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Myrtilla Miner • Chris Myers Asch

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Davey Yarborough • Steve Monroe Black History Events

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Hit the City • Joy Hopkins Retail Therapy • Scott Fazzini Jazz Avenues • Steve Monroe

your neighborhood 29 30 33 34 35 36

The Nose • Anonymous The Numbers: Putting DC back to Work • Elissa Silverman District Beat: Fighting Big Money at the Ballot Box • Martin Austermuhle Logan Circles • Mark F. Johnson Bloomingdale Buzz • Dana Bell Shaw Streets • Ralph Brabham

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Kids and Family Notebook • Kathleen Donner

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Garden Fairy • Frank Asher Changing Hands • Don Denton

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COVER: Jamie Gahlon, JB Tadena, and Joe Brack in Astro Boy and the God of Comics. Photo by Scott Suchman


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calendar PRESIDENT’S DAY Wreath Laying at Lincoln Memorial. Feb 12, noon. Honor Abraham Lincoln at a Presidential wreath laying ceremony and a dramatic reading of the “Gettysburg Address.” 23rd and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-426-6841. nps.gov/linc Grand Opening Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership. Feb. 12 and Feb. 20, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM. These free full days of programming begin with wreath layings at 8:45 a.m. The days feature lectures, ranger talks, storytelling and music. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. fordstheatre.org Necessary Sacrifices at Ford’s. Through Feb 12. In his fourth commission for Ford’s Theatre, playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. During the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass challenges Lincoln to use his power as president to bring truth to America’s founding ideal that “all men are created equal.” $27-$40. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 800982-2787 (for tickets). fordstheatre.org George Washington Classic 10-K Race. Feb 18, 8:30 AM (rain or shine). Certified course through Eisenhower Valley. Prizes, Technical Tee Shirts & refreshments. The first race of the season! Benefits the historic parade. $35. 703829-6640. washingtonbirthday.net Revolutionary War Day Re-Enactment at Fort Ward. Feb 19, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. As part of the George Washington Birthday events, see historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day, including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army. Experience the Revolutionary War soldier and his camp life up close with the First Virginia Regiment! Witness 18th-century armies do battle, perform fife and drum music, and fire cannon and muskets. Formation and inspection at 10:00 AM, rifle demonstration at 10:30 AM artillery demonstration at 11:30 AM, battle at 2:00 PM, and break camp at 3:00 PM. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA. 703-746-4848. alexandriava. gov/FortWard Old Town Alexandria George Washington Birthday Parade. Feb 20, 1:00-3:00 PM. This is the largest parade celebrating the birth of George Washington in the USA. 703-829-6640. washingtonbirthday.net Mount Vernon Free on George Washington’s Birthday. Feb 20, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. The tra-

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ditional wreathlaying ceremony takes place at Washington’s Tomb followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green. Join characters from the 18th century as they help visitors surprise General Washington with rousing birthday cheers! At “George Washington’s Surprise Birthday Party”, the first president will be presented with gifts which he will describe and react to during a speech to his birthday visitors. “General Washington” will be on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes all day. mountvernon.org Celebrating Washington’s Birthday through the Centuries. Feb 22, 7:00 PM. On George Washington’s 280th birthday, Library Director Ellen Clark presents a talk on celebrations of Washington’s birthday since it was first observed by the troops at Valley Forge in 1778. Refreshments include a flag-bedecked cake based on one served by Larz and Isabel Anderson at the American Legation in Brussels on February 22, 1912. Free. The Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. societyofthecincinnati.org Washington Monument Earthquake Update. On Tuesday, Aug, 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, occurred 84 miles southwest of Washington, DC, damaging the Washington Monument. The National Park Service has temporarily closed the Monument and is assessing the damage to it. 202-426-6839. nps.gov/wamo Petersen House Open. In 1849, William A. Petersen, a German tailor, constructed the plain red brick three-story and basement townhouse across the street from Ford’s Theatre. After the shooting, President Lincoln was carried to the house and tended in a back bedroom until his death hours later. Since acquiring the house in 1933, the National Park Service has maintained it as a historic house museum, recreating the scene at the time of Lincoln’s death. Here, visitors can learn more about that fateful night and the people who surrounded the President in his final hours. 202-347-4833. fordstheatre.org Visit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM; Sundays, 1:00-4:00 PM. Last tour at 3:45 PM. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby’s establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington

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Walking Tel Aviv: Photographs by David Bergholz Through April 6. Gallery hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10:00 AM10:00 PM; Friday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Bergholz captures a city where the realities of politics, policy, and poverty are as much a part of everyday life as the sea, the sun and the shuk (middle eastern outdoor market). The photographs present a very real place beyond what is shown on the news or in the tourist brochures. The exhibit, coupled with a powerful prose poem authored by Mallet, presents snapshot impressions of this fascinating city and its exciting urban communities. DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.orgCaption: Edward Gero as Mark Rothko and Patrick Andrews as Ken in the 2011 Goodman Theatre production of Red. Directed by Robert Falls. Photo: Liz Lauren. enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette. 703746-4242. alexandriava.gov/GadsbysTavern

VALENTINE’S EVENTS Terrorists in Love-The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals. Feb 7, 6:30-8:30 PM. Not your usual Valentine’s Day romances… What do you do if the girl of your dreams gets married off to a National Guard general who can pay a bigger dowry than you can? If you are Abdullah... $9.


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International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. spymuseum.org Valentine’s Dance Party with The Fabulettes. Feb 11, 8:00 PM. Rock the night away with this seven piece band and reserve now for the best Valentine’s Dance bash in town. Singles welcome, delights abound! $25. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. cornerstorearts.org The Power of Chocolate Festival. Feb 11-12, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM. This two-day celebration of one of the world’s favorite flavors includes traditional performances; live food demonstrations and free chocolate samples (while supplies last!); a talk focused on the health and nutrition benefits of cacao and chocolate; and presentations from one of the world’s greatest chocolate makers, Mars Chocolate; as well as hands-on activities for kids and families! American Indian Museum, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. nmai.si.edu In Every Language Love at the Sackler (An Open House for All Ages). Feb 11-12, 2:00 PM. After a slideshow of images representing love in Asian art, use printing blocks inscribed with the word “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages to make valentines. Free. Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4880. asia.si.edu Valentine’s Day “Old School Jam Session” at THEARC. Feb 14, 6:30-7:45, reception; 8:0011:00, show. Red Karpet Eventz’s 1st Annual Valentine’s Day “Old School Jam Session” features Grammy Nominated Michael Orr and Company, performing your favorite hits from the 60’s and 70’s. Complimentary food and cash bar. $25. Theater at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-300-5367. thearcdc.org Handi-hour at the Renwick. Feb 14, 5:308:00 PM. Make it a date night, or go in spite of the holiday. Whether you are pro or anti-Valentine’s Day, Handi-hour will have just the craft and brew for you. Listen to live music, taste seasonal brews, learn to knit, try our featured craft, and take a scavenger hunt through their galleries. $20 (cash only), payable at the door, includes 2 drink tickets, all you can craft, and snacks. Minimum age is 21. Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Beau Soir Ensemble at the Harman. Feb 8, noon. The Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola and harp trip dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of genres. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org Violin Dreams at the Harman. Feb 15, noon. Enjoy a mid-day Jazz concert with Violin Dreams. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St.

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NW. 202-547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org Anderson House Concert. Feb 25, 1:30 PM. Irina Varamesova, soprano, and Gregory Stuart, baritone, with pianist Paul Leavitt, present an art song recital including duets by Robert Schumann, excerpts from his only opera, and art songs by Rachmaninoff. Free. The Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202785-2040. societyofthecincinnati.org UrbanArias at the Harman. Feb 29, noon. UrbanArias is a new opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. shakespearetheatre.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. 2023472635. 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

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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. 202633-1000. AmericanArt.si.edu

THEATER/FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD “Modern Times” Movie at the American Art Museum. Feb 9, 7:00-8:30 PM. Charlie Chaplin is a bumbling factory worker who falls in love with an orphan girl. The film’s unforgettable slapstick routines double as satiric commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression (1936, 87 minutes). The film will be screened in the Kogod Courtyard, with food and beverages available for purchase in the Courtyard Café. Free. American Art Museum, Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu Time Stands Still at Studio Theatre. Through Feb. 12. This searing drama from Pulitzer-Prize winner Donald Margulies follows an injured photojournalist who returns home from the battlefields of Iraq only to learn that some images can never be erased.


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Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-3323300. studiotheatre.org Civilization (All You Can Eat). Feb 13-Mar 11. Does humanity have an expiration date? Six hungry city-dwellers scramble for sustenance in this provocative vaudeville of American enterprise and ingenuity at the dawn of the Obama age. But while they’re busy cooking up schemes for love and success, the beasts of agribusiness are closing in! Sarah Marshall stars as Big Hog, the ultimate capitalist underdog, along with Danny Escobar, Naomi Jacobson, and an award-winning Washington cast. Ages 14, up. $45-$57.50. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-3933939. woollymammoth.net Astro Boy and the God of Comics. Feb 15-Mar. 11. Onstage drawing meets the ’60s dream of the future in this story of Japanese cartoonist Osamu Tezuka and his most famous creation: Astro Boy, a crimefighting robot. Studio Theatre (2nd stage), 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org Sucker Punch at Studio. Feb 20-Apr. 8. Two black teenagers step into the boxing ring and must face who they are—champions or sell outs? Kinetic, comedic, and emotionally bruising, Williams’s masterwork blasts open the experience of being young, black, and ambitious in 1980s London. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Jan. 17-Mar. 4. Possibly Shakespeare’s earliest romantic comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona centers on Valentine and Proteus, loyal friends who are transformed into enemies thanks to their fickle hearts. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-5471122. shakespearetheatre.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.com

EXHIBITIONS Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War. Feb 4-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. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House. Through May 6. This 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

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Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages. Through Mar. 4, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. On July 5, 2009, Terry Herbert, a metal detector enthusiast, discovered the largest collection of AngloSaxon gold ever found. From farmland near Lichfield in Staffordshire, England, Terry and a team of archaeologists unearthed more than 3,500 pieces from hundreds of individual objects dating to about 650 AD. Valued at close to $5 million, the hoard includes exquisitely crafted artifacts, most of which are military in nature. More than 100 of these artifacts will be on exhibition at the National Geographic Museum including elaborate gold and garnet sword fittings, decorative elements for helmets, crosses, and a gold strip bearing a Latin inscription from the Bible. $6-$8. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-8577588. nationalgeographic.com 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 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 Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models from the Rothschild Collection. Through Nov. 3, 2013. The exhibition Inventing a Better Mousetrap features thirty-two models illustrating the wide variety of nineteenth-century patented inventions submitted by inventors from across the United States. All of the models on display are from the collection of Alan Rothschild, whose holdings of 4,000 patent models is the largest private assemblage of American patent models anywhere. American Art Museum, Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu

LITERARY EVENTS Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street. Feb 15, 6:308:30 PM. John Nichols. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. busboysandpoets.com Anderson House “Lunch Bites” Talk. Feb 17, 12:30 PM. The d’Oyré journal and letters,a series of French documents on the Yorktown campaign previously unknown to scholars, presented by Jack Warren, executive director. Free. The Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. societyofthecincinnati.org Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes. Feb 20, 6:30-8:30 PM. Doron Petersan. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. busboysandpoets.com

Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America. Feb 21, 6:30-8:30 PM. G. Derek Musgrove. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. busboysandpoets.com Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library History Book Club. Second Monday, 6:30-8:00 PM. Next meeting is Jan. 9 and the book to be discussed is Concise History of the French Revolution by Sylvia Neely. The History Book Club is a lively discussion of American historical biographies and how personal histories intersect with historical events. The typical book selected is entertaining and thought-provoking, which always leads to interesting conversations. Books range in reading level from teen books to adult books. Open to ages 16 and older. 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. dclibrary.org/watha

CLASSES, TOURS AND TALKS The Greatest Spies of World War II-Garbo, Baker, de Clarens…and Hemingway? Feb 8, 15 and 22, 10:30 AM. Ernest Hemingway, true to his macho image, plunged into WWII intelligence work with his brother Leicester and his son Jack. The Hemingways searched for Fascist spies in Cuba, patrolled the Caribbean for Nazi subs, parachuted into occupied France, roamed the battlefields of France after D-Day, and even met secretly with the KGB. Nicholas Reynolds, an intelligence and military historian who has taught at the Naval War College, served as Officer-in-Charge of Field History for USMC, and worked on the history of the OSS for the CIA Museum, will recount the Hemingways’ exploits. $68-$112. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-633-3030. residentassociates.org. Smart Growth: Human Transit at the Building Museum. Feb 9, 12:30-1:30 PM. Jarrett Walker, author of Human Transit, outlines the fundamental geometry of transit that shapes successful systems, the process for fitting technology to a particular community, and the local choices that lead to transit-friendly development. Free. 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Lecture with Debra Fritts. Feb 12, 2:00-3:00 PM. Join ceramicist Debra Fritts as she shares stories about her work and process. Through exploration of terracotta and the female form, she creates works that revolve around the mysteries and joys of daily living. Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu American Craft Masterpieces. Feb 15, noon. Discover treasures in the museum’s permanent craft collection during our gallery talk series. Individual objects are discussed in an intimate gallery setting. This month Conservator Helen Ingalls discusses Albert Paley’s Portal Gates. Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu Highlights of the American Art Museum. Most days. 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM. This highlights tour of the collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum may include highlights of the temporary exhibitions. Free. Walk-in. American Art Museum, Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu Beginning Level American Sign Language. Mondays and Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 PM. Ongoing class-

just walk in and begin any day. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk Leadership Initiatives 6th Annual Gala for Global Change Friday, 6:00-9pm, February 17, 2012, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 3519 International Court NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. Tickets:www.LIgala.org. 202-4223234. Hosted by Ambassador Adefuye at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Gala will kick off a push to secure funds necessary for next year’s planned expansion into Northeastern Nigeria. In recognition of our accomplishments in northern Nigeria, the Nigerian Embassy is hosting this year’s Gala and has made it the kickoff of their 52th anniversary celebration of Nigerian independence. Leadership Initiatives’ expansion is designed to create much-needed local infrastructure and business ownership throughout growing communities in Northern Nigeria. Join US Ambassador to Nigeria Howard Jeter, Leadership Initiatives Founder Marshall Bailly II, and the Emir of Bauchi - Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamuas as we celebrate Nigeria through art. Ambassador Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye will host a night of festivities that will feature art from around the globe in our signature fundraiser to benefit development programs throughout Nigeria. Leadership Initiatives develops leadership capacity in young Americans by partnering select groups of dedicated U.S. high school students with specific development projects overseas. www.LIgala.org

