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School issues less divisive in 2014 race

Graham, Nadeau spar over loan allegations


■ Campaign: Incumbent says

challenger misstated income

By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

When Mayor Adrian Fenty was seeking re-election in 2010, his education policies — accentuated by the fiery approach of his schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee — proved a divisive issue that swayed many voters to Vincent Gray. But as Gray faces his own tough re-election bid on Tuesday, few are painting his schools record as a major liability. His chancellor, Kaya Henderson, has mostly earned high marks from the current crop of mayoral challengers, and the incumbent never seems more confident than when he talks about rising test scores and nationally acclaimed early learning initiatives. But there wouldn’t be a campaign without contrast, and the various mayoral candidates have outlined some competing education priorities. Though Gray appointed a less polarizing schools chancellor, the mayor has continued the substance of the school reform agenda he inherited. He has done nothing to See Education/Page 5

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

A week before Tuesday’s primary election, Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham has called for investigation of what he describes as irregularities and possible fraud in challenger Brianne Nadeau’s past applications for down-payment assistance. Nadeau, in an interview yesterday, shot down concerns from the four-term incumbent that she mis-


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Simbiat Odeshina, a student at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, focused her project for the D.C. STEM Fair on rooftop gardens. Nearly 300 sixth- through 12th-graders participated in Saturday’s event at H.D. Woodson High School.

By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer


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Bonds, running to retain her at-large seat, says D.C. schools should consider dress codes.

data, and Council member Bonds says it might be time for the District to revisit its school dress standards.

In an interview ahead of the April 1 Democratic primary, she explained her support for stricter dress codes by arguing they could reduce student conflicts, especially violent altercations over trendy clothing. “Young folk, as a rule, are easily distracted,” Bonds said. “Let’s take the bling out of the school environment.” The council member stressed that she is not proposing mandates, just voluntary or suggested standards that schools could encourage. She doesn’t think legislation is necessary to address this problem, and her thoughts on the subject are still at the conceptual stage. But Bonds said she See Bonds/Page 3


Georgetown tree boxes could get new ‘Flexi-Pave’ — Page 3

represented her income levels in 2007 and 2008 applications to the city’s Housing Purchase Assistance Program. “When I applied for the assistance, I did everything 100 percent by the books. I made all the documentation available, and it’s clear that Jim Graham is distorting communications I had with him when I sought his help as a constituent,” Nadeau said. “He is now abusing his office and spending taxpayer dollars to attack a political opponent.” Graham has asked the D.C. Inspector General to review discrepancies in Nadeau’s reported income See Ward 1/Page 7

Streetscape work to finish soon on New Hampshire

Incumbent Bonds mulls student dress codes If at-large D.C. Council member Anita Bonds were looking to cite historical precedent for her ideas about D.C. school dress codes, 1980 would be a good starting point. In that year, Marion Barry’s mayoral administration began what scholar David Brunsma believes to be the nation’s first recorded discussions of standardized public school attire in recent decades. Driven by a desire to prevent youth violence, the talks didn’t get far, but today they seem ahead of their time. Nearly one in five American public schools required uniforms in 2010, according to U.S. Department of Education

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The long-running reconstruction of New Hampshire Avenue south of Dupont Circle is due to wrap up at the end of April, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation. The New Hampshire Avenue streetscape project kicked off in September 2012 to upgrade the roadway, sidewalks, street lights and underground utilities along a 0.8mile stretch down to H Street in Foggy Bottom. The work also includes reconfiguring Washington Circle’s pedestrian crossings and allowing two-way traffic on New Hampshire between M Street and Washington Circle instead of only northbound cars. Ian Swain, representing the Transportation Department and its project contractor, reported at last Wednesday’s Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission meeting that the project was one month behind schedule due to cold temperatures and snow in recent months. “With our friend the weather, there are some delays,” he said. Swain told The Current yester-


Latest mayoral polls show Bowser, Gray statistically tied — Page 8

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The project includes converting the road to two-way from M Street to Washington Circle.

day that the plans for this week — again, weather permitting — are to reopen New Hampshire Avenue between Washington Circle and 24th Street, finish installing new fences at Washington Circle, put up new signs throughout the corridor, and begin installing the final layer of fresh asphalt. Work on this asphalt “overlay” will begin at M Street and head north toward Dupont Circle. In addition to the weather, project challenges included coordinating with utility companies, residents, businesses and motorists throughout construction, Swain wrote in an email. But he said the project team successfully identified and accomSee Streetscape/Page 2

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STREETSCAPE: New Hampshire Avenue work, slightly delayed, to wrap up soon

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modated the needs of these various stakeholders. Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein, who sharply criticized the project contractor soon after the work began, said in an interview this week that matters later improved — thanks in part to greater community awareness of the project’s challenges. “As time progressed, they worked

harder and we worked harder, and coordination and cooperation got better,� said Silverstein. “As it went on, it became second nature to understand where special care had to be taken.� For instance, Silverstein said, the contractor provided better notice to residents, and made accommodations for businesses to ensure customers retained access. Silverstein also said he recognizes that the project was necessary,

particularly with regard to underground utilities. “If you don’t upgrade your infrastructure, you’ll have water main breaks, you’ll have manhole covers exploding, so you have to do it,� he said. “This is like going to the doctor for a colonoscopy — it’s very unpleasant, but you can save yourself a whole lot more awful things down the road.� Project impacts have included traffic congestion, restricted parking

and impeded access. Silverstein said no one is to blame for these difficulties, but that doesn’t make them any more pleasant. “It’s been like an 18-month-long visit to the dentist for the root canal — it just won’t quit,� Silverstein said. Farther south, West End neighborhood commissioner Rebecca Coder also said the pace has been painful. “With these projects, I think everyone would love to see them done faster. ‘When will they be done?’ is the biggest question I’ve heard from constituents,� she wrote in an email. She praised the Transportation Department, however, for keeping the community informed and addressing issues as they’ve emerged. Most heavy construction is due to be finished within the next week or two, Swain said, with mainly detail work to follow through April. This will include correcting issues that cropped up during the project. The conversion of New Hampshire Avenue to two-way traffic between M Street and Washington

Circle — intended to relieve pressure on other north-south streets in the area — will be one of the last items completed, Swain said at last week’s meeting. Several residents at the meeting objected to that upcoming change, which has been a divisive topic from the start. “I remember when it was twoway and it was a disaster. That’s why it became one-way,� said Sara Maddux of the West End Citizens Association. Several residents said the plan should be scrapped, but neighborhood commissioners and Swain said the Department of Transportation already made its decision after evaluating the same concerns. “DDOT will keep monitoring it and take feedback, but it’s going to be two-way when the project ends,� Swain said, adding, “They have been flexible in changing things around when something doesn’t work.� There will be at least two weeks’ notice before the change goes into effect, and it will publicized online, on fliers and in the media, he said.


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Tree boxes on busy Georgetown corridors eyed for ‘Flexi-Pave’ protection By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

When thousands of pedestrians crowd onto the narrow sidewalks of Georgetown’s Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, it’s almost inevitable that people’s feet will end up in the corridors’ tree boxes. Passersby trample the dirt and risk tripping over uneven surfaces or protective fences. The Georgetown Business Improvement

District and the city’s Urban Forestry Administration are pitching a new material to solve this problem: Flexi-Pave, a porous rubber made from recycled tires. The new surface would sit even with the brick sidewalks and provide a safe walking surface that also protects the dirt in the tree boxes. The material is being proposed only for commercial streets with high foot traffic, where pedestrians are often forced to walk in tree box space.

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wants to explore what more can be done, because school bullying often stems from what students look like. More broadly, the council member hopes to work on a comprehensive citywide initiative for young people akin to the District’s current “Age-Friendly D.C.” effort to provide services to seniors. She wants to create a Department of Youth Development and Services — a onestop shop for resources to empower children and adolescents. Asked to describe the services such a department would provide, Bonds said, “I don’t have a laundry list of them now,” but suggested the list would include everything from transportation to education to affordable housing. She is particularly concerned about the rising number of homeless young people. “What I suspect is that we already have the budget,” Bonds said of funding the concept. “It would be

taking some of the staff from some of the other agencies. My goal would be to expend as few additional dollars as possible.” The only major expense the council member anticipates is the funding necessary to advertise existing public programs as part of a new coordinated approach. But she sees that outreach as critical. “Many young people do not know that there are these services for them,” she said. In the midst of sharing her many conceptual ideas, Bonds also touted a concrete piece of legislation. She feels confident that the D.C. Promise scholarship law, which recently passed the council with her support, will provide a major boost to high school graduates from low-income families in the District by providing them with up to $7,500 for each year of their higher education. This article is the last in a series exploring key policy objectives from at-large D.C. Council candidates.

The week ahead Wednesday, March 26

A community meeting will focus on proposed redevelopment at St. Thomas’ Parish. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Parish, 1772 Church St. NW. ■ The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold a candidates forum for the D.C. Council chairman and at-large council primary races. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at Goodwill Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. The 2nd District commander will provide an update on local crime trends and police activities.

Thursday, March 27

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include alterations and new construction at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St.; a revised concept with a rear roof deck and stair access at 1835-37 Wyoming Ave.; and concept plans for Portner Place at 1441-1449 U St., which include an 11-story residential building on U Street and an eight-story residential building on V Street. ■ The DC Statehood Green Party will hold a town-hall meeting and debate featuring the candidates in its primary, including a contested at-large D.C. Council race. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at Safari Lounge, 4306 Georgia Ave. NW. ■ The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will host a mayoral debate. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Admission is free, but reservations are required at

Friday, March 28

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold an open house to provide an opportunity for residents to discuss the draft proposed changes to the District’s existing zoning ordinances with the agency’s staff. The event will be held at the agency’s offices from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Suite E650, 1100 4th St. SW. ■ The Dupont Circle Village will hold its fourth annual silent auction from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets cost $35 to $45; for details, visit

“There’s a lot of desire to have a proper canopy along M and Wisconsin in the main business corridor there,” John Thomas of the Urban Forestry Administration said in an interview. “We struggle because of foot traffic and space that’s available for the trees currently.” But because of Georgetown’s status as a federally protected historic district, the new material could face some pushback as incompatible with the neighborhood’s brick sidewalks. According to Thomas, some objections

are already circulating that the constant transitions from Flexi-Pave to brick will create a “patchwork” effect. “We understand that, but we’ve reached a point where [plain soil] doesn’t work, and there isn’t really any other option right now,” he said. “This is the only thing we can do to ensure there can be trees on Georgetown’s commercial corridor.” Flexi-Pave is already in use on 14th Street and in several pilot locations in Georgetown.


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Commission approves rate boost for Pepco Pepco’s power distribution rates will increase in mid-April, with the average residential customer paying $3.75 more per month, based on a D.C. Public Service Commission decision issued yesterday. The commission, which regulates D.C. utilities, said in a new release that “today’s moderate increase in distribution rates primarily compensates Pepco for its substantial investments in reliability improvement projects.� This increase will result in $23.4 million in additional revenue for Pepco, though the company had requested $44.8 million.

Grants aim to boost student satisfaction

All 111 schools in the D.C. Public Schools system will receive funds through the Proving What’s Possible for Student Satisfaction Award, according to a news release. The $5 million total available is meant to help increase the number of students who like their schools. Each school had to submit a proposal for use of the approximately $100 per student to be allocated. “Our schools have plans for engaging, enriching and exciting ways to make school more fun for students,� Chancellor Kaya Henderson said in a news release. “I have been absolutely blown away by the creative ideas I’ve seen.� Ross Elementary, for instance, plans to work with the organization Playworks to improve recess with training, equipment and programming; Key Elementary will create a student activity choice block with options including newspaper, gardening and dramatic play; and Lafayette Elementary will expand its social emotional learning and

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U Street flea market to open this weekend Hexagon raises funds The new year-round U Street Flea Market will open on March 29 for area nonprofit at 912 U St. NW after several weather-related delays. The market, founded by the organizer behind the Georgetown Flea Market and operated by Diverse Markets Management, “will be a stylish venue for vintage, antique or hand crafted art, fashion, jewelry, home decor and furnishings geared to the young tastemakers who live in or frequent this vibrant neighborhood,� according to a news release. “The U Street neighborhood is in the heart of the city where a new beat of Washington is happening,� said market founder Michael Sussman. “We are constantly looking for interesting, quality vendors who can attract business in the hottest walking and retail area of Washington.� A ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, is slated to begin at noon. The market will operate Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Logan Circle to weigh visitor parking plan

A committee of the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission will consider tonight whether the neighborhood should opt into the city’s visitor parking program. The program provides visitor passes to households on streets with restricted parking. If the committee backs the plan, the full neighborhood commission will vote on it at its April 10 meeting. Both the March 26 and April 10 meetings will begin at 7 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.

Family’s fundraiser to help cancer research A head-shaving fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that supports childhood cancer research, will be held Saturday at Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle. Organizer Patty Furco will bring a contingent from Janney Elementary, spurred by the role of research in the treatment of her daughter Abby, a second-grader at the school who has leukemia. “My daughter Abby is doing well, she finished treatment in October 2013,� Furco wrote in an email. “We are so thankful, childhood cancer research saved her life.� Furco said Janney staff member Bryan Librizzi will shave his head at the event — possibly along with a couple of students — and a Janney parent band, Cheaper Than Therapy, will play at 1 p.m. The event, “A Salute to Our Littlest Heroes,� will also feature a silent auction and children’s activi-

Hexagon will perform its final shows of “Midterm Madness� this weekend, capping off a run that benefits Adams Morgan nonprofit Sarah’s Circle. The company, which bills itself as “Washington’s only original political satirical musical comedy revue,� chooses a different charity to support each year with its all-volunteer show. Sarah’s Circle provides affordable housing and wellness services to low-income seniors. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring. Tickets cost $30.

