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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Tax sale issues prompt bill, court battles

Parents at Walls decry plan for two campuses

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By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

District lawyers have been embroiled since 2009 in litigation against a firm that bought up hundreds of tax sale liens here, allegedly defrauding homeowners already struggling to pay their property taxes and charging them inflated fees. Legislation pending in the D.C. Council seeks to address the issue and other alleged tax sale abuses. In a tax sale, the District puts a lien on a property with unpaid taxes, and sells that lien to someone who will pressure the property owner to pay up. If the taxes are quickly settled — plus 18 percent, annual interest and a small fee to the lien purchaser — the lien is canceled. But if the debt lingers for six months, the tax lien investor can file suit to “foreclose the right of redemption.” And that makes the homeowner liable not only for back taxes, interest and penalties, but for “reasonable” attorney fees imposed by the lien owner. The city’s lawsuit claims that See Tax Sales/Page 16

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Stakeholders at School Without Walls say they’ve lost confidence in D.C. Public Schools as questions remain unanswered about the planned merger with FrancisStevens Education Campus. At the Walls Local School Advisory Team meeting last Wednesday, members voted overwhelmingly to object to sending students to the Francis-Stevens cam-

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President George Washington and the first lady, Martha, greeted visitors Saturday during the Presidential Family Fun Day at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

NEWS

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Dupont Circle’s namesake park is a setting for scenes in “Fellow Travelers” and “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.”

Or, for Foggy Bottom, a scene from Aly Monroe’s “Washington Shadow,” describing the neighborhood in 1945 as “a rusty industrial

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Questions arise as Wells seeks more police camera use — Page 8

■ Development: Library

group argues firm underpaid By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

area that had started being cleaned up but still had a long way to go. There were some empty lots, an abandoned factory, some industry still producing smoke.” The new website is under construction now, set to launch on March 27. Its tagline is: “Explore Washington, D.C. neighborhoods as experienced in fiction.” The goal, said project co-founder Tony Ross, is a “rich, deep” interactive map of thousands of fiction passages that depict D.C.’s streets and scenery. Users will be able to plug in a location — either a specific address or a broader neighborhood — to browse through multiple relevant entries nearby, or add their own See Books/Page 19

NOTEBOOK

GWU ‘superdorm’ clears initial Zoning Commission hurdle

pus a mile away, as D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson proposed in her school consolidation plan revealed Jan. 17. Henderson also wants to increase enrollment at Walls, but members voted to cap the student body at its current level of about 550 students. Members say splitting up the Walls program between two campuses would be detrimental to both students and teachers who would be isolated from the main campus at 2130 G St. The advisory team also says the plan appears to underdeveloped, as details have not been forthcoming from the D.C. Public See Walls/Page 19

Court hears zoning appeal of city deal with EastBanc

Website to list D.C. locations ‘by the books’ How has literature portrayed locales in Washington? A forthcoming mapping website, DC By the Book, will give readers very specific answers. For example, look up the 1800 block of N Street NW, and find a passage from George Pelecanos’ “The Turnaround,” about a Greekowned diner there in the 1970s: “The dominant colors were blue and white. … There was a short breakfast flurry and a two-hour lunch rush and plenty of dead space, when the four employees, all blacks, talked, horsed around, brooded and smoked.”

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The fate of a much-debated proposal to build a new West End library and fire station now rests with the D.C. Court of Appeals, which heard arguments last Thursday that the Zoning Commission failed to balance a giveaway of city property against the benefits offered by a private developer. Though judges didn’t say when they would rule, they raised questions about the project’s lack of affordable housing. The appeals court typically gives “great deference” to the rulings of regulatory agencies and commissions in their area of expertise unless it finds a ruling to be arbitrary or capricious. EastBanc’s proposal to develop the library and fire station sites into bigger mixed-use buildings has been in play since 2007, first getting approved by the D.C. Council for the acquisition of city property. The Zoning Commission approved the unusual planned-unit development

Rendering courtesy of EastBanc

The Zoning Commission approved luxury condos on the site of the West End Library. last March. The D.C. Library Renaissance Project is challenging the zoning approval, arguing — as it has for years — that the project amounts to an uncompensated $30 million gift to EastBanc Inc. without a proper return to District residents. EastBanc’s request for a waiver from affordable-housing requirements for the luxury condo it plans to build above the new library at 24th and L streets — also approved by the Zoning Commission last year — was the last straw for the Renaissance Project, prompting a court appeal by the Ralph NaderSee Appeal/Page 6

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Catania bill would designate parkland near Taft Bridge — Page 12

Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/11 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/18

Opinion/8 Real Estate/15 School Dispatches/13 Service Directory/26 Theater/23 Week Ahead/3

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Holy Trinity School plans for renovations By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

For the first time in almost 100 years, the Holy Trinity School in Georgetown is embarking on a major renovation of its upper and lower school buildings. Plans are in the early stages and include mostly interior upgrades and improved accessibility for entrances. Groundbreaking is anticipated for summer 2014. “The idea is simply to make the buildings serve modern 21st-century school needs and also to bring the buildings up to modern 21st-century standards in terms of handicap access, bathrooms and computers,” said the Rev. Mark Horak, pastor of Holy Trinity Church. “We’re not expanding the capacity of school; we simply want to make what’s there work better and serve the mission of the school better.” The campus is bounded by N and O streets between 35th and 36th streets and includes Holy Trinity Church and the Chapel of St. Ignatius, both of which are both historic landmarks. Holy Trinity School was founded in 1818, and its two school buildings were erected in 1918 but are not landmarked.

The bulk of the proposed project includes two additions, one each to the upper and lower schools. At the upper school, the underutilized theater will be renovated into a multipurpose room with new floors and electrical fixtures. The room will be able to be quickly converted to suit different needs, whether academic, religious or athletic. The school does not have a gym so the new indoor area will allow for a basketball court as well as space for students to play or exercise, which Horak said will be particularly helpful during inclement weather. It will be equally beneficial for parish events, he said. As part of the renovations, four classrooms will be added on top of the multipurpose room, and above that, screened mechanical units will be mounted on the roof. At the lower school, a modest three-story addition is planned for the courtyard-facing side of the building to install an elevator bank and new bathrooms. Throughout the project — which is designed by Georgetown firm cox graae + spack architects — electrical, plumbing and other upgrades are planned to bring both schools up to current building standards.

Proposed exterior changes visible from the street are minimal and include making the 36th Street entrances of both schools compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act by creating grade-level walkways into each building. At the upper school, a sloping walkway would be built from O Street to a new doorway to be created north of the existing stair entrance. At the lower school, plans call for creating a walkway from the sidewalk to the first-story entrance, removing steps at either end. Exterior alterations to the school buildings, which are classified as a contributing aspect of historic Georgetown, must obtain approval from the Old Georgetown Board — part of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. The Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission voted Feb. 4 to raise no objection to the plans. At the Old Georgetown Board’s Feb. 7 meeting, members were supportive of the project but said before they can give final approval they want to see more green space at the front of both schools where the new ADA-compliant entrances would be built, according to Thomas Luebke, Fine Arts Commission secretary.

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ABC Board vets proposal for defining grocery stores By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

New rules that define “full-service grocery stores� in D.C. might mean an uphill battle for pharmacies applying for liquor licenses. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced last month that it intends to adopt a series of regulations to more firmly define what constitutes a grocery store — and, by extension, which retailers qualify for a grocery license to sell beer and wine from their stores. A hearing on the proposal is scheduled for next week. The new regulations are a result of the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Emergency Amendment Act, an update to city alcohol laws that took effect in January. A provision in the act required the board to settle on the definition of a grocery store, which it released Jan. 16. A city moratorium on Class B licenses — for off-premises consumption — allows grocery stores to apply for an exemption in order to sell beer and wine. The new rules

specify how much of a store must be devoted to food sales to qualify. But it remains to be seen whether a Van Ness Walgreens and Woodley Park CVS pharmacy, both of which applied for Class B liquor licenses last year, will ultimately be labeled as grocery stores, elected officials said. Last February the Van Ness/ North Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission voted to protest an exemption application from Walgreens, located at 4225 Connecticut Ave. Some Woodley Park residents are pursuing litigation with the CVS at 2601 Connecticut Ave., according to advisory neighborhood commissioner Lee Brian Reba, who declined to comment further. The proposed rules stipulate that a “full-service grocery store� must offer four out of five specific types of products at any given time: fresh, uncooked or unprocessed meat, poultry or fish; fresh, uncooked or unprocessed fruits or vegetables; dairy products; breads, cereals or See Drugstores/Page 6

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The week ahead Wednesday, Feb. 20

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold its monthly public meeting, which will include votes on revised early learning standards and compulsory attendance rules. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss a new study for Union Station to Georgetown Waterfront Premium Transit Service. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave. NW. ■ The National Capital Planning Commission will hold a public forum to present draft updated policies for the Comprehensive Plan’s Federal Visitors & Commemoration Element. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the commission’s office, Suite 500N, 401 9th St. NW. ■ Mann Elementary School will hold a community meeting to discuss modernization plans. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the community center at Mann Elementary School, 4430 Newark St. NW. ■ The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a meeting on proposed solutions to 16th Street bus problems south of Columbia Road. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Chastleton Ballroom, 1701 16th St. NW.

Thursday, Feb. 21

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold a meeting to discuss “Taxation Without Representation: Is Statehood the Answer?� Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams will be the guest speaker. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Friends of the Palisades Library group will host a community meeting with Leslie Griffin, the new branch librarian. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the library, 4901 V St. NW.

■ The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a presentation by the D.C. Historic Preservation Office on a proposed Meridian Hill Historic District, which would run generally along 16th Street from V Street to Irving Street. The agenda will also include discussion of the Office of Planning’s zoning rewrite process and proposals to change parking minimums. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, in conjunction with the American Heart Association and the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, will hold a special “Chat With Cheh� event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Palisades Safeway, 4865 MacArthur Blvd NW. In honor of Heart Month and the Go Red for Women campaign, blood pressure screenings will be available.

Monday, Feb. 25

The Tenleytown Neighbors Association will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 220, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will host a community forum on the future of the Lincoln Theatre. A public feedback session will help drive the process of selecting an operator to manage the theater. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. â–  The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion with Washington Post columnist Robert Thomson, aka Dr. Gridlock, on citywide transit and transportation challenges. The meeting will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW.

Zoning Commission to hear GWU plan for ‘superdorm’ By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A George Washington University plan to add several hundred oncampus undergraduate dormitory beds is moving forward following last week’s Zoning Commission vote to hold a public hearing on the proposal. The university intends to create an addition in the open space between three existing apartment buildings it uses as dorms in the 2100 blocks of H and I streets, or Square 77A. The new combined building, informally dubbed “superdorm,� would house about 894 students, a 326-bed increase from the capacity of the existing Schenley Hall, Crawford Hall and The West End buildings. The new space would replace the university’s only remaining off-campus undergraduate housing — City Hall, at 950 24th St. It would also include several thousand square feet of retail space along I Street and in a basement level. The project is internal to the school’s campus, with George Washington University buildings as its only immediate neighbors. Last week’s vote, a “setdown,� means that the zoning commissioners are comfortable enough with the plans to hear more details from the applicant, city agencies and the public. The hearing date hasn’t yet been set. Commissioners were generally supportive of the project, which

received Historic Preservation Review Board approval in December despite some board members’ concerns about the amount of demolition planned for the existing 1920s apartment buildings. But some zoning commissioners last week raised their own objections to the design — most notably, to the light-colored material planned for the addition between the existing buildings. The two buildings on H Street have darker-colored facades, which commissioners said set up an unbecoming clash; the West End on I Street is a lighter material. Commissioners asked the university to tweak its designs — and to provide more elaborate renderings — in time for the hearing. They also requested that the university redesign its roof structures to set them back farther from the roof’s edge. In general, though, zoning commissioners supported the project. “It’s a very innovative use of trying to fit this in, so I think the university is to be commended for trying to make use of every little space that it has,� commissioner Michael Turnbull said. “As we said when we passed the 20-year [campus plan], they’re going up rather than out, and I think they’re fulfilling that.� Commissioner Peter May commented, though, that the scale of the new 894-bed dorm seems unprecedented. “That’s a lot of beds, isn’t it? ... It just seems really, really huge,� he said. “It’s just a point of curiosity; I don’t think it has any bearing on the case,� he added.

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District Digest Orange introduces bill on yellow lights

At-large D.C. Council member Vincent Orange wants to eliminate what he calls a “gotcha� in the District’s red light camera system. A bill offered by Orange Tuesday would require uniform yellow light timing at all signalized intersections, “so District drivers are not unfairly ticketed.� Orange said yellow light times

vary widely, making it tricky to know when a light will turn from yellow to red and trigger a camera flash. Red light cameras are meant to enhance safety, he said, but “they should not be a cash cow.� The bill was inspired by a recent study in Arnold, Mo., where red light camera revenue dropped 60 percent after a similar uniform yellow light timing rule was imposed. Orange’s bill won no immediate cosponsors, but the council member

predicted more of his colleagues will show support when they learn more about the issue.

Gray budget to boost funding for education

The city’s per-capita student funding in its public schools will increase by 2 percent, from $9,124 to $9,306, under Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed 2014 budget, Gray announced Thursday.

This “Uniform Per Student Funding Formula� is a baseline for setting the allocations to different D.C. Public Schools facilities and public charter schools, though it varies for schools determined to have higher costs to educate students. A news release from Gray’s office said details on the schools that will receive extra funds is not yet available.

GSA auction to close on heating plant site

The federally administered online auction of Georgetown’s West Heating Plant site will close today, following a rapid burst of activity that had more than doubled the high bid yesterday alone. The U.S. General Services Administration is selling off the unused facility for redevelopment, which will include adaptive reuse of the 1940s heating plant building. Four bidders had pushed the price to $5.2 million as of yesterday afternoon; their identities are undisclosed. Federal officials have declined to speculate on what the auction might yield. The District’s Office of Tax and Revenue assesses the two-acre property at 29th and K streets at $11.3 million in land and $18.9 million in improvements, but it will require cleanup from its decades of industrial use.

