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board as city looks at Brodsky By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

City officials are looking into allegations of unethical conduct by Alcoholic Beverage Control Board chair Charles Brodsky. At a news conference yesterday, Mayor Vincent Gray said Ronald

Collins, the director of the Office of Boards and Commissions, is investigating allegations that Brodsky used his position to benefit his company, Washington Sports and Events Management LLC. It’s a subject that has come up before. Brodsky’s company runs an annual triathlon, and Brodsky has been criticized for representing his private interests before neighborhood commissions tasked with

weighing in on the liquor-license issues he considers in his public role as chair of the alcohol board. “It sounds like a conflict of interest to me,” Gray said at Tuesday’s press conference. “The ABC Board has a very important role and the chair should recognize when he is blurring the line.” Brodsky, however, maintains that he has been careful to avoid any conflicts in his position on the alcoSee Board/Page 12

Planners back second Metro entrance By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Urban Essentials owner David Schaefer assists customers with their purchases on Sunday during the inaugural Spring Home + Design Weekend, sponsored by Washington Fine Properties. Twenty-one Logan and U Street retailers participated, showing new items and offering professional decorating tips.

Neighbors’ calls for George Washington University to expedite a second entrance to the Foggy BottomGWU Metro station were seconded last week by the D.C. Office of Planning, but the university has maintained its opposition to the idea. In a report to the D.C. Zoning Commission, the Planning Office’s Jennifer Steingasser recommends approval of the university’s plan for Square 55, an eightstory Science and Engineering Complex bordered by H, I, 22nd and 23rd streets. Steingasser’s report “also strongly encourages the applicant to accommodate a future second Metro entrance on this site through the design and inclusion of removable panels that could be removed in coordination with [the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority] when a second entrance is feasible.” See GWU/Page 8

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Residents want George Washington University to address overcrowding at the Foggy Bottom-GWU station by facilitating a second entrance.

Church seeks relief from ‘blighted’ tax

Chipotle ex-workers allege unfair dismissal practices

By KATIE PEARCE

■ Labor: Council members

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Amid ongoing tax complications, construction has resumed on the vacant property at 1207 Q St. NW, owned by the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church. Historic preservation concerns recently suspended work on the property, which the church is renovating as a four-unit apartment building. The construction break refocused attention on the longstanding question of the building’s tax status. City records list the property as “blighted,” a classification for buildings deemed a threat to their communities. The Vermont Avenue Baptist Church recently asked the city to reverse that designation, which carries with it significantly higher tax rates. The church’s request did not win support this month

NEWS ■ Federal, city officials reconfigure distribution of Walter Reed. Page 5. ■ Van Ness tenants object to UDC student housing. Page 3

suggest possibile hearings By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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The renovation of 1207 Q St. was suspended after a mistake with window installation. Residents have long complained of issues with the vacant property. from the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission. Commissioners and neighbors at a March 2 meeting described the Q Street property as a longtime nuisance See Parcel/Page 22

PA S S A G E S ■ A day in the life of a D.C. ‘meter maid.’ Page 15. ■ ‘Dad, Tell Me a Story’ offers bedtime tales. Page 15.

Former employees of two Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in Northwest have complained to a D.C. Council member that they did not receive back pay when they were dismissed after an immigration review earlier this month. An internal review by the Denver-based chain identified about 40 employees at the Columbia

EVENTS ■ Buddhist sculptures meet high-tech in Sackler show. Page 31. ■ AU to present ‘Measure for Measure.’ Page 30 .

Heights and Woodley Park Chipotles who appeared to have falsified immigration documents, company spokesperson Chris Arnold said. “My understanding is that we met with these employees, many of them simply left, others were let go, and those conversations were all about their legal status,” Arnold said. But Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham, whose heavily Latino constituency includes a number of the former Chipotle workers, said he had heard it differently. See Chipotle/Page 12

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/13 Exhibits/31 In Your Neighborhood/24

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Van Ness tenants challenge UDC housing By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

An urban version of the traditional town-gown fight is playing out as tenant leaders at a Van Ness apartment building are challenging the University of the District of Columbia’s right to split up apartments to house athletes and other students. On April 5, the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment will decide the case, which pits some residents of the upscale Van Ness South complex on the east side of Connecticut Avenue against administrators of the university on the west.

At a contentious hearing last week, residents said permits to partition off student bedrooms were improper, and that the presence of undergraduates has altered the character of their building. The University of the District of Columbia’s lawyers — backed by city regulators — say no matter the occupant, the 31 apartments the university leases are still in residential use, and thus allowed by zoning law. The case comes as the university is trying to upgrade its campus, academic offerings and image. It has instituted admissions standards and established a new community col-

lege, and administrators say they hope to build dormitories on campus to provide a “real college experience” and sense of community — thus making the school more attractive to foreign students and locals who don’t want to live at home. A master campus plan, which the D.C. Zoning Commission will consider in May, envisions construction of two dorms, providing about 600 beds, on the south side of the campus facing Van Ness Street, as well as possibly continuing to lease some off-campus housing. But the appeal before the Board of Zoning Adjustment is much more See Housing/Page 8

Streetlight upgrade on tap for Cleveland Park Current Staff Writer

A D.C. Department of Transportation plan to install historic-style streetlights on the entire length of Connecticut Avenue is set to move forward early next month on a few blocks in Cleveland Park. The new streetlights are similar to those in parts of Capitol Hill — in which two lamp-style fixtures are mounted together at the top of each pole — and cost twice as much as the conventional lights they will replace, project manager Fred Akinbolajo said at Monday’s Cleveland Park/Woodley Park advisory neighborhood commission meeting. “They’re elegant, historic lights that we’re giving you,” Akinbolajo said. The $507,000 project, covering both sides of Connecticut Avenue between Porter and Macomb streets, includes doubling the number of light poles to 18 — each individual lamp will give off less light — and digging a trench in the roadway to install the conduits that will power them, Akinbolajo said. The work is estimated to last about six months. At the Monday meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to support the project, but some questioned why it was limited to a few blocks in Cleveland Park.

“You seem to be randomly doing sections of the communities,” said commissioner Lee Brian Reba, whose single-member district in Woodley Park is several blocks south of this first phase of the streetlight project. Transportation Department representatives said they would move forward with other stretches of both Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues over the next six years, but had not yet determined which would be next. The Cleveland Park section was chosen to go in tandem with a separate $1.5 million streetscape project planned for that stretch of Connecticut, the representatives said. To dig the required trench — which will also hold conduits for future traffic signal replacements — Transportation Department contractors will typically close two lanes of northbound traffic and restrict onstreet parking between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays; there will also be occasional southbound lane closures. “We expect [at least] one lane to be flowing in its semi-usual path in each direction” at all times, the department’s Paul Hoffman said, adding that the trench will likely progress at about 60 feet per day. The work will begin in about two weeks, after official notification of the planned lane closures, Akinbolajo said.

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

The state of Ward 3 public schools is strong, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh said at a forum at Deal Middle School last week. “The news is good,” she said. “But we have to be ever vigilant.” Cheh and acting Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hosted Thursday’s event, which featured administrators from 10 Ward 3 elementary, middle and high schools. Henderson said she is holding similar events in every ward with the goal of hearing parents’ concerns and working together toward solutions. “I am a problem solver,” she said. “I get energy from other people.” Cheh, meanwhile, kicked off the event by welcoming Henderson to the ward — and to her new post as chancellor, pending council approval. “We’re very pleased, of course, that Chancellor Henderson is going to stay with us and contin-

ue the reform movement,” she said. Then the council member ticked off a list of improvements to area schools. For example, recent modernizations have transformed Deal and Stoddert, she said, while new playgrounds have been constructed at Eaton, Mann and Murch elementary schools. Modernization efforts are also under way at Janney Elementary and Wilson High School, and more are on the horizon. “We want to make sure the remaining schools in Ward 3 are modernized,” she said. But Cheh added, “We do have some concerns.” For instance, enrollment at Ward 3 elementary schools is up, and some — including Janney, Mann and Key — are becoming crowded. Cheh said she has been in touch with Henderson about possible solutions, including tweaking school boundaries, but there will be “no fundamental changes in the next See Schools/Page 12

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The week ahead Wednesday, March 23 The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will hear a presentation on Internet crimes. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the community room at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

Thursday, March 24 The Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting, which will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. The agenda includes consideration of preservation and design guidelines for basement entrances and windows; a multiple property document covering houses built in American University Park from the pre-Civil War period through 1911; and landmark designation of houses at 4624 Verplanck Place, 4628 48th St., 4901 47th St. and 4131 Yuma St.

Monday, March 28 Mayor Vincent Gray will deliver the State of the District Address at 6:45 p.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. The doors will open at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29 Civic groups in Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and Foggy Bottom and the blog borderstan.com will hold a forum for candidates seeking the vacant at-large D.C. Council seat. The meeting will begin at 6 pm. at the Church of the Holy City, 16th and Corcoran streets NW.

Wednesday, March 30 At-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson will hold a town-hall meeting on the city’s proposed 2012 property tax assessments. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Thursday, March 31 The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open house to present preliminary construction drawings for the next phase of the Connecticut Avenue Streetscape Project. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District Office, Suite 260, 1120 Connecticut Ave. NW. Reservations are required; contact David Suls at dsuls@goldentriangledc.com or 202-463-3400. ■ The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold precinct elections to fill vacancies for delegates from precincts 7, 9, 11, 12, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 138. The caucuses will be held from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m., to be followed by a forum for candidates seeking the vacant at-large D.C. Council seat. The meeting will be held at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.

Monday, April 4 The Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission and the Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold a forum for candidates running for the vacant at-large D.C. Council seat. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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District Digest National Marathon set for this weekend The sixth annual National Marathon will kick off Saturday at 7 a.m. at RFK Memorial Stadium, with the route looping through six of the District’s eight wards, according to a news release. Affected Northwest neighborhoods will include Dupont Circle, Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan. Organizers expect to draw 75,000 spectators and 16,000 runners for the marathon, halfmarathon, Monument Mile Kids Race and team relay events, the release says. The activities will wrap up by 1 p.m.

reduce crowding and improve reliability, frequency, travel time, bus stop amenities and customer communications, according to a news release. Under review are the Military Road-Crosstown Line, which operates from Friendship Heights to Ivy City (Routes E2 and E3) and Eastern Avenue (Route E4); and the Chevy Chase Line (Route E6), which operates from Friendship Heights to Greene Circle next to the Knollwood Retirement Home. Metro will hold meetings this spring to gather input from the public. Information about the study is available at metrobusstudies.com or by calling the project hotline at 703-340-3105.

Service. Dallas-based AT&T hopes to have two “monopoles� with nine antennas each — one at the park’s William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, at 16th and Kennedy streets; and the other at its maintenance yard at 5000 Glover Road, the release says. Each monopole would also have a shelter at its base to protect radio equipment. Verizon already has equipment at both locations. AT&T was scheduled to meet with residents last night to discuss its plans and hear feedback; residents can also submit comments online at parkplanning.nps.gov/rocr through March 29.

DDOT begins to fill Metro study to look winter’s potholes at two area bus lines AT&T wants antennas The District officially launched The Washington Metropolitan in Rock Creek Park its annual “Potholepalooza� camArea Transit Authority is studying the performance of two bus lines that operate from the Friendship Heights Metrorail station. The goals of the study are to

A telecommunications company is seeking permission to install two sets of cell phone antennas in Rock Creek Park, according to a news release from the National Park

paign Monday to repair streets damaged by inclement weather over the winter, according to a news release from the D.C. Department of Transportation. “Even though we have a large hole in our budget to fill, I want to assure residents we are not going to

neglect our core services — and that includes filling every pothole,� Mayor Vincent Gray says in the release. Residents are asked to report potholes via 311, 311.dc.gov, potholepalooza@dc.gov or twitter.com/DDOTDC, specifying the pothole’s size, depth and location. Those interested can track the agency’s progress daily at ddot.dc.gov/potholes. According to the release, the District filled 6,084 potholes during the 2009 Potholepalooza and 7,690 during last year’s.

SWAN Day arts event revisits Georgetown The fourth annual DC SWAN Day arts festival, on Saturday in Georgetown, will feature an additional visual exhibition in addition to its previous discussions, performances and film screenings, according to a news release. The free SWAN Day event — which stands for Support Women Artists Now and is sponsored by the Georgetown Theatre Company and Women in Film & Video — will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at

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Safeway fundraiser to help animal group Washington Humane Society volunteers will bag groceries Saturday at the Georgetown Social Safeway, soliciting donations from customers to put toward the group’s local operations, according to a news release. The group — which helps approximately 30,000 animals annually — will be working at the supermarket at 1855 Wisconsin Ave. from 10 a.m. to noon, the release says.

St. Patrick’s accepts donations for sale St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is accepting community donations to be sold in an April 9 rummage sale that will benefit the church’s outreach efforts to Washingtonians, Haitians and Native Americans, according to a news release. Residents can drop off donated items “in good condition� inside the church’s front entrance, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, until April 1, The church requests that anyone bringing large furniture secure advance permission. To get approval for furniture or to request additional information, call 202-342-2800. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9.

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City, federal officials redo District sues online travel firms over taxes split for Walter Reed land By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Planning will gear up — again — this spring on a scheme for mixed-use development at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The District now has dibs on the entire Georgia Avenue and Aspen Street frontages, amounting to almost half of the prized campus, which has been fenced off from the city for decades. The reconvened planning process follows an announcement last Thursday that the District has renegotiated its share of the 113acre complex, which will become available when the Army completes its move to Fort Belvoir, Va., and Bethesda in 2013. Formerly, the District was poised to get a big chunk of land at the campus’s southeast corner. Extensive planning with community members and economic development officials had determined a range of uses, including housing for homeless families, charter schools and medical facilities for Howard University, as well as market-rate residences, stores, parking and green space.

