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YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR GOAL!
SEMINARS TO HELP YOU START & SUSTAIN YOUR BUSINESS! Check out our FREE June Seminars and Training Sessions Quality, Affordable Health Insurance For Your Business! The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows individuals, families and small businesses the opportunity to shop for high-quality, affordable health coverage. With access to coverage beginning January 1st of this year, the New Health Law Impacts Your Business. DCRA, in partnership with the DC Chamber of Commerce, will present information on DC Health Link, which is an online marketplace that provides small businesses with direct access to the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), a tool that helps you compare and enroll in the health insurance package that meets your needs. Location: Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Small Business Resource Center Fourth Floor - Room E-4302 1100 4th Street, SW. Washington, DC 20024 When: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm To Register Go To: http://bizdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=37645
Financial Management & Credit Reporting Presented by: BB&T Location: Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Fourth Floor – Room E 4302 1100 4th Street, SW. Washington, D.C. 20024 When: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm To Register Go To: http://bizdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=38412
How to Open a Small Business in DC Interested in opening a small business in the District of Columbia? Then make sure you attend this training session where DCRA staff will walk you through every step you need to open a new business including: • The benefits of incorporating or creating an LLC • Types of business licenses & how much they cost • How to apply for a business license • Zoning requirements for various businesses types • Obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) • What building permits are needed to do renovations • How to apply for a building permit, and much more. Location: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Second Floor – Room E 200 1100 4th Street, SW. Washington, D.C. 20024 When: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm To Register Go To: http://bizdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=38416
A Comprehensive Guide for Small Business Planning Why develop a business plan? The purpose for creating a business plan is almost as important as the content of the plan itself. Writing a well thought-out and organized plan dramatically increases the odds that your business venture will succeed. This workshop covers the basics of business planning and why it’s important for business success. Topics include starting-up a successful business, the important linkages between marketing, sales, and your financial projections, and gaining a competitive advantage. Location: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Fourth Floor – Room E 4302 1100 4th Street, SW. Washington, D.C. 20024 When: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm To Register Go To: http://bizdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=38418
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Handi-hour Crafting at the American Art Museum
Handi-hour is DC’s premier crafty hour, bringing together the city’s craftiest folks for an evening of creative revelry. All-you-can-craft activities, world-class art paired with craft beer hand selected by Greg Engert of ChurchKey, live music by local acts, and scavenger hunts for prizes make this quarterly event something you won’t want to miss. The next Handi-hour is Wednesday, June 11, 5:30 p.m., at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW. It’s $20 at the door. There will be another in September. Watch for it on their website. 202-633-7970. americanart. si.edu
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New Water Taxi Service between National Mall and Old Town, Alexandria
The Potomac Riverboat Co. now offers water taxi services between Old Town, Alexandria, and the National Mall. Passengers can board the “Miss Sophie” for a 30-minute cruise, departing from the Alexandria City Marina and docking at the Potomac River side of the National Mall near the intersection of West Basin and Ohio Drive, steps from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Tidal Basin, and a Capital Bikeshare station. Boats depart from the National Mall at 10:30 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:10 p.m. Through Sept.1 the water taxi runs six days a week (closed on Wednesday); Sept. 2-Oct. 13, five days a week (closed on Tuesday and Wednesday); and Oct. 14-Nov. 2, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets are $28 round trip or $14 one way for adults; children are $16 round trip or $8 one way. PotomacRiverboatCo.com Photo: Courtesy of Potomac Riverboat Co.
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Smithsonian Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Concert and Sing-a-Long
The National Museum of American History’s keystone celebration will take place on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 4:00 p.m., near the National Mall entrance to the museum, when it invites Americans around the globe to join Raise It Up! in a worldwide commemoration of the flag and the anthem. Raise it Up! Anthem for America will be a call to millions of Americans to participate in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” simultaneously, steps from the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814. Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre will conduct a 500-person choir in performance of “America the Beautiful.” MacArthur “genius” fellow Francisco J. Núñez conducts “Lift Every Voice,” with commander and conductor Col. Larry Lang directing the US Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants. For more information visit anthemforamerica.si.edu. Photo: Courtesy of Smithsonian National Museum of American History
DC Jazz Festival
With more than 125 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival, June 24-29, is the largest music festival in Washington. It presents year-round music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents by local, national, and internationally known talent at venues across DC. It promotes music integration in school curricula and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts. dcjazzfest.org This year’s highlight is Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront, which features eight performances by acclaimed artists at the Capitol Riverfront, 355 Water St. SE, on June 27-29. The Friday, June 27, concert featuring Frédéric Yonnet and Akua Allrich is free. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. The Saturday, June 28, concert featuring Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), and special guests is ticketed. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. The Sunday, June 29, concert featuring Rebirth Brass Band and Irma Thomas, is also ticketed. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. Tickets, offered in one- or two-day packages for June 28-29 performances, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
Trombone Shorty. Photo: Jonathan Mannion
Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
On Saturday, June 21, join thousands of others for this new Maryland tradition at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 20,000 crabs, corn on the cob, coleslaw, arts and crafts, music, family fun, and much more. In addition guests will enjoy over 20 different beers and wines in festival souvenir glasses. There are two sessions: noon-4:00 p.m. and 5:00-9:00 p.m. All tickets are advance purchase only and both sessions are expected to sell out. It’s $79 for the first session, $89 for the second; $59 for the designated driver, and $29 for kids ages 4-20. The festival repeats on Aug. 16 at the National Harbor waterfront. mdcrabfest.com
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July 4th Fireworks and National Symphony Orchestra Concert. July 4, 8:00 PM. US Capitol west lawn. Fireworks at about 9:15 PM. No one will be allowed on the Capitol west lawn until 3:00 PM. Come early with a picnic and a blanket to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol for the National Symphony Orchestra Annual Independence Day Concert. The fireworks can be seen from all over the mall, from many rooftops and from across the river. Just make sure that you have a clear view of the top half of the Washington Monument. You will go through security and alcohol may be confiscated. The fireworks and concert go on except in the case of extremely bad weather. Your best source for up-to-theminute information is local TV and radio stations. Free. nso.org This Frisbee Clears Mines Tournament. July 4, 9:30 AM. at Anacostia Park. Come out on July 4 to enjoy some ultimate, barbecue, and raise money for a great cause! Mines Advisory Group (MAG) America is an organization that clears landmines and saves lives in dozens of countries around the world. All participants should arrive no later than 9:30 AM for registration and team assignments. This is an open tournament and will be great fun to play or to watch. lendyourleg.org.
Truckeroo. June 13, July 11, Aug 8 and Sept 12; 11:00 AM-11:00 PM at the corner of Half St.and M St. SE. Over 20 food trucks, live music all day, shade and picnic tables and games. truckeroodc.com.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS July 4th National Symphony Orchestra Concert Full Dress Rehearsal. July 3, 7:30 PM. US Capitol west lawn. You will find a much smaller crowd at the concert rehearsal. You will be allowed on the Capitol grounds starting at 3:00 PM. You will go through security and alcohol may be confiscated. Free. nso.org An American Celebration at Mount Vernon. July 4, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Mount Vernon salutes our first commander in chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last), and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.” An American Celebration at Mount Vernon is included in admission. 703-780-2000. mountvernon.org
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Capitol Hill July 4th Parade and Festival Picnic. July 4. Parade,10:00 AM. Festival, 11:00 AM. Parade route is along 8th St. SE between Penn. Ave. and I St. SE. Festival is at Eastern Market Metro Plaza. Free.
“What to the Slave is the 4th of July?”. July 4, 11:00 AM-noon. On July 5, 1852 Frederick Douglass climbed onto a stage in Rochester, NY and into the history books. His audience that day came to hear just another 4th of July speech. What they got was as brilliant indictment of slavery and of those who would not lift a hand to attack “the accursed system” as the country had ever seen. On July 4th hear the speech ring out from the steps of Frederick Douglass’s own home in Washington, DC. Frederick Douglass national Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE, (corner of 15th and W). nps.gov/frdo Annual Independence Day Organ Recital at the National Cathedral. July 4, 11:00 AM. Cathedral organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley lead the musical fireworks on the fourth of July. Free. 202-537-8980. nationalcathedral.org National Archives Celebrates the Fourth of July. July 4. Band performance, 8:30–9:45 AM; Ceremony, 10:00-11:00 AM; Family activities, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. The celebration will include patriotic music, a dramatic reading of the Declaration by historical reenactors, and exciting free family activities and entertainment for all ages. Free. Constitution Ave. and 7th St. NW. 202-357-5400. archives.gov
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Independence Day Celebration and Air Force Band Concert. July 4, 8:00 PM (fireworks over Washington Monument follow). Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA. (14th St. Bridge into Virginia, merge onto Washington Blvd. and then Columbia Pike in the direction of the Navy Annex. Then follow signs and crowds.) Contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. Free. airforcememorial.org
SPECIAL EVENTS AND DESTINATIONS 2014 Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer. Wednesdays (except July 2), through Aug 20 , 7:00 PM with pre-ceremony pageantry starting at 6:45 PM. Members of the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard), the US Army Band “Pershings Own,” Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team will perform an hour-long sunset military Pageant. Over 100 Old Guard soldiers dressed in period uniforms will provide a glimpse of Army history from colonial times to the soldier of the future. Summerall Field on historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. twilight.mdw.army.mil Swing Time-The Musical! at the Naval Heritage Center. June 8, 15, 25 and 26; July 2, 3, 9, and 10; 7:00 PM. Set in a World War II era radio studio, this lively musical revue features three men and three women who are working together to put on their live big-band war bond drive radio broadcast. Lots of delightful surprises ensue, as well as wartime romance and plenty of comedy. $39. Naval Heritage Center, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. SwingTimeTheMusical.com Capital Pride Festival. June 8, noon-10:00 PM. Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 3rd St. and 7th St.; Constitution Ave. NW, between 3rd St. and 7th St. 202-719-5304. capitalpride.org Celebrate Amber Waves of Grain! Festival. June 14, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Join the U.S. Botanic Garden in celebrating Amber Waves of Grain and the wonderful world of wheat. This year’s festival will feature wheat-related activities for all ages. Explore grains with Chef Tania Mercer, learn which types of wheat are best for making different types of dough, discover how wheat is used in everyday products like shampoo and concrete, and much, much more. Not to be missed, this year’s festival will cause you to think about wheat in a
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Air Force Band Concerts. Fridays in June, July and Aug. 8:00 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA. (14th St. Bridge into Virginia, merge onto Washington Blvd. and then Columbia Pike in the direction of the Navy Annex. Then follow signs.) Expect a pleasing mix of contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. Free. airforcememorial.org
whole new way! Free, no pre-registration required. United States Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. usbg.gov Safeway Barbecue Battle. June 21, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; June 22, 11:00 AM-7:30 PM. $10-$12. Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 9th & 14th sts. bbqdc.com Washington Monument Open. The Monument will be open from 9:00 AM10:00 PM until the end of summer. Reserve your time to take the elevator to the top at recreation.gov. DC Housing Expo and Home Show. June 21, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Featuring: home purchase assistance, new affordable housing developments, energy efficient products, remolding and decorating on a dime, free credit reports and one-on-one foreclosure and credit counseling, Free admission. Giveaways all day long. Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Post Game Fireworks at Nat’s Park. July 2. Game begins at 6:05 PM. Fireworks about 9:00 PM. Watch from inside the park or anywhere you can see the top of the park. washington.nationals.mlb.com. Photo: Courtesy of the Washington Nationals
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. June 25-29 and July 2-6. 11:00 AM-5:30 PM. Evening events at 6:00 PM. Festival features programs on China: Tradition and the Art of Living and Kenya: Mambo Poa! Free entrance. National Mall between 7th and 14th sts. folklife.si.edu/center/festival
OUTDOOR MUSIC AND MOVIES Canal Park Outdoor Film Series. Thursday nights (movies begin at sundown-around 8:45 PM). 2014 theme is “It’s a Whole New Ballgame,” and includes sports-related movies of all kinds. June 12, Happy Gilmore; June 19, Dodgeball; June 26, Wimbledon; July 10, Balls of Fury; July 17, Space Jam; July 24, Invincible; July 31, Bend it Like Beckham; Aug 7, Rudy; Aug 14, A League of Their Own; Aug 21, The Blind Side; and Sept 4, Moneyball. Movies shown in northern block of Canal Park, 2nd and “Eye” Sts. SE. yardspark.org Golden Cinema Series at Farragut Square. Fridays through June 27 and July 11, pre-show seating starts at 7:30 PM. June 6, Dave; June 13, My Date with the President’s Daughter; June 20, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde; June 27, Annie; July 11, American President. Farragut Square, at the intersections of Connecticut Ave. and K St. NW. goldentriangledc.com War of 1812 Outdoor Concert Series. Fridays, Through June 27, 6:00-7:30 PM. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA. Suggested donation, $5. 703-549-2997. VisitAlexandriaVA. com/1812 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;
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Wednesdays, US Marine Band; Fridays, US Army Band. Free. West Terrace US Capitol Building. The Sounds of Summer Concert Series at the Botanic Garden. June 12 and 26; July 10 and 24; 5:00-7:00 PM. Evenings in the National Garden are a delight. Come experience the wonder of the USBG’s outdoor garden. Concert is held outdoors. No chairs will be provided. The indoor gardens and related facilities (restrooms) will not be available for use. They suggest bringing chairs/blankets for sitting, sunscreen, protective clothing and water. The concert will be canceled if it rains. usbg.gov Navy Band “Concerts on the Avenue.” Tuesdays starting June 17, 7:30 PM. US Navy Memorial. The United States Navy Band and its specialty groups will perform. Free. 7th and Penn. Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. navymemorial.org Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Fridays, through Aug 29 (rain or shine, except July 4), 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. nga.gov Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival. Fridays at dusk. June 13, Horrible Bosses; June 20, Thank You For Smoking; June 27, Two Weeks Notice; July 11, The Internship; July 18, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days; July 25, Up in the Air; Aug 1, Nine to Five; Aug 8, Empire Records; Aug 15, Miss Congeniality; Aug 22, Anchorman. Movies shown at Gateway Park, Lee Highway near Key Bridge.
Rock and Roll Hotel Rooftop Movies. Sundays, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Join them on their rooftop deck for Sunday night movies shown on their massive projection screen! Hhappy hour specials all throughout the night, including on our frozen drinks and wings. The rooftop deck has plenty of seating available, but feel free to bring a beach chair and settle in. Free popcorn. rockandrollhoteldc. com Friday Night Live at National Harbor. Fridays (except July 4) through Sept 19, 6:00-9:00 PM. Performances include local and nationally-touring bands playing a variety of genres: pop, rock, soul, funk, blues, country and jazz. nationalharbor.com
Free Summer Outdoor Concerts at Strathmore. Wednesdays, June 25-Aug 20, 7:00 PM. Parking is in the Metro garage for $5 with Metro SmarTrip card or major credit card; enter off Tuckerman Lane. Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD. strathmore.org BlackRock Free Summer Concert Series. June 29-July 26, 7:00 PM. The lineup includes The Crawdaddies, The US Navy Band: The Commodores, The Nighthawks, Chopteeth, and Tom Principato. Reservations are not required, but BlackRock encourages patrons to check blackrockcenter.org. Concerts are at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD.