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Taking Control of Your Diabetes Health Fair. Feb 11, 9:00 AM-5:00 AM. A unique blend of first class exhibitors from pharmaceutical companies, fellow not-for-profit entities, innovative small businesses, and health and fitness advocates, all geared toward diabetes care. $20. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 800-998-2693. tcoyd.org Next Reflex Dance Collective at the Harman. Feb 22, noon. The Next Reflex Dance Collective, founded by Roxann Morgan Rowley and Erika Surma, is an award winning modern dance company. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. shakespearetheatre.org VIDA Fitness Opens at Vista City. Opened Jan 24. It is the company’s fifth facility in Washington at 445 K St. NW in the City Vista “city within a city” mixed-use residential complex in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. After a twomonth, $500,000 intensified renovation of the former gym, Urban Adventures will unveil more than 25,000 square feet of upscale fitness space devoted to cardio, strength, group and personal training amenities. vidafitness.com Washington Wizards Basketball. Feb 4, 6, 8, 10, 22 and 29; 7:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-SEAT. nba.com/wizards Washington Capitals Hockey. Feb 5, 7, 9, 24 and 28; 7:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202266-2277. capitals.nhl.com 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. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org Full Moon Hike at Arboretum. Feb 6, 7 and 8; 7:00-9:00 PM and February 6, 7, & 8; 7:009:00 PM. This four-mile-long, brisk walk is a magical trip through moonlit gardens, meadows and woods. Clear winter nights provide especially bright skies. Not recommended for children under 16. $22. Registration required online at usna.usda.gov or by calling 202-2454521. There are two entrances: 3501 New York Ave. NE and 24th & R sts. NE, off of Bladensburg Rd. Winter Public Skating at Fort Dupont. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM and Saturdays, 11:15 AM12:15 PM. Dress for warmth and safety! Clothes should be easy to move in, and pants must not fall below the heel of the skate (sweatpants or leggings are a good choice). Everyone needs to wear gloves or mittens, and one pair of thin, long socks or tights that fit snugly (no ankle socks). A helmet or knit hat is strongly recommended (loaner helmets are available). Skating is $4-$5. Skate rental is $3. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. 202-584-5007. fdia.org Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Open through Mid Mar. (depending on the weather). Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM9:00 PM. View magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system. $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, students with ID and seniors 50 and over. Skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-289-3361. nga.gov/ginfo/skating Kung Fu and Tai Chi at the Historical Society. Every Saturday (rain or shine). Kung Fu, noon; Tai Chi, 1:00 PM. Suitable for all ages. Kung Fu is a broad term that is used to describe all martial arts of Chinese origin. The ancient art of Tai Chi is a style of Kung Fu that emphasizes internal energy. Free. No RSVP required. Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K St. NW (Mount Vernon Square). 202-383-1850. historydc.org SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon Registration Open. Marathon on Mar 17. This is the inaugural SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon. Celebrate the history and culture of our nation’s capital as you run alongside the Potomac River, the National Mall, and some of our country’s most majestic monuments. runrocknroll.competitor.com Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month, noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Drive at West Basin Drive, near the Tourmobile. stand). 703-505-3567. www. dcroadrunners.org

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Saturday and Sunday Road Rides. Every Saturday, 10 AM and Sunday, 8:30 AM. The Bike Rack. The Saturday ride is more of an introductory ride and caters to road riders who are new to the sport, hybrid riders intimidated by the faster pace of the Sunday ride, and anyone who just wants a shorter (approx. 20 to 30 miles) and slower (12 to 14 mph) pace. The Sunday ride is 40-mile, moderately paced ride that emphasizes group riding techniques, newcomers to the group riding are welcome as riders regroup throughout, so that nobody is left behind. Helmets mandatory both rides. Free. 1412 Q St. NW. 202-387-BIKE. bikerackdc.com.

NEIGHBORHOOD FUN Purim Carnival. Sunday, March 4, 11:00 am–1:00 pm. $15 per family, Discounted Member Rate $10. Washington DCJCC, 1529 Sixteenth Street NW. Ringmaster Mordechai presents a topsy-turvy Purim carnival. Come one, come all, come in costume, or make one here! Three-ring activities include crafts, games and a puppet shpiel. Friends and family welcome! This program is supported by the Ruth Immerman Weinstein Endowment Fund at the Washington DCJCC. Pre-registration requested but not required: washingtondcjcc. org/kids. Contact: sarahr@washingtondcjcc.org; 202.777.3278.

CIVIC LIFE One City Summit. Feb 11, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ward or neighborhood, we all want a vibrant, sustainable city, where all residents have an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families, where every neighborhood is safe, where every student goes to a good school, where every tax dollar is spent wisely on a government that works, and where citizens’ voices really count. The One City Summit will offer District residents the chance to provide input on important decisions that will shape the city for years to come. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 202-709-5132. onecitysummit.dc.gov See the Supreme Court in Session. Feb 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. Be in line by 7:00-7:30 AM for seats for ordinary cases. There is a second line for people who want to view the court in session for 3 minutes. Free. One First St. NE. 202-479-3211. supremecourt.gov Annual Norton Tax & Financial Services Fair. Feb 25, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Bring 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, DC D-44 or D-40EZ. Also, bring photo ID, W-2, forms 1098 and 1099, itemized duductions, 2010 tax return and blank check for direct deposit. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. (Annual Norton Small Business & Finance Fair-Save the Date. Apr 13, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. One-on one with banks, federal contracting officers and the Small Business Administration. Apply for loans, Technical assistance workshops.) 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. They collaborate to increase the awareness about

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Myrtilla Miner A Forgotten Legacy of Interracial Cooperation by Chris Myers Asch

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ake a walk down 15th Street NE and a couple blocks south of H Street at Tennessee Ave. NE, you will encounter a graceful, redbrick school on your left. Renovated and expanded several years ago during the boom in school construction, Myrtilla Miner Elementary School boasts a Glee Club that has mingled with Harry Connick, Jr., and Michelle Obama at the White House, as well as a schoolyard gardening partnership with the National Arboretum. But you may wonder: who was Myrtilla Miner? To answer that question, let’s go back 160 years. It was December 3, 1851. Six students shuffled into a fourteen-foot square room in a home on 11th Street and New York Avenue, NW. The students were there for the first day of class at the School for Colored Girls. In a city torn by racial strife, their school was a small but important example of interracial cooperation, as well as a repudiation of the prevailing assumptions about race in America and a predecessor to the city’s only public university. The girls’ teacher was the founder of the school, a stern and sickly white New Yorker named Myrtilla Miner. Thirty-six years old, single, with a fierce stubborn streak, Miner had seen firsthand the horrors of slavery while teaching school in Mississippi in the 1840s. The experience transformed her into an abolitionist. Though we honor them today, abolitionists at the time were shunned by “polite” society and considered “extreme” – joining the small, interracial band of Northern activists dedicated to ending slavery was not the kind of thing a nice girl from a good family should do. But Miner returned home committed to educating free black girls who, she believed, would teach a future generation of former slaves how to make the most of their freedom. She chose to open a school in the southernmost city where it would be legal: Washington, D.C. The Washington to which Miner moved in 1851 was a racially charged 18 ◆ Midcity DC | February 2012

city, a symbolic staging ground for the national battle over slavery and freedom. Slavery remained entrenched in the District – more than a quarter of the city’s black population was enslaved – but proslavery members of Congress and local leaders feared that their “peculiar institution” was under attack. A year earlier, abolitionists had won a significant victory by getting Congress to ban the slave trade in the District, and they now were pushing to end slavery in the city once and for all. In response, city officials passed a series of black codes designed to limit the movement of free blacks and discourage the migration of blacks into the District. The racial climate worsened considerably. In such a context, Miner’s idea worried even some of her abolitionist supporters. Frederick Douglass called it “wild, dangerous, desperate, and impracticable, destined only to bring failure and suffering.” Local black educator John F. Cook feared that “any thing savouring of abolition” will meet resistance. But Miner was determined. With start-up money primarily from northern abolitionists, she launched the school in December 1851. The number of students quickly grew to several dozen girls, including Cook’s daughter. Students learned not only traditional subjects such as home economics and “the primary departments” (reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic) but also politics – they read Doug- Myrtilla Miner. Courtesy University of the District of Columbia Archives lass’ North Star newspaper, William Lloyd Garrision’s The Liberator, and out of town, but she refused to be in- her school. Black and white supportother abolitionist literature. Though timidated – she slept above the school ers offered funding and moral support, she could be a harsh, even condescend- with a revolver at the ready. “Mob my encouraging Miner to dream even ing taskmaster, Miner held high stan- school! You dare not!” she yelled at one bigger. In late 1856, she began raising dards for black children at a time when group of would-be attackers. “There is money to build a boarding school that most of her white peers could envision no law to prevent my teaching these would offer secondary education and them only as slaves or servants. people, and I shall teach them, even teacher training. Her school triggered an angry re- unto death!” The planned expansion sparked a sponse from many District whites. LoDespite some early reservations, backlash that ultimately destroyed the cal “rowdies” threatened her students the interracial antislavery community school. Leading the charge were foron the street and sought to run Miner in Washington embraced Miner and mer mayor Walter Lenox and William


Seaton, the editor of one of the city’s largest newspapers, the National Intelligencer. They feared that the expanded school will attract blacks from all over the region until, Lenox warned in early 1857, “our District is inundated with them.” More ominously, Lenox continued, teaching black students beyond “the primary branches” will lead to social upheaval because it will create “a restless population, less disposed than ever to fill that position in society which is allotted to them.” Lenox and Seaton were right, of course – Miner and her allies did indeed intend to prepare young black students for a future in which they would not be content to play only subordinate roles that society had “allotted to them.” She envisioned a society in which race does not dictate a person’s future. But Washington was a profoundly racist town, and white opposition successfully crippled the school. As Miner’s health deteriorated in the late 1850s, so too did the school, until it closed its doors in 1860. Its demise was only temporary, however. In the 1870s, the school reopened as Miner Normal School, which grew into the leading school for black teachers in the city — its beautiful, recently-refurbished Colonial Revival building still stands proudly high above Georgia Avenue on Howard University’s campus. After Brown v. Board of Education, Miner Teachers College merged with its white counterpart, Wilson Teachers College, and later was incorporated into the University of the District of Columbia. Miner’s school reminds us of our shared legacy of interracial cooperation and the power of committed individuals to make positive changes in the community. Though we continue to struggle with racial divisions in this city, D.C.’s history is not just a shameful litany of racial tension, race riots, and segregation. It also includes inspiring tales of people such as Myrtilla Miner and the interracial abolitionist community that supported her. Chris Myers Asch teaches history at the University of the District of Columbia. He may be reached at casch@ udc.edu ◆

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Davey Yarborough A DC Jazz Icon by Steve Monroe

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caught up to Davey Yarborough – and catching up to him is a feat with the master educator and musician almost always on the go – on a slightly chilly mid-November morning in his third floor studio/classroom at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he has been director of the school’s jazz studies program and the jazz orchestra, and saxophone teacher for almost three decades. Yarborough was sitting on a stool in the middle of the large room filled with a piano, several music stands, instruments, CD players, and speakers. The walls were covered with photos of jazz luminaries like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Charlie Parker, Billy Taylor and many others, and there was a large painting of Thelonious Monk and other paintings, plaques and memorabilia of the music. “This is probably my favorite time of year,” said Yarborough, the 58-year-old Washington native who has been featured on shows like ABC News “20/20” show and CNN. “When school first starts, the first couple of weeks things haven’t settled down, you don’t know everything you are going to have … but at this point things have settled enough for me to have a vision for the band, and for the year, and I get to feeling good, because the young folks are excited as well about their prospects.” His confidence about his students was on target.His orchestra’s first performance of the year, before a large crowd at the school’s Winter Concert in December, featured a polished set of music, with a highlight the group’s shimmering rendering of “A Child is Born.” “I wouldn’t trade my life for anything,” said Yarborough, who has also found the time to be a distinguished musician, with more than 35 years as a performer – frequently with his wife, the vocalist and entertainer Esther Williams. “I’ve been at Ellington for about 29 years … back then jazz was after school, it was extracurricular. So one of the first things I did when I became band director in 1986, I wanted to make jazz studies a part of the curriculum so it would be taken seriously by everyone, not only by the faculty but by the student body as well.” Through his teaching at the school and operating (with Williams) the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, a teaching and mentoring organization, he estimates he has helped “thousands” of young people over the years as teacher and mentor. “I have watched him change the lives of countless children by introducing them to the possibilities that a career in music can provide,” said Tia Harris, Dean of Arts at Ellington. “Davey Yarborough is the essence of excellence in arts education,” said Rory Pullens, Head of School at Ellington. “Davey is such a shining role model as a professional musician 20 ◆ Midcity DC | February 2012

Davey Yarborough swings at a recent performance at the Westminster Church jazz night in SW DC. Photo: Andrew Lightman

and educator. Students, parents, and even his peers recognize they are in the presence of a DC icon.”

