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Vol. IX, No. 43

THE DUPONT CURRENT Board seeks timeline for Metro access

Census may not force dramatic redistricting


■ Council: Ward 2 will need


to shrink to even out districts

Current Staff Writer

A new Science and Engineering Complex will consolidate operations of several academic disciplines without placing a burden on the surrounding neighborhood, George Washington University officials and students testified to the Zoning Commission Thursday, repeating what the school has told neighbors for months. During the five-hour public hearing, officials said they had made recent changes to break up the eight-story building’s facade — as zoning commissioners requested in December — but they continued to resist calls from neighborhood groups that the university take responsibility for a second entrance to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station or for mitigating the area’s traffic congestion. Two representatives each of the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission and the West End Citizens Association attended the hearing to raise their objections to the project on Square 55, bordered by 22nd, 23rd, H and I streets. The meeting room was otherwise filled with dozens of univerSee Zoning/Page 17

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A large jump in the District’s population recorded in the 2010 census was even enough across most wards that the city will likely avoid the extensive redistricting it faced a decade ago, according to D.C. Council members. The population in the city’s eight wards averaged out to around 75,215 each, representing a growth of about 4,000 residents per ward. Most wards are within 5 percent of

10-year Circulator plan seeks route expansions ■ Transportation: U Street,

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Tenleytown eyed for service

West Springfield High School students Kazumi Hughes and Laura Popovich portrayed young women from the Civil War era during a Women’s History Month event on Saturday at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House near Logan Circle.

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

GWU awards full rides to nine D.C. seniors President Steven Knapp surprised nine unsuspecting D.C. seniors with Stephen Joel Trachtenberg scholarships, covering tuition, room, board and textbooks at the university. The full-ride scholarships amount to approximately $52,000 per year and $208,000 over the full four years. And while the scholarships are nonbinding, 124 students have accepted the offer since the program began 22 years ago. Of the nine students to win the honor this year, six attend schools

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

It was shortly after sunrise last Wednesday when the George Washington University “prize patrol” pulled up to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Flanked by TV crews and photographers, the officials sneaked up Photo Courtesy of GWU the stairs and quietly made their way down the corridor. Ellington student Sarai Reed was Students peeked from class- one of the scholarship recipients. rooms. Some squealed with excitement. But senior Sarai Reed was silent. “Wow,” she in Northwest D.C. One of them — Reed — is class president at said. “Wow. I’m really relieved. And just grateful.” See Awards/Page 18 On March 23, George Washington University

NEWS ■ Rock Creek Cemetery sees sculpture thefts. Page 3. ■ Ward 4 school board hopefuls vie for vacant seat. Page 3.

that figure, as required, but Ward 2 has nearly 1,000 residents too many and wards 7 and 8 each have several hundred too few. The ward-byward census information was released Thursday. The council’s redistricting committee will use input from the public and from other council members to redraw the boundaries so each ward falls within the acceptable population range, according to Ward 2 member Jack Evans, who co-chairs the committee. The full council must approve the changes by July 14, he said. The council can also choose to change the boundaries of wards that See Census/Page 11

BUSINESS ■ Designer Babette opens store at Cady’s Alley. Page 19. ■ Developer submits plans for Ward 4 Walmart store. Page 4.

The D.C. Department of Transportation hopes to add service in Upper Northwest to the DC Circulator bus system over the next decade and to increase fares, according to a new report, but any changes would depend on public input and available funding. The department’s 10-year plan, released this month, proposes to add or extend 11 routes. The Circulator’s existing six-line network is primarily concentrated downtown and on Capitol Hill, with lines reaching into Adams Morgan, Georgetown and Rosslyn. If the plan’s recommendations are adopted and funded, the first phase of new lines would be added between 2012 and 2015, including an extension of the Dupont CircleGeorgetown-Rosslyn route along U Street to Howard University; a route

EVENTS ■ Exhibit features Calder wire portraits. Page 23. ■ ‘Grasses’ and ‘Nests With a Twist’ on display at Touchstone. Page 23 .

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Most of the DC Circulator buses run downtown and on Capitol Hill. between Georgetown and Union Station by way of the National Mall; and the first service east of the river, into Anacostia. Between 2016 and 2018, the system would grow to include a line that would run from Tenleytown through Adams Morgan to Brookland in Northeast and a direct connection between Adams Morgan and H Street NE. By 2020, the Tenleytown line would extend to the Georgia Avenue corridor into Silver See Circulator/Page 17

INDEX Business/19 Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/2 Dupont Circle Citizen/9 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/16

Opinion/6 Police Report/8 School Dispatches/12 Real Estate/15 Service Directory/25 Theater/23 Week Ahead/3




District Digest Wilson High School tops science bowl Wilson High School came in first place at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Washington D.C. Regional High School Science Bowl March 19. The victory marked Wilson’s second year winning the regional competition, which is designed to encourage students to explore science, engineering and mathematics. The team will now advance to

the department’s National Science Bowl, to be held April 28 to May 2 in Chevy Chase, Md.

Police seek suspect in Ward 4 robberies The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a suspect in two recent robberies on the 5500 and 5300 blocks of Georgia Avenue. In both crimes, the suspect, who robbed two people at gunpoint in

each incident, was described as a black male, 40 to 45 years old, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet3 inches tall. He has a medium complexion, brown eyes, gray hair and facial hair, and was wearing a black hat and eyeglasses, according to a release from the department. The robbery on the 5500 block took place on March 16, just after 7 p.m., and the robbery on the 5300 block occurred on March 21, just before 7 p.m. Anyone with information about

these crimes can call police at 202727-9099 or 888-919-2746. Anonymous tips may be submitted at 866-411-TIPS or texted to 50411. Rewards are available.

Police make arrest in fatal shooting The Metropolitan Police Department announced this week that a suspect restrained by witnesses to a fatal March 27 shooting has been arrested and charged with



Join us for a free reception to celebrate the opening of the Spring 2011 Exhibitions at the AU Museum featuring innovative works by 21 young Spanish designers and works by Washington, DC artist Sam Gilliam and artist Robert D’Arista. Also featured are photo collages by Gail Rebhan which examine Tenleytown’s cultural history and AU’s Art Department’s works by graduate students. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. To become a museum member, visit EAST MEETS WEST: SHESHBESH IN CONCERT & RECEPTION

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The Campus Plan’s goals include: D Improved undergraduate housing D A new home for the Washington College of Law on the Tenley campus D New recreation, dining, and activities space D Improved science and research facilities D Offices to attract and keep top faculty D Athletic facilities for campus fitness D Welcome center for new students and their parents D Alumni center The new plan builds on our accomplishments of the last decade which included the opening of the LEED Gold-certified School of International Service – the nation’s largest school of international affairs; the creation of the Katzen Arts Center; and becoming the only university in DC to be officially designated a local arboretum. For more information and to volunteer your support, please visit:

SPRING ARTISTS’ RECEPTION 6 – 9 p.m., American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

American University’s 2011 Campus Plan was filed with the District of Columbia Zoning Commission, describing its exciting building plans for the next decade.


6:45 p.m. – 9 p.m., Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center.

SheshBesh, the Arab-Jewish Ensemble of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, is a unique collaboration of orchestra members and musicians from the Arab community in northern Israel. Free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required to Co-sponsors include the AU Center for Israel Studies, the AU Performing Arts Department Music Program, and the Embassy of Israel.


AU CHORUS: AMERICANA 8 p.m., Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center.

The AU Chorus presents a concert of American sound, featuring music from the American Revolution era and the early/mid-20th century. Tickets: $10 regular admission; $5 seniors. For tickets call 202-885-ARTS or visit


AMERICAN UNIVERSITY DANCE PRESENTS: VHF: VERY HIGH FREQUENCY 8 p.m., Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.

Our farmers’ market is back on campus on the quad at the Ward building on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Contemporary dance directed by Melanie George features choreography by guest artists Christopher K. Morgan and Kimberly Karpanty. Post-concert discussion follows the April 8 performance. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 seniors. For tickets call 202-885-ARTS or visit


Bike program offers five-day membership Capital Bikeshare, the District Department of Transportation and the National Park Service are coordinating efforts to make it easier for visitors to bike to the cherry blossoms this year. According to a release, Capital Bikeshare has introduced a new five-day membership option to coincide with the festival, which ends April 10. The new membership, geared toward visitors, costs $15 for five days. Capital Bikeshare will also have staff available at the Independence Avenue and 12th Street SW station from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on festival weekends to assist people with bike rentals and docking. The District Department of Transportation is sponsoring valet bike parking at the Jefferson Memorial on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. throughout the festival.

April 2011 News And Events

second-degree murder. Officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 1200 block of 11th Street NW at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the department. They found 24-year-old Jose Hernandez Romero, a resident of the 1400 block of N Street NW, suffering from a gunshot wound. Romero later died at a local hospital, according to police. Officers also found Alexis Pineda, 24, on the scene. Witnesses to the shooting held him until police arrived, the release states. Police also recovered a firearm.

KIDS @ KATZEN 1 p.m. at the American University Museum.

Kids ages 5-12 will join an artist in conjunction with AU Museum’s new Spring exhibition to create a work of their own. There is a $7 cash-only materials fee. RSVP is required at

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Ward 4 school board hopefuls tout experience in lead-up to April election By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Candidates seeking to represent Ward 4 on the State Board of Education are emphasizing their experience and affirming their commitment to city schools in advance of the April 26 special election. The state board — which replaced the D.C. Board of Education as part of the 2007 school reform act — advises the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on standards and policies that affect public schools in the District. Four candidates are vying to fill the position vacated by former Ward 4 member Sekou Biddle. Biddle was selected to temporarily occupy the at-large D.C. Council seat vacated by Kwame Brown after Brown was elected D.C. Council chairman. Biddle is now running to hang onto the at-large

council seat in the special election. Meanwhile, An Almquist, Kamili Anderson, Andrew Moss and Bill Quirk are angling for his spot on the school board, which includes representatives from every ward as well as an at-large member. Almquist is a visiting professor at the University of the District of Columbia’s National Center for Urban Education. Immediately prior to that role, Almquist served as a master educator with D.C. Public Schools, focusing on special education. In that capacity, she said, she visited every middle and high school within the system. From 2005 to 2009, Almquist taught and served as a curriculum specialist at an alternative special-education day school. And from 2002 to 2005, she was a teacher with Paul Junior High School, now Paul Public Charter School. If elected, Almquist said, she would like

to focus on improving the special-education services at D.C. public schools “by advocating for relevant and meaningful curricula.” In addition, Almquist said she hopes to boost public engagement and parental involvement in the board’s activities. “I’m about collaboration and communication,” she said. Almquist said she has dedicated her career to improving education for children in the District, and sees serving on the board as a continuation of that work. “Having been a teacher who has had to work and teach with policy changes, I know what makes a difference and what doesn’t,” she wrote in an email. “Lastly, I have worked with [acting Schools Chancellor] Kaya Henderson and her administration and want to be part of the process in a more formal way that will bring a voice for the students and their families.”