MUSIC Music at The Howard. June 8, August Alsina; June 10, Tevin Campbell; June 11, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80; June 12, Lalah Hathaway & Ruben Studdard; June 13, Monte Alexander’s 7-th Birthday Celebration: My Jamaica to Jazz; June 14, the Yannis Pappas Show; June 15, Cody ChestnuTT; June 16, Curtis Stigers; June 17, Scott Stapp; JUne 20-21, Alice Smith; June 22, Taj Mahal Trio; June 23, Lira; June 24, Joe Purdy; June 25, Luciano; June 26, Latryx; June 27, Ginger Baker; June 28-29, Fantasia. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com Music at 9:30. June 8, Kishi Bashi and La Roux; June 9, Tyler, The Creator; June 10, MS MR; June 11, Die Antwoord; June 12, First Aid Kit; June 13-14, tUnE-yArDs; June 14, Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson tribute Band; June 15, Kelis; June 16,
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The Knocks & ASTR; June 17, Sharon Van Etten; June 18, Kaiser Chiefs; June 19, A-Trak; June 20, JunkFood; June 22, Xavier Rudd; June 24, Lake Street Dive; June 27, Throwing Muses with Special Guest Tanya Donelly; June 28, No Scrubs: 90’s Dance Party with DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion; July 3, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (CD Release Party) with Cabinet. 9:30, 815 V St. NW. 877-435-9849. 930.com Music at Sixth and I. June 8, Flashband; June 19, Heather Maloney & Darlingside; June 25, Cyrus Chestnut Quartet; June 28, Rodrigo Amarante. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. sixthandi.org Music at the Lincoln. June 9, Jeff Tweedy; June 10, Morrissey; June 12, James Blake; June 14, The Funk Brothers & friends; June 15, WAR & Guest. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-3286000. thelincolntheatre.org Music at Black Cat. June 9, My Gold Mask; June 10, Punk the Capital; June 12, The Cold and Lovely; June 13, House of Sweetbottom Burlesque Revue; June 14, CRYFEST-The Crybaby Championship of the World!; June 15, Ryley Walker; June 16, Asgeir; June 17, Painted Palms; June 18, Tweens; June 19, Gemini Club; June 21, Mr. Brightside: 2000s ALT-POP DANCE PARTY!; June 23, Wreckless Eric; June 25, Old Man Canyon; June 28, Girls Rock! DC BENEFIT; June 30, Pattern is Movement; July 3, The Sea life. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. blackcatdc.com Music at the Atlas. June 14, Justin Thomas Ritchie’s CD Release Concert; June 27, Go-Go Symphony Capital City Symphony; June 29, Underwater Ghost and Double Date. Atlas performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. 1007 H St. NE. 202-253-0044. hr57.org Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but free will offering taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-3472635. epiphanydc.org Sunday Gospel Brunch Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir. Every Sunday, 12:30-2:00 PM. $30-$45. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com
THEATER AND FILM Freud’s Last Session at Theater J. Through June 29. On the day England enters World War II, Freud summons then unknown professor Lewis to his office for an impassioned exchange about God, love, sex, and the meaning of life. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800 494-8497. washingtondcjcc.org Private Lives at Shakespeare. Through July 13. Noël Coward’s fast-talking, manners-breaking comedy makes its STC debut to finish a stellar season. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org The Totalitarians at Woolly. Through June 29. Written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, author of Boom, this high-energy farce exposes just how vacuous and absurd our political language has be-
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come. If you worship at the altar of Colbert, if you religiously watch “The Daily Show,” you won’t want to miss The Totalitarians. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202393-3939. woollymammoth.net
With a focus on the vernacular of quick-assembly housing and furniture, Rushin created a system in which artworks are assembled, dismantled and shipped in small boxes. Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. culturaldc.org
Puro Tango 2 at GALA. Through June 22. GALA presents Puro Tango 2, a dazzling musical revue with singers and dancers from Argentina and Uruguay, the birthplace of tango. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org
Sonya Lawyer: A Peace (of the Dream) at Flashpoint. June 27-Aug 2. Opening reception, June 27, 6:00-8:00 PM. A Peace (of the Dream) is an exhibition of vintage images celebrating color, design and texture overlaid with a narrative of family stories, personal memories, and universal truths. Sonya Lawyer will weave together images of men, women and children from the past and present. The exhibition will also incorporate music, spoken word and gallery visitors’ personal stories and photographs. Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. culturaldc.org
Grounded at Studio. Through June 29. A hot-shot fighter pilot is reassigned to fly drones in Afghanistan from a trailer outside Vegas in this gripping solo show. This acclaimed production from London’s Gate Theatre was a sold-out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org Lisa Loomer’s comedy, Distracted. June 12-22. Nine-year-old Jesse’s teacher informs the boy’s parents that Jesse may have Attention Deficit Disorder, setting off the parents’ zany quest to improve the child’s quality of life. Associated Press calls the comedy “a smartly comic, sharply observant and surprisingly humane play.” Living in a world where we are bombarded with information, the comedy shines hilarity and light on what really matters. Strong Language and Content. Recommended for ages 16 and up. $29-$32. Atlas performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org Clock and Dagger at Signature. June 12-July 6. Third-rate detective Nick Cutter is down on his luck when a beautiful blonde bombshell tosses a very intriguing case (and herself) into his lap. For the next 90 minutes, Nick races through every New York neighborhood in this zany, mile-a-minute whodunit. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. off I-395 at the Shirlington exit (#6). signature-theatre.org
EXHIBITIONS, OPENINGS and GALLERIES (inter)Related at DC Arts Center. Through July 13. The process of making art is, for the most part, one that is intimate and private. No matter that the work was created to later be on public display, open for observation and criticism, the actual process of art making comes from an internal, creative dialogue within the artist as the art work evolves. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St., NW. 202-462-7833. dcartscenter.org Reconstructing Nature, Sum of its Parts and Experiments in Color at Studio Gallery. Through June 21. Andrea Kraus’ Bazaars. This unique artistic perspective distills the kaleidoscope of sights in exotic markets allowing us to focus on the array of colors, shapes and textures in an explosion of detail. Harriet Lesser’s Night Journal. The images in this exhibit are based on quilt and duvet covers as seen in the morning. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. 202-232-8734. studiogallerydc.com Summer Gallery Artists at Cross Mackenzie Gallery. Through June and July. Cross Mackenzie Gallery, 2026 R St, NW. 202333-7970. crossmackenzie.com Judy Rushin: Between us: Variance Invariance Project at Flashpoint. Through June 21. Opening reception, May 16, 6:008:00 PM. Between Us: Variance Invariance Project by Judy Rushin & treats paintings as things in motion rather than inert artifacts.
Shakespeare’s the Thing at the Folger. Through June 15. Explore Shakespeare’s influence on visual art, performance, and scholarship through treasures from the Folger collection handpicked by Folger staff, including a special look at how fans have celebrated Shakespeare from his time to ours. Marking Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger.edu Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget at American Art Museum. Through Aug 3. Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) celebrated the common man and tackled complex issues of postwar America in colorful, socially-minded paintings. American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu Pop Art Prints at American Art Museum. Through Aug 31. In the 1950s and 1960s, pop art offered a stark contrast to abstract expressionism, then the dominant movement in American art. The distinction between high art and popular culture was assumed until artists like Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and others of their generation challenged a whole range of assumptions about what fine art should be. American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW. 202-6337970. americanart.si.edu “Peruvian Gold” at National Geographic. Through Sept 2. “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed” will showcase extraordinary objects from Peru’s pre-Inca heritage, including gold ceremonial and funerary masks, textiles, ceremonial ornaments, ceramics and jewelry. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. ngmuseum.org American Cool at the National Portrait Gallery. Through Sept 7. What do we mean when we say someone is cool? Cool carries a social charge of rebellious self-expression, charisma, edge and mystery. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Sts. NW. npg.si.edu “A Thousand Years of the Persian Book” Exhibition. Through Sept 20. An exhibition at the Library of Congress will explore the rich literary tradition of the Persian language over the last millennium, from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary publications. The exhibition will bring attention to the literary achievements of Iran and the greater Persian-speaking regions of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Central and South Asia and the Caucasus. Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 E. First St. SE. loc.gov ASCAP: One Hundred Years and Beyond” Exhibition. Through Feb 14, 2015. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers exhibition features 45 objects, including sheet music, photographs, pamphlets, posters and more. Some highlights include the first ASCAP license, which was issued to Rector’s Restaurant in New York City (Broadway and 44th Street) in 1914; the
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original manuscript of “The Pink Panther,” in the hand of composer Henry Mancini; Paul Williams’ lyrics for “The Rainbow Connection”; and the original lyrics, including drafts and revisions, for “The Way We Were” by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery on the first level of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. loc.gov Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions. Through May 25, 2015. The National Building Museum presents an exhibition dedicated solely to the objects and documents in the Museum’s permanent collection. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. nbm.org First Fridays in the Dupont Circle Neighborhood. First Friday of every month, 6:00-9:00 PM. First Friday openings are a collaborative effort to strengthen arts and culture in the beautiful, multi-cultural neighborhood of Dupont Circle. On the first Friday of every month, galleries in the neighborhood host simultaneous openings for art enthusiasts from all walks of life. They encourage all come to the openings and to circulate between neighboring galleries, which host an ever-changing array of styles and media. $5 suggested donation. Third Thursday Open Studios (Brookland). June 19, 6:00-8:00 PM. Meet the artists, peruse the art and join in activities and events. Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St. NE.
SPORTS AND FITNESS DC United at RFK. June 7, 7:00 PM vs. Columbus; June 28, 7:00 PM vs. Seattle. RFK Stadium. dcunited.com Washington Mystics Basketball. June 10, 13, 15 and 27. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. wnba.com/mystics PurpleStride Washington, D.C. 2014. June 14, 6:30 AM ay Freedom Plaza.. This 5K run and family-friendly walk takes participants on a journey of hope and inspiration through the heart of our nation’s capital. With children’s activities, entertainment, refreshments and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy! purplestride.kintera.org
Ohio Dr. at West Basin Dr., near the Tourmobile stand). 703-5053567. dcroadrunners.org Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Oct 5. Registration now open. 703-587-4321. wilsonbridgehalf.com Marine Corps Marathon Registration. Register online at marinemarathon.com. Marathon is Sunday, Oct 26.
SALES AND MARKETS The Route 1 Farmers Market & Bazaar. Saturdays, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM and every first Friday, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM. June 6-Sept 27. Located in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District at 4100 Rhode Island Ave. in Brentwood, MD. Grant Avenue (flea) Market in Takoma Park. June 8, Sept 14 and Oct 12, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. The market is at the intersection of Grant Ave. and Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park, MD with antiques, collectibles and funky finds. grantavenuemarket.com U Street Flea. Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. The U Street Flea features a diverse mix of art, crafts, fashion, jewelry, imports, antiques, collectibles, furniture, and more. The market is in the parking lot, next to Nellie’s Sports Bar (three blocks east of U Street Metro), at 912 U St. NW. ustreetflea.com Clarendon Night Market. Alternate Saturdays, May 17-Oct 25, 3:00-9:00 PM. It features a diverse mix of art, crafts, fashion, jewelry, imports, antiques, collectibles, furniture, and more. Bistro lights will be strung among the tents creating a festive evening shopping bazaar. It is in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, 3140 N. Washington Blvd. at the intersection of Washington, Wilson and Clarendon Blvds in North Arlington, VA. ClarendonMarket.com Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Market. Thursdays through Dec 18, 3:00-¬7:00 PM. North end of 8th St., between D and E, NW. freshfarmmarket.org Aya Community Markets @ SW Waterfront. Saturdays, through Nov 22, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at 900 4th St. SW on the grounds of Christ United Methodist Church. dreamingoutloud.net
XXIV Lawyers Have Heart 10K, 5K & Fun Walk. June 14, 7:00 AM. Lawyers Have Heart is Washington’s largest 10K race. The annual event was co-founded in 1991 by Richard Frank, Founder and Senior Principal of Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC and Alan Charles Raul, Partner at Sidley Austin, LLP as a way the Washington legal community could unite annually in support of the American Heart Association. More than $9 million has been raised for research. lawyershaveheartdc.org
RFK Stadium Farmers’ Market. Open Saturdays, year ¬round (weather permitting), 8:00 AM¬-3:00 PM. The market also has merchandise vendors. It can be seen in the RFK parking lot from the interestion of Benning Rd. and Oklahoma Ave. NE.
Washington Nationals Baseball. June 17, 18, 19,20, 21, 22 and 30 at Nat’s Park. Tickets, $5, up. washington.nationals.mlb.com
Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00¬-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-¬698-¬5253. easternmarketdc.com
Pups in the Park. June 22 and Sept 7. Purchase a discounted ticket for you, your family and your favorite family pet and support the Washington Humane Society. $10 of every dog ticket purchased will benefit the Washington Humane Society. $25 for you; $10 for your dog. washington.nationals.mlb.com Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month at noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on
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Branch Avenue Pawn Parking Lot Flea Market. Saturdays. Set up (depending on the weather) after 10:00 AM. 3128 Branch Ave., Temple Hills, MD
Union Market. Tuesday¬Friday, 11:00 AM-¬8:00 PM; Saturday¬Sunday, 8:00 AM-¬8:00 PM. Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year¬round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 5th St. NE. 301¬652¬7400. unionmarketdc.com Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays.
Weekdays, 7:00 AM-¬7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-¬5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-¬5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-¬6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-¬698¬5253. easternmarket¬dc.com Anacostia Big Chair Flea Market. Saturdays, 10:00 AM-¬4:00 PM. The market features a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture. The market will also feature local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, preserves, prepared foods and beverages. 2215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. bigchairmarket.com Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-¬1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-¬362-¬8889. freshfarmmarket.org Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclement weather), 8:00 AM¬-4:00 PM. The crowd is as diverse as the items for sale! Antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, rugs, pottery, china, jewelry, silver, stained glass, books and photographs are an example of the available items. 1819 35th St. NW. 202¬-7750-¬3532. georgetownfleamarket.com Maine Avenue Fish Market. Open 365 days a year. 7:00 AM¬9:00 PM. 1100 Maine Ave. SW. 202-¬484-¬2722.
CIVIC LIFE Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic. June 18, 5-7:30 p.m. 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. Clinic is at the D.C. Department of Small & Local Business Development, 441 4th St. NW. Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW, suite 900. 202-783-5065. norton.house.gov All-Ways Mount Pleasant. First Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. LaCasa. All-Ways is a citizen’s association primarily for the tenants of the larger apartment buildings of Mount Pleasant. 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. aa-ss.org Chinatown Revitalization Council. Fourth Monday, 7:00-8:00 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. miles@ dcdna.org. dcdna.org 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, 202-387-1596. Eckington Civic Association. First Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE. www.eckingtondc.org 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. www.theedgewoodcivicassociationdc.org Logan Circle Citizens Association. Please contact Jennifer Trock at jennifer.trock@ logancircle.org for meeting dates and times. logancircle.org Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association. Third Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 PM. Yale Steam Laundry, 437 New York Ave. NW. lifein. mvsna.org
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U Street Neighborhood Association. Second Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Source (second floor classroom), 1835 14th St. NW ANC 1A. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 3101 13th St. NW. 202-588-7278. anc1a.org ANC 1B. First Thursday, 7:00 PM. Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW (second floor). 202870-4202. anc1b.org ANC 1B11. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. LeDroit Senior Building (basement community room), 2125 Fourth St. NW. 202-481-3462. www. anc1b.org ANC 1C. First Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Maryâ€™s Center for Maternal and Child Health, 2355 Ontario Rd. NW. 202-332-2630. anc1c.org ANC 1D. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. 3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW. 202-462-8692. anc1d.org ANC 2C. First Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM. Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW (new location). 202-682-1633. anc2C.org ANC 6E. First-Tuesday, 6:30 PM. NW One Library, 155 L St. NW. u
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Summertime in DC
Congress is Out and the Living is Easy
f you feel “stuck” in Washington, DC for the summer, you’re just not doing it right. DC and the surrounding area is a remarkable place to be in the heat and swelter of summer. In addition to which, the place is full of new faces--interns, vacationers, students and job seekers. For those of us who live here, summertime in Washington also offers opportunities to play the tourist, revisit favorite sites, see Andrew Wyeth’s windows at the NGA, bike to Mount Vernon, take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay and generally enjoy what people come from all over the world to enjoy. We’re offering you some suggestions to make this summer memorable.
by Kathleen Donner running play in American theater. $50. kennedy-center.org Standupcomedytogo.com has a weekly opportunity for amateurs to make fools of themselves in their “The Laughing Buddha-ha-ha” Comedy Open Mic
Break Bad (for repressed boomers) First, scout your location. Rumor has it that a certain member of the Capital Community News editorial staff used the Federal Reserve fountains (enormous black granite urns with water spilling over
Have a Good Laugh The Capitol Steps began as a group of Hill staffers who set out to satirize the very people who employed them. The group was formed in December, 1981 when staffers for Illinois Senator Charles Percy were planning a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but they said they “couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin.” Since then, they’ve been ruthlessly poking fun at the Washington political scene. They perform every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building. Tickets are $40.50. Get them at ticketmaster.com/artist/844674. It’s corny but it’s also lots of fun. Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center is a comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime. Set in Georgetown, Shear Madness engages the audience members as armchair detectives to help solve the murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness hairstyling salon. The Kennedy Center claims that it’s the second longest 20 u midcitydcnews.com
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on Thursdays at 8 p.m., at the Topaz Hotel Bar, 1733 N St. NW. It’s a free (you’ll have to buy drinks) show with 10 local comedians doing 3 to 10 minute bits (remember Seinfeld). After the show, “Everyone’s a Comedian” and “non-coms” can get up and tell a joke. Best joke gets $25 which is also the price of the valet parking. Must be 21 and older.
into circular bases for racing) for this kind of mischief some decades ago. We’re not sure what has changed in the intervening years, but running naked (or not) in DC’s fountains is a great 3 o’clock in the morning activity. A few things--don’t be intoxicated, please get into shape (see section below), have some cash in your wallet and we’re not responsible. Whether or not you get away with it, you won’t go to prison
and it will make a great story. To crash a party properly, you have to look the part. The better you look, the less likely you are to be challenged. Some have been known to have a wine glass in their car to pull out for just this occasion. When you walk in with the glass, you’re returning to the party. Your cellphone is, however, your best ally. Think VEEP’s Selina Meyer (Meyer the liar) signaling her body-man to say the President’s calling. No one interferes with an intent cellphone conversation. The trick is to lean in and pretend it’s the President or Hillary or that you’re the Ukraine Desk Officer at State. As you pass the gatekeeper, whisper “I’m holding for the secretary.” Remember if you believe it, they’ll believe it. Parties worth chasing are all around in hotel ballrooms, museums, restaurants, the convention center and function rooms in the House and Senate office buildings. There are people in this town who never buy their own dinner and drinks. Don’t donate your old car, wreck it. The Potomac Speedway is the venue for the Silver Hill Lions Club Demolition Derby on Sept. 6 and 13 at 7 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.). We figure that this gives you enough time to decorate your car, screw up your courage and enter. The big winners take home trophies and cash prizes. Go to silverhilllionsclub.com for entry details and many pages of competition rules. For spectators, tickets are $18; $9 for kids 10 and under and $25 for pit passes. All profits are used to support Lions Club community service projects. Potomac Speedway is about an hour south of DC, the Potomac Speedway is at 27963 Budds Creek Rd., Mechanicsville, MD
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days at all three golf courses with special $25 workshops and special greens fees. Langston and East Potomac have driving ranges where you can go after dinner and hit a few balls without finding a golf pal or making a huge time commitment. Get details at golfdc.com.
