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Serving Pre-K3, Pre-K4, Kindergarten and 1st grade for the 2013-2014 school year

A new grade will be added each year through 5th grade. INFORMATION / OPEN HOUSE SESSIONS ON THURSDAYS: January 10 & 24 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am February 7 & 21 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am March 7 & 14 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am You must register to attend, limit of 20 people per session. Call (202) 545-0515 to register.

Application deadline March 15th, 2013. Lottery March 22nd, 2013 Apply for admissions at or by coming to the school. We are building on our strong foundation as an early childhood program. Come be a founding member of the elementary school!

Program Features: Before Care starting at 7:30 am and after care until 6:00 pm. Small classroom size and well trained staff. Individual planning for each student. Hands-on and project-based curriculum. Bridges Public Charter School is free and open to all DC residents. Tuition paid by non-residents.


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E on DC • E. Ethelbert Miller Insatiable • Jonathan Bardzik Retail Therapy • Mariessa Terrell Jazz Avenues • Steve Monroe

your neighborhood 22 23 24 26

The Nose • Anonymous The Numbers • Soumya Bhat Bloomingdale Bytes • Jazzy Wright Logan Circles • Mark F. Johnson


Shaw Streets • Ralph Brabham

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Kids and Family Notebook • Kathleen Donner

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Garden Fairy • Frank Asher Changing Hands • Don Denton



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GO.SEE.DO. The Inauguration

It will probably be cold. It may be rainy, snowy, soggy and/ or windy but if you’re hearty enough, the splendor of a Presidential Inauguration is not to be missed. For those without tickets, there will be Jumbotrons at various locations along the Mall as far back as the Lincoln Memorial. After the ceremony, you can make your way to the parade route for a possible spot on the sidewalk. You’ll be doing a lot of walking so wear sensible footwear and dress warmly. P.S. Historically, the official Inaugural balls are open parties after the President and First Lady leave. They always have top entertainers and you can dance through the night.

Annual Anacostia Community Museum Martin Luther King, Jr. Program

On Friday, January 18, 7-9 p.m., Majora Carter, Peabody award-winning radio broadcaster, eco-entrepreneur and urban revitalization strategist, is the keynote speaker for the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program presented by the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. Carter will participate in a discussion with Jeffrey K. Stine, curator for environmental history (National Museum of American History), following her talk. The program will include performances by Grammy-nominated, progressive hip-hop music phenomenon Christylez Bacon. The program is free but reservations are suggestions. Call 202-633-4875 or email Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 8 u Midcity DC | JANUARY 2013

Marjora Carter. Photo: Photography by M. david leeds

Olney Farmers & Artists Winter Market

On Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through April 29, come to the Sandy Spring Museum for a Winter Market complete with fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate, cafe seating, strolling musicians, chef demonstrations, artists at work and a children’s room for fun activities throughout the day. The Sandy Spring Museum, on Rte 108 and Bentley Rd., across from Sherwood High School is about 45 minutes from DC. The Sandy Spring Museum began when a group of residents noted that the community’s history was being sold off with every passing of a long-time resident. The organization was incorporated in 1981 by volunteers who set up shop in the basement of the Sandy Spring Bank. For many years, they operated out of the bank, exhibiting artifacts in hand-made cases and hosting many lectures on local history. The museum set up residence at Tall Timbers in 1986 and celebrated its grand re-opening in 1997 at its permanent location on Bentley Road. The land on which the museum sits was donated by the Bentley Family, whose ancestors moved to Sandy Spring in the late 1700s. The museum, which sits on seven beautifully landscaped acres, is the heart of the Sandy Spring community.

Winter Market artist at work. Photo: Arthur Hoiland

Reignite Your Natitude at NatsFest

Following the most exciting season since baseball returned to Washington, the Nationals invite fans across the region to reignite their Natitude for 2013 at NatsFest. On Saturday, January 26, NatsFest will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will allow more fans than ever to gear up for opening day alongside select Nationals players and coaches. Open to fans of all ages from noon to 4 p.m., NatsFest will offer access to a variety of activities including live batting cages, exclusive Q&A sessions with players and coaches, a Kids Zone, interactive games and much more. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12. Season Ticket Holders will receive $5 off the entry fee ($15 for adults, $5 for children) and will have exclusive access to the event for an entire hour (11 a.m. to noon) before NatsFest opens to the general public.

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Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement

Based on research by the Anacostia Community Museum on the history, public use, and attitudes toward the Anacostia River and its watershed and on review of urban waterway developments in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Louisville, London, and Shanghai, Reclaiming the Edge explores various issues regarding human interaction with natural resources in an urban setting. It looks at densely populated watersheds and at rivers as barriers to racial and ethnic integration. The exhibition also examines civic attempts to recover, clean up, re-imagine, or engineer urban rivers for community access and use. This exhibition, on view through September 15, 2013, kicked off the museum’s 45th anniversary. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820. Learning to paddle a voyageur canoe on the Anacostia River. Photo: Keith Hyde, US Army Corps of Engineers, 2011; Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, Minnesota. u 9




Presidential Inaugurations “From the Vaults”. Jan 16, 17 and 18, noon. In celebration of the 2013 Presidential inauguration, the Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film presents a selection of archival motion pictures drawn from the holdings of the National Archives related to the ceremonial inaugural events. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Special Inauguration Tours at the Frederick Douglass House. Daily, Jan 17-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. During Inauguration no reservations will be necessary to visit the Frederick Douglass house (including big groups). They will do their best to have all visitors see the house. Tour length will re-

flect the number of visitors. Free. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE (corner of 15th and W). 202-426-5961. Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press. On display through Jan 27. The Newseum’s new election-year exhibit explores how media coverage of presidential campaigns has evolved from William McKinley’s 1896 front porch campaign to Barack Obama’s 2008 Internet campaign, as candidates and reporters tangle over issues, images and control of the story. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386.

“Decision 2012” Newseum’s Digital Classroom. Visit anytime. This standards-based learning module uses videos, primary sources and interactive features to explore presidential campaigns through the lenses

of civics, history and media literacy. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888639-7386. Mount Vernon Special Inauguration Activities. Jan 18-21. George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, offers special activities in honor of the 44th presidential inauguration. Children are invited to participate in a “George Washington Presidential Scavenger Hunt”! Explore Washington’s Estate looking for clues that will lead to a special prize (while supplies last). Mount Vernon will give the 44th visitor through the gate a special gift. While at Mount Vernon, take the oath of office! View a replica of the first presidential inauguration with a life-size figure of Washington taking the oath of office. Visitors have a chance to “step into Washington’s shoes” by placing their hand on a reproduction of the Bible upon which Washing-

Our Town at Ford’s Jan 25-Feb 24. Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama presents a timeless commentary on the transience of human existence. Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, marry-and suffer the slings and arrows of everyday life. Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the interconnectivity of human beings. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. The Ford’s Theatre cast of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” playing at Ford’s Theatre Jan 25-Feb 24. Photo: Scott Suchman 10 u Midcity DC | JANUARY 2013

ton took the oath of office. Visitors recite the presidential oath and, upon completion, lift their hand to hear the roar of a cheering crowd! Adults, $17; children, 6-11, $8; and children under 5 are free. Inaugural Parades and Protests. Jan 19, 3:30-4:30 PM. Walk along the Inaugural Parade route, which also has seen many protest marches, such as the Suffragette Procession during President Wilson’s inauguration. Free. Old Post Office TowerBen Franklin statue. 202-606-8691. Presidential Inauguration Shabbat. Jan 19, 9:00 AM. Following their re-election, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will recommit to serving the people of the United States at the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Monday, January 21. This year’s activities will kick off on Saturday, January 19 with the National Day of Service-a tradition started by the Obamas in 2009. As part of the National Day of Service, Sixth & I will host a Shabbat service on Saturday morning. Rabbis Shira Stutman and Scott Perlo will lead a service rooted in the spirit of community and social justice. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. The Dream Moving Forward Inaugural Gala. Jan 20, 7:00 PM. $200. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. Screening of “The Obama Effect”. Jan 20, 5:30 PM. John Thomas (Charles S. Dutton), who is faced with some difficult life questions after having a heart attack, takes on the Obama campaign with full force in an effort to fight for something in which he believes. The screening will be followed with a reception. RSVP at 202.633.4875 or at Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Inaugural Balls: Reflections of Presidents’ Personalities and Agendas. Jan 20, 10:30-11:30 AM. Inaugural balls are, and were, opportunities for celebration and recognition, as demonstrated by Ulysses S. Grant’s ball in the Treasury Building. Meet at Freedom Plaza-Casimir Pulaski statue. Free. Contact: Julia Clebsch 202-606-8691.


