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Commission OKs AU campus plan
■ Development: Neighbors
fear impact of new buildings By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
Following more than two years of contentious community meetings and public hearings, the Zoning Commission last week unanimously approved American University’s 10-year campus plan, giving the go-
ahead for the school to begin a series of development projects. Zoning commissioners have said for several weeks that they support most of the university’s proposals, and on Thursday they signed off on the last remaining details: noise suppression at the Jacobs athletic field and a community liaison committee to help resolve future disputes. The university had scaled back aspects of its development plans over the course of the approval pro-
cess in response to strong neighborhood opposition, and officials had also made changes to planned operations. But community leaders said the approved plan will still allow visually overwhelming buildings, exacerbate parking shortages and traffic congestion, and otherwise disrupt neighborhoods surrounding the university. “We appreciate the hard work invested and the different perspecSee Campus/Page 31
Firm scales back Tenley Safeway proposal By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
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Spencer Davis, 4, participated Saturday morning in the fourth neighborhood tree planting in Crestwood sponsored by Casey Trees and the Crestwood Citizens Association.
Developers of a planned mixed-use building on the site of the Tenleytown Safeway have eliminated the proposal’s top story and 13 of its apartment units in response to community objections, but some neighbors said the changes don’t go far enough. Clark Realty Capital presented its revised plans at Thursday’s Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission meeting. Many residents at the meeting said the revised design is a step in the right direction, but that 189 apartment and town-house units would overwhelm the neighborhood’s traffic and street parking. Plans call for tearing down and replacing the existing Safeway at 42nd and Davenport streets with a newer one encompassing both the shop’s space and its adjacent surface parking lot. Four stories of apartments, to be See Safeway/Page 5
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Clark Realty Capital proposes replacing the old store with a new Safeway topped by housing. An updated plan eliminates one floor and 13 units.
Park Service sidelines damaged canal boat
‘Shadow’ candidates face off on how to achieve statehood
By ELIZABETH WIENER
By BRADY HOLT
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The mule-drawn canal boat that has taken visitors up and down the C&O Canal in Georgetown for decades is now beached indefinitely near Lock 4, riddled with cracks and beyond repair. This spring, a smaller, batterypowered boat will try to take its place. National Park Service officials say it would simply cost too much to repair the bigger canal boat, called The Georgetown, although they’re making efforts to help raise the several million dollars they say it would cost to build and operate a new replica. Kevin Brandt, superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, and Matt Logan, president of the park’s fundraising arm, the C&O Canal Trust, began discussions last week with the Georgetown Business
Michael D. Brown and Pete Ross agree on the main point: The District needs statehood, and the best way to achieve it is informing Americans nationwide about the issue. But the two Democratic primary candidates for the post of D.C. shadow senator differ on how that office can best raise awareness that District residents lack voting representation in Congress. In interviews with The Current, Brown said the best path is to continue his work in hosting statehood
NEWS ■ City pitches new speed camera types. Page 3. ■ Ward 4 challengers blast incumbent at forum. Page 2.
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The Park Service says repairs to The Georgetown, which has “significant structural deficiencies,” would be more expensive than a new boat.
Improvement District about raising private funds to build a new canal boat. Logan told The Current Monday that “there is interest on all sides” to explore the idea. “There’s no doubt it’s an important component of Georgetown.” See Boat/Page 28
SPOR TS ■ School Without Walls girls lax readies for first season. Page 9. ■ Visi senior wins Gatorade player of year award. Page 9.
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events and incorporating the issue into school curricula, while Ross called for more dramatic protests to attract greater media attention. Michael D. Brown — not to be confused with at-large D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown — was elected to the shadow senate seat in 2006. He pointed to his experience in this position, as well as his previous work on political campaigns and as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in his American University Park neighborhood. “I’ve worked in politics for a very long time, and I’ve worked in See Senators/Page 31
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Lamond-Riggs group hosts Ward 4 council candidates Current Staff Report Candidates for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council blasted incumbent Muriel Bowser on a number of issues at a forum hosted by the Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association last week. Bowser, who had another engagement that evening, arrived only for the final question. Renee Bowser (no relation) introduced herself as a union lawyer who served three terms as an advisory neighborhood commissioner. She said there is mold and asbestos in local schools and that Ward 4 has received less in school modernization funds than any other ward. Calvin Gurley, in his introductory statement, claimed the ward has lost its vision under the incumbent and that high residential property taxes are causing people to lose their homes. He blamed the incumbent for supporting Police Chief Cathy Lanier even as she posts officers in wards 1 and 2 that ought to be in Ward 4. Baruti Jahi said that if elected, he would fight for local residents. He claimed credit for repealing a law that would have allowed the city to withhold taxes from retirees when they receive distributions from retirement accounts. He added that he has fought against Walmartâ€™s planned locations in the ward. Judi Jones, a four-term advisory neighborhood commissioner, took credit for helping close a poorly performing charter school and said 80 percent of the cityâ€™s public schools are failing. She said that if elected she would invest in fighting crime in the area and that she favors â€œsmart developmentâ€? rather than Walmarts. Max Skolnik said he wants his son to have the best education in the world, â€œbut no better than any other kid in Ward 4.â€? He said he understands small businesses, as his wife owns one. After the introductions, each can-
didate got a different question to answer. Gurley was asked what he would do to get rid of the signs saying â€œ$300 for a used vehicle.â€? He responded, â€œI am against that type of advertisingâ€? and would get them taken down. When Renee Bowser was asked about the problem of homeowners receiving real estate tax bills just days before they are due, she said she would first try for a temporary restraining order. Then she would try to get the D.C. Council to change the law so there would be more notice. Skolnik was asked how he would deal with gasoline contamination originating in nearby Montgomery County and wafting into the neighborhood. He said he would get the city to provide safe temporary housing for those affected. Jahi interjected that when such an incident occurred several years back, he got The Washington Post to do a story about it. He said he would get compensation for those who had been affected. â€œIâ€™ve smelled that vapor. It is a safety hazard,â€? he said. When Jones was asked how to improve education on environmental issues, she turned to the vapor question, saying that the problem originated from a Maryland gas station and that D.C. must work with its neighbor. â€œIt shouldnâ€™t just be the homes affected. If the problem is not solved, the affected property owners should receive fair market value,â€? she said. The candidates â€” including incumbent Muriel Bowser, who had just arrived, were then asked how they would work with the public school system to improve education. Skolnik answered that he had worked with both phenomenal schools and troubled schools. â€œWe need leadership. School reform is not working,â€? he said. He said the See Forum/Page 5
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Police say efforts curbed Tenley robberies By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
After a series of robberies this year, police have “successfully changed the tide on the street crime” in the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights area, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Alan Hill said Thursday at a meeting of the local advisory neighborhood commission. In recent weeks, police have stopped groups of people — many of them Wilson High School students — whom detectives believe were involved in robberies and thefts from parked cars in the upper Wisconsin Avenue corridor, according to Hill. Although few have been charged in connection with particular incidents, police actions have deterred them from committing crimes in the neighborhood, he said. On Feb. 13, officers conducting surveillance overheard a teenager say, “Do him,” Hill said — which they understood to be the selection of a robbery victim. Police searched the teen and his several companions and found that they had a BB gun, but because the would-be victim ran away and didn’t later report the issue, officers couldn’t issue a robbery charge, said Hill. “However, since they did not all go to jail that night, some went home to talk amongst their peer group,”
Cameras slow down Porter Street drivers By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
When the Metropolitan Police Department installed speed cameras on Porter Street over Rock Creek Park in December, the devices made headlines for racking up hundreds of violations a day — an average of around 15 an hour. By the end of February, according to automated enforcement program manager Lisa Sutter, the number of speeding citations issued on that stretch had dropped to two to three an hour. “That’s the kind of thing we want to see,” Sutter said at Monday night’s Forest Hills/Van Ness advisory neighborhood commission meeting. She said the city now wants to replicate that success for a wider set of violations and at more sites. This summer, police hope to begin installing long-planned cameras to fine drivers who don’t stop at stop signs or for pedestrians, those who speed through intersections or on winding roads, and those who drive prohibited trucks on small streets, said Sutter. Commissioners voted 4-1 to support the expanded program. Although many residents oppose the cameras, Sutter said they’re an excellent way to change drivers’ behavior. Police can’t be everywhere, and officers sometimes issue tickets more subjectively. “The whole idea behind photo enforcement is consistency,” Sutter said. “If you know that every time you drive down Porter there’s going to be a camera, at some point you’re going to put on the brakes and not speed past that camera.” See Cameras/Page 5
warning their friends of the police presence, Hill added. “We’ve had no more street robberies of the nature we’ve been having after that in [Police Service Area] 202.” A March 6 robbery attempt in the 3900 block of Morrison Street, in which a masked man allegedly tried to take a bag from a pedestrian walking from the Friendship Heights Metro station, occurred just outside that patrol area’s boundaries. Hill said other recent incidents involving student victims and perpetrators didn’t fit the typical profile of this year’s street robberies. A different group of robbery suspects — older than those stopped Feb. 13 — remains at large but appears to have moved to other parts of the city, according to Hill. Police also recently stopped a group of three Wilson students believed to be responsible for a string of thefts from autos, and they have a warrant for another suspect, Hill said. He said those crimes have also declined. Hill warned, however, that residents need to stay vigilant, because a new crime wave can begin quickly. “We catch a group, the word gets out for a while, then somebody else decides they’ll give it a try,” he said. Police devoted extra resources to the area early this year, including plainclothes officers from the narcotics division, according to Hill.