Reconnect with Your Inner Fish
It’s important to make a good impression at the Derby.
Get Into Shape (finally, at last) There’s no excuse. DC’s Parks and Recreation Department has 18 fitness centers located throughout the city. Fitness Centers feature elliptical, stationary bikes, treadmills, free weights (dumbbells and kettlebells), and universal weight machine (leg extentions, leg curls, lat pull downs, seated rows, flat and incline chest press, military press, bicep curls and tricep press downs). Oh my! All the centers require a paid individual, family or senior membership for access privileges. You can sign up for a day at $5, a month at $25, a quarter at $60 or a year $125 (little more than $10 a month). There’s a significant senior discount. Find the center closest to you at dpr.dc.gov. DC Front Runners is a running, walking and social club serving the LGBT community and their friends for over 30 years. Membership is open to all people regardless of age, gender, race, pace or sexual orientation. Founded by a small group of local gay runners in 1981, the DC Front Runners has become a thriving and integral part of the Washington, DC gay and lesbian community and has fostered fun, fitness, and friendship among gay runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. If running sounds like too much at first, the club also organizes weekly walks. dcfrontrunners.org Golf will help you get in shape only if you practice a lot and avoid golf carts. Get Golf Ready is a fast and affordable ($99) way to get connected to the game of golf. You get six hours of group instruction from a teaching professional covering everything you need to know to get you ready for the golf course. Full swing, short game, even rules and etiquette; you’ll get it all. Get Golf Ready is offered at Langston, East Potomac and Rock Creek courses. We’re sure it’s unfair but there are also Women’s Wednes22 u midcitydcnews.com
If you been lumbering around in the water like a wounded flounder, maybe it’s time to lift your game. Remember, it’s a glide! The excellent staff at DC public pools are eager to sort you out--both non-swimmers and self-taught flailers. Swimming lessons are a bargain at $10 for a beginners course. Sign up at dpr.dc.gov or ask at your closest pool. Water Country USA in Williamsburg is Virginia’s largest waterpark. It features more than 30 water attractions. It can also be used as a refreshing detour during a history-laden family trip to Colonial Williamsburg. It’s pricy at $42-$49 a day but it’s a complete day’s entertainment. $99 buys you a season pass. Read more at watercountryusa.com. Closer to home, we like Great Waves Waterpark in Cameron Run Region-
al Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, just off the beltway. It features 20 acres of pools, waterslides, great food, cool souvenirs, miniature golf, a nine-station batting cage and picnic shelters. Great Waves is open daily through Labor Day, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Weekday rates are $11.75 if you’re under 4 feet and $14.75 if you’re over 4 feet. Add $.50 for weekends. Read more at greatwaveswaterpark.com. Thirty-five miles away are Chesapeake Beach and North Beach on the Chesapeake Bay. These beaches are ideal because (1) they don’t involve a three hour drive and (2) you don’t have to strategize about Bay Bridge traffic. They also are seem quieter and more charming than the ocean beaches in the summer. It’s a easy outing where there’s bay swimming, a crab dinner, a scoop shop ice cream cone and home before dark. Done. There’s also a lot of charter fishing but make arrangements before your leave at chesapeake-beach.md.us.
Listen to the Music In summer, every night of the week, you can spread out a blanket or relax in a folding chair and listen to out-ofdoors live music. You’re always invited to bring along a picnic, kids, and well-behaved (leashed) pets. It’s a Wash-
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ington area ritual and you don’t want to miss it. Hear live music outside at the Capitol, Fort Dupont, the Sylvan Theater, Fort Reno, the Botanic Garden, the Navy Memorial, the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art, and the Air Force Memorial. Throughout the summer, pay attention to the Calendar in this publication for details. We also list movies shown outdoors throughout the area. We know this is going to sound quite esoteric but for people who love early music, it’s heaven. On the weekend of June 2-22, there is a “Baroque Bonanza” concert series at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. It is three concerts featuring six different ensembles performing on period instruments. On Friday, June 20, 8 p.m., two groups will perform music of C.P.E. Bach, Boyce, Fasch, Telemann and Zelenka: Modern Musick directed by Risa Browder and John Moran and Kleine Kammermusik featuring oboists Geoffrey Burgess and Meg Owens. On Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m. two groups will perform music of J.C. and C.P.E. Bach, Graun, Dornel, and Boismortier: Ensemble Gaudior directed by Alexandra MacCracken and The Friends of Fasch, directed by Thomas MacCracken. On Sunday, June 22, 4 p.m., two groups will perform music of Croft, Handel, Kusser, LaGuerre and Philidor: ArcoVoce strings and voice featuring soprano Rosa Lamoreaux and Sarabande featuring oboists Sarah Davoll and Sarah Weiner. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students and seniors) at the door only. Nothing says summer like an evening at Wolf Trap and their stupendous lineup. To really enjoy it you have to incorporate into your thinking that there will be a line of cars on the way in and a line of cars on the way out. You’ll be rewarded with symphonic music, musical theater, dance, comedy, folk music, jazz, a singalong “Grease”, and names such as Yo-Yo Ma, Mary Chapin Carpenter; Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Sarah Brightman and Ringo Starr & His AllStarr Band. As a bonus, you can bring 24 u midcitydcnews.com
your own picnic (including alcohol). Wolf Trap is about a hour away. From I-66 westbound, take exit 67 to route 267 (Dulles Toll Road), follow signs for local exits, pay a $2.50 toll, and exit at the Wolf Trap ramp. wolftrap.org
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Children splash and play in the waters of Rock ‘N’ Roll Island at Water Country USA. Photo: Courtesy of Water Country USA
Ensemble Gaudior (left to right): Elena Tsai, Alexandra MacCracken (director), Doug Poplin, Marta Howard. Photo: Suna Lee
Nick Briggs, Carnival Film and Television Limited 2012
DC Touch Rugby games are Saturdays at 10 a.m. and are currently played on the National Mall, on the west side of the Washington Monument. Here’s how they describe themselves. “We are a group of (male and female) rugby fans that like to meet on Saturdays to play an informal and very much social game of touch rugby. Touch is a fast-paced and fun game that is suitable for all ages and skill levels-and it’s a great way to meet people and stay fit. Some of us have played rugby for many years, some converts from flag football and others are completely new to the game. We always welcome new people to the group so please join this blog and stay updated with the latest game info!” Catch up with this group at dctouchrugby.com. The Willard Hotel says that their Peacock Alley Tea is the best in town and they’re right. Tea is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and features live harp music, an array of organic teas, finger sandwiches and fresh decadent pastries in an elegant setting. You must dress. It’s pricy but worth it at $45 ($59 with champagne). You’ll find the menu on their website at washington.intercontinental.com. Through Jan. 4, 2015, Costumes of Downton Abbey is on display at Winterthur. This is an original exhibition of designs from the television series. Forty historically inspired costumes from the television show are displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors have the chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th
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Harpers Ferry from Maryland Heights. Photo: Don Burgess
century. Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur (Wilmington), DE, is open daily except Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 3:15 p.m.). winterthur.org
Venture Farther Afield Three hours away (south past Richmond), Colonial Williamsburg beckons. It is the world’s largest living history museum--the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Here they interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution. There are hundreds of restored, reconstructed, 26 u midcitydcnews.com
and historically furnished buildings in Williamsburg’s 301 acres historic area. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city--black, white, and native American, slave, indentured, and free. Single day tickets are $22-$43.95. You can wander Williamsburg freely but if you want to talk with the blacksmith, you need a pass. colonialwilliamsburg.com For our readers who remember the Williamsburg Pottery Factory, we have some bad news. It is no longer the dirtfloored collection of run-down buildings that strattle the railroad tracks. It’s been moved to a different location, cleaned up and put totally indoors and not nearly as
much fun. williamsburgpottery.com The town of St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is another place we recommend for a day trip. We also recommend that you visit when nothing’s happening and wander the cluster of perfectly groomed houses on the park in the center of town. Then lunch at the legendary Crab Claw Restaurant, 304 Burns Street, on the water. Sit outside. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., is also worth a visit. St. Michaels is about two hours away depending on bridge traffic. townofstmichaels.com Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, about a hour and a half away, is the site of the
John Brown raid which precipitated the Civil War. It was visited by George Washington on his very first surveying expedition at the age of 17, was cited by Thomas Jefferson as such a beautiful spot that it was worth a trip across the Atlantic and was the starting place of the Lewis and Clarke expedition. It’s full of history. It’s also a charming small town to visit and a jumping off point for tubing and kayaking. Read more at historicharpersferry.com.
Don’t Miss the Classics Every local knows that the best time to visit the monuments is after dark. It’s cooler and the crowds have calmed down a bit.
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On the White House Tour, you’ll see this corridor but President Obama won’t be in it. He has been known to pop out of a doorway and greet visitors but your odds are probably the same as winning a lottery.
Go after 9 o’clock and it’s easy to park on Ohio Drive. By monuments, we mean the Lincoln, the Jefferson, the Washington, the FDR and MLK. The Washington Monument, open until 10 p.m. during summer, only counts if you go to the top which you now can because it just reopened for visitors. Make a reservation at recreation. gov. Unfortunately, the Jefferson, which may be the most powerful of them all, has inconvenient parking a good walk from the memorial itself. At the Lincoln, don’t miss reading his second Inaugural Address (on the right facing Lincoln) which is considered the best Presidential Inaugural Address ever delivered. The Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery is a must-experience for all visitors and residents. During the summer, the ceremony takes place on the hour and the half-hour. At this time, a uniformed relief commander appears on the plaza to announce the Changing of the Guard. This is a moving and precise tribute to all the fallen whose remains are missing or unidentified. The view from the site is breathtaking. In summer the cemetery is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take Metro or you can park for $1.75 a hour in the lot across from the Visitors’ Center. arlingtoncemetery.mil You can take a self-guided White House tour, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30-11:30 a.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (excluding federal holidays). Tour requests are submitted through your Member of Congress. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. The US Capitol tour, daily except Sunday, 8:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m., is a walk-in but you can also book in advance with your Member or Senator. The Supreme Court is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays. Courtroom Lectures are available Monday through Friday. On days that the Court is not sitting, lectures are generally scheduled every-hour on the half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a final lecture at 3:30 p.m. When the Court is in session, Courtroom Lectures are available only after Court adjourns for the day. Trained Docents lead these 30-minute programs, which are designed to introduce visitors of all ages to the judicial functions of the Supreme Court, the history of the Building, and the architecture of the Courtroom. To obtain updated information, call 202-479-3211 or visit supremecourt.gov. u 28 u midcitydcnews.com
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out and about
by Jonathan Bardzik
Love Is…Eating Spanish Ham in Shorts Each year in June my husband and I celebrate our anniversary. I share memories of gathering at my family’s farm. He expresses lingering bitterness about having to wear a suit. I reminisce about the Spanish ham we enjoyed on our honeymoon in Barcelona. Jason reminds me that I forgot our first anniversary while on a 10-day business trip to Nebraska, and returned home without a gift. That, my friends, is why this month we will be enjoying many nice meals out … somewhere we can wear shorts.
Dino’s Grotto Opens in Shaw However, let’s be perfectly clear, there is no way I’m compromising quality for casual. At Dino’s Grotto (www.dinoinshaw.com, 1914 9th St. NW),
newly transplanted to Shaw from eight years in Cleveland Park, I don’t have to. Dino Gold, who owns the restaurant with his wife Kay Zimmerman, takes a very Italian approach to dining, casual and slow, with simple preparations showcasing the best seasonal ingredients, and plenty of time for talking and sharing stories and drinking wine. Dino’s Grotto delivered some of the best Italian food I’ve enjoyed among many recent DC restaurant openings. The fried baby artichokes were crisper than any I have eaten, beautifully trimmed and opened, allowing the individual leaves to fry separately from the base. The Tuscan bacon with strawberries pairs crisp pork belly with roasted fruit and sweet/bright, aged balsamic vinegar. Dino tells me, “I’ve never had any Tuscan bacon but my own. I’ve read about it and this is what we came up with.” Untrained in the kitchen, Dino pairs creativity with a very Washington appetite for learning, delivering dishes that are Italian inspired without all the traditional rules. Our second course showcased the true benefits of using seasonal ingredients. The asparagus and mushroom risotto, creamy and mild, is usually prepared with morels, but, falling perfectly between the black and yellow morel seasons, Dino was using fresh porcinis that night. Which is kind of like winning Powerball. Twice. The mild risotto was balanced beautifully by a bold bowl of cinghiale – pappardelle noodles with wild boar, tomato, hazelnuts, and just a touch of cream. The boar delivered a perfect hint of gaminess
Dino’s handmade pappardelle pasta, bright tomatoes, and piney rosemary are the perfect bold balance to lightly gamey boar. Great ingredients, prepared simply and well, describes Dino’s Grotto perfectly, including these delicately crispy fried artichokes. 30 u midcitydcnews.com
tempered by piney rosemary. When I thought I couldn’t eat anymore, out came a steak truly as large as my head. The bistecca Fiorentina, 36 ounces of dry-aged T-bone, was perfectly cooked (that means pink most of the way through) with roasted potatoes and sharply dressed kale balancing the rich meat. Seriously, this is steak for four, which is the perfect size for Jason and me to share. There was more: pate, trotter tots (just order them!), cioppino, house-made sausages, and the best tiramisu you have ever eaten. Just go. You can wear shorts, though the food is worth dressing up for.
Simple and delicious, Boqueria delivers the authentic taste of Barcelona’s famed marketplace in this classic dish of fried potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce.