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A book signing will follow the program. 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Dr. King and the Movement: Why Does Civil Rights Matter Today? Jan 15, 6:30 PM. The Civil Rights movement is considered one of the most pivotal events in American history. Many political figures would acknowledge that America has made strides in equal rights, but has “The Dream” been realized in the face of the nation’s legacy of institutional racism? Join them for a lecture by Joe Madison, activist and talk radio personality on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio channel 169 and WOL-AM. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary. org/mlk Trans-Atlantic Tales: Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan 15, 22 and 29;noon-1:00 PM. Exploring the link between Ghana’s independence and the black American struggle for civil rights in America. Free. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Contact: Tessy Dunoboh at 202-629-6820.

Expo presents wellness tips for enhanced athletic performance by track and field champion Bruce McBarnette. Photo: Courtesy of Capitol Wellness Expo

Capitol Wellness Expo Feb 7, 10:00 AM-5:30 PM. They will start with personal wellness (beauty and athletic performance tips, nutrition, mindfulness, and more) and then integrating wellness practices. In the afternoon, they will examine wellness policy issues and discuss the future of health care and wellness. In an adjoining room, they will have exhibits, demos, networking, discussion groups, and classes. The program is designed for members of Congress and staff but all are welcome. Free. See details at Mcbarnette. com/capitolwellness2013. Cannon House Office Building, Rooms 121 and 122. If you are interested in exhibiting, teaching a mini-class, helping out, write

Swearing-in at the National Archives. Jan 21, beginning at 11:30 AM, the President’s swearing-in ceremony will be shown live in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives. Free. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

ing volunteers to serve in various capacities over Inauguration Weekend, Saturday, January 19th through Monday, January 21st, to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for all residents and visitors. Visit for more information.

Presidential Inauguration Volunteer Opportunities. On Monday Jan 21, the District of Columbia will host the 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration. On behalf of the District of Columbia Government, Serve DC is recruit-

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MLK REMEMBRANCE Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan 10, noon. In his candid memoir, Dr. Clayborne Carson, editor of the King Papers, recounts his decadeslong quest to preserve King’s great legacy and understand his “dream.” Taking the reader on a journey of rediscovery, he reveals littleknown aspects of Dr. King and shows how our image of him has evolved over generations.

Dr. King and Malcolm X: Two Visionaries for a Better America. Jan 16, noon. During the American Civil Rights Movement, several black leaders emerged that captured the attention of the American public. Dr. King and Malcolm X were two of the most influential visionaries for a better nation. Join Askia Muhammad, News Director of WPFW 89.3 FM for a lecture comparing and contrasting the philosophies of these men, based on their activities and most important speeches. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. MLK Day of Service. Jan 19. Each year, Americans across the country come together on the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy by serving their communities. The MLK Day of Service is part of United We Serve, the President’s national service initiative, which calls on Americans to work together to solve our most pressing problems. Learn more about national MLK Day initiatives at and Behind the Dream: The Making of a Speech that Transformed a Nation. Jan 19, 2:00 PM. Washington Post staff writer and author Wil Haygood and Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Institute visiting professor Dr. Clarence B. Jones discuss Jones’s latest book, Behind the Dream. Jones, who served as speechwriter and counsel to Martin Luther King Jr., explores his relationship with Dr. King, the weeks leading up to the March on Washington, and his collaboration on King’s resounding “I Have a Dream” speech. Book signing follows. Free tickets, but registration requested. National Museum of American History, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. MLK Peace Walk. Saturday, Jan. 19, assembly at 9:00-10:00 AM at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2500 MLK, Jr. Ave. SE. Destination and program at 11:30 AM at Covenant Baptist UCC, 3845 So. Capitol St. Bring a new pair of socks and a bar of soap for Haitian earthquake victims. 202-561-4101. Annual MLK Poetry Extravaganza. Jan 19, 1:00 PM. Collective Voices, an ensemble of poets known for their messages of social con-

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sciousness, presents their annual literary tribute honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

tional 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday Public Skate. Fort Dupont Ice Arena welcomes all skaters on Monday, Jan 21, 10:00 AM-noon. Free lessons and free skating. 3779 Ely Pl. SE. 202-5845007.

National City Christian Church Organ Concerts. Every Friday, 12:15-1:15 PM. Free. 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-232-0323.

Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan 22, 7:00 PM. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will offer a “Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr.” at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th and Independence Ave. SE. Participants in the Remembrance include Fortissima, Capitol Hill Youth Chorus, Not What You Think, Nuance, Jubilee Singers of All Souls Unitarian, Washington Youth Chorus, and individual artist Pamela Jafari. The performance will conclude with a special appearance by the youth of the Bokamoso Youth Centre in Winterveldt Township near Pretoria, South Africa who will talk and sing about their challenges and dreams. The event is free. For more information, call 202-547-6839. Martin Luther King. Jr. National Memorial. Visit anytime. The memorial is located at the intersection of Independence Ave and W. Basin Dr. SW.

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Music at The Howard. Jan 12, Honor by August, $15; Han 13, The Wallers, $28; Jan 14, Emeii Sande, $18; Jan 15, The Idan Raichel Project, $40-$50; Jan 16-17, Eric Benet, $60; Jan 18, Lalah Hathaway/Russell Taylor, $60; Jan 22, The Lo-End Theory, $25; Jan 24, Jose James, $28; Jan 25, Big Daddy Kane, $25; Jan 26, Sister Hazel, $25; Jan 27, Fabulous, One More Time: A Sylvester Concert, $35; Jan 30, Prodigy & the Alchemist, $20; Jan 31, Musiq Soulchild, $40; Feb 1, Midnite, $28; Feb 2, Bizarre Ride II, The Pharcyde, Live, $25. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. Brooklyn Rider at Sixth & I. Jan 26, 8:00 PM. The genre-defying ensemble celebrates works that push the boundaries of the string quartet in a program bridging past and present. Jazz and indie rock greats Bill Frisell, Nik Bärtsch (Ronin), Shara Warden (My Brightest Diamond), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Padma Newsome (The National), and Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) have been asked to create a canopy of connected works that make up The Brooklyn Rider Almanac. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. 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. 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 Congrega-

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Steinway Series of classical music concerts at American Art Museum. Second Sunday, 3:00 PM The Steinway Series is a classical music concert that features the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s refurbished Steinway Concert Grand piano. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level American Art Museum (between Seventh and Nineth and and F and G sts. NW.) 202-633-1000. “Take Five” (free jazz at the American Art Museum). Third Thursday, 5:00-7:00 PM. Smithsonian American Art Museum, (Great Hall on the 3rd floor), Eighth and F sts. NW. 202-633-1000.

THEATER AND FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD An Iliad at Studio. Extended through Jan 20. With its seemingly first-hand knowledge of the anticipation of battle, the bonds between soldiers, the brutality of combat, and the uncanny juxtapositions of combat and civil life, Homer’s Iliad is the first example of war literature that has made its way into recorded history. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. Contractions at Studio. Through Jan 27. Emma’s boss is concerned that she is in breach of contract. An office romance is dissected over a series of increasingly bizarre meetings in this ink-black satire from one of Britain’s most provocative writers. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. Boged (Traitor); An Enemy of the People at Theatre J. Jan 12-Feb 3. A sudden chemical leak in an Israeli industrial park endangers the region’s water supply. The mayor is quick to cover up the scandal, but his brother fights to expose the truth. The family feud quickly turns into a political war with major environmental repercussions. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400. Studio (Theatre) District Nights. Jan 30, March 20, May 22, June 26. $20 for patrons who live or work in the Studio District, with proof of address. Tickets only available day of event. What is the Studio District? The area between 11th and 17th sts. NW, and from N St. NW to Florida Ave. NW. 202-332-3300. Hughie at Shakespeare Theatre. Jan 31-Mar 17. Shakespeare Theatre, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. The Motherfucker with the Hat. Jan 30-Mar 10. An unfamiliar hat in Jackie’s living room threatens his relationship, his parole, and his fledgling sobriety in this intoxicating and

cheerfully vulgar look at the complicated recovery from love and other addictions. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. Good People at Arena. Feb 1-Mar 10. Enter South Boston’s Lower End, where minimum wage is the maximum wage and hard work and sacrifice don’t ensure success. Facing eviction, single mother and mouthy “Southie” native Margaret Walsh reunites with an old flame who “made good,” hoping that his fortune can somehow improve her own. But not every man wants to relive his past, and with each surprising twist of their meeting they discover the dire costs the truth can hold. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. Tuesdays at Noon National Geographic Movies. Enjoy great selections from National Geographic TV and Channel films, All Roads Film Project, and independent filmmakers. All screenings held in Grosvenor Auditorium. Free. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588.

