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Vol. XLIV, No. 8

THE NORTHWEST CURRENT ABC Board issues get council airing

ENGINEERING FUN

■ Oversight: Graham defends

chair from activists’ criticism By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Some neighborhood activists trying to put Alcoholic Beverage Control Board chair Charles Brodsky on the hot seat got little support Tuesday from the D.C. Council member who oversees the

alcohol board. “You’ve done a terrific job,” Ward 1 member Jim Graham, who has overseen the alcohol board and helped refine the city’s liquor licensing laws for seven years, told Brodsky. At an oversight hearing, he called Brodsky “an effective and dedicated chairperson” and said the board is “striking about the right balance, protecting neighborhoods but simultaneously meeting the needs of businesses.”

Some activists from Georgetown and Logan Circle, both neighborhoods with active bar scenes, complain Brodsky has helped tip the board toward business interests, in particular by terminating some voluntary agreements that are designed to shield residential neighborhoods from alcohol-driven disorder and noise. Some have also charged Brodsky with conflicts of interest. Brodsky, See ABC/Page 2

Rock Creek work revives path debate By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

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Maya Jones, 4, of Chevy Chase was among thousands of kids who attended Saturday’s annual Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum. The festival featured dozens of hands-on activities.

As federal and city authorities gear up for a longdelayed rehabilitation project targeting the 3.7-mile Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail as well as a 2,600-foot-long path in Georgetown’s Rose Park, residents are waiting to see whether history will repeat itself. A proposal issued in 2000 — and resurrected a handful of times over the past decade — sought to widen the 4-foot-wide Rose Park path, which wends among trees and a tot lot, into a 10-foot trail. The wider trail would ease the way for users, bicyclists in particular, to access the existing Rock Creek trail via a renovated P Street ramp. It’s not yet clear whether an upcoming environmental assessment will yet again revive that proposal, which some residents say would encourage bicycle traffic along a path heavily used by pedestrians, including chilSee Trail/Page 2

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Some feel a wider path in Georgetown’s Rose Park could create safety problems, with bicycles clashing with pedestrians.

Janney director stages school’s 20th musical

City council set to begin ward, ANC redistricting

By JESSICA GOULD

■ Census: Population growth

Current Staff Writer

Janney Elementary School parents say this year’s musical promises to be especially sweet. On Friday and Saturday, students in the fourth and fifth grades will perform “Willy Wonka Junior” — a version of the classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” the candy-coated morality tale based on the book by Roald Dahl. For many students, it will be their first time on stage, and director Ginny Curtin said she’s seen the children come a long way since rehearsals began weeks ago. “They’ve practiced like there’s no tomorrow,” she said. “I’ve really been amazed by how far they’ve come.” But, for Curtin, this year’s musical also has a special

NEWS Gray urges District residents to look to Cairo for voting-rights inspiration. Page 3. ■ Council extends parks probe. Page 3. ■

will require boundary changes By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Janney Elementary’s production of “Willy Wonka Junior” this weekend is one in a long line of musicals for director Ginny Curtin. significance. It’s been exactly 20 years since she first began directing musicals at the school. According to Curtin, it all began back when her own children attended Janney. “When my kids were in the See Janney/Page 5

PA S S A G E S ■ A visit fit for a prince at British School of Washington. Page 11. ■ GWU helps Ben’s Chili Bowl preserve papers, memorabilia. Page 11.

For most D.C. officials, the 5.2 percent increase in the city’s population is a positive indicator that after years of shedding residents, the District is once again a desirable location. But for those officials responsible for redrawing ward and advisory neighborhood commission boundaries, any population change

SPORTS ■ Sidwell Friends girls win ISL A basketball crown. Page 9. ■ Gonzaga, St. John’s prepare for title runs. Page 9 .

can be a mixed blessing. Per D.C. law, each of the city’s eight wards must contain a roughly equal number of residents — plus or minus 5 percent — so population growth forces the city to reconfigure its internal borders. “There is nothing worse than changing ward boundaries. People get crazy about it,” said Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, cochair of the council’s redistricting committee, at a Foggy Bottom meeting last week. The U.S. Census Bureau announced in December that the See Redistrict/Page 5

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ABC From Page 1 who heads Washington Sports and Events Management, appeared before the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission last November seeking support for a temporary road closing for the Nation’s Triathlon — then stayed on as commissioners discussed liquorlicense cases that will come before Brodsky’s board. Brodsky, who has headed the alcohol board since 2009, had a ready answer to that complaint. He pulled out and read a “privileged and confidential memo� from the D.C. Attorney General’s Office which, he said, “absolved me of any potential ethics violation.� After further press complaints about possible conflicts of interest, Brodsky said he got a more detailed memo this month, spelling out some changes. “I will no longer appear before ANCs to discuss road closures,� letting another member of his firm handle that responsibility, he told Graham. He also said he will recuse himself on the alcohol board — and has already done so in some cases — on matters that came up at last year’s Georgetown meeting. On the perennially hot topic of voluntary agreements, it was clear

only that the ground rules are changing. Advisory neighborhood commissions and citizens groups negotiate the agreements with restaurants and bars as a condition for supporting liquor licenses. In the past the contracts have covered a laundry list of topics — hours, seating arrangements, landscaping and screening — and some licensees complain they amount to blackmail they must accept in order to stay in business. The council and the alcohol board have tightened the procedure in recent years, setting rules on who may protest, time limits for negotiating the agreements and stricter rules on what topics may be covered. Charles Reed, a neighborhood commissioner from Logan Circle, complained that the board under Brodsky “has abandoned any semblance of fairness, giving only lip service� to neighborhood commission views. Reed cited a case where the board “illegally refused� to accept a limit on hours of operation, “one of the most common aspects of voluntary agreements,� and quoted Brodsky saying revenue lost to licensees must be balanced against neighborhood concerns. “The board is not following the law,� Reed testified.

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dren. With other neighbors, members of the Friends of Rose Park group have battled the idea in years past and say they are ready to do so again in order to preserve the pedestrian-friendly path. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pedestrian Path â&#x20AC;Ś must be repaired â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;as is,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; i.e. in its current location and at its current width,â&#x20AC;? wrote Friends board member Carol Harman in an e-mail to The Current. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, she added, residents hope that the National Park Service will hold to its prior agreement not to widen the path. In a letter three years ago, Rock Creek Park thensuperintendent Adrienne Coleman wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x153;our position on the management of the Rose Park path has not changed. We agreed several years ago that the path should remain in its current location and at its current width.â&#x20AC;? But, she added, the path remains a multi-use trail open to all users. The local neighborhood commission has also issued a precautionary resolution declaring that the trail should remain in its current form at its present location. Residents say their opposition to widening the path is not an anti-bicyclist stance. Georgetowner Cary Mitchell wrote in a letter to The Current that the path is too heavily used by pedestrians, including many small children, to be safe for all users. Mitchell, an avid cyclist, said that he has witnessed many â&#x20AC;&#x153;close calls,â&#x20AC;? as well as several accidents between cyclists and pedestrians. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, he added, the funds that would be used to widen the path would be better used to direct bikers to the Georgetown Waterfront via the existing multi-use trail rather than the Rose Park path, which ends at busy M Street. Friends of Rose Park members also point out that alterations to the path are likely to injure large trees in the park, including one huge elm, said Harman. Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, said in an interview that he would like to see more details on the plan before staking out a formal position. So far, he said, he has heard both sides of the argument on the Rose Park path. But Farthing said he and his membership are enthu-

Brodsky, in his testimony, had an entirely different take. He said the board has â&#x20AC;&#x153;streamlined and improvedâ&#x20AC;? the voluntary-agreement process by limiting the types of provisions allowed, scheduling hearing dates more promptly and limiting the time allowed to negotiate the agreements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The board has recognized that voluntary agreements do not necessarily last forever,â&#x20AC;? he said, and thus has recently terminated several of them legally, at the request of licensees. Graham, acting as referee, simply told Reed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;people can disagreeâ&#x20AC;? on how to interpret the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arcane laws governing voluntary agreements. But he said the agreements are â&#x20AC;&#x153;often not voluntary,â&#x20AC;? and said terminating them makes sense when conditions change, or when the original protesters have moved away. The council member also noted that the terms of five of the seven current alcohol board members will expire in May, setting up the possibility of a major change in personnel. But Graham said added they could all be reappointed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and that would be fine with me.â&#x20AC;? Brodskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term will expire in May 2012. The council approved his nomination by then-Mayor Adrian Fenty in late 2009.

siastic about the overall proposal to rehabilitate the very popular Rock Creek trail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in very poor condition right now,â&#x20AC;? he said. Bumpy pavement and difficult-to-navigate choke points are the biggest challenges for cyclists, Farthing said. To address those issues, the rehabilitation project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which will also include the Piney Branch Parkway Trail from Beach Drive to Arkansas Avenue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; proposes resurfacing and trail widening where feasible. Modified trail alignments and connections to other pedestrian and bicycle facilities are also part of the planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scope, according to project documents. The rehabilitation will also address poor drainage and â&#x20AC;&#x153;pondingâ&#x20AC;? on the trail, an issue the city is trying to fix from beneath the park as well. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority is now replacing a water main that runs beneath the park. The leaking pipe is close to the surface in the park, said a project engineer at a recent meeting, and as a result has led to intermittent standing water hazardous to motorists as well as trail users in a portion of the park. The city and the National Park Service share authority over Rose Park, and they will also split the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unreleased costs, said D.C. Department of Transportation representative Jim Sebastian. It will be largely federal dollars that fund the overall rehabilitation work, he said, though â&#x20AC;&#x153;we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t identified the pots of money yet.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible, however, that the federal funds could be better spent elsewhere in Rock Creek Park, according to Crestwood advisory neighborhood commissioner Gale Black. Maintaining the trail is one thing, she wrote in an e-mail to The Current, but restoring the public street at now-blocked Klingle Road should take precedence over upgraded facilities for recreational users if the funds could be used differently. Restoring Klingle, now slated to become a hike-bike trail, for vehicular traffic is far more useful to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;safety and connectivity of the parkâ&#x20AC;? than expanded recreational uses, Black said. The project is now in the scoping phase of a federally mandated environmental assessment. The public may comment at a meeting tonight, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the National Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Visitor Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave. A draft environmental assessment will be released in May for public comment, and a final document will be issued in the summer.


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Council contract probe extended to March By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The investigation into alleged contracting irregularities in city parks and recreation projects has been extended through March 11, when special counsel Robert Trout is set to report to the D.C. Council on his prolonged inquiry. Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas, who chairs a special committee on the issue, said the extra time will allow Trout to make final edits and allow people mentioned in the investigation to “offer any dispute of fact.” “Because of the serious nature of this investigation,” Thomas said in a statement, he felt it was “prudent” to allow additional time for the “final review process.”

Trout is handling the investigation on a pro bono basis. The probe began in the fall of 2009 when council members realized that numerous capital projects for the Department of Parks and Recreation had been channeled to the D.C. Housing Authority, where contracts were let without the normally required council review. Council staffers have said the probe was prolonged in part because several witnesses refused to cooperate, requiring Trout to seek subpoenas — and in some cases, court orders — to compel testimony and production of documents. The investigation has featured allegations that contracts were steered to favored contractors, including friends of then-Mayor Adrian Fenty. Fenty and his aides have said repeatedly that they channeled the work to speed up long-stalled projects.