Menomale Serves Traditional Neapolitan Pizza in Brookland While Dino blends Italian tradition and technique freely, Ettore and Mariya Rusciano deliver strictly authentic Neapolitan pizza at their Brookland restaurant, Menomale (www.menomale.us, 2711 12th St. NE). Stepping through the front door feels like walking into their home kitchen, dominated by the wood-fired stove that delivers the 900º F required to quickly crisp crust without overcooking the toppings. Everything about the restaurant, from the sidewalk seating to the small dining room, feels cozy and casual. Even waiting until 5:00 p.m. for your first drink (there’s a school nearby) forces you to slow down from DC’s hectic pace of life. From the perfectly dressed fresh salad, light and crisp with fennel, to the rich pizza, the meal was delicious and the ingredients well-sourced and beautifully prepared. The pollo verde sandwich simply pairs rosemary chicken with pesto and mozzarella, a menu item you could find at many “casual” chains. At Menomale, however, the chicken is well seasoned and moist, the imported Genovese pesto is bright with fresh basil, rich with toasted pine nuts with a sharp bite of cheese, and the mozzarella is mild and creamy. Pizza dough is used for bread and the sandwich is baked in the wood oven. The pizza menu issues the siren calls of Grana Padano, roasted eggplant, and even lobster, but the porcini mushrooms on the bianca proved truly irresistible. This white pizza combines salty prosciutto with rich mushrooms and mild, creamy fior di latte,
or cow’s milk, mozzarella. The first bite was fresh and light, the ingredients tasting richer as I worked my way through the pizza, finally shoving down the last couple of delicious bites. Since they don’t deliver, you’ll find Jason and me sitting on the sidewalk, again in shorts and tshirts, arriving shortly before five.
Boqueria Serves Spanish Tapas in Dupont After getting married, Jason and I jetted off to Spain for two weeks, including a stay in Barcelona. Our visit to the Boqueria market in Las Ramblas was one of the most memorable days. Waking up to a grumpy husband last Sunday, I suggested we head over to DC’s Boqueria (www.boquerianyc. com, 1837 M St. NW) restaurant. Boqueria, a New York City import, delivered, starting with the price point, $39 for unlimited tapas, drinks, and sweets. Salivating over the menu, we jokingly asked our server to send out one of everything. She obliged. Let’s start with the basics: pan con tomate y jamón is toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with grated tomato and serrano ham. We’re pretty sure it is a direct gift from God. Boqueria got it right with crusty, spongy bread, ripe, fresh tomato pulp, and perfectly salty/gamey jamón. The addition of Manchego cheese was just gilding the lily (a phrase I’ve always wanted to use!). Patatas bravas are simply fried, seasoned potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce, yet despite a number of efforts I just can’t duplicate it at home. Boqueria again got it right with the earthiness of pimentón,
smoky hot Spanish paprika, with a rich sauce. The tortilla, a potato and egg omelet, was delicious and dense, served with or without chorizo. As for the rest of the menu? We’ll be back. From the beautifully scrabbled eggs with mushrooms to the lamb meatballs and the perfectly crisp churros it was (almost) all delicious (sorry, steamed mussels) and the sangria flowed like water.
Happy Anniversary! How do you annually atone for missing your first anniversary? Each year I buy my husband a quarter-pound of the best Spanish ham, jamón Iberico de bellota, from a black-toed pig that finishes its life on a rich diet of acorns. A pound will run you about $150. Buy a quarter-pound and taste it side by side with $25-a-pound serrano ham so you know just how good it is. I’ve given you the relationship equivalent of a get-out-of-jail-free card. You can thank me later. Jonathan Bardzik is a cook, storyteller, and author living in Eckington. Known for his weekly live cooking demos at Eastern Market (Saturdays from March to November), Jonathan loves cooking fresh ingredients as much as seeking them out in DC’s growing restaurant scene. His first cookbook, “Simple Summer: A Recipe for Cooking and Entertaining with Ease,” is available now (and would make a wonderful gift!). Grab a copy and find out what Jonathan is cooking at www.jonathanbardzik. com or his Facebook page “What I Haven’t Cooked Yet.” Need some foodporn? Follow @JonathanBardzik on Twitter and Instagram. u Midcity DC | June 2014 u 31
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RETAIL THERAPY Mid-City Menagerie
I article by Mariessa Terrell
believe in cultivating a blended reality. Infusing fact with fiction oftentimes encourages upside-down original thinking. My favorite Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, took great pleasure in “designing” the lives of her readers to incorporate fantasy into daily life. Vreeland once famously said that there is only one great life, the one you conjure up and create for yourself. The life that I am picturing for myself this June is filled with fantasy retail. My menagerie begins with me, hip slung with Gucci, watering a metallic rosebud chandelier under a magnolia tree. Pourquoi? Because fashion is fantasy even in DC, darling. (Photos and set design by James S. Terrell, DC musician, painter, and Perry Charter School Art Instructor, www.jstephent.wix.com/music.) Fashion attorney Mariessa Terrell, aka Simone Butterfly, Fashion Investigator, does her sleuthing at www. simonebutterfly.com and @ SimoneBtrfly. u
Simone’s vintage Air Jordan high-top kicks with metallic silver and fuchsia leather shoelaces, courtesy of Fraîs, by Aman Itomi and Clyne Cunningham. And a Metal rosebud chandelier from Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th St. NW).
Vintage Gucci waist bag from Current Boutique (1809 14th St. NW) and silver lettered rings (“J,”“N,”“B,”“T”). Lettered necklaces (“S,”“B”) from Lou Lou (1802 14th St. NW) and black satin high-low balloon skirt by Jarmal Harris.
Renaissance man and featured photographer/designer James S. Terrell. 32 u midcitydcnews.com
Tackling the Trouble-Spot Trifecta
by Jazelle Hunt
like to think that being able to challenge one’s own beliefs is a sign of sensibility and intelligence. So, as a card-carrying member of Team AntiWorkout, I occasionally like to venture out and see if I’ve unknowingly had a change of heart. Crunch Metro Center’s Belly, Butt, and Thighs Bootcamp seemed like a good way to do this without going overboard. Walking into the studio, I saw that each of the 15 participants (all women) had their own set-up of a floor mat, two 8-to-15-pound weights, a Bosu ball (the cut-in-half stability ball), and a step platform on risers. Filling in for the usual instructor was Crunch Metro Center fitness manager Shifu Antonio Hamilton.
This Was Going to Hurt
Half the lights were off and techno music pumped through the studio. The warm-up was a simple series of jumping jacks, jogging in place, and all-fours side leg lifts. No biggie. Then came push-ups with simultaneous leg raises. Now, I’ve never been a half-push-up kind of person, but after about 10 of these I was a convert. And we were just getting started. The 45-minute workout continued with burpies (in which we had to stick a landing on the Bosu ball); lunge squats (while holding one or two weights, with the back leg resting on the elevated step platform); the ruthless lower ab exercise known as a reverse crunch, and much more. At some point during my fitness throes Hamilton called out, “Ok, now let’s work the muscles under the abs!”
For the big finale we did scissors – 20 counts then a 30-second hold-in-place. Hamilton turned on Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, I assume to help the class focus as our lower body muscles threatened to revolt. Judging from the sputters and groans around the room the nice gesture was futile. The class description is exactly one sentence: “Focus on your lower half in this belly-busting,
booty shaping class.” And it’s exactly that, no frills or surprises, as verified by the laser-like burn and resulting soreness. Afterwards my core felt pleasantly tight, my hips a bit achy but loose, and my thighs useless. Basically I lurched about like the Adams Family’s butler for a few days, but my upper body was totally unaffected. Crunch developed the Belly, Butt, and Thighs Bootcamp DVD in 2007; it’s a blend of fat-blasting cardio and muscle-toning strength training. The movements are designed to tone and build lowerbody muscles, particularly the midsection, thighs, and butt (also known as the trouble-spot trifecta). Everyone is allowed to go at an individual pace and choose his or her own weights. There is sweat, but the moves are low impact, with the temp o at each person’s discretion. While the class is challenging, it is also accessible for varying fitness levels and body types. Lola Adebiyi, for example, is dedicated to building her core but cannot put stress on her knees. “I really want to improve my core,” she says, “and the
ab work is really tough,” adding that she also takes the gym’s Jillian Michaels BodyShred class. “I like that I’m able to go at my own pace to feel comfortable. I can modify everything, and you also feel like you have a personal trainer in class.” At the end of class Hamilton congratulated us on our hard work and offered goal-oriented fitness advice. He also announced that he would be assuming a new role as the gym’s group fitness director, and that suggestions and requests were welcome. Patience Dean, a Columbia Heights resident and runner, was a first-timer for this class and says she’ll be back. “The class really focuses on legs and core. As a runner I have to remember to mix things up a bit, so this was good for me,” she says. “At the end, trying to push it … those ab exercises! It was a good challenge. If I can’t finish, it’s a good sign.” I admire this sentiment in others, and find it rings true, but I will be renewing my membership with Team Anti-Workout. u Crunch Metro Center is located at 555 12th St, NW. www.crunch.com, 202-621-6698. Midcity DC | June 2014 u 33
the nose THE NOSE
he answer to any, and all, of life’s complicated politics may be discovered somewhere in vast repertoire of American musical theater. As Devoted Readers are aware, this is a central axiom of The Nose’s column. Much as the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story fame, the denizens of the Wilson Building, both current and less recent, have squared off against Ronald ‘The Sheriff ’ Machen. Put on your imagination caps and let The Nose whisk you away to conference room deep in the recesses of US Department of Justice near the steps of the Capitol. There, many of the players in DC recent corruption saga have lined up to make deals with the Sheriff. Honoring the recent judicial gag order, The Nose will identify certain individuals only by carefully selected monikers. Milling among assembled are Coffee Mug Brown, Uncle Earl, Perennial Robinson, At-Large Candidate Tangerine, Candidate Not-So-Long, Candidate Bag Woman Harris, Operative Hawkins, Kwame ‘Titanic’ Brown, Mayoral Candidate Shadow, Shredder Gore and Candidate Blacksmith. Suddenly, Officer Krupke, a tune from West Side Story, erupts from Tangerine’s cell phone; and, to the Sheriff ’s amazement, he leads the other supplicants in a musical salute... Tangerine: Dear kindly Prosecutor Machen, You gotta understand, It’s just our running for office That gets us out of hand. Our accountants all are flunkies, Our treasurers all chumps. Golly Moses, naturally we’re skunks! Everyone: Gee, Prosecutor Machen, we’re very upset; We never had the love that every child ought to get. We ain’t on the take, We’re just misunderstood. Deep down inside us there is good! “There is good!” exclaims Brown. Everyone: There is good, there is good, There is untapped good! Down deep inside, the most venal of us is good! “That’s a touchin’ good story,” says Brown. 34 u midcitydcnews.com
“Lemme tell it to the world!” replies Tangerine. “Just tell it to the prosecutor,” suggests Robinson. Uncle Earl: Prosecutor Machen, you really are a square; This pol don’t need a sentence, he needs an analyst’s care! It’s just his kleptocracy that ought to be curbed. He’s just simply psychologically disturbed! “I’m disturbed!” yells Tangerine. Everyone: We’re disturbed, we’re disturbed, We’re the most disturbed, Like we’re kleptologically disturbed. “In the opinion on this court, this politician has been financially molested by his evil Uncle Earl,” states Brown in a judicial mien. “Hey, I’m depraved on account I’m molested,” wryly observes Tangerine. “So take him to a headshrinker,” orders Brown rendering judgment. Tangerine: My campaign manager is inept, My treasurer is corrupt, My campaign workers are always plastered, My flack is abrupt, My driver can’t navigate, My lover forgot to dress. Goodness gracious, that’s why I’m a mess! “Yes!” states Robinson in an analytic tone. Uncle Earl: Prosecutor Machen, you’re really a snob. This pol don’t need a doctor, just a good honest job. Society’s played him a terrible trick, And kleptologically he’s just sick “I am sick!” concludes Tangerine. Everyone: We are sick, we are sick, We are sick, sick, sick, Like we’re kleptologically sick! “In my opinion, this pol don’t need to have his head shrunk at all. Political delinquency is purely a venal disease!,” concludes Uncle Earl.
“Hey, I got a venal disease!” states Tangerine. “So take him to a political consultant!” sentences Brown. Tangerine: Dear kindly political consultant, You say go find a buck. Like be a full time fundraiser, Which means like be a schmuck. It’s not I’m anti-political, I’m only anti-work. Golly! Jesus! That’s why I’m a jerk! Uncle Earl: Prosecutor Machen, you’ve done it again. This politician don’t need home detention, he needs a year in the pen. It ain’t just a question of misunderstood; Deep down inside him, he’s no good! “I’m no good!” concludes Tangerine. Everyone: We’re no good, we’re no good! We’re no political good, Like the most honest of us is no damn good! “The trouble is he’s crazy,” judges Uncle Earl. “The trouble is he drinks,” states Robinson. “The trouble is his memory is hazy,” diagnoses Brown. “The trouble is his financial reports really stink,” states Robinson. “The trouble is his contributions are growing,” says Uncle Earl. “The trouble is they’ve grown,” replies Brown. Everyone: Machen, we got troubles of our own! Gee, Prosecutor Machen, We’re down on our knees, ‘Cause no one wants a politician with a venal disease. Gee, Prosecutor Machen, What are we to do? Gee, Prosecutor Machen, To ‘H---’ with you! When the music finally stops, the last politician to make a deal with the Sheriff will undoubtedly take the longest, all-expense-paid vacation to a federal facility. u
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+ District Beat
The District Beat
The Orange Equation by Andrew Lightman
n a recent post on Greater Greater Washington, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells announced his decision not to run as an independent for the at-large election position vacated by David Catania (I-At Large) in this November’s general election. However, Wells may not have to wait very long to take a shot at a Democratic at-large seat. The corruption investigation headed by US Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. may be turning in the direction of Vincent B. Orange Sr. (D-At Large). This path likely leads through Kelvin Robinson, former chief of staff to Mayor Anthony A. Williams and Wells' previous opponent. “If you participated in backroom, under-thetable deals with Jeff Thompson, I urge you to come forward now and own up to your conduct,” stated Machen at the March press conference held in the wake of DC businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson’s guilty plea. By signing a plea deal with Robinson, Machen has signaled that he is done waiting. Why Robinson?
Robinson and Thompson
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limited to an aggregate of $1,000 per candidate per At-Large campaign and $500 for a ward race. In his plea, Robinson admitted to taking excessive cash and in-kind contributions directly from Thompson; and also from ‘straw’ donors reimbursed by Thompson. He filed false campaign finance reports covering up these actions. In the spring of 2010, according to Robinson’s plea, the Ward 6 candidate asked Thompson for $90,000 in support for his campaign against incumbent Tommy Wells. Thompson, with the aid of Jeanne Clarke Harris, provided Robinson with inkind and cash donations including roughly $33,000. These monies, garnered from Thompson’s accounting firm, Thompson, Cobb, Brazilio and Associates P.C. (TCBA), and DC Chartered Health, another wholly owned company, were routed either through Harris; or through a network of ‘straw donors later reimbursed for their contributions. Robinson then filed “false and misleading” forms with the DC Office of Campaign Finance (OCF), obscuring the scope of Thompson’s illegal donations. Interestingly, the federal plea agreement with Robinson mentions his consulting company, Emerge DC LLC. However, the company is not in the plea’s Statement of the Offense. According to court records discovered by the Washington City Paper, on March 9, 2006, three days after Emerge received a $5,250 check cut from a bank account controlled by DC lobbyist David Wilmot, the company donated $2,000 to Council Chair Linda Cropp’s 2006 mayoral campaign. This coincidence suggests that Emerge may have served at least in one instance as a vehicle for Thompson’s straw donations. (Cropp’s bid received $280,000 of such monies in the 2006 according to The Washington Post.) Robinson had a close personal relationship with Thompson, an association further detailed in the latter’s March plea, which identifies him as “Candidate B.”
The Orange Connection
According to Thompson's plea, on March 10, 2011,
Robinson allegedly met with “Uncle Earl” (Thompson) and “Council Candidate D” at TCBA’s offices. Council Candidate D has been identified by The Washington Post as Vincent B. Orange Sr. (D-At Large). At that point Orange was running in an open special election for the at-large seat he currently holds. Earlier that day Thompson had purchased money orders to make straw donations to Orange’s campaign. After placing Orange in a separate office to make phone calls soliciting contributions, he and Robinson processed the money orders and other donations, entering the information into the campaign’s OCF reporting form. The majority of contributions reported were either directly or indirectly reimbursed by Thompson. This massive infusion of cash propelled Orange to front of the pack in the month prior to the election. In his plea agreement Thompson stated that Orange was aware of the illegal straw contributions. Under questioning from the presiding judge at his plea hearing, as reported by the Washington, Post, Thompson qualified his statement by testifying that he had not directly communicated with Orange. This admission leaves Robinson as the only other individual at March 10th meeting able to attest to Orange’s knowledge. The filing of a plea deal with Robinson that ignored his role in filing false campaign reports for Orange’s 2011 bid suggests he may be cooperating with the authorities. The prosecution may not have wanted to tip its hand.
