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Council OKs bill on student ‘expectations’

Residential properties stay flat in assessments

dance break

■ Real estate: Values rise

for commerical land, city says


By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council yesterday voted tentative approval for an omnibus bill to “raise expectations” for public school students by, for example, requiring them to take college entrance exams and apply to at least one post-secondary school, and by paying incentives to highly qualified teachers who work in the city’s worst schools. But a testy debate showed some unease with both the mandates and the cost of the “Raising Expectations for Education Outcomes” package assembled by Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who has insisted that even the ambitious school reform efforts of recent years have not translated to success for many of the city’s students. Among its provisions, the bill would: • provide support for middle school children identified as at risk for dropping out of school or failing academically. • require all public high school stuSee Council/Page 8

Residential property values are holding steady in the District and commercial values have increased, according to fiscal-year 2013 tax assessments that were released last Wednesday. The assessments, conducted annually for every D.C. property, are based on recent sales, according to Real Property Tax Administration director Robert Farr. The figures

■ Logan Circle: Rules could

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Saturday’s Family Day at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, an event sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, featured a variety of children’s activities including an energetic dance workshop with local breakdancers.

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

NEWS ■ Celebrated chef plans new start with La Forchetta. Page 3. ■ Zoning officials at a loss on Peking Garden case. Page 3.

show a continued interest in D.C. properties, offset slightly by continued foreclosures and short sales in wards 7 and 8, where values fell most sharply, he said. Citywide, the District has an estimated $85.9 billion in residential property, down $365 million or 0.43 percent from last year’s assessment. “Statistically, that’s about as stable as you can get,” Farr said in an interview. “Most of the wards changed very, very slightly.” Farr credited the presence of the federal government in the District with keeping city property values high west of the Anacostia River. See Values/Page 25

Program would set aside spaces for local residents By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Advocacy groups question new meter rules Four disability rights organizations are asking the city to undo new parking rules affecting drivers with disabilities until officials can more thoroughly study the regulations’ effects. The D.C. Department of Transportation has installed about 400 “red-top” parking meters, which — effective March 1 — are reserved for vehicles displaying handicap license plates or placards. So far, most of these new meters, which have twice the time limit of regular meters nearby, are located downtown and around Southwest’s federal buildings.

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The “red top” meters are set aside for disabled drivers.

As part of the program, the District is also ending its citywide policy of allowing disabled motorists to park free at any metered space and for twice the posted time restriction. This change drew the ire of the

four disability rights groups, particularly because there are few red-top meters available. Agency spokesperson John Lisle said the practice of free parking encouraged fraud, with commuters bearing false placards taking up the city’s parking spaces. Around L’Enfant Plaza, said Lisle, the Transportation Department found that at one point 91 percent of the cars on a single block were displaying disability permits. Eliminating the incentive of free parking, he said, will “encourage turnover and make more spaces available” — including for drivers with legitimate disabilities. Furthermore, Lisle said, without a See Meters/Page 24

EVENTS ■ Arena Stage to open festival with O’Neill’s only comedy. Page 29. ■ National Geographic spotlights Samurai culture. Page 29.

Residents might get the advantage in the hunt for scarce parking spots in Logan Circle, if a new program moves forward. A pilot suggested by Ward 2 Council member Jack Evan’s office would reserve one side of many of the neighborhood’s streets for resident-only parking Monday through Saturday. The idea came from residents themselves, according to Evans’ office. “It’s something we get a lot of comments and complaints about — there’s no parking,” said Sherri Kimbel, Evans’ director of constituent services. Though many streets are now zoned to restrict non-permit holders to two-hour windows for parking, these rules typically expire once evening hits — the same time Logan Circle, with the 14th and U streets corridors nearby, becomes more popular for evening visitors. “People who live here go out for

PASSAGES Smokey Robinson helps raise funds for Ellington School of the Arts. Page 17. ■ A look at Foggy Bottom’s past. Page 17. ■

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The “enhanced” parking program extends regular protections.

the evening and come back and there’s no parking,” Kimbel said. Under the new system, residentially zoned streets in Logan Circle would retain their existing twohour restrictions on one side of the street; the other side would be reserved, for most hours of the day, exclusively for those who hold residential parking permits. See Logan/Page 36

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Peking Garden zoning case Celebrated chef to return to Wesley Heights raises procedural quandary By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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Neighbors await a decision from the city zoning administrator.

case left some in the audience shaking their heads, trying to understand how a simple dispute over takeout food became, as chair Meridith Moldenhauer said, “a challenging legal question.� Roth, a former neighborhood commission chair who is wellversed in zoning law, lives on Vernon Street in a house that backs up to the alley behind Peking See Appeal/Page 22

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La Forchetta, a new restaurant set to open near American University during the first week of April, will do so with well-known chef Roberto Donna at the helm. Donna, an Italian native who once owned and operated several upscale area restaurants including Galileo, Laboratorio del Galileo and Osteria, has signed a one-year contract with restaurant owner Hakan Ilhan. Now, the two are working to put the final touches on the 116-seat Italian brasserie located at 3201 New Mexico Ave., in the same retail and office complex as popular restaurant Chef Geoff’s. “I’m very excited to be back in D.C.,� Donna said in an interview. He returns to the area after taking a job just over a month ago with the Arizona-based

Bice Group, which owns an international chain of Northern Italian restaurants. Before he moved out West, the celebrated chef had run into legal troubles with the local restaurants he once owned. “I am happy to join Hakan because he has what I need — good business sense,� added Donna, who failed to pay local taxes and — according to former staffers — his employees during the later years of his restaurant empire. “I think we will make a good couple. I cook and make good food, and he makes restaurants work well.� Ilhan, who lives in the Foxhall Crescents neighborhood, owns 21 successful eateries in the area, including Gelato Dolce Vita in Georgetown and several restaurant franchises. La Forchetta will be his first neighborhood sit-down restaurant. “While I have been a successful restaurant owner See Forchetta/Page 24

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The Woman’s National Democratic Club will host a luncheon forum for Democrats running for D.C. delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, D.C. shadow senator and the Ward 2 and Ward 4 D.C. Council seats. The event will also include remarks by Peter Tatian of the Urban Institute and Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute on how the District’s demographics have changed and how candidates will respond. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Admission costs $30; $10 for the lecture only. To RSVP, visit ■Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a public hearing on the fiscal year 2013 operating budget for public schools in the District. Witnesses are invited to provide feedback on initial allocation proposals for individual schools. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. To testify, contact Joshua Thompson at 202-701-9289 or

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District Digest New member tapped for D.C. zoning board

The D.C. Council yesterday confirmed a Capitol Hill construction management consultant as one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three appointees to the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Rashida MacMurray will replace attorney Meridith Moldenhauer, a downtown resident who is currently serving as the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair. According to her rĂŠsumĂŠ, MacMurray consults on capital projects for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services and also provides training on managing construction programs. She is a lawyer and litigator â&#x20AC;&#x201D; experience that could prove helpful to the board, which must interpret

the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arcane zoning code when deciding appeals of permitting decisions and granting exceptions and variances from the code. The board will elect a new chair when Moldenhauer steps down. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

Council fetes music store on anniversary

D.C. Council members yesterday honored Middle C Music on its 10th anniversary, noting that several membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; children have honed their instrumental skills at the Tenleytown store, the only full-service music store in the city. Chairman Kwame Brown said his daughter took both violin and guitar lessons at Middle C and



â&#x20AC;&#x153;loves the store.â&#x20AC;? Jack Evans of Ward 2 said his daughter also learned to play guitar there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a music store, but a community anchor,â&#x20AC;? said Mary Cheh of Ward 3, noting that many of her constituents also go to the store to buy sheet music and to hear recitals and solo concerts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got fitted for a guitar there,â&#x20AC;? said Tommy Wells of Ward 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being on the council, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have another diversion that calms the soul.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hear they told you to keep your day job,â&#x20AC;? Evans joked. Middle Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder and owner, Myrna Sislen, said she will host a birthday celebration at the store March 22. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

Agency lays out plan for Woodson Home

The National Park Service is accepting public comments through Tuesday on plans for the historic Carter G. Woodson Home in Shaw. Carter G. Woodson, the second African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University, became a prominent educator, historian, publisher and advocate in D.C. during the middle of the 20th centu-

ry. Known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;father of black history,â&#x20AC;? he founded the organization that is known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former home, at 1538 9th St. NW, is designated as a national historic site. The Park Service owns that property along with two adjacent row houses at 1540 and 1542 9th St., and the agency plans to acquire a private building to the north at 1544 9th St, according to the Park Service. The agency is recommending full restoration of Woodsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, allowing for site tours. The neighboring properties would host exhibits, videos and educational programs, while the Association for the Study of African American Life and History would occupy at least 500 square feet of administrative space. Along with that proposal, the Park Service has detailed a required â&#x20AC;&#x153;no-actionâ&#x20AC;? alternative. More information and documents related to the plans for the Woodson Home can be found at The Park Service recommends that readers submit comments through an electronic form at the same website, which also provides addresses for mailing or hand-delivering comments. The public can also view a hard copy of the plan at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site at 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katie Pearce

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Pepco electric rates to drop 5.8 percent

Most D.C. Pepco customers will see lower electric rates starting June 1, as the utility has secured a cheaper contract for its power, the company announced Friday. Pepco projected that the average residential bill will drop from $90 to $84.74. The utility is still seeking permission from the D.C. Public Service Commission to increase the amount it charges to deliver the electricity to homes, which it says is necessary to cover infrastructure improvements. Pepco is responsible for the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power lines, but the company does not generate its own electricity. Residents who buy their power from a company other than Pepco will be unaffected by this latest rate decrease.

Wilson, Deal buses now leaving earlier

Following requests from school officials, five Metrobus routes serving Deal Middle School and Wilson High School have begun service 10 minutes earlier each morning, according to a news release from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The change affects routes D31, D32, D33, D34 and W45, the release states.


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Aging-in-place groups give tips to Foggy Bottom Current Staff Report Leaders from nearby â&#x20AC;&#x153;villagesâ&#x20AC;? gave Foggy Bottom and West End residents the lowdown last week on how to form an organization that can assist older residents with aging in place. The village movement helps seniors live at home as long as possible by offering support services and social events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took us two years to get going,â&#x20AC;? said Janean Mann, one of the founders and now the president of the Northwest Neighbors Village. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the third year, we had 90 volunteers and 8,000 hours of volunteer service.â&#x20AC;?

The Feb. 28 gathering, hosted by the Foggy Bottom Association, focused on the nascent effort to launch a village in Foggy Bottom and the West End. It was one of the largest meetings the association has ever had, with more than 100 attendees. There are almost 17,000 residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3,500 of whom are 55 and over â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the area, so it should be able to support a village, said Rebecca Coder, a local advisory neighborhood commissioner and one of eight leaders spearheading the effort. She added that the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital, university and cultural activities

at venues like the Kennedy Center can be components important to a villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. Access to reliable service providers is also key to a villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, said Mann, as volunteers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always fill membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs. When a member needs professional help and there is no volunteer who can assist, the goal is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get somebody reliableâ&#x20AC;? and ensure the member â&#x20AC;&#x153;will not be ripped off.â&#x20AC;? Typically, Mann said, the village sends a member a list of three potential service providers. Should there be complaints about the one selected, the provider first gets a warning; See Village/Page 22

Proposed zoning overhaul prompts worries By DAVID GUTMAN Current Correspondent

Citizens expressed concern about preserving their neighborhoods at a recent discussion of proposed zoning changes that could allow more corner stores and rental units in the District, among other impacts. City officials met with the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations last week to outline updates in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning regulations, now undergoing their first major rewrite since 1958. The Feb. 28 meeting featured presentations from the Office of Planning as well as a spirited back and forth between officials and troubled residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all hold our neighborhoods very dear,â&#x20AC;? said Alma Gates, a member of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning rewrite task force and a former Palisades advisory neighborhood commissioner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerning us is the character of our neighborhoods changing.â&#x20AC;? Under the proposed new regulations: â&#x20AC;˘ The 40-foot height limit for single-family houses would not change, but buildings would no longer be limited to three stories. â&#x20AC;˘ The general standard for minimum side-yard width in R1 and R2 zones â&#x20AC;&#x201D; typically, areas of detached singlefamily houses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would change from 8 feet to 5 feet, within certain parameters. â&#x20AC;˘ Homeowners in R1 and R2 zones would be allowed to

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rent out an additional apartment on their lot, provided they would be living in one of the two units and the footprint of the two dwellings wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exceed existing lot limits. â&#x20AC;˘ Businesses would be allowed to operate out of corner row houses and houses already zoned as commercial. More than three businesses wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be allowed to be located within 500 feet of one another, and they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be within 500 feet of an existing commercial zone. Limits would also be placed on the types of businesses, hours of operation and number of employees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The objective is to look at neighborhoods that work and ask, Why do they work?â&#x20AC;? said Jennifer Steingasser of the Office of Planning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walkable neighborhoods all have corner stores.â&#x20AC;? She also cited walkability as crucial to allowing residents to age in place in their own neighborhoods. George Clark, the federationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative on the zoning rewrite task force, disagreed. Clark said he has lived in a row-house neighborhood for more than 20 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The notion that my neighborhood is not livable unless it has a corner store, that bothers me,â&#x20AC;? he said. Though he disagreed with some of the changes, Clark did credit the proposed rewrite for clarifying the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning code. The rewrite â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the process for which started in 2008 See Zoning/Page 25

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012


The Current


Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Feb. 26 through March 4 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101


â&#x2013; downtown

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 700 block, 11th St.; restaurant; 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, H St.; hotel; 4:28 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; office building; 8:15 a.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, F St.; restaurant; 1:20 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 2:10 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1000 block, H St.; hotel; 4:50 p.m. March 3. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 2:40 p.m. Feb. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, 11th St.; parking lot; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

psa 102

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 7th and G streets; restaurant; 12:52 a.m. March 4. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  7th and H streets; sidewalk; 12:45 p.m. Feb. 28. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  500 block, H St.; sidewalk; 2:30 p.m. March 1. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  700 block, 6th St.; residence; 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  800 block, G St.; government building; 3:25 p.m. March 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, Indiana Ave.; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; store; 4:12 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  400 block, 7th St.; office building; noon March 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 6th St.; parking lot; 4 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; parking lot; 5:30 p.m. March 4.

psa 203

â&#x2013; forest hills / van ness PSA 203

cleveland park

Burglary â&#x2013; 3300 block, 35th St.; residence; 12:05 a.m. March 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 7 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 3 a.m. March 3.

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psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; church; 5:30 p.m. March 3.

Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 2500 block, 28th St.; street; 6:35 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; street; 12:30 p.m. March 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29.

psa PSA 206


â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 3300 block, N St.; sidewalk; 9 p.m. Feb. 26. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2600 block, P St.; store; 2:40 a.m. March 3. Burglary â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; university; 9:05 a.m. March 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  33rd and Q streets; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 6:14 p.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:20 p.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 3:55 p.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  3500 block, S St.; residence; 1 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 6 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. March 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 26th St.; street; 7 p.m. March 1.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013; 1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 8 a.m. March 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and L Street; street; 3 a.m. Feb. 26. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; office building; 12:12 p.m. Feb. 28. Burglary â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; office building; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  500 block, 19th St.; school; 7 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  900 block, 25th St.; residence; 8 a.m. March 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; office building; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  800 block, 18th St.; store; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; restaurant; noon Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  800 block, 22nd St.; university; 1 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; office building; 1 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  15th and K streets; restaurant; 5:35 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  2100 block, G St.; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 7:40 a.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 5:20 p.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; tavern; 10:20 p.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; office building; 11:15 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified

premises; 11:30 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013; 1600 block, I St.; restaurant; 6 p.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; liquor store; 10:30 a.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  2100 block, H St.; university; 4:45 p.m. March 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; street; 6 a.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  800 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 3:05 a.m. March 3.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama

PSA 208 dupont circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2100 block, P St.; alley; 10:50 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:15 a.m. March 4. Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:30 a.m. Feb. 26. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 12:55 a.m. March 3. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; restaurant; 10 p.m. March 3. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; tavern/ nightclub; 9:55 p.m. March 1. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and N Street; street; 3 a.m. March 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 12:30 p.m. Feb. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; store; 8:39 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; alley; 9 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  19th and M streets; restaurant; noon March 1. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 1:30 a.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  2000 block, R St.; restaurant; 3:30 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; hotel; 10:30 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 1 a.m. March 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, S St.; street; 7 a.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; alley; 5:17 p.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; parking lot; 4:55 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Church St.; street; 7 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 18th St.; street; 10:30 p.m. March 2.

psa PSA 301


â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 14th and W streets; alley; 1:10 a.m. March 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; residence; 9 a.m. Feb. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Johnson Ave.; street; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1600 block, S St.; alley; 8 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Corcoran St.;

street; noon March 1. â&#x2013; 16th and Corcoran streets; street; 10 p.m. March 2.

psa PSA 303


â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2200 block, 18th St.; alley; 12:31 a.m. March 2. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; parking lot; 11:20 p.m. March 2. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 12:15 a.m. March 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 2 a.m. Feb. 26. â&#x2013;  2500 block, 17th St.; government building; noon Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Adams Mill Road; unspecified premises; 5:45 p.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 5:55 p.m. March 4. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. March 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Ontario Road; street; 7 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Euclid St.; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Biltmore St.; street; 9 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  16th and W streets; street; 9:15 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Ashmead Place; alley; 5 p.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Ontario Road; street; 10 a.m. March 2.

psa PSA 307


â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 11th and N streets; sidewalk; 10:49 p.m. March 4. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1400 block, 12th St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; 10:45 a.m. March 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 11th St.; residence; 9:30 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kingman Place; residence; 2:45 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 14th St.; residence; 7:30 p.m. March 2. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 10th St.; store; 12:35 p.m. March 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 12th St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kingman Place; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  12th and Q streets; street; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; noon Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 11th St.; parking lot; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Q St.; street; 1 p.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kingman Place; street; 1:35 p.m. Feb. 29. â&#x2013;  1100 block, O St.; street; 12:15 p.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Columbia St.; street; 9:30 a.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Riggs St.; street; 8 p.m. March 2.

