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Our Four Favorite Fall Festivals

This year, the Adams Morgan Day Festival is on Sunday, Sept 8, noon-7 p.m. and runs along 18th St. NW, from Florida Ave. to Columbia Rd. The Festival features four stages of music, art fair, dance plaza, kids’ fair. The H Street Street Festival will be held Saturday, Sept 21, noon-7 p.m. It will feature over 50 artists and 80 performances on 10 stages accompanied by an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE. The Barracks Row Fall Festival is a week later on Saturday Sept 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 500 to 700 blocks of 8th St. SE. Expect food vendors, live music stage, face painting, community information tables, arts and crafts and activities for children. The Southwest DC Arts Festival is also on Saturday, Sept 28, 9 a.m. until dark. The Festival, centered around 400 M St. SW, is at various venues throughout Southwest and includes a central art market, hand dancing, film screenings and walking tours. RIGHT: Last year’s H Street Festival scene. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Washington Heritage Museums in Fredericksburg

Friday through Sunday, Sept 13-15, three Fredericksburg, VA, Washington Heritage Museums will be open to feature exhibits and demonstrations honoring the crafts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Washington Heritage Museums is a new 501(c)3 membership organization established to assume ownership and management of historic house museums in downtown Fredericksburg: Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary, St. James’ House and Rising Sun Tavern. A ticket to visit the three open properties is $10 ($5 for ages 6-18). The charming town of Fredericksburg is about one hour south of DC, just off route 95. 540-373-1569. LEFT: Photo Courtesy of Washington Heritage Museums

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds

One of Italy’s greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds, will be exhibited in the Air and Space Museum for 40 days, Sept 13-Oct 22. The extraordinary document, created ca. 1505, shows da Vinci’s interest in human flight by exploring bird flight and behavior. It includes sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles related to mechanical flight that predate the invention of the airplane by 400 years. The Codex, an early form of a personal notebook, will be on view in a specially designed and secured case located in The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age, an exhibition whose centerpiece is Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 1903 Flyer, the world’s first successful powered aircraft. Nearby interactive stations will allow visitors to virtually leaf through the 18 folios (two-sided pages) of the Codex. The 16th-century genius is known primarily as an artist and sculptor, but he is also renowned for his skills in architecture, music, mathematics, poetry, engineering, anatomy and botany. LEFT: Leonardo describes the use of flight testing apparatus to understand aerodynamics. The leaf outline denotes a recycled sheet of paper. Photo: Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery

On Saturday, Sept 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Congressional Cemetery is hosting a Day of the Dog festival to celebrate everything they love about dogs. They’ll have activities for both people and their pups, including contests, games, demonstrations and much more. Local pet vendors and services will also be present, as well as pet adoption agencies and shelters with dogs and cats ready for adoption. Day of the Dog promises to be an exciting inaugural event for Congressional Cemetery. Known on Capitol Hill as one of the best places to walk your dog, Congressional Cemetery typically only allows dog-walking privileges to members of the K9 Corps. However, Day of the Dog will open the cemetery to the public and their pups, which is a special opportunity for dog lovers to experience this historic site along with local pet vendors and services. This event is

free and open to the public. Tickets to participate in activities and contests will be available for purchase onsite the day of the event.Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE.

Art All Night 2013: Nuit Blanche DC

On Sept 28-29, Shaw Main Streets will present Art All Night, the second full scale overnight arts festival in Washington, DC, based on Paris’ Nuit Blanche. The magic will last from 7 p.m. that night until 3 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 29. The first festival, on Sept 24, 2011, drew an estimated 15,000 attendees. Twelve venues in central Shaw along 7th and 9th Sts. NW, will showcase the work of DC painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, musicians, dancers, poets, actors and more, with international participants, as well. (which should be live by our publication date) will provide updates on the program schedule and information on venues, artists, partners, sponsors, where to eat and drink during the festival, and much more. A mobile app available before and during the event will provide an interactive map of all the venues, as well as the live performance schedule and restaurants and bars that will be open during the festival’s eight hours. LEFT: Art All Night DC 2011: Vacant rowhouses on 9th Street became art spaces, inside and out. Photo: Rosina Teri Memolo Midcity DC | September 2013 u 11

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favorite food trucks will head to Wheaton, MD to dish out some of the region’s best barbecue, crab cakes, cheesecakes and other tasty eats at the Curbside Cookoff food truck festival. Wheaton Triangle (Reedie Dr. and Grandview Ave.), right next to the Wheaton Metro stop.

Local 11th Street Bridge Celebration. Sept 7, noon-3:00 PM. Join them for a festive celebration on the Local 11th Street Bridge commemorating the District Department of Transportation’s decade of transportation advancements and the full opening of the local bridge to twoway traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Community Forklift’s Pirate Parrrty. Sept 28, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Shiver me timbers, Forklift Fans! You’re invited to Community Forklift’s 2nd Annual Pirate Party, which will feature an array of warehouse-wide treasure hunts for kids, adults and everybody in between. Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr. in Edmonston (Hyattsville Area), MD.

Adams Morgan Day Festival. Sept 8, noon-7:00 PM. International Cultural Street Festival featuring four stages of music, art fair, dance plaza, kids’ fair. 18th St. NW (from Florida Ave. to Columbia Rd.). 202-232-1960.

Fiesta Musical at the Zoo. Sept 29, 11:00 AM4:00 PM. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with sloths, golden lion tamarins, Andean bears, anteaters and other friends at the National Zoo! With animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods, the event offers something for everyone. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Takoma Park Folk Festival. Sept 8 (rain or shine), 10:30 am-6:30 pm. Festival featuring music and dance from around the world on eight stages. Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd. (near Route 410), Takoma Park, MD. Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair. Sept 13-14, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. More than forty juried artisans from across the nation will demonstrate their trades and sell their wares while two stages of family entertainment delight audiences with 18th-century amusements. Free Potomac River sightseeing cruises are available while supplies last. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! Guests are invited to sample fresh chocolate made by hand on site. The event is included with regular admission: adults, $17; youth, 6-11 $8; children 5 and under, free. For more information, please visit Hyattsville Arts Festival. Sept 14, 11:00 AM5:00 PM. 70 artsist, food liver entertainment. 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD. District of Columbia to Participate in PARK(ing) Day. Sept 20. Event applications are due by Wednesday, Sept 11. For the first time, DDOT will participate in the annual PARK(ing) Day to highlight the District’s sustainability efforts and kick off car-free day activities in the region. For more information about participating in the District’s PARK(ing) Day and/or to request an application please contact Stephen Hurst at 202-671-4580 or H Street Festival. Sept 21, 11:30 AM-7:00 PM. Live music, food, children’s activities and information tables, between 2nd and 15th sts. on H St. NE.

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Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair Sept 28-29, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Now in its 10th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. Union Market parking lot at 1309 Fifth St. NE. National Book Festival on the Mall. Sept 2122. This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. National Mall. Barracks Row Fall Festival. Sept 28, 11:00 AM5:00 PM. Expect food vendors, live music stage, face painting, community information tables, arts and crafts and activities for children of all ages. 500 to 700 blocks of 8th St. SE. 202-5443188. Southwest DC Arts Festival. Sept 28, 9:00 AMdark. Festival is at various venues throughout Southwest and includes a central art market,

hand dancing, film screenings, walking tours. 400 M St. SW. 202-554-8282. DC Jazz Preservation Festival. Sept 28, all day. Westminster Church, 400 I St., SW. a free outdoor event (weather permitting) featuring DC’s finest “straight ahead” jazz musicians and vocalists. End of Summer Fair in Southwest. Sept 28, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The fair will be held in conjunction with the SW ArtsFest. Come discover St. A’s spirit while enjoying homemade pies and other tasty desserts at the bake sale or while perusing gently-used clothing, jewelry and housewares at their Fabulous Finds. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW, across from Arena Stage. Wheaton Curbside Cookoff Food Truck Festival. Sept 28, noon-8:00 PM. Twenty of the DMV’s

Turkish Festival. Sept 29, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM. Featuring live entertainment, Turkish food, fortune telling, music, folk dancing, kids arts and crafts. On Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 12th and 14th sts. (adjacent to Freedom Plaza). (e)merge art fair. Oct 3-6. The (e)merge art fair connects emerging-art professionals from around the globe with collectors, curators and cultural decision makers in Washington, DC. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 “I” St. SW. Trinidad DC Art in the Alley. Oct 5, 6:00-10:00 PM. Launched in 2011, Art in the Alley celebrates local art in local spaces twice a year: once in the spring and again in the fall. The alley is located between the 1200 blocks of Florida Ave. and Morse St. NE, in residential Trinidad. If you are interested in participating, visit

GOSPEL AROUND TOWN Evolution of Gospel at Kennedy Center. Sept 16, 8:00 PM. This uplifting program educates people about and celebrates the rich heritage and legacy of gospel music through word and song. Scheduled to perform are The Clark Sisters, Kierra Sheard, J. Moss, Earnest Pugh, WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, Endurance, Keith Williams, Stacy Johnson, Milton Biggham, and Tanya Dallas Lewis. The Foundation pays tribute


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to acclaimed gospel artists, including the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, the late Bill Moss, Richard Smallwood, and Bill Gaither. It also honors U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Free. Call Ivy Levingston at 832-428-8252 to reserve tickets. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. An Autumn Gospel Gala. Sept 28, 5:00-7:00 PM. Featuring former favorites of Emmanuel Baptist Church: Sis. Jocelyn Battle Avery, Sis. Rose Patrick Smith, Sis. Linda Lawson Gray, Sis. Betty Powell, Sis. Pamela Hamilton Williams and Bro. Joshua Hamilton, Bro. Richard & Sis. Veronica Prince, and Sis. Juanita Richardson (Spiritual Leader). Come and enjoy the voices of former members as they delight your hearts, bless your souls, and elevate your spirits while showering you with sermons in song. $25, adults; $15, 12 and under. Contact Sis. Carolyn Petty-Martin 301-568-5964 or Sis Sylvia H. Patrick 301390-0002 to reserve a seat. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2409 Ainger Pl. SE. Sunday Gospel Brunch Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir. Every Sunday, 12:30-2:00 PM. $30-$45. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. Gospel Choir Brunch at Union Market. First Saturday of every month, 10:00 AM. Experience Gospel Choir Brunch on the first Saturday of every month with a dynamic performance featuring the Israel Baptist Church. Brunch specials are available from vendors. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE.

MUSIC Music at The Howard. Sept 7, Keith Williams & Earnest Pugh; Sept 8, Whozzzgotnext AKA Krankapolooza; Sept 9, The Hometeam Season Kick-Off Viewing Party; Sept 10, Fat Trel; Sept 11, Goapele; Sept 12, Amel Larrieux-Ice Cream Everyday; Sept 13, Eve; Sept 14, Mayweather vs. Canelo Viewing Party; Sept 19, A Dub Champions Special Event; Sept 22, Honor Society, Aaron Camper, Ben O’Neill, Marlee In The Mixx and Holly Would; Sept 23, The Redeye Tour; Sept 24, Blood on the Dance Floor; Sept 25, The Huggy Lowdown Comedy Throwdown; Sept 26, Henry Santos; Sept 27, Jimmy Cliff; Sept 28 and 29, 2013 Rock the Bells Festival; Oct 1, Michael Rose and Sly&Robbie; Oct 2, Big Boi of Outkast; Oct 4, Take 6; Oct 5, Alice Russell; Oct 6, Rufus featuring Sly Stone; Oct 8, 1st Annual Pink Alice Concert. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-8032899. Music at Sixth and I. Sept 11, Water Liars with South Rail; Sept 22, Twin Forks with Matrimony; Sept 24, Sam Amidon; Oct 2, Bill Callahan with New Bums; Oct 3, holychild with Finish Ticket and Swaai Boys; Oct 8, Bell X1 with Tristen; Oct 9, Radical Face. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Travis with Rathbourne at the Lincoln. Sept 20, 7:00 PM. Scottish Britpop squad Travis have always been good about drumming up some sort of introspective longing with their songs. That feeling is all too present in their new single “Moving”, off their forthcoming album, Where You Stand. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202328-6000.