Event honors mother of former D.C. mayor

More than 200 people gathered at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Saturday afternoon to celebrate the life of Virginia E. Hayes Williams, mother of former Mayor Anthony Williams. Speaker after speaker praised Williams, who died Jan. 23, for her passion in everything she did. Interjected were musical performances by Ellington students, an alumna who sang an aria from Puccini’s “La Bohème,â€? and others. Williams wanted to be an opera singer, and her parents wanted her to be a nurse. Instead, she was a postal worker and raised eight children, but she also sang in the movies “Porgy and Bessâ€? and “Carmen Jonesâ€? and at the White House. Once, a pianist performing at Ford’s Theatre encouraged the audience to sing Gershwin’s “Summertime.â€? After a couple of notes, he invited the soprano who dominated the singing to come on stage. Williams did and received a lengthy standing ovation. Soon after her son decided to run for mayor, Williams called her friend Pat Elwood and said she wanted to move in with her the next day. She remained for six years. When the former mayor was asked once how he got the fortitude to deal with the world’s powerful people, he said the questioner ought to meet his mother. Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Duke Ellington’s co-founder, announced toward the end of Saturday’s program that the Eugene B. Casey Foundation had given a $1 million endowment in Virginia Williams’ name to fund prizes for an outstanding Ellington junior or senior who hopes to be an opera singer.


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EDUCATION: Debate on schools less heated in this year’s mayoral race, but differences remain

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alter D.C.’s fundamental approach to teacher evaluations nor has he tried to change the city’s commitment to school choice policies. In addition, Gray routinely touts the District as having “the most robust early-childhood education program in America,� an effort he championed as chairman of the D.C. Council. “If you look at the extent to which we serve children ages 3 and 4, the numbers speak for themselves,� he said in an interview earlier in the campaign. “Seventy percent of our 3-year-olds are in school — 92 percent of our 4-yearolds.� A 2012 study by the National Institute for Early Education Research placed these numbers in a national context: D.C. had “a higher percentage of children enrolled at ages 3 and 4 and a higher expenditure per child than any of the states.� Reflecting on the incumbent mayor’s overall record on school reform, U.S. Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan said, “Mayor Gray and D.C. hit the ball out of the park — did much better than anyone else in terms of improvement.� Challenger Muriel Bowser doesn’t quibble with the notion that the District has made progress. “I think confidence and quality in our lower grades has improved dramatically,� Bowser said in an interview. But the Ward 4 D.C. Council member — who has pulled even with Gray in the most recent polls — has said she wants to focus more on improving middle schools, using Ward 3’s high-achieving Alice Deal as a model. Bowser also touts the Kids Ride Free law she passed, which waived public bus fees for school-aged children in hopes of removing an impediment to regular attendance for some families. For his part, Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells said in an interview that his first education priority is that “every family will have a quality elementary school within walking distance of their home, which they can attend as a matter of right.� Wells said he is

inclined to retain Henderson as chancellor, if only for the sake of continuity, and he has pitched putting workforce development offices inside middle and high schools, among other initiatives. Two priorities Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans voiced during the campaign are boosting access to elective courses and increasing partnerships between D.C.’s private universities and the public school system. Specifically, he would seek to mandate that every school hire teachers for art, music and physical

education, as well as a librarian. Meanwhile, the partnerships he envisions with higher education institutions would allow college students to receive academic credit for tutoring grade school students. “I would have to work out the details of how it would be financed or implemented,� he said in an interview. “Maybe universities would do it for free.� Of the remaining candidates, each of whom has routinely polled in the single digits in citywide surveys, Busboys and Poets owner






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This is a listing of reports taken from March 17 through 23 in local police service areas.

Burglary ■ 1337-1422 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:20 a.m. March 19.

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Motor vehicle theft ■ 2800-2899 block, N St.; 6:01 p.m. March 20.

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Theft ■ 900-999 block, F St.; 8:30 a.m. March 18. ■ 1000-1099 block, 14th St.; 11:50 a.m. March 18. ■ 1000-1099 block, H St.; 1:16 p.m. March 19. ■ 600-699 block, 13th St.; 5:10 p.m. March 19. ■ 1200-1299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 9:44 a.m. March 20 ■ 1350-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 11 a.m. March 20. ■ 900-999 block, F St.; 1:13 p.m. March 20. ■ 1000-1099 block, F St.; 12:52 p.m. March 22. ■ 1100-1199 block, F St.; 3:50 p.m. March 23. ■ 703-799 block, 9th St.; 9:11 p.m. March 23. Theft from auto ■ 1200-1299 block, New York Ave.; 11:03 p.m. March 17. ■ 900-999 block, 9th St.; 5:45 a.m. March 22.

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Robbery ■ 600-699 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 8:18 p.m. March 22 (with gun). Motor vehicle theft ■ 700-799 block, H St.; midnight March 20.


Theft ■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 1:34 p.m. March 18. ■ 320-399 block, 7th St.; 5 p.m. March 19. ■ 900-999 block, 9th St.; 1:32 p.m. March 21. ■ 703-799 block, 9th St.; 1:22 p.m. March 22. ■ 600-699 block, H St.; 10:45 p.m. March 22.

“Ms. Bowser has ably served the needs of a ward that has high expectations of its representatives. She has shown spine in opposing legislation that for all its popularity would do the city harm. She is willing to admit her mistakes, open her mind to new ideas and surround herself with smart, capable staff. All are good traits for an executive, as is her penchant for getting up early and working until the job is done.”

Theft from auto ■ D and 7th streets; 1:50 p.m. March 21. ■ E and 6th streets; 12:13 a.m. March 22. ■ 5th and E streets; 11:15 p.m. March 22. ■ 900-979 block, 7th St.; 3:38 a.m. March 23. ■ 5th and E streets; 11:35 a.m. March 23.


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Robbery ■ 3100-3199 block, N St.; 12:20 a.m. March 23 (with gun). Sexual abuse ■ N and 36th streets; 11 a.m. March 21.

Theft ■ 3036-3099 block, M St.; 8 p.m. March 17. ■ 2600-2699 block, P St.; 8:09 p.m. March 17. ■ 2700-2799 block, Dumbarton St.; 5 p.m. March 19. ■ 3200-3265 block, Prospect St.; 9:01 a.m. March 20. ■ 1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:16 p.m. March 20. ■ Thomas Jefferson and K streets; 6:05 p.m. March 20. ■ Water and 34th streets; 12:56 p.m. March 21.

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Robbery ■ 2300-2399 block, M St.; 12:10 a.m. March 23 (with gun). Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 718-799 block, 15th St.; 9:59 p.m. March 17. Motor vehicle theft ■ 22nd and F streets; 8:41 p.m. March 21. Theft ■ 1400-1499 bock, H St.; 8:58 a.m. March 18. ■ 1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2 p.m. March 19. ■ 1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:18 p.m. March 19. ■ 1626-1699 block, I St.; 4:32 p.m. March 19. ■ 1900-1999 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 5 p.m. March 19. ■ 1100-1199 block, 25th St.; 2:21 p.m. March 20. ■ 1000-1099 block, Vermont Ave.; 6:50 p.m. March 20. ■ 800-899 block, 15th St.; 6:55 p.m. March 20. ■ 1000-1099 block, 23rd St.; 3:20 a.m. March 21. ■ 800-899 block, 21st St.; 1:46 p.m. March 21. ■ 1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:42 p.m. March 21. ■ 1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:18 p.m. March 21. ■ 1700-1709 block, K St.; 9:57 a.m. March 22. ■ 2100-2199 block, I St.; 11:48 a.m. March 22. ■ 1700-1799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 5:20 p.m. March 22. ■ 1000-1099 block, Vermont Ave.; 11:19 p.m. March 22. Theft from auto ■ 2000-2099 block, M St.; 1:10 p.m. March 19. ■ 1800-1899 block, S St.; 3:58 p.m. March 19. ■ 1200-1299 block, 25th St.; 7:42 a.m. March 20. ■ 1200-1299 block, 25th St.; 8:50 a.m. March 20. ■ 1200-1299 block, 25th St.; 11:22 a.m. March 21.

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Robbery ■ 2000-2029 block, S St.; 4:35 a.m. March 18. ■ 2300-2399 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1 p.m. March 18. ■ 19th Street and Jefferson Place; 12:52 a.m. March 23 (with gun). Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1400-1499 block, 14th St.; 12:25 a.m. March 18. Burglary ■ 1700-1799 block, Q St.; 12:11 p.m. March 17. ■ 2100-2199 block, P St.; 11:53 a.m. March 20. Motor vehicle theft ■ 1200-1219 block, 19th St.; 2:25 a.m. March 17. ■ 1500-1523 block, 15th St.; 8:30 p.m. March 22. Theft ■ 1800-1899 block, M St.; 2:20 a.m. March 17. ■ 1700-1799 block, Church St.; 11:49 a.m. March 17. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3 p.m. March 17. ■ 1400-1499 block, 17th St.; 10:39 a.m. March 19. ■ 1400-1499 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 11:43 a.m. March 21. ■ 2000-2099 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 6 p.m. March 21. ■ 1400-1499 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 4:36 a.m. March 22. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:32 p.m. March 22. ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:35 p.m. March 23. Theft from auto ■ 2100-2199 block, N St.; 8:19 a.m. March 18. ■ 1400-1499 block, Church St.; 1:15 p.m. March 18. ■ 2200-2299 block, N St.; 8:37 a.m. March 21.

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Robbery ■ 1900-1999 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 3 a.m. March 22. ■ U and 15th streets; 6:14 a.m. March 22. Burglary ■ 1600-1699 block, S St.; 1:26 p.m. March 17. Theft ■ T and 16th streets; 10:15 p.m. March 19. ■ 1818-1899 block, 18th St.; 8:42 p.m. March 20. ■ 1818-1899 block, 18th St.; 10:14 a.m. March 21. ■ 1700-1780 block, U St.; 1059 a.m. March 23. Theft from auto ■ 1700-1799 block, Johnson

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Robbery ■ 1300-1399 block, 13th St.; 4:58 a.m. March 23 (with gun). Burglary ■ 1200-1299 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 10:36 p.m. March 20. ■ 1200-1299 block, 10th St.; 4:28 p.m. March 21. Theft ■ 1500-1521 block, 11th St.; 4:56 p.m. March 18. ■ 1000-1011 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 10:40 p.m. March 19. Theft from auto ■ 1200-1299 block, N St.; 9:11 a.m. March 18. ■ 1100-1199 block, N St.; 10:27 p.m. March 18. ■ 12th and L streets; 3:17 a.m. March 21. ■ 12th and S streets; 2:46 a.m. March 22. ■ 1200-1299 block, S St.; 3:40 a.m. March 22. ■ 1600-1628 block, 13th St.; 6:52 a.m. March 22. ■ 1200-1299 block, S St.; 12:35 p.m. March 22. ■ 1000-1099 block, L St.; 3:20 p.m. March 23.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


WARD 1: Challenger Nadeau defends loan assistance after criticism from incumbent Graham

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levels from those years, according to a letter on his council stationery that he forwarded to the press yesterday. The council member wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available for follow-up questions. Nadeau, a former U Street advisory neighborhood commissioner who has clinched several key endorsements for the Democratic primary, has touted the city housing assistance program as the reason she was able to afford the purchase of her Meridian Hill condo five years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am grateful to have had that resource available to me, and would most certainly not be a homeowner today if I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had that assistance,â&#x20AC;? she said in a recent news release, discussing affordability obstacles in Ward 1. Graham, in his March 21 letter to the inspector general, raised concerns that Nadeau had failed to report income increases that would have made her ineligible for the $34,500 she won through the housing program, which provides interest-free loans and closing-cost assistance to qualified homebuyers in the District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must take seriously situations where someone applies for HPAP but claims an income level lower than it is, in truth,â&#x20AC;? Graham wrote in the letter. The letter claims that at the time Nadeau was first approved for assistance in 2007, she had not reported her newly raised income level as a

congressional staffer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which would have disqualified her from the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary limits at the time. Then, as part of a new application in 2008, Nadeau represented that her financial information remained unchanged, the letter alleges. Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research, checking public records of Nadeauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary working for Rep. Jim Sarbanes, D-Md., found that her income exceeded the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary limits of $50,000 in both 2007 and 2008. Graham recalled helping Nadeau, as her council member, with a blockade in her application process. He said when the Greater Washington Urban League, which administered the loan, proposed granting Nadeau half the amount sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d originally sought, she â&#x20AC;&#x153;appealed for assistance from both myself and the Council Chairman,â&#x20AC;? but made no reference to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;upward change in her income.â&#x20AC;? According to Nadeauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign, that proposed loan reduction came about due to threatened budget cuts to the housing program, which were later averted. Nadeau initially won approval in 2007 for the down-payment assistance on her yet-to-built Belmont Street condo, according to her campaign spokesperson, Tom Fazzini. Delays to construction required a second application in 2008, and Nadeau closed on the condo in 2009. Throughout the process, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brianne was completely open and transparent and provided updated financial information to GWUL,â&#x20AC;? which

didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t adjust the loan amount despite modest increases to Nadeauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earnings over the three years, according to information from Fazzini. Those increases were due to â&#x20AC;&#x153;small end of the year performance based bonuses that changed her income negligibly and which she