The week ahead Thursday, March 15
The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a forum for candidates in contested primaries. The meeting will also include a report on demographic changes in Cleveland Park from 2000 to 2010. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A will host a candidates forum for the Ward 4 D.C. Council race. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson St. NW. Residents are invited to submit potential questions to 4A@anc.dc.gov.
Tuesday, March 20
The Crestwood Citizens Association will hold its regular meeting, which will feature a talk by Rock Creek Park superintendent Tara Morrison. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at 1950 Upshur St. NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and Northwest Neighbors Village will host a program on “Elder Issues: Facilitating Difficult Family Conversations.” Speakers will include Myrna Fawcett, an elder-law attorney; Steve Altman; a practicing commercial mediator; and Carolyn Rodis, a specialist in elder-care mediation. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C will sponsor a community meeting with representatives from Giant and Buzzuto Development to discuss construction plans for Cathedral Commons at the current Giant site at Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.
Wednesday, March 21
The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed renewal of the Glover Park liquor license moratorium for three years. The hearing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the board’s fourth-floor hearing room in the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. To testify, contact Martha Jenkins at 202-442-4456 or email@example.com.
Thursday, March 22
The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a “community dialogue” with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. In conjunction with the meeting, committee delegates will hold an endorsement vote in the atlarge D.C. Council and shadow senator races.
Tuesday, March 27
The D.C. State Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a review of graduation requirements in art and music. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 412 at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G and the Chevy Chase Citizens Association will host a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council race. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW.
Wednesday, April 4
Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 3 town-hall meeting on the D.C. budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW.
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District Digest Cleveland Park Giant to close on April 12
Giant Food will close its Cleveland Park supermarket next month in preparation for the longplanned Cathedral Commons project, which includes a larger Giant store, the company announced yesterday. The current Giant at 3336 Wisconsin Ave. will close at 6 p.m. April 12, and a free thrice-weekly shuttle service to the companyâ€™s Van Ness location will begin April 15, according to a company news
release. The shuttle will leave Cleveland Park at noon Sundays and 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and return two hours later, the release states; pick-up locations arenâ€™t yet available. When the Giant reopens in 2014, it will have grown from 16,000 square feet to 56,000, the release states. The project will also include additional retail space and 137 apartment units. The D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the Zoning Commission approval for the project in December after years of opposition
from some in the community.
Brightwood residents oust commissioner
Brightwood residents have voted to recall advisory neighborhood commissioner Douglas Smith, according to results certified yesterday by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Residents of single-member district 4B04 voted Feb. 28 on whether to oust Smith, whom some accused of being unresponsive to his constituents. Smith has said residents want him to be more vehemently opposed to a planned Walmart. In the final tally, 83 residents voted to recall Smith, and 64 voted to keep him in place, according to a news release from the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Board spokesperson Alysoun McLaughlin said Smith has seven days to request a recount. Unless the count is reversed, prospective candidates for the seat will be able to collect petitions to run starting March 23.
Democrats announce delegate selections
Fifteen of the Districtâ€™s delegates to the Democratic National Convention have been identified after this monthâ€™s pre-primary caucus. According to the D.C. Democratic State Committee website, the delegates representing wards 3, 4, 5 and 7 are James Bubar, Irma Esparza, Mark Long, L. Jeanette Mobley, Mary Terrell, Romaine Thomas and Brandon Todd. The delegates representing wards 1, 2, 6 and 8 are Marion Barry, Sheila Bunn, Gregory Cendana, Jack Evans, Denise Lopez, Susan Meehan, Jeffrey
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Ex-mayor Williams to chair tax commission
Tony Williams, who served as D.C. mayor from 1999 to 2007 and chief financial officer before that, will chair the Districtâ€™s new ninemember Tax Revision Commission, officials announced yesterday. The commission, which had been dormant since 1998, will review and recommend changes to D.C. tax policies, according to a news release from Council Chairman Kwame Brown. The other members of the commission, nominated by Brown and Mayor Vincent Gray, are David Brunori, Catherine Collins, Tracy Gordon, Ed Lazere, Teresa Hinze, Pauline Schneider, Stefan Tucker and Nicola Whiteman, the release states.
Sheridan-Kalorama voting site to change
The Precinct 13 polling place will move to the auditorium of Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, 2200 California St. NW, starting with the April 3 primary, according the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Sheridan-Kaloramaâ€™s current site, St. Margaretâ€™s Episcopal Church, wonâ€™t be available for upcoming elections, the notice states. The board approved the change yesterday after taking a preliminary vote last month.
City plans to install more â€˜red-topâ€™ meters
After installing 400 new â€œred topâ€? parking meters reserved for cars with disability license plates or placards by March 1, the D.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it will put another 1,100 such meters in place by April 17. With the installation of the red tops, the city ended its longstanding practice of allowing disabled drivers to park free and for twice the posted time at any parking meter. Motorists with disabilities can still have the extra parking time â€” with payment â€” until April 17, according to an agency news release. By that date, 9 percent of the cityâ€™s parking meters will be red tops, which explicitly allow for twice the parking time of other nearby meters, the release states. Cars without handicap placards or plates can receive $250 tickets for parking at a red-top meter. The Transportation Department
launched the red-top program earlier this year as an effort to reduce opportunities for parking with fraudulent disability credentials.
Dupont leader seeks school board spot
Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Jack Jacobson will challenge Mary Lord for Ward 2â€™s State Board of Education seat in the Nov. 6 general election, he announced Monday. Jacobson wrote in a news release that he would prioritize improving neighborhood schools, reducing attrition and ensuring a rigorous curriculum. In addition to his time on the neighborhood commission since 2008, Jacobson has helped organize the 17th Street Festival and a consumer group focused on taxicab regulations, according to another release from his campaign.
D.C. students invited to global discussion
Students in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in an event to discuss their own efforts to deal with world issues, according to a news release from co-sponsor Washington International School. Attendees at the â€œGlobal Issues Networkâ€? event, co-sponsored by the School Without Walls, will be asked to host a â€œbreakout sessionâ€? that includes a 15-minute presentation on the activities theyâ€™ve undertaken regarding world issues, the release states. For more information and to register for the March 16 event, which will be held at George Washington University, visit wis.edu.
â€˜Biogasâ€™ from sewage to power D.C. facility Extract from D.C. sewage will soon be converted into fuel that will power part of the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority announced last week. The authority hopes to open the $81 million combined heat and power plant by December 2014, and expects it will supply nearly 30 percent of the treatment facilityâ€™s power, according to a news release. A â€œdigesterâ€? will extract usable biogas â€” a cleaner-burning fuel than most electricity sources â€” from material cleaned from the wastewater, the authority says. The water authority contracted with Pepco Energy Services to design and build the new plant, and will pay the company an additional $89 million over 15 years to operate and maintain it, according to the release.
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city should establish â€œcommunity schoolsâ€? with 24-hour wraparound services such as mental health assistance for those in need. Renee Bowser pressed for more Ward 4 school modernizations and for engaging parents. â€œDonâ€™t rate schools just on test scores,â€? she said. Jahi said Ward 4 is last in the city in school modernization funding.