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD U Street’s Famed YMCA Reopening in Early 2013. In early 2013, a historic landmark will be reintroduced to the U Street Corridor as the future of healthy living. Think state-of-the-art equipment, fresh nutrition and exercise programs, a 6-lane indoor pool, a sweetgreen, lively events, and enriching youth programs. From TRX, 2-story rock climbing and aerial yoga classes to cooking lessons lead by premier chefs with ingredients from the Y’s garden wall, there will be programs to support all aspects of growth. The added frills are the weekly events open to the community, such as poetry readings, music performances, talent shows, health seminars, comedy and a “best of” series. Exciting partnerships are underway and exclusive preview tours are being scheduled up until the opening. The Youth Development Center will open later in the year and will offer day camps, child care, hands-on arts and STEM classes, and more. This Y will also serve as the headquarters for YMCA DC Youth & Government, the Y’s childhood obesity prevention program, and Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention training. YMCA Anthony Bowen was founded in 1853, and has been redeveloped with wellness, education, nutrition, support services, leisure and a sweetgreen all under one roof. Situated in the heart of a vibrant, everevolving community, the Y’s programs and partnerships will serve the diverse needs of U Street and Shaw residents.

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Washington Capitals Ice Hockey. Jan 15, 22 and Feb 1. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202628-3200. Washington Wizards Basketball. Jan 12, 14, 25, 26 and 28. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-SEAT.

DC Rollergirls. Jan 12, 4:00 PM. (Doors open at 3:00 p.m.) Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 for children 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Tickets are available in advance at or at the door on bout day. Individuals with a valid military ID can purchase tickets for $10 at the door. Bouts are at DC Armory. Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Open through mid-Mar (weather permitting). Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, students with ID and seniors 50 and over. Skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-2893361. DJ’s in the Garden-Spin, Cut and Groove. Thursdays through Feb 28, 6:00-9:00 PM. Keep warm on the ice while a DJ spins popular music from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, including a wide range of musical styles such as Hip-Hop, R&B, Disco, Pop, Rock and Roll, and Soul. Skaters may make requests to guest DJs and twirl across the ice to their favorite tunes. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-289-3361. ginfo/skating Public Skating at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM; Saturdays, 11:15 AM12:15 PM. Dress for warmth and safety. Clothes should be easy to move in, and pants must not fall below the heel of the skate (sweatpants or leggings are a good choice). Everyone needs to wear gloves or mittens, and one pair of thin, long socks or tights that fit snugly (no ankle socks). A helmet or knit hat is strongly recommended (loaner helmets are available). $5. $4 for kids and seniors. $3 for skate rental. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. NE. 202-5845007. Canal Park Ice Rink. Open Monday-Friday, noon-9:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM-10:00 PM; Sunday 10:00 AM-7:00 PM. Adult fee is $8; children, seniors (55+) and military fees are $7. Skate rental i $3. On Tuesdays, two can skate for the price of one from 4:00-6:00 PM. The park is at Second and M sts. SE, one block from the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Avenue exit). Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating. Open through mid-Mar 10:00 AM-11:00 PM. $7-$8. $3 for skate rental. 1201 South Joyce St. Arlington, VA. 703-418-6666. Dance Classes at Dance Place. Classes offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes offered in modern, African, belly dance, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop. The mission of Dance Place is to improve the quality of life in the metropolitan area through the presentation of educational and cultural programs and to nurture and expand the field of dance nationally. $120 for 10 classes, valid for 3 months. Drop-in for $15 ($13, seniors). 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. Nearby indoor public swimming pools. Turkey Thicket, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-5769236. Rumsey Pool, 635 No.Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495. All DC public pools are free for DC residents. Have ID.

MARKETS 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. 202-6985253. 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. 301-652-7400. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. 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. 202775-3532. or

CIVIC LIFE Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW, suite 900. 202-783-5065. Rainbow Response Monthly Meeting. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Rainbow Response is a grassroots coalition that brings together organizations and leaders from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities, along with traditional domestic violence service providers and government agencies. 5 Thomas Circle, NW. 202-299-1181 x105. All-Ways Mount Pleasant. First Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. LaCasa. All-Ways is a citizen’s association primarily for the tenants of the larger apartment buildings of Mount

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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. 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, 202387-1596. Eckington Civic Association. First Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE. www. 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. 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). 202-870-4202. ANC 1B11. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. LeDroit Senior Building (basement community room), 2125 Fourth St. NW. 202481-3462. 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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More Than King For A Day or President for Four More Years


by E. Ethelbert Miller

ometimes I wish I could see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial from a distance, the way one can see the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. Maybe if I could see King from afar it would be a reminder that the skyline of this city has been changed and maybe also the soul of America. Today we lean into President Obama and it’s a slow dance with a slow economy. Many will think about King’s dream and believe that Obama becoming president of the United States was its symbolic fulfillment, but that should not be the case. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington was a social protest demanding jobs and justice, full employment and voting rights. One could certainly make a case that in 2013 many of these demands have not been met. I’ve always felt that King gave two speeches on August 28, 1963. He started by looking back before he decided to look forward. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free; one hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination; one hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity; one hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. King would then begin to move into what is a radical indictment of America’s promise to African Americans. He spoke about the promissory note the country had defaulted on. A note that guaranteed all people the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He spoke about how his people were given a bad check, one that came back marked “insufficient funds.” The reason why more than 250,000 people gathered in Washington back in the summer of ’63 was because of what King described that day as the fierce urgency of now. It is not until near the end of his speech – with Mahalia Jackson encouraging him – that King begins to talk about his dream. It is this part of his speech that our eyes and ears return to many years later. We overlook the beginning of King’s speech the way we blow out candles on the top of a birthday cake. I view King as not just an inspirational leader but also as a man who was a father. His dream at the end of his

speech embraced his children. I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. It’s sad to see that King’s oldest child is now balding and America has not changed. Meanwhile for four years we have watched Sasha and Malia grow up. They will spend eight years watching their father serve as president of the United States. This is not a dream. Yet what about the people beyond the White House? Last year I pulled a video of the March on Washington and watched Mahalia Jackson sing “How I Got Over.” There is no way one cannot be moved by this woman’s voice, aura, or simply the way she closes her eyes and turns her head into song. “Mahalia!” My mother mentioned her name when I was growing up and always said, “What a voice.” Maybe this is the voice we need to hear everyday if we can’t wait for the dream. We need to be reminded how we got over all these years. How we elected Obama not once but twice. We had to pinch ourselves again in 2012, stand in long lines, and know that one’s feet might be tired, but our soul is rested. I don’t know too much about climate change. I do remember how cold it was when Obama placed his hand on Lincoln’s bible back in 2008 – now it’s 2013 – how much warmer is it? Is it still winter in America? That was a song once sung by Gil Scott-Heron. He was much the poetprophet before his death in 2011. He joined Stevie Wonder in the early 1980s on his “Hotter than July Tour” which was billed as a way of building support for King’s birthday to be celebrated as a national holiday. How far have we come? We have a song, a holiday and a monument. We have an African American who is president. But what is the true measure of all this? Are we truly free at last? Reflect on these words spoken by King in that same “I Have A Dream” speech: This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy… Yes, we need to be reminded again and again about the fierce urgency of now. u u 17

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This Counts as Dieting


blame the opening of Matchbox’s new location on 14th Street NW. Sticky Rice’s bucket o’tots hasn’t helped either. But the truth is unavoidable: my favorite graphic tee is way too tight, and there’s no way my husband Jason and I are ever going to pull off skinny jeans. It’s time for our annual January Austerity Plan. We started early, scoping out the neighborhood for healthy eats.

Small Plates Count as Dieting

We’ve decided that small plates count as dieting. After all, they’re small and can’t possibly contain that many calories. Our recent visit to Bar Pilar (1833 14th Street NW, conveniently fell on Tonic Tuesday. A regular happy hour, it features infused tonics, served with gin of course. I chose lemongrass but was tempted to have three more cocktails just to try the cider, cherry-orange, and cucumber. It’s

by Jonathan Bardzik called a tonic. That’s gotta be healthy, right? Jason had a Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, a beer truly worthy of a name so long that your waitress has already moved onto the next table by the time you’re done ordering. Happy hour also knocks a couple of bucks off of the price of draft beers – not a bad way to begin the night. We discovered healthy – and irresistible – grilled versions of two of our fried favorites, wings and calamari. The wings, sauced with soy and ginger, had a nice spicy bite. The calamari was firm without being rubbery, lightly charred from the grill, and served with a lightly flavored tomato sauce. The roasted sunchokes were rich and starchy, with just a hint of their namesake artichoke flavor, and gained a nice crunch from the light sprinkling of sea salt. Ignoring the potential fattiness, we both decided that salmon belly – being fish – counts as health food. After our first lightly flavored, creamy-soft bite, the calo-

rie count became completely irrelevant. Smoky, grilled scallions provided a perfect balance to the fatty richness of the fish.

