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Developer plans fix to Petworth grocery


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City officials scrambled Tuesday to limit the fallout from two miniscandals that have rocked the Wilson Building in recent weeks — the apparently unauthorized leasing of luxury sport-utility vehicles for Council Chairman Kwame Brown, and Mayor Vincent Gray’s placement of political allies or their relatives in high-paid government jobs. The two issues appeared to threaten the popularity of both the newly elected mayor and council chairman. Other council members responded to the press furor in traditional ways, calling for oversight hearings and other investigations, as well as increased council control. Specific proposals would require the mayor to get council approval before his aides sign or renew any vehicle lease, and a review of the salaries and qualifications of political appointees. On Tuesday, Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans and at-large Council member Sekou Biddle introduced legislation to require a list of all District-leased vehicles, as well as council approval of new leases and renewals. Evans said a See Officials/Page 13

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The redevelopment of the muchmaligned Petworth Safeway is moving forward, according to project officials. A 220-unit residential building above a 60,000-square-foot new Safeway will replace the existing store and parking lot at 3830 Georgia Ave., said Marc Dubick, principal of the Duball LLC firm.

Groups urge city to tax sales from food trucks ■ Business: Critics contend

vendors’ exemption is unfair Bill Petros/The Current


City officials including Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Public Library chief Ginnie Cooper and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser on Monday feted the completion of the renovation of the Petworth Neighborhood Library. See story, page 4.

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Batter up: makes for ‘Cupcake Wars’ in a four-round competition. The Current Correspondent contestants choose flavors from a list and bake to a theme, showing off their decorating ability and teaming Let’s play word association: up with carpenters to build a display “Vegan” probably doesn’t make for a thousand cupcakes. The prize you think “delicious,” and “nutriis $10,000 and the opportunity to tion degree” doesn’t naturally lead cater a high-profile event. to “cupcakes.” Petersan’s bakery was briefly But Doron Petersan might conBill Petros/The Current featured on a Food Network show a vince you otherwise at her few years ago, but, she said, “We Columbia Heights bakery, Sticky Owner Doron Petersan is taking Fingers. And on March 8, you’ll be her cupcakes to the small screen. were told that the audience was not going to be interested in anything able to watch her make the same case to the judges of “Cupcake Wars” on the Food ‘vegan,’ so we couldn’t say the v-word.” She’s particularly pleased there was no such restriction this time Network. Along with Jenny Webb, head baker at Sticky around. See Cupcakes/Page 20 Fingers, Petersan will compete against three other teams By LINDA LOMBARDI

NEWS ■ Earth, Wind & Fire raises $500,000 for Ellington School. Page 3. ■ Parents push Zoo to reverse decision to close Kids’ Farm. Page 2.

The $50 million-plus project, which will include two levels of underground parking, is slated to break ground in about 18 months, said Dubick, whose firm expects to file a zoning application this month. Duball LLC has worked with Safeway in the past on the CityVista development in Mount Vernon Square. On the smaller Petworth site, Duball will take charge of the bulk of the development while Safeway will design the interior of its new store. “When all is said and done, Safeway will own its store and its See Safeway/Page 7

SPORTS ■ Shorthanded Gonzaga loses to DeMatha in WCAC finals. Page 11. ■ St. John’s, Sidwell and Roosevelt capture titles. Page 11.

Though this week brought the welcome news that next year’s budget gap is less dire than predicted, the remaining hole still leaves city officials scrambling to trim expenses and plug every fiscal leak. A few business and restaurant leaders are happy to help with a suggestion: Start charging sales tax on the lobster rolls, cupcakes and more offered by the trendy food trucks that have sprung up in recent years. Now, mobile vendors pay a $1,500 yearly sum in lieu of taxes. While that figure may have been reasonable for ice cream trucks, hot dog stands and the like when the payment was established in the 1990s, some say the city is leaving serious money on the table by not charging D.C.’s 10 percent prepared-food tax on the pricier fare now for sale. Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander, who oversees the city

EVENTS ■ Studio Gallery shows explore memories, gray scale. Page 25. ■ Howard University students stage ‘All Night Strut.’ Page 25 .

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All vendors now pay a $1,500 annual fee to the District. agency that regulates vending, said that once the city budget is put to bed she will consider a hearing this spring on the sales-tax matter and other issues that surround the popular new vendors. “I think they’re great,” Alexander said. “But they’re making a sizable amount of income. … We want things to be fair” between the trucks and existing, brick-andmortar restaurants. “I don’t know that [charging See Vendors/Page 18

INDEX Calendar/25 Classifieds/30 District Digest/4 Exhibits/25 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8

Police Report/6 School Dispatches/14 Real Estate/17 Service Directory/26 Sports/11 Theater/25




At-large candidates weigh in on leases, budget woes, statehood issues By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

A panel of candidates for the open at-large D.C. Council seat got wonky last week with ideas for solving the city’s fiscal crisis and more, but among those in-the-weeds moments were populist appeals inspired by revolutionary movements challenging regimes worldwide.

In his most passionate statement of the debate, held Wednesday at the Georgetown Safeway and co-sponsored by The Georgetown Dish and The Current Newspapers, candidate Jacque Patterson, a military veteran, noted that he has fought for democracy but lacks representation at home. Statehood is a right, he said, and added to cheers that D.C. residents need to protest and “if need be, shut this city down.”

Patterson and fellow candidates — Joshua Lopez, Sekou Biddle, Bryan Weaver and Vincent Orange, selected from the field of 10 based on their electoral history and fundraising efforts (school board member Patrick Mara made the cut but was unable to attend because the board was meeting at the same time) — also found much to get riled up about during a week that saw the mayor and council chairman widely criticized for financial deci-

GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR A selection of this month’s GW events—neighbors welcome!

For more information on the GW community calendar, please contact Britany Waddell in the Office of Community Relations at 202-994-9132 or visit us at www.neighborhood.

March 6 at noon GW Women’s Tennis vs. Morgan State Mount Vernon Tennis Center 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Support GW women’s tennis as they take on Morgan State. March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Last Lecture Series: Professor John M. Sides Marvin Center Amphitheater 800 21st St., NW The Last Lecture Series provides the opportunity to connect with GW Faculty and share in their stories based on the premise, “If you knew this was the last lecture you’d ever give, what would you say?” This event is free and open to the public.

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March 2 at 3:30 p.m. GW Women’s Lacrosse vs. George Mason University Mount Vernon Field 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Support GW women’s lacrosse as they take on George Mason. This event is free and open to the public.

This season the Colonials hope to be stronger than ever, boasting seven returning starters and 18 returning letter winners from last season.

March 3 at 7:30 p.m. SPADE Betts Theatre 800 21st St., NW The Dance Performance Project and Theatre and Dance Department come together for this student performance art and dance event. This event is free and open to the public. March 3 at 7 p.m. Screening of “Grace Paley; Selected Shorts” Directed by Lilly Rivlin Marvin Center Amphitheater 800 21st St., NW Join filmmaker and GW alumna Lilly Rivlin as she screens her documentary “Grace Paley; Selected Shorts.” This screening is part of Jewish Literature Live which is being taught by Professor Faye Moskowitz. For more information on the documentary, visit This event is free and open to the public $ March 4 at 7 p.m.

Laughter on the 23rd Floor West Hall Theater 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Written and Directed by Sam Fox-Hartin The play is semiautobiographical and is based on Neil Simon’s experience writing on Sid Caesar’s 90-minute variety show, Your Show of Shows. The whole takes place in the writer’s room. Throughout the show the writers make fun of each other and crack jokes about everything. There is communism, punching through a wall, crawling on the floor, and a group of some of the funniest people in the world. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door an hour before the show. March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Honor’s Thesis Dance Concert Betts Theatre 800 21st St., NW Join the GW Theatre and Dance Department for their end of semester showing for all dance technique and world dance classes. This event is free and open to the public. $ March 5 at 8 p.m.

Post-Classical Ensemble’s “Sublime Confluence: The Music of Lou Harrison” Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW A unique event celebrating composer Lou Harrison, including gamelan music, film clips, and the most commanding Piano Concerto composed by an American. Tickets are $25–$55 and can be purchased at the Lisner Box office by calling 202-994-6800 or at

March 9 at 12:30 p.m. Remembering Indonesia’s War of Independence: Identity, Politics, and Military History Lindner Family Commons, Room 302 1957 E St., NW Join the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Professor of History and International Affairs, Ronald Spector as he discusses Indonesia’s War of Independence. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the Sigur Center’s Faculty Lecture Series. RSVP at $ March 10 at 8 p.m.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW For more than forty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Tickets are $25-$55 and can be purchased at the Lisner Box office by calling 202-994-6800 or at $ March 13 at 7 p.m.

Paco Peña presents Flamenco Vivo Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW Since 1970 Paco Peña has performed regularly with his own hand-picked company of dancers, guitarists and singers in a succession of groundbreaking shows proving that the soul of flamenco lies in the authentic expression of emotions through music and dance. Tickets are $25–$55 and can be purchased at the Lisner Box office by calling 202-994-6800 or at $ March 24 at 7 p.m.

Kick the Ball West Hall Theater 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Produced by the 14th Grade Players, Kick the Ball is about Gary Tibberman, the NFL’s greatest punter, as he falls into a depression after being benched for a week, in favor of Bennett, the quarterback and toast of the town. His cordial stalker, Harriet, and her friend Anne try to pull Gary out of his tailspin, while his coach takes a perverse pleasure in it. Kick the Ball is a dark comedy that is only tangentially related to sports. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door an hour before the show.

sions. “We can’t have Navigators paid for by the government. We just can’t,” said interim atlarge member Sekou Biddle in a shot at D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown. The embattled chair, a Biddle supporter, sparked a media firestorm last week over his two luxury car leases. Candidates also weighed in on a story that See Forum/Page 7

National Zoo plans to close Kids’ Farm By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

A proposal to close the Kids’ Farm at the National Zoo has some parents promising to fight until the cows come home. “My kids just love the Kids’ Farm,” said Chevy Chase resident Jamie Smith. “We’re trying to convince the Smithsonian that the Kids’ Farm is a high-priority program because of the role it plays educating children.” The farm, which opened in 2004, was designed specifically for 3- to 8-year-olds in an effort to teach them about animal care and food cultivation. There are cows — Rose and Tulip — as well as donkeys, goats, alpacas, hogs and rabbits. A “Pizza Garden” offers a tour of food’s evolution, and the “Pizza Playground” allows children to slide down a chunk of cheese and crawl through an olive tunnel. Smith said her children always flock to the farm, where they’ve learned about animals and farm life. “They love just watching the goats and the pigs,” she said. And given the current popularity of farm-to-table practices, she said, it’s hard to understand why the Zoo would table the farm. “It just gives them a great understanding of where their food comes from,” she said. But according to Zoo spokesperson Pamela Baker-Masson, a tight budget calls for tough choices. “Operating costs have increased,” she said. “But our federal funding has not kept pace.” For example, in fiscal year 2010, Congress allocated $23 million for the Zoo. President Barack Obama’s proposed 2012 budget calls for the same amount, even though Zoo costs — like food and medicine for the animals — have gone up, BakerMasson said. “We did the best we could and now we’re at that point where we can’t sustain things,” she said. The Kids’ Farm — which costs $250,000 annually to operate — was chosen for elimination because its animals do not require specialized training and can easily find new homes. See Zoo/Page 19




Jamming for arts school, Earth, Wind & Fire awarded keys to the city By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent

Bouncing around the stage in whitefringed pants, his grin glowing in the purple light, Verdine White slapped his bass strings frenetically as he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his legendary group. But the iconic bassist and other members of Earth, Wind & Fire weren’t just grooving in a spirit of self-celebration: The benefit concert they put on last week at the Kennedy Center raked in $500,000 for D.C.’s premier arts high school, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The show was the fourth installment of Ellington’s Performance Series of Legends, an annual benefit and workshop series featuring esteemed performers (including, in past years, alums David Chappelle and Denyce Graves).

