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calendar SPECIAL EVENTS Smithsonian Folklife Festival. July 7-8. 11:00 AM-5:30 PM. Evening events at 6:00 PM. Festival features programs on Campus and Community, Citified, and Creativity and Crisis. Free entrance. National Mall between 7th and 14th sts. 2012 Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer. Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. 7:00 PM with pre-ceremony pageantry starting at 6:45 PM. The 2012 Twilight Tattoo season has been extended and will run through the entire summer. Members of the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard), the US Army Band “Pershings Own,” Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team will perform an hourlong sunset military Pageant. Over 100 Old Guard soldiers dressed in period uniforms will provide a glimpse of Army history from colonial times to the soldier of the future. Summerall Field on historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. Capital Fringe Festival. July 12-29. Capital Fringe Festival is the only major unjuried, self-producing, open-access Festival in the Washington, DC area and occurs in July each year. The Fringe Festival provides all artists, whether new or established, a venue to express and develop their talents and artistic visions in total freedom. For the complete schedule, visit Truckeroo Food Truck Festival. July 13, Aug 10, Sept 28, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM. Truckeroo is a monthly festival held

JULY June-Oct at the corner of Half St. and M St. SE showcasing food trucks from the DC. area. It features 20 food trucks, live music all day, picnic tables, cornhole and other games. Living Earth Festival. July 21-22. 10:30 AM-4:30 PM. This festival celebrates indigenous contributions to environmental sustainability, knowledge, and activism. Tribally owned food cooperatives discuss sustainability and local farmers offer produce, meat, and traditional American Indian foods in an outdoor farmers market, while local and Native chefs compete in an Iron Chefstyle cook-off. Hands-on family activities are offered for young and old alike. The festival also includes a live outdoor concert featuring the talents of Wes Studi, Stevie Salas, Jack Gladstone, Kinnie Starr, and Brule! American Indian Museum, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. Marine Barracks Evening Parade. Friday evenings through Aug 31. Guests admitted starting at 7:00 PM. Guests should be seated by 8:00 PM. Program begins at 8:45 PM. The Evening Parade has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The story of the ceremony reflects the story of Marines around the world. The ceremony begins with a concert by the United States Marine Band. Free. It is wise to have reservations that can be made online at Marine Barracks (front gate), Eighth and I sts. SE. 202-433-4073. Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran. This summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, enjoy special exhibitions and programming free of charge in addition to Gallery tours, select workshops, demonstrations, and performances for all ages. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391700.

SUMMER MUSIC Fort Dupont Summer Concerts. Saturdays, July 14-Aug 18. The National Park Service offers 6 Rhythm and Blues performances in July and August as part of Fort Dupont Park’s “Summer Theatre” concert series. The concerts’ are sponsored solely by the National Park Service and free to the public. There is a Jr. Ranger tent offering programs for children and general information about Fort Dupont Park. nps. gov/fodu

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Last summer, residents along the MidCity Corridor spilled out into the streets (with their dogs) to browse sales and sample food from the area’s retailers during the Annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale & Celebration. Photo: Luiz Gomez

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MidCity DC is filled with independent arts and music venues, fantastic places to dine and cutting edge shops and boutiques. Every year on the first weekend of August (the hottest of the hot here in DC, hence the name) MidCity businesses come together to hold a neighborhood wide event called the Dog Days Sidewalk Festival. Founded in 2000 by Home Rule this event has grown from a sidewalk festival including just 6 businesses to now over 70! It truly is the best time to come explore this amazing neighborhood’s history, culture, food, shops, services, and people. 14th St., between P St. and Florida Ave., and U St., between 9th and 17th sts. NW.

24; 11:30, on. Bands all day, mechanical bull, picnic tables. Half and M sts, SE at the Navy Yard Metro. Yards Park Friday Evening Concert Series. Through Sept 14, 6:30-8:30 PM. Spend your Friday evenings on the river, relaxing on the terraced lawn steps with family and friends and listening to live music from the Yards Park’s boardwalk stage. Friday evening concerts will feature a wide range of live musical

performances including jazz, salsa, reggae, and more. Military Band Concerts at the US Capitol. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in summer (weather permitting). 8:00 PM. Mondays, US Navy Band; Tuesdays, US Air Force Band; Wednesdays, US Marine Band; Fridays, US Army Band. Free. West Terrace US Capitol Building. US Marine Band Concerts at the Sylvan Theater. Thursdays in summer (weather permitting), 8:00 PM. You are welcome to bring folding chairs, blankets and refreshments to the concert. Free. 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW (on Washington Monument grounds). 202-433-5717. National Shrine Summer Organ Recital Series. Sundays in July and Aug, 6:00 PM. Free. Free will offering accepted. All welcome. 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300. Navy Memorial Concerts on the Avenue. Tuesdays, through Aug 28, 8:00 PM. Come out to the US Navy Memorial for an evening of relaxing music by the United States Navy Band and its specialty groups. Free. US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202737-2300. Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Fridays in summer (rain or shine), 5:00-8:00 PM. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Live jazz performed by an eclectic mix of top artists from the Washington area entertains visitors outdoors in front of the fountain or in the Pavilion Cafe (if it’s raining). The Pavilion Cafe features a seasonal tapas-style menu and bar service during the concerts. Everyone can enjoy these concerts. You do not have to order food or drinks. Free. 202- 289-3360. Fort Reno Summer Concerts. Mondays and Thursdays through July 26, 7:00-9:30 PM. Fort Reno is across from Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. 202-355-6356. Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza. Weekdays through Aug 2 (weather permitting), noon1:30 PM. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. LIVE!’s lunch-time performances feature world-renowned entertainers in a variety of flavors, such as African dance, legendary R&B, Motown sounds, hip hop, Latin swing and pop rock. Free.1300 Penn. Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. u 9

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OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIES Front Flicks Movies. Thursdays, July 12, O Brother, Where Art Thou; July 19, The Da Vinci Code; July 26, Muppet Treasure Island. Movies are held at Tingey Plaza just one block from the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Ave. exit) behind the US Department of Transportation building. NoMa Summer Screen. Wednesdays, July 11: Red Dawn; July 18: War Games; July 25: The Incredibles; Aug 1: Jurassic Park: The Lost World; Aug 8: Deep Impact. Food and music at 7:00 PM. Screening at 9:00 PM. Each film preceded by live DJs, barbecue, special guests and more. Free. Children and friendly dogs are welcome. Loree Grand Field at 2nd and L sts. NE. Screen on the Green. July 16, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; July 25, It Happened One Night; July 30, From Here to Eternity; Aug 6, Psycho. Movies are shown at sunset between 7th and 12th sts. on the national Mall. Screen on the Green Hotline, 1-877262-5866. Bethesda Outdoor Movies. July 24-28, 9:00 PM. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, action, comedy, musical and classic films. July 24-Stand By Me, July 25-Vertigo, July 26-The Muppets, July 27-Crazy, Stupid Love, July 28-Hugo. Free. Corner of Norfolk and Auburn aves. in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.

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U Street Movies. July 25 (rain date Aug 1), Protocol with Goldie Hawn. Showtime at sundown. Gates open at 7:00 PM. Movie shown at the Harrison Recreation Center field, V St. between 13th and 14th sts. NW. Free admission. Attendees are encouraged to come early to picnic in the park and listen to music spun by local DJs.

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD 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. Zeds Dead at The Howard Theatre. July 14, 9:00 PM. $25. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899.

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Tuesday Concert Series at Church of the Epiphany. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. The Tuesday Concert Series is a major outreach program of Epiphany to the people of down-

town Washington. High-quality music— mostly classical, but with occasional performances of folk and traditional music—is presented here every Tuesday. Talented artists from all over greater Washington, and frequently from around the country and world, seek out Epiphany’s fine acoustics, exceptional musical instruments and reliable and appreciative audience. Programs in the Tuesday Concert Series are free, but they encourage attendees to make a contribution in support of the performers of each event, who receive as payment only what the day’s audience contributes. 1317 G St. NW. 2023472635. National City Christian Church Organ Concerts. Every Friday, 12:15-1:15 PM. Free. 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-232-0323. Steinway Series of classical music concerts at American Art Museum. Second Sunday, 3:00 PM The Steinway Series is a classical music concert that features the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s refurbished Steinway Concert Grand piano. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level American Art Museum (between Seventh and Nineth and and F and G sts. NW.) 202-633-1000. “Take Five” (free jazz at the American Art Museum). Third Thursday, 5:00-7:00 PM. Smithsonian American Art Museum, (Great Hall on the 3rd floor), Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-1000.

THEATER AND FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. July 11Aug 5. Andrew Jackson dueled. Andrew Jackson purportedly fought in upwards of 100 duels, and carried two bullets in his body. After one duel, physicians recommended amputating one of his arms. Jackson refused, and the bullet remained in his arm for almost 20 years, until it settled so close to the skin that you could see it move. Jackson was convinced to have it removed late in his life and did-without benefit of anesthesia, and without missing a day of work. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. July 17-Aug 5. By examining the human price we pay for our high-tech toys, Daisey opened a Pandora’s box in the world of technology and production, demanding social responsibility in the corporate sector, inspiring his audiences to action, and influencing drastic change in the corporate practices of both Apple and Foxconn, Apple’s supplier in China. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. August: Osage County. Aug 3-26. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman u 11

family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major new play that unflinchingly-and uproariously-exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW.

LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Shades of Black Book Club. This adult club focuses on black fiction and non-fiction authors. Discussions are held the third Tuesday of every month in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the Popular Library Division. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Sunday Kind of Love at Busboys. Every third Sunday, 5:00 PM. Sunday Kind of Love features emerging and established poets from the Washington, DC area and around the nation. Each program includes featured poet(s) and an open mic segment centered around a predetermined social or poetic theme. Hosted by various local poets, Sunday Kind of Love has showcased poets as diverse as Esther Iverem, Richard Blanco, and Kathi Wolfe. $5. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202387-7638. Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry. Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 PM. For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear. $4/person. Wristbands for Tuesday night open mic at 14th & V are sold all day in the Bookstore beginning at 10:00 AM until sold out. Limit of 4 wristbands per person. Cash only. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202-387-7638. Urban Fiction Book Club. This club meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Nine on the Ninth Open Mic Poetry. June 9, 9:00-11:00 PM. “Nine on the Ninth” Open Mic Poetry, the now legendary monthly poetry series that falls on every 9th day of the month at 9pm. Hosted by Derrick Weston Brown. $5 suggested donation. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202-387-7638. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library History Book Club. Second Monday, 6:30-8:00 PM. The History Book Club is a lively discussion of American historical biographies and how personal histories intersect with historical events. The typical book selected is entertaining and thought-provoking, which always leads to interesting conversations. Books range in reading level from teen books to adult books. Open to ages 16 and older. 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288.