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Glenbrook project set to enter new phase The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to excavate sections of a Spring Valley property believed to have a “high probability� of containing buried munitions and other contaminants. The Army tore down the house at 4825 Glenbrook Road late last year in preparation for the excavation. The American Universityowned home is thought to have been constructed atop a burial pit of munitions left over from when the school’s campus was an Army testing site in the World War I era. So far, workers have been investigating only the lower-probability areas of the site, where no munitions or other issues have been found, Army project manager Brenda Barber reported at last week’s meeting of the community’s Restoration Advisory Board. The low-probability work will continue through this month, and the highprobability work will begin this spring, according to Barber.

School system hold annual online lottery

Parents can apply for early childhood and out-of-boundary D.C. Public Schools seats online through Monday at lottery.dcps.dc.gov. Each child can apply for up to a total of six schools, including inboundary and out-of-boundary options, according to a news release. Parents of 3- and 4-yearolds must also use the lottery system. In a news release, the school system states that there was “unprecedented and historic interest� during the lottery’s first few days, with twice the Web traffic as last year. There is no advantage to applying early as long as the Feb. 25 deadline is met, the release states.

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Arts agency seeks operator Zoning official changes path on utility box for historic Lincoln Theatre By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

As the District prepares to find a new operator for the historic Lincoln Theatre, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will hold a public meeting next Tuesday to hear residents’ preferences for the space. The 1922 theater at 1215 U St. has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1993, and is most famous for hosting black performers in the era of segregation. But since its city-funded restoration two decades ago, the Lincoln has struggled to cover its extensive operating costs. Its 1,225-seat size is too large for many prospective users, and its lack of a resident company means it must rely on various scheduled events. Through 2011, the theater was managed by the nonprofit U Street Theater Foundation, in conjunction with hundreds of thousands of dollars in city subsidies over the years. Last January, the city arts commission took control of the facility on an interim basis, intending to transfer

the theater to a new operator sometime in 2012. The delay came because it took longer than anticipated to work out “some administrative kinks� and to spend $1.1 million on an upgraded sound system and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, arts commission executive director Lionell Thomas said in an interview. But the commission now intends to have a new operator selected by March 30, and in place soon after, said Thomas. At that point, the city will continue to own and be responsible for the theater building, but the new partner will oversee its day-to-day operations and finances. The choice of the new operator will depend in part on what community members say at Tuesday’s meeting, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lincoln. What’s key, Thomas said, is that the operator find a way to make the theater more prominent within D.C. “Creating a cultural identity and a consistent artistic identity has been See Theater/Page 16

The D.C. zoning administrator, reversing a previous ruling, last week OKed the location of an electrical circuit box at 2750 32nd St., thus closing the latest chapter in a dispute between two neighbors over a home addition project in tony Woodland Normanstone. In a letter last week, zoning administrator Matthew LeGrant said he was canceling a violation notice after determining the box is in the front yard, with no setback required, rather than in the side yard, where it would have had to be removed or cut down in size. That means homeowner Christopher

Vorobek won’t have to appeal to the Board of Zoning Adjustment to overturn the violation notice, or to remove the box. Vorobek and a neighbor, Larry Ausubel, had tussled both in court and before the zoning board over a now-completed three-story addition that Ausubel feared would damage trees in the leafy neighborhood. So far, Vorobek has won every skirmish. “They just didn’t want us to build,� he said last week. “This was infecting our lives. Now we’re done.� — Elizabeth Wiener

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DRUGSTORES: Board moves to define grocery stores From Page 3

baked goods; or dry groceries, such as coffee, flour and whole grains. To gain full-grocery status, a store must devote either at least 50 percent of its total retail space to four of the five listed product categories, or 6,000 square feet or more to the listed products, among other requirements. Under this proposal, the new definitions would only apply to license applications that are pending now or issued after Jan. 14, when the omnibus act went into effect. The Walgreens and CVS applications fall into the pending category, said Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesperson William Hager. Vendors sometimes apply for the exemption as a way to get a liquor license even if their establishments donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be full grocery stores, said Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. The exemption was created in an emergency act in 2000 to â&#x20AC;&#x153;encourage high quality grocery stores to locate new stores in the District of Columbia,â&#x20AC;? according to the resolution, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;does not apply to corner stores or convenience stores,â&#x20AC;? a D.C. Council report added later. Cheh testified before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in December to protest the Walgreens application, which she argued should not be classified as a grocery store because it does not sell enough food products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What bothered me was not so much this particular store, but whether we were following the law or not,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When [constituents] brought this to my attention, I had to agree this really was not

following the legislation.â&#x20AC;? These new rules, Cheh said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;probably capture the legislative intent â&#x20AC;Ś certainly a lot better than the freeform approach [alcohol officials] were taking earlier.â&#x20AC;? One ongoing question may be how to classify vendors that provide a variety of services beyond traditional drug or grocery stores. For example, many grocery stores now have pharmacies as well, and may take a larger share of their earnings from those services rather than their food sales. Van Ness/North Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission chair Adam Tope criticized the proposed rules as unclear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frankly, this definition is gibberish and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make much sense,â&#x20AC;? Tope said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it really addresses the big issue of whether a Walgreens should have a liquor license.â&#x20AC;? Tope was also unsure whether Walgreens would qualify as a full-service grocery store under these limits. Cheh said she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where Walgreens would fall, either. But she said the proposed rules were broader than she might have expected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The regulations themselves might be a little more general than what the legislation anticipated, but at least itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a kind of, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, they sell crackers, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good enough,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Cheh said. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will take comments on the proposed rules and hold a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Board Hearing Room at 2000 14th St. NW. To testify, call 202-442-4456 or email martha.jenkins@dc.gov by Feb. 22.

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founded group. According to Oliver Hall, the library groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, the Zoning Commission erred when it said it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the authority to weigh whether the city was getting a good deal financially. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The District is not only providing the developer with a significant development incentive, but also incurring a substantial adverse effect to its finances,â&#x20AC;? his brief said. EastBancâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, Deborah Baum, argued that the group didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have standing to sue. Baum said the Renaissance Project, which pushes for library improvements citywide, offers only â&#x20AC;&#x153;generalized complaints regarding the economics of the underlying land transaction,â&#x20AC;? but can show â&#x20AC;&#x153;no concrete or particularized injuryâ&#x20AC;? from the project. Addressing Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s substantive complaint, Baum said the Zoning Commission did its job properly in finding that the benefits of the EastBanc project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; replacing â&#x20AC;&#x153;woefully out-of-dateâ&#x20AC;? public facilities with a mixed-use building that will have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;transformative effectâ&#x20AC;? on the neighborhood, as she put it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; justify the needed zoning relief. EastBancâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost to build the library, fire station and related improvements for the District will also total about $30 million, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The D.C. Council said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We desperately need a new library and new fire station, and the only way to pay for it is to transfer this land.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; They made that determination, ardently. The mayor supported it, and the Zoning Commission could not second-guess them,â&#x20AC;? Baum told the judges.

The affordable-housing issue caught the judgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attention. After a long citywide battle for â&#x20AC;&#x153;inclusionary zoning,â&#x20AC;? the council in 2006 enacted a law requiring developers of multifamily buildings to include a small percentage of units affordable to lower income levels. Earlier documents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solicitation of bids for the project, and the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of the land disposition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; indicated the winning bidder would keep sale prices â&#x20AC;&#x153;affordableâ&#x20AC;? at roughly 10 percent of the luxury units to be built above the new library. But after detailing costs, EastBanc asked the Zoning Commission for a waiver, saying that with such units the overall project wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t generate enough revenue to pay for a new fire station and library. The commission accepted that argument, and the District government recently decided to pitch in an additional $7.1 million to cover enough affordable housing at the fire station site to offset the amount thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not provided at the library site. Hall said such a waiver is allowed only if denial would give EastBanc â&#x20AC;&#x153;no economic use of property.â&#x20AC;? And the fact that the number of units is still undetermined indicates the firm has some flexibility to include a few affordable ones, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The original [request for proposals] included affordable housing, and we know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no longer part of the deal,â&#x20AC;? Hall told the court. Baum responded that city economic development officials supported the waiver, saying that requiring affordable units â&#x20AC;&#x153;would reduce the land value to the point where it would be impossible for EastBanc to deliver the fire station and library

without a direct subsidy from the District.â&#x20AC;? And the commission had authority to grant the waiver, she said, because of the other â&#x20AC;&#x153;exemplary public benefitsâ&#x20AC;? offered. Judge Vanessa Ruiz tried to focus on the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original intent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So in striking this deal, the council expected affordable housing?â&#x20AC;? she asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The council envisioned affordable housing, which has since dropped out of the deal,â&#x20AC;? Hall responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now paying $7.1 million, and the District is not even going to own these units.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did somebody really screw up?â&#x20AC;? Ruiz asked.   Judge Roy McLeese listened intently, then asked if the new public facilities were being counted â&#x20AC;&#x153;twiceâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; first to justify EastBanc getting the property free of charge, and then as a public benefit to justify zoning relief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One way to look atâ&#x20AC;? the case, McLeese observed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is that the public is buying these amenities twice.â&#x20AC;? The judges took the case under advisement and gave no indication when to expect a ruling. The court expedited its hearing in response to complaints that the suit is holding up needed improvements to public facilities, as well as more housing in the West End. Several neighborhood groups raised similar arguments last fall in asking the Renaissance Project to drop the appeal. Unless the litigation is resolved quickly, Baum said last week, â&#x20AC;&#x153;critical deadlines will have past â&#x20AC;Ś and everybody would have to go back to the drawing board.â&#x20AC;? Anthony Lanier, who heads EastBanc, watched intently from the back of the courtroom but declined to comment on the proceedings.


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Wilson High expo shows off health program funded by nonprofit By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Thanks to funding from Dr. Ozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nonprofit HealthCorps, Wilson High School students have been able to take advantage of supplemental wellness classes and activities for the past three years. Last Thursday, several students showed off their knowledge at a schoolwide health fair that featured booths on nutrition, fitness and character development. Student organizers developed the Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day fair around the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Your Healthy Self.â&#x20AC;? Demonstrations included yoga, hula-hooping and cooking healthy meals, in addition to basketball agility drills and stations on goal-setting and helping others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fair is taking everything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned and putting it in one room,â&#x20AC;? said Madison Summers, a Wilson 10th-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The classes have taught us how to stay healthy by eating the right amount of food and exercising, and how to manage our relationships. These are lessons

weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to remember forever.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa founded HealthCorps in 2003 with the goal of helping to prevent childhood obesity and promoting health education in schools nationwide. The organization developed a pilot program that put coordinators in schools to deliver a supplemental health education curriculum and to mentor students. Coordinators make a two-year commitment to teach at each participating school. HealthCorps now operates in 66 schools in 14 states, and it has been at Wilson for the past three years. The nonprofit also works with Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School in Northeast. Coordinator Micheline Tocco is in her first year at Wilson, where she gives weekly health education lessons to 10 classes and also leads after-school activities, working regularly with about 450 students. Tocco, a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, previously spent a year in Spain teaching

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English as part of the U.S. Fulbright Program. HealthCorps funds Toccoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position, so there is no cost to Wilson or D.C. Public Schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The curriculum was developed to be able to respond to the needs of each school,â&#x20AC;? said Tocco. At Wilson, she said, students seem most enthusiastic about nutrition lessons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like those that showing the connection between sugar consumption and diabetes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as lessons on reproductive health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids want to know the truth, not myths, about being healthy,â&#x20AC;? Tocco added. Other lessons include life skills like mental resilience and the power of positivity. The instruction is also intended to go beyond the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designed to be a viral curriculum, with the hope that students will take the lessons home and share them with their family and friends,â&#x20AC;? said HealthCorps spokesperson Karen Johnson. The coursework and after-school activities have also exposed students to career possibilities, from becoming a nutritionist to

working in the culinary arts. One of the most popular afterschool programs is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teen Battle Chef,â&#x20AC;? modeled after the TV show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Chef America.â&#x20AC;? Students face off in two teams, working on different recipes before presenting their dishes to guest judges, who often include Wilson staff members. The culinary program was designed to develop studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; skills in leadership, teamwork and food presentation. Instruction also includes history lessons related to the region or country where a recipe originated. Tocco said a Teen Battle Chef competition between Wilson and Washington Math Science students is in the works. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal Peter Cahall called the partnership between Wilson and HealthCorps â&#x20AC;&#x153;outstanding.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anytime we can get our kids healthier by thinking about health issues is great,â&#x20AC;? said Cahall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about enthusiasm, communication and building relationships with students, and Micheline really nailed it.

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Wilson Highâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health fair featured booths on nutrition and fitness.

Every time I walk by her office there are kids in there working on health projects or making posters.â&#x20AC;? Faculty and staff have also benefitted from HealthCorps, as Tocco has initiated exercise and nutrition programs for the adult members of the school community, including a competition where staff members used pedometers to see who walks the most. More information on HealthCorps is available at healthcorps.org.


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Up to the task

Sometimes it seems like there’s nothing the D.C. government likes more than to establish a task force. Their proliferation makes an easy target for allegations of bureaucratic inertia or an unwillingness to tackle problems head-on. But such criticism is usually misdirected; the serious offense arises only if their work drags on or their recommendations are ignored. We hope neither fate awaits last month’s addition: the 13-member panel eying modernization and adaptive use of Ward 5’s industrial areas. The subject is important, but truly requires study. Mayor Vincent Gray’s office aptly describes the task force’s charge to develop a strategic plan to “transform these industrial areas into a magnet for green and creative businesses that can help diversify the District’s economy, create jobs for different skill levels and provide the amenities and services desired by Ward 5 residents.” To some degree, this is a neighborhood issue of particular interest to Ward 5’s residents. But there are significant citywide ramifications because the District has so little industrially zoned land. Long a scarce resource, it became even more so with the construction of Nationals Park, which is helping revitalize its surroundings but displaced industrial waterfront uses. The District’s last comprehensive look at industrial land came in 2006, and the city has changed dramatically since then — as have its ambitions as an urban area with a burgeoning population. Before that, government officials desperate for development too often acted in a piecemeal fashion without appropriate planning — displacing municipal uses in favor of sprawling, suburban-style retail, for instance. Given the myriad interests, we see a hopeful sign in the composition of the task force. It includes four public representatives with ties to Ward 5, as well as Ward 5 D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie. But it also includes a cross-section of government representatives. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning is chair; also participating are the directors of the Transportation, Public Works, Environment and General Services departments, as well as the city’s chief financial officer and the deputy mayor for planning and economic development. The key officials will be at the table. The timing is also fortuitous. It comes on the heels of the creation of the District’s Five-Year Economic Development Strategy, which envisions the creation of the largest technology center on the East Coast. If D.C. is to come close to realizing this ambitious goal, it will need ample manufacturing and research space to meet the needs of high-tech firms. In that light, we hope the task force members will also examine whether areas outside Ward 5 are suitable for such uses. We would also encourage a speedier timetable — the submission of a draft report is expected by Jan. 31, 2014 — though the completion of a well-researched, comprehensive analysis is paramount.