The Current


Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Preservation board requests DDOT will alter Chevy Chase speed humps changes to 14th Street plan By BETH COPE

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Architects, along with the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board, continue to tinker with the design of a six-story residential and retail building — tentatively dubbed “The Irwin” — that will replace a storage building and vacant lot on 14th Street just south of Rhode Island Avenue. A Feb. 23 hearing, the board’s second on the project, ended with a request for more study. The Irwin would be much taller than its neighbors on the low-scale block and the historic row houses on Rhode Island Avenue. The preservation board, in a previous review, had asked architects from the Torti Gallas firm to set back the top floor and reduce the size of penthouse structures to make the Irwin — named for developer Irwin Edlavitch — less visible. Architect Sherief Elfar said his team complied with the second request by significantly reducing the size of a shared roof deck, thus reducing egress requirements and allowing the deck to be served by one staircase and one elevator

instead of two. That reduced “the clutter of rooftop elements,” according to a report to the board. But the top floor could not be pushed back without reducing the size of residential units, Elfar said. “Setting back the sixth floor would be extremely compromising to the layout,” he told the board. Units are small already, and more setbacks would harm the project’s economic feasibility, he said. Most board members were unhappy with that answer. “Try to make it work,” said member Joseph Taylor, also an architect. “You can set the sixth floor back and still have the units you need.” Nancy Metzger, a new member of the board, said the current facade design, intended to evoke the historic auto showrooms farther up 14th Street, is confusing. “There’s four stories, then a plain attic story, then a fancy attic. It doesn’t make sense,” she said. The board also criticized the placement of the residential entrance in the middle of ground-floor storefronts. The board asked the architects to respond to the concerns at yet another hearing.

Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Department of Transportation is planning to alter a number of speed humps in Chevy Chase after the local advisory neighborhood commission drew attention to their varied sizes. “DDOT was asked to come out and determine whether the humps in this specific neighborhood were in compliance according to our published specs,” department spokesperson John Lisle wrote in an email. “Some were, some were not. The ones identified as being out of compliance have been marked and scheduled for maintenance.” Neighborhood commission say some of the traffic-calming devices are shorter, from front to back in the direction of traffic, than agency regulations require, and therefore more of a hindrance for drivers. The transportation agency’s 2010 guidelines say humps should be 14 feet in length and 3 inches in height. The document also says humps are “safe and comfortable for passenger cars” going 25 MPH. Yet commissioners said the humps are clearly too tall for such speeds, and that some residents have complained about damage to cars. After a lengthy back-and-forth, transportation officials visited each of the questioned humps.

Lisle was unable to confirm by deadline which humps have been marked for changes, but The Current visited those identified by the commission and found spray-paint markings on each. The commission listed: • one hump in the 3700 block of Jenifer Street; • three humps in the 3700 block of Morrison Street; • one hump in the 5100 block of Chevy Chase Parkway; • three humps on Rittenhouse Street between Nevada and Utah avenues; and • three humps in the 3200 block of Beech Street. A second hump in the 5100 block of Chevy Chase Parkway was also marked. At the neighborhood commission’s Feb. 27 meeting, commissioners said they were still waiting for a report on which humps would be changed, which had been promised weeks before. “Eventually, they follow through,” Thompson said of the transportation agency, but he said it “takes constant, persistent effort” to ensure that. Thompson said speed humps have been a particularly controversial issue in the neighborhood, but despite varied opinions on whether they should be installed, commissioners believe they should be uniform in size. “There should be a clear standard, and it should be followed,” he said.

Panel recommends shift on school maintenance funding By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

A commission established by the D.C. Council to examine potential funding disparities between the city’s traditional public schools and its charter schools recommended last month that the city allocate building maintenance funds based on individual school needs, rather than student numbers. The recommendation was one of several made by the 15-member D.C. Public Education Finance Reform Commission, which met over three months before releasing a final report in February. The document states that the needs of individual schools vary greatly, so the schools should be treated differently. “What we discovered as a commission is that the maintenance costs of DCPS are likely to be a lot higher than a typical charter school because they use much older buildings,” said Ed Lazere, executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and chair of the commission. “While the mayor was supplementing DCPS’s maintenance budget, it was because it needed it, not because he wanted to give them more money.” But many charter school proponents, including D.C. Public Charter School Board executive director Scott Pearson, oppose the idea. “Many tens of millions of dollars

of city services are applied to DCPS without being equally applied to public charter schools — the most significant among them is building maintenance,” said Pearson. Under the current system, charter schools pay for building maintenance costs out of their allocation from the city’s per-pupil funding formula. Charter schools can also use part of the additional $3,000 per student they receive for capital costs. Still, Pearson says supplemental funding for the city’s traditional public schools puts charter schools at a disadvantage. “For FY2012, the mayor is currently on the record as requesting a $25.2 million supplemental appropriation for DCPS. ... If there’s extra money allocated to DCPS, then the equivalent amount should be allocated to charter schools,” he said. The D.C. Council voted to establish the finance commission in 2010 after charter schools raised just such concerns. Charter backers said implementation of the city’s “Uniform Per Student Funding Formula,” which ties school funding to enrollment numbers, is tilted toward traditional public schools. Some on the commission argued that traditional public schools are actually underfunded when it comes to building maintenance. “When the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula was set up, it See Financing/Page 24

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dents, including those at charter schools, to take the SAT or ACT and apply to at least one college or other post-secondary institution. â&#x20AC;˘ offer a package of incentives, including a $10,000-a-year bonus, home-buyer aid and tuition assistance, to teachers identified as â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly effectiveâ&#x20AC;? who commit to teach for at least three years in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;highest needâ&#x20AC;? schools. This program would start as a pilot for up to 20 teachers. â&#x20AC;˘ create â&#x20AC;&#x153;community schoolsâ&#x20AC;? offering wraparound services for both students and families in disadvantaged neighborhoods. At-large member Michael Brown and Ward 1 member Jim Graham authored this provision. Brown has repeatedly said it is unacceptable that more than 50 percent of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public school students drop out, while many of those who graduate high school find themselves unprepared to compete for jobs in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our expectations have to be higher. We have to demand more. This is bold, but this system needs something bold,â&#x20AC;? he said. But in debate, at-large member Phil Mendelson objected to two major components of Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan. Mendelson said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially concerned about the cost of the teacher incentive package, which he totaled at about $1.5 million for only 20 teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of money to be paying to a small number of teachers. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to turn our schools around if we spend that much on only 20 teachers.â&#x20AC;? He also disagreed with making applying to college and taking the SAT or ACT a graduation requirement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The council shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be legislating that,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The real problems with the schools are truancy and kids who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read in fourth grade.â&#x20AC;? He said 40 to 45 percent of District ninth-graders have persistent truancy problems, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and requiring them to apply to college is not going to solve that.â&#x20AC;? Brown countered that some of the incentive money, such as housing assistance and bonuses for highly effective teachers, is already in place, saying the overall bill for his total package is â&#x20AC;&#x153;only $2 million,â&#x20AC;? in a billion-dollar school budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard one parent who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support this,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No amount of money is too much for our children,â&#x20AC;? said Marion Barry of Ward 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not graduating them into college is graduating them into jail or onto the street.â&#x20AC;? Other critics included at-large member Vincent Orange, angry that Brown did not include his proposal to beef up early-childhood education, and Ward 6 member Tommy Wells, who was concerned that the bill would make inflexible demands on public and charter school officials who are already making reform efforts of their own. In a Feb. 16 hearing on parts of Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill, school officials offered lukewarm support.

Carey Wright, the D.C. Public Schools chief academic officer who testified on behalf of Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, said that personally, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support adding standardized tests or college applications as graduation requirements. Hosanna Mahaley, state superintendent of schools, told a reporter that she supports Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;College Prepâ&#x20AC;? bill, but she deferred to the State Board of Education any definitive statement about adding the measures as graduation requirements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparing students for college and a career is our goal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but having a test alone isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sufficient. If we use something like the SAT or ACT, we have to provide resources to make students successful,â&#x20AC;? Mahaley said. Eleven U.S. states require students to take a college entrance exam in order to graduate from high school. According to Brown, schools

â??Our expectations have to be higher. We have to demand more.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chairman Kwame Brown in the District that also have this requirement have higher graduation rates and a greater number of students who go on to college than those that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require the tests. Brown compared Anacostiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thurgood Marshall Academy, where taking the SAT is required, to Northwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodrow Wilson High School, his alma mater, where the exams are not mandatory. At Thurgood Marshall, 92 percent of students graduate in four years, according to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010-2011 school year performance review, better than the performance of Wilson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How could that be?â&#x20AC;? asked Brown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because Thurgood Marshall expects it.â&#x20AC;? But the College Prep bill could face resistance from charter school proponents as intruding on their autonomy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do exactly what this bill sets out to do,â&#x20AC;? said Scott Pearson, executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board. Pearson said each charter school is evaluated for student performance annually, and if a school doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strict criteria, it could be closed. He added that since some schools have a technical focus, other criteria should be used to evaluate a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, such as job placement or an industry-recognized certification. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chairman Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart is in the right place, but for the charter schools, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got it covered,â&#x20AC;? Pearson said. But it appears that the mayoral administration is close to coming on board. In a Tuesday memo to the council, Mayor Vincent Gray said that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;looks forward to working with the councilâ&#x20AC;? to refine the omnibus bill, and generally supports the four components, which the mayor called â&#x20AC;&#x153;pillars of my education philosophy.â&#x20AC;?

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hen Emily Sprissler’s real estate agent suggested she consider a Glover Park spot for her new restaurant, the thirtysomething chef balked: A Northern Virginia native, she had just returned to the area after years away, and her memories of the place revolved around the strip clubs that once dominated the landscape. “He was like, ‘Obviously, you haven’t been there in a while,’” she said. And he was right: When she arrived in the neighborhood to check out Town Hall’s former space, she was immediately struck by the community’s comfortable atmosphere. “I parked on Calvert Street … right by that little park there,” she said. “I knew we had found it” — before she even saw the space. Part of what appealed to Sprissler was the neighborhood’s family orientation. A mother herself, she plans to make Mayfair & Pine a place for all ages. “When you’re looking for someplace to go, and you have a little food knowledge, … it’s hard to find a place that has a certain caliber of food but isn’t essentially a grown-up restaurant,” she explained. She said many families are “looking for someplace that

brings some razzle-dazzle to the venture: She was a contestant on the second season of the popular beth cope Bravo show “Top Chef.” Asked what drew her to the has food integrity.” reality competition show, she said, Her restaurant will provide it, “They drew me! I tried out for she said. The concept is “a hybrid Hell’s Kitchen between … the … and I ended locally grown, up not getting sustainably prochosen.” When duced food [she she got a call learned about in from the proCalifornia] with ducers of “Top kind of the Chef,” she friendliness, thought, atmosphere of a “That’s really British pub.” strange — but Sprissler no biggie.” said the menu That kind of will feature Bill Petros/The Current relaxed attitude some BritishA “Top Chef” contestant is taking suggests influenced items — fish over the former Town Hall space. Sprissler’s time in California and chips, was influential in her demeanor. It Shepherd’s pie, turkey pot pie (“I was certainly important in her perlove savory pies,” she said) — as sonal life: It’s where she met her well as lots of seafood, a few husband, chef Jason Coté. Sprissler steaks, a chicken dish and “a pork said the two have cooked together chop here and there.” for years — “on and off since “We’re gonna change it about 2002.” around,” she said. After San Francisco, they moved Along with her years of cookto Las Vegas, where for a while, ing know-how — gained from they lived the “chef’s dream,” she such spots as Vidalia, Las Vegas’ said, working jobs they enjoyed Nob Hill and the California See Chef/Page 22 Culinary Academy — Sprissler


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Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh yesterday introduced a campaign-finance reform bill, which, among other things, would ban contributions to politicians from corporations and D.C. contractors. The council member deserves praise for bringing the issue to the table — and for her support of a citizen-led effort to put the same issue in an initiative on the November ballot. The bill has a co-sponsor in Ward 6’s Tommy Wells but we were disappointed that the pair drew no other backers when they shared their measure with the entire council yesterday. The silence was particularly troubling given the investigations into past campaigns of Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown. Just last week, federal authorities raided the home and office of a prominent city contractor and political donor. In this environment, we have little doubt that the citizen initiative will get the signatures it needs to make it onto the ballot. But we would urge council members to act promptly on campaign-finance reform, presumably using the Cheh-Wells legislation as a starting point. Tightening contribution limits and improving disclosure is the best way for council members to restore credibility to the legislature. Admittedly, there may be problems with banning all corporate contributions — we’re unsure of the constitutional ramifications, especially given the makeup of the Supreme Court — and we think labor unions should be added to the prohibited list if corporations are on it. Other elements of the proposal are a step in the right direction. As Council member Cheh put it, “How and from what sources candidates for public office fund their campaigns needs to be more transparent.” Of course, yesterday’s proposed legislation goes beyond transparency, and we appreciate its stark limits on how involved local players can get with the leaders who can throw deals their way. The dire need for action grows more obvious by the day.

More cameras, lower fines

The flash of a speed camera in the rear-view mirror has ruined many a resident’s day since new lead-foot-nabbing devices went up on Foxhall Road and Porter Street, among other city locations, in December. Thousands of tickets have been issued, with fines beginning at $75 and quickly increasing. As police undoubtedly expected, the complaints came rolling in: The Foxhall camera is at the bottom of a hill. Porter Street should have a higher speed limit anyway. And — perhaps the most common gripe — the entire program is just a way for the city to bring in revenue without doing much to improve road safety. With such steep fines at stake, we’re sympathetic to many of the drivers. And we agree that the police department should do all it can to ensure that photo-enforcement signage is clear and that cameras don’t appear to be in “gotcha” locations. But we’re more pleased that pedestrians are safer on the two roads, where residents have long complained of speeding drivers. Foxhall Road, a narrow street where it was difficult for a police cruiser to nab speeders, presented a particular challenge that the camera has solved. A petition has sprung up online to lower fines for speeding. But an alternate idea proposed by blogger David Alpert has caught our attention. Lower the fines, he wrote on his site Greater Greater Washington, but only after installing a wider network of cameras. The city has already said it plans to buy more cameras. If officials were to deploy them at important intersections where they could help nab drivers who speed, block crosswalks or otherwise endanger pedestrians, the devices would clearly target public safety — not merely revenue, as naysayers would have it. Mr. Alpert’s petition has received only a handful of names, while the initiative to lower fines full-stop has registered hundreds. But we believe a larger network of cameras that clearly target dangerous driving for lower — but still substantial — fines should be the preferred path for drivers and pedestrians alike.

