wellness programs, senior programs, free Wi-Fi, and will provide space for community meetings. The center will also have a café, Sacred Grounds, where the development’s neighbors will be able to gather. Ten percent of the housing will be Affordable Housing (Inclusionary Zoning only requires 8%), with units set aside for households earning up to 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). The development has been presented to the ANC several times over the past years, each time with changes. This time is no exception, with many additions included in a community benefits plan negotiated with the ANC. They include a parking garage and underground loading dock on Delaware Avenue that has been moved from M Street. The garage will have charging stations for electric cars, 2-3 ZipCar stations, and parking for 80 bicycles. There will be a landscaped courtyard on top of the parking garage, open to the public and the setback along M Street has been increased from 22 feet to 24 feet to provide for more open space. Additionally, Trammell Crow will work with Kid Power on their Veggie Time garden at AmidonBowen Elementary School, including underwriting a fence around the garden; a donation will be made

to Casey Trees to plant trees in the median along M Street and $10,000 will be contributed to the Near SE/ SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC) in support of its agenda. Finally, the CDC formed to run the proposed community and the CBCC will each have a representative on the other’s board. By a unanimous vote, the Commission voted to accept a resolution of support to the Zoning Commission that incorporates the elements of the community benefits agreement and will be incorporated into the PUD. (Not included in the resolution is support of the contribution to the CBCC as that was not part of the ANC negotiation).

“Fairgrounds” to Replace Beer Garden Near Stadium

Bo Blair, the entertainment impresario who created the Bullpen and beer garden across N Street from Nationals Park has a new idea for this season, which he shared with the ANC. Again using the land to be developed by owner Akridge, Blair will operate the “Fairgrounds,” a food and drink venue, flea market and event space that will be open seven days a week, even when the Nats are not in residence, from the opening of the season until Oct 1. The market and bar will be architect-designed and constructed of salvaged shipping containers that will be used as retail spaces for vendors, with two permanent food trucks—the Bayou, featuring Louisiana cuisine and drinks, and Surfside, featuring beach-type offerings. The Market will be run by Diversified Markets Management (DMM), which runs the Sunday Eastern Market Flea Market and the Downtown Holiday Market. Mike Berman, DMMs operator, says he has a database of over 2,000 vendors to draw on. The venue will be located at the 1st and M side of the block (where Das Bullpen was installed last season, and it will be located in a way that will allow the Truckeroos that were so popular last year. There will also be bands and other entertain(continued on page 55)



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capitolstreets “Every day our police officers put their lives on the line for all of us and they don’t get thanked nearly often enough. They dedicate themselves to our community – often in ways that are little noticed and sometimes overlooked. By showing their appreciation, this faith community shines a much-deserved light on the everyday heroism of MPD and its officers.”

Heroes of the Hill

Methodists praise police with annual “heartfelt” thanks by Carol Anderson


o said Ward 6 City Council member Tommy Wells on Feb. 13 while attending the 13th Annual Police Valentine Tribute honoring DC’s finest. Each year the event features church members arriving at the First District Sub-Station (1D1) with food, valentines, keepsake gifts and performing songs that name as many officers as lyrics will allow. This year, church members from the newly designated Ebenezer Circuit – Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Ebenezer United Methodist Church and Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church – participated in the tribute “I can honestly say I have never had a ‘thank you’ quite like this,” said Inspector Mario Patrizio, 1D1’s new station chief. “It’s comforting to know that the community is aware of and appreciates the daily struggles that members of the MPDC go through for the citizenry we are sworn to protect.” Police and Wells; Caption: DC Council member Tommy Wells reminds all of the importance of saying thank you to our dedicated police. Photos: Roswell Taylor He was ably assisted at this year’s fete by Lt. Diane Durbin, a vetmen and women officers would reeran of the yearly tributes. turn safely home from the daily dan“Officers of the First District Subgers of protecting the community. Station look forward to this tribute Besides the sights and sounds every year. It’s really become one of competing for the officers’ attention, our favorite events,” said Lt. Diane were the smells of zesty shrimp, homeDurbin. She especially noted the efmade soup, fresh-from-the-oven cookfort and creativity it took to make ies and other culinary delights. The the many kids’ valentines, the special many personalized valentines made by songs and “all the good treats to eat!” CHUMC’s Children’s Sunday School To jumpstart the fun, the group class and the TGIF kids added lots of Some of the regalers and regalees. Kids’ Valentines opened with a rap that welcomed color to the 1D1 break room. Inspector Patrizio and Commander One of the best – and most prac- stationhouse. Its clever slogan read, Durbin lost no time attaching a pink Daniel Hickson and lauded officers tical – food gifts for the police was “Treats Before You Hit Our Streets.” lion key chain to her shirt pocket. by name. They next performed the a tri-panel “Snack Center” created by Among this year’s fun keepsakes Inspector Patrizio said that long group song, “Heroes of the Hill,” the kids of TGIF, a before- and af- for the officers were fuzzy hearts with after the event was over, the officers which also lifted up individual offiter-school tutoring program housed the words “Heart Throb” on them. still wore the valentine stickers from cers. For the musical highlight, soat Capitol Hill United Methodist When you pulled the attached cord, the kids. The stickers were tempoloist Alan Naylor sang “Bring Him Church. It had 100 snack multi- the heart literally throbbed. There rary, he said; the smiles were permaHome” from “Les Miserables,” which packs stapled to it that officers could were valentine animal key chains, nent. “I was still smiling when I got served as a musical prayer that all grab on their way in and out of the heart stickers and other fun items. Lt. home.” H 54 H HillRag | March 2012

ment on game days, with Family Days on Sundays, and 20 TV sets on which to watch the games. Blair’s liquor licenses do not need updating, but the ANC gave the project an enthusiastic vote of support.

In Other Actions

• Heard an update on the apartment buildings at the Waterfront Metro stop, now being developed by Urban Atlantic. Vicki Davis said they will be breaking ground in March for the two buildings, 1150 and 1151 4th Street SW, which will house 226 residential units. The buildings will receive new skins as well as interiors, • Declined to support a time extension for the PUD for the Randall School museum/residential development because, while submitting the paperwork for the extension, the developers have not met with members of the ANC, despite several requests, • Voted unanimously to support an application to the Performance Parking Fund for $20,000 to restore the underwater lighting at the Duck Pond. • Anticipating signed Voluntary Agreements within a few days of the meeting, supported liquor licenses for two new restaurants being opened by Xavier Cervera, Park Tavern at Canal Park, and Willies Brew and Que at the Yards. The Commission also approved an extension of weekend hours from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. for Station 4, enabling them to begin brunch service earlier. • Agreed to support several races that touch on the Independence Avenue edge of the ANC: the Scope It Out 5K Walk for colon cancer on March 25th; the 8th Annual Race to Stop the Silence 8 K for violence against children on Sunday, April 29th; and the Race for Hope 5K for brain tumor research on Sunday May 6th.



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Last Months Answers: 83. Second crop in a season 84. Absorb 85. Gibson, e.g. 87. First-aid item 88. Debbie Harry solo song 89. It may be fit for a queen 90. Roof beam 91. Buttonhole 95. Acts as the interlocutor 96. Ancient colonnade 97. Persia, today 99. ___ Fjord 100. Baltic capital 101. Kind of job 102. Baker’s dozen? 104. Square dance partner 105. Marienbad, for one 106. Gymnast’s goal 107. Breach

Community Life Spotted on the Hill:

The Downy Woodpecker


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n the immediate DC region, there are seven woodpecker species that may be observed. One of them is the spectacular Pileated Woodpecker that may be seen in Rock Creek Park and especially the riparian habitat along the C&O Canal. Unfortunately, the Capitol Hill area is not suitable for this species so I encourage you to take a walk along the towpath some Sunday afternoon in search of this bird that has at times been mistaken for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. With that opening lead and perhaps a bit of a bait and switch, I hope I won’t disappoint you with our comparatively low-keyed feature bird that in the past has received high approval ratings by some of the nation’s greatest ornithologists. With our many local parks, the Anacostia River, and lots of old large trees, they can indeed be spotted on Capitol Hill. The Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) is noted for being the smallest and most widely distributed woodpecker in North America. It has a white belly and under parts, black and white checkered wings and bold white stripes down the back and on the head. Both sexes look alike except that the male has a red nape. I think many birding 101 style sessions begin identification by comparing the Downy with the sympatric but less common Hairy Woodpecker. I have a childhood memory of being taught in the second grade in Maine the differences between these two woodpeckers. Both are very similar in appearance but the Hairy is larger and its bill much longer. Hairy Woodpeckers are less likely to be seen on

the Hill in part because they are not as tolerant of human activity as is the Downy. The Downy Woodpecker got its name from the American colonial naturalist Mark Catesby and is apparently a reference to the soft white feathers of the white stripe on the

to these vocal sounds, both species use their strong bills to drum, i.e. the act of pecking on a resonant object to create a sound pattern. They may choose hollow trees, regular trees, even rain gutters and house siding. The purpose for this activity is believed to establish territory, for courtship and to main-

lower back, in contrast to the similar, but more hair-like feathers there on the Hairy Woodpecker. Downy Woodpeckers have a soft “peek” call as well as a bursting whiny-like musical trill. The Hairy Woodpecker has a similar vocal array that is considered to be harsher and louder. In addition

tain contact with its mate. The drum burst of a Downy has been described as steady and staccato. Downy Woodpeckers spend a good part of the day vertically climbing trees in search of food. They are well-adapted for this foraging activity possessing sharp claws on their H 57




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toes and a stiff tail that helps to keep balance. They also have reinforced skulls to absorb the constant shock of pecking and chiseling. Feeding primarily on insects and larvae that live inside wood or tree bark, they will also consume ants and caterpillars. At birdfeeders they especially like suet and sunflower seeds. These Woodpeckers are a member of the mixed winter flock that in this region also includes Carolina Chickadees, Whitebreasted Nuthatches,Tufted Titmice, Northern Juncos and the Ruby-crowned and Golden Crowned Kinglets. These birds stay together to help in their search of food and out of safety, making them less likely to be picked off by a hungry Sharpshinned Hawk. I mentioned above that this bird was thought rather highly of by some of the early ornithological luminaries. John James Audubon noted in 1842 that it “is perhaps not surpassed by any of its tribe in hardiness, industry, or vivacity.” Alexander Wilson a few years earlier had observed Downy Woodpeckers working at their nest with “the principal characteristics of this little bird are diligence, familiarity, perseverance.” A nice tribute indeed to a modest bird that goes about its business without fanfare and yet has some character traits that we can all strive for. Bird Notes: Joe Cwiklinski recently sent me some photos of an Ovenbird in his backyard near 14th & G Streets SE. What is extraordinary is that it was seen not in migration, but on January 28, 2012. Ovenbirds at that time of the year should be far to the south. I also received a lament that a birdfeeder on the Hill has only attracted House Sparrows. Does anyone with a feeder have more variation than that and have some suggestions on attracting other species? You can contact me with information or suggestions at petevankevich@gmail. com. H

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2012 Community Achievement Honorees

Capitol Hill Community Foundation Honors Three for Distinguished Service to Our Community


by Stephanie Deutsch

ach spring, the Capitol Hill Community Foundation honors three individuals with “Community Achievement Awards” and gives the Arnold Keller, Jr. grant of $10,000 to a local organization to recognize and support “projects of organizations making significant, ongoing contributions to the life of the community.” These honors are celebrated at a gala dinner in the great Patrick Crowley Photo: Andrew Lightman hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library. The dinner, open to the and wondering why “they” didn’t do public, is CHCF’s largest fundraiser something to clean up the place. The and this year will be held on Wednes- mucky gutters and full to overflowing day, April 25. The honorees will be trash cans started to bother him and he Patrick Crowley, Martha Huizenga began to bring a shovel on his walks. and John “Peterbug” Matthews. The He would clear debris from the gutCapitol Hill Arts Workshop, which ters and, on one memorable occasion, celebrates its fortieth anniversary this he brought gloves and plastic bags and year, will receive the Keller grant. emptied the trash cans. “It was the nasThe Foundation, founded in 1989, tiest thing I have ever done in my life,” has directed more than $6.2 million to he remembers. a broad range of projects supporting He also made the discovery comlocal schools, charities, arts groups and mon to people who become involved other organizations that make Capitol in their communities. “I realized,” he Hill a better place to live. Funded en- says, “that there was no ‘they’ there. tirely by annual donations from mem- There was really not much organizabers and friends of the community, the tion, there was no paid staff. If there is Foundation proudly directs every dol- no ‘they’ to make things happen, then lar contributed to grants. All adminis- we have to do it.” trative costs are covered by the memSince then, Crowley, now retired bers of the Board of Directors. from his position as an economist with the Federal Energy Regulatory ComPatrick Crowley mission, has done every conceivable Eighteen years ago, Patrick Crow- task at the 35-acre cemetery. He beley started walking his St. Bernard at gan recruiting other dog walkers into the rundown, overgrown graveyard the K-9 Corps to help with clean-up near his house at 14th and C Streets projects and, through significant anSoutheast. He had no particular inter- nual membership fees, to contribute est in the cemetery but after seeing a towards support of the cemetery. He dog that had run out of Lincoln Park organized yard sales and an annual be hit by a car he just wanted a safe “Dead Man’s Run” to raise funds, and place for himself and his dog, Shannon, asked if he could join the Board of to walk. Despite the drug dealers that Directors of the Association for the sometimes hung out there, Crowley Preservation of Historic Congressional and a small band of other dog owners Cemetery, which now oversees cembegan regularly walking in the cem- etery operations. He joined forces with etery. It wasn’t long before he found another dedicated volunteer, Jim Olihimself picking up trash as he walked ver, then the assistant manager of the 60 H HillRag | March 2012

House Republican Cloakroom on the Hill, a history buff whose efforts had brought attention to the cemetery from Congress and from the National Trust for Historic Preservation which named Congressional Cemetery to its 1997 list of most endangered historic sites in the country. Patrick has mapped the cemetery’s 55,000 burial sites, helped manage repair of damaged headstones and secured a grant for the care of the Public Vault that was used as a holding place for bodies awaiting return to homes in other parts of the country. And he remembers the snowy day when he carefully prepared a grave site for a burial only to be brusquely handed an urn from the window of a limousine and asked to “take care of this.” He did, finding in the burial of the ashes of someone he did not know a quietly rewarding and spiritual moment. This spring, as dog owners gathered to pay their annual dues and renew their tags, Patrick was there for the orientation sessions, as he had been for many years, explaining the regulations and volunteer participation that make the program work and sharing his reverence for the cemetery and its history.

Martha Huizenga

Also being honored at this year’s dinner is Martha Huizenga. Springtime each year finds her working one night a week preparing IRS forms -gratis -- at the tax clinic sponsored by the Capitol Hill Group Ministry. “I like helping people and I like doing taxes,” she explains, as if doing other people’s taxes were the most natural thing in the world. Like Patrick, Martha has a long history of volunteering in service to the community here. “I am a joiner,” she says. “I cannot say no.” Growing up in Dalton, on the south side of Chicago, Martha at-

tended the local public schools, played clarinet in the marching band and represented her school on the swim and gymnastics teams. After college in Iowa and a graduate CPA course Martha decided that, in fact, accounting was not for her but the burgeoning field of telecommunications was. In 1993 she moved to the Washington area to take a job as a systems analyst with MCI and a few years later, marriage to Matt Wade, who did work similar to hers but for Bell Atlantic, brought her to Capitol Hill. They now live in the house on Kentucky Avenue that they bought then and it is the office for DC Access, the wireless Internet service provider they founded and run. Volunteering came naturally to Martha who says her mother was always involved in something, from the vestry of her Episcopal church to service as an election judge. Martha spent four years as vice president and president of CHAMPS (the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals). As a board member of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation she has evaluated grant requests and, for three years, Martha has offered leadership for the annual fall Literary Feast fundraiser. This year the thirtytwo dinner parties in private homes and the festive after party at the Hill Center netted $27,000 to help fund

Martha Huizenga Photo: Andrew Lightman

the Foundation’s grants, which total around $250,000 a year. For the Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Martha has helped run a fundraising golf tournament as well as serving on the board and working at the tax clinic. She has made and served hundreds of sandwiches to homeless men and women for McKenna’s Wagon. This all keeps Martha very busy, but she happily reports that she also finds time to knit, take, develop and exhibit photographs (she still uses film) and compete in triathalons.

D.C. Recreation Department to use the space at 13th and E as a shoe repair academy. Permission was granted and, despite the fact that in the early days the corner was infested with drug dealers who eyed him suspiciously, he has been there ever since. Today John Matthews teaches shoe repair at Phelps Vocational High School and in the late afternoons and on Saturdays reaches out to young people in the area around his academy with his own training program and with a host of other activities. He has sponsored a football team, the Hornets, at Watkins Elementary John “Peterbug” Matthews Asked to describe John “Peterbug” Mat- School across the street from his space, mentored individual youngthews, D.C. City Council sters, written stories to member Tommy Wells calls entertain them, walked his friend “a local leader who them home when they bridges the old and the new were out too late, rein our community in a way paired for free the shoes that reflects pride in our past of senior citizens. On and confidence in our future.” the third Sunday in May Matthews is a fifth generation each year he sponsors a Washingtonian who grew up community festival with in his grandfather’s home on food, music and a paCapitol Hill and has made rade. his Shoe and Leather Repair He finally kicked Academy on the corner of his stuttering, he says, in 13th and E Streets Southeast 1984 when he was a delsuch an institution that two egate for Reverend Jesse years ago the city renamed the Jackson to the Demoblock “Peterbug Matthews cratic nominating conWay.” John “Peterbug” Matthews. vention in San FrancisAs a child attending John Photo; Andrew Lightman co. After that he dabbled Tyler Elementary School in local politics, pushing for better services for Matthews was teased because he stuttered and the neighborhood. “I want the same thing evcalled “Porky Pig” for being plump. Because eryone else wants,” he says quoting his buddy of his speech he was sent to special classes Tommy Wells. “A liveable, walkable neighborat Randall Junior High School in Southhood.” west while his friends all went to Hine. From Randall he went to Phelps, a vocational high school where his older brother was studying Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, shoe repair and that experience changed his Winner of the Keller Award life. He learned the trade that he has pracFor forty years the Capitol Hill Arts ticed ever since and made an important friend, Workshop has offered adults and children in a teacher named Guy Panafino who took a lik- our neighborhood the opportunity to study ing to him. “I couldn’t believe it,” Matthews re- and practice many of the performing and vimembers today. “He stuttered worse than me.” sual arts. CHAW has brought the Hill reaWhen Col. Panafino came to dinner at the sonably priced plays and the opportunity to Matthews home, it was a neighborhood event perform in them, art shows, tumbling classes, (Matthews says “the only white folks we were music lessons and a huge variety of summer used to seeing was the police and the insur- camps in the years since its founding by Sally ance guy.”) After graduating from high school Carlson Crowell, one of the first recipients in the “bad spring” of 1968, Matthews went of a Capitol Hill Community Achievement to college at Oklahoma Technical Institute to Award. The Capitol Hill Community Founstudy shoe and saddle making. He continued dation is celebrating CHAW’s forty years of his education at Federal City College where dynamic partnership with the community by he got a degree in sociology and participat- awarding it the Arnold Keller, Jr. Award. ed in a class with a speech therapist at D.C. Teachers College that taught him a great deal For more information on purchasing tickets to the dinner about stuttering but didn’t cure him. But when or to participate via sponsorship donations, please send an email to, he couldn’t find a job he returned to shoe re- or email or call Buck Waller at 202-365-0534, Buck@ pair. In 1976 he submitted a proposal to the H

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t’s nearly spring, but rest assured that H Street NE did not hibernate over the winter. Should warmer temperatures coax you outside, here are some places you might want to check out.

Insight Property Group to Purchase H Street Self Storage

The purchase by Insight of the Murry’s lot was quite the topic of speculation, but now comes even bigger news that Insight will include the H Street Self Storage parcel in its developments plans. These are no small plans mind you. They

by Elise Bernard call for an eight-story structure (the H Street Self Storage building is five stories) with 300 residential units, 68 retail-dedicated parking spaces, and up to 60,000 square feet of retail space. Right across the street Jair Lynch has another large development planned. Combine the two, and that block is going to look very different in five years.

Catching Up With The Daily Rider

I recently chatted with the owners of the Daily Rider (, 1108 H Street NE) about their

plans for the new bike shop set to open sometime this spring. The Daily Rider specializes in stylish road bikes, and they hope to become a destination shop for certain specialty brands. In addition, the Daily Rider plans to serve the many types of cyclists in the neighborhood by offering bikes at all different price ranges. Though they will not open as a full service bike shop, they are working towards that goal. In the future, they also have plans to offer children’s bikes, but are still selecting models. Potential clients will be pleased to hear that the owners, who live nearby, plan to offer evening hours during part of the week.

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Boundary Road

The much anticipated Boundary Road (http://, 414 H Street NE) has now opened its doors to the public. The restaurant boasts a frequently changing bistro menu. The setting is casual, with exposed brick and salvaged wooden beams adding to the rustic feel of the dining room. Chef, and owner, Brad Walker brings a ton of experience to his new venture. His resume includes time at Central, Proof, Cashion’s Eat Place, and Fiola, among others. The food is quite good, but the cocktails also merit attention. My favorite was El Luchador, which blends tequila, lime juice, and a jalapeno/lemongrass syrup, finished off with a salt and chipotle powder rim. Do yourself a favor, and try Boundary Road before the word gets out.

DC Chili Bowl Coming to H Street NE?

A former employee of Ben’s Chili Bowl recently announced plans to open his own chili bowl style restaurant on just off the H Street NE Corridor. He describes the concept as “a combination of a ‘Chili Bowl’ and a ‘Southern Style Diner.’” His plans for DC Chili Bowl notably deviate from the formula at Ben’s. Anthony Ulysses Holman plans to serve up kosher Hebrew National hotdogs, turkey chili, and a jalapeno burger (on a cranberry wheat roll!), all `things you won’t find at Ben’s. Holman will also offer up condiments like sauerkraut, that Ben’s eschews. The all day breakfast service will surely gain a quick following, and I’m quite excited about the breadth of grits offering (sweet butter grits, cheese grits, fish and grits, pork chop and grits, and shrimp and grits). Vegan diners are in luck, as DC Chili Bowl has pledged to serve up the best vegan hotdog in town. Holman hasn’t publically identified a specific location, but he did recently tell local news outlet WTOP that he found a spot on, or near, the H Street NE Corridor (a Twitter posting suggests that it is on Bladensburg Road). DC Chili Bowl’s Twitter account (@DCChiliBowl) gives a big window for a target opening date. A post indicates that it could be as soon as late spring of this year, or as late as early fall. What does this mean for the future of the building at 10th and H Street NE that the owners of

As the future home of the Casbah, this space will one day soon offer Pakistani and Indian food

Ben’s Chili Bowl purchased last fall? Maybe nothing. The owners haven’t revealed whether they will open a second Ben’s Chili Bowl, or run with a new concept. They did make it clear to the City Paper last fall that they were exploring all options. It seems unlikely that H Street NE will end up with two chili bowl types restaurants, but stranger things have happened.

Right now the sidewalk is mostly dead space that only attracts loiterers. Putting a restaurant patio right there could transform the corner, much in the same way as happened when Khan’s (, 1125 H Street NE) put in a patio across the street.

The Casbah

For years volunteers have been quietly working to establish a history trail for the H Street NE Corridor. Their efforts are about to come to fruition. This particular path, dubbed “Hub, Home, Heart: The Greater H Street NE History Trail,” is set to open later this spring. It runs a little over 3 miles, and delves deeply into the history of the H Street Corridor. Those who walk the route will learn about the immigrants who set up shop on H Street in the early 1900s, consider the history of Gallaudet University, remember how H Street NE burned in the 1968 riots, and see how it is being reborn once again. It should be fun for residents and visitors alike.

I routinely crave Indian food, and based on blog comments on Frozen Tropics (, I’m not alone. I’ve watched with interest the construction evolution at the former Naby’s Island space that will one day soon yield to the Casbah. The Casbah (1128 H Street NE) is new restaurant serving Indian and Pakistani food. The latest evidence of progress comes in the form of a recent liquor license application. The Casbah will occupy only the ground floor of the building, which means limited seating. The good news is that its 16 interior seats will be supplemented by additional seating on the seasonal patio. This part is key not only because restaurant patios are cool, but also because this particular corner has a vast expanse of bubbly aggregate sidewalk just begging for use.

A History Trail for the H Street Corridor

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Ed Copenhaver Takes Off His Frager’s Apron


Copenhaver has been a co-owner of Frager’s Hardware for 37 years. On February 1, 2012, he retired. Ed’s take on his own retirement party illustrates the way Ed Copenhaver thinks about things. Ed said that he was really looking forward to the planned retirement party, because he saw it not so much his own personal celebration, but more like a Frager’s employee reunion. “A lot of really good folks have worked with me over all of these years,” said Ed, “and it is going to be wonderful to get everyone together.” Ed is just now getting used to not being in the store every day and says while he definitely has some things on his “to-do” list, he has been taking it pretty easy so far. Even if you are one of the few who is not familiar with the name Ed Copenhaver, if you have shopped in the hardware store in the past three decades, you would immediately recognize his face. Ed was often the first person to greet customers as they stepped into the store. Frager’s is one of those places where you push open the door and instantly know you have stepped into a time machine and been transported back into time. In this case, it would be the 1920’s when Fritz Frager first opened the store. By the time Ed and his co-owner and long-time friend, John Weintraub, bought the store in 1975, the hardware store had become somewhat a household name in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, so the name stuck. In fact, Ed says, George Frager, one of Mr. Frager sons, stayed on at the store to help teach him and John the ropes of managing a retail hardware business. Ed’s eyes twinkle when he says that George’s motivation for mentoring the new own64 H HillRag | March 2012

by Rindy O’Brien

Ed Copenhaver with two of he long-time staff of Frgers. Photo: Andrew Lightman

ers served a dual purpose. “George needed an excuse to get to the Hill to keep a long-standing relationship going with his lady. But, for me, it was really instrumental to have George around,” said Ed. “I remember one of the first things George did was teach us how to count out the money from the registers at the end of the day. Of course, today everything is computerized making the business much different.” The soft southern drawl of Ed Copenhaver comes from being raised in Virginia and graduating from

Univeristy of Virginiaand, where he met his business partner, John. He is the kind of person who makes you feel he has all the time in the world to listen to your story and then head you in the right direction. Ed says that learning the art of listening is probably the one thing that has made his business career such a success. “It took me a little while to realize that whether it is a customer or an employee, the best thing I can do is really listen to what they want, and then see how I can help them with the situation.” Interestingly,

Ed recalls that he picked up on the art of listening from a training film he watched during his three years of service in the Navy during the Vietnam era. This movie showed a young serviceman going to his officers wanting to talk about a problem. The first officer has his head buried in paperwork, and tells the sailor to come back later. The young man seeks out another officer, who also is working on his paper work, but he looks up and invites the young person to sit and listens to his story. “I immediately could see what a difference this one act of listening had on that young solider,” Ed recalls, “and have always made it a part of my business practice to listen.” Ed also has enjoyed the mentoring role of hiring young Hill kids for their first after-school job. He says that there are three reasons he believes that these teenagers have made such excellent employees. “The young folks are quick learners; are energetic; and pay attention to what you are telling them.” Of course, not all of them have worked out,” Ed quickly notes. “But, we have been really lucky to offer this chance to work to a lot of young people over the years.” Frager’s has kept up with the times, despite it often being described as an old fashioned hardware store. It added the garden center to the vacant lot next door when the gardening craze hit, and Ed is amazed at how it has grown from a couple of rolling carts with tomatoes and vegetable plants on it, to a very high-end gardening center. The same is true with the Rental Center that really took off after they were able to purchase the building next door. “Having the extra space has really helped to expand our operations,” Ed noted. “We went from not doing that end of

Partners Ed Copenhaver and John Weintraub at Ed’s retirement party at the Hill Center.