A local hero

Maria Gomez, president and chief executive officer of Mary’s Center, has long won accolades for her work on behalf of D.C. residents. Twenty-five years ago, she founded the nonprofit to serve the desperate health needs of Hispanic immigrants in Adams Morgan; since then, it has spiraled into a multifacility clinic offering medical and dental care as well as educational and social services to thousands of District residents. Last week, the warm words for Ms. Gomez — a native of Colombia who immigrated to D.C. at age 13 with her mother — came from President Barack Obama as he handed out Presidential Citizens Medals to 13 American heroes. “Maria Gomez has dedicated her life to providing high-quality health care to the community that raised her,” President Obama said. “Her organization’s integrated approach to medicine, education and social services extends a lifeline to tens of thousands every year, giving families across the D.C. region a chance at a brighter future.” It’s remarkable to think how much Mary’s Center has grown from its origins as a basement operation on Columbia Road. The annual budget has blossomed from $250,000 to $39.9 million, according to the group’s website. It has five facilities in wards 1, 2 and 4, as well as offices in Maryland. Particularly remarkable in the center in Petworth, which opened in 2011 as part of a mixed-use project on the site of a blighted, boarded-up property. But it’s the results that matter most. Almost 94 percent of babies born to mothers enrolled in the group’s prenatal programs had healthy birth weights — compared to 87 percent throughout the District. Nearly all of the teen program participants avoided a second pregnancy within two years; nationally, one out of four teen mothers have another baby in the same timeframe. We join with President Obama in commending Ms. Gomez and all of the other honorees for their work on behalf of their communities.

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Cameras … who can see what … ? You’re being spied upon. Some of you may like it, but others are nervous about an erosion of privacy. And there may be more cameras-watching to come. Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells is proposing legislation that would allow city police to tap into all the private security camera networks that focus on any public space. The officers wouldn’t have to be investigating a crime, just looking over the video in real time on potentially thousands of cameras. “We have — really — too many restrictions that do not allow the police to fully use cameras to detect crime in real time,” Wells told NBC4 on Monday. He said a lone police officer could monitor dozens of cameras on streets, sidewalks and alleys and prompt a quick response to suspicious activity. Wells said he was sensitive to civil liberty issues, but said crime fighting — and terrorism threats — demand the use of modern camera technology. “There are a lot of things we can do with cameras now,” Wells said. “There has to be a balance with privacy, but at the same time, we’re the nation’s capital. We’re a target and there’s always a constant threat of terrorism. And the safety of our residents, as far as I’m concerned, comes first.” This latest round of giving up privacy for security has raised the sensitive rights antenna of the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital. “We’ve all talked about Big Brother for many years,” said local ACLU director Art Spitzer. “But [the Wells measure] would be enormous, a giant step in that direction. It’s like the fantasy we see on TV or the movies.” Spitzer, interviewed at his new offices near Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street NW, stood near a Metro camera monitoring the subway entrance. With full access to the networks of cameras all over the city, Spitzer said police could “virtually track you from the time you leave your house in the morning until the time you get home at night.” Such access to video could prompt misuse. “They may track people for a wide variety of reasons once they have the capability,” Spitzer said. “Who knows what they’ll use it for? And the cameras are getting better and better.” When you are in public, you do lose some of your rights to privacy (we in the television business certainly know that). But can the government monitor your movements 24/7? Wells had planned to introduce his bill this week. But he told NBC4 that Mayor Vincent Gray has asked him to delay for 10 days to discuss and possibly make changes to the legislation. Wells said he would work with the mayor, attorney general and police department, among others. And you can be sure all of those folks will be hearing from privacy advocates, too.

■ Smile, Mr. Wells, you’re on … Security cameras can be anywhere. We made that point on Monday. Before we interviewed Council member Wells at the Eastern Market Metro stop, we first set up a small camera nearby. We recorded Wells walking and talking in a public place. He didn’t know it was there. 
When we showed it to him, there was a brief moment in which he seemed startled. But Wells recovered quickly. He said if he were a mugger and the Notebook the victim, police watching the camera could have intervened and saved your Notebook, or at least had video of the crime. True, but what if Mr. Wells were walking on the street discussing strategy for a mayoral campaign and a security camera caught what he was planning? Maybe we’ll save that for another column. ■ “Chest” cameras? The Notebook was thinking we could just go ahead and wire everyone up with a camera. It would be kind of like human bumper cars, a giant reality show. We could all record whatever we’re doing. Even as we were thinking how far this might go, we learned that hundreds of police departments already have their officers wearing “chest cameras” that are turned on whenever officers are interacting with the public or suspects. Some are in Maryland. The chest cameras are in some cases replacing dashboard cams, which are too stationary. What if an officer is eating lunch and forgets to turn the camera back on? What if he or she forgets to turn it off when he’s talking to a spouse or having some other intimate conversation? And who gets to file Freedom of Information Act requests for all this camera use? So many cameras. And so many questions. ■ And this! The Notebook was at City Hall in Orlando recently. Even before you go through the ubiquitous security scan, you first must scan your driver’s license into a machine that records the information and takes your picture. It then spits out a green nametag that has your picture, the date and which office you’re visiting. This is all before you head to the screening setup. We’re not sure how much security there was in all of this. As we were leaving the building, we departed by walking down an unguarded stairwell that took us outside the security perimeter. Had someone intended harm, a person could have gone inside legitimately and then simply opened the stairwell door for others. But maybe there was a camera we didn’t see, recording all of our movements. We’re not sure, but we do know the city of Orlando has our driver’s license information in its database. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor CAG zoning proposal available on website As chair of the Citizens Association of Georgetown’s Historic Preservation and Zoning Committee, I appreciate The

Current’s Feb. 13 article “Georgetown group presents proposal for custom zoning.” The D.C. zoning rewrite is a complex issue. We are pleased to have the community informed through your paper about the proposed residential customized zone presented by the citizens association. The article, however, does not

make clear or state fully the principal components of the proposal: In your next issue, please include the citizens association’s website, which explains in more detail and more correctly the proposed customized zone — cagtown.org. Pamla H. Moore Chair, Historic Preservation and Zoning Committee, Citizens Association of Georgetown


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Cheh should lead fight against Cafritz plans VIEWPOINT daniel s. greenberg

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he controversy over the proposed apartment house at 5333 Connecticut Ave. illustrates the squalid condition of D.C. politics and government with respect to development. By wide agreement, the glass-coated building is brazenly misplaced, suitable for a bank headquarters in a suburban office park but not for a major thoroughfare into the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital. Besides being a striking eyesore, the building would worsen dense traffic and parking congestion in the neighborhood. Nonetheless, under arcane and obsolete rules in D.C., the developer is free to proceed with its woeful project â&#x20AC;&#x153;as a matter of right.â&#x20AC;? Apparently, zoning rules do not apply to aesthetics, no matter how horrid. The builders, Calvin and Jane Cafritz, of Calvin Cafritz Enterprises, moved stealthily to meet D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low-level requirements for obtaining permission to build. Without the legally required notice to the local advisory neighborhood commission, the D.C. bureaucracy reviewed plans and issued permits. When Cafritz Enterprises became aware of neighborhood concerns, information about the project was removed from the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Requests for a meeting with the builder were ignored. Residents were puzzled when Ms. Cafritz told The Washington Post that the building would â&#x20AC;&#x153;rejuvenate the neighborhood around it.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood, leafy and well-maintained, rarely sees houses for sale; when they do come on the market, they are sold quickly. The need for a facelift was previously unknown. To enlighten residents about the project, the Cafritz firm was asked to attend a community meeting Jan. 3 sponsored by Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a meeting called after much prodding by constituents. Late on Dec. 31, Ms. Cheh reported by email that Calvin Cafritz had responded that representatives of his firm would be unavailable for the date. Cheh said the meeting would be canceled. Her constituents insisted, however, on meeting as originally scheduled. At the meeting, Cheh agreed to ask the D.C. Department of Transportation to conduct a formal traffic study of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on surrounding streets. Cheh noted that she chairs the council committee with jurisdiction over the agency. The postponed meeting with the Cafritzes, finally

Letters to the Editor Rhee answers shaky at recent Q&A event

The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 13 article on the recent book-signing appearance of former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue demonstrates why Ms. Rhee was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a polarizing figure â&#x20AC;Ś during her tenure as chancellorâ&#x20AC;? and why she and her policies remain controversial. During Rheeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance, her biographer, Richard Whitmore, asked her questions about actions she took while chancellor. Her responses to two of those questions demonstrate this. First, as part of Rheeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer to Whitmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question â&#x20AC;&#x153;about allegations of widespread cheating on the

held Jan. 23, brought out some 400 residents. What they got was oily condescension and misleading statements from Calvin and Jane Cafritz. Pointing to a drawing of the building, Ms. Cafritz assured the audience that â&#x20AC;&#x153;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to build.â&#x20AC;? After the meeting, she told a small group of residents that her assurance was misunderstood, as only minor modifications were planned. As for the promised traffic study, Council member Cheh said she may have misspoken. A traffic study is a major undertaking, she explained; what might be conducted is a lesser undertaking known as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;traffic analysis.â&#x20AC;? The Transportation Department provided the meeting with traffic statistics suggesting that the building would have a negligible effect. The figures, it turned out, were provided by Cafritz Enterprises. Though Ms. Cheh is the elected representative of her constituents, she apparently conceives her role to be that of neutral conciliator between the builder and the residents. She, of course, could convene a public hearing of her council committee and invite city planners, traffic experts and architects to appraise the Cafritz design and estimate its effect on a lovely part of the city. So far, however, Cheh occupies a passive role that seems intended to avoid offense to builder or constituents. The rules in place favor the builderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design, as faulty and objectionable as it may be. Politics remains paralyzed in the face of folly, though the mayor and D.C. Council possess the political clout to halt the Cafritz project as now designed. Meanwhile, in further evidence of the unwholesome nature of our politics and government, guess what: Our mayor is appealing a recent D.C. Superior Court decision that said advisory neighborhood commissions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; comprised of the elected officials closest to the people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; must be consulted in matters that may have an impact on their neighborhoods. The so-called Ivy City decision, regarding plans for a bus parking lot in a residential neighborhood near Union Station, is directly applicable to the Connecticut Avenue building project, and is a blow on behalf of citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; involvement in municipal governance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cafritzâ&#x20AC;? long ago was synonymous with quality development â&#x20AC;&#x201D; under the founding father, Morris Cafritz. Sadly, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no longer the case. Given an opportunity to build a structure that would command respect and enhance the Cafritz brand, the company has opted instead for cut-rate architectural schlock. Daniel S. Greenberg is a Chevy Chase resident.

D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System tests from 2008 to 2010,â&#x20AC;? she reportedly claimed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teachers would never compromise their integrity to cheat on a test for a couple of thousand dollars knowing that it would be cheating the kids.â&#x20AC;? Such a response demonstrates to me that Ms. Rhee herself needs a better education â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on human nature. People the world over â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including teachers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have lied, cheated, stolen and killed for less than â&#x20AC;&#x153;a couple of thousand dollars.â&#x20AC;? Is she unaware of the teacher/ administrator-inspired or -assisted cheating on tests in Atlanta, as well as Philadelphia, Baltimore, El Paso and elsewhere? For Ms. Rhee to have made such a categorical statement demonstrates naivetĂŠ and/or ignorance, if not disingenuousness and her admittedly poor communications skills.

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Second, Rheeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response to Whitmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question â&#x20AC;&#x153;about her contentious 2009 decision to remove popular longtime principal Patrick Pope from Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardy Middle School,â&#x20AC;? reportedly was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to touch the Hardy decision.â&#x20AC;? My education and life experience has informed me that when a person refuses to answer a question, such as Rhee did here; it is because she cannot answer it satisfactorily and/ or has something to hide. While I have no knowledge of the alleged cheating or Hardy Middle School situation (other than what I might have read in the media at the time), based on The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent story the D.C. school system likely is better off with Rheeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absence. Jonathan Strong Forest Hills

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D.C. must retain parking minimums policy VIEWPOINT Robert mcdiarmiD

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he Jan. 30 Viewpoint by Herb Caudill suggests doing away with all minimum parking requirements for new multi-tenant construction. It assumes away major problems with the proposal it supports. For many D.C. residents that would be a disaster. The Viewpoint recognizes that the proposed rewrite of the D.C. zoning regulations to eliminate parking minimums for new residential and commercial construction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;areas well-served by public transportationâ&#x20AC;? is controversial. That proposal is based on an assumption that market forces will determine what a builder will construct in the way of parking. But all of zoning is based on the recognition that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the marketâ&#x20AC;? will not necessarily internalize the costs of poor planning. And buildings that are constructed without provision for the parking needed by their tenants will in fact burden the residents of surrounding neighborhoods unless additional steps are taken. Some residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those who live and work downtown within easy reach of Metro and who do not have children who need to be shuttled to play dates, school, after-school programs and the like â&#x20AC;&#x201D; may well need less parking than is enshrined in the zoning regulations. It is possible that young residents on their first job who live in a building constructed near a Metro stop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site at Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street, which is referenced â&#x20AC;&#x201D; may not need that much parking, either. So some of the proposed changes in zoning as to parking may have merit. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;well-served by transitâ&#x20AC;? is an ephemeral concept. Many of us have found, as we develop responsibilities, that the places we (or our children) need to go quickly expand well beyond the places the real transit system can take us. The D.C. Council and the last several D.C. mayors have supported the principle that residents ought to be able to move from being single to married, to married with children, to aging, while remaining in D.C., and that the zoning regulations ought to permit all of us to go through those cycles of life while remaining in the city. The Office of Planning proposal to reduce parking minimums to zero (or close to it) seem to be based on an assumption that being within a quarter mile of a single bus line meets the definition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;well-served by transit.â&#x20AC;? That is clearly wrong.