Sculptures go missing from Ward 4 cemetery By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Sculptor Robert Phillips got a call recently that left him speechless. On the other end of the line was a staffer from Rock Creek Cemetery, telling him the sculpture he had worked on for almost two years — a 12-foot, intricate bronze memorial to the late James Marshall Barnett — had been stolen from the cemetery in the middle of the night. “I was shocked,” Phillips recounted from his metalworking studio in Philadelphia. “I absolutely couldn’t speak. I couldn’t believe someone could rob a monument.” The 800-pound sculpture is one of several items stolen recently from the historic cemetery on New Hampshire Avenue in Ward 4. Another sizable memorial sculpture, also bronze, went missing at the same time — either March 10 or March 11, said the Rev. Rosemari Sullivan of St. Paul’s Rock Creek Episcopal Parish, which operates the ceme-

tery. That was two weeks after 31 unmarked brass plates disappeared from the cemetery’s columbaria, she said. Sullivan estimated the total value of the stolen items at more than $215,000. Lt. Shane Lamond said the Metropolitan Police Department is “working jointly with cemetery staff” to patrol the 85-acre cemetery at night, as 4th District detectives investigate the thefts. No other similar crimes have been reported in the District, he said. Sullivan said she had heard of recent cemetery thefts in Maryland. A representative of one cemetery in Prince George’s County, who did not want to disclose details due to an ongoing investigation, said several cemeteries in the area had experienced recent metal thefts. At Rock Creek Cemetery, it’s clear the crimes required careful coordination. “We think it was prettywell-planned and -executed,” Sullivan said. “These guys kind of waltzed in and out. … We’re not sure how.” The cemetery’s gates are locked between 7 a.m. and See Cemetery/Page 18

The week ahead Wednesday, March 30 AARP DC will hold a community forum on power outages and smart meters. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ 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 work will enhance public space along Connecticut Avenue from H Street to Dupont Circle, including 17th Street along Farragut Park and a landscaped median from K Street to Jefferson Place. 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 or 202-463-3400. ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on the DC Circulator Transit Development Plan from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ohio Room, Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW. ■ The National Park Service and the U.S. Secret Service will hold a public open house on the President’s Park South Project, which will include a decision on whether to permanently close E Street between 15th and 17th streets. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Wednesday, April 6 The D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition will hold a forum for candidates seeking the vacant at-large D.C. Council seat. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW.

Kamili Anderson, who has written for and edited several journals devoted to issues in education, has lived in the District for 38 years. She served as president of the Brightwood Community Association from 2004 to 2009 and is now the chair of its business improvement committee. Her three grandchildren currently attend D.C. public schools. Anderson said her understanding of the “language and current conversations going on in education” — gleaned from her writing and editing work — has prepared her for a role on the state board. Language is also key to her platform, which encompasses all the vowels: “A” for accountability, “E” for equity, “I” for innovation, “O” for oversight and “Y” (you) for community involvement. If elected, Anderson said, she would make See Board/Page 5

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Process gets rolling for Ward 4 Walmart By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

After receiving formal plans March 14 for a 106,243-square-foot Walmart at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW, the Office of Planning has about two months to prepare a report on the controversial project. During that time, said planning director Harriet Tregoning, the department will gather a flurry of comments from affected city agencies, community groups and residents. Meanwhile, Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser said, the city’s economic development team must push for official “citywide agreements� with Walmart on issues like hiring, as the company rolls out plans for four District stores. In its submission to the city, developer Foulger-Pratt concluded that a new Walmart on Georgia Avenue would “not have a negative noise, environmental or traffic impact� on the surrounding Takoma and Brightwood communities. For the former Curtis Chevrolet site, the developer has proposed a one-story, glass-paneled Walmart that would generate $2 million to $3 million in annual taxes for the District, according to the application. The project includes an underground parking garage, accessed via Peabody Street, with spaces for 349

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impact.� Tregoning noted that “traffic and circulation is a big issue� and said the D.C. Department of Transportation’s input will be critical. The application’s traffic study, conducted by Gorove/Slade Associates, found that 26 percent of drivers visiting Walmart would be commuters stopping by on their way to and from the District. The study notes that the area is already well-served by public transportation, including five bus lines, and that plans for bike-friendly features, like 37 bike-parking spots and a Capital BikeShare station, would provide an alternative to arriving by car. The Walmart would generate a net increase of 188 car trips during morning rush hour and 272 during evening rush hour, according to the application, which notes that other types of development at the corner would create significantly higher traffic volumes. In the past, Foulger-Pratt had proposed creating a mixed-use retail and residential project for the corner, an idea that ended up fizzling out. The store, which is expected to generate $40 million to $50 million in annual sales, would create 300 permanent jobs and 250 jobs during construction, the application says.


BOARD From Page 3 truancy prevention a key focus of her work, by encouraging the District to increase enforcement efforts. “There should be a bit more at stake for parents,� she said, adding that she would also like to improve anti-truancy coordination among schools, the Metropolitan Police Department and the city’s Child and Family Services Agency. In addition, Anderson said she hopes to enhance anti-bullying efforts at school, perhaps by including more diversity training in sex education to address homophobia among students. Anderson said she also hopes to help shape assessments to reflect the new common core standards and strengthen residency verifications for public schools. Meanwhile, Andrew Moss said his motivation for running for the Ward 4 seat is simple: “I have a two year old and I would like for him to attend a high achieving public school in the neighborhood,� he wrote in an email. Growing up, Moss attended school in Ward 7, and he later taught there for six years. Now he is a compliance officer with the U.S. Treasury Department, which, he said, equips him with key skills to exercise oversight of federal initiatives on the state board. “Parents and taxpayers want more accountability and transparency,� he wrote. In fact, he said, he’d like to encourage outside-the-box strate-

gies for addressing school performance with limited resources, such as public-private partnerships to benefit schools. In terms of declining enrollment, Moss said the solution is not consolidating and closing schools, but replicating successful models. He said he also hopes to enhance public engagement around education reform, increase oversight of under-performing charter schools, and review compliance with the plans outlined in the federal Race to the Top competition. Bill Quirk is chair of the Petworth advisory neighborhood commission and an attorney with Children’s National Medical Center. In his professional role and as a community activist, Quirk has advocated for children for nearly a decade, and he said he sees serving on the board as an extension of that work. But, Quirk said, his primary motivation for running for the Ward 4 seat is that he and his wife are expecting a child in May. And he said he hopes to make the public school system a strong option for his and other Ward 4 families. To that end, Quirk said he’d like to help the city implement existing educational standards. “The board has established the standards already,� he said. “But I think we need to work with the schools, the chancellor’s office, the deputy mayor for education and the council members to make sure they’re being implemented.� Quirk said he’d also like to see

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Ethics 101 D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, having given up his government-issued SUV, speaks of the need to renew the public’s trust in the District government. It’s hard to disagree with the sentiment, but it’s time for concrete action. The first three months with new leadership in city hall have indeed been challenging. Surely, everyone expected that, given the trying fiscal times confronting the city. What’s been surprising is that so much of the tumult has resulted from errors of judgment and ethical lapses, whether it be exceeding the permissible salary for a top aide or expecting taxpayers to pay for a top-of-the-line ride. This week’s ethics training session for Chairman Brown’s staff and other council aides is a good first step, but hardly sufficient on its own. Given this backdrop, the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute is performing a valuable service with its pro bono study of how best the D.C. Council can foster high ethical standards. Specifically, Chairman Brown asked the institute to review practices nationwide and recommend options for the establishment of a council body with oversight on ethics issues. The recommendations are not expected until later this spring, but Chairman Brown has discussed a possible framework: a council committee with two council members and three outsiders. The idea seems to make sense, but it would be essential that the outside appointees bring stellar reputations and solid professional backgrounds to their posts. At least one of the three should be a nonDemocrat — preferably a member of the GOP, the city’s secondlargest party. We hope the Georgetown institute will be ready to make recommendations soon. The council should also act promptly — though without short-circuiting public comment. It’s essential to keep in mind the goal of renewing the public’s trust. That won’t occur if the council ignores public input or sets up a weak, timid process.

Road improvements If the community liaison on the 18th Street streetscape project is right that the project is similar to a root canal — “No one’s happy … going through with it, but at the end, things are going to be better” — we’re glad officials are at least using Novocain. Similar surgery on P Street several years back was hardly without pain: The first few months of construction brought a 60 percent drop in business for some stores and restaurants. Neighborhood leaders even organized an ad hoc publicity blitz to offset some of the losses. Even so, at least two businesses closed during the reconstruction. On 18th Street, the Transportation Department seems to have learned from past mistakes. Officials have promised to make regular reports to the local advisory neighborhood commission and to the community at The department is also working hard to minimize impacts to businesses, and much of the initial feedback is favorable. Ana Reyes, general manager of El Tamarindo Restaurant on Florida Avenue, said she has not seen much of a drop in business, particularly with construction wrapping up before the restaurant begins dinner service. The department’s contract for the project requires that “access to a business be maintained at all times” — which Adams Morgan Partnership executive director Kristen Barden hailed as a first-ever tactic to reduce the amount of disruption. The contract with Civil Construction LLC also provides a reward for early completion and a daily fine if work extends beyond the allotted 448 days. We commend the department for its efforts at outreach and mitigation. It’s impossible to prevent such a massive public works project from causing inconvenience, but the department seems to be doing its best to minimize the pain.


Who we are … The new census numbers for the District were huge, front-page news last week. The headline finding was dramatic — the city’s African-American population has dropped in 20 years from nearly 70 percent to barely 50 percent. Referring to the nickname “Chocolate City,” one person in The Washington Post was quoted as saying ruefully, “Chocolate melts.” Only majority-black Ward 8 lost population. There has been a lot of economic development — especially new housing — in Ward 8 and other parts of the city, with larger families replaced by younger couples, many with few or no children. A town house that may have been rented to two or three families might now be a single-family home. And the conversion of a four-unit rental apartment building into condos generally means far fewer owners or occupants. Demographers note that some African-American families have sold homes in the District to share in the American dream of better houses and better schools in the outer suburbs, principally in Prince George’s County. But some fear that American dream is outdated, that the city is where the future lies. With the city offering improving schools, accessible cultural amenities and shopping and decreased transportation costs, the suburbs may be losing their luster. It may be that we are moving toward a time when the District — at least a majority of it — will be the upper-income place to be, with poorer residents of any type crowding into the inner suburbs, and the middle class occupying the outer suburbs. That’s way too simplistic, but the point is that we are changing. What does it mean and what will it mean for our city, our politics and our lives? The debate has begun. ■ Mayor’s big week. As this column was being written, Mayor Vincent Gray was gearing up to give his State of the District speech Monday night at Eastern High School. His advisers had been hoping to see the speech as a “reset” for his administration. Gray, some said, could address the ethical lapses of hiring children of department heads, the overemphasis on city-funded vehicles to drive officials around, and the general feeling that his mayoral team is less ethical and competent than it should be. Washington Post columnist Colby King said the mayor needed to refer to ethical lapses throughout the government, including the D.C. Council.