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called The Terraces at Tenley, would sit atop the new 58,000-square-foot grocery, bringing the buildingâ€™s height to 65 feet. Also, 14 small town houses would line the rear of the building. Besides making the building one story shorter, developers decided to put a roof over a walled area off Davenport Street where delivery trucks would turn around to load and unload, as some residents had requested. Clark also added apartments over that section of the building to offset most of the 40 lost by removing the top floor. When Clark presented its plans at the neighborhood commissionâ€™s January meeting, several residents said they would support the proposal if the top floor â€” including all of its apartment units â€” were removed. Yet the elimination of the extra height didnâ€™t silence community objections last week. â€œWhat theyâ€™ve done is theyâ€™ve shifted the density from one part of the development to another,â€? said one resident. â€œWeâ€™ve seen improvements and thatâ€™s great, but what would also be great would be â€Ś something more in the neighborhood of 150 units, maybe 55 feet in the front,â€? another resident said. The project includes 142 free underground parking spaces for Safeway customers, but residents of the new building would have to pay
â€œWhy is it going to 3, 7 and 8? I see rodents in halls.â€? He also called for a wardwide PTA to help parents. Jones called for changes on how the city reaches out to parents. â€œOur teachers are under siege. ... The community must be involved.â€? Muriel Bowser said the schools â€œare moving in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. ... Now the adults are held accountable.â€? She called for more modernizations, noting that Ward 4â€™s turn is fast approaching. for one of 160 spots. Neighbors said they worry that the new residents would instead compete for free parking spaces on nearby streets. Although the neighborhood commission took no formal vote last week, commissioners generally agreed with neighborsâ€™ concerns. The project has continually improved following meetings in October and January, they said, but there could still be adverse impacts. Blocking residents from acquiring residential parking permits would ease many traffic and parking fears, commissioners said, but developers havenâ€™t yet said whether they plan to do so. Clark representative John Sunter said at the meeting that the siteâ€™s proximity to two Metro stations will attract people who prefer transit to driving. In an interview, Sunter said Clark will use the comments from last Thursdayâ€™s meeting to improve parking and traffic plans, just as discussions at previous meetings shaped the projectâ€™s revised design. â€œI was encouraged to hear that a lot of people acknowledged that,â€? Sunter said. â€œNow, I think the discussion can move beyond the height and mass issues and look into how we manage the impacts.â€? Safeway and Clark will need Zoning Commission approval to rezone a portion of the property for higher-density use and to build taller than the 50 feet allowed as a matter of right. A project timeline, including a date for filing plans with the Zoning Commission, hasnâ€™t yet been developed, according to Sunter.
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The city is asking residents to contact their neighborhood commissioners to suggest locations with frequent violators where the new equipment could be installed. Within the Forest Hills commissionâ€™s boundaries, Sutter said Reno Road is a likely location for high-tech new speed cameras, since the road is too curvy for existing equipment. At the meeting, Sutter also rejected the common claim that the enforcement is more about revenue
than public safety. The city heavily publicizes the location of its cameras, both online and on the streets, and is planning a media blitz before the new cameras go live, she said. â€œWeâ€™ve reduced fatalities; crashes are down,â€? said Sutter. â€œWe feel very comfortable about where we are for red lights and speed.â€? Although the Forest Hills neighborhood commissionâ€™s resolution endorses the cameras to â€œaddress some long-term safety concerns on Wisconsin Avenue, Connecticut Avenue and on our neighborhood streets,â€? it also calls for officers to give traffic enforcement a higher
priority. â€œWhen I drive around my neighborhood, I drive as I wish because I know nobodyâ€™s going to pull me over,â€? said commissioner Adam Tope. Commission chair Roman Jankowski, the bodyâ€™s only opponent of the resolution, did not discuss his vote during the meeting. In a subsequent interview, he said simply: â€œIâ€™m just against photo enforcement. I donâ€™t think it works very well.â€? The Cleveland Park/Woodley Park neighborhood commission has passed a similar resolution.
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Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser is facing five opponents in the April 3 primary. Of the challengers, we think Renee Bowser, Baruti Jahi and Max Skolnik are most worthy of serious consideration. Renee Bowser struck us as a capable contender, but we have a serious disagreement with her over income taxes. She strongly favors increasing taxes on the wealthy, while we fear doing so would probably reduce the city’s revenue, with some residents fleeing the District for Virginia or other states with lower tax burdens. Renee Bowser also told us she favors prohibiting corporations from making political donations, but that she would not extend that ban to unions. We feel strongly that if corporation contributions are eliminated, union donations should be banned as well. In terms of Mr. Jahi, we believe he would be a particularly aggressive council member — and perhaps overly so. We also think he is excessively Ward 4-centric when it comes to development issues, ignoring the benefits that growth elsewhere in the city can provide, through taxes and jobs, to his ward’s residents. Mr. Jahi acknowledges that charter schools do not receive as much funding as regular public schools, but he supports prioritizing the traditional schools. We think some charters do a better job than the public school system and should be encouraged. When it comes to Mr. Skolnik, we agree with him that funding vocational education and magnet programs is worthwhile, but again, we disagree on tax issues: Mr. Skolnik believes the city should increase income taxes for wealthy residents. Muriel Bowser, on the other hand, says the newly reconstituted D.C. Tax Revision Commission should conduct a rigorous study on the results of increasing taxes on the wealthy before city leaders consider changing the rates. The incumbent also wants the commission to study business tax rates, which many claim are too high to compete with neighboring jurisdictions. Ms. Bowser also does an excellent job of making herself available at public meetings to hear about problems affecting local residents — far more consistently than other ward council members with whom we are familiar. And she has the wisdom to realize that she cannot get everything she wants in a piece of legislation: She knows that politics is the art of the possible. Recently, we were impressed with her effort in shepherding ethics legislation through the council. The resulting measure was far from perfect, but it was a good start. She recognizes its deficiencies as well, saying she plans to work on supplemental efforts. Some of her opponents have complained that Ward 4, so far, has not received its full share of school modernization funding. But Ms. Bowser steadfastly opposes mayoral proposals to delay the start of renovations at Roosevelt and Coolidge high schools. And she pushed for the funding necessary to renovate Takoma Education Campus two years ahead of schedule — a fiscally sound response to the devastating fire there in December 2010. The ward has also seen tremendous investment in its parks, recreation centers and libraries over the past several years. The work included the opening of a $10 million recreation facility at Riggs LaSalle — a project that, as her campaign website notes, she first pushed for when she was an advisory neighborhood commissioner. Finally, on a hot-button Ward 4 issue, we would have preferred a bit more clarity from the incumbent on issues surrounding Walmart’s arrival to the ward — which all five of her challengers oppose. Though we do not have strong objection to the store, and in fact envision some benefits from its opening, we wish the council had held hearings on the subject to give a formal voice to the concerns of critics. Still, given Muriel Bowser’s track record, strong abilities and impressive commitment to local residents, we urge voters to give her four more years on the council.
