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MIDCITY JANUARY 2015


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Regulatory Process of How to Open a Small Business in DC Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am Location: 1100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor (E-200), Washington, D.C. 20024 To Register: http://goo.gl/LqvMBH

Money Smart for Small Business Banking Services and Insurance Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Location: 1100 4th Street SW, 4th Floor (E-4302), Washington, D.C. 20024 To Register: http://goo.gl/zvX6an

SBRC’s Navigating through Business Licensing and Corporations Process Date: Monday through Thursday Time: By Appointment – between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Location: 1100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor (E-268), Washington, D.C. 20024 To Register: http://bizdc.ecenterdirect.com

Senior Day Program Date: Thursday, February, 5, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am Location: Bernice Elizabeth Fonteneau – 3531 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20011 To Register: http://goo.gl/CRlNrk For further information, please contact: Jacqueline Noisette (202) 442-8170 jacqueline.noisette@dc.gov Claudia Herrera (202) 442-8055 claudia.herrera@dc.gov Joy Douglas (202) 442-8690 joy.douglas@dc.gov

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CONTENTS JANUARY

MIDCITY

08 What’s on Washington 10 Calendar out and about

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Insatiable • Jonathan Bardzik

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Let’s Get Physical • Jazelle Hunt

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Depeche Art • Phil Hutinet

your neighborhood 24

Bulletin Board • Kathleen Donner

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The Numbers • Ed Lazere

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Shaw Streets • Pleasant Mann

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Logan Circles • Mark F. Johnson

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Mt. Vernon Triangle • Ellen Boomer

kids and family 34

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Notebook • Kathleen Donner

at home 37

Changing Hands • Don Denton

38 Classifieds

COVER: Gina Schaefer, Owner of Logan Hardware & 5th Street Ace Hardware. Photo: Andrew Lightman


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Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park

PlungeFest 2015 on Jan. 24 at Sandy Point State Park is a fun and quirky way to support Maryland Special Olympics. You’ll “plunge” into the icy water of the Chesapeake Bay with just a swim suit on in the middle of January and pay for the privilege. It’s not just an event--it’s an experience that has become a winter-time tradition for thousands of warm-hearted Plungers. It all benefits Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities, as they enjoy the life-changing benefits of participating in the Special Olympics. Sandy Point State Park is about 40 miles east on route 50 (exit 32), at the base of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. plungemd.com Photo: Steve Ruark

HOT TO COLD at the National Building Museum

On the heels of its summer indoor maze, which attracted more than 50,000 visitors, the international design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) returns to the National Building Museum, Jan. 24-Aug. 30, with a behind-thescenes look at its creative process. The exhibition, HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation, takes visitors from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explores how BIG´s design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts. More than 60 three-dimensional models will be suspended at the second-floor balconies of the Museum’s Great Hall in an unprecedented use of this public space. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. nbm.org BIG Partners. Photo: Dean Kaufman

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Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence

Italian Renaissance master Piero di Cosimo’s paintings will be at the National Gallery of Art, Feb. 1-May 3. Forty of the artist’s most compelling paintings will be on view, including beguiling mythologies and religious works (some on loan from churches in Italy), as well as one of his greatest works, the Madonna and Child with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter, and John the Evangelist with Angels from the Museo degli Innocenti, Florence. Several important paintings will undergo conservation treatment before the exhibition, including the Gallery’s Visitation altarpiece (c. 1489–1490)—one of the artist’s largest extant paintings. The exhibition will be in the West Building, Mail Floor Galleries. nga.gov Piero di Cosimo, The Visitation with Saint Nicholas and Saint Anthony Abbot, c. 1489/1490, oil on panel, 184.2 x 188.6 cm (72 1/2 x 74 1/4 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection

Newseum Displays News Coverage Artifacts from Ferguson Protests

Following the shooting death of Michael Brown and the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, Newseum collected more than a dozen items from protesters and journalists in Ferguson, Mo. “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement” now includes a press pass and two rubber pellet, a homemade “Police the Police” poster used by protesters and several reporters’ notebooks containing notes about the events. Newseum online managing editor Sharon Shahid traveled to St. Louis to collect the items; read her compelling account of conversations with people on the front lines of the conflict in Ferguson. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-292-6100. newseum.org Beverly Adams, 63, of University City, Mo., during the “Ferguson October” protest march in St. Louis. Photo: Courtesy of Beverly Adams

Wreath-laying at the MLK Memorial

A wreath-laying ceremony at the MLK Memorial will take place on Monday, Jan. 19, 8-9 a.m. This year’s ceremony is “A Day of Reconciliation and Service…In Remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday.” President and CEO of The MLK Memorial Foundation Harry E. Johnson, Sr. will lay the wreath. He will be joined by political leaders, civil rights and human rights leaders, and members of the public. The ceremony was scheduled early in the morning to allow for all to do a day of community service in honor of Dr. King. The organizers urge all attendees to arrive early and consider using public transportation. thememorialfoundation.org Photo: Courtesy of the MLK Memorial Foundation

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MLK DAY RELATED EVENTS Smithsonian Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Program. Jan 16, 7:00-9:00 PM. The Smithsonian celebrates King’s life and legacy with this year’s theme, “The Beloved Community, “ at the National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW. Call 202-633-4844 to register. Wreath-Laying at the Lincoln Memorial. Jan 19, 1:00 PM. The National Park Service will place a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial, on the steps where Dr. King gave his 1963 speech. The recitation of the “I Have a Dream” speech will be presented by school students. 202-426-6895. nps.gov/linc Wreath-laying at the MLK Memorial. Jan 19, 8:00-9:00 AM. The organizers urge all attendees to arrive early and consider using public transportation. 1964 Independence Ave. SW. nps.gov/mlkm thememorialfoundation.org Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Jan 19. Serve DC connects residents with volunteer opportunities and community-based organizations with resources and volunteers. serve.dc.gov MLK Open House at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Jan 19, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM (skating exhibition at noon). Free skating, skate rental and skating lessons throughout the open house. Skates available on a first come, first served basis. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. 202-584-5007. fdia.org

Mary Bacon will play First Lady Mary Lincoln in the Ford’s Theatre world premiere of James Still’s “The Widow Lincoln.” Photo: Scott Suchman

The Widow Lincoln at Ford’s. Jan 23-Feb 22. Set during the weeks following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre, The Widow Lincoln portrays a very human Mary in the aftermath of her husband’s death as she mourns the post-war life they will never share. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords.org

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“Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr.” Jan 20, 7:00 PM. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and the Anacostia Playhouse present Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr., a one-hour concert. Free and suitable for all ages. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. NE. Visit the MLK Memorial. Open to visitors all hours, every day. 1964 Independence Ave. SW. nps.gov/mlkm Alexandria’s Watson Reading Room. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Visitors should call in advance for holiday hours. Located next door to the Alexandria Black History Museum, the Watson Reading Room is a non-circulating research repository focusing on issues of African-American history and culture. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA. 703-746-4356. alexandriava. gov/historic NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom Online Exhibition. The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom exhibition presents a retrospective of the major personalities, events, and achievements that shaped the NAACP’s history during its first 100 years. myloc. gov/Exhibitions/naacp Civil Rights at 50 at Newseum. On display through 2015. “Civil Rights at 50,” a three-year changing exhibit, chronicles milestones in the civil rights movement from 1963, 1964 and 1965 through historic front pages, magazines and news images. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, NE. 888-639-7386. newseum.org

SPECIAL EVENTS Winter Restaurant Week. Jan 19-25. #DineOutandEatUp at over 230 restaurants offering 3-course lunch menus for $20.15 and dinner menus for $35.15. Book your table today at ramw.org/restaurantweek. Washington Auto Show. Jan 23-Feb 1. WANADA represents its dealer membership in the state, local and national public policy process and speaks for its part of the auto industry in public and

media forums. Walter E. Washington Concention Center. dcconvention.com

MUSIC Music at Black Cat. Jan 14, Couch Night; Jan 15, Records Collecting Dust; Jn 16, People’s Blues of Richmond; Jan 17, Reverend Horton Heat; Jan 22, Jim-e Stack; Jan 23, Wings Denied; Jan 24, Cryfest; Jan 25, The Shondes; Jan 29, Zola Jesus; Jan 30, Punk Rock Karaoke; Feb 1, Evan Dando; Feb 4, Grisfolk; Feb 5, Pinkwash; Feb 7, Parquet Courts. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. blackcatdc.com Music at 9:30. Jan 14, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven; Jan 15, Wild Child; Jan 16, Cowboy Mouth; Jan 17, Super Diamond; Jan 18, Reaction; Jan 20, G-Eazy; Jan 22-23, Dr. Dog; Jan 24, Hot In Herre: 2000’s Dance Party with DJ’s Will Eastman and Brian Billion; Jan 29, Borgore; Jan 30-31, Greensky Bluegrass; Feb 1, Asaf Avidan; Feb 4, Laura Tsaggaris vs. Justin Jones & the B-Sides; Feb 5, Viceroy; Feb 6, Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday Celebration featuring Third World, Jesse Royal, Roger Steffens and DJ Dub Architect; Feb 7, DC Music Download’s Three Year Anniversary Show. 9:30, 815 V St. NW. 877435-9849. 930.com