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When we withdrew our original endorsement of Mayor Vincent Gray for re-election, we promised to follow up with a reconsideration of the field. Today we’d like to examine the four leading candidates: Mr. Gray and D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells. According to recently published polls, the two most likely winners of the Democratic primary are Mr. Gray and Ms. Bowser. Mr. Evans and Mr. Wells are long shots. We think all four have some qualities to recommend them. As we’ve said before, Mayor Gray has dealt effectively with the city’s top three problems: improving schools, finding work for thousands of unemployed residents without high school diplomas, and bolstering city finances. Student test scores are up more than in any other major city. As a result of legislation Mr. Gray pushed, hundreds of students in the city’s expanded prekindergarten program are doing substantially better than nonparticipants of similar backgrounds. Thanks to the mayor’s veto of a bill to increase the minimum wage for large nonunion retailers including Walmart — which threatened to cancel planned stores in response — at least 1,500 District residents will be able to work at the mega-chain’s local outlets. And the city is close to having two months’ worth of expenditures in its cash reserves. Mr. Gray’s reputation for honesty is strong among people who work closely with him — even those who disagree with his positions. (We questioned other D.C. officials, but no competitors of his, on this point.) Of course, there is the important question of the “shadow” campaign that helped elect the mayor back in 2010. Businessman Jeffrey Thompson has claimed that Mr. Gray knew of the illegal expenditures he made on our mayor’s behalf. To us, Mr. Gray, who maintains that he was unaware, is far more believable than Mr. Thompson, who apparently made a deal with prosecutors for a light sentence for conspiracy charges to which he pleaded guilty. Yet U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen says he has additional evidence implicating Mr. Gray, and Mr. Gray’s lawyer has said he expects an indictment. We wish we knew what the evidence was. The prosecutor’s statement made us think there is a possibility that Mr. Gray was aware of the shadow campaign. Either way, we worry that the trial of a sitting mayor would harm the city. So, although we are otherwise inclined to believe Mr. Gray, we withdrew our endorsement. Among the four leading candidates, the only possible winner who never received a dime from Mr. Thompson is Tommy Wells. His legislative achievements include pushing the council to adopt the plastic bag tax, which helped clean up the Anacostia River. He was instrumental in the recently passed minimum wage hike legislation, and he wisely opposed the bill to raise wages just at nonunion retailers like Walmart. But in an interview, Mr. Wells heavily criticized several council members who aren’t running for mayor. That’s not the mark of a leader who can get legislation passed — and it’s no minor point. Although she has received contributions from Mr. Thompson, we’re aware of no ethical concerns regarding Muriel Bowser. We salute her for not allowing a questionable veteran of Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration to hold a fundraiser for her. And like Mr. Wells, she opposed the large retailer wage act, which would have cost her ward hundreds of jobs. During her seven years in office, Ms. Bowser shepherded broad, effective ethics legislation through the council, but she hasn’t written much other successful high-profile legislation. She has, however, pushed ideas that help address clear needs, such as providing free rides on transit for D.C. students. We agree with most of Ms. Bowser’s stances on major issues and believe she understands the importance of building up our city’s financial reserves. She also has the best chance to become a unifying force across the city. Unlike other candidates from the council, Jack Evans has a record of strong accomplishments. Without him, we probably would not have business improvement districts, the Verizon Center or Nationals Park. The business districts, which levy an extra tax in return for services and improvements, have had a transforming effect on commercial corridors. Mr. Evans was also instrumental in transforming 14th Street NW into the hot spot it is today. In some areas, though, we think Mr. Evans has cast unwise votes. His support for the Walmart legislation, possibly to get labor union campaign support, could have cost city residents dearly in terms of jobs. Upon considering these factors, we believe the choice comes down to Mr. Evans and Ms. Bowser. We think Mr. Evans’ accomplishments indicate he might be a more effective mayor than Ms. Bowser, although she hasn’t had the same opportunities to prove herself. Unfortunately, given the likelihood of a split tally, we fear a vote for anyone other than Ms. Bowser might help Mr. Gray prevail. So we advise Democratic voters willing to take the chance that Mr. Gray will win to vote for Mr. Evans, the more experienced candidate; others should back Ms. Bowser, the more viable challenger.

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wo new opinion polls out this week spell bad news for most of the candidates running for mayor in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. But they were good news for Muriel Bowser. The NBC4-Marist poll taken through Sunday and released Tuesday shows that the Ward 4 D.C. Council member has moved slightly ahead of incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray, 28 percent to 26 percent — a statistical dead heat. The same poll taken a month ago had Gray in the lead, 28 percent to 20 percent, with all the other candidates trailing badly. A separate Washington Post poll out Tuesday also put Bowser in the lead, 30 percent over Gray’s 27 percent. That’s another statistical tie. The one good finding for Gray, who has been dogged by the federal probe into his 2010 campaign, is that his voters are more loyal and more enthusiastic about voting for him than Bowser’s are for her. Gray will have to have a dramatic turnout of his supporters, the polls suggest, to blunt Bowser’s momentum. Bowser, who was endorsed by The Washington Post, is holding onto her African-American vote — about 23 percent — while she has doubled her support among whites, from 18 percent to 36 percent. Her campaign privately says that increase in part has come from The Post’s endorsement and follow-up editorials. (That’s also a slap at some political campaigns that contend The Post has lost its influence.) White voters also are far more likely to oppose Gray because of the 2010 election scandal. The key element in both polls is that Gray appears stuck in the high 20s without much room to grow, while Bowser appears to be consolidating the antiGray vote. Until now, that vote has been split among the other candidates, specifically Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells — who places third in the NBC4-Marist poll — and Ward 2’s Jack Evans, whose support has slipped significantly. Both Wells and Evans still have an outside mathematical chance, though slim, of an election miracle. But outsider candidates Andy Shallal, Reta Jo Lewis and Carlos Allen appear out of the running, according to the NBC4-Marist poll. And at-large Council member Vincent Orange limps along at just 4 percent in the latest NBC4-Marist poll, a non-factor. You can see the entire NBC4-Marist poll at ■ “Heating up?” It’s a TV cliche that grinds into our ears almost every election. Local television anchors or reporters with nothing substantial to say default to something like this: “The race for [fill in the blank] is heating up.” It’s not heating up; it’s winding down. In the closing days to most elections, candidates stop appealing to new voters and start focusing on getting their confirmed or likely voters out to the polls. Early voting that started a just over a week ago is part of that effort. An example was Monday in downtown Washington. At about 2 p.m., a rented yellow school bus

pulled up to the Wah Luck House, a senior citizen residence on 6th Street NW near the Verizon Center. About 30 seniors, many of them clutching campaign material for Vincent Gray, walked out to the bus and were whisked a few blocks to the early voting center at One Judiciary Square. Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies hopes to replicate this activity throughout the rest of this week and on primary Election Day. It’s an old, tried and true tactic. People may be inclined to vote for your candidate, but you don’t have any assurance they will vote unless you take them to the polls. You can see groups of cab drivers giving free lifts for some candidates. Some neighbors help seniors and others who can’t get out easily with filling in absentee ballots. As another saying goes, every vote counts. Gray, Bowser and Evans each have hundreds of thousands of dollars for get-out-the-vote efforts. The remaining four candidates are nowhere close. ■ A final word. Our city said thank you and goodbye Saturday to Virginia Williams during a ceremony full of life at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The mother of former Mayor Tony Williams died in January in Los Angeles while visiting family members. She had shown boundless energy and love to nearly everyone she met here in the District. Longtime friend Pat Elwood recalled “the many lives she touched, the many causes she embraced. She was not a woman of words but a woman of action.” Mayor Williams, as shy as his mother was gregarious, regaled the crowd with stories of her largerthan-life presence. “He told some pretty funny stories,” Elwood told the Notebook. The mayor, who noted his mother’s rather aggressive driving habits, said that when she died, she bypassed a priest who was waiting to get into heaven. When the priest complained, God noted that when the priest gave a sermon, people fell asleep, but when Mrs. Williams drove, people prayed. Mrs. Williams loved music, was often invited to sing and had the favor returned to her on Saturday. Among the performances were the Duke Ellington Show Choir and the Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel Choir. The memorial service was handled by Tatiana Torres and Allyson Taubman, who both now work with the former mayor at the Federal City Council. Of Mrs. Williams, Pat Elwood said, “She seemed to fill a void in the lives of people.” And the people on Saturday said thank you. But it wasn’t an end. The Eugene B. Casey Foundation, which has helped restore the city’s tree canopy and once offered to finance a mayor’s mansion, donated $1 million in Mrs. Williams’ name for future student scholarships at Duke Ellington. Now we can all say amen. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Democratic group needs new leaders

The D.C. Democratic Party can have a meaningful role in cleaning up the ethical mess in D.C. and begin addressing issues such as economic disparity, affordable housing and statehood. The current D.C. Democratic State Committee has not stepped forward and shown leadership on any issue. If it is to be a do-noth-

ing group, why have it? We have the ability to vote for a new group of people to take the party forward and begin addressing problems that affect us in the District. I urge you to vote for the Rent Is Too Darn High slate. In particular, please vote for W. Philip Thomas as the Ward 3 committeeman. Thomas is an advisory neighborhood commissioner and D.C. public school teacher. He is the treasurer of the D.C. Young Democrats. Unlike the incumbents, Thomas and the other people on the Rent Is Too Darn High slate will

create a higher level of accountability and ethics for our elected officials. They are committed to fighting for affordable housing, good jobs for D.C. residents, living wages and statehood. As a neighborhood commissioner myself, I’ve been impressed with Thomas’ commitment and hard work on our behalf. He has shown that he can build relationships across the District, and he wants to bring new ideas and broader perspectives to the Democratic State Committee. Bob Summersgill Commissioner, ANC 3F07

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Why Gray deserved re-election endorsement VIEWPOINT peter rosenstein


he Current decided to withdraw its endorsement of Mayor Vincent Gray for re-election. I disagree with that decision. As described in a March 12 editorial, it appears to accept the mayor’s guilt without any proof except the words of a convicted felon, Jeffrey Thompson. I know Jeffrey Thompson and will believe the mayor over him any day of the week. If the U.S. attorney has any other proof that Mayor Gray is guilty of a crime, he owes it to the people of the District to tell us now. While some call for the mayor to address the issue of wrongdoing, isn’t that hard to do if he didn’t do anything wrong? The mayor made a heartfelt apology to the people of the District for the wrongs of the 2010 campaign. That apology was needed, even if it was late, and many of us believe it was sincere and honest. This mayor has spent a lifetime working for those who needed help and couldn’t speak out for themselves. He spent it in the nonprofit field with the ARC and Covenant House. Unlike some other members of the council, he never held a second job when serving in government, but chose instead to forgo the money he could have made. In fact he has spent only 13 years of his long working life in government. I have avoided criticizing Jack Evans or Muriel Bowser, who are respected friends of mine. But it is hard not to recognize that were it not for the 2010 campaign that some are exploiting, and if this election were simply about how well the District is doing, there would be no contested primary. Gray has built on the successes of those who came before him, as every successful person does. Anthony Williams moved the city from the control board back to self-governance. He modernized city services and again made us proud to be residents of the District. Adrian Fenty, whose platform I helped write, moved D.C. Public Schools under mayoral control to the benefit of the students of D.C. He did that with the help of Vincent

Letters to the Editor D.C. needs statehood, not just voting rights One of The Current’s March 19 editorials noted that at-large D.C. Council member David Catania had worked to get the New Hampshire House of Representatives to pass a resolution backing federal voting rights for D.C. residents. You quoted him as saying that this “was the first time in nearly 30 years that legislators from another state had raised their voices to affirm the rights of District residents to be fully represented in the United States Congress.” In fact, the Hawaii Legislature passed a similar resolution May 2013. However, as D.C. journalist Sam Smith used to point out, even with congressional voting rights, “DC would remain a full colony of the US, just as Algeria was before it gained independence even though it had representation in the French National Assembly.” We need to educate Council

Gray, then the council chairman. Fenty’s problems were all of his own making. Unfortunately he either lost the ability or didn’t care anymore to connect with people on a personal level, which is what had gotten him elected. The Washington Post recently said, “Mr. Gray, to his credit, opted not to change direction; he instead built on those strong foundations.” As Vince Gray took the reins of government, people voiced fears that he would take us back to the bad old days of Marion Barry. Contrary to that, even while accepting a Barry endorsement and friendship, Gray has instead turned out to be a very savvy administrator, taking advantage of all the opportunities that an improving economy has provided. Crime is down, student test scores are up, and economic development is booming in all eight wards. The administration has won awards for its “One City, One Hire” program and for the tech opportunities now available. Gray added $187 million to build affordable housing and has pledged an additional $100 million for next year at the same time he has added nearly $1 billion to the reserve fund to guarantee our high bond ratings. He stood up (actually sat down in an act of civil disobedience) to fight for more autonomy for the District and kept the D.C. government open during the federal shutdown. D.C. isn’t yet where we want it to be — the greatest place to live, work and play. But Gray has taken us great strides forward. He worked to make sure that people understand that the diversity of our population is what makes us great. He received the highest ratings from the Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance and the endorsement of the Latino and Asian Democratic caucuses. He won the endorsement of nearly all the major unions and the DC Chamber of Commerce — even though it’s hard to get both those constituencies to agree you are doing a great job. Vincent Gray is a decent man and a great mayor. Because our city is doing so well, there is a saying people should consider when voting: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Gray deserves your vote on April 1. Peter Rosenstein, a Dupont Circle resident, is a Democratic and LGBT activist.

member Catania and others pushing “voting rights” that the people of D.C. want statehood. Congressional “voting rights” means Congress would continue to be our unelected state legislature and control our budget and state/local legislation. Only with statehood would we get our full right to self-government and have the same rights as other Americans. Unknown to Council member Catania, New Hampshire was one of the first states to support statehood for D.C. In 1902, U.S. Sen. Jacob Gallinger, R-N.H., introduced a resolution to make D.C. a state, along with Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. We need our elected officials to clearly and unambiguously support statehood so that the more than 650,000 Americans living in what is now D.C. will finally regain the right to self-government. Ann Loikow Cleveland Park

Safeway site merits archaeological work

When the day does arrive for a redevelopment of the Palisades

Safeway, I hope the project proceeds with an understanding of the archaeological value of the location. Geographically, Safeway sits above Fletcher’s Cove, which has served over the millennia as the final berthing spot for Native Americans navigating up the Potomac River. The prehistoric stone tools found at nearby Lab School and National Park Service land provides enough evidence to suggest that the Safeway location will likely contain extensive prehistoric artifacts. Besides the area’s rich prehistory, land above Fletcher’s Boathouse is believed to be the location of the first European outpost in the area. Maryland’s Potomac Rangers established a fort in the year 1693, and archaeologists’ best guesses place it somewhere above Fletcher’s Cove. Ideally, a community-based archaeology project in the parking lot should occur before the site’s development. Any artifacts recovered at the location would then be displayed in the new commercial space. It would be a great way of including Palisades’ long history. Doug Dupin Palisades

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan â&#x2013; logan circle At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 5 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to support a resolution commending commissioner Chris Linn for his service. Linn is resigning after two years on the commission since heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be moving north to Columbia Heights. He has served as the education committee co-chair and was formerly the crime and safety committee chair. The resignation opens up a second vacant seat in the commission, after Matt Connelly resigned in January to relocate to Boston. The commission will hold special elections in April or May if more than one candidate emerges for each district. â&#x2013;  Sherri Kimbel of Ward 2 D.C.

