Serving Foggy Bottom & the West End Vol. VI, No. 5
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Foggy Bottom Current
Activists oppose EastBanc project
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■ Development: Critics cite
absence of affordable housing By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
When a major project is proposed for the Foggy Bottom/West End area, there are typically objections from the local advisory neighborhood commission and/or at least one of the two largest citizens asso-
ciations there. But last week, each of those groups testified in support of a plan for new residential buildings atop a rebuilt library and fire station. At Thursday’s Zoning Commission hearing, objections came instead from other sources — some of the neighbors whose homes are nearest to the project site, and activists fighting to preserve an original plan for affordable housing. EastBanc has negotiated a deal with the District government to
incorporate a new West End Neighborhood Library into the ground floor of its planned 110-foottall luxury condo building in the 2300 block of L Street. It also hopes to construct a new fire station on the ground floor of an apartment building at 23rd and M streets. “Overall, this is an exciting proposal with the conversion of a surface parking lot and replacement of outdated and inefficient public facilSee West End/Page 19
Council votes to fine shoveling scofflaws By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
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Eric Knaus, better known as “The Great Zucchini,” performed a comedy-style magic show Saturday for kids at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds will benefit children’s programming at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library.
First came “Snowmageddon,” and then last year’s “thundersnow.” And this winter, while the first serious flakes have yet to fall, the D.C. Council is still trying to pass a bill that would fine residents and businesses if they don’t clear their sidewalks within eight daylight hours of a snowstorm. The bill’s chief sponsor, Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, acknowledged last week that even if her long-awaited “Winter Sidewalk Safety Act” wins a final vote in February, so many complications remain that it wouldn’t take effect until next winter. “By the time this passes, and Congress reviews it, winter will be over. So there’s plenty of time to work out the best methodology on how to enforce it, and time for an education campaign by the mayor,” Cheh told her colleagues. “I was going to move it as an emergency, but See Shoveling/Page 18
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For failing to shovel snow from sidewalks, residents would pay $25 and commercial property owners would pay $125. A final council vote is next month.
Apartments approved for church parking lot
At-large candidates prepare for April 3 council primary
By ELIZABETH WIENER
■ Election: Orange draws
Current Staff Writer
The city zoning board yesterday unanimously approved construction of a 218-unit apartment building at 17th and O streets NW. The project, technically an addition to the First Baptist Church at 1328 16th St., will rise nine stories on what is currently a rear parking lot. Members of the Board of Zoning Adjustment noted that the new building — which required a height and parking variance — will provide needed funds to maintain the historic church. First Baptist is leasing the property to a for-profit developer, Keener-Squire, for 99 years. Plans for a 90-foot-tall building had upset some residents of nearby condominiums on 17th Street, who
NEWS ■ Stores clear out for Georgetown Park mall renovation. Page 5. ■ Bill would offer tax relief to more senior homeowners. Page 7.
three Democratic challengers By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
Bill Petros/Current File Photo
The 218-unit apartment building slated for the current parking lot will help preserve First Baptist Church, according to proponents.
said they feared it would block their light and views. But board chair Meredith Moldenhauer said a sun study submitted by residents of the Richmond condoSee Dupont/Page 18
EVENTS ■ Keegan Theatre to stage Neil Simon look at TV comedy. Page 23. ■ Exhibit on wolves looks at ‘Twlight’ misconceptions. Page 23.
Four past and present elected officials are angling for a D.C. Council at-large seat in the Democratic primary race, including the incumbent and the interim council member he replaced. Vincent Orange, a former Ward 5 council member, won a special election in April to fill Kwame Brown’s at-large seat when Brown
PASSAGES Live Green founder looks back on his ‘Year of Stuff.’ Page 13. ■ Wildlife group raises money for animal rehab center. Page 13. ■
was elected council chairman. Orange toppled Sekou Biddle, who had been selected by the D.C. Democratic State Committee to fill the seat a few months before; Biddle is now running again. Also seeking the at-large council seat in the April 3 Democratic primary are E. Gail Anderson Holness, a pastor who chairs Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B, and Peter Shapiro, a D.C. native who chaired the Prince George’s County Council while living in Maryland. The four Democrats met last Wednesday’s deadline to file See Election/Page 24
INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Foggy Bottom News/11 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8
Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/17 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/25 Theater/23 Week Ahead/7
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Bills aim to make students college-ready By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
In an effort to get more D.C. Public Schools students to consider college, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown introduced legislation last week that would require every high-schooler to take a college admission test and apply to at least one college. â€œWe have to make sure our students are college-ready, and give every child the option to go to college,â€? Brown said at a news briefing
on the councilâ€™s legislative agenda. He introduced two college-prep bills at Wednesdayâ€™s legislation session; both were referred to the Committee of the Whole, which Brown chairs. The first would mandate that every public high school student take either the SAT or the ACT before graduation, and apply to at least one post-secondary institution. It would also beef up college preparation and assistance with applying for financial aid during high school. Brownâ€™s second bill would start even earlier, tracking students in
fourth through ninth grades to ensure theyâ€™re up to speed in preparations for high school, and then for college. The so-called â€œearly warning and intervention systemâ€? would offer extra assistance to those who are in danger of dropping out, he said. The council chairman said he has been taking some District students on college tours for the past few years, and has been surprised by how many never even considered college, or didnâ€™t know how to fill out an application, get their own See College/Page 18
D.C. to propose new school-success metric By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
With few D.C. public schools having achieved the federally required adequate yearly progress in standardized test scores, the District is planning to request a waiver from those standards in order to use other metrics to show progress. Just 25 out of 187 public schools demonstrated the required advances in both reading and math in D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System tests in 2011 compared to 2010, according to Marc Caposino, spokesperson for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. The U.S. Department of Education has found that an increasing number of school districts nationwide are facing similar issues, and announced in August that it would consider alternative school performance measurements. Under current federal No Child Left Behind policy, standardized test scores alone determine whether a school is succeeding, and schools that donâ€™t make sufficient annual improvements must take steps to show how they will resolve their problem. But in the District, local education officials said, that process would force schools that are clearly strong to make unnecessary changes. â€œWeâ€™re in just this narrow label of test scores, and making that into teacher ratings and school ratings,â€? Kamili Anderson, the Ward 4 representative on the D.C.
State Board of Education, said in an interview after discussing the issue at Mondayâ€™s Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission meeting. â€œIt really doesnâ€™t reflect whatâ€™s really going on in our schools.â€? Among the well-regarded schools not meeting the standards in 2011 were Wilson High, Deal Middle and Lafayette Elementary. Schools that met the adequate yearly progress standard in both math and reading included School Without Walls, Janney Elementary and Francis-Stevens Education Campus. A full listing of area scores is available at tinyurl.com/2011dctestscores. The superintendentâ€™s office expects to release a draft of its planned replacement metric on Friday, Caposino said. â€œUnder the waiver, test scores will be only part of the accountability system,â€? he said, â€œwhereas before DC-CAS pretty much dictated how classrooms, teachers and schools are measured.â€? Caposino declined yesterday to share additional details about the new â€œsystem of accountability,â€? but the city plans to present it at a series of community meetings after the draft is released. The office will submit the proposal to the U.S. Department of Education next month, at which point the federal agency will ensure that it accurately reports school quality. Eleven states applied for the No Child Left Behind waiver in November â€” including Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey â€” and others, like the District, have announced plans to file by Feb. 23.