Gray talks democracy in D.C., budget challenges Current Staff Report The Kalorama Citizens Association responded with spontaneous applause last week when Mayor Vincent Gray said District residents should emulate citizens of Cairo, Egypt — and demand voting rights in Congress. “Every civil right has started among the people. When are the people going to start?” Gray said. “People [in Cairo] were rising up, sick and tired of living under a dictatorial regime,” he continued. “Why is there not the same level of outrage here in the District of Columbia? We live in the only capital city without a vote. … When are the people of this city going to say

enough is enough?” Discussing the city’s finances, the mayor said he’s working on a balanced budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year to present to the D.C. Council. “I wish I were the bearer of great news,” he said, “but I’m not.” Absent material changes to next year’s budget, the District faces a projected deficit of $500 million to $600 million, Gray said. And “there is nothing left” in the city’s reserve funds, he said, because former Mayor Adrian Fenty dipped so far into the reserve. Meanwhile, Gray said, the city received $78 million in federal stimulus funds for this fiscal year, none

of which will be available for the next fiscal year. As he works to trim the budget, Gray said, he hears the same message from most organizations and agencies: “Balance the budget, but just don’t cut me.” He said he prefers “strategic” budget cuts rather than across-theboard moves. “Cutting equally will not get us where we need to be,” he said, pointing out that some entities have greater needs than others. Though he said the city must look into the possibility of tax increases, the mayor cautioned: “I don’t want anybody to say Gray said he would raise income, property and sales taxes.”

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The week ahead Wednesday, Feb. 23 The National Park Service, Federal Highway Administration and D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting about the proposed rehabilitation of the Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Current Newspapers and The Georgetown Dish will hold a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council seat. Confirmed participants are Sekou Biddle, Vincent Orange, Josh Lopez and Jacque Patterson. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lounge at the Social Safeway, 1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Thursday, Feb. 24 The Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting, which will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a discussion with Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. The meeting will be held from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.

Saturday, Feb. 26 The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and the D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel will host a Utilities Smart Meter Education Workshop. Representatives of the office and Pepco will describe smart meters, the installation process and other Pepco-related issues. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Sunday, Feb. 27 The Temple Sinai Brotherhood will sponsor “Brunch With Mayor Gray.” Bagels and lox and other trimmings will be served beginning at 9 a.m. At 9:45 a.m., Mayor Vincent Gray will speak about his administration’s vision for the District. Temple Sinai is located at 3100 Military Road NW. The event is open to the community, but tickets are required; visit brotherhoodmrjbrunch.eventbrite.com or contact Michael Werner at michael.werner@hklaw.com. ■ Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will hold a “Chat With Cheh” event for constituents. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Cosi, 5252 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Monday, Feb. 28 The D.C. Public Library will hold a ribbon-cutting event at 10:30 a.m. at the newly renovated Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.

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District Digest Agency approves water rate increase The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has approved a rate increase as part of its spending plan for 2012. The residential customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water bill will increase by an average of about $6 per month, according to a release from the agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The work we do becomes more expensive every year,â&#x20AC;? agency director says George Hawkins in the release. At a Feb. 3 meeting, the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors approved the hike as part of its $422.4 million budget for 2012 and a 10-year capital budget of $3.8 billion.

Bajaj to launch new restaurant at 22 West West Endâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential building 22 West will soon be home to a new restaurant from restaurateur

Ashok Bajaj, according to a release from building developer EastBanc. The restaurant will occupy 5,600 square feet at the corner of M Street and New Hampshire Avenue. Build-out will begin in late summer, according to the release, which said the menu and concept details will be announced later. The restaurant will be Bajajâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh in the District. Others include 701, Rasika and Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca.

President to review judicial nominees The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has presented President Barack Obama with three potential candidates to fill a vacancy on the D.C. Court of Appeals, according to a commission news release. Candidate Corinne Ann Beckwith has worked as an attorney in the appellate division of the Public Defender Service for D.C.

since 1999. A graduate of Michigan Law School, Beckwith served as editor in chief of The Michigan Law Review. After graduating, Beckwith clerked for Judge Richard D. Cudahy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and then for Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. Nominee Todd Sunhwae Kim has served as the solicitor general of D.C. since the positionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation in 2006. Previously, Kim worked as an appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division. Kim received his law degree from Harvard Law School and subsequently clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Candidate Walter A. Smith Jr. has worked since 2001 as executive director of the DC Appleseed Center, a nonprofit focused on rectifying injustice in the District.

Smith earned law degrees from both Harvard Law School and George Washington University Law School, and has argued numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the D.C. Court of Appeals. President Obama is expected to appoint a nominee to fulfill the judicial vacancy by early April.

must visit dcps.dc.gov. Each applicant may apply to up to six schools. Paper applications will not be accepted. For help in completing the application, or for more information about schools, families can call the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s placement specialists at 202-478-5738.

Deadline approaching for schools lottery

The Tregaron Conservancy recently installed a bench in honor of the late Tilford Dudley, who lived in Cleveland Park and was a founding member of the Friends of Tregaron in the 1960s. Located on top of the conservancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sledding Hill,â&#x20AC;? the bench was donated by Dudleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbor, Caroline Despard. The Tregaron Conservancy is a 20-acre woodland garden between Macomb Street and Klingle Road. Dudley dedicated much of his life to the protection and preservation of Tregaronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landscape and enjoyed walking its grounds, according to a news release from the conservancy. Dudley was a lawyer, government executive, union official and church leader who fought for civil rights and economic justice, according to the release. He died in 1990.

Applications for the D.C. Public Schools lottery for preschool, prekindergarten and out-of-boundary slots are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents and families in the District of Columbia deserve information and choices when it comes to their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education,â&#x20AC;? interim Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lottery gives parents the opportunity to look inside and outside their neighborhood to find schools that best support their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic strengths and needs ... .â&#x20AC;? To access the lottery, families

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From Page 1 Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population had grown from 572,000 residents in 2000 to nearly 602,000 in 2010. But the bureau has yet to say just where the new population is concentrated; that data is due within the next month. Once the more specific population data are available, Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; committee will put forward any necessary boundary changes to ensure that each ward contains between 71,454 and 78,978 residents. Historically, wards 7 and 8 have needed to expand geographically after each census due to declining populations, but Evans said he is not sure whether that will be the case this time. Figures from the 2005-

2009 American Community Survey identified wards 3 and 4 as the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most populous, and wards 1 and 2 as its smallest, hinting that their boundaries may be the ones to shift. Evans described the transition of parts of Chevy Chase from Ward 3 to Ward 4 as one particularly contentious move in the previous redistricting process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten years later, everyone remembers that and they want to move back to Ward 3. And there are other parts of the city that have come to us and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We were moved last time and we want to go back to where we were,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Evans said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether or not we can accommodate any of those people is unclear.â&#x20AC;? Once the ward boundaries are set, each ward council member will

JANNEY From Page 1 school, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have a chorus,â&#x20AC;? she said. So Curtin decided to put one together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was really important to have a chorus so that they would each have a part to sing,â&#x20AC;? she said. Then, when her son was in fourth grade, she thought it was time for a musical. So she produced â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Pan.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luckily, I had parents who were invested,â&#x20AC;? Curtin said, noting that the Janney musical has always been a community affair. For instance, she said, parents usually pitch in with set design, costumes, concessions and ticket sales. With â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Pan,â&#x20AC;? one parent even built a harness to lift a young actress a few feet off the floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She only went up and down,â&#x20AC;? Curtin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go side to side.â&#x20AC;? But that, she said, was enough. And ever since, she said, Janney musicals have been accompanied by a little bit of magic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just kind of took off from there,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were 30 kids the first year. Three years later, we did â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fiddler on the Roofâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with 92 kids.â&#x20AC;? And Curtin, who is music director at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, has also helped out with other productions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at Wilson High School, Hardy Middle School, Lafayette Elementary and Landon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along the way.

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create a committee to examine the boundaries of advisory neighborhood commissions. The single-member districts that make up the commissions must have between 1,900 and 2,100 residents and therefore change more frequently than the general makeup of each commission. Each neighborhood commission generally works with the community to set its own single-member districts. Ann Heuer, a Ward 3 advisory neighborhood commissioner, said that stage of redistricting is generally amiable. She added that though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sometimes not possible, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you try to make sure that the sitting ANC commissioners are not suddenly put in the same district, and that has led to a few unusual lines, shall I put it.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is as committed as committed is,â&#x20AC;? said Janney parent Elizabeth Workman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her hands are involved in every aspect of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on. ... I hardly see her drink waterâ&#x20AC;? during rehearsals. But Workman said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a collective effort, from the parents who paint the sets to the ones who sell concessions during performances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something at DCPS thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community-supported,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those things thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening under our noses.â&#x20AC;? And she said the effort has a real impact on children. Workman said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen a real transformation in her own daughter, who is playing an Oompa Loompa and has taken to performing pieces of choreography in the park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty shy and reserved, so this kind of thing is huge,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I see that with her friends, too. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting things from the play that spill over into other parts of their lives.â&#x20AC;? Curtin said watching those transformations take place is what brings her back year after year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids start with their backs to the audience,â&#x20AC;? she said. But by showtime, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to meet the audience head on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The curtain goes up and they go out there and they do it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful thing.â&#x20AC;? Performances of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Willy Wonka Juniorâ&#x20AC;? will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th St. NW. Tickets are on sale at Janney. They cost $5 for general admission and $15 for reserved seating.

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Hearing Walmart Ward 4 advisory neighborhood commissions have done an admirable job of airing the many issues raised by Walmart’s plans to open a store at Missouri and Georgia avenues — a crossroads that impacts multiple neighborhoods. In particular, the 16th Street Heights/Petworth commission set aside its usual meeting date for an extensive presentation from the developer and the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer, as well as questions and comments from community members. The Ward 4 site is just one of four D.C. locations slated for Walmart stores that promise to reshape the District’s retail environment; others are in wards 5, 6 and 7. None of the stores requires a zoning allowance, and no city financing is involved. The primary mechanism for city input is the large-tract review process, which is intended to minimize adverse environmental, traffic and neighborhood impacts and carry out the policies of the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The process, overseen by the Office of Planning, is somewhat nebulous: It’s unlikely to result in a denial, but instead is a venue for shaping site design. Given the dearth of formal opportunities for public comment beyond advisory neighborhood commission meetings and the limited scope of the Office of Planning review, we believe the D.C. Council needs to schedule a public hearing on Walmart’s plans to enter the D.C. market. Residents and merchants have raised varied arguments, some more persuasive than others. We believe they should have an opportunity to raise them with their elected representatives. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser has suggested that a citywide agreement would be the best tool to ensure maximum benefit for D.C. residents. A D.C. Council hearing — presumably to be held by the Committee on Economic Development — seems to be the best prospect for bringing all the players together and forging the momentum for such an agreement.

Caps score for Powell Professional hockey is often considered a dangerous sport, with its reputation for fights foremost in the minds of many nonfans. Even in the absence of violence, danger lurks. Right now, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has missed six of the last seven games after a slap shot drilled him in the side of the head. But a very different side of the sport — and of the National Hockey League All-Star — was on display recently at Ward 4’s Powell Elementary School. There were smiles all around as Mr. Green joined students in suggesting designs for a “People’s Garden” for the school. This praiseworthy event was part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that encourages creation of school gardens as a way to demonstrate the link between gardening and healthy lifestyles — and a way to teach kids about healthy eating, exercise and the environment. The presence of a star player from the Capitals added a bit of luster to the project. Mr. Green is an ideal spokesperson: He grew up on a farm in Canada and likes to grow his own vegetables when he’s training during the off-season so he knows he’s eating well. “I’m a big believer in a healthy lifestyle and eating properly, and this is a great example of that,” he said. This isn’t the first time the 25-year-old star and the Washington Capitals have helped out at the school. The team adopted Powell as part of its community outreach efforts, and Mr. Green pitched in at the end of the summer to get classrooms ready for students. The Capitals plan to help build the new garden once the Agriculture Department’s landscape architects flesh out a design.

