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Vol. XII, No. 38

Garrison, Murch push for funding

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■ Schools: Modernization

projects sought after delays

By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

With budget talks currently in the works for the upcoming fiscal year, advocates for two Northwest elementary schools are demanding immediate full modernization. Renovations are now due to

begin in 2015 at both Garrison Elementary in Logan Circle and Murch Elementary in North Cleveland Park. But Garrison is slated only for a partial modernization that would refurbish mainly the building’s interior, and Murch stakeholders say conditions are too poor to be delayed. The projects had previously been scheduled to start earlier — in 2010 for Garrison and last year for Murch — but were subsequently pushed back.

Garrison supporters gathered last week at a joint meeting with the Logan Circle Community Association to make another big push to organize community members and leaders to rally for a full renovation, instead of the phases proposed by D.C. Public Schools. “The more voices the mayor hears from all over the city [that] we’ve got to update this school, the better,” Ann McLeod, president of See Schools/Page 29

City picks team for MLK Library project By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

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Judd Bankert, who has portrayed the nation’s 28th president for more than a decade, reprised the role at the President Woodrow Wilson House in Sheridan-Kalorama as part of a Presidents Day event on Monday.

The District government has selected the team of Martinez + Johnson and Mecanoo Architecture to renovate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown, Mayor Vincent Gray announced yesterday. Martinez + Johnson, a District-based firm, has experience on local projects that include D.C.’s public libraries in Georgetown and Takoma Park. Mecanoo, a firm headquartered in the Netherlands, is currently working on the Dudley Municipal Center in Boston. “Today, the District takes another step towards giving our residents the great central library they deserve in a way that helps improve both the public’s library experience and our library system’s bottom line,” Gray said in a news release. According to the release, the D.C. Public Library system’s architect selection committee chose the team in See Library/Page 16

Rendering courtesy of D.C. Public Library

The architects selected for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library project imagine an inviting light-filled space with modern amenities.

Circulator route sought to link Mall to U Street

Election of attorney general debated at council hearing

By GRAHAM VYSE

■ Politics: Cheh bill would

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The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission voted unanimously Monday to endorse the idea of a new DC Circulator bus route connecting the National Mall with Metro stations in Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle and U Street. The proposed route — nicknamed “Abe’s to Ben’s,” in reference to the Lincoln Memorial and Ben’s Chili Bowl — is the brainchild of Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission chair Patrick Kennedy, who appeared before his Dupont colleagues to outline his vision. Dupont commissioner Mike Silverstein said Kennedy’s concept might be made possible by recent National Park Service plans to install parking meters on the Mall.

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Support is growing for a suggested DC Circulator route between the National Mall and the U Street corridor, linking tourist attractions and Metro lines.

“They’re going to be putting in some parking meters, and the money is going to be used to help subsidize the creation of a Circulator bus route that goes around the Mall,” Silverstein said. “At a meeting that the National Park Service had this past week to announce that, they See Circulator/Page 29

EVENTS

Mayoral candidates face off in forum at American University — Page 2

National Theatre set to host touring ‘Mamma Mia!’ show — Page 21

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To sort out whether the District’s first attorney general election can still take place this year, it may be necessary to first reach some consensus on the meaning of “partisan primary.” Debates over interpretation of that phrase — and how it should factor into the election — dominated a D.C. Council hearing last week on a

related bill from Ward 3 member Mary Cheh. The bill, which heads next for markup and then a full council vote, aims to restore a November 2014 election, as D.C. voters originally approved via referendum in 2010. But the legislation bypasses the traditional concept of a closed primary process, proposing that attorney general candidates list their party affiliation directly on the November ballot. At a Feb. 10 hearing of the council’s Committee of the Whole, the city’s current attorney general, Irv Nathan, argued that this method See Attorney/Page 5

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Mayoral candidates hunt for votes and volunteers at American University By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

A group of D.C. mayoral candidates courted college students at American University last Wednesday night, making their cases to potential campaign volunteers on one of the country’s most politically active campuses. At an election forum sponsored by the student government’s Kennedy Political Union, candidates fielded questions from journalists Tom Sherwood of NBC4, Matt Ackland of FOX5 and Sam Ford of ABC7. Participating

office-seekers included D.C. Council members Jack Evans (Ward 2), Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Vincent Orange (at-large). Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal, former State Department official Reta Jo Lewis and rapper Carlos Allen also took part. Two of the front-runners in the race, incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, did not attend. On the subject of marijuana — perhaps an inevitable topic in a room full of undergraduates — all of the candidates voiced support for decriminalization for small amounts, with

several seeing legalization as the ultimate goal. Wells pleased the audience by arguing that current policies disproportionately punish people of color, pointing out that African-Americans comprise 90 percent of the District’s marijuana arrests. “Now,� the council member said knowingly, “I’m asking a student body at a university: Are the only people smoking pot in D.C. African-Americans?� Wells also won favor with the crowd by proposing a student loan forgiveness program for graduates of D.C. colleges who go on to work for the District government. Lewis, who

received her master’s degree from American University, said she would support such a program — “or at least one that gives you the ability to reduce your debt.� Evans and Shallal outlined their views on how universities should give back to the District. The Ward 2 council member said he wants college students to receive academic credit for mentoring children in D.C. Public Schools. When NBC4’s Sherwood asked the candidates whether they would support free Metro passes See Forum/Page 7

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attending Sharpe Health, the Petworth school for disabled students. In the film, these mothers worry about the D.C. Public Schools system’s plan to close Sharpe and relocate its students to a campus in Ward 7’s River Terrace. Producer Megha Kohli said she and her fellow filmmakers think D.C. Public Schools means well, but they believe the school system should reconsider how closing Sharpe will hurt families. Kohli said most of the parents they interviewed were upset about the decision. “They definitely were feeling that River Terrace was the short end of the stick,� she said; “that they were going from this nice gentrified area to one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in D.C.� D.C. Public Schools did not par-

ticipate in “Leaving Sharpe� and declined to comment for this article. In the film, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is seen making the case that a new, state-of-the-art facility in River Terrace would be “a huge win for parents of children with disabilities.� While “Leaving Sharpe� focuses on educational opportunities for disabled Washingtonians, “Wheelchair Diaries� homes in on issues of public accommodations and accessibility. Director Reid Davenport, a 2012 graduate of George Washington University who has cerebral palsy, tells his own story of traveling abroad and assessing how European cities treat their disabled populations. Throughout the film, he strugSee Films/Page 29

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More neighborhoods want in on Georgetown’s pilot customized zone By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Throughout the District, about two dozen neighborhoods feature specialized land-use regulations, tailored to provide a particular protection or encourage a particular activity. Examples of provisions in these “overlays” include stricter size requirements for new houses, or exceptions to allow taller heights for certain buildings like hotels. When the Citizens Association of Georgetown asked for such an overlay about five

years ago, the Office of Planning turned the group down. The agency was developing a procedure to replace the overlay as part of a broader zoning regulation rewrite, so planners agreed to let Georgetown serve as a guinea pig for the new “customized zone.” This decision has sparked complaints from some other neighborhoods, where residents unhappy with proposed zoning changes are clamoring for their own special protections. “This zoning rewrite process appears to be a tale of two cities. It reeks of divisiveness and disenfranchisement,” Kathy Henderson, chair

of the Trinidad advisory neighborhood commission in Northeast, testified at a Jan. 30 Zoning Commission hearing. Georgetown, Henderson said, had gotten substantial help from the Planning Office in understanding the complex zoning rewrite — and her neighborhood did not. “We have the same rights in this city that everyone else has, and we want to participate in a meaningful way,” she said. The Office of Planning and the Citizens Association of Georgetown have rebuffed the idea that one affluent neighborhood got special

treatment. They have said that Georgetown has specific needs as a federally protected historic district, that residents promised to do the legwork to develop their zone, and that the neighborhood had already requested an overlay. Accordingly, Georgetown was a logical fit to serve as a “prototype” for the customized zone process, Jennifer Steingasser at the Planning Office said in an interview. It wouldn’t make sense to run a pilot project simultaneously throughout the city, she said. “We wouldn’t have multiple prototypes,” See Zoning/Page 16

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The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open house-style public meeting for the North-South Corridor Planning Study to examine opportunities for public transportation improvements, including discussion of route options. The event will be held from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Banneker Recreation Center, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW. Overview presentations will take place at 4 and 7 p.m. ■ The National Park Service, the D.C. Office of Planning and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a meeting on concept design alternatives for Franklin Park. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th St. NW. Reservations are requested; visit franklinparkdc.eventbrite.com.

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The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open house-style public meeting for the North-South Corridor Planning Study. The event will be held from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. Overview presentations will take place at 4 and 7 p.m. ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will host a mayoral forum from 6:45 to 8 p.m. at the club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Informal meet-and-greet sessions are scheduled for 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free; reservations are requested at 202-232-7363 or democraticwoman.org. ■ The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a public meeting on the agency’s proposal to modify its Long Term Control Plan to include green infrastructure. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. ■ The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold a meeting on “Compost Is Black Gold: Creating Value in Our Neighborhood.” The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Saturday, Feb. 22

The Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is suggested; visit redcrossblood.org (use Sponsor Code 05314829) or call 1-800-733-2767. ■ The D.C. Department of Health will hold a “Ward 4 Rat Summit” to discuss topics such as proper waste storage and rodent abatement. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emery Recreation Center, 5801 Georgia Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold its semiannual Circulator Forum to hear feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the bus system. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Eastern Market, 225 7th St. SE. ■ The Committee of 100 on the Federal City will hold a mayoral candidates forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. ■ The Crestwood Citizens Association will hear a report on gang activity in the area presented by Seth Adam Meinero, national violent crime coordinator at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at 1950 Upshur St. NW. ■ The Dupont Circle Citizens Association and the Foggy Bottom Association will hold a mayoral candidates forum at 7:30 p.m. at the Heart House, 24th and N streets NW.

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The D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate will hold an educational forum on “Renters Rights 101,” featuring a talk by attorney adviser Aaron Polkey. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the agency’s conference room at Suite 300-North, Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. Preceding the talk, the agency will hold its regularly scheduled stakeholder meeting at 1 p.m. in the same location. To RSVP for either event, call 202-719-6560 or email delores.anderson@dc.gov. ■ 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.hanousek@dc.gov. ■ The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a public meeting on the DC Water Pressure Zone Improvement Program, which includes updates to the Fort Reno Pumping Station and resulting increases in water pressure for many Ward 3 residential and commercial properties. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room A-03, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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Franklin Park design concepts released

The National Park Service and other stakeholders are seeking feedback on three design proposals for overhauling Franklin Park. City officials have long eyed this park, bordered by 13th, 14th, I and K streets, for improvements. The Park Service developed the concepts in collaboration with the D.C. Office of Planning and Department of Parks and Recreation, along with the Downtown Business Improvement District. One idea, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;center concept,â&#x20AC;? would largely upgrade the existing park without dramatically changing its layout, but it would add a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play area, a small service building and wider paths that could accommodate a farmers market or crafts fair. This concept would preserve about 90 percent of the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trees. Another, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;edge concept,â&#x20AC;? would relocate some paths to provide easier access to the central plaza. It would add a playground with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tot lot,â&#x20AC;? two buildings (one including a cafe), and an I Street plaza with space for outdoor markets. It would retain 77 percent of the existing tree canopy. Lastly, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;diagonal conceptâ&#x20AC;? would install a path running between the southwest and northeast corners of the park, along with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;edge conceptâ&#x20AC;? amenities and a pedestrian mall on I Street. It would

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preserve about 49 percent of the tree canopy. Visit parkplanning.nps.gov/ franklinpark for more information on the design schemes and to submit comments, through March 14. A public meeting also will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th St. NW.

Students to perform at Kennedy Center

Just two days after Broadway legends Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin will have completed a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of shows at the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eisenhower Theater, 10 D.C. high school students will take to the same stage Feb. 25 in their own â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tribute to Broadway.â&#x20AC;? The vocal, instrumental and dance performers are finalists in the sixth annual DC-CAPital Stars contest, with each receiving a scholarship of at least $2,000 to be applied toward their first year of college. With help from the audience, celebrity judges will select a grand-prize winner, who will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The citywide talent search began last September with more than 200 auditions, with the top 40 posted on the DC College Access Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website for the public to vote for the finalists. Those finalists are Duke Ellington School of the Arts students Audrey Rinehart, Bevara Anderson, Birane Moore, Brandon Gray, Kweku Sumbry, Nikita Crowell and Robert Alston; Wilson High School students Jennifer Li and Paris McMillian; and KIPP DC Public Charter School student Lawrence Davin. The performers have been rehearsing for Tuesday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show since January. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrity judges are Grammy-winning bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding and Tony-winning performers Savion Glover, Patina Miller and Brian Stokes Mitchell. The event will also include honors for D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson as Educator of the Year, and Lockheed Martin as Corporate Partner of the Year. Tickets cost $35 and are available at dccap.org/gala. Proceeds go toward scholarships for students.