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the business very well, to making it a very good service and business for the community.” Ed worked a two week shift where he would take three-days off at the end of each shift and he said never in the 37 years did he feel stressed out, or not want to come into the store. But he says it is time for him to spend time getting in physical shape and do more of the things he loves. High on that list, after spending time with friends, is sailing. He has enjoyed sailing in Annapolis with another Hill resident every other Friday afternoon for a number of years. Now he hopes to spend more time on the water. Ed is a little like the cobbler in the folktale about the fellow who’s

so busy making everyone their shoes that his children go barefoot. “You know when you work around this stuff all day, I never had much interest in going home and working on my own place.” So, his repair list is a little long, including a bathroom he tore out to remodel the first year he moved into his house some 20 years ago. For all of us that have benefited from the wisdom of the civil engineer turned hardware store owner, we will miss seeing Ed in his blue Frager’s apron greeting us at door. But we are thrilled that he will still be around the neighborhood and he says don’t be surprised if occasionally he isn’t filling in for some of the store’s top brass when they are out of town. H

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Retail and Services Expand on Barracks Row by Sharon Bosworth

Ivee Trac of A- List Nails: “Our business levels are increasing every week- We’re very happy to be here.”


here’s no question that Barracks Row is a restaurant lover’s dream with even more eateries opening in the first quarter of 2012. But don’t be fooled into thinking that’s all that’s on The Row. Retailing and service-oriented businesses are blossoming, too - especially one’s focused on pets and personal grooming. Presently there are four pet centered businesses on the row with a fifth being planned. Metro Mutts 66 H HillRag | March 2012

(formerly Pawticulars) at 707 8th Street; Chateau Animaux (under new ownership and soon to be named Howl To The Chief ) at 733 8th Street; Valerie’s Animal Den Grooming and Boarding at 737 8th Street, SE; and Dogma at 821 Virginia Ave, SE. Recently ANC Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg hosted a casual meeting at the Hill Center for everyone in the neighborhood to meet the owners of Wagtime, a dog day care-

dog retailer whose flagship able urban lifestyle. operation is in Shaw. The With over 35 Wagtime group has expressed inter- eateries on Barracks Row we are est in the property at the corner of constantly alert for news from our Potomac Avenue and 9th Street, SE. ever evolving restaurant scene. This They would be neighbors to Domi- month there is a brand new chef at nos. To open their business a change Lavagna, 539 8th Street, SE. John in zoning would be required. Barton, trained at Culinary Institute Should the zoning change work of America and was on the team at out for Wagtime by spring 2012, our Bibiana, 1100 New York Ave, NW, five pet emporiums will challenge the highly rated modern-Italian personal care (beauty) salons for the restaurant. There he was spotted by second place commercial business Stephen Cheung, owner of Lavagna. classification on 8th Street after res- Barton has a passion for a la minute taurants. Presently there are six sa- preparation - dishes prepared from lons in the Barracks Row footprint: scratch when they are ordered. From Patou Personalized Beauty Care, the day it opened the motto at Lavag709 D Street, SE; Bouvier Interna- na has been, simple, fresh and Italian. tional, 711 D Street, SE; Skin Beauty After three weeks on the job, Barton Lounge at 404 1/2 8th Street, SE; is working his way through the menu, Natural Kinks, 406 8th Street, SE, tweaking and perfecting it as well as second floor; Tracy and Company, setting up an on-site meat curing and 428 8th Street, SE; and A-List Nails, vegetable picking operation. 739 8th Street, SE. Cheung is working at Barton’s Recently Myles Doherty and pace, ready when the chef is to make partners, owners of 737 8th Street changes. By March the menu at LaSE, announced a new, as yet un- vagna will clearly reflect Barton’s named beauty salon was opening preference for ultra fresh ingredients. soon in that building. But whichever category prevails, beauty salons or pet emporiums, the ultimate winners are the supporters of Barracks Row who have stuck by the corridor through the recession and bought local. Today there is a growing abundance of retail and services of all descriptions on 8th Street giving new impetus to Ward 6 as the epicenter Chef Brandon Thorp of Senart’s Oyster and Chop House explains of a DC’s livable, walk- oyster shucking at Barracks Row Culinary Education Crawl.

of the Chesapeake area to parts of California. A tremendous variety of nearby specialty farms and organic dairies are now prospering, making it possible to develop locally sourced menus that include game like venison and boar as well as the expected pork chops and beef steaks while also offering new side dishes like wild mushrooms instead of the more expected green beans. Thorpe’s earliest influence came from a large extended family which gathered at holidays, 18 to 20 strong around the table. Then there was an uncle in the restaurant business, four years in California, and one day he knew he wanted to be a chef and returned to Baltimore for training. Executive Chef Brian Kline who opened Senart’s as chef last year and immediately became a neighborhood favorite is now at Boxcar 224 7th Street, SE, just 3 blocks away. Though the Senart’s kitchen is small, the possibilities are endless. OysProceeds from Ssenart’s Oyster shucking classes were donated to Barracks Row Main Street: (l to r) Sharon Bosworth, Barracks Row Main Street; Xavier Cervera ters will always be the with Henry. anchor at Senart’s. At the recent Barracks Row CuSoon you will notice weekly or even daily linary Education Crawl menu changes that demonstrate the chef ’s Chef Brandon taught class after class the fine passion for the freshest of the fresh. Though points of oyster shucking with rave reviews. Lavagna is recognized for light, modern Owner Cervera promises more oyster shucksauces, Cheung believes Barton will be go- ing classes will appear on the menu soon. ing lighter still, developing sauces that only As the year progresses so does work at enhance and never cover the flavors of meats. 410 8th Street, SE, as the old Blockbuster Each plate will be prepared a la minute, mak- is transformed into Yes! Organic Market. In ing possible customization for special diets our Barracks Row Main Street office we reand preferences with every single order. ceive weekly calls from owners of businesses Across the street at Senart’s Oyster and of every description eager to call our corridor Chop House, 520 8th Street, SE, owner home. With the class of 2012 comprised of Xavier Cervera has brought in Chef Bran- new retailers, services, restaurants plus a grodon Thorpe who trained at Baltimore In- cery store, it appears neighborhood dreams ternational College’s Food Institute and for a vibrant, well balanced assortment of was hired from top rated Cinghale Oste- businesses on 8th Street, SE may at last be ria, 833 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD. coming true. Cinghale means wild boar in Italian. A native to the Baltimore area (and avid Raven’s To volunteer call Barracks Row Main Street: 202-544fan), Thorpe sees parallels in the abundance 3188. H


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Neil Glick, ANC6B’s Longest Serving Commissioner Politics 101: Lessons from Hill East by Larry Janezich

Neil Glick. Photo: Andrew Lightman


ast September, ANC6B Chair Neil Glick was lying flat on his back in bed recovering from post-concussive syndrome. While traveling, he had suffered a serious head injury. Nine months earlier, Glick had been elected Chair of ANC6B after what Glick calls the most contentious election in years. Three sitting incumbents were turned out, and longtime ANC 6B Commissioner Will Hill had retired. The change the 68 H HillRag | March 2012

election brought to the ANC had several causes, among them Glick recalls, “ANC6B had become very complacent as an ANC.” New faces joined returning Hill East Commissioners to form a coalition which elected Glick as Chair – the first Hill Easter to serve at that post in recent memory. Well into a tumultuous and, by many measurements, productive year on the ANC, Glick took his freakish fall while on vacation. His recovery and return to the ANC underscore the determination he has shown as its Chair. After a rollercoaster year, Glick decided not seek reelection as Chair, and, at the January ANC 6B meeting, he joined the majority that voted for another resident of Hill East, Jared Critchfield.

divisions and resentments within the Commission between the reformers and the “old guard.” Under his leadership, new committees were established, commissioners had greater flexibility to explore issues important to them, the ANC recruited residents to serve on committees, and efforts were undertaken to broaden the ANC’s outreach. Breaking away from previous practices, Glick worked hard to solicit input from fellow commissioners and to foster a spirit of inclusiveness. As far as his advice for future chairs, Glick recommends that an ANC Chair listen to all the commissioners and work for a consensus. “When we have people on the team with a desire to do something, support it, don’t discourage it. I have seen commissioners,” he added, “including myself,

A New Direction for ANC6B

In an interview summing up his experience, Glick, ANC6B’s longest serving commissioner, remarked upon the challenges of finding a new direction for the ANC while dealing with major issues and the occasional

ANC6B meeting. Photo: Larry Janezich

marginalized by ANC leadership in the past.” Glick notes that he most proud of being a part of the “dynamism that brought change to the ANC. ANC6B has gotten tighter and better.” During his tenure as Chair, the ANC dealt with four major issues: the redistricting of Ward Six, redistricting of the ANC, the Hine development, and Eastern Market legislation. In addition, it cleaned up the mess of the de facto liquor license moratorium for the 400 block of Barracks Row left by the previous ANC after it rejected liquor licenses for two new restaurants. It has been an extraordinary year for ANC6B. “No Chair in the past 11 years chaired as many meetings as I have this past year,” Glick said. He added that one of his colleagues counted 33 meet-

ings involving the ANC last year. “That’s a lot of meetings to attend for a volunteer,” Glick said.

A Higher Profile for Hill East

Glick also cited among the successes the higher profile that Hill East enjoys with the City Council, noting specifically the role of Hill East commissioners lobbying the Council on redistricting. Glick stressed the need for continued outreach to the Mayor’s office: “If we had better relations, we might get better answers on Reservation 13,” he points out. In fact, Glick calls this lack of development his biggest disappointment, saying “Hill East is the neighborhood of broken promises when it comes to Reservation 13.” He credits the election of Hill Easters Jared Critchfield (the new ANC6B Chair) and Brian Flahaven to the ANC as reasons why 6B reinvigorated its commitment to this issue, but he and others continue to be disappointed by the lack of progress from the City. “They brought a new energy and new ideas to the table – their efforts, and the ongoing dedication and commitment of Commissioners Carol Green and Francis Campbell have galvanized the residents of Hill East.” (Subsequently, in part because of the efforts of Hill East commissioners, ANC6B Chair Critchfield announced in mid-February that Mayor Gray had committed to attending a community meeting on Reservation 13.) Asked if he would run for ANC again, Glick said, “I’m on the fence about whether or not to run again. I learned my limits as ANC commissioner. The attitude of the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Alcohol Beverage Review Administration toward the ANCs, which Glick feels is dismissive, “has made me lose faith. On the other hand, Brian Flahaven and Jared Critchfield have shown me and the commission that things can change and we don’t have to live with the status quo. That was a huge lesson.” Larry Janezich is Secretary of Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA), and editor of H H 69



SOUTH Wharf Development Plans Fleshed Out by William Rich


re-construction activity continues at the massive Wharf development on the Southwest Waterfront. The latest step in the years-long effort to redevelop the moribund waterfront is the recent submission of the Stage 2 PUD application for Phase 1 to the Zoning Commission by the Hoffman-Madison Waterfront team. In the submission there are details about what is planned in parcels 2, 3, 4, 11, the Capital Yacht Club, and public spaces including the Wharf Promenade, Transit Pier, District Pier, 7th Street Park, and Waterfront Park. While most of Phase 1 is contiguous, Parcels 11a and 11b are disjointed from the other parcels in Phase I, as well as 7th Street Park and Waterfront Park. According to Stan Eckstut from

Perkins Eastman, which did the master planning for The Wharf, the buildings have been designed with a low-rise base of 2-4 stories and a tower stepped back from the base. The increased building heights allow for narrower blocks – the typical width of blocks at The Wharf is 200-250 feet, smaller than other areas of the city and the rest of Southwest. In addition, the increased building heights allow for more open space – between 50 and 60% of The Wharf is dedicated to public or open space. Eckstut was inspired by the waterfronts of older European cities, including Olso, Copenhagen, and Stockholm when designing The Wharf since those cities bring their streets to the water’s edge. For instance, the new Wharf Street, SW will run along

the waterfront and be primarily pedestrian in nature, but will allow limited vehicle activity like a European woonerf (a street where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over motorists). Other sections of The Wharf have been modeled after domestic waterfronts, including Battery Park City in New York, Harbor East in Baltimore, and Santa Monica Pier. Following is a description of the parcels and some of the public spaces planned in Phase 1 of development. Parcel 2 is located approximately where Phillips Flagship now stands, to the west of 9th Street, SW. In its place will be The Wharf Center, a 135,000 SF multipurpose entertainment and cultural venue.  Presumably this is where the  Washington Kastles  will play

Parcel 2 will contain several buildings, including a performing arts center, two apartment buildings, and a cogeneration plant located near the current Maine Avenue Fish Market. Rendering: Hoffman-Madison Waterfront. 70 H HillRag | March 2012

their matches. Wrapped around it will be 494 apartment units in two towers (292 units in the east tower and 202 units in the west tower), and 39,000 SF of ground floor retail. In addition, there will be a Combined Heating and Power Facility (CHP) that will provide all the necessary heating, cooling, and electrical power sources for The Wharf northwest of 7th Street, SW.  The Wharf Center will be a five-level facility while the residential buildings will rise 12 stories to a height of 130 feet. An unoccupied tower at one corner of the building facing the District Pier will reach 200 feet.  Hoffman-Madison Waterfront will develop this parcel and the architect is Perkins Eastman. Across 9th Street, SW is Parcel 3a, located approximately where

A new St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church will be built in place of the current church at the corner of M Street, SW and 6th Street, SW, along with 109 condos. Rendering: Hoffman-Madison Waterfront

Call Your Neighborhood Locksmiths the Kastles Stadium at The Wharf is currently located. The Graduate School USA  will occupy the 11-story, 218,000 SF office building (at a height of 130 feet) facing Maine Avenue, SW and there will be 15,000 SF of ground floor retail. A 170-foot unoccupied tower element will be in one corner of the building. Parcel 3b is located to the south of parcel 3a and faces the Washington Channel.  A 278-key InterContinental Hotel (the other InterContinental Hotel in the city is The Willard downtown) is planned at this location along with 7,000 SF of retail. The hotel will rise 12 stories reaching 130 feet with a clock tower at one corner approximately 159 feet in height. Carr Hospitality will develop this parcel and the architect is BBG-BBGM. Next to Parcels 3a and 3b is Parcel 4, which is located somewhat in the Kastles stadium footprint, and will contain 168 apartments and 130 condos in two buildings. There will be 77,000 SF of retail in two levels, including a health club.  The apartments and condos will rise 13 stories and reach a height of 130 feet.  These buildings will have more of an industrial feel and are reminiscent of  The Odyssey  condos in Arlington (at least the perspective from Wharf Street). HoffmanMadison Waterfront will develop this parcel and Handel Architects designed the buildings. Parcel 11a is the site of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church at 6th Street, SW and Maine Avenue, SW. The old church will be demolished and in its place will be a new, 15,000 SF facility.  It will be two stories tall and will include building elements such as blue & gray glass, cast stone, mill finish aluminum screen, and white aluminum storefront.  St. Augustine’s will develop this parcel and  MTFA Architecture  is the designer. Adjacent to St. Augustine’s will be a 109-unit condo building at parcel 11b.  The five-story condo will be U-shaped and will line 6th Street.  Hoffman-Madison Waterfront

will develop this parcel and the architect is SK&I Architectural Design Group. Among the public areas in Phase 1, the space created specifically for current residents to enjoy is the 4.2-acre Waterfront Park, located adjacent to Harbor Square. The park as planned will be built in two phases. There is a section of the park footprint that is now owned by the National Park Service near the Titanic Memorial that will be built in a second phase once an agreement is made with the federal agency. The existing willow oaks will be maintained and will frame the northern and eastern edges of the park.  A semicircular pergola on the northern end will offer some shade while a seat wall and a shallow fountain will follow the shape of the pergola. The play lawn and pergola will be elevated to allow views out toward the Washington Channel and the Potomac River. Play mounds will be positioned to help screen the townhouses planned at Pier 4 and the Harbor Patrol. A garden area will be located near the willow oaks and rain gardens will be placed throughout the park to help capture runoff before it gets in the channel. Ramps and stairs will lead down from the play lawn to the roadway where access must be maintained for Pier 4 and the Harbor Patrol; however, the road won’t be visible from above. The cafe terrace shown on the rendering is where the Maine Lobsterman statue is currently located and is not officially part of the park, but is close enough for patrons to grab a refreshment or bite to eat to take to the park in lieu of a pavilion inside the park.  Hoffman-Madison Waterfront will most likely meet with the Zoning Commission in July. Groundbreaking for Phase 1 is now scheduled for the first quarter of 2013 with the buildings and public areas coming online in 2015. William Rich is a blogger at Southwest… The Little Quadrant that Could (www. H

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Amidon Sidewalk Park An Urban Space Ripe for A Facelift


ying along the southern edge of Amidon Elementary School’s playground, at the corner of 4th and G Streets, SW, is a little strip of a park – double rows of benches set back from the street, a modest abstract brick sculpture with some bricks missing, and boxes for trees that are no longer there. Occasionally you see people sitting in the shade reading, but mostly they walk past and take little notice. Few people have any idea how this parklet was planned or built. The Urban Renewal project that built most of Southwest Washington in the 1960s and early ‘70s created four community parks in a part of the city that had had none at all before. (The only recreational space in the neighborhood had been the old Hoover Playground – not part of the enlarged King Greenleaf Rec Center.) The rebuilding of Southwest took the area’s park and recreation acreage from about 30 acres to over 60 and created four new parks, some of them actually collections of sites: • Town Center Parks, the two wooded parks on I Street at 3rd (the smaller one next to the library) and at 6th (the Duck Pond); • Waterfront Parks, along the Washington Channel, the largest of these between N and P Streets (including the Titanic Memorial) and four smaller ones scattered between the restaurants to the northwest; • Lansburgh Park, over the old First Street between H and M, with handsome pavilion structures, but otherwise pretty neglected now; • And finally, little Amidon Side72 H HillRag | March 2012

Article and Photos by Hayden M. Wetzel

walk Park. Daniel Kiley, as some neighbors Of these four, Amidon Sidewalk think), and opened in 1967. The is definitely the least known. In fact, RLA annual report for that year most people probably think it’s just shows several boys on Sherman’s an extension of the G Street sidewalk, brick “play sculpture”, Sherman’s son which in many ways it is. This little being one of them. The park never strip park runs alongside the Amidon had an actual name, but is called School playing field on G Street SW “Amidon sidewalk park” in RLA’s at 4th Street: a dual row of benches, a brick construction and some more benches. Cuts in the pavement show where trees were, but they are now gone. Before the razing of the area in 1954, the area where the Amidon school building and its playground are now, was covered with houses. H Street was closed to make a “superblock” for construction. Plans called for the Amidon playground to run up to G Street, but the Redevelopment Land Agency – the city agency implementing the urban renewal work –planned widened and enhanced sidewalks along 4th Street, given its prominence in the new design of the area. This was called “The Amidon Promenade” by planners, although the name was later dropped. In 1961, at the time that the style of fence around the playground was being decided, RLA separated this little strip for a public park (a “modest little project” the papers at the National Archives note). The park was designed by the RLA design office under the direction of its chief, Stanley Sherman (not the nationally-known Current state of the Park

annual report. In 1971 the area was transferred from the National Park Service to the DC government. Over the years this small area of green and benches has served the neighborhood, but it has not been very well maintained. The sculpture has lost some bricks and a row of

Another contemporary view of the Park

trees down the center has disappeared. Many people probably walk past without noticing it. If they continue to walk along G Street past 7th, however, and then along the northern edge of the Jefferson JHS playing field, they will realize how much more pleasant this “parklet” makes the street than the narrow and bare walk at Jefferson. Long-time Southwest resident Ron McBee comments: “While

DPR has long abandoned our park, it still is a nexus for us neighbors to meet and talk, families to stroll with their children or pet owners to walk. This small pocket park is much valued and used by the community here in SW.” Hayden Wetzel is a local tour guide and active preservationist. He has been researching the history of the Southwest Urban Renewal Parks for the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly. H

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From Manufacturing to Mixed-Use The Capitol Riverfront Changes by Michael Stevens, AICP

Florida Rock site after demolition.

Florida Rock after Clearance


or the better part of 200 years, the SE Waterfront and Navy Yard neighborhoods exhibited an industrial heritage with a maritime focus that defined its look, feel and character. The Navy Yard itself was a large industrial and manufacturing center that once fashioned ships and ship parts. An approximately 200-acre campus was criss-crossed by railroad tracks that connected to manufacturing buildings that produced torpedoes, gun barrels, munitions, boilers and other equipment that was then shipped along the east coast to shipbuilding yards. That goods manufacturing era at the Navy Yard has evolved into an era of design procurement and IT systems manufacturing for the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Over the years, other sections of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood have hosted industrial and manufacturing uses. The neighborhood made things, stored goods and materials, and provided thousands of blue collar jobs to working men and women who also lived in the 74 H HillRag | March 2012

The Boilermaker Shops undergoing renovation.

nearby neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, SW Washington, and Anacostia. This section of Washington was one of the few industrial areas in the city. Industrial, manufacturing and storage uses included: • Concrete manufacturing plants • Asphalt batch plants

• Trash transfer and recycling centers • Oil storage tanks • Electric generation plants and substations • The DC Water pump stations • Streetcar barn and repair shop • Metal salvage yards Today, the industrial and manu-

facturing uses are now disappearing and being replaced by a high density mix of uses that has been well planned. The neighborhood is more and more defined by the business of government and the professional services that cluster around procurement centers, as well as residential uses. Both the District and Federal Governments have invested heavily in the area in infrastructure improvements, new parks, new affordable housing, new bridges and streets, and a new baseball stadium. A new neighborhood has been established on the river, one that takes advantage of waterfront access, multi-modal transit options, and proximity to the US Capitol complex and downtown DC. The Nationals Park baseball stadium accelerated the transition from the neighborhood serving as the city’s industrial backyard to a mixed-use vibrant and walkable neighborhood.

Florida Rock and Trash Transfer Reborn

The Florida Rock concrete plant


behind the ballpark and the Trash Transfer facility on New Jersey Avenue, SE have been two of the most highly visible industrial uses that are finally being demolished – evidence of the dramatic shift in the character of the Capitol Riverfront. The Florida Rock concrete plant was one of the most high profile and active industrial uses in the Capitol Riverfront as it sat on the Anacostia River just south of Nationals Park. Over 2 million visitors a year had an opportunity to see the plant during games, and the neighborhood has seen it in operation as trucks came to the site for concrete being used in construction sites across the DC metropolitan region. The plant was fully demolished four months ago, its use relocated to another industrial site, and the site will likely be home to various interim uses until it is redeveloped. The planned mixed-use development for the site, called Riverfront on the Anacostia, is going through the review process now and will contain residential, hotel, office and retail uses and it will also complete another segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. The Trash Transfer facility on New Jersey Avenue, SE was been an imposing industrial building due to the large brick smokestack that dominates the site. In recent years the trash transfer component of the building ceased operations and it had become a staging and storage facility for salt and snowplow trucks and other Department of Public Works vehicles. All DPW operations are scheduled to be relocated by March 31st and demolition on the building should begin in 3-4 months. The site will be “squared-up” with the reconstruction of I Street, SE between 2nd Street and New Jersey Avenue and developed as high density multi-family residential as part of the Arthur Capper Carrollsburg rebuild. The reconstruction of I Street helps reestablish the historic street grid pattern for the neighborhood and improve east/west access and connectivity. It also allows the “squaring-up” of Square 737 for the construction of the new Park Chelsea luxury apartment building by William C. Smith & Co.

Adaptive Reuse

A number of historic former industrial buildings are being given new life through adaptive re-use. These buildings and others will remain in the neighborhood as a constant reminder of our past heritage: • The Foundry Lofts – renovated as 170 loft style apartments overlooking Yards Park. The project is currently 70% leased

and two restaurants in the building – Potbelly Sandwiches and Kruba Thai & Sushi – will open for business in April 2012. • The Boilermaker Shops – currently under renovation as a restaurant cluster that will include other neighborhood support retail opening in fall 2012. • The Lumbershed Building – renovation will start in the spring for this restaurant cluster overlooking Yards Park. The 2nd floor space will serve as offices for Forest City Washington. • The Evening Star/Washington Post Print Building – this 400,000 SF office building is being renovated for three DC Government agencies and should open in late summer 2012. Two other of our industrial buildings will remain in our neighborhood and contribute to the urban landscape. The DC Water pump house, at the terminus of New Jersey Ave., SE, is a beautiful Beaux Arts building constructed in 1907 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It will remain in active operation for another 15-20 years as the Long Term Sewage Control Project is completed, but I hope that one day it will become a home for retail, restaurants, shops and artists similar to the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria or Faneuil Hall in Boston. The Pepco electrical substation in Buzzard Point will remain for years to come as it provides electrical power to a variety of neighborhoods and government building complexes. The former Pepco generating plant, adjacent to the substation, is a great example of Art Moderne industrial architecture. It is currently vacant but I envision the possibilities of it becoming an art museum or other cultural focal point similar to the London Tate Modern Museum. Cities constantly evolve, grow and change character, and neighborhoods are no different. The Capitol Riverfront is undergoing a dramatic shift from a former industrial and manufacturing center to a high density, mixed-use new urban neighborhood on the river.While some of the industrial heritage will be removed, we are fortunate that several of the more significant industrial buildings are being renovated and reused as important building blocks in the community. These buildings will be constant reminders of the industrial and maritime past while bringing active uses to an ever growing neighborhood on the river.

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One Hundred Years of Pink Celebrating Our National Cherry Trees

article and photographs by Rindy O’Brien

Paul Russell’s memorial plaque is tucked beneath some early blooming cherry trees at the U.S. National Arboretum. His book on ornamental cherry trees is considered one of the best.

St. Mark’s Episcopal church at 3rd and A Streets, SE has beautiful weeping cherry trees planted in its courtyard. The contrast of pink blossoms against the turquoise roof makes for a spectacular cherry tree showing.


n March 27, 1912, the now famous national cherry trees were planted in a simple ceremony as just a few people gathered at the Tidal Basin. Fast forward 100 years, and we are about to go into Cherry Blossom orbit

with a whirlwind five-week celebration of blossoms, spring and everything pink. The century old gift of 3,000 trees from the Mayor of Tokyo has become so much more than he could have ever imagined. But honoring the sentiment of the gift to promote beauty, culture and friendship between two countries is still the major mission of the annual event. The delicate pink blossoms have an amazing effect on all who experience them. Capitol Hill also peaks out in pink and many of our local businesses, restaurants, and organizations will be part of this 100th anniversary celebration.

Celebrating the Cherry Trees

A tag on one of the National Arboretum’s cherry trees provides information on the kind of tree and when it was planted. 80 H HillRag | March 2012

The ornamental flowering cherry tree is one of the most popular and recognized trees in this area. It is a compact tree that fits nicely into our small gardens and parks, and while a little delicate in nature, the tree handles DC’s hot summers, and unless we have extraordinary ice storms, it handles our mild winters as well. However, in 1906, Dr. David Fairchild of the US Dept. of Agriculture wanted to make sure that the trees were really compatible with our climate before advocating that they be planted near the Jefferson Memorial along the Tidal Basin. Dr.

