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CONTENTS APRIL 2012
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Hit the City • Joy Hopkins 150 Years of Celebrating Emancipation Day • G. Derek Musgrove Insatiable • Celeste McCall Serious About Comedy • Amanda Wilson Retail Therapy • Scott Fazzini Jazz Avenues • Steve Monroe
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Kids and Family Notebook • Kathleen Donner
Garden Fairy • Sarah McLaughlin Changing Hands • Don Denton
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COVER: The new sculpture “Encore” on Ellington Plaza at T St. and Florida Ave., NW. Photo: Ralph Brabham
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calendar DC EMANCIPATION An Act for the Release of Certain Persons from Service or Labor in the District of Columbia (D.C. Emancipation Act), April 16, 1862. DC Emancipation Act ending slavery in DC nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation is on display now in the US Capitol Visitor Center Exhibition Hall. The Constitution grants Congress exclusive authority over the District of Columbia. As the Civil War continued, Congress used this power to end slavery in Washington, DC. On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act for the immediate release of the approximately 3,000 enslaved persons in DC, nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, Washington, DC celebrates April 16 as Emancipation Day. visitthecapitol.gov
Civil War Encampment. Apr 14, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. An interactive experience of a Civil War camp with a tour on the grounds of the Tudor Place that includes featured interpreters dressed in costumes portraying Union and Confederate soldiers, enslaved workers, Union artillery units, and a discussion about the daily encounters of Civil War camp life in the District of Columbia. Discussions of the roles of African Americans, Confederate and Union soldiers, and Washingtonians in Civil War era history will be included in the tours and other events related to Civil War camps. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400
tion Day, featuring Lincoln scholars and music on the south lawn of the Cottage. Located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in northwest DC. 202-829-0436. lincolncottage.org
DC Emancipation Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Apr 15, 2:30-4:30 PM. Join them at President Lincoln’s Cottage for a program commemorating DC Emancipa-
Free in DC Competitive Scavenger Hunt. Apr 16. Free in DC: Celebrating 150 Years of Emancipation challenges participants to see sites of slavery and freedom. It takes contestants to 11 sites around the city where they must complete challenges to rack up points for a chance to win prizes. The 30 competitors with the highest scores by the end of Apr 16 will receive gift bags courtesy of President Lincoln’s Cottage and be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a two-night stay at the Willard InterContinental Washington Hotel. Winner of the grand prize must be at least 18. The citywide hunt will take most participants four hours to complete. Complete downloading instructions are available at CulturalTourismDC.org.
Mayor’s Emancipation Day Program. Apr 16, 9:00-10:30 AM. Panelists will discuss the arguments for and against slavery, abolition, and emancipation in the District of Columbia and compare the nexus between the struggle for emancipation and the struggle for full congressional representation, statehood, and self-determination in the District of Columbia. The panelists will consist of historians, scholars, researchers, activists, and prominent figures in the fight for home rule and self-determination. African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-667-2667
The Struggle for Freedom, Liberty, Justice, and Equality. Apr 18, 6:008:00 PM. The panelists will focus on slavery, abolition, and emancipation in the District of Columbia, and Senator Henry Wilson, the author of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act that freed the 3,100 enslaved persons in the Nation’s Capital. The panelists will also discuss colonizationNational Archives after emancipation, Lincoln in the movement for black resettlement; emancipation, patriotism, and African-American service in the Civil War; and the globalization of cheap labor markets in Africa after the abolition of slavery. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5053. archives.gov Slavery by Another Name. Apr 19, 6:00-8:00 PM. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation will commemorate the District of Columbia Sesquicentennial Emancipation Day Celebration with the documentary, Slavery by Another Name, followed by a questions and answers session with some of the guests featured in the documentary. Guests invited to participate in the program include Ambassador George Haley. Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW.
Smithsonian Gardens celebrates National Public Gardens Day on Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12 with its sixth annual Garden Fest.
Let’s Move! with Smithsonian Gardens
May 11-12. Join Smithsonian horticulturalists as they share their extensive gardening knowledge through fun, hands-on demonstrations and family-friendly activities. Participate in a wide variety of free activities highlighting the theme “Gardening for Healthy Living” including proper tree planting techniques, tips on growing organic vegetables and healthy lawn care to getting fit with yoga demonstrations. Music, roaming storytellers and dancing add zip and zing to the event. Enid A. Haupt Garden, behind the Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. gardens.si.edu 8 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
Emancipation Day with Congressman John Lewis. Apr 24, 7:00 PM. This forum will consist of a dialogue with Congressman John Lewis and his role in the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for freedom, liberty, equality, and justice. The Congressman will discuss Bloody Sunday during the march from Selma to Montgomery; Civil Rights marches throughout the South; the role of the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee in the Civil Rights Movement; and the 1963 March on Washington where he was the youngest speaker at the Lincoln Memorial with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he gave his famous I Have a Dream speech. Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-357. 202-226-4674 A Celebration of Emancipation Day with Jazz, Poetry, and Prose. Apr 28, 7:00-11:00 PM. The Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, Inc. celebrates Emancipation Day with a musical rendition of jazz, poetry, and prose to commemorate legacy of those who labored in the struggle for freedom, liberty, justice and equality. Masonic Temple, 1000 U Street, NW, Ballroom
SPECIAL EVENTS LUMEN8Anacostia. Apr 14, noon-midnight. LUMEN8Anacostia inaugurates a series of creative spaces in the commercial corridor of Historic Anacostia from noon to midnight Saturday, April 14. The corridor comes alive with illuminated storefronts, landmarks and murals. Creative spaces from Good Hope Road up Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue will showcase the works of local fine artists, artisans and creative entrepreneurs. The festival will include performances by visual artists, dancers and actors throughout the day and into the night. While April 14 is the inaugural opening of many of the Arts and Culture Temporiums, many of these storefronts will continue to operate through May and June. lumen8anacostia.com Space Shuttle Discovery Fly-In Day. Apr 17. When Discovery enters the DC area, it will fly over parts of the metropolitan area. The exact path will not be publicized in advance. As Discovery approaches, the Museum will update its web site constantly and make the information available to radio stations. nasm.si.edu Genealogy Fair-Branching Out, Exploring Your Family Tree. Apr 18-19. This two-day program showcases how to use Federal records in family history research for experienced professionals and novices alike. Speakers and exhibitors include National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. Reservations are not required. Free. National Archives, Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza of the National Archives Building. archives.gov Whitman-Walker Health’s 19th Annual Spring Affair. Apr 19, 6:30 PM. WhitmanWalker Health will present the annual Partner for Life award to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius at the event. Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour,” will emcee the event. The spring affair, marking its 19th year, raises funds for Whitman-Walker’s array of health care services for both HIV and non-HIV patients. Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW. For more info, contact David Mallory at 202-797-3510. Earth Day Open House at the Botanic Garden. Apr 20, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. usbg.gov National Arboretum Garden Fair & Plant Sale. Apr 27, 1:00-4:00 PM; Apr 28, 9:00
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AM-4:00 PM. Sale features new, rare and hard to find plants. While you are on the grounds take a stroll through the Arboretum’s renowned Azalea Collection in magnificent bloom. Get first pick of plants and purchase extraordinary plants on their online Advance Sale by joining Friends of the National Arboretum. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-544-8733. fona.org Celebrate Arbor Day! at the Botanic Garden. Apr 27, 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. Lecture and Tour Celebrate Arbor Day! Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees Celebrate Arbor Day in the “City of Trees” with a slide presentation followed by a stroll through the National Garden’s Regional Garden. Register online. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. usbg.gov Urban Sustainability Action Summit. Apr 2729. This year’s theme is Food and Water: Sustainable Waste Reclamation. This timely event will bring together experts, grassroots leaders and members of the community to listen, learn and exchange ideas. Workshops and demonstrations at UDC’s Muirkirk Farm will model sustainability methods and provide attendees with hands-on, practical experience. dreamingoutloud.net Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart. Every year, on the first May weekend, the Cathedral shines and the welcome mat is out. On Friday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (rain or shine); hear live music, see puppet shows, enjoy kids games and rides, tour the garden, eat, shop the antique/collectible booths, climb the tower and ride the antique carousel. Washington National Cathedral at the intersection of Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues, NW. 202-537-6200. nationalcathedral.org Around the World Embassy Tour. May 5, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. More than 40 embassies representing six continents invite DC visitors and residents to travel the world as they enjoy the culture of different countries. While the special treats awaiting this year’s voyagers are still under wraps, last year visitors were entertained by karate demonstrations, sari-wrapping lessons, henna applications, and wine tastings. For more information, visit CulturalTourismDC.org or call 202-661-7581. DC101 Chili Cook-Off. May 12, 11:00 AM. True to its name, the Chili Cook-Off features an intense competition between 101 chili cooks in four categories: Red Chili, Green Chili, Freestyle, and Salsa. Also performing at this year’s event is Cake, The Airborne Toxic Event, Angels & Airwaves, Awolnation, Neon Trees, Civil Twilight and Twin Atlantic. $35 ($60 day-of). RFK Stadium.
MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Catholic University Symphony Orchestra Concert. Apr 23, 7:30 PM. The repertoire will include Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23, “Porgi amor” from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and “Song to the Moon” from Dvorak’s Rusalka. The Catholic University of America Hartke Theatre, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5414 Washington Jewish Music Festival. May 3-21.
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May 3, Abraham, Inc.; May 10, Hadag Nahash; May 11, Shabbat in Song; May 12, Balagan Boogaloo with Diwon and DeScribe; May 14, Roberto Rodriguez and the Cuban Jewish All Stars; May 15, Basya Schechter: Songs of Wonder; May 16, Yael Meyer; May 17, DeLeon; May 18, ShirLaLa; May 19, Moshav; May 20, Peter Himmelman Schmekel; May 21, The Yellow Ticket with Alicia Svigals. Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400. washingtondcjcc.org Washington Balalaika Society’s Russkie Musikanti. May 5, noon. Since 1988 The Washington Balalaika Society has been entertaining DC audiences with their orchestra of Russian Folk instruments. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. shakespearetheatre.org Mothers Day Concert with Blue Magic, Mad Lads, Al Johnson Unifics, Black Ivory and Urban Guerilla Orchestra. May 13, 5:30 PM. $50. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. thelincolntheatre.org Tuesday Concert Series at Church of the Epiphany. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. The Tuesday Concert Series is a major outreach program of Epiphany to the people of downtown Washington. High-quality music—mostly classical, but with occasional performances of folk and traditional music—is presented here every Tuesday. Talented artists from all over greater Washington, and frequently from around the country and world, seek out Epiphany’s fine acoustics, exceptional musical instruments and reliable and appreciative audience. Programs in the Tuesday Concert Series are free, but they encourage attendees to make a contribution in support of the performers of each event, who receive as payment only what the day’s audience contributes. 1317 G St. NW. 202347-2635. epiphanydc.org National City Christian Church Organ Concerts. Every Friday, 12:15-1:15 PM. Free. 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-232-0323. nationalcitycc.org Steinway Series of classical music concerts at American Art Museum. Second Sunday, 3:00 PM The Steinway Series is a classical music concert that features the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s refurbished Steinway Concert Grand piano. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level American Art Museum (between Seventh and Nineth and and F and G sts. NW.) 202-633-1000. americanart.si.edu “Take Five” (free jazz at the American Art Museum). Third Thursday, 5:00-7:00 PM. Smithsonian American Art Museum, (Great Hall on the 3rd floor), Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-1000. AmericanArt.si.edu
THEATER AND FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Raise the Titanic at Fort Fringe. Apr 14, 7:009:00 PM. Join them in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage and her untimely collision with the iceberg. Scenes from Michael Merino’s play, Hemispheric Dysfunctionalism and the Cortical Titanic, will be read. Tickets can be purchased at ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9666824 or at the door the night of the event. Apr 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Fort Fringe-The Shop, 607 New York Ave. NW.
Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude at the Harman. Through Apr 29. STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, yet controversial, drama about love and deception. Heartbroken over her adored fiancé’s death, Nina engages in a series of sordid affairs before marrying a man she does not love. Months later, pregnant with her husband’s child, she learns a horrifying secret about his family, setting off a dramatic and emotional chain of events that spans two decades. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. shakespearetheatre. org Synetic Theater Presents The Taming of the Shrew. Through Apr 22. Synetic returns to comedy and presents the eighth installment in the Silent Shakespeare series, The Taming of the Shrew. Irina Tsikurishvili will play the title character in one of the Bard’s best-known romantic comedies, while the Helen Hayes Award-winning ensemble brings its signature physicality and aesthetic to reinvent this remarkable, fiery war of the sexes. $43-$58. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org Arias with a Twist at Woolly. Through May 6. Drag chanteuse extraordinaire Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist invite you on a magical mystery tour through space and time. From a neon-lit space lab, to an abundant Garden of Eden, to a smoky Manhattan night club, Arias with a Twist is a trippy, madcap, musical fantasia of ecstatic desires and eyepopping enchantments. Ages 14, up. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Comapny, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. Dogugaeshi by Basil Twist at Studio Theatre. Through Apr 22. Twist unfolds an intimate, abstract, contemporary journey of images and emotions influenced by the rarefied tradition of Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism technique and his own encounters with the remaining rural caretakers of this once popular art form. This hour-long performance features original shamisen compositions created and performed live by authorized master musician Yumiko Tanaka. The multidisciplinary production blends Twist’s signature puppetry with video projection design by Peter Flaherty, Lighting design by Andrew Hill and sound design by Greg Duffin. $35. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street, NW. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org
The Whipping Man at Theater J. Apr 18-May 20. 1865; Richmond, Virginia: Two newlyfreed slaves and the son of their former master-a Jewish Confederate soldier who has retreated to the burnt remains of his homeinhabit the disordered aftermath of the justconcluded War between the States. As the three men celebrate a most unconventional Passover Seder, they uncover a snarl of secrets and examine what it really means to be free. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-5189400. washingtondcjcc.org
The Big Meal at Studio Theatre. Apr 25-May 20. From the vantage point of a single restaurant table, five generations share the moments, both epic and intimate, that make a life. Called “one of the more emotionally consuming experiences of recent decades” (Chicago Sun Times), The Big Meal explodes from
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Attendees have fun with a life-size carrier pigeon, a replica of one of the oldest espionage tricks. Photo: Courtesy of the International Spy Museum
Spy at Night
2012 marks the International Spy Museum’s 10 year anniversary, and in order to help celebrate the museum has returned of one of its signature events, Spy at Night. Now back and better than before, Spy at Night promises to be a crowd-pleasing event for local adults seeking the thrills of intrigue and deception. Second Friday of every month. Combination general admission and Operation Spy at Night, $27.95. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. spymuseum.org the mind of one of the country’s most intriguing playwrights. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org Tuesdays at Noon National Geographic Movies. Enjoy great selections from National Geographic TV and Channel films, All Roads Film Project, and independent filmmakers. All screenings held in Grosvenor Auditorium. Free. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588. nationalgeographic.comwoollymammoth.net
LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Letter Writing Social. Apr 28, noon-3:00 PM. Amaze a friend by sending an old-fashioned, handwritten, paper-based message instead of the usual tweet or text. They might just write you back! Retro pens, pretty paper, and mailable supplies are provided in this veritable letter-writing lounge. Postage stamps available for purchase in the museum’s Stamp Store. Free. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555. postalmuseum.si.edu The Hon. Madeleine Korbel Albright In Conversation with Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of The New Republic. Apr 29, 5:00 PM. Albright’s family history is inescapably a history of Europe during the Second World War. In Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 19371948, a memoir of her early years, the former secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to the
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United Nations looks back to the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, then traces her family’s responses to war and the Holocaust, examining the options available at the time and reflecting on difficult decisions made. Book signing to follow. $15. Sixth and I, 600 I St. NW. 202-4083100. sixthandi.org Dan Rather at Sixth and I. May 3, 7:00 PM. From Dan Rather, one of the most influential and award-winning journalists of our time, comes Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News, the story of his event-filled career-and his insight on the future of America’s news media. $12. Sixth and I, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. sixthandi.org Sissy Spacek at Sixth and I. May 6, 3:00 PM. From Badlands, to her Oscar-nominated performance in Carrie, to her Academy Award-winning portrayal of country singer Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, to this year’s hit The Help, Spacek’s career has spanned over 40 years in film. $15. Sixth and I, 600 I St. NW. 202-4083100. sixthandi.org Sunday Kind of Love at Busboys. Every third Sunday, 5:00 PM. Sunday Kind of Love features emerging and established poets from the Washington, DC area and around the nation. Each program includes featured poet(s) and an open mic segment centered around a predetermined social or poetic theme. Hosted by various local poets, Sunday Kind of Love has showcased poets as diverse as Esther Iverem, Richard Blanco, and Kathi Wolfe. $5. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202-387-7638. busboysandpoets.com
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Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry. Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 PM. For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear. $4/person. Wristbands for Tuesday night open mic at 14th & V are sold all day in the Bookstore beginning at 10:00 AM until sold out. Limit of 4 wristbands per person. Cash only. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202-387-7638. busboysandpoets.com Nine on the Ninth Open Mic Poetry. May 9, 9:00-11:00 PM. “Nine on the Ninth” Open Mic Poetry, the now legendary monthly poetry series that falls on every 9th day of the month at 9pm. Hosted by Derrick Weston Brown. $5 suggested donation. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202-387-7638. busboysandpoets.com Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library History Book Club. Second Monday, 6:308:00 PM. The History Book Club is a lively discussion of American historical biographies and how personal histories intersect with historical events. The typical book selected is entertaining and thought-provoking, which always leads to interesting conversations. Books range in reading level from teen books to adult books. Open to ages 16 and older. 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-7271288. dclibrary.org/watha
EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBROHOOD Titanic-100 Year Obsession. Through July 16, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, daily. National Geographic was the first to unveil images of the wreck discovered by National Geographic explorer Robert Ballard in 1985. Take a new look, from its historic beginnings to the latest research, at the ship that has captured the world’s imagination since she sank on April 15, 1912. Explore an intricately detailed 18-foot model of the ship and the latest imagery by National Geographic explorer James Cameron of the wreck on the ocean floor. $6-$8. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588. nationalgeographic.com Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War. Through May 6. This exhibition highlights a focused collection developed in recent years by Washington collector Judy Norrell and takes inspiration from the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Illuminating a wide range of subjects from geographical views, landscapes, portraits of soldiers and officers at rest, to the death and destruction in the aftermath of war, Shadows of History will be complemented by Tim Hetherington: Sleeping Soldiers, a new body of work featuring a three-screen video installation by the acclaimed photojournalist and preeminent war photographer of our time. $8-$10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391700. corcoran.org Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House. Through May 6. This
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exhibition allows visitors to explore the history of the decorative arts in the nation’s foremost home. It includes 95 objects—furniture, ceramics, metals, glass and textiles—from the permanent collection of the White House. Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu
needed to ensure that seniors have safe, accessible, and affordable housing and communities? On April 26, professionals and practitioners from multiple disciplines address housing and neighborhoods for an aging population. $150. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. nbm.org
Investigating Where We Live: Capturing Colorful Communities. Through May 28. Investigating Where We Live is a summer program in which teen students from the D.C. area use multimedia technology to explore, document, and interpret the built environment of local neighborhoods. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org
History, Imagery, & Substance of Chinese Medicine-Creating Physical, Mental, & Emotional Wellbeing. May 5, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM. Seminar by acupuncturist Jonathan Gilbert with overview and enough detail to enable participants to discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine more confidently and intelligently. $37.50-$145. NASWDC, 750 First St. NE, Ste 700. 202-336-8395. thegilbertclinic.com/news-and-events
By, For, and Of the People: Folk Art and Americana at the DAR Museum. Through Sept. 1, 2012. The DAR Museum has an impressive collection of decorative arts, and much of the published work about the museum stresses that fact. Over the years however, important examples of American folk art and Americana have enlivened the collection. Free admission. DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW. 202-628-1776. dar.org LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition. Through Sept. 3. This exhibition showcases fifteen buildings from around the world made entirely from LEGO® bricks by Adam Reed Tucker. $5-$8. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org
WARD 5 TOWN HALL MEETING DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins is hosting a town hall meeting to talk about water projects and issues impacting your community. • Water Rates • Drinking Water
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Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. Through Jan 6, 2014. This innovative new exhibit will bring together two marvels of transportation. Titanic and Hindenburg served demands for rapid worldwide communication and transportation. Both operated as the world’s largest mobile post offices. Each in its day promised the fastest possible worldwide mail service. Each offered onboard gentility and opulence. Each met a tragic end. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555. postalmuseum.si.edu/ fireandice
CLASSES, TALKS AND TOURS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Draw and Discover at Dusk! Apr 20, 5:30-7:30 PM. Join them for a special evening session of their Draw and Discover program. Enjoy a minilesson with guest instructor, Sheena Custer, and then spend time sketching. Basic drawing materials are provided and a cash bar will be available for the duration of the program. Open to all ages and all levels of artistic ability. Free. Walk-in. American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor, West Wing. American Art Museum, 8th and F sts. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu
THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 | 6:30-8:30 P.M. Luke C. Moore Academy 1001 Monroe Street, NE
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Health Literacy at MLK Library. Apr 24, 1:00 PM. Learn to find and assess quality online health information (2.5 hours). Seats will be filled on a first-come, space available basis. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population. Apr 26, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. By 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. What are the policy and design strategies
SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS DC United Soccer Home Matches. Apr 18, vs. Montreal Impact. Apr 22 vs. New York Red Bulls; Apr 28 vs. Houston Dynamo. 7:30 PM. (4/22 match, 6:00 PM). $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202587-5000. dcunited.com Washington Wizards Basketball. Apr 14, 18 and 23 at 7:00 PM. Apr 26 at 8:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-SEAT. nba.com/ wizards Nats Baseball. Apr 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22; May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. $5, up. Nationals Park. 202-675-6287. washington.nationals.mlb.com Fair Chance 5K Run/Walk: Runnin’ for a Chance. Apr 15, 9:00 AM. $35. Race will take place on AU’s campus, starting on the Quad, 4400 Mass. Ave. NW. fairchancedc.org Maya Angelou 10K & 5K. Apr 21, 8:00 AM. $40$50. No on site registration. Rock Creek Park, Near Carter Barron & Tennis Stadium. 202-7978250. seeforever.org Washington Nationals Pups in the Park. Apr 21, 1:05 PM. Nat’s vs. Marlins. Bring your wellbehaved dog (on a leash) to the ball park. Tickets for you and your dog are $30 which includes a $8 donation to Humane Society. washington. nationals.mlb.com Furia Flamenca at the Harman. Apr 25, noon. Furia Flamenca’s style is unique in that it combines flamenco’s gypsy heritage with modern flamenco choreography to create and elegant balance of motion and energy. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. shakespearetheatre.org DC Challenge Adventure Race 5K. Apr 28, 1:30 PM. $50. The Challenge is a ridiculously fun. Amazing Race style competition packed into one incredible day. Teams of two or more will dash around the city, racing against other Challengers for immortal glory (and cash prizes!) as they solve tricky clues, strategize the best route, and explore undiscovered corners of the city. The Bullpen, 1299 Half St. SE. 240-442-2011. dcchallenge.org Kettle Classic 5K. Apr 28, 8:00 AM. $15-$30. The first ever Salvation Army Kettle Classic 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in the heart of Washington, DC at West Potomac Park along the Potomac River. 202-756-
3906. active.com Run/Walk For Freedom 5K. Apr 28, 8:00 AM. $40. East Potomac Park golf course, 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-617-5708. safetyandhealthfoundation.org The Race to End Poverty 5K. Apr 28, 8:00 AM. $33. Rock Creek Park-Picnic Area 24. awidercircle.org Race to Stop the Silence 8K. Apr 29, 9:00 AM. Freedom Plaza, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 301-871-0400. stopcsa.org/race Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K Race/Walk. May 5, 9:00 AM. $25. 4th St. and S St. NE at MetBranch Trail Entrance. The event will be held on the off-road, paved portion of the MBT hiker/biker trail in Northeast DC, which runs parallel to the Metro Red Line between New York Ave. and Brookland Stations. 202455-5628. gometbranch.com DanceAntonini. May 9, noon. DanceAntonini is a movement group that bridges post modern movement, dance theater, and improvisation. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. shakespearetheatre.org Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month, noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Dr. at West Basin Dr., near the Tourmobile stand). 703-505-3567. dcroadrunners.org Yoga at NW1 Library. Tuesdays, 6:30 PM. Free, walk-in. There is a sign-in sheet and you must sign a waiver to participate. NW1 Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. dclibrary.org/northwest Dance Classes at Dance Place. Classes offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes offered in modern, African, belly dance, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop. The mission of Dance Place is to improve the quality of life in the metropolitan area through the presentation of educational and cultural programs and to nurture and expand the field of dance nationally. $120 for 10 classes, valid for 3 months. Drop-in for $15 ($13, seniors). 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-2691600. danceplace.org Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Oct 7. Registration open. 703-587-4321. wilsonbridgehalf.com Marine Corps Marathon Registration. Registration open at marinemarathon.com. $90. Marathon is Sunday, Oct. 28.
CIVIC LIFE DDOT to Start Construction on Mount Vernon Triangle K Street Project. The District Department of Transportation announced it will start construction on the Mount Vernon Triangle K Street Project. The project entails streetscape work on K St. between 3rd and 7th sts. in northwest Washington. Work is slated to start sometime in late March and will take approximately 15-months to complete. The project will make key improvements to the aesthetics and functionality of K St. This multi-phase construction project also entails utility replacement work. As part
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of the project the streetlights and traffic signals will be upgraded and the driveways, alley entrances and sidewalks will be repaired and resurfaced. Construction activities are scheduled to take place Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and may also occur on weekends as needed. During construction parking will be restricted along both sides of K St. At a minimum, one traffic lane in each direction will be kept open on K St. and on the intersecting streets located within the project limits. Periodically, traffic lanes will need to be shifted to accommodate the work zone. For more information, visit kstreetnw. com or contact Project Manager Mohamed Dahir at 202-671-4627 or mohamed.dahir@ dc.gov. College Search Do’s and Don’t’s. Apr 17, 6:00-7:30 PM. Choosing the right college and who should write your recommendations will be discussed at the MLK Library College Information Center. Light dinner will be served. For more information, call 202-442-8398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 901 G St. NW, room 324. reach4success.org Women’s Wednesday At Morton Fine Art. Apr 18, 6:30-8:30 PM. Meet the most successful LGBT women in the area. Women’s Wednesdays are networking evenings especially for women entrepreneurs and professionals on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. At these events we’ll introduce you to leaders in the business community, learn about causes that are related to women’s issues and join business owners who will share their success stories. This event typically sees attendance at 50-60 people. Most attendees are women but men are also welcome. $20. Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave NW. caglcc.org Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic & One City One Hire Registration. Apr 19, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Need help with your job search? Come to this jobs event where you will receive individualized assistance. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 311. 202-442-7601. Ward 2 DCPS Public Meeting. Apr 19, 6:308:30 PM. Grant funds are projected at $3.8 million for FY 2013, an 82% drop. Officials have announced that the cost of the IMPACT bonuses has been passed on to the individual schools. The city has scheduled a series of community briefings to explain the budget and answer questions. Historic Charles Sumner School and Archives, 1201 17th St. NW. Ward 1 DCPS Public Meeting. Apr 30, 6:308:30 PM. Grant funds are projected at $3.8 million for FY 2013, an 82% drop. Officials have announced that the cost of the IMPACT bonuses has been passed on to the individual schools. The city has scheduled a series of community briefings to explain the budget and answer questions. Bell Multicultural High School, 3101 16th St. NW. Rainbow Response Monthly Meeting. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Rainbow Response is a grassroots coalition that brings together organizations and leaders from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities, along with traditional domestic violence service providers and government agencies. 5 Thomas Circle, NW. 202299-1181 x105. rainbowresponse.org
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All-Ways Mount Pleasant. First Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. LaCasa. All-Ways is a citizenâ€™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.cccaonline. 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 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. u
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by Joy Hopkins
Theater J’s Unconventional Passover
Set in 1865 in Richmond, Virginia, Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man was recently staged to critical acclaim at the Manhattan Theatre Club. It depicts the story of two newly freed slaves and the son of their former master—a Jewish Confederate soldier who has returned to the charred remains of what was his home. The three men celebrate a most unconventional Passover Seder, as they unravel secrets and examine what it really means to be free. The cast – Mark Hairston, David Emerson Toney, and Alexander Strain – is led by director Jennifer Nelson. Nelson may be best known to DC audiences as the Founding Artistic Director of the African Continuum Theatre Company. While there, she directed nearly twenty productions, including Intimate Apparel, The Oracle, and A Raisin in the Sun. Other recent directing credits include The Soul Collector at Everyman Theatre, i at Ford’s Theatre, and the world premiere of Locomotion at the Kennedy Center Family Theatre. She is also the Director of Special Programming at Ford’s Theatre, and an adjunct professor of Georgetown University. Playwright Matthew Lopez is a current member of the Ars Nova Writers’ Group and an artistin-residence at the Old Globe Theatre. The Whipping Man opens with Pay What You Can Previews on April 18 and runs through May 20 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.. Tickets range from $31 to $60. Theater J at Washington DC JCC 1529 16th Street NW (202) 518-9400 www.washingtondcjcc.org
circuits with high-powered LEDs, motors and Arduino microprocessors that are programmed to imitate various biological systems. Paul Myoda received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1994. Myoda has been awarded grants from the NEA, Warhol Foundation, and Howard Foundation, among others. In March of 2002 he co-created the Tribute in Light in memory of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. Since 2006 he has been based in Rhode Island and is an assistant professor in the Visual Art Department at Brown University where he teaches sculpture and new media. Glittering Machines is being exhibited through April 28, Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment. Project 4 Gallery 1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor (202)232-4340 www.project4gallery.com
Round About at Velvet Lounge
DC-based quartet Round About got started
during a snowstorm in 2010 when longtime friends and former bandmates Patrick Garrity (rhythm guitar/vocals) and Dave Mehrin (bass) reconnected. After reminiscing about hotel rooms they trashed together, they decided to start up a new group, and began looking for other players. Will Potts (lead guitar) was the first musician they asked,; his versatility and accommodating playing style have made him the perfect fit. Then Paul Nicholas (drums) tried out, and immediately played like he was always a member. Round About’s debut album Hanging by a Thread was released in early 2012. The CD is bursting with energy, combining top-notch musicianship with thoughtful lyrics. The album was produced by Blaine Misner at Northern Virginia’s famed Cue Recording Studios, and mastered by Grammy Award winning engineer Bill Wolf. Featuring a wide variety of styles, from the hard rocking pair of “Partners in Crime” and “I’ll Be Gone” which open the album, or the funky groove of the title track to the desperate heartbreak of “One
Glittering Machines at Project 4
Project 4 presents Glittering Machines, a solo sculpture exhibition by Paul Myoda. This is Myoda’s first exhibition at Project 4. Glittering Machines are modular, kinetic, interactive, sonic and illuminating sculptures investigating the human relationship with the digital world. These sculptures are created with machined aluminum and laser cut thermoplastic, and include 18 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
Cast of The Whipping Man: Alexander Strain, Mark Hairston and David Emerson Toney. Photo: C. Stanley Photography.
