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Inauguration foretells mayoral, council amity By ELIZABETH WIENER

End: Store agrees to alter plans for beer and wine

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At a boisterous inauguration ceremony Sunday and news conference afterward, Mayor Vincent Gray set a straightforward agenda for his first months in the executive suite: putting the city’s finances on firmer footing, continuing education reform and getting unemployed residents trained and back to work. But in vari■ COUNCIL: ous remarks at D.C. legislators the Walter E. tout priorities for new term. Wa s h i n g t o n Page 5. Convention Center, Gray also focused repeatedly on the city’s quest for voting representation in Congress and his own even more ambitious goal, making the District the 51st state. “I’m not going to ask for our money back,” Gray said, referencing long-standing complaints about taxation without representation. “I say, keep my money and give me what I bought — mem-

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

bership in America.” Gray’s agenda dovetails neatly with that of Kwame Brown, his longtime friend and neighbor in Hillcrest who was sworn in the same day as D.C. Council chairman. Brown, facing reporters side by side with Gray, listed the same priorities: “getting our fiscal house in order, young people educated and people back to work.” The easy alliance between the new mayor and council chairman seemed a sharp contrast to the sour relationship that developed between former Mayor Adrian Fenty and the council — a rift that may have contributed to Fenty’s loss to Gray in the Democratic primary after only one term. See Mayor/Page 15

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New Mayor Vincent Gray, above, touted financial discipline and education reform as top priorities at Sunday’s event, which also featured the swearing-in of D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

West End customers looking to pick up some Pinot with their prescriptions will soon have their chance. The Walgreens at 1217 22nd St. submitted an application this summer to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board seeking permission to sell beer and wine seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. At the time, manager Bethany Kuechenmeister said Walgreens outlets across the country were looking to add alcohol in response to customer demand. The Cleveland Park Walgreens, for instance, began selling alcohol in May. But many West End residents expressed concern about the proposal, and 72 neighbors ultimately signed a letter to the alcohol board objecting to the application. Gary Griffith was one of them. See License/Page 10

Cyclists make safety a resolution

Locals coast into 2011 at Inertiad

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You could say that Palisades resident Michael Dolan has made a New Year’s tradition of doing as little as possible. But he says he simply likes to let the good times roll. So every year, Dolan and his friends participate in the “Inertiad,” an annual tribute to the law of inertia. Here’s how it works: People on wheels — usually bicycles — meet at the top of a hill on a stretch of the Capital Crescent Trail in the Palisades. Participants then roll down the hill, competing to see how far they can coast without See Inertiad/Page 29

NEWS ■ Convention center might partner with society. Page 7. ■ Biddle wins backing from Brown, other D.C. legislators. Page 3.

Palisades resident Michael Dolan glides along the Capital Crescent Trail each New Year’s Day.

At the urging of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, hundreds have signed onto a seemingly straightforward New Year’s resolution to bike responsibly this year. But the pledge has a more complex political motive: to clean up the reputation of cyclists at a time when local governments are making critical decisions about bike infrastructure. The bicyclist association’s “Resolve to Ride Responsibly” campaign, which also includes a 6.5-mile bike ride looping through Northwest D.C. on Saturday, comes partially

in response to a fatal accident in November. Quon Chu, a 78-year-old Chinatown resident, was walking in an alley near the conSee Bikes/Page 18




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■ ‘Arabian Nights’ set to open at Arena Stage. Page 23. ■ Sackler exhibition looks at Persian ‘Book of Kings.’ Page 23.

■ Remember 2010 with The Current’s annual wrap-up in verse, from Snowmageddon to Fenty administration’s departure. Page 13.

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The city has improved bike infrastructure to encourage less reliance on cars.

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Legislators push statehood as part of 2011 agenda By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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Council member Mary Cheh introduced a bill to centralize collection of fines.

The new D.C. Council spent its first session Tuesday introducing a raft of bills — from grand schemes to nitty-gritty civic improvements — that will help shape its agenda in the coming two years. Fighting high odds, all members co-introduced a resolution seeking federal legislation that would make the District the 51st state. The renewed push for statehood comes after a bill to give the city a single vote in the House was scrapped last year, and even as Republican leaders move to strip D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of her limited say in the House’s Committee of the Whole. “We have to be much more aggressive and stop confusing our citizens,” said at-large member Michael Brown, a chief sponsor. “Yes, we care about voting rights, but the ulti-

mate goal is statehood.” Given new census data that shows a population increase, “we should have two votes, not just one,” said Ward 5 member Harry Thomas. With statehood, Ward 1 member Jim Graham chimed in, the District should get four votes in Congress: two in the Senate and two in the House. The District could achieve statehood by a simple vote of Congress, but the House killed such a measure in 1993, and observers say passage is even more unlikely after the Republican sweep in November. But new Mayor Vincent Gray, who went to the Hill Tuesday to protest the stripping of Norton’s committee vote, has also said he will push strongly for statehood this term. Other legislation proposed Tuesday would: • set up a “centralized collection office” to help recover millions of dollars in unpaid

Biddle wins endorsements in at-large race By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

State Board of Education member Sekou Biddle received a flurry of high-profile endorsements this week as he campaigns to take over the at-large D.C. Council seat that Kwame Brown vacated when he became council chairman. Biddle, a Shepherd Park resident, is seeking the support of the city’s Democratic State Committee, which will meet tomorrow to choose among six candidates for interim at-large council member. His opponents include Vincent Orange, the former Ward 5 council member who ran against Brown for council chairman; a Board of Education colleague; and several lesser-known community activists. Brown, a former classmate of Biddle’s at Wilson High School, offered his endorsement Monday, and several council members — including Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser and Ward 5 member Harry Thomas — soon followed.

By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

After two years of negotiations with area residents and running out the clock until hours before the city’s Dec. 31 deadline, Georgetown University last week unveiled its vision for the school’s development over the coming decade. And while the official filing omits significant elements that neighbors opposed, community leaders ready to fight the plan so far appear unmoved by the concessions. The university will not raise the height of a chimney on campus, despite earlier claims that the project would improve air quality. Also nixed from the final plan is a proposal to redevelop the “1789 block,” school property that sits just beyond the campus gates, into town houses for graduate students as well as some retail space. Both revisions, according to an open letter from Georgetown

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Gray adviser Lorraine Green is also helping Biddle’s campaign. “Sekou Biddle is just a fine person — he’s intelligent, smart,” said Brown. “He cares deeply about the city … . I think he’s going to bring a sense of integrity and creativity, and we’ll have a collaborative relationship on how to move the city forward.” Biddle spokesperson Michael Price said the council members’ endorsements will be influential. “We believe it’s a very positive impact on Mr. Biddle’s campaign ... and he’s extremely proud to be endorsed by the chairman,” said Price, a former Brown aide. Orange, meanwhile, said he is unconcerned by Biddle’s endorsements. “They can’t vote Thursday night,” Orange said of the council members. “I’m focusing on Thursday night.” Orange received a recent boost of his own Monday when one of his opponents — Kelvin Robinson — withdrew his candidacy and supported the former council member. “We are very confident that we will See At-large/Page 14

Georgetown University files long-awaited campus plan University President John DeGioia, were made in response to community concerns. But residents’ key request — that the university add on-campus undergraduate housing — remains unaddressed in the school’s official filing. That omission is likely to be a dealbreaker for community leaders who have already spent months marshaling resources to battle the university’s proposal before the city’s Zoning Commission. While the concessions are “recognized,” wrote the Citizens Association of Georgetown president Jennifer Altemus in a letter to The Current, the lack of new, oncampus housing does “nothing to mitigate the problems created” by the current population of undergraduate and graduate students living in the residential neighborhood. The university has repeatedly claimed that more housing is unnecessary, noting that the percentage of undergraduate students See Campus/Page 10

parking tickets, speeding citations and fines from various city agencies. Sponsor Mary Cheh of Ward 3 said the District is owed $5 million in unpaid “Clean City” fines alone, and other states have found that a centralized collection agency not only increases payments but is “fully self-sustaining.” • elevate the city’s HIV/AIDS office to a cabinet-level agency. Sponsor David Catania, atlarge, said the seriousness of the epidemic requires “a direct line between the HIV office and the mayor.” He said a major conference on AIDS planned for the District next year will also require a higher profile for the office, now lodged within the Department of Health. • establish fines for residents and businesses that fail to clear snow from adjacent sidewalks. Currently, when scofflaws don’t shovel their sidewalks within eight hours of a storm, the city must clear them, then go to See Bills/Page 15

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District Digest Zoning board delays UDC housing hearing Residents of a Van Ness apartment building that University of District of Columbia officials hope to use as student dormitories have until Feb. 1 to appeal the plan, after the Board of Zoning Adjustment postponed a hearing that had been scheduled for yesterday. The university has rented space for several dozen students in the Van Ness South building at 3003 Van Ness St., but the building’s tenants association is opposing a plan to renovate part of the building into dorm-style housing. Despite the university’s objections, the board pushed back the hearing when the tenants association member who had planned to represent the group was unavailable yesterday. The new hearing is scheduled for the board’s Feb. 1 afternoon session, and chair Meridith Moldenhauer assured the university that the matter would be settled “quite swiftly� that day even if the tenants association again fails to provide a representative. — Brady Holt

Police say robbery motive in shooting Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives are filling out the picture of a fatal shooting of a teenager that occurred Jan. 2 on the 4500 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW in Petworth. The shooting likely took place during a robbery, according to an e-mail from 4th District Cmdr.

Kimberly Chisley-Missouri to a neighborhood listserv. Although “tips are coming in,� she added that it is unclear whether the victims knew the suspects. About 1:30 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a report of shots in the area and found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds, according to a release from the department. One victim died at a local hospital. Police have identified him as 16-year-old Bryant Morillo of Hyattsville, Md. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser yesterday issued a statement that called for more resources to battle the violent crime that has spiked in certain sections of the ward. “This is an emergency and should be prioritized as such,� she said. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099 or 888-919CRIME. Rewards up to $25,000 are available. Anonymous information may be submitted to 866411-TIPS or to the text tip line by texting 50411. Rewards up to $1,000 are available.

Discuss voting rights, Norton asks Obama D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has asked President Barack Obama to reiterate his support for D.C. voting rights in his State of the Union address. In a news release, Norton says she has written to remind the president of his co-sponsorship, as a senator, of legislation that would have given the District a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Norton’s message to Obama also mentions the “heartbreaking disappointment� sustained by D.C. residents when a bipartisan voting rights bill was blocked by the addition of an unpopular gun amendment. Norton states that recognition from Obama would help residents “maintain the terrific momentum we achieved in the voting rights struggle in anticipation of regaining the House and maintaining the Senate in the 2012 elections.� “We believe that it is important for the nation to hear of your support as well,� she says.

Thief takes holiday display from eatery One of two 4-foot nutcrackers that grace the entrance of Dupont’s Trio Restaurant during the holidays was stolen on New Year’s Eve, according to owner George Mallios. The nutcracker, which was last placed outside the 17th and Q streets establishment at 9 a.m. Dec. 31, disappeared that night, said Mallios. He said that the two nutcrackers have greeted holiday patrons and passersby for the past 13 years. The remaining nutcracker misses his identical twin and wants “his brother back,� said Mallios. Anyone who might have helpful information is asked to call the restaurant at 202-232-6305.

Wilson Pool reopens after heater repairs The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation has completed

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The week ahead Thursday, Jan. 6 The National Capital Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting, which will include consideration of the planned development of a bikeway and promenade from Thompson Boat Center to the Kennedy Center as the third phase of the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Other agenda items include review of D.C. Councilapproved revisions to the D.C. elements of the Comprehensive Plan and review of proposed new zoning regulations governing use and height. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Suite 500 North, 401 9th St. NW. â– The National Capital Planning Commission will hold a public meeting on the draft environmental study for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on design plans for the new museum. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Suite 500 North, 401 9th St. NW.

