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ANCs differ on changes to zoning rules

City picks art center for Franklin redevelopment


■ Preservation: Project to

refurbish landmark school

By BRADY HoLT Current Staff Writer

As the Zoning Commission continues to seek feedback on proposed revisions to the District’s land-use regulations, commission chair Anthony Hood said the views of advisory neighborhood commissioners are especially valuable. Last Thursday, the Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the rewrite that accepted comments exclusively from neighborhood commissioners. “We wanted to hear from the front-line elected officials in the city,” Hood said at the hearing. What Hood and his colleagues heard, though, is that opinion is no less divided among neighborhood commissions than it is among the general public. The crux of the debate is whether to update the District’s 1958 zoning code with changes designed to promote such smart-growth practices as density, walkability and decreased reliance on cars. Proponents of the rewrite — including the D.C. Office of Planning, which spent some five years See Zoning/Page 5

By KAT LuCERo Current Staff Writer

The long-vacant but historic Franklin School will get a contemporary art museum — the Institute of Contemporary Expression — as a new tenant. Mayor Vincent Gray announced earlier this week that the arts organization and its chosen developer, EastBanc, will be redeveloping the 1869 building at 13th and K streets NW. “ICE-DC will offer Washingto-

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About 150 eager attendees were on hand Sunday morning when Potomac Phil, D.C.’s resident groundhog, saw his shadow in Dupont Circle’s namesake park. See story, page 14.

By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer


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Brett Young’s proposal would link Foxhall Road to Georgetown.

ly a wooded space parallel to Canal Road at the edge of Glover Archbold Park, this area includes the Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle, the rusted remains of a bridge that once carried the streetcar line running to Glen

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seek to address overcrowding By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Echo, Md. The property is owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, but the transit agency is open to selling it. In an interview, Young said he envisions the derelict bridge being rebuilt as part of a trail. “For a long time, I just saw it as a relic — a beautiful relic,” he said. “But it could be a valuable asset.” Specifically, Young said a trail could provide a safer alternative to the narrow sidewalk along Canal Road, where speeding cars are a common complaint. He said riding his bike along the road alerted him to safety concerns. At least two community organizations appear to share Young’s See Trail/Page 7


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nians and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a full spectrum of art and artists from all over the world — in an iconic venue that will be part exhibition and performance space,” Dani Levinas, the institute’s founder, wrote in an email to The Current. A local art collector, Levinas set his eyes on the landmark property to carry out his vision of creating a center showcasing contemporary works and performances of artists from across the world. His plans also include a restaurant owned by celebrity chef José Andrés. “In leading the consortium that believed that the Franklin School See Franklin/Page 18

Dedicated lanes pitched for 16th Street bus routes

Local aims to convert trolley tracks to trail When Brett Young moved to the District four years ago, he started biking almost immediately. The 42-year-old Palisades resident rides his $400 Fuji regularly through Rock Creek Park, up to Silver Spring, Md., and down to Alexandria, Va. Lately, though, Young is focused less on the region’s existing bike paths and more on one he hopes to see built. He is seeking community support for creating a mile-long pedestrian and bicycle trail between Foxhall Road and the corner of 37th and Prospect streets near Georgetown University’s campus. Current-

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A grass-roots proposal to create bus-only lanes during rush hour along 16th Street NW is catching attention, though advocates are still searching for the right champions in the city government. As one of the busiest commuter routes into the District, the northsouth 16th Street sees more than 20,000 bus riders on the S2 and S4 lines per day, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Notorious overcrowding on the southern leg prompted the agency to add a new loop of S2 buses there last year. But transit advocates say that’s not enough, and they’re calling for more improvements — ideally, a dedicated lane for buses during rush hour along at least a portion of 16th Street between Silver Spring and downtown. “This is the busiest bus line in the city, probably the fastest-growing bus line in the city, and it’s very con-

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officials warn that such a plan would require extensive study of the traffic and parking impacts.

gested,” said Dan Malouff, a transportation planner for Arlington County who lives along 16th Street. “They need to find a way to move buses faster and increase capacity.” The idea of a bus-only lane has precedent in various plans and petitions already on the books. A 2009 study by the transit authority examined the idea for a northern stretch of 16th Street, and a 2010 petition from the Coalition for Smarter Growth gathered supporters. More recently, the D.C. Department of Transportation’s “moveDC” agenda has proposed (though not in great detail) a dedicated path for “high-capacity transit” for 16th. See Buses/Page 2



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Malouff, who writes for his own BeyondDC blog and the Greater Greater Washington website, said the concept is “obviously needed.â€? “But there’s not really much WMATA can do,â€? he said. “We need someone, a councilperson or the mayor, to take it up and really champion the idea.â€? James Hamre, director of bus planning for the transit authority, said creating such lanes would be “relatively inexpensiveâ€? but would require “the combined effort of the community and bus riders to advocate for it,â€? especially given practical obstacles like loss of parking and driving lanes. At the D.C. Council level, the proposal would need support across three different wards. In recent meetings and online statements, Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser has offered varied opinions, but she ultimately clarified in an email published on Greater Greater Washington: “I never said I don’t support bus lanes. ‌ I believe I said I don’t think it would work on 16th Street; though I was not responding to any specific proposal.â€? She added: “I’m happy to review and consider an actual dedicated bus lane proposal that proves to help the most people.â€? Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham, in an interview, said he’s “very supportiveâ€? of the idea. “We should make better use of express bus lanes in areas that are busy with a lot of buses.â€? Ward 2 member Jack Evans was unavailable for comment. At the citizen level, Dupont advi-

sory neighborhood commissioner Kishan Putta has picked up the cause. Putta was instrumental in pushing for increased service for the southern leg of 16th, which added extra buses last spring to a loop between Harvard and I streets. He said the boost “was really working well for a while, but people started to take it more and more, and now it’s overcrowded again,â€? particularly south of U Street. Now Putta is crafting a resolution for his Dupont commission to take up next Wednesday, calling for not only bus service improvements on 16th — supervisors to manage traffic flow, and larger buses, if possible — but also dedicated lanes. The city’s Transportation Department, which would be in charge of funding the project, has expressed hesitant interest. “There is some merit to creating a bus lane on 16th Street, but to be really successful ‌ it would need to reach downtown, and there are some constraints in the lower part of 16th Street that would be real tradeoffs between parking, some of the access and vehicular capacity,â€? Sam Zimbabwe, the agency’s associate director of policy, planning and sustainability, wrote in an email to The Current. Zimbabwe said his agency would first need to engage with residents and conduct more analysis. He also noted that it can be “arduousâ€? to achieve compromise. Zimbabwe added that the city is also studying bus-only lanes for other locations, such as H and I streets NW, and aims to install a short bus-only lane on Georgia Avenue north of Florida Avenue sometime this year. A detailed vision for a 16th Street

bus-only lane came last month from Malouff, who published his idea on Greater Greater Washington. North of Arkansas Avenue, Malouff believes a dedicated lane would be infeasible due to the median strip there. But south of Arkansas down to Park Road, where 16th has five lanes, Malouff suggests that the curbside lane (now used for parking at most times, but open to traffic at peak times) could function for buses only during rush hour. Southward, between W and P streets, the same configuration could work. Malouff said he deliberately didn’t address the more complex stretch between Park Road and W Street, which planners would need to examine more carefully. The proposal presents other complications. Malouff acknowledged that one downfall is 16th Street’s 10-foot-wide traffic lanes, which aren’t ideally suited to buses of the same width. Putta also noted that the transition to bus-only lanes would likely confuse many drivers. That’s why some recommend starting with a limited pilot project, possibly for the five-lane section below Arkansas Avenue. Meanwhile there’s a separate — though related — plan in the works to use “traffic signal prioritizationâ€? to move buses more quickly along 16th Street. Using a federal grant, the D.C. Transportation Department and Metro are planning to add a series of priority signals along the corridor by year’s end. Malouff noted that this technology — which holds a green light for a few seconds longer, or flips to red a few seconds earlier — “is a helpful way to speed up transit ‌ but it doesn’t do as much as bus lanes.

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Effort to end homelessness Amended ‘Promise’ program wins initial nod gains D.C. Council support By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

A coalition of nonprofits, faith groups, businesses and activists launched a campaign last Wednesday to end chronic homelessness in the District by 2017. “The Way Home,� which kicked off at National City Christian Church near Thomas Circle, calls on the city to prioritize finding housing for people who have been homeless for over a year, many of whom struggle with chronic health issues including mental illness. According to the campaign, nearly 1,800 individuals fit that description on any given night in D.C. This means the first order of business for activists is to raise citywide awareness and build support for more public investment related to these issues. “It simply isn’t acceptable for a city with our resources to tolerate vulnerable people living on streets

and in shelters for years,� said Kurt Runge, a founding member of “The Way Home� who also works for the nonprofit Miriam’s Kitchen. Less than a week after the campaign’s launch, all 13 members of the D.C. Council co-introduced a related resolution authored by Mary Cheh of Ward 3. The resolution supports eliminating chronic homelessness in the District by 2020, according to a news release from Cheh’s office, stressing “the need to provide an additional 2,679 permanent supportive housing units.� In the release, Cheh argued that investing in permanent housing would save the District money in the long run. “One report from HUD found that the cost for supportive housing is only $31 per day, compared to the cost of inpatient or emergency room care, which can range from $905 to $1,940 per day,� she said. See Homeless/Page 18

A bill promising extra money to help low-income District students attend college nearly got caught Tuesday in a buzz saw of concern that it could jeopardize federal out-of-state tuition grants. After an hour of debate, the council unanimously passed a heavily amended D.C. Promise bill on first reading, with further debate to come. The “Promise� bill, authored by at-large D.C. Council member David Catania, has had wide support on the council. As originally introduced, it would have provided grants of up to $12,000 a year to attend any college, costing the city an estimated $50 million. The amended version cuts the top annual grant to $7,500 and the cost over four years to $40 million. The measure spurred a strong protest from D.C. Del. Eleanor Homes Norton, however. The availability of so much local money, Norton said, might prompt a deficit-cutting Congress to cut back on D.C. Tuition Assistance Grants. DC TAG, as it’s called, is another popular program that currently benefits about 5,000 college students from the District. It was started to give District residents access to public universities in other states at in-state tuition rates. Since its inception it has been

The week ahead Wednesday, Feb. 5

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a working session to review revisions to residency verification rules; the upcoming Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver renewal request; and implementation of Common Core state standards and Partnerships for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers policies. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1114 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold a forum for mayoral primary candidates and a “straw poll� endorsement vote. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at Paul Public Charter School, 5800 8th St. NW. Voting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a hearing on Metro’s fiscal year 2015 fare proposals and capital improvement program. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Metro Headquarters Building, 600 5th St. NW.

Saturday, Feb. 8

The Ward 2 Education Network will hold a community forum with Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith to discuss D.C. Public Schools boundaries, feeders and student assignment policies. The meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cardozo Education Campus, 1200 Clifton St. NW. To RSVP, contact â– The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold its second community meeting regarding the planned renovation of the playground at Guy Mason Recreation Center. The design team and D.C. representatives will present conceptual designs based on community input. The meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW.

Monday, Feb. 10

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on the Attorney General Partisan Election Implementation Amendment Act. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â– The D.C. Department of Transportation will host a meeting of the moveDC Transportation Plan Advisory Committee from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the second-floor public meeting room at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

The D.C. Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Zoning Regulations Review for individuals and organizations in wards 3 and 4 that have not previously testified before

the commission on this case. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. To testify, contact Donna Hanousek at 202-727-0789 or ■The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a forum for Democratic mayoral candidates running in the April 1 election. Incumbent Vincent Gray and challengers Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Reta Lewis, Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal and Tommy Wells have confirmed their participation, according to organizers. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. ■ The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. John United Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW.

Wednesday, Feb 12

The D.C. Tax Revision Commission will testify before the D.C. Council on its package of recommendations at 2:30 p.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■A community meeting on Garrison Elementary School will discuss efforts to push for a full modernization of the school in fiscal year 2015, rather than the partial project now funded. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school, 1200 S St. NW. ■ American University’s Kennedy Political Union will host a D.C. mayoral debate. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Kids in the Triangle and the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District will host a forum on “How Growing Downtown Families Approach DC Public Education.� Panelists will include D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, D.C. Public Charter School Board executive director Scott Pearson and Walker-Jones Education Campus principal Michael Moss. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 901 3rd St. NW.

cut to provide $10,000 a year for those attending public colleges outside the District, or up to $2,500 annually to help out with private colleges in the Washington area and historically black schools. The TAG program, unique to the District, is intended to make up for the fact that the city has only one public institution of higher learning, the muchmaligned University of the District of Columbia. The program’s current budget, entirely federally funded, is $30 million a year. If the Promise bill passes, Norton wrote to the council Monday, “the council should be prepared to fund at least any current DC TAG students who may lose TAG funding, and to fund future students, if necessary.� She noted that the House last year tried unsuccessfully to cut TAG funds in half, “inviting the city to fund the rest.� In response, Catania, who chairs the council’s Education Committee, offered several changes that he said should assuage Norton’s concerns. They: ■emphasize that Promise is “non-tuition assistance� to supplement TAG funds at public colleges, with money, say, for books, food and board; ■ restrict the maximum grant to $7,500 a year, with a lifetime limit of four times that amount; and ■ clarify that Promise can be used to help out with See Promise/Page 9

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The D.C. Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Zoning Regulations Review for individuals and organizations in wards 1 and 2 that have not previously testified before the commission on this case. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the D.C. Housing Finance Authority, 815 Florida Ave. NW. To testify, contact Donna Hanousek at 202-727-0789 or donna. â&#x2013; The DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and other groups will hold a mayoral forum on youth issues. The event will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fraser Mansion, 1701 20th St. NW; a youth reception will begin at 5 p.m.