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Postgame Concert at Nationals Park. Sept 21. This concert featuring Montgomery Gentry is the last of the 2013 NatsLive Free Postgame Concert Series following Nationals home games. The performance begins approximately 15 minutes after the game. Fans who wish to attend the free concert must have a valid ticket for that day’s Nationals game, which can be purchased at The Double Play Giveaway & Concert Packs are also available at nationals. com/flex for those who want to ensure their seat for each of the four postgame concerts. Rhythm in NoMa Concerts. Sept 26; 6:00-8:00 PM. Connect with business partners, family or friends while listening to a variety of popular musical styles, from Motown to funk to quiet jazz ensembles. location TBA. Map of the World-Music from 13th–and 15th Century Spain. Sept 27, 28 and 29. Evocative Spanish music of the 13th and 15th centuries, including Spanish dances, history’s first song cycle — the Seven Songs of Love by Gallician Martim Codax, and a mass by Juan Cornago. With vocalists, fiddles, winds, lutes, and psalteries. $37. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Rock the Bells 2013 Festival at RFK. Sept 2829. Hip Hop. The festival will feature an exclusive performance from up-and-coming Harlem supergroup A$AP MOB featuring A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant, A$AP Twelvy, and A$AP Nast. Other artists added to the Washington, DC lineup include JOEY BADA$$ with PRO ERA, LOGIC, STALLEY, YOUNG DIRTY BASTARD, and THE INTERNET. These additions join previously announced artists KID CUDI, BLACK HIPPY, J. COLE, WU-TANG CLAN, and many more. HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. 1007 H St. NE. 202-253-0044. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but free will offering taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-347-2635. 1st Thursday @ First Church. First Thursday of every month, 5:30-7:00 PM. First Congregational United Church of Christ hosts a “Different kind of Happy Hour” for those passing by the corner of 10th and G sts. NW-music, art, refreshments and conversation. Childcare provided. 945 G St. NW. National City Christian Church Organ Concerts. Every Friday, 12:15-1:15 PM. Free. 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-232-0323. Go-Go Swing: Washington, DC’s Unstoppable Beat. Through Oct 18, open 7 days a week, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM. The special exhibition features fine art and memorabilia, as well as musical performances, to reveal and document untold stories of the inventors, contributors and legacy carriers of the city’s signature sound. Open 7 days a week, 9 AM - 8:00 PM. DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 200 I (EYE) St. SE.

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THEATER AND FILM A Few Good Men at Keegan. Extended through Sept 14. First produced on Broadway in 1989 and inspiring an Academy Awardnominated film of the same name, Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men tells the story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder. Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. Rorschach Theatre’s Neverwhere at the Atlas. Through Sept 15. The London Underground takes on new meaning in this stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling fantasy adventure novel. In the tradition of Alice’s looking glass and Dorothy’s cyclone, Richard Mayhew’s adventure begins when a wounded girl appears on the sidewalk in front of him. The girl pulls Richard from the comfort of his life in modern London into a world where society’s unwanted live in a dark subculture; where monsters are real and where death waits in the dark of Night’s Bridge. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Potted Potter at Shakespeare. Through Sept 15. Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a firebreathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. The Velocity of Autumn at Arena. Through Oct 20. The play introduces us to Alexandra, a 79-year-old woman living a solitary existence in her Brooklyn brownstone with her fleeting memories and enough explosives to take down most of the block. At an impasse with her family over how she should spend her autumn years, her long-absent son enters as an unlikely mediator. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. Torch Song Trilogy at Studio. Through Oct 13. Drag queen Arnold Beckoff comes by his blues honestly: he knows what it is to long for love. Tired of trawling New York’s gay bar backrooms, and armed with fierce humor, Arnold decides to find a family on his own terms. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300. After the Revolution at Theater J. Sept 7-Oct 6. The brilliant, promising Emma Joseph is primed to follow in the footsteps of her progressive political family. But when she discovers a troubling secret about her blacklisted grandfather, Emma must confront her family’s legacy, and her own path. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800 494-8497. Detroit at Woolly. Sept 9-Oct 6. Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up with the Joneses. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, the façade

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of their upwardly mobile lives begins to crack. Soon they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends-to incendiary effect. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. Measure for Measure at Shakespeare. Sept 12-Oct 27. Shakespeare’s dark comedy leads a compelling season by posing controversial ideas and by exploring the corrupting nature of power. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-5471122. Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents Molière’s Don Juan. Sept 12-Oct 6. This hilarious send up of high culture is set in a protean art museum outfitted with ever-changing paintings and ambulatory statues. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. 1-800-838-3006. BELL by Jim Lehrer. Sept 12-21. See Alexander Graham Bell as you’ve never seen him before when BELL, a play written by Jim Lehrer, directed by Jeremy Skidmore, and starring Rick Foucheux, opens at National Geographic. National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW. 202–857– 7700. U Street Movies. Sept 18. Contact to help organize or donate. Movies shown at the Harrison Recreation Center field, V St. between 13th and 14th sts. NW. Free admission. Attendees are encouraged to come early to picnic in the park and listen to music spun by local DJs. DC Shorts. Sept 19-29 at various times and venues. 153 films from around the globe presented in 17 unique 90-minute showcases at venues around the metropolitan area. “Pompeii from the British Museum”. Sept 25, 7:30 PM. Presented in select movie theaters nationwide for only one night, the event tells the story of life in the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum nearly 2,000 years ago before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. “Pompeii from the British Museum” marks the first cinema event to be produced by a museum for a major exhibition, providing a private view of the British Museum’s blockbuster show Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Accompanied by music, poetry and eyewitness accounts, attendees will be taken behind the scenes to explore the homes and lives of the inhabitants of the thriving industrial hub of Pompeii and the small seaside town of Herculaneum prior to the devastating volcanic eruption of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit

with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW.

SPORTS AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Fort Dupont Ice Arena Public Skating. Sept 13, 20 and 27, noon-1:50 PM; Sept 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. DC’s only indoor ice skating. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. NE. 202-5845007. DC Outdoor Public Pools. Except East Potomac Pool, all closed for the season either on Aug 25 or Sept 2. East Potomac (heated, outdoor) pool remains open daily, except Wednesdays, through Oct 13, Monday-Friday, 1:00-7:00 PM; and Saturday-Sunday, noon-6:00 PM. 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-727-6523. Nearby indoor public swimming pools. Turkey Thicket, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-576-9236. Rumsey Pool, 635 No.Carolina Ave. SE. 202-7244495. All DC public pools are free for DC residents. Have ID. Shaw Skate Park. A new 11,000 sq. foot skate park has opened in the Shaw neighborhood. 11th and Rhode Island Ave. NW.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Oct 6. Registration open. 703-587-4321. Roller Skating at Anacostia Park. Skate weekends, sunrise to sunset. This is a covered, outdoor skating pavilion. Free. One-hour free skate “rental” has started but sizes and supplies are limited. During summer months, open daily. Go east on Penn. Ave. across Anacostia River and make the first right turn onto Fairlawn Ave. and another right onto Nicholson and then into the park. 202-472-3873. 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). 703505-3567.

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.


The Nations’ Triathlon. Sept 8, 6:00 AM. 1500 meter swim, 24.9 mile bike, 6.2 mile run. West Potomac Park, Ohio Drive & Independence Ave.

Bloomingdale Farmers Market. Sundays, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. First and R Sts. NW.

Washington Nationals Pups in the Park. Sept 14, 7:05 PM. Nat’s vs. Phillies. Bring your wellbehaved dog (on a leash) to the ball park. Tickets for you and your dog are $30 which includes a $8 donation to Humane Society. washington.

Red Speedo at Studio. Sept 25-Oct 13. A sharp and stylish play about swimming, doping, survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field—or of leveling the field yourself. A Studio Lab Production. All tickets $20. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-3323300.

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 Nationals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation.

The Laramie Project at Ford’s. Sept 27-Oct 27. The Laramie Project presents a deeply complex portrait of a community’s response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media storm

Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia. On view indefinitely. From Reconstruction to the second half of the 20th century, baseball, the great American pastime, was played in Washington, DC, on segregated fields. “Separate and Unequaled” looks at the phenomenal popularity and community draw

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of this sport when played by African Americans. Featured are such personalities as Josh Gibson and “Buck” Leonard, star players of the Negro Leagues most celebrated team, the Washington Homestead Grays. The show also highlights community teams that gave rise to the various amateur, collegiate and semi-pro black baseball teams and leagues. For special viewing hours and tours, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE.

Homegrown DC. Sept 7, 4:00-7:00 PM. Homegrown DC is a one-day, hyper local farmers’ market and celebration of food grown in Washington, DC. Over 25 school gardens, non-profit organizations, home gardens, and local organizations will show-off their hand-grown produce grown right here on DC soil. Old City Farm and Guild, 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW. HomegrownDCFair

Adams Morgan Farmers’ Market. Open Saturdays through Dec 21, 7:30 AM-1:00 PM. 18th and Columbia Rds. NW. Brookland Farmers’ Market. Open Tuesdays through October, 4:00-7:00 PM. At the Brookland Metro, under the bridge. Aya @ SW Waterfront. Saturdays, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. On the grounds of Christ United Methodist Church, 900 4th St. SW. Capital Riverfront Farmers Market. Open Tuesdays through October, 4:00-7:00 PM. Every Tuesday, Canal Park’s southern block will transform into a festive marketplace with a dozen local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, locally prepared food, and artisan crafts. Canal Park is located in the Capitol Riverfront at 2nd and M Sts. SE. H Street FreshFarm Market. Saturdays through Dec 21, 9:00 AM-noon. H St. and 13th St. NE. Vendors are Atwater’s; Blueberry Hill; Cedarbrook Farm; Dolcezza Gelato; Full Cellar Farm; Garden Path Farm; Gordy’s Pickle Jar; Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, LLC; Quaker Valley Orchards; Red Apron Butchery; Richfield Farm.

Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. Union Market. Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 AM8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. The newly-opened Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-6527400. 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 AM5:00 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 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. UDC Latino Farmers and Ranchers Farmers Market. Saturdays, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM, through Nov 10. 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. Penn Quarter, DC FreshFarm Market. Thursdays through Dec 19, 3:00-7:00 PM. North end of 8th St. NW, between D and E Sts. NW. 14th and U Farmers’ Market. Saturdays through Nov 23, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Reeves Center Plaza at the corner of 14th St. and U St., 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. 202-7753532. or

CIVIC LIFE Friends of McMillan Park Town Hall Meeting. Sept 14, 3:00-5:00 PM. The City’s plan to privatize and demolish historic McMillan Park as well as creative alternatives will be discussed. To familiarize yourself with the issues or to sign the petition to save the park, visit They are also seeking volunteers. Contact Kirby Vining at or 202-234-0427 to learn more. The meeting is at St. Martin’s Pioneer Room, 1908 No. Capitol St. NW (No. Capitol & T).