Saturday, Jan. 15 The Northwest Neighbors Village will host a seminar on winter preparedness. Melinda Jabbie from Home Instead Senior Care will discuss how people can stay informed and plan for emergencies. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. Reservations are suggested; call Carol Bernard at 202-237-1895.

repairs to the Wilson Pool’s waterheating system ahead of schedule, according to a news release. The aquatic center closed for maintenance work Dec. 30 and reopened at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Housing Authority names new director The D.C. Housing Authority’s nationwide search for an executive director ended Dec. 8 with the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners’ appointment of Adrianne Todman. Todman, who has been serving as interim executive director for over a year, has worked in public administration for 19 years, holding leadership positions at both federal and local levels, according to a news release for the agency. Todman formerly served as a special assistant to the U.S. secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. During her time with the federal agency

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Superior Court judge to take office Friday Appointed by President Barack Obama in July and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in late September, Public Defender Service attorney Maria Elizabeth “Maribeth� Raffinan will be sworn in as a D.C. Superior Court associate justice on Friday. Raffinan, a graduate of Boston College and Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, has worked as an adjunct law professor at her alma mater, served on the Superior Court’s Drug Court Committee, and co-chaired the 2006 Deborah T. Creek Criminal Practice Institute. Since 2006, she has been working at the D.C. Public Defender Service.

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Oaths were short but speeches long at D.C. Council swearing-in ceremony By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

There was a sort of Cinderella moment at the inauguration of new D.C. Council members and mayor Sunday. By law, Vincent Gray had to be sworn in by noon, but the six reelected council members who preceded him wanted to talk — and talk — about their achievements and goals for the next term. Gray did not turn into a pumpkin. With Ward 5 member Harry Thomas jokingly urging his colleagues to “end debate,� D.C. Appeals Court Chief Judge Eric Washington managed to administer Gray’s oath of office at two minutes before 12. And his predecessor, Adrian Fenty, handed off the city seal just as the clock struck noon. The elaborate, once-every-four-years inauguration ceremony at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center has become a go-to event, with a multidenominational prayer service beforehand and the city’s own

version of an inaugural ball in the evening. But this time, with two at-large council members having been re-elected and four ward members returning to their seats, the speeches nearly pushed the two-hour event into overtime. Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, her arm in a cast from a jogging accident, referenced the sharp division among her constituents during the mayoral campaign. “I had to defend Vince Gray coming in here, so I was injured,� she said. Cheh delivered a rousing and wide-ranging speech about the quest for voting rights, more job preference for District residents, and continued improvements in the public schools. “It is a crime if we take a child at age 5 and they come out unable to get a job,� she said. At-large member David Catania, chair of the Committee on Health, spoke about his work to expand health insurance coverage and improve the quality of care. Catania, a

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder swore in new D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown. Republican-turned-independent, said President Barack Obama’s health care reform act will relieve the District of many costs and allow it to continue progress on both fronts. “Not that long ago, D.C. led in all the wrong indicators. Now we’re leading in meeting requirements of the new law,� Catania said. At-large member Phil Mendelson said the

New chairman taps Cheh for No. 2 position By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

In the musical chairs game the D.C. Council plays every four years, Ward 3 member Mary Cheh now is in as chairman pro tempore — the largely ceremonial No. 2 spot — and Ward 2 member Jack Evans is out. But Evans has a bunch of new responsibilities, including overseeing redistricting and the Washington Convention and Sports Authority. New Chairman Kwame Brown made the changes Monday, and also reorganized some of the council’s committees and their all-important oversight authority. In a brief interview yesterday, Brown said he picked Cheh to sit by his side on the dais and wield the gavel in his absence because “we


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working with other council members. “I work well with my colleagues,� she said. Cheh will remain chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, and said she has no ambitions for higher office — at least in the short term. “I’m very content being the Ward 3 council member,� she said. Evans said he understood that “Kwame is closer to Mary,� and said it was “appropriate� for Brown to pick her for the pro tem job. Evans also said he was happy with his new role overseeing the convention and sports authority, as well as his role in redistricting. He will cochair a committee on redistricting with at-large member Michael Brown, as well as continue as chair See Council/Page 18


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Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, which he will continue to chair, has improved access to lawyers for the poor, strengthened the criminal code, and rewritten the city’s gun registration law to comply with new mandates ordered by the Supreme Court while still imposing some limits on handguns. “I do not believe collaboration is overrated,� Mendelson said, referencing criticism often leveled at Gray. “I want to build on collaboration to reduce gun violence, reduce truancy and improve emergency medical services. We do not need to dismantle successes, just build on them,� he said. Only Ward 1 member Jim Graham, surrounded by a large and diverse crowd of constituents and aides, heeded emcee Bruce Johnson’s warning to keep things short. “This is government that has a heart,� Graham said. “As we struggle with the budget, we have first and foremost in mind those least able to speak for themselves.� See Swearing-in/Page 18




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Burglary â– 3900 block, Alton Place; church; 5 p.m. Dec. 26. Burglary (attempt) â–  4900 block, 43rd St.; residence; 11:15 p.m. Dec. 31. Theft ($250 plus) â–  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Jan. 1. Theft (below $250) â–  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:50 p.m. Dec. 29. Simple assault â–  4200 block, Butterworth Place; residence; 2:20 p.m. Dec. 27. â–  4200 block, Davenport St.; grocery store; 9:30 p.m. Dec. 28. Destruction of property â–  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Dec. 27. â–  4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 3:15 a.m. Dec. 30. Property damage â–  46th and Brandywine streets; residence; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 27. â–  4900 block, 43rd Place; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Dec. 28. â–  3700 block, Nebraska Ave.; street; 4:20 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  4600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 9:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Fraud â–  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; noon Dec. 26. â–  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 11:15 p.m. Dec. 30. â–  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 8:50 p.m. Dec. 31.

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Robbery (gun) â– 2800 block, Woodley Road; sidewalk; 8 p.m. Dec. 27. Theft (below $250) â–  3300 block, Idaho Ave.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Dec. 27. â–  3500 block, Macomb St.; residence; 4:45 p.m. Dec. 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  Connecticut Avenue and Porter Street; street; 6:45 p.m. Dec. 30.

Property damage â– 4000 block, Cathedral Ave.; parking lot; 10:45 p.m. Dec. 29.



Theft (below $250) â– 4800 block, MacArthur Blvd.; drugstore; 12:08 p.m. Dec. 30. Simple assault â–  Unspecified location; park area; 4:15 p.m. Jan. 1. Property damage â–  4700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 29.

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Burglary â– 1200 block, 34th St.; residence; 7:45 p.m. Jan. 1. Stolen auto â–  1200 block, 29th St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Theft ($250 plus) â–  1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 27. â–  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:40 p.m. Dec. 29. Theft (below $250) â–  3100 block, M St.; store; 3:10 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  3000 block, Dent Place; residence; 3:20 p.m. Dec. 31. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  1400 block, 28th St.; unspecified premises; 12:45 p.m. Dec. 29. Simple assault â–  3000 block, K St.; restaurant; 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1. â–  3200 block, Prospect St.; restaurant; 4:20 a.m. Jan. 1. Unlawful entry â–  3800 block, Reservoir Road; medical facility; 4 p.m. Dec. 31.

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PSA 207 â– FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END Theft from auto (below $250) â–  1200 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Dec. 30.



Sexual assault (misdemeanor) â– 1700 block, 20th St.; residence; 11:17 p.m. Dec. 28. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â–  23rd and P streets; park area; 2:45 p.m. Dec. 26. Aggravated assault â–  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Burglary â–  2200 block, Decatur Place; residence; 2 a.m. Dec. 26. â–  1700 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  1700 block, 19th St.; residence; 9 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  1600 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Dec. 31. Burglary (attempt)

â– 1800 block, 15th St.; residence; 12:40 p.m. Dec. 28. Stolen auto â–  1100 block, 18th St.; street; 12:30 a.m. Dec. 29. Theft ($250 plus) â–  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10:40 a.m. Dec. 27. â–  1400 block, U St.; office building; 7:30 a.m. Dec. 28. Theft (below $250) â–  2100 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 a.m. Dec. 27. â–  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:51 p.m. Dec. 27. â–  1500 block, Corcoran St.; residence; 12:39 p.m. Dec. 28. â–  1500 block, K St.; office building; 5 p.m. Dec. 28. â–  1500 block, K St.; drugstore; 7:43 p.m. Dec. 28. â–  1900 block, M St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  2200 block, M St.; store; 11:08 p.m. Dec. 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  19th Street and Riggs Place; street; 1:45 p.m. Dec. 27. â–  17th and Swann streets; street; 10 a.m. Dec. 28. â–  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 11:20 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  17th and I streets; street; 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Simple assault â–  16th and K streets; unspecified premises; 12:05 a.m. Dec. 27. â–  1300 block, 19th St.; street; 1:55 a.m. Jan. 1. â–  2100 block, K St.; tavern; 2 a.m. Jan. 1. Unlawful entry â–  1500 block, 17th St.; tavern; 12:50 a.m. Dec. 30. Destruction of property â–  17th and M streets; street; 12:30 p.m. Dec. 28. â–  Unspecified location; 2:10 a.m. Dec. 30. â–  2100 block, P St.; parking lot; 2:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Property damage â–  1500 block, 17th St.; alley; 5 p.m. Dec. 26. â–  1600 block, 23rd St.; street; 7 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 30. â–  1900 block, M St.; restaurant; 10:10 p.m. Dec. 31. â–  Leroy and Phelps places; street; 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. â–  2100 block, M St.; parking lot; 2 a.m. Jan. 1.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â– 3000 block, 16th St.; bus stop; 6 a.m. Jan. 1. Burglary â–  1700 block, Summit Place; residence; 10 a.m. Dec. 28. â–  2100 block, 19th St.; residence; 10 p.m. Dec. 31. Theft (below $250) â–  1800 block, Adams Mill Road; restaurant; 4 p.m. Dec. 31. Theft from auto (below $250)

2400 block, Ontario Road; street; 10:30 p.m. Dec. 26. â– 2600 block, Mozart Place; street; 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27. â–  1800 block, Wyoming Ave.; street; 9 p.m. Dec. 27. Simple assault â–  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; 12:20 a.m. Dec. 28. â–  1800 block, Kalorama Road; residence; 12:45 a.m. Dec. 31. â–  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 4:15 a.m. Dec. 31. â–  1700 block, Lanier Place; sidewalk; 1:50 a.m. Jan. 1. â–  2200 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 4:15 a.m. Jan. 1. Destruction of property â–  1600 block, Lanier Place; street; 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26. Property damage â–  1600 block, Crescent Place; street; 2 p.m. Dec. 29. Fraud â–  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  18th Street and Columbia Road; street; 2:40 a.m. Dec. 31. â– 




Robbery (force and violence) â– 1700 block, 9th St.; sidewalk; 5:25 p.m. Dec. 28. â–  1100 block, R St.; sidewalk; 6:25 p.m. Dec. 30. Robbery (pickpocket) â–  1100 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 3 p.m. Dec. 27. Burglary â–  1400 block, R St.; residence; 11 a.m. Dec. 30. Theft (below $250) â–  1200 block, 9th St.; alley; 12:50 p.m. Dec. 29. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â–  1300 block, Corcoran St.; street; 3:40 p.m. Dec. 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  1000 block, M St.; street; 1 a.m. Dec. 29. â–  900 block, R St.; alley; 10:30 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  1300 block, N St.; street; 4 p.m. Dec. 30. Simple assault â–  1100 block, 14th St.; store; 5:50 a.m. Dec. 29. â–  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 5 a.m. Dec. 31. Drug possession with intent to distribute (cocaine) â–  1300 block, Green Court; alley; 12:04 a.m. Dec. 31. Drug possession (marijuana) â–  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 10:45 p.m. Dec. 29. â–  1300 block, 13th St.; alley; 1:49 a.m. Jan. 1. Destruction of property â–  1300 block, 12th St.; street; midnight Dec. 26. â–  1300 block, Naylor Court; alley; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26. â–  1400 block, M St.; street; 8 p.m. Dec. 28. â–  1500 block, Vermont Ave.; residence; 9:50 a.m. Dec. 30. â–  1400 block, 14th St.; street; 1:25 p.m. Dec. 31. Property damage â–  1300 block, 13th St.; gas station; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 27.






Historical society seeks convention center’s help to reverse fiscal woes By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of debts, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is looking to partner with the nearby Walter E. Washington Convention Center and is urgently seeking grants and donations. After sending out a plea for funds last month, the society collected about $200,000 in donations and pledges, which interim director Adam Lewis said can only temporarily alleviate the organization’s financial woes.