Corrections

In The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 5 issue, the article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gonzaga stuns Prep to capture fourth-straight WMPSSDL crownâ&#x20AC;? misidentified Katie Ledecky as a student at Holton-Arms School. She goes to Stone Ridge School, which took second place in the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League. In the Feb. 12 issue, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Marketâ&#x20AC;? article about the house at 26 Kalorama Circle NW misstated the location of the kitchen. It is on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west side, not the east. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.


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ELECTION: Council airs debate over including attorney general on November ballot

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would defy the partisan requirement intended by the 2010 charter amendment and undermine the legitimacy of the elected position. Nathan said the 2010 amendment â&#x20AC;&#x153;revealed the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent, and the electorateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understandingâ&#x20AC;? to require a primary process similar to the one used for mayor and council elections, where parties endorse a sole candidate for the general election. Because the new bill â&#x20AC;&#x153;eliminates this party selection and endorsement process, it violates the partisan requirement,â&#x20AC;? he said. The process, Nathan warned, could â&#x20AC;&#x153;cast a pall on the legitimacy of our first elected attorney generalâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the position is currently appointed by mayor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and open the door for â&#x20AC;&#x153;extensive litigationâ&#x20AC;? over his or her legal decisions. Council member Cheh, in an interview, said Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s testimony ignores â&#x20AC;&#x153;a whole body of law that talks about different ways to interpret â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;partisan.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? She argued that the self-designation her legislation pro-

poses is legitimate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;not unusual, not bizarre, just different.â&#x20AC;? Cheh, who was stuck in jury duty during last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing, added that fulfilling the partisan requirement is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not an algebraic formula.â&#x20AC;? Last October the council, facing complexities and disagreements in defining the duties for the elected attorney general, voted narrowly to postpone the election until 2018. Once Cheh was satisfied that those issues had been settled, she introduced new legislation in December â&#x20AC;&#x201D; co-sponsored by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and at-large member David Grosso â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to restore the 2014 date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the council [stays] true to the expectation to hold an election in 2014, and since the law can allow â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;partisanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interpretation either way,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said, the proposed process would ultimately â&#x20AC;&#x153;be given deferenceâ&#x20AC;? rather than inviting the court battles Nathan predicts. Chairman Mendelson, at the hearing, questioned why Nathan chose a strict interpretation of the partisan requirement but not the

election date requirement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the same argument apply to the election being held in 2014?â&#x20AC;? he asked. Nathan recalled that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d advised the council not to postpone the election by four years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; although heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d agreed that legally it had the authority to do so. In light of the current situation, Nathan recommended that council members, after further debating some key policy issues, could put forth a new referendum for D.C. voters in November. That way, if the

council does want a non-partisan process (as Cheh, Grosso and Mendelson have said they favor), it could do so in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;lawful, responsible way,â&#x20AC;? he said. Nathan also suggested that the election could take place in 2016, not coinciding with the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term. (He and Mendelson debated whether that change could encourage the attorney general to quickly escalate to aspirations for the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat.) One possibility that seems unlikely now is going forth with an April

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psA PSA 101 101 Robbery â&#x2013; 1200-1299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 12:45 a.m. Feb. 16.

Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 3806-3899 block, Huntington St.; 7:51 a.m. Feb. 15.

Burglary â&#x2013; 1100-1199 block, G St.; 12:31 p.m. Feb. 12.

Theft â&#x2013; 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:50 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  5224-5299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:21 p.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:38 a.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  5254-5299 block, Western Ave.; 9:20 p.m. Feb. 15.

Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 12th and H streets; 3 p.m. Feb. 10.

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â&#x2013; Friendship heiGhts PSA 202

Robbery â&#x2013; 4500-4599 block, Grant Road; 1:45 p.m. Feb. 11 (with knife).

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Theft â&#x2013; H and 13th streets; 6:14 a.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, F St.; 5:27 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, K St.; 8:55 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 13th St.; 11:53 a.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 13th St.; 2:50 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 12th St.; 11:18 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, New York Ave.; 4:18 p.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 3 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 3 p.m. Feb. 13. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, K St.; 5:16 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, K St.; 11:40 p.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  1000-1019 block, 10th St.; 7:10 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  12th and K streets; 11:12 p.m. Feb. 16.

psA 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place

PSA 102

penn Quarter

Robbery â&#x2013; H and 5th streets; 11:40 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, I St.; 12:38 a.m. Feb. 16. Theft â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 9th St.; 10:32 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 10:15 p.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, H St.; 9:55 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 3:36 p.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  G and 7th streets; 4 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 3:08 p.m. Feb. 16. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  703-799 block, 9th St.; noon Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 8th St.; 12:22 a.m. Feb. 12.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; Brandywine Street and River Road; 8:35 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  5100-5199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:42 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  3900-3949 block, Warren St.; 11:44 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  4200-4219 block, Military Road; 11:52 p.m. Feb. 11.

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

cleveland park

Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 3700-3899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:08 p.m. Feb. 16. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:34 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  2500-2880 block, Porter St.; 3:54 p.m. Feb. 12.

psA 204

â&#x2013; massachusetts avenue

heiGhts / cleveland park woodley PSA 204 park / Glover

park / cathedral heiGhts

Burglary â&#x2013; 3000-3199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:10 p.m. Feb. 11. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  2200-2399 block, 39th St.; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Calvert St.; 10:24 a.m. Feb. 11.

psA 205

â&#x2013; palisades / sprinG valley PSA 205

wesley heiGhts / Foxhall

Theft â&#x2013; 5210-5299 block, Loughboro Road; 12:33 a.m. Feb. 10. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  4000-4299 block, Cathedral Ave.; 4:07 p.m. Feb. 12.

psA PSA 201 201

psA PSA 206 206

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 6600-6645 block, Barnaby St.; 8:53 a.m. Feb. 11.

Robbery â&#x2013; 1500-1599 block, 32nd St.; 9:59 a.m. Feb. 16.

â&#x2013; chevy chase

â&#x2013; GeorGetown / burleith

Burglary â&#x2013; 3100-3199 block, M St.; 3:55 a.m. Feb. 11. Theft â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:56 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:32 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 2:14 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 2:41 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1048-1099 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:36 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 10:10 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  1026-1099 block, 31st St.; 1:33 a.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  3276-3299 block, M St.; 2:06 p.m. Feb. 15. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  29th and K streets; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

psA PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; FoGGy bottom / west end

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1000-1099 block, 17th St.; 5:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, K St.; 6:25 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, K St.; 1:10 p.m. Feb. 13. Theft â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, L St.; 8:20 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, K St.; 10:30 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  2600-2799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 11:13 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, H St.; 10:24 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 15th St.; 11:15 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, I St.; 1:48 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, I St.; 7:08 p.m. Feb. 13. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 22nd St.; 1:10 p.m. Feb. 14. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1400-1433 block, K St.; 9:19 a.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 15th St.; 10 a.m. Feb. 14.

psA 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 2300-2399 block, Ashmead Place; 1:01 a.m. Feb. 16 (with gun). Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  21st and O streets; 5:05 a.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, Q St.; 7:31 a.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  N and 19th streets; 6:57 p.m. Feb. 16. Theft â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 2:53 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, N St.; 11:07 a.m. Feb. 10.

â&#x2013; 1800-1899 block, T St.; 7:12 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 10:05 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, P St.; 4 p.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, P St.; 11:21 a.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  2100-2198 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:28 p.m. Feb. 15. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2301-2549 block, Belmont Road; 9:16 p.m. Feb. 14. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, O St.; 11:35 a.m. Feb. 16.

psA PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; dupont circle

Theft â&#x2013; 1600-1699 block, R St.; 12:09 a.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Q St.; 7:42 a.m. Feb. 13. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1900-1926 block, 16th St.; 12:54 a.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  1400-1425 block, R St.; 9:02 a.m. Feb. 15. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, V St.; 7:56 a.m. Feb. 16. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Corcoran St.; 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

psA PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morGan

Burglary â&#x2013; 1700-1733 block, Euclid St.; 6:20 a.m. Feb. 16. Theft â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Kalorama Road; 12:48 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, Belmont St.; 6:34 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1800-1881 block, Kalorama Road; 3 p.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  1610-1631 block, Columbia Road; 12:59 a.m. Feb. 14. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  Connecticut and Florida avenues; 7:05 a.m. Feb. 16.

psA PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; loGan circle

Theft â&#x2013; 1100-1199 block, 14th St.; 11:47 p.m. Feb. 14. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  Vermont Avenue and Q Street; noon Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, 10th St.; 2 p.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  1106-1199 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 8 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  13th and Riggs streets; 11:56 a.m. Feb. 14.

psA 401

â&#x2013; colonial villaGe PSA 401

shepherd park / takoma

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1400-1599 block, Locust Road; 4 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, Fern Place; 6:37 a.m. Feb. 12. â&#x2013;  Eastern Avenue and 13th Street; 12:59 p.m. Feb. 13.


The Current

FORUM: Youth issues discussed From Page 2

for college students, Evans seemed receptive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the father of six children, five of whom are either in or about to go into college, so I would absolutely support free Metro passes, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go a step further â&#x20AC;&#x201D; free tuition,â&#x20AC;? he joked. Shallal said higher education institutions should be asked to run programs for D.C. youth such as a life-skills academy between fifth and sixth grades. As far as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerned, colleges havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been asked to do enough for the larger community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay property taxes,â&#x20AC;? Shallal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to have them invest back in the city.â&#x20AC;? Orange lamented the current level of investment in the University of the District of Columbia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a travesty whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on at UDC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the fact that this administration is trying to eliminate the athletic program,â&#x20AC;? he said. (The comments came in reference to a proposal from the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interim president to save money by ending its sports

teams.) When discussion turned to the scandal-plagued D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Wells â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who chairs the committee overseeing the agency â&#x20AC;&#x201D; blasted its â&#x20AC;&#x153;malaise and mismanagement.â&#x20AC;? He, Evans and Lewis all said they would not keep Chief Kenneth Ellerbe if they were elected mayor. Shallal focused on what he sees as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of morale problemsâ&#x20AC;? at the agency and called for salary raises for the firefighters. He, Orange and Allen declined to make a commitment on Ellerbe. Toward the end of the night, Allen delivered a message to university students about their own civic responsibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The key thing is going out there and being activists, as you guys are,â&#x20AC;? he said. Going a step further, Wells made the case that todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young people might be uniquely qualified to shape the future of the District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is true that this generation, the millennials, have rediscovered urban America, and D.C. is one of the best new cities growing again,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ELECTION: Bill would put AG on November ballot

From Page 5

Wednesday Zukerberg filed an emergency petition asking the D.C. Court of Appeals to review the judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. If that appeal fails, Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill offers a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fallback,â&#x20AC;? said Gary Thompson, an attorney who has represented Zukerberg pro bono. At the hearing on the legislation, he said the primary issue is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;novelâ&#x20AC;? one offering little â&#x20AC;&#x153;binding precedent.â&#x20AC;?

Walter Smith, executive director of DC Appleseed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a legal nonprofit that has advocated for a 2014 attorney general election â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said there are examples of D.C. elections without primaries, such as special elections to fill council vacancies. One aspect of Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill that most (including Nathan) seem to agree with would create an exception to allow city government employees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as lawyers working in the attorney generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to run for the position. Supporters say this would encourage some of the most qualified candidates to campaign. Cheh, in the interview, said she wants to clarify that exception to avoid conflicts of interest but still prevent government employees from having to give up their jobs to campaign, as current laws would require. She suggested a leave of absence would be appropriate for such cases.