Shivering with more scandal …


t may have been an unusually warm winter, but the latest FBI raid looking for corruption in D.C. is sending shivers through the city’s political establishment. And it should. The target of last week’s raid was prominent businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson — both his home and his offices on 15th Street. Thompson has the most lucrative contract there is with city government — more than $300 million a year in Medicaid health-care services — and he is a prolific contributor to city political campaigns. Campaign reviews by the media say Thompson has been instrumental in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for many city political leaders, including large sums for Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign for mayor. Whatever Thompson’s role — his office did not respond to requests for comment on Monday — sources say federal authorities are specifically looking into at least tens of thousands of dollars in donations made to the Gray campaign through suspicious money orders and checks. Those sources say many names on the checks and money orders may simply have been “place holders,” with the money not actually given by those individuals. Patrick Madden of WAMU 88.5 FM reported on Monday that a similar group of questionable money orders made its way into the Vincent Orange campaign in last year’s special election. Orange says as far as he knows his contributions are all proper. The Washington Post, The City Paper and other media also have reported on suspicious money orders in the Gray campaign. And that may be the heart of this investigation. You might remember that Sulaimon Brown last year disclosed money orders that he said were payments from the Gray campaign for his attacks on then-Mayor Adrian Fenty during the campaign. It’s clear that the federal probe, as we reported last summer, has moved far beyond the foolishness of funding Sulaimon Brown’s attacks. On the Notebook’s deadline, the full purpose of the federal raid wasn’t clear, but it’s clear city political leaders sense that the aura of corruption is getting worse. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who supported Gray for mayor, told NBC4 on Monday that she shares the feeling that “something is very wrong in the District. … The influence peddling, the money, people working for the government showering other people with money — it’s disgusting and it has to stop.” Council Chairman Kwame Brown, asked about Thompson, said, “I have no idea what it is about. Clearly, I’m concerned like everyone else.” Brown also is under investigation — through a separate probe — for his 2008 campaign activities. ■ Campaign poster? Jeffrey Thompson could

become the poster child for the group trying to ban donations to city politicians from corporations and firms doing business with the District. Thompson would have a hard time replicating his massive giving if he had to create a series of political action committees to get around the ban and recruit other humans (not corporations) to give. The D.C. Committee to Restore Public Trust has a Facebook page. It soon will have authority to begin gathering signatures to put its ban on the November ballot. Your Notebook has questioned whether a ban would truly curb contributions or just disperse them to other forms of giving (like at the federal level). But Friday’s raid makes it hard to have a practical discussion on the nature and influence of corporate giving; many people just want it to stop. ■ The King library. The Urban Land Institute has completed its report on what could be done to or for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown. The report doesn’t endorse any option, but says the choices include: keeping the library at 901 G St. NW pretty much as it is; keeping the library as is but leasing unused space to other interests; and selling the building and finding a new location for a downtown library. This whole issue goes back to then-Mayor Tony Williams. His administration wanted to dispose of the current library and build a new facility on the site of the old convention center. But many others like the stark, modernist design from architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and don’t want to give up the iconic space. The insides of the building are a mess, with lots of wasted space. Nearly everyone agrees something should be done, but there’s no unanimity yet as to what course to take. ■ Middle C is first class. For 10 years, Myrna Sislen has loved and nourished the little Middle C Music shop on Wisconsin Avenue just north of Tenley Circle. This week, the D.C. Council officially recognized her efforts, passing a ceremonial resolution in honor of her shop as the only full-service music store in the city. Sislen took over a small shop and began selling music sheets and all sorts of other related goods, including instruments, a decade ago. She also created space for lessons, growing so much she had to take over neighboring space to accommodate hundreds of clients. But no matter how big Middle C gets, you’d be hard pressed to find a warmer, more welcoming music store that hits just the right note. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Firehouse plans bad for neighborhood

The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is planning to build a three-story, industrial-style hydraulic parking structure adjoining the rear alley of the Connecticut Avenue fire station [“Board approves plan for parking structure,” Feb. 29]. This construction appears to provide a net gain of 10 parking spaces for first responders. The net gain to homeowners on Porter,

Ordway and 30th streets will be round-the-clock noise, additional alley congestion and an unprecedented move toward vertical parking solutions in a historic district. This structure will be wedged into an approximately 40-by45-foot area, creating almost 100 percent lot coverage just steps from the Cleveland Park Metro station. The doors to the existing structure are not big enough to handle modern firefighting equipment. An altered facade is not historic. The Current reports that the parking structure is to be clad in a tarp-like material in an attempt to mask the structure and reduce

noise and pollution. Tarps are not historic. Certainly, other property owners seeking a quick increase in the capacity of their parking lots will follow suit with more hydrauliclift garage structures. It doesn’t make sense to me, and I don’t yet know the cost to taxpayers for this folly. As several critics have suggested, why not give each of our valued first responders all over the city a zone parking sticker for his or her assigned ward? Whatever needs to be done should be done sensibly and reasonably. Roger Hart Cleveland Park

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Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s famous quote — “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts” — applies once again to Vincent Orange, as evidenced by his comments at the Ward 3 Democrats’ forum on Feb. 23. Thanks to the forum’s moderators, I was given time to ask a question: “With the majority of municipal bondholders residing in Ward 3, Vincent Orange voted for the tax on municipal bonds and then voted twice against the compromise to grandfather bonds already owned by D.C. residents. Now that Jack Evans has introduced legislation to eliminate fully the tax on municipal bonds, how will Vincent Orange vote on the Jack Evans proposal and how would the other candidates vote if they were on the council?” All the other candidates indicated they would support Mr. Evans’ proposal. Mr. Orange, who I believe indicated he would not support Mr. Evans’ proposal, gave a lengthy reply, which included saying that I was not telling the truth. What in my question was untruthful? Facts: Vincent Orange voted for the municipal bond tax and voted against the July and September proposals to grandfather bonds. What I did not add to my question were a few other facts. For instance, in what seemed like an attempt to demonstrate that only the very rich own bonds, Mr. Orange said at the July meeting that only 482 bondholders have incomes under $100,000, suggesting that everyone else earns much more. Fact: The Office of Revenue Analysis report from which he took the 482 number says that 482 bondholders have gross incomes under $50,000. After the May meeting when the D.C. Council passed the municipal bond tax without any hearings on the issue, I had many conversations with council members and their staffs. Unfortunately, Mr. Orange did not have the time to meet with us. The others stated (and this was also reported in The Washington Post) that the July vote to grandfather bonds lost by one vote, from a member who had been expected to vote for the grandfathering — Vincent Orange. The reason given for his change of mind was that he traded his vote for $1 million to pay for the D.C. Emancipation Parade and to give money to the Lincoln Theatre, upon whose board Mr. Orange previously sat. I do not know this firsthand as I was not

privy to the closed-door discussions, but many who were at these discussions, regardless of their position on the bond tax, said it was true. For full disclosure, I voted for Vincent Orange in the last election. I did not do much homework; I based my decision on his many impressive degrees. I will not make this mistake again — another fact. Beth Marcus Wesley Heights

High-density growth isn’t always ‘smart’

I was disturbed to read The Current’s Feb. 29 report about the presentations at a local planning forum [“Smart growth panel pushes greater density”]. Based on the reported quotes from the city planner and various “experts,” one would surmise that we must choose whether we want to preserve our neighborhoods or “save the planet” by repealing historical height restrictions, allowing infill development, constructing apartment buildings over stores, and making streets less accessible to cars. Anything less is apparently “dumb growth.” This “good versus bad” view of growth is too simplistic and leads to cookie-cutter development fads. One of the wonderful things about Ward 3 is the diversity of its neighborhoods. Where I live in Kent/Palisades, we have quiet residential streets with families who drive, bicycle and walk (no sidewalks needed on most streets!). Many of our neighbors enjoy the convenience of their cars and appreciate the ability to park for free at the local grocery store or bank. Being able to easily drive the family to Tenleytown for shopping or dinner is important. Contrary to the planners’ assertions, these activities are not subsidized by others; we pay more than our own share in income and gasoline taxes while heavily subsidizing transit riders. Nevertheless, we do value having the option to take the Metrobus when it’s running on schedule. Despite the apparent derision toward our current community, we are proud that our neighborhood is child- and senior-friendly and “vibrant” in its own way. Describing such a neighborhood as “dead” because it doesn’t resemble U Street/Columbia Heights is simply wrong. If the policy director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth is unhappy with the lack of skyscrapers near her office in Tenleytown, then there is no reason that she cannot find an office in a higher-density neighborhood downtown. Our neighborhoods are quite livable without planning “experts”

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forcing higher density and expensive parking schemes down our throats in order to lure trendy singles who would then move away when they marry and have children. Nicole Cohen
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D.C. Council focuses on wrong ‘dangers’

Maureen Cook’s letter [“Bill takes flawed approach to snow,” Jan. 25] is excellent. She discusses the issue of shoveling one’s home area and the Big Brother aspects of local bureaucrats. Yes, revenue is huge to some misgovernment types. I understand the need for fines for dangerous parking (blocking fire hydrants and alleys), but I’ve seen too much predatory, no-sense-of-proportion ticketing. It would be very nice if Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh’s office would address the longstanding safety issue at Davis Place and Tunlaw Road. We need stop signs there, and we have needed them for a long time. Yes, I contacted Mary Cheh’s office. And yes, things are the same — dangerous. R.J. Jones Glover Park

Retirees should pay fair share of taxes

I have no problems with the recent D.C. Council action eliminating withholding from periodic payments from retirement accounts. However, it does seem that an effective senior citizen lobby is holding the council’s feet to the fire to minimize seniors’ tax burden. If the effort effectively shifts the burden to younger citizens, it will be a problem for our city’s future. It is possible through the use of Roth Investment Retirement Accounts and tax-exempt bond holdings to have substantial wealth and income while still qualifying for lower Medicare Part B premiums, reduced property tax liabilities, et cetera. This kind of clever tax planning is not a structure that the rest of the city should be willing to subsidize. Let us not forget that it is primarily the move of younger taxpayers into the city that is the genesis of the extent of renaissance that we see. If we can afford tax breaks, one might consider (for example) reinstating the first-time home-buyer $5,000 subsidy. As a retiree, I am willing to pay my share. It is regretful that others are not. Vic Miller Washington Heights

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eing an educator in the District of Columbia also means being an advocate for oneself and one’s school. In that spirit, I accepted a position on the Public Education Finance Reform Commission, created by legislation when our current mayor was D.C. Council chairman. The commission’s main mandate was to examine the impact of funding inequities between D.C.’s traditional public schools and public charter schools. After many delays, the commission has finally issued its report. Unfortunately, the final report fell far from achieving the well-intentioned mission. The history of public education in the District — how it has failed in the past and, more recently, what the city has decided to do to rectify that — is complex. But D.C. law regarding public education financing is not. The D.C. School Reform Act, the District’s charter school law, was passed in the mid-1990s, when public education in the city had reached its lowest point. It clearly states that charter schools — which are funded publicly but operated independently of D.C. Public Schools — should receive the same per-student funding as D.C.’s city-run schools. Sadly, the city has consistently failed to follow the law in this regard. And now this commission, of which I was a member voting in the minority, has failed to hold our government accountable for this. There are two key dates in the history of the District’s effort to turn around its public education system. The first is the charter school reform bill in 1996, which allowed educators like myself to open public schools. Under this reform, we are held accountable by an independent charter board, not the city-run school system that failed so many neighborhoods. The second innovation was mayoral control of D.C. Public Schools, which led to school reformer Michelle Rhee being appointed chancellor by former Mayor Adrian Fenty and then her deputy, Kaya Henderson, being appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray. Sadly, the commission failed to back equitable funding for the first of these reforms. This failure is a tragedy for those children living in D.C.’s many underserved communities. That reform has done so much to transform the educational prospects of children whose need is greatest. Students at D.C.’s public charter schools are

Letters to the Editor Commission nominee merits confirmation

The D.C. Council seems to be setting a world record in deliberating on one of the finest candidates ever nominated for a high executive branch position by any mayor of this city: Elizabeth Noël, put forth by Mayor Vincent Gray for a seat on the D.C. Public Service Commission. One might think from this delay that Ms. Noël was unknown, or that the council members have amnesia. Have they forgotten that Ms. Noël served brilliantly as the D.C. people’s counsel for more than 25 years? That her superbly gifted legal talent was used for the betterment of all the citizens of this city? That she kept giant utilities like Pepco honest, kept utility rates under control and made residential affordability possible through pains-

96 percent African-American or Latino, compared to 76 percent of D.C. Public Schools students. Some 75 percent of D.C.’s charter students are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch, compared to 67 percent of D.C. Public Schools students. In 15 years, charters — which enroll 41 percent of D.C. students who are publicly educated — have raised the graduation rate. And from historically disastrous test scores, charters have raised the share of students performing at grade level from 32 to This failure is a tragedy 54 percent in math, and from for those children living in 39 to 50 percent D.C.’s many underserved in reading over the last six communities. years. In D.C. Public Schools, 43 percent of students are at grade level in reading and math. According to a recent study commissioned by the administration, one-third of charters are high-performing schools, compared to one-fifth of the school system’s campuses. Of these, only six are east of the Anacostia River; all are charters. Surveying how charters have improved public education in the city and the needs they serve, one might wonder why, for example, the city spends nearly twice as much on D.C. Public Schools students in school building funds as on charter students. This is despite the fact that many charter students are in facilities that lack gymnasiums, auditoriums, cafeterias, playing fields and playgrounds. Or why the total amount of spending and in-kind government services provided outside of the legal formula ranged from $72 million to $127 million over the past several years. At the schools I founded, we work to get kids who start several years behind grade level prepared to succeed in college. The extra resources the school system receives would be hugely beneficial to our students, who feel the inequity in facility dollars every day, as two of our three buildings do not have a gym, while D.C. Public Schools renovates schools with large gyms and other amenities. The commission has failed, but I remain hard at work on behalf of the city’s disadvantaged children. Will Mayor Gray assist those children who are educated outside of the traditional system, as he promised he would in 2010? Irasema Salcido is founder and chief executive officer of Cesar Chavez Public Charter School.

taking, fair rate setting. That she tamed the rapacity of giant corporations whose lust for profit is in league with Big Bank USA and Wall Street, whose greed has generated protest in every corner in this land, not least in Freedom Plaza within earshot and in full view of the council itself? Can the council turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to those who would turn this entire city into an instant Georgetown, or a Boca Raton, Palm Springs, East Hampton or Martha’s Vineyard? Elizabeth Noël understands the need to keep this city affordable, and the key role utility rates play in achieving that goal. So do we the people, and that is why the vast majority of us — D.C. tenants, labor and homeowners — favor her appointment. Still, the council dithers, toying with red-herring charges of “conflict of interest” and “recusal” difficulties, never mind that a blue-ribbon panel and the attorney general found no such conflict or impediment to her service.

Let us bluntly face this issue and let the chips fall where they may. Pepco opposes Ms. Noël because company officials fear her impartiality and threat to their unbridled greed, and their windfall profits of almost a billion dollars over the last couple of years. Her Board of Trade opponents believe that “market rate” should be the “prevailing rate” at all times, never mind that the market has become a casino and the marketers are breaking the bank at Monte Carlo. Entrenched interests fear that Ms. Noël’s vigor and talent will revitalize a moribund agency like the Public Service Commission and threaten their preferred status quo. Still others bow to opposition by the editorial page of The Washington Post, a great but diminished newspaper. We say the council needs to free Betty Noël now and favorably vote for her confirmation. What do you say? Jim McGrath Chair, D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition

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Sekou Biddle E. Gail Anderson Holness Vincent Orange Peter Shapiro Moderated by David Alpert Greater Greater Washington

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:00 - 8:00 pm

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Neighbors and Businesses Working Together – The Ongoing Clean-up of “Flat Rat Alley” Kathryn Kalian, sometimes called “Mrs. Rat”, has been working for years to resolve the rat problem on the 1600 block of Connecticut and hence her block, the 1600 block of 19th Street NW. When she first moved into Dupont in 1993, her car wiring was routinely eaten away and Stead Park was so populated by rats that children could not safely play there. When Circa at Dupont opened in April, 2007, the owner, Steve Gavula, joined together with Kathryn, Circa’s landlord Michael Kain, Diego D’Ambrosio of Diego’s Hair Salon and Gerard Brown from the DC Department of Health to form a task force to analyze and correct the rodent infestation problem. Their solutions – a key part of which is trash compactors – have been used as a pilot program for other neighborhoods. As of this date, almost every food establishment on the block has or shares a compactor. Chipotle just got one and Potbelly has indicated that they are getting one – leaving Cosi the remaining restaurant without one. In some cases the restaurants share the compactors with neighboring residential buildings. The reduction in rats has not only improved Dupont’s cleanliness and health. The greater peace and harmony generated by cooperation of neighbors and businesses has resulted in fewer complaints and fines and hence cost savings for the restaurants involved. We thank Steve Gavula for his summary: CIRCA at Dupont was opened in April 2007. As we were in construction and shortly after opening it became apparent that the 1600 block of Connecticut Avenue, in its alley, had a terrible rodent problem. For years that alley had acquired the nickname of "flat rat alley". Being new to the Dupont Community and trying to make an important contribution to the neighborhood, we set out to analyze and correct the rodent infestation problem. . .

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. . . We found that rats need food, water and a place to "reside" in order to survive. The water source was more easily controlled except during heavy rains which can produce puddles. The residence issue is more difficult and requires the filling of cracks and crevices around building foundations in particular (which we did specifically around our landlord's properties). The elimination of the food source was much more challenging. Even though CIRCA was picking up its' food waste daily the rats were penetrating the commonly used dumpsters with the plastic lids. The nights were a feeding ground throughout the alley, especially behind the 1600 block restaurants and to a lesser degree from the 19th street residences. Through our collective research we uncovered that the best way to cut down on the food source was to invest in a Trash Compactor. The Compactor seals the waste inside and cannot be penetrated by the rodents in the evening. In addition the Compactor at CIRCA is being used by all of our Landlord's tenants, including Subway, which allows for a shared economic arrangement. Our Compactor/Trash surrounding area needs to be cleanly maintained which continues to be our responsibility. CIRCA and Subway were the first on our block to secure the Trash Compactor and now we have two more with the addition of Five Guys and Chipotle. We haven't totally eliminated the problem but it has been significantly curtailed. Stephen P. Gavula, President, The MHG Group.


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This year’s auction features a week in a Paris apartment in historic Marais district. Located on a quiet 1 block long street, this 2 bedroom apartment is a 5 minute walk to Notre Dame and a 10 minute walk to the Place de Bastille. You can help by donating items pertaining to: wining and dining; celebrated authors; indulgences; learning and growing; in-and out-of-town getaways; hearth and home.


