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1536 1st Street, NW $570,000 - CONTRACT 3BR/1.5BA & basement! Pete Frias 202-744-8973

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CAPITOL HILL 305 C Street, NE #107 $368,500 - SOLD

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any think that the residential Spring market begins with the azaleas blooming. Not so on Capitol Hill. Our market arrives with the W-2’s and 1099’s. And nothing different this year except that our inventories are at all time lows and our demand is at an all time high. This leads to a lot of happy sellers and a lot of frustrated buyers. The following are a few of the sales so far this year.

401 E Street NE: 12 DAYS ON THE MARKET. Asking $699,000. 2 Unit. 3BR/2BA Victorian with contemporary interior.

656 Massachusetts Avenue: 4 DAYS ON THE MARKET. Asking $1,535,000. Built in 2003. Big 3BR/2.5BA. Garage and stellar wine cellar.

709 D Street , NE: 8 DAYS ON MARKET. Asking $639,000. Terrific 2BR/1.5BA. Lovely patio/large deck. 646 6th Street NE: 7 DAYS ON MARKET. Asking $939,000. 3BR/2.5BA Wardman. Private patio and garage. 336 6th Street SE: 5 DAYS ON MARKET. Asking $649,000. Sunny 2BR/2.5BA. Bright and open. Patio and grassy yard. 202 16th Street, SE: 5 DAYS ON MARKET. Asking $599,900. 2 Big BR’s/2BA. Big deck. Sweet hot tub! 633 Acker Street, NE: 2 DAYS ON MARKET. Asking $799,000. 3BR/2.5BA. Chef ’s TS Kitchen.

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If you are thinking of selling in the near future, this is the time to act. Tight inventory, low interest rates and high demand all work in your favor. If you are buying, get an agent (preferably one of ours). Without an agent in this market, you will end up a day late, a dollar short and no house.

Don Denton COVER INFO: “Bouquet of Orchids,” from a current show at the Hill Center titled From Someone’s Garden (921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, through April 28. An artist reception will be held Wednesday, March 20, from 6-8 pm.) Photographer Gayle Krughoff used a process involving scanned botanicals to capture their lushness. She is a member of the Capitol Hill Art League and participates frequently in its juried shows at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, where she has taught photography. She and her husband Robert are long-time Capitol Hill residents.

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GO.SEE.DO. WorldPlay: Traditional Music of the World at Hill Center

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital announces the new series WorldPlay: Traditional Music of the World at Hill Center. Curated by Parker Jayne and Thea Austen, WorldPlay offers a unique collection of artists performing a wide variety of music and discussion about the culture and heritage of music that rarely appears on Capitol Hill. Each concert will feature a half hour, moderated discussion about the history of the culture, heritage, music and performers. Tickets are $15. All concerts are on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Here’s the line-up: Trio Sefardi: Sepharic Music, March 24; Gerdan: Eastern European Music, April 14; Karpouzi Trio: Greek Music, May 19, Children’s Choir of Tblisi: Music from the Republic of Georgia, July 21; Dr. Nadar Majd and the Chakavak Ensemble: Persian Music, September 22; Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley and Charlie Pilzer: Scandanavian Music, October 20. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202549-4172.

Trio Sefardi, the first WorldPlay concert in March. Photo: Courtesy of the Hill Center

At-Large Candidate Forums

There will be a series of At-Large candidates forums in March and April. On Capitol Hill candidates will debate on Wednesday, March 27 at Eastern Senior High School, 6:30-9 p.m. (see page 24 for a complete list of forums). It will be moderated by Sam Ford, WJLA-TV News Reporter. Candidates for the At-Large Council Seat are Anita Bonds, Michael A. Brown, Matthew Frumin, Patrick Mara, Perry Redd, John F. Settles, II, Elissa Silverman and Paul Zukerberg. Monday, April 1, is the last day to register to vote in this special election. For more information about the April 23 special election, call l 202-727-2525 or visit 14 H

Folger Consort Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Dublin: Celtic and Art Music

Folger Consort, the early music ensemble in residence at Folger Shakespeare Library, presents five performances of Dublin: Celtic and Art Music in the Folger’s Elizabethan-style theater, March 15-17. The program samples the rich array of music from Ireland, Scotland and England, and includes pieces for bagpipe, harp, and fiddle. The concert is the fourth production in Folger Consort’s 2012/13 season of City Ayre: Music of City, Court, and Countryside. Folger Consort artistic co-directors Robert Eisenstein (viol) and Christopher Kendall (theorbo) will be joined by the celebrated Irish harpist Siobhán Armstrong, soprano Molly Quinn, in addition to guest instrumentalist David Douglass (violin) and frequent consort collaborator Tom Zajac (multi-instrumentalist). $37. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street, SE. 202-544-7077. Folger Consort’s artistic directors (and founders), Robert Eisenstein and Christopher Kendall. Photo: Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Searching for the Seventies

“Hitchhiker with his dog, ‘Tripper,’ on U.S. 66. U.S. 66 crosses the Colorado River at Topock.” Charles O’Rear, Yuma County, Arizona, May 1972. Photo: Courtesy of the National Archives

Bad fashion, odd fads, and disco dance music sum up the 1970s for many Americans. But the1970s were much more than leisure suits, streaking, and disco. During the seventies, profound changes took root in American politics, society, environment, and economy. “Searching for the Seventies” takes a new look at the 1970s using remarkable color photographs taken for the Federal photography project called DOCUMERICA (1971-1977). Created by the Environmental Protection Agency, DOCUMERICA was born out of the decade’s environmental awakening, producing striking photographs of many of that era’s environmental problems and achievements, but also captured the era’s trends, fashions, and cultural shifts. On Friday, March 8, the National Archives unveils the photographic exhibition, “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project.” Located in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building, “Searching for the Seventies” is free and open to the public, and runs through September 8, 2013.

Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington National Cemetery

On Sunday morning, March 31, about 5,000 visitors will attend the Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater. The parking lot opens and the shuttle service to the amphitheater begins at 5:30 a.m. The non-sectarian service itself will begin at 6:30 a.m. Parking is free, the shuttle is free and it’s going to be cold. Please note that Metrotrains do not run at this hour on Sundays. Arlington National Cemetery is both the most hallowed burial ground of our Nation’s fallen and one of the most visited tourist sites in the Washington, DC, area. A fully operational national cemetery since May 1864, Arlington National Cemetery conducts an average of 27 funerals each workday-final farewells to fallen heroes from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to veterans of World War II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam and the Cold War and their family members. Easter Sunrise Service in the Amphitheater at Arlington. Photo: Courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery HillRag | March 2013 H 15





Old Town Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Mar 2, 10:00 AM. 703-237-2199.

St Patrick’s Day 8K. Mar 10, 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. 301-871-0400. National ShamrockFest ‘13. Mar 16, 1:00-9:00 PM at RFK Stadium grounds. Event features nine musical stages, tented party areas, beer stations, bargame areas and athletic competitions, craft, food and beverage markets and strolling entertainers and much more. RFK Stadium. DC St Patricks Day Parade. Mar 17, 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. 202-6700317. Christ Church St Patrick’s Dinner and Auction. Mar 16, 5:30 PM. This muchanticipated 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 and cabbage. $25 at the door. Children under 14 are free. Christ Church, 620 G St. SE. 202-547-9300. St Patrick’s Day Celebration with FullSet at National Geographic. Mar. 17, 7:00 PM. Washington-area fans of Celtic music know Nat Geo Live is the place to hear great new traditional groups before they become legends. Check out Ireland’s next hot band on the horizon-FullSet-recently named “New Group of the Year” for 2012 by the Live Ireland Music Awards. The band will be touring hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed debut release, Notes at Liberty. $25. Dubliner. Mar 17, 10:00 AM-3:00 AM. Three bands on two stages and giveaways. Full menus served with $10 cover. 4 “F” St. NW. 202-737-3773.

Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United captain) and Kwame Watson-Siriboe (Real Salt Lake) battling. Photo: Getty Images

Kelly’s Irish Times. Mar 17, 10:30 AM-3:00 AM. Live Irish music all day. 14 F St. NW. 202-543-5433.

DC United at RFK Mar 9, 7:00 PM vs. Real Salt Lake (season home opener) and Mar 23, 3:30 PM vs. Columbus. Individual game tickets to DC United games now on sale. Individual game tickets to all 2013 Major League Soccer matches are now on sale at, by calling 202-432SEAT or by visiting any TicketMaster outlet. Tickets are $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 16 H


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Molly Malone’s. Mar 17, 8:00 AM-3:00 AM. Live Irish music in the evening. Discounted Irish whiskey and beer. Drink and food specials. 713 Eighth St. SE. 202-547-1222. 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. 202-543-3622. My Brother’s Place. Mar 17, 11:00 AM-3:00 AM. Food and drink specials. 237 Second St. NW. 202-347-1350.

EASTER The Great Vigil of Easter at National Cathedral. Mar 30, 8:00 PM. This is the night when Christ broke the bonds of death…and rose victorious from the grave. Tonight hear the ancient stories of God’s redeeming work, moving from darkness to light, from solemn chant to joyful song, and celebrate the glorious Resurrection. Intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin aves. NW. 202-537-6200. Solemn Easter Vigil Mass at National Shrine. Mar 30, 8:00 PM. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300. Festival Holy Eucharist at National Cathedral. Easter Sunday, Mar 31, 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, Mar 31, 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, Mar 30, 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. 202543-0053. Holy Comforter-St Cyprian Roman Catholic Church. Easter Masses at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. 1357 E Capitol St SE. 202-547-2036. holycomforterstcypriandc.

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Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Easter Services at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM. 212 E. Capitol St. 202-543-4200. Christ Church on Capitol Hill. Holy Eucharist at 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM. 620 G St. SE. 202-547-9300.

SPECIAL EVENTS Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival. Through Mar 10. The unique all-arts INTERSECTIONS festival returns for its fourth season bringing together more than 100 performing groups over twelve days. The festival presents intersections of music, theatre, dance, film and spoken word that offer new ways to see ourselves and to celebrate our community and our world. All five Atlas performance spaces will be alive with world premieres and innovative collaborations among artists of all ages, races, cultures and art forms. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Netrunner Game Day at Labyrinth. Mar 10, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM. Netrunner is an asymmetrical card game with a cyberpunk theme. Players play as either the Corp, a mega-corporation bent on power and control over the masses, or the Runner, a hacker attempting to steal the Corp’s secret agendas. Entry fee is $5. Please RSVP to Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. National Cherry Blossom Festival. Mar 20-Apr 14. Kite Festival, Mar 30; waterfront fireworks, Apr 6; parade and Japanese street festival, Apr 13. Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival. Apr 6, 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. Volunteer at the Cherry Blossom Festival. By volunteering for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, its events largely free and open to the public, you support an important event in and for our community. You’ll also have the opportunity to make new friends and have fun. Join us in welcoming the many visitors and residents to the Festival! Go to ww.nationalcherrybl

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Christ Church Concert. Mar 3, 4:00 PM. Critically acclaimed pianist, David Troy


Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction Saturday, March 16, 2013 Parish Hall, 620 G Street, SE Reception & Silent Auction–5:30 p.m. Dinner–7:00 p.m. Fabulous silent and live auction items Traditional Irish menu Special activities for kids


Join us for worship, fellowship, outreach and education Palm Sunday: Sunday March 24 8:15 am and 11:00 am Holy Eucharist Monday-Wednesday : March 25-27 – 7:30 am Maundy Thursday – March 28 6:30 pm - Children’s Service with Footwashing 7:00 pm - Agape Supper and Service Good Friday – March 29 Noon and 7:30 pm Holy Saturday – March 30 2:00 pm - Easter Egg Dyeing for Families 8:00 pm - Ecumenical Easter Vigil at Lutheran Church of the Reformation Easter Day – Sunday, March 31 : 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

We invite you to join us for worship, fellowship, outreach and education. Sunday Services at 8:15am and 11:00am Children’s Sunday school and nursery care available at both services Adult Forum at 9:45am

202.547.9300 620 G Street, SE. WDC 20003 Christ Church on Capitol Hill

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Francis, performs music of Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, and his own arrangements of American hymns. Admission free. Donations to the artist gratefully accepted. Christ Church on Capitol Hill, 620 G St. SE. 202-547-9300. SAW’s Young Artist Showcase at Ebenezers. Mar 8, 7:00-10:00 PM. Free. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-5586900. Stories and Songwriters at Ebenezers. Mar 9, 7:00-10:00 PM. Free. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Zoe Mulford CD Release Party. Mar 9, 8:00 PM. Singer-songwriter, guitarist and “pixy banjoist” Zoe Mulford celebrates her new CD on DC’s award-winning Azalea City Recordings label. Warm, witty, and upbeat, “Coyote Wings” is a chocolate-box assortment of contemporary and trad-leaning acoustic folk, with a dash of vintage jazz. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Shakers ‘n’ Bakers at Atlas. Mar 13, 8:00 PM. A most unlikely and unprecedented musical endeavor, Shakers n’ Bakers straddles several universes both stylistically and conceptually. Dedicated to the exploration of ‘Vision Songs’ received by women of the Shaker religious sect during ecstatic spiritual trances, Shakers n’ Bakers is the manifestation of several years of in-depth study and thought. The ensemble is led by multi-reed player Jeff Lederer and vocalist Mary LaRose. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Early Music Seminar: DUBLIN. Mar 13, 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 fare reception is also included. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Sarah Lou Richards & Derek Evry-Live in the Coffeehouse! Mar 16, 7:00-8:30 PM. Free. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Christopher Mark Jones-Live in the Coffeehouse! Mar 17, 5:00-6:30 PM. Free. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202558-6900. Country Music Songwriters at LOC. Mar 20, 8:00-10:00 PM. Singer-songwriter Bob DiPiero leads an evening of music from members of the Country Music Association. Tickets are required. Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-707-5502.

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10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Amy K. Bormet’s Washington Women in Jazz Festival at Atlas. Mar 27. Amy K Bormet will again present a dynamic festival featuring performances from Washington’s grande dames of jazz. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Carolyn Crysdale, Blind Man Leading and Amy Regan at Ebenezers. Mar 28, 7:3010:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. African American Spirituals of the Civil War. Mar 30, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM. James Weldon Norris, coordinator of the music history program and studies at Howard University, conducts a workshop featuring the Baltimore City College High School Choir on African-American spirituals of the Civil War. At 1:00 PM there is a panel discussion on “The Legacy of Civil War Spirituals” with Steven Cornelius of Boston University and Samuel Perryman of the Library’s Music Division. A concert featuring the Baltimore City College High School Choir and the Howard University Chorale concludes the day. Tickets are required for the concert. Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-707-5502. HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. 1007 H St. NE. 202-253-0044. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but free will offering taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-3472635. 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. 202484-7700. 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.

Wendell Kimbrough with Ashley Gonzalez Daneman at Ebenezers. Mar 21, 7:3010:00 PM. $8. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900.


Owen Danoff, Crys Matthews & Kwesi Kankam at Ebenezers. Mar 22, 7:30-

Good People at Arena. Through Mar 10. Enter South Boston’s Lower End, where

minimum wage is the maximum wage and hard work and sacrifice don’t ensure success. Facing eviction, single mother and mouthy “Southie” native Margaret Walsh reunites with an old flame who “made good,” hoping that his fortune can somehow improve her own. But not every man wants to relive his past, and with each surprising twist of their meeting they discover the dire costs the truth can hold. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-4883300. Henry V at the Folger. Through Mar 10. Imagine the thrilling grasp for power by a young king whose ambition reaches beyond the English court to the fields of France. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Environmental Film Festival at Hill Center. Mar 15, 7:00 PM. The Lost Bird Project. Free but reservations required. Email or go to . Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Metamorphoses at Arena. Through Mar 17. Lost love, dangerous passion and reunited soul mates wrestle with fate in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s Broadway smash, Metamorphoses. Back in DC for the first time since her awe-inspiring productions of The Arabian Nights and Candide,Zimmerman’s interpretation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses proves romance never goes out of style-even for the Gods. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-4883300. Hughie at Shakespeare Theatre. Through Mar 17. Shakespeare Theatre, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. Mart T and Lizzy K at Arena. Mar 15Apr 18. Writer-director Tazewell Thompson stitches together an insider’s look at the unlikely friendship between First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her talented seamstress, the successful freed slave Elizabeth Keckly. As one woman’s skilled hands work overtime, creating the most beautiful garments of her career, the other’s reality continues to slip ever further from her grasp. Old wounds and new recriminations explode in this riveting drama about loss, love and the importance of promises, both kept and broken. This world premiere drama is the first commission of Arena Stage’s American President’s Project. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. Hello, Dolly at Ford’s. Mar 15-May 18. The production features Broadway’s Nancy Opel in the title role and Edward Gero as Horace Vandergelder. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Environmental Film Festival at the Atlas. Mar 19, 6:30 PM. Keep on RollingThe Dream of the Automobile. Mar 19, 7:45 PM, Trashed. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

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The Mountaintop at Arena. Mar 29-May 12. Hailed as “daring, rousing and provocative” by Entertainment Weekly, The Mountaintop is Katori Hall’s bold reimagining of the last night of the historic life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Exhausted from delivering a significant speech, Dr. King rests in his room at the Lorraine Motel when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young maid compels him to confront his own humanity and the fate of our nation. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300.



Timeline of the Civil War Book Discussion. Mar 12, noon. With more than 350 striking visuals from the Library’s unparalleled archive, “The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War” is an authoritative narrative of the domestic conflict that determined the course of American history. Laced with firsthand accounts by men and women of both sides, this chronological narrative of the war captures the intensity of the bitter conflict President Lincoln aptly called “a people’s contest.” Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE.

Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland. Through May 19. Often portrayed as a country in conflict during the 16th and 17th centuries, Ireland was in fact a place of intermingling culture and adaptability. Nobility and Newcomers explores the opportunities and challenges open to both Irish and English nobility, and reveals Ireland as a land of ideas and art. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Hill Center Galleries New Exhibition. Mar 2-Apr 28 (reception with artists is Mar 20, at 6 PM). Featured artists include Alan Braley, Deborah Cavenaugh, Gayle Krughoff, Bill Matuszeski, Mary Proctor, and Colin Winterbottom. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. Through 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. HELLO my name is–80 Artist International Graffiti Group Show. Mar 2-31. To create HELLO my name is, a list of eighty artists from across the Americas and UK was compiled by DC graffiti legends ULTRA and CHE KGB. Each of these artists has received a canvas with an illustration of a “HELLO my name is” sticker that they will paint and return to the gallery. The resulting collection of works is the chance to see the breadth and depth of graffiti artists working across the US and abroad today. The opening reception is Mar 2, 7-11 PM and there will be a film screening Mar10, 1-3 PM. The curators are creating a book of the works in the show, the launch will be March 23, 1-3 PM and will also feature a panel discussion. The Frdige, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. 202-550-2208.

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1493 and Columbus Lecture. Mat 7, 7:008:00 PM. Charles C. Mann discusses and signs his new book “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.” Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-707-5221. Southeast Library Book Sale. Mar 9 (monthly on the 2nd Saturday), 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-6983377.

“The Washington Reporters” Series. Mar 20, noon. In 1981, “The Washington Reporters” was published as the first entry in Stephen Hess’s Newswork series. Hess has now come full circle with the seventh and final Newswork title, in which he follows up on the reporters surveyed in 1978 for the original book. Journalism has changed a lot during the past 35 years, and Hess fully capitalizes on this opportunity to reveal a great deal about reporters, journalism and how we get our news in “Whatever Happened to the Washington Reporters, 1978-2012” (Brookings, 2012). Mumford Room, on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Robert Frost Birthday Tribute at LOC. Mar 26, noon. Poets Dana Gioia and Eric Pankey will read from the work of Frost, and the Manuscript Division will present materials from the Robert Frost collection. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE.

SPORTS AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Washington Wizards Basketball. Mar 3, 9, 13, 15, 16, 25, 31 and Apr 2 and 6. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-SEAT. nba. com/wizards Georgetown 10 Miler. Mar 9, 9:30 AM. Starts at the Georgetown, Capital Cresent Trail. 240-472-9201. Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Through mid-Mar. (depending on the weather). Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. View magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-theart sound system. $7 for adults, $6 for chil-

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Spring Soccer Developmental Academy for 7-8 year olds.

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COME HEAR THE AT-LARGE CANDIDATES DEBATE! The Special El e c ti o n i s Co m i n g o n Ap ril 23,2013.

Tuesday, March 19th, 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20th, 1 to 3 p.m.

Ward Memorial AME Church 241 42nd Street, NE

Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center 3500 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE

Moderators: Tracee Wilkins, Bureau Chief for NBC & Sam Ford, WJLA-TV News Reporter

Moderator: Stuart Rosenthal, Publisher, The Beacon Newspaper

Sponsors: Central Northeast Civic Association, East of the River Newspaper

Sponsors: Anacostia/Bellevue/Congress Heights AAARP Chapter #4870, Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center, Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC), East of the River Newspaper

Wednesday, March 27th, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Senior High School 1700 East Capitol Street, NE (Stadium-Armory Metro Station)

Ballou Senior High School 3401 4th Street, SE (at Trenton Street)

Moderator: Sam Ford, WJLA-TV News Reporter

Moderator: Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, The Washington Informer

A Straw Poll will be Conducted After The Forum.

Sponsors: Ballou SHS PTSA, Congress Heights Community Association, Anacostia Coordinating Council, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E, East of the River Newspaper

Sponsors: DC Federation of Civic Associations, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A, Anacostia Coordinating Council, Councilmember Tommy Wells, The Hill Rag Newspaper

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Monday, April 8th, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

For further information contact Philip Pannell, ACC Executive Director, 202-889-4900, acc01@aol. com. For information about the Central Northeast Civic Association debate, contact Janis D. Hazel, Communications Committee, Central NorthEast Civic Association (CNECA) at 202-630-5099

dren 12 and under, students with ID and seniors 50 and over. Skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-289-3361. skating SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon. Mar 16. 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. Spring 5K. Mar 16, 8:00 AM. Starts at Hains Point, 927 Ohio Dr SW (East Potomac Park). 703-486-1466.

The SBRC Presents its “DC Bar Pro Bono Clinic”

Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Mar 20, noon (third Wednesday of each month). This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Dr. at West Basin Dr., near the Tourmobile stand). 703-505-3567.

March 13, 2013 • 5:00 pm-7:30 pm, Room E-4302

The Hills Are Alive 5K & 10K. Mar 23, 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. 240-472-9201.

The SBRC Presents its “DC Farmers’ Market Seminar”

Spring Training Game -Nats vs Yankees. Mar 29, 2:05 PM, at Nationals Park. (Home Opener, Apr 1, vs. Marlins.) National’s Ballpark Tours. WednesdaySunday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Nationals Park. Over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes you will visit the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club, the Stars & Stripes Club, luxury suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center, Nationals dugout and Nationals clubhouse. Throw a pitch in the Nationals bullpen. $12$15. All proceeds from Nationals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation.

If you are an existing or an aspiring small business owner, come and meet one-on-one with attorneys at this brief advice clinic. You can get information on business formation, contracts, leases, taxes or any other questions you may have related to small business legal issues.

March 6 & 30, 2013 • 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Room E-200 If you are a Farmers’ Market Vendor, or are interested in learning about the District of Columbia‘s current rules and regulations, then it is imperative that you attend this free training. We will provide training for ALL Farmers’ Market vendors who sell food of any kind (baked goods, eggs, meat, fruits and vegetables), or use a scale for vending in the District of Columbia. The purpose of this training is to educate current and new Farmers’ Market vendors of the regulatory inspection processes and of any new document requirements that will begin to take place at the farmers’ markets.

DCRA Will Be Closed Thursday, April 11, 2013 for Offsite Staff Training DCRA offices will reopen at 8:30 am on Friday, April 12, 2013. Available services: Online applications for preparing building permit applications, for getting supplemental and postcard permits, and for scheduling permit-related inspections will be available. To schedule your permit inspection - call 442-9557 and follow the prompts (more information is available on DCRA’s website).

In Partnership w/ The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

The SBRC Presents its “Smart Money for Small Business 8 Week Workshop” Week 1: Financial Management – March 21, 2013 Week 2: Credit Reporting – March 28, 2013 Week 3: Banking Service – April 4, 2013 Week 4: Insurance – April 11, 2013 Week 5: Organization Types – April 18, 2013 Week 6: Tax Planning and Reporting – April 25, 2013 Week 7: Recordkeeping – May 2, 2013 Week 8: Time Management – May 16, 2013 Note: Each session will be held in room E-4302; from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

To register for the SBRC workshops go to: For assistance with registering for the SBRC workshops call: 202-442-4538

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DC Rollergirls. Mar 30, 4:00 PM. (Doors open at 3:00 p.m.) Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 for children 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Tickets are available in advance at ticketmaster. com or at the door on bout day. Individuals with a valid military ID can purchase tickets for $10 at the door. Bouts are at DC Armory. Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Oct 6. Registration open. 703587-4321. Marine Corps Marathon Registration. Register online beginning Mar 27 at Marathon is Sunday, Oct. 27.

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MARCH CALENDAR MARKETS Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-6985253. Union Market. Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM8:00 PM. The newly-opened Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-652-7400. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea


market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253.

CIVIC LIFE EMMCA Quarterly Meeting. Mar 6, 7:00 PM. In addition to expanding EMMCA’s boundaries, they will discuss priorities for 2013 and select the individuals to lead EMMCA this year. 806 D St.

SE. If you are interested in helping to chart EMMCA’s course, contact barbara@ ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5433344. 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

March Madness at National’s Park Mar 22, 6:30 PM. Join them for an evening of behind-the-scenes access to Nationals Park-the perfect place to watch the NCAA games, learn more about KIPP DC, and enjoy great company, food, and drink! $250 per entrance with seat ($150 standing room only). For more information, contact

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ext month the season of baseball begins again. DC will be a city with great expectations. Can we shake off those weary blues from the last game The Nationals played? Do you recall how loud the silence was in the ball park? Cardinals dancing on our field like vultures plucking out our hearts. Now we are about to march back into April. It’s a year in which no names will be voted into the hall of fame. Our nation went from junk bonds to Barry Bonds. What’s next? It’s so important that our young baseball team have another great year. Our city needs to win. I want the best for Strasburg and Harper. I’m glad LaRoche didn’t leave. Spring is a time of hope: Easter and eggs. Show me a robin sticking out its chest and chirping and I know the smell of hotdogs and beer will soon be in the air and the sun will make me sweat before the seventh inning stretch. Do I have any fears? Yes, a few – well, make that many since RGIII went down. What is the future going

to look like? One minor change that might soon hit baseball is the replacement of the dugout phone with cellphones. This seems like such a small matter, but consider how much drama there is when a manager or pitching coach turns to use that phone hanging on the wall. One call and you know the guy standing on the mound might be yanked after facing one or two more batters. I need to see a manager making that call. Texting someone in the bullpen is like refusing to go out to the opera. It’s the small changes to the game of baseball that mirror what is taking place in our society. Tradition is sometimes upheld by a belt around one’s pants, a tie to an interview, polished shoes, and letting an elder go to the front of the line. Too often these small things slip away like a gas-line leak making you shake your dizzy head in circles. I’ll always be a fan of baseball because of how the game is played. It’s where individuals make errors, guys get picked off first after a date with

a single and people steal without going to jail. This is what I have to look forward to in April. Don’t remind me about the IRS when I want to count the first RBIs. I’m waiting for the winning streak to hit double figures, a few walk-off homeruns and maybe an early no-hitter. This is DC, a city where dreams are honored on the mall, and a place where history never sleeps. I wish it was always spring here – endless cherry blossoms and water flowing in Rock Creek Park, the sound of many languages laughing and dancing in duets. This is the city by the Potomac, blessed by both north and south, blessed to have a baseball team first in its division. Now I need the movie sequel with the happy ending. I want to say good-bye to March and kiss April hello. Oh, and don’t tell me about the rain that might fall next month. I don’t want to confuse it with tears. Baseball will be back soon, and what makes a curveball break is nothing but splendor, perfection and happiness. H

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Residential Street Sweeping Began Mar. 1

The 2013 residential street sweeping season began Mar. 1. Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. Parking enforcement of residential sweeping violations will begin Monday, Mar. 11, to give motorists a few days to get used to the parking restrictions. Beginning Mar. 11, parked cars also may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours while sweeping is underway. DPW street sweepers cover about 4,000 lane miles monthly, removing litter and pollutants by brushing them onto a conveyor system, which transports the material into a debris hopper. The sweeper also emits a fine spray of water to help control dust. In addition to sweeping residential streets during spring, summer and fall, DPW also sweeps commercial streets overnight year-round, and parking restrictions also apply. For more information about street sweeping, go to

St. Pat’s Fundraiser at Christ Church

The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction is Saturday, Mar. 16. There will be nursery care or arts and crafts, pizza and a movie for those 12 and under. Join them for the dinner or just stop by for the silent auction and drinks. $25 per adult dinner, $5 per child. Christ 30 H

William Penn House students help each other get deeper into the poses and into their hearts, whatever their age, background, or yoga level.

Yoga at William Penn House

All people are invited to join them for Yoga every Tuesday, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Elizabeth Goodman, a certified yoga instructor, leads this class. Suggested donation is $15 per class ($12 for public interest workers, WPH guests, students and seniors.) A portion of this fee supports WPH work. Bring yoga mat and any props such as blanket, strap or block. 515 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-543-5560.

Church, 620 G St. SE. 202-5479300.

Temporary Closures in Lincoln Park

The National Park Service has instituted a temporary closure of a portion of Lincoln Park for repair and rehabilitation projects in the

park. Park users should expect closures through the end of May. The western side of the park will remain open. Work to replace deteriorated interior walkways and make them compliant with the American with Disabilities Act will require a temporary closure of the eastern side of Lincoln Park Additionally, access to the park’s center panel, water

fountains, playgrounds, and statue of Mary McLeod Bethune will be temporarily closed to provide for visitor safety during construction. Upgrades to facilities in the park include new base mounting in the playgrounds, new trash cans, new fences, new drinking fountains, and improvements to the drainage system. Also, the center panel of grass


Saturday, 23 March 2013 6 pm -10 pm @ St Mark’s Episcopal Church 118 3rd St, SE corner of 3rd and A Streets

Besides superb food and wine, the event features live music and fabulous auction items such as vacations stays, artwork, dining gift certificates, and creative class baskets. Proceeds support a world-class education for the wonderful Brent students.