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Night’s Mistake” and the countrified twang of “Last Call” (featuring Walkaways keyboardist Mark Bower), Hanging By A Thread presents this band’s unique musical take on life and relationships, providing something for just about everyone. Round About celebrates their CD release at the Velvet Lounge on Saturday, April 21. Opening the show is another DC-based four-piece, The Reserves. Doors open at 8:30p.m.; the show begins at 9 p.m.. Velvet Lounge is a 21+ venue. Tickets are $8. Velvet Lounge 915 U Street NW (202)462-3213 www.velvetloungedc.com
Bread and Butter: Artistic Perspectives on Food and Culture is on display at the Transformer Gallery from April 7 through May 19, 2012, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1 to 7 p.m. or by appointment. Transformer Gallery 1404 P Street, NW (202)483-1102 www.transformerdc.org The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc opens April 25 on Studio Theatre’s Second Stage. At a restaurant table, five generations share the moments, both epic and intimate, that make a life. It runs through May 2; tickets are $30-35 Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street, NW (202)332-3300 www. studiotheatre.org Joy Hopkins has been a resident of the District of Columbia for 14 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in Arts Management from American University. She’s a Jill-of-all-trades, working as a nonprofit fundraiser, a direct sales consultant, and an artist rep. Her interests include reading, wine, music, crochet, and food. u
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150 Years of Celebrating Emancipation Day
article by G. Derek Musgrove | photo by Andrew Lightman
n April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed “An act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia,” known to us today as the Compensated Emancipation Act. The legislation immediately freed the 3,128 enslaved African Americans then living in the federal district and provided compensation for “loyal” former owners. As news spread that the bill had been signed into law, African Americans, both slave and free, celebrated the “Jubilee,” and the country took one more, halting step toward becoming a true democracy. This year marks the 150th anniversary of DC emancipation. Though the date has been one of the most celebrated in the District’s history and currently is a city holiday, few know much about it and its critical importance to DC residents’ and the country’s evolving understanding of freedom. This is a sad state of affairs, for how we celebrate, or even care to remember our past often says a great deal about our present. Perhaps, with a clearer understanding of DC emancipation and the ways in which it has been celebrated over the years, a larger number of DC residents will join the festivities and contribute their minds and muscle to the ongoing struggle for a more perfect Union.
ers protested segregation on the newly built, horse-drawn streetcars and called on local blacks to join the Union Army to fight for the ultimate destruction of slavery. With the war’s end, the celebrations became massive, public, and nationally influential.
The Emancipation Day Parade, 1866 to 1901
An Island of Freedom
Emancipation transformed Washington, DC into an island of freedom amidst a sea of slavery. In the months following the Act’s passage, hundreds and then thousands joined the steady stream of African Americans seeking refuge in the wartime capitol. By the end of the war, just shy of 30,000 fugitive slaves had crowded into Washington City, and Georgetown, overwhelming first the indigenous African American community and then the federal government’s ability to provide for their care. A hostile, Democratic city government made little provision for these “contraband,” and hundreds died of malnutrition, exposure, and disease. 20 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
Sections of the old National and Arlington Cemeteries are filled with their remains, many of them children. Despite these hardships, the black population of Washington celebrated Emancipation Day between 1862 and 1865. These early celebrations were
in-door, private affairs, muted by the immediacy of war and a hostile white population. Though subdued, they nonetheless provided a forum for black Washingtonians to articulate an expanded notion of freedom. During the 1863 celebration, for example, speak-
In 1866, one year after former Arlington resident, General Robert E. Lee, had surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia, Washington’s African Americans celebrated Emancipation Day with a huge parade. An estimated 5,000 marchers composed of black church, political, ward and social clubs, brass bands, drum corps, and soldiers armed and in uniform, traversed miles of rutted streets from Georgetown to the Executive Mansion, to the Capitol Building. That evening the marchers retired to Franklin Square where an estimated 10,000 onlookers joined them for orations, song, and prayers of thanksgiving. With strong backing from all quarters of the black community, the Emancipation Day parade became the most impressive public event in the nation’s capital, sometimes outstripping the inauguration in size and passion. Participants came in their best clothes or elaborate costumes, and local clubs spent lavishly to create the most memorable floats or to be accompanied by the best musicians. The 1868 parade, for instance featured floats with a working printing press that reeled off copies of the Emancipation Act, a blacksmith at a working forge, and an African American woman sumptuously adorned as the “goddess of liberty.” And because the parade was in the nation’s capital, it took on a national feel and importance. Contingents of blacks often came from Baltimore, Annapolis, and other surrounding cities to join the celebration, national black political figures such as Frederick Douglass and the black Reconstruction Congressmen regularly addressed the crowds, and the President regularly reviewed the procession.
Far more than a simple celebration of emancipation, the parade served as a forum in which blacks articulated and advocated for an expanded notion of American freedom that knew no bounds of color. In 1866, marchers passed under the portico of the Executive Mansion carrying signs that read “Equal political rights,” and “Universal suffrage,” a not so subtle rebuke to President Andrew Johnson who, just months before, had attempted to block passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Fourteenth Amendment. With radical Republicans in the ascendance, the marchers found powerful allies in Congress who granted African American men the right to vote in the District by overriding Johnson’s vetoes. As voters and citizens, DC blacks used subsequent parades to organize the black community into a powerful force in District elections, sustaining the Reconstruction experiment in the face of local white hostility. Though the parade would continue unabated late into the century, the Reconstruction experiment would not. Much of white America was not ready to accept African Americans as fellow citizens. Congress stripped the District of home rule in 1874 and abandoned the Reconstruction experiment altogether two years later. With the end of bi-racial democracy, indeed all democracy, in the federal District, the parade remained as one of the few public places in which blacks could articulate the expanded notion of freedom that had emerged from the Civil War. As the possibilities of the Reconstruction period vanished, however, black DC residents fractured along class lines. In 1886, middle class blacks sought to distance themselves from the “notorious class of Negroes,” as Washington Bee editor and mouthpiece for the black elite, Calvin Chase called them, and organized their own parade. Chase and other “respectable” blacks, hoped that by distancing themselves from the poverty, ignorance, and “rowdyism” of the black masses, they might shield themselves form the increasing hostility of the white community. This class tension lead to the dissolution of the parade in 1901, when middle class blacks withdrew their support entirely.
Forgetting DC Emancipation
For nearly one hundred years, no large public commemorations marked Emancipation Day. This was not for lack of demand. Public requests for a resumption of the parade became so numerous in 1906 that Chase was forced to make the claim that misappropriation of funds by working class parade organizers had moved black businessmen to end the event. Some black civic and religious organizations attempted to hold their own parades without that support but their efforts paled in comparison to the old celebration. In 1917, for instance, black Baptist churches across the city commemorated emancipation during their Sunday sermons and the Nimrod Grand Encampment No. 1, Ancient Order, Knights of Jerusalem held a small parade the following day. In the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, the Lincoln Emancipation League and the Association of Oldest Inhabitants (Colored) continued to hold Emancipation Day celebrations, but these events were small and often limited to members. The end of the parades, generational change, and population turnover lead to a collective amnesia about DC Emancipation in the middle years of the twentieth century. By the end of the 1910s the number of people who had been freed by the DC Emancipation Act, the living examples of the significance of the legislation, had dwindled to no more than a handful. During and after World War I, the Great Migration filled the city with African Americans who had no personal experience with DC emancipation or the parades. By 1962, public memory of Emancipation Day was so scarce that the centennial passed with little public comment. Official Washington recognized the occasion with a small ceremony in the Capitol at which a recently repaired statue of President Lincoln was rededicated. The Washington Post and Washington Star published short articles about the DC Emancipation Act, yet, incredibly, the Washington Afro American made no mention DC emancipation whatsoever. This silence was in stark contrast to the bi-racial hoopla over the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation just a few months later. District residents’ collective amnesia
was in keeping with the restrictive notion of freedom that had come to define life in the nation’s capital. No adult DC native living in 1962 had ever voted in any election whatsoever, and segregation was so entrenched that it carried the authority of law. DC civil rights activists were then demanding an end to these practices, but their demands sprang less from their understanding of the city’s history than the glaring contradiction of segregation and disfranchisement in the then majority-black “capital of the free world.”
Reviving Emancipation Day in the late 20th Century
The modern rediscovery of Emancipation Day came in the mid-1980s through the efforts of a number of African American historians and activists. In 1985, local historian C. R. Gibbs penned “Brief Life, Bitter End for Parade” for the Washington Post, a beautifully written exploration of what he termed the “now-forgotten celebration.” Six years later, Loretta Carter Hanes, president of DC Reading is Fundamental, set out to revive the public celebrations. In April 1991, Hanes organized an Emancipation Day celebration at her home church, All Souls Unitarian. The following year, she teamed up with Howard University historian Elizabeth Clark-Lewis and the Anacostia Community Museum to sponsor the “First Freed Project”: two days of celebrations and lectures on DC emancipation. The following year Hanes began several events that would mark Emancipation Day for the remainder of the decade. Working with New Jersey Representative Donald Manzullo (R), a Lincoln scholar, she organized the ringing of the bells in the old Post Office building (arguing that DC churches had rung their bells to signal the time that the DC Emancipation Act had been signed by Lincoln) and the laying of a wreath at the Lincoln statue in Northeast, to mark Emancipation Day. Ironically, her efforts came to wide public attention when she failed to perform them. In 1999, Hanes, struggling with the medical bills that were a product of a DDT contamination of her home, could not raise $50 to buy a wreath. When the story got out, the National Park Service,
the Washington Historical Society, and a handful of private donors raised the money and held a ceremony in June. City elected officials responded to Hanes’ advocacy, issuing a proclamation declaring April 16 “Emancipation Day” in 1996, making it a “private holiday” in 2000, securing city support for an Emancipation Day parade between 4th and 14th streets along Pennsylvania Ave. in 2002, and, in 2005, making Emancipation Day an official city holiday. Throughout, city leaders used Emancipation Day to make the case for DC statehood. During the 2002 parade, Councilman Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5), sponsor of all of the parade and holiday legislation, stated, “Our ultimate goal is to have taxation with full representation and to have two senators and one representative voting in Congress.” Most recently, in 2011, Mayor Vincent Gray, several members of the City Council, and several dozen residents marked the holiday by protesting recent congressional impositions on local governance and opposition to the DC Voting Rights Act.
