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2012 Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer. Wednesdays, May 16, 23 and 30; June 6, 20 and 27; July 11, 18 and 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. 7:00 PM with pre-ceremony pageantry starting at 6:45 PM. The 2012 Twilight Tattoo season has been extended and will run through the entire summer. Members of the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard), the US Army Band “Pershings Own,” Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team will perform an hour-long sunset military Pageant. Over 100 Old Guard soldiers dressed in period uniforms will provide a glimpse of Army history from colonial times to the soldier of the future. Summerall Field on historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA.

Memorial Day Wreath Laying at Arlington. May 28, 11:00 AM. Arrive much earlier. Expect heavy security. Arlington National Cemetery (Virginia end of Memorial Bridge). 703-607-8000. Memorial Day at the World War II Memorial. May 28, 9:00 AM. Wreaths will be placed in honor of our veterans. Guest speakers will give remarks. World War II Memorial, 17th St. between Constitution and Independence aves. NW.

Marine Barracks Evening Parade. Friday evenings through Aug 31. Guests admitted starting at 7:00 PM. Guests should be seated by 8:00 PM. Program begins at 8:45 PM. The Evening Parade has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The story of the ceremony reflects the story of Marines around the world. The ceremony begins with a concert by the United States Marine Band. Free. It is wise to have reservations that can be made online at mbw.usmc. mil. Marine Barracks (front gate), Eighth and I sts. SE. 202-433-4073. GI Film Festival. May 14-20. The GI Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival dedicated to celebrating the stories of our nation’s armed forces. The GIFF will present films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty. Some of the films screened will be fan favorites. Others will be screened for the first time. All will in some way express the courage and selflessness of our fighting men and women and the value of their work. Festival at the US Navy Memorial. $12, screening. National Memorial Day Concert. May 27, 8:00-9:30 PM. The National Symphony Orchestra performs the first of three outdoor holiday concerts. The concert is free and is broadcast live on PBS. Memorial Day is a day to remember the sacrifices made by so many … and a day for healing. On the eve of Memorial Day, come out and enjoy the National Memorial Day Concert, a deeply moving and reverential tribute to the men and women who have given so much to preserve America’s freedoms. Free. West lawn, US Capitol. Memorial Day in Logan Circle Park. May 28, 12:302:30 PM. The program features remarks from local dignitaries, a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of General John Logan, and musical entertainment. It is

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members buried both at Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldier’s and Airmen’s National Cemetery just prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Arlington National Cemetery (Virginia end of Memorial Bridge). 703-607-8000.

Memorial Day Wreath Laying at US Navy Memorial. May 28, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300.

Lamb Jam

Eighteen of DC’s top chefs will come together for the second annual American Lamb Jam produced by the American Lamb Board. This ultimate taste-off will feature top chefs and their creative preparations of lusty lamb dishes accompanied by several wineries, breweries and more. Judging will include awards for Best of Show, 1st Place Awards for Shoulder, Leg of Lamb, Shank and Loin tastes. Guests vote and determine the People’s Choice winner. This year’s chefs are from Bibiana, Poste, Urbana, Occidental, West End Bistro, Ici, Againn, 701, Oyamel, Max Fox Brewing Company, Cava, Bistro 525, Bourbon Steak, Boxcar Tavern, Granville Moore, PS’7 and Vidalia. People’s Choice Award for 2011 went to John Critchley from Urbana. $50. Monday, May 21, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Eastern Market North Hall. old-fashioned, wonderful, and emblematic of Logan Circle village. Residents and visitors alike are invited to this celebration of authentic Washington, DC and its heritage. Following the commemoration, come to a reception hosted at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. “Flags-In” at Arlington Cemetery. Memorial Day Weekend, 8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Each year for the past 40 years, the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) has honored America’s fallen heroes by placing American flags before the gravestones and niches of service

Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedon. May 28, noon. “Rolling Thunder” is an annual motorcycle rally held in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend. Thousands of motorcycles will depart from the Pentagon at noon and will roar across Washington, DC on their motorcycles as a tribute to American war heroes. Assemble at Pentagon north parking lot. Memorial Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. May 28, 1:00 PM. This year’s Memorial Day observance pays tribute to those who served and died in Vietnam. The ceremony will include Presentation of the Colors, and remarks by a special guest. The observance also includes a laying of wreaths by several patriotic organizations. Each year on Memorial Day veterans and their families congregate at “The Wall” to remember and to honor those who served in the US Armed Forces. On this special day prominent Americans from all walks of life come to the Memorial to deliver thoughtful and patriotic speeches.

National Memorial Day Parade. May 28, 2:00 PM. Beginning at Fourth St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW and ending at 15th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Expect a lot of music, color and old-fashioned patriotism. Navy Memorial Concerts on the Avenue. Tuesdays, May 29-Aug 28, 8:00 PM. Come out to the US Navy Memorial for an evening of relaxing music by the United States Navy Band and its specialty groups. Free. US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. navyband. Docent-Led Tour of Historic Congressional Cemetery. Saturdays at 11:00 AM. Free. 1801 E St. SE. 202543-0539.

SPECIAL EVENTS DC101 Chili Cook-Off. May 12, 11:00 AM. True to its name, the Chili Cook-Off features an intense competition between 101 chili cooks in four categories: Red Chili, Green Chili, Freestyle, and Salsa. Also performing at this year’s event is Cake, The Airborne Toxic Event, Angels & Airwaves, Awolnation, Neon Trees, Civil Twilight and Twin Atlantic. $35 ($60 day-of). RFK Stadium. Saint Sophia Greek Festival. May 18, 19 ane 20; 10:00 AM-10:00 PM. 2815 36th St. NW. 202-333-4730. DC Jazz Festival. June 1-10. With more than 100 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. The Festival presents year-round music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents by local, national and internationally-known talent at venues across DC, promotes music integration in school curricula, and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts.

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MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Mothers Day Concert with Blue Magic, Mad Lads, Al Johnson Unifics, Black Ivory and Urban Guerilla Orchestra. May 13, 5:30 PM. $50. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202328-6000. (S+S) Second Sundays Singer-Songwriter Open Mic. May 13, 7:30-9:30 PM. Calling all singer-songwriters, finger-style guitar players, flatpickers, bluesmen, blueswomen, traveling minstrels, balladeers, acoustic rockers, touring and recording artists, traditional and contemporary solos/duos/ trios, a cappella singers, and musicians and instrumentalists of all styles! Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Jeremy Denk-piano. May 19, 8:00 PM. Soloist, collaborator and music blogger at large, Jeremy Denk personifies the modern classical musician with his intelligent and sensitive interpretations of the piano repertoire. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. The Polyphonic Spree with Sweet Lee Morrow. May 21, 8:00 PM. Since its founding in 2000 by band leader Tim DeLaughter, the two dozen-member band has had little trouble carving out its own niche. The Polyphonic Spree makes an uplifting blend of pop, orchestral rock, and even a bit of gospel. DeLaughter’s ensemble, with a ten-person choir and soaring sound, puts on a powerful live performance. $31.50. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Anat Cohen Quartet. June 7, 8:00 PM. An established bandleader and prolific composer who is idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the pri- u 9

Mr Burns a post-electric play at Woolly. May 28-July 1. Armageddon has struck and the grid is down: no TV, no radio, no internet—how will life go on? For one group of tenacious survivors, sitting around a fire and reminiscing about The Simpsons proves to be the greatest escape from despair. Miraculously, from their collective memories, a new industry struggles to be born: a crude theatrical re-creation of the digital culture we can’t possibly live without. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939.

mary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-4083100. Hip Hop Legend, Common (awards event) at Lincoln. June 9, 6:30 PM. The Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute presents the 2012 Paul Robeson “Here I Stand” award to hip hop legend Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. aka Common. In the featured portion of our event Common will be interviewed live on stage on his remarkable career. Other fantastic on stage performances include Malcolm X Drummers & Dancers, Indonesian dance troupe Whratnala USA, Ivy Rose Band featuring guest vocalist Chessa Toboada, Dragon Princess Olivia Zhang, and children and youth from the Hung Tao Choy Mei leadership Institute. $27.50. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202328-6000. Tuesday Concert Series at Church of the Epiphany. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. The Tuesday Concert Series is a major outreach program of Epiphany to the people of downtown Washington. High-quality music—mostly classical, but with occasional performances of folk and traditional music—is presented here every Tuesday. Talented artists from all over greater Washington, and frequently from around the country and world, seek out Epiphany’s fine acoustics, exceptional musical instruments and reliable and appreciative audience. Programs in the Tuesday Concert Series are free, but they encourage attendees to make a contribution in support of the performers of each event, who receive as payment only what the day’s audience contributes. 1317 G St. NW. 202347-2635. National City Christian Church Organ Concerts. Every Friday, 12:15-1:15 PM. Free. 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-232-0323. Steinway Series of classical music concerts at American Art Museum. Second Sunday, 3:00 PM The Steinway Series is a classical music concert that features the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s refurbished Steinway Concert Grand piano. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level American Art Museum (between Seventh and Nineth and and F and G sts. NW.) 202-633-1000. “Take Five” (free jazz at the American Art Museum). Third Thursday, 5:00-7:00 PM. Smithsonian American Art Museum, (Great Hall on the 3rd floor), Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-1000.

THEATER AND FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD “Harvest of Empire” Film Screening. May 13, 8:00-10:00 PM. DC premiere of “Harvest of Empire” presented by Focus-In! Films, a Busboys and Poets-produced monthly film series that screens films with a focus dedicated to social justice, peace, art, music, and/or community value. Films are screened one time per location with no admission cost. Busboys and Poets,

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Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives-Acting Workshop. May 29, 5:30 PM. Aquila Theatre Company will present an introduction to acting workshop hosted by three classically trained actors. Participants do not have to have any acting experience, and they can opt to watch rather than participate. The workshop will last approximately one hour, followed by discussion. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

1921 Milburn Light Electric Opera Coupe Courtesy of Woodrow Wilson House, a National Trust Historic Site, Washington, DC

Woodrow Wilson House Electric Car Rally

June 2, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Woodrow Wilson House, in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, DC, will host an electric car rally during Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend. The event will include a parade of electric vehicles down Massachusetts Avenue to Dupont Circle at 11:00 a.m. followed by a display of historic and modern electric cars in Wilson House’s driveway and garage. Visitors can have their photo taken behind the wheel of an electric car, speak to electric car owners to learn what all the fuss is about, discover how to build and race a solar-powered model electric car and see some in use (weather permitting), and get special behind-the-scenes access to the 1921 Milburn Light Electric Opera Coupe-the same make and model driven by Wilson’s secret service agents in the White House-on loan from the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. Visitors will also enjoy free access to the museum and the exhibition, Woodrow Wilson, President Electric: Harnessing the Power of Innovation in the Progressive Era on display through October. Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. 202-387-4062.