Letters to the Editor Georgetown locals did not block Metro

I wanted to comment briefly on your Jan. 30 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plan may bring Metro to Georgetown by 2040.â&#x20AC;? First a small correction: The title of Zachary Schragâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Society Subway,â&#x20AC;? not â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Society Metro.â&#x20AC;? More important is that Dr. Schragâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument that resident opposition did not have much impact on the decision not to put a stop in Georgetown is based on meticulous study of this history of the time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; extensive interviews with the people who laid the plans for the initial Metro system, minutes of neighborhood meetings, and an overall knowledge of the criteria used for making such decisions. Dr. Schrag, a history professor at George Mason University, argues that Georgetown presented an expensive engineering enterprise and that Georgetown contained neither enough residents nor enough employers to merit a stop. Just

The Residential Parking Permit program offered by the District has been a godsend to many residents in single-family neighborhoods who need an auto to serve their travel needs. That is because, together with enforcement, the program frees up parking otherwise taken by tenants in nearby apartments, or employees of nearby businesses. In both cases, these are people who may not pay D.C. taxes at all. The taxes paid by those in single-family neighZoning is based on borhoods are not small. Those certainly cover the recognition the right to try to find a parking space for a necthat â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; essary vehicle, especialwill not necessarily ly since there is a charge for the Residential internalize the Parking Permit itself. If, as some suggest, there is costs of poor abuse in the use of the guest parking permits, it planning. would be relatively simple to make clear that abuse would result in non-eligibility in the future. A potential solution might be to require that developers who assert that no (or reduced) parking is needed for their proposed building submit to the market discipline that is invoked by the parking proposal. The development on the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site seems to offer an example of a way out of the dilemma. If those who wish to build residential or commercial buildings with reduced parking because â&#x20AC;&#x153;it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be neededâ&#x20AC;? really believe that this is a correct assessment of their tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs, they should not object to a condition precluding their tenants from obtaining Residential Parking Permits. That would mean putting their money where their mouth is, and accepting the downside of the market discipline they invoke. If they guess wrong, then the value of their development will be affected, not the rest of the neighborhood. Arlington County follows that approach now. The Office of Planning seems to be resisting this proposal to let the market really work. But if the proposal to drop or eliminate parking minimums in transit zones goes through, all of us in neighboring areas will pay the price if limitations of this sort are not imposed. That would be a strike against all of us in residential neighborhoods. Robert McDiarmid is a Massachusetts Avenue Heights resident.

because opponents think that their opposition played a role does not mean that it in fact did. Susan Ikenberry The Palisades

City officials rushed bifurcated Walls plan

I was glad to see D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson support the FrancisStevens Education Campus PTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to keep the school open. The chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original proposal included School Without Walls High School bifurcating its campus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; taking over Francis-Stevens while also retaining its current location in the heart of the George Washington University campus, sending Foggy Bottom and West End elementary kids to the nonMetrorail-accessible Marie Reed in Adams Morgan and the middle schoolers to Hardy in Georgetown. This original vision was not well thought out, and the proposal to have School Without Walls High School use the remaining classrooms located at Francis-Stevens is a rushed solution. The campuses are nearly one mile apart. There has

been hardly a month for parents, students and teachers to give feedback on this proposal, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all left to guess how many School Without Walls High School students will relocate to FrancisStevens or why this is occurring in the first place. The clock is ticking. There is less than six months until the start of the 2013-14 school year and D.C. Public Schools administrators have their work cut out for them. The Francis-Stevens building needs repairs. All the teachers at FrancisStevens must reapply for their jobs; in addition, more teachers need to be hired to accommodate added high school students and for the expected enrollment growth in the early education and elementary and middle school grades. There is concern among parents at the School Without Walls that what should be an undertaking of more than a year is being sandwiched into less than six months. More time is clearly needed to do this job right, and involving parents, teachers and students is essential for there to be a smooth transition. Jackson Carnes Commissioner, ANC 2A07


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Residents push for upgrades to Belmont trail By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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A bill introduced by at-large Council member David Catania would designate the spot â&#x20AC;&#x153;Belmont Park.â&#x20AC;?

users of the path from tumbling down the steep slope of Rock Creek Park immediately to the north. A new Chinese Embassy residence is now under construction on the Connecticut Avenue end of the pathway, with the construction site separated from it only by a chain link fence. Bender said he hopes that buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents will enjoy the new park as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody would be welcome,â&#x20AC;? he said. The Belmont Park Designation and Establishment Act was co-sponsored by council members Jack Evans of Ward 2 and Mary Cheh of Ward 3.

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The D.C. Department of General Services is developing guidelines to work more closely with the Urban Forestry Administration and better inform neighbors about future tree removals, in response to a recent dispute at Ross Elementary School. All residents will now be notified of city-organized tree work in the area 48 hours ahead of time, General Services officials said at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dupont advisory neighborhood commission meeting. The agency caused a stir in December after removing four oak trees outside of Ross on the 1700 block of R Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with no notice to the neighborhood. The department also failed to inform the principal of Ross before starting the tree work, according to residents who have been in contact with school officials. Two neighbors had originally reported one particular oak on R Street as in need of removal, but were surprised to see three additional trees taken down. Stephen Kitterman, who oversees the General Services Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public education facilities division, said that an arborist identified the reported tree as unhealthy, but upon further inspection also recommended removal of the three nearby oaks. While one oak is still standing at Ross, Kitterman said that the tree is at an unhealthy angle and â&#x20AC;&#x153;compromised.â&#x20AC;? He said representatives from the Urban Forestry Administration told him it also â&#x20AC;&#x153;needs to come out probably sooner rather than later.â&#x20AC;?

The oak trees were larger than they should be for that particular space, Kitterman added. The agency will plant new trees in the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; smaller, flowering trees that will not grow as tall as the oaks, said Kitterman, but also wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hide the building from the street view or risk damage in falling over. General Services plans to change its operating procedure for future tree removals. The agency will consult with and obtain approval from the Urban Forestry Administration before cutting down trees on government properties, representatives said. Commissioner Stephanie Maltz said that while the incident was unfortunate, it opened a channel between residents and the General Services Department â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an agency that may become more visible in the neighborhood in coming months as it begins improvements to Rossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; building. The school, which has struggled with leaks since its renovation last summer, will undergo a necessary waterproofing project within the next two months. To fix the leak problem, the city will need to dig a trench around the property, and then apply a membrane to the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basement to secure the foundation against moisture, officials said. The Department of General Services expects the waterproofing project at Ross to begin within the next two months. While the work will tear up the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front yard, Kitterman said the agency has hired an independent landscape architecture firm to design a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pocket parkâ&#x20AC;? for Ross students to play in during the construction. The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Darrell Pressley

also emphasized a commitment to community outreach, promising that his office will prioritize communication with elected officials, school leaders and nearby residents about both the Ross project and adhere to the new notification standards. Kitterman added that the agency would be sure to inform principals and school communities of any future tree removals. Maltz, who lives across the street from Ross, approached the General Services Department about the removed trees after hearing from neighbors. While she said it was initially â&#x20AC;&#x153;hard to get everybody on the same pageâ&#x20AC;? when dealing with the agency, Maltz thinks that opening up a dialogue with officials will benefit the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that residents can expect the agency to keep them in the loop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want this to happen again,â&#x20AC;? she said. Neighbors Nord Wennerstrom and Charles Birnbaum first reported the one oak at Ross to the city in December after seeing it was heaving out of the ground â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and then were taken aback by the additional removals. Wennerstrom called the new notification policy â&#x20AC;&#x153;a positive development.â&#x20AC;? He had previously raised alarms at the lack of warning about significant tree cuttings, and advocated a closer working relationship between the General Services Department and the Urban Forestry Administration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the day that this was taking place, we got so many conflicting explanations for why all this was happening,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was clear that it was just bad communication from the start.â&#x20AC;?


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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

At the British School of Washington there are a lot of things that make the school special, and one of those things is the sports teams. There are a lot of teams, and as a school we are encouraged to take part in these teams. One sport that I participated in this year is British football (soccer). The team had practises after school and during lunchtime. We played a few games; sadly we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win, but it was still a really fun time meeting other people from other years. Another sport I have participated in is swimming. This was new for our school this year, and it was a really fun thing to do. We raced against eight other schools. I met a few new people from other schools who were really nice. Some other sports that are available are basketball, cricket, rugby and many more. Having the sports at our school makes us a closer community, and it lets us have a lot of fun! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marlot Noordzij, Year 11 Philadelphia (10th grader)

Edmund Burke School

After a painfully close loss on Burke territory during the Winter Blackout to archrivals Field School, the boys varsity team was looking for revenge â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a bigger stage in the city to get it on. On Feb. 6, they ran onto the court at the Verizon Center, looking for sweet victory and revenge in an electric atmosphere. From the second the game tipped off, it was complete domination from the Burke team, never looking back or giving Field the lead during the entire 90-minute game, with a final score of 40-35. Although the game was an exhibition, the win felt just as good as a normal victory, if not even better after the Blackout loss. Even though the Burke team has not been as successful as some of its Potomac Valley Athletic Conference counterparts, students

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definitely felt that the win was a good sign for the playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think we can definitely do this,â&#x20AC;? said Sam Hymes, a sophomore who is a key player on the team. Burke is in position to be in the fifth, sixth or seventh seed in the playoffs. However, this game shows that this team is capable of great things. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sky is the limit with this team,â&#x20AC;? said head coach J.D. Sand. And all of Burke will be right behind them. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Will Kubzansky, sixth-grader

Georgetown Day School

Success, achievement and triumph are three words that describe Georgetown Day sports last week. The girls varsity basketball team defeated Sidwell and Georgetown Visitation to keep its nine-game winning streak alive! The Hoppers rallied to beat top-ranked Visitation 52-39, for the first time in school history. The Hoppers have been led by seniors Caira Washington, Courtney Bell, Tiana Walker and Zoe Beard-Fails. Going into the Independent School League championships, the team hopes to claim a banner, the first for head coach Bobby Asher. The boys and girls varsity indoor track and field teams had success at the D.C. State Indoor Track and Field Championships! The boys team finished in second place, and the girls team ended up in fifth place. On the boys team, junior Griffin Colaizzi won the 1,600meter run, and senior Billy Cox won the 800-meter run. The 4x200meter relay team (triplets Ahmad, Malik and Khalil Jones and Ben Philips) and the 4x400-meter relay team (Ahmad, Malik and Khalil Jones and Ben Kunst) both finished in first place. On the girls team, senior Nomi Miller placed second in the 3,200-meter run, followed by Katherine Treanor who placed third. Lastly, the girls 4x800-meter relay

team (Julia Winkler, Zoe Aarons, Julia Smith and Sophie Emery) claimed third place. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Holy Trinity School

In the lower school and the second grade, our teacher Miss Green made Green Hallow, our neighborhood for the day. And in Green Hallow, we created Chenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chinese restaurant and Penny Lane, a candy store. My friend Caroline and I constructed Penny Lane. Penny Lane helped us use our math skills with coins. At the end of the day, it was sad because we had to say goodbye to our neighborhood and to a classmate, Keegan. Almost everyone wanted to cry, and some of us did. It was the best Friday ever! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rowan Clancy, second-grader

Key Elementary

This week Key Elementary kicked off our official activities our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest fundraiser, our newly minted Key School â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterâ&#x20AC;? Auction. The auction will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the University Club. Teachers, parents and students are actively preparing for the festivities with smartphones, more online access and all sorts of options large and small. Raffle tickets are on sale for $1 for an array of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mini-Teacher Features.â&#x20AC;? For example, our fifthgrade teachers are offering a lunch and activity and a special ticket to the upper grade campus. On the actual auction night, along with dinner and dancing, there are many things to look forward to including bidding for items such as a trip to Rome, the popular Thursday Night Dinners, Principal for a Day, an ABC News tour and

so much more. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big-ticket item â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something we call FundAn-Item â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is cutting-edge tools for reading enrichment. Key School families, teachers and staff anticipate a night of fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be a great time for all,â&#x20AC;? said Mr. Landeryou, Key School principal. Penguin suits are optional. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Justine Kantor and Paola Trinh, fifth-graders

Powell Elementary

February is Black History Month. Here at Powell we celebrate Black History Month by learning about different famous people and their greatest contribution to this nation. As someone with a mixed heritage myself â&#x20AC;&#x201D; half black, half Asian â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I am proud of my black side of my family. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned that no matter what the color of our skin, or what culture, value and tradition we have, we should always honor our ancestors and our roots. By reconnecting with our roots, we recognize our own gifts. And when we recognize our own gifts, we realize our own dream. Just like Dr. Martin Luther King said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a dream â&#x20AC;Ś that one dayâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;Ś that one day, I and children like myself will become somebody special and not because of the color of our skin, but because we had a dream. We also celebrated Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day this month. To show our appreciation for the hard work of our teachers and staff at Powell, we gave them flowers and chocolates. On Feb. 11, three Powell students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tatiana Heredia, Jasiel Martinez and myself â&#x20AC;&#x201D; competed in the school clusterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spelling Bee competition at the Capitol Hill Montessori School under the guidance of our librarian, Mrs. Stoessel.

