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D.C. Council weighs repeal of bond tax

Blizzard of concerns halts snow-fines bill

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By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Facing a mini-rebellion from District retirees, the D.C. Council Tuesday introduced separate bills to repeal a controversial tax on out-ofstate municipal bonds, and to exempt most pension distributions from income tax withholding. Ward 2 member Jack Evans offered the bill to repeal the tax on income from non-District municipal bonds adopted last year. Evans said implementation has caused “enormous confusion and consternation” even though the tax applies only to future bond purchases. While the tax affects only bonds purchased after Jan. 1, 2012, Evans said the city finance office can’t figure out how to deal with previously purchased municipal bond funds — popular with retirees — that continue to buy and sell new bond issues. The tax was expected to raise about $2 million. “It’s just not worth it. It’s frankly impossible to administer,” Evans said. Meanwhile, at-large member Michael Brown is attempting to See Taxes/Page 25

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A bill to ensure that residents and businesses shovel their sidewalks was buried in a blizzard of amendments Tuesday. The D.C. Council, in what was supposed to be a second and final vote on the Winter Sidewalk Safety Act, instead voted 8-4 to table it — leaving the fate of a measure that has been debated for two years now completely uncertain.

City to pilot stormwater project in Chevy Chase ■ Environment: Grant will

fund permeable alleys, more

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Potomac Phil, a stuffed groundhog, made his debut in Dupont last week, predicting six more weeks of winter. The nonprofit Dupont Festival brought in the prop to give D.C. its own version of “Punxsutawny Phil.” Guests included Ward 2’s Jack Evans.

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

Walter Reed project director loses city post By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

With plans to redevelop the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus near final approval, the ambitious reuse project has lost its popular director. District economic development officials fired Eric Jenkins last week, days after he led a meeting in which the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority Committee signed off on the 3.1-million-square-foot, mixed-use plan. The city’s economic development office said it “does not comment on personnel matters.” At a community presentation on the

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The bill, authored by Ward 3 member Mary Cheh and Ward 6 member Tommy Wells, is intended to put some teeth into a 1922 city law requiring property owners to clear adjacent sidewalks within eight daylight hours of a snowstorm. Current law requires the District government to shovel for violators, then go to court to collect reimbursement — a cumbersome enforcement system that is rarely if ever used. The proposed bill instead sets fines — $25 for residential property and $125 for commercial — with warning tickets issued first, and escalating fines for repeated offenses. See Shoveling/Page 25

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Community leaders worry the change in leadership may slow progress on redevelopment.

city’s plan for Walter Reed last Thursday, Jeffrey Miller, director of real estate for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, said he is filling the project director slot “on

an interim basis.” Miller said a permanent replacement would be named this week, but he declined to state the reason for Jenkins’ sudden dismissal. “Eric did great work,” Miller said. “We’re sitting here tonight acknowledging the great work he did.” Jenkins, in an email to The Current, said that “transitioning the Walter Reed project to the next phase has been a topic of discussion for a number of months, but I won’t speculate as to why the Deputy Mayor chose to transition the project so abruptly.” He said he expects to join the private sector, focusing on large master plans and sustainSee Project/Page 22

SPOR TS ■ Gonzaga swims its way to WMPSSDL title. Page 13. ■ Visitation edges Bullis on the hardwood in ISl showdown. Page 13.

The area surrounding the intersection of 33rd and Quesada streets in Chevy Chase is poised to become a city pilot for stormwater retention efforts. Using a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the city plans to install permeable paving in several alleys and on some portions of the roadways there, and to add “bumpouts” housing planted areas meant to capture water. Officials will monitor the results of the RiverSmart project to see how much water the efforts can divert from the city’s aging sewers. “The city has this permit … [that essentially allows it] to pollute,” said the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Meredith Upchurch. But it restricts how much pollution is allowed into local waterways, and the most recently issued permit requires “retrofits to city streets and all properties” to address stormwater runoff. “So this project

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City officials met with residents Saturday to discuss the plans.

will help us meet that requirement.” The project is still in an early design phase, but construction is expected to begin by late summer or early fall. Upchurch said seven or eight “bumpouts” — curb extensions taking up a parking space or two and providing room for plants and possibly drains — will help collect water that would otherwise go straight into sewers. So will the permeable surfaces planned for several local alleys and portions of the affected roadways’ parking lanes. The goal is to collect 1.5 million gallons per year. See Rainwater/Page 23

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Planners release initial text ‘Jobbers’ bill fails on tied D.C. Council vote as part of city zoning update By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

As part of a long-running update to D.C. land-use rules, the Office of Planning last week released draft sections of a rewritten zoning code that officials say incorporates new planning principles and corrects known issues with the existing regulations. The new sections, which encompass general policies and those specific to residential zones, include only a few changes to existing rules. Much of the Planning Office’s task was to rearrange many of the code’s sections and change how material is presented in an effort to improve the text’s clarity. New proposals include: • decreasing the minimum side-yard requirement for buildings in R-1 and R-2 zones from 8 feet to 5 feet, or 10

percent of the total lot width, to better match existing conditions. • allowing small commercial establishments to operate in residential row houses, limited to three within 500 feet (the approximate length of a city block), to provide more businesses within walking distance of residents. • allowing homeowners in R-1 and R-2 zones to rent out a room or detached building that is smaller than 25 percent of the total main building. Some of those uses are already common in the city, but property owners now must seek a variance or special exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment, a lengthy and often-costly process that gives neighbors the opportunity to resist the plans. If the Zoning Commission adopts the latest proposal, these uses See Zoning/Page 24

A long-debated bill to reduce the concentration of control over District gas stations failed on a tie vote Tuesday, a clear victory for two distributors who now control more than 70 percent of the city’s gasoline market. The Retail Service Station bill by Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh would have prevented — in the future only — gas distributors, or “jobbers,� from operating any more service stations. It would also clarify what Cheh said is existing law that allows operators to purchase gas from any jobber who offers

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The University of the District of Columbia Community College will host a review session for continuing accreditation of its associate degree program in nursing. The meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at 801 North Capitol St. NE. ■The Logan Circle Community Association will hold a community meeting on “2012: The Year Ahead in Logan Circle.� The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. ■ The Shepherd Park Citizens Association will sponsor a Neighborhood Watch training program in conjunction with a community meeting for Police Service Area 401. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW.

Saturday, Feb. 11

Mayor Vincent Gray’s “One City Summit� will feature an opportunity for participants to express their views on various issues in small-group discussions; discuss challenges facing the city; vote on priorities for action in the coming year; and learn about efforts to grow the District’s economy, improve public education and create more jobs. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. To register, visit or call 202-709-5132.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. John United Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on the mayor’s nomination of Rashida Y.V. MacMurray to serve on the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■The D.C. State Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a review of graduation requirements in health and physical education. The board will also honor Langdon Education Campus’ Perea Brown-Blackmon, the 2012 D.C. Teacher of the Year, and Lafayette Elementary School’s Lisa Jensen, the 2011 D.C. History Teacher of the Year. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, Feb. 16

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on the Early Warning and Intervention System Act of 2012, the College Preparation Plan Act of 2012 and the Early Childhood Education Act of 2011. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â– The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature Mayor Vincent Gray as guest speaker. The agenda will also include a discussion of new parking rules for Ward 1. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

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District Digest Army to detonate two World War I munitions

On Feb. 17 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will destroy two World War I-era munitions that were found recently in the Spring Valley area, the agency announced Monday. The Army will use the â&#x20AC;&#x153;controlled detonation chamberâ&#x20AC;? on federal property behind Sibley Memorial Hospital that it used to

destroy more than 100 munitions last year and in 2003, according to a news release.

District alters policy for disabled parking

The District is eliminating free metered parking for cars with handicap plates and placards, switching instead to a system of paid parking meters that will be reserved for disabled motorists, the D.C.

Department of Transportation announced last month. These â&#x20AC;&#x153;red topâ&#x20AC;? meters were launched last month downtown and around Southwest federal buildings, according to an agency news release. The meters have longer hours than others nearby but still require payment, and vehicles parking there without disability placards or tags can be ticketed or towed. This month, parking enforcement personnel will issue warning



notices to vehicles parked at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;red topâ&#x20AC;? meters; they will begin issuing tickets March 1. Traffic control officers will also be stationed at the meters to explain the new procedures. Also as of March 1, drivers with disabilities will need to begin paying and adhering to time limits when they use meters elsewhere in the city, the release states. The city will consider installing additional â&#x20AC;&#x153;red topâ&#x20AC;? meters in other areas upon request, but they will be most likely to appear near government buildings or special traffic generators, such as the convention center, recreational and entertainment centers and medical service facilities, according to the release. According to the release, the Transportation Department implemented the policy to reduce incentives for purchasing fraudulent handicap parking authorization; agency director Terry Bellamy states in the release that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the end result will be improved accessibility to parking for persons with disabilities in the District of Columbia.â&#x20AC;?

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Broad Branch Road reopens in park

The D.C. Department of Transportation reopened Broad Branch Road to two-way traffic last Wednesday, after closing it in December for repairs. In the 10 months since a culvert collapsed beneath the roadway, Broad Branch has been available only sporadically between Brandywine and Ridge roads in Rock Creek Park. The city first erected a temporary one-way bridge before starting permanent repairs. The project was originally projected to wrap up last August.

New judge sworn in at D.C. Appeals Court

Former public defender Corinne Beckwith was sworn in Friday as an associate judge at the D.C. Court of Appeals, according to a news release from the court system. Beckwith, a Capitol Hill resident, clerked for a 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judge and U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, then worked as a public defender in Michigan and the District, the release states. President Barack Obama nominated her to the judicial post last year.

Rosa Mexicano opens in Friendship Heights A third local outpost of the Rosa Mexicano restaurant has opened in Friendship Heights, according to a news release. The new restaurant, opening at 5225 Wisconsin Ave. in the former BambulĂŠ spot, offers 150 seats of indoor, outdoor and private dining. The menu features the chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature items such as fresh guacamole, lamb tacos and pomegranate margaritas. The upscale Mexican restaurant chain originated in Manhattan in 1984, and now features 13 restaurants nationwide, according to the release.

Cafe chain plans first location in District

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafe will open its first D.C. area shop in mid-February inside Dupont Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington Hilton, the hotel announced last week. The California-based specialty chain has more than 800 locations worldwide, the release states. The Hilton is located at 1919 Connecticut Ave.


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District posts 2011 surplus, Feedback to shape seminaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dorm plans increases revenue estimates By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

With the District government enjoying an unexpected revenue hike this year, and an even bigger surplus from last year, officials are turning to the logical question: Should some of the windfall be used to reduce the myriad tax and fee hikes of recent years? An independent financial analysis released last week shows revenue estimates for this fiscal year up by $42 million, and a surplus over last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expenses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to be deposited by law in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depleted reserve fund â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of a whopping $240 million. That brings the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reserves,

spent down during the administration of Mayor Adrian Fenty, to a healthy $1.1 billion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sum officials said reassured the major bond rating agencies last week that the District deserves to keep its good credit rating and low borrowing costs. The new Comprehensive Annual Financial Report also spurred an unusually optimistic report from Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi at a D.C. Council hearing Monday. Although the city â&#x20AC;&#x153;faces challengesâ&#x20AC;? in the year ahead, Gandhi said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he noted the large number of residents still unemployed, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sigSee Budget/Page 22

Wesley Theological Seminary is revising its plans for a new dorm backing onto University Avenue in Spring Valley after neighbors complained about large windows overlooking the residential street, officials said. Seminary president David McAllister-Wilson said in an interview yesterday that architects had just prepared a redesigned dorm rendering, which will likely be shared with residents this week. The school delayed a hearing before the Zoning Commission to have more time to work with neighbors on the dorm and other issues with the seminaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan. The commission approved a 10-year development plan for the seminary in 2006, allowing the school to demolish and replace several existing buildings on the Massachusetts Avenue campus and

add new construction on the site of a surface parking lot. Declining enrollment and increased financial pressures in the intervening years forced the school to put forth more modest goals, officials said at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission meeting. Under a replacement campus plan, which outlines development goals through 2021, the seminary now plans to construct only one new dormitory, with 76 beds, and to renovate existing academic and residential facilities. If this new plan is approved by the Zoning Commission, which oversees university campuses in residential areas, the school will also slightly expand surface parking rather than replace it with a garage. The planned residence hall would be built into the hillside leading from the campus to University Avenue, a few feet from and parallel to the existing Straughn Hall dorm. The brick building would See Seminary/Page 23

Foggy Bottom group looks to create â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By ANNA WEAVER Current Correspondent

When a group in the Foggy Bottom and West End began surveying their neighbors about setting up a support system for aging local residents, they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what response theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;villageâ&#x20AC;? movement, which aims to help people stay in their own homes for as long as possible by offering support services and social events, has already worked in other Northwest neighborhoods. But interim board members who supported the concept in Foggy Bottom and the West End wondered how their areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large number of apartment buildings would affect progress. They werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure whether apartment dwellers would feel the need for help beyond their front desks or building communities. The largely positive response they received was a pleasant surprise, said Jacqueline Lemire, one of the board members who surveyed the residents of more than 170 single-family homes and 60 apartment buildings, condos and co-ops in the two neighborhoods.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were very surprised that we got the number of people we did who said they were willing to join and â&#x20AC;Ś willing to pay a fee,â&#x20AC;? she said. The group will build on that interest and flesh out plans for a Foggy Bottom/West End Village starting with an information meeting on Feb. 28. The Foggy Bottom Association is hosting that event, which starts at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church at 2436 Pennsylvania Ave. It was the Rev. Monroe Wright, pastor of The United Church in Foggy Bottom, who first brought up the idea. Working with his churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elderly members, Wright found himself challenged to provide enough support and a true feeling of community. Because the neighborhood has a large transient student population through George Washington University, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a longing for a sense of community,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As you age, you become more vulnerable to the trivialities of daily life, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living alone or your family is at a distance,â&#x20AC;? said Wright, who is now a board member for the budding village. See Village/Page 24


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Jan. 29 through Feb. 5 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.






psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; grocery store; 6 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; grocery store; 4:20 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Kanawha St.; residence; 12:10 a.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:17 p.m. Feb. 13.

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â&#x2013; Friendship Heights

PSA 202 Tenleytown / AU Park Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; alley; 8:15 a.m. Jan. 31. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Fort Drive and Chesapeake Street; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 2 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Brandywine St.; unspecified premises; 5:45 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  4200 block, 37th St.; residence; 7 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:26 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Brandywine St.; unspecified premises; 5:40 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Veazey St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Alton Place; street; 9 a.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  39th and Albemarle streets; street; 4:20 p.m. Feb. 2.

psa 203

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; university; 9:40 a.m. Feb. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Ordway St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  3500 block, 30th St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Ordway St.; street; 8 a.m. Feb. 1.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Burglary â&#x2013; 2400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; church; 8:30 a.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 9:10 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; school; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 2:30 a.m. Feb. 4. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  39th Place and Calvert Street; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 4. Theft from auto (below $250)

â&#x2013; 2800 block, Woodland Drive; street; 8:20 a.m. Feb. 5.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

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Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 4500 block, MacArthur Blvd.; residence; 12:30 a.m. Feb. 4.

psa PSA 206


â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 30th and M streets; sidewalk; 8:10 p.m. Jan. 30. Burglary â&#x2013;  3200 block, R St.; residence; 3:45 p.m. Feb. 1. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  30th and N streets; street; 10:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2900 block, M St.; store; 12:55 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:20 p.m. Feb. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:18 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  3200 block, O St.; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 9:35 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 5 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 2:30 a.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; store; 7:40 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 3:15 a.m. Feb. 5. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  30th and N streets; street; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 1 p.m. Feb. 5.

psa PSA 207


â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Burglary â&#x2013; 1200 block, 25th St.; construction site; 4 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, L St.; liquor store; midnight Feb. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  19th and L streets; street; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  800 block, 21st St.; university; 9:52 a.m. Jna. 30. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 14th St.; medical facility; 5:45 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  800 block, 15th St.; store; 9:10 a.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  900 block, 22nd St.; sidewalk; 1 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  700 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 2:52 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 10 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1.

â&#x2013; 1400 block, K St.; restaurant; 6 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 6:35 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; government building; 6:38 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 19th St.; medical facility; 8:30 a.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  1600 block, L St.; office building; 11:45 a.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 8 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 1:45 a.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1900 block, L St.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; grocery store; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  800 block, 17th St.; government building; 8:45 a.m. Feb. 2.

psa 401

â&#x2013; colonial village

PSA 401 shepherd park / takoma Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 700 block, Butternut St.; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 1. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  6900 block, Willow St.; street; 1:25 a.m. Feb. 4. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  500 block, Butternut St.; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Primrose Road; street; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Primrose Road; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  7300 block, Alaska Ave.; street; midnight Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  7300 block, Alaska Ave.; street; midnight Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  7400 block, 9th St.; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 4.

psa PSA 402


â&#x2013; Brightwood / manor park

Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; 1400 block, Van Buren St.; sidewalk; 6 a.m. Feb. 4. Burglary â&#x2013;  5800 block, 9th St.; residence; 10:15 p.m. Jan. 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  6500 block, Piney Branch Road; grocery store; 5:45 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  6500 block, Piney Branch Road; store; 12:03 a.m. Feb. 1. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  6500 block, Piney Branch Road; store; 5:45 p.m. Jan. 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Peabody St.; street; 12:01 a.m. Feb. 3.

psa 403

â&#x2013; Brightwood / petworth

Brightwood park

PSA 16th403 Street heights Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1300 block, Kennedy St.; sidewalk; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Robbery (assault)

â&#x2013; 800 block, Madison St.; sidewalk; 11:15 p.m. Jan. 31. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kennedy St.; street; 5:38 a.m. Feb. 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  13th and Madison streets; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 30. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  400 block, Kennedy St.; residence; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5400 block, 5th St.; store; 7:05 p.m. Feb. 4. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  600 block, Hamilton St.; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Montague St.; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Missouri Ave.; street; 9 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  Georgia and Missouri avenues; unspecified premises; 11:25 a.m. Feb. 4.

psa 404

â&#x2013; 16th Street HEIGHTS PSA 404


Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 13th Street and Spring Road; sidewalk; 3:10 a.m. Jan. 30. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  14th and Allison streets; street; 9 p.m. Feb. 4. Stolen auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  16th Street and Arkansas Avenue; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Arkansas Ave.; street; 9:50 p.m. Jan. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Webster St.; parking lot; 1 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Georgia Ave.; store; 2 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Georgia Ave.; store; 2:25 a.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Georgia Ave.; grocery store; 3 a.m. Feb. 3. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3700 block, 9th St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Taylor St.; parking lot; 11:40 a.m. Feb. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Upshur St.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  3700 block, 9th St.; street; 3 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  800 block, Rock Creek Church Road; street; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

psa PSA 407


â&#x2013; petworth

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 600 block, Delafield Place; residence; 6:20 p.m. Feb. 1. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  800 block, Delafield Place; residence; 1 a.m. Feb. 3. Burglary â&#x2013;  700 block, Webster St.; residence; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4100 block, 8th St.; residence; 7 a.m. Jan. 30. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  4500 block, 9th St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  700 block, Randolph St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  3700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 8:30 a.m. Feb. 2.