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will be rehabilitated for recreational use. Construction time frames and closure dates are subject to change if weather conditions or extenuating circumstances prevent completion within the anticipated time frame.

RandallScottProjects Exhibition Space Opens in the Atlas Arts District

Newly located to the northeast DC Atlas Arts District is RandallScottProjects owned and operated by longtime gallerist, Randall Scott. The inaugural opening features Golden Cacti by Mason Saltarelli. 1326 H Street NE 2nd floor.

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Palm Sunday - March 24th Mass at 8:00am and 11:00am (Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:30pm on 3/23) Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper - March 28th Mass at 7:00pm Good Friday - March 29th • Neighborhood Stations of the Cross at 12noon-meet at the Church to process throughout our Capitol Hill neighborhood with our community version of the Stations of the Cross. • Choral Stations of the Cross with the HCSC Music Ministry at 3:00pm. A unique and beautiful version of the Stations with the spoken word and music. Free. • Passion of the Lord/Veneration of the Cross - Service at 7:00pm (with our youth pageant) Holy Saturday - March 30th Easter Vigil Mass - 8:00pm Easter Sunday - March 31st Mass at 8:00am and 11:00am

Mayor Gray has unveiled a partnership with NoMa’s culinary food incubator, Union Kitchen, that will serve to bring new jobs to District residents. This partnership entails a program to train DC residents with the entrepreneurial know-how to open their own businesses and to develop kitchen and facilities-management skills. Located on Congress St. NE one block behind Uline Arena, Union Kitchen is the city’s first food incubator and helps small businesses become established by providing their members with a low-cost, fullservice commercial kitchen. Over the course of the next few months, District residents in DOES’ Project Empowerment program will work and train at Union Kitchen. At full capacity, Union Kitchen expects to have 30 businesses operating out of their facility; Union Kitchen’s current members include food truck powerhouses Curbside Cupcakes and TaKorean, among others.

Traffic Shift on 11th Street SE between K and L Streets, SE

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Street, SE between K Street and L Street. Traffic was shifted to the east, maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction. The elimination of parking and realignment of travel lanes are needed so crews can begin demolition and reconstruction of the old 11th Street Bridge over the SE/SW Freeway. For more information and to follow the bridge project and AWI Program’s progress, visit anacostiawaterfront. org/11thStreetBridge. To join the project or AWI community contact list or ask questions, email ddot. or call 202-741-8528.

Alternatives to Violence Program at William Penn House

Alternatives to Violence Program is a transformational, experiential program that teaches conflict resolution skills. It has applications in businesses, social justice, youth programs, prisons, and in our daily interactions. Mar. 8-10, Friday, 6 p.m. to Sunday, 4 p.m. $50 (includes lunch). For information or to register, contact Josh Wilson at

Yoga for Grief Relief at St. Mark’s

On Saturday, Mar. 23, 2-4 p.m., Pamela Wilson’s workshop offers yoga techniques to help move through the pain of loss to find release and relief. No previous yoga experience necessary. $20 advance/$25 door. St. Mark’s Yoga Center, 3rd and A sts. SE. 202746-6654.

Atlas Stagecraft Training and Apprenticeship Program

High school graduates have the opportunity to learn to work behind the scenes in the Atlas Stagecraft Training and Apprenticeship Program (ASTAP) which seeks to develop new skills for individuals in technical production through training in carpentry, lighting, sound and projection and to help them acquire jobs as stagehands

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Snugglers Tour at the Botanic Garden

Do you have a tiny treasure in a snuggly? Looking for ways to get out of the house and learn? On Mar 7, 14, 21 and 25, 10 a.m., join them for a 45-minute guided tour of the Conservatory. Each week will be a different exploration. This program is designed for parents and care providers who have one child in a snuggly. Please note: Due to narrow paths and the nature of this program, they cannot support strollers or siblings. Lee Coykendall, USBG Children’s Education Specialist is the guide. Free. Pre-registration required. United States Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW, 202-225-8333.

in theatres as well as hotels and convention centers. This five month program begins in June with three months of training. Classes are held on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday for a total of 12 hours each week. The three-month apprenticeship phase begins in August, overlapping one month of the training phase. For more information contact Program Manager Robert Boaz or 202-399-7993 ext 114. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

CHRS Preservation Café: Caring for Historic Iron Work

The CHRS Preservation Café series is a free forum with topics of interest to the greater Capitol Hill community. The next

presentation will be “Caring for Historic Iron Work”, on Wednesday, Mar. 20, 6:307:15 p.m. at Ebenezers Coffee House (downstairs), 2nd and F St. NE. Fred Mashak, an expert on iron work restoration, will talk about repair and replacement of front steps, fencing and other iron work elements that are central to the charm of Capitol Hill. The event is free and handicapped accessible. No reservations required. For more information, visit

Talk of the Hill with Bill Press at Hill Center

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital has announced the initial 2013 line-up for Talk of the Hill with Bill Press. This series of conversations brings award-winning

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journalist and political insider Bill Press together with key news makers to discuss important issues facing our nation, just blocks away from the Capitol. Talk of the Hill features Senator Bernie Sanders on Mar. 14. 7 p.m. and former Senator Chris Dodd on Mar. 28, 7 p.m. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172.

Hill’s Kitchen Cooking Classes

To reserve a space in a cooking class, email events@hillskitchen. com with information about which class you are interested in, number of attendees, email address, and phone number. Write in the subject line what class(es) you are interested in. They will get back to you to confirm your seat in the class. Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St. SE. 202-543-1997. Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., Basic Knife Skills ; Marta Mirecki; $50 Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m., Louisiana One Pot Dishes with Sandy Tallant; $45 Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m., Basic Knife Skills; Marta Mirecki; $50 Sunday, March 10, 3 p.m., Lamb with Marta Mirecki; $65 Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., Handmade Pasta with Marta Mirecki; $50 Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m., Sweet Spring with Sandy Tallant; $45 Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m., Basic Knife Skills with Marta Mirecki Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m., Pierogi with Marta Mirecki; $50 Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m., Eggs with Marta Mirecki; $50 Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., Basic Knife Skills with Marta Mirecki Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.n., Basic Knife Skills with Marta Mirecki Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m., Sauces with Marta Mirecki; $55

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Gallaudet University Launches $450 Million Campus Plan

Gallaudet University, the world’s most distinguished university for the deaf and hard of hearing, has announced that they plan to launch the first phase of a 10-year, $450 million campus plan, later this year. This project will feature improvements such as a $85.2 million mixed-use center at Florida Ave. NE and Sixth St. NE that will become the new campus gateway. A primary objective of this large-scale project is to connect the 150-year old institution with the dynamic NoMa community. Gallaudet’s 99-acre campus is currently separated from the vibrant city life by wrought-iron fences and high-traffic streets.

Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s 2012 Statistics

In 2012 CHGM’s Social Services office assisted 2,258 households in Ward 6. Congregation Based Shelter Project provided emergency shelter services to 18 individuals. Street Outreach served more than 246 chronically homeless individuals through over 528 interactions. Shelter Plus Care provided services for 26 families, including 35 children. Systems Transformation Initiative served 30 families, including 44 children. The Shirley’s Place Day Center provided more than 5,625 individual services to over 775 individuals. For information on CHGM and on how you can help, go to www.

Bethesda Chamber Singers at Art & Spirit Coffeehouse

The Bethesda Chamber Singers, an a cappella singing group, will be the featured at the Wednesday, Mar. 6, 7:00 p.m. program of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church’s Art and Spirit Coffeehouse, 600 M St. SW. According to spokesman, John Carley, “The Bethesda Chamber Singers have been making a cappella music with panache for more than a quarter century.� The program will include Jewish

and Anglo-Catholic liturgical music, a renaissance travelogue, an African-American spiritual, and a selection of popular classics from from the 1920s and 30s. Coffee and desserts will be served throughout the evening, followed by questions and answers. Donations will be accepted to help provide honoraria for the guest artists. Contact rector@, 202-5543222 or visit for further information.

DC Preservation League Bricks and Mortar Ball

Join the DC Preservation League at its annual Bricks and Mortar Ball to celebrate historic preservation in the District of Columbia. The ball will be held on Apr. 5, 7-11 p.m. at 803 7th St. NW (near the Gallery Place/ Chinatown metro). Tickets are $100 and proceeds will help the DCPL in its mission to preserve, protect, and enhance the historic and built environment of Washington, DC. For more information and tickets, go to

Sign the Petition ot Open Pools at 10 a.m.

The petition is now at nearly 500 signatures. If you haven’t already signed, but agree with the idea, please take a minute to sign and share! h t t p : / / w w w. c h a n g e . o r g / petitions/dc-city-council-andmayor-vincent-gray-open-dcpublic-outdoor-pools-at-10amthis-summer# In an email message from Charles Allen, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Wells: “Please know that Tommy is in full support of opening the outdoor pools at 10 am. There is a lot of demand for opening the pools earlier and supporting a variety of pool uses, rather than just open play. We will advocate for this change with DPR durHillRag | March 2013 H 37

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DMV Rhode Island Avenue Service Center on March 19

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the Department of Motor Vehicles will open its Rhode Island Avenue Center. Located in Rhode Island Row at 2350 Washington Pl. NE, Suite 112N, the service center will be open for business Tuesday-Saturday from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. The center is near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro. There is also garage and street parking in the surrounding area. With the opening of the Rhode Island Avenue Service Center, the Temporary C Street Service Center located at 301 C St. NW will close on Friday, Mar 8. Adjudication Services, which is in the same building as the Temporary C Street Service Center, will remain open.

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The Committee of 100 on the Federal City is accepting nominations from Washington, DC residents for the 2013 Vision Awards, which will include a celebration of the organization’s 90th year. These awards are given each year to District projects, plans, individuals and organizations that bring the principles of the iconic L’Enfant and McMillan plans to the challenges of 21st century land use issues. The recipients of the Vision Awards are selected from nominations and approved by the Board of Trustees. Information about award categories and the nomination form can be found at Nominations will be accepted up to Friday, Mar. 15 at 5 p.m. Win-

ners will be honored at a cocktail reception in early June. The Committee of 100 for the Federal City is a nonprofit organization dedicated to safeguarding and advancing Washington’s historic distinction, natural beauty and overall livability. The Committee’s officers, trustees and volunteer members contribute expertise and civic action in the service of responsible planning and land use. Through the Vision Awards, the Committee of 100 celebrates the city’s unique role as both the home of the District’s citizens and the capital of our nation.

Single Lane Conditions for the SW Freeway (I-395) and Ramp to Maine Avenue, SW

DDOT has implemented overnight single lane conditions on both sides of the Southwest Freeway (I-395) between 9th and 12th Sts. through April 27. The ramp to Maine Ave. SW on the southbound Southwest Freeway (I-395) will also be reduced to a single lane. These closures will occur daily between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. the following day and will shift from the right side to the left side of the roadway as the work progresses.

FOSE 2013 Technology Event, May 14-16

FOSE, the largest and most comprehensive event serving the government technology community announced a three-day event will offer senior-level government decision makers a hands-on experience with innovative tools and solutions. FOSE 2013 will take place May 14-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. “The FOSE 2013 program will not only address the challenges government technology professionals experience on a daily basis, but also offer a firsthand look at emerging solutions and tools to

help achieve mission objectives,” said Mike Eason, Vice President, Public Sector Events, 1105 Media, Inc. “FOSE is the place to get hands-on experience with new products and solutions through the Technology Showcase; gain valuable implementation strategies at the Government Tech Talks; and test drive applications developed specifically for government in the App Arcade.” FOSE 2013’s five conference tracks will focus on policy, management and technology around some of the most pressing issues facing government – Cloud and Virtualization, Cybersecurity, Mobile Government, Big Data/ Business Intelligence, as well as Records and Information Management. In addition to the comprehensive educational program, there will be over 250 exhibitors. Two confirmed keynote speakers: General Stan McChrystal and Joe Theismann. For more information and to keep up-to-date on the full program agenda, visit www.fose. com. To see how FOSE addresses the technology road ahead, go to

Unity Health Care Wins National Technology Award

Unity Health Care, a safety net provider in the DC area will receive the HIMSS Davies Award for Health Information Technology at the upcoming HIMSS conference in New Orleans. Unity, a federally qualified health center has implemented Electronic Health Records and over a twoyear period, this implementation resulted in $12.2 million in additional revenue, increased efficiency and provider productivity (which increased by 21%). That income rise far outweighed the $5.5 million that Unity invested in the EHR. It also included approximately $2.66 million in government EHR incentives. H

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The April 23 Special Election Primer


f you’re feeling a little electoral fatigue, we hate to break it to you: there’s another election coming on April 23. On that day, DC residents from across the city will choose the new At-Large councilmember to fill the seat once held by DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson, now occupied on an interim basis by Councilmember Anita Bonds (D-At Large). Seven candidates are all in: Bonds, Ward 1 State Board of Education Representative Patrick Mara, Initiative 70 activist Elissa Silverman, former At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown, Ward 3 ANC Commissioner Matthew Frumin, defense attorney Paul Zukerberg, and social activist Perry Redd. The context of the election is both quite similar and quite different than in the past. Ethics remains an issue on the forefront of many voters’ minds— Councilmember Jim Graham (DWard 1) was recently reprimanded for his controversial role in a Metro land deal—while lawmakers begin to tackle education challenges ranging from school closures to chronic truancy. And while the city recently posted a $417 million surplus and continues to grow (55 cranes dot the city’s sky, officials like to boast), the squeeze on neediest residents is acute, with affordable housing remaining in short supply and a persistent homeless population (including 600 children) at DC General. Still, this is a special election, so the dynamics are different than in most races. Turnout is likely to be anemic at best—in the 2011 At-Large special election it barely exceeded 10 percent—and candidates have less 40 H

by Martin Austermuhle time to raise money and campaign. How will it shape up? Here’s a quick review of the top candidates.

Patrick Mara

For the current Ward 1 representative to the DC State Board of Education, this could well be it. While he failed in two prior bids for the DC Council—in 2008 and 2011—he’s now among the best-positioned. Mara can draw on a database of supporters gathered in previous efforts. And, while many would say that that’s the case despite his party affiliation—he’s a Republican, a rare breed in these parts—others say it’s because of it that he might well win. Republicans haven’t held a seat on the council since 2008, and they’ve suffered a steady string of defeats since. Special elections are low-turnout affairs, and with a targeted and spirited effort Mara will be able to attract enough local Republicans to his cause. Additionally, being anything but a Democrat isn’t a bad thing in scandal-ridden DC; Mara’s message of political diversity could play well to the many new voters who are opting to remain independent. Finally, Mara is of even rarer breed than just any Republican—he’s an urban Republican. Socially progressive, fiscally prudent, heavily involved in education, and a proven vote-getter, Mara can appeal to many crowds. Still, will his usual calls for lower taxes resonate in a city suffering from a severe affordable housing crunch and enduring surpluses? And will his strongest bases of support—wards 1, 2 and 3—remain as solid with other competitors vying for them? More impor-

tantly, can he repeat his last success in the city’s largest ward, Ward 6? There, Mara polled strongly in the neighborhoods surrounding Eastern Market.

Elissa Silverman

The former Washington Post reporter and policy wonk at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute has transitioned smoothly into her role as an At-Large candidate: she has a well-known political sponsor (former Ward 3 Councilmember Kathy Patterson), a snappy campaign slogan (“Integrity, Accountability and Investment”) and wonkyyet-approachable answers to many of the city’s most intractable problems. Silverman has translated her work on Initiative 70—which would have banned corporate contributions to local campaigns—into a pitch for why she’d be best-placed to address the council’s lack of ethics, while hammering home the need for more affordable housing and better-spent workforce development dollars. Silverman also has access to the network of activists that very nearly placed Initiative 70 on the ballot. This rolodex no doubt gives her an edge in volunteers. Silverman’s natural base seems to be among the city’s young progressive set, but even there she’ll have to temper any enthusiasm for their causes with appeals to the Ward 3 voters that Patterson will insist she attract. At a recent forum, for example, she said she was opposed to a DC plan to scrap parking minimums at new developments. That might sound like music to the ears of some Ward 3 residents, but it’ll be nails-on-a-chalkboard for those in denser parts of town. Will Silverman’s progressive ap-

peal attract the same demographic that turned out strongly for David Grosso in Wards 4, 5 and 6? Can Silverman secure the endorsement of the Washington Post Editorial Board, who have given Mara the nod in the past?

Michael Brown

The former councilmember wants his old job back after having been handed a humbling defeat by Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) last November. It’s not impossible to see it happen: Brown is affable and approachable, has citywide name recognition and can tout many of the progressive causes he championed— affordable housing, jobs—while on the council. Given that prominence of issues of affordable housing and unemployment in recent months, Brown is in a perfect position to capitalize. Still, his biggest obstacle seems to be his own inability to muster an aggressive campaign. With little raised as of the end of January—a mere $9,500 from 10 donors—and talking points premised on what he once did instead of what he plans to do, Brown runs the risk of sounding like he merely expects to get the job back.

Matthew Frumin

Despite being a novice in citywide campaigns, Frumin isn’t a total political newbie. A Ward 3 ANC commissioner and former congressional candidate, Frumin led all his competitors in fundraising at the end of January, taking in over $80,000 from over 200 contributors. Frumin’s work on Wilson High

School’s modernization gives him education credentials. His mediation of sensitive development matters in his ward allows him to claim that he can handle those that are difficult and divisive. He’s also got a heck of a campaign slogan for the moment DC finds itself in: “Let’s Grow Together.” Frumin is challenged by low visibility, though with the money he has, he could well spread it far and wide by Election Day.

Anita Bonds

The current Interim Councilmember has been a behind-thescenes operative in DC politics since the era of Marion Barry. She knows the ins-and-outs of the city’s political machinery—the DC Democratic State Committee, which she leads, is backing her—and can call upon many people for favors. But in these uncertain times, Bonds close ties with the Democratic establishment can do more to sink her candidacy than help her to victory. The DC Democratic State Committee hasn’t elected new members in over four years (and that might be the least of the issues it has faced). And, for as much as Bonds professes to favor stronger ethics laws, the fact remains that for years she was on the payroll of Fort Myer Construction, one of the biggest DC contractors.

The Remainder of the Pack

Redd and Zukerberg are worthy candidates in some respects, but they simply haven’t raised enough money to be viable. Money isn’t everything, but rare is the candidate that wins with none of it. To their credit, both have brought diverse perspective to candidate debates: Redd speaks passionately about helping returning citizens reintegrate into society, while Zukerberg insists that the possession of small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized.

The Horse Race

How is each candidate going to approach the race? For Mara, Silverman and Frumin, Grosso’s successful campaign in unseating Brown is instructive. Focus your efforts on Wards 2, 3, 4 and 6. All of these wards are rich in voters and have shown an inclination to dump the incumbents. Ward 6, in particular,

powered Grosso ahead. For Brown and Bonds, much like Mayor Vincent Gray, Wards 5, 7, and 8 hold the key: Brown drew most of his votes in the race against Grosso from these eastern localities. These neighborhoods provided the votes for Fenty’s defeat. Here, Bonds can rely on her institutional contacts to help push her candidacy. Yet, the lack of a strong, single African-American candidate may reduce their influence and turnout. The battle therefore is likely to be won elsewhere. Given the lineup, though, this election won’t break down the same way that the 2011 At-Large special did. Mara won’t be able to corner the market on Ward 3; both Frumin and Silverman have significant claims to some of those voters. Additionally, Wards 1 and 6 will remain in play: Mara is proven votegetter in both, but Silverman calls Ward 6 home and can appeal to younger voters packing into Ward 1. Brown and Bonds will fight for votes in wards 5, 7 and 8, but the biggest question is whether Brown will be able to seek amends among the Ward 4 voters that can be so decisive in most local races. Money, of course, will play its usual role. Frumin took in an exception haul, while Silverman did well with $35,000 raised. Mara seemed a little limp at $20,000 collected, but a few high-profile fundraisers in February might reverse that trend. (He said he plans to raise $100,000.) Neither Brown nor Bonds seems particularly aggressive about raising money, which could make them non-factors come Election Day. Still, given the nature of the race, Mara will be tough to beat if he can get his party faithful to the polls. Yet he is far from having a lock on the election. An aggressive Silverman is bent on contesting every vote in Wards 3 and 6, threatening Mara’s support at The Post, and organizing a GOTV effort using the bones of Initiative 70. Frumin will also erode Mara support in northwest precincts. In the absence of polling data, the race is much too early to call. Martin Austermuhle is Editor-in-Chief of and a freelance writer. He lives in Columbia Heights. H

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The Little Tax Credit That Could:

Using the Tax Code to Help Residents in Gentrifying Neighborhoods


by Ed Lazere and Jessica Fulton

magine walking down H Street, NE, on your way to a restaurant that just opened, passing new housing under construction along the way. For many us that image generates mixed feelings: excitement about the new housing and retail options but also concern about what the changes will mean for the low- and moderate-income residents who have been living there for years. Wouldn’t it be great if we could have the best of both worlds — new development coupled with efforts to help existing residents stay and benefit from the changes? That requires concerted strategies to preserve affordable housing in gentrifying neighborhoods before prices rise too much. Mayor Gray’s recent commitment to create 10,000 units of affordable housing could be used in this way. But another, more immediate strategy is available as well — buried in DC’s tax code of all places — that has the potential to help homeowners and renters stay in their homes as property taxes and rents rise. The little known tax credit with an unremarkable name, Schedule H, is severely limited in its reach and power. However, Mayor Gray and the DC Council have the power to address problems that have left Schedule H very under-utilized for a long time, by providing funding for reforms passed by the DC Council. These changes could help tens of thousands of DC households get a tax credit of up to $1,000.

Schedule H Is a Property Tax “Circuitbreaker”

Schedule H kicks in when residents end up spending a large share of their income on property taxes. These kinds of tax credits are used across the country to cut off property taxes when they become too burdensome. They are often described as “circuitbreak42 H

ers” because they act like the switches in our homes that shut off the electricity when a circuit is overwhelmed. Schedule H helps not only homeowners, but renters as well. Before you think to your“But renters don’t pay property taxself es,” think about this: Landlords pay property taxes, and the rents they charge need to cover all of their expenses, including taxes. This means tenants indirectly make property tax payments. DC’s Schedule H assumes that 15 percent of a resident’s rent payment goes to cover their landlord’s property taxes. Given that most DC households are renters, allowing all overburdened households to claim Schedule H is important to making it an anti-displacement tool. Especially in a city where rents rose sharply over the past decade — even in the midst of a recession.

Recent Changes Address Schedule H’s Shortcomings

Currently, only households earning under $20,000 can apply for Schedule H, an income limit dating back to the mid 1970s when the credit was established. Even worse, people who share housing — like a grandmother who lives with a grown child and grandchild — have to have combined income below $20,000, and they have to count some sources of income that are hard to document. It is no wonder that only 7,000 households — 20 percent of those potentially eligible — claim it each year. Fortunately, the DC Council adopted major changes to Schedule H last year, although without any of the needed funding. The changes include raising the maximum income limit to $50,000, a much better measure of the residents likely to be burdened by high property taxes, and raising the maximum credit amount to $1,000. The reforms

also simplify the complex rules that have limited participation. Under the changes, a family with an income of $25,000 and monthly rent of $750 would get an annual $1,000 tax credit from Schedule H, while a family earning $40,000 and paying $1,000 in rent or property taxes would get an $800 tax credit. That level of assistance will not necessarily offset rising rents or property taxes for every DC family, but it will help them cope with DC’s high costs of living. Setting the Schedule H credit at this level also allows it to serve tens of thousands of households across the city, including those who are likely to sit for years on waiting lists for affordable housing. Improving Schedule H could help as many as 9,000 in Ward 3, 15,000 in Ward 6, and 18,200 in Ward 8. Although not all eligible residents will take advantage of the tax credit, thousands will benefit from the reforms.

DC’s Growing Prosperity Offers a Chance to Make Schedule H a Powerful AntiDisplacement Tool

The District ended 2012 with a whopping $417 million surplus, and all indicators suggest that tax collections in 2013 are equally strong. Mayor Gray already is talking about how he hopes to take advantage of the city’s growing resources, including a major commitment to affordable housing. Schedule H is not technically a housing program, but it should be thought of as one. With housing costs rising faster than incomes, Schedule H can target tax assistance directly on residents struggling the most to keep up. Mayor Gray should fund the adopted improvements to Schedule H as part of his commitment to making housing affordable for all DC residents. Lazere and Fulton are staff at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderateincome DC residents. H

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Free Ride! Bike Theft in DC

by Amanda Abrams


t’s not the kind of thing you forget. On a chilly winter night six years ago, I rode my bike to Metro Center with plans to hear a band in Clarendon. Using a Kryptonite lock I secured my trusty metal steed to a parking meter in front of the station and headed down to the Metro. That was around 8 p.m. Four hours later I emerged from underground and the bike was gone. I did a double take, and then a double think. Did I really leave the bike at this exact corner? But a cursory investigation and rehashing of my earlier actions confirmed it: the bike had been there, and now it was gone. The serviceable brown Raleigh had been stolen, never to be heard from again. But to be honest, I count myself lucky. Despite riding my bike all over town on a daily basis, I’ve been largely unscathed by theft since that night in 2007. Talk to other dedicated riders and you’re likely to hear a litany of stolen bike stories.

A Growing Trend

The FBI estimates that over 200,000 bicycles were stolen nationwide in 2010. But those are simply the documented thefts; only a percentage of folks call the cops when they discover their bike is gone (I didn’t even consider it). Which means the real number could be four or five times higher. New York City alone, according to bicycle advocacy groups there, sees 75,000-100,000 bike thefts per year. Getting numbers for DC is tricky. Theft data is not easily categorized by stolen property type, which makes isolating cases of bicycle theft a time consuming business. Fortunately, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) cooperated with a request for information from this reporter. They furnished preliminary numbers for bike thefts, arrests of bike thieves and also those fencing stolen bikes for 2011 and 2012. The data demonstrates that bike theft is a major problem in the city’s western wards. The First District comprising Capitol Hill, Southwest and parts of the Penn Quarter, the Second District comprising the suburban areas east of Rock Creek and the Third District comprising the central neighborhoods of U Street, Dupont, Logan and Columbia Heights compete for most stolen bikes. The reports of stolen bikes fell marginally from 1835 in 2011 to 1797 in 2012. Arrests for bike theft increased from 65 in 2011 to 98 in 2012. Arrests for receiving stolen bikes, so-called ‘fencing,’ increased from 32 in 2011 to 36 in 2012. 44 H

MPD’s First District Commander, Daniel Hickson, describes bike theft as a “significant issue” and says his team gets calls about stolen bikes a few times a week. And biking is clearly up around the city. The DC Department of Transportation’s December “bike count,” in which staffers tally the number of bikers at various locations around town, showed a 175 percent increase in peakhour ridership between 2004 and 2012. Increased biking means, of course, more bikes and more opportunity for theft. “Every day, people come in and say their bike was stolen,” commented Denise D’Amour, co-owner of Capitol Hill Bikes on Barracks Row. D’Amour has her own tale: her bicycle disappeared while she was attending the inauguration of the DC Bicycle Advisory Council at Judiciary Square. Adrian Fenty had two bikes stolen out of his garage while he was mayor. Councilmember Mary Cheh was the victim of bike theft. And of course, it’s all over the internet: a quick Google search for “stolen bikes DC” turns up dozens of personal stories and several websites cataloguing recently stolen cycles. So what do the MPD’s numbers tell us? Firstly, given anecdotal evidence, bike theft appears to be a significantly underreported crime. Secondly, the MPD arrests very few bicycle thieves or fences. Bicycle theft is a clearly a major quality of life crime. So, why are there so few arrests? The US Attorney is not interested in prosecuting bicycle theft, stated one DC Council source. Very few of the cases that the MPD brings to them are pursued. As a result, the police are reluctant to waste time chasing bike thieves. This writer was unable to obtain any data on the prosecution of bike related arrests from the US Attorney. “We do not keep track of our theft cases in this manner,” stated spokesperson William Miller.

Stolen Bikes’ Destination?

It’s safe to guess that thousands of DC bikes are ripped off each year. But what’s still unknown is where they wind up. I’ve wondered that ever since losing my own bike. Despite keeping a keen eye out for it, I never spotted it. My half-hearted hunch was that DC’s hot bikes get shipped to Baltimore, and Charm City’s black market cycles come here. But upon asking around, I found that most in-the-know folks think the city’s stolen bicycles remain here and get resold pretty quickly. “The majority of [stolen] bikes are just circulated on the street in the informal economy,” Loren Copsey, co-owner of H Street NE’s Daily Rider store (and a former police officer), told me. “If you walk on H Street for long enough, someone will walk by and ask if you want to buy a bike.” Copsey said he sees it regularly. Someone will poke their head into his shop and ask if he wants to purchase

their cycle. “We ask, ‘What kind of bike is it?’ If you have to look down and see what kind it is, it’s probably not yours,” he said. Resale prices are invariably low. Most thieves, he said, have no idea of the vehicle’s market price. “The street value of a bike is $25-$40, no matter how highend the bike is. The bike is a means of transportation, nothing more.” Greg Billing, advocacy coordinator for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), agreed. “What we’ve heard is that most bikes are sold very quickly,” he said. “It’s normally a crime of opportunity; the bikes are usually staying nearby.”

Investigating for Myself: Pawnshops, Craigslist and DC’s Bike Messengers

It makes sense, but something doesn’t ring true to me. Maybe it’s because I’ve lived in the District for a decade and have never, ever been offered a cut-rate bike on the street. And aside from one-on-one transactions, I can’t see where the thieves would dump the hot vehicles. After all, the city’s bike shops can’t sell used cycles without a pawn license, which most don’t have.