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Predicting the Bloom

Not all cherry trees look alike. The Kasugano tree found in the field at the Arboretum shows one of the 12 species that is fuller in shape and bloom.

Fairchild was familiar with the trees through his plant explorations to Japan, and had 75 cherry trees brought to his Chevy Chase home to be planted as an experiment. Lucky for all of us, the trees did well, and soon there was a movement afoot to arrange for a gift of the trees to come to Washington. On March 27, 1912, Mrs. Helen Herron Taft, First Lady, and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted two Yoshino Cherry trees 175 feet from what is now Independence Avenue. There is a plaque that commemorates the spot, if you are walking in this area. Mrs. Taft presented a bouquet of American Beauty roses to her guest in thanks for the lovely gift. As part of the exchange, the United States also sent Dogwood Trees to be distributed to the Japanese. The trees, unlike the cherry trees here, were not kept together, but rather distributed widely throughout the city. As a result, there are few that can be found today. 82 H HillRag | March 2012

Cherry Tree aficionados, and you know we have them, can easily keep you entertained with many facts about the delicate blossoms for at least a subway ride from Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian stop, the closest station to the Tidal Basin. We all know that Cherry Blossom Blooming Watch begins in earnest about March

A Capitol Hill homeowner has used pink for its yard chairs that go perfect with the flowering cherry tree.

1st. We see the familiar face of the National Park Service ranger, Bill Line, begin to appear on our favorite local news channels predicting when the first blossoms should appear. Last year, the cherry trees peaked on March 29th, while the average date is usually a little later, around April 4th. Many folks have been concerned since we have had such a mild winter that the blossoms may be even earlier this year. But, festival officials believe that the Yoshino Cherry Trees, late bloomers that are the predominate species around the Tidal Basin will be okay. But, as Danielle Piacente, a festival organizer, points out, “there is really never any way to really know when the trees will peak, and since the festival runs for five weeks, we are preparing other ways to keep the beauty of the blossoms before the public.” Mother Nature actually helps out in this regard. There are over 12 different varieties of flowering cherry trees, and they all have different time frames in blooming. In late February, a number of cherry trees were in full bloom in a field near Asian Valley at the U.S. National Arboretum. Hidden under one of these trees is a memorial plaque for Paul George Russell, who was one of the plant specialists deeply involved with bringing the cherry trees to the Tidal Basin. He published a book in 1934 with the Dept. of Agriculture entitled, “The Oriental Flowering Cherries,” which was considered the bible of cherry trees at that time. Mr. Russell spent his career with the National Herbarium and in one of those odd twists of fate, died of a fatal heart attack at the Herbarium the day before his daughter had planned to take him to see the cherry trees on April 3, 1963. His scientific work in this field is still honored today.

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versary activities, you will get a chance to vote on one of three varieties of the cherry tree. The National Arbor Day organization has launched a national effort to choose America’s Favorite Cherry Tree. The three trees chosen are the Autumn Flowering Cheery, the Yoshino Cherry, and the Kwanzan Cherry. The Autumn Flowering Cherry is one of the 12 original varieties at the Tidal Basin and is best known for the pink buds and white flowers. It is one of the later bloomers in the spring. And it is the only tree that blooms both

The temporary Eastern Market building is now gone, but the cherry trees remain and should be in bloom by early April.

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in spring and fall. The Yoshino Cherry is the most well known because of its abundant numbers around the Tidal Basin. The blossoms have a slightly fragrant smell and are stunning in pink or white flowers. The blossoms also appear in clusters of four or more which makes the tree seem even fuller in bloom. The third tree voters can choose is the Kwanzan Cherry. These deep double pink blossoms usually close the Cherry Blossom Festival, blooming a couple of weeks after the Yoshino. There are many of this species planted in East Potomac Park.

Over the five-week period of the festival, the non-profit group that organizes the annual festival, National Cherry Blossom Festival Organization, will be promoting restaurants in what they are calling their Cherry Picks (restaurants that will be serving something cherry infused). Hill establishments that will be part of the list are: Art and Soul, Belga Cafe, B. Smith’s, Bistro 525, Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Ted’s Bulletin. On April 21st, the Capitol Hill Riverfront Business Improvement District will be hosting its 2nd Annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Lantern Making Family Day. The event will be held at Yards Park from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm. After families make their paper lanterns, there will be a parade around the park. Of course, there will be a moon bounce for smaller children, martial arts demonstrations, food, and Pinkberry frozen yogurt. To get the full rundown, including walking tours at both the Tidal Basin and National Arboretum, go to the official website: We often hear the phrase that something is the gift that keeps on giving. Truly, the gift of these trees to the US from Japan is just that. I cannot imagine spring without these wonderful trees in bloom, and the chance for all of us to believe in the renewal of spring and the renewal of friendship. Rindy O’Brien confesses to being a Cherry Tree aficionado and plans to spend all her March and April at the festival! Ideas or comments, H H 85

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Gardening with Containers


article and photos by Derek Thomas

any Capitol Hill gardens have a very limited space to grow the plants and vegetables that an avid gardener would like to have. In fact with the recent condo explosion, even on Capitol Hill, many gardens are now just a cement patio or balcony. Not many options for gardening right? How wrong you are. The craft of container gardening has come a long way to serving the needs of the most space challenged Washingtonians. If you have an outdoor space with access to water you can now create Roof top gardens can be transformed to elegant outdoor rooms with container plants. the lush gardens that you desire with less effort than full sun, or dank shade? Are you ing? Will the area be protected in you imagine. When deciding on landscaping covering an aspect of your landscape colder months, or are you going to with containers there are several im- or adding contrast to an existing de- have to move the containers inportant things you must consider for sign? Is your intention to have the doors? Are you container gardencontainer be the attention getter or ing for the beauty of the craft or the achieving success. the plants that are grown within? functionality of it? Will you want to change the plants By considering these questions Choosing the containers seasonally or are you going to install you will be able to make choices Think about the space. Is it in a more permanent plantabout what your containers will be. For instance if you are using con-

tainers to plant vegetables, a visit to a full service nursery will provide you with used growers containers. I use the black plastic, 20-gallon size, for vegetables and have had great success with them. You will also save money on these planters since many nurseries will give you their used containers or sell them to you for a greatly reduced cost. However, if your purpose is aesthetic, such as adding impact to your front entry, choosing two cast iron planters filled with palms will give you the impact and elegance you desire. Or if you want to use the pot as an art object, then a concrete urn placed in the shade of your favorite tree will give an element of design in your garden. If you want to use the planter to add color to your landscape then you can choose one of the high gloss ceramic planters that are now available in many patterns and colors. Just plan to bring these containers in during the winter or house them in an area where they will stay dry, (freezing and thawing tends to crack these type of planters).

Consider the soil

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There are many “container soil mixes� available today. However I prefer and have had more success with the ones that are soil-


less. These blends are usually identified as potting mixes or container mixes. They will not have the word soil in the label description or name. These potting mixes tend to be lighter and aid in good air circulation in the container. You should never use soil dug from your garden, no matter how good it is, since this soil will compact over time and provide a greatly reduced air circulation to the roots of your plants. You can mix your own container mixes when doing this use ½ peat, ¼ sand, perlite and charcoal (in equal parts totaling about 1/8 of the total mixture), and1/4 organic material (a commercial leaf mold/ compost is good for this). You can also add a silicate gel that is sold as an additive to help moisture retention.

Front entries to basement units can become inviting entries with lush plantings.

The plants

When it comes to filling your containers, the choices are as extensive as the containers themselves. Use common sense. Plants that perform well in the garden with little care will need more care when grown in a container. Plants that are extremely aggressive may overpower their containers. Plants that are delicate may not be suited to the extremes that can be encountered when container gardening. 1) If you are planting evergreens remember they will need

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Containers can be used as art objects to introduce contrast to shady gardens.

the same seasonal care as if planted in the earth. Evergreens will also require more care as time goes by; you will have to amend the soil and prune regularly. You will need to repot or root prune every couple of years to keep evergreens healthy. 2) If you are planning to plant tropicals, are you going to bring them indoors in the fall or treat them as disposable? Many tropicals that are kept outdoors in the summer months can become the host of insects. If you have indoor plants and choose to bring in the tropical plants grown outdoors in summer you should consider several sprayings of an organic insecticide prior to bringing them indoors. This will prevent insect spread to your indoor plant collection. 3) Perennials can be a hit in container landscaping. Choose plants that flower for extended periods to give a longer lasting impact. Perennials will perform well for several years in container gardens. After two to three years you can divide them or plant them in the garden and replace them with younger plants.

The mix

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three shade plants will not work and depending on placement something in your design will not be happy. You can use grasses, shrubs, and even a variety of trees in your containers. If unsure what to use consult your garden center pro or landscaper for advice. There are many books on the market that either are about container garden plants or have a section dedicated to container plants.

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This is the most important thing to consider in container gardens. Often the failure of a plant in a container is due to improper watering. Your plants will have a better chance of surviving if you took the time to do several water smart things. First make sure that the containers that you use are large enough to accommodate the mature size of the plants. Always water thoroughly and use a 2”-3” layer of mulch to help water retention. Add a silicate gel to the potting medium. These products are available at most garden centers and work by absorbing water and releasing it when surrounding soil has dried. You can also purchase or have installed a drip irrigation system that works on a timer and provides water at predetermined intervals. When planning your summer vacation work with your neighbors to do a buddy system for watering or move the containers to a shaded location for the time you are away. Perhaps the most important thing to remember in container gardening is to have fun with this. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Play with colors textures and shapes. 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 or 301.642.5182. You can f ind and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/Thomas Landscapes. H

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Smart Condo Improvements Any Condo Owner Can Make by Bruce Wentworth, AIA


ondos are a cost-effective choice as a residence for first-time homeowners or baby-boomers looking to downsize. Unfortunately, most condos have plain, boxy interiors that lack architectural detail, custom features or aesthetic charm. The benefit to buying a plain condo is that smart design choices will enhance the home’s comfort, aesthetics, functionality and market value. Recent clients – a mother and daughter, plus their two beloved wire-haired dachshunds – proved that downsizing and upgrading a condo were a wise choice. Despite a slow real estate market, they quickly sold their Cleveland Park, Washington, D.C. home which enabled them to purchase a new condo in Alexandria, Virginia. After growing tired of shoveling snow and the increased home maintenance, mother and daughter decided it was time to try a new way of living. When they found a modern top-floor, three-bedroom, 2.5 bath condo that featured spectacular views of Washington, D.C. and was dog friendly, they knew it would be worth the investment to enhance the condo. Although their new home was nicely appointed with modern appliances and featured a well-designed layout, it lacked architectural character – so much so that the homeowners came to refer to it as a “blank box.” Knowing that they planned to stay in the home for a long period of time, the clients approached our design/build team with a goal of developing a design that provided their “blank box” with ample stor- From Top to Bottom: age, aesthetic charm, functionality, and 1) A three-part bookcase accentuates the hallway with usable storage. 2) The new built-in desk and pantry makes use of dead space in the kitchen. plenty of personality. 3) Smart design choices can turn a blank, boxy condo into a living space with architectural Taking a ‘master plan’ approach charm and personality. from the start, it was agreed that a fur- 4) A custom ceiling treatment adds visual interest to the dining room. Photos: Courtesy of Bruce Wentworth Studio.

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niture plan be prepared for the entire condo to selectively use their existing furniture along with a few key newly purchased pieces for the living room. After agreeing upon a furniture plan our designers were able to determine the best locations for custom built-in units. This also allowed us to decide how to selectively embellish the apartment with wall and ceiling moldings, as well as lighting. The large living/dining room lacked a focal point and did not have sufficient storage. At the dining room wall we designed a custom built-in that functions as a buffet, china storage, and display case. The built-in provides the homeowners with an appealing storage space that looks like it was always part of the space. The addition of a family painting flanked by wall sconces makes the room personal. In order to dignify the condo’s living space, the homeowner requested a custom ceiling treatment, one that would give the room architectural character. After studying the space, a suitable design with a gridded pattern was created. Applied moldings unify the dining and living areas as one large space, while a hanging light fixture, with fabric shade, demarks dining area. Subtle color variations give the ceiling treatment depth and detail. The modest, understated ceiling moldings fit the modern minimalist condominium’s architecture, while the millwork provides the desired custom detail. A hallway, varying from 48” to 54” in width, widens as it leads from the foyer to the living spaces. The boring space

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is embellished with a threepart ziggurat-shaped bookcase that accentuates the hallway’s tapered space. A custom 36’’high bookcase – designed and fabricated by the our carpentry team – is comprised of three sections, each section slightly deeper as it nears the living room, providing the perfect display space for family photos and memorabilia. Panel molding, applied to the wall above the new bookcase, highlights the wall, and divides the long hall into three sections demarked with decorative sconces. A treasured print of a dachshund gives the space personality. Throughout the condo our design team utilized a palette of three paint colors for wall color, wall panel color, and molding/ trim color. And at the living/ dining space the ceiling moldings were embellished with two tones of white paint in gloss and flat. The well-appointed kitchen, designed by the condo developer, had a small, but inadequate, table space. The homeowners preferred that space be fitted out with an additional pantry and a built-in desk. What was once a dark wasted corner of the kitchen is now an attractive and functional desk area for work, computer, and storage. With their dogs on a bed tucked beneath the builtin desk, the owners can pay bills or catch up on work, all in their new customized kitchen. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry recently awarded this project a Capital CotY Award in the Residential Interior Specialty category for its innovative use of materials and construction. With strategic, thoughtful design, well-constructed details, and a good furniture plan our clients’ “blank-box condo” is now the perfect place to feel at home. Bruce Wentworth, AIA is an architect and contractor with Wentworth, Inc. a residential remodeling design/build firm. Learn more about his firm’s services at or call 240-395-0705 x 100 H H 93

Coloring a Home Greener


by Catherine Plume

enry David Thoreau said “What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” While we as individuals don’t have the power to reverse climate change, we can take individual action that minimizes our impact on Earth and improves our own living environment. One of my colleagues put this exercise to a full test by shutting off all utilities in her house for a two week period and then slowly turning on the things that she missed most. While not everyone is up for such a journey, there are some things that you can easily do that will green your home…and in many cases, save you some money along the way.

Minimize the use of the clothes dryer

A dryer is typically the second-biggest electricity-using appliance and emits some 5 to 7 pounds of carbon emissions every hour they’re in use. Multiply that by some 400 hours of usage a year for an average family, and you’re putting some 2000lbs of CO2 in the air. Using a clothesline or a drying rack over the course of a year (versus a dryer) is the equivalent of taking some 60 cars off the road for one day - and your clothes will last longer. Clotheslines come in all sorts of options. Mine consists of a rope strung between two 1x2” rails that are lashed to my back balcony. Indoor and outdoor retractable clotheslines and fold-up drying racks (all available at Frager’s) are ideal for Capitol Hill homes and yards. If you do use a dryer, put a dry towel in with every load, and it will absorb dampness and reduce drying time.

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances

If your greening spree involves buying new appliances, check out the Energy Star Rating and learn what the numbers mean. ToptenUSA ( is great non-profit resource that identifies and the most energy-efficient products on the market. But if you aren’t ready to swap out your existing appliances, there are still some important steps that you can take to green your home.

Clean the refrigerator coils

In a typical home, refrigerators consume more energy than any other appliance. Dirt builds up on the coils, making the refrigerator work harder to keep contents cool, and using more energy. Vacuuming the coils at least every three months will keep your refrigerator running more efficiently AND save energy. 94 H HillRag | March 2012

Buy Reusable Filters for your HVAC ...and car

Drying racks are great option for Capitol Hill homes and can be used inside and outside. Photo: C. Plume

Reusable filters are easy to use and will save you money in the long run. There are many

types on the market these days, and locally, Frager’s has a wide variety of reusable filter options. Reusable filters need to be cleaned (vacuumed or rinsed) just as regularly as disposable filters, but they’re often a finer filter, thereby allowing fewer particles into your house. On the green side, you won’t be dumping a bunch of filters into the landfill every year!

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before buying. Retractable door screens can be custom ordered and are another great way to keep air flowing through your house while keeping bugs out.

Let the Sunshine in:

Skylights are popular in many Capitol Hill homes, though I’m a huge fan of solar

tubes – a round capsule that captures light entering from any direction and reflects it down into a room. These tubes even capture moonlight and eliminate the need for night lights. There are plenty of greening options for your home. Using a microwave to cook meals uses about half the energy of a conventional oven. Turning the thermostat of your water heater down a few degrees will save energy and cash. Installing a programmable thermostat on your HVAC will allow you to regulate your home’s temperature in both summer and winter - when you are home, asleep, or away. Finally, Pepco and Washington Gas have energy saving options and tools on their websites to help you calculate your carbon footprint. Pepco’s Clean Currents program allows DC residents to decrease carbon footprints by offsetting the emissions from electricity use with renewable wind power at competitive rates. Meanwhile, Washington Gas has CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets is a partnership the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that reduces a customer’s carbon footprint by matching local certified carbon offsets with the customer’s natural gas usage. Meanwhile, as you’re looking for fun adventures as we move into spring, shutting off the utilities in your house for a couple of weeks to see what you really do miss might be just what you’re looking for. Just remember to eat everything in the refrigerator first! Catherine Plume blogs for the DC Recycler: http://dcrecycler. H

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INSTAHANG and Furniture Fix


ho doesn’t want to buy all the stuff on TV that improves our homes? My current decorating style may be “Toys ‘R Us” meets Home Depot bargain bin, but I still envision my home as stylish, organized and reflective of the chic, casual sophisticate I know I am in my head. So this month, I have tried two products guaranteed to improve the look and feel of your home.


This “new, revolutionary tool” claims to replace your hammer, nails, wire and hooks to hang pictures and to decorate. Specially designed to

punch pegs at an angle into your wall, each peg can hold up to 10 pounds. InstaHANG ($14.99) comes in a neat little case that holds the extra pegs, add-on hooks and peg caps. It also sports a level so you know how to place the peg, and a notch to remove the peg later. I chose a spot on the kitchen wall that we are likely knocking down this spring – I had visions of sinking the peg, hanging a 98 H HillRag | March 2012

by Jennifer Zatkowski pic, and it ripping down my drywall. I opened the package and organized all the little pieces into the case. I must admit the whole contraption felt flimsy and cheap – I was not encouraged to begin decorating “in an instant.” But I lined it up and punched the big, grey button to insert the peg. I started by hanging a few envelopes clipped together, holding my breath as I balanced the binder clip onto the peg. When that measly 2.5 ounces stayed put, I implemented my extremely unscientific Potato Test. I had an 8 pound bag of potatoes in the pantry, and thought they might be a good way to incrementally test the

strength of the peg. I weighed out two pounds, 11 ounces on my kitchen scale, put the potatoes back into the plastic bag and hung it on the peg. Three hours later, it was still there. I increased the potato weight to five pounds, two ounces and re-hung the bag. My five-year-old son glanced at the wall and asked if I had hung a bag of potatoes. When I said yes, he replied “that looks nice. I like it.” I’m not sure I want to know what it says

about the feng shui of my home that my son thought the hanging potatoes were an artistic statement. The next morning, the potatoes were still securely hanging, so I increased the weight to seven pounds, three ounces. I was getting excited – I had a number of new pictures and frames to hang and I was starting to feel confident the InstaHANG was really all it was cracked up to be. A few hours later, I gleefully threw caution to the wind and hung the entire bag – eight pounds, eleven ounces. Nice to know my eight pound bag of Harris Teeter potatoes was actually overweight! At the end of the day, I finally took the potatoes down – I think my husband was becoming afraid I was going to try to hang one of the kids to test the strength. The peg was barely wobbly in the wall and I was convinced. My home may still look like I am prepping for a yard sale, but I have used the InstaHANG many times and have been very pleased.

Furniture Fix

Furniture Fix ($14.95) bills itself as the quick fix for old, sagging furniture. Providing support to sagging springs, you slide the six interlocked panels under the cushion for instant comfort. I asked Beth Dougherty to take Furniture Fix to the oldest, saggiest sofa she knew- her Bible Study at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church. Sat on by three people at a time, multiple times a day, the

10+ year old sofa takes quite a beating every day. Before the meeting, Beth put Furniture Fix on one side of the couch, not telling a soul. She noticed right away that the side with Furniture Fix was visibly higher. As

people came in, Beth asked them to sit on one side of the sofa, then the other. People were truly surprised - they immediately noticed a difference. One member, David Forsythe, ended up sitting on the Furniture Fix for most of the meeting. “Last week this couch was killing me by the end of the night. Tonight, it is very firm- I like it!” At the end of the night when Beth was packing up the Furniture Fix, folks were sad to see it go – she thought it “performed like a small-scale miracle.” The Church is now considering investing in Furniture Fix for its couches. If you have a product you want me to try, please email me at H

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@ Your Service by Heather Schoell The Press Dry Cleaning & Laundry Je Kang 619 Pennsylvania Ave. SE 202-544-7942

The Press DC, formerly Congressional Cleaners, is re-vamped, re-named, re-worked. Je (pronounced “Jay”) and his uncle gutted and renovated this family-owned business, now with slat walls and a fitting room for alterations. Also new is their wash and fold laundry service, a great way to save time on your weekly chores. The Press also offers shoe repair – look ship-shape from stem to stern in one stop. Je offers money back for hangers, and has garment bags for purchase (use instead of plastic sheath). Hill Rag readers, bring in their ad for 25% off of dry cleaning and laundry services, good until the end of May – WOW! This would be a most opportune time to spring clean your drapes and comforter, and clean heavy coats and sweaters before putting them away for next year. By the way, Je is a dog lover, so bring in your pooch for a treat when you drop off or pick up!

Je Kang in the sleek new digs of The Press DC.

PM Garden Design Paul Meyers 202-255-2573

Paul Meyers started PM Garden Design in 2004, doing just a few designs a year, but his company grew by word of mouth, with client referrals leading to a full slate of business. He attributes his success to customer satisfaction, but also his strong design skill, creating interesting and cool outdoor living rooms, using an array of textures and colors that will complement the space year-round. Paul specializes in residential urban garden design, and says that his design prices are “typically unbeatable.” His favorite elements are using natural stone -– especially flagstone -–and a mixture of plants with different textures and colors, which add drama and interest to a small space. A favorite is Hinoki Cypress with its architectural quality and “neat branching with a layering effect.” Call before everyone decides to redo their garden space for spring! Paul Meyers is the PM of PM Garden Design.

Kathleen Soloway 826 A St. SE 202- 543-7040

Kathleen Soloway, a 32-year resident of Capitol Hill, is a licensed psychotherapist with a certificate in interior design from the Corcoran. She always had an interest in making rooms work for her family and friends, and as a therapist, she wants to help people, so in 2008, Kathleen married the two for a unique approach to room design –- or a stylish approach to therapy. Her specialty is helping people design through life transitions –- expanding a family with children, or an elderly parent moving in; helping seniors let go of things as they downsize; or coping with divorce. Kathleen enjoys getting to help people get to where they want their living spaces to be. During her years in social work doing home visits, she came to understand just how important environment is to how people feel about themselves. She recently finished large-scale pro bono design work for two non-profits that provide housing to women in need. Kathleen’s design aesthetic is reflective of her clients; she focuses on meeting their needs for the space, and designs with the colors and textures that inspire them and make them feel good. 100 H HillRag | March 2012

Kathleen Sonoway of Design for Change with her cat and dog, Mooshi and Max.

33 Real Plumbers David Warner 301-567-2001

David Warner of Real Plumbers is the third generation in the trade. Photo courtesy of Warner.

David Warner, a third generation Capitol Hill plumber, began REAL PLUMBERS in 1987 – just one guy with a truck. Twenty-five years later REAL PLUMBERS operates with 15 employees providing residential and commercial plumbing, heating, and air conditioning service. REAL PLUMBERS relies on client referrals for advertising jobs well done –- word of mouth travels fast on the Hill. Real Plumbers can take care of all the plumbing in your home or business including toilets, faucets, pipes and drains –- as well as water heaters, boilers and radiators. Often his crew can respond to calls on the same day. REAL PLUMBERS also offers pre-season A/C service. They’ll change your filters, check Freon levels, and unclog the condensate drain for the most energy-efficient performance. You’ve heard it on the radio, “Not all businesses are run like REAL PLUMBERS – but they should be!” Call for an appointment, or schedule online. Hill Rag readers, mention you saw them in @ Your Service for 10% off of labor charges until April 30!

Gil Painting Walter Gil 301- 370-9940

Walter Gil started Gil Painting about 18 years ago. He does a lot of work on the Hill – everybody knows him, he says. And if you want to know why you should call Gil Painting over another company? “Because we do good work!” Enough said! Walter and his crew use Benjamin Moore paint for their interior and exterior jobs. Speaking of exterior jobs, Hill Rag readers – ask Walter for 15% off of any and all exterior jobs from now until the end of April!

The colorful Walter Gil of Gil Painting. Photo courtesy of Gil.

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Renovation! Bravado has a sleek new look, and owner Kay Rahmoune invites current and future Bravado clients to come enjoy the space with a Renovation Open House on March 24, with drinks and appetizers from 6 to 9 p.m. The salon is now just on the lower level, with an updated, contemporary look. Flooding in 2010 brought about the renovation. There’s a new tile wall, new flooring, and of course the full service remains – not just hair, but nails, facials and waxing, too. See for yourself – stop in to visit Kay, Lamiaa, Loubna, Chaimaa, and the salon dog, Tai Shan. New customers, go to bravadohairdesign. com for a coupon good for 20% off your first visit! Kay, Lamiaa, & Loubna of Bravado Hair Design.

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I heard recently that pruning lavender at the wrong time call kill it. What is the right time, please? Strange how few people understand the correct way to prune lavender. It is NOT just after blooming. Yes, spent blooms should be removed to prevent the plant from going to seed. But indeed, if more than just the bloom head is removed then the plant could die. The correct time to prune is when the new leaves of spring are beginning to emerge. The part left untouched after the flower heads were removed should now be sheared off, but only to the area where active bud growth can easily be seen if you open the foliage gently. This spring shearing should be done every year to prevent lavender plants from turning woody. When should I prune our Mugo pine shrub? Now. Just when new growth buds are starting to form is the time to cut them off. This controls growth of small shrubs to keep their shapes small for our small Capitol Hill gardens. What type of Hydrangea is “Tardiva”? It blooms in July. I need to know in order to know whether it blooms on old or new wood – which of course determines when I can prune it. “Tardiva” – with its more oval-shaped white blooms – is a type of Hydrangea paniculata, more often lumped in with the PG (pee gee) or Paniculata grandiflora. Like all paniculatas, it can be pruned in spring

or fall – almost anytime except right before it blooms. How much sun is “full sun”, which you often see on plant labels. And full shade? Full sun is at least 6 hours of full sun every day. Partial sun is the same as part shade -- from 3 to 6 hours of full sun per day – preferably morning sun. “Dappled” sun is fewer hours of sunlight than that. “Full shade” is filtered light, less than 2 hours of direct sun per day – but – interestingly -not no sun at all. These are all subjective measures. Plants do adapt somewhat to the conditions they find. Fewer blooms and leggy stems demonstrate that a plant is not getting enough sun. Don’t the huge old street trees on Capitol Hill have huge root systems – as wide and large as the branches above? If so, where do the roots go? Yes, they do. One wonders. The roots must reach under the sidewalk and into our front socalled gardens. Capitol Hill Garden Club programs are free. On Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. we present a program on Caring for Sick Plants: identifying and Treating Disease in the Garden at the Church of the Brethren, 4th Street door, corner North Carolina Avenue and 4th Street, SE. Membership details at 202-543-7539. Feeling beset by gardening problems? Send them to the Problem Lady c/o The Capitol Hill Garden Club at andrew@ Your problems might prove instructive to others, and help them feel superior to you. Complete anonymity is assured. H


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The Future of Reservation 13

ANC 7A, ANC 6A and ANC 6B will participate in a community meeting to discuss stalled development plans at Reservation 13. The site’s master plan, approved by the DC Council in 2002, envisioned a mixed-use residential, retail and office development that extended neighborhood streets to the Anacostia River.