“Very much a natural” Renowned bandleader Bobby Felder, who was instrumental at getting Yarborough started when he was student of Felder’s at Federal City College and then the University of the District of Columbia says, “There’s nothing he can’t do musically … Davey is very much a natural. I can’t think of anyone greater than him in the area of education … and he’s exposed so many young people to jazz.” Yarborough first started playing clarinet, then saxophone, and played in R&B groups with his buddies. One night he heard a performance by Felder’s big band, which could – and still does -- play jazz as well as R&B with any group. He met Felder, who was recruiting kids who wanted to be musicians and was offering scholarships, and Yarborough

said he was interested. Yarborough earned his associate’s degree at Federal City College, and then his bachelor’s at UDC. Judith Korey, a professor and the curator of the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at UDC, said she knew Yarborough, “ …first as a talented and serious student who spent hours in the practice room … so many that I gave him a key to my studio … and he would stay there all hours practicing.” After UDC, with a little persuasion from Felder, Yarborough went on to Howard University and earned his master’s in music education, studying with jazz stars like Frank Wess and Sonny Stitt.

“A great musical relationship” Thanks to his time at Howard, Yarborough also met his future wife. “One day Dr. Arthur Dawkins [Howard professor and director of jazz studies] sent me


on a gig where Esther was appearing where they needed a saxophone player. It was a New Year’s Eve at the Iranian Embassy. So I played that gig and we exchanged numbers and I played with her every now and then and that was it … but we stayed in touch and then started dating and ended up getting engaged. We celebrated 33 years of marriage in August and have been performing together 35 years.” “Dave and I have a great musical relationship,” said Williams, an Illinois native who came to D.C. to work because she had family here, and went on to become a dynamic singer and entertainer, in concerts and in stage plays – as well as Miss Black DC. “It took us time to figure out how it was going to work but we knew we wanted to work together. I love working with my husband, and I love that we can work together. He and I think it is normal, but people somehow think, ‘How do you do it?’ If we have a disagreement, we work it out. If it is in music, and I want something a certain way, we try it my way, and if it doesn’t work, we try it his way.”

“We can’t let it die” With their musical success and fame established, Williams and Yarborough’s main focus now, even while they still perform regularly, is the institute. “It’s been rewarding,” says Williams, “because I see the kind of young people we are turning out, the kids that come through the program and a lot of them are out there being good musicians and good citizens.” She adds though, “I will say it is very, very taxing. Finding funding is very difficult now. People we were able to depend on before are spreading their money around. We have been able to keep our heads afloat but it has been a struggle.” Yarborough says of the institute, established in 1998, “The object is to take any kid in Washington who knows they want to be an artist and (continues on Pg. 23)

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Black History Month Events Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration. Feb 11, 10:00 AM3:00 PM. Born a slave, Frederick Douglass selected his own February 14th birthday. The National Park Service at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia has moved the celebration to the closest Saturday so that more people can enjoy the day. The day will a keynote speaker, oratorical contest recitations, kids’ actitivies, face painting, live entertainment and food for purchase. It may be cold outside but the celebration will be in heated tents, the house itself and the auditorium. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961. nps.gov/frdo

The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers. Feb 22, noon. In January 1944, a group of enlisted black men gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois to train as the Navy’s first African American officers on active duty. On receiving their commission, these pioneers came to be known as the Golden Thirteen. Paul Stillwell, former director of the Naval Institute’s History division, will discuss the experiences of these officers as well as the life the U.S. Navy’s first black admiral, Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. A book signing follows. Jefferson Room, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov

Enslavement to Emancipation. Feb 5, 2:00 PM and Feb 24, 10:30 AM. This video is presented in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the passage of the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Act in 1862. Discussion topics include the personal lives of enslaved and free people of color, the Civil War, laws governing slavery, the abolitionist movement, and noteworthy institutions. Free. For reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

Class, and Travel: Rewriting Black Women’s Domestic Tradition. Feb 23, 1:00 PM. Dr. Elsa Barkely Brown, professor of History at the University of Maryland College Park will discuss her latest book, “Clothes, Class, and Travel: Rewriting Black Women’s Domestic Tradition”. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk

Body and Soul-An Evening of Jazz and Art. Feb 6, 6:00 PM. To kick off their 2012 Black History Month celebration, MLK Library hosts an all-star evening of music and art. The Herman Burney Trio, with special guest Akua Allrich, will perform music by female African-American jazz greats. And they’ll have the opening reception of Body and Soul: Paintings by J’Nell Jordan and Desiree Sterbini. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk The Rejection of Elizabeth Mason: The Case of a “Free Colored” Revolutionary Widow. Feb 7, 11:00 AM. Damani Davis, archivist, discusses the rejection and appeals in a pension file and illuminates African American participation in the Revolutionary War. National Archives, Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. entrance), 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov From Hip Hop to Michelle Obama-Cultural Images of African American Women. Feb 7, 6:30 PM. Join award-winning novelist and essayist Marita Golden as she moderates a panel discussion about historical and contemporary Black female cultural and media images and mythology and their impact on African American women, the African Amercian community and global perceptions of Black women. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk “A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons.” Feb 7, 1:00 PM. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses and signs her new book. Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building, Independence Ave. between First and Second sts. SE. 202707-5221. loc.gov “Homecoming” Film Screening. Feb 11, 4:30-6:30 PM. The epic story of African American farming in the South, “Homecoming” chronicles land loss and black farmers from the Civil War to the present. Featuring archival footage and audio tracks including the voices of Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer and Julian Bond, the film also excerpts the testimony of freed slaves, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and the writings of August Wilson. Narrated by Charles S. Dutton. Screening followed by a discussion. Free. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA. 703-746-4356. alexandriava.gov/BlackHistory Let’s Get Free-How Hip Hop Music Can Improve Our Justice System. Feb 13, 6:30 PM. Paul Butler, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University, examines the problems of the criminal justice system and ways to reshape it, based on his critically acclaimed work, Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory

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Crowds enjoy last year’s birthday celebration entertainment. Photo: Courtesy of the National Park Service

of Justice (2010). MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk Black History Month Family Poetry Reading. Feb 15, 5:30-7:30 PM. Do you have a favorite African-American poet? Have you written a poem about some aspect of African-American history or culture? Need help finding a poem? Stop by and talk to a librarian. Francis A. Gregory Interim Library, 2100 36th Pl. SE. 202-698-6373. dclibrary.org/francis MPD 7D Black History Month Celebration. Feb 15, 7:00-9:00 PM. Yes, a Community Meeting with a little music, important information and agency presentations. Invited guests are Jennifer Greene, Unified Communications Center; Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, DC Fire and EMS; Nancy Ware, Court Services & Offender Supervision Agency; LaJuan Stevens, GSA/Homeland Security Project. Faith Tabernacle of Prayer, 2465 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-6786012. faithtabernacleofprayer.org Necessary Sacrifices at Ford’s. Through Feb 18. In his fourth commission for Ford’s Theatre, playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. During the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass challenges Lincoln to use his power as president to bring truth to America’s founding ideal that “all men are created equal.” $27-$40. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 800-982-2787 (for tickets). fordstheatre.org A Black History Month Celebration-A Community Gathering of Musical Fun! Feb 19, 4:00 PM. Free but a goodwill offering will be taken. Imani Temple on Capitol Hill, 609 Maryland Ave. NE. 202-388-8155. imanitempleaacc.com Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America. Feb 21, 6:30-8:30 PM. G. Derek Musgrove. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. busboysandpoets.com Is De Facto School Segregation Increasing? Feb 22, noon. John C. Brittain, school desegregation specialist and Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, examines school segregation and the policies that contribute to the condition of structural poverty in African American communities. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk

Prove It On Me-New Negroes, Sex and Popular Culture of the 1920s. Feb 24, 1:00 PM. Dr. Erin Chapman, of George Washington University, will discuss her latest book, “Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex and Popular Culture in the 1920s,” which examines African American women’s history and the aspects of the racial and sexual politics of U.S. popular culture. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk Black Women in American Culture and History Luncheon. Feb 25, 12:30 PM. The luncheon will be hosted by WUSA9 Anchor/VP for Media Outreach, Dr. JC Hayward and 95.5 WPGC Radio host, Guy Lambert; our honored guest speaker is Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. $75. Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, 999 9th St. NW. 202-238-5910. asalh.net A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. Feb 29, noon. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses the life of Paul Jennings, who was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison and later became a part of the Madison household staff at the White House. After achieving emancipation, Jennings would write the first White House memoir, see his sons fight with the Union Army in the Civil War, and give money from his own pocket to an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison. A book signing follows. William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov Student Sit-Ins at the Greensboro Lunch Counter. Through February, Fridays, 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Sundays, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. Meet a Civil Rights activist in 1960, just after the Greensboro student sit-in began. Take part in a training session based on an actual 1960s manual and prepare for your first sit-in. Would you have the courage to fight for justice during the Civil Rights movement? These 15-20-minute performances reveal the people behind the objects on view and the emotion in their stories. All ages. Free. Just walk in. National Museum of American History. 202-633-1000. americanhistory. si.edu The Freedman’s Bureau. On permanent display in the National Archives Public Vaults exhibition is a special interactive section on records of the Freedmen’s Bureau. The records left by the Freedmen’s Bureau through its work between 1865 and 1872 constitute the richest and most extensive documentary source available for investigating the African American experience in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras. You can get a sense of this award-winning exhibition area at secondstory.com/project/freedmens-bureau-project. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov ◆


Davey Yarborough. Photo: Andrew Lightman

give them some kind of support system.” Yarborough credits many musicians over the years for providing workshops for the institute. One in particular, Wynton Marsalis – who credits Yarborough for mentoring him as a teenager -- has been an institute board member and helped with donations. Yarborough says, “We have kids [former Ellington jazz and WJAI students] all over the world now … Ben Williams, Wallace Roney, Chuck Royal, Corcoran Holt, the Jolley brothers, Amy Bohmet … Brian and Jessica Settles …” Settles, a saxophonist who splits his time between this area and New York, and comes back to help Yarborough and Williams with the institute, says of Yarborough, “His strength is his ability to communicate with students, and he’s just supremely dedicated, and as a student that’s what we grab onto, his passion for the music.” Says saxophonist and bandleader Paul Carr, himself an educator, “Davey is a great musician, educator and person. It is vital that jazz players teach and mentor young musicians … jazz players that are educators can share those lessons learned to their young students and that’s the best way I feel this music can be passed on.” For more information on the Washington Jazz Arts Institute go to http://www.dcjazzmusic.org. ◆ capitalcommunitynews.com ◆ 23


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College of Wooster in Ohio. His work has been exhibited nationally and is included in numerous public and private collections including the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, and the Washington Post Corporation. Jantzen lives and works in Washington DC. Hemphill is also exhibiting four large scale paintings from the late 1960s and early 1970s by Willem de Looper (1932– 2009). These paintings are part of de Looper’s body of stained color field works created at the height of the Washington Color School movement. Working without brushes during this period, de Looper flooded his canvases with layer after layer of dramatically thinned acrylic paint. The exhibitions will remain on view through March 10. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm or by appointment. Hemphill Fine Arts 1515 14TH ST NW (202) 234-5601 www.hemphillfinearts.com

Jamie Gahlon, JB Tadena, and Joe Brack in Astro Boy and the God of Comics. Photo by Scott Suchman

Studio Theatre Showcases Manga Icon

Concurrent Exhibits at Hemphill Fine Arts

Studio Theatre Second Stage produces Astro Boy and the God of Comics created and directed by Natsu Onoda Power. Onoda Power describes her work as the following, “Astro Boy and the God of Comics combines three narratives — the fictional story of Astro Boy, the story of how the Astro Boy series was created, and the story of the series’s creator, Osamu Tezuka.” Astro Boy and Tezuka, known as the Walt Disney of manga, became post-war national icons in Japan. As further tribute to Tezuka, Onoda Power mixes media incorporating live animation—actors drawing while the audience watches. Onoda Power says of Tezuka, “I’ve loved his work since I was a child. He is a genius at borrowing techniques from other art forms, like theatre or film, to make his comics alive and interesting.” Astro Boy and the God of Comics runs February 15 through March 11 Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30, $35 for Saturday performances. The Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street NW (202) 332-3300 www.studiotheatre.org

In music, “ostinato” is the repetition of a note or a phrase in which no one element is more important than any other. This musical technique is the backbone of Jantzen’s newest body of work, which ranges in subject matter from a Santeria altar to the historic Loew’s Theater to the artist’s own bathtub. Ostinato is Franz Jantzen’s third solo exhibition at Hemphill Fine Arts since 2000. Jantzen received his B.A. in Fine Arts from The

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The Soul Rebels Brass Band

Mardi Gras Hangover at the 9:30 Club Formed in 1994, The New Orleans-based jazz-funk ensemble Galactic is an instrumental quintet comprised of guitarist Jeff Raines, organist Rich Vogel, bassist Robert Mercurio, saxophonist/harmonica-ist Ben Ellman, and drummer Stanton Moore. In 2010 they issued an ambitious project with Ya-Ka-May, a recording featuring guest appearances by everyone from Irma Thomas and Big Chief Bo Dollis to the Rebirth Brass Band and Walter “Wolfman” Washington. Their most recent release is Carnivale Electricos. Galactic has opened for some of their heroes including the Meters, Maceo Parker, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Their perfomance at 9:30 Club will feature Corey Glover (of Living Colour) and Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band). Called “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong” by the Village Voice, The Soul Rebels Brass Band formed when Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss ( originally members of New Orleans’ iconic Dejean’s Young Olympia Brass Band) decided to branch out to new musical styles and forms


while respecting the brass band tradition they loved. “Most of our originals have vocals,” says LeBlanc. “You wouldn’t have done that in a traditional brass band.” In January of 2012, the band released its first international album, Unlock Your Mind, on Rounder Records. Galactic and Soul Rebels bring the New Orleans sound to DC on Thursday, February 23. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $27.50. 9:30 Club 815 V ST. NW (202) 265-0930 Tickets: (877) 435-9849 www.930.com.