A new budget spring … ? Advocates for more spending on social services in the city are stepping up appeals to the mayor and council, with a protest held Monday. Although your Notebook was sidelined by a bad knee, media reports described a “one city” appeal that was quite different from the $600,000-plus extravaganza Mayor Vincent Gray held a few weeks ago. The D.C. Fair Budget Coalition drew about 100 or so folks to the steps of the John A. Wilson Building for its “One City (in Crisis) Summit.” The organization represents about five-dozen social service providers and affiliated organizations. DCist, a newsy blog, noted that several D.C. Council members stopped by the event. It quoted Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham as cautioning that the 2013 budget proposals expected soon are not going to be brimming with new money. Graham noted that Mayor Gray has made a career of social services, but that his background won’t necessarily translate into spending initiatives or program-saving maneuvers. “We’re always concerned until we see the product,” DCist quoted Graham as saying. The coalition cites some pretty grim statistics: • 1 in 10 residents are unemployed. • 1 in 5 residents are on the waiting list for public and/or subsidized housing. • 1 in 3 residents over 16 are functionally illiterate. • 1 in 3 children are living in poverty. And a few folks pointed out that even the mayor’s super-sized event highlighted affordable housing, a key issue for the coalition. (Gray’s office has stepped up announcements about new housing in response to his summit.) Despite the budget surplus of $240 million last fiscal year and about $70 million in higher revenue being reported now, the fiscal future is still cloudy. Chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi has opined that the 2013 budget needs to include about $160 million in spending cuts or new revenue. When the mayor wrote a letter mildly suggesting that maybe Gandhi’s revenue projections were too conservative, Gandhi responded with a 10-page explanation that basically said, “Nope.” The blunt rejection surprised some who noted that Gandhi is up for reappointment this summer. While some council members — at-large member David Catania in particular — want Gandhi replaced, the mayor more recently has been hinting that he may well reappoint him. It may not be much of a choice for Gray. The mayor is under a serious legal cloud, with federal prosecutors pressing an investigation into his 2010 campaign. Meanwhile, Gandhi may have his faults, but he retains a strong reputation on Wall Street with the bond agencies that are critical to the city’s financial well-being. You might be asking a simple question: If the city has a $240 million surplus from last year, why not just spend it on the critical needs next year? The short answer is that the city promised the credit rating agencies that it would rebuild its reserve fund balance, which dropped precipitously during the city budgets guided by Adrian Fenty. It had been as high as $1.5 billion, but has fallen into the $600 million range. It’s a lot of money almost any way you look at it, except when it comes to fiscal pru-
dence. But that won’t keep social service advocates from pressing city leaders to find the money or raise revenue. The mayor’s budget is due in about 10 days. The battles are just beginning. ■ A sporting chance. One of those battles will have echoes from the city’s decisions in the past two decades to build the sprawling convention center and the Nats ballpark and to spend more than $100 million in city funds to make downtown land ready for the Verizon Center. NBC4 has reported on the Mayor Gray’s private negotiations to bring the Redskins training facility and hall of fame to the development site adjacent to the old RFK Memorial Stadium. And we’ve reported on continuing efforts to build a soccer stadium adjacent to the ballpark near the foot of the South Capitol Street Bridge. Capitol Hill East neighbors and activists already are screaming that the ’Skins training facility would eat up too much valuable land that could be used for other, more neighborhood-friendly development. Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells essentially has said he sees no way the ’Skins operation would fit into plans for the site known as Reservation 13. He and others say the acres that would be needed for training facilities — which are sparsely used part of the year — would be better suited to year-round development and riverside amenities. The mayor and Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, who has been the major force in corralling support for the city’s other big projects, have their work cut out for them when they make a trip soon to Capitol Hill to address neighborhood concerns. The mayor’s office says the ’Skins can be a catalyst for development, an instant attraction and magnet for other businesses. The preliminary proposal includes a team-oriented hotel that would draw visitors, outof-town teams and others during the season. However, given the way the ’Skins have been playing, the season is only eight home games, with playoff dates only a hope. Meanwhile, it seems most everyone, including Wells, is inclined to support a soccer stadium. The site under consideration the last two years has been in Southwest across South Capitol Street from Nationals Park. But the big if — a really big if — is whether the team ownership can come to the table with financing. Owners surely can’t expect the District to build a soccer field through city money and tax-increment financing. They have looked all over the metro region, and in Baltimore, for a possible deal. But it won’t be one-sided wherever it is. The advocates for more social service spending will raise hell if the city bends to any degree to support sports venues over social service budgets. When then-Mayor Tony Williams got approval for the ballpark, it came with promises to spend revenues on social services. Some question whether that actually happened the way it was envisioned, which brings us back to the appeals of the D.C. Fair Budget Coalition. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
Letters to the Editor Coverage helped resolve lease mess
Thank you for covering so thoroughly the city’s ill-advised plan to award a sole-source contract to Keenan Development
Ventures to build a fire station on part of the former Walter Reed campus [“City halts sole-source talks for lease of Walter Reed site,” March 7]. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development simply didn’t properly vet Keenan’s claim to the property and was willing to spend a lot of taxpayer
money (we don’t know how much) unnecessarily. It’s clear to me that Elizabeth Wiener’s articles spurred the city to act responsibly and end the contract negotiations. Again, I’d like to thank The Current for its coverage! Sara Green Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
Letters to the Editor Too many events disrupt bus routes
Last year, events closed streets for up to 48 hours on some weekends and often detoured more than a dozen bus routes. The last thing D.C. needs is another event that disrupts transportation on weekends [“Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon plans make way through city review,” Feb. 15)]. On my weekend commutes to work, I sometimes have had to wait three times longer than normal for buses that were being detoured. Reliable Metrobus service is needed on weekends because extensive track work causes delays on Metrorail and renders it impractical for workers who must report to work on time. Riders who take Metrobus to their shopping or leisure destinations on weekends also deserve reliable service. Because buses on major routes are often crowded on weekends, I know that not only a handful but hundreds of riders are affected by event detours. (Weekend ridership counts are not available from wmata.com.) Because Metrobus serves a critical need on weekends, events should be regulated in order to minimize impact on transportation. Specifically, on street segments that include or intersect bus routes, the city should prohibit booths and other fixtures and allow only parades, walking or running. Officials should also establish limits on the number and scope of events each weekend. Douglas Rowe Cathedral Heights
Food trucks must be closely regulated
The Georgetown Business Association was one of more than 3,000 organizations or individuals to submit comments to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs regarding its proposed rule-making related to food truck vending. We commend the department for tackling this important issue. Food trucks represent an emerging business in our city; they provide jobs and offer a range of interesting, varied culinary choices for consumers. As small businesses, they should be encouraged — but they should also be regulated in a manner that is fair and on par with existing public space oversight. Absent clearer, stronger final regulations, our association is concerned that existing businesses could find themselves overwhelmed by the presence of food trucks in
front of their businesses, blocking entryways for their customers and causing unsanitary conditions for trash and food disposal. Final regulations should permit food trucks at a specific location, within a specific block and within the designated food-vending zone. Also, there should be a limit for the number of food trucks on any given block — permitting only one or two trucks per block so as to avoid any possibility of an area becoming overwhelmed by food truck vending. While this is a potential concern for every zone throughout the city, it is particularly important for Georgetown, given the limited pedestrian sidewalk space in our community. These suggestions comport with the city’s management of public space, which delineates and limits all manner of uses and activities within public space. Our comments, therefore, effectively urge parity with current practice, something that was lacking in the proposed rule-making. Our association’s comments also support the suggestions of other Georgetown organizations in urging the prohibition of vending in residentially zoned areas and the imposition of strict waste management policies. We look forward to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ final regulations and appreciate the care the agency has taken in its attempt to address this important and emerging business issue. Rokas Beresniovas President, Georgetown Business Association
More speed cameras would boost safety
Although it took me a while to figure out the meaning of “leadfoot-nabbing device” in your editorial of March 7, I am pleased to endorse blogger David Alpert’s call for more cameras to nab speeders and others violators of traffic regulations at important intersections. I cross Van Ness Street and Connecticut Avenue on foot twice every day, and I never fail to see speeders, runners of red lights and other traffic violators. At that crossing, we pedestrians put our lives not in our hands but in our feet. Yale Richmond Forest Hills
Army project at AU needs more caution
At last month’s Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board meeting, there was some heated discussion about the location of the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit, where 20 to 30 large glass bottles of mustard agent were buried after World
War I. The board reviewed a December 2000 report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Photographic Interpretation Center and a November 2007 fence line study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which identified several possible locations of the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit on the American University campus near the Watkins parking lot — not 4825 Glenbrook Road, as had been previously stated by the Army Corps. With a 60-foot plus or minus level of accuracy, it seems likely that the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit area includes much of the Watkins parking lot and the backyard of 4825 Glenbrook Road. Last week, the Army Corps met with two advisory neighborhood commissioners, as D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton had requested. We learned the Army Corps used ground-penetrating radar on the Watkins parking lot, but not on the adjacent grassy area where the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit is believed to be located. This lapse is a serious concern because the Army Corps resumed the Kreeger/Watkins parking lot anomaly investigation on Monday. There is a slight chance that contractors will uncover the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit and release mustard agent on the campus and in the neighborhood. This chance could have been avoided by using a vapor containment structure and air filtration unit, as the Army Corps used at 4801 and 4825 Glenbrook Road. Using the vapor containment structure and air filtration unit makes sense seeing as bottles filled with chemical warfare agent were recovered on three adjacent properties — 4801, 4825 and 4835 Glenbrook Road. Two of these properties and a portion of the third were part of the American University campus when the burials took place. But the Army Corps said this is a “low probability” investigation until they find something. If a chemical-filled bottle is found, the project will likely be shut down for several months while the Army Corps revises its work plan. We asked the Army Corps to share the geophysical survey of the Watkins parking lot, to delay investigating the anomalies in the Watkins parking lot until after ground-penetrating radar is used in the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit area, and to use a vapor containment structure with an air-filtration unit when investigating the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit area. The Army would agree only to posting the geophysical survey at the TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library. Kent Slowinski Commissioner, ANC 3D01 Former member, Restoration Advisory Board
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from March 4 through 10 in local police service areas.
psa PSA 101 101 ■ downtown
Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1000 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 2:25 a.m. March 9. Robbery (snatch) ■ 12th and H streets; sidewalk; 5:48 p.m. March 9. Stolen auto ■ 11th and H streets; street; 7 p.m. March 8. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 5:10 p.m. March 5. Theft (below $250) ■ 1000 block, H St.; restaurant; 9:24 a.m. March 5. ■ 500 block, 11th St.; store; 12:40 p.m. March 5. ■ 700 block, 9th St.; store; 8:35 a.m. March 6. ■ 1000 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 1:40 p.m. March 6. ■ 1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; government building; 2:12 p.m. March 6. ■ 1000 block, E St.; sidewalk; 5:45 p.m. March 7. ■ 500 14th St.; store; 5 a.m. March 9.