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District Digest D.C. Council backs decriminalization bill

A widely supported bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana survived an initial vote in the D.C. Council Tuesday, but with an amendment keeping a possible jail term as a penalty for smoking it in public. The original bill, by Ward 6 member Tommy Wells, was spurred by numerous reports that minorities are far more likely than whites to be arrested and penalized for marijuana possession. Supporters noted that

those arrests carry lifelong consequences, since a conviction stays on the record and can make it much harder to land a job. Wellsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bill would make simple possession of up to an ounce of marijuana a civil violation, punishable by a $25 fine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Truth is, criminalization doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work,â&#x20AC;? he told his colleagues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not OK to criminalize a whole segment of society. They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get jobs, support their families, and could lose [public] housing.â&#x20AC;? The biggest issue Tuesday was smoking in public. Wells had


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offered an amendment to impose a $100 fine to deter public use of marijuana, but that was not enough for Council Chairman Phill Mendelson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many things are legal, but not in certain circumstances,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urination in public is illegal. Drinking is legal, but not drinking in public.â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said he was disturbed to see a bystander smoking marijuana on the sidewalk when he recently accompanied his daughter to a movie downtown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand the social justice concerns, but this is a quality-of-life issue. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want public smoking around my kid.â&#x20AC;? His amendment to keep smoking marijuana in public a misdemeanor, punishable by possible jail time, was added to the bill. There was also concern about motorists smoking while driving, and whether police could use a smell test to detect it. Wells agreed to clarify that police can still stop and search a vehicle if they have reasonable suspicion, such as smell, that the driver is smoking the drug. The bill requires a final vote, probably in early March. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

City Walter Reed plan wins federal approval

The city recently passed an important hurdle in the redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site, winning approval for its homeless assistance and reuse plan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That sign-off clears the way for a formal transfer of 66.57 acres of the campus to the District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are now one step closer to executing the vision for this site that has been formulated by the community over many years,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Vin-

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cent Gray said in a news release announcing the federal approval. The step is one of many in the complex base-closure process first launched in 2005, which will culminate with the District developing a new mixed-use neighborhood fronting Georgia Avenue. The process required the District to enter into agreements for use of Walter Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land with various homeless-assistance providers and other purveyors of public benefits. For homeless services, the city teamed up with H.E.L.P. Development Corp., So Others Might Eat and the Transitional Housing Corp. On the public benefits side, city economic development officials have worked with the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Howard University, and Yu Ying Public Charter School and Latin American Montessori Bilingual on plans for a combined language immersion campus. The broader reuse plan calls for 2,000 units of housing, 200,000 square feet of retail and 700,000 square feet of office space. Last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of this plan by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development means the process can move forward for the U.S. Army to formally transfer the land to the District, following an environmental assessment and negotiations on economic development, according to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release. Last fall the city narrowed down a specific development vision for Walter Reed, selecting the HinesUrban-Atlantic-Triden team to create a neighborhood featuring parks, retail, offices and affordable and senior housing. Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, in a separate news release, emphasized that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;predevelopment processâ&#x20AC;? for Walter Reed should accelerate public uses like a new Engine Co. 22 firehouse and an international high school incorporating the charter programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These uses are vital for our communities,â&#x20AC;? Bowser said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katie Pearce

Tregoning to leave Office of Planning

D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning is leaving the post Feb. 23 for an appointed position at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the planning agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you @MayorVinceGray for the tremendous honor and privilege of being the Director of the DC Office of Planning,â&#x20AC;? she tweeted yesterday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of DC. This has been the best job ever,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could not be prouder of the progress the city has made.â&#x20AC;? Tregoning told The Washington Post that the details are being worked out, but she is poised to become director of the federal agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.

City seeks contractor for premium transit

The D.C. Transportation Department is searching for a firm to â&#x20AC;&#x153;design, build, operate and maintain an integrated premium transit system,â&#x20AC;? according to an agency news release about a request for qualifications issued last week. The firm would develop the new system, including a streetcar network, local bus services and transit facilities, in phases, building on â&#x20AC;&#x153;segments already in construction or planning.â&#x20AC;? After short-listing qualified teams, the agency will solicit specific plans. The goal of the new transit system is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;link neighborhoods with attractive transportation alternatives, reduce short inner-city automobile trips and facilitate and encourage economic development and affordable housing options.â&#x20AC;?

Bistro with bowling, bocce ball opening

Pinstripes is slated to open to the public Saturday at the Shops at Georgetown Park mall, 3222 M St., offering 14 bowling alleys, six bocce courts, an extensive wine cellar and an outdoor patio. An invitation-only party will be held Friday. The 34,000-square-foot space will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, offering space for up to 600 people. This is the fifth location for the chain, which also operates in Illinois and Minnesota.

New record store to open in Georgetown

A new record store will open in Georgetown Friday, bringing vinyl, concert posters and music photography to 1054 31st St. NW. Hill & Dale will launch its operations with a reception and exhibit Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring the work of photojournalist and music historian Peter Simon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The comeback of vinyl records is making it possible for Hill & Dale to join Washington D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing roster of independent, bricks-and-mortar record stores,â&#x20AC;? said owner Rob Norton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created a comfortable place for people to search for records, enjoy new sounds, and celebrate the visual art associated with recorded music and live performance.â&#x20AC;?


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ZONING: ANCs air varied positions on proposed changes in cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land-use regulations

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developing the proposal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; say the rules need to change. They want to reduce minimum parking requirements, allow small â&#x20AC;&#x153;corner storeâ&#x20AC;? retailers in residential row house neighborhoods, and reduce red tape for â&#x20AC;&#x153;accessory dwelling unitâ&#x20AC;? apartments in single-family properties. The changes, they say, would allow more people to live in the District, reduce housing costs by not requiring costly parking spaces, end the incentive for people to bring more cars to the District, and provide neighborhood-serving retail within walking distance of homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we add cars and people at the same pace, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a problem,â&#x20AC;? testified Tom Quinn, representing the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights neighborhood commission. But opponents say some of the proposals threaten the character of established communities. The District currently has a diversity of neighborhoods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from mixed-use areas with vibrant activity to peaceful ones with more space and quiet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are disappointed that the zoning revisions have focused so many revisions on our neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; changes that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for and that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want,â&#x20AC;? testified Nancy MacWood of the Cleveland Park/Woodley Park neighborhood commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neighborhoods would become denser and more commercialized.â&#x20AC;? MacWood joined some other neighborhood commissioners in

saying the solution could lie in more variety for different sections of the city. The Office of Planning has proposed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;customized zoneâ&#x20AC;? in Georgetown, developed and generally endorsed by residents there, as a pilot for future initiatives elsewhere. Some commissioners requested something similar for their respective neighborhoods; MacWood also suggested that communities should explicitly request such changes as allowable corner stores before theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re put in place. With regard to parking, the Office of Planning proposes giving developers more leeway to determine how many spaces they should provide downtown and in areas with particularly good access to transit. The assumption is that the developers would know what their tenants demand and build the appropriate amount of parking. Opponents, though, fear this means developers will go the cheapest route â&#x20AC;&#x201D; providing little to no parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that the impacts will instead be borne by nearby streets. One method to prevent this situation would be for developers to agree that residents of buildings with less than a certain amount of parking spaces cannot get permits for street parking. Quinnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenleytown commission, which recently negotiated an agreement with Douglas Development for a 60-unit apartment building without parking, wants the city to implement an intricate mechanism of regulatory steps intended to balance the interests of building less

parking while preventing spillover effects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is to build in protections to the neighborhood while also improving reliance on alternative modes of transit,â&#x20AC;? said Quinn. Zoning commissioner Peter May has supported the general concept at various hearings throughout the process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a certain logic to it, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to introduce a large building and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit in sufficient parking to accommodate [it],â&#x20AC;? May said at the Thursday hearing. He debated with Dupont Circle commissioner Noah Smith, whose commission supported reduced parking minimums but did not want an exclusion from street parking for buildings with few on-site spaces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You might think you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a car when you move in. But what if you want to age in place or you get a job in Reston? You have to move,â&#x20AC;?


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Smith said. And all the while, â&#x20AC;&#x153;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re subsidizing the street parking of everyone else while you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a right to park on the street.â&#x20AC;? May noted that residents of commercial blocks are already ineligible for Residential Parking Permits, and said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always reasonable to expect parking anyway if you move into a building that lacks it. Zoning Commission chair Hood has been skeptical of reduced parking minimums, questioning how many residents are actually willing and able to go car-free. He asked one Ward 5 neighborhood commissioner a series of questions, hearing the expected answers: Residents of her neighborhood rely on private cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you have any car sharing in your neighborhood?â&#x20AC;? Hood asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any bike sharing? And your neighborhood is mostly seniors? And if

they need to go to a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointment, how do they get there?â&#x20AC;? The commission will hold four more public hearings on the zoning rewrite proposal this month, with two wards covered at each hearing. Testimony will be restricted to residents who have not already spoken, and to advisory neighborhood commissioners, who are asked to share only new comments or details. The hearing for wards 3 and 4 will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Wilson High School auditorium at 3950 Chesapeake St. NW, and the hearing for wards 1 and 2 will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the D.C. Housing Finance Authority, 815 Florida Ave. NW. After those hearings, the commission will weigh the extensive public record and determine how to move forward on zoning changes.

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Police Report

This is a listing of reports taken from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 900-999 block, K St.; 1:59 a.m. Jan. 31 (with gun). Theft â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 5:45 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 4:02 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 5 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 3:35 p.m. Feb. 1. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, H St.; 6:52 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 10th St.; 2:36 a.m. Feb. 1.


psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102



Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; H and 6th streets; 5:52 a.m. Feb. 2.




Theft â&#x2013; 700-899 block, Mount Vernon Place; 5:36 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 11:04 a.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 1:43 a.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7:05 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  7th and I streets; 1:29 a.m. Feb. 1.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Robbery â&#x2013; 5700-5749 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:08 p.m. Jan. 29. Burglary â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, 28th St.; 5:32 p.m. Jan. 30. Theft â&#x2013;  5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:11 p.m. Jan. 29.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 3300-3399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:45 p.m. Jan. 29. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  3500-3599 block, Macomb St.; 9:51 p.m. Jan. 29. Theft â&#x2013;  4200-4225 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:19 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:55 a.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  4400-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:50 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  4300-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:48 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  3500-3599 block, Rodman St.; 3:20 p.m. Feb. 2. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, Ordway St.; 8:20 a.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  2900-3029 block, Macomb St.; 9:09 a.m. Jan. 30.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 3115-3199 block, Woodland Drive; 10:34 a.m. Jan. 27. Theft â&#x2013;  2731-2899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:02 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  2400-2798 block, Calvert St.; 1:36 p.m. Jan. 30. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  Woodley Road and 27th Street; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  2301-2499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:31 p.m. Jan. 31.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Theft â&#x2013; 4400-4499 block, Newark St.; 3:57 p.m. Feb. 1.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 5424-5499 block, Nevada Ave.; 5:21 p.m. Jan. 27.

Robbery â&#x2013; 1600-1677 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 8:38 p.m. Jan. 31.

psa 202

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1200-1237 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:36 a.m. Feb. 2.

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Theft â&#x2013; 4404-4499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:55 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, 40th St.; 6:09 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  4400-4423 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:39 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 8 p.m. Feb. 2. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Warren St.; 3:06 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  39th and Veazey streets; 4:26 p.m. Jan. 28.

Burglary â&#x2013; 3200-3238 block, Grace St.; 9:36 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1560-1609 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:11 a.m. Feb. 2. Theft â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 3 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  1525-1599 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:33 a.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 7:07 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  3036-3099 block, M St.;

4:11 p.m. Feb. 2. Theft from auto â&#x2013; 3400-3499 block, P St.; 8:56 a.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, N St.; 2:43 p.m. Feb. 2. â&#x2013;  3000-3048 block, West Lane Keys; 2:54 p.m. Feb. 2.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery â&#x2013; Pennsylvania Avenue and 26th Street; 4:54 p.m. Jan. 31. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 20th St.; 4:20 a.m. Feb. 2 (with gun). Theft â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, M St.; 8:14 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 19th St.; 3 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  1718-1799 block, L St.; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 7:26 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 9:05 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 21st St.; 1:55 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  1434-1499 block, K St.; 3:09 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  2100-2499 block, K St.; 5:01 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:19 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  1400-1433 block, K St.; 7:41 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, G St.; 3:28 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 11:47 a.m. Feb. 2. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, L St.; 11:02 p.m. Feb. 1.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 2100-2118 block, R St.; 6:37 p.m. Feb. 2. Theft â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, M St.; 6:32 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:04 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  1220-1299 block, 19th St.; 8:33 a.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 20th St.; 2:20 p.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, N St.; 9:02 p.m. Feb. 1. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:25 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  2000-2029 block, S St.; 11:43 a.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  Thornton Place and Wyoming Avenue; 1:45 p.m. Jan. 31.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Theft â&#x2013; 1600-1699 block, R St.; 2:45 a.m. Jan. 31.

â&#x2013; 1400-1499 block, T St.; 1:32 p.m. Feb. 1. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, T St.; 1:23 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, U St.; 2 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, W St.; 12:44 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  1707-1799 block, S St.; 1:06 p.m. Jan. 29. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Corcoran St.; 2:53 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  16th Street and Florida Avenue; 9:10 a.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  1700-1789 block, Corcoran St.; 6:50 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, T St.; 1:50 a.m. Feb. 2.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery â&#x2013; 1800-1899 block, Florida Ave.; 12:20 a.m. Feb. 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1700-1733 block, Columbia Road; 2:55 a.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  1700-1733 block, Columbia Road; 4:01 a.m. Jan. 30. Burglary â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 17th St.; 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Theft â&#x2013;  1730-1797 block, Lanier Place; 3:51 p.m. Jan 29. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Ontario Place; 10:27 a.m. Jan. 30. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Summit Place; 6:23 p.m. Jan. 31. â&#x2013;  1851-1875 block, Columbia Road; 7:29 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 8:31 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 10:30 p.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, 18th St.; 12:34 a.m. Feb. 2. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1700-1719 block, Kalorama Road; 8:38 a.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  1700-1733 block, Columbia Road; 8:51 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, Mozart Place; 9:15 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  2322-2499 block, Ontario Road; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  2120-2323 block, Ontario Road; 2:32 a.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  Ontario Road and Old Morgan School Place; 3:04 a.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, Old Morgan School Place; 3:27 a.m. Feb. 1. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Mozart Place; 5:08 p.m. Feb. 1.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Burglary â&#x2013; 1200-1299 block, 9th St.; 11:05 a.m. Jan. 27. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, S St.; 9:22 a.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Corcoran St.; 2:11 p.m. Jan. 27.