It’s “an opportunity for renowned artists ‌ to come and inspire and motivate the students and community of Duke Ellington of Arts,â€? principal Rory Pullens said in an interview. The members of Earth, Wind & Fire had their best chance to offer inspiration the day before the show, when they visited the school and critiqued some of Ellington’s aspiring artists. “To see these professionals dissect what the students presented to them ‌ was something truly to behold,â€? Pullens told the Kennedy Center crowd, speaking between the band’s sets. And those critiques weren’t destined to linger in the students’ memories: The young artists put the feedback into action on Thursday. Decked out in leotards and vests in Ellington’s signature blue, student dancers twirled and kicked as school musicians blew

Photo Courtesy of Ellington School of the Arts

The Earth, Wind & Fire concert raised $500,000 for the Georgetown school. trumpets, drummed and riffed behind them to the tune of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “In the Stone.� The show inspired a lot of love — from both performers and audience — and the enthusiasm reached its apex after the student

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performance, when Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown swaggered out onto the stage. “Were those students from Ellington awesome or were they awesome!� Gray shouted. The crowd howled in agreement. Moments later, Gray announced that he was going to bestow a historic honor on the students’ one-day guest teachers — something, as far as he knew, that no D.C. mayor had ever done before. He said: “I’m going to present them with a key to the District of Columbia.� The crowd roared. And the cheers were well-deserved, Ellington supporters said. School champions like Earth, Wind & Fire are essential to Ellington’s survival, according to principal Pullens and school founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz. They said the concert’s take is a crucial supplement to Ellington’s funds. See Ellington/Page 19

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Tuesday, March 8 The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will hold a town-hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Window Lounge, Building 38, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. â– The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion of local businesses. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 13th and Tuckerman streets NW.

Wednesday, March 9 Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C will hold a public meeting to receive input from local residents regarding the construction phase of Giant’s Cathedral Commons development. The commission will consider the input when it negotiates a construction agreement with Giant representatives later this year. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

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and computer courses. “One of the challenges particularly with the job market in D.C. is that the skill sets that some jobseekers have don’t match the skills that employers are seeking,� library spokesperson George Williams said yesterday. That “puts libraries in a unique position,� he said, “as one of the few places where people can check out a book, DVD or take a course� to help improve their qualifications. Working with the D.C. Department of Employment Services, the library system also devotes a section of its website, at, to careertraining events and opportunities. D.C. libraries are now benefiting from a stream of federal stimulus funds, Williams said. Three American Recovery and Reinvestment Acts grants that took effect in August are helping libraries improve their technology and job-training offerings. One grant, for more than $17 million, enables 23 D.C. libraries to provide faster broadband Internet speeds. — Katie Pearce

Gray explains leaner summer jobs program The District is now taking applications for what Mayor Vincent Gray calls a “smaller, more focused� Summer Youth Employment Program, which will run from June 27 through Aug. 5. Residents age 14 to 21 are eligible for the program, which Gray said will better match positions to individuals’ skills than it has in the past. In previous years, the program frequently went over budget, and there were complaints that young people were not matched with suitable jobs, were shifted from workplace to workplace, were paid late and sometimes were paid for work not done. Last year, the city had to cut back the pro-

gram in late summer because it ran out of funds. Gray said the program will serve only 12,000 young adults this summer, with a more rigorous application process for both employers and employees. As of yesterday, more than 12,000 youngsters had applied, officials said. But the mayor encouraged young people to continue applying for the program’s wait list “because some of the early applicants may not qualify.� The program will serve fewer youth than in the past “because we have substantially fewer dollars,� Gray said. But the jobs will be more meaningful and targeted to individual skills and needs. “And we expect them to be there every day,� the mayor said of the participants. Rochelle Webb, acting director of the Department of Employment Services, said the goal is to provide “meaningful work experience� that can translate into adult jobs. Officials said the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and CVS chain have already registered as employers. Applications, which require a social security number and permanent District address, are due by March 11 and will be processed on a first-come, firstserved basis. More information is available at — Elizabeth Wiener

Correction Due to a submission error, the name of the author of a Feb. 23 school dispatch report for Stoddert Elementary was incorrect. The author’s name is Drew Koike. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.

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New GWU museum to house District to appeal ruling on teacher firings â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Washingtonianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collection By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

George Washington University is seeking financial contributions for a new museum that will house a collection of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washingtonianaâ&#x20AC;? documents, maps and other artifacts from D.C. history. Albert Small, a Washington developer who grew up in the Chevy Chase neighborhood, has arranged to donate his personal 700piece collection to the university once it completes the museum. University officials said the $22 million museum should be open by 2015; Small also contributed $5 million toward the effort. The Woodhull House at 21st and G streets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now home to the university police â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be expanded to house the new museum, which will be open to the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be a tremendous resource not only for our students and faculty ... but also we think for students and scholars around the world,â&#x20AC;? university President Steven Knapp said in an interview. Smallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection includes a proclamation George Washington wrote in 1790 about his vision for

the new capital city. That and other pieeces are now on display in the Bethesda office of his company, Southern Engineering Corp. Small arranged to donate his collection to George Washington University, he said, because he wanted his pieces to be more than wall decoration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted a facility where it would be studied, where there would be courses and scholars would be involved,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Museums only have things where people walk by it and people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a chance to absorb anything.â&#x20AC;? The university will also digitize the collection for the benefit of scholars around the world, Knapp said, but he considers viewing the originals in person a far more fulfilling experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really inspiring to people is to see objects like this firsthand,â&#x20AC;? Knapp said. University spokesperson Candace Smith said plans for a 20,000-square-foot museum were approved in the 2007 campus plan. Officials said the university is working with other potential donors to help finance the rest of the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost and to secure a wide variety of other collections to fill its exhibit space.



D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan announced last week that the city is appealing a ruling that it must provide 75 fired teachers with back pay. Former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee dismissed the teachers, who were all on probationary status, in August 2008. Arbitrator Charles Feigenbaum ruled last month that the firings violated due process because Rhee did not specify individual reasons for the terminations. At a press briefing, Nathan and Mayor Vincent Gray said that Feigenbaum erred in finding that the teachers were entitled to back pay that could total


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Feb. 20 through 26 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.



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Robbery (carjacking) â&#x2013; 6300 block, 30th St.; street; 10:15 p.m. Feb. 25. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  5900 block, Nebraska Ave.; sidewalk; 6:59 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  6600 block, 31st St.; street;  7:15 p.m. Feb. 23. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  5400 block, 30th St.; street; 1:15 p.m. Feb. 25. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Stephenson Place; street; 6:50 p.m. Feb. 22.  Burglary â&#x2013;  3100 block, Beech St.; resi$VDORQJWLPH'&UHVLGHQW,XQGHUVWDQG dence; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22. DQGFDUHGHHSO\DERXWWKHFKDOOHQJHV Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut IDFLQJRXUFLW\,IHOHFWHG,SURPLVHWREHD Ave.; drugstore; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 24. OHDGLQJYRLFHIRUUHIRUPDQGDFFRXQWDELOLW\ Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut RQWKH&RXQFLO´ Ave.; grocery store; 5:55 p.m. Feb. 25. damage 3DWULFN0DUD Property â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 24.

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Destruction of property â&#x2013; 2900 block, Van Ness St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Feb. 25. Property damage â&#x2013;  5000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:45 a.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Van Ness St.; parking lot; 7 a.m. Feb. 22.


Stolen auto â&#x2013; 2600 block, Woodley Place; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:20 p.m. Feb. 26. Simple assault â&#x2013;  2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; tavern; 1:15 a.m. Feb. 23. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  3400 block, Porter St.; residence; 6 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Woodland Drive; street; 3:25 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; 5:30 a.m. Feb. 26. Property damage â&#x2013;  2800 block, Devonshire Place; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Devonshire Place; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 23.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 4800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  4200 block, Butterworth Place; street; 12:50 p.m. Feb. 22. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Feb. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:58 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Nebraska Ave.; school; 8:30 a.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; noon Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4 p.m. Feb. 25. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Property damage â&#x2013;  4200 block, Yuma St.; street; 4 p.m. Feb. 21.

Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 4400 block, MacArthur Blvd.; parking lot; 10 p.m. Feb. 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Arizona Ave.; street; 9 a.m. Feb. 25. Property damage â&#x2013;  4600 block, Tilden St.; street; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 23.




Stolen auto â&#x2013; 2800 block, Tilden St.; street; 12:15 p.m. Feb. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Ellicott St.; unspecified premises; 10:45 p.m. Feb. 20. Simple assault â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:35 p.m. Feb. 24.


PSA 401 â&#x2013; COLONIAL VILLAGE PSA 401


Burglary â&#x2013; 6800 block, Sandy Spring Road; residence; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1200 block, Floral St.; street; 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4th and Aspen streets; street; 2:25 a.m. Feb. 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Georgia Avenue and Geranium Street; street; 4:55 a.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Floral St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Simple assault â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; residence; 5:45 p.m. Feb. 25. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  400 block, Cedar St.; street; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  6900 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; 10:58 p.m. Feb. 26.



Robbery (snatch)

8th and Oglethorpe streets NE; alley; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24. Burglary â&#x2013; 300 block, Aspen St.; residence; 10:30 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  100 block, Peabody St.; residence; 7:20 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  700 block, Oneida Place; residence; 11 a.m. Feb. 20. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Unit block, Madison St.; street; 3:30 a.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Peabody St. NE; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  6400 block, Georgia Ave.; gas station; 4:45 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Fort Stevens Drive; street; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  5800 block, Eastern Ave. NE; street; 6:15 a.m. Feb. 25. â&#x2013;  100 block, Rittenhouse St. NE; street; noon Feb. 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  6500 block, Piney Branch Road; grocery store; 4:26 p.m. Feb. 23. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  600 block, Kensington Place NE; parking lot; 9 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  Georgia Avenue and Whittier Place; street; noon Feb. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5500 block, South Dakota Ave. NE; parking lot; 3:20 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  200 block, Oglethorpe St. NE; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  Eastern and New Hampshire avenues NE; gas station; 8:21 a.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  5900 block, 13th St.; street; 2:32 a.m. Feb. 25. Simple assault â&#x2013;  6300 block, 5th St.; school; 1:55 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  6200 block, 5th St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  6300 block, 5th St.; street; 3:15 p.m. Feb. 25. â&#x2013;  700 block, Somerset Place; street; 2:50 a.m. Feb. 26. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  700 block, Tuckerman St.; street; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Kennedy St.; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Kennedy St.; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  500 block, Quackenbos St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Property damage â&#x2013;  500 block, Peabody St. NE; residence; 10 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  500 block, Somerset Place; street; 7 a.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  6500 block, Piney Branch Road; street; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013; 

PSA 403 â&#x2013; BRIGHTWOOD PARK PSA 403


Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; 1300 block, Montague St.; residence; 11:12 a.m. Feb. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, Kennedy St.; liquor store; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Property damage

â&#x2013; Unit block, Gallatin St.; street; 8:45 a.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  200 block, Missouri Ave.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  300 block, Delafield Place; street; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Farragut Place; street; 3 a.m. Feb. 24. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  5100 block, 9th St.; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  800 block, Madison St.; residence; 6:23 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 7:30 a.m. Feb. 26.

PSA 404 â&#x2013; CRESTWOOD / PETWORTH PSA 404


Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 4300 block, Kansas Ave.; residence; 11:05 p.m. Feb. 20. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  14th Street and Spring Road; alley; 4 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  4700 block, 8th St.; alley; 2:12 a.m. Feb. 24. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Georgia Ave.; sidewalk; 3:07 p.m. Feb. 22. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3900 block, Georgia Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:40 a.m. Feb. 23. Aggravated assault â&#x2013;  300 block, Webster St.; residence; 2 a.m. Feb. 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  1200 block, Shepherd St.; residence; 11:15 a.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  4300 block, 8th St.; residence; 9:45 a.m. Feb. 24. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  4100 block, Kansas Ave.; parking lot; 10:40 p.m. Feb. 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Georgia Ave.; store; 1:26 a.m. Feb. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, Upshur St.; street; 10:45 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  3700 block, 9th St.; street; 1:55 p.m. Feb. 25. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Varnum St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Feb. 26. Simple assault â&#x2013;  4300 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; 6:35 p.m. Feb. 23. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  3800 block, Georgia Ave.; grocery store; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  500 block, Shepherd St.; street; 8:10 p.m. Feb. 26. Drug possession (other) â&#x2013;  3900 block, 13th St.; street; 8:11 p.m. Feb. 24. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  4400 block, Arkansas Ave.; street; 9 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Buchanan St.; residence; 11:55 p.m. Feb. 24. Property damage â&#x2013;  800 block, Randolph St.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  100 block, Webster St.; street; 7:05 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Georgia Ave.; grocery store; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25.