Through DC Emancipation Day, African Americans and their allies have highlighted their expansive vision of American freedom. They viewed the Emancipation Act as a critical step in the creation of a democratic and egalitarian society. Freedom, for them, was not simply the absence of slavery, but the presence of justice and equality. This, I believe, is the tradition that we must hold fast to today. So whether you attend the Emancipation Day parade, lay a wreath at the Lincoln statue, or attend one of the many lectures planned for the quincentennial, remember that we are the beneficiaries of a long and tortured struggle for freedom, that struggle is far from over, and it should be celebrated with action. G. Derek Musgrove, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of history at the University of the District of Columbia. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012) u capitalcommunitynews.com u 21
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e’re eagerly awaiting the Matchbox Food Group’s fifth Matchbox-- set to open at 1901 14th St. NW. Look for it “in early summer,” co-owner Perry Smith told me. Also on the drawing board is a the group’s second Ted’s Bulletin, to be located in JBG Companies & Grosvenor America’s The District. The towering, yet unfinished, mixed-use development looms over 14th and S streets NW. Expect a winter opening. While sporting the same art deco design as its Barracks Row predecessor, the 180-seat spinoff will be considerable larger. In fact, art deco elements gleaned from the demolished Philadelphia convention center will go into the Logan Circle Ted’s. “Our Barracks Row Ted’s wasn’t big enough to hold them all,” Smith explained. An expanded bakery will be ideal for producing Ted’s famous homemade poptarts and donuts. “To have the opportunity to expand Ted’s, a concept born out of the memory of my father, is truly amazing,” said Ty Neal, principal partner of the Matchbox Food Group. “Opening our first restaurant in 2010, and to have such support from the com-
By Celeste McCall munity is a humbling feeling. We are so grateful for everything...and look forward to giving back what the Washington area has given us.” Other Matchbox Food Group siblings are the original Ted’s and the second Matchbox, both on Barracks Row, plus the first Matchbox in Chinatown.
New from Africa
While strolling along Shaw’s “Little Ethiopia” culinary strip, we stumbled upon Rahama Rican Restaurant & Catering, which serves the spicy cuisine of Ghana. Located on the lower level of 1924 Ninth St. NW, the three-month-old eatery replaces an Ethiopian restaurant where we had enjoyed flavorful, exotic meals. Having recently returned from Africa, we’ve been exploring the myriad cooking styles of that vast continent. Besides that, we were hungry, so we claimed a table and perused the menu, listed above the counter where we placed our orders. Assisted by our attractive server, Jacqueline, I decided on goat with fufu (a glutenous substance made with casava flour) and a rich peanut sauce. It was delicious but
very filling, and I could not finish my generous portion. Peter chose goat stew with okra and banku, fermented corn flour made into a large sticky ball. We shared a bottle of Lemongin, a palate-searing ginger/fruit drink brewed in Virginia from an African recipe. Since Ghanian food is rather messy to eat (we have not mastered the art of using our fingers like fellow diners), Rahama provides a sink with soap and paper towels right in the dining area. Owned by Usmanu Abbubakari and wife Charity AduseiAbbubakari--from Accra--Rahama has two sister restaurants in Northern Virginia. Open daily, credit cards accepted. Call 202-803-2371 or www.rahamaafricanrestaurant.com.
Right next door, coming soon is Cause Bar & Restaurant, 1926 Ninth St. NW. where La Carbonara used to be. Heading the kitchen will be Adam Stein, formerly with Queen Vic on H St. NE. Besides a litany of soups, burgers and salads, Chef Adam will turn out halibut cakes, popcorn pork shrimp, crispy brussels sprouts, gluten-free flatbread creations. True to its moniker, Cause will donate profits to charity.....Due to arrive this summer is Table, 903 N St. NW. Catering chef/owner and former Smith Commons chef Frederik De Pue’s new venture will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. De Pue’s menu will change regularly using seasonal ingredients.
The Pig, 1320 14th St. NW will soon join Eatwell’s sister restaurants, Logan Tavern, Commissary and Grillfish. We checked The Pig’s progress the other day and it appears to have a ways to go, but you never know. Chef de Cuisine Garret Fleming and executive chef Billy McCormick are creating “oink to tail” and “farm to table” pork dishes. Given Peter’s affinity to all things porcine, we plan to visit as soon as it opens. Stay tuned.
Newly arrived at 1931 14th Street NW, just off U, is Black and Orange, formerly RogueStates. The cavernous, brick lined space has concrete floors and 22 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
yes–orange chairs. Hand crafted burgers run the gamut: “rogue state” (spices, chipotle peppers), “curried away,” “ciao down” (garlic, sundried tomato, basil), you get the idea. Patrons choose between “welterweight” (quarter pound, or “heavyweight,” half pound, “pink or no pink.” Black and Orange is open daily until 5 a.m. Call 202-450-5365 or order online at blackandorangeburger.com.
Jeff and Barbara Black, chef/ owners of Black Restaurant Group and the Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack, have launched Port City Brewing Company’s Revival Stout. Introduced on St. Patrick’s Day and to be officially released April 6, Bill Butcher, Owner of Port City Brewing Company, and Brad Blymier, co-owner of War Shore Oyster Company, created the brew to complement oysters and other seafood. Crafted by Head Brewer Jonathan Reeves, the beer was made by steeping War Shore’s Chesapeake Bay oyster shells in the brewing water to enhance mineral content. Then they added the oysters and their liquor. The oysters supposedly add a “subtle briny character and a smooth textural element.” Located at 1612 14th Street, NW, Pearl Dive is open daily. Call 202-986-8778 or visit www.pearldivedc.com.
After an extensive two-month renovation, Bar Pilar, 1833 14th St. NW, has reopened, with doubled seating (it now accommodates 98), an expanded kitchen and new menu to match. Previously, Bar Pilar was a small but always packed one-level, 49 seat eatery, where diners endured long waits to score a table. With his larger kitchen (more room to experiment), executive chef Justin Bittner has added appetizers, entrées and desserts in addition to his popular “small plates.” The downstairs menu will remain the same as before, with roasted pork shoulder with garlic trencher and crispy potatoes with malt aioli. Bar Pilar is open daily; call 202-2651751 or www.barpilardc.com. H capitalcommunitynews.com u 23
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Faction of Fools in Residence at Gallaudet
action of Fools is bringing Commedia dell’Arte to the District. The is one of the few in the United States to specialize in the classical Italian comedic performance style, first popularized in 16th century Renaissance Italy, which uses gesture, physical movement, and language to propel its form of storytelling. The company held its first performance in DC in 2009 and is now in residence at Gallaudet University, the world’s first higher-level educational institution for deaf and hard of hearing students. This April and May the company is teaming with the school’s theater arts department for a Commedia-style performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play features Artistic Director Matthew R. Wilson in the title role and set design by Gallaudet Theatre Arts Chair Ethan Sinnott. The show runs April 26 through May 19 at Gallaudet University and features two Gallaudet student performers. Faction of Fools will stage select performances of “Hamlecchino” with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.
by Amanda Wilson
This classic Italian performance style, which features actors in leather masks and expressive, physical acting, has captivated District audiences. Faction of Fools performed a Commediastyle Romeo and Juliet in January and February at Flashpoint Theater’s Mead Theatre Lab to sold-out audiences, landing a Helen Hayes Awards recommendation. Faction of Fools’ performances have a certain magnetism, and, according to Wilson, that holds true for theatergoers already in love with some of Faction of Fools’ more well-known works, like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and for those with neither a penchant for Shakespeare nor a knowledge of Commedia dell’Arte. At a recent show at the Greenbelt Arts Center, not even the youngest members of the audience, 30 to 40 children around the age of six, could look away. When Wilson first saw the audience before the play started, he thought it would be a disaster. A bunch of sixyear-olds and an hour-long Shake-
A Commedia Romeo and Juliet. Presented at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, Jan 12 — Feb 4. Left to right: Paul Reisman as Mercutio and Drew Kopas as Romeo. Photo by Clinton Brandhagen. 24 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
edy is allowed to speak wisdom. Many of his low-status comic characters end up saying the most poignant things in his plays,” Wilson said. “We think that humor is powerful and deserves to be taken seriously.”
From the Old World to the New World
Elements of Commedia Style in Shakespeare
Tales of Love and Sausages, presented at Capital Fringe in summer 2010. Top to bottom: Daniel Flint as Brighella and Lindsey Snyder as Pantalone. Photo by Virginia Vogt.
speare play. But the children loved it. “They were transfixed,” Wilson said. “By the time Tybalt died, every child in the room had crept down below the first row of seats and they were all just sitting there like this,” said Wilson, propping his chin on two fists, as if in Commedia style. Wilson said that in Commedia dell’Arte style, internal thoughts, schemes, and emotions are expressed physically, in full view of the audience. “If you are excited, your feet are excited. If you are sad, it’s not just a little tear, it’s ‘my back is sad,’” Wilson explains. “Every emotion, idea or scheme or plan is physically manifest.” While the company’s name implies foolishness, Faction of Fools is serious about the power of comedy to carry deeper messages. “Shakespeare himself talks about the all-licensed fool who through com-
Shakespeare matches well with Commedia style, Wilson said, because the characters in Shakespeare’s plays evoke traditional Commedia archetypes: the buffoon servant, the babbling “professor” type, the brash braggart “capitano” character, and male and female “lover” characters. Consensus holds that the bard must have been influenced by Commedia style. But Wilson said knowing the history of Shakespeare and Commedia isn’t necessary in order to enjoy a Faction of Fools performance. “I don’t think that anybody needs to learn about theatrical history to appreciate this,” he said. “It’s not our goal to teach the audience a lesson about an old style. Our goal is to entertain people, and we believe that this style that started 500 years ago actually works really well and is still really entertaining.” And not all of the company’s shows are Shakespeare. In fact, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlecchino are the company’s first Shakespeare plays. A romantic comedy called The Mandrake, by Machiavelli, who is most famous for authoring The Prince, was Faction of Fools’ first play in residence last fall at Gallaudet. Faction of Fools’ first big show in 2010 was based on a script from an archive of 290 existing “scenari” – essentially, fragmentary stage notes from working theater companies - from late 17th Century Naples. The cast improvised using the three-page comedic “scenario”, consisting of entrances and
Full cast of Machiavelli’s The Mandrake. Presented at Gallaudet University, Sept 15 - Oct 8, 2011. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
exits and basic plot points. Wilson said he hopes to stage another “scenario” in spring, 2013. Faction of Fools has performed at the Capital Fringe Festival, Arena Stage’s Edward Albee Festival in Spring 2011, and at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival two years in a row. The company also serves as the coordinator in an annual festival dedicated to Commedia style, called Commedia dell’Arte Day. The festival, held every February 25th, is a worldwide event in which over 100 theatre companies and schools on all seven continents have participated.
The story of how Faction of Fools’ creative director Matt Wilson first trained in Commedia Dell’Arte weaves back over a decade, to Italy and back. Wilson, who was working as an ensemble and Shakespearean actor in New York, went to Italy in 2001 looking for “new techniques for the old bag of tricks.” For the next two years, Wilson trained in Italy with Antonio Fava, one of the most important maestros of Commedia style in the world today. He was invited to teach on the faculty of The International School of the Comic Actor (Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico) in Reggio Emilia. He moved to Washington, DC in 2007 for the Master of Fine Arts program at the Shakespeare Theater and George Washington University’s Academy for Classical Acting. He and his wife liked the city so much, they decided to stay. But of all of the different theater companies in town, no-
body was doing Commedia Dell’Arte. Wilson went around and asked if he would be stepping on any toes if he established a company. They said no, and so he did. “It has been amazing to see how this community of actors is willing to collaborate,” Wilson said. “I don’t think this company would have worked in New York. Nobody is that willing to commit to an ensemble.”
A Space for Collaboration and Inclusion
Faction of Fools has worked with over 80 actors, and there are 24 who are associated actors with the company. The company’s residence at Gallaudet University came out of an invitation from the University’s theater arts department. Under the coordination of Faction of Fools’ Director of Access and Inclusion, Lindsey Snyder, the company had already collaborated with Gallaudet and held workshops there as guest artists. “We had been interested for a long time in sign language, gestural language – Commedia dell’Arte is a very physical form – and access is something that is important to us,” Wilson said. He said one of Faction of Fools’ professional cast members is legally blind, and the two student actors are deaf. “We think that theater should be a place for everybody to collaborate.” More information about Faction of Fools, as well as ticket information and information about ASL-interpreted performances, can be found on their web site: www.factionoffools.org. u capitalcommunitynews.com u 25
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RETAIL THERAPY by Scott Fazzini
Pulp DC 1803 14th Street NW
There’s something comforting about a place that celebrates every holiday, some that I never even knew existed, with a fixture full of said holiday-themed product and topped with a flamboyant visual display. I just love it. Pulp also carries everyday items such as candles, journals, and “Pocket Kites” ($19.95). I can wonder around Pulp for hours and find gifts galore for friends, and walk away with about a dozen things for myself. I’m a geek for vintage books. I can fall in love with a book cover, beautiful binding, or sometimes just the title. I generally snatch it up and bring it home where it gets unceremoniously crammed into the mound of other forgotten books rarely to be seen again. Well, a brilliant company, Ex Libris Anonymous, has thoughtfully found a way to recycle these gems into journals ($15.95) to be carried around and enjoyed daily. I have a dear friend who is intelligent, hugely creative, remarkably stylish, and utterly unable to keep track of any of her passwords --enter “The Jotter” ($8.95), a darling fashionable book to aid in keeping track of all of your many, many passwords. I hope this helps you, Anna! And for me, a book that I anticipate will change my dating life forever and put me on the right track for bagging a husband. “How to Spot a Bastard by his Star Sign”, a bargain at only $13.95, comes complete with twelve compatibility tests. If I find a husband and have a little red-haired daughter I’ll name her Pulp out of gratitude.