I am proud to say that I am one of the top eight finalists who will go to NBC4 on March 9. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jeff Williams, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

This upcoming Friday is midquarter. Third quarter at St. Albans School happens to be the shortest quarter of them all. With a short quarter, a student at St. Albans is able to get better scores on his quizzes, tests and projects due to the motivation that the quarter is almost over. The consequence is the fact that with one slip of the finger their grade for the quarter is not what they were shooting for. Another upcoming event is the initiation of the Science Fair. During science class, each teacher is preparing the students to think about a good topic. Unfortunately, finding a good science fair topic that is related to what you are learning in the class with a touch of originality is very difficult. In addition, it is very stressful to know you have deadlines for finding your topic, following through with getting the materials, knowing how to complete the project, and getting the results you need to answer your main question. Luckily, if you have trouble, your science teacher is more than willing to help you do so. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lucas Cerisola, Form II (eighth-grader)

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Wesley Heights house is decoratorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2013 blank canvas

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hen Skip and Debbie Singleton held the first DC Design House in Georgetown in 2008, they thought

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it would be a one-time event to raise money for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center. But the house tour proved so successful that the couple, who founded the boutique firm DC Living Real Estate, made it annual. Now in its sixth year, the event showcases the work of local interior designers while also raising money for the local childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DC Design House is located at 2507 Foxhall Road, and activities are about to get under way with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bear bonesâ&#x20AC;? tour set for this Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bear bonesâ&#x20AC;? is a play on words to link the Design House to the hospital, whose mascot is named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Bear.â&#x20AC;? The Feb. 23 tour will offer visitors a â&#x20AC;&#x153;beforeâ&#x20AC;? look at the eightbedroom, 14,000-square-foot home on five levels, ahead of an April 14 grand opening when designers will reveal how they transformed the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity to see the blank palette that designers will

be working with,â&#x20AC;? said Skip Singleton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the designers will be there that day, so visitors can ask them questions about their vision, and then when they return back in April ... theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see how it went from that blank palette to a finished product.â&#x20AC;? This year 25 designers will transform 24 different spaces in the house, which is located in southern Wesley Heights. The selection is a first for the neighborhood, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the first time a newly constructed home has served as the DC Design House. Designed by GTM Architects in Bethesda with construction completed by D.C.-based Gibson Builders this year, the contemporary Mediterranean-style house boasts views of the Washington National Cathedral and Washington Monument. This year Singleton is hoping to meet or exceed the fundraising from last year, when the design house brought in more than $200,000 for the medical center. DC Design House is now set up as a volunteer-driven nonprofit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and with very little overhead, more than 95 percent of the proceeds goes to the hospital, according to Singleton. Over the past six years, the design house has raised more than $600,000 for the center. Singleton and his wife Debbie

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Located at 2507 Foxhall Road, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DC Design House is on the market for $14,900,000. were inspired to start the design house after attending an event for the hospital at a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home in Spring Valley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were blown away by the doctors and the work they were doing,â&#x20AC;? said Singleton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to do the design house at our home in Georgetown to raise money for the hospital and thought we would just do it for one year.â&#x20AC;? That 2008 event was attended by Lynne Cheney, wife of former vice president Dick Cheney, and received positive attention from the community. The Singletons decided to continue with that success. As is the case with almost any event, there have been occasional bumps in the road. The Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission raised concerns at this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting

about the traffic impact from visitor parking and deliveries on the heavily traveled Foxhall Road, just as the commissioners did upon the opening of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring Valley design home. Because this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house has a circular driveway, Singleton said deliveries from small trucks and vans should not create any traffic backups. The design houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive committee is assessing the best options for visitor parking for both the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bear bonesâ&#x20AC;? tour and the regular design house tours, which will last for one month starting in April. Singleton said last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking concerns were mitigated by hiring

staff to direct visitors. The Foxhall Road home is on the market for $14,900,000, listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Martha Apel. Some of the designersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wall and window treatments, along with furnishings, could convey with the sale. The bear bones tour will be held Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is included with purchase of the $25 DC Design House ticket; individual tickets are also available for $5 each. A preview party for the finished home will be held April 13, before the grand opening on April 14. For more information or for tickets, go to dcdesignhouse.com.

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Northwest Real Estate THEATER: Public views sought on future of struggling city-owned U Street landmark

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can either be prepared to fund the Lincoln to keep it operating in the public interest, or you can turn it into a for-profit enterpriseâ&#x20AC;? similar to Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Howard Theatre. Either option is palatable, said Graham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not convince ourselves that we can have a not-for-profit thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to make a lot of money, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been tried, extensively.â&#x20AC;? Thomas said the city is open to a variety of proposals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the limit,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conceptually, what we want is something that will be engaging, inclusive, high-quality and futuristic.â&#x20AC;? The latter point means that the theater should be responsive to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing demographics, not that it must incorporate

a major problem for the theater,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you look at some of the more successful theaters in the country like The Apollo [in Harlem], they kind of hung their hat on things like the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Live at the Apolloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; event. ... Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been no consistent identity for the Lincoln.â&#x20AC;? Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who was on the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board for 12 years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; warns that finding a financially sustainable model for the Lincoln is easier said than done. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During those 12 years, I and others struggled and worked very hard to make the theater successful,â&#x20AC;? Graham said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From that effort I have two conclusions: You

particular entertainment technology, Thomas added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though we want them to be mindful of the prominence it has had historically in the African-American community â&#x20AC;Ś we want to also be mindful of the rich cultural diversity that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re experiencing in the city, especially along U Street,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas. A few ideas are off the table, though. The city has heard suggestions over the years that the large theater space be split into smaller ones, allowing for greater diversity of uses and event sizes. But Thomas said such a renovation would be cost-prohibitive and not in keeping with the Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Also, the city does not intend to sell off the

parking lot behind the theater â&#x20AC;&#x201D; valuable land that some have suggested could fund the Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think it would be an asset for the operator to have [the parking lot] as part of the overall scheme,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. The commission will also be reluctant to support an operator who focuses on one specific discipline â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-dimensionalâ&#x20AC;? business models â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really work,â&#x20AC;? he said. And despite fears that have circulated in recent years, Thomas said the city has no plans to shutter the Lincoln. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important to the cultural values of the city,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the mayor got it right when he announced this is ... a very important piece of the cultural heritage of the city.â&#x20AC;?

TAX SALE: Amid legal tussling, Evans bill proposes controls on buyers of property leins

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Chicago-based Aeon Financial LLC, one of the most prolific D.C. tax lien investors in recent years, made â&#x20AC;&#x153;false representations to homeowners about their rights in tax sale foreclosure proceedings,â&#x20AC;? while â&#x20AC;&#x153;charging and collecting impermissible or excessive legal fees.â&#x20AC;? Still pending in D.C. Superior Court, the suit seeks to void hundreds of tax sales dating back to 2008 and 2009, the height of the housing recession when underwater mortgages as well as back taxes threatened homeowners nationwide with foreclosure. But the case is

moving slowly, with no additional hearings scheduled. Meanwhile, Aeon argues in a separate case that homeowners must keep paying interest to the firm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even after they have paid back taxes owed to the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in instances where the city government paid modest fees to settle a case. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, joined by 11 of his colleagues, introduced legislation in January to reform the tax sale process. The bills would tighten notice requirements to ensure homeowners know their property is up for tax sale, and explain to them that it would be cheaper to pay quickly rather than face the fees and added

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our clients tend to be the most vulnerable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; elderly people with property worth a lot of money, equity in their home, and often diminished capacityâ&#x20AC;? to understand the fine print, Mix said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who else

â??The taxpayer is constantly in a Catch-22, trying to figure out the exact tax and interest [owed Aeon].â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby would let a $300,000 house go to tax sale?â&#x20AC;? One of the biggest issues is the attorneys fees, said Mix â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which can range up to $6,000 for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;boilerplate complaint, where the attorney was just cutting and pasting. â&#x20AC;Ś The fees alone often greatly exceed the delinquent taxes, and the windfall goes to the tax sale purchaser, not the District.â&#x20AC;? All but about 3 percent of delinquent homeowners eventually pay their back taxes in the District, she said, but many end up paying far more than originally owed because costs â&#x20AC;&#x153;rise dramatically after a foreclosure suit is filed.â&#x20AC;? In decades past, individuals or small investors would typically buy at tax sale to get a bargain on a home they would actually live in or resell. But recently larger firms have jumped into â&#x20AC;&#x153;tax sale investment,â&#x20AC;? buying up batches of liens in online auctions with no intention of actually owning the property, but only of reaping interest and fees. Mix said 10 to 15 companies do this type of investing in the District, but said Aeon is particularly aggressive in piling on and collecting fees. Aeon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the plaintiff in 1,015 tax foreclosure cases here from 2006 to 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was one of the bigger players in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax sale auctions, according to her staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research, with about 700 liens purchased in 2008 and 2009 alone. It has since stopped purchasing liens in D.C.

Malik Tuma, a Chicago-based attorney who represents Aeon here, did not respond to The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for comment on the various legal cases, or on the pending legislation to reform tax sales. A recent D.C. Court of Appeals hearing regarding Aeonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawsuit against property owners showed just how tangled the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax sale process is. The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue has a practice of paying off minimal interest amounts that accrue after homeowners get current on their property taxes, but before Aeon and other tax lien investors calculate and collect their attorney fees. City attorneys say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheaper and more efficient to simply pay the additional interest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; typically $20 to $30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rather than try to collect from a beleaguered homeowner and drag out a foreclosure case. But Tuma argued at the hearing that D.C. law requires the property owner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to pay any lingering interest. Therefore, he argued, interest owed to his firm keeps accruing even after the homeowner pays the District back taxes and penalties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no authority for the District to pay money on behalf of the taxpayer,â&#x20AC;? he told the court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the taxpayer hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paid all interest, redemption hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t occurred. If redemption doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t occur, interest continues to accrue.â&#x20AC;? That argument seemed to stagger the judges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m totally misunderstanding,â&#x20AC;? Judge John Steadman said at the hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get paid every cent you were entitled to, but the property is not redeemed because the District used some of its own money? What do you care?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The taxpayer is constantly in a Catch-22, trying to figure out the exact tax and interest [owed Aeon],â&#x20AC;? added Judge Anna BlackburneRigsby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the point, when Aeon is being made whole.â&#x20AC;? The Appeals Court hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t indicated when it will rule. Meanwhile, Evans, who chairs the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finance and Revenue Committee, has not yet scheduled a hearing on his tax sale reform bill.


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Georgetown – 3030 K Street NW #201. Stunningly re-built/renovated 2BR/2.5BA at Washington Harbour. Three balconies, two fireplaces, high-end kitchen, marble baths, all new windows. 24hr service/security, rooftop pool, extra storage. GARAGE PARKING. Stroll along the river walk, and get your morning coffee at Starbucks, right outside your front door. $1,495,000. Marin Hagen 202.257.2339 CBMove.com/DC8004169

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Logan – 1606 13th Street NW. Coming Soon. PREMIER LOGAN CIRCLE VICTORIAN! This Grand home in the historic Logan Circle neighborhood features 4 levels of luxury living space! Completely renovated, this sumptuous beauty features 3 BR, (entire top floor the master suite) 2.5 BA, huge "to-die-for" gourmet kitchen, 4 fireplaces, backyard terrace, dual zone a/c.... LOGAN CIRCLE AMENITIES just down the street! Don't miss out on this exceptional offering! $1,099,000. John Lumsden 202.288.3185 CBMove.com

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 6 meeting: â&#x2013;  D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Capt. Chris Stewart introduced himself as the new supervising officer of the Adams Morgan area. His predecessor, Larry Chapman, was reassigned to Northeast. â&#x2013;  commissioner Wilson Reynolds reported that MedStar Health is proposing to establish a full-service clinic at 1805 Columbia Road, subject to regulatory approval. â&#x2013;  a representative of Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center at 2333 Ontario Road announced that the facility will be open until 10 p.m. Mondays for many medical services. On other evenings, the center closes at 5:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Frank Maduro introduced himself as Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Ward 1 liaison. â&#x2013;  a representative of Adams Morgan Main Street announced that a small Mardi Gras celebration would take place Feb. 12, in which a group of four musicians would walk the sidewalk and enter certain cafes, starting at the corner of 18th Street and Florida Avenue. The celebration didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a city permit because no street closures were required, the representative said. â&#x2013;  Hilary Espinosa, a graduate student at Catholic University, reported on the current status of the neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including its zoning, amenities and demographics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on behalf of Envision Adams Morgan, a committee of the neighborhood commission. Espinosa and some of her urban planning classmates are working with the commission on its effort to develop long-term goals and objectives for Adams Morgan. â&#x2013;  commissioner Marty Davis reported that the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public service and environment committee will discuss a grant request and plans for Envision Adams Morgan at its next meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-1, with Marty Davis opposing and Ted Guthrie and Gabriela Mossi abstaining, to support a proposed mixeduse apartment building at 1700 Columbia Road. The project at the old Ontario Theatre site needs Board of Zoning Adjustment relief for its roof height, number of parking spaces and loading dock. As planned, the building would have 65 to 85 apartment units and 29 parking spaces; the combined parking requirement for 85 units plus the retail space is 37 spaces. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the Board of Zoning Adjustment renew its approval for a planned 31-unit apartment building at 2335 Champlain St. The project was delayed when developers learned that benzine from a nearby gas station had leaked onto the property. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimous-

ly to support plans associated with the Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Marathon, planned for Saturday, March 16, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to grant $1,000 to the Jubilee Jumpstart childcare program to purchase teacher materials that will help it gain national certification. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Wilson Reynolds abstaining, to purchase a booth at Adams Morgan Day for $150. Several commissioners said they did not like the way the event had been run, but still supported the table purchase. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-2, with Gabriela Mossi and Wilson Reynolds dissenting, to oppose historic preservation and public space approvals for a restaurant canopy at 2335 18th St. The canopy would become a precedent for the area, said commissioner Elham Dehbozorgi. The motion asks the owners to redesign their plans to meet historic preservation guidelines, to be consistent with other awnings on the street and to not rely on vertical supports grounded in the public space. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org. ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013;  Foggy bottom / west end The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  updates and announcements on various matters, including the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Hampshire Avenue reconstruction project; the protest filed against Watergate Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alcoholic beverage control application for outdoor seating areas; and a Box Tops for Education campaign to benefit Francis-Stevens Education Campus. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Office of Planning on the zoning rewrite process. â&#x2013;  discussion of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross-town tunnel project. â&#x2013;  discussion of alcoholic beverage control matters: Shadow Room, hours restriction waiver for holidays; Watergate Hotel protest proceedings, designation of commissioner Armando Irizarry as the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative; and proposed regulations regarding fullservice grocery store licenses. â&#x2013;  discussion of the extension of a zoning order for George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lerner Health and Wellness Center. â&#x2013;  discussion of a new location for the Foggy Bottom farmers market. â&#x2013;  discussion of a D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation permit for a concert on April 29 at the Duke Ellington Park.