An Alternative Path to Indictment
Even if Robinson fails to name Orange, Machen may have another card up his sleeve. According to Thompson’s plea, between March 4 and May 10, 2011, Harris disbursed $148,146 in cash and in-kind donations through her personal companies to fund a shadow GOTV (Get Out The Vote) effort on Orange’s behalf. According to the Washington City Paper, Vernon Hawkins, former head of the DC Department of Human Services under Mayor Marion Barry
during his fourth term, was a key member of Orange’s 2011 election team. Coincidentally, Hawkins had run the Thompson-funded shadow campaign in support of Gray earlier that fall. Pleading guilty, Hawkins has agreed to cooperate with the federal investigation. So far he has not made any public statement on the mechanics of the 2011 shadow campaign in support of Orange. There is a chance, however, that he has direct knowledge of the extent of Orange’s awareness of Thompson’s illegal activities.
If Robinson or Hawkins testify that Orange knew of either the falsified OCF campaign documents or the illegally funded GOTV effort, the prosecution can charge the councilmember with conspiracy to commit campaign fraud. In this case the prosecution may well negotiate a plea deal with Orange conditioned on his resignation as was done with Michael A. Brown (I-At Large), Harry “Tommy” Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), and Kwame R. Brown (D-Chair). Therefore, odds are good that District voters may be casting ballots in April 2015. If Orange resigns, the State Committee of the DC Democratic Party led by Anita Bonds (D-At Large) will be called on to select an interim successor. That person will then face an open election in April 2015 in which all registered voters will be permitted to vote regardless of party affiliation. Open special elections historically have had very low turnouts. In 2011 Orange was elected to replace Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) with just 13,583 votes. In 2013 Anita Bonds triumphed in an open contest with 18,027 votes. With the base of 12,393 voters who supported him in last spring’s mayoral contest, and good name recognition, Wells has a significant head start. u Midcity DC | June 2014 u 37
+ The Numbers
Unlocking Opportunities Services That Help Poor Children Succeed in the Classroom
by Soumya Bhat and Jenny Reed
t is hard to imagine a city that has pursued school reform more assertively than the District of Columbia. There have been major efforts to improve teaching through better pay, incentives, and stricter performance accountability. There have been huge investments to modernize school facilities and increase access to pre-school. And DC now has an impressive level of school choice and innovation through one of the largest charter school sectors in the nation. These investments have made a difference, but the city has a long way to go, with most lowincome students still scoring below proficiency on standardized tests and many schools struggling to improve. That may reflect the problems that poor children bring with them to school, rather than problems in the schools themselves. The next step in education reform may not be about what happens in the classroom but instead about dealing with the stresses of poverty that make it hard for students to succeed. In DC, over one in four children lives in poverty, defined as less than $18,500 per year for a family of three. In some neighborhoods in Wards 7 and 8, the child poverty rate is greater than 50 percent. Low-income students are more likely than other children to have physical or mental health problems. They are more likely to live in violent neighborhoods or in families marked by instability that comes from poor quality housing and low-wage jobs. Poor parents who themselves struggled in school or who work at nights are less able than other parents to be active in their 38 u midcitydcnews.com
child’s education. School provides a natural setting for the provision of services that can alleviate the effects of poverty on students. In school, children with mental health problems can be identified. Schools can take steps to make sure homeless children get the help they need. And schools can help parents reinforce teaching at home.
Helping Students Cope with “Toxic Stress”
Low-income children are often exposed to frequent trauma and stress, which has been shown to affect their ability to concentrate, plan, organize, recall information, and analyze. Children experiencing toxic levels of stress perform worse on academic tests than their unstressed counterparts. In DC there are 5,000 children with unmet mental health needs, according to the Children’s Law Center, which means more needs to be done. DC’s School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) program places professionals in traditional public and public charter schools, who offer one-on-one counseling, screening, and classroom-based prevention activities. But due to lack of funding , the program is located in just 72 schools — roughly a third of all schools — with services primarily located in Ward 6, 7, and 8. Improving access to mental health services is not only important to helping children succeed in school. It also can help children avoid entering the criminal justice system. Nationally, the vast majority of children in the juvenile justice system have at least one mental illness.
More than a Backpack
Poor Children Bring Many Problems with Them to School
overty affects children negatively in a number of ways that make it harder to succeed in school.
Physical health problems. Low-income children are more likely to suffer from asthma, lead poisoning, low birth weight, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. They are more likely to face obstacles to learning and have poor school attendance. Mental health problems. Low-income children are more often exposed to trauma and stress, which limits the ability to concentrate, plan, organize, recall information, and analyze. More than 5,000 District children who need mental health services are not receiving them. Neighborhood instability. Many DC parents report that their children are not safe in their neighborhood or school. Low-income children are more likely to experience violent crime and say they are afraid to go out. Low-income children often live in neighborhoods with poor air and water quality, or in housing that exposes them to lead, asbestos, mold, roaches and rodents. Family instability. Low-income students and their families move around much more than other children, including frequent moves from school to school. Homelessness in particular leads to child anxiety, depression and withdrawal that can result in poor educational outcomes. In some DC schools, as many as one-fourth of the students are homeless. Low levels of literacy. Children in low-income families on average are read to less, exposed to more television, and have less access to reading materials than other children.
Maintaining Educational Stability for Homeless Students
When families move frequently from home to home, or become homeless, that disrupts a child’s educational continuity. Homelessness in particular leads to child anxiety, depression and withdrawal that can result in poor educational outcomes. Over 4,000 students in DC Public Schools are homeless, a number that has grown 37 percent in two years (See Figure 1.) In some schools, as many as one-fourth of the students are homeless, and the student homelessness rate is over 10 percent in one of eight schools. This means that meeting the special needs of homeless students is an important part of improving school outcomes in the District. The federal McKinney-Vento program is the main way DC and states provide services to homeless students. It sets important goals, such as providing transportation so that students can remain at their school of origin, helping students enroll in school quickly, identifying homeless youth, and providing financial assistance for things like field trips and graduation fees. But the District gets just $34 per homeless student from this program, making it unlikely the District can support all of these goals in a meaningful way. Given the complexities of barriers facing homeless students, it is important that the District assess the adequacy of these services and expand them if needed. This includes additional support for homeless liaisons in schools so that they are better able to meet the needs of a rising homeless youth population.
Engaging Parents in Their Child’s Education
Students do better in school when their families are engaged, including improved literacy and math skills in elementary school, reduced truancy, and fewer behavioral problems. Also, a parent who is engaged in their child’s education can reinforce what is learned in the classroom. For a variety of reasons, however, low-income parents are less likely to have a healthy connection to their
child’s school than parents who are not poor. This is partly because lowincome parents often work multiple jobs and have less free time and resources available to regularly participate in school activities. A number of school systems have developed parent engagement strategies to reach out to parents. One local foundation, Flamboyan, is working with DCPS to support programs in 15 schools (21 next year) where school staff visit families at their homes. This allows teachers to communicate with parents about what their children are working on during the school day, and to offer guided activities to be done at home with their child. For example, if a first grader is meeting most academic goals but is not on track for the number of words per minute they can read, a home visit can alert parents to this situation and help them develop learning goals to address it. DCPS also has started working with teachers in other schools to build family engagement skills and encourage teachers to make home visits. In the 2013-2014 school year, over 52 teachers from 28 schools participated in the FEC and have completed over 520 family home visits to date. The District’s approach to boosting student achievement needs to go beyond improving the quality of classroom instruction to also address the challenges that poor children bring with them to school. Addressing the stresses that are common in poor neighborhoods is critical to improving outcomes of DC’s lowestperforming schools, most of which have very high poverty rates. Noninstructional supports like mental health services can help ensure that all students benefit from the classroom improvements being made in publicly funded DC schools. Reed is the policy director and Bhat is the education policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi. org). DCFPI conducts research on tax and budget issues that aﬀect low- and moderate-income DC residents. u
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NoMa Summer Screen
NoMa Summer Screen movies are shown on Wednesdays through Aug 20. Movies start at dark and are screened with subtitles. Here’s the 2014 lineup: June 4, Silver Linings Playbook; June 11, Midnight in Paris; June 18, Up; June 25, When Harry Met Sally; July 2, Clueless; July 9, The Muppets; July 16, The Perks of Being a Wallflower; July 23, The Dark Knight; July 30, Pitch Perfect; Aug 6, Top Gun; Aug 13, The Sandlot; Aug 20, rain date movie. Movies shown at the field at 2nd and L Sts. NE. Coolers, children and friendly (leashed) dogs are welcome. nomasummerscreen.org NoMa Summer Screen is a free 13-week outdoor ﬁlm series in NoMa. This year’s theme is “Unlikely Friendships”, complete with coming of age tales, 80’s comedies, and more. Photo: Sam Kittner Photography 40 u midcitydcnews.com
Ribbon Cuttings at Seven New Shaw Businesses in Less Than Two Hours
On June 2, Shaw Main Streets hosted Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other invited guests as ribbons were cut celebrating the opening of seven new busi-
nesses, including new African, Italian, and seafood restaurants, a muffin shop, a salon, and a Starbucks. Participating venues offered samples of food and beverage offerings or other refreshments. At 10:30 a.m., the ribbon cutting marathon started at the Cambria Suites at 899 O St. NW, a 180-room all suites hotel that is part of the City Market at O development (cambriadc.com). Included in the hotel is Urban Kitchen, a small plates restaurant on the second floor. The second stop on the RibbonCutting Marathon was next door at 815 O St. NW, where Starbucks has opened their newest Washington, DC location (starbucks.com). Then on to 1817 7th St. NW, where Uprising Muffin Company owner Donnie Simpson, Jr. had fresh coffee and freshly-baked muffins ready (uprisingmuffins.com). Next door, Fishnet’s first DC location, 1819 7th St. NW, was ready to serve their popular fish sandwiches and tacos for lunch and dinner (fishnet.com). A few long strides up the block is Wanda’s on 7th, 1851 7th St. NW, an all-new salon and spa from the only business owner returning to Progression Place from before the redevelopment of the site, with neighborhood favorite Wanda Henderson at the helm (wandason7th.com). Then there was a dash to 1924 9th St. NW, Lower Level, where owner Prince Makey’s Appioo African Bar and Grill serves West African cuisine at lunch and dinner time (appioorestaurant. com). The finish line was at Dino’s Grotto, 1914 9th St. NW. (dinoinshaw.com), where the team from Dino in Cleveland Park, led by chef/ owner Dean Gold, has brought Italian favorites from their former location and paired them with new, small Midcity DC | June 2014 u 41
Mount Vernon Triangle farm stand include Boston Properties, K at City Vista, Lyric 440K Apartments, the MVT CID and Paradigm Development Co.
Energy-Saving Tips for Air Conditioning (rebates coming)
New West End Library to Anchor Mixed-use Project
The future library will feature welcoming spaces for children, teens and adults. It will have a large meeting room, two conference rooms and several quiet study rooms. The development also includes a cafe and underground parking.
The West End Neighborhood Library, at 1101 24th St. NW, will close permanently on Sunday, June 8 at 5 p.m. A new library will be built and be part of a mixed use project being built by EastBanc real estate development company. The design, by architect Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos, features a 21,000 square foot library on two levels, with eight stories of residential housing above. During construction, interim library services will be provided at 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. The interim library will open on Monday, June 23. The 4,000 square foot space will feature separate spaces for children, teens and adults, 20 computers and a meeting room for 40 people. plate selections and two bars.
Logan Hardware’s New 14th Street Location
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be added while maintaining and preserving the existing masonry façade. Logan Hardware will occupy all 12,500 SF of the project upon completion, a significant increase from its current 6,500 SF space at 1416 P Street, NW.
FRESHFARM Market Coming to Mt. Vernon Square
Mount Vernon Triangle area residents
will now be able to enjoy the fresh tastes of the season at a FRESHFARM Market farm stand located at 5th & K Sts. NW on Saturday mornings throughout the summer. The festive, openair new farm stand will open on June 7th on the sidewalk plaza in front of City Vista. It will be open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and will continue each Saturday morning through Oct. 25. There will be a variety of community activities throughout the summer such as chef demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, games and more. 2014 sponsors for the FRESHFARM Market
Air conditioners can wreak havoc on your energy bills in the District’s hot spring and summer months. By maintaining your equipment and purchasing a properly sized unit for your cooling needs, you can save energy and money without sacrificing comfort in your home. Bigger doesn’t mean better. When buying a new room air conditioner, choose the smallest ENERGY STAR® qualified unit appropriate for the size of the room. Visit dcseu.com for tips on how to use your room air conditioner most efficiently. If you have central air conditioning, set the fan to “auto.” This setting on your thermostat shuts the fan off at the same time as the compressor. Don’t use the system’s central fan to provide air circulation—use circulating fans in individual rooms. Frequently change your air filter. Check it every month, and change it whenever it looks dirty. At a minimum, change the filter every three months. Get a yearly tune-up. Install a programmable thermostat. With preprogrammed settings that allow your system to rest while you’re out of the house, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 per year in energy costs. If your central air conditioner is malfunctioning or if the unit is over 10 years old, consider upgrading to an ENERGY STAR qualified model. Rebates for central air conditioners, programmable thermostats, and dehumidifiers are coming soon. Sign up at dcseu.com to be notified when rebates are available. The DCSEU is now offering up to
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Trading Card Meetup at MLK Library
Can’t get enough of Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering? On Saturdays, June 14, 21, 28 and July 5, starting at noon, prepare to exhibit your trading card prowess at this day-long event in the Great Hall. Enjoy swapability at the expense of your opponents and win weekly bragging rights. Players will meet until 5 p.m. in the lounge area in front of the Digital Commons. Games are open to adults and teens and tournaments will be held twice a year. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk
Adams Morgan Yoga in the Park
Taking yoga out of the studio and into Walter Pierce Park isn’t much of a stretch according to organizers of “Yoga in the Park,” happening in Adams Morgan Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. through June. Wannabe yogis sign up through the three participating Adams Morgan yoga studios and gyms: Embrace Yoga, email@example.com; CenterPointe, May@ studiocenterpointe.com; and Mint, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DDOT Releases Draft moveDC Plan for Public Comment
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cies, programs and capital investments to enhance the District’s transportation network, and includes detailed “elements” or “master plans” for each mode of travel in the District. DDOT is welcoming public comments on the draft plan through July 6, 2014. In addition to electronic versions of the draft plan that are available on the project website at wemovedc.org, copies of the draft moveDC Plan are available at DDOT’s offices at 55 M St. SE and the DDOT Public Space Permit Center at 1100 4th St. SW. The project website has a brief survey for gathering feedback, or comments can be sent via email to Project Manager Colleen Hawkinson at email@example.com or mailed to DDOT at 55 M Street SE, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20003. In addition, the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a roundtable on the draft moveDC Plan at 11 a.m. on June 27, at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. A final plan will be completed by July 31, 2014.
Second Street NW Closed between E and G Streets
The District Department of Transportation has announced the full closure of 2nd Street NW, between E and G Streets. The related work—which involves upgrading and installing new underground utilities along 2nd Street NW—is expected to last for approximately 16 months, weather permitting. In preparation for the utility relocation and roadway reconstruction, contractors will install temporary pedestrian walkways, ramps and safety barricades to create a safe pedestrian path before work begins. Traffic control signs will be placed to guide travelers along the corridor and direct traffic to alternative routes. As the work progresses, residents and businesses will be notified of any changes or updates to the project activities and schedule.
Nighttime Lane Closures on H Street, Massachusetts Ave. between 2nd St. and 4th St. NW
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nightly basis, from 10 p.m.-5 a.m., Sunday through Friday for approximately 14 months, weather permitting. For more information, visit 3rdsttunnel. com. For additional details, contact DDOT Project Manager Ali Shakeri at 202-671-4612 or the project’s public outreach office at 202-719-0196.
ceeds benefit FRESHFARM Markets’ Matching Dollars Program. For more information, contact Amanda Phillips Manheim, Director of Fundraising & Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-362-8889, ext 5.
Health Literacy at MLK Library
Join DC Public Library librarians on the third Wednesday of each month ( June 18) at a neighborhood bar for a modern-day book club. Books & Bars is a book club that promises great food, drinks, a comfortable atmosphere, and great discussion on today’s most intriguing books. June 18, Books & Bars will be discussing Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley at Bistro D’oc, located at 518 10th St. NW across from the Ford’s Theater. Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for socializing; book discussion will begin at 7 p.m. To ensure seating for all, let them know to expect you. For further information and to RSVP, contact Kari Mitchell at email@example.com.