But in his speech Monday night, Gray chose not to address the concerns swirling around him. And in the speech marked “final” just before he gave it, the word “ethics” did not even appear. Was it a missed opportunity? Many who like Gray and want him to succeed as mayor say, Yes, especially now that the council has begun hearings on Gray’s hiring practices. At-large Council member David Catania clashed Monday with Ward 3’s Mary Cheh on the issue. Catania believes Cheh’s hearings on the Gray hiring practices are not nearly tough enough. And Catania is pursuing the witnesses relentlessly. Cheh, who backed Gray for mayor against overwhelming support in her ward for Adrian Fenty, says she won’t allow a “witch hunt.” But most political observers believe Gray needs to do a far better job of explaining the salaries, the job for minor candidate Sulaimon Brown and other nagging issues. ■ The speech. All of these “State of the District” speeches tend to be a grab bag of platitudes that touch on all the major aspects of public life — education, public safety, economic development, health and human services. And that was Gray’s. It would be nice, we think, to see and hear a streamlined speech that focuses on what is being done rather than what will be done. It’s a rough time for governments all over the United States, and the District is no different. We need a compass pointing where we’re going, if anyone knows. ■ Specter of crime. Monday’s Post also had news that property crimes in the District have surged. In some cases the police are warning people not to use cellphones and other devices in public because snatch-and-grab criminals are on the loose. It is stupid for people to leave a cellphone unattended on a bench or table, inviting theft, but given our rapidly moving society, we’re not likely to stop using our devices in public. Metro transit police, if they’re not busy checking your bags for terrorists, might pay more attention to the cellphone thefts on transit trains. The routine is for someone to wait until just before a door closes, then snatch a phone before jumping off the train. Police presence is one way to combat crimes of opportunity. Common sense by members of the public helps, too. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Weaver best choice for at-large council I am writing to express support for Bryan Weaver’s candidacy for an at-large D.C. Council seat. Bryan’s reputation for honesty and integrity is unfortunately limited to the Adams Morgan area, in which he has served on the advisory neighborhood commission for eight years. He takes strong positions, but is not polemic in delving into and understanding the positions of others. Bryan is somewhat rare in D.C. city politics in that his perspective has been grounded in protecting the well-being of the city’s residents. He especially works with teenagers. But he is

also rare in that his focus on residents does not obscure his understanding that the city needs profitable businesses, both to serve the needs of residents and to produce revenue. I cannot think of anyone whose intelligence, integrity and temperament I respect more than Bryan’s. I hope others will follow my lead in supporting him. Vic Miller Washington Heights

Officials shouldn’t remove sycamores No one will ever make any sensible person believe in an apartment-value-killing tree foliage that some Watergate residents seem to “suffer” from — forgetting in the process the lovely song “On the Banks of the Wabash River, Far Away,” seen through sycamore trees.

This ludicrous complaint should have never been taken seriously. What’s much more worrisome, however, is the positive response to the residents’ silly request to remove large trees that don’t even belong only to them, but to hundreds of people outside the Watergate. In authorizing tree replacement by those residents not only did the National Park Service cave in to that ridiculous nonsense, but it also ignored the wishes of the bikers, runners, walkers and all nature lovers who intuitively know that no human structure (including the Watergate!) will ever compare to Mother Nature’s magnificent natural cathedrals. The decision should be overturned. Do not touch the park’s beautiful and air-cleansing public trees, the people’s trees. Danielle Tronchet Washington, D.C.




he recent Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B report on the West Dupont liquor license moratorium refers to “one bad actor� that opened near the intersection of 22nd and P streets more than four years ago. Before the opening, the owners had said that the 220-seat Marrakesh Palace Pasha Lounge (formerly Mr. P’s) would be an upscale restaurant. That proved to be a Trojan horse for the nightclub that they also opened on the upper floors under the same tavern license. They cordoned off the public space in front that had been approved for a sidewalk cafe and used it as the nightclub entrance. Metropolitan Police Department officials say that the West Dupont neighborhood wasn’t even a blip on their radar until then. The owners have not complied with the terms of their liquor license and D.C. ordinances. They did not provide the required public notice of changes to the facade, the square footage and the name (now the Argana Lounge). The noise is unbearable for many of the 350 residents of the buildings next door and across the street. Unlicensed valet parking adds to the traffic and noise and blocks fire lanes. The nightclub attracts crowds responsible for untold emergencies, even gunplay. The number of assaults and assaults with deadly weapons almost tripled in the P Street area between 2006 and 2009, from 14 to 40. In April 2009, a 23-year-old patron was clubbed in the forehead with a bottle and stabbed repeatedly in the scalp. The police department paid him $1,800 from its crime-victims compensation fund. But the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took no action. In November 2010, a 19-year-old female struck a fellow Montgomery College student on the dance floor, and two other women began hitting her after she fell. Yet another fight broke out as the police department’s watch commander took her report. Because the victim declined to press charges against her assailant, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration’s

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Universities’ growth requires city scrutiny Across Northwest D.C., neighborhoods are being threatened by ambitious expansion plans of universities seeking to do to us what George Washington University did to Foggy Bottom through its makeover of a residential community into part of its campus. Through our D.C. Council members and advisory neighborhood commissioners, we have been raising questions and offering alternatives. We hope the Zoning Commission will take seriously the almost universal community opposition. But the issues raised go well beyond those the Zoning Commission was designed to oversee. Universities in the District have increasingly assumed the role of big businesses, seeing commercial

“investigative history� does not reflect that assault. The alcohol board learns of such incidents mainly from its investigators. Alcohol administration director Fred Moosally’s response to our complaints has been, “We’ll investigate.� But there has been no follow-up, as the D.C. Code requires, and the problems persist. Fifty-six owners and tenants of the Dupont West condominium, who live next door to the establishment, opposed renewal of its alcoholic beverage license. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B also protested. The alcohol board has sole authority to issue, renew, suspend and revoke liquor licenses. District law requires that it consider the effect of an establishment on the neighborhood’s peace, order and quiet; residential parking; vehicular and pedestrian safety; and property values. The board must also consider the licensee’s record of compliance. The board deliberates cases behind closed doors — where, under chair Charles Brodsky, its critics maintain, it favors business over residents’ interests and ignores the law, zoning and public space ordinances, and even its own precedents. Rather than chance that the board would maintain its hands-off stance, we negotiated a new voluntary agreement. Besides, our objectives in protesting the application were to restore public safety, reduce the noise and ensure the approved uses of public space — not to shut the business down. To date, however, the owners have not agreed to our terms. The neighborhood commission’s moratorium committee report suggests that voluntary agreements and the protest process address troublesome establishments adequately. Clearly, that has not been our experience. The voluntary agreement that we proposed would close some loopholes, but, absent diligent enforcement by District officials, it alone would not restore peace, order and quiet. Because our group’s standing in this matter basically has come to an end, we have virtually no voice until the license comes up for renewal again in another three years. The authors — Brian Fu, Ernie Greene, John Hammond, Rick Schreiber, Judy Snyder and Jerry Sullivan — led the Dupont West protest group.

property management as an important institutional revenue source while using the properties as extensions of their campuses (as “offcampus� student food courts, for example). Meanwhile, the universities ignore the possible benefits to their students and other communities by refusing to consider satellite campuses elsewhere in the District. Plans filed this year by Georgetown University and American University are unprecedented in their disregard for community input and their potential impact on neighborhoods. In response, communities have had to take on disproportionate responsibilities for fighting these plans to protect the future of our investments in the city and the quality of life in our neighborhoods. As it now stands, the Zoning Commission tends to support university expansion as a matter of encouraging development. But the issues raised by the new form of university business expansion go well beyond what the current zon-

ing process foresaw. A proper response requires a holistic approach that only the mayor and council can provide. It is time for our leaders to bring current law and policy into line with the universities’ modern business practices. A first step would be for the mayor and council to support the necessary changes in the law and regulations — including those governing the Zoning Commission’s consideration of campus plans — so the District government and citizens can take into account the full range of issues raised by the increasing activities of universities acting as businesses. Among the most pressing issues are District tax exemptions, use of District financing for expansion and inclusion of commercially zoned properties in campus plans. Changes should encourage coordination with neighborhoods and creation of satellite campuses to better serve the entire District. Gerard M. Gallucci Wesley Heights

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from March 20 through 26 in local police service areas.

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Stolen auto â– 3900 block, McKinley St.; street; 8 p.m. March 24. Theft (below $250) â–  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 9:45 p.m. March 25. â–  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 12:40 p.m. March 26.


PSA 202 TENLEYTOWN/ AU PARK Theft from auto (below $250) â– 4400 block, 48th St.; residence; 7:15 a.m. March 23. â–  4500 block, Ellicott St.; street; 7 a.m. March 24.

PSA 203

PSA 203 â– FOREST HILLS / VAN NESS Robbery (force and violence) â–  Connecticut Avenue and Tilden Street; sidewalk; 2:20 a.m. March 22. Theft (below $250) â–  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 10:10 a.m. March 21. â–  2900 block, Van Ness St.; unspecified premises; noon March 26.



Robbery (force and violence) â– 2700 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 1:45 p.m. March 21. Robbery (attempt) â–  2200 block, 39th Place; sidewalk; 4:13 p.m. March 25. Stolen auto â–  2300 block, 40th St.; street; 3 a.m. March 23. Theft (below $250) â–  3400 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 3:30 p.m. March 21. â–  3600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 7 p.m. March 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  2600 block, Woodley Place; street; 6 p.m. March 21.



Burglary â– 5400 block, Galena Place; residence; 1:30 a.m. March 26. â–  4900 block, Rockwood Parkway; construction site; 3:30 p.m. March 23. â–  5000 block, Overlook Road; residence; 5 p.m. March 23. Stolen auto â–  4400 Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:50

a.m. March 22. Theft (below $250) â– 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 4 p.m. March 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  4400 block, Reservoir Road; street; 1:30 a.m. March 26.

PSA 206

PSA 206 â– GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH Robbery (force and violence) â–  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 6:45 p.m. March 22. Burglary â–  1200 block, 33rd St.; residence; 4:30 p.m. March 25. Stolen auto â–  3000 block, Orchard Lane; residence; 2 p.m. March 24. Theft ($250 plus) â–  3200 block, M St.; store; 7:15 p.m. March 24. Theft (below $250) â–  3500 block, Whitehaven Parkway; residence; 4 p.m. March 21. â–  3800 block, Reservoir Road; medical facility; 3 p.m. March 22. â–  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 6:45 p.m. March 22. â–  2700 block, M St.; residence; 7 p.m. March 22. â–  3200 block, Prospect St.; restaurant; 9 p.m. March 22. â–  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 11 p.m. March 22. â–  1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; office building; 1:45 p.m. March 23. â–  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:45 p.m. March 24. â–  3000 block, M St.; store; 10:30 a.m. March 25. â–  3000 block, M St.; store; noon March 25. Theft (shoplifting) â–  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 11:45 a.m. March 23. â–  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 12:45 p.m. March 24. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â–  3600 block, R St.; street; 9 p.m. March 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  1600 block, 30th St.; street; 5 p.m. March 25.