Sharing Counts as Dieting

We both want to eat at Izakaya Seki (1117 V Street NW,, but fate and fortune have different plans. It doesn’t help that every time we go it’s Tuesday, the one night they are closed. Lucky for us, Tacos El Chilango (1119 V Street NW, is right next door. The menu is short and simple, the prices low, and the

Bistro Bohem. Photos by Patrick Jones

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flavor is authentic Mexican. Splurging, we decided to mix meats on our plate of three tacos, paying the 75-cent upgrade. The meat, typical of authentic tacos, came from cheap cuts that were richly seasoned and slow-cooked to perfect tenderness. The al Pastor – pork with pineapple – surprised us with a wonderful, mildly gamey flavor. The chorizo was spicy and just a little tough, bringing some heat along for the ride. The carne asada delivered richness, which paired well with the house-made tomatillo salsa (try all three of the house-made salsas; the habenero brings a spicy roundhouse kick to your mouth, in the best way possible). They were balanced with fresh cilantro and bright lime wedges and garnished with radish and cucumber. Our order came in at about $13, with Jason’s Diet Coke, and my Mexican Coke – with real sugar! While the prices kept our wallets fat, the small space encouraged us to lose a few pounds around the middle. The seating is snug and a bit cozy for us big boys. Fortunately, we agreed that sharing food definitely counts as dieting! So does visiting restaurants when they’re closed.

A luscious potato pancake from Bistro Bohem

Slow Food Definitely Counts as Dieting

Having walked past Bistro Bohem (600 Florida Ave NW every Friday on our way to happy hour, we decided it was finally time to stop in. Jason and I both grew up in Polish families, and we thought Czech owner Jarek Mika’s menu might have a few familiar, comforting items. Our server, Petra, was not only fabulous but incredibly patient as I completely mispronounced the Zywiec beer that I ordered. Jason ordered a Czechvar beer and delighted in explaining to me that it is marketed in many parts of the world as Budweiser. Following a century of legal battles, Anheuser-Busch today distributes the beer in the United States. Since the menu clearly explained Bistro Bohem’s commitment to the slow-food movement, including locally sourced products whenever possible, we decided that anything we ordered would be healthy, including the potato and cheese pierogi covered in a cheese sauce that tasted distinctly of the 1970s. Dry sherry perhaps? While our babcis – Polish grandmothers – would have been appalled, the cheese sauce was delicious, the pierogi dough delicate, and the filling rich without being heavy. The lentil soup with sausage also counts as diet food. There was something distinctly earthy and Slavic about it, including the bitter curly parsley that garnished it. In case you’re thinking this is a criticism, it’s not. We loved it! Our final course was a shared entrée. If you have read carefully above, you’ll realize this gives us bonus diet points. It may actually count as negative calories.

After all, a platter of roasted pork with sweet sauerkraut, grounded with whole caraway and served with bread dumplings, can’t really have many calories, can it? The lentil soup and pork were both specials that night, and we’ll certainly be back to try more of the menu. Jason’s eying the browned cauliflower with garlic and paprika aioli, and I want to try the beef goulash or the lightly-browned mushrooms served with garlic paprika aioli. We’re also planning a visit to Kafe Bohem, an extension to the restaurant recently opened next door, where we’ll discuss literature, art, and any other edifying information that can be found on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. We both agreed that knit or newsboy caps should be required dress.

Climbing Stairs Counts as Dieting

Jason and I recently had the pleasure of taking part in the soft launch of the aforementioned new Matchbox location (1907 14th Street NW We’re both convinced that our walk up the beautiful, roughhewn wooden steps to a second floor that soars in the middle of the large brick space counts as exercise. More dieting points! We shared everything (dieting bonus) starting with the wonderfully light mango-lime ceviche, brightened with a hot burst of Sriracha. The pepperoni and meatball roll, oozing mozzarella, was rock-star guy-food! Perfectly seared, creamy scallops over pork belly risotto was just as rich as the seven-hour braised beef short ribs with turmeric-seasoned vegetables and coconut milk-curry sauce. The verdict? We will go back, again and again. We will convince friends to go, and then ask them to pay because we did the hard work of discovering this new gem that opened quietly under the radar on 14th. They won’t buy it for a minute. The bottom line? We each packed on another five pounds researching the diet options at these restaurants. It’s back to the drawing board for January. We can’t wait to try again! u u 19

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+ Shopping

RETAIL THERAPY by Mariessa Terrell C.A.T.Walk Boutique 1000 H Street NE

Fashion pioneer Carolyn Thomas opened her trendy boutique just before the H Street renaissance began in earnest. Since then she has quietly become a destination for fashionettes “willing to try” a bit of whimsy with their work uniform. Carolyn believes wholeheartedly in the democratizing power of personal style to elevate and empower regardless of income. Therefore, it is with great pride that she features reasonably priced wholesale vendors from Los Angeles (Ryu) and international fashion upstarts from Belize (Black Heart), Japan (Kai Aakmann), and Australia (Skunk Funk). We especially like the champagne-tiered heavy jersey and mesh cap sleeved dress by South African based Coleen Citizen. The jersey fabric like the C.A.T.Walk Boutique is quite remarkable. One size fits all.

Why Not Boutique 1348 U Street NW

C.A.T.Walk Boutique, a fashionette destination on H Street

and whimsy.

Mercedes Bien Vintage 2423 18th Street NW, 2nd Floor

Japanese 4-button options at Why Not boutique

Mississippi native, computer engineer, and former Army commander Larritus Jackson opened Why Not boutique in 2002. Specializing in ready-to-wear “work, play, pray” options for peacocks (men who like to be seen), Jackson is one of DC’s most consistent trend forecasters for men. He was the first to realize that the urban market was ready to trade in its denim for a slimmer, sophisticated silhouette. Virtually overnight he modified his inventory to include more tapered, fitted suits from Europe, Japan, Turkey, and China. A dandy since high school, Jackson possesses a strong fashion ethos. He believes that stylish people can and should design for themselves. Liam Michael is a case in point. Jackson encouraged this customer to create a line of bespoke men’s shoes. You can find the Liam Michael dress shoes next to the Larritus Jackson branded ties, shirts, and lace ups. Why Not, indeed?

Skynear – 2122 18th Street NW

For over 25 years the Skynear design showroom has been located in a charming Adams Morgan row house that goes up and back, seemingly forever. Proprietor Lynn Skynear, a journalist and former correspondent with ABC, designed 20 u Midcity DC | JANUARY 2013

the shop to look and feel like the home of your coolest globe-trotting aunt. The result is the most eclectic mix of artisan works and modern home furnishings anywhere in the city. Because 60 percent of featured art work is one of kind, it is not surprising that the National Endowment for the Arts recently selected Skynear as one of the (two) top “American Art Places” in Washington. I recommend a slow and thoughtful meander to avoid missing any of the witty accessories placed throughout. On the first floor be prepared to encounter an enormous aqua Murano glass chandelier, a whimsical Romero Britto chess set, and a coffee table made of 100-year old North Carolina driftwood. The second floor is likewise a veritable wonderland. It features Innovation Living sectional furniture, a crimson chair made entirely of seat belts, a life-size sheep sculpture, and Britto paintings inspired by current Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin, III, and go-go legend Chuck Brown. Stunning, surreal, and within the city Skynear design showroom combines function limits. What’s not to love?

Typically, trolling through a vintage boutique requires a hearty breakfast and comfortable shoes. Mercedes Bien Vintage, the oldest vintage shop in the District, is the exception. The eponymous owner with a degree in textiles from the University of Maryland has so carefully edited her merchandise that treasures can be found everywhere. Look to the left behind the glass jewelry cases and you can find prisMercedes Bien, still setting the vintage standard tine 1950 cashmere sweaters embellished with pastel colored beads, crystals, and mink. Lace bustiers, full slips, and Pucci girdles with garter stays akin to the kind worn by Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8” can be found hanging on the lower racks to the right. And then there is a marvelous, mod, multi-colored trench coat by Mary Quant hanging on the wall! DC shopping never ceases to delight, darling. Mariessa Terrell, aka Simone Butterfly, Fashion Investigator, does her sleuthing at and @SimoneBtrfly. u

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Jazz Avenue by Steve Monroe

New Year's Wishes

A happy, peaceful, and prosperous and healthy New Year to all, including best wishes for jazz masters like Buck Hill, Butch Warren, and Maurice Lyles, with a special happy birthday this month to Hall of Fame drummer Jimmy Cobb. May they all find renewed strength to continue inspiring audiences with their musical gifts. More success for those like Nasar Abadey, Michael Thomas, Larry Willis, Marc Cary, Benito Gonzalez, Allison Miller, and Wayne Wilentz, and more audiences for the real music at our favorite venues like Twins Jazz, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center – a 2012 Mayor's Arts Award winner along with Atlas Jazz curator Brad Linde and the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. Keep up the good work also to HR-57, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Sala Thai, Georgia Brown's and B. Smith's restaurants, and the Kennedy Center. And best wishes to the Sankofa Cafe on Georgia Avenue NW as it plans a Friday night jazz series beginning Jan. 11. May Charlie Fishman continue his success with the DC Jazz Festival. Good fortune for our youth, like the Jolley Brothers, Brian Settles, Amy Bormet, Kush Abadey, the Carter family prodigies, Janelle Gill, and others, along with the Howard University and University of the District of Columbia jazz ensemble performers. A special wish for WPFW and its long devoted listeners for

a new home and funding and a hope that the programming controversy, in the news at press time, finds a solution that is pleasing and comfortable, as well as financially rewarding, to all concerned. Long live the spirit and voice of those like Katea Stitt and others who mean well by the music and the community, and may they find their way back to the WPFW airwaves.