Council member Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office reported her that office has been unable to get the appropriate response from the D.C. Department of Transportation to implement the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea of a visitor parking coupon book. She cited turnovers in the agency as among the reasons for inaction. Later, James Bulger of Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office said he would ask officials responsible for parking policy to attend the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next meeting. Commissioners said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot of stonewalling, as well as a lack of responses and accountability, from the transportation agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not acceptable,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner John Fanning. â&#x2013; commissioner Walt Cain reported that the city-owned property at 1325 S St. is not currently the subject of a request for development proposals, contrary to information that came out at the February meeting. At the past meeting, residents living near the property criticized ideas to construct a parking facility there. â&#x2013;  a Metropolitan Police Department officer reported that violent crime is down in the past 30 days. Property crime, however, is up, with most involving the theft of packages delivered to residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes. He advised the community to direct their deliveries to a trusted location where someone is available to accept them. An officer from the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undercover unit reported that a drug arrest was made in the 1300 block of Riggs Street. Police recovered cocaine and roughly $10,000. The arrest was made through a â&#x20AC;&#x153;buyand-bustâ&#x20AC;? operation, in which an undercover officer purchased drugs a few days before the incident. The vice officer said his unit has not â&#x20AC;&#x153;had a lot of issues in this area. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen a lot of individuals involved.â&#x20AC;? When someone asked why drug arrests arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t included in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crime statistics available on, the two officers said they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. The undercover unit officer also described how his unit busted prostitution activities, through hotel operations, Internet ads and undercover vehicles. â&#x2013;  James Bulger, Ward 2 liaison for Mayor Vincent Gray, provided updates from the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, including the rescheduling of the State of District address and of garbage pickups due to snow delays. â&#x2013;  James Bulger of Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and Sherri Kimbel of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office confirmed that Garrison Elementary Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full modernization funding is slated for fiscal year 2015. Kimbel said this process is 99 percent complete, meaning that the mayor still has to propose the full city budget and figure out how to implement that promise. Commissioners voted 8-0 to adopt a resolution advocating for full modernization for Garrison.

Commissioner Chris Linn said this resolution is necessary to keep officials accountable. Kimbel chimed in, saying the city has until this September to â&#x20AC;&#x153;obligate the funds.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013; Martin Moulton of the Shaw advisory neighborhood commission shared details of his groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent crime and safety resolution to provide area business with matching grants to install security cameras. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to adopt its community development committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation for concept and massing approval of a historic preservation review application for 1225 10th St., a property in historic Blagden Alley. The applicant wants to reconstruct a home that used to be at the front of the carriage house. â&#x2013;  commissioner John Fanning said the alcohol policy committee is finalizing the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy for reviewing liquor licenses. He also reported that the committee is updating its webpage to match the new liquor license updates that were part of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s omnibus bill. Fanning also announced that the committee is recruiting more members. â&#x2013;  commissioner Peter Lallas said the February crime and safety committee had a packed meeting, attended mostly by members of D.C. Stop Modern Slavery, an antihuman trafficking organization that came to address the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prostitution issues. Members discussed distinguishing between street prostitution and human trafficking, as well as the general rise of prostitution in the city. Lallas said one problem is lax enforcement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;$500 and no less than one day but no more than 90 days imprisonment for the first offense,â&#x20AC;? according to D.C. law. Lallas also reported that the neighborhood needs more bike and foot patrol officers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need a different type of police officer in an area thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most dense in the city,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to approve commissioner John Fanning as the interim education committee co-chair with resident Evelyn Boyd Simmons. â&#x2013;  commissioner Greg Melcher discussed proposed modifications to a settlement agreement with The American, an upcoming restaurant in Blagden Alley. The commission has had issues negotiating an agreement on hours of operation since many longtime residents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a bar in the neighborhood. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to terminate their current voluntary agreement for Ghana Cafe, 1336 14th St., and in favor of a replacement set of terms and conditions. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. The regularly scheduled date was changed because the meeting space was unavailable. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit



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Dupont Circle House Tour Call for House Captains


Friday, March 28, 6:30 - 9:30 PM Woman's National Democratic Club 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

Always unique and fabulous! Hundreds of extraordinary choices: A week in a Paris apartment. A week at a beach house at Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. Dupont eateries, jewelry, art, home items, fitness, beauty, and entertainment. The Auction is an evening of great company and great food from Dupont Circle restaurants, cafes and specialty food stores. Be sure to look at the Celeb Salons. Choose from among 11 notables, including Cokie & Steve Roberts, Ray Suarez and Derek McGinty, economist Alice Rivlin,and Remembering Cab Calloway, with his sister and grandson. Seats are limited, so order now! All proceeds benefit the DCV. BID: levillage/home

Remember! Street Sweeping Has Begun March 10th was the first day of the residential street sweeping season as well as enforcement. Look for the white signs with blue and red lettering for information when parking restrictions will be in effect on your street. Violations have increased to $45 this year. Street sweeping provides critical support of DC’s environment. Many thousands of pounds of dirt, debris and oils that would otherwise end up in our rivers are collected annually. DPW requests that residents pick up the litter and trash in their alleys and around their properties, rather than sweeping these items into the gutter to eventually end up in one of our rivers. SO PLEASE MOVE YOUR CARS!

DCCA Community Grant Applications

Organizations may submit grant applications for OneTime Events or needs throughout the year. DCCA’s Community Grants Policy and Grant Application Form are now available on the DCCA website at

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Sunday October 19 Noon - 5:00 PM We are planning the 2014 Dupont Circle House Tour earlier and more efficiently this year. To that end, we are inviting House Captains to volunteer now. House Captains serve as liaisons between DCCA and the homeowners who generously loan us their premises for the Tour. Captains have more responsibility than monitors, and this year based on your feedback, we’re providing more up-front involvement and socializing before House Tour Day. Over the coming months, as we confirm the participating houses for October 19, House Captains will have the opportunity to meet the owners of their assigned house, assess monitor position placements, and coordinate a cadre of volunteer monitors. Captains are encouraged to recruit friends to volunteer for this fun day. Volunteers get free admission to the tour during their off shift and are invited to the volunteer thank-you party afterwards. In selecting Captains, preference will be given to volunteers who have served as monitors for House Tour previously. Shifts run 11:30 to 2:30 and 2:15 to 5:15. To volunteer, please contact us at

22nd Annual Environmental Film Festival Our Cities, Our Planet

DCCA Membership Meeting April 7th 7:30 p.m.

Holy City Church, 1611 16th St NW Speaker: D.C. Water Representative and Potomac Riverkeeper A representative from DC Water and a member of Potomac Riverkeeper will speak about DC Water’s proposal to modify its Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) to solve the problem of combined sewer overflows into Rock Creek and the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The new proposed plan will to incorporate a large investment in green infrastructure, but will also eliminate the planned Rock Creek Park tunnel and reduce the size of the Potomac tunnel in Georgetown. While everyone is in favor of more green infrastructure, not everyone is convinced that the new solution will be as effective as the original plan. For more information, check out the Kojo Nmadi Show on this topic at

Now through March 30 Many screenings include discussion and are FREE! Many Dupont venues. The 22nd Annual Environmental Film Festival features 200 films, including 115 Washington, D.C., U.S. and world premieres, at 65 partnering venues across our nation's capital. The theme of the 2014 Festival, Our Cities, Our Planet, will examine the challenges posed by Earth’s urban environments and the efforts of the world’s cities to balance environmental and economic needs.

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Mayoral forum looks at environmental issues By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Six mayoral candidates sounded off Friday at a forum focused on city transportation policies and other â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? issues. At the event in Southeast D.C., sponsored by the United for a Healthy Anacostia River coalition, Mayor Vincent Gray faced four of his challengers in the Democratic primary: D.C. Council members Jack Evans, Vincent Orange and Tommy Wells, along with rapper Carlos Allen. Faith Dane â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or simply â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faithâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; represented the Statehood Green Party. The candidates all supported taking D.C. in a more environmentally friendly direction, but their views varied on how to make that happen. On the question of granting the D.C. Department of Transportation authority to charge market rate for residential parking permits, each candidate offered different positions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had that experience giving [the department] a blanket of authority to do something. It always backfires. A one-size-fits-all solution to our city does not work,â&#x20AC;? said Evans, who touted his approach of working with residents, businesses and religious institutions on parking issues in his densely populated Ward 2. At-large Council member Orange

said the city â&#x20AC;&#x153;should provide every household a free parking pass in their neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? In general, he described the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transportation Department as â&#x20AC;&#x153;out of controlâ&#x20AC;? and also described the revenue the city takes in from its speed camera network as excessively high. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no longer about safety,â&#x20AC;? he said. Mayor Gray skirted making a specific statement about Transportation Department policy, but pointed out more broadly that cars are becoming unsustainable modes of transportation. He went on to highlight his support for increasing alternatives such as streetcars, expanded Metro trains and bicycles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m supportive of adding 100 miles of bike lanes,â&#x20AC;? said Gray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about 50 to 57 miles of bike lanes at this stage.â&#x20AC;? Ward 6 Council member Wells, known for his agenda for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;livable, walkableâ&#x20AC;? D.C., said he would back Transportation Department initiatives to discourage car ownership, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to be a phase-in so that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a complete revolt.â&#x20AC;? Allen said he wanted to make sure that residents are â&#x20AC;&#x153;able to get parking that they already have in front of them.â&#x20AC;? However, he refrained from giving a direct answer on the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to charge market rates for parking, even when an associate in the third row prodded him to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes.â&#x20AC;?

Faith, who brought her bugle to the event, said she supports driving golf carts around the city. Most of the candidates want to ban polystyrene, a non-biodegradable material used in food packages and, according to moderator Mencer Donahue Edwardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; question, a major waste item found in local waterways. Gray noted that he has crafted a bill banning the substance. Evans and Wells also expanded their criticism to the water bottles distributed to the candidates at the forum. Allen said small businesses may not be able to afford alternative food packages, so he suggested education as the more important priority. All the candidates agreed to push for a vaster tree canopy in the city. Evans wants to make D.C. a â&#x20AC;&#x153;city of treesâ&#x20AC;? again. Gray pointed to his goals to restore canopy coverage to 40 percent of the District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take planting somewhere between 8,500 to 9,000 a year,â&#x20AC;? he said. Wells said adding more trees is part of his â&#x20AC;&#x153;holisticâ&#x20AC;? vision of turning D.C. into a LEED-certified city that would cut down waste and make more efficient use of resources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The tree canopy is part of our fight back against global warming,â&#x20AC;? he said. Absent from Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forum were entrepreneur Andy Shallal and Ward 4 Council Muriel Bowser.

Residents aim to save Spring Valley pocket park By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Bonds grew up in Ward 7, attended DC schools and UC Berkeley, raised her family in the District, four-term ANC chairperson, Georgetown University official, Perry Center board president, and corporation director.

Councilmember Bondsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; votes include: Increased minimum wage & paid sick leave for tipped workers Guaranteed college/training funding to every DC graduate Increased resources to address disparities in low performing schools Decriminalization of marijuana felony possession charges Moratorium on predatory tax lien sales Elimination of property taxes for low-income seniors 70 or older

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As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers investigates possible chemical contamination in Spring Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s groundwater, some residents are concerned about damage to a tiny park in the median of Rockwood Parkway. Spring Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s woes date to a World War I-era Army chemical weapons testing station at American University, created when the area was still largely undeveloped. In addition to caches of munitions left behind, the Army has been trying to track the underground spread of the chemical perchlorate. The Army has identified the park as the best location for a new groundwater monitoring well â&#x20AC;&#x201D; joining 53 already installed in the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which will identify whether contamination has spread into this section of the neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That particular site does meet our project objectives and looks like the most viable option,â&#x20AC;? agency spokesperson Andrea Takash said in an interview. But some residents are crying foul, according to Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commissioner Nan Wells. Neighbors have dedicated themselves to planting bushes and small trees on the spot at the corner of Rockwood Parkway and Glenbrook Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and working in challenging shade at that. Although the Army would restore any area damaged during the well construction, neighbors arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t convinced it would be easy to replant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a very difficult place to do restoration, and it took [residents] two years to do it before,â&#x20AC;? Wells said at the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 5 meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the Army needs to take another look at this and work with us, and preserve this beautiful park.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The question is whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really necessary to wreck what residents consider to be this jewel,â&#x20AC;? added commissioner Tom Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These people have spent an enormous amount of our own money because the District wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put any resources into protecting this land

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Spring Valley residents want to preserve this small park in the median of Rockwood Parkway.

or restoring it.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood commission voted unanimously to ask the Army to find another site. Takash said yesterday that the Army has investigated other locations but they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out. One area of flexibility, though, is where on the median to dig the well, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re committed to working with the local residents and hearing their concerns, and the exact location on the island has not been decided and the plan is not final,â&#x20AC;? said Takash. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Until the plan is final and until we get a public space permit, nothing is in stone.â&#x20AC;? Although Takash emphasized that no decisions have been finalized, she said the Army isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t currently considering any other sites. In an interview this week, Wells said some neighbors may organize a protest at the park if well-drilling does commence there. In response to a neighborhood rumor that the Army was threatening to arrest demonstrators, Takash said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, no, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free speech.â&#x20AC;? Another new well coming to the Spring Valley area is due soon near Sibley Memorial Hospital, according to Takash. The combined cost of the two wells is about $150,000.

A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

March 26, 2014 â&#x2013; Page 13

Logan Circle condo offers unique city living


ew on the market is an industrial-style loft condo near the bustling 14th Street corridor of Logan Circle. The two-


bedroom and three-and-half-bath Unit E of 1426 Rhode Island Ave. is on sale for $699,996. The home is in the company of other condos and town houses molded from local architect Dudley Cannadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contemporary vision. This residential complex was built well before the popular neighborhood became one of the most sought-after real estate markets in the city. Although located on a busy avenue and intersection, the condo is shielded from traffic. This rear property offers four levels of unique city living, including a rooftop deck. A rentable efficiency unit on the bottom level counts as the second bedroom and third bathroom. The unit can be accessed through a side gate and across a small courtyard. A set of iron stairs leads up to the warehouse-designed entrance to the main floor. (The efficiencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance is right

beneath these steps.) Refinished wood floors run throughout the main level, starting in an elongated entrance hallway. This hallway passes a half bath and coat closet and ends at the kitchen on the east side. This spot features white cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops and neoart-deco light fixtures. It connects to a living area enhanced by soaring ceilings and pendant lights. Tall windows surround the space, and a wood-burning fireplace sits in the southwest corner. The three flights of stairs are a combination of floating and traditional steps with quarter landings. Carpeted steps run up to the upperlevel rooms. The second floor, with an open

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This industrial-style loft condo near the 14th Street corridor is priced at $699,996. It offers two bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.

layout that can serve as either a sitting area or den, almost functions as an interior balcony overlooking the main hallway. It offers a full bath and standing shower, a laundry closet with a stacked washer and dryer, and a utility closet. The master bedroom is on the third floor, where it is surrounded by windows. This bright spot opens directly to a large gilded bathroom thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similarly sunwashed by two


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The unit also comes with its own private parking garage on the bottom level. It can be accessed from a door on the main floor at the end of the hallway. This two-bedroom, three-andhalf-bath home, Unit E at 1426 Rhode Island Ave., is offered at $699,996. For more information on this property, contact Realtor Elizabeth Russell of Long & Foster Real Estate at, 202-966-2598 (direct) or 301-5800540 (cell).