Pawnshops themselves aren’t a great option, either. Oh, they see the bikes. “About three times a day, people come in trying to sell them,” said David Brown, an employee at 14th Street NW’s Crown Pawnbrokers, told me. But the store’s owners don’t accept secondhand bicycles of any sort. Those pawnshops that do take bikes are required to report each one to the police, who run the vehicle’s details through a database of stolen bicycles. Eastern Market’s weekend flea market, meanwhile, stopped accepting bicycle vendors a couple of years ago. And the wild-and-woolly Shaw flea market at 9th and U streets NW doesn’t exist anymore. That’s two fewer options right there. Of course, the most obvious outlet for anything used is Craigslist, and there are several well-publicized stories of DC residents finding their stolen bikes there. On any given day there might be hundreds of used bikes listed for sale. But very few are priced at the outrageously low rates Copsey referred to – and most include details about the vehicle that you’d imagine only a former owner would know. I was not the only one curious, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, an avid cyclist himself, often wondered what became of all those stolen bikes. During his unfortunately brief tenure as head of the DC Council’s Committee on Transportation and Public Works, Wells designed and funded a groundbreaking partnership between MPD and DDOT designed to find answer to the stolen bike conundrum. This initiative involved leaving “bait bikes” – leaving GPS-tagged bicycles un- or under-locked in public. The city’s police officers, at least, don’t seem to think Craigslist is a major outlet for stolen bicycles. In August 2012, the “ bait

bikes” scheme had made 24 arrests by early January. “No suspect has debriefed [us] about Craigslist,” wrote assistant police chief Diane Groomes in an email. “Most appear to be used by suspect.” Recently, with the aid of a victim, the MPD successfully arrested a suspect for fencing a stolen bike on Craig’s List. So, the picture remains muddy. But the info is far from definitive. Billing, from WABA, had recommended I talk to bike couriers if I wanted more details, so I headed downtown to seek out the ragtag band of dudes who make their living by riding all day. Turned out, none of them had much in the way of news. Oh, sure: they all had stories of getting their rides ripped off at some point. And many said they’d been offered cycles they assumed had been stolen. “Guys come through here all the time selling [secondhand] bikes,” said Rodger, who was hanging out at 18th and L Street and declined to give his last name. He said that while messengers might buy components from the sellers, they generally try to avoid purchasing cycles they think are stolen. By and large, the messengers thought that most of the stolen cycles remain in the District. A few, however, repeated a rumor I’d come across. “I’ve heard that people come down from New York with a van every spring” and steal bikes, said Tony Azzouzi; several of his colleagues agreed. Aha! So perhaps my DC-Baltimore bike-swap theory wasn’t too far off after all. Was it possible that my little brown Raleigh had been shipped off to the Big Apple? But rumors are rumors; if I wanted to learn more about where my bike – and the thousands of others stolen this past year – had gone, I’d have to dig further.

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etropolitan Wellness Center (MWC) is one of only four DC Department of Health (DOH) medical marijuana dispensaries currently authorized to operate in the District. MWC is located on the second floor of 409 block of 8th St SE next door to Popeye’s. Vanessa West works for MWC, and in mid February, I spent a fascinating hour listening to her explain how medical marijuana will work in the District, and the challenges that dispensaries are facing just to open their doors. The DC City Council unanimously approved Amendment Act B18-622 “Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act “on May 4, 2010. Mayor Vincent Gray signed the amendment on May 21, 2010, and the Act then underwent a 30day Congressional review period. As neither the Senate nor the House acted to stop the law, the Amendment became effective as of July 27, 2010. And yet, while this amendment was passed in 2010, no medical marijuana dispensary has yet to open in the District. Here’s why: DC Dispensaries can only sell marijuana grown by a DOH approved Cultivation Center. While four of these centers have been licensed, as of mid-February, with the complex licensing process, only one has seeds in the ground. Per regulations, each cultivation center can only grow 95 plants. MWC hopes that they will be able to purchase stock from the one operational cultivation center that will allow them a March 5, 2013 opening date.

The upfront costs of opening a dispensary are steep. Parties interested in opening a dispensary must have a secured a space even to apply for a permit. MWC has had their space rented for some 15 months now. The rules for operating a dispensary are strict. Under DC regulations, medical marijuana dispensaries are required to have an armed guard on duty during operating hours and security cameras that monitor the entire dispensary area – regulations which substantially increase operating costs. Per DC regulations, you won’t even be able to walk into the dispensary without a DOH medical marijuana identity card. An identity card? What’s that about? To purchase medical marijuana in the District, a DC resident must have a “qualifying disease” such as HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, cancer and other conditions that are chronic, long-lasting, debilitating, or a condition that interferes with the basic functions of life. As possession of marijuana is still a federal crime, a physician can provide a patient who has a qualifying disease with a “recommendation” (versus a prescription} for medical marijuana. With this recommendation in hand, the patient then must visit the DC DOH where they will need to register for medical marijuana and select the dispensary where they will purchase their marijuana. The registration fee is estimated to be $200, though there are hopes that a sliding scale will be developed for low income residents. With an ID card and recommendation

in hand, the patient can then go to their selected dispensary to purchase their marijuana. Dispensary staff will work with the patient to determine the best strain of marijuana for their condition (“sativa” which is often used for depression versus “indica” which is often used for pain relief ). Dispensary staff will also talk with patients about the best way to ingest marijuana to address their particular ailment. Patients will be able to purchase up to two ounces of marijuana every 30 days at a cost (determined by the cultivators) of some $1400 ($25 per gram) plus a 6% sales tax. No ingesting of marijuana is allowed on the dispensary premises, and by law, patients must return to their home immediately after making their purchase. With this somewhat complicated and expensive business model, MWC estimates that they’ll have some 800 patients during their first year with a 50% growth every year thereafter. In the meantime and until they can open their doors, MWC is building and growing a network of patients and physicians to assist those in need to learn about and join the program. Importantly, both physicians and the dispensaries are protected by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA regulations). According to MWC, nearby neighbors have been very supportive, and the ANC submitted a letter of support to the DOH for the dispensary. MWC won kudos from nearby residents when they worked with Popeye’s (located next door) to help them address trash and rodent problems. MWC is a for-profit business owned by four private investors. Once they do open, MWC hopes to operate seven days a week from 10am to 7pm. You can find out more about MWC at or follow them on Twitter at Catherine Plume is a blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.blogspot. com H

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On Feb. 26, The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) resumed posting periodic Crime Reports to community listservs, These reports provide citizens with details of criminal incidents in each police district. They had not been issued for since the middle of the month due to computer glitches, as reported previously in the Blotter. Year-to-date citywide crime data has remained available on the MPD website despite technical issues.

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Package Thieves Foiled

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On Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m., police responded to the report of a thief stealing packages from a home near Tenth St. and C. St. SE. After locating a witness, who provided a good description of the miscreant, they broadcast an alert to fellow officers. First District officers located a suspect on the 500 block of East Capitol. He was identified, arrested and charged with the theft or property from two residents. The police recovered the stolen goods.

“This offense was closed because a concerned citizen observed suspicious activity and immediately called 911. The witness was able to provide a good description of the suspect and officers working in the area were able to quickly locate the defendant. This is a great example of the community and the First District working together, ” stated Commander Daniel Hickson. On Feb. 19, at 6 p.m., a citizen reported seeing a man stealing packages from the doorstep of a nearby residence on the 700 block of F St. NE. Within moments of the call, First District officers stopped a suspect matching the description on the 800 block of H St. NE. The officers recovered the stolen property and placed the thief under arrest. The package was returned to its owner. The police urge residents to file a report when a package is stolen. There is an online tool to report such thefts. Ownership information such as serial numbers can be emailed to “Accurate reporting of offenses helps us to establish patterns and allows for an efficient deployment of resources,” stated Hickson.

Police Nab Robbers

A man was robbed on Feb. 12 by two armed men on the 1500 block of Maryland Ave. NE. The thieves drove off in a white vehicle. The victim flagged down a nearby Fifth District cruiser, and reported the incident. The police issued a lookout.

Peter Frias Alerted to the robbery, a US Capitol Police cruiser stopped a white Chevy Lumina with Maryland tags at 11th St. and Independence Ave. SE. The police positively identified the two robbers and placed them under arrest. An air gun was recovered from the vehicle. “This successful conclusion was achieved due to the communication and cooperation between officers and detectives from the Fifth District and the First District, as well as the alert action of a US Capitol Police Officer,” stated Commander Daniel Hickson\

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by Maggy Baccinelli

Commissioners Go Easy on Historic Preservation

Historic preservation was a hot topic at the February ANC 6A meeting, where commissioners voted in favor of various changes to the neighborhood skyline and landscape, per the recommendations of the ANC committees. In a 7-0-1 vote, commissioners conditionally supported Insight Group’s Planned Unit Development (PUD) application for the Murry’s/H Street Self Storage site, based on the developer’s submission of a statement regarding building compliance with design guidelines. Commissioners said they supported Insight Group’s efforts to make the unit fit in with H Street’s historic look. Commissioner Nicholas Alberti said he was encouraged by the architects’ emphasis on the unit’s ground level, which will include small storefronts and sidewalk cafes to mimic what is traditionally seen on the corridor. This vast new project will take up almost the whole 600 block on the north side of H Street. In a separate motion the commission voted unanimously to support the plans for 225 9th Street NE before the Historic Preservation Review Board. The property owners attended the meeting and requested to add a railing to the second floor balcony at the front of the structure, and a sec50 H

ond story and rail deck addition (second and third floor) to the rear of their house. They assured commissioners that the addition would not increase their lot occupancy, which is already at 70 percent. The ANC also unanimously supported the conceptual plans for 1321 Constitution Ave. NE., which include adding two stories to the one-story building, with the third floor set back so it will not be visible from the street. Elizabeth Nelson, who lives nearby and has been disappointed that the ANC has not done more to protect the historic quality of the block, lamented, “I feel like the 1300 Block of Constitution has been destroyed, which is a shame because it’s the last block in the historic district.”

FRESHFARM Market to Return with Extended Season

After a presentation by FRESHFARM Markets Co-founder Bernadine Prince, commissioners voted unanimously to support the seasonal Saturday-morning street closure of the 13th Street block between H Street and Wiley Street, so that the space may host the market for a second year. FRESHFARM Markets aims to support farmers in the Chesapeake Bay region by delivering locally farmed food through producer-only markets in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Prince explained that because farmers voted for a longer season this year, the market will be open every Saturday from April 20 through Dec. 21. Market hours are 9 a.m. to noon.

Restaurant, Tavern and Nightclub Settlement Agreement Renewals

This year, all settlement agreements for ANC6A’s restaurants, taverns and nightclubs are up for renewal. In his Chair’s Report, Holmes urged commissioners to attend the following Saturday’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Briefing, cautioning that with at least 37 combined restaurants and taverns in the neighborhood, “It’s a big job we’ll be doing.” Holmes further explained that restaurant renewals would be up in March and taverns in September, and this will be the first year in which both can attempt to set aside the settlement agreements entirely. Heeding the Chair’s warning, commissioners kept housecleaning in mind as they voted on Alcoholic Beverage Licensing (ABL) matters during the meeting. After weeks of back-and-forth emails with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) regarding inconsistent changes in ABC’s edits to various ANC settlement agreements, the commission reached an agreement with ABC and ABRA on what should be included in standard agreements. As a result, the commission voted 7-0-1 to amend its

standard agreement to reflect these terms, and to approve the ABC’s recent changes to the agreements for Avery’s Bar and Lounge (1370 H Street, NE) and Maketto (1351 H Street, NE). Holmes also motioned for the ANC to send a letter to ABRA requesting notification whenever a 6A licensee seeks: to change the class of its license; to add an entertainment endorsement, summer garden, or sidewalk café; to add to the number of patrons to be served; to change the hours of sale; or other changes that affect the peace, order, quiet or parking the immediately adjacent residencies. Holmes made the case that because some of 6As restaurants and taverns are as close as 30 feet from the backyards on Wiley Street NE and the side-yards of homes on the numbered streets, the ANC should have tight controls on hours and serving practices. The commission supported sending the letter in a 7-0-1 vote. Continuing their firm positioning on ABL issues in light of upcoming renewals, commissioners voted not to support an exemption to the Ward 6 singles ban for Grand Liquors (409 15th St. NE) in a 7-0-1 vote. The ABL Committee report explained that the

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Grand Liquors’ owner sought an exemption to the singles ban for spirits, making the case that the business’s proximity to Ward 5, where there is no ban, hurts his business. The commission resolved that granting an exemption to Grand Liquors might prompt other nearby businesses to ask for exemption.

Neighborhood Environment Issue Get Spotlight

During the meeting’s Community Comments segment, PEPCO’s Senior Public Affairs Manager Kirsten Bowden invited attendees to a community meeting on Saturday March 2, at 10 a.m. at River Terrace Elementary School (420 34th St. NE), where representatives from DDOE and PEPCO will answer questions about the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Project Work Plan, Sampling and Analysis Plan, and Health and Safety Plan. The investigation is looking into whether previous historic operations at the Benning Road power plant have contributed to the contamination of the Anacostia River, which PEPCO is charged with causing. In addition, Holmes motioned to send a letter to the DOE, stating that the ANC opposes the use of coal at the Capitol Power Plant, which had already converted from burning coal to natural gas and has recently requested to burn coal again. Holmes explained that 6A is in the outflow of the towers, and in his proposed letter he asked the DOE to set particulate standards that protect the neighborhood from exposure to coal dust, sulfur particles and sulfur dioxide — “to set them so rigorously that the plant can’t burn coal is what, in effect, this is,” he said. Holmes explained that because Congress members from coal states would likely not support a ban on burning coal, the request had a

better chance of surviving congressional scrutiny if proposed as a plea for tight standards. The commission supported sending the letter in a unanimous vote.

Construction in Lincoln Park to Last 90 Days

Dr. Joy Kinard, Central District Manager of National Capital Parks – East, discussed construction that has since begun at Lincoln Park on Feb. 25. The eastern side of the park, which makes up three of the park’s seven total acres, will be fenced off until May 27 as deteriorated interior walkways and the center panel of grass are rehabilitated. New shockabsorbing base mountings will also be installed underneath the playgrounds, and trashcans, fencing and drinking fountains will be replaced. Access to the western end will be available during construction, and pedestrian sidewalks and roadways will not be affected. To Commissioner Alberti’s inquiry about whether construction would resolve some of the drainage issues in the playground area, Dr. Kinard said that turf regeneration may help, but that drainage issues would likely be addressed in a separate project at a later date.

2013 Commissioners Get Settled In

Many commissioners gave robust single member district reports and shared what they will be working on as they continue to settle into their 2013 posts. Highlights include: Commissioner Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07) delivered a message on behalf of the Kingman Park Civic Association, strongly opposing the use of the historic Spingarn Senior High School grounds as a potential location of the DC Streetcar maintenance garage and electrical generation storage facility. Com-

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee 3rd Tuesday, March 19, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Jay Williams, 906-0657 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, March 18, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Sts. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee 3rd Wednesday, March 20, 7 PM • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Streets, NE • Chair, Laura Gentile, 744-2014 Community Outreach Committee 3rd Monday, March 18, 7:30pm • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex • 1235 C Street, NE • Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512

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“Caring for Historic Iron Work” Wednesday, March 20 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Fred Mashack, an expert on iron work restoration, will talk about repair and replacement of front steps, fencing and other iron work elements that are central to the charm of Capitol Hill. Ebenezers Coffee House (downstairs), 2nd and F St. NE. The event is free and handicapped-accessible and the public is encouraged to attend.

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missioner Andrew Hysell (6A06) reported that DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson changed his position from opposing Chief Lanier’s request to use $1.6 million to hire 50 new police, to approving $2 million in support of the effort. He thanked community members for their follow-through on this issue. Commissioner J. Omar Mahmud (6A01) said he is focusing on traffic-calming projects for Florida Avenue and K Street, and on engaging with businesses on the 1200 block of H Street, which share an alley with Wiley Street residents, on issues of cleanliness and trash. Commissioner Gloria Nauden (6A02) reported nuisance complaints about Twelve Restaurant and Lounge (1123 H Street, NE) and Smith Commons (1245 H Street, NE), which she asked residents to send directly to ABRA. And closing the reports, Commissioner Jay Williams (6A05) said he was working with a resident who is interested in engaging the District Department of Recreation to help “spruce up” the small, triangular parks where Tennessee Avenue crosses 14th Street NE.

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After a brief presentation by architect Will Teass, the ANC unanimously supported a special exception for 721 10th Street NE, allowing the owners to add a garage at the rear of the property, which will the increase the total lot occupancy to 70 percent. The commission unanimously approved the public space modification proposed by Cusbah (1128 H Street NE) to allow for a canopy above its public space patio, which will keep the patio open during the winter. By law, the canopy must be a temporary structure that can come down within a day. The commission approved the motion to send a letter of support for the Capitol Hill Classic Race to the District’s Homeland Security Committee, in a unanimous vote. The race, scheduled for May 19, will employ rolling street closures, beginning in ANC6A at 8:45 a.m. and lasting until about 10 a.m. on race day. The following new committee members were approved: Cay Bradley, Alcoholic Beverage Licensing; Lara Levinson, Trans-

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ANC 6B by Emily Clark


iscussion at the February ANC 6B meeting ranged from low to lofty, with complaints about rats and roof lines adding controversy to an otherwise uneventful meeting. All commissioners were present.

Rats, Restaurants and Residents

During community speakout, the issue of rats came up twice. First, Sheila Fleishell, who lives in the 500 block of 12th St., SE, expressed frustration with the continuing infestation of rats caused by garbage from restaurants in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Fleishell described an alley filled with filth, 10-12 overflowing trash receptacles and a “disgusting” proliferation of rats and rat burrows. She also noted a lack of city response regarding compliance. Although Fleishell said the Department of Health has been monitoring the situation, so far “it’s not sufficient” and that rat abatement isn’t working. “This is a 10-year problem,” she said, “and the rats are worse than ever.” In a similar case, Linda Elliot and Nathan Wildermann reported some progress in efforts to bring Chipotle on Barracks Row into compliance with an agreement that was supposed to alleviate that area’s problems with rats, noise and trash. Elliot noted that after numerous emails, phone calls and meetings, both locally and with Chipotle’s offices in Colorado, Chipotle has agreed to twice-a-day trash pickup. She also said a sound expert has been retained to assess noise levels at the site. Elliot said that the group of neighbors had reviewed Chipotle’s license and that the BZA has the authority to revoke it for non-compliance. “We are cautiously optimistic that they will be in compliance” be-

fore ANC’s April meeting, Elliot said, while adding that dealing with a big corporation was time-consuming. Commissioner Frishberg said that even if the issue is resolved, he would like the details on file so that ANC 6B will have a record of the process.

Mental Health Support Services

Martha Ludden of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, urged the community to take advantage of NAMI’s office on 8th Street. The organization offers support programs for the mentally ill and their families, including peer recovery, youth and family outreach and faith-based initiatives. She also noted that there is a weekly support group on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. For information call NAMI at 202-546-0646, email at namidc@, or visit the organization’s website at

Committees, Task Forces, Resident Members

In a bit of pro forma election process, the commission voted to renew the transportation committee and the Hill East, outreach and constituent and zoning regulations review task forces. Next, commissioners unanimously elected committee chairs and approved the appointment of resident members for various committees (see sidebar).

The Sky’s (Not) the Limit

Plans for new construction at 820 C Street SE hit a number of snags, mostly having to do with Historic Preservation Review Board restrictions and neighbors’ concerns. The narrow lot was razed under a “demolition by neglect” rule and bought at a tax sale. The new owners, represented by their architect and attorney, want to build a twostory residence with separate basement apartment. Additionally, they would like to include a butterfly roof to add ceiling height in the master bedroom and have reduced their allowed lot coverage in hopes of getting the roof approved. Although neighbors on either side claim they want the lot to be developed, they appeared uneasy over current plans, mostly because of conflicting dimensions, concerns

about excavation and lack of communication. Commissioners questioned whether a butterfly roof, visible from the back, would obstruct views from 9th Street and run afoul of HPRB standards. Architect Desiree Hollar addressed neighbors’ concerns by noting that a hand-digging method of excavation would be used, and there would be a party wall constructed to protect adjoining properties. She also presented drawings of an alternative sloped roof but said the owners had already compromised by limiting the lot coverage of the proposed building. Commissioners questioned whether the butterfly roof would pass muster with HPRB. They also said the applicants needed to come up with complete and accurate drawings and communicate their plans better to their neighbors. “You guys need to work on followthrough,” Commissioner Pate told the architect. “Communications have been poor and even though compromise is evident, this is not a graceful dance.” Commissioner Campbell said he had no problem with the butterfly roof but wondered if applicants would settle for the sloped roof. Ultimately, the commission voted to oppose the project because the butterfly roof would be inconsistent with HPRB standards. The vote was 6-21, with commissioners Campbell and Jayaraman voting against and Opkins abstaining. An amendment by Commissioner Pate that might have paved the way for approval of the sloped roof was withdrawn.

End Notes

Commissioner Frishberg presented an update on neighborhood concerns regarding a proposed new cogeneration facility at the Capitol power plant. Although the new units would produce energy more efficiently and with less pollution, concerns remain over public health impacts from the plant. Reporting on Eastern Market news, Commissioner Pate noted that EMCAC has commented on and recommended improvements to a DGS request for proposals for energy efficiency and conservation retrofits at the market. These could include a system for remote control energy management, glazing or shading windows and

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ANC 6C by Jennifer Zatkowski

Election Of Officers

Three candidates for the Alcoholic Beverage Committee were nominated and unanimously approved. Micha Levin, Tom Vincent and Drew Courtney are now members of this Committee.

Capitol Hill Classic

Lee Granados and Jason Levine presented modification of the race course for the Classic on May 19. One of the historic issues has been the churches affected by the street closures. Since December, three of the six affected churches have been contacted about the race course and have pledged their support for the course. Holding the race on a Saturday was explored. Hill businesses preferred the race to be on a Sunday, as many of the businesses affected by the race course are closed. Race participants also preferred Sunday due to family activities, such as sports teams, holding practice on Saturdays. Shana Ruddick spoke in support of the race as a participant and parent. She noted that the race is very important to the community and pointed out that they have to go through this process of saving the race every year. In the future, she hopes that the race will be approved more smoothly.

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Rick Bauman with Bike DC spoke about his community ride, to be held May 19. He stated it’s only 1/5th the length of the Classic, and went over the ride HillRag | March 2013 H 53

route. The ride will be completed in the ANC by 8 a.m. The race course was approved unanimously.

Capital Area Food Bank

Jeremi Mathis, the Grow A Pantry Coordinator, introduced himself and explained the Grow A Pantry project. They offer financial assistance, transportation assistance, as well as training. Commissioner Price asked whether there are any food banks on Capitol Hill; Mr. Mathis was unable to answer at the meeting.

First Street NE

Application for a mixed use project for the former Greyhound bus station location. Project would raze existing structure, and build office space, retail and residential space. Seeking three areas for relief – a variance for one section of the setback and the public right of way for an interior courtyard, a variance for loading dock requirements, and a variance for the width of the court in the residential area. Commissions voted unanimously to support the variances requested.

Heritage Foundation

Application with two major pieces. Presently, concept presentations have been made to Planning & Zoning Committee. First, razing the existing apartment building on 3rd Street and constructing town homes with underground parking. Second, substantial re-working of 236 Mass. Ave. At later meetings, there will be requests for zoning variances. Holly Gibbons, who lives in the neighborhood stated that she didn’t believe that a three-story underground parking structure is in the spirit of a historic residential development and will present her concerns at the Planning and Zoning meeting scheduled for February 28. Ms. Gibbons also submitted a letter to the Commissions. The Commission unanimously approved the design concept.


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been updated. The new categories and structure were unanimously approved by the Commission. The Commission unanimously approved drafting and sending a letter to the Mayor and appropriate City officials requesting a public meeting immediately regarding the prostitution still rampant at the corner of Second and K streets NE. New Historic Preservation Review Board representative Frances McMillen was introduced by outgoing rep Amanda Molson. Ms. Molson will continue working on the projects in which she is already involved; all new matters will now be handled by Ms. McMillen. Owners of Union Kitchen introduced themselves. Union Kitchen is a culinary incubator on Congress St NE and encourages food entrepreneurs. The Commission generally meets at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month at Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE. The next meeting is on March 13. H

ANC 6D by Roberta Weiner

Tour Buses An Issue for Hotels Project

JBG Developers said they would be back in February to seek for ANC approval for their two-hotel project. The only parcel (Parcel 5) of land in the massive waterfront development not owned by Hoffman Madison, JBG plans an extended-stay hotel, the 160-room Element, and the 245room limited-stay Aloft, which will be set on two sides of a public courtyard featuring a pool and bars. There will be a monumental stairway leading from 7th Street to the courtyard, and there will be retail on the periphery of the block-square building which will border on a tennis court size park and the Wharf Center, the development’s concert and conference center. A real problem arose with the discussion of tour bus parking, a longstanding problem for the residents of the waterfront, and one that has not gone away with time, but promises to

worsen as the area becomes a magnet for more and more visitors. Tour buses come, drop their passengers at the cruise ships and sit, expelling exhaust fumes and noise, until their customers return. The upshot of a long conversation about parking generally, and bus parking particularly was a commitment from JBG and the architects to present the ANC with a detailed bus management plan prior to a Zoning Commission hearing scheduled for the end of February, in exchange for which the Commission could, and would, support the plan. With that commitment and condition, the ANC voted unanimously to support the two wharf hotels.

Update: And It’s Back to the Drawing Board…Literally

Last month, ANC 6D unanimously rejected the design of One M Street SE, an office/retail building that will anchor the corner just north of the ballpark that will provide a significant marker on the entry boulevard that South Capitol Street will provide to the District from the south. The ANC believes that the corner deserves a more significant and interesting building than what the developer has produced so far. Commissioner Ed Kaminski shared his view with the Zoning Commission last month, and apparently he was not alone in his view. The Zoning Commission staff agreed, also finding significant problems with the design, and the upshot is that Monument Realty, the project’s developer has agreed to withdraw its plans, re-work them, and then return to the ANC and Zoning Commission. The record of the hearing can be found at the Zoning Commission website at

Small Area Plans 101

After a recent resolution by the ANC urging the implementation of a long-promised Small Area Plan, community planning process for Southwest, that process will begin according to Tarek Bolden, an SAP expert from the DC Office of Planning. A SAP is a vision statement and plan for the use of public land in a defined area of the city. In the past decade there have been 20 SAPs developed throughout the District. (They are available for viewing on line at the

Office of Planning web site). A SAP deals only with public land, not that available for development, creating a long-term plan for the use of the land in a well-ordered way that will benefit the community. Mr. Bolden said the Southwest SAP will take about six to eight months and should be done by the end of the year. The process will include assessing what land exists and what should be done with it, a lot of talking with people about their views, the drafting of a report, its approval by the community, and, finally, the writing and passage of legislation by the DC Council. Mr. Bolden particularly emphasized the involvement of the community, and said he can be reached at

In Other Actions…

In other actions, ANC 6D… Announced that its Monday, March 11 meeting—for the first time, in its efforts to bring its meetings to every part of its area-will be held at 200 I Street SE, the new home of the dc Commission the on the Arts. The building is directly north of Canal Park. • Supported a request for a public space permit for both the addition and removal of curb cuts, and the construction of a generator pad for 400 E Street SW, which will be home to Southwest’s new, and eagerly anticipated, fire house, along with a hotel in the same building. • Voted to approve the ABC license for Gordon Biersch, the new brew pub that will be opening at First and M streets, SE within the month. • Agreed to support three spring races that will have little impact on the neighborhood, and are all well-organized with adequate security. They include the Scope It Out 5K for the benefit of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center on Sunday, March 24; the Nike Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday, April 28th; and the annual National Police Week 5K, on Saturday, May 11. •

The next business meeting of ANC 6D will be held on March 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., 200 I Street, SE. H

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Community Life Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award Honorees


by Stephanie Deutsch

n the small park near Maury Ele- how they ever had time for full-time ANC as commissioner and treasurer. mentary School, where 13th Street employment. Together the recent re“It’s incestuous,” says Nick, “but NE, and Constitution and Tennes- tirees from the federal government it works.” When he’s not doing ANC see Avenues all come together, there is contribute dozens of volunteer hours business Nick is leading Cub Scout a whimsical bronze statue. It shows a each week. Elizabeth has served for Pack 3838 at Maury, serving on the little girl, skirt swirling, hands in the air, the past fifteen years as chairman of endowment board for Capitol Hill holding up a boy in a handstand. On the North Lincoln Park Neighbor- Village and working as a member of his upturned feet perch the Alcohol Beverage a top hat and above it all Control Board. Nick poses a cat, tail held high. grew up in Schenectady, The inscription explains New York, and Elizabeth that the girl and boy “rein rural Pennsylvania flect our community’s and both love being in striving to grow and work the city. They most partogether to find ‘balance.’” ticularly prize the Capitol The hat represents the Hill neighborhood and man for whom Lincoln do what they can to enPark is named and the sure that others will enjoy cat provides a note of huit too. The ANC, in parmor. Neighbor Elizabeth ticular, Nick says, helps Nelson is proud of the to “facilitate people solvtwo years of hard work ing quality-of-life issues.” by many people it took to Elizabeth, who does bring the statue to that lonot drive, is particularly cation. She and three othtuned in to issues relating ers -- her husband Nick to transportation. Community Achievement Award Winners Francis Campbell, Bill Philips, Alberti, William Phillips Elizabeth Nelson and Nick Alberti. Photo: Elizabeth Dranitske, Photopia Asked why they do and Francis Campbell -all these things Elizabeth are being recognized this spring with hood Association and has edited “The says that she hesitates to speak for Capitol Hill Community Achieve- Buzz,” the newsletter delivered each her husband but in her own case, “I ment Awards. The “Balance” statue month to 2200 residents informing don’t like to waste my time. I want to could represent the positive energy and them of meetings, developments at lo- love and care for something and that concrete accomplishments that each of cal schools, crime statistics, and other something is my neighborhood.” them has made to the neighborhood happenings. She is an almost full they call home. time volunteer at Maury Elementary Bill Phillips School, where she leads a knitting club Bill Phillips came to his comand staffs the library. Since 2003, she munity involvement via a different Elizabeth Nelson has been chair of the community out- route. As a young man just out of and Nick Alberti When you hear about all the reach committee and webmaster for high school in Orlando, Florida, he things Elizabeth Nelson and Nick the Advisory Neighborhood Commis- joined the Christian Brothers, the Alberti are doing you wonder, as they sion 6A. This is convenient because her religious order of St. Jean Baptiste admit they themselves sometimes do, husband, Nick Alberti, leads the same de la Salle founded in France in the H 57

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sixteenth century for the purpose of educating impoverished boys. Though he left the brotherhood after a couple of years for college and a career in politics, banking and financial management, Bill says he still lives as much as possible by the Rule that defines it: “Do good, avoid evil, be a good neighbor.” Having managed a successful congressional campaign, Bill came to Washington, D.C. in 1987. He lived on the Hill but his work developing fundraising strategies and as staff director for a Subcommittee of the House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs was intense and didn’t leave much time for getting involved in the neighborhood. However, when he was asked to manage the endowment fund for St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Bill began to learn more about the community here. In 1992, he married Monica Sullivan, an editor at National Journal, at St. Peter’s Church and bought a house a few blocks away overlooking Garfield Park. Today Bill runs his own trust and investment consulting firm from his home and uses his financial expertise to serve the community in a variety of ways. He is a past president of CHAMPS (the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals), a board member and secretary to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, manager of the endowment fund for Capitol Hill Village and president and treasurer of the Friends of Garfield Park, a non-profit organized fifteen years ago. The nine-acre park is directly across the street from his house. “You don’t want trash in your front yard,” he says, so it seemed natural for him to begin picking up the plastic bags and other litter. Now he and neighbors do monthly park clean ups, maintain a website with information about those and other activities, and partner with nearby Capitol Hill Day School to maintain the park. He is still involved with the Christian Brothers, managing their large retirement fund and chairing the program that places LaSallian volunteers – young college graduates -- in schools. “Everything I do,” Bill says, “comes from the core values I learned from the brothers. You have got to give back.”