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ut on your public relations hat. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown needs your help.

If your city was facing a massive budget deficit — hundreds of millions of dollars — and you had just assumed a major leadership role, what would you do? Would you say all the right things about shared sacrifice? Kwame Brown has. Would you warn that cuts are necessary now if there’s any hope of avoiding a worse crisis in the future? Kwame Brown has. Would you — almost as your first act as chairman-elect — seek to lease a luxury, fully loaded vehicle that costs taxpayers $2,000 a month? And maybe then pay $1,600 to expedite delivery of the vehicle? Well, you might not. But Kwame Brown did. Now the vehicle — and his rejection of another one because it didn’t have black-on-black interior — is a swirling political storm for the new chairman. Both the Washington City Paper and The Washington Post have done stinging stories laying out what many are calling a silly, wasteful episode. Two expensive luxury cars leased at $4,000 a month. Brutal. Brown, in an interview with NBC4 on Monday at his home, insists he didn’t know the high cost of the lease he did accept. He said he would try to get the leasing company to take it back. But at this writing, it’s unclear what cancellation costs are involved and even whether it can be done. Some consider Brown’s position — that he didn’t know what was going on — a weak excuse. The City Paper, which first reported the costly leases and delivery charge, says flatly that Brown is not being truthful. Brown initially told the City Paper that he only accepted the car the government had leased for him. But The Post’s release of dozens of e-mails show Brown’s staff insisting on the luxury car and pressing Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration to get it delivered before Brown took office Jan. 2. Even close advisers to Brown wonder why someone on his staff didn’t raise a red flag on this. Brown says he didn’t know the cost. Even if that were true, wouldn’t a staff member loyal to Brown say, “Hey, Mr. Chairman, you ought to take a look at this”? There’s nothing in the e-mails except impatience to get the fully loaded luxury car delivered. The episode highlights a concern of even Brown supporters, that his ego is too sensitive and his political antenna too fuzzy on matters like this. The chairman must have finally listened to someone. Late Tuesday afternoon, he issued a formal apology for the car flap, saying he would personally pay for any portion of the lease he actually used and regretting that it had distracted everyone from the

serious budget issues the city faces. ■ Not just luxury cars. The luxury cars would be bad enough for Council Chairman Kwame Brown in this budget morass. But it comes after last summer’s disclosure by NBC4 that Brown was being sued for $50,000 in credit card debt. He also was overextended on his home mortgage, and he owned a boat he couldn’t afford. All of those debt problems — during the campaign Brown said he’d take responsibility for what he owed — did not involve taxpayer dollars. But it’s not a political plus for the chairman. So far, his inability to clarify and keep clean the finances of his personal life and his office is badly undermining his image. ■ Florida flashback. We’re just back from a brief Florida vacation. For the record, we rented a Ford Fusion and used our own credit card. The South Florida beaches from Miami to Fort Lauderdale were clear, clean and inviting, despite some ongoing reports about schools of sharks nearby. But the midwinter break was soured by only one thing: people smoking. And not just a few people here and there — people smoking in the restaurants and bars, on the beach and on the sidewalks. Cigarettes were for sale everywhere. It had been years since we had seen a cigarette machine. (The ones we saw were $8 a pack.) Even more distressing was the broad range of people smoking: men and women of every age group — young, middle-aged and old. It made your Notebook feel as though we here in the Washington area live in a bubble with all our anti-smoking efforts that have cleaned up so many public places. We’ve always heard that we are different when it comes to incomes and house prices and other measurements. And believe me, no matter how unpopular smoking is here, smoking is alive and well in the country. We’ve got the laundry-cleaning bill to prove it. ■ Florida parking meters. Maybe it was our relaxed mood (except for the smoking), but it seemed to us that the beachside parking meters were simpler to operate and easier to find than those around Washington. We made an informal survey of many different places. The parking pads seemed to be spaced more frequently. The screens on the modern meters had easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions. Heck, even people holding a cigarette in their hand seemed to have no trouble following the prompts through a haze of their smoke. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City cannot afford parking at Janney As a D.C. taxpayer and city resident, I find it hard to fathom why Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh would seek to spend scarce public funds on dozens of parking spaces for Janney Elementary School [“Janney parking plan sparks debate,” Feb. 9]. Spending millions on parking spaces would certainly not be a “green” publictransit-oriented solution, and it would place a mistaken priority on publicly subsidizing parking

spaces for commuters above critical human service needs at a time the city is facing a $450 million to $600 million budget shortfall. Janney is located at one of the most public-transit-oriented sites in the city — across from the Tenleytown Metro stop and adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue bus lines. Further, this is not a magnet school, so most families are within walking distance. Who would the parking benefit — staff commuters from outside of the neighborhood who could otherwise change their transit patterns to use public transportation? Would they pay D.C. to park there? I would note that Eaton Elementary School — another Ward 3 neighborhood-based

school that has out-of-boundary students — does not have parking spaces as part of its facilities and operates perfectly well. When that school upgraded its outdoor space, it appropriately dedicated all of that space to recreation and athletic features benefiting its students — none for parking. There may be a need for some handicapped parking spaces at the school, but to dedicate valuable, limited space and millions in D.C. taxpayer funds for dozens of parking spaces at a neighborhood school seems to be poor planning — environmentally, fiscally and transit-wise. D.C. taxpayers’ dollars can be better spent. Terry Lynch Mount Pleasant


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Rose Park path is not a multi-use trail VIEWPOINT CARY MITCHELL

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have been a Georgetown resident since 1996, and I am writing to you in support of the position taken by Friends of Rose Park, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E and the Citizens Association of Georgetown in regard to the Rose Park Pedestrian Path in Georgetown. In preparing the second environmental assessment for the Rock Creek Park Multi-Purpose Trail, officials must consider that the 3,000-foot Rose Park segment is a separate pedestrian path that runs through a neighborhood park and must not be treated as a multi-use trail. I am an avid bicycle rider and applaud the District for its work in developing bicycle lanes and participation in the Capital Bikeshare program. However, widening the path and/or encouraging bicycle traffic through Rose Park is a recipe for disaster. The path is used intensively by children and senior citizens who live in my neighborhood, as well as joggers, families with pets and commuters who walk to and from the Dupont Circle Metro station. I would never consider riding my bike on that short stretch of footpath because of the dangers this would pose to my neighbors and their children/pets. Others who are less familiar with Rose Park are not likely to be as respectful when they’re looking for a shortcut between Georgetown and Dupont Circle, which is all that the wider pathway would provide. I have personally witnessed numerous “close calls” and a handful of accidents/conflicts between bicycles and pedestrians in the narrow stretch of path between the toddler play area and steep hillside. Due to the location of the fenced play area and large trees, there is no room for widening the pathway and this will become a choke point. I don’t like to “rat out” my fellow cyclists, but the individuals who choose to ride on the pedestrian path now seldom dismount out of respect for others. Making the path wider in other parts of Rose Park would only make matters worse. Bicycles are simply

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Celebrating the life of Father Conner The Rev. Dr. Ronald Parks Conner, 65, Episcopal priest and scholar, died Jan. 31 of aplastic anemia at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. A native Washingtonian, he attended Janney Elementary School, Deal Junior High and Wilson High, graduating in 1963. He earned a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in history at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., graduating in 1967 as a Gownsman and Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the General Theological Seminary, New York City, where he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1970 (cum laude) and Master of Sacred Theology in 1971. He later earned a Master of Theology degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in

not compatible with all the strollers and tricycles in the area. Signs and maps — and construction resources — should instead encourage cyclists to use the existing Multi-Use Trail along Rock Creek Parkway. This would channel visitors and local cyclists to access the excellent Georgetown Waterfront Park (which is nearing completion) as well as the C&O Canal National Historic Park and to take advantage of these resources. It would also promote use of the newly built Capital Bikeshare station at 30th and K streets, and it would discourage bicyclists from zooming up the sidewalk or riding against one-way traffic to cut back across the bridge at M and 26th streets. It would be dangerous to channel increased bicycle traffic directly onto M Street (where there is fast-moving traffic and a 6-inch granite curb) or the already busy pedestrian sidewalk where the proposed Rose Park Multi-Use Trail would come to a full stop. I believe there are plenty of existing roadways that provide safe riding in and around Georgetown for responsible bicyclists like me. Widening the path would not only encourage more bicycle use through an area that is not well-suited for two-wheeled traffic, but it would also actually encourage these riders to go faster (take this from one who knows). In addition to the increased risk of accidents, turning the pedestrian path into a bicycle thoroughfare would also likely lead to additional litter (and increased maintenance costs for the D.C. Department of Transportation and National Park Service). Also, the added water runoff would likely cause increased erosion on the hillside. Areas adjacent to the path would be almost certain to become a rutted, muddy mess, and grass in the park would be crisscrossed with makeshift pathways from cyclists taking shortcuts. In sum, turning the pedestrian path into a multi-use trail is likely to upset the current peaceful character of Rose Park for the whole community. In closing, my wife and I respectfully submit that the Rose Park Pedestrian Path must be repaired in its current location and maintained at its current width. We urge officials not to move or widen the path. Cary Mitchell is a Georgetown resident.

New Jersey, a Doctor of Ministry at Drew University, Madison, N.J., and a Doctor of Theology at Boston University. Father Conner was ordained into the diaconate of the Episcopal Church in June 1970 at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Washington, then into the priesthood that December at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, N.Y. He served as a curate at churches in New York and New Jersey, and he was on staff at St. Columba’s in Tenleytown. In 1978, he received a call to be vicar of St. Martin’s Chapel, Bridgewater, N.J. He went on to become rector of St. Stephen’s in Providence, R.I., and dean of the diocese’s Providence Deanery. Father Conner returned to Washington in 1990 and officiated and preached regularly as a priest associate of St. Stephen and the Incarnation, Ascension and St. Agnes, Christ Church Georgetown and St. Monica and St. James. He

also served as a chaplain at the Washington National Cathedral. He served as a teaching fellow at the General Theological Seminary and a preceptor at the Princeton Theological Seminary, and last year he was appointed an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He lectured regularly at the parishes with which he was associated, as well as at St. John’s Georgetown, the Cathedral’s College of Preachers, St. Columba’s and St. Patrick’s in the Palisades. Father Conner served on the board of the Friends of St. Benedict in the Palisades, was a vice president of the Tenleytown Historical Society and was a precinct captain for the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. A funeral service for Father Conner was held Feb. 5 at St. Columba’s, and the burial followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, Md. Theo Allison Chevy Chase

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Sexual assault (misdemeanor) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:05 p.m. Feb. 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  4100 block, Albemarle St.; office building; 11:06 a.m. Feb. 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:02 p.m. Feb. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Harrison St.; street; 9 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Brandywine St.; street; 11 a.m. Feb. 14. Threats â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Feb. 19. Property damage â&#x2013;  5000 block, Western Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:50 a.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 4:05 p.m. Feb. 17.