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TRAIL: Proposal eyes old trolley tracks for a pedestrian, bicycle route into Georgetown

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vision. In a Nov. 19 letter to the D.C. Department of Transportation, the D.C. Preservation League wrote that “work to repair and reuse the trestle as part of a pedestrian/bike trail system would stabilize and preserve this rare historic resource.” Just days later, on Nov. 26, the Rails-toTrails Conservancy sent the agency its own

letter, writing that “preserving this historic corridor for trail use will support the development of a robust active transportation network in Northwest Washington, D.C., increasing the options for healthy active recreation.” The group predicted the project would “help reduce traffic congestion and provide area residents with new opportunities for travel.” In an email to The Current, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokes-

person Morgan Dye wrote that the type of trail Young proposes “might represent the highest and best use for the property and we would be amenable to a purchaser using the property for that purpose.” The question is who that purchaser would be. Young suggested that Georgetown University ought to consider completing this project. For its part, the Transportation Department has no immediate plans to advance the proposal.

“There is the potential for a trail and we haven’t ruled it out, but we are not actively working on anything,” Transportation Department spokesperson Monica Hernandez wrote in an email to The Current. In a follow-up interview, she explained that one major obstacle is the agency’s limited budget. “Right now, this particular area — it’s not a priority for us at this particular moment in time,” Hernandez said.

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â&#x2013; adams morgan

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; public comment. â&#x2013;  presentation by Dupont Circle Village on aging-in-place programs. â&#x2013;  announcement of committee agendas for the month. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Control and public safety matters: follow-up on stabbings at District; and consideration of an application by Madamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Organ to terminate its settlement agreement with the commission. â&#x2013;  consideration of planning, zoning and transportation matters: Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Marathon; development adjacent to the Washington Hilton; and request for extension of time regarding valet parking at Buca di Beppo. â&#x2013;  consideration of a grant application from Christ House. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

â&#x2013; Foggy bottom / west end


The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

â&#x2013; dupont circle

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p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; introduction of new Metropolitan Police Department representatives from the 2nd and 3rd districts. â&#x2013;  announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Control renewal applications for area taverns: Phase 1 of Dupont, 1415 22nd St.; Rosebar, 1215 Connecticut Ave.; Stetsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1610 U St.; and Malaysia Kopitam, 1827 M St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution to drop the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protest of the Alcoholic Beverage Control license renewal application for Fireplace, 2161 P St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a new Alcoholic Beverage Control license application for a restaurant-class license for Tico, 1926 14th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by FreshFarm Markets for a letter of support for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Houseâ&#x20AC;? farmers market on Vermont Avenue. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for a valet staging area for Al Tiramisu, 2014 P St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for a valet staging area for Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab, 740 15th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for use of two parking spaces as a valet staging area for Barcode, 1101 17th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for use of two parking spaces as a valet staging area for Georgia Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 950 15th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for use of two parking spaces as a valet staging area for the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, 1700 H St. â&#x2013;  rehearing of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a project at 1728 P St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a variance at 1536 T St. to allow a rear deck. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request for a letter of support for a certificate of need for the George Washington University Emergency Medical Response Group (EMeRG) to continue ambulance services on and around the George Washington University campus. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request for a letter of support for a Connecticut Avenue Circulator bus. â&#x2013;  report on a survey of bylaws and proposed changes to the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bylaws. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, visit

ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters

ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact

burleith / hillandale

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

â&#x2013; logan circle

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  government reports. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by Holladay Corp. on development plans for 13091333 13th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of proposed modifications to the scope and responsibilities of the alcohol policy committee. â&#x2013;  consideration of community development committee maters: establishment of a Mid City/Logan Circle Business Improvement District; and community parking recommendation for 1325 S St. â&#x2013;  update on education committee matters. â&#x2013;  consideration of an appeal of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter of dismissal regarding Mood Lounge/Vita, 1319 9th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a protest of the Alcoholic Beverage Control license application for American restaurant, 1209-1213 10th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by The Park, 920 14th St., asking the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to terminate a settlement agreement. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Alcoholic Beverage Control license application for the Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control request by Number 9, 1435 P St., for a settlement agreement amendment to permit live music. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

â&#x2013; Glover Park / Cathedral heights

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit

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PROMISE: Funding for college grants spurs debate in council over impact on DC TAG

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tuition only at private colleges not eligible to take TAG money. But that didn’t satisfy the bill’s critics. “I think we’re playing with fire,” said at-large member Vincent Orange. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and we don’t even have two yet,” he said, noting there is still no funding in place for the Promise program.

“My concern is losing TAG. Are we willing to take that risk, when our delegate has said it’s too risky?” asked Ward 2 member Jack Evans. He moved to postpone debate until April, noting that the grants wouldn’t be available until 2015 anyway, but the motion lost on a 3-9 vote. Catania stoutly defended his amended bill. “We’ve gone to great lengths to clarify that Promise won’t supplant federal dollars,” he

said, adding that many disadvantaged students still can’t afford the full cost of college even with a federal TAG grant. More dollars also gives students more choice if they want to “follow their dreams” and attend a private college elsewhere, Catania said. A group of high-schoolers in the audience waved signs that said “I want to attend … ,” with schools like Harvard, Lehigh and Syracuse filling in the blank.

An argument from Ward 6 member Tommy Wells helped carry the day. “Seems like we’re being held hostage from supporting our young people because we receive federal money,” he said. “Is this a vote about whether we’re able to provide our own money to our students?” Mayor Vincent Gray indicated that he supports the Promise program. Catania pledged to consult further with Norton prior to a final vote on the bill, probably in early March.


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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Crisis of confidence

It’s easy to imagine the terror and helplessness Marie Mills must have felt when her father, Medric Cecil Mills Jr., collapsed while they were shopping at a Rhode Island Avenue NE strip mall Jan. 25. What isn’t easy to imagine is why firefighters at a station across the street ignored pleas to come to the aid of Mr. Mills, who died later that day at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. According to media reports, bystanders ran to the station and banged on the door, asking for help. A firefighter said they had to call 911 to get assistance and that he couldn’t respond without an order from his lieutenant. Apparently the firefighter, a rookie, reported the incident to Lt. Kellene Davis, and she asked for an address and then lost track of him. Both have been placed on administrative leave, and Lt. Davis has since submitted retirement papers. The incident is all the more infuriating given the recent history of the city’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. This includes a 2006 death after technicians misdiagnosed Chevy Chase resident David Rosenbaum as drunk rather than the victim of a brutal attack — a case that spurred, via lawsuit, plans for reform. Of late the agency has also faced management-union battles, equipment woes and personnel shortages. Clearly the reform required after Mr. Rosenbaum’s 2006 death has not come to pass. Now it’s time for real change. There’s no excuse for the inaction on Rhode Island Avenue, and the actors in that tragedy — barring extenuating circumstances not yet known — must be disciplined swiftly and appropriately, with the results of an internal investigation made public. More broadly, city leaders must consider the structure and management of the fire department. Some have suggested that the mayor simply clean house, firing Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, but we’d prefer to see an expert panel assess the agency and suggest widespread reforms to the mayor and D.C. Council. We think a group of three — a labor-friendly representative, someone with a management background, and either an academic or mediator to chair the team — should examine the agency and suggest ways to proceed. Should the city finally pursue the idea of splitting emergency services from the fire agency? Is a proposal from Chief Ellerbe to revamp shift schedules appropriate? And, of course, do the failures of Jan. 25 and recent years in general reach to the top in terms of blame? Washingtonians ought to feel safe in their city, and the Fire Department’s recent actions hardly inspire confidence — in fact, they cause real anxiety.

The right approach

D.C. got good financial news last week: For the fourth year in a row, the city has finished the budget cycle with a surplus, with the extra this time pushing reserve funds to their highest-ever tally of $1.75 billion. The windfall comes as a joint result of restrained spending and increased income: City agencies left $153 million in unspent funds on the table, and new residents and development yielded $62 million in additional income taxes and even more in extra property taxes, adding up to $321 million in all. We’re pleased that Mayor Vincent Gray, with the support of the D.C. Council, is taking a cautious approach to finances. Having money in the bank is good for the city in more ways than one. First, a solid rainy-day fund can improve our bond ratings on Wall Street, which can lead to better deals when we borrow for capital projects. Second, having reserves on hand can be crucial in challenging times, especially when Congress has the power to muck about in our affairs. “The importance of having an adequate Fund Balance was never more evident than during the recent federal government shutdown,” the mayor said in a news release. “I declared all personnel essential and continued vital city services to District residents un-interrupted. This would not have been possible if the District had not had adequate reserves upon which to draw.” Many wish the city would commit some of this extra money to social services, and indeed there are a number of good causes to support. But we appreciate the approach the mayor has adopted, along with Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 5 member Kenyan McDuffie, who chairs the Committee on Government Operations. Once the city has amassed sufficient reserves to cover 60 days of operations, any further surpluses will be divided among the Housing Production Trust Fund, which provides affordable housing; the health-benefits fund for D.C. government retirees; and the city’s capital spending budget, thus reducing the debt. There’s currently enough to keep the city running for about 45 days, so there’s still some saving to be done.

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Damnable inaction and silence … ? This much is clear. A 77-year-old man is dead. And his daughter watched him die. She had waited in vain for help from a firehouse that was just across Rhode Island Avenue NE. The help never came. Personnel at the fire station did not respond to screams for assistance. “It’s outrageous,” said Mayor Vincent Gray, speaking to reporters last week about the sad tale of Medric Cecil Mills. Mills was a four-decade employee of the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation — still working. He had a heart attack on Saturday, Jan. 25, when he was on an errand with his daughter Marie. “I know his daughter wants to see justice done. I’ve talked to her twice,” the mayor, who has ordered an investigation, told NBC4 this week. “We think in the next few days this will be concluded, but I don’t want to set a date,” he told Mark Segraves, commenting on the situation that was first disclosed by WTTG’s Paul Wagner. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander similarly has expressed shock that first responders didn’t respond in what appeared to be an obvious emergency situation. But no one (as of our deadline) has heard from Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe. Not one word. Last week we sent emails to the fire department asking for Ellerbe to comment. “He’s the fire chief and to my knowledge has not said anything about the Rhode Island firehouse matter,” we wrote to the media relations office. “Chief Ellerbe is unavailable for comment,” came the initial response. We pointed out that Ellerbe had said nothing even though Gray and Quander had. “Correct, Chief Ellerbe has not commented on the incident,” came the terse reply. So this week, NBC4’s Segraves asked Mayor Gray about the chief’s silence. “Any reason Chief Ellerbe hasn’t spoken about this?” Segraves asked. “No, there isn’t any,” Gray said of his chief. “I mean we’ve certainly not told him to not speak.” Ellerbe has been the focus of extensive complaints about his handling of various fire department issues. He’s addressed a lot of them, whether you agree with his explanations or not. But his silence on this incident troubles many people.

■ Uline Arena. For all us older folks, it’s hard to believe the Beatles came ashore and lit the world on fire 50 years ago, when the four mop tops appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. (Younger folks, Google that name.) The Beatles’ first U.S. concert was right here in the District of Columbia at the old Uline Arena near Capitol Hill. The venue later fell on hard times. Its cavernous insides for many years served as a smelly garbage transfer station. But next week the Uline Arena will live again. Developer Doug Jemal ultimately is turning the site into a mixed-use project. But for one sweet night, he’s recreating the Beatles scene as a fundraiser for the D.C. Preservation League. A Beatles tribute band will perform the exact set played 50 years ago. One of the original opening acts — Tommy Roe — will be there, too, to re-create his set. Mayor Gray grew up not far from the Uline Arena. As a youth, he had a summer job delivering ice for owner Mickey Uline. There was an ice skating rink, too, one of the few places in the city you could skate. Was Gray at the Beatles concert? Nope. “No, I wasn’t,” he said, laughing. “I couldn’t afford to be there.” Segraves, who was interviewing Gray about this, too, noted that the tickets were only three bucks. “Well, if you go back in those times, three dollars was a lot of money,” said Gray. ■ Colorful cabs. The Taxicab Commission reports that more than 740 taxi drivers have agreed to repaint their cabs earlier than required. The drivers are responding to a $200 discount being paid by the city. Thousands of new and older cabs are switching over to the red and gray colors that also appear on the Circulator buses. It’s part of the city’s effort to create a more definable taxi system. Right now, many cabs come in a rainbow of colors, making it difficult to know you’re actually getting into a licensed taxi. ■ Next up, Muriel Bowser. The Hill Center on Capitol Hill will host Ward 4 D.C. Council member (and mayoral candidate) Muriel Bowser Monday at 7 p.m. It’s the latest in a series of conversations your Notebook is having with public officials, elected and appointed. Your Notebook and Segraves will talk personal history, policy and politics with Bowser for an hour. For details visit Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Population of deer must be reduced

Your Jan. 15 editorial about culling Rock Creek Park’s deer population was spot on. However, one wonders if culling in the upper reaches of the park may be sending the deer elsewhere in our parks. I have windows overlooking the section of Glover Archbold Park between New Mexico Avenue and Cathedral Avenue. Last Wednesday, I was treated to the sight of a herd of 10 deer searching vainly for food in the park. This is the largest population I have seen. With about 800,000 vehicle/ deer collisions annually in the U.S. causing an estimated $3 billion in damages — to say nothing

of untold injuries and deaths of human beings — the need to lower the nation’s deer population has never been more urgent. Hays Browning Cathedral Heights