In Person: Mary Halvorson, Jacqui Simmons

Jazz at the Atlas last month featured guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson displaying her gritty, raw, rock/metal music jazz to a large, appreciative crowd. Halvorson’s quintet, playing tunes from her latest recording, “Bending Bridges,” opened with intense licks of drama by Halvorson on guitar and fierce alto sax and trumpet lines before she explored some atonal passages over the backing horns and the drummer’s stark symphonies of his own, while the bassist dug deeply for walking lines that complemented the group’s jagged rhythms. Then the next tune turned into a sweet serenade of sorts, the horn’s melodies over the sometimes slashing drums, with Halvorson answering with twanging chords, then softening under the horn’s swaying lines. Intriguing tunes followed, some more rhythmic than others, but each featuring the musicians’ explorative, searching lines of music. Halvorson’s

quintet included Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet, Jon Irabagon, alto saxophone, John Hébert, bass, and Ches Smith on drums. In Petworth last month vocalist Jacqui Simmons entertained at Sala Thai, where you can find her regularly with her entrancing, romantic tones enlivening standards like “Just Friends,” “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To,” and “The Nearness of You.” Simmons is one of those throwback jazz singers, who credits the late Ronnie Wells as her mentor.

Congrats, Todd Marcus!

Congratulations to saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Todd Marcus, whose latest recording, “Inheritance,” was named one of the top 10 jazz albums for 2012 by National Public Radio, which said, "Here's a record with a lot of hidden layers … On the surface, it's a fairly straight-ahead collection where Baltimore reedman Todd Marcus fronts a pianobass-drums quartet … Marcus' horn of choice is the bass clarinet, with its distinctive dark hue ... And his paternal Egyptian heritage has led him into study of music from the Arabic world, which manifests in colorful pieces like ‘Wahsouli’ or ‘Blues for Tahrir.’” Marcus appears with his orchestra, including Lyle Link on saxophone and Warren Wolf on drums, Jan. 22 at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. u

January Highlights: Lenny Robinson, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Bohemian Caverns ... Warren Wolf, Kush Abadey, Jan. 11, Westminster Presbyterian Church ... Angela Stribling, Jan. 15, Blues Alley ... Jazz Night 14th Anniversary Celebration, Jan. 18, Westminster Presbyterian Church ... Andrea Veneziani, Jan. 18, Twins Jazz ... Todd Marcus Quartet, Jan. 22, Kennedy Center ... Jerseyband, Jan. 23, Atlas Performing Arts Center ... Todd Marcus Quartet, Jan. 23, Blues Alley ... Roy Ayers, Jan. 24, Blues Alley ... Chelsey Green, Jan. 24, Twins Jazz ... Earl Wilson Birthday Celebration, Jan. 25, Westminster Presbyterian Church ... Tony Martucci, Jan. 25, Twins Jazz ... Eddie Palmieri, Jan. 26, Kennedy Center ... Omar Sosa, Paolo Fresu, Jan. 29, Blues Alley ... Jane Monheit, Jan. 30, The Hamilton.

January Birthdays: Frank Wess 4; Kenny Clarke 9; Max Roach 10; Jay McShann 12; Melba Liston, Joe Pass 13; Gene Krupa 15; Cedar Walton 17; Jimmy Cobb 20; J.J. Johnson 22; Gary Burton 23; Antonio Carlos Jobim 25; Bobby Hutcherson 27; Roy Eldridge 30. u 21

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by Anonymous

012 might best be characterized as an annus horribilis. Revelations of dirty tricks, misbehavior and corruption among District’s elected officials stunned even The Nose’s jaded brethren. These poor scribblers fairly wore out their cell phones tweeting followers the latest juicy tidbits. From the sticky web of financial contributions woven by Jeffrey “Piggy Bank” Thompson, which ensnared even the pious Nitpicker, to the sentencing of Kwame “Bullet Proof ” Brown and Harry “Light Fingers” Thomas Jr., scandal was the gift that kept on giving. Yet 2012 ended with an unexpected whimper. Despite the many rumors of imminent indictments, which consumed the District’s chattering classes in June, September and November, Mayor Vincent “Tight Lipped” Gray remains the head of the District’s dwarfish political establishment. The unindicted co-conspirator named by federal prosecutors in Jeanne Clarke Harris’ charging documents remains unindicted. And Jim “The Deal Maker” Graham survived unscathed multiple angry savagings at the hands of the Washington ComPost’s editorial board. In DC, it is truly a rubric that the more things change, the more they remain the same. So, taking inspiration from the Romantics’ What I Like About You, here is a paean of appreciation for the DC pols whose antics support The Nose’s bourbon habit: Hey, uh uh! What I like about Phil is his office files, rooting around in endless piles, yeah! Colleagues whining all time trying to avoid committee assignments they find asinine. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you! What I like about Jack is his belief in ethics light telling voters he is the only one to keep city’s finances safe at night, yeah! Developers whispering in his ear helping to avoid the taxes that they fear. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you! What I like about Marion is his optimism, his chutzpah dimming not a whit from prison. Ward 8 falling down around his ears grinding his Jag’s complicated gears. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you! What I like about Dave is his irritating ways pulling out his laptop to navigate DC’s fiscal maze. Balancing the council and full time job some issue always boiling on the hob. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you! What I like about Jim is his attention to detail emailing hundreds of complaints to journalists without fail. 22 u Midcity DC | JANUARY 2013

Riding down 16th Street in his retro bug hanging with the hipsters can make an old guy smug. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you! What I love about VO is his sense of pride, Ask him and he’ll tell he’s the best on every side. Doing a Muhammad Ali improv on the dais, reminding everyone that accounting is a science. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you. What I like about Mary is her charm, staring over those sexy glasses like a stern schoolmarm. Prosecuting witnesses until they fear by mercilessly dissecting all they hold dear. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you. What I like about Tommy is he never takes a chance, putting a finger in the wind ‘fore asking a partner to the dance, yeah! GGW is twittering on his phone mapping all the byways for his bicycle to roam. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you. What I love about Muriel is her hoard of cash raising money in a race with no opponent to really bash. With Lightfoot and Lindenfeld plotting very near telling every constituency what it wants to hear. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you. What I love about Yvette is her choice of friends seeing her as truly a means to an end. Taking over the health committee will be a bonanza if Wilmot and company turn her into their Kung Fu panda. ‘Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you. What I love about Kenyan is his serious mien, cleaning up Ward 5 requires a real superman. Chairman Pro Tempore may lead to elevation if Vince is offered an all-expense-paid federal vacation. Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you. What I love about the Council is y’all keep me entertained at night sipping bourbon while watching hearings is a satirist’s delight. Twittering furiously on my cell taking the road straight to hell. Cause that’s true it’s what I like about you. Should old politicians be forgot and never brought to mind? We’ll trade an indictment back and forth for auld lang syne. Have a thought for The Nose, email ★

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Will Closing DCPS Schools Will Make the System Stronger?

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his month, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will announce which schools will be closed at the end of the school year, from a list of 20 announced last fall. She says that these schools are under-enrolled and expensive to operate. The implication is that closing schools will allow DCPS to create stronger education environments in the consolidated schools. Unfortunately, the Chancellor has not shared much with the public to demonstrate just how expensive the under-enrolled schools are, how much would be saved by closing them, and how the savings would be used. Perhaps that is because there really won’t be major savings. Right now, smaller DCPS schools receive only slightly more per pupil funding than larger schools and have teacherstudent ratios that are roughly the same as in larger schools. Together, these don’t suggest that the smaller schools are overly expensive or under resourced relative to larger schools. This means cost savings from closing and consolidating schools may not be substantial. We estimate that savings in staffing costs next school year would be about $10 million, but the transition costs of closing schools will be very close to that, erasing any savings in the first year. If closing schools does not generate much savings or greater benefits to students, what is the point? Even if all 20 schools are closed, there will still be under-enrolled schools, particularly if enrollment drops as it did after the 2008 round of school closures. Chancellor Henderson has set a bold goal of improving test scores in low-performing schools, but the school closure plan does not say what will be done to improve overall quality of the remaining schools, which is needed to improve outcomes and draw families back into DCPS. In other words, the real question is not which schools will be closed, but what will be done with the schools that stay open to make them better?

Are Small Schools Cost Inefficient?

One of the main arguments in the Chancellor’s proposal for school closure and consolidation is

by Soumya Bhat that the under-enrolled schools or small schools are inefficient and require additional funding from the school system to operate. Yet an analysis of general education spending per pupil shows that small schools are not spending much more on a per pupil basis than large schools of the same school type. At the elementary level, for example, the typical general education budget for smaller schools is $8,472 per pupil, compared with $8,149 per pupil in the larger schools. (See Figure 1)

Will Closing Schools Save Money?