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has gotten less play outside of Georgetown. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board chair Charles Brodsky has appeared before advisory neighborhood commissions, which evaluate liquor licenses, in his role as head of a firm that stages sporting events that also need commission buy-in. At one Georgetown meeting, Brodsky donned both caps in the same evening, leading some to complain of conflicting interests. Brodsky has since recused himself from hearings for liquor licensees discussed at that meeting. But that wasn’t enough for some candidates last week. Patterson called for Brodsky’s resignation, and Bryan Weaver agreed unofficially — via a wink at the audience. Candidates also curried favor with the Georgetown crowd by criticizing the local university’s campus plan, which, neighbors complain, does nothing to lower the number of undergraduates living in the residential neighborhood. With the city in a fiscal crunch, each candidate sought to style himself as the budget hawk that the council needs. All but one opposed the further use of tax abatements, development incentives often requested by builders for projects across the city. Such incentives are the “wrong direction” for the city, said Joshua Lopez, a young former Adrian Fenty aide and Ward 4 advisory neighborhood commissioner. Former Ward 5 Council member Vincent Orange echoed that flat rejection: “Retailers have discovered there’s disposable income in D.C. They will come.” Patterson and Biddle said that if the city does give out abatements, they should spur construction in less-developed areas such as those east of the Anacostia River. “There are still neighborhoods that need these investments if we do them,” Biddle said. Weaver, who as an Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner helped hammer out a deal to benefit the developer for a local hotel in exchange for “clawback agreements,” argued for strong contracts no matter the project’s location. If the hotel developer — who was at the forum — does not hire a certain number of D.C. residents, provide office space for local nonprofits and more, then he loses the tax breaks, Weaver said. But candidates were less predictable when asked to name a favorite sitting council member. Nearly every panelist named fiery independent David Catania. Biddle, who has won the endorsement of a half-dozen council members, though not Catania’s, praised the often-prickly at-large member’s expertise. He is “so different than I am,” said Biddle, but “I learn from him every day.” Weaver branched out, naming both Catania and Ward 2’s Jack Evans, whom Orange also tagged for his “financial expertise.”

level of parking, and we will own our level of parking and the residences above it,” Dubick said. The housing units are planned as efficiencies and one- and two-bedrooms, but it’s unclear now whether they will be apartments or condos. “We’ll see where the marketplace goes by the time we deliver,” Dubick said. The two levels of parking will offer about 85 spaces for Safeway


customers and 135 for residents. Both levels will have their own entrance at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Randolph Street. Joseph Vaughan, the chair of the Petworth advisory neighborhood commission, predicted that his group will support the project if the developer can address concerns about traffic and density. “The community has waited a long time for a new Safeway there,” he said, but neighbors are also worried about impacts from the overwhelming influx of new development on Georgia Avenue.

Dubick said the Safeway development, one block from the Petworth Metro station, is “all about smart growth,” though a consultant will be studying traffic changes. The project, which will take over most of the corner site, is proceeding as a planned-unit development, which gives the developer some flexibility with zoning in exchange for community amenities. Dubick said it should take about 18 months to get zoning approval and building permits. The new Safeway will replace a 21,000square-foot, 50-year-old store that


has often been referenced as “stinky” or “sketchy.” Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser has said she fields frequent complaints about the store, and she identified its redevelopment as a key goal during her 2008 re-election. Safeway spokesperson Craig Muckle said the new grocery will be one of the chain’s “Lifestyle” stores, like the one recently built in Georgetown. The store will feature floral and home-goods departments, a full-service pharmacy, a dry cleaner and potentially a Starbucks coffee bar, Muckle said.


In the Neighborhood March 2011 News And Events GOING GREEN St. Patrick’s Day has everyone thinking green and American University is on a fast track to become one of the greenest universities in the country. AU’s five green roofs will grow to seven this spring. AU will soon install the largest solar panel project in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. AU’s dedication to the environment and sustainability is visible in myriad ways in our community including our green building program; the commitment to being carbon neutral by 2020; and an environmental studies class that recently worked with McLean Gardens’ neighbors to help manage storm water runoff.


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AU released a draft 2011 Campus Plan to the community in January and anticipates filing the plan with the DC Zoning Commission in March. View the draft plan online at Copies of the draft plan are available at the new Tenleytown-Friendship Public Library and at AU’s Bender Library.

ANTICA NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA TO OPEN AT 3201 NEW MEXICO AVENUE AU has signed a lease with Palisades’ resident and local restaurateur Hakan Ihlan to open a new restaurant in the former Balducci’s space at 3201 New Mexico Ave. The restaurant will offer pasta dishes and Neapolitan pizza from wood-burning ovens. A fall opening is anticipated.







MEASURE FOR MEASURE March 24 – 26 at 8 p.m., and March 26 at 2 p.m., Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

William Shakespeare’s classic “problem play” is performed in a provocative contemporary setting and directed by AU’s Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 seniors. For more information call 202-885-ARTS or visit To sign up for the monthly electronic newsletter or for a full listing of events, please visit

6 p.m., School of International Service, Founder’s Room Come see Academy Award-winning producer Lawrence Bender’s stunning documentary about the escalating global nuclear arms crisis that won rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. Free and open to the public.

8 p.m., Katzen Arts Center – Abramson Family Recital Hall AU’s Chamber Singers perform a repertoire based on the Spanish Diaspora including the Washington, DC premiere of the Baroque Mass Missa Ego flos campi, created by 17th century Spanish-born composer Juan Gutierrez de Padilla. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 seniors. For tickets, call 202-885-ARTS or visit

The AU chapter of the Roosevelt Institute hosts a screening of the film Waiting for Superman, followed by a discussion about education reform with former Chancellor of DC Public Schools Michelle Rhee. Free and open to the public. Free parking at the Nebraska parking lot.

AU musician-in-residence and internationally acclaimed pianist Yuliya Gorenman performs the final concert in her series of eight programs devoted to playing all 32 of Ludwig van Beethoven’s sonatas. Tickets: $25 regular admission. For tickets or more information, call 202-885-ARTS or visit

CONCERT PREVIEW LECTURE WITH PIANIST YULIYA GORENMAN 10 a.m., Temple Baptist Church – Room 6/Lecture Hall. As part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Tuesday Speaker Series, internationally renowned pianist Yuliya Gorenman performs a personal preview of her March 19 recital at the Katzen Arts Center and discusses her journey through eight concerts to play all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Free and open to the public.

March 2, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Ward Circle Building, Room 1

March 19, 8 p.m., Katzen Arts Center – Abramson Family Recital Hall

BOOK TALK: OCEANS: THE THREATS TO OUR SEAS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO TURN THE TIDE 8 p.m., Bender Library – Mud Box Café, Lower Level. AU alumni Jon Bowermaster—author, filmmaker, and activist—talks about his new anthology of essays by experts and activists involved in ocean work and what people can do to make an environmental impact. The book is the companion to the Jacques Perrin and Disney Nature film OCEANS. Free and open to the public.




WIND ENSEMBLE PRESENTS: SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW 8 p.m., Katzen Arts Center – Abramson Family Recital Hall AU’s spring Wind Ensemble concert features both classic and newer original works for the symphonic band directed by Marc Boensel. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 seniors. For tickets, call 202-885-ARTS or visit

WOMEN’S LACROSSE HOME GAMES AT AU FIELD 9 Women’s Lacrosse team plays Virginia Tech, 3 p.m. 12 Women’s Lacrosse team plays Holy Cross, 1 p.m. 26 Women’s Lacrosse team plays Bucknell, 1 p.m. Welcome back – AU Farmers’ Market returns to the quad on the AU campus on Wednesday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.







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Passing on perks A good rule of thumb for elected officials and high-level appointees: Stay away from anything that’s “fully loaded” when shopping on the taxpayers’ dime. That was the memorable phrase used in the unfortunate request by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s staffers, as documented in The Washington Post, for a Lincoln Navigator with a Global Positioning System, power moon roof, rear entertainment system and aluminum wheels. As it turns out, leasing a sport-utility vehicle of any sort for the council chairman appears to violate D.C. law, which restricts official use of the gas-guzzling vehicles. But the angry reaction among so many D.C. residents stems not just from the nearly $2,000 a month in lease payments (more if you count the other SUV offered to Mr. Brown). The frustration is due in large part to the sense of entitlement conveyed by the request for a luxury vehicle tricked out with top-of-the-line features. The lease would have been a bad idea in any circumstances, but during economic hard times — and with furloughs, service cuts, tax hikes and layoffs in place or in the offing — the conspicuous consumption seems particularly inadvisable. We were glad to see Chairman Brown return the Lincoln Navigator assigned to him by the Department of Public Works. We’re thankful he took responsibility for causing disruption and appearing insensitive to the city’s fiscal challenges. Still, he needs to make sure that taxpayers are held harmless for this boondoggle. More broadly, this should serve as a fully loaded reminder to District officials with the power to spend taxpayer dollars: Beware anything that reeks of a sense of entitlement. Behave responsibly — whether that means forgoing first-class treatment on an airplane, adhering to the salary caps for high-level appointees, or hiring based on qualifications rather than connections. Consider the public reaction if your actions were to become front-page news.

Preventing a conflict Charles Brodsky chairs the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which acts as arbiter between liquor-serving establishments and their neighbors. He also heads Washington Sports and Events Management LLC, which runs an annual triathlon through the city. At first glance, the two gigs don’t seem to conflict. But recently, Georgetowners have complained about an overlap: Mr. Brodsky’s private business requires the support of residents along the race’s route, while residents want the chair’s support when seeking limits on local bars and restaurants. The possible conflict came to light when Mr. Brodsky attended a meeting of the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission in November to seek support for road closings for his race — and then stayed on while commissioners discussed liquor licenses. Mr. Brodsky has responded to the issue by recusing himself on cases discussed at that November meeting and promising to send another representative of his company to future meetings. Mr. Brodsky’s company consistently seeks the support of advisory neighborhood commissions in the three parts of the city where the race requires street closures: Georgetown, Capitol Hill and parts of downtown. Since his interest in the decisions will be evident even if he is not present during the discussion, we think he should step down on all liquor cases in those neighborhoods. The same principle would apply were Mr. Brodsky, or another member of a city entity like the alcohol board, to seek resident support for a building addition or development project. But the consistency in this case — the race takes place every year — makes the matter all the more pressing. We hope Mr. Brodsky will rethink the issue. Whether there is actual conflict is irrelevant; even the appearance is a problem.


SUVs and salaries … continued


s we watched the Oscars Sunday night, we were thinking what awards we’d give city leaders mired in the flap over sport-utility vehicles and high official salaries. Of course, our statues wouldn’t be golden Oscars. Ours would be purple Oscar the Grouch figures. That’s because the “Sesame Street” character is perfect for this almost-juvenile situation. An Oscar the Grouch website says the character’s mission is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and to pass that feeling on to everyone else. Our Oscar goes to Council Chairman Kwame Brown. Last week the SUV controversy exploded all over him. This week, a new report says the city government is rife with apparently illegal SUV leases, as many as 42. Rather than coming out to talk with the media on Monday about the widespread problem, the chairman issued only a thin statement welcoming the SUV report issued by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells. But sources tell the Notebook that while Brown’s statement was mild-mannered, he reacted angrily — should we say grouchily? — when he talked privately with Wells. The chairman, according to sources, objected to the sentence in the Wells report that said, “The chairman of the council inappropriately requested the city provide a Lincoln Navigator SUV… .” The report goes on to say that a law passed a few years ago (thank you, former Council member Carol Schwartz) restricts city leases to vehicles that get at least 22 miles per gallon unless they’re used for police and rescue-type functions. We don’t think the chairman’s ride meets that standard. Wells is continuing to collect information and will hold a hearing on all this car nonsense on March 17. The big question: Will Wells invite Chairman Brown to testify, or will Brown volunteer to come out of his office to put this issue to rest? ■ More trouble. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh is investigating salaries that Mayor Vincent Gray is paying. She’s asked for details on how much, for whom and for how many. Gray has said that he’s hiring fewer people but paying them more. We’re all anxious to see how the statistics turn out. We’ll reserve an Oscar the Grouch on this until we learn more. ■ Metro and crime. The Metro system is still getting flak for its willingness to do random, anti-terrorism bag searches while riders are more worried about their day-to-day safety.