The just-completed renegotiation means D.C. will get the entire Georgia Avenue frontage, as well as the southern edge of the campus, which stretches west to 16th Street. The parcel includes a coveted 1,200-space underground parking garage. The rest of the campus will go to the U.S. State Department, probably to house foreign chanceries. And the biggest former hospital building, straddling the State Department and District property line, will be demolished at federal expense. While the city gets a bit less property under this scheme — roughly 61 acres instead of 62 — officials say the configuration is much more desirable. Frontage along Georgia Avenue can become mixed-use development, enlivening the entire corridor. And there will be access not only from Georgia Avenue at Dahlia Street, but also from 16th and 13th streets. The parking garage, already built, is a big prize that will help draw retail traffic and serve other uses at the site, officials said. “It’s the same cow, but a better cut — like filet mignon,� said See Walter Reed/Page 22

Hoping to recover “potentially tens of millions of dollars,� D.C. acting Attorney General Irvin Nathan filed suit Tuesday against four big online travel companies that he said routinely underpay the District’s 14.5 percent hotel room tax. Nathan said the firms — Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline and Travelocity — buy blocks of hotel rooms at discounted wholesale prices, charge customers retail rates and then pay tax only on the lower wholesale price, pocketing the difference. “We will be opposed vigorously, but we have the talent in the attorney general’s office to win this,� he said at Mayor Vincent Gray’s weekly press briefing. The alleged underpayment has been the subject of much litigation by states and cities in recent years. Although many of the roughly 40 lawsuits filed around the country have been thrown out, Nathan said the cities of San Antonio and San Diego and the states of South Carolina and Georgia could recover “significant� sums.

The online travel firms, mounting an aggressive defense, say they are not responsible for collecting the tax since they don’t own or operate hotels. The Interactive Travel Services Association, an industry trade group, has argued in past cases that a higher hotel tax will drive up room rates and destroy jobs. Nathan said he could not predict how long the litigation will take, or how much could be recovered. “I don’t expect a swift outcome,� he said. The annual tax loss could be anywhere from $4 to $10 million a year, but “there’s no statute of limitations, so we can go back to 1998 and seek not only taxes but penalties and interest� as well. He said the outcome will depend in part on whether the underpayment is determined to be a result of negligence or fraud. The D.C. Council has also passed legislation requiring online firms to pay the full hotel tax based on retail rates, which the industry is also fighting. — Elizabeth Wiener

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AU’s official plan includes controversial dormitories By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

After more than a year and a half of community meetings, American University has filed its official campus plan with the city’s Zoning Commission. The document, which will govern the school’s growth over the coming decade once approved by the Zoning Commission, is largely the same as a draft plan released earlier this year. The most contentious element of that proposal remains in place: dormitories that would house 770 students on the Nebraska Avenue site that now holds a large parking lot and abuts residential homes. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, though registering disappointment that the university did not show more “movement� in response to intense community criticism of the dorms and other issues, said in an interview that school officials did tell her they could increase landscape buffers and setbacks for those proposed dorms. The just-filed plan does not include that level of detail, said the university’s Jorge Abud, but those matters could be discussed at the Zoning Commission. The university has altered its plans for those dormitories in recent months, tweaking buildings’ orientations and removing windows that

would overlook homes and yards. But the plan just filed also contains a handful of surprises. American University now plans to build a six-story dormitory on a parking lot behind the building that houses the school president’s office. That site, noted American’s David Taylor, will hold 200 beds in apartment-style housing and was among those proposed by neighbors who opposed the Nebraska Avenue dormitories. Earlier this year, residents outlined a plan to add piecemeal undergraduate housing on the heart of the campus instead of on the parking lot, which marks the eastern border of the school. Many of those proposals — which neighbors intended to replace, not augment, the proposed Nebraska Avenue dorm rooms — were not workable or will be reconsidered in future plans, said Taylor. The university has also decided to maintain “historic portions� of Dunblane House on the school’s Tenley Campus, the proposed future home of the law school. Although school officials previously questioned the historic nature of the building, discussions with city officials triggered the “rethink� that neighborhood preservationists were looking for, said Taylor. But contentious issues still surround the proposal for Tenley See Campus/Page 22

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Burglary â&#x2013;  3100 block, Dogwood St.; residence; 10:45 a.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 10:15 a.m. March 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:32 p.m. March 19. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5400 block, Nevada Ave.; street; 9:50 p.m. March 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Legation St.; street; 10 p.m. March 15. PSA 202 202 PSA â&#x2013;  FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS

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Burglary â&#x2013;  3500 block, Brandywine St.; residence; 8:45 a.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 10 a.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 8 p.m. March 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; university; 6:15 p.m.

March 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Appleton St.; alley; 12:55 p.m. March 19. PSA 204 204 PSA â&#x2013;  MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE

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Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Connecticut Ave.; bank; 3:41 p.m. March 17. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3300 block, Idaho Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:05 a.m. March 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  3100 block, 38th St.; residence; 11:55 a.m. March 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  37th Street and Whitehaven Parkway; sidewalk; 4:20 p.m. March 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, 37th St.; street; 1:30 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  2800 block, McGill Terrace; street; 4 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 37th St.; street; 6:15 p.m. March 14. PSA 207207 PSA â&#x2013;  FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 2 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  2000 block, H St.; university; 8 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  800 block, 21st St.; hotel; 8 a.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; residence; 3:41 a.m. March 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 24th St.; street; 11:45 a.m. March 14. PSA 208 208 PSA â&#x2013;  SHERIDAN-KALORAMA DUPONT CIRCLE

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  18th and M streets; street; 3 a.m. March 19. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 18th St.; street; 1:25 a.m. March 16. Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; sidewalk; 9:30 p.m. March 17. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:10 a.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 2 a.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; restaurant; 1:20 a.m. March 19. Burglary â&#x2013;  1500 block, T St.; residence; 6:55 a.m. March 19. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:42 a.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 11:30 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; restaurant; 1:30 a.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Florida Ave.;

restaurant; 4:30 p.m. March 17. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  17th and N streets; street; 4 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and M Street; street; 10:45 p.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; gas station; 12:42 a.m. March 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 6:15 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  2100 block, California St.; residence; 1 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Swann St.; residence; 1:15 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and R Street; sidewalk; 2 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 8:20 a.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 12:15 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; hotel; 2:25 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; restaurant; 3 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  17th and Corcoran streets; grocery store; 5:10 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:25 a.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; office building; 1 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; office building; 5:30 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  1600 block, R St.; restaurant; 2 a.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11:05 a.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  700 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 9 a.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:22 p.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern; 12:01 a.m. March 19. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:30 p.m. March 19. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, N St.; street; 10:50 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; street; 10 p.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 16th St.; street; 2 p.m. March 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; alley; 5 p.m. March 13. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 4 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  17th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 6 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Church St.; street; 6:30 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 9 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  19th and S streets; street; 8 a.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; street; 9:30 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 8 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  17th Street and Riggs Place; street; 9 a.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Willard St.; residence; 7 p.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 20th St.; street;

6:30 p.m. March 20. PSA 303 303 PSA â&#x2013;  ADAMS MORGAN

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Adams Mill Road; sidewalk; 10:57 p.m. March 16. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Argonne Place; sidewalk; 12:05 p.m. March 18. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Kalorama Road; street; 4:30 p.m. March 14. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2600 block, Adams Mill Road; sidewalk; 11:45 p.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Adams Mill Road; parking lot; 4:45 a.m. March 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; drugstore; 1:50 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  2000 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 7 p.m. March 15. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Adams Mill Road; park area; 8:19 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Champlain St.; store; 2:45 p.m. March 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 7 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Ontario Road; alley; 8 p.m. March 16. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 5 p.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Old Morgan School Place; street; 7 p.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Old Morgan School Place; street; 7:30 p.m. March 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Euclid St.; street; 5 p.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Old Morgan School Place; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Old Morgan School Place; street; 6 p.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Old Morgan School Place; street; 10 p.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Ontario Road; parking lot; 11 p.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Kalorama Road; street; 11:30 p.m. March 18. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 10:30 a.m. March 19. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Old Morgan School Place; street; 8:45 p.m. March 19. PSA 307 307 PSA â&#x2013;  LOGAN CIRCLE

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 10th St.; residence; 1:14 p.m. March 14. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  9th and French streets; sidewalk; 11:43 p.m. March 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 7 p.m. March 14. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. March 19. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; liquor store; 7:15 p.m. March 19.


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Rash of burglaries plagues office building in Van Ness By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

A retail and office building above the Van Ness-UDC Metro station has been the site of 16 burglaries within the past year, a Metropolitan Police Department lieutenant reported this week. The break-ins at 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW have generally occurred on weekends, Lt. Victor Braschnewitz said at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting of the Forest Hills/Van Ness advisory neighborhood commission. The four-story building includes about 20 offices above a groundfloor Giant and CVS/pharmacy, according to Jack Gallagher of Polinger Shannon & Luchs, the firm that manages the property. Gallagher confirmed the string of burglaries but did not provide any more detail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a significant ongoing investigation. â&#x20AC;Ś We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who the perpetrators are, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to give them any fuel for ammunition,â&#x20AC;? he said. On Monday, Braschnewitz said D.C. police are â&#x20AC;&#x153;doing what we can

up to the limitâ&#x20AC;? of what government can accomplish â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including undercover work he could not discuss â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as the management firm works to heighten security. He said seven of the crimes occurred in 2011. An employee at one of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices, who asked not to be named, said tenants had been briefed on the situation. Lt. Braschnewitz said the building has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;prickly, sort of crazy setupâ&#x20AC;? with multiple entries and exits, including through the parking garage and grocery store. After gaining entrance, the suspects have â&#x20AC;&#x153;made their way into the stairwellsâ&#x20AC;? and then picked locks to individual floors, he said. When an attendee at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting asked if the same suspects were thought to be responsible for all of the crimes, Braschnewitz indicated that it looked that way. He also mentioned that a few recent commercial burglaries in the neighboring Police Service Area 202 might be the work of the same people. A police spokesperson did not respond to a request for further comment.

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debuts campaign to pay for church updates By ALLISON BRENNAN Current Correspondent

Parishioners at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Georgetown gathered on Friday to kick off a five-year fundraising effort focused on renovating the worship space in the centuries-old church. The capital campaign aims to raise approximately $2 million to replace the almost 100-year-old pipe organ; renovate space around the pulpit and lectern; and tend to deferred maintenance projects at the 3240 O St. church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The purpose] is to enhance our organ space and our liturgies so that our worship is so uplifting that people will be motivated by what happens in our church to go out â&#x20AC;Ś and do glorious things in the world,â&#x20AC;? said the Rev. Dr. Albert Scariato. But tackling the project of renovating such an old space, once used by Thomas Jefferson and Francis Scott Key, presents design challenges. To execute the renovation, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hired Georgetown-based architecture firm Hartman Cox Architects, tasking architect Mary Kay Lanzilotta with melding the different design themes that result from more than 200 years of renovations, including the nine different types of paneling visible in the worship space. Lanzilotta will also bring in a sound system that will showcase the new pipe organ and allow Scariato to record sermons for homebound parishioners.

While Scariato said he believes strongly in improving the worship space and purchasing the new pipe organ, he is insisting that the renovations have a purpose that extends beyond the walls at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Thus $50,000 of the funds raised will go to the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys in Anacostia, named for the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a significant part of the church that wanted to make sure we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just building for ourselves, but â&#x20AC;Ś for the community,â&#x20AC;? said Kevin Eckstrom, vice chair of the capital campaign committee. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is well on its way to meeting its fundraising goals, according to James Klote, president of a fundraising firm hired to guide the activity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a few short weeks, they have raised $1.1 million toward a $2 million goal,â&#x20AC;? Klote said, attributing much of the campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success to the dedication of the fundraising committee. But he reserved the most praise for Scariato. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the dedication and a lot of the loyalty that you find in churches comes from the popularity and the love and affection that a congregation has for their priest, and at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I think there is no questionâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case, Klote said. The bulk of the renovations are expected to take place during the summer of 2012, between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Developer scraps apartments, sells to Saul Plans for a four-story apartment building on a 30-foot-wide site now occupied by a Chinese restaurant in Van Ness have been withdrawn. Instead, developer Adams Investment sold the property at 4469 Connecticut Ave. to B.F. Saul. Saul owns the strip shopping mall immediately to the south, but at present has no definite plans for the new site. Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; original application to put apartments and ground-floor retail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with no on-site parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on the property had stirred opposition ever since it was submitted to the Board of Zoning Adjustment last fall. Some neighbors, and the Van Ness-Forest Hills advisory neighborhood commission, feared cars from the new complex would spill over onto residential streets.

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The adjacent property owners, Saul to the south and the Franklin Montessori School to the north, also lawyered up to fight the plan, which they feared would cause disruption to their buildings in addition to parking problems. And some nearby residents lamented the loss of Shanghai Gardens, hoping the restaurant could somehow stay on. After several delays, the case was set for a hearing April 5. But Adams withdrew its application after finding a buyer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;B.F. Saul does not yet have a plan for the property, but I think the restaurant owner wants to retire,â&#x20AC;? Cynthia Giordano, an attorney for Saul, wrote in an e-mail to The Current. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

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The Zoning Commission already approved the basics of the science complex as part of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 campus plan, but the project now needs approval for the specifics. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public hearing on the plan is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. In an interview, Steingasser said her office cannot condition its recommendation on Metro entrance at this stage of the approval process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What it means when OP â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;strongly encouragesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is just that: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not making it a condition,â&#x20AC;? she said. The campus plan does call for a second station entrance on an adjacent block when that area is developed, but the university has no immediate plans to build there. Community members and the Planning Office said moving that

entrance to Square 55 would help get a much-needed improvement to the busy Metrorail station sooner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason we think this is important is the pure volume that goes on in the Metro station they have there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very, very busy, and [the second entrance is] an opportunity to disperse the pedestrian traffic throughout the side a little bit and take the pressure off that,â&#x20AC;? Steingasser said. In an e-mail to The Current, George Washington spokesperson Michelle Sherrard said the university has ensured that its development would not interfere with an eventual second entrance to the station. She also noted that Metro officials have previously said they favored the second entrance at the southeast corner of 22nd and I streets, in development parcel 77B1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To date, WMATA has not formalized plans for a second entrance and, at this time, the University does

HOUSING From Page 3 narrow, focusing on the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to put up interior partitions and doors to turn apartments at Van Ness South into two-bedroom units â&#x20AC;&#x201D; each bedroom set up to house two students, complete with standardissue beds, desks, dressers and chairs. Living rooms were sacrificed, but the kitchen and bathroom in each unit were retained. Barbara Jumper, the University of District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president for facilities and real estate, said the school leased the units last summer primarily to house student athletes who then shared quarters in Maryland, an hour away. The university board authorized leasing up to 100 units, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anticipate anything like that,â&#x20AC;? Jumper said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s structured offcampus living. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a dorm.â&#x20AC;? She said two resident advisers are also housed at Van Ness South to monitor and advise the students â&#x20AC;&#x153;so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not impeding long-term residents.â&#x20AC;? The first steps were admittedly rocky: Workers started putting up the partitions last August without obtaining the required building permits. After complaints, the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs issued a stop-work order, and then a citation to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contractor for ignoring it. But within days, regulatory officials decided the work was fine and issued the necessary permits. Deputy chief building inspector David Naples told the zoning board that â&#x20AC;&#x153;installation of non-load-bearing walls, to change habitable space into bedrooms,â&#x20AC;? complies with code. The buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stairs and elevators also provide adequate emergency egress, he said. And although zoning regulations normally allow only three occupants per bedroom, a regulatory department spokesperson explained, the newly subdivided two-bedroom units can legally house up to six people each. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were one-bedroom units. By putting up walls, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now two bedrooms,â&#x20AC;? each with adequate floor space for three people, spokesperson Helder Gil explained. But the Van Ness South Tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association cried foul. They had nothing against students, members said, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;cramming them inâ&#x20AC;? changed the character of their building. Association president Karen Perry outlined alleged irregularities in the building permits. They included no construction drawings, no listing of the individual apartments and unclear identification of the owner as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Archstone/UDC.â&#x20AC;? Archstone owns the buildings. And the university, as a government entity, should have notified the advisory neighborhood commission and local council member of the change of use, Perry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than technical,â&#x20AC;? she testified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is really a change from apartment to rooming house, and DCRA rushed to sign off.â&#x20AC;?

not have current plans to develop 77B1,â&#x20AC;? Sherrard wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pursuant to the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan, however, the University will continue to collaborate with WMATA at the point WMATA pursues an additional entrance.â&#x20AC;? Rebecca Coder, chair of the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission and an advocate for the second Metro station entrance, wrote in an e-mail that she â&#x20AC;&#x153;was pleased to see the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;strongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recommendationâ&#x20AC;? from the Planning Office. The neighborhood commission suggested the entrance in a letter to the Zoning Commission last month, calling the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amenity citing it as one of several changes that would be necessary for the commission to drop its objections to the project. Now, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a decision that is in the hands of the Zoning Commission,â&#x20AC;? Coder said.