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District Digest Police officials to discuss robberies
Top Metropolitan Police Department officials are scheduled to attend a neighborhood meeting tomorrow to discuss a series of recent Northwest street robberies, according to Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh’s office. Second District Cmdr. Michael Reese and several of his lieutenants will discuss three Sunday night robberies and other recent incidents in Ward 3, Cheh spokesperson Kiara Pesante wrote in an email to The Current. The department is expected to detail the crimes and how police are responding to them. Tomorrow’s presentation will be held during the Friendship HeightsAmerican University Park advisory neighborhood commission meeting,
which starts at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW.
of or suspects sexual abuse of a child. The bill requires such an adult to report the abuse immediately.
Bill would strengthen D.C. child abuse law Mendelson targets Citing the recent child abuse ‘flash mob’ crimes scandal at Pennsylvania State University, at-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson said this month that he wants to broaden the city’s law requiring adults to report suspected sex abuse of a minor to law-enforcement authorities. Mendelson said the District’s reporting law currently covers only “adults who have a professional relationship” with a child, such as a teacher, counselor, coach or clergy. He introduced legislation early this month to expand the requirement to any adult who either knows
Responding to a relatively new phenomenon in which shoplifters connect on social media and descend on stores en masse to rob them, at-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson is sponsoring legislation to toughen penalties for such “flash mob” attacks. Mendelson said the crimes, which terrorized a few small stores in Maryland and Northeast Washington last year, generally result in charges of petty theft, a misdemeanor. His “Flash Mob Theft Act” would allow police to
consider the aggregate amount stolen by a flash mob, resulting in stiffer charges. His bill won co-sponsorship by a majority of the council, and was referred to the committee on public safety, which he chairs.
D.C. delegation to testify on statehood
New Hampshire state lawmakers considering a resolution to support the District’s statehood goals will hear testimony from Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Council members and other statehood activists tomorrow, according to a news release from D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s office. D.C. officials and citizens will testify at a hearing in Concord, N.H., on state legislation calling for
the District to become the 51st state, the release states.
Inspections to close bridge, tunnel lanes
Drivers using some D.C. highways may face lane closures during the next week or so as the D.C. Department of Transportation inspects a series of bridges and tunnels, according to a news release. The inspections — which are scheduled to begin tomorrow, weather permitting — will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The scheduled closures include: ■ Thursday, Jan. 12: the right shoulder of the ramp from the Whitehurst Freeway to Interstate 66. ■ Tuesday, Jan. 17: alternating right and left lane closures of the northbound E Street Expressway (Interstate 66) under Virginia and New Hampshire avenues; corresponding southbound closures follow on Thursday, Jan. 19. ■ Wednesday, Jan. 18: alternating right and left lane closures of the 12th Street Tunnel northbound under the Mall; corresponding closures of the exit from Interstate 395 to the tunnel will follow on Friday, Jan. 20. Other scheduled lane closures will affect South Capitol Street, Pennsylvania Avenue SE and Interstate 295. Full details are available at tinyurl.com/6pse2m3.
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Georgetown Park mall shops BID extends Adams Morgan litter pickup leave for planned renovation By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
The vast majority of the Georgetown Park mallâ€™s storefronts now stand dark, several having lost their leases effective Jan. 1. Three more are advertising going-out-ofbusiness sales. Intermix has shut down its entrance from the mallâ€™s interior, opening only to the street. And the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles is looking for a potential new home. But Vornado Realty Trust, which manages and co-owns the Shops at Georgetown Park at 3222 M St., still isnâ€™t saying what exactly it hopes to do with the 30-year-old, 317,000-square-foot mall. A company spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said Monday that New York-based Vornado is not renewing leases as they expire, largely emptying the mall in preparation for â€œredevelopment.â€? The
spokesperson wouldnâ€™t say when renovations would take place or what they would entail, but did note that some stores can remain in place while the work is done. â€œWeâ€™re continuing to work hard to come up with great solutions,â€? the spokesperson said. â€œThere isnâ€™t a specific plan or framework to talk about except to say that weâ€™re continuing our efforts â€Ś to transform the mall as it is today into something else.â€? The spokesperson did identify a new tenant for another Vornadoowned building in Georgetown: The former Barnes & Noble at 3040 M St., which emptied at the end of last month, will become a Nike shoe store, as The Washington Post reported yesterday. A Barnes & Noble spokesperson said the bookstore chain may look for replacement space in the area. The future of the Georgetown See Stores/Page 24
Residents living near Adams Morganâ€™s commercial strips will have cleaner sidewalks this year thanks to the neighborhood business improvement district, which has begun funding litter pickup in part of the residential area. The business improvement district, or BID, has for years employed â€œClean Teamâ€? contractors to pick up trash strewn in front of neighborhood businesses. But residents nearby have long complained that the
litter problem frequently spills onto their blocks. â€œAs people drift back to their cars, and theyâ€™re parked all over the neighborhood, the problem extends all over the neighborhood,â€? said Wilson Reynolds, chair of the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission and a Champlain Street resident whose home is near the 18th Street corridor. â€œWhat you have is a trash distribution system of thousands of people. â€Ś Over the years, itâ€™s proven to be consistently bad.â€? When the BID hired a new litter contractor for this See Litter/Page 19
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Robbery (gun) â– 2500 block, Porter St.; sidewalk; 6:25 p.m. Jan. 8. Burglary â– 3500 block, Springland Lane; residence; 2 p.m. Jan. 7. Theft (below $250) â– 3000 block, Porter St.; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 1. â– 4500 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 8:20 p.m. Jan. 2. â– 4400 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 1:45 p.m. Jan. 4. â– 4400 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3600 block, Veazey St.; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 1. â– 3100 block, Macomb St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 1. â– 2900 block, Ellicott St.; street; 7:40 a.m. Jan. 5.
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Robbery (force and violence) â– 3000 block, 32nd St.; sidewalk; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2. Burglary â– 2700 block, Woodley Road; residence; 8:30 a.m. Jan. 6. Theft (below $250) â– 2700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 5 p.m. Jan. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 2600 block, Woodley Place; street; 1 p.m. Jan. 1. â– Calvert Street and Woodley Place; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 1. â– 39th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3. â– Calvert Street and Woodley Place; street; 6 a.m. Jan. 6.