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PSA 203 â&#x2013;  FOREST HILLS / VAN NESS Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Brandywine St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 9:40 a.m. Feb. 19. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  3000 block, Tilden St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Property damage â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street; street; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:20 a.m. Feb. 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Porter St.; resi-

dence; 3 p.m. Feb. 16. 2800 block, 34th St.; residence; 4:20 p.m. Feb. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Tunlaw Road; parking lot; 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Simple assault â&#x2013;  2500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; medical facility; 8 a.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 11 p.m. Feb. 16. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  2800 block, 31st St.; residence; 9 a.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  2700 block, 36th Place; residence; 7 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Tunlaw Road; street; 10:45 p.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013; 

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PSA 401 SHEPHERD PARK / TAKOMA Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Fern St.; alley; 8:25 a.m. Feb. 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  7400 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 12:20 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  2200 lock, Sudbury Road; street; 8 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  7400 block, 8th St.; residence; 6 a.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  7400 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 7:30 a.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  7300 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 9:03 a.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Floral St.; alley; 11:40 a.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 18. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  1400 block, Primrose Road; street; 2:50 a.m. Feb. 15. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  Georgia Avenue and Fern Place; street; 6:30 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 7 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  6900 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; noon Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  7100 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Drug possession (paraphernalia) â&#x2013;  6900 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 1:50 a.m. Feb. 18.

PSA 402 â&#x2013;  BRIGHTWOOD / MANOR PARK

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Burglary â&#x2013;  400 block, Nicholson St.; residence; 10 a.m. Feb. 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  6000 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  6200 block, Chillum Place; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5900 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 8:30 a.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  5900 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  6600 block, 7th St.; street; 8:15 a.m. Feb. 18. Simple assault â&#x2013;  Unit block, Nicholson St.; street; 10:45 p.m. Feb. 13.

â&#x2013;  6300 block, 5th St.; school; 1:45 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  6400 block, 14th St.; alley; 1:25 a.m. Feb. 19. Threats â&#x2013;  5400 block, New Hampshire Ave.; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  6300 block, Blair Road; street; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  600 block, Sheridan St.; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Whittier St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. Feb. 17. Property damage â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rittenhouse St.; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  500 block, Madison St. NE; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  New Hampshire Avenue NE and North Capitol Street; street; 4:20 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Fort Stevens Drive; parking lot; 5 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  Georgia and Missouri avenues; street; 7:25 p.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  500 block, Oneida St. NE; residence; 6 p.m. Feb. 19. Drug possession (cocaine) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Peabody St.; street; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  6200 block, 12th St.; residence; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Missouri Ave.; residence; 7:50 a.m. Feb. 18.

PSA 403 â&#x2013;  BRIGHTWOOD PARK

PSA 403 16TH STREET HEIGHTS Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  800 block, Jefferson St.; residence; 11:10 p.m. Feb. 13. Burglary â&#x2013;  5700 block, 16th St.; residence; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  4900 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 6:50 p.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  800 block, Kennedy St.; residence; 1 a.m. Feb. 19. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  200 block, Gallatin St.; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 17. Stolen auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Kansas Ave.; residence; 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, Farragut St.; residence; 2:37 a.m. Feb. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Kennedy St.; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 17. Simple assault â&#x2013;  800 block, Ingraham St.; school; 4 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Kennedy St.; sidewalk; 4:25 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  400 block, Hamilton St.; residence; 9:55 p.m. Feb. 16. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  5100 block, 3rd St.; residence; 5:40 a.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  5400 block, 9th St.; residence; 5:05 p.m. Feb. 18. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  4900 block, 1st St.; street; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Ingraham St.;

unspecified premises; noon Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  5400 block, 16th St.; residence; 6 p.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  5900 block, 16th St.; residence; 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Property damage â&#x2013;  5700 block, 14th St.; street; 4 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  5400 block, 5th St.; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  5700 block, Colorado Ave.; residence; 2 a.m. Feb. 19. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  400 block, Kennedy St.; store; 6:18 p.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  600 block, Longfellow St.; unspecified premises; 7:49 p.m. Feb. 17.

PSA 404 â&#x2013;  CRESTWOOD / PETWORTH

PSA 404 16TH STREET HEIGHTS

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013;  3700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:03 p.m. Feb. 14. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Spring Road; street; 10:31 p.m. Feb. 13. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Randolph St.; residence; 10:10 p.m. Feb. 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  3900 block, 14th St.; store; 1:35 a.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Upshur St.; residence; 11:15 p.m. Feb. 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, Quincy St.; sidewalk; 7 a.m. Feb. 14. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4300 block, 16th St.; alley; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17. â&#x2013;  800 block, Quincy St.; unspecified premises; 2:40 p.m. Feb. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, Quincy St.; alley; 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Simple assault â&#x2013;  Georgia Avenue and Quincy Street; street; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  4300 block, Iowa Ave.; residence; 5 p.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  4500 block, 16th St.; church; noon Feb. 18. Property damage â&#x2013;  1200 block, Taylor St.; street; 2 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  900 block, Quincy St.; alley; 9:23 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  600 block, Allison St.; street; 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Fraud â&#x2013;  3800 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 12:23 a.m. Feb. 18. â&#x2013;  100 block, Webster St.; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Drug possession with intent to distribute (heroin) â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; residence; 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Drug possession (cocaine) â&#x2013;  3rd Place and Crittenden Street; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  3700 block, 9th St.; street; 1:47 p.m. Feb. 15.


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ATHLETICS IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON

Sidwell girls finish year strong and take league title By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

The five seniors on Sidwell’s girls basketball team haven’t competed in the upper division of the Independent School League since their freshman year. But this season, they led the Quakers back to the top of the lower bracket, the A Division, which means the team will move back up in 2011. Although they’ll be off in college by the time that happens, the seniors are enjoying the savor of victory. “This is what the team has been working towards for four years,” senior Caroline Bowman said Thursday after her team knocked off Holy Child 57-39 to clinch at least a share of the ISL A banner.

Sidwell (18-5, 9-1) went on to win the title outright with a 42-35 victory over St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes on Friday. The win over Holy Child avenged a 60-25 defeat on Jan. 25 that proved to be Sidwell’s only loss in league play this season. But Bowman said the single misstep didn’t derail them. “The biggest thing was the team effort to keep up each other’s confidence,” she said. One loss doesn’t really define us. Sidwell got off to a slow start in the game — falling behind 19-16 after one quarter — and coach Anne Renninger said nerves were a factor. But once the Quakers settled in, it was off to the races. They held Holy Child to just 20 total points the rest of the way, and Bowman and soph-

omore Tiara Wood sparked the team’s offense. The Quakers led by 12 by the start of the fourth quarter, and a game that initially had the makings of another upset turned into a rout the other way by the end. Wood led the way with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, and Bowman scored 14. Sidwell will now turn its attention to the league tournament. The postseason, though, has no bearing on league placement for next year; the Quakers will be moving up no matter what happens this week. And while the seniors won’t reap the benefits of their hard work by getting to compete in the AA Division next year, Renninger said this banner was for them. “I’m just

so happy for these guys,” she said. “Just solid kids. They stuck it out here, and they deserve this.”

Lady Cadets win on Senior Night, finish atop WCAC By MIKE DEFABO Current Correspondent

St. John’s celebrated Senior Night on Friday as the girls basketball team hosted Bishop McNamara. But it wasn’t just the seniors who stood out on the court. The Lady Cadets cruised to a 72-52 victory in their second-to-last regular season game thanks to a complete team effort. Ten players worked their way onto the stat sheet for St. John’s, and the team’s defense contained McNamara standout Taylor Brown. Junior forward Jade Clark had a season-high 16 points, while junior Mooriah Rowser and senior Lindsay Williams each put up 10. Also making their way onto the scoring sheet were sophomore Tori Oliver with eight, sophomore Lindsay Allen with seven, and junior Kazzidy Steward and freshman Chania Ray with six each. The atmosphere at Gallagher Gymnasium made the game a little more

special for the players. “When we started warming up we were like, ‘Wow, it’s Senior Night,’” said senior Williams. “From there it was like, ‘Let’s take it to them.’” After a close opening quarter, the Cadets pushed ahead in the second. They went up 27-15 after Ray blew past a defender with an ankle-breaking crossover and made a layup in traffic as the crowd roared. Her foul shot completed a 3point play. The Mustangs hit a couple of free throws at the other end, but trailed 2717 going into the locker room. Brown, a Georgetown University recruit, led McNamara’s effort to get back into the game in the third quarter, and the Mustangs twice cut the lead to seven. In this period, the future Hoya completed a 3point play and Chanice Lee hit a layup for the Mustangs. After St. John’s answered with a small run, McNamara junior guard Carrie Alexander completed

a 3-point play of her own, and the lead was seven once again. But that was as close as the Mustangs would get. St. John’s was able to keep the most dangerous Mustang, Brown, from taking over. Though she finished the game with 20 points, including 12 in the second half, the Cadets’ ability to limit her effectiveness was key to their victory. “When you have a player like [her] that’s capable of doing things in bunches, it was really important that we maintained that separation and never let them close the gap,” St. John’s head coach Jonathan Scribner said after the game. Junior forward Jade Clark helped seal the game in the fourth quarter with 3pointers on back-to-back St. John’s possessions. She went off for 11 of her 16 in the final period, as the Cadets stretched the lead to 22. “[She] gave some big minutes with a couple 3s See St. John’s/Page 10

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The Lady Quakers only lost one game in league play this season.

Sports Desk Cubs win title again The Cubs just keep churning out winners. Georgetown Visitation’s basketball team (23-0, 13-2) wrapped up its fifth consecutive league title last week with a 79-48 victory over Georgetown Day School. “I am so proud of this team. Having lost four seniors, most people in the area thought this would be a down year … [but] I have watched these girls grow into a great team,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “I have seen juniors step up as team leaders. I have seen different girls step up and help us win big games,” he added. Kate Gillespie led the Cubs in scoring this year with 19.4 points per game — good for second in the league. Maddy Williams was also instrumental in the team’s success, averaging 12.6 points per contest.

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Eagles look to win championship in D.C.’s toughest conference By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Gonzaga (22-6, 14-4) recovered from a tough start to the season to finish tied with DeMatha atop the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular-season standings. Now the Eagles will look to capture

their first league title since 2007 when they start the playoffs Friday night at home. While the 2009-10 team that reached the league finals was senior-heavy, this year’s squad is led by two sophomore sensations: guard Nate Britt and forward Kris Jenkins. “They were pushed to the forefront immediately this season with the loss of

Tyler [Thornton], Cedrick [Lindsay] and Malcolm [Lemmons], and they’ve done a great job holding their own and becoming leaders of their team,” said coach Steve Turner. Jenkins led the team with 14.4 points per game, while Britt was second with 13.4. “They’ve … grown and

matured at a pretty steady pace as the season has gone along,” Turner added. Gonzaga finished the season by going 152 since Jan. 4. St. John’s, meanwhile, may be getting hot at just the right time. The Cadets went 5-1 in their last six games, with the only loss a 53See Eagles/Page 10


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SCORES 2/15-2/21 Boys basketball Gonzaga 53, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken 51 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 80, Paul VI 66 DeMatha 57, Gonzaga 52 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 65, Good Counsel 51 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 67, Bishop McNamara 59 DeMatha 53, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 Coolidge 59, Bell 45 National Christian 60, Roosevelt 55 Roosevelt 96, Walls 67

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a dream season for the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girls this year. They flirted with an undefeated season, knocked off some of the top teams in the nation, beat rival Good Counsel in both meetings and finished in first place in the WCAC. Now, the real test comes. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (26-2, 15-1) will have to hold off other top teams including Good Counsel and Holy Cross, who handed the Cadets their only conference loss of the season on Feb. 4, to capture the banner that barely eluded them a year ago. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fell to Elizabeth Seton in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title game, but it was a playoff run that showed the team would be strong for years to come. Mooriah Rowser and Lindsay Allen, both underclassmen at the time, shone in the tournament and carried that over with sensational play this year. Both Rowser, a junior, and Allen, a freshman, finished in the top five in regular-season scoring this year in the WCAC and are the main reasons St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the favorite to win the title.