All-Ways Mount Pleasant. First Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. LaCasa. All-Ways is a citizen’s association primarily for the tenants of the larger apartment buildings of Mount Pleasant. 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. Chinatown Revitalization Council. Fourth Monday, 7:00-8:00 PM. 510 I St. NW. Chinatown Revitalization Council (CRC) promoting the Chinatown renewal and the preservation of its cultural heritage. The public is welcome. Convention Center Community Association. Last Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Kennedy Rec Center, 1401 Seventh St. NW. www. ccca-online. Downtown Neighborhood Association. Second Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM. US Naval Memorial Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. miles@


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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by Jonathan Bardzik

First Days & Birthdays: Ben’s Chili Bowl Turns 55 As Baby Wale Opens It’s Doors


y August is always been filled with birthday’s and celebrations. As a young Leo, I told my mother that I planned on celebrating my birthday for a full week until they finally got around to declaring it a national holiday. While this has yet to happen, an entire month of great meals with friends, restaurant openings and the 55th birthday of Ben’s Chili Bowl certainly comes close.

Baby Wale Opens in Shaw

On a recent Thursday afternoon, my husband, Jason, sent me a text. “Our friend Kyle is in town and we’re having dinner at 8. Make a reservation.” I was running down my list of favorites when an email came in from Alex Padro, the Executive Director at Shaw Main Streets. “Baby Wale is now open.” Five minutes later I had a reservation at the opening night of Chef Tom Power’s new restaurant. Baby Wale (1124 9th Street NW) is a linguistic play on Corduroy (1122 9th Street NW), the name of chef/owner Power’s acclaimed restaurant next door. Built in a formerly roofless shell of a building, Baby Wale is intended to be casual and fun, in line with the delicious and budgetfriendly menu. The space features sky lit ceilings, distressed walls decorated with day-glo GoGo music posters and an upside-down tree strung with lights to form a chandelier. Kyle and Jason ate like pros, allowing us to sample two-thirds of the items on the menu. I’m ready to go back right now for another bowl of the Northern Neck Corn Soup. Silky smooth and blended with lobster stock, the surface is drizzled with Thai basil oil. A brilliant flavor pairing, you can’t tell whether the sweetness and light fresh flavor comes from the delicate starches of fresh corn, or the light sea-saltiness of lobster. 20 u

Rich and lightly-crusted, duck pupusas were amazing (though I wouldn’t mind an extra splash of vinegar on the slaw that accompanies it). Each bite of the oversized, Filipino Style Spring Rolls, or lumpia, was perfectly crisp and lightly fatty with a balancing bite from the sweet-sour dipping sauce. The inspiration for the dish came from Tom’s girlfriend who originally taught him how to hand-roll them.

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The day after dining at Baby Wale, I called Alex Padro to say “thank you” for the heads-up. Shaw Main Streets is a nonprofit, formed in 2003, to revitalize the 7th and 9th street business corridors. Padro told me, “Like the neighborhood’s renaissance, Baby Wale has been in the works for years. There’s $1 billion in development taking place in Shaw right now, and over 1,000 units of housing on the way. Shaw is filled with surprises waiting to be discovered, and Baby Wale is a great example.” There was a three-restaurant ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Friday, September 6, 2013, to celebrate more than 20 restaurants scheduled to open in Shaw in the months ahead.

Ben’s Chili Bowl Celebrates 55 Years

DC Mayor Vincent Gray wielded the giant scissors in Shaw and addressed the crowd on August 22, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the opening of Ben’s Chili Bowl. Stumbling home from the 9:30 club, at 3:30 in the morn-

ing, I ate my first meal at Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U St NW, in May of 2004. I wolfed down a half-smoke with a vanilla milkshake, sharing an order of chili-cheese fries with my friend. I was hooked, and still order the same thing every time I visit. That delicious food, and the generosity and tenacity of the owners, Ben and Virginia Ali, have made Ben’s Chili Bowl a fixture in this city. It has endured through the 1968 riots, decades of struggle to rebuild the U Street neighborhood, and the explosive growth of the past decade. It also survived Ben’s death, at the age of 82, in 2009. Although much smaller than the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington At Baby Wale, the casual cousin of Corduroy, chef/ two days later, Ben’s 55th drew an owner Tom Power’s delivers uncomplicated fare like equally impressive guest list. The these Filipino spring rolls, perfectly executed with sophisticated flavor. Reverend Jesse Jackson appeared along with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Vincent Gray. DC Councilmember, Marion Barry, shared the microphone with Washington Wizards’ cheerleaders, Gregory McCarthy from the Nationals, and Chris Pontius of DC United. Bill Cosby, longtime customer and friend of the Ali family, MC’d the Bill Cosby gets the crowd laughing, while sharing event. the microphone with a DC A-list crowd as Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrates 55 years in business. Sage, Ben and Virginia’s oldest son, who today runs the business with his brothers, Kamal and Nizam, shared his father’s belief that great accomplishment comes with planning, hard work and determination. This sentiment was echoed by Councilmember Barry, who said, “The race does not go to the swift, but to he who enTapas Tuesdays offers Cuba Libre’s menu of richlydures the longest.” flavored small plates at an affordable all-you-caneat price.

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Speaking of fathers and endurance, my Dad has often tells me, “There is only one way that money gets old–by not spending it.” There are limits to the austerity I am willing to endure, but Tapas Tuesday’s at Cuba Libre (801 9th Street NW, offers a satisfying way to save with unlimited servings of small plates for a fixed price of $26.95 per person, starting at 4:00 pm. Hoping to make our way through the entire menu, we brought our friend Seth. We polished off nearly 20 dishes, before walking the fifteen blocks home in the hope that our pants would fit again. Here are the highlights: The yucca fries are amazing! Starchy and fibrous, yucca usually comes out totally arid on the inside. Cuba Libre sent out a plate that was creamy and moist with a crisp exterior. We mistook the round, crispy, golden balls of spinach and manchego buñuelos for smoked bacon croquetas. We realized our mistake as our teeth sank into the shell releasing a creamy, cheesy interior. It was an incredible texture and rich flavor. Filling up, we turned to lighter selections: the grilled octopus and a bright, vinegary slaw (accompanied by skewers of honey-soy glazed Berkshire pork belly). The octopus was smoky and light, all ocean air with no fishiness. Citrusy dressed zucchini with salty feta boldly matched the smoke without overpowering the fish. The pork belly was every bit as decadent as it sounds; sweet, fatty and salty, the rich fat melting inside a crisp exterior. The strong, vinegary slaw matched it perfectly. We’ll be back. Next time with more friends. Jonathan Bardzik is a demo chef and food writer in Washington, DC. You can find him outside at Eastern Market, each Saturday morning, cooking with local, fresh produce. Jonathan’s first cookbook, Simple Summer: A recipe for cooking and entertaining with ease, is available at or his Facebook page of the same name. Need some foodporn? Follow @JonathanBardzik on Twitter and Instagram. u

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RETAIL THERAPY by Mariessa Terrell

DC Fashion Ambassadors

If I had a nickel for every time that someone complained about the District of Columbia’s lack of fashion sensibility, I would be “lounging on the Riviera” rich. In my opinion though, the “heart” of DC, the part that exists separate and apart from what Robin Givhan called “CNN Washington” has always been “upside down” original. We may not have a garment district or even a Garfinkel’s department store anymore, but our residents still possess a keen appreciation for style, innovation and drama. I maintain that Washingtonians create fashion. And this September, like every September, our brightest Fashion Ambassadors are headed to Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week to prove it.


Jarmal Harris is a self-taught fashion designer, make-up artist, and celebrity wardrobe stylist from Anacostia. In January 2013, Jarmal traveled to New York to intern with veteran fashion designer Cesar Galindo. After three weeks, Galindo hired Jarmal to be his Personal Assistant responsible for coorJarmal Harris, Fashion Assistant Photo: Don Harris

Fashion Investigator, Mariessa T. aka Simone B. Photo: Richard White

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dinating look book photo shoots, contacting buyers, managing the creation of samples and even assisting with Galindo’s Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week presentation. Known for his impeccable tailoring and colorful glamorous gowns, Galindo became a household name after he was featured in All on the Line, a reality show starring Joe Zee, Creative Director for Elle magazine.

Above: Indigo Makong, Nail Artist Stiletto Nails by Indigo Makong (NY Fashion Week 2011)


Indigo Makong is a celebrity nail artist who regularly works behind the scenes during New York Fashion Week as a team member for CND. She is credited with designing nail art for J. Mendel, Donna Karan, Diesel, Calvin Klein, BCBG, Baby Phat, Luca Luca, Malandrino, MaxAzria, Tadashi Shaji, Badgley Mishka, Tory Burch, Mathew Williamson and a multitude of others. A creative nail stylist originally from Richmond, VA, Indigo currently works in a darling salon on 8th Street, SE. Indigo credits her mentor, Maisie Dunbar with helping her to perfect her craft. Maisie is a legend in the nail design industry. For over 10 years, she has worked behind the scenes as a nail artist for New York Fashion Week. Additionally Maisie has been featured in and has consulted 22 u

on nail care for a variety of publications including, Italian Vogue, Glamour, Essence, and the Washingtonian. Some of Maisie’s advertising credits include Cover Girl, Bergdorf Goodman, Colgate, Dark & Lovely, Chap Stick, Ann Taylor, Ann Klein and others.


Lianne Farbes, a local beauty expert

and creator of the award winning beauty blog, has covered New York Fashion Week since 2007. Over the past 13 years she has worked with Baby Phat, Thakoon, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone, Christian Siriano, Project Runway, Marchesa and many others. A true social media maven, Lianne regularly provides industry forecasts on beauty trends and commands an impressive network of over 30,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook and social media sites. In addition to forecasting beauty trends on her blog, Lianne serves as a brand ambassador for Avon, Inc. RoC Skincare and Aveeno. In 2011 Lianne collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on a limited edition capsule collection called “Bloggers Obsessions” that went on sale online in North America. Her eyeshadow shade, Hocus Pocus, sold out in a week.

Lianne Farbes, Beauty Expert

Each September since 2009 Lianne has hosted Cocktails & Couture, a beauty networking event held during New York Fashion Week. This year’s Cocktails and Couture event sponsors include Restorsea, Johnson & Johnson, Elasta QP, Cocotique, Revlon and Almay. www.cocktailsandcouture. net/attend Mariessa Terrell, aka Simone Butterfly, Fashion Investigator, does her sleuthing at and @SimoneBtrfly. u Midcity DC | September 2013 u 23

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Let’s Get Physical

Slacker Activity at Your Favorite Park by Jazelle Hunt


his summer I found myself walking a thin line. I mean this in the literal sense. I was attempting to balance my body weight on one foot, no less, on a bouncy cord strung a few feet off the ground. Slacklining, not to be confused with tightrope walking, is an activity in which you walk along a nylon rock-climbing ribbon strung between two anchor points. The line can be up to two inches wide, hundreds of feet long, and thousands of feet off the ground. It is stretched but not taut. Unlike a tightrope, it bounces like a trampoline and even swings, depending your preferences and how high and tense the line. Essentially it’s an exercise in toying with physics.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, L to R: Slacklining in Meridian Hill Park. Photo by Jeff Caplan. A visitor had her ride pull the car over so she could try the line “for Brooklyn.” Kimberly Bolch (pictured left) snaps a photo. Photo by Jazelle Hunt. Two-inch slackline, good for slackers of all levels. Photo by Jazelle Hunt. Practicing on different experience levels.The purple line (background) is thinner, longer, higher, and not for beginners! Photo by Jazelle Hunt. Advanced slackers in Logan Circle bracing themselves for a headstand (Hai Thai pictured left). Photos by Jazelle Hunt. Practicing slacklining involves lots of falling. Photo by Jeff Caplan.