â&#x2013;  discussion of an application by Friends of Francis Field for designation by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation of the group as the official partner of Francis Field. â&#x2013;  discussion of miscellaneous items, including Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Empowerment Amendment Act; a historic landmark application for the D.C. War Memorial; routes for Bike DC on May 12, the Nike Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marathon Half on April 28, the Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on June 1, and the Race for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital; and a new commission website. For details, visit anc2a.org. ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013;  dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  government reports. â&#x2013;  report on the 2013 SheridanKalorama Combined Neighborhood Annual Meeting. â&#x2013;  discussion of the route for Bike DC on Sunday, May 12. â&#x2013;  discussion of the old Royal Thai Embassy at 2300 Kalorama Road, recently named to the D.C. Preservation Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most Endangered Places in Washingtonâ&#x20AC;? list. â&#x2013;  discussion of a Mitchell Park dog incident on Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  announcements. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact davidanc2d01@aol.com. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013;  logan circle The commission will hold a series of community forums on parking issues. The discussion will comprise the first hour of the next three meetings of the community development committee: Wednesday, Feb. 27, Sunday parking; Wednesday, March 27, visitor parking; and Wednesday, April 24, Enhanced Residential Parking Pilot. Each of the forums will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. The commission will hold its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org.


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Schools central office, and members think rushing forward with a merger could harm the magnet school. Many stakeholders are also frustrated that the chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to radically alter the school was made without input from the Walls community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why create a circus of uncertainty, which is unfortunately what DCPS has done here, for no real good reason,â&#x20AC;? asked Terry Lynch, a Walls parent and member of the advisory team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be very nice if DCPS would engage with the LSAT in a meaningful way about the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-term continued growth plan.â&#x20AC;? Thomas Anderson, the instructional superintendent with responsibility for Walls and seven other high schools, attended the Walls Feb. 13 advisory team meeting, which brought out parents, teachers and students. According to accounts of the meeting, Thomas told attendees that the planned merger would not harm Walls, and that the school would not be forced to send students to Francis-Stevens for classes but could still take advantage of its facilities at 2425 N St., which include an auditorium and small outdoor field space. But members of the Walls community arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t convinced that school system leadership will follow through and allow its students to stay on one campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a position where we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe anything from DCPS, and why should we?â&#x20AC;? asked John Mitchell, Walls parent and co-chair of the LSAT. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When something hap-

pens to your community and you had no input on it whatsoever, and then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re told everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be fine, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe.â&#x20AC;? According to Mitchell, after Anderson tried to reassure parents that any changes would not negatively impact Walls, he delved into comments about maximizing funding, giving parents concerns about strained resources after the merger. Parents are additionally concerned that with the merged schools, some of Wallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; budget and resources could be funneled to FrancisStevens, which likely requires more attention as it seeks to boost enrollment and test scores. One decision that is likely to impact Walls is that of putting principal Richard Trogisch at the helm of both the high school and the preschool-to-eighth-grade campus. The proposal calls for Trogischâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to move to Francis-Stevens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The high school needs a principal that is going to be onsite â&#x20AC;&#x201D; someone who can make immediate decisions when needed,â&#x20AC;? said Melanie Gisler, a parent of a freshman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The needs of the two schools are very different â&#x20AC;Ś and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming down the pike.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is merger only works for Francis-Stevens; it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for Walls,â&#x20AC;? Gisler added. Neither the school system nor Trogisch responded to The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for an interview. Mitchell said LSAT meetings are planned for every week this month, and the panel will hold a joint meeting with the Home and School Association tonight at 6:30 to discuss the merger.

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finds. Ross, an administrative librarian for the D.C. Public Library system, came up with idea. As a Washington native, a fiction lover and map enthusiast, he said he started thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, it would be cool if I could take locations from books and see them on a map.â&#x20AC;? Ross collaborated with his colleague Kim Zablud, special collections manager for the library system. The two scored a grant last year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $20,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and various partners to provide matching funds through pro-bono work. The project has support from Cultural Tourism DC, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., in addition to tech assistance from the Beekeeper Group. Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working with what Zablud called â&#x20AC;&#x153;a motley crewâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including academics, other librarians, and local historians and fiction experts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to bring the site to life. Tonight at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, the group will be meeting for its first â&#x20AC;&#x153;mapathonâ&#x20AC;? session, plugging book passages into the site and troubleshooting tech issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at an exciting phase, where everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready and we can start working out the bugs and do the finetuning,â&#x20AC;? Zablud said. DC By the Book is using a Google Maps format, according to Landin Ryan, creative manager of the Beekeeper Group. He said the site will include â&#x20AC;&#x153;all kinds of sharing abilitiesâ&#x20AC;? to encourage community participation. Down the road, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential for specialized smartphone and tablet apps. Though DC By the Book is certain to include passages about the federal aspects of Washington, Ross said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the intent is definitely to highlight the living, breathing city we live and work in and not necessarily the federal city.â&#x20AC;? One goal, he said, is to drum up appreciation for the actual vastness of fiction wrote or set in the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people think of Washington, D.C. fiction, they think of Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, a few other authors. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sense that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of fiction in D.C.â&#x20AC;? But Ross said his team is already working with a list

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of about 1,000 titles that mention D.C. locations. Online posts and announcements mention a few samples, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;River Cross My Heartâ&#x20AC;? by Breena Clarke, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heartburnâ&#x20AC;? by Nora Ephron, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Griefâ&#x20AC;? by Andrew Holleran, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Impeachment of Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;? by Stephen Carter, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bearsâ&#x20AC;? by Dinaw Menegestu. When the site is up and running, users will be able to add fiction passages they find on their own â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which the DC By the Book team would then need to approve and format. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very curious to see how much interest there is,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will there be 10 people who do tons and tons [of entries]?â&#x20AC;? In addition, the team is hosting several more â&#x20AC;&#x153;mapathonâ&#x20AC;? events this spring and summer. Plans are also in the works for collaborations with neighborhood libraries, such as matching novels from the website to book club selections or annual events like Hispanic Heritage Month. The kickoff for DC By the Book is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Busboys and Poets at 5th and K streets NW. The event will feature discussions, multimedia demonstrations and attendance by Thomas Mallon, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watergateâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fellow Travelers.â&#x20AC;?

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Wednesday february 20 Concert ■ Tango-orkesteri Unto features six virtuosos who will perform a program of classic Finnish tango music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, will discuss his book “The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Librarians will discuss some of their favorite books from various genres. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ “DC Startup Forum: Network Like an Entrepreneur,” offering insider tips on networking across the technology community, will feature Jen Consalvo, co-founder and chief operating officer of Tech Cocktail, a techfocused media company. 8 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. dcstartupforum.eventbrite.com. Films ■ The Human Rights Watch Film Series will feature “Putin’s Kiss,” about a young woman growing up in the Kremlin-created Nashi youth movement. 7 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. ■ The National Archives will screen

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Events Entertainment Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn’s documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” as part of its showcase of Academy Awardnominated documentaries and shorts. 7 p.m. Free; tickets available one hour beforehand. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ “Courtyard Cinema Classics” will feature Michel Hazanavicius’ 2011 film “The Artist.” 7 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery/ Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature Ismaël Ferroukhi’s 2011 film “Free Men,” about a young unemployed Algerian who earns his living as a black marketeer in Nazi-occupied Paris. 8 p.m. $11.50; $9 for students; $8.75 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Performances ■ The collective LYGO D.C. will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Mike James, Emily Ruskowski, Sean Joyce, Mariya Alexander and Natalie McGill. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. The Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. lygodc.com. ■ A Story League contest will focus on tales about sexuality, and a panel of judges will decide the winner at the end of the night. 9 to 11 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. sexualitystories.brownpapertickets.com. Reading ■ Berlin-based poet and author Nora Bossong and poets selected for the “Trialogue Poetry” project — a cross-cultur-

al collaboration among American, German and Chinese writers — will read from their work. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. rsvp@washington.goethe.org. Additional readings will take place throughout the city during the spring and summer. Special event ■ The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America will celebrate George Washington’s birthday with cocktails and a discussion of Washington’s life by scholar Stephen A. McLeod. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. dumbartonhouse.org. Thursday, Feb. 21

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Book signing ■ Author Stephanie Meyer — joined by actors Max Irons and Jake Abel — will sign copies of her book “The Host,” the basis for a forthcoming movie. Noon to 3 p.m. Free; tickets available starting at 9 a.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Class ■ Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will discuss how to make familiar dishes gluten-free, and with local ingredients. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Concerts ■ The Gaup Sisters will perform a program of joik — the traditional music of Sami, a Nordic indigenous people, and one of the oldest forms of musical expression in existence. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Leading European Composers series will spotlight Kaija Saariaho, who will introduce musicians she selected from the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. ■ Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi will lead the National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Renaud Capuçon as they perform works by Mendelssohn, Henze and Brahms. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The Levine School of Music will collaborate with members of Howard University’s a cappella group Afro Blue to perform works by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Donation suggested; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish    

Wednesday, february 20 ■ Reading: Jane Shore of George Washington University and David Gewanter (shown) of Georgetown University will read from their poetry. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lauinger Library, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. library.georgetown.edu/rsvp. Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. ■ The duo Midaircondo and percussionist Michala Østergaard-Nielsen will explore avant-garde sound art, electronica, jazz and melancholic pop. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ The Georgetown University Program for Jewish Civilization’s conference on secularism in the United States, France and Israel will continue with four panel discussions about contemporary issues and challenges of secular culture across multiple societies. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Maguire Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by author Don Bliss on “Mark Twain on the State of American Politics.” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Lecture Hall, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202895-4860. ■ University of Michigan professor Evelyn Alsultany will discuss the post-9/11 portrayal of Arabs and Muslims in the media. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 113, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/a5b8hm2. ■ Experts will discuss “Tunisia: Are Economic Decline and Political Violence Prevailing?” 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 812, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. tunisia.eventbrite.com. ■ Floral designer Gunnar Kaj will discuss “The Impact of Beauty.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. gunnarkaj-eorg.eventbrite.com. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Unorthodox Materials in the Work of Pollock, Ossorio, and Dubuffet.” 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ Garrett Peck, author of “The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry,” will discuss his book and the con-

nections between Georgetown and the Montgomery County quarry he wrote about. 6:30 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. ■ Master watch restorers George Thomas and Hartwig Balke will present a 1741 English pocket watch recently donated to Tudor Place, and discuss how watches were made in the 18th century. 6:30 p.m. $20; $15 for members. Registration required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. ■ Mary E. Dickinson of the Dickinson Lab at the Baylor College of Medicine will discuss “Biological Imaging in the Digital Age: How Cells Became Actors and the Tales They Tell.” 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. ■ Stephen Budiansky will discuss his book “Blackett’s War,” about Patrick Blackett, a future Nobel laureate who led the fight against U-boats with mathematics and probability theory. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Georgetown University professor Pierre Taminiaux, author of the forthcoming “Modernist Literature and Arts AvantGarde,” will discuss the relationship between poetry and politics (in French). 7 p.m. $12; $8 for members. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. ■ Panelists will discuss connections between human poverty and environment stewardship, touching on social, political, cultural and religious factors. 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel will discuss “Gardens by Night.” 7:30 p.m. $20 to $22. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films ■ The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding will present the movie “Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football.” 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. acmcufordson.eventbrite.com. ■ The “Mapping Democracy in Film” series will feature Andrew and Leslie Cockburn’s 2009 film “American Casino” and Jason Barker’s 2011 film “Marx Reloaded.” A discussion will take place between the screenings. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The National Archives will screen Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon’s documentary “The Gatekeepers” as part of its showcase of Academy Awardnominated documentaries and shorts. 7 p.m. Free; tickets available one hour beforehand. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ “The Golden 60s of Czechoslovak Cinema” will feature Stefan Uher’s 1962 film “The Sun in a Net.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 3523 International Court NW. rsvp.washington@mzv.sk. Meetings ■ The Classics Book Group will discuss William Faulkner’s “The Town.” 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. See Events/Page 21


Continued From Page 20 â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library Book Club will discuss Nicole Kraussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The History of Love,â&#x20AC;? a novel that weaves together the stories of an elderly Holocaust survivor and an American preteen. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Performances â&#x2013;  The Idan Cohen Dance Company will perform excerpts from the Israeli choreographerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest work, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Siren.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. cutler@american.edu. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University Take Back the Night will present Eve Enslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vagina Monologuesâ&#x20AC;? in conjunction with V-Day 2013, a global effort to stop violence against women and girls. 8 p.m. $12; $10 for students. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  Author, actor and screenwriter Bruce Jay Friedman will read from his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kissesâ&#x20AC;? as part of George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jewish Literature Liveâ&#x20AC;? course. 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 310, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. jewishlitlivegwu@gmail.com. Special event â&#x2013;  Philip Greene, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion,â&#x20AC;? will lead a seminar on the drinks featured in the life and works of Ernest Hemingway. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $35 to $40. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. museumoftheamericancocktail.org. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will square off against the New Jersey Devils. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Feb. 22 Friday, Friday february 22 Class â&#x2013;  Tudor Place curator of collections Erin Kuykendall will lead the first of three workshops on studying and sketching objects, with a focus on silver items. 1 to 3 p.m. $12 per class; $34 for all three. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. The series will continue March 22 and April 26. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Vasilenko, Janacek and other composers. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Bass-baritone Kevin Deas and pianist Lura Johnson will perform works by DvorĂĄk and Harry Burleigh. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Danish jazz trio Ibrahim Electric will perform experimental music that draws from a variety of genres, including jazz, pop, Afro

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Events Entertainment and funk. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Shepherd Elementary School PTA will present the 24th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz Night,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Coolidge High School Ensemble and the Jackie Hairston Trio. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. 202-576-6140. â&#x2013;  Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international quartet will perform modernistic music with influences from rock, jazz, R&B, 21st-century classical music, contemporary art and literature. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  On the opening night of the fourth annual Atlas Intersections Festival, John Kocur Quartet and Herb & Hanson will perform a combination of jazz and bluegrass music. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The festival will continue through March 10. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The European Politics Speaker Series will feature Matthias Mattijs, visiting assistant professor of international political economy at Johns Hopkins University. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Voesar Conference Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. gwtoday.gwu.edu. â&#x2013;  Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, will discuss the challenges nongovernmental organizations face in the 21st century. 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 200, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. rayoffenheiser-sais-drt.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Scholars will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Brain,â&#x20AC;? about the connections between arts and neuroscience. 4 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1000. â&#x2013;  Society of the Cincinnati executive director Jack Warren will present a lecture on the young George Washington â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the famous fable of the cherry tree. A reception afterward will feature refreshments (including cherry pie). 6 p.m. Free. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Ruta Sepetys will discuss her young adult book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of the Easy,â&#x20AC;? about a book-loving teen who gets caught up in a murder mystery in 1960s New Orleans. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington will screen the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La ProphĂŠtie des grenouilles,â&#x20AC;? about the human and animal survivors of a giant flood. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will screen David France and Howard Gertlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Survive a Plagueâ&#x20AC;? as part of its showcase of Academy Awardnominated documentaries and shorts. 7 p.m. Free; tickets available one hour beforehand. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Dancing aerialists will perform in a benefit program for youth program Zip Zap Circus USA. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Members of the DCypher Dance company will perform a program of hip-hop fusion. 10:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

Friday, february 22 â&#x2013;  Discussion: The Textile Museum will present a talk by Sherry Rehman, Pakistanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambassador to the United States, on the origin, range and symbolism of the Kashmiri shawl. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Pakistan, 3517 International Court, NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64.