2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. (Also screening on May 27, 8:00 PM at 5th and K). 1940-America Goes to the Movies Film Series. May 19, noon. Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film, stars Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. (1940; 130 minutes). National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Penn. Ave. NW. “Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale”. May 20, 4:30-6:30 PM. “Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale” is a a montage of spoken word poetry, theatre, dance, and song. Presented by the Harlem KW Project. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. The Alliance Francaise Presents French HipHop TUM (Transatlantic Urban Movements). May 21, 6:00-8:00 PM. French hip-hop TUM (Transatlantic Urban Movements) hosted by the Alliance Francaise de Washington, DC (AFDC). Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. The Whipping Man at Theater J. Through May 20. 1865; Richmond, Virginia: Two newly-freed slaves and the son of their former master-a Jewish Confederate soldier who has retreated to the burnt remains of his home-inhabit the

disordered aftermath of the just-concluded War between the States. As the three men celebrate a most unconventional Passover Seder, they uncover a snarl of secrets and examine what it really means to be free. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400. The Big Meal at Studio Theatre. Through May 20. From the vantage point of a single restaurant table, five generations share the moments, both epic and intimate, that make a life. Called “one of the more emotionally consuming experiences of recent decades” (Chicago Sun Times), The Big Meal explodes from the mind of one of the country’s most intriguing playwrights. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. NoMa Summer Screen. May 18-Aug 3. Bring a blanket, Frisbee and picnic cooler starting at 7:00 PM and connect with friends as you enjoy great films under the stars. All films start at 9:00 PM. Subtitles will be provided for all movies. Summer Screen, 2nd and L sts. NE. 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.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives-Actor Staged Reading. May 29, 7:00 PM. The reading event will include a repertoire of scenes from Greek drama. The event will feature three professional actors, will last approximately 90 minutes and will include an introduction, performed readings, a post-show discussion and a town-hall style meeting, including audience comments. For the past 20 years, Aquila’s productions have received critical and audience acclaim. The New York Times describes Aquila as “a classically trained, modernly hip troupe.” After the performance, program scholar Brett Rogers will hold an audience discussion focused on the themes of the program. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. The History of Invulnerability. June 6-July 8. Behind every great superhero is a determined creator. In 1930s America, that creator was usually a young Jewish man with an active imagination. Katz’s play illuminates the story of Jerry Siegel—the brains behind Superman’s brawn—and the imagined struggle between the creative father and his uber-mensch son. Siegel wrestles to retain control of his famous comic book sensation as America is drawn into WWII. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400.

LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD From Homer to Hip-Hop. May 16, 7:00 PM. Brett Rogers will discuss how Homer and various ancient Greek poets are similar to current day filmmakers, comic book writers, and hip-hop artists.will be presented. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288. Yangzom Brauen will sign/discuss “Across Many Mountains”. May 16, 6:30-8:00 PM. A powerful, emotional memoir and an extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when

Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. The Gods of Prophetstown-The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier. May 16, noon. Author Adam Jortner discusses the largely forgotten account of the conflict that arose between the Shawnee leader Tenskwatawa, his brother Tecumseh, and William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana Territory in 1811. A book signing will follow the program. Free. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Penn. Ave. NW. Anne Frank’s Family-The Extraordinary Story of Where She Came From. May 20, 3:00 PM. Mirjam Pressler-the German translator of Anne Frank’s diary-tells the fascinating history of Anne Frank and the family that shaped her, based on thousands of letters, poems, drawings, postcards, and photos recently discovered by her last surviving close relative, her first cousin Buddy Elias, and his wife, Gerti. $12 for 1 ticket. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling TicketFly (877435-9849). Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Man Made-A Stupid Quest for Masculinity. May 22, 7:00 PM. Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity is Time columnist Joel Stein’s first book - a hilarious and poignant adventure about the absurdities of modern masculinity as Joel attempts to acquire the manly skills he wants to pass on to his newborn son. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello-Her Life and Times. May 31, noon. Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph, was well educated and known on two continents for her grace and sincerity. As hostess at Monticello, she debated issues ranging from a woman’s place to slavery, religion, and democracy. In this biography, Cynthia Kierner shows us American history from the perspective of this intelligent woman. A book signing will follow the program. Free. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Penn. Ave. NW. Sunday Kind of Love at Busboys. Every third Sunday, 5:00 PM. Sunday Kind of Love features emerging and established poets from the Washington, DC area and around the nation. Each program includes featured poet(s) and an open mic segment centered around a predetermined social or poetic theme. Hosted by various local poets, Sunday Kind of Love has showcased poets as diverse as Esther Iverem, Richard Blanco, and Kathi Wolfe. $5. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202387-7638. Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry. Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 PM. For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but u 11

above all come with an open mind and ear. $4/person. Wristbands for Tuesday night open mic at 14th & V are sold all day in the Bookstore beginning at 10:00 AM until sold out. Limit of 4 wristbands per person. Cash only. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202387-7638. Nine on the Ninth Open Mic Poetry. June 9, 9:00-11:00 PM. “Nine on the Ninth” Open Mic Poetry, the now legendary monthly poetry series that falls on every 9th day of the month at 9pm. Hosted by Derrick Weston Brown. $5 suggested donation. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. 202-387-7638. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library History Book Club. Second Monday, 6:30-8:00 PM. The History Book Club is a lively discussion of American historical biographies and how personal histories intersect with historical events. The typical book selected is entertaining and thoughtprovoking, 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.

EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Jewish Washington-Scrapbook of an American Community. Through May 21. This awardwinning exhibition was created to coincide with the anniversary of 350 years of Jewish life in America. It is the first of its kind to explore the rich and unique history of the Washington-area Jewish community from 1795 to the present through historical photographs, oral histories, Judaica, community scrapbooks and rare archival materials. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Titanic-100 Year Obsession. Through July 16, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, daily. National Geographic was the first to unveil images of the wreck discovered by National Geographic explorer Robert Ballard in 1985. Take a new look, from its historic beginnings to the latest research, at the ship that has captured the world’s imagination since she sank on April 15, 1912. Explore an intricately detailed 18foot model of the ship and the latest imagery by National Geographic explorer James Cameron of the wreck on the ocean floor. $6-$8. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588. 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. By, For, and Of the People: Folk Art and Americana at the DAR Museum. Through Sept. 1, 2012. The DAR Museum has an im-

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pressive 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. LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition. Through Sept. 3. This exhibition showcases fifteen buildings from around the world made entirely from LEGO® bricks by Adam Reed Tucker. $5-$8. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. Through Jan 6, 2014. This innovative new exhibit will bring together two marvels of transportation. Titanic and Hindenburg served demands for rapid worldwide communication and transportation. Both operated as the world’s largest mobile post offices. Each in its day promised the fastest possible worldwide mail service. Each offered onboard gentility and opulence. Each met a tragic end. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555. 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 nineteenthcentury 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.

CLASSES, TALKS AND TOURS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Beyond the Basics-War of 1812. May 16, 11:00 AM. Archives staff teach “beyond the basics” archival research skills on the third Wednesday of the month. John Deeben provides an introduction to records relating to Volunteer and Regular Army services during the War of 1812. Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance). National Archives, 700 Penn. Ave. NW. SOFAlab 3-Acts of Translation. May 18, 7:00-9:00 pm. This panel is intended to illuminate new ways of thinking by showcasing conversations that bridge the healing arts, ecology, and social networking in the creation of art; and conversely to examine how art influences scientific and clinical practice and pedagogies. Free and by donation. RSVP Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. Cooking Class-Everyday Principles of Healthy Eating. June 2, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM. This fun and informative class with Laura Pole, chef and oncology nurse, open to anyone interested in eating better, will teach the

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basic principles of healthy and delicious food selection. $30. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. Beginning Level American Sign Language. Mondays and Tuesdays, 5:30 PM. Sign language classes are free. On-going class—just walk in and begin any day. Come whichever day you wish. The instructor is Maurice Smith. For questions about classes, contact Janice Rosen, Librarian for the Deaf Community at; voice via VRS 866-5707364; videophone 202-559-5368; voice via CapTel-first dial 1-877-243-2823, then indicate 202-727-2255. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. dclibrary. org/mlk The Genizah Project: An Artomatic-Inspired Workshop. June 5, 7:00 PM. Are you saddled with papers that have followed you through the years? Letters from old lovers? Piles of yellowed holiday greetings? Lists of things-todo not done? Using text study and creative exchange, this workshop investigates our need to hold on--and to let go. Participants will use art as a means of exploring these vexing accumulations. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.

MARKETS AND SALES Great Brookland Yard Sale. May 12. Dozens of yard sales all around Brookland neighborhood. Get details and a map at brooklandblog. St. Peter’s Annual Yard Sale. May 19, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Capitol Hill’s biggest yard sale features yard sale treasurers, a fun fair, grilled food and a bake sale. St. Peter’s Church Hall, 313 2nd St. SE.

9th and U Flea Market. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 9th and U sts. NW. Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889. Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclement weather), 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM. The crowd is as diverse as the items for sale! Antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, rugs, pottery, china, jewelry, silver, stained glass, books and photographs are an example of the available items. 1819 35th St. NW. 202-775-3532. or Mi Tierra (Latino) Market at Unity Park. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting). 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Unity Park at Champlain St. Euclid St. and Columbia Rd. NW. Mi Tierra market has 18 approved vendors that sell foods and crafts from their native countries in the heart of Adams Morgan.

14th and U Farmers Market. Saturdays. 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, until Thanksgiving. Producersonly market. 14th and U sts. NW, in front of the Reeves Building.

Maine Avenue Fish Market. Open 365 days a year. 7:00 AM-9:00 PM. 1100 Maine Ave. SW. 202-484-2722.

NOMA Farmers Market. Wednesdays, May 30-Oct 31, 3:00-7:00 PM. 1200 First St., NE.


Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Market. Open Thursdays, 3:00-7:00 PM. North end of Eighth St, between D and E sts. NW. H Street FRESHFARM Market at New Location. Saturdays, 9 AM-noon. 1300 H Street NE. The market is a producers-only outdoor market offering fruit, vegetables, meats, baked goods, cheese, flowers and more for sale. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253.

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Aya Community Market. First and third Saturday of every month through Nov 17, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The market provides resources for healthy and sustainable communities through farm fresh produce; educational health speakers and live musical performances; locally produced handmade crafts and baked goods; art, youth activities and more.

Mother’s Day 5K Dash. May 13, 8:00 AM at Rock Creek Park. The Dash 5K is a challenging, chip-timed 5K through scenic Rock Creek Park benefiting ACHIEVE Kids Tri. $40. 202271-1633. Nats Baseball. May 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20; June 1, 2 and 3. $5, up. Nationals Park. 202-675-6287. washington.nationals. National’s Ballpark Tours. Wednesday-Sunday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Nationals Park. Over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes you will visit the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club, the Stars & Stripes Club, luxury suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center, Nationals dugout and Nationals clubhouse. Throw a pitch in the Nationals bullpen. $12-$15. All proceeds from Na-






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tionals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation. washington. Bright Beginnings 5K Run. May 12, 8:00 AM, at Haines Point. Bright Beginnings is a fully accredited child and family development center dedicated to homeless families with young children in Washington, DC. 410-292-1131. National Police Week 5K. May 12, 9:00 AM at 3rd St. NW, between E and F. $30. 703-828-5842. Washington Mystics Basketball. May 14, 19, 26 and 30. 7:00 PM. $17, up. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. DC United Soccer Home Matches. May 16 vs Colorado Rapids; May 19 vs Toronto FC; May 26 vs New England Revolution; 7:30 PM. $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. Komen Global Race for the Cure 5K Run/ Walk. June 2, 8:00 AM. Event offers a flat, fast, course with ChronoTrack timing. Awards offered to top finishers. All participants receive a commemorative tshirt and post race refreshments. Proceeds benefit both the National Capital Area Komen screening, treatment & education programs along with the Susan G. Komen Global Promise Fund. 703-416-7223. Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month, noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Dr. at West Basin Dr., near the Tourmobile stand). 703-505-3567. Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Oct 7. Registration open. 703-587-4321. Marine Corps Marathon Registration. Register open at $90. Marathon is Sunday, Oct. 28. 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. 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. Pick-up Field Hockey on the Mall. Every Monday at 6:00 PM. Meets at the fields in front of the Smithsonian Metro stop for males and females who have a passion for field hockey. No experience necessary. Bring water, shinguards, mouthguard, u 15

cleats, a field hockey stick, and either a reversible jersey or a light and dark shirt - no grays please. Free. Nearby public tennis courts. Banneker Community Center (eight outdoor tennis courts), 2500 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-673-6861. Kennedy Recreation Center (one outdoor tennis court), 1401 Seventh St. NW. 202-671-4794. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. dpr. DC Outdoor Public Pools Open Memorial Day Weekend. All DC public outdoor pools will be open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend and weekends thereafter until school is out and then daily through the summer. Every outdoor pool is closed one day a week for cleaning and maintenance. All DC public pools are free for DC residents. 202-673-7647.