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The Current

Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School


We went to the Kennedy Center on Monday and we saw “Orphie and the Book of Heroes”! It was awesome. It was about a girl who lived with Homer, the poet, and read about the great heroes of Greece. When Homer is taken by Hades, the god of the underworld, Orphie goes to rescue him and meets the Sirens, Atlas, Hermes and Heracles. Finally she gets there and finds Homer and the Book of Heroes safe and untouched. She kills Hades and brings the Book of Heroes back to the children of Greece. — Theodore Braddock and Parker Davidson, fourth-graders

paint, glasses, scarves, suits, ties and much more to complete the look of the president. Students went up in front of the three classes and spoke for six to eight minutes as if they were their president. The project was a success. Everyone in the room was able to learn about 10 different presidents. The audience was able to see what the president would look like and we were able to hear some new, interesting facts. — Ashay Amam, Marcos Moglia, Emily Reagan and Ignacio Toro, fourth-graders

Annunciation Catholic School

British School of Washington

The fourth-grade class at Annunciation Catholic School was assigned to construct a three-page report and an oral presentation on a specific president. Each student had to make a speech in front of the second-, third- and fourth-grade students and teachers. This project helped us learn many new facts about history and U.S. presidents. Each student wrote a two- to three-page paper discussing the life of their president. They talked about their life before, during and after the presidency. The names of each assigned president were chosen at random so students were able to explore new people. Each child researched, gathered notes, completed an outline and formulated a well-written report to turn in to the teacher. Then came the oral presentations, which were pushed to the limit! Each student had to dress up as the president they were assigned for the presentation. Students used

The students of Year 9 London have undertaken some fantastic learning. Recently in English we have been focused on poetry from World War I. This allowed us to make many strong links and connections to our work from the start of the year in history. In PE we have also been working on fitness, building on our speed, agility and balance, which we have found very challenging but really enjoyed. One member of our form recently went on a school trip to Tanzania. We really enjoyed his assembly on Monday where he shared this experience with us and the rest of the school. He spoke very passionately about the young children he worked with and the inspiring things he saw and experienced. At the end of last week we had an amazing time at our Spring Hangout at laser tag. As a school we were able to vote for the activity that we wanted to participate in and

this was by far the most popular event. This was great because it gave us the opportunity to hang out with our teachers and friends outside of school doing something that was really fun. — Year 9 London (eighth-graders)

Deal Middle School

The “Divergent” craze is sweeping the nation — including the hallways of Deal Middle School. The critically acclaimed book, soon to be a movie out in theaters, is capturing the eyes of many students. To build enthusiasm, students recently planned a “Divergent” party after school in the library. Popular activities included magnetic darts and temporary tattoos of the different faction symbols from the book. We also watched previews and clips of the upcoming movie and drank “truth serum” (that was really pink lemonade). If you like “The Hunger Games,” you’ll like “Divergent,” but make sure you read the book before you see the movie. — Aidan Moorehead, Marina Pariser and Ricardo Sheler, sixth-grader

Eaton Elementary

Are fifth-graders nice? Do they want to be nicer? We came up with a survey to find out what fifth-graders really think about being kind. We asked 50 fifth-graders three questions. Here are the questions and results: 1. Did a fellow student do something nice for you today? Yes: 30, No: 20 2. Did you do something nice for a fellow student today? Yes: 45, No: 5 3. Do you think that fifth-graders

could be nicer to each other? Yes: 47, No: 3 Our results were interesting. Most kids said that they did something nice for someone else (45 of 50) but when we asked if someone did something nice for them, the positive numbers dropped by 15 (30 of 50). This tells us that kids think they are being nice to each other but it might not always be obvious. We know that fifth-graders know right from wrong, but maybe they just don’t show it enough. Because 47 of 50 students said that we should be nicer to each other, we asked how we could do that. Students said that we need to encourage each other more and have each other’s backs more. Others said to not act bossy. We thought of some specific suggestions to help fifth-graders always remember to be nice: Give compliments, be polite, stay helpful and stand up for each other. We know that everyone wants to be nice, so we hope they will show it. — Christina Spraggins, Jiavonni Smith, Lael Hameed and Megan Andrews, fifth-graders

Edmund Burke School

This year Edmund Burke School really got into the spirit of the Olympics. The dean of students worked hard to bring lots of fun ideas and events to get the entire school involved. We had a special speaker who teaches the Olympic sport of curling at the Potomac Curling Club. Using footage of curling, she explained the rules and play of the sport to those of us who had little knowledge of the sport. Also, we had a giant TV in the atrium, which displayed the Olympics games all day long so that students and teachers could keep up with the scores and winners of the various events. Ninth-grader Nikita Snejnevski, a Russian, ran into our assembly with an Olympic torch bringing the Olympic spirit to the school. The flame (made of paper and lights)

Georgetown Day School

Before leaving for spring break, some students were involved in the recent UnCommon Alliance: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Conference. The second annual and all-day event was jointly hosted by Georgetown Day and E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, at our high school campus. The conference, involving 13 area schools, strives to create connections and collaborations among the attending schools while including breakout sessions for students to meet STEM professionals and learn from presentations by keynote speakers. For more detailed information, visit Our rigorous, but flourishing, art department recently produced two more accolade-receiving high school students. Seniors Victoria Finnegan and Nick Dippelsman both received Scholastic Silver Medal awards in the digital art category. These students are the only individuals in D.C. to win Scholastic art awards. As most of our sports teams compete in their first few games of the spring season, our coed crew team recently held its annual “Row to Stotes Ergathon.” The event, involving crew members on indoor rowing machines, aimed to raise funds for the team’s annual trip to See Dispatches/Page 15





“burned” at the entrance of the school. We went skating and played floor hockey. Although I am not a huge sports fan, Burke made the whole Olympics fun and exciting. The students at Burke had a lot of interest in this three-week event and the teachers really had a blast. Some of the teachers were crowned for goofy awards and others made a small fan zone of Barbies for the Olympics, including an Olympic bobsled run! The Sochi 2014 Olympics were celebrated in a great way at Burke and had us all learning new things and having a fun time. — Hallie Friedman, ninth-grader




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Hearst Elementary

At Hearst, we learned about animals. Animals can be classified in different ways such as whether they have a backbone or where they live. Tigers, lions and humans are mammals. They have fur, breathe through their lungs and feed milk to their young. Mammals have backbones. An insect is an animal with an antenna, no backbone and a hard shell. Amphibians are another group of animals. Most amphibians, such as geckos, toads, frogs and salamanders, start their life in water and then move to land. 
 — Sydney Adamske, Moxie Coleman-Miller, Zoe McCue, Victor Colque, Faris Sheppard, Matthew Snowden and Beatrix Stone, second-graders

Janney Elementary

A new special arrived at Janney this year — performing arts, for kindergarten through third grade! Last year, Janney’s principal Ms.

Norah Lycknell and the PTA wanted the kids at Janney to have more opportunities to speak in front of others and gain self-confidence. So they decided to create this special where students will learn to act out with their body and voice. In performing arts, the kids are learning and at the same time having fun. We asked Ms. Gillian Ramsey, who is in charge of performing arts, what kind of experience it was for her. She said, “It is fun to see kids grow and express themselves in different ways. I teach something called kinesthetic learning. Kinesthetic learning is learning by doing.” We asked some of the kids participating in performing arts about their experiences. First-grader Zara Rock said, “I like how we get to listen to different kinds of music and dance to it.” Kindergartner Amaia Catan said, “I like when we act out stories.” Performing arts is a fun, educational and moving special that kid love. Ms. Ramsey reads stories to the children and builds confidence in the children. They can now go on the stage and act with much confidence, read a book to the class and have as much fun as any kid might have. Ms. Ramsey, the PTA and Ms. Lycknell have done an amazing

job with this special. — Rachel Suissa and Amanda McHugh, fourth-graders

Mann Elementary

Mrs. Iger and Mr. Blum’s firstgrade class, the Persistent Pandas, has been studying maps and learning how to draw routes on maps. On March 5, to practice our skills, we did a hunt to find Mrs. Iger’s earmuffs and Mr. Blum’s scarf. There were two groups, one with each teacher. Every kid got a map, followed the directions and drew the route that they walked. We found Mrs. Iger’s earmuffs in kindergarten with Ms. Rincon and Ms. Martling, and Mr. Blum’s scarf in Ms. Duarte and Ms. Chohan’s firstgrade classroom. All the kids were very excited and everybody loved this project. Some kids said, “Can we do it again and again and again?” Mr. Blum said, “Due to the intrepid map reading skills of the Persistent Pandas, my scarf was returned and my neck is now warm. Thank you, Persistent Pandas!” — Ava Serafino, first-grader

Maret School

Everyone knows the best part of a snow day is the SNOW! In Part I of our series, some of Ms. King’s first-graders made recommenda-

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 tions for indoor activities to try out on your next snow day. Now, let’s head outside! Jayne enjoys having snowball fights. Being an expert, she offered this advice: If the snow doesn’t pack well, you can use slush to keep your snowball from breaking apart. If you’re going to start a snowball fight, Gabriela recommends you build a snow fort to protect yourself. Though you might feel safe, don’t forget to make extra snowballs just in case someone attacks you! Leftover snowballs can be used to make a snowman. To build a snowman, Shahmeer says you need a shovel to gather additional snow, sticks for arms, a carrot for the nose and blueberries for the eyes and mouth. The carrot and blueberries also make a tasty snack. Asante suggests that you could also make snow angels. His best tip for making a snow angel is to keep the rest of your body still while you move your arms and legs up and down. If you have a sled, Zach knows a great spot to go! There are a couple of really steep hills near Wilson High School (but don’t let too many


people know). Sophia likes ice skating and skiing, and Raquel likes to run and leap into the snow. — Ms. King’s first-graders

National Presbyterian School

The fifth-grade class at National Presbyterian School has wonderful teachers and great things to learn about and study this winter. In social studies we have just recently finished our unit on ancient Egypt and had a test on Feb. 28. On this test, we had questions on religion, the Nile River, geography of Egypt, everyday life and different vocabulary words. In math we are learning about fractions and how to simplify them, add mixed fractions, subtract and list different fractions from least to greatest. In language arts we are brainstorming ideas for an upcoming essay. In reading, we are divided into four groups that each have a different reading schedule and different books that we read. Science is also a big part of our weekly classes. Currently we are studying chemistry, which includes mixtures See Dispatches/Page 26


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Wednesday, March 26

Wednesday march 26 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. â&#x2013;  Susan Lowell will lead a tai chi class. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Ravi Coltrane Quartet will present an evening of jazz in honor of John Coltrane and the 50th anniversary of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Love Supreme.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. lisner. â&#x2013;  A singer-songwriter showcase will feature Eli Perry, David Bavas and Andres Gallego. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Vinyl Lounge, Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Orthopedist Anthony Unger will discuss hip replacements and the direct anterior approach. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 2, Sibley Medical Building, 5255 Loughboro Road NW. 202-660-6683. â&#x2013;  Mark Harris will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital,

National Geographic will present a talk by composer, performer and producer Chris Beaty on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Score: Music in Film.â&#x20AC;? After the talk, Beaty will demonstrate how a composer looks at a film as he scores a film clip live on stage. 7:30 p.m. $15. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Films â&#x2013; The K-Cinema series will present Nam Taek-sooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Door,â&#x20AC;? about a Korean pop superstar who is ordered to complete 300 hours of community service in a hospice for the terminally ill. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reel Portraits: The Legacy of Jane Jacobsâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by Matt Tyrnauer on his filmin-progress, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Matter of Death and Life,â&#x20AC;? which looks at cities through the lens of Jane Jacobs, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Death and Life of Great American Cities.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. The film festival will continue through Sunday with screenings at various venues; details are available at â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present Tetsunori Kikuchiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Satoyama: Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Forest.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW.