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Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 3100 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Jan. 6. Burglary â– 3200 block, M St.; grocery store; 2:30 a.m. Jan. 2. Stolen auto â– 3100 block, K St.; parking lot; 12:15 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft ($250 plus) â– 3800 block, Reservoir Road; medical facility; 7:29 p.m. Jan. 4. â– 3600 block, N St.; university; 1 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft (below $250) â– 1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:12 p.m. Jan. 2. â– 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8 p.m. Jan. 2. â– 3400 block, M St.; unspecified
premises; 11:45 a.m. Jan. 3. â– 1600 block, 35th St.; school; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3. â– 1800 block, 35th St.; school; 2:15 p.m. Jan. 3. â– 2900 block, M St.; store; 2:40 p.m. Jan. 3. â– 1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3. â– 1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; unspecified premises; 7:45 p.m. Jan. 3. â– 1600 block, 34th St.; residence; 1 p.m. Jan. 4. â– 1200 block, 31st St.; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Jan. 4. â– 3000 block, K St.; office building; 5 p.m. Jan. 4. â– 3400 block, Dent Place; government building; 7 a.m. Jan. 5. â– 3000 block, M St.; store; 2:45 p.m. Jan. 5. â– 34th Street and Volta Place; park area; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Theft (shoplifting) â– 3100 block, M St.; store; 5:50 p.m. Jan. 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 3000 block, K St.; parking lot; 2:20 p.m. Jan. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3400 block, Q St.; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 1. â– 3200 block, M St.; parking lot; 1 p.m. Jan. 2. â– 1200 block, 27th St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4. â– 1400 block, 26th St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 4. â– 2700 block, O St.; street; midnight Jan. 5. â– 2700 block, O St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 6.
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Burglary â– 2100 block, F St.; grocery store; 5:30 a.m. Jan. 6. Stolen auto â– 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 1 p.m. Jan. 3. Theft (below $250) â– 1400 block, K St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1 a.m. Jan. 1. â– 1700 block, K St.; office building; 8:50 a.m. Jan. 3. â– 1400 block, New York Ave.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Jan. 3. â– 1100 block, 17th St.; store; 11:27 a.m. Jan. 3. â– 1400 block, New York Ave.; restaurant; noon Jan. 5. â– 1100 block, 15th St.; store; 1:15 p.m. Jan. 5. â– 2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; church; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5. â– 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 8:12 p.m. Jan. 5. â– 1600 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft (shoplifting) â– 2100 block, E St.; drugstore; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1100 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 5 a.m. Jan. 7. â– 21st and L streets; street; 3 p.m. Jan. 8.
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â– 1200 block, 19th St.; street; 3 a.m. Jan. 7. Robbery (pickpocket) â– 1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 8:20 p.m. Jan. 8. Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 1200 block, 18th St.; street; 2:09 a.m. Jan. 5. Burglary â– 1200 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Theft (below $250) â– 1800 block, R St.; office building; 8:45 a.m. Jan. 4. â– 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 8:45 p.m. Jan. 4. â– Unit block, Dupont Circle; office building; 1:45 p.m. Jan. 5. â– 1600 block, 20th St.; restaurant; 6:45 p.m. Jan. 5. â– Unit block, Hillyer Court; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 4 p.m. Jan. 7. â– 1500 block, N St.; street; 1 a.m. Jan. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 1. â– 1800 block, T St.; alley; 3 p.m. Jan. 2. â– 1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 9:15 p.m. Jan. 3. â– 1700 block, N St.; parking lot; 8:45 a.m. Jan. 4. â– 1700 block, P St.; street; 9:50 p.m. Jan. 4. â– 2000 block, Florida Ave.; street; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5. â– 17th and M streets; sidewalk; 10:45 a.m. Jan. 5. â– 1400 block, Church St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 5. â– 1600 block, N St.; street; 12:15 p.m. Jan. 6. â– 22nd Street and Decatur Place; street; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6. â– 1500 block, 15th St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 6. â– 1700 block, 19th St.; street; 12:05 p.m. Jan. 7.
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Robbery (gun) â– 1400 block, S St.; sidewalk; 11:05 p.m. Jan. 6. Robbery (force and violence) â– 14th and U streets; sidewalk; 3:53 a.m. Jan. 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â– 1400 block, R St.; sidewalk; 5 a.m. Jan. 7. Theft (below $250) â– 1800 block, 16th St.; residence; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1700 block, S St.; parking lot; 6 a.m. Jan. 1. â– 1500 block, Q St.; street; 4 p.m. Jan. 2. â– 1500 block, S St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3. â– 1600 block, 16th St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 4. â– 1700 block, Swann St.; street; 11 p.m. Jan. 5. â– 2100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 12:45 p.m. Jan. 6. â– 1600 block, 16th St.; street; 4 p.m. Jan. 7.
â– 1700 block, U St.; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 7. â– 14th and S streets; street; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 8.
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Robbery (gun) â– 1600 block, Columbia Road; grocery store; 7:32 p.m. Jan. 4. Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:40 a.m. Jan. 7. â– 2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 3:30 a.m. Jan. 8. Theft (below $250) â– 1800 block, Columbia Road; restaurant; 12:20 a.m. Jan. 7. â– 2100 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 3:52 p.m. Jan. 7. â– 2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1800 block, Adams Mill Road; gas station; 1 a.m. Jan. 1. â– 1600 block, Euclid St.; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 1. â– 2500 block, Ontario Road; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 2. â– 1800 block, Kalorama Road; street; 3 p.m. Jan. 3. â– 1800 block, Wyoming Ave.; alley; 2 a.m. Jan. 4. â– 1700 block, California St.; street; 5:15 a.m. Jan. 4. â– 1700 block, Lanier Place; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 6. â– 18th Street and Ontario Road; street; 11 p.m. Jan. 6. â– 2300 block, 18th St.; street; 11:45 p.m. Jan. 6. â– 1900 block, Kalorama Road; street; 2 a.m. Jan. 8. â– 1700 block, Lanier Place; street; 2 p.m. Jan. 8.
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Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 1200 block, Q St.; residence; 5 a.m. Jan. 7. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1100 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 7:15 a.m. Jan. 6. Theft (below $250) â– Unit block, Thomas Circle; hotel; 8:45 a.m. Jan. 5. â– 1100 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 5:45 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1300 block, Corcoran St.; street; 5:45 a.m. Jan. 6. â– 1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 1 a.m. Jan. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 900 block, O St.; street; 12:30 a.m. Jan. 4. â– 1200 block, M St.; street; noon Jan. 4. â– 1300 block, Q St.; street; 2 p.m. Jan. 6. â– 1000 block, R St.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 6. â– 1300 block, Corcoran St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 6. â– Unspecified location; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 7. â– 1300 block, Q St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7. â– 1500 block, Kingman Place; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 7. â– 1200 block, P St.; street; 12:30 a.m. Jan. 8.