CIVIC LIFE Homebuyers Pre-Purchase Orientations. May 17, 24, and 31; 11:00 AM. Housing Counseling Services, Inc., a HUD approved non-profit agency, now offers free two-hour Pre-Purchase Orientations every week to help first-time homebuyers navigate the homepurchase process and take advantage of special loan programs offered by DC government. Housing Counseling Services, 2410 17th St. NW. For more information, call Elias Cohn at 202-667-7006. Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic & One City One Hire Registration. May 17, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Need help with your job search? Come to the Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic & the One City One Hire Registration process, where you will receive individualized assistance. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. 202-442-7601. Norton Annual Job Fair. June 7, 10:00 AM3:00 PM. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. 202-783-5065. Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW. 202-783-5065. norton. Rainbow Response Monthly Meeting. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Rainbow Response is a grassroots coalition that brings together organizations and leaders from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities, along with traditional domestic violence service providers and government agencies. 5 Thomas Circle, NW. 202299-1181 x105. All-Ways Mount Pleasant. First Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. LaCasa. All-Ways is a citizen’s association primarily for the tenants of the larger apartment buildings of Mount Pleasant. 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW.

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Chinatown Revitalization Council. Fourth Monday, 7:00-8:00 PM. 510 I St. NW. Chinatown Revitalization Council (CRC) promoting the Chinatown renewal and the preservation of its cultural heritage. The public is welcome. Convention Center Community Association. Last Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Kennedy Rec Center, 1401 Seventh St. NW. www.cccaonline. Downtown Neighborhood Association. Second Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM. US Naval Memorial Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. miles@ East Central Civic Association of Shaw Meeting. First Monday, 7:00 PM. Third Baptist Church, 1546 Fifth St. NW. Contact: Al Hajj Mahdi Leroy J Thorpe Jr, 202-387-1596. Eckington Civic Association. First Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE. Edgewood Civic Association. Last Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM. Edgewood senior building, 635 Edgewood St. NE, nineth floor7-9pm. They encourage all Eckington and Edgewood residents to come out and take part in the lively civic life of our communities. Logan Circle Citizens Association. Please contact Jennifer Trock at jennifer.trock@ for meeting dates and times. Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association. Third Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 PM. Yale Steam Laundry, 437 New York Ave. NW. lifein. U Street Neighborhood Association. Second Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Source (second floor classroom), 1835 14th St. NW ANC 1A. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 3101 13th St. NW. 202-588-7278. ANC 1B. First Thursday, 7:00 PM. Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW (second floor). 202870-4202. ANC 1B11. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. LeDroit Senior Building (basement community room), 2125 Fourth St. NW. 202-481-3462. www. ANC 1C. First Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Health, 2355 Ontario Rd. NW. 202-332-2630. ANC 1D. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. 3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW. 202-462-8692. ANC 2C. First Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM. Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW (new location). 202-682-1633. u









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Studio Theatre Kicks Off Wedding Season with Bachelorette

Just in time for graduation season, Studio Theatre presents the story of a high school reunion gone horribly wrong. Set ten years after high school, three friends gather the night before a former classmate’s wedding. The three women, bitter that their “fat friend” is getting married before them, binge on champagne, drugs, and two men that one of them picks up for the occasion. They trash the hotel room, including the wedding dress, and generally come apart by the time the bride shows up to her own bachelorette party. Playwright Leslye Headland holds a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently in preproduction for the film adaptation of Bachelorette. Studio Theatre’s production of Bachelorette is directed by David Muse. Bachelorette runs May 23 through July 1, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m., and weekend matinees at 2 pm. Tickets range from $35 to $69. Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street, NW 202-332-3300

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Hemphill Fine Arts is Gun Shy

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Houston, TX, the National Museum of American Art, Washington DC, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA. Caldwell received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 1990 and currently lives and works in St. Mary’s City, MD, and Asheville, NC. The exhibition Colby Caldwell: gun shy at HEMPHILL from March 24 through May 25. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Hemphill Fine Arts 1515 14th Street NW 202-234-5601 www.

Coby Caldwell, spent. Courtesy of the artist and Hemphill Fine Arts.

English singer-songwriter Beth Orton first came to international attention in the mid 1990s for her collaborations with William Orbit and The Chemical Brothers. Orton’s sound has been described as “folktronica,” because of her fusion of folk and electronica elements. Her debut album was released in 1993 in Japan to little notice, but her second album, Trailer Park, gained critical acclaim upon its release in 1996. Since then, she has developed a devoted fan base and had a top-ten album in the UK. American audiences may recognize Orton’s work from being featured in films and television programmes such as Felicity, How to Deal, Charmed, Dawson’s Creek, Vanilla Sky and Grey’s Anatomy. Born in East Dereham, Norfolk, Beth Orton later moved to Norwich and then to East London. In 1989, Beth travelled to Thailand, where she resided with Buddhist nuns. Orton has released a total of 10 albums, including a legacy edition of Trailer Park. Sharing the bill with Orton is


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21-year-old soul singer Selah Sue. She lists among her influences Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Bob Marley. Sue started her career by posting her music on MySpace while she was still in high school. Within a couple years, she had gained tremendous attention from fans and made it onto the radar of several industry pros. She’s already worked with Meshell Ndegeocello, Cee-Lo Green, and Prince. Beth Orton and Selah Sue perform at the U Street Music Hall on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m.; tickets are $25. U Street Music Hall 1115 U Street NW 202-588-1880

ture Series, May 11, 18, and 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the AACWM Auditorium. There is also a poetry reading on May 19 at 7:30pm, also in the AACWM Auditorium. These events are free to the public. Artist talk at Hamiltonian Gallery with Jessica van Brakle and Joshua Wade Smith on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. whose exhibit of painting, sculpture and installation closes on May 26. Opening reception at Gallery Plan b Saturday, May 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for artist Michael D. Crossett whose mixed media works will be on exhibit from May 16 to June 17.

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Getting Grilled– Whole Hog

will occupy the restaurant’s I (eye) Street side. Like the folks seated inside, al fresco diners will enjoy chef Thomas Hall’s American cuisine with Asian flourishes at lunch, dinner, plus two daily happy hours. Dishes–encompassing Chinese spiced duck breast, Kobe beef sliders, black bean shrimp udon and yellowfin tartare – come in two sizes allowing guests to

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just $5 each. Draft beers are $4, including 901’s house made lager, Belgian pale ale, India pale ale, and oatmeal stout. House wines are $5 a glass; Chandon sparkling wine and mixed drinks are $7. 901 is open daily for lunch and dinner; for reservations call 202-524-4433 or email

Tops in Shaw

Also near Mount Vernon Square, at 903 N St. NW, chef Frederik de Pue is planning to unveil Table (pronounced the French way, “Taabla”), a simple establishment where patrons may relax with coffee and pastries in the morning and sip wine after dinner. If that chef ’s name seems familiar, de Pue formerly waved his whisk at Smith Commons (in the Atlas

Here’s something fun, and you don’t have to travel to Greece or Turkey: Right here in Logan Circle, at Cork Wine Bar, diners may go whole hog, whole goat, lamb or even whole salmon. Last month, chef Rob Weland launched his Whole Animal Grill-Out series at the Cork Market & Tasting Room, just down the road from Cork’s wine bar. On the second Tuesday of every month, Chef Weland will fire up his new wood grill and roast an entire goat, lamb, pig or king salmon. Side dishes run the gamut of arugula or radish salad, mac ‘n’ cheese, baked apples, housemade sauerkraut, seasonal fruit crostadas. The bountiful feast will be served in nearby Cork Market’s rustic upstairs dining space. Prices for Cork’s Whole Animal Grill-Out roasts will range from $50-$75 per person, with an additional $25 for optional wine pairings. Cork Wine Bar is located at 1720 A roasted pig graces a table at Cork’s new whole animal grill out. Photo: Threelockhearts Public Relations. 14th St. NW; call 202-2652675. Cork Market is nearby share with their tablemates and try at 1805 14th NW. For reservations several items. Daily happy hour District), and with 42 Degrees Caterand more information email Roasts@ noshes–offered from 4 to 7:30 p.m. ing, located in Rockville. Stay tuned. and again from 10 to midnight--are

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Just in time for warm weather, 901 Restaurant & Bar, in the everevolving Mount Vernon Square neighborhood, has unveiled one of the downtown’s largest sidewalk seating areas. Boasting over 800 square feet with 55 seats, the patio 20 u Midcity DC | MAY 2012

Congratulations to Seasonal Pantry, 1314 1/2 Ninth St., NW, named top New Shaw Business for 2011 by Shaw Main Streets. Founded by Ali Bagheri and Daniel O’Brien, Seasonal Pantry is just that: A pantry showcasing ever-changing seasonal items like fresh and dried pasta, local produce,

meats, cheeses, honey, you name it. Pantry also hosts supper clubs and cooking classes. First biz runner up is SUNdeVICH, located in Naylor Court behind 1314 Ninth St., NW. As the name implies, SUNdeVICH is a sandwich shop with an international menu. Each sandwich is named after a world city with ingredients and flavors typical of that country or region. Examples are “Athens,” with lamb, tomato sumac, tzatziki. Berlin (bratwurst, sauerkraut); Havana (roast pork, Gruyere); Saigon (chicken liver mousse, pork terrine, daikon, cucumber), you get the idea. SUNdeVICH’s tiny space is appealing, with brick lined walls and bare wooden tables and benches. A vintage TV, antique telephone and jars of picked veggies greet guests. Finishing third in Shaw’s new business competition is Pizza D’Oro, 717 T St., NW, recognized for its wide array of pizzas, “golden” calzones, SPICY wings, “overstuffed” subs, seafood platters, pasta dishes and salads. The Shaw biz winners were announced at Shaw Main Street’s annual meeting March 22, held at the newly expanded Bread for the City Northwest Center, 1525 Seventh St NW.