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Making some noise

Before any D.C. establishment is granted a license to sell alcohol, it must demonstrate that its activities won’t disturb the peace, order and quiet of nearby residents. These clear legal entitlements are backed up by a noise law that caps nighttime volume at 60 decibels. What is less clear is how rigidly these rules can be applied in a vibrant mixed-use area — such as southern Dupont Circle, where some residents recently formed the D.C. Nightlife Coalition to push for more enforcement of noise rules. Many alcohol-serving establishments and their supporters argue that the standards are unreasonable and that noise complaints are misdirected toward clubs or bars rather than the general hubbub of city living. While there may indeed be cases in which residents are pinning the blame on the wrong noise source, we have little doubt that there are times when establishments produce illegal noise. The Dupont residents reportedly measured a 90-decibel roar coming from the outdoor areas of clubs and bars. And there is good reason that residents are supposed to be guaranteed peace, order and quiet: Frequent sleepless nights are a serious quality-of-life issue, and one that could also jeopardize property values in what should be highly desirable sections of town. Yes, a nightclub that constantly nags patrons to kindly keep their voices down would struggle to stay in business. But adequate soundproofing is a cost of doing business, and it’s one some establishments appear to dodging. That said, there must be some compromises. A mixed-use community encompasses what its name promises — a mix of uses. Such areas must be hospitable to both residential and commercial uses. Just like bars and clubs can’t expect to blast loud music with impunity, their neighbors can’t expect to emulate the hushed stillness of Crestwood, Spring Valley or the suburbs. D.C. regulators must make more of an effort to monitor nightlife noise and require fixes when clear violations occur. Doing so will help clarify expectations — and is necessary to make mixed-use neighborhoods work.

For council chairman

With conversations about D.C. politics this winter focusing on the hotly contested mayor’s race, there has been little attention to the race for D.C. Council chairman. Given the contest’s dynamics, that’s not surprising. Takoma resident Phil Mendelson currently holds the position, having been appointed, and then elected, to the seat that Kwame Brown vacated in 2012 after admitting to bank fraud charges. Chairman Mendelson has just one Democratic challenger: Takoma resident Calvin Gurley, who has served as the president of Fairlawn and Takoma civic groups. His resume includes work as an auditor with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. We’re more impressed by Mr. Mendelson on a number of fronts. First, he seems to have settled the council after the chaos surrounding Mr. Brown’s departure, governing effectively since he took over the position. Second, we believe he works well with others, even when they sharply disagree. For instance, Chairman Mendelson strongly disagreed with Mayor Vincent Gray on the Large Retailer Minimum Wage Law, which would have required many non-union retailers to pay a $12.50 minimum wage. It was aimed at Walmart, which was planning to open several new stores in the city. Mayor Gray and the bill’s other opponents are convinced it would have resulted, at the least, in the chain canceling plans for three of those stores — in food-desert areas of wards 7 and 8 — and thus depriving over a thousand District residents of employment and eliminating potential new tax revenues. Mr. Mendelson said the higher minimum wage for Walmart was worth the risk. He got the bill modified to exclude stores under 75,000 square feet so it would not affect drugstores, and he forcefully backed the amended legislation, but Mayor Gray successfully vetoed it. Despite this battle, the two continue to collaborate well, and they clearly respect each other. We have also appreciated the chairman’s position and efforts on a number of issues, including his successful work, in the wake of the Walmart vote, to bring about coordinated minimum wage increases in D.C. and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. He also appropriately pushed to maintain criminal penalties for public use of marijuana last month, when the council voted to eliminate sanctions for private use. Chairman Mendelson also has the benefit of long and uninterrupted service on the council and a strong knowledge base. While insider experience is not always a positive in elections, when contrasted with Mr. Gurley’s lack of legislative background — and seeming lack of knowledge on many of a host of issues we raised during our recent candidate interviews — the incumbent’s years on the council fall in the “pro” category. We enthusiastically endorse Mr. Mendelson for re-election.

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erry McCoy was being old school this week. He was flipping through a newspaper, but not just any newspaper. It came from a stack of 100-year-old editions of The Washington Star. He found Feb. 18, 1914. There was a cartoon picture of someone shoveling snow. “Nothing changes, a century later,” he joked. It’s all part of his job. McCoy handles special collections at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the Washingtoniana room, and he has worked for the D.C. Public Library for nearly 15 years. “For me personally, coming in [here] is like entering this incredible world of our city’s past,” he said Tuesday during an interview with NBC4. “I feel excited for people that are coming in here because it’s like we have all of this neat stuff and we’re ready to share it with you.” McCoy spoke as he stood near a white iron newspaper box that held a final edition of the Star, its headline reading, “128 Years of Service Ending.” The Notebook was visiting the library for the formal announcement of the architectural team that everyone hopes will transform the historic but aging Mies van der Rohe building into a modern, technological library of the future. “So this takes us to a new stage,” Mayor Vincent Gray said during the ceremony. The library board selected the international Mecanoo firm and the local Martinez + Johnson firm to undertake what will probably be a nearly five-year, $300 million project. Staff historians and administrators and technical crews can’t wait to have a modern building as good as the library collections it houses. “It’s going to be a state-of-the-art library and special collections,” McCoy told us. We also checked out the library on Monday, when it was closed for Presidents Day. It seemed eerily quiet. Libraries nowadays aren’t as quiet as you might remember. Library public relations director George Williams spoke to the guards, who allowed NBC4 inside to review the various redevelopment designs that had been set out for a final public meeting on Saturday.

More than 250 people came that day to have a say about their library. “There are people who really hate this building, and there are people who really love this building,” said Alexander Padro, a Shaw advisory neighborhood commissioner and architectural historian. He joined us in the grand hall of the library, with its large mural dedicated to King and with its depictions of the civil rights movement. Nearly everyone hates the dilapidated interior — whether they like the stark exterior or not. The inside corridors, desks and restrooms are go-to places for many homeless people who take a break or spend much of the day there. Padro has sympathy for the homeless, but he says their presence can discourage families and others from making the most of the library. “It’s all about making sure that we’re providing services to the homeless population so [the library] is not needed as a daytime shelter of last resort,” Padro said. The building’s infrastructure is worn out. The interior has fallen into structural disrepair as plumbing and electricity suffered while technology raced ahead far faster than the aging building could be retrofitted. The subterranean meeting rooms are suitable for horror shows or dreary prison scenes. Bring on the new design and find the money to give the people of Washington a library they’ll use and want to use. ■ Back then. Former Mayor Tony Williams launched a plan back in 2006 to sell the library and use the proceeds for a new headquarters facility on the grounds of the old convention center. That never got off the ground. Some people want the central library to return to the Carnegie Building that sits between Mount Vernon Square and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. But as grand as that original facility may be, it’s too small and too structurally out of date to serve as a modern library. (There are plans for the private International Spy Museum to move its operations there.) Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor Speed camera data highly questionable

The D.C. Department of Transportation has come up with an analysis of speed cameras, and each camera’s supposed “nexus” with safety, as mandated by the D.C. Council last year. Big surprise: The contractor found an affirmative “nexus” with safety at each and every one of the 296 speed camera locations (existing, planned and proposed) in the District. Who could have seen that coming? Closer examination of the analyses of individual speed cameras is revealing. Take the 4900 block of Connecticut Avenue, a broad and busy street that is a favorite suburban commuter route. The contractor measured a median traffic speed of a mere 24 mph, well under the posted 30 mph limit. The 85th-percentile

speed (85 percent of cars moving at this speed or lower) was just 29 mph, still under the posted limit. Well, one has to conclude that there’s no speeding problem there now. (Nearby residents may differ.) Compare Transportation Department data from 2006, which indicated an 85th-percentile speed in this area of 41 mph, quite a bit higher than the 29 mph just measured. Did the speed camera bring about this substantial reduction in traffic speed? If it did, then one should expect a significant reduction in traffic crashes, before and after the camera. But no: The agency’s contractor reports 25 crashes in the two years before the camera, and 24 in the two years afterward — not a significant difference. One must conclude either that the installation of the speed camera, apparently reducing traffic speeds by 30 percent, yielded no significant reduction in automobile crashes; or that traffic had already slowed to modest speeds,

and the camera made no difference. Or maybe there’s another explanation. Consider the speed camera in the 3500 block of Massachusetts Avenue. There the contractor measured an average traffic speed of 8 mph, and an 85th-percentile speed of 12 mph. Um — are you kidding me? Eight and 12 miles an hour? The agency’s 2006 data show an 85th-percentile speed of 39 mph. What is going on here? As for crashes, the contractor reports nine crashes in the three years before the camera was installed, and 17 in the three years afterward. Somehow the installation of the speed camera has doubled the crash rate, even as the traffic speeds dropped to those of a rather pokey bicyclist. One must conclude that this D.C. Department of Transportation study is simply nuts. Oh, but trust them that each and every speed camera in the District is justified by a “nexus with safety.” Jack McKay Mount Pleasant


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Murch Elementary needs modernization now VIEWPOINT

laura kaiser and john paty

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n 1928, a rare tornado tore through Northwest D.C. and ripped the roof off one of the decrepit temporary school buildings that sat at 36th and Davenport streets. This finally led Congress to approve money for an “eight-room extensible building.” Even so, parents still had to lobby relentlessly to get the school built. However, from the moment Ben W. Murch School opened in 1930, the school was overcrowded. A new batch of “cottages” was hastily erected until another wing could be built, which took three years. Sadly, 85 years later, little has changed. These days, Murch students find themselves in a building that is alarmingly overcrowded — and now obsolete. And, again, our community is begging government leaders to keep their promise to create a high-quality educational environment and quit delaying the long-needed modernization of Murch. A population boom in Ward 3 and years of bureaucratic neglect have created the perfect storm for an antiquated campus that is unhealthy and unsafe. Since 2010, our student population has mushroomed 18 percent. With 628 students, Murch is the second largest elementary school in the District and could soon be the largest. Yet our official capacity is 488 pupils, if you count a “temporary” structure that has been on site since 1988 in addition to the main building. A third of our classes are housed in a growing collection of trailers, which lack restrooms and take up large swaths of precious playground and parking space. The trailers’ awkward presence also exacerbates a traffic choke point where the staff parking lot, access for garbage and delivery trucks, and pedestrian pathways converge. This is an accident waiting to happen. And our campus is way out of compliance with many other city and federal standards. D.C. Public Schools guidelines call for 150 square feet of space per student. Murch has 76 square feet per student. Classrooms in the main building boast only two electrical outlets. There is no central HVAC system. Wi-Fi is spotty at best. The building is not handicapped-accessible. Small-group projects take place in hallways and stairwells. The entire campus lacks the electronic security systems that are standard in today’s schools. To enter the building, teachers and students must wait to be

Letters to the Editor Safeway’s plan must respect community

The MacArthur Boulevard Safeway in the Palisades has been in business since 1942, soon after its namesake boulevard changed its name from Conduit Road. The store is small and crowded by modern standards, and its irregular patchwork parking lot is not charming. So when Safeway proposed to put all parking underground beneath a new store, neighbors in the Palisades listened. The price, we were told, was a skyscraper — twice the height of the tallest nearby building — with a high density of upperfloor residential units. All delivery trucks and customer vehicles would arrive and depart by a half-block zone on U Street, just off the busy,

buzzed in through a nondescript side door. (Our historic courtyard entry is blocked by portable classrooms and a locked chain-link fence.) With no cafeteria, breakfast and lunch are served in the hall — and eaten there as well or in the classroom. Our hard-working, dedicated teachers and administrators must continually find workarounds for our substandard campus, robbing our students of valuable instruction time. With their cars double- and tripleparked in the undersized lot, they must dash out during the day to shuffle cars as needed. Several closets and bathrooms have been converted into staff offices. There are only two tiny unisex restrooms for adults. Not surprisingly, these conditions are taking a toll on Murch’s long record of academic excellence. Although Murch was one of the U.S. Department of Education’s first Blue Ribbon schools, test scores have suffered in the past few years. Many parents feel that this decline is directly linked to the diminishing educational effectiveness of our learning space. We fully support the tremendous effort to improve learning environments in all D.C. schools. We are ecstatic to see so many schools blossoming around the city in their state-of-the-art facilities. However, our school community remains genuinely puzzled as to what objective analysis led to a decision to delay renovation of Murch for the second time last year while accelerating other projects. As we put that question to the mayor, the D.C. Council and D.C. Public Schools, let us be absolutely clear: The situation at Murch is critical and untenable — and must be addressed immediately. The only long-term solution is to modernize our campus without further delay, as we lay out on our website murchlookingforward.org. We are asking city officials to work with our community to: ■ Begin planning right now so that we have time to engage appropriate stakeholders. ■ Get shovels in the ground by June 2015. ■ Complete the renovation of Murch in 2016. Ben Murch’s favorite quotation was, “Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.” The Murch community has lived up to these words for years. Now it’s time for our city leaders to do their best by Murch. It is our sincere hope that they not wait for another freak tornado to bring change. Laura Kaiser and John Paty are co-chairs of the Murch Elementary School Improvement Team.