David Wilson, a tenant since 2002, said the subdivided units canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be considered apartments, as defined by the zoning code, because the students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have â&#x20AC;&#x153;exclusive control,â&#x20AC;? must vacate during winter break and have to register overnight guests with the university. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Resident Life actually selects the students and maintains the right to move or evict them at any time, Wilson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been waltzing around this,â&#x20AC;? Wilson told the zoning board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody in this room has been to college, and everybody has lived in an apartment. These are two very different experiences, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the crux of the argument.â&#x20AC;? One of the complaining tenants is a Howard University School of Law student, Tanisha Elliott, who lived in a dorm as an undergraduate and said she chose apartment living to continue her studies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less disturbance; people are more mature,â&#x20AC;? she said. But with the arrival of the University of District of Columbia students, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more noise, more traffic in the hallways,â&#x20AC;? and long waits to use the complexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laundry room, business center and fitness facilities, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It reminds me of my dormitory,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have living rooms, they live a lot in public areas, they hang out a lot,â&#x20AC;? testified Brian Lederer, another tenant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re nice people, but it changed the character. They like to talk about basketball, the Lakers. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun, but not what I expect in this building.â&#x20AC;? There were also complaints of possible drug use and weapons. Pat Brown, attorney for Archstone, objected: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inflammatory, and not relevant to the zoning regulations.â&#x20AC;? University officials said later in an interview that there have been a few incidents at Van Ness South that sparked calls to police. â&#x20AC;&#x153;MPD has been called two or three times, but most turned out to be nothing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a loud party, or a lady who saw a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;suspiciousâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; person in the elevator,â&#x20AC;? Larry Volz, director of public safety and campus police, said in a conference call. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do know of incidents that have occurred, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inherent in any college,â&#x20AC;? and they did not involve weapons or drugs, Jumper said. In closing arguments, Archstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney put the case in simple terms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These apartment units are leased on a one-year basis to UDC, used and maintained as apartment units. That these are students doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, Allison Prince, cut to the chase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a new issue,â&#x20AC;? she said, noting that George Washington and American universities also house students in apartment buildings off campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The effects of students on neighbors [will be addressed] in the campus planning process, and we will get to that.â&#x20AC;? The Zoning Commission will start hearings May 22 on the campus plan, which includes constructing a student center. There are â&#x20AC;&#x153;no short-term plansâ&#x20AC;? to expand use of off-campus housing, Jumper said.


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For at-large council For every mayoral and D.C. Council election, we conduct three-hour interviews with candidates vying for the votes of Northwest residents. From those conversations and other observations, we have formed opinions on the current at-large D.C. Council hopefuls. Of those in the race, Vincent Orange is the most experienced and knowledgeable, having served two terms as the Ward 5 representative on the council. Democrats critical of Mayor Vincent Gray’s decision to allow supporters’ children to snare well-paid city jobs might consider Mr. Orange, who has spoken out against the hires. He has also been highly critical of Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s personal and campaign finances — he challenged Mr. Brown in last fall’s election — and would be a strong independent voice on the council. He might be too independent, though. As in the race for council chairman, we think Mr. Orange is not the best candidate for this post, largely because we question his ability to work well with his colleagues. Patrick Mara, a Republican, may be the best choice for those who want someone not connected to the mayor or council chair, both of whom are Democrats. He is also a tireless worker and has a reasonable shot at winning. Mr. Mara would likely have more success with Republicans on Capitol Hill than any of his competitors. He favors gay marriage and needle exchange programs, but he thinks the best way to make headway on such controversial issues is to emphasize the importance of local autonomy, which Republicans say they support. Still, we were disappointed that Mr. Mara said he favors across-theboard spending cuts, rather than major cuts in lower priority areas. We were also disappointed by his lack of detailed knowledge on some of the issues facing the District government, such as university campus plans and tax-increment financing. Joshua Lopez, who helped run the write-in effort on behalf of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, is not as well-informed as most of his competitors, and like Mr. Mara, he wants across-the-board cuts in spending, which we oppose. The final two — Sekou Biddle, who holds the at-large seat temporarily, and Bryan Weaver, a former chair of the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission ��� would both be strong bets. During our meeting with Mr. Weaver, we were amazed at his grasp of the issues facing the District. He is the most knowledgeable challenger we have interviewed over the past 16 years. We were particularly impressed by his suggestion that the District could save millions by combining clearly related offices, such as the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and that of the deputy mayor for education. He also showed he can juggle opposing points of view — a skill that helped him bring together opponents when he chaired the Adams Morgan commission. Additionally, his stand on using tax breaks to attract business to the city is unique among the Democratic candidates. He favors such deals only when they are key to attracting the business, with the understanding that the breaks will be eliminated if the business fails in its side of the bargain — say, by not hiring the required number of District residents. Mr. Weaver has one major weakness: He is not well-known outside Adams Morgan and has not been able to get his message out across the city. One could argue that a vote for Mr. Weaver would be wasted, because he is so unlikely to win. For that reason, we turn to Mr. Biddle. The interim at-large member displays strong knowledge of city affairs and sees areas where real savings can be made. We were particularly impressed with his courageous suggestion that underenrolled city high schools such as Roosevelt and Coolidge might be combined. Both are in terrible shape physically, and the District would have to spend millions extra to rebuild both. Mr. Biddle’s biggest weakness is his support from Mayor Gray and Council Chairman Brown, given their current problems. Some might prefer electing a strong independent voice to investigate the administration appointments and Mr. Brown’s process of choosing a city car. But our vote comes down to electability. If we thought he could win, our choice would be Mr. Weaver. Given our doubts, our choice is Mr. Biddle.

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t 5 p.m. Friday, an e-mail went out from Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration inviting the public to take part in a budget survey before Gray submits his 2012 proposal to the D.C. Council. Really? The council will get the budget on April 1. Is there really time left for meaningful, mass input from the public? It looks and feels like window dressing to us. Shouldn’t an open invitation like this have gone out weeks ago? As the days dwindle down, you can take a look at the budget survey at dc.gov and respond if you like. At best, the short survey is a gauge of whether people support “revenue enhancements,” known among the general public as “tax increases.” You’re also invited to rate on a scale from one to five the importance of general services like education, public safety, human services, government operations, public works/transportation and economic development. Again, really? Aren’t all of those general areas important? Are you going to rate education a “five” (the highest) and human services a “one” (the lowest)? And could public safety be only a “three” in your mind, meaning it’s kind of important but not a top priority? In short, the short survey is a bureaucratic feelgood nothing that we predict will have zero impact on any last-minute budget decisions. We give it a one. ■ More meetings. Even before the April 1 budget is released, the mayor’s office is ginning up an elaborate State of the District address to be delivered March 28 at the newly renovated Eastern High School. It will probably be a predictable speech calling for sacrifice and touching on every issue in the short survey mentioned above. We’ve never understood the significance of these speeches, begun by Marion Barry back in the ’80s. Mayor Adrian Fenty gave short speeches at senior citizens homes or other modest places. But Gray apparently will hold a rather grandiose gathering, though his office shelved original plans to hold the event at the convention center. Who wants to predict whether real news will be made in that speech? In announcing the address, Gray’s office is warning that “seating is limited.” The doors will open at 5 p.m. for a program that won’t start until 6:45. We suspect there will be plenty of room. ■ More and more meetings? Once the mayor’s budget is out, he’s going to go on the road, visiting all eight wards to hold public meetings on the document. He intends to drag City Administrator Allen Lew and other top officials around town for these events. Again, what’s the point? The real action is in the D.C. Council, where the 13 members will pore over agencies, adjust numbers to their political liking and come up with a budget only slightly changed from Gray’s original submission (although the specter of possible tax increases could be a flash point).

Does anyone believe that the mayor’s penchant for public meetings — long public meetings — will sway the council deliberations? To close the loop here, all of these meetings and surveys and meetings are more legislative than executive. One person involved said the mayor could change the dynamic by actually announcing what he’s done, rather than what he will do. And forming commissions and study groups doesn’t count as action. ■ Doing something. The mayor on Monday did take executive action on something. He challenged the D.C. Transportation Department to fill potholes within 24 hours of being reported. The city established a 48-hour time frame for repairs back when Tony Williams was in charge. The city’s promised “Potholepalooza” is a good example of how the mayor can deal with the annoyances that affect the daily lives of citizens. A mayor must do large and small things. Thank goodness Mayor Gray didn’t appoint a commission on potholes. ■ Latest on the staff shakeup. As the Notebook predicted last week, Mayor Gray dismissed struggling chief of staff Gerri Mason Hall. Gray gets a plus for acting on a bad personnel situation, but his grade is a bit lower for how he did it. His chief of staff sat for a couple of hours in a hearing room waiting to testify Wednesday on the general operations of the mayor’s office and on the reports of unusually high salaries in the Gray administration. But committee chair Mary Cheh took a break, and when the hearing resumed, Hall was nowhere to be found. A couple of hours later, Gray held a hastily called news conference to say he had asked for Hall’s resignation and she had offered it. As we said last week, Hall has a good reputation in the world of personnel management, but she was a difficult fit for chief of staff. That’s a job for politics, policy and public relations. It’s not clear Hall had the instincts for any of that. Gray appointed deputy mayor Paul Quander as his interim chief of staff and is looking for someone who can steer the ship far better than Hall did. It’s a tough assignment, and we wish him well. We’re told more upper-level staff changes are in the works. As one adviser told us, “The mayor needs a team to help him, not hinder him.” ■ Cherry blossom break. After all this grousing — maybe it’s the subject matter, or our allergies — we’ll end on an upbeat note. The cherry blossom crowds are a welcome part of spring. Despite the packed sidewalks and crawling traffic, the sights around the Tidal Basin are worth the aggravation. (Go at night for a different take, but don’t expect fewer crowds.) Living as we do in Southwest, the spectacle is just a short walk away. If you go — and drive — please watch out for pedestrians. One of them might be me. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR D.C. trash trucks need to obey law In the March 9 issue of The Current, a letter writer quoted the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ website as saying that District trash trucks can pick up trash at any hour of the day or night. The department’s website is incorrect.

D.C.’s noise law bars all residential trash and recycling pickups between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Here is the law: “No person shall operate or permit the operation of any refuse collection vehicle in, or within three hundred (300) feet of, any residential, special purpose, or waterfront zone, at nighttime on any day of the week.” It goes on to say that in June, July and August, or when the temperature is forecast to be above 90 degrees, “collection of residential refuse” may start at 6

a.m. The regulation provides an exemption for trash pickups from public litter bins, but not for residential trash: “This prohibition shall not apply to vehicles owned by the District government employed for emptying litter receptacles.” The law is a good one because we all need a good night’s sleep. The D.C. government has to obey the law, too. Bill Adler Cleveland Park


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or the past 20 years, residents of Chevy Chase, Tenleytown and even Barnaby Woods have routinely broken the law (or at least acted as parttime libertarians!) by taking their dogs to Chevy Chase Park early in the morning to have them run off leash in the park. We signed a petition to have our off-leash mornings made legal. We were tired of skulking around the park and rushing to grab leashes if anyone saw a police car or police officer. We have lobbied not one but three directors of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to legalize our off-leash park. It was very disheartening that we had to start over each time a new director was named. We have lobbied Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and staff members of the council. We have worked out a friendly agreement with Capitol City Little League, and in the summer when there are many more users of the park, we strictly adhere to limitations on our usage. We even charge users who bring dogs to the park an annual fee to have an individual sweep the field for errant dog waste. Some irresponsible though not earlymorning dog users leave waste without picking it up. Since we share the park with baseball, basketball and tennis players and children who come to play, we are mindful of other people who use the park and remember that the park belongs to all of us. With construction of a newly redesigned park under way since the park closed for construction last September, we were looking forward to its opening this spring. It is now just a dream — or better yet, a nightmare on Livingston Street! The architectural firm and contractor have finally admitted, as of last Friday, that they will not have the park done on time. They have embarrassed the Department of Parks and Recreation and have infuriated dog owners who as late as last Thursday were being told by the contractor at the park that work would be finished by April 2, in time for baseball season. Department director Jesús Aguirre said at an

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Receiving teacher award is humbling Readers of The Current know about the controversies surrounding education reform in our city. But it isn’t often that the media allow readers an opportunity to put a face to a name, or a story to a statistic. Recently, I received the honor of being selected by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education as the District’s Teacher of the Year, through a citywide competition among traditional public and public charter schools. I will have the great privilege of representing the nation’s capital at engagements throughout the country, and when meeting President Barack Obama. As a North Carolina State University undergraduate studying business management, I planned to

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E meeting in early January that he was sure the construction would be done on time. The only people who knew for sure the park had no chance of being completed by April were dog owners (like myself) who went by the park almost daily to view an inactive construction site. Last September, without any notice, the bulldozers arrived and officials closed the park. I made sure everyone had my e-mail to alert me when construction was beginning. They were as bad as the Baltimore Colts, who disappeared in the dead of night. The contractors had no permits. They were applying in sections, contributing to a disaster that was only recently resolved. Rather than admit they made a mistake and reopen the park until they got the permits, officials blocked us from using it. For at least three months in perfectly glorious weather, dog owners and parents with small children were prevented from using the park. I tried to get people who work at the parks department to tell me something, anything. I had to drag information out of the department as if it were the Central Intelligence Agency. Staff tried to humor me, or they accused me of being overzealous. I am, after all, only a citizen. There were dog owners who cautioned me not to be so obnoxious: I shouldn’t regularly press the department for information. I shouldn’t pressure Aguirre, the director. We were, after all, asking him to think outside the box and approve a unique morning off-leash proposal. People warned that we might lose our approval for the morning off-leash program if I asked the department to be honest. All I really wanted were the truth and transparency, so those of us who are regular park users could make plans. Now the jig is up, and the parks officials will have to admit to the stakeholders that they were wrong. Frankly, I don’t care who did what. I don’t want finger pointing. I just want a functioning park sooner rather than later, and I don’t want to be treated like an idiot who doesn’t understand both the physical and political problems of getting Chevy Chase Park completed in a reasonable amount of time. Diana Winthrop is a member of the Chevy Chase Dog Group.

attend law school. However, through Teach For America, I changed my mind and direction, and decided to help urban children improve their scholastic performance. I taught in Philadelphia public schools, earning a master’s in urban education from the University of Pennsylvania. I teach third-grade students at Friendship Public Charter School’s Southeast Academy. I want each of my 26 students go on to college and have successful careers — and become role models for their peers and active citizens. Born in Prince George’s County, but raised in Charles County, I know that my students face many challenges. About three of every four students who are enrolled at Friendship are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches. Our campuses are located in D.C.’s most disadvantaged communities. In total, Friendship educates one in 15 D.C. children enrolled in public school.