Takoma school relocates after December fire By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Community members are rallying around the students of Takoma Education Campus after a threealarm fire rendered the building at 7100 Piney Branch Road uninhabitable. “Everyone’s pulled together in an extraordinary effort,” said neighbor Steve Smith, a former Takoma parent who is helping gather supplies for the relocated program. Over the weekend, armies of workers and scores of volunteers flooded Meyer Elementary at 2501 11th St. NW to prepare the school building for its new batch of students. Meyer, which closed due to declining enrollment in 2008, is housing Takoma’s 300 students while their building is repaired. “There must have been 50 workers when I dropped by last Thursday,” Smith said. “They did a bang-up job.” He said workers not only installed new boilers and applied fresh coats of paint to the structure, but they also scrubbed the grout in between tiles and added mulch to tree boxes. “That was the level of detail,” he said. And that’s not all. Volunteers helped out by decorating and cleaning classrooms and spearheading fundraising efforts to supply the school with the materials it needs. For instance, the Takoma DC Neighborhood Association is accepting donations for the school through a Paypal account on the school’s website, Smith said funds raised through the website will offset the cost of new rugs, books, arts materials and audio-visual equipment that were damaged during the fire. Fire department officials say the Dec. 22 blaze began when workers were using a blowtorch to make roof repairs at the school. It took more than 150 firefighters 40 minutes to control the flames, which caused $2 million in damages.

“The Carnegie Library building has massive utilities and maintenance needs: $25,000 a month just to keep doors open, lights on,” Lewis said, describing the society’s operating cost at 801 K St. NW as its primary expense. “The $200,000 is allowing us to keep our doors open while we make payments toward our utilities, but there remains a significant need,” he added. As a long-term solution, the organization is working out an arrangement in which the convention center would take over the Carnegie Library’s ground-floor gallery space and great

hall for exhibits and events. The society would retain its galleries, offices and archives elsewhere in the building under the tentative plan, which remains under negotiation, Lewis said. Convention center spokesperson Chinyere Hubbard confirmed that her organization is “in discussions” with the historical society over the use of the Carnegie Library, but would not comment further. With any deal months away, the society still needs money to stay open in the meantime, particularly with the traveling exhibit

“Choosing to Participate” — which the group’s website says “examines the impact and history of racism and injustice” — scheduled for display in the facility later in January. “I think there are already 7,000 school kids to come through and see it, so we have this pressing need to keep our doors open,” Lewis said. The Carnegie Library’s archives and exhibit galleries reopen to the public today after two weeks of closure, but will — for now — be open only Wednesdays through Saturdays, Lewis said.


In the Neighborhood January 2011

News And Events AMERICAN UNIVERSITY RECEIVES PAPERS OF LAB SCHOOL FOUNDER SALLY L. SMITH The papers of Sally Smith, founder and head of The Lab School, are now part the AU Library Special Collections. Donated by her family, the papers document her expertise in learning disabilities and her work at AU and The Lab School of Washington. If you knew Sally, and have photographs, correspondence, or other materials to contribute to the Sally L. Smith Research Archives, please contact University Archivist Susan McElrath, at (202) 885-3255 or by e-mail at


Event Highlights TALK AND SIGNING 12 BOOK American University Alumni and author 7-9 p.m., Bender Library - Mudbox Café

Dr. Robert Jenner discusses his book FDR’s Republicans: Domestic Political Realignment and American Foreign Policy.







January 7 & 8, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. January 9, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Washington Winter Show returns to the Katzen Arts Center for the third year with more than 40 premier dealers in antiques and fine arts. For information about the opening night party, the luncheon lecture, Jazz Night, appraisals, or tickets, visit or call (202) 248-7159.

“YELLOW RIBBON NIGHT” MEN’S BASKETBALL VERSUS ARMY January 19 at 7:30 p.m., Bender Arena

Honor our veterans and support the AU Men’s Basketball team as they play Army during the Yellow Ribbon Night. Tickets are $7 – 15 and can be purchased by calling (202) 885-TIXX or visiting Go Eagles!


Celebrate the opening of the Winter Exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center with a free Artists’ Reception. The new show features works by six women artists: Nichole Cohen, Heather Wilcoxon, Dafna Kaffeman, Julie Linowes, Marisa Bumgartner, and Linn Myers. Free parking is available under the Katzen Arts Center building. For more information on the show and the artists, visit museum.

2 p.m., Bender Arena

AU women’s basketball team plays Colgate University.

4 p.m., Bender Arena

Celebrate Phil Bender Day with the AU men’s basketball team as they play Lafayette University.

8 p.m., Mary Graydon Center - Weschler Theatre

Journalist and author Seth Mnookin discusses his book The Panic Attack that debunks claims linking vaccination and autism.

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A greener city The Zoning Commission is considering adding a requirement for green elements such as vegetation, permeable surfaces and roof gardens to the zoning code. The “green area ratio” would set required levels of greenery for new or redeveloped projects in an effort to decrease storm-water runoff, improve air quality and absorb heat. We think it’s an excellent idea. Requiring builders to include green roofs, vegetated walls, permeable driveways or other green features (the rules allow choices) is a step in the right direction in making our city sustainable. We wonder, though, whether they shouldn’t go further. The proposal, which zoning commissioners informally supported last month, does not apply to single-family homes for reasons of finance, logistics and need. Planners say these homes already tend to average more green space than commercial and multiunit properties, and that the city government is not yet ready to deal with the workload of applying the rules to single-family homes. They also don’t want to impose a major financial burden on residents. We appreciate the need for the program launch to be manageable, but we hope officials will reconsider this exclusion at some point after the effort gets under way. We think requiring a certain amount of greenery is appropriate for all new and updated properties, from office buildings to individual homes. While it probably would be easy for most single-family properties to meet any reasonable requirement, having one could prevent inappropriate tree destruction and excessive paving on others — particularly in areas not already protected by tree and slope overlays. It could also help neighborhoods that are battling unsightly and environmentally unfriendly encroachment of McMansions. The green area ratio seems a valuable tool in greening our city. We look forward to its implementation.

A tough call After an unusually impassioned debate, the D.C. Council last month voted to restrict non-residents from using the city’s family shelters. The new rule requires families to show proof of District residency after three days at a shelter. We can understand the strong feelings on both sides. Surely no one is pleased by the prospect of turning away parents and children who are in dire need, but it’s also unreasonable to expect D.C. taxpayers to foot the bill for suburban jurisdictions because we offer social services not available elsewhere. Ultimately, we believe the council vote moves in the right direction. The bill provides various ways for homeless families to prove their D.C. ties, and three days will constitute a reasonable grace period. It’s also worth noting that the law won’t take effect until midMarch, when temperatures begin to rise. That’s fortunate, because we anticipate a great deal of turmoil as city officials seek to implement the law. An old lease or utility bills might be obvious proof of residency, but families in turmoil may be unlikely to have such documents readily available. The law provides for more flexible means of demonstrating residency, such as allowing the employees of service providers to vouch for families, but flexibility may translate to confusion and uncertainty. We’d like the city to scrutinize the breadth of the law’s impact and flesh out the Department of Human Services’ estimate that about 10 percent of families housed by the city lived outside the District before seeking emergency shelter. Even if that number is accurate — and all of them were removed from D.C. shelters — it seems unlikely that the measure would cut costs by 10 percent, given the many fixed costs in operating a facility. The council should make sure the program is working before next winter, so that critics’ visions of the city turning away District families in the dead of winter because they cannot produce proper identification do not come true.


Let’s move on, please …


K, enough with the “Happy New Year” wishes. It’s nearly a week into 2011 already. Some retail stores already are putting out the Valentine’s Day candy. So keep up, folks. Keep up. ■ Not so fast. New Mayor Vincent Gray had his first full work day as mayor on Monday. But he didn’t show up at his fancy new offices until nearly 2 p.m. He wasn’t goofing off. He was working from home. “You’re not questioning my work ethic, are you?” he asked when the time of day was brought up. We certainly weren’t. We had expected Gray to be in the office by 6 a.m. He routinely works 14 to 16 hours a day. And on a serious note, he had been dealing with a serious issue. Police Chief Cathy Lanier had briefed him on the six shootings that occurred over the weekend. “This is obviously not the kind of start to the year that we would like,” Gray told NBC4. The city had 131 homicides in 2010. That’s a 9 percent drop from 2009. And more importantly, the total was a 46-year low. Now, we know that violent crime is down around the country, but it’s good to see the local numbers down so sharply from the 1980s, when murder numbers were over 400. Plus, the homicide closure rate in 2010 reached 79 percent, higher than the national average. ■ A shiny moment. The shootings marred an otherwise fine weekend of celebration. A large crowd turned out for both the swearing-in ceremony and the gala on Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The place was welcoming and sparkling. And every time we go there we’re reminded of the bitter fight that took place over whether to build it. Does anyone remember the dinky predecessor down the street? The new center has hosted conventions large and small, presidential inaugural balls and myriad other events. It would be hard to imagine the city’s economic revival without it. ■ Move on. Move on. The inaugural swearing-in ceremony was held in a fine space, but it dragged on and on. Council member speeches were way too long. They all spoke well beyond the allotted three minutes. Bruce Johnson, the Channel 9 reporter serving as master of ceremonies, didn’t try to stop them. The city almost missed the legal deadline to have Gray sworn in at noon. Had the

Notebook been the moderator, we would have yanked the microphone after the allotted time. People were literally squirming in their seats. At-large Council member David Catania kicked things off with a lengthy speech that had people looking at one another. It didn’t help that the freshly re-elected member showed up unshaven. One amused person in the audience suggested that every man there would have a beard if Catania didn’t stop talking soon. To his credit, Catania talked seriously about health issues and the work he’s done in that area. But this wasn’t the best venue for the Clintonesque recital. ■ The new workspace. Gray invited reporters into his sixth-floor offices Monday for a look-see. It reminded us that in all of Adrian Fenty’s four years as mayor, your Notebook never went to his private offices. But a lot of people in town could say that. We get the feeling that Gray will have an open door. But call ahead first. ■ Overheard and observed. We might make this a new feature of the Notebook, noting some odds and ends we hear and see. Like the man at Clyde’s downtown. He was enjoying the routine (but delicious) winter fare of hot tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. We really wanted to lean over and ask why he delicately was eating the sandwich with a knife and fork. We decided not to bother him. Walking on a nearby downtown street, we heard this economic observation, one woman to another: “Things are going to get better. But not much better.” And finally, visiting the “Hide/Seek” exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, we saw a sign on an exhibit wall that read simply, “Candy Is a Choking Hazard.” It turns out the sign itself was not artwork. When another patron moved slightly, we saw a mound of hard candy pieces piled up against the wall. The exhibit invited passersby to take a piece of the candy. The mound of candy, if we remember correctly, represented someone wasting away from HIV/AIDS. We’re still thinking about that unique artwork — and the choking hazard sign — but we didn’t take any candy. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Current columnist should look ahead Instead of “New year, old wine ... ,” the title of Tom Sherwood’s Dec. 29 Notebook should have been “New year, old whine ... .” Mr. Sherwood’s dislike for Mayor Adrian Fenty is certainly nothing new, but to ding the outgoing mayor for going out quietly seems needlessly petty. If Fenty had given interviews during his final days in office, no doubt Sherwood would have faulted him for stealing the mayor-elect’s limelight or accused him of trying to undercut the new mayor’s agenda. And apparently the only reason Sherwood cares is that he wants

Fenty himself to describe how four years of improved schools and reduced crime “led to his defeat.” Perhaps Sherwood should reserve his keen political analysis for what’s to come. Thomas Otto Chevy Chase

Parking is a must for a vibrant city In response to the Dec. 29 letter “Less private parking helps city’s vibrancy,” that could not be further from the truth. More than 400,000 automobiles enter into and drive around the District of Columbia each day, and that number is increasing, therefore the need for parking spaces. Each time the cost of riding Metro and parking in the suburban lots increases, more com-

muters get back in their cars and drive into D.C. each day. If you want the Maryland and Virginia commuters on Metro, you must build four- to six-floor parking garages at suburban Metro stations and charge a very low amount for usage. As soon as it is cheaper for that commuter to drive into D.C. rather than use Metro, drive is exactly what they will be doing. Washington, D.C., is a unique city made up of local interests, the international community, tourists and two large suburban areas in Virginia and Maryland. Transportation and parking needs must realistically consider all the groups that come into the District. City officials must not make transportation policies based on speculative theories. Bobbie Carroll North Cleveland Park