On Tuesday, June 10 and 24, 1 p.m., learn to find and assess quality online health information. This class will be 2.5 hours. Seats will be filled on a firstcome, space-available basis. You will learn to: Navigate medical websites. Evaluate medical websites for updates and active links. Research personal health issues. Make informed health decisions based on information retrieved from credible health websites. You must have the ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Web I Basics. Bring your own flash drive to save class documents, or send them to your email account. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk
FRESHFARM Markets Presents An Exceptional Evening with Philip Glass
Join FRESHFARM Markets for an exceptional evening with Philip Glass, a benefit concert by one of the most renowned and influential artists of the 20th century, on Thursday, July 10. The evening features a solo piano performance by Mr. Glass, a postperformance Q & A with author Sam Fromartz, and an exclusive private dinner at Proof restaurant. The dinner includes a vegetable-centric, four-course meal created by Proof Chef Haidar Karoum in honor of Philip, personal wine pairings from the cellar of Mark Kuller and a unique cocktail by Adam Bernbach of 2 Birds 1 Stone. General admission tickets for the concert performance, which begins at 6 p.m., are $150. Dinner seating is very limited and begins at 8:30 p.m. Dinner tickets include VIP seating for the performance and parking at $600 per person. The concert will be held in the modern and elegant sanctuary of First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. Proof restaurant is located at nearby 775 G St. NE. To purchase tickets, visit freshfarmmarkets.ejoinme.org/?tabid=535625. Pro-
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Sculpture Adorns First & M Intersection
A new sculpture now adorns the First and M intersection, thanks to support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the NoMa Business Improvement District, and Principal Real Estate Investors. The structure was selected through a public design competition and awarded to NADAAA, a Boston-based multidisciplinary design firm. The piece, entitled “Torqued Tensility,” activates the street, engages pedestrians and creates a strong icon and reference point for the neighborhood. The 31-foot-tall installation is comprised of four steel tubes held in compression by cables, and anchored in three locations on a raised concrete plinth. The plinth acts as seating, and also contains uplighting for the sculpture. Thin stainless steel wires are laced between the compressive tubes, bypassing each other so no two wire “surfaces” intersect. NoMa BID oversaw fabrication and installation.
Construction Completed in 2100 Block of O St. NW
The Department of Public Works has resumed street sweeping in the 2100 block of O St. NW now that construction is completed. Additionally, parking en-
forcement has resumed there to ensure the curb lane is clear of parked vehicles.
Third Round of Meetings for the North-South Corridor Planning Study
The District Department of Transportation will host the third and final round of public meetings for a planning study that examines opportunities for public transportation improvements in the north-south corridor through the District of Columbia. At the final round of public meetings, DDOT will report back on what the agency has heard from the community, present analysis for potential streetcar routes and provide an overview of the next steps in the process. These routes have been evaluated using criteria such as ridership potential and traffic. The meetings will be open-house style and will include two opportunities for participants to hear an overview presentation. The same information will be presented at all three public meetings. Meetings are Monday, June 9, at Banneker Recreation Center Community Room, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW; Tuesday, June 10, at the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs, 2nd Floor Community Room, 1100 4th St. SW; and Thursday, June 12, at the Emery Recreation Center 2nd Floor Community Room, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. All meetings are from 3:30-8:30 p.m. with a presentation at 4-7 p.m. The study area is focused on a 9-mile, northsouth corridor that connects the Takoma/Silver Spring area to the Buzzard Point/Southwest Waterfront area. The study area extends from approximately 16th St. NW to 5th St. NW, across the National Mall and into Southwest. For more information about this study, visit North-South Corridor Planning Study or contact Jamie Henson at 202-671-1324 or Jamie. Henson@dc.gov. To join the project distribution list, visit dcstreetcar.com/connect.
Juneteenth 2014 Celebration at MLK Library
Celebrate Juneteenth at a special evening ReadIn. Members of the Aspiring Writers Circle and library staff will present original works
and letters from slaves that evoke the strength, courage, and freedom that Juneteenth represents. This multimedia event will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Room A-5, located on the lower level. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. dclibrary.org/mlk
Celebrate 25 Years of DCTV at their Community Day Festival
DCTV’s Community Day Festival on June 21, noon-3 p.m., will feature live music and comedy performances, delicious eats from local food trucks, games, and family entertainment to celebrate DCTV’s 25th anniversary. DCTV’s historic Brooks Mansion campus at 901 Newton St. NE will transform into festival grounds to host vendors, face painters, a larger-than-life moon bounce, DJs and performances by The Chuck Brown Band, gospel dynamo Mike McCoy & Voices United, Comedian Timmy Hall and afrobeat band Chopteeth among other local rock, jazz and hip-hop bands. For more information and a complete list of performances, visit dctv.org/ communityday or call 202-526-7007.
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District Flea Bites the Dust
Just when I was planning another visit, the almostfamous District Flea closed down, months before their expected November end! According to a letter from organizers the Brooklyn-based flea market wasn’t doing well in DC, at least not since April 5, the debut of the 2014 season. On that sunny but very windy Saturday lots of folks came out and many vendors say they did quite well selling their wares. But then attendance dropped off. Flea market organizers were very selective about whom they took in the first place, hoping to get the vintage furniture and clothing vendors and jewelry and art sellers that they thought would attract the big crowds – much the formula that they’ve used for years in Brooklyn and other cities like Philadelphia that the market had expanded to. But it seems that things went south this year, unlike in 2013 when the Flea first opened in DC and seemed to do well throughout the summer, even extending its stay on the vacant lot at 9th and V streets NW well into the fall. This location will soon see the construction of the Atlantic Plumbing complex, but for right now it’s vacant. While the food vendors did well for the six or so weeks that District Flea ran this spring, furniture vendors turned their backs on the market, and, since they along with clothing vendors were the bulk of the sellers, District Flea ultimately couldn’t sustain itself. While the organizers in their letter say that the flea market could possibly return, they didn’t convey much optimism of that in their communication. Union Market, the Northeast foodie outfit, has expressed interest in using the vacant space at least once a month for food vending. The very abrupt closing of the District Flea does leave a void in DC’s flea market choices. There is still Eastern Market on Capitol Hill and Georgetown Flea on Sundays and a few others in in the nearby suburbs, but none really have the cool factor that District Flea had. With all the talk about this city becoming a hipster haven and a destination of creative types looking for high-end options, the city’s flea markets and vintage stores that endeavor to bring something different and affordable at the same time ought to be overrun with customers every weekend. Why should it be only the New Yorkers and others 46 u midcitydcnews.com
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who visit the city who whisk stylish and hard-to-find items away, and at prices people who live in these cities, where the stuff costs so much more, can see and “find” a bargain instantly?
The Corner of 14th and P NW Is Getting Sweeter
Dolcezza, the Argentinean-style ice cream shop that first opened in Georgetown years ago, has taken the street-level space of the beautiful 19th-century building at the southwest corner of 14th and P that used to house the Mid-City Fish Market and Deli. Owners are bringing their sweet and popular gelato to a street that already has Pitango, which is more the Italian-style ice cream, at the end of the block near 15th.
Love and Faith Café is about to open at Capitol View on 14th.
It is great to see the stunning Victorian building live again, especially after a fire about three years ago that raged at the top of the building. Incidentally the upstairs is being renovated as well, possibly for residences. We reported in this column a few short years ago that Taylor Gourmet was likely to take over the space for a sit-down concept more geared toward a fancier space like this gem, built as a pharmacy. Obviously that won’t now happen, and Dolcezza’s team of owners say they want to keep much of the integrity of the 1870s building, even incorporating some of the original details of the pharmacy into the redesign. Look for Dolcezza to open in early(ish) June.
A Little Bit of Italy for U
Mama mia, the Italians are almost here! Alphonse Italian restaurant is banging out a new space in the
1300 block of U Street next to Ulah Bistro. The new Italian eatery plans to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also have a retail component, selling Italian goodies of course. One thing that already makes the new restaurant stand out, no pun intended, is its protruding vertical sign of the old-fashioned kind that used to hang off buildings in the early-to-mid 20th century. It even lights up at night. So many things about the concept and the exterior look of the building remind me of my youth in New York City. And the fact that it is also a market gives it even more of a Little Italy feel. Benvenuti nel quartiere, Alphonse!
The Smell of Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and Tarts
Say what you will, health nuts, but we all know a baked good can be a thing of beauty, and a bakery a place of temptation. While we can’t say how good they’ll be at this point, two new businesses are about to rise up, one in Columbia Heights, the other in AdamsMorgan, to peddle pies, cakes, and cookies fresh from the oven. Love and Faith community bakery is almost ready to open in the Capitol View on 14th. It will be the first coffee-bake shop in that stretch of 14th Street between U and Columbia Road to open since the great transformation began. It isn’t a big space, nestled between Elevate gym and Crème restaurant, neither of which are close to opening yet. As far as is known, Love and Faith will serve coffee drinks and offer counter as well as table seating. What will make it work of course is the tastiness of the cakes. Over on 17th Street just a bit shy of U is Three Fifty, a bake shop that’s not quite “done” yet either. Three Fifty is housed in a step-down commercial space underneath some apartments. From the looks of it you’d think the bakery was already opened, with all the fake cakes in the front window. But, according to what I hear, the bakery owners are still awaiting some licensing to come through before they can open. It isn’t clear to me what the name Three Fifty refers to, but I guess that will all become clear once the cat is out of the bag ... or the cannoli is out of the oven. u
Shaw Streets by Pleasant Mann
Developers and Mayor Gray cut the ribbon to open Hodge on 7th Senior Apartments. Photo: Pleasant Mann
building, came to the podium to express how happy she was to be living there. Finally Buwa Binitie expressed his appreciation to Michael Kelly and the District’s Department of Housing and Community Development for assisting his effort to finance the construction. After the ceremony concluded with a ribbon cutting, guests and neighborhood residents went upstairs to see the community center, exercise room, and individual apartments at Hodge on 7th. The one-bedroom apartments range from 536 to 658 square feet in size. There
Hodge on 7th Opens
Hodge on 7th, part of the City Market at O complex devoted to affordable senior housing, formally opened on May 13. Armond Spikell, a founding partner of building developer Roadside Development, outlined how the building came about for the crowd attending the opening ceremony. In starting to develop City Market at O, Roadside found that most of the residents in the Shaw neighborhood had the question “What will happen to me?” if the project brings in more affluent residents and upscale retail. The developers wanted to reassure the community that they were interested in maintaining affordable housing in Shaw, but they did not know the best way of doing this. After consulting with Emmaus Services for the Aging, they decided to build housing that would require a housing voucher, allowing seniors who might be displaced to use the housing voucher they received to stay in Shaw. Declaring the resulting building to be the “prettiest of the City Market buildings,” Spikell also noted that Buwa Binitie, principal of Dantes Partners, who helped pull together the financing of the building, was the one to suggest that the design for Hodge on 7th be modified to increase the number of units from 80 to 90, in order to improve its fiscal viability. Mayor Vincent Gray welcomed the completion of the building as evidence that “we are not going to be accused of running people out of the District of Columbia.” He went on to say that “we won’t be complete people if we do not make the District affordable” through similar projects in the future. Then Lucy Marino, the first resident to move into the
Immaculate Conception Church celebrates its 150th anniversary. Photo: Pleasant Mann
have been 500 applications received for the building, with about 50 percent of the units already leased.
Immaculate Conception Church Celebrates 150 Years
Immaculate Conception Church (1315 8th St. NW) celebrated its 150th anniversary with a block party on May 17. Organized by pastor Monsignor James D. Watkins, the festivities included grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, cotton candy, face painting, clowns, prize drawings, and tours of the church. Immaculate Conception started in 1864 as a “mission” church that was an extension of St. Patrick’s Cathedral downtown, needed to serve Catholics at the then northern edge of the growing
city. The church soon built an adjacent boys school (now the Center City Public Charter School – Shaw Campus) and a Catholic girls school in the neighborhood at 8th and Q streets (now the Ujamma School). In the 20th century Immaculate Conception became known for holding a “Printer’s Mass” at 2:00 a.m. for newspaper printers working on the big Sunday editions downtown. It also had its own radio program in the 1930s. Immaculate Conception provides a link between Shaw and legendary actress Helen Hayes, who was baptized in the church.
Two Closings in Shaw
Mandalay DC restaurant (1501 9th St. NW) closed suddenly on May 15. Aung Myint, the chef/owner of the restaurant, felt that he had to close the eightmonth-old restaurant after two deaths in his family required him to relocate to Burma to take over the management of a large family business there. Myint, who retains ownership of his building in Shaw, has signed a lease with a new restaurant that will make an opening announcement soon. The District Flea Market, which was located on a vacant lot at 9th St. and Florida Ave., announced on May 13 that it was closing immediately. A spinoff of the well-known Brooklyn Flea Market, it had just reopened in April to start a second season in the District. While food and beverage patrons were still coming to the market in good numbers, a falloff in visitors to the market’s high-end vendors, compared to that seen last year, led to the decision to close the flea market. u
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Bloomingdale Bites by Jazzy Wright
Food Markets Swing into Season
As the weather warms up for the summer, several Bloomingdale food markets are selling the fresh fruits and vegetables local customers love. First, the Arcadia Mobile Market is bringing its iconic green school bus back to the LeDroit Park-Bloomingdale area to deliver local meats, eggs, fruits, vegetables, dairy, bread, fish, and granola. The local farmers-market-on-wheels organization makes nutritious food more accessible by selling fresh foods at community centers and senior living facilities. Fresh food from the mobile market is available to low-income DC residents. Arcadia accepts federal food assistance vouchers such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). As a bonus all federal food access program dollars are doubled by a matching program run by the city and various nonprofits. The Arcadia bus parks at 3rd and Elm streets on Wednesday afternoons, now through the end of October. Down the street, the long-running Bloomingdale Farmers’ Market continues to offer an array of locally grown
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and produced food options. Now in its eighth season, the market offers food classics such as fresh greens, eggs, meats, tomatoes, cucumbers, berries, and root vegetables. In addition it offers locally sourced food products like cheeses and fermented vegetables; one producer combines the two ingredients to sell grilled cheese sandwiches with kimchi. “We’re getting more customers every year, said market director Robin Shuster. “We have a great diversity of customers of different incomes and backgrounds.” The Bloomingdale Farmers’ Market “is a wonderful community gathering space for the whole neighborhood,” declared Shuster. The customer base is also changing. “I’m seeing a lot of people with kids now and babies, a lot of family formation in the market,” she added. “It’s a nice mix of old and new customers.” Like the Arcadia mobile market, the Bloomingdale market participates in food access programs such as WIC and Food Stamps. At the moment, the market is participating in the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, which is supported by food nonprofit DC Greens and organization Wholesome Wave. As part of the program low-income families and at-risk DC residents who receive a fresh-food
prescription from their healthcare provider can purchase food at their local farmers market (as a “farmacy”). This year the program has expanded to include four health clinics and eight farmers markets, including the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace and the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market. “We have a robust food access program because we want everyone in the communities around the market to be able to buy fresh, healthy, local foods,” said Shuster. “Every fruit and vegetable farmer accepts WIC and seniors and Produce Plus; every producer participates in our SNAP food stamp program. No exceptions.” The market is becoming annually more interactive and educational. It hosts acoustic-only music sessions throughout the day, and it also brings in local chefs and producers to host informative cooking demonstrations. “The cooking demonstrations are educational. They help teach people how to cook the wonderful food that we have at the market,” said Shuster. “It’s our goal to have a program every week.” Additionally the market continues to offer a bicycle repair clinic every week, which is operated by volunteers from Bike House, a bicycle repair coop
Shoppers at the Bloomingdale Farmers’ Market.
based in the District. In the past year Bike House volunteers repaired more than 300 bicycles at the Bloomingdale market. Every weekend local bicyclists have the opportunity to visit bicycle workshops across the city to work with an experienced bike mechanic to learn how to repair their bicycle themselves. “We do love working at farmers markets when we can,” said Alex Bea, communications clerk and a board member of the Bike House. “The community is really strong, people find us who wouldn’t have otherwise, and incidentally there’s often a source of pastries nearby to fuel our work. The fact that Bloomingdale Farmers’ Market is still a key location for us is a testament to its place in the community and the strength of that market.” He added that “the Bike House really is driven by a desire to help our neighbors, strengthen biking in DC and empowering people with skills to help themselves. The fact that the visitor can learn how to do the work themselves is key, both to our operation as an all-volunteer organization and to the success of our mission.” Shuster said that it’s not too late to sign up to sell your produce or food product at the Bloomingdale community market. “We’re always looking for vendors,” she remarked. u
ANC 6E by Steve Holton
Seventh Street Makeover
District Department of Transportation (DDOT) officials were on hand at the ANC 6E meeting in early May to give an overview of the Howard Theater streetscape project. The project will resurface the pavement and will also include several streetscape enhancements on 7th Street between N Street and Florida Avenue NW. This area was originally a part of the Howard Theater rehabilitation project, but to speed construction the 7th Street portion was removed. “The project will include building-face improvements and street-light and traffic-signal upgrades,” said a DDOT official. As a part of the sidewalk replacement a new technique will be included to capture stormwater for vegetation before it goes to the sewage drain. The current sidewalks have old bricks that have risen above the surface, making it unsafe to traverse. New sidewalks will have permeable interlocking concrete pavers that look like cobblestones and will allow water to seep through and reach the adjacent tree boxes. Upgrading and complying with ADA standards and improving substandard lighting are also priorities of this project. Construction will start early this summer and could take up to a year to complete, depending on the weather. Work will be done during the week and off-peak hours to alleviate traffic concerns. The commission motioned to support the project with an additional recommendation that bicycle racks be installed on each block. The commission plans on communicating its support and recommendations to the director of DDOT.