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Music at The Howard. Jan 15, Jon B; Jan 16, DJ ?uestlove; Jan 17, Lisa Fischer; Jan 18, Rare Essense & Trouble Funk; Jan 21, Johnny Artis Band; Jan 22, FouseyTube; Jan 23, Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band; Jan 30, Space Jesus & Freddy Todd; Jan 31, Team Familiar-EU Featuring Sugar Bears & DJ AMP C; Feb 1, Dwele; Feb 5, Midnite; Feb 6, White Ford Bronco; Feb 7, Slick Rick and Rakim. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com Music at Ebenezers. Jan 16, Pressing Strings, Will Duvall, Eileen Graham, Dan Wolff; Jan 30, Zia Hassan, Sheltered Turtle, Don Kim; Jan 31, Carl AndersonLive in the Coffeehouse. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com Music at the Lincoln. Jan 21, The Tragically Hip; Feb 6, Jamie Cullum. Lincoln

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Crowds at last year’s Health and Fitness Expo. Photo: Jim Palmer

NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo. Jan 10-11. This is a free expo which is a hands-on exposition that offers information on how to maintain a healthly lifelstyle with forums on healthy cooking, exercise, activities for children from games to face painting. Free. Walter E. Washington Concention Center. dcconvention.com

Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. thelincolntheatre.com Concert at Library of Congress. Jan 23, 8:00 PM. The final concert of the St. Lawrence String Quartet Project features a joint commission of a new work by John Adams and pieces by Haydn and Dvoák in the Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building. Free tickets required. 202-707-5502. loc.gov Music at Sixth and I. Jan 27, John Reilly and Friends; Jan 31, Erin McKeown; Feb 4, Kevin Devine and Into It. Over It; Feb 7, Simon Shaheen. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. sixthandi.org Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but a free will offering taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-347-2635. epiphanydc.org Sunday Gospel Brunch Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir. Every Sunday, 12:30-2:00 PM. $30-$45. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com

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THEATER The Tempest at Shakespeare. Through Jan 18. Trickery and magic, romance and revenge set the stage for one of Shakespeare’s late masterpieces. Sidney Harman Hall, 10 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org Diner at Signature. Through Jan 25. Christmas, Baltimore: 1959. A circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. Well, only if his fiancée passes a football trivia test. . Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. off I-395 at the Shirlington exit (#6). signature-theatre.org Choir Boy at Studio. Jan 7-Feb 22. A music-filled story of masculinity, tradition, coming of age, and speaking your truth, set in the gospel choir of an elite prep school for young black men. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org Life Sucks (or the present ridiculous) at Theater J. Jan 14-Feb 15. It’s tough being the gorgeous


woman desired by all but understood by none. Or the homely girl with a heart of gold. Or the middle-aged man insightful enough to see the depth of his own failings. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. washingtondcjcc. org Red High Heels at Anacostia Playhouse. Jan 15-24. The Red High Heels Trilogy is a thought provoking series of new plays written by Harrison Murphy and directed by Jim Girardi. Their intent is to offer theater in a new form by combining multiple media and live acting into a new theatrical form. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. Tickets may be purchased at anacostiaplayhouse.com. Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: at Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Arena. Jan 16-Feb 22. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. arenastage.org The Last Five Years at Atlas. Jan 16-18. The Last Five Years is a musical written by Jason Robert Brown. It premiered at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2001 and was then produced Off-Broadway in March 2002. The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. $15. Atlas performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org Mary Stuart at the Folger. Jan 27-Mar 8. England’s most storied rivalry sets an imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots up against her cousin and captor Queen Elizabeth I in a Tudor world flush with subterfuge and revenge. Folger Shakespeare Theater, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. folger.edu Frozen at Anacostia Playhouse. Feb 5-Mar 1. Frozen tells the story of the disappearance of 10-year-old Rhona, and follows her mother and killer over the years that follow. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. Tickets may be purchased at anacostiaplayhouse.com. Discounts available for east of the river residents

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EXHIBITIONS Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor at the Library of Congress. Through Jan 19. This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and to illustrate the great charter’s influence on laws and liberties throughout the centuries. Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov Decoding the Renaissance at the Folger. Through Feb 26. During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into their own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period’s most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books, and most enduring legacies. Featuring the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. folger.edu The Architectural Image, 1920-1950. Through May 3. The changing tastes, theories, and obsessions of that era were often documented by prominent artists who found architecture and construction to be compelling subject matter. Some of these artists saw beauty in the inherent geometries of buildings, which they crisply captured via woodcuts or similar high-contrast media. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org How the Civil War Changed Washington. Feb 2-Oct 18. This exhibition examines the changing physical layout and the dynamic population growth in wartime Washington, DCMikaela Carlton, a graduate of Howard University’s vocal music department gives an overview of jazz legend Dinah Washington, followed by a performance of Washington’s signature songs. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu

SPORTS AND FITNESS Washington Wizards Basketball. Jan 11, 13, 16, 19, 24, 31 and Feb 2. Verizon Center. nba.com/wizards Washington Capitals Ice Hockey. Jan 10, 12, 14, 20, 28 and Feb 1 and 3. Verizon Center. capitals.nhl.com Washington Capitals Practice Schedule. Non-game day, 10:30 AM; game day, 10:00 AM; and day after game, 11:00 AM. All practices are at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, 627 No. Glebe Rd., Suite 800, Arlington, VA. They are free and open to the public. kettlercapitalsiceplex.com Canal Park Ice Skating. Monday and Tuesday, noon-7:00 PM; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon-9:00 PM; Saturday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; and Sunday, 11 AM-7:00 PM. $9, adults; $8, children, seniors and military. $4, skate rental. Canal Park Ice Rink is at 202 M St. SE. 202-5546051. canalparkdc.org Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Through mid-March. Monday–Thursday, 10:00 AM–9:00 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 AM–11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. Two hour sessions begin on the hour. $8, adult; $7 seniors over 50, students with ID and kids, 12 and under. $195, season pass. $3.00 skate rental (ID required) and $.50 locker rental with $5 deposit. 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-216-9397. nga.gov

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Public Ice Skating at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM and Saturdays, noon-1:00 PM. $5, adults; kids 2-12 and seniors, $4. Skate Rental, $3. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. 202-584-5007. fdia.org

MARKETS DC Big Flea Market. Jan 10, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM; Jan 11, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. Over 600 booths featuring a diverse mix of antiques, collectibles, art, jewelry, mid-century, etc. $8 admission, parking free. Dulles Expo Ctr, Chantilly, VA. 757-961-3988. thebigfleamarket.com H Street FRESHFARM Market. Saturdays, 9 AM-noon, through Dec 20. SNAP (EBT/Food Stamps) accepted. 13th and H Sts. NE. freshfarmmarket.org U Street Flea. Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. The market is in the parking lot, next to Nellie’s Sports Bar (three blocks east of U Street Metro), at 912 U St. NW. ustreetflea.com Branch Avenue Pawn Parking Lot Flea Market. Saturdays, year-round (weather permitting). Set up after 10:00 AM. 3128 Branch Ave., Temple Hills, MD Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:007:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253. easternmarketdc.com Union Market. Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 5th St. NE. 301-652-7400. unionmarketdc.com Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays (rain or shine), year round, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889. freshfarmmarket.org Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclement weather), 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. 1819 35th St. NW. georgetownfleamarket.com Maine Avenue Fish Market. Open 365 days a year. 7:00 AM-9:00 PM. 1100 Maine Ave. SW. 202-484-2722.

the tenants of the larger apartment buildings of Mount Pleasant. 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. aa-ss.org Chinatown Revitalization Council. Fourth Monday, 7:008:00 PM. 510 I St. NW. Chinatown Revitalization Council (CRC) promoting the Chinatown renewal and the preservation of its cultural heritage. The public is welcome. Convention Center Community Association. Last Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Kennedy Rec Center, 1401 7th St. NW. Downtown Neighborhood Association. Second Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM. US Naval Memorial Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. miles@dcdna.org. dcdna.org East Central Civic Association of Shaw. First Monday, 7:00 PM. Third Baptist Church, 1546 Fifth St. NW. Contact: Al Hajj Mahdi Leroy J Thorpe Jr, 202-387-1596. Eckington Civic Association. First Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE. eckingtondc.org Edgewood Civic Association. Last Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM. Edgewood senior building, 635 Edgewood St. NE, 9th floor. theedgewoodcivicassociationdc.org Logan Circle Citizens Association. Please contact Jennifer Trock at jennifer.trock@logancircle.org for meeting dates and times. logancircle.org Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association. Third Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 PM. Yale Steam Laundry, 437 New York Ave. NW. lifein.mvsna.org U Street Neighborhood Association. Second Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Source (second floor classroom), 1835 14th St. NW. ANC 1A. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 3101 13th St. NW. 202-588-7278. anc1a.org ANC 1B. First Thursday, 7:00 PM. Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW (second floor). 202-870-4202. anc1b.org ANC 1B11. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. LeDroit Senior Building (basement community room), 2125 Fourth St. NW. 202-481-3462. anc1b.org ANC 1C. First Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Health, 2355 Ontario Rd. NW. 202-3322630. anc1c.org ANC 1D. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. 3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW. 202-462-8692. anc1d.org

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ANC 2C. First Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM. Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-682-1633. anc2C.org

“Talking Transition” Town Meeting. Jan 17, 9:30 AM3:30 PM. Free lunch and refreshments. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. Register at TalkingTransitionDC.com.