Groups misusing voluntary agreements VIEWPOINT FREDERIC HARWOOD


s president of the DC Nightlife Association, I would like to respond to the Dec. 22 article “Adams Morgan ANC girds for ABC battle.� The article indicates that some advisory neighborhood commissioners are upset that nightlife venues with socalled “voluntary agreements� are invoking a provision in the liquor law that allows them to request that their agreements be voided after four years. Voluntary agreements are intended to allow resident groups and Alcoholic Beverage Control licensees to negotiate solutions when an establishment has problems that violate the law and/or egregiously and repeatedly disturb a community’s order. But voluntary agreements have been used instead to bludgeon businesses that have zero history of problems, thereby depriving them of operating rights they need to stay in business and that are provided them by the law. By controlling an establishment’s operating terms and conditions, the so-called voluntary agreement has become a blunt mechanism for anti-nightlife activists to attack an establishment’s viability and rid a community such as Adams Morgan of its vibrant nightlife offerings. Often unspoken is the fact that these socalled agreements deprive resident customers, many of whom chose to live in the community to enjoy its vibrant nightlife, from enjoying an establishment’s offerings. They also deprive the city of tax revenue, jobs and tenants for commercial real estate. Voluntary agreements have been used to limit operating hours; prohibit live entertainment; prohibit or restrict dancing; require cleanup and security far beyond the environ of the business itself; control advertising and promotions; control food and drink choices; control signage; require the presence of police, cameras and security equipment; require parking; impose noise restrictions beyond what city regulations require; control smoking areas; prohibit sidewalk seating; and prohibit rooftop seating. All of these restrictions impinge on a business’s legal operating rights and cost money, threatening its financial viability, as well as the jobs, tax revenue and other contributions it makes to city life. Voluntary agreements are intended as a way to

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Help, don’t punish, erring commissioners In his Dec. 29 Viewpoint piece “Learning from errors improves ANC work,� Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission chair Will Stephens argues that rather than mount investigations of failures of commissioners to follow up on decisions of the commission, as has apparently been suggested, he would rather devote institutional energy to helping members perform their duties better. As a former member of the Dupont Circle commission, I applaud Mr. Stephens’ sense of priority. The inquisitional approach assumes that commissioners make mistakes on purpose. It is far better in the commission’s voluntary and

negotiate solutions for operating situations that are illegal or patently offensive to the community. Instead, they are used on an a priori basis — to place restrictions on a business, often before it opens its doors, or to place restrictions on a business with no history of problems. In effect, a business is judged guilty before it is found guilty — which is unfair and un-American. Why would a business agree to give up operating rights? Because the law allows anti-nightlife agitators to use protests to prolong the licensing process to the point that the business can no longer afford the lawyers, the litigation and the lost income. So the establishment agrees to egregious pre-conditions just to get its license to operate and begin paying its mortgage. In the latest rewrite of the alcohol law, in 2004, then-D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose, never a friend of nightlife businesses, recognized the potential for abuse. So she inserted a provision allowing businesses that have been compliant and problem-free — the good apples — to request relief from their voluntary agreements after four years. The law puts the burden of proof on the business to prove it no longer requires the voluntary agreement. If the business has no history of violation, there should be no need for any further restrictions. Should a business subsequently become noncompliant or problematic, the agreement can always be reinstated by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board acting alone, or by a request from activists. Reasonable solutions are undermined by comments like those of Adams Morgan commissioner Nancy Shia, quoted in The Current as saying that her commission’s move to resist changes in voluntary agreements “puts the bad players and their unethical attorneys on notice that we are willing to fight them.� If only she lived by her words — to go after the “bad players,� rather than all the players. In contrast, commissioner Bryan Weaver, in the same article, showed a better understanding of the spirit and letter of the law, indicating that “the community should evaluate requests on a case-by-case basis, rather than applying a blanket approach.� Voluntary agreements should be used surgically — to restrict the bad apples, while leaving the good ones alone to succeed and prosper. Frederic Harwood is president and chairman of the DC Nightlife Association.

neighborhood context to assume good faith, and provide administrative support to the extent possible within the limited resources available. Curtis Farrar Dupont Circle

Rent control renewal is just a first step What a great note to end the year on! The D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition initiated 10year rent control renewal, fought hard for it for more than two years, and now — through the good offices of Vincent Gray, our new mayor and former D.C. Council chairman — we have it. Other heroes on this are Council members Jim Graham, Mary Cheh and Kwame Brown (now chairman), who endorsed the measure immediately and forcefully at our candidates forums. The entire council

also deserves credit. Let’s not kid ourselves that we have reached rental-housing nirvana, however. District rental housing needs lots of help, and we are committed to getting it. Many benefit greatly from rent control; many others do not. D.C. is rapidly becoming an unaffordable city, and the exodus of those priced out of the market — poor people, those on limited or fixed incomes, students, et al. — threatens to become a flood. Rental housing is not a commodity. We are not talking about gold bullion, oil futures or pork bellies; we are talking about the roof over people’s heads, a basic need for survival. We intend to do something about that, and that means amending and strengthening the city’s existing rent control law. Jim McGrath Chair, D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition




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WALGREENS From Page 1 He said residents were concerned about a proliferation of liquor licenses in the area, and about people loitering outside the store. “No one wants people with alcohol dependency problems hanging around the store, loitering and panhandling in the West End,� he said. Plus, Griffith said, residents worried that the store planned to dedicate space formerly used for food to alcohol. “We didn’t want to see them pull real food items out of the coolers,� he said.



But, on Dec. 30, neighbors and Walgreens came to an agreement on the issue, Griffith said. “They were cooperative,� he said. “We’re very pleased with the way this turned out.� As part of the agreement, which is binding for three years, the store has pledged not to sell malt liquor, fortified wine, wine coolers, wine in packages smaller than 750 milliliters, beer kegs, or single servings of beer. In addition, Griffith said, Walgreens will forgo self-checkout machines and advertising of its alcohol sales, and it will enforce an anti-loitering policy. “They’ve agreed to notify police



THE CURRENT of aggressive panhandling,� he said. Meanwhile, Griffith said, the store will add coolers containing “real food� to its aisles, and will work to improve its appearance. “We’re very happy,� Griffith said. “Hospitality is our industry in the West End. We encourage the responsible sale and consumption of alcohol.� He said Walgreens had proved itself to be both “responsive and responsible.� In fact, manager Kuechenmeister said the experience has fostered a more collaborative relationship between the store and the neighborhood. “We plan on continuing to work with the neighborhood and

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Walgreens will sell beer and wine. hear their ideas,� she said. She added that the West End Walgreens will begin selling alcohol as soon as management approves the store’s new design concept. “I don’t have a hard date yet,� she said. “But I’m hoping it will be in the next month or two.�

living on Georgetown University’s campus is larger than that of any other D.C. school, save Gallaudet. Neighbors reply that the level is clearly still too low, particularly given the university’s increase in graduate student enrollment over the past decade. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, who had focused earlier criticisms on the now-canceled chimney project, issued a statement registering his disappointment with the university’s proposal. “Clearly the most important issue to the neighborhood and the single issue not addressed by the plan, is relocating undergraduate students back to campus,� Evans said in the statement. The Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission has not yet officially weighed in on the just-filed plan, although individual commissioners have criticized, often harshly, the school’s proposals during the many hours of community meetings the university hosted. During those meetings, oncampus housing emerged as the brass ring residents trusted would solve other problems, including quality-of-life complaints such as late-night noise and hard-partying students occupying rental housing in the neighborhood. Before the commission takes a vote, said chair Ron Lewis, one more community meeting — this one hosted by the commission — is in order to gather even more feedback than the “extensive comments� commissioners have already collected. Details will be announced soon, he added. DeGioia and other school officials have termed the plan “modest,� and there is likely to be little opposition to the plan’s building program. The plan carries over a few unbuilt projects from the 2000 plan, including the construction of a new athletic training facility. Improvements to existing buildings, the establishment of open spaces, and the completion of a campus service road — which has drawn some fire due to its proximity to parkland — constitute much of the plan’s scheme for the next decade. The proposed additions to the school’s medical center, however, have drawn complaints. The piecemeal construction to improve outdated hospital and medical school facilities will take too long, some say, and will be too disruptive to Reservoir Road traffic. A better move, they say, would be to build a new hospital in one fell swoop. That wish may be close to coming true: A MedStar representative declined to comment, but neighborhood sources have claimed that the hospital and school are nearing an agreement for a new hospital, perhaps on the site of North Kehoe Field in the heart of the campus. But although MedStar has See Campus/Page 14

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Many thought St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girls basketball team would take a step back this season after graduating three of its top players in the spring. Instead, the Lady Cadets are playing as well as any team in the area and rose to the occasion last week to take down a top New York team for the second time this season. Undefeated St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beat 12time defending New York City champion Murry Bergtraum 79-69 in the Bergtraum Holiday Classic Wednesday. Junior guard Mooriah Rowser had 25 points and 10 rebounds, sophomore guard Lindsay Allen scored 11 and had 10 boards and senior guard Mariah Jones added 15 points and five assists as St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prevailed. Bergtraum was previously undefeated and came into the

game ranked eighth in the nation by USA Today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact we were able to beat them this year, it says a lot about where the team and the program is,â&#x20AC;? said coach Jonathan Scribner. The Cadets have kept the Big Apple on lockdown. Earlier this season, they knocked off Nazareth, another New York City contender, and during last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament they went on to beat Francis Lewis (New York) Thursday night 56-38. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now gets into the bulk of its league schedule, and Scribner said the team has enough offensive firepower to beat anybody. The Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approach to the game is also playing a big role, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been really proud of the way the girls have played. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked hard; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re incredibly open to the coaching and as a result, good things happen.â&#x20AC;?

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Gonzaga falls, loses player for season By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Sometimes when it rains, it pours. Gonzaga basketball visited South Carolina for a holiday tournament last week and returned with one of its top players injured and two more losses on its record. Senior Cahli Thomas will probably be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a broken collarbone in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win over J.L. Mann (Greenville, S.C.) at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Thomas, who is third on the team in scoring and averaging 9.3 points per game, was injured in a collision on the floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will have to have a few guys step up and fill the void,â&#x20AC;? said a disappointed coach Steve Turner. Gonzaga is now down to just three seniors. The team was also plagued by an outbreak of the stomach flu last week, and several players, including seniors Oliver Ellison and Malek Williams and junior Connor Reed, missed playing time. Gonzaga lost its next two games

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 67-59 to nationally ranked Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) and 62-58 to Rice (New York) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but showed resiliency in staying in both despite the adversity. Turner, the 2009 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, will face one of his greatest challenges the remainder of this season as the team looks to overcome a shaky start â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 0-2 in conference play already â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and now the loss of a top big man. Gonzaga played at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last night and will travel to face Good Counsel tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

St. Albans 52, Whitman 41 Maret 48, Fox Creek (North Augusta, S.C.) 37 Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) 67, Maret 61 Sidwell 70, West Boca (Boca Raton, Fla.) 66 St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 64, Sidwell 51 Westminster Christian (St. Louis, Mo.) 69, Sidwell 38

Girls Basketball St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 79, Murry Bergtraum (New York) 69 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 56, Francis Lewis (New York) 38 Georgetown Visitation 81, Loudoun County 55 Georgetown Visitation 41, Paul VI 38 Georgetown Visitation 58, Chantilly 39 Blair 50, Wilson 31 Watkins Mill 60, Wilson 30

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The People and Places of Northwest Washington

January 5, 2011 ■ Page 13

2010: A look back in rhyme By LEE STURTEVANT


Current Correspondent

Say goodbye, two thousand ten. We won’t see your likes again. Thanks for serving, Mayor Fenty. As our mayors go, so went he. Economics he grasped well. Schools got shake-up by Michelle. Can her legacy succeed? Schools more “right” or are they “Rhee’d”? Victory laps for those who won: Cheh and Gray and Mendelson. This a first: from council chair, Gray makes leap to mayor’s lair. Much to do and boost jobs too With the help of Allen Lew. Old appointees leave by trickles: ’Bye, Gabe Klein and Peter Nickles. Who for Brown’s seat? (He snagged Gray’s.) Orange? Biddle? Douglas? Mayes? Landscape changes (some for best) Popping up throughout Northwest. Libraries for more than books: Georgetown, Tenley get new looks. Dupont neighbors start to wonder: Arts or shops will go “Down

Landlords raise rents ‘cause they can, More salons for getting tan. EastBanc wins bid for West End. Dog parks fenced for man’s best friend. Juveniles to Walter Reed? Bowser answers: No, indeed. Walmart augurs well for all? What’s with Babe’s, hmm, Doug Jemal? AU’s plans, and Sibley’s, spark Neighbors’ worries: where to park? Current File Photos

Phasing, size have some defiant On big plans for Newark Giant. It’s for sale? Whence shops deploy? Sullivan’s, should kid need toy? Georgetown’s miffed that Fine Arts knocks Inches off of each tree box. Adams Morgan: street research; Marriott to build ’round church. Woodley Park rues last decision Granting Garfield subdivision. Citizens sure seem to care How we get from here to there. Klein knew bicycles weren’t folly: See? There’re racks of them! Soon trolley? Metro’s woes give riders pause:

Clockwise from near left, Mayor Adrian Fenty lost re-election, Ellington put on “Dreamgirls,” Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee departed, Vincent Gray was elected mayor, debate arose on tree-box fences, 15th Street got a new bike lane, Georgetown library reopened, Snowmageddon visited — twice, Gray met with President Obama and Fenty opened the Newark dog park. Need an “escalator clause”? Studying what crossings lack, For pedestrians, new “PAC.” Rock Creek West seeks to define Traffic woes. Go vote online.