Statue to Honor Carter C. Woodson
Officials from the Office of Planning and General Services appeared at the meeting to solicit comments on a plan to honor Carter C. Woodson, African-American historian and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The project calls for a memorial located at a triangle park at the confluence of 9th Street, Q Street, and Rhode Island Avenue NW. The statue will face the Rhode Island Avenue side, which officials referred to as the “gateway to the city,” and will be illuminated with L.E.D. lighting. Landscaping is in the plans, and officials are taking a hard look at
the irrigation aspect to ensure proper growth for vegetation. The park will also feature six benches for visitors. The commission motioned to support the plan provided that a water source is made available to maintain the greenscape.
Support for Quality Schools
Dupont Circle Commissioner Stephanie Maltz discussed ANC 2B03’s resolution supporting quality neighborhood schools. “We should have good schools in every community, and parents would like more options for their kids,” said Maltz. The resolution urges the city to provide every parent with a readily accessible school in which their child is comfortable. “We can’t have great schools in some neighborhoods and lousy schools in other communities and believe that it is fair. Kids should not have to go across town to get a quality education,” said ANC 6E01 Commissioner Alexander Padro. The board motioned to support the resolution.
Support for Food Market Street Closure
A representative of the Capital Area Food Bank was on hand to ask for support for a street closure on the 100 block of L Street NW on the first Saturday of every month, year-round. The market will be open to qualified residents from 10:00 a.m. to noon, but food bank representatives expect the market’s operational impact to extend from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participants must be DC-area residents and meet certain income eligibility requirements. Once approved, residents may drop by and shop every month, and may procure up to 30 pounds of free fresh produce. According to the food bank representative most produce will be local when it is in season. “We are in talks with local community groups to have physical and mental health screenings and literacy and health services. We would like to bring anything the community needs to this marketplace,” said the representative. The board motioned to support the street closure, contingent on there being an agreement between the Northwest One Library and the Southern Baptist Church to alleviate any parking concerns. The market will be positioned between the library and church.
No New Beer Garden
Howard Theater requested that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) grant an outdoor summer garden permit for a beer garden to be located in a parking lot behind the theater. “We support and attend theater events but there are already noise issues with the post-theater crowd after midnight,” said an area resident, who thought that “adding a beer garden to the mix may not be a good idea.” ANC 6E02 Commissioner Kevin Chapple led a motion to express concern to the ABC and oppose future alcohol license requests from Howard Theater.
Renovation Request Accepted
A renovation request for a property located at the corner of 7th and Q streets NW was approved. A third floor will be added for residential use and will have a ladder to the rooftop. The second floor will be for residential and office use and the first floor will feature a restaurant. Renovation is expected to take up to eight months to complete.
Shaw Crime Watch
There was one stabbing at 6th and O streets NW, and it is being investigated as a targeted crime between two groups and not a random stabbing. DC Police Department (DCPD) officials noted that car theft and muggings will rise with warmer weather and advised residents to be alert for suspicious activity. “Keep your smartphones out of view when walking and backpacks and purses out of view when exiting your vehicle,” said a DCPD official.
The commission passed a motion of support to have the 6E area stay Zone 2 parking. The commission supported a request for support for a parade route on June 8 by the Bible Way Church from noon to 1:30 p.m. The route will be between M Street and New Jersey Avenue NW. ANC 6E will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on June 3 at the Northwest One Library, located at 155 L St. NW. Visit www.anc6e.org to view the ANC 6E newsletter. Follow on Twitter, @ANC6E, and on Facebook by searching ANC6E. u Midcity DC | June 2014 u 49
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Saturday Morning at the National Free Performances for Children
Photo: Courtesy of Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Alexandria Archaeology’s Family Dig Days
On Saturdays, June 28, Aug. 2, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11 and 25, 1:30-3 p.m., help Alexandria city archaeologists screen excavated soil from a real dig on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. There is a non-refundable $5 fee per person. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Space is limited and reservations are required. Upon receipt of full payment slots are secured and confirmation and additional information will be emailed. Due to the popularity of this event, sessions fill quickly and participants may only sign up for one session per season. Call 703-736-4399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. alexandriava.gov/historic/archaeology 50 u midcitydcnews.com
Family Reunion Celebration at the American Art Museum
Summer is the perfect time to reconnect with family members near and far. The American Art Museum welcomes families for a full day of live performances, a photo booth, and scavenger hunts. On Saturday, June 14, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., join them for
On Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. there are free live performances for children in the Helen Hayes Gallery. Tickets are required and distributed first come-first seated. Tickets are distributed 1/2 hour prior to performance. One ticket per person in line. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 202-7833372. June 7, Happenstance Theatre-Pinot and Augustine; June 14, Single Carrot Theatre-Rumpled; June 21, Uncle Devin; June 28, the Yolo Show! Choose to Read; July 12, Arianna Ross-The Magic of the Sea; July 19, Mark Lohr-Classic Comedy; July 26, Mary Ann Jung-Pee Wee Pirates; Aug. 9, Brian Curry-It’s Magic; Aug. 9, Bright Star Theatre-The Ugly Duckling; Aug. 16, Christiana Drapkin-Bop Goes the Weasel!; Aug. 23, Synetic TheatreMiraculous Magic Balloon. Read more at thenationaldc.org.
Registration Open for Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids’ Fun Run
The Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pentagon north parking lot. Nearly 3,600 children ages 5-12 will par-
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ticipate in the one-mile just-forfun event. All participants receive a T-shirt, medal and snacks at the finish line. The Kids Run hosts six separate starting times. Register at marinemarathon.com.
D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 IMAX (G rated)
June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know
in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time. Audiences of all ages will discover from a new perspective how this landing changed the world. Exploring history, military
strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom… A duty of memory, a duty of gratitude. airandspace.si.edu
Family & Youth Casting Call Fishing Event
Spend a free day fishing in the
C&O Canal. Family & Youth Casting Call provides the instructors and all the gear you will need to catch fish! When not fishing, children can take part in activities including fish printing/art, knot tying, fly and spincasting instruction, watershed education activities, and fish hatching and local fish and animal displays. Partner agencies and organizations will have displays set up to learn about how they are helping fish and fishing across the country. This event is on Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fletcher’s Cove on the C&O Canal, 4940 Canal Rd. NW. familyandyouthcastingcall.com
Summer Sing-a-long Series at Shaw and MLK Libraries
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Kids Free Summer Fun Deal at Newseum
The Newseum offers everything from the Berlin Wall and Pulitzer Prize-winning photos to interactive games. And this summer, July 1 through Labor Day, the Newseum waives admission for visitors age 18 and younger. Up to four kids visit for free with each paid adult or senior admission, or Press Pass membership. Whether you have just a few hours or want to spend all day, you’ll find something for everyone in the Newseum’s 15 theaters and 15 galleries. Don’t miss “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” on display through Aug. 31, featuring props from the hit movies and a look at real 1970s news teams. Also see “One Nation with News for All,” a new exhibit that tells the dramatic story of how immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and shape the American experience. Remember to save your admission ticket and come back the next day for free! Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. newseum.org 52 u midcitydcnews.com
Join Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for six nights of song this summer. Whether you prefer to sing with a crowd or step up to the mic for a solo, DCPL has your favorite movie musicals ready. Sing-a-longs at Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library are June 25, You’ll be laughing at the clouds with this rainy tune; July 23, A girl worth fighting for fights as a boy for China; and Aug. 27, Hop in a canoe and find out what’s around the river bend. Sing-a-longs at MLK are June 1, This fish-out-of- water wants to be part of your world; July 9, Two 1920s murderesses whose victims had it coming; and Aug. 13, A princess with an icy touch has to learn to let it go. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for movie trivia and most spirited performance. Shows are free and open to all ages. They’ll bring the popcorn. Call 202-727-0971 for film titles or more information.
DC Ed Fund Launches ArtsNowDC
The DC Public Education Fund (DC Ed Fund) launched ArtsNowDC—a yearround fund for arts programming in DC Public Schools—at Art Night 2014, a gala art auction at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. The DC Ed Fund intends to raise a minimum of $100,000 to support arts programming at schools, focusing first on the lowest 40 performing schools. Chancellor Henderson has asked that the initial funds from ArtsNowDC be invested in art supplies and programs. $2,500 per school will fully equip a visual arts program with supplies to use throughout the year including paint and brushes, printers and ink, pencils and markers, paper, and clay, supplying students with the resources to expand and grow their art potential. The same amount per school will support music program needs, such as equipment repairs, or materials and transportation to performances.
Free Camp for Bereaved Girls (ages 9-14)
Circle of EKC, a program of Circle Camps for Grieving Children, is offering a free week of overnight camp to young girls ages 9-14 who have experienced the death of parent, Aug. 17-22, 2014 at the Emma Kaufmann Camp in Morgantown, West Virginia. In the past 12 years, over 350 grieving young girls have attended a Circle Camp. While fun filled summer camp activities are an important part of Circle, their program is unique in its integration of grief activities throughout the campers’ week. Campers are accepted into the program on a need-blind basis. Circle of EKC is free for campers including transportation to and from camp from a central meeting place in the DC Metropolitan Area. For applications, contact Robin Berman, Camper Director at 703-655-8324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Film Night at Sursum Corda
Now in its fourth year, the NoMa BID presents Family Film Night at Sursum Corda, where families and children gather
for free family-centric movies (also fitting the ‘Unlikely Friendships’ theme) and free food. Family Film Night will take place on four Tuesdays this summer: June 24: WALL-E (G); A small waste collecting robot embarks on a momentous adventure. July 8: Frozen (PG); Elsa tries and fails to hide her icy powers from her kingdom. July 22: The Lego Movie (PG); An ordinary Lego construction worker becomes much more when he joins a quest to prevent the Lego universe from becoming glued. Aug. 5: Despicable Me 2 (PG); Gru is recruited by a anti-villain league to help with a powerful new criminal. The movies will be held in Sursum Corda in the plaza at L and 1st Sts. NW. The event starts at 7 p.m. with kid-centric activities and free food. Films start at sunset. nomabid.org
Free Family-Friendly Films at the National Gallery Highlight Degas/Cassatt
The summer season of the popular Film Program for Children and Teens celebrates the exhibition Degas/Cassatt from June through August. A free family guide, designed to help families explore the exhibition together, will be available at each screening. Film programs are shown in the West Building Lecture Hall. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups are welcome. For up-to-date information on the current month’s films, call 202-789-3030. “Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt” (for ages 4 and up) is on Saturdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 9 and 16 at 11 a.m.; Sundays, June 8, 15, 22, 29 at 1 p.m. and Aug. 10 and 17 at noon; Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30, noon. Two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt are based on Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of these two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. (Mary Cassatt, Mike Venezia, US, 2008, 24 minutes; Edgar Degas, Mike Venezia, 24 minutes) “Degas and the Dancer” (for ages 8 and up) is on Sundays, June 8 and 22 at noon; Saturdays, June 14 and 28 at noon;
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and Wednesdays, July 16 and 30 at 1 p.m. Edgar Degas is in a time of crisis following the death of his father. Saddled with debt, struggling to survive, he derives unexpected inspiration from Marie, a young aspiring ballerina who convinces Degas to persevere in the face of relentless criticism from the Parisian art establishment. At the same time, Degas helps Marie tap into the incredible talent she doesn’t believe she has. They find in each other what they most need to move forward and follow their dreams. (Richard Mozer, Devine Entertainment, Canada, 1999, 50 minutes) “Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist” (for ages 8 and up) is on Saturdays, June 7 and 21 at noon; Sundays, June 15 and 29 at noon; Wednesdays, July 9 and 23 at 1 p.m. This story finds American artist Mary Cassatt—intelligent, charming, and fiercely independent—living an ordered life in Paris until her brother arrives with his three unruly children. At first dreading the presence of the children, she soon finds herself inspired by them and even uses them as models. Her teenage niece Katherine, who believes that marriage is essential to positioning oneself in society, plays matchmaker between Cassatt and Edgar Degas. (Richard Mozer, Devine Entertainment, Canada, 1999, 56 minutes)
DC Black Theater Festival Kids’ Performances
“My Little World”, Friday - June 27, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Saturday, June 28, 11 a.m. My Little World: A Day In PreSchool “LIVE” is a vibrant theatre production, full of cultural music that promotes 60-minutes of healthy physical activity, while engaging children in interactive lessons that teach movement techniques and healthy living principles. “Young Wild and Out of Control”, Satur54 u midcitydcnews.com
day, June 28, 5 p.m. Young, Wild, & Out of Control is the urban teen stage play about a group of teen’s transformation from a life of recklessness, with nothing they won’t do and nothing they won’t try, to a destined life of purpose. “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”, Sunday, June 29, 1 p.m. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale is a children’s stage play that teaches lessons about character, positive values and principles and compassion, based in the southeast African country of Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River, and Mt. Nyangani are the backdrops for this tale of recognizing beauty on the inside as well as the outside. “Seven Spools of Tread”, Sunday, June 29, 4 p.m. The Seven Spools of Thread is an African folktale about the origin of the kente cloth. It weaves together the seven principles of Kwanzaa using the fate of seven brothers and their looming inheritance. These performances are at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. “Why Can’t We Be Friends”, Saturday, June 21, 2 p.m. This play examines the mental and emotional affects that bullying has on children. Ricky, who is a nice, loving, and very friendly kid, is tormented and bullied for being different and for not becoming a part of the “cool kid” group. This performance is at the Sitar Arts Center. 1700 Kalorama Rd. NW. Tickets for all plays are $15 (plus $2.97 service fee) for all children’s performances. Order them at dcblacktheatrefestival.com.
siderations, they will give out free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the class. Because this is an exercise class, a signed waiver is required for each participant, and parents should sign one for their child. Contact children’s librarian Theresa Wang or call 202727-0971 for more information. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. dclibrary.org/watha
Parent-Child Yoga at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
The 2014 Great American Backyard Campout will take place on Saturday, June 28. The National Wildlife Federation has set a goal of getting more than 200,000 people across the country to camp out. And, just in time for the 10th anniversary of the Great Ameri-
On Saturday, June 14, 3 p.m., join them for a parent-child yoga class with instructor Sarah Alim for children ages 2-9 and their caregivers. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel. Due to space con-
Baseball Cap Giveaway
On Sunday, June 22, 1:35 p.m. at the Nat’s vs. Atlanta Braves, the first 20,000 fans will receive baseball caps. Kids can also run the bases after this game. Kids Run the Bases begins immediately following the game, weather permitting. An adult must accompany runners to the field. One adult per child on the field. Starting at first base, kids will be directed to run around the bases as the adults continue along the warning track and meet the runners near home plate. Once the game has ended, it takes the grounds crew approximately 20 minutes to prepare the field. Kids and parents/ guardians can begin lining up at the end of the 7th inning, however fans that would like to stay and watch the entire game will still be able to line up once the game has ended. Participants must exit the ballpark through the Right Field Gate. The line forms outside of the park on the sidewalk along First St. washington.nationals.mlb.com
2014 Great American Backyard Campout
can Backyard Campout, National Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors and other friends have offered to donate $2 in support of NWF’s wildlife conservation work for every person that participates in this year’s Campout--up to $400,000. All proceeds benefit the National Wildlife Federation. Read more at nwf.org/Great-AmericanBackyard-Campout where you can also download campfire stories and songs.