Klingle trail proposal ignores maintenance The Current’s Jan. 22 article about the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Jan. 16 meeting mentioned that Klingle Road was closed due to storm damage. Actually, it was deemed unusable due to the lack of city maintenance of the stormwater drains. This resulted in water backing up under the blacktop and making the road surface crumble. According to the Transportation Department, the trail must be maintained quarterly, if not monthly, by the city in order for the permeable surface to be cleared of debris. Unlike the trails in Rock Creek

Park, which are open only in daylight, this trail will be open 24/7. Therefore, the city has decided to install streetlights, which will disrupt wildlife as well as require maintenance. In addition, streetlights may give the illusion that the trail is safe at night. It was stated that this is a $6 million project. I attended the meeting, and we were not informed as to what the $6 million includes. Expenditures to date for the nine or so studies over the years were not mentioned. The projected annual cost of trail maintenance was not included. More than 3,000 vehicles per day, year round, used Klingle Road to travel back and forth between the east and west sides of Rock Creek Park. I wonder if as many as 300 people will use this trail daily, even in the non-winter months. Barbara Ioanes Woodley Park

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Letters to the Editor Major reform needed in city’s EMS service

On April 1, 2005, I was beaten in a road rage attack in front of the Washington National Cathedral. I sustained two fractures, a concussion that left me deaf in one ear, and brain trauma from which it took five years to recover. Instead of being taken to Sibley Memorial Hospital — less than two miles away — by paramedics, I was dragged across town to Howard University Hospital. One wonders, given the severity of the head trauma, whether immediate medical attention would have minimized the effects of the attack. Unlike David Rosenbaum, a very close friend of our family, and Medric Cecil Mills Jr., the gentlemen who died Jan. 25 after collapsing almost in front of a firehouse, I survived. It is beyond belief that the powers that be in this city stand by and do nothing to fix our horrendous emergency service while people are dying! The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is a national disgrace! The lack of leadership by the mayor and the D.C. Council is as much to blame as the fire chief and firefighters union leadership. Heads must roll — from top to bottom, starting with Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe; then the commander of vehicle service fleet; the commander of the training division; and the people directly involved in this latest heart-wrenching event, including Lt. Kellene Davis (the highest ranking officer at the station) and the probationary fireman. If a rookie firefighter cannot use common sense to help a dying person, he or she is not qualified for the job. The mayor and city council should act forthwith – declare a state of emergency, suspend union rights, clean house and place the fire department in receivership! Mayor Adrian Fenty set the precedent — recall what he did to the school board and teachers union. Apologies, meaningless phone calls and platitudes do not bring back the dead. Michael Sullivan Forest Hills

Removing Whitehurst would benefit few

I am writing to take issue with your newspaper’s one-sided assertion about the “controversial Whitehurst Freeway ... long disliked by many Georgetowners for blocking scenic views and, they say, inhibiting waterfront development” [“Georgetown mayoral forum

touches on candidates’ pasts,” Jan. 15.] Despite the fact that your article gave the false impression that it blocks scenic views for “many Georgetowners,” the only scenic views being blocked by the Whitehurst Freeway belong to occupants of the few condominiums along K and Water streets, including the multimillion dollar residences in the Ritz-Carlton and 3303 Water St. Your article also makes the specious claim that these same scenic view-blocked Georgetowners dislike the Whitehurst because it inhibits development of the waterfront. It is unclear what development they have in mind for the waterfront since there is no room for new development on K or Water streets unless they plan to develop the land that is currently occupied by Georgetown Waterfront Park, which would be a travesty. I suspect the effort to tear down the Whitehurst emanates from the owners of these condominiums, whose real purpose is to improve their views and increase their property values at great expense to the city. Tearing down the Whitehurst to improve the views of a handful of property owners makes no sense. Nor does forcing the approximately 45,000 cars a day that currently use the Whitehurst onto K and Water streets, making Georgetown’s bad traffic even worse. Charles Pinck Georgetown

Enforcement lacking at construction sites

Anybody observing the parking situation in the area adjacent to the German Embassy on Reservoir Road should certainly be given pause about just how badly the proposed MacArthur Safeway megaproject and others would impact parking, traffic and livability. Each weekday, the 4600-4700 block of Reservoir is flooded with some four or five dozen vehicles belonging to construction workers participating in the (never-ending) German Embassy renovation. The parking — as well as the drivers’ trash — spills over onto side streets as well, as the workers routinely usurp spaces on Kenmore Drive, 47th Street, et al. And despite dozens of calls to 311, I’ve never noticed even one vehicle with so much as a citation for violating the two-hour zone parking restriction. Indeed, letters of complaint last year to D.C. Department of Transportation director Terry Bellamy and Department of Public Works director William Howland did not provoke so much as a response. All of this invites the question whether the builder has a deal in place that allows his workers to park with impunity. After all, at this point in time, the entire District is in

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play as never before for developers. It’s not much of a leap to believe that D.C. would be willing to turn a blind eye to a developer’s illegally parked employees, particularly when the near-term payoff of many projects is increased property tax revenues. (Of course, there’s always the possibility that the U.S. Department of State has leaned on D.C. to overlook the abuse by these zoneparking violators. Nonetheless, the “take-away” for Palisades residents is still the same.) In either scenario, let this serve as a big, cautionary red flag for Palisades residents. The proposed demolition/construction for the Safeway mega-project — as well as the Lab School and Palisades Library projects — would impact Palisades traffic on an unimaginable scale, as hundreds of construction workers will flood the area, monopolize all of the side-street parking adjacent to the site and trash up the neighborhoods unlucky enough to be proximate. Even a far-fetched plan such as allowing them to park on the MacArthur Boulevard median would be inadequate. At the very minimum, any approval of this undertaking should be contingent upon the provision by the developer of off-site parking, with workers to be shuttled in. The parking at the former defense installation north of Dalecarlia Parkway would appear to be appropriate for such a use. Better still, let’s just do our best to make sure such a mega-project never happens. Peter Watkins Palisades

Loss of old transit facilities is a shame

The Current’s Jan. 29 article “Bus turnaround eyed for new garden center” stated that the old structure owned by Metro was originally constructed as the terminus for the corridor’s streetcar line. According to Motor Coach Age magazine (July-September 2000), streetcar service on Connecticut Avenue north of the Calvert Street bridge was terminated in September 1935. The bus terminal building was built in 1940 by the Capital Transit Co. A similar, circa-1937 building still remains (last time I looked back in October) at the 14th Street and Colorado Avenue bus loop (built as the terminus for the 14th Street streetcar line). It is sad to see these old remnants of D.C.’s pre-Metro bus and streetcar systems slowly disappearing. Losing the Brightwood car barn on Georgia Avenue (the site of the new Walmart store) was really sad to those of us older Northwest Washingtonians who still dream about “Polar Bear” frozen custard. Tom Reardon Sierra Vista, Ariz.

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Spotlight on Schools Blessed Sacrament School

Spring is coming around fast, and this year our school play is the classic story of witches, tornadoes and, of course, flying monkeys: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Oz.â&#x20AC;? A change this year is that we have a new director, Maria Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, a professional theater director and Blessed Sacrament parishioner. She has a degree in theater from Northwestern University and is very excited to come work with the Blessed Sacrament students and put on a great show! â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am passionate about including the students in the creative process and making it a fun and fulfilling experience for all,â&#x20AC;? says Ms. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor. We are excited to see what she will bring to the Blessed Sacrament theater program. We are also very grateful to have had Mrs. Forcey, our previous director, and for all she has done since taking over the program in 2000. The play is open to all students, kindergarten through eighth grade, and we cannot wait to work with Ms. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor to put on a fantastic production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Ozâ&#x20AC;? for her first year. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Orem, seventh-grader

British School of Washington

This week has featured an expedition for aspiring skiers and those who already know how to ski. On the day of departure, all the budding ski enthusiasts (Year 6 and Year 7 students) could not wait to hop on the bus to be driven to the wondrous Snowshoe ski resort. On our journey there we stopped at James Madison University for a quick tour and some lunch. After the long journey we arrived at Snowshoe. On the first day everybody was


sorted into groups. The beginners, like me, started on the small bunny slope with a magic carpet, a lift that you just stood on, and you were taken to the top on your skis. Day two was the day that the beginners got to go on a bigger practise slope and we learned to ride the full lift. Meanwhile the advanced groups were learning how to ski 360s and perfect their turns. By the fourth day it was time for some â&#x20AC;&#x153;freeâ&#x20AC;? skiing together with our friends. It was an excellent display of friendship as the more advanced skiers helped the now not-beginners. The ski trip has been fabulous for everyone, even the teachers. It is one of the best in school history. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lucas Morena, Year 6 New York (fifth-grader)

Deal Middle School

On Jan. 30, sixth-grade students at Deal Middle School had an assembly on homelessness, at which two people from the Speakers Bureau from the National Coalition for the Homeless shared their unfortunate experiences. The first guest speaker, Mr. Steve, gave an emotional speech on how his life turned a corner down to homelessness. The second guest speaker, Miss T., gave a long, meaningful speech on how she was born into a homeless family, but was very successful in school. Miss T. said that she had always wanted to do something to prevent homelessness, and that we could do something most definitely to prevent it too. This assembly was all about how homelessness has to be prevented, and how many people are

already working hard to achieve this goal, including Deal students. But it was different when two homeless guests arrived at our school to discuss their lives. As an emotional, meaningful assembly, the speeches presented to us made me realize that any person could become homeless, as well as the fact that I should be grateful to have a warm house to come home to after a hard day at school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ilina Edwards, sixth-grader

Edmund Burke School

Every year the middle school theater department trots out a fantastic play performed by middle school actors. This year the play is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foolsâ&#x20AC;? by Neil Simon, a hilarious comedy about a village of cursed idiots and the schoolteacher who must save them all. Filled with jibes that will amuse the whole family, it is an amazing script to work with. Of course a play wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be anything without the actors. The troupe of about 20 sixth-, seventhand eighth-graders is sure to make you laugh. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the doctor without a medical degree, Igor and his everlasting love for the flower-sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, parents who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open jars and a teenager who just learned to sit down, tied together with a vengeful count who wants to avenge his ancestors by marrying the young Sophia Zubritsky. Who thought such a comical play could become even funnier? But the theater department proves them wrong by adding even more comic relief, with the sheep that run across the stage chased by forgetful shepherds and the sister always thought to be a brother. It was a terrific play and the audience loved it! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zoe Smallwood, seventh-grader

Georgetown Day School

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the high school suspended classes last Thursday to hold teach-in workshops for students and faculty. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme for the event was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Education: Cultural Competency and Social Justice.â&#x20AC;? The three workshops I attended were â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comeback Kid - Constructively responding to micro aggressions,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Challenge of Defending Arabs and Muslims in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;War on Terror,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teens Talk Racial Privilege.â&#x20AC;? My first session explored what a â&#x20AC;&#x153;micro aggressionâ&#x20AC;? is and how to craft a comeback to one. Micro aggressions are the subtle methods in which verbal and physical language can be used on a daily basis, consciously or subconsciously, to convey oppressive ideologies over different races, cultures, religions or genders. For example, a micro aggression someone could say is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You speak English very well, for an Asian,â&#x20AC;? or, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All black people are good at sports; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so unfair.â&#x20AC;? Some comebacks, or non-confrontational responses, we came up with during the session were, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you mean?â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is that supposed to mean?â&#x20AC;? My second session delved into the dilemma the U.S. government faced after the 9/11 attacks in investigating subjects, all Arab and Muslim young men, without abusing their privacy and civil rights. My last session featured a 20-minute documentary with interviews of high school students about their opinions on white privilege. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary

Hyde-Addison Elementary students had their first ever day of service on Jan. 24. Every grade did a project. The fifth grade packed 328 snack bags for needy kids and adults. Third-graders measured storm grates in the neighborhood as the beginning part of a project to spread awareness of the watershed, runoff and pollution to the Potomac River. Second-graders built beehives, first-graders made lunches for Central Union Mission, and the youngest students made valentines for soldiers. Those of us in fourth grade paired with SOME (So Others Might Eat), a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless and low-income people. We prepared 18 casseroles for the homeless and low-income people of D.C. We used ingredients like basil, salt, pepper, cheese,

tomato sauce and pasta along with other ingredients. It was really fun to make, especially knowing it was going to help a great cause. We were told that our casseroles would feed 150 people. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Phoebe Snow, fourth-grader

Maret School

We went to a varsity girls basketball game at our school. Our team won 47-12. The other team did not score until Maret had 20 points. We really enjoyed the game. At halftime we played on the court and ran around. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s captain is Hannah. The team listens to music to warm up, and the players have a team meeting. They are a little nervous before a game. During the game, the butterflies in their stomachs go away and they just want to win. The Student Council helps organize sports events and the teacher helpers are Ms. McBride, Ms. Hall and Ms. Levinson. They sell food and drinks so that people do not get thirsty or hungry. The Student Council encourages people to come to the games and they hope that winter sports will get the same attention as fall sports. In our PE class, we practice playing basketball too. We have gotten really good at it because we have PE four days a week. At the end of our unit, we played a game with everyone running around and shooting at any hoops in the gym that they wanted. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily McBride and Ellie Wallace, second-graders

Our Lady of Victory School

During Catholic Schools Week, which began on Jan. 26, we celebrated going to a Catholic school by doing something special every day. On Sunday at church we got a free dress ticket because we wore our uniforms. After Mass we ate breakfast at school. My friend Aidan and I were in charge of the pins. We gave a lot of kids pins! On Monday we wore our pajamas to school. It was very nice because the pajamas were very comfy. On Tuesday we went to the American History Museum. It was a surprise field trip. We saw lots of things from the past. On Wednesday some moms came to give out pizza. I liked that the pizza came from a pizza restaurant because that pizza is more special than our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pizza. Also Wednesday was backwards day, so See Dispatches/Page 25

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‘Potomac Phil’ forecasts long winter, gridlock

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By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

It’s prognostication beyond the shadow of a doubt. The nation’s capital will have six more weeks of winter — “and six more months of political gridlock” — according to Potomac Phil, D.C.’s answer to Punxsutawney Phil, the famed mythical groundhog from Pennsylvania. The District’s furry forecaster, made immortal through the magic of taxidermy, saw his shadow early Sunday morning at the Dupont Circle fountain. He was surrounded by a festive crowd of about 150 onlookers, including D.C. Council members and advisory neighborhood commissioners. The event was organized by the group Dupont Festival, which regularly holds community activities such as outdoor film screenings. Phil’s dramatic prediction followed an impassioned plea for an early spring, which came in the form of a prayer from Henrique Ozur Bass of Congregation Har Shalom. “O Hallowed Woodchuck,” Bass prayed aloud. “Our days on Earth are but a shadow. Shall we endure

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D.C. Council members Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser were on hand Sunday when Potomac Phil saw his shadow, promising six more weeks of winter and six more months of political gridlock. much longer the paralyzing hold of winter? Your light causes the winter to be past, the rain to be over and gone. Shine thy light upon the shadow, smiting the house of winter!” But it was not to be. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans announced Phil’s verdict, sorrowfully reading the news from an unfurled scroll. The crowd groaned. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser hung her head. But Evans moved the audience to acceptance.