four-lane boulevard. Pedestrian and drop-off customers would all enter the store at the corner of 48th Place and MacArthur, creating another bottleneck and funneling traffic into a residential area with few sidewalks and lots of pedestrians. With seven schools nearby, safety must be paramount. None of these proposals met with broad community support when Safeway presented its plan to a standing-room-only Palisades Citizens Association meeting last summer. The community energy was palpable. Overnight, a large group of citizens association members formed a task force to analyze all aspects of a zoning application for a planned-unit development, the process that Safeway will have to go through before implementing its plan. Subsequent public events with Safeway’s representatives have been billed as responses to commu-

nity input, but I have not detected any substantial change in their original proposal. There must be suitable “benefits and amenities” to compensate the community for the zoning change. The Palisades Citizens Association is doing its own traffic study to stay ahead of this issue. We are told that a new plan will be ready in the near future. When Safeway comes forward with a new version of its plan, I will be looking for a more sensible alternative to the high-density, high-rise structure and the intractable traffic bottlenecks that the original proposal would have produced. The last time Palisades got a new Safeway, MacArthur Boulevard got its new name. This time we hope to keep the existing scale and character of MacArthur Boulevard when we get a new Safeway. Steve Waller President, Palisades Citizens Association

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Ward 2 forum airs school boundary issues By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith faced dozens of anxious parents and school reform activists at a Feb. 8 forum on D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new push to redraw school boundaries. Hosted by the Ward 2 Education Network, the event at Cardozo Education Campus also drew advisory neighborhood commissioners and members of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elected school board. Smith led the forum, giving details on the initiative that will culminate in a September announcement of new policies governing which schools D.C. students can attend as a matter of right. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Essentially, we are trying to develop student assignment and school choice policies that provide families with clarity, predictability and access to high-quality schools,â&#x20AC;?

she said. During the next two hours, the deputy mayor made the fundamental case for this overhaul: Population changes, school closings and other factors affecting school supply have resulted in overcrowding in many D.C. schools, even as others are underutilized. These factors have also created a sense among many parents that quality education options are out of reach. In some cases, boundaries have directed students away from the school closest to them. For example, during the 2012-2013 year, 96 students attended Savoy Elementary School despite living closer to Turner or Malcolm X. The crowd at Cardozo generally professed a desire to address the problems of the status quo, but numerous audience members voiced concerns about the dangers of

boundary changes. Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein said parents would not respond well if their children ended up directed to schools of lower quality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to allow their children to be social experiments, to be put in a classroom somewhere hoping to raise the grade point average of other children,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most precious possessions.â&#x20AC;? In an interview after the event, Smith insisted that the goal of this process, which began last year, is to provide good or better options to all families, but she acknowledged that not everyone will be satisfied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not in the business of promising unicorns and roses to everybody,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could say that, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not in the business of making promises that nobody could make.â&#x20AC;?

Local resident wages extensive search for dog By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

The search for Havoc continues. Since the black dog with tan paws and spots over the eyes went missing in November by the Dalecarlia Reservoir, his owner Janet Mihalyfi has conducted a massive hunt for him. Last month drew confirmed sightings of Havoc in American University Park, but in general, reports have waned in 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was getting calls every two weeks up until the beginning of January,â&#x20AC;? said Mihalyfi, a Palisades resident who remains confident that her 4-year-old mixed Rottweiler is still on the loose, scared and hiding. In revitalizing her search, Mihalyfi is pushing to raise awareness that Havoc is still alive and missing. She also wants her contact information to be within reach when people have a sighting to report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People see him and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call me right away. Most of them say they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find my phone number,â&#x20AC;? said Mihalyfi, who attributes that problem to people tearing down the fliers she has been posting. She recently redesigned and redistributed her posters, and also rallied several volunteers to canvass homes in neighborhoods near the reservoir. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need the sightings so badly,â&#x20AC;? said Mihalyfi. She has spent $15,000 searching for her dog, and to date, the efforts have produced 6,000 fliers and attracted 150 volunteers, according to Mihalyfi. When dogs are missing this long, their main focus is to find food, water and shelter, according to Jordina Ghiggeri of Lost Pet Professionals, a pet-tracking company that uses scent-trained dogs to detect a missing animal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The longer heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there, the better he gets [at] figuring things out,â&#x20AC;? said Ghiggeri. Bringing her three dogs, the East Coast director of Lost Pets came from New Jersey to track Havocâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scent and share strategies with Mihalyfi. Ghiggeri said the lush area where he went missing provides well-hidden space. But she, too, is confident that he will be found. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The odds can be very good if we get the right phone calls. It really boils down to public awareness,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Washington Humane Society has lent cameras and traps to the effort. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scott Giacoppo said there have been several cases in which lost pets were returned to owners a few months to a year later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long as she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up hope,â&#x20AC;? said Giacoppo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there. We just have to figure out how to get him.â&#x20AC;? Mihalyfi lost Havoc on Nov. 9, when she took her two dogs for a morning stroll through the wooded Dalecarlia grounds. When a deer appeared, the canines chased it, going through an opening in the fence that enclosed the reservoir. She went after them, but only

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Havoc, a 4-year-old mixed Rottweiler, disappeared near Dalecarlia Reservoir in November. His owner wants residents to call her to report any sighting.

found Raze, her 3-year-old female Rottweiler mix. To search for Havoc full-time, Mihalyfi, who recently moved to D.C. from Boston, took three weeks off from her new job. But she realized she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do this alone. Not knowing many people in her new city, she relied on individuals who reached out to her. They include dog owners, animal lovers, full-time workers and retirees who have seen her information on signs and through social media or were recruited by friends and neighbors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot get over how many kind, caring people there are,â&#x20AC;? said Mihalyfi, who also mentioned encountering some â&#x20AC;&#x153;awfulâ&#x20AC;? people, such as two men who tore down her signs and â&#x20AC;&#x153;scammers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The worst one was a pet detective, so to speak. It costs thousands of dollars to have him come out. And he sat at Starbucks, as far as I can tell, the entire time,â&#x20AC;? she said. Hired trackers such as Ghiggeri have advised her to set up feeding stations in areas where Havoc has been sighted. Mihalyfi has also created a website titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bring Havoc Homeâ&#x20AC;? and a Facebook community page, which has garnered 859 followers. Her black Ford sedan bears a massive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost Dogâ&#x20AC;? sign on the door. Large posters are also hanging at major intersections, such as the traffic light at Western Avenue and River Road. Fox 5 DC and WJLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pet Show With Dr. Katyâ&#x20AC;? have featured Havocâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappearance. And Mihalyfi has commissioned robo calls in areas where there may have been sightings of Havoc. Mihalyfi has also been asked to be a panelist about recovering lost pets at an upcoming conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave one stone unturned,â&#x20AC;? said Allison Melrod, who lives near American University Park and describes the efforts as â&#x20AC;&#x153;no ordinary search.â&#x20AC;? She added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A bunch of us who are helping her feel the same way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we all feel like heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bit of our dog.â&#x20AC;? To report sightings, call Mihalyfi at 248-755-7594.


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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

We have been learning about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saving the Worldâ&#x20AC;? in our International Primary Curriculum topic. We spent time looking at the rain forests of the world and as part of this topic we went on a trip to the National Zoo and the Botanic Garden. At the Zoo we saw lots of different animals. I saw a boa constrictor and a gorilla, and I also saw lots of stingrays and other small fish and turtles. We also thought about products that come from the rain forests and looked at different types of wood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I got to pick up a piece of wood called balsa and found out that chewing gum comes from the rain forest. At the Botanic Garden we saw lots of different types of plants, including plants that would grow in the rain forest. We spent time thinking about why the rain forest is getting destroyed and what we can do to help it. It was also really interesting to see the types of flowers and leaves that grow in different parts of the world. My favourite plant was the cactus. I really enjoyed my visit to the Zoo and the Botanic Garden because I found out lots of information and it helped me realise how important the rain forests are. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; George Elias, Year 3 Atlanta (second-grader)

Eaton Elementary

In second grade at John Eaton, we are doing ballet class. Our teacher is Ms. Saki, and she works at the Washington Ballet. Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, Ms. Saki comes to our school and teaches us in the gym. At first the second-graders didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what dance class would be like, especially the boys, but now we all really like it. When we first get to dance class, we always do stretches. Then we move on to the dance part of the class. Each class is learning a dance

that we will show our parents at a performance. Ms. Saki plays different kinds of music during the class. We hear piano music, hip-hop music and rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll music too. We are learning to act out our feelings with movements instead of talking. For example, you can make motions with your hands like pointing to yourself when you want a turn, or if you want to ask someone to do something for you, you can clasp your hands together in front of you and make a face to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;please.â&#x20AC;? On Feb. 27, our parents are invited to come and see us perform the dances we are learning. We will also show how to act out different feelings and demonstrate our warmup. We are excited to show our parents what we learned! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gael Waizenegger and Jasper Hughes, second-graders

to sample, such as baguettes, croissants, madeleines and even a kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cake! There are many reasons that French at Burke is so wonderful for me: I have an amazing teacher, fun activities, and my new friends â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite our tiny size, we have big laughs! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ella Wilks, seventh-grader

Georgetown Day School

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become the weekly norm in recent weeks, as Georgetown Day students received another day off last Thursday. This snow day fell on the day before mid-winter break began, resulting in students obtaining a sixday weekend before finally returning to class today, Feb. 19. Many students were especially thankful for this snow day because of many major assignments having due dates late last week, which were accordingly pushed back into this week.

As our athletic teams near the end of the winter season, many squads are looking for a final win before championships tournaments begin. Our boys basketball team played its final regular season game against St. Andrews as it attempted to break a .500 season record, boasting 11 wins and 11 losses before the game tipped off. The squad will enter its first Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball See dispatches/Page 14

Edmund Burke School

As a new student at Burke this year, I am taking my first year of French. I already love the language, and it will be great practice for when I go to Paris this summer. The class has only four people, which is good for me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; smaller is better. My teacher, Fatou, comes from CĂ´te dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ivoire, so she learned French as her first language. She is enthusiastic and has a bubbly personality, engaging us with games and songs to learn the beautiful language. Her positive attitude and eagerness makes for a fantastic French teacher. Since we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use a French textbook, we have more flexibility and creativity to complete activities. We can use a whole variety of resources: everything from Quizlet to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Potterâ&#x20AC;? movies to improvised worksheets. Having different projects to complete ensures weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never bored! Lastly, Fatou has brought in many different French foods for us

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dispatches From Page 13 tournament game this Friday, Feb. 21. Our girls basketball team also played its final regular season game today against St. Stevens & St. Agnes. Going into the game, the team held onto a 9-12 season record before entering the Independent School League basketball tournament this Friday. At the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association indoor track and field championship meet last Tuesday, the boys team finished in second place, four points behind Gonzaga, while the girls team finished in fifth place overall. Our relay teams were outstanding, as many of them placed within first, second or third place. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

National Presbyterian

For our spring musical this year at National Presbyterian School, we are doing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Ozâ&#x20AC;?! Our fantastic directors are Stephanie Kilpatrick, the drama teacher; Sean Nolan, the upper division art teacher; Catherine Durbin, a fifth-grade teacher; and Kristin Green, the lower school music teacher. They are all working very hard toward

The CurrenT the performances, which are on May 2 and 3. The musical will be performed by the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. The first rehearsal is on Feb. 18 and we are so excited to get our roles! There will be a couple of songs from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wickedâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wiz,â&#x20AC;? but mostly from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Oz.â&#x20AC;? There is also a backstage crew that starts on Feb. 20, which will help out by changing the backdrops and other technicalities like that during the performance. We have an amazing script, which we looked at during the exploratory session. Everyone canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get started! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bridget Neill, fifth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

On Feb. 7, the Knights of Columbus hosted the annual Catholic Youth Organization spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the basketball program. More than 150 kids play basketball at Our Lady of Victory. Kids in kindergarten through second grade practice on Saturday mornings at a basketball clinic, and kids in grades three to eight play on teams. The entire basketball program is run by the Knights of Columbus. The money raised at the dinner will go toward jerseys, gym time and

scholarships. At the dinner everyone enjoyed spaghetti and meatballs, salad and bread. A video was shown that spotlighted all the fun times kids have at practice and at the games. Also at the dinner, the coaches introduced the players. I am on the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; third- to fourth-grade team. My coach is Mr. Farley. He makes basketball a lot of fun. We play on the weekend. Come watch a game and cheer on the Our Lady of Victory Crusaders! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Cavanagh, fourth-grader