Turnaround Art Program Expanded
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities will expand its successful Turnaround Arts initiative, a program designed to help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap, and increase student engagement through the arts. The newly expanded program is funded through a public-private partnership, providing over $5 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ford Foundation and other private foundations and companies to bring arts education into low-performing schools. Local program partners will provide an additional $12 million and the money will be used to hire new arts and music teachers, bring teaching artists, art supplies and music instruments into schools and support arts integration into other core subjects such as reading, math and science. Additionally, the President’s Committee announced a number of new “Turnaround Artists,” who will work to support individual schools’ arts education curriculum: Chad Smith, Clarence Greenwood (aka Citizen Cope), Doc Shaw, Elizabeth Banks, Elton John, Frank Gehry, Jason Mraz, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Groban, Marc Anthony,
Rashida Jones, Russell Simmons, the Silk Road Ensemble, Tim Robbins and Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty). These artists join PCAH members who are currently working with the program, including Alfre Woodard, Chuck Close, Damian Woetzel, Forest Whitaker, John Lloyd Young, Kal Penn, Kerry James Marshall, Kerry Washington, Sarah Jessica Parker and Yo-Yo Ma. All schools participating in Turnaround Arts will receive training and resources to address their individual needs. Resources will include a summer leadership program, in-school professional development, partnerships with community arts education and cultural organizations, art supplies and musical instruments. Participating artists will “adopt” Turnaround Arts schools for the length of the program, working with students, schools and communities to highlight their success. Read more at turnaroundarts.pcah.gov.
Backyard Theater for Children: Recess Monkey at Strathmore
On Thursday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Strathmore welcomes back Recess Monkey, a trio of Seattle teacher-musicians whose music has been praised by People, Time and NPR for their pitch-perfect understanding of what gets kids up and moving. Get ready to dance, shout and develop a devotion to “kindie rock.” Tickets are $8. The Backyard Theater stage is outdoors under a tent. Please bring blankets or low beach chairs and no pets, please. You are welcome to bring a bag lunch and grab a patch of grass after the applause. Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD. strathmore.org
Smithsonian Sleepovers at the Natural History Museum
On Saturdays, June 21 and 28; July 12; and Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22; go on an interactive exploration of the museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums! For ages 8-12. $135 per person for non-Smithsonian members. This is a telephone registration only event because the program requires them to collect extra information about the participants. Call to register at 202-633-3030, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. These sleepovers sell out quickly. smithsonianassociates.org
Born Free Africa
In 2012, 260,000 children were infected with HIV passed on by their mothers at birth. Without treatment, half of them will die before their second birthday. With your help, mother-to-child transmission can be eliminated forever. Born Free Africa’s global deadline for elimination is Dec. 15, 2015. Born Free invests people, time, and business acumen to significantly accelerate the pace towards a generation born HIV-free in the African countries most affected by this issue. Born Free invests in local African talent who work behind the scenes to drive change within their own governments toward elimination. Born Free also produces analyses on key policy issues using a business lens and is harnessing the voice, creativity, and reach of the fashion industry to inspire urgency as the deadline for a generation born HIV-free approaches. Read more at bornfreeafrica.org. u
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4th Annual HCVP Basketball Tournament And Life Skills Workshops
Dunbar High School 101 N St. NW Washington, DC 20001 With Celebrity Guests, Prizes and Awards, and Entertainment Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Trophy Presentation@ 4:00 p.m. Online Registration: DCHAHCVPBasketball.leaguetoolbox.com Phone Registration: Cherise Bennett, 202-435-3314, email@example.com Midcity DC | June 2014 u 55
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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 Close Price FEE SIMPLE
ADAMS MORGAN 2305 ONTARIO RD NW
BLOOMINGDALE 120 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW
BROOKLAND 3061 CHANCELLOR’S WAY NE 3057 CHANCELLOR’S WAY NE 31 GIRARD ST NE 1018 KEARNY ST NE 4317 12TH ST NE 3509 17TH ST NE 1607 OTIS ST NE 19 MICHIGAN AVE NE 4537 SOUTH DAKOTA AVE NE 619 AVA CIR NE 2335 3RD ST NE 2704 10TH ST NE 3905 17TH PL NE 720 DECATUR PL NE 629 EMERSON ST NE
$790,000 $744,500 $717,500 $710,000 $682,500 $675,000 $586,000 $547,500 $510,000 $500,000 $417,500 $412,000 $372,500 $330,000 $243,000
CLEVELAND PARK 3715 IDAHO AVE NW 3001 34TH ST NW 2923 34TH ST NW 3418 34TH ST NW 3422 GARFIELD ST NW
$2,525,000 $1,575,000 $1,071,000 $857,500 $1,720,000
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1355 OAK ST NW 3001 13TH ST NW 1331 SPRING RD NW 1307 TAYLOR ST NW 3467 HOLMEAD PL NW 1111 FAIRMONT ST NW 1452 OGDEN ST NW 3805 KANSAS AVE NW 4127 ARKANSAS AVE NW 924 SPRING RD NW 725 ROCK CREEK CHURCH RD NW 3672 PARK PL NW 534 NEWTON PL NW 732 GIRARD ST NW 2520 12TH ST NW 502 PARK RD NW 1022 FAIRMONT ST NW 1304 SHEPHERD ST NW 526 LAMONT ST NW
$1,225,000 $1,150,000 $887,500 $780,000 $765,000 $730,000 $716,600 $689,000 $685,000 $642,000 $630,000 $605,000 $530,000 $461,000 $451,000 $435,000 $426,000 $425,000 $400,000 $770,000
ECKINGTON 35 RANDOLPH PL NW 163 RHODE ISLAND AVE NE 133 U ST NE
$902,000 $705,000 $600,000
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KALORAMA 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 2 6 6 4 4 6 6 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 3 2 3 2
DUPONT 1719 SEATON ST NW
35 U ST NE 1928 1ST ST NE
3 5 4 4
2446 BELMONT RD NW 2122 BANCROFT PL NW 2206 DECATUR PL NW
$5,295,000 $3,100,000 $2,049,000
LOGAN CIRCLE 1517 VERMONT AVE NW 1534 15TH ST NW 1420-1422 12TH ST NW
$1,910,000 $1,231,000 $1,100,000
MOUNT PLEASANT 2721 ONTARIO RD NW 1725 HOBART ST NW 1834 LAMONT ST NW 1837 KILBOURNE PL NW 2331 17TH ST NW
$1,240,000 $1,161,000 $1,150,000 $715,000 $580,000
2030 R ST NW 1333 R ST NW 1717 Q ST NW 929 WESTMINSTER ST NW 1839 9TH ST NW 1509 3RD ST NW 1719 4TH ST NW 209 BATES ST NW 124 BATES ST NW 641 Q ST NW 2227 10TH ST NW 219 R ST NW
$3,400,000 $2,000,000 $1,625,000 $1,050,000 $825,000 $770,000 $682,500 $670,000 $640,000 $561,000 $525,000 $520,000
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PETWORTH 417 SHEPHERD ST NW 412 SHEPHERD ST NW 4826 7TH ST NW 4414 ILLINOIS AVE NW 4535 5TH ST NW 4404 ILLINOIS AVE NW 423 JEFFERSON ST NW 814 EMERSON ST NW 5018 ILLINOIS AVE NW 526 CRITTENDEN ST NW 615 WEBSTER ST NW 5006 5TH ST NW 743 MADISON ST NW 5020 5TH ST NW 4014 3RD ST NW 5319 4TH ST NW 4719 8TH ST NW 817 VARNUM ST NW 116 VARNUM ST NW 4519 GEORGIA AVE NW 4808 ILLINOIS AVE NW 319 EMERSON ST NW 5325 5TH ST NW
$769,000 $759,000 $740,000 $722,000 $682,500 $679,000 $660,000 $645,000 $625,000 $613,000 $610,000 $570,000 $545,000 $530,000 $529,000 $525,000 $500,000 $485,000 $467,000 $450,000 $426,000 $320,000 $265,000
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TRUXTON CIRCLE 142 BATES ST NW
CONDO ADAMS MORGAN 2412 17TH ST NW #404 2328 CHAMPLAIN ST NW #310 2363 CHAMPLAIN ST NW #B 2434 ONTARIO RD NW #2 2633 ADAMS MILL RD NW #B-4
$620,000 $570,000 $549,900 $470,000 $386,000
BLOOMINGDALE 2119 FLAGLER PL NW #2 161 RANDOLPH PL NW #1 70 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #501 2022 FLAGLER PL NW ## FL02
$675,000 $465,000 $390,000 $356,000
BROOKLAND 3007 HAWTHORNE DR NE #3007
2 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 2
SHAW 925 H ST NW #902 1535 5TH ST NW 222 BATES ST NW
1010 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #613 1150 K ST NW #1002
$1,096,150 $610,000 $599,000
2 2 2
925 H ST NW #907 400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #1008 631 D ST NW #932 1325 18TH ST NW #R-1009 777 7TH ST NW #808 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #201 2311 M ST NW #903 631 D ST NW #637 1230 23RD ST NW #705 777 7TH ST NW #810 1312 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #506 1260 21ST ST NW #904 1316 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #106
$567,000 $529,750 $450,000 $445,000 $445,000 $445,000 $439,000 $420,000 $419,000 $409,000 $390,000 $325,000 $251,500
3680 38TH ST NW #B242 3420 38TH ST NW #415 3880 RODMAN ST NW #212 3028 WISCONSIN AVE NW #B8 2755 ORDWAY ST NW #103
$624,900 $600,415 $470,000 $326,000 $206,000
1449 HARVARD ST NW #6 1341 IRVING ST NW #D 3039 16TH ST NW #PH-2 1336 BELMONT ST NW #101
$789,000 $775,000 $749,000 $680,000
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 4 3 1 0 2 2 2 2
1331 KENYON ST NW #4 3545 13TH ST NW #2 1103 PARK RD NW #6 1451 BELMONT ST NW #324 2543 13TH ST NW #1 2550 UNIVERSITY PL NW #3 1362 MONROE ST NW #B 1221 KENYON ST NW #1 1419 CLIFTON ST NW #302 1419 CLIFTON ST NW #205 1478 HARVARD ST NW #1 1356 KENYON ST NW #1 1420 CLIFTON ST NW #304 1451 BELMONT ST NW #303 1300 TAYLOR ST NW #3 2639 15TH ST NW #206 3511 13TH ST NW #204 3500 13TH ST NW #504 4120 14TH ST NW #7 3900 14TH ST NW #505 2608 SHERMAN AVE NW #03 1451 PARK RD NW #217 1451 PARK RD NW #115 3642 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #1
$657,880 $650,000 $649,555 $645,000 $639,900 $620,000 $609,000 $570,000 $560,000 $530,000 $519,900 $465,000 $455,000 $440,000 $350,000 $337,000 $334,900 $329,000 $310,000 $299,000 $235,000 $225,000 $199,900 $740,000
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DUPONT 1700 Q ST NW #3 1838 16TH ST NW #2 1625 19TH ST NW #40 1506 17TH ST NW #12 1916 17TH ST NW #110 1727 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #202 1828 RIGGS PL NW #2 1601 18TH ST NW #718 1825 T ST NW #503 2031 Q ST NW #4 1619 R ST NW #106 1916 17TH ST NW #401 2141 P ST NW #801 1718 P ST NW #208 1931 17TH ST NW #401 1545 18TH ST NW #116 1718 P ST NW #612 2130 N ST NW #409 1718 P ST NW #720
$830,000 $751,000 $515,000 $431,750 $374,000 $371,500 $360,000 $256,000 $237,500 $895,000 $578,000 $431,000 $399,900 $395,000 $353,000 $335,000 $330,100 $309,000 $285,000
ECKINGTON 147 R ST NE #12 1831 2ND ST NE #202 249 FLORIDA AVE NW #33 1831 2ND ST NE #504 1831 2ND ST NE #507 2004 3RD ST NE #103 2004 3RD ST NE #102 1831 2ND ST NE #509 314 V ST NE #B-2
$372,000 $341,900 $339,000 $244,900 $242,900 $240,000 $225,000 $215,000 $85,000
KALORAMA 1943 BELMONT RD NW #1117 2301 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #1D 2009 BELMONT RD NW #204 2012 WYOMING AVE NW #103 1831 BELMONT RD NW #203 1831 BELMONT RD NW #402 2032 BELMONT RD NW #504 1801 CALVERT ST NW #G2 1801 WYOMING AVE NW #25
$639,000 $455,000 $379,000 $369,500 $362,500 $319,130 $259,900 $340,000 $439,000
2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1
LOGAN 1413 P ST NW #302 1444 CHURCH ST NW #704 1425 11TH ST NW #504 1229 12TH ST NW #107 24 LOGAN CIR NW #6 1516 Q ST NW #PENTHOUSE 1516 Q ST NW #FLAT TWO 1515 15TH ST NW #416 1515 P ST NW #3 1516 Q ST NW #FLAT ONE 1451 N ST NW #2 1715 15TH ST NW #16 1515 15TH ST NW #202 1715 15TH ST NW #29 24 LOGAN CIR NW #4 1325 13TH ST NW #104 1420 N ST NW #206 1215 10TH ST NW #32
$1,890,000 $1,329,000 $775,000 $708,000 $505,000 $1,630,000 $1,000,000 $980,000 $962,187 $840,000 $722,700 $540,000 $540,000 $460,000 $454,000 $399,900 $290,000 $463,600
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MOUNT PLEASANT 2713 ONTARIO RD NW #5 1616 BEEKMAN PL NW #A 1660 BEEKMAN PL NW #C 2633 ADAMS MILL RD NW #402 1650 BEEKMAN PL NW #A 1613 HARVARD ST NW #202 1673 PARK RD NW #401 1673 PARK RD NW #B2 1763 COLUMBIA RD NW #509
$785,000 $713,500 $688,600 $620,000 $610,000 $599,000 $449,500 $357,000 $285,000
MT VERNON TRIANGLE 440 L ST NW #604 910 M ST NW #1018 811 4TH ST NW #514 811 4TH ST NW #502
$570,000 $805,500 $426,000 $424,000
OLD CITY 1125 11TH ST NW #801 1125 11TH ST NW #702 1124 10TH ST NW #4B 1426 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #E 12091219 13TH ST NW #607 1725 WILLARD ST NW #4 1300 N ST NW #505 1209 13TH ST NW #607 555 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #1213 1232 4TH ST NW #2 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #511 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #407 910 M ST NW #204 475 K ST NW #312 475 K ST NW #411 7 LOGAN CIR NW #B1 437 NEW YORK AVE NW #324 1306 12TH ST NW #D 440 L ST NW #906 301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #604 1727 R ST NW #501 811 4TH ST NW #301 440 L ST NW #502 1725 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #301 1711 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #625 1239 VERMONT AVE NW #606 1239 VERMONT AVE NW #510 1711 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #202 1 SCOTT CIR NW #811 1 SCOTT CIR NW #411 1718 P ST NW #719
$950,000 $889,500 $790,000 $685,000 $609,900 $595,000 $573,000 $569,900 $542,500 $525,000 $500,000 $491,000 $465,000 $447,500 $441,000 $439,000 $435,000 $433,900 $429,900 $425,000 $410,000 $410,000 $399,750 $399,000 $295,000 $294,900 $293,000 $275,000 $275,000 $255,000 $249,000
PENN QUARTER 601 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW #610 601 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW #309
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$630,000 $588,000 $575,000 $516,000 $510,000 $437,041
U STREET 2101 11TH ST NW #501 2100 11TH ST NW #305 2125 14TH ST NW #318-W 1407 W ST NW #201 2125 14TH ST NW #616 2128 11TH ST NW #6 1706 U ST NW #204 2250 11TH ST NW ## 106 929 FLORIDA AVE NW #15 1390 V ST NW #403 2120 VERMONT AVE NW #304
$679,900 $658,750 $929,900 $650,000 $641,000 $640,000 $315,000 $640,000 $499,000 $470,000 $421,000
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