“In Phil we trust,” Evans said dutifully. “In Phil we trust,” the crowd replied. According to a special Groundhog Day report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Punxsutawney Phil has had “no predictive skill” since 1993. But the federal agency appears to have no data regarding Potomac Phil, who has been forecasting in Dupont Circle for only three years.

Ward 1 candidates spar at Kalorama forum

Current Staff Report At a recent Ward 1 candidates forum in Kalorama, longtime incumbent D.C. Council member Jim Graham cited past accomplishments as proof of what he could achieve if re-elected, while sole primary challenger Brianne Nadeau accused Graham of ethical lapses and touted her achievements as an advisory neighborhood commissioner. The Democratic primary has become a one-on-one contest now that former Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner Bryan Weaver has dropped out, planning instead to run in November as an independent. In remarks before the Jan. 30 debate, hosted by the Kalorama Citizens Association, Weaver criticized the District as a “broken” city that has lost half of its affordable housing and become the worst place in the country to run a small business, while its gap between whites and black citizens keeps widening. Graham, who was first elected to the council in 1998, told the 60-person audience that his record shows “I get things done.” He cited the DC Circulator bus, “which was planned in my office,” safety-providing reimbursable police details and the 18th Street streetscape improvements as some of his recent accomplishments. Nadeau, a public relations consultant who said she helped create a “sustainable U Street” as a neighborhood commissioner, emphasized that young residents must be able to trust local schools if they’re going to raise families here. The two disagreed on Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed land swap to allow D.C. United to build a new soccer stadium on Buzzard Point. Graham said the city should consider fixing RFK Stadium before looking at a new project. Nadeau said she wants “to see a new home for D.C. United” as a way to revitalize the area near Buzzard Point. She added that the city-owned Reeves Center, which Gray would trade for the Buzzard Point land, should remain commercial. Graham criticized a valuation of $56 million for the Reeves Center as “laughable. Let’s make sure we get top dollar.” Nadeau noted that Reeves should include community space, which is less valuable to a developer.

Nadeau criticized the tax abatement slated for developers of a planned boutique hotel at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, site on Euclid Street. Graham, the author of that tax deal, argued that Adams Morgan needs the daytime commercial action the hotel will bring. He noted that a tax deal brought Target to Columbia Heights, producing $46 million in tax revenue and encouraging nearby economic development. “I hope we can go forward with the hotel,” he said. Graham complained that the Adams School, which is now part of the popular Oyster-Adams bilingual program that draws students from beyond the neighborhood, “has been taken away from the community.” Nadeau responded that the city needs better leadership to bring wraparound services to schools. Asked about their top priorities for Adams Morgan, Nadeau said officials should look at the causes of crime; address trash, noise, liquor license and parking problems; and bring the “Envision Adams Morgan” planning agenda to life, possibly replicating it across the ward. Graham emphasized maintaining the neighborhood’s diversity through attracting more affordable housing, and expanding the program to help those with very low incomes. On Adams Morgan’s nightlife issues, Nadeau noted a problem with enforcement against establishments with restaurant licenses that operate as nightclubs. Graham responded that the situation is far better than it was in the past thanks to his successful efforts to dispatch license inspectors at night. When the topic of Graham’s 2008 ethical violations inevitably came up, the incumbent defended himself. The city’s ethics board found that he had offered support for a lottery bid in exchange for the bidder’s withdrawal from an unrelated real estate project. “I never committed a crime,” said Graham. “I never took a dollar that wasn’t mine. I went to court to compel the board of ethics to have a full hearing ... but never got it.” Nadeau responded, “It’s never a good thing when [public officials say,] ‘I was never found guilty of anything.’” She said three official bodies “found our council member guilty of ethical violations. ... It would be better if we had a leader who wasn’t under suspicion.”

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District of columbia office on aging news

Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Serving D.C. residents who are age 18+ with a disability or age 60+ and their caregivers

Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA, D.C. Office on Aging as this issue of the Spotlight on Aging we will focus on “civic engagement.” civic engagement is, “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.” in our community, some of the concerns germane to our seniors include social isolation, poor quality health, uninhabitable homes needing repairs, and stresses related to caring for a loved one or raising a grandchild. through civic engagement, caring seniors can play a significant role in helping fellow seniors in meeting their many different needs. according to research, seniors can improve their overall emotional wellbeing by being engaged in volunteer opportunities to positively contribute in

their communities. other research studies have established that creating and bolstering opportunities for continued civic engagement exhibits a strong positive association with seniors’ physical health and functioning, life satisfaction, subjective wellbeing, and mortality. another benefit of seniors being engaged in their communities is that they do not become susceptible to social isolation as they are physically connected with their communities. thus, it only makes sense for Dcoa to continue promoting civic engagement. one ideal approach for getting our seniors and other citizens involved is through Dcoa’s ambassador Program. as you may recall, Dcoa launched the ambassador

Program exactly two years ago this month. this was an awesome opportunity to move the agency forward as it sought new ways to link volunteers to seniors who had not received services from the agency. the agency’s ambassador Program creates a safety net in the District to respond to the unmet needs of seniors, persons with disabilities and family caregivers in the community. since february 2012, the agency has trained hundreds of volunteers and looks forward to training more individuals who are passionate about helping the District’s citizens with accessing long-term services and supports and respite through Dcoa. civic engagement is a positive movement across

the country. we have an opportunity to capitalize on the momentum in the District of columbia. however, it takes sacrifice, passion, and a commitment to want to serve others, especially those who simply need a helping hand. i view civic engagement as a win-win situation for the giver and the receiver. for the receiver, there is an unmet need that is being addressed. for the giver, it is a sense of accomplishment and a chance to simply do something good for someone. if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Dcoa ambassador, please contact Darrell Jackson, Jr. at 202-724-5622. i look forward to meeting you at an upcoming ambassador Program training! ~

DCOA in the COmmunity recently, Dcoa held a community health and wellness fair at the hattie holmes senior wellness center. the purpose of the health fair was to encourage seniors to educate themselves about health needs and health services the District provides. information exhibits and health screenings included blood pressure and glucose checks by the D.c. fire and ems, glaucoma screening by the Prevention of blindness society and vision screening by walmart Pharmacy. additionally, Dcoa, D.c. board of elections and ethics, D.c. homeland security and emergency management agency, office of the Peoples counsel and serveDc all provided information and

(Below) Mayor Vincent C. Gray, DCOA Executive Director John M. Thompson and Ms. Senior D.C. Nancy A. Berry pose with centenarian Laura Griffin in Fort Lincoln.

resources on their programs and services. if you are interested in hosting a health and wellness fair in your community, contact alice thompson at 202-535-1321 or

Vol 2, No 4

DCOA PrOgrAm WOrkS With hOSPitAlS tO SuCCeSSfully DiSChArge PAtientS in fy 2013, approximately 86 persons received assistance through the Dcoa hospital Discharge Planning Program. an initiative to assist hospitals in Dc with their discharge planning process, the program offers support to seniors age 60 and older and persons with disabilities age 18 and older as they transition from the hospital into the community. Providing assistance is vital so that residents can live independently in the community for as long as possible. effective discharge planning can decrease the chances that a patient is re-admitted to the hospital, help in recovery, ensure medications are prescribed and administered correctly, and ensure adequate preparation of the patient or caregiver to be able to attend to the patient’s needs. elicits patients’ input and encourages them to request discharge planning if a referral has not already been made n Develops a comprehensive assessment, information and education program to support patients and caregivers n creates strong, collaborative discharge team to support the patients and caregiver’s goals and needs during the discharge planning process. ensure that resources are available to meet the patient’s discharge goals. n

for more information or to get assistance with a hospital discharge plan, call 202-724-5626. ~

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Vol 2, No 4

Community EvEnts CalEndar FEBRuARy 6th • 12 - 2 pm

a community health and information fair will be held at the holy temple church of christ, 429 12th st. ne. for more information, call alice thompson at 202-535-1321.

10th • 11 am

seabury resources for aging presents ward 5’s healthy heart Day at nutrition sites. for locations and more information, call vivian grayton at 202-529-8701.

11th • 11:30 am

enjoy a black history program sponsored by the choraleers of the washington seniors wellness center. the program features lecturer ben wright on remembering emmett till,

along with songs, drama and dance. the washington seniors wellness center is located at 3001 alabama ave. se. for more information, call 202-581-9355.

12th and 26th • 6:30 – 8 pm

a new discussion group for adult children of parents with memory loss meets on wednesdays feb. 12 and 26 and continues on march 12 and 26 at iona senior services, 4125 albemarle st. nw. the group is designed for participants interested in learning ways to cope with challenging behaviors, situations, and emotions presented by a parent with declining memory. the series is free, but space is limited. to register, call 202-8959448.

13th • 10 am

a black history program will be presented at the center for the blind & visually impaired, 2900 newton st. ne. for more information, call vivian grayton at 202-529-8701.


the east river family strengthening collaborative Keen seniors Program will host its annual valentine’s Day/ black history luncheon. the event is free. for the time and location, contact, robin gantt, recreational activities outreach coordinator at 534-4880.

22nd • 10 am to 12 pm

the hattie holmes senior wellness center located at 324 Kennedy street, nw will celebrate black history month with a special program and honored guests. for more information call 202-291-6170.


a community health and information fair will be held in the lobby of thet frank D. reeves municipal center, 2000 14th st. nw. call alice thompson at 202-535-1321 for the time and more information.

21st • 11 am

learn all about the D.c. libraries at seabury resources for aging’s ward 5 library Day. for locations and more information, call vivian grayton at 202-529-8701.

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Pepco is warning its customers that scammers posing as third-party energy suppliers are sending fake utility bills via email to some utility customers around the country. Pepco asks customers to only pay their utility bill by visiting or by sending the hard copy of the remittance portion of the invoice through the mail. Pepco advises customers to ask for official photo identification from any person who shows up at their door. employees from reputable

the committee on health, chaired by councilmember yvette alexander, will convene the committee’s fy ’14 Performance oversight hearing for the D.c. office on aging on tuesday, february 25, 2014 at 10 am. the hearing will take place in room 500 of the John a. wilson building, 1350 Pennsylvania avenue, nw. Persons wishing to testify may contact ravna smith, or by calling 202-741-2111. ~

companies, such as Pepco, will carry official company identification cards. if proper identification cannot be produced, customers should notify police and the company with whom the individual claims to be associated. if customers have any doubt about the validity of a person’s claim to represent Pepco, they should call the company immediately at 202833-7500. for more information and updates, visit ~

Spotlight on Community living Spotlight on Community Living is published by the External Affairs and Communications unit of the D.C. Office on Aging. Advertising contained in the Current is not endorsed by the D.C. Office on Aging or by the publisher. The D.C.Office on Aging is responsible for developing and carrying out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, nutrition, education, employment, training, and social services for the District’s elderly population, who are 60 years of age and older. The Office on Aging also administers the Aging and Disability Resource Center, a one-stop shop resource center, designed to assist seniors, persons with disabilities 18 years of age and older and family caregivers navigate the long-term services and supports system. 500 K Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 202-724-5622 • John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA Executive Director In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code Section §§2-1401.01 et seq.,(Act), the D.C. Office on Aging does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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Sunlit Petworth row house boasts character and upgrades


he recent refurbishing of a 1925 row house In Petworth created a wide-open layout on the first floor, an expansive rear

the kitchen. The 17-by-10 deck — as well as its proximity to the cooking and prep area — is ideal for outdoor entertaining. This space also leads down to a two-car parking pad. Back inside, the kitchen showcases antique cream cabinetry, a style that reappears in the home’s bathrooms. This area also offers soft-close drawers, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and modern track lighting fixtures. A side counter near the patio entryway houses a wine refrigerator and more cabinet space. The dining area is accentuated by a modern light fixture hovering above it. A coat closet, powder room with pedestal sink, and door to the basement are right below the stairs and adjacent to the kitchen. The wooden staircase, across from the front entrance, showcases a wooden and wrought-iron banister. This spot is showered in natural sunlight from the second-floor skylight. Up the stairs are the home’s three bedrooms. A Jack and Jill bathroom with a tub and window connects two sleeping quarters that face the back alley. The smaller and narrower of the two has a doubledoor closet, while the larger one has


deck and a plush master suite on the second level. The four-bedroom, three-and-ahalf-bath home at 822 Emerson St. is now on the market for $649,000. Painted in azure blue, the brick facade of the midblock property stands out among its neutral-hued neighbors. In front there’s a green lawn and an elevated covered porch outfitted with a ceiling fan and recessed lighting. The main level boasts a radiant open floor plan, with three-quarterinch maple hardwood floors and recessed lighting. (These features also repeat throughout the second floor.) The sunny exposure on the first floor comes from four double-hung windows: three in the front living room, and one directly across, right above the kitchen sink. There’s also a large window and door that open up to the back wooden deck, off the eastern side of

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This renovated four-bedroom house in Petworth is priced at $649,000. a broader walk-through alcove closet adjacent to the bathroom. The spacious master suite boasts vaulted ceilings with skylights and wide views of Emerson Street from three front windows. A double-door closet provides extra storage above, and a private custom-tile bathroom features a standing shower, accessed through a pocket door. The spacious carpeted basement has a family room staged with a play area for young children. Toward the back is another bedroom that’s currently furnished as an office, which offers good southern exposure and access to the rear parking space. Pockets of soil are also available under the deck to


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accommodate a small garden. The basement also features the third full bath and an area ready for a laundry unit. Some of the original brick down here has been exposed and painted white. This four-bedroom, three-and-ahalf-bathroom property at 822 Emerson St. is offered at $649,000. For more information, contact Ty Voyles of Fulcrum Properties Group/Keller Williams Capital Properties at 202-725-8983.