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Like Nick Alberti, Francis Campbell serves his neighborhood as an unpaid ANC representative (for 6B); unlike the other Community Achievement honorees, Francis’s roots in Washington, D.C. are deep and his ties to this neighborhood lifelong. He was born in Freedman’s Hospital near Howard University to parents who grew up in Southeast. He attended Payne Elementary School, St. Cyprian’s, which stood at 8th and C Streets Southeast, across from Hine Ju-

nior High, and in 1969 he graduated from Eastern High School. Francis grew up with six younger siblings in a home often presided over by his grandmother while his parents were at work. Dinnertime, he remembers, was “controlled chaos.” Francis remembers as a kid walking into the Capitol rotunda to look around, as a teen listening to arguments in the Supreme Court, riding in street cars, and being close enough to the 1968 riots to know what tear gas smells like. He met his wife, Rachelle, in the respiratory therapy program at Washington Technical Institute (which was later folded into UDC) where, in 1976, they were part of the last graduating class. In the early 1980s they followed job offers to the Bay area in California where two of their five sons were born, but returned here in 1988. At one point they had four children attending Brent Elementary School and Rachelle was president of the PTA. Their youngest son is now a senior at Eastern High School. Southeast Washington is definitely home. In 2002 Francis was working for Amtrak as an on board service attendant, a job he loved, when the train derailed, killing four people and seriously injuring him. Despite the fact that he was trained in emergency preparedness, this was an unexpected and “surreal” experience. Even more unexpected was when, a few years later, one of his sons suffered a stroke two days after his 13th birthday. Retired from Amtrak on disability, Francis became his son’s caregiver --- for four months while he was in the hospital and then accompanying him every day as he went back to school. It was as an advocate for his son’s special educational needs that Francis met Tommy Wells, then representing Ward 6 on the School Board, and became involved in local politics. He discovered that his neighbors were frustrated, feeling that no one was listening to them. “I made the decision,” he says, “to invest my time, energy and efforts in trying to solve some of the concerns that were voiced to me. Rather than fuss about it, I’d do it myself.” That commitment, which he originally saw as a part time one, has evolved into a full time passion. And in 2014, if all goes according to plan, Francis will carry that desire to represent his neighbors into a candidacy for a seat on the City Council. Elizabeth Nelson, Nick Alberti, Bill Phillips and Francis Campbell will be honored at a gala dinner at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Thursday, April 25. For information about the event, a fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, contact Dee Seward at or visit H

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project Wins the Keller Award


he Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP), this year’s winner of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s Arnold Keller, Jr. Award, gives DC’s homeless children the chance to just be kids and play. With dedicated playrooms in several of DC’s homeless shelters and transitional housing programs, HCPP hopes to reduce the traumatic effects of homelessness through playtime. The $10,000 Keller Award will allow HCPP to expand their teen tutoring program and to provide staff to their DC General site, which is located at 1900 Massachusetts Ave, SE on Capitol Hill. Over 600 homeless children live in this facility.

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Volunteers with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project play with children at the homeless shelter at DC General. Photo: Skyler Badenoch

HCPP’s Mission

HCPP’s staff and volunteers are driven by the belief that every child, regardless of their housing status, deserves the right to play. “Childhood is such a short, critical time,” says Jamila Larson, co-founder and executive director of HCPP and a licensed clinical social worker. “Shelters can be damaging to child development,” Larson noted. Through dedicated playtime, DC’s homeless children receive one-on-one attention and have the opportunity to play with developmentally appropriate toys. While their children are playing, parents have the chance to do laundry, go grocery shopping or just get an hour to themselves. “The people in these shelters are not criminals. These are newborn babies that are coming home from the hospital, moms who’ve been through domestic violence, and [victims] of job loss and other traumatic situations,” Ms. Larson said.

The Importance of HCPP

Families in DC may lose their homes due a variety of factors, includ-

ing rising rents or job loss. Regardless of the reason, at least 2,453 children are homeless in this city, according to the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates and DC Public Schools. With 125 volunteers and 10 weekly programs, HCPP brings some joy into homeless children’s lives to help offset the devastating impact of homelessness. At DC General, the largest family shelter in the city, HCPP has three rooms: a playroom for babies and toddlers, an activity room for elementary-aged children and a tutoring room for teens. “Even though homelessness affects kids of every age group, the teens feel it most acutely, and the stakes are so high when teenagers are failing in school,” according to Ms. Larson. “Tutoring can help them get back on

track academically.” The Keller Award will enable HCPP to hire dedicated staff to manage the DC General site and to expand their teen program from one to two nights of tutoring per week.

Supporting the Community

The Capitol Hill Community Foundation honors a local organization every year with the Keller Award, and gives grants twice a year to various programs in the following categories: children’s education; social services; arts, culture, and recreation for children and adults; and enhancement of the physical environment. “100% of the money raised goes to the community because administrative fees are paid for by the board,”

according to Martha Huizenga, one of the Foundation’s board members. Ms. Huizenga and the Foundation’s board were particularly impressed with the multi-faceted services that HCPP offers. “Not only do they help children after school and help parents, but they also help the neighborhood,” Ms. Huizenga observed, by getting “kids get off the streets and giving them options about what they can do with their lives.”

How to Get Involved

For Capitol Hill residents interested in volunteering, the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital will be hosting Volunteer Capitol Hill on Saturday April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, will be an opportunity for Hill residents and others to connect to local non profit organizations seeking volunteers. Through HCPP, Hill residents can donate gently used children’s clothes and school uniforms, strollers, toys and books. Of course, they may also donate their money and their time. “The kids eat up every ounce of attention that our volunteers are able to put out,” noted Ms. Larson, who encourages Hill residents interested in volunteering to attend one of the mandatory training sessions which HCPP offers every month. Volunteering with HCPP is a “great opportunity for us to help make [homeless children’s] stay on Capitol Hill as productive and supportive as possible as their parent’s ry to get back on their feet.” For more information, or to donate to HCPP go to www.playtimeproject. Ellen Boomer is a Hill resident, former teacher, current tutor and freelance writer. She can be reached at H

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Capitol Riverfront Updates by Michael Stevens, AICP, Executive Director


n February I attended the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Mid-Atlantic conference where almost 2,000 people comprised of retailers, restaurant groups, brokers, developers, and public officials convened to discuss retail opportunities in DC and the metropolitan region. I was reminded of the long process that is involved in attracting retail to any neighborhood. It is a process that can unfold over 3-5 years and often more before a lease is signed and a store or restaurant opens to the public. We have been in the process of attracting retail and restaurants to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood for over six years now, and we are realizing the fruits of those labors. The following is a summary of the most recent and the soon to be open restaurant and retail happenings in the Capitol Riverfront. •

Kruba Thai & Sushi – this Thai and sushi restaurant opened in the Foundry Lofts building in November of 2012. It has a full bar and ample seating with restaurant windows overlooking Yards Park. It is located at 300 Water Street, SE and does offer home or office delivery as well as take-out. Park Tavern – this 3,000 SF restaurant developed by Xavier Cervera will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. It will have ample outdoor seating on the plaza during the warm weather months. Bluejacket – located on the east end of the renovated Boilermaker Shops building at 4th Street, SE, the Blue Jacket is a 7,000 SF micro-brewery and restaurant developed by the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Featuring beer brewed on site and a menu developed by the same team that owns Birch and Barley on 14th Street, Bluejacket will also have outdoor seating and dining on the plaza facing Tingey Street. They are working towards a May opening date. Buzz Bakery – another concept by Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Buzz Bakery will offer coffee, cupcakes and other pastries by award winning pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac in the mornings, as well as adult beverages, cupcakes and desserts in the afternoon and

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evenings. It will be located adjacent to Bluejacket and have outdoor seating with a projected opening in April. Nando’s Peri-Peri – Nando’s is a Peruvian chicken restaurant that has enjoyed success in China Town and other locations. This newest restaurant is being developed in the Boilermaker Shops building and will have outdoor seating and is anticipated to open in late spring. Gordon Biersch – another regional brewery and restaurant concept that has a location in Penn Quarter and Tysons Corner, Gordon Biersch, at the corner of 1st & M Streets, SE will offer micro-brewed beers on site, as well as a full dining menu and outdoor seating, Gordon Biersch hopes to be open for the Nats April 1st opening day. Willie’s Brew & Que –Willie’s is a 4,000 SF sports bar with BBQ and beer on the west end of the Boilermaker Shops building. No opening date has been announced. Osteria Morini – an Italian restaurant by New York chef Michael White, Osteria Morini will occupy approximately 4,000 SF in the Lumber Shed building overlooking Yards Park. The restaurant will also have outdoor seating and is projected to open later this year. Agua 301 – Agua 301 is the second restaurant by the owners of Zest Bistro and will be a Mexican restaurant concept in the Lumber Shed building overlooking Yards Park. It will have outdoor seating as well and is scheduled to open later this year.

Other neighborhood support retail and services are arriving soon in the Capitol Riverfront include the following: •

Harris Teeter Grocery Store – as part of the 1212 4th Street mixed use project currently under construction, this full service Harris Teeter grocery will be the 50,000 SF anchor of the development. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2014, the Teeter will have dedicated underground parking. VIDA Health Club is another anchor tenant to the 1212 4th Street project and will be a 28,000 SF health club with a rooftop pool that will also open in

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the summer of 2014. The health club is located at the corner of 4th and Tingey Streets, SE and will feature Bang Hair Salon and Aura Spa as a part of the development. Wells Cleaners – Wells Cleaners is a full service laundry that is open in the Boilermaker Shops and located on Tingey Street, SE. DCBFit – DCBFit, a locally owned and operated boxing and fitness studio, is now open at 1000 New Jersey Avenue, SE. DCBFit welcomes members of all fitness levels, offering classes that are built around varied fighting techniques that will maximize cardio output while teaching self-defense basics. Fitness classes and boxing classes are offered during the mornings and evenings Monday through Saturday. WagTime Too – WagTime Too is the second location for WagTime which provides pet boarding, daycare, and grooming services. WagTime Too is located across M Street, SE from the Washington Navy Yard at 900 M Street, SE.

Our residential market continues to expand with three new projects that are currently under construction: •

Park Chelsea – the Park Chelsea is a 430 luxury apartment building being developed by WC Smith at 800 New Jersey Avenue, SE. The project is expected to deliver in the fall of 2014 and is the first phase of a larger development plan for that entire square. 1212 4th – this mixed-use project by Forest City has two residential buildings being constructed above the Harris Teeter and will contain a total of 218 apartments that will deliver in the summer of 2014. Camden at South Capitol – while this project is officially outside of our BID boundaries, we consider it a part of the neighborhood. Camden at South Capitol contains 275 market rate apartments and will deliver in the summer of 2013.

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on additional residential projects by the end of the year. A final update on the neighborhood’s development – Canal Park opened in November 2012 with a wonderful ice skating rink that has become a winter destination for residents of the Capitol Riverfront, Capitol Hill, SW Waterfront and other parts of the District. Stay tuned for the opening of the Park Tavern restaurant, and for the operation of the 42 water jets in the warmer spring and summer months. These jets will be the centerpiece of the southern block and provide cooling relief on hot summer days. The plaza outside of Park Tavern will be available for outdoor dining and beverage consumption as well. The

BID will also be hosting our summer outdoor movies in the north block of Canal Park on Thursday evenings beginning May 30th, and our summer noontime concerts will located in Canal Park every Wednesday. Our Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is approximately 33% built-out on its way to a total of 37 million SF of new development, and this next wave of development activity will provide many of the neighborhood retail and restaurant amenities that we have been actively recruiting for the past 6 years. I hope that you will come join us in the Capitol Riverfront this summer to enjoy baseball, the new restaurants, and the water features of Canal Park. Go Nats! H HillRag | March 2013 H 61


by Elise Bernard

H Street Coffeehouse and Cafe to Replace Sova

After six years a beloved H Street NE institution has closed its doors. Sova Wine and Espresso succeeded the short-lived R & B Coffee at the 1359 H Street location several years ago. Since that time Sova has served as a central check-in point for the eastern end of the neighborhood. That is, after all, the traditional role of coffee shops on such corri-

h streetlife than next door. That’s right, the crew from Biergarten Haus (, 1355 H Street NE) are taking over. They have plans to open up a new coffee shop at the location called H Street Coffeehouse and Café. There are currently no plans to serve alcohol at the location. But I’m thrilled to see the business live on in the hands of an existing H Street NE restaurateur.

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Sova in its final days.

dors. They are not only a gathering place for local residents, but also a first stop for those considering opening a business along the H Street Corridor. Coffee shops are incubators of sorts. Sova fulfilled these traditional roles, but also ventured into the cocktail bar scene, offering libations both familiar, and previously uncharted. Sova Espresso and Wine survived some lean early years, and persevered through the prolonged streetscape construction. One tea or coffee drink at a time, the staff built loyal customers. When owner Frank Hankins finally got the liquor license for the wine bar he branched out, and began dabbling in craft cocktails that occasionally bore the names of local significance (the X2 bus, which runs down H Street, lent its moniker to a drink). This sad news has an upside. Some local H Street NE folks stepped up to save the beleaguered coffee spot, and now plan to reopen the space, with slight renovations. The space will remain a coffee shop under the new name H Street Coffeehouse and Café. The new owners come from no further 62 H

Local Indian/Pakistani Cordial hopes to introduce you to some exciting new wines. restaurant Cusbah (1128 H Street NE, recently rolled out Satur- Bluegrass Thursday Migrates to the Argonaut The closure of Sova (1359 H Street NE, http:// day and Sunday brunch (11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.). I was there to check it out briefly left homeless one of its on the second day, and it appeared most popular events. Each week different bluegrass that word had gotten around to the acts entertain enthusiastic audiences. Thankfully, the neighbors. The crowd was decent, but Argonaut (, 1433 H Street there was no wait for a table. Brunch NE) stepped up and offered shelter to the conat Cusbah looks much like the regu- certs. Catch them each Thursday from 8-11 p.m. Of lar menu, except that eggs play a large course, this means that the Argonaut’s poker night role (fried, scrambled, and in omelettes). I shared will move to Mondays. the lamb roganjosh and the poori platter with a friend. We went in hungry, and were still unable The Pug Celebrates Six Years on H Street NE to finish our meals despite enjoying this departure The Pug (http://thepugdc.¬com, 1234 H from the typical brunch offerings. Street NE) holds a special place in the heart of Mimosas (both mango and regular will set you back $3.50) are available, but there is no bottomless option. Thankfully, thirsty patrons can purchase a pitcher for $15. If bloody marys are more your style, they’ve got four different versions (the difference is the spirit), not including the Bloody Brew (PBR spiked with Cusbah’s bloody mary mix). Feeling in the mood for something a little different? Try the Agra Mango Lahssi ($9), which is Cusbah’s mango lahssi, Stolichnaya Vanil, Amaretto, and a splash of ginger beer. Vigilante Coffee and masala chai round out the drink menu along with the typical juices and soda. Red Apron serves up delightfully sinful sandwiches.

many an H Street NE denizen. It’s a friendly spot where you are sure to see familiar faces. Not only do they offer some delicious brews, but they frequently hold benefits for a variety of charities. Plus, they have one hell of a brunch.


Organic Grocery to Replace Z Mart

Many neighbors cheered the news that Chez Hareg Organic Market will soon replace dollar store Z Mart (806 H Street NE). The new market will meet local demand for organic eggs, meats, produce, and beyond.

New Vendors and a Gospel Choir Brunch Add Momentum at Union Market

Since its opening last fall, Union Market (1309 5th Street NE, http://unionmarketdc. com) has drawn visitors from across the region, and built up a growing cadre of loyal regulars. It has also added a number of vendors, both permanent, and pop-up. Red Apron Butchery (http://www.redapronbutchery. com), which built up a local following by selling its wares at the H Street FreshFarm Market (13th & H Street NE, is among those new vendors. They sell sandwiches (to be enjoyed with a craft beer, naturally), and also have a butcher counter full of charcuterie, salami, sausages, and hot dogs. Cordial, which sells fine wines and craft beers, is another recent addition. The selection is extensive, and the staff knowledgeable. Stop by for wine tastings Saturdays and Sundays. Also worth a visit is DC Mediterranean Corner (http:// dcmediterraneancorner-com., which had freshly baked pita bread and some very tasty dipping sauces out when I visited on a recent Sunday. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street you can visit my blog You can send me tips, or questions at elise. H

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March on Barracks Row

Barracks Row Annual Meeting, The Bunny and Chesty by Sharon Bosworth


uesday, February 19 appeared to be a standard-issue gloomy, cold winter day. The Row was very still, resting it seemed, after the Barracks Row Culinary Education Crawl and the long President’s Day Weekend. But the action was indoors. So were the lights and the cameras. The United States Postal Service was producing a video to promote their under-utilized business services, and two of our businesses were the stars. Zest Bistro, 735 8th Street, SE, and Tash, 524 8th Street, SE, were inhabited for most of the day by straight-from-Hollywood crews and models during the shooting. The videos will be shown all over the world at business promotion trade shows. In the dialogue, the story unfolds that the customer has discovered Zest through a Postal Service direct mail postcard. The actors appeared in a similar video shot the day before by the same team at Tash. “It was a great

to toast the arrival of Twelve in ’12: a total of 12 new businesses opened on Barracks Row in 2012. The expansion was evident from the southern end of the Row where WagTime Too opened at 8th and M St, SE, in mid year, to Chipotle, 413 8th Street, SE, and Yes, Organic Market at 410 8th Street, SE, near the northern boundary. Also opening Owners of DCanter host a Beer and Wine Comparative class at The Hill Center during the 2013 Barracks Row Winter Culinary Education Crawl. in 2012 were retailers, uBreakiFix at experience for all of us,” noted Tash owner, Van- 409 8th Street, upstairs; Howl to the Chief, 733 essa Lim. “They were extremely professional.” The 8th Street, SE; and Pacifico Cantina at 514 8th videos will be available soon on USPS’s YouTube Street, SE. Realtor, Capital Asset Realty expandpage. ed by opening a permanent office at 804 E Street, In other developments, Michael and Michele SE; and event planner, Bravo! Events By Design Warner, owners of DCanter, 545 8th Street, SE, moved in on the second floor at 413 8th Street, re-confirmed the opening of their new store later SE. Both A List Nails at 739 8th Street, SE and this spring. Construction is currently underway day spa Soliel 21 Salon Spa, at 737 8th Street, SE, at the site formerly occupied by Backstage Cos- opened almost side by side in 2012. Rounding tumes. DCanter will be a retail boutique dedi- out the 2012 growth, Staples and Charles (mucated to small production wines and craft beer. As seum design) opened on the third floor of 731 8th a sneak preview of things to come, the Warner’s Street, SE, while tabula rasa, a pop-up events and hosted a Beer and Wine Comparative class at The retail space (and host of this year’s Barracks Row Hill Center during the 2013 Barracks Row Win- Annual Meeting) opened in 731 8th Street, SE, ter Culinary Education Crawl. The class focused 1st floor. on how dinner companions can pair beers and wines with appropriate types of food. The Easter Bunny Meets Toy Trains

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In mid-March, on an auspicious sounding Wednesday, 3-13-13, Barracks Row Main Street will hold its Annual Meeting Celebration. The party begins at 6:00 p.m. at tabula rasa, 731 8th Street, SE. At the Annual Meeting party we plan

Keep the family camera handy in March – especially if you have children or grandchildren interested in meeting the Easter Bunny. Through that particular brand of magic found only in the Matchbox Group (matchbox, 521 8th Street, SE; Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th Street, SE; and DC3, 423 8th Street, SE) the Bunny’s whereabouts have

been discovered, an invitation has been dispatched and the Bunny himself is going to visit 8th Street, SE, on Saturday, March 30th from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. Therefore, it’s hard to predict exactly what might happen during the Bunny’s visit. But here’s what we do know. The main corner for the visit will be 8th and E Streets, SE, near Ted’s Bulletin and the Chesapeake Room, 501 8th Street, SE. There, the “Juice Train” train will be running around its track, sponsored by CSX. After visiting with the crowd admiring the train, the Bunny will then stop by restaurants and businesses up and down 8th Street, including the Home of the Commandants where there will be chocolate eggs for the Bunny and his fans. As we know more details, we’ll let you know in our Barracks Row Newsletter, on our Barracks Row website.

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Chesty XIV Arrives at Marine Barracks Washington

One big question we have as we go to press is the whether the new Marine Corps mascot, Chesty, will be able to join us at the Bunny event. The nine-week old pedigreed English Bulldog puppy arrived at the Barracks on Valentine’s Day. Chesty is now in obedience training school. Later this year, after he becomes a Marine, Chesty’s responsibilities will include marching in the Friday Evening Parades at the Barracks and supporting various events around the National Capital Region. Chesty will graduate at a ceremony being held at the Marine Barracks Washington on Friday, March 29. We’ve invited Chesty to make an appearance with the Bunny on March 30 but it’s still too early to tell if the puppy will be ready. For more up to the minute details, check the Barracks Row Main Street and Hill Rag websites. H

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Recent PUD Application Filings on the Southwest Waterfront by William Rich

Pending approvals, 1001 4th Street, SW will begin construction in 2014. Rendering: Perkins Eastman


ate last year, a second stage Planned Unit Development (PUD) was filed for the northwest parcel of Waterfront Station (or 1001 4th Street, SW). As planned, the 11-story building will be U-shaped with a total of 365 rental apartment units – all of which will be market-rate, 223 parking spaces and 4,400 square feet of ground floor retail with space for two retailers. Perkins Eastman (the same master planner of The Wharf development on the Southwest Waterfront) has designed the building and it will be developed by Waterfront 1001 4th Street, LLC, a collaboration between Forest City Washington and Vornado/Charles E. Smith. A new, pedestrian-friendly private drive will border the north side of the parcel and will connect to Makemie Place, SW to the west. The main entrance to the building will be located at the northeast corner of 4th Street, SW and the new private drive. Ground level retail will be located along 4th Street, SW and access to the parking garage will be along Makemie Place, SW. There will be a mix of junior 1BR, 1BR, 1BR/ Den, 2BR and 2BR/Den units within the project. In addition, 12 two-level townhouse units with 2BRs will be built with private entrances facing the new private drive and Makemie Place. On the ground level, there will be a 10,000 square-foot courtyard on the south end with a wood deck, benches, a central 66 H

lawn area with a water feature and perhaps a fire pit. Additional amenities will include a club room, fitness center with yoga studio, a game room and an e-lounge. On the penthouse level there will be a community room, pool, pool deck and an additional roof deck. An extensive green roof is planned as well. The PUD application describes the exterior of 1001 4th Street, SW as: The facades of the building will be compatible with but distinctive from the existing office building to the south along 4th Street, SW and the renovated residential buildings which are under construction. Each façade responds not only to its neighbors, but also to solar orientation and to potential view corridors, in order to maximize daylight in the units and views from the unit, while controlling solar heat gain. Primary exterior materials will be masonry on the base of the building, masonry or terracotta panels on the upper floors of the building, punched windows/window wall, and glass balcony rails. Coloration will complement the adjacent buildings, with primary façade colors being in the orange-brown range, with dark grey masonry accents and silver-grey metal colors. Representatives from Waterfront 1001 4th Street, LLC are supposed to come before Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D at March’s business meeting to seek support for the PUD before meeting with the Zoning Commission later this year. If approved, construction woulsd begin in 2014 and delivery would occur in 2016. Aside from 1001 4th Street, SW, there is another residential parcel yet to be built at Waterfront Station. The District government owns the northeast parcel across from 1001 4th Street, SW, which will include an affordable housing component. In addition, Urban Atlantic and The JBG Companies are building 530 apartment units at two sites; the former Environmental Protection Agency office towers from the old Waterside Mall are currently being transformed into rental apartment buildings. Sky House, as the project is being called, will deliver during the second half of 2013. Twenty percent of

the units will be set aside as affordable housing for households earning up to 50% of Area Median Income (AMI).

The Wharf

A PUD was also submitted in recent months for two hotels at The Wharf, to be located at 7th Street and Maine Avenue, SW. There will be a 160-key extended stay hotel on the east side and a 245-key limited service hotel on the west side of Parcel 5, which will be an Element and Aloft hotel, respectively; both brands are a part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio. Element hotels are built to be eco-friendly, with floors made of recycled materials and energy-efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures, to name a few examples. Meanwhile, aloft hotels are billed by Starwood as “hip” and are typically found near airports or downtown areas. Both hotels will reach 110 feet, which is lower than most of the other buildings planned for phase one of The Wharf. A total of three hotels will be built at The Wharf; in addition to the two planned at Parcel 5, an Intercontinental Hotel is planned at Parcel 3b. The main entrance to the Element extendedstay hotel will be off of 7th Street Park while the aloft entrance will be on Wharf Street. A secondary entrance to the aloft will be off of a service drive that runs through the property - this will be avail-

A view of Parcel 5 from the planned 7th Street recreation pier. Rendering: SmithGroup JJR

able in cases when Wharf Street is closed to traffic for special events. A taxi stand will be on Maine Avenue. Just to the north of the Element entrance will be a monumental staircase, which leads from 7th Street Park to the shared plaza area on the second level. This plaza will have a pool and bars that will be open to the public in addition to hotel guests. Both hotel lobbies and the second level will be open to the public - key card access is only required to reach the guest rooms above. Smith Group JJR has designed both hotels. The building materials to be used will primarily be glass and metal panels with a hint of wood and brick used at the retail level. The building was designed to not have a “backside” and the side facing 7th Street Park was designed to resemble the sails of tall ships. Most of the undesirable functions, such as loading, are located along the service drive in the middle of the building. The design of the Element hotel is described in the PUD application as the following: The building takes advantage of the views and reduces its massing by subdividing the typical rectilinear bar into four smaller, slightly rotated, volumes focused on the river. The modern glass and metal panel façade will provide a serene backdrop to the 7th Street Park. The design of the aloft hotel from thePUD application is described below: The 245 guest-room hotel is composed of a glass façade with articulated horizontal mullions evoking a modern interpretation of a warehouse. The façade has been set back from the Mews in order to enhance the views and provide a series of outdoor terraces at the Plaza level. The west side of the parcel faces Jazz Alley, with ground floor retail space catered towards small-scale music and artistic venues while the Wharf Street frontage will have restaurants. The Maine Avenue, SW side will have fast casual restaurants and neighborhood serving retail while the 7th Street Park side will have specialty retail. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D unanimously supported the design at their February meeting and a Zoning Commission hearing was scheduled for February 28. Parcel 5 will be built at the same time as the rest of phase one of The Wharf. JBG will aim for LEED-Silver or higher for both hotels on Parcel 5. William Rich is a blogger at Southwest…The Little Quadrant that Could (www.southwestquadrant. H

What’s Up with the International Graduate University

Will the old Buchanan School at 13th and E Sts SE finally be put to good use?


by Peter J. Waldron

n November 13, 2012 Dr. Walter Boek passed away leaving in limbo the future of the controversial International Graduate University, located on a sprawling campus at 14th & D St SE. Dr Boek bought the school as surplus property from the DC Control board for $1.5 million in 1998 and served as its President until his death. IGU was dedicated to running educational programs with some modest success until IGU lost its temporary teaching certification and tax exempt status in The barren campus of the International Graduate Univeristy in the old Buchanan School. 2009. IGU never was considered Photo: Melissa Ashabranner a university because it lacked accreditation. IGU is on the site ates seven campuses in the District and has built an of the old Buchanan school located adjacent to the excellent reputation for pre-school learning, is lookWatkins complex. ing to expand to this vast campus. IGU sits on a huge chunk of land (92,899 sf ) One neighbor Mary Case reports that the buildand has been little used these past few years. Cur- ing is “just sitting there,” as she gives credit to Boek rently it is assessed by the District at $10.7 million. for “stabilizing ” the property and adds that it has There have been no tax payments on the property been recently “outfitted for use for small children.” since lost its tax exempt status three years ago. There There was considerable controversy when Appletree is a current tax bill dating to and including 2010 of opened a school near Lincoln Park a number of years over $685,000 which includes penalties and interest. ago; primarily the issues were zoning and how dropBoek’s 17 acre home in NW which was once listed off parking would impact the residential community. as the Presidents House for IGU was similarly reReached for comment, Thomas Keane, Chief of moved from its tax exempt status and currently is Strategic Initiatives and General Counsel for Appledeficient in property taxes over the same period to tree responded: “We have discussions all the time the tune of $55,382.96. with folks and we don’t comment until they are pubAmong the obvious uses for this space, other lic.” Mr. Kean was emphatic that whatever Appletree than more commercial/residential development did, and wherever, the plan would immediately be which would be complicated by zoning issues, are as taken to the community. an educational facility. Rumors abound in the nearby Attempts to reach staff and IGUs current Chair community that Appletree Institute, which currently of its Board of Governors, Clinton Chapman, for a Internaional Graduate University’s campus atoper- comment were unsuccessful. H HillRag | March 2013 H 67

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New galley kitchen with tile backsplash provides a light, airy, and classic look in a tight space

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H i l l K i t c h e n Maximizing Your Space


uilt before the Civil War on G Street, SE, the small frame, semi-detached Capitol Hill structure has endured a variety of alterations and additions. Hidden beneath various exterior skins, and interior modifications, is an old house constructed on a crawl space and crowned with a gable roof. In the 1980s, a two-floor rear addition was added to enlarge the home and make it more livable. Unfortunately, the 1980s kitchen made poor use of the space and was of a lower quality. The homeowner felt it had to go. The owner, a single professional who loves to entertain, sought out our design-build firm to create a new kitchen that would maximize the space and fit seamlessly with the character of the home. Aesthetically, the client preferred a warm and cozy environment - a bit rustic yet somewhat traditional - with design features that work with the older home.