PSA 207

PSA 207 BOTTOM / WEST END â– FOGGY Robbery (assault) â–  800 block, 22nd St.; sidewalk; 11:55 p.m. March 22. Theft ($250 plus) â–  800 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 10 a.m. March 21. Theft (shoplifting) â–  1100 block, 25th St.; grocery store; 10:10 p.m. March 26. Theft (tags) â–  2500 block, Virginia Ave.; street; 6:30 a.m. March 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  1100 block, 25th St.; parking lot; 11 a.m. March 21. â–  2100 block, K St.; parking lot; 5:15 p.m. March 24.


PSA 208 Robbery (force and violence) â– 1000 block, 16th St.; store; 3:47 p.m. March 22. â–  1700 block, K St.; sidewalk; 2:25 a.m. March 26. Robbery (pickpocket) â–  2100 block, K St.; office building; 4:29 p.m. March 21. Burglary â–  1300 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 3:24 a.m. March 24. Theft ($250 plus) â–  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:30 p.m. March 23. Theft (below $250) â–  1500 block, I St.; office building; 10 a.m. March 21. â–  1500 block, 16th St.; sidewalk; 5:40 a.m. March 23. â–  1500 block, 17th St.; street; 8:30 a.m. March 24. â–  1800 block, K St.; office building; 2:30 p.m. March 24. â–  2000 block, K St.; medical facility; 6 p.m. March 24. â–  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 10 a.m. March 25. â–  2100 block, K St.; office building; 5:15 p.m. March 25. â–  1200 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. March 25. Theft (attempt) â–  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10:45 a.m. March 25. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â–  2100 block, Phelps Place; street; 11:30 p.m. March 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  1300 block, 16th St.; street; 6 p.m. March 21. â–  2100 block, California St.; parking lot; 6:15 p.m. March 21. â–  1700 block, De Sales St.; street; 8:25 p.m. March 21. â–  1800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 9 a.m. March 22. â–  2000 block, K St.; parking lot; 9:30 a.m. March 22. â–  1500 block, Swann St.; alley; 9:35 p.m. March 22. â–  1800 block, Jefferson Place; street; 2:35 p.m. March 23. â–  2000 block, N St.; street; 8 p.m. March 23. â–  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 8 p.m. March 23. â–  17th and M streets; street; 11:20 p.m. March 23. â–  1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 8 p.m. March 24. â–  1700 block, S St.; street; 9:30 p.m. March 24. â–  17th and N streets; street; 7:30 a.m. March 25. â–  1300 block, 18th St.; street; 5:50 p.m. March 25. â–  1700 block, Swann St.; sidewalk; 7 p.m. March 25. â–  1200 block, 20th St.; street; 7:50 p.m. March 25. â–  1600 block, Church St.; street; 11:30 p.m. March 25.

PSA 303

PSA 303 MORGAN â– ADAMS Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â–  3000 block, 16th St.; side-

walk; 8:33 p.m. March 25. Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:50 a.m. March 26. Burglary â–  1800 block, Columbia Road; office building; 7 p.m. March 24. Theft (below $250) â–  1700 block, Columbia Road; restaurant; 11:40 a.m. March 21. â–  1600 block, Argonne Place; alley; 7:06 p.m. March 22. â–  2300 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 10:20 p.m. March 25. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â–  Champlain Street and Kalorama Road; street; 9:50 p.m. March 21. â–  17th Street and Crescent Place; street; 4:45 p.m. March 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  1700 block, Kalorama Road; parking lot; 10 p.m. March 21. â–  Florida Avenue and U Street; street; 10:30 p.m. March 24. â–  1800 block, Belmont Road; alley; 11:30 a.m. March 26.

PSA 307

PSA 307 â– LOGAN CIRCLE Robbery (carjacking) â–  1300 block, 13th St.; unspecified premises; 6:45 a.m. March 26. Robbery (fear) â–  1300 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. March 24. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â–  11th and N streets; sidewalk; 2:32 a.m. March 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â–  1700 block, 15th St.; street; 2:10 a.m. March 26. Theft ($250 plus) â–  1100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 4 a.m. March 26. Theft (below $250) â–  1300 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 7 p.m. March 21. â–  1100 block, 13th St.; sidewalk; 9:45 a.m. March 22. â–  1000 block, P St.; street; 8:30 a.m. March 23. â–  900 block, M St.; residence; 6 p.m. March 24. â–  1400 block, Q St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. March 24. â–  Unit block, Logan Circle; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. March 24. â–  1300 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. March 25. â–  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 3:50 p.m. March 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  900 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. March 22. â–  1500 block, 9th St.; street; 1:30 p.m. March 24. â–  1300 block, Corcoran St.; street; 8:30 p.m. March 24. â–  1000 block, O St.; street; noon March 25. â–  900 block, French St.; street; 5:24 p.m. March 25. â–  10th and R streets; street; 12:01 a.m. March 26.

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new vibrancy, life and creativity,” Mayor Vincent Gray said in his State of the District speech Monday. “But as we grow, we also need to be sure that our city is a place where those who have been here for many years continue to have the chance to live.” Unlike during redistricting processes, when everything was done with a pencil and paper, Evans said, such tools as the Greater

Greater Washington blog’s “Redistricting Game” — at — offer an easy way for residents to offer their suggestions to the D.C. Council. Greater Greater Washington founder David Alpert said he plans to compile all the boundary maps created on his site — nearly 3,400 as of yesterday afternoon, he said — into a report he will submit to the

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


Directed by Maida Withers, the Spring Danceworks will feature internationally acclaimed guest artist Fran Morand (Chile), faculty as well as student choreographers. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Seniors and can be purchased at the door or by visiting

at Georgetown University for a research study on tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ear. Volunteers will be 18-80 years old with or without tinnitus, be willing to undergo MRI, and have no metallic implants, braces, or neurological conditions.

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The Spring 2011 Danceworks will be directed by Maida Withers and will feature internationally acclaimed guest artist Fran Morand. $

April 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m. April 3 at 2 p.m. New Plays Festival Betts Theater 800 21st St., NW Join the theater and dance department for their fourth annual showing of student written one act plays. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and can be purchased at the door or by visiting;

April 1 at 3 p.m. GW Softball vs. Saint Josephs Mount Vernon Softball Field 2100 Foxhall Road, NW

April 2 at 6 p.m. Dominic Hawkins, Junior Voice Recital Phillips Hall B-120 801 22nd St., NW

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

The Last Lecture Series provides the opportunity to connect with GW Faculty and share in their stories based on the premise, “If you knew this was the last lecture you’d ever give, what would you say?” This event is free and open to the public. $

April 7 at 8 p.m. Acoustic Africa featuring Habib Koité, Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi, and Afel BocoumLisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW The three guitar icons, backed by a traditional African band, unite in song in a collaborative performance that honors their African heritage while simultaneously pushes contemporary musical boundaries. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45 and are available from the Lisner Box Office, 202-397-SEAT, and

Support GW Softball as they take on Saint Josephs. This event is free and open to the public.


April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Last Lecture Series: Professor John M. Sides Marvin Center Amphitheater 800 21st St., NW

April 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. Spring Danceworks Betts Theater 800 21st St., NW

April 2 at 10 a.m. Women’s Tennis vs. Longwood Mount Vernon Tennis Center 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Support GW Women’s Tennis as they take on Longwood. This event is free and open to the public

April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Vocal Showcase featuring GW Voice Faculty United Methodist Church 1920 G St., NW Listen as the some the GW Voice Faculty showcase their talents for the GW and Foggy Bottom Community. This event is free and open to the public.


council. Once the council adopts its ward boundaries, each ward’s council member will form committees to study the boundaries of its advisory neighborhood commissions, which typically do not change significantly, and those commissions’ singlemember districts, which must each have between 1,900 and 2,100 residents. Those boundaries must be approved by the end of this year.



already have the required population, as long as the redefined wards each have between 71,454 and 78,978 residents. In an interview, Evans said he would like to make as few changes as possible this year, but that he would be open to the suggestions of any of his colleagues who want a change to their particular ward. Council members representing Chevy Chase, which was controversially split between wards 3 and 4 after the 2000 census, said they did not expect to push for a reversal of that move. “The redistricting should really focus on the areas that need to add or lose population,” Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser said. “We’re very stable, and we’d like to keep our boundaries the same.” In an e-mail through spokesperson David Zvenyach, Ward 3 member Mary Cheh said she would expect her ward to change only in the case of a “domino effect” sparked by boundary changes elsewhere in the city. Evans said he expects the eastern edge of Ward 2 to shift to Ward 6 and for wards 7 and 8 to spread west of the Anacostia River, without causing a broader impact on the District’s ward boundaries. Ward 8 was the only section of the city that didn’t see its population increase since 2000; Ward 1 grew by 2,833 residents, Ward 3 by 3,434 and Ward 4 by 594. Ward 2 — the second-smallest ward after the 2001 redistricting — increased by a

whopping 11,046, which Evans said was likely driven by new condominium developments and the ward’s growing attraction to young professionals. The District’s total population increased by nearly 30,000, to more than 601,723. “People are finding the District of Columbia an attractive place to live, and are moving back to our city — increasing our tax base and infusing our city with


April 10 at 1 p.m. GW Women’s Lacrosse vs. La Salle Mount Vernon Field 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Support GW Women’s Lacrosse as they take on La Salle. This event is free and open to the public.

April 14 at 7 p.m. GW Music Department presents GW Symphonic Band: The Roaring 20s Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW Listen as the GW Symphonic Band showcases its talent. This event is free and open to the public.

April 20 at 5 p.m. GW Softball vs. James Madison Mount Vernon Softball Field 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Support GW Softball as they take on James Madison. This event is free and open to the public.

Fridays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Jazz Jams Phillips Hall B-120 801 22nd St., NW Presented by the Department of Music, this weekly event features live music performed by GW students and faculty. This event is free and open to the public.