Recently, Mayor Vincent Gray has stated his desire to build a training facility for the Washington Redskins at Reservation 13 or on the RFK parking lots. At the March 26 meeting, the Mayor is expected to discuss the proposed facility and his vision for developing the area. In addition to the March 26 meeting with the Mayor, there will also be an information meeting the future of Reservation 13 on Thursday, March 22 at 7 PM to 8:30 PM at St. Colettas of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Ave., SE. Informational Meeting Thursday, March 22 – 7 to 8:30 PM St. Colettas of Greater Washington 1901 Independence Ave., SE Meeting with Vincent Gray Monday, March 26, 2012 – 7 to 9 PM Eastern High School 1700 East Capitol Street NE

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Real Estate From Red to Green Providence Park’s Bloody History


rovidence Park today is best known for its Saturday morning soccer. Young children from all over the Hill get their first exposure to this international sport on a wideopen, grassy field ringed by a variety of beautiful trees. Nothing on this verdant oasis in the city reminds one of its long-time use as the site of one of DC’s largest hospitals, except for a small granite block that the Architect of the Capitol has installed in the middle of the northern edge of the park. In April 1861 it was clear that there would soon be a great need for military hospitals in Washington. The only such facility at the time was the Washington Infirmary, which was Columbian College’s medical school, and it was soon turned over to the military. Since there was, of course, still need for a hospital for civilians, Dr. Joseph Toner and other doctors got together and requested that the Sisters of Mercy,

Providence Hospital in 1891. Photo: LOC

by Robert S. Pohl who had been running an orphanage and school in DC since 1825, open a hospital. Sister Mary Carroll and three other sisters answered the call. The sisters selected the “large and airy” Nicholson mansion (as the National Intelligencer wrote) to house their new operation. The announcement described the amenities of the new facility: “The location is elevated and salubrious, the grounds are extensive and well shaded, affording ample facilities for air and exercise.” Further down the announcement came the nitty-gritty: the cost per week. “Private rooms, from $7 to $10, according to the nature of the disease and the attendance required.” If a bed in a ward would suffice, it could be had for a reasonable $4. In contrast to other hospitals, any doctor could work there, so you could have your private physician take care of you. The only stipulation was that no contagious or insane

A private room in Providence Hospital, ca. 1895. Residents would bring their own furnishings, including pictures, to feel more at home in their rooms. The nurse on the left is wearing the distinctive headgear of the Sisters of Mercy. Photo: LOC

patients were to be admitted. The hospital opened June 10, 1861, and at first, there were only a small number of patients. As the Civil War became more and more bloody, the numbers began to multiply rapidly. The original house became too small, and temporary quarters in the form of tents H 105

Providence Hospital ca. 1920. The original hospital is now the wing on the right. Photo: LOC

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were set up all over its grounds. As horse-drawn carriages brought more and more bloodied and broken soldiers to the hospital, it gained a new name: Bloody Hill. The importance of the hospital to the war effort was underscored on April 8, 1864, when “An Act to incorporate Providence Hospital” was approved by Congress and signed by President Lincoln.

The Hospital Expands

Two years later Congress, in its yearly appropriations bill earmarked $30,000 for the expansion of the hospital. It was fortunate that this money was made available, as the corner stone for a new building had already been laid on July 5, 1866. Over the next six years, a grand building grew up on the northwest corner of the hospital’s grounds. When completed, it was a remarkable example of the wedding cakelike Second Empire style. During the building process, control of the hospital passed on to Sister Beatrice Duffy, who would remain in charge for the next 30 years. Duffy found herself dealing with problems both great and small, as in 1877, when Franklin E. Felton charged that his “valuable overcoat” had been stolen while he was a resident. A far more serious charge was laid on by a committee of citizens in 1880, who claimed that Duffy had failed to account for the money that had been paid to her by Congress for the care of indigent

patients. They also were concerned with the fact that the hospital had a “commodious chapel” but no operating theater, necessitating “that amputations and all kinds of surgical operations must be performed in the wards, in the sight and hearing of other patients or that the subject must be carried to the garret through a passage so steep and narrow that a single person can with difficulty ascend it.” Finally, they pointed out that there were no wards for contagious diseases. Duffy struck back almost immediately, refuting almost all their points. However, some of what they wrote must have struck a nerve, for in 1882, an operating theater was built, and, finally in 1898, a separate building for contagious diseases. A year later, Sister Beatrice died, leaving behind a transformed institution.


Nonetheless, it was clear that

Marker on the north edge of the park. The plaque is currently absent, as a mistake was found in the text and is being changed. Photo: Robert Pohl

the old building was too small. A large expansion program was begun in 1901. Over the next three years, under the guidance of DC architect Waddy B. Wood, the hospital was entirely transformed. In the end, it filled out the entire block of D Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, and the Second Empire design had been transformed into the thenmodern Mission style, complete with a bell tower in the center. Nonetheless, as the city continued to grow, so did the number of patients at the hospital. The situation became critical during World War II, when the influx into the city and the desperate need for hospital beds due to injuries suffered in the war put pressure on every facility in the city. In 1942, it was reported that expectant mothers were crowded into corridors, and brand-new mothers were turfed out of their beds to make room for the next occupant. It took another seven years, but in 1949, Providence Hospital purchased a new site at 12th and Varnum NE. The new hospital was opened in 1956, where it continues to serve the community. The old hospital building was rented by the federal government and used by Commerce Department until 1964. By this time, the building was in poor shape, and few mourned when it was torn down in 1965. Various plans for the site were considered and discarded, but eventually the site was bought by the US government, with an eye to building a school for pages or a parking lot. Again, none of the plans came to fruition, so, in 1978, the land was turned into the park enjoy today. Around 1990, there was a move to turn it into a University of DC campus, but that went nowhere. Today, only the plaque remains to remind the neighbors who use this grassy expanse for recreation about the grisly history of this sunny space. “Follow the progress of Robert Pohl’s latest book at” 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

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1617 H St. SE 4BR/3.5BA $739,000

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1334 ½ L Street SE 2BR/2BA $449,000

Quest Home Builders has done it again, on a GRAND scale! This outstanding porch front features a footprint 20 feet wide, with tall ceilings over three levels. 3 REAL upper bedrooms up, huge master bath, Open kitchen, unique central butler’s pantry, rear den, and lower guest suite made sure this one was GONE before you reacted!


Quest Home Builders DELIVERS at a value price! Eastbridge Court – the best-kept secret condo on the Hill, an intimate association of seven townhomes. Just two blocks from Potomac Metro. New kitchen & baths, hardwoods, FP, and balcony. 3 Finished levels plus private underground garage – an amazing package!

223 3rd St. SE 4BR/2BA $750,000 Once in a LIFETIME opportunity of TOWERING proportions! At the epicenter of the Hill, just 3 blocks from Congress and steps to Metro and countless cafes. Semi-detached and basking in southern sunshine through 36 windows! In the same family for generations, with classic architectural features preserved and awaiting your touches to make them SING!

646 Morton Place NE 3BR/2.5BA $589,000

831 11th St. NE $549,000 3BR/2.5BA

Brand new renovation on intimate 1-way block! All the right ingredients – rich Rosewood floors, chef’s kitchen at the center of open-plan 4-rooms-deep main level. Upstairs, tall master suite in the front bay,two more spacious BRs and sky-lit hall, bath, and laundry. Rear patio with parking and only a 6-blk stroll to NY Ave Metro and Harris Teeter (and only 4 to H Street) – every convenience for smart city living!

At the heart of the H Street Renaissance!! Just steps to all your favorite dining and entertainment options. Don’t wait around for the streetcar, start calling this stylish bay-front home now! Wide-open main level with two FP mantels, exposed brick, granite/stainless kitchen, and immaculate blue-stone patio and workshop building beyond. Upstairs a master suite with soaring ceilings plus room for kids, guests, and home office.


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503 2nd Street NE • $1.5 Million

Prestigious location on Historic Capitol Hill at Senate, across from US Judiciary Bldg & Union Station. 2 story + English Basement brick bay front townhouse office of approx 2214 sf well designed offices for lobbyist, non profits, law firms etc. Property zoned C2A & Certificate of Occupancy for office use. Flexible floor plan offers large reception /entry lobby, 7 offices, conference room, 2.5 baths, 2 kitchenetts, gas fplc, exterior flagstone patio for entertaining. This kind of property so close in is seldom on market. Metro, rail, & 15 min. to National Airport. Kitty & Tati Kaupp 202-255-0952

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COMING SOON! 77 P Street, NW - This 3 bedroom 2 and 1/2 bath Victorian sits on one of the prettiest tree-lined streets in Shaw, convenient to 3 metros, downtown and all of the action of Mt. Vernon Square! Parking included!



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SOLD! 610 3rd Street, SE Newly renovated one bedroom condo right across from Garfield Park! All the bells and whistles and convenient to everything! $299,000


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SOLD! 4607 Davenport St., NW 100 foot rear yard offers endless possibilities! Sold $659,000.

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SOLD! 243 10th St., SE Absolutely adorable one bedroom condo nestled in a perfect Eastern Market location! $299,900


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ARTS & Dining Senart’s

The Straight and Narrow—a Tale of Three Meals


by Emily Clark

avier Cervera has a way of claiming, then transforming, space. He has left a distinct stamp on all of his Capitol Hill establishments, and Senart’s Oyster and Chop House on Barracks Row is no exception. In Hollywood descriptive terms, Senart’s is Chicago steak house meets New Orleans oyster bar. And it’s a happy marriage. The Federal style building housing Senart’s looks like a quintessential New Orleans shotgun (so named because one could allegedly fire a shotgun through the front door and have the bullet exit through the back), complete with inviting front patio open for outside dining and cocktails in warm weather. From 1913 to 1939, the Senart family lived in an apartment upstairs while operating a seafood joint

downstairs. The building’s exterior still bears traces of an earlier time, in the form of leftover wall advertising touting Senart’s oyster bar. Step inside to a long, narrow, cozy space that has been made expansive by taking the ceiling all the way up to the rafters. The space is intimate without being claustrophobic and lively without being deafening. The smooth marble bar, stretching the length of the front room, faces booths for two on the other side. There’s a fireplace just inside the front door, where diners are greeted by friendly and accommodating staff. Black and white photos, some historic Washington, some seafoodrelated, line the walls. There are more tables in back, as well as an additional fireplace and an unobstructed view to the kitchen, where Chef Brendan

Tharp turns out flavorful dishes from both surf and turf.


Senart’s weekend brunch takes familiar dishes and reinvents them. There’s crab benedict, smoked shrimp omelet and short rib sliders, among many other tempting dishes. At a recent brunch we start with generous and well-spiced Bloody Marys, followed by shrimp cocktail. The shrimp practically melts in the mouth, the result of being quick poached in citrus and spices. Next are fried oyster salad for me and the Maryland Shore for my husband. Having cut my teeth on Gulf Coast oysters, I am initially skeptical of bivalves from elsewhere. But when my salad arrives, the oysters are small, tender, flavorful and perfectly breaded.

The author’s favorite dish on the menu—duck confit tagliatelle with dried cranberry, herbs and ragout. Photo: Andrew Lightman H 115

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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

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Chef Brendan Tharp shows off a perfectly prepared prime rib. Photo: Andrew Lightman

I later learn from the chef that they are Pacific Northwest Hama Hamas. The Maryland Shore consists of a sizzling iron skillet of scrambled eggs mixed with fried potatoes and cheese, then topped with fried oysters and scallions. In other words, my husband gets to have it all. The meal concludes with double espresso strong enough to counteract the Bloody Marys and get us home.


Sitting across from the bar in one of the two-person booths, I am served the perfect old-fashioned while my husband has a glass of pinot noir. It’s hard not to keep ordering my favorite dish on the menu—duck confit tagliatelle with dried cranberry, herbs and ragout. Such a subtle combination of flavors, but it’s good to branch out. So I make my 116 H HillRag | March 2012

husband order the duck, while I opt for the hanger steak. We start with oysters Rockefeller, or at least an updated version of the dish, which turns out to be my only disappointment in numerous visits. Having first tried oysters Rockefeller at Antoine’s, the site of its invention in New Orleans, it may just be that I’m a purist, but I would have liked the spinach a little more cooked and the oysters minus the gruyere topping. The hanger steak was juicy and tasted great, accompanied by baby carrots, buttermilksoaked onion rings and cabernet demi-glace. The rest of the menu is a creative mix of meat, poultry and seafood. One could make a great meal of starters and sides as well. For dessert we chose a chocolate mousse tiramisu combo, both of which were sweet and light, so that we could end the meal without feeling too stuffed.

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We cruise the bar for a few minutes, watching for a two-seat opening. When we settle in, we order a half-dozen oysters, onion rings and a Caesar salad. The nice thing about eating at the bar is that you can stay informed by headline and crawl. The huge flat screen TVs are muted but you get the story through the endless looping of whatever’s hot on CNN and ESPN (on this evening, it’s Whitney Houston and Jeremy Lin). My husband sips at a “Hair of the Dog” oyster shooter—house-infused horseradish vodka with Bloody Mary mix topped with an oyster. The bartender is kindly lenient, letting me have a sip of my chosen wine before I commit. I find the chardonnay/pinot gris blend a little sweet for my taste, so next I taste a much dryer chardonnay and have him pour me a glass. Checking out the signature cocktails menu, I wish I were able to drink more. Somewhere in the ether, I hear Boz Scaggs singing “The Dirty Lowdown.” Maybe I should just move in here. The oysters, a combination of both Atlantic and Pacific varieties, are shucked right at the bar, so they’re incredibly fresh and served with two sauces—a traditional cocktail sauce and a red wine and cucumber mignonette that’s lighter and Asian-inspired. Maybe they can rename it after Jeremy Lin. I wish I had room for the poached lobster. Twenty-seven-year-old chef Brendan Tharp came over to Senart’s in November from another Cervera establishment, Molly Malone’s. The Maryland native did his culinary training at Baltimore International College, worked in California and came back east to help open The Blue Hill Tavern in the Brewers Hill section of Baltimore. When asked about his food interests, Tharp says he leans toward New American cuisine. “The US is a great culinary melting pot, with influences from everywhere,” he said. Tharp is looking forward to putting together Senart’s spring menu. “There’s lots of comfort food on the menu right now,” he said. “For the spring menu, I want to go a little outside the comfort zone without intimidating.”

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Dining Notes


ining Notes is a snapshot of what’s happening in the culinary realm of Capitol Hill. It’s normally Celeste McCall’s gig, but you’re stuck with me for this month! So sit back, relax, and let the food come to you. Cheers!

James’s Home Creations

You might think a personal chef would be extravagantly expensive. Not so -– at least not if you’re talking about

Chef James of James’s Home Creations

Chef James Kesead of James’s Home Creations. Chef James is excited about his new venture -- providing a service that Capitol Hill will embrace, as necessary to maintaining family sanity and function as house cleaners. Here’s how it works: James learns family likes and dislikes, food allergies and dietary restrictions, if any. Then he DOES THE SHOPPING, and in your home, he prepares as many meals for the week as you want. Say your vegan sister is coming for a few days, and you don’t have time to research recipes and shop because of a busy 118 H HillRag | March 2012

by Heather Schoell work week –- 3 meals for 3 people is Ouadrhiri is also working to open an- 8th St. SE, (202) 546-5006, or lavagonly $70! Or a family of 4…it is not other level of Souk (1208 H St. NE). a typo when I tell you that it is only This upper level dining room will of$110 for 7 meals, prepared and pack- fer belly dancing twice weekly. Look Food Delivery Services aged with reheating instructions. Price for this to be underway in May. Souk Several food delivery services are doesn’t include groceries, but I think is closed Sundays. 202-658-4224 or popping up, offering delivery for your I speak for us all when I say, BIG favorite non-delivery establishments, DEAL! That is an entire week withsome of which are on Capitol Hill. out pots and pans, without chopping New Chef Alert - Lavagna Try and washonions or cutting sinew! And OMG, Lavagna’s owner Stephen Cheung Type in your he does the cleaning up! If you need is excited to have James Barton as his address and see what’s available from him to, he’ll bring his own pots and new chef. Barton comes to Lavagna your couch. pans, and I think it bears repeating: he does the cleaning up! When questioned about his affordability, Chef James explained politely (being from North Carolina), that his intent is to ease the burden on busy families. His specialties include Italian (he makes his own pasta and sauces) and North Carolina Barbeque. See sample menus at He also does private dinners, holiday parties, and cooking class parties. Kesead is a member of the American Personal & Private Chef Association. He can come to your house when he’s Bistro Cacao debuts a new wine bar. Photo: Andrew Lightman finished at mine. Contact James at 704-408-3953, administrator/fiancé Emily Lewis at from his position as sous chef at Bistro Cacao 570-490-1658, or email chef@james- the critically acclaimed Bibiana. He Bistro Cacao offers a new wine brings perfectionism and attention to bar at this romantic French-inspired detail. Lavagna is Italian for black- setting. As you walk in, the new wine Souk board, and that is what you’ll get – bar is to your left – a renovated space Operating licenses…what a drag. a board that evolves for fresh, daily with unique wall-mounted wine botSouk’s alcohol license expired, so menus. Barton insists that elements tle holders, designed and hand-craftthey had to close for a few weeks, but to his dishes must be house-made, ed by one of the owners, Yavuz Bothey’re hopeful that they’ll be open and uses only the freshest ingredi- lukbasi. The March 7 grand opening by the first week of March. Owner ents; he cures his own meats, pickles of the wine bar will be by invitation Driss Ouadrhiri is busy working on fresh vegetables, and makes his own only, but it’s open for business prior a new venture, a hookah lounge, serv- pasta daily. Cheung’s current favorite to that date. It houses quality wines, ing cheese and cold tapas, two doors is the gnocchi, which he says is “phe- roughly 70% of which will be French, down from Souk (at 1200 H St. NE). nomenal.” Lavagna is open daily for offered by the glass, by the half caThey’re planning an April 1 opening. dinner and for weekend brunch. 539 rafe, or in tastings, and will vary by

month, with 30 to 50 reserve wine specials available by the glass. There are cheese and charcuterie menus, and happy hour is from 4 to 7p.m.. Consider hosting a private wine tasting party in the room upstairs. Beginning April 4, on the first Wed. of every month, there will be a wine class (homework please!) at 7 p.m., with space for up to 14 people, and with 5 to 8 wines to taste and pair. Preregistration by phone required. $35 per person. 320 Mass. Ave. NE. 202-546-4737 or

Colorado Elk at Union Meat

Tired of the same ol’ protein? Stop in Eastern Market’s Union Meat Company for some Colorado elk. According to proprietor William Glasgow, elk is between beef and buffalo in flavor, with less cholesterol, higher protein content, and is not any more difficult to cook than beef. Glasgow was turned onto Colorado elk in Maui, of all places; he says it’s popular there. Ribeye or NY strip, $29.99 per pound. Union Meat Company, 202-547-2626, or Closed Mondays.

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A Deli, a new Italian deli, opened in Feb. at 1300 Second St., NE, right at New York and Florida Aves. A Deli is a family-owned local chain. They offer affordable catering of sandwiches, fruit, and deserts, and offer a limited market selection of Italian goods and wine. Open 7 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 3 p.m. Sat. 202-842-8045 or West Wing Café will open at 1100 First St., NE in spring with an extensive menu of sushi, panini and high-end deli fare during the day, then transition into more of an evening lounge after working hours. Be on the lookout for their opening!


If you haven’t heard about Soupergirl, it’s like this. In 2008, this girl named Sara Polon put together her embrace of the local food movement along with her soupermom’s excellent soup, and Soupergirl was born. It used to be a small operation, but has grown into pickup,

delivery, and now a storefront (across from the Takoma Metro). You sign up to get the next week’s menu emailed. You place your order (there’s chunky soup, pureed soup, salads, breads, and desserts) and choose how your order will come before you. Delivery is based on Zip code. (Area 6: Capitol Hill – including the House and Senate and surrounding buildings – Zip codes: 20201, 20002, 20003, 20510, 20515, 20062, 20534, 20229 have a Wed. delivery between 10a.m.and 1p.m.). Check out Sara’s website,, for complete delivery information. By the way, Soupergirl is Kosher and vegan! Store is closed Saturdays and on Jewish holidays. 314 Carroll Street, NW, 202-6097177, or

St. Patrick’s Day

I don’t need to tell you about a little thing called St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. You know where you like to go for your draught Guinness or your 25 cent green beer. And I don’t need to tell you that driving drunk is about as hot as doing a body shot off of Newt Gingrich. What you may not know is that Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s 2012 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide program will be offered on March 17 from 6 p.m. through 6 a.m.on March 18. To get a free cab ride home (up to a $30 fare), call (800) 200-8294 (TAXI) or #8294 (TAXI) on your AT&T wireless phone. You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service. I’ll leave you to it with an Irish toast, my friends: May you die in bed at 95, shot by a jealous spouse.


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Sorry, Crepes on the Corner!

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Wine Guys by Felix Milner


his winter has brought hail, snow, and temperatures as high as 60 degrees to DC, often in the same week. Despite listening to the weather every morning before leaving, I still seem to be caught without an umbrella or too heavily bundled several times a week. While this odd weather can be difficult enough for DC residents, for a winemaker the weather at this time of year can make or break the coming vintage, months ahead of the harvest. Snow, for instance can be very helpful, sterilizing the soil against microbial problems including various molds and fungi. It can also replenish thirsty vines without the need for irrigation. Fluctuating temperatures, however, can cause serious damage. Anything above 50 F, early in the year encourages the vines out of dormancy and into bud break. If this is followed by a frost or cold snap, the vines are left exposed to frost causing serious injury, especially to young shoots. While normally only a problem in cool climates such as Burgundy in France, frost is becoming an increasing problem in warmer regions. In California last April, Paso Robles was hit by a severe frost, and harvests were reported as low as 33% of regular production. Early spring showers and hailstorms can take a heavy toll on yields as well, knocking off flowers before fruit have the chance to form. In 2009, Wine Spectator reported that an isolated hailstorm in Bordeaux had damaged as much as two-thirds of the vineyards for Château Palmer. Fortunately for those who only consume the wine, a good summer can still rescue a harvest, and low yields do not necessarily reduce the quality of the final product. The summer of 2009 proved better than the winter and spring, and a long, even ripening meant that the surviving fruit produced one of the best vintages of the decade. So even as I watch the weather 120 H HillRag | March 2012

around the world and speculate, I can still appreciate the warm days here in DC knowing that spring is just around the corner for everyone. As early as January, I was grilling in our backyard and enjoying a few very unseasonable wines. Just as preparing for the elements by layering your clothes and carrying an umbrella is the best policy in the morning, having a wide range of wines on hand will allow you to take advantage of any weather in the evening.

March Recommendations:

Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone $30

This is Beaucastel’s second wine. Grapes are sourced from their vineyards in Chateauneuf-du-Pape that didn’t quite make the cut for their $100 bottling. To differentiate this is declassified to Cotes du Rhone and for a third to a quarter of the price it offers exceptional value for everyday drinking. Copious amounts of red and black fruits are backed up with herbs, leather and pepper.

Chateaumar Cotes-du-Rhone 2009 $12

Domaine Chateaumar is a family run estate located in the heart of the Cotes du Rhone appellation just outside of Orange. Their 2009 Cotes du Rhone, composed of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, is a steal offering soft strawberries and Bing cherries on the nose, leading through to a medium bodied palate with a plump, round texture.

Cascina Adelaide Barbera Le Mie Donna $20

This delightfully fresh and bright, unoaked Barbera offers a ripe bouquet of plum, blackberry and anise. Pure fruit filled flavors are accompanied by a complex, round and medium bodied palate.

Orballo Albarino Baixas 2009 $20


Great for sunny afternoons, Albarino has a spritely, zesty character. Grown in Rias Baixas, one of Spain’s coolest regions, it offers fragrant aromas of white flowers, lemons and stone fruit which are wrapped up on a fleshy, long palate. This wine is sensational with grilled seafood.

Barrique Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 $30

Barrique Cellars is our own private labeling. By taking advantage of overproduction we buy up excess juice at a phenomenal price and then extend that value to our friends and customers. A very complex, full-bodied Cabernet, it possesses a dense ruby and purple hue as well as opulent black currant and cherry fruit judiciously touched by hints of oak and graphite. It is delicious now with a couple of hours breathing and will improve for many years in the bottle.

Domaine Dublere Bourgogne Les Millerands 2009 $25

An eloquent nose of citrus, mineral and oak leads onto the palate with stone fruit, mineral and a ripe, round, well-textured mouth feel. This lowly Bourgogne Blanc could easily be mistaken for a $50 Meursault! Enjoy with light cheeses, on the myriad of classifications chicken, fish and seafood dishes. appended on wine labels, we’ll do our best to answer in the followQuestions ing months article. Questions are for the wine guys welcome via email to felix@cellar. Ever had any questions you want- com. ed answered about the world of wine, whether it’s serving advice on opening Felix Milner is New Media Manager, at that dusty bottle of vintage port in the Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. H back of your cupboard or clarification

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The Backroads Band


hen Karen Collins sings, her voice carries you back to her Appalachian home, down narrow roads, through hollers, onto front porches where folks play old songs and pass them along. She grew up there as a coal miner’s daughter. And just as coal dust settles into a miner’s hair and clothes, the music of her childhood became ingrained in Collins’ soul. Even when she tried, she couldn’t wash it out. When her late father heard the songs his daughter wrote to sing with her country combo, The Backroads Band, “he said I had come full circle, come back to the music of my roots,” says Collins. Now Collins and The Backroads Band are hoping those roots find fertile soil on Capitol Hill.