Storage Solutions

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by Bruce Wentworth sized utility room, measuring 6’ x 12’, served as the storage area and became less crucial when a new garage was built. The new kitchen design made use of a 6’ x 8’ portion of the utility room to create a spacious galley kitchen and enhance the available table space. A circulation path down one side of the house now allows one to walk past the kitchen without interrupting the work area, while a new, large peninsula with stools provides a place for guests to sit and chat with their host.

Flooring Finishes

The adjacent living and dining room had existing hardwood flooring; however, because the rear addition was built on a concrete slab, a wood floor was not recommended. A porcelain floor tile was selected because it could handle the moisture sometimes associated with installation on a slab and also endure an active dog. To keep with the look and stylistic feel of the adjacent hardwood flooring, a plank-like rustic and textured tile was selected to provide visual warmth and directionality. The tile’s dark color provides easy maintenance as well as contrast to the white cabinets.

Trim Tie-In

A bead board wainscot, which provides a period detail and visual interest, was installed around the table space and at the knee-wall of the peninsula. The bead board is a subtle way to tie in the adjacent eating area with the white cabinetry, while nicely framing the enlarged table space, which includes a wood table with a bench and a pair of chairs. Wraparound casement windows provide views into the small garden from the seating area. To complete the space, existing, disjointed window trim was replaced with matching trim throughout.

Light & Airy

Simple painted cabinetry reinforces the client’s desired warm aesthetic, and the white paint color helps to lighten the affect of a darker northfacing garden. Flat, recessed panel cabinet doors are reminiscent of many older kitchens and provide visual interest without being too ornate. A wall cabinet with glass doors above the peninsula provides a decorative place to display glassware and china.

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Tucked toward the back of the galley kitchen is a floor-to-ceiling 9’ long wall of shelving that is just 4” deep. Its unobtrusive location provides an ideal spot for quick grab-and-go storage and helped the homeowner utilize every inch of storage space while still allowing comfortable circulation through the kitchen.

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Handmade 3” x 6” subway tile installed as the backsplash is easy to clean and reasonably priced. It provides a harmonious gray color range that links the off-white cabinetry with the darker floor. The handmade quality of the tile provides slight variations in color that continue to tie in with the style and aesthetic of both the client and the home.

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Unique & Easy Elements

Flip open any current design magazine and one can see the popularity of marble countertops. No matter how beautiful they are, marble countertops in kitchens are not as durable and require more care than other stone tops, such as granite. To give this counter a

A farmhouse sink was a highlight for the homeowner, and shallow shelves along the wall maximize storage space

marble look while providing the client a more durable surface as well as a unique finish, a white quartzite with blue-gray veining called White Macaubas was used. It has the light look of the marble, but with a veining pattern that makes this kitchen stand apart from many others.

Finishing Touches

Existing ductwork and plumbing from the second floor bathroom above the kitchen required that the ceiling over the kitchen area be dropped 4”. The design utilizes this in an advantageous way to differentiate the kitchen space from the table space. A slightly darker paint color reinforces the concept. The end result is a one-of-a-kind kitchen that fits seamlessly into the 19th Century row house. It utilizes every inch of the available space and allows the homeowner to entertain while cook amazing meals with friends.

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return to the Victorian era of the language of flowers is suddenly becoming very trendy. Several novels have recently been published on the language of flowers, even making the New York Times Bestseller list. Interest started to spark after Kate Middleton told the world that she had designed her wedding bouquet to “convey a personal message.” Kate is said to have used a stem of myrtle that came from the plant of Queen Victoria, and is the emblem of marriage and love in her bouquet. Flowers have long been a device to help us communicate our emotions and sentiments. The first known flower dictionary was published in France in 1818, but there are references in the Bible and recent research detailing secret flower codes date back to the Middle Ages. Shakespeare often used flowers in his plays to send a message, like the passage from Hamlet, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” As June brides begin to pick their own wedding flowers and gardeners start planning their summer gardens, Hill gardeners got a chance on

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TOP: Summer flowers like the popular dahlias mean elegance

Valentine’s Day to brush up on their language skills and learn more about this cultural phenomena at the US Botanic Garden.

Decoding the Meaning of Flowers

Amy Brecount White is an Arlington writer, gardener, and expert in decoding the language of flowers. Amy developed her expertise during her research for a young adult novel, “ForgetHer-Nots,” which was published in March 2010. A budding gardener herself, Amy used the meaning of flowers as a story device for her teenage characters in the book. “The more I started learning about the symbolism of the flowers, and the great messages that flowers can convey,” said Amy, “the more I got hooked. I didn’t start out thinking I would put a short list of flowers and their meanings into the book, but in the end I knew I just had to.” Amy demonstrated to about 50 in76 H

terested gardeners how to construct a simple tussie mussie, otherwise known as a bouquet, at the US Botanic Garden’s noon lecture series in February. “It is a little early in the season,” Amy noted, “for me to be able to go out to my garden and choose the flowers I want to use, but she did bring in ivy (quickly noting that it had to be handled carefully because of its invasive nature), some rosemary, and two small camellia buds from her yard. Other flowers she gathered at local grocery stores to use in her demonstration. Amy holds her creations together by using rubber bands and paper doilies to tie her flowers together, but notes that many herbalists and florists use floral tape or small bud vases that add to the beauty of the gift. “I like to keep my arrangements simple,” she added, “and make sure that when I give someone my flowers that I include a card that details the name of the flower and the meaning.” Amy notes that with hundreds of different

Amy Brecount White shared flower stories and flower meanings at the US Botanic Garden.

Vases of flowers at Surroundings await customers in the newly designed shop.

books and dictionaries published, you can guess that there are sometimes conflicting meanings for a particular flower. “I say it is perfectly okay to put your own spin on the flower’s meaning,” Amy declared. “We are in Washington; everyone spins.” The meanings are pretty easy to decode. Yellow witch hazel that is blooming around the Hill in early March means to cast a magic spell. Some of the favorite summer flowers like dahlias signify elegance and dignity and the hollyhock means ambition. Putting in herbs to spice up the fragrance is also a good trick and adds meaning, like mint standing for suspicion or thyme for thriftiness.

Hill Brides Pick Flowers They Love

Charles Hudman of Surroundings at 1023 East Capitol says that he finds that brides still are looking for bouquets that have personal meaning to them or their families.

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“Yellow roses seem to be the one flower choice that my clients know means friendship rather than the red rose of love,” said Charles. “After that I find people like to choose flowers they are more familiar with over choosing for meaning.” His favorite bouquet for this June’s bride would be lily-of-valley with white New Zealand calla lilies. “You get the sweet fragrance from the lily-of-valley and the beautiful stalks with hints of green from the calla lilies,”

Winter witch hazel is bursting in bloom in March and when given in a bouquet signals that you are casting a spell.

Charles said. He also suggested including berry branches and cream-colored roses in flower arrangements for special occasions at this time of year. Surroundings has just completed its fifth year of business at the Lincoln Park location 78 H

after having spent its first three years on the Hill at Stanton Park. “I am excited about the expanded services Surroundings is able to offer,” says Charles. With spring just around the corner, the 11th Street and East Capitol corner will soon be exploding with pansies, shrubs, and colorful plants to fill Capitol Hill home gardens. “We are going to be adding a new sign that will rename Surroundings as a Garden Center, which will better describe the landscaping, hardscaping, patio building and florist services we offer.” It is fun to think that even in

the fast-paced world of Capitol Hill, we can enjoy the beauty of flowers, and create some mischief by just sending someone we love flowers that hold special meaning. Charles or Amy or any number of blog sites is at your disposal to teach you the new language. H HillRag | March 2013 H 79

Great Gardens of The Hill A Look Back by Derek Thomas


ight years ago, in March of 2005, I picked up a copy of the Hill Rag while waiting to meet friends at Eastern Market. I read a garden column by Adrienne Jenkins that was inspiring and very informative. Her prose reminded me, despite all I do in the world of gardens, I am first and foremost a gardener. I was inspired to call the paper and ask if there was a chance to share with the city my passion for gardens. I was ultimately published in DC North’s (now MidCity DC) August 2005 Issue. Truly exciting. Adrienne was still a writer I aspired to be amongst, so month after month I cranked out the articles. Eventually, Adrienne moved on, and a soft-spoken, yet stern editor Andrew Lightman introduced me to the Hill Rag. And for the past five years my column has grown, and hopefully it has helped someone take a moment to stop and be grateful for the green streets of Capitol Hill or the mound of earth that surrounds their home. This year, my editors have asked me to transition my focus from the gardens to the element that keeps Capitol Hill gardens amongst the top gardens of the US every year, its gardeners, those who after an exhausting day at the office take one more hour on a long summer day to prune the roses that will give us all joy come late summer as they re-bloom. People who plant, share, and nurture other 80 H

people through the craft of gardens. What follows is a round up of some of my more memorable garden spots where the gardeners, though an intricate part of the creative process, took second billing to the gardens. As the years have gone by I begin to see the gardens mature into full robust specimens. I am excited about my next chapter with the Hill Rag’s Garden Spot, I am excited to learn what makes these beautiful spaces bloom and grow… the gardeners of Capitol Hill. Enjoy.

A tasteful urban landscape at 500 13th St. NE.

A casual cottage garden at 100 5th St SE.

500 13th St NE Many condo gardens are not the lush inviting paradise that residents of 500 13th St NE come home to each day. Thanks to Alex Belano this is one of the great multi residential gardens of the Hill. It lays in the footprint of the condo “The Escalade� yet this garden is miles away from the predictable, in fact it is a lush oasis just off Pennsylvania Ave. The garden is one of unimposing elegance with surprises tucked HillRag | March 2013 H 81

At 1100 Constitution Ave. NE, a masterful use of a microclimate filled gardenw

away in every space. Hostas and iris, combine with crape myrtle and cherry laurel in unique juxtapositions, while bachelor buttons and candy tuft mix with sedum and astilbe to sooth the color conscious. When talking with Alex about his garden it becomes quite apparent his thought process and design ascetics are soft yet firm with years of practice and perseverance. The stuff great gardens are made of. Truly tasteful.

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The home at 100 Fifth St. SE enjoys the luxury of a corner garden on one of Capitol Hill’s most beautiful cross roads. The owners Gene Berry and Jeff Campbell took over stewardship of the garden in 1994 and though the original Camellias remain, the entire garden has been lovingly renovated. They spent the first few years in the garden removing many of the overgrown spent plantings. The passageways and paths, though overflowing on their borders with group and specimen plantings, keep the movement and purposefulness flowing throughout the garden. The garden gets its strength from its strong cottage inspiration. The columbine and bleeding heart concede to each other repeatedly throughout the garden.

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The roses pop off in the foreground of the camellias’ dark green glossy leaves. Casual cottage elegance.

1100 Constitution Ave NE Barry and Donna Brauth’s garden at 1100 Constitution Ave. NE is in fact quite large, very public, and has all the microclimates of a massive estate. The Constitution Ave. side faces south and bakes and blisters in the summer sun. This space pushes around the corner to 11th Street where street trees begin to offer dappled sunlight and reprieve from the suns onslaught. Along 11th St. the sun fades away behind the shade of mature Hemlocks, Dogwoods and Hollies. The street trees assist in transforming the harshest western exposure into a shaded oasis where moss and lichens would be perfectly, unexpectedly, at home. The garden has been

planted with drifts of plants that would normally not be found in the same garden together. Due to the multi climates Barry and Donna’s garden has hosta and hydrangea playfully existing with Christmas ferns and foxglove. Camellias and dwarf nandina joust with topiary boxwoods and drifts of pansies. Otto laurels and nandina show off berries in winter and spring. Hummingbird mint and iris play off the cool leaves of coral bells and cone flower. A proper English rose garden has been built around the stately structure of a specimen crape myrtle. Large mature nandina and chindo viburnum help to soften the southeast corner of the home. The garden flows and ebbs in a tranquil display of coy and subtle navigation from harsh sun, to part shade, to dense understory shade, seamlessly and unpretentiously. Shade and sun gardening at its best.

An urban oasis at 10th and H St. NE

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627 G St SE 627 G St. SE, located across the street from Christ Church, is a frame house constructed circa 1930. The current owners Faye and Alan Hegburg have resided in the home since 2000. Their home is no stranger to renovations and changes. In fact a former owner is recorded having received a permit to move the home seven feet north and eight feet east to facilitate the sale of his adjacent property. The Hegburgs have done extensive renovations to the home and gardens since purchasing it in 2000. The walkway to the entry of the house is located on the east of the home and is a wonderful formal flagstone, brick and raised planting bed entry like no other on the Hill. The entry opens to a formal secret courtyard garden that is lush, private and quite comforting. Historically formal, lushly inviting.

10th and H St NE This garden was one of the first I reviewed for the Hill Rag. The story was interesting because the former owner, Drew Malcomb, was forced to renovate his garden after a car plowed through it. The garden is now a lush pocket garden filled with camellias and lilies, beauty berry and ferns, honey suckle and hosta, all interloping into each others space to create a garden with southern charm and randomness. The winding flag stone patio and paths, formal vine covered lattice pergolas, and stone sitting walls complete this cherished city landscape. Beautiful nature in an urban setting. 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 find and friend us on Facebook at

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apitol Hill resident David Weiner has long enjoyed opening up his home to friends, neighbors and the public. Located at 21 Gessford Court, SE, David’s colorful, eclectic, modern open-architecture house has been featured on the Capitol Hill Spring Home & Garden Tour and currently serves as the performance space for the aptly named 21 Gessford Court jazz band, which typically performs, quite appropriately, on the 21st of the month, under the auspices of the nonprofit Corner Store Arts Center. So last April when David’s thoughts turned to installing plants in his mostly full-sun rooftop

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by Cyd Price deck container garden area, he had three goals: 1) that the deck plantings echo the same “bold, bright colors” that are found in the extensive, eclectic collection of artwork and furnishings that line the home’s bright-white, art-accented brick walls; 2) that the design feature light-reflective plants that “pop” under night lighting; and 3) that his favorite annuals – petunias and coleus – be included in the mix.

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To help make the corner wooden-box-planter areas stand out, the following long-blooming, hardy, full-sun perennials were chosen as anchors: • Salvia (Sage) for its blossoms’ bright blue hue; • Blanket fl ower (Gaillardia x grandifl ora ‘Arizona Sun’) for its bold orange/red

and yellow flowers; and Daylily (Stella de oro hemerocallis) for its complementary yellow color.

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Also selected were a few other sun-loving evergreens and perennials, mainly for their texture, contrast and nighttime light-reflecting abilities. These included: • Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum), a rapid-growing evergreen mat-forming groundcover with gray foliage and springtime white flowers; • Licorice Helichrysum (Helichrysum petiolare), a fast-growing shrub or vine (which needs vigorous pruning);

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growing space in David’s container garden, he did not have room for making a full conversion to winter plantings (not without removing some of the fading perennials, anyway), so he chose to let most of the garden go dormant in winter. But he remains excited about watching this coming season’s plantings emerge, and he hopes others will enjoy his garden, as well, perhaps while attending one of the upcoming 21 Gessford Court performance gatherings. (For performance details, see

Container-Garden Advice

If you are considering a container garden, here are a few pointers: • Choose your containers carefully, keeping in mind that wood containers are subject to rot (so consider using a liner) and that terra cotta cracks under repeated freezes. • Do a planting plan before proceeding while also checking with local nurseries for availability of desired plants at different points in the growing season. Otherwise, unless you hire a professional who has access to wholesalers, your plant selections will be limited to whatever is currently in bloom. • Group plants with similar cultural needs (sun/shade, water and soil requirements) together. • Water frequently, especially if your containers are in a full-sun or a rooftop location. • Be careful not to overplant. Unless you desire the instant gratification of a fully blooming container garden (perhaps for an important event), it is better to choose only a few plants while leaving enough space for them to fill in later. • Be aware that many perennials used in container gardens, especially those planted in small clay pots, will not survive hard freezes, so if you hope to overwinter any plants, do your research and choose cold-hardy varieties). Cyd Price is owner of CapitalCreations – Organic Gardening and Landscaping. She can be reached

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The Neighborhood Handyman Jim Zinn first came to DC in 1996 for a friend’s wedding that never took place. He wound up on Capitol Hill and has lived here ever since. At first, he dedicated his time to helping city residents as a social worker for the DC Government. More recently, he has served as Capitol Hill’s go-to handyman. Zinn started his business four years ago. Home repair is “all about timing,” he says. “If [people] have the time and capabilities to do it themselves, then I think they should,” he believes. However, for those too busy to complete a home repair to-do list, Zinn offers reliable, efficient, honest service. “He always lets you know if he thinks he cannot do something,” says Wendy Blair, a loyal customer. “Jim often does not charge at all for supposedly small things,” she adds. Zinn’s skill set ranges widely from installing a doorbell to patching and painting cracked drywall to basic electrical and plumbing work. A firm believer in living local, and so that he can respond quickly to requests, Zinn focuses his work on Capitol Hill. Keep your

Wilcox Electric, founded by Steve Wilcox, has served Capitol Hill for nearly 25 years. While the company focuses on wiring homes and businesses, its true competitive edge is its strong relationships with local contractors and Hill residents alike. “When I call, they come running,” says loyal customer and longtime Hill resident Bill Rouchelle. “No one has taken over the Hill like Steve.” Wilcox is “delightful,” he adds. With five licensed electricians, three assistants and four office personnel, including Wilcox’s wife, Tracy, Wilcox Electric feels more like “family,” states Kena Scott, an office employee. “We can maintain the quality and level of service,” says Wilcox, by “keeping the company small and manageable,” and focusing primarily on residential work. “We don’t want the quality [of work] to fade, and we don’t want to lose touch,” says Wilcox, who is often found working alongside the rest of his crew. Contact Wilcox Electric at or by calling 202-800-1928.

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and after working for two years at the wellknown firm Oehme Van Sweden and Associates, Moody discovered a preference for small, residential projects – exactly the kind of designs that suit the narrow, Capitol Hill row house yards. Projects on the Hill “can be difficult because of tight spaces, difficult construction access and shared property lines,” Mr. Moody notes. There is a “fair amount of complexity even though the space is small.” Hill resident Annie Owens said of Moody, “He tailored the project to [our] preferences and budget. He was also very hands-on and involved from beginning to end. We appreciated his commitment to the level of detail and an understanding of how materials work together in a precise way,” she adds. Moody has a broad knowledge of both plants and hardscape materials and works closely with contractors, overseeing the installation process. To “maximize the opportunity of a small space” is Moody’s continued objective. Contact Moody Landscape Architecture at or by calling 202 543-1286. H HillRag | March 2013 H 89

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Real Estate Capitol Hill Speakeasies


rohibition is, once again, hot. Not the actual banning of alcohol – almost nobody believes that this would solve any problems today – but instead, people are interested in re-living that time from 19171933 when the country lost its collective head and decided that making the buying and selling of the world’s oldest and most wide-spread drug illegal was a good idea.

Eighth Street Speakeasies

Prohibition came early to Capitol Hill. Along with the rest of DC, it went dry on November 1, 1917. It would be another two years before the rest of the country followed suit. By then, Capitol Hill had already experi-

by Robert Pohl enced something soon to be reenacted all across the country: The rum raid, such as the one on John B. McLaughlin’s “‘soft drink’ store” at 532 8th Street SE. For some 30 years before prohibition, this had been an eminently respectable saloon, but when forced to sell nothing stronger than near beer, an utterly foul concoction that contained no more than .5% alcohol, they soon found that they had to skirt the law in order to keep their customers happy. On the evening of June 22, 1918, thus, three officers from the nearby fifth precinct, having had a couple of undercover cops buy two half-pint bottles of illegal hooch, marched in the front door of the saloon, and caught Mrs. McLaughlin scooping up a case of 50

half-pint bottles of whiskey in an effort to escape out the back. Mr. McLaughlin was escorted to the Fifth precinct house and “[c]harged with running a ‘speak easy’.” McLaughlin’s story was hardly unique. Before Prohibition, there were saloons all the way up and down 8th Street, and on 7th Street, across from Eastern Market – much like today. The major difference is that there were a number of corner bars scattered through the neighborhood, as well. Over the next several years, many of these establishments would find themselves affected by Prohibition. Just up the street, at 522 8th St., a bar that had been run for over 20 years by Fred M. Herrmann and his family,

Federal Prohibition agents destroying 749 cases of beer seized in Southwest DC in this picture taken on November 20, 1923. Photo: LOC HillRag | March 2013 H 93


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was shut down. Further afield, at 729, another long-time saloon had been converted to the sale of “soft drinks” - as near beer was often called – and ran afoul of the law when they were caught selling illegal booze. This case was particularly amusing in that Edley Grayson, who was “charged with sale and possession of liquor in four counts” was a former police officer. His (futile) argument against the charges is that he would never have sold booze to his former colleagues, whom he knew well.

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Across from Eastern Market was one of the more venerable and reputable saloons on the Hill. Founded around the time that Eastern Market redefined the center of Capitol Hill, it served food and drink to those who made their homes nearby for many years, under the guidance of John Graff, a German native who moved to the United States before the Civil War and became a saloon-keeper. When he died in 1902, his son John J. Graff bought the “well-known restaurant” from his father’s estate. The Washington Post reported at the time that “Mr. Graff ’s father ran this establishment for a period of thirty years, and it is young Mr. Graff ’s intention to keep up the high reputation of the place” For the next almost 20 years, Graff succeeded in his endeavor, in spite of such setbacks as being accused by the Anti-Saloon League of running an illegal establishment, for being “within the proscribed distance from houses of religious worship, schools, colleges, or universities:” The saloon was seven feet closer to Eastern High School than the law allowed. In spite of this, Graff managed to retain his liquor license in 1916, while many other watering-holes were shut down. The following year, however, he bowed to the inevitable, and turned his business over to “soft drinks,” i.e. near beer.

Richard Miller’s newsstand and cigar store at 527 8th was raided for selling alcohol during prohibition. Photo: Robert Pohl

534 8th Street, which was a used clothing store that also sold alcohol during Prohibition. 532, just to the left, was John McLaughlin’s near beer saloon Photo: Robert Pohl

Manager Lance Cook in front of Tunnicliff’s Photo: Robert Pohl

Shortly after this, Graff sold the business that had been in his family for some 50 years. The buyer was Ella P. Rock, herself the progeny of the famous waterfront bar-owner George ‘Pappy’ Harrigan. Rock moved in with her family, and they continued to sell near beer over the counter – and the harder stuff under it. On April 8, 1927, a restraining order was issued telling Rock et al to “cease violating the prohibition laws and permitting them to be violated.” The order was based on a raid the previous month, in which a prohibition agent and a policeman had purchased “colored corn whiskey” at the defendant’s establishment. That this had been an ongoing issue was clear from the punishment sought: The padlocking of the saloon, rather than a fine or brief jail sentence. Padlocking was reserved for establishments that had violated the law repeatedly, and was used more and more in an effort to shut down illegal alcohol sales as Prohibition proceeded. Rock’s saloon managed to stay out of the pages of the Post from then until Repeal in 1933, though some months afterward, assistant United States Attorney John J. Wilson was still trying to shutter the joint for violations that had occurred pre-repeal. Ella Rock remained at the 222 7th Street, SE until 1960, and shortly thereafter, the property was sold. Over the next 20 years, it was used as a market selling Mexican-produced handicrafts and a real estate office, before, in late 1982, returning to its roots as a bar/restaurant. Since then, Tunnicliff ’s Tavern has remained an important – and highly respectable – part of Capitol Hill’s history. 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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$527,000 $585,000 $600,000 $605,000 $735,000




4212 46TH ST NW 4316 46TH ST NW 4510 BRANDYWINE ST NW

$830,000 $849,900 $890,000


1433 22ND ST SE $80,000 1351 RIDGE PL SE $96,500 1215 MORRIS RD SE $100,000 1325 W ST SE $120,000 ATLAS DISTRICT 1208 WYLIE ST NE #1/2 $345,000





$218,000 $242,000 $261,250 $265,000 $389,000 $459,000 $525,000 $656,000



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$900,000 $1,950,000 $340,000 $350,000 $358,000 $401,000 $515,000 $550,000 $553,900 $560,000 $615,000 $770,000 $950,000 $1,125,000 $1,300,000



$80,000 $110,000 $130,000 $169,900 $175,000


$697,000 $805,000

DEANWOOD 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 4 4

4933 SHERIFF RD NE $70,000 542 48TH PL NE $76,780 215 56TH ST NE $95,000 5253 BANKS PL NE $169,500 5110 HAYES ST NE $189,000 314 EASTERN AVE NE $199,700 5404 JAMES PL NE $209,990 4003 BLAINE ST NE $229,000 4802 SHERIFF RD NE $239,900 4922 FITCH PL NE $243,000 4007 AMES ST NE $245,000 914 46TH ST NE $245,000 5606 CLAY PL NE $247,000 4616 HUNT PL NE $247,000 5112 BROOKS ST NE $290,000 5908 EADS ST NE $290,000 1011 50TH PL NE $310,000 1209 50TH PL NE $315,000 DUPONT CIRCLE 1626 S ST NW $1,395,000 1620 RIGGS PL NW $1,315,000 1632 RIGGS PL NW $1,500,000

ECKINGTON 2 2 0 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 4 3 3 4 5 4 4


$521,000 $530,000 $535,000 $565,000 $809,000


$81,500 $105,000 $131,000 $135,000 $145,000 $205,000 $224,000 $229,900 $279,500


$70,000 $619,000

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2802 N ST NW 2907 DUMBARTON ST NW 1406 30TH ST NW 3304 N ST NW 3249 N ST NW 1248 30TH ST NW

$929,000 $1,100,000 $1,549,000 $3,640,000 $7,550,000 $7,600,000


2113 37TH ST NW $788,000 3823 BEECHER ST NW $825,000 H STREET CORRIDOR 628 MORTON PL NE $535,000


$310,000 $318,000 $338,000 $360,000 $440,000


$1,210,000 $1,218,000 $1,327,500 $1,450,000




$440,000 $701,000 $783,000




$140,000 $169,900 $235,000




$331,000 $388,000 $600,000

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1835 A SE $675,000 4BR/3.5BA WIDE 18-ft porch-front at end-of-row means broad dimensions and gleaming sunlight all through the day over three levels. New systems, walls, fixtures, and finishes throughout, and restored historic floors and façade. Deck and deep rear yard with possible parking, but just 50 steps to Metro escalator so who needs a car? Great guest suite on LL with separate entrance for long-term stays.