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From the ground it looked fun and even accessible, but up on the line my limbs and muscles suddenly felt discordant. I wondered if this is what babies feel like, unexpectedly becoming very aware of their body parts and calculating how they could work to best advantage. Did I mention that beginners are advised to balance on one foot at a time? Did I also mention the line weaved like a charmed cobra? The visual could easily devolve into physical comedy when a beginner is on the line. Luckily, slackline enthusiasts, or slackers, tend to be a friendly and supportive bunch. On temperate days in Northwest’s most popular greenspaces you might find a group hanging out and practicing on a few one-to-five-feet high lines strung between the trees. Most of the members are outdoor enthusiasts, rock climbers, and their active friends who’ve stumbled upon the sport and have grown to appreciate it. One or two are full-fledged slackers who have moved past walking the line and on to tricks such as knee drops, jumps, butt-bounces (as you might on a trampoline), handstands, and even running. Chances are, Fairfax resident and rock climber Hai Thai would have assembled that group. Two years ago Thai took up the sport and set up DC Slacklining, a MeetUp group that gathers a few times a month in Northwest and northern Virginia. He’s currently working on perfecting a headstand on the line, as well as mastering highlining, a slacklining at great heights, usually over a valley, with the line strung between two cliffs. Thai explains that slacklining “is a very interesting challenge. It works your knees, ankles, legs, glutes, and core; you have to keep your core engaged and tight but also loose and flexible.” He elaborates that “the biggest thing it works is your sense of balance and focus. You have to stay extremely focused the whole way through the line, because that half-second you think of work or a problem, in that split second you’ll lose your footing and the line will throw you off immediately.” Jeffrey Caplan, an Arlington rock climber, slacklines socially for similar reasons. “I’m a really goal-oriented person, and what I like is that slacklining is really hard and always challenging,” he says. “It’s achievable; it just takes persistence and practice.”



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Although the limitless difficulty of slacklining is what usually hooks people, the novelty of it is enough to lure strangers. On a Saturday in Logan Circle a woman hops out of a car and bounds over to try the line. On a weekend in Meridian Hill Park a couple supports their grinning toddler as he bounces four feet in the air. They’re neither the first nor the last strangers to wander over before the group disbands. “It’s an entertaining thing you can do with friends, but there’s still depth to it,” Thai says. “In practice you walk a little further, a little longer, you push a little farther.” Capitol Hill resident Kimberly Bolch learned about slacklining while teaching in Brazil this past year. She connected with DC Slacklining a few months ago to continue practicing and make new friends.“It’s a great way to be outside and spend time with friends or make new ones, while training balance and building core strength,” she explains. “Balancing on a slackline also forces you to calm your mind, concentrate on your breathing, and be aware of your body, much in the same way yoga does, which I always find to be a nice respite from a busy day.” Despite the difficulty of balancing your body on a wire, just about anyone can give slacklining a try. Thai says that while you don’t have to be particularly fit to walk a line, more active people may take to it more easily. At the same time it is demanding on the joints, and of course falling improperly presents a serious risk. For curious beginners Bolch recommends a healthy dose of persistence. “Try it! Then try it again! If you really want to learn, don’t give up,” she exclaims. “More than balance, I would say slacklining requires patience and determination, especially for beginners. But you should be warned: slacklining can be addictive.” u

Lady Morgan

Come September, Comes A Bride


eptember is the month after summer love. It’s the time when people begin to separate. It’s off to college and maybe the start of kindergarten. The evenings find the A/C off and a sweater sneaking into the front of a closet. This month my daughter will marry and her last name will change like the weather outside. I’ve already started calling her “Lady Morgan” as the summer of my middle fatherhood slowly comes to an end. It was my daughter who introduced me to the “Daddy Club” back in 1982. I was living in the Newport West apartment building on Rhode Island Avenue. It was around the corner from what was once the city’s red light district. Some nights there were no empty corners and the ladies of the night stood almost buttocks to buttocks on 14th Street. During the weekend daylight hours I pushed my daughter’s stroller up to Dupont Circle and watched the men play chess. Knowing I would need a larger apartment for my family, I started looking and networking. One evening I was standing in the middle of the Great Hall of The Folger Shakespeare Library when I saw Herb White (owner of the memorable Herb’s restaurant) rushing by while munching on some chocolate cherries. During our very brief conversation he told me to drop by where he lived on Fuller Street in Adams Morgan; the apartment below his penthouse was vacant. On a bright summer Sunday I stood in the middle of a large two bedroom

apartment with a serious veranda. I immediately told Herb I would take the unit and made the type of mistake that haunts Thurman Thomas who played for the Buffalo Bills. Whereas Thomas misplaced his helmet at the start of Super Bowl XXVI, I forgot to check Fuller Street for criminal activity. In my second memoir, The 5th Inning, I describe the block this way: If someone had told me there was a “God of Gentrification” I would have been on my knees almost every day and praying to it. How many fathers are forced to raise their children on Fuller Streets? It was a street my son would never play on. The father protects his herd, even though one night it was my cat Holly that probably saved our lives. One hot summer night before going to sleep, I checked on my son and daughter sleeping in their bunk beds. They must have been eight and thirteen. My night ritual was to make sure to check on them. Rookies do that after their first hit. New to first base they look over at the first base coach. Didn’t someone do the same for me? In my children’s room was an unread “USA Today.” I had instructed them both to read the newspaper on a daily basis. Tonight the paper was folded and could have been left already prepared to swat bugs. I picked it up and decided to glance at a few stories before retiring. While reading in the outer room I noticed Holly my cat adopt an attack posture near the kitchen door. When I went to check to see what the problem was, I was shocked to discover a foot

by E. Ethelbert Miller

trying to push itself through my kitchen window. I yelled at the foot, and the foot took off. A few days later the police shot a person trying to climb into a neighbor’s window. I separated from Fuller Street the way August separates from September or the way Orpheus turns around looking for Eurydice. My wife looked at me one day with Bessie Smith sadness and said, “This isn’t Iowa.” It lacked the space, the slower pace, the peaceful acceptance of people that she remembered when she lived in Des Moines. In many ways I knew my family needed a home. My daughter was growing up and felt sharing a bunk bed with her baby brother was psychologically damaging. So we moved. We headed north up into Ward 4 as if it was Canada. On Underwood Street, not far from an old Civil War fort, my daughter would dream of college, career and companionship. Now it feels like the last September. She is grown, a woman about to become a bride. I detect a change in her personality. She is no longer a child. She no longer needs to hold my hand as we cross a street. She is ready to start her own home; meanwhile a small window to fatherhood closes. Was September always this way? Why do I detect a slight chill in the air that surrounds my heart? I love you, Lady Morgan. I will always love you. E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the author of two memoirs and several collections of poems. Mr. Miller is the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. u Midcity DC | September 2013 u 25

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The Soccer Stadium Goal

How to Make Sure a DC United Stadium is a Win for the District


here is something magical about going to a major league sports game and cheering along with thousands of other people. That’s why the proposal for a new 25,000-seat soccer stadium for DC United is exciting news for many in the Washington region. But set aside your exuberance for just a minute to think through some hard issues. Stadium deals gobble up huge amounts of precious public resources and subsidize an industry filled with million-dollar players and billion-dollar owners. The District’s $150 million offer to DC United is larger than any other initiative announced by Mayor Gray this year, even his $100 million commitment million to housing. Building a soccer stadium suddenly become the city’s top budget priority. It probably shouldn’t be. There are lots of reasons to be skeptical about the deal as it now stands. For starters, DC’s offer is double the amount contributed by the typical city, and the costs could get higher if the stadium turns out to be more expensive than planned. The stadium would be a huge gift to DC United’s owner, who would keep all the revenues from tickets to naming rights. The plan would even use DC tax dollars to guarantee that the team makes a profit. The way the District would raise money for the stadium – by trading away the Reeves Center and other valuable public properties – also raises concerns. Discussions about selling public assets shouldn’t be rushed, especially for a stadium. And a land swap – as opposed to selling DC assets to the highest bidder – seems like a good deal for developers but a bad one for the city. Finally, a new stadium needs to take its impact on neighbors and all DC residents into account. How will traffic problems be addressed? Will the stadium have extra 26 u

by Ed Lazere fields for the public and support local soccer leagues? Will the team owner pay workers decently during construction and after the stadium is open? None of these questions has been addressed yet. The deal is far from final. It has to be spelled out in more detail and go before the Council for review. That means there will be chances for residents to make sure we get a soccer stadium that is a winner for everyone.

How the Proposed Stadium Deal Would Work

Under the non-binding “term sheet” signed by DC officials and DC United, the District would acquire four parcels of land at Buzzard Point in Southwest, estimated to be worth $100 million, and then lease the land to DC United for $1 per year. The parcels would be obtained by trading DC-owned land. In the highest-profile swap, the Frank Reeves Municipal Center, at 14th and U Streets NW, would go to the DC developer Akridge. The city also would take over land used by Pepco as an electrical station, and help the utility find a new location. One of the other parcels is used as a scrap yard and another is owned by venture capitalist Mark Ein. The city also would pay for all of the clean-up at the site and for new roads and other infrastructure. That is estimated to cost $40-$50 million. DC United would then pay to build the stadium, with some suggesting that would cost up to $150 million. The team also would have the ability to build hotels or restaurants outside the stadium.

The Stadium Deal: A Safety Net for DC United But Big Risks for DC

There is little doubt that DC United’s owner is the big winner in the proposed deal.

The team, which is losing money at RFK stadium, now has a half-price offer for a new stadium that will mean more revenue from tickets, concessions, ads, and naming rights, plus a big jump in the market value of the team. United has not gotten this sweet an offer from any other jurisdiction. And neither have most soccer teams. The public subsidies for 12 soccer stadiums across the nation vary from as little as $7 million in Kansas City to $247 million in Newark, NJ. Four of the stadiums received under $50 million in public funds, and the typical subsidy among the 12 cities is $77 million — or just half of what Mayor Gray proposes. Only two stadium deals — in Denver and Newark — got more than $150 million in public assistance. The current price tag is just an estimate. The costs of buying land with unknown environmental hazards, relocating a PEPCO substation, and providing new infrastructure could easily top $150 million. The risks don’t stop there. The agreement calls for public funds to guarantee that DC United makes a “reasonable profit” from the day the stadium opens. If the team is not making a profit, DC will reduce DC United’s property tax bill and turn over all sales tax revenues collected at the stadium site. On the other hand, if the team makes more than a “reasonable profit,” the excess profits would be shared by the team and the District. This is not a fair deal for the District.Instead,it is a soccer safety-net for DC United.

Swapping City Assets for Stadium Land? That’s Eyebrow Raising

Gray Administration officials say that the need to buy stadium land is a good reason to do something they want to do, anyway: dispose of valuable city-owned real estate. The Reeves Center, they argue, is no longer needed to bolster U Street’s economic activity. By selling it, the District can promote more private development along U Street and relocate government employees to Ward 8, a part of the city in need of economic development.

Whatever you think of the Reeves center, it is centrally located and metro accessible, making it an important site for a public building. Given that, selling any public asset should not be rushed but should be done as part of a thoughtful longterm plan. The District does not appear to have such a plan. The land swap raises eyebrows for other reasons as well. Is this the best way to sell valuable DC assets, or is it just the fastest way to get land for the stadium? If the District is ready to sell some of its properties, a better approach would be to sell them to the highest bidder. The Reeves Center could be worth up to $186 million, according to DC’s Chief Financial Officer.