Books turned Journals at Pulp. Photo by Scott Fazzini
Mom-N-Pop Antiques 3534 Georgia Avenue NW
Mom-N-Pop’s is one of those sweet little spots, a veritable cabinet of curiosities that I selfishly hesitate to advertise. Situated in an intimate building off of the beaten path, this shop carries product of all shapes and sizes, and everything in between. One of the things that I like most about this store is the juxtaposition of variety of goods and wares on display. A commemorative plate donning the mug of Little Orphan Annie circa 1982 ($15) hangs on the crumbling wall next to a Victorian portrait of a young gentleman ($125) housed in a heavily gilt frame. Another wall is clad in open bookshelves brimming with knickknacks, stemware, and housewares. Wondering through the manmade paths bordered by collectables and oddities one passes mounted horns, a large taxidermied deer head ($110), paintings, and other interesting accents --a table lamp comprised of four taxidermied hooves ($59), anyone? Near the back of the store is arranged larger items: chests, cocktail tables (this is where I found my lacquered Ming-style low table), and a large French-style pier mirror with shelf ($250)... if only I had a bit more space in my humble apartment. Large taxidermied deer head at Mom-N-Pop Antiques. Photo by Scott Fazzini 26 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot 1626 14th Street NW
When I first moved to DC I had a weekend routine of hitting up a lot of the vintage shops in the Adams Morgan / U Street area --a routine that continues to this day. One of my favorite spots was a tightly confined store, then on 18th Street, that was charmingly packed with goodies and armed by a very sweet, witty lady with a plate full of cookies. This was Miss Pixie’s. In 2005 she moved shop to a large location on 14th street, dipped it in bright pink paint, and filled it with wacky little treasures. This business plan is obviously working as the place is packed with product and customers each time I visit. Pixie stocks large pieces of furniture, (I fell in love with a little tangerine covered Victorian sofa ($295)), as well as lighting like a table lamp made from an antique wallpaper printing roller ($110), and great artwork such as a small framed organic sketch of a woman having her hair done ($95). The back room is filled top-to-bottom, side-to-side with farm-style tables, books, and records. But, it’s the massed-out collections of everyday objects that I’m often most drawn to: old black and white snapshots, vintage matchboxes, and assorted flatware (all $1.00 each). Great for adding to your existing collection, creating art projects, or just admiring. Vintage Matchboxes at Miss Pixies. Photo by Scott Fazzini
Home Rule 1807 14th Street NW
Home Rule is kind of like a mother -- comforting, but precariously balanced; welcoming, but anticipating something from you; possessed with a unique ability to make you feel happy to be in her presence, yet guilty for not settling down and being more domestic. Or maybe that’s just my mother... Suffice to say, I adore Home Rule regardless of how inadequate it might unintentionally make me feel. (*It’s not your fault Home Rule, it’s my mother’s.) In my dream kitchen, in my dream home (think the Royal Tenenbaum’s house) my pantry is fully stocked with pots and pans by Le Creuset (ranging from about $80 - $300), colorful Bundt pans ($17.99), matching spring form pans ($17.99), and a man who knows what to do with them --no, this is not a euphemism. Until then, I suppose I’ll continue to be happy with purchases like the little Buggu nylon shopping bag ($8.99) that folds into a tidy matching nylon envelope. There are many designs to choose from, an arduous task for me, but I opted for something simple --a pink background with little red wolves printed all over it.
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Jazz Avenues by Steve Monroe Appreciating Maurice …
The event at UDC highlighted the work of Korey and others who have made the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives there a significant repository of the heritage, with recordings, books, periodicals, posters, concert programs, newspaper clippings, photographs and other archival materials. See jazzarchives.org for more information.
The music was hard charging and melancholy, intense and sweeping with Cyrille a whirling yet efficient blur of intensity with his rapping and shuffling on drums and insistent chiming on cymbals
Thanks to the efforts of W.A. “Bill” Brower and Dr. Judith A. Korey of the University of the District of Columbia’s Jazz Archives, veteran drummer Maurice Lyles had a night of appreciation last Wammie winners month that was a history and life lesson Congrats to Afro Blue, top acapella for the good crowd that attended. The group; the Afro Bop Alliance, big band/ event served to remind us we must appreCaught… Andrew Cyrille swing recording; Esther Haynes, jazz vociate our jazz heritage this month, desigcalist; Bruce Swaim nated Jazz Appreciation Month Quartet, jazz duo/ 11 years ago by the Smithsonian group; Set h Kibel, Institution, and actually every jazz instrumentalmonth and bestow flowers while ist; and “My Heart we may. Stood Still,” Bruce Lyles, 84, who has played Swaim, jazz recordduring his career with Buck Hill, ing – all were winLeo Parker, Jimmy Heath, Earl ners at the 26th “Fatha” Hines, Roy Eldridge, Annual WashingSarah Vaughn and many other ton Area Music greats, spoke about his beginnings Association awards in North Carolina with the help event in February. of the visual display of photos and artifacts by Brower on a big screen. The two took us through Appreciating a spoken and visual tour of Lyles’ Wes … growing up in D.C., and his playAs the Smithing career here – at places like sonian celebrates the Howard Theater and Crystal Veteran drummer Maurice Lyles, a frequent performer on Friday Jazz Nights at Westminster PresJazz Appreciation byterian Church and other D.C. venues, spoke about his career in jazz at a forum last month at UDC. Caverns -- and in Philadelphia, Photo: Bababebop Jazz Images Month, one special Atlantic City and elsewhere. event is the SmithLyles talked about the music’s sonian Jazz MasThe mode was free bop as master ar- terworks Orchestra’s performance, “Wes origins among African Americans back in the day, from the work songs sang by ranger Mark Masters called the music Montgomery’s Incredible Jazz Guitar,” railroad men, and the plantation songs by of Andrew Cyrille and his big band that featuring the unit’s small ensemble at those in the cotton fields, saying, “… and night last month at the Atlas Performing 7:30 April 14 at Baird Auditorium, Nathis music that we are calling jazz, was Arts Center on H Street, with the master tional Museum of Natural History. Royce disrespected for a very long time, they percussionist Cyrille, longtime band mate Campbell will hold down the guitar chair called it the devil’s music … and I think of Cecil Taylor, leading an orchestral eve- for the date, highlighting one of the major what happened was that all these people ning of mostly his own compositions. artists who got this writer into jazz many The players included Cyrille’s trumpet moons ago. For more on JAM events, go who were doing the most fantastic kind of music making were African Americans. friend Clay Jenkins, Brad Linde, the Atlas to smithsonianjazz.org. So they had to deal with the discrimina- jazz series curator, who held down the bass tion that they faced during that period …” clarinet and baritone saxophone chair, Bri- Steve Monroe is a Washington, D.C. writer And Lyles talked also of the gospel mu- an Settles, Duke Ellington School of the who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues. sic rhythms that you can also hear in jazz, Arts grad, who has moved on to fame in com and followed at www.twitter.com/ most vivid in jazz versions of “When the New York and elsewhere, on tenor sax, and jazzavenues. u rising star Donvonte McCoy on trumpet. Saints Go Marching In.” 28 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
April Highlights: Howard University Jazz Ensemble, April 13, Westminster Church ... Barry Harris, April 13-14, Bohemian Caverns ... Keiko Matsui, April 19, Blues Alley ... Doug Lawrence Quartet, April 20-21, Twins Jazz ... Jon Faddis, April 25, Blues Alley ... Ayanna Gregory, April 26, Bohemian Caverns ... DC Jazz Composers Collective CD Release Party, April 26, Twins Jazz ... Cecille McLoran Salvant, April 27, Kennedy Center ... Thad Wilson Presents, April 27, Westminster Church ... Orrin Evans, April 27-28, Bohemian Caverns ... Anacostia River & Jazz Festival, April 28, Anacostia Park … Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project, April 28, Kennedy Center ... Calvin Jones Big Band Festival, April 30, UDC ...
April Birthdays: Harry Carney 1; Booker Little 2; Jimmy McGriff 3; Stanley Turrentine 5; Randy Weston, Gerry Mulligan 6; Billie Holiday, Freddie Hubbard 7; Carmen McRae 8; Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau 12; Gene Ammons 14; Richard Davis 15; Bennie Green, Herbie Mann 16; Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente 20; Slide Hampton 21; Charles Mingus 22; Johnny Griffin, Joe Henderson 24; Ella Fitzgerald 25; Teddy Edwards 26; Connie Kay 27; Duke Ellington 29; Percy Heath 30.
he votes have been counted. The primaries are over. Will anyone miss the oceans of yard signs or those tedious debates? The Nose, for one, will not be disappointed to go back to spending evenings reading the ravings of Menken while sipping his favorite poison. Yet, the close voting margins in the At-Large race will drag out the campaign, Al Gore style, for the next several weeks. Poor V.O. Orange worked hard to raise hoards of cash from local business interests. His minions stuffed voters’ mailboxes with multiple flyers purchased with this largesse. The Nose even unplugged his phone to avoid the annoyance of dinnertime robotic endorsements. Yet despite all his efforts and dollars, DC voters did not provide Orange with a crushing margin of victory. Residents of Upper Caucasia, who had latched on to his ethics credentials in the last chase for Chair, deserted him. Lower Caucasia, home of Jack “I Developed DC” Evans gave him fewer votes than it awarded Peter “The Carpetbagger” Shapiro. Outer Caucasia, home of Tommy “Goody Two Shoes” Wells turned up its nose as well. The Hipster Ward, despite the endorsement of their councilmember, Jim “Bowtie” Graham, voted for Sekou “Round Two” Biddle by a two to one margin. Even in Ward 4, home to the famous Gold Coast, voters refused to cede Orange a majority, preferring their favorite son. To make matters worse, Dr. Gail “I Am the Alternative” Holness nipped at his heels in the city’s eastern wards. Orange did not manage to win a majority of the city’s wards. Nor did he win a geographical mandate. Had turnout in Lower Caucasia and the Hipster Ward rivaled that of Ward 7, he would have been toast. Why didn’t voters turn out from these neighborhoods? Neither the wealthy of Ward 2, who have no issue with city services or paying for private schooling, nor the cool denizens of Ward 1, glued to their bike saddles and yoga mats, seem to have paid attention to the election. Orange also benefited mightily once again by a split in the Progressive vote engineered by The Carpetbagger, who like a pied piper led the new urbanists away from the Biddle bandwagon. The mantra of “Defeat Orange at All Costs” seems to have been absent in Shapiro’s electoral equations. The tiny 1.02% majority V.O. eked out citywide was largely derived from the city’s three eastern wards. Here, V.O.’s old-style messaging, no doubt, found many willing ears. In fact, these poorer, economically challenged neighborhoods remain quite vote rich. Only an ignorant candidate ignores them. Yet, clearly V.O.’s challengers failed to provide the city’s eastern residents with a compelling reason to vote against him. Perhaps, it is because when confronted with unemployment levels rivaling the Great Depression and failing neighborhood schools, these voters have bigger fish to fry. Future candidates should take due note. Don’t feel rejected V.O. Just keep humming this tune: I wanna be elected by you just you and nobody else but you I wanna be elected by you - alone. Boo boo bee doo I couldn’t aspire to anything higher and to feel the desire to make the council seat my own. Badum badum bee doodily dum ! Boo ! Have a thought for The Nose, email email@example.com. u capitalcommunitynews.com u 29
+ District Beat
Wrapping Up the DC Primaries
here’s nothing worse than having your esteemed editors push your deadline to account for a coming election—and that election remain unsettled after all of the ballots have been counted. But that’s what happened after polls closed on the April 3 D.C. primary. In the marquee matchup between Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) and Sekou Biddle for an At-Large seat on the D.C. Council, Orange emerged victorious by a mere 543 votes, or 1.05 percent of all ballots cast. Still, that wasn’t enough for him to declare victory—with absentee and provisional votes yet to be counted, the margin between the two could well fall under the one percent mark, triggering an automatic recount. The race is significant for a number of reasons. First, because it was the only race in which the incumbent did not handily win re-election. In ward 2, 4, 7, and 8, challengers failed to defeat the incumbents they decried on the campaign trail. Second, it demonstrates the corrosive effect the blossoming scandal involving city contractor and campaign contributor Jeffrey Thompson had on Orange, who in March admitted to having taken $26,000 in money orders from Thompson for his 2010 At-Large campaign. Third, it may finally dampen Orange’s enthusiasm—and electability—for higher office.
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by Martin Austermuhle open secret that he was again eyeing the possibility for 2014. At a number of candidate forums over the last three months, Orange repeatedly refused to answer the simple question over whether he would complete an At-Large term or throw himself into the mayoral race. Even if he does end up beating Biddle, Orange’s calculations for how to proceed have surely changed. First of, consider the fact that the Thompson scandal—which is slowly engulfing just about everyone in the city’s political establishment—is only now starting to show itself. If voter disgust with what has been exposed already was enough to give Biddle a big enough boost to get him within a few hundred votes of Orange, then Orange has to think: “How many more votes will I lose if this gets worse?” That’s not to say that Orange couldn’t win a mayoral election with the votes he had yesterday. All told, he did what plenty of citywide candidates have done before him—sweep wards 5, 7 and 8. Still, he lost out to Biddle in Ward 4—albeit narrowly. It won’t be lost on him that it was Ward 4 that helped decide the 2010 mayoral contest. Additionally, Orange fared terribly in wards 1, 2, 3, and 6. It was only two years ago that Orange carried Ward 3 in his fight against Kwame Brown for the council’s top post, and now he can’t rely on its votes anymore. If Orange wants to regain the voters’ confidence he steadily lost over the last few months, he’ll have to start now. In many ways, though, that’s out of his control. If the Thompson fun-
draising scandal continues, Orange could find himself explaining his actions rather than prepping himself for the rigors of a citywide mayoral battle that is expected to heat up as soon as next year.
Just as Orange’s mayoral fortunes have fallen, Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s (D-Ward 4) seem to have risen. Against a field of five challengers, Bowser came away with a respectable 65 percent of the vote. Rumors have surfaced as to her future ambitions, but unlike Orange, she’s dealt with them more deftly. At a candidate forum in March, Bowser was asked whether she would serve a full term if re-elected. Quickly pivoting, she said she would do whatever the residents of Ward 4 would ask of her. Given the April 3 results, her constituents are clearly happy with her—and probably wouldn’t mind having another mayor from Ward 4, either.
Marion, the Councilmember-for-Life
Plenty of people across the city spent much of 2012 thinking, “Could this be the year Marion Barry gets voted out of office?” The problem is that many of those people don’t live in Ward 8, and those that do seemed to have thought that Barry was worth a third term on the council. Of all of the candidates facing challengers, none did better than Barry. In taking 72 percent of the vote, Barry again proved that he’s the indispensable councilmember he always
claimed he was. While his campaign seemed to lack energy and the fates finally looked to be conspiring against him, Barry again proved that it’s tough to quit him. The overwhelming victory he enjoyed will likely embolden him on the council, reversing a trend under which he has been seen as more and more irrelevant.
Yvette Alexander won her reelection bid in Ward 7. In November’s general election, she faces Ron Moten, formerly of Peaceaholics who claimed victory in the rare Republican primary. Of course, Moten’s a Republican in a ward that’s not. (He only needed 61 votes to win.) He has to find a way to convince enough Democrats that may not like Alexander that he’s worth voting for. At the same time, he’ll have to fend off attacks from Alexander claiming that, well, he’s a Republican. Brand matters, after all. (In a year that President Obama will be up for re-election, no less.) Additionally, he’s still under a cloud for scandals related to city funds that were directed to Peaceaholics and a group home it started. ßStill, this will be the most entertaining race to watch in November.