The Current Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Council considers legislation to help seniors age in place through tax relief By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer
The D.C. Council this week heard public testimony on a bill that could help more senior citizens â€œage in place.â€? The legislation would relax the income threshold for D.C. homeowners over age 65 to qualify for a 50 percent reduction in their annual property tax bill. The permitted adjusted gross income would increase from $100,000 to $125,000. The â€œAge-in-Place and Equitable Senior Citizen Real Property Act of 2011â€? bill would
also redefine the term â€œhousehold adjusted incomeâ€? to include income earned by all members of a household, not just those over age 65; as well as the term â€œresidence,â€? stipulating that the tax break can be applied only to a property that serves as a seniorâ€™s primary residence. The bill also proposes adjusting the deadline to apply for property tax relief so it falls after federal income taxes are due, to ensure that residents would know whether theyâ€™re eligible for the reduction. The current income cap of $100,000 hasnâ€™t changed since the legislation was first passed in 1992.
The week ahead Thursday, Jan. 12
The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion of the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Amendment Act of 2011. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW.
Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser said that the current law stipulates â€œan outdated income cap,â€? which hasnâ€™t been adjusted for inflation in nearly 20 years and doesnâ€™t account for steep increases in health care, utility and fuel costs. â€œIâ€™m going to fight hard for this [bill] this budget season,â€? she said, â€œand I hope other members of the council will join me.â€? Bowser introduced the legislation in October along with Jack Evans (Ward 2), Phil Mendelson (at-large) and Michael Brown (atlarge). Despite his support, Evans, who chaired a
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The D.C. government will hold a community workshop and open house on reuse of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. â– The Crestwood Citizens Associationâ€™s bimonthly meeting will feature a discussion of plant and design recommendations by expert gardeners. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at 1761 Crestwood Drive NW. â– The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature updates on the associationâ€™s activities and a report from Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.
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Francis-Stevens Education Campus, 2425 N St. NW, will hold a preschool and prekindergarten open house at 9:30 a.m. A follow-up meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Potomac Plaza Apartments Cooperative, 2475 Virginia Ave. NW. â– The D.C. Council Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning will hold a public roundtable on the mayorâ€™s nomination of Maria Casarella and Nancy Metzger to seats on the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 123, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â– The D.C. Council Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on the nomination of Johanna Shreve to serve as the chief tenant advocate. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 412, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Foggy Bottom
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A time for leadership
In the wake of the resignation of Ward 5 D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr., many political leaders have declared this a time to look forward, not back. It’s a common refrain when something scandalous or disgraceful occurs. It’s also a recipe for further disaster. Tempting though it might be to put Mr. Thomas and his thievery out of our minds now that he has confessed to his crimes, doing so would be a misguided reaction. It is essential that we learn about the structural failings that allowed this to occur in the first place — and that we fix them. Some have suggested eliminating the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corp., which Mr. Thomas used in his scheme. Such a decision would be premature at this point, but either the D.C. auditor or inspector general needs to undertake a full accounting, as council members have requested. Meanwhile, some legislators would undoubtedly like to resume the problematic practice of earmarking funds to nonprofits, which the council appropriately halted in the wake of another scandal. Properly used, they say, earmarking is a way to help struggling nonprofits serve the District’s neediest residents. Unfortunately, though, we’ve seen it used improperly too many times. The conversation now really needs to focus on steps we can take to reduce the likelihood of any of this occurring again. That includes ensuring that agencies engaged in ethics issues have the personnel and funds to do their jobs. We would also like to see a grass-roots push for good government issues, including a tightening of the District’s campaign finance laws. There were many voices last fall calling for ethics reform, but not enough to prevent at least one legislator from saying the issue was important only to the media and “the chattering class.” A civic movement pushing for important changes — such as preventing corporate bundling of contributions — would belie that idea. In the 1990s, D.C. voters imposed term limits and stringent restrictions on campaign donations, only to see the council overturn the measures. That history has probably discouraged civic activists from pursuing more ballot measures, but it may be time for someone to try. This political crisis presents an opportunity for leadership — among community leaders as well as elected officials.
The redevelopment of the West Heating Plant is an exciting opportunity to enliven a moribund two acres of Georgetown now owned by the federal government. The parcel, bordered by Rock Creek Park, 29th Street, K Street and the C&O Canal, has been out of use for a decade and is slated to be auctioned off to a developer later this year. But the process concerns us. The site is now unzoned and will likely remain so until the auction. Only after the property is in private hands will the city determine what classification should adhere to the land and what uses will therefore be permitted on it. That delay has a few disadvantages. Bidders could be scared off by the uncertainty of a future zoning classification, driving down the price potentially below what the government will accept for the land. Conversely, a winning bidder could be emboldened by the zoningfree purchase and push back against future restrictions. Both uncertainty and needless wrangling can best be avoided by the city’s Planning Office, which should act quickly to offer guidance to potential bidders. Officials should determine what classification they will advise the Zoning Commission to place on the site, but they should also instruct bidders that the property’s end use should include a major public-park component, bordered as it is by federal parkland. The city may not be able to officially zone the land while it is owned by the federal government, but it can offer fair guidance. For everyone’s sake, the city should inject some certainty into this scenario — and potentially avoid a host of headaches down the road.
Poor Harry? What about the children … ? Your Notebook has known Harry Thomas Jr. a long time. We knew his father, Harry Sr. As a Washington Post reporter a while back, we’d drag our young son to Ward 5, where our preteen was always treated warmly by the Thomas family. The senior Thomas also was good news copy. He chaired the committee overseeing parking tickets. By then, we were working for NBC4. With cameras rolling, we asked Harry Sr. if he had any overdue tickets himself. “No, I don’t,” he replied firmly. “I can check,” we cautioned. “Don’t check, Tom, don’t check.” The exchange still amuses those who saw it on TV. But there is nothing amusing about Harry Jr. His heartless theft of $353,000 of our city money over three years underwrote blatant, selfish and foolish spending sprees for himself. Worse yet, that money had been intended for city programs to help children in Ward 5 and elsewhere. It was for sports programs that the junior Thomas unendingly trumpeted as the way to keep young people focused and achieving, sometimes against great odds. Yet Thomas, according to the court papers and prosecutors, began stealing from his very first days in office in 2007, stealing from the children he laughed with, played ball with and championed — at least in words — every chance he got. What a crock. What a crook. Last week, the depth of his thievery officially became known. Thomas walked into U.S. District Court as a leader of the city and walked out a convicted felon. After months of pious denials — his family, his children, his reputation meant more to him than anything, he had said — Thomas fessed up to it all. Only a handful of council members previously had called for Thomas’ resignation. When the fact of his odious criminality became unavoidable, there were a few more calls for him to step aside, including, finally, one from Mayor Vincent Gray. (Chairman Kwame Brown’s statement said only that he expected Thomas to resign.) Nearly every official statement we read, however, expressed more concern for Thomas and the impact on his family than it did for the children who were cheated. Various people called it a “sad” day for the city, but that was about it. And some earnestly added that the Thomas family and the city need to put this ugly chapter behind us and “move on.”