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ROOFING EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Titanic-100 Year Obsession. Through July 16, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, daily. National Geographic was the first to unveil images of the wreck discovered by National Geographic explorer Robert Ballard in 1985. Take a new look, from its historic beginnings to the latest research, at the ship that has captured the world’s imagination since she sank on April 15, 1912. Explore an intricately detailed 18-foot model of the ship and the latest imagery by National Geographic explorer James Cameron of the wreck on the ocean floor. $6-$8. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588. African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond. Through Sept 3. African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, which saw tremendous social and political changes. In response, these artists created an image of America that recognizes individuals and community and acknowledges the role of art in celebrating the multivalent nature of American society. American Art Museum, 8th and F sts. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart. House and Home at National Building Museum. House & Home, a long-term exhibition, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. By, For, and Of the People: Folk Art and Americana at the DAR Museum. Through Sept. 1. The DAR Museum has an impressive collection of decorative arts, and much of the published work about the museum stresses that fact. Over the years however, important examples of American folk art and Americana have enlivened the collection. Free admission. DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW. 202-6281776. LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition. Through Sept. 3. This exhibition showcases fifteen buildings from around the world made entirely from LEGO® bricks by Adam Reed Tucker. $5-$8. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. 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.


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SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Nats Baseball. July 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 31; Aug 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. $5, up. Nationals Park. 202-675-6287. washington. DC United Soccer Home Match. July 28, 6:00 PM. vs. Juventus. $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. Dance Classes at Dance Place. Classes offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes offered in modern, African, belly dance, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop. The mission of Dance Place is to improve the quality of life in the metropolitan area through the presentation of educational and cultural programs and to nurture and expand the field of dance nationally. $120 for 10 classes, valid for 3 months. Drop-in for $15 ($13, seniors). 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202269-1600. Nearby public tennis courts. Banneker Community Center (eight outdoor tennis courts), 2500 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-673-6861. Kennedy Recreation Center (one outdoor tennis court), 1401 Seventh St. NW. 202-671-4794. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. dpr.

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Nearby outdoor public pools. Francis Pool, 2435 N St. NW; East Potomac Pool, 972 Ohio Dr. SW; Randall Pool, S. Capitol and I sts. SW. All DC public pools are free for DC residents. Have ID. Nearby indoor public swimming pools. Turkey Thicket, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE. 202576-9236. Rumsey Pool, 635 No.Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495. All DC public pools are free for DC residents. Have ID.

MARKETS Mount Vernon Triangle Market. Sundays, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Initiating its second season, the market is situated in Mt. Vernon Triangle, at the corner of 5th and Eye sts. NW just north of Chinatown. The market will feature a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture. The market will also highlight local prepared foods such as handmade chocolates and breads; and beverages, such as organic juices, teas and coffee. The food truck, Curbside Cupcakes and Bita Diomande, of Sarafina will also be at the market. Also find handmade jewelry, vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories.

Farmers Market at National Geographic. Tuesdays in summer, 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. Join National Geographic every Tuesday this summer for their Farmers Marketing. Enjoy seasonal selections from Orchard Country Produce including fresh, local produce, organic eggs, grass-fed beef, jams & jellies and sweet local honey. The market will be held in the courtyard, weather permitting, 17th and M sts. NW. 14th and U Farmers Market. Saturdays. 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, until Thanksgiving. Producers-only market. 14th and U sts. NW, in front of the Reeves Building. NOMA Farmers Market. Wednesdays, May 30-Oct 31, 3:00-7:00 PM. 1200 First St., NE. 9th and U Flea Market. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 9th and U sts. NW. Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889. Mi Tierra (Latino) Market at Unity Park. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting). 9:00 AM-7:00 PM. Unity Park at Champlain St. Euclid St. and Columbia Rd. NW. Mi Tierra market has 18 approved vendors that sell foods and crafts from their native countries in the heart of Adams Morgan.

CIVIC LIFE Tenant Rights Workshop. July 11, 6:00 PM. Are you a tenant living in a house or apartment that has been foreclosed? In DC you do not have to leave your home just because your landlord has lost his or her property to foreclosure. Attend a free tenant rights workshop at Housing Counseling Services to learn about your rights and options as a tenant living in a foreclosed property. 2410 17th St. NW, Suite #100. 202-667-7006. Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic. July 17, 5:00-7:30 PM. This clinic is for aspiring or existing small business owners. Attendees will meet one-on-one with attorneys for brief advice on any legal issues their businesses may be facing. The Center for Urban Progress and the DC Bar Pro Bono Program are working together to offer this free legal clinic. Howard University Center for Urban Progress, Reeves Municipal Building, 2000 14th St. NW. 202-737-4700 ext. 3369. The Washington Post Nursing and Healthcare Career Fair. July 18, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. u 15

Board of Library Trustees Meeting. July 25, 6:00 PM. Meetings of the Board of Library Trustees are generally held on the fourth Wednesday, every other month at various library locations throughout the system. The public is welcome. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. U Street NW Streetscape Project. The U Street NW Streetscape Project, which kicked off on June 14, is a DDOT construction project that includes the rehabilitation of U St. NW between 9th and 14th sts. As part of the project the sidewalk areas will be reconstructed and widened in sections and will include new landscaping; the roadways will be repaired and repaved; and the streetlights, traffic signals and storm drains will be upgraded. More information about the U Street NW Streetscape Project is available online at

Maternal and Child Health, 2355 Ontario Rd. NW. 202-3322630. ANC 1D. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. 3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW. 202-462-8692. ANC 2C. First Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM. Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW (new location). 202-682-1633. u

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Urban Edible Garden Tour July 17, 5:00-8:00 PM

The tour will start at the beautiful, downtown, plant-filled garden shop Old City Green, 902 N St. NW, and stretch through the revitalized neighborhoods of Shaw, Bloomingdale and Ledroit Park, where lots of new restaurants, galleries and shops are popping up. Six residential and four public gardens will be open for you to view, ask questions and hear what inspires some of DC’s best gardeners. Garden highlights include, composting, beehives, rain barrels, fruit trees, herbs and lots of ideas for growing vegetables. Plus, see for yourself and learn more about Common Good City Farm the community garden that Prince Charles recently toured as part of his inspiring Future of Food visit to DC. The tour starts and ends at Old City Green with seasonal cocktail and community share. A map of tour locations will be distributed on the day of the event at Old City Green. The tour is self-guided and will cover about four miles so you can bike or walk. $10.

Candidates must have previous healthcare experience and/or education. 1150 15th St. NW. 2012 International AIDS Conference on a Budget. July 23-27 at the Global Village Walter Washington Convention Center. It is an open space for advocates and individuals alike to gather, exchange ideas, and make presentations. Here is where you will see the theme “Turning the Tide Together” in action. The Village will have panel discussions, opportunities for Q &A, networking zones, a main stage for presentations, and a youth pavilion. The Global Village is free and open to the public. No registration required. For more information, visit Return to Lisner HIV/AIDS Forum. July 24, 7:00 PM. Whitman-Walker Health will host a forum on the current state of HIV/AIDS. “Return to Lisner” will be held in the same venue as DC’s first HIV/AIDS forum on April 4, 1983. The forum is free admission, but registration is required at returntolisner. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW.

All-Ways Mount Pleasant. First Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. LaCasa. All-Ways is a citizen’s association primarily for the tenants of the larger apartment buildings of Mount Pleasant. 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. 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 Seventh St. NW. www.ccca-online. Downtown Neighborhood Association. Second Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM. US Naval Memorial Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. East Central Civic Association of Shaw Meeting. First Monday, 7:00 PM. Third Baptist Church, 1546 Fifth St. NW. Contact: Al Hajj Mahdi Leroy J Thorpe Jr, 202-3871596.

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Eckington Civic Association. First Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE.

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Edgewood Civic Association. Last Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM. Edgewood senior building, 635 Edgewood St. NE, nineth floor7-9pm. They encourage all Eckington and Edgewood residents to come out and take part in the lively civic life of our communities. Logan Circle Citizens Association. Please contact Jennifer Trock at for meeting dates and times. Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association. Third Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 PM. Yale Steam Laundry, 437 New York Ave. NW. U Street Neighborhood Association. Second Thursday, 7:008:30 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. ANC 1B. First Thursday, 7:00 PM. Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW (second floor). 202-870-4202. ANC 1B11. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. LeDroit Senior Building (basement community room), 2125 Fourth St. NW. 202-4813462. ANC 1C. First Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Mary’s Center for

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Dog Days Shopping Guide Birthed by the founders of Home Rule 13 years ago as an attempt to lure customers to the then desolate, except for ‘Ladies’, 14th Street Corridor in the dead of DC summer, Dog Days has grown to include over 70 businesses, artists, craftspeople, and a an eager, wanting community of shoppers willing to brave the heat for a few hot deals. This is an abridged guide of participating shops. For more information check out: All photos taken by Scott Fazzini, unless otherwise noted.


1603 U Street NW 202.265.1930

Caramel will be serving discounts up to 50% for summer styles, a sneak peek at the new fall looks, and sweet bites by resident pastry chef, Sarah Krueger.

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AUGUST 4th & 5th

Current Boutique 1809 14th Street NW 202.588.7311

Consignment / Retail shop for ladies (sorry guys), Current Boutique, will be offering 20% off, refreshments, and I’ve heard rumors of cupcakes... mmm.


1522 U Street NW 571.277.5245

The impeccably stylish Yvette and Foundry will be offering “Early Bird Specials” (10a - 12p), as well as a swinging game of “Vintage Bingo” --spin the wheel for deals and discounts.

Ginger Root

1530 U Street NW 202.567.7668

The renovation and expansion will be complete for Dog Days. Stylists will be on hand. Refreshments will be served. And promotions will be plentiful.


1428 U Street NW 202.986.3740

Celebrating 18 years, GoodWood is finally able to buy cigarettes, attend discotheques, vote, and offer you some swinging-good deals during Dog Days! Deep discounts will apply to wares on the sidewalk as well as throughout the store. u 19


1510 U Street NW 202.483.0261

Vintage for (wo)men from the 1930’s to the 1970’s, 80’s, and whatever else they deem cool, Junction will be brimming with substantial mark downs, $3 and $5 racks, “Pop Sales” throughout the days, and inhouse stylists. Cash is the preferred payment method (wink, wink).

Home Rule 1807 14th Street NW 202.797.5544

One of the original founders of Dog Days, Home Rule will be offering discounts of up to 50% off on the sidewalk. Swing by and show your appreciation for this institution!

Lettie Gooch

1517 U Street NW 202.332.4242

The gals at Lettie Gooch have devised their very own theme for Dog Days, “Girls Rock”. They are hosting a mobile music van from Listen Local First, providing yummy spa water, “Hopscotch for Deals”, and early bird specials on the sidewalk from 10a - 12p.

Logan Hardware 1416 P Street NW 202.265.8900

Logan Hardware will be hosting a sidewalk sale under the big Ace tent, serving up deep discounts and salty, buttery, delicious popcorn!