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Smokey pays a visit to Duke Ellington School

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


mokey Robinson, visiting the Duke Ellington School of the Arts last week, said one of his “greatest joys” in life is hearing other people sing his songs. So Friday must have been a joyful day for Robinson, as he stood in the wings of Ellington’s main stage watching high-schoolers perform a couple Motown hits he penned in the ’60s: “Ain’t That Peculiar” and “Don’t Mess With Bill.” Senior India Reynolds, a vocal music major, commandeered the stage as four of her classmates provided doo-wop-style backup, dancing and snapping around her. Behind the singers was a row of instrumentalists — guitars, keyboard, drums and horns —who were more subdued, but still tapping their toes. Later an Ellington alum joined the crew: singer Sylver Logan Sharp of the class of ’85, standing out with her neon-red hair. With the audience pitching in lyrics, the full group put on a slow version of another Robinson hit, “Since I Left My Baby.” This serenade of Robinson — attended by Ellington students, staff and a handful of members of the press — preceded a benefit concert the following night at the Kennedy Center. As this year’s “Performance Series of Legends” headliner for Ellington, Robinson sold out the show. Speaking before the press on Friday at the public arts-magnet

school, the 72-year-old R&B singer, songwriter and record producer called Ellington “a great example” of the type of arts curriculum he has been advocating in recent years. Growing up in Detroit, Robinson said, he was surrounded by “gangsters” but kept his focus by pursuing a love of music. “I started singing when I first opened my mouth, according to my mom,” he said. In school, he participated in choirs and glee clubs and played alto sax. “There are no new artists,” Robinson said. “They’ve all been doing it since they were 6.” With his group The Miracles, Robinson scored his first hit — and the Motown record company’s first No. 1 — with “Shop Around” in 1960. He went on to write and produce a slew of hit tracks for other artists, acting as The Temptations’ primary songwriter and becoming Motown’s vice president. Introducing the artist to stu-

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R&B artist Smokey Robinson, with Ellington principal Rory Pullens, far right, spoke about the importance of arts education Friday. On Saturday, he performed in a Kennedy Center benefit for the school. dents Friday, Ellington principal Rory Pullens told them: “All of you, at some point in time, I don’t care how young you are, have heard Smokey Robinson.” When Robinson spoke directly to students at the Burleith school, he encouraged them to honor their artistic passions — but he also downplayed their show-business aspirations. “Show business may be in mind as your No. 1 priority, but you gotta switch that over, make it a second priority,” he said. He spoke of the fickle nature of fame. “I don’t trip on ‘Smokey Robinson,’” he said. “If I think I’m hot stuff, all I gotta do is wait ’til next week, when Usher comes around.” Robinson said he was a good student himself, and logged a few

months in college before his music career took off. “I loved learning,” he said, adding: “And that’s where all the girls were gonna be.” Before the music performance, students from Ellington’s digital arts department presented Robinson with a poster on which words formed the shape of the artist’s face; junior Lauryn Nesbitt later silenced the room in reading those words, a poem, aloud to Robinson. The Legends concert series, which the Ellington school launched in 2008, has raised more than $2 million for its arts curriculum. The high school started out by bringing in its own alums — comedian Dave Chapelle, opera singer Denyce Graves — before reaching out to other big names like Stevie Wonder and, last year,

Earth, Wind and Fire. Principal Pullens described the concerts as a critical supplemental resource for the public school, whose needs far exceed “what [D.C. Public Schools] is able to provide a budget for.” He pointed to the students on stage Friday as an example of the type of work ethic the school encourages. The night before, the group had performed a show at the Atlas Performing Arts Center; the students were slated to return to the H Street NE theater that night. Then on Saturday, they would have to get up early to head to the Kennedy Center to prep for their show with Robinson. “If you’re going to be an artist in this business,” Pullens said, “you’ve got to be serious about your craft.”

GWU anniversary event features memories of an erstwhile Foggy Bottom Current Staff Report


ormer Foggy Bottom residents, including Washington Post columnist Colbert King, got together recently to chat about the neighborhood’s old days, when a “village” culture thrived and George Washington University did not yet dominate the landscape. It was the university, though, that sponsored last week’s panel, which aimed to celebrate the African-American legacy in Foggy Bottom as part of the school’s 100th anniversary events. George Washington’s assistant vice president, Bernard Demczuk, organized the panel, which also featured material from the school’s ongoing Foggy Bottom Oral History Project.

❝We had a village here in Foggy Bottom, without anybody trying to put it together.❞

— Former resident James Briscoe The panel of past Foggy Bottom residents described a time when people left their doors open and the lines between families blurred. “Nobody’s doors were locked,” recalled James Briscoe. “I don’t know how the other families knew you were broke or hungry, but they would take you in.” “We had a village here in Foggy Bottom,” he said, “without anybody trying to put it together.” King, a Pulitzer Prize winner, grew up in a home at 24th and L streets. A slide on display

at last week’s event showed him graduating from the now-closed Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in 1954. King described an atmosphere of trust in the old Foggy Bottom. He recalled, for example, a merchant who allowed him to take away store goods without paying a dime. King’s mother would pay for the merchandise later, once she had received her paycheck. “Everyone looked after you, including the neighbors,” he said. King also said that when he was growing up, Foggy Bottom included a mix of income levels and races. His closest childhood friend was his white neighbor, and they did everything together except going to school. Former resident Mary Brown said many in Foggy Bottom held jobs within the community. Her brother and father hand-stuffed news-

paper sections into issues of the old Washington Star newspaper, while Brown waited tables after school. King noted that unskilled workers could usually find jobs at local beer companies or milk-delivery providers. “All those places are gone now,” he said. The expansion of George Washington University created jobs, panelists said, but also dislocated the entrenched community. King said that once gentrification kicked into gear, many of the area’s Baptist churches eventually moved to 16th Street or east of Georgia Avenue. Residents who rented their homes “had no recourse except to move,” King said. “Our family owned our house, but there was no reason to stay because what we had as a community was gone.”

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Last week, the sixth-years went to the Newseum, D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest museum. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they thought: Ashton Lindeman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really interesting, and I learned a lot.â&#x20AC;? Nina Gumbs said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was interesting, fun and awesome.â&#x20AC;? Lucia Braddock said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was amazing. I want to run for president in 2040, so it taught me a lot.â&#x20AC;? Sofia Brown said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really cool. We saw a video on TV ads in presidential campaigns.â&#x20AC;? Also, some of the people in the class are presenting all over the school and at another school in Virginia for our Amman Imman campaign. Amman Imman is an organization our school is working with to bring water to Africa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are doing an art project with the lower elementary. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited,â&#x20AC;? said Eva Sophia Shimanski, a fifth-grader. Alana Hodge, a fourth-grader, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Amman Imman is a good way to help people in Africa get water.â&#x20AC;? Alexandra Bullock, another fourth-grader, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ariane Kirtley started Amman Imman for the people who need water in a part of Africa called the Azawak, so we have a Walk for Water in March to help raise money.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ariel Garfield, sixth-grader, and Elliot Sealls, fifth-grader

Beauvoir School

An hour before Christmas Chapel, the Tasmanian Devils (or Tassies) had a talent show for their parents. A few of the topics were magic, music, comedy and dancing. We had a DJ and an announcer. Our music included piano, violin


and singing. Our personal favorite was the stand-up comedy, which Daniel and Kieran performed. Our magic consisted of mysterious Houdini blocks that magically fell out of a closed box. Timothy made a 1-foot-tall block tower in a minute. Evan played the violin, and his song was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minuet 1â&#x20AC;? by J.S. Bach. Damian did a card trick with a calculator. Chloe drew a fruit basket while standing on one foot. Jaden did sports trivia about the Dallas Cowboys. It was amazing, and he even answered questions from his dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone. Arrie and Blake did gymnastics and flipped over one another. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Evan Asuncion and Daniel Cicero, third-graders

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

On Feb. 28, five journalists from the White House Correspondentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association visited Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. Margaret Talev, Mike Allen, Perry Bacon Jr., Glenn Thrush and Dan Robinson held a panel discussion in the library with 45 students from the Advanced Placement government class and the staff of the student newspaper, Train of Thought. Allen and Thrush are White House correspondents for Politico; Talev is a correspondent for Bloomberg News. Bacon is an onair analyst for MSNBC and political editor for NBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and Robinson is a journalist who has worked with Voice of America for 32 years. Topics covered during the lively

panel discussion included the journalistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; individual careers, journalism as a profession, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international relations and politics. During the event, there were not just questions from the students to the visiting journalists, but also from the panelists for the students to answer. The panel discussion was interactive, interesting and informative, and it was a great experience for the students. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Natia Contee, 12th-grader

British School of Washington

The British School of Washington just finished its production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver!â&#x20AC;? The final show on Thursday was one of three unbelievable performances. With six months of preparation to pull off a fantastic and well-worked production, it felt like such a short period of time for so many people, including me. The play included lots of singing, acting and even a dance number! From what I could hear backstage, there were a huge number of talented singers participating in a tremendous play. And the acting from different characters brought a smile on everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face and, at the right times, a tear to their eyes. The play received excellent reviews from students, parents and friends. And the entire cast and crew worked hard throughout the complete performance. The cast couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have pulled it off without the help of the people backstage, the crew. They helped build an amazing set and set up all the microphones and lights just in time for the performance. And we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have done it without the musical stylings of Mrs. Roberts

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and the band; Ms. Shaw and the helpers backstage; and the organisation and direction of the whole play by Mrs. Stewart. From what I could see, British School of Washington has many gifted students who can sing, act and dance! The play was a thrilling experience for everyone, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to see what is planned for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Niklavs Grava, Year 8 Plymouth (seventh-grader and member of the cast)

playing the instruments in the background. In rehearsal, we work on harmonizing in songs, acting and learning dance moves. The whole cast thinks that rehearsal time is fun and exciting. Our performances will be on the weekend of May 11 and 12. We hope everyone comes to see John Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollboothâ&#x20AC;?! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emry Hankins, Sophia Mohammed and Charlotte Weiser, fifth-graders

Deal Middle School

Edmund Burke School

P( )E 2 M*DáA+S-! This week for DC-CAS preparation, sixthgrade homeroom classes are going over PEMDAS, also known as Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction. PEMDAS can also be known as Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sallie. For a few months, Math6 has been working on algebraic expressions and algebraic equations. This work was a piece of cake, as long as we listened to Dr. Pough. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hard to listen to Dr. Pough because she always teaches us in an interesting way! Over the last month in Ms. Kinzerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class, we studied resources and whether they are renewable or non-renewable. Then, we wrote an essay on resources such as coal, migrant labor and tractors. In Ms. Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s science class, we are tracking our resources and seeing how much we have and how much people in places like Africa donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have. We are trying to see if our resource use grows or shrinks. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Karim Diaite, sixth-grader

Eaton Elementary

Every year, John Eaton Elementary has a school musical. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollbooth,â&#x20AC;? which is based on the book with the same name. The story is about a boy named Milo who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in anything. He goes on an adventure to a parallel universe. While he is there, he meets Tock the Watchdog and they have to rescue two princesses. During his adventure, Milo opens his eyes to the world and everything around him. The musical tells the whole story. The audition process for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Tollboothâ&#x20AC;? included singing a song for the directors, reading lines out of the script, learning dances from the play and practicing group songs. Most kids were nervous at first but then felt more comfortable throughout the rest of the auditions. Once the cast was selected, the students felt more confident about their singing and acting after some practice. The members of the technical crew, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;techies,â&#x20AC;? are the glue binding the show together. Techies control the lights, sounds, sets, backstage and props. This year, we are going to have lots of live music, which the techies will help with by

At Edmund Burke School, there are many sports for the students to play. Right now, the main sport is track and field. The track season started with indoor practice on Feb. 27. Track is open to students of all ages, from sixth to 12th grades. For now, we are practicing in an indoor gym, but on March 5 practice will be taken to the Wilson outdoor track. Sports are one of the ways that Burke students meet one another, from high school to middle school. They practice together and have meets together. Sixth-graders practice alongside, take advice from and talk with seniors. The coaches of the team put the older students in charge of themselves, and they instruct and help the younger students to learn. Track and field offers many events for beginner students to try and experienced students to continue. Some of these events are shot put, sprinting, discus, distance running and relays. Large numbers of events give students with not much experience the opportunity to try a new event in a meet. Students can even discover that they are good at something they had never tried before. The sports at Burke bring students together and give them a chance to have a good time after school. Some of the other sports at Burke are softball, soccer, volleyball and basketball. Everyone at Burke has an option to play a sport at almost all times of the year. The practices are fun, and kids learn a lot about how to play the sport. Kids who take the sports get to know the coaches as well as the kids in the grades above them. Sports make the atmosphere at school a whole lot happier and give the student body a great feeling of school spirit. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Charlie Mahaffie, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School

Ever wonder where your lunch bag ends up if it falls out of the garbage truck? The answer is in waterways, where fish and currents carry it along into the Anacostia River. Your lunch bag blocks out the sun and allows algae to grow and makes the river unlivable for thousands of species of plants and animals. But if that lunch bag fell out of the garbage truck and the wind tossed it along like a beach ball and See Dispatches/Page 19

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dropped into a marsh, that lunch bag would stay in the marsh until it decomposed. Why? Because the marsh is a pervious surface. This means that when it rains, most of the water is absorbed by the trees and bushes so that there is little to no runoff. The Georgetown Day School sixth-graders helped to keep your lunch bag out of the river by planting wild rice along a tributary of the Anacostia River. It was messy but fun. The wild rice seeds are tiny and their roots are even smaller, so you have to be extremely careful when trying to plant them. We also created a small meadow with native flowers and pulled up invasive species of plants. So when you throw your lunch bag into the trash, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d better double-cross your fingers that it falls onto a nice marsh and not the Anacostia River. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherine Hay, sixth-grader

Holy Trinity School

March 2 was Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; birthday. At Holy Trinity, the lower school celebrated by having the third- and fourth-grade chorus sing two songs from the Dr. Seuss songbook. The first was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Us Sing,â&#x20AC;? and the second was â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Uncle Terwilliger Dances With Bears.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Us Singâ&#x20AC;? is about people and various animals singing and how it is good for them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncle Terwilligerâ&#x20AC;? is about a man who creeps down his back stairs to go waltzing with bears every Saturday night. Then, the third-grade class read Dr. Seuss books to kindergartners. We read â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cat in the Hat,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Loraxâ&#x20AC;? and other famous Dr. Seuss books. Some of the kindergartners read to the third-graders. At least 47 companies said â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? to publishing Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first book. Then one person said â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? to publishing â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Seuss wrote under a few different names. He got the name Dr. Seuss because people thought his books were like medicine. He wrote good books for children to read. Dr. Seuss only took one art class in his entire life. He had a very vivid imagination. Dr. Seuss wanted to be a professor, but he doodled a lot in his notebook. His professor saw his doodles and suggested that he be an illustrator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Eggs and Hamâ&#x20AC;? was written because he made a bet with a friend that he could write a book with only 50 words. Dr. Seuss is one of the most famous authors in history. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jackson Namian, Charlie Neill and Grant Reed, third-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

Last month, the second-graders shared their â&#x20AC;&#x153;edge-of-the-seat small momentsâ&#x20AC;? with a group of seniors at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church. These stories were about real things that happened to us. The idea was to write about something cool or awesome and definitely not bor-

ing. They were short because if they were too long they might have put people to sleep. To make the writing interesting, we had to show and not just tell. For example, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a big stone.â&#x20AC;? We would try to describe it and say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stone was as big as a gray elephant.â&#x20AC;? We tried to use dialogue and action, and a lot of the stories had a sad part that turned out to be good in the end. We wrote about our first time skateboarding and horseback riding. We wrote about a car accident and playing a trick on a sister. They were all interesting because they were about our lives and we might be famous one day. We read them to the seniors with a lot of feeling and showed them the pictures we drew. They seemed cheered up because they applauded and some of us got hugs and kisses! â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was scared talking to the seniors about my small-moment story, but after I got to know them, I was calm,â&#x20AC;? shared Spencer MacKenzie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The seniors were friendly even if I was nervous,â&#x20AC;? said Sanjana Bhojawani. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoyed talking to the seniors.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Second-graders

Janney Elementary

Although many people are pleased with our new building, some seem unhappy about the colorless walls, others are upset with the breakdowns in the SMART Boards, and a few donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like their locations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of hard to have sinks breaking down all the time,â&#x20AC;? fifthgrader Sydney Forman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so far away from everybody else,â&#x20AC;? said Ms. Young, whose science room is on the lowest floor. On the bottom floor, too, is the library, which has a media center filled with Mac desktop computers, a reading pit (also known as the Book Nook) and nearly 15,000 books â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and counting! But there still are empty shelves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We ordered extra bookshelves so that we could expand the [book] collection,â&#x20AC;? explained Malin Kerwin, the head librarian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I love] all the computers and the technology,â&#x20AC;? said Lyndsey Epperson, the media teacher. The new gym is above the library, and even though the ceiling