â&#x2013;  The Iranian Film Festival 2013 will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Iran Job,â&#x20AC;? about an American basketball player who accepts a job to play in Iran. The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s directors, Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi, will attend. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  DC Shorts will present award-winning films from its previous festivals. 7 p.m. $12. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. dcshorts.com. Screenings will continue Saturday and Sunday at various times. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Straight Up Go-Go,â&#x20AC;? about the history and origins of go-go music. The event will include a performance by the band Rare Essence. 8 p.m. $15. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Dance Company will present a program of dances ranging from hip-hop to classical ballet by professional and student choreographers. 8 p.m. $10; $8 for students and seniors.

Reading â&#x2013;  Poets Alicia Ostriker (shown) and Claudia Emerson will celebrate the birthday of American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay by reading selections from Millayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work and discussing her influence on their own writing. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will compete against the Denver Nuggets. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Saturday, Feb. 23

Saturday february 23 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Theatre IV performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet Chariot,â&#x20AC;? featuring a cappella spirituals along with oral histories of former slaves. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â&#x2013;  At the Orchid Exhibit Family Festival, kids will have the opportunity to discover the diversity of orchids and cultures of Latin America through hands-on activities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. usbg.gov. Classes â&#x2013;  Members of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forensics: Solving Crimes the Expertsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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Way.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $139. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Art historian Bonita Billman will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arts and Crafts Movement: Humanity, Simplicity, Beauty.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of a Library of Congress series on music in film, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music will perform gospel with a contemporary spin in conjunction with a screening of the 1982 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say Amen, Somebody.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free; tickets required. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 923 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202549-4172. â&#x2013;  Vocalist Anitra McKinney will perform a range of music, from classical to show tunes to pop. 1:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The Marine Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 Concerto Competition will feature performances by eight high school students selected as finalists from a pool of nationwide applicants. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  Indian vocalist Samia Mahbub Ahmad will perform with her world fusion ensemble. 4 p.m. $10 to $15. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The 21st Century Consort and soprano Lucy Shelton will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;How It Begins,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Arnold Schoenberg, Bruce MacCombie and Stephen Albert. 5 to 7 p.m. $20. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The ensemble Kroumata will perform contemporary percussion music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Saxophonist Charlie Young will lead the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weary Blues,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muskrat Rambleâ&#x20AC;? and other pieces made famous by soprano sax player Sidney Bechet. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase will presSee Events/Page 22

    

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Continued From Page 21 ent â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Winter Wonder Jam,â&#x20AC;? featuring performances by the Justin Trawick Band, Balladâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve and Mission South. 8 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place NW. winterwonderjam.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Clarinetist Ken Peplowski will perform jazz standards with the Chuck Redd Trio. 8 p.m. $32; $28 for seniors and students. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202965-2000. â&#x2013;  D.C.-based band Elikeh will mix African vintage pop, reggae, Togolese rhythms and blues. 10 p.m. $15. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Boxwood expert Robert Saunders will discuss proper care and pruning. 10 to 11 a.m. $10 to $12. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  Art therapist Rebecca Wilkinson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-352-5225. â&#x2013;  Eleanor Roosevelt historian Allida Black will discuss Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1963 book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tomorrow Is Nowâ&#x20AC;? and its place in American history. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Marcus Milwright, professor of Islamic art and archaeology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before the Railway: Trade and the Syrian Hajj in the Ottoman Period.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013;  Biologist and nature writer Bill Streever will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heat: Adventures in the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fiery Places.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feeding America: Labor, Politics, and Foodâ&#x20AC;? will feature a screening of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harvest of Lonelinessâ&#x20AC;? and a panel discussion. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  A film noir series will feature Charles Vidorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1946 mystery â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gilda,â&#x20AC;? starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will screen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Los condenados (The Condemned)â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;La leyenda del tiempo (The Legend of Time)â&#x20AC;? as part of its series on Catalan filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta. 2 and 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will screen Kirby Dick and Amy Zieringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Invisible Warâ&#x20AC;? as part of its showcase of Academy Awardnominated documentaries and shorts. 7 p.m. Free; tickets available one hour beforehand. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Performances â&#x2013;  DancEthos will combine modern dance with classical, folk, rock and a cap-

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Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walking tour of African-American history sites in Georgetown. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, Feb. 24

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Friday, february 23 â&#x2013;  Discussion: Karin Tanabe will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The List.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

pella musicians. 1:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Idan Cohen Dance Company will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Siren.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-2691600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Puppet Stand-Upâ&#x20AC;? will showcase 18 puppet comics. 8 and 10 p.m. $20 to $75. Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-3933. Reading â&#x2013;  The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and D.C. poet laureate Dolores Kendrick will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poet in Progress Reading Series.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 301 East Capitol St. SE. poetinprogress.eventbrite.com. Special events â&#x2013;  Community members will put their own satirical spin on the traditional Purim holiday story. A reading of the megillah and a Purim party will follow. 7 p.m. $10 to $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. â&#x2013;  GLOE, the Washington DC Jewish Community Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LGBT outreach and engagement group, will throw its sixth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party,â&#x20AC;? with guests encouraged to dress in costume for a night of food, drinks and parades. 8:30 p.m. to midnight. $20 to $30. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the New Jersey Devils. Noon. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will compete against the Houston Rockets. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Trees,â&#x20AC;? will lead a tour of the trees around the U.S. Capitol. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; registration required. Meet on the terrace near the entrance to the

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will hold a family Purim celebration with carnival games, performances, a costume contest and snacks. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 to $20 per family; tickets required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about Coretta Scott King, wife of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and then create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts â&#x2013;  Not What You Think, an a cappella ensemble of gay and lesbian singers, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Mirrors,â&#x20AC;? a benefit concert for Metro TeenAIDS. 2 p.m. $10. Lab 2, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Band will perform with The Rogues, a Celtic rock band. 3 p.m. Free. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The Adult Literacy Resource Center will present Synchronicity, a musical group that blends classical string instrumentation â&#x20AC;&#x153;in syncâ&#x20AC;? with sounds of a flute and African-based funky percussion. 3 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  The Music Ministry of the Greater First Baptist Church will present a Black History Concert featuring the Norfolk State University Concert Choir. 3 p.m. Free. Greater First Baptist Church, 2701 13th St. NW. 202-462-1730. â&#x2013;  Pianist Alexander Melnikov will perform works by Schumann, Scriabin and Prokofiev. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society will perform Sergei Rachmaninoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solemn Vespers, Op. 37.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $31 to $68. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Symphony will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seamless Symphony,â&#x20AC;? featuring three contemporary composers responding to classical symphonic selections. 5 p.m. $15 to $20. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. â&#x2013;  The Washington Chorus, soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme, mezzo-soprano Laura Vlasak Nolen, tenor Benjamin Butterfield and baritone Stephen Salters will perform Mendelssohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elijah.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $15 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Swedish musician Sofia Talvik will present a folk-pop concert. 6 p.m. $10. Embassy of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. sofiatalvikindc-eorg.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Iceland Airwaves will present electropop group FM Belfast, pop septet Retro Stefson and electronic pop singer SĂłley. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522.

â&#x2013;  The Poulenc Trio will perform works by Ellington, Still and other composers in honor of Black History Month. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Historian Mark Updegrove will discuss his work as director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and his book of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Local artist Nicole Bourgea will give her perspective on Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony exhibit currently on display at National Museum of Women in the Arts. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  Mia Fineman, assistant curator of photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Truth, Lies, and Photographs.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mapping Democracy: Utopia & Renewalâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists in Washington, Athens and Munich. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  Danish architect Bjarke Ingels will discuss sustainable design in public spaces. 4 p.m. Free. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Local historian Garrett Peck will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will screen Emad Burnat and Guy Davidiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;5 Broken Camerasâ&#x20AC;? as part of its showcase of Academy Awardnominated documentaries and shorts. 4 p.m. Free; tickets available one hour beforehand. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will screen â&#x20AC;&#x153;El cuaderno de barro (The Clay Diaries)â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Los pasos dobles (The Double Steps)â&#x20AC;? as part of its series on Catalan filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Peace Cafe will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within the Eye of the Storm,â&#x20AC;? about the friendship between Israeli Rami Elhanan and Palestinian Bassam Aramin after the deaths of their young daughters. Elhanan and Aramin will discuss the film after the screening. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performances â&#x2013;  Contemporary ballet choreographers See Events/Page 24


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ump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s,â&#x20AC;? the first exhibit to explore the eraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thriving underground, will open Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and continue through April 7. Earlier this month, the Corcoran also opened â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shooting Stars: Publicity Stills From Early Hollywood and Portraits by Andy

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Warhol,â&#x20AC;? spotlighting ways photographers have contributed to our understanding of fame. It will continue through April 21. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday until 9 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students; it is free for ages 12 and younger. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Select 2013,â&#x20AC;? the Washington Project for the Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 32nd annual Art Auction Exhibition and Gala, will open today at the Peoples Building and continue through March 15. Curator talks will be given today and Feb.

27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and the gala will take place March 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets to the auction gala start at $300. Located at 64 New York Ave. NE, the building is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. wpadc.org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Window Licking,â&#x20AC;? featuring paintings of window displays by Linda Button, opened recently at Caramel Gallery, where it will continue through March 24. A reception for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1603 U St. NW, the gallery is open Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. caramelfashion.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Endless Flowers,â&#x20AC;? including works by American artists, opened recently at Jane Haslem Gallery, where it will continue through March 31. Located at 2025 Hillyer Place NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4644. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the

Skagen Art Colony,â&#x20AC;? the first exhibit in the United States to focus on Danish modern painter Anna Ancher (1859-1935) and the artist colony at Skagen, Denmark, opened last week at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It will continue through May 12. Located at 1250 New York Ave. NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors; it is free for ages 18 and younger. 202-783-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way Into the Wood,â&#x20AC;? highlighting wood constructions by Michelle PetersonAlbandoz, opened last week at Long View Gallery, where it will continue through March 24. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Currents,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Erika Diehl, Alex Ebstein, Katherine Sable and RenĂŠ TreviĂąo, opened recently at Carroll Square Gallery, where it will continue through April 26.

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he Washington National Opera will stage Giacomo Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manon Lescautâ&#x20AC;? March 2 through 23 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Sentenced by her parents to a

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life in the convent, Manon escapes to Paris with her young lover, the student Chevalier des Grieux. Lured away from the glamorous life offered by an elderly patron, Manon sees her first love rekindled when des Grieux suddenly reappears. But when she refuses to abandon her jewels, her wealthy benefactor plots a revenge that sends foolish, frivolous Manon to despair in a distant land. American soprano Patricia Racette and Bulgarian tenor Kamen Chanev in this reprisal of a 2007 production. Performance times are 7 p.m. March 2, 11 and 23; 7:30 p.m. March 5, 8, 14 and 20; and 2 p.m. March 17. Tickets cost $25 to $300. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. â&#x2013;  American University will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wecyclingâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 21 through March 2 in the Studio Theatre at the Katzen Arts Center. Caleen Jennings and the ensemble will create an original piece that examines lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cycles through scenes, monologues, stories, poetry, original music, movement and visual media. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $15. The theater is located on the American University campus at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202885-2787; american.tix.com. â&#x2013;  Catholic University will present

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brutus,â&#x20AC;? an abridged version of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julius Caesar,â&#x20AC;? Feb. 21 through 24 at the Hartke Theatre. The show refocuses the classic tale from Brutusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; viewpoint, revealing the path toward his ultimate fate and contemplating how thin the line can be between hero and villain. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $5 to $15. The Hartke Theatre is located at 3801 Harewood Road NE. 202-319-4900; drama.cua.edu. â&#x2013;  The In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill, a Musical Voyageâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 23 through March 10 at Source. The 1972 revue compiles more than 40 of Weillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic songs to tell the story of his life, spanning from the late 1920s in Germany to his death in 1950 in New York City. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $19 to $38. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763; inseries.org. â&#x2013;  Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plays on the American Maskâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 23 and 25 as part of the fourth annual Intersections Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. In this off-kilter look at American identity, four original comic pieces will touch on home improvement, the Civil War, reality television and American Sign Language. The centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Intersections Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; running from Feb. 22 through March 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature 600-plus artists in 100-plus performances over three weekends. The diverse lineup is intended to show the collaborative energy of artists and audiences in boundary-crossing

Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manon Lescautâ&#x20AC;? stars American soprano Patricia Racette. performances and events. Performance times for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plays on the American Maskâ&#x20AC;? are 7 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets cost $15 to $20. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; intersectionsdc.org. â&#x2013;  Comedian, writer, actor and Georgetown University alum Mike Birbiglia will bring his one-man show â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boyfriend: Unpluggedâ&#x20AC;? to the Davis Performing Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gonda Theatre Feb. 25 through March 1. In this 2011 off-Broadway hit, Birbiglia shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues that most adults would spend a lifetime trying to forget. Performance times are 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets cost $30, with discounts for Georgetown University students, faculty and staff. The theater is located on the Georgetown University campus at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; performingarts.georgetown.edu.