ANC 6E. First-Tuesday, 6:30 PM. NW One Library, 155 L St. NW. anc6E.org u

Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW, suite 900. 202-783-5065. norton.house.gov All-Ways Mount Pleasant. First Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. LaCasa. All -Ways is a citizen’s association primarily for


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appy New Year! I hope the holidays left your hearts full and your stomach even fuller. After a month of decadent sweets and family favorites, it may be time to drop a few before suiting up for the beach on your winter vacation. Rather than suffer, this is the season for the time-honored DC tradition of making firm resolutions and then finding loopholes to get around them. This year, however, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to achieve your goals. Here are three ways to kick off 2015 right while eating out in Washington.

Shaw’s Fishnet Serves Sushi-Quality Seafood

Fishnet offers sushi quality, fresh fish on a casual menu including thesecrisp-crusted, moist salmon tacos. Chef Ferhat Yalçin, shares the fresh fish of his Istanbul upbringing, and experience working with Tom Powers at Corduroy, with his patrons at Fishnet’s new Shaw location. 16 u midcitydcnews.com

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The words “fish sandwich in Shaw” may bring up certain connotations. However, at Shaw’s Fishnet (fishnet.com, 1819 7th St. NW), get ready to be surprised. Owner Ferhat Yalçin grew up in Istanbul, spending his summers eating freshly-caught fish sandwiches by the water. Here in DC, he found no high-quality, casual fish options. Sure, there is great sushi and several well-known seafood restaurants, but no one raved about a fish sandwich. After nine years of working under chef Tom Powers as the general manager at Corduroy, Yalçin decided to open his own restaurant. He started with a fish shop in College Park. Last year, after a lunch at Fishnet’s College Park location, the landlord at a new building in Shaw approached Yalçin about opening a second location. The result? You can get a fish sandwich or salmon taco made with the same seafood used by Sushi Ko and Sushi Taro. I recently went in to give it a try. Chef Yalçin started me out with a fish taco. The salmon, crisp-crusted and beautifully moist, is ocean-farmed organic with a light flavor, not strong or fishy. Limeflavored sour cream gives a bright burst fished with a well-dressed slaw. Next, Yalçin showed off the fresh seasonal vegetables he procures each Sunday at FRESHFARMS Dupont market. I tasted two soups, one parsnip and the other roasted cauliflower. The textures were silky and flavors simple, showing off the winter vegetables - rich, nutty roast cauliflower and a spiced bite of parsnip.


Dashi broth added complexity without overpowering. The highlights of the meal were two dishes Yalçin had served the night before at Fishnook, the fourseat chef ’s table overlooking the kitchen. Reservations for one to four seats are available Monday and Tuesday nights with a custom menu featuring the best ingredients Chef Yalçin can find. The Louisiana shrimp were sweet and crazy over an elegant cauliflower puree. A perfectly seared scallop with a crisp Panko crust was sugary sweet, with a kiss of brine mellowed by the pairing with tender, cabbage-y baby bok choi. At $55 for the evening meal with $25 wine pairings available, my husband Jason and I plan to attend a Fishnook service soon. Chef Yalçin said the intimate, relaxed setting lends itself to making friends. On a recent evening, two couples who walked in as strangers were exchanging phone numbers at the end of the meal. Just in case you don’t trust my appraisal of the food, Yalçin has invited in several well-known Shaw chefs, including Chef Powers, to taste the menu, receiving bold praise.

Micho’s Leaves Your Belly and Wallet Full

Nearby on H Street, Micho, the culinary influence behind Micho’s Lebanese Grill (michosgrill.com, 500 H Street NE), brings to DC his Lebanese culinary training and family legacy as the grandson of a famous Lebanese chef and cookbook author. The concept is simple: shawarma Chipotle-style. Thin slices from vertically spit-roasted stacks of beef, lamb and chicken are piled high into pita wraps or rice bowls. You can design your sandwich or bowl choosing

meats, sauces and toppings, or order off the menu. My lamb and beef shawarma wrap combines tender meat, crisp on the outside, with fresh parsley and mint. House made pickled turnip is fresh and mustardy with toasted spices. Rich, roasted tahini completes the sandwich. My friend Eric ordered chicken shawarma over rice. The garlic paste was bright and fresh, the spicy jalapeños balanced by pickled cucumber and cool, fresh mint. The chicken was tender and boldly seasoned. We started with baba ganoush, think hummus made with roasted eggplant. All bitterness from the eggplant is gone, replaced by a flavor that is smoky and clean with rich, complex spices. The generous stack of pita was plenty to scoop up the entire container, but our server offered us more (bonus points!). Our meal, under $25, left our wallets full, and our stomachs fuller. There was so much we couldn’t even finish the baba ganoush - which we definitely brought home!

ABOVE: Micho’s Lebanese Grill stuffs pita full of tender, spit-roasted beef, lamb and chicken. House-pickled vegetables and homemade sauces keep it bright and fresh. Puddin’s rich, southern comfort menu includes po’ boys, shrimp and grits, brown butter, bourbon bread pudding and gumbo.

Puddin’ Serves Up Farm-Fresh Comfort

Toyin Alli, chef and owner of Puddin’ (dcpuddin.com), sources farmfresh, local ingredients to serve up southern comfort food at DC markets, pop-ups and from her food truck. In December, Alli spent her weekends at a Union Market pop-up location(unionmarketdc.com, 1309 6th St SE), showcasing shrimp and grits, rich, spicy gumbo and, most importantly, her brown butter bourbon bread pudding. It is the perfect winter indulgence; rich, nutty browned butter balanced by a bite of bourbon. Bringing this to brunch or serving it up at the end of Sunday supper, will definitely get you invited back. Alli is excited to appear at Union Market. She loves the location and its Midcity DC | January 2015 u 17


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Check our Recipes at larrysweetcorn.com Chef Toyin Alli serves southern comfort food from her food truck, Eastern Market tent and Union Market pop-up store. Photo: Andrew Lightman

vibe as a center of culinary innovation in DC. It also exposes a new customer base to her food. All says, “I have multiple customer bases. My downtown food truck connects me with government workers. My weekend tent at Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market (easternmarket-dc. org, 225 7th St SE) connects me with local residents and tourists. This time at Union Market gives me access to a whole new market from Gallaudet students to local foodies. It’s great!” Her time at Union Market has also added a new variation to her famous dessert recipe. Toyin is now serving up bacon, brown butter, bourbon bread pudding. “I get Benton’s thick-cut bacon from Harvey’s butcher at Union Market. Now, my pudding is salty, sweet, smoky and rich. You don’t know whether you’re eating breakfast or dessert.” Whenever you decide to eat it, Puddin’s pudding is delicious. While Alli was hoping to extend her Union Market pop-up into the new year, this wasn’t confirmed at press time. You can check out Puddin’s Facebook page for up-to-date info. If you’re jonesing for 18 u midcitydcnews.com

a little Southern Comfort Wednesday through Friday, check out Twitter @dcpuddin for downtown locations.

Have a Happy, Healthy New Year!

I wish you a happy and healthy new year, filled with great meals and shared with good friends. Have a suggestion for a restaurant I should check out? Please send me an email at jonathan@ jonathanbardzik.com. Happy New Year! Jonathan Bardzik is a cook, storyteller and author living in Washington, DC. Known for his weekly, live cooking demos at Eastern Market (Saturdays from March to November), Jonathan loves cooking fresh ingredients as much as seeking them out in DC’s growing restaurant scene. His first cookbook, Simple Summer: A Recipe for Cooking and Entertaining with Ease is available now (and would make a wonderful gift!). Grab a copy and find out what Jonathan is cooking at www.jonathanbardzik.com or his Facebook page “Jonathan Bardzik.” Need some foodporn? Follow @JonathanBardzik on Twitter and Instagram. u


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Class begins and ends with a Cobra pose to stretch everything out. (Barton Marks, center, Bernard Mercer, right). Photo by Jazelle Hunt.

Trainer/instructor Barton Marks demonstrates exactly where you’ll feel the burn. Photo by Jazelle Hunt.