Bonus Picks: Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks For President! February 4 through 19, Tuesdays through Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $25 to $45. Theater J at the Washington DC JCC 1529 16th Street NW (202) 518-9400 www.washingtondcjcc.org SpeakEasyDC presents Making Whoopie: Stories about Sex A night of true tales told live for Valentine’s Day. Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Doors open at 6:30pm; show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 Speakeasy at Town Danceboutique 2009 8th St, NW (240) 8889751 www.speakeasydc.com Poet Amiri Baraka February 24 and 25 at 8:30 and 10:30 pm Tickets are $25 Bohemian Caverns 2001 11th Street NW (202) 299-0800 www.bohemiancaverns.com Joy Hopkins has been a resident of the District of Columbia for nearly 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 is 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. ◆ capitalcommunitynews.com ◆ 25


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Federal 2216 14th Street NW Greg Grammen, one of the District’s most effortlessly stylish and charming guys, has developed some serious street cred as the patriarch of the urban style beacon Palace 5ive. And, after five years he’s created a new store sporting American-made classics and tough modern accessories --a truly unique assortment for Washington. Blue jeans have long been a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Federal carries not only Levi’s Made and Crafted 9jeans around $175.), all made in America, but Tellason Denim ($198.), cut and sewn in San Francisco, too. If jeans seem a bit too difficult to gift, how about jewelry from California-based Dark + Dawn? The sterling silver “Bear Trap” ring ($250) is especially awesome. A somewhat atypical, but wholly stupendous gift idea for the hep geek in your life -- Moscot eyewear (est.1925) is a New York City opthamologic icon. The “Lemtosh” ($225) frames have been sported by Buddy Holly, Truman Capote, and Johnny Depp. So, why shouldn’t the one you love sport them, too?

Ginger Root 1530 U Street NW The adorable creative duo behind Ginger Root, Kristen Swensen and Erin Derge, have a shop brimming with thoughtful gifts many of which are not only one-of-a-kind but environmentally responsible. It’s nearly impossible to narrow down the selection, or to walk away without buying a few items for yourself as well. Trust me. The Metal Musings line is handmade accessories (tie clips and cuff links) for men. “Industrial Mod” ($60.) is a textured brass, copper and sterling silver tie clip. The “Slide” tie clip ($75.) is made with a three-step process which highlights the handmade qualities of the collection. And, the upcycled “Dot” cufflinks ($62.50) are vintage with enhancements of metal. What better to go with a stylin’ “new” tie accessory than a stylin’ “new” tie? “The Jeff ” is an Outlined Tie ($72.) salvaged from a vintage necktie and embellished with a beautiful complementary trim around the edges. Although I’ve only highlighted gift ideas for men, Ginger Root is, of course, also a great spot for ladies gifts too.

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Redeem 1734 14th Street NW Well, it’s that time of year again, when lovers ceremoniously buy gifts to show how much they care. It’s a day that can be overwhelmingly sweet to some, and just plain overwhelming to others. The pressure of finding the perfect gift is enough to send one into an apoplectic shock. Luckily we’ve got great shops in the District stocked to the gills with potential presents. Redeem never ceases to inspire me to want to be a cooler person. Unfortunately, I’m helplessly uncool. But, that doesn’t stop me from giving the gift of awesomeness. Thanks to Redeem I’m able to do so effortlessly, and so can you. I asked ubercool shop owner Lori Parkerson what she recommended for those poor challenged Valentine’s Day gifters. She suggested the following: * Jewelry by SURevolution -- “inspired by the culturally rich artisanal world”. (West African Flat Pendant $88., Geometria Round Ring $130., Diamante Ring $75., and Colita Necklace $129.) * Jewelry by Maslo a Richmond-based designer -- (Isolde$79., Arthur$54., and Josephine $85.) * CB I Hate Perfume -- (prices range $65. - $115.) * Kinfolk magazine (courtesy of MUTINY) -- ($18.) Stop by Redeem to see these and many other swell gift ideas for your loved ones and/or yourselves.

Wagtime 1232 9th Street NW Who better to receive a Valentine’s Day surprise than (wo)mans best friend? Wagtime, my dog Louis’ favorite store, is a terrific source for perfect presents for your precious pooch. Louis recommends Dogswell duck breast treats ($19.99) for your pup. Or, perhaps the Dog Perignon stuffed toy ($12.95). Why not both? I’m sure that your little beast deserves the best. Or, perhaps he’d like a day of grooming (prices vary depending on breed, size and cut)? Or just a day of doggie boarding ($35.) the better to mix and mingle with other furry friends. They’ve also got an impressive assortment of clothes, leads, collars, carrying cases, food, and much, much more. Not only is Wagtime stocked with the best for your pets, but it’s manned by a staff of knowledgeable and delightfully friendly folks who work very hard to help as many animals as possible. If you don’t have a pet to buy a gift for, why not get a gift certificate for a friend of yours who has?

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+ Music

Jazz Avenues

The Heritage Honored... by Steve Monroe

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lack history in jazz was in and at the campus up Connectimotion last month and the cut Avenue. heritage will be celebrated often in this Black History Month Caught … of February as well. The Chris Byars Octet, with Jimmy Cobb, everyone’s hall of master pianist Freddie Redd, kicked fame drummer, celebrated his 84th off the 2012 jazz series at the Atlas birthday here in his hometown Performing Arts Center on H Street of D.C. with some vintage sets in last month with a night of music front of large appreciative crowds honoring Redd’s compositions and Jan. 20-21 at Bohemian Caverns. featuring Byars, the award-winning Young and old enjoyed Cobb’s sigbandleader and tenor saxophonist nature rolls and efficient storms of and Atlas curator Brad Linde, sitD.C native and drummer Jimmy Cobb blows out candles on cake rhythm and melody, along with his at his 84th birthday Celebration Jan. 20 at Bohemian Caverns. ting in on baritone saxophone. The always vintage touch and time on Photo: Bababebop Jazz Images. Ben Allison Quartet plays at the cymbals with pianist George CaAtlas February 15. bles, bassist Jim Webber and tenor And prodigal son pianist Beniwww.lrdudc.wrlc.org/jazz/. Named for saxophonist Javon Jackson. the late D.C. radio programmer, the site to Gonzalez returned to Twins Jazz The group played “My Shining has information on UDC’s “research last month for some sizzling sets with Hour,” “So What,” “If I Were A Bell,” and resource center for the study, pres- saxophonist Azar Lawrence, Michael and “Someday My Prince Will Come,” ervation, and continued development Hawkins on bass and Lee Pearson on among others, for a memorable occa- of one of America’s greatest original drums, with Gonzalez playing several sion brought to us by producer W.A. cultural treasures—JAZZ.” tunes from his latest recording, “Circles.” “Bill” Brower and Caverns owner Omrao Brown. University bands at MAJF …and the heritage lives… Cobb told a listener it was nice to be D.C. university bands will be feaComing up this month The Cookback in town since he doesn’t get to DC ers appear at the Kennedy Center. tured this month at the Mid-Atlantic that often anymore, and recalled workThis group embodies the finest of jazz Jazz Festival. ing with DC’s legendary saxophonist The Howard University Jazz Enhistory, its present and its future with Buck Hill when they were youngsters. eminent pianist George Cables -- daz- semble, directed by Fred Irby, peforms Coincidentally, Hill – due for his zling in his sets with Jimmy Cobb at at 12 noon Saturday, Feb. 18 and the own 84th birthday this month -- made the Caverns -- tenor saxophonist Billy American University Big Band, directan appearance at the New Deal Cafe in Harper, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, ed by Josh Bayer, performs Sunday, Feb. Greenbelt, where he delivered some of bassist Cecil McBee, drummer Billy 19 during the festival at the Washinghis trademark golden tones and invenHart, trumpeter David Weiss, and alto ton DC/Rockville Hotel and Executive tiveness playing with trumpeter Mike Meeting Center in Rockville. saxophonist Craig Handy. Grasso and his Not 2 Cool Jazz Trio. Other festival performers Feb. 17Then there is the Ethnic Heritage It was four years ago that Buck and Ensemble at the Bohemian Caverns, 20 include Roy Haynes, Carmen Bradfriends celebrated his 80th birthday Lonnie Liston Smith at Blues Alley and ford, Terell Stafford, Winard Harper, at the Smithsonian Jazz Café, a venue a tribute to the late and legendary bassist Chad Carter, Cloudburst and the Paul unfortunately departed from the scene, Keter Betts, featuring Michael Bowie, at Carr Quintet. See midatlanticjazzfestiwith a capacity crowd on hand then for val.org for complete information. Westminster Presbyterian Church. that jam session party. And more of the future of the And speaking of the heritage, the heritage will be on display with the Steve Monroe is a Washington, D.C. Washington Jazz Network reminded University of the District of Colum- writer who can be reached at steve@jazus recently of the Felix E. Grant Jazz bia’s Small Jazz Ensembles perform- zavenues.com and followed at www. Archives page on the University of the ing at the MLK Library downtown twitter.com/jazzavenues. ◆ District of Columbia web site, http:// 28 ◆ Midcity DC | February 2012

February Highlights: UDC Small Jazz Ensembles, Feb. 9, MLK Jr. Library … Johnny O’Neal, Feb. 10-11, Twins Jazz … The Cookers, Feb. 11, Kennedy Center … Akua Allrich, Feb. 14, Bohemian Caverns …Introducing Herb Scott, Feb. 17, Westminster Church … Dianne Reeves, Feb. 17, Kennedy Center … David Taylor Trio with Kenny Drew Jr., Feb. 18, Bohemian Caverns … Lonnie Liston Smith, Feb. 20-21, Blues Alley … Heritage Ensemble, Feb. 23, Bohemian Caverns … Buster Williams, Feb. 23-24, Blues Alley … Ethnic Tribute to Keter Betts, Michael Bowie, Feb. 24, Westminster Church … Cheyney Thomas Quartet, Feb. 24-25, Twins Jazz … Amiri Baraka, Feb. 25, Bohemian Caverns … Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Feb. 26, Kennedy Center … UDC Small Jazz Ensembles, Black History Month Celebration, Feb. 28, UDC Bldg. 46-West …

February Birthdays: James P. Johnson, Joshua Redman 1; Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz 2; Eubie Blake 7; Chick Webb 10; Machito 16; Stan Kenton, David Murray 19; Nancy Wilson 20; Tadd Dameron 21; James Moody 26; Mildred Bailey, Dexter Gordon 27.


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by Anonymous

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hy is it that our politicians always have to kowtow to the hacks in Richmond? Dear Readers, The Nose has had it. It is time to declare war on these meddling neighbors who clog our streets with their SUVs! So, when Councilmember Mary “The Professor” Cheh recently faced off against Virginia Attorney General Ken “The Creep” Cuccinelli over her recently authored Wildlife Protection Act of 2010, The Nose’s ears perked up. The Council’s own constitutional pedagogue was going to stick it to the rubes from Richmond! A DC political junky, The Nose often spends the late night hours reliving Sulimania on the Internet. Who can forget the image of The Professor as strict schoolmarm cross-examining a belligerent Brown? Even The Nose, who bats for the same team, was taken by the sight of those sexy wired rimmed glasses… With the premier of Professor vs. the Attorney “Creep” General, it was time to sit down on the couch with a bowl of microwaved popcorn and three fingers of Willet. Imagine The Nose’s disappointment when he heard Cheh defend her bill with a citation of its rodent exemption. In the Professor’s view, apparently, rats and mice fail to rise to the lofty designation of “wildlife” and thus do not qualify for humane relocation. My Dear Professor Cheh! The Nose entreats you to spend any night of the week in his kitchen. The antics of his nocturnal visitors resemble the best episodes of Wild Kingdom. It is an orgasmic dancing, prancing, cabinet opening, dish smashing orgy. A vast array of solutions purchased at great expense from Frager’s Hardware have discouraged these nightly rodent revels not one whit. No poison, trap, bait or electrical gadget suffices. The spoils of The Nose’s larder are simply too tempting. In The Nose’s humble opinion, Dear Readers, the one thing likely to end his rodent home invasion is the credible threat of exile to the great state of Virginia. District rodents are not stupid. They understand that the rightwing politicos of the Old Dominion believe in equipping every citizen with a fully automatic assault weapon. Across the Potomac, rats do not dine at leisure. Rather, they dodge a hail of gunfire every time they cross a kitchen threshold. (The only exception to this vast gener-

alization might be the People’s Republic of Arlington.). To get another perspective on Councilmember Cheh’s legislation, The Nose interviewed one of his nightly furry visitors. To preserve his anonymity, this column will refer to said rat as ‘Ratatouille.’ Taking an opposite tack to The Nose, Ratatouille complimented Professor Cheh on her legislation. In his whiskered opinion, the law addressed an essential problem of district, ‘Wildlife Gentrification.’ Apparently, our city’s rodents, who are true Washingtonians, are being displaced by suburban possums, raccoons and deer lured by tasty trash and lush foliage of our fair metropolis. Humanely relocating these interlopers is critical lest they alter the District’s essential character. Ratatouille also suggested a number of other civic pests that might be happily exiled to the Old Dominion: • •

The Wizards. Let’s face it. They stink. Occupy DC. There must be some National Park in the Shenandoah where these folks can live in. Perhaps, they could be relocated by a mountain stream to encourage more frequent bathing. Ex-Councilmember Harry Thomas. Petersburg possesses an excellent federal facility distinguished by its decorative razor wire. It even has softball, although the bats are locked between games along with the players. Speed Cameras. Can’t members of the DC Council figure out another way of funding the city government? Bollards & Traffic Barriers. The growth industry in these concrete monstrosities has turned the District into Baghdad on the Potomac. Congress. Give DC’s human residents the vote or exempt them from federal taxes so that their larders can be stocked with choice morsels for DC’s rodent citizens.