The Current

AU acquiring new building to house WAMU facilities By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

American University is wrapping up negotiations to purchase a Van Ness office building to house the WAMU public radio station and undetermined university functions, the school announced last Thursday. The radio station will begin operating from the seven-story building at Connecticut Avenue and Windom Place early next year, according to the university, which owns WAMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broadcasting license for the 88.5 FM frequency. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David Taylor said the school will pay the upfront cost of purchasing the building and renovating it to fit WAMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, and university staff will be responsible for security and maintenance of the building. The radio station will repay the costs over time. The station now operates out of a smaller, older building at 4000 Brandywine St. in Tenleytown, which is also owned by American University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;WAMU has outgrown its facility there at Brandywine, and this has been known for some years,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it moved over there in 1993, it was a fraction of the enterprise that it now is.â&#x20AC;? WAMU will occupy just over half of the 88,000 square feet in the new location at 4401 Connecticut Ave., compared to the 23,000 square feet it has on Brandywine Street,

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The station will move to Van Ness from Tenleytown. according to Taylor. Caryn Mathes, the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager, wrote in an email that the extra space will be greatly appreciated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In our current building, when we add a new element for listeners or online users, we must inevitably do so by squeezing people and programs already in place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or else we end up locating new staff in passthroughs and niches,â&#x20AC;? Mathes wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This new building provides the space to realize our aspirations without taking anything away from our current service.â&#x20AC;? Mathes, who said she has overseen two previous radio station relocations, said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also handy that WAMU will be able to transition quickly to its new space next year rather than â&#x20AC;&#x153;attempting to shelter in place surrounded by renovation.â&#x20AC;? American University hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet determined how it will use the vacatSee WAMU/Page 22

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By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

After lifeguard shortages forced several unscheduled closures of the Wilson Aquatic Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leisure pool, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation has hired three new employees for the facility, according to agency spokesperson John Stokes. Residents complained on listservs and to the recreation department that they would arrive at the aquatic center to find only one lifeguard was on duty, and that staffer could monitor only the 50-meter pool. In those cases, the shallower leisure pool â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which includes short lap lanes and general recreation space

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was unavailable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a few instances the leisure pool was closed due to staff shortages,â&#x20AC;? Stokes wrote in an email to The Current yesterday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DPR has hired additional employees which includes new staff assigned to the Wilson Aquatic Center. This will help alleviate disruption in service.â&#x20AC;? Three new employees started last week, and Stokes said a fourth will also be hired for Wilson. Palisades resident Barbara Elsas wrote in a Jan. 23 letter to recreation department director JesĂşs Aguirre, which she provided to The Current, that â&#x20AC;&#x153;all pools need to be open at all times and the necessary amount of staff needs to be in place at all times.â&#x20AC;?



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ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown ■ american university park American friendshipUniversity heights / Park tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. Agenda items include: ■ presentation and potential vote on a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 4601 Western Ave. ■ presentation and potential vote on a public-space application for a valet parking permit at Rosa Mexicano, 5225 Wisconsin Ave. ■ discussion of and possible vote on a resolution concerning traffic issues on 41st Street. For details, visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy ■ CHEVY CHASE

At the commission’s Jan. 23 meeting: ■ Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Harry Hayes and Officer Bernardo Zuniga discussed crime in the neighborhood, including recent armed robberies. They said there are six officers assigned to Police Service Area 201 and three patrol cars. ■ commissioner Henry Griffin reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation has restored Kanawha Street to one-way and that the agency will now study the possibility of installing a left-turn signal from northbound Connecticut Avenue onto westbound Military Road. ■ commission chair Gary Thompson reported that the commission had a Jan. 30 meeting scheduled with the D.C. Department of Transportation to assess the speed humps in the neighborhood and whether they meet agency specifications. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to support a request to the Board of Zoning Adjustment for a rear addition that does not meet sideyard requirements at 5826 Nevada Ave. ■ Meredith Upchurch of the D.C. Department of Transportation and Steve Saari of the D.C. Department of the Environment presented a pilot RiverSmart rainwater retention project for the area surrounding the intersection of Quesada and 33rd streets. The work will involve installing bioretention areas on “bumpouts” in parking lanes and repaving alleys and some street areas with permeable materials. Several residents and commissioners expressed concerns about a reduction in parking, an increase in traffic congestion, and long-term maintenance. ■ commissioners unanimously agreed to send a letter to the D.C. Department of Transportation supporting the recent hiring of trafficcontrol officers for the reconstruction of Nebraska Avenue and Military Road to control traffic diversion issues, and suggesting the city hire more.

Chevy Chase Citizens Association

In these difficult economic times, it is particularly important for our community to support the local businesses that are an essential part of our neighborhood. The shops and restaurants along Connecticut Avenue and adjoining blocks help to create a vibrant “main street” for our Chevy Chase D.C. community throughout the year. Recently, one of our business members reported that while customer traffic along Connecticut Avenue in the winter months is typically lower than other times of the year, customer traffic has been especially low this winter. We urge you to remember our local establishments, especially association business members, for your dining, shopping and service needs. For a list of our business members, visit and click on “Business Corner.”  On another subject, mark your calendar for the next meeting of the Garden Club. It will be held Feb. 22 at 7:15 p.m., at the Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Ave. NW). Jennifer Horn, a well-known horticulturist and landscape architect, will be back by popular demand. Horn will identify plants that do well in our climate zone, including those that thrive in hot, but shady, conditions. The meeting is open to everyone. For questions or more details, contact Barbara Baldwin at — Jonathan Lawlor

Shepherd Park Citizens Association

The latest information about the Walter Reed parcel was shared on Feb. 2 at the Local Redevelopment Authority community meeting, when the group presented its unanimous recommendation. The recommendation’s highlights include preserving more than 21 percent of the site as green space, tearing down the new hospital building and exposing the lovely exterior of the original hospital. The next step in the process is to present the recommendation to the D.C. Council. The entire presentation from last week will be posted to the deputy mayor for planning and economic development’s website for community updates on Walter Reed, accessible at For details, contact Jeff Miller at 202-727-6365 or at Meanwhile, be sure to attend the Police Service Area 401 meeting tonight, Feb. 8, at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library. This meeting will include information on the activities that we as a neighborhood can get involved with to assist police and stem crime in our community. It is anticipated that we will launch a Neighborhood Watch program at this meeting. Also tonight, the annual “Songs of Freedom and Justice” concert will be presented at 6:30 in the auditorium of Shepherd Elementary School. This performance by Shepherd students and the DC Labor Chorus should not be missed. — Cheryl Teare Paul Hoffman and Tom Pipkin of the Transportation Department gave an update on the project, saying the work is on schedule and should end in October, weather permitting. The current 100-day phase is expected to end at the end of February, and the next phase, which will address the opposite sides of the streets, is expected to end by late April. They said they have deployed traffic-control officers “at major intersections” and that it’s “working pretty well.” They have also changed signage and relocated a bus stop. Judi Gold, an aide to Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, asked why the traffic control officers weren’t in place from the beginning of the work. Hoffman said the department thought the holidays would quiet things down and wanted to see what would happen before deploying them. The commission has canceled its Feb. 13 meeting. It will meet next at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803 or send an email to chevychaseanc3@

ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial ■ colonial village / crestwood Shepherd Park Shepherd Park / brightwood

The commission will meet at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. For details, call 202-450-6225. ANC 4C ANC 4c Street Heights Petworth/16th ■ petworth/16th Street Heights Crestwood crestwood

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Agenda items include: ■ introduction of candidates for the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat. ■ update from Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser. ■ police report. ■ presentation by Lisa Mallory, director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services. ■ presentation on the 14th Street Art Place Grant. ■ presentation by Doreen Thompson of the Petworth Library Friends. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit

The Current

Industry groups weigh in on food-truck rules By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


s the debate continues over food trucks and how they should operate in the District, two stakeholders have taken to the Internet to drum up public support for their separate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and sometimes opposing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; positions on Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly proposed street-vending regulations. The DC Food Truck Association, which held its first annual meeting last Wednesday and which generally supports the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal, decided on a strategy to take advantage of its strengths: social media and the thousands who track D.C. food trucks each workday when plotting lunch options. Through Twitter, Facebook and individual websites,

participating food trucks are directing their customers to a petition at The online form offers support for the proposed regulations while requesting a few tweaks. Customers are also encouraged to add their own comments. As of last night, the DC Food Truck Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s petition had gathered about 1,300 signatures of support in less than a week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really grateful to Mayor Gray for these proposed regulations,â&#x20AC;? said Che Ruddell-Tabisola, the newly named executive director of the DC Food Truck Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not perfect, they update what they call the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ice-cream truck rulesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from more than 30 years ago, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an improvement.â&#x20AC;? According to Ruddell-Tabisola, the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s See Vending/Page 25

New practice brings pediatrician to patients


hristi Hay isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the sort of pediatrician patients spend hours in a waiting room to see. In fact, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit in a waiting room at all. Hayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-woman practice, Palisades Pediatrics, makes house calls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for every appointment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like bringing smalltown medicine to the city,â&#x20AC;? said Hay. Named for a favorite D.C. neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the one where Hayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughters go to school; the family lives in Maryland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her practice is the ultimate in accessibility. Not only are all visits made to the patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes, but Hay is available for their questions and concerns at all times. A phone call to the doctor? Goes to Hayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cellphone. Want to email her? No problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their access to me is seven days a week, 365 days a year,â&#x20AC;? she said of her patients. Part of the reason she can be so available is that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeping her list of patients purposefully small â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no more than 300, where an average pediatrician sees 3,000, she said. That means that she has lots of time to spend on each appointment, and can devote herself to preventa-



teaching. The combination sounds logical for a pediatric doctor. The question beth cope is, how is it financially feasible to have just 300 patients? The answer tive medicine, not just addressing is that she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept insurance. illness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patients pay annual fees,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do a lot of screening. â&#x20AC;Ś [Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less than a cellphone bill. It is things that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trained to do, but people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do because there often definitely reasonable.â&#x20AC;? Insurance is isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough still necessary, time,â&#x20AC;? she said. she says, for lab Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also work, radioloâ&#x20AC;&#x153;time for pargy, specialists ents to ask me and such. But questions and the annual fee time for me to for her services pursue health covers as many education.â&#x20AC;? visits a year Education, in from Hay as fact, is part of Bill Petros/The Current needed. her background: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all Pediatrician Christi Hay makes Along with a really trained medical degree individual house calls. toward the trafrom the ditional modelâ&#x20AC;? in which a patient University of Virginia, Hay has a sees a doctor once a year, she said. masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in public health from the But she thinks thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the way it University of Michigan. has to be. Navigating automated She has also worked in both phone systems and heading to the education and medicine, starting as office for every conversation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an assistant professor of pediatrics â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not pleasant,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I at Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center and then shifting to a private think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value to, when you call, I pick up the phone.â&#x20AC;? clinic. With Palisades Pediatrics, More information is available at sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aiming to combine a love of treating patients with a passion for






Wednesday, February 8, 2012


10 Wednesday, February 8, 2012


The Current


The Northwest


Slow down … simple as that


The District got a financial pick-me-up last week when Mayor Vincent Gray announced that an independent audit found D.C. had ended 2011 with a nearly $240 million surplus. But just as individuals can mentally spend a supersized tax return lickety-split, some in District government are mulling tax cuts or new spending programs to eat up that windfall or a projected rise in this year’s revenues. We’re not fans of every measure that was taken to close last year’s budget gap — in particular, we opposed the income-tax hike on top earners. But to reopen the old wounds of that discussion and others, including cuts to social services programs, would do more harm than good. For several reasons, the city would be better off following the mayor’s lead to bank the bulk of the surplus — and refrain from adding line items to next year’s budget — with an eye to eventually having two months of city expenses on hand. With the surplus, the $1.1 billion fund is two-thirds of the way there, according to the mayor. First, a large chunk of the surplus stems from a hike in estate-tax and capital-gains revenues. To saddle the city with recurring costs such as new program spending because of rises in these very volatile categories would be foolish. Second, as the past few years have shown, the economic recovery at the national and local levels has come in fits and starts. In such times, a healthy piggy bank is more a necessity than a luxury. Third, our banking the surplus today will limit our borrowing costs tomorrow, resulting in flexibility later for tax cuts or spending on social programs. In fact, even though Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi has revised income projections for this year upward by about $42 million, his estimates for the following years’ revenues have been adjusted downward because of the likelihood of slow economic growth and reduced federal spending and employment. The city has a rare opportunity to achieve a savings goal that, as Mayor Gray has pointed out, few municipalities can. Given the certainty that the fractious D.C. Council will not easily agree on spending priorities — and would have to alter existing law to spend the surplus anyway — as well as the uncertainty the future holds, we urge council members to save the existing surplus, as well as any that might emerge from 2012.

f you’re one of the more than 31,000 people who have gotten caught by the new speed camera on Foxhall Road NW, you may not want to read any further. It’s not a sneaky speed trap. And there’s not much sympathy for you. “The residents have repeatedly complained,” Police Chief Cathy Lanier said last week on WTOP’s “Ask the Chief.” “The goal is to have [drivers] slow down out there.” Some motorists have complained that there are no warning signs. Sorry, not a good excuse. Some drivers have complained that the camera is on a downhill slope. Sorry, not a good excuse. Some have complained that it’s a four-lane road and that the 25 mph limit is ridiculously slow. Sorry, not a good excuse. Unless there’s a mechanical error with the police camera, you were all speeding. We stopped by the speed camera one day last week to watch traffic. It was demonstrably slower. That’s in part because of the publicity prompted by Geoff Tracy, the owner of Chef Geoff’s restaurant and the owner of three speeding tickets. Tracy didn’t deny he was speeding, but said he felt like the camera was unfairly nabbing people. He hired a guy to stand out on the roadway with one of the twirling mattress-sale signs, this one warning drivers of the speed camera ahead. Chief Lanier wasn’t fazed. “I’m all for it,” she told WTOP reporter Mark Segraves. “I hope he slows down, too.” Despite popular opinion to the contrary, Lanier said the principal purpose of cameras isn’t city revenue but citizen safety. She didn’t mention it, but the area of the new speed camera includes three schools: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day, the Lab School of Washington and the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University. Lanier said that of the 31,000 tickets sent out, about 20,000 were given as “warnings” and another 11,000 were real tickets levying fines as high as $250. Some motorists complained they got the “warning” ticket in the mail too late — that they also got a real speeding ticket before the warning arrived. Bottom line in the city is this: Unless otherwise marked, all roads and streets have a maximum speed

The broader context

Letters to the Editor

Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Save the surplus

The Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission and its constituents have good reason to be frustrated with the Mood Lounge — and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Late last year, a fight in the Shaw establishment spilled into the street and left two people stabbed. The police appropriately closed Mood Lounge pending a hearing before the alcohol board. The board initially suspended the license, but then allowed Mood to reopen under a few restraints. Considered in a vacuum, the conditions may make sense — for instance, mandating security training for relevant personnel, banning the use of outside promoters, and requiring a status update from Mood after 45 days. But the Dec. 30 stabbing was not an isolated incident. Neighbors have complained for months about problems like public urination, sex in alleyways and illegally parked cars. Regrettably, the board refused to allow the neighborhood commission to participate in the hearing — on what commissioner Charles Reed described as “specious grounds.” Now, the Logan Circle commission is asking for a show-cause hearing to revoke Mood’s license because of an alleged failure to report an Oct. 30 assault in the establishment. City statutes and regulations may well have tied the board’s hands in this instance, but members ought to be able to consider issues more broadly when considering what to do after a violent incident. A history of complaints could offer valuable context.

limit of 25 mph. If you travel faster than that, you’re legally liable. Maybe the D.C. Council should change it to 30 mph or even 35 mph. But police know that people tend to drive just over the speed limit anyway. So, Segraves asked a key question. He wanted to know how much over the speed limit you have to be going in order to set off the camera. Chief Lanier wouldn’t say. She smiled and just replied, “When you speed.” ■ Full disclosure. Your Notebook knows more than a few people who have been nabbed by this camera, and we’re not entirely unsympathetic. We’ve received only one radar ticket, a couple of years ago on Loughboro Road NW. We can’t say we don’t speed now and then, but we do pay better attention. ■ Merry Valentine’s Day. Okay, we admit this is our annual rant. Valentine’s Day is this coming Tuesday. It is way past the time to take down your Christmas and other holiday decorations and to turn off the outdoor light displays. We’re happy to report that there appear to be fewer malingerers this year. And yes, we know that some people keep up white lights as “winter lights” rather than holiday lights. That’s fine with us; just take down the multicolored lights, wreaths and especially those plastic blowup Santa Claus figures, et cetera. ■ Foil Philly fans? We know the Super Bowl was just held, but the Washington Nationals are busy getting ready for the 2012 baseball season. Last week, the team announced an effort to end or at least ease the embarrassment level when the Phillies come to town. Nearly all of the seats are taken by Philly fans, including a healthy number of obnoxious ones who act out all game long. Now the Nats are offering a presale for local folks to buy up tickets for the first series with the Phillies here on May 4 through 6. The team is calling it “Take Back the Park.” If you want to be a part of it, check out We hope this Nationals promotion works so we can get started on those New York Mets games. Spring training starts for the Nats players this coming weekend. It’s time for the fans to warm up, too. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Safety outweighs history in firehouses I am writing in response to The Current’s Feb. 1 article “Mayor’s agent to make call on firehouse.” The challenge of balancing historic preservation with public safety in the renovation of Engine Co. 29 (Palisades) and Engine Co. 28 (Cleveland Park) is very personal to me. My late grandfather, Charles Chamberlin II, was a career D.C. firefighter. He created a D.C. blood bank that provided donations to firefighters and their family members in times of medical need, and in 1954 he was honored as Fireman of the Year. His final position with the department was as a battalion chief’s aide assigned to Battalion 5, which was located in Engine Co. 28.