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Miss Pixie’s 1626 14th Street NW 202.232.8171

The perpetually spunky and poppy Miss Pixie’s will be hosting a storewide 20% off sale, as well as discounts on additional items. Yes please. You’d better get in early before everything’s gone!


1734 14th Street NW 202.332.7447

Cool kids on the block, Redeem, will be offering 25% off of all Spring/Summer items, as well as an additional 25% off of previously marked down items. This is going to make a lot of people that I know very happy!


1734 14th Street NW 202.332.7447

If Margo Tennanbaum set up shop in DC I’m pretty sure that it would be just like Mutiny --the most memorizing shop-within-a-shop in the District! Save up to 25% off of selected items during Dog Days.


1829 14th Steet NW 202.234.8344

The designer dudes at Vastu will be offering 15% off of upholstery orders by Steven Anthony, as well as discounted floor models. u u 21

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By Celeste McCall

Pizza Blooms in Bloomingdale

In up-and-coming Bloomingdale, Bacio Pizzeria opened about seven months ago at 81 Seaton Place NW. The tiny eatery is owned by Turkish born Atilla Suzer, who also operates Green Paws, the compact, well-stocked pet shop upstairs. We got the Green Paws tour, where we were greeted by Miles, a friendly black lab. Baked on the premises, Bacio’s hand-tossed crusts emerge light and somehow fluffy, unusual for pizza. I normally discard some of my crusts, but not this time. I believe part of the secret is a sprinkling of cornmeal, which adds a bit of crunch. Among more than a half-dozen options, we settled on the Seaton combo, an amiable marriage of roasted red peppers, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a dab of pesto. Besides those usual toppings, customers may create their own Bacio Pizzeria, a Bloomingdale favorite. concoctions. Pizzas come in large (14-inch for $16.95) and no one else on 14th has done. He has said everything a 10-inch small ($11.95). The latter was adequate for the two of us. Gluten-free crusts are available will be imported from Italy. However, Station 4 executive chef Orlando Amaro will oversee the menu. (small only) for an additional $3.50. Meanwhile, Stubs Kitchen & Wine Bar, initially To add some healthy greens, we added the arugula planned for that T street space, is now headed for H salad, laced with gorgonzola, walnuts and cranberries, Street NE, the Atlas District. Stubs, an acronym for napped with a light vinaigrette. Besides fresh orange Med’s five other restaurants, will serve American cuijuice, sodas and bottled water, Bacio carries cookies sine similar to Stoney’s fare. The exact address is secret and all-natural ice cream. for now, but Med says he’s looking to buy a building In Bacio’s front window is a table topped with a somewhere between 13th and 14th. colorful cloth, adorned with fresh fruit and flowers, Ari Gejdenson, owner of Acqua al 2 across from a pretty sight. There’s really not much room to sit, so Eastern Market, is reportedly planning a spinoff– most of Bacio’s business is carryout. Bacio is open also Italian--at 1610 14th St. NW, the former HRMonday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 57 space. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 202-2322246 or visit

Logan Lowdown– and More

Meanwhile, 14th street is where it’s happening; It seems a new restaurant arrives in this Northwest neighborhood every week or so. At 1401 T St. NW, restaurateur Med “Mo” Lahlou plans a “rustic Italian restaurant.” Look for it in September. Mo--who also operates Stoney’s, Tunnicliff ’s Tavern, Ulah Bistro, Bullfeathers and Station 4) claims his newest offspring will offer something that 22 u Midcity DC | JULY 2012


At 1832 14th St., NW, Local 16 owner Aman Ayoubi is teaming up with 2Amys, Pizzeria Paradiso, and Red Rocks vet Edan MacQuaid to open a pizzeria. In the future neighborhood venture–which will have a roof deck--everything will be cooked from a state-of-the-art wood-burning oven imported from Naples. Again, expect a fall opening. Kapnos and G is coming to 2201 14th St., NW. Graffiato and Bandolero chef Mike Isabella is going Greek for his forthcoming Kapnos, which means

“smoke.” The 150-seat restaurant will feature two wood-fired grills with five rotating spits for roasting whole lambs, goats, pigs, ducks, etc. The former Zaytinya chef will also serve small plates, spreads, flat breads, and phyllo pies, complemented by a largely Hellenic wine list. Next door to Kapnos, Mike will unveil G, a 45-seat Italian spot serving sandwiches, soups, and salads by day and four-course tasting menus evenings. Both are expected to debut early next year. Restaurateur Aaron Gordon–who has a string of local restaurants--is adding to his collection with Woody Creek, an all-day breakfast eatery in the old ACKC chocolate bar space at 1529 14th St. NW. To name his new enterprise, Gordon ran contest and the winning entries were Woody Creek with an “alter-ego: Auto Row. Look for it later this summer. M Café & Bar has forsaken sedate Chevy Chase to relocate in livelier Logan Circle. The gleaming transplant is due to occupy its new digs this fall at 1634 14th St. NW....And, wining and dining might be more enjoyable than exercising; Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant (based in Connecticut) is taking over the former BodySmith Training Gym space. However, you can still work off those calories, since the gym has scooted just down the street to 1622 14th St. NW.

Room with a View

Roof decks seem to be sprouting all over mid city DC. A new one–called the Garden--is poised atop 1905 Bistro, at 1905 Ninth St. NW (just off U). From their lofty perch, customers are treated to great views of the surrounding neighborhood and beyond. According to proprietor Tony Luca, the deck is actually a garden. To accompany the sweeping rooftop vista, chef Matthew Richardson has designed a small plates menu: tuna tartare, fried Chesapeake oysters, 1905 meatballs, barbecued chicken wings, Southernstyle deviled eggs. Among Garden drinks is the Hot Kentucky, a mixture of 1905’s house-made cayenne-ginger lemonade and bourbon. For the tamer palate, the Garden will pour beer, wine and other specialty potables. The Garden will keep the same hours as the regular restaurant, which is cur-

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Summer on U

This summer, Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St. NW, has launched several fun promotions. On Sunday and Monday, a three-course dinner is $19.95, and bottles of wine are half price. After 8 p.m., there’s Karaoke and Open Mic. Friday nights bring live music upstairs after 11 p.m. Ulah’s happy hour goes Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the bar and the outdoor patio. Tuesday through Sunday lobster dinners include choice of soup or salad, baked potato, fresh corn on the cob and a one-and-a-quarterpound boiled or grilled lobster, all for $26.95. Call 202-234-0123 or

RAMMY winners

Logan Circle restaurants really cleaned up at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s 2012 RAMMY Awards gala June 24.

Jeff and Barbara Black, owners of the ever-expanding Black Restaurant Group, were named Restaurateurs of the Year. One of their hot spots, Black Jack (atop their year-old Pearl Dive Oyster Palace), was voted Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene. The award was presented by CBS Chief Washington Correspondent Norah O’Donnell. Said Barbara Black, whose stunning black and white hat was chosen by Jeff: “The neighborhood has been so supportive...and the hats make it fun.” Café Saint-Ex was declared top Neighborhood Gathering Place, while Cork Wine Bar was named best Wine Program. Taking top honors for its Beverage/Mixology program was Estadio. Since the gala theme was “Hats off to Restaurants,” most of the 1,500 guests crowding the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel ballroom–which also included a sumptuous buffet-donned festive (and a few outlandish) chapeaux. The evening’s emcee was Fox News meteorologist Sue Palka; RAMW president is Capitol Hill resident Lynne Breaux. u u 23

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JAZZ AVES. Paul Carr at DCJF

MegaFest and more at DCJF

There was Paul Carr, After the Jazz Acadno saxophone in hand, emy band got things just standing among the started for the jazz loft small crowd of people MegaFest, the day inwatching the bandstand, cluded music and venthat last Saturday of the dors, a panel discussion DC Jazz Festival at Capand a movie – “Icons’s Jazz Loft Among Us,” a must-see MegaFest Event on New film exploring a diversity Saxophonist Paul Carr revisits York Avenue downtown. some vintage melodies on his new of opinions about the It was a warm, recording,“Standard Doman.” world of jazz. sunny afternoon outThe day’s music inside, and inside it was cluded tenor saxophonCarr’s Jazz Academy Youth Orches- ist Elijah Balbed leading a hot group tra warming things up for a day-long that included drummer Kush Abadey. potpourri of music. Carr watched his Then Lenny Robinson, one of our young players tune up, went backstage master percussionists, known for his to give more instructions, then came elegant, efficient work behind vocalists back out and watched them deliver and groups that mostly play straight some crisp, swinging standards. ahead tunes, showed off his freer, avant That day Carr listened, in his role garde side behind the drum set while as an educator, evaluator and coach. leading his group, Mad Curious, that A week before, Carr, with his tenor included furious riffs from saxophonist sax firmly in hand, fiercely blew some Brian Settles and fine work from basshard riffs at the festival’s Jazz ‘n Fami- ist Tarus Mateen. lies Day with a group at the Philips And Marc Cary’s Cosmic IndigeCollection near Dupont Circle. nous group pushed the envelope in more Carr told a fan at the jazz loft event directions with sets of music and vocals that he was busy these days wearing embracing contemporary jazz, world another hat, as a festival producer music with a whirling, free music/funky himself. “I’m trying to get things lined groovy mode for the large crowd. up for the next Mid Atlantic Festival The eighth year of what is now (February 2013), and it’s hard work known as the DC Jazz Festival was bigman, cats are so busy, it’s tough trying ger and better in many ways, extendget on people’s schedules.” ing its reach all over the city including And there was one other role Carr a special DC Jazz Festival, East River was playing last month – promoter of JazzFest event featuring Fred Foss at his new album, “Standard Domain.” the Congress Heights Senior Wellness Carr’s fifth recording as a leader, the Center on Martin Luther King Jr. AvCD, on Carr’s PCJ Music label, was enue S.E., and other events east of the recorded late last year, and he is quot- Anacostia River. ed on the liner notes saying, “I wanted Brought to us by executive producer to revisit great melodies, some known Charlie Fishman and executive direcand some not so known...” tor Sunny Sumter, the DC Jazz Festival See for more in- featured The Hamilton downtown as its formation. anchor location this year – and it had several sold-out events -- with other signature events including two Jazz ‘n Fam24 u Midcity DC | JULY 2012

by Steve Monroe

ilies Fun days at the Philips Collection, and a Jazz meets the Classics concert at the Kennedy Center. Performers included veterans like Foss, Randy Weston, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Monty Alexander and John Scofield, along with young lions like Balbed, Abadey, Mateen, Anat Cohen and Alex Brown.

InPerson... Joe Chambers

Consummate percussionist Joe Chambers closed out Brad Linde's first Atlas Jazz Series season June 13 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, with some superlative drumming to go with his own dazzling compositions and arrangements. Linde, Brian Settles, his wife Jessica Boykin-Settles, Leigh Pilzer, Donvonte McCoy, Mike Davis, Harry Appleman, and Corey Wallace also starred with the Chambers’ Moving Pictures Orchestra that night, on tunes that included straight ahead, free form and Latin flavored motifs.