Powell Bilingual Elementary

Last week, we had a visit from at-large D.C. Council member David Catania, who spoke to our parents about their dreams for middle schools in our Ward 4. We also had the Energy Assembly. Our mentors BlueFin Consulting helped us learn about how to save energy by changing the types of light bulbs we use and continuing to recycle. If we reduce by 5 percent this month, we will win a grant. We thank BlueFin and the D.C. Department of General Services for their fun review of energy. We again had a visit from the Mexican Embassy in the classes of Ms. Thorne and Ms. Jimenez. We made an art project based on Mexi-

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School Without Walls High School

Although Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Feb. 2, signifying six more weeks of winter, students playing spring sports have already begun preparing. The boys lacrosse team has been flaunting its new gear as the players carry their lacrosse sticks throughout the day for their afterschool practices. The girls lacrosse team and girls softball team have been practicing with the boys baseball team during their after-school workout sessions, and Ultimate Frisbee has put the discs away, as its players have been running on the National Mall to prepare for their upcoming season. Winter sports are not over yet, however, as the ski team will participate in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship on March 7. Ten skiers will represent Walls at Ski Liberty, a ski resort in Pennsylvania where the competition is held. Walls will compete with other area public high schools that have also qualified. Hopefully we will perform well! Those who are not on the ski team but still would like to ski had the opportunity to go skiing this Tuesday, Feb. 18. Skiers of varying ranges of experience participate, from those who have never skied before to members of the ski team. Participants go skiing for the whole day, missing a day of school, making this past weekend a six-day break for them. Although not alpine skiing in Sochi, Walls does what it can to make use of the winter sports season. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Delmar TarragĂł, 12th-grader

Sheridan School

In Sheridan first grade we learn lots of amazing facts. For example, did you know that you could be

drinking the same water that dinosaurs drank? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true because of the water cycle. The water cycle is the process by which water works its way from the sky to the ground and back up again. The cycle starts when water is up in the clouds. When a cloud gets too heavy water falls to the ground as rain. Once on the ground the rain fills lakes, rivers and oceans, and we use those to get our drinking water. Water returns to the clouds through evaporation and the process starts over again. So we never really get â&#x20AC;&#x153;newâ&#x20AC;? water, we just recycle water in different forms and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you could be drinking the same water as a dinosaur. Another big thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in Sheridan first grade is that we have pen pals this term. A pen pal is a buddy from another school far from your school. Our pen pals are from Missouri. Their teacher used to work with our teacher at Sheridan. We write letters to them, tell them about ourselves and ask them questions about what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to live where they do. We also do things like read the same books as a class and study the same things. Having a pen pal is one of the best parts of first grade. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Max Nelson and Isabelle Goodweather, first-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

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istence of oldfangled elements with modern amenities. Sturdy original pine floors clad the staircase, foyer and living room, which also features the same original unfinished wood on its window trimmings. Later additions in the living room include a white-painted gas fireplace (with the original mantel) flanked by matching shelves with recessed lighting. French doors lead from the foyer and entryway to the dining room, where the original woodwork continues, complemented by a craftsman chandelier. This area also has entrances to the family room and kitchen, which were part of a renovation a few years ago that expanded the rear of the house. The kitchen now includes a breakfast area with a glass-paneled door to the back yard and recessed lighting. New owners would have the opportunity to update or personalize the current 1970s-style cabine-

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Replete with American craftsman characteristics, this home in the Palisades is priced at $869,000. try. A hallway from the foyer to the kitchen offers a powder room, coat closet and door to the basement. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most contemporary space is its family room, with a large, white built-in wall shelving unit and more recessed lighting. The room also has windows facing the yard, carpeting and a wide entryway that opens to the kitchen. Upstairs on the second floor are the three bedrooms, two of which were recently outfitted with carpeting. Facing the tree-lined Sherier Place, the front bedroom receives plenty of natural light. It also has two deep closets and tall built-in shelves near the door.



 

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she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to waste other communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time as they look at this.â&#x20AC;? If the Zoning Commission approves the customized zoning process as proposed, then other neighborhoods can come forward to work with the Office of Planning to develop specialized regulations. In drafting its customized zone, the Citizens Association of Georgetown sought to preserve the status quo of neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic fabric. To bolster its proposal, the group documented existing conditions, held public meetings to establish consensus, and emphasized the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preservation needs.

The customized zone includes shorter height limits, stricter standards for accessory buildings and apartments associated with single-family homes, greater required conformity with neighboring homesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; front setbacks, and more controls before commercial establishments can open in residential areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic preservation is the primary goal in Georgetown, as opposed to other neighborhoods where encouraging greater density and the ability to expand houses ... were very much to be desired,â&#x20AC;? Richard Hines, attorney for the citizens association, said in an interview. Residents in other parts of the city, though, have called for some of the same protections for some of the same reasons. Steingasser said

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LIBRARY: Winning team outlines vision for project From Page 1

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by saying she dreamed people would love the new facility so much that they â&#x20AC;&#x153;even bring their books from home to read them in the library.â&#x20AC;? Among other dramatic changes, Houbenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design would bring much more natural light into the library and move an exhibition about Martin Luther King Jr., from the basement to the fourth floor, which would be known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the history and future floor.â&#x20AC;? This would include Washingtoniana and black studies materials as well as conference space. Although the cost of the overall project has yet to be determined, early estimates suggest a price tag between $225 million and $250 million. The design process remains open-ended, with no decisions yet on whether the Mies van der Rohedesigned building will be renovated as a stand-alone library or if more space will be added for other uses, including possible residential or office units that could raise revenue for the project costs. The modernist buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic landmark status will put preservation restrictions on any project. In the short term, the D.C. Public Library system plans to continue accepting public feedback, something critics say has been lacking thus far. The community group District Dynamos, for example, issued a news release Monday criticizing â&#x20AC;&#x153;essentially non-existent community involvementâ&#x20AC;? on this project. Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office reported that Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event had drawn 1,200 participants, but the Dynamos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Ralph Nader-affiliated group that has objected to other D.C. library building projects, including the construction of a replacement West End Library as part of a private mixeduse project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; insisted that the library systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process had been rushed in general. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want a meaningful citizens task force to start a real discussion about the future of our central public library and to get broad public feedback from all DC residents at all demographic levels across the City,â&#x20AC;? the release states.


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town University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. ■ Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld will discuss their book “The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Author Leslie Carroll, who writes under the pen names Juliet Grey and Amanda Elyot, will discuss “Notorious Royal Marriages.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Historian Robert Edsel and other panelists will discuss Edsel’s painstaking research about the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program; his book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History”; the newly released film starring George Clooney; and his work as founder and chair of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Films ■ The 16th annual DC Independent Film Festival will present the U.S. premiere of Ed Kucerak’s documentary “Partners for Peace,” about a women’s delegation to Israel and Palestine led by Nobel laureate Jody Williams in solidarity with women activists forging a path toward peace. A panel discussion with Williams (shown), Kucerak and Women, Action, & the Media executive director Jaclyn Friedman will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. $10. Theater, U.S. Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. dciff-indie.org. The festival will continue through Sunday. ■ The Human Rights Watch Film Series will present Harry Freeland’s 2012 documentary “In the Shadow of the Sun,” about two men with albinism in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice. A Q-and-A session will follow. 7 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. The series will continue weekly through March 12. ■ The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present the Oscar-winning 2012 documentary “Inocente,” about a teenage artist who struggles as a homeless undocumented immigrant amid a lifetime of personal challenges and bleak circumstances. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature Jérôme Bonnell’s 2013 film “Just a Sigh,” starring Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Performances ■ The Happenings Happy Hour series will feature a performance by Furia Flamenca. 5:30 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.

Party to benefit the United Capital Blades Speedskating Club will feature special guest Nathaniel Mills, a three-time short track Olympic competitor for the United States (rescheduled due to inclement weather). 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Free admission. The Boiler Room at Jake’s American Grille, 5018 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-979-9456.

Wednesday, FeBRuaRy 19 ■ Performance: “An Evening With Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin” will feature a musical love story told entirely through a selection of the greatest songs ever written for the stage. 7:30 p.m. $95 to $150. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

■ Artist, activist and performer Jonathan B. Tucker will host an open mic event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. Readings ■ Spooky Action Theater will present a staged reading of “Dorotéia” by Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues. 7 p.m. Free. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301. ■ The Visiting Writers Series will present a nonfiction reading by Marione Ingram, author of “The Hands of War: A Tale of Endurance and Hope.” 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. McDowell Formal Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/visitingwriters. Sale ■ The St. Alban’s Opportunity Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-966-5288. The sale will continue daily through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; there will also be a $7 bag sale on Friday and Saturday. Special events ■ 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. ■ “Corcoran Uncorked: Hitchcock Evening” will feature screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Rear Window”; a chance to create a vintage movie poster by experimenting with screen printing techniques; a round of movie trivia; and an exhibition tour of “Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd” focusing on how glamorous Hollywood heroines of the 1950s and 1960s influenced Prager’s work. 5 to 9 p.m. $12; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202639-1770. Thursday, Feb. 20

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Classes and workshops ■ The Museum of the American Cocktail will present a seminar on “Negroni: Italian for Ménage a Trois — Evolution of a Three-Part Classic,” led by Dave Lord, Matt Keller and Luke Johnson. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 to $50. Occidental Grill and Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. motacservices.com. ■ Meditation instructor David Newcomb will present a two-part “Deeper Into Meditation” series. 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. The second session will be held March 6 at 7 p.m. Concerts ■ The Chuck Redd Quartet will perform Brazilian music in a tribute to famed radio host Felix Grant. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6331000. ■ As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform works by Laursen, Hong, Strauss, Chopin and Amosov. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Michael Brookings Jazz Band will perform a Black History Month concert. 6:30 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Quatuor Ebène will perform works by Haydn, Schumann and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ Musician Samantha Fish will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Demonstration ■ Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will demonstrate how to liven up soups with the tasty crops of spring. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures ■ Harvard University fellow Philippe Leroux-Martin will discuss his book “Diplomatic Counterinsurgency: Lessons From Bosnia and Herzegovina.” 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. bit.ly/philippe-sais. ■ Scholar Renata Keller will discuss her forthcoming book, “Mexico’s Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Struggle Over the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution.” Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. ■ Susan E. Penksa, professor of political science at Westmont College, will See events/Page 19


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 18 discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The European Union in Global Security: The Politics of Impact.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013; Myo Aung Htwe, a former prisoner of conscience who now serves as director of the board at the Yangon School of Political Science, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building a National Student Union to Promote Democratic Values in Burma.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3321. â&#x2013;  Igor Munteanu, ambassador of Moldova to the United States, will discuss U.S.Moldovan relations, current trends in Moldovan society and the Eastern Partnership of the European Union. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/moldovaambassador. â&#x2013;  Jeff Colgan, associate professor at American University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moby-Dickâ&#x20AC;? composer Jake Heggie will discuss bringing Herman Melvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic battle of man versus beast to the stage. 5 p.m. $12. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Village will present nurse practitioner Janet Selway and physical therapist Justine Benard on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bones That Break and Joints That Ache.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Blake Hall, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. 202-999-8988. â&#x2013;  The Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterthur: An American House and Gardenâ&#x20AC;? by Christopher Strand, director of garden and estate for the Winterthur manor in Delaware. 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Banville Forum: A Preview of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/2014NuclearSummit. â&#x2013;  Tom Fitzgerald will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me: Tom and Lorenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fabulous and Opinionated Guide to Celebrity Life and Style.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Dan Schueftan, visiting professor of government at Georgetown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israel in a Disintegrating Regional Environment.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. pjc.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Egyptian multimedia artist, musician and writer Hassan Khan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known for interpreting personal and communal experiences through experimental video, digital animation, sculpture, text, photography and sound â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss his work in conversation with Bibiana Obler, assistant professor of art history at George Washington University. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $20; free for students. Reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. â&#x2013;  Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institu-