Making Sure a New Stadium Benefits both DC United and the Community

Finally, a new stadium could prove to be a win for the surrounding neighborhood, but none of those details has been worked out, and many questions remain. Buzzard Point is home to marinas, the Earth Conservation Corps, parks and more. What would happen to those? What will the District do to ensure that the added traffic volume is not disruptive? Will the stadium’s job opportunities go to area residents, particularly those in nearby public housing, and will they pay living wages? Finally, many soccer stadiums are part of larger recreational facilities. Will DC’s stadium come with public fields, youth soccer opportunities, or other public amenities? In the end, a new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point could be a great thing, or it could be a bust. Mayor Gray should refine the deal to reduce the costs and risks to the city, and the DC Council should be assertive to protect the interests of residents, especially those living nearby. That way, DC United can get the stadium it needs to thrive, fans can get a great game experience, and DC taxpayers can get a fair deal. Lazere is executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi. org), which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. u Midcity DC | September 2013 u 27

your neighborhood Should Charters Be Allowed to Give Neighborhood Preference by Jonetta Rose Barras


was just unwilling to throw my kids in the car and drive what felt like half way around the world,” said Jeanne Contardo, a Ward 7 resident, explaining why she and her husband, Christian, decided to enroll their child in DCPS’ Anne Beers Elementary School. Beers may be a secret as well kept as Hillcrest, a middle-class community east of the Anacostia River. The Contardo’s daughter attended a nearby daycare; when she was ready for pre-kindergarten, they chose their neighborhood school. That’s what Michelle Phipps-Evans, the first vice president of Hillcrest Civic Association, also wanted to do. She and her husband had friends with children about the same age. “We’re always doing things together, and we thought it would be good if the kids could be educated together. “All of us are middle-class blacks,” continued Phipps-Evans. “We said if we got behind the school, we might help turn it around faster.” Parent-driven reforms have occurred across the city. Unfortunately, DCPS’ antiquated boundary system denied Phipps-Evans the opportunity to participate in the one at Beers. She was forced into DCPS’ out-of-boundary lottery. Her daughter eventually enrolled in Ward 6’s Maury Elementary School. “Everyone should have a solid neighborhood school,” said Ayanna Smith, vice president of the PennBranch Citizens Civic Association. She and Contardo are the lucky ones– as are many parents in Wards 2, 3, 4, and 6, where some of the city’s better schools with consistently high rates of student achievement are located. Parents in other communities, particularly Wards 5, 7 and 8, are part of what At-Large DC Council member David Catania has called the “morning 28 u

Diaspora.” They are forced to travel miles from their homes to attend the kind of quality facilities they believe their children deserve. As a testament to the daily public education migration, the council recently approved legislation allowing District children to ride the subway and Metro buses free. “We talk about food deserts; there are school deserts,” said Eboni-Rose Thompson, chairperson of the Ward 7 education council. Middle-class families are skilled at navigating the system. But low-income and working-class families not so much. They often are stuck in neglected buildings with under-funded academic programs and insufficient staff. “It’s inappropriate to tell a group of poor black kids that if you want to get quality education you have to go across town,” said Contardo. “We have to figure out how to keep Ward 7 kids in Ward 7 [schools].”

A Solution or More Problems

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and at-large Council member David Grosso have each introduced bills aimed at allowing charters to give preference to families in communities where their facilities are located. They say their measures will lead to more quality seats. Speaking before a crowd of “education stakeholders” in June, Gray said his legislation would “rapidly expand the number of high-quality school programs for all learners.” It would allow chartering authorities to give permission to a school to “establish a preference in admission or right to attend” if it increases opportunities and wouldn’t adversely impact students who live in areas “identified as having a critical service gaps” between demand and need. More than 37,000 children are ex-

Enrollment by Ward Ward 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTALS

Charter Schools* 6,373 858 0 5220 7,229 4149 6701 6936 37,466

DCPS** 5,306 3,192 6,860 6,616 4,944 6,541 5,425 7,773 46,657

pected to attend charter schools during 2013-2014, according to documents provided by the charter school board. By law, charters must accept children, regardless of where in the city they live, on a first-come, *data provided by the DC Public Charter first served basis or through a lotSchool Board tery, when there are more applica** data provided by the DC Council’s Committee tions than available seats. on Education, David Catania Chairman That wouldn’t change with Grosso’s legislation. But charters would be allowed to “voluntarily” listen to their ideas. But the issue of set aside 20 percent of the available seats for children from their neighbor- neighborhood preference never came up. hoods. “Right now, they are not allowed To underscore connection to traditional to claim it, if they are doing it. And, they schools, Catania reported the projected enrollment for 2013-2014 in Ward 2 can’t do it even if they want to. These neighborhood preference DCPS schools is 3,192. Conversely, acproposals and the mayor’s push to give cording to documents provided by the chartering authority to DCPS have been public charter board, only 858 children roundly criticized. Many parents and ed- are expected to attend charters in Ward ucation advocates say the plans would in- 2 during the same period. “There is an intense interest for the resjure traditional schools. In fact, that may toration of public education,” said Catania. already have happened. Charters appear Good neighborhood schools are to be strongest in Wards 5, 7, and 8 a prime ingredient for strong, stable where DCPS has shuttered its facilities; communities. Suzanne Wells, a Ward 6 a total of 20,866 students are enrolled parent and education leader, called the in charters in those three wards. That is preference legislations “a slippery slope. more than half the charter population. If there’s one strong advantage DCPS “It doesn’t solve the key problem,” said Matthew Frumin, a Ward 3 resident has over charters, it’s their neighborand cofounder of Parents and Commu- hood schools. “[Besides] there isn’t a real demand,” nities for Neighborhood Schools. “It continued Wells. “Already 45 percent doesn’t provide the predictability that of the charter schools have about 50 parents want from pre-K through high percent of the students coming from school. [Further] it’s still not a school of the neighborhood. If you allow neighright. It’s a tip of the hat to the concerns.” borhood preference [you] start de“Charters take away from neighborcreasing openings for students across hood schools. But who am I to deny a the city. “ parent an option,” said Smith, the rare In 2012, the council mandated a task preference supporter. force study the issue. Brian Jones, thenMany parents are focused on tradichairman of the charter school board, tional schools. At meetings this summer headed a 12-member panel. In a letter called by Catania, Ward 2 parents comdated Dec. 14, 2012 to council chairman plained of difficulties in securing a meetPhil Mendelson, Jones wrote an analysis ing with Henderson and getting her to


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“showed the impact of neighborhood preference would not increase the number of or access to quality seats in D.C. public charter schools. “The data found there could be an adverse effect on access for certain students,” Jones continued. The task force agreed, however, it would be acceptable for charters to “voluntarily offer a time-limited preference for students in the enrollment zone of a recently closed DCPS school when a charter school would occupy that facility.” Translation: Give charters buildings, they will take displaced students.

Management failure

The revival of neighborhood preference may be an acknowledgement of mission failure. The original plan in 2007, when then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty won control over the city’s entire education apparatus, was to dramatically improve the network of traditional “matter of right” schools. By law, the DCPS must provide a free education to every child who comes to its door. Charters don’t have that same obligation. There have been some improvements in DCPS. Math scores were up 3.6 percentage points from 2012. The average for reading was 4.0. DCPS may have bested charters in reading and composition, but drill down and things are not so rosy in either camp, noted Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells. Of the 195 scores participating in the testing, 64 or nearly one-third had drops of 5 percentage points of more in 2013 from 2012. “The people who need quality education are the ones most underserved,” said Ward 7 parent Greg Rhett. Faced with the reality it hasn’t substantially improved the system for all children, there has been talk during the past 18 months about making charters and traditional schools collaborate. “We have the unique opportunity to show the country charters and traditional schools can work together,” said Mark Jones, a Ward 5 parent and state board of education member. The Gray also is examining how traditional schools might feed into charters. That could be DCPS’ answer to its middle and high school problem. “I helped write the legislation that created charter schools. We never envisaged they would grow the way they have,” said Mary Levy, a Ward 2 resident and one of the city best known educa-

tion experts. “I think the trajectory is bad. The way we’re going DCPS is not going to be viable very long.” As DCPS has failed to make radical improvements or introduce more innovative academic programs, parents have raced to charters. But is that changing? One week before school was scheduled to start, the charter board was advertising dozens of seats still available in high performing schools. Still, many DCPS supporters worry giving Henderson the power to authorize her own brand of charter could accelerate the demise of traditional schools. “Been there, done that,” said Rhett, noting DCPS had chartering authority until 2007, when the reform act took effect. “If they’re going to the New Orleans model, then don’t waste millions of dollars each year closing down more schools just do it,” Rhett added. Gray has said chartering authority would allow Henderson to attract proven high-performing school operators to operate charters within the DCPS. It would provide an additional way to turn around low-performing traditional public schools and offer more independence to existing high-performing schools. “[Henderson] is supposed to be the leader of DCPS. She is supposed to champion DCPS as a system, argued Thompson. “He tells people to preserve the Catholic Church. Our Pope is agnostic.” Catania has said he prefers creating “innovation schools” that would allow the chancellor to bypass onerous rules and regulations and give parents and administrators a role in developing improvement plans. “Giving traditional public schools the resources they need and autonomy they need would be my preference.” Gray has tried minimizing parents’ concerns about the potential destruction of DCPS. “There is a lot of fear in this narrative, and a lot of distrust.” He’s right. It and what parents call an uninviting DCPS, have caused more of them to question whether the city has the right education leadership team: “If our chancellor does not believe she can turn around low-performing schools by hiring strong principals and introducing innovative programs,” said parent-leader Wells, “then maybe we need a new chancellor.” Jonetta Rose Barras can be reached at u Midcity DC | September 2013 u 29

your neighborhood Kids Creating Their Success...with Guidance Discovering “Purpose and Passion” at Sitar Arts Center


recious Lambert, recent Spingarn High grad, and sometimes shy, often prefers the background. But Precious found herself edging closer to center stage recently. Preferring to work the camera on a documentary examining DC’s high school dropouts, Lambert ended up co-directing the video. Not only that, Precious advanced the idea for the documentary, “Doing It for Me,” and she appears in it along with two of her friends, both dropouts. In “Doing It for Me” Lambert recalls her freshman year when socializing trumped schoolwork: “I didn’t want to go to college. Then tenth-grade year hit. Boom! Reality check. If I don’t go to college, then what’s next?”

by Stephen Lilienthal too. Many, like Lambert, are not from affluent backgrounds with parents able to help their kids get the best breaks possible. Sitar’s origins date to the mid-1990s when founder Rhonda Buckley was running a program through Good Shepherd Ministries, introducing children from low-income homes to musical instrument instruction. She founded Sitar as a nonprofit in 1998, naming it for Good Shepherd’s founder, the late Patricia M. Sitar. Sitar now offers programs in music, dance, visual arts, creative writing, digital arts, and theatre arts. Eighty percent of students come from low-income homes. Housed in a modern, 10,700 square-foot facility, Sitar has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama ,who participated in painting a mural with students in 2010.

Sitar’s Programs

Sitar arts intern Tyra Bell examines one of her paintings.

Thanks in part to Sitar Arts Center in Adams Morgan, Lambert is taking tentative steps into the foreground. She’s not the only young person who starts realizing their potential at the Adams Morgan arts center.

Finding Purpose and Passion

Maureen Dwyer, executive director of Sitar, equates its work and value with her own experiences growing up on Long Island. The arts can provide kids with “a purpose and passion,” she observes. Participating in the arts helped Dwyer to forge friendships, have fun, and hone leadership skills. What she discovered is something that Sitar helps DC kids to find 30 u

Sitar serves children from the early childhood to 12th grade. Students in college often spend their summers there, working with younger students and continuing to develop their own skills. Summer’s a busy time, with kids of all ages taking classes. A camp for kids from kindergarten to 7th grade offers art, music, creative writing, and dance classes. Some students may take individual music classes; others, from 5th grade to high school, may choose to work on a musical production that takes six weeks to develop and stage. Instructors include Sitar staff members but also prominent arts organizations such as Meridian Hill Pictures – who helped to produce “Doing It for Me” – the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Washington Performing Arts Society. Visual art students who are interning at Sitar and paid through DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) design and paint murals including a large exterior mural for Occasions Caterers. The young artists are guided by Sitar’s senior director of operations, Loretta Thompson. The first panels of the mural were installed in 2012. Over the next five years Sitar summer interns will paint an additional 30 feet of the mural, which depicts how food comes “From the Earth to the Table.” Thompson explains that teenagers working on the murals must reach consensus on the concept, com-

position (placement of images), design (specificity of images), and visual style. Then the mural must be plotted, traced, painted, and refined. Some students are experienced and independent in their painting. Others need more guidance.