■ Gallery place PSA 102
Robbery (gun) ■ 4th and K streets; sidewalk; 2:28 a.m. March 7. ■ 600 block, H St.; Metrorail station; 11:55 p.m. March 10. Robbery (force and violence) ■ 700 block, F St.; hotel; 5:20 a.m. March 9. Robbery (snatch) ■ 6th and H streets; sidewalk; 9:05 p.m. March 5. ■ 300 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 2:35 p.m. March 8. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 800 block, G St.; street; 7:47 p.m. March 11. Burglary ■ 400 block, K St.; residence; 10 a.m. March 7. ■ 400 block, K St.; residence; 5:40 p.m. March 10. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 800 block, 7th St.; office building; 4:58 p.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ 600 block, F St.; restaurant; 10 a.m. March 5. ■ 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 10:40 a.m. March 6. ■ 800 block, 7th St.; office building; 1:30 p.m. March 7. ■ 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; drugstore; 2:58 p.m. March 7. ■ 1000 block, 5th St.; restaurant; 9:15 p.m. March 7. ■ 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; drugstore; 2 p.m. March 8. ■ 800 block, F St.; street; 9:40 p.m. March 9. ■ 400 block, 7th St.; store;
6:40 p.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 400 block, H St.; street; 7 p.m. March 4. ■ 600 bock, E St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. March 5. ■ 600 block, E St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. March 5. ■ 700 block, 6th St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. March 6.
psa PSA 201 201
■ chevy chase
Robbery (attempt) ■ 3900 block, Morrison St.; sidewalk; 10:50 p.m. March 6. Stolen auto ■ 5300 block, 32nd St.; street; 7:40 p.m. March 9. Theft (below $250) ■ 6300 block, 28th Place; residence; 7 p.m. March 9.
■ Friendship Heights PSA 202
Tenleytown / AU Park
Robbery (snatch) ■ 4800 block, Nebraska Ave.; bus stop; 3:20 p.m. March 9. Burglary ■ 4200 block, River Road; residence; 7:30 a.m. March 5. Theft (below $250) ■ 4300 block, Chesapeake St.; residence; 6 p.m. March 6. ■ 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 1 p.m. March 9. ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:40 p.m. March 9. ■ 4000 block, Warren St.; residence; 10 p.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 4000 block, Albemarle St.; parking lot; 6:05 p.m. March 5. ■ 3600 block, Veazey St.; street; 11 p.m. March 9.
■ forest hills / van ness PSA 203
Theft (below $250) ■ 4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 5:30 p.m. March 7.
■ Massachusetts avenue
heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights
Burglary ■ 3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 7:45 a.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ 3500 block, Garfield St.; school; 2 p.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2600 block, Woodley Place; street; 6:30 p.m. March 7.
■ sheridan-kalorama PSA 208
Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 10:55 p.m. March 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 1200 block, 18th St.; side-
walk; 3 a.m. March 10. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) ■ Unit block, Dupont Circle; sidewalk; 9:45 p.m. March 7. ■ 18th and N streets; sidewalk; 3:55 a.m. March 11. Burglary ■ 1800 block, Florida Ave.; residence; 3:20 a.m. March 11. Stolen auto ■ 1300 block, 20th St.; street; 11:50 p.m. March 8. ■ 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; alley; 8:10 p.m. March 10. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; office building; 5 p.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ 1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 10 p.m. March 5. ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; sidewalk; 8:30 a.m. March 6. ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; church; 5 p.m. March 6. ■ 1200 block, 22nd St.; store; 6:45 p.m. March 6. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 5:53 p.m. March 7. ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 6 p.m. March 8. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6:45 p.m. March 9. ■ 1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11 a.m. March 10. ■ 1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7 p.m. March 10. ■ 1300 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1700 block, 22nd St.; street; 6:30 p.m. March 5. ■ 2100 block, Phelps Place; street; 5 p.m. March 6. ■ 1500 block, P St.; parking lot; 12:40 p.m. March 9. ■ 1700 block, Church St.; street; 4 p.m. March 9. ■ 16th and P streets; street; 8:45 p.m. March 10. ■ 1600 block, P St.; street; 10:30 p.m. March 10. ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 12:51 a.m. March 11.
■ colonial village
PSA 401 shepherd park / takoma Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 8100 block, Eastern Ave.; street; 12:40 a.m. March 9. Theft (below $250) ■ 6800 block, 5th St.; residence; 2:10 p.m. March 7. Theft (tags) ■ 1400 block, Roxanna Road; street; 5 p.m. March 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 400 block, Butternut St.; street; midnight March 11.
psa PSA 402 402
■ Brightwood / manor park
■ 6000 block, 13th Place; residence; 8:38 p.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ 8th and Oglethorpe streets; school; 10:25 a.m. March 6. Theft (shoplifting) ■ 6500 block, Piney Branch Road; store; 7:50 a.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 400 block, Sheridan St.; alley; 9:15 a.m. March 7. ■ 5900 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 1:50 p.m. March 7.
■ Brightwood / petworth
PSA 16th403 Street heights Robbery (snatch) ■ 700 block, Ingraham St.; sidewalk; 3:25 p.m. March 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1300 block, Longfellow St.; alley; 2:15 p.m. March 7. Stolen auto ■ 5500 block, Colorado Ave.; street; 8 a.m. March 7. ■ 5400 block, Illinois Ave.; street; 10:45 p.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ Unit block, Gallatin St.; residence; 4:15 a.m. March 9. Theft (shoplifting) ■ 5600 block, Georgia Ave.; drugstore; 6:01 p.m. March 5.
■ 16th Street HEIGHTS
PSA 404 crestwood
Burglary ■ 4400 block, Iowa Ave.; residence; 9 a.m. March 9. Stolen auto ■ 4400 block, 13th St.; street; 10 p.m. March 9. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 800 block, Quincy St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. March 6. Theft (below $250) ■ 1300 block, Taylor St.; residence; 6 p.m. March 5. ■ 3700 block, 14th St.; store; 9:24 p.m. March 6. ■ 4500 block, 13th St.; unspecified premises; 7:50 a.m. March 9. ■ 3900 block, 14th St.; grocery store; 8:04 p.m. March 11. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3700 block, 9th St.; street; 11:15 a.m. March 6. ■ 3700 block, 14th St.; parking lot; 7 a.m. March 8.
psa PSA 407 407 ■ petworth
Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 4800 block, 8th St.; residence; 8 p.m. March 9. ■ 800 block, Upshur St.; sidewalk; 1:55 a.m. March 10. Burglary ■ 4900 block, 5th St.; residence; 1:30 p.m. March 5. ■ 4100 block, 8th St.; residence; 9 a.m. March 9. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 900 block, Delafield Place; street; 11:30 p.m. March 8.
Athletics in Northwest Washington
March 14, 2012 ■ Page 9
New coach takes over Wilson baseball
By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
For nearly two decades in D.C., Wilson baseball has been synonymous with winning, as the team has racked up 19 consecutive D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association titles. The Tigers come into 2012 with Jimmy Silk taking over as head coach, inheriting a loaded team and a stable program. “I’m extremely excited,” Silk said. “We have a great group of seniors. We have some underclassmen who are exceptionally talented and very intelligent. It really speaks volumes for the program that I walked into.” Silk takes over Wilson’s varsity baseball program after playing college ball for George Washington University, coaching Little League and heading Wilson’s junior varsity team. “I’ve always wanted to coach high school ball. It’s where I’ve wanted to be for the last nine years,” said Silk. “I’m thrilled to be here.”
The new skipper prefers to place attention on his players and their growth rather than records. “We aren’t focused on [wins] and [losses],” said Silk. “I want these kids to go to college and play ball. At the end of the day, as long
as these kids are getting better, that’s all I care about. The wins will come naturally as long as the kids are working hard.” Senior shortstop Robinson Mateo is the lone college recruit on the squad. The senior will play for Southern University next season. “He’s as humble as they come,” said Silk. “He’s the type of kid who shows up and works hard every
day. He sets an example for the underclassmen. He’s a tremendous player and a very intelligent guy.” Silk and the Tigers are still trying to figure out exactly who will emerge as leaders on the pitching staff, but he believes he sees several potential options. “We have five to six guys who can throw well,” said Silk. “They all throw strikes. Right now, we are going by committee, but as the season goes on the proof will be in the pudding.” On offense, Silk was also hesitant to name any standouts but believes his talent pool should provide plenty of scoring as the season progresses. “They look great,” said Silk. “It’s tough because it’s March. If you ask me in a month, I’ll have a much better idea. Hitting-wise, it’s tough because you can only get outside so often.” The Tigers opened the season yesterday against Bell. Wilson will scrimmage against Bowie at Fort Reno at 4 p.m. today, and then they will host Roosevelt on Friday at 4 p.m.