Fully 76 percent of boys in Southeast D.C. do not read at grade level, and 84 percent do not meet expectations for mathematics at grade level. I want to ensure that my students receive the highestquality education and rise above these obstacles. I am a driven person. I need to know I am doing my best for my students to feel that I am doing my job. I always hold my students to high standards, both academically and socially. I tell my students that they can defy society’s low expectations of them and that I will never accept anything except their best effort — and neither should they. To be chosen as D.C.’s Teacher of the Year for 2011 is humbling. I am proud to work alongside Friendship’s dedicated educators and administrators. I will continue to work tirelessly to improve the quality of public education for my students and other D.C. students. John Rolle D.C. Teacher of the Year, 2011

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Current publishes letters and Viewpoint submissions representing various points of view. Because of space limitations, letters should be no more than 400 words and are subject to editing. Letters and Viewpoint submissions intended for publication should be addressed to Letters to the Editor, The Current, Post Office Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400. You may send e-mail to letters@currentnewspapers.com.

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Jackie Reyes, Graham���s director of Latino Outreach and Community Affairs, said managers told the employees to go on break, brought in their replacements, then fired them and left them in the street, in some cases without providing wages and paid vacation time. Some of the employees had worked for Chipotle for six years and had children in the D.C. Public Schools system, she said. In a March 16 letter to Chipotle, Graham and at-large Council member Michael Brown suggested the council might hold hearings to discuss alleged “exploitation” and “coercion” against employees who were in the country illegally to avoid paying them — allegations Arnold denied. “Whenever we lose any employee under any set of circumstances, they’re paid anything they’re owed,” Arnold said, adding, “We certainly understand where these employees may be frustrated by this and we share their frustration, but under the law we cannot employ someone who is not authorized to work here.” Graham said he is merely trying to connect former workers with their rightful wages and ensure that this does not happen again. “In the future, we want to see a different kind of process about how employees are told about this kind of thing. We’re not seeing the kind of process here that we’d like to see,” he said. In a March 17 response, Chipotle regional manager Phil Petrilli offered to meet with the council members and invited any aggrieved former employees to contact the company. “Please note that we offered to explain all details concerning final paychecks to our employees,” he wrote. “Only one employee has taken us up on that offer (and left fully satisfied with the explanation of her

academic year.” Meanwhile, as individual school budgets come before the council, Cheh will be watching “to make sure the schools are as wellresourced as they need to be.” It’s a concern she shares with many parents, who said they’re worried about cuts at local schools as the city struggles to close a budget gap. One Deal parent said she is worried that the Tenleytown middle school — which is slated to receive a $443 per-student reduction from last year’s budget — will have to cut teachers despite increased enrollment. “I’m asking that Deal be held harmless,” she said. Mann parent Jennifer Grossman said she hopes the city’s tight fiscal situation will not get in the way of promised renovations at the elementary school. “Our little school is bursting at the seams,” she said. “We have teachers doing amazing work — in a corner of a hallway.” Henderson responded that she understands parents’ concerns. But

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The Chipotle in Woodley Park was one of two in D.C. where workers were fired over immigration status. paycheck), and the others have declined. Our offer to walk though the details still stands and we welcome any questions employees may have about their final paychecks.” Company spokesperson Arnold would not say what had sparked the internal review that uncovered the alleged fraud, but he noted that the firm’s stores are under a separate audit by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Spokesperson Cori Bassett said she could not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. Chipotle fired 450 employees last year after a federal immigration audit of its Minnesota stores, according to media reports. Reyes, in Graham’s office, said there were also dismissals — with a week’s notice to employees — at Chipotle’s Chinatown location. Arnold said the incidents were confined to Woodley Park and Columbia Heights and that he did not expect additional firings at any more of the company’s eight D.C. locations. “Barring any new circumstances, this is behind us,” said Arnold.

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hol board. “My role on the ABC Board is and always will be separate and independent from my private business,” he wrote in an e-mail to The Current. “I am very sensitive to matters that come before the Board and have recused myself out of an abundance of caution on those very few and rare occasions where there is a remote potential for overlap.” Still, Brodsky has been beating back concerns about conflicts since last fall, when he attended the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission to seek support for his company’s annual race, The Nation’s Triathlon. The event — which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society — is scheduled to take place Sept. 11, 2011, and includes swimming, biking and running components along the Potomac River, the National Mall and in Georgetown. In November, Brodsky appeared before the Georgetown commission to request support for road closings associated with the race, and then lingered while commissioners discussed alcohol issues — prompting concerns about conflicts of interest. Brodsky ultimately recused himself from those cases when they came before the alcohol board, and has since promised to send another company representative to commission meetings when seeking support for events. But Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham, who chairs the committee with oversight of the city’s alcohol administration, said recent allegations by former board member Mital Gandhi go a step further —

she said rising costs — in everything from teachers’ health benefits to textbooks — combined with a budget cut of $50 million mean schools across the city will have to make tough decisions. “There’s no way to meet everybody’s needs,” she said. “Everybody’s going to take some pain.” Several parents also expressed concerns about conditions at Hardy Middle School, where some community members have complained of chaos in scheduling and a decline in discipline since former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee removed longtime principal Patrick Pope last year. Henderson recently appointed an interim principal to lead the school while she searches for a permanent replacement. She said one of her biggest regrets “is that the children at Hardy have had such a tumultuous year,” and said she will be conducting a formal selection process for a permanent principal in the coming months. “My vision for Hardy is a middle school that is open to in-boundary children without any problems, and out-of-boundary children,” she said, adding that she’s eager to meet with parents and hear what qualities they are looking for in a principal. accusing Brodsky of pressuring board members to approve a request by Washington Wholesale Liquor Co. LLC to locate a warehouse outside the District. Sources say Brodsky told Gandhi that the liquor company could be a sponsor for future triathlons if it got approval of its liquor-license application. “Unfortunately, in the last few weeks, recent events have taken place during official proceedings of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that simply do not align with the high integrity and ethical standards I adhere to,” Gandhi wrote in a March 16 e-mail to Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council members. “It is with a heavy heart that I hereby resign my position as a Board Member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.” In an interview with The Current, Gandhi declined to elaborate on his allegations, saying only that he spent weeks thinking about his decision to resign. “It’s not something I did lightly,” he said. “It’s something I thought about for a while.” Meanwhile, Graham said he’s “actively looking into” the matter. “If it is in fact true, it’s a serious allegation,” he said. But at this point, the council member said, the issue comes down to the two men’s very different versions of events. “You have to figure out who’s telling the truth,” he said. And that, said Gandhi, is exactly the point. “I just want the truth to come out,” he added. “If people know the truth, they’ll understand why I did what I did.” Brodsky, meanwhile, called Gandhi’s allegations “false and unfounded.” Current staff writer Elizabeth Wiener contributed to this report.


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atrina Wright isn’t particularly fond of the title “meter maid.” “I think it’s ancient, for one. Two, we don’t wait on the meters. We don’t clean the meters,” she pointed out. Still, she doesn’t get offended by it. “I’ve been called worse names.” That’s not surprising. Wright, 40, is one of the District’s 213 parking-control officers whose duty is ticketing cars that are in violation of the city’s parking laws. They’re probably some of D.C.’s least popular employees, at least if you’re talking to drivers. But Wright, a Northwest resident with a positive, unflappable demeanor, doesn’t view her job with any us-versusthem malice; instead, it’s about raising revenue for a city that desperately needs it. In fact, she loves her work. Part of the city’s fabric, Wright keeps the streets flowing smoothly while simultaneously getting the chance to interact constantly with people and spend time outdoors, all things

she enjoys. But don’t take her upbeat attitude to mean you can slide anything by her. After five years on the job, most of it spent patrolling the downtown business district, Wright has a nose for illegal, out-of-line and overtime parking jobs. “I can spot somebody doing something wrong a block away,” she said. In an effort to make sure all of the tickets issued by Wright and her colleagues — roughly 1.5 million last year — actually turn into revenue, D.C.’s parking police have become pretty tech-savvy. Much of the week, Wright gets around by Segway, carrying a small hand-held computer whose software allows her to easily log in cars’ information, as well as to take photos of each violation. “We have to get all the information we can — we’re trying to weed out contesters,” she explained. “It saves us from having to go to court.” The computer is linked by Bluetooth wireless to a printer on her belt. Most of the meters on Wright’s Northwest beat, which extends north from Constitution Avenue to H Street, and from 12th Street to 15th Street, have been converted to multispace machines that require drivers to print out a computerized ticket clearly indicating when their

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Despite the negativity she sometimes encounters, Northwest resident Katrina Wright loves her job as a parking-control officer. She sees the work as raising revenue for a city that desperately needs it. time is up. That frees parking-control officers from the hassle of dealing with broken parking meters, which used to be a big bone of contention with drivers. But much of Wright’s job is remarkably old-fashioned. The most important thing she does is “timing” — that is, noting the time of arrival of every vehicle parked on a block, both at meters and in spots restricted only by time — and

it’s something that has to be done car by car. That means getting off the Segway (or bicycle, which she also uses), walking to each vehicle and taking down its information, then returning later to see if the car has overstayed its limit. So for those drivers who wonder if anyone’s going to notice that they’re squeezing an extra halfhour into a two-hour parking zone, the answer is yes: Wright and her

colleagues are constantly on the lookout for people like that. And don’t bother pleading; most of the city’s parking revenues come from timing cars, and there’s no grace period. “We’re just making sure there’s a constant rotation,” said the everpragmatic Wright. “Timing shows that there’s enforcing going on.” The key to doing it well, she See Officer/Page 25

Bedtime stories lead to book deal for Cleveland Park father and his sons By TERESA G. GIONIS Current Correspondent

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ell me a story with your mouth, Dad.” With these words, then3-year-old William McCormick began a beloved family tradition. He was asking his father to make up a story from scratch, as opposed to reading to him from a book. So his father, John, gave it a shot. “You know you’ve had a success when, after you have finished your story, your child sighs with content and turns over onto his side,” said John McCormick. Nine years later, that storytelling practice has culminated in a new book, “Dad, Tell Me a Story: How to Revive the Tradition of Storytelling With Your Children,” published by Nicasio Press in December 2010. The book was conceived, written and illustrated by Cleveland Park resident McCormick and his two sons, William, now 12, and Connor, 10, both students at the Sheridan School. Their mother, Danna, a web developer, designed the website, dadtellmeastory.com. The project reflects the years of nighttime storytelling that took place in the

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John McCormick wrote down stories he made up for his sons, Connor, left, and William, and eventually turned them into a book, published in December. McCormick house. And, according to John, William’s and Connor’s writing credits are legit. “The kids and I really created these stories together,” said John. “This was truly an interactive process.” Why else, he asks in the pages of the book, would he write about “feuding vampire and fruit bats, or Godzilla jumping out of an HDTV?” These stories nearly always

began with the kids’ ideas. “When you read a story from a book to a child, that process is passive. But when you create a story and pictures with your child, it’s a more active process; the child is really creating on his own,” he said. Each night he takes the same basic

approach. “First you ask your child to come up with an idea, to which they will inevitably say, ‘I don’t know’ — at which point you encourage them to just say the first thing that pops into their head,” McCormick explained. “They’ll give you a word like ‘rattlesnake,’ and you just embellish from there.” The book, meant for 5- to 11-year-olds, contains 25 of the family’s favorite stories, organized with those for younger kids toward the beginning and those for older kids toward the back. Four categories — Animal Stories, Adventures and Folk Tales, Cultural and Historical Stories, and Growing Up Stories — reflect the interests of a growing child. McCormick began keeping a written record of these stories about seven years ago, faithfully typing up bullet points about each story after his children had gone to sleep. He also uses this storytelling time to probe into, in a subtle way, the details of his children’s day. “So often when you ask your kids straight out, ‘How was your day?’ you get the same answer — ‘Fine.’” But his storytelling exercise naturally folds bits and pieces from his See Story/Page 25