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by Jazelle Hunt clients was training for a marathon. I figured I was in for trouble. The class is as straightforward as its description: “Train your abs, back, and the rest of the big muscles in your core to stay lean and improve balance and performance.” There are no trendy quirks or proprietary hooks to distract from the exertion. And with only four people who made it to the well-lit wallto-wall mirrored studio during the holidays, there was nowhere to hide. Class began with Cobra and Child’s Pose, just to stretch out core muscles, then straight into 20 sit-ups. These simple sit-ups led to a 60-second plank. Marks suggested modifications for an extra challenge—either a leg raise, an arm raise, both simultaneously, or alternating every five seconds. I tried the latter. Pro-tip: Stick to the standard plank for the whole minute if you want to make it through your first attempt at this 15-minute class without wilting. Every move required either a clenched, stationary core (as with crunches, which only require shoulders

off the ground), or a squeeze-then-relax motion (as with sit-ups, that raise the whole upper body). Marks lead us through about 20 reps of each exercise, one set for each move. Ten minutes in, I was fading. Proper form was falling by the wayside. Though Marks’ pace was steady, not fast, it became a struggle to keep up. I could feel the individual layers of my core, wrapped around me like an angry corset. Marks designed the class for the JCC a year-and-a-half ago as a way to challenge his clients. “I felt that no one was being pushed to their limits and because of that, nobody was growing,” says Marks, who is also both personal trainer and fitness associate for the Center. “I wanted to take people out of their comfort zone…but with enough positive energy that people would be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Marks’ easygoing but bright energy definitely makes the experience easier than it could have been. His instruction is friendly but firm; at the

start of class he told us to keep his pace, but the direction didn’t hit the ear as a gruff command or guilt-laden admonishment. His training style is crystalized in one signature move, which he calls “the upside down turtle.” Lying in a crunch position, but with knees tucked close to the chest, the objective is to wiggle and rock around in two complete circles, clockwise and back again. It is hilarious and effective. “I was looking for one move that incorporates everything in your core, and it’s one of the few things I could think of,” says Marks. “I also love the fact that it kind of makes people feel ridiculous, so they laugh. You can be challenged and still have a good time.” That message came across for firsttime participant, Bernard Mercer, a Shaw resident. “I like the instructor’s energy and enthusiasm. The class is very challenging, and probably the upside-down turtle [was hardest],” he says, adding that he would take the class again, though it’s a departure


from his usual swimming, yoga, and cardio on the workout equipment. “It’s only a 15-minute class. Not too much can go wrong in 15 minutes.” In addition to mimicking helpless reptiles, this class included heel touches, V-ups, bicycles, an extended plank, and more, which Marks switches up each session. Lower body muscles seemed to get in on the action, too; the next day my abs felt tight, but the blatant soreness was in my lower hips and back. Marks says that over time, participants will not only see more abdominal definition, but increased core strength and control, and even better digestion. It seems like a significant pay-

Trainer/instructor Barton Marks (center) leads us through tough toe-touches toward the end of class. Photo by Jazelle Hunt.

off for just 15 minutes twice a week. And while challenging, the short session was nowhere near as grueling as I thought it would be. “[Marks] always has moves I can’t do, which I like,” says Michael Speer, who has taken the class several times. “I haven’t been faithful enough, but—and this is not a New Year’s resolution—I plan to start again in 2015.” The Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center is located at the corner of 16th & Q Streets, NW—with the entrance to its Henry S. Reich Health and Fitness Center on Q Street. Barton Marks’ 15-Minute Abs class is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:40 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. It’s free for Washington D.C. JCC members; non-members can access the class with a $20 day pass, good for its date of purchase. Membership prices vary; call 202777-3218 or email zoyav@washingtondcjcc.org for details. You can also email Barton Marks at bartonm@ washingtondcjcc.org to request a free trial. u Midcity DC | January 2015 u 21


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id City’s galleries start off the new year with a diverse series of exhibitions mostly from contemporary local artists including Jodi Walsh at Long View Gallery, Naoko Wowsugi at Hamiltonian in conjunction with Whop Dee Doo and three exhibitions at Touchstone including at multi-media group show by its 45 members as well as two solo shows by Patricia Williams and Gail Vogels respectively. Hemphill Fine Arts will exhibit work by another Washington Color School artist, Willem de Looper, who died in 2009 leaving behind a powerful curatorial legacy at the Phillips Collection and a remarkable body of work inspired in part by his time at the hallowed Washington institution.

Reinterpreting the Birthday at Hamiltonian

Hamilitonian resident artist Naoko Wowsugi partners with travelling artist project Whoop Dee Doo to create a birthday themed exhibition

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HAMILTONIAN GALLERY 1353 U Street NW 202.332.1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com January 10 - February 14, 2015 Assignment: Happy Birthday by Naoko Wowsugi + Whoop Dee Doo OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m. HEMPHILL FINE ARTS 1515 14th Street NW 202.234.5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com Stained Paintings: 1964-1970 by Willem de Looper January 17-March 28 OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. LONG VIEW GALLERY 1234 Ninth Street NW 202.232.4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com Past, Present & Future by Jodi Walsh January 15-February 15 OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. TOUCHSTONE GALLERY 901 New York Ave NW 202.347.2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com • Win - Win Situation by Touchstone Gallery 45 Member Artists • Hidden Things Revealed by Patricia Williams • Oh Life! New Multi-media Work by Gail Vogels January 2–February 1 OPENING RECEPTIONS: Friday January 9 from 6-8:30 pm

Current Exhibitions on View:

TRANSFORMER 1404 P Street NW 202.483.1102 | www.transformerdc.org Through January 31: Oil, Then Acrylic by Jameson Magrogan

Willem de Looper, Oxford, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 36” Image courtesy of HEMPHILL

which challenges the teacher-student hierarchy and materialism through community participation. Wowsugi does not want “things” for her birthday—she wants experiences. She tasked her American University Students with the following “Assignment: Happy Bithday.” Wish— “Surprise me!” The exhibition consists of work by Wowsugi’s students in response to her request. Their pieces challenge traditional teacher-student relationships by exposing public and private boundaries while simultaneously generating a host of emotions. Whoop Dee Doo will partner with local DC-based performance groups to create their own unique “Birthday Experience” for Wowsugi in the same

vein as what her students produced during their assignment.

De Looper Retrospective at Hemphill Fine Arts

Following in the footsteps of their last exhibition which featured the works of Washington Color School painter Alma Thomas, Hemphill Fine Arts will present the work by Willem de Looper (1932-2009) a Dutch-born native of The Hague who rooted himself in Washington, DC at the age of 17. A member of the Washington Color School, de Looper began his career at American University where he studied painting and graduated in 1957. After a two year tour of duty

with the US Army which stationed him in Germany, in 1959, de Looper returned to DC and worked as a security guard at the Phillips Collection. In the early 1960s, while watching over the Paul Klee, John Marin and Arthur Dove filled hallways of the Phillipps Collection, de Looper created a series of watercolors inspired by these artists. De Looper eventually moved up the Phillips Collection’s hierarchy becoming Assistant Curator at in 1972 and Curator from 1982-1987. Hemphill Fine Art has selected work created by de Looper during the 1960s, specifically from 1964 through 1970. Titled Stained Paintings, the 1960s period retrospective highlights the “weightlessness” of de Looper’s process whereby he allowed thinned acrylic paint to run freely across his unprimed canvas changing direction only at the artist’s whim, “with a flick of his wrist.”

Group Exhibition, Patricia Williams & Gail Vogels at Touchstone

Touchstone starts off the year with a group member exhibition titled win-win situation. The artists take a look at last the political election cycle in a substantive manner and reinterpret national symbols. Expect to see a wide range of media including prints, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed-media. Patricia Williams began to see new forms take place during the gesture drawing phase of her still life observations. In Hidden Things Revealed, Williams deconstructs commonly found plant and animal life through drawing, applying strongly colored washes which reveal similar patterns between seemingly different subjects. Williams invites the viewer to interpret each individual work. In Oh, Life! Gail Vogels reveals life’s quotidian aesthetic by synthesizing her life figure drawings with hand altered papers and found objects. Reassembling familiar objects in a manner other that which they were intended reveals a “magical” world filled with life’s mysteries. Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, a publication dedicated to DC’s visual arts. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com u Midcity DC | January 2015 u 23


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BULLETIN BOARD DC Marks Milestone Nine Miles of Bike Lanes in 2014

In December, the District Department of Transportation celebrated the public opening of the 4th St. NW to SW, bicycle route with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, setting a record for bike lane installations in 2014; making it more than nine miles of bike lane construction this year. The new 4th St. bike lanes connect from School St. SW, to Pennsylvania Ave. NW, and connect an important gap between the Pennsylvania Ave. protected bike lanes and the growing Southwest Waterfront and Capital Riverfront neighborhoods. Since 2005, with the creation of the Bicycle Master Plan, DDOT committed to having 60 miles of bicycle lanes in place throughout the city by 2015. However, the agency surpassed its goal in 2014 when it reached a total of 69 miles in all eight wards. LEFT: DDOT Director Matthew Brown cuts the ribbon to open the newly completed 4th St. NW/SW bike lanes on Dec. 17. Photo: Rodney Sutton/DDOT