Developing Workplace Skills

Forget stereotypes of starving or wild and crazy artists. Sitar isn’t about teaching “do your own thing” in art. Sitar helps students to develop qualities such as determination, persistence, teamwork, resourcefulness, professionalism. Sitar’s code of conduct is strict: no running, no horseplay, no physical contact, no gum,


executive director, Maureen Dwyer, knows that not every student at Sitar will make their mark as professionals in the arts. That’s one reason why Sitar tries helping students to develop important qualities such as perseverance. According to Americans for the Arts (AFTA), even though the arts are deemphasized in many schools, particularly those with high minority populations, research shows highly positive impacts for students involved with the arts. According to AFTA’s “Arts Education Navigator,” data analyzed by researcher James Catterall found that there are “significant advantages for ‘arts-engaged low socioeconomic status students’ in college enrollment and types of employment, as well as strong correlations for volunteerism and voting.”

candy, or cellphone use. Entering students must register with a parent present, and they must both sign agreements outlining their respective commitments. Sitar also educates its summer students about topics such as budgeting and financial literacy. “We believe they can meet high expectations. Kids are often not told that,” stresses Dwyer.

Students Speak

In “Doing It for Me” Lambert credits Thompson’s urging to “make sure you pass” with helping to pull her through some tough times in school. Now she is entering Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla., majoring in communications. Sitar’s older students credit the center with helping them to develop and to achieve goals. Rondenise Peake, now studying for an associate’s degree in fine arts at Montgomery College, hopes to attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She credits Sitar’s staff with being “encouraging,” helping her to start her portfolio. SCAD student Robert Harrison, like Peake, spent the summer at Sitar. He came to Sitar through SYEP, originally confining himself to animation. Thompson says Harrison “had to struggle to work outside the box” by drawing different images.” She kept prodding. Harrison admits, “I could have done more,” and eventually he did. At SCAD, Harrison says, he possessed “experience” in mixing colors. “They could tell I knew what I was doing.” Now, Thompson says, “Robert came back a leader, showing young people what he’s learned.” Another student, Tyra Bell, also a SYEP participant, is now studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. She had spent her earlier summers at Sitar but attended a boarding school in Maryland. “In high school it was all solo,” she says of the work for her high school art classes. At Sitar “you have to compromise and work with other people,” she says, adding that “a lot of what we do is collaborative.” Bell credits a props design class at Sitar with perking her interest. in furniture design, an interest she’s used in helping to design sets for musicals. Bell quotes her mother: “Talent is everywhere. Opportunity is not.” Bell says, “I’m grateful there is [Sitar] to go and express myself.”

An End and Beginning

Every summer sees the performance of a musical that takes six weeks to produce. This year’s final performance of “Guys and Dolls,” in early August, featured Sitar students playing to a nearly packed house. Some of the young performers exhibited a crisp professionalism. At the end, the crowd stood and whooped it up. No curtain fell but the summer session had ended. Soon registration for fall classes will start and with it the promise of emerging talent to come. Information about Sitar Arts Center can be found at www. Stephen Lilienthal is a freelance writer. u

Bloomingdale Bites by Jazzy Wright

Firehouse Restaurant Moves Forward

Piece by piece the old firehouse on North Capitol Street is slowly transforming into a full-service restaurant. After years of waiting, owners of the three-story, 10,000 square-foot firehouse filed in August for a license to serve alcoholic beverages. Washington Firehouse Restaurant will serve American fare. According to a preliminary menu diners can expect pizza, steak, salad options, and raw oysters. The restaurant has gotten off to a rocky start. In 2008 the city sold the building to dePhotos from the Back to School Rally & Giveaway community block party veloper NextGen Development. According to a Washington Business Journal report, NC 8, in addition to the Bloomingdale event. In all, Firehouse LLC managing partner Brian Brown World Missions estimates that they gave supplies bought the building for $600,000. The building to more than 1,200 children and families (they was originally slated to become a multi-themed helped more than 785 families at the Bloomingdining experience, complete with a restaurant, dale event). martini bar, performance stage, and espresso bar. Several key leaders helped to kick off the event, At the time of sale the restaurant was expect- including Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie ed to be the first sit-down establishment in the (Ward 5), Academy of Ideal Education Princiarea. Not much happened to the property, though. pal Paulette Imani, Langley Education Campus While other restaurants opened in the area, in- Principal Charlotte Spann, and now-retired DC cluding Red Hen and Aroi Thai, the firehouse Public Schools Administrator Pat Sanker. Local remained shuttered for the following five years. pastors from the Ecumenical Council of ChurchRestaurant operators began construction on the es addressed the crowd. Additionally DC Police project earlier this year. Assistant Chief Diane Groomes and Commander C. Robinson distributed supplies to children throughout the day. Neighbors Give Back “The Back to School Rally is designed to proSummer is nearly over, and many schools across the region are reopening for the new aca- vide essential school supplies to needy children demic year. To help local students prepare for returning back to school,” said Dr. JoAnn Perkins, school the World Missions Extension Center World Mission’s founder and executive direcand the Rhode Island North Capitol Ecumeni- tor. “As such, people living in the community are cal Council of Churches hosted its annual Back able to express their support to the children and to School Rally & Giveaway on Randolph Place parents so as to show we care and that providing on Saturday, August 17. World Missions has or- school supplies is a way of expressing such supganized Bloomingdale-area giveaways and rallies port.” The school rally was funded primarily by for the past 18 years. As part of the block-party festivities, the or- the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust ganization provided area children and teens with Corporation. In addition to hosting food drives school supplies and vouchers to help purchase World Missions organizes back-to-school funduniforms. More than double the expected num- raisers, mentoring programs, and tutoring lessons ber of children showed up for the giveaway. Com- for students. Perkins says that one of the best munity support for the giveaway program was so ways that local residents can give back is to behigh that the World Missions was able to host come a mentor to youth who participate in World two additional giveaway rallies in Wards 7 and Missions programs. u Midcity DC | September 2013 u 31

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Logan Circles by Mark F. Johnson

f you’re recently back in town af- in the `hood for years now. stroll the trendy U/14 concrete. ter a summer break, you’re bound Some say a district shows its “arOne thing we can probably conto notice a lot of big changes as rival” and staying power when chains tinue to count on is that there will you walk around U/14. want to settle down there. Others always be more eateries than clothing For example, the renovation of say that the flavor and uniqueness or furniture on the strip from here on the former Central Union Mission is of a district is on a downswing when out. The balance shifted a long time well under way for its new life as a the chains begin to replace the small, ago. Even though that wasn’t the way mixed used building—part residen- locally-owned and often more inter- it was intended, as the original 50-50 tial and part commercial. Further up esting enterprises. plan called for parity among daytime 14th at S, the new apartment comBut U/14 is not done with those and nighttime business traffic. plex the District is pretty much full just yet. In fact one has just bounced One restaurant though is dark of new occupants. On street level two restaurants have opened including Ted’s Bulletin which has been busy every night since it launched the new location in mid-August. Patrons have warmed up to the breakfast pop tarts and other pastries and ended the night with the salads and seafood specials as well as other “comfort food” offerings that the restaurant has become known for since opening the first location on 8th Street in Barracks Row several years ago. Aside from eateries, the District ground level commercial space includes Lou Lou, a women’s clothing, handbag, jewelry and accessories store which has opened at 1802 14th. Lou Lou has several other locations in the DMV includ- The future home of Natural Market, a holistic food store on the way to Capitol View apartments in Columbia Heights. ing nearby Dupont Circle and Georgetown. In fact, for a strip that has always been known from its original location to a new for the moment at least. Diego resfor one-off stores, U/14 has become one just up the street. Clothing store taurant which served up Mexican at the latest destination for chains like Redeem has closed down in the the corner of 14th and V across from clothing store Buffalo Exchange, 1700 block of 14th where it started Eatonville, opened finally after renoCurrent and of course the furniture not too many years back and headed vating the corner space that used to chains like Room and Board and for a brand new, although not very be a deli/carryout. But then it quickly Mitchell-Gold. And the trend will large space in the District next door said “adios” as it closed shortly after continue shortly when Trader Joes to Ted’s. Lou Lou and Redeem may it debuted. Word is that the owner joins other food chains like Whole battle it out to see who will woo the wasn’t satisfied with the food and Foods and Yes Market that have been hearts of DC fashionistas as they that it intends to reopen as it reworks

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the tortilla recipe or something. We reported in this column earlier in the summer that a new food market was slated to go into 14th Street’s Capitol View apartments, the good looking new mid-rise across from View 14 between Belmont and Chapin. Looks like a natural food store, to be called Natural Market, I believe, is to soon open in a very large ground floor space in the building. A bakery is said to be among the enticing features of this place. You will know it has opened when the smell of gluten free chocolate layer cake wafts the air, hopefully! By the way, you’ve likely noticed that the 14th street vista has changed near U Street as the residential building between Wallach Pl. and T Street quickly takes shape and as Louis 14 assumes its reign on the southwest corner at U Street. Earlier in the column, I observed how 14th Street is being taken by chain stores of late. But what you may not know is that one of our own is about to become a chain right here in DC city! Foundry, the vintage furniture and accessories store on U Street between 15th and 16th is about to launch a second location on, well where else, H Street in Atlas. The store will join Hunted House which vacated 1830 14th more than a year ago and moved to a sweet location at 510 H Street, NE as Atlas’ second vintage home décor store. The two businesses actually became friends in U/14 and expect that friendly relationship to continue in Hipersterville once the new Foundry location opens probably in October. u

Shaw Streets by Pleasant Mann

City Market at O Dedicates the Hodge at 7th

On August 21 Mayor Vincent Gray, along with two DC councilmembers and City Market at O developers, met to celebrate the topping out of the complex’s senior housing at 1490 7th Street NW. At the opening of the ceremony it was announced that the building would be named the Hodge at 7th in honor of the late Michael Hodge, a civil servant who had managed the District’s economic development bond program. Mayor Gray and Councilmember Jack Evans fondly remembered working with Hodge as the city started to use industrial revenue bonds and tax-increment financing to assist housing production and businesses. Continuing the theme, Richard Lake, a Roadside Development principal, noted that the District’s support for the project led to 700 people currently working at the site. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Alexander Padro also thanked the developers for keeping their promises of affordable housing and neighborhood amenities, unlike other developers who received support for projects in Shaw but never delivered. The 90 units in the Hodge building will be delivered in April 2014.

Shaw Focus of National Building Museum Exhibit

The National Building Museum on Judiciary Square recently opened an exhibit, “Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy,” that

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explores the Shaw neighborhood’s past and present. This summer 29 teenaged students worked to reveal Shaw’s history during a five-week program. With the help of the National Park Service and the Historical Society of Washington the students used digital cameras, creative writing, interviews, and their own observations to explore, document, and interpret the built environment in Shaw. The students then became exhibit curators, selecting photos and writings that displayed the findings from their investigation, and explaining the importance of preserving the entire city’s shared history. The result of their work is in a second-floor gallery at the museum and will remain there through June 8, 2014.