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Continued From Page 22 Natalie Smith, Florian Rouiller, Katya Vasilaky and Diana Movius will perform a program exploring the idea of legacies. 2 p.m. $15 to $20. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The DC Youth Slam Team and their coaches will present an intergenerational poetry performance. 3:30 p.m. $5. Lab 1, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Sidwell Friends School Dance Ensemble will perform a program exploring the idea of â&#x20AC;&#x153;home.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. Lab 2, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Special event â&#x2013;  DC Shorts will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snuggle With the Stars,â&#x20AC;? an official Oscar-watching party with an open bar and a buffet. 7 p.m. $50 to $100. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. dcshorts.com. Monday, Feb. 25

Monday february 25 Classes â&#x2013;  The Jewish Social Services Agency will host a workshop about getting a job in the age of social media. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  University Legal Services will host an information seminar for potential home buyers. 6 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Concerts â&#x2013;  The University of District of Columbia Jazz Ensemble will perform. 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Icelandic pianist and Juilliard School graduate VĂ­kingur Ă&#x201C;lafsson will perform a program highlighting Nordic composers. 7:30 p.m. $29. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Chefs Petteri Luoto of Finland and

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Events Entertainment HĂĄkon MĂĄr Ă&#x2013;rvarsson of Iceland will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Nordic Cuisine Demonstration.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Faya Causey, head of academic programs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking Inside: Ancient Carved Amber in the J. Paul Getty Museum.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Kazuhiko Togo, director of the Institute for World Affairs at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan, will discuss his countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foreign policy with the re-election of Shinzo Abe as prime minister. 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/togo. â&#x2013;  Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, will discuss U.S. diplomatic achievements in Africa. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 302, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. usdiplomacyinafrica.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Author, activist and blogger Cory Doctorow will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Together, We Are SuperHuman: How Technology Gives Communities Super Powers.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Robin Blackburn of the University of Essex will discuss slavery, emancipation and human rights in America. 5 p.m. Free. Room 462, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Amina Salum Ali, ambassador of the African Union to the United States, and Antoinette Sayeh, director of the African Department at the International Monetary Fund, will join a panel of scholars to discuss engaging Africa over the next four years. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/engagingafrica.

        

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documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  Filmmaker and Howard University professor Steve Torriano Berry will present and then discuss his documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Captains of the Chesapeake.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Ballet in Cinema series will feature the Bolshoi Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Bayadère.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Saturday at 11 a.m.

Monday, February 25 â&#x2013;  Discussion: Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Gaston Hall, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. praguewinter.eventbrite.com.

Meetings â&#x2013;  The Russkaia Literatura club will discuss the first four books of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Kareninaâ&#x20AC;? by Leo Tolstoy. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 109, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  The Black Voices Book Club will discuss Breena Clarkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;River, Cross My Heart.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.

â&#x2013;  Science fiction author, activist and blogger Cory Doctorow will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeland.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Futureâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mary Margaret Jones, senior principal at Hargreaves Associates; Ed Lebow, director of public art at the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture; Victoria Rogers, executive vice president of the New World Symphony of Miami; and G. Martin Moeller Jr., senior curator of the National Building Museum. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Karen Russell will share her new collection of stories â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vampires in the Lemon Grove.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Alice Gabriner, senior photo editor at National Geographic magazine, will discuss the work that goes into curating a National Geographic photo exhibition and lead a tour of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond the Story: National Geographic Unpublished 2012.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  Mike Canning will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.

Performance â&#x2013;  Femi the DriFish & The Out of Water eXperience, a lyrical hip-hop funk band with a poetic twist, will perform. 9 to 11 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Films â&#x2013;  The Marvelous Movie Mondays series will feature Jack Claytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1974 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Gatsby,â&#x20AC;? starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Companion series will feature Albert Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1995 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead Presidents,â&#x20AC;? about a young man who goes to fight in the Vietnam War only to return with his life in shambles. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  A Sidney Poitier series will feature Daniel Petrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1961 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Raisin in the Sun.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  A film series on important photographers will feature Marianne Kapferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011

Readings â&#x2013;  German author Leif Randt and Swiss novelist Tim Krohn will read excerpts from their books in German and English. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Voesar Conference Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/KrohnRandt. â&#x2013;  The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts will celebrate international â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arte Dayâ&#x20AC;? with 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 about the comedic travails of a 17th-century troupe besieged by a royal decree that forbids them from using any dialogue in their plays. 7:30 p.m. Free. National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave NW. theconservatory.org. â&#x2013;  The PEN/Faulkner Fiction Series will feature readings by novelists William Kennedy and Thomas Mallon. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Tuesday, Feb. 26

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Concerts â&#x2013;  The Beau Soir Ensemble will perform works by Debussy, Telemann and the ensembleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flutist, Carrie Rose. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  Finlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Signmark â&#x20AC;&#x201D; creator of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first sign language hip-hop DVD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will use strong bass beats with low frequencies to perform rap and hip-hop rhythms with vocalist Brandon Bauer. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Percussions Claviers de Lyon, an ensemble dedicated solely to percussion keyboard instruments, will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25; $15 for students. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW. lmf_percussionsclavierdelyon.eventbrite. com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Jacqueline Ayers, legislative director

for the National Urban League Policy Institute, and Rufina A. Hernandez, executive director of the Campaign for High School Equity, will discuss strategies for addressing inequities for high school students of color. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Clearinghouse on Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Issues, 1 Dupont Circle NW. 202-744-6592. â&#x2013;  Temuri Yakobashvili, Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambassador to the United States, will discuss his countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewish community. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGhee Library, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ceresyakobashvili2013.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  JosĂŠ Casanova of Georgetown University and Michael Minkenberg and Anja Henning from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt will compare the separation of church and state in the U.S. and Europe. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Third-floor conference room, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University, 3307 M St. NW. berkleycenter.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology political science professor Richard J. Samuels will discuss the 2011 nuclear power crisis in Japan. 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/311japan. â&#x2013;  A Black History Month presentation on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Justiceâ&#x20AC;? will explore the struggles of the civil rights movement. 5:15 p.m. Free. Chapel, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-8600. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer Center-sponsored journalists Daniel Connolly, Nick Miroff and Louie Palu will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Covering the Drug Wars: Getting the Story and Staying Alive.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. coveringdrugwars.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will host a discussion about â&#x20AC;&#x153;megatrendsâ&#x20AC;? that will transform the world over the next 20 years. 6 p.m. Free. Room 302, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King will discuss the challenges facing African-Americans today in the wake of President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-election. 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reconnecting the Grid,â&#x20AC;? about plans to deck over the exposed portion of I-395 and weave F and G streets back into the urban fabric, will feature Sean C. Cahill, vice president of development at Property Group Partners; Roger K. Lewis, architect and planner; Harriet Tregoning, director of the D.C. Office of Planning; and Jess Zimbabwe, executive director of the ULI Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership. 6:30 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  David Gregory, host of NBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet the Press,â&#x20AC;? will lead a conversation with New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler (shown), author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secrets of Happy Families.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12; tickets required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. â&#x2013;  Amity Shlaes, a syndicated columnist and trustee of the Calvin Coolidge See Events/Page 25


Continued From Page 24 Memorial Foundation, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coolidge,â&#x20AC;? about the 30th U.S. president. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  As part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival, panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living by Design: A Holistic Approach to Everything.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Films â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will screen the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within the Eye of the Storm,â&#x20AC;? about the friendship between Israeli Rami Elhanan and Palestinian Bassam Aramin after the deaths of their daughters. Elhanan, Aramin and director Shelley Hermon will discuss the film after the screening. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $20 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The 24th annual Black Film Festival will feature Martin Rittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sounder.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present Tyler Perryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Colored Girlsâ&#x20AC;? as part of its Black History Month film series. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  National Geographic and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present the premiere of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle for Elephants.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $11. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Creative Juices Writing Club will host a workshop with author and poet Ginger Ingalls. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Readings â&#x2013;  German author Leif Randt (shown) and Swiss novelist Tim Krohn will read from their books in German and English. A reception will feature Austrian, German and Swiss delicacies. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. â&#x2013;  The Lannan Center will host a reading by novelist Ben Lerner, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaving the Atocha Station.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.

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Events Entertainment teach a hands-on computer workshop on navigating the archives.gov website. 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. nancy.wing@nara.gov. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman lunchtime performance series will feature the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant String Trio, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Eivør will perform rock, jazz, folk, pop and European classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society will bring choirs from D.C. schools together with members of the DC Youth Orchestra for the eighth annual Celebrate Youth! high school choir festival. The groups will work together in a day of music-making, culminating in a concert in the Cathedral Nave. 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202537-2228. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  George Washington University professor Stephen Kaplan will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Globalization and Austerity Politics in Latin America.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. tinyurl.com/stephen-kaplan. â&#x2013;  Eric L. Muller will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Civil War historian and Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust (shown) and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns will commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial with a discussion of the transformation of American society resulting from the deaths of 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-8437. â&#x2013;  Catherine Cosman of the U.S.

Tuesday, february 26 â&#x2013;  Discussion: The Arts Club of Washington and the Foggy Bottom Association will present a talk by Thomas Mallon on his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watergate.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282, ext. 120.

Commission on International Religious Freedom and Alexander Verkhovsky of the Moscow-based nonprofit SOVA Center will discuss religious freedom in Russia. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Voesar Conference Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/ReligionRussia. â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will host a panel discussion on the career and legacy of the late Manon Cleary, a local artist known for photo-realist self-portraits. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 116. â&#x2013;  Ingrid Anders will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kat Vespucci and the Renegade Province.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. â&#x2013;  Parent activists, education experts and policymakers, including at-large D.C. Council member David Catania and Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Trayon White, will discuss the pros and cons of the announced D.C. public school closings. Dinner at 5:30 p.m.; program at 6:30 p.m. Free; $10 for dinner. Reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Choi Young-jin, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, will discuss leadership transitions in Korea, Japan and China, and the rise of East Asia in economic, financial, political and security affairs. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805

Sale â&#x2013;  The St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

 

  

   

Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.

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DISPATCHES From Page 13 sent there to “build character.” The case, the Warden vs. the State of Texas, focused on whether the Warden was guilty of committing child abuse and neglect of the boys she oversaw at Camp Green Lake. Each sixth-grader was given a role in the trial, which included a judge, a bailiff, five witnesses, the defendant, the defense attorney and the prosecutor. The jury was comprised of eighth-graders. After an hourlong trial, the jury deliberated overnight and found that the Warden was not guilty of the charges against her. The students enjoyed conducting the mock trial and learned a lot about the judicial process that takes place inside a U.S. courtroom. — Rajhad Burks, sixth-grader and Mr. Markley’s sixth-grade class

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

St. Patrick’s has had a great basketball season. Our girls junior varsity team — with students in fifth and sixth grade — has an impressive undefeated record, with 10 wins. Our boys junior varsity team also has a great record, 9-1. Our boys varsity team — with students in seventh and eighth grade — has won its past three games, and the girls varsity team recently beat Washington Episcopal and Lowell. The other important news from the sixth grade is the success of our annual cake raffle to benefit our class gift to St. Patrick’s. Every sixth grade family made three cakes to contribute to the raffle. There were some pretty creative cake designs like a peace sign, a soccer field and even the Roman Coliseum. We sold more than 4,900 tickets, gave away 200 cakes and raised more than $10,500! We give a portion of the money we earn as a grade to a charity of our choice. We give the rest to St. Patrick’s as the Grade 6 Gift. We do not yet know what our gift this year will be, but it will be great! — Thomas Mazzuchi, sixth-grader

School Without Walls

Before starting their four-day weekend, students celebrated Valentine’s Day by means of valograms — pretty much a telegram with a twist. You have the option of sending a card, some candy, a rose, or even a song that will be sung in front of your special someone. Each one has a certain price and, in this way, a grade at Walls can make some money for its class dues. The valograms are very popular and are a fun way to celebrate Feb. 14. Throughout the week, students were excited for the four-day weekend, it being a nice time to relax. This extended break, however, will not go to waste for many Walls kids, especially for the current juniors. The school system is offering a free SAT this year on Feb. 27 for those in the 11th grade. With this date rapidly approaching, many

students used the long weekend to study. Since college is not far away for the junior class, many of us visited some prospective universities or colleges during the break. — Delmar Tarragó, 11th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We participated in the Cluster Spelling Bee on Feb. 11. There were about 40 participants in grades four through six. Ms. Barr and Ms. Marquez, two of our teachers, went along with us. Some of our parents also attended. Words were given out. If you got one right, you got to stay in the bee. If you spelled a word incorrectly, you were out. We had words like gospel, diplomat, crimson, algebra, retrospective and obstinate. We were nervous being there and competing. We had some mispronunciation problems and that didn’t help with spelling, especially if we didn’t know the word. The bee is taped just in case there are questions about a word. Some people questioned the pronunciation of a word. Some words that were particularly challenging were toboggan, beret, hassock and dugong. In the final round, five people got a spot in the citywide bee that will be televised at NBC4. The next Bee will take place in March with the five people who made it in. Two of us will go. — Nisa Quarles, fourth-grader; and Rami Chiaviello and Alexander Ashe, fifth-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

On the last day before winter break, ninth-graders celebrated with a Renaissance Festival! Throughout the day, students and teachers participated in an array of activities related to the theme of the Renaissance and Shakespeare, since the freshman class was reading “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” To start off, the students were split into groups — Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, Knights, and Jesters. Each group went to an acting activity with an actor from the Folger Theatre or Shakespeare Theatre Company, where we learned about occupations from Shakespeare’s time and acted them out. Next, we had a lunch of lentils and turkey, with fruit and cheese for dessert. A harp player performed some songs from the period, accompanied by a pair of student jugglers from the middle school. We felt like royalty! After lunch, we watched a scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to see how Shakespeare is much more powerful when performed rather than read. Next, we watched a wonderful magician who specializes in Renaissance magic. After that, we learned about the art of the Renaissance, such as “David” by Michelangelo, and astronomical discoveries of the time, such as those of Copernicus. Finally, to end the day, we adapted and wrote sonnets based on Shakespeare’s writing and presented them to the group. — Mica Carroll, ninth-grader


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