On March 1, 1965, while responding to a fire in the 3400 block of Connecticut Avenue, my grandfather died doing what he loved best — helping others. I was just 3 years old, and at that time his only grandchild. In 2010, I contacted the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and the Cleveland Park Citizens Association to find out what needed to be done to improve the Cleveland Park firehouse. Along with the association’s board members, I toured the building early that same year. It was a bittersweet experience. For the first time, I was able to see where my grandfather worked and the place he called home for 56-plus hours a week. But I soon came to the disturbing realization that the current firefighters were living in a firehouse that had not seen any improvements since it was built in 1916. The substandard living conditions and inadequate heating/cooling

systems were, to say the least, disturbing. Since then, the balance between historic preservation and public safety has weighed heavily on my mind. Mindful of my grandfather’s legacy, I would like to preserve his last home, Engine Co. 28. But his life’s work was defined by helping others and ensuring public safety in the community. There is only one suitable outcome: The building must accommodate improved fire equipment, which will require changes to the front facade of Engine Co. 28. In the end, providing our firefighters with updated apparatus enables them to protect us all. In turn, we in the community need to see that they’re provided adequate resources and a safe, healthy firehouse. That is exactly what a fallen firefighter would want for the brothers he left behind. Helen Chamberlin Dimsdale Cleveland Park

The Current

Letters to the Editor Cavalry, not calvary, sword shown in photo

The Northwest Current’s Jan. 23 front page depicted the “cutting of a cake with a sword” (during an event at Knollwood military retirement home). The “sword” was described as a “calvary sword.” It should have been indicated as a “cavalry” sword. “Calvary” is the location of the Crucifixion; “cavalry” is the traditional designation of formerly horse-mounted Army troops. Nathaniel M. Adams Jr. Washington, D.C.

Use surplus to open libraries on Sundays

With the announcement by Mayor Vincent Gray of a $240 million year-end budget surplus, city leaders should move prudently to put the money back into use for the benefit of those who helped to generate it — D.C. residents, businesses and visitors. A smart place to start would be to reopen the city’s neighborhood libraries on Sunday afternoons. For several years, only the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown has operated at those hours, much to the dismay of users across the city. Reopening neighborhood libraries year-round on Sundays is no budget-buster — it would cost about $975,000, less than half of 1 percent of the surplus — yet the benefits would be large. Sundays are when many people are free to be able to take advantage of the various services our D.C. libraries offer. Sunday afternoons are also a key time for students to work on homework or assignments. Many a Sunday, my children have sought to do research at libraries or to get books needed for assignments and special projects. Our city’s literacy rate and the performance of our students on D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System reading tests make clear that we need to do all we can to ensure that our residents and children have the tools necessary to succeed in our ever-more-competitive economies and learning environments. Opening the doors to our neighborhood libraries certainly would be a step in that direction. Terry Lynch Executive Director, Downtown Cluster of Congregations

Poll biased toward Ward 4 incumbent

The Ward 4 Democrats held a “straw poll” Feb. 1 to endorse a

candidate for the April 3 election for the Ward 4 Council seat. With the exception of the incumbent, who has two staff members on the group’s executive board, all other Ward 4 candidates were informed about the “straw poll” only nine or 10 days before the actual forum. The decision to hold the forum was made at least three weeks before other candidates were notified. Obviously, the incumbent, with two of her staffers involved in the decision-making process, had an unfair advantage because the forum is based on a candidate’s ability to turn out the vote. It is only ethical to give equal notice to all of the candidates about the date and time of the forum. Back in July 2011, Ms. Deborah Royster, seeking re-election as Ward 4 Democrats president, opened the election meeting at 7 p.m. and closed it at 7:05 p.m. to stop Ward 4 residents from voting for her opposition. Even if she was following the group’s bylaws, Ms. Royster’s action was not only problematic; it was also unethical and suggests that the integrity of the process of any election under her guidance is compromised and questionable to say the least. With the incumbent council member having an unfair advantage in the Feb. 1 straw poll, coupled with Ms. Royster’s unethical action, I could not in good conscience participate in any activity that Ms. Royster oversees. Baruti Jahi Candidate, Ward 4 D.C. Council seat

Broad Branch bridge repairs show the way

The section of Broad Branch Road between Nebraska Avenue and Beach Drive has been for many years one of the most embarrassing examples of infrastructure dysfunction in the District. Though it provides in all seasons stunningly beautiful views, and runs besides a creek that tumbles delightfully year round over varied rock formations, Broad Branch Road is dangerous and dilapidated — and a depressing entrance to Rock Creek Park. Shoulders of the road regularly collapse into the creek. Rustic bridge features are crumbling. Concrete posts meant to protect drivers from an accidental dip in the water are even uglier — many are on their side or wavering precariously, held together only by rusting wire. Adding to the mess are curbside invasive plants of all species, which obscure sight lines for drivers and generally aren’t cut until they start growing across the road. Pedestrians and bikers have no way to navigate this scenic byway, since there are lanes only for cars. Amazingly, the local authorities

recently acted to repair one section of the road in real time — and in the process demonstrated how greater improvements can be made in the near future. The Broad Branch Road bridge over the Soapstone Creek tributary failed last spring, closing off this major east-west route. (The stone bridge was a ruin anyway, missing many pieces and overgrown by invasive weeds that spouted inside the walls as well on the grounds nearby.) Officials quickly provided for a temporary span to be placed across the creek, and meanwhile agreed on a plan to repair the bridge. This job was finished last week, and it has made the modest crossing once again worthy of the city, the park and the nation. I include the latter because one can only imagine what the ambassador of Italy, whose residence abuts the bridge, thought of the previous setting, which made the remnants of the Roman Forum look tidy in comparison. Residents should thank D.C. Council members Mary Cheh and Muriel Bowser, the District Department of Transportation, the National Park Service, the contractors and others who came to together to facilitate this small miracle. While the Transportation Department is on record promising to repair much of Broad Branch Road near the park, and to study pedestrian/biker access, the success story at Soapstone Creek shows that it shouldn’t take authorities five or 10 years to complete this job. The District should work closely with existing park advocacy groups and citizens associations to make these improvements happen as soon as possible. Steve Dryden Mount Pleasant

Residents will miss M Street bookstore

I would like to convey my heartfelt appreciation to all the staff at the recently closed Barnes & Noble store on M Street in Georgetown. Over the years, Barnes & Noble has been a major destination for my family. We bought countless birthday and Christmas gifts there and often dropped in to browse and enjoy the busy, cheerful atmosphere. For my daughter, the children’s department was a home away from home, and most of her favorite books were purchased there. I particularly enjoyed chatting with the incredibly knowledgeable guys in music and DVDs. I still don’t understand why such a busy and successful store had to close. I hear that it is being replaced with yet another high-end sports or clothing store. This is a sad loss indeed for Georgetown. Charlotte DonVito Foxhall Village

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raffic crashes just do not ignite public passions the way crime does. Was Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier invited to come out and talk to residents about beefing up traffic enforcement after a rash of pedestrian crashes in October when, in a space of two weeks, there were three pedestrian crashes with two deaths? Nonetheless, pedestrian issues appeared alongside crime on the flier advertising the Jan. 24 meeting of the D.C. Federation of Citizen Associations, which featured Chief Lanier. Sitting in the audience that night, I waited and waited for the chief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or anyone else â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to bring up pedestrian safety, but no one did. I finally raised my hand and asked the chief to talk about the relationship between traffic enforcement and crime fighting. The chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traffic enforcement is important to fighting crime.â&#x20AC;? Yes, the police can fight crime and also enforce traffic laws. Even though it flies under the radar in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Law & Orderâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;CSI,â&#x20AC;? good old traffic enforcement is effective because, as Chief Lanier puts it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;criminals are often terrible drivers.â&#x20AC;? In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traffic Safety in the New Millennium: Strategies for Law Enforcement,â&#x20AC;? the International Association of Chiefs of Police lays out a strong case for traffic enforcement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;More people are killed and injured and the economic loss to society is greater from traffic crashes than that from crime, and police departments that are proactive in traffic enforcement have lower crime rates as well as lower traffic crash statistics, because traffic enforcement leads to the discovery of criminals and the recovery of drugs and weapons.â&#x20AC;? The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department reports there are eight to 10 pedestrian crashes a day. And this figure doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even include auto and bicycle crashes. For some reason, criminals pulling guns and stealing stuff gins us up much more than fatalities from transporting ourselves on our streets. Well, folks, we may fear crime more, but we are more at risk crossing our streets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the cost of pedestrian fatalities and injuries is enormous. The National Safety Council estimates puts the average cost of a pedestrian fatality at $3.84 million (in 2005 dollars) when accounting

Letters to the Editor Oregon Avenue work will be disruptive I am writing to point out an aspect of the D.C. plan to construct sidewalks along Oregon Avenue that homeowners in the area should consider: Road construction work in D.C. inevitably causes major traffic tie-ups and historically takes an inordinate amount of time to complete. Many of you will recall the construction mess and traffic delays created when sidewalks were being built along the short stretch of Nebraska Avenue between Utah and Oregon avenues. This relatively simple project took more than two years to complete! During this period, a permanent concrete divider was installed along the middle of Nebraska. Huge construction equipment dominated the entire area. Flagmen often restricted the traffic along the road to a single lane, causing significant backups

for wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, motor vehicle damage and employersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; insurance costs. The estimated cost of a pedestrian injury is $52,900. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great that Chief Lanier promotes traffic enforcement in connection with crime fighting and officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; efforts to catch criminals. But traffic enforcement needs a broader focus. Making it safe for people to walk, bike and drive is a constant need, and enforcement is many times thankless and dangerous for cops. I have talked to police officers about traffic enforcement. Many of the officers who actually walk in this city are emphatic that traffic enforcement is an important part of their job. They tell me that we need more officers whose full-time focus is traffic enforcement. In the 2nd District, we have only three officers devoted to traffic enforcement. This district includes Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; magnets for pedestrian crashes and fatalities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as Georgetown and part of downtown. How can this be enough to deal proactively with traffic enforcement? One recommendation is to staff each of the 2nd Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight police service areas with one such officer. Implementing this across the city would mean 56 traffic enforcement officers, a small percentage of the personnel assigned to police service areas. Photo enforcement can help, too. Some yell and scream about photo enforcement, but cameras are effective in reducing speeding and red-light running. Just look at how people drive north of Chevy Chase Circle versus south of the circle. And there is ample reason to slow down. An increase in speed from 30 to 40 mph almost doubles the risk of fatalities in crashes involving pedestrians. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad to see that the District plans to ramp up photo enforcement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including ticketing motorists for blocking intersections and not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but photo enforcement canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the whole job. We still need officers to keep tabs on our driving, walking and cycling to reinforce traffic laws. Traffic enforcement is essential to protecting public safety. Chief Lanier, we need officers who can be on constant guard to remind us to make the right decisions on how we drive, walk and bike. Their presence would make for a much safer D.C. Marlene Berlin, a Forest Hills resident, is chair of the group Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Action.

in both directions. The Oregon project will be considerably more complex given the narrow roadway and the nature of the landscape along Oregon. I expect many trees will have to be cut down and utility poles moved. In many areas, concrete walls will have to be constructed to keep the hillsides free from erosion. Traffic will be a nightmare considering the volume of cars that now use Oregon during rush hour to get from Wise Road to Nebraska Avenue. Traffic in both directions will have to be funneled into a single lane, causing huge backups. Since there are no practical alternatives, traffic volume will certainly increase on streets such as Chestnut, Beech and Tennyson. I understand the safety concerns of those who periodically walk along Oregon. It is dangerous on some stretches. But are concrete sidewalks the only solution to this real problem? Why not consider a simple asphalt path following the natural contours of the land a few feet from the roadway? Note the existing asphalt path that runs through Rock Creek Park

from Wise Road to Military Road. I am not suggesting that the community use this path â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just that officials build a similar path along Oregon. The path could be built to maneuver around trees and other obstacles to preserve the park-like setting along Oregon. And it could be built quickly at a fraction of the cost of concrete sidewalks. One such path that accommodates pedestrians was built around Knollwood just a few years ago. Charles J. Infosino Barnaby Woods

Letter on bill filled with inaccuracies

Mr. Gene Harringtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter in the Feb. 1 issue of The Current addresses â&#x20AC;&#x153;misstatementsâ&#x20AC;? in Mary Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earlier letter defending her rodent protection act. In fact, to paraphrase a famous quote, one might reasonably conclude that every word of her defense was misleading and inaccurate, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;andâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the.â&#x20AC;? William Herron Washington, D.C.


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Gonzaga repeats as swimming champs By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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The Eagles celebrate with their second straight WMPSSDL title.

Growing up, Gonzaga senior swimmer Sean Sullivan trained with his brother Pat, who is four years older, but could never beat him. But on Saturday night, Sean won bragging rights at home when he broke Pat’s Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League Championship record in the 50-yard freestyle. In doing so, Sean helped Gonzaga win its second WMPSSDL title in two years in dominating fashion. The Eagles topped Good Counsel 540-355. “Last year, we had a total team effort,” said coach Josh Klotz. “This year we had huge senior class that led us to an all-around victory.” Sullivan’s record-setting freestyle time was 20.68 seconds. He also won the 100-yard freestyle, finishing the race in 46.54 seconds. “Breaking any record is always good, but having it be my brother’s is icing on the cake,” Sullivan said. “He was always a lot faster than I was, but, as you can see, I’m finally catching up.”

the end, and I was really scared. I just gave it 110 percent and managed to out-touch him.” The Eagles also had a slew of second-place finishes. Gonzaga’s 200-yard medley relay squad and 400-yard freestyle relay team both took second. Seniors Tim Barry, Sean Spata, Sullivan and Patrick Reyes swam in the medley, while O’Hara, Spata, Sullivan and senior Madison Hardimon competed in the freestyle race. Barry also finished second in the 100-yard backstroke.

Meanwhile, senior Daniel Tarbreake finished second in the 100-yard butterfly; sophomore Andrew Valentine took second in the grueling 500-yard freestyle; and Hardimon finished second in the 100-yard freestyle. “It’s been a good four years,” said Tarbreake. “I love the team. This is by far the best team we’ve ever had.” Several other local swimmers also had strong showings. Visitation sophomore sensation Bridie Burke continued her impressive season by matching last season’s win in the girls 200-yard Individual Medley and second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. The sophomore set school records in both events. “Bridie is fighting a good fight and swimming her best amongst the best high school swimmers from the D.C. private schools,” said Cubs coach Hadley Rowland. St. John’s senior Morgan Whyte finished in third place in the girls’ 50-yard freestyle. In addition, National Cathedral’s Morgan Johnson took second, and the team’s Nicole Orme claimed second in the 100-yard backstroke.

Roosevelt runs to silver in DCIAA

Cubs clobber Bulldogs in ISL hoops showdown

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

With first place in the Independent School League girls basketball standings hanging in the balance, Visitation senior guard Kate Gillespie refused to let the Cubs falter Thursday and led her team past Bullis 72-67. “She has a will like I’ve never seen. She just has a fire in her and won’t let us lose,” said Cubs coach Mike McCarthy. The Cubs had won 11 straight games and were a perfect 8-0 in league play going into a game against Sidwell last night. Thursday’s win put them in the driver’s seat to take at least a share of the regular-season title and the top seed in the postseason. “We were both the only undefeated teams in the ISL,” said senior Maddy Williams, who scored 15 points. “It meant a lot to win and get into first place.” Visitation’s veteran-laden team received contributions from all corners. Senior guard Kathleen Tabb carried the load early in the game and hit three treys in the first quarter. “She’s a great shooter,” McCarthy said of Tabb. “I want her to shoot more. The more she

The Eagles’ Paul O’Hara narrowly won the 200-yard Individual Medley for Gonzaga as well. “I was ahead by a little going into the breaststroke,” O’Hara said. “I saw the other guy coming up at

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Cubs senior Kate Gillespie led the way Thursday with 32 points.

shoots, the more she makes. Teams key on Kate and Maddy, but we can light them up from the outside.” The Bulldogs held a one-point lead at halftime. Gillespie took over the game in the second half, when the Holy Cross-bound senior scored 17 of her game-high 32 points. The teams battled to a 54-54 tie late in the third quarter. But down the stretch, the Cubs’ See Visi/Page 14

The Roosevelt indoor track squad anxiously awaited the final tally of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship Wednesday night in Prince George’s County. Coming into the meet, the Rough Riders knew they could compete, and they expected a pretty good finish — but they didn’t know how good. Yet after several of their athletes finished in first place and others made strong showings, Roosevelt was in the conversation to finish in the top three. When the numbers were crunched, the Rough Riders had finished just short of Dunbar, which narrowly claimed first place 126-105. “These guys have worked hard all year long and trained in cross country, and it paid off,” said assistant coach Sarah Kelly. “They’re happy, and I’m happy, and hopefully we’ll put it together and come in first [next year].” Among Roosevelt’s top performers were Blair Crutchfield, Deonte Miller and Abdurrahma Kelly. Crutchfield won the 55-meter dash in a blazing 6.57 seconds. Miller won three events — the 300-meter dash, 500-meter dash and 1,000-meter run. “This was my first indoor season ever, and it’s a great accomplishment for me,” said

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Deonte Miller, No. 2, and Abdur-rahma Kelly, No. 1, had a strong meet.

Miller. “I used to play basketball, but I took a break to win a track championship — just trying to spread my wings some more.” Crutchfield also claimed silver in the 300meter dash. Kelly picked up silver in the 500-meter and 1,000-meter events. While Roosevelt’s boys dominated more races, it was Wilson’s boys who excelled in grueling long-distance runs. Simon Gigli won the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races. “It’s so awesome,” said Gigli. “This is my last time, being a senior. I still have spring track, but it means so much to me to win today.” See Track/Page 14

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Gonzaga junior returns to help top Ireton By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

For three weeks, junior point guard Nate Britt could only watch as Gonzaga went 6-2 while he nursed a badly bruised calf. But the future University of North Carolina Tar Heel was back on the hardwood Saturday, although he played sparingly in his first appearance since Jan. 14. Even with Britt playing for only about 10 minutes, the Eagles controlled the game and Bishop Ireton, rolling to a 75-48 win at the Carmody Center. The Eagles are now 21-2 on the season and 10-2 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference going into a game against Bishop Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell after press time last night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a total team effort,â&#x20AC;? said coach Steve Turner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonight it was fun to watch our guys share the ball and play together.â&#x20AC;? Britt scored 11 points in limited action and showed no signs of rust

as he hit his first two shots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoyed it a lot. I was just having fun,â&#x20AC;? he said. When Britt wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the game, he cheered on the Eagles while riding a stationary bike to keep his calf warm. The junior didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suffer any setbacks during the match. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It felt good,â&#x20AC;? he said with a smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the next couple of games, I can play more and get back into the system and things.â&#x20AC;? While Britt was getting back in the swing of things, junior forward Kris Jenkins and senior center Will Rassman took advantage of the undersized Cardinals. The duo pounded their opponents in the paint while Jenkins scored 23 points and Rassman added 19. As a team, the Eagles grabbed a season-high 40 rebounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did some high-low action and tried to exploit their lack of size. Kris and I were able to get some easy layups down low,â&#x20AC;? said Rassman. The Eagles have a huge week

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Junior guard Nate Britt makes a pass during Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game.

ahead. They travel to DeMatha Friday for a rematch with the Stags and will host Paul VI on Sunday. Both games are expected to be sellouts.