The Nose was about to amend the list to include Councilmember Marion Barry. However, as Ratatouille pointed out, the Mayor for Life’s last Virginian exile did not result in much of a reformation. Have a comment for The Nose? He loves hearing from his Dear Readers. Email thenose@hibllrag.com. ◆ capitalcommunitynews.com ◆ 29


your neighborhood

+ The Numbers

Putting DC To Work A Resource Map of the District’s Workforce Development Services by Elissa Silverman What can the District do to help -residents get jobs? First, it’s important to understand what DC has been doing. At the beginning of this year, the DC Fiscal

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Policy Institute released a first-ever “resource map” of the city’s workforce development efforts, which includes what the city funds in adult literacy, job readiness, skills training, and job

search and placement. Many states assemble similar resource guides every few years to help elected and appointed officials set strategic workforce policy.

The map—a visual diagram that accompanies this article—shows what the District spent on workforce development as a government in Fiscal Year 2010, what services were of-


fered, and who was served. It is arranged by program; so, for example, it is clear from the map how many local dollars the city spent on adult job training. How many residents got jobs because of these efforts? Unfortunately, that’s not so clear from the map. The District needs to put in place better measures to report on the performance and outcomes of these programs, so we can strategically use our limited resources to put more residents on the path to careers and prosperity.

Job training and job creation is a top policy priority for almost everyone, from President Obama to Mayor Gray to DC residents, as polling data shows. Effectively using resources to help DC residents learn new job skills, sharpen existing ones and match them with employers is critical not only to economic development but to reducing unemployment, lifting families out of poverty and lessening the income inequality gap. Unemployment in DC remains above the national av-

erage, even though the District has more than twice the number of jobs as residents. So the problem is not simply a lack of ready, willing and able employers—it is also that some of our residents lack the skills and resources needed to get work in our job market. So what does the resource map tell us? The first surprise might be that there are many city agencies involved in helping residents get employment. Many think of the Department of

Employment Services (DOES) as the city’s main labor agency, but it isn’t the only one involved in job readiness and training. In fact, the map shows that there are a dozen agencies involved in helping residents enter and re-enter the workforce. DOES plays the biggest role, administering and overseeing almost a third of the city’s workforce development programs, but agencies including the Department of Human Services and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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also have significant funding for programs involving education, training, and placement. As the city’s main point of contact for job seekers, DOES receives a large portion of federal dollars through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). WIA funds job training for adults, as well as youth and seniors, but it also enables a wide range of other services. You can see where the funds are put to use in DC by looking at the “Federal Grants” line in the map. For example, WIA adult funding goes toward DC Works! Career Centers— One-Stops, in the government lingo— as well as toward Employer Services and Program Performance Monitoring 32 ◆ Midcity DC | February 2012

within DOES. Yet WIA goes beyond simply providing for adult and youth job training and also funds adult and family and literacy programs, which are administered by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education, as well as work readiness and job training services for adults with disabilities, which is administered through the District’s Department of Disability Services. The map shows that the District also uses a significant amount of local funding for job readiness and training. This can be seen by looking at the “Local Funding” category on the map. By local dollars, we are referring to monies allocated from the District’s general fund, which comes

from sales, income, and property taxes and fees, among other sources. Local dollars can be used with more flexibility, since local leaders can determine how they can be spent. What is the largest single allocation of local tax dollars in workforce development? The District’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides a six-week subsidized job for District youth ages 14 to 21. Though the program has been significantly downsized over the last few years, it still receives the largest appropriation of local dollars for workforce development. In terms of adult training, the largest local allocation goes to the employment program within TANF,

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. TANF is administered by the Department of Human Services, which highlights another point: The District needs better coordination between agencies engaged in workforce development. Some residents might access services through several different agencies, and those efforts should be complementary, not redundant. What doesn’t the map speak a lot about? As we mentioned above: Outcomes and performance. How many residents get employment after engaging in these programs and services? Unfortunately, there isn’t as much information on that as there should be. Given our limited resources, it is valuable to know what services are most effective. We hope our elected and appointed officials will improve the data on outcomes in upcoming years. Interested in getting a hard-copy of the map? Send an email to silverman@dcfpi.org. ★


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f someone won’t do it for you, get it done yourself. That’s what former D.C. Council candidate Bryan Weaver and Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Sylvia Brown were thinking when on January 17 they stated their intent to push a voter initiative that would forbid corporations from donating directly to D.C. campaigns, transition and inaugural funds, legal defense funds, and Constituent Services Funds. Unlike 23 states and the federal government, corporations can still donate to political campaigns in the District, provided they stick to the same contribution limits imposed on individuals. ($500 for ward races, $1,000 for at-large and $2,000 for mayor per year.) According to Weaver and Brown, this money – and there’s plenty of it – has had a corrosive effect on the integrity of the city’s elected officials. The initiative was born of frustration with the D.C. Council, which failed to meaningfully address the influence of money in politics during the monthslong debate over ethics reform. “There is never the moment when the council will step forward,” Weaver told the Post. Now, should Weaver and Brown manage to gather over 23,000 signatures in six months, they’ll put the measure on the November ballot and do what the council couldn’t – or simply didn’t want to do. The timing of their announcement was certainly strategic. With the 2012 races for the D.C. Council only now starting to heat up and the resignation of Harry Thomas, Jr. in the wake of his theft of $350,000 fresh on people’s minds, Weaver and Brown have injected a new issue into the various campaigns. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Ward 4. While Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) remains comfortably in the lead over her competition, she continues to face criticism that as the chief handler of the ethics legislation, she didn’t do enough to limit the influ-

ence of big money in local politics. Max Skolnik, one of her opponents, signed on with Weaver and Brown the day they proposed the initiative, and furthermore released a statement slamming Bowser for accepting corporate contributions. According to Skolnik, Bowser has counted on corporate donations for over 37 percent of the close to $1 million she has raised since 2006. (Skolnik called her “’Million Dollar’” Muriel Bowser.”) The dynamic is even more evident in the At Large race, where former councilmember and current contender Sekou Biddle also joined Weaver in supporting the initiative. Biddle’s target – incumbent Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) – is even more vulnerable than Bowser on the issue. According to a December 2011 fundraising report, Orange took in over $30,000 in bundled corporate contributions, including $9,000 from nine distinct LLCs linked to D.C. gas station mogul Joe Mamo. In the lead-up to the April 26 Special Election where Orange unseated Biddle, Orange took in at least $43,000 from Jeff rey Thompson, a wellconnected healthcare professional with huge city contracts. And though the Ward 5 contest is only slowly starting to come into focus, the issue of corporate donations featured prominently in the first candidate debate held on January 24. Despite its political ramifications, Weaver and Brown’s initiative is legally untested and could well do what many fear – push corporate money further into the murky world of the political action committees that have flooded federal and state races with money and ads. Speaking on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, this was exactly Bowser’s objection – corporate money will find its way into local campaigns no matter what anyone does, so it’s best that it be out in the open. During last year’s council debates on the ethics bill, some of her colleagues said the same thing, including

Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who has taken corporate contributions for his unchallenged re-election bid. At a recent press conference, Mayor Vince Gray – who received corporate contributions for his mayoral campaign and inaugural transition – said he had not decided whether to support the initiative or not. To a certain extent, those concerns are self-serving – it’s always incumbents that make them, after all. But whether or not this becomes law is no longer up to the council, and both incumbents and challengers will have to fight out the merits of the initiative on the campaign trail. This won’t be decided by 13 members of the council – and that’s Weaver and Brown’s point.

Good Odds for Internet Gambling? For the last year, Internet gambling has been legal in the District. It was in late 2010 that a provision was surreptitiously worked into a supplemental budget bill by Councilmember Michael Brown (I-At Large) allowing the D.C. Lottery to make the District the first jurisdiction in the country to legally allow its residents to gamble online. By April 2011, the D.C. Lottery was beginning preparations for a system that would offer four games and could raise upwards of $15 million in its first three years of operation. But since then, an outcry over how an issue as controversial as Internet gambling could have passed through the council without even the slightest bit of public input – the language took up all of a quarter-page of a broader budget bill – has forced the D.C. Lottery and its supporters to put the brakes on the plan. Implementation was stopped, and D.C. Lottery officials scheduled a series of town hall hearings to explain the program to residents. Finally, on January 26, right after this column went to print, a council committee gathered for a hear-

ing on Internet gambling. But in an indication of how convoluted and compromised the entire discussion over Internet gambling has become, the hearing was only to discuss a repeal bill introduced by Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). In essence, the usual democratic process that sees proposed legislation go through a thorough public vetting that includes hearings, markups and multiple votes was turned on its head – Internet gambling is law, and the public is only being given a chance to comment on whether or not to repeal it. The troubles run deeper, though. According to a January report by D.C. Inspector General Charles Willoughby, D.C. CFO Natwar Gandhi improperly added language that would allow Internet gambling to even be considered to a 2008 lottery contract worth $120 million. Additionally, debate still exists over the structure and mission of the city’s Lottery Board, which hasn’t been fully staffed since 1996. Critics also say that the town halls were a sham – under-publicized,lightly attended and purposely packed with supporters of Internet gambling. (A December D.C. Lottery report said that of the 254 people that attended the meetings, 68 percent were in favor.) But despite the questionable groundwork upon which the city’s Internet gambling law is built, Wells and Mendelson’s bill still faces an uphill battle. A person with knowledge of council dynamics told us that the votes likely weren’t there to sustain a full repeal. Given the controversies that Internet gambling has already survived, not even that many people can stop something that seems like a foregone conclusion. We’re certainly not betting on it. Martin Austermuhle is the Editor-in-Chief of DCist.com and a freelance writer. ◆ capitalcommunitynews.com ◆ 33


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Logan Circles by Mark Johnson ACKC Closed on 14th Street Chocolate drops and chocolate crumbles and, as of January 1, it has left the building completely! ACKC, Logan Circle’s own chocolate factory, has closed its store at 14th and Que Streets. Artfully Chocolate Kingsbury Chocolate, the store’s official name had been open less than two years if memory serves correctly. Seems they were dogged with claims of overpriced, not too special fare and many often complained that service was dicey. Still, it was surprising to learn that they were closing at the end of 2011. The chain has two other locations in Alexandria, Va that remain open.

understand), is moving to the lower level of the two-story building while Local 16 owners will take the upper level for a sit-down brick oven pizza joint replete with backyard deck, overlooking the lovely alley that runs between Swann and T Streets. The building has been under construction for the two new tenants for several months now and it will be interesting to see how a carpet and crust duo will work. At the very least, this par-

saturation of eateries in the area this may be a great time to mention a new one on the way. At the corner of 14th and T in what for years and years was a neighborhood liquor store, renovation work has been underway for Stubs Kitchen and Wine Restaurant. Undoubtedly the place will seek to offer outdoor seating in the warm months, especially on the T Street side. With the coming of Matchbox/ Ted’s Bulletin to the area probably

What do Carpet and Pizza Have in Common? If you said “tomato stains” then you went in the wrong direction. Actually, carpet and crust will Brixton on the way. Hilton Brothers newest venture at 9th & U, NW. Photo: Mark Johnson share a building at 1832 14th Street soon, when Capital ticular business model is an example sometime this year as well, we have Carpet and Home Furnishings moves of the 50/50 rule at work, governing no doubt that it will be easy to get a in with Local 16 oven-baked pizza the opening of businesses in U/14. It meal and a drink on 14th Street. in the long blighted building beis intended to ensure that a mix of tween Hunted House and Room and businesses open and that the area Next Stop Brixton Board. Last month we mentioned in doesn’t become too saturated with Everyone who knows London this column that both businesses had restaurants and bars. knows that one of the coolest, most an interest in the property and now diverse and pulsating parts of that we know more details. Apparently, Another Wine Restaurant burg is Brixton. So, the Hilton broththe carpet store, currently across the ers are seeking to bring a bit of the to come to the Strip? street next door to the US Post OfBritish flavor to U Street soon with Since we just talked about the fice (now to depart in the spring we 34 ◆ Midcity DC | February 2012

the opening of an English-style pub by that name. They’ve been working on the building, at the corner of 9th and U for a while now. This will be the newest addition to their kingdom and one of the eastern-most businesses in the Hilton dynasty, close to American Ice Company, Dodge City and others in their string of dining/ bar successes. They are about to open Chez Billy’s on Georgia Avenue as well, a fancier, sit down spot that nods to the wellknown former Billy Simpson’s that graced the Avenue in the 50’s and 60’s. Brixton’s rooftop deck, standard fare for Mid City restaurants these days is looking like it might be a cool place to hang out when the weather heats up.