Divided We Fall
Alexander’s victory again brings up an issue that has bedeviled challengers for as long as democracy has existed—dividing up the vote against an incumbent. While the division of votes was most pronounced in
Ward 7, it may also have played a significant role in the AtLarge contest. Supporters of Biddle grumbled on election night that fellow challenger Peter Shapiro might have cost Biddle the win by peeling off progressive voters and helping Orange attack Biddle on the campaign trail. There might be some truth to that—Shapiro took 30 percent of the vote in Ward 3, or some 1,300 votes. Had he dropped out of the race, at least some of those could have gone to Biddle. With 543 votes separating Biddle and Orange, every vote counts. Of course, challenger E. Gail Anderson Holness took some votes out of Orange’s base east of the river, so she might cancel out what Shapiro took from Biddle. And as Shapiro supporters noted, Biddle himself was something of a spoiler in last year’s special election, potentially costing Patrick Mara votes against Orange. Avoiding the spoiler effect seems to have worked in one case, though. In Ward 5, which faces a special election on May 15, ANC Commissioner John Salatti dropped out of the race early on. The reason? He was concerned that he and Kenyan McDuffie would split the progressive vote in the ward, allowing frontrunner Delano Hunter to easily win election to the council. Martin Austermuhle is the Editor-in-Chief of DCist.com and a freelance writer. He lives in Petworth. H capitalcommunitynews.com u 31
+ The Numbers
It’s Budget Season!
Once again the budget is being balanced by cuts in housing and human services
n March 23rd, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced his priorities for the upcoming year. That morning, he released his Fiscal Year 2013 budget. By law, the DC Council has 56 days to review, tinker and tweak, but by May 15—when the Council has scheduled its vote on the package—the budget must balance. Gray’s proposal offers a balance of cuts and revenue to close a $172 million gap and compensate for reduced federal funding. But an initial analysis shows the cuts are heavily weighted toward programs in housing and human services, as happened last year. As part of his budget package, Mayor Gray included a $120 million “wish list” that would restore many of these cuts, including funding for services for homeless families, if the District experiences an unanticipated revenue boost over the year. If Gray thinks good times are ahead, why do we have a gap? The cost of providing services in DC is rising because more students are expected to enroll in publicly funded schools, more people will qualify for DC’s health programs, health care costs are rising, and just plain old inflation. Yet the city’s economic recovery is still fragile, so tax collections are not keeping up with these demands.
Revenue: Cruisin’ and Boozin’
Mayor Gray’s proposed budget does not include tax increases. He does propose to raise $70 million through four major sources: improved collection of existing taxes and fees, increased traffic fines, expanded sales hours for alcohol, and adjustments to some income and property tax deductions. The smallest revenue source will likely
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by Elissa Silverman be one of the most controversial. Under Gray’s proposal, bars would stay open an hour later—until 3 a.m. weekdays and 4 a.m. weekends—and stores could start selling beer and wine as early as 7 a.m. The mayor says this will add about $5 million to city coffers, as the city collects more taxes on more food and drinks sold. Another proposal that will likely generate a lot of discussion is an expansion of traffic enforcement. Gray says that the speeding cameras, lasers that will monitor speed in tunnels and mobile traffic enforcement cameras will add $24.8 million to the city treasury. Enhanced collection of existing taxes and fees will add about $28 million. This includes a more vigorous collection of sales taxes and application of the vacant property tax. And $12 million would come from scaling back planned inflation adjustments for two income tax benefits – the standard deduction and the personal exemption -and the property tax homestead deduction for homeowners. These tax benefits haven’t been adjusted for inflation for many years. Rather than fully catch up these deductions for lost ground, the mayor wants to adjust for inflation for just one year. This means that residents would pay more in taxes than if the scheduled five-year inflation adjustment had gone into effect.
Cuts: Housing and Health Get Hit Again
The proposed FY 2013 budget has about $73 million in cuts to public services, disproportionately impacting programs that help keep families stable, both in terms of health and housing. This area
of the budget has been hit hard during the last three years, even as unemployment and poverty rose in the recession, due to multiple rounds of budget cuts. In addition, several reductions in federal funding that were not replaced with local funds on initial glance seem to fall heavily in health and human services, particularly housing for homeless residents. The major cuts and reductions include: • Health care coverage for low-income DC residents. The Mayor’s FY 2013 budget includes a $23 million reduction to DC’s Healthcare Alliance, which would limit benefits to primary and preventive care and no longer cover hospitalization. There is also an $8 million reduction from reduced Medicaid reimbursement rates, mainly for hospital services. • Affordable Housing. Gray proposes to cut in half the main program that funds renovation and construction of affordable housing for the second year in a row. The $20 million cut from the Housing Production Trust Fund means that little progress will be made to build and renovate affordable housing in the District. • Homeless services: The budget includes a $7 million shortfall for homeless services, due to depletion of some federal funding sources. The budget does not provide adequate funding to operate the shelter for homeless families at DC General, or to provide sufficient transitional housing subsidies to move families out of shelter. • Cash Assistance for Families with Children: The proposed budget keeps
in place steep cuts to income assistance for families that were adopted in last year’s budget and will go into effect in October 2012. Cash assistance benefits for 6,200 families who received TANF assistance— including 12,000 children — would be reduced to $257 per month for a family of three. While the Department of Human Services is implementing a promising re-design of its welfare-to-work services, city officials acknowledge that many families will see benefit cuts before being enrolled in the new program. It is not clear how these families, many of whom face low literacy and other barriers to work, will manage to make ends meet. Funding for DC Public Schools would go up 2 percent, yet core school expenses for teachers and other staff will grow 5 percent. This is because private funding for teacher performance bonuses has ended, and health and other fringe benefit costs are rising sharply. As a result, DCPS proposes increasing class sizes in middle schools and high schools, and smaller schools would lose funding for their librarian.
Contingency Priority List: Crossing Fingers For Good Times Ahead
In a novel move, Mayor Gray included a funding “wish list” as part of his proposal. If the District sees an uptick in revenue next year, Gray proposes to use the money to restore funding to many of the health and housing programs that he just proposed cutting. Many of the programs that would be restored first are services for low- and moderateincome families. Gray listed 25 programs, but here are the Top 10, in order: 1. $7 million for Homeless Services loss of federal funding 2. $14.7 million for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Employment Program 3. $23 million for Healthcare Alliance restoration 4. $20 million for Housing Production Trust Fund 5. $2.6 million for Victim Services 6. $1.1 million to repeal tax on out-of-state bonds 7. $8.6 million to Office of State Superintendent for infant and toddler services 8. $5 million for OSSE special education 9. $1.6 to Department of Human Services 10. $2.9 million to Housing Production Assistance Program DCFPI will be working over the next few weeks to issue more detailed analyses of overall changes made in the FY 2013 budget. Please check our website, www.dcfpi.org, for more details. u
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Logan Circles by Mark F. Johnson
space will possibly include a restaurant or two, which probably comes as a surprise to no one who tracks U/14 happenings.
seeks to ride the eastward ho trend to H Street in NE Washington’s hip new Atlas District. The store is Those who keep up with U/14 set to open officially on May 1 in developments probably still remema brand new two-level glass-front ber that the Central Union Mission building at 510 H Street, NE, Comings: at 14th and R Streets has been slated one block away from restaurant Food-Friendly Fourteenth for redevelopment for at least the past Boundary Road where President Another new restaurant two years. It has been stalled because Obama and Mrs. Obama recently some may be saying? Already the Mission, a homeless shelter for dined. Lots of new residential and a foodie-friendly strip, we hear men, cannot move until it finds a new commercial development is on the that American and International location. While the Mission had Georbooks for the corridor including a Tapas is coming to the old ACKC gia Avenue on its mind as the place to brand new Giant supermarket to at 14th and Que. Apparently the relocate, neighborhood outcry caused rise at 3rd and H NE with a conHere comes Louis Fourteenth, new luxury rental housing and retail at folks behind this proposed new them to shift their focus to downtown 14th and U. do unit above it as well as other business want to go small plate to and the Gales School on Massachusetts condo, housing and retail projects small plate with incredibly popuAvenue, NW, itself a former shelter. Room and Board. The pizzeria, which along the strip from Union Stalar Estadio located across the street on Meanwhile, development continues will open “soon” according to owners, is tion down to Benning Road. Some the corner of 14th and Church. There to go on all around the Central Union going with the popular 1960s interior Mission. But we recently learned that is a liquor license application on the design with pieces bought at neighbor- are already comparing H Street, NE to the Mission has been granted a two- window of the former chocolate shop ing Hunted House and other venues. U/14 or at least they see the two comyear extension by the Historic Preserva- and coffee bar that went out of business There is a separate entrance to the up- peting for day time as well as night time action very soon. No word yet on what tion Review Board, on its plan to rede- around the beginning of the year. stairs level restaurant. Once the restau- will move into the upper level compartAs reported previously in this colvelop into a combination office/retail/ rant opens, late-night pizza lovers will residential space encompassing the en- umn, Ted’s BULLETIN, the Capi- have a choice between the new gourmet mentalized space at 1830 14th Street where the store had used the long, nartire block of 14th between R and Riggs tol Hill bistro that opened in 2010 is pizza and long-timer Manny & Olga’s row space, formerly three apartments, launching a second location at the and three townhouses on R that are part as its showroom for the past five years. District, the under –construction conof the Mission complex. According to Goings: Fewer Places to Buy Also looking for a new home is do project going up on 14th between developer Eric Colbert, also working on Furniture on “Furniture Row” Timothy Paul Carpets and Textiles at S and Swann Streets. According to a project across the street, a residential After about 10 years at the corner 1404 14th Street as the lease is soon a news release the restaurant will be component to the project that will rise of 14th and Rhode Island Avenue, to be up on the Abdo space. The store, larger than its predecessor on Capitol behind the street-front facades will infurniture retailer Reincarnations has which opened in 2003 is opting for a Hill with around 180 seats as well as an clude some 2-story units and the retail announced that they are closing. The space that could combine its textile and expanded bakery. Capital Carpet and official explanation is that they have bedding location, currently located also Home has also opened lost their lease. No word on whether on 14th in the 1500 block, into one up after moving across the shop, purveyors of much that is space, according to the owners. With the street to newly ren- eccentric, one of a kind, and “over the Reincarnations closing across the street, ovated but smaller digs top”, will relocate to another retail space lower 14th Street near Thomas Circle at 1832 14th Street in somewhere else. The store reincarnated is getting light on retail and heavier the property it shares itself on 14th Street from 17th Street on restaurants. Much of the foot trafwith Local 16’s soon- years ago, basically about the time the fic turns west onto P Street, say many to-come gourmet piz- gay and design scene started disappear- observers, which means that shoppers zeria located upstairs. ing from Dupont Circle and taking up often don’t make it to that part of 14th between P and Thomas Circle. InterThe property is sand- residence in Logan Circle. Further up 14th Street, Hunted estingly, upper 14th, even north of the wiched in between Hunted House Mid House, Mid Century Modern and USA Mall, is being seen increasingly as Century Modern and Vintage Furniture, Art and Accessories prime retail estate for more and more Vintage Furniture and is leaving U/14! “Hit H for Hunted businesses as development continues to There goes (at some point) the Central Union Mission for new House” admonishes the Mod shop as it move north and east. u development at 14th and R.
Central Union Mission Re-development Project Extended
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Shaw Streets by Ralph Brabham
Seasonal Pantry Named Best New Shaw Business of 2011
At its annual meeting on March 22, 2012, Shaw Main Streets announced the winner of its annual “Best New Shaw Business of 2011” poll. Only new businesses that opened in 2011 were eligible. Seasonal Pantry won Best New Shaw Business of 2011. Seasonal Pantry is located at 13141/2 9th St., NW, and was founded by Ali Bagheri and Daniel O’Brien. It is a market featuring an ever-changing pantry of prepared items, fresh and dried pasta, and produce from local farmers, and it hosts regular supper clubs. SUNdeVICH won first runner up for Best New Shaw Business of 2011. Located in Naylor Court behind 1314 9th St., NW, SUNdeVICH is a sandwich shop featuring a globally inspired menu. Every sandwich is named after an international city and utilizes ingredients and flavors true to that country or region. Pizza D’Oro won second runner up for Best New Shaw Business of 2011. Located at 717 T St., NW, Pizza D’Oro offers an array of pizzas, calzones, and subs.
Bistro Bohem Opens at 6th and Florida
Bistro Bohem (600 Florida Ave., NW) opened at 6th St. and Florida Ave., NW, in March 2012. The beautiful eatery is the vision and product of owner Jarek Mika and reflects his Czechoslovakian heritage, his culinary experience and strong sense of commitment to the community. The heavily eastern European influenced menu (think goulash, bratwurst and pierogis) is oriented towards sharing
plates with your dining party. Bistro Bohem offers a full bar that includes draft and bottled beers, a curated wine list, and an interesting specialty cocktail menu.
vin, Gibson, Blackbyrd, Patty Boom Boom, the Dickson and American Ice Company. It will be called “El Ray,” and its alcohol license allows for mariachi bands during the day on Saturdays and Sundays. Fronting U St. will be a comNew Sculpture Graces bination of corrugated shipping Ellington Plaza containers flanking a recessed In late March, a twentyaluminum and glass storefront foot tall sculpture of Edward system with glass entry door, “Duke” Ellington was inand open take-out window with stalled near the front entrance an angled metal canopy. The reof the newly renovated HowThe new sculpture “Encore” on Ellington Plaza. Photo: Ralph Brabham mainder of the site will consist ard Theatre at T St. and Florof an open summer garden enida Ave., NW. Named “Enthe $150,000 commission from D.C.’s core,” the piece shows the jazz legend Commission on the Arts and Hu- closed by a wooden fence and topped by a partially covered metal truss roof sitting on a G clef and playing a piano manities in a competition. that is whimsically turning into notes The sculpture rests on a new plaza system. The shipping containers will as it moves upward and around the G called “Ellington Plaza,” which is the enclose and segregate interior kitchen, clef. product of a $2.5 million overhaul of refrigeration and restroom areas. The HPRB staff noted that Sculptor Zachary Oxman spent the streetscape in front of the Howtwo years making the piece. He won ard by the District Department of the “use of shipping containers for Transportation. The entire proj- temporary retail and arts uses is an ect included roadway reconstruc- increasingly popular option for tion and resurfacing with special activating vacant urban sites” and concrete pavers, new sidewalks that the “proposal is also consistent featuring brick and concrete pav- with the Office of Planning’s Temers, architectural lighting, plant- porary Urbanism Initiative which ers, granite benches, utility work, seeks to transform vacant spaces into upgrade of streetlights and traffic vibrant destination signals, and installation of cenThree Businesses tralized parking meters.