      Sidwell students sign with Division 1 schools  


Four Quakers participated in a National Signing Day Ceremony at Sidwell Wednesday, signing letters of intent to play in college. Kara Wilson, who led the Quakers soccer team to the Independent School League regular-season championship, signed with Duke. Boys basketball stalwart Jamal Lewis signed on to play in the Ivy League and remain a Quaker at the University of Pennsylvania. Olivia Grinker will dive for Yale next winter, and Alexa Rosenfeld will row for the University of California at Berkeley. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brian Kapur

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From second from left, Sidwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alexa Rosenfeld, Jamal Lewis, Olivia Grinker and Kara Wilson

TRACK From Page 13

Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relay squads won medals as well. The Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 4x200meter boys relay team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; William Carson, Nicholas Cooper, Nico Robinson and Yannick Mefane â&#x20AC;&#x201D; claimed third place, and the 4x400 relay team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gigli, Robinson, Cooper and Melfane â&#x20AC;&#x201D; won second. Robinson also received a silver medal in the 55-meter hurdles. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dylan Cooper also had a strong showing for the Tigers and finished in third place in the 1,000meter run. Several Coolidge boys had a

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Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Simon Gigli, left, and Dylan Cooper won medals.

good outing too. The Coltsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 4x200 relay team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jeffery Nesbitt, Quinn West, Delarico Price and Ezekial Freeman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; won silver. And individually, Calvin Brown


From Page 13 seniors were too much for the Bulldogs. Williams and Gillespie sparked a 7-0 run to push the lead to 61-54. Then senior Kelsey Tillman made it a 10-point advantage with less than four minutes to play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those four [seniors] have been four-year varsity players and are just on a mission to win [the championship] again,â&#x20AC;? McCarthy said of Gillespie, Tabb, Tillman and Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t teach that.â&#x20AC;?

showed off his hops by winning the long jump and finishing in second place in the high jump. On the girls side, Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team had a strong showing, finishing in third place with a combined 89 points. Among Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best female performers were Margaret Kellogg, who claimed second place in the 1,000-meter run; Frances Menditto, who finished third in the 3,200meter run; and Rachel Bonham, who grabbed second in the 55-meter hurdles. The Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 4x200 relay team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bonham, Eileen Connor, Lindsay Cunningham and Khyla Link â&#x20AC;&#x201D; finished second.

Bullis cut the Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead down to three with less than a minute to play, but Tillman hit critical free throws down the stretch to secure the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still have to beat Bullis [again] and play at Flint Hill,â&#x20AC;? said McCarthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be [close] games just like [this]. We have to keep playing at a high level and take it one at a time.â&#x20AC;? He noted, though, that the seniors are â&#x20AC;&#x153;determined to go out on top.â&#x20AC;? The Cubs also grabbed a dominating 57-25 win over Holton-Arms Saturday. Visitation will return to the court on Friday when the Cubs host Maret on Senior Night.

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

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D.C.-crafted Sweater Set warming far-flung stages By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


ong before they were known as the band The Sweater Set, Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin were childhood friends in Northwest D.C. who sang together in the Blessed Sacrament Church choir. The friendship they developed back then has blossomed into a professional career that has won the duo accolades both here and abroad. The Sweater Set’s musical style is often described as folk-pop with jazz influences. But what makes them stand out are the harmonies that seamlessly blend their alto and soprano voices — that, and their multi-instrument bag of tricks, which includes the ukulele, banjo, guitar, flute, accordion and glockenspiel. The kazoo and mouth trumpet are never far from reach either. “We have very different voices, and we like blending them together,” said Andary. “The irony is when we were younger, Sara was the soprano and I was the alto. We’ve swapped as adults as Sara’s voice naturally started to get lower.” Now in their 20s, both Andary and Curtin were raised in musical families. Andary says hers was more music-appreciation, with her dad’s rock music from the 1960s and ‘70s a constant presence growing up. Curtin’s family was involved with production. Her mother was the director of the church choir where Andary and Curtin first met, and she regularly directs the Janney Elementary and Deal Middle School musicals. Curtin first played her grandfather’s accordion from Italy before switching to one of a more manageable size for The Sweater Set. “We didn’t have a pre-recorded idea of what we wanted the band to sound like. It was more, ‘What do we have to work with?’” said

Curtin. “The accordion is very entertaining for audiences, and it’s fun to switch instruments — it’s interactive and the audience tends to comment on it and talk with us about it after the show.” “Sometimes it makes us a bit of a circus,” she added. In fact, The Sweater Set started performing locally in 2008 with what Andary and Curtin call “sideshows.” Each month, they would perform their music, but also bring in other artists — including hulahoopers, jugglers and magicians. The ladies behind The Sweater Set have been awarded two Young Emerging Artist grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and nominated for a total of 15 Washington Area Music Association Awards, including four last week. Last year, they were artists-in-residence at the Strathmore music center in Bethesda. “The first time I saw them live, it was at a ukulele festival and I found them utterly charming,” said Betty Scott, the education and artistin-residence coordinator at Strathmore. “But I didn’t want to get caught in the ‘aren’t they cute’ mode because they have high musical integrity.”

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Sara Curtin, above left, and Maureen Andary were friends growing up in Northwest. Now in their 20s, they have won awards for their performances as The Sweater Set. The pair will perform an annual Valentine’s Day show next week at The Dunes in Columbia Heights. It was while at the Strathmore that the pair completed their third and most recent album, “Goldmine.” “The thing about the two of them that makes them unique is their wonderful harmonies and sense of arranging them,” Scott added. “Sara and Maureen have a quirky side to them, and their wonderful sense of humor shows up in a lot of their lyrics — they really have a good time, and they play off of each other beautifully.” After impressing folk music icon Michelle Shocked at a showcase performance in Memphis, The Sweater Set last year opened for the singer/songwriter in cities in the Northeast as well as in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In 2011, the pair also opened for Dar Williams at The Birchmere in Alexandria. The band is glad to call D.C. home. Both Andary and Curtin have lived in New York City, but found that as they were getting started, they were commuting down to D.C. for opportunities to perform

group of four choristers will travel to your sweetheart, perform two songs and hand over a bag of chocolate. Recipients will also receive a digital photo as a memento. “It’s the favorite thing that we do all year long,” said chorus member Gana Browning. “We get dressed up in our performance costume and we send out a quartet, and we’ll go wherever you want us to go, and we’ll sing two Valentine’s songs to

at venues here. “The music community here is great, and the audiences here are great,” said Andary. “They’re educated people who appreciate art and want to support original music.” The Sweater Set is currently hard at work on more original music — another album. “We don’t want to say too much yet,” said Andary. “But it has more of a country sound, since we’re working more with the accordion and banjo.” “I think it’s also the timbre of our voices,” added Curtin. “We don’t have a traditional country background — our styles are infused with country, jazz, folk and rock elements, as opposed to one thing. It’s definitely an exploration of genres.” For those looking to hear the band’s signature songs about love and love lost, The Sweater Set will hold its third annual Valentine’s Day concert next week at The Dunes, a new art gallery and performance space at 1402 Meridian

your sweetie or your friend.” Browning said the group sings two out of three songs: “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” The last

Place NW. Keeping in tune with the band’s collaborative nature, the event will feature award-winning mime Emma Jaster, who will perform both her own act and alongside The Sweater Set for one song — a first-of-its-kind accompaniment for the band. Also featured that night will be painter Rodger Schultz, who has a solo show at The Dunes. The D.C. native’s work includes reinventing images of the Cherry Blossom trees with modern geometric designs. As is their Valentine’s tradition, The Sweater Set will make homemade cupcakes, “baked with love,” for audience members, and the venue’s decor, according to the band, will hearken back to viewers’ first boy/girl parties in childhood. “Sweet Talk With The Sweater Set: A Valentine’s Day Sideshow” will take place Feb. 14 at The Dunes. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with performances set to begin at 7:30. Tickets cost $10.

drew tears from a mother-daughter pair serenaded on a recent year. “They were having a little bit of difficulty,” so the mother hired the group to sing to her daughter, said Browning. “They both got very emotional.” For details, email or visit and look under “Events.” — Beth Cope

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On Friday, Jan. 27, Ms. Antonucciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary class went to the Sackler Gallery. They got to make masks that were based on Chinese art. Everyone liked making masks. There were monkeys in a fountain. There was also the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;monkeyâ&#x20AC;? in 21 languages. The word â&#x20AC;&#x153;monkeyâ&#x20AC;? means a lot to the Chinese. There were many artifacts on display, including statues. There were many myths described. There was a scavenger hunt where the students looked for pictures in the building. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Edvin Leijon, fourth-grader, and Elliot Sealls, fifth-grader

Beauvoir School

In science, each third-grader gets to adopt a tree for the whole year. I adopted the beech tree. The beech tree is a big, tall tree with some low and some high branches. Although it is not an evergreen, it still had its leaves in November. The beech tree has medium size


leaves, and it is good for climbing. I chose this tree because I can hang from it. The beech tree is awesome. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Amelia Lamotte, third-grader

British School of WashingtonÂ

This term, the Year 5 classes have been learning about space. When we started our space topic, we had to design a small spaceship out of old bottles, pipe cleaners, plastic cups, balloons and a whole lot of tape! We all had to get into groups of three or four and build a ship to transport bottles of bubbles or supplies (as we called them) from one table to another, about 5 metres apart. There were some really wacky ideas. In my group, the only trouble was our ship (which was literally a bottle with some string threaded through it and a cup to carry the bubbles taped to the bottom) fell

apart. My opinion was that the cup wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taped on properly, the string wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taped to the table, or probably both. Anyway, it was all fun. Around one or two weeks later, we started our personal project on space. What we have to do in our project is make a book about space. It needs to be interactive and fun. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a bit like the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ologyâ&#x20AC;? books (e.g., wizardology). Right now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the part where we get to create our own mythical story about our object in space. Mine is a coloured comic! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samuel Forrester, Year 5 Chicago (fourth-grader)Â

Holy Trinity School

Each class is studying a different country for Holy Trinityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Festival. Our class, third grade, is studying Thailand. Our teacher, Mrs. Khanijoun, introduced us to her husband, who is from Thailand. He taught us all about his country. We learned Thai words and read a book called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Umbrella Queenâ&#x20AC;? in language arts, which inspired us to paint real umbrellas. At a lower school assembly where each class showed their work, we paraded with our umbrellas. In art class, we made Buddha statues. In computer class, we made comic life pages, which included facts and pictures from Thailand. This week, we read about the floods that hit Thailand last October. We looked at some graphs in math class to see how much rainfall the capital of Thailand (Bangkok) usually gets. We compared those graphs to a graph that shows the average rainfall in Washington, D.C. It rains a lot more in Bangkok than in D.C. We each used Thai

numbers to show the day and month of our birthdays. It has been so much fun to learn about Thailand, and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to find out what Thai activity we will do next! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Virginia Tober, Lydia Furlong, Stephen DeCarlo and Robert Linson, third-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

The Children of Uganda group danced for students from several schools, including Hyde-Addisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth-graders, during a performance at Georgetown University a couple of weeks ago. They came to the United States for their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour of Light.â&#x20AC;? The tour is trying to raise money and help make people more aware of the education and support this organization provides to hundreds of children orphaned by AIDS. The performers danced and sang about their East Africa culture and the things they do in their culture. Some of the things they danced about were things that people in Uganda consider important, such as the elbow because it allows humans to move their arms and balancing because they balance many pots on their heads. The performers told us a few interesting things. For example, many of the children got on an airplane for the fist time to come on this trip. Many also ate pizza for the first time. They also got to see snow for the first time! They are ages 12 to 22. The Children of Uganda worked hard and taught us useful and interesting things. They danced very well. The whole entire audience stood up and gave them a huge round of applause after they

finished. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ryan Bradley and Lauren Xu, fourth-graders

National Presbyterian School

At National Presbyterian School, our basketball team is called the Cardinals. Our record is 1-4, with three more games to play. There are six sixth-graders and seven fifthgraders on the team. The coaches, Coach Washington and Coach Benton, train us to be the best basketball players we can be. We do training like running and stretching and basketball drills such as running up and down the court, dribbling through the legs, practicing crossovers and doing jumping jacks. For fun, when we have time, we do a scrimmage. We have practices on Wednesday and Thursday from 3:25 to 5:15 p.m. in the gym. We have a regular season, which is about to end, and the tournament from Feb. 16 to 24. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Walter Rouse, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

Recently, a group of 17 Form II boys from St. Albans went to Anacostia to visit the Septima Clark Public Charter School. Septima Clark is an all-boys school that goes up to fifth grade, which is the grade we were visiting that day. The goals of our visit were to help these students by modeling strategies for success in school and to have some fun. When we arrived, the students, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;scholars,â&#x20AC;? as they call them at Septima Clark, promptly introduced themselves. Next, all of us were paired up and were given interview sheets to get us started. It did not See Dispatches/Page 17

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take very long, however, for us to branch out and really start getting to know the boys. Soon, we were well-versed in the ways of Septima Clark and our fellow scholars. Once we had gotten to know each other, it was time for some fun. We were told that we would be playing dodge ball with the fifthgraders! At first, we didn’t quite know what to think and were a little nervous about hurling balls at fifthgraders we had just met, but once we got going all of us were shocked at how good the Septima Clark kids were. We had to put in our full effort just to keep from getting out! Overall, it was a great visit, and we are eager to show the Septima Clark scholars our school when they visit St. Albans next month. — Teddy Mott, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy

This past week, St. Ann’s Academy, as well as every Archdiocese of Washington school, celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Every school has its own way of celebrating. Each day, St. Ann’s had a special theme. The week began on Sunday with a special Mass at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. The choir sang and every student who attended got a free dress day on Monday. On Tuesday, St. Ann’s opened

its doors to visitors and potential new families with an open house. Parent volunteers showed guests around the school and answered questions about the class size and curriculum. Wednesday was Teacher Appreciation Day. Many students brought their teachers small cards and gifts. All the teachers were treated to a catered lunch while parents stayed with classes for an hour at lunchtime. Thursday was Student Appreciation Day. Students were allowed to come to school out of uniform. In the afternoon, the entire school gathered in the gymnasium to play bingo. The festivities didn’t end there. Parents and faculty and staff were invited to a celebration after school at Guapo’s in Tenleytown. On Friday, Catholic Schools Week came to an end with our Grandmother’s Tea — this is a special event where grandmothers, mothers and special friends and relatives are invited to join students for afternoon tea. The third grade presented a wax museum for the guests. Third-graders chose a famous person and presented a short biography in full costume. You might think that you are in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. —Fifth-graders

St. John’s College High School

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With numerous sports media outlets in attendance at Gallagher Gymnasium, the Cadets proved that they are to be taken very seriously in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. — Cam Kostyack, 12th-grader

Local students tapped by Arena Stage Two Northwest students will make their professional stage debuts this spring as part of Arena Stage’s production of the classic Broadway musical “The Music Man.” Ian Berlin, a fifth-grader at Maret School, will play Winthrop Paroo, the timid and lisping younger brother of librarian Marian Paroo. Berlin previously appeared in an original musical developed during a yearlong ensemble workshop at Imagination Stage, and he will star this month as Jojo in Maret’s production of “Seussical Jr.” Mia Goodman, a fifth-grader at Washington International School, will play one of the River City kids. Goodman sings with the Washington Girls Chorus and has participated in summer programs at Imagination Stage and Theatre Lab. Her stage credits include “Annie” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The two were among 120 young people who auditioned last month at an all-day casting call for the show, which will run May 11 through July 22. tion packed to the top of the bleachers, the St. John’s boys basketball team pulled off an incredible upset of its top rival, Gonzaga, 56-54, on Jan. 29. The obvious home-court advantage due to the presence of the loud and overflowing student section gave the Cadets the adrenaline needed to hand Gonzaga (which on Saturday entered the game as the No. 1 team in the area, according to The Washington Post) its first loss of the season. Led by sophomore Darian Anderson, who scored 22 points, the Cadets managed to keep a lead throughout the entire game, although they never were able to get the lead above 10 points.

School Without Walls

On Saturday, Jan. 21, a number of Walls students, including the advisory board of the student government, attended Mayor Vincent Gray’s Youth Town Hall for Ward 2. It was an opportunity for students to discuss two bills, the Early Warning and Intervention System Act of 2012 and the College Preparation Plan Act of 2012, as well as other issues. While the conversation began with critiques and feedback on the bills, the conversation shifted, as a result of the questions and comments of Walls students, toward D.C. Public Schools practices as a whole, including its approaches to ensuring teacher quality, addressing truancy and evaluating faculty. Although Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson was absent from the forum, Mayor Gray took into account all the questions and suggestions, reassuring the assembled students that the District government would do its best to look into these issues as they are vital concerns to not only Ward 2, but to students across the whole city. On Friday, the school went to George Washington University’s See Dispatches/Page 18

Gonzaga lacked its star player, Nate Britt, but was boosted by 12-point performances from forwards Kris Jenkins and Will Rassman. Jenkins, however, had trouble from the field and shot numerous air balls; the missed shots hurt Gonzaga in a big way. Nevertheless, Gonzaga was able to stay neck-and-neck with St. John’s throughout the second half, pulling within two points with less than 30 seconds on the clock. In the end, the Cadets were able to hold off Gonzaga’s final attempts. The riled-up student section, including those who were locked out of the gym in the first half due to overcrowding, rushed the court to exalt the winning team.