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tion, conclusion, materials, procedure and observations on a tri-fold presentation board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fun,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Eva Gondelman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because you get to make your own experiment.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part was when our parents came,â&#x20AC;? said fifth-grader Sofia Brown. Fifth-grader Ian Smith did an experiment that used a parabolic solar oven to roast marshmallows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fun to teach the little kids and tell the adults that the toddlers tried to eat the marshmallows,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rowan Bortz and Jaquelin Weymouth, fourth-graders

Annunciation Catholic School The middle school has been researching the Greek gods. The sixth-graders got to pick one god or goddess while the seventh-graders got to pick one demigod or minor god, monster or titan. We wrote papers on them and presented them to the entire middle school. Some of the gods were Athena, Cronos, Demeter and Typhoon. It was a fun project that helped us with public speaking and research skills, and we got to learn about Greek mythology. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chiara Lari, sixth-grader

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snacks such as Capri Suns, croissants and cookies. We held our first tuck shop in November, to experiment on how well it would run; it proved a big success, so we decided to hold it every Wednesday. We had good fun interacting with younger students while raising money. Also, we are hoping the tuck shop will encourage the older students to come and socialise with the younger students so we can come together as a community. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kathryn Hill and Amy Daw, Year 12 Oxford (11th-graders)

Deal Middle School Deal eighth-graders got to choose self-defense for their Viking Time activity last Thursday. The kids learned how to twist, smack and even turn someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weapon against the yielder. They learned how to twist a pole, bat, crowbar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; almost anything. Another one of the Viking Time activities was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;So you want to be a reporter?â&#x20AC;? We talked about the main things needed to make a story interesting. We also walked around the school doing a little reporting ourselves. We have a spring dance coming up on April 1. Seventh-grade boys are looking forward to Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night on March 30, a night when guest speakers talk to the students over a provided dinner. Everyone has been kept busy preparing for the DC-CAS testing. Every day in March we have a different math problem introduced during the morning announcements. Ms. Neal, one of our assistant principals, finds a student to read the answer to the question during the afternoon announcements. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emma Buzbee and Jacob Riegel, sixth-graders

Duke Ellington School of the Arts The instrumental, vocal and dance departments currently have students who are finalists in the DC Capital Stars Talent Competition. This is a competition by the DC College Access Program (DC-CAP), an organization that assists high school students in enrolling in college. Duke Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student finalists will be competing for DC-CAP college scholarships. Also this week, Sarai Reed, a senior in the Literary Media and Communications Department, received a full four-year scholarship from George Washington University. She was one of the 10 D.C. students to receive a Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship. Reed said that the news was both surprising and a relief. In the upcoming month, students will participate in the studentproduced â&#x20AC;&#x153;R Street Speaks.â&#x20AC;? This will start as a showcase for Ellington students but soon become a showcase for youth artists in general. These students include vocalists, dancers and instrumentalists.

Students from the visual arts department will have their artwork on display. The showcase will take place at the H Street Playhouse on April 12. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kyndall Brown, 10th-grader

Eaton Elementary The second-graders got on a bus and went to the Gandhi Center. We walked in and saw a big statue and a picture of Gandhi. A woman in a pretty Indian dress told us you should always bow and say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Namasteâ&#x20AC;? when you greet someone because you are talking to someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. We learned that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shantiâ&#x20AC;? means peace. She told us that Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. are alike, because they both wanted peace and no violence. Gandhi always carried a statue of three monkeys making faces to show â&#x20AC;&#x153;see no evil, say no evil and hear no evil.â&#x20AC;? We sang one of Gandhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite songs, and then we had Indian snacks. We went upstairs to another building where a woman did two Indian dances for us. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Amir Acree, Savannah Dial, Wyatt McCrary and Eric Morgan, second-graders

Hearst Elementary Every class will plant its own seeds in a community garden on the hill. We will plant flowers and vegetables. We will put seeds on the dirt. Then we will put some water. The groundbreaking will be April 8 at 2 p.m. Hearst will grow veggies to eat. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brandon, second-grader I would like to plant delicious food in our garden. We should have potatoes, flowers, tomatoes, corn, apples and pineapple. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bryce, first-grader I want trees, lots of leaves, flowers and lettuce in our garden. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lyric, first-grader I will help water the plants and help plant seeds. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to plant yet. I just know how to water. I want fruit in the garden, like peaches, grapes, mangos, plums, and also broccoli, green beans, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and flowers, like roses. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zacariah, third-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary A few weeks ago, HydeAddison students collected toys, games, learning supplies, backpacks, markers, crayons, pencils and notebooks. We did this for homeless children, so they would have something to do during the April vacation. We collected a carload of items for them. We collected the things at HydeAddison and then took them to the church where the Homeless Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Playtime Project office is located. There, volunteers put them into 150 backpacks. In midApril, right before spring break, the backpacks will be delivered to the homeless center at the former D.C. See Dispatches/Page 13


DISPATCHES From Page 12 General Hospital in Southeast D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zoe Edelman, second-grader, and Ellika Edelman, fourth-grader

Key Elementary This morning we are having a bake sale to earn money to send to help Japan. We want to help all of the people who are in need after the devastating earthquake and tsunami a few weeks ago. This afternoon we are also holding a pizza sale and another bake sale to earn more money. Everyone is lending a hand. The parents baked stuff and donated pizzas, and the fifth-graders are working to sell the items for the cause. We are continuing to prepare for the DC-CAS tests in April. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eli Mehring and Gabriella Squitieri, fifth-graders

Kingsbury Day School Our 12th-grade class went to the Anacostia waterfront. We learned about how pollution can affect us and how it affects animals. Our tour guides taught us a lot about pollution, wildlife and teamwork. We started the day off by observing the birds in the area and matching them with the ones on our worksheet. We saw osprey and seagulls and many more. We also learned about each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite birds by going around and sharing. The tour guides divided us into two groups to study the Chesapeake watershed and then to play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeopardy!â&#x20AC;? The Chesapeake watershed consists of six states plus the District of Columbia. We went by the Blue Plains Water Treatment Plant to test the

water for dissolved oxygen, turbidity, phosphate, nitrates and saline. These tests were OK in terms of safety, but we still have to work on cleaning the water. The chemicals in the water were strong. Some animals are fine and some have problems, like the catfish. The last activity was fishing. We caught black bass, sunfish and a goldfish. We obviously put them back into the water. The trip was an awesome experience because we learned about ourselves, our environment and everything in between. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aiman I., 12th-grader

Lafayette Elementary Have you ever been on a field trip to the Kennedy Center? Maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve even heard the National Symphony Orchestra play. But have you ever heard your own music teacher singing on stage during the show? Our music teacher, Ms. Liz Stinson, sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ode to Joyâ&#x20AC;? while the National Symphony Orchestra played! The third, fourth and fifth grades went to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beethoven Rocksâ&#x20AC;? performance at the Kennedy Center. This performance featured Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous musical pieces. When asked how she felt about being accompanied by the orchestra while singing, Ms. Stinson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a lot of fun, but I was kind of nervous!â&#x20AC;? Overall, the concert was really enjoyable, but what we will remember the most is our own music teacher singing at the Kennedy Center. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Nachbar-Seckel and Talia Zitner, fourth-graders

Mann Elementary Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders will present our school musical,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ben Franklin: the Greatest American Icon.â&#x20AC;? Third- and fourth-graders will dance to the songs and sing in the chorus. Fifth-graders are the main characters, so they sing and dance, and they also get all of the lines. This reporter (Jazba Iqbal) doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have too many lines, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on Team Fan, and I spend lots of the time stalking Ben Franklin. The musical has about 26 speaking roles. Ms. Pace, the director, gave us our roles based on monologues that we performed in front of the judges and our classmates. Our play helps us learn about the early history of our country. You might want to come to our play in May! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katarina Kitarovic and Bianca Berrino, fourth-graders, and Jazba Iqbal, fifth-grader


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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 21 meeting: â&#x2013; Eric Lamar, vice chair and treasurer of the commission, said he had submitted the two overdue quarterly financial reports to the city auditor, including requested information about some 2009 grants. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender announced that commissioner Eric Lamar will lead a neighborhood task force that will collaborate with the project engineer on the sewer and water project planned for Massachusetts Avenue between Sheridan Circle and Decatur Place. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender said the commission was looking for volunteers to serve on a redistricting study group, which will help with establishing the new borders of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singlemember districts based on the 2010 census. â&#x2013;  Molly Gascoigue announced that 1,800 people are expected to participate in the Avon Walk April 30 and May 1 along Massachusetts Avenue. Walkers will use the sidewalks, so there will be no street closings. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender reported that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Preservation Office turned down a request by the owners of the apartment building at 2100 Connecticut Ave. to replace existing glass blocks. The office said the replacement blocks must be identical to the ones that are there now. â&#x2013;  chair David Bender said not all elements of the Sheridan-Kalorama transportation management plan have been implemented. Commissioner Eric Lamar will chair a residential task force to work with the department on the project and is seeking participants. It is now difficult for drivers to see pedestrians walking from the bulb-out on the corner of Phelps Place and Florida Avenue, said Bender. â&#x2013;  Pierre Wagner reported that his Friends group had planted 17 trees in Mitchell Park. â&#x2013;  commissioners heard a report that Casey Trees and Restore Mass Ave had planted trees at the Indonesian Embassy, the Church of the Pilgrims and the Cosmos Club. Restore Mass Ave will hold an annual party on April 20 at the British Embassy. â&#x2013;  commissioner Eric Lamar announced that a contractor had been chosen for the water-sewer separation project in the Sheridan Circle area, but a start date had not been set. The staging area for the project must be in the immediate area, but no National Park Service land may be used. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 18 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 4 at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; public safety report. â&#x2013;  transportation report. â&#x2013;  presentation on the French Market, to be hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District April 29 and 30. â&#x2013;  presentation on the Georgetown Village. â&#x2013;  discussion of Washington Gas use of indoor meters in Georgetown. â&#x2013;  discussion of a bicycle event proposed by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for April 23 at Georgetown Waterfront Park. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Friends of Rose Park. â&#x2013;  consideration of Board of Zoning Adjustment matters: 1072 Thomas Jefferson St., application for a variance from the rear-yard requirements to allow a four-story rear addition to an existing building; 2912 Dumbarton St., application for a special exception to allow a reardeck addition on an existing nonconforming single-family row home; and 3053 M St., application for a special exception to allow the continued use of a parking lot. â&#x2013;  consideration of Old Georgetown Board matters: 1045 Wisconsin Ave., residential, addition of residential levels and a below-grade parking garage, concept â&#x20AC;&#x201D; revised design; 3240 Q St., residence, twostory rear additions and alterations, concept â&#x20AC;&#x201D; revised design; 1640 Wisconsin Ave., office building, alterations, replacement doors, elevator overrun, sign, permit; 1249 35th St., residence, alterations to rear, permit; 3067 M St., commercial, sign scheme for Rag & Bone, permit; 1059 Thomas Jefferson St., commercial, rear addition, underground addition and infill, concept; 1071 Wisconsin Ave., commercial, projecting sign and menu box for Muncheez, light fixtures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; existing, permit; 2723 Q St., residence, site alterations, new front porch, new window at side, alterations to garage, permit/concept; 1733 34th St., residence, replacement rear windows, alterations to rear, permit; and 1725 34th St., residence, two-story rear addition, concept/permit. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F 2F ANC Logan Circle â&#x2013;  LOGAN CIRCLE 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