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Bistro Bohem opened in March with an Eastern European focused menu. Photo: Ralph Brabham
On March 22, 2012, the Historic Preservation Review Board approved a plan for a unique addition to the U Street corridor: shipping containers. Unlike their traditional utilitarian use, these shipping containers will comprise a taqueria at an empty lot at 919 U St., NW. The venture is the latest of Ian and Eric Hilton – who are behind such destinations Mar-
In the first quarter of 2012, 9th St. lost three retailers: Abou Master Goldsmith, Lamont Bishop Gallery and Shakti MindBody Studio. In 2006, jeweler Abou Master Goldsmith moved from Adams Morgan to 1249 9th St., NW, one of the Convention Center’s perimeter retail spaces. Lamont Bishop Gallery operated at 1302 9th for just about one year, having opened in 2011. Shakti MindBody studio closed its location at 1302 9th St., after having been there since 2009. u capitalcommunitynews.com u 35
The Triangle by Amanda Wilson
Downtown DC Kids Rallies for Playground
or young children who want to run free and play outside in downtown Washington, DC, the nation’s capital city is missing something major: public playgrounds. Complicating plans for play spaces is the fact that control of land in the District is split between a hodgepodge of federal – in the form of the National Park Service - District, and lease-agreement ownership. Thus, planning for park renovation is a process that can sometimes take years, even decades. But that’s been no obstacle to one group of parents who have launched a grassroots push
– and set in motion real plans - for some safe play spaces in the downtown for their little ones. The group is called Downtown DC Kids. The playground group, whose web site DowntownDcKids.org, “for families living and playing in downtown DC,” has resources and information about the playground initiative, has already gotten support and encouragement from some neighborhood groups and area politicians, including Councilmember Tommy Wells, who chairs the DC Council’s committee overseeing parks. The Mount Vernon CID and Mount Vernon
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Square Neighborhood Association have voiced their support, and now the playground group is calling for members of the public who really care about finally creating a safe playground for kids in the downtown area to throw their support behind the effort.
Playground Path Faces Hurdles
DC mom Caroline Armijo, a leader in the playground project, says Mount Vernon Triangle residents stand to benefit directly. She said the parents also want the playground for the children in daycares, who are required to be outside every day for over an hour and are just walked around on ropes because they have nowhere to go. Several of the proposed sites for playgrounds, including pocket parks surrounding Carnegie Library and Cobbs Park, are in the Triangle. But the road could be difficult. For example, plans for renovating Chinatown Park were approved in 2004, Armijo said, but ground was just broken on Monday, April 2, 2012. That goes to show how long park planning can take in the District. But to parents
passionate about creating a safe public play space for kids in the downtown, that’s no obstacle. Downtown DC Kids first met about a year ago, but in that year has already made major headway. They’ve already identified possible park spaces for playgrounds, brought together leaders from the city and the National Park Service to discuss options, and even organized a November parade - complete with green, “Help Build a Playground in Downtown DC” T-shirts - and a March pop-up play event. In early December, Downtown DC Kids organized a walking tour with parents, city officials, and highlevel National Park Service leaders to look at four possible sites for playgrounds and the potential for each area.
Three Potential Sites
Downtown DC Kids has a shortlist of three possible spaces for a playground. Cobbs Park at 2nd and Massachusetts is the most likely: it’s in Mount Vernon Triangle, owned by DC already, and under the management of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “I think it has a lot of potential,” Armijo said. She said a park on the land could serve area families, and that the Mount Vernon CID had already pledged to help with daily upkeep of a future playground. The second-most likely site includes four pocket parks that surround Carnegie Library Land. Those parks are owned by the National Park Service, but could be transferred to the city if the Mayor writes a letter asking to make the transfer official. That process could take up to a year. Downtown DC Kids says any plans
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for the spaces in the future would maintain aesthetic sensitivity to the site, be well-designed, and possibly involve an architectural planning competition. Although planning for it could take up to a decade, number three on the list of possible sites for a playground is Franklin Square Park between 13th and 14th streets. The park is the largest park in the immediate downtown area beside the National Mall – which gets far more attention in terms of funding and visitation - and has a school on its eastern side. “I think there is a real opportunity for it to be a world-class park,” Armijo said. She said the Park Service had expressed an interest in updating it. “The National Park Service just needs to hear from the community that they are interested in supporting that park,” she said.
Play Events Already Underway
Downtown DC Kids held a popup play event on March 3rd with
movable “Imagination Playground” equipment. The equipment are basically giant foam tinker toys – big blocks and circles of foam – that children can use to build things they imagine, like bridges or cars. The equipment was loaned to Downtown DC Kids by The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, part of the non-profit So Others Might Eat (SOME.) The project holds weekly play opportunities in different locations for area under-served youth. Downtown DC Kids would like to do something similar, and is applying for a grant to get “Imagination Playground” equipment for monthly, community pop-up play events. The group is applying for a grant from KaBOOM! - kaboom.org. For more information, visit the group’s web site: http://downtowndckids. org or subscribe to the listserv: http:// downtowndcplayground.posterous.com u
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JAM-min’ Family Day at American Art Museum
American Art celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month ( JAM)! Baltimore Jazz Alliance’s Jazz for Kids band presents an introduction to jazz music, with a family-friendly miniconcert including audience participation. Children can also visit a “petting zoo” of musical instruments, where they try out some or all the band’s instruments—drums, flute, saxophone, clarinet, recorder, bass, violin, guitar, trumpet, and trombone. Free. Apr 28, 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. American Art Museum, 8th and F sts. NW. 202633-7970. mericanart.si.edu
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Elephant Barn Tours at the Zoo
Friends of the National Zoo now offers tours of Elephant Trails, featuring the state-of-the-art Barn. This behind-the-scenes tour is the only way to see the Barn’s multiple elephant suites, featuring a four-foot-deep sand floor; elephant enrichment; green design features such as geothermal wells, operable skylights, and a roof covered with vegetation. Guests will have the opportunity to see keepers working with elephants and artifacts like teeth and poop up close. One hundred percent of the proceeds support elephant enrichment. Wednesdays and Sundays. 8:15-9:30 a.m. $40 per person (13 and older); $20 (ages 3-12); children 2 and under are free. For reservations, contact Caroline Winslow at (202) 633-3057 or firstname.lastname@example.org. National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 38 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
Somewhere deep inside the Museum an elite group of recruits is lurking in the shadows preparing to take on top secret missions. No one really knows who they are, or for that matter, what they’re really up to. Now it’s your turn to join their ranks. Each day at Spy Camp is filled with top secret briefings and activities that will put spy skills and street smarts to the test. Aspiring KidSpy recruits will hone their tradecraft, learn from real spies, and hit the streets to run training missions. Develop a disguise for cover, make and break codes, discover escape and evasion techniques, create and use spy gadgets, uncover the science behind spying—all of this and more awaits young recruits! Ages 1013. No grownups allowed. July 30Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $415. International Spy Mu-
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WPAS: Feder Memorial String Competition Recital
On Apr 18, noon, the winners of WPAS’s competition, DC-area youth grades 6-12, will play classical works at the Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Free. shakespearetheatre.org
Out of the Classroom and Into the World
Learning from Field Trips, Educating from Experience, and Unlocking the Potential of Our Students and Teachers. Author Salvatore Vascellaro discussion and book signing. Monday, May 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202-387-7638. busboysandpoets.com
Weekly Wii Game Night at Northwest One Library
All ages can enjoy Wii Game Night every Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. Free. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. dclibrary.org/northwest
Kidical Mass DC to Teach ABC’s of Family Biking
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DCPS Receives Across the Board Increase in Lottery Applications
District of Columbia Public Schools experienced an across-theboard increase in applications for the annual Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and K-12 Out-of-Boundary lottery with strong gains at the preschool and pre-kindergarten levels reflecting a continuing trend of growth in those grades. This year, DCPS schools received a total 7,299 lottery applications, an increase of about 9.5% over the 2011 lottery. Much of the increase reflects continued strong interest in early childhood programs with 4,106 applications for seats at the preschool and pre-K levels, an increase of about 8% over 2011, when DCPS received 3,807 applications for preschool and pre-K seats. The 10 schools to receive the most applications saw the bulk of requests 40 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
at the preschool and pre-K levels, including Maury Elementary in Ward 6 and Bancroft Elementary in Ward 1-two schools new to the top 10. Increases in preschool and pre-K applications reflect a coordinated effort led by the DCPS Office of Early Childhood Education to engage families and caregivers about the importance of enrolling our youngest learners in quality education programs and to explain and assist them with the application process. dcps.dc.gov
Weave a Basket at the African Art Museum
Coiled weaving techniques are used to make everyday household items, such as baskets, furniture, and mats. The baskets are made from a variety of locally grown or found materials, such as stalk fibers, dyed raffia leaves, banana tree stems and fibers, and grasses that lend themselves to weaving. Join us to learn a technique to weave your own artwork. Free. Ages 12, up. RSVP 202-633-4646. Space is limited. Apr 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m. African Art Museum, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4600. africa.si.edu
Teatro de la Luna Performance for Preschoolers
There will be a Teatro de la Luna bilingual English-Spanish presentation for preschoolers, in observance of El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)! Apr 24, 10:30 a.m. Watha T. DanielShaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288. dclibrary.org/watha
Art a la Cart: Family Program at American Art Museum
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:005:00 p.m., kids ages 7-12 can travel through the galleries and handle brushes, palettes, bison hide, and bottle caps at interactive carts. It’s free. Handouts are available at both information desks. American Art Museum, 8th and F sts. NW. 202633-7970. americanart.si.edu
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Casey Trees has begun accepting applications for its High School Summer Crewjobs program. This year marks the ninth season, which will run from June 18-Aug 3. Selected students are trained in proper tree care, then travel in teams by bicycle or truck to former Casey Trees planting sites across DC to water, weed and mulch trees that have been in the ground for less than two years. Crew members work 35 hours, Monday-Friday, for $9 an hour. Applicants must be 16 or older, be enrolled in or just graduating high school, demonstrate an interest in the environment, lift 40 pounds and be willing and able to work outdoors in all weather conditions with a variety of landscaping tools. Applications must be completed online in one sitting and are due by May 18. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis and finalists will participate in all-day field tryouts on June 18 and 19, when they learn firsthand the type of tree-care work they would be doing during the program. Since 2002, 104 high
school students have served as Summer Crew members helping to care for Casey Treesplanted trees in all eight wards. More information regarding the Summer Crew program, including the online application, can be found at caseytrees.org/summercrew.
How to Find Out if Your Child Has Been Exposed to Lead
Did you know that much of the District of Columbia’s housing stock still contains lead paint? The District’s lead laws are there to protect residents from harmful exposure to lead. But sometimes, exposure can still occur, and the youngest of our children are those who are at greatest risk of harmful health effects. To see if your child is being exposed to lead, ask your pediatrician to take a blood sample, which they are required to do for all DC children, at both ages 1 and 2. For more information, visit ddoe. dc.gov/lead or call 202-535-2600.
Upscale Yard Sale
Friendship News Network, a program of Friendship Public Charter Schools, is hosting a sale and student crafts fair at Chamberlain capitalcommunitynews.com u 41
participants. With nearly 30 college and university recruitment representatives in attendance, the annual event serves as an admission fair for graduating high school seniors. The goal of this initiative is to help encourage all students to make college a part of their immediate futures.
Kids Set Sail 2012
Father and son enjoy crafts and candlemaking at the DAR Museum’s Fall Family Day. Photo: Raina J. Boyd
Fun Family Saturdays at DAR Museum: Family Tree
What’s in a name? Learn the meaning of your name and how to create a family tree based on your family history. Contact 202-879-3240 or museum@ dar.org. Supplies are limited. Advance registration requested; drop-ins welcomed. Free admission. For ages 7 and older. Saturday, Apr 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW. 202-879-3240. dar.org School, Saturday, Apr 28, 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m., 1345 Potomac Ave SE. (between 12th and 13th across from Harris Teeter). The sale will offer designer clothes, shoes, purses, costume jewelry, small furniture and appliances. Featured prominently will be the handcrafted artwork of Friendship’s many student entrepreneurs. Proceeds will help raise funds for FNN’s June student trip to Costa Rica. Now in its 7th year, Friendship News Network is an award-winning media enterprise run by students from grades 4-12 at seven schools in Washington, DC and one in Baltimore. With guidance from media professionals and teachers, FNN student reporters learn to use all forms of electronic media to research and investigate news for their website ourfnn.com and their magazine, Rated-T.
Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research
The Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt is offering a five-day program for the purpose of increasing 42 u Midcity DC | APRIL 2012
the awareness of and providing opportunities for girls to explore non-traditional career fields with research scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Middle school girls entering grades 7 and 8 with at least a B average in science or math are eligible to apply. Application can be found at education. gsfc.nasa.gov/sister/Sister_application_2012.pdf. Applications must be submitted via fax by Apr 20 to 301286-1655. For more information, contact Terri Patterson, Office of Higher Education, 301-286-4398 or Marion Carson, Equal Opportunity Program Office at 301-286-0628.