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ARTS & Dining Arena’s Metamorphoses A Magical Transformation


ppropriately enough, it was Valentine’s Day when Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses sent a searing arrow through my heart. Her deceptively simple interplay of words and images, of sound and movement, conveyed love, longing, greed, remorse, redemption, joy, tragedy, the inalterable laws of nature and capricious dictates of the gods and, finally, a profound peace–in a reverie for the senses that left me spent. I was still brushing tears from my cheeks when I heard a baffled patron sigh, “I need to go home and think about this.” She didn’t know it was already too late. Like a painting that penetrates deep recesses of emotion or a piece of music that sends chills down the spine, this play’s visceral impact defies reason. Searching for its meaning in analysis is as pointless as trying to explain why a joke makes you laugh. For someone who labors to dissect every component of a play, checking the boxes for set and sound and each actor’s performance like questions on a survey, the play’s uncanny ability to bypass my brain came as a welcome surprise. I had just finished making a mental note on Louise Lamson’s performance as Alcyone, concluding that her anguished sobs over the loss of her husband at sea could use some modulation, when Lamson discovered the lifeless body of King Ceyx (Geoff Packard) on the shore. Slowly, subtly, the two rose from the water and assumed the form of gracefully soaring birds, reunited forever in flight. In that lovely moment of transformation I finally, blissfully let my relentless thinking go. “Water?” you might ask. Yes, Dan-

by Barbara Wells

(L to R) Doug Hara (Silenus) and Raymond Fox (Midas). Photo: Teresa Wood

iel Ostling built his set around the largest wading pool ever created for this play. Rimmed by a walkway of slim boards, it constantly evolves with T.J. Gerckens’ lighting, turning black as the deepest sea, dappled brown and green as a brook or crystal blue, like a mirror reflecting the actors who circle and cross it and the pictures of puffy white clouds overhead. Zimmerman is a master of interweaving vivid blues and striking reds with lavish textures and modulated light in a brilliant tableau. Even her positioning of actors is less about what they need to say and do than how they lend color and balance to the vast rectangular pool. The pool itself allows her to evoke no time or place—only the water from whence all life emerges and to which it finally returns. Mara Blumenfeld’s freewheeling costumes accentuate the sense of

timelessness, using clothing to suit each character’s existence in a moment—whether it’s a business suit for Midas and a classic party dress for his daughter, the lush flowing robes of Bacchus and King Cinyras, the flowery sundress of Pomona the wood nymph or the golden yellow Bermuda shorts and shades donned by Phaeton, son of Apollo. The pool is a place not only for reflection but also for action, where a tiny boat casts about on the churning surface in the shipwreck of Ceyx; for floating, where a red raft bears the lovers Psyche and Eros; and for expression, where Erysichthon wildly splashes about—dousing a large portion of the front row—in the throes of a bottomless appetite that leads him to devour himself. Many of the cast members who occupy this ageless space have reHillRag | March 2013 H 101

turned to it again and again since Zimmerman first produced her play in 1998—and earned Tony Awards in 2002. They calmly tell their tales in a soothing cadence punctuated by bursts of wit and emotional crescendos, moving seamlessly from one myth to the next as they assume new roles. All are hugely effective, but several stand out. As the reckless Silenas, petulant Phaeton, angelic Eros and loving Philemon, Doug Hara is amusing and endearing in every role. Ashleigh Lathrop is emotionally and physically mesmerizing as two ill-fated daughters—Midas’ little girl who is turned into gold, eerily frozen in her father’s embrace, and Myrrha, cursed with lust for her father and doomed to dissolve into a pool of water. And as the commanding Bacchus, insatiable Erysichthon and Cinyras, Myrrha’s father, Chris Kipiniak is an imposing, compelling presence throughout. They are all united at the play’s end, standing among

(L to R) Tempe Thomas, Lauren Orkus and Lisa Tejero. Photo: Teresa Wood

Louise Lamson (Alcyone). Photo: Teresa Wood

“Let me die the moment my love dies. Let me not outlive my own capacity to love. Let me die still loving, and so, never die.”

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candles lightly floating on the pool. There Baucis and Philemon, a poor couple who have shown kindness and hospitality to two strangers— unaware they are the gods Zeus and Hermes—are granted their final wish:

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“Let me die the moment my love dies. Let me not outlive my own capacity to love. Let me die still loving, and so, never die.” In one more breathtaking moment, they are transformed into trees, their branches eternally entwined.

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Ashleigh Lathrop (Myrrha) and Chris Kipiniak (King Cinyras). Photo: Teresa Wood

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Argentinian Malbecs by Josh Genderson


hen I first got interested in wines, about eight years ago, if the average wine consumer was asked if they had tried a wine from Argentina the answer would usually be “no.” Now, Argentinian wines are one of the “go to” choices at the wine shop. The quality of Argentine wines has greatly improved and consumers are more aware of the delicious wines this large country can produce. Perhaps all this buzz is because Argentina is now the fifth largest wine producing region in the world and the wines are available in many shops and restaurants. Since 2003, Argentine exports have increased by around 50% with 2012 being the best year so far. The Malbec grape is considered a “lesser” varietal in its native Bordeaux but really shines in Argentine vineyards planted along the base of the Andes, the best being planted at 2000 to 3000 feet elevation to take advantage of cooler temperatures. They extend for over 1000 miles along the mountains, from the Cafayate Valley, high up in Salta, in the north, through Mendoza, in the center, right down to the Rio Negro Valley, and to the southeast, in Patagonia. The most notable wine region of Argentina is Mendoza, where nearly all the major wineries are concentrated. With its continental climate favoring grape growing, the Mendoza region is responsible for producing over 80% of total wine production in Argentina. Unlike its westerly neighbor, Chile, Argentina is striving to produce quality over quantity and with a currency that is in even worse shape than our sickly dollar, the wines are real bargains here in the US. We should be bubbling with excitement over all the new producers whose wines are showing up on store shelves. If you’re a steak lover, do yourself a favor and open a Malbec the next time you’re cooking up a juicy steak. Argentina is one of the largest producers of beef in the world and Malbec goes famously with it. Malbec is not a shy wine. It can be quite full bodied, with big fruit aromas and flavors of fruit, earth and pepper. Malbecs are best served with a robust meal or in the presence of company that enjoys a big, bold red on its own. If the sound of a bruiser of a wine makes you run to your Pinot corner to hide, keep in mind that there are some gentle giants out there (but you probably won’t find one that doesn’t bully your delicate stuffed sole).

So before putting yourself into the narrowgrape-minded frame of mind of not trying another Malbec because you didn’t like the last one you tried, think twice. You’ll be missing out on a great range of delicious Malbecs out there for the drinking. There are even Malbecs made from organic grapes, a popular new trend in the world of wine. When you find yourself ready to dive into the wonderful world of Malbec, here are some suggestions to get you started.

Cigar Box Reserve Malbec 2011 - $11.99

Sourced from a single vineyard, the grapes for this wine were bunch selected and hand harvested. The wine displays aroma of ripe plum and violets along with subtle hints of vanilla. This wine stands out for its meatiness and intense rich flavor while a soft silky finish balances the overall experience.

Chanarmuyo Estate Malbec 2011 - $9.99

An exceptional value Malbec with exotic spices, cedar and black cherry; good length, and a seamless finish.

Deumayen Trez Malbec 2007 - $24.99

“Bodegas Deumayen’s 2007 Trez Reserva Malbec was aged in 33% new French oak for 12-14 months. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up an alluring nose of spice box, mineral, smoke, and black cherry. Medium-bodied and elegant on the palate, it is mouth-coating, savory, and concentrated. Give it 2-3 years to fully blossom and drink it from 2012 to 2022.” 92 Points- The Wine Advocate. Happy Drinking! Josh Genderson is a wine specialist at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. H

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ucked away on the bottom of an enormous set of shelves loaded with cookbooks, is my copy of Wine for Dummies. A constant reminder of my 15-year, failed commitment to learn more about wine, it is kept out of sight, the spine uncreased. My husband Jason, increasingly skeptical that I would ever read the book, finally donated it to the library and offered to sign me up for a class. Fortunately, there are several new venues from which to learn about wine.






Cooking Classes, Wine Tastings, and Food Demos this Spring




by Jonathan Bardzik about a class for young professionals,” Michael says. “It’s so intimidating at 23 when your boss hands you that giant wine list at a business dinner. We’ll teach you how to break it down and place the right order.” At 39, I’m ready to sign up.

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full schedule for March up on their website, including an event on the 21st with Jack Cellars. “They offer a cool little list of wines they produce in Napa. Affordable Merlots, Cabs [Cabernet Sauvignon] and Chardonnay blends.” They’re also planning tastings of the spring seasonals coming soon from their craft beer producers.

Spring has sprung at Hill’s Kitchen

There’s more to Hill’s Kitchen (713 D Street SE, this spring than the bright new display in the front window. Owner Leah Daniels has a full schedule of classes for her upstairs teaching kitchen. “We’re looking at fun ways to prepare spring ingredients like lamb, homemade ricotta and eggs.” Each looks at the versatility of these ingredients; for example, the lamb class will include preparations for chops and shepherd’s pie. While not specifically designed around holiday menus, the focus on spring ingredients are perfectly timed as you design menus for Passover and Easter gatherings. Polish instructor Marta Mirecki will share her family’s recipes for handmade pierogi, a Polish Easter tradition. There is also a heavy schedule of Introduction to Knife Skills classes. “It’s selling out like crazy,” says Leah. “The last class had a waiting list of 45 people for 13 slots.” Leah says the class is perfect for anyone who likes cooking who want to know how to use

While we wait for DCanter to open, we’ll Eric Rohleder, founder of Cordial Fine Wine and continue to enjoy the DCanter to open on 8th SE Beer at Union Market. Photo: Jeff Martin wonderful selection of Hill Residents Michelle and small production wines Michael Warner have dreamed and craft beers we discovered at Cordial Fine Wine of owning a wine shop since spending separate and Beer in Union Market (1309 5th St NE, www. semesters abroad in college, Michael in Germany Owner Eric Rohleder is celebratand Michelle in Italy. Michael says, “We each had ing a successful first month, “and the reception from a major ah-ha wine moment. Mine was during an both the public and the market has been warm and afternoon tasting at Weingut Juliusspital vineyard in welcoming,” he says. Wurzburg.” For Michael, who grew up around IndiA Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, Eric made the ana corn fields, learning that the vines were planted move to wine one night while cooking dinner for by Romans was a revelation. “The vines are a permafriends in Austin. “They offered me a job in sales, nent part of the landscape. To be so enduring, yet which eventually brought me to DC still deliver an experience that changed, identifiably, working for local distributor, Cambridge year after year, was so exciting.” Cellars.” Eric developed a love for small Their dream becomes a reality this spring when distributors and local importers. He distheir store, DCanter, opens. (545 8th St SE, www. covered a market that was about helping Their focus is on small proout families and Mom and Pop vineyards, duction wines and craft beers. “We wanted unique and different,” says Michael. “Something someone not just meeting supermarket sales goals. Eric keeps his wines affordable, with has spent a lot of time on. Grapes that are estate most of them in the $12-15 range. “You’re grown and expressions of the land they are grown shopping at the market for dinner,” Eric on. For beer we searched out passionate brew massays. “I want you to find a bottle you can ters, involved in every step of the process.” grab and enjoy with your meal.” Once DCanter is up and running, a class schedEric’s weekly tastings are contributule will begin in their tasting room. They will share ing to our wine education. They are held both personal experience and skills learned earning Fridays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday and the distinction of certified specialist from the SociHill’s Kitchen owner Leah Daniels shows off a selection of fine knives. Photo: Sunday from 12-3. Cordial already has a ety of Wine Educators. “We’re particularly excited Andrew lightman 104 H

and care for their knives, one of the most fundamental tools in the kitchen. You can find a full schedule on Hill’s Kitchen website. Sign up for their email list and get the schedule a few days before anyone else.

Children learning to cook at Rosedale Community Center

Adults aren’t the only ones learning to cook on the Hill. I recently joined a class of young students at the Hill East Rosedale Community Center and Library (1701 Gales St NE) at the invitation of local resident and organizer, Dana Wyckoff. The class, aided by program coordinator Tamara Rushovich, represents a partnership with the DC non-profit, Capital Area Food Bank (, and is part of their Cooking Matters series. The classes at Rosedale teach kids to help their parents make healthy choices at the grocery store and in the kitchen. The students helped chop sweet potatoes for spicy baked fries, safely handle and coat chicken breasts in crushed corn flakes for crispy, oven-fried chicken. They even got a special Valentine’s Day treat, dipping fresh strawberries, bananas and pineapple in melted chocolate. I spoke with a couple of the children while the chicken was in the oven. One told me how excited he was to be learning skills so he could spend time with and help his mother in the kitchen. I asked a young girl what her favorite foods were and if the class had changed that. She talked enthusiastically about the delicious fresh fruit and the smoothies they had made the week before. “But I still like french fries,” she admitted, grinning.

The Hill Center Cooking Classes

A ccoking class in the demonstration kitchen at Hill Center. Photo: Hill Center

With spring’s arrival, there are even more ways to learn about cooking with the great chefs and local ingredients available on the Hill. The Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, has had a busy month of classes featuring Toki Underground chef Erik Bruner-Yang for Chinese New Year. New classes are posted regularly on the Hill Center’s website.

Jonathan Bardzik returns to Eastern Market

With the return of warmer weather and fresh, local produce at Eastern Market (225 7th Street SE,) I will be back outside giving my weekly cooking demos. Join me on Saturdays from 10-1 near the entrance to the flea market. Check my Facebook page, What I Haven’t Cooked Yet, for a schedule. I’ll be there each week showing you how to prepare recipes, complete with free recipe cards and samples. I’ve missed you this winter and look forward to seeing you again! Jonathan Bardzik is a local demo chef and culinary entertainer. With the return of fresh produce, you can find him each weekend at Eastern Market. He’s also available to do events in the comfort of your home kitchen. Find out what he’s cooking at and on his Facebook page of the same name. H

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Two Oscar Nominees A Political Drama from Chile and a Revealing Documentary from Israel By Mike Canning

Gael Garcia Bernal, as René Saavedra, walks before riot troops in the Chilean drama “No.” Photo by Tomás Dittburn, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.


The Academy Awards were awarded on February 24, in a season where numerous nominated films had in common that they were “based on” or “inspired by” true stories. The major English-language films of this type included “Argo,” “The Impossible,” “Lincoln,” “The Master,” “The Sessions,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Another film from a more obscure source also fits this designation and is also in the Oscar running: “No” from Chile, nominated in the Best Foreign Film category. It is an historical re-creation of an important chapter in recent Chilean history, and it is told with real verve and pulse (the film is in Spanish with English subtitles, is rated “R,” and runs 110 min.). After a 15-year reign as Chile’s dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, pressured by the US, calls for 106 H

a referendum on his presidency in the summer of 1988. A broad coalition of Chilean opposition political parties approaches a young advertising executive, René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Saavedra is known as a “closer,” respected by his clients for his smarts and his guile. As it happens, René’s boss at the agency, Lucho Guzman (Alfredo Castro), is also a high-ranking member of Pinochet’s advisory board. René is estranged from his wife, Verónica Caravajal (Antónia Zegers), a radical activist who feels the plebiscite is a fraud only aimed to legitimize the dictator. While she dismisses her husband’s involvement with the campaign, commonly called “The NO,” René has hopes they can reconcile and make a home with their young son Simon.

Dror Moreh, director of the Israeli film “The Gatekeepers.” Photo by Mika Moreh, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Reviewing previous opposition materials, René is convinced their grim, relentless accounting of Pinochet’s horrors will turn off voters, and he urges his side to take a leaf from his advertising book and offer “Happiness” to a people aching for a better future. Though the NO campaign is outspent by an estimated 30 to 1, their feel-good ads, enlivened by local celebrities, contrast ever more strongly with the ponderous government output, persuading more and more Chileans to their side. Danger resides in the campaign also, as the NO leaders realize they are being shadowed and often directly confronted by Pinochet’s secret police. On October 5, 1988 Pinochet is denied his presidency: with 97% of registered voters participating, the NO campaign wins almost 56% of the vote, and Chile is on the way to renewing its democracy.

Though the background of the film is true to history, it is a fiction (based on a play by Alexander Skarmeta, writer of the novel which became “Il Postino”), and it plays— very consciously—like a documentary. One striking and intriguing aspect of its production is that the director, Pablo Larrain, decided to create the contemporary feel of 1988 by shooting the film with an old Umatic video camera to capture the photographic feel of the time (such footage also blended better with the considerable amount of original video of the period). This cinematic throwback proves disconcerting at first, as you think the filmmakers are presenting what looks like a very grainy print. With time, however, you adjust to the oldstyle look and accept it for what it is—as a way to tell the story. I think movie goers going in knowing that

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the film uses old equipment for a purpose—like my readers—will adjust to it that much faster. The director’s brother Juan, who was also a producing partner on “No,” points out that the hand-held video camera, with its flashes and flares, is intentional and noted “Pablo wants the camera to be as much a participant in scenes as the actors.” The film is not flawless: chronologies and locations (important for a film with documentary pretensions) are not always clear. The family problems between René and his wife could have been dropped for all they contribute. Garcia Bernal himself seems desultory at times, though perhaps this is a candid expression of how an ad man—he is definitely not a protest hero—might really behave in his circumstance. Still, the film illuminates a small but significant story of building democracy in the Americas writ large.

The Gatekeepers

The “Gatekeepers” here are the six retired directors of the Israel’s secret service agency, Shin Bet, (from the organization’s Hebrew initials) talking openly about their work in protecting the Jewish state over the past 45 years. Shin Bet’s duties are safeguarding Israel’s state security, exposing terrorism and providing intelligence for counter-terrorism operations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (this service is distinct from Mossad, the foreign intelligence service). For his incisive new documentary, director Dror Moreh got all of these directors to sit down and talk to his camera, discussing their agency’s work since the 1967 Six-Day War. Moreh, an Israeli cinematographer for most of his career, here directs his second feature film, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature-length Documentary (the film, which debuted here February 22 in Washington, is rated PG-13 and runs 97 minutes). Mingled amongst the sit-down interviews is a recent mini-history of Israel told through surveillance footage, newsreel and TV news coverage, and re-enactments. This material presents a rough chronology of Shin Bet’s achievements and

failures. The interviews begin with the aftermath of the 1967 war and the euphoria of that time. It was not to last, of course, and the decadeslong struggle over Palestine and terrorism leads the Shin Bet leaders to discuss the lost opportunities of their service, the occasional mistakes in their fight against terror, and their frustration with Israeli authorities who ignored their advice. Also, the interviewees talk of the genuine moral dilemmas they came to face, such as the continuing price of the occupation of the territories, and some of the risks they felt had to be taken to protect the homeland. The six are a somber, earnest lot, as stalwart as you expect spy chiefs to be, yet they reveal, the manner of veterans of dirty work who look, in their later years, to reconcile with their erstwhile foes (the film is in Hebrew, with English subtitles). The revelations for Westerners in this film are several, but I will note two. First, this is the first time that these men have publicly spoken about their super-secret lifework. It is an achievement for director Moreh to have got any of the recent Shin Bet chiefs to talk, much less the last six bosses of the agency. Second, the evident frankness they display and, even more telling, the fact that, to a man, they found some of the policies of the various Israeli governments they have served as inflexible or short-sighted. True, these men are now out of office and can speak more freely, but their consistent views are still revelatory, inasmuch as they basically favor a two-state solution, decry the expansion of settlements, and express an openness to Palestinian views which recent Israeli governments have had difficulty expressing. As one man says, after his long exposure to Palestinian terrorism, “you begin to understand, and then to sympathize.” For men who helped the Israeli government to gird for war, they are most convincing advocates for peace.

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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. He is the author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at H

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hese are the places you may have been. The ghostly panoramic images are like the misty, gauzy memories that fill in the spaces between the vivid ones, playing with your sense of time and direction. Not to Michael Dax Iacovone. They have nothing to do with memories or dreams. They are simply photographic records, the manifestation of mathematical formulas that dictate his travels through geographic settings: locations in DC, the Brooklyn Bridge, or a cross-country trip. The geometric equations are often inscribed right on the images. This written formula is your entry point to the purpose of his journey—the inner skeletal structure. This creates an opportunity for you to do the math and discover the process. To Mike, the process is the most interesting. He is creating systems—structured time/space cocoons for exploration. It is a way to appreciate the intervening distances, some small, some large, in our continual surroundings. Preparation is the key. “I figure out how to do it, then follow my own directions.” The actual photography, the picture taking, is fast. He uses a cheap camera, with film, and shoots from the chest. It is just his photo-path—the route he takes. He overlaps images inside the camera, across the length of the negative, to create a “long, ethereal panorama.” Of course, you can avoid the math and appreciate the resulting impressions. The final image is a comfortable geometry. You get a repetition of triangles, circles and repeated motifs and intersecting lines. You get ghost figures: people, cars, statues, and a thousand values of gray. They are quite lovely.


Artist Portrait: Michael Dax Iacovone

by Jim Magner

Michael Dax Iacovone has an MFA in photography and an MFA in studio art. He grew up all over the country, but loves DC. He has been in numerous exhibitions in the area, and can be seen this month at the Heurich Gallery. (See “At the Galleries.”).

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art

Is it the destination or the journey? Is it the final image, or the process? Is the act of doing something creative more important—more enjoyable even—than the finished product? Often, artists I profile are immersed in very intricate methods of producing an artwork. So sumptuously extravagant is the process that it would be difficult for anyone to replicate. And yet, the finished work conceals the effort. These are not ornate, decorative displays, intended to impress and astonish. These are often visually plain, at least at first glance…a wax circle, a wavy aluminum panel, multi-media prints, a rectangle of fused glass. It has always been that way to a certain extent. Many have found such joy in painting a landscape, carving a marble statue, composing a symphony, or writing a novel that they were depressed when it was finish. Some painters like, Albert Ryder, could never really finish, and someone had to finally sneak into his studio and spirit the painting away. Others struggle mightily, sometimes having to leave it, and return later—days, months, years—and celebrate when it is finally completed. To Michael Dax Iacovone, (see “Artist Profile”) the process is the destination. His art is in creating a mathematical formula, which he then follows, taking quick overlapping pictures. The panoramic images are the relics of the artistic journey.

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Me, I’m one of the strugglers. Sure I love to watch watercolors spread into the surface of a good rag paper, or exalt with the forms that take shape as the oil paint magically reflects light in majestic colors that become lights and darks, warms and cools. I delight in watching words form in dutiful lines of letters and punctuation marks that somehow define the lights and darks, warms and cools of language. But getting to the final destination is much more wagon train than jet plane: a nervous, 108 H

sometimes exhausting trudge through concepts and ideas to the stopping place.

At the Museums

Faking It : National Gallery of Art. 3rd and Constitution NW – May 5

When I was young, I often heard people say, Pictures don’t lie.” Yes they do. Always have—from the very birth of the camera it seems. You will be fascinated by this “first major exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photography before the digital age.” It started early with hand-tinted portraits, large groups assembled by collage, and then moved on to combination printing, photomontage, over-painting, ink and airbrush retouching, sandwiched negatives, multiple exposures, and the like. The exhibit is structured by the purposes behind photo-manipulation. Early on, it was to create art and the techniques were used on everything from pictorial landscapes, to portraits, to surrealist dreamscapes. Deception for political-ideological purposes was common, of course, and still is. The news people are less than innocent, and advertising fakery is certainly no surprise…nor is fashion. The final segment features the work of contemporary photographers who are using pre-digital techniques to shoot a few holes in photography’s long-avowed objectivity. You might say that the camera doesn’t lie, photographers do.

At the Galleries

Anne Marchand Evolve Urban Arts Project Pierce School Lofts. 1375 Maryland Ave, NE – Mar. 21. Recep: Mar. 15, 5:30-7:30

Anne Marchand’s recent works are creating their own spoken language. Her color intensities, the compositions, and the inner dynamics go beyond polite, demure, pretty abstracts to a power rarely seen. www.

All Media Exhibit : The Capitol Hill Art League. 545 7th St. SE Mar 9 – Apr 5. Recep: Mar. 9, 5-7

This is the wide-open, “all media” show that CHAW does so well. There are no limitations on how the art, sculp-

ture, photography, etc., is created. No themes. No sizes. Artists can take their best shot. The juror, Phil Hutinet, is free to select a well-balanced and first-rate show. He will present his remarks and awards during the opening reception. Phil has directed his own galleries, is CEO of ARCH Development Corp. which also includes galleries, and publishes East City Art. All works are for sale.

Trees – The World Greatest Cooperators Zenith Gallery 1429 Iris St., NW Mar. 17- June 1. Recep: Mar. 17, 2-5

Zenith Gallery celebrates its 35 years in DC with a big show of over 40 gallery artists. The collective theme is “Trees.” The majesty, dignity and pure necessity of those faithful friends are depicted through sculpture, painting, and mixed media.

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“The Best of All Worlds...Traditional and Modern Art” Zenith Gallery Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Penn. Avenue NW – Apr 27. Recep: Mar. 13, 5:30—8.

The title refers to the “traditional” realism of Bradley Stevens who paints the world the way we would like it to be…precisely. The “modern” is the abstract sculpture of Paul Martin Wolff. www .zenithgallery. com

“Silent Calling” Parish Gallery 1054 31st Street, NW Mar 3- 13 Recep: Mar. 3, 2:30-4:30

Mixed-media artist, Lien Yao, was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. Western influences combine with her Eastern heritage. Her work is ‘non-representational” but genders emotional responses through references to Chinese calligraphy and applied textures, which can include sand, paste, and common “found objects.” www. A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim can be reached at Jim’s award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty” can be acquired through H

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events

by Karen Lyon

Rage Against the Machine

“We are at the edge of the familiar world,” writes Samuel Avery, “staring into the abyss of runaway climate disaster.” But don’t lose heart. While his message may be apocalyptic, the author is basically a practical and optimistic guy. “No one wants to kill nature, and everyone wants to make a living,” he writes. The tricky part is finding a balance. In “The Pipeline and the Paradigm: Keystone XL, Tar Sands, and the Battle to Defuse the Carbon Bomb,” published by Ruka Press, Avery describes the economic, ecological, political, and psychological issues behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil extracted from tar sands of Alberta, Canada, all the way to the Gulf. The environmental concerns begin with the extraction, which “uses – and pollutes – enormous quantities of water,” leaving behind toxic ponds

that poison wildlife. Then there is the release of megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the result of the upgrading process. And we haven’t even gotten to the ecological risks involved should the pipeline burst. Avery not only explains the science involved, but he also provides a philosophical basis for examining the paradigm shift that will be required if we’re to save ourselves from slipping over the brink. While some believe that we have already tipped the balance, he prefers to believe that there is still time to act. Part of his optimism stems from the people he meets as he travels the route of the proposed pipeline, some of whom have been prodded by concern for their homes and livelihoods to put politics aside and embrace ecological activism. As one farmer says, “Water is clean or dirty, not red or blue.” “The Pipeline and the Paradigm” is an impassioned salvo in what Avery predicts will be “a long struggle – a war perhaps – between those who believe that the environmental crisis is real and those who promote economic growth at any cost.” If we’re in for a siege, it’s good to know that Samuel Avery will be on the front lines. Ruka Press is an independent publisher on Capitol Hill specializing in books with environmental themes. Previous titles have addressed oldgrowth forests, an endangered songbird, and the horseshoe crab. For more, visit

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It’s a tough world out there. And nobody knows it better than Quintin Peterson. A native Washingtonian, Peterson was a D.C. cop for 28 years, and his experience is all over the dark stories he writes. In the time-honored

A retired DC cop turns to noir fiction, writing short stories about men (and women) gone bad.

tradition of noir fiction, Peterson doesn’t shy away from exploring the depths of human depravity and the lengths to which people will go to feed their greed for money, sex, or drugs. His latest effort, “Rock Bottom,” appears in an anthology edited by John L. French called “To Hell in a Fast Car.” In it, a cop gone bad barrels through DC in an unmarked police cruiser, escaping the scene of his own crime. “Blood-drenched and woozy,” he struggles to make it to his girlfriend before his luck – or his life – runs out. It’s a harrowing ride, and Peterson captures every suspenseful moment of it in lickety-split prose that sketches in the sordid back story while still keeping you in the moment – and delivering a knock-out punch of an ending that will leave you breathless.

In addition to being an artist and writer, Peterson currently serves on the security staff of the Folger Shakespeare Library, which provides the setting for a story that appears in the January 2013 issue of eNoir, an online magazine available in a variety of e-reader formats. “Guarding Shakespeare” follows the downward spiral of a disgruntled guard who lets himself be seduced into pilfering ‘Shakespeare’s BlackBerry.’ Or so he thinks. In Quintin Peterson’s world, things are seldom what they seem. They’re generally much, much worse – but a heck of a lot of fun to read. Peterson’s work has also appeared in “DC Noir,” an anthology edited by George Pelecanos. For more, visit

Welcome, Poet Laureate

Natasha Tr e t h e w e y , who assumed her duties as the new United States Poet Trethewey, the Laureate last Natasha new US Poet Laureate, September, is is now a Hill resident. now a Hill resident. Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi, Trethewey has distinguished herself with a body of highly regarded work, including the Pulitzer Prizewinning collection, “Native Guard,” which tells the story of an all-black regiment in the Union Army. Her most recent book, “Thrall,” has cemented her reputation as “not only one of our most gifted and necessary poets, but also one of our most brilliant and fearless.” In appointing her the 2012-13 Poet Laureate, Li-

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brarian of Congress James H. Billington lauded her ability to “dig beneath the surface of history…and take you deep into the human tragedy of it.” The daughter of an interracial couple, Trethewey frequently writes about the legacy of race in America as well as her fascination with the Civil War. She has also penned a memoir, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” that details her family’s struggles in the wake of the hurricane. She will divide her time between Capitol Hill and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she serves as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing.

This Month on the Hill

The Hill Center presents a free PEN/Faulkner reading by Susan Richards Shreve and Nicole Idar on March 3, 4-6pm. Shreve is the author of 14 novels, including the recent “You Are the Love of My Life,” and 28 books for children. Idar’s award-winning stories and essays have appeared in a variety of publications. RSVP at or 202-549-4172. The Library of Congress celebrates Robert Frost’s birthday with a reading by poets Dana Gioia and Eric Pankey on March 26 at noon. For more, visit

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Thoughts of a Jazz Lover

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

Summer Rain ••• Jeanette Harris, J&M Records

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is capable of crafting compelling cosmopolitan grooves, instantly appealing hooks, sultry, cuddle-up close urban ballads, funky rhythm tracks, throbbing electronic dance floor fillers, and gospel-tinged inspirationals. She wisely lets her sax emote in the service of the song with the horn moving the narrative along free from grandstand theatrics. According to Ms. Harris “The music of Summer Rain is all about staying in love – never falling out of love, feeling good, being faithful and always following a positive route. I’ve learned what’s really important in life — my family and my music.” Appearing with her are her producersongwriter-keyboardist Chuck Cymone, guitarist Darrell Crooks, keyboardists and drum programmers George Freeman and Andrew Dorsette, saxophonist Marcus Anderson, soul crooner Joel Borwers, and Ms. Harris’ brother, Michael, who also contributed as a producer and songwriting partner.