CIRCULATOR From Page 1 Spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The proposed corridors outlined in the plan offer new or improved connections between high-density, mixed-use activity centers, supporting economic activity and improving mobility for District residents, workers, and visitors,â&#x20AC;? Transportation Department spokesperson John Lisle wrote in an email. The report projects an annual operating cost increase of nearly $53 million if the first phase of lines is added, plus a $20 million purchase of new buses to service those added routes. Lisle said his department is confident the District will find money for the buses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given the popularity and operational efficiency of the DC Circulator, DDOT anticipates continued support for the growth of the system,â&#x20AC;? Lisle wrote. Furthermore, the plan suggests offsetting those costs slightly by increasing cash fares from $1 to $2 and SmarTrip fares from $1 to $1.50 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for an additional

CAMPUS From Page 1 sity officials, students and faculty members, as well as several supportive community members. The basics of the Science and Engineering Complex were approved in the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial 2007 campus plan; in its second-stage application, the school now needs the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK on its specific building plans. At Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing, officials accused opponents of regurgitating arguments the commission had rejected four years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very clear, the discussion of whether there are enough amenities for this density and this height,â&#x20AC;? said university attorney David Avitabile. The university will still make accommodations for a second

$1.1 million of annual revenue. It also calls for the elimination of underutilized service, including late hours of the Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square route â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on Friday and Saturday nights, buses would stop running at 2 a.m. instead of 3:30 a.m., an $80,000 savings per year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the Smithsonian-National Gallery of Art and the Convention Center-Southwest Waterfront lines for an annual savings of $170,000 and $2.7 million, respectively. Under the plan, the Smithsonian line would be replaced by other routes, and the canceled Southwest Waterfront line would be reinstated when those new routes around the Mall materialize. The Transportation Department will present the details of the 10-year plan at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Ohio Room of the Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW. The full draft report is also available at, at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planning for Tomorrow!â&#x20AC;? link; residents can also submit comments about the plan on that Web page.

Metro entrance when it develops the adjacent Square 77 one block east, officials said. New development on the site was approved in the campus plan, but the officials said Thursday they have no immediate plans to build there and no timetable for when future work might occur. George Washington officials said putting the second entrance instead on Square 55 to get it online sooner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as neighbors and the Office of Planning had requested â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be unfeasible because of the science complexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design and function. The entrance would punch through a secure portion of the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s below-ground laboratory space. The Planning Office has backed off its previous â&#x20AC;&#x153;strongâ&#x20AC;? encouragement for a Metro entrance. Barring an entrance to the station at Square 55, the university should put forward specifics about how and

when access will be created a block over, said Rebecca Coder, chair of the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission. Coder said a second entrance would relieve overcrowding at the station. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see something more concrete about the second Metro entrance, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feasible for this site or the next,â&#x20AC;? she said. Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood echoed Coderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to press it as much as possible,â&#x20AC;? he said of the second Metro entrance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to have some kind of timeline.â&#x20AC;? There has been little community objection to the new building itself, which members of the university community said is sorely needed for the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s science and engineering instruction and research. The Zoning Commission will vote on the project April 25.

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Events Entertainment Wednesday, MarchMARCH 30 Wednesday 30 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;  David D. Caron, president of the American Society of International Law, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Images of the Arctic and the Futures They Suggest.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4351. â&#x2013;  Author 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. 202-3641919. 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. Films â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Kazakhstan will present Akan Satayevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strayed,â&#x20AC;?

about a man who takes desperate measures to save his own life after his wife and son disappear (in Russian with English subtitles). 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Root Auditorium, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating the Oscars at the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Libraryâ&#x20AC;? will feature Richard Brooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1960 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elmer Gantry,â&#x20AC;? starring Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons and Arthur Kennedy. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677. 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. 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. Thursday, MarchMARCH 31 Thursday 31 Concerts â&#x2013;  The West Virginia University Choir will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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â&#x2013; The National Symphony Orchestra and violinist JĂłzsef Lendvay Jr. will perform works by Rossini, Paganini and Schumann. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The MirĂł Quartet and classical percussionist Colin Currie will perform. 7:30 p.m. $32. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Demonstration â&#x2013; Shirley George Frazier will present a demonstration on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Create the Perfect Gift Basket.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Foreign Policy and Africa.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-974-6341. â&#x2013;  Dwight Bowers, curator of the National Museum of American History, and Fran Morris Rosman, executive director of the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Historian and gender studies specialist Margot Badran will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Egyptian Revolution and Social Justice.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Tracye Lynn McQuirter will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-6732402. â&#x2013;  RĂłbert OndrejcsĂĄk, state secretary of the Slovakian Ministry of Defense, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slovak Perspectives on

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Thursday, MARCH 31 â&#x2013; Discussion: Artist Sam Gilliam will discuss the inspiration and artistic process behind his site-specific work in the Phillips Collectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elliptical staircase. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

Strengthening European Union Defense Capabilities in Cooperation With NATO.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5880. â&#x2013; Tirso Moreno, leader of the Farmworker Association of Florida, will discuss his work, and delegates from the Rural Coalition and the National Immigrant Farming Initiative will report on Via Campesinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Global Forum for Life, Environment, and Social Justice. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Cara Fama, executive assistant to the director of the National Portrait Gallery, will discuss Mary Cassatt. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on the Italian influences referenced in Philip Gustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings. 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;  John Quackenbush, professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Human Genome.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Reiterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1900 G St. NW. 202-223-3327. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembering Lena Horneâ&#x20AC;? will feature Susan Lacy, executive producer and creator of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Mastersâ&#x20AC;? series on PBS; Gail Lumet Buckley, Horneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter; Dwight Bowers, curator of the National Museum of American History; and Richard Golden, jazz producer at Sirius XM Radio. The event will include a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Joseph Lelyveld will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Sarah Cash, curator of American art, will discuss the highlights, discoveries and behind-the-scenes stories documented in the new book and online catalog â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corcoran Gallery of Art: American Paintings to 1945.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Mark Braverman, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fatal Embrace: Christian, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land,â&#x20AC;? will speak to the St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peace Fellowship on the role of Christian churches in bringing peace to the Holy Land. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Nave of

â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Page to Screenâ&#x20AC;? will feature Doug Limanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2002 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bourne Identity,â&#x20AC;? starromg Matt Damon. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Kazakhstan will present Sergey Bodrov and Ivan Passerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nomad: The Warrior,â&#x20AC;? a historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Root Auditorium, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Rockman Film Series will feature Douglas Trumbullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creature From the Black Lagoon,â&#x20AC;? starring Bruce Dern. 6:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Roads Film Project: Women Hold up Half the Skyâ&#x20AC;? will feature the D.C. premiere of Alanis Obomsawinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1993 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance,â&#x20AC;? about the Mohawk tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passive standoff against the artillery-armed Canadian Army. 7 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Performance â&#x2013; Swiss jazz trombonist Samuel Blaser (shown) and pianist Bobby Avey will present a night of jazz and poetry. 7 to 9 p.m. $20. Embassy of Switzerland, 2900 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-633-3030. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves in the season opener. 1:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Columbus Blue Jackets. 7 p.m. $60 to $330. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Tour â&#x2013;  Smithsonian Orchid Collection specialist Tom Mirenda will lead a tour of the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orchids: A View From the East.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 to 10 a.m. $35. Constitution Avenue entrance lobby, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.

Friday, April 1APRIL 1 Friday Concerts â&#x2013; Pianist John Kamitsuka will perform Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final piano sonata. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Christ Church Cathedral Choir will join the Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chamber vocal ensemble, Cathedra, to perform FaurĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem.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 See Events/Page 21





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 Looney Tunes Jazz. Proceeds will benefit the DC Rape Crisis Center. 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 Embassy Series will present the Mendelssohn Trio performing works by Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. $50. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-625-2361. â&#x2013;  The American University Jazz Orchestra will perform works by Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Ernie Wilkins, Tommy Newsom and Thad Jones, and the American University Jazz Workshop will perform pieces focused on the compositional legacy of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. 8 p.m. $10; $5 for students sand seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-887-2787. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nonviolent Struggle: Lessons From Serbia Applied in North Africa.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 812, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5880. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Music Salon will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellington: The Duke and the District.â&#x20AC;? 5:15 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Peter Godwin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films The National Gallery of Art will present Richard Dindoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gauguin in Tahiti and the Marquesasâ&#x20AC;? and his 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aragon, the Book of Matisse.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again April 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Roads Film Project: Women Hold up Half the Skyâ&#x20AC;? will feature the D.C. premiere of Alanis Obomsawinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Professor Norman Cornett,â&#x20AC;? about a religious studies professor whose unconventional teachings caused his dismissal from McGill University. 7 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013; 

Performance â&#x2013; The Dance Place Step Team, twice nominated for a Metro DC Dance award, and Daughters of Coyaba, a traditional West African dance company, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events â&#x2013;  The third annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;NanoDaysâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate nanotechnology and provide information about the role it plays in our lives. Activities and demonstrations will include a liquid crystal display that changes color and the construction of a giant model of a car-

bon nanotube from balloons. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. The event will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x2013; Chan Heng Chee, Singaporeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambassador to the United States, and the Asia Society will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Dash of Singapore Culinary Diplomacy,â&#x20AC;? featuring music, Singaporean food and a talk by Cheryl Tan about her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tiger in the Kitchen.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $30; $10 for students. Reservations required. Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, 3501 International Place NW. 202-833-2742. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Cleveland Cavaliers. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Workshop â&#x2013;  Floral designer Adrienne Summers will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Blossoms Floral Design Workshop.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to noon. $45. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Saturday, April 2APRIL 2 Saturday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The Saturday Morning at the National series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boogie-Woogie BowWows Canine Dance Theatre,â&#x20AC;? featuring dogs riding skateboards and acting out famous movie scenes. 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;A Day of Family Fun,â&#x20AC;? featuring a scavenger hunt, a painting corner and other hands-on activities. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-467-2645. Classes â&#x2013;  Bart D. Ehrman, a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Wrote the New Testament? The Controversial Claims of Modern Scholars.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Beau Soir Ensemble, joined by cellist Barbara Brown, will perform works by Bach, Ibert and Casterede. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  Classical guitarists Mia PomerantzAmaral and Jorge Amaral will perform works by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Vivaldi. 2 p.m. Free. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Longtime collaborators Toots Thielemans on harmonica and Kenny Werner on piano will perform jazz selections. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Grammy-winning vocalist Susan McKeown will perform. 8 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877435-9849.

Dance Company will perform classic and contemporary works. 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. Reading â&#x2013; Participants in Writopia Lab creative writing workshops, for ages 8 through 18, will read excerpts from their original stories. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Second floor, TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-629-9510.

Saturday, APRIL 2 â&#x2013; Concert: Dumbarton Concerts will present Trio Solisti in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pictures at an Exhibition,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by DvorĂĄk, Piazzolla and Mussorgsky. 8 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.