July Highlights:

Tarus Mateen, July 10, 24, 31 Bohemian Caverns ... David Murray, July 13, Bohemian Caverns ... Vince Evans, July 13, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Igor Butman, July 16, Blues Alley ... Sharon Clark, July 20, Mandarin Oriental Hotel ... Louis Hayes, July 20, Bohemian Caverns ... Jeff Antoniuk, Ingrid Jensen, July 24, Blues Alley ... Buck Hill, Arnold Sterling, July 27, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Larry Willis, July 27, Bohemian Caverns ... Jimmy Cobb, Larry Coryell, Joey DeFrancesco, July 2729, Blues Alley ...

Steve Monroe is a Washington, D.C. writer who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues. com and followed at jazzavenues. u

July Birthdays:

Veteran percussionist Joe Chambers performed in the final 2011-12 Atlas Jazz Series concert June 13. Photo: Bababebop Jazz Images

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he Nose, Dear Readers, has had the distinct pleasure of your intimate acquaintance for several years now. However, nothing in this extended dalliance, even the 2010 dethronement of King Blackberry, rivals the Machiavellian imbroglio of the past two months. From the ingenious incompetencies of the 2010 Gray campaign (the term which led to the coining of ‘Sulaimania’), to the mundane mechanics of mortgage fraud, the District’s politicians have plumbed the depths of depravity to dally with their doom. Struck by the ubiquitous, unique unseemliness of the District’s lawmakers, ‘ex-felon’ will be established as a synonym for ‘ex-councilmember’ in the American Lexicon. Yes, despite an absence of home rule, the District has managed to join the ranks of famously fraudulent states. Rhode Island, Nevada and Michigan! You can’t touch us! Meanwhile, our fair Gotham continues to await the fate of its erstwhile Mayor (aka The Undertaker). Forced by an intrepid fellow scribbler to deny imminent resignation, a claim rendered hollow by antics of a colleague’s recent public reversal of fortune, The Undertaker chose to fly off to China. Undoubtedly the task of pitching street cars to eastern investors in the baleful hope of repatriating a few pennies of the enormous wealth siphoned off by America’s large oriental trade imbalance is vastly preferable to fleeing down the corridors of the Wilson Building pursued by slavering reporters who are not even respectful of a quickly slammed door. Yes, Dear Readers, We’re not in The District anymore. Rather, The Nose believes that the entire Wilson Building has been physically uprooted and transported into an alternate reality that more closely approximates Oz sans Toto. How else does one explain ex-prisoner Marion Barry calling out a colleague on the subject of tax liens and a misdemeanor conviction? Perhaps, they both share the same accountants or have retained the firm of Cooke, Wilmot & Bolden? Could the District’s ongoing legislative bur26 u Midcity DC | JULY 2012

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lesque become even more gelastic? Join The Nose, Dear Readers, in putting on your Imagination Caps. A long time ago in a galaxy not so far, far away... Just imagine a completely crushed Fully Loaded Navigator lying on the street in front of the steps of the Wilson Building, two sartorially trousered appendages extending beneath the heavily dented frame. Councilmember Tommy ‘GoodyTwo-Shoes’ Wells and The Nose stand surveying the wreck. “Well, I’m a little muddled. The Reporters tweeted me because a certain columnist had just dropped a fully Loaded Navigator on Pennsylvania Avenue on our Chair. And there’s the car, and here you are, and that’s all that’s left of the Chair himself,” Goody-2Shoes observes. The Nose appears a bit perplexed. “And so what the Reporters want to know,” Wells says looking deep in The Nose eyes, “is, are you a good pol, or a bad pol?” “Oh, but I’ve already told you, I’m not a politician at all -- lawmakers are well-dressed, corrupt, tax cheats,” The Nose observes demurely. “What was that?” Wells looks around and guffaws. “I am laughing because I am a politician. I’m Tommy, The Saint of Ward 6.” The Nose looks to the right and left, and then curtseys gracefully. “You are? I beg your pardon, but I’ve never heard of an honest pol, much less one possessed of a halo.” “Only bad politicians take bribes and park such elaborate rides in front of the Wilson Building,” observes Wells. “I myself peddle to work on a lowly two-wheeled bicycle.” A gaggle of Reporters swarms the two from either side of the Wilson Building. “The Reporters are happy because you have decisively ended the rumors about the Chairman,” wryly states St. Tommy. “Oh. But, if you please -- what are Reporters,” queries The Nose? “The little people who live in the Wilson Building and you are now their national hero, my dear. It’s all right -- you may all come out and thank him. It’s

all right now - you may all come out.” St. Wells breaks out his iPhone and begins tweeting furiously, Come out, come out wherever you are. And meet the grizzled columnist who fell from a star. He fell from the sky, He fell very far. And Columbia he says is the name of the star. He brings you good news. Or haven’t you heard? When he fell out of Columbia, a miracle occurred. The Reporters singing in reply: We thank you very sweetly For doing it so neatly. You’ve eviscerated The Chair so completely St. Wells, typing madly: Let the joyous news be spread The convicted Chair at last is dead! Reporters serenading: Ding Dong! The Chair is dead. Which old Politician? The one killed by his own ambition! Ding Dong! The cheating Chair is dead. Wake up, you sleepy head. Rub your eyes Forget your meds. Wake up, the .chastened Chair is dead. He’s gone where felons go To Club Fed near Mexico Yo -- ho, let’s open up and sing And break out the whiskey. Ding Dong! The merry-oh! Sing it high Sing it low The convicted Chair is dead. Remember, Dear Readers, there is still one more Navigator remaining in the city’s fleet. u

Brown’s Down, Who’s Next? by Martin Austermuhle

The “Head Shot” That Got Brown

Kwame Brown, the one-time rising star in D.C. politics, saw a spectacular fall in early June, when in the span of one day he went from being Chair of the D.C. City Council, the second-most powerful elected official in the city, to just a normal resident—albeit one facing federal charges. Two days after resigning his post, he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of bank fraud and misdemeanor counts of campaign finance violations. A week later, the postBrown era began as Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) was elevated to Brown’s former post, taking his infamous attention for detail and legendary attendance record at community meetings to the top of the D.C. Council. While many political gossips predicted that Brown would eventually fall, they were also surprised as to how it actually happened. Brown’s 2008 campaign spending habits, which became the focus of the investigation against him, wasn’t what ultimately did him in—it was his personal financial irresponsibility. Brown was accused of and admitted to falsifying income documents in order to get two loans, one a home equity loan for $166,000 and a second—used to purchase a boat—for $55,000. In the latter case, Brown changed a “3” to an “8” on a 1099 to make it look like he was making more than he did. (It remains unclear how the bank in question, Industrial Bank, didn’t do a further check to confirm that Brown was making what he said he did.) “Wait, is that it?” was a question I heard often on the day Brown was charged. None of this was to say that bank fraud isn’t a serious charge, but was it a charge that would merit

Kwame Brown at the opening of Phelps Vocational High School, one of the projects he championed in happier times. Photo: Ron Thomas

resignation? In the grand scheme of what many people assumed of Brown and his 2008 campaign—hundreds of thousands of dollars were steered to a company controlled by his brother, with little accounting as to how it was spent—bank fraud seemed, well, a little light. As for the campaign finance violations, those were misdemeanor charges of spending above legal cash limits for payments to campaign workers. Objectionable as those charges may have been, they would merit a fine at worst. After Brown’s guilty plea, Machen argued that bank fraud can threaten the integrity of the financial system. That’s true. But Brown had paid off one loan and was current on the other—and the bank that gave him both said it had suffered no losses from the loans to him. (Ironically, now that Brown is a felon and out of work, he’s more likely to default on his obligations.) Machen wouldn’t say much else, but the implication seemed clear— there wasn’t enough of a case to make against Brown from the worst of what happened during his 2008 campaign, so the U.S. Attorney made

due with what he had. Brown, seeing that this was a way to step aside gingerly and avoid a trial or further investigation that could include his family as targets, acquiesced. In comments outside the courtroom, though, Brown tried to draw out the silver lining of the situation, saying that he had never used his public office for private gain, like former Ward 5 councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. had. He seemed to be telegraphing a message to his few remaining supporters: they got me, but it’s only because I was living beyond my means. In the wake of Brown’s resignation and guilty plea, some surprising context came from a strange place. David Simon, a former Baltimore Sun journalist and creator of HBO’s acclaimed series “The Wire,” called Machen’s charge against Brown a “head shot.” “If the rest of your case was insubstantial, if you couldn’t make the case you wanted to make, but you were on the spot for investigating a high profile target, then check the loan documents on that sucker’s house first. See if he made a false claim. Even if he was paying off the bank loan, or had paid the loan, even if there was no actual monetary loss, check the loan documents. It’s amazing how many Americans put more than their best foot forward when they are trying to convince a bank to back their mortgage,” explained Simon, noting that he even wrote the practice into the show, when prosecutors went after notoriously corrupt Maryland State Senator Clay Davis for fudging his mortgage documents. Is that wrong? Should Brown have been forced to resign (and he was; it was part of his plea deal) for charges unrelated to his public duties? And if Machen had more information on him but not enough to take to trial, is

using secondary charges fair? What about Brown’s family? If they were in on any of this, should they be able to glide by merely because the council chair fell? Simon wondered the same thing. “The point is not which politician we want to see get got,” he wrote. “The point is process.” If you’re still skeptical, consider that prosecutors have to think legally as well as strategically. Machen is certainly a strategic thinker—he waited until the day after the council had voted on the 2013 budget before bringing the hammer down on Brown, after all. Now that Brown has been felled, of course, Mayor Vince Gray must be worrying that they’ll get him next. Two of his campaign associates have been charged and have plead guilty, and just like Brown, it wasn’t so much the underlying crime that was the problem. In their case, it’s that they lied about it. Could Machen leverage a few fibs by Gray’s associates to make a case against mayor? Stay tuned.