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is soundproofed, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eliminate all noise. One student was heard to ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are there bison running across the gym floor?â&#x20AC;? Teachers enjoy an excellent overhead view of the gym from their new lounge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love it!â&#x20AC;? said Marijke Gero, a kindergarten teacher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get to spy on Mr. Kovacs! I saw the first-graders dancing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it was great!â&#x20AC;? (Luke Kovacs is Janneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physical education teacher.) Lauren Rockwell, another kindergarten teacher, said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;can watch the basketball games [from the lounge] if it gets too crowded downstairs. I love the view. I like the furniture, but mostly the view.â&#x20AC;? The teachers lounge is equipped with a meeting room, coffee maker, refrigerator and vending machines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place where the teachers can get together,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Gero said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caroline Katzive and Maddie Williams, fifth-graders

Key Elementary

Key Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual science fair is coming up and will have happened by the time this dispatch runs. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new this year is that it has expanded to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Science Night.â&#x20AC;? It is open to more family members and will have a big tent on our blacktop. There were science-related games, activities and projects Key School kids created. Some of the activities were the mad scientist, living science, designing bridges and catapults, optical illusions and much more. There are many awards for the projects. Unfortunately, this year there will not be a citywide science fair competition for D.C. elementary schools. But that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped our Key School science teacher, Amy Johnson, who said she is â&#x20AC;&#x153;very excited for the science night.â&#x20AC;? She has given a lot of hard work and devotion to make this year the best night ever for the parents, students, teachers and friends of Key School. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maurice Sibaja and Idris Hasan-Granier, fifth-graders

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Lafayette Lady Bears came through it with flying colors and captured the title of city champions! At the end of the game, the score was 19-16, Lafayette. Two Lafayette girls, Jalen Ciagne and Ana Fischer, got big awards. Jalen got an all-tournament award for her hard work. Ana got both an alltournament award and an MVP award for her outstanding performance throughout the year. We would like to thank our coaches Kelly Gearin, Kenneth Hover and Kevin Jackson for all their support and hard work and for leading us through a great season. As Ana said at the end of the game, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the champions!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jalen Ciagne and Rose Kelleher, fifth-graders

up and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to change out of my pjâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? said Jake Harvey, a first-grader. Mrs. Montague, learning specialist, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very comfortable!â&#x20AC;? People were surprised about Pajama Day, but really happy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made a Monday morning much easier!â&#x20AC;? said Mrs. Woods, media specialist. Mr. Sumner, fifth-grade teacher, wore his Homer Simpson slippers, and Mrs. Bravo, art teacher, wore her Tinker Bell pjâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Kids and teachers all over the school were in bathrobes and slippers with their teddy bears. I hope we have Pajama Day again! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Helen Onufer, fifth-grader

National Presbyterian School

Last Thursday, the St. Albans Form II students (eighth-graders) went on a field trip to the C&O Canal National Historical Park and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Md. Before we arrived at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, we spent 30 minutes expanding our knowlSee Dispatches/Page 38

National Presbyterian School had Pajama Day on Feb. 27. The third grade wrote a proposal to Mr. Neill, head of school, to have Pajama Day. All the grades enjoyed Pajama Day, and even teachers wore their pjâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked just waking

St. Albans School

Lafayette Elementary

The Lafayette girls basketball team fought hard for the 2012 city championship title against Murch. It was Monday afternoon, Feb. 27, at Deal Middle School. The game was incredibly tense, but the





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LeDroit Park home offers vintage appeal, room to grow


ome buyers searching for a roomy historic property they can put an individual stamp on should check out a new

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listing in LeDroit Park. The red-brick corner property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the childhood home of Marguerite Byrd, Harry Belafonteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first wife â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was built in 1880 and bears the grand hallmarks of a Victorian home: soaring ceilings, pocket doors and countless notable details, such as a mahogany handrail that twists up the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staircase. Owner Connie Thomas-Razza prefers a palette of hot, saturated tones, so lovers of strong hues will see that these rooms, thanks to ample natural light from multiple exposures, can accommodate those colors. A more neutral color story, if buyers preferred, would let the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bones â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hardwood floors and hefty moldings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pop as well. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage demands that at least a few antique furnishings be thrown in the mix, and Thomas-Razza has already done some of the legwork here: A dramatically carved black antique

overmantel that she nabbed years ago will remain in place in the living room. That piece tops a slate fireplace surround that matches one in the dining room; the two rooms also share sunny, square bays. The kitchen is roomy and functional, with new ceramic tile floors. Many renovation-minded buyers would begin here but may consider keeping the sensible current layout: a U-shaped work space is divided by a peninsula from a breakfast nook. That spot looks out on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rear yard, a shady spot in summer thanks to a large tree. Bamboo provides privacy, as does a low fence. A large, unfinished lower level here is a prime candidate for renovation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a window into the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past, thanks to a closedup well where previous residents drew water from an underground spring. A comfortable ceiling height

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This four-bedroom, one-bath home in LeDroit Park is priced at $650,000. means that the space could easily be casual living space or a rental unit, with some alterations. Four bedrooms and one full bath, their entrances marked by fixed transoms, wait two levels up. The master is an especially roomy spot, though the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age means that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no en-suite bath. Buyers looking for such a space could explore finishing the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which currently has pull-down stairs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; into a master suite. One of the bedrooms connects to

















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the master â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perfect for a nursery or a home office. Another room is smaller than the others, making it a good location for an office or, as now, a cozy spot to read and watch movies. Drivers will appreciate the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location close to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major arteries, but the ShawHoward University Metro stop a few blocks away will also come in

handy. Though LeDroit Park is a quiet neighborhood, the restaurants and shops of U Street and Shaw are close at hand. This four-bedroom, one-bath home at 501 T St. NW is offered for $650,000. For more information, contact Kimberly Cestari of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co., at 202-253-8757 or kimberly.cestari@longandfoster.

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Northwest Real Estate VILLAGE From Page 5

with a second complaint, â&#x20AC;&#x153;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gone.â&#x20AC;? Mann said her village works closely with Iona Senior Services when a member needs a social worker. Doctors from George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Gerontology also make house calls for village members, she noted, and the village maintains a list of home-care agencies that offer discounts. Originally, the Northwest Neighbors Village covered only the Chevy Chase neighborhood, but it later expanded into American University Park and Forest Hills. Northwest Neighbors Village, which aims to serve those over 50, has a professional manager and is in the process of hiring a part-time assistant, Mann said. Dues cover about half the costs. Individuals pay $500 annually, and families pay $750. Associate members pay $250. Most of the rest of the budget comes from advisory neighborhood commission grants. Mann reported that the Northwest Neighbors Village has also received financial help from a local bank. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The village is a wonderful place

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; neighbors helping neighbors,â&#x20AC;? she said. Other villages represented were those covering Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill. Iris Molotsky, a founding member of the Dupont Circle Village board and now the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president-elect, said the group, which has a part-time executive director, covers 60 percent of its budget through dues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $500 for individuals and $700 for couples. It holds a successful silent auction, but getting grants â&#x20AC;&#x153;is a constant struggle.â&#x20AC;? Mike Canning, a founding board member of the Capitol Hill Village, described how he volunteers to drive elderly residents to medical appointments, shopping trips and more. The village, he said, has a database of 40 drivers and tries to connect members with the right chauffeur. Canning said his organization has one part-time and two full-time staffers. To be successful over the long term, it needs 300 members, he said. It now has 200. Annual dues are $530 for individuals and $800 for families. Only one local village, created to serve the Kalorama area, has failed. Canning noted that villages all have problems getting started, and Mann said her organization raised $150,000 before it opened up shop.


[where] I got caught at an old Lucy Brown showâ&#x20AC;? because the Metro had closed, she told him. While passing the new baseball stadium, she told him about From Page 9 the nightclubs that closed to make way, like Tracks, while living comfortably. But then came the recession, where she went as a teen because â&#x20AC;&#x153;they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t card and the dream â&#x20AC;&#x153;imploded on us,â&#x20AC;? she said, leaving them girls ... why would they?â&#x20AC;? When they first arrived in the area, the pair worked without work. By that point, they had a son, and their parents pro- for a bit at Wegmans, but they are now involved fulltested: They â&#x20AC;&#x153;put their foot down and said â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This time in opening their restaurant. They anticipate a late April or early May launch, and they plan to offer lunch should be your excuse to come home.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Now that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here, Sprisslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s having a great and dinner every day but Monday. Mayfair & Pine will time revisiting old haunts. She said the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drives eventually add breakfast â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but no brunch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not a through D.C. inspire memories, which she relates to brunch fan,â&#x20AC;? said Sprissler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doing weird things with CotĂŠ: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the old 9:30 Club used to be Â&#x2026; eggs Benedict is not normal.â&#x20AC;?

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Garden. The tiny shop was vacant for years, he said. It started dishing out Chinese food in 2003, and gradually â&#x20AC;&#x153;morphed into a high-volume, very brisk delivery business, especially in the evenings.â&#x20AC;? Its two delivery cars and a scooter not only block entry to the alley, but often park on private property or illegally on 18th Street, Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brief said. He said the drivers tear through the alley at high speed, endangering children and pets. And during the recent 18th Street reconstruction project, which limited onstreet parking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;our alley became Peking Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Roth said he complained to the proprietor, Mei Qu Zheng, to no avail. After a delivery car nearly hit his partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog, Roth took his case to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning administrator, an official housed at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs who is tasked with determining whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal under zoning law, and ordering enforcement against those who violate it. In May 2011, zoning administrator Matthew LeGrant ruled that the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 certificate of occupancy as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carryout No Seating,â&#x20AC;? is still valid, although the city now calls such establishments fast food. The only question remaining,

LeGrant wrote, is whether the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal purpose is delivering food off-premises â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which would require a special exception â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and on that he promised an investigation. In a May 27 email, LeGrant said the investigation was â&#x20AC;&#x153;ongoingâ&#x20AC;? and promised to report its results by June 9, 2011. And there things sat. The neighborhood commission heard nothing from LeGrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, while the delivery violations grew more blatant, Roth said. A thick brief he prepared for the hearing has multiple photos of the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car, another out-of-state car and a scooter blocking the alley or parking illegally on 18th Street. Roth even appended Peking Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu, which notes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;delivery fee is Free in 3 mile(s) range.â&#x20AC;? The hearing was delayed because LeGrant showed up late. Then, he sat silently while D.C. assistant attorney general Jay Surabian said it was outside the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purview to ask whether the zoning administrator is still investigating the alleged delivery service. Later, LeGrant told The Current that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment on the nature of the investigation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not yet concluded.â&#x20AC;? Board chair Moldenhauer practically begged the two District officials to tell her what was going on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you guys are in the middle of an investigation, tell us,â&#x20AC;? she said with










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some exasperation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mr. Surabianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s none of our business,â&#x20AC;? said board member Nicole Sorg. Surabian argued that the pace of any investigation has nothing to do with interpreting the zoning code. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The zoning administrator has not determined if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a food delivery service,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no regulation on how long an investigation should take.â&#x20AC;? The owner of the property had retained his own attorney, Bradley Thomas. But Thomas, when it was his turn to speak, said simply that he agreed with Surabian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the regulations donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t establish a time limit for the zoning administrator to make a determination, how can the board determine thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any violation?â&#x20AC;? he asked. Peking Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proprietor sat in the audience, but was also silent, and declined to speak to a reporter. At one point, Moldenhauer glanced at her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all live in the city, all need to work with neighbors. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illegal use, you could work with the neighbors, rather than have three lawyers at the table fighting it out.â&#x20AC;? Roth tried to argue that the noninvestigation, or its excessively slow pace, constituted an error by the zoning administrator that the board could correct. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Counsel on other side is arguing a city employee can endlessly, endlessly, endlessly, deny relief by running the clock, dragging it out. By never having an investigator come out after 5 p.m., this is constructive refusal to act,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have photos, witnesses, testimonyâ&#x20AC;? of the alleged delivery service, Roth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What more can I do, if the zoning administrator refuses to do his job?â&#x20AC;? But Moldenhauer, herself a lawyer, said the board had to settle a procedural question first: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do we have jurisdiction to require the zoning administrator to finalize this investigation? We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear testimony on food delivery, but only whether the lapse of time equates to a refusal of the zoning administrator to take action,â&#x20AC;? she said. After nearly two hours of back and forth, the board said it will rule March 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not on whether Peking Garden is delivering too much food, but on a threshold question: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is the proper process of redress if an investigation was requested and not done?â&#x20AC;?

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Long & Foster/Bethesda Gateway Salutes its Top Producers Of 2011

Top Groups Donna Karpa & Sharon Owens 301-215-6907

Top Teams Sarah Funt 301-509-1283

Pam Ryan-Brye 202-276-6902

Top Individuals John Bragale 301-503-1300

Lynda Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dea 240-988-4400

Wendy Banner 301-365-9090

Gary Ditto 301-215-6834

Brad Rozansky 301-656-7700

Rhonda Mortenson 301-326-6401

Melinda Estridge 301-215-6837

Steve Schuck 301-215-4716

Margie Halem 301-775-4196

Juan Umanzor 240-606-8294

Debbie Cohen 202-288-9939

Damian Buckley 202-438-6080

Eldad Moraru 202-412-6464

Martie Mitchell 301-873-2425

Nancy & Paul Schwiesow 301-215-6845

Sue Fitzpatrick 240-793-8523

Mike Matese 301-806-6829

Kira Epstein 240-899-8577

Jesse Kaye 202-258-3585

Caroline Keith 240-899-1543

Genie Asmuth 301-996-3937

Phyllis Wiesenfelder 301-529-3896

Sharyn Goldman Adrienne Deming & Joan Gallagher 301-529-7555 301-801-6031

Jane McGuire 301-806-5216

Joe Rubin 301-455-4371

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assumed DCPS was using buildings that were in good repair with no deferred maintenance costs,” said commissioner Mary Filardo, executive director of the local nonprofit 21st Century School Fund. “That’s not the case, and as a result, DCPS is underfunded by about 35 percent,” she continued. “Charter schools, on the other hand, start with no obligations and can lease or buy and develop the amount of space they need.” One solution the commission discussed is for traditional public and charter schools to share public school buildings that might not be fully utilized due to low enrollment. It’s a strategy already in place in one D.C. spot: Hospitality High School occupies the third floor of Roosevelt High School on 13th Street NW. Because the commission didn’t have much time to iron out the complex issues involved — commissioners were appointed in September 2011 and submitted their final report to D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright Feb. 17 — they recommended more study. Members suggested that the Office of the State Superintendent lead a technical working group to regularly assess the District’s education funding needs and consider


whether the city is meeting them. They also recommended that the District conduct a yearlong adequacy study to determine what it actually costs to meet established academic standards. But Filardo questioned whether such a study is needed. “The deputy mayor for education, OSSE, DCPS — they really should have that answer already,” she said. “They have more cost information than anybody, and they should be doing some analysis of it.” One confusing aspect of funding is that the city’s use of the per-pupil formula doesn’t mean funds allocated for individual students go directly to the schools they attend. Because D.C. Public Schools is considered one school system, Chancellor Kaya Henderson has the authority to distribute the pot of money among the various schools. Alternatively, each charter school is considered an individual school system (those with multiple campuses are counted as one). Also among the commission’s recommendations — and drawing wider support — was adding weighted funding for schools that serve a high percentage of lowincome students or students performing below grade level, and providing more transparency so residents can better understand how each school spends its funds. For more information go to

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meter that expires at a set time, it was hard to determine how long a free-parking car occupied a space, so some drivers left their cars in one spot all day. But National Council for Independent Living executive director Kelly Buckland, one of four signatories on a letter sent last Wednesday to Mayor Vincent Gray, said the new policies were ill-conceived. Because red-top meters are available only in part of the city, he said, drivers elsewhere — including around his group’s Dupont Circle office — no longer have the extra time they rely on. One of Buckland’s employees must drive to work in a large wheelchair van that doesn’t fit into nearby parking garages, Buckland said. Under the new restrictions on street parking, the employee must move the van every two hours instead of every four. Lisle said such concerns are “understandable” but unavoidable. Free parking promotes abuse, he said, and the District’s meters can’t be programmed to give different time limits to different cars.