Walls preps for first girls lax season
Visi senior takes Gatorade honor
By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
After leading Visitation to four consecutive Independent School League basketball championships, senior Kate Gillespie was named D.C.’s Gatorade Player of the Year last week. According to a news release, the award is given to those who display athletic excellence and high academic achievement. On the basketball court, Gillespie led the Cubs to a 25-4 record, while averaging 21 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals. At school, she has a 4.16 GPA and has participated in community service projects. Gillespie is the first Cubs basketball player to earn the award, according to the release. Former winners in the District include St. John’s’ Mooriah Rowser last year; Taylor Hilton, who won while playing for Sidwell in 2009; and Marissa Coleman, who received the honor while at St. John’s in 2004 and then led the University of Maryland, College Park to a national championship in 2006. Gillespie’s decorated career includes three all-ISL conference awards, three ISL tournament championships and four regular-season titles. The senior will play for Holy Cross next season, which competes in the Patriot League. That means Gillespie will get a chance to play in the District once a year when her school
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Jimmy Silk, above, is taking over the Wilson basebal team, which has won 19 straight DCIAA titles. Silk played college ball for George Washington University and has coached the junior varsity Tiger squad.
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Player of the year Kate Gillespie finished with a school record of 1,887 points.
competes against American University. Gillespie is now a finalist for the national Gatorade Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month. Past winners include WNBA stars Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Lisa Leslie.
Prior to scrimmages Saturday, School Without Walls coach Meg Kennedy reminded her girls lacrosse team of the rules and told the squad to ask referees if they had questions. But despite the just-starting-out pep talk, the team is leaps and bounds beyond where it was last spring, when it was first forming. Saturday was a big day for the Penguins, who participated in three scrimmages at Bishop McNamara as they made final preparations for their inaugural season. Walls spent last season drumming up interest and practicing, but on March 20 they will take on Wilson in their first game. “There’s a really steep learning curve with lacrosse,” said Kennedy. “It starts off a little slow, but once they get it you see it immediately. They’re coming along [well]. Every day, I see improvement.” Walls joins Wilson and Ballou as the only public schools in the city with a girls lacrosse program. Lacrosse is regarded as the fastest growing sports in the country; a 2011 report published by sporting goods manufacturers backed that claim. Last season, Walls played in only one scrimmage, against Wilson. The match went well for the upstart Penguins, who held Wilson to just eight goals. “We lost, but we kept the score under 10 — which is ideal in lacrosse,” said Kennedy.
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After practicing for a year, the Penguins will play their first varsity schedule.
In that past scrimmage, the Penguins couldn’t muster a goal. But during Saturday’s scrimmage rematch against Wilson, Walls scored several goals and looked primed to compete. The team will look to sophomores Christina Alcorta and Dysis Scarlett to lead the way on the field. Freshman Brett Isaacs is another player who has stepped up for the Penguins. “To be honest, they are all stepping up,” said Kennedy. “Those are just a few of the players that are getting stronger by the minute. They are all stepping up just by putting themselves out there.”
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Young Cubs look to defend championship By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
After winning the Independent School League championship last year, Visitation’s softball team enters this season with a particularly young roster that includes just three seniors. Despite their youth, the Cubs believe their team will develop into a contender. “It’s a little bit tougher this year, but we will be every bit as competitive,” said Cubs head coach Mary Colan. The toughest player to replace from last year’s championship squad will be graduated pitcher Katie Kolbe, who racked up more than 1,000 strikeouts in four years. The Cubs have a youthful pitching staff with several promising arms that will try to fill the void. The hopefuls consist of junior Kate Silk, freshman Caitlyn Fischer and a pair of sophomores, Katie B. English and Amanda Pierce. “It’s tough, but we have a lot of young talent,” said Colan. “All of our pitchers are underclassmen. They’re adequate, but inexperienced. But it’s something we are working on.” On offense, the Cubs have a slew of strong hitters. Senior Abby Peterson, sophomore Juliet Lewis and Fischer will be relied upon to lay the lumber and put up runs. “I think we have some strong bats,” said Colan. The Cubs haven’t had much practice time together this season, and it showed in their season opener Monday at Paul VI. Visitation lost 11-1 in five innings. “It’s been really tough to get practice time and to get the team playing together,” said Colan. “I think we will
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The Cubs’ young pitching staff will have to work hard to replace graduated slinger Katie Kolbe.
be ready for the ISL when the time comes.” The Cubs will open conference play Thursday at 4 p.m. at National Cathedral.
Bulldogs hope to rebound from tough year By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
After a rare losing season, the St. Albans baseball team is poised to bounce back in the Interstate Athletic Conference. “We’re looking to play in the championship of our league,” said coach Jason Larocque. “If we can make it to that championship, we’re in good shape. Anyone can win in that one game, and we are hoping to take home the banner. We just want to compete and be in games late.” The Bulldogs traveled to Potomac School for a friendly preseason scrimmage last Wednesday and ended up dominating the Panthers 4-1, which further cemented the team’s optimism. But reaching their goals will mean a lot of hard work for the Bulldogs.
“Last year was a big disappointment. … We finished up with an 11-20 year,” said Larocque. “It was our first down year in six or seven years. … It’s a gut-check time for us to see what we are teaching as coaches and to see what we are giving as an effort as players. It’s back to the drawing board.” Princeton-bound senior pitcher Danny Bodurian will lead the Bulldogs both on the mound and atbat. And St. Albans has plenty of pitching depth to back him up. Senior Danny Swad is the team’s other starting pitcher, while a pair of promising sophomore arms, Jimmy Swad and Nico Boyajian, will bolster the effort, according to Larocque. On the offensive side, the Bulldogs plan to use a small-ball style to put up runs.
“We’re going to have to execute a lot of plays,” said Larocque. “We’re going to have to move the ball around, steal and sacrifice. We aren’t going to be able to rely on doubles. “ Bodurian will likely hit third, while junior outfielder Mike McCurdy and senior outfielder John Buck will also provide strong bats in the lineup. “This year, we have a lot of really good seniors, juniors and sophomores coming back,” said Larocque. “We have some quality arms — I think we’re in good shape.” The Bulldogs will host a scrimmage Saturday against Maryland’s Whitman High School before opening the season at Musselman High School in West Virginia on March 21.