Hourly Update

Last month, we briefly profiled Black & Orange, the trendy burger hot spot at 1931 U St. NW. In our writeup, we mentioned that it stayed open until 5 a.m. daily–or nightly depending on how you look at it. When we rechecked those rather ambitious

hours, management told us they were scaling them back. Due to lack of hungry–and sometimes tipsy–patrons that late, the 5 a.m. closing time now applies to Friday and Saturday nights only. In other developments, Black & Orange now serves beer and wine. For more information call 202-450-5365.

Beer & Bikes

Last month, Logan Circle’s Café Saint Ex and local “powersports” dealership Coleman PowerSports unveiled the long-awaited Ducati 1199 Panigale motorbike. While admiring the sleek Italian-made vehicle (a sneak preview before it hit the stores), Café Saint Ex patrons sipped Italian beer specials like $3.50 Peronis while nibbling victuals from the modern American menu. Guests also took the opportunity to take home some nifty swag from Peroni, Coleman PowerSports and Ducati. Founded in Bologna, Italy (better known for culinary excellence), in 1926, Ducati is one of the most revered motorcycle companies in the world. Open daily, Café SaintEx is located at 1847 14th St. NW. Call 202-265-7839 or visit www.

Another Update

Mark Kuller, owner of the upscale Proof (at the Newseum, in Penn Quarter), and Logan Circle’s hot spot Estadio, is now focusing on Southeast Asian cuisine. His 140-seat as yet unnamed restaurant will be ensconsed in the huge JBG building at 14th and S streets, NW. An outdoor patio will provide about 40 additional seats. Presiding over the open kitchen will be chef Haidar Karoum, who also works his magic at Proof and Estadio Adam Bernbach, bar manager at those other two restaurants, will oversee the liquid refreshments. u u 21

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RETAIL THERAPY by Scott Fazzini

Bentley’s Vintage Furniture and Collectibles 810 Upshur Street NW

After a failed attempt at visiting Bentley’s, (they’re closed on Mondays), I finally made it on a weekend. On a misty Saturday morning, I biked up to Petworth, visiting a handful of vintage stores along the way. When I got to Bentley’s, the friendly shopkeeper was apologizing for the state of affairs inside of the tightly packed store. Generally, they use the deep front walk as an annex to their interior, virtually doubling their sales space. Bentley’s stocks mostly home furnishings and accessories, but has a great selection of books...and furs, too. Unlike most retail stores, they do not have items priced. This can be for some, including myself, a bit off putting, but you’ll find their prices to be very fair. I spotted many things which piqued my interest, but was somehow able to narrow down my selections to just a few. I collect books on manners. Don’t judge. Although I have one already, Emily Post’s Blue Book of Etiquette ($10.) is just too good for me to pass up. In one of the many glass vitrines sat a small collection of Wedgewood pieces one of which, a small rectangular dish ($30), called out to me. I rounded out my purchases by snagging a couple of beautiful little broaches ($10 and $15). Again, don’t judge. Bentley’s is well worth a trip. Although, you might want to check the weather forecast beforehand.

Foundry 1522 U Street NW

Foundry is a recherche shopping experience --excessively refined and brimming with goodies. Owner Yvette Freeman offers personal shopping, interior design services, and a fully stocked barn in addition to her stylish U Street store. I find about a hundred prizes to covet with each trip but, due to economy, am forced to narrow my purchases down to but a few. Sigh. Entertaining wares are but one of my collectable weaknesses. Foundry teases me with a plethora of items which would doubtlessly enhance my small “Butler’s Pantry”. A set of six etched highball glasses ($48), and the set of monogrammed double old fashions ($36) were calling my name, but I refrained. Housewares aside, Foundry offers a beautiful collection of furniture and accessories. A vintage wall-mounted “Fire Blanket” ($165) was terribly enticing, but still I was somehow able to say no. Then, there was the four-piece “leather book art” glass installation ($895) that haunted my dreams for days.

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Rock it Again 1528 U Street NW

I’m never dissatisfied after a trip to Rock it Again, although, I must admit that I find myself to be more enthralled perusing the ladies department than the men’s. This isn’t to suggest that their men’s department is lacking in any way, it’s just that I dislike shopping for men’s clothing. So, it’s often that I’m found here picking up items that will inevitably be gifted to friends and family. On a recent trip, I was reminded of how impressive the collection of Ferragamo flats (prices ranging from $28 - $48) is at Rock it Again. As is the amount of classic bags. I was excited to find a beautiful little brown leather Etienne Aigner handbag ($40) to replace a friends lost bag. Hopefully she likes it. The mens section, fully stocked might I add, is a combination of classic menswear and those ubiquitous synthetic 1970’s pieces inevitably found in most vintage shops. Bundled together on one rack hangs trousers ($28- $38) in every color / pattern combination of which a gentleman might dream. This rack is rivaled only by an accompanying run of equally vibrant shirts ($18 - $28) providing a great opportunity for any peacock. Rock it Again also sets up shop at Eastern Market each weekend, so if you’re in that neck of the woods be sure to swing by and say hi.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 1526 14th Street NW

I was first introduced to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (MG+BW) while in college and working part-time at a Pottery Barn. Their upholstery was manufactured by MG+BW, and I believe is still. Cut to many, many years later, I’m living in Washington DC and shopping at an actual MG+BW retail store. Life seems to be cyclical... but what do I know? The MG+BW store in DC holds court in a beautiful old building which used to be home to a auto dealership. Can you imagine a time when cars were sold out of such stunning showrooms? Stellar aesthetics aside, MG+BW employes maybe the most pleasant staff in the entire 14th Street Corridor. The product assortment runs the gamut from the Scribe Writing Desk ($1870) to a Baby Alpaca Throw ($267), from the gorgeous Collins Bar ($1196) to Mitchell Gold + Bob William’s very own book “The Comfortable Home ($35), and everything in between. A beautiful store filled with lovely things and run by a congenial staff equates to an ideal shopping environment. u u 23

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Jazz Avenues by Steve Monroe

at the Hamilton presented by The Washington Post; and Jazz at the newly refurbished Howard Theater. Jazz Meets the Classics features interpretations of works by Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky by the Classical Jazz Quartet, with hall of famers Ron Carter on bass and Kenny Barron on piano, and vibraphonist Stefon Harris and drummer Lewis Nash. The D.C. Jazz Loft Series returns for its second year as part of the festival with performers to include Marc Cary’s Cosmic Indigenous. See for complete information.

Jazz Ladies From Beyond the Borders

This year’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, hosted by living legend vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, celebrates performers from here and abroad, beginning with a performance May 10 by pianist Chihiro Yamanaka of Japan, an alumnus of the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency program in 2000. Also featured that night will be Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, Cuban percussionist Candido and vocalist Carmen Lundy and her quartet. Australian composer and bassist Linda Oh and her quartet performs May 11, along with percussionist Allison Miller, originally from this area and now based in New York. Miller’s homecoming features her BOOM TIC BOOM project, named one of the top 10 jazz albums of 2010 by the Los Angeles Times, according to Kennedy Center information. Miller also has displayed her diplomatic talents by touring internationally as a Kennedy Center–U.S. Department of State jazz ambassador. Other performers during the festival include vocalist Carla Cook, violinist Diane Monroe and percussionist and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington, who will have an all-star band with Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Tia Fuller, saxophone, Helen Sung, piano and Mimi Jones, bass.

Caught... Jason Kao Hwang

Transparent Productions’ Bobby Hill on its April 22 concert: “On the dark, cold and rainy Sunday evening … violinist and violist Jason Kao Hwang’s brightened everyone’s spirits with a moving performance by his EDGE ensemble at U Street’s historic Bohemian Caverns. The evening’s highlight was Hwang’s new arrangement of African-American violinist Clarence Cameron’s White’s, ‘Lament,’ which was first recorded in 1919 on the historic Broome record label. White, a graduate of D.C.’s Howard University, recorded ‘La24 u Midcity DC | MAY 2012

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Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater hosts the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival again at the Kennedy Center this month.

ment’ the same year of the founding of the National Association of Negro Musicians. White, who recommended the establishment of the still-existing NANM, served as its second president. Hill said the evening featured a “CDplaying of the original 1919 version” of White’s “Lament” and then “Hwang immediately followed with his new version as arranged for cornet, acoustic bass, and drums, with a highlight being bassist Ken Filiano’s arresting arco work.” Transparent Productions has May performances at Bohemian Caverns by The Chicago Underground Duo May 13th, and the Darius Jones Quartet May 20th.

DC Jazz Festival

Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Randy Weston, Jimmy Heath, Dianne Reeves, Orrin Evans headline the 2012 DC Jazz Festival June 1-10. The festival includes signature programs Jazz Meets the Classics at the Kennedy Center; Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC; Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days at The Phillips Collection; Jazz

Antonio Parker’s CD “Steppin’ Out— Live @ HR-57,” one of the year’s finest releases is a two-disc set from Airegin Records, with Parker on alto and tenor saxophone, Benito Gonzalez on piano, Zack Pride, bass, John Lamkin, drums and Kenny Rittenhouse, trumpet. The recording, with almost all originals by Parker, has some vintage Parker sizzlers like “Trane’s Thang,” “Garrettism,” and “Pookie” as well as the lovely “Penda’s Song.” Parker says on the liner notes, “This project offers a little something for everybody… we incorporate various styles and grooves into the music, ranging from funk, Latin grooves, the blues, free form, some ethereal concepts, standard jazz swing, and more.” Elsewhere on the recording front, due to come out this summer, according to information from Willard Jenkins on, is the next recording by saxophonist Paul Carr, to be titled “Standard Domain.” The noted writer and programmer Jenkins by the way has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement in Journalism award in the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association Awards. Steve Monroe is a Washington, D.C. writer who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues. com and followed at u

May Highlights: Arturo Sandoval, May 1013, Blues Alley ... Sharon Clark, May 11, Mandarin Oriental Hotel ... David Bond Group, May 11-12, Twins Jazz ... Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, May 10-12, Kennedy Center ... Toni Martucci, May 15, Blues Alley ... Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, May 1720, Blues Alley ... Lena Seikaly, May 18, Mandarin Oriental Hotel ... Larry Willis, May 18-19, Bohemian Caverns … Benito Gonzalez, May 1819, Twins Jazz ... Black Notes, May 27, Bohemian Caverns ...

May Birthdays: Shirley Horn 1; Richard “Groove” Holmes 2; John Lewis 3; Ron Carter 4; Mary Lou Williams 8; King Oliver 11; Red Garland 13; Jackie McLean 17; Fats Waller 21; Sun Ra 22; Archie Shepp 24; Miles Davis 25; Hilton Ruiz 29, Benny Goodman 30; Louis Hayes 31.

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Me and My Shadow


by Anonymous

f you really need a friend in Washington, get a dog. There is something to be said for this old piece of wisdom. After all, what would Fido say to the FBI agent knocking on his door? Agent: “Did you ever contribute to Vincent Gray’s campaign?” Dog: “Woof!” Agent: “Did you ever purchase a money order at the behest of Jeffrey Thompson?” Dog: “Woof! Woof!” Agent: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” Dog: “Woof! Woof! Woof!” (Head nodding vigorously.)