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Lisner Auditorium for the National Honor Society’s induction ceremony. A record number of students entered the ranks of the Walls chapter this year, reminded by speaker Andy Shallal (owner of Busboys and Poets) that though induction is a great honor, actions are more important than recognition. The week began with Walls students effecting positive change in their community and ended with the promise to continue that progress in the future. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Sheridan School

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Recently, volunteers from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades attended a diversity conference. There were 500 to 600 middle school students attending from D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Since there were so many people, we were divided into two groups. The Georgetown Day middle school “Safe Place Theater” members performed scenes about racism and how to tackle it and turn it into “anti-racism.” Then groups went to the auditorium for a PowerPoint presentation about reasons that people are discriminated against, like skin color, body size, education, clothing, et cetera. Each group discussed the categories people are put into based on how they are perceived as different from others. The slides showed how many stereotypes there are today, and how it can be hard to stop the stereotypes. Eighty small-group co-leaders met up with their groups and talked about bias in the world today. They

asked questions like “How is television working to stop bias in the world today?” The small-group leaders started out with icebreakers and questions until there was a good discussion. Even though many people had a good time, some people were a little apprehensive to talk at first. Afterward, the Sheridan group shared its experiences from the day. “I enjoyed meeting and discussing with kids my age who had similar problems and different backgrounds,” said seventh-grader Zoey. At the end, the director of the conference asked if there were any who would like to speak about their day. Many students from different schools shared their thoughts. — Ellie Kimmelman and Vishnu Ramasawmy, seventh-graders

Washington International School

As the lights went off, a tall man gracefully walked on the stage. I was waiting for a sound, maybe a scream or a simple word, but all I heard was silence. When my English teacher told my classmates and me that we were going to go see one of Shakespeare’s most famous and tragic plays, “Romeo and Juliet,” I was not aware it was going to be completely wordless. When I was first told, one thought came to mind: How? How was I supposed to understand the plot of the play or what was happening with no words? Little did I know that by the end of this performance, after sitting in the chair for approximately 90 minutes on a rainy Wednesday, I was going to have a totally different perspective on Shakespeare, the play itself and silent acting. The production of “Romeo and


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In Latin class, eighth-graders just completed a board game project. The purpose of this was to find a way to review grammar, culture and history in a fun environment, by creating games that our class could play. My board game was a fairy-tale board game, and I used Greek and Latin myths. The boards were full of colors, and we had images of gods and goddesses. Some students made their games in the shape of the map of Rome. Others created games that looked like a racetrack, with Roman chariots. The questions for each game asked about the definition of words in Latin, aspects of Roman culture and grammatical conjugations. From playing these games, I learned about religion, vocabulary and declensions. — Alexis Wallace, eighth-grader

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Juliet” by Synetic Theater was creative and original. I was amazed by the actors’ ability to portray their passionate emotions while remaining completely silent. During this performance, I was able to think outside of the box, go beyond the text and explore this tragedy to its fullest potential. Most of the scenes were purposefully unclear and abstract, allowing our imaginations to take over. This performance was more successful than I had expected. It was inspiring and gave me a better understanding of the feelings behind each character, wordless acting and most significantly how words are not the only important element in Shakespeare’s plays. — Emanuela Lombardi, eighth-grader

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Report calls for high-performing options in Ward 4 By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

A recently released study of D.C. public schools found that an area of Ward 4 ranks second in the city in its need for higher-performing options. The study, commissioned by the D.C. deputy mayor for education, ranks each D.C. public and public charter school on one of four tiers of performance based on D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System scores. From there, the study focuses on 10 â&#x20AC;&#x153;neighborhood clustersâ&#x20AC;? (out of 39 total in the city) where demand for performing schools is particularly concentrated. For the Ward 4 area that includes Brightwood, Crestwood and Petworth, the study found that 62 percent of students are enrolled in underperforming schools. Only 38 percent of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students attend two â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tier 1â&#x20AC;? high-performing schools: Community Academy Public Charter School and Washington Latin Public Charter School. The study recommends increasing enrollment at those two Tier 1 charter schools, which together are operating at only 55 percent of their buildingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; capacity, to add approximately 835 seats. It also suggests increasing investment in six Tier 2 schools to bring them to higher standards and potentially add up to 1,000 seats. For the lower-ranked schools, the study recommends either turning them around or

closing them entirely. In this neighborhood, the Brightwood Education Campus and Roosevelt High School fall into the lowestranked Tier 4 category. Kamili Anderson, the Ward 4 representative on the D.C. State Board of Education, said the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s findings arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t particularly surprising, but its recommendations take a strong new slant. She said the report seems to propose the path of â&#x20AC;&#x153;basically abandoning the schools that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t achieving.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real disconnect between the findings of this report and its recommendations,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the data reveals anything we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already know, [yet] its conclusions differ from conclusions that have been suggested recently.â&#x20AC;? The study came out a few days after an announcement from Deputy Mayor for Education Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shawn Wright that renovation plans for two Ward 4 high schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Roosevelt and Coolidge â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be delayed due to lack of funding. In addition, rumors have cropped up recently that the city might choose to consolidate those two schools into one facility. At a recent community meeting, Wright did not guarantee that the two schools would remain open but said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no active plan to close either. Anderson suggested that the recent study â&#x20AC;&#x153;sets up a conversation by which the closure of some of [the lower-performing] schools is inevitable.â&#x20AC;? Any modernization plans will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;even more difficultâ&#x20AC;? to achieve given this

backdrop, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shifting the discussion so far away from where many folks want it to be.â&#x20AC;? Similarly, the Washington Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union expressed alarm that the study proposes closing 36 traditional public schools while concentrating resources on charter schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We acknowledge D.C. Public Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; responsibility to manage efficient public school facilities; however, if a school is slated to close or transform into a charter school, teachers will be forced out of their jobs,â&#x20AC;? union president Nathan Saunders said in a release. The $100,000 report, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quality Schools: Every Child, Every School, Every Neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? was funded through a donation from the Walton Family Foundation. Chicago-based nonprofit IFF (formerly known as the Illinois Facilities Fund), produced the study, which was released late last month. The study notes that two-thirds of D.C. students attend schools within the neighborhood cluster where they live, â&#x20AC;&#x153;yet for most students, a local [high-]performing school is not an option.â&#x20AC;? Only 34 percent of the school spots available for city students fall into the top â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tier 1â&#x20AC;? category. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to ensure that children across the city have access to high-quality education opportunities in their neighborhood, while maintaining and supporting the diversity of our public schools,â&#x20AC;? Wright says in a release. According to information from Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s findings will be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;starting

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Roosevelt High School is classified in the study as a Tier 4 school.

pointâ&#x20AC;? for coming up with concrete solutions. Marc Bleyer, capital program manager for the office, said the first step is a series of government-level meetings â&#x20AC;&#x153;to talk about how to reach out to the larger community moving forward.â&#x20AC;? From there, within the next six months or so, community meetings will take place within the 10 neighborhood clusters most in need of improvement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to take a magnifying glass to those areasâ&#x20AC;Ś and work closely with the community â&#x20AC;Ś to find what are the right set of solutions to address the gap,â&#x20AC;? Bleyer said. The study found that the neighborhood cluster of Congress Heights, Bellevue, Washington Highlands and Bolling Air Force Base has the highest need for performing schools. In Northwest D.C., the area including Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Pleasant Plains and Park View landed on the list, in addition to the Ward 4 neighborhood cluster.

Ellington founder touts arts model for inspiring students Current Staff Report Former D.C. school board president Peggy Cooper Cafritz, who cofounded the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, said last week that the city should look to Ellington as a model for success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A similar program should be in every high school in the District,â&#x20AC;? Cafritz told members of the Rotary Club of Washington, DC. Ellington has produced higher test scores than any D.C. public high school except for the academically selective programs, such as Banneker and School Without Walls, she said. The key, Cafritz suggest- Cafritz ed, is allowing students to pursue their passions as long as they complete their other schoolwork satisfactorily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This would require DCPS to set up other themed high schools such as Ellington,â&#x20AC;? she said. Instrumental to Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success is that â&#x20AC;&#x153;kids come for something they wantâ&#x20AC;? with the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts curriculum, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes all the difference in the world. ... Teenagers go to what they are interested in.â&#x20AC;? But, she noted, Ellington students have to maintain their grades in order to participate in their preferred activities. Students there â&#x20AC;&#x153;spend more time in school than any regular public

high school,â&#x20AC;? she said, working on music programs and theater productions in the afternoons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the time period when teenagers are most likely to get into trouble. Unlike the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular high schools, the graduation rate of those entering as freshmen at Ellington has varied between 98 and 100 percent, and about 98 percent go on to college, Cafritz said. Yet students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily enter Ellington primed for success. About a third of the students come in with reading abilities between second- and seventh-grade levels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are not tested until after they are accepted,â&#x20AC;? Cafritz said. Some students were considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;uneducatableâ&#x20AC;? by their previous schools, but every â&#x20AC;&#x153;special educationâ&#x20AC;? student in the school has graduated within four years, she said. Forty percent of Ellington students also come from families known to be below the poverty level. The real number is higher, she said, since many students refuse to accept free lunches. Cafritz described Ellington as effectively the first charter school in the District. Its governing board, which includes representatives of George Washington University and the Kennedy Center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;got a contract giving us complete control,â&#x20AC;? she said. The only exception was that the school could not fire any of its teaching staff; Cafritz said unwanted staff members were reduced through attrition.

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BEAUTIFULLY renovated colonial featuring 3 finished lvls, brand new Pergo flrs, designer granite, FR of kit, screened in porch with set down deck, LL feature in-law suite w/BA. So much more! Sintia Petrosian 301-395-8817 Friendship Hts 301-652-2777

GEORGETOWN $999,000 NEW YEAR – NEW PRICE! Charming classic Gtown corner TH simply brimming with charm. Mste with sep dressing room, loads of closets, eat-in KIT with doors leading to fenced rear patio, basement inlaw ste with sep entry. Enjoy all the shops and restaurants of Gtown – all just a short distance from your front door. Allen Goldberg Foxhall Office 202-363-1800



BRIGHT END UNIT townhouse with 3BR, 4.5BA, built in 1990. Fully finished on 4 levels. Large, open LR/DR w/southern light, Chef's KIT, Mste & terrace w/views of VA. FR opens to garden. 3 frpls, Sauna, Elevator, Garage. 3242 Reservoir Rd NW. Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Tamora Ilasat 202-460-0699 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400



BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION! 6BR, 5.5BA home featuring 4 fin levels, 3 stone Frplcs, 2FRs, LR w/mahogany tray ceilings, Dream KIT, Elegant sep DR, Priv MBR ste with WIC/Dressing Rm, Au Pair ste on LL and the list goes on... Leah Harris 202-421-8003 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700


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MCLEAN GARDENS $339,800 LOVELY McLean Gardens 1BR, 1.5BA Duplex Condo. Light and spacious. Recently renovated. Closets! Convenient and quiet. 3863 Rodman St #B50. Molly McDowell 202-247-7263 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 ADAMS MORGAN $315,000 BEAUX ARTS BEAUTY. Pass thru the most beautiful lobby in Washington at The Wyoming. Corner 1BR w/high ceilings, wood floors, good closet space, extra stor. Pet OK, 24-hr desk, great bldg roof deck. Nr Metro; 42 bus at the door. 202-238-2874 Joe Kelley Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 ADAMS MORGAN $475,000 - $899,900 CHOOSE FROM 4 stunning all new 2BR, 2BA twnhse style condos on the best block in Adams Morgan! Huge lux spaces from 1240-2350 SF. Top of the line finishes: gleaming solid oak flrs, grand gour KITs, high ceilings, custom built-ins & limestone BAs, frplcs, outdoor decks, & avail gar PKG! Nr shops, bars, restaurants & only 10 min to metro! 1785 Lanier Place NW. Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 ARLINGTON $1,125,000 TURNBERRY TOWER – Arlington. Fully Fin, custom designed “D” Model w/ beautiful finishes, custom millwork. Elegant stone, marble & gran. Priv elevator entry, valet PKG, concierge, 24 hr drman/front desk, full serv health club w/indoor pool. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 CHEVY CHASE, DC $899,950 SIMPLY ENCHANTING! Arts & Crafts LR & DR, KIT w/coffered, lighted ceiling, new ss appls, gran counters, huge FR bathed in southern sun opens to Deck; Library & full BA – ALL on 1st Fl. 3BR up; Rec Rm, Au Pair Suite, 2-car Gar below. 301-717-7563 Mary McGuire Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 CLEVELAND PARK $289,900 STEP INTO this 1 BR Co-op w/views of the National Cathedral from all windows. Pergo flrs, updtd KIT & BA. Xtra stor in bsmnt; free W/D. Bus & taxi at door. Nr Grocery, coffee shops, restaurants. Roof deck w/panoramic views of downtown. Allen Goldberg Foxhall Office 202-363-1800


SWEET PENTHOUSE - FHA Approved - 2 Blks U St Metro - New 5 unit boutique building. 2Levels, 2BR/2.5BA w/open living, recess. lights, cherry flrs thru- out & a gourmet kit and so much more! Phil Di Ruggiero 202-725-2250 Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200

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FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

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CLEVELAND PARK $409,000 THE BROADMOOR COOP - Top Flr. Beautiful large 1BR w/ lots of light & park views. Updated KIT w/ new SS Appls & Gran Counters. Sep Din, HWF's, Freshly Painted & Custom Bookcases. Full Svc Bldg. Gar PKG to rent. Walk to Metro & shops. 3601 Connecticut Ave NW. John Mammano 571-331-8557 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 CLEVELAND PARK N $389,000 ENJOY MODERN LIVING with Old World charm in this classic location, built 1927, renov in 2000. Lrg 1BR w/tall ceils, updtd KIT, Foyer, LR, Office Nook, big BR, renov BA, HWs. Gar PKG, xtra stor, low fee, pet OK! Betw 2 Metros at Tilden St. 301-452-1075 Cindy Holland Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $225,000 NEWLY RENOV 1BR, 1BA condo in small boutique bldg. Gran countertops, SS appls, HWFs, W/D in unit and much more. 2-car deeded PKG space. Near Petworth & Columbia Hgts Metros. Mary Saltzman Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $319,900 - $415,900 THE MAGDELENA - 3-2BR units New on the Market! The top floor Penthouse has it all! High ceilings, exposed brick, ss appl, wood flrs, W/D, deck and assigned PKG included! Samuel Davis 202-256-7039 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $529,000 VERY WELL maintained updtd Wardman porch front row. Entry foyer, bright & sunny LR, formal DR, 1/2 BA, open KIT to enclosed rear porch. 3 generous BRs, 2 full BAs up. Functional in-law ste w/full sized W/D and updtd BA. 2 car secure PKG. Walking distance to 3 metros. Great value. Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

GEORGETOWN $1,325,000 RARELY AVAIL townhouse in the original section of Hillandale, attached 2-car GAR and elevator. Wide floor plan, beautiful HWFs, 2 frplcs, high ceilings & patio. 3 BRs up and LL den or 4th BR. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 GLOVER PARK $264,900 NEW ON MARKET! Spacious, sunny 1BR unit in wonderful bldg on the park. Fab, renov KIT w/new wood cabs, ss appls, new counters. Sep din area. Lots of closets w/organizers. Lrg windows facing trees. All new CAC system. Fee includes all utils. Great roof deck. PARKING! Mary Zitello 202-549-7515 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

GLOVER PARK $329,000 TOP FL corner 2BR unit overlookCOURTHOUSE $1,175,000 ing Glover & Whitehaven Pks. STUNNING 2 story PH at the Wooster & Unobstructed view of treetops & walkMercer. 2BRs, 2BAs, over 1800sf w/soaring ing paths - very private. Flooded ceilings, incredible lights from flr-to ceil- w/sunlight. Dble pane, oversize windows on 2 sides of bldg. HWFs & large ings windows. A MUST SEE!! Tom Spier 202-320-6711 walk-in BR closets, xtra hallway stor. Friendship Heights 202-364-5200/ Deeded PKG, roof deck & on-site mgr. 703-522-6100 Comcast/RCN avail. No pets. Open

KALORAMA $300,000 NEW at THE WYOMING - Own the perfect pied-a-terre in this boutique 1900s bldg, a superb example of Beaux Arts architecture. 6th flr, 1BR unit has updtd KIT & BA, high ceils, orig HWFs. Central location is nr Dupont Cir & Woodley Pk. Josh Harrison 301-602-5400 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 LOGAN CIRCLE $625,000 APPROX 1000 SF 2BR, 2BA corner condo w/deeded PKG. Entry hall w/coat closet, W/D, open LR/DR w/priv balc, open KIT w/bar, gran counters, maple cabs and ss appls, gas cooking. Both large BRs have WICs and both lux BAs with deep, soaking tubs. Other features incl tall ceilings, crown molding and HWFs. 1441 Rhode Island Ave NW #302. Richard Waite 202-821-8940 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 LOGAN/PENN QUARTERS $525,000 WOW! SO MUCH TO SEE!!! Designer styled urban living. Beautiful, quiet unit overlooks historic park. 1BR/den-designer finishes throughout. Call for more details! Jeanne Kayne 202-262-4555 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 MT VERNON SQUARE $359,900 JUST BEAUTIFUL! Practically new 1BR with fab huge priv courtyard in Mt Vernon neighborhood! New KIT with gran & ss appls, HWFs, exposed brick wall, gorgeous BA, W/D in unit! Nr Mt Vernon Metro, low fee, pet OK!! Truly a must-see! Jennifer Knoll 202-441-2301 Chevy Chase Office 202-986-1001 TAKOMA PARK $630,000 STYLISH architectural jewel renov with care and attention to detail. Dramatic lighting, high quality materials and fixtures, chef's KIT, lots of natural light, betw the creeks, nr 2 parks, metro, shopping etc. TRUE BLISS! 7214 Central Ave. Kornelia Stuphan 202-669-5555 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 WESLEY HEIGHTS $575,000 CHIC & SOPHISTICATED 1,653 sq ft Home is Sun-Filled and offers both East and West Exposures / Spectacular Sunrise and Sunset Views & a View/The National Cathedral! So much more! Connie Parker 202-302-3900 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777

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New home in the Palisades is Craftsman writ large


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appealing mix of restaurants and retail along MacArthur Boulevard. But for those buyers who want a clean-slate property and arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much interested in months of renovations, there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too many options in this established area. Enter a newly built, energy-efficient home on quiet Sherier Place. The large property was built using the cozy Craftsman vernacular, and the result is a warm, inviting spot despite its size. A spacious flagstone porch is an inviting area on warm days. Large, glass-front doors open directly into the dining room, providing an easy way to maximize party circulation. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front door is a behemoth that adds to the Arts and Crafts references found on the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior: a stone base topped by gray planks and shakes, with substantial, bright white trim. Inside, woodwork continues to be a highlight. Hefty crown mold-

ing is found throughout the home, and chunky millwork surrounds windows here. Though grounded in pedigreed domestic architecture, the groundfloor layout here is made for modern living. A den and dining room flank the entry hall, which is broad enough for a wheelchair. An optional elevator that would open to this space is another potential accessible feature. A smaller room near the stairwell has been designed as a home office, but it could host other functions as well. The heart of this home, though, waits at the rear of the property. A sunny, open kitchen offers top-ofthe-line appliances, including a Wolf range. Aesthetes will appreciate an under-the-counter microwave drawer that eliminates the functional facade from view. Those interested in form as much as function will also appreciate the cherry cabinets stained a warm, natural tone, as well as the granite countertops. The kitchen, like all the rooms on the first and second levels here, is lined in hardwood flooring. The kitchen is open to a family room that is centered on a fireplace. Square windows flanking that hearth call to mind the config-

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This newly built five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom house on Sherier Place in the Palisades is priced at $1,849,000. uration found in so many Craftsman homes. A rear deck that sits atop the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-car garage is accessed from this open-plan space. If buyers wish, they may also purchase the adjacent lot and have a large yard. Otherwise, that space will soon be developed by this homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s builder. The best of old and new can be found near this kitchen. A butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry is a feature of many older homes, but a mudroom with builtin storage is a modern convenience. Upstairs, four bedrooms and three baths wait. All of the bedrooms are sizable and feature ample storage, but the master suite















is the real draw here. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ample natural light, and a tray ceiling provides volume to the space. A pair of walk-in closets flank the approach to the master bath. Stone subway tiles are a luxe wainscoting, and floor tiles are larger slabs of the same material. A walk-in shower is a workaday treat, while a showpiece soaking tub is a weekend luxury. A double vanity with mirror-mounted sconces takes up a full wall here. Ample storage dots the second level, and a laundry room complete with a sink adds another useful space.