Well, pardon the interruption, but don’t citizens get a moment to just be angry? It was vile greed. (Look it up if you don’t know the word “vile.” It fits.) ■ Waste of time? At-large D.C. Council member David Catania thought it would be a good idea for a group of council members to travel this week to New Hampshire. It wasn’t for the first-in-the-nation GOP primary last night. It was to meet New Hampshire legislators and rally them for D.C. voting rights and/or statehood tomorrow. Catania says it is time to “expand the conversation.” The Live Free or Die state has been supportive in the past, but with the Thomas embarrassment — and two criminal investigations, of campaigns run by Mayor Gray and Chairman Brown, still going on — we hardly think it’s time to go democracy shopping. We are the first to attack folks who decry wrongdoing in local Washington as an excuse to oppose congressional voting rights or even the right to govern ourselves. Those critics never seem to ask Illinois to give up governing despite its two former governors in jail now. It just seems now is not the time for this trip. With the overall council’s approval rating at just 30 percent in a recent poll, maybe there’s more immediate work to be done here in Washington. We certainly know the prosecutors are still working. As one friend wrote to us this past week, it’s one down and two to go. ■ A final word. There was a terrific memorial service last week for the late Vincent H. Cohen, a true powerhouse lawyer and civic leader in Washington. The service needed one of the huge rooms at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to accommodate the friends and legal community that showed up. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in the audience, as was U.S. Attorney for the District Ronald Machen. In fact, the action against the disgraced Thomas was delayed a day or so because Cohen’s son, Vinnie Jr., is a lead prosecutor in the city investigations. Vinnie Jr. spoke eloquently about how he “never had to go out in the street to find a role model,” because his father was always there for him. As we sat surrounded by the elite of local Washington’s legal establishment, we couldn’t help but think of that proud tribute by one son of our city and the disgrace of another. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
Letters to the Editor An eventful year for our neighborhood
It’s been an eventful year of accomplishments to enhance our Woodland Normanstone neighborhood. I’m pleased to report on continuing progress following our celebration of the centennial of the 1910 act of Congress that exempted our neighborhood from the city grid plan for environmental purposes. Our fourth tree planting with Casey Trees was led by Joyce Ketels, with a special celebration for the 100th tree, near the corner of 32nd Street and Woodland Lane. Bruce Bradley managed a
Normanstone Drive cleanup to remove years of tree debris, mostly left by tree contractors. Our Centennial Stewardship Fund was used to undertake the work. The D.C. Department of Transportation completed curbs on 31st Street and 31st Place. The agency is also looking at reconstruction of Normanstone Drive, which needs work. A group of neighbors led by Coco Palomeque led a cleanup of the National Park Service land between Edgevale and Normanstone drives. The Rock Creek Conservancy assisted our neighbors in the cleanup. During our centennial year, we landscaped city lands at 29th and Woodland (Centennial Grove) and 30th and Woodland. The plantings were paid for by our Centennial Stewardship Fund. The landscap-
ing is now established, and Gin Bell will oversee maintenance of those areas for the association. We will be looking to a neighborhood cleanup for the public areas this spring. The D.C. Department of Transportation removed several dead trees on the city-owned Normanstone Overlook next to the Belgian Embassy on Garfield Street, making the lovely view accessible once again. My special thanks to our active board and especially Nancy Bryant, our secretary-treasurer, who is the glue that holds us together. On behalf of the board and the association, we hope everyone had a happy holiday season. Laurence J. Aurbach President, Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
ANC should help ensure thorough cleanup VIEWPOINT kent slowinski
â€™d like a chance to respond to some of the issues raised at Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3Dâ€™s Dec. 7 meeting regarding the Glenbrook Road resolution and in several articles and letters to the editor. Many of the issues in the resolution were raised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the D.C. Department of Health, the D.C. Department of Environment and American University â€” known collectively as the â€œSpring Valley partnersâ€? â€” at various meetings. The minutes of most of these meetings are posted at www.nab.usace.army.mil. These are not my issues; they were raised by experts. Yet the Spring Valley partners and the Restoration Advisory Board have failed to act on many of these critical issues, which could cause the cleanup to drag on even longer. My main concern with the Army Corpsâ€™ â€œproposed planâ€? for 4825 Glenbrook Road is that there is no contingency for cleaning up adjacent properties even though several items indicate that munition burial pits and contamination extend to adjacent properties. While investigating two burial pits at 4801 Glenbrook Road in the 1990s, contractors found that one of them extended onto 4825 Glenbrook Road. Todayâ€™s property lines did not exist when the burials took place in 1918. Is the Army Corps using todayâ€™s property lines to limit the investigation and cleanup? Unless the Army Corps does a thorough job, the health and safety of neighbors could be at risk. One such item is a photogrammetry study of the Sgt. Maurer Burial Pit conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s Environmental Photographic Interpretation Center. The most recent study, adjusting for previous errors in the previous reports, indicated that three of the four possible locations of the burial pit are on the American University campus. Previous studies had indicated that two of the possible locations were on the Glenbrook Road property. Another item is a 1993 videotaped interview of several workers who built the two Glenbrook Road houses in 1992. The workers pointed to places on a diagram of the Glenbrook Road property where they said munitions remained buried behind a curved retaining wall near the property line. Twenty years later, these areas still have not been investigated.
Letters to the Editor Adopt a shelter cat or dog this winter
As the weather grows colder, the Washington Humane Society is calling on members of our community to open their hearts and homes to the many deserving animals that are seeking adoption. Through Feb. 29, we are celebrating â€œFlurry of Furriesâ€? to promote the adoption of shelter pets during the winter. The advantages are myriad: â– Shelters are temporary homes to hundreds of healthy, family-friendly animals. Most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own â€” â€œmovingâ€? and â€œlandlord issuesâ€? are among the top reasons people offer for relinquishing their pets. Our
A third document is a remedial investigation report that shows arsenic contamination under the driveway at 4825 Glenbrook Road. University representatives have asked that the retaining wall by the driveway be removed, as the contamination likely extends under the wall and onto 4835 Glenbrook Road. How do I know all this? As one of the original Restoration Advisory Board members, I attended partnering meetings, where the Army Corps, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, D.C. agencies and American University made cleanup decisions. I served on the board for six years and have attended board meetings for more than 10 years. I am concerned that the Spring Valley partners failed to follow through on various commitments. For example, in 2001, the partners agreed to conduct indoor air monitoring at 4825 Glenbrook Road and five other properties to determine what chemical vapors were migrating from the soil into the house. Someone at the Environmental Protection Agency recently pointed out to me that indoor air monitoring could tell us what chemicals are on the property. Eleven years later, this still has not been conducted at 4825 Glenbrook Road. Another example is locating the contaminated soil excavated from 4825 and 4835 Glenbrook Road during construction of the houses. The Environmental Protection Agency agreed to follow up many years ago, but 600 to 800 tons of soil remain unaccounted for. Advisory neighborhood commissioners do not need advanced technical expertise to make informed decisions on these issues. There are many experts who can explain the issues in ways that anyone can understand. Examples include the Restoration Advisory Boardâ€™s technical expert, Dr. Peter deFurr, who compiled a list of the chemicals detected at 4825 Glenbrook Road; American Universityâ€™s public health consultant, Dr. Paul Chrostowski, who asked the Army Corps to clean up the Glenbrook Road site to a stricter standard given the number of toxic chemicals detected on the site; and the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s Terry Slonecker, who identified the possible burial pit locations on the university campus. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D needs to practice due diligence to make sure that a thorough investigation and cleanup of the Glenbrook Road properties is conducted. We need more oversight, not less, to protect the health and safety of neighbors. Kent Slowinski is a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D.