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Pakistan. He ends up stumbling upon a village called Korphe, where he meets the head of the village, Haji Ali, and sees children writing on the ground with sticks as their times tables are blowing away. Greg says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll build you a school.â&#x20AC;? So he goes back to America and calls everyone he knows, including his mother, who is a principal of a school. She asks her students to collect pennies, and they end up with 62,848 pennies. Greg takes the money and buys supplies. He goes to Korphe and builds a school. We asked some students to tell us what they liked about the play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was original,â&#x20AC;? said fourthgrader Eva Gondelman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was interesting because they made it come alive,â&#x20AC;? said fifth-grader Nina Gumbs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really cool,â&#x20AC;? said sixthgrader Payton McCarty-Simas. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Amira Washington-Clark, fifth-grader, and Brooke Jacobs, fourth-grader

event highly anticipated by many. Many pupils have participated in this competition for years and were eager to once again express their talents and compete for cash prizes. The event began with a bang, when the Year 7 band performed an original composition. The acts that followed were equally impressive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a guitar-based work performed by some Year 8 pupils, a classical violin duet, an original short film and an exhilarating performance by the rock band Company 28. My brother and I both performed piano excerpts by the classical composer Schubert, as well as duets of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clocksâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scientistâ&#x20AC;? by Coldplay. The winning acts were especially impressive. In third place was Jonny G., a Year 13 student who played â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prelude in C Sharp Minorâ&#x20AC;? by Rachmaninoff on the piano. Fellow classmate Liv C. was awarded second place for her humorous original composition performed on ukulele, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ode to IB,â&#x20AC;? a song expressing the challenges of the International Baccalaureate programme. In first place was Year 11 pupil Joe M., who performed his original classical piano composition, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballad of Paul McPherson.â&#x20AC;? This was only one of three talent shows that occurred this month; the primary students also thoroughly enjoyed competing for their own prizes, including a class party. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nathan Ausubel, Year 9 London (eighth-grader)

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Chevy Chase home offers 1930s charm, design tips

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into a restricted amount of wall space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just one more decorator trick visitors can pick up in this home. Not all potential buyers will embrace Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ground-floor color choice: a delicate shell pink in the living room, with the same shade, as well as a soft ochre, enhanced by trompe lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeil paneling in the dining room. Though pink will always remain too precious for some, Thompson keeps on view a recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;House Beautifulâ&#x20AC;? that aims to debunk the tintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweet-as-sugar reputation. The kitchen lightens the palette and ups the 1930s charm, with a painted buttercream-and-white checkerboard floor. Small bunches of painted cherries on that surface echo details of the tiled backsplash, and wainscoting and some glassfront cabinets add even more detail to the sunny space. The kitchen isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enormous, but the space is as functional as it is appealing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not surprising, given Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work designing kitchens, including one seen by many at the 2009 D.C. Design House. Her own includes plenty of Crema Marfil marble counter space and a full-sized gas stove. When Thompson replaced cabinet doors,

she fit in features unheard of in 1930s cabinetry, such as a narrow cabinet that pulls out to hold spices and the like. A door here leads to a tree-filled rear yard. Another outdoor space is the semi-detached homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side porch, which offers enough Carol Buckley/The Current room for seating and a host of potted This three-bedroom house on Jenifer Street plants. is priced at $625,000. Upstairs, three bedrooms and a room can be used as a bedroom, bathroom wait, as do well-precasual living area or more. served original touches such as Thompson had the concrete floor crystal light fixtures. stenciled in an earth-tone vine patOne of the bedrooms here is a tern for an alternative to the typical size well-suited for a home office utilitarian carpet. or a nursery, but the master could A vintage porcelain sink sits in accommodate a king-size bed. A one corner, along with cherry builthall bath features original 1930s in cabinets. Installed as a kitchtile in excellent condition, though enette to accommodate fixtures, including a classic Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother during an pedestal sink, are new and extended stay, the charming spot improved. could work as a wet bar for a hangThompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alterations to the out spot or a laundry sink for hand homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom level add form to washing. function. A storage-filled space with ample natural light and good ceiling height, the levelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central

A washer and dryer sit in another room here. Thompson has also artfully â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and subtly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; added a full bath on this level. A sink and shower â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with handmade subway tiles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are tucked on one side of a corridor leading to a separate entrance, while a separate room holds the toilet. This three-bedroom, two-bath home at 3719 Jenifer St. NW is offered for $625,000. For more information, call Realtor Lenora Steinkamp of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. at 202-363-9700.

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every decade, so a permanent commitment is unnecessary. That said, he added, the school has not yet officially responded to the proposal. Greg Ferenbach of the Tenley Campus Neighbors Association, the group proposing the easement, described Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response as â&#x20AC;&#x153;totally unacceptable.â&#x20AC;? If the university is interested in adding the law school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which will come with added traffic and other impacts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to a residentially zoned parcel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they should give something very substantial back to the community,â&#x20AC;? he added.

WALTER REED From Page 5 deputy mayor for planning and economic development Victor Hoskins, who helped renegotiate the deal. At an announcement last week in front of Walter Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gate on Georgia Avenue, a crowd of officials celebrated the reconfigured property as what they wanted all along, and as the best outcome for the city once the fedsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plan to close Walter Reed was finalized more than five years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was first elected, they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offering any of it,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser. She said she urged city planners to draw up schemes for the Georgia Avenue frontage anyway, and now predicts development there will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;a major economic driverâ&#x20AC;? in the seemingly endless effort to revitalize the entire avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tremendous opportunity for us,â&#x20AC;? said Mayor Vincent Gray, citing the construction and permanent jobs that could go to D.C. residents, as well as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the opportunity to redevelop Georgia Avenue and connect with some of our neighbors in Montgomery County.â&#x20AC;? Gray said he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;afraid to count the hoursâ&#x20AC;? spent in negotiations and planning, but called the outcome â&#x20AC;&#x153;something we can all celebrate.â&#x20AC;? The mayor said he is especially pleased the District

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If [the university is] serious about leaving that undeveloped, â&#x20AC;Ś [an easement] would be a showing that they are true to their word,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said. In a recent meeting, she added, officials showed â&#x20AC;&#x153;some receptionâ&#x20AC;? to her proposal for an arboretum on the parcel. American University officials said they remain committed to working out the details of the Tenley Campus proposals with neighbors. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why, they said, they will not file second-stage processing documents on that parcel for several more weeks.

is getting the old hospital demolished at no cost to the city, as well as access from 16th Street. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who also had a hand in the negotiations, called the redevelopment â&#x20AC;&#x153;a major opportunity for a community which always lacked amenities it deserved.â&#x20AC;? The earlier planning process, extended over months, produced a â&#x20AC;&#x153;final recommendationâ&#x20AC;? last October. It included devoting space at Walter Reed to a number of nonprofit uses: supportive housing for homeless veterans and families; the Washington Yu Ying and Latin America Montessori charter schools; and an ambulatory-care facility run by Howard University. A site on the east side of Georgia Avenue was pinpointed for the relocation of an aging fire station, Engine Co. 22. The nonprofit uses complied with the federal Base Realignment and Closure process, which require offering space first to homeless providers and nonprofits that provide public benefits. Harriet Tregoning, director of the D.C. Office of Planning, said the District now â&#x20AC;&#x153;might have to reopen the process, and do slight re-planning. But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting from scratch.â&#x20AC;? City officials predict the chosen organizations can probably still be accommodated under a revised plan, and they say the firehouse site need not change. They said planning will start this spring and last roughly seven to nine months.

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PARCEL From Page 1 that had earned its blighted designation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a problem for at least six years, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a disaster,â&#x20AC;? said one neighbor. But Mark Griffin, an attorney who represents the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, said the church is now progressing with work on Q Street after a recent glitch over windows. The renovation is slated to finish in September. Workers last month installed windows on the building that did not conform to historic-preservation standards, leading to a stop-work order and a $500 fine, according to Griffin. He said the problem was the result of â&#x20AC;&#x153;miscommunicationâ&#x20AC;? and that the church has now ordered conforming windows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The house is in a row of matching houses where several residents have had to get [historically conforming] windows,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Callcott, the D.C. deputy state historic preservation officer. Neighbors knew the new windows at 1207 Q St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appropriateâ&#x20AC;? because they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match others on the street, he said.

Callcott said the â&#x20AC;&#x153;church was very quick to respondâ&#x20AC;Ś and [has] committed to getting new windows.â&#x20AC;? Griffin said he believes the higher taxes can be avoided now that the church has resolved the preservation issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My understanding is that that will relieve us of the blighted status,â&#x20AC;? he said. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;blightedâ&#x20AC;? designation applies to buildings that are determined to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;unsafe, insanitary, or â&#x20AC;Ś to threaten the public health, safety or general welfare of the community,â&#x20AC;? states the city law. Blighted buildings are taxed $10 for every $100 of a buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assessed value (compared with 85 cents per $100 for an occupied residential building, and $5 per $100 for nonblighted vacant property). Signals of a blighted property include vermin, trespassers, rotting materials and boarded-up areas, according to the city. The higher tax rate is intended to force negligent property owners to take action with their empty buildings. A D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs spokesperson said 1207 Q St. is currently listed as blighted but that the agency could overturn that designation based on evidence from the proper-

ty owner. The current six-month tax period ends March 31. At the March 2 meeting, neighborhood commission chair Charles Reed said his group has been lenient toward the church in the past based on promises of renovation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They represented to us that they would have their building permit and they would pursue [renovation] by the end of the year,â&#x20AC;? Reed said of his commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support for tax relief in 2010, which he estimated saved the church â&#x20AC;&#x153;approximately $30,000 a year.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;But they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do what they said they were going to do,â&#x20AC;? Reed said, adding that the Q Street buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s groundwater issues are now affecting neighbors. Sherri Kimbel, director of constituent services for Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, said her office had been â&#x20AC;&#x153;inundated with complaintsâ&#x20AC;? about the building. No representatives of the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, at 1630 Vermont Ave., showed up at the March meeting, and the Rev. Cornelius Wheeler was unavailable for comment this week. Attorney Griffin said the church faced â&#x20AC;&#x153;inordinate delaysâ&#x20AC;? in getting building permits to initiate the Q Street project.


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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 18 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact davidanc2d01@aol.com or visit anc2d.org. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013;  LOGAN CIRCLE At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 2 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioner Samuel Goekjian reported recent parking problems in front of his residential building near Thomas Circle. Drivers parking illegally have â&#x20AC;&#x153;created traffic jams on the streetâ&#x20AC;? and blocked access for buses and even ambulances, he said. The commission voted to appoint a committee to look into the problem and communicate with the D.C. Department of Transportation. â&#x2013;  Ed Bailey, a former principal at Halo at 1435 P St., said he plans to open a new venue called â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. 9â&#x20AC;? at that location. An architect for the new bar described â&#x20AC;&#x153;minor improvements to the facadeâ&#x20AC;? that would give the building a â&#x20AC;&#x153;more traditional feel.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans spoke of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial situation, saying the city â&#x20AC;&#x153;is going to have to live within its means â&#x20AC;Ś for the first time in four years.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously approved street closures associated with the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon, planned for Oct. 30. â&#x2013;  commission chair Charles Reed said that after testifying at a D.C. Council oversight hearing on liquor license issues, he was planning to meet privately with Alcoholic Beverage Control Board chair Charles Brodsky. Reed said his commission is â&#x20AC;&#x153;determined to get balance back at the ABC Boardâ&#x20AC;? after noting a shift toward leniency with liquor licensees. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to contribute $750 toward payment of expert legal witnesses in a protest against Ghana Cafe. The restaurant, at 1336 14th St., is attempting to increase business by opening a rear outdoor patio. Several neighbors have said they oppose the plan due to the patioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proximity to their residences. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to ratify a voluntary agreement with Eagle Cafe at 1414 9th St. The agreement will head next to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. â&#x2013;  Evelyn Boyd Simmons, chair of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education committee, reported on her groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to improve public education

opportunities in Logan Circle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been focusing mostly on Garrison [Elementary School],â&#x20AC;? she said, reporting that parents enlisted a consultant to help create a library at the school. She said attendance numbers at recent open houses at Garrison â&#x20AC;&#x153;frankly â&#x20AC;Ś were a little bit disappointingâ&#x20AC;? but that the school had almost tripled its inboundary applications in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lottery, compared with last year. Boyd said her committee would be concentrating on Garrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modernization, now scheduled for 2014. â&#x2013;  Charles Vincent of Options Public Charter School announced the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to open a small second facility at 1517 11th St. The new location would serve about 15 to 20 students who â&#x20AC;&#x153;require more therapeutic helpâ&#x20AC;? than those at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main campus in Northeast, he said. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously supported renewal of Freshfarm Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public-space application to use the 800 block of Vermont Avenue for a Thursday farmers market. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously supported zoning variances for developer Giorgio Furiosoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned residential and office project at 15151525 14th St. A resident of Kingman Place, the street behind the proposed development, said that he and his neighbors â&#x20AC;&#x153;do not agreeâ&#x20AC;? with the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endorsement, which will be sent to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Zoning Adjustment. At a prior meeting, Kingman Place residents aired concerns about parking issues and the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s density. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously opposed an application for tax relief from the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church for its property at 1207 Q St. NW. The church, which has previously presented plans to renovate the residential building, is requesting an exception from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s higher tax rate for â&#x20AC;&#x153;blightedâ&#x20AC;? buildings. A neighbor said the Q Street property â&#x20AC;&#x153;has been a problem for at least six years, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a disaster.â&#x20AC;? No representative of the church attended the meeting. â&#x2013;  Andrea Doughty reported that a new nonprofit has taken over the previous grass-roots effort to brand the midcity area as an arts district. She said a website will be launched in April. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to comment on the recent controversy over city-funded leases for D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lincoln Navigator. Commissioners said they had received several complaints from constituents about the subject, but they ultimately concluded it was not their role to issue a formal statement to the council. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 6 at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org.


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Northwest Real Estate OFFICER From Page 15 said, is good beat management. That requires getting to know the zone: learning, for example, that Constitution Avenue gets busy around 11:30 a.m., or figuring out how to get a critical mass of cars timed early in the morning (Wright gets to her area just before 8 a.m.) in order to check on them again just before lunch. It means knowing which alleys tend to fill up with illegal parkers, and finding the opportunity to patrol them a couple times a day. But Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got it down. It takes her almost two hours to cover the entire beat, and that includes exchanging greetings with other folks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; police officers, security guards, sidewalk vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who also work on the streets.