An initial analysis from DC education finance analyst Mary Levy shows that DCPS could see $10.4 million in staff savings next school year from shuttering the 20 schools. This reflects the staff savings from closed schools net of the new staff costs that would be allocated to the receiving schools, based on DCPS staffing guidelines. Additional funding may also be generated by leasing vacant buildings to charter schools or other organizations in the future, but that is still uncertain.

one-time costs related to inventory, relocation and storage. This would erase any staff savings in the first year, although there should be net savings in future years. DCPS has also stated that certain schools may reopen in a few years, if the population of schoolage children grows at projected rates. The cost of closing and reopening these schools, both in terms of actual funding and the disruption to the community, is worth considering before making final decisions about school closings.

The Key Question: Will Closing Schools Lead To Greater Quality?

Chancellor Henderson has said that savings Continues on page 25 Figure 1

Will Closing Schools Cost Money?

Consolidating schools may save money over time, but there definitely are short-term costs that should not be ignored. The cost of closing 23 schools in 2008 was estimated at $9.7 million, but a DC auditor’s report found the actual costs totaled $39.5 million, including demolition of school buildings, moving and relocation, and transportation of displaced students. This time around, Mary Levy estimates $10.2 million in u 23

Bloomingdale Bites by Jazzy Wright

Bloomingdale Inn Closes

The Bloomingdale Inn – a cozy 10-bedroom bed and breakfast located at the northernmost tip of the neighborhood – was put up for sale in December. Owners of the inn, which consists of two fully connected Victorian row houses, listed one of the homes for $650,000 and the next-door property for $615,000. According to a real estate listing for the bed and breakfast, the Victorianstyle property is a four-level row house outfitted with three fireplaces. The smaller unit does not have a kitchen or main staircase. History buffs may take an interest in the two row houses. Both were designed by architect Joseph Bohn, Jr., and were built by former real estate moguls Ray E. Middaugh and William E. Shannon (of Middaugh & Shannon, Inc.) in 1905. Middaugh took residence in the property with his wife Hattie. According to Bloomingdale Inn owner Lorraine Wilson, the properties were donated to the Catholic Church in the 1940s, when they became the Howard University Newman Center. Wilson bought the buildings from the Catholic Church in 1998. In 2004 Wilson teamed up with her husband to turn the property into the bed and breakfast, naming each room after historical figures who once lived in Bloomingdale, including Broadway star Chita Rivera and labor leader Samuel Gompers. Bloomingdale Inn closed in December. Wilson says she is closing the inn for economic reasons, as fewer visitors are opting to stay at bed and breakfasts in the area. “It’s been a joy and a lot of work, and I’ve enjoyed the sense of community,” notes Wilson, adding that she has gotten to know her neighbors and their family members over the years. “It’s really bittersweet letting it go. I’m going to miss [the community] part of it.”

City to Use Historic McMillan Site to Store Rainwater

After dealing with months of intense pressure from Bloomingdale residents, DC Water finally developed a short-term solution for the flood-stricken area. Starting in spring 2014, DC Water will store up to six million gallons of storm water at the historic McMillan sand filtration site. The short-term project, which has been designated the Northeast Boundary Neighborhood Protection Project by city officials, will reduce excessive pressure on the sewer system until a longterm sewer project is completed in 2025. 24 u Midcity DC | JANUARY 2013

The short-term solution will provide flood relief for both Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park, two neighborhoods that experienced heavy rainstorms last summer. The project will be divided into three development phases: the first will store storm water using two underground McMillan basins, the second will involve construction of a 19-foot tunnel under First Street NW, and the third will realign and accelerate the Northeast Boundary portion of the Clean Rivers Project, the long-term citywide tunnel solution for the flooding issue. The short-term solution is the product of work by the Mayor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Flooding, a group charged with developing remedial solutions. The task force “was instrumental in finding preventive solutions, but a lot of credit has to go to the staff of engineers at DC Water for finding out what was actually feasible,” said task force member Teri Janine Quinn, who also serves as the president of the Bloomingdale Civic Association. “It’s great to know that the District has taken serious steps toward finding a solution.” At this point city officials are saying that the site project will not affect current proposals to redevelop much of the McMillan landmark into housing, office, and park spaces. And while hopeful property developers may breathe a sigh of relief at this news, many preservationists are left wondering how the flood solution will affect the historical site. The Historic Preservation Office will be working with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and DC Water in the upcoming weeks “to further develop the proposal for using a portion of the McMillan Reservoir site for storm water recapture,” said Steve Callcott, deputy preservation officer of the DC Historic Preservation Office. “While the details and exact impacts of the proposal remain to be more fully worked out, all parties are committed to ensuring that the important characteristics of the historic site are preserved.” Quinn is hopeful about the new usefulness of the McMillan site, which contains filtration cells that have not been used since 1985. “I think most of the flooding will be substantially addressed between 2016 and 2022,” he said. “It is interesting to think that we’re taking it back to the historic uses of the site, which is to store water there again.” u

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will be used to reinvest in our classrooms, and that larger schools are able to have small class sizes and more flexible groupings of students to help teachers work together in teams. DCPS also states that when schools reach certain size thresholds, it gives the school’s principal more flexibility to use their resources better. But if there are no cost savings, it is not clear how additional resources can be steered towards the schools that need them the most. Beyond that, it is not apparent whether the consolidated schools really will bring new levels of classroom flexibility. The student-to-teacher ratios in large DCPS schools were not much better than in small schools of the same type. (See Figure 2 below.) For example, the average student-to-teacher ratio for large elementary schools (more than 350 students) is actually higher than in smaller elementary schools. What’s more, after the 20 schools close, it is not certain that the consolidated schools will see smaller class sizes. In fact, it looks like their student-teacher ratios and class sizes will go up as a result of consolidation. For example, many students in closing schools will gain a librarian that they may not have had before, but the ratio of librarian to students will increase for the newly consolidated school.

What Steps Are Being Taken To Show System-Wide Vision?

Perhaps most important, it is not clear that closing 20 small schools addresses the issue of under-enrollment throughout DCPS, either now or in the future. There are 40 DCPs elementary schools under

the recommended size of 350 students and just 24 above this level. Only three out of 13 middle schools and six out of 18 high schools meet criteria for a fully enrolled school. If students continue to leave the system, as they did after the 2008 round of closings, DC may be looking at even smaller schools in the following year. In other words, losing schools does not address the root causes of under enrollment and low quality of DC public schools. It is reaction to a problem rather than a proactive solution. Chancellor Henderson should have coupled her school closure plan with other more forward-looking plans to improve the quality of the school system. With other major changes coming, including a review of school boundaries and a new plan for modernizing school facilities, a plan for improving academic performance would have helped parents and others see the silver lining in the difficult process of closing schools. It is not too late. With proposed school budget guidelines coming out soon, DCPS can start to communicate how school closings will help address the lack of sufficient funding that individual school budgets continue to face, particularly those schools with the most ambitious goals for improving performance. Without that, it is hard to see why school closures will be anything other than another painful chapter in the history of DCPS. Bhat is an education finance and policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. u

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Logan Circles by Mark F. Johnson

Get Ready for the January Logan-palooza

As the calendar turns to a new year, Logan Circle is about to be inundated with people! January always brings out the crowds as folks return from holiday and as thousands of leather boys come to town for the annual Mid Atlantic Leather weekend, which has usually taken place at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle. But this year is different. January 21 is Inauguration Day! President Barack Obama officially starts his second term on that day. This means that even more folks will be on our streets thanks to the great number of hotels and B&B’s in this area. While I must point out that the Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend has reportedly been moved away from the Washington Plaza to the Hyatt Regency, downtown, many in town

for the event will wander around Logan, the city’s new gay zone. They come not only for the bars and restaurants but for the shops. Who said leather lovers don’t like a chic lounge chair or a bangin’ pair of dress slacks for the office? The Donovan Hotel, Hotel Helix, and the Washington Plaza are not hosting official inaugural events, but lots of out-of-towners will stay at these places and will also patronize our restaurants and shops. Of course anyone in town at this time last year will recognize tremendous differences in the landscape as more building projects are finished or near completion and as more new holes appear in the ground, especially on 14th Street. Those who were last here in 2009 will assuredly see changes all around them. Those of us who live and work here, in this everevolving environment known as U/14, can see changes from as recently as a few weeks ago. For example, Lux, the fancy stone and tile design shop that opened on 14th next door to City Paws, has closed after about a year in business. Interestingly, it replaced Icon, a lighting-design business which also had a relatively short stint in the space. Could that space be cursed or does the landlord want too high a rent for it? That is at least the claim of the owner of the now defunct Lux.

Former Urban Essentials Space About to Be Leased?