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The initial goal of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way Homeâ&#x20AC;? is to end chronic homelessness among veterans in the District by 2015, following the example of cities such as Phoenix, Ariz., and Salt Lake City, Utah, which have already reached that milestone. Organizers pointed out that this would be consistent with a federal goal announced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009. Speaking at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s launch, Linda Kaufman of the 100,000 Homes Campaign said the timeline of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way Homeâ&#x20AC;? might be ambitious, but she insisted it was realistic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have homelessness in this city because we choose to,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We choose not to put the resources in that we could. We can do this.â&#x20AC;? Alan Banks, who also spoke last Wednesday, said his

personal story proves anti-homelessness programs can make a difference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am one of those people who never saw homelessness coming,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was living a very comfortable life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had a very good income, had a house on the bay, even had a boat.â&#x20AC;? But Banks said severe depression robbed him of all of that, confining him to life on the streets. As tears welled in his eyes, he described his experience to the church audience: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Praying for the sun to come up on a freezing cold winter morning. Eating out of the trash, because I was just that hungry. Watching people going to and fro, and wishing I had somewhere to go.â&#x20AC;? Banks ultimately found housing through the nonprofit Friendship Place, and he said he believes â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way Homeâ&#x20AC;? can transform other lives like his. Campaign details are available at

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Wednesday february 5 Concerts â&#x2013; New York-based Underground System will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will present a recital by organist Paul Jacobs featuring works by Vierne, Nadia Boulanger, DuruflĂŠ, Messiaen and Guilmant. 8 p.m. $15. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Irish musical group Clannad will perform. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-745-3000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communion D.C.â&#x20AC;? will feature performances by Brave Baby, Oh No Fiasco, Johnnyswim, The Raised by Wolves, and the Walking Sticks. 8 p.m. $11 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Robert Nickelsberg will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afghanistan: A Distant War.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  In honor of Black History Month, Georgetown University professor Maurice Jackson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Black Music and the Desegregation of Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs Council will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where Is Ukraine Going?â&#x20AC;? by John Herbst, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and director of the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 1007, Mezzanine Level, 1801 K St. NW. 202293-1051. â&#x2013;  Peter U. Beicken, professor of Ger-


Events Entertainment manic studies at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paul Celanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lovers and Muses: Poetry and the Biographical.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 443-542-2263. â&#x2013; Joshua Zeitz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Image.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Len Vlahos will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scar Boysâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 15 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Ruth M. Schimel, a career and life management consultant, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Films â&#x2013;  Director Bill Siegel will present his 2013 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Trials of Muhammad Ali,â&#x20AC;? about the extraordinary and complex life of Muhammad Ali outside the boxing ring. A Q-and-A with Siegel will follow. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  George Washington University will present Pablo LarraĂ­nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noâ&#x20AC;? as part of a Latin American film festival. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Avalon Docs series will feature Zachary Heinzerlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cutie and the Boxer,â&#x20AC;? about the chaotic 40-year marriage between â&#x20AC;&#x153;boxingâ&#x20AC;? painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife Noriko. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


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will perform new works and enduring classics. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $140. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Performances will continue Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with a varied repertoire. Special event â&#x2013; The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the San Antonio Spurs. 7 p.m. $9 to $491. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Thursday,february Feb. 6 Thursday 6 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A Black History Month program will focus on poetry by Langston Hughes (for ages 6 through 10). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  An employment workshop will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interview Skills That Win Jobs.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Library and Knowledge Commons DC will present a class led by Andrew Robbins on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Translation: A Brief History.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Library will host the monthly Brown Bag Concert chamber music series. Noon. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. â&#x2013;  North Carolina folk duo Lowland Hum, featuring husband and wife Daniel and Lauren Goans, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Bob Drury and Tom Clavin will dis-

Thursday, february 6 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and cellist Steven Isserlis will perform works by Haydn, Schumann and Brahms. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. cuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club member Alice Day will discuss her life journey, her 23 years in Australia and her film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. â&#x2013;  Nidal Bitari, founder of the Palestinian Association for Human Rights in Syria, and Christopher McGrath, senior liaison officer and acting head of the Washington Representative Office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Palestinian Refugees in Syria: The Crisis in Yarmouk.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  The Literary Book Group will discuss Bertolt Brechtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Courage and Her Children,â&#x20AC;? set in 17th-century Europe but written in response to the outbreak of World War II. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. â&#x2013;  Craig Parsons, professor of political science at the University of Oregon, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Think the U.S. Market Is More Unified and Liberalized Than the E.U.? Think Again.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 736, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Gary Bass will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. â&#x2013;  Talal Asad, professor of anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thinking Through â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Traditionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; About Politics in Egypt Today.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Artists MarĂ­a Magdalena CamposPons, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz and Freddy

RodrĂ­guez will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Race, Representation, and African Diasporic Culture.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read the Book First! Book Clubâ&#x20AC;? will discuss Robert M. Edselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,â&#x20AC;? the basis for a forthcoming movie by George Clooney. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. â&#x2013;  The Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series will feature a talk by Longwood P.S. du Pont fellow Colvin Randall, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Longwood Gardens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 100+ Years of Garden Splendor.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turn of Mindâ&#x20AC;? by Alice LaPlante. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the National Museum of Natural History exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genome: Unlocking Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Code,â&#x20AC;? an interactive debate on genetic information will feature Robert C. Green, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Susan M. Wolf, professor of law, medicine and public policy at the University of Minnesota. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Bruce Aft, rabbi of Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, Va., and an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington, Marymount University and George Mason University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Biblical Stories Still Speak to Us: New Meanings From Modern Midrash.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $28 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Jennifer Senior will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Scott Aughenbaugh, multimedia manager with the Seven Revolutions Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven Resolutions: Global Trends That Will Change the Way We Work, Think and Live.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Trapier Theater, Marriott Hall, St. Albans School, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013;  A discussion series on award-winning young fiction writers will focus on Karen Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swamplandia!â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Poet Carl Phillips will discuss his work with Ron Charles, fiction editor at The Washington Post. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists on the Line: A Conversation About Art, Activism, and the Keystone XL Pipelineâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists David Dufresne, Franke James, Mia Feuer and Steven Mufson. 7 p.m. $5 to $10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202639-1770. â&#x2013;  National Geographic Traveler magazine will present a talk by its 2013 Travelers of the Year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hilda and John Denham, Alison Wright, Shannon Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell, Molly Burke and Muyambi Muyambi and Tracey Friley. 7 p.m. $27 to $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  Priscilla J. Friesen, a faculty member See Events/Page 21


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Continued From Page 20 at the Bowen Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooperating for the Future: The Role of Bowen Theory in Family Enterprise.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202965-4400. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Authors Out Loudâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a talk by Michael Ruhlman, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. $10 to $12. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3254. Reading â&#x2013;  The Visiting Writers Series will feature Andrew Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hagan, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Fathers,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personalityâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Near Me.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2973. Special event â&#x2013;  With a focus on Nordic Lights,â&#x20AC;? Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? event will feature opportunities to see innovative lamp designs, watch short films and sample small bites and beers from the region; create Lite Brite masterpieces; and hear 15-minute focused discussions about how artists use light in their work. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Winnipeg Jets. 7 p.m. $36 to $476. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tours â&#x2013;  A docent-led tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum will highlight artworks by African-American artists in the permanent collection. 12:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street Lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. The tour will repeat Feb. 13, 18, 20 and 27 at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Close-up Tour: Patriots at the Cathedralâ&#x20AC;? will feature a look at depictions of patriots, statesmen and heroes. 3 p.m. $16 to $20; tickets required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Friday, Feb. 7

Friday february 7 Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Bach, Laitman, Copland and Schubert. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The KC Jazz Club will feature Spanish jazz guitarist and composer Oscar PeĂąas. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The 41st annual Cherry Tree Massacre, an a cappella festival, will feature the University of Virginia Silhooettes, Georgetown Phantoms, Superfood, Capitol Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and George Washington Sirens. 7:30 pm. $12. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Jazz

Ensemble will perform with composer and drummer Roland Vazquez. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013; Great Noise Ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pan-Demonium,â&#x20AC;? featuring an eclectic program of odd juxtapositions and grotesque visuals. 8 p.m. $20 to $31.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Subtle Hustle, Ten Feet Tall and Black Muddy River Band will perform. 9 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;TEDxFoggy Bottom 2014: Illuminateâ&#x20AC;? will feature talks and performances by more than 20 speakers, including George Washington University economics and accounting professor Annamaria Lusardi and YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox. 9:30 a.m. $20. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. â&#x2013;  George Mason University professor Edward W. Maibach will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reframing Climate Change as a Human Health and Wellbeing Issue.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Room 101, Ross Hall, George Washington University, 2300 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Gabriel Sherman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Divided a Country.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Prix LittĂŠraires Cru 2013â&#x20AC;? will feature discussion of the recipients of the Prix Goncourt, Prix Goncourt des Lyceens, Prix Femina and Prix Virilo. 7 p.m. $6 to $12. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recovered Treasure: UCLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival of Preservationâ&#x20AC;? will feature Charles Vidorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1934 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Double Doorâ&#x20AC;? and Victor and Edward Halperinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1933 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supernatural.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will present Jess Whedonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Much Ado About Nothing,â&#x20AC;? set in modernday Santa Monica, Calif. 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations suggested. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The 18th annual Iranian Film Festival will feature Majid Barzegarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parviz.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. Meeting â&#x2013;  A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances â&#x2013;  Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jinfan Dance Troupe of Beijing School No. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; comprised of about 25 middle and high school dance students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform regional Chinese traditional dances. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the 11th anniversary of the South Africa Project, youth from the Bokamoso Youth Centre in Winterveldt, South Africa, will perform a new play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Is a Child?â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10 to $35. Betts Theatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW.

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Foundry highlights new members â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take 2,â&#x20AC;? highlighting two new members of Foundry Gallery, will open today and continue through March 2. Featured are photographs by Gordana Gerskovic that look very much like

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occulationâ&#x20AC;? features black-andwhite photos by Stephan Twist, who combines design concepts with surreal narratives around personal themes. The shows can be previewed today and tomorrow during regular hours, and there will be a closing reception Feb. 27 On exhibit from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, abstract paintings, along with moody the gallery is open Wednesday through watercolor landscapes by Alex Tolstoy Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturthat range from the realistic to the day and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. impressionistic. 202-347-2787. An opening reception will take place â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monuments Men: On the Frontline to Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Save Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art, 1942-1946,â&#x20AC;? featur Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the ing photographs, official records, maps, gallery is open Wednesday through Sun- correspondence and audio interviews day from noon to 6 p.m. that chronicle a U.S. Army 202-463-0203. unit charged with recovâ&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paper Paradox: Mateering artworks stolen by rial and Meaning,â&#x20AC;? showthe Nazis, will open Fricasing 10 artists who day at the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explore the uses and Lawrence A. Fleismeaning of paper as a chman Gallery and creative medium, will continue through April open today at Carroll 20. Square Gallery with a Gallery talks are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lean Into Lightâ&#x20AC;? by scheduled for March 13 reception from 6 to 8 Leslie Nolan is part and 28 at 1 p.m. p.m. The exhibit will conof an exhibition at Located at the tinue through April 25. Touchstone Gallery. Donald W. Reynolds Located at 975 F St. NW, the gallery is open Center for American Art Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 and Portraiture, 8th and F streets NW, p.m. 202-347-7978. the gallery is open daily from 11:30 â&#x2013;  Touchstone Gallery will open two a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. exhibits Friday with a reception from 6 â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will to 8:30 p.m. They will continue through open an exhibit of narrative paintings by March 2. Sheila Blake with a reception Friday â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game Changerâ&#x20AC;? includes paintings from 6 to 9 p.m. The works, which by Leslie Nolan that portray people over- revisit the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory, will remain on view through March 1. whelmed by unexpected change. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Dance Concert: Four by Burgess,â&#x20AC;? including a work that explores his greatgrandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to leave Korea in 1903 to begin a new life on the plantations of Hawaii. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $31. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Black Movements Dance Theatre will present a Black History Month program featuring a newly commissioned piece and classic contemporary works. 8 p.m. $8 to $10. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ea Posey will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! From Busboys: Open Mic & Talent Showcase.â&#x20AC;? 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Cleveland Cavaliers. 7 p.m. $10 to $433. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Saturday, Feb. 8

Saturday february 8 Benefit â&#x2013; The Deal Middle School PTA will host

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic of Motown,â&#x20AC;? a party and auction to benefit school programs. 6:30 to 11 p.m. $25 through Feb. 5; $50 at the door. Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Temperapulaâ&#x20AC;? by Gordana Gerskovic is on exhibit at Foundry Gallery. Located at 2017 I St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse Video: Jacolby Satterwhite,â&#x20AC;? presenting a series of print and video works that anticipate Brooklynbased artist Satterwhiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s video â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reifying Desire 6â&#x20AC;? (which will make its world premiere at the 2014 Whitney Biennial), will open Saturday in the lobby of the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Launching Washington Project for the Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse Videoâ&#x20AC;? series, the exhibit will remain on view 24 hours a day, seven days a week through March 28. An opening reception with a performance by Satterwhite will take place Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. The Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I St. SW. 202-234-7103. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Paul Hadfield in â&#x20AC;&#x153;General Foolishness,â&#x20AC;? featuring circus skills, music and See Events/Page 22