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Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-3151305. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chigusa and the Art of Tea,â&#x20AC;? chronicling how an ordiOn exHiBiT nary Chinese storage jar rose to become one of the most revered objects in the Japanese tea ceremony, will details over the last 100 years, will open Friday at the open Saturday at the arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Old Print Gallery with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. continue through July 27. The exhibit will continue through Located at 1050 Independence April 5. Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily Located at 1220 31st St. NW, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633the gallery is open Tuesday through 1000. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orchid Symphony,â&#x20AC;? the annual 202-965-1818. orchid exhibit at the u.S. Botanic â&#x2013;  Gallery plan b will open an Garden, will open Saturday and exhibit today of rural and urban continue through April 27. landscapes painted in oil on canvas The Botanic Garden also recentor drawn in charcoal on paper by ly opened â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Botanicals: Regina Miele. It will continue Mid-Atlantic Native Plants,â&#x20AC;? an through March 23. exhibit of botanical illustrations, and An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take will continue it through June 15. place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 100 Maryland Ave. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, SW, the Botanic Garden is open the gallery is open Wednesday daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202through Saturday from noon to 7 225-8333. p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern German Prints and ernst Ludwig Kirchnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 202-234-2711. Drawings From the Kainen Collec1933 color woodcut â&#x20AC;&#x153;Head â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hero and the Villain,â&#x20AC;? an tion,â&#x20AC;? the second of three exhibits of Dr. Bauerâ&#x20AC;? is part of a installation by Cindy Cheng that to highlight a major gift to the new National Gallery of art explores how actions of conquest National Gallery of art by Ruth and defeat can influence the perCole Kainen, will open Sunday and exhibit. ception of land and space, will open continue through June 29. Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Flashpoint Located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Gallery. The exhibit will continue through March 29. the National Gallery is open Monday through Saturday tion for Scienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Geophysical Laboratory will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Story of Earth: How Life and Rocks Have Co-Evolved.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  Pamela Nadell, professor of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and gender history and director of the Jewish studies program at American University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancient Jewish Sects: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Geoff Dyer will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition With China â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and How America Can Win.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver Twistâ&#x20AC;? by Charles Dickens. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  The group DC Stop Modern Slavery will host a forum on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Trafficking Issues and Sex Trafficking in Washington, DC.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Asbury United Methodist Church, 11th and K streets NW. organizers@stopmodernslavery.org. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Colum McCannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;TransAtlanticâ&#x20AC;? and its fictional portrayal of Frederick Douglass. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Called Again,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;46 Days: Triumph on the Trail.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $21.60 to $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiction Fun!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a monthly discussion of classic and contemporary novels led by the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the

Washington National Cathedral â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will delve into Alice Munroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Life.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. espencer@cathedral.org. Films â&#x2013; Senior Cinema Thursday will feature a screening of the 2014 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tale,â&#x20AC;? starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. 10:30 a.m. $5 for seniors. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recovered Treasure: UCLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival of Preservationâ&#x20AC;? will feature Thom Andersenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1975 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Friday at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Recalibrating Criminal Justice Film Festival at Georgetown Law Center will present the D.C. premiere of Matt Pillischerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.â&#x20AC;? A post-screening discussion will feature Pillischer, One by 1 founder Eddie Ellis, DC Prisonersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Project staff attorney Deborah Golden and community activist Mike Stark. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Hart Auditorium, Georgetown Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. 202-662-4043. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visionaries of Early Black Education and Basketball: Julius Rosenwald and Dr. Edwin B. Hendersonâ&#x20AC;? will feature clips from the documentaries â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rosenwald Schools,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basketball, More Than a Game: The Story of Dr. Edwin B. Hendersonâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supreme Courts: How Washington DC

Frank W. Bensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gunnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blindâ&#x20AC;? is part of an exhibit at the Old Print Gallery. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Fiesta of Color: Mexico,â&#x20AC;? featuring photographs by Shepherd Park artist Ralph Blessing, will open Sunday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at el Tamarindo Restaurant. The exhibit will continue through April 6. Located at 1785 Florida Ave. NW, the restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. 202328-3660. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Window Into the Mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eye,â&#x20AC;? presenting pencil drawings by Hsin-Hsi Chen, Lee Gainer, Yaroslav Koporulin, Beverly Ress and Jowita Wyszomirska, opened recently at the Joan Hisaoka Healing arts Gallery, where it will continue through March 15. An artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talk will take place Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600. 3955. â&#x2013;  The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library will host a monthly horror film series. 6 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Inter-American Development See events/Page 20

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Continued From Page 19 Bank will present Juan Carlos Valdivia’s 2013 film “Yvy Maraey, Land Without Evil,” about the Guaraní culture of Bolivia. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-1410. ■ German media artist Tobias Rosenberger will present his 2013 film “The Secret Race: A Play About the NSA” — an artistic experiment about monitoring and spying — and lead a post-screening discussion. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com. ■ The Italian Cultural Institute will present a 2000 televised broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “La Traviata à Paris,” performed in Paris at locations still reflecting the 1850s setting. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atrium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it. ■ The American University School of International Service’s 3rd Thursdays film series will feature Jesús M. Santos’ 2012 documentary “Perú Sabe: La cocina, arma social,” about Peruvian cuisine and its potential to transform lives. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. american.edu/sis/events/film. ■ The Central Asia Program’s Cinema Club will feature Tajik filmmaker Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov’s 1999 film “Luna Papa,” a tragicomedy about a young, simple Tajik girl narrated by her unborn child. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Voesar Conference Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/lunapap. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library’s

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Friday, FeBRuaRy 21 ■ Discussion: Laura Lippman will discuss her latest mystery, “After I’m Gone.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

to 8:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichhouse.org. Tour ■ 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. 27 at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21

Friday FeBRuaRy 21 Concerts ■ The Arts Club of Washington will

present the Friday Noon Concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a Composers Concert, featuring works by Leslie Bennett, An Ming Wang, Sharon Guertin Shafer and Winifred Hyson. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ As part of the Arts@Midday series, pianist Sophia Vastek will present a thoughtprovoking and meditative recital of music by John Adams and Nico Muhly. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. ■ The Friday Music Series will feature mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. ■ As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University will perform works by Beethoven, Scodanibbio, Rabbath, Rameau and Ligeti. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Concordia String Ensemble will perform works by Martinu, Dohnányi and Dvorák. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. ■ The KC Jazz Club will present jazz drummer Kimberly Thompson. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ As part of the fifth-anniversary Atlas Intersections Festival, the Capital City Symphony will present “Go-Go Symphony,” a world premiere by composer Liza Figueroa Kravinsky. 8 p.m. $16.50 to $22. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The festival will continue through March 8. ■ The American University Museum will host a multimedia concert by HABITAT, featuring composition, concept and images by Steve Antosca, percussion performance and video content by Ross Karre, and audio and video technology by William Brent. 8 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. ■ The Congress will perform rock music. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures ■ “The City of the Future: Water & Food Security Workshop” — presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Post Oil City: The History of the City’s Future” — will feature panelists George S. Hawkins, general manager of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority; Keith Anderson, director of the D.C. Department of the Environment; Jill Auburn, national program leader for agricultural systems at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Institute of Food and Agriculture; and Thomas Schmidt, minister counselor for food, agriculture and consumer protection at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Architectural Research Institute, Building 32, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. udc-causes.eventbrite.com. ■ Howard Blum will discuss his book “Dark Invasion: 1915 — Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

■ Alden O’Brien, curator of costume and textiles at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, will discuss the content and themes of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ exhibition “‘Workt by Hand’: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.” Noon to 1 p.m. $8 to $10; free for ages 18 and younger. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Anderson House director of education Eleesha Tucker will discuss two 1783 letters from Gen. George Washington on the discipline of the Continental Army. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Local poets Sarah Browning and Brian Gilmore will respond to the Folger Theatre’s “Richard III” with original work exploring themes from the play. 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. ■ Marjorie Venit, professor of ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology at the University of Maryland, will discuss “Strangers in a Strange Land: Negotiating the Afterlife in Monumental Greek Tombs of Graeco-Roman Egypt.” Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. arcedc.org. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present John Huston’s 1956 film “Moby Dick,” starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart and Leo Genn. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ The 16th annual DC Independent Film Festival will present Amy Finkel’s 2013 documentary “Furever,” about the grief people experience over the loss of a pet and how they immortalize the deceased. 7 p.m. $12. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. dciff-indie.org. Meeting ■ 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. Performance ■ As part of the Atlas Intersections Festival, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will present “My First Time,” featuring true stories of life-changing experiences told through surprising patter and pop songs. 7:30 p.m. $16.50 to $26.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. Special event ■ Alliance Française de Washington will present an open house to highlight its French language classes, cultural programs and new academic director, Gérard Beck. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. Saturday,FeBRuaRy Feb. 22 Saturday 22 Benefit ■ Gypsy Sally’s will host the “Rock & Roll Bash to Benefit Children’s National See events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 Health System,â&#x20AC;? featuring musicians G.E. Smith, Bonnie Bramlett, Christine Ohlman, Liberty DeVitto, Ricky Byrd, Muddy Shews, Chris Anderson, Neal Pawley, True Gravity, Leroy Miller, Snuffy Walden and Sara Niemietz. 7 p.m. $250. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. rockandrollforchildren.org. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Blue Sky Puppet Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barker of Seville,â&#x20AC;? starring a dog that aspires to become a famous opera singer. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature musiKidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new program â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Search of the Magic Dragonâ&#x20AC;? (rescheduled due to inclement weather). 10 a.m. $6 to $8.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate George!â&#x20AC;? will feature an interactive scavenger hunt seeking treasures from George and Martha Washington, followed by a period craft activity. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5 to $7; $3 for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about sub-Saharan Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Nancy Nelson, founder of Nutrition Matters LLC, and Myrta Zayas Alonso, a physical therapist, will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healthy Bones, Healthy Bodyâ&#x20AC;? workshop on how to prevent, reverse or slow the progression of bone loss. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $175; registration required. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-330-3047. â&#x2013;  Artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks will lead a two-day art workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gouache and Watercolor on Vellum.â&#x20AC;? 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $175 to $200. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. The workshop will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Lorella Brocklesby, adjunct professor of humanities at New York University, will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scandal, British Style: 400 Years of Naughtiness and Notoriety.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peace of Mind Retreatâ&#x20AC;? featuring three guided meditations. 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. $25. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-9862257. â&#x2013;  Monica Bhide will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Social Media Savvy: A Practical Guide to Personal Branding and Strategy,â&#x20AC;? culminating in a panel discussion featuring social media pros. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Suzanne Farrell will lead an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring Ballet 201â&#x20AC;? master class for adults. 11 a.m. $35. Rehearsal Room, Hall of Nations, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

â&#x2013; Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  World-renowned artist Lambert Orkis will lead a master class for Levine Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piano and chamber music students. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-686-8000. â&#x2013;  Spooky Action Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nelson Rodrigues Festival will feature a Brazilian cooking workshop led by chef Alcy de Souza of The Grill From Ipanema. Noon to 1:30 p.m. By donation; reservations required. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301. â&#x2013;  Representatives of the Neighborhood Farm Initiative and the Field to Fork Network will share techniques and ideas for getting seeds started for a garden. 2:30 p.m. Free. Room 220, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the Atlas Intersections Festival, international opera star Charles Williams and Levine Music faculty members will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roots of the Blues.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. $6 to $11. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson will perform works by Bach, Purcell, Rameau, Croft and Couperin. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. â&#x2013;  Six high school students will compete in the final round of the Marine Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 Concerto Competition. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil Rights in America: A Musical Journey,â&#x20AC;? a scholarship fundraiser presented by Trinity Episcopal Church Women, will feature the Trinity Chancel Choir performing with guest choirs and soloists. 4 p.m. $10 to $20; free for ages 12 and younger. Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Road NW. 202-829-1565. â&#x2013;  As part of the Atlas Intersections Festival, the Atlantic Reed Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Acoustic Disturbance,â&#x20AC;? featuring an allreed quintet performing the music of Van Halen, Queen and Frank Zappa. 4:30 p.m. $16.50 to $22. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visionary Women,â&#x20AC;? featuring a screening of Carl Theodor Dreyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1928 silent film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Passion of Joan of Arcâ&#x20AC;? presented with a performance of Richard Einhornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shimmering soundtrack for orchestra, chorus and solo voices. Performers will include soprano Laura Choi Stuart (shown), mezzo-soprano Sonya Knussen, tenor Matthew Heil and bass Jesse Neace. 5 p.m. $15 to $25. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Jazz@Wesley will feature Charles Funn and the Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band. 6:30 p.m. $7 to $10; free for ages 11 and younger. Wesley United Methodist Church,