organization has a variety of animals of different breeds, sizes and exercise preferences to fit the needs of individual families. â– Shelter pets are a bargain â€” often even more than pets that are â€œfree.â€? The savings really add up once you add the cost of everything our group provides to pet families. All of our pets go home spayed or neutered; current on vaccines, dewormer and flea/tick treatment, as well as heartworm preventative for dogs; and microchipped â€” a value of several hundred dollars. â– We conduct thorough behavioral assessments of all of our pets to help match them with the best-suited adopters. Plus, our behavior and training experts can provide advice on how to make solid, lifelong human-animal relationships. â– Every adoption saves a life. When you adopt from a shelter,
you give a pet a second chance. In addition to these benefits, all of our cat and dog adopters receive a free starter bag of Hillâ€™s Science Diet Food, a goodie bag from Home Buddies DC, a free postadoption exam at a participating veterinarian, and 30 free days of health insurance from Shelter Care. For those who already own a pet, youâ€™ll find that many animals enjoy the companionship, exercise, social interaction and mental stimulation another pet can provide. Now is the perfect time to grow your fourlegged family. The community plays a crucial role in helping to support animals; together, we can help to end pet homelessness in D.C. To learn more, visit washhumane.org. Stephanie Shain Chief Operating Officer, Washington Humane Society
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ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â– Foggy bottom / west end The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. Agenda items include: â– election of officers. â– public comments. â– public safety report. â– presentation on the 2012 SunTrust Rock â€™nâ€™ Roll USA Marathon on Saturday, March 17. â– presentation on Bike DC on Sunday, May 13. â– update on a senior shuttle bus to local grocery stores. â– update on the process for redevelopment of the Stevens School site. â– consideration of a request by neighbors for removal of a tree box at 25th and K streets. â– consideration of a request to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation for completion of Francis Field improvements, including safety lighting. â– update on the Zoning Commissionâ€™s review of the proposed redevelopment of the West End Neighborhood Library site by EastBanc. â– update on the Watergate Hotelâ€™s Zoning Commission application for a minor modification to the plannedunit development that authorized construction of the mixed-use Watergate complex. For details, visit anc2a.org. ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont
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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â– announcements. â– election of officers and committee chairs. â– consideration of an opportunity to co-host a Democratic candidates forum for the D.C. Council at-large race. â– consideration of support for a presidential debate in the District. â– consideration of a resolution concerning iGaming. â– consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for concept design approval for a proposed addition to the Argentine Organization of American States Mission Building at 1816 Corcoran St. â– consideration of a parking area at 1841 16th St. â– consideration of a public-space application for six tandem parking spaces at the rear of 1438 U St. â– consideration of an application by St. Thomasâ€™ Parish, 1772 Church St.,
for a sign in public space along 18th Street. â– consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Local 14, 1832 14th St., for renewal of a tavern-class license. â– consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Fuel Pizza & Wings, 1606 K St., for a restaurant-class license (for a â€œfast casual restaurant serving pizza, wings, salads, and similar fareâ€?; seating capacity of 130; occupancy of 180; no entertainment; operating hours 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily). â– consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Eye Bar, 1716 I St., for a substantial change to the nature of operations as follows: conversion of the existing tavern-class license to a new nightclub-class license; hours of interior operation 11 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; hours of summer garden operation 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; hours of sales/service 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit anc2d. org. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â– Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale At its Jan. 3 meeting, the commission: â– re-elected Ron Lewis as chair; Bill Starrels, vice chair; Ed Solomon, treasurer; and Jake Sticka, secretary. As former chairs of the commission, Solomon and Tom Birch automatically remained vice chairs. â– commission chair Ron Lewis announced that as a result of a commission resolution, the city will restore the Circulator bus stops westbound on M Street between 31st Street and Wisconsin Avenue and the northbound and southbound stops at the corner of P Street and Wisconsin Avenue by the beginning of February. â– Tim Sheckler, the director of real property utilization and disposal for the U.S. General Services Administrationâ€™s National Capital Region, told commissioners and a host of local developers that the West Heating Plantâ€™s two-acre site bound by Rock Creek Park, 29th Street, the C&O Canal and K Street will probably be auctioned off on an as-is basis in late July or August. â– commissioners unanimously designated the Friends of Volta Park as
the official community representative for Volta Park before city agencies. â– commission chair Ron Lewis reported that the Zoning Commission will meet on Feb. 9 to discuss in public the Georgetown University campus plan. â– Safeway spokesperson Craig Muckle said the company has met with the District Department of Transportation about a problem with the driveway off Wisconsin Avenue. Cars turning left out of the store must wait â€œa very long timeâ€? if a car in front of them is turning right. â– commissioners voted 3-0-1, with Ed Solomon abstaining, that it has no objection to a two-story rear addition to 1738 Wisconsin Ave. as long as the existing parking remains unchanged. â– after a long discussion, commissioners voted 3-0-1, with Jeff Jones abstaining, to support the designs for Macaroon Bee, which include a sidewalk service window at 1669 Wisconsin Ave. The Citizens Association of Georgetown testified that while it is generally opposed to the street sales of fast food from a building window, it does not oppose the application so long as the window sales are limited to macaroons. Commissioner Ed Solomon agreed and added that long lines might arise even if the sales took place inside the building, as occurs at Georgetown Cupcakes. Neighboring business owners said that long lines could block entrances and hurt their businesses. â– commissioners unanimously recommended that the Old Georgetown Board reject a revised application to demolish and reconstruct a garage with an enlarged footprint at 3254 O St. But commissioners had no objection to the removal of a chimney that is not visible from the street. â– commissioners unanimously opposed plans of the Luigi Parasmo Salon at 1510 Wisconsin Ave. to alter the facade, replace the double door with a single door and change the awning of the former hardware store. While there was no objection to replacing the doors, the commission called for the awning to be replaced with two smaller awnings attached to the windows or with an appropriate sign. â– commissioners unanimously opposed plans to replace the sign at the DC Jewelry Center at 1432 Wisconsin Ave. as the owner has not responded to commissionersâ€™ questions and declined to make a presentation. â– commissioners unanimously agreed not to object to the concept design presented by the Four Seasons Hotel for a rear addition with a basement, window replacements, signs and awnings. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com.
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Published by the Foggy Bottom Association – 50 Years Serving Foggy Bottom / West End The Neighbors Who Brought You Trader Joe’s!