Wilson Tigers ready to pounce in girls lax By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
Coming off its first winning season in a 12-year history, Wilson’s girls lacrosse team hopes to continue to build and grab more wins against private schools. “It was a good year,” said coach Mitch Gore. “We continued to improve. We beat Maret. When you can start beating some of the private school teams, [that’s a good thing].” Girls lacrosse continues to grow among public schools in the District, with Wilson leading the way. School Without Walls will compete in varsity games this spring for the first time, while Ballou is entering its second season. The Tigers hope to string together back-to-back win-
ning seasons with a roster consisting of both youth and experience. “I’m excited,” said Gore. “We’ve lost six girls to jobs and internships, but we’ve brought in about five or six freshmen who are already contributing. Lindsey Downing, who is on our basketball team, is quite a lacrosse player.” Senior Rebeca Gore is the team’s only senior who may continue at the college level. The senior has been courted by Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., but she hasn’t decided if she will play in college. “Between our strong senior leadership and good new incoming players, I feel that we will be competitive in every game,” said coach Gore. Wilson will open the season at Wheaton Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Current Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Local takes popcorn creations on the road
hen Wesley Heights resident Kristina Kern was a kid, she and her mom loved to eat popcorn â€” sometimes for dinner. â€œWe would have popcorn dinner nights where we would hang out and chat and just bond and eat,â€? she said. As a mom now herself, Kern likes to continue the tradition with her daughter â€” though with the popcorn as a treat rather than a full meal. And theyâ€™ve taken their snacking to the next level. â€œStella â€Ś and I started a tradition where we do movie night every Friday night,â€? Kern said. â€œAnd then we just started playing with infusions and olive oils.â€? Those infusions are now available outside the familyâ€™s kitchen as well: Last month, former caterer Kern launched Stellaâ€™s PopKern, a food truck selling eight varieties of popcorn. As of Friday, the choices â€” which will change regularly â€” were dark French chocolate drizzled with sea salt, caramel, salted caramel, cheddar, cheddar with Old Bay seasoning, clarified butter and two choices with flavored olive oils. The popcorn is cooked in white coconut oil, a method that Kern said allows it to best absorb flavor. Prices range from $2.75 for a small popcorn with clarified butter and sea salt to $9.50 for a large tub with the French chocolate. Kern has long been part of the D.C. culinary world, working for years for caterers like Design Cuisine, but she recently decided to make a career change. She considered opening a â€œbrick-and-mortarâ€? shop, but was concerned about how the time required would impact her daughter. Now she has a business that still takes up plenty of her time, but it can also be set aside â€” or parked! â€” at the end of the day so she can spend the evening with Stella. And Kern has found that working a food truck involves all the aspects of
Elizabeth. â€œShe comes home about every two weeks.â€? Despite the geographic chalbeth cope lenge, both of the McLean-born siscatering that she enjoyed. ters have been involved in the proj â€œIt affords me the opportunity to ect. travel around the city â€Ś and inter Kyle says Elizabeth is the busiact with people, which is what I ness mind, while sheâ€™s the creative. love,â€? she said. â€œI love watching And the idea of opening a shop people be super-excited by what came from years of sisterly imaginthey have in ing: â€œItâ€™s their mouth always somebecause of me.â€? thing we had She seems to talked about â€” be getting that but in the chance a lot abstract, not in lately. Though reality,â€? said Kern is modest Kyle. â€” â€œYouâ€™re only That talk as good as the began to shift last meal you toward reality serve or the last when Kyle bag of popcorn started making Iâ€™ve popped,â€? jewelry a coushe said â€” she ple years back. acknowledged She was selling Bill Petros/The Current her pieces with that she thinks Wesley Heights resident Kristina customers â€œare ease â€” â€œItâ€™s so definitely hard to find Kern has opened a popcorn food pleasedâ€? with jewelry thatâ€™s truck. her offerings. unique and Within three weeks, her Twitter interesting, and statement pieces following (where customers can that are not $400â€? â€” and she wantcheck her frequently changing loca- ed a physical space. tion) has shot up nearly tenfold, Last month, the pair opened Duo from about 40 followers the first at 1624 Wisconsin Ave. The shop day to 367 on Monday. And she offers a carefully curated selection says business is brisk at various of clothing by designers including Cynthia Cluny, The Addison Story, spots, particularly Farragut North, Amanda Uprichard, Ali Ro and Metro Center and Union Station. For more information, visit face- Dolce Vita. Tops start at about $50, book.com/stellaspopkern or follow and dresses top out at $275. the truck on Twitter by searching Hanging throughout the store is for @stellaspopkern. Kyleâ€™s jewelry. The selection includes earrings and bracelets, but New Georgetown boutique Kyle really shines when it comes to big, chunky necklaces. offers handmade jewelry The new Georgetown boutique â€œI try to do a little bit of each,â€? Duo is named for the pair behind it: she said. â€œBut creatively, I kind of Twenty-seven-year-old Kyle Barber lean toward necklaces.â€? and her younger sister, Elizabeth. The craft also gives her some But so far, Kyle is the sibling thing to do in the downtime of working the floor. manning the shop â€” particularly â€œSheâ€™s actually living in since the other half of her duo is Cincinnati for the time being, with 500 miles away. her husband,â€? Kyle said of For details, visit duodc.com.
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Wednesday march 14 Class ■ The Guy Mason Community Center and Macomb Recreation Center will host “Wednesday’s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tips,” a seven-session class featuring local chefs and other guests. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8 per class. Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. The series will continue March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 13. Concerts ■ Soprano Megan Monaghan, tenor Vale Rideout and baritone Randall Scarlata will perform Lori Laitman’s art songs and a scene from her opera “The Scarlet Letter.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ “Jazz at the Atlas” will feature Andrew Cyrille’s 21st Century Big Band Unlimited. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ George Dyson will discuss his book “Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe.” 5 p.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Karen Stohr, associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, will discuss “Faith: Journey for a Lifetime” as part of the Lenten Reflection Series. 5 to 5:45 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-1395. ■ Stacy Cordery will discuss her book “Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts.” 6 p.m. Free.
Events Entertainment National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Arizona State University professor Daniel Childers will discuss “Urban Sustainability in the 21st Century” as part of the “On the Edge: Urban Sustainability” lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. email@example.com. ■ Tiki Davies and Todd Purdum will discuss their book “China Hand.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Georgetown University professor B.G. Muhn will discuss “Images of the Hidden City: Life and Art in Pyongyang,” about his recent research trip to the North Korean capital. 7:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. Films ■ In conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library will present the 2010 film “Water on the Table” and the 2011 film “Chasing Water.” A discussion with National Resources Defense Council senior attorney Steve Fleischli will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. The festival will continue through March 25 with screenings at various venues. ■ The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Yuri Nomura’s 2009 film “Eatrip,” about contemporary Japanese food culture as seen through the experiences of people from different walks of life. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. email@example.com. ■ National Geographic will present the film “War Elephants,” followed by a discussion with elephant researcher Joyce Poole, filmmaker Bob Pool and National
Geographic Television senior producer David Hamlin. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Alice Nellis’ 2010 film “Mamas & Papas,” about the intertwining fate of four couples in a critical moment of their lives. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Thursday, March 15
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Book signing ■ Frances Mayes will sign copies of her book “The Tuscan Sun Cookbook.” 6 p.m. Free. Williams-Sonoma, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202237-1602. Class ■ Krista Zember of BE yoga will lead an introductory “Mixed Level Yoga” class, at 6:15 p.m.; and a “Very Gentle Yoga” class, at 7:30 p.m. Free; $125 for the rest of the 10-week session. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-689-5945. Concerts ■ Singer/guitarist Conor Malone will perform Irish melodies in conjunction with an exhibit of Pete McCutchen’s photos. 5 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Fidelio” in concert with singers and chorus. 7 p.m. $20
Wednesday, march 14 ■ Concert: Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Frank Yamma will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets, will discuss “The Role of Business in Community Building.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■ Robert Paarlberg, professor of political science at Wellesley College and author of “Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know,” will discuss “The Culture War Over Food and Farming: Who Is Winning?” Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5641. ■ Amanda Smith will discuss her book “Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson.” Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Journalist and historian Paola Caridi will discuss her book “Hamas: From Resistance to Government.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. caridihamas.eventbrite.com. ■ Jon Schmitz, archivist and historian at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, will discuss “Women’s Roles in the Chautauqua Idea.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free. General Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1734 N St. NW. 202-347-3168. ■ Jane Harman, director, president and chief executive officer of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will discuss “Tough Foreign Policy Issues and Why Washington Can’t Solve Them.” 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Riggs Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. iden2012.eventbrite.com. ■ Bishop Thomas J. Curry, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will discuss “Religious Liberty, Conscience, and Contraception.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Caldwell Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5683. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Photos and Kimonos.” 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. ■ Rosemarie Terenzio will discuss her book “Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. ■ Ufuk Kocabas, director of Istanbul University’s Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project, will discuss “The Treasure Below: Excavating at the Ancient Port of Constantinople.” 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Michael Mann, lead author of the 2001 report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will discuss his book “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From the Front Lines.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Jodi Picoult will discuss her novel “Lone Wolf.” 7 p.m. $28. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. ■ Gabriela Perez-Baez, curator at the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss “The Relevance of Language Choices Negotiated by Parents and Children for the Survival of an Endangered Language.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Steve Elkins’ 2010 film “The Reach of Resonance.” 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Friday at 12:30 p.m. ■ As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the St. Columba’s Episcopal Church Environment Committee will present Robbie Gemmel’s 2011 film “Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle,” about the 10-year struggle over a wind farm planned for Nantucket Sound. A panel discussion will follow. 7 p.m. $5 donation suggested. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. ■ The Embassy of Austria will present Klaus Feichtenberger’s film “Radioactive Wolves,” about wildlife in the area around Chernobyl. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Performances ■ Le Petit Cirque will present a poetic solo circus performance of objects and toys in motion, animated by French artist Laurent Bigot. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The performance will repeat Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ■ Choreographer Christopher K. Morgan will present a suite of short vignettes. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/calendar. ■ Katona József Theatre will present “Gypsies,” about the love, tensions and conflicts that arise among Gypsy musicians and Hungarians in the countryside. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $50. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Special events ■ Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey See Events/Page 13
Continued From Page 12 will present â€œFully Charged,â€? a thrill-filled circus spectacular. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $14 to $35. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Performances will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. â– The â€œWe Know DCâ€? competition will feature three-student teams from D.C. public high schools demonstrating their knowledge of historic and contemporary D.C. elections, government and political milestones. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-387-2966. Friday, March 16
Friday march 16 Concerts â– The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Mozart and FaurĂŠ. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â– The Morehouse College Glee Club will perform spirituals, gospel and Yoruba selections. Noon. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-1261. â– Christopher Gage, masterâ€™s degree candidate at the Eastman School of Music, will present an organ recital featuring works by Max Reger, C.M. Widor and Johannes Matthias Michel. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â– As part of the Friday Music Series, the band Sahel will perform music of the African diaspora. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â– The National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Johann Strauss Jr. and brother Josef, including the overture to â€œDie Fledermaus.â€? 1:30 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform a program as part of the Kennedy Centerâ€™s festival â€œThe Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.â€? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the 50th anniversary tour of The Chieftans with Paddy Moloney. 8 p.m. $28 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Folger Consort and soprano Michele Kennedy will present â€œThe Songbird: Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court.â€? 8 p.m. $35. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The concert will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Discussions and lectures â– Panelists will discuss â€œThe Aftermath of Fukushima Dai-Ichi Reactor Accident.â€? 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. bit.ly/ztvq0j. â– Joseph Fruscione will discuss his book â€œFaulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry.â€? Noon.