The bottom level is surprisingly bright, thanks to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sloping lot that allows for full windows here. A bedroom, full bath and living space make this spot useful as an in-law or au pair suite, or simply as a media room with a guest suite. A utility room contains the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-notch systems. This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home at 5040 Sherier Place in the Palisades is offered for $1,849,000. For more information, contact Andrew Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, principal broker of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Realty Advisors, at or 202741-9405.

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able development, and is excited about â&#x20AC;&#x153;the next chapter of my career.â&#x20AC;? But the unexpected move upset some Ward 4 residents who have been closely involved in the development plans, which will have a major impact on their community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were shocked,â&#x20AC;? said Tim Shuy, a citizen member of the local redevelopment authority â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;shocked and disappointed, because it speaks to the continuity of the process.â&#x20AC;? Randall Clarke, another citizen member, told the gathering that the redevelopment plan took years of effort, by city officials and local residents. Clarke gave a brief shoutout to the absent Jenkins, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to acknowledge the person who was our primary contactâ&#x20AC;? during the endless series of community meetings and negotiations and â&#x20AC;&#x153;to acknowledge his hard work.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was the face of the project,â&#x20AC;? said one dismayed District government worker. The reuse plan for Walter Reed

is the result of a complex process laid out under the federal Base Realignment and Closure Act, which dictates some uses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; certain types of nonprofits are favored, for example â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and rules for public involvement. The District had to go through the process twice, since federal officials redrew the boundaries last year to give the city a more desirable 67.5-acre chunk of land largely fronting on Georgia Avenue. Jenkins led the redevelopment project from its inception in 2009, and said he is proud of his work negotiating with the U.S. Army and State Department. He also cited the inclusion of sustainable strategies in the reuse plan, and the fact that development will occur â&#x20AC;&#x153;without the need for any subsidy from the District.â&#x20AC;? Leading dozens of meetings with officials and residents, he helped hammer out a final plan that includes market-rate housing, permanent supportive housing for veterans and the formerly homeless, stores and restaurants, two charter schools, offices, a fire station and medical facilities for Howard University. The lengthy process has made

some residents impatient, especially after the closure of the Army hospital last year robbed many small businesses on Georgia Avenue of their customer base â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and left them with little hope for new customers because construction on the former campus is still years away. The conveyance of buildings and land to the city can begin only after multiple reviews are complete. Then the District plans to hire a master developer to oversee the demolition and construction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very concerned about Eric Jenkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abrupt departure and the way it was handled,â&#x20AC;? said Alice Giancola, another citizen member of the redevelopment panel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The entire development of Walter Reed will take from five to 20 years, and the lack of continuity â&#x20AC;Ś could jeopardize the expedited completion.â&#x20AC;? The plan will be submitted as legislation to the D.C. Council in February. Review by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected this summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the city really wanted this plan, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it want to keep the key personnel in place who prepared it? â&#x20AC;? another resident asked.




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ed Brandywine facility or the remainder of the new office building, said Taylor, but because both are located in commercial zones, they are not governed by the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan process. The new building includes 88 parking spaces and is located less than a block from the Van Ness-UDC Metro station. Taylor declined to say how much the university is paying for the new

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nificant number of needy residents,â&#x20AC;? and the drying up of federal stimulus funds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget watchdog said he has â&#x20AC;&#x153;every confidence the challenges will be met in a fiscally responsible manner.â&#x20AC;? The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;long-term fiscal stabilityâ&#x20AC;? is especially impressive, Gandhi said, at a time when many other jurisdictions, as well as the federal government, face huge deficits. But after a round of congratulations, council members indicated they may look again at taxes and fees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as spending cuts imposed on some social service programs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when they tackle the budget for the next fiscal year. Last year, facing what were described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;spending pressuresâ&#x20AC;? and revenue shortfalls, the council increased the income tax rate on high earners, imposed a new tax on interest from out-of-state municipal bonds, agreed not to sunset an increase in the sales tax, and imposed a plethora of fee and fine increases on everything from parking tickets to building permits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everywhere I go, residents are tired of being â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fee-edâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to death,â&#x20AC;? Council Chairman Kwame Brown said at a legislative briefing earlier in the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wherever I go in the city, I

building, and said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not yet clear what renovations will likely cost. According to property records, 4401 Connecticut Ave. was last sold for $21 million in 2004 and is now assessed at $31 million. The building is vacant except for two retail tenants that front Windom Place, according to Taylor. WAMU, founded in 1961 as a campus radio station, now claims nearly 750,000 Washington-area listeners to its local news, National Public Radio and bluegrass-music programming. hear, if we got all this money, when do we give them a break?â&#x20AC;? As to fee and tax reductions, Brown said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything should be on the table.â&#x20AC;? Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans said he was pleased with the surplus and the rebuilding of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fund balance. But Evans, who opposed the income tax hike last year, said the council needs to explain â&#x20AC;&#x153;why we raised the income tax and furloughed employees for four daysâ&#x20AC;? when the city is now running a surplus. Evans also noted that private development now revving up around the city should ensure new revenue for years to come. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear how the budget debate will spin out this spring, when there will also be pressure from advocacy groups to reverse cuts in services for the poor, the elderly, and disadvantaged children. City administrator Allen Lew boasted that Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to reduce overspending and rebuild reserves contributed to the huge â&#x20AC;&#x153;turnaroundâ&#x20AC;? in the fund balance figures. But Lew also offered a note of caution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been much discussion on how to use the surplus,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the surplus is one-time money and cannot be used for tax cuts that have recurring impact.â&#x20AC;? He said the surplus also canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be used for new spending programs without a change in the law.


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stand three stories high facing Straughn Hall and four stories facing University Avenue, separated from homes there by new and existing trees. But when the seminary presented plans at the neighborhood commission meeting, some residents complained that the large windows facing University Avenue would be disruptively bright at night. Officials later met with neighbors and are incorporating their feedback into design revisions, said McAllisterWilson.


But as with many construction projects, this one has its detractors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that they really answered all the concerns,â&#x20AC;? said advisory neighborhood commissioner Allen Beach, referring to the discussion at a walkthrough Upchurch and others held with neighbors last weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The [concerns] boiled down to â&#x20AC;Ś two issues. One was trees, and the other was the bumpouts.â&#x20AC;? In terms of trees, some fear the repaving efforts could threaten the roots of mature trees along the affected roads. But one of the most vocal neighbors on the issue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; concerned about a large tree by her house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has changed her tune. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I recanted,â&#x20AC;? said Bonnie Loper, explaining that after complaining about the plan at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisory neighborhood commission meeting, she called an arborist to check city officialsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; claims that the digging necessary to install the permeable surface would not harm the tree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[He] came out here and looked at it and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;am, indeed they are correct.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;Ś So I sent them a message of apology.â&#x20AC;? In terms of bumpouts, there is concern over the parking spaces they will eliminate and their potential for

Delaying the process â&#x20AC;&#x153;gave us more time to listen and to make changes that we need to do,â&#x20AC;? he said. The seminary has also recently strung ribbons to mark the outline of the proposed new dorm, and marked which trees it hopes to save â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a request from neighbors, said McAllister-Wilson. The seminary hopes to open the new dorm by August 2013, and to use the extra capacity as swing space to then renovate existing dorm rooms, enlarging them and converting some into office space, officials said. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chapel and library have already been renovated. McAllister-Wilson said that even with a later Zoning Commission date, the project

creating traffic congestion in the neighborhood, where Lafayette Recreation Center is a major draw for neighbors both near and far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially on the weekends,â&#x20AC;? the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis courts draw lots of people, said one attendee at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood commission meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bumpouts will create congestion â&#x20AC;Ś when our kids are out.â&#x20AC;? Upchurch said officials have been working to limit the number of parking spaces eliminated and to place the bumpouts strategically, not in prime residential spots, for instance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The residents actually gave us some good suggestions on how we could do things a little differently to save a parking space,â&#x20AC;? she said. Upchurch noted that there are 160 spaces in the project area, and local households regularly use 118 of them. She said the project is likely to eliminate 10 to 15 spots. Some residents also raised questions about long-term maintenance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bumpouts are going to be planted with perennial plants,â&#x20AC;? said Loper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to maintain perennials. â&#x20AC;Ś Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna do it?â&#x20AC;? Loper also noted that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard that permeable surfaces can be challenging for snowplows. Upchurch said that the city is â&#x20AC;&#x153;committed to maintaining these facilities,â&#x20AC;? though she noted that long-term funding is not yet secure.

should still be on track. As part of the campus plan, the seminary also hopes to modify its traffic pattern, widening its Massachusetts Avenue driveway for two-way traffic and restricting the use of its University Avenue entrance to deliveries and emergency vehicles. It would also add parking spaces along the Massachusetts entrance. Some neighbors have questioned whether there would be enough parking capacity and whether the new traffic pattern could impact Massachusetts Avenue. The seminary is still working on its traffic study and parking plan, but officials at the neighborhood commission meeting said that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve observed decreased automobile use from students, faculty and

She explained that officials chose the Chevy Chase location for several reasons, including that its dilapidated alleys need repair, and that the impacts of stormwater reduction will be easy to test because all of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water flows to the same place. She and Saari also explained that the city must test both an area where the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sewer system is separated â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as it is in Chevy Chase, with runoff and waste disposed of separately â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and in one where the sewer is combined. The second pilot site is around Georgia and Iowa avenues. D.C. is currently undergoing a major effort to reduce waste overflows into local waterways during heavy rains. The Chevy Chase pilot program also involves a private-property portion, in which homeowners can get up to $5,000 to make changes on their land, such as adding trees and rain gardens, installing environmentally friendly landscaping and having downspouts disconnected. The next step in the project is testing the soil in the neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is happening this week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to determine where water will trickle down slowly and where drains are needed to help the process. After that information is collected, officials will update the designs and share their changes. Detailed plans are available at and






staff since the 2006 plan was approved. Residents said at the January meeting that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pleased that the seminary is no longer planning major growth, but they are still working out some issues raised by the new plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good news in this â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the reduced development is good news â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but there are still some questions,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Tom Smith, whose single-member district includes the seminary, said at the January meeting. The seminary will hold a meeting to discuss its revised plans at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 in Elderdice Hall in the seminaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kresge Academic Center. Officials are also posting updates to

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Mamo, an Ethiopian immigrant who Orange said worked hard to “open up markets to minorities. Now you want to break him down and take away everything he’s worked for.” Orange also blamed high gas prices here on high taxes, elevated real



estate prices and other market forces. “There’s no guarantee that stations who save on gas will pass that on” to consumers, said Ward 8 member Marion Barry, who said he opposed breaking marketing agreements that require some stations to purchase their gas from Mamo’s firm. Disgraced former Ward 5 member Harry Thomas also opposed the

ZONING From Page 3

would be allowed as a matter of right; a physical change would require a building permit but no public input. In the case of side yards, many residents’ properties predate the zoning restriction and never met that requirement, and that noncompliance complicates other changes residents hope to make to the properties. The existing requirement of 8 feet between the building and the property line “wasn’t something that represented the vast majority of the building stock,” the Planning Office’s Arlova Jackson said in an interview. “We want to not discourage people from improving their homes.” Some residents have argued, however, that it’s important to them to get the chance to weigh in on such changes to adjacent buildings. Chevy Chase resident Harlan Cohen, who said he learned about the zoning rewrite process from the neighborhood’s listserv, said allowing a house to expand to within five feet of the property line threatens its neighbors’ light, air and views. “It’s not that I’m against all change, but we buy our houses with an expectation that the current zoning will protect us from changes that are not allowed under the current zoning,” Cohen said in an interview. Alma Gates, a Palisades resident who serves on the advisory Zoning Regulation Review Task Force, feared

The Current bill. But his departure has left the council with only 12 members, and the resulting 6-6 split meant Cheh’s bill failed on first reading. After the vote, a group of independent gas station operators stood stunned outside the council chamber. Aaron Manaigo, a lobbyist for the group, said he might support changes to the bill in an attempt to round up a few more votes.

that revisions to the side-yard rules could combine with a series of other slight changes to encourage more developers to replace smaller homes. “This kind of infill has a tendency to destabilize neighborhoods and neighborhood character,” said Gates. Jackson said she doesn’t expect the proposed zoning changes to have such a dramatic effect. “We’re not changing the lot-occupancy requirements — there’s still a limit to how much people can do,” she said. Before the latest proposals are enacted, the Office of Planning will receive input from the Zoning Regulation Review Task Force and host community meetings across the city. The Zoning Commission, which sets the zoning code, will also hold public hearings. The Planning Office will also publish additional proposals, for different types of zones, throughout this spring. Planners also haven’t yet decided whether to implement a parking maximum or whether to change requirements of universities’ campus plans. “There’s certainly plenty of opportunities left for the public to weigh in at this point,” said Jackson. Changes already endorsed by the Zoning Commission include eliminating off-street parking requirements for residential buildings with fewer than 10 dwelling units and for larger apartment buildings in denser zones or near transit. Another newly approved requirement calls for construction outside low-density residential areas to meet a “green area ratio” requirement — a calculation of its environmentally sustainable features.

VILLAGE From Page 5

“What I realized with the elderly population is that there’s a great potential for Foggy Bottom and the West End to be a wonderful place to spend the last years of one’s life,” he added. “It’s such a rich place with culture and activity and education and civic life.” While there are close to 9,500 George Washington undergraduates in Foggy Bottom, the 2005-2009 American Community Survey found that outside the university area, 35.8 percent of Foggy Bottom residents and 20.2 percent of West End/West Dupont residents are between the ages 55 and 85. “It’s a pretty strong universe for creating the village,” said Rebecca Coder, vice chair of the local advisory neighborhood commission. And Coder said that both the college and George Washington University Hospital would be great resources for the future village, in terms of volunteers and existing services like the hospital’s Senior Advantage program. She also believes in the village concept because of firsthand experience with her parents, who live in the city. “[I] know they want to remain as independent as they can for as long as they can,” Coder said. “To provide the services to help them do that is very important.” In the village model, younger trained members, outside volunteers

and paid staff help older members with errands, chores and transportation, and members participate in social events. The village association offers referrals — to a reliable plumber, for example — and keeps everything organized. Even if members aren’t yet at the age to need extra help, Wright said, “once you do need help, you’ve built up a level of trust and acceptance” with other village members. Nationally, the village movement started in 2001 in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Since then, the idea has spread to other major cities. In D.C., village associations have started in Chevy Chase, Dupont Circle, Glover Park, the Palisades, Capitol Hill and Georgetown. Kalorama also launched a village movement, though it went on hiatus last year after some difficulty sustaining interest. Lemire said that the Foggy Bottom/West End Village would look to partner with and model itself on other D.C. villages, while also determining the specific needs of its residents. The biggest concern the interim board heard through its survey was that residents feared not being able to afford annual member fees. Lemire said that as the village forms, subsidized and sliding-fee options will be considered. “In one sense, what we’re really going to have is hopefully a large cadre of volunteers,” Lemire said. “I think we’ll get to be even more of a community.”

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clarify legislation that allows the city to withhold taxes — at the highest income tax rate — on all distributions from pension and other retirement funds. The high withholding, which took effect in January, is causing an outcry among seniors stunned by smaller retirement checks. Brown said the withholding change passed last year was intended to target only retirees who took large, lump-sum distributions from retirement accounts and didn’t pay any District taxes. But a 
“technical change” by the city finance office “led to far more retirees being hit

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members are pleased with revised rules that would mean they no longer have to be hailed by a customer in order to stop. Instead, most food trucks would be allowed to sit in any legal parking space for the duration of the space’s meter or other limits. Trucks that sell sweet (as opposed to savory) food, however, would be able to stay in a parking spot for only 10 minutes after serving their last customer. The association would like to see sweet trucks treated the same as savory trucks. “When we talk about regulations, they always need to be about health and public safety,” said RuddellTabisola, who co-owns and operates the BBQ Bus with his husband Tadd Ruddell-Tabisola. “When you have hot steam tables and food, it’s not safe to drive away — we’re not ice cream trucks.” In addition to parking regulations, the association would also like to see food truck operating hours extended so that they mimic those of restaurants. Currently food trucks must close at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends. The group is particularly interested in staying open until 3 a.m. on weekends so trucks can serve patrons exiting bars. The group also wants a clarification in the language about the possible creation of vending development zones so that it doesn’t create foodtruck-free zones or otherwise restrict the number of food trucks able to serve a given neighborhood. The DC Food Truck Association took to online advocacy as a way to combat what other stakeholders, like the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington have — namely, money and political connections. “We’re a very small organization of small-business owners, we’re less than a year old, and we’re all volunteer board members,” said Ruddell-Tabisola. “There’s a number of different groups at the table that are much more well-funded, and they’ve been in business in D.C. much longer, they know people inside the Wilson Building much better than we do, so we just come to the table at such a great disadvantage.”

than was ever intended,” he said. The current withholding system amounts to a “legally mandated zero interest loan” to the city from retirees on fixed incomes, Brown said, and is also unfair because the taxes are being withheld at a rate that should apply only to those earning over $350,000 a year. His bill would clarify that the new withholding system applies only to “significant” distributions, not annuities or periodic distributions from retirement funds. Brown said it would shield “thousands of retirees” from the high bracket withholding. Both bills were referred to the council’s Committee on Finance and Revenue, which Evans chairs. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, which represents many brick-and-mortar restaurants that say they have been adversely affected by competition from food trucks, countered with an online movement of its own on Feb. 1. The group is directing members to a website called, which says the proposed regulations create “un-fair streets” and asks supporters to tell the mayor to go back to the drawing board and listen to all sides of the issue. The association did not respond to repeated requests for comment by The Current, but it notes on its website that key concerns of the proposed regulations include parking rules and trash pickup. The association also states that the city’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is “ignoring the current law that clearly states that designated spots must be assigned for mobile vending.” Helder Gil, a legislative affairs specialist at the department, said in an interview that while he hadn’t had a chance to look yet at, the trucks are not breaking current laws. “It’s important for people to know that these regulations are not final — they are proposed regulations — and we want to encourage substantive comments from the public stating why you support or don’t support what’s been proposed,” said Gil. The 30-day public comment on the proposed regulations is expected to close around Feb. 18, though Gil noted that if a surge of comments comes near that date, which is a Saturday, the city will keep the comment period open longer. In 2010, when the city last released proposed regulations for street vending, Gil’s office received more than 2,500 public comments, more than his agency had ever received on a proposed law. He said so far on this round of legislation, comments received overwhelmingly support the food truck association’s position. Once the public comment period closes, the regulatory agency will review feedback on the regulations before sending a final draft to the mayor, who would then forward it to the D.C. Council for a vote.