And from the hear it here files! A friendly head bartender from a very popular and always crowded U/14 nightspot is promising to bring his years of experience behind the bar, schmoozing with his patrons, to his own spot soon! He says he has found a place in what many call North Columbia Heights and, after making it pretty, he wants to open it soon and show everyone what he’s learned all these years. I guess we’ll see! But we promise to get in the door shortly after the “under construction” sign comes off. ◆


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elcome to the new column in MidCity about Bloomingdale, Truxton Circle, Eckington and Edgewood. I wanted to come up with a title that encompassed all of the neighborhoods, but that turned out to be fairly difficult (TrEckingDale? BloomWood Circle? Not easy to portmanteau these neighborhoods.) So Bloomingdale Buzz it is. I’m excited to be covering the area and all of the new developments here.

munity take a shift and start pushing, taking our own initiative.” Meanwhile, the special election is gearing up. Over twelve candidates have already filed paperwork for the special election on May 15, and the first candidate’s forum was held on January 24th. To keep up with the election, Clark has started

ANCs Step Up It’s been a rough start to the year for the Bloomingdale-Eckington-Truxton Circle neighborhoods after the departure of their councilmember, Harry Thomas, Jr. The disappointment is especially poignant in Eckington, where Harry Thomas, Jr. used to live. “It hurts,” says Tim Clark, an ANC Commisioner. “It’s someone they’ve voted for, someone they’ve watched grow.” Councilmember Vincent Orange (AtLarge), former Ward Five Councilmember, has been stepping in as a liaison to the Council. “We’re moving forward to restore confidence, and moving forward to work with the Council,” he said at the January meeting for ANC5c. The loss of the Councilmember has also brought up more practical concerns, as the Ward attempts to pursue important economic development projects without a representative. Projects that have been in the works for months now face an uncertain future, requiring the ANCs to organize their lobbying efforts for the next few months. Things like the Small Uncle Chips Opens on North Capitol Street. by: North Capitol Main Streets Area Plan for the Bates Area/Truxton Circle will need to be redirected to Brown and Gray in the upcoming Mayoral Budget. “We just want to a blog to track the progress called Straight Up make sure all of our ducks are in a row,” said ANC Politics, and can be found at straightuppolitics. blogspot.com. Chairman Bradley Thomas. But Thomas’s absence has rallied the neighborhoods around the important issues. The grassroots Putting the Bloom in Bloomingdale support is there, but the question remains how to One of the biggest concerns throughout the keep the pressure on the Council. Much of the re- month has been the management of the impendsponsibility has shifted to the ANCs. People are in ing marijuana dispensaries. Because of Ward 5’s direct communication with their ANC representa- disproportionate amount of industrial space, 14 tives, making sure that their support is recognized. out of the 16 applications considered will be lo“The ANCs are more active than ever,” says Tim cated in Ward 5. “This could be unfair for a ward Clark, who represents ANC5C. “I saw the com- with three waste transfer stations, dispensaries, and

strip clubs,” Orange said. In order to prevent an “oversaturation” of dispensaries in Ward 5, Orange sponsored legislation that would cap the number of dispensaries in each Ward. The final legislation would limit it to no more than six cultivation centers and one dispensary. Of the six accepted applications, two will potentially be located in Bloomingdale-Eckington-Truxton Circle area on 5th street. One of the biggest concerns with regards to the medical marijuana facilities has been the review process. While ANC commissioner Albrette “Gigi” Ransom requested an additional thirty days to review because of inadequate information supplied by the Department of Health. Ransom has requested additional time that will be necessary to review the location of the dispensaries; meet with applicants, or coordinate with the other two ANCs. There will also be a special meeting dedicated to the review of applications in early- to mid-February.

Changes in the Neighborhoods The area continues to welcome new businesses and signs of growth. There will be an economic development meeting sometime in late February “to help develop public policy which will encourage and monitor controlled economic development in the western neighborhoods of Ward 5,” the Economic Development Committee wrote. Meanwhile, early development is still continuing to move forward on two wine bars and two new Thai restaurants. The most noticeable addition to the Truxton Circle neighborhood is pretty sweet. Uncle Chips Dessert Café opened their first brickand-mortar shop at 1514 North Capitol Streets earlier this January. It’s a brilliant teal townhouse that boasts some of the best chocolate chip cookies in the District. They also offer oatmeal and chocolate dipped shortbread, as well as bagels, coffee, and breakfast sandwiches. “It’s a burgeoning business area,” says ANC Commissioner John Salatti. “Things are happening… we’re excited to diversify some of the business options and we’re sure that we can support them.” ◆

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Shaw Streets by Ralph Brabham The New Shaw Main Streets Website

ial project projeect will delivThe all-residential 2. It wil er in Summer 2012. willll have eleven aturing private outunique units, all featuring door space, rangingg from 500 to 1100 luding efficiencies, 1 square feet and including and 2 bedrooms. “Standard Eleven To be known ass “Stand Eleven,”” the bright red/orange facade of the former museum will be replaced by a less ing aesthetic. jarring, more appealing

On January 18, neighborhood commercial revitalization nonprofit Shaw Main Streets launched its new website at www.shawmainstreets.org. The new site is the product of months of volunteer work, which included researching and analyzing the best websites of similar organizations. It offers many useful neighborhood resources, Pop-Up Gallery Until including a business directory, map of March 10 developments, calendar, blog, history of From Feb. 4 through March 10, the area, and information about ways to 2012, 1250 9th Street, NW (formerly the get involved to help improve Shaw. Its site of “Fight Club”) will host the Logan clean, attractive, user-friendly design and Rendering of the renovated Laogai Museum to be called the Standard Eleven condominium project at 1109 M Circle gallery Contemporary Wing for interface is the product of local design Street, NW. Photo: CAS Riegler its inaugural show. The exhibit is called firm Mightyspark Industries. NEXT GENERATION: Selections by The new website is the latest in a It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 Artists from the 30 Americans Collection. series of improvements to the organization’s new media footp.m. and offers wash and fold service for $.90 per An elite group of eleven artists assisted Conprint. Last year, Shaw Main Streets expanded its Facebook pound. Additional exterior renovations are in the temporary Wing in selecting names of emergand Twitter presences, and has since utilized both to spotlight works for this spring. ing and mid-career, contemporary American businesses in the service area, to get the word out about events, artists who, in their opinion, best represent the and to publicize activities of the organization. DC GuestHouse Closed “next generation” of artists who have the poShaw’s quirky, renowned, and beloved bed tential to define the American landscape in the New Laundromat at 11th and and breakfast at 10th and O Streets, NW, the next decade. The eleven selecting artists each Rhode Island Avenue DC GuestHouse, closed on December 26, 2011, After having been closed for renovations for the better part of after having gone under contract earlier in the have work in the seminal Rubell Family collec2011, the Logan Circle Laundromat (1100 Rhode Island Avenue, month. An extensive estate sale took place on tion, 30 Americans, currently on view locally at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. NW) has a new look, new equipment and new management. January 12 through 15, 2012. The result is a fabulous group of artists workThe remodeled business features a full time attendant on duty, The institution hosted people from all walks ing in a broad range of media, including photogall new stainless steel high efficiency washers and dryers, qual- of life - celebrities, politicians, activists, religious raphy, painting, sculpture, installation, textiles, ity wash and fold service, affordable pricing and ample parking. leaders, business people, and tourists. According drawing, light and new media, as well as works to the inn’s website, “After the first of the year, we that combine or hover between these media. The [the owners] will be moving to another fabulous participating artists with work in NEXT GENhouse in Washington. Our family will be staying ERATION are: Derrick Adams, Kajahl Benes, together, and we hope that you will stay a part of Caitlin Cherry, Sonya Clark, Alex Ernst, Wyatt our extended family.” Gallery, Kira Lynn Harris, David Huffman, Jason Keeling, Karyn Olivier, Gary Pennock, and Redevelopment of the Former Cheryl Pope. It promises to present dynamic Laogai Museum work of the highest quality that is changing the The CAS Riegler real estate development face of contemporary art, some of which deals dicompany (the firm behind such projects as The rectly with issues of race and diversity, and some Flatiron of Bloomingdale and Lionel Lofts on with social and aesthetic questions more broadly. Fourteenth Street) recently began redevelopNEXT GENERATION runs until March ing the former Laogai Museum at 1109 M 10, 2012, Tuesday through Saturday from 11Street, NW. 6 p.m. ◆ The new Shaw Main Streets webpage. Photo: Shaw Main Streets 36 ◆ Midcity DC | February 2012


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notebook Corcoran Gallery of Art Family Day: Up, Up, and Away!

Get ready for an art adventure that covers a lot of territory—from under the sea to way out in deep space—during the Corcoran’s Family Day: Up, Up, and Away! This free epic journey includes gravity-defying performances, organic art workshops, out-of-this-world face painting, and eco trivia and prizes. Don’t miss the gallery-turned-space-capsule featured in the special exhibition Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet? For more information on Family Day at the Corcoran, please visit www.corcoran.org/familyday. Mar. 3, 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Moves to Permanent Home Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School commemorated the move to its new home at 220 Taylor St. NE with a Chinese New Year celebration. Washington Yu Ying is one of only a few public Mandarin immersion programs in the country and is the only International Baccalaureate candidate charter school of its kind. From its inception in 2008, Yu Ying has strived to create an enthusiastic and diverse community of learners who are grounded in intercultural understanding and respect, and who are confident in their ability to read, write and think in both Chinese and English. In its new, permanent home, Yu Ying will be able to lay the groundwork for rapid and sustained growth for students. 202-635-1950. washingtonyuying.org

Saturday Morning at the National Kids will enjoy free live performances at the National Theatre on Saturday mornings, 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Here’s the upcoming schedule. Feb. 11Theatre IV: Jack and the Beanstalk. This lively musical recounts the classic exploits of a young boy who trades the family cow for three magic beans. The beans, tossed out the window by Jack’s disappointed mother, grow into a giant beanstalk that leads to fabulous treasure, an ill-tempered giant, and more adventures than you can shake a stalk at! Feb. 25-Short Stories Brewed from African Pots. Long before children heard Mother 38 ◆ Midcity DC | February 2012

Goose rhymes, stories were told in Africa about wise lions, wily snakes and how the world began. Storyteller Anna Mwalagho will enchant and delight kids with interactive tales full of spice and merriment that teach important lessons on life and empowerment. Mar. 3-Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe. Ancient Chinese dances are magically recreated by the amazing performers of the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe. Children of all ages will be mesmerized by the colorful costumes and dynamic dance patterns in this cultural exploration of ancient China. Mar. 10-Stories from Around the World. Lynn Ruehlmann’s cheerful stories about childhood delights, historical figures, and delicious fairytales resonate with young and old. No matter what the subject matter or the kind of story she’s telling, Lynn’s joyous anecdotes are filled with energy, intelligence and most importantly, FUN. Free tickets are required: first come-first seated. Tickets distributed 1/2 hour prior to performance. The performances are best appreciated by children four years and older. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. nationaltheatre.org

Kids enjoying the National Building Museum’s Discover Engineering Family Day. Photo: Kevin Allen, Courtesy of National Building Museum

Discover Engineering Family Day 2012 The National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite you to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality. Celebrate National Engineers Week by participating in this free, hands-on and fun-filled festival! Discover Engineering Family Day is a free, drop-in program. $5 donation suggested. Program and activities are most appropriate for children ages 513 with adult supervision. Registration is not required. Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org

Get Crafty-Adinkra Stamp Valentines On Feb 7, 4:00 p.m., celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day by creating valentines with handmade Adinkra stamps. Ages 8-18. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. dclibrary. org/northwest

Colunbia Heights Spanish Classes for Toddlers When you combine the fun of a playgroup and the learning of a workshop, you get a Prata Creative Playshop for early language discovery. They create Fun+Learn immersion experiences for children to learn foreign languages naturally conversation and play! To learn more about their exciting curriculum, interactive activities and dynamic teachers, call 202-872-4548 or email info@pratacreative.com. $190 + tax per child. Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW. pratacreative.com.