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â&#x2013; The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;May I Be Frank: A Film About Sex, Drugs and â&#x20AC;Ś Transformation,â&#x20AC;? about Frank Ferranteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life-changing experience as he is coached physically, emotionally and spiritually by young staff members at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vegan Cafe Gratitude. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present short student films. A panel discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  NCM Fathom Events will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano,â&#x20AC;? captured live from Las Vegas. 7 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Avi Nesherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wonders,â&#x20AC;? about a graffiti artist and bartender who lives near the Old City of Jerusalem. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, One Mic Creative Ecosystem and Split This Rock will present a performance by Joy Harjo, Gayle Danley, Sarah Browning, Pages Matam, Jonathan B. Tucker, Alisha Gregory, Camisha Jones and three members of the DC Youth Slam Team. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nalagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not by Bread Alone.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $29. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Readings â&#x2013;  U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (shown) will announce her selections for the Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual Witter Bynner Fellowship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; HonorĂŠe Fanonne Jeffers and the late Jake Adam York â&#x20AC;&#x201D; followed by a reading from their work. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. â&#x2013;  The Visiting Writers Series will feature poet David Wojahn. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Phoenix Suns. 7 p.m. $6 to $332. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Thursday, March 27

Thursday march 27 Benefit â&#x2013; Friends of McMillan Park will hold a cocktail party fundraiser to benefit the Save McMillan Park Legal Fund. 6:30 p.m. $100. 410 GoodBuddy Gallery, 410 Florida Ave. NW. 202-237-0427. Class â&#x2013;  Knowledge Commons DC will pres-

Thursday, march 27 â&#x2013; Concert: As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio will perform works by Brahms, Ravel and Ikebe. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. ent a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democratizing Wealth: Getting Involved With a Credit Union.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, Nomadic Wax will present the London-based duo Native Sun performing a fusion of hip-hop and African rhythms. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Korean hip-hop stars Dynamic Duo will perform. A Q-and-A session will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Reverend Peytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Damn Band will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $30. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Jesse Dee will perform a mix of R&B and soul music. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Scholar John Bew and historian Robert Kagan will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Realpolitik and American Exceptionalism.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. â&#x2013;  Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking Back Power: Working People and the Path to 2020.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Self-taught artist Allan McCollum will discuss his career. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  AurĂŠlie Biard of the Centre for International Studies and Research will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power and Muslim Orthodoxy in Kyrgyzstan.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Patrick Sheary, curator of furnishings at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, will discuss technology in Golden Age homes and its use at Ander-

son House. 6 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013; Textile Museum research associate Carol Bier will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symmetry in Carpet and Textiles.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $20 to $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Sulieman Mleahat, education program manager at American Near East Refugee Aid, and Brad Parker, international advocacy officer and state attorney at Defense for Children International Palestine, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Rights and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rights in Palestine: Legal, Developmental, and Educational Perspectives.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations With Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Icelandic sculptor KatrĂ­n SigurÄ&#x2018;ardĂłttir, known for embodying distance and memory in architecture, cartography and traditional landscapes, in conversation with Joyce Tsai, postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Modern Art. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $20; free for students. Reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Whodunnit Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Then There Were Noneâ&#x20AC;? by Agatha Christie. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will discus â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Right Tree for Me.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  JosĂŠ R. Dinneny of the Carnegie Institution for Scienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Plant Biology will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roots and the Hidden Half of Plant Biology.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-3286988. â&#x2013;  The group Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Toast to Women Bartenders!â&#x20AC;? featuring Lynnette Marrero, Meaghan Dorman, Misty Kalkofen and Kristen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kittyâ&#x20AC;? Amann. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  New York University politics professor Steven Brams will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $28 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Middle East expert Walid Phares will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The Central American Resource Center, also known as CARECEN, will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Become a U.S. Citizen.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  The Mount Pleasant Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book club will discuss Peter Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Twentythirtysomething Book Club â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a casual discussion group for ages 21 through 35 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will delve into â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Love Song of Jonny Valentineâ&#x20AC;? by Teddy Wayne. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requires. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiction Fun!â&#x20AC;? series, led by the See Events/Page 17

Continued From Page 16 Very Rev. Gary Hall, will feature a discussion of “The Circle” by Dave Eggers. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Batenahl House, 3525 Woodley Road NW. ■ The Bishop McCabe Lecture Series will feature a talk by Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of EpiBone and author of “Super Cells: Building With Biology.” 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. bishopmccabe/speakers.cfm. ■ Hip-hop star Nas and author, radio host and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson will discuss Nas’ career, the impact of his debut album “Illmatic” and the current state of hip-hop. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Films ■ The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will present the 1939 film “The City” and the 1940 film “Man and Dust.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum will present Nancy Buirski’s film “The Loving Story,” about the Supreme Court’s 1967 ruling on miscegenation laws. A discussion with Ayo HandyKendi of PositivEnergyWorks LLC and Joy Kinard of the National Park Service will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-667-2667. ■ The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will feature the D.C. premiere of “It’s All True,” about Orson Welles’ ill-fated attempt to make an anthology film about South American life and culture. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-1410. ■ The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will present Charles Guggenheim’s 1969 film “HR 6161: An Act of Congress,” tracing the history of a bill to amend the Clean Air Act from conception to final passage. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., will make introductory remarks, and a discussion with Washington Post senior correspondent Bob Kaiser will follow. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Performances ■ As part of the “World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,” the National Theatre of China will present the U.S. premiere of “Green Snake,” a contemporary staging of the Chinese myth in which goddesses and mortals find themselves beyond redemption. 7:30 p.m. $29 to $69. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ■ The Washington Improv Theater will open its Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament, an elimination-style bracketed competition with 73 teams competing for audience favor. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $12 to $14. Source, 1835 14th St. NW.


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Events Entertainment The competition will continue through April 12. Reading ■ The Split This Rock Poetry Festival will present a reading by Joy Harjo, Dunya Mikhail and Danez Smith. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. Special events ■ The Library of Congress will present “Illustrating the Persian Book: The Happy Marriage of Literacy and Visual Narrative,” featuring a lecture, panel discussion and tour in celebration of the new exhibit “A Thousand Years of the Persian Book.” 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4518. ■ Covenant Christian Community Pastor Maybelle Bennett and author John Harris III will present “Utopia: The Unknown Journey,” featuring poetry, meditation, open dialogue and music. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW. ■ The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, will host a Humanitini Happy Hour, featuring a panel discussion exploring the unique language styles of Washingtonians. Speakers will include Natalie Schilling and Minnie Annan of the Language and Communication in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area research project conducted by the Georgetown University Linguistics Department. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. The Coupe, 3415 11th St. NW. ■ Pianist Robert Wyatt, co-editor of “The George Gershwin Reader,” will lead a program on Gershwin’s life and legacy, featuring live performances, rare film footage and archival recordings. 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40 to $47. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. Friday,march March 28 28 Friday Benefit ■ The Dupont Circle Village will host its annual silent auction, featuring entertainment by the swing band Some Like It Hot and sale items such as art, photography, decorative apparel and jewelry. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $35 to $45; ticket includes buffet and a glass of wine. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Rebecca Clarke, Lee Hoiby and Amy Beach. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ The Friday Music Series will present pianist Edvinas Minkstimas. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. ■ As part of the Kennedy Center’s “One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide” festival, Nomadic Wax will present the Korean hip-hop group Dynamic Duo. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Harmony and other Georgetown University singing groups will present a spring concert to raise money for One Body Village, an organization combating child sex trafficking. 7:30 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. ■ As part of the Stanley Yeskel Memori-


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1915), will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and continue through July 27. Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ Cleveland Park artist Jill Finsen will begin exhibiting her oil paintings Friday at the Baked & Wired coffee shop and bakery. On view through April 15, the works include landscapes and still lifes that fall between abstraction and realism. Located at 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, the shop is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 202-333-2500. ■ “Centerfold Artist,” a podcast project-turned-exhibition aimed at spotlighting “the person behind the artist,” will open Saturday with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Project 4. The personal preferences and quirks of 12 artists (one for each month) are highlighted in the multimedia exhibit, which will “Vased Leaves” will be continue through May 3. part of an exhibit of Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the galJill Finsen’s work. lery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. ■ “A Year in Japan,” featuring works on paper, oil paintings of sumo wrestlers and cut paper-and-watercolor matchbox dioramas by New York artist Kate T. Williamson, will open Monday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Inter-American Development Bank Staff Association Art Gallery. The exhibit will continue through April 11. al Concert Series, the Aeolus Quartet (shown) and pianists Malinee Peris and Ieva Jokubaviciute will perform works by Haydn, Theofanidis and Dvorák. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Post Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-994-6245. ■ The S&R Foundation’s third annual Overtures Spring Concert Series will feature Elijah Jamal Balbed on saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass and drums. 7:30 p.m. $65. Evermay Estate, 1623 28th St. NW. ■ The Embassy Series will present cellist Adrian Daurov and pianist Di Wu performing works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. 7:30 p.m. $150. Embassy of the Russian Federation, 2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-625-2361. ■ Cabinet and the Brummy Brothers will perform. 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Sean Theriault, associate professor of government at the University of Texas, will discuss his book “The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress.” Noon. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Timothy Heleniak, professor of geography at George Washington University, will discuss “Polar Peoples: Migration and Pop-

Koboyashi Kiyochika’s “Sumida River by Night,” is part of a new exhibit at the Sackler Gallery. Located at 1300 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-623-2217. ■ “Old Jewish Town Within Us,” exploring the history and legends of Jewish Prague as told through the paintings, drawings, prints and textiles of Mark Podwal, will open April 3 with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. The reception will include a lecture on “Recreating the Golem: From the Talmud to Kafka,” and the exhibit will continue through April 16. To RSVP for the reception, send an email by April 1 to, putting “Golem” in the subject line. Located at 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, the embassy is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 202-274-9100. ■ International Visions Gallery recently opened a retrospective for Betty Murchison, who spent her life examining intimate moments and relationships between girls and women. An opening reception will take place April 5 from 2 to 5 p.m., and the show will continue through April 26. Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-2345112. ■ “Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection,” featuring 70 paintings and sculptures donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum by artist Roby (19071986), opened recently and will continue through Aug. 17. Located at 9th and G streets NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000.

ulation Change in the Arctic.” 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 219, Old Main Building, George Washington University, 1922 F St. NW. ■ Master photographer Allen Rokach will discuss “Photographic Secrets of an Orchid and Flower Lover.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333.

■ Michio Kaku, co-founder of string theory, will discuss his book “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ In conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, American University’s Center for See Events/Page 18

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Continued From Page 17 Environmental Filmmaking will present the U.S. premiere of the Spanish film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop! Rodando el Cambioâ&#x20AC;? (shown), about a road trip through the Spanish countryside, at 6 p.m.; and the D.C. premiere of Sylvia Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roaming Wild,â&#x20AC;? about an invisible battle being watched across the American West over natural resources, water and even freedom, at 8 p.m. Free. Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cherry Blossom J-Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Hideki Wadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Way of Life,â&#x20AC;? followed by a Q-and-A with Wada. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. Meeting â&#x2013;  A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6; free for first-time players. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Visible Fictions will present the U.S. premiere of a new, two-actor production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventures of Robin Hoodâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 8 and older). 7 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,â&#x20AC;? South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baxter Theatre Centre will present the U.S. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solomon and Marion,â&#x20AC;? starring Dame Janet Suzman as one of two injured souls searching for redemption in a fragile, post-apartheid South Africa. 7:30 p.m. $49. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, NSO Pops will present rapper and actor Nas in a 20th-anniversary celebration of his debut album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illmatic.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20 to $125. Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  The Split This Rock Poetry Festival


Events Entertainment will present a reading by Anne Waldman, Tim Seibles, Maria Melendez Kelson and Karen Skolfield, winner of the 2014 poetry contest. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. Special event â&#x2013; The Glover Park Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Free-for-Allâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a film or games, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and a dinner, from 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Indiana Pacers. 7 p.m. $10 to $635. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Saturday, March 29

Saturday march 29 Book fairs â&#x2013; To benefit women and children in need, United Methodist Women will sponsor a sale of used books, CDs, DVDs and audio books. Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; readings of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books from 10 to 11 a.m. Free admission. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. â&#x2013;  The Split This Rock Poetry Festival will host a book fair featuring small presses and organizations with a social justice focus. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Tim Marrone in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clowning Around With Shakespeare.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  A Cherry Blossom Tea Party Storytime will feature springtime songs and spring-themed books. 10:30 a.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  GALita, a family theater program, will present Cornelia Codyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bilingual adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Platero y yo,â&#x20AC;? about a young poet and his donkey as they journey through the Andalusian countryside. 3 p.m. $10 to $12. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat April 5 at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  An aromatherapy workshop will offer a chance to play with herbs, oils and dyes to create mood-lifting gifts for friends and family (for ages 6 through 12). 3:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park


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NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tree Fest: Celebrate the Canopy!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; honoring Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;witness treesâ&#x20AC;? and the planting of a white oak in the North Garden to replace a towering sentinel lost last year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature games, puppets, storytelling, a tree tour and an artisanal Market Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.

Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead a Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month planetarium program about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Astronomy Stars: Women Who Changed the Nightâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Master photographer Allen Rokach will begin a two-day workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Digital Photography as Art.â&#x20AC;? 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $185 to $200. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The class will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crowns and Conflicts: The Royal Ambitions of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Concerts â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, Shokanti will perform his unique blend of hip-hop with the rhythms and soul of Cape Verde, Africa. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Move, One Groove,â&#x20AC;? the fifth annual Groove Theory Hip-Hop Showcase, will feature Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-ed hip-hop team Groove Theory performing with other university groups and area hiphop teams and crews. 7:30 p.m. $7 to $10. Gaston Hall, Healy Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Washington Conservatory of Music faculty members will present a classical music concert to benefit music student scholarships. 8 p.m. Free admission; donations accept at door. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. â&#x2013;  Bharatanatyam soloist and choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy and an ensemble of musicians will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sannidhi (Sacred Space).â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20 to $35.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society and Howard Theatre will present jazz pianist Jon Batiste and the band Stay Human. 8 p.m. $30. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-785-9727. â&#x2013;  Grammy nominee Johnny Clegg will perform his vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms. 8 p.m. $30 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-9946800. â&#x2013;  The bands Tauk, Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blues of Richmond and Deaf Scene will perform. 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Jambo Africa Child Hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international seminar on recognizing and preventing domestic abuse will feature Eliserena Kimolo, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president and founder; Queen Afi Gaston, founder of Domestic Violence Wears Many Tags; Harriet Shang-

Saturday, march 29 â&#x2013; Concert: The WRGW Spring Showcase will feature the indie folk rock group River City Extension. 8 p.m. $10 to $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. arai, a registered nurse and the founder of Brothers and Sisters of Africa; and Kenny L. Mitchell, author of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loves Me Notâ&#x20AC;? series. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 240-701-1602. â&#x2013;  Textile collectors Jim and Connie Henderson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Benefits and Pleasures of Documenting Your Collection.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  The James Renwick Alliance will present a panel discussion with educators Dan Dailey, Peter Held, Glen Kaufman and Patti Warashina discussing materialism and the artists that focus primarily on their craft medium. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Organization for Chinese American Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maryland Chapter and the National Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of International Affairs will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dialogue With China: Wildlife Conservation.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Greatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Patronage,â&#x20AC;? a symposium on the Russian empress will feature talks by scholars Anton Fedyashin, Priscilla Roosevelt, Cynthia Hyla Whittaker, Scott Ruby and Eric Lohr. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $20 to $65. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. â&#x2013;  Paul Taylor will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Edwin Lyman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Alan Gregerman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Necessity of Strangers: The Intriguing Truth About Insight, Innovation, and Success,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Artist Christian Marclay will discuss his work. 4 p.m. Free. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Family programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discover Your Signature Style: Making Their Mark Family Dayâ&#x20AC;? will offer handson activities showing the many ways people have placed their signature on history. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Boeing Learning Center, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets

Festival â&#x2013; The fourth annual Blossom Kite Festival will feature various competitions and demonstrations, including the Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Washington Monument grounds, Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW. Films â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nature Unfolds,â&#x20AC;? featuring animated shorts the United States, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  The Ballet in Cinema series will present a 1966 production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swan Lakeâ&#x20AC;? featuring Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202419-3456. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will feature DeSiree Fawnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valleyâ&#x20AC;? and Bernard Guerriniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Naturopolis: New York, the Green Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, the Phillips Collection will present Jean-Pierre Devillersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edward Hopper and the Blank Canvas,â&#x20AC;? about the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scenes of 20th-century America and their social context. 2 p.m. $10 to $12; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will feature the 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raising Shrimp,â&#x20AC;? about the economic and medical perils of an outsourced food supply. A discussion with Dave Love of the Center for a Livable Future will follow. 2 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Pacho Velez and Stephanie Sprayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manakamana,â&#x20AC;? featuring 11 fixed-camera portraits of contemporary pilgrims making an ancient, ritualistic journey to a sacred temple in Nepal via a cable car. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present the 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shooting in the Wild,â&#x20AC;? about the world of natural history filmmaking. A discussion with filmmaker Chris Palmer will follow. 6 p.m. Free. Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, American See Events/Page 19

Continued From Page 18 Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farming for the Future: Enduring Traditions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Innovative Practices,â&#x20AC;? featuring five short films and a panel discussion. 7 p.m. Free. Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013; As part of the annual Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will host staged readings of contemporary plays by women playwrights. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his dance company will hold a public rehearsal for their second original dance work in conjunction with the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing the Dreamâ&#x20AC;? exhibition. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Additional public rehearsals will be held April 5 and 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014â&#x20AC;? will feature a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fallujah,â&#x20AC;? a chamber opera by Heather Raffo and Tobin Stokes about the human and social effects of the legacy of the Iraq War. 3 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the States Gallery a half hour before the performance. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Telephone Dance Project will present a participatory, site-specific dance experience by leading a series of simple movement improvisations to create a work of art on the spot. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Kogod Couryard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Solo artist Quique Aviles will present his new show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tongue: Sin Pelos en La Lengua (Telling It Like It Is),â&#x20AC;? about his experiences with language in D.C. over the past three decades. 8 p.m. $15. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. The performance will repeat April 5 at 8 p.m.