Vol. 54, No. 5
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WATERGATE SHOPS DELIVER Snowmaggedon of 2010* proved to be no match for the Watergate Mall shop owners. And while this December’s Safeway closing was not an unexpected happening—and the search for another grocery store is underway—it is one that has added to the steady decline in the number of customers and visitors. However, there are hopeful signs of renewal in the shopping complex. The new owners of the Watergate Hotel, Eurocapital, have put together a strong design agenda anticipating a 2013 reopening, and the sale of the Virginia Avenue office building to highly regarded local developer Penzance promises further renovations in the works. Already the Virginia Avenue storefront windows have been cleared and discussions about how to improve the Mall are underway. We are thankful that these historic facilities will be
receiving long overdue loving attention and renovations. Despite all these concurrent happenings, the small businesses in the Watergate Mall have been there over time and remain ready Freshly made pizza at Fresco’s to serve. Watergate less stressed shopping—and Mall is a destination, reasonably priced quick beginning with some of the best-priced and tasty breakfasts dining—experience, along with in town. Fresco eggs and coffee, unparalleled people-watching or Danish and an expresso from opportunities, with many from Watergate Bakery, to a lunch or the “A-List” mixing with the dinner from Fresco’s made-on- rest of us regular folks; and in an unmatched architectural site-fresh-daily pizza, lasagna, setting. The huge fountain meat balls or Chen’s pad thai. Stroll over to CVS to complete and cascading waterfall can be enjoyed throughout the warmer household errands or pick up months at the outdoor tables a quart of milk or ice cream. Services provided by the highly- while munching or sharing regarded Watergate Dry Cleaner beverages with friends. And get yourself on the invitation list (at the bottom of the Virginia for Watergate Frame Design’s Avenue side escalator at the awning) or a stop for a pedicure monthly gallery exhibition opening, where you can socialize, are the smallest of luxuries. Watergate Mall offers a (continued on next page)
Watergate Salon – FBA’s Newest Preferred Merchant History and nostalgia underscore the famous patrons who frequented Watergate Salon over the last three decades. Today, Watergate Salon has marked the passage of time adapting to provide an oasis of relief from the bustle and stress of our lives with its salon services. As one of the original shop owners of the Watergate Mall in the historic Watergate complex, Milanese born Antonia Buttaro opened the Watergate Salon in 1966. Today, over four decades later, Buttaro’s daughter Claudia continues the operations of high-end services in the luxurious, well appointed space bringing three decades of her own experience with the salon. Watergate Salon’s four hairdressers—Veronica, Stephan, Sonya, and Toni—exceed customers’ expectations fulfilling their desired “look.” Master estheticians, Michelle and Janice, have extensive knowledge and experience in all kinds of salon care. Sally and Yonette are available for manicure and pedicures. On Saturdays, Robert is available for a “melt-down-to-the-core-and-unwind-massage.” Claudia is there to greet guests with a smile and a choice of a coffee, cappuccino, or water. Whatever the stress or color of the tension of your day may bring, know that an appointment—for a cut, blow dry, color, highlight, skincare, massage, waxing or a pedicure—with the salon will have you emerging refreshed and with a brighter outlook… not to mention, looking good. Reach Claudia at 202 333-3488 Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Watergate Salon is FBA’s newest Preferred Merchant and offers 10% discount on all services: products excluded.
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Watergate gallery invites you to a reception Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 pm View the Haitian paintings that have come to us from the rainbow gallery in port-au-prince, Haiti. The gallery sustained significant damage in the devastating earthquake that occurred two years ago. In remembrance of that epic tragedy view the life and spirit of the Haitian people through the vitality exhibited in these colorful paintings. This exhibit has been extended through January 28th. 2552 Virginia Avenue NW (the lower level, the Watergate Mall) 202.338.4488 www.watergategalleryframedesign.com
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The People and Places of Northwest Washington
January 11, 2012 ■ Page 13
Local environmentalist shares his ‘Year of Stuff’
By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer
teve Ma’s “Year of Stuff” list gives some indications of how his 2011 went. He got engaged (his fiancée gave him a stone necklace from New Zealand). He got seasick on a ferry while visiting her there (he splurged on Sea-Legs, an anti-nausea pill.) He taught a class on social change at American University (foldable photo cube as a thank-you gift), he played flag football (free Hoosiers shirt), and his cat needed discipline ($50 wooden gate). Every time Ma, the founder of Live Green DC, bought or received an item last year, he wrote about it on a public blog. He did so, he said, “as a way to put my money where my mouth is.” Live Green, which Ma launched in 2008, is a membership organization that connects consumers to local green businesses and offers the members weekly discounts. To back a company that aims to make green living “easy and affordable” for locals, Ma thought he needed to look closely at his own behavior. “We don’t like to offer suggestions that we wouldn’t do ourselves,” he said in a recent interview at his Lanier Heights home.
Ma was satisfied with many of his lifestyle choices — he’s been a vegan for 20 years, and he doesn’t use a car — but he’d really never taken stock of all of his “stuff.” “Material goods I didn’t put a particular focus on until this year,” he said. At the start of 2011, he decided the blog would be a good way to force himself to think more carefully about the items he purchased and acquired. “I knew if I made it public, it would make [my choices] more intentional,” he said. His goal was to be conscious of “the ripple effect” of his acquisitions — whether they came from eco-friendly sources, and the
Photos courtesy of Steve Ma
Steve Ma posted every item he acquired in 2011 on a public blog, which encouraged him to make fewer and greener purchases. Left, the four books he got last year and the gate he bought because of his cat. impact they could have on the environment. Through the year, Ma documented every single material item that came into his life, with the exception of food, services and business-related fees. He included pictures, costs and details on where the item came from. By New Year’s, the inventory was complete. Ma spent $913 on material
items in 2011. Among the items he bought for himself were bike brakes, a used pair of jeans from Goodwill, detergent, a copy of the Street Sense newspaper, toilet paper and vitamins. He also spent some money on others — Christmas toys for his niece and nephews and Café Green gift cards as a Superbowl party prize. The tally is low, in part, because Ma came across a lot of stuff for
free — tennis balls and Steelers paraphernalia from friends, for example, and a replacement hard drive that Dell gave him gratis. And the figure doesn’t include what he calls his “biggest purchase of the year” — an engagement ring for his fiancée, Elli Nagai-Rothe, the cost of which he opted not to disclose publicly. But the blog itself also encourSee Stuff/Page 28
Group raising funds to open D.C.’s first wildlife-rehabilitation center By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer
ocal residents may be unaware of a growing population inside the urban jungle: wild animals. As suburban and rural areas see increased development, animals native to the region are squeezed out of their natural habitats. Coyotes, foxes and raptors are among those finding their way to the heart of the city by following Rock Creek. And that shift brings new dangers for wild animals looking to acclimate to the city: Cars hit them, unfamiliar animals attack them, and birds are injured when they fly into windows. When a domestic pet is hurt, it goes to a local vet. But what do you do if you come across a bird with a broken wing or a turtle that’s been injured crossing the street? That’s where City Wildlife comes in. The local nonprofit, established in 2008, is dedicated to assisting orphaned and injured wild animals — and to accomplish that goal, the group is working to establish the first-
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City Wildlife is working to help local animals as it awaits its new facility.
ever wild animal rescue and rehabilitation center in the District. “More than 1,700 wild animals are picked up each year by D.C.’s Animal Control,” said City Wildlife president Anne Lewis. “But there aren’t any licensed wildlife vets here in D.C., so the animals are taken to Second
Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg. Animal Control can’t run out there every time they pick up a new animal because it can take two or three hours round trip, so the injured wait for care during what can be a critical time, and some animals don’t make it. “We desperately need a rehab center in D.C. that can provide specialized care — for Animal Control, for residents and for the wildlife,” Lewis continued. Her group is now one step closer to reaching that goal. Late last year, the organization found what Lewis calls the perfect location for the rehabilitation center: a 3,100-squarefoot warehouse on the campus of the Washington Animal Rescue League at 15 Oglethorpe St. NW. “People know where it is, and it’s accessible,” said Lewis, who also happens to be a retired architect. She’s drafting plans for the new space as she simultaneously works with volunteers to raise the approximately $300,000 to $350,000 the group estimates it will take to operate the center each year.