â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kol HaOlam: National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella Competitionâ&#x20AC;? will feature 10 groups from across the country. 8 p.m. $10 to $36. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202-362-6295.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Experts will participate in a public symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sights and Sounds of Eighteenth-Century Venice.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Music scholar Saul Lilienstein will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;What to Listen for in Gustav Mahler.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. $15. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Liz Lerman will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes From a Choreographer,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Jacqueline Winspear will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Paul MacLardy, owner of Arise Bazaar, will discuss Japanese kimono traditions, textiles and symbolism. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss the political actions that led to the Civil War and the development of a fortified capital city. 2 p.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Ira Glass will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Radio on the TV: Stories About â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This American Life,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the television show.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $40 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6851. Film â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Roads Film Project: Women Hold up Half the Skyâ&#x20AC;? will feature the U.S. premiere of Sam Kessieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zum Zum: The Career of Azumah Nelson,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m.; and the D.C. premiere of Carol Blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schooling the World,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. $10 for each screening. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700.

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Special event â&#x2013; A CD release party for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology,â&#x20AC;? a six-disc set with an accompanying 200-page book, will feature a panel discussion with many of the producers, compilers and writers involved in the project. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Sports event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Buffalo Sabres. 7 p.m. $95 to $355. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Walk â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a one-mile hike to Fort DeRussy. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Sunday, AprilAPRIL 3 Sunday 3 Book signing â&#x2013; Corkey Hay De Simone will sign copies of her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cherry Blossom Friends.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

Cruz.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma St. NW. â&#x2013; Jazz vocalist, composer, producer and arranger Nnenna Freelon will perform as part of Howard Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Week. 3 to 5 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors. Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University, 2400 6th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Bass-baritone Steven Scheschareg will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Travelling,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Foote, Mahler and Williams. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Washington Chorus and baritone Stephen Salters will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music for a New Age,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by American composer Elena Ruehr. 5 p.m. $21 to $34. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-342-6221. â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral artistin-residence Jeremy Filsell will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Winners of the John and Susie Beatty Competition for Classical Guitar will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Inscape Chamber Music Project will perform works by Messiaen. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faithâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jesuit priest James Martin discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyday Spirituality the Jesuit Way.â&#x20AC;? 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Cokie and Steven Roberts will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spousonomics: Using Economics to See Events/Page 22

Concerts â&#x2013; The World Percussion Ensemble will perform. 2 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Trinity Chamber Orchestra of Washington will perform the premiere of Joseph Santoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;VĂ­speras de la Santa



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Events Entertainment Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Mary Beard, professor at the University of Cambridge, will discuss “Heroes and Villains: In Miniatures, Marble, and Movies” as part of a lecture series on “The Twelve Caesars: Images of Power From Ancient Rome to Salvador Dalí.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ James Carroll, author of “Jerusalem, Jerusalem,” will discuss “Warrior God: Religion and the Quest to Contain Violence.” Proceeds will benefit Salvadoran Enterprises for Women. 7 p.m. $35 donation suggested; $15 for students. St. Francis Hall, 1340 Quincy St. NE. Films ■ “A Season of Rohmer,” featuring films by the French director Eric Rohmer, will feature the 1959 film “The Sign of Leo” and the 1964 film “Nadja à Paris.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Busboys and Poets will present an encore screening of Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel’s documentary “Pushing the Elephant.” A panel discussion will follow. 5 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The Washington Ethical Society will show the film “Trashed,” about one of the fastest-growing industries in North America. 7 p.m. Free. Library, Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. 202-882-6650.

Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk through Georgetown and discuss the area’s many transformations over the centuries. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, K Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW. 202-426-6851. ■ Author Anthony S. Pitch will lead a walking tour based on his book “‘They Have Killed Papa Dead!’: The Road to Ford’s Theatre, Abraham Lincoln’s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Meet at the equestrian statue of

Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 301-437-2345. The tour will repeat April 10, 17 and 24 at 11 a.m. Monday, April APRIL 4 Monday 4 Concert ■ The Monday Night at the National series will feature the Washington International Chorus of Washington performing “Songs of Peace.” 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Discussions and lectures ■ Irvin Ungar, chief executive officer of the antiquarian bookseller Historicana, will discuss “Arthur Szyk and His Passover Haggadah: A Library of Congress Treasure.” Noon. Free. Room 220, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3779. ■ National Museum of American History curator John Edward Hasse will discuss “Jazz at the Smithsonian.” Free. 1 to 2 p.m. Childer’s Recital Hall, Howard University, 2400 6th St. NW. ■ Antonio Vázquez, executive chairman and chief executive officer of Iberia, will speak as part of the Distinguished Leaders Series at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. 4:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Henning Mankell will discuss his novel “The Troubled Man.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ James Carroll will discuss his book “Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World.” 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Films ■ “Marvelous Movie Mondays” will feature the 2009 film “The Secret of Their Eyes.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase

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Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “Helke Sander in Focus” will feature the filmmaker’s 2005 film “In the Midst of the Malestream.” 6:30 p.m. $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ Busboys and Poets’ Labor Series will present “At the River I Stand,” about the two months that transformed a local labor dispute into a landmark event of the civil rights movement. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tuesday, April 5APRIL 5 Tuesday Concerts ■ Baritone saxophonist Leigh Pilzer and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Ensemble will perform works by Gerry Mulligan. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Childer’s Recital Hall, Howard University, 2400 6th St. NW. ■ Belfast-based Craobh Rua will perform traditional Irish music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Fessenden Ensemble will present “Romantic Interlude,” featuring works by Grieg and Schumann. 7:30 p.m. $30; free for students. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-3622390. ■ Clarinetist Wolfgang Gebhart and pianist Sara Leila Sherman will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, will speak. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a talk by George Ramick on “China’s History Through 1976.” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room 6, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-8954860. ■ Peter Black, senior historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss “The Origins of Nazi Anti-Semitism.” 4 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080.

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Monday, APRIL 4 ■ Concert: Kagero, a Japanese gypsy rock band, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

■ Leonard Harris will discuss his book “Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Author and curator Catherine Coleman Brawer will discuss the development of the prolific, quintessentially art deco muralist Hildreth Meière. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Wayne Pacelle will discuss his book “The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. ■ Brian Kahn will discuss his book “Real Common Sense: Using Our Founding Values to Reclaim Our Nation and Stop the Radical Right From Hijacking America.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-3877638. ■ Joe Yonan, food and travel editor at The Washington Post, will discuss his book “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, RUtah, will discuss his collection of paintings, which encompasses a range of key Western artists. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ National Geographic photographer Michael Melford will discuss his book “Hidden Alaska.” 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ Space scientist and World War II historian Armand Lakner will discuss his book “From Mauthausen to the Moon.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. ■ Adventurer and environmentalist Alexandra Cousteau will discuss her efforts to raise awareness about the human impact on the global water supply. 8:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Intercultural Center Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-7355.

Performances ■ First Draft at Charter Theater, a nonprofit devoted to the development of new plays, will present a reading of “Keepers of

Concerts ■ Soloists from St. John’s Choir will perform Ivor Davies’ “Prayers From the Ark” and other works. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. ■ Japanese violinist Midori (shown), pianist Jonathan Biss, violist Nobuka Iami and cellist Antoine Lederlin will perform works by Haydn, Schubert, Martinu and Dvorák. 7:30 p.m. $55. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Patrick Hooper and Thomas Woody will lead a seminar for first-time home buyers. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ Ernest B. Furgurson will discuss his book “Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War.” 6:30 p.m. $15; registration required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. ■ Garrett Graff, editor in chief of Washingtonian magazine, will discuss his book “The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror.” 6:30 p.m. $12.50. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. Films ■ “Spirituality in Film” will feature Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc.” Noon. Free. Second-floor East Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271281. ■ The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Pantelis Voulgaris’ 1991 film “Quiet Days in August.” 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performance ■ Tzveta Kassabova will present “The Opposite of Killing,” a piece exploring feelings related to the absence of a close friend. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special event ■ Barton Seaver, Esquire magazine’s 2009 Chef of the Year, will present sustainable seafood recipes from his book “For Cod and Country.” 7 p.m. $85. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Sporting events ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Florida Panthers. 7 p.m. $75 to $340. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. ■ D.C. United will play the Philadelphia Union. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328.





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est known for his mobiles and stabiles, Alexander Calder also made many portraits, including whimsical airy wire sculptures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; drawings in space, some that hang from the ceiling and change shape with the slightest breeze. For the first time, these creations have been corralled and put on view, comprising a celebrity-studded exhibition now at the National Portrait Gallery titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Portraits: A New Language.â&#x20AC;? It features 75 sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographs by Calder and others, many of famous artists, entertainers, composers, sports figures and politicians in the earlyto mid-20th century. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Such was the genius of Calder that he was able to infuse his portraits with acuity and humor, with poetry and humanity,â&#x20AC;? curator Barbara Zabel said during a tour. He also was able to bring spontaneity and life to ordinary wire and in so doing create what one critic called â&#x20AC;&#x153;a new language.â&#x20AC;? Calder began making wire portraits after moving to Paris in 1926 as a 28-year-old newly awakened artist with a degree in mechanical engineering. He focused See Calder/Page 24

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mixed-media prints by Mary D. Ott with grasses as their theme. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nests With a Twistâ&#x20AC;? features mixed-media assemblages described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;spirit boxesâ&#x20AC;? by Janet Wheeler. An opening reception will be held Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and an artist talk with coffee and cake will take place April 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave.

NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013; Studio Gallery will open three shows today and continue them through April 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncommon Boundariesâ&#x20AC;? presents new abstract paintings by Joyce McCarten that show her delight in pigment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rectangle Revisitedâ&#x20AC;? explores the power and depth of simple forms in paintings by Bud Hensgen. Veronica Szalusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;transitionâ&#x20AC;? is a site-specific installation made from newspapers and reeds and exploring the concept of transition. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Fridayâ&#x20AC;? reception will See Exhibits/Page 24

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On STAGE and laughter follow, and the men tell ghost stories to impress her. But it is Valerie who reveals the most haunting story of all: why she fled Dublin. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $33; $20 for employees of nonprofits; $18 for students. H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824; â&#x2013; Histrio, Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only French theater, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leocadiaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alouette,â&#x20AC;? both by Jean Anouilh, at 7 p.m. March 31 and 6:30 p.m. April 1 at the Arts Club of Washington and the Alliance Française de Washington, respectively.