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Continued From Page 21 physical comedy. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ “Shake Up Your Saturdays: Shakespeare in Love” will feature a look at the Bard’s poetry, as well as his tales of mistaken identity and absurd antics in the name of love (for ages 6 through 12). 10 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. ■ A children’s film series will present “Creative Adventures,” featuring a program of animated shorts (for ages 7 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ■ “Be My Valentine” will offer tour of the historic Tudor Place mansion in search of Valentine’s Day greetings from long ago, followed by a chance for participants to design their own Valentines to take home. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $5 to $10; free for accompanying adult. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ Presented by Superheroes of Southern Maryland, Batman and Spider-Man will appear in movie-quality costumes, lead a “Superhero Training Course” and pose for photos. 10:30 a.m. Free. Barstons Child’s Play, 5536 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2443602. ■ Storyteller Sharon Gaston will present a Black History Month program on Har-


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Project at Georgetown University, will lead a seminar on “Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’: A Timeless Journey.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Karsten Krebs of Volkswagen of America will lead a workshop on “The Future of Urban Mobility” in conjunction with the exhibition “Post Oil City: The History of the City’s Future.” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Architectural Research Institute, Building 32, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Meditation teacher Hugh Byrne will lead a seminar on “Meditation: Changing the Brain, Opening the Heart.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $90 to $130. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. ■ Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ A workshop will focus on the varied databases available for students, including, Learning Express Library and Universal Class. 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. ■ DC Coast chef Miles Vaden will present the restaurant’s 15th annual Couple’s Cooking Class, featuring an easy-to-prepare four-course menu with expertly chosen wine pairings. 1 to 3 p.m. $85 per person. DC Coast, 1401 K St. NW. 202-4080201. Concerts ■ The George Washington University Department of Music will present a recital by its premier vocal and instrumental students. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Room B120, Phillips Hall, George Washington University, 801 22nd St. NW. 202-994-6245.

Saturday, february 8 ■ Concert: Dumbarton Concerts and the DC Jazz Festival will present jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly and her quintet. 8 p.m. $30 to $35. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. ■ A National Symphony Orchestra prelude concert will feature pianist Christoph Eschenbach, flutist Aaron Goldman, oboist Nicholas Stovall, clarinetist Loren Kitt, bassoonist Sue Heineman and horn player Laurel Ohlson performing works by Widor, Debussy and Mozart. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Alliance Française de Washington and the Embassy of Hungary will present French pianist Claude Bessmann performing works by Ravel and Liszt. 7 p.m. $20 to $25. Embassy of Hungary, 2950 Spring of Freedom St. NW. ■ The KC Jazz Club will present a concert by urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Percussionist, singer and bandleader Pedrito Martinez will perform. 8 p.m. $20 to $33.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society’s “Sessions @ Sixth” series will feature the string quartet Sybarite5 performing music by Radiohead, Piazzolla, Mozart and Brubeck. 8 p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-785-9727. ■ Gypsy Sally’s will host “A Tribute to the Music of Gram Parsons.” 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Macular Degeneration Network of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will present a talk by Dr. Ronald Gagliano on the retina research findings reported at the annual conference of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in November. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602. ■ In a live interview with ESPN’s Howard Bryant, baseball great Hank Aaron will discuss the full scope of his life and accomplishments in celebration of his 80th birthday. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

■ Nathania Miles will discuss her book “Prince George’s County and the Civil War: Life on the Border,” at 1 p.m.; Sandra Grimes will discuss her book “Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed,” at 3:30 p.m.; and B.J. Novak will discuss his book “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Photographer Veronika Adaskova and sculptor Saeri Kiritani, finalists in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, will discuss their artistic vision and their works on view in the exhibition. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Editor Retha Powers will discuss her book “Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs From Voices Around the World.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Film ■ “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Festival of Preservation” will feature Joseph H. Lewis’ 1933 film “International House.” 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ As part of the “Michael Snow: Looking Forward, Looking Back” series, the Canadian-born artist will attend a screening of his films “Wavelength” and “So Is This.” 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. Performance ■ “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass” will feature a funny, lively evening of dance and stories. 8 p.m. $45 to $60. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. Special events ■ A Chinese New Year celebration will feature students from the Ming Hui School performing traditional music and dances. Noon. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-2447400. ■ The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly “Cartoon Skate” event, from noon to 2 p.m.; and a weekly “Rock n Skate” event, from 8 to 10 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the New Jersey Devils. 8 p.m. $64 to $610. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tour ■ Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, will lead a tour of the special exhibition “American Cool.” 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Sunday, Feb. 9

Sunday february 9 Book signing ■ Alvin Townley will sign copies of his book “Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam’s Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned.” 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Mall Store, National Museum of See Events/Page 23

Continued From Page 22 American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program on the winter night sky (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. ■ Gan HaYaled at Adas Israel will present a concert by children’s entertainer and singer John Henry. 10 a.m. $5 to $10. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. Concerts ■ The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by Paganini, Grieg, Leisner and Beethoven. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and soloist Stanley Curtis will perform the world premiere of Curtis’ “Night Passages,” as well as works by Rachmaninoff and Ron Nelson. Preconcert discussion at 2:15 p.m.; performance at 3 p.m. $20; free for ages 18 and younger. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 703-7998229. ■ The Left Bank Quartet, baritone Andrew McLaughlin, pianist Naoko Takao and double bass player Robert Oppelt will perform works by Schubert, Bartók and Kurtág. 3 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the G Street lobby a half hour before the performance. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The U.S. Air Force Strings will perform. 3 p.m. Free. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1518 M St. NW. 202-767-5658. ■ The Catalyst Quartet will perform works by Barber, Walker, Brahms, D’Rivera and Sphinx Virtuosi composer-inresidence Jessie Montgomery. 3 p.m. Free; reservations requested. National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. ■ Northwest Neighbors Village will present a concert by The City Singers, the community outreach chamber choir of The City Choir of Washington. A potluck supper will follow; attendees are asked to bring hors d’oeuvres or dessert to share. 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required by Feb. 5. Theater, Ingleside at Rock Creek, 3050 Military Road NW. 202-777-3435. ■ The Mivos Quartet will perform British works of contrasting periods and styles. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Simone Dinnerstein performing works by Bach, Crumb, Muhly and Beethoven. 4 p.m. $25 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-7859727. ■ The 16-piece Gregorio Uribe Big Band will perform a blend of Afro-Colombian rhythms, funk grooves and powerful big band arrangements. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.


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Events Entertainment ■ The Fine Arts Quartet will perform works by Kreisler, Zymbalist and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. Discussions and lectures ■ Katherine Imhoff, president of the Montpelier Foundation, will discuss “The Presidency of James Madison.” 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202347-8766. ■ Judy Foreman will discuss her book “A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem,” at 1 p.m.; Ian HaneyLopez will discuss his book “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Collector Rodney Merritt and former National Gallery of Art curator Ruth Fine will discuss “The Collecting of African American Art.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “Before Flowers and Fruits.” 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ In conjunction with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s production “We Are Proud to Present … ,” Busboys and Poets will host a reading of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play and a discussion of “Race and Empathy: What Are the Limits of Our Good Intentions?” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ The Palisades Library will present Richard Fleischer’s 1952 film “The Narrow Margin,” starring Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White and Gordon Gebert. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ The ReelAbilities Film Festival will present Xiao Lu Xue’s film “Ocean Heaven,” about a father’s tireless love for his son with autism and his attempt to teach him the life skills necessary to survive on his own. 2 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The ReelAbilities Film Festival will present Michelle Chen Miao’s film “Son of the Stars,” about a young mother in search of her husband who finds herself in an enormous city with her son with autism. 2 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. ■ As part of the “Michael Snow: Looking Forward, Looking Back” series, the Canadian-born artist will attend a screening of his 1969 film “Back and Forth (<->).” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. Performance ■ Busboys and Poets will present its monthly “Nine on the Ninth” poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Special events ■ “Top Nosh: A Young Professional


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tion About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915” — Feb. 10 through March 9. The play follows a group of idealistic actors — three black and three white — who come together to tell the little-known story of a long-ago conflict. The rehearsal room descends from collaborative to absurd as the troupe tries to recreate the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Tickets start at $35, with pay“The Wedding Dress” will run what-you-can perFeb. 13 through March 9. formances Feb. 10 and 11. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is located at 641 D St. NW. 202393-3939; ■ The Kennedy Center will present the world premiere of “Orphie and the Book of Heroes,” a new musical adventure with book and lyrics by Christopher Dimond and music by Michael Kooman, Feb. 8 through 23 in the Family Theater. As a spunky pigtailed orphan growing up in ancient Cook Off!” will feature a chance to taste appetizers, main courses and desserts prepared by “cheftestants” and then select a favorite dish in each category. 3 to 5 p.m. $20; reservations required. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Jewish Social Service Agency will host its second annual “Jackpot for JSSA Charity Poker Tournament,” featuring “No Limit Texas Hold’em” with cash awards for the top nine winners and a grand prize of $4,000. Proceeds will help support the group’s services and programs. 4 to 10 p.m. $150 to $350; registration required. Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Sacramento Kings. 6 p.m. $6 to $346. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Monday, Feb. 10

Monday february 10 Benefit ■ The Women’s Board of the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region will hold its 66th annual “An Affair of the Heart” luncheon and fashion show to benefit heart research and education. Noon to 2 p.m. $125. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2600 Woodley Road NW. 703248-1745. Concerts ■ Musician Julianna Barwick will perform. 8 p.m. $12 to $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ Athens, Ga.-based cinematic pop group Powerkompany will perform. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Vinyl Lounge, Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Abby Kohut on

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s “We Are Proud to Present …” will open Feb. 10. Greece, Orphie has always been fascinated with the stories her guardian Homer (the famous old poet) writes in his book of heroes. When the dark lord Hades snatches Homer and takes him to the underworld, Orphie sets off to save him. Tickets cost $20. 202-467-4600; ■ Spooky Action Theater will present the D.C. premiere of Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues’ “The Wedding Dress” Feb. 13 through March 9 at the Universalist National Memorial Church. “The Wedding Dress” runs on three planes — memory, hallucination and reality — that intersect and collide to reveal the deep motives that drive our lives. It wraps together a murder mystery, a love story and a portrait of madness, all while creating a visual spectacle rich in movement and imagery. Tickets cost $25 to $35. The theater is located at 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301; ■ Studio Theatre has extended Nina Raine’s drama “Tribes,” presented as part of a yearlong British Invasion Festival, through March 2. Tickets cost $39 to $75. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300;

“The Benefit of Being Overqualified When Job Hunting.” 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. ■ Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, associate professor of political science at Emory University, will discuss her book “The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ The Sibley Senior Association will open a four-week lecture series on “Understanding Computers and the Internet” with a session on “Browsing, Searching, and Email.” 1 to 2 p.m. $10 to $15 per class; $30 to $45 for the series. Conference Room 5, Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602.

■ Paul Coates — founder and publisher of Black Classic Press, former Howard University librarian and a former member of the Maryland Black Panther Party — will discuss “From Black Panther to Black Classic Press.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Rachel Pastan will discuss her book “Alena.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ The Friendship Hospital for Animals Client Education Series will feature a talk by veterinarian Kimberly Schultz on common household items, foods and plants that can be toxic to dogs and cats. 7 p.m. Free. Large Conference Room, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin See Events/Page 24


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Continued From Page 23 Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Films â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase Library will host the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The International Uranium Film Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; organized to highlight nuclear and radioactive issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will open with a program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uranium Mining,â&#x20AC;? featuring the U.S. documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Atomic States of Americaâ&#x20AC;? and the German documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Cake: The Dirt Behind Uranium.â&#x20AC;? A panel discussion will follow. 4 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The ReelAbilities Film Festival will present a program of shorts, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be My Brother,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flying Anne,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing Outside the Box, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autism in Love,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Conferenceâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Willowbrook.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books on Filmâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Michael Sucsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vow,â&#x20AC;? star-

ring Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams and Sam Neill. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retro Movie Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature a 1950s classic starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time of the Apes.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Sara Armour will perform. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the States Gallery a half hour before showtime. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Theater Alliance will present Adele Robey in Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Rabbit Red Rabbit,â&#x20AC;? which features an actor who has never seen the script and must to impersonate characters, read and ad-lib the story of a rabbit that attends the circus without a ticket. 7 p.m. $15 in advance; pay-whatyou-can at the door. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. 202-241-2539.