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Events Entertainment 4 p.m. $25 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Atlanta Hawks. 8 p.m. $9 to $578. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Sunday, March 30

Sunday march 30 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; The American Immigration Lawyers Association will present an information session on how to become a U.S. citizen. 1:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will host a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crafting Fiction on the Micro Level.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

Special event â&#x2013; The Society of the Cincinnati will host an Anderson House Birthday Celebration with extended hours, guided tours and birthday cake 109 years to the day after Larz and Isabel Anderson declared their Washington home complete and ready for entertaining. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Chai Notes, Cornell Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewish a cappella group, will perform. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Soprano Alessandra Marc, tenor Issachah Savage (shown) and pianist Francis Conlon will perform songs, operatic scenes and spirituals. 5 p.m. Free; donations accepted to benefit the Haiti Relief Fund Charities. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-441-7678. â&#x2013;  Cellist Philip Higham will perform works by Bach and Britten. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Guest organist Nicholas Bideler will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, Cuban-born duo Las Krudas and Senegalese musicians KEUR-GUI will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Marimba player Naoko Takada will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present Gianandrea Noseda conducting the Israel Philharmonic in an all-French program. 7 p.m. $55 to $175. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-7859727. â&#x2013;  The American roots group Bumper Jacksons will celebrate the release of their album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come Inâ&#x20AC;? with a folk percussion show featuring Christylez Bacon and Steve Hickman. 8 p.m. $12 to $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.

Sporting events â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Boston Bruins. 12:30 p.m. $84 to $677. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Detroit Tigers in an exhibition game. 2:05 p.m. $10 to $80. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Chicago Fire.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Iris Krasnow will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex After â&#x20AC;Ś: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Jeremy Rifkin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Readings â&#x2013; The Split This Rock Poetry Festival will present a reading by Claudia Rankine, Eduardo C. Corral, Myra Sklarew and Gayle Danley, at 4:30; and by Yusef Komunyakaa, Wang Ping and Franny Choi, at 8:30 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW.

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Supreme Court hits stage Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present New York City-based theater ensemble Elevator Repair Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arguendoâ&#x20AC;? April 1 through 27. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arguendoâ&#x20AC;? is a playful, witty theatricalization of a 1991

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Supreme Court case in which a group of go-go dancers cited constitutional protections to challenge an Indiana state ban on public nudity. Using verbatim oral arguments and projections by visual artist Ben Rubin, the play introduces the justices as they try to get to the bottom of this First Amendment puzzle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the attorneys as they try to keep up. The production marks the New York companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first extended stay in D.C. Following each performance, a different legal expert â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ranging from U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg to the American Civil Liberties Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Spitzer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will lead a discussion of issues raised by the play. Tickets start at $35. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; â&#x2013; The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present the international hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brief Encounterâ&#x20AC;? March 29 through April 13 at the Lansburgh Theatre. The touring production by Cornish theater company Kneehigh â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a new creation based on the iconic 1945 movie and NoĂŤl Cowardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-act play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Still Lifeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; switches seamlessly between live theater and projected film footage. When Laura, a married woman traveling into town to shop, gets a speck of dust in her eye, handsome Dr. Alec Harvey is quick to help her. From this chance encounter an irresistible passion grows. Tickets cost $30 to $75. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; â&#x2013;  American University will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inherit the Windâ&#x20AC;? March 27 through 29 at the Greenberg Theatre. Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inherit the Windâ&#x20AC;? was inspired by the Scopes Monkey Trial in a small Tennessee town in 1925. Tickets cost $10 to $15. Greenberg Theatre is located at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587; â&#x2013;  George Washington University will present the 1937 musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cradle Will Rockâ&#x20AC;? March 27 through 30 at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Past Belief: Visions of Early Christianity in Renaissance and Reformation Europeâ&#x20AC;? lecture series, Princeton University professor Anthony Grafton will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Jesus Celebrated Passover: The Jewish Origins of Christianity.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arguendoâ&#x20AC;? April 1 through 27. Marc Blitzsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brechtian allegory of corruption and corporate greed was temporarily shut down by the Works Progress Administration a few days before it was to open on Broadway. To avoid government and union restrictions, the play was performed with Blitzstein playing piano onstage and the cast members singing their parts from the audience. Tickets cost $10 to $15. The Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre is located in George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-0995; â&#x2013; The Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doubt, A Parableâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Insurrection: Holding Historyâ&#x20AC;? in repertory March 27 through April 12 in the Gonda Theatre at the Davis Performing Arts Center. John Patrick Shanley won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doubt,â&#x20AC;? a contemporary classic that takes place in a parochial school in the Bronx in 1964. The school principal, a nun, harbors suspicions about a charismatic priest and the personal interest he takes in his young male students. Robert Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Haraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Insurrection,â&#x20AC;? co-produced with the Black Theatre Ensemble, is a wickedly witty romp through Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. A contemporary African-American university student confronts the specter of his 189-year-old great-great grandfather, as well as Nat Turner, the subject of his graduate school thesis on American slave insurrectionists. Tickets cost $8 to $18. The Davis Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; â&#x2013;  Keegan Theatre has extended the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairâ&#x20AC;? through April 27. Tickets cost $37 to $42. The theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202;

â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, panelists William E. Smith, Derek Hodge, DJ Two-Tone Jones, Gerald Watson and Tamara Wellons will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Lions and Lionesses: A Look at Jazz in a Hip-Hop World.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues, 1007 H St. NE. â&#x2013; Columnist Charles Krauthammer and political strategist David Plouffe will

debate hot-button topics. 8 p.m. $10. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food and Film at the Freerâ&#x20AC;? will feature Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,â&#x20AC;? preceded by a reception with Turkish food See Events/Page 20


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Continued From Page 19 and drink. 12:30 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; ITVS will present a Community Cinema screening of Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medora,â&#x20AC;? about an Indiana public schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity basketball team over the course of a season. 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Rob Nilsson and Hohn Hansonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1978 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northern Lights,â&#x20AC;? a semi-fictional account of the formation of a populist movement in the northern Midwest prior to World War I. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present Adam Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Single Because â&#x20AC;Ś,â&#x20AC;? followed by a panel discussion with hosts Brian â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldieâ&#x20AC;? Turner and Ochieng â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oâ&#x20AC;?

Asugo. 5 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. Performance â&#x2013; Jason Holley, Maud Arnold, Nathalie Blanco and the women of Sole Defined will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tandem,â&#x20AC;? pairing traditional tap moves with hip-hop and contemporary music. 3 p.m. $20. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Reading â&#x2013;  The Split This Rock Poetry Festival will present a reading by Shailja Patel (shown), Sheila Black and Natalie Diaz. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. Walk â&#x2013;  In honor of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, a park ranger will lead â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beatrix Farrandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Masterpiece: An Early Spring Walking Tour of Dumbarton Oaks Park.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11 a.m.


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Monday march 31 Classes â&#x2013; The nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will host a weekly yoga class led by instructor Francesca Valente. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-686-2210. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-1 will present a four-session, eight-hour class on safe boating. 7 p.m. $25. D.C. Harbor Patrol Headquarters, 500 Water St. SW. The class will continue April 2, 7 and 9 at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  Susan Lowell of Tenleytown Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai Chi will lead a weekly class in the meditative martial art rooted in Chinese medicine. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3096. â&#x2013;  Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. Concert â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, the Berklee College of Music Mix Maestros will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

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Trabitizschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Draw Til You Drop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. â&#x2013; Solas Nuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Popcorn contemporary film series will feature Denis Dwyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Irish Pub,â&#x20AC;? about traditional Irish publicans who run and own establishments that have been in their families for generations. A Q-and-A with Dwyer will follow. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Free. Montrose Park, 31st and R streets NW. 202-895-6227.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Alfred Pinkett of H&R Block on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Do Your Taxes When Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Job Hunting.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202387-1582. â&#x2013;  Mohamed M. Keshavjee will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islam, Sharia & Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mechanisms for Legal Redress in the Muslim Community.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Yulia Marushevska of Taras Shevchenko University will discuss her involvement in the protests that led to the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Precariously: Stories from Our Communityâ&#x20AC;? will feature DC Jobs with Justice representative Nikki Lewis, food service worker and union organizer Tarshea Smith and Georgetown University adjunct professor Ori Stoltes. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Mark Lagon, adjunct senior fellow for human rights at the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the U.S. drone program and its foreign policy implications. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditori-

Monday, march 31 â&#x2013; Concert: Naoka Takada, known for her range of marimba repertoire from Bach to Piazzolla, will perform, work with students and conclude with a conversation with the audience. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202686-8000. um, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Jack Jennings, founder of the Center on Education Policy, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Presidents, Congress, and Public Education: School Improvement in a Political Atmosphere.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Robert L. Gallucci, president of the MacArthur Foundation and former deputy executive chairman of the U.N. Special Commission, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leadership in International Affairs, Lessons Learned,â&#x20AC;? about his experiences with the disarmament of Iraq in 1991. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art, Labor, and the New Economic Precarityâ&#x20AC;? will feature a reading and conversation with writers Barbara Ehrenreich and Justin Torres. 7 p.m. Free. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Bruce Jones will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Still Ours to Lead: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension Between Rivalry and Restraint.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The Classic Conversations series will feature Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $40. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will host the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cool Hand Paulâ&#x20AC;? series will feature George Roy Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1969 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,â&#x20AC;? featuring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s German Expressionism series will feature Michael

Performances â&#x2013; Theater Alliance and Keegan Theatre will present Timothy H. Lynch in Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Rabbit Red Rabbit.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15 in advance; pay-what-you-can at the door. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Jones: Open Micâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to re-enact scenes from a short film. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. Special event â&#x2013;  Politics and Prose will present an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, whose play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp Davidâ&#x20AC;? is premiering at Arena Stage. The event will include cocktails, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and conversation. 7 p.m. $30 to $40. Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fishing and Camping, 5031 Connecticut Ave. NW. event/608234. Sporting event â&#x2013;  WWE will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monday Night Raw,â&#x20AC;? featuring world heavyweight champion Randy Orton, John Cena, Triple H, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Animalâ&#x20AC;? Batista and more. 6:30 p.m. $20 to $95. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800745-3000. Tuesday,april April 1 1 Tuesday Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Food for Life instructor will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Foods Fight Diabetesâ&#x20AC;? as part of a program on how to avoid complications from type 2 diabetes and reduce or eliminate the need for medications. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-527-7314. â&#x2013;  VIDA Fitness will present a conditioning class as part of the monthlong â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toned Up Tuesdaysâ&#x20AC;? exercise program. 6 to 6:45 p.m. Free. Park at CityCenter, 10th and I streets NW. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Rabbis Shira Stutman and Scott Perlo will lead a two-part class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;What It Takes: Passover.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. The class will continue Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Washington Bach Consort and organist Neil Weston. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, Nomadic Wax will present Cape Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Noise, the oldest active hiphop crew in South Africa. 6 p.m. Free. MilSee Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 lennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013; The Nash Ensemble of London will perform works by Mozart, Strauss Jr., Schoenberg and Brahms. 7:30 p.m. $32. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Los Lonely Boys will perform. 7:30 p.m. $32 to $35. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conference on Stuffâ&#x20AC;? will examine the use of salt in ice removal, the origin of the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;back to the salt mines,â&#x20AC;? the mathematics of brine and more. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Panelists Hannah Woodroofe, John Russo and Virginia Leavell will draw on their experience and research to explore what precarity means in the U.S. today, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.; and writers Thomas Sayers Ellis, Dinaw Mengestu (shown) and Eileen Myles will discuss their experiences in writing about the subject, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free. Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Union Market and American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kogod School of Business will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Green While Making Greenâ&#x20AC;? by Richard Linowes, faculty program director of the masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in sustainability management. Noon. Free. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by David Schoenbaum, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Violin: A Social History of the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Versatile Instrument.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Panelists Naida Michel Said, Obang Metho, Bruce Adams, Ngozi Nmezi, Getachew Begashaw and Greg Toulmin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strategic Importance of Ethiopia in Africa.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Sportscasters Bob Wolff and Phil Hochberg will discuss Wolffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storied 75-year career behind the microphone. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Walter Kirn will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books That Shaped Americaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a discussion of Robert A. Heinleinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s science fiction novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stranger in a Strange Landâ&#x20AC;? led by Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, associate dean of the School of International Service. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-3847. â&#x2013;  Artist April Gornik will discuss her dramatic American landscapes, which cap-


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Events Entertainment ture the power of nature and endeavor to create a suspended moment of calm. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Influence of the Music Video.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Tuesdays at Noon film series will feature a 2013 episode of the National Geographic Channelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brain Games.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The Egyptian Contemporary Film Series will feature Mohamed Aminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Girls From Egypt.â&#x20AC;? A discussion will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly April film series will feature the work of British director Mike Leigh. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  George Washington University will present the 2012 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legend of Cool â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Discoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dan.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with poet Reuben Jackson, punk artist Cynthia Connolly, rapper Head-Roc and street artist Asad â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultraâ&#x20AC;? Walker will follow. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Betts Theatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-2294. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Societies in Motionâ&#x20AC;? will feature Miloslav Lutherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mosquitoesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tango,â&#x20AC;? about two emigrants who return for a brief visit to Slovakia after spending long years abroad. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 3523 International Court NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Kamal Hachkarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes From Mellah.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $11. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working Life After Prison: An Interactive Performanceâ&#x20AC;? will feature Rickey Bryant, Juanita Hutchinson, Elvin J. Johnson, William T. Lawson and Patricia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, at 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and a poetry reading and spoken word performance on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living in a Precarious Worldâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jimmy Santiago Baca and Bryonn Bain, at 7 p.m. Free. Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, a performance and talk by hip-hop artist and educator Asheru will showcase the connection between hip-hop MCs and the poetry traditions of the Harlem Renaissance. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The New York City Ballet will perform two programs in repertory. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $95. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performances will continue Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesdays With Funnieâ&#x20AC;? series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring comedy, music, improv and vaudeville â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The DMV Roast of the Metro.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. The Brixton, 901 U St. NW. 202-431-4704.