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The band will celebrate the release of its second CD, “No Yodeling on the Radio,” on March 31 with a show at the American Legion Post 8 hall at D and 3rd Street Southeast. The event will be open to the public, a full bar will be available, and dancing will be encouraged. (Disclosure – I sing and play in The Truck Farmers, which will open the show.) If all goes well, members of Post 8 would like to offer more evenings of American roots music – blues, country, bluegrass and the like. Post 8 has occupied its building for about 50 years, and the place seems frozen in time, with a cozy bar for members and a big room that’s perfect for music and dancing. It could be any small town in the country – but it’s just a stone’s throw from the Library of

Congress and the U.S. Capitol. Post Commander Kathryn Stillman says the plans to host music aren’t meant to compete with bars and restaurants nearby, especially since no place on that end of Pennsylvania Avenue features live music. In fact, she says, since the Legion won’t be serving food at the show, people can grab a burger or pizza nearby and bring it with them (no outside alcohol, though). Collins, who lives in Takoma Park, hopes the Legion hall becomes a venue for the whole city where country fans of different generations (21 and up) can mingle, share their love of music and dance if the spirit moves them. Since she moved to the DC area straight out of college, she has bemoaned the demise of many ven-

ues where country bands once played - the Red Fox Inn in Bethesda, Half Moon Barbeque in Silver Spring, Griff ’s in Olney, and most recently the Surf Club on Kenilworth Road. It seems surprising that Capitol Hill, with the Navy Yard, Marine Barracks and government workers from all corners of the nation, isn’t home to a honky-tonk bar. But while the District is a hotbed of bluegrass music, the same isn’t true of country. The Wikipedia entry on music in Washington DC lists 16 genres – and country isn’t one of them. That certainly wasn’t the case when Collins was growing up in southwest Virginia mountains. She heard people playing guitars in church, and the nearest radio station, WHIS in Bluefield, WVA, played a steady stream of hillbilly hits. Music didn’t run in her family but Collins was hooked. She begged her parents for a piano, and got her first guitar in college. After Collins graduated and moved to the DC area, her first paycheck went for a nylon string Martin. Her main interests then were folk and old-time string music, the precursor of bluegrass. She gravitated to the bluegrass scene because of the singing, and picked up the fiddle along the way. Then, “I got bit by the Cajun bug,” she says. In the ‘90s she started performing with the Blue Moon Cowgirls, featuring pitch-perfect three-woman harmonies on classic country and bluegrass tunes, and Squeeze Bayou, a Cajun band. Both combos are still active today, and in 2004 Collins released a CD titled “Backroads and Bayous” that combined the two genres. To promote the album she put together The Backroads Band, recruiting lead guitarist Ira Gitlin and bassist/vocalist Geff King. Drummer Paul Hofmaster rounds up the current lineup. It’s a musical marriage made in hillbilly heaven. The Backroads Band evokes country music in its heyday, without rehashing the past. After decades of performing music, Collins began to write songs, penning most of the numbers on the band’s 2007 debut album “Taillight Blues,” as well as the new record. King, a fine writer himself, also has contributed songs for both CDs. Their original material is enhanced by Gitlin, whose guitar parts reflect the influence of his acclaimed banjo playing - he was 1992 National Bluegrass Banjo champ. “A lot of my country guitar

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The Peanuts Gang is Back

Olney Production Revives More than Oddly Adult Kids


article by Barbara Wells | photos by Stan Barouh

lney Theatre Center joins legions of high schools in breaking out a revival of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” a blend of sketches, songs and dance that lends itself to lively, often improvised performances by ensembles of boisterous youth. Olney’s cast brings outstanding talent to the production, creating some memorable moments—even if for some the show may seem a bit too familiar. With nearly 60 years under its belt, the Peanuts comic strip strikes different chords—or perhaps none at all—depending on your generation. Kids and teens have probably enjoyed Charlie Brown animated holiday specials on DVD, while young adults The Peanuts gang heads to school: Paul Wyatt (Linus), James Gardiner (Snoopy), Janine Sunday (Lucy), may have glanced over reZack Colonna (Charlie Brown), Vishal Vaidya (Schroeder), and Jaimie Kelton (Sally). prints of the vintage strip on the comics page (or perhaps, at least, they did before everyone stopped reading newspapers altogether). But for anyone old enough to have worn a “Surf ’s Up, Snoopy!” sweatshirt to school, Peanuts is so much more. In its 1960s heyday and well into the 1970s, Peanuts delivered timely social commentary with a dry and gentle wit. Beyond the surfing craze, creator Charles M. Schulz parodied hippies, psychoanalysts, World War II heroics and more through the most unlikely characters: young children and a precocious beagle named Snoopy, aka “Joe Cool.” Peanuts references permeated the popular vernacular, from Charlie Brown’s mantra Snoopy (James Gardiner) extols the joys of “Suppertime.” 124 H HillRag | March 2012

of “I’m so depressed” and exclamations of “Good grief !” to Lucy’s sign on her makeshift psychiatry stand: “The Doctor is In. Real In.” No wonder “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” was an off-Broadway hit in 1967, running for 1,597 performances. The show paired the strip’s novel insights and observations with freewheeling sketches and songs that mirrored cutting-edge entertainment, like Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh In” on TV and Broadway’s “Hair” and “Godspell.” Crowds delighted in the random characters crossing the stage to plant a joke and disappear, along with vignettes that made them think, “That’s so true!” Ironically, when a new and improved version of the show—featuring expanded characters and musical numbers—debuted in 1999, it won Tony Awards for its stars but closed after 149 performances. Apparently after more than 20 years, the format, premise and humor didn’t quite connect with audiences anymore. Aside from high school musical productions, it looked like the show had seen its day. Enter Olney and director/choreographer Stephen Nachamie. “I am very excited to bring the Peanuts gang into the 21st century and celebrate them with old and new generations of fans,” Nachamie says. The result is an unapologetically family friendly show that invites baby boomers to introduce Peanuts to their kids—and grand-

kids—as they reminisce about the first time they saw Charlie Brown wrestle with an unruly kite or watched Linus snap his comfort blanket. It can be disconcerting to see grown actors play children, but the beauty of Peanuts kids is they’re really just small, simplified adults. And thanks to Seth Gilbert’s faithfully rendered cartoon costumes— from Charlie Brown’s zig-zag striped shirts and pajamas to Sally Brown’s little square jackets—there’s no mistaking which character is which. As Charlie Brown, Zack Colonna leads the cast through a series of skits, gags, and one liners, continuously setting up clever songs that say more about adult anxiety than childhood. They’re accompanied by the rarity of an energetic live orchestra, conducted by Helen Hayes award-winning musical director Christopher Youstra. Colonna’s Charlie Brown may seem overly optimistic as he sits alone at lunchtime wondering if the infamous “Little Red-Haired Girl” is looking his way, but he soon settles into his character’s trademark fatalistic attitude and defeated slouch. He’s at his best with James Gardiner as his notso-faithful dog Snoopy, asking “Why can’t you just eat like a normal dog?” in response to an unbridled exuberance and imagination he can’t begin to understand. Charlie Brown is forever bumping into walls that his dog never even notices. Janine Sunday is a suitably abrasive Lucy Van Pelt, intimidating her baby brother, tormenting Charlie Brown and pining for Vishal Vaidya’s Schroeder, who works to ignore her as he plays his piano. Things start getting more interesting when Gardiner unleashes an uncanny interpretation of Snoopy in his first solo. With nothing but a black-spotted white sweat suit to evoke a dog, he embodies the edgy little beagle, joyously singing and dancing one minute and struggling to resist the urge to bite someone the next. When Paul Wyatt’s Linus sings an ode to his trusty blanket, he’s so endearing you can almost forgive him the indulgence of cuddling a blanket and sucking his thumb—an act in such stark contrast to his wisdom and eloquence it seems like a gesture of creepy social defiance. And happily, Vaidya returns to show his stuff in “Beethoven Day,” with a blues-inspired

voice that more than explains why there’s never been a reason to cast a German blonde to play Schroeder. Then, out of nowhere, Jamie Kelton steals the show. As Sally Brown, this ferociously willful sprite rouses Snoopy for “Rabbit Chasing,” a quirky number that gives both Kelton and Gardiner free rein to run around the stage invoking a panoply of dance moves, comic bits and musical genres—including Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies.” It’s wild, goofy and laughout-loud funny. In Act Two we’re treated to more of this duo as Gardiner acts out Snoopy’s signature battle with the Red Baron and later serenades his food dish in “Suppertime,” dancing across the stage like a canine Gene Kelly with the rest of the cast joining in as a gospel choir to back him up. And every inch of Kelton is hilarious in her rendition of “My New Philosophy,” adopting first “Oh YEAH? That’s what YOU think!” and progressing to “Why are you telling ME?” and a flat out “NO!” as her new taglines. After watching Kristen Chenoweth’s Tony Award-winning version of the song on YouTube, I have no doubt Kelton out-does her by a mile. Throughout, Robert Andrew Kovach’s scenic designs, from bits of the comic strip framing the stage to the colorful cutout school bus, catcher’s mound and doghouse remind us we’re in the Peanuts world. Whether you’re coming back to see old friends or visiting for the first time, it’s all a paper fabrication that didn’t really exist even 45 years ago. The show closes with the surprisingly touching “Happiness,” hearkening back to simpler times when happiness might be found in doing things that have become almost obsolete, like tying your shoe for the very first time or learning to tell time. But other joys endure: walking hand in hand, climbing a tree and catching a firefly, then setting him free. The song, and the entire production, remind audiences young and old that even when jokes become stale and styles evolve, some experiences never change. At Olney, it’s a pleasure to share them. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown is playing at Olney Theatre’s mainstage through March 18, 2012. Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications f irm. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill. H


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Oscar Contenders Plumb Drama from the Holocaust and from 9/11 by Mike Canning

In Darkness

The Holocaust, in its infinite variety of horror, continues to provide grist for compelling cinema, especially when its stories have a specific human dimension, one which people can identify with. The current entry in this fertile field is “In Darkness” a Polish film which has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (the film opened in the Washington area on

February 24; it is rated “R” and runs 145 min.). “In Darkness” is based on a book by Robert Marshall called “In the Sewers of Lvov” and was adapted for the screen by David F. Shamoon. It tells the true story of Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief who works in the bowels of the town of Lvov during World War II when Lvov—now in the western part of Ukraine--was part of occupied Poland. In 1943, the persecution of Jews

in the town is well underway, and a number of remaining families escape from the city’s ghetto into the city’s dank, intricate sewer system. This is the world that Socha knows better than anyone, and he encounters the hidden Jews as he roams the underground network. Initially, he has no interest in these cowering exiles. He discovers, however, that at least one family, the Chigers, has money and valuables enough to pay him off for his silence and for the de-

livery of some minimal food. At first firmly apolitical and only interested in himself and his family, Socha comes to recognize that not only Jews, but all Poles are potential victims. Gradually, he comes to identify with the family he is assisting and risks his own life to try and save a dozen people from certain death. “In Darkness” was directed by Agnieszka Holland, a veteran Polish filmmaker who first worked in Poland with stellar directors like the great Andrzej Wajda. She is probably best known in the US for her Oscar-Nominated film “Europa, Europa,” which also had a Holocaust angle about a young Jew passing as Hitler youth during WWII. She later made films as diverse as “Olivier, Olivier,” a version of “The Secret Garden,” and “Washington Square,” based on Henry James. She also found time to direct American television dramas, including episodes of David Simon’s HBO chronicles “The Wire” and “Treme.’ With “In Darkness,” Holland comes back full circle to tell a story of her native land at one of its most heartbreaking moments. The screenwriter David Shamoon, a refugee from Iraq, had the script in hand for years and found producers interested in

Top to Bottom: Krzysztof Skonieczny (as Szczepek) and Robert Więckiewicz (as Leopold Socha) in “In Darkness.” Photo by Jasmin Marla Dichant, Courtesy: Sony Pictures Classics 126 H HillRag | March 2012

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Since we are still in Oscar season, another film nominated for the Best Picture award merits a mention: it is “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” adapted from the novel by New York writer Jonathan

Long-time Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. His reviews and writings on film can be found online at H


Safran Foer. The story turns around the character of Oskar Schell, a nine-year-old amateur inventor who laments the loss of his beloved father, Thomas (Tom Hanks), who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 (the film, now showing at area theaters, is rated PG-13 and runs a too-long 129 min.) The precocious Oskar finds a mysterious key left behind by his father in an envelope marked only “Black” and begins a search for families named Black to find the lock that fits that key, hoping this will explain what happened to his father. In his search from borough to borough he is eventually joined by a renter (Max Von Sydow, who earned an Academy Award nomination for this performance). He is an ancient, silent figure, a survivor of the Dresden fire bombings of WWII who is staying in a nearby apartment with Oskar’s grandmother. The two, uncertainly, fitfully, try to unravel the “why” of the father’s death by methodically searching every Black name in the five boroughs. The film, directed by Stephen Daldry (“The Reader,” “The Hours” ) and written by Eric Roth, has its sweet and poignant side, most of it conveyed via the earnest and persistent performance by Thomas Horn, making his film debut here. Young Horn is, in fact, the principal reason to see this picture as he brings real dimension and yearning to a child trying to unearth meaning in the inexplicable. And just when you think the plot makes no sense because Oskar is so readily welcomed into the various nooks and crannies of the Naked City, his apparently oblivious mother Linda (Sandra Bullock) comes up with the big reveal as to how his search has been carefully vetted. This comes as a great surprise, but it somehow doesn’t convince. You are left with a boy perhaps none the wiser for his dogged efforts, and a film that leaves you less moved than puzzled.

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the story but only if it were done in English. He himself was interested in having Holland direct the film, but she held off because she insisted it had to be made in original languages for authenticity. She was proved right, and the screenplay uses Polish, Ukrainian, German and Yiddish in its final version. The cast of “In Darkness” is uniformly excellent. Among many fine characterizations is that of German actress Maria Schrader as Paulina Chiger, a tenacious survivor trying to keep her diverse family together. Paralleling her excellence is Kinga Preis as Socha’s wife Wanda, an earth mother who loves her man and, though chary, comes to accept his tossed-off heroism. Also superb is the talented German actor Benno Fürmann (see recently in “Farewell” and “North Face”), playing the stalwart Jewish hero Mundek, who braves the Nazis because he can pass as one of their Aryan equivalents. Yet the film is dominated by Robert Wieckiewicz as Socha, the stolid man who gains a consciousness and learns pity. The performance is the more effective because of the actor’s pug-ugly face, which looks like that of a boxer who went 12 rounds—and didn’t win. It’s a working-man’s face and to see it slowly brim with sympathy for fellow creatures whom he comes to see more as Poles than as Jews is gripping. Wieckiewicz is a prolific Polish actor with dozens of film credits to his name. One of his biggest roles comes next, when he plays Lech Walesa in a film biography of the Polish leader directed by the Wadja. As the time of this review’s appearance, we will know if “In Darkness” won the Oscar or not. Even if it does not—it has sturdy competition from the splendid Iranian film “A Separation”—it’s still a worthy effort.

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The Fridge Gallery Going Strong After Hilly Win


by Amanda Wilson

hen the exhibition “King Me: StudThe gallery has been featured ies in the Uncivilized World,” runon WAMU, in the Washington ning March 3-29 at The Fridge, Post, The Examiner, and Southern opens at this alley gallery on Barrack’s Row, DC Living and in the DC City Paper, natives and visitors alike may find more than a which gave the gallery its Best New little fodder for reflection this election year. The Gallery, Editor’s Pick, award in exhibition, which confronts themes of domina2010. It was a runner up for Arts tion and power, also comes amid an ongoing DC Business of the Year in the Capitol push for statehood, a struggle that gallery owner Hill Association of Merchants and Alex Goldstein wholeheartedly supports. Professionals Hilly Awards. The Guest curator Adam Dwight, in his curator’s gallery won the distinction in 2011 statement, describes a distinctively District context when it was voted Arts Business of for considering the exhibit. It is one that is shaped the Year. by tensions surrounding the city’s experience of The Fridge’s 2012 season the “underreported trauma” of 9-11. On the other opened in January with a exhibihand, Dwight also describes a continuing process tion featuring works by students of “aggrandizement” and memorializing in the nafrom the Corcoran College of Art tion’s capital that he describes as reflected in the and Design BFA program. At the city’s museum culture and penchant for monuexhibit opening, Corcoran Profesment building. These tensions, Dwight writes, set sor Janis Goodman told me she the scene for “King Me.” Background left: “Dirth” by Aaron Lager. The installation uses $4 adjustable accordion thought The Fridge served a critical The exhibit will feature a multimedia smörgås- “vanity” mirrors from Ikea for a “playful prophesy” from the artist on the year 2013. function in the neighborhood. “It’s Foreground: Mechanical sculpture by Dan Gray plays with color blending. Part of the bord on the theme, with works that draw from a Corcoran School of Art BFA Painting Program Student Exhibit in January at The Fridge. a great space,” Goodman said. “As broad constellation of “symbols of power.” With Photo: Amanda Wilson. the Hill and the whole of DC gets works exploring themes ranging from Japanese gentrified, it’s interesting to have a February 25 exhibition opening at The Fridge will go to The media depictions of Kim Jong Il to fast food culspace where there is sword swalture, embodied in 3-D printed food items, and the human Perry Center. lowing, tattooing and graffiti art.” In its time on The Hill, The Fridge has gained a repubody itself, “King Me” promises a reflection on not only on This February, The Fridge also symbols and technologies of power, but also their various tation as an eclectic and accessible enclave in a larger art featured an exhibition of West culture that owner Alex Goldstein sees as all too often scales. Coast graffiti artist POSE II, aka As part of the exhibit, artist Laura Elkins -- whose solo money-focused. With its frequent fund-raisers and comMaxx Moses’, work, including an exhibit “White House Negligee” featured self-portraits as munity-based educational events, The Fridge is clearly original painting and photographs First Ladies showed at The Fridge last January -- will pres- something different. “All the exhibits I ent a number of pieces new and old, including “Self as Lahave planned, all the dybird with Catfish.” The exhibition marks another happening in the life of performances, they all The Fridge, which, since its opening in September, 2009, focus on the theme of has become a vital cultural mainstay on Barracks’ Row in community orientathe Capitol Hill neighborhood of Eastern Market. The tion, friendship, and gallery, located has embraced the work of street “emerging society, which is very and established” artists, art educators, performance artists, different than most and musicians. Its nearby studio space is home to a local galleries in the world chapter of the international collective Albus Cavus, a public which are about profart and education group that offers monthly workshops on it,” Goldstein told me such themes as art, science, technology, and urban planning. one day in a phone At the end of February, The Fridge presented an exhibi- call in the months tion by students at The Perry Center, a nonprofit located before I finally caught in NW Washington, DC dedicated to serving area fami- up with him in perlies. The artist Decoy, who is part of Albus Cavus, worked son. “New York art with the students to create their own interpretations of galleries and LA art QR Code tile work by artist Jeff Herrity. Background: Oil paintings, “Conformity” (left) and Andy Warhol’s pieces, which are currently on display at the galleries..less money “Uniformity” (right) by artist Nina DeFelice. Part of the Corcoran School of Art BFA Painting Program Student Exhibit at The Fridge Gallery in January. Photo: Amanda Wilson. Smithsonian museums. All donations made during the goes to the artists.” 128 H HillRag | March 2012

Goldstein says, that sometimes characterizes Capitol Hill culture, political and otherwise. “People who are trying to look the most’s like a Capitol Hill cover up. Just be yourself. What’s the worst that is going to happen?” But Goldstein said that can be hard, especially when fears of falling behind or not succeeding can pervade even the most basic daily decisions. “People are afraid Artist Laura Elkins’ work “Self as Lady Bird Jackie” , Oil on to leave their houses without checking Canvas, Diptych, 20” x 16” each, 2011. Showing as part of the the weather.” Goldstein added, “that’s “King Me” exhibit at The Fridge in March. Photo courtesy of Adam Dwight. why I don’t have a TV.” On the theme of domination, French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, in his work of his West Coast projects by Catherine Language and Symbolic Power, writes “domKoch. Moses, who has done both underinated individuals make common cause with the-radar and commissioned graffiti art, said discourse and consciousness, indeed with scihe sees graffiti as an act of defiance. ence, since they cannot constitute themselves “Mentally, physically, spiritually the act as a separate group, mobilize themselves, or of defiance is an act against prescribed, conmobilize their potential power unless they ditioned behavior and [about having] the question the categories of perception of the courage to do what you are compelled to do,” social order...” Moses told me. With this month’s The Fridge exhibThis February at The Fridge, the Red it “King Me: Studies in the Uncivilized Eye Gravy Theater staged an all-volunteer World”, visitors to The Fridge just might performance Romeo and Juliet – a same-sex have a chance to confront some of those catinterpretation of the classic – and raised over egories of perception, accompanying sym$10,000 for the Trevor Project, a national orbols and their own potential power. ganization providing crisis intervention and “King Me: Studies in the Uncivilized suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, World” runs March 3 through 29 at The bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Fridge and also features works by printmaker Norman Strike, collages by Saleshi Feseha, a Healing Through the Arts video work from Sean Monohan & Gregory I attended the Red Eye Gravy Theater Fong, as well as works from Matias Cuevas, Company’s performance of Shakespeare’s Lisa Parker Hyatt, Rebecca Katz, Hannah “Romeo and Juliet” at The Fridge on FebruNaomi Kim, Hermonie Only, Adrian Parary 11 with my parents. Reckoning silently sons, and Stan Squirewell. with our own emotions in the aftermath of As part of “King Me”, an artist talk a death in our own family, the performance will be held on March 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. offered us a kind of release. As the snow fell The exhibit will also be accompanied by a that night, we reflected on the play together, lecture, “To What Strange Place: 78s Listhankful for the theater and the space it had tening Session”, with Ian Nagosaki, a music offered us for catharsis and reflection on the researcher, on March 22 at 7 p.m. The exuniversal human experience of tragedy in our hibit’s closing party will be held March 29 own time of mourning. from 7:30 to 10 p.m. H As I shared this experience with Goldstein later, when we finally caught up in person one sunny day in late February at Tunnicliff ’s Tavern in Capitol Hill, he nodded, affirming that the gallery aims to be the kind of space for what he terms a kind of “art intervention.” “The whole reason the Fridge exists is to encourage healing through the arts,” Goldstein told me. Another mission of The Fridge, Goldstein says, is to support freedom of expression and the freedom for both artists and gallery visitors to find the courage to be themselves, to question dominant prescriptions of normalcy in atmospheres of regimentation and conformity. It is just that sort of atmosphere, Alex Goldstein, Fridge owner, with gallery patrons.

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he paintings of Betsy Glassie are a walk in a magical garden—a place where color and light trade places to create a flickering impression of a field of flowers. For Betsy, it is a both a place for dreams and a path to spirituality. She would like you to stroll along with her, considering the grander ideas of reality. Like real flowers, each painting blooms. It bursts into the bright air with the sole purpose of attracting—beckoning. Light rays are sent out to reconnoiter the pathways to clarity, the understanding that lies above the clamor of gritty, everyday life. That impression is why Betsy calls her style, Modern Impressionism. She works in acrylic and achieves depth by applying layers of paint and glazes. And like the original Impressionists, her work is really about compositions of light and complexities of color. Betsy has always painted. She majored in art at Catholic University and took cours-

A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim can be reached at

es at the Corcoran, during the same period that the Washington Color School was being recognized. She began her art life as an abstract painter, but was pulled to the glory of the flowers in her garden… .”and it grew from there.” Although some scenes are small and intimate, she likes to paint life-sized. It is easier to feel a part of the flowers—to interact with the life forms that grow in happy abundance around her Fredericksburg home. She likes to work through phases, or through a series of varia- “Floating Dreams” (Acrylic, 48x48, $4000). Photo: Judith V. May tions on the same subject, like the same bouquet in Her work can be seen at The Hill Cendifferent vases. That gives her a more inter. (see, At the Galleries.) www. Betsyglasstimate knowledge of the subject, to the point where it can become intuitive. The flowers become generalized. Whatever the approach, you enter the Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art This marks the 10th year I have written ideal landscape of joy…a stroll with Betsy Glassie through fields of her flowers, in this column. Yes, it is about art and artists, but I have often meandered into commenpursuit of lifting spirituality. tary on the nature of beauty. I am fascinated with the curious ability of our brains to see the landscape, and each other, as beautiful. If our eyes are let loose to explore and report back on the glories of that inexplicable thing we call art, even cracks in the sidewalk can be appreciated. That is a great irony because the more we eradicate nature, the uglier the world becomes. I often equate the ability to see beauty as the essence of humanness. It’s true. The more I create, look at, and contemplate art, the more I am certain that art is the only thing that distinguishes us from all the other creatures—the only gift that truly makes us human. You want to identify the soul? That’s it. Of course, this column is also about writing—another human art form. It has kept me arranging words to meet deadlines. By limiting each segment to about 300 words, I have had to force myself to find the core of an idea and fight off those words, beautiful as they may be, that cross the illicit border of the essential. I have profiled about 120 artists, from “A Sense of Forever” (Acrylic, 48x60, $5000). Photo: Judith V. May 130 H HillRag | March 2012


Artist Portrait: Betsy Glassie

by Jim Magner

Tati Kaupp in March, 2002, to Betsy Glassie (see “Artist Profile”). It has been a joy for the most part. They have explored so many possibilities. So many ideas. So many ways to be creative. I have marveled at how each artist is compelled to make art, even when they could make more per hour washing dishes. That is what art can do. Other preoccupations don’t mean as much. Once you allow yourself to get off the ground—to fly beyond the ordinary—you don’t want to float back to the real world.

At the Museums

“Picasso’s Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition.” “The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione.” National Gallery of Art 4th and Constitution Ave. NW

Castiglione, (1609–1664), was a master of the Italian baroque. This exhibition of his prints and drawings includes those who most influenced him, Rembrandt and Claude Lorrain, as well as those he influenced. Those comparisons are side by side. Be amazed by the dynamic loveliness of it all. Often called the greatest draftsman of the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso ‘s legacy is really that of an explosion of ideas…reaching into the darkness of the unexplored, and giving it form. Resist comparing the artistry and draftsmanship of the two shows. First there is no comparison. Second, each man was a product of his era, and was, perhaps, the most compelling of his time and craft.

At the Galleries

Remembering Ross Merrill American Painting 5118 MacArthur Blvd. NW Mar18 – April 28

Ross Merrill was an admired painter, and Chief of Conservation at the National Gallery of Art. He is remembered as “one of the great conservators of the 20th Century.” In June, a “memorial paint-out” was held on the Maryland eastern shore. Those paintings, and works by Merrill, will be exhibited at American Painting Fine Art. Reception: Sun, March 18, 4-6.

Eight Artists The Hill Center 9th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE To March 31

The second Hill Center show continues through March. It had a very successful opening in February, but there is still an op-

portunity to buy excellent art. The artists are: Betsy Glassie (see Artist Profile), Gina Clapp, Nancy Freeman, Alan Braley, Colin Winterbottom, Sarah Porter, Marlo Collins, and me, Jim Magner. All works are for sale with 30% going to support the Center.

“Do Your Own Thing” Capitol Hill Art League 545 7th St. SE Mar. 10 – 31

This all-media juried exhibit is entitled “Do Your Own Thing,” and that is exactly what the artists do. The juror is Pete Duvall, photographer, instructor and head of Anything Photographic. Opening: Sat. Mar 10, 5-7.

Corcoran Print Exhibition Caos on F 923 F St. NW -- Mar. 30

This is the annual exhibition of the printmaking department of the Corcoran College of Art. Twenty-five students and faculty work together in every step of the process. The theme is “Attention,” to encourage “artistic responses to the social and political currents.”

Rachel Rotenberg Hillyer Art Space 9 Hillyer Ct., NW Mar 3-31

This is Rachel Rotenberg’s first solo show in Washington. She fuses lumber with raw tree limbs to carve and construct large imposing works that she describes as “biomorphic and psycosexual.” Go see them. Opening: March 9, 6-9.