Loyalty, it seems, has gone to the dogs. Ruminating late one night over this issue, his brain cells greased by his favorite poison, The Nose had a revelation. The only really trustworthy thing in life is one’s shadow! Think about it. No matter which way one turns, one is followed by this gray doppelganger. Perhaps this is why the District’s politicians have over the years turned to these confidants to run dark operations in support of their campaigns. With all the press reports of money orders and other shenanigans, it was time to go to the source, The Nose mused. Picking up his cell phone, he dialed Vincent Gray’s closest advisor, Samurai “The Cat.” The Nose: “Samurai, I need a favor.” Samurai: “Meow!” The Nose: “Can you give me the cell for Vince’s Shadow?” Samurai: “Meow, Meow!” The Nose: “Come on Samurai! When I have ever asked for anything?” Samurai: “202-SHA-DOOW.” Having plumbed the depth of his most confidential source in the city’s administration, The Nose was confident of getting a leg up on his competitors at Channel 411, WAM-PU and WBTM. In the early hours of the morning, in the parking garage of the Reeves Center, The Nose met with Vince’s Shadow. The Nose: “I hear that you were a busy beaver during Vince’s last campaign.” Vince’s Shadow: “No comment.” The Nose: “Didn’t you realize that the press would notice consecutively numbered money orders? All of us graduated from elementary school.”

Vince’s Shadow: “I will neither confirm nor deny knowledge of such contributions.” Departing this frustrating interview, driving down through the historic center of DC Jazz, The Nose whistled this tune: Like the slogan on a bumper Like the yard sign on a lawn Like you’ll never get rid of your shadow Vince, you’ll never get rid of me Let all the others investigate and fuss Whatever happens, we’ve got us. Me and my shadow We’re closer than money orders and Mr. Thompson We’re closer than Mr. Sulaimon and Mr. Brooks Strolling down the Pennsylvania Avenue Wherever you find him, you’ll find me, just look Closer than a blogger and his keyboard Me and my shadow We’re closer than cigar smoke in the Players’ Lounge We’re closer than Barrack is to Michelle No prosecutor can bust this team in two We stick together like glue And when it’s campaigning time That’s when we walk Doorbells start to ring Cabs and buses pickup seniors Robotic fingers work the phones What a surprise Then Cha-Ching Cha-Ching! Victory! Me and my shadow And now to repeat what I said at the start They’ll need a grand jury to break us apart We’re alone but far from new Before we get finished, we’ll make the town roar We’ll talk it up on Kojo, and then a few more We’ll wind up at the Wilson Building with all of our friends, A hiring party that will never end For my shadow and me! After all, what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows. u u 25

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April Primary Adversaries


he April 3 D.C. primary came and went, but the issue of the April 3 primary isn’t going anywhere. In the wake of last month’s balloting, plenty of residents and political watchers are openly wondering whether an April primary should be repeated. This was the first year that the District’s primary—usually held in September—was moved up. The change came in the wake of a 2009 federal law making it easier for overseas voters and service-members to cast absentee ballots; while D.C. was given as pass on the new requirements for the 2010 mayoral election, it was forced to comply for the 2012 primary.


But was April the best choice of months? Many seem to think not. Candidates and their campaigns said that it disturbed what had become a comfortable rhythm in D.C. politics: hopeful politicos could use the warm weather and neighborhood parades that mark the summer months to raise awareness, attract support and pitch their candidacies. With an April primary, they were left with much less favorable conditions—who wants to knock on doors in January and February, after all? But it wasn’t just the candidates griping. Parents of D.C. public school students were

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by Martin Austermuhle concerned that an April 3 primary would coincide with spring break, meaning that they might be out of town. Challengers and political analysts said that residents seemed blissfully unaware that an election was coming up, making it harder to attract their attention or raise money. All told, many said, this gave incumbents an additional advantage leading into re-election contests. (D.C. history shows that incumbents certainly don’t need more advantages—every incumbent in April won their respective races.) Others complained that in a city where the Democratic primary is the de facto general election, the April primary could produce elected officials that will stay in office for eight months after losing. In a 2011 committee report on the legislation moving the D.C. primary up to April, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) commented that having lame ducks for that long might lead to “the current officeholder pursuing his or her duties with less zeal during the several months prior to the term’s expiration.” More broadly, April just seems to be a bad time for elections—for last year’s April 26 special election, a rabbi sued over the fact that balloting coincided with the last day of Passover. And if the current schedule is kept, the 2014 D.C. mayoral primary will fall on—no, really—

April Fools Day.

Moving Months

In the wake of the April 3 election, D.C. legislators have already started floating the idea of changing the election’s date. Speaking on “The Politics Hour” on WPFW 89.3 FM shortly after the balloting, councilmembers Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) said that the primary should be moved to later in the year. “April is a crazy time to be voting,” said Barry. Wells agreed. “I think that having it in April is not fair to the voters. I think that we got a very low turnout, I don’t think people fully knew who the opponents were...a lot of people didn’t know there was an election going on in April and I think we should change it back to June,” he said. Cheh, who ushered through the bill that changed the date of the primary, doesn’t seem particularly keen on the idea, though she did hint that June might be a possibility. “We couldn’t have a September primary because of federal law. By the time we would have sent out absentee ballots and the like, the earliest the primary could have been was August. No Councilmembers wanted an election in August, and the same with July. I personally wanted a date in early June, but other members were ada-

mant about having it as early as possible,” she said. Chuck Thies, a political analyst and consultant who has worked on a number of local campaigns, seems to think a change would only be fair to challengers. “In all seriousness, the current schedule benefits incumbents. The 2014 date should be moved back such that petitioning and campaigning begins in the same year as the election. Challengers lose valuable weeks during the holidays,” he said. Maybe so, but one thing seems unchanged from years past—turnout. While many assumed it would be low, possibly historically low, some 17 percent of voters came out to vote on April 3. Comparatively speaking, that’s not bad. The September 2008 primary with the same combination of ward and At-Large seats didn’t even hit 13 percent. Moreover, had the Democratic presidential primary been contested this year, turnout would likely have been even higher. (The February 2008 presidential primary saw turnout of close to 40 percent.) Seeing that turnout was par for the course, it would seem to make sense to stick with April instead of changing the date—again. But if the primary were moved to June—May is a likely no-go, seeing as it falls squarely during D.C. Council budget sessions—it would be best to

move the presidential primary alongside the local primary, both for cost-savings and turnout. Cheh noted the benefit of joining the two. “Having the primary on April 3 allowed us to combine it with the Presidential preference primary, and aligned us with other states like our neighbors in Maryland and also Wisconsin. The other great thing about combining them is that we saved the city $800,000$1 million in election costs,” she said. While we often say that democracy is invaluable, it isn’t free—the D.C. Council has had to allocate hundreds of thousands in extra funding for elections in 2011 and 2012. For Thies, any talk of a new primary date should come along with more substantial changes to how D.C. runs its elections. In a column published by NBC4, Thies argued that the current system “tilts heavily in favor of incumbents and the deep pocket special interests who support them.” To correct that tilt, he called for public financing of campaigns and non-partisan primaries where the two top vote-getters move on to the general election. That may take longer to happen—if it ever happens at all—but any discussion of changing the date of the primary will have to happen sooner. Under the current schedule, mayoral hopefuls are likely to start announcing

their intentions by early 2013. And if it goes anywhere, it’ll have to pass through Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s (D-Ward 4) Committee on Government Operations— and Bowser’s name has been floated as a potential mayoral contender. She’d be running with the advantages of incumbency that Thies cited, and to date she’s been quiet on whether or not an April primary should be repeated.

Final Count in Orange/ Biddle Rematch

As we went to press last month, the contest between Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) and Sekou Biddle was separated by only 543 votes—and that was without provisional and absentee ballots. On April 13, those were counted, and Orange widened his lead to 1,746 votes. While that guaranteed him the victory, it also marked the second in as many elections where he has won by a very narrow margin. In Orange’s case, the win all but guarantees him a continued spot on the D.C. Council—but not much beyond that. His poor showings in wards 1, 2, 3, and 6—not to mention the fact that he narrowly lost the all-important Ward 4 vote—means that any future attempts at higher office may be damned.

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Going, Going, Gone

DC’s Affordable Housing Stock Is Disappearing


nyone who has tried to rent or buy a home in DC recently knows what a struggle it has become to find a decent place to live that fits even remotely within their budget. New research confirms what we can see around us – that rents have skyrocketed throughout the city, even in the face of a recession, and have far outpaced increases in the incomes of most DC households. While DC’s increasingly expensive housing is affecting many of us, the challenges are particularly great for low- and moderate-income households whose incomes have barely budged to cope with rent hikes. Over the last decade, half of the low-cost rental housing options have disappeared, leading to more families having to pay more than half of their income on housing. This is a big problem because it means that they have little left for other basic necessities like food, clothing, and transportation. There is no way DC will hold on to the affordable housing it still has – to maintain diversity in areas such as H Street and SW Waterfront – without concerted investments from the city. The good news is that DC has a variety of housing tools to build and preserve more affordable housing. The bad news is that these tools largely have been left in the shed in the wake of the Great Recession. And DC’s main source for affordable housing construction and renovation has been cut significantly meaning that the District’s future capacity to build and preserve affordable housing will be considerably restricted.

A Quick Climb

Rents in DC are rising, and quickly. The typical rent for a one-bedroom apartment rose 50 percent over the past decade, beyond inflation, to $1,100 by 28 u Midcity DC | MAY 2012

by Jenny Reed 2010. And surprisingly, prices haven’t slowed in the recession. In fact, median rent rose faster in just the last three years of the decade than in the first seven. Why? It’s largely due to the fact that more people have moved to DC recently to take advantage of the relatively strong job market. And it isn’t just rents that have climbed quickly over the last decade. Despite a dip in the recession, home values remain far higher than they did at the start of the decade. The median home value in DC in 2010 was $400,000, double the 2000 level.

Going, Going, Gone

DC has not always been a place where rents start at $1,100. In 2000, about half of all apartments in the city rented for under $750. That obviously is no longer the case. The rapid rise in housing prices has led to a disappearance of DC’s affordable housing stock over the last decade. Since 2000, DC has lost 35,000 apartments with rent and utility costs under $750 a month, fully half of what was affordable in 2000. (That would be affordable to someone making roughly $15 an hour – using the standard that someone should not spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. While that is a pretty modest salary, it is well above DC’s minimum wage of $8.25 an hour and DC’s living wage of $12 an hour.) That decline is the equivalent of losing a 300-unit building month in and month out for a decade. Meanwhile, DC’s housing stock is becoming filled with a much larger share of high-cost rental units. Higher-cost rental units – with rents over $1,500 – more than tripled over the past decade. High cost rental units made up just eight percent of the rental stock in 2000; by 2010, they made up

over 30 percent. Things look even worse for DC’s stock of affordable houses, which has almost vanished. The number of homes with values of $250,000 or less – a good option for moderate-income households – fell by 70 percent over the past decade. At the same time, the number homes with values over $500,000 more than doubled.

A Rising Burden

The incomes of most households are not keeping pace with rising rents. As a result, housing is consuming a growing share of household budgets in the District, and many now have “severe housing cost burdens” as defined by the federal government – meaning that they spend more than half of their income on housing. One in five DC households, or more than 50,000 households, spent more than half of their income on housing in 2010, an increase of 15,000 households since 2000. The severe housing burdens are most heavily concentrated on DC’s lowest income households. Nearly twothirds of these families spend more than half of their income on housing. But severe burdens are impacting more moderate-income residents, too. About one-third of renters that earn between $30,000 and $60,000 have severe housing burdens, a large jump from the less than one in ten households at the start of the decade.