A Council Realigned

With Brown’s political career seemingly over and Mendelson lording over the council, the dynamics of local politics have certainly changed. Mendelson is now a step away from Gray’s seat, should the mayor be next to be charged and resign. If Mendelson wins the November 6 special election to complete Brown’s term, his own At-Large seat will open up, requiring a special election in March 2013. The rumored mayoral contenders—Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells—have to be concerned too, knowing that an election for the city’s top office may well come before 2014. Martin Austermuhle is the Editorin-Chief of and a freelance writer. He lives in Petworth. u u 27

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What to Watch

The Latest in DC Education News


by Soumya Bhat

chool is out, and thoughts are teachers, counselors, and instruction- population next year. encouraged to focus their proposals probably turning to swimming al coaches will rise 5.4 percent, partly – Issues You Should Consider: on improving academic achievement and summer camp. But don’t be because the private funding used to How will these funding cuts impact through changes such as extending the fooled into thinking that nothing is implement DC’s new teacher evalu- the schools in your neighborhood? school day, using technology in innohappening in DC education. There are ation and bonus system has run out. Parents and community stakeholders vative ways, and increasing the capacmany changes underway in DCPS and As a result, many schools will have to are encouraged to get involved and ity of their staff. Thirteen schools are public charter schools that will affect scale back services. Smaller schools ask their school leaders about how planning to extend the school day with the next school year, starting with the lost funding for librarians, summer staffing and funding changes will af- their grant dollars. many DC public schools – Issues You Should losing librarians and inConsider: Will the imcreasing class sizes due pact of school funding to pressures created by cuts limit the success of the recently adopted these new efforts? If so, fiscal year 2013 buddo the winning schools get. There is also new have time to prepare for funding for innovations the school year with their intended to boost the new innovative programoutcomes of DC’s lowming? In any case, it will est performing schools. be important to watch Also on the schedule how the proficiency rates this summer will be change at schools getting discussions of creating these funds. neighborhood admis sions preferences for the Will Kwame first time in DC public Brown’s Pet charter schools. Here is a breakdown Projects of the some major eduSurvive? cation initiatives, along DC’s budget for next with some issues for Eighth graders from Two Rivers Public Charter School recently met Rebecca Skloot, author of best-seller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” year includes funding for your consideration. four new pilot initiatives

Will School Funding Pressures Affect the Quality of Education Next Year?

The fiscal year 2013 budget boosted per-pupil funding two percent for DC Public Schools and Public Charter Schools. Yet this will not be enough for DCPS to keep pace with rising costs of core school functions. Specifically, the staffing costs for 28 u Midcity DC | JULY 2012

school programs will be scaled back, and middle and high schools will see larger class sizes. In addition, DCPS expects a big increase in special education students as part of aggressive efforts to return students from placements in private schools. However, the budget shows reductions in special education staffing, leaving it uncertain whether schools will have adequate capacity to handle the larger special education

fect the quality of education for students next school year.

“Proving What’s Possible” Grants

In June, DCPS announced grants to 59 schools, ranging from $10,000 to $490,000 to implement innovative programming next year. About 85 percent of the $10 million is going to the 40 lowest-performing schools. Applicants for the grant competition were

championed by former DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown under the “Raising the Expectations for Education Outcomes Omnibus Act of 2012.” • Early Warning and Support: Students in grades four through nine in four different feeder school groups will be tracked to identify students who are at risk of dropping out of school and to provide them with more individual attention and assistance to get them back on track for high school graduation. • Post-Secondary Prepara-

tion: All high school students in DC public schools and DC public charter schools will berequired to take the SAT or ACT and apply to at least one college or other postsecondary institution before graduating. • Highly-Effective Teacher Incentive: This pilot program will offer incentives for highly effective teachers that are willing to serve in high-need DC schools for a minimum of three years: annual bonuses of $10,000, access to housing assistance programs, tuition assistance, and income tax credits. Up to five teachers at four high schools will participate in the pilot. • Community Schools: The legislation will support public-private partnerships between public or public charter schools and non-profit and community organizations to provide a wide range of services to the entire school community, including health care, academic enrichment activities, early childhood education, and job training programs. The Office of the State Superintendent for Education will administer grants of up to $200,000 to each of the five pilot schools selected for participation. But schools will be expected to seek federal and private sources to keep these initiatives going in future years. – Issues You Should Consider: With the change in leadership at the Council, these pilot programs may not be sustained over time, which in some cases may not be a problem. It is not clear that all of these approaches — especially making all students apply to college — will have much effect on educational outcomes. But if the more promising approaches are not sustained, there will not be adequate time to see any impacts. In addition, the Community Schools Incentive and Teacher Incentive initiatives won’t be sustained long-term without securing private and federal funding. These initiatives will require political

will and community support if they are seen as valuable for DC’s education system.

Should Charter Schools Be Required to Offer Neighborhood Admission Preferences?

New legislation called for creating a task force this summer to study the idea of a neighborhood admissions preference for DC public charter schools. The task force stems from complaints of some parents that they live near a public charter school they would like to attend, but get no special consideration in the school’s admissions process. The meetings, which should be open to the public, will take place this summer to complete the final report with recommendations by Sept. 1, 2012. – Issues You Should Consider: The task force will be led by the board chair of the DC Public Charter School Board. Other members now being selected will include representatives from government agencies, charter schools, researchers, and charter school advocates. Some are concerned that having a neighborhood admissions preference could lead to more confusion for parents already navigating two competing sectors (DCPS and Charter Schools) or possibly harm under-enrolled DCPS neighborhood schools that may lose students to charter schools. It will be important to keep an eye on the task force to make sure they account for the interests of all children in DC, regardless of what type of school they choose or what neighborhood they live in. Bhat is an education policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi. org), which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. u u 29

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A Garden Grows an NGO

With Help from Americorps Team DC by Amanda Wilson


here was a time when staff at Transgender Health Empowerment (T.H.E), the little non-profit at 1414 North Capitol Boulevard dedicated to supporting DC’s transgender community, had nowhere to put the grill during the organization’s regular combination grill-out and HIVtesting events, as Director of Programs Brian Watson recalls. But a team of enterprising Americorps volunteers has, over the past five months, has helped T.H.E with its wish to turn the weedy, vacant lot adjacent to the office into a space it can use. With some help from friends along the way, the Team DC Americorps volunteers turned the messy patch of After

rocky, city dirt into a carefully-planned, outdoor garden and patio, nearly doubling the organization’s space. The garden provides more space for T.H.E’s events, and space for growing healthy vegetables for T.H.E’s low-income, HIV-positive treatment adherence program clients in need healthy foods, Brian Watson said. Grill-outs and testing events are just a few of the organization’s activities in its mission to provide housing, education, and prevention services to the District’s transgender community, and those of its members living with HIV-AIDS. Despite near-100 degree heat one Wednesday in late June, volunteers from the Team DC Americorps group, who work under the scope of the AIDS United / Washington AIDS Partnership and each also volunteer with one of its 12 partner organizations that do HIV-AIDS-related work, were putting the finishing touches on the garden. Americorps volunteer Ryan Drab said the project was meant to be collaborative and build community. Although he said it would have been easier to plan a one-time event, the group wanted to do something that would be sustainable, both within and beside the community. “That’s what it was about,” Drab said, “to work with T.H.E to design something Before (Photo : Ellie Foldes). 30 u Midcity DC | JULY 2012

they would use. We’re going to leave it to them.” Volunteers, using on-line crowd-sourcing and traditional fund-raising techniques, raised nearly $2,000 for the project. The majority went to the garden, and the rest will go to buy items on a wish list for the Wanda Alston House, a housing program for homeless GLBT youth ages 16 to 24 in DC. Volunteers sent special thanks for construction advice to Danny and Randy of Behrend Builders, which works with volunteers and non-profits and operates through the Jewish Community Center ( JCC). Volunteers also thanked Aggregate Industries for its unsolicited donations of sand and gravel for the patio. Volunteers said they felt like people – people who seemingly had nothing personal to gain - were investing in the project. “Our faces were becoming more familiar and we were seeing them [T.H.E community members and allies] at Pride events, saying to each other ‘Hey see you next Wednesday!’”, Drab said.

The Process

First, the team cleared the lot, a messy job that involved digging up and clearing rocks, glass, trash, and tons of bricks. Then, the team rented out a tiller and tilled the land to prepare the space for building raised beds and a roughly 10-by-10 foot patio in the southeast corner. Building the patio involved excavating a five-inch bed, leveling the land, and

Americorps Team DC volunteers worked on the T.H.E. garden for five months.

filling it with gravel and sand to hold the patio pavers in place. The team also got a picnic table and made a bench for the garden themselves. They planted perennials, annuals, herbs, a hydrangea that will grow to be six to eight feet tall, and a lattice for vines to grow on the fence beside N. Capitol Blvd. Lastly, the team built a walkway through the garden and prepared a white wall on the brick side of the building for a future mural. “It was amazing how we did this without too much experience and found people to help us with a very small budget,” said Mike Sheppard, an Americorps volunteer. Watson said he had been looking to find a space to host a welcome event for transgender attendees to the XIX In-

ternational AIDS conference, which will be held July 22-27 at the D.C. Convention Center. He said the new garden could be the perfect place to host it. Mainly, when the organization throws a cook-out, it now has somewhere to cook and prepare food for the community. Watson said, “we have somewhere concrete to put the grill versus housing it halfway in the street.” Follow Americorps Team DC on Twitter: @AuteamDC or read about their garden project online: . More information about the Wanda Alston House is available at: www.wandaalstonhouse. org , and find information about Transgender Health Empowerment at . u

Americorps Team DC volunteers give Brian Watson, Director of Programs at Transgender Health Empowerment, a tour of the garden. u 31

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espite an economic dip, too many home foreclosures around the country and a Congress that refuses to play nicely with the President, the good ole USA still looks great at 236 years of age! Happy belated birthday, Miss Liberty!

Early Summer in Mid City

In case you missed everything else except your American pie on July 4, here’s a few other festivities and events that have been going on around Logan for the past several weeks: Gay Pride passed through the `hood and terminated at Logan Circle as it has for many, many years back in June. Crowds lined the streets from 17th to P, where the DJ booth and reviewing stand have traditionally set up, and also 14th street where the parade turns at P in its final march to Logan Circle. Among the usual scantily clad dancing boys and girls gyrating on floats to the year’s popular tunes, and the politicians waving the crowd on to the election booths next time there’s an election, two of the city’s pols were noticeably missing, at least at the point I saw the parade. There was no then-City Council chairman Kwame Brown nor Mayor Vincent Gray. Of course just days after the parade Brown stepped down from the chairmanship in some disgrace. But this is a city where, since the days of Mayorfor-life Marion Barry, we have always seen the leading pols at the front of the Gay Pride parade showing their true rainbow colors! Go Skateboarding Day might also have passed you by in a flash, really. The worldwide event occurred in late June causing 14th and U streets to look like a youth invasion on 32 u Midcity DC | JULY 2012

Logan Circles by Mark F. Johnson

wheels! It was like a flash mob rolling through the streets instead of dancing. As they skated toward downtown, snarling traffic, the hundreds and hundreds of mostly young men joined their boarding counterparts around the world for about the 7th time in observing the event. If drag queens in high heels and young’uns on skateboards don’t float your banana then you might have enjoyed Room & Board’s rooftop cocktail

above it all and celebrate the season!