Bravo, “Dreamgirls!” Not a fluke; Fitting tribute to The Duke. Families can’t really tell if It’s now clear who’s running Jelleff.

Parents question (given size) Wilson’s plans to modernize. Bulldogs overcome the Bears. Quakers win on new court (theirs!)

Leaks from WASA (not from Wiki) Say its lead pipe tests are tricky. Party animals (legs: two) Woke their neighbors near the Zoo.

Rahm’s Chicago run’s now clear. (Odd, we all thought he lived here.) City’s finance: hard to fudge it. Tax increase to balance budget? As we reach two-thou eleven, Hometown vote? No chance in heaven. Just one thing that we’re all dreadin’: That’s another Snowmageddon.





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expressed interest in that field, it is only â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of a number of options for improving clinical facilities,â&#x20AC;? according to university spokesperson Julie Green Bataille. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations are ongoing and no decisions have yet been made that would change our campus plan filing at this time,â&#x20AC;? she added. Residents are also likely to challenge the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed population increase. While the university now has a cap on undergraduate students, the new plan calls for a ceiling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which residents warned they would seek â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on overall enrollment as well. The undergraduate cap will remain largely unchanged, though a new counting system will capture students previ-

ously left out, as some residents have requested. But the requested overall cap of 16,133 represents another jump in graduate enrollment, which has ticked steadily â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and at times sharply â&#x20AC;&#x201D; upward since the 2000 campus plan. The new cap would allow an increase of about 2,100 graduate students over the next 10 years, according to a university spokesperson. And according to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers, the population of the main campus is now about 14,000. In 2006, the total was about 11,800. A significant portion of the next decadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduate-student growth will occur in the School of Continuing Studies, which university officials have suggested could be relocated to a satellite campus, but they did not give further details.



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AT-LARGE From Page 3 prevail Thursday nightâ&#x20AC;? thanks to Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support, Orange said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to getting back to the council and working on issues that are germane to the city.â&#x20AC;? At a candidates forum last month, Biddle described low-quality schools as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;root causeâ&#x20AC;? of a variety of issues plaguing the District, and he pledged to make improving those schools a priority. Orange identified the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances and economic development as his priorities if selected. The other candidates are Dorothy Douglas, Ward 7 school board member; Calvin Gurley, a former president of the Takoma and Fairlawn civic associations; Stanley Mayes, a former Columbia Heights advisory neighborhood commission chair; and Saul Solorzano, president of the Central American Resource Center. The approximately 80 members of the Democratic State Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Democratic National Committee headquarters, 430 South Capitol St. SE. The committee normally meets in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wilson Building but relocated after objections from the D.C. Republican Committee about partisan activity in government facilities. The selected at-large council member will begin serving immediately, but would need to win a special election in the spring to remain in place. At the candidates forum, Biddle, Orange and Douglas said they would run in the special election even if they were not chosen as the interim council member.







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young children from school. Ward 6 member Wells, the chief sponsor, said he has received many complaints about parents having to double-park to walk their kids into school. The bill would authorize the D.C. Department of Transportation to explore solutions, such as designating some spaces outside schools for five- or 10-minute parking. â&#x20AC;˘ authorize the D.C. Department of

MAYOR From Page 1 Fenty sat on the podium, smiling cordially as he handed the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seal to Gray, but made no public remarks. Gray, in his speech, recognized his predecessor as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a devoted and dedicated public servant,â&#x20AC;? and urged the audience to stand and applaud. Bruce Johnson, a WUSA9 reporter who emceed the inaugural ceremony, noted the fickle nature of the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just point out to the new mayor, I was here four years ago and did the same thing for Adrian Fenty. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to say,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said at the start of the program. The ceremony brought out many dignitaries, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (who swore in Brown), Maryland Gov. Martin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley, scores of former city officials and council members, 20 of Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fraternity brothers from George Washington University and more than 50 foreign diplomats. There was even a vague â&#x20AC;&#x153;greetingâ&#x20AC;? from President Barack Obama, who pledged to work with the city to â&#x20AC;&#x153;improve education, create jobs and support economic development.â&#x20AC;? The message was delivered by Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy director of intergovernmental affairs, David Agnew, who will act as the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main liaison to the city. But Gray said there was substance and â&#x20AC;&#x153;specificityâ&#x20AC;? in Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise of â&#x20AC;&#x153;regular, meaningful engagementâ&#x20AC;? from the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabinet and White House staff. Gray said he has already sat down with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and plans to meet soon with the secretaries of transportation, labor and housing and urban development to discuss ways the feds can help out in those areas. Gray also said that he and the president had discussed infrastructure improvements at the old St. Elizabeths Hospital, which is being transformed into headquarters for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is expected to fuel economic development in surrounding Anacostia. Gray said Obama had â&#x20AC;&#x153;graciouslyâ&#x20AC;? promised to ask for the highest level of federal

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funding suggested by the city. Responding to a question at the news conference, Gray said some type of tax increase must be considered as the city tries to fix an estimated $400 million budget gap for the next fiscal year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is it off the table? It may be on the tabletop,â&#x20AC;? he said. Noting that the annual budget of a typical city agency is about $40 million, Gray said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to eliminate one department 10 timesâ&#x20AC;? to balance the budget without raising taxes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to consider all options.â&#x20AC;? On education, Gray promised to continue a reform agenda that â&#x20AC;&#x153;involves parents and teachers, but uncompromisingly puts children first.â&#x20AC;? He emphasized that â&#x20AC;&#x153;these challenges are not solved overnight. We still have an educational achievement gap that is unacceptable.â&#x20AC;? At the news conference, he also emphasized his support for charter schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Children, and their parents, benefit from having two options,â&#x20AC;? Gray said, adding that one reason he hired Newark, N.J., official Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shawn Wright as deputy mayor for education was Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background in both traditional public and charter schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was one reason he was so attractive.â&#x20AC;? Gray was also asked how he would handle the nittygritty work of government, now that residents will turn to him with complaints about trash pickup, potholes and snow removal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will you use Twitter?â&#x20AC;? one reporter asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it becomes a snow issue, I was thinking of using a shovel,â&#x20AC;? the new mayor said. In his inaugural speech, Gray repeated his campaign theme. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether you use car, bus, train, foot or bike, this is one city,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From McLean Gardens to Naylor Gardens, and Chinatown to Tenleytown, this is one city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our city.â&#x20AC;? He ended with an anecdote about growing up in a one-bedroom apartment on 6th Street NE, watching his mother â&#x20AC;&#x153;dutifully go out and sweep the sidewalks in front and the alleys in back.â&#x20AC;? When the young Gray asked why she did that, since the streets and sidewalks belong to the city, he said his mom replied: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those streets and sidewalks belong to us, and we have to do our part to keep them clean because this is our neighborhood and our city.â&#x20AC;?





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â&#x2013; commissioners voted 4-2, with Tom Birch and Charles Eason dissenting, to oppose a special exception and a variance at 3411 Prospect St. One neighbor was opposed to the proposed rear addition, which Birch called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;very modestâ&#x20AC;? expansion of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tinyâ&#x20AC;? house. Commissioner Ron Lewis noted that the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice is to preserve open space when possible. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously approved voluntary agreements in conjunction with Alcoholic Beverage Control license applications for Malmaison, at 3401 K St., and Brush N Blush, at 3210 Grace St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to lift protests against license renewals for Saloun, at 3239 M St., and Come to Eat, at 3222 O St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously not to oppose the concept design for the redevelopment of the Hurt Home at 3050 R St. into 15 condominium units with 30 parking spaces. For details, call 202-338-7427 or visit

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A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

January 5, 2011 ■ Page 17

Park View home lives large yet has condo ease


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ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY home, Realtor Nate Guggenheim has a listing that may fit both bills. The cheery butter-yellow exterior of the end-unit row house in the Park View neighborhood near Columbia Heights conceals an enlarged and updated interior as well as all-new systems and windows. It’s “no muss, no fuss” for those shoppers who are also looking for condominiums in Dupont or Logan, noted Guggenheim, and includes the open feel of newer units in those neighborhoods. But there’s far more square footage here than this asking price would win in those locations. Add in easy parking, a garage, the Petworth Metrorail stop a couple of blocks away, a burgeoning retail scene on Georgia Avenue and a swimming pool and more at the Park View Recreation Center across the street, and the list of this property’s amenities begins to

look pretty substantial. The ground floor is open and bright, with front-door views stretching to the windows at the rear of the home. Hardwood floors line a living room that also features recessed pot lights and a new gas fireplace. The kitchen is all-new and condo-sleek, but warm touches — as well as extensive counter and cabinet space — mark it as part of a larger home. Cherry cabinetry is topped by tawny granite throughout the kitchen, including on an island that would allow a few guests to perch while a host cooks. The cherry’s grain is unusually well articulated, giving the flat-front cabinets — some of which feature glass fronts — added dimension. Buyers will want to do much of their prep work at that island on account of its view through the dining area’s large bay window. Now-dormant rose bushes wait in the home’s side yard for spring, and there’s room for many more plantings inside the low iron fence that marks this property’s border. Past the dining area is a versatile space that runs the width of the home. The bright, long room could work as a home office, a


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lounge area, or as a formal dining room if owners prefer to locate the home’s casual living space closer to the kitchen. A half-bath here is a useful addition. Upstairs, it’s clear that renovators worked to preserve as well as update this classic home. Original doors, hardware and fixed transoms open to the three original bedrooms on this level. A hall bath features a tiled shower stall and touches of warm wood. A new master suite is part of an addition that includes a subway tile-lined bath and a closet larger


than those typically found in older homes. More storage space waits in a top-floor spot. A bottom level includes the home’s final bedroom and full bathroom, as well as a carpeted space that could be a TV- or playroom or serve another use. A door here leads to the one-car garage. This home’s location makes it a short walk from many spots, but drivers will also enjoy the easy access to Piney Branch Parkway

and Rock Creek Parkway beyond; both offer a quick way to move around the city as well as proximity to ample recreation opportunities. This five-bedroom, three-anda-half-bath home at 3615 Warder St. NW is offered for $549,000. For more information, contact Realtor Nate Guggenheim or Anne Savage of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 202-3336100 or

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borhoods, jobs and job training,â&#x20AC;? he said. Tommy Wells of Ward 6, who will chair the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, repeated his familiar goal: â&#x20AC;&#x153;a livable and walkable city. We must expand public transit and streetcars.â&#x20AC;? Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, delivered both the invocation and benediction. Wuerl, a staunch opponent of gay marriage who personally lobbied against its legalization in the District last year, sat stolidly while several council members mentioned passage of the new marriage equality law as one of their proudest achievements. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was

also a bit in the hot seat, representing an administration criticized for not pushing hard for District voting rights. When Cheh complained that â&#x20AC;&#x153;our soldiers bleedâ&#x20AC;? but still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a vote in Congress, Holder â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a longtime District resident â&#x20AC;&#x201D; applauded. Holder was there to swear in Kwame Brown, who delivered the penultimate speech as the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new chairman. Brown predicted better relations between the council and mayor than under Fenty, and promised that both branches of government will continue the push for school reform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Education reform may have started with Fenty, but it was never meant to be a four-year