CUPCAKES From Page 9 dozen cupcake-focused shops in the D.C. area alone. Yet over the hour or so we spent at Sprinkles last week, the four cheerful ladies working the counter had barely a momentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rest. So this place, which opened at 3015 M St. on March 3, is having no trouble competing. Why? Perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because of the photogenic and press-savvy owner, Candace Nelson, who serves as a judge on the Food Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cupcake Warsâ&#x20AC;? show. With her non-baking background â&#x20AC;&#x201D; finance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and glossy golden curls, Nelson has inspired scores of write-ups and scored numerous TV appearances. (Of course, the ladies of Georgetown Cupcake are on TV, too, but there seems to be room for another celebrity baker on M

CHAMBER From Page 9 are the level of obesity in the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about 70 percent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the resulting high levels of diabetes and heart disease. What the District needs, he said, is not more hospitals, but more primary care, particularly in wards 7 and 8, where â&#x20AC;&#x153;high-fat food is most readily availableâ&#x20AC;? and it is difficult to get access to nutritious, healthy items. Burrell also urged the city to make it attractive to businesses to recruit local high schools students as interns, so the teens could see the value of continuing their education. John Rockwood, president of the D.C.-based National Rehabilitation Hospital, said the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest weakness in attracting businesses is its poor public school system. Dough Guthrie, dean of the George Washington University School of Business, suggested that the District try to attract manufacturers, as unemployed residents

By mid-morning, the area is swarming with activity. In her sturdy shoes, with her cell phone headset in one ear and sunglasses pushed high on her head, Wright is prepared for any eventuality. She calls out greetings to passersby and workers who know her, including a man tending a food cart who was mysteriously missing recently and turned out to be in the hospital getting a triple bypass. But one eye is always on the cars lining the street. The violations just pile up: the driverless white van parked near the corner with its hazard lights on (â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we see hazards, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a red flag â&#x20AC;&#x201D; somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing something wrongâ&#x20AC;?); the double-parked black sedan that startles into gear when Wright knocks on the window; the silver Nissan Altima blocking a fire hydrant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing people will park their car with all of this going on â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and we run across this a whole lot,â&#x20AC;? she said. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refer-

Street.) For those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already know, details are at sprinkles.com. â&#x2013;  Market day. The Petworth Community Market will be back for a second year starting May 20, selling fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and more from local farmers and vendors. The market, between Georgia Avenue and 9th, Taylor and Upshur streets NW, will open earlier in the season than it did last year, allowing for the introduction of additional fruits and vegetables. The new hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays, selected in an effort to better match with customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; schedules. The market has opened registration for farms, producers and artists. Those interested can download the application at petworthcommunitymarket.org or contact the market at manager@petworthmarket.org. would be better able to fill manufacturing jobs than positions that require higher education or specialized training. When Pittsburgh lost the steel industry, Guthrie noted, the city built an ancillary industry around health care â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a field where many jobs do not require a college degree. He urged the city to push for more vocational and technical education at the high school level and to be more aggressive in pursuing leads. Carl Hairston, the regional manager of M&T Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital Region Business & Professional Banking Group, said there is an enormous opportunity for bankers to finance the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many government contractors. The problem, he said, is that many contractors do not have hard assets like manufacturers do that can be used as collateral for loans. Suzanne Des Marais, president of the Washington DC Association of Realtors, told the chamber audience that the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big advantage in attracting residents is that â&#x20AC;&#x153;people are tired of commuting.â&#x20AC;?

ring to a BMW thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illegally parked across from the Willard InterContinental Washington DC hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue and about to receive three tickets: one for failure to display current tags, another for failure to show an inspection sticker, and a third because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no parking receipt on the dashboard. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about $175 scheduled to head into the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers. That money really matters to the city, which has limited sources of revenue and is facing a major budget gap this year. And it matters to Wright personally, too. City workers were told in February that as a result of the deficit, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be furloughed for four upcoming holidays, which means they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be paid for those days. Since then, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been bringing her lunch rather than eating in one of the cafes downtown. Still, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophical about the situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to point fingers; we all

STORY From Page 15 kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; days into the new story they create together. For example, if you want to learn more about their martial arts class that day, he advises that you begin with a character whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s into tae kwon do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you write these stories down, they can also serve as a kind of diary,â&#x20AC;? he said. The book came about because so many of McCormickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends had the same response when he told them about his nighttime routine: â&#x20AC;&#x153;They inevitably asked, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How did you do that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; My response was that if I can do it, you can do it, too.â&#x20AC;? The book is filled with helpful tips for those interested in creating stories themselves. For exam-

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Parking-enforcement officer Katrina Wright just need to play our part. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather keep my job.â&#x20AC;? And maybe, if she continues to do it well, that budget gap will shrink just a little bit.

ple, McCormick advises that during the story creation, a good way to stall for time is to ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guess what happened next?â&#x20AC;? At that point the kids will offer another idea that helps move the story along. McCormick considers the many illustrations in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dad, Tell Me a Storyâ&#x20AC;? to be one of the more delightful parts of the book. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to hire a professional illustrator,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the drawings that my sons and I created really fit into the whole philosophy and approach to the book.â&#x20AC;? Ten-year-old Connor, a fourthgrader, is quite pleased with the results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty awesome to be an author,â&#x20AC;? he said. And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particularly excited that the family was invited to attend a weeklong family camp in Maine this sum-

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mer to present a book-publishing workshop. Sixth-grader William is also enjoying his new status as a published author. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really great. Many of my friends have a copy of the book, and we have it in our classroom, too.â&#x20AC;? John McCormick says he had three primary goals for this project. He wanted to have a record of the stories he devised with his kids, he wanted to achieve a lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of writing and publishing a book, and he wanted to have a positive effect on the audience â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to encourage them to do these exercises on their own. With â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dad, Tell Me a Story,â&#x20AC;? he feels he has accomplished all three. The book sells for $29.95 and is available on Amazon and through the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, dadtellmeastory.com.

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Events Entertainment Wednesday, MarchMARCH 23 Wednesday 23 Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Leaders from Kulturhuset childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center in Stockholm and the National Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum in Washington, D.C., will discuss whether todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children get enough play time. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. rsvp-hos@foreign.ministry.se. â&#x2013;  Vishakha N. Desai, president and chief executive officer of the Asia Society, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Re-imagining Diplomacy: Arts and the World in the 21st Century.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Intercultural Center, 37th and O streets NW. kss58@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Kirby Richards will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ernst Bloch: Mysticism and Hope.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. erikajoyce@verizon.net. â&#x2013;  Colin Thubron will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;To a Mountaintop in Tibet,â&#x20AC;? about the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trek from Nepal to Mount Kailas. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Cokie and Steve Roberts will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Traditions.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.

through Sunday with screenings at various venues. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating the Oscars at the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Libraryâ&#x20AC;? will feature Michael Curtiz and William Keighleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1938 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventures of Robin Hood,â&#x20AC;? starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677. â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest Defender,â&#x20AC;? about legendary naturalist George Schaller. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Avi Nesherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Matchmaker (Once I Was),â&#x20AC;? about a teenage boy who gets a job working for a matchmaker. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  The D.C.-based contemporary dance company Human Landscape Dance will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Films â&#x2013;  The annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will feature the U.S. premiere of the 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Backwood Philosopher,â&#x20AC;? about two university biologists and an uneducated but smart lumberjack who set out on a journey through the remote backwoods of eastern Finland. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachustts Ave. NW. 202-298-5838. The festival will continue

Thursday, MarchMARCH 24 Thursday 24 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 3 and older on a hike along the Woodland Trail. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes â&#x2013;  Lana Dreyfuss, past president of the American Horticultural Therapy Association, will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horticultural Therapy: Applying Principles for Stress Reduction.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to noon. $20; registration required. Conservatory Classroom,

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U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  First Class Inc. will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Got a Great Invention: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Next?â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4:30 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-7975102. â&#x2013;  First Class Inc. will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secrets to Running a Solo Business.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 9 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songwriters: The Next Generationâ&#x20AC;? will feature Sonia Szajnberg (shown) and Zaccai Curtis. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Pianist Stefan Stroissnig will perform works by Lizst, Brahms, Cerha and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights will present a joint program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Advancement of Human Rights.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Maya Jasanoff, associate professor of history at Harvard University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Libertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mumford Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Anna Read of the International City/County Management Association and Stephanie Bertaina of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â&#x2013;  Carla L. Peterson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth Century New York City.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-6732402. â&#x2013;  Dan Plesch will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;America, Hitler, and the UN: How the Allies Won World War II and Forged a Peace.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. kss58@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University archivist Lynn Conway and professors Chandra Manning and Maurice Jackson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War and Georgetown University.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Murray Room, Lauinger Library, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. libraryassociates@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on the evolution of David Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sculpture â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bouquet of Concaves.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Susan Rosenberg will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Radical: A Political Prisoner in My Own Country.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Ha-Joon Chang will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;23 Things They Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tell You About

Thursday, MARCH 24 â&#x2013;  Discussion: American playwright Edward Albee will discuss the work and influence of Tennessee Williams. 5 p.m. Free; tickets required. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838.

Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Artist and author Sarah Glidden will discuss her graphic novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $5. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x2013;  Photographer Carsten Peter will discuss his exploration of a mammoth cave system in Vietnam and show images from the trip. 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  Ayman Mohyeldin, a Cairo-based Al Jazeera English correspondent, will discuss his experiences as a reporter in a region in turmoil and his thoughts on the future of the Middle East. 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films

Capitalism.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The North Korea Film & Literature Series will feature Mike Kim discussing his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Repressive Country.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. â&#x2013;  The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will present a panel discussion on its oral history project to preserve the stories of Czechs and Slovaks who left their homeland during the Cold War and settled in Chicago, Cleveland and the District. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. czech_events@yahoo.com. â&#x2013;  Editors Maggie Lemere and Zoe West will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nowhere to Be Home: Narratives From Survivors of Burmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Military Regime,â&#x20AC;? and editors Peter Orner and Annie Holmes will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the Greener Good: Historic Preservation vs. Sustainability.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â&#x2013;  Evolutionary biologist Christopher Wills, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Darwinian Tourist,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evolutionary Travel Adventure.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  James Gleick will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Changing Roles of Women in Academic Leadershipâ&#x20AC;? will feature Donne Kampel, associate dean of faculty at Touro College; Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia; Catharine Bond Hill, president of Vassar College; H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College; and S. Georgia Nugent, president of Kenyon College. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building,

â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Page to Screenâ&#x20AC;? will feature David Fincherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,â&#x20AC;? based on a short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present the premiere of Cintia Cabibâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Community of Gardeners,â&#x20AC;? about the vital role of seven community gardens in the District. A panel discussion will follow. 7 p.m. $5; $4 for seniors and students. Reservations suggested. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-7837370.

Fundraiser â&#x2013;  The Equal Justice Foundation at American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington College of Law will host an auction to raise money for grants to law students who will be working in public-interest jobs for the summer. Silent auction begins at 3 p.m.; live auction begins at 7 p.m. $7 in advance; $10 at the door. Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 562-761-7785. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhythms of Azerbaijan,â&#x20AC;? presented by the Karabakh Foundation, will feature performances by the Natig Rhythm Group and the Rast Group. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. azercell.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  The Takoma Theatre Conservancy, Washington National Opera, Washington Performing Arts Society and Learning Maestros will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Freedom Sing,â&#x20AC;? a chamber opera that celebrates the life of African-American singer Marian Anderson. Proceeds will benefit the rebuilding of the Takoma Education Campus after a recent fire. 7 p.m. $25; $15 for seniors; 10 for ages 12 and younger. Takoma Education Campus at Meyer, 2501 11th St. NW. takomatheatreconservancy.org. â&#x2013;  The Wilson High School Shakespeare Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelfth Night.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15; $5 for students and children. Reservations required. Edmund Burke School, 4101 Connecticut Ave. NW. wilsondramatickets@gmail.com. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Performances â&#x2013;  Lebanese-born actress Darina al See Events/Page 27


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 Joundi will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing,â&#x20AC;? about one womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey to attain social, intellectual and sexual freedom during the violence of civil war in Beirut (in French). 7 p.m. $25; $15 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. An English-language performance will take place Friday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Picnic Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening With Anton Chekhov: A Deceptively Modern Evening of Classic Russian Theatre,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Russian playwrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short plays â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Proposalâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jubilee.â&#x20AC;? Proceeds will benefit the Washington Theatre Legacy Project, a program of the Helen Hayes Awards. 7:30 p.m. $10. The Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle NW. picnictheatre@gmail.com. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events â&#x2013;  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barnum 200,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. 202-397-7328. Performances will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate South Africaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn Malachi performing works by some of South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soul music artists, a chance to view the second exhibition in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists in Dialogueâ&#x20AC;? series, and South African-style hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $40 in advance; $50 at the door. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Poet and novelist David Bottoms (shown) will read from his work, and the blues band Scrapomatic will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Food Court, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5488. Friday, MarchMARCH 25 Friday 25 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Schubert, Prokofiev and Brahms. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  Organist Charles Miller, director of music at National City Christian Church, will present an all-Bach recital. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Concert Named Desireâ&#x20AC;? will feature soprano Amy Cofield Williamson and pianist Charles Woodward performing arias and art songs based on and inspired by Tennessee Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; texts. 1:15 p.m. Free; tickets required. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songwriters: The Next Generationâ&#x20AC;? will feature Katie Costello and Dan Mackenzie. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chamber vocal ensemble, Cathedra, will

perform the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victoria Tenebrae Responsoriesâ&#x20AC;? and James McMillanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenebrae.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $25 to $45. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House will present an open-mike performance. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. â&#x2013;  The Hugo Wolf Quartett will perform works by Janacek, Johannes Maria Staud and Beethoven. 8 p.m. $50. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Brazilian vocalist Gal Costa will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  The American University Chamber Singers will perform a repertoire focused on the Spanish diaspora as a preview of its upcoming tour of Spain and Portugal. 8 p.m. $10; $5 for seniors and students. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Congressional Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stompinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at the Savoy: A 1930s Cabaret Ballroom.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $35. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. atlasarts.org. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on the legacy of Tennessee Williams will feature artists and scholars Annette Saddik, Jef Hall-Flavin, David Herskovits and Nich Moschovakis. 10 a.m. Free; tickets required. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Ian Rankin will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Complaints.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Film Plexus Institute will present the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Shot,â&#x20AC;? about basketball, bullets and the hard choices faced by teens in a tough Cincinnati neighborhood. A postscreening discussion will feature the filmmakers. 3 p.m. Free. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. plexusinstitute.org. â&#x2013; 

Performances â&#x2013;  The Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival will feature a concert reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom to Tenn,â&#x20AC;? a new musical about the transformation of a shy, diffident Thomas Lanier Williams into Tennessee Williams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; genius, addict, icon and iconoclast. 3:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. The festival will continue through Sunday with various events. â&#x2013;  As part of the Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival, Doug Tompos will present his one-man show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bent to the Flame,â&#x20AC;? about the heart of the young Williams upon the opening of his first Broadway success. 5 p.m. $20; $16 for seniors; $5 for students. Devine Studio

hold a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission; most books will be priced from 10 cents to $1. Second floor, Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-966-2873.