Mayor Gray Cuts 17 Ribbons in Shaw on Dec. 29

On Monday, Dec. 29, Mayor Gray joined Shaw Main Streets community members to help cut the ribbon on 17 new and improved Shaw neighborhood establishments. Shaw is on the rise with more than 130 businesses opening in the SMS service area since 2013, creating hundreds of permanent jobs. Businesses opened or improved were Beau Thai, 1550 7th St. NW; Dolci Gelati, 1420 8th St. NW; Halcyon Salon, 1326 9th St. NW; Penthouse 9, 1318 9th St. NW; Lost & Found, 1240 9th St. NW; Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness, 1410 9th St. NW; Lumsden Insurance, 1426 9th St. NW; Chaplin’s Restaurant, 1501 9th St. NW; Swatchroom, 1527 9th St. NW; Log Cabin Liquors, 1748 7th St. NW; Hollywood Styles & Cuts, 710 S St. NW; Marvin Gaye Mural, 7th & S Sts. NW; Simon Vintage, 1911 9th St. NW; Appioo African Restaurant, Bar & Grill, 1924 9th St. NW; Off Road Indoor Cycling, 905 U St. NW; The Hatton, 7th St. and Florida Ave. NW and I Ching, 639 Florida Ave. NW. RIGHT: Part of a marathon 17 establishment ribbon cutting spree in Shaw, Mayor Gray cuts the ribbon on Halcyon Salon on 9th St. NW. The salon is a recipient of a Great Streets Grant from the District Government. Photo: Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office

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Unique Handcrafted Papier-Mâché Mirrors Made by Artist Tuesday Winslow since 1995

Andrene’s Caribbean & Soul Food Brings Dine-In to Kennedy Street

Andrene’s Caribbean & Soul Food, a neighborhood favorite at 308 Kennedy St. NW, has re-opened with a new interior and dine-in seating. Andrene is a resident in the neighborhood, and knows many customers by name. Now there are bar seats facing the street, four tables for two, a fully ADA accessible entrance and bathroom. Andrene decided to transform her businesses with encouragement and advice from neighbors and fellow members of the Kennedy Street Development Association (KSDA), including a construction manager, interior designer, and an architect. KSDA is an all-volunteer group that works with business owners, property owners, and city agencies to make Kennedy Street a better place for everyone.

Expanded Hours for Shaw Arts and Crafts Market

The Shaw Arts, Crafts and Fashion Market at 651 Florida Avenue, NW (entrance at the northeast corner of Georgia and Florida Avenues, NW), reopens with expanded hours on Friday, January 16, 2015, featuring an evening event focused on paintings, including live painting, lighting and music. Weekend hours resume on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Admission is free. Hours: Fridays, 11 AM-5 PM: Crafts and Fashion; 7 PM-12 AM: Paintings Saturdays, 12 PM-8 PM: Arts, Crafts and Fashion Sundays, 12 PM-6 PM: Arts, Crafts and Fashion For information on exhibiting at the market, go to www.districthousedc.com.

La Casa Housing Program Opens

Forty chronically homeless men will receive permanent supportive housing and comprehensive case-management services in a new, state-of-the-art apartment building, on Irving St. NW, funded by the Department of Human Services, with services provided by Friendship Place. La Casa will implement the Housing First service model and 24/7 staff assistance.

The Dupont Underground

Dupont Circle is part of Pierre L’Enfant’s original design for the nation’s capital. Among the city’s most popular neighborhoods, it marks the intersection of two major thoroughfares-Connecticut Ave. and Massachusetts Ave.-and sits atop the Metro system’s Red Line. The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground is a registered notfor-profit 501(c)(3) working to transform the unused Dupont Circle trolley station into an institution highlighting the District’s rightful place on the cultural map. Keep abreast of developments at dupontunderground.org.

parkDC: Chinatown/ Penn Quarter, Downtown

The District Department of Transportation recently announced the launch of parkDC: Chinatown/Penn Quarter, the multimodal value pricing pilot, which is expected to make parking easier and reduce congestion. The pilot will encompass all 1,300 metered on-street parking spaces in the area bounded by H St. NW; E St. NW; 11th St. NW; and 3rd St. NW. This pilot will use the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area as a laboratory to test state-of-the-art strategies to make it easier to find parking spaces and reduce congestion. Beginning early 2015, customers will begin to see new parking meters and signage. Multi-space meters will transition to pay-byspace instead of the current pay-and-display formats. Customers will now need to make note of their space numbers before paying, but they will no longer have to walk back to their vehicles to put the receipt in the dashboard. The pilot will be completed at the end of 2016 with a full evaluation of the project’s impact.

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tips and techniques you can use immediately. Registration is required. This Workshop is on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. dclibrary.org/mlk

Public Hearing on Exelon/Pepco Proposed Merger

On Jan. 12 and 20, 6 p.m., the DC Public Service Commission holds its second public hearing on the Exelon-Pepco Merger Application. The Jan. 12 meeting is at Southwest Library, Community Meeting Room, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. and the Jan 20. meeting is at the UDC Community College Conference Room, 801 No. Capital St. NE. The Office of the People’s Counsel urges consumers to voice their concerns about this very important issue to the Commission. To participate in the hearing, contact the PSC Secretary Ms. Brinda Westbrook-Sedgwick at 202-6265150 or psc-commissionsecretary@psc.dc.gov.

New App to Hail DC Taxis

The DC Taxicab Commission has taken action to allow all District taxicabs to utilize electronic hailing through an app. The app is being developed by the DCTC technical staff and will be given to an industry co-op to manage and market. The app will give public the opportunity to hail rides electronically. The app will offer riders the flexibility to pay by pre-loading their credit card information; to pay by credit card in the vehicle; or to pay with cash. The authorization to accept street hails would remain exclusively with taxis 26 u midcitydcnews.com


and still be subject to the metered fare. The Universal DC TaxiApp, which is the first of its kind, will begin testing in March 2015.

Black Film Festival at MLK Library

The DC Public Library presents its 26th Annual Black Film Festival. This year’s selections feature awardwinning leading men including Denzel Washington, Chadwick Boseman, Morgan Freeman and Boris Kodjoe. Every Tuesday evening, 6 p.m., in February in Room A-5. Please call 202-727-1291 for titles and more information. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. dclibrary.org/mlk

Final Circulator Transit Development Plan

The District Department of Transportation has released the 2014 Final DC Circulator Transit Development Plan. The Final 2014 TDP identifies six new routes and four route extensions for the 10-year growth plan, which will be implemented in three phases: Phase I (FY 2015 – 2017) New Routes: National Mall; National Cathedral-McPherson Square Metro. Extensions: GeorgetownUnion Station Extension to National Cathedral; Union StationNavy Yard Extension to Southwest Waterfront; Dupont-GeorgetownRosslyn Extension to U St/Howard University; Potomac Ave Metro-Skyland Extension to Congress Heights. Phase II (FY 2018 – 2020) New Routes: Convention CenterSouthwest Waterfront Service; Serving NoMa (corridor pending further study). Phase III (FY 2021 – 2024) New Routes: Dupont-Southwest Waterfront; Columbia Heights-

Washington Hospital CenterBrookland-NoMa. For more information, contact Circe Torruellas at circe.torruellas@dc.gov or call 202-671-2847.

Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan Released

Mayor Gray has released the AgeFriendly DC Strategic Plan. The plan’s release marks a significant step on the District’s journey to become an age-friendly city under the terms of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Environments initiative. In October 2012, Mayor Gray announced that the District would seek the WHO designation as an Age-Friendly City, which indicates that the District is livable and accessible for aging residents and that the services the District delivers take the needs of aging residents into account and that service-delivery agencies and staff demonstrate an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the needs of older residents. The Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan is at agefriendly. dc.gov.

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District’s Population Continues to Grow

The District of Columbia continues to be an attractive place to live, as the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau were released showing that 9,782 new residents were added between July 2013 and July 2014, keeping Washington, DC on the list of the top positive growth areas in the country. The District’s total population now stands at 658,893—a figure not seen since the 1970s. The District grew by 1.5 percent over the year. For the fourth year in a row, the District remained among the nation’s top five fastest-growing states. u Midcity DC | January 2015 u 27


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+ The Numbers

In With the New

Recommendations to Mayor Bowser and the DC Council

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ere are two important numbers for Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to focus on: 22,000 and 20 percent. 22,000 is the number of affordable housing units needed for very low-income DC residents. And 20 percent is the unemployment rate for residents without a college degree. As the excitement of the inauguration fades away and Mayor Bowser and the Council get down to business, addressing these numbers would be a great place to start. The District is in good shape in many ways, but it also faces greater challenges than ever. Prosperity has pushed housing prices beyond affordable in every corner of the city. The rising cost of living makes good-paying jobs even more important, yet jobs and wages are growing solidly only at the top. The District has always been a city of haves and have-nots, but the gaps are stretching close to a breaking point. Many wonder whether the city where Chuck Brown came to fame will survive with a diverse range of incomes and cultures. Candidate Bowser said her number one task is to address income inequality. Well said. Here are some ways to do that.

Housing that Works for Everyone

The statistics on DC’s affordable housing problems are stark. The city lost half of its low-cost housing in a decade. The typical low-income family now spends two-thirds of its income on housing. One of four DC households is on the waiting list to get into subsidized housing. The District spends $2 billion annually on education, $1 billion on public safety, and $150 million on housing. It is time to put housing on equal footing with the city’s other major responsibilities. The task is clear if not easy. For one thing, the

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by Ed Lazere District needs to preserve the affordable housing that still exists. There are still some neighborhoods where housing costs are reasonable. And there are buildings where subsidized housing restrictions will expire in the near future. There is no plan to preserve this affordable housing, but there should be. The District also needs 22,000 new homes that are affordable for low-income families, according to a 2014 study. The mayor and Council should commit to filling that gap entirely over the next 5 years. And Mayor Bowser should take steps soon to replace the DC General Shelter with a series of smaller shelters throughout the city. The tragedy of hundreds of homeless families crammed into a decrepit facility should not be repeated.