College Round-Up Day a Huge Success
On Mar 10, DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown hosted the 2012 Annual College Round-Up Day, in which he took 140 DC high school seniors to a college fair at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, North Carolina. Of those who attended this year’s event, 139 were accepted to at least one college at the fair, and six cash scholarships were awarded. All application fees were waived for
Kids Set Sail offers beginner and intermediate courses for ages 7-14 over the course of 6 one-week sessions throughout the summer. Beginner students will learn basic small boat sailing and have the opportunity to become US Sailing Small Boat Level One certified. Intermediate students will learn race techniques and build up their navigational skills, with the opportunity to become US Sailing Small Boat Level Two Certified. US Sailing certified instructors are always on board, but youth work together to run and boat. Students with some prior sailing experience will really benefit from our intermediate sessions; although they accommodate all sailing levels. Both on land and on the water, their energetic instructors use a fun combination of games and drills to teach sailing concepts. At Kids Set Sail, fun is an integral part of the program. DC Sail offers partial scholarships. 202-547-1250. dcsail.org
Explore the Universe Day-Everybody Looks Up! Family Day
Discover the universe! Observe the sky through telescopes. Experience how different cultures see the sky. Enjoy stories and activities for all ages. Apr 21, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. National Air and Space Museum. nasm.si.edu
Gamer Symphony Orchestra Concert
University of Maryland’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra is the first collegiate ensemble of more than 120 instrumentalists and singers exclusively devoted to performing orchestral arrangements of video game music. Free. Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. American Art Museum, 8th and F sts. NW. 202-633-7970. mericanart.si.edu
Shuttle Discovery Family Weekend
Special exhibits, programs, and activities will be presented during this family weekend, with offerings designed for every age group, from pre-K youngsters to older adults. The history and achievements of the 30-year space shuttle program, which lasted from 1981 until 2011, will be showcased. In addition, the weekend will also focus on the future of space exploration. Activities will cover continuing activities on the ISS; how we are learning to live and work in space; and preparation for exploring farther into the solar system. Many of the offerings will be interactive, allowing visitors to imagine the possibilities of exploring space. Throughout the weekend, specialists from the Museum and NASA will be performing work on Discovery; the public is invited to watch and ask questions. Apr 21-22, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Free. Parking is $15. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. nasm.si.edu
DC SCORES Inspired Art Gala
Join DC SCORES for an evening of student voice and artistic vision at the third annual Inspired Art Gala, featuring a silent auction and showcasing the talents of DC SCORES youth and area professionals through spoken word performances. More than 200 guests are expected to attend the gala in support of DC SCORES’ unique focus on creative expression and poetry for students across the District. The Inspired Art Gala provides artists with the unique opportunity to support the instruction and cultivation of creative expression through poetry among DC SCORES poet-athletes. The unique silent auction features works of art created by local and national artists inspired by the poetry of DC SCORES poet-athlete. Poetry readings by DC SCORES’ most outstanding students cap off the night. $150. May 17, 6:309:30 p.m. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P. St. NW. DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for over 800 lowincome DC youth at 27 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness and a sense of community. For more information, visit DCSCORES.org. u
+ Garden Fairy
Planting Seeds, Ideas, and Connections
As Spring Comes to Life, So Does Community
t is definitely spring again...as the daylight hours get longer, there seems to be more and more to do in those hours. Seeds are sprouting and asking to be thinned and watered, every evening being vigilant about possible frosts, and late nights sorting seed packets, making garden plans, and scouring craigslist for free compost, old berry bushes, and more. At OLD CITY green we are getting in all sorts of spring seedlings, and even sprouting some of our own veggies and herbs this year. We recently made wildflower seed bombs and threw them in abandoned lots all over the neighborhood. I’ve had the opportunity recently to expand my love for gardening, specifically edible gardening, to take over even more of my life. As a school gardener, I went to an amazing two day training focused on getting kids actively engaged in the process of growing their own food. We had workshops on getting kids to play with worms, learning more about working with special needs, and how to design a child-friendly garden (talk about fun professional development hours!). Kids may not always appreciate a big, beautiful turnip growing under the ground that they can neither see growing and getting bigger, nor pick right out of the garden and taste how delicious it is. They will, however, become much more engaged in a sugar snap pea vine, which they can watch get taller, flower, and start to grow the pea pods. When they’re finally ready, the delicious peas can be snapped right off the vines. Getting kids to love gardening, and love the concept of growing their own
By Sarah McLaughlin healthy food is so important because these kids are a link to engaging entire families. Over and over, parents will come to pick up my students and not believe me when I say that their child just happily ate a big bowl of salad. But when kids grow and pick their own spinach
and arugula, they want to taste it. And when they like it and tell their parents that “Mom, eating leaves is so good!!”, well, more times than not that mom or dad will happily incorporate some green into the next meal at home. I have been working recently with some friends and neighbors to start up a new community park and garden called
Wangari Gardens. On a big empty space close to my house in Parkview, the vision for Wangari Gardens is to be a place where everyone has a reason to use the space, whether it be for gardening, playing soccer, using benches for a picnic, bringing a school group for a visit, or just getting away from traffic and relaxing in a big pretty green spot for a while. Over the past few weekends we’ve had some neighborhood work days, and the number of people coming to help to dig, build and plant the gardens has been astounding. There is not much more fun than spending a day outside working with someone, becoming friends throughout the day, and then realizing that they only live one block over. The diversity of volunteers comes from, I believe, the fact that gardens are one of those things that can truly reach everybody. What is there not to like about being outside, hanging out with friends, family, and neighbors, growing free, delicious food (that’s virtually free), and making something beautiful? It has been a joy participating in these activities, and continues to be so much fun working at OLD CITY green, where I get to help people all over the city get their gardens going each spring. I am truly grateful that I have been able to bring my passion for seeds, soil, and sprouts to every aspect of my life. Sarah McLaughlin is a manager at OLD CITY green, teaches an after school gardening program for elementary school kids, and is helping to create Wangari Gardens, the new park and garden in her neighborhood. u capitalcommunitynews.com u 43
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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.
CLEVELAND PARK 3615 MACOMB ST NW 3115 34TH ST NW 3513 IDAHO AVE NW 3200 PORTER ST NW 3527 QUEBEC ST NW
$2,025,000 $1,285,000 $1,285,000 $950,100 $840,000
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1117 FAIRMONT ST NW 2723 13TH ST NW 1230 QUINCY ST NW 1447 GIRARD ST NW 712 KENYON ST NW 3925 13TH ST NW 1359 PERRY PL NW 3518 PARK PL NW 428 KENYON ST NW 615 COLUMBIA RD NW 3724 9TH ST NW 426 IRVING ST NW 417 COLUMBIA RD NW 751 GRESHAM PL NW
$751,000 $675,000 $650,000 $645,000 $615,000 $590,000 $535,000 $528,000 $405,000 $390,000 $370,000 $340,000 $288,500 $270,000
6 6 6 5 3 4 8 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 2 3 4 4 3
DUPONT 1742 RIGGS PL NW
KALORAMA 2537 WATERSIDE DR NW
LEDROIT PARK 67 BRYANT ST NW 1930 1ST ST NW 1831 4TH ST NW 1910 4TH ST NW 51 V ST NW
$762,500 $650,000 $550,000 $355,000 $543,000
LOGAN/SHAW 802 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW
MOUNT PLEASANT 3602 16TH ST NW 2516 17TH ST NW 1721 HARVARD ST NW
$720,000 $705,000 $615,000
PETWORTH 3815 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW $629,500 5527 9TH ST NW $564,500 728 WEBSTER ST NW $539,000 4217 4TH ST NW $505,000 638 FARRAGUT ST NW $479,500 125 INGRAHAM ST NW $429,500 5237 2ND ST NW $390,000 5512 9TH ST NW $385,000 5226 1ST ST NW $350,000 4139 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW $350,000 241 GALLATIN ST NW $312,500 117 ROCK CREEK CHURCH RD NW $302,000 5215 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW $296,000 5015 9TH ST NW $265,000 126 HAMILTON ST NW $256,000 5730 8TH ST NW $255,000 6 FARRAGUT PL NW $245,000
ADAMS MORGAN 5 5 3 3 5 6 6 3 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 4 3
SHAW 455 Q ST NW
U STREET 1211 V ST NW
CONDO 3465 14TH ST NW #C
1785 LANIER PL NW #4 2351 CHAMPLAIN ST NW #C-1 1785 LANIER PL NW #3 1793 LANIER PL NW #6 1793 LANIER PL NW #3 1793 LANIER PL NW #4 1801 WYOMING AVE NW #43 1785 LANIER PL NW #1 1801 WYOMING AVE NW #25 2300 18TH ST NW #108 2630 ADAMS MILL RD NW #210 2611 ADAMS MILL RD NW #304 1811 WYOMING AVE NW #T-4 1801 WYOMING AVE NW #32 1811 WYOMING AVE NW #22
2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 2 2
CENTRAL 631 D ST NW #644 601 PENN. AVE NW #1005 631 D ST NW #632 2130 N ST NW #208
$575,000 $530,000 $410,000 $193,000
CLEVELAND PARK 3820 39TH ST NW #115 3883 CONN. AVE NW #109 2724 ORDWAY ST NW #5 3860 RODMAN ST NW #227 3521 39TH ST NW #498 3896 PORTER ST NW #339 4007 CONNE. AVE NW #512 2710 MACOMB ST NW #415 3880 PORTER ST NW #C-351 3026 WISCONSIN AVE NW #109 3871 RODMAN ST NW #D-58 3701 CONN. AVE NW #815 4707 CONN. AVE NW #414
$510,000 $483,000 $431,000 $415,000 $389,500 $360,000 $352,500 $349,900 $325,000 $250,000 $210,000 $186,000 $445,000
1354 EUCLID ST NW #A-402 2827 15TH ST NW #301 1372 MONROE ST NW #B 2813 27TH ST NW $1,369,000 5 3465 14TH ST NW #D 2926 CORTLAND PL NW $1,145,000 4 1613 HARVARD ST NW #211
$965,000 $752,000 $650,000 $515,000 $499,000 $490,450 $489,000 $475,000 $359,900 $343,000 $325,000 $319,000 $269,900 $619,900 $609,900
$689,900 $542,000 $484,536 $472,500 $426,500
2 2 1 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
3465 14TH ST NW #A 1427 CHAPIN ST NW #201 1435 CHAPIN ST NW #203 1420 CLIFTON ST NW #304 3465 14TH ST NW #B 1020 MONROE ST NW #205 1350 RANDOLPH ST NW #1 2910 GEORGIA AVE NW #C03 610 IRVING ST NW #204 1458 COLUMBIA RD NW #105 1354 EUCLID ST NW #101B 1495 NEWTON ST NW #402 648 NEWTON PL NW #1 1420 HARVARD ST NW #406 3473 14TH ST NW #1 2639 15TH ST NW #202 3546 6TH ST NW #1 1441 FLORIDA AVE NW #2A 1531 PARK RD NW #2
$426,000 $397,500 $392,000 $377,000 $365,000 $349,000 $337,900 $306,400 $299,900 $286,600 $278,000 $277,500 $270,000 $259,000 $239,900 $230,000 $218,500 $206,000 $616,000 $508,000
2 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 0 3 2 2
DUPONT 1632 S ST NW #31 1407 15TH ST NW #2 1330 NEW HAMP. AVE NW #415 1707 S ST NW #D 1330 NEW HAMP. AVE NW #201 1727 MASS. AVE NW #519 1520 16TH ST NW #803 2117 N ST NW #2 1280 21ST ST NW #310 1705 P ST NW #2W
$1,050,000 $520,000 $474,000 $445,000 $417,000 $288,000 $655,000 $489,000 $360,000 $282,000
KALORAMA 2029 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #53 $1,330,000 2029 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #4-6 $740,000 1842 MINTWOOD PL NW #1 $575,000 1840 CALIFORNIA ST NW #2A $496,500 2013 KALORAMA RD NW #2 $430,000 1811 WYOMING AVE NW #T-3 $399,900 1832 CALVERT ST NW #1 $374,000 1833 CALIFORNIA ST NW #401 $353,901 2456 20TH ST NW #502 $307,500 2032 BELMONT RD NW #526 $240,000 2003 ALLEN PL NW #101 $227,000 1844 COLUMBIA RD NW #301 $311,000
2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
LEDROIT PARK 40 ADAMS ST NW 320 T ST NW #1 1730 1ST ST NW #1
$540,000 $510,000 $420,000
3 2 3
LOGAN 1335 R ST NW #1 1441 RHODE IS. AVE NW #201 1826 13TH ST NW #2 1210 R ST NW #9 1101 L ST NW #301 1314 MASS. AVE NW #208 1209-1219 13TH ST NW #807 1515 15TH ST NW #214 1529 14TH ST NW #408 1715 15TH ST NW #50 1212 M ST NW #101 1300 N ST NW #6 1300 N ST NW #408 1245 13TH ST NW #1011 605 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #3
$960,000 $626,000 $551,000 $379,000 $330,000 $206,000 $600,000 $580,000 $512,000 $449,900 $410,000 $326,000 $275,000 $302,000 $375,000
1710 SUMMIT PL NW #1710 1/2 $510,000 3220 17TH ST NW #207 $465,000 1661 PARK RD NW #406 $395,000 1215 10TH ST NW #2 $362,000 500 M ST NW #2 $484,500 910 M ST NW #706 $396,000
PENN QUARTER 555 MASS. AVE NW #1402 631 D ST NW #926 915 E ST NW #1113 631 D ST NW #129 801 PENN. AVE NW #PH06 777 7TH ST NW #402
$538,000 $527,500 $460,000 $449,000 $325,750 $223,000
PETWORTH 907 WEBSTER NW #2 834 VARNUM ST NW #1 804 TAYLOR ST NW #101 610 LONGFELLOW ST NW #102
$320,000 $275,000 $248,900 $75,000
3 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 0 2 2 2 1
SHAW 301 R ST NW ##1 1742 6TH ST NW #3
U STREET 1937 12TH ST NW #2 2128 11TH ST NW #5 1922 12TH ST NW #1 1439 CHAPIN ST NW #101
$1,250,000 $529,000 $775,000 $399,000
2 2 3 2 2 2
2801 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #9 $769,000 2
COOP ADAMS MORGAN 2853 ONTARIO RD NW #310 1736 COLUMBIA RD NW #307
CENTRAL 1026 16TH ST NW #205
3016 TILDEN ST NW #403 $457,000 3930 CONN. AVE NW #203-H $390,000 3620 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #30 $374,000
3 2 2 2
DUPONT 1701 16TH ST NW #127 1701 16TH STREET NW #142 1661 CRESCENT PL NW #304
$220,000 $375,000 $610,000
KALORAMA 2220 20TH ST NW #66 1875 MINTWOOD PL NW #46 1869 MINTWOOD PL NW #12
$565,000 $270,000 $157,000
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