Officials also plan to install 700 more red-top meters citywide, Lisle said, providing additional longerterm reserved parking for drivers with disabilities. And in the meantime, he said, “enforcement will be focused on places where we do have the red-top meters until the program is expanded.” Information on the rule changes can be hard to track down and, so far, has often been contradictory. Department of Public Works spokesperson Linda Grant, whose agency has primary parking-enforcement responsibility, said Monday that disabled motorists can continue to park for free and for a longer time on any block without a red-top meter. But in an email last night, Grant wrote that a vehicle with disability plates or a placard can stay twice as long as the posted restriction only if the driver pays for the entire parking period. The driver can either return to the meter after it initially expires or pay by phone, she wrote. That policy, Grant added, will expire April 17, at which point disabled drivers will still have exclusive rights to red-top meters but will have no additional privileges elsewhere. Buckland criticized the District for its lack of clarity on the program. “This is not in any of the materials

DDOT has published or any of the press that has gone out,” he wrote in an email about the nuanced enforcement Grant described. “Is the city planning on putting out new materials telling people they are not going to enforce their own parking laws?” Buckland and representatives of the other groups who wrote to Mayor Gray last week want the program suspended pending a full public hearing process and a thorough study of the meters’ effects. They hadn’t received a response as of yesterday, he said. Lisle said his agency is confident the new system will work, citing the success of similar programs elsewhere, including in Arlington. “If you’re now able to find parking on the block ... I think people are going to like those benefits,” he said. According to Grant, the Public Works Department has issued nine to 10 $250 tickets daily for parking in a handicap space since the red-top program became official Thursday, compared to about three per day the week before. In recent weeks, the agency has also issued warnings about the upcoming rule changes to drivers parked at the red-top meters and to drivers with disability plates or placards who parked at meters without paying, Grant said.


for several years, this is different, and I had some doubts as to whether I could pull [it] off, so I knew I needed a really good, well-known chef,” said Ilhan. After reaching out to Donna, “Roberto and I hit it off, and I feel that he will be with me much longer than one year — we complement each other,” said Ilhan. La Forchetta, which is Italian for “fork,” will center its menu on homemade pasta and sausages, daily fish specials and Donna’s signature risotto dishes. The celebrity chef will be front and center: The restaurant has two exhibition kitchens, so patrons will have a front-row seat to observe Donna and his staff at work. Both owner and chef said they want to create a restaurant that appeals to the neighborhood, offering rustic yet modern Italian entrees at an affordable price point. The restaurant will feature Neapolitan-style pizza made in its wood-burning oven and Italian brunch on Saturday and Sunday. In the warmer months, outdoor seating will accommodate 30 diners. The concept for La Forchetta evolved out of Ilhan’s previous plan for the same space. Last fall, he intended to open a pizza and pasta eatery, to be called Al Forno. The restaurateur faced resistance from some neighbors who feared Al Forno would become a hangout for American University students and create noise and other nuisances for adjacent residents. A series of requests by those neighbors, including one that asked that Al Forno’s hours of operation be more limited than those of Chef Geoff’s, caused Ilhan to go back to the drawing board. He changed the restaurant’s name after Bethesda restaurant Il Forno protested that the two could be easily confused. And while pasta and pizza remain on La Forchetta’s menu, Ilhan says the décor, which is modernindustrial with nods toward ancient Rome, and the epicurean creations from Donna will help create a more sophisticated atmosphere. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D, which has jurisdiction over the restaurant, initially protested Al Forno’s liquor license application due to constituents’ concerns about noise and late operating hours. According to commission chair Stuart Ross, the city’s alcohol board rejected the voluntary agreement submitted by the neighborhood group and Ilhan. Ross explained that board members said certain provisions of it would infringe on the board’s purview.

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Hakan Ilhan is the owner of the soon-to-open La Forchetta restaurant at 3201 New Mexico Ave.

Despite the upgrade in Ilhan’s vision for La Forchetta, Ross said community groups still want a say in the licensing process. Therefore, he said, he hopes that a private agreement, which includes the provisions of the rejected voluntary agreement, can be worked out. If that happens, the commission will support La Forchetta’s liquor license application, which the alcohol board is due to evaluate soon. If a private agreement can’t be reached, the neighborhood commission may vote to lodge another protest, said Ross, potentially triggering a hearing on La Forchetta’s liquor license application — and a further delay. “We’ve been at this a long time, about nine months,” said Ross. “I’m ready to get it off our agenda one way or the other. We need to move on, and [Ilhan] needs to know where he stands.” Ross said the commission will discuss the issues at its meeting tonight. Chef Donna has some history with the Wesley Heights neighborhood. Before Geoff Tracy opened his restaurant at Sutton Place, Donna’s restaurant Dolcetto operated in the same space. Dolcetto closed in 1999. These days, La Forchetta’s chef and owner have their eyes on the future. “I wanted to put together a restaurant that everybody can be proud of, and I think we are going to achieve that,” said Ilhan. “This restaurant is aimed at serving the neighborhood with a great product. I live in the neighborhood, and I think everyone will be very happy at the end of the day.” “It’s a neighborhood place, and we want to serve good food,” said Donna. “The concept today is light and quick food, prepared with love and quality, and that’s what we want to do for the neighborhood.”

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2013 assessments

From Page 1

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a safety net, if you will, with the federal government that protects our property values,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly, the surrounding counties did not fare nearly as well as the District did.â&#x20AC;? Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County, which borders wards 7 and 8, had the greatest property value decrease among the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immediate neighbors, Farr added. In Northwest, many of the neighborhoods with the steepest residential declines were in Ward 4: Brightwood, Colonial Village, Petworth and Shepherd Park each fell between 2 and 4 percent for 2013. Georgetown and the adjacent Burleith in Ward 2 also saw values fall 1.2 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively, after increasing about 1 percent for the 2012 fiscal year. In Ward 3, most neighborhoods rose slightly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; less than 1 percent. Woodley and the adjacent Garfield, along with Forest Hills, saw larger residential property value increases; in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s westernmost corner, the Foxhall, Palisades, Spring Valley and Wesley Heights neighborhoods each saw declines. Citywide, the neighborhood with the largest residential property value gain was Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centralâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the area between Massachusetts and Pennsylvania avenues in Dupont Circle and the West End â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where residential values collectively rose by $193 million, or 4.8 percent. Commercial property values, meanwhile, rose in most neighborhoods of the city; the base grew 6.7 percent from $72.6 billion to $77.4 billion. Farr said investors are confident enough in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial markets to accept lower rates of return from their buildings, which drove up demand. Fiscal year 2013â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slight decline in residential property values follows a slight increase last year and a 3.7 percent drop in fiscal year 2011. Commercial values, which fell 10.6 percent for fiscal year 2011, rose 16.3 percent for 2012.

These are the changes from 2012 in proposed residential valuations of assessment neighborhoods. The assessments reflect estimated market value as of Jan. 1, 2012. American University Park Berkley Brightwood Burleith Central Chevy Chase Cleveland Park Colonial Village Columbia Heights Crestwood Foggy Bottom Forest Hills Foxhall Garfield Georgetown Glover Park Hawthorne Kalorama Kent Mass. Ave. Heights Mount Pleasant North Cleveland Park Observatory Circle Old City II Palisades Petworth Shepherd Park Sixteenth Street Heights Spring Valley Takoma Wakefield Wesley Heights Woodley

+ 0.85% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0.29% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2.91% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2.24% + 4.77% + 0.26% + 0.12% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2.29% + 0.82% + 0.15% + 0.31% + 1.94% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0.35% + 3.12% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1.19% + 0.16% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2.77% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0.84% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0.36% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1.66% + 0.64% + 0.37% + 0.90% + 0.84% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0.19% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2.81% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3.28% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1.90% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1.18% + 1.02% + 1.30% â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1.02% + 2.52%

Source: D.C. government

The proposed 2013 property values are being mailed now to property owners, and particular addresses can be found online at Taxes based on the new amounts will go into effect in March 2013. Property owners who disagree with their assessed value have until April 1 to appeal the amount, and now have the option of providing an alternative assessment. To appeal, complete an appeals form and mail or fax it to the Office of Tax and Revenue; the forms are available at




ZONING From Page 5

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is meant to simplify and organize the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning regulations. Since the last major revision of the code in the 1950s, officials have simply tacked on amendments to the regulations to keep them relevant. The new regulations would also better match the realities of existing buildings in the District, 40 percent of which donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comply with current

zoning rules, said Steingasser. The proposals also fall in line with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 Comprehensive Plan, which calls for zoning regulations that encourage development of â&#x20AC;&#x153;denser, more walkable, mixed-use communities around transit.â&#x20AC;? Some speakers at the meeting expressed worry that the proposals paint over to the city with too broad a brush. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a cookie-cutter city,â&#x20AC;? said Nancy MacWood, a member of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s task force and a


longtime Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commissioner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a city of neighborhoods; we want neighborhoods represented as they are.â&#x20AC;? MacWood also raised concerns about businesses, especially those owned by non-residents, changing the dynamics of residential neighborhoods. City officials hope to present a final draft of the updated code to the Zoning Commission for a vote this coming winter.

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Wednesday, March 7

Wednesday march 7 Class â&#x2013; A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project will feature students from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester performing vocal works by Rossini, Mozart, Barber, Smetana, Strauss, Bizet, Brown and Kern. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Soprano Millicent Scarlett and pianist Jeffery Watson will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs to Stir the Soul,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by composers from Strauss to Mahler. 7:30 p.m. Free. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Idan Raichel Project will perform Israeli popular music. 9 p.m. $45. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Lilly Ledbetter will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Nathan J. Brown, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Michael Collins, ambassador of Ireland to the United States, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steps Towards Recovery: Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic and


Events Entertainment Foreign Policy Priorities.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. â&#x2013; Reuel Marc Gerecht, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former Middle East specialist at the Central Intelligence Agency, and Col. W. Patrick Lang, former Defense Department intelligence officer for the Middle East, South Asia and terrorism, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intel and the Arab Spring: What Does the Future Hold?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Baseball analysts will discuss the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baseball Prospectus 2012.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Roy Sherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Sweet Canary,â&#x20AC;? about three young musicians who embark on a mission to tell the story of Greeceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-loved rebetiko singer. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of a monthlong series exploring U.S. society in the years before the Civil War, the Georgetown Theatre Company will present a staged reading of William Wells Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19th-century play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Escape; or, a Leap for Freedom.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ohio Impromptuâ&#x20AC;? will feature actor Ted Van Griethuysen and the Cygnus Ensemble performing works by Dina Koston, Chester Bisardi, Ferruccio Busoni, David Claman and Mario Davidovsky. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flamenco Festival 2012â&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by CompaĂąia Rafaela Carrasco. 8 p.m. $35 to $55. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800745-3000. Special event â&#x2013;  Authors Arin Greenwood, Molly Gaudry, Scott McClanahan and Amber Sparks will


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Concerts â&#x2013; The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project will feature students from the New England Conservatory of Music performing works by Schas, Ettun, Halchak, Saint-SaĂŤns and Ravel. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rhythm Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Music Abroadâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Jed Levy Quartet performing modern jazz, at 6 p.m.; and The Earth String Band (shown) performing bluegrass and contemporary acoustic music, at 7:15 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  Vocalist Andrea Wood, a D.C. native, will perform a mix of American soul music, Motown and Latin Caribbean flavors. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The concert will repeat Friday at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Pianists Leon and Katherine Fleisher will join musicians from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in performing works by Brahms, Dina Koston and Ligeti. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Re-write of Spring: Stravinsky for Big Band.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20; $15 for students and seniors. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Nathan J. Brown, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Aldrich and Victoria Phillips Geduld will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance and Democracy: Politics and Protest, World War I Through the Cold War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502.

Thursday, march 8 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra, bass-baritone Matthias Goerne (shown) and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung will perform works by BartĂłk. 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;25 Architects in 25 Weeksâ&#x20AC;? lecture series will feature a talk by Stephen J. Vanze of Barnes Vanze Architects on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traditional Architecture.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202347-9403. â&#x2013;  Philip T. Reeker, former U.S. ambassador to Macedonia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;U.S. Foreign Policy in South Central Europe: 100 Years Since the First Balkan War.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Atrium, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  A panel of curators, photographers, collectors and other experts will explore the artistic practice and collection of photography today. 6 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arab Spring and Women: Comparing Democracies in the U.S. and Abroadâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Barrie Freeman, director of the National Democratic Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Africa programs; Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners; and Stephenie Foster, consultant and professorial lecturer at American University. 6 p.m. $15; reservations required. Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life of the Line: Drawings From Bonnard to Vuillard.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Pianist Leon Fleisher and soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson will discuss their long friendship and collaboration with pianist and composer Dina Koston and the history of the Theater Chamber Players. 6:15 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of @Yd^hja[]oaf]gfEgf\Yqk& :jmf[`gfKYlmj\YqkYf\Kmf\Yqk )(2+(Ye%*2+(he

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Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013; Erich Keel, head of education at the Kreeger Museum, will conclude his two-part lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picasso, Braque and the Triumph of Cubism From 1912 to 1920.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women of Architecture: Architecture and the Great Recession.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Peter Behrens will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Briens.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Domnica Radulescu, professor of French and Italian literature and chair of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Gender Studies Program at Washington and Lee University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Train to Trieste.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  The Washington Sculptors Group will present a talk by Greg Braun on the various social media and Google tools available to artists and sculptors. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  Actor and comedian Michael Ian Black will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on the Nixon administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in shaping the opportunities available to women will feature panelists Barbara Hackman Franklin, who was hired by President Richard Nixon to recruit women and later served as his secretary of commerce; Lee Stout, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Matter of Simple Justice: The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and a Few Good Womenâ&#x20AC;? and librarian emeritus at the Penn State University Libraries; and former U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, R-Md. A book signing will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Films â&#x2013;  In honor of International Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, the groups Women in Film and Television International and Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC, will hold a Short Film Showcase featuring selections from the United States, Canada, India, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  Cine Francophone will present Jean Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kid With a Bike.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $9; $4 for seniors and students. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911. Reading â&#x2013;  Art & Spirit Coffeehouse will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t I Know You? An Eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment of Portraits in Verse,â&#x20AC;? read by Tara Ramsey and Bruce Crane. 7 p.m. Donations suggested. St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-5543222. Special events â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will kick off its 20th-anniversary lineup with a launch party and silent auction. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $20. Warner Building See Events/Page 27

Continued From Page 26 Atrium, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Plumeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive chief, Chris Jakubiec, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Meat Loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Paradise With Blackbird Vineyards,â&#x20AC;? a five-course wine dinner complemented by pairings from the Napa Valley label. 6:45 p.m. $185; reservations required. The Jefferson, 1200 16th St. NW. 202-448-2300. â&#x2013;  Cultural Tourism DC will hold the Embassy Chef Challenge, an annual culinary competition benefiting the nonprofit organization. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $250. Atrium, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. 7 p.m. $45 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Friday, March 9

Friday march 9 Class â&#x2013; Arlington-based writer, book artist and educator Sushmita Mazumdar will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handmade Booksâ&#x20AC;? class. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-8959448, ext. 4. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Schumann, Gaubert and Brahms. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  Arts@Midday will feature soprano Ashley Alden performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love in a Life: A Dramatic Recital,â&#x20AC;? about the life of a woman from childhood through old age in words, dance and song. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  Tyler Canonico, an undergraduate organ major at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., will present a recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project will feature students from Berklee College of Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silent Film Orchestra performing a 2011 original score to Sergei Eisensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battleship Potemkin.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  University of the District of Columbia music students, alumni and faculty members will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tribute to Charlotte Holloman,â&#x20AC;? honoring Hollomanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career as a concert and opera vocalist and a professor at the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University. Proceeds will benefit a music scholarship. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. University Auditorium, Building 46 East, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5801. â&#x2013;  Lyric soprano Alia Waheed will perform at a benefit concert to raise funds for the repairs needed to the National City Christian Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic sanctuary as a result of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earthquake. 7:30 p.m. $20 donation suggested. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Originalgenie: A Birthday Tribute to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachâ&#x20AC;? will feature Con Gioia with soprano Julianne Baird and Preethi de Silva on harpsichord and fortepiano. 8 p.m.