The Washington Post last week ran this quote from a frustrated rider: “Perhaps rather than searching bags in the hope of catching truly stupid terrorists, Metro police could actually patrol the Metro system for thieves.” Well, there was a real-life incident last Friday night that adds a little more perspective. A middle-aged man was waiting at the Green Line Suitland stop when he saw a group of young toughs — some wearing masks — beating and kicking another young person. According to an exclusive report by NBC4’s Pat Collins, when the man saw the beating and attempted to call 911, the group attacked him. He suffered broken teeth and bruises. He was bleeding when help finally arrived. This incident occurred at 7:30 on Friday night. Best we can tell, there were no terrorists lined up for bag searches and apparently no police in sight at the Suitland station. Many riders have raised similar concerns about basic law enforcement on Metro. Terrorists with evil intent can simply turn around before they reach the bag searches. All we’ve heard so far is that such searches keep terrorists guessing where police will show up next. The rider who was attacked at Suitland may have been wondering the same thing: Where were the police? ■ Ceremonial flap. There was a recent rash of stories about the District’s plans to rename Pennsylvania Avenue with some voting-rights moniker. At-large Council member Michael Brown has been conducting a poll of what citizens might call the street between the White House and Congress. The idea has irritated many who think it would be an outrage for the city to tinker with such a famous name. Well, everyone, relax. The city is not — not — renaming Pennsylvania Avenue. It is considering adding a ceremonial name to the street posts, just as it has done for Abe Pollin Way (F Street) next to the Verizon Center. There won’t be a renaming, and the ceremonial name won’t replace the historic Pennsylvania Avenue designation. But given all of the city government SUVs, maybe the avenue ought to be called “SUV Swamp” (at least the part in front of the John A. Wilson Building). Or maybe it could be called “Fully Loaded Avenue” in honor of Chairman Brown’s insistence on his fully equipped Lincoln Navigator. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City council hearing needed on Walmart Yes, the D.C. Council should hold public hearings on Walmart’s proposals for four or more new stores in the District [“Hearing Walmart,” editorial, Feb. 23]. In January, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B adopted a resolution calling for the hearings and sent this request to every council member (to see it, go to Since then, we’ve heard from only a few council members. Walmart should welcome the

hearings as a way to clarify its proposals and dispute any inaccurate reports about its practices. A community-benefits agreement can take many forms, and the council should both listen and lead in a public, citywide forum. One Walmart representative told us that he did not expect that Walmart would sign a binding, enforceable agreement, and that should be of concern to everyone. Sara Green Commissioner, ANC 4B

City’s Rose Park is an amenity for all Founded in 1918, Rose Park is a national, city and Georgetown historic treasure and should be enjoyed by all. The pathway is a

great conduit between Dupont Circle and Georgetown, and all should be able to use this pathway. Georgetown resident Cary Mitchell in his Feb. 23 Viewpoint piece, “Rose Park Path is not a multi-use trail,” takes a very narrow view of this park as if it is exclusively a neighborhood park. Right now, the deteriorating asphalt path is dangerous and not accommodating to all, especially those with disabilities. I trust that the National Park Service and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will take a wise, accessible-to-all approach and create a multi-use trail in Rose Park. Larry Ray Columbia Heights



Missteps won’t deter city’s serious efforts VIEWPOINT VINCENT C. GRAY


f a District resident asked me whether last week was the sort one would wish for as an elected official, the answer would be a resounding no. The stories about vehicle leasing and top managers’ salaries, coupled with hires and dismissals, have created some angst and concerns among the residents. Let me allay those concerns. First, as the mayor of the District of Columbia, I take full responsibility for all the actions of this government — including all that were in the news this past week. Despite these missteps, actual and perceived, my administration is holding steady and is working each day to reform this government and operate it more efficiently. To do so, we need top-quality managers who have track records of high performance to address the myriad challenges we face. I sought to hire exceedingly well-qualified professionals, and they are earning salaries that are commensurate with their skills, experience and educational backgrounds. And some of them are earning far less than they could — or recently did — in similar private-sector positions. Additionally, while these top managers may appear to be earning significantly more than those who had similar titles in the previous administration, such a comparison is apples to oranges. Their responsibilities are significantly expanded from their predecessors’. Only a handful of top staffers are paid more; others are being paid the same amount or less. In addition to executive hires, I have reached out to hire young people in my administration, and they are among the brightest and most talented in our city. Many of them were born here, attended public schools here, went to college, graduated and returned to be part of the District’s life. We are proud of them and their accomplishments, and I am pleased that they made the choice to work for our city and to be groomed as our next generation of public servants. It would be unjust to penalize them or treat them differently because of who their parents are. These young people were deemed qualified for the positions for which they com-

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Watergate decision sets bad precedent The National Capital Planning Commission’s “carefully worded resolution” to ask the National Park Service to consider replacing the sycamore trees planted along the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway as part of the last phase of the Georgetown Waterfront Park [“To get new trees, Watergate will pay,” Feb. 9] sets a shameful precedent of acceding to a small, vocal group of very wealthy individuals. The parkland in question is owned by all Americans and is not the private front yard of the Watergate. As a consequence of this decision, any neighbors dissatisfied with trees in their view could propose to the Park Service that they pay to remove or replace trees and expect support from the

peted, and they were selected based on their skills. I expect these young people to perform their duties well — and they will be held accountable, like all other employees of this government. Despite our best attempts to vet and hire good employees, we sometimes miss the mark. The events surrounding the dismissal of Sulaimon Brown were unfortunate. It is a personnel matter and I cannot comment in detail. But I can say it is not the policy of this administration to publicly embarrass anyone. The takeaway from this incident is that we must check and double-check before we make a hire. Moving forward, I have ordered a review of the selection and vetting process, including preliminary and detailed background checks and a second review of all our Excepted Service appointees to minimize the risk of unqualified hires. The leasing of cars for government officials is another issue of concern. We must save every dollar we can and not waste the taxpayers’ money on unnecessary amenities, especially during these difficult financial times. To be clear, the leasing of a vehicle for the mayor’s use is not a mayoral decision, but rather a decision made by the Metropolitan Police Department — and the police have done so for me in the same manner as they did for the last two mayors. To correct problems with this process, I have directed the city administrator to conduct a comprehensive review of our leasing policies and procedures not only to ensure compliance with applicable laws, but also to identify efficiencies and opportunities for savings. Despite these distractions, my administration is working hard to address many larger challenges to the District — maintaining our fiscal health, educating our children and creating jobs for our residents. Anything that diverts our attention away from these priorities is a digression we can ill afford. Our city faces serious challenges, and I intend to address them seriously. Vincent C. Gray is mayor of the District of Columbia.

… We must check and double-check before we make a hire.

National Capital Planning Commission. Rather than approve the long-overdue revitalization of this stretch of parkland in accordance with their environmental and historic preservation mandates, the planning commissioners have abdicated their role in protecting the public interest. What we are talking about here is the planting of nine new trees along the parkway in the same alignment of seven existing sycamore trees. Several of them are planted immediately adjacent to the stumps of trees removed just a few short years ago because they had died. In addition to the sycamores, there are five or six mature oaks here. Are those to be cut down as well because they are in the view from someone’s apartment? Those Watergate residents who believe for some reason that their property values are diminished by the presence of these nine trees should focus on the fact that their

property values are greatly enhanced as a result of the expenditure of taxpayer dollars in rehabilitating and maintaining the public parkland in front of their apartments and thus can never be built upon. Perhaps these folks should be introduced to the residents and employees in Georgetown who are grateful to have a wide variety of young shade trees that will grow to majestic heights as they mature in the new Georgetown Waterfront Park. If the planning commissioners believed that this would be the final chapter in such a petty argument, they are sadly mistaken. What lies in their future is arbitration of a squabble over tree species and what is a reasonable cost to replant and replace the sycamores. And it is apparent that not all the neighbors at the Watergate will agree that this money should be spent at all. Sally Blumenthal West End

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Chevy Chase Citizens Association The Chevy Chase Players is continuing its successful 2010-11 season with a production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dial M For Murderâ&#x20AC;? by Frederick Knott. Performances will be held March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students. The box office opens 45 minutes before curtain. The next production will be Paul Rudnickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Hate Hamletâ&#x20AC;? in May. For more information about the Chevy Chase Players and its upcoming performances, visit On Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and D.C. Water and Sewer Authority general manager George Hawkins will hold a town-hall meeting to discuss water projects and issues of concern in the community. Among subjects they will discuss are water rates, drinking water, infrastructure and billing. The meeting will be held at the University of the District of Columbia in the Window Lounge, Building 38, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. On another subject, we thank the following businesses that recently renewed their association memberships: American City Diner, Avalon Theatre, Catch Can, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning, and Vaughan Group/Builders as platinum members; Arucola Osteria Italiana, Chevy Chase Gallery, Circle Yoga, and Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home, as gold members; and Periwinkle, as a silver member. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor


The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; presentation by D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration director Fred Moosally and Alcoholic Beverage Control Board chair Charles Brodsky. â&#x2013;  discussion of, and possible vote on, a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St., for a special exception to expand the enrollment, hours and ages served at its nursery school. â&#x2013;  discussion of, and possible votes on, applications by Tenleytown Historical Society for designation of properties at 4131 Yuma St., 4628 48th St., 4901 47th St. and 4624 Verplanck Place as historic landmarks, as well as a multiple-property thematic document for pre-1912 residences of American University Park. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Chevy Chase Dog Group. For details, visit

Shepherd Park Citizens Association Several neighbors have remarked that they had a great time visiting with neighbors and learning a few things about the neighborhood at the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potluck on Feb. 20. The event, held at Lowell School, featured music by the Key Bridge Quartet. Neighbors contributed wonderful dishes. We had activities for all ages, lovely door prizes and a great turnout of neighbors from Shepherd Park, Colonial Village and North Portal Estates. A continuous stream of people at the membership table purchased newly designed association T-shirts and sweatshirts, and they paid their 2011 dues as well. If you missed the event, you can still buy the shirts at At Shepherd Elementary School, the Brick by Brick fundraising program allows school families, neighbors, former students and other well-wishers to contribute to the beautification of the school grounds and give a permanent thumbs-up to Shepherd. The bricks will be paved at the entrance to the old door that faces 14th Street, providing a retro look to the building. You can order by filling out a form and mailing a check or entering the necessary information online and paying with a credit card. Both the online option and the form for printing are available at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rosemary Reed

ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013; CHEVY CHASE The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803 or send an e-mail to ANC 4A ANC 4A Colonial Village â&#x2013;  COLONIAL VILLAGE/CRESTWOOD Shepherd Park SHEPHERD PARK/BRIGHTWOOD At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 15 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioner Habieba SnowIsrael said a number of commissioners describe parts of their districts as Brightwood, and she called on the commission to clarify the district boundaries. The commission tabled the discussion, but commissioners Gale Black and Snow-Israel agreed to work together on making the district descriptions clearer. â&#x2013;  commissioners agreed to send to Mayor Vincent Gray a resolution they passed last spring urging the city not to construct a hike/bike trail on Klingle Road between Porter Street and Cortland Place. â&#x2013;  commissioners tabled a vote regarding a city proposal to fine people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shovel their sidewalks after it snows. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously opposed city plans to cease issuing to neighborhood commissions official notices of city legislative hearings and actions. They said online access to legislative information is not a sufficient replacement for the city-issued notices.

Claude E. Bailey, a local attorney who represents Walmart, gave an update on Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans and fielded questions. He said Walmart has opted to add small retail to the front of the store in response to community concerns and plans to require its supply trucks to take New Hampshire Avenue and then Missouri Avenue from the Beltway in order to avoid creating congestion on neighborhood streets. Bailey said Walmart intends to hire many locals and pay them a rate â&#x20AC;&#x153;well above the minimum wageâ&#x20AC;? that is â&#x20AC;&#x153;competitiveâ&#x20AC;? with those of other retail and grocery chains. Responding to a question, he said 70 percent of employees will work fulltime. Some residents said Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival would cause small businesses and perhaps even other nearby chains to close. Bailey responded that Walmart would actually benefit local businesses because it would add foot traffic to Georgia Avenue. In response to concerns about traffic, Bailey said the District Department of Transportation would weigh in on the plan. â&#x2013;

A resident mentioned allegations that Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hiring practices have been discriminatory. Said Bailey: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it would make sense for a retailer in a city thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primarily African-American to discriminate against African-Americans.â&#x20AC;? Bailey also noted that this is one of Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first forays into an urban setting, and it will be especially sensitive to community concerns. â&#x2013; commissioners unanimously approved a $2,500 grant to fund a Shepherd Elementary School gardening and beautification project. The commission will meet at 7:15 p.m. April 5 at Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th St. NW. For details, call 202-291-9341. ANC 4C ANC 4C Street Heights Petworth/16th â&#x2013;  PETWORTH/16TH STREET HEIGHTS Crestwood CRESTWOOD The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit




March 2, 2011 ■ Page 11


Cadets cap standout year with crown By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

After his St. John’s girls basketball team won the championship at American University’s Bender Arena Monday, coach Jonathan Scribner said the season was defined by a quest for greatness. “We had probably 10 or 12 contests throughout the course of the year that were going to determine if we were just a very good team or a great team, and I think we won 10 of those 12. As a result, I would say we’re a great team,” he said. With the 62-54 win over Good Counsel Monday, St. John’s captured its first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference crown in seven years. Senior Mariah Jones scored 18 points, and junior

Mooriah Rowser added 16. After the game, Rowser said expecting the unexpected was key to the victory. “Sometimes, when you play a team too much, especially a good one, they’ll change it up on you. So we knew we couldn’t rely on film or what we thought they would do offensively. We just had to lock up defensively,” she said. The Cadets beat Good Counsel in all three meetings this year. They lost only one league game — by one point to Holy Cross on Feb. 4 — and finished the season with a remarkable 29-2 overall. St. John’s will face D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion H.D. Woodson in the City Title game Monday night at the Verizon Center.