The District’s Investment in Affordable Housing

The combination of rapidly rising housing costs and stagnant incomes is making it harder and harder for DC’s low and moderate-income residents to live in the District. Since the private market produces almost no affordable housing on its own, it is critical that the

District support the creation and preservation of affordable housing. The District has a variety of housing tools, each serving a specific purpose and each critical to make housing available all along the continuum of affordable housing needs – from homelessness to homeownership. Unfortunately, these affordable housing tools have largely been dormant due to the Great Recession. In fact, the District’s investment in affordable housing has fallen by onethird since the start of the recession. One of the programs that has taken the biggest hit is the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) – DC’s main source for affordable housing construction and renovation. The trust fund’s resources are tied to DC’s deed recordation and transfer taxes, which declined in the recession. Also, it has experienced significant cuts both last year and in the Mayor’s FY 2013 proposed budget. These cuts will severely limit the District’s ability to create and preserve affordable housing. Mayor Vincent Gray has put together a Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force to make recommendations this fall that would lead to increased affordable housing. These would be updates to a 2006 task force that issued a 15-year housing strategy blueprint for DC. With the rapid loss of affordable housing in DC, it’s critical that task force find ways for the District to produce and preserve additional affordable housing. Reed is policy director at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect lowand moderate-income DC residents. To read the new report, Disappearing Act: Affordable Housing in DC is Vanishing Amid Sharply Rising Housing Costs visit u

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Sunday Brunch, Beau Thai Style

Beau Thai (1700 New Jersey Ave. NW) recently began serving what is surely one of DC’s most unique and delicious Sunday brunches. Available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the meal is sure to please both foodies and Sunday Fun-dayers alike. Brunch is not a meal in Thailand, so the culinary forces behind the restaurant had to get creative to conceive a menu that is authentically Thai but that plays to American Sunday morning cravings. The team tapped into memories of sweet and savory delectables available from street vendors in Bangkok to bring about an array of dishes that make sense for people used to eggs benedict and waffles. Among the sweeter items on the menu are Thai donuts, which are crunchy and sweet and served with honey or sweetened condensed milk, “kanom krok,” a small two bite delicacy made from rice flower and coconut cream with a vegetable garnish, and a ginger and soy custard soup, which has the flavor profile of brown sugar oatmeal. Some of the more savory dishes include a rice soup, a pork omelet, and a Thai take on quiche.

The New N Street Park. Photo: Ralph Brabham

Beau Thai also offers some fantastic brunch beverages, including a homemade Siracha bloody mary (utilizing house infused Thai chili vodka), mango bellinis, and a sparkling lemongrass cocktail (made from sparkling wine and a house made limoncello).

N Street Park Opens

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Mayor Gray took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new N Street Park in the 600 block of N St. NW. The beautiful new community park features a fenced playground, ample green space, trees, walking paths, and benches. To help maintain the new public asset, consider becoming a Friend of the N Street Park. There is relatively little time commitment, but the more people who get involved the better the park will be for everyone. Contact for more information.

Shaw Game Changer Business. The deserving winners -- Henok Tesfaye, Old City Green, and The Passenger-- are valued contributors to the positive trajectory of the Shaw community. Following the brief awards ceremony, Lena Lett -- drag queen hostess at the area’s largest gay dance club Town Danceboutique -- conducted a live auction of twelve exciting packages.

Shaw’s Tavern Granted Full Liquor License

After a rocky start, brief closure and a change in ownership, Shaw’s Tavern finally secured its liquor license, is open full hours, has outdoor café seating on 6th St., and has beverage and food menus that will delight neighbors and attract outsiders.

Shaw Main Streets Gala

Commercial revitalization nonprofit Shaw Main Streets’ biennial gala took place on April 18, 2012 at Long View Gallery (1234 9th St. NW). The event raised approximately $80,000, ensuring that the historic Shaw neighborhood will continue to thrive. By all counts, the beautiful event Mayor Gray at the Shaw Main Streets 2012 Gala. Photo: Pleasant P. Mann was a major success for Shaw Main Streets. Attendees -- over 150 in Located at 6th St. and Florida Ave. NW, the number and including Mayor Gray and Couneatery has eight beers on tap, including DC Brau’s cilmembers Wells and Cheh -- enjoyed delicious Citizen and Public Pale Ale, Chocolate City’s Copfood and drinks (including a signature cocktail per Ale and Flying Dog’s in Heat Wheat. An array by Derek Brown of The Passenger), while beof canned and bottle beers, an impressive wine list, ing entertained by a live jazz quartet. The venue and creative cocktails are also available. looked gorgeous, with over 100 Japanese lanShaw’s Tavern’s kitchen is open until 10 p.m. terns hung from the soaring ceilings of Long Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday View, referencing the cherry blossom theme of and Saturday; the bar stays open until midnight on the event, and dramatic flowers and candles elSunday, 12:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and egantly adorned tables and bars. 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Brunch is available Style guru Paul Wharton, of Paul Wharon Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Weekton Style on the CW, emceed the program, day happy hours take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., which included handing out three awards: Shaw featuring $2 off house white and red wines and all Champion, Shaw Community Partner, and draft beers, and $5 rail drinks. u u 29

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14th & U Farmers Market Reopens

Farmer Brown and all the others have come out of winter hibernation in time for the 14th and U annual Farmers Market to open on a corner near…….U! The Market, which fronts the Reeves Building, runs from May 7 through November 19, 2012. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All produce is grown “locally” which includes neighboring and notso-neighboring states.

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teenth developer to bring the popular food store to U/14. Joe, Whole Foods, Yes and Harris Teeter could then duke it out for the expanding urban dweller market in Logan Circle and Dupont Circle, Shaw, Columbia Heights and Adams-Morgan. Whole Foods is located on P Street between 14th and 15th; Yes Organic is at Union Row on 14th near V and Harris Teeter is in the old skating rink on Kalorama between 16th and 17th.


More restaurants for So what’s up with Joe? 14th Street Many have heard the talk on the street that Trader Joe’s is coming to the soon-to -be-built development Louis Fourteenth at 14th and U Streets. That, of course, is the new, luxurious rental apartment and retail space about to rise from the bulldozer dust where trendsetter residents will be able to eat as much cake as they want, especially if Trader Joe’s does open in one of the corner retail spaces. When we put the question directly to the folks at Trader Joe’s, “we’re hoping to get up there within a couple of years” was the reply. From the sounds of it, the company is in or is about to be in negotiations with JBG, Louis Four-

Perhaps the lingering soul sounds of HR-57 will jazz up the dishes coming out of the kitchen at the new restaurant creation of executive chef Ari Gejdenson slated to go into the former HR-57 building on 14th near Que, next door to Pearl Oyster Dive. Gejendson is now the chef at Aqua Al 2 which is on 7th Street on the Hill. That place features Italian cuisine. While most of the U/14 gastronomic scene fluctuates above P Street, Eatwell DC, a local restaurant group is getting “piggy” with it in a less populated block of lower 14th just north of Thomas Circle. They already dominate further up on P Street with Logan Tavern and Commissary. Short of Teakwood, Birch and Barley and Thai Tanic (am I forgetting anybody?), no other restaurant destination spots linger on 14th below Rhode Island. But here comes Pig City! This new venture is Eatwell DC’s fifth restaurant and is under Chef Garret Fleming, who in addition to recently

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Former Mid City Post Office Closed Before Move to Reeves Center

working at Eatonville has cooked for a few local luminaries. A press release on the new place, which, after a driveby, I can report is well on the way to completion, says it should be open very soon. The release also states that the restaurant will be a pork-centric concept with locally sourced and ethically raised produce.

Few dry spots in U/14

DC government it seems has been keeping tabs on where the most booze is being served in town. Rising to the top of the list are U/14, Logan Circle and Dupont. That surely must be a surprise to no one. Ward 2, which includes Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and Georgetown, is home to 40% of the city’s liquor licenses, according to the tally. Chasing Ward 2 is Ward 1, which includes Columbia Heights and parts of Shaw and also Ward 6, which includes Capitol Hill and the new hot District H. Ward 1 has less than half the number as Ward 2 at about 16% and Ward 6, about 15%. Look for that number to increase and perhaps sur-

pass Ward 1. According to DC’s Alcohol and Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), there are nearly 1,600 liquor licenses issued in the city. Controversy always seems to swirl around liquor sales as well as food sales in U/14 because many feel as though the area is becoming too saturated with nightlife at the expense of day time business. This has become even more of a concern as more residential projects take shape.

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The United States Post Office Mid City branch is now permanently closed, months after its originally announced closure date. Signs on the door of the building at 1915 14th which has not yet been razed to make way for the new condominium project, say that it will reopen next month at the Reeves Municipal Center a block up at 14th For now, packages for zip codes 20009 and 20010 can be claimed at the Columbia Heights Finance Unit at 3321 Georgia Avenue NW in Petworth. u

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The Triangle by Amanda Wilson


ount Vernon Triangle held its third annual Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle event on Saturday, May 5. The food tour works like a progressive dinner, and diners pay $20 in advance, or $30 day-of, for appetizers, desserts, and entrées donated by multiple neighborhood restaurants, said Mount Vernon Triangle CID director Bill McLeod. Diners buy their tickets at 5th and K and then travel to different locations and sample dishes in an event designed to help both neighborhood residents and visitors to the neighborhood get familiar with the area’s food-scape. “The whole idea is that we are exposing a whole bunch of new patrons to neighborhood restaurants,” McLeod said. Last year, the Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle event sold out completely. This year, the numbers were a little smaller because of other events in the city, but CID officials estimate that at least 40 to 50 patrons took part in the event this year. Survey results for the event show 100% positive reviews, with several respondents noting the many construction and development projects underway and already completed in Mount Vernon Triangle, according to Mount Vernon Triangle CID staff. “Mandu and Sixth Engine were my favorite restaurants today!” wrote one respondent. Another wrote “It would have been even better with street musicians and artists” and yet another wrote: “Least favorite restaurant? Impressed by all!” This year, the following Mount Vernon Triangle restaurants participated: Papa John’s pizza, Busboys and Poets, Henry’s Soul Cafe, Taylor

Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle Gourmet, Kushi, a Japanese Sushi restaurant, and Mandu, a Korean restaurant. Menu items served included wrap sandwiches, dumplings, other main courses, and desserts. The event also featured a wine tasting by Subway Liquor and a beer tasting by Tunnel Liquor. The CID promotes the event and pays for advertising. “The whole idea is that we kick off the cafe season,” McLeod said. This year, the BID decided to hold the event on May 5 so that event-goers could stick around in Mount Vernon Triangle for Cinco de Mayo. Sixth Engine, a restaurant at 438 Massachusetts Ave NW at North I St, from the same operators as The Dubliner Irish pub in Capitol Hill and Town Hall restaurant and bar in Glover Park, also participated in the event. The restaurant served apple fritters at this year’s Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle. According to information provided by Mount Vernon Triangle BID, the location: “Engine Co. No. 6 is one of the oldest firehouses in the District and the first of [Adolf ] Cluss’s nearly 100 buildings to be constructed in D.C. in the late 19th century. It’s one of only 11 still standing...This eatery is born of the fire in the bellies of five long-serving D.C. restaurateurs and longtime friends: Jeremy Carman, Gavin Coleman, Paul Holder, Paul Madrid, and Tim Walsh.” Mount Vernon Triangle will soon be home to some new restaurants. Tel’veh, from the owners of Agora near Dupont Circle, is a cafe that will open in this neighborhood sometime in May, McLeod said. u

Taylor Gourmet Deli served sandwiches. All photos: Mount Vernon Triangle CID

Sixth Engine in Mount Vernon Triangle served Homemade Apple Fritters.