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Events Entertainment Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013; The National Symphony Orchestra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hungarian Dances,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by BartĂłk, KodĂĄly, Liszt and Brahms. 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature guitarist Rachel Ann Cross and her band. 9:30 p.m. $15; $12 for students and seniors. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 11th Disaster: One Year Laterâ&#x20AC;? will feature Marc Knapper, director of the Office of Japanese Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; Kent Calder, director of the Japan Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies; and Rust Deming, professorial lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Wolf Grabendorff, former director of the Institute for European-Latin American Relations, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Evolving New Security Architecture in Latin America.â&#x20AC;? 12:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 507, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Thanos Veremis, professor emeritus of political history at the University of Athens, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Political and Social Antecedents of the Greek Economic Crisis.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  New Republic senior editor Noam Scheiber will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Escape Artists,â&#x20AC;? about President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic team. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The Alliance Française de Washington will host a Literary Salon with Alain Mabanckou, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;BleuBlanc-Rougeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broken Glass.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202234-7911. â&#x2013;  Bernard Brandon Scott, professor of New Testament at the Phillips Theological Seminary, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Jesus to Constantine: Disunity to Unityâ&#x20AC;? as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus Seminar on the Roadâ&#x20AC;? series. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $20. St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE. 877-523-3545. Expo â&#x2013;  The Washington Home & Garden Show will feature 16,000 square feet of gardens; a display of the latest in home dĂŠcor, kitchen and bath renovations, and outdoor living; and celebrities Ty Pennington and Todd Davis. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $9 to $12; $3 for children ages 6 through 12; and free for children ages 5 and younger. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The event will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Philadelphia-based

Saturday, march 10 â&#x2013; Family program: The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Lynn Ruehlmann presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories From Around the World.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372.

dance company Illstyle & Peace Productions performing a fusion of African dance, jazz, breaking, popping, locking, house dance and hip-hop. 8:30 p.m. $25; $15 for students and seniors. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8:30 p.m. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninth,â&#x20AC;? hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, will feature an open-mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Saturday, March 10

Saturday march 10 Benefit â&#x2013; The Dupont Circle Village will hold its second annual silent auction and gala, featuring the quintet Some Like It Hot performing music by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-328-1121. Classes â&#x2013;  Art historian Bonita Billman will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Deco: Vibrant, Eclectic, and Dynamic.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Artist and printmaker Helen Frederick will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Identifying and Collecting Fine Prints.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $55. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery/ Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Michelle Kwiatkowski of Wild Rose Soap will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Bath Salts and Bath Bombs.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to noon. $35. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5256076. â&#x2013;  A hands-on orchid workshop will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Repot or Not?â&#x20AC;? 2:30 to 4 p.m. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Kennedy String Quartet performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Musical Opposites: A Concert for Childrenâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 5 and older). 11 a.m. $12; $8 for students and seniors. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will hold

a concert celebrating its 125th anniversary, along with the 125th birthday of Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post. A reception and tour will follow. 3 p.m. $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature the a cappella groups Reverb and Euphonism. 4 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral Combined Choir and National Cathedral School Chorister Alumnae will perform Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $25 to $80. 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 Oberlin Conservatory of Music performing works by Haydn, Berio, KodĂĄly, Dutilleux and Adams. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Joanna Dewey, professor emerita of Biblical studies at Episcopal Divinity School, will discuss the social structure of the Roman Empire as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus Seminar on the Roadâ&#x20AC;? series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $30. St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE. 877-523-3545. â&#x2013;  Temple University history professor Bettye Collier-Thomas will lead a discussion of the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary McLeod Bethune: Building a Better Worldâ&#x20AC;? and Bethuneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accomplishments as an educator, political activist, organizer and adviser to U.S. presidents. 10 a.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-673-2402. â&#x2013;  Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and

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design operations at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lifelong Love Affair: Marjorie Merriweather Post and Orchids.â&#x20AC;? 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. â&#x2013; A park ranger will explain how Oliver Evans invented and integrated new technologies and techniques for milling grain. 11 a.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Arthur Chadwick will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Classic Cattleyas.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to noon. $15; $7 for students. Reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Norwood Holland will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleepless Nights,â&#x20AC;? the first in a series of detective-based fiction featuring trial attorney Drew Smith. 1 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Bernard Brandon Scott, professor of New Testament at the Phillips Theological Seminary, will discuss the meaning of the Roman Empire as the dominant power in the ancient world as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus Seminar on the Roadâ&#x20AC;? series. 1:30 to 4 p.m. $30. St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE. 877-523-3545. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reading: From the Stone Age to the Digital Ageâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Erik Delfino, professor of history at Catholic University; Karl Kraus, professor of information science at the University of Maryland, College Park; Matt Kirschenbaum, professor of literature at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Mark Lafromboise, senior book buyer for Politics and Prose bookstore. 2 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Lecturer Saul Lilienstein will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eros and Freedom: The Viennese Waltz.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $15. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. See Events/Page 28



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Continued From Page 27 ■ Beryl Radin, a faculty member at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, will discuss her book “Federal Management Reform in a World of Contradictions.” 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Family programs ■ A “Seuss-a-thon” will open with a story time, followed by readings, crafts and refreshments celebrating favorite Dr. Seuss books. 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ “Story Time With Annie Groovie” will feature the Quebecois author and illustrator explaining how she created her mischievous hero and helping attendees draw a character of their own. 11 a.m. $5. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra’s “Violins, and Trombones, and Bears, Oh, My!” will feature violinist Marissa Regni and trombonist Barry Hearn in an interactive concert for children ages 3 through 5. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. ■ Children will hear a story about Faith Ringgold, an artist best known for her painted story quilts, and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. ■ The Washington National Opera’s “Family Look-In” program will feature an introduction to Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” with members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the Washington National Opera Orchestra (designed for third- through sixthgraders and their families). 2 p.m. $15 to $35. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ “Arts for Families,” for children ages 5 through 12 and their families, will offer participants a chance to learn the basic plain weave structure while they create a colorful placement. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi


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Events Entertainment will read from her children’s book “It’s a Big World, Little Pig!” 4:30 p.m. Free. Children’s Room, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art’s Film Program for Children and Teens will present Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel’s 2010 film “Louder Than a Bomb,” about four teams preparing to compete in the world’s largest youth poetry slam (for ages 13 and older). 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Robert Bresson’s 1945 film “Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Performances ■ “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” will feature Jacqueline Woodson’s play “Locomotion,” about an 11-year-old African-American boy as he moves from tragedy to hope (for ages 8 and older). 2 and 4 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors; $8 for students. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present its “Story Showdown: A Storytelling Game Show.” 8 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, teachers, artists and storytellers. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. ■ The Paso Nuevo Youth Performance Group will present the premiere of its original murder mystery “Who’s to Blame?” 8 p.m. Free; donations suggested. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. ■ The Capital City Showcase will feature storyteller S.M. Shrake, musician Justin Trawick (shown) and comedians Simone, Jami Smith and Brandon Wardell. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of

Sunday, march 11 ■ Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present a concert by jazz and R&B artist Herbie Hancock. 7 p.m. $35 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Special events ■ The George Washington University Hospital Women’s Board will hold a health symposium, “Woman to Woman: Mind, Body and Spirit.” 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 301893-4443. ■ “Cleveland Park Read-in” will feature events for all ages as a sampling of the activities that take place regularly at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Sporting events ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Portland Trail Blazers. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. ■ D.C. United will play Sporting Kansas City. 7:00 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-3977328. Walk ■ Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive “Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” filled with his reminiscences of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. Sunday, March 11

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Concerts ■ The Kennedy Center’s “Three Cities Chamber Music Marathon” — part of “The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna” festival — will feature the third Conservatory Project Chamber Ensemble performing contemporary works, from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m.; members of the National Symphony Orchestra performing early works, from 6 to 7:45 p.m.; and Quatuor Thymos performing early-20th-century works, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Steven Osborne, recognized as one of Great Britain’s foremost pianists, will perform works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ “A Celebration of Black Composers in

Art Songs and Spirituals” will feature sopranos Samantha McElhaney and Alia Waheed, mezzo-soprano Bridgette Cooper, tenor Issachah Savage, bass Kevin Thompson and pianist Victor Simonson. 4 p.m. Free. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC, 1326 16th St. NW. 202-387-2006, ext. 245. ■ “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” will feature the a cappella ensemble Not What You Think. 4:30 p.m. $10. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. ■ “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” will feature baroque ensemble Harmonious Blacksmith performing new and improvised music. 4:30 p.m. $12; $8 for students and seniors. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ Washington National Cathedral organist Jeremy Filsell will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Soprano Carmen Balthrop and pianist José Cáceres will perform “Greenleaf: A Modern Woman’s Life and Love” and other music in honor of Women’s History Month. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. ■ The Songwriters Association of Washington and Busboys and Poets will present an open-mic event for singer/songwriters. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Discussions and lectures ■ Patrick Deneen, associate professor of government at Georgetown University, will discuss “The State of Political Language: What Do We Say, and What Isn’t Being Said?” 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Craig Clunas, professor of history of art at the University of Oxford, will discuss “Beginning and Ending in Chinese Painting.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. A video of the lecture will be shown Tuesday at noon. ■ Poet Campbell McGrath will discuss his book “In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys.” 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ Opera in Cinema will present The Royal Opera’s production of Massenet’s “Cendrillon.” 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Tuesday at 7 p.m. ■ “Korean Film Festival DC 2012: The Art of the Moving Image From Korea” will feature Lee Hae-Young’s film “Foxy Festival.” 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ Cineforum Italiano will present Claudio Cupellini’s 2010 thriller “A Quiet Life,” about a man hiding a secret. 4 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-643-1861. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present

Robert Bresson’s 1950 film “Diary of a Country Priest.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ ITVS Community Cinema will present Chris Paine’s documentary “Revenge of the Electric Car,” about global resurgence of electric cars. A discussion with members of the Electric Vehicle Association of the District of Columbia will follow. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. ■ The “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” series will present “Precious Knowledge,” about the Tucson Unified School District’s MexicanAmerican studies program, its popularity among students and the public controversy surrounding it. 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Parade ■ The 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature floats, marching bands, drill teams, antique vehicles and Irish wolfhounds. Noon to 3 p.m. Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets NW. 202-670-0317. Performance ■ “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” will feature Vivre Musicale and Full Circle Dance Co. performing “Bodies: A Music and Dance Exploration.” 2:30 p.m. $20; $15 for students and seniors. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Toronto Maple Leafs. 5 p.m. $55 to $147. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk around the earthworks of Fort Stevens and describe the lives of the men who defended the nation’s capital in 1864. 10 a.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a stroll through historic Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key Memorial. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. Monday, March 12

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Book signing ■ Cal Ripken Jr. will sign copes of his book “Super-sized Slugger.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Class ■ Author, musician and teacher David Newcomb will discuss “Transforming Ourselves Through Meditation and Lifestyle” as part of a three-part workshop on Jyothi meditation. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. DanielShaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. The class will conclude March 19 at 7 p.m. Concerts ■ The Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project will feature students from the University of Michigan School of Music, See Events/Page 30


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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National Geographic exhibit examines Samurai culture


amurai: The Warrior On exhibit Transformed,â&#x20AC;? exploring the role and symbolism of Samurai warriors as diplomats and cultural ambassadors Friday at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery and for Japan and their impact on U.S.-Japanese continue through April 13. relations, will open today at the National An opening reception will take place Geographic Friday from 6 to 8 Museum and conp.m. tinue through Sept. Located at 2425 3. Virginia Ave. NW, the Located at 1145 gallery is open 17th St. NW, the Monday through museum is open Friday from 9:30 a.m. daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338to 6 p.m. Admission 1958. costs $8 for adults; â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masters of Mercy: $6 for seniors, stuBuddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amazing dents and military Disciplesâ&#x20AC;? will open personnel; and $4 Saturday at the for children ages 5 Arthur M. Sackler Helen Zughaibâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abaya Drivingâ&#x20AC;? is part of through 12. 202Gallery and continue an exhibit at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. 857-7588. through July 8. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thoughts on the The exhibit feaSpring,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings and collages tures phantasmagoric paintings from a series about the Arab Spring revolutions by Foggy created by Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863) for a Bottom artist Helen Zughaib, will open Buddhist temple in Edo and never before

seen outside Japan, Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civic Pride: Dutch Group Portraits From Amsterdam,â&#x20AC;? a special installation of two large-scale group portraits on loan from the Netherlands, will open Saturday in the 7th Street lobby of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art and remain on view for the next five years. Located at 6th 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. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;MathAlive,â&#x20AC;? an interactive exhibit that illustrates the math behind popular youth activities like skateboarding, snowboarding, video games and more, will open Saturday at the S. Dillon Ripley Center and continue through June 3. Located at 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Studio Gallery recently opened four shows See Exhibits/Page 32

This painting of two Samurai warriors, on loan from the Library of Congress, is part of a National Geographic Museum exhibit opening today and continuing through Sept. 3.

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rena Stage will present Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ah, Wilderness!â&#x20AC;? March 9 through April 8 on the Fichandler Stage as part of a two-month Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Festival. As the Connecticut-based Miller clan plans its traditional Fourth of July festivities, dreamy-eyed mid-


dle child Richard is wrestling with cultural conventions, political uncertainty, the power of literature and the exquisite pain of love. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only comedy is a comArena Stage will present Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ah, Wilderness!â&#x20AC;? as part of ing-of-age letter to a simpler time. a two-month festival celebrating the classic American playwright. Performance times are generally what-you-can. The H Street 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday NE. 202-241-2539; Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Ticket prices start at $40. 800-551Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost â&#x2013; The Warner Theatre will host a 7328; $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located brief engagement of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monty â&#x2013;  Molotov Theatre Group will at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; Pythonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spamalotâ&#x20AC;? March 13 present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Adaptation of Julius through 18. Caesarâ&#x20AC;? March 15 through April 7 â&#x2013;  Theater Alliance will present The Tony Awardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Musical at Fort Fringe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Disappear Completely of 2005 is â&#x20AC;&#x153;lov D.C. playwright Shawn and Never Be ingly ripped offâ&#x20AC;? Northripâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation includes a Foundâ&#x20AC;? March from the comedy twist in the narrative that culmi10 through April teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most nates in the colliding of two 1 at the H Street popular movie, famous works of literary fiction. Playhouse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monty Python The performance is not recom Playwright and the Holy mended for the faint of heart. Fin Kennedy Grail,â&#x20AC;? accord Performance times are 8 p.m. chronicles one ing to a release. Thursday through Sunday and manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey It tells the legWednesday, April 4. Tickets cost down the rabbit Warner Theatre will open a oneendary tale of $20. hole of identity, week engagement of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monty the quest of â&#x2013;  The Washington National exploring the Pythonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spamalotâ&#x20AC;? March 13. King Arthur and Opera opened a run of â&#x20AC;&#x153;CosĂŹ fan question of the Knights of the Round Table for tutteâ&#x20AC;? last month and will continue what makes us who we are in the the Holy Grail, and it features a it through March 15 at the 21st century. chorus line of dancing divas and Kennedy Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer Take two silly sisters, mix in Thursday through Saturday and 2 rabbis and one legless knight. brash lovers, add a pinch of cynical p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets Performance times are 7:30 p.m. philosopher and a dash of schemcost $25 to $35, except on March See Theater/Page 32 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10 and 11, when admission is pay-

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Continued From Page 28 Theatre, & Dance performing works by Clearfield, Pärt, Ponchielli and Debussy. 6 p.m. Free. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Tunes & Cocktails at the Jefferson,â&#x20AC;? a monthly singalong of Broadway tunes led by pianist Glenn Pearson, will feature performers Jamie Eacker and David Jennings. 7 to 10 p.m. Free admission. The Quill Bar at the Jefferson, 1200 16th St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Artist William Woodward will present a lecture and demonstration re-creating Peter Paul Rubensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decius Mus Addressing the Legions.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Bicky Corman, deputy associate administrator for the Office of Policy at the Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss proposed recommendations for incorporating sustainability into the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principles and decision-making. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  A fundraiser for the nonprofit group Teaching for Change will feature a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Kids Arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Learning: History Under Attack and Why It Matters.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 9 p.m. $50 to $100. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. news/march12event. â&#x2013;  Christy Morgan will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet.â&#x20AC;? The event will include a demonstration of a recipe from the book. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., will discuss his thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keys to the Kingdom.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  As part of a program series for men in their 20s and 30s, Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post and Ben Standig of Comcast SportsNet will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bracketology 101,â&#x20AC;? about the NCAA basket-


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Events Entertainment ball tournament, Final Four favorites and potential upsets. 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Films â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unsinkable Molly Brown,â&#x20AC;? starring Debbie Reynolds. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burt Lancaster: American Classicâ&#x20AC;? will feature Fred Zinnemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Here to Eternity.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;PhotoFilm!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an exploration of the uses of still photography within the cinematic context â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Plasticity of the Moment.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1935 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Guel Arraesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Will.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. 13 Tuesday, TuesdayMarch march 13 Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Yoga instructor Liz Nichols will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laughter Yogaâ&#x20AC;? class with deep breathing, stretching and laughter exercises. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-8959448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  Printmaker Liz Wolf will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Try Your Hand at Artâ&#x20AC;? class. 2 to 4 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  Ebeth Johnson will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Immune Boosting Foods.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $10. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7

Monday, march 12 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Dan Zhu (shown) will perform Mozart sonatas. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House will offer a class on gaming as part of a six-session series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparing for the Ball: 19th-Century Skills and Etiquette,â&#x20AC;? a prelude to its second annual Federal-period Spring Ball. 7 to 9 p.m. $12 per class. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature flutist Rebecca Collaros and pianist Patrick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project will feature students from the Peabody Institute performing works by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Barber and Beethoven. 6 p.m. Free. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Huffington Post senior national correspondent Andrea Stone on developments in the Middle East based on her experiences in Israel, Palestinian territories, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain and Egypt. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Ebrahim Rasool, ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the United States, will discuss Islam in the two countries. 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Need for Balanced Deficit Reduction.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Cynthia Levinson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Princeton University professor Danny Oppenheimer will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Work at All Works So Well.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Art historian Linda Skalet will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Values or Imported Elegance? Art Collecting in the Gilded Age.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:30

p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology at New York University and editor of Public Culture, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Mary Thompson, research specialist at Mount Vernon, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religion in the Life of George Washington.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Curator Caroline de Guitaut will discuss Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Collection of FabergĂŠ, the largest of its kind in the world. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20; $7 for college students. Reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807.

at 6 p.m. â&#x2013; The Guy Mason Community Center and Macomb Recreation Center will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tips,â&#x20AC;? a seven-week class featuring local chefs and other guests. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8 per class. Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. The series will continue March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 13. â&#x2013;  Jewish Study Center instructors will lead a three-part class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jews of the Far West.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:15 p.m. $55. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202332-1221. The class will continue March 21 and 28. â&#x2013;  Journalist and Jewish Study Center instructor Amy Schwartz will lead a threepart class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psalms Ancient and Modern.â&#x20AC;? 8:15 to 9:25 p.m. $55. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202332-1221. The class will continue March 21 and 28.