Dig Deeper: A How-to for Junior Archaeologists at National Geographic In July 2009, Terry Herbert was enjoying his hobby of metal detecting on Fred Johnson’s field in Staffordshire, England. Based on signals from his metal detector, he discovered a collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver numbering more than 3,500 individual pieces. Learn about archaeology and get your hands dirty with an interactive excavation experience at the National Geographic Museum’s Family Archaeology Workshop. Come experience the joy of discovery! This workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages. Advance registration is required. Please email NatGeoMuseum@ngs.org to register. Free. Sundays, Feb. 12 and Mar. 4, 1:00 p.m. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. events.nationalgeographic.com

Sunday Story Time at the J Every Sunday, 10:00-10:30 a.m., enjoy free play in their preschool space. Then gather on the carpet


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Now accepting Applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Applications accepted January 1, 2012 – April 17, 2012. Applications received after April 17 will be placed on our waiting list. Applications are available at the school or on our website, www.bridgespcs.org. Current grades served preschool and pre-k. Age eligibility: • Preschool - 3 yrs. old by September 30th • Pre-k - 4 yrs. old by September 30th OPEN HOUSE / INFORMATION SESSIONS AT THE SCHOOL ON THE FOLLOWING THURSDAYS: March 1 from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. • April 12 from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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The mission of Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts is to transform students in grades 8-12 into well-versed media contributors by providing a student-centered environment that connects them to the classics and modern languages and a curriculum focused on strong writing skills and vocabulary.

from 10:30-11:00 a.m. for stories and songs led by a 16th Street J Preschool teacher. Through May 20 (no Story Time on Feb. 19 or Apr. 8). Free, with no reservations required, but attendance is limited to the first 15 children. This program is intended for children ages 0-4. All children must be accompanied by caregivers at all times. Located at the Washington DCJCC, on the corner of 16th and Q sts. NW. 202518-9400. washingtondcjcc.org

Now Enrolling – 8th, 9th and 10th Graders – SY 2012-2013 Apply Online • www.RichardWrightPCS.org or call 202.388.1011 For general information, admission process and online application, visit us on the web at www.RichardWrightPCS.org 100 41st Street, NE Washington, DC 20019 Located in Ward 7

Exploration Station at the Corcoran Inspired by Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro’s wall works made of Lego, your child can construct his/her own masterpiece from standard and Duplo Lego bricks. On weekends and Thursday evenings, a volunteer is on hand to help you turn iPhone and iPad photographs into two-dimensional Lego creations. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org

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Operation Night Spy: Espionage in the Dark (No Grown-Ups Allowed) By the light of day, spies can be easily exposed and missions go awry. But when the sun sets and shadows emerge, espionage is the name of the game. Explore the tricks of the trade that enable spies to operate under the cover of darkness. From infrared night goggles to ultraviolet-light secret messages, young recruits will try their hand at creating and using tools that will help them spy in the shadows. With scientists from the University of Maryland by their side demonstrating cool technology and materials, mission failure will not be an option. Will KidSpy recruits see their way through? Will darkness help or hurt them? Only those with top secret access to Operation Night Spy will discover the answers to these questions. $25. Ages 10-13. Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202393-7798. spymuseum.org

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A rigorous arts-based program/ world class environment A new literacy program for ages 3-5 Algebra Prep and Spanish Small Class Sizes/Personalized Education Whole Child Development Tennis/Guitar

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weekend with a family day at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Remember our shared history as you enjoy patriotic music, stories, craft activities, and some special guests. Saturday, Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. American Art Museum, Portrait Gallery Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu

Koshland Science Museum Hands-On Science: Memory Boxes If only remembering things were as easy as putting them in a box! Test your ability to recall common objects collected in small boxes. Then, develop strategies to improve your memory. This new handson activity will be led by Koshland Science Museum volunteers. As neuroscience enhances our understanding of brain functions, the memory boxes are one example of how we can translate these findings into practical application. This hands-on activity will provide a preview of the ideas that you will be able to explore in the museum’s Life Lab, which opens Mar. 3. For ages 13, up. Contact the Koshland Science Museum at 202-334-1201 or ksm@nas.edu with questions about hands-on activities and exhibits. $3$5. Feb. 18-20, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 525 E St. NW. koshland-science-museum.org

New DC School Scorecards New scorecards for all DCPS schools will give the public unprecedented access to school information and data, such as academic performance and progress, safety, and community satisfaction. New information, such as Advanced Placement data, college enrollment statistics and other indicators selected by schools to highlight unique achievements, will help families make the best decisions for their children and allow community members to track progress. The scorecards, available online at dcps. dc.gov/profiles and in print this week, provide a holistic overview of each DCPS school and offer an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. The scorecards also incorporate all the information previously available in the DCPS School Profiles launched in 2010, such as academic programming, extracurricular activities, facilities, community partnerships, demographics and enrollment.

Remember The Children, Daniel’s Story This exhibition is a history of the Holocaust for families and young people, ages eight and older, told from a youngster’s point of view. The exhibition is based on experiences of children who survived the Holocaust and who recorded what happened to them between 1933-1945. The exhibition has many interactive components that engage children in the learning process. As they walk through the exhibi42 ◆ Midcity DC | February 2012

tion, the young visitors witness the increasing restraints of Nazi policies on one family’s life, from smaller food rations to deportation to a ghetto and finally up to, but never through, the gates of a concentration camp. At the end of the exhibition visitors are invited to express their feelings about the exhibition by writing a letter to Daniel. As a memorial to the approximately one-and-one-half million children who died in the Holocaust, Remember The Children, Daniel’s Story is an unforgettable experience for all audiences. Free admission. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. 202-488-0400. ushmm.org

African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day African American Pioneers in Aviation Day is dedicated to the accomplishments of African American Aviation pioneers of the past and present. It includes an opportunity for visitors to meet a distinguished panel of local Tuskegee Airmen who will discuss their struggles and the history of the African American World War II fighter group. The day also includes hands-on activities, book signings, and appearances by current scientists, pilots, and engineers in Aerospace. Free. Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave. at Sixth St. SW. 202-633-2214. nasm.si.edu

Louder Than a Bomb at National Gallery of Art Every year, more than 600 teenagers from over 60 Chicago area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as “Louder Than a Bomb.” This award-winning documentary chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 event. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable teens, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. As the students learn to work together and share their personal stories, they discover how they can transform their unique experiences and emotional issues into intricate and expressive rhymes. How and why they do it—and the community they create along the way—is the story at the heart of this inspiring film. (Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, United States, 2010, 99 minutes) Presented in collaboration with INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival. A performance by the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team will precede the screening. For ages 13 and up. Free. Mar. 10, 2:00 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, Auditorium, Fourth and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-737-4215. nga.gov

From Sushi to Samurai: East Meets West in New Children’s Series Infused with Asian Culture Sushi! It literally means sticky rice with (usually) raw or cooked fish that is wrapped in seaweed. Enjoyed for thousands of years in Asia, it starting becoming a popular healthy option here a decade ago with trendy adults. Now, children are learning to enjoy sushi at a young age, and instead of exclaiming ‘Ew! Fish!’, kids get a kick out of squishing the uniquely textured food in their small hands before popping it into their mouths. With more and more Asian trends and influences impacting “mainstream” culture, children’s book author Eileen Wacker wanted to put a hip Asian overlay on a new book series. Blending Chinese, Korean, and Japanese influences, her new collection Fujimini Adventure Series takes children on a mystical island adventure in each story. Fujimini Island is home to a cast of fun and silly animal groups, each of which reflects a different Asian inspiration. Wacker has lived in seven different countries and recently called Seoul, South Korea home for nearly six years. She now resides in Hawaii where Asian fusion is intricately woven into society and part of every day life. Fujimini Adventure Series is written for preschool through first grade-aged children and includes the following titles: Green Hamster and the Quest for Fun, Red Penguin and the Missing Sushi, Silent Samurai and the Magnificent Rescue, and Pink Hamster and the Big Birthday Surprise. The website, OnceKids.com, provides children the opportunity to further interact with the Fujimini Adventure characters through games, character and habitat descriptions and a fun picture glossary.

See the Lion Cubs at the Zoo The Zoo’s lion pride, including seven young lions, are on exhibit most days from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Some days, the juvenile lions may go out before 11:00 a.m. and stay out after 2:00 p.m. The schedule may change without notice depending on animal management or staffing needs. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu

Contacting Family Members in a Disaster After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This American Red Cross website is designed to help make that communication easier. You can register yourself as “Safe and Well.” You can also search for loved ones. Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “Safe and Well.” The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message. safeandwell.communityos.org ◆


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Garden Fairy... A Winter/Spring Cleaning by Frank Asher

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he last month of this winter has been a strange one! One day it is toe freezing cold with tree branches swaying in the wind, and the next is short sleeves and flip flops! What gives? Well, as a gardener, I have no absolute answer, but it is happening all over the U.S.…Makes

Some gardeners like to fill in that negative space with pansies and kale for color. I think it can also be refreshing to give space to nothingness once in a while. Since you have been getting rid of old winter debris, why not allow room for spring to emerge on its own. If you add compost to one part of the garden and add fine pine mulch to cover another part of the garden, or maybe a small space with pea gravel, it can give your garden terrain different colors as well as texture. Of course, if you have a few river rock stones here and there it can be very ZEN.

A Garden Of A Different Color

one consider the possibility of global warming. I say, for a gardener, and for the bulbs, buds and bugs, it is downright confusing! I have seen daffodils coming in and cherry blossoms popping. I even saw a mosquito circling around my front door two weeks ago. What is a gardener to do? Well, you go with the flow. Right now, it is all about prep. It is time to make sure your plants are covered with adequate compost or mulch in case we get another snow, or even some freezing weather. It is also time to trim back any perennials that have left a mess behind. Grasses start to look bad this time of year…Since “snow season” has pretty much passed, who needs to see the dead mounds ? They can look cool in the winter with a light snow on them, but it is time to move onGo ahead! Give them a good hair cut. Take your winter anxiety out on them instead of your coworker. I know that as a gardener, I have a better sense of control when I clean. (At least some garden control)

To Zen or not to Zen With all the cleaning, prepping, cutting, trimming and pruning one can find new space available. I call that space; “empty space” or “negative space.” Some people really like full and lush gardens. I think it is okay to let this strange 2012 season play a role in the kind of garden one has. Late winter, early spring calls for “ZEN” in my opinion. It is time to make room for nothingness.

When doing a consultation of a potential client, I ask them several questions. One being; “What kind of feel do you want for your space”? Some people want a quiet place to relax and reflect, some people like that whole modern monochromatic, Zen thing. Others like it simple with easy maintenance. And some people want their space BIG and COLORFUL! Whether your garden has a variety of color in your plant life, or colorful pots, or bold and colorful artifacts on bright walls, all of it is doable and workable. Now is the time to ponder on what you want this spring and summer. If you have been looking out at your green space for the last couple of months, perhaps you are thinking it might be nice to add a vegetable garden, or at least a few edible shrubs. Small rosemary or lavender bushes, or thyme and mint are great plants to add into your winter negative spaces in mid March. You can even consider a fig tree, or a blueberry bush. How about a persimmon tree? That tree is absolutely gorgeous in November. When you have an edible garden, it not only increases the ambiance and esthetic of your garden, it saves you some green at the grocery store, too. So this is the time to reflect and think about what you want for your garden in 2012. Take your time. Feel the season and take comfort in the changes. Feel free to do nothing and let nature take its course. Frank Asher is owner of Fairies’ Crossing…A garden/landscape Co. Est. 2000. OLD CITY green @ 9th and N Street NW..Est. 2008. Reopens March 24th 2012. ◆ capitalcommunitynews.com ◆ 43


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Changing hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list, based on the MRIS, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. Neighborhood FEE SIMPLE

Close Price

BR

1008 W ST NW

$599,000

2

1734 IRVING ST NW 2900 18TH ST NW

$899,000 $646,050

5 5

NORTH CLEVELAND PARK

$2,100,000 $1,280,000 $1,260,000 $995,000 $950,000 $900,000 $860,000 $825,000 $760,000 $650,000 $625,000 $565,000

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

$1,350,000

3

$660,000 $525,000 $497,000 $399,900 $375,000 $345,000 $260,000

4 3 4 3 4 4 4

$976,500 $766,200 $760,000 $725,000

4 4 4 6

$2,695,000 $2,325,000 $1,725,000 $1,231,000 $800,000 $750,000 $707,000 $695,000

6 6 3 6 3 5 3 2

$644,700 $599,000 $485,000 $350,000 $312,000 $231,000

4 4 4 3 4 3

$1,050,000 $877,000 $761,000

5 3 5

BLOOMINGDALE 2200 1ST ST NW 125 RANDOLPH PL NW

CHEVY CHASE 3815 HUNTINGTON ST NW 5101 38TH ST NW 3911 ALBEMARLE ST NW 3005 OREGON KNOLLS DR NW 3314 TENNYSON ST NW 6320 29TH PL NW 5345 BROAD BRANCH RD NW 5704 32ND ST NW 2845 NORTHAMPTON ST NW 5921 33RD ST NW 5504 30TH PL NW 5717 27TH ST NW

CLEVELAND PARK 2609 KLINGLE RD NW

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 3807 KANSAS AVE NW 910 QUINCY ST NW 1306 SHEPHERD ST NW 1036 QUEBEC PL NW 438 LAMONT ST NW 1003 FAIRMONT ST NW 524 PARK RD NW

CRESTWOOD 1731 CRESTWOOD DR NW 1625 VARNUM ST NW 4413 COLORADO AVE NW 1604 ALLISON ST NW

DUPONT 1736 R ST NW 2023 R ST NW 1412 HOPKINS ST NW 1759 U ST NW 1736 V ST NW 1758 U ST NW 1641 V ST NW 1772 T ST NW

ECKINGTON 65 SEATON PL NW 33 T ST NW 27 QUINCY PL NW 136 QUINCY PL NE 171 UHLAND TER NE 1722 2ND ST NW

FOREST HILLS 3219 CHESAPEAKE ST NW 2867 TILDEN ST NW 2941 UPTON ST NW

GLOVER PARK 2437 TUNLAW RD NW 3755 W ST NW 2220 38TH ST NW 3808 W ST NW

$1,212,500 $812,000 $736,000 $700,000

3 3 3 3

$386,000

3

$667,500 $590,000 $410,000 $389,900

4 3 4 4

HISTORIC SHAW 1536 6TH ST NW

LEDROIT PARK 139 THOMAS ST NW 1924 6TH ST NW 320 U ST NW 170 BRYANT ST NW

$572,000

2

$783,000 $600,000

3 4

$1,800,000 $936,500 $920,000 $781,500 $745,000 $720,000 $710,000

5 3 3 3 3 3 3

$860,000 $737,000 $727,000 $649,900 $638,500 $624,000 $470,000 $452,500 $452,250 $440,000 $427,000 $390,000 $380,000 $350,000 $315,000 $310,000 $290,000 $244,000 $210,000 $200,000 $184,000 $176,100 $710,000 $600,000 $589,000 $515,000 $439,900 $390,000 $320,000

4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 1 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 4 2 2 3 3 3 5 3 2