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Coach Jonathan Scribner, left, and his team rejoice after beating Good Counsel and winning the WCAC title.

Starks beats buzzer and pushes Rough Riders to City Title game By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Ezell Starks has been making big shots for the Roosevelt Rough Riders for four years. On Saturday night, he made the biggest of them all.

As the buzzer sounded, Starks hit a layup to break a tie and push the Riders past Eastern High School in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title game, held at Coolidge. After Eastern tied the score at 60 on a pair of free throws by Trey Patterson, Roosevelt

freshman Jarrell Allen lost the ball trying to bring it up the court. But he scrambled to recover it and passed to Starks, who shook off contact and got one final shot off. The ball swished through the basket. Roosevelt faithful stormed the court and bulbs flashed across the arena as the team cel-

ebrated its dramatic win. Teammates, family and friends mobbed their hero. “This is the greatest moment of my life,” Starks said later. Starks scored 13 points and senior Devin Gallman had 19 points in the game, which See Riders/Page 12

Sidwell wins title

Minus one, Gonzaga falls



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All season, the Sidwell boys seemed to be a notch ahead of every team in the Mid-Atlantic Conference — save for one. On Saturday, the Quakers took the final step, knocking off nemesis Flint Hill for the first time this year to capture the league’s postseason banner. Sophomore forward Josh Hart took center stage for the Quakers on their home court Saturday, scoring 22 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out five assists as his team cruised to a 72-54 victory in the league title game. The team’s guards were also strong: Sophomore Jamal Lewis and freshman Matt Hillman scored 18 points each. “Everybody chipped in, everybody did their part … and we just came out with a lot of intensity and we didn’t let go,” Hart said. Flint Hill, the defending tournament champion and this year’s regular-season banner winner, never really threatened in the finale. Sidwell jumped out to a 17-8 lead after one quarter, and stretched the lead to 15 by the end of the third. Sidwell had lost to Flint Hill in their first two meetings this season, but the third time proved to be the charm. “The energy was the difference tonight,” said coach Eric Singletary. “I think we outhustled them, and you don’t really see that against a Flint Hill team.” With Saturday’s victory, the Quakers won their last six games of the season, including a battle for bragging rights in Northwest D.C. against Maret in

Even without its leading scorer, Gonzaga gave DeMatha a serious run for the league title on Monday night in front of a capacity crowd at American University’s Bender Arena. But the Stags did just enough late in the game to fend off a comeback and secure their third straight championship. Gonzaga stormed back in the fourth quarter — all but erasing a deficit that grew as large as 16 in the second half — and found a chance to tie the score in the final moments of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game. It wasn’t meant to be for the Eagles, though, as they missed two 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds and the Stags held on to win 51-48. Sophomore Kris Jenkins, Gonzaga’s top scorer with 14.2 points per game this year, had injured his left ankle in the waning moments of the team’s semifinal win over Bishop McNamara on Sunday night. He tested the ankle in pre-game warm-ups Monday See Gonzaga/Page 12

Photo by Josh Johnson

Sidwell players pose for a celebratory photo after knocking off their biggest rival to win the MAC. the MAC semifinal the night before. “It was one of those things that every coach dreams of — the team clicking at the right time,” said Singletary. Sidwell’s 61-57 win over Maret involved a controversial late call against Lewis. After freshman Steffen Davis drilled a huge 3 for the Frogs to cut the Quakers’ lead to 56-52 with 1 minute, 12 seconds remaining, Lewis ran ahead of the pack for what seemed like an easy two points, but he missed an uncontested dunk attempt. He made up for it with a thunderous slam moments later, but was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Neither Lewis nor Singletary agreed with the decision, saying Lewis held on because there was a defender under the basket. See Sidwell/Page 12

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Sophomore Nate Britt and the Eagles made a fierce comeback Monday, but DeMatha held on.







Sidwell girls win ISL A banner St. Andrew’s basketball never really had a chance Sunday, as the Sidwell girls got hot early and ran away with a 41-31 victory in the Independent School League A division. Sophomore forward Tiara Wood scored 16 points and junior Chandra Christmas-Rouse added 12 in the tournament title clash hosted by Bullis. The Sidwell defense, strong all season, also came up big in the victory. The win was the cap to a strong year for the Quakers, who also took the regular season banner, meaning they will head back to the Independent School League AA division next season. “I am so happy for our team and especially for our seniors,” said coach Anne Renninger.

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Later in the day, Flint Hill stunned Georgetown Visitation in the division’s postseason title contest, 63-61. “The loss doesn’t tarnish anything our kids have done this year,” Visitation coach Mike McCarthy said of his Cubs, who won their fifth consecutive league banner this regular season. Kate Gillespie scored 24 points for Visitation, but senior Audrey Dotson put Flint Hill on her back with

SIDWELL From Page 11 Still, Sidwell averted disaster when Maret missed a 3-pointer that would’ve cut the lead to one, and sophomore Phil McGloin then hit a pair of free throws for the Quakers to put the game out of reach. “Just knock them down. You do this every day in practice,”

From Page 11 but was noticeably hobbled and sat out the first half. With Gonzaga trailing 27-17, Jenkins started the second half, but he struggled to run the court and came out less than two minutes in. “I tried to give my teammates what I had, but as you could see, it wasn’t much. So I just tried to cheer for them and encourage them,” Jenkins said after the game. Gonzaga cut the lead to 43-35 by the end of the third quarter as sophomores Nate Britt and D.J. Fenner, senior Ben Dickinson and the rest of the gang got going on both ends. Britt scored in the first minute of the fourth quarter to make it a six-point game, the closest Gonzaga had been since midway through the first, and the Eagles continued to chip away at the lead. Later, with just over 12 seconds left, Britt hit two free throws to make the score 51-48, and Gonzaga’s defense forced a turnover on the inbounds play, setting


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marked the second time in a row Roosevelt won at the last second. On Thursday, junior Antone James had nailed a 3-pointer as time expired to seal the Riders’ win against Springarn, 71-69, so they could advance to the finals.

a spectacular performance, scoring 30 points, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking five shots in the win.

Lewis said he told McGloin before he stepped to the stripe. Lewis scored a game-high 22 points for Sidwell and dished out a team-high five assists while Hart scored 16 points and was tops with 13 boards. Davis paced Maret with 14 points, while senior Ryan Simpson added 13. “We knew they were a tough team — they were gonna crash the boards, they were gonna play hard


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Chandra Christmas-Rouse, left, and Tiara Wood were standouts for Sidwell this season.

and they weren’t gonna let us just have it,” said Lewis. “So we knew we had to come out here and take it.” The crowd was split evenly between Sidwell and Maret supporters, with both student sections fired up for the contest at Sidwell’s new gymnasium, which opened before the season and hosted the final two rounds of the tournament.

the stage for a dramatic ending. But DeMatha did a good job contesting two 3-point shots in the final moments and neither could find its way through the net. In the locker room after the game, Dickinson said Gonzaga players felt they could have done more. “A lot of disappointment, a lot of missed opportunities,” he said. “We felt like we could’ve won the game.” The Gonzaga student section packed one end of the arena to the brim and was as rowdy as ever during Monday’s game. After Dickinson knocked down a free throw to make it a 43-40 game halfway through the period, Gonzaga coach Steve Turner turned to the Eagles’ fans and encouraged them to stand up for the team. It was a storybook moment for a team that was playing with the chips down against its most bitter rival. Although there would be no happy ending for Gonzaga, coach Turner was proud of the way his guys stepped up without Jenkins in the lineup. “To be in a position to tie the game and go into overtime — our guys never quit,” he said. “These guys are winners. Even in this loss, they’re winners.”

Saturday’s tiebreaker was as exhilarating for Roosevelt as it was upsetting for Eastern, which had to settle for second place. Coach Rodney Wright said he was “crying with [his players]” afterward. Many of them sat in the locker room long after the contest ended, thinking about what almost was. Eastern had led for much of the close game, including 27-23 at half-

time and 43-40 after three. Allen hit a couple of 3-pointers to give Roosevelt its first lead in some time, and Gallman and Starks came up huge in the final two minutes. With the win, Roosevelt advances to face Washington Catholic Athletic Association champion DeMatha in the City Title game at the Verizon Center Monday night.


OFFICIALS From Page 1 review of the sometimes-costly leases is needed in light of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tight budget situation, and Biddle said the council should consider not only the need for leased cars but also the cost of what he called â&#x20AC;&#x153;these gas-guzzlers.â&#x20AC;? A day earlier, Ward 6 member Tommy Wells released a preliminary report noting that a 2004 law banned the leasing of SUVs like the two â&#x20AC;&#x153;fully loadedâ&#x20AC;? Lincoln Navigators that have gotten Brown in such trouble. That law, apparently ignored in the intervening years, bans leasing of any car averaging less than 22 miles per gallon, except for security or â&#x20AC;&#x153;emergencyâ&#x20AC;? purposes. Backed by several colleagues, Wells scheduled an oversight hearing for March 17 on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carleasing practices. And Gray announced Monday that City Administrator Allen Lew will conduct his own review of the laws governing â&#x20AC;&#x153;vehicle procurement and use.â&#x20AC;? But a statement released by the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office was careful to note that many of the leases â&#x20AC;&#x153;pre-date the 55-day-old Gray administration.â&#x20AC;? The mayor has also been plagued by recent media reports that some of his appointees, including his chief of staff and communications director, are earning significantly higher salaries than their predecessors, in some cases above city-mandated

salary caps. Some â&#x20AC;&#x153;excepted serviceâ&#x20AC;? or appointed positions also have gone to the children of top aides. And Sulaimon Brown, a minor mayoral candidate who quickly threw his support to Gray, was hired and then fired from a $110,000-a-year auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post at the Department of Health Care Finance. In response, Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, who oversees government operations for the council, has requested a broad array of information on the qualifications and salaries of political appointees. Cheh said she also wants to understand how the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Human Resources determines qualifications and salaries. In an interview, Cheh said she has reached no conclusions yet, but

believes â&#x20AC;&#x153;that those outside the salary scale should be brought back downâ&#x20AC;? or expressly reviewed by the council to determine whether a waiver is appropriate. During Mayor Adrian Fentyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration, she noted, the council waived salary caps for both Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. Cheh, an outspoken Gray supporter in last fallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election, said his personnel chief has assured her the administration intends to seek council approval for any salaries that exceed annual pay limits for their grade once most top jobs are filled. At his weekly press briefing Tuesday, Gray was clearly trying to put both issues behind him. Defending the hiring of offspring





of top aides, for example, Gray said they all met standard criteria for the various jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you look at the qualifications of these young people, should they be foreclosed from working in government because of who theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re related to?â&#x20AC;? he asked the assembled press corps. On leased cars, Gray said the two Navigators requested for Brown have already been returned, with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney general now working with the leasing companies to figure out a final bill. He said no questions have been raised about the

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School For the past month, Mrs. Mosherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper-elementary class has had architects come in to teach us about architecture. On Feb. 23, we talked about our final project. There are six groups. Each one is supposed to make a sustainable building for its biome. The six bi-

School DISPATCHES omes are desert, temperate rain forest, temperate forest, polar, grasslands and mountains. We had to draw a floor plan of a house we want to live in and a bubble diagram, which is a general arrangement of the rooms. Fourth-grader Elliot Sealls is in the grasslands group. He and fifthgrader Nina Gumbs enjoyed bubble diagramming. Blaire Hardison, a sixth-grader in the mountains group, said she liked doing the floor plan on graph paper. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ian Smith, fifth-grader, and Lukas Leijon, fourth-grader