Tropicality ••• Elan Trotman, Woodward Avenue Records

Rihanna may be the most famous Barbadian making worldwide headlines, but saxophonist/ flautist Elan Trotman is another gifted islander who is bringing the Caribbean island’s culture to music lovers everywhere. “Tropicality,” chronicles his journey from Barbados to Boston and celebrates the multihued beauty of the tropical paradise. Mr. Trotman and British guitarist Peter White produced the 12-track set that was recorded in Barbados, Boston and Los Angeles and includes performances by a stellar array of world-class musicians featuring Barbadosborn bassist/producer Nicholas Brancker, French

guitarist U-Nam, Brazilian guitar marvel Fabiano Da Silva, Aruban guitarist Serghio Jansen, Cuban percussionist Luis Conte, and an accomplished American contingent consisting of keyboardist/producer Jeff Lorber, guitarist/producer Paul Brown, guitarist Nick Colionne, drummers Terri Lyne Carrington, Ricky Lawson and Tony Moore, trumpeter Lin Rountree, bassist Alex Al and percussionist Lenny Castro.

True Drew ••• Drew Davidsen Producers: Eric Copeland, Preston Glass and Norman Connors

Veteran jazz man, Drew Davidsen, an award-winning guitarist from Towson, Maryland, has released his fifth album, featuring a collection of contemporary jazz, R&B, rock and gospel riffs. True Drew showcases Mr. Davidsen at his best through his notes and licks from his electric, acoustic and nylon-stringed guitars. The album launches with the rocketing guitar and soaring vocal hook on “My Guitar,” an unabashedly joyous love song between man and guitar. Mr. Davidsen shines on electric and nylon-stringed guitars on the driving “95 South,” but the fire blazes brightest from the nylon vehicle. Another piece, “Hi5,” is a cool-toned electric guitar joint textured with Latin piano and percussion and clubby electronic swatches of synth. Adding keyboardist Bob Baldwin to the proceedings makes the sunny “Double or Nothin” a sure thing. Alvin Fisher’s delightful flute flourishes contributes quixotic qualities to Mr. Davidsen’s elegant electric guitar exploration, “All Night and

Forever.” “Sweet Spot” revels in a ‘80s retro-styled setting from which Eric Marienthal blows a sweltering sax solo to which Mr. Davidsen answers by ripping a blistering electric guitar response. The Temptation’s Ron Tyson unfurls soulful vocalizations although it’s Mr. Davidsen’s nimble nylon guitar that eloquently pleas on “I’m Into You.” The guitarist scats on the frenetic “Do Right” is a faithful and humble thanks to one of his major influences: George Benson. Mr. Davidsen’s electric guitar dances with glee head over heels in love on “I Can’t Help It,” a cut made famous by the late Michael Jackson. Doing Eric Clapton’s “Change the World” is more of an acknowledgement of Mr. Davidsen’s philanthropic philosophy of giving back and serving society (he served in the U.S. Navy in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm) than saluting the guitar legend although both are accomplished with a noteworthy assist from bassist Gerald Veasley. Keyboardist Bobby Lyle helps put a romantic ribbon on the collection with the urban-jazz overture “Give Me Your Heart.”


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Live performance by bassist Ben Williams and the Sound Effect jazz band. Friday, March 22, 2013 – 7:30 pm Learn more at

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Health & Fitness What Does It Mean to Be Healthy? Something Different to Everyone


efore I begin training I always ask a new client, “What are your goals?” The vast majority include, “I want to be healthy” in the reasons they want to begin training. We all want to be healthy. Yet we may have very different ideas about what that means. Is being healthy having a lack of symptoms? Is being healthy feeling good most of the time? Is health being able to generally function in life? Do we take our beliefs about health from advertisements, peer pressure or insurance weight charts? Or is there something else going on when we talk about what it truly means to be healthy? The dictionary defines the adjective “healthy” as having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease. Synonyms include: sound, fit, robust, well, wholesome, able-bodied and flourishing. The definition includes the mind as well as the body. The word “healthy” is used everywhere by everybody. We are bombarded with pictures of healthy bodies, encouraged to eat healthy foods, and told to have healthy attitudes. But when

by Pattie Cinelli I thought about it, I wasn’t sure I knew what being healthy meant. When I asked my friends, colleagues and health professionals what being healthy meant to them, they all agreed – being healthy is complex and it is constantly changing. We all think we know what being healthy is. We all strive to get healthy and stay healthy. My health begins with my senses. I listen to my body and I am aware of my emotions. I make sure I hug my dog often, talk with friends daily, exercise and eat only food that tastes good to me. I am pain free most of the time, am free of medications and deal with issues as soon as they come up. I get preventative and restorative treatments regularly. Massage is not a luxury but a monthly necessity for me. It’s daily fine tuning, adjusting and re-adjusting. Being healthy to me is feeling good and being able to do anything I want to do. One of my mentors expressed her belief in how she wants to live her life. It so resonated with me that it has become my mantra as well. “I want to be happy, healthy, happy, healthy, happy, healthy, dead!” In other words, I want to feel

good, be mobile and stay relatively happy until the day I die.

What is Health?

Health is much more than looking good, working out regularly or eating good foods. It involves the intangible emotional and spiritual aspect of a person’s life. Dr. Joe Tarantolo “There is no good definition of health,’ heart attack. Was he perfectsaid Dr. Joe Tarantolo, ly healthy?” psychiatrist, herbalist and Dr. Tarantolo said he nutrition counselor. “Con- judges health in relational tentment, happiness, equa- terms. “Are your interpernimity are all hopelessly en- sonal relationships healthy? tangled in a very subjective Is your relationship to your matrix. We tend to think of body healthy? Is your relahealth only in physiologi- tionship to God/universe/ cal terms. Are all the organs community healthy? Is of the body functioning in your relationship to food healthy? Do you have a a homeostasis? “But we’re not even healthy relationship with good at measuring that. In life itself, yours and othone study at least half of ers? Do you know yourself ? those who died from a sud- Have you accepted yourden heart attack had been self ? Do you love yourself ?” Dr. Wanda Dyson, a given a clean bill of health at the doctor’s office within physician who practices inthe previous six months. I tegrative medicine and aesknow of a perfectly healthy thetics on the Hill agrees. 60-year-old naturopathic She said there is more to physician (who lectured on being healthy than just the how to keep healthy) who physical. Dr. Dyson can died 12 hours after losing his treat patients’ illnesses, but 29-year-old son to a sudden if they don’t also bring their HillRag | March 2013 H 115

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emotions into balance they usually don’t recover. “I was treating a friend physically who had cancer, but she couldn’t get well because she didn’t feel she deserved to be healed. Another friend with a much more severe stage of cancer did work to balance her emotions and spirit in conjunction with the physical medicine. She lived longer although she was much more physically ill.,” said Dr. Dyson. Elizabeth Brooks, co-owner of Effervescence Personal Training Studio, also said being healthy transcends the physical body and includes the mental and spiritual aspects of who we are. “To be well

A NEW LOCAL COMMUNITY PHARMACY! means to think correctly about my overall well being from the thoughts I have about myself to the way I treat my body. Once we think correctly about our lives and how what we do impacts others, it’s easier to make choices about exercising regularly and eating nutritiously. When I think correctly, I live a healthy life so that I can be productive, serve and love others.”

What You Can Do

Because being healthy is not a static state, there is always something you can do to feel better. Where you are determines what plan of action you choose. If you need some fine-tuning, then maybe a shortterm detoxification and tweaking of your nutritional supplements are what you need to get back on track. Each of the health professionals I talked to has his/ her unique method of addressing a person’s issues. Claire Fay, who has run a health counseling practice on the Hill for seven years, helps motivated individuals reach their health goals through a variety of disciplines. Dr. Tarantolo draws on his expertise in psychiatry and his skills as an herbalist to uncover the underlying issues. For some it has been so long since they felt well they don’t remember what it is like. “They have nothing to measure it by. Health is like an onion. It has many layers,” said Dr. Dyson. She works with patients to peel away the layers to find the underlying causes of why they are not healthy. Dr. Dyson uses precision medicine (analyzing data more specifically than traditional western medical practices to discover exactly what is happening in


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Just as peace is more than the absence of war, health is more than the absence of illness. To be genuinely healthy is to be genuinely empowered. - Claire Fay one’s body.) Tests may include examining digestion, biologics, nutrition that considers vitamins, minerals, amino acids, toxins, essential fatty acids, metabolic pathways and cardiovascular risks. Then she designs a unique program tailored to meet an individual’s needs. She often starts with examining a patient’s digestive health. “If it’s not in balance it interferes with everything else. Even if you are taking good quality vitamins and eating organic foods, if your digestive system is not functioning properly it won’t be able to absob the nutrients.” The first step to improving your health is recognizing that you can make a positive difference no matter where you are. Then you need to be open to change. You also need to be open to hearing what your body and your emotions are telling you. You may need to slow down your mind (not your productivity!) in order to be receptive to the signals. “Being healthy is multifaceted and very specific to an individual,” explained Dr. Dyson. “You have to figure out what it means to you.” Ellen Boomer, a freelance writer on the Hill, recognizes the importance of listening to her inner guide. “I strive to feel good about myself, regardless of how I may look in pictures or how I may appear to my friends and family.” She also accepts the volatility of a healthy state and the need to continually balance. “A healthy, diet means being aware of the food I’m eating and making smart choices, most of the time. If I eat a rich, indulgent dinner one night, I’ll balance it with lighter meals the next day. I feel healthy when I’m eating well; being active and exercising at least three days a week, getting enough sleep, and having my jeans feel just a little roomy. Being aware of how I feel during and after a meal helps me make healthy choices, and aware of when I’m making an unhealthy choice!” Years ago, when Claire Fay was a researcher, she became fascinated with exploring the ways that our health is impacted by lifestyle choices that we can control and change.” What we do now will impact our future. “Just as peace is more than the absence of war, health is more than the absence of illness. To be genuinely healthy is to be genuinely empowered.” For more information contact: Dr. Joseph Tarantolo – 202- 543-5290 Elizabeth Brooks –, 202-398-1909 Claire Fay –, 202-437-4167 Dr. Wanda Dyson – Change for Life Wellness and Aesthetics 202-575-4660 Pattie Cinelli is a health and fitness coach who trains people in their homes, gyms and offices. She has been writing her health and fitness column for more than 20 years. She can be reached at: H

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The International Pet

Moving Your Pet Abroad Is Sometimes Complicated


nternational travel is a fact of life for many on Capitol Hill. Whether it’s for the State Department, the Armed Forces, or just for personal reasons, moving overseas also means bringing our pets along. And this can be surprisingly complicated. Sometimes it takes more paperwork to bring a pet into a country than a person! Hopefully I can provide some helpful tips to make this experience a little less stressful. The best advice I can give is plan ahead! Almost every problem I have encountered over the years comes down to timing. Common problems include a test that needs to be done but is going to take weeks to come back from the lab, a vaccine that was needed at least 30 days before departure but the pet is leaving in a week, or a form that needs to be endorsed by the USDA but the pet is traveling the next day. Planning ahead can prevent a lot of headaches. First and foremost, it is important to understand that there are no universal international travel requirements for cats and dogs. Every nation makes their own rules. No matter where you are traveling to, it helps to check with that nation’s consulate for specific travel requirements. The consulate is the definitive authority on requirements for travel with your pet into their nation. Another important and helpful resource is the regional USDA APHIS Veterinary Service office in Richmond, Virginia (804343-2560). This office serves DC, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. They have experience and familiarity with pet travel to most nations and can often provide specific guidance. They also have a website ( iregs/animals/) that lists known requirements for

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by Keith de la Cruz, DVM many nations. Just remember, the nation’s consulate is still the definitive authority. Many, but not all, nations require dogs and cats to have a microchip. Unfortunately, many microchips sold in the U.S. are not on the international (referred to ISO) standard. The Bayer ResQ chip used at AtlasVet is on this standard, but many others or not. If your pet already has a non-ISO chip, it may have to have a second one put in!

A current rabies vaccination is required just about everywhere. The European Union (EU) requires that a rabies vaccine must be given after an ISO microchip is placed. If the vaccine was done before the microchip was put in, the vaccine must be repeated. Some countries require the rabies vaccine be given at least 30 days but no more than one year before the travel date. The need for other vaccinations, such as distemper, parvovirus, and leptospirosis vary widely. Many nations have no specific requirements for these vaccinations, while a few require uncommon vaccines that may need to be special ordered for your pet. A few countries require specific blood tests before pets can enter the country. The most common is the rabies titer, which verifies that the pet has been properly vaccinated and is protected against rabies. It takes 4-5 weeks to get results from a rabies titer test, and some nations will not allow pets to travel into the country until 6 months after the rabies titer is done, so make sure to plan ahead to make sure everything goes smoothly. A few other nations, primarily in Africa, require some other unusual tests before travel. It is worth noting that Hawaii, while obviously not international travel, does require a rabies titer and a 6 month waiting period because it is an island state and is rabies free. Of course, a health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian will be needed. The

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Maury at the Market Fundraiser

Maury’s flagship fundraiser, Maury at the Market, will take place Saturday, Mar. 16 from 7-10 p.m. in the North Hall of Eastern Market. Come join your neighbors at this fun event that includes a silent auction and limited live auction for exciting items such as hotel packages, restaurant and spa gift certificates and sports tickets. Tickets are $30 in advance per person and $35 at the door and may be purchased from your favorite Maury family or at The event features appetizers, beer and wine donated by Tunnicliff ’s and other local restaurants. Last year’s event raised over $60,000 and helps to fund teacher’s aides’ salaries and enrichment programs.

ing, games, prizes and bike raffle.

Results for Kids: Performance Academy

In this four-week program, a certified Academy Trainer in Strength and Conditioning will teach kids basic exercise techniques in a challenging and confidence building environment. They are offering a Tuesday class from 3:304:15 p.m. for ages 6-10, and Tuesday from 4:15-5 p.m. for kids 10, up. Results for Kids: Performance Academy

is being offered to members and nonmembers. The cost for members is $100 and $125 for non-members. The program starts on Mar 5. For more information, call 908-246-9151 or email

Chess Challenge in DC

The 2nd Annual Chess Challenge in DC Citywide Elementary and Middle School Chess Tournament is on Mar 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School. This is an unrated four round tournament with

2013 Secondary Schools Shakespeare Festival

Watch as Shakespeare’s words come to life through performances from local secondary school students! Each performance lasts about 25 minutes, and ranges from high drama to zany comedy as they perform for their peers. Mar 18–26, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Visitor seating available in the Balcony. Free. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

National Community Church Easter Eggstravanganza

On Saturday, Mar. 30, 1-3 p.m., join in the fun at Lincoln Park. The Easter Eggstravanganza features egg painting, egg hunts, a life-sized Easter bunny, cotton candym face paint-

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Kites of Asia Family Day at Air and Space

The first aviation-related objects collected by the Smithsonian were two Chinese kites, donated in 1876. Celebrate this unique start to the National Air and Space Museum’s collection by visiting on the Kites of Asia family day. Experience the artistry and beauty of Asian kites, see indoor kite flying, and make your own kite! Free. Saturday, Mar 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St. SW. 202-633-2214. HillRag | March 2013 H 123

a blitz playoff. Registration is free and all participants receive a t-shirt, wristband, lunch, prizes and raffle tickets. To register go to For more information call 202-579-5551.

MARCH WITH KIDS at the Alliance Française

On Mar 9, 10 a.m., there will be a children’s author visit and art workshop. Catherine Pineur is the author and illustrator of a collection of Belgian stories loved for their vibrant sense of life and color. Children are invited for a special reading with the author followed by an eggpainting workshop. $35. On Mar 29, 6 p.m., view the film Ciné Môme: Le renard et l’enfant (The Fox and the Girl). Free. One morning as she’s walking, a young girl spies a fox along the trail. She is so entranced that she forgets to be afraid, allowing all barriers between the two to fall away. And so begins an incredible friendship, through which she will discover a secret, wild world. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. francedc. org

Registration for DPR Summer Camp Has Begun

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announces its summer camp registration, dates and information for the 2013 Summer Camp season. During the rolling registration period, a specific group of camp sites will open for online registration each day at 10 124 H

a.m. Once the online registration is open for a particular camp, the registration will remain open until all the camp spaces are filled. Please make note of the registration dates for the camp (or camps) of your choice to ensure that online registration is initiated on the correct date. Registration can be completed online or in person at the DPR summer camps office located at Columbia Heights Recreation Center, 1480 Girard St. NW 4th floor. Space fills on a firstcome, first-serve basis and enrollment is subject to availability. More information can be found at or by contacting the Summer Camps office at 202671-0372. The Summer Camps office is open Monday-Tuesday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and WednesdayFriday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. DPR’s summer camp consists of four, two-week camp sessions starting on June 24 and ending on Aug 16. Most camps will operate Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with before care from 8-9 a.m. and after care from 5-6 p.m. There is an additional charge for before and after care. Select DPR camp sites will offer the Free Summer Meals Program. Children attending camps that do not offer the free summer meals program must bring their own lunch and snacks. Also, DPR is currently implementing Mayor Gray’s “Play DC: Playground Improvement Initiative”, renovating 32 play spaces throughout the District. Centers that have the notation *Play DC site will have construction taking place on their playground area. At

these sites, campers will not have access to the playground area during the construction process and DPR will take every precaution to ensure campers safety. DPR does not maintain waiting lists for summer camps.

Shake Up Your Saturdays! Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland

This family workshop provides a morning of history, activity, performance, and fun! Explore how 16th century Irish and English culture intermingled and influenced each other, and how we still see this exchange of ideas today. Mar 16, 10-11 a.m. Free but reservation required. Ages 6-12 plus parents. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

Dining at Tunnicliff’s and Argonaut Benefits Maury

On the first and second Tuesday of every month, Tunnicliff ’s at 222 7th St. SE contributes 15% from all tabs between 5-9 p.m. Every night the Argonaut at 1433 H St. NE, $5 of every $25 spent on food and drink will be donated to Maury. Just take your bill to the host, who will give you “gems” and get those gems to a Maury family! They go in a pirate’s treasure box at the school, which will mark the donation earned.

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Brent Elementary’s Spring Gala: A Taste of the Hill

Brent is hosting its Annual Spring Gala, A Taste of the Hill, on Saturday Mar. 23, 6-10 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, located at 118 3rd St. SE. A Taste of the Hill features some of the Hill’s best restaurants and a great selection of wines. Tickets are $75 each and include all food and drinks. To buy tickets, visit

Providence Hospital Awarded Grant to Provide Enhanced Prenatal Care

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced that Providence Hospital has been awarded a $1.8 million fouryear grant to test and evaluate enhanced prenatal care interventions for women enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP who are at risk for having a preterm birth. A historical partnership among thirteen District organizations known as the National Capital Strong Start (NCSS) partnership will provide enhanced prenatal care for 3,705 pregnant women who receive Medicaid in the District.

Science Education Nonprofit Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s 2013 Summer Celebrates 25 Years of Service Arts Camps The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is now to DC Area

registering students for its one-week Summer Arts Camps running June 24-Aug 16. Campers can experience the art and artistry of Colombia, India, the American West, and Italy. 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. Half-day and full-day options are available. Camps are for students ages K-5 with some options for pre-k 4 and 5 year olds. CHAW also hosts afternoon camps including Recreation Camp, where students enjoy trips to the swimming pool, parks, museums, local attractions, and more. Additional afternoon Specialty Camps include “Lights! Camera! Bollywood!,” Stage Make-up, and a String Fling. 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. CHAW is also looking for students ages 13-17 for its

ReSET, an educational nonprofit that enlists volunteer scientists and engineers to deliver hands-on science activities to DCarea elementary schools and child development centers, will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Hart Senate Office Building on Mar 6, 5-7 p.m. The event will feature presentations by renowned AIDS/HIV scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci and groundbreaking astronomer Nancy Grace Roman. ReSET volunteers and students will be on hand to demonstrate some of their experiments and hands-on science activities. The event is open to volunteers, educators, philanthropic organizations, and the media. Founded by author and educator Dr. Harold I. Sharlin, the ReSET program partners professional scientists and engineers with teachers to help children develop a passion and aptitude for science and math. The goal is to provide children with engaging, interactive experiences with Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) subjects, to improve the quality of science and math

Camp Runs: June 24–August 9th For more information visit Programs for ages 3 1/2 to 17. Camps including: • Swimming • Cooking • Nature Science • Out For Fun • Theater • Art Classes for all ages • Ancient Cultures, Gods and Gladiators • Discovery Camp • Girls Sports & Leadership • Sewing & Fiber Arts • Before and After Care Too! • And More!

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education in the U.S., and to address current deficits in STEM academic achievement and professions. It is estimated that this pioneering program has reached more than 10,000 students with hands-on science programs since it was founded in 1988. For more information about ReSET, go to

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Serve DC subgrantee Jumpstart, a national early-education nonprofit organization that serves preschoolaged children in low-income communities, teaching them critical language and literacy skills. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 28,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of 50,000 preschool children nationwide. In the District of Columbia, Jumpstart partners with 300 Corps members from seven local colleges and universities to work with more than 700 preschool children at 20 DC Public Schools, public charter schools and early education centers. For more information, visit

Spring Soccer Developmental Academy for Ages 7-8

Capital Futbol Club is starting a spring developmental soccer program. The program will be run by professional, licensed soccer coaches who will teach soccer basics for players looking to progress to play travel soccer in the fall. Visit and sign up to express interest in the program and you will be contacted with more information. Both boys and girls are welcome.

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GALita Presents Las aventuras de Don Quijote de La Mancha

GALita, a program for the entire family, presents the return of Las aventuras de Don Quijote de La Mancha, a play based on the famous novel by literature by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, written by Argentine playwright Patricia Suárez, with a bilingual adaptation by Cornelia Cody. Commissioned by GALA and directed by Hugo Medrano, GALA’s co-founder and Producing Artistic Director, Las aventuras de Don Quijote de La Mancha will be presented from Mar 18-28, at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. GALita produces children’s theater in both Spanish and English that inspire a sense of joy, discovery, pride and identity in our community’s youngest children. Accessible to both Spanish and English speaking children, GALita’s productions spark their curiosity and tolerance for cultures other than their own. The theater is located one block north of the Columbia Heights Metro station on the Green line. Tickets are $12, and the group rate for 10 or more is $10. Student matinees for Las aventuras de Don Quijote de La Mancha are scheduled on week day mornings at 10:30 a.m. from Mar 18-22, and March 25, March 27 and March 28. A special performance for the general public will take place on Saturday, Mar 23 at 3 p.m. The duration of the show is approximately 70 minutes and the content is appropriate for the entire family, but particularly for ages 7-12. For more information call 202-2347174 or visit schools increased 5 percent for the 2012-2013 school year, according to final audited data released today by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. The final results indicate an overall increase from 76,753 last year to 80,230 students enrolled statewide this year, and represent both DC Public Schools and D.C. Public Charter Schools.

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Want to Play? Want to Invent? What’s the Difference? When asked what inspired them to become inventors, many adults tell stories about playing as children.

Among their most frequently cited childhood play experiences are: mechanical tinkering, fiddling with construction toys, reflecting about nature, and drawing or engaging in visual modeling. There is something about the skills fostered by play that inventors value and keep using as part of their working lives. The playful approaches cited by creative adults form an interesting parallel to the four kinds of children’s play that child-development experts identify as universal: exploration/tinkering; make believe/ visual thinking; social play/collaboration; and puzzle play/problem solving. inventionatplay. H

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Experience is the Best Teacher Live It Learn It turns the city into a classroom by Chris Myers Asch


t’s a breezy, gray mid-winter day at Mount Vernon, but thirteen fourth-grade girls sit rapt, eyes wide, as a handsome young man in 18th century garb talks to them passionately about… chamber pots. “You know who would have to empty the chamber pots?” asks Christopher Shields, in character as George Washington’s black valet. “The smallest slave!” he cries, pointing to tiny Dariya, who curls up shyly and tries to hide underneath her fuzzy pink hat. “That might have been your job!” The girls rear back in disgust, squealing, but they hang on every word. For forty five minutes, they listen intently, scribble notes, and pepper Shields with questions. Chamber pot talk notwithstanding, the lessons they are absorbing are serious and troubling. They have come to Mount Vernon to learn firsthand about slavery. The girls, along with their male classmates who are on a separate tour, are from Ms. Neely’s fourthgrade class at Thomas Elementary School in Northeast Washington. They found their way to Mount Vernon through Live It Learn It (LILI), a Capitol Hill non-profit that offers low-income D.C. public schools students the chance to take academically rigorous field trips to more than two dozen of the area’s most interesting and important sites. Founded in 2005, Live It Learn It is the brainchild of Matthew Wheelock, a Sidwell alumnus and former D.C. public school teacher whose parents instilled in him a passion for the city and its treasures — his mother also taught in D.C. public schools and his father is a curator at the National Gallery of Art. While teaching at Walker-Jones Elementary School on New Jersey Avenue, Wheelock regularly defied the test-prep mavens and took his students on excursions outside the classroom. The trips made his students “more confident, more motivated, and more successful in the classroom,” 128 H

he says, but he knew that few kids, particularly those attending D.C.’s lowest-performing schools, had the opportunity to enjoy such experiential education. So he left the classroom to create an organization devoted to sharing Washington’s world-class resources with the city’s children. Live It Learn It was born. Since its inaugural pontoon trip down the Anacostia River with 23 students, the organization has expanded to encompass thirty different programs at two dozen different sites across the D.C. area. More than 1700 students from twenty-three D.C. public schools are participating this year. It has quietly grown into what Catalogue for Philanthropy calls one of the city’s “best small charities.” With plans for continued expansion, it may soon burst beyond its cramped third-floor offices in an 8th Street walkup. It perhaps may be unfair to characterize what Live It Learn It does as “field trips.” Many in D.C. associate the words “field trip” with images of herds of wild, chatty children in matching t-shirts running loose through our city, their panting chaperones straggling behind them. Indeed, at Mount Vernon on the day the LILI students visited, a bus from Florida disgorged dozens of children, who proceeded to rampage through the place in barely an hour. Live It Learn It trips are different. Getting students out of the classroom is not the end in itself; the firsthand experience is a tool to help motivate students to learn more and remember more of what they learn. The trips are the centerpiece of a three-part pedagogical loop. LILI spends considerable time and energy developing rigorous, grade-appropriate curricular materials that are aligned with the school system’s academic learning standards. Before taking students to a site, LILI teachers conduct an intensive classroom lesson that primes students for the trip by providing

context, background material, and activities. Then comes the trip itself, an academically focused experience in which teachers guide students through carefully-chosen parts of the site. A day or two after the trip, LILI returns to the classroom for a follow-up lesson in which students reflect on their experiences, share what they thought about the trip, and get assessed on what they have learned. Each partnering classroom teacher gets to select three LILI programs to participate in per year. For the fall, Ms. Neely and her students enjoyed the wildly popular exhibit of Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art at the National Gallery of Art. In the spring, they will hop aboard a pontoon boat and drift downriver with the Anacostia Watershed Society. Ms. Neely’s group is one of two dozen classes (more than 500 students) who will come to Mount Vernon with Live It Learn It this school year. Ms. Neely is a big fan of the organization. “I love it!” she says, smiling as she negotiates the Mount Vernon cobblestones. The experiential programs help her students achieve more in the classroom, giving them background knowledge and personal experience with the subject matter. She lauds LILI’s experienced educators. “I really like how they handle the kids.” Ms. Neely’s students arrive at Mount Vernon prepared to learn about the program theme: slavery. (A separate LILI-sponsored program at Mount Vernon focuses on George Washington and his life.) Armed with clipboards and a detailed activity booklet, they split into two groups (boys and girls, Ms. Neely suggests) and they form moving classrooms, each headed by a LILI teacher. The first stop is the women’s slave quarters. A small, dark room with several short panels of text, the slave quarters merit only a brief peep or a quick run-through from most tourists. The LILI students spend thirty minutes. “Look around,” suggests LILI teacher Erica Harper. “Tell me what you see.” A Duke graduate with an infectious smile but little tolerance for disruptions, Harper embodies

the organization’s emphasis on both academic rigor and fun. In the slave quarters, she asks probing questions and pushes students to see slavery as a complex and profitable (for white slave owners) economic system in which blacks were treated as property. Her enthusiasm and relentless focus on the subject matter keep the standing students from succumbing to the chit-chats, bored stares, and indifference that plague many student tour groups. Students complete written activities in their booklets and discuss food, clothing, work, cash crops, and other features of slave life. “I feel bad for how they used to live,” writes one girl. As the girls leave the quarters, they bubble with questions, questions, questions – asking any adult around, including this reporter, about the treatment of slaves, how they survived, and, of particular interest, how they went to the bathroom at night. Abuzz, they meet Washington’s valet, Christopher Shields. Shields carefully explains the slave hierarchy and gives students a chance to feel the difference between the coarse clothing worn by field hands and the silky shirts that a valet would wear. He shows them how slaves had to “card” wool using two rectangular paddle brushes, and each student takes a turn scraping feverishly to straighten the springy wool into usable yarn for spinning. “My arms hurt!” exclaims a spindly girl named Frances after spending a minute carding. “Imagine how it felt to do that for ten or twelve hours in a day,” Shields tells her. The girls leave the valet and move on to the blacksmith shop, shoe shop, and men’s slave quarters before lunch. It’s been two hours, and they have not even stepped foot in the Big House. Field trips with Live It Learn It-style take a long time. Seeing everything with their own eyes has a powerful effect on them. “I was amazed to see how my ancestors lived,” says Dariya. “I was sad to see how they suffered.” It’s a lesson she won’t soon forget. Chris Myers Asch is the author of The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer. He is currently at work on a history of race and democracy in the District. H

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School Notes Compiled by Susan Braun Johnson

Maury Elementary News Maury Science Expo

Maury’s Think Tank teacher, Vanessa Ford, along with a host of volunteers and organizations (Living Classrooms, National Capitol Astronomers, DC Beekeepers, District Crossfit, Labyrinth, Casey Trees, Engineering is Elementary, GLOBE, Optical Society of America, and NSF, just to name a few) brought families together from all over the District

beer and wine are included in the ticket price, courtesy of Tunnicliff ’s, Nando’s, and the Argonaut! To become a Sponsor of Maury at the Market, please email If you’re a local merchant who would like to donate goods or services to the auction, please contact lindabsamuel@ Go to to purchase tickets and to see a list of auction items and our sponsors! Thank you! Heather Schoell. Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal. 202-698-3838 or Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. -

Capitol Hill Cluster School News The Cluster Rocks Gala and Auction

The Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA is holding its first auction: The Cluster Rocks Gala and Auction will be March 15, 7 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street. We are looking forward to a fun night with a great offering of silent and live auction items as well as a rocking DJ! All proceeds will go directly to programStudents try on beekeeping for size at the Maury Think Tank Science Expo! Photo by ming on our three campuses, which Elizabeth Nelson this year includes music instruction at Peabody, First in Learning Aides at Watkins and to explore science! They examined Jupiter like you’ve a theater project at Stuart Hobson. For tickets and never seen it, got in closely with bees, and grappled more information on the event, please visit capiwith spatial and balancing challenges. Science rules! Hope to see you there!