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Scena Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Weirâ&#x20AC;? will run through April 24 at the H Street Playhouse. Both shows will be followed by a reception. Tickets cost $20; $12 for seniors, students and Alliance Française members. The Arts Club of Washington is located at 2017 I St. NW. The Alliance Française is located at 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-333-2666. â&#x2013; The Washington Ballet will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Corsaire See Theater/Page 24

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CALDER From Page 23 on the heady world of artists and entertainers in freewheeling Montmartre. Unfortunately, one of his mostcelebrated portraits from this era, a full-length dangling and jiggling wire sculpture of the exotic African-American dancer Josephine Baker, failed to make it into the show. In lieu of the original, a photograph of it is shown, along with an explanation of the omission: It seems the sculptureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, the Calder Foundation, refused to loan it in protest of the Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s censorship of a David Wojnarowicz video initially included in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hide/Seekâ&#x20AC;? exhibition of gay art.

THE CURRENT Still, there are plenty of other delights in this show, beginning with a striking hanging wire head of avant-garde composer Edgar Varèse circa 1930. Visitors may well stand transfixed as this spare, expressive piece turns on a thread from the ceiling, and light from above casts a shadow of it onto the wall behind. The piece paradoxically exists in two and three dimensions simultaneously, and even a fourth dimension if you count its transformations through time as air currents gently turn it. In one glance you can see its front and back, for instance, one of wire and the other of shadow, then watch these change to side views. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What you see are facial features in flux and by extension a kind of life in flux, identity in flux,â&#x20AC;? said Zabel. A nearby photo-

graph of Varèse shows how well Calder captured the likeness, especially in the beetling brows and deeply sunken eyes, which helped give the composer what the curator called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mad scientistâ&#x20AC;? look. Though the Varèse piece attempts to capture a true likeness, others of Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portraits are clearly caricatures, distorting the subjectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s features for satirical effect. Such is a mounted wire sculpture of President Calvin Coolidge, a conservative often lampooned for his taciturnity and minimal agenda. Calder gives him a pointy head and prodigious chin, suggesting someone with few ideas but strong opinions. A clever caricature of Babe Ruth from about 1936, the year of the sluggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, portrays

him as a round wire head suspended in the air, like a baseball waiting to be hit. Another piece, made from fine wire in exuberant loops and curls, celebrates the historic first transAtlantic flight of Charles Lindbergh, whose landing Calder witnessed outside Paris in 1927. Not specifically of Lindbergh, it is more of what Zabel called â&#x20AC;&#x153;a metaphorical portrait of flight itself.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, it might be a metaphor for the show, which sends the spirit soaring in flights of fancy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Portraits: A New Languageâ&#x20AC;? will continue through Aug. 14 at the National Portrait Gallery. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000;

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THEATER From Page 23 (The Pirate)â&#x20AC;? April 6 through 10 at the Kennedy Center. The swashbuckling adventure of pirates, pashas and slave girls focuses on lovers Conrad and Medora and the evil Seid Pasha. Repetituer Anna-Marie Holmes restages her Emmy Award-winning interpretation for a Washington Ballet premiere. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $29 to $125. 202-467-4600;

EXHIBITS From Page 23 take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will be held April 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-232-8734. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colors of Peace,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by Patsy Fleming, will open today at Foundry Gallery and continue through May 1. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and the artist will give a talk April 10 at 3 p.m. Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revive,â&#x20AC;? featuring constructions and sculptures made from discarded wood by Chicago artist Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, will open tomorrow at Long View Gallery and continue through May 1. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202232-4788. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories in Stone 2011,â&#x20AC;? presenting stone sculptures and poetry by Massimo Righini, will open Friday in the MacFeely Gallery of the Arts Club of Washington and continue through April 30. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2017 I St. NW on the second floor, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Off in a Corner,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Adam Dwight and Dana Jeri Maier about issues of drinking and adulthood, will open Friday at Flashpoint Gallery and continue through May 7. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202315-1305.




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From Page 13 kinetic. Energy never goes away. It just keeps transferring from one object to another. — Alexander Holmes, third-grader Murch fourth- and fifth-graders took a field trip to the Kennedy Center to see “American Scrapbook: A Celebration of Verse.” The show is based on poems selected by Caroline Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The actors acted out some of the poems by famous poets such as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and Jack Prelutsky. “It was fun and some of the poems were also funny,” said fourth-grader Nate Miles-Mclean. “It was awesome!” exclaimed Chau Bach. — Ha Dang and Adelaide Kaiser, fourth-graders

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I am taking a class called capitalism. We sell and buy stuff from each other, compete in-class projects and follow the news closely. We are watching what’s going on in the New York stock market. Each student in the class has made a financial portfolio and picked five to seven stocks. Currently the stocks I picked are doing well, and that has put me in the lead. I am in the “positive” because Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Starbucks recently established new corporate ties, leading to a giant jump in both companies’ stocks. In other words, Starbucks now produces individual packages of coffee to be roasted in Green Mountain Coffee makers. We are also talking about Bernard Madoff and his Ponzi scheme. Recently we got a chance to invest in our teacher Ron’s “amazing investment opportunity.” Every “year” we would earn a quarter in interest. The time you decided to invest in his “business” determined how much money you earned. As the exercise went on, we soon came to find out that we weren’t making any money at all; we were just receiving the money that we had initially used to invest in his business as interest. To understand the recent housing bubble and the following crash, we are each “buying” a house in the Crestwood neighborhood. My house cost about $750,000. Once we found our homes, we had to calculate what we would have to put down as a down payment and how much money we needed to ask the bank for. We then had to find a reasonable interest rate on a 30-year fixed loan that would be our mortgage. To top it all off we used mortgage calculators to figure out what our monthly payments would be and created amortization tables for our mortgages. — Reggie Hough, 12th-grader

Paul Public Charter School Sixth-graders in Ms. Venti’s

English class will perform “Hamlet” and “Richard III” at the Folger Shakespeare Library on May 9. The other sixth-graders enjoyed a performance by Bill’s Buddies at the school’s auditorium on March 7. Bill’s Buddies is an acting group from the Folger Theatre. They performed parts of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Titus Andronicus.” The students loved the show and thought it was really funny. The audience learned that Shakespeare is fun and his words are meant to be spoken and acted. The themes also relate to our lives: love stories, parents and kids who argue, and friends who disagree. Students in Ms. Venti’s class participated in a workshop and learned to break down Shakespeare’s words and put them into our own words. Students did warm-ups and techniques that real actors do to prepare themselves to perform on the stage. — Daisy Gonzalez and Jacqueline Moreno, sixth-graders

St. Ann’s Academy For the next few weeks until Easter, St. Ann’s is observing Lent. All of the grades go to Mass once a week. The third- and fourth-graders go on Wednesday. Each person gives up something for Lent or does something to help others. The whole school is collecting money for farmers in Haiti and collecting canned goods for Catholic Charities. We also do Stations of the Cross every Friday. Each class is doing its own project, too. We are working with the first-graders to write letters to people in the military. The cards will be very fancy and decorated like mosaics. We painted paper a lot of different colors, and next week we will make the cards and write in them. I will give up video games for Lent. Also I will give up my computer. During Lent we take more time to pray. — Patrick Snee, fourth-grader

St. John’s College High School I wanted to participate in a spring activity at St. John’s. I chose track because I have always enjoyed running. But, as I discovered, track is not just running, but requires skill, too. Spring track began several weeks ago, but now it is in full swing. Since the workouts began, the team has been training vigorously. We practice almost every day after school. Usually on Mondays we go to Catholic University and practice on their track, and on Wednesdays we go to Georgetown Prep. The new coach, Mr. Walt Cline, has an amazing background coaching many professional sports teams. We also have two new assistant coaches who help in the workouts and at meets. So far, we have

had one practice meet. — Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

School Without Walls This week, an accreditation team from the Middle States Association continued to observe us. Teachers were instructed to leave space in the back of their classrooms for team members to observe what normal days are like. Some students were given pink passes. At a certain time, they were asked to join the observers to talk about School Without Walls. A large group of Norwegian students visited last week, too. They were chosen to visit the United States because they are studying English and are in their last year of school. The visitors came before school on Tuesday. Seniors were called down to the common room and were given “buddies” to take to their first three classes. The Norwegians visited the Pentagon that afternoon. On Wednesday, seniors had the same buddies. In the afternoon, the visiting students, their Walls buddies and the Norwegian teachers went to Mount Vernon. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

West Education Campus West is pulling together to help one of our staff members, our Japanese intern, Miki. She was in Japan when the earthquake and tsunami happened. Please come to our West office through April 8 and make a donation. West Tiger students are preparing for the upcoming DC-CAS test. We just wrapped up our DC-CAS Prep Night on March 24. West Fillmore students will be traveling to a recording studio to learn about the equipment and recording process and to sing. They will get a CD of their work at the end of the year. — Chioma Aneke, eighth-grader

Wilson High School Wilson has been having trouble with fire alarms being pulled lately, and many staff members are getting upset and annoyed. On March 16, the alarm was pulled multiple times and a few fights broke out. Principal Pete Cahall tried to restore order. He decided to implement a no-cellphone rule: Kids who brought their phones to school would be sent home. Many students were upset and expressed themselves on Facebook. They invited students to a protest. Some students were into doing the protest and others were not. Some thought that the protest would not do anything and that it would just embarrass our principal and show officials that he might not be able to control his school. That is not the case. Mr. Cahall is a great principal and is always saying good things about Wilson students. He supports the teams and lets us have fun activities and dances. He is just trying to look out for his students and staff members. — Liana Kutos, 12th-grader

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Forest HiLLs, DC


Fabulous top-floor Unit Flooded with Light

Sunlight pours into this elegant custom home. Amazing spaces, well-proportioned rooms, perfect for entertaining, and move-in ready. Call for an appointment!

Expanded Colonial in Rock Creek Highlands. 6 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half baths. Formal living and dining rooms, eat-in kitchen, rec room. Lush yard on 1/3 acre with deck.

1-bedroom, 1-bath with den, breakfast room, elegant foyer, high ceilings, and French doors. Extra large closets. Includes storage unit, modern fitness and laundry rooms.

rina B. Kunk 202.489.9011

Mark Hudson 301.641.6266

Allison Brigati Kelly garrett

240.475.3384 202.258.7362



~ Established 1980 ~


32 Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Current

SPRING at last! BLOSSOMING with Opportunities! and New Beginnings! ‘Pent–up Demand’ in the BUY-up market may make moving to one level full service living more seductive. American University Park 18 Homes Sold* 8 Homes Available MD – Westmoreland Hills 9 Homes Sold* 5 Homes Available

Chevy Chase Homes DC Sold 37 / Available 22 MD Sold 44 / Available 24

Forest Hills & Wakefield 14 Homes Sold* 5 Homes Available

Cleveland Park & Woodley 16 Homes Sold* 16 Homes Available

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Crestwood & Colonial Village 16 Homes Sold* 11 Homes Available

$599,746 Georgetown & Foggy Bottom 42 Homes Sold* 64 Homes Available

Wesley Heights & Spring Valley 19 Homes Sold* 28 Homes Available

Kalorama & Mass Ave Heights 19 Homes Sold* 14 Homes Available

* Y.T.D. 2011

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DUP -- 03/30/2011  

Dupont Current

DUP -- 03/30/2011  

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