Friday, MARCH 25 â&#x2013;  Concert: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbara Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spotlightâ&#x20AC;? will feature actress and singer Ashley Brown. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. The performance will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ProtĂŠgĂŠs IIIâ&#x20AC;? will showcase the stars of tomorrow from Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the Royal Danish Ballet School, New National Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tokyo Young Artists Training Program and the Julio Bocca Foundation Ballet Argentino School of the Arts. 7:30 p.m. $19 to $60. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Takoma Theatre Conservancy, Washington National Opera, Washington Performing Arts Society and Learning Maestros will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Freedom Sing,â&#x20AC;? a chamber opera that celebrates the life of African-American singer Marian Anderson. Proceeds will benefit the conservancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to save and revive the historic Takoma Theatre. 8 p.m. $50. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. takomatheatreconservancy.org. â&#x2013;  ClancyWorks Dance Company will present the premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Webmasters.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors; $8 for students and ages 12 and younger. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-3151305. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble will perform a mixed repertory program. 8 p.m. $30 to $50. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U S. NW. 202-328-6000. Reading â&#x2013;  Authors Victor LaValle and Joshua Ferris will read from their works. 7:30 p.m. $15; $7.50 for students. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Saturday, MarchMARCH 26 Saturday 26

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The Saturday Morning at the National series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have a Ball With Spencer â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Spinnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Johnson,â&#x20AC;? featuring a display of digital dexterity by the Harlem Globetrotters star. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The House of Sweden will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space for Children,â&#x20AC;? designed to foster interactive creativity and play (for ages 10 and younger). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202467-2645. The program will continue Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through April 24. Classes â&#x2013;  Cultural Study Abroad, a local travel company, will present an intensive Italian language class as a fundraiser for the choir at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $160. Location provided upon registration. 202-669-1562. The class will be offered weekly through April 30. â&#x2013;  Instructor Karen McComus will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Things French.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Concerts â&#x2013;  Baroque cellist Tanya Tomkins will perform works by Bach. 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. â&#x2013;  Classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff will perform works by Albeniz, Granados, Bach, Solis and Ponce. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House,

2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  Israeli band Electra will perform a mix of British Invasion rock, punk, new wave pop, reggae, rockabilly and power rock. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The James Madison University School of Music will present baritone Kevin McMillan (shown) and pianist Gabriel Dobner performing works by Haydn, Greer, Britten and Bowls. 7:30 p.m. $25. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  French vocalist Jil Algrot will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  The Branford Marsalis Quartet and Terence Blanchard Quintet will perform jazz selections. 8 p.m. $25 to $55. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Culture Wars: Then and Nowâ&#x20AC;? will focus on debates over freedom of expression and public support for the arts two decades ago and today. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Curator Nicholas Bell will lead a roundtable discussion with 2011 Renwick Craft Invitational artists Cliff Lee, Matthias Pliessnig, Judith Schaechter and Ubaldo Vitali. 10:30 a.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Sarah Vowell will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfamiliar Fishes,â&#x20AC;? about the 19th-century missionaries who tried to turn the Hawaiian Islands into another New England. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  A Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month event will feature the 1960s musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crowing Experience,â&#x20AC;? starring Muriel Smith. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, 1318 See Events/Page 28

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 27 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-673-2402. ■ National Geographic will present the D.C. premiere of René Bo Hansen’s 2009 film “The Eagle Hunter’s Son,” about a young Mongolian boy who dreams of escaping his traditional lifestyle and moving to the city. 1 p.m. $8. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Anne Makepeace’s 2010 film “I.M. Pei: Building China Modern,” about the architect’s return to his ancestral city of Suzhou to conceive a modern museum for one of its ancient neighborhoods, at 2 p.m.; and Patricio Guzmán’s 2010 film “Nostalgia for the Light,” about Chile’s vast Atacama Desert, at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ Bowen McCauley Dance will present “Red. Hot. Fabulous!” 7:30 p.m. $36. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The New York-based troupe Nicholas Leichter Dance will perform “The Whiz:

Obamaland,” Leichter and Monstah Black’s take on “The Wizard of Oz.” 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Special event ■ The Georgetown Theatre Company and Women in Film & Video will host the fourth annual DC SWAN Day, featuring music, theater and storytelling performances, poetry readings, visual arts and film screenings. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Various locations. georgetowntheatre.org. Walk ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile hike to Milkhouse Ford and discuss the diverse natural and cultural resources that surround the historic water crossing. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070.

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the Swan: A Novel Symphony,” a Kennedy Center commission based on E.B. White’s classic. 2 and 5 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The American University Wind Ensemble will perform “Something Old, Something New.” 3 to 5 p.m. $10; $5 for seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852787. ■ “The Golden Age of Cornet” will feature Christopher Sala (shown) on cornet and Jeffery Watson on piano. 3 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. ■ The Washington Bach Consort will present “The Art of the Keyboard.” 3 p.m. $23 to $65. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-429-2121. ■ Pianist Ina Mirtcheva will perform works by Chopin, Liszt and Ravel. 3:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. ■ Pianist Olivier Cavé will perform works by Clementi, Bach, Scarlatti and Villa-Lobos. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ The Washington Men’s Camerata will perform sacred and secular music in German and Latin. 4 p.m. $25; $15 for students. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-364-1064. ■ The National Men’s Chorus and pianist Thomas Pandolfi will present “Masters of Romance,” featuring works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Wagner. 4 p.m. $15; free for students and children. Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-244-7191. ■ Florian Wilkes of Berlin, Germany, will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Brooklyn-based dream pop band Asobi Seksu will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Women and Children of the Washington Performing Arts Society Gospel Choirs will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202842-6941. ■ 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. Discussions and lectures ■ “The Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faith” will feature former emergency room physician Matthew Sleeth, author of “The Gospel According to the Earth: Why the Good Book Is a Green Book.” 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ The Rev. Martha Clark will discuss “In Your Holy Spirit: Traditional Spiritual Practices in Today’s Christian Life” by Michelle Heyne. 11 a.m. Free. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 St. SW.

Sunday, MARCH 27 ■ Performance: As part of the Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival, filmmaker John Waters will present his raucous one-man show “This Filthy World.” 7:30 p.m. $20; $16 for seniors; $5 for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838.

202-554-3222. ■ E.J. Dionne Jr., senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, and Martin Paul Trimble, lead organizer for the Washington Interfaith Network, will discuss “Lay People in Action.” Noon. Free. Auditorium, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 5841 Chevy Chase Parkway NW. 202-966-1983. ■ Mark Richard will discuss his book “House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home,” at 1 p.m.; and Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin will discuss their book “This Burning Land: Lessons From the Front Lines of the Transformed Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Mary Beard, professor and chair of the faculty board of classics at the University of Cambridge, will discuss “Julius Caesar: Inventing an Image.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Co-editor Toni Michelle Travis and contributor Darwin Fishman will discuss the book “Democratic Destiny and the District of Columbia: Federal Politics and Public Policy.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. Films ■ “Reel Portraits: Katharine Graham Double Feature” will feature the 1940 film “His Girl Friday” (shown) and “All the President’s Men.” The event will also include a discussion with Washington Post associate editor and senior correspondent Robert G. Kaiser about silver-screen journalism, longtime Post publisher Katharine Graham and the lure of the big story. 1 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Art in Motion!” will feature 15 abstract shorts by classic and contemporary animators, accompanied by live piano and percussion. 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-

737-4215. ■ ITVS Community Cinema will present Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel’s documentary “Pushing the Elephant,” about a mother and daughter who are reunited in the United States after being separated due to the Congolese civil war. A panel discussion will follow. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794. ■ “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” will feature the film “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.” 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performance ■ As part of the Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival, playwright Christopher Durang will reflect on his connections to Williams’ work and share excerpts from his parody “Desire, Desire, Desire.” Noon. Free; tickets required. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. Sporting event ■ A DC Rollergirls double header will feature the DC DemonCats vs. Scare Force One and the DC All-Stars vs. The Port Authorities. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. ticketmaster.com. Walks ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a three-mile hike to Rapids Bridge. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a hike through Rock Creek’s floodplain, pointing out wildflowers in bloom and explaining why they appear so early in the season. 2 p.m. Free. Boundary Bridge, off Beach Drive on the Maryland-D.C. border. 202-895-6070. Monday, MarchMARCH 28 Monday 28 Classes ■ First Class Inc. will present a seminar on “Sell Your Stuff on eBay!” 6:30 to 9 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in qi gong, a Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing and meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ The Cincinnati Boychoir will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Monday Night at the National series will feature the Slavic Male Chorus of Washington performing traditional folk songs and ancient monastic chants. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ Evergreen will perform Celtic rhythms with Israeli influences. 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Discussions and lectures ■ The Dupont Circle Village will present See Events/Page 29


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 28 a talk by professional organizer Flavia Campos on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rightsizing: Dealing With Clutter in Your Life.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 to 5 p.m. $10; free for members. Reservations required. Ross Elementary School, 1730 R St. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  Cal Ripken Jr. will discuss his childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothead,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and TĂŠa Obreht (shown) will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tigerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wife,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Eric D. Weitz, professor of history at the University of Minnesota, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Germany and Genocide in Africa and Anatolia: Creating the Color Line and the National Line.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. kbg@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Landscape designer Lady Xa Tollemache will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Garden WellPlaced: A Designerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harmony Between House and Garden.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and chancellor of Catholic University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New Evangelizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Now?â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Keane Auditorium, McGivney Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 301-2295164. â&#x2013;  John â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planetwalkerâ&#x20AC;? Francis will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bread & Tulips.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helke Sander in Focusâ&#x20AC;? will feature the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1983 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Trouble With Love.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160.

Performances â&#x2013;  The Turksoy organization will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music and Dance of the Turkic World,â&#x20AC;? featuring more than 140 musicians and dancers. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. turksoy.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Barnes & Noble will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;M Street Poetry Open Mic Night.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. 202-9659880. Special event â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cherry Blossom Teaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a traditional tea complete with tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and Japanese tea blends. 1 p.m. $25; registration required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. The event will repeat April 5 and 6 at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29

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Concerts â&#x2013;  The School Without Walls and Wilson High School concert choirs will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Music Maker Blues Revue will perform. 7:30 p.m. $12. Grosvenor

Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  Harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock will perform works by Handel, Bach, Scarlatti and John Bull, among others. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Jacqueline St. Joan will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Sisters Made of Light,â&#x20AC;? about three activist sisters who dedicate themselves to helping the women of Pakistan. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Sibley Senior Association will present a talk by physical therapist Chris Marrow on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Balance, Exercise and Environment,â&#x20AC;? about how to prevent falls. 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Commons Room, Grand Oaks Assisted Living, 5901 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-3647602. â&#x2013;  Illustrators Christopher Cardinale and Matt Dembicki will discuss their respective books, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Medozaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paintbrush: and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Andrew L. Yarrow will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Measuring America: How Economic Growth Came to Define American Greatness in the Late Twentieth Century.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Reiterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1900 G St. NW. 202-223-3327. â&#x2013;  Author Yanick Lahens and Alliance Française de Washington educational director Sarah Pickup-Diligenti will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haiti in the Francophone World.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Alliance de Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The National Capital Planning Commission will host a discussion of how the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security Headquarters at St. Elizabeths can spur regional economic growth. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. SpeakerSeries@ncpc.gov. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Watching Whom: Spying and Social Mediaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Shannen L. Rossmiller, a pioneer in the field of cybercounterintelligence; Thomas Ryan, cofounder of Provide Security; and Jack Holt, senior strategist for emerging media at the U.S. Department of Defense. 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Tina Rosenberg will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Cartoonist Ben Katchor, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, will discuss his graphic novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cardboard Valise.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  On the 106th anniversary of the completion of the Anderson House, curator Emily Schulz will discuss the house as seen through the early photographs of Frances Benjamin Johnston. 7 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. Films â&#x2013; 

The Embassy of Kazakhstan will pres-

Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-4623356. Reading â&#x2013;  The Lannan Literary Programs series will feature poetry readings by Illya Kaminsky, Nikola Madzirov and Valzhyna Mort (shown). 8 p.m. Free. Riggs Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6294.

Wednesday, MARCH 30 â&#x2013;  Tasting: Casson Trenor, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sustainable Sushi,â&#x20AC;? will host a tasting of sustainably caught or farmed sushi, accompanied by wine and sake pairings. 7 p.m. $100. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700.

ent Rustem Abdrashitovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gift to Stalin,â&#x20AC;? about a Jewish boy who is taken in by a gentle old Kazakh who gives him a home and saves him from certain tragedy (in Russian with English subtitles). Hollywood director and producer Steven Charles Jaffe will make opening remarks. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Root Auditorium, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. kazembus@gmail.com. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Joseph Cedarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beaufort,â&#x20AC;? about the dilemmas faced by an Israeli Defense Forces unit stationed at Beaufort Castel. 7:30 p.m. $10; $9 for seniors and ages 24 and younger. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Austria will present Phil Grabskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Search of Beethoven.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Masahiro Kasaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1991 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Female Neo-Ninjas.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. The

Sports event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. $60 to $330. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Wednesday, MarchMARCH 30 Wednesday 30 Class â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present information on programs and resources available to help area homeowners in danger of losing their homes. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712.

Concert â&#x2013;  Students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Historian C.R. Gibbs will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Benjamin Banneker, Surveyor and the African Roots of His Science.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Geography and Map Division Reading Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-8529. â&#x2013;  Kevin Whitehead will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz: A Concise Guide.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Kristie Miller will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Ladies.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Chris Barrett, Australian scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A View From

Inside: How Australia Avoided Recession.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 232, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-7464. â&#x2013;  Michael Leavy will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Railroads of the Civil War: An Illustrated History.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Shepherd Ogden, adjunct professor at the Shepherd University Institute of Environmental Science, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sustainable Foodscapes.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  Art historian Nancy G. Heller will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henri Matisse: A Modern Master Who Continues to Fascinate.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  John Darnton will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost a Family.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love a Mystery Book Clubâ&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stranger in Paradiseâ&#x20AC;? by Robert B. Parker. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Steve Monfort, director of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, will discuss the science of climate change and its cultural context. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Reading â&#x2013;  Jericho Brown will read from his poetry as part of the Visiting Writers Series. 6 p.m. Free. Butler Board Room, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2971. Special event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will host the annual NatsFest, featuring an opportunity to watch the team practice and a meetand-greet session with players and coaches. 4 p.m. $10; $5 for ages 11 and younger. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Miami Heat. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.