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BIKES From Page 1 vention center when a speeding cyclist struck him, then abandoned the scene. Chu died on Dec. 9. Though the hit-and-run offers an extreme example of cycling gone wrong, the bicyclist association is already well-acquainted with complaints about reckless biking. While riding to work recently, association director Shane Farthing wrote in a blog post, he stopped his bike to wait for a red light to turn green. A driver pulled up beside him, he wrote, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;rolled down his window to say: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the first cyclist Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen follow the laws!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Farthing took this praise as â&#x20AC;&#x153;both a pleasant surprise and an unfortunate indicator of how much work I have to do,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Daniel Hoagland, a bicycle ambassador with the association, emphasized that this negative reputation is often unwarranted. Sometimes such impressions form, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because people tend to remember things that bother themâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like a cyclist who cut them off. Secondly, he said, many people simply donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;have the knowledge on what proper biking behavior is.â&#x20AC;? In downtown D.C., for example, many people believe cyclists should travel on the sidewalk, which is actually illegal. Still, unfavorable perceptions of cyclists as â&#x20AC;&#x153;scofflawsâ&#x20AC;? are hurting advocacy efforts, Hoagland said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have encountered people repeatedly who say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re holding off on helping, or who outright say no, or say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why should we be on the side of bicyclists if they break the law?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes it difficult to do our job.â&#x20AC;? That job includes advocating for legislative and policy changes

experiment. Education reform is not something done to you, but with you.â&#x20AC;? Brown said early-childhood education is in good hands with Gray, who has championed its expansion. Brown said he now will focus on improving middle schools, where, he said, too many children fail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should never let hope [for college] be stolen by the time they reach ninth grade,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. Brown also said he will fight to keep some high schools open at night for adult education and job training, and he promised to create an ethics committee on the council. Then Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family hurried onto the stage, just in time for the legal transfer of power.

and Michael Brown will keep their current assignments, with Catania overseeing health; Mendelson, public safety and the judiciary; and Michael Brown, housing and workforce development. Kwame Brown, like his predecessor Vincent Gray, will keep oversight of education in the Committee of the Whole. But some oversight responsibilities will shift, following the member who has shown the greatest interest in those areas. Michael Brown will oversee statehood and self-determination efforts, and Graham will continue overseeing the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, albeit in his Human Services Committee.

that could improve conditions for local cyclists. For example, Hoagland said, the association is excited to testify about law enforcement issues at a hearing on bike and pedestrian safety that at-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary is holding next

â??We have encountered people repeatedly who say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re holding off on helping â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daniel Hoagland month. Meanwhile, the association is also focused on work in Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County, which falls far behind the District in terms of â&#x20AC;&#x153;bike-friendly advocacy,â&#x20AC;? Hoagland said. And though the D.C. area has made many strides recently with bike-friendly policies and infrastructure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like rolling out the extensive Capital BikeShare program in D.C. and Arlington this year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such moves are often controversial. When the D.C. Department of Transportation last spring installed a bike lane down Pennsylvania Avenue, for example, some criticized the decision as premature in a city where most people still drive to work. George Clark, chair of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, agreed that cycling advocates can lose opportunities due to negative public perceptions. In pushing for expanded bike lanes in the District, for example, advocates have used idealistic lines like â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done all over Europe,â&#x20AC;? Clark said. But when people see cyclists misbehaving,

they develop a practical resistance to such changes, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That tension has kind of built up,â&#x20AC;? Clark said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are worried about safety.â&#x20AC;? By yesterday, more than 580 people had signed the bicyclistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution, pledging to â&#x20AC;&#x153;respect the right of other road users,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;make a good faith effort to better follow the law,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;yield to pedestriansâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;help make bicycling safe and easier for all of us.â&#x20AC;? But the association has acknowledged that the petition inspired a bit of controversy among its members. Some donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the point in signing up to follow existing laws that â&#x20AC;&#x153;fail to adequately account for or protect cyclists,â&#x20AC;? Farthing wrote in a blog post. One commenter pointed out that running a red light is sometimes safer for him â&#x20AC;&#x153;due to the risk of being side-swiped by the car next to me turning right.â&#x20AC;? The commenter added that the solution to this problem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; creating special areas for cyclists at every lighted intersection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not likely to happen anytime soon.â&#x20AC;? Another critic argued that the pledge reads as an apology to cycling detractors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone who signs this is essentially admitting that he/she is a poor cyclist and a scofflaw,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153; â&#x20AC;Ś It effectively surrenders the moral high ground to those who would see cyclists banned from the road.â&#x20AC;? In a response, Farthing conceded that the resolution is â&#x20AC;&#x153;an implicit acknowledgement of imperfectionâ&#x20AC;? as well as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;commitment to do better.â&#x20AC;? The resolution can be found at, along with more details about Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bike ride, which starts at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW at 10:30 a.m.





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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheap moneyâ&#x20AC;? is available to nonprofits seeking to build or expand in the District, courtesy of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flourishing tax-exempt revenue bond program. And the application process, while complex, is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;scary or bureaucratic,â&#x20AC;? according to speakers at a recent forum on the bond program. Federal law allows city and state governments to issue bonds on behalf of qualified nonprofit organizations, with no risk to the taxpayer but at below-market interest rates because of the jurisdictionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tax-exempt status. The mechanism has been available for decades,

but the District has been making especially good use of revenue bonds in recent years. William Liggins, director of the D.C. Revenue Bond Program, said his team has handled more than 50 revenue bond transactions in the past three years, totaling more than $1.8 billion in funds for nonprofits to purchase, build or expand facilities, buy equipment or refinance debt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheap money,â&#x20AC;? Liggins said. His office now aims to process applications within 90 to 100 days, he added. The main advantage of the bonds, according to a panel organized by the Washington, DC Economic Partnership, is to lower interest rates by as much as 2 See Bonds/Page 25

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Events Entertainment Compiled by Julio ArgĂźello Jr. Wednesday, January 5 Wednesday JANUARY 5 Classes â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present information on programs and resources available to first-time home buyers. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-6677712. The seminar will repeat Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-7248707. â&#x2013;  Washington Improv Theater will present an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intro to Improvâ&#x20AC;? class. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-2047770. The class will repeat Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Julie Vidrick Evans, director of music at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul Juxtaposition: J.S. Bach and the African American Spiritual.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Jazz composer Darcy James Argue and his 18piece band Secret Society will perform works from their album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Infernal Machines.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Patricia Brady will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000.

â&#x2013; Thomas B. Allen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tories: Fighting for the King in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Civil War.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum: 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  The Shepherd Park Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat! Pray! Love!â&#x20AC;? by Elizabeth Gilbert. 1:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Nir Rosen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wars in the Muslim World.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013;  Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music,â&#x20AC;? about pianist Leon Fleisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mysterious and debilitating hand condition and the love of music that has sustained him. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.

Film The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Panorama of Greek Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Adonis Lykouresisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slaves in Their Bonds,â&#x20AC;? about the collapse of the noble Ofiomahos family (in Greek with English subtitles). 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. â&#x2013;

Performance â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesday Night Open Mic Poetry,â&#x20AC;? hosted by poet-in-residence Holly Bass, will feature a mix of professional spoken-word performers, open-mic rookies and musicians. 9 p.m. $4. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. Thursday, January 6 Thursday JANUARY 6 Antiques show â&#x2013;  The Washington Winter Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring antiques, fine arts, and a loan exhibition from Tudor Place Historic House and Garden â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will open with a champagne reception for sponsors, benefactors and designers, from 5:30 to 6:30 LARGEST SELECTION of sheet music in DC!






Classes â&#x2013; Ray Franklin-Vaughn will lead a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classical Yang Style Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai Chi Châ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uanâ&#x20AC;? for area seniors. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  Marcia Fairweather will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How To Detoxify and Renew Your Body.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-7975102. Concerts â&#x2013;  Cellist Vasily Popov and pianist Ralitza Patcheva will perform. Noon. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;NSO Youth Orchestra Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by high school students in the Washington area. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Robert F. Gatje will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Public Squares: An Architectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Selection.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. â&#x2013;  Historian David C. Ward will lead a gallery talk on Marsden Hartleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eight Bells Folly.â&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coburn and the Possibilities of the Camera.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present a talk by historian Robert Dallek on â&#x20AC;&#x153;John F. Kennedy: Insights and Revelations.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 6:45 p.m. $25. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Edmund Morris will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colonel Roosevelt.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film



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â&#x2013; The National Archives will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simply Murder,â&#x20AC;? the fourth installment of Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1990 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

Performance â&#x2013; The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup comedy show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Reading â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection and Folger Shakespeare Library will present a reading by poet Kevin Young, in response to photographs on view in the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945.â&#x20AC;? A con-

Stewart will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monumental Stories,â&#x20AC;? a walking tour of major attractions. 10:30 a.m. Free; tips appreciated. Meet on 15th Street NW near Pennsylvania Avenue and the northwest corner of the Commerce Department. The tour will repeat every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 8 Saturday JANUARY 8 Book signing â&#x2013; Gerald A. Spence will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The War: 361 Days, 12 Hours and 27 Minutes in Vietnam.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Soho Tea & Coffee, 2150 P St. NW.

Friday, JANUARY 7 â&#x2013; Concert: Senegalese guitarist Yoro Ndiaye will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

versation between Young and Michael Gushue, co-publisher and editor of Vrzhu Press, will follow. 6:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-544-7077.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Georgetown Family Saturdays, organized by the Georgetown Moms group, will feature a performance by the Great Zucchini. Proceeds will benefit the D.C. Public Library Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Georgetown Recovery Fund. 10:30 a.m. $25 per family. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW.

Friday, January 7 Friday JANUARY 7 Antiques show â&#x2013; The Washington Winter Show will feature antiques, fine arts, and a loan exhibition from Tudor Place Historic House and Garden. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $18. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-248-7159. The show will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann and Liszt. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort and guest artist Julie Andrijeski will perform Vivaldiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Four Seasons,â&#x20AC;? as well as works by Christopher Simpson and John Cage. 8 p.m. $30 to $50. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussion â&#x2013;  Tom Rachman will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Imperfectionists,â&#x20AC;? about the employees of an English-language newspaper based in Rome. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Family program â&#x2013;  St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Game Night,â&#x20AC;? featuring games and a potluck dinner. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the New Jersey Nets. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tour â&#x2013; 

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Concerts â&#x2013; National Symphony Orchestra violinist Marissa Regni will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teddy Bear Concertâ&#x20AC;? for ages 3 through 5 about how to decorate music in the form of ornamentation and variations. 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Mason Chamber Players, the faculty ensemble at George Mason University, will perform works by Milhaud, Haydn and other composers. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Roy Hargrove Quintet will perform a blend of jazz, soul, gospel and hip-hop. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Castle Trio Friends will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. $28. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present a concert featuring soprano RenĂŠe Fleming (shown) and pianist Hartmut HĂśll. 8 p.m. $47 to $125. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Pianist Alexander Paley will perform works by Liszt in honor of the 200th anniversary of the composerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth. 8 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. Discussion â&#x2013;  Matthew Gilmore and Joshua Olsen will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foggy Bottom and the West End in Vintage Images,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Steven Simon and Dana Allin will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sixth Crisis: See Events/Page 21





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 Iran, Israel, America, and the Rumors of War,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films ■ AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society will present the film “Yogi Bear” in an environment geared to children with autism and other special needs. 10 a.m. $6. AMC Georgetown 14, 3111 K St. NW. ■ “Stories From a Russian Province” will feature Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov’s 2007 film “The Mother” and Evgeny Solomin’s 2009 film “Countryside 35 x 45” (both in Russian with English subtitles). 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Neorealismo 1941-1954: Days of Glory” will feature the 1945 film “Days of Glory,” about the German occupation of Rome and the Italian resistance during World War II (in Italian with English subtitles). 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ ITVS Community Cinema will present the film “For Once in My Life,” about workers at the Goodwill Industries center in Miami whose determination, talent and dedication take them from the rehearsal room to the concert stage as members of the Spirit of Goodwill band. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794.