Arts 1830, the glass front art gallery at 1830 14th has closed leaving the building vacant. 26 u Midcity DC | JANUARY 2013

While we’re on the subject of high rents, word is that Streetsense, the urban-savvy real estate development company that owns and leases some properties in U/14, has an interested party for the building that used to house Urban Essentials in the 1300 block of U Street. The two-story building became vacant once the contemporary furniture store moved to 14th and Rhode Island Avenue in the space formerly occupied by Reincarnations before it closed last year. As we hear it, Streetsense was asking for $65 per square foot for the space, a high price even by U/14 standards. My

understanding is that the interested party, possibly a restaurant or bar, is not willing to pay quite that much but that a deal is “near” on finalizing a lease.

Ars 1830 Shuts Down

If one of your New Year’s resolutions includes buying more art from local galleries, please take Arts 1830 off your list. The combination art gallery and framing shop, formerly known as Raven Arts, has closed after about a year in operation. The space was quite nice. It was renovated and redesigned by the owners of St Ex as a way of re-housing Raven Arts, which had been upstairs above Bar Pilar (which they also own) but needed to be moved when Bar Pilar opted to open an upstairs dining space. Raven Arts owner Regina Miele showcased local artists including her own work and continued her framing business, which offered bread-and-butter money. She originally had a five-year-plus lease but closed down just about a year into it. At one point the gallery had considered taking the upstairs space that had been home to Hunted House, Vintage, and Mid Century Modern after their move to H Street NE back in April. Now the entire building remains vacant as the landlord seeks to rent both spaces. Already 2013 promises to be more of the rollercoaster ride many of us locals love to be on! Rachel Nania: Check out her blog, “Sear, Simmer & Stir.” Follow her on Twitter @rnania; email her at rachel[AT] Urban Adventures Companies, Inc., announced last week that construction has begun on Aura Spa, located at VIDA Fitness (1612 U Street NW). The new 5,000 square-foot space will be right off the gym’s main lobby and will feature modern decor, several treatment rooms, and a menu of services such as facials, body treatments, and massage therapy. The spa, which is the company’s third location, is expected to open in April 2013 with $1 million in development costs. Later this month Aura Spa plans to launch a new website at, highlighting the new offerings. VIDA Fitness and Bang Salon opened at 1612 U Street in summer 2011, and the Penthouse Pool Club opened in spring 2012. The building also currently houses a first-floor restaurant space and executive office suites marketed to local professional services businesses. u

Shaw Streets by Ralph Brabham

Old City Green’s New Location on Rhode Island Ave

Bahl and narrated by WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi. Also featured will be flutist Emma Resmini, the youngest student ever admitted to the NSO’s Youth Fellowship program. Immediately following the concert, enjoy the ever-popular Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo,” a project of the Women’s Committee for the NSO. The culminating event will be a concert by the full NSO at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium, Jan. 14, at 7:00 p.m. The closing event will be led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and NSO Principal

Old City Green – Shaw’s beloved garden center since 2008 – relocated to 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW in December 2013. Its new home is in the courtyard in front of Shaw Middle School, a DC Public School facility shuttered in 2008. Old City Green closed for the winter after selling out of Christmas trees and will reopen at its new location in March. The open-air shop’s lease at 9th and N Street NW ended on December 31 in anticipation of a mixed-use development planned for the site. That project should commence in early 2014.

Reformation Fitness Opens on 9th St.

Reformation Fitness opened at 1302 9th St. NW in December 2012. The exercise studio specializes in smallgroup, integrated pilates equipment classes, including the reformer, chair, and mat. Using the latest approaches in exercise science and sports medicine, each class is designed to maximize results in a safe, encouraging, but challenging environment.

National Symphony Orchestra in Shaw

The National Symphony Orchestra presents a week of free activities in early January. The weeklong program, NSO in Your Neighborhood, runs Jan. 8-14. Members of the orchestra will break into small ensembles to perform chamber music and conduct educational activities. The NSO’s performances during this period will be free of charge, thanks to a gift from Irene Pollin.

Over 20 events are planned for the week, ranging in content and taking place at a variety of venues. Events include roundtable discussions, film screenings, ensemble performances, and more. Some events require advance registration through the NSO website. An opening event will be at the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW) on Jan. 8, 7:30-9:00 p.m. The kick-off celebration features members of the orchestra in an evening of chamber music and jazz at the newly renovated theater. An ensemble performance will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Shiloh Baptist Church (1500 9th St. NW). Musicians Carole Bean (flute), Jamie Roberts (oboe), Edward Cabarga (clarinet), Steven Wilson (bassoon), and James Nickel (horn) will play classical works for youth and families. On Saturday, Jan. 12, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St. NW), a family concert will take place. The NSO will perform children’s favorite “Peter and the Wolf ” led by Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar

hood,” said NSO Executive Director Rita Shapiro. “The rich musical history of the U Street area, Howard, and Shaw immediately attracted us. We are grateful for Irene Pollin’s generosity, which allows the orchestra to go out into the local community and offer free admission to all events.” More information, a full list of activities, and online registration can be found on the NSO website at http://

A&D Neighborhood Bar Open

A&D Neighborhood Bar opened on Dec. 5, 2012, at 1314 9th St. NW. A&D is the latest venture of the creative forces behind nearby SUNdeVICH (1314 9th St. NW, rear) and Seasonal Pantry (1314½ 9th St. NW), Ali Bagheri and Dan O’Brien respectively. The tavern features craft cocktails, beers, and a small kitchen where Bagheri and O’Brien take turns dishing out a number of delicious treats.

New Destination for Coffee Lovers Open

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Inside A&D Coffee Bar at 12th and S. Opening night at A&D Coffee Bar. Photos: Ralph Brabham

Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. The celebrated soprano Jessye Norman, a graduate of Howard University, will perform, and the program will include the Washington premiere of George Walker’s Sinfonia No. 4, co-commissioned by the NSO. This year’s NSO in Your Neighborhood follows on the heels of last year’s successful event in Columbia Heights. “We were gratified by the reaction to our events in Columbia Heights last year, and decided to continue with another DC neighbor-

Away from the hustle and bustle of the area’s commercial corridors, the Coffee Bar opened in December at 1201 S St. NW, across from Garrison Elementary School. The beautifully renovated building dates back to1880, and the new coffee shop has a charming, comfortable, and beautiful interior. TCB features a variety of coffee and espresso drinks, teas, and other beverages, as well as baked goods from local pastry maker Hawthorne. Known also as TCB, the bar is the brainchild of owner Cait Lowry, who has significant experience in the coffee business. Her resume includes time at Pound the Hill, Yola, Baked and Wired, and Buzz Bakery. u u 27

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Saturday Mornings at the National

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. Saturday Morning at the National free programs for children returns on Feb 2. Please check their website for performance details at

Wilson’s Pride at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Join Wilson, the Corcoran’s lion mascot, in celebrating the power of art and working together. Wilson wants everyone to make a difference in the community-starting now! Every season, the Pride comes together for events that combine the arts with service projects. Membership in Wilson’s Pride is free for children ages 3-16. As a Wilson’s Pride Member you will be invited to family events, including “Once Upon a Winter’s Night” on Jan 25, 6-9 p.m. Free; warm clothing donation encouraged. Pre-registration requirred. Brrr, it’s cold out! Bundle up your family and come join us after hours for Wilson’s Tales storytelling performances and art workshops. Help other community families warm up with donations of warm clothing and blankets benefiting Covenant House Washington. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202639-1700. 28 u Midcity DC | JANUARY 2013

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H.D. Cooke Elementary School’s DC SCORES students get excited for the Poetry Slam! Photo: Courtesy of Ian Weston

DC SCORES Poetry Slam!

The 15th annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!, the largest youth slam in the District, showcased original poetry and songs written by students who participate in the after-school program. December’s two-night event was held at Columbia Heights Education Campus and H.D. Woodson High School. On the first night of the Poetry Slam! in Northwest, students from 17 schools used the spotlight to wow the audience of over 500 guests with group and individual performances about everything from school pride; to striving to succeed; to a girl’s solo poem about her deceased father. Elementary school winners were Noyes Education Campus (1st); Capital City Public Charter School (2nd); and Raymond Education Campus and Tubman Elementary School (tied for 3rd); while Kastenny Contreras of Marie Reed Elementary School won the individual Shine Award. Middle school winners were Cesar Chavez Public Charter School – Prep (1st); Paul Public Charter School (2nd); and Lincoln Middle School (3rd). Zayda Lopez of Chavez Prep won the Shine Award. To learn more, visit

African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day

On Saturday, Feb 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will meet famed African American pilots from World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen, who fought discrimination both at home and abroad; learn about the accomplishments of other black pioneers of aviation and space; talk to Museum experts; participate in hands-on activi-

ties; and listen to stories. Free. National Air and Space Museum. 202-6331000.

Lego Club at Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library

This weekly program features open Lego Duplo block play time for children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers. Saturdays at 11 a.m. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.