Restaurant Opening Triple Play

September will see a number of new restaurant openings along 7th and 9th streets in Shaw. As a mark of the neighborhood’s new status as a dining destination, Shaw Main Streets is sponsoring a “triple play” of restaurant ribbon cuttings. A gathering of city officials and community and business leaders will participate in opening ceremonies for three restaurants on a five block stretch in one hour of the same day in early September. The first opening will be at Baby Wale (1124 9th Street NW), a casual eatery from Tom Power, next door to his famed Corduroy. Named after the smallest corduroy weave, Baby Wale offers a more relaxed version of Power’s cuisine, with signature dishes like lobster sandwiches and roast chicken. Baby Wale’s capacious space, not obvious from its small streetside storefront, will have a 50-seat bar and 100 seats for dining on two levels. Two blocks to the north the next opening will be at Thally (1316 9th Street NW). The brainchild of chef/co-owner Ron Tanaka and general manager/coowner Sherman Outhuok, Thally is a casual restaurant serving modern American cuisine. Chef Tanaka, who previously held executive chef positions at Cork and New Heights, is excited to open his own restaurant. Outhuok will manage a rotating list of wines and craft beers, custom cocktails, housemade sodas, and person-

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ally crafted spirits. The final opening that day will be at Mandalay (1501 9th Street NW). Run by chef-owner Aung Myint, scion of the family that operates a Burmese restaurant of the same name in Silver Spring, the Shaw outpost will take Burmese cuisine to another level. The two-floor restaurant will host a daily menu based on available fresh ingredients, with the chef creating Burmese dishes available nowhere else in the United States.

Art All Night Returns to Shaw, September 28

On September 28 Shaw Main Streets will present Art All Night, Washington’s second-ever full-scale overnight arts festival, based on the Nuit Blanche in Paris. The magic will last from 7:00 p.m. Saturday night until 3:00 a.m. on Sunday. The first festival, on September 24, 2011, drew an estimated 15,000 attendees. This year 12 venues in central Shaw along 7th and 9th streets, ranging from small galleries and theaters to the historic 80,000 square-foot Wonder Bread Factory, will showcase the work of DC painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, musicians, dancers, poets, actors, and others, with international participants, as well. The website,, will provide updates on the program schedule and information on venues, artists, partners, sponsors, and where to eat and drink. A mobile app available before and during the event will provide an interactive map of the venues, as well as the live performance schedule and the locations of restaurants and bars open during the event. u Midcity DC | September 2013 u 33

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N ot e boo k Saturday Morning at the National Free Performances for Children

On Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. there are free live performances for children in the Helen Hayes Gallery. Tickets are required and distributed first come-first seated. Tickets are distributed 1/2 hour prior to performance. One ticket per person in line. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 202-783-3372. Sept 21-Mark Lohr: Hooked on Books! Mild mannered Mr. Jones uses juggling and classic comedy to show everyone that there are far more surprises in store when reading than watching television. Sept 28-Nritya: Classic Dances of India. Lakshmi and Lavanya will fascinate one and all with their stunning costumes while introducing classic South Indian dance forms. Children of all ages will get the opportunity to learn traditional hand gestures, recognize expressive emotions, and then create their own dance of India. Oct 5-Marian Licha: “A Magical Journey into Latin America” ¡Hola! In a celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, storyteller Marian Licha shares engaging and interactive Puerto Rican folktales in both English and Spanish. Marian’s captivating warmth and vivacity make her a joy to listen to and watch.

Story Time in French at the Alliance Française

On Saturdays at 10:50 a.m. and Tuesdays at 4 p.m., animated storytellers read in French to young readers. A great space for kids to enjoy the power of reading and language with their peers. Free. The Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 34 u

DC Youth Orchestra Open House

Does your child want to learn to play an instrument or does your child already play and wants to participate in an ensemble? If so, check out DC Youth Orchestra Program at its annual Open House, DCYOPalooza, on Saturday, Sept 7, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 E. Capitol St. NE. This event is free and open to everyone. Listen to informal performances by DCYOP faculty at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. where you will hear and meet violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, flute, oboe, trumpet, french horn, and percussion teachers. You can also talk with faculty and staff and register for the fall program. At 4:00 pm, there is an open rehearsal of the Youth Orchestra playing Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. If your child plays an instrument, you can schedule a placement audition between now and Sept 7. Advanced students can also schedule an audition for the Youth Orchestra during the Open House as well as on Sept 14. Tuition assistance is available. The deadline to register for the fall semester is Sept 7 and classes start on Sept 14. For more information, call 202698-0123 or visit

“Go-Go Swing: DC’s Unstoppable Beat” Instrument Petting Zoo

This special exhibition features fine art and memorabilia, as well as musical performances, to reveal and document untold stories of the inventors, contributors and legacy carriers of the city’s signature sound. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m-8 p.m. at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 200 I (EYE) St. SE. The Instrument Petting Zoo is on Saturday, Sept 14, 3-4 p.m. “Go-Go

A young attendee learns to plane wood, while others watch along. Photo: Courtesy of the National Building Museum

The Big Build: A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Building Arts

On Sept 21, be a builder for the day at the annual Big Build festival. Amateur builders young and old can discover what it’s like to build a brick wall, carve stone, hammer nails, and much more as they work side by side with designers, builders, and artisans demonstrating their skills. Meet plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and hobbies. At this year’s Big Build festival you can climb aboard cranes and tractors, build a brick wall, construct a log cabin, plant a tree and autumn plants, carve stone, imagine living in a tiny 500-square-foot house, compete in a nail driving contest and create a hardware wind chime to take home. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Swing: Washington D.C.’s Unstoppable Beat” recognizes that once the danceable Go-Go beat winds up, the rhythms are hard to resist. The exhibition features one of Chuck Brown’s Gibson guitars, on loan from the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and photographs documenting key people, places and events. Photographer, scholar, and author of the critically acclaimed book of poems called The Maverick Room, Thomas Sayers Ellis has contributed greatly to the visual narrative of this exhibit. A Listening Library has been installed within the Gallery, comprised of hundreds of PA cassette tapes featuring live performances that gallery attendees can listen to and enjoy.

DesignDC on Safety in Our Schools

With another school year just getting underway, the discussion about school safety will continue at DesignDC, the District’s annual design conference. NPR radio journalist Kojo Nnamdi will moderate a roundtable conversation on Thursday, Sept 26, 4:15-5:45 PM, featuring four experts on school design and safety. Nnamdi will ask these industry experts to focus on how they can design for physical security on school campuses, while still fostering comfortable, open learning environments. The audience, which will be composed of many architects, will also be integrated into

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the discussion. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this engaging discussion. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information and to register, visit The panel is a part of DesignDC, which brings together architects and other practitioners for three days of education and networking at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the District Architecture Center (Sept 25-27). It is produced by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia, AIA Potomac Valley, and the DC Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism.

Family-friendly The Washington Ballet Open House

The Washington Ballet will host an Open House at TWB’s studios at 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW on Sunday, Sept 29 from 1-4 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to view performances, rehearsals and classes, participate in a Q& A with Artistic Director, Septime Webre, and enjoy free refreshments and family-friendly events and activities. The event schedule will include rehearsal and performance sessions with The Washington Ballet Company and Studio Company dancers, a Q & A session with Septime Webre in which he discusses how he choreographs a full-length story ballet such as ALICE (in wonderland), classes with The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) students, makeup demonstrations

and the interactive kid-friendly “Make a Ballet.” Ongoing events during the day include pictures with dancers, a prop and costume try-on station, and a kids coloring table. Free refreshments including a gourmet candy station courtesy of Sugar & Ice, cupcakes courtesy of Sprinkles, popcorn and beverages. Several local food trucks have been invited to set up in TWB’s parking lots to provide additional food and beverages.

Celebrate Cats Day at the Zoo

This family-friendly event offers educational and fun activities for children and adults, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. Take a look into the fascinating lives of big cats. Learn how National Zoo staff cares for these incredible animals and find out about the threats to different cat species face in the wild. Oct 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Zoo admission is free. Parking costs $16 for the first 3 hours, and $22 for more than 3 hours.

“An Eye for Art” from the NGA

Featuring 230 full-color images of famous works of art and mini biographies of Monet, O’Keefe, Picasso, Degas, Matisse and more, An Eye for Art is an fun and vibrant way to introduce kids (ages 7-12) to prominent and visionary artists. Young painters and sculptors will be prompted to invent a story, answer questions or make their own art in response to what they see. An interactive resource for homeschoolers, families and art teachers, An Eye for Art includes a timeline of authors, a museum’s worth of artwork and lists of required supplies for 40 projects-such as self-portraits, nature walks and wire sculpting-developed just for kids by experienced museum educators.

$1 Hot Dog Night at Nat’s Park

At the Sept 16, 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Atlanta Braves, $1 hot dogs are available at select concession stands until the start of the 6th inning, while supplies last. Image: National Geographic Cinema Ventures

“Flying Monsters” in 3D Premiers at National Geographic

For thousands of years, humans believed that flying monsters existed. They became mythologized, with stories about them shared around the world. Could they have really existed? Millions of years ago dinosaurs were on their rise to dominate Earth. But another group of reptiles was set to make an extraordinary leap: Pterosaurs were about to take control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastic than any fiction. “Flying Monsters” premiers on Sept 28 at National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW. The film runs on Saturdays and Sundays at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Running time is 40 minutes. $7; $16 with museum admission for adults and $12 with museum admission for kids. 36 u

Black Student Fund School Fair

The Black Student Fund will hold its signature 41th Annual School Fair Sunday, Sept 8, 2-5 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. The fair is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the region. It offers families of students in grades pre-k through 12 an opportunity to learn about independent school admissions, financial aid, testing and curriculum directly from 44 schools from the greater DC area and approximately 10 east coast boarding schools. The school representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Average attendance is estimated between 4,000 and 5,000 people. Fair will also include workshops, entertainment and a post far poetry reading. For more information, contact the Black Student Fund at 202-387-1414 or visit

The Black Student Fund, a 49-year-old nonprofit organization that recruits, refers and assists AfricanAmerican children, particularly those from low to modest income households, to attend and graduate from independent schools in the DC area. It supports Metro area residents through outreach, consultations, seminars, sponsored-events and the school fair.

Darth Vader at the National Cathedral

In the 1980s, while the west towers were under construction, Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World Magazine. The thirdplace winner was Christopher Rader, with his drawing of that fearful villain, Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral. How to find Darth Vader. First, bring binoculars! Darth Vader is very difficult to see by the naked eye. Leave the building through the ramp entrance which is through the wooden doors near the standing statue of Abraham Lincoln. Go down the ramp, and step onto the grass on your right. Then, turn around and look back up at the tower closest to you. Start at the top of the tower. There are two large pinnacles, or points, on the corners of the tower and a much smaller one in the center. Follow the center pinnacle down and find the first gablet, or tiny peaked roof. Darth Vader is the grotesque on the right on the north, or right-hand, side. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day: Structure of Salsa Music

On Sept 15, 3-6 p.m., celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an exploration and demonstration of salsa music and dance! Eileen Torres and Orquesta La Leyenda demonstrates and then have you join in the fun. The Eileen Torres Dancers perform excerpts from their theatrical presentation, Remembering the Palladium. A scavenger hunt and craft activities are available for the whole family to enjoy. American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW. 202-633-1000.