Events Entertainment Free. Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-2138. â– Caren Pauley, a museum visitor services coordinator, will discuss an 18thcentury tankard made by prominent New York silversmith Myer Myers. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â– Shalini Vajjhala, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s special representative to the U.S.-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability, will discuss the two countriesâ€™ partnership for green urban development. 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced Studies, 1619 Massachusettts Ave. NW. saisereglobal@ jhu.edu. â– David C. Schindler, associate professor of philosophy at Villanova University, will discuss â€œFreedom as Actuality: Hegelâ€™s Critique of the Will as the Power to Choose.â€? 2 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Aquinas Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. â– Thomas Oatley, associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Jana Grittersova, assistant professor of political science and economics at the University of California at Riverside, will discuss â€œThe Political Economy of American Hegemony.â€? 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. eventbrite.com/ event/3057108895. â– Mark Wilde-Ramsing, North Carolinaâ€™s deputy state archaeologist, will discuss â€œâ€˜She Risesâ€™: Archaeological Tales From Queen Anneâ€™s Revenge, Sunken Flagship of Blackbeard the Pirate.â€? 2:10 p.m. Free. Room 175, Maloney Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5080. â– Panelists will discuss â€œRussiaâ€™s Energy Policy: Domestic and Foreign Dimensions.â€? 3 to 5:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/ PanelGWU. â– Elaine Pagels, professor of religion at Princeton University, will discuss her book â€œRevelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â– The Inter-American Development Bank will present the D.C. debut of Federico Veirojâ€™s 2010 film â€œA Useful Life,â€? about a movie-theater employee who must adjust to a new life after the cinema he worked at for more than 25 years is
Groove,â€? a celebration of hip-hop dance culture. 7:30 p.m. $7. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â– The Gay Menâ€™s Chorus of Washington will present an all-male version of â€œThe Rocky Horror Show.â€? 8 p.m. $20 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. gmcw.org. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Saturday, march 17 â– Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion. 3 p.m. $15 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. forced to shut down. 6:30 p.m. Free. InterAmerican Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-6233558. â– Cinema Night will feature George Clooneyâ€™s 2005 film â€œGood Night, and Good Luck,â€? about the conflict between veteran journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy. 7 p.m. $5 to $15. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â– â€œKorean Film Festival DC 2012: The Art of the Moving Image From Koreaâ€? will feature Park Chan-Kyongâ€™s 2011 film â€œAnyang, Paradise City.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â– BeethovenFound will present the premiere of the film â€œTrue Bromanceâ€? with live symphony accompaniment. 7:30 p.m. $100. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– National Geographic will present the D.C. premiere of Aleksei Vakhrushevâ€™s film â€œThe Tundra Book: A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock,â€? about the lives of the inhabitants of a remote Russian peninsula in the Arctic Circle. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performances â– The Georgetown University Childrenâ€™s Theater will present â€œThe Wolves in the Walls,â€? based on a story by Neil Gaiman. 8 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â– Georgetown Universityâ€™s Groove Theory will present â€œOne Move, One
Special event â– The â€œWine Tasting 101â€? series will feature a session on the â€œMourvĂ¨dre grape: The â€˜red pearlâ€™ of the French Riviera,â€? led by winemaker Count Eric de Saint Victor. 7 p.m. $70. La Maison FranĂ§aise, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. instantseats.com. 17 Saturday, SaturdayMarch march 17 Childrenâ€™s programs â– The â€œSaturday Morning at the Nationalâ€? series will feature Matthew Pauli in â€œTreasure Quest: Pirate Comedy and Magic.â€? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â– The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature â€œTiteuf, le film,â€? based on a comic character. 10 a.m. $5.75. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Classes and workshops â– Scholar Seth Lerer will lead a class on â€œMyths to Live By: From Homer to Steve Jobs.â€? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â– A hands-on orchid workshop will focus on â€œTo Repot or Not?â€? 10:30 a.m. to noon. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The workshop will repeat March 24 at 1 p.m. â– Suzanne Farrell will lead a master class on â€œExploring Ballet.â€? 11 a.m. $35. Rehearsal Room, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– The Kennedy Center will sponsor â€œA Taste of Three Cities,â€? a hands-on cooking class and three-course meal featuring the cuisine of Budapest, Prague and Vienna. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $100; reservations required. CulinAerie Cooking School, 1131 14th St. NW. 202-467-4600. â– A hands-on workshop will focus on â€œHow to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom.â€? 2:30 to 4 p.m. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. The workshop will repeat
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March 24 at 10:30 a.m. Concerts â– Soprano Jennifer Bachitta and pianist Choochoo Hu will perform â€œWithin Spanish Borders: Diverse Treasures of Language and Song.â€? 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â– The Sixth Floor Trio will explore the connection between folk and classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Beethoven. 6 to 8 p.m. $63. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â– 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– A concert of Persian music will feature Kayhan Kalhor on kamanche and Behrouz Jamali on tombak. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-6331000. â– The Moya Brennan Band will perform a St. Patrickâ€™s Day concert. 7:30 p.m. $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â– The Capital City Symphony will present â€œTogether Again: Mozart and Brahms.â€? 7:30 p.m. $16 to $25. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SE. 202-5471444. â– Dumbarton Concerts will present the Amerigo String Trio performing works by Beethoven and Dohnanyi. 8 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. Discussions and lectures â– A seminar will focus on â€œThe See Events/Page 14
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Continued From Page 13 Renaissance of Traditional Chinese Culture and Shen Yunâ€™s Artistry.â€? 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 703-298-4856. â– The National League of American Pen Women, District of Columbia Branch, will present a talk by visual artist Lorraine Oerth. 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Robert Kanigel, professor emeritus of science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss his book â€œAn Irish Island.â€? 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Expo â– The Travel & Adventure Show will feature hands-on activities, seminars, giveaways and a variety of destination exhibits. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15; free for ages 16 and younger. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. adventureexpo. com/washingtondc. The expo will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Films â– National Geographic will present â€œEnvironmental Film Festival: An Animated Retrospective,â€? featuring popular films screened over the past 20 years. 1 p.m. $8. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â– The National Gallery of Art will present Ben Riversâ€™ 2011 film â€œSack Barrowâ€? and John Akomfrahâ€™s 2011 film â€œThe Nine Musesâ€? (shown). 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-
Events Entertainment 737-4215. â– The National Gallery of Art will present Robert Bressonâ€™s 1972 film â€œFour Nights of a Dreamer.â€? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
weekly â€œDC Jazz Jamâ€? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. â– The Smithsonian Chamber Players and baritone William Sharp will perform two of Schumannâ€™s lyrical song cycles. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $28. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.
Performance â– Jane Franklin Dance will present â€œDance Sampler.â€? 5 and 8 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 703-933-1111. Special event â– Black Jack will host a pre-release event for Port City Brewing Companyâ€™s Revival Stout, a brew created to have an affinity for oysters and seafood. 2 to 4 p.m. $55; reservations required. Black Jack, 1612 14th St. NW. blackjackdc. com/events-offers.
Sunday, march 18 â– Concert: James Litzelman, a member of the piano faculty at Catholic University, will present a recital of works by Schubert, Chopin and Franck. A reception and the opening of a show of watercolors by Rachel Collins will follow. 4 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.
18 Sunday, SundayMarch march 18 Concerts â– The 35th annual Bach Marathon will feature recitals by 10 organists. 2 to 6 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202363-2202. â– The Verdehr Trio will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms and DvorĂĄk. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â– The professional choir of Christ Church will perform works by Herbert Sumsion, Thomas Caustun and Orlando Gibbons. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202333-6677. â– The Capital City Symphony will present â€œTogether Again: Mozart and Brahms.â€? 5 p.m. $16 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993, ext. 120. â– Guest organist Stewart Scharch from Oakland, Calif., will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington
National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â– A program on the Viennese Waltz will feature dance lessons taught by Donna Barker and music performed by Sidneyâ€™s Viennese Waltz Orchestra and fiddler Elke Baker. Lesson at 5 p.m.; performance and open dancing at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Violinist Cyrus Forough (shown) and pianist Stephen Ackert will perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Falla. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– Dahlak Restaurant will host its
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