Mid City Fish Market Closes

One of the handsomest Victorian commercial buildings in Logan Circle sits at the southwest corner of 14th and P streets. For as long as I can remember, it has housed the Mid City Fish Market. This business not only sold fried fish dishes but also sold breakfast and sandwiches. I have never

Scenes of last month’s Gay Pride Parade is it turns the corner at 14th and P Streets.

party. On a hot and humid Thursday night during our brief late June heat wave, the furniture seller at the corner of 14th and T streets hosted one of its many public invitation-only events, this time a wine tasting. Of course not everyone was on the roof deck on such a sultry night but if you get a chance to go out on one of the city’s nicest roof tops why wouldn’t you?! After all, one of the best things about summer in this city is the opportunity to get

been in the establishment but it often seemed busy when I’ve walked by. The building suffered a fire in early June and several rooms on the top floor were damaged in the blaze apparently. Separate of the fire, the Market has been shut down according to notices, for being a health hazard. Neighbors report that trash piled up outside the business often attracts rats and roaches. From all indications , the beautiful building, one of the few re-

maining reminders of Logan Circle as it existed for years as a working class and sometimes transient community, is about to be sold.

Watch Out for the Buffalo

A new kind of thrift and vintage clothing store has opened at 1318 14th Street, just up from Thomas Circle. Buffalo Exchange offers cash for clothing that you sell directly to them or they allow you to trade your item, if they accept it, for something in the store. The concept, which started in Tucson has spread eastward all over New York City and has now come to DC. The 14th street strip was a likely location for the store which likes to tout its hipster credentials. Here’s what a press release has to say: Buffalo Exchange is unique because clothing and accessories are bought, sold and traded locally with store customers. Bring in your former favorites for trade or cash on the spot! Our ever-changing inventory includes designer labels, vintage, jeans, leather, current basics and one-of-akind items. You’ll also find brand new merchandise and accessories. Our clothing is by the community, for the community. Buffalo Exchange stores are located in the heart of progressive, urban neighborhoods, minimizing pollution, congestion, habitat loss and urban sprawl. 80% of our clothing and accessories are bought directly from local customers. Buffalo Exchange offers clothing for both men and women and is more fashionable than your regular thrift store. At the buy counter, we hand pick the most desirable items from the public that can be resold. Our prices range widely depending on the label, style, condition and other factors. u

Shaw Streets by Ralph Brabham

Kelsey Gardens Transformation Underway

On June 6, 2012, a groundbreaking – or perhaps more accurately stated, a ceremonial demolition commencement – took place at the former Kelsey Gardens apartment complex on the 1500 block of 8th St., NW. At the event, Councilmember Jack Evans took the reins of a backhoe to pull the first bricks from the dated and empty apartment complex. What’s in store for the prime parcel situated between the CityMarket at O project and the Shaw-Howard Metro station is “Jefferson at Market Place.” The mixed use project will include 281 luxury apartments, 230 below-grade parking spaces, and 13,400 square feet of retail space. Since the ceremony, the entire complex has been demolished.

Getting More Soulful on T Street

In June, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (“ABRA”) approved an application for a new tavern, to be called “All Souls,” for 725 T Street, NW. The basic premise of All Souls is to take restaurant quality service and adapt it to a bar setting. Attention to detail, friendliness and a commitment to serve the highest quality drink and food are the heart of what they want to do. Councilmember Jack Evans takes a whack at the former Kelsey Gardens apartment complex. Photo: Ralph Brabham All Souls seeks to be a neighborhood bar where one can find the craft beers of a gastro pub, feet in the historic Wonder Bread Factory at 641 lower level parking, and a combination of exposed the interesting labels of a wine bar, and cocktails made with care and attention to detail. The food will S Street, NW. WorkSpaces LLC will be the re- brick walls and floor-to-ceiling glass on all four developed property’s first tenant since the building sides. The exterior design, approved by the Hisbe simple, but elevated, not your typical bar food. toric Preservation Review Board, features a colorWith over thirty years experience in the res- closed in 1988. ful, contemporary new addition of glass and metal WorkSpaces LLC will occupy the entire third taurant and hospitality industry, the woners’ expanels to complement the restored brick of the floor of the District landmark and is expected to perience ranges from serving beers in small bars historic building. move in immediately following completion of to working alongside James Beard Award winning construction. Douglas Development anticipates The 641 S Street property was initially home chefs. The owners are proud to note that they have to Dorsch’s White Cross Bakery in the early construction to be completed in January 2013. done it all – from washing dishes to running multi1900s and then later purchased by Continental In addition to upper-level loft-like office million dollar restaurants. space with industrial-style skylights, the redevel- Baking Company in 1936, becoming the primaoped building, with a total of 98,000 square feet ry factory for Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake Wonderbread to will offer 24,000 square feet of retail space. Of- products. The building shut down in 1988 when House WorkSpaces fice floor plates range in size from 12,000-22,000 Continental Baking moved to a larger facility in WorkSpaces LLC, a strategic furniture solu- square feet. Ceiling heights range from 11-12 feet. Philadelphia. It was purchased by Douglas Develtions consulting agency, has leased 20,817 square The building will also boast outdoor terrace space, opment in 1997. u u 33

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ount Vernon Triangle is set for a ground-breaking summer with four new major construction projects set to begin. To bring a focus to the neighborhood’s flourishing growth, the Mount Vernon Triangle CID is launching a banner campaign and will hang uniquely designed banners along the neighborhood’s streets.

Banner campaign in Mount Vernon Triangle

The Triangle by Amanda Wilson

angle CID hopes to help bring recognition to the neighborhood’s growth as four new construction projects break ground over the next few months and a slew of both old and new restaurants and businesses bring more traffic to the streets of Mount Vernon Triangle. Five of the seven banners will be hung on the 800, 900, 1000, and 11000 blocks of 4th Street. “So many people are still discovering all the outstanding retailers, apartments and condo and office buildings here,” Bill McLeod,

With a new banner campaign, the Mount Vernon Tri-

ring a es “Live,”“Gridlock” (featu Banners include the phras bikes),“Date Night,” “Eat Dessert are photo of Capital Bikesh , “Dine,” and a floral banner that First” (featuring cupcakes) rtesy of the MVT CID. reads “Enjoy”. Photo cou 34 u Midcity DC | JULY 2012

director of the MVT CID, told MidCity DC Magazine in an email. “This summer, we will have four groundbreak-

ings, and three are slated for next year, noted that Wells has been instrumental so we want to communicate to the pub- in helping projects and development in lic that Mount Vernon Triangle has a Mount Vernon Triangle. The neighlot to offer.” borhood now includes 2,214 residential According to the MVT CID web site, Kettler is set to break ground at 450 K and begin work on an apartment building of about 230 units, which will include a 6,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor. The Wilkes Company and Quadrangle will start work on 440 K, a 234-unit apartment project, and the Association of American Medical Colleges is set to break ground on its headquarters office building at 7th and New York Avenue, which will bring 700 more employees to work in the area. Next “Charles “Sandy” Wilkes presented the MVT CID Public Seryear, “Donohoe plans to bevice Award to CM Tommy Wells” at the CID’s annual meeting. Photo courtesy MVT CID gin construction on its Arts at 5th and Eye project,” according to the MVT CID. units, 1.2 million square feet of office space with 2,000 new employees in Councilmember the neighborhood, and 150,000 square Tommy Wells feet of retail space. The CID credited Awarded MVT CID’s Councilmember Wells with helping make the neighborhood a destination 2012 Public for DC residents and visitors alike. Service Award According to an MVT CID press Councilmember Tommy release, Councilmember Wells is recogWells was recognized at the end nized as “a leading thinker on the City of June with the “2012 Public Ser- Council in areas like sustainability, pubvice Award” from the MVT CID. lic transportation, affordable housing, Charles (Sandy) Wilkes, a CID and economic justice,” and “has worked board member, presented Council- tirelessly on the next generation of pubman Wells with the award at the lic transit: including a streetcar system CID’s annual meeting. “Council- for the city, expansion of the DC Cirmember Wells has not only been culator, and improvements in overall a true friend and champion of The bus service,” the MVT CID said. Triangle but he understands the vi“He has brought Ward 6 resision for The Triangle and our deepest dents back to their neighborhood aspirations,” Wilkes said. “He is always grade schools, including Walker-Jones there, without fail, when our organiza- Education Campus in The Triangle, tion or members of The Triangle com- and is working to reinvent the ward’s munity need his help.” The CID also middle schools and Eastern Senior

High School. The landmark bill he crafted to charge a nominal fee on disposable bags curbs the use of bags that choke the Anacostia River and also established a fund to clean up the river. This initiative has been a model for other jurisdictions, nationwide.”

Word on the Blogs: Some Businesses Out, Others Come In

As reported on the “Not Just Parking Lots Anymore” blog about Mount Vernon Triangle, the salad and frozen yogurt shop Sweetgreen will open its 13th location at 5th Street. “Life’s too short to keep secrets! sweetgreen #13 coming soon to City Vista #DC,” @Sweetgreen Tweeted on June 11. Also on June 11, “Not Just Parking Lots” [] posted that District Crossfit (the blog presumes that includes DC Eagle too) on the 600 block of New York Avenue NW had been served a notice of termination of their leases this fall (and will relocate to a larger space at 1525 Half Street SW.) The blog reports that a Douglas Development spec office building project slated for the space “continues to move forward.” Eater DC [http://dc.eater. com], with some help from tipsters and after some investigative reporting work, delivered a breaking news report on June 19 that the Buddha Bar at 455 “Mass” had abruptly stopped operations. The blog reported that telephone calls to the restaurant went unanswered, the restaurant’s OpenTable account was offline, the patio was empty, and so was the space when Eater stopped by. Furthermore, “when reached by telephone, an employee declined to comment as he was heading to a job interview. So things don’t look good,” Eater DC reported. u u 35

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notebook Craft Futures Family Day at Renwick Gallery

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Celebrate the 40 under 40: Craft Futures exhibition with the whole family! They have hands-on craft activities inspired by the artworks on display and a scavenger hunt through the exhibition galleries. An exhibition artist or two may even join in the festivities! Saturday, Aug 4, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202633-7970.

KidSpy Spies on Screen-Stormbreaker

“When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it’s never good news.”-Stormbreaker. Alex Rider, the central character of Anthony Horowitz’s best-selling series comes to life in Stormbreaker, the movie. Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) is a normal teenager who lives with his uncle Ian (Ewan McGregor), a nondescript bank manager…or so it seems, until he disappears under mysterious circumstances. Alex soon learns that Ian was a spy for Britain’s secret intelligence service MI6, and the lad is recruited to take on a dangerous mission for them: to infiltrate the organization of a sinister billionaire (Mickey Rourke). Within days, he goes from schoolboy to super spy-but will Alex’s first assignment be his last? After the screening, you will debrief with a real former spy who will uncover Alex’s secrets and let you know if his tradecraft is true-to-life. For ages: 8 and up (one adult required for every three KidSpy recruits). $7. July 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. 36 u Midcity DC | JULY 2012

Taking a swing at Langston Golf Course. Photo: Dolly Davis

“The First Tee” Free Golf Lessons for Kids

The First Tee of Washington, DC is a youth leadership skills program offering life skills to kids ages 7-18 through the game of golf. Kids enjoy free lessons from golf coaches at both Langston and East Potomac Park golf courses weekday evenings; 5:00-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-noon this summer and fall. Parents can download a copy of the registration form at For more information, call Dolly Davis, Program Coordinator at 202-479-2588 or 202388-4141.

Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular at Verizon Center

How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, inspired by the phenomenally successful, Academy Award nominated DreamWorks Animation film, fully immerses audiences into the show in ways that have not been attempted before. Barely contained within the arena, the production utilizes the full venue, maximizing every dimension of performance space to

transport audiences into a mythical world of fire-breathing dragons who soar overhead at great speeds. The state-of-the-art animatronic technology and large-scale cinematic projections interact seamlessly with the live actors to bring the story to life. The show features 23 dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet, Viking warriors and world-class circus artists and acrobats, to perform against a state-ofthe-art, wall-to-floor immersive projection measuring more than 20,000 square feet. July 19-22. $42-$96. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW.

Record your own newscast, complete with cameras and teleprompters, at the “Be a TV Reporter” station. Try your hand as a photojournalist or reporter, or test your knowledge of current events at dozens of touch-screen game stations. $12.95-$21.95. 10% discount with online purchase. Kids 6 and under, free. The Newseum is open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386. newseum. org Newseum Family Four Packs (two adults and two youth visitors) are $49.95 plus tax. Family Four Pack tickets are available only at the admissions desk.

Sunday Youth Ensemble Concerts at National Building Museum

The National Building Museum and the Washington Performing Arts Society have teamed up to present free concerts every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. this August. The concerts, featuring some of the best youth ensembles on the scene, will be held in the Museum’s Great Hall. Scheduled artists include: WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir; Step Afrika! with WPAS Summer Steps Steppers; Feder Memorial String Competition Winners; and The Jazz Update with Capitol Jazz Project Ensemble. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

American Girl Tea: Felicity and the American Revolution

Learn what it was like to grow up in the American Revolution during an

1250 Taylor St. NW Washington, DC 20011 p. 202 545-0515 f. 202 545-0517

18thcentury-inspired tea for children and adults. After reading and discussing brief passages from the Felicity books, children will enjoy a tea party and make an 18thcentury ladies’ fan to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dolls are welcome! Reservations required. July 21 and 31, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5 per person. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.

Free Kids T-Shirts at Nats Game

At Nats v. Atlanta Braves on July 22, 1:35 p.m., the first 10,000 fans 12 and under get a free Potomac Nationals t-shirt.

Aspiring Artists Classes at the Corcoran

Aspiring Artists classes offer hands-on, studio art experiences for ages 5–16. Taught by credentialed art teachers, classes give students one-on-one attention tailored to their skills and interests. In addition to receiving formal instruction, students engage in discussions that add to their knowledge of artistic concepts and broaden their perspective as members of a community of young learners. Please note that tuition includes materials unless otherwise noted. Classes are structured according to the following age groups: 5-7, 8-12 and 1316.

Mars Day! at Air and Space

Mars Day! is an annual National Air and Space Museum event that celebrates the Red Planet with a variety of educational and fun family activities. Visitors can also talk to scientists active in Mars research and learn about current and future missions. Interact oneon-one with Museum scientists,


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The Sanchez siblings, grades 2, 7 and 8, attend Perry Street Prep together

as well as scientists from the National Museum of Natural History and NASA, who are active in Mars research and mission planning. See a real meteorite from Mars. Learn about the Curiosity rover that will soon land on the Red Planet. See amazingly detailed images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and view the surface of the planet in 3-D. Learn about the geology of Mars. Enjoy hands-on educational activities. Friday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave. at 6th St. SW. 202-633-1000.

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Kids run along the C&O Canal Towpath at 1015 33rd St. NW on July 29, 8:00 a.m. $15. The runs benefits Back on My Feet. Back on My Feet is a nonprofit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and selfesteem.

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Selections from the Silly Symphonies at the National Gallery of Art

From 1929 to 1939, Walt Disney produced the animated short film series the Silly Symphonies, a revolutionary celebration of sound and image as never experienced before. The highly successful series gave Disney the opportunity to encourage animators and composers to experiment with their art forms. The 75 shorts produced throughout the decade strove to explore new animation techniques, develop original and soon-to-be classic characters like Donald Duck and Pluto, and interpret musical scores with moving pictures in unexpected ways. This special selection of 10 35-mm films from the Disney vault features The Tortoise and the Hare (1935), The Three Little Pigs (1933), King Neptune (1932), The Goddess of Spring (1934), Flowers and Trees (1932), Midnight in a Toy Shop (1930), Bugs in Love (1932), Babes in the Woods (1932),

Museum mini-golf. Image: Courtesy of National Building Museum

Play Mini-Golf Inside the National Building Museum

Don’t let your summer get stuck in the roug. Combine your love for the building arts with a putter, ball, and one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed by some of the region’s top architects, construction firms, urban planners, and designers. For two glorious months at the National Building Museum, play holes inspired by the world that people design and build. Challenge your friends and family to a round of mini-golf in air-conditioned comfort, packed with enough fun to make Augusta National Golf Club green with envy! Tee off when the course opens on July 4 and play every day through Labor Day during Museum hours. The Museum will have two late nights until 9:00 pm: Thursday, July 26 and Thursday, August 23. $5 per round per person. With purchase of full-price Museum exhibition admission ticket, the price per round is reduced to $3. Museum members play for $3. Those who want to see the course without playing can do so as long as they have exhibition admission tickets. Every Day, July 4-Labor Day. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

Water Babies (1935), and The Cookie Carnival (1935). Approximately 60 minutes. Free. For ages 4, up. July 7, at 10:30 a.m. and July 8 at 11:30 a.m. East Building Concourse, Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202737-4215.

Frederick Douglass Family Day

This annual event features free ice cream and popcorn, historic house tours, live music, face painting, games, ice cream churning, food trucks and the Massachusetts 54th historic reenactors. Aug 5, 1:00-4:00 PM. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202426-5961.

Healthy Corners Partners with DPR Summer Camps

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has collaborated with DC Department of Health’s (DOH) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) to promote the Healthy Corner Store Initiative. The Healthy Corner Store Initiative, a partnership between DC Central Kitchen and the DC Department of Health, funded by Kaiser is intended to address the

lack of access to healthful foods in communities within the District by providing corner stores in Wards 5, 7 and 8 with fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks. The DPR and SNAP-Ed collaboration provides the perfect opportunity to promote the Healthy Corner Store initiative to children attending summer camps (their parents) close to participating Healthy Corners stores. This summer, SNAP-ed will hold interactive and fun nutrition education lessons in DPR camps, will include snacks sold at participating stores and promotional materials that the children can take home and share with their parents. This partnership plays an integral role in the sustainability of Healthy Corners, as it teaches children what foods they should eat to stay healthy, their health benefits, what healthy foods are available in their neighborhoods and where the stores are located so that they can make smart decisions when they visit a local corner store. For more information about how you can get SNAP-ed classes for your camp, school or church group, contact Nazneen Ahmad at nazneed. For more information about Healthy Corners visit or contact Autumn Saxton-Ross at 202-442-9018 or email at autumn. u u 39

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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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$589,900 $530,000 $424,000 $414,000 $395,000 $373,000 $361,250 $340,000 $300,000 $299,900 $299,000 $275,000 $245,000


$1,750,000 $1,623,500 $1,150,000 $1,050,000 $855,000 $852,000


$1,275,000 $881,400 $859,900 $749,000 $618,000 $605,000 $599,000 $595,000 $530,000 $515,000 $505,650 $459,000 $449,500 $325,000 $261,500

5 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4

DUPONT 1311 S ST NW 1727 WILLARD ST NW 1444 T ST NW 1446 Q ST NW

$1,210,000 $1,190,000 $738,000 $1,150,000

KALORAMA 2202 KALORAMA RD NW $2,025,000 1818 24TH ST NW $1,739,000 2351 ASHMEAD PL NW $1,375,000 2334 19TH ST NW $980,000 LOGAN CIRCLE 1111 R ST NW $557,000 1458 CHURCH ST NW $732,000


$1,250,000 $1,061,000 $1,015,500 $960,000 $950,000 $850,000 $785,000 $729,000


$800,000 $749,999

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4 4 2 5 6 5 3 5

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

3 3 3 4 3

SHAW 415 R ST NW 1725 5TH ST NW

$657,500 $599,000

U STREET 2113 12TH PL NW 2110 12TH ST NW 1805 12TH ST NW 939 T ST NW 976 FLORIDA AVE NW

$769,000 $725,000 $699,000 $622,000 $515,000

4 3

3 3 2 3 2

1916 17TH ST NW #310 1515 16TH ST NW #2A 1621 T ST NW #607 1260 21ST ST NW #504 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #323 1748 CORCORAN ST NW #1B 1747 CHURCH ST NW #B1 1 SCOTT CIR NW #211 1632 S ST NW #11 1325 18TH ST NW #707 1809 19TH ST NW #4 1416 21ST ST NW #L2 1508 R ST NW #2


$887,500 $755,000 $679,000 $650,000 $529,403

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$749,000 $680,000 $680,000 $676,500 $649,000 $635,000 $630,000 $610,000 $575,000 $500,000 $390,000 $389,000 $368,000 $335,000 $237,750 $235,000 $624,000 $605,000 $350,000

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


$647,500 $565,000 $550,000 $500,000 $474,900 $462,000 $434,500 $419,500 $399,999 $345,000 $334,650 $334,000 $325,500 $325,000 $300,000 $279,500

4 4 4 3 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 4

777 7TH ST NW #406 400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #423 2301 N ST NW #507 1111 25TH ST NW #503 915 E ST NW #703

$485,000 $430,000 $385,000 $366,500 $334,000


$475,000 $394,000 $355,000 $335,000 $323,000 $273,500 $264,000 $239,000 $212,000

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1129 COLUMBIA RD NW #200 2809 SHERMAN AVE NW #1 2901 16TH ST NW #102 1465 COLUMBIA RD NW #100 1438 COLUMBIA RD NW #302 1421 COLUMBIA RD NW #B3 1308 CLIFTON ST NW #303 E 1440 COLUMBIA RD NW #405 3900 14TH ST NW #301 1450 HARVARD ST NW #B 1439 EUCLID ST NW #106 3900 14TH ST NW #609 3900 14TH ST NW #608 3534 10TH ST NW #200 718 PARK RD NW #1

$540,000 $422,500 $399,500 $360,000 $328,000 $315,000 $300,000 $300,000 $295,000 $295,000 $260,500 $249,900 $244,900 $229,000 $207,500

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3 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1

DUPONT 1841 16TH ST NW #1 1753 SWANN ST NW #1 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #315 1230 23RD ST NW #620 2114 N ST NW #21