“Frida Kahlo: Her Photos” Artisphere 1101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA - March 25

Frida Kahlo, (1907-1954) was one of the most compelling people in 20th Century art. Her explosive marriage to painter Diego Rivera and her battle with physical pain and disabilities were the subjects of her fierce biographical paintings. These 259 photographic images are from her personal collection of over 6,500. She was an extraordinary person in an extraordinary time, knowing some of the biggest names in art and revolution—Mexican and Russian. Jim’s new book, “A Haunting Beauty” can be acquired through H H 131



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by Karen Lyon has lots of answers: learning things, torical writing that connects politics post-civil rights period.” sharing a story, running races, actand culture to explain the persistence He hopes that “by placing black In a 1976 article titled “Is There ing silly, dancing your heart out, and of racism.” elected officials’ allegations of such a Conspiracy against Black Leadmaking friends that last forever and Using news reports, published harassment in context, [he has] demers,” journalist Carl Rowan posed studies, trial transcripts, inter- onstrated their significance to the ever. In “To Be a Kid,” her delightviews with more than 40 sources larger body politic.” “Black elected ful narrative is accompanied by gor-- including 25 sitting and former officials operate in this narrative as geous photos of children from all African American members of a metaphorical ‘miner’s canary,’” he over the world taking part in the Congress -- and his own in-depth contends, “warning us of the toxicity activities she names. “To Be a Kid” is just one of the case study of Congressional in- of modern U.S. politics.” vestigations, indictments, audits, Given the blood sport that politics books published by The Global and surveillance, Musgrove ex- have become, his book is a power- Fund for Children, which Ajmera amines the case for a systemized ful reminder of how the state can be founded “to advance the dignity campaign of harassment against used to repress opposition. In the end, of children and youth worldwide” black elected officials from 1965 he reminds us that Carl Rowan’s di- by awarding grants to communithrough 1992. lemma of more than 35 years ago is far ty-based organizations that serve What he finds isn’t pretty. from outdated and is, in fact, one “that young people. A portion of the royalties from the sale of the books Beginning with Nixon’s scrutiny now faces the entire U.S. electorate.” of his administration’s “enemies,” An assistant professor at the Uni- helps fund the grants. Ajmera also wrote “Faith,” through the government’s use of versity of the District of Columbia, the FBI and the IRS as tools of Musgrove comes by his interest natu- which explores the ways in which harassment, Musgrove paints a rally. “My father’s campus organizing people from all over the world pray, disturbing picture of white politi- earned him a brief period of FBI sur- sing, read holy books, and observe cians only too eager to cast stones veillance,” he writes, “a fact of which I holidays and festivals. The theme here is respect –for rituals and tradiat black opponents and a media am terribly proud.” tions different from ours -- and the only too eager to chase negative book includes a helpful nondenominnuendos—especially within the Growing Happy Kids black community. A local historian reveals how harassment has been What does it mean to be a kid? inational section explaining various used against black politicians in an eye-opening Musgrove steers clear of Local children’s writer Maya Ajmera elements of faith and a glossary of new book. religious terms. judging the guilt All of Ajmera’s books or innocence of black this provocative question: “How do present a sunny, hopepoliticians accused of we determine which officials are vicful vision, reinforced by wrongdoing (although tims of conspiracies to deprive them colorful photos of smilhe does note that the of power and which ones are crooks ing children and clearly behavior of DC’s own who deserve the contempt of the written explanations of Marion Barry served to black community?” Recent headlinewhat we’re seeing. Leafundermine allegations grabbing stories bring his query to ing through her books, the fore once again—if, indeed, it of harassment). Instead, one can almost envision his purpose is to deever receded. a whole generation of fine harassment as “an Local historian George Derek children whose attitudes ideology developed to Musgrove considers this issue in a are shaped by her loving understand the represtimely new book, “Rumor, Repression, and inclusive philosophy. sion and disproporand Racial Politics: How the HarassAnd wouldn’t that make tionate state scrutiny ment of Black Officials Shaped Postfor a beautiful world? black elected officials Civil Rights America.” The book is For more informaexperienced as they enalready being hailed as “a real gem… tion, visit www.globaltered and rose through that provides fresh insight[s]” and “a the ranks of U.S. elecMaya Ajmera, founder of The Global Fund for Children, pens lively books for fine example of a new breed of historal politics during the kids of all stripes.

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* Cathy Travis, author of “Constitution Translated for Kids,” has published a new e-novel that she calls “the perfect book for the political season we are now in.” “Elected,” which follows the fortunes of a president elected after a bitter recount in Florida in 2000 (sound familiar?), is available electronically at com/dp/B00719CBH8. * If you couldn’t squeeze in to one of the recent standing-room-only talks to hear Mary Z. Gray discuss her enchanting new memoir, “301 East Capitol: Tales From the Heart of the City,” don’t despair. The Overbeck History Lectures plans to schedule a repeat performance. Visit for details.

* A couple of literary heavyweights duke it out – metaphorically, at least – at a Library of Congress discussion by Joseph Fruscione, author of “Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry,” at noon on March 16 in the James Madison Building. For more, visit * What if Shakespeare had a talented sister whose work remained unpublished because of her gender? The Folger Shakespeare Library mounts a challenge to Virginia Woolf ’s famous question by showcasing the work of Renaissance women who were actually writing up a storm. A new exhibition, “Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500-1700,” will be on view

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Kids Make Serious Music in the American Youth Chorus


o paraphrase an old saying, “Big Dreams Come in Small Packages.” Anyone sitting in on a rehearsal or catching a performance of the American Youth Chorus can see that these kids sing their hearts out and dream big. Their efforts pay off, and the lessons they learn reach far beyond music. Now in its fourth year, the after-school choral program—split into junior and senior divisions—was conceived as a way to bring back the kind of music program that has all but disappeared from schools. The AYC has more than doubled in size since its beginning in 2008, and there are now about 50 in the junior group of 8-10-year-olds, with another 24 in the 11-to-14-yearold senior group. Each group rehearses once a week at the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts, and artistic director David Simmons finds ways to harness all that chaotic youthful energy without raising his voice.

Swinging into Jazz

Lately, the AYC has been rehearsing for its April show, “JAZZ: Made in America.” Simmons channels the junior group’s enthusiasm into a warm-up that includes sighing, yelling and hand gestures, as well as scales. He calls out cues: “Pretend you have five big wads of gum and you’re singing while you’re chewing.” The kids yawn through scales in 134 H HillRag | March 2012

by Emily Clark two-part harmony (senior division has three-part harmony), “Mi may mi mo mu.” They sing, “Doopi Doopi Do, Bippity Boppity Boo!” They sing, “I just want to chew my Tutti-Frutti gum.” Then they get serious and start

down immediately. Kennedy, who teaches with Simmons at a Maryland school, called the process “electrifying.” “One day the kids don’t know the right side of the page, and then they’re reading music and singing

AYC performers at the 2011 Fall Concert. Photo: Courtesy AYC

working on performance. They run through “Jazz,” followed by “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie.” Next it’s on to “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got that Swing),” and Simmons asks who wrote the piece. Hands go up and someone answers “Duke Ellington.” Dave tells them, “Duke was born and raised right here in Washington DC.” Rehearsal assistant Susan Kennedy works on choreography, while Simmons says, “I can only do this choreography if there’s complete silence.’ The kids settle

from memory,” she said. “They’re learning to sing in parts, music theory, time signature, rhythm and key notes.”

Expanded Horizons

Parents, most of whom wait in the Atlas lobby during rehearsals, claim their children are learning so much more than just singing and music. Mary Masters, whose 10-yearold daughter Tatyana is in her second year with AYC, called the cho-

rus “discipline disguised as fun,” training the kids to be on time, take direction and be responsible to the group. “It’s such a confidence builder,” she said. “It teaches the kids that it takes work to succeed and you have to keep trying. And the kids have a mentor in Dave— he’s like the Pied Piper of music.” Liz Riddle has two sons in the chorus, Jamie Wodatch in the senior group and Matthew in the junior group. “It’s thrilling when I hear them singing at home, especially together,” she said. “Sometimes it’s Jay-Z and then it can be Cole Porter or Duke Ellington.” Letitia Chase’s 10-yearold daughter Shaniah Robin has overcome her shyness, is proud to be “bringing the sheet music to life” and now wants to learn other languages to enhance her singing. Northeast dad Joel Cavicchia said that being in the chorus has broadened his daughter Lena’s “already considerable exposure to music. “Lena studies violin and piano and is grounded in classical music. But now she also talks about Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker,” he said. Being in the chorus has opened doors for Maya McGuire. The 9-yearold has already sung at the opera with Placido Domingo and was chosen to sing the child’s part in a newly-commissioned work for the Congressional Chorus show in June. She now has an

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AYC singers have entertained at the White House (where First Lady Michelle Obama shook hands with each of them), State Department (where they were congratulated by ambassadors), Kennedy Center (where they had Sir Paul McCartney clapping), Library of Congress and the opening of the Capitol Visitors Center (a televised event). Each year there’s a free holiday singalong at the Atlas and the spring performance focuses on American music. At the end of the school year, the group joins the . Involved parents, as well as dedicated volunteers from the Congressional Chorus, keep the AYC running smoothly. Louise Buchanan, who shows up every Tuesday for the junior division rehearsal, works with the kids and their parents, does PR and is backstage during performances. “Our job is to give the kids some reassurance that they’re doing great. It’s fun, but it can be daunting, especially for the newcomers. Kids this age need extra love and care, so sometimes my job is to give them a hug or a pat on the back when things get intense,” Buchanan said. American Youth Chorus performs April 21 at the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts on H Street NE. For tickets, contact the Congressional Chorus website at For more information on the AYC, go to www.americanyouthchorus. org. H

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by Emily Clark

writes curriculum to conform uick, how many to DCPS standards, tying kids do you know who have ever each day in the food lab into asked for seconds on the whatever the kids are studyleafy greens we’re always ing in the classroom. pushing them to eat? Not On a visit in February, too many, maybe none? a classroom of 4th graders But drop by Watkins sat at tables, chatting and Elementary School on the preparing that day’s edible Hill and it’s a whole differlesson. In their social student story. First, third and ies class, they were learning fourth graders are not only about early American history, eating kale, collards and most recently studying the spinach, they’re growing, 1st graders in the FRESHFARM Markets’ FoodPrints program at Watkins arrival of African slaves onto harvesting and preparing Elementary School harvesting kale in their organic, edible schoolyard gar- the American mainland. them as well, all part of the den. Front (left to right): Chanae Williams, Nina Skye Johnson, teacher After the food prep, stuBowers. Back (left to right): Jade Ridout, Eleanor Ashdown, Torin FoodPrints program con- Judy dents split into groups of two, Davis. Photo: Jennifer Mampara ceived by FRESHFARM each with a different soul Markets to promote healthy food recipe. Their task: to eating as part of the classdetermine the origins of each students plant, maintain and pick room curriculum. underlined ingredient. Was the food vegetables, which they turn into tasty Through FoodPrints, Watkins meals. They keep journals about their from America, Africa, Europe or Euexperiences and make drawings of rope by way of Asia? Students referred plants. Right now there are collards to a large world map on the wall, as and kale in the garden. Later there well as a color-coded list of ingredients will be lettuces, sugar snap peas, spin- and regions, writing their discoveries ach, winter squash, shelling beans, on poster board. peppers. Each year the 3rd graders go on a “treasure hunt” in November, Tasty Lessons digging for sweet potatoes. The gumbo team determined that celery came from Europe via Asia and okra from Angola. The duo Sous Chef Kids In a brand new food lab, students studying succotash found that peas chop, rinse and process whatever were from Ghana. Blackeyed peas? they’ve picked that day. They’ve be- Definitely African. Fazia Padilla, the fourth grade come carefully adept at using knives teacher, said the students are learning and operating the food processor. While the kids are having fun, about “African American sharing of they’re also learning basic science, traditions, even though slaves could be math, language arts, drawing and even, separated from their families or dividIsiah Devers, a 3rd grader at Watkins Elementary School, harvesting a sweet potato as part to some extent, physical education, ed along tribal lines.” of the FRESHFARM Markets’ FoodPrints proWhile the students work, Mamby getting exercise outdoors. Jennifer gram. Photo: Jennifer Mampara Mampara, the FoodPrints coordinator, para and a few parent volunteers cook H 137

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4th graders in the FRESHFARM Markets’ FoodPrints program at Watkins Elementary School cutting up peppers harvested from the schools organic, edible schoolyard garden. Sitting down at table (left to right): Juan Johnson, Torin Davis. Standing at counter (left to right): Amani Williams, Julian McPherson, Master Gardener Barbara Percival aka the Garden Lady. Photo: Jennifer Mampara

the food the kids have prepped. Today it’s freshly harvested collards with blackeyed peas and tomatoes. And a little food history. Mampara, a former classroom teacher and nutritionist whose three kids attend Watkins, discusses various cooking methods. She sautés the collards and adds garlic and tomatoes while talking about the origins and attributes of steam. She points out the combination of foods that traditionally signify luck for the New Year. “Collards are the dollar bills,” she says, “and blackeyed peas are the small change.” The kids break into a cheer when she adds a little maple syrup to the dish. At the end of the morning, the students reap their reward— the collards and peas with brown rice, served with slaw. They ask for seconds and, when they’re done, scrape and stack their plates.

Community Garden Support

FoodPrints, begun in 2005 by Bernadine Prince, FRESHFARM’s co-founder and co-executive director, came to Watkins in the spring of 2008. The school had an existing garden begun with a USDA grant. It also had an avid volunteer in Barbara Percival, whose children had been Watkins students. Percival completed master gardener training

Allen A. Flood, M.D. and was the driving force behind an expanded garden. FRESHFARM provided initial funds for raised beds and a fence and now funds the entire program, which costs $30-40,000 a year. Mampara and Percival noted that support for FoodPrints has come in the steady funding from FRESHFARM, from initial and continuing support from Hill businesses like Frager’s and Hill’s Kitchen and from grants from such organizations as the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and the Philip Graham Fund. Watkins principal Dawn Clemens has been key to the program’s success, and classroom teachers are fans as well. All Watkins’ 1st, 3rd and 4th graders come to the food lab once a month. “It’s like a field trip without leaving school,” Mampara noted. Last spring, when Mampara and Percival wanted money for a food lab, Bernie Prince and a FRESHFARM development expert helped them with a proposal and video to present to a fundraising website called Kickstarter. “It’s a nice platform for fundraising,” Mampara said. “People log on and commit to a donation, but they’re not charged unless you meet your goal by deadline. It’s an all or nothing deal. We got our funding start right here on the Hill, but we made our goal in the last few hours before deadline. It was exciting—in a nail-biting way.” Each year FoodPrints students put together a cookbook with drawings and Mampara hopes that eventually the program can be extended to include 2nd and 5th grades as well. Alice Waters and local chef Jose Andres have visited, and FRESHFARM hopes Michelle Obama will, too. Mampara said she’s often stopped in her Hill neighborhood by parents who tell her, “Because of you, we’re eating…,” naming a vegetable they had never tried before. For more information, visit the FRESHFARM website at H


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Armed to the Teeth

Improving Your Pet’s Dental Health by Dr. Matthew Antkowiak and Dr. Christopher Miller


ur pets on Capitol Hill are some of the best cared for animals in all of DC. Our pets are in our holiday photos and even mentioned in our wills. We buy them clothing, high quality foods, and accessories including doggles (Doggles = Goggles for dogs. Yeah, that’s right). So, why is it that when it comes to dealing with their most common health problems we are reluctant to take action? What is the most ignored disease that affects all of our pets? Dental disease. George Washington had some crummy teeth and, while his false teeth were not actually made of wood (they were carved from ivory), it is certain that his dog’s teeth were not much better. Our cat’s and dog’s teeth are not that different than our own and they can develop tartar and gingivitis just like we do. Bacteria in the 140 H HillRag | March 2012

mouth form a film of dental plaque around the teeth. This eventually hardens into mineralized tartar. Then, the bacteria associated with the tartar moves below the gum line and can result in gingivitis and/or cause the bone root to become weak leading to eventual tooth loss. Name: Periodontal disease. Cure: Prevention! Daily brushing is the best way to prevent the build up of plaque and tartar, but who wants to come home after a long day of work to wrestle with your cat as you try to clean its teeth. However, the process may not be as daunting as your think. We have clients that brush their pet’s teeth every day and the positive results are obvious. Commercial toothpastes are available at your vet’s office or from local Capitol Hill stores. The tooth paste is flavored, typically beef, tuna, or chicken (human toothpaste can upset dog’s or cat’s stomachs). Start simply: Feed your pet a small amount of the tooth paste before dinner to get them accustomed to the taste. Also, while relaxing with your pet, gently pull back their lips and look at their teeth both to get familiar with the layout of the teeth and to get them used to this type of activity. After a week or two, you can start brushing their teeth for one to two minutes at a time before you encounter any protesting. Should you do this every day? Yes. Will you? No. The compromise: Do it as often as you can and know that every session helps. Let’s face it, not all pets will be good candidates for teeth brushing. Luckily there are other ways to prevent periodontal disease. Feeding foods that encourage the mechanical cleaning action of the teeth are helpful. Studies have shown that certain dry dog foods/prescription dry foods can assist in prevent tartar buildup (Hill’s t/d, Royal Canin Dental Hygiene). Also, bones or chew toys can help keep dogs teeth clean, but pets should be closely monitored when

Mindful Parenting chewing on these as swallowing large pieces or a whole toy can lead to an intestinal foreign body. However, the single best way to address dental disease in pets is to have routine, anesthetized, dental cleanings performed by your veterinarian. Why anesthetized? Under general anesthesia, the pet is closely monitored and a more thorough cleaning can be accomplished. An endotracheal tube is used to protect the airway and keeps bacteria and dental particles out of the lungs. Monitoring equipment will be used such as ECG, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, and temperature readings to make sure that the procedure is as safe as possible. Sedated or “awake” dental cleanings are just not as good because they merely clean the tartar that is visible, but do nothing for the bacteria below the gum line that causes periodontal disease. Anesthesia is needed for a deep clean and to take still radiographs of the roots of the teeth in order to visualize disease below the gums. Furthermore, while your pet is under anesthesia, your veterinarian can perform a thorough oral exam to look for other problems in the mouth (the oral cavity is the fouth most common site of cancer). Dental disease in our pets is easy to overlook. Unless your pet wakes you up every morning with a blast of bad breath or is showing obvious signs of oral discomfort, your pet’s dental health probably would not cross your mind. However, just as with our own teeth, ignorance is not bliss. Daily brushing, teeth friendly diets and help from your friendly, neighborhood veterinarian are the best ways arm your pet in the fight against dental disease. Here’s to healthy smiles! See you ‘round the Hill! The authors are owners of the Atlas Veterinary Hospital at 1326 h St. NE. (www. H

Becoming More Attuned to Your Child by Debby Rager and Ronda Bresnick Hauss


oung children have a natural ability to be “in the moment.” They are able to focus on a toy, their food, a song, a book and relish what they are doing with full attention. Children also come into the world without judgment of themselves or of others. This is not to say that they don’t have preferences, or that they don’t experience frustration and worry, but they start off life open to others and to their own capabilities without prejudice. Approaching the world with full attention and lack of judgment, while innate in human beings, often shifts as we age. As adults, we are engaged in busy lives and it is often hard to take the time to slow down and bring patience and attention to any given moment. We are also full of judgment, of ourselves and of each other. How well we are parenting or how well others are parenting oftens drive us to be judgmental. Constantly judging our parenting choices and our children, we seek to compare with others for reinforcement and validation.

What Is Mindfulness?

The concept of mindfulness has become more popular in the western world as the practice of yoga and meditation has increased. In the book, Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn define mindfulness as ”moment-tomoment non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.”

Mindful Parenting

Mindful parenting is about being aware and present with all that the parenting role brings, accepting it and finding time to be attentive and attuned to your child. Being mindful means practicing being present in each moment and with each task of the day. If we think of all the tasks that parenting brings, some are wonderful

and some are not so glorious. We have those great moments -- a breathtaking smile, a nuzzle on the shoulder, the “firsts” of so many milestones; but we also have the diaper changing, the endless crying when it’s time to sleep. Being mindful is not an attempt to create one more thing to do. Instead it’s an opportunity to take a deep breath, slow down and be there for all the moments that are happening. Mind-

internalizes that the world is a safe and secure place. However, the need for a trusted and responsive adult is always a necessity for children even if the quantity and quality of their needs shift. Mindful parenting is not just about being the only one who is there for your child, but can also be cultivated for the person who is there when you need to be away. Whoever the caretaker is to your child in addi-

“Mindful parenting calls us to wake up to the possibilities, the benefits, and the challenges of parenting with a new awareness and intentionality, not only as if what we did mattered, but as if our conscious engagement in parenting were virtually the most important thing we could be doing, both for our children and for ourselves.” - Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting ful parenting is a practice in which we connect to our child and bring our full awareness to their presence. With our demanding lives, we can’t always spend as much time with our children as we wish. Parenting mindfully can take place both when you are physically present with your child, but also when you are away from them. For example, by giving yourself a moment at work to stop, breathe and to enjoy the photo of your child on your desk is an act of being mindful. It allows you to slow down and to feel a sense of connection to your child. Instead of having feelings of guilt at being away, you can shift those moments to feeling joy and pride. Reducing guilt and stress will also make the moments you have with your child easier and more precious. Research in child development highlights the need for children to form strong attachments - children need at least one caretaker who is responsive to their needs in order to gain a sense of trust and security in the world. In the first year of life, it is ideal to have a caregiver who is there in the moment and responsive to all a child’s needs so that the child

tion to yourself, find time each day to appreciate them and what they bring to the “parenting” responsibility. As parents, we are both the teachers and the models of how we want our children to approach their world. But for a lesson in mindfulness, we might turn to our children to learn more about developing a greater sense of joy and wonder in each waking moment. Debby Rager is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice on Capitol Hill. She offers assessment and therapeutic services to children, teens and families. Using a cognitive behavioral approach, she incorporates her experience in play therapy, sand tray and yoga to provide an integrated modality to meet the needs of each individual. Debby specializes in work with grief, trauma, and attachment. She can be reached at 202-505-4325. Ronda Bresnick Hauss is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of the Quiet Waters Center for Trauma, Stress and Resilience, on Capitol Hill. She uses an integrative & holistic approach to psychotherapy – addressing the connection between the mind, body and spirit through the use of traditional talk therapy, hypnosis, meditation, visualization, and creative, non-verbal techniques. She can be reached at: 202-544-5050. H H 141

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Growing Great Middle Schools in Ward 6


he last few years have seen an impressive turnaround in the quality of early childhood and elementary education on Capitol Hill. Enrollment at Brent, Maury and Watkins elementary schools is surging, and the Peabody Early Childhood Center last year had a 900-student waitlist. Families that once looked only to private schools are now clamoring for spots at one of the Hill’s many resurgent public elementary schools. But this remarkable comeback hits a wall at middle school, a time when too many families pull children from the neighborhood school system and either leave the Hill or send their kids to private or charter schools. This hurts the Hill and our public schools, and it’s why we need parents and the community to take action now. Improving middle schools in Ward 6 won’t happen overnight. But a key starting point is an overhaul of Stuart-Hobson Middle School’s facilities. Stuart-Hobson, at E and 4th St. NE, is a vibrant school in the heart of the Hill that is at its 430-student capacity, yet receives less money per pupil than all but two other DC public schools. Despite the lack of investment, Stuart-Hobson’s students, eighty percent of whom are African American and half of whom come from lowincome families, continue to achieve. Stuart-Hobson’s test scores are the second highest of any middle school in the city. Its sports teams compete at the highest level, with track, basketball and volleyball teams all making the city championships in recent

Caryn Ernst years, and it boasts a thriving instrumental band program. Unfortunately, these hard-working scholars and their teachers have to make do in a 85-year-old building that is in significant disrepair. The school still has its original boiler and plumbing system; its classrooms are so hot in winter that the air conditioning has to be on, or so cold that the students have to wear coats. The pipes and roof leak, and spotty electrical and IT systems leave administrators without email or internet access for days at a time. The antiquated gymnasium is split in two — a vestige from long-ago days when boys and girls exercised separately. The school has less outdoor space per student than any other DCPS middle school—over 30% of which is dedicated to cars, not kids.

Stuart-Hobson scholars deserve better. The Hill deserves better.

In recent months, parents, teachers and school administrators have collaborated with the Department of General Services (DGS) on a master plan to modernize Stuart-Hobson. It would merge the two gymnasiums into one regulation-size gym, and create usable outdoor space for physical education, athletics and after-school programming by moving the cars off-site or putting them underground. The plan also includes a wing for an exciting new museum and arts program that will capitalize on the school’s proximity to the Smithsonian Institutions and some of the nation’s premier museums. DGS estimates these improve-

ments will cost $34.6 million. How much of that we get will depend on how loudly parents and the rest of the community make their voices heard as Mayor Gray finalizes his budget in the next few weeks. I urge you today to contact De’Shawn Wright, the deputy mayor for education; your council member (Tommy Wells) and at-large council members (David Catania, Phil Mendelson, Michael Brown, and Vincent Orange); council Chairman Kwame Brown; and schools chancellor Kaya Henderson. Call them or email them immediately to let them know you support the modernization of Stuart-Hobson. Don’t let people tell you that $34.6 million is too much — it’s actually one of the least expensive full-scale middle school modernizations. (Hardy cost $50 million and Deal $75 million.) Don’t let them tell you that a gain for one Hill middle school is another’s loss. An analysis by the 21st Century School Fund found that Ward 6 received less school construction and modernization money from 2000 to 2011 than all but one ward. The sooner we turn Stuart-Hobson into a showcase for what investment can do, the sooner — and more effectively — we can press elected officials to make similar investments in other Hill schools. Please tell the council and the mayor’s office to support full funding for Stuart-Hobson’s modernization. No longer should parents of middleschoolers have to choose between a great neighborhood and great schools. Caryn Ernst is the president of the Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA. H H 143


NOTEBOOK by Kathleen Donner

Rocknoceros at Ebenezers

Rocknoceros has dominated the Washington, DC children’s music scene since its inception in 2005, winning four Washington Area Music Awards. $10 (everyone one year of age and older). Mar. 10, 11:00 a.m.-noon. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900.

Out of the Box-Arts on the Horizon

First Lady Michelle Obama lifts a baby while greeting the crowd at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 25, 2011. Photo: Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton

Follow a young girl and her best friend as they find out just how much can be created using their imagination. Our young heroine discovers a large box. “What’s inside? I’ll open it!” Each White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery exploration leads to another, one This year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, Apr. 9. The event door opens another door. There will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter are dancing bits of light to chase egg rolling. The White House will open its South Lawn for children aged 12 years and and catch, explosions of color from younger and their families. White House Easter Egg Roll tickets will be distributed the least likely sources, and other through an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to parmagic that could only come from ticipate in a tradition that dates back to 1878. Please check their website at whitehouse. the ability to let down your guard, gov/eastereggroll for this year's dates. Full ticketing details can be found at whitehouse. open your heart and PLAY. Using gov/eastereggroll or 202-456-7041. Tickets are free of charge and are non transferable. music, sounds, and gentle interaction, our young friend and her the 2008 Chicago youth poetry slam. ome out, have some fun and support buddy will engage children and parents in crafting this delightful and Next stop: the Loft of the Atlas, home a great Capitol Hill DCPS school at fun-filled world together. This world of the Holloway Youth Project that this adult-only event. Buy tickets at premiere production is a 30-minute, in- gives voice to diverse young people For more teractive, non-verbal show featuring an through the performing arts. Freestyle information, email auction chair Leyla adult actor and a bass player. Ages 18 a response to the “Bomb…” or poeti- Serafino at or months-5 years. Mar 20-25. $8. Atlas cally share what’s in your head, heart call 202-698-3283. Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. and mind. Poets ages 16-22, sign up at the door. Special guests: The DC Youth National Cherry Blossom Festival NE. 202-399-7993. Slam Poetry Team. For ages 16, up. $3. Mar 9, 7:00 PM. Atlas Performing Arts Family Days Capitol Hill Montessori At The annual opening of WashingCenter, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ton’s cherry blossom season expands to Logan--Yard and Seed Sale two days at this seventh annual famHeirloom seed sale and kids’ clothily festival for “kids of all ages” featuring, strollers, toys, furniture and adult SWS Jazz Gala and Auction ing hands-on activities, interactive art items, also. Saturday, Mar. 24, 9:00 The 15th annual SWS Jazz Gala demonstrations, and exciting indoor a.m.-2:00 p.m. 215 G St. NE. and Auction takes place Mar. 17, 6:00- and outdoor performances that cel10:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s, Third and A ebrate spring and explore Japanese arts Youth Poets Open Mic at the Atlas sts. SE. The evening includes live jazz, and design. The 2012 festival is a celFirst stop: The free 5:00 p.m. “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and ebration of the centennial of the gift of screening of “Louder Than a Bomb,” a live and silent auction with over 300 3,000 cherry blossom trees bestowed a passionate documentary that fol- items. Tickets are $35 in advance (4 on Washington, DC by Tokyo, Japan. lows four teams of teens competing in for $120) and $40 at the door. Please Mar. 24, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Mar. 144 H HillRag | March 2012

25, 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 877-442-5666.