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CityDance’s DREAM Program It’s Not Just About Dance


t was halftime at the Verizon Center and the crowd was dispirited. The Washington Wizards had taken on the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Wizards were down by a few points and the night wasn’t looking so good. Suddenly, a bevy of kids in brightly colored tshirts – more than 100 in all – swarmed the court. Within seconds, they had arranged themselves in a large spiral pattern and laid down quietly until the sound of an alarm clock filled the space. Then it was five minutes of nonstop dancing to a bouncy hip hop beat. And then it was over, six weeks’ worth of rehearsals that had finally come to fruition. That sounds like the end of a story, but it’s not. For the kids, participants in an after-school program led by the North Bethesda-based CityDance, it was merely a midpoint. Sure, the March 3 Wizards show was a huge adrenaline rush and a very big deal, but it was only one component of a project that has community engagement, not performance, at its heart. The project is CityDance’s DREAM initiative, an outreach program that provides dance lessons and history to DC public school students in grades three through five while simultaneously guiding them to apply their potential for expression to community service projects. It’s the newest project of an organization that’s best known for its ballet and contemporary dance classes for Montgomery County teens. But CityDance, which is housed in the Strathmore Music Center, takes pride in its efforts to reach a range of children and adolescents throughout the region, including those in schools located east of the Anacostia River. Established seven years ago through a pilot program at Ward 8’s Turner at Green Elementary School, the DREAM initiative quickly expanded. These days, it covers roughly 110 children in seven schools located throughout the city. East of the river, 25 kids from Turner at Green and CW Harris elementary schools are involved in the program. Meanwhile, CityDance is developing a partnership with KIPP’s Benning Road campus and has begun 32 u Midcity DC | MAY 2012

by Amanda Abrams teaching classes there to middle schoolers who aged out of the DREAM program. It’s an initiative whose motives and progress have been deeply thought out. “We like to be strategic,” explained Kelli Quinn, CityDance’s director of early arts and community programs. “We

gins the year with a kickoff performance at each participating school that showcases professional dancers – men and women representing a range of ethnicities and demonstrating a variety of styles – in action. “It’s the best way we know to get kids excited and interested in dance,” said Quinn.

On parents’ night at Turner at Green Elementary School, DREAM program students show their stuff. Photo credit: CityDance

come into a community with basic goals” – like providing strong classes and activities for students – “but we’re also very, very sensitive to the needs of the community.” Over time, the initiative has gradually evolved into a fairly standard progression. CityDance be-

“We try to show that this isn’t just about leotards and tights.” And then it’s first-come, first-serve for those students who want to sign up for the program, which occurs twice a week after school for 32 weeks. Quinn and her five teachers use the program

as a vehicle for lessons related to community engagement. So, early in the year, when teachers introduce a dance genre like hip hop to the students, they emphasize its roots in self-expression and empowerment, and encourage the students to talk about how it relates to ideas of community-building. The big performance – at a Wizards or Georgetown University basketball game (or both, like this year) – comes near the middle of the program. That means the two months prior to it are spent feverishly learning choreography created by local hip hop artist Aysha Upchurch. The students first learn it on their own, then eventually come together with the six other schools and practice as a group. After the big performance, the kids begin a community service project of the kids’ own choosing. It might focus on anti-bullying, selfesteem or working with senior citizens; each school picks a different topic. First the students learn about the topic and engage in it, and then they choreograph a dance and perform it at the end of the year. This year’s show will occur at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on May 25. Those dances might look completely different from one another. A few years ago, Quinn remembered, one group was working with senior citizens and choreographed an abstract set of movements to the song “Wade in the Water.” Meanwhile, another group that was focusing on recycling chose a much more literal theme that included cleaning up a trash-strewn stage. That final project focuses on community service, but the process itself empowers students. As a group, they choose – with little input from the teacher – their subject and activities, and later make a swath of decisions about the performance, including its movement, storyline,

music and costumes. “Throughout the year, the program leads up to a place where the kids can do something like that,” said Quinn. “They can’t do it by day one, but we develop a very strong class culture of belonging and membership and teamwork that’s 100 percent necessary for the outcome.” That sense of belonging was clear one afternoon at Turner at Green Elementary, located on Mississippi Avenue in Southeast. Six students were lying on the floor developing colorful posters featuring themes of nonviolence and peace – anti-violence was their chosen topic – breaking the silence to joke with one another or comment on their creations. The environment was clearly a welcoming one. Rayshon, a sprightly fifth grader who’s in her third year in the program, said she loves it. “I like Miss Rachel” – that’s Rachel DiLeo, the teacher – “I like dancing, I like us all getting along.” Her brother, Nikko, joined the program this year, after seeing how much his sister enjoyed it. While working on his poster, he was a little distracted. But the third grader shone when the group rehearsed a movement sequence DiLeo had choreographed to a Ray Charles song – particularly during the improvisation section, when he was allowed to be fully physical. That’s kind of the point of the program, explained Quinn: because it emphasizes a number of different skills, children have a chance to excel in a variety of ways, even if they’re not great dancers. “Some kids might not be the best movers in class, but then they take ownership in the class structure and are natural leaders. You see all kinds of things with the kids,” related Quinn. “That’s what’s beautiful with dance: there’s a place for everyone.” u


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Strike a Pose Family Day at the American Art Museum

Explore the art of photography with activities for the whole family. Be inspired by the museum’s exhibition, Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage, and explore your world through a new lens. Borrow a camera or bring your own for a photo-scavenger hunt and document your travels in an album to take home. Visit the photo station to practice your pose and add your portrait to the American Art Museum’s Flickr page. Free. Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the American Art Museum, 8th and F sts. NW. 202-6337970.

Summer @ Sitar

During the summer, Sitar offers kids a fun, educational, productive and safe way to spend their summers and continue their exploration of the arts in a more intensive way. Kids can participate in four exciting programs depending on their interests and age levels throughout the summer. At Camp Sitar’s visual and performing arts camp, choose to paint a portrait, dance, sculpt, play the guitar, write a comic book, design a t-shirt or all of the above. Campers can attend three two-week sessions daily from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for students in grades 1-7 and explore a variety of visual and performing arts including dance, music, drama, visual arts, creative writing and graphic arts. Sitar Arts Center, 1700 Kalorama Rd. NW. 202-797-2145.

Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days at The Phillips Collection

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bricks in the Great Hall. May 12 and 13, noon-4:00 p.m., both days. Free, drop-in program. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448.

Meet and talk with LEGO master Adam Reed Tucker as he completes the White House model for the Museum’s current exhibition LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition. Take part in LEGO design challenges throughout both days. Become your own LEGO master and build with thousands of 34 u Midcity DC | MAY 2012

A family uses the Phillips Discovery Pack to explore an artwork while others take in a gallery talk. Photo: James R. Brantley

This highly popular free, weekend-long event celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts. Presented in partnership with The Phillips Collection, Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days features dynamic entertaining and interactive programs where visitors can create and enjoy performances and activities, like an instrument petting zoo, storytelling, family jazz band portraits, and face-painting. In the galleries, art inspires musical interpretation as musicians interpret art through improvised sound. Children have opportunities to create their own art surrounded by masterpieces by Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, and many others. Featured jazz artists in the past include the Berklee World Jazz Nonet; Michael Bowie Trio; Charles Rahmat Woods Quartet, Reginald Cyntje, and the DC Jazz Collaborative. June 2, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and June 3, noon-5:00 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at National Theatre

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast comes to the National Theatre, June

12-24. This Tony Award winning musical follows the fortunes of Belle, a smart, beautiful young woman living in a quiet village in France, pursued by Gaston, the not-so-sharp local heartthrob. Her visit to the local castle takes her on a whole new adventure when she comes face to face with The Beast, and must decide whether to look beyond his outward appearance, or to shun and despise him as the villagers have done. Beauty and the Beast has been an in-

ternational sensation since it opened on Broadway and remains as fresh today as when it first appeared. Beauty and the Beast is suitable for all ages.

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Painting the Sun Family Workshop at the Corcoran

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On Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug., take a one-hour guided horseback ride through Rock Creek Park. Weekend rides are at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.and 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Weekday rides are at 6:00 p.m. No prior experience is necessary but riders must be under 200 lbs. Reserve you ride well in advance at or call 202-362-0117. $40. Rock Creek Horse Center, 5100 Glover Road, 1/2 block south of Military Road, NW. Watch for signs.

the galleries, families study the sunlit work of old masters and sketch their own shadowed landscapes. Afterwards, participants head into the studio to perfect their works. $10 per child. Adult companions do not need to purchase a ticket for the workshop and re-entry to the collection after the workshop is permitted. For ages 8-12. May 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

Rock-Along with Casey at Watha T. DanielShaw Library

This is a weekly interactive rock music program for children ages 2-5. Play along on simple instruments provided by staff. Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.

Free Kids T-Shirts at Nats vs. Orioles

On May 20, 1:35 p.m., the first 10,000 fans 12 and under get free t-shirts presented by ExxonMobil.

Citywide Middle School Chess Tournament

A Citywide Middle School Chess Tournament, sponsored by Chess Challenge in DC in Partnership with DCPS, is on Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Unrated and open to all DC middle school students, it is a four round tournament with blitz play-off. There are trophies for top three finishers and prizes for all. Early registration through May 18 is $10-includes t-shirt, lunch and prizes. Register at 202-363-2008

Young Portrait Explorers at National Portrait Gallery

Toddlers up to age 5 with adult can become a Young Portrait Explorer and discover the National Portrait Gallery through history and art. Activities include looking at a portrait of Anna May Wong (1905-1961), one of the first Chinese American actresses of the silent film era, and participating in a hands-on activity. May 14 and June 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free, but registration required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F sts. NW.

Healthy Kids Fun Run Registration Open

Children ages 5-12 experience the thrill of reaching the finish line in the one-mile, just-forfun Healthy Kids Fun Run, held the day prior to the Marine Corps Marathon. The event in-

cludes a family fitness festival, mascots, healthy snacks, giveaways and music. $6, plus processing. Registration will close when race field has reached capacity. Saturday, Oct 27, start times vary. Pentagon North Parking Lot, Arlington, VA.


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DC SCORES builds teams through afterschool programs for over 800 low-income DC youth at 27 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness, and a sense of community. Through an innovative model combining poetry and spoken word, soccer, and service-learning year-round, students are engaged in arts, athletics, and academics daily. At DC SCORES, they believe that every child should grow up with these basic elements available to them and they could not provide these services without the help of energetic volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the community. There is a volunteer role at DC SCORES for everyone, whether you would like to volunteer just one day a year, or 5 days a week. For any questions or to get more information, get in touch with Sean Hinkle at or 202-393-6999 x313.