â&#x2013; The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by People Like Us and Spirit Bear, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Dallas Stars. 7 p.m. $40 to $560. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tour â&#x2013;  A guided garden tour will trace the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood across the 5.5acre landscape. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Wednesday, April 2

Wednesday april 2 Concerts â&#x2013; Mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead, harpsichordist Gwendolyn Toth and theorbist Daniel Swenberg will perform music by Elisabeth Sophie von Mecklenburg. 12:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  The Air Force Strings and organist Michael Lodico will perform Poulencâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concerto for Organ. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Minguet Quartett performing works by Haydn, Rihm and Mendelssohn. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communion DCâ&#x20AC;? will feature Johnny Stimson, Sturgill Simpson and Pleasure Curses. 8:30 p.m. $9.50 to $15. Gypsy

Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The George Washington University Program Board and the Textile Museum will present a talk by George Washington University chemistry professor Susan Gillmor on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Is Blood Red: The Interplay of Light and Color.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. â&#x2013;  Journalist Shahan Mufti will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Endangered Promise of Pakistan: Democracy and Islam in the First Islamic Republic.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies at Carnegie, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Second Arab Awakening & the Battle for Pluralism.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The H&B Book Club will discuss Charlotte Chandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Know Where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Going: Katherine Hepburn, a Personal Biography.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 219, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1180. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian Institution orchid collection specialist Tom Mirenda will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A World Tour of Orchids.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  Archaeologist Richard Hansen will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Origins and Collapse of the Preclassic Maya in the Mirador Basin, Guatemala: Cultural and Natural Dynamics in the Cradle of the Maya Civilization.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394.


â&#x2013; Local translators Nancy Naomi Carlson, Barbara Goldberg and Robert L. Giron will read from some of their recent works and discuss their approaches to translating poetry and some of the challenges of working across languages. 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for the New Yorker, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How About Never â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of a Creative Mindâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with Megan Garber, a staff writer at The Atlantic. 7 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, a multimedia presentation by Nomadic Waxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ben Herson and Magee McIlvaine will focus on the intersection of hip-hop and social change and the impacts that youth movements have had around the world. 7 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Performances â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup,â&#x20AC;? a touring solo physical comedy extravaganza by Tokyo clown Yanomi Shoshinz. Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, One Mic Creative Ecosystem will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am: DC Youthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hip-Hop Vision.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Boston Celtics. 7 p.m. $6 to $491. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.


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Our Lady of Victory School

I liked making my leprechaun trap for St. Patrick’s Day because of two things: the creative part of making the trap and the excitement of trying to trap a leprechaun. We started by spray-painting a box sparkly green because it is a fact that leprechauns like the color green. They also like gold coins and things that look like they came from Ireland. My favorite thing in my trap was the little toy leprechaun I put on the top to entice more leprechauns to come into my trap. The real leprechauns must not have been fooled, though, because they left the toy leprechaun behind. Trying to trap the leprechaun was fun. My classmates made a lot of cool traps. Mrs. Woo, our firstgrade teacher, lets her class makes leprechaun traps every year. This year we had to bring in our traps a day late because it snowed on St. Patrick’s Day. But the next day, we brought our traps in and left them in our classroom overnight. When we got to school the next morning, we found little leprechaun footprints all over the place. The leprechauns left us two chocolate coins each. — Lexi V., first-grader

Parkmont School

In my genetics and evolution class, we learned about how plants reproduce by doing a simple experiment. On the morning of Feb. 28, our teacher walked into class and said “All right guys, today we are going to be having sex.” We were all a bit shaken up until he said that we would only be learning how plants have sex. To learn about how plants have sex, we took out the anthers (pollen glands) and put them on a microscope slide with a little bit of water. Some of us had trouble locating the anthers, so we were told to just take out the brown parts of the center of the plant. After we took out the anthers, we rubbed off the pollen. We put the pollen on a microscope slide and looked at it under a microscope. This was very interesting to see. After we were done with that, we each made a poster about how plants reproduce. I like learning this way. It helps me really understand how plants make other plants grow. — Lucas Rudd, ninth-grader

School Without Walls High School

On March 15, the boys lacrosse

team won its first game of the season. But this win was not only significant in terms of this season’s record — it marked the team’s first win, ever. The boys team has been around for four years, but because of a lack in D.C. Public School teams and the skill or previous exposure to the sport in private schools, it had a hard time starting up. Nevertheless, the team has remained very popular throughout its history. Most students are receptive of joining a sport that they have never been exposed to before. After the win Saturday against KIPP, the team won its second game Thursday against Oxon Hill. That means it started the season 2-0, winning against two teams that both had previously beat the Walls squad. Lacrosse is considered a club sport, meaning there are not enough teams in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association to create a league. They also do not get money from the school system, so they rely on Home and School Association funding and self-fundraising. Boys lacrosse is not the first Walls team to win its first game ever this school year. In the fall, the girls field hockey team defeated Wilson after two years of losses. — Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

In grade five math class, we recently studied the growth rates over time of creatures from the imaginary planet of Rhomaar. The imaginary animals had names like the Krink, the Tri-Foot, the Water Weasel and the Flickerbill. Each animal grows a certain amount each year. For example, the Flickerbill grows 3 centimeters per year and lives to be 100 years old. We imagined what the Flickerbill would look like at age 1. Then, a group of students calculated what the animal’s height and length would be at age 100. They discovered it would be 304 centimeters tall. We figured out that the Flickerbill would just barely fit into the classroom, because it is 9 meters long from beak to tail. During homeroom, we determined exactly how big each part of the Flickerbill’s body would be, so we could make a wall mural. Using meter sticks, we found where each part would go on the wall. Two students made an eyeball out of a giant sticky note. Then we used painter’s tape to outline the body. We decorated the bird from beak to tail with multicolored tissue paper to make it come to life. Now the classroom has a bright and colorful bird draped along its walls that surely brightens up students’ days! — Witt Giannini, fifth-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hello, everybody, this is Henry again! We had the Shepherd auction, but results aren’t out yet, so stay tuned for that. Last Thursday, some students from Howard University came to sing at our school. They sang different types of songs,

and some were even in other languages. All the students seemed to really like it. I can’t wait for warmer weather so we can have outdoor recess more regularly. I am excited about spring break. I will go to see my cousins in Chicago. In particular, I have two new cousins, Jack and Delilah — they’re twins! I hope you have fun on your spring break, too. — Henry Trimble, fourth-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Washington Latin held its first combined middle school and upper school play on the first night of spring. The art department decided to not choose one show in particular. Instead, the show was a revue of songs from several Broadway musicals, including “Ragtime,” “West Side Story” and “Annie.” One scene came from Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” This year both the middle and high school students worked together to put on the show. All of the art department teachers were involved in the making of the production. Art teacher Kristen Stevens made the set, music teacher Melissa Nevola was the musical director and dance teacher Leah Kolb choreographed the show. ELL teacher Anna Laura Grant, and drama teachers Dena Kolb and Damion Perkins were the directors. Everyone involved worked hard to put this great show together and is looking forward to next year’s. — Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader

Wilson High School

In recent weeks the dedicated scholars at Wilson have had less and less opportunity to be dedicated. In addition to the numerous snow days, on March 12 we had another happy no-school surprise. We were sitting in our secondperiod classes when Principal Cahall came on the announcements and told us we had to evacuate the building due to a chemical spill in the pool area. Students left in the usual fire-drill formation and filed out onto Fort Reno. Police cars, fire engines, the fire chief car and ambulances all pulled up to the school, focused mostly on the pool entrance. Students were left to wander around the park, find their friends and play soccer. At 10:30 an administrator announced via bullhorn that school was cancelled for the rest of the day. Some students celebrated, a couple cried and most walked away quickly, hoping to leave before their good luck ran out. A few who had left necessary objects in the building had to wait at Deal Middle School until it was safe to enter. We learned later that a pipe containing an acidic liquid had burst and had come into contact with a pool worker who received non-lifethreatening injuries. There was concern the fumes would spread to the main building by the vent system and so everyone was told to leave. — Emma Buzbee, ninth-grader

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SU OP N EN .3 H /3 O 0 U 1- SE 3P M

Chevy Chase, MD


Exquisite 3-level townhouse features new kitchen and upgraded baths. Close to shopping, dining and Metro.

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Bryce Resort, VA


Gorgeous home with mountain views from generous deck. Light-filled 2-story great room & loft. 3000+sf, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths.

Woodstock, VA


Wakefield, DC


Boutique vineyard & home across Shenandoah River. 3-bedroom, 3-bath retreat. Make your own wine or use winery next door. French varietals.

577sf studio with enormous pass-thru closet, private balcony & updated kitchen. Close to Metro, shops, dining. 4600 Conn. Ave. NW #717

Kate & Kevin Brennan 240.731.3974

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Basye, VA


3-bedroom, 2-bath home with terrific views from large deck. Renovated kitchen and baths, tankless hotwater heater. 0.91 acres.

Kate & Kevin Brennan 240.731.3974

Chevy Chase, MD

Dave Schauer 540.333.6660


Chevy Chase, DC


7,000+ SF on almost an acre in desirable Hamlet neighborhood. 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths.


Allison Brigati 240.475.3384 Kelly Garrett 202.258.7362 Capitol Hill, DC


Tom Williams has 25 years experience representing clients in a variety of price ranges and neighborhoods. Tom understands the importance of a meaningful connection to

Huge contemporary home backing to parkland. Magnificent great room with 25 ft ceiling. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths with large eat-in kitchen.

Extraordinary home built in 2007, featuring 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and 12 ft ceilings. 6,000 sf including roof top terrace with magnificent monument views.

Spring Valley, DC

Wesley Heights, DC $3,895,000


the community, and how it translates into exceptional, highly-personalized customer service. Put Tom's neighborhood expertise to work for you today! 202.255.3650

4-bedroom, 5.5-bath on 4 finished levels. Gracious rooms with large 1st floor family room with fireplace, 1st floor library and huge screened porch.


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Exquisite new construction in a private setting. 4 finished levels (7,200 sf), 2-car garage, and commitment to excellence in design and construction.


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CLIENT OF THE MONTH Ramya Sundaram and Nathan Porter—Palisades, Washington DC “When we decided to purchase a larger home to accommodate our growing family, we did not think twice about whom to contact. Our experience with Steve Agostino has been extremely positive ever since we first met. He is more like a very knowledgeable neighbor and friend than like a real estate agent.”

Barnaby Woods 6444 31st St, NW $819,000. Fresh and ready for you! Bright colonial on great block. 3BR/2BA on second floor plus 2 more rooms on 3rd with attached garage. Read more on our website.

Chevy Chase, DC 4007 Connecticut Ave, NW #108 $359,900. Updated one bedroom condo with great light & flowing space! Conveniently located between the Van Ness & Cleveland Park Metro stations. Read more on our website.


Doing Good in the Neighborhood COMMUNITY EVENT SERIES, SATURDAY, APRIL 26


Chevy Chase, DC 3356 Runnymede Place, NW 4 bedroom brick Colonial with huge family room overlooking nice yard; great location, too! Read more on our website.


The Taylor Agostino Group is hosting our first T.A.G. Along event of 2014—our Community Clean Up Day and personal document shredding event on Saturday, April 26th.

APRIL 26, 2014

Call and get on the schedule! Our trucks will stop by and load your bulk trash items and then haul them away. Free!

And that’s not all—in addition to helping you dispose of clunky items, Community Clean Up Day will also include a shredding event from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Broad Branch Market (5608 Broad Branch Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015).

Contact Steve Agostino for more information at 202-321-5506. read more at >

Georgetown 2500 Q Street $449,000. Super convenient 1 BR condo in East Village, close to Dupont Metro, too; has private patio w/lovely lawn views plus garage parking. Read more on our website.



Chevy Chase,DC 6121 Western Ave, NW $1,170,000. Large, gracious center-hall Colonial with big Family Room addition overlooking the heated pool; 4BR/3BA up & 2-car garage, too! Read more on our website.

WANTED The Taylor Agostino Group represents some of the best home sellers in the region, but don’t forget our awesome clients who want to buy a home as well! If you or someone you’re connected with has a home that matches any of the descriptions below, contact our team immediately! Starter Home in Chevy Chase DC, AU Park, Kensington or Garrett Park. 3+ bedrooms; Under $750K; Vintage charm ready for updates. Spacious Single Family Home in NW DC 3 bedroom, open floor plan for a couple that loves to dance; Over $1.5M; Must be close to the action, interesting neighborhood. Mid-size Townhome in Woodley Park, Cleveland Park or Tenley Close to Metro and shops; Between $1.1M - $1.4M; One car parking a must (2-car preferred).

Wesley Heights 4331 Cathedral Avenue, NW. $1,895,000. Built in 1924, this frame colonial home in Wesley Heights offers period character and detailing combined with a contemporary floor plan and all the modern amenities one could ask for. Read more on our website.

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