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The People and Places of Northwest Washington

February 23, 2011 ■ Page 11

Ben’s Chili Bowl papers add spice to collection By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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ow do you make history? The scholars at George Washington University say the secret’s in the sauce. Or rather, the chili. Last Wednesday, the university officially acquired Ben’s Chili Bowl’s papers — a collection of photographs, menus, payroll books and memorabilia detailing the history of the restaurant at 1213 U St. NW. The items are now on permanent display at the Africana Research Center in the university’s Gelman Library, where special collections director Meredith Evans Raiford said the papers will help scholars study the history of the half-smoke and the significance of the legendary storefront. “I see a lot of entrepreneurship scholarship” coming out of the collection, Evans Raiford said. “People really looking at how a business can get started.” And that’s not all. There’s artistic history at the Chili Bowl, she said, where generations of artists have written poetry, taken photographs or drawn pictures as they chowed down on the famous chili. And then, of course, there’s the history that’s paraded past the restaurant’s U Street windows. “They survived the riots, they survived the drug epidemic, they survived the Metro building, and

they’re still here,” Evans Raiford said. The Chili Bowl’s story began in 1958, when Ben Ali, an immigrant from Trinidad, and his wife, Virginia, opened the restaurant. Back then, son Nizam Ali said, U Street was known as the Black Broadway — a gathering place for African-American artists and the urban elite. “You had to dress up just to go outside,” he said. Nizam, the youngest of Ben and Virginia’s three sons, was born two decades after the Chili Bowl opened. But he grew up surrounded by stories of those early years. For instance, he said — during the Civil Rights era — Ben’s was a meeting place for black leaders mapping out the movement’s strategy. Then, as the street smoldered during the 1968 riots, Ben’s was one of the few establishments to survive untouched. According to Nizam, Ben was driving back to the family’s Ward 4 home when he heard that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated. “He made a Uturn to come right back, knowing it would be important for him to be here,” he said. When Ben arrived at the restaurant, he immediately turned off the

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The papers and memorabilia — covering more than 50 years of Ben’s Chili Bowl history — are on view at the university’s Africana Research Center.

jukebox, silencing the soundtrack that typically serenaded customers. “Dad put a sign on it saying this jukebox will not play, in memory of Dr. King,” he said. Many people first learned of King’s death by reading that sign,

Nizam said, and Ben’s quickly became a venue for community members to mourn together. But, before long, the sorrow turned into rage. And Ben could feel the storm coming. “You see the wind blowing and the night turning dark, and you can just imagine what that experience was like right before things really sparked off,” Nizam said. As chaos descended on the corridor, Ben Ali sat vigil in the front booth with a gun in hand, prepared

to protect his business. After all, Nizam said, “If the business burned down, then we don’t eat, we don’t go to school, we lose our home.” But it never came to that: “I think the word went out on the street, because we were good community members, ‘Hey, don’t mess with the Chili Bowl. The Chili Bowl is ours,’” Nizam said. “It felt incredible to be loved that much by the community and respected that much.” So, despite the devastation of the riots and the drug years that followed, the Chili Bowl stayed put. See Ben’s/Page 18

British School of Washington pupils get the royal treatment By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent

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he British School of Washington got the royal treatment last week when Prince Michael of Kent, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and godson of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, paid a visit. Sporting a trimmed gray beard and impeccably fitted suit, his gold rings and watch gleaming, the prince came to demonstrate his support for the international private school at 2001 Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown. Touring classrooms Wednesday, he chatted with students ranging from kindergartners digesting the bell curve of plot development to high-schoolers discussing ambitious post-secondary plans. Prince Michael, whose father was the fourth eldest son of King George V and Princess Marina, is too far down the regal

totem pole to receive an allowance from the royal purse. But having to work for a living — he owns his own consultancy business — hasn’t kept him from taking up the role of patron: He’s known for supporting a wide array of nonprofits, including The Kennel Club and the Society of Genealogists. So making guest appearances at noncommercial establishments is second nature to the prince. He had the charm to show for it on the school visit. “How long did that take?” he asked one young student in front of a canvas splattered with paint — following in the vein of “the American artist, Jackson Pollock,” according to its label. The child, perhaps a little overwhelmed by the presence of the urbane-looking gentleman with full entourage in tow, didn’t offer a quick answer. “Too long,” the prince concluded, and began to move down the hallway.

But not before he noticed something out of sorts at floor level. “Tie your shoe,” he said gently, pointing to the child’s footwear. The student heeded the edict promptly. Overall neatness, the prince said, is one of the features he admires in the school, which provides 460 students from the ages of 3 to 19 with a British-based education. A champion of the World Class Learning Group, the umbrella organization that includes the British School of Washington, Prince Michael said he made his trip exclusively to demonstrate his support for the curriculum and students at the D.C. school. The prince extolled the “international flavor” of the student population, a quality he explored through repeated classroom queries. “Where are you from?” he asked one class, pointing to each student. Panama, Italy, Argentina, Guatemala, See Prince/Page 18


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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School This month the students in Mrs. Mosherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper-elementary class are working on their annual science and math fair projects. They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for the fair, which will be held on March 23. Each student is performing his or her own experiment. Fourth-

School DISPATCHES grader Brandon Jacobs is testing peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction time after doing various activities. Some people are growing a special kind of plant called Wisconsin fast plants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is really cool and exciting to see the plant growth every day,â&#x20AC;? said fifth-grader Lucia Braddock. Fifth-grader Ian Smith is building devices called Newtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cradles to see which materials work best. Newtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pendulum, or cradle, is named after Sir Isaac Newton and demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy. Sixth-grader Evan Manuel said he is doing a probability experiment based on the Monty Hall paradox. He is using a dice with three different colors in his experiment. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Evan Manuel, sixth-grader, and Jack Nixon, fourth-grader

British School of Washington The school is in mental overload. Many students are scared, worried or just plain excited. Why? We are less than a week away from the school performance. More than 70 students are involved, whether they are actors, chorus, band or technical producers. Our school, for the last five months, has been

preparing our performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Return to the Forbidden Planet,â&#x20AC;? which is loosely based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tempest,â&#x20AC;? with an intergalactic twist of cosmic proportions. The show plunges you into the deep reaches of space, where we follow the story of Captain Tempest to the strange planet of Dillyria. Here we encounter strange characters, dangerous creatures and many different kinds of love and betrayal. Throughout the show, you will be amazed, scared witless or even horrified to discover that your worst enemy is your own mind. The only thing to fear is fear itself â&#x20AC;Ś right? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alec Squires, Year 8 Plymouth (seventh-grader)

Deal Middle School Last week students and teachers at Deal celebrated and read the work of Mario Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. The World Languages department, Read 180 classes, social studies classes and some music classes spent time learning about Mario Vargas Llosa. We read his short story â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chilean Girls.â&#x20AC;? We also learned about Peru. We all had a wonderful time reading the short story. Students in Read 180 completed a reading packet to make sure they were following the story. During the discussion we stopped and reflected to make sure we understood the plot. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vanessa Castillo, seventh-grader Esta semana en las clases de espaĂąol, francĂŠs y chino, estudiamos a Mario Vargas Llosa, ganador del Premio Nobel de

Literatura 2010. El lunes unas compaĂąeras de clase nos enseĂąaron a presentar un PowerPoint a las otras clases de espaĂąol y los otros lenguajes. El martes, unos grupos de estudiantes fueron a presentar el PowerPoint a las otras clases y tuvimos la oportunidad de ver unos documentales sobre Macchu Picchu y Fujimori. El miĂŠrcoles la clase de humanidades espaĂąol leyeron el cuento â&#x20AC;&#x153;Las Chilenitasâ&#x20AC;? por Vargas Llosa; y por la tarde, tuvimos la oportunidad de leer este mismo cuento corto en espaĂąol, francĂŠs, e inglĂŠs. El jueves, por la tarde, hubo una clase de cocina peruana. Cocinaron lomo saltado, arroz blanco, cuanza peruana entre otros. Hubo tambiĂŠn un excelente concierto. Fue una semana donde aprendimos mucho sobre no solo Vargas Llosa, psino tambien la cultura de Peru y la historia del Premio Nobel. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alex Carroll and Hazel Rosenblum-Sellers, eighth-graders

weekend we had to complete research about each of our subjects and a page about U.S. and Italian history. We included Italian history in this project because our classâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s country of study this year is Italy. Last week, we went to the Washington National Opera for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;behind the scenesâ&#x20AC;? tour. We saw some people making costumes in a big room with lots of sewing tables. We learned that they dye shoes any color they want. We saw a spray-painting area but could only look through the window because you need a mask to go in. We went to a giant storage room and saw tons of opera props: jewelry, shoes, skirts, dresses, gloves and hats. We saw two rehearsal rooms, each the size of the opera stage, where the performers practice. We got to hear two opera singers practice. It was really loud. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Josie Prentice, Kiran Kling and Jessica McCarthy, third-graders

Edmund Burke School Eaton Elementary In Ms. Goldstenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third-grade class we have been very busy. In math we have been studying symmetrical shapes. We found that a circle has an infinite number of lines of symmetry. For science, we have been doing experiments such as determining which type of air is best to keep a fire burning. Any room air is good, but smoky air and human breath are not good. Right now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re following an experiment on the Internet to find out which SPF rating blocks the most UV rays. In library class, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on biographies. For homework last

The eighth-grade Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Mixer was a big success. The semiformal event was held on Feb. 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Burke gym and included carnations, strobe lights, a smoke machine and a DJ. The Burke eighth-graders on the committee for this leadership project put in a lot of work, finding a DJ, picking out decorations, arriving early to decorate and staying late to clean up. We enjoyed the work and had a lot of fun. Guests came from Potomac Valley Athletic Conference schools as far away as Sandy Spring Friends and as close as Washington International School. There were also guests from Georgetown Day, Maret and Holton-Arms. The dance was a bit larger than we expected, and the half of the gym that we used for the dance floor was getting crowded as we hit the 8 p.m. cutoff time with people still coming in. Rose petals were scattered

everywhere, heart-related lanterns hung from the basketball nets, and everyone seemed to have fun. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Janai Henderson, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too hard to feel sympathy for people, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much harder to feel real empathy. By participating in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hunger simulation,â&#x20AC;? in which students had to work with a limited budget to spend on food, sixth-graders at Georgetown Day School got to feel a little bit of empathy for the people in our country who are hungry and cannot always afford healthy and nutritious food. In the simulation, students were assigned to different groups or â&#x20AC;&#x153;families.â&#x20AC;? Each family was in a very tough life situation, based on real circumstances. Families had to navigate through different places such as the grocery store, the food bank, a place for emergency money funding and a place where you could apply for food stamps. These places were set up in classrooms and were run by teachers who, as actors, assumed different authority positions in the places. Students encountered many problems in the simulation, such as shop owners trying to cheat people out of their money, extremely long lines, uncooperative people and confusing forms. At first, the simulation seemed like fun, but it got harder and more discouraging. In the end, most people considered it to be a great learning experience as it definitely made us appreciate the struggles that many people face and realize how fortunate those of us are who do not have to struggle to get an affordable good meal. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