Saturday Environmental Academy Accepting 7th and 8th Graders

SEA is accepting 7th and 8th grade students from the Anacostia Watershed for their free spring Saturday program. Sessions are 8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (except for one overnight) from Mar. 10-May 19. Students will learn about their local and global environment through handson environmental activities. Spring sessions may include an overnight camping trip at Hard Bargain Farm, a visit to City Blossoms’ Girard Children’s Garden, an Earth Day Cleanup with the Anacostia Watershed Society, a hike in Great Falls National Park, and much more! Students are required to attend all sessions if admitted to the program, with limited exceptions. Students in DC’s wards 5, 6, 7, & 8 are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about SEA and see how students can apply and join the program, visit environmentalacademy. us or contact Program Director Catherine Estes at 202-368-1169 or cestes@

Capitol Hill United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt

Capitol Hill United Methodist Church is having an Easter Egg Hunt for children on Easter Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. BYOB (bring your own basket) then stay for Sunday School at 10:45 a.m. Worship Service starts at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome. Capitol Hill UMC, 421 Seward Sq. SE (located on 5th and Pennslyvania Ave. SE). 202-546-1000.

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CHLL kids celebrating during a game last seaso. Photo: Krister Holladay

Register for Spring Little League

Capitol Hill Little League is signing up neighborhood girls and boys who want to play baseball or softball this spring. CHLL strives first and foremost to teach players not only the rules but to play the "right way" with honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, responsibility, perseverance and good judgment. Teams practice once a week and play games once or twice a week depending on age group. Workouts begin Mar. 10-11. The season opens Apr. 14 and ends mid-June. Deadline for registration is Mar. 14. Learn more and register online at CHLL is looking for restaurants, shops, businesses and groups to sponsor baseball teams and ball fields. Team sponsors-their greatest need-will be listed on and their logos will appear on team jerseys for the spring (Apr-June) and fall (Sept-Oct) seasons. Field sponsors get a sign on one of their fields. If you are interested in sponsoring a team or field, contact Niki Collins at Sponsors are vital to keeping the proud baseball tradition thriving by assuring that players have uniforms, equipment and well-maintained and safe ball fields. school students from Arena Stage’s award-winning youth ensemble. In a lively production that interweaves monologue, dialogue, movement and music, these outstanding teen performers from DC’s public schools explore the process of decoding the new-America messages they send and receive each day. The product of a year-long after-school drama program in which students work with Arena’s professionals, this production will both delight and inspire. Free but reservations required. Sunday, Mar. 4, 2:00 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts 146 H HillRag | March 2012

Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993.

CHAW’s Registering for Summer Adventure Camps

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is now registering students in grades K-6 for its Summer Adventure Camps running June 18-Aug. 10. Campers can experience the art and artistry of Japan, Alaska, Ethiopia, and Brazil. Each camp week explores different, distinctive cultural traditions through hands-on activities, and

creative projects as campers rotate through daily classes in music and movement, visual arts, and recreation. CHAW also hosts afternoon camps including Recreation Adventure, where students enjoy trips to the swimming pool, parks, museums, local attractions, and more. Additional afternoon Creative Artists Adventures (age requirements vary) take a more in-depth look at artistic mediums and include Photography, Instrument Building, Eco Art, American Folk Life, Movie Making, Sculpture, Printmaking, Theater, West African Dance, Discovering Da Vinci, Rock and Roll Band, and Musical Theater. For students ages 4-6, CHAW hosts one-week Jr. Arts Adventure Camps focusing on Brazilian Carnivale, Alaskan Wilderness, and a Music Camp. Young campers engage in hands-on activities in music, creative movement, visual arts, and drama. CHAW is also looking for students ages 13-17 for its Counselor in Training Program. Tuition assistance and payment plans are available. CHAW’s Youth Education Coordinator Leslie Mansour is available to help determine the best camps for families and offer assistance with registration. For more information, visit or call 202-547-6839.

online DPR account for all campers. 202-671-0372.

Pendragwn Film Festival for Ages 11-18

Gifted and Talented Programs at Two Middle Schools in Fall

On Mar 24, 1:00-6:00 p.m., the Pendragwn Film Festival features original works, 3-5 minutes in length, submitted by kids ages 11-18. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

DPR Summer Camps 2012

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announces that registration has begun for another season of engaging and exciting summer camp programs. Registration will be open to non-residents on Mar. 7 at noon. Registration can be completed online or in-person at the DPR Summer Camp Office, 1480 Girard St. NW. Space fills on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is subject to availability. It is recommended that parents create an

Art Connection-SMYAL’s Youth Arts Ensemble & Dance Exchange

See the arts in action as two oustanding teen companies offer dynamic works-in-progress. SMYAL (The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League) engages youth in theater-making as part of their many programs to support self-confident, healthy, productive lives for LGBTQ youth. Dance Exchange’s Teen Exchange offers young people opportunities to grow as movers, as thinkers, and as citizens through study, performance and community collaboration. An interactive experience presented by the Teen Exchange culminates this inspiring performance. For ages 12, up. Free but reservations required. Sunday, Mar. 4, 3:00 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

Kites of Asia Family Day at Air and Space

On Saturday, Mar. 24, 10:00 AM3:00 PM, experience the beauty and artistry of kites from across Asia. National Air and Space, Independence Ave. at 6th St. SW. 202-633-2214.

Beginning in the fall, Kelly Miller Middle School and Hardy Middle School will pilot a gifted-and-talented school-wide enrichment program. This new program is the first of its kind at any DC Public School. The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) has been implemented in more than 2,500 schools across the country and internationally. DCPS will hire two designated gifted-and-talented teachers, one assigned to Kelly Miller and one assigned to Hardy, who will be responsible for running the SEM program at each school. SEM stands out from magnet programs in other school districts in the area because there is no application necessary-it’s open to all students enrolled in the school. The program aims to identify “gifted behaviors” in students, such as

above-average abilities, creativity and task commitment.

Cherry Blossom Boat Charter to Benefit Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is offering exclusive boat charters on the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. With your donation of $500 or more, you will receive a two hour private Cherry Blossom Boat Charter along the DC Waterfront for you and up to 30 guests; photo opportunities of the DC waterfront adorned with blooming cherry blossom trees; a brief history of the National Cherry Blossom Festival; name/ business recognition on the Living Classrooms website and social media and a tax deduction. 100% of the proceeds from charter benefit the Living Classrooms “All Hands On Deck” scholarship fund, supporting outdoor education for children in under-served communities. 202488-0627, ext. 242.

Leprechauns Leap Kids Fun Run

This is a 1K noncompetitive fun run just for wee people. The fun run will start at the 8K start/finish line immediately after the 8K start. No registration is necessary. Just show up and run. Medals to all finishers. This is part of the Capital Running Company St. Patrick’s Day 8K. Free. Mar 11, 9:00 AM, Freedom Plaza. 301-871-0400.

Paul Public Charter School Hosts Annual Gala Reception and Fundraiser

For the past two years, Paul PCS has recognized its rich legacy by hosting an annual gala. This year the gala will be held on Saturday, Apr. 28 and has already attracted distinguish Paul Alumni, including A. Barry Rand and Mark Tillmon. This year’s theme is Honoring 12 Years of Making Excellence a Habit. The Gala is also a fundraising event to support the ongoing efforts of the school, and to help eighth and ninth H 147

ing environment. 202-727-2824.

Artful Conversations at NGA (ages 8-11)

Designed for children and adults to participate in together, this program uses observation and discussion to explore works of art in the collection. Led by museum educators, it includes looking at one work of art in the galleries, accompanied by a poetry-writing activity. Sign-in takes place in the East Building Atrium, beginning at 10:00 a.m., and will continue until all spaces are filled. Harmonious Haiku, Mar. 10 at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building Ground Level, Information Desk. 202-737-4215.


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Family Folktales Told by Charles H. Clyburn

The whole family will enjoy the wit and wisdom of folktales told by Charles Clyburn, a master storyteller who delights in passing down the tales of his elders to a new generation. Just as the African griot traveled from village to village to bring news and stories, Clyburn will gather you round for a circle of stories-many featuring animals, heroes and tricksters. Clyburn has been performing as a storyteller for over 25 years throughout the east coast and the Midwest and was honored in the 2002 National Storyteller of the Year contest. $8. Saturday, Mar. 10, 3:30 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. grade students with tuition assistance for their continued education at independent, parochial, and private day/boarding schools through the Cecile R. Middleton Scholarship Fund. For event details, contact Genée Robinson at 202541-6612 or 5800 8th Str. NW. 202-291-7499.

Smart College Choice Expo

The first “Smart College Choice” Expo will be held on the campus of Trinity University on Saturday, Mar. 10, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. The event is designed to expose DC high school students to the complete college landscape. Attendees can expect: Representatives from the 40 top institutions where DCTAG students do well; one-on-one time with college representatives; DCONEAPP registration onsite; workshops for students and parents-topics to include-Financial Literacy, College Survival, Financial Aid (DC, Federal and other) and College Selection (making the smart choice); a smaller and more nurtur148 H HillRag | March 2012

The 1/2 mile fun run is for kids ages 5-12. The run starts after the 10 Miler is underway and is on a loop course, closely monitored by sentries. Registration is at the race site on the morning of the run and is free. Parents or legal guardians must be present to sign a waiver. All finishers receive a custom made medal. Sunday, Apr. 1, 8:15 AM on the Washington Monument grounds. 301-320-3350.

Inclusive Theatre Companies Presents Science-Fiction Fun

The Inclusive Theatre Companies of ArtStream, a DC-area non-profit that offers meaningful artistic experiences to people with disabilities, presents two original musical one-acts that feature familyfriendly trips to outer space. The plays are Star Corps IV: The Search for Mind Zap and Oh My, An Invasion! $5-$10. Mar. 1524. Gunston Arts Center, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington, VA. 301-565-4567.

“A Night for the Children” Gala to Benefit the Children’s Inn at NIH

The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has helped more than 10,800 children and their families deal with serious illnesses by providing a safe, comfortable residence free of charge. The Inn continuously operates-24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year-to serve the emotional and spiritual needs of children and their families at no cost to families. This Gala has become the Inn’s single largest fundraiser; therefore, the Gala’s contributions are absolutely essential for the Inn’s continuing ability to serve these children and their families in the future. Their annual fundraiser is on Apr. 14, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, Ritz-Carlton Tyson’s Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA. 703-505-5105. H

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Miner Elementary News A Market at Miner

A new flea market is headed for Miner Elementary School starting March 4th. The Miner Elementary School Flea Market will take place every Sunday from 9 am-4pm. There will be a variety of vendors selling antiques, children’s clothes, toys, vintage wear, jewelry and other miscellaneous item as well as fruits and vegetables.

A Play at Miner

The play, An American Story, a story about Addy Walker, a nine-year old born into slavery who escapes to freedom with her mother during the Civil War, will be performed at Miner on March 10 and 11.

A Museum at Miner

Miner is becoming a museum, and the students are the curators. Museum Day, a key component of “Project Based Learning,” where the lessons, from art, to history and even math, are an extension of an idea the kids have connected to, is on March 8 at Miner. The theme this semester is Through the Eyes of Young Souls. - Lauren Kabler. Myrtilla Miner Elementary School, 601 15 St, NE. LaVonne Taliaferro-Bunch, Principal. 202-3973960 or miner. Follow us on Facebook.

Two Rivers PCS News Middle School Students Lead Conferences at Two Rivers

In February, Two Rivers’ middle school students boldly put their work on display, across the disciplines, in their first student-led conferences. From Social Studies, to Spanish, to Math, English, Science, and specials, 150 H HillRag | March 2012

students showed that the fruits of work and embodying some of the their education don’t just lie in the school’s strongest ideals.- Paul Staats. final product; so much exists in the Two Rivers Public Charter School, process. 1227 4th St NE.www.tworiverspcs. Portfolios were filled with some org;, great examples of not just masterful or on Twitter, at @TwoRiversPCS. work, but keen reflections into their own progress, self-awareness, and growth. For many subjects, along with the evidence of their work, students presented KWIs. A KWI is a three- Teatro de la Luna Comes Back! Every student at Tyler Elementary part rubric and process that is used recently got to see Teatro de la Luna across all grades at Two Rivers to faperform Hansel y Gretel. The perforcilitate critical thinking and problem mance was an opportunity to bring solving. It tasks students to ask, “What together the Spanish-immersion, arts do I know, what do I need to know, integration, and special education stuand what ideas or strategies might dents -and share the Spanish lanhelp solve the problem?” In their conguage across the programs. ferences, middle-schoolers presented Teatro de la Luna is a local theater KWIs to express their approach to company whose mission is to foster problems and the ways they organized cross-cultural understanding through their thinking. Whether the task was to uncover ways “progress” can be characterized from the study of the late Roman Empire, or if the task was to create a novel algebraic puzzle, students laid out how they developed strategies to address the problems at hand. To conclude the explanation for each piece, students presented parents and their crew leader task reflection sheets. On reflection sheets, middle school students explained, in writing, the process of their work, their goals, and the scholarly habits that were reflected Tyler enjoys Hansel & Gretel from Teatro De La Luna funded in the work. The Two Rivers mid- with a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. dle school scholarly habits are “I work hard, I care for community, I am a team player, I am responsible and Spanish-language theatre and bilingual theatrical activities. Teatro de la independent.” By emphasizing critical thinking, Luna’s Experiencia Teatral/Expericomplex communication, and what ence Theater program brings agemiddle schoolers know as “The Schol- appropriate Spanish language plays arly Habits,” students put on display into area schools. Before the performance, teachnot just hard work, but the value in ers were provided a study guide that measuring oneself and being reflecincluded ideas for extension activitive. Two Rivers is incredibly proud ties to enhance the students’ underof its middle-schoolers for their hard standing of the play. Parents were

Tyler Elementary News

also encouraged to read a summary of the play and practice Spanish vocabulary with their children prior to the performance. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation awarded Tyler a grant last fall to fund the Teatro de la Luna performance.

Young Tyler Artists exhibit at the Philips Collection

This semester, Tyler students have had the amazing experience of seeing their creativity showcased at a world class museum thanks to the collaboration between the Phillips Collection and Tyler as part of a city wide Arts Integration program that recognizes the importance of the arts in education and fosters relationships between the arts community and schools. Philips educators traveled to Tyler to nourish the connection, and help the talented Tyler staff and students focus their artistic ability. A few weeks later, kids got to go to the Phillips Collection and see their own creations on the walls. Students from pre-K through grade 5 explored topics as varied as kinetic and potential energy, geology and love of DC though a series of collaborative paintings currently on display. It’s a wonderful partnership that underscores the importance of engagement with the arts.

Save the Date: March 10

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Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan News Hands On DC Gives CHM@L a Makeover

In January, the non-profit Hands on DC generously provided several volunteers and supplies for a makeover project at CHM@L. Parents, students, and volunteers from Booze Allen Hamilton joined in to complete several beautification projects, including welcome murals in the front lobby, mascot mural in front lobby (Go Monarchs!), international flags hung in the lobby and corridors, fruit/veggies mural in the cafeteria, painting of the stage and walls in the Multipurpose Room, library mural (with paint-

Counts team to compete against twelve area schools at the annual Math Counts competition at St. Anselm’s Abbey School. Eighthgrader Zach Denton won the school-wide Geo Bee oral competition, advancing to the National Geographic Bee written examination. Bazinga!

St. Peter School’s Creative Learning!

St. Peter School students celebrate Mardi Gras

First-graders in Ms. Constantopoulos’ art class spent February immersed in the world of watercolor, creating surfaces of luscious, soft liquid hues on paper. Students learned how translucency, transparency and opacity communicate feelings. They began the exploration in water color with a “Hearts of Valentine’s Day” project and will graduate to more complex watercolor painting as they describe the variety of color in butterflies and spring. Fourth-graders invited friends and family to a “Famous Americans: Guess Who?” popcorn viewing party. Students spent several weeks researching and writCapitol Hill Montessori at Logan mets a Makeover from ing about famous Americans Hands On DC. and utilized “VoiceThread” ed bookcases and characters from fa- to create a multimedia slideshow provorite books), francophone world map gram to give a “voice” to their writing. in French Room, and the list goes on and on. Our new school is looking St. Peter School Celebrates fresh and fabulous. Thank you, Hands on DC! Capitol Hill Montessori at Mardi Gras! Students prepared for the season Logan, 215 G St. NE, 202.698.4467, of Lent with lessons about the Cath olic roots that anchor Mardi Gras. Students learned about the liturgical season of Ordinary Time (known in many Catholic cultures as Carnival) and prepared for a Lenten retreat of St. Peter School Student Scholars The winter months are a busy time fasting, sacrifice, and/or service. Durfor St. Peter School scholars. In ad- ing Lent, students will focus on Opdition to mandatory participation in eration Rice Bowl which encourages the annual science fair competition students to pray with our community, for students in grades three through fast in solidarity for those in hunger, eight, St. Peter School fielded a Sci- learn about the joys and challenges in ence Bowl team to compete in the DC the lives of people around the world Middle School regional science bowl and give sacrificial contributions to and emerged with a second place vic- those in need. Students celebrated the tory! The School also fielded a Math last day of Carnival with a school-wide

St. Peter School News

Mardi Gras celebration by decorating shoe box floats and masks, flaunting an array of beads and parading around Providence park. The celebration culminated with King Cakes in every classroom! - Sally Aman. St. Peter School, 422 Third St, SE, 202-5441618,

River Park Nursery News Hop On Over to River Park Nursery School

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

Brent Elementary News Brent Chess Team Wins Second Place in City-Wide Competition

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Brent’s Chess Club Wins Trophy at Chess Challenge Tournament

ond-place trophy at the Chess Challenge Tournament in D.C. last month. More than 20 Brent students participate in the chess program after school, which teaches chess as well as sportsmanship, focus and strategic thinking. Brent third graders Sid Luebbert and Griffin Smallwood and second grader Saul MeyerFong received medals for finishing among the top 10 competitors. Thanks to coaches Kendall Holley and Jason Bullock for their leadership, and congratulations to Brent’s chess team! – Denise Diggs.

Chinese Program at Brent

In January, Principal Young was one of the featured speakers at a reception honoring Chinese language educators at the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy. He spoke about the valuable contributions made by Brent’s Chinese program to the school community and of his pride in hearing all students from PK3 to Grade 5 practicing Chinese. Other speakers on the program included the embassy’s chief education officer, Prof. Fang, who reminded the assembled audience that Chinese language education is a goal shared by both the U.S. and Chinese governments--a sentiment echoed by a representative from the U.S. State Department who spoke about “100,000 Strong” a State Department initiative to have 100,000 young Americans studying Chinese within a decade. Brent welcomed the Chinese New Year with a school-wide assembly featuring music and dance. Principal Young declared the day a “UniformFree Day” and all students were encouraged to wear red, symbolizing good fortune. Chinese teacher, Ms. Wang, decorated the hallways with auspicious symbols and sayings in honor of the holiday--and Ms. Berg created a festive atmosphere in the multipurpose room with artistic decorations featuring this year’s presiding symbol, the dragon. Every grade enthusiastically presented songs that they had learned in Chinese class. Brent’s new Chinese dance group performed H 151

kidsfamily school notes an elegant fan dance with colorful silk costumes. And the whole school cheered and danced to the beat when the Wong People from Chinatown entered the multi-purpose room with an exuberant performance of the lion dance. Everyone enjoyed watching Mr. Young and the teachers when they fed lettuce to the lion in exchange for good luck. The assembly was a wonderful opportunity for Ms. Wang and all of the students to share what they’ve been learning about Chinese language and culture with each other and with the broader Brent community.

Capitol Hill Cluster School Peabody

At Peabody Early Childhood Center, kindergarteners have been busy writing letters to knowledgeable Watkins Elementary first-graders, gathering information about life in the next Cluster School building they will attend.


Watkins first-graders are using Skype to create a virtual tour of their elementary school to share with Peabody kindergarteners. The tour will include Watkins’ student-tended garden and student-staffed kitchen. Both the garden and the kitchen were visited recently by renowned chef and author Alice Waters, proprietor of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. A pioneer in the growing movement to cook with fresh, local, sustainable ingredients, Waters created what she called an “edible schoolyard” at a California elementary school in 1996; the Watkins garden is named after hers.


Stuart-Hobson eighth-grader Kyra Smith and her science teacher Anthonette Peña represented the Cluster School and the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) at the second annual White House Science Fair, attended by President Obama and leaders in science and engineering. Earlier this year, Stuart-Hobson was selected to participate in SSEP’s 152 H HillRag | March 2012

Capitol Hill Day School News CHDS and Capitol Hill – A Thriving Partnership

Science Gal Kyra Smith, a Stuart-Hobson eighth grader, and her teacher, Anthonette Peña, greet Bill Nye the Science Guy at the White House Science Fair, which showcased winning science-fair projects from across the country.

project to send a student-designed experiment into orbit on the International Space Station in late March. Small groups of Stuart-Hobson students competed to have their project sent into space. The winning proposal, by Kyra Smith, Daiana James, and Jakayla Smallwood, explores whether hay bacillus breaks down human waste (represented by brown egg) in microgravity as well as in Earth’s gravity. At the White House, Kyra had the opportunity to meet Bill Nye the Science Guy, who said about the president’s annual Science Fair: “I hope to encourage the young people in attendance and their many fellow student competitors back home to change the world.”

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Recently almost 400 members of the Capitol Hill Day School family celebrated in the newly renovated Dent Building. Current and alum families from across the years applauded the beautiful and crucial results of the eight month top-tobottom renovation. Since 1968, thousands of CHDS families and teachers have formed life-long bonds with each other and with Capitol Hill. For many, their relationship with Capitol Hill was cemented when they discovered Capitol Hill Day School and enrolled their children. The experience of CHDS Board member and alum parent Connie Tipton is representative: I moved to Capitol Hill 40 years ago, and after I had two kids, thought about whether I could stay on the Hill and give them a first class education. I learned about CHDS, then housed in two church basements. Even then, the heart and soul of this school was about the people, the spirit and the approach to learning. That heart and soul now move into the newly renovated Dent School Building, another important milestone for our community and for Capitol Hill Day School. CHDS alumni and faculty form a network that spans almost every state in this country, and around the globe. Many alumni return to CHDS as teachers, camp counselors, interns, and, more recently, as parents of CHDS students. CHDS parents and

alumni are an integral part of the fabric of life on the Hill – homeowners, business and arts entrepreneurs and patrons, professionals in law, healthcare, education, government, and more. The history of the School and the support of the CHDS community are gratifying confirmation that our passionate faculty, integrated curriculum, unique field education program, and attention to social and emotional development transcend physical space and location. -Jane Angarola, Capitol Hill Day School, 210 South Carolina Avenue, SE, 202.386.9919;

Maury Elementary Notes Black History Comes Alive

Maury staff put on a wonderful “Journey through Time of AfricanAmerican History” event for Black History Month. There were 6 stations, showcasing different people or cultures in black history. Entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker was brought to life with a rendition of an interactive hair salon and the products she had invented. There was the “Show Way Quilt”, with a story about the different signs and symbols that were used to lead slaves to freedom. The “Shoofly” represented log cabins used for shelter, the “Flying Geese” told the slaves which direction to travel, and the “Monkey Wrench” directed the slaves to gather tools for their journey. The next stop in time was about Wally Amos, the founder of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies. There was drumming, poetry, dancing, and art. It was an exciting event for every child. ~ Chantese Alston

With the School Within School moving out of Peabody Elementary in fall 2012, both Peabody Early Childhood Center (three-year-old pre-k through kindergarten) and Watkins Elementary (grades 1 through 5) expect to have more slots for outof-boundary students than in years past. Families were encouraged to apply before the lottery ended on February 27, and look forward to meeting new families in the fall! Submitted by Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt. Peabody Early Childhood Campus – 425 C Street NE; Watkins Elementary Campus – 420 12th Street SE; Stuart-Hobson Middle School Campus – 410 E Street NE; Past and present school heads Cemmy Peterson and Jason Gray greet CHDS families at renovation celebration. Photo: Heidi Ruesswick

Save the Date – Maury at the Market!

March 24, 7-10 p.m. at Eastern Market’s North Hall, 7th & North Carolina Ave. SE. Maury Elementary’s biggest fundraiser of the year – a night out for adults – fun and for a great cause! Items for bid include a weekend cabin getaway, estate planning, laser teeth whitening, and original art. This event pays

a Parent a Pancake” event. What does happen if you give a parent a pancake? He or she comes to school, learns how to support a child’s reading, gets to know other families and teachers (and yes . . . wants another pancake). Over 200 parents, children, teachers, and staff came out for this PTAsponsored event. A wonderful group of volunteers Maury’s Mrs. Battle, making art with fourth- grader Markita. from Grace DC (Downtown) and National Comfor the extras that help make Maury munity Church served up the pana great learning environment. Tickets cakes, homemade by pancake chefs are $25 in advance; includes drinks extraordinaire Joe, Andrew, and An(courtesy of Schneider’s!) and heavy drea Kaufmann and Sara Joy Hays, in appetizers. A pajama party babysitting part with donations from Costco and service is available through Polite PigWegman’s. Our school librarian, Ms. gy’s for a small fee. The Maury PTA Woodard, spoke about the importance is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. of reading. Art teacher Ms. Hoebecke Learn more about the event and our led children in creating their very own sponsors at www.mauryatthemarket. storybooks. Representatives from the org. Maury at the Market thanks our DC Public Library and Everybody title sponsor, National Capital Bank! Wins talked with parents about their Maury Elementary, 1250 Conofferings. Through the generous supstitution Ave., NE. Carolyne Albertport of Labyrinth, the Playseum, and Garvey, Principal. 202-698-3838 or Fairy Godmother, children won Follow us lous prizes. on Facebook and Twitter. - Heather Schoell.

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Ludlow-Taylor Elementary News Pancakes, Anyone?

Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School recently hosted “If You Give

The pancake supper built on the success of the PTA’s fall Family Dance, where children and parents ate potluck and learned the hora, the dougie, and square dancing. Next up . . . Science Night, organized by our dedicated science teacher, Ms. Cifelli. -Sara McLean, Ludlow Taylor ES, 659 G St, NE.