But the proposal has raised protests about requiring seniors and disabled residents to shovel, and about hitting overtaxed residents with yet another fee or fine. In response, Cheh and Wells had already softened the bill by lowering fines, and requiring an exemption system to be put in place before any tickets could be issued. The bill passed its initial reading with only three dissents in January. Cheh said similar measures, some with stiffer fines, are in place in cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. She said clear sidewalks are necessary so children don’t have to walk in the street and seniors aren’t homebound after it snows. “This bill requires you to do your civic duty. The more we muddle it up and make it ineffective, it defeats the purpose,” she said. But Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser joined the opposition, saying residents are being hit with too many regulations, fees and fines. “Now we have a law [saying] you have to have a sidewalk even in remote areas. And even though nobody walks down it, we will give you a ticket if you don’t shovel it. It just goes too far.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 On final reading Tuesday, another storm of amendments hit. First, Ward 1 member Jim Graham proposed that the city issue tickets to non-shovelers only after it has sent in trucks to plow their streets. “There are sidewalks in Ward 1 that never see a plow,” Graham said. “This strikes a balance between what the government should do, and what we make our residents do.” Wells called that amendment “bizarre” and “anti-pedestrian.” “If you’re locked in because you can’t get your car out, and then you don’t have to shovel the sidewalk,” residents of the block will be “really stuck,” he noted. “Why ensure that if the street is not plowed, you can’t get out on foot, either?” “The notion that if the government fails us, we can fail our neighbors — that’s just rotten policy,” said at-large member David Catania, another supporter of the bill. “I don’t want to live in a city like that.” Graham’s amendment failed on a 6-6 vote. Then at-large member Vincent Orange offered an amendment to give residents “a more reasonable” 24 hours to shovel after a snowstorm, in case the snow ends when people are at work. “Not everybody has the ability to hire shovelers,” he said, as a group of Ward 5 residents — assembled in the chamber to sup-


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The D.C. Council tabled a bill to set fines for failing to shovel.

port a separate bill limiting new strip clubs in their ward — cheered him on. “But if you wait more than eight hours, it’s almost impossible to get the snow off,” protested at-large member Phil Mendelson. “If you wait, it turns to ice.” He called the Orange and Graham amendments “proposals to make this bill completely meaningless.” Ward 8 member Marion Barry — who observed earlier in the debate that “I’ve seen sidewalks not cleared in my neighborhood, and people still get around” — moved to table the entire bill. That motion passed on an 8-4 vote, with only Wells, Cheh, Catania and Chairman Kwame Brown sticking by the measure. Cheh and Wells can try, at another session, to take it up again.

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Wednesday february 8 Book sale â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase DC Friends of the Library will host a preview of its winter book sale. 6 to 8 p.m. Free admission with $10 membership. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ruby Bridges: Her Life as a Young Heroâ&#x20AC;? will feature a chance to learn about Bridgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; role as a 6-year-old in the civil rights movement, her current work as a community leader and the famous Norman Rockwell painting of her. Participants will create a collage featuring their heroes and dreams for success. 4 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Classes â&#x2013;  Casey Trees will present a class on major pests threatening the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s urban forest. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  National Symphony Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach (shown) and National Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef will present an evening of classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Shepherd Elementary School students and the D.C. Labor Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Freedom and Justice: 150 Years of American History in Song.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Local floral designer Sarah von Pollaro will share her tools, tips and tricks of the trade in a demonstration of festive and romantic floral designs. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market, 1440 P St. NW. 202670-8441.


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Events Entertainment Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Timothy Mitchell, professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African studies at Columbia University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Mitchell Silver, president of the American Planning Association and director of planning for Raleigh, N.C., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Value of Planning and Design in the 21st Century.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free. Koubek Auditorium, Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Lee Thornton, professor of broadcast journalism and interim provost for equity and diversity at the University of Maryland, College Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minorities in the Media: New Directions?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â&#x2013;  Christopher Swan, professor of geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Impoverished or Wealthy: Biodiversity in Citiesâ&#x20AC;? as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Edge: Urban Sustainabilityâ&#x20AC;? lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The American Goethe Society will present a talk by National Gallery of Art museum educator Lorena Baines on â&#x20AC;&#x153;DĂźrer and the Idea of the Artist in the Renaissance.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Henri-Georges Clouzotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1956 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Mystère Picasso.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The film will be shown again Thursday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature an encore showing of the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enchanted Island,â&#x20AC;? featuring music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others. 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Charneice Fox Richardson will show excerpts from her new film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The MLK Streets


Projectâ&#x20AC;? at the St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art & Spirit Coffeehouse. 7 p.m. Free. St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. NW. 202-5543222. â&#x2013; The DC Music Salon will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with Smithsonian Folklife Collections archivist Jeff Place will follow. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Robert SedlĂĄcekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greatest Czechs.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  New York-based visual artist Christine Rebet will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poison Lecture: A Performance About Magic and Deception,â&#x20AC;? about the seemingly unlikely connections between legendary magician John Mulholland, the CIA and the science of espionage. 6:30 p.m. $20. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  As part of a monthlong series exploring U.S. society in the years before the Civil War, the Georgetown Theatre Company will present a staged reading of Thomas Hailes Lacyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19th-century play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obi, or Three Fingered Jack,â&#x20AC;? about a slave rebellion in Jamaica. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the New York Knicks. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Thursday, Feb. 9

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Book sale â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase DC Friends of the Library will host its winter book sale. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free admission. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. The sale will continue Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Monday (bag day and half-price day) from 4 to 8 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The University of the District of Columbia Small Jazz Ensemble will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr.



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Wednesday, february 8 â&#x2013; Discussion: Ellis Avery will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Nude.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271261. â&#x2013;  Tenor Doug Bowles (shown), soprano Karin Paludan and pianist Alex Hassan will perform a collection of hot, romantic and bouncy tunes. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rhythm Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Music Abroadâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet performing pieces by jazz legends Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday, as well as their own original compositions, at 6 p.m.; and Mountain Quickstep (shown) performing the bluegrass and early country music of the Adirondack, Appalachia and Smoky Mountain regions, at 7:15 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will perform works by Shostakovich and Bruckner. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and New Orleans native Nicholas Payton will perform with his jazz trio. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Kevin LaVine of the Library of Congress will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music of the Russian Imperial Collection.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion,

Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013; Jarrett Walker, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Transit,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the fundamental geometry of transit that shapes successful systems. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Kavita Daiya, associate professor of English at George Washington University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembering Refugees: Stories From the 1947 Partition of India From Mumbai, and Beyond.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Scholars will discuss the impact of cultural and political icon Frantz Fanon, whose theories on the role of class, race, national culture and revolution have inspired movements such as the Algerian revolution, decolonization, black liberation and Occupy Wall Street. 1 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 702, Gelman Library, George Washington University, 2130 H St. NW. dicm@ â&#x2013;  John Rist, professor of philosophy at Catholic University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;God In and Out of Philosophy.â&#x20AC;? 4:15 p.m. Free. Great Room, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-3195260. â&#x2013;  John DeFearrari, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost Washington, D.C.,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the absent landmarks he profiled, including Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Key Mansion, home of Francis Scott Key. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bonnard, Breitner, and Bathing Beauties.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Arthur Goldwag will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Lit Live Seminar series will feature Nadia Kalman, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cosmopolitans.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Room 308, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  A panel of experts and advocates will discuss the latest research on autism. 7 p.m. Free. Room 208, White-Gravenor Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Immigrants in Americaâ&#x20AC;? book discussion series will delve into â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Waoâ&#x20AC;? by Junot Diaz. 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3072. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the Single Ladiesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kate Bolick, Hanna Rosin and Garance FrankeRuta, writers and editors at the Atlantic. 7 See Events/Page 27 @Yd^hja[]oaf]gfEgf\Yqk& :jmf[`gfKYlmj\YqkYf\Kmf\Yqk )(2+(Ye%*2+(he

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Continued From Page 26 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013; Carol D. Litchfield, professor emeritus of biology at George Mason University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Haloarchaea Adapt to Changes in Their Salt Composition: Genetic and Ecological Significance.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Very Bloody Affairâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forever Free, 1862,â&#x20AC;? the second and third episodes of Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Film Club will present the 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Help.â&#x20AC;? 4:15 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  The Sitar Arts Center will present the student-produced documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life as a Collage,â&#x20AC;? about the life of artist and Sitar teacher Tim Gabel and his battle with terminal cancer. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sitar Arts Center, 1700 Kalorama Road NW. 202-797-2145. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Courtyard Cinema Classicsâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the 1936 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Times,â&#x20AC;? starring Charlie Chaplin as a bumbling factory worker who falls in love with an orphan girl. 7 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival will conclude with a showing of Robert Milazzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Eagle, Arkansas,â&#x20AC;? about the relationship between a star pitcher with a debilitating stutter and his best friend, who has cerebral palsy. 7 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors and students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly stand-up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninth,â&#x20AC;? hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, will feature poet, activist and architect Jade Foster. An open-mic event will follow. 9 to 11 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading â&#x2013;  Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa will read from pieces selected in response to works on view in the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $15. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-544-7077. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Winnipeg Jets. 7 p.m. $42 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Friday, Feb. 10

Friday february 10 Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of selected baroque songs and arias, as well as works by Martinu. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.


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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Thomas Bailey, organist and choirmaster at St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-by-the-Sea in Bay Shore, N.Y., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts@Middayâ&#x20AC;? will feature the local trio OperaBelle performing masterpieces by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  The Nakatani Gong Orchestra, led by Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Soprano Viktoria Loukianetz and pianist Marianna Humetska will perform. 7:30 p.m. $40. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 703-955-2555. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Lloyd Gerson, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Myth of Platoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Socratic Period.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Aquinas Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. â&#x2013;  Mitar Kujundzic, ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will discuss his countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relations with the United States. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Ashraf Khalil will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better Worldâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Walter Isaacson, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Benjamin Franklin, an American Lifeâ&#x20AC;?; Stacy Schiff, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of Americaâ&#x20AC;?; and H.W. Brands, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013;  Sebastian Seung will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Connectome: How the Brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Travel writer Pico Iyer will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Portable Life,â&#x20AC;? about the challenges and rewards of letting oneself be vulnerable in foreign places. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iranian Film Festival 2012â&#x20AC;? will feature Morteza Farshbafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mourning.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. Performances â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present its fifth-annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sucker for Love Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special,â&#x20AC;? featuring stories about romance found, lost and imagined. 8 p.m. $10 to $20. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Improv Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Friday, february 10 â&#x2013; Concert: As part of the Friday Music Series, violinist Netanel Draiblate (shown) and pianist Lura Johnson will perform works by Paganini, YsaĂże, Grieg and Brahms. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838.

16th annual ImprovFest will feature the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company and Ohio State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8th Floor Improv. 8 p.m. $10; $5 for seniors and students. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Special event â&#x2013; The French American Cultural Foundation will present its fifth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Saint-Valentine,â&#x20AC;? featuring an open bar, pastries, live music and a silent auction. 8 p.m. $85. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Miami Heat. 7 p.m. $10 to $780. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Feb. 11 Saturday, Saturday february 11 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Theatre IV performing a musical version of the classic tale of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack and the Beanstalk.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature the Jungle Jims in a live singalong performance presented by musiKids. 10 a.m. $8. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migrationâ&#x20AC;? will teach :LQWHU6HDVRQ







participants about Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic process and the history of the Great Migration and help them hone their visual literacy skills (for children ages 8 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts for Familiesâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to create a dragon paper mola â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a colorful appliquĂŠ panel made by the Kuna people of Panama and Colombia (for children ages 5 through 12). 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will continue its childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author series with a presentation by Paige Billin-Frye, illustrator of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Box Can Be Many Things,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flower Girl,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Is the Pumpkin,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way We Do It in Japanâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody Wins.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271225. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Laura Pole will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eating for a Lifetime: Everyday Principles for Healthy Cooking.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $30. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regency Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pleasures and Paradoxes.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present cellist Sol Gabetta (shown) and pianist Alessio Bax performing works by Schumann, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Servais. 2 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Intimate Winds, the chamber music ensemble of DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Different Drummers, will perform classical, jazz and easy listening music. 3 to 4:30 p.m. $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  The 21st Century Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Multiplicity Multiplicity,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Conlon Nancarrow, Robert Beaser, Mark Kuss, David Froom and Dan Visconti. 5 p.m. $20. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait

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Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013; Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Trumpeter Carlot Dorve will perform at a benefit concert for three nonprofits assisting Haiti â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fonkoze, the Haiti Micah Project and St. Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of the Handicapped. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE. smclaugh@comcast. net. â&#x2013;  Vocalists Susan Sevier (shown) and Natalie Barrens will perform duets by Brahms, DvorĂĄk, Schumann and Mendelssohn. Proceeds will benefit Christ House. 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Jazz veterans Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Victor Lewis, David Weiss and Craig Handy will perform as The Cookers. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present the six-voice a cappella ensemble Nordic Voices performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lamentations.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Suzanne E. Smith, professor of history and art history at George Mason University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Room 311, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1261. â&#x2013;  Nadine Cohodas will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Bill Press (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Who See Events/Page 28


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Continued From Page 27 Is Behind Them,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;GĂśtterdämmerungâ&#x20AC;? by Wagner. Noon. $22. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Originals Now: Amie Siegelâ&#x20AC;? will feature the independent filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;DDR/DDR.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Improv Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16th annual ImprovFest will feature the Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Season Six ensemble and the University of Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Bureau. 9 p.m. $8; $5 for seniors and students. Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase will feature comedians, musicians and other performers. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2428 18th St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The Capitol Hill Village and the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill will host a pancake breakfast. 7 to 11 a.m. $10; $5 for children ages 10 and younger. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE. â&#x2013;  The National Park Service will celebrate the 194th birthday of Frederick Douglass with music, a re-enactment of the great orator and talks on the 19th-century civil rights leader. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202426-5961. â&#x2013;  A weekend festival will explore chocolateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture, history and place in contemporary society. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202633-1000. The festival will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Nanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handmade Valentine Mart will feature gifts made by 15 local crafters, as well as live musical performances and a

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Valentineâ&#x20AC;? table for children. Noon to 6 p.m. Free admission. 3068 Mount Pleasant St. NW. â&#x2013; The DC Anime Club will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Video Game Day,â&#x20AC;? featuring a Mario Kart tournament for Nintendo DS and other activities (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  The 13th annual Washington DC International Wine & Food Festival will feature more than 600 wines from around the world, dishes from local restaurants and artisanal foods from regional producers. 2 to 6 p.m. $85. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The festival will continue Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evening at Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;? will feature a chance to enjoy wine, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and other delights amid historic Sago palms and citrus trees wintering indoors in the conservatory. The event will include musical entertainment and a special display of antique Valentines drawn from the Tudor Place archives. 5 to 8 p.m. $12; $20 per couple. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  Dance Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance fundraiser will feature heartfelt stories by SpeakeasyDC and music by DJ Glowstik. 7 p.m. $10. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. â&#x2013;  An opening night party of the Our City Film Festival will feature a chance to drink D.C.-brewed beer, meet local filmmakers and enjoy entertainment by D.C.-based performers Christylez Bacon, Party Girl and Edge Theory. 8 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3415208. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walking tour of Herring Hill, a vibrant


Sunday, february 12 â&#x2013; Concert: The Voxare String Quartet will perform. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. 1800s African-American community in the heart of Georgetown, and share stories of sacrifice, adversity and success. Noon. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. Feb.february 12 Sunday, Sunday 12 Concerts â&#x2013;  Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Hindemith, Martinu and VillaLobos. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  U.S. Air Force Band ensembles will perform with jazz vocalist All Jarreau. 3 p.m. Free. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th Street between C and D streets NW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The Capitol Hill Arts Workshopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40th Anniversary Concert will feature works by composers Robert Convery and Jeffery Watson and include performances by a chorus of community voices, the Capitol Hill Youth Chorus and the newly formed Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Honor Chorus from Brent Elementary School. 4 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SE. â&#x2013;  Guest organist Anthony Hammond of Cirencester, England, will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Vivaldi and Schoenberg. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Emerson String Quartet will perform. 6 to 8 p.m. $63. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly

â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013; Cavatina Duo will perform music for guitar and flute by Bach, Piazzolla and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Songwriters Association of Washington and Busboys and Poets will present an open-mic event for singer/songwriters. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $3. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society will present a singalong of Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem,â&#x20AC;? featuring soloists from the Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical school will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Old CUA,â&#x20AC;? a multimedia event chronicling the history of Catholic University through songs written by faculty and students. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Great Room, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5608. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidency of Woodrow Wilsonâ&#x20AC;? by John Milton Cooper Jr., former professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of several books on Wilson. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss how President Abraham Lincoln used executive power in a time of crisis to influence the direction of the Civil War. 10 a.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-8956070. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flour Powerâ&#x20AC;? will explore how the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last remaining 1800s grist mill used water power to make flour and help advance the Industrial Revolution. Noon. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-8956070. â&#x2013;  David C. Driskell, artist, collector and emeritus professor of art history at the University of Maryland, College Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Collecting of African American Artâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with Ruth Fine, consulting curator of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woo at the Zooâ&#x20AC;? will feature talks about animal mating, dating and reproductive habits. The event will feature complimentary hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and a cash bar before and after each lecture. 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. $22 per lecture. Visitor Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Fred Reiner, senior rabbi of Temple

Sinai from 1985 to 2010, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Standing at Sinai: Sermons and Writings.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013; The Our City Film Festival will feature shorts that highlight the cultures, residents, neighborhoods and history of the District. 10:30 a.m. and 12:45, 2:45, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. $10 per screening. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Cineforum Italiano will feature Claudio Cupelliniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lessons in Chocolate.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $10. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Jason Cohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eames: The Architect and the Painter.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present Shukree Hassan Tilghmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;More Than a Month,â&#x20AC;? about the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locally Grown Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jon Spelmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prostate Dialogues,â&#x20AC;? about the effects of prostate cancer and treatment on sexuality and relationships. 5 p.m. $10 to $30. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. The performance will repeat Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  Water Street Gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring Kickoff will feature a workshop and expo for runners, triathletes and cyclists, as well as a talk by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smart Marathon Trainingâ&#x20AC;? author Jeff Horowitz. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Water Street Gym, 3255 K St. NW. 202-338-2711. â&#x2013;  The Washington Animal Rescue League will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catapalooza 2012,â&#x20AC;? a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day adoption open house and celebration of all things feline. Noon to 3 p.m. Free admission. Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NE. 202-726-2556. Walk â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walk through the Georgetown Waterfront Park and discuss the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation over time. 2 p.m. Free. Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, Feb.february 13 Monday 13 Benefit â&#x2013;  The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region will present the 64th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Affair of the Heartâ&#x20AC;? luncheon and fashion show to benefit heart research and education. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $125. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. 703-248-1735. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Pan American Symphony Orchestra will perform Latin American music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Tunes & Cocktails at the Jefferson,â&#x20AC;? a monthly singalong of Broadway tunes led by pianist Glenn Pearson, will feature theater veterans Tracy Lynn Olivera and See Events/Page 30


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Freer exhibit features Chinese birds


inged Spirits: Birds in Chinese On exhibit Paintings,” an exhibit of paint- ings that depict more than 35 species of birds in flight, on the ground, in the An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. water or perched on tree branches, will open Located at 2438 18th St. Saturday at the Freer Gallery NW, the center is open of Art and continue through Monday through Sunday from Aug. 5. 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833. Located at 12th Street and ■ “The Temptation,” an Jefferson Drive SW, the galimmersive installation by lery is open daily from 10 Arlington artist Jacqueline a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633Levine, will open Friday at 1000. Flashpoint Gallery and con■ “Emerging From the tinue through March 16. Curious: Common Place The installation features a Anomalies,” the first solo cast of characters in the form show of Arlington artist of large figurative sculptures Stephanie Williams, will open that derive their stylistic influFriday at the District of ences from primitivism, pop, Columbia Arts Center and Stephanie Williams’ work is surrealism and other sources. continue through March 18. In these drawings and on display at the District of An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 paintings, Williams “examColumbia Arts Center. p.m. ines and playfully prods con Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is structs formulated to understand our world,” open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to according to a release.