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The hit musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamma Mia!â&#x20AC;? will return to D.C. with a visit to the National Theatre March 4 through 9. Based on the songs of ABBA, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamma Mia!â&#x20AC;? is the 10th longest running show in Broadway history, with more than

On STaGe 5,000 performances to date. It features an independent single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island and is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raised alone. Donna has invited two life-long friends to share in the event, but her daughter has secretly invited three men from Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past in hopes that one of them will turn out to be her father and can walk her down the aisle. Tickets start at $48. The theater is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849; thenationaldc.com. â&#x2013; Washington Stage Guild will present George Bernard Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back to Methuselahâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 20 through March 16 at the Undercroft Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masterwork â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the first pieces of science fiction ever put on the stage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; examines the human life span in a series of comic episodes that stretch from the Garden of Eden to â&#x20AC;&#x153;as far as thought can reachâ&#x20AC;? in the distant future. Tickets cost $40 to $50. The Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-582-0050; stageguild.org. â&#x2013;  american university will stage Jonathan Larsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rock musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rentâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 20 through March 1 at the Katzen Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio Theatre. Based on Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;La bohèmeâ&#x20AC;? and set amid the AIDS crisis, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rentâ&#x20AC;? highlights the power of community, love 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. wesleydc.org. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Genius of Charlie Parker.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $18 to $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The 22nd annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sing Out for Shelterâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an a cappella benefit concert for Friendship Place, Christ House and Metropolitan House â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature the Tufts Beelzebubs, the Princeton Katzenjammers, Baltimoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Some of the Parts and D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Augmented Eight. 8 p.m. $10 to $50; free for ages 11 and younger. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. augmented8.org/sos. â&#x2013;  The In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cole Porter Project: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Right With Me,â&#x20AC;? featuring nine singers and 36 songs. 8 p.m. $20 to $38. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. Performances will continue through March 9. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present the PostClassical Ensemble and the National Cathedral Choir of Boys and Girls performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scenes From Childhood,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Wagner and Britten. 8 p.m. $30 to $35. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202965-2000. â&#x2013;  The American University Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Rautavaara, Lutoslawi and Beethoven. 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853634. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Author Alyssa Harad will read from her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Brideâ&#x20AC;? and discuss groundbreaking women performers. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-

The National Theatre will host the hit musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamma Mia!â&#x20AC;? March 4 through 9. and friendship. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lower East Side. The productionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seating arrangement includes benches, stools and padded floor seating in addition to chairs. Patrons with particular seating needs are urged to arrive early. Tickets cost $10 to $15. The Katzen Arts Center is located on the American University campus at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2587; american.edu/cas/auarts. â&#x2013; Catholic universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Musical Theatre Division will present its spring musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godspellâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 21 through March 1 in Ward Recital Hall. The musical, written by Stephen Schwartz with a book by John-Michael Tebelak, depicts a series of parables from the books of Matthew and Luke interspersed with soft rock and contemporary music. Tickets cost $5 to $20. Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ward Recital Hall is located at 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5416; music.cua.edu.

783-7370. â&#x2013; City archaeologist Ruth Trocolli and staff members will discuss archaeology in the District and recent discoveries, including finds from a burial site in Georgetown. 1 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown

Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013; Sheldon Krantz, visiting professor of law at the University of Maryland, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legal Profession: What Is Wrong and How to Fix It,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Ida See events/Page 22

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Continued From Page 21 E. Jones, national director of the Association of Black Women Historians, will discuss her book “Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.: Activism and Education in Logan Circle,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Okey Ndibe, professor of African and African diaspora literature, will discuss his novel “Foreign Gods Inc.,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Robert Wilson, editor of The American Scholar, will discuss his biography of Mathew Brady, whose images transformed America’s sense of the Civil War. 2 p.m. $20 to $25. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6333030. ■ National Park Service engineer Ned Wallace will discuss the ongoing restoration project at the Washington Monument to repair damage sustained from the 2011 earthquake. 4 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. Family program ■ “Discover Engineering Family Day” will explore concepts of thermodynamics,

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Events Entertainment electricity, aerodynamics and more through hands-on activities such as making slime, controlling a robot and testing the strength of a building in a tsunami. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Films ■ Perry Miller Adato will present his Emmy Award-winning 1969 documentary “Dylan Thomas: The World I Breathe,” followed by a screening of Jack Howells’ 1961 film “A Tribute to Dylan Thomas.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The 18th annual Iranian Film Festival will feature Jamsheed Akrami’s 2013 film “A Cinema of Discontent.” 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-1000. ■ The DC Independent Film Festival will present a program of digital, stopaction and clay animation (for ages 8 and older). 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. $12. Theater, U.S. Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. dciff-indie.org. ■ The Asia Pacific Forum will present the documentary “Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan.” A panel discussion

will follow. 2:15 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown. edu. ■ The DC Independent Film Festival will host its first High School Student Competition. 3 to 6 p.m. $5. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. dciff-indie.org. ■ “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Festival of Preservation” will feature Robert Altman’s 1969 film “That Cold Day in the Park.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. ■ As part of the Atlas Intersections Festival, “Rewind” will feature films from the decade-long run of the DC Shorts Film Festival. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $20 per screening; $30 for both. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. dcshorts.com/ rewind. The films will be shown again March 7 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Special events ■ The Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 88th annual Black History Luncheon will feature an authors event, awards ceremony and a keynote address by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $75. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. 202-238-5910. ■ The 10th annual Washington, DC Travel & Adventure Show will feature seminars, cultural performances and appearances by Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer, Samantha Brown and Andrew McCarthy. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 to $15; free for ages 16 and younger with a paid adult. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. adventureexpo.com. The expo will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly “Cartoon Skate” event. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-7067666. ■ “A Presidential Tea” will feature a sampling of historic teas paired with some of George Washington’s favorite dishes, followed by a docent-guided tour through the 1816 mansion at Tudor Place. 1 to 3 p.m. $25 to $30; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. ■ Politics and Prose will present “Nerds! Trivia Night.” 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the New Orleans Pelicans. 7 p.m. $6 to $433. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tour ■ Emily Porter, coordinator of Project Budburst at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a “Signs of Spring Tour.” 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Meet in the lobby of the Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The tour will repeat March 1 at 2 p.m. Sunday,FeBRuaRy Feb. 23 Sunday 23 Children’s programs ■ The “kids@katzen” program will pres-

Sunday, FeBRuaRy 23 ■ Concert: In honor of Black History Month, soprano Louise Toppin (shown) and pianist Leon Bates will perform spirituals and other music by African-American composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ent an art class inspired by an exhibition at the American University Museum. 1 p.m. $10 per child; reservations required. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. ■ 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. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra will present a Family Concert of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” featuring a vaudeville-inspired performance by actor Michael Boudewyns of the theater ensemble Really Inventive Stuff (for ages 5 and older). 1 and 3 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Class ■ Artists Jennifer Lindsay and Alice Abrash will lead a hands-on quilt workshop in conjunction with the exhibition “‘Workt by Hand’: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.” Noon to 5 p.m. $13 to $15; reservations required. Mezzanine, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. Concerts ■ Anna Matijasic Hennessy, Mary-Victoria Voutsas (shown), Elina Guralnik and Mila Naumova will perform “Vocal and Instrumental Music of the 20th Century,” including music by Bartók, Krysteva, Gubaidulina, Shostakovitch, Messiaen and others. 3 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 202462-6734. ■ “Heifetz on Tour” — a concert by Heifetz International Music Institute graduates and its director — will feature Eric Silberger on violin, Yuri Shadrin on piano, Dmitry Volkov on cello and Daniel Heifetz on violin. 3 p.m. $20 to $25. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. ■ The Gould Piano Trio will perform. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music.

■ Pianist Kate Liu will perform works by Haydn, Kirchner and Chopin. 5 p.m. Free. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-441-7678. ■ Guest organist Elmo Cosentini will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. ■ As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the Yale School of Music will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. ■ Gypsy Sally’s will host “All Good Presents: Culture Featuring Kenyatta Hill.” 8:30 p.m. $20. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Demonstration ■ Members of the DC Modern Quilt Guild will demonstrate their craft in conjunction with the exhibition “‘Workt by Hand’: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.” Noon to 5 p.m. $8 to $10; free for ages 18 and younger. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202783-7370. Discussions and lectures ■ J.C.A. Stagg, professor of history at the University of Virginia and editor in chief of the Papers of James Madison, will discuss “The Presidency of James Madison.” 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ Robin Bronen, a human rights attorney and executive director of the Alaska Institute for Justice, and Alice Thomas, head of Refugees International’s Climate Displacement Program, will discuss “The Human Cost of Climate Change.” 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. ■ Christopher Leonard will discuss his book “The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business,” at 1 p.m.; and Emily Parker will discuss her book “Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Petworth Library’s monthly showing of TED Talks will feature lectures by Chinamanda Adichie on “The Danger of a Single Story,” Pico Iyer on “Where Is Home?” and Hetain Patel on “Who Am I? Think Again.” A discussion will follow. 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ A panel discussion on “Image of the Black in Western Art” will feature David Bindman, professor emeritus of the history of art at University College London; David C. Driskell, artist, collector, curator and professor emeritus of art history at the University of Maryland at College Park; Ruth Fine, former curator at the National Gallery of Art; Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University; Richard J. Powell, professor of art and art history at Duke University; and Sharmila Sen, executive editor at large of the Harvard University Press. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “From Tablets to Tablets Millennials and Meaning: Jews in the Digital Age” will See events/Page 23


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 22 feature panelists Wayne Firestone, president of the Genesis Prize Foundation; Amy Lazarus, executive director of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue; and DJ Saul, chief marketing officer of iStrategy Labs and co-producer of the DC Tech Meetup. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Films â&#x2013; The DC Independent Film Festival will present Mark McDannaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ofir,â&#x20AC;? about the charismatic, World Wildlife Foundation-recognized defender of African wild apes Ofir Drori. A Q-and-A with the filmmaker and conservationists will follow. 12:15 p.m. $12. Theater, U.S. Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. dciff-indie.org. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Library will present Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1951 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strangers on a Train.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recovered Treasure: UCLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival of Preservationâ&#x20AC;? will feature two 1920s silent films presented with live accompaniment by pianist Ben Model â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Victor Flemingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mantrapâ&#x20AC;? and F. Harmon Weightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight Madness.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forward, 54th!â&#x20AC;? will present a dramatic interpretation honoring the rich stories behind the people and events remembered in Augustus Saint-Gaudensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shaw Memorial. Noon and 1:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Special events â&#x2013;  Members of the Daisy Troop of the National Presbyterian School will sell Girl Scout Cookies. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free admission. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-2447400. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheap Date at Georgetown Library: Music and a Matineeâ&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by the Georgetown University female a cappella group Harmony and a screening of a recent Academy Award-winning indie romance (all ages for the concert; ages 17 and older for the movie). 2:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Walk â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Georgetown Walkâ&#x20AC;? and discuss the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich African-American heritage. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6227. Monday, Feb. 24 Monday FeBRuaRy 24 Classes â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Breathe,â&#x20AC;? a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10 per class. Third-floor

Monday, FeBRuaRy 24 â&#x2013; Discussion: Washington National Cathedral and the Aspen Institute will present a forum on the ongoing significance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letter From Birmingham City Jail,â&#x20AC;? featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway (shown), civil rights leader Julian Bond, law professor Stephen L. Carter and Cathedral Dean Gary Hall. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $15. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228.

lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. meditation-dc.org. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Library will host a tai chi class. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. megan.mcnitt@ dc.gov. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University will perform works by ViĂąao, Gounod, Owens, Verdi, Bonds, Ligeti and Ravel. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at Guapoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? will feature a showcase of D.C. Federation of Musicians members and a performance by the Janelle Gill Trio. 7 to 10 p.m. $10. Guapoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-9325. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center and Pro Musica Hebraica will present pianist Evgeny Kissin in â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Jewish Music and Poetry.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $35 to $99. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by David Powell on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Sell Yourself in a Resume, an Interview and When Networking.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â&#x2013;  The Sibley Senior Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourweek lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding Computers and the Internetâ&#x20AC;? will feature a session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Security â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Protecting Your Information.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2 p.m. $10 to $15 per class. Conference Room 5, Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202364-7602. â&#x2013;  The Dupont Circle Village Live & Learn Seminar series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;These Feet Were Made for Walkingâ&#x20AC;? by Dr. Michael S. Stempel, director of podiatry and assistant professor of medicine and surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  Education policy expert Jack