Coordinate Adult Literacy and Job Training: Too often, residents get a GED, but find that it doesn’t help them get a job. Many communities across the country link GED classes directly to job training, and it seems to work. A “career pathways” task force in DC will soon recommend how to do that in DC, and the mayor and Council will need to implement them. Create Paid Family Leave: Many workers lose pay or their job when they take time off to be with a new child or care for an ailing family member. The District can help by creating a program to replace a portion of lost wages for workers who need to take family or medical leave, as California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have done.

Better Jobs for DC Residents

2014 was a big year for changes in DC education. School boundaries and admission policies were changed for the first time in 40 years. The school funding formula was adjusted to better reflect what students need, including new funds targeted on low-income DC students. The city expanded pre-K and also made investments in early childhood education.

Unemployment for DC residents without a college degree is 20 percent, compared with 12 percent in 2008. Hourly wages for the bottom fifth of working DC residents fell from $13 an hour to $12 an hour in the last four years, while top earners have seen wages grow. In short, DC’s economy is not letting all residents succeed. The job challenges are especially great for the 60,000 adults who don’t have a high school degree. There have been some positive developments. The District’s minimum wage will rise to $11.50 in 2016, and all employers in the city must give their workers paid sick leave. The next thing is making sure these become a reality – through public education and enforcement – and taking steps to improving job prospects: Raise the Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers: Tipped workers earn just $2.77 an hour before tips and were left out of the recent minimum wage increase.

Next Steps to Better Schools

Here Is What Is Needed Next:

Support Income Diversity at the School Level. Some of the lesser-noticed changes of the school boundary committee would help lower-income students get into high-performing schools – and should be implemented. One would require each DCPS school and charter school to create an admissions preference for low-income students if fewer than 25 percent of current students are low-income. For charter schools, this will require new legislation.


Another change would let families in low-income income communities get into their neighborhood Pre-Kindergarten classes, rather than having to go into a citywide lottery. And a third would provide free bus transportation to parents to take their elementary school-aged child to school. Monitor resources provided for students in poverty: There are 35,000 “at-risk” low-income students in DC. This year, both DCPS and charter schools got $2,000 more for each of these students, partially implementing a recommendation of a city-funded study. Mayor Bowser and the DC Council should continue to phase this in, while monitoring the use of this money to ensure it is being used well to help low-income students. Right now, neither DCPS nor charter schools has to report on how they use these funds. Improve Student Supports to Help Close the Achievement Gap. School is an ideal location to deliver services that can alleviate poverty’s impact on student success. Mayor Bowser and the DC Council should make sure every public school offers adequate mental health services, has a full-time nurse, and offers quality afterschool and summer programs. This can be aided by turning more schools into Community Schools, making them neighborhood hubs for a wide array of services to children and adults.

A Healthier DC

The District has been a national leader in providing affordable health care for residents. The rate of uninsured residents in DC is among the

lowest in the country. But even with high coverage rates, many residents are in poor health and the city ranks poorly on key health status measures like obesity. To improve these outcomes, we recommend: Increase Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care. The District uses three managed care companies to provide health care to 175,000 residents – almost one-fourth of DC residents – through Medicaid. But there is limited oversight and few performance standards for these companies, who have failed to improve health outcomes or limit emergency room visits or use of unnecessary and costly services. The District could get better health outcomes –without spending more money – through better oversight. Improve Immigrant Access to Health Care: The DC Healthcare Alliance insures 14,500 low-income residents who are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, many of them immigrants. However, the city set up stringent application rules that make it difficult for eligible residents to get in the Alliance and have contributed to a sharp drop in participation. The mayor and Council can remove these barriers, which will help more eligible residents get benefits and reduce uncompensated health care. Lazere is executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, which promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce inequality and increase the opportunity for DC residents to build a better future. Their recommendations to the mayor and DC Council can be found at www.dcfpi.org. u

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Shaw Streets article and photos by Pleasant Mann

Shaw Main Streets Holiday Party

On the night of December 3, Shaw Main Streets held its annual holiday party at the Howard Theater. Over 500 RSVPs were received in advance of the event. The Howard Theater provided the venue, staff, DJ plus food and drink, while two dozen Shaw businesses also provided food, decorations and prizes for a raffle at the end of the night. Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alex Padro closed out the festivities with an introduction of the group’s board and its Clean and Safe Team. Chip Ellis, whose Ellis Development Group managed the restoration of the theater, thanked the District government and the Shaw community for their continuing support of the Howard. Mayor Vincent Gray then spoke, praising the work of Shaw Main Streets in revitalizing Shaw’s commercial corridors. He ended by noting the theater’s musical history, paraphrasing Duke Ellington and Chuck Brown, with “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that Shaw swing!”

the northeast corner of Georgia and Florida Avenues NW. Starting on December 6, it was open every Saturday and Sunday in December. Dozens of local and regional artisans displayed their work for sale, with artist and craft lineups changing each weekend. The Shaw Arts, Craft and Fashion Market will continue after the holidays. On January 16, the market will expand to Fridays, with fashion designers and crafts artisans showMayor Gray gives Shaw Main Streets a round of applause at Holiday Party.

Shaw Arts, Crafts and Fashion Market Opens

Shaw Main Streets, ArtRave and Douglas Development Corporation joined to create the first-ever Shaw Holiday Arts, Crafts and Fashion Market in a vacant building at Getting down at Shaw Main Streets Holiday Party.

ing their work from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a display of paintings-only at night from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight. The Friday night events will include live painting, mood lighting and DJs. The market will also be open weekends starting January 17, Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Shaw Restaurants Make the Mark

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In a year when The Inn at Little Washington dropped from No. 1 to No. 22 on the Washingtonian magazine’s list of 100 top restaurants, Shaw restaurants continue to rise in the rankings. The supper club at Seasonal Pantry moved up to No. 11 on the list, with the Washingtonian noting that “What [Dan]

Shaw Ribbon Cutting Spree at Swatchroom.

O’Brien accomplishes on two portable induction burners and a pancake griddle bests many of the formal kitchens in Washington.” Other Shaw restaurants on the list include Table (No. 29), Baby Wale (No. 36), Corduroy (No. 39), and Rogue 24 (No. 81). The Washingtonian also put projected Shaw restaurants Convivial, by Cedric Maupillier at City Market at O and the Dabney by Jeremiah Langhorne in Blagden Alley on its list of new restaurant openings to look for in 2015. Chef Maupillier also created the dish gracing the cover of the magazine. City Paper columnist Jessica Sidman also put four Shaw Restaurants in her top 10 list of new openings to look for in 2015. Along with Convivial and The Dabney, Sidman included the new location of the Columbia Room, also in Blagden Alley, and Eric Zeibold’s new restaurant Kinship that will be in a renovated space on Seventh Street. At the Washington Post, the Going Out Guide also put Shaw’s Compass Coffee, Dino’s Grotto and La Colombe coffee shop on its list of most notable restaurant openings of 2014.

Shaw Ends Year with Ribbon-Cutting Spree

Shaw ended the year 2014 with another round of ribboncuttings. On December 29, Mayor Vincent Gray, joined by Councilmember Vincent Orange, Councilmemberelect Elissa Silverman, DC Great Streets Manager Polina Bakhteiarov and Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander Padro went to 17 sites to celebrate newly opened businesses in Shaw, along with businesses that received DC government grants to upgrade their operations. The ceremonies started at Compass Coffee, a recipient of one of the Great Streets grants. Mayor Gray, in remarks celebrating the growth of the District, noted


the importance of diversifying the District’s economy and moving away from its earlier reliance on the Federal government. He pointed out the fact that Seventh Street was part of the city’s Digital DC corridor and that recently passed incentives could make the District a major center for information technology. Padro announced that Shaw Main Streets was awarding additional grants of $5,000 to seven Great Streets grantees in order to support their ability to publicize their newly renovated businesses to the community. Then the Mayor and the dignitaries cut the first red ribbon with the owners of Compass Coffee. The contingent moved across the street to start cutting ribbons at other newly opened businesses in Shaw, including Beau Thai restaurant, Dolci Gelati Cafe, the Lost and Found bar, Chaplin’s Restaurant and Bar and the SwatchRoom design studio and gallery. Ribbon cuttings also commemorated businesses who had used DC Great Streets grants to make interior and exterior improvements (Halcyon Salon, Pekoe Acupuncture and Wellness, Off Road Indoor Cycling) and who received new signage from Shaw Main Streets (Penthouse 9, Lumsden Insurance, Log Cabin Liquors, Hollywood Styles and Cuts, Simon Vintage, Appioo African Restaurant Bar and Grill). There were also two murals, the new Marvin Gaye mural at Seventh and S Streets NW, and the mural on JBG’s Hatton building on Florida Avenue, that were subjects of the ribbon-cutting spree. After all the ribbon cutting ended, a reception was held at I Ching restaurant on Florida Avenue NW. u

Logan Circles by Mark F. Johnson

Happy 2015!