$974,000 $640,000 $447,500 $425,000 $380,000

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$375,000 $364,000 $335,000 $319,500 $310,500 $299,999 $299,000 $239,900 $725,000 $399,900 $330,000 $365,000 $575,000


2230 CALIFORNIA ST NW #2B-E 2022 COLUMBIA RD NW #301 2230 CALIFORNIA ST NW #6B-W WOODLEY 1882 COLUMBIA RD NW #201 3101 CATHEDRAL AVE NW $2,775,000 7 1882 COLUMBIA RD NW #204 3222 KLINGLE RD NW $1,175,000 5 2032 BELMONT RD NW #319 2022 COLUMBIA RD NW #404 CONDO 1844 COLUMBIA RD NW #305 2129 FLORIDA AVE NW #205

7 6 4 3 3 4 6 7 7 4 4 3 3 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 3

$271,000 $245,000 $240,000 $190,050 $180,000

$1,495,000 $1,250,000 $1,143,000 $957,500 $755,000 $315,000 $290,000 $237,000 $420,000


$535,000 $505,000 $310,500

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 3 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 1

LOGAN 1213 N ST NW #A 1830 11TH ST NW #2 1616 11TH ST NW #304 1314 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #401 2125 14TH ST NW #411 1325 13TH ST NW #30 1529 14TH ST NW #608 1229 12TH ST NW #101 1300 N ST NW #306 1239 VERMONT AVE NW #503 1423 R ST NW #301 1718 4TH ST NW #2

$745,000 $709,000 $540,000 $406,493 $685,000 $685,000 $656,000 $571,250 $554,200 $312,000 $430,000 $535,000


$640,000 $430,000 $390,000 $218,000 $75,000


$386,000 $612,000

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NW / U ST. / SHAW / LOGAN 1916 9TH ST NW #2 1916 9TH ST NW #1

$625,000 $536,500

OLD CITY #1 & #2 420 16TH ST SE #210 1624 18TH ST NW #C 910 M ST NW #301 1835 16TH ST NW #3 2124 11TH ST NW #1 1401 17TH ST NW #206 945 T ST NW #1 910 M ST NW #310 1320 13TH ST NW #2 1823 RIGGS PL NW #9 1735 P ST NW #4 910 M ST NW #409

$331,400 $925,000 $650,000 $645,000 $598,000 $570,000 $542,800 $535,000 $479,555 $476,750 $460,000 $455,000

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2 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 1 1 1

475 K ST NW #304 1718 P ST NW #207 1300 N ST NW #416 1111 11TH ST NW #904 1816 T ST NW #E 1300 N ST NW #211 2004 11TH ST NW #122 437 NEW YORK AVE NW #911 1711 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #323

$429,600 $385,000 $379,000 $379,000 $375,000 $349,900 $335,000 $285,000 $228,000

PENN QTR 440 L ST NW #903 616 E ST NW #847

$480,000 $549,000

U ST CORRIDOR 2108 10TH ST NW ##3 2108 10TH ST NW #1 1418 W ST NW #503 2100 11TH ST NW #G-04 2020 12TH ST NW #810 2004 11TH ST NW #228

$529,000 $452,000 $384,900 $359,000 $850,000 $389,500

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1


2818 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #204 $600,000 2 2737 DEVONSHIRE PL NW #309 $402,000 1 2501 CALVERT ST NW #201 $325,000 2

COOP 1860 CLYDESDALE PL NW #201/202 3025 ONTARIO RD NW #309

$465,000 $175,000


$344,500 $330,000 $309,000 $283,000 $265,000 $220,000

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3020 PORTER ST NW #104 3900 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #405-G 3000 TILDEN ST NW #405-I 3407 29TH ST NW #12 3114 WISCONSIN AVE NW #201 3315 WISCONSIN AVE NW #504

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$442,250 $380,000 $367,000 $315,000 $308,000 $224,000 $293,500

KALORAMA 1835 PHELPS PL NW #23 2100 19TH ST NW #505

$499,900 $307,000





OLD CITY #2 910 M ST NW #416 1526 17TH ST NW #401

$545,000 $290,000



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A Roof With a View


by Mark F. Johnson

he view from a rooftop deck can be hot if you know the coolest spots in town to capture it. Summertime roof top partying is probably at a premium in July if for no other reason than viewing the annual fireworks display from the Mall. To be able to see the downtown and monumental DC skyline is often at the top of many a wish list. Just ask real estate agents who show many of the city’s most sought-after view-fulfilling condominiums and rental apartments as well as contractors who build these stairways to heaven for many height and view-deprived home owners. But what if you don’t really have access to either? Where can you get the opportunity to see the city from the top of a well-positioned build-

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Enjoying life on the roof at Vida by the Penthouse pool

ing that allows you to get a glimpse of what’s really going on? I have a few favorite spots that I’m sure are also on many other lists. Three of them are pretty much open to the public. But the last one, which is probably the best in many ways, is by invitation-only. All the spots on my list are in the Mid City area. After all, this is still the hippest part of the DMV and this is certainly one area where folks really know how to entertain and enjoy life. Okay, so everyone probably knows about the Donovan House at the corner of 14th and Massachusetts Avenue near Thomas Circle, right? This boutique hotel, done up in contemporary Modern, has a smashing roof top pool deck replete with a bar of course. The views from the top are mostly to

the north and west and also to the east. There is a bit of a southern view and you can definitely see a lot of prominent Washington structures from here. The fact that there’s a pool is kind of nice as well, although usually, at the times I’ve been there which is almost always in the evening, there’s no one swimming. But this is definitely a place to check out and the crowd is most often a cool one, with a nice mix of the human race. Another pretty sweet hotel roof top view is not too far away from the Donovan, on Rhode Island Avenue at 17th Street, across from the YMCA. The Beacon roof top deck is not as large and is mostly a restaurant. It offers commanding views to the west, of the National Cathedral primarily, and also to the south, depending upon where you sit or stand. You can see the national treasures fairly well from here but just keep in mind that the view as well as the space is a bit more limited. Also keep in mind that everything looks better with a cocktail. Not all public roof top decks on my list in the Mid City area serve alcohol. The roof deck at Room & Board at 14th and T doesn’t, for example. Although there, one runs into the possibility of spending more money than the cost of a hotel cocktail. The roof deck at this furniture store offers a couple of things. First, because the store displays some of its outdoor furniture on the deck, the comfort factor is high. One really gets the sense that they are on their own private condo deck. That feeling is even more engendered by the fact that the store is in a residential neighborhood. The views are more cosmopolitan in nature. Don’t expect to see all of DC’s national treasures but you certainly see a few, as you look to the north, south, east and west from this building. Wouldn’t you know that the least public spot on the list is perhaps the most fun of all! This is especially true if you appreciate seeing well-sculpted bodies in form-fitting bikinis lounging about. Vida fitness on U Street has added onto the old car dealership building that used to be Results Gym, a roof top deck that is really a party and chill spot in disguise. Of course the 60-foot pool, large bar resort cabanas and communal fire pit give that away at the start. This is a members-only arrangement and you can’t get up on the roof unless you belong to the Penthouse Pool Club or happen to be a guest of someone who does. But if you are lucky enough to get to the top of VIDA you probably won’t ever want to come down. You can see for miles and miles, to quote the old 60s lyrics. And that tune is fitting because the place has a James Bond-go-go era elegance about it. The cabanas and the fire pit give it that. The centralized bar and the small tables help too. The roof top deck occupies a 12,000 square foot space which is likely one of the largest in town. Owner David Von Storch likes to point out that the roof lounge is “unencumbered by air conditioning units” and is truly a dedicated fun space. The reaction to this place has been overwhelmingly positive since it opened back in March of this year, he told me. I asked David to name a few of his other favorite roof top decks in town and he couldn’t. “Honestly, I don’t know any” he said, a sign that he is too busy drinking his own Kool-Aid. But I agree that it is all pretty sweet! u

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Gardening in the Summer by Frank Asher


ow is the time of fireflies at night and cicadas during the day. The sparrows are taking dirt baths while their young (almost grown) are still chirping loudly for food.. The longest day of the year has passed. Upon waking you begin to sweat immediately the minute you go outdoors. There is something rather strange about sweating with your cup of coffee while sitting in the garden in the early morning. Ahh..Summer! What do gardeners do in the summer? I say, LOTS!! There is a lot of daily activity. There is a lot of water drinking for one. Stay hydrated. If you can, keep your hard garden work between the hours of 6 a.m. to noon or after 5 p.m. It is too hot to be out in the midday sun for extended periods of time. That is why siestas were created.

Summer Jobs

A to-do list for your garden can be very helpful. Summer can be the busiest season of all, especially if you are taking vacations and long weekend drives. Here are a few things to remember for keeping your garden at its best during the hotter months.

1) Consistent Watering. You can hire a friend or even a teenager from the neighborhood to make sure everything is watered ritually. That usually means same time every day. (Especially pots) I think it is best to water in the morning to allow the plants to soak up the H2O before it is evaporated away. That is why soaker hoses or watering tubes do wonders. But, if you are watering with a hose, make sure the soil is watered and not the plants. Unless you have a special meter hooked up by WASA that gives you unchlorinated water, most of your plants will get a bleached out look to a certain degree. The plants can look dried up even if watering has been regular. 2) Move your top soil or mulch around some. The heat can bake the mulch or soil causing run off. Raking it and loosening it can allow it to receive more water.

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3) Dead head, dead head, dead head. All of the perennials and blooming annuals deserve a monthly (If

not weekly) deadhead. This allows the plant to flower longer. Even your herbs should be dead headed regularly. Cutting off your basil and oregano flowers extends the life of the plant. 4) Bring in as many friendly bugs as possible. Praying Mantises eat mosquitoes. (Mosquitoes love me and I hate them.) Lady bugs eat aphids. I love lady bugs and praying mantises. 5) Depending on the size of your garden, a ritual weeding is always important. A once-a-week clean up keeps all your weeds to a minimum. They take water away from your oth-

any salad. Even if the “weed” doesn’t seem edible, I invite you to think how strong the plant is for surviving through the crack in the cement, or for lifting itself up through that mulch to reach the sunlight. Even when it wasn’t needed or wanted it still lived and survived. The power of nature speaks to me when weeds get their grove on. 6) Pick your produce. Try not to abandon your garden by leaving your produce on the vine for the rodents and birds. Give away your tomatoes or peppers to a neighbor before you leave town. Share the bounty of your garden. 7) Sit and do nothing in your garden or on your balcony. Invite friends over. Make some rosemary-lemonade or open a bottle of cold rosé, or grind up some mint with limes and sugar and make a few COLD Mohitos. Enjoy the paradise you have co-created with nature. You deserve it!! Happy Summer and enjoy the fruits of your labor…And, remember to drink plenty of water! Frank Asher, founder of OLD CITY green. Est. November 2008, Where People and Plants Come Together. Owner of Fairies’ Crossing Est. 2000. A landscape/gardening Company. u

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