Jennings will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Presidents, Congress, and Public Education: School Improvement in a Political Atmosphere.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Amphitheatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. jenningsatgsehd.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013; Author Marco Magnani, Georgetown University professor Kathleen McNamara and World Bank executive director Piero Cipolloni will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italy 2020: Challenges and Opportunities of Growth.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  The American History Book Club will hold the second of two discussions on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelve Years a Slaveâ&#x20AC;? by Solomon Northup. 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Maggie Anderson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Black Year: One Familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quest to Buy Black in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Racially Divided Economy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a film about a young girl who discovers family secrets in Louisiana. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Companionâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Charles Burnettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Selma, Lord, Selma,â&#x20AC;? starring Jurnee Smollett, Clifton Powell and Yolanda King. 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut will present the first three episodes of the award-winning, 10-part German miniseries â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Face of the Crime,â&#x20AC;? a fast-paced crime drama that depicts Russian-Jewish culture and reveals a panorama of diverse communities. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. The screenings will continue through March 17. â&#x2013;  Solas Nuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irish Popcorn Film Seriesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mark Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;King of the Travellers.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Readings â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Survival Instincts: First-time Novelists on the Ties That Bind,â&#x20AC;? a PEN/Faulkner Fiction event, will feature readings by authors Ayana Mathis and Justin Torres (shown). 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. â&#x2013;  In honor of Commedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arte Day, the troupe Crash of Rhinos will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good Devil, in Spite of Himself,â&#x20AC;? a new play by Mario Baldessari and Tyler Herman that spoofs a pivotal moment of censorship in commedia history. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Conservatory of

Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. bossrhino@crashofrhinos.org. Special event â&#x2013; The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bayard Rustin and James Baldwin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Freedom Fighters & Friends,â&#x20AC;? a multimedia program using performance, song and poetry to chronicle Rustinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Baldwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives as activists, artists, political figures and friends. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; tickets required. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-724-5613. Tuesday, Feb. 25

Tuesday FeBRuaRy 25 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Author and illustrator John J. Muth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zen Shorts,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zen Tiesâ&#x20AC;? and the new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons,â&#x20AC;? among others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss his work and sign copies of his books. 4:30 p.m. Free. Barstons Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Play, 5536 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-244-3602. Classes â&#x2013;  Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Breathe,â&#x20AC;? a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $5 to $10 per class. Third-

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Continued From Page 23 Congress will discuss “Saints on Stage: The Depiction of Mormons in American Musical Theater.” Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday will present a preview of the 86th annual Academy Awards. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Stavros Lambrinidis, the European Union special representative for human rights, will discuss “The European Union and the United States as Human Rights Actors.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. lambrinidis.eventbrite.com. ■ The Special Needs Information Series will feature a talk by attorney Matthew Bogin and consultant Sharman Word Dennis on “Educational Advocacy in Transition.” 6 p.m. Free. Large Conference Room, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ Transgender advocate Janet Mock will discuss her book “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity,

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Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. Films ■ The Egyptian Contemporary Film Series will feature Ali Ragab’s 2004 film “Khalty Faransa,” about three intrepid characters who rise to the top after a long struggle between corruption and delinquency. A discussion will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. ■ The Georgetown Library will show a romantic comedy as part of its monthlong “Celluloid Sweethearts” series. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The D.C. Public Library’s 25th annual Black Film Festival will focus on “Civil Rights in America.” 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Special event ■ The DC College Access Program’s sixth annual “DC-CAPITAL STARS: A Tribute to Broadway” will feature the top 10 finalists from the group’s talent competition, with the winners to be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and the audience. 7 p.m. $35 to $45. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Orlando Magic. 7 p.m. $6 to $346. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Wednesday, Feb. 26

Wednesday FeBRuaRy 26 Children’s events ■ The Graphic Novel Book Club will discuss “Vader’s Little Princess” by Jeffrey Brown (for ages 7 through 10), followed by a craft project and snack. 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Classes and workshops ■ Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a “Yoga in the Galleries” class. 10 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8851300. ■ Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a “Just Breathe!” weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. ■ Instructor Susan Lowell will lead a tai chi class. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. Concerts ■ Minnesota guitarist and banjo player Charlie Parr will perform original folk blues and traditional spirituals. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Celebrate Youth! High School Choir Festival will culminate with a joint concert featuring members of the DC Youth Orchestra and students from D.C. public, charter and independent schools. 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral,

Tuesday, FeBRuaRy 19 ■ Discussion: Elizabeth Kolbert will discuss her book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. ■ Vocal Arts DC will present soprano Hei-Kyung Hong and pianist Vlad Iftinca performing works by Grieg, Schumann, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Bizet and Korean composers. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The “Music From Japan Festival 2014” will feature the quartet Okinawan Fusions. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-1000. ■ Guitarist and singer Harold Ford will present “The Spirit of Johnny Cash,” a tribute concert on Cash’s 82nd birthday. 8:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures ■ Scholars will discuss “World Christianity, Immigration, and the U.S.: The NonWestern Church Comes to America.” 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. ■ Jan Scherer will explore the patriotic symbols and meaning in the 19th-century etching “America Guided by Wisdom.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Belle Vue Room, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. dumbartonhouse.org. ■ Independent journalist David Sheen will discuss “African Refugees in Israel: The Plight of Non-Jews in the Zionist State.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will focus on John Muller’s “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.” 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ Timothy A. Block, director of botany at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “The Pennsylvania Flora Project.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ “Healthy, Healing Spaces” — about the design of generative areas in healthcare facilities in order to enhance wellness — will feature panelists Tama Duffy Day, a director at Gensler; BJ Miller, president of Vision Group Studios; and Nancy Pallesen, executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum,

401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ The Georgetown Library will host “Dating in the District: A Panel on Business, Blogging, and Finding the Perfect Mate in Washington.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. ■ Annie Jacobsen will discuss her book “Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library’s “Young Prose Book Group,” for ages 21 through 35, will meet to discuss “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. 7 p.m. Free. Kitty O’Shea’s D.C., 4624 Wisconsin Ave. NW. megan.biggins@dc.gov. ■ Actor Stacy Keach and Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn will discuss “Inside a Creative Collaboration,” about their work on the upcoming productions of “Henry IV, Parts I and II” and the enduring appeal of Sir John Falstaff as a character in many of Shakespeare’s plays. 7 to 9 p.m. $28 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Larry Witham will discuss his book “Piero’s Light: In Search of Piero Della Francesca: A Renaissance Painter and the Revolution in Art, Science and Religion.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 209, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Films ■ The 10th annual Showcase of Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects will feature Morgan Neville’s “20 Feet From Stardom.” 7 p.m. Free; tickets distributed at the special events entrance on Constitution Avenue an hour before the screening. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Human Rights Watch Film Series will present German filmmaker Marc Wiese’s 2012 documentary “Camp 14: Total Control Zone,” about a man born inside a North Korean prison camp as the child of political prisoners. A Q-and-A session will follow. 7 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. The series will continue March 5 and 12. ■ The Reel Israel DC series will feature Sameh Zoabi’s 2013 film “Under the Same Sun.” 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance ■ The Happenings at the Harman series will present “Milo the Magnificent,” featuring theater artists and puppeteers Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon. Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5475688. Reading ■ Spooky Action Theater will present a staged reading of “The Asphalt Kiss” by Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues. 7 p.m. Free. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-2480301.


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gles to find restaurants and other public places he can enter in his wheelchair. He hears testimony from disabled Europeans who feel neglected by their governments. When he visits the Eiffel Tower in Paris, he realizes that only the lowest observation platform is accessible to him. “In terms of physical infrastructure, I would say that major cities in the United States are better than major cities in Europe,” Davenport said in an interview. “Wash-

ington, D.C., for the most part is accessible, but if I’m going out to a restaurant or a bar with my friends, I have to check.” Davenport, who lives in downtown D.C., said he hopes his film will spur legislative action on these issues, but also simply create greater awareness. “Legislation can do so much, but as a society we need to be aware that people with disabilities are prevalent yet marginalized.” Festival details are available at dciff-indie.org. The festival opens tonight and continues through Sunday.

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told us that they are also open to other routes to connect the Mall to other parts of Washington, to our neighborhoods.” Kennedy said his proposed route would bring tourist traffic to neighborhood businesses while simultaneous relieving Metrorail congestion downtown. He proposes running the bus up 23rd Street to the Foggy Bottom Metro and then to Dupont Circle via New Hampshire Avenue. Kennedy explained that the bus would travel through Dupont Circle and turn left onto 18th Street. It would then turn right onto Florida Avenue and U Street. In addition to connecting all of the Metro lines, this path would link the National Mall with the African American Civil War

Memorial, another National Park Service site and tourist destination. In their resolution, the Dupont commissioners expressed willingness to collaborate with other neighborhood commissions, organizations and District government agencies to further develop this idea. “We’re not sure exactly what we want to do, but this is the outline,” Silverstein said. “I think it would just be a tremendous benefit not only to this neighborhood but to the city.” In an interview after the meeting, Kennedy said his next step is to mobilize his constituents in support of the idea. Ultimately, he hopes to convince the D.C. Department of Transportation to include his route in the agency’s master plan for Circulator buses. “We want DDOT to acknowledge this as part of their

vision,” he said. In an email to The Current yesterday, Transportation Department spokesperson Reggie Sanders wrote that Kennedy’s idea would be considered within the DC Circulator Transit Development Plan, which should be completed by this summer. “We will be collecting comments from the public (such as this one) with future route suggestions at our bi-annual meeting,” he wrote. That public forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Eastern Market, 225 7th St. SE. The Transportation Department has already identified several routes that it would hope to add to the Circulator over the coming years — including in Upper Northwest — but they have not yet been funded.

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Garrison’s PTA, said at last Wednesday’s meeting. Farther north, advocates for Murch have been also rallying against delays to the $3 million in planning money to hire designers and assess the school’s needs. This funding was pushed to 2015, while the school community wants to see the full modernization completed by 2016. “We are ready to start the planning,” said Karrisa Kovner, co-president of the school’s home and school association. “But there’s no planning until the money is allocated.” Representatives from Murch are also concerned that the total $32.5 million earmarked to renovate the 85-year-old school may not be enough. “We were supposed to get funding to modernize the school in 2014-2015,” said Martha MacIntosh, a parent co-chair of Murch’s Local School Advisory Team. “When the mayor’s budget was released at the end of March, we suddenly discovered that the funding had been moved back to a year.” For both schools, the main argument for full modernization is the need to accommodate significant growth in their student populations. Garrison, at 1200 S St., sits in the midst of a development boom in Logan Circle and Shaw and has students from all eight wards. It’s also part of a neighborhood cluster that the deputy mayor for education determined to have the greatest need. According to Vanessa Bertelli, chair of the school’s improvement project committee, Garrison needs a total of $20 million for a complete renovation. Through advocacy, Garrison has already been allocated $8 million for its first development phase, which primarily will fix up the building’s waning interiors. There’s also an extra $1 million to update its field and remove an unused swimming pool. The city’s budget provides another $6 million in 2019, but Garrison stakeholders want D.C. leaders to make $12 million available in 2015. Murch, whose 626 students this school year make it one of the largest elementary schools in the city, hasn’t yet received any funding for modernization. School

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Garrison stakeholders are pressing for city officials to accelerate the timetable for full modernization.

stakeholders have listed obsolete infrastructure and technology (such as classrooms with just two electrical outlets) and overcrowded conditions as problems. The preschool-through-fifth-grade school at 4810 36th St. has temporary trailers housing classrooms — making up one-third of the learning space and taking over much of the outdoor area. Of the funding delay, Kovner said city officials cast it as “a good thing for Murch because we were going to get more money. But what has become very clear is that we can’t handle that delay very well without additional resources.” Garrison has already gained support from several advisory neighborhood commissioners. Earlier this week, the Dupont Circle neighborhood commission passed a resolution supporting the school’s full modernization. Stephanie Maltz, a Dupont commissioner and member of the Ward 2 Education Network who spoke at last week’s meeting, said she’s working with other nearby neighborhood commissioners to see if they can advocate for the school — “anything we can do to help out.” Manolis Priniotakis of the Forest Hills/North Cleveland Park commission is also sponsoring a resolution that pushes for Murch’s immediate funding for renovation. The resolution passed 5-0 at last night’s meeting. “Murch serves as a hub for our neighborhood, and its long-overdue renovations will address decades of wearand-tear,” Priniotakis wrote in an email.


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