Little Golden Books at the American History Museum

Little Golden Books transformed children’s reading habits in the early 20th century. Prior to World War II, large-format, classic story books for children were prohibitively expensive and available to a privileged few. Little Golden Books offered new ideas and modern stories in an affordable format. The exhibit features a sampling of artist’s proofs from several early Little Golden Books. Through Jan 5, 2014 (second floor east) at the National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. u


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Changing hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list, based on the MRIS, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. Neighborhood Price BR FEE SIMPLE 14TH CORRIDOR

1342 W ST NW $1,150,000 16TH STREET HEIGHTS 1206 KENNEDY ST NW $520,000 1315 DELAFIELD PL NW $552,000 1359 INGRAHAM ST NW $635,000 5712 COLORADO AVE NW $685,000 1339 KENNEDY ST NW $707,000 5214 14TH ST NW $860,000


$700,000 $715,000 $725,000 $781,000


$143,000 $180,000 $200,000 $210,000 $255,000 $293,000 $312,000 $330,000 $335,000 $350,000 $379,000 $415,000 $465,000 $499,000 $507,000 $545,000 $590,000 $610,000 $655,000 $675,000 $705,000


$375,000 $395,000 $395,000 $399,999 $432,000 $445,000 $540,000 $540,000 $542,500 $545,000 $603,000 $609,000 $610,000 $631,000 $654,000 $700,000 $705,000 $720,000 $725,000 $890,000

3 3 7 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 4 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 4 6 4 4 2 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 3 4 2 3 3 5 3 3 3 5


$663,750 $829,000 $1,405,500 $2,900,000 $990,000


$1,250,000 $1,511,000 $1,700,000 $1,867,000 $2,450,000



3 3 5 5 3 5 4 3 6 5 3


$950,000 $1,015,000 $1,140,000


412 N ST NW $770,000 NORTH CLEVELAND PARK 4425 RENO RD NW $800,000 3625 YUMA ST NW $825,000 3632 WARREN ST NW $882,500 3727 VEAZEY ST NW $942,500 3621 VAN NESS ST NW $960,000 3704 YUMA ST NW $1,071,000 3520 TILDEN ST NW $1,720,000

5 5 6 3 4 4 3 3 4 4 5


1495 NEWTON ST NW #304 1356 KENYON ST NW #4 1439 EUCLID ST NW #107 2639 15TH ST NW #306 739 NEWTON PL NW #T1 1324 EUCLID ST NW #107 1438 MERIDIAN PL NW #106 3500 13TH ST NW #308 2656 15TH ST NW #103 1519 PARK RD NW #203 2910 GEORGIA AVE NW #1-04 1419 CLIFTON ST NW #303 1447 GIRARD ST NW #2 2535 13TH ST NW #402 1464 HARVARD ST NW #12 1390 KENYON ST NW #321 1321 EUCLID ST NW #102 1461 GIRARD ST NW #401 701 LAMONT ST NW #55 1427 CLIFTON ST NW #2 1300 MONROE ST NW #1 1414 BELMONT ST NW #104 2550 UNIVERSITY PL NW #3 1323 CLIFTON ST NW #34 3219 11TH ST NW #1 1466 HARVARD ST NW #UNIT #T3 1447 GIRARD ST NW #5 1435 CHAPIN ST NW #306 1218 GIRARD ST NW #1

$292,000 $294,500 $296,250 $315,000 $317,000 $323,500 $325,000 $329,000 $332,000 $345,000 $390,000 $449,000 $455,000 $474,900 $495,500 $499,000 $504,000 $505,500 $510,000 $519,000 $555,000 $578,000 $585,000 $599,000 $600,000 $608,840 $632,900 $649,555 $675,000

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

313 JEFFERSON ST NW $255,000 3 743 MADISON ST NW $285,000 3 415 UPSHUR ST NW $328,000 3 4922 7TH ST NW $360,323 3 714 VARNUM ST NW $375,000 3 417 UPSHUR ST NW $399,000 3 516 SHEPHERD ST NW $402,000 3 4624 9TH ST NW $414,000 3 5018 ILLINOIS AVE NW $420,000 4 5225 2ND ST NW $429,000 3 61 GALLATIN ST NW $435,000 4 826 ALLISON ST NW $437,600 5 4223 7TH ST NW $525,000 5 DUPONT 5123 7TH ST NW $530,000 3 1735 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #405 $329,000 1 306 EMERSON ST NW $545,000 4 1320 21ST ST NW #104 $350,000 1 5311 1ST ST NW $565,000 4 1901 19TH ST NW #202 $355,000 1 314 UPSHUR ST NW $625,000 4 1749 CHURCH ST NW #1 $366,000 1 $422,500 1 CONDO 1830 17TH ST NW #204 1401 17TH ST NW #604 $605,000 2 1717 P ST NW #B $840,000 2 14TH STREET CORRIDOR 1754 CORCORAN ST NW #56R $315,000 1 1421 FLORIDA AVE NW #8 $639,900 2 1601 18TH ST NW #905 $402,000 1 1545 18TH ST NW #913 $411,000 1 ADAMS MORGAN 1817 SWANN ST NW #D $740,000 2 2630 ADAMS MILL RD NW #306-A $323,000 1 1747 WILLARD ST NW #3 $900,000 2 1700 EUCLID ST NW #A-1 $350,000 1 2101 N ST NW #304 $375,000 1 2440 16TH ST NW #107 $489,000 2 1676 BEEKMAN PL NW #D $590,000 2 KALORAMA 1708 SUMMIT PL NW #1708 $625,000 2 1816 KALORAMA RD NW #304 $214,500 0 2032 BELMONT RD NW ##108 $389,000 1 BLOOMINGDALE 1901 COLUMBIA RD NW #503 $389,500 1 149 W ST NW #21 $350,000 1 2127 CALIFORNIA ST NW #406 $450,000 1 43 R ST NW #1 $500,000 2 2300 18TH ST NW #309 $460,000 1 2009 BELMONT RD NW #402 $486,000 2 BROOKLAND 2001 19TH ST NW #1 $549,000 1 613 HAMLIN ST NE #1 $98,000 1 1919 BILTMORE ST NW #2 $568,100 2 2625 3RD ST NE #103 $118,000 0 2126 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #49 $784,450 2 2625 3RD ST NE #201 $169,500 1 2120 WYOMING AVE NW #2 $1,950,000 3 330 RHODE ISLAND AVE NE #207 $215,000 2 3099 HAWTHORNE DR NE #3099 $260,000 2 LOGAN

CENTRAL 2201 L ST NW #504 2201 L ST NW #503 1260 21ST ST NW #105 1150 K ST NW #201 1140 23RD ST NW #105 915 E ST NW #301 777 7TH ST NW #1028 1318 22ND ST NW #403 616 E ST NW #604 1150 K ST NW #1204 631 D ST NW #437 631 D ST NW #1231 2425 L ST NW #309 2425 L ST NW #433 1116 25TH ST NW #3 2425 L ST NW #205

$238,950 $295,000 $315,000 $335,000 $335,000 $378,500 $399,900 $421,000 $429,900 $440,000 $440,000 $449,000 $525,000 $565,000 $705,000 $923,000


$165,000 $224,750 $270,000

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

1101 L ST NW #603 1401 R ST NW #PH-2 1401 R ST NW #404 1111 11TH ST NW #703 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #720 1401 R ST NW #405 1211 13TH ST NW #607 1220 11TH ST NW #GARDEN 1439 S ST NW #2 1423 R ST NW #400 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #211 1111 M ST NW #1 1401 R ST NW #303 1445 N ST NW #101 1225 13TH ST NW #312 1217 N ST NW #101 910 M ST NW #810 1709 13TH ST NW #2 1531 P ST NW ##8 1 LOGAN CIRCLE NW #7 1413 P ST NW #403

$324,500 $385,000 $424,900 $430,800 $468,000 $489,900 $529,000 $549,000 $939,000 $399,999 $449,000 $470,000 $480,000 $485,000 $585,000 $600,000 $752,000 $811,000 $920,000 $1,015,000 $1,300,000


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

3155 MOUNT PLEASANT ST NW #303 2440 16TH ST NW #521 3510 16TH ST NW #203 1654 EUCLID ST NW #205 1830 LAMONT ST NW #TWO 1715 LAMONT ST NW #2 1640 BEEKMAN PL NW #B 3430 BROWN ST NW #4 3430 BROWN ST NW #2

$243,000 $303,000 $305,000 $532,500 $569,000 $582,000 $669,900 $730,000 $739,000

MT VERNON SQUARE 1135 6TH ST NW #4 1135 6TH ST NW #1 437 NEW YORK AVE NW #808 811 4TH ST NW #1118 437 NEW YORK AVE NW #1205 1117 10TH ST NW #913

$600,000 $432,000 $435,000 $585,000 $449,000 $449,923

PENN QUARTER 631 D ST NW #538 777 7TH ST NW #717 601 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW #401 616 E ST NW #251 777 7TH ST NW #1013

$299,900 $489,000 $560,000 $615,000 $639,000

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


$143,000 $325,000

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SHAW 1316 9TH ST NW #1 1510 6TH ST NW #2

$365,000 $575,000

U STREET 2120 VERMONT AVE NW #111 1925 16TH ST NW #401 2125 14TH ST NW #207 2125 14TH ST NW #220 929 FLORIDA AVE NW #5006 1751 U ST NW #1 1451 BELMONT ST NW #205

$378,450 $418,000 $456,000 $518,000 $262,000 $369,900 $519,000


$192,000 $267,000

1 2 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 0 1


2803 CORTLAND PL NW #306 $357,000 1 3100 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #134 $440,000 1 3100 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #113 $360,000 1 2737 DEVONSHIRE PL NW #104 $399,000 1 2818 CONNECTICUT AVE NW ##PH2 $950,000 2 2737 DEVONSHIRE PL NW #C $1,300,000 3


$405,000 $499,000 $505,500 $625,000 $174,950

1 2 2 2 0




DUPONT 1701 16TH ST NW #310 1526 17TH ST NW #315 1701 16TH ST NW #203 1725 17TH ST NW #515 1514 17TH ST NW #100 1514 17TH ST NW #511 1701 16TH ST NW #450

$194,000 $210,000 $368,000 $580,000 $212,000 $245,000 $335,000


$156,000 $265,000 $336,000

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Summer in

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Fedoras, beads, flapper dresses and fascinators abounded as Shaw Main Streets hosted a Roaring Twenties-themed bar crawl that visited six Shaw watering holes. Partiers enjoyed vintage cocktails like the Gin Rickey (at The Passenger) and the Bronx (at A&D Neighborhood Bar). (06/08/13) Photo by Alexander M. Padro.

2) Michael Jackson Flashmob

Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans came to Ellington Plaza in front of the Howard Theatre on the anniversary of the King of Pop’s death for a flashmob dance to Jackson’s “Beat It.” Jackson re-enactors got the cheers, but everyone was a star for a few minutes. (06/25/13) Photo by Alexander M. Padro.

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1) Bar Crawl, Gatsby Style


The intersection of 9th and U Streets, NW, was awash in red, white and blue as Nellie’s Sports Bar, DC 9, and Off Road Indoor Cycling brought out the big flags and bunting on Independence Day. (07/04/13) Photo by Alexander M Padro.

4) Back to School

The annual back-toschool bookbag distribution at the Kennedy Recreation Center drew scores of neighborhood kids and their parents. The backbacks were donated by Douglas Development Corporation, and were distributed by center staff and the Friends of Kennedy Playground. (08/24/13) Photo by Alexander M. Padro.

5) Beer Garden Opens

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells receives the first glass of beer poured at Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 7th Street, NW, from co-owner Ilya Alter. The beer garden features lush plantings and will soon sport a giant mural of a young Elizabeth Taylor. It replaced a parking lot. (09/03/13) Photo by Pleasant Mann. —Alexander M. Padro is a Shaw ANC Commissioner and Executive Director of Shaw Main Streets, the neighborhood’s commercial revitalization and historic preservation nonprofit. u


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