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Reading â&#x2013; Theater J will present a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;1300 Lafayette Eastâ&#x20AC;? by Brooke Berman. 2 to 4 p.m. $5. Bernstein Library, Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tuesday, Feb. 11

Tuesday february 11 Benefit â&#x2013; The D.C. Preservation League will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yesterday & Todayâ&#x20AC;? to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first North American concert. The event will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Coliseum: The Forgotten Landmarkâ&#x20AC;? and performances by BeatleMania Now, Tommy Roe and Something Wild. 6 to 10 p.m. $45 to $100. Uline Arena, 3rd and M streets NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Sheila Turnage will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ghosts of Tupelo Landingâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 10 through 13). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Petworth Library will host a program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picturing America: Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Vaudeville Program will present a preValentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert by pianist Frank Plumer. 11:30 a.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature pianist and Levine Music faculty member Wen-Yin Chan performing masterworks by Bach and Beethoven. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  Ethiopian accordion and keyboard player Hailu Mergia and his band Low Mentality will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriters Robbie Fulks and Tom Meltzer will perform. 8:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will present a talk by Dr. Michael Summerfield on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Safe and Comfortable.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington National Eye Center, Suite 1A-19, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St. NW. 202-877-6159. â&#x2013;  Richard Moe will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will discuss income inequality and his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Fox, associate professor at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel,

Tuesday, february 11 â&#x2013; Discussion: Busboys and Poets will host a discussion with playwright and actor Daniel Beaty about his one-man show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tallest Tree in the Forest,â&#x20AC;? now playing at Arena Stage. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Political Secularism, Religion, and the State.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Third-floor Conference Room, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University, 3307 M St. NW. â&#x2013;  Attorney Thomas Kline, who has handled numerous claims and lawsuits involving the return of stolen artwork, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Crimes of the 20th Century.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Deborah Tannen will lead a discussion of what motivated the left-wing secular Jewish intellectuals who fled their native Vienna before World War II but returned afterward to help rebuild their country. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. â&#x2013;  Jerome Charyn will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am Abraham,â&#x20AC;? which traces the arc of Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life narrated in the first person. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage at the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW. â&#x2013;  Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, founding principals of Johnston Marklee, will discuss their firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative buildings, which explore the relationship between design and building technologies. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â&#x2013;  National Portrait Gallery chief curator Brandon Fortune will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portraits of Power: American Presidents in the National Portrait Gallery.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Instructor Monica Bhide will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flavors of India: The Original Fusion Cuisine.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25 to $30. Mitsitam Cafe, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies and Gentlemen â&#x20AC;Ś The Beatlesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, in conversation with Mark Lewisohn, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tune In,â&#x20AC;? the first volume of the biographical trilogy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beatles: All These Years.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $20 to

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DISPATCHES From Page 12 we wore our clothes backward. People looked funny. On Thursday we dressed like characters from books, songs, movies and TV shows. I was a fox. Friday we learned about different islands. Our class island is Australia. It is one of my favorites because there are a lot of animals living there. I wish it was Catholic Schools Week every week! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alfonso Preciado, second-grader

Powell Bilingual Elementary

Powell had a visit from Presto!, a string trio that offered music, storytelling and magic with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Case of the Vanishing Viola.â&#x20AC;? The group came as part of a concert series sponsored by the National Symphony Orchestra Education Program. Our students are also learning to play string instruments. Ms. Thorne and Ms. Jimenezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth-grade dual language class also had a visit from Dominic Bracco, a Pulitzer Center photographer, and reporter Jeremy Ralph who presented on Mexico and reported from Ciudad Juarez, as well as countries like Honduras. The third through fifth grades had their spelling bee and we congratulate our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner, David Villatorro â&#x20AC;&#x201D; congratulations! The school is now preparing for the upcoming science fair and Saturday Academies. Our Pantherville City Council is finishing a democracy project and we are awaiting the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to fund the completion of our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovation. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Blanca Morales, Pantherville deputy mayor (fifth-grader)

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

We have had the most exciting week at St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy! In honor of Catholic Schools Week, we have had Spirit Week! On Monday, we were able to wear our regular clothes. Tuesday was favorite color day, where we were able to add color to our uniform. Wednesday was crazy hat day, and we had the chance to wear the silliest hats we could find. Thursday was student appreciation day and pajama day! Friday will be sports jersey day and we will have a grandmothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tea in the afternoon. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kindergartners

St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Day School

At St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, snow days are loved by teachers and students alike because we all appreciate having a day to regain strength and play. The night before last Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storm, I wondered if school was going to be closed. I was so anxious. Our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system sends parents phone calls, texts and emails to let them know about weather-related closings. On Tuesday morning, I checked

the school website to see if I was lucky enough to get a day off, and I was! It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if we were outside playing with friends or inside reading a book, we all enjoyed our snow days. My peers do many different things on snow days. On the most recent snow day, there was between 4 and 8 inches of snow, which made it possible for my friends and me to have snowball fights, go sledding and drink hot chocolate when we came inside to warm up. I also slept in, which I usually cannot do. Out of all the things I did on our snow days, just looking at the snow in the morning was my favorite. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Agyeman Nikoi, sixth-grader

School Without Walls High School

The second semester is underway and many seniors have begun to hear back from colleges. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior class of 119 people already has been accepted to more than 200 universities or colleges from across the nation, and will hear from many more as most decisions are given in April. Although students apply to schools found throughout the U.S., most attend schools on the East Coast. According to information found on Naviance, a website to track applications, admittances and actual enrollment, Temple University is one of the most applied-to schools for Walls students. Naturally the George Washington University is also among the most popular, with 18 former students currently at GWU, as School Without Walls is already on its campus and has a strong partnership with the university. Many Walls graduates attend public schools, which represent 10 of the 20 most popular schools for Walls students. These upcoming months will be very exciting for the Walls seniors as they continue to hear back from schools. Best of luck, class of 2014! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Delmar TarragĂł, 12th grader

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are having a fantabulous season. Thank you coaches Ms. Hamer, Ms. Moorefield, Mr. Wolcott and Mr. Page. Also, thank you cheerleaders for your wonderful cheers and your motivation. GO MUSTANGS! The ski trip is coming up on Feb. 7, so bundle up â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cause itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna be cold, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get hurt and have a great time. Thank you Mr. Velez and chaperones (including my mom, who I hope isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to embarrass me) for making this possible. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zoe McCullough, fifth-grader

where in the world theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to live, and others about their families. Taking all of this information we write short biographies for each other and will share them with the class. You get to learn a lot about your friends. Lastly, in art class we are making an identify quilt. Each person gets one square that they get to decorate with something that represents them. After everyone is finished decorating their squares weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sew them to the make a quilt. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lia Meyer, second-grader

Sheridan School

Stoddert Elementary

Normally when you think about what you learn in school itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about math, reading and science, but at Sheridan in second grade you learn a lot about your family and the families of your classmates. For example, in our homeroom we just completed a big project studying our families. We looked at where our grandparents came from, how they met and a lot more. Many of my classmates have roots from all around the world. Another project weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing to learn about our classmates is a biography writing project. With a partner we interview each other, asking questions about their goals and

We are learning about subtraction in Ms. Devroeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kindergarten class. We are using numbers. We are doing take-away with numbers. Like â&#x20AC;&#x153;2 takeaway 1.â&#x20AC;? We use the Promethean board to show subtraction. We are learning letters. We are learning about the letter â&#x20AC;&#x153;F.â&#x20AC;? Our alpha friend is â&#x20AC;&#x153;FiFi Fish.â&#x20AC;? FiFi Fish shows us her lower case and upper case letters. We write the letter â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fâ&#x20AC;? in our book and words like â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiveâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;family.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes we get to play number games. Number bingo is really fun because we use cards and we use purple chips to put on the number that is called out. If you have

Greetings fellow Mustangs! Zoe here with some interesting news. Due to the snowstorm, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had two extra days off from school. We had a half-day on Friday and I went over to a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. Our science fair projects have been turned in and we were presenting them Jan. 29. I hope everyone did a good job and gets a good grade. Congratulations to the girls and boys basketball teams. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 4-0 and 5-0, respectively, and so far we

that number, you put the purple chip on the board. The first one who gets bingo gets to call out their numbers. Ms. Devore reads the Pee Wee Scouts book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cookies and Crutchesâ&#x20AC;? to us. It is fun and they make cookies and they are funny. Everybody makes cookies and earns a cookie badge. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caroline Kantz and Mayya Belyaev, kindergartners

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Washington Latinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film and Drama Club held another 24-hour plays event. Students came together on Jan. 17 to write scripts and divide roles. Then on Saturday the club cast, rehearsed and put on the show four hours later. The show started off with a skit about how to ask a girl to prom, then took a twist and traveled in time. To keep things interesting pairs of actors were given random words from the audience for improv skits. Club members were excited at the idea of involving the audience this time around. It was emotional, dramatic and comedic. The play can be seen on YouTube under the name â&#x20AC;&#x153;WLPCS Student Theatre 2014.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader


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Hey Mustangs! I have some news! Last week we were out of school for three days because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday plus the snowstorm, and I bet all of you were happy about that. The cheerleaders also got their uniforms, so now we are officially a team! The Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance is coming up, so make sure your parents know so that you can come to the dance and â&#x20AC;Ś dance! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lauren Curtis, fourth-grader





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Special events ■ Food historian Joyce White will present an interactive presentation on the history of chocolate. A tasting will follow. 6 p.m. $10 to $15. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. ■ Chef José Andrés and his team at Zaytinya will host a beer pairing dinner event with DC Brau. 7 p.m. $65 per person; reservations required. Zaytinya, 701 9th St. NW. Wednesday, Feb. 12


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EXPERIENCED PETSITTER/ Housesitter available. Responsible 32/F, seeking long or short-term opportunities. Employed non-smoker with car, can provide multiple references. Call 703-772-8848 or email for more details.

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Concerts ■ Listen Local First will present Nappy Riddem, a six-piece reggae band started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform. 8 p.m. $30 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. ■ A singer-songwriter showcase will feature Sean Goggin and Cry Matthews. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Vinyl Lounge, Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Textile Museum and the George Washington University Program Board will present a talk by Dumbarton Oaks curator and George Washington University lecturer James Carder on a late-Gothic tapestry altar-hanging that depicts scenes from the legend of the true cross. Noon. Free. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Eileen Rockefeller will discuss her memoir “Being a Rockefeller: Becoming Myself.” Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-7075221. ■ Nick Mann will discuss his book “Forgetful.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Jerome Charyn will discuss his novel “I Am Abraham.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Artist Mia Feuer will discuss her commissioned, site-specific project “Mia Feuer: An Unkindness,” part of the “Now at the Corcoran” series. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle will discuss her book “The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success.” 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Marissa Meyer will discuss her book “Cress” (for ages 15 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Photographer Martin Schoeller will discuss “Kayapo Defenders of the Amazon.” 7:30 p.m. $21.60 to $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films ■ The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present Jim Jarmusch’s 1984 film “Stranger Than Paradise.” 6:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithson-

ian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The International Uranium Film Festival will present a program on “Fukushima & Nuclear Power Plant Risks,” featuring the Japanese documentary “Forbidden Ground Fukushima” and the Indian production “High Power.” A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ “Les Lutins du Court-Metrage” will feature four French short films ranked by critics among the country’s top 25 of 2013. 6:30 p.m. $6 to $10. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ The National Archives will present the 2013 film “The Gettysburg Story,” followed by a panel discussion with director Jake Boritt, narrator Stephen Lang and Civil War scholar Gabor Boritt. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Human Rights Watch Film Series will present Yoruba Richen’s 2013 documentary “The New Black.” A Q-and-A session will follow. 7 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202419-3456. The series will continue weekly through March 12. ■ The Lions of Czech series will feature Milan Cieslar’s 2013 film “Colette,” based on a novel by former American University professor Arnost Lustig. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances ■ The Happenings at the Harman series will feature a performance by pianist, composer and educator Burnett Thompson. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. ■ Bowen McCauley Dance will present “An Evening to Love,” featuring emotionally charged dances set to scores by artists ranging from Brahms to Stravinsky to country rock legends Jason and The Scorchers. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Special events ■ “Wine, Twine, and Valentine,” a happy hour event, will feature textileinspired craft activities accompanied by wine and music by DJ India. 5 to 8 p.m. $18 to $20; reservations suggested. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ A pizza and beer tasting will celebrate the release of Pizzeria Paradiso owner Ruth Gresser’s cookbook. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $65 for the book and entry to the event. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. ■ The DC Music Salon series will focus on the Beatles’ first U.S. show, held 50 years ago at the Washington Coliseum. The event will include a screening of the entire show, followed by a conversation with people who were there. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Disney on Ice will present “100 Years of Magic,” featuring 65 of Disney’s most unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories. 7 p.m. $20 to $80. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. The performance will repeat Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Monday at 12:30 p.m.

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MCLEAN, VIRGINIA Custom home set on almost one acre with estate fencing for rear garden. Gracious floor plan, stately 2-story reception hall, extraordinary LR, gourmet kitchen. 5BR/5BA, & elevator. $2,495,000 William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620

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CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND Ten year old 5 bedroom home with many owner upgrades. On private shared lane high and back from road. 28,000+ square feet lot and 7,000 square feet of luxury. 3 car garage + gated parking for 6-8 more cars. $2,299,999 Jim Kaull 202-368-0010

SPRING VALLEY, WASHINGTON, DC Elegant brick Georgian on half acre offers ideal floor plan for entertaining and casual living. Sunfilled FR & updated kitchen open to private landscaped garden. 4BR/4BA up; Garage. $2,195,000 Heidi Hatfield 202-243-1634 Anne Hatfield Weir 202-243-1635

WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC Beautiful, 5BR/3.5BA home plus den and office in Wesley Heights. The home features a kitchen renovation by Barnes Vance. HW floors, spacious rooms and large windows. Two-car parking in detached garage. $1,985,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164

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CLEVELAND PARK, WASHINGTON, DC Pristine and move-in ready! Expansive floor plan with large entertaining rooms. FR with fireplace, open kitchen with breakfast room. 4BR/4.5BA with fully finished LL. Garage. $1,765,000 Ellen Morrell Matthew McCormick 202-728-9500

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC This wonderfully located Federal in the East Village is on a corner lot across from Rose Park. Three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, all filled with light. Attached garage and private, brickwalled garden. $1,695,000 Jamie Peva 202-258-5050

CHEVY CHASE, WASHINGTON, DC Grand foursquare, stunningly renovated. High ceilings, exquisite kitchen, open floor plan with four finished levels. 5BR/3.5BA. Private yard and garage. $1,295,000 Sherry Davis 301-996-3220 Lauren Davis 202-549-8784

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Corner Victorian on a desirable block, is flooded with light. The flexible floor plan includes three levels with a gourmet kitchen, library with fireplace, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a private walled garden. $1,295,000 Jamie Peva 202-258-5050

LOGAN CIRCLE, WASHINGTON, DC Sleek, sun-filled 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit with renovated kitchen, fireplace, wood floors, abundant storage, washer and dryer. Low fees, close to everything! $809,900 Heidi Hatfield 202-243-1634 Tammy Gale 202-243-1649

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