Logan Circle, like the rest of DC was awash in bright sunshine and relatively mild temperatures on January 1. Many folks were out walking around the `hood as they recovered from the night before. While on the subject of New Year’s Eve, the desirable and ever-transforming Logan Circle neighborhood was the talk at a party over by the Washington Cathedral. Two of the party attendees live in the booming H Street corridor in a condominium near Union Station. One of the two “Atlas” residents said to a Columbia Heights denizen, “In about a year, you can bet we’ll be calling H Street Logan Circle East.” As rationale for the quite unlikely name-change, they pointed to the soon-to-open Whole Foods Market with upper level fancy rental apartments arising from the dust of the razed Murrays Steaks market and the old nearly block-long storage building on H Street, NE between 5th and 6th Streets. They prattled on about the bevy of new restaurants, bars and sandwich shops that have opened there, not to mention the other new mid-rise apartment and condo buildings on the way, all of which will leave H Street looking much like 14th. While the person speaking wasn’t really serious about the re-naming of Atlas, which itself is a recently anointed name for the H Street area, known as Swampoodle in days of yore, they were acknowledging that both communities have come quite a long way in their re-emergence in recent years. For those who don’t know, Atlas is the name of an Art Deco-era theater on H NE that still stands in a much renovated form, between 13th and 12th. As if we needed another example of Project Makeover on 14th Street, early 2015 will see the full opening of the Mission luxury apartment house in what for decades was a homeless shelter in a for-

mer luxury car dealership at the corner of 14th and R Streets. Can’t you just cut through the irony with a plastic knife!? Back in the jazz age, when Washington was a wealthy and economically and racially stratified city, 14th Street was lined with car dealerships patronized by the city’s wealthy and those coming in from the close-in suburbs. But, as many of the wealthy residents moved to the burbs, these monstrous structures became other kinds of buildings and the Central Union Mission was born. As the economic tide began to re-shift as younger, single, wellemployed individuals rediscovered city living, seriously, how long could a homeless shelter last in one of the most desirable parts of town?!

Mission Nearly Accomplished

That question has been answered and the Mission, with 51 incredibly highend apartments, many with astounding views from those huge windows, is opening with rents from about $2,000 and upwards from there. There are also a few town homes offered in this redevelopment project. Real estate development projects in town are usually coupled with ground-level retail. Back in the late summer we were the first to report that Shinola, a bicycle and leather goods shop based in Detroit, was opening in the Mission Building. The store has opened a temporary location across the street from the Mission at 1534 and will soon move into the Mis-

sion space once it is completed. We had also reported that perhaps another nationally-recognized chef would open a new restaurant in the building as well. As yet, no definitive word on that as far as we know.

Space Shifters in Logan

You probably know by now that Logan Hardware has vacated the premises at 1416 P Street and moved up to a two-space building on 14th near S Street. But recently, the real estate firm McWilliams/Ballard moved into the old Logan Hardware space. The firm has offices in Arlington, Alexandria and also West Palm Beach, Florida. Many of their in-town listings are in the Logan Circle-Dupont-Columbia Heights area. The Logan area has been home to high-end real estate offices for quite a while and the trend doesn’t seem to be abating.

Water Main Break

Shortly before the New Year, residents of Logan Circle and Shaw were advised not to drink, cook or shower with water from DC Water and Sewer Authority pipes as there was fear that a gas had possibly got into the water due to a strange smell. Perhaps the problem was attributable to a water main breakage in the 1700 block of 15th Street a few days before Christmas? At any rate, the DC WASA advisory was in effect for about two days with affected area residents advised to steer clear of water use. Apparently no serious findings were reported and the advisory was lifted in the affected area. The lifting of the advisory ban on drinking water couldn’t have come at a better time than before the holidays. With all the alcohol drinking associated with New Year’s especially, a drink of water is perhaps the best chaser. u Midcity DC | January 2015 u 31


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Mt. Vernon Triangle by Ellen Boomer

Main Street Maven

Gina Schaefer claims that laziness led her to open her first hardware store in Logan Circle in 2003. The nearest one was two miles roundtrip from her home, and Schaefer wanted a closer option. With her husband and business partner, Marc Friedman, Schaefer has opened another eight hardware stores in DC and Baltimore and has reinvented the urban Main Street. They recently moved the Logan Circle store a few blocks away, and they hope to relocate their Glover Park store (which is closing January 15th) within that neighborhood. “Communities are stronger if people know their merchants,” Schaefer said. “We like the managers and staff to act like they’re the merchants. You can’t go into any big box Lauren Dixon, Lead Associate, is a member of a tight team at the 5th Street Ace business and get that feeling. hardware store. Photo: Andrew Lightman I start itching when someone bilee Jobs to assistant manager. I love says, ‘Wal-Mart.’” hiring local residents.” “We are very fiercely locally foThe 5th Street Ace in Mount Vercused,” Schaefer said. “We have a Made non Triangle (MVT) was Schaefer and in DC program,” which is an initiative Friedman’s 5th store. The 8,000 square of Think Local First DC, an organizafoot space features a mural by local tion that promotes locally-owned busiartist Jay Hudson, which depicts tools nesses; Schaefer serves on the board. ascending to “tool heaven,” and serves Her commitment to her comas a colorful backdrop for all the paint, munity has also led Schaefer to serve cleaning supplies and cooking gadgets on the board of the House of Ruth a city dweller may need. and to work closely with Jubilee Jobs, Plus the store offers a personal which helps people overcome varishopping program, dog adoption ous obstacles to find jobs and achieve events and an annual Ladies’ Night, economic independence. which features DIY tips, a raffle and “We want everyone to gain skills refreshments. that will take them to bigger posi“I hope [5th Street Ace] becomes tions,” Schaefer said. “We just proa neighborhood hub,” Schaefer said. moted someone who came from Ju32 u midcitydcnews.com

“We want people to want to come in every day with their dogs and hang out and get to know the staff.” Led by store manager Brad Johanson-Smith, 5th Street Ace won the local Ace holiday decorating contest and recently sponsored a hardwarestyle art show for employees and customers. “It’s a true team,” JohansonSmith said. “It’s become a little family for everybody.” Contact 5th Street Ace at 1055 5th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001 or by calling 202-682-4570.

Some Pain Huge Gain

At [solidcore], clients enter the exercise studio as individuals and leave feeling part of a team. In the course of each fast-paced, intense, 50-minute class, clients’ physical and mental stamina are put to the test, and the coaches

cheer every victory. During this no-impact workout, clients use a Megaformer, a machine that resembles a souped-up Pilates reformer, as coaches guide them through a series of controlled, fullbody movements that work muscles to failure. “The longer you’re in an isometric hold, more of your muscle fibers are recruited,” Erika Elko, Vice President of Operations and Business Development for [solidcore], said. “The trainers are devoted to making us stronger and genuinely are excited by our progress,” said Jim Miller, whose weekly average of three [solidcore] classes has improved his overall conditioning. In the year since founder Anne Mahlum opened the first [solidcore] studio in Adams Morgan, the demand for this transformative workout has led Mahlum and her team to open three more studios in DC and one in Virginia, with two more opening in 2015. The Mount Vernon [solidcore] At [solidcore], clients use a Megaformer in a fast-paced, 50-minute class.


That Never Sleeps just proves that the booming Mount Vernon Triangle (MVT) neighborhood is the place to be. “We have watched the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood grow and think the location of not just the neighborhood but the building as well gives you great access to so many different areas of DC,” said John McDermott, the Director of Management and Leasing for Ogden. Developed and managed by Kettler, a Virginia based real estate and management company with properties up and down the east coast, 450K offers all the services and amenities city dwellers have come to expect: a 24-hour concierge, stainless steel appliances, a fitness center and a rooftop with a pool, grills and even an 450 K Street NW was recently purchased by Ogden CAP Properties, LLC, a New Yorkoutdoor kitchen. based real estate company. “We will definitely be looking to “[solidcore] has had a very benefi- make our residents’ lives a little easier cial impact on my life,” client Tammy and more comfortable by making the Tangen said, sharing that attending concierge an assistant to them and classes over the past year has helped her offer services for their convenience, manage her depression. “It’s not a cure, not just use them as someone to greet but it is a valuable tool for survival.” their guests,” McDermott said. “We all pull for one another,” MillThis 13-story, 233-unit builder said. “It is part of the culture Anne ing also features 6,500 of groundhas created – we get better together.” level retail space and will welcome Contact [solidcore] at 433 Mass. L’Hommage Bistro Français from Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001, by restaurateur Hakan Ilhan, owner calling 267-455-6457, or by emailing of the MVT restaurant Alba Ostemeg@solidcore.co. ria. The restaurant, which will open this spring, will have a full-service A Touch of NYC bistro, a café and a bakery that sells grab-and-go items such a coffee in MVT Ogden CAP Properties, LLC, a New and pastries. Contact 450K at 450 K Street York-based real estate company, has NW, Washington, DC, 20001, by plunged into the DC residential marcalling 202-289-5609, or by emailing ket by purchasing 450 K Street NW. u 450k@kettler.com. Drawing attention from The City location has just nine Megaformers, so classes stay small. During class, coaches move through the studio to offer individual guidance and support. “Part of the experience is the personal-training feel and the one-onone attention,” Elko said. “It’s important that our clients are safe.” New clients can attend a class for just $19, and regular clients are rewarded with 10 classes for getting 10 new clients to try a [solidcore] class.