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Holy Trinity School Holy Trinity School recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week. We wrote about our Haiti assembly last week. Here are some more highlights of the week. Friday was Student Appreciation Day. We had free dress, a spelling bee and lots of fun. Winners of the spelling bee will go on to another spelling bee with 12 other schools. The third grade was in the audience, and students from the fourth through

eighth grades tried to spell words in the bee. Before we left for the theater, our teacher reminded us not to call out and told us that the only sound we could make was applause. It was exciting and fun to watch. We wish that we could do it more than once a year. It was very nervewracking at the end, but finally the second-place winner was announced. It was Samuel Joyce, and the first-place winner was Emir Gur-Ravantab. We congratulate them and hope they do well in the next spelling bee. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rose Norton and Abby Gallagher, third-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary On Feb. 10, NBC4 meteorologist Tom Kierein visited the fourthand fifth-grade combo classes to teach us about meteorology and the tools he uses to help him do his job. He taught us about what to do when there is a tornado or a thunderstorm. He reminded us to never stand under a tree when there is lightning and to get home when you hear the first sound of thunder. We watched a weather video, and he shared a pop-up book that he wrote called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weather.â&#x20AC;? He asked us questions to see what we knew about the weather and what we knew about predicting it. Then we asked him about the kinds of machines he uses for his job and other weather questions. He said radar is one of the most important tools that he uses. When asked which month had the weirdest weather, he answered March and then confirmed that November is also pretty wild. Our class really liked Mr. Kiereinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation. He had a great sense of humor, and he also told us very interesting facts. When

he was finished with his presentation, he posed for pictures with the class, and he put our pictures on his morning television broadcast that aired on Feb. 15. Our class was very excited to be on TV. The Hyde-Addison fourth- and fifth-graders are very thankful that Mr. Kierein came to our school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gray Eisler and Sam Sallick, fourth-graders

Lafayette Elementary Lafayette is gearing up for Jump Rope for Heart on March 11. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. For more than 10 years Lafayette students have been doing Jump Rope for Heart. During those years Lafayette students have raised more than $100,000. Last year we raised more than $23,000. For 2011 we hope to donate even more! â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great opportunity for kids at Lafayette to raise money and get good exercise,â&#x20AC;? said P.E. teacher Ms. McClure, who runs the program. Here is how it works. You get a couple of friends and form a team. Jump Rope for Heart is held after school in the gym. For two hours you and your friends alternate jumping rope. After about one hour you go outside and have snacks. You raise money by signing up sponsors and, depending on how much money you bring in, you get different prizes. Last year the Lafayette gym was really packed with kids jumping rope and having a good time. To get us ready this year, Ms. McClure had an assembly that presented all the details about Jump Rope for Heart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I find it fun, energetic, and you get to play with all your friends,â&#x20AC;?

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011 said fifth-grader Sophie Weich. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eden Breslow, fifth-grader

Mann Elementary Recently, the fourth- and fifthgraders have been hard at work doing research projects. Fourth-graders are biography readers. In this unit, we choose a person from history and study his or her life. Every day, Ms. Ullo and Mr. Rogall teach us a new part of the project. The first part of the project is a timeline. Making a timeline is hard. We have to pick out the most important events and put them in order. The second part of the project is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;trophies.â&#x20AC;? We find an accomplishment in the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and write it on a piece of paper with a trophy drawn on it. Another part of the project is â&#x20AC;&#x153;snapshots.â&#x20AC;? These are picture frames drawn on paper. We choose an event that we want to remember for the rest of our lives, then put a caption on the frame paper and draw the event. Finally, we put all this information on a poster and present it to all our classmates.

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Maret School Last week, the third-graders were busy memorizing their speeches for Biographical Character Day. We chose an inspiring and heroic character to research. I chose Rachel Carson. First I looked in the library for books about Rachel. When I had found lots of facts, I changed the facts into sentences, which made the speech! Later I picked out some clothes I thought Rachel might have worn. I wore my jeans rolled up (because I pretended to be walking along the See Dispatches/Page 30

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ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY pedigree of Swannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way, a sevenunit redevelopment of two circa1885 Dupont row homes. John Cavanaugh, a sculptor known for his works in hammered lead, used the property as a workshop for years until his death in 1984. Many of Cavanaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pieces, which form a series evocative of Marcel Proustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way,â&#x20AC;? are embedded in the exteriorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s red brick as well as in some of the homesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interiors. Four of the just-finished units are still available, and though they range in size and price, the commitment to historic preservation as well as green building was maintained throughout the project, said developer Jose Diaz-Asper.

Environmentally sound choices are highlighted in the unitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sunny kitchens. Energy-efficient appliances include items from Bosch and General Electric, and the ebony-stained flat-front cabinetry is locally made out of maple. Nearby, front-loading washers and dryers wait in a closet. Sustainable bamboo flooring runs throughout most units, and single-pane Pella windows are Energy Star-rated. Ceiling fans are an energy-efficient way to battle D.C. summer heat. But the units are not all function and no form: Ample natural light floods these high-ceilinged spaces through those Pella windows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and on the top floor, skylights. Kitchen layouts are user-friendly: Appliances cluster on one wall, while a peninsula offers workspace as well as a place for visitors to perch on bar stools. A thorough gut has left these bedrooms with large closets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a feature typically missing in older homes. Bathrooms also include a

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Unit 302 has two bedrooms and two baths and is on the market for $599,000. On the top floor, Unit 402 also has two bedrooms and two baths and is available for $625,000. Condo fees range from about $200 to $259 per month. For more information on Swannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way at 1801-1803 Swann St., call Realtors Julia Diaz-Asper or Daniel Miller of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at 202-3331212.

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 15 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioner Janet Myers announced that a 14th Street revitalization meeting will be held March 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at West Elementary School, 1338 Farragut St. â&#x2013;  commissioner Shanel Anthony reported that on March 1 Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center hopes to open a 26,000square-foot campus at 3910 Georgia Ave., including 26 examination rooms and five dental chairs. â&#x2013;  commissioner Shanel Anthony urged residents to write to Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser urging her to keep District recreation centers open from noon to 9 p.m. rather than closing at 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  Rob Hawkins of Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office announced that the council has authorized $15 million to renew

Chevy Chase Citizens Association Join us for a Utilities Smart Meter Education Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. At the event co-sponsored by our association and the D.C. Office of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Counsel, Pepco representatives will discuss smart meters and also field questions about other Pepcorelated matters. They will describe how Pepco will install smart meters in homes in our area in the coming months and address how residents can maximize the benefits from the meters. For more information, visit chevychasecitizens.org. Later on Saturday, enjoy a jazz concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. The concert will feature the Wesley Combo, the KC Duo Plus Two and special guest vocalist Janet Helms. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is $5; free for ages 15 and younger. Last week, at our February meeting, Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser presented an update on legislative matters that affect our community. Her talk included concerns about the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget deficit, Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service reliability, sidewalk snow removal and Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed store on Georgia Avenue. In addition, attendees enjoyed the opening of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating Artists in Our Community.â&#x20AC;? The art exhibit, organized by our fine arts committee, features works by artists who work and teach at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chevy Chase Community Center and the Guy Mason Community Center. The exhibition will continue through the end of March at the Chevy Chase Community Center. On another subject, mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Chevy Chase DC Library Book Club on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m., at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. The book selection is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lolitaâ&#x20AC;? by Vladimir Nabokov. Copies are available at the library. The audio book is available in play-away format. To learn more, contact Emily Menchal at emily.menchal@dc.gov. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor Takoma Education Campus, which was destroyed by a fire. The facility should reopen by Jan. 1, 2012. â&#x2013;  Cynthia Simms of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration discussed city liquor license regulations, particularly as they apply to Island CafĂŠ at 829 Upshur St. The commission had protested Island Cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license renewal but did not deliver it in a timely manner to the administration, she said. She said requests to terminate voluntary agreements are accepted only when a license is up for renewal and when the agreement is more than four years old. Commissions and parties to the agreement are notified. â&#x2013;  William O. Howland, director of the D.C. Department of Public Works, reported that his agency is revamping street-cleaning procedures, and many areas will see changes of cleaning days. During the recent major snowstorm, more than 700 trees and a large number of wires collapsed, Howland said. He reported that 75 percent of paper in D.C. is recycled, a higher percentage than in most cities, while recycling of cereal boxes and other cardboard is lower than average. Many people toss out clothing that could go to Goodwill, he said. â&#x2013;  Marc Dubick said his firm Duball LLC and Safeway plan to develop a new Safeway store at Georgia Avenue and Randolph Street. His company will own 220 units of housing above the Safeway store, and there will be two parking levels. The joint venture expects to sub-

mit plans for a planned-unit development in March. â&#x2013;  the commission unanimously endorsed Urban Investment Partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to add five units to the basement of adjoining apartment buildings 811 Quincy St. and 3800 New Hampshire Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted down a resolution in support of Foulger-Prattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal for a Walmart at the former Curtis Chevrolet site at Georgia and Missouri avenues. The vote was 26-1, with Janet Myers and Michael Yates in favor and Shanel Anthony abstaining. Yates said the project would result in a substantial increase in District tax revenue, with new workers paid more than the minimum wage and a low-cost retail store convenient to local residents. Yatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proposed resolution asked the D.C. Council to negotiate infrastructure and environmental safeguards, noise mitigation, pedestrian and roadway improvements, tax credits for small businesses, hiring preferences for D.C. residents and charitable contributions as well as reinvestments in the community. Commissioner Jean Badalamenti said she opposed the resolution because Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salaries elsewhere are so low that employees would cost the District in Medicaid. She also said Walmart would drive small stores out of business and that the city would end up losing at least 100 jobs. 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 anc4c.org.


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Events Entertainment Wednesday, Feb. FEBRUARY 23 Wednesday 23 Concerts ■ The Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project will feature students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Terri Weissman, assistant professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss her book “The Realisms of Berenice Abbott: Documentary Photography and Political Action.” 5:30 p.m. Donation suggested; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/calendar. ■ Architect Christopher B. Lethbridge will discuss “The Smithsonian Art & Industries Building: A Progress Report,” about the renovation of the Adolf Clussdesigned museum. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 164. ■ Katherine Bankole-Medina, professor of history at Coppin State University, will discuss the health traditions of enslaved and formerly enslaved women in the years before and after the U.S. Civil War. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required.