Maury at the Market

Maury’s flagship fundraiser, Maury at the Market, will take place Sat., March 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Eastern Market’s North Hall. There will be a raffle, silent auction and limited live auction for exciting items like gift certificates for spa services and restaurants, vacation and hotel packages, gym memberships and much more. Last year’s event helped fund salaries for teachers’ aides and important enrichment programs. Help us surpass last year’s success while enjoying a fun evening with neighbors and friends! Tickets are $30/person in advance and $35/person at the door. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and 130 H

102,315 minutes. Peabody is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the end of the Winter Reading Program on February 28th. We will have Stuart Hobson students come over to read Dr. Seuss books with our students. Peabody is proud to have three staff members this year who are Phillips Mentor Teachers. Melissa Smith (assistant principal), Katie Cushman (art teacher), and Gail Murdock (Pre-K4) are bestpractice educators who find innovative solutions to teaching art across the curriculum. The Phillips Education Department collaborates with inspired educators from Washington, D.C. and around the country, to design, implement, and evaluate artsintegrated curricula.

Stuart-Hobson Middle School

Stuart Hobson has tallied over 64,556 minutes among 82 total participants in the Cluster’s Winter Reading Initiative. Seventh-graders are leading the way! The Panthers, and Lady Panthers basketball teams have proven to be a force in the DCIAA when it comes to winning championships. The girls’ record was 9-3 and the boys’ record was 8-3. The jazz band went on an amazing field trip to the Kennedy Center and two students, Louis Wingfield and Lilly Bassow, were able to perform with the professional musicians from the “It’s Jazz at Lincoln Center” orchestra. Music teacher, Mr. James Edwards, said the students had a number of things to be proud of. “Of course there was Louis and Lilly’s performance, but our students also impressed the professionals with their understanding of skills and con-

Peabody Primary Campus

Students kicked off the Reading Around the World in 90 Days incentive program on December 3rd. Peabody’s students hope to read over 13,000 books in 3 months (over 200,000 minutes) to help reach the Cluster School goal of 1 million minutes of reading. As of mid-February Peabody students have read 6,821 books or

Wynton Marsalis pic: Members of the Stuart Hobson jazz band meet jazz legend Wynton Marsalis at the Kennedy Center.

cepts they were demonstrating. One particularly highlight for me was when the audience was asked to define scat singing. One of our 6th grade band members quickly responded with, ‘It’s a musical thought without words.’ His answer drew a response of ‘Wow’ from the musicians on stage.” Later in the week, Edwards took a small group of students who earned a trip to the Kennedy Center to hear Wynton Marsalis and the full Lincoln Center Big Band. And that’s not all. Four students earned the chance to meet Wynton Marsalis in person: Lilly Bassow, Nick Pehrson, Gunter Pryzstawik, and Louis Wingfield. Great things are happening in the Stuart-Hobson Middle School band room!

Watkins Elementary

Watkins students have read a total of 165, 400 minutes (as of late Jan) towards the Cluster goal of 1 million minutes of reading. Current classroom leaders are 1st grade: Mr. O’Neil; 2nd grade: Ms. Wertheimer; 3rd grade: Ms. Heffelbower; 4th grade: Ms. Deprez; 5th grade: Ms. Harris. Congratulations and keep reading! Two Watkins students, Leah Silverman and Louisa Specter, were among 30 finalists, chosen from more than 800 playwrights, to have their plays selected by Young Playwrights Theater in their annual awards program. One student, Leah, was one of 12 students whose plays were selected to be produced by professional actors this spring. Congratulations to Leah and Louisa! The fifth grade scholars honored Dr. Martin Luther King in January with their annual reciting of the “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Standing in the very place Dr. King stood when he delivered his famous speech, each 5th grader shared a line to complete the speech in its entirety, joining hands at the end to celebrate. They performed two songs and were joined in a stirring rendition of “We Shall Overcome” by an audience that included proud parents and teachers, the

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Amidon-Bowen’s Boys’ Basketball Team ended the season with a trip to the playoffs

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Peabody Primary: March 5th from 9-11am and April 9th from 9-11am and at 6:30pm Watkins Elementary: March 5th from 9-11am Stuart-Hobson Middle School: March 5th from 9-11am. – Katie Baptiste & Maria Helen Carey Peabody Primary Campus – 425 C St NE. Watkins Elementary Campus – 420 12th St SE. Stuart-Hobson Middle School Campus – 410 E St NE,

Amidon-Bowen News Coach Sees Victory Even in a Loss

Paradoxically, it was the moment it became clear that the Amidon-Bowen boys’ basketball team had no chance of winning their first playoff game in over two years that their coach, Frank Briscoe, felt his greatest pride in them. “Anybody can win,” Coach Briscoe said. “It’s how you lose that shows the strength of your character.” The boys, he said, continued to play hard as the clock ran 132 H

down, and shook hands respectfully with their opponents. Closing out the season 5-2, the Amidon-Bowen boys’ basketball team had garnered more than a winning record. They had begun the season as the smallest team in the league with only five players. By season’s end, that number had grown to 11. Coach Briscoe attributes that growth and the team’s success to the vision of Amidon-Bowen Principal Izabela Miller, the support of teachers, parents, and the community, and the dedication of the staff—custodians, referees, clock minders—all of whom

worked together to bring this season to fruition. But more than a little credit belongs to the coach himself. “Coach Briscoe is a mentor, a brother, a teacher and a coach all in one,”said Principal Miller.“Students and staff have the highest respect for him.” Even facing defeat in the season’s final game, Coach Briscoe saw plenty of progress in his players. “I was very proud of how they handled themselves,” he said. “They represented themselves, their parents, Amidon-Bowen, and Southwest admirably.” –Lucy Rojansky; AmidonBowen, 401 I St. SW. http://

Friends Community School News Celebrated Capitol Hill Children’s Author Katy Kelly Welcomed

Katy Kelly, author of the two children’s series Lucy Rose and Melonhead, spoke to students at Friends Community School on February 4th. The writer, who grew up on Capitol Hill and is well-known in the neighborhood, models her characters on people she knew during her own childhood. Wearing her trade-

mark Lucy Rose red cowboy boots, she spoke to children from the third, fourth and fifth grades about her life as an author and gave them lots of tips to help them as writers. She then worked with individual students in small writing workshops to help them craft their own stories. “We are thrilled to welcome Katy Kelly to Friends Community School,” said Sandy Gawlas, a teacher and librarian at the school. “Our students love her books and today they had a rare experience to meet and learn from one of their favorite authors.” Friends Community School is a Kindergarten through 8th grade Quaker school located in College Park, MD that welcomes students of all beliefs. It educates a growing number of children from Capitol Hill, as well as students from other parts of the metropolitan area. -Susan Holmes. 5901 Westchester Park Drive, College Park, MD 20740

School-Within-School at Logan Annex Jazz Gala and Auction

This year, SWS has much to celebrate! And we welcome the Hill community to party with us at our 16th Annual Jazz Gala and Auction. This year’s Gala and Auction will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 3rd St, SE, on Saturday, March 9, from 6-10 p.m. The Gala is a fabulous, adults-only evening of live jazz, heavy appetizers, an open bar, and both silent and live auctions. Each year, the event is vital to the school’s success, raising much of the money needed to support school technology, teacher development, and music, art, and dance programs. Auction items are donated by parents and members of the community. This year, those items include beautiful original art, beach vacations, salon visits, jewelry and much more. And of course, there are always the extraordinary artistic creations of SWS students Katy Kelly, a children’s book author who grew up on Capitol Hill spent a day last month at Friends Community themselves—always the subject School. She is pictured with fifth graders Jasper Shapiro, Amabel Gwinn-Duffy and Jonathan Altman.

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School-Within-School kindergartners Lily (left) and Julia work together on their classroom art project for this year’s Jazz Gala and Auction.

of intense bidding wars between parents and grandparents! Tickets for the Jazz Gala and Auction are $40 each or $130 for a group of four. Learn more at

but is essential now, for those hoping to attend specialty high schools. Dr. Goff emphasizes preparedness; research the school on-line; determine that the school’s programming meets their education needs; consult with parents. Then the application process begins. They must file the forms completely and accurately and assemble portfolios of their work. But more important is the interview, where they must present themselves as individuals whose personal qualities will be welcome at the school. Eye contact is essential as is good posture and a confident hand-shake. It’s more important to dress professionally than fashionably. Be able to explain how the school’s offerings align with their career goals, and how their interests and abilities would be a good fit for the school. Lose the gum. Remember to thank your interviewer. Easy to say, but hard to do under pressure. So students participate in interview workshops where they not only have an opportunity to practice being interviewed but also giving constructive criticism and receiving it with grace. Thanks to Dr. Goff, they’ll be ready to shine! – Elizabeth Nelson, Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Ave NE.

J.O. Wilson Elementary School College and Early Childhood: A Great Combination

The Early Childhood classes at J.O. Wilson have welcomed new volunteers into their classrooms

We’re Growing Up —and Down

After one year in our temporary building at the Logan Annex, SWS is moving to its permanent home! We are delighted to be staying on the Hill, moving just seven blocks east to the former Prospect Learning Center at 920 F St, NE. The bigger building will allow SWS to add not only two 2nd grade classrooms next year but also two PS-3 classrooms. --by Hannah Schardt. SWS at Logan is located at 215 G Street NE.

Eliot-Hine MS News Students Make a Good First Impression with Angela Goff

As adults, we all know the importance of making the right first impression but there was a time - maybe in middle school - when we didn’t. That’s where Angela Goff steps in. As school psychologist and high school transition specialist at Eliot-Hine MS, she teaches the students to present themselves well, both in writing and in person. Being able to do so will be useful to them throughout their lives, 134 H

Dr. Goff holds mock interviews for Eliot-Hine MS students

through the Jumpstart Program. Students from Catholic University work alongside teachers to read books, sing songs, and explore new ideas with students under the supervision of the teacher. The university students will volunteer in the early childhood classrooms during the school day as well as provide support to the early childhood aftercare program.

Spring Planning is Underway

The new J. O. Wilson Garden program is underway, thanks to a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. We are building ten new garden boxes and have installed a rain barrel, and look forward to extending our school wellness program. Stop by this spring and see great things growing at J.O. Wilson! Additionally, the school will host its first ever Market Day this spring. Look for announcements on this exciting event that will be open to the community. Samantha Caruth, J. O. Wilson Elementary School, 660 K Street NE, www.jowilsonelementary. org,

Miner Elementary School News Making Global Local

Under DCPS’ Embassy Adoption Program, Miner’s 5th graders will get a taste of Saudi Arabia when an embassy representative visits in March to talk about Saudi Arabia’s history, culture, government, arts, food, geography, and more. Later in the year, our 5th graders will return the favor and deliver a presentation about their adopted country at the

embassy and for the ambassador.

Singing for Seniors

In March, the Miner Glee Club, in recognition of all that seniors do for Miner, will sing at Delta Towers Apartments, an independent living community for seniors.

Voices of America

On March 12, AARP Experience Corps will highlight Miner’s success in getting seniors into every classroom in Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade by producing a feature to be broadcast over Voices of America in the near future.

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Miner’s Cub Scout Pack 312 is ready to race. They will participate in the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby on March 9 at 11:00 at the Peoples Congregational Church and in addition to having fun; they’ll learn craft skills, the rules of fair play, and good sportsmanship.

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Two Rivers PCS News DC Council Education Committee Chair Visits Two Rivers

D.C. Councilmember at Large and new Council Education Chair David Catania (I) visited Two Rivers Public Charter School on February 14th. Two Rivers was recently recognized by the District’s Public Charter School Board as one of 22 high-performing public charter schools citywide. Open to all District students on a first come first served basis, HillRag | March 2013 H 135

kids&family masks, flaunting an array of beads and parading around Providence park. The celebration culminated with King Cakes in every classroom!

Record Number of Athletes field CYO Basketball Teams

History Month with a school-wide study of such notables as Langston Hughes, Ben Carson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The youngest students focused on fairness, reading books about the March, watching video clips, talking about segregation and why people march, and talking with a CHDS parent who is a Department of Justice civil rights attorney. One class experienced a bit of how discrimination feels when girls were allowed free choice activities

St. Peter Panther CYO basketball teams successfully completed their seasons in February. St. Peter’s fielded six teams in the Catholic Youth “Chairman Catania sits down with Two Rivers students and sees expeditionary learning up close.” Photo: Paul Staats. Organization (CYO) league both a boys and Two Rivers elementary students score 29 percentage points higher, and our middle school students 21 girls team in the Rookie, Junior Varsipercentage points higher, than the average city-run ty and Varsity conferences. The teams played against other Catholic parishD.C. public school. Two Rivers middle school students score on av- es across the DC area. Led by twelve erage 17 percentage points higher than the average volunteer coaches, over sixty St. Peter students and parishioners played ball D.C. public charter school. But while this school’s students perform at a this season. The St. Peter CYO bashigh level on the city’s reading and math tests, they ketball program is funded by player fees and was supplemented in 2012 are taught much more than how to pass exams. The educational program is derived from ex- by a generous grant from National CHDS 3rd graders become part of the play at Discovery Theatre’s Civil Rights play “How Old is a peditionary learning, an approach grounded in re- Capital Bank. The grant was used to Hero?” Photo: Sydney Daniels search that is project-based. This method teaches pay for new uniforms for the varsity students how to learn by solving problems and mas- teams and help defray the cost of gym rental. - Sally Aman. St. Peter School, 422 Third while boys’ choices were selected by teachers. The tering 21st century skills. groups switched, and then discussed how they The school is popular with parents citywide. St, SE , felt, agreeing that they are happy their classroom Two Rivers received 1,300 applications for 50 spare is fair. places this school year. Some students wrote their own “I Have Catania is but the latest visitor from the world of a Dream” speech based on their concerns for education to the school, which also has hosted State CHDS Celebrates the March on Washington our world. Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley Capitol Hill Day School celebrates Black Another class discussed changes they would Jones, District of Columbia Public Schools like to see in the world, made signs, and orChancellor Kaya Henderson and U.S. Secreganized their own March to the steps of the tary of Education Arne Duncan. Lincoln Memorial. TRPCS, 1227 4th St, N;

Capitol Hill Day School News

Field trips connected students to the March:

News from St. Peter School Lent & Mardi Gras!

Students prepared for the season of Lent with lessons about the Catholic 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 fasting, sacrifice, and/or service. Students celebrated the last day of Carnival with a school-wide Mardi Gras celebration by decorating shoe box floats and 136 H

St. Peter School Varsity Girls

• Meeting authors and illustrators of “I Have a Dream,” and “Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington” • Discovery Theatre’s “How Old is a Hero? A Children’s Civil Rights Play” • Woodlawn Manor’s Underground Railroad Experience • Museum of American History’s “Changing America: The March on Washington” and Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-in Program Jane Angarola,

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Tyler Elementary School News Yo La llamo Rusita

Last month Tyler students from the Spanish-immersion, arts integration, and special education classes enjoyed Teatro de la Luna’s performance of Yo la llamo Rusita Rojas, a bilingual adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood that teaches how lovely life is if we just take a moment to dream together. Teatro de la Luna is a local theater company whose mission is to foster crosscultural understanding through Spanish-language theatre and bilingual theatrical activities. Their Experiencia Teatral/Experience Theater program brings age-appropriate Spanish language plays into area schools. This performance was graciously funded by a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

National Geo Science

Getting kids excited about science isn’t always easy, but our partners at National Geographic did just that when they visited Tyler Elementary as part of their 26 Acts of Kindness initiative. Students in Mrs. Daniels’ 2nd grade class were treated to a read-aloud by National

Geographic’s Ms. Michelle Sullivan, who also gave each of the 27 students a full library of nonfiction science books. Tyler students will soon visit the National Geographic museum in NW, DC. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with National Geographic. We know they left our school with terrific Tyler Tiger memories! Colleen Cancio, Tyler Elementary, 1001 G St, SE.

Eastern HS News Students Hold Fundraiser for Trip to Build African Schools

Eastern High School is partnering with buildOn to send six students to Malawi, Africa this summer to work alongside villagers to construct a primary school. Students will spend two weeks living with local families in Kasungu District, where buildOn is partnering with the local government to build more than 50 schools. For these six, tenth grade students -- Alexis, Givon, Davonya, Ke’Asiah, Bridget, and Naomi -- this is the opportunity of a lifetime! buildOn is a national organization that runs after school youth service programs that mobilize urban teens to lift up their communities and change the world through intensive local community service and by building schools in some of the poorest countries on the planet. Eastern High School’s buildOn

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kids&family free SAT test, which will be taken on February 27th. Students are not required to pay the $50 fee and have been given tools to help them prepare. One of these tools is taking a Kaplan Test Prep class afterschool at a reduced price. Almost 40 students are currently taking the class twice a week. Eleonore Edgell, 11th grader. The School Without Walls HS of Washington, DC 2130 G St NW.

buildOn has logged over 1,044,570 hours of community service, built 574 schools, and 94percent of bUildOn seniors graduate high school and attend college.

club is partnering with the volunteer-based buildOn DC Chapter to establish permanent buildOn programming in the District, and to fundraise the $35,000 needed to cover construction costs for the school building and airfare, ground transportation, and accommodations for six students and one teacher. Help make this trip a reality! Join the buildOn DC Chapter for a Happy Hour fundraiser on March 7th at 6:30 pm at Local 16 on U St. The Chapter will be giving away raffle and silent auction items from local DC restaurants, stores, and artists. You can also text GIVE 11305 to 80088 to donate $10 to help send Eastern students to Malawi via GlobalGiving. Message and data rates may apply. - Elle McPherson. Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE.; Twitter: @EasternHS; Facebook:

Friendship Collegiate Academy Students Find Internships, Build Careers

Recognizing his work to help students find internships and jobs with important area firms, Friendship Collegiate Academy’s Alumni Affairs Coordinator Ashref Elshazil recently received the Pete Kuchli Urban Empowerment Award from Year Up. Elshazil earned the award for the partnership he created between Collegiate Academy, a college preparatory public charter high school, and the Year Up program. Year Up provides high-school graduates a one-year training program, including hands-on skill development and corporate internships. Thanks to this innovative partnership, 20 Collegiate Academy alumni are currently enrolled in the program. Some Collegiate graduates have been offered full-time employment with employers such as Morgan Stanley, Freddie Mac, Red Cross and John Hopkins. Year Up provides young adults with the oppor-

tunities, experience and support they need to help realize their potential with a high-expectations philosophy and hands-on on-the-job training, stipends, and college credits. Friendship Collegiate Academy is operated by Friendship Public Charter School and is located at 4095 Minnesota Avenue, NE, has a 91 percent ontime graduation rate and 100 percent of its graduating class is accepted to college, 35 percentage points higher than the average for District of Columbia Public Schools open-enrollment high schools. Over 2,500 students have taken academically rigorous Advanced Placement classes since 2004. Collegiate graduates have earned nearly $40 million in scholarships. The school has graduated 24 Posse Scholars; over 500 DC Achievers and three Gates Millennium Scholars. To learn more about Friendship Public Charter School and Friendship Collegiate Academy visit

Potomac School News John Kowalik is 14th Head of School

The Potomac School announced that John J. Kowalik, Headmaster of The Peck School in Morristown, New Jersey, will be the next Head of School beginning July 2013. Larry Culp, Chair of Potomac’s Board of Trustees, said, “John Kowalik is a wise and gifted educator, with a rare combination of inspirational leadership capabilities and exceptional management skills. He is the right leader to build on [current Head] Geoff Jones’ remarkable

School Without Walls High School Student News Black History Month Activities

The month of February has been very busy, especially with Black History Month commemorations. Each day on the daily announcements, made on the intercom, a quote is shared with the school from a prominent African American figure. School Without Walls also hosted a Black History Month assembly. There were performances by many clubs at the school, including the African Culture Club, which performed two traditional dances; the Gay-Straight Alliance, which presented on Bayard Rustin, a gay black civil rights activist; as well songs from prominent African-American individuals performed by the Jazz and Stage Bands.

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achievements at Potomac during the last 13 years.” The Potomac School, founded in 1904, is a K-12 co-ed independent school located in McLean, Virginia. With a student population of 1015, the School sits on 90 acres and is located three miles from Washington, DC.

New D.C. International Public Charter School To Open 2014

A new language immersion middle and high school is set to open in the District. The District of Columbia International Public Charter School is the result of a pooling of talent and resources among D.C.’s four public charter language immersion elementary schools. These are: Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, 3700 Oakview Terrace, NE, which teaches students in French and English or Spanish and English; Yu Ying Public Charter School, located at 220 Taylor St NE, which teaches students in Mandarin Chinese and English; Mundo Verde Public Charter School, located at 3220 16th St NW, which teaches students in Spanish and English; and Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, located at 1375 Missouri Ave NW, which also teaches students in Spanish and English. The four public charter schools are coming together to add a middle and high school, which they hope will gain accreditation through the academically rigorous and highly respected International Baccalaureate Program. The school could accommodate up to 1,000 students and will open in the fall of 2014. Students already enrolled at any of the four founding schools would not have to re-apply to enroll at the new school. School leaders hope also to have places for students not currently enrolled at their schools. For more information about these four public charter schools, please visit ,, mundoverdepcs. org, or If you would like to submit news about your school, please contact me at H

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to the beat. “Hey, that’s you!, exclaimed one officer upon hearing a fellow officer’s name in the lyrics. An especially by Carol Anderson moving musical tribhat if these perks were brought to your work- ute was performed by the father-and-daughplace? Foot-stompin’ music. Your name in song. ter team of Philip and Handmade valentines. Mouth-watering food. Gag toys for a Sophie Bender. “We’re laugh. Prayers for your well being. And a HUGE thank you glad for the opportunity to join our Capifrom the community. Such are the gifts Capitol Hill police officers receive at tol Hill UMC friends the Annual Police Valentine Tribute. Organized each year by in showing gratitude area Methodist churches, the tribute has one simple goal: to to these hard-working thank neighborhood police for their dedicated service. And men and women,” said it succeeds. Now in it’s 14th year, the tribute is a favorite – Phil Bender. Six-year- Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes and highly anticipated – tradition of the officers at the 5th old Sophie played the with Susanna Kelly-Scott violin while her father, and E St. stationhouse. Church members from the Ebenezer Circuit – Capitol a widely admired proHill United Methodist Church, Ebenezer UMC, and Mt. fessional tenor, sang “Amazing Grace” and “Gospel Plow.” Vernon UMC – arrived on a damp February night to delight The ovation was robust. “I’ve been playing violin since I was officers at the First District Sub-Station with valentines four,” said the coolly nonchalant younger Bender. Parents and kids from the TGIF after-school tutoring made by kids, massive platters of food, and songs to honor and inspire them. Quickly filling 1D1’s modest breakroom, program also attended. Each year their executive directhe church folk broke into a group chant – “The Roll Call tor, Joanne Buford, makes homemade soup for the officers, Cheer” – that applauded officers by name. Each name elic- and the kids deliver a special artistic creation that they’ve spent weeks creating. Likewise, Capitol Hill UMC’s Sunited hoots and howls from fellow officers. “This faith community’s show of support each year for day School kids made a three-foot giant valentine as their the First District’s team of officers truly inspires these men “thank you” to the officers. “The soup, like the songs, are not and women,” said Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes. optional,” says Lt. Diane Durbin. “Don’t come without the “It touches all of our hearts to be appreciated in this way – soup, and don’t come without the songs.” Ashley Harris, who at 11 has attended these triband long after Valentine’s Day.” Groomes was joined by First District Commander Daniel Hickson and 1D1 station chief, utes since a toddler, gave each officer a stars-and-stripes pleated fan and set out plush bears Inspector Mario Patrizio. Standholding valentines. Classmates ing in for Councilmember TomSavanna Kelly-Scott and Quinn my Wells was his chief of staff, Stroud danced and gyrated to the Charles Allen. songs, and paid no heed when the Listening intently, front-line music stopped. officers strained to hear their The evening concluded with a names in the group song, a high“heartfelt” thanks for the police’s light of the event. “Shields for the tireless service to citizens on the City” was the title of this year’s Hill and throughout the city, a song, which was sung to the tune wish for their continued safety, and of “Eye of the Tiger” from the a prayer that they would return to movie “Rocky.” A pulsating inthe streets knowing they have the strumental version backed up the grateful support of the communithrong of singers, and the audities they serve. H ence of officers swayed and rocked Lt. Diane Durbin and Inspector Mario Patrizio

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Don’t Burn Coal in DC The biggest and most dangerous source of toxic pollution in the District is located right here on the Hill. The Capitol Power Plant, located scant blocks from the Capitol Dome, burns coal to heat and cool the “Capitol Complex.” For a century the air pollutants emitted from the plant’s short smokestacks have wafted through Capitol Hill, near Southwest and the surrounding neighborhoods. Coal is a much dirtier fuel than either oil or natural gas. Its smoke contains a uniquely toxic mixture of hazardous metals and chemicals, including mercury, lead, dioxins, arsenic and even radionuclides. The plant is the only coal-burning facility in Washington. And it’s the largest emitter of air pollution, bar none. Ever wonder why so many people suffer from asthma in DC? Coal-related air pollution causes 13,000 premature deaths per year, and 200,000 asthma attacks, nationwide. Here in DC, our air quality has been determined by EPA to be unhealthy, chiefly because of pollution generated by upwind coal-fired power plants. The Hill is a particular hot spot because of the Plant’s excessive and needless emissions. Why needless? Because they don’t have to burn coal. It’s a choice. The plant’s operator – the Architect of the Capitol – burns gas in the summertime, turning to coal during the “heating season.” In 2009 the Architect

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promised to eliminate all coal burning, permanently, by 2011 (see news/detail.asp?ID=325). Unfortunately, he reneged on that promise. Indeed, he recently solicited bids for 20,000 tons of coal for the 2013-2014 heating season, -- an amount equal to 266,000 pounds per day. We say that only natural gas should be burned at the plant. Coal is much more expensive than gas, and much more damaging to our health and the climate. Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells is demanding that coal burning be halted at the plant, once and for all. So is Delegate Norton. So is Councilmember Mendelson. So are we at the Sierra Club. So are local residents. Mayor Gray, on the other hand, remains mum on the coal issue. This is a mistake. The Mayor is an environmentalist. Commendably, he is leading a drive to make DC “environmentally sustainable.” But it makes little sense to install efficient streetlights if we’re going to allow the Capitol Power Plant to burn coal. The DC government has the power to limit emissions from the Plant through its Clean Air Act permitting system. It’s time to get the coal out Civic-minded residents have a duty to let the Mayor know what they think about this.


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oor James Graham could not go quietly into that good night. Rather, the public was treated to weeks of extensive hand-ringing, obfuscations, last minute legal maneuvers and angry denials whose convoluted reasoning would have done Richard Nixon proud. In the end, the man behind the signature bow tie buckled under the inevitable judgment of his esteemed and much maligned colleagues and quietly suffered a reprimand. In the twilight moments of Graham’s desperate rearguard action, the only colleague to come to his aid was Marion “Mayor for Life” Barry. Barry’s primary interest in Affair Le Graham, lay not in the plight of his embattled colleague, but rather in the relitigation of his own censure of years past. Having watched the whole dismal proceeding, Dear Readers, The Nose was left wondering. Recent investigations by an esteemed fellow scribbler at the Washington City Rag reveal a mysterious nexus between Jeffrey Thompson’s largess, the bank accounts of one of the city’s most influential lobbyists and serendipitous political contributions. These monies have managed to find their way into the

campaign funds of many whose derrières still grace the dais. Was Graham thrown under the wheels of the ethics bus by colleagues a-feared of the impact of the looming Machen locomotive? Did the specter of Jeffery Thompson turning state’s evidence provide an essential motivation? Will Graham be the last or the first in a succession of councilmembers to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Given the penchant of members for mixing constituent service fund raising with unlicensed nonprofits, The Nose would wager on the former rather than the latter. So, in the spirit of the Artful Dodger, here is a tune to fit to unwind the most difficult knotted tie:

Consider yourself reprimanded Consider yourself a party to infamy We’ve taken against you so strong It’s clear we’re no longer going along Consider yourself well spanked Consider yourself a victim of your own mendacity There isn’t a pointed cap to wear You’re snared! Go sit in the corner there If it should chance to be We should see Some harder days Empty larder days Then grouse! Always a-chance we’ll meet A developer To foot the bill Then the contributions are on the house! Consider yourself no saint We don’t want to have no fuss, For after some consideration, we can state Consider yourself Not one of us! After all the strum und drang, Dear Readers, Graham regained The Nose’s respect by standing up and taking the blow on the chin. On some not too distant day, he may yet have the pleasure of witnessing one of those colleagues ducked walked off in handcuffs. Have a comment for The Nose, email H

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