“Birds, Bamboo, and Camelias,” a handscroll with ink and color on silk (shown in detail), is part of an exhibition at the Freer Gallery of Art. 6 p.m. 202-315-1305. ■ Watergate Gallery will celebrate its 25th anniversary by opening an exhibit Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. On view through March 31, the show features 32 artists who have shown at the gallery over the years. Artist talks are scheduled for Feb. 22, March 1 and March 12, all at 6:30 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. ■ The National Museum of American History opened two exhibits last week. “You Must Remember This,” coinciding with the grand opening of the museum’s new Warner Bros. Theater, is a 20-foot-long artifact wall of Hollywood memorabilia that will remain on view through the summer. “Snowboarding” is a display case about See Exhibits/Page 36

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comedy in this highly visual, retrosci-fi performance about the 1960s animation series “Astro Boy” and its creator, Osamu Tezuka. The play combines live-action cartooning with Tezuka’s life and the fictional world of Astro Boy, a crime-fighting boy robot. Performance times are 8:30 p.m. Studio Theatre 2ndStage will host “Astro Boy and the God of Comics” Wednesday through Saturday and Feb. 15 through March 11. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $38 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885- ■ Spooky Action Theater will to $43. Studio Theatre is located at 2587; present David Mamet’s “The Water 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ Georgetown University’s Mask Engine” Feb. 16 through March 11 and Bauble Dramatic Society will at the Universalist National ■ American University will prespresent “The 25th Annual Putnam Memorial Church. ent “Ubu Rex (Ubu Roi),” Alfred County Spelling Through the device of a live Jarry’s bawdy Bee” Feb. 16 radio play, Mamet follows the spoof of through 25 in agony of an inventor named “Macbeth,” Feb. Poulton Hall. Charles Lang, who attempts to pat16 through 18 at This Tony ent his revolutionary creation: an the Greenberg Award-winning engine that runs exclusively on Theatre. one-act musical water. The play is set during the The crude follows six neu1933-34 World’s Fair in Chicago. language and rotic kids as they Performance times are 7:30 p.m. violent, absurd compete for the Thursday through Saturday and 2 vision of the treasured prize p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to world — couof becoming the $25. The church is located at 1810 pled with the winner of their 16th St. NW; the theater entrance is characters’ outracounty spelling Washington National Opera will off S Street at the building’s rear. geous greed, bee. 202-248-0301; cruelty and stage Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” Performance ■ Washington National Opera cowardice — Feb. 25 through March 15. times are 8 p.m. will present “Così fan tutte” Feb. 25 satirizes fundaWednesday through Saturday and 2 through March 15 in the Kennedy mental attitudes and practices of p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12 for Center’s Opera House. Western civilization. general admission and $8 for stu Mozart’s whimsical opera is the Performance times are 8 p.m. dents. Georgetown University is wry tale of two young men who Thursday through Saturday and 2 located at 37th and O streets NW. place a bet on fidelity, putting the p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15; $10 202-687-3838; performingarts. women they love to the test through for students and seniors. The See Theater/Page 38 Greenberg Theatre is located at


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Continued From Page 28 Evan Casey. 7 to 10 p.m. Free admission. The Quill Bar at the Jefferson, 1200 16th St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; John Delaney, senior imaging scientist at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Use of Multi- and Hyper-Spectral Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy to Improve Infrared Reflectography of Paintings, Drawings, and Illuminated Manuscripts.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Egyptian activist Ahmed Abou-bakr, founder of the Equality & Development Party and a candidate for the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assembly, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Establishing a New Political Party in Egypt.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Philosopher Roger Trigg, academic director of the Kellogg Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life at the University of Oxford, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equality, Freedom, & Religion.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Third-floor conference room, Berkley Center, Georgetown University, 3307 M St. NW. â&#x2013;  Laura Holgate of the National Security Council will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Moscow to Washington to Seoul: Locking Down Nuclear Material.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Daniel Imhoff will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food Fight: The Citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Paul Butler, professor of law and associate dean for faculty development at George Washington University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271261. â&#x2013;  Matthew Aid will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intel


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Events Entertainment Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conquering the 14,â&#x20AC;? about her successful quest to become the first woman to summit all 14 of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Lutins du Court-Metrage,â&#x20AC;? featuring French short films of 2011. 6:30 p.m. $8; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. The festival will continue through Feb. 19 at various venues. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Deeper Lookâ&#x20AC;? will feature Andres Veielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Box Germany.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Peter Manoogianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1987 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enemy Territory.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traveling Through Music and History,â&#x20AC;? a Black History Month performance, will feature four local choirs and performers depicting a plantation worker, a storyteller, a Union soldier, a medical doctor and Mary Todd Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seamstress. 6 p.m. Free. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-426-6924. â&#x2013;  Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will present a staged reading of student works about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Love.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locally Grown Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature a staged reading of Laura Zamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Married Sex,â&#x20AC;? about a newlywed who seeks to understand her marriage, her body and her past. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $30. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the San Jose Sharks. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $138.

Monday, february 13 â&#x2013; Discussion: Nathan Englander will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Feb.february 14 Tuesday, Tuesday 14 Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral will host a two-day workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flower Arranging for Holy Spaces.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $200. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6215. The workshop will continue Thursday; it will also be offered Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Arlington-based writer, book artist and educator Sushmita Mazumdar will lead a memoir-writing class. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  Yoga instructor Liz Nichols will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laughter Yogaâ&#x20AC;? class with deep breathing, stretching and laughter exercises. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-8959448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  Artist Chuck Baxter will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Try Your Hand at Artâ&#x20AC;? class. 2 to 4 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Wen Yin Chan clarinet trio performing works by Gershwin, Bernstein and Bolcom. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Music students at Catholic University


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will perform the music of Cy Coleman, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Witchcraftâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Best Is Yet to Come.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform works by Beethoven, Zwilich and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

â&#x2013; Local performer Wayne Manigo will host a weekly comedy show. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. RAS Restaurant & Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-291-2906. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Jacob Bleacher of NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Goddard Space Flight Center will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Desert RATS.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5664. â&#x2013;  Michael David-Fox will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Showcasing the Great Experiment: Cultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union, 1921-1941.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Criminal defense lawyer Nancy Hollander will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guantanamo: Rule of Law or the Law of Ever-Changing Rules?â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst for Al Jazeera, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. event/2849395619. â&#x2013;  Erwin Uhrmann, Inka Parel and Catalin Dorian Florescu will read and discuss their work at an event dedicated to emerging authors in contemporary German literature. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776.

Reading â&#x2013; The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice will present a reading by NoViolet Bulawayo, recipient of the 2011 Caine Prize. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6294.

Films â&#x2013; National Geographic and ITVS Community Cinema will present Shukree Hassan Tilghmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;More Than a Month,â&#x20AC;? about the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crosscountry campaign to end Black History Month. Noon. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present Frank Capraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1934 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Happened One Night,â&#x20AC;? starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  Stephen Shackelton, a top executive and chief ranger with the National Park Service, will show stills and clips of iconic U.S. parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite and discuss how the agency uses the media to protect and conserve these national jewels. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408. Performances â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making Whoopie: Stories about sex.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Washington Improv Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Bites: For Lovers and Haters, and Those Who Love (and Hate) Them.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15. Source, 1835 14th St. NW.

Sale â&#x2013; The St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opportunity Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-966-5288. The sale will continue daily through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; there will also be a $7 bag sale on Friday and Saturday. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuesday Teaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a guided tour of the historic Tudor Place mansion and a traditional Victorian service, complete with tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and historic tea blends. 1 to 3 p.m. $25. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portraits After 5: Art of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature love songs, images of iconic relationships, a romance-themed museum scavenger hunt and speed dating. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required for speed dating. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guns and Roses: A Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Opening Benefitâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a party celebrating the bicentennial of Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defeat of Napoleon and the new exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Style That Ruled the Empires: Russia, Napoleon and 1812â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature wine, roses, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and vodka. 6 to 9 p.m. $50. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Wednesday, Feb.february 15 Wednesday 15 Class â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The class will repeat Feb. 22 and noon and Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Violin Dreams will perform jazz works. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Tony Award-winning vocalist Alice Ripley will perform memorable Broadway tunes. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Youth! High School Choir Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will culminate with a public concert. 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-5538. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present baritone Florian Boesch (shown) and pianist Roger Vignoles performing an all-German program. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace See Events/Page 31

Continued From Page 30 Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Ben Allison Quartet. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Nancy K. Miller will discuss her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. $7. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3268. â&#x2013;  Heba Raouf, associate professor at Cairo University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Politics of Informality: Power of Public Spheres of Egypt.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Sarah Coster, director of Carlyle House Historic Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fashionable Grief: Silk Needlework Mourning Images in Early America.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  The National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historyâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by Yale University professor Dolores Hayden on â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Grand Domestic


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Events Entertainment Revolutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: The Forgotten History of Feminism and Housing Design.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Yevgenia M. Albats, editor of The New Times, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Russian Spring: Does It Stand a Chance?â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. â&#x2013;  William Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Art Museum and director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Archimedes Codex,â&#x20AC;? about the discovery and ensuing 12-year effort to decipher the earliest surviving manuscript of the work of Archimedes. 5 to 7 p.m. Room 320 A and B, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5115. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature actress June Lockhart, who will discuss her professional and personal interests, including space travel and politics. 5:30 p.m. $20. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  British avant-garde artist Anthony McCall, known for his projections that emphasize the sculpture qualities of a beam of light,

Wednesday, february 15 â&#x2013; Discussion: G. Martin Moeller Jr., senior vice president and curator of the National Building Museum, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unbuilt Washington: The City That Could Have Been (and Might Yet Be).â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m.; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. will discuss his work. 6 p.m. $10; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  John Nichols will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, From Madison to Wall Street.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room,

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013; Peter Groffman of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Spots and Hot Moments: Nutrient Dynamics in Citiesâ&#x20AC;? as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Edge: Urban Sustainabilityâ&#x20AC;? lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 208, WhiteGravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Geographer Matthew Jennings will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cartography: From Ptolemy to Crisis Mapping.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Tim Weiner will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enemies: A History of the FBI.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Joe Torre, Major League Baseballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent executive vice president of baseball operations and former manager of the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Braves and Cardinals, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Managing Major League Baseball.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-633-3030. Films â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Warner Bros. Theater will show


a preview of the PBS film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clinton,â&#x20AC;? the 16th episode in the American Experience presidential biography series. A panel discussion will follow 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Bertrand Bonelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Pleasures.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  As part of a series exploring U.S. society in the years before the Civil War, the Georgetown Theatre Company will present a staged reading of Robert Montgomery Birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19th-century play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gladiator,â&#x20AC;? about the story of Spartacus. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Reading â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Primary Sources, the New Russian Literature Arrivesâ&#x20AC;? will feature readings by See Events/Page 32

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Continued From Page 31 young authors Irina Bogatyreva, Alisa Ganieva, Igor Savelyev and Dmitry Biryukov, finalists for the Debut Prize. 4:30 p.m. Free. Room 462, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Special event â&#x2013; The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film and Feastâ&#x20AC;? event will feature Taiwanese chef Hou Chunsheng serving his version of beef noodle soup, followed by a screening of Ang Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food-centered 1994 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat Drink Man Woman.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Feb.february 16 Thursday, Thursday 16 Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Herbert Blomstedt, will perform works by Beethoven and Strauss. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Young Concert Artists will present 20-year-old violinist Benjamin Beilman (shown) and pianist Yekwon Sunyoo performing works by Mozart, Strauss, Rogerson, Prokofiev and Kreisler. 7:30 p.m. $24. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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Friday, february 17 â&#x2013; Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Obamaâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee activists Courtland Cox and Freddie Greene Biddle. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013;  Jamal Joseph will discuss his autobiography â&#x20AC;&#x153;Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Chuzzlewitâ&#x20AC;? by Charles Dickens. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magna Carta and the Constitutionâ&#x20AC;? will feature A.E. Dick Howard, professor of law at the University of Virginia; Peter Onuf, professor of history at the University of Virginia; RenĂŠe Lettow Lerner, associate professor of law at George Washington University; and Zachary Elkins, associate professor of government at the University of Texas. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Local author George Brummell will discuss Black History Month and his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shades of Darkness: A Black Soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Through Vietnam, Blindness, and Back.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Walter Mosleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Film â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simply Murderâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Universe of Battle, 1863,â&#x20AC;? the fourth and fifth episodes of Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Performance â&#x2013;  The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance will present a student showcase. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Reading â&#x2013;  Rita Dove (shown), Linda Gregerson, Elizabeth Nunez, Jacqueline Osherow, Linda Pastan and Jane Smiley will read their Folger-commissioned poems and essays from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sistersâ&#x20AC;? chapbook, a new anthology published in conjunction with

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crossing a Barrier of Footlights: An Opera Demo for Kids,â&#x20AC;? highlighting D.C. cultural history and African-American accomplishment in opera, will feature musical selections from Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Traviataâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aidaâ&#x20AC;? performed by Washington National Opera artists (for children ages 8 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Band Brass Quintet will present a Black History Month concert about the integration of African-Americans in the U.S. Navy. Noon. Free. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-433-3366. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a composers concert, featuring works by Kurt Stern, Michael Fantus, Edgard Varese and J.T. Martin. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  Hans Uve Hielscher, organist and carilloneur at Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany, will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friday Music Series, Duo Appassionata will perform four-hand music for Viennese fortepiano. 1:15 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Jazz singer Dianne Reeves will perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $55. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Peace Cafe will present a talk by William Parry, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Rebecca Walker will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013;  Historian Timothy Stanley will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchananâ&#x20AC;? (in conversation with Buchanan). 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  Cinema Night will feature Thomas McCarthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Visitor,â&#x20AC;? about a college professor who travels to New York City for a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. 7 p.m. $5 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Performance â&#x2013;  D.C.-based theater company Faction of Fools will present a commedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; arte version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Juliet.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.




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Tickets cost $20 to $33. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833; ■ Keegan Theatre is presenting Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” through Feb. 18 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ The Kennedy Center is presenting the world premiere of “The Wings of Ikarus Jackson,” a dance/theater adaptation of the children’s book “Wings,” through Feb. 19 in the Family Theater. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $18. 202-4674600; ■ Rorschach Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Fengar Gael’s “The Gallerist” through Feb. 19 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; ■ Studio Theatre has extended Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still” through Feb. 19. Holly Twyford leads the cast of this drama from Pulitzer Prize winner Margulies. It follows a globe-trotting photojournalist who returns home injured from the battlefields of Iraq. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ Theater J is presenting “Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President” through Feb. 19 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Performance times are generally at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $70. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-4947497; ■ The Washington Ballet will present “TwylaTharp: AllAmerican” Feb. 22 through 26 at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $125. 202-467-4600; ■ Arena Stage is presenting “Elephant Room” through Feb. 26 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202488-3300; ■ Constellation Theatre Company is presenting Federico Garciá Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” through March 4 at Source. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $40. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7741; ■ The Folger Theatre is presenting Susanna Centlivre’s “The Gaming Table” through March 4 in the Elizabethan Theatre. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket cost $39 to $65. The Folger is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” through March 4 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $37 to $90. The Lansburgh is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Arena Stage is presenting John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play “Red” through March 11 in the Kreeger Theater. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300;

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Nestled in a 3-acre park-like setting this beautiful southfacing, 1-bedroom on a high floor offers spectacular view and gorgeous natural light. Very special. Do Not Miss.

Light-filled, 2-bedroom, 2-bath plus DEN across from Metro and above Harris Teeter. Great kitchen, wood floors, full washer/dryer in unit. 1 garage space.

Anslie Stokes Milligan 202.270.1081

catherine czuba 202.549.6819

tom Williams 202.255.3650

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exquisite new construction


truly a Gem!


Just completed - High-end Builder

Approximately 7,200 SF of interior space on 4 finished levels in a private wooded setting (19,340-SF lot). Award winning GTM Architects & Denning Homes construction.

This lovely home is located in the small enclave of Colony Hill. With 6 bedrooms and more than 6,700 SF this home has wonderful rooms for entertaining and daily living.

Village of Martins Addition – Wide center hall with open transitional floor plan. 5 bedrooms – 4.5 baths, 3 fireplaces, finished lower level, and garage.

tom Williams Alyssa crilley

Katherine Martin Gilda Herndon

Kelly Joyce perry 301.906.1775

202.255.3650 301.325.0079

202.494.7373 301.807.7884


Take Your Business to the Next Level…Expert Marketing...Professional Staff Support…Modern Space. Contact: Kirsten Williams 202.552.5650, for more information. BetHeSdA, Md


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Zoned commercial & residential

Bryce reSort, vA


"Ski inn" on the "redeye" Slope at Bryce

A fabulous home in coveted Parkwood with loads of architectural details. Stunning chef's kitchen opens to family room. Great master suite. Finished lower level.

C. 1760 - One of the few early log buildings in the heart of Leesburg's historic district. 1-bedroom, 1-bath with parking. Perfect for weekend getaway, office, or business.

Ski or snowboard in and out of the property day or night. Superb views of the slopes and of Great North Mtn. 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, cedar ceilings, natural light, garage.

Kathy Byars 240.372.9708

paula clagett 703.431.8829

Kate & Kevin Brennan 240.731.3974


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