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neering abilities through different techniques such as integrated learning. This curriculum seeks to empower students with the knowhow to make informed choices about technology. It also teaches them to be the technological innovators of the future. What I value most about this curriculum is that it merges written work with practical work like designing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a program where you can build, construct and design new products and systems. This work allows students to become more innovative and more knowledgeable about modern materials, design processes and manufacturing products. In the near future, I hope to be majoring in engineering. I am currently working on an end-of-year project developing a product based on a situation and problem I chose. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really neat about this is that instead of being given the same things to work on, everyone puts forth a new idea and a new design. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; George Agbakoba, Year 11 Philadelphia (10th-grader)

was shaking, sweating and ready to get it over with. But I thought, What are we doing this for? The answer was: our black leaders who paved the way for black people to get respect from all races. So, I got on stage and did the best I could to talk about Phillis Wheatley, the first published African-American poet. Sixth-, seventh- and eighthgraders spoke to the school about our black leaders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; scientists, activists, writers, entertainers and athletes. Mr. Assaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West African drum group performed. Seventhgrader Demi Stratmon performed an amazing dance, and seventhgrader Desiree Green read â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rainbowsâ&#x20AC;? by Nikki Giovanni. Olympic rower and former Wilson student Aquil Abdullah told us that we can do whatever we want to do, to never give up and that practice makes perfect. He lost a chance to compete in the 2000 Olympics by a fraction of a second, so he was determined to go to the 2004 Olympics, and he succeeded. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vaughn Tabron Jr., seventh-grader

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Each February, the Kennedy Center hosts a benefit concert for our school, featuring Ellington music and dance students as well as a distinguished artist or music group. This year, Earth, Wind & Fire performed. On Feb. 23, Earth, Wind & Fire came to Ellington for an assembly and final rehearsal. The student performers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; members of the orchestra, show choir and a small group of students from the dance department â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had spent the previ-

ous few weeks practicing and rehearsing. During a final rehearsal, an administrator pointed out that the dancers had started learning their routine only two weeks before. But Earth, Wind & Fire was very impressed with the performance. The students ran through their show once and then the band members came onstage to critique it. They had instructions and advice for all of the performers, such as telling the dancers not to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be afraid to smile.â&#x20AC;? One member of the group sat down at the drums to demonstrate something for the orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rhythm section. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Madison Hartke Weber, 10th-grader

is talked about at school is what amazing times were had and all the funny and crazy things that students did. We went around and asked a few friends to tell us something about their internships, and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear one bad thing. Eighth-grader Aaron Mermelstein said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was spunkylicous.â&#x20AC;? One of his classmates, Madeleine Kirkpatrick said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I worked hard and had fun,â&#x20AC;? while another student, Finnian Day, was at a loss for words. He just looked at us and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh my gosh!â&#x20AC;? These quotes show what an amazing opportunity the Field School internship program is. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Madeleine Kirkpatrick and Elia Mattke, eighth-graders

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The fifth-graders are studying South Africa, and we have been â&#x20AC;&#x153;adoptedâ&#x20AC;? by the South African Embassy. Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool visited us earlier this year. He told us about his life and experiences as a citizen in South Africa, including his childhood. One day after school, he found all his belongings outside his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. Because his grandmother was not white, the family had to move to a different part of town. Apartheid rules separated white people from black and mixed-race people. White people could get the best jobs and had the best food, clothes and houses. Black people could only be workers, and mixedrace people had slightly better jobs than blacks. Ambassador Rasool told us that he felt the rules of apartheid were unfair. When he was a teen, he went to jail for protesting apartheid. In jail, he met Nelson Mandela. He admired Nelson Mandela because he was kind to everybody. Nelson Mandela fought for equal rights for all people in South Africa. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elena Lipman, Hannah Harrison and Rudy Acree, fifth-graders

In sixth-grade English, students just finished reading the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warriors Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Cryâ&#x20AC;? by Melba Pattillo Beals. Beals was a member of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Rock Nine,â&#x20AC;? a group of nine African-American students who enrolled in 1957 at the previously all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. The book explains the painful and horrible things that happened to her. Students are now doing research projects that focus on a person who was involved in or connected with school integration, such as a member of the Little Rock Nine, civil rights attorney and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus or President Dwight D. Eishenhower. After completing their research, students will give a three- to fiveminute speech and make a poster. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

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Holy Trinity School On Feb. 23, Holy Trinity School held Family Math Night. Lots of schools have math nights, but this was Holy Trinityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first one. A week before the big night, a jar full of candy was placed in the library. Students tried to guess how many candies were in the jar. The winner was fourth-grader Shea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was so excited when I won a math game,â&#x20AC;? Shea said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guessed 231 when the correct answer was 242.â&#x20AC;?

School officials expected about 100 people would come to Math Night, but about 250 attended. The event started with a song performed by teachers and staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved Family Math Night. My favorite thing was the opening act,â&#x20AC;? said second-grader Melissa. Fifth-grader Natalia said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought Math Night was very fun. I loved the product game, but the opening act was the best part.â&#x20AC;? Teachers started talking about the idea of a math night last spring and started working on it in December. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Math Night was a huge success!â&#x20AC;? said principal Keith Darr. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cate Lyons and Julia Bosco, third-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary Mrs. Zabstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-grade Friendly Dolphins and Mrs. Boydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-grade Hardworking Stars listened to the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flat Stanley.â&#x20AC;? Then we each made our own Flat Stanley to send to a friend or relative. We put them in envelopes with a letter that asked our friends and relatives to take pictures of Flat Stanley by natural landmarks or special places so we could learn more about where they live. We are starting to hear about the different travels our Flat Stanleys took. One Flat Stanley went to Pasadena, Calif., where the Rose Parade is held each year and where Jackie Robinson was born. Another Flat Stanley visited the Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia. One visited the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and another went to England. One crossed the Atlantic Ocean and went to a beach in Sweden and another went to the Oliver Wolcott House in Connecticut. We are creating maps in our classrooms to show where Flat Stanley has gone and the special landmarks there. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Second-graders


Janney Elementary Have you seen whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening next to Janney? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the new Tenley library! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really big and cool and a good place to do work. We asked a few people at our school about the library. Fifth-grader Georgia Smiles said she likes it â&#x20AC;&#x153;because it is bigger and it has more computersâ&#x20AC;? than the old one did. Janney parent Sagrario Mila said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much nicer than the old one.â&#x20AC;? Librarian Lesley Griffin said the new library is better â&#x20AC;&#x153;because there is much more space.â&#x20AC;? The entire Janney community can take advantage of the Wednesday afternoon childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie and book club program, along with just visiting and spending time in the new space. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marino Dias, Max Karp, Nate Lieber, Nico Mila and Charlie Smiles, third-graders

dreams. A few weeks later we visited the Corcoran Gallery of Art. We saw examples of American artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work. The highlight was a huge cloud of plastic wrap hung from the ceiling. Before we left, we created our own collages to hang back at school. A few weeks ago, the high school students hosted a talent show. My friend and I performed a dance to a song by Katy Perry. Last Friday we had a movie night. We had a choice of three movies and ate popcorn and pizza. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zenzi Summers, middle-schooler

Lafayette Elementary According to Lafayette principal Ms. Main, Orange Base (Ms. Haiglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kindergarten class) was

Key Elementary Today we host the Fairy Tale Wax Museum. The second-graders dress up as characters from their favorite fairy tales and people have to guess who they are. The whole school gets to go to the Wax Museum. The parents come, too. Last week we finished our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Momentsâ&#x20AC;? projects. We wrote about something that happened in our life. All of our Life Moments are on display in the hall outside the fifth-grader classrooms. The Key basketball team is 4-1. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cooper Schulz and Peter Dunn, fifth-graders

Kingsbury Day School We had an exciting visit from Justin Bieberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DJ, Taylor James. He showed us his website and some pictures of Justin Bieber and him. He inspired us to follow our

the official timekeeper of the first 100 days of school. So when the big day finally arrived, nobody was as excited as Ms. Haiglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kindergartners. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their story: All year long, we have been counting by 10s and ones. When the big day came, we danced for 100 seconds; then were quiet for 100 seconds; and then talked for 100 seconds. Afterward, we each graphed the activity we thought was easiest. We colored 100 pairs of glasses. We went on a scavenger hunt around the classroom to find all 100 of the number cards that were hidden. Next we put them into a number grid in the right order. We also counted 100 steps from our classroom and wrote 100 words (as a whole class). We each worked See Dispatches/Page 21


















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ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with sometimes less-thanstellar results. But in this Petworth iteration of the beloved row home, renovators wisely kept a light touch when making updates. The result is a light, open floor plan with modern conveniences as well as left-in-place reminders of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Hefty wood moldings, therefore, are where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been for decades. And where they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t salvageable, said Realtor Pierre-Gaspard Chauvet, gesturing at a kitchen beam, precise reproductions were commissioned. Beyond the iconic Wardman deep front porch, the ground floor is a continuous swath of hardwood, from a sunny living room, through the dining room, to an enclosed sun porch beyond. The well-proportioned staged furniture here will give a hint to home buyers of what will fit in these spaces. And putty-hued

walls, much warmer than a typical buildersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; white, will accommodate a range of dĂŠcor with no need to repaint. Preserving vintage touches may seem a no-brainer, but renovators did make one counterintuitive move, said Chauvet. A passage from the entry hall to the kitchen was closed in order to add a coat closet, he said, as well as to give the large refrigerator a place to sit. The ground levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flow remains open and easy, and future owners have gained both storage space and a more sensible kitchen footprint. Designers also went classic in that room. White cabinetry has a bead-board-look profile, and dark bronze hardware â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which reappears throughout the home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pops in contrast. Granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, including a gas range, are must-haves, and a low halfwall allows natural light into this space as well. That pass-through connects the kitchen to the dining room, which in turn leads to another common Wardman feature â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an enclosed back porch. But this all-weather space has little in common with those sometimes-rickety add-ons: Wood flooring is closely matched

to that of the main interior, and a half-bath has been added as well. The placement is a smart move; in many Wardman renovations, added half-baths (the homes originally had no groundfloor bathrooms) take up valuable kitchen or living space. Carol Buckley/The Current Upstairs, three This three-bedroom, 2.5-bath Wardman row bedrooms and one bath wait. house in Petworth is listed at $469,900. The two smaller netry and darker hardware. bedrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one with a muchA bottom level offers another enlarged closet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both open to an full bath, loads of storage and enclosed room that once would have been a sleeping porch during space for casual living, a guest room or another use. This level D.C. summers. Now, the sunny also offers an exit to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spot is ideal for a playroom or backyard, now a waiting-forhome office. The master bedroom spring patch dotted with pavers is bright with a wall of windows and kitted out with another wall of leading to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-car garage. One level above, a deck is closets. ready for summer grilling. The sizable bath â&#x20AC;&#x201D; accessible This home isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only from both the hallway and the master bedroom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hews to the traditional aesthetic established downstairs with more white cabi-

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year our budget seems to get slashed from the school district,â&#x20AC;? Pullens said. The concert â&#x20AC;&#x153;actually allowed us to maintain the personal resources that we currently have.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We go from hand to mouth every day,â&#x20AC;? Cafritz told the crowd. Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget remains perpetually fragile, Pullens explained in an interview, because the school must garner enough private donations on top of its public school allotment to pay for its expensive curriculum. The school is one of the premier arts institutions for high-schoolers in the country, he said, citing his move from California to take on the role of principal five years ago as a testament to Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation. Furnishing 500 students with a demanding arts-focused education, the school boasts a graduation rate of 98 percent, with 95 percent of graduates moving on to college, he said. Cafritz told Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crowd that one-third of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entering class reads between a secondand seventh-grade level, and 40 percent of the students come from lowincome areas east of the Anacostia River. What Ellington does, she said, is take droves of the disadvantaged and shepherd virtually all of them into a world of opportunity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; starting with connections to stars, some of them long-lasting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just adopted us â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? lead singer Philip Bailey said at the end of the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So you know we might just show up anytime.â&#x20AC;?

The farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three full-time keepers will take on new roles at the Zoo, and the Pizza Garden and Playground will close. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pizza garden and the pizza playground are in desperate need of replacement, which is estimated at $60,000,â&#x20AC;? the Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, the Zoo has no funds to maintain the much beloved and well-worn pizza garden.â&#x20AC;? But supporters arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t giving up. Steve Davis is a Logan Circle resident and the father of a 3-yearold Pizza Playground enthusiast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He loves to crawl through the olive

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CUPCAKES From Page 1 Petersan opened Sticky Fingers in 2002 in a tiny basement shop on 18th Street, moving to its current location at 1370 Park Road in 2006. But the bakery actually got its start when Petersan was a student at the University of Maryland, studying nutrition and food science. Becoming vegan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thus doing without traditionally fundamental ingredients like eggs, dairy and meat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; inspired her to pursue the degree. But she took a different path from most graduates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The program is very researchbased, not culinary,â&#x20AC;? Petersan said. Students â&#x20AC;&#x153;might go into research or managing the kitchen in a hospital.â&#x20AC;? Instead, she started trying to re-create her favorite desserts. Her first recipes were inspired by childhood favorites, such as the cream-filled Little Devil. And her final project consisted of Sticky Fingersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; original three products, all of which she still sells. (She got an A, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wondering.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food science fascinated me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I was hooked,â&#x20AC;? she said. Its principles are crucial to baking, where not only taste but also chemistry dictates success, she said. At Sticky Fingers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use eggs and milk, so we have to look at where we are going to get the fat and protein.â&#x20AC;?

An ingredient like eggs, for instance, may play different roles. In a chocolate cake, where eggs contribute mostly leavening, Petersan plays off Depression-era recipes in which inexpensive baking soda and vinegar combine to give a rise. In other cases, the bakery may use a replacement that has ingredients like tapioca starch for thickening. Other ingredients, like the margarine the bakery uses instead of butter, need to be handled differently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soft at room temp, it has a lower smoke pointâ&#x20AC;? than butter, Petersan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trickier. It does what we need it to do, but we have to work within its parameters.â&#x20AC;? These efforts result in benefits even for those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share her vegan convictions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is free from cholesterol and lower in fat and good for people with egg and milk allergies,â&#x20AC;? she said. She also makes some gluten-free items. But the major benefit for Petersan appears to be protecting animals. She has worked for shelters in New York and in D.C., where she used to be a handler at the Washington Humane Society. She also volunteers with Pinups for Pitbulls, which supports rescue efforts and works to dispel myths about this stigmatized breed. The volunteer group raises funds through burlesque shows and by selling a calendar of models posing, retro pinup style, beside rescued pit

bulls. Petersan was featured in the second Pinups calendar a few years ago, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t her first modeling gig â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she posed professionally in high school and college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My claim to fame is I was in a Japanese catalog for stewardess wear,â&#x20AC;? she said. Modeling sounds glamorous to some, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I decided it was boring,â&#x20AC;? Petersan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hours and hours of standing still, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a patient person.â&#x20AC;? In fact, Petersan has enough energy that the bakery and pit-bull rescue group arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to keep her busy; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a serious bike racer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started racing when I opened the bakery,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I needed an outlet.â&#x20AC;? She trains at least six days a week and races about 20 times a year. Petersan said she races for â&#x20AC;&#x153;the camaraderie and community,â&#x20AC;? although she notes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very competitive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a bunch of type-A personalities getting together to compete for socks and recognition.â&#x20AC;? She also sponsors some races and just started her own racing team. As if that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough, Petersan has also gone global: In 2005 she licensed her brand to entrepreneurs in Korea, who opened a chain of cafes and mall kiosks. To learn more about the egg-free treats good enough to make it to Asia, tune in to the Food Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cupcake Warsâ&#x20AC;? at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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Events Entertainment Wednesday, MarchMARCH 2 Wednesday 2 Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Dan Charnas will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  David Kirp will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lives and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Tracey Jackson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is Not the New Thirty.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Films â&#x2013;  American University will host a screening of Davis Guggenheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting for Superman.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools, will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 1, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1000. â&#x2013;  The DC Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature Rebecca Richman Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Don Don,â&#x20AC;? about the trial of Issa Sesay at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. 7 p.m. $11;

$9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013; The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Dimos Avdeliodisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Four Seasons of the Law.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;School Without Walls CoffeeeHouseâ&#x20AC;? will present a student talent show. 6 to 8 p.m. $5; $2 for students. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Golden State Warriors. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Thursday, MarchMARCH 3 Thursday 3 Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximum INDIAâ&#x20AC;? festival, the National Symphony Orchestra and tabla player Zakir Hussain will perform a world premiere by Hussain and excerpts from Rousellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;PadmâvatĂŽ.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m.

$20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013; As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximum INDIAâ&#x20AC;? festival, Emergence will perform its mix of rock, funk and ethnic rhythms. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Lloyd B. Minor, provost of Johns Hopkins University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;At What Cost? Charting the Future of American Research Universities.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5648. â&#x2013;  Historian Amy Henderson will discuss former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Scott Levi, associate professor of Central Asian history at Ohio State University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trading Textiles: Indian Cottons in the Bazaars of Central Asia.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Dr. Deforia Lane of University Hospitals of Cleveland will discuss music

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Thursday, MARCH 3 â&#x2013; Special event: An opening-night party for Solas Nuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DC Irish Writers Festival will feature jazz singer Melanie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly performing compositions by renowned Irish poets. 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Gibson Guitar Showroom, 709 G St. NW. 202-315-1317. Events will take place at various venues through Monday.

therapy. 6:15 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013; Karen Hewitt, president and toy designer of Learning Materials Workshop, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Building Toy: Playing With Structure, Form, and Content.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Economist and development specialist Branko Milanovic will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Reiterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1900 G St. NW. 202-223-3327. â&#x2013;  Jay Krueger, senior conservator of modern paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss the unique techniques that artists of the Washington Color School employed in their abstract canvases. 6:30 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students; free for ages 11 and younger. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. â&#x2013;  Vance Martin, president of the Wild Foundation, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nature of South Africa: A Wild and Wondrous Exploration.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon

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Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Linda Pastan will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traveling Light: Poems.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Impact and Prevention of Archival Theftâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Paul Brachfeld, inspector general for the National Archives and Records Administration; Karl Schornagel, inspector general for the Library of Congress; Kelly Maltagliati, special agent for the National Archives Office of the Inspector General; and Eric Peterson, team leader of the National Archives Holding Protection Team. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013;  Wanda Corn, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women Building History: Public Art at the 1893 Columbia Exposition,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the neoclassical Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Building at the Chicago worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Center for the Studies of Self Knowledge will present a lecture on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transformation of Impressions.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-701-3321. â&#x2013;  Mireya Mayor will discuss her National Geographic book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pink Boots and a Machete.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chase Away the Blues With Some Romantic Moviesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1955 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Catch a Thief,â&#x20AC;? starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  WJFF Year Round will present the 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Year in Bombay,â&#x20AC;? about the last two Jewish educators in a community in India settled more than 2,000 years ago. 7:30 p.m. $10; $9 for seniors and ages 25 and younger. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.

Performances â&#x2013; Dan Nainan, a half-Indian, halfJapanese comedian, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dancers from the Bowen McCauley Dance Company will perform a piece based on Wolfgang Seierlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s composition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time and Clouds.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $12. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the St. Louis Blues. 7 p.m. $60 to $330. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Friday, March 4

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Shepherd School of Music will perform works drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. See Events/Page 23





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 22 SE. 202-707-5502. The concert will repeat Saturday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013; Avanti, the Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, will perform works by Mozart and DvorĂĄk. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202333-2075. â&#x2013;  Concert organist Roman Krasnovsky of Carmiel, Israel, will perform works by Bach and Franck, as well as his own composition. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  Raghu Dixit and his band will perform an amalgamation of Indian music, rock and other world styles. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximum INDIAâ&#x20AC;? festival, the blues band Soulmate will perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House will present Looney Tunes Jazz. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. â&#x2013;  French-born pianist Marylene Dosse will perform works by Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Rachmaninov. 8 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202331-1495. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The War, Peace & Justice Friday Forum will feature a talk by biographer Ronald C. White on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Inaugural Address: The Fascinating Back Story.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. 202-393-3700. â&#x2013;  James Zogby will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. New America Foundation, Suite 400, 1899 L St. NW. â&#x2013;  Gina Athena Ulysse, associate professor at Wesleyan University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alter(ed)natives,â&#x20AC;? about the border zones between ethnography and performance. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Carla L. Peterson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Guerrilla poster artist Robbie Conal will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not Your Typical Political Animal: Animal Drawings and Paintings.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me and the World,â&#x20AC;? a dramatic monologue about how Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past occupies its present. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; SpeakeasyDC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mixed, Blended, Shaken and Stirred: Stories about todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American family.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. The performance will repeat Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  Solas Nuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DC Irish Writers Festival will feature a reading by Sean Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly at 6 p.m. and by Declan Meade at 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Saturday, MarchMARCH 5 Saturday 5 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  The Saturday Morning at the National series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comedian Uncle Tyrone and a Box Full of Fun,â&#x20AC;? featuring music, singalongs and comedy. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Casey Trees director of tree planting Jim Woodworth and Casey Trees urban forestry instructor Shawn Walker will present a workshop on tree planting. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. DuFour Center, Catholic University, Taylor Street and John McCormack Road NE. â&#x2013;  First Class Inc. will present a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your 5-Minute Yoga Routine.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:30 a.m. $29. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. â&#x2013;  The DC Community Heritage Project will present a workshop for residents on how to research the history of their home and neighborhood. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washingtoniana Division, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-387-8391.

Docs in Progress will present rough cuts of Richard Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Only (a) Natural,â&#x20AC;? about the social implications of a hairstyle, and Joseph Pattisall and Roger Gastmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legend of Cool â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Discoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dan,â&#x20AC;? about the D.C. graffiti artist. 7 p.m. $10. Auditorium B-07, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. 301-7892797.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Evgeny Kissin performing works by Liszt. 2 p.m. $48 to $125. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Kailash Kherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kailasa will present its mix of Sufi mysticism with modern rock, electronic and funk influences. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vocalist Lisa Bellamy will present a gospel concert to raise funds for the homeless breakfast program at St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church. 7 p.m. $35. St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present Iranian kamanche virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and the American string quartet Brooklyn Rider. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877435-9849. â&#x2013;  The Post-Classical Ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $55. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328.

Performances â&#x2013; Gina Athena Ulysse, associate professor at Wesleyan University, will present

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; In honor of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, a park ranger will explain what life in the

Film â&#x2013;

Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with three eminent film critics will follow. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Sunday, MARCH 6 â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program: The Laurie Berkner Band will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birthday Partyâ&#x20AC;? concert, featuring old and new hits. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. $25 to $35. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328.

Old Stone House might have been like for an 18th-century woman. 10:30 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202426-6851. â&#x2013; Jeff Krauss will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mummies From Western Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silk Road.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. â&#x2013;  Benjamin Wittes (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor After Guantanamo,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Charles King will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Historian C.R. Gibbs will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black, Copper & Bright: The District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Civil War Regiment.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW.

Performances â&#x2013; City Theater Group will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices Speak to Us,â&#x20AC;? about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 2:30 p.m. Free. Second-floor auditorium, Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-986-9015. â&#x2013;  Word Dance Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preludes: Duncan, Sand & Chopin.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $20 to $30. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  The Unity Thunder Car Club will host the second annual Car Show benefit, featuring classic, custom, muscle and street cars. Proceeds will benefit the D.C. National Guard Enlisted Association. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10; free for ages 11 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. The show will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Minnesota Timberwolves. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a one-mile hike to Fort DeRussy. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women, Love and Propertyâ&#x20AC;? will explore the changing role of women from 1816 through the modern day. 10:30 a.m. $10. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Sunday, March 6 Sunday MARCH 6 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Shostakovich, Persichetti, Jan Bach, Zwilich, J.S. Bach and Hindemith.

Films â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of Ellen Weissbrodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Woman Like That,â&#x20AC;? about the life and work of 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present the Gerald Pearyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the



THREE ONE WEEK SESSIONS BEGINNING MONDAY JULY 11 First Session July 11-15 Second Session July 18-22 Third Session July 25-29

Sign up for any or all sessions. Camp runs from 10:00 -2:00 Daily with a performance every Friday at 6:00pm

MON-THUR 10 am - 8 pm FRI & SAT 10 am - 6 pm SUN 12 - 5 pm

4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW 202-244-7326

2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and L streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013; Cantate Chamber Singers and the Maryland State Boychoir will perform Andrew Earle Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding oratorio, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Crown of Stars,â&#x20AC;? among other works. 3 p.m. $30; $15 for students. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-286-1799. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Band will perform with country music band Lonestar. 3 p.m. Free. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th Street between C and D streets NW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  Harpist Bridget Kibbey will perform. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by Herbert W. Sumsion, Charles Villiers Stanford and Edward C. Bairstow. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  Roman Krasnovsky of Karmiel, Israel, will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Violinist L. Subramaniam will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian Associates and the Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Peabody String Quartet performing Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eine Kleine Nachtmusikâ&#x20AC;? and music expert Rob Kapilow discussing what makes the serenade stand out. 6 p.m. $15. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street See Events/Page 24




Events Entertainment and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013; The Leipzig String Quartet will perform works by Beethoven. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Palestinian farmer and peace advocate Daoud Nassar will discuss his work with the group Tent of Nations, which he founded. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Peter Lukehart, associate dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists and Archives: The Early History of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, Online and in Print.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

â&#x2013; N. Jeremi Duru will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Tom Shroder and John Konrad will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Film â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of Lynn Hershman Leesonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;!Women Art Revolution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Secret History.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances â&#x2013; Jane Franklin Dance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forty +,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of creativity, aging and dance. 5 p.m. $25; $15 for seniors and students. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Theater Alliance will launch its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse on Hâ&#x20AC;? series with a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The United States of America vs.