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-673-2402. ■ “Give Bigotry No Sanction: The George Washington Letter,” a symposium exploring religious freedom and democracy, will feature John Sexton, president of New York University; Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum; Zainab Al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress; and Adam Strom, director of content, research and development for international nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Great Hall, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. facinghistory.org. ■ Economist Dambisa Moyo will discuss her book “How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly — and the Stark Choices Ahead.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Tom Lovejoy, biodiversity chair of the D.C.-based H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, will discuss climate change and its cultural context. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ No Rules Theatre Company will pre-

sent a talk by teacher, theater artist and life coach Ashley Gates Jansen on “That Fierce Embrace: My Journey With Mental Illness and Mysticism.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. norulestheatre.org. Films ■ “Movie Night” will feature Howard Alk’s 1971 film “The Murder of Fred Hampton.” 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. ■ The National Archives will present Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley’s 2010 documentary “Waste Land” as part of its seventh annual screenings of Academy Award nominees. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The DC Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature Vadim Jean’s 2010 documentary “In the Land of the Free …,” about three black men from rural Louisiana who were held in solitary confinement in the biggest prison in the United States. A discussion will follow. 7 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. ■ The Reel Israel DC series will feature Shlomi Eldar’s 2010 film “Precious Life,” about the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment

Thursday, FEBRUARY 24 ■ Concert: Earth, Wind & Fire will celebrate its 40th anniversary by presenting a benefit concert for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 7:30 p.m. $50 to $250. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

for her baby. 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. Sale ■ The St. Alban’s Opportunity Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-966-5288. The sale will continue daily through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Concerts ■ The Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project will feature students from the Peabody Institute performing works by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, Montsalvatge, Scarlatti, Schumann and Liszt. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The New Tallinn Trio will perform works by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür. 6 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. ■ The Low Anthem will perform a mix of gospel, folk and blues. 8 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. Discussions and lectures ■ Curator Jeffrey Post will discuss “Curator’s Choice: Gems of the Gems,” featuring four objects from the National Museum of Natural History’s National Gem Collection. 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Douglas Waller will discuss his book “Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage.” Noon. Free. Dining Room A, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ The Hay-Adams Author Series will host a three-course luncheon with National Book Award winner Ron Chernow, who will discuss his best-selling biography “Washington: A Life.” Noon. $85. Top of the Hay, HayAdams Hotel, 16th and H streets NW. hayadams.com.

■ Ricardo Agurcia Fasquelle, executive director of the Copan Association, will discuss “From Rosalila to Oropendola: Unearthing Maya Secrets at Copan, Honduras.” 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. 202-339-6440. ■ Vincent Phillip Muñoz, associate professor of religion and public life at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss his book “God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-8501. ■ Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, prime minister of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, will discuss “Goodbye Conflict, Welcome Development: The Timor-Leste Experience.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5837. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “A Bouquet of Contrasts,” about the opposing colors, textures and forms on display in David Smith’s sculptures and painted works. 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ “The Dynamics of the DC Arts Scene” will feature Peggy Cooper Cafritz, collector and activist; Johnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art; Giselle Huberman, collector; Judy A. Greenberg, director of the Kreeger Museum; and Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the American University Museum. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $20. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. ■ Puerto Rican art historian Mari Carmen Ramírez will discuss “Elevating the Profile of Latin American Art.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. ■ Retired U.S. Marine Col. Bing West will discuss his book “The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Center for the Studies of Self Knowledge will present a lecture on “The Psychology of Self Knowledge.” 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-701-3321. ■ Art critic Paul Richard will discuss “Color Painting’s Pedigree.” 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Journalist and blogger Gershom Gorenberg, author of “The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 19671977,” will discuss “The Second Israeli Republic: Why It’s Needed and How to Get There.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. ■ Richard Breitman, professor of history at American University, and Norman Goda, professor of history at the University of Florida, will discuss “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Founder’s Room, School of See Events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853780. Films ■ The National Archives will present “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” an installment of Ken Burns’ 1990 documentary “The Civil War.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The West End Film Club will present “Simply Murder” and “Universe of Battle,” two installments of Ken Burns’ “The Civil War.” 1 to 3 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ “Chase Away the Blues With Some Romantic Movies” will feature Leo McCarey’s 1957 film “An Affair to Remember,” starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. ■ The Rockman Film Series will feature Jack Arnold’s 1957 sci-fi film “The Incredible Shrinking Man.” 6 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The National Archives will present Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic’s 2010 film feature “Gasland” as part of its seventh annual screenings of Academy Award nominees. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

Performances ■ Francis Huster will perform his interpretation of Albert Camus’ “La Peste (The Plague).” 7:30 p.m. $35. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. ■ “A Washington Review” will combine stand-up, improvisation and sketch performances for an evening of satirical comedy. 7:30 p.m. $10. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-4627833. ■ The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will present “Fondly Do We Hope … Fervently Do We Pray,” about pivotal moments in Abraham Lincoln’s life. 8 p.m. $22 to $65. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 Friday FEBRUARY 25 Book signing ■ Natalie Y. Moor and Lance Williams will sign copies of the book “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang.” 4:30 p.m. Free. Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-238-2660. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will perform Kurt Stern’s “The Wanderer.” Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ Jeffrey Alban, organist and director of music at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal, Va., will perform works by Locklair, Bach, Vierne and Franck. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.

■ International cabaret and concert performing Steve Ross will perform works by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Noel Coward. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. ■ The Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project will feature the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir performing works by Ginastera, De Padilla, Zipoli, De Victoria, Vivaldi and Aguiar. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Potter’s House will present an open-mic performance. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. ■ The Mezcal Jazz Unit will make its U.S. debut. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. ■ Pianist Roger Kellaway (shown) and clarinetist Eddie Daniels will perform a concert of jazz and selections from the American songbook. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502.

Discussions and lectures ■ Raj Kumar, president of Development Executive Group, will discuss “A Global Network of Development Practitioners.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 200, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 201-739-7425. ■ Labor scholar Julius G. Getman will discuss his book “Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes a Movement.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Window Lounge, Building 38, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. law.udc.edu/event/RestoringUnions. ■ Larry Appelbaum of the Library of Congress will speak with musicians Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway on “Jazz and the American Songbook.” 6:15 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ Michael Chorost will discuss his book “World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Takayuki Hamana’s 2009 film “Chocolate Underground,” about two sweet-toothed boys trapped in a land where goodies like chocolate have been banned. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp. ■ The National Archives will present Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s 2010

a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature “Sunken Treasure: A PirateThemed Musical Adventure With Musikids.” 10 a.m. $8. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Friday, FEBRUARY 25 ■ Discussion: The Q&A Cafe will feature Howard Fineman, senior editor and Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. RitzCarlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-4110.

documentary feature “Restrepo” as part of its seventh annual screenings of Academy Award nominees. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

Classes and workshops ■ Maisie Hughes, director of planning and design at Casey Trees, and Shawn Walker, urban forestry instructor at Casey Trees, will present a class on “Stand Up for Trees,” about how to increase the tree canopy in your neighborhood. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. 202-833-9125. ■ Lawrence Butler, associate professor of art history at George Mason University, will discuss “Islamic Art: Illuminating a Vibrant World.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Francis J. Ambrosio, an associate professor at Georgetown University who specializes in 20th-century European philosophy, will discuss “Existentialism: The Human Search for Meaning.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.

■ “Eco Art Jewelry Workshop,” for ages 10 and older, will teach participants how to recycle plastic containers into colorful earrings. 10 and 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. ■ Katherine Duke, artistic director with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, will present a master dance class for beginner and advanced beginner students, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and for intermediate and advanced students, from noon to 2 p.m. $20; registration required. Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St. NW. gds.org/dance. ■ Hillwood curator emeritus Anne Odom, author of “Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot,” will headline a day of lectures on the history of Russian silver. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $60. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ Citronelle master sommelier Kathy Morgan will lead a class on “Wine Profiling,” about six basic categories of wine. 1 to 3 p.m. $100. Michel Richard Citronelle, 3000 M St. NW. 202-625-2150.

Concerts ■ The Kennedy Center’s Conservatory See Events/Page 22

Performances ■ Ginny Curtin will direct her 20thanniversary Janney Elementary School musical, “Willy Wonka Junior.” 7 p.m. $5. Theater, Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th St. NW. janneyplayerstickets@gmail.com. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 p.m. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “Mixed, Blended, Shaken and Stirred: Stories about today’s American family,” featuring stories by Vijai Nathan, Christopher Love, Chuck Harmston, David Ferris, Jennifer Luu and Mike Kane. 7 p.m. $18. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. bit.ly/ehxBPC. The performance will repeat March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 9:30 p.m. ■ Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present “Quattro Scenari: Four Scenes of Foolery” in honor of Commedia dell’Arte Day. 8 p.m. $15. Mead Theatre Lab, Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. factionoffools.org. ■ A benefit performance of “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” will benefit the youth programs of 100 Black Men of Greater Washington DC and the East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. 8 to 11 p.m. $75. Naval Heritage Center, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. navymemorial.org. ■ Comedienne Kathy Griffin will perform. 8 p.m. $44.50 to $62. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the New York Rangers. 7 p.m. $95 to $355. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Saturday, Feb. 26 Saturday FEBRUARY 26 Children’s programs ■ The Saturday Morning at the National series will feature ventriloquist Tom Crowl and his sidekicks — “Dangerous” Dudley Duck and Percival the Pirate. 9:30 and 11

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$15 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877435-9849. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Latino Center and the National Museum of American History will host a discussion of the experiences of black Latinos in the United States. Panelists will include Miriam JimĂŠnez RomĂĄn and Juan Flores, editors of the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United Statesâ&#x20AC;?; MarĂ­a Rosario Jackson of the Urban Institute; and D.C.-based activist Roland Roebuck. 2 p.m. Free. Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Dega Schembri, co-owner of City Fitness, will lead an informational session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Try a Tri,â&#x20AC;? about preparing for a triathlon. 2:30 p.m. Free. City Fitness Gym, 3525 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-537-0539. â&#x2013;  Edward Dolnick will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Writer and actor Michael Showalter will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Funny Pants.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neorealismo 1941-1954: Days of Gloryâ&#x20AC;? will feature Carlo Lizzaniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chronicle of Poor Lovers.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 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 world premiere of Eva Soltesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lou Harrison: A World of Music.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present Tim Hetherington and Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside Jobâ&#x20AC;? as part of its seventh annual screenings of Academy Award nominees. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

Performances â&#x2013;  The Silk Road Dance Company will present a Middle Eastern folkloric ballet, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haft Pakyar: Seven Beauties.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $10 to $15. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Magician Rich Bloch will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Kept Secrets.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202364-3020. The performance will repeat

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Sunday, FEBRUARY 27 â&#x2013;  Concert: Red Priest will perform Italian baroque music for chamber orchestra. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941.

Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project will feature students from the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The City Choir of Washington will perform Haydnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mass in the Time of Warâ&#x20AC;? and Joel Puckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Mourning.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15 to $45. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 301-572-6865. â&#x2013;  The Agis Center for Arts and Humanities will present the China Anhui Traditional Orchestra performing compositions to celebrate the Spring Festival season. 8 p.m. $30 to $50. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Escape on the Pearl,â&#x20AC;? about the largest attempted slavery escape in the United States. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Presidential historian Michael Beschloss will discuss the role of religion in President Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, and Belinda Thomson, guest curator, will discuss the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gauguin: Maker of Myth.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Stanley Meisler will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Clara Villarosa will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Words of African-American Heroes.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present Banksy and Jaimie Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exit Through the Gift Shopâ&#x20AC;? as part of its seventh annual screenings of Academy Award nominees. 4 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th

streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jem Cohen: Curious Visionsâ&#x20AC;? will feature the American filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instrument,â&#x20AC;? about the D.C.-based band Fugazi and the counterculture of the 1980s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s. 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present Robert Greenwaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price,â&#x20AC;? about the personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities fighting the retail giant. 7:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? will feature the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brother Outsider,â&#x20AC;? about the life and work of Bayard Rustin. 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-3877638. Performance â&#x2013;  Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices From a Changing Middle East: Portraits of Homeâ&#x20AC;? theater festival will feature a reading of Motti Lernerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Admission.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $10. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. Walk â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile hike to Milkhouse Ford. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Monday, Feb. FEBRUARY 28 Monday 28 Concert â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project will feature students from the Cleveland Institute of Music. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Mosab Hassan Yousef will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Son of Hamas,â&#x20AC;? about the Middle Eastern terrorist organization and the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s double life as a spy. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Physician Izzeldin Abuelaish will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity,â&#x20AC;? about everyday life in the contested Gaza Strip. 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. Fashion show â&#x2013;  Solas Nua and Birds of a Pleather will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paisean Faisean!,â&#x20AC;? a fashion show featuring the work of 10 Irish designers. 7 p.m. $35. Fathom Creative, 1333 14th St. NW. paiseanfaisean.eventbrite.com. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Closet.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. See Events/Page 24


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ahiti enticed French artist Paul Gauguin to abandon his wife and children and move to the Polynesian paradise, where he hoped to find unspoiled primitive people living in harmony with nature. Instead, he found them corrupted by colonialism, so he decided to invent that paradise in his art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gauguin: Maker of Mythâ&#x20AC;? will open Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, fresh from a three-and-a-half-month run at Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tate Modern, where it

drew 420,000 visitors, making it the third-most-popular exhibition in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. The spring blockbuster brings more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and decorative objects by Gauguin and illustrates how he spun the religions and legends of many cultures into his own personal mythology, both in art and life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part of the ambition of the show was to dispel the notion that it was Tahiti that made Gauguin a significant painter,â&#x20AC;? curator Belinda Thomson said yesterday during a preview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So the selection aims to provide a holistic exploration of an artist who

was still very much a part of the French avant-garde when he created, in tandem, his radically simplified style and his elusive, poetic subjects.â&#x20AC;? Born in Paris in 1848, Gauguin joined the Merchant Marines at age 17 and sailed the high seas for six years. Then he tried to settle down, becoming a Parisian stockbroker, marrying and fathering five children. But the stock market crash of 1882 wiped him out, and he struggled to support his family. He painted whenever he could, and he took odd jobs in France, Denmark, Spain and Central America, where he worked on the Panama Canal. His Panama Canal adventure lasted less than a year, cut short by dysentery and malaria, from which he recovered during a five-month stay on Martinique, where he discovered the primitivism that would define his style and began calling himself a savage. After returning to France, he painted in Brittany and lived for two turbulent months with Vincent

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On EXHIBIT open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and continue through July 31. The exhibit also includes video re-creations of the cavesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; original appearance. Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-6331000.

â&#x2013;  The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will open a retrospective tomorrow of works by postwar German painter Blinky Palermo (1943-1977) and continue it through May 15. The first survey of the artist in the United States, the exhibit illustrates his evolution away from traditional materials to reflect the advertising and fashion industries of the 1960s, followed by his application of decoration to modernism in site-specific wall paintings. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. See Exhibits/Page 28

Above, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Words of the Devil or Reclining Tahitian Womenâ&#x20AC;? (1894), oil on canvas; left, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tehamana Has Many Parentsâ&#x20AC;? (1893), oil on canvas van Gogh, then sailed for Tahiti in 1891. There he went native, taking a vahine, settling in the countryside and learning the local culture. It is this culture that he mined in such paintings as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Words of the Devilâ&#x20AC;? (1894), on which he wrote the title in Tahitian, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arearea no Varua ino,â&#x20AC;? to convey an exotic flavor. This lushly colored painting shows two young Tahitian women reclining in the foreground. Behind them on the left stands a dark tiki, a

Polynesian figure with associations similar to those of Adam in the Garden of Eden. The figure, along with a man and woman paired suggestively in the background, adds a narrative dimension to the pastoral scene, whose title now becomes clear: Both women embody Eve, a temptress well known in Paris, where Gauguin marketed his art. Women were his favorite subjects for portraits, which he liked to See Gauguin/Page 28

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GAUGUIN From Page 23 invest with symbolic meaning. For this reason, he painted his vahine amid symbols of her ancestors in “Tehamana Has Many Parents” (1893). The Tahitian goddess Hina is shown beside the sitter, above whose head are written hieroglyphics from Easter Island tablets. Such touches add weight to the woman, making her an emblem of the Polynesian people. Gauguin’s next-most-favorite portrait subject was himself. He painted one of his best-known selfportraits directly onto the cupboard door of a Brittany inn where he was staying in 1889. It shows him with a halo over his head, two

EXHIBITS From Page 23 “Choosing to Participate,” presenting photographs and stories about individuals and groups who have shown an act of courage or compassion toward others, opened last week at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., where it will continue through June 17. An opening reception will take place tonight at 5:30 p.m. Located at 801 K St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-841-4117. ■ “Standing Atop the Ladder,” featuring eight new works in a variety of media by Columbia Heights artist Juan Tejedor, opened last week at Flashpoint Gallery, where it will continue through March 26. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., and the artist will give a talk March 26 at 3 p.m. Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202315-1305. ■

apples hanging by his left ear and a snake in his right hand. He represents himself as both saint and sinner in this portrait. Certainly the forces of good and evil raged within him. A womanizer who drank excessively, he sometimes portrayed himself as Christ. Ultimately, his hard living did him in. He died of syphilitic heart failure in 1903 on a remote Marquesan island, as far from civilization and close to paradise as he could get. “Gauguin: Maker of Myth” will open Sunday and continue through June 5 in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Located at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215; nga.gov. “Amend,” presenting six photographs by Canadian artists Nicholas and Sheila Pye about their relationship, opened last week at Curator’s Office, where it will continue through April 2. Located at 1515 14th St. NW in Suite 201, the Curator’s Office is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-387-1008. ■ Long View Gallery opened an exhibit last week devoted to its new artists. The exhibit will continue through March 13. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-232-4788. ■ “Festival des Artistes: Diplomacy Through Art,” presenting artworks by members of Washington’s diplomatic community, opened recently at the Bing Stanford in Washington Art Gallery, where it will continue through March 22. Located in the Sant Building at 2655 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-332-6235. ■

members of the American University community and seniors. The theater is located at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-8852587; american.edu/cas/auarts. ■ George Washington University will stage Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Anyone Can Whistle” Feb. 24 through 27 in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. A power-hungry mayor and her henchman are scheming to find a way back to their brand of prosperity, but craziness and chaos ensue as a skeptical nurse strives to uncover the mayor’s plans. Performance times will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15; $10 for students and seniors. The Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre is located in the Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-0995; theatredance.gwu.edu. ■ Catholic University will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” Feb. 25 through 27 in Ward Hall. In “The Medium,” Madame Flora, a fraudulent psychic who cheats her clients through false contact from the beyond, feels the touch of a cold hand during one of her own séances. Believing she has made contact with the dead, she is driven to insanity and murder. “Trouble in Tahiti” is a one-act opera about an average family in an anonymous 1950s suburb. Husband and wife seek reconciliation for their troubled marriage but are continuously peeved by each other’s annoying habits. Performance times will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15; $10 for students, seniors and alumni. Catholic University is located at 3801 Harewood Road NE. 202319-5416; music.cua.edu. ■ Washington National Opera will present “Madama Butterfly” Feb. 26 through March 19 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. When the lovely and innocent Butterfly catches the eye of a caddish naval officer, he makes her his temporary “wife.” When his time in Japan is over, he abandons her. Dishonored, Butterfly is bereft. Performance times will vary. Tickets cost $25 to $300. 202-4674600; kennedy-center.org. ■ Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue will return to D.C. March 2 through 20 with a new show, “Finn McCool,” to be performed at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s Melton Rehearsal Hall. The group, popular from the Capital Fringe Festival, will blend theater, rock music and storytelling in this re-telling of an Irish legend. Performance times will be 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20, except during pay-what-you-can performances March 2 and 3. Melton Hall is located at 641 D St. NW. getdizzywithlizzie.com.


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While the play clock drips down toward zero like a faulty pipe, the teams dash to and fro as they sprint for the basket. The Potomac School leads St. Albans School by two points, with 16 seconds left in the game. While the point guard drives to the opposing basket, the other players hurriedly call for the ball, but the guard keeps the ball and gently, almost reverently, shoots it against heavy resistance. With a tiny swish, the ball gracefully descends through the hoop as the buzzer sounds and the crowd goes insane. This past weekend, three St. Albans School teams traveled to Potomac, Md., to compete in the Bullis Invitational Tournament. The sixth-grade team placed second among the four teams in their bracket, while Dakota Foster made the All-Tournament Team. Even better, the seventh-grade team placed first, with Keith Simms as the overall MVP and George Walker making the AllTournament Team. Sadly, the eighth-grade team was not as successful, losing both games. The St. Albans team faced difficulties due to missing players and a sick coach, yet they still played with determination, taking Potomac to overtime. Daniel Armagh made the All-Tournament Team. — Matthew Days, Form II (eighth grade)

St. John’s College High School Spring is finally coming over St. John’s, and the sports department is breaking out tons of sports. Beginning in March, there will be nine spring sports: baseball, softball, girls lacrosse, boys lacrosse, golf, boys tennis, track and field, rugby and crew. On Friday there will be boys and girls freshman, junior varsity and varsity basketball games against the Bishop McNamara teams. Also this week, more of the seniors will be going on the Kairos retreat, an eight-year-old tradition at St. John’s. It is a way for people to strengthen their connection with God. The word

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School Without Walls This week, 18 students from London arrived at School Without Walls. On Thursday morning, two British Culture Club members went early to meet them at their hotel. By 8, most of the other members were at school, preparing one of the common areas. There was a giant poster featuring a penguin, a lion, the Stars and Stripes, the Union Jack and “Welcome.” Around it in erasable marker were things we liked the British for (including Dr. Who, Muse and losing the American Revolution). When the students arrived, they were each given American buddies and taken to the first two classes. After that, students gave them a tour of the school, and Mr. Trogisch gave a speech. Around 11:30, the British students and British Culture Club members walked to get Chipotle for lunch, to show off Tex-Mex. The rest of the day was for sightseeing. The British students went to the National Archives and the Washington Monument, got a tour around the White House, and saw the House voting in the U.S. Capitol. Around 5:30, they took a bus to Georgetown, where they shopped for hours. Friday started a little later, with a 9 a.m. tour of the Capitol. Then was a look at the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Lunch was followed by a walk in the U.S. Botanic Garden and a trip to the National Museum of the American Indian. The rest of the day was for whatever the visitors felt like doing. Most went shopping again. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

Stoddert Elementary We competed against other schools this week in the D.C. Public Schools Spelling Bee. We went to the Logan Center downtown where we met other third-, fourth- and fifth-grade contestants. I think there were 32 students in all from six other schools. We studied by using the Scripps Spelling Bee words. We were nervous because we didn’t know what words we were going to be up against. Drew had words like lariat and leotard. He got out on wiseacre, saying k instead of c. Hudson, who will go to the citywide finals, had words like amicable and incorruptible. He went out on incorruptible but made fifth place. Our parents went along, and so did Mrs. Marquez and Mrs. Barr from our school. The two of us agreed that spelling into a microphone in front of a lot of people is a little unnerving, but we got through it. — Drew Koiki, fifth-grader, and Hudson Primus, fourth-grader


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