Films â&#x2013; As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, National Geographic will present Marcos Negrao and AndrĂŠ Rangelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Broken Moon,â&#x20AC;? about a family of Himalayan nomads torn between tradition and modernity as climate change threatens their water supply. Noon. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. The festival will continue through March 25 with screenings at various venues. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Austria and the Washington Jewish Film Festival will present Elisabeth Scharangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Another Lifetime.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776.

Concerts â&#x2013; Pianist, composer and educator Burnett Thompson (shown) will perform his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeare Sonnets Song Cycleâ&#x20AC;? with Chinese singer Coco Zhao. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Frank Yamma will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Soprano Megan Monaghan, tenor Vale Rideout and baritone Randall Scarlata will perform Lori Laitmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art songs and a scene from her opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scarlet Letter.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Andrew Cyrilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21st Century Big Band Unlimited. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

Performances â&#x2013; SpeakeasyDC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whistleblowers and Hell-raisers: Stories about rebellion, defiance, and subversive activity.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Tea at Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;? will feature a tour of the 1816 mansion and a traditional afternoon tea with tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and historic tea blends. 1 to 3 p.m. $25; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tribute to Wangari Maathaiâ&#x20AC;? will feature Wanjira Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize recipientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter; Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, documentary filmmakers; and Stephen Mills, U.S. director of Green Belt, the environmental organization Wangari Maathai founded. 7 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. â&#x2013;  Winemaker Andy Peay of Sonomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peay Vineyards will lead a five-course wine dinner. 7 p.m. $175. Central Michel Richard, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-626-0015. Wednesday, March 14

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Classes â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The class will repeat March 21 at noon and March 28

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Elliot Carlson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joe Rochefortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Debbie Levy will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family, and Farewells.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. $7. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historyâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by University of Pennsylvania professor Kathleen Brown. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  George Dyson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Karen Stohr, associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, will discuss See Events/Page 31


Continued From Page 30 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faith: Journey for a Lifetimeâ&#x20AC;? as part of the Lenten Reflection Series. 5 to 5:45 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-1395. â&#x2013; Stacy Cordery will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Arizona State University professor Daniel Childers will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Sustainability in the 21st Centuryâ&#x20AC;? as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Edge: Urban Sustainabilityâ&#x20AC;? lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Science Cafe: The Science of Sleepâ&#x20AC;? will focus on the role sleep plays in helping us lead healthy, productive lives. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10; $7 for students. Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St. NW. 202-334-1201. â&#x2013;  Tiki Davies and Todd Purdum will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;China Hand.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Marvin Kalb (shown), professor emeritus at Harvard Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Deborah Kalb, a freelance journalist, will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor B.G. Muhn will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Images of the Hidden City: Life and Art in Pyongyang,â&#x20AC;? about his recent research trip to the North Korean capital. 7:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library will present the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water on the Tableâ&#x20AC;? and the 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chasing Water.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with National Resources Defense Council senior attorney Steve Fleischli will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271225. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature an encore showing of the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ernani.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Yuri Nomuraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eatrip,â&#x20AC;? about contemporary Japanese food culture as seen through the experiences of people from different walks of life. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Elephants,â&#x20AC;? followed by a discussion with elephant researcher Joyce Poole, filmmaker Bob Poole and National Geographic Television senior producer David Hamlin. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will fea-

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Book signing â&#x2013; Frances Mayes will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tuscan Sun Cookbook.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Williams-Sonoma, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-237-1602. Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fidelioâ&#x20AC;? in concert with singers and chorus. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of Business in Community Building.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Amanda Smith will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Journalist and historian Paola Caridi will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamas: From Resistance to Government.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Jon Schmitz, archivist and historian at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roles in the Chautauqua Idea.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. Free. General Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs, 1734 N St. NW. 202-3473168. â&#x2013;  Jane Harman, director, president and chief executive officer of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tough Foreign Policy Issues and Why Washington Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Solve Them.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Riggs Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Bishop Thomas J. Curry, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishopsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Committee on Catholic Education, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religious Liberty, Conscience, and Contraception.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Caldwell Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5683. â&#x2013;  Rosemarie Terenzio will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Ufuk Kocabas, director of Istanbul Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Treasure Below: Excavating at the Ancient Port of Constantinople.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Michael Mann, lead author of the 2001 report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From the Front Lines.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 15 â&#x2013; Discussion: Jodi Picoult will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lone Wolf.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $28. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wardenâ&#x20AC;? by Anthony Trollope. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Gabriela Perez-Baez, curator at the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Relevance of Language Choices Negotiated by Parents and Children for the Survival of an Endangered Language.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-9654400. Film â&#x2013;  As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, the St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church Environment Committee will present Robbie Gemmelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle,â&#x20AC;? about the 10-year struggle over a offshore wind farm planned for Nantucket Sound. A panel discussion will follow. 7 p.m. $5 donation suggested. St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  Le Petit Cirque will present a poetic solo circus performance of objects and toys in motion, animated by French artist Laurent Bigot. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. The performance will repeat Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  Choreographer Christopher K. Morgan, artist-in-residence at CityDance, will present a suite of short vignettes to bring the photographs in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillardâ&#x20AC;? to life. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Katona JĂłzsef Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gypsies,â&#x20AC;? about the love, tensions and conflicts that arise among Gypsy musicians and Hungarians in the countryside (in Hungarian with English supertitles). 7:30 p.m. $25 to $50. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fully Charged,â&#x20AC;? a thrill-filled circus spectacular. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $14 to $35. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Know DCâ&#x20AC;? competition will fea-

Concerts â&#x2013; The Morehouse College Glee Club will perform spirituals, gospel and Yoruba selections. Noon. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271261. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Johann Strauss Jr. and brother Josef, including the overture to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermaus.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform as part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the 50th anniversary tour of The Chieftans with Paddy Moloney. 8 p.m. $28 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort and soprano Michele Kennedy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Songbird: Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $35. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The concert will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Films â&#x2013;  The Inter-American Development Bank


will present the D.C. debut of Federico Veirojâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Useful Life,â&#x20AC;? about a man who must adjust to a new life after the cinema he worked at for more than 25 years is forced to shut down. 6:30 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Korean Film Festival DC 2012: The Art of the Moving Image From Koreaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Park ChanKyongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyang, Paradise City.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  BeethovenFound will present the premiere of the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Bromanceâ&#x20AC;? with live symphony accompaniment. 7:30 p.m. $100. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present the D.C. premiere of Aleksei Vakhrushevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tundra Book: A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock,â&#x20AC;? about the lives of the inhabitants of a remote Russian peninsula in the Arctic Circle. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Performances â&#x2013;  Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Groove Theory will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Move, One Groove,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of hip-hop dance culture. 7:30 p.m. $7. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will present an all-male version of the cult musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rocky Horror Show.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.


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that will continue through March 24. “These Women” is a new series of imaginary women done by Amy Davis in paint and encaustic. “Unrealities” highlights work by Peter Karp that explores the tension between geometric/abstract shapes and the human form, as well as the space between dream and reality. “Cryos” features Iwan Bagus’ ice photography in an exploration of the ephemeral and perishable. “A Person and a Story” features portraits by Washington-area artists, along with the stories behind each portrait. The artists include Joshua Cogan, Jim Darling, Matt Dunn, Keith Lane, David Y. Lee and Joshua Yospyn. An artists’ reception will take place Saturday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-232-8734. ■ “The Magic Foxhole,” presenting works on paper by Dawn Black inspired by an unpublished J. D. Salinger short story about cycles of death and folly, opened recently at Curator’s Office, where it will continue through March 24. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 201, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-387-1008. ■ The Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center is presenting an exhibit of works by 13 contemporary Uruguayan artists through June 1 in conjunction with the 53rd annual meeting of the bank’s board of

ing maid, and you have the perfect recipe for a night of madcap opera. In Mozart’s game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful even when tempted. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $25. 202-467-4600; ■ Washington Improv Theater will present its sixth annual improv competition, the “Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament,” or “FIST,” March 8 through April 7 at Source. Each show is a step in the sixround tournament. Four three-member improv teams perform 12-minute sets opposite one another. The audience then determines via secret ballot which two teams advance to the next round. A total of 58 teams will take part. Performance times are 8 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 and 11 p.m. Friday and 8, 9:30 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $20. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7770; ■ Arena Stage will close John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play “Red” March 11 in the Kreeger Theater. At the height of his career, abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko struggles with a series of grand-scale paintings for New York’s elite Four Seasons restaurant. When his new assistant, Ken, challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons or be crushed by the everchanging art world he helped create. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Atlas Performing Arts Center will close “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” March 11. Launched in 2010, the nowannual event features 12 days of multidisciplinary, curated performances — music, theater, film, spoken word and dance — with new opportunities for participation and audience engagement. Participants include SpeakeasyDC, the In Series, Adventure Theatre, DC’s Different Drummers and many more. Performance times and locations vary. Details are at intersectionsdc. org. ■ Spooky Action Theater will close David Mamet’s “The Water Engine” March 11 at the Universalist National Memorial Church. Through the device of a live radio play, Mamet follows the agony of an inventor named Charles Lang, who attempts to patent his revolutionary creation: an engine that runs exclusively on water. The play is set during the 1933-34 World’s Fair in Chicago.

Diego Velazco’s “Los últimos cines I” is part of an exhibit of contemporary Uruguayan artists at the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center. governors in Montevideo, Uruguay. Located at 1300 New York Ave. NW, the center is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-623-3558. ■ “Tohoku Today: Rebuilding for a Better Tomorrow,” highlighting the recovery efforts after the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s Tohoku region last March, will close Saturday at the National Press Club. Located at 529 14th St. NW, the club’s exhibit space is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $25. The church is located at 1810 16th St. NW; the theater entrance is off S Street at the building’s rear. 202-248-0301; ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will close the world premiere of Jason Grote’s “Civilization (all you can eat)” March 11. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-3933939; ■ Studio Theatre 2ndStage has extended Natsu Onoda Power’s “Astro Boy and the God of Comics” through March 18. Performance times are 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $38 to $43. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ The Barrelhouse Theatre is presenting Adam Rapp’s “Blackbird” through March 18 at the District of Columbia Arts Center. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 to $16. Friday through Sunday and 3 p.m. March 11. The arts center is located at 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833; ■ Washington Stage Guild is presenting “Husbands & Lovers,” adapted by Bill Largess from a 1920s script by Ferenc Molnár, through March 18 at the Undercoft Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-5820050; ■ Keegan Theatre is presenting Reginald Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men” through March 25 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ Theater J is presenting theological drama “New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656” through April 1. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $60 for general admission. Theater J performs at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; ■ Studio Theatre is presenting British playwright Roy Williams’ “Sucker Punch” through April 8. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300;




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Since the National Museum of Health and Medicine is closed, employees of the museum came to our class to teach us about the human body. They brought preserved organ parts. One of our students was picked to wear a vest with pictures of the organs on the front. We were able to stick them on the vest where they belonged. We got to feel them. Some were squishy, some were soft and some were hard. We saw a pair of lungs of a smoker, and they were black. We learned that we should not smoke. We also learned the correct way to brush our teeth and to floss. We had a fun time while learning about our bodies. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kindergartners

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From Feb. 16 to 19, 11 members of the School Without Walls Model United Nations attended the 49th North American Invitational Model United Nations, largest Model UN conference in North America. The event hosted more than 3,000 delegates, not including parents and other chaperones. As for the Walls contingent, it was made up of a near-even representation of all grades at Walls, taking part in four separate committees that discussed issues such as narcotics trafficking in Latin America and the Western Sahara conflict. Throughout the conference, the

majority of Walls students represented the military, economic and industrial powerhouse of Kuwait, a bastion of freedom and liberty in otherwise turbulent times. The remaining Walls students took the role of representing individuals within the United Nations. In Model UN, students not only learn in depth about real-world issues, but they also practice public speaking skills and how to form opinions from the standpoint of a particular country. For a few, taking part in an actual conference was a particular learning experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jordan [Davis] and I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gone to a conference before,â&#x20AC;? said Dike Ukwuani, who, along with the other Kuwaiti delegate, spent three days in the committee discussing the Western Sahara Conflict. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We actually watched for some of it. â&#x20AC;Ś As Kuwait, we just made it clear that we stood for the rights of the people of Western Sahara.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone did a really good job,â&#x20AC;? said Isabella Boland, a Walls sophomore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to the next one.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We have writing contests at Stoddert about every three months. Our last writing challenge was on the topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;leap year.â&#x20AC;? I thought this was a great thing to do and a chance to learn about something new. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anything about leap year, so I had to do some research. All of our writing had to be done in school. I learned that people celebrate leap year differently in other parts of the world. Some have superstitions around leap year and others have curses. For example, some people believe that if your baby is born on leap day, then your baby will have bad luck. When I first heard about the wiring contest, I thought to myself that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anything about leap year, but I still wanted to participate. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of fun to write. I learned a lot from websites. I also asked my mom and our teacher about the subject. I found out that we get a whole day every four years. I learned some things about leap year. In Ireland, girls can ask boys to marry them on leap day. Young people give shoes to old people in China because it gives a peaceful feeling to them on leap day. There are prizes for the winners in the writing contest. We all think that it would be great to win and get the prize, but we also just like writing! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really what some of us are just good at. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tess Mortell, Yiming Chen and Yuxi Cai, fourth-graders

Washington International School

Recently, the fourth-graders went to the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Md., to see how the Hindu people worship. The Hindus celebrate Holi, the

celebration of spring, and Diwali (Divali), the celebration of light. At a Hindu temple, Hindus meditate or pray. There are altars with statues of the gods that the Hindus worship. In the Hindu temple, they do rituals that respect each and every god in an individual way. The main gods are Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the protector; and Shiva, the destroyer. The statues of the gods can be covered in gold, fruit, milk or something that represents purity and kindness. Hindus donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat cow meat, and they use cowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk as a sign of respect and purity. (But some people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always follow the rules of Hinduism and eat cow meat because they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help liking it and they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always contain themselves.) Hindus believe in karma and reincarnation. Karma means when you do something good, the universe rewards you with something good. But, if you do something bad, then the universe repays you with something bad or super bad. Reincarnation is when you are reborn as a different form after you die depending on how you act in your previous life. Some people have shrines in their homes and pray in their house instead of the temple. The symbol of Hinduism is called aum (om). We hope this was informative and helps you if you are studying Hinduism. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anthea Walker and Paloma Boccasam, fourth-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

On Feb. 16, Washington Latin held its third annual science fair. There were 256 lower and upper school students who took part in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair. Following the success of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair, a question everyone may want to ask themselves is: How helpful does taking part in a science fair prove once one reaches higher education? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want students to have free range over what they do their projects on,â&#x20AC;? said Mr. Alpert, ninthgrade physics teacher, about what he wants his students to learn and take away from accomplishing the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was in my high school fair, I built a Geiger counter. I ran into problems halfway through the project. My teacher couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer my questions that I had about the counter, so I went to Yale to ask questions. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s these types of experiences that make the fair unique.â&#x20AC;? Having a school science fair helps students to prepare for their future education as well as giving them another way to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fall in loveâ&#x20AC;? with a specific subject, one of the themes of Washington Latin. Students whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve participated in science fairs may be able to see that selling their ideas to others as well as presenting an idea to a group of people is something beneficial they can take away from the science fair experience. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alistair Andrulis, 10th-grader

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GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Handsome 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on quiet one way street in the heart of Georgetown with hardwood floors, spacious bedrooms with ensuite baths, tons of light and multi-tiered private rear patio perfect for entertaining. $1,095,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA Wooster building - 2-story unit with three sides of amazing windows. This unit is 1600 square feet of living space and has 2 bedrooms & 2 baths, large open floor plan & an amazing gourmet kitchen. 2 car parking. $1,085,000 John Eric 703-798-0097

WEST END, WASHINGTON, DC Well-appointed 2BR, 2BA perfect for downtown living. Chef’s kitchen, sun-filled LR leading to balcony, dining room, spacious MBR suite, parking, rooftop pool. $1,080,000 Ellen Morrell Matthew McCormick 202-728-9500

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Beautiful home located minutes away from all of Georgetown's restaurants and shops. Original hardwood floors, crown molding, custom builtins, a renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances & private, deep garden. $1,075,000. Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164

BERKLEY/PALISADES, WASHINGTON, DC Build your own house at Berkley Chase, or let Encore Development or Madison Homes build one for you beginning at $1,995,000. Finished house currently for sale. Lots from $895,000. Mary Grover Ehrgood 202-274-4694 Julia Ehrgood 202-997-0160

SHEPHERD PARK, WASHINGTON, DC Turnkey loveliness in the all brick, center hall Colonial, new kitchen, baths, systems, windows. Five bedrooms up, three full & one half baths, inlaid wood floors, CAC, deck, 2 car garage, finished LL. Open Sun, 3/11, 2-4PM. $789,000 Marilyn Charity 202-427-7553

GLEN ECHO, MARYLAND Impeccably maintained and updated Victorian in the heart of Glen Echo. Refinished pine floors through 3 finished levels of living space set on an oversized double lot. $789,000 William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620

WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC Sophisticated & chic 1BR/1BA w/Cathedral views. Gorgeous kit, renovated bath, large balcony, exceptional closets, parking & storage unit too! Petfriendly Sutton Towers offers turn-key living incldg doorman & pool, great location. $497,500 Kay McGrath King 202-276-1235


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