8 p.m. $20 to $45. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Billie Holidayâ&#x20AC;? by Tracie Jade Jenkins. 7:30 p.m. Pay what you can; $10 for advance tickets. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NW. 202-399-7993, ext. 2. The series will continue daily through Friday.

Special events â&#x2013; The Washington National Cathedral will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races. 12:30 p.m. Free. West front grounds, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Foggy Bottom, will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. 5 to 7 p.m. $8; $4 for students. 728 23rd St. NW. 202-333-3985.

Monday, MarchMARCH 7 Monday 7 Concert â&#x2013; The Monday Night at the National series will feature the Japanese Choral Society of Washington. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  David Alan Brown, curator of Italian and Spanish paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americans Collect Italian Renaissance Art.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Terrence Roberts will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility and Tolerance.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Steven Goldman and contributors will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baseball Prospectus 2011.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1992 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enchanted April.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Deeper Look: Showcasing Film|Neu Directorsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Bettina Oberliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Bloomers,â&#x20AC;? about four high-spirited, fun-loving retired women. 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160.

Performance â&#x2013; Natyalakshana, the Institute of Choreography and Innovative Dance in Bangalore, will present classical dance


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Tuesday, MARCH 8 â&#x2013; Discussion: Walter Mosley will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Thrill Is Gone,â&#x20AC;? his third Leonid McGill mystery. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

forms in a contemporary format. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Tuesday, MarchMARCH 8 Tuesday 8 Concert â&#x2013; The Fessenden Ensemble will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Travels,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Larsen, Corigliano and Barber. 8 p.m. $30; free for students. St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4210 Albemarle St. NW. 202-3622390. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  David C. Acheson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Affection and Trust: The Personal Correspondence of Harry S. Truman and Dean Acheson, 1953-1971.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Color Theory in the Context of Oriental Rugsâ&#x20AC;? by collector Wendel Swan. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room 6, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Kristie Miller will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Ladies.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. $10; reservations required. Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. â&#x2013;  Steve Early will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Movement or Death Throes of the Old?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. Film â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Pat Boyetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1962 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dungeon of Harrow.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-4623356.

Performances â&#x2013; Gulabi Sapera will perform in the Kalbelia style, the traditional, celebratory dance of the snake charmers. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximum INDIAâ&#x20AC;? festival, the Daksha Sheth Dance Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sarpagati: The Way of the Serpent.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximum INDIAâ&#x20AC;? festival, singer Vatsala Mehra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Ghazals, Sufi, Thumri and Geet.â&#x20AC;?

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Milwaukee Bucks. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Wednesday, MarchMARCH 9 Wednesday 9 Concert â&#x2013;  The Fessenden Ensemble will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Travels,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Larsen, Corigliano and Barber. 7:30 p.m. $30; free for students. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-362-2390. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sandra Leibowitz Earley, managing principal of Sustainable Design Consulting LLC, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Schools of Today and Tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Robert Bruegmann will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Architecture of Harry Weese.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The American Humanist Association will present an introduction to humanism. 6:30 p.m. Free. 1777 T St. NW. 202-2389088. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Evison will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;West of Here.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating the Oscars at the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Libraryâ&#x20AC;? will feature William Wylerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1949 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heiress,â&#x20AC;? starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift and Miriam Hopkins. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature TomĂĄs Rehorekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changes.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances â&#x2013; Tanusree Shankar Dance Company will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninth,â&#x20AC;? hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, will feature an openmic poetry reading. 9 to 11 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Edmonton Oilers. 7 p.m. $60 to $330. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.





Events Entertainment

Studio shows explore memories, Venice, gray scale


tudio Gallery will open three shows On EXHIBIT today and continue them through March 26. Cormier that capture urban surfaces transColumbia Heights photographer Iwan formed by erosion, decay and foot traffic. Bagus shares his inward journey of memoâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspirationâ&#x20AC;? features paintings by Betsy ries, realities and myths in a show that Forster inspired by nature. evokes questions of home, existence and An opening reception will take place identity. Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Serenissima â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Located at 901 New York Views of Veniceâ&#x20AC;? features Ave. NW, the gallery is open screen prints and other Wednesday and Thursday works on paper by Elizabeth from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grusin-Howe. Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mostly Greyâ&#x20AC;? presents p.m. and Saturday and assemblages and photoSunday from noon to 5 p.m. graphs by Peter Karp that 202-347-2787. explore the power of the â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Touch Points,â&#x20AC;? featuring gray scale. watercolors by Katherine A â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Fridayâ&#x20AC;? reception Blakeslee, will open today at will take place Friday from 6 Michele Cormierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is Foundry Gallery and continto 8 p.m., and an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ue through March 27. reception will be held March on exhibit at Touchstone. An opening reception will 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery open Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to p.m., Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-232-8734. to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. â&#x2013;  Touchstone Gallery will open two shows â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cultural Landscapes,â&#x20AC;? featuring mixedtoday and continue them through March 27. media pieces by Sharon Geraci, will open â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surfacesâ&#x20AC;? features paintings by Michele

Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parish Gallery and continue through March 15. Located at 1054 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-944-2310. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Observations,â&#x20AC;? featuring constructivist paintings by Spanish artist Antonia Ramis Miguel, will open Saturday at Watergate Gallery and continue through April 2. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and the artist will give a talk March 15 at 6 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listen to Me,â&#x20AC;? presenting sculpture, art chairs and abstract paintings made by architect-turned-painter/sculptor Joel Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orazio from found objects and industrial materials, opened recently at the Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, where it will continue through May 13. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take place tonight from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-783-2963. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Try a Little Tenderness as Painful as It Seems,â&#x20AC;? featuring conceptual, textual and

Peter Karpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palace of Tearsâ&#x20AC;? is part of an exhibit at Studio Gallery. sculptural forms by Canadian artist Ben Skinner that highlight the unique character of Anacostia, will open Friday at Honfleur Gallery and continue through April 8. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-580-5972.

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National Cathedral School On Feb. 19, six girls from the Debate Club attended the fifth Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League Public Forum debate tournament. Students debated the extent of the danger WikiLeaks poses to U.S. national security. Ellie Durling and partner Stephanie Leontiev placed third in the junior varsity division, beating dozens of debate teams from schools in D.C. and Virginia. Sophomores Kate Samore and Valerie Salcido placed fourth in the novice division. Satowa Kinoshita and Sarah Manhardt earned high speaker points in the junior varsity division. Participating in the tournament required hours of research, preparation and practice. The three teams debated each other in order to anticipate the arguments other schools would make. Ellie Durling and Stephanie Leontiev have qualified for the March Metrofinal tournament. Nakisa Sadeghi, Natasha Turkmani, Devon Hays and Sasha Bryski have also qualified. — Parisa Sadeghi, 11th-grader

National Presbyterian On Feb. 17, kids of all ages came to Jones Hall to watch a movie, “Stuart Little.” More than 150 people attended! Everyone came in their pajamas with blankets, stuffed animals and pillows. Coach McCauley gave out popcorn and sweets. This movie was presented by the diversity and community committee. There were two teachers there in their pajamas: Ms. Williams, the math specialist, and Mrs. Razick, the nursery teacher. This was National Presbyterian’s first movie night, and the committee hopes to have another one next year. — Allie Witt and Kathleen Neill, fifth-graders

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School In fourth grade we are learning about the human body, angles, African-Americans, the U.S. customary system and the metric system. In English we learned about what the human body does, what parts it has and how it protects your body from harmful bacteria. In Spanish we are learning how angles are used, about Spanish writing and reading, and basic equations such as division, addition, subtraction and multiplication. A few months ago we did a project on bread mold and how it grows. We found it grows best at room temperature. Recently we did a project called the eco-column, a mix of a terrarium on the top and

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 an aquarium on the bottom. Fourth- and fifth-graders have been arguing lately about who gets the field at recess, and teachers have been arguing about who gets community service, which is picking up trash at recess. Recess is a big issue for teachers and students because two different grades play at the same time and the older kids and the younger kids sometimes struggle to get along. The gym is also an issue for teachers because when it rains, snows, hails or is too cold outside, one of the grades needs to have the gym. — Ayan Neupane, fourth-grader

St. Albans School Last weekend, St. Albans’ mathletes represented us at the season’s first Mathcounts meet, a nationwide math competition. Since September, our teachers have trained and selected our school’s competitors. On Feb. 12, 10 members of the math team went to St. Anselm’s Abbey School to take part in the first round. We all came with multiple calculators and several pencils, essentials tools for the serious mathlete. At 9:15 a.m., we began the first round. Without calculators, we frantically raced to complete 30 problems in 40 minutes. The atmosphere was silent but tense. Next, with calculators, we faced down four sets of two more challenging problems each, with six minutes per set. After this round, we had a brief snack break before the team round began. Four students, including myself, would match wits with 10 very difficult problems. Twenty minutes of intense arithmetic later, the team round was complete. We awaited the results in a large assembly room. I received fourth place, with others from St. Albans taking first, second and third place. Additionally, we earned first place in the team round. St. Albans swept the chapter meet. The state round is scheduled for midMarch. — Richard Randall, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy The first-, third- and fourthgraders made presentations for Black History Month on Monday. Some parents came to watch. We created a civil rights quilt. The first-grade teacher, Mr. DeWitt, taught us songs to sing during our presentation. The groups told about the events they included in their quilt squares. I made a square about the Children’s March with Ephraim, Gwyneth and Sean. Ms. Haney and Mr. DeWitt helped us with our quilt squares. Amber Brown said, “I think everyone did a really good job. Our quilt is really colorful!” Alex Kennison, also from the third grade, said, “I really liked making our quilt square. Our quilt square was a picture of Ruby Bridges in her classroom with her teacher.” — Edward Core, third-grader


St. John’s College High School This week, the sophomores are going on a retreat and the track season is beginning. Many other spring sports will also begin soon. This weekend, the string ensemble, wind ensemble, vocal resonance and competition jazz ensemble will perform in Frana Auditorium. On Monday, the art department. will host its gallery night. Students will show off their artwork and enjoy an afternoon of art and music. — Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

School Without Walls Feb. 22 marked the halfway point of the third advisory. Teachers gave out progress reports with grades and comments. The ski team went to Ski Liberty last Tuesday for just one day. It was the last trip of the season and anyone who wanted to go could. Since the D.C. Public Schools administration has not yet released any money for sports for this school year, School Without Walls is having issues. The amazing tennis coach, Mr. Bennet, quit. He has led our school to city titles the two years he has been a teacher, but he has not been paid for any of the time he has coached, and with a baby at home he can no longer spare the free time. In addition, our new lacrosse team desperately needs money to start up. City officials have promised to order uniforms, with payment later. But the school still needs $11,000 for equipment. Each player needs a special helmet, protective armor, mouth protectors, a lacrosse stick and a ball. Thankfully, the Walls Home and School Association has already arranged for practice time at a D.C. public school for free; otherwise, the team would have to get money for that, too. The parents whose children signed up for lacrosse met Sunday to brainstorm ways to raise money quickly. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

Stoddert Elementary The ski team went to Ski Liberty. Some of us learned how to ski. Some of us already knew how to ski, so we had to take a little lesson but then we got to ski. We took the bus, and about 40 people went. We got to watch a movie on the bus going up and back. I liked the terrain park. That’s the part of the mountain that has a lot of jumps. It was really fun skiing with our friends. When you hit a really fast point, you kind of want to stop, but you can’t. We liked going on the ski lift. The ski team is really fun. I want to go again next year. Mrs. Prosser, our fourth-grade teacher, saw one of her old students on the slopes. He’s now a senior in high school. He told her that he got interested in skiing when she took him skiing in third grade. — Kylie Allen and Theo Cowart, fourth-graders

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