G Rated “To The Arctic IMAX 3D” Opens at Natural History Museum

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The KIPP Difference


s an educator who spent more than a decade as a classroom teacher, I can confidently state that KIPP schools are unlike any other school I have observed. First graders proudly cheer for their classmates who volunteer to work at the board. Fifth graders line up quietly in the hallways as they transition from class to class. Ninth graders must consider the reasons why they should organize their research material a particular way. While some aspects of KIPP (an acronym for Knowledge Is Power Program) classrooms are traditional – building blocks in the kindergarten rooms, textbooks and rows of desks in the middle and high school classrooms – what makes KIPP charter schools unique is the unexpected: Students willingly wear uniforms; teachers spend

by Ellen Boomer ten hours a day in the classroom; and administrators have the autonomy to design their school’s curriculum.

KIPP’s History

KIPP charter schools started in 1994 when Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin completed their tenure with Teach for America (TFA). Feinberg and Levin took what they learned in TFA and worked within a local school district in Houston, Texas to provide an alternative educational model, starting with one fifth-grade class. The KIPP method proved so effective that it spread from Houston to other cities around the country, and in 2001, Susan Schaeffler opened the first KIPP DC school. There are now nine KIPP schools in DC, each with a different name (i.e. Promise Academy, LEAP Academy), and spanning three different campuses, two in Southeast DC and one in Northwest. A tenth school – the third DC KIPP elementary school – will open this summer. As an open-enrollment charter school, KIPP receives 90 percent of its funding from local and federal governments while the schools’ remaining operating costs are covered by foundation grants and private donors. Because of the growing success of their program and free tuition, KIPP schools often have a waiting list for admission.

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The typical day at KIPP starts at 8 a.m. and does not end until 5p.m., which matches most parents’ work schedules.

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With monthly Saturday classes and a mandatory, three-week summer session, students end up spending 40 percent more time in the classroom than their peers who attend traditional public and private schools. The nine-hour day “allows teachers to make a profound impact on their students’ lives,” according to eighth-grade history teacher Noah Dougherty. Colorful signs remind students of the various tenets of the school’s mission, known as the “Five Pillars”: High Expectations, Choice and Commitment, More Time, Power to Lead, and Focus on Results. All members of the KIPP community, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators, are expected to abide by these pillars, and the teachers reinforce the school’s mission by weaving in life-lessons with academic ones.

Academic success and ambition are an integral part of the KIPP mission. Middle and high school classrooms are named after the college or university the homeroom teacher attended. Pennants from college and universities that past “KIPPsters” have attended decorate schools’ walls.

The Difference

The distinctive KIPP method has made such an indelible impact on eleventh-grader Jennifer Jones that, after she earns an undergraduate degree in Math Education, she wants to spend time teaching at a KIPP DC school before earning a Masters degree. “I’m grateful to KIPP for teaching me how to work through conflicts and to stay focused on what happens in the classroom, regardless of distractions.” As a mentor for younger students, Jennifer leads by example, saying, “KIPP helped


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me notice the leader in me.” The two main factors that distinguish the KIPP program are the “level of intention and the commitment to the teachers’ professional growth,” according to Jessica Cunningham, KIPP DC Chief Academic Officer. Not only does KIPP encourage their teachers to be life-long learners, but it also offers teachers opportunities to grow within the program. The majority of KIPP principals and vice principals were once KIPP teachers, so they have a deep understanding of and commitment to the program. Ms. Cunningham praised the depth of knowledge of KIPP teachers, noting “a fifth-grade math teacher needs to be just as knowledgeable about teaching calculus as she is about teaching fractions to provide her students with the foundation they need.”

the exposure children have to handson experiences that challenge them in different ways. Karen Meyers, whose daughter Nina is a graduate of KEY Academy and currently attends Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, said KIPP “exhausts children with extra-curricular activities” and the school “exposes kids to new experiences such as bungee jumping and white-water rafting.”

educational life beyond KIPP. Watson and his cohorts have relationships with colleges and universities where KIPP students have thrived, and he creates opportunities for middle and high school students to talk with KIPP graduates about the demands of college life. The next goal for KIPP is to have 75 percent of their students graduate from a college or university. While this

Regina Pradier, whose grandsons attended KEY Academy, said “KIPP taught my grandsons to ask for help and made them realize they are responsible for their own success.” One grandson, who is a sixth grader, “starts his homework the minute he gets home,” while her grandDiscussing a book with Kristy Ochs, AIM principal son who is a sophomore seeks out his teachers for extra help. Parents must sign their child’s homework every night, and teachers Focused on Results This type of exposure and supmust be available via cell phone for port does not end when students questions and discussion until 10 p.m. graduate from a KIPP program. According to Ms. Pradier, this uniquely KIPP supports its students “through collaborative network among teachand not to,” according to Nick Waters, students, and parents is integral to son, College Support Advisor and KIPP’s success. University Partnership Manager; in Another noteworthy factor of other words, KIPP has systems in KIPP’s collaborative environment is place to help students navigate their

may seem like a lofty goal, KIPP students have been able to achieve impressive, measurable results in a short time. For example, 85 percent of kindergarteners at LEAP Academy were reading at or above grade level after just one year at KIPP. On the DC CAS, which is a series of standardized tests, 92 percent of KIPP tenth graders demonstrated proficiency in math and

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78 percent demonstrated proficiency in reading.

Evidence of KIPP’s Long-term Impact

Although KIPP tracks quantifiable results, the most impressive results are the students themselves. Graduates leave KIPP with the drive to succeed and the confidence to believe they can accomplish any goal they set for themselves. Pegi Ylli, currently a sophomore at The George Washington University and a graduate of KEY Academy middle school, noted that KIPP “levels the playing field” for economically disadvantaged students. After KEY, Pegi attended The Potomac School where she “faced new challenges” but felt KIPP prepared her to “speak her mind and participate.” During her years at KEY, Pegi said she learned, “there is no finish line.” For eight-grader Jada Brooks, being a KIPP student means, “someone will always have my back,” and “no one will bring my shine down,” – meaning no one can stop her from accomplishing her goals. For more information on KIPP DC schools, please visit their website: Ellen Boomer is an Eastern Market resident, former teacher, current tutor, and freelance writer. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing a competitive game of bocce in Yards Park with her friends. She can be reached at u u 39

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$431,000 $550,000 $250,000 $1,600 $325,000 $360,000 $399,900 $352,500 $330,000

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1008 SPRING RD NW #2 1008 SPRING RD NW #3 1020 MONROE ST NW #203 1020 MONROE ST NW #208 1020 MONROE ST NW #303 1020 MONROE ST NW #401 1101 FAIRMONT ST NW #8 1300 EUCLID ST NW #4 1312 EUCLID ST NW #3 1323 GIRARD ST NW #2 1323 GIRARD ST NW #3 1323 GIRARD ST NW #4 1343 CLIFTON ST NW #101 1350 RANDOLPH ST NW #1 1372 MONROE ST NW #B 1421 COLUMBIA RD NW #105 1423 COLUMBIA RD NW #3 1432 MONROE ST NW ## 4 PTHOUSE 1435 CHAPIN ST NW #203 2639 15TH ST NW #202 2901 16TH ST NW #303

$349,900 $395,000 $328,000 $476,000 $324,900 $454,900 $457,000 $475,000 $538,000 $547,725 $545,000 $710,000 $185,000 $306,400 $484,536 $330,000 $410,000 $580,000 $377,000 $218,500 $220,000

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GEORGETOWN 1015 33RD ST NW #505 1632 30TH ST NW #3 2111 WISCONSIN AVE NW #617 3120 R ST NW #202 3225 GRACE ST NW #223

$650,000 $540,000 $460,000 $635,000 $535,000

KALORAMA 1811 WYOMING AVE NW #31 1827 FLORIDA AVE NW #401 1832 CALVERT ST NW #1 1833 CALIFORNIA ST NW #303 1840 CALIFORNIA ST NW #2A 1842 CALIFORNIA ST NW #2B 2003 ALLEN PL NW #101 2032 BELMONT RD NW #526 2032-2040 BELMONT RD NW #502 2032-2040 BELMONT RD NW #609 2145 CALIFORNIA ST NW #304 1844 COLUMBIA RD NW #301 1937 CALVERT ST NW #A

$669,900 $599,995 $374,000 $309,000 $496,500 $499,000 $227,000 $240,000 $303,000 $310,000 $310,000 $311,000 $789,500



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1306 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #2 1314 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #705 1401 Q ST NW #503 1433 R ST NW #3 1440 CHURCH ST NW #102 1440 CHURCH ST NW #501 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #201 1515 15TH ST NW #209 1225 13TH ST NW #808 1300 N ST NW #408 1310 12TH ST NW #8 1420 N ST NW #207 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #701 1515 15TH ST NW #214 1515 15TH ST NW #602 1515 15TH ST NW #701 605 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #3

$700,000 $379,500 $940,000 $770,500 $590,000 $635,000 $626,000 $748,500 $336,000 $275,000 $735,000 $299,900 $633,000 $580,000 $530,000 $690,000 $375,000


$395,000 $592,000

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1801 CALVERT ST NW #504 2440 16TH ST NW #425 2630 ADAMS MILL RD NW #1 3420 16TH ST NW #109S 3426 16TH ST NW #407

$349,900 $315,000 $355,000 $289,000 $469,000

MOUNT VERNON 310 M ST NW #4 1222 4TH ST NW #1 1224 4TH ST NW #2 1226 4TH ST NW #2 1228 4TH ST NW #2

$238,000 $609,000 $634,900 $614,900 $614,900



OLD CITY 251 14TH ST SE #251-B 1324 Q ST NW #A 1390 V ST NW #510 1423 R ST NW #303 1427 5TH ST NW #1 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #302 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #310 1753 SWANN ST NW #2 1827 6TH ST NW #2 1830 17TH ST NW #104 20 LOGAN CIR NW #LL-3 2120 VERMONT AVE NW #122 2238 11TH ST NW #1 301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #202 440 L ST NW #1002 475 K ST NW #411 555 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #301 555 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #909 80 NEW YORK AVE NW #302 811 4TH ST NW #412 936 N ST NW #3

$360,000 $825,000 $353,000 $370,000 $590,000 $627,000 $480,000 $600,000 $341,000 $640,000 $335,000 $328,500 $485,000 $441,000 $371,000 $399,999 $399,000 $360,000 $185,000 $495,000 $425,000

PENN QUARTER 616 E ST NW #654 631 D ST NW #926 715 6TH ST NW #201 801 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW #1112

$545,000 $527,500 $317,500 $355,000

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SHAW 301 R ST NW ##2


U STREET 1332 BELMONT ST NW #301 2001 12TH ST NW #102 2100 11TH ST NW #407 2125 14TH ST NW #706 1922 12TH ST NW #1 2001 12TH ST NW #209 2214 11TH ST NW #4

$791,000 $363,000 $712,000 $435,000 $775,000 $460,000 $790,000


$430,000 $245,000 $219,000 $245,000 $215,000 $539,000 $382,000

WEST END 1099 22ND ST NW #406 1177 22ND ST NW #1A 1177 22ND ST NW #7H 2201 L ST NW #308

$650,000 $1,350,500 $1,154,000 $298,000



$349,900 $550,000

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MidCity Magazine May 2012  
MidCity Magazine May 2012  

News from the Northwest quadrant of Washington, DC.