Performances ■ Lean & Hungry Theater, a radio drama company, will perform and record the Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Juliet.” 8 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and younger. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. ■ Stand-up comedians and twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar will perform. 8 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-7773259. ■ Marc Bamuthi Joseph will present “The Spoken World (Words That Move Us Series).” 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 4 p.m. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Florida Panthers. 7 p.m. $75 to $340. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours ■ A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including “The Exorcist,” “The West Wing” and “Wedding Crashers.” 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-9793370. ■ Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will

lead a weekly walking tour of his hometown. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a one-mile hike to Fort DeRussy and discuss what life was like for Union soldiers encamped there. 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a hike to see some of the birds that stay in Rock Creek Park for the winter and others that visit from Canada. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Historian David Ward, co-curator of “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” will lead a tour exploring the art and the ideas in the National Portrait Gallery’s largest exhibition to date. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk through the earthworks of Fort Stevens. 2:30 p.m. Free. Meet at Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, January 9 Sunday JANUARY 9 Children’s programs ■ Workshop participants will make rubber-band-propelled model airplanes (for ages 8 and older). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $14; registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. ■ Members of the DC Maxecuters will fly their model airplanes in the Great Hall. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. ■ National Symphony Orchestra musicians Yvonne Caruthers, Natasha Bogachek and Stephen Dumaine will present “Connections: MORE Science and Music,” a multimedia performance for ages 9 and older. 1:30 to 4 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Concerts ■ The Holy Trinity Church choirs will perform “Carols for the Journey,” featuring audience singalongs. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Holy Trinity Church, 3513 N St. NW. ■ The Washington Saxophone Quartet will perform works by Absil, Bartók and Janácek. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Kyle Babin, director of music at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Celtic rock band Scythian will perform music from their children’s album “Cake for Dinner.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The National Gallery of Art

Monday, JANUARY 10 ■ Concert: Banjo player Jayme Stone will perform music influenced by Japanese poetry, Brazilian literature, West African music and folk dances from around the world. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Orchestra will present “Norway Comes to Washington,” featuring guest conductor Bjarte Engeset. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202527-9522. Discussions and lectures ■ As part of the “Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faith” series, Human Rights Watch field researcher Ida Sawyer and documentary photographer Marcus Bleasdale will discuss “Confronting Evil: America and the Lord’s Resistance Army.” 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. ■ The Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues will host a day of lectures and workshops on “Arab Citizens of Israel — Challenges and Opportunities: A Community Education Day.” 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free in advance; $5 at the door. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Center for Inquiry will present a talk by Dan Barker, author of “The Good Atheist.” 4 p.m. $4 in advance; $6 at the door. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. ■ Rachel Machacek will discuss her book “The Science of Single: One Woman’s Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding Love.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films ■

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ture the 2008 film “I Palladiani,” about a diverse group of professors and farmers living and working in the villas designed by Renaissance master Andrea Palladio. Noon to 1:30 p.m. $12; $10 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. ■ The “Palladio Film Festival” will feature the 2008 film “The Perfect House: The Life and Work of Andrea Palladio,” about the life and legacy of architect Andrea Palladio. 2:30 to 4 p.m. $12; $10 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Letelier Theater will present Paolo Virzi’s film “The First Beautiful Thing” (in Italian with English subtitles). 4 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202329-1266. ■ “Stories From a Russian Province” will feature Alexander Rastorguev, Vitaly Mansky and Susanna Baranzhieva’s 2006 film “Wild, Wild Beach” and Pavel Medvedev’s 2002 film “Vacation in November” (both in Russian with English subtitles). 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” will feature the film “Lunch Line,” about the past, present and future of the school lunch program. 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. Performance ■ “Nine on the Ninth” will feature performance artist The Dri Fish and an open-mic poetry reading. 9 to 11 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead a tour of historic Herring Hill, a vibrant 19th-century African-American community in the heart of Georgetown. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 5 and older on a 1.5-mile exploratory hike to Milkhouse Ford and back. 2 p.m. Free. Meet at Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, January 10 Monday JANUARY 10 Children’s programs ■ “Young Portrait Explorers,” a program for toddlers up to age 5, will feature a discussion about an abstract portrait of Joseph Cornell, a story about the artist and a hands-on activity inspired by his shadowbox collections. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; registration required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. ■ The National Building Museum will




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present a reading of D.B. Johnson’s “Henry Builds a Cabin” for ages 3 through 5. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Classes ■ Peter Mandel will lead a seminar on “Write and Sell Your First Children’s Book.” 6 to 8:30 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in qi gong, a Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing and meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Discussions and lectures ■ Author, professor and architecture critic Witold Rybczynski will discuss his book “Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. ■ Author Karen Armstrong will discuss her book “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.” 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ A lecture on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will focus on the Montgomery bus boycott. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Films ■ “Marvelous Movie Mondays” will feature the 2003 film “Mambo Italiano.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood See Events/Page 22




Events Entertainment Continued From Page 21 Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. ■ The “Made in West/East Germany” film series will feature Gerhard Klein’s 1956 film “A Berlin Romance,” about a 17-year-old East German saleswoman and an unemployed auto mechanic from West Berlin (in German with English subtitles). 4 p.m. $7; $4 for seniors and students. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. ■ The “Made in West/East Germany” film series will feature Helmut Käutner’s 1955 film “Sky Without Stars,” about a woman who enlists the help of a Bavarian police officer to bring her child to see her in East Germany (in German with English subtitles). 6:30 p.m. $7; $4 for seniors and students. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. Tour ■ U.S. Botanic Garden volunteers will lead a tour of the conservatory. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. The tour will repeat Jan. 17, 24 and 31.

Tuesday, January 11 Tuesday JANUARY 11 Class ■ Peter Mandel will lead a seminar on “Travel Writing for Fun and Profit.” 6 to 8:30 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102.

Concerts ■ The Vincent Lê Quang Trio, led by the French saxophonist and composer, will perform an improvisational blend of classical and jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ George Washington University’s Center for Latin American Issues will

host a panel discussion on “Haiti: One Year After the Earthquake.” 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. ■ Thomas Zielke, director of public relations for the Office of the Representative of German Industry and Trade, will discuss “Die deutsche Wirtschaft und die EU” (in German). Noon to 1:15 p.m. $7; $4 for seniors and students. Reservations requested. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ The “Authors on Deck” lecture series will feature Norman Polmar discussing his book “Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129.” Noon. Free. Naval Heritage Center, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. ■ Bill Gilcher and Alex van Oss will discuss “Hear Now: The Best Radio Documentaries From Prix Europa 2010.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 170. ■ William Hartung will discuss his book “Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Poet, writer and activist Nikki Giovanni will discuss “The 100 Best African American Poems.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. ■ Rick Bowers, author of “Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement,” will discuss the operatives who infiltrated the movement in

Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performance ■ Student actors from McKinley Technology High School and Florida International University will present a staged reading of Deborah Fortson’s “Body & Sold,” about human trafficking. 7:30 p.m. $30. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Sacramento Kings. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.

Tuesday, JANUARY 11 ■ Discussion: Rachel Polonsky will discuss her book “Molotov’s Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

the 1950s and 1960s. 6:30 p.m. $12.50. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ Photographers Lynsey Addario, Jim Richardson, Fritz Hoffmann and Lynn Johnson will discuss “National Geographic Unpublished: Photographs Left on the Editing Room Floor.” 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Rod Freedman’s film “Wrong Side of the Bus,” about an internationally recognized ethicist and professor of psychiatry who struggles to resolve his guilt about growing up in apartheid South Africa. 7:30 p.m. $10; $9 for seniors and ages 25 and younger. Washington DC Jewish




2121 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Mon-Fri 7:30am-8:00pm Sat 11:00am-6:00pm 202-8-PANGEA (202-877-6432)

Support ■ Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-2680. The group meets every Tuesday. Tour ■ Biochemist and U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Beth Burrous will lead a tour and discussion on the poisonous and medicinal plants growing at the conservatory. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-1116. The tour will repeat Feb. 8.

Wednesday, January 12 Wednesday JANUARY 12 Children’s program ■ “Sprouts,” for ages 3 through 5 accompanied by an adult, will offer varied plant-related activities, including a story, art program or walk in the garden. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. The program will continue Jan. 19 and 26. Concerts ■ The Saxony-Anhalt Brass Quintet will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Austrian band Netnakisum will perform. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $5. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. ■ The Vincent Lê Quang Trio will perform a mix of classical, jazz and rock music. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for students. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Curator Alan Gevinson will discuss “Blurring the Lines of Politics and Entertainment.” Noon. Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-9203. ■ Kate Mazur will discuss her book “An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle Over Equality in Washington, D.C.” Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Hazel Rowley will discuss her book “Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.” Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. ■ Curtis Fentress, founding principal of Fentress Architects and author of “Touchstones of Design,” will discuss his

works, including the National Museum of the Marine Corps and international airport terminals in Denver and Seoul. A book signing will follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Ori Z. Soltes, a resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of Sophocles’ play “Oedipus the King.” 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-7248707. ■ Parag Khanna, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, will discuss his book “How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ In conjunction with the exhibit “The Magic of the Melting Pot: Immigration in America,” journalist and George Washington University professor Steve Roberts will discuss his book “From Every End of This Earth,” about 13 immigrant families and the new lives they’ve made in America. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. 202-2328734. ■ Contemporary artist Alexis Rockman will discuss his artistic influences and the impact humans have on the Earth. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “The Slate Political Gabfest” will feature Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discussing a range of political topics. 7 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ Paula Amann, former news editor for Washington Jewish Week, will discuss “Soul Treks: Five Lessons From Journeys to a Jewish Life.” 7 p.m. $7. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films ■ The National Archives will present “The Universe of Battle,” the fifth installment of Ken Burns’ 1990 documentary “The Civil War.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The “Lions of Czech Film” series will feature Jan Hrebejk’s film “Pupendo,” about two families in Prague during the era of “practical socialism” (in Czech with English subtitles). 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000.

Performance ■ “Wednesday Night Open Mic Poetry,” hosted by 2Deep the Poetess, will feature a mix of professional spokenword performers, open-mic rookies and musicians. 9 p.m. $4. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. Thursday, January 13 Thursday JANUARY 13 Classes ■ PS7’s Gina Chersevani and the See Events/Page 24





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Sackler salutes Persian â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Book of Kingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


ersian poet Abul-Qasim Firdawsi labored for 35 years to write his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shahnama,â&#x20AC;? a 100,000-line epic known in English as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Book of Kings.â&#x20AC;? Completed in 1010, it imagines the history of Iran from the beginning of time until Muslims conquered the country in 651. Though Firdawsi received no money for his efforts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; indeed, he died in poverty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Persian kings have relied on the book to legitimize their reigns ever since. Each typically commissioned his own copy of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shahnama,â&#x20AC;? updating the illustrations to reflect the tastes and styles of their courts.