MOUNT PLEASANT

ADAMS MORGAN 2211 ONTARIO RD NW

LOGAN/U STREET

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3820 RENO RD NW 3733 WARREN ST NW 3904 YUMA ST NW 4218 RENO RD NW 3638 VEAZEY ST NW 3824 VAN NESS ST NW 4411 35TH ST NW

OLD CITY 627 7TH ST NE 626 9TH ST NE 918 7TH ST NE 1206 LINDEN PL NE 302 TENNESSEE AVE NE 723 G ST NE 617 ELLIOTT ST NE 908 7TH ST NE 719 16TH ST NE 327 TENNESSEE AVE NE 623 ORLEANS PL NE 566 23RD PL NE 207 13TH ST SE 235 17TH ST SE 1802 POTOMAC AVE SE 627 M ST NE 526 24TH ST NE 2010 C ST NE 2506 E ST NE 1211 WYLIE ST NE 1908 ROSEDALE ST NE 1531 GALES ST NE 1103 S ST NW 1615 MARION ST NW 1911 11TH ST NW 222 Q ST NW 125 NEW YORK AVE NW 215 P ST NW 1619 NEW JERSEY AVE NW

$512,000 $469,000 $455,000 $438,000 $400,000 $383,000 $365,000 $350,000 $337,000 $315,000 $295,000 $294,000 $256,000 $255,000 $231,000 $220,000 $220,000 $200,000 $190,000

4 4 3 4 3 3 4 4 3 3 4 3 4 4 2 3 2 2 2

$679,000 $480,000

3 2

$463,000 $430,000 $384,500

4 5 2

SHAW 640 Q ST NW 617 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW

TAKOMA 627 WHITTIER ST NW 7223 BLAIR RD NW 517 FERN PL NW

U STREET 1209 W ST NW

2206 CATHEDRAL AVE NW

$960,000

3

$667,000

2

3028 WISCONSIN AVE NW #406 3028 WISCONSIN AVE NW #305

$240,000 $225,000

1 1

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS/U STREET CONDO

PETWORTH 4019 5TH ST NW 508 DECATUR ST NW 605 FARRAGUT ST NW 412 FARRAGUT ST NW 4200 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW 5024 7TH PL NW 5321 KANSAS AVE NW 432 UPSHUR ST NW 4912 7TH ST NW 4818 KANSAS AVE NW 312 TAYLOR ST NW 5022 5TH ST NW 5030 8TH ST NW 5007 4TH ST NW 5407 5TH ST NW 5519 4TH ST NW 5223 5TH ST NW 741 HAMILTON ST NW 639 HAMILTON ST NW

WOODLEY

16TH STREET HEIGHTS 1352 LONGFELLOW ST NW #303 1352 LONGFELLOW ST NW #204 1400 OGLETHORPE ST NW #2

$268,500 $255,000 $186,000

2 1 1

$1,650,000 $825,000 $800,000 $399,000 $325,000

2 2 2 2 1

$119,000

1

$925,000 $782,500 $590,000 $424,500 $375,000 $361,400 $295,000 $255,000 $246,000

2 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0

$480,000 $305,000 $280,000 $260,000

2 1 1 1

ADAMS MORGAN 2328 CHAMPLAIN ST NW #401 2200 17TH ST NW #202 1654 EUCLID ST NW #PH #3 2301 CHAMPLAIN ST NW #110 2627 ADAMS MILL RD NW #201

BRIGHTWOOD 5832 GEORGIA AVE NW #403

CENTRAL 2425 L ST NW #114 1830 JEFFERSON PL NW #PENTHUSE 22 915 E ST NW #1005 1010 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #611 400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #1009 1140 23RD ST NW #907 2201 L ST NW #802 2201 L ST NW #312 400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #602

CLEVELAND PARK 4321-4345 MASS AVE NW #4321 3800 RODMAN ST NW #1 3601 WISCONSIN AVE NW #705 3601 WISCONSIN AVE NW #711

1417 CHAPIN ST NW #PH-1 1425 EUCLID ST NW #11 1346 MONROE ST NW #A 1435 CHAPIN ST NW #308 1202 FAIRMONT ST NW #1 1360 KENYON ST NW #4 1454 EUCLID ST NW #5 2910 GEORGIA AVE NW #203 1414 BELMONT ST NW #103 701 LAMONT ST NW #27 1438 COLUMBIA RD NW #302 1020 FAIRMONT ST NW #2 4120 14TH ST NW #31 1341 CLIFTON ST NW #204 1451 BELMONT ST NW #P-55 709 BRANDYWINE ST SE #104 4330 HALLEY TER SE #101

$425,000 $699,900 $453,000 $450,000 $419,000 $419,000 $395,000 $389,000 $385,000 $338,000 $322,500 $306,000 $205,000 $185,000 $18,000 $45,500 $36,000

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

$1,105,000 $1,057,500 $650,000 $546,000 $535,000 $475,000 $414,000 $380,000 $248,500 $240,000 $195,000 $155,000 $1,485,000 $349,000

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

DUPONT 1701 18TH ST NW #201 1414 22ND ST NW #42 1721 21ST ST NW #302 2024 N ST NW #4 1736 18TH ST NW #303 2001 16TH ST NW #301 1726 17TH ST NW #302 1525 Q ST NW #4 1545 18TH ST NW #202 1280 21ST ST NW #708 1 SCOTT CIR NW #315 1 SCOTT CIR NW #714 2022 R ST NW #1 1318 22ND ST NW #206


FOREST HILLS 2939 VAN NESS ST NW #1147 2710 MACOMB ST NW #405 2939 VAN NESS ST NW #1143

$455,000 $352,000 $249,000

2 1 1

804 TAYLOR ST NW #104 922 MADISON ST NW #1

3303 WATER ST NW #7H 3303 WATER ST NW #5D 3225 GRACE ST NW #226 3020 DENT PL NW #42W 3303 WATER ST NW #P1-19 ,S1-19

$2,480,000 $1,445,000 $535,000 $517,000 $75,000

2 2 2 2 1

$348,500 $340,000 $333,000 $295,000 $13,500

1 1 1 1 0

GLOVER PARK 2320 WISCONSIN AVE NW #412 2320 WISCONSIN AVE NW #316 2320 WISCONSIN AVE NW #208 2725 39TH ST NW #109 4000 TUNLAW RD NW ##P 249

$560,000 $525,000 $454,500 $322,500 $311,000 $960,000

2 2 2 1 1 3

2 2 3 2 2 0 1 2

ADAMS MORGAN

$500,000 $306,400 $559,000

2 1 2

DUPONT

$685,000 $500,000

2 1

$462,000 $422,000 $416,000 $416,000 $285,000 $248,000 $724,900 $620,000 $510,000 $499,000 $469,000 $405,000 $399,000 $388,000 $380,000 $360,000 $352,000 $345,000 $303,000 $282,500 $220,000 $199,999 $175,000

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

$463,500

2

$215,000 $199,900

2 1

PETWORTH 907 WEBSTER NW #1 804 TAYLOR ST NW #105

2818 CONNECTICUT NW #503 2818 CONNECTICUT NW #103 2818 CONNECTICUT NW #101 2501 CALVERT ST NW #805

$770,000 $720,000 $720,000 $560,000 $440,000 $201,000 $381,000 $564,000

PENN QUARTER 715 6TH ST NW #604

1177 22ND ST NW #9E 1177 22ND ST NW #9-E 2425 L ST NW #341 1155 23RD ST NW #N8D 1155 23RD ST NW #8G 2555 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW #901

2 0

OLD CITY 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #452 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #363 611 M ST NE #4 611 M ST NE #3 317 10TH ST NE #7 1100 7TH ST NE #1 1215 N ST NW #7 2238 11TH ST NW #2 2125 14TH ST NW #110-W 1427 5TH ST NW #3 1427 5TH ST NW #2 1117 10TH ST NW #613 440 L ST NW #713 555 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #1316 925 WESTMINSTER ST NW #1 1390 V ST NW #209 811 4TH ST NW #706 1401 17TH ST NW #207 1420 N ST NW #303 301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #306 1239 VERMONT AVE NW #407 1 SCOTT CIR NW #709 420-422 M ST NW #B

3273 SUTTON PL NW #3273B 4201 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #1001E

$475,000 $197,000

OBSERVATORY CIRCLE 2801 NEW MEXICO AVE NW #908 4100 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #701

2 2 1

$199,900

1

$630,000 $435,000

3 2

$2,653,500 $2,653,500 $935,550 $925,000 $676,000 $525,000

3 3 2 2 1 1

$1,370,000 $515,000 $460,000 $321,500

2 2 1 1

$125,000

0

$134,000

0

$410,000 $353,000

2 2

$455,000 $285,000

2 1

$242,000 $230,000 $213,000

1 1 1

$469,808 $158,900

2 0

$450,000 $399,999 $340,000 $271,500 $262,000

2 1 1 1 1

WESLEY HEIGHTS

1

MOUNT PLEASANT 1720 NEWTON ST NW #A 1955 CALVERT ST NW #1955 2301 CHAMPLAIN ST NW #204

$485,000 $467,500 $412,000

WAKEFIELD

$302,000

LOGAN CIRCLE 1328 CORCORAN ST NW #2 1209 O ST NW #1 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #713 20 LOGAN CIR NW #2-1 1111 M ST NW #5 1101 L ST NW #505 910 M ST NW #402 907 N ST NW #A2

1419 CLIFTON ST NW #302 2001 12TH ST NW #218 2020 12TH ST NW #203

WOODLEY PARK

LOGAN 1320 13TH ST NW #22 1 SCOTT CIR NW #207

1

WEST END

LEDROIT PARK / U STREET 1915 6TH ST NW #B

$281,000

U STREET

4600 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #222

KALORAMA 2415 20TH ST NW #24 2149 CALIFORNIA ST NW #K 1810 KALORAMA RD NW #A3 1851 COLUMBIA RD NW #407 1833 CALIFORNIA ST NW #102 2001 19TH ST NW #4

1 2

TENLEYTOWN 4801 WISCONSIN AVE NW #504

GEORGETOWN

$196,810 $175,000

COOP 1801 CLYDESDALE PL NW #611

CATHEDRAL 4101 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #516

CLEVELAND PARK 3930 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #503H 3601 CONN AVE NW #405/405A 1734 P ST NW #6 1701 16TH ST NW #256

FOGGY BOTTOM 950 25TH ST NW #521-N 2475 VIRGINIA AVE NW #227 730 24TH ST NW #417

FOREST HILLS 3001 VEAZEY TER NW #1617 3001 VEAZEY TER NW #728

KALORAMA 1840 BILTMORE ST NW #23 2220 20TH ST NW #65 2122 CALIFORNIA ST NW #654 2122 CALIFORNIA ST NW #160 2122 CALIFORNIA ST NW #358

MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE HEI 2700 CALVERT ST NW #613

1

$399,999 $32,000

1 1

$80,000

0

$300,000 $110,000

3 1

The Inspired Teaching School will be located in Ward 1 beginning the academic school year 2012-2013

$360,000 $271,500

2 1

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RLA (SW) 1301 DELAWARE AVE SW #N211

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT 353 O ST SW #T-353 1311 DELAWARE AVE SW #S-444

Intellect Inquiry Imagination Integrity

$770,000

OLD CITY #2 1701 16TH ST NW #803 1444 W ST NW #106

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VAN NESS 3001 VEAZEY TER NW #607 3001 VEAZEY TER NW #1003 ★

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES CBE and Section 3 SUBCONTRACTORS NEEDED Bids due by 3/30/2012 Manna, Inc. is seeking CBE and Section 3 subcontractors for the construction for the rehabilitation and modification of 6 garden style buildings in Anacostia. Trades being considered are: Demolition, Concrete & Masonry, Plumbing, Fire Sprinklers, HVAC, Electrical, Roofing, and Interior finishes (drywall & painting, ceramic tile, carpet). Plans & specifications are available to view for bidding purposes at the Manna offices. Bid requirements: CBE certificate, DC license, Liability & Worker’s Compensation Insurance, Davis Bacon Certified weekly payroll reports, Section 3 compliance, First Source Agreement compliance for contracts over $100,000. Bids due March 30, 2012. Please contact Charlene Tibbs (ph. 202-832-1845 X 202) Monday thru Friday between 9 AM & 4 PM to reserve a viewing time for the plans & specs for bidding purposes.

SUBCONTRATISTAS CON CERTIFICACION CBE y Sección 3 Licitación Cierra en Marzo 30, 2012 Manna, Inc. necesita subcontratistas con certificación CBE y Sección 3 para la construcción de la rehabilitación y modificación de 6 edificios de estilo de jardín en Anacostia. Los oficios que se consideran son: Demolición, Concreto y Mampostería (albañiles), Plomería, Sistema de Extinción de Incendios, Unidad de Calefacción, Ventilación y Aire Acondicionado, Electricista, Construcción de Techos, y Terminados de Interior (placas de yeso y pintura, cerámica, baldosa y tapetes). Los planes y especificaciones están disponibles para propósitos de estudio de la licitación en las oficinas de Manna. Requerimientos de la Licitación: Certificado CBE, licencia del Distrito, Seguro de Compensación Legal para Accidentes de Trabajo, Formularios certificados de informe de nómina de pago semanal Davis Bacon, conformidad con la Sección 3, Cumplimiento con el Acuerdo de Primer Origen para contratos por encima de $100,000. La licitación cierra en Marzo 30, 2012. Por Favor contactar a Charlene Tibbs (tel. 202-832-1845 X 202) de Lunes a Viernes entre (9 AM & 4 PM) para reservar un tiempo par ver los planos y especificaciones para propósitos de licitar.

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