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Anna Deavere Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;House 645 New Your Ave. NW. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is located at 511 10th St. Arrest: A Search for American NW. 800-551-7328; fords.org. Character in and Around the White monologuemadness.net. â&#x2013;  Opera Lafayette will present â&#x2013;  Theater J will present the untold House Past and Presentâ&#x20AC;? April 1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Acis and Galateaâ&#x20AC;? April 5 at the story of physicist Rosalind Franklin through 10 at All Souls Church, Kennedy Center. in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photograph 51â&#x20AC;? March 23 Unitarian. Opera Lafayette will perform through April 24. Featuring the voices of 43 charHandelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1718 chamber version of Performance times are 7:30 p.m. acters, â&#x20AC;&#x153;House Arrestâ&#x20AC;? touches on Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amorous mythological tale Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; such subjects as the Civil War, of metamorphosis, featuring pas8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Thomas Jefferson and Sally toral English poetry by Alexander Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60, Hemings, the Clinton-Lewinsky Pope and John Gay. except for pay-what-you-can prescandal and the Roosevelt White The performance will begin at views March 23 and 24 and $30 house. 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $60. 202previews March 26 and 27. Theater Performance times are 8 p.m. 467-4600; kennedy-center.org. J performs at the Washington DC Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The New York City Ballet will Jewish Community Center, 1529 Sunday. Tickets cost $15; $10 for present three mixed repertory pro16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; students. All Souls Church is grams of Balanchine ballets with theaterj.org. located at 1500 Harvard St. NW. the New York City Ballet Orchestra â&#x2013;  The Blue Man Group will come 202-332-5266, ext. 142; April 5 through 10 in the Kennedy to the Warner Theatre from March kuumbaplayers.org. Center Opera House. 23 through April 3. â&#x2013;  The In Series will present Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Performance times vary. Ticket â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saudade, Songs of Longing & Tuesday through prices start at $32. The Warner Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? April 2 Saturday and 1:30 Theatre is located at 1299 through 10 at Source. p.m. Saturday and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-551â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saudadeâ&#x20AC;? is a Sunday. Tickets cost 7328; warnertheatre.com. Brazilian word mean$25 to $85. 202-467â&#x2013;  Synetic Theater will present ing a melancholic 4600; kennedy-cenâ&#x20AC;&#x153;King Learâ&#x20AC;? at the Lansburgh longing; the human ter.org. Theatre March 24 through April desire for something â&#x2013;  Shakespeare 24. thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone and perTheatre Company Performance times are 8 p.m. haps was only has extended Oscar Wednesday through Saturday and 2 dreamed. Through Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Ideal p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets musical and poetic Husbandâ&#x20AC;? through cost $30 to $55. The Lansburgh is testimony, the In April 16 at Sidney located at 450 7th St. NW. 202Series will celebrate Harman Hall. 547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. love, life, memory Cecilia Esquivel stars Sir Robert Chiltern â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will and the innate human in the In Seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new is a well-regarded close a re-imagining of Tennessee longing for connecshow, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saudade, politician living in Williams â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Glass Menagerieâ&#x20AC;? tion. Songs of Longing & wedded bliss (or so he March 27 in the Davis Performing Performances are Celebration.â&#x20AC;? supposes) with his Arts Center. at 3 p.m. April 2 and morally upstanding Performance times are 8 p.m. 9, 7 p.m. April 3 and wife. His safety and comfort are Wednesday and Thursday; and 2 6 p.m. April 10. Tickets cost $29; challenged when a past crime p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15; $26 for seniors; $15 for students. comes to light and threatens his sta- $12 for faculty, staff, alumni and Source is located at 1835 14th St. tus as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ideal husband.â&#x20AC;? seniors; and $7 for students. The NW. 202-204-7763; inseries.org. 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exhibition now at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery titled “Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan.” The show’s central gallery re-creates a cave temple at actual size, as it looked before its limestone sculptures were chiseled from its walls early last century. This immersive 3-D display, which transports visitors back in time, is augmented by galleries filled with actual sculptures from several caves at Xiangtangshan. “Xiangtangshan was created during a time of significant See Sackler/Page 38

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Peter Waddell’s painting “A Bird That Whistles in Jefferson’s Cabinet, 1803” is part of an exhibit at the White House Visitor Center. Located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Cross References,” featuring metalwork, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, ivory carvings and illuminated manuscripts that reference the cross, will open Saturday at the Dumbarton Oaks Museum and continue through July 31. Located at 1703 32nd St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. 202-3396401. ■ Washington Studio School opened an exhibit Monday of drawings by Deborah Kahn and will continue it through April 23. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a slide lecture from 5 to 6 p.m. Also, a workshop will be offered Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. for which registration is required with a fee of $55. Located at 2129 S St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202234-3030. ■ Gallery plan b opened an exhibit last week of paintings by Kathy Beynette, Patrick Campbell and See Exhibits/Page 38


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Mann Elementary Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting ready for the fifth gradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge bake sale. Ms. Goldstone said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to raise money for a girls school in Pakistan in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Three of our teachers [Ms. Goldstone, science; Ms. Koerner, fourth grade; and Ms. Dean, counselor] were Peace Corps volunteers, you know!â&#x20AC;? She said that they would sell cookies, brownies and other sweets for 50 cents or a dollar this afternoon from 3 p.m. until the food is gone. This is the second of many fundraisers the fifth-graders are going to do around the school. There are informative posters hanging up all around the school that update us about each fundraiser thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gian Maria Berrino, third-grader, and Katarina Kitarovic and Bianca Berrino, fourth-graders

Our Lady of Victory School Our Lady of Victory has a tradition of putting on an annual spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, in honor of the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Youth Organization basketball teams and their successful season. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner took place on Feb. 25 in the Hess Auditorium. The coaches, players and their parents ate spaghetti, meatballs, salad and garlic bread. During the evening, the coaches gave speeches to introduce all of the players, and the fourth-grade boys showed a very funny movie about basketball that they had made. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fourth-graders

St. Albans School The winter season has ended, and spring is in the air. Teams have

already been established and the competitive spirit is almost tangible. A wide variety of sports are offered at St. Albans, including baseball, lacrosse and track; in the upper school, golf and crew are also options. The baseball program is overseen by varsity coach Jason Larocque, a former player for the Boston Red Sox. The lower school lacrosse program is split into two teams, Blue and White, which are St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; school colors. The blue team consists of the eighth-graders and the more experienced seventhgraders, while the white team is made up of the less experienced seventh-graders and all the sixthgraders. Track is made up of one team, led by Doug Boswell, but it has many components such as the pole vault and the discus. All interscholastic sports will begin with games within a week or two of returning to classes after spring break (which began after school March 18). St. Albans has a rich history, and much of this is derived from athletics. All students play sports all three seasons. As each team walks out to the 100year-old Henderson Field, a metal bulldog sits proudly, serving as a symbol of good luck. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Charlie Wolf, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy During the month of February, the first-, third- and fourth-graders of St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy went on a field trip to the Phillips Collection. The Phillips Collection is in Dupont Circle. We went there to learn about artists. We learned about Jacob Lawrence. He painted the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Migrationâ&#x20AC;? series. We also learned about Paul Klee, who painted abstract art. While on our tour we looked at all the shapes, colors and patterns that the artists used. Third-grader Addie Robinson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the paintings from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Migrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series because they were really interesting.â&#x20AC;? First-grader Krista Adusei said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of the paintings were beautiful.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw all different kinds of paintings,â&#x20AC;? said first-grader Nathan Denssie. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maeve Morris, third-grader

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School The music department students just returned from a trip to Disney World. They participated in the annual Festival Disney competition. The Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Vocal Resonance and Jazz Ensemble all performed. The band stayed in Disney from March 3 through 7. Each of the sections received at least two awards. The Wind Ensemble received a superior rating; the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best in Classâ&#x20AC;?; a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Mickeyâ&#x20AC;? (a variant of a silver medal); and an outstanding soloist award for Kevin Nuckolls. The String Ensemble also received an excellent rating and an

outstanding soloist award for Kristin Jones. The Vocal Resonance achieved a superior rating, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden Mickeyâ&#x20AC;? award and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best in Class.â&#x20AC;? Last, but not least, the Jazz Ensemble was awarded a superior rating, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best in Classâ&#x20AC;? and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden Mickey.â&#x20AC;? This week is the beginning of spring break and the fourth quarter for St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Because the girls varsity basketball team won the City Title game, students were given a principalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday on Friday. It was St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fourth city title win in 20 years of girls basketball. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

Sheridan School Three times a year Sheridanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music department organizes a special assembly called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students in Concert.â&#x20AC;? This is where students from kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to perform. Performances include piano, violin, clarinet, trumpet and voice. This past Wednesday, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students in Concertâ&#x20AC;? featured 20 performers, including third-grader Serena Landers, who played an amazing piece on the piano. The audience is so supportive that everyone has the confidence to perform whether they are beginners or experienced. At this recent concert, I felt confident to perform with fellow eighth-graders Ariella Grosse and Emilia Kaslow-Zieve because Sheridan is such a safe environment. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eliza Shocket, eighth-grader

Stoddert Elementary Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re girls in the fifth grade at Stoddert Elementary and we scored 93 percent or better on the reading or math on the DC-BAS tests. All of us use strategies to do well on tests, and we all like to read. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll share a few things about ourselves and how we test. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Kyra. I read a lot of fiction. Right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox.â&#x20AC;? When testing, I focus. If a problem is difficult, I come back to it. I admire people like Mae Jemison. She was a NASA astronaut. I want to be an astronaut, too. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Carly. I taught myself to read at 4. I picture myself doing something in science. You have to be good in math to do science, so I work hard in math. When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m reading the background of a test problem, sometimes it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense. In that case I try different methods and different ways to solve the problem. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Maia. My grandparents and my mom help me learn. In kindergarten, my mom made me do my work perfectly before I could hand it in. When I test, if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m feeling stressed, I go to a happy place in my mind. That helps me relax and concentrate. In the future, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be an Egyptologist or a mathematician. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kyra Bendel, Maia Paz and Carly Sahr, fifth-graders


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c1799 brick Federal completely and meticulously renovated to the highest standards. One of the most important homes in Georgetown. Ballroom, privacy, gardens, pool, 2 garages, 4+ bedrooms, 6.5+ baths. 1/3 acre. $9,995,000

Rare once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build your own custom dream home on 1.34 acres of land with 270 feet of road frontage in one of Washington, DC’s most prestigious neighborhoods. $5,000,000

Built in 1897, this Waddy Wood home sits across from Historic Rosedale. Elegant center staircase, Palladian windows and original architectural detail, all sited on deep wide lot. $2,300,000

Eileen McGrath Jamie Peva

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

A private oasis on just under 1 acre, this home features large rooms with soaring ceilings & exquisite architectural detail, opening to terrace, gardens & backing to parkland. 6 bedrooms, 2 offices, library, gourmet kitchen, and parking for 10+ cars. $3,795,000

202-253-2226 202-258-5050

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Margot Wilson

202-549-2100

Jane Howard Marc Satrazemis

202-365-7524 202-320-0903

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georgetown, washington, Dc

McLean, Virginia

spring VaLLey, washington, Dc

tuLip hiLL, BethesDa, MaryLanD

Fabulous end unit 9-year-young townhome has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, unsurpassed condition, gated parking, chef’s kitchen, sunlight and windows galore!! The best of it all in East Village near Park and Pennsylvania Avenue! Move-in ready! $2,295,000

Handsome stone & clapboard cape with high ceilings. Family kitchen, paneled library & family room. Fantastic Loggia addition with French doors that open to expansive terrace, pool, cabana with kitchen & bath & sweeping lawn. 3 car garage. $2,250,000

Elegant 4 bedroom, 3 full, 2 half bath home in Spring Valley located on quiet cul-de-sac features large rooms and ideal floor plan for entertaining, large terrace and pool for three-season enjoyment on nearly 1/3 acres with two car garage. A rare offering. $1,995,000

Residence featuring modern lines on 25,000+ sf lot in sought-after neighborhood. Updated kitchen with new appliances, library and sun-filled open floor plan with spectacular wooded vistas. 2-car garage. $1,296,000

Eileen McGrath

W. Ted Gossett

Eileen McGrath

202-253-2226

703-625-5656

202-253-2226

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

202-243-1620

Forest hiLLs, washington, Dc

oLney, MaryLanD

georgetown, washington, Dc

Dupont circLe, washington, Dc

Very private with walled front garden & mature landscaping. Gracious floor plan with LR, DR, & large kit open to FR. Walk-out lvl fenced rear garden. 3BR, 3.5BA. Nanny room & large rec room in LL. 2-car garage. $1,215,000

Welcome to a special, historically significant Georgian Colonial built by Sears on over 2.32 breathtaking acres. Fantastic renovation, privacy, pool and separate pool house, professional landscaping, all await the most discerning buyer! $1,199,000

Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath detached home in the East Village of Georgetown. Features hardwood floors, a grand living room, beautifully renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances & granite countertops, and baths and rear patio and garden. $1,145,000

Chic 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath duplex only half of a block from the Dupont Metro. Parking and private patio. This unit lives like a house with gourmet open kitchen, 2 fireplaces, and master suite with spa like bath. $995,000

Marsha Schuman

Nancy Taylor Bubes

Adaline Neely William F. X. Moody

301-580-2214 202-243-1620

301-299-9598

202-256-2164

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

202-243-1620

potoMac, MaryLanD

georgetown, washington, Dc

cheVy chase, washington, Dc

petworth, washington, Dc

Enjoy your own country retreat on an idyllic 3 acre lot with pool & multi-level deck. Renovated kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. Renovated master suite with separate sitting area. Lots of built-ins, finished lower level. Eco-friendly! $990,000

Stunning 1 bedroom, 1 bath Federal with a renovated kitchen and luxurious bath, a spacious and sun-filled bedroom with a wall of closets and a rear patio perfect for entertaining. $799,000

NEW LISTING! Charming 3BR/2.5BA colonial on coveted street with landscaped level lot, wood floors, versatile space on 4 finished levels, inviting screened-in porch, deck, walk-out LL with full bath. $792,500

Newly Renovated! 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, lower level, family room, deck porch! Near Grant & Sherman Circle. 2 car garage. $535,000

Marsha Schuman

Nancy Taylor Bubes

Kay McGrath King Eileen McGrath

Jim Kaull Marc Satrazemis

301-299-9598

202-256-2164

202-276-1235 202-253-2226

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