Illustrations from two celebrated copies of the book are on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in a temporary exhibition titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings.â&#x20AC;? It features some three-dozen colorful, highly detailed illustrations, parts of them painted with brushes consisting of a single hair. There are also decorative plates and ewers dating from the final years of preIslamic Iran. Firdawsi aimed to celebrate Iran, glorify its heroes and condemn its enemies, much like Homer did for Greece in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odysseyâ&#x20AC;? and Virgil did for Rome in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aeneid.â&#x20AC;? Firdawsi drew on dynastic histories, the sacred texts of Zoroastrianism (Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ancient

religion) and a long oral tradition of myths and legends. He produced a poem in two parts, the first recounting mythical times in pre-history and the second relating later events with some connection to historical fact, however tenuous. The first section includes tales of King Jamshid, who ushered in Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first golden age during his 300-year reign. Jamshid introduced Iran to the sciences, medicine and the arts and crafts, a process illustrated in a picture titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Court of Jamshidâ&#x20AC;? (1520s). This tiny court scene, about a foot square, teems with activity: A tailor cuts cloth at the left, while a weaver shoots his shuttle across a loom on the right. In between, a carver taps out a design with hammer and chisel and blacksmiths sledge red-hot metal on an anvil, as a burly bellows operator stokes the furnace. The king sits above it all on a

Above: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Court of Jamshidâ&#x20AC;? (detail), 1520s; left, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rustam Lassos Rakhsh,â&#x20AC;? attributed to Mir Musavvir, circa 1525; opaque lavish throne, courtiers bearing him gifts on his right and soldiers standing to his left with a quiver of

arrows and an ornate sword. All the attention and adulation he received See Sackler/Page 31

Exhibit looks at influence of immigration


he Magic of the Melting Pot: Immigration in America,â&#x20AC;? featuring the diverse work of artists informed or influ-


Kate Brooks is one of the artists featured in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic of the Melting Potâ&#x20AC;? at Studio Gallery.

enced by the immigrant experience, will open today at Studio Gallery and continue through Jan. 29. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Every End of This Earthâ&#x20AC;? author Steve Roberts will give a talk Jan. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; panels will be held Jan. 19 and 20 from 7 to 9 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;Celebrate Gay Marriage,â&#x20AC;? celebrating the legalization of same-sex marriage in the District, will open today at the Foundry Gallery and continue through Jan. 30. Artwork in this juried show was selected for â&#x20AC;&#x153;its ability to effectively convey visually the significance and meaning of gay marriage,â&#x20AC;? states a release. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. A special lecture will be given Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. by Jonathan Katz, cocurator of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hide/Seek: Difference See Exhibits/Page 31

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rena Stage will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arabian Nightsâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 14 through Feb. 20 on the Fichandler Stage. In ancient Baghdad, a courageous young girl postpones her execution by weaving magical tales for the troubled king. Genies and jesters, lover and thieves



On STAGE spring to life from Scheherazadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagination â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allowing her to win the kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart even as she secures her freedom. Performance times will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $55 to $85, subject to availability. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013; Bright Alchemy Theater and Limelight Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Cre@tion Story for Naomiâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 13 through 29 at the District of Columbia Arts Center. Naomi Birdsong-Schultz is a brilliant 16-year-old terrified of finding her place in the world. When her nights become plagued by dreams of her dead grandfather, she turns to her online friends for help, beginning

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Concerts â&#x2013; The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will present violinist Sergey Khacatryan performing works by Silvestrov, Shostakovich and Sibelius. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 204-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Brown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Trinity and Washington Rules: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foreign Policy for Over 50 Years.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Michael Perino will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Wolfgang Mieder of the University of Vermont will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making a Way Out of No Way: Martin Luther Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Use of Proverbs for Civil Rights.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  Author Tim Pawlenty will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Courage to Stand: An American Story.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Catherine Dawson will lead a gallery talk on Roy Cohn. 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Statement: The Evolving SelfPortrait.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will host a talk by journalists Joe Bavier and Marcus Bleasdale and Human Rights Watch researchers Ida Sawyer and Anneke Van Woudenberg about their project investigating Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resistance Army atrocities in central Africa. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  New York-based photographer Mike

Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Schumann, Schubert, BartĂłk and Barber. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Singer/songwriter Bob Franke will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Thursday, JANUARY 13 â&#x2013; Discussion: Brad Meltzer will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Inner Circle.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

Schreiber will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;True HipHop,â&#x20AC;? a collection of his work over the past 13 years. 7:30 p.m. $5. Kay Community Hall, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013; Robert J. Noone, executive director of the Family Service Center in Wilmette, Ill., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stress Reactivity and the Multigenerational Emotional Process: An Overview of Relevant Neuroscience Research.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202965-4400. Films â&#x2013;  The Adult Film Club will watch the films â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citizen Kingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have a Dream.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  A three-part sci-fi film series will feature Gordon Douglasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Them!â&#x20AC;? about nuclear tests in the desert that spawn giant ants through mutation. 6 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  CinĂŠ Francophone will feature Jacques Audiardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Un Prophete,â&#x20AC;? about an 18year-old who is sent to jail and put to work by the leader of the Corsican gang that runs the prison (in French with English subtitles). 7 p.m. $9; $4 for seniors and students. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present the world premiere of Peter Weirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way Back,â&#x20AC;? about prisoners at a Soviet Union labor camp who flee the Siberian Gulag and begin a treacherous journey across thousands of miles of hostile terrain. A discussion with Weir will follow. 7 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Tasting â&#x2013; Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fermenting Revolution: How Drinking Beer Can Save the World,â&#x20AC;? will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tutored tastingâ&#x20AC;? of beers that have been brewed in ways that support their surrounding communities and the environment. 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Author and playwright Wajahat Ali will discuss his recently published play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Domestic Crusaders.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. â&#x2013;  Author John Quiggin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Princeton University professor Cornel West will lead a discussion with broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley (shown) on AfricanAmerican history and culture. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performance â&#x2013;  Mirenka Cechova, a Fulbright Scholar from the Czech Republic, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Voice of Anne Frank,â&#x20AC;? based on the famous Holocaust victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diary entries. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church will present a Shabbat service commemorating the spirit and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Vancouver Canucks. 7 p.m. $75 to $340. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. The Current welcomes submissions for the Events & Entertainment calendar, although space constraints limit the number of items we can include. Items must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the event, and they should include a brief summary of the event and its date, time, location with complete address, and cost to attend (indicate â&#x20AC;&#x153;freeâ&#x20AC;? if there is no charge). Also, please list a phone number for publication and a phone number for an editor to reach a contact person. Entries may be e-mailed to, faxed to 202-244-5924, or sent to The Current, P.O. Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400.


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BONDS From Page 19 percent. Another advantage: If a nonprofit uses the borrowed funds to purchase its own building, rather than leasing, the property could become exempt from property taxes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if, that is, the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget stabilizes enough to fund any more tax exemptions. There are also advantages for the city, because the bonds incorporate conditions that require use of local labor in construction, and local, small and disadvantaged businesses as subcontractors. The bonds also attract economic development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real estate in the suburbs is usually cheaper, but this program makes the delta go away,â&#x20AC;? said Richard Newman, an attorney who has helped many nonprofits obtain the bonds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tax-exempt bonds are an enormous tool to level the playing field,â&#x20AC;? he said, by making it cost-competitive to locate or expand in the city. Revenue bonds are available to nonprofits large and small. One â&#x20AC;&#x153;poster childâ&#x20AC;? for the program is the newly renovated Arena Stage in Southwest, where the Dec. 2 forum was

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held. Arenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent renovation â&#x20AC;&#x153;is a real source of pride for the whole District,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Moore, president of the DC Economic Partnership. Arena used $110 million in revenue bonds to finance construction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dealing with the city was easy,â&#x20AC;? said Joe Berardelli, director of finance for Arena Stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although there are a number of steps to assure proper use of public funds, the process is not intimidating. Working with the D.C. revenue bond office is relatively painless.â&#x20AC;? But the bonds can also help much smaller nonprofit projects. Liggins said his office has handled applications for â&#x20AC;&#x153;from $2 million up to â&#x20AC;Ś $400 million in bonds. We closed a deal last fiscal year, $1.3 million for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,â&#x20AC;? he said. Though the majority of nonprofits are located downtown, in Ward 2, Liggins said the program â&#x20AC;&#x153;provides jobs and contracting opportunities in every ward. We want to talk to every program that has even the slightest chanceâ&#x20AC;? of qualifying, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is there a deal that is too small to do taxexempt bonds?â&#x20AC;? asked Sean Glynn, another attorney who works with nonprofits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used to say $4 million or lower [was too

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small],â&#x20AC;? he continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closer to $2 million, because the process is congenial and has gotten very streamlined.â&#x20AC;? Sitting in the audience in one of Arenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spanking-new theaters were representatives from charter schools, an AIDS clinic and arts groups, all eager to learn about the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We encourage everyone to apply,â&#x20AC;? said attorney Newman, of the firm Arent Fox, noting that he had worked with the Whitman-Walker Clinic as well as a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelter to obtain revenue bonds. No matter how small or large, the nonprofit group must prove it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;credit-worthy,â&#x20AC;? he said. The only question on the size of the deal â&#x20AC;&#x153;is whether transaction costs eat up all the savings.â&#x20AC;? Panelists walked through the steps to obtain bonds and the various professionals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; attorneys, bond counsel, general contractor, perhaps financial adviser â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who might be consulted. Once the application is complete, the D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue, and then the full council, must approve it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very seamless process, not as scary or bureaucratic as it seems,â&#x20AC;? Newman said. Karen Wasserman, a senior vice president


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threw him in 1979. Besides recounting the reigns of 50 kings, the book relates the adventures of larger-than-life characters like Rustam, to this day considered Iran’s greatest folk hero. His role was to protect good, though possibly weak, rulers from evil. He came to their aid on the back of Rakhsh (Thunder), a speckled horse almost as famous as his rider. Rustam is shown in a finely painted illustration as he lassos Rakhsh for the first time, before the pair became as inseparable as the wizard Gandalf and his magical white steed Shadowfax in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic “The Lord of the Rings” — or, for that matter, Don


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and Desire in American Portraiture,” an exhibit of gay art now at the National Portrait Gallery. 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. 202-4630203. ■ “Intellect and Virtue: A Catholic Tradition,” featuring items related to Catholic saints, educators and socialjustice advocates who embody intellect and virtue, will open today at the Catholic University’s John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library and continue through Feb. 4. Located at 620 Michigan Ave. NE, the library is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-319-5077. ■ “Tudor Place: Six Generations of Style,” highlighting objects and archival materials amassed by the Custis-Peter family of Georgetown from 1750 to 1983, will be on view at American University’s Katzen Arts Center this Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Washington Winter Show, featuring antiques and fine arts for sale. The Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. ■ “Tracing Form,” featuring glass-and-concrete sculptures and an installation of luminous wire by contemporary Irish artist Suzannah Vaughn, will open Friday

THEATER From Page 23 Festival.” Based on Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani’s novella and adapted by Israeli playwright Boaz Gaon, “Return to Haifa” tells the heart-rending saga of Sa’id and Saffiyeh, who return to the home they fled during the conflict preceding Israel’s War of Independence and learn the fate of the baby they left behind. Now a young soldier in the IDF, Dov meets his birth parents while cleaving to the Holocaust survivors who raised him. The performance will be in Hebrew and Arabic with English surtitles. Performance times generally will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $60. The theater is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; The “Voices From a Changing Middle East” festival also includes nine one-night events of readings


Quixote and the noble nag Rocinante of Cervantes fame. Text relating to the famous lassoing adorns the top and bottom of the illustration, which belongs to a manuscript commissioned in the 16th century by Shah Tahmasp. Created at the royal atelier in Tabriz, the manuscript took two decades to complete. Its 258 illustrations are considered the best of any “Shahnama.” “Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings” will continue through April 17 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, at 1050 Independence Ave. SW. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000;

at Flashpoint Gallery and continue through Feb. 12. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and the artist will give a talk Jan. 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202315-1305. ■ Hillyer Art Space will open two solo shows Friday devoted to Washington-area artists. The exhibits will continue through Jan. 28. “Critical Balance” includes a large-scale installation and a complementary series of sculptures by NoMa artist Kyan Bishop, a native of South Korea who was raised in northern Minnesota. “Southern Aperture” presents photography of the landscaped squares of Savannah, Ga., by Prince George’s County photographer Leah Appel. A “First Friday” reception will take place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., for which a donation of $5 is suggested. Appel will give a talk Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m., and Bishop will give a talk Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. Located at 9 Hillyer Court NW, the gallery is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-0680. ■ The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will open its fifth annual photography exhibit with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue it through Feb. 4. Located at 545 7th St. SE, the gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 202-547-6839.

and performances from and about the Middle East. For details, visit and click on “Middle East Festival.” ■ Studio Theatre will present Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet” Jan. 5 through Feb. 13. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $65. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300; ■ Washington Stage Guild will present G.K. Chesterton’s “Magic” Jan. 6 through 30 at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50, with certain discounts available. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-5820050; ■ The In Series will present a double bill of Ernesto Lecuona’s “Maria la O” and Ruggiero

Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” Jan. 8 through 22 at Source. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $39; $35 for seniors; $20 for youth. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202204-7763; ■ The Keegan Theatre will present Peter Coy’s “A Shadow of Honor” Jan. 8 through 30 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company will close a new adaptation of “Candide,” featuring music by Leonard Bernstein, Jan. 9 at Sidney Harman Hall. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $48. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122;

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