Spy Museum Exquisitely Evil Family Night

On Friday, Jan 11, 6-9 p.m., you are invited for a secret after-hours infiltration of the Museum’s newest exhibition, Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains. Families are welcome to this exclusive viewing of the new exhibition complete with Code Cracker competitions, Bond Spy Trivia contests, SPY snacks, hot cocoa, and a chance to explore all forms of spy tradecraft. Eye patches optional. Ages: 5 and (one adult required for every five KidSpy agents). $14 per participant. Space is limitedadvance registration required. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday at MLK Library

Come to a special storytime with books, music and songs to celebrate and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This celebration is for ages 3 and older. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

“Investigating Where We Live” Summer Program at the National Building Museum

Created by the National Building Museum in 1996, Investigating Where We Live (IWWL) is a summer outreach program designed for middle school and high school students ages

Accepting only online applications for the 2013-2014 school year, grades PS-6 Apply at

If applicants do not have internet access, they can come to the school to apply on-line.

With a French and Spanish immersion program and a dual focus on academic excellence and community service, Stokes School prepares culturally diverse elementary school students to be leaders, scholars, and responsible citizens who are committed to social justice.

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PLAY WORK BUILD at the National Building Museum

Children playing with PLAY WORK BUILD blue blocks. Photo: Tom Moore

12-16 from the DC metropolitan area. IWWL participants learn to use creative writing and photography as a means of understanding and describing DC neighborhoods. At the end of the program, participants have an opportunity to show what they have learned by creating a museum exhibition that features their insights and work. IWWL is a 12 session summer program that takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for four weeks. Up to 30 participants are selected each summer. Two optional work sessions are offered to provide participants the chance to work directly in the gallery space. The exhibition planned and produced by the students is on display for six to nine months. This year’s exhibition, Investigating Where We Live: Connecting with Anacostia, explores this historic neighborhood through the themes of diversity, change, and community, and is open until May 27, 2013. Applications for the 2013 session will be available online in March 2013. Please contact outreach@nbm. org if you would like to be placed on their mailing list and receive updates. The National Building Museum is at 401 F St. NW.

Research has shown how important play can be to a child’s development. Through this exhibition, visitors (young and old) begin to see the connections between play, design, and the work of building professionals like architects and engineers. Conceived in partnership with the internationally renowned design firm the Rockwell Group, this exhibition combines a presentation of the Museum’s world-class Architectural Toy Collection, a hands-on block play area, and an original digital interactive that allows visitors to fill an entire wall of the exhibition with virtual blocks-and then knock them down. After viewing a selection of construction toys from the Museum’s collection, from the familiar Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs to the lesser-known Bumpalow House and Ringa-Majigs, visitors have the opportunity to reconfigure their environment and design their own course of play with individually-sized blocks. In the subsequent gallery, visitors are invited to work individually to reimagine their small-scale structures created into oversized structures using supersized foam blocks or to work in groups to design and build something entirely new. Children and adults alike are encouraged to participate in unstructured, imaginative play that exercises muscles and minds. $8 for adults; $5 for youth, students and seniors. On exhibition at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, through Nov 18, 2014. 202-272-2448.

libraries have something that might help. Students from Dunbar High School visited Northwest One and learned about one of the most useful tools available through the DC Public Library’s website: online databases. If you have a library card, you have free access to a cornucopia of research material. They have databases on everything from art to genealogy, law to history, and newspaper archives to science. All you need to start researching is a computer with an Internet connection and your library card! Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946.

Shadow Family Night at the American Art Museum

Every Feb 2, Punxsutawney Phil tells us whether we get more winter or if spring is just around the corner. So on the eve of Groundhog’s Day (Feb 1, 5-8 p.m.), let’s play with shadows! Make a puppet for the shadow theater, grab a flashlight for an “I spy…” game, and go on a scavenger hunt in the galleries to see how artists use light and shadow in their artwork. American Art Museum, 8th and F sts. NW. 202-633-7970.

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Watch as the DC Maxecuters fly their model airplanes in and across

the Great Hall! This is a free drop-in demonstration program for all ages. Jan 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

The Invisible Universe at MLK Library

On Jan 26 at 3 p.m., learn how astronomers study the universe using space telescopes that are able to detect light that is invisible to the human eye. Participants will discover how astronomers study black holes using X-rays, galactic dust using infrared emission, young and massive stars using ultraviolet radiation, among other things. Mr. Camus, the astronomer, will also show images taken by special telescopes of the Milky Way and many other interesting extragalactic spaces. Learn how astronomers study the universe using space telescopes. This program is for ages 7 and older. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

School of American Ballet Auditions

Washington, DC-Marylandarea ballet students are invited to audition for the School of American Ballet’s 2013 Summer Course on Sunday, Jan 27, from 2-6 p.m. The auditions will be held at Maryland Youth Ballet, 926 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, MD (301-608-2232). The times are 2-3:30 p.m. for 12-13 years; 3:30-5 p.m. for 14-15 years; and 5–6 p.m. for 16-18 years. Stu-

dents should arrive one hour in advance of their audition time to register. Optional preregistration for the audition is also available at summercourse. The application fee is $35. Auditions are for intermediate and advanced ballet students, 12 to 18 years old as of July 31, 2013. All students should bring a copy of their birth certificates to the audition. Girls must bring pointe shoes to the audition. During the next month, more than 2,000 aspiring ballet dancers in 20 cities will vie for approximately 200 coveted spots in SAB’s fiveweek summer program in New York City. Suzanne Farrell, Darci Kistler, Sara Mearns, Ethan Stiefel, Gelsey Kirland, Benjamin Millepied and Wendy Whelan are just a few of the notable dancers who attended the School of American Ballet as part of their formative training. The School of American Ballet, founded 79 years ago by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, is the premier ballet academy in the United States and trains more students who become professional ballet dancers than any other American school. SAB’s former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading US and international ballet companies. Students invited to SAB’s Summer Course will attend classes at the School’s Lincoln Center headquarters from June 24 to July 27. For more information, visit or call the School of American Ballet at 212-769-6600. u u 31

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Winter Gardening


s a gardener, I love winter because I get to relax and not do a whole lot. Winter is vacation time, so I get to walk around and look at all the gardens in my neighborhood and beyond. There is something quite serene about a garden with a layer of frozen ice or snow lingering after a night of cold. Maybe it’s because I know what is happening underground as well. The early spring bulbs are sending out their root systems so they can be ready for a spring bloom. The trees are a plant of a different color, so to speak. According to ecologists, root activity is periodic, with maximum growth in early summer – especially in deciduous species – and pulses of additional growth occurring occasionally in early fall. (That’s why the best time to transplant a tree is in the spring or fall.) Complicating things further, ecologists indicate that not all roots grow at the same time. Even within a single tree some roots may be active while others are not. However, by all accounts, tree roots in our region are thought to spend the winter in a condition of dormancy. This means they are not dead but rather overwinter in a resting phase with essential life processes continuing at a minimal rate. Full-on root growth resumes in spring, shortly after soils become free of frost, usually sometime before bud break. But unlike the aboveground parts of most trees, which pass the winter in dormancy, roots seem to maintain a readiness to grow. In other words, roots can grow if the temperature stays between 32 and 41 degrees F. If soil temperature warms and stays above this minimum, winter roots can 32 u Midcity DC | JANUARY 2013

by Frank Asher become active. This winter quiescence, where roots are resting but ready, is extremely important for the health of individual trees and, by extension, for forests in general. It is this trait that allows evergreens to absorb water. It allows hardwoods the opportunity to expand their roots in search of water in advance of spring bud break. I find it wonderful knowing that at the slightest change in weather, life proceeds. I’ll bet it’s the same for matters of the heart. No wonder Valentine’s Day is in late winter. Warm things up with a little admiration and chocolate and a lot can bloom and grow.

Winter Advice

Do nothing! Let your garden be on its own. Protect the plants that need some TLC with mulch or compost or even keep your fallen leaves around the base of the plants. Let nature take its winter course. Observe which creatures visit. The creatures you see will, I hope, be of the friendly woodland sort and not the urban variety of rodent. Hang out a bird feeder. I love watching the birds eating on a blustery day, knowing they are taken care of. I am not a Bible thumper, but isn’t there a verse about watching over the sparrow? It really is the simple, quiet moments of winter that warm me up for spring.

A Common Denominator

We are a lot like the trees. Our thoughts and feelings tend to slow down in the colder months. Perhaps we sit by a fire on a quiet evening. If we are out more in nature and let ourselves feel the cold, our hearts get to pumping to keep our bodies warm. Take a walk in the woods or down the street or in the park. Take in winter’s bliss. Your mind and heart will feel the cold, but you can dream of warmer, more active days to come. By the way, did you know that if you replace one ion

of potassium with one ion of iron, chlorophyll becomes blood? That is how close we really are to the plant world. Go ahead, take a walk on the wild side. Walk up and down the 900 Block of Rhode Island Avenue and see what will be growing this spring. Take the time to see the trees and gardens in your neighborhood this winter. Happy New Year! Frank is owner of Fairies’ Crossing, a landscape gardening company established in 2000, and founder of Old City Green, established in 2008, where people and plants come together. u


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