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Eyes in the Sky: Drone Family Day at National Building Museum

From pizza delivery to robo-pollination, people are dreaming up more and more new applications for drones. Now the International Spy Museum, the National Building Museum and the DC Drone User Group to reveal the secrets of this exciting technology. On Saturday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., local drone makers will show families their drones’ inner workings, demonstrate their gear, and guide their drones through a series of secret spy

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Thomson Elementary School performs at the DC SCORES Poetry Slam! on Dec. 3. Photo: Ian Weston

DC SCORES Poetry Slam!

The 17th annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!, the largest youth spoken-word competition in the District, showcased original poetry and songs written by students who participate in the awardwinning after-school program. December’s two-night event was held at Columbia Heights Education Campus Dec. 3 and H.D. Woodson Senior High School Dec. 4. On the first night of the Poetry Slam!, students representing 20 elementary and middle schools inspired an overflowing audience with group and individual original poems touching on everything from sportsmanship to zombies to the country’s biggest issues. Elementary school winners were Marie Reed (1st); Brightwood (2nd); and Seaton (3rd); while Jency Mejia won the individual Shine Award. Middle school winners were KIPP WILL Academy (1st); Truesdell Education Campus (2nd); and Cesar Chavez Public Charter School--Prep (3rd). Madelin Gomez of Lincoln Middle School won the Shine Award. DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for 1,500 low-income DC youth at 47 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness, and a sense of community. To learn more, visit DCSCORES.org. 34 u midcitydcnews.com

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Since 2003, National Geographic Photo Camp has partnered with organizations worldwide to inspire young people to explore their communities through a camera lens. “Photo Camp: A Decade of Storytelling,” a new National Geographic Museum exhibition, features spectacular images captured by students who have participated in the 67 workshops held to date. The free exhibition, open through May 2015, includes photos from the most recent workshop, Photo Camp South Sudan. Photo Camp is conducted in partnership with VisionWorkshops. Olympus Imaging America donates the cameras used by the participants. Each workshop connects National Geographic photographers with groups of students ranging in age from 13-25. Toensing, Moyer and three of the Photo Camp South Sudan student participants will appear at National Geographic headquarters on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at noon for a panel discussion as part of National Geographic Live’s “Tuesdays at Noon” programming. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588. missions to see whose drone is the stealthiest. This is free drop-in program for all ages. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. go.nbm.org

Indoor Soccer @ DCJCC Registration Open

Registration is open for six weeks ( Jan. 18-Feb. 22, 10 a.m.) of indoor soccer “Kicks Are For Kids” for boys and girls ages 2-3 and 4-5 at the DCJCC Basketball Gym at 16th and Q Sts. NW. $99. Space is limited and deadline is Jan. 16. Register at kafksoccer.com or call 877-917-4568.

Gay Men’s Chorus Announces First LGBTQA Youth Chorus

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW ) has announced the formation of its new GenOUT Chorus, the first LGBTQA Youth Chorus in the area. The GenOUT Chorus seeks singers between the ages of 12-21 to join a newly form-

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Tutoring by KIPP at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

There is free tutoring for elementary, middle, and high school students on all subjects on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, Provided by KIPP teachers and geared towards KIPP curriculum, but open and free for all. Children younger than 9 years of age must have a parent present. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288. dclibrary.org/watha

Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars at Ebenezers

On Saturday, Feb. 7, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Mr. Gabe performs nursery rhymes, folk songs, and modern favorites (such as “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba”) for children, ages 0-6. He appears frequently at schools, cafes, and libraries throughout the DC area. Last year, Mr. Gabe released his first CD, entitled Play Date, which received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and was nominated for a Washington Area Music Award. $6 in advance; $8 at door for everyone one year and older. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-¬558-¬6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com

Kids MLK Extravaganza at MLK Library

On Saturday, Jan 17, join them to celebrate and honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of activities for kids, birth to 12, and their families. There will be a puppet show, reader’s theatre, crafting time, a video, and an opportunity for kids to recite a part of their favorite speech by Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk

Mockingbird at the Kennedy Center

Adapted from the 2010 National Book Award–winning novel, this vibrant and moving world premiere play, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, tells the story of Caitlin, a young girl on the autism spectrum who used to rely on her older brother to help make sense of the world. Now that he’s gone, she must find new ways to navigate school, express herself, and get close to people again in this moving and surprisingly humorous play. For ages 10, up. Performances on Jan. 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 31 and Feb 1. $20. kennedy-center.org

Accepting Applications for the 2015-2016 School Year Grades PS/PK-5th Apply for admissions at: www.myschooldc.org Application deadline March 2, 2015

With a French and Spanish immersion program and a dual focus on academic excellence and community service, Stokes School prepares culturally diverse elementary school students to be leaders, scholars, and responsible citizens who are committed to social justice.

Teen Kick Back at MLK Library

On Wednesday, Jan 14, 4 p.m., come celebrate MLK week in Teen Space. They will be having some fun MLKthemed activities. For ages 13-19. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk

Flying in the Great Hall at the National Building Museum

2015 Open Houses: 9:30 am – 11:00 am January 29th • February 26th RSVP to Ms. Jo-Anne Hurlston, Parent Coordinator, jo-anneh@ewstokes.org School tours every other on Wednesday from 9:00 am -10:00 am. Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS 3700 Oakview Terrace, NE | Washington, DC 20017 | 202.265.7237 www.ewstokes.org

On Sunday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., witness death-defying feats of acrobatic aeronautics—on a small scale. Watch as the D.C. Maxecuters fly their model airplanes through the Great Hall. The D.C. Maxecuters have been sharing their love of model aviation with District of Columbia for over sixty years. Once again, the Maxecuters take-off in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall, sending both rubber band and electric-powered model planes soaring overhead. Free, drop-in program for all ages. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. go.nbm.org There is a Model Airplane Workshop, ages 8 and up, at the National Building Museum also on Jan 18, 9-11 a.m. Prepaid registration is required at $15. Tickets must be purchased by the end of the day on Thursday, Jan. 15. Adults are free with an accompanying child. Purchase tickets online at nbm.org.

Winter Family Festival at the American Art Museum

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joys crafting for the birds to celebrate The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, including a printmaking workshop with Lily Press. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW. americanart.si.edu

Shooting Stars Dance Class at Shaw Library

This is a hip-hop and modern class for young dancers ages 6-12 on Thursdays from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Class list will be determined by attendance on Jan. 8, Jan. 15, and Jan. 22. Students will create choreography, sets, and costumes, and class will culminate in a recital at the end of April. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. dclibrary.org/watha

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The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program (10 weeks) offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment, culture and collections of the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Through the Junior Fellows program, the Library of Congress furthers its mission to provide access to a universal record of knowledge, culture and creativity as exemplified by its collections, while supporting current and future generations of students and scholars. The fellows explore digital initiatives and inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve and research a backlog of special, legal or copyright collections in many different formats. Applications accepted online only at usajobs.gov (keywordJunior Fellows) through midnight, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

My School DC Application Process for 2015-16 School Year Opens

The District of Columbia has launched “My School DC,” the common application for DC Public Schools and public charter schools for the 2015-2016 school year. In its second year of operation, My School DC provides a single online application where families can apply for outof-boundary spots at K-12 schools,

all Pre-K programs for 3-year-olds and Pre-K programs for 4-year-olds, selective citywide high schools, and nearly every public charter school program. Approximately 3,000 applications have already been submitted by residents. Families can go to MySchoolDC.org to submit an application to as many as 12 schools. The new DCPS school boundaries and feeder patterns for school year 2015-16, as well as the extensive phase-in policies, are programmed into the application. The application process is open through Feb. 2 for grades 9-12 and Mar. 2 for grades PK – 8. There is no advantage to applying early. The online application is available in English or Spanish. Families can also call the My School DC hotline 202-888-6336 to complete an application by phone, and live interpretation in other languages is available.

District’s Youth Leadership Institute Renamed in Honor of Marion Barry

The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute (MYLI) has been re-designated as the “Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute” in honor of the late Councilmember and former Mayor Marion S. Barry, Jr., who passed away on Nov. 23, 2014. The Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute (MBYLI) is a four-level, year-round leadership training and development program for young people in the District of Columbia, ages 1419. The training model emphasizes practical hands-on experience and a holistic approach to developing leaders of the 21st century.

ImaginAsia: Archaeological Adventures at the Sackler

In this workshop, take a self-guided tour of Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips. Then, dig into a mini “excavation site” that includes shards found in Yemen and create clay models inspired by works in the exhibition. All ages welcome; best for children ages 8-14 with adult companions. Saturday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan 18, 2-4 p.m. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. asia.si.edu u


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