Washington Yu Ying PCS News Washington Yu Ying Has a New Home

Zarin Muhammad (Mrs. Johnson’s Pre-K) sporting the Ludlow-Taylor ES colors. Photo: Blake Edwards.

On February 9, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School celebrated the move to its new, permanent home at 220 Taylor Street NE with a Grand Opening ceremony. Yu Ying has been running high-quality Mandarin Chinese immersion programs that utilize the International Baccalaureate Program curriculum for District students since 2008, but this school year represents the first year that the school has held classes in the

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School celebrates its grand opening.

newly renovated building, originally program by the CHILL Foundation’s to build self-esteem through learnbuilt in 1902. Yu Ying PCS took the opportu- ing the exciting sport of Snowboardnity to show, firsthand, how far the ing. From January 18 through Feb 22 school has come with the support and they traveled via Metro to Columbia hard work of all those in attendance. Heights Educational Campus where a The program included student per- bus took them to Ski Liberty, Fairfield formances, remarks from the Execu- PA. Mr. Eric Fishman, ABES Countive Director of DC Public Charter selor, accompanied the group and is School Board Scott Pearson as well participating in the lessons. These stuas presentations from Yu Ying’s Board dents were chosen to take part in this Chair Lisa Chiu, Executive Director exciting opportunity because they had Mary Shaffner and Principal Maquita exhibited positive behavior and are exAlexander. Following the presenta- amples of the kind of good citizenship tion, guests participated in a tradition- the school is working to instill in every al Chinese Lion Dance performance student. -Meg Brinckman, Amidon-Bowand were then taken on small group tours of the building to see improve- en Elementary School, 401 I St SW, ments to the facility and witness stu- 202-724-4867 dents engaging in Yu Ying’s unique blend of language immersion and rigorous academic programing. Also present were members of Eagle Bank, which helped finance additional funds for the construction and representatives from Russell Sears & Associates and Eichberg Construction, architect and gen- Suited up and ready to slide! Natalia Jackson, Kenyada Hudson, Jaida Murray and Tremar Coates eral contractor for the new school building. Washington Yu Ying PCS. –Jonathon Henry. 202-635-1950;

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Eastern High School News Eastern Welcomes Marine Tutors!

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Eliot-Hine Middle School Notes Celebrating History!

Students at Eliot-Hine are immersed in celebrating Black History Month through various activities. Field trips were coordinated to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum to expose students to the “African Americans in Space” exhibit, and to Frederick Douglass former home in Capitol Hill. At the Douglass residence, students not only observed artifacts of Mr. Douglass but also viewed the one-man stage play, “Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass” that invigorated them to learn more about Frederick Douglass and the abolitionist movement. On February 23, Eliot Hine students further celebrated history through student performances in dances, recitation of poems, and showcased artwork at the school’s annual Black History Month assembly. Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. Tynika Young, Principal. You can contact the school at (202) 939-5380 or visit the website at H

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by Alice Ollstein memorize them. “That was the jumping-off point for our whole literacy movement,” said Camp. The school plans to perform the Peter Rabbit musical again for the public. The event will serve as a fundraiser and an effort to help the community get to know the school better.

n a Wednesday in late August, the staff of St. Francis Xavier bustled around the campus, preparing for the new school year. Grey and maroon uniforms lay in neat piles. The classrooms were getting a fresh coat of bright yellow paint. A few parents sat in the lobby filling out last-minute applications. The private Catholic school’s principal, Dr. Gladys Camp, had big plans for fall— including a new comprehensive reading program for all grade levels called “Castle in the Classroom.” As part of this guided reading and emerging literacy curriculum, each teacher has created a “book basket” based on the skill level and interests of his or her students, and classes regularly perform Reading Theater, where they act out a story while reading it. Even students too young to read learn to be active listeners who can retell a story, discuss the plot and characters,and create art based on what they’ve heard. “I call it ‘value-added pre-K.’ It’s more than just learning to tie your shoes,” said Camp. “We’re taking it to the next level.” “We want them to hear a story and make connections to their own lives,” added kindergarten teacher Kimberly McKinley. The school also hopes to expand its use of technology, and connect the student’s time in the computer lab to the Castle in the Classroom reading project. They are using the website, where students read and listen to works of fiction, non-fiction, poems and plays.

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The teachers at St. Francis Xavier described the staff as a family, and said that closeness carries over into their work. “We believe in collaboration,” said McKinley. “I teach kindergarten, but it’s important that the pre-K teacher and I have a good working relationship. We talk a lot about what we’re doing with our classes, we plan field trips and activities together, and we talk about where our students are. That way, we make sure her children are ready for my class. And I talk a lot with the first grade teacher, to know what she’s expecting.” At the end of each school year, teachers sit down and talk about each student one-by-one— discussing their strengths and weaknesses and how they learn best. “We have a wonderful staff here,” said Camp. “They’re always working together to move the 158 H HillRag | February 2012


Elements of Faith

In addition to academics, arts and extra-curriculars, St. Francis Xavier emphasizes a religious experience for the students. The whole school attends Mass every Friday at the church just a block away. But teachers try to ensure that values taught during the service carry over to the classroom. “Our students have a love for God,” said McKinley. “They aren’t all necessarily Catholic, but they feel the spirit no matter what faith they are. They know how to pray and treat each other with respect. ” Every year, the students learn a different religious motto. This year’s is: “Standing on God’s word, growing in His light.” And this year, the school will also kick off the St. Francis Xavier Project, where students will research the life of the school’s patron saint. Because Saint Francis Xavier was a missionary who traveled all over the world, the school hopes to partner with different national embassies in DC to gain a deeper understanding of his experience and the historical context of his travels.

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school forward.” Rice, who teaches everything from basic typing skills to Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint, agreed. “The students really feel a connection with the teachers,” she said. “It’s a home away from home. I get students asking me all the time to pray for their family members.” Above all, the teachers hope to spur critical, analytic thinking. “We do a lot of project-based learning,” said McKinley. “It’s amazing to watch our students grow and develop and become more active.” Furthering the effort to make reading exciting to students, the school held a storybook character fashion show last year, in which teachers, students and their parents participated. Last year younger grade levels put on a musical of the classic children’s book Peter Rabbit. Every student from pre-K through second grade was in the “Bunny Chorus,” and teachers made each student read song lyrics, rather than just

To apply to St. Francis Xavier, students must submit their academic record, including test scores, report cards and comments from teachers. Principal Camp interviews each student, to get a sense of their personalities and let them know what the school’s expectations. Older students also write a short essay about why they want to attend the school. St. Francis Xavier offers grades pre-K through 8th, and most students go on to local Catholic high schools, such as Gonzaga, St. John’s and St. Mary’s. Though many families are from the Anacostia neighborhood, Dr. Camp is trying to get the school’s name out there as a “commuter school”— as parents driving into DC can easily pass by the campus, just off Pennsylvania Ave. Camp said that while most parents learn about St. Francis Xavier through the tight-knit parish community, she hopes to reach out to the wider community. “This is the best-kept secret in DC,” she said. H








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Early Rendering of the Hine development. Courtesy: Stanton Eastbanc.

Hine: A Soap Opera

AS the soap opera of the Hine Project winds on, the community recently witnessed two developments: Stanton-EastBanc took out a full-page color ad in The Hill Rag to illustrate their plans, and the ANC 6B’s Subcommittee on Hine held a meeting on the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process. We hope for more of each: Stanton-EastBanc should display a billboard in full color on the Hine property so that passersby can see what a difference the project will make; and the Subcommittee should publicize its meetings beyond its constituent groups to attract more participants. As described efficiently by Roberta Weiner in the January Hill Rag (“The Hine Project Moves Ahead,” p. 44), the PUD process should be just one more step to be completed before construction begins, especially because the developers and the DC government have already agreed on a list of benefits to the community. But a tiny minority of residents persists in opposing the project. Their opposition will seriously delay the project unless the majority of Hill residents make it clear that they want the proj166 H HillRag | March 2012

ect to go ahead with all deliberate speed. The opposition focuses on two major issues (most of their other objections have already been taken care of either by the developer or in negotiations between the developer and the DC government): the height and density of the proposed buildings and the proposal for retail along D Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. But they are really aspects of one issue—the stature of the Hine project as the center of the Capitol Hill community. This project will form the hub of commercial and social activity, just as it is now a transportation hub. As was pointed out in a September 2011 Hill Rag article (“Seeing the Center,” p. 99), the buildings on the North side of Pennsylvania Avenue are already high and bulky and must be visually matched by the new building. Shops at street level will complete the circle of commerce that will unite the Eastern Market area with 8th St. and the South extension of D St. Objections to the height and size of the building ignore an inescapable fact: benefits and amenities depend on income. A building less bulky and with fewer floors will

generate less revenue and therefore fewer of the amenities residents would like to enjoy. The Hine Project will be built. It can’t be stopped or radically altered now—it will be built. And some of us can’t wait to enjoy it: people eager to move into affordable housing; older residents who want to stay on the Hill unhampered by stairs and houses too large for their needs; prospective customers of retail shopping the Hill now lacks (residents already envision bookstores and shoe shops!); committed community members who want to see it flourish as the center of activity—commercial and social—that it should be. We want to commend The Hill Rag for its frequent articles explaining the project and documenting the stages of its development. The Rag has done its best to communicate with the Hill community. It is now our responsibility to make our voices heard by either attending meetings; or by telling our ANC commissioners through phone calls, letters, or emails that we want the Hine Project to proceed as quickly as possible. Emails can be sent to the entire ANC at, or to Commissioners Brian Pate at 6B05@; Kirsten Oldenburg at; or Ivan Frishberg at Ruth Mitchell and July Daly 700 Block of 9th St. SE

Tweaking Hine

The Zoning Commission, despite two Commissioners reservations, decided that the Hine plans are ready for a final hearing. No date for the hearing has been set, but it is anticipated to be in May or June. There are still difficulties with the design of the building. Among the major snags is that the facades at 8th and Pennsylvania and 7th a C still need major revision to meet the high quality of design required for this site. There are many other lesser items that will have to be addressed later on in the process. These include such things as the height of the building and the depth of view into the windows (no blocking the windows on the first floor). I believe that the project’s excellent architect, Amy Weinstein, will solve these problems if allowed to by the developer, Stanton EastBanc. The public benefits and amenities

that the developer has proposed are commendable and welcome. However, when compared to what has been lost to the community, they leave much to be desired. Before the project these was a public school and playground, each covering about 50% of the site. The playground, prior to the erection of the temporary Eastern Market East Hall (now removed), included two tennis courts and at least four basketball backboards and the school provided an auditorium for public meetings and voting location. On the 8th Street side of the playground there is an enclosed dog run. None of the developer proposed benefits and amenities address this loss. To mitigate this loss, Stanton EastBanc should build two children’s play areas similar to the ones in Stanton and Lincoln Parks. The most logical places are Seward Square and the park on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue and between 8th and 9th Streets. A fenced dog recreation area like the one at 17th and S Street, NW should also be constructed on the Pennsylvania Avenue Park. Replacement tennis and basketball courts can be built on one of the nearby school playgrounds and public meeting space can also be provided off site. I am optimistic that Stanton EastBanc will act to mitigate these concerns. Gary Peterson (Gary Peterson is Chair of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Zoning Committee (CHRS). The opinions in this letter are strictly his and have not been endorsed by CHRS.)

Hine Advertisement Misleading

As neighbors who are concerned about the height, mass and aesthetics of the Hine project, we feel compelled to observe that this project as currently proposed deviates materially from and

is not consistent with the proposal that was picked from the competing proposals and that was approved by the City Council. We also feel the need to take issue with the full page advertisement in the February Hill Rag placed by the developers in support of the project. That advertisement was misleading in two crucial respects. First, it gave the false impression that the project is a done deal. In fact, the project is still developing and undergoing changes that will be affected by the Planned Unit Development process; the developers have yet to close on the deal and receive title on the land and sign the 99-year lease with the city. Second, the ad was misleading for what it left out. The image featured in it showed the project from its lowest perspective, failing to reflect in any degree how much this massive building complex will overshadow and dominate not only our landmark Eastern Market, but also the neighborhood including the residences to the east and north and the commercial establishments to the north and west. Once the developer finally delivers on the long-awaited three dimensional model of the proposed development, we will encourage neighbors to take a look at it, as it will provide a better sense of what it is at stake for the neighborhood. ANC6B hopes to arrange a location within Hill Center for the community to view the model. We expect the development to be legally compliant and not substantially different from the project which was selected by the Deputy Mayor’s office in 2009. We encourage all Capitol Hill residents to become involved in the Hine Development process. The Eastern Market neighborhood is a first-class neighborhood that deserves a first-class development. The current Hine project, selectively presented to Hill Rag readers last month, does not

meet that standard. We intend to ensure that it does. For more information follow the Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA) blog at EMMCA, a neighborhood organization of more than 120 members

Put Hine In Perspective

In the February issue of the Hill Rag (page 7) the Stanton Development Corporation ran a full page ad with an artist’s rendering of what their Hine School project might look like as viewed from C Street at the south end of the Eastern Market building. The rendering depicts their proposed five story building on the east side of 7th Street as being roughly the same height as their proposed three story building on the northeast corner of 7th and C Streets and only marginally taller than the existing two story Marvelous Market building on the southwest corner. While I am not an artist and I know that perspective is tricky, it is my belief that the rendering presented grossly underrepresents the height, mass and overwhelming negative visual impact their proposed five and seven story buildings would in fact have on our neighborhood. Inasmuch as the Stanton group will have nothing to sell or lease at the Hine site for several years, and inasmuch as they are now at the stage of the approvals process where public input can have a direct bearing on their being awarded PUD status, it seems reasonable to conclude that the ad they are now running is part of a public relations effort to engender the belief that their project will be harmonious with and a benefit to our Eastern Market neighborhood. Stanton Development is a local group and has completed several quality projects on Capitol Hill. Perhaps, even at the loss of some potential profit, they can see

fit to modify their plans in an effort to make that belief a reality. On this page in last month’s edition of the Hill Rag, while expressing my grave concern about the great and permanent loss the current plan would render, I did opine that a smaller scale mixed use project providing ample functional public open space could, if properly sized and designed, be an improvement over the empty school buildings and public parking lot that now occupy the site. While I am just one guy and would never suggest that I am speaking for my neighbors or my neighborhood, the plan I could support would look like the following: • The building fronting on Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets (Building A) would be no more than four stories tall with the 4th floor set back from the front face on both 7th and Pennsylvania. This building would run north on 7th as far as the north end of the Montmartre/old Post Office building. • From that point on 7th Street the building (Building B) would be no taller than three stories with the third story set back from the face in a similar manner, and would run north for approximately 75 feet, where its face would turn 90 degrees and run from 7th Street to the rear/western end of Building C on 8th Street. • The building facing on 8th Street (Building C) would run north from the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue to the point where it intersected with the north side of Building B and would be no more than three stories tall. • The building on the Stanton plan roughly occupying the site of the former temporary Eastern Market building between 7th and 8th(Building D) would be no more than three stories as shown H 167

on their plan but with the third story facing 7th Street set back. • Permitted uses for Buildings A, B and D (except for the east end of Building D facing on 8th Street) would be first floor retail, residential and commercial/office. Building C and the east end of Building D would be permitted residential use only. • A rectangular area 150 feet/50 yards in width running from the south side of Building D to the north side of Building B and running the length of the distance between 7th and 8th Streets would be set aside for public open space and access for residents and outside tables for shops in Buildings B and D. • C Street would not be “reopened”. Access to the underground parking does not require it and while traffic engineers like completed traffic grids, things have gone just fine for the past half century plus without the 700 block. In short, the new project would in height, scale and ambiance, more or less, mimic its existing Eastern Market neighborhood while eliminating the empty school building and parking lot, and creating a large and functional public open space. Maybe less of a pay day for the Stanton group, but a good day. Kip Howell

The Marathon: No Exit

I’ve been asked to offer a strategy for those seeking to leave the Hill area in their vehicle during the National Marathon. With two exceptions, there will be no exit from the area bounded by East Capitol, 13th St NE, H St NE and 2rd Street NE until the racers have passed. This time we are locked in. Both ANC 6A and ANC 6C voted to either oppose or not to support the re-named Rock ‘n’ Roll Suntrust National Marathon. Councilmember Wells wrote a letter supporting the ANCs’ position. The city tells us it is too late to make course changes. You 168 H HillRag | March 2012

can read the race street closure times at http://runrocknroll.competitor. com/files/2011/11/USA_12_grid.pdf. The course map is found at files/2011/11/USA_12_map.pdf. Also at On the south, East Capitol will be closed from about 7:20 am until about 11:30 am from 13th to 2nd Streets, NE. Also North Carolina and C will be closed from about 7:20 am until 1 pm. C Street near RFK will be closed from 3 am until 3 pm. • On the east, 13th will be closed from 8 am until 1pm. • On the north, H and K Streets will be closed from 8 am until 12:30 pm, with runners actually present fro • On the west, 2nd Street will be closed from 7:20 am until 11:45 am. So it’s going to be bad. There is one narrow escape route, and the possibility of crossing the race streets at certain locations when runners are not present. The cross-routes don’t work well though since there will be more than 24,000 runners. • First the cross-routes: you will have a chance to cross East Capitol at 10th and 8th (both ways), at 6th (northbound), and at 4th (southbound). Also you’ll be able to cross C Street at 17th (southbound), and North Carolina at 15th (both ways). There will also be a newly added cross-route at 8th and H Streets. • Second, the small escape hatch is to go north to reach F or G Streets, then west to 3rd Street. From 3rd, turn left on H Street towards the Hopscotch Bridge. H Street allows access to I-395 north and south. This year park your vehicle outside the course to avoid entrapment within the course. Be aware that cars on the race course cannot be moved during the race. The two ANCs have a promise, made at a meeting this week with the Mayor’s Special Events Task Group

(part of DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency), to prevent this encirclement and longlasting traffic disruption in future years. David Holmes Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A ANC 6A website:

Goodbye from Julia

As many of you know, February 10 marked my last day as Executive Director of CHAMPS |  Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce.  The opportunity to work for the community in which I was raised has been personally fulfilling and a  remarkable learning experience. It has been tremendously inspiring to work alongside  our local businesses, residents, and political leaders.  Looking back over the accomplishments of the past 3-1/2 years reminds me that doing this vital work never felt like “a job.” • An expanded event schedule to include the Wednesday Wine Down, Links Lunch, Business Development Forum, and the newest -- You Snooze You Lose: Breakfast with DC Elected Officials. • Property tax deferments for 7th

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Street, SE, and H Street, NE, businesses, and a Streetscape Relief Fund to aid local business and commercial property owners. Implementation of the H Street NE Retail Incentive Fund, providing incentives for retailers to open and/or expand along the corridor.  Rebranding CHAMPS as Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce and with one mission to inform all of the organization’s activities: promote. educate. advocate. connect. The Hilly Awards. Growing in attendance  from 140 to over 400 by the 2011, The Hillys helped CHAMPS earn  the DC Economic Partnership’s Small Business Initiative of the Year Award. Utilization of social media during Snowmageddon, to keep everyone informed of what was open or closed (and where there was bread). BUY LOCAL: CAPITOL HILL program. Membership program to support local businesses. ARTventures, a Thursday night art-walk and dine-around on the H Street corridor bringing over 1500 people out to visit the galleries, restaurants, and theaters at a time when construction made it difficult for businesses to operate.

The last ARTventures was featured in the Washington Post and coincided with the completion of the H Street NE Streetscape Project. • Hill and Go Seek, a joint venture with Capitol Hill Bikes and the Capitol Hill BID. An Amazing Race-style bike event with over 100 teams participating (9/09). • A series of free American Sign Language classes and Deaf Culture Workshops for local businesses in partnership with Gallaudet University and H Street Main Street. • Extensive work on the H Street Festival, in conjunction with H Street Main Street. Nearly 35,000 people visited in 2010 growing to 50,000 in 2011. • HillFest, a two-week long neighborhood celebration of dining, shopping, and entertainment, produced with the Hill Rag and the Capitol Hill BID. • The first ever H Street Chalk Walk, a corridor-long interactive sidewalk chalk art contest. Twenty businesses and 1500 people participated. • CHAMPS also played a part in such community events as Ward 6 Family Day, A Night at the Yards, HILLOWEEN, Capitol Hill BID’s Magic and Miracles, Barracks Row Fall Festival, Tommy Wells’ Livable Walkable Awards, and many more. I’m grateful to The Hill Rag for giving me this opportunity to thank all of you for making my time at CHAMPS such a wonderful experience.  Every task has proven the importance of community work,  whether it’s helping navigate DCRA, fixing parking meters, or having bike racks or benches installed. Working for our community gives proud definition to my life and I look forward to continued involvement with neighborhood initiatives and events. Going forward, I can be reached by email at Yours in Community, Julia Robey Christian

people I had the privilege of working alongside. I depart knowing that our efforts have benefitted the cemetery and its mission. Cindy Hays

Cindy Hays Moves On

Almost four years ago, I became Executive Director of Historic Congressional Cemetery. For a history buff, what could be better than a job preserving and bringing to life the stories of our city’s builders and our county’s founders?    A docent program was well-established at the time, self-guided tours were available, a K-9 Board oversaw the dog-walking program, and $2,650,000 was sitting in the bank for a paving project that had never started.   Congressional is the final resting place for 55,000 people, with family members and prospective plot owners visiting daily.  It’s an exercise space for 700 dogs and owners, a National Historic Landmark, a genealogical resource, research facility, and 35-plus acres requiring continual maintenance. Part of its mission is “to serve the community as an active burial ground ….” With the Board’s blessings, I hired Alan Davis as Cemetery Manager to be in charge of grounds and funerals, to develop a marketing program, and to make us again an active burial ground. Our advertising campaign, “For Presidents and Residents Alike,” was voted Flickr Print Ad of the Week.  In two years site sales tripled, last year alone bringing in $198,000 in operations income. Preservation efforts have included restoring the old bank vault in the office, which again houses original cemetery ledgers. A fireproof room replaced a tub and two closets, and now contains a collection of over 15,000 range and site files. We’ve begun digitally scanning records dating from 1820, which I hope will soon be available on our website.  Most visible is the restoration of grounds, family vaults, stones and monuments.    Through efforts of dog-walkers, military service-members, Boy Scouts, and other volunteers, we’ve raised over 1,000 sunken footstones; reclaimed a lost walkway; unearthed historic drainage swales; regularly weeded family plots; and planted sixty new trees. In 2011, over 4,500 volunteer hours were devoted to grounds, ar-

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chives, and historical programs. Hundreds of stones lying on the ground were a high priority -- for both safety and preservation reasons, unstable stones are taken down and laid flat. We’ve repaired and reset over 260.    Although part of our mission is “to celebrate the American heritage represented by those interred here,” we were a too-well-kept secret. One of my goals was to change that.  Our first Program Manager, Rebecca Boggs Roberts, developed a series of public programs and special tours featuring actors in period costume, standing grave-side, telling a story of that “resident’s” life.   Our progress was covered in  Washingtonian,  The  Washington Post Magazine, and the National Trust’s Preservation Nation.  We were the topic of a two-part C-SPAN documentary.  This May a new book, Historic Congressional Cemetery, will be published.  Supplemental curriculum materials were developed with support from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and others, and will be available to DCPS teachers for social studies courses.  I am proud of my accomplishments and the team of talented and dedicated

I am the father of a child at Tyler Elementary and I am concerned about the new Zone 6 parking restrictions placed on G Street, SE. This restriction will make the congestion that naturally occurs around the school even more pronounced, as the same number of parents that had to circle around for parking now vie for even fewer parking spaces. How safe is it to have parents with young children, who can run away from them when they see friends, being forced to walk further and cross streets in a busy, traffic-congested area. I would say not safe. I really hope there won’t be an accident as a result of this. If the school had curbside drop off it would be a different matter, but they don’t. If council members had to do this themselves I’m betting the situation would be resolved quite rapidly. Mike Parr 4400 Block of Alabama Avenue, SE

Thank You Hill Rag

I have to say that for the first time I really feel that I am making a truly valued contribution to my community. The heartfelt statements from so many people [profile, Feb. Hill Rag, p. 30] that I care about verbalizing their appreciation publicly is quite overwhelming and humbling. Thank you for making me believe that I am making a difference. I will try to continue to do so. Sincerely, Davey S Yarborough Artistic Director/ The Washington Jazz Arts Institute H H 169

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he other evening The Nose was sipping a Manhattan while reminiscing over his misbegotten youth. Ah, those long ago times. How simple they were. Back then, the worst taunt on the playground was, “Your Mother wears army boots!” Of course, neither The Nose nor the compatriots of his tender years ever dreamt that they were conflating motherhood and sex work. The implication was simply too subtle for such young imaginations to grasp. The Nose expects members of our mightily esteemed DC City Council to be more astute and creative. Recently, Councilmembers have taken to hurling single syllable invectives on the dais. None of these pearls of disapprobation can repeated in the pages of this family-friendly publication without baiting the dreaded red pen of The Nose’s fascist editor. Councilmembers, The Nose is appalled. Have you no education, Sirs? Where is your finesse? What is required isn’t more civility, in The Nose’s humble opinion, but a little ingenuity! So, The Nose has decided to stage an insult intervention. Sit down, Councilmembers. Class is in session. Let’s begin with a reading from the hymnal of the “French Knight.” When a colleague disturbs your equanimity, Dear Councilmembers, here are a couple of handy retorts that must be repeated in a fake French accent to be truly effective: • Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! • I blow my nose at you, so-called colleague. You and all your staff members. Rather than harnessing your inner “Cantania,” conjure the spirit of Groucho. Here are some examples cribbed from the book of Marx: • Irritated by Natwar “Can’t Count” Gandhi, employ this line: “A child of five would understand this. Send someone to go fetch a child of five.” • If Mendo drones on during a hearing, trot out this phrase, “I’ve got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.”

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If Vince “The Puppet” Orange introduces legislation, wryly opine, “He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.” • If Michael “Lucky” Brown insists on reintroducing IGaming legislation, a wag might say, “How much would you want to stand at the wrong end of a shooting gallery?” • When the Chair calls for a vote, raise this objection, “Don’t look now, but there’s one too many in this room and I think it’s you!” • When Tommy “The Saint” Wells wants to raise taxes, Jack Evans, the representative from Lower Caucasia, might inveigh, “If he (Tommy) made ten thousand dollars a day, he’d spend ten thousand dollars a day. I don’t mind that. What I do mind is that he still sleeps better than I do.” • When Mary or Muriel offers an amendment, cry out, “I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.” • When the Jim “Back of the Envelope” Graham pontificates on ethics, sagely observe, “I have nothing but confidence in you, and very little of that.” • If Marion offers sage wisdom, try this line, “Maybe you can suggest something. As a matter of fact, you do suggest something. To me you suggest a buffoon.” Class. Can you now hurl a polysyllabic insult? The Nose knew you could. In close, The Nose asks his students to join him in song: Every time I say “F U” The press, The Council and the Chairman too They run around making a big hullaballoo Cause I said, “F U.” Everyone says F U. But, just what they say it for I never knew It’s just inviting trouble for the poor sucker who says F U too. Remember, it is not how hard you stab, but whether you twist the knife. H

Hill-Rag-Magazine-March-2012 • March 2012

Hill-Rag-Magazine-March-2012 • March 2012