“The beauty of having a facility is that it serves as a way to get people interested in wildlife,” said Lewis. “If someone brings an injured animal in, we can teach them, engage them. The center becomes a teaching tool.” In the meantime, City Wildlife is already helping a few special species. The organization has two rescue programs: Lights Out D.C., which works to prevent migrating birds from flying into tall glass buildings downtown and to rescue birds that do get injured; and Quack FAQs, a program that helps trapped mother ducks and their ducklings find nutrient water sources so the ducklings survive. In Lights Out D.C., City Wildlife works with property owners downtown, asking them to turn off their lights after 11 p.m. during bird migrating season, which takes place for several weeks in the spring and fall. “People are always surprised to learn about the problem with migratory birds hitting buildings in our city,” said City Wildlife vice president Jim Monsma, who used to See Wildlife/Page 28
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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School
Mrs. Yorkâ€™s upper elementary class (fourth through sixth grade) celebrated its annual Poetry and Tea event. Each student recites a poem in front of most of the teachers and parents. The sixth-graders recited a Spanish poem, and the fourth- and fifth-graders read or recited the English translation. This year, students had the option to also read or recite their own poems. There seemed to be a couple of themes with the poems this year: creepy, nature and silly. Fifth-grader Eva Gondelman said, â€œI really liked Poetry and Tea this year because the variety of poems were very interesting, especially mine. I recited â€˜Ode to Tomatoesâ€™ by Pablo Neruda.â€? Sixth-grader Sofia Brown said,
â€œI enjoyed my last Poetry and Tea. I liked hearing everybodyâ€™s poems, and then having the after-party. I recited â€˜These Precious Thingsâ€™ by Howard Alexander and Billy Mayerl.â€? After everybodyâ€™s lovely performances, it was time for the afterparty, or the tea part of the day. There were many delicious snacks and a large array of tea. Fourth-grader Marshall Cooperman said, â€œIt was fun. I had a really good time, and the snacks and tea were delicious. I recited â€˜The Land of Counterpaneâ€™ by Robert Louis Stevenson.â€? â€” Josie Schiffer, fourth-grader, and Lucia Braddock, sixth-grader
In third grade, we did an art project called â€œThis Land is Your Land.â€? Each class did different paintings. For instance, the Snapping Turtles painted the Golden Gate Bridge and lighthouses. The Tasmanian Devils painted the Statue of Liberty, the Jumping Beans painted the Grand Canyon, and the Thunderbirds painted farms. To start the painting project, first we sketched the paintings that we chose from a variety of pictures. Then we sketched the outlines of the landscape such as the water, mountains and whatever was in the background. In the next art class, we started painting our pictures. Then, we painted the main objects of the painting like the Golden Gate Bridge. It was so much fun to mix colors and work on the project. â€” Mary Morgan Lilley, third-grader
British School of Washington
On Friday, we went to the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. I learned that the Wright Brothersâ€™ first plane did not have seatbelts. It was very dangerous. I heard that a person rode on that plane and then died because she fell out of the plane. I also learned that there is a plane called an Albatross. It is a plane, but you use your feet to pedal like a bike. When using it to fly across the channel, you need to train yourself to not fall asleep because otherwise you will die. We learned lots about planes and how some can do stunts. I loved the museum. â€” Mati Cerisola, Year 3 Atlanta (second-grader)
The Janney Jaguars girls basketball team played an intense game against the Adams-Oyster Tigers in Janneyâ€™s brand-new gymnasium on Jan. 4.
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The score jumped back and forth in the first half. At the end of the third quarter, Adams-Oyster led 14-10. The score stayed that way for most of the fourth quarter until Janney fifth-grader Edmee BrownEgue made two foul shots and a layup to tie the game, 14-14. With 20 seconds left, Janney called a timeout. The Jaguars went up the court and Edmee made a shot â€” but it was a second after the buzzer, and the game went into five minutes of overtime. Fans for both teams cheered loudly during the extra time. Adams-Oysterâ€™s fans waved pompoms. The score stayed the same until 17 seconds remained, when Edmee was fouled. She missed the first foul shot but made the second to give Janney the lead, 15-14. In the final seconds, AdamsOyster came close to scoring but was not successful. The buzzer rang, and Janney fans streamed onto the court in celebration.Â â€œWhen I was taking the second [foul] shot, I knew that if I missed I would disappoint Janney,â€? Edmee said. â€œWhen I did score, it felt great!â€? Janney coach Elizabeth Koruda, a second-grade teacher, said the game â€œwas really nerve-wracking but exciting.â€? Janney has girls and boys basketball teams for the first time in three years.Â â€” Nicholas Spasojevic, fourth-grader
The second-graders studied habitats in science, library and reading this December. There are a lot of different kinds of habitats: woodlands, rain forests, arctic tundras, grasslands, deserts, oceans and even city parks! In library, some of the kids studying oceans researched sea lions, dolphins, sharks and whales. We learned that whales eat their food using baleen instead of teeth. We read about adaptation, which is how animals change to protect themselves. Chameleons change their colors and so do octopuses. Sharks are the same color as water because it is easier for them to blend in. That also helps them hunt.
In science, we made dioramas. Thatâ€™s like a 3-D model. We used fabric, cut-out pictures of animals, pipe cleaners and clay to build our habitats. Then we went on a field trip to the â€œAnimal Grossologyâ€? exhibit at National Geographic. There were lots of gross things: We saw sea cucumbers squirt their guts out of their bottoms, a mechanical cow burping and pooping and dung beetles rolling poop. We also learned things like when beetles get angry, they box â€” thatâ€™s why they are also called boxing beetles. It was gross but interesting. We learned about different colors of blood like blue, red and white. Did you know that lobsters have blue blood like many ocean animals? Orcas are ocean animals, but they have red blood because theyâ€™re mammals. Most insects have white blood, but a ladybug has yellow blood. â€” Second-graders
Something fun about Mr. Stoneâ€™s class in third grade is that there is a very special game called Trashketball. We have Trashketball every Thursday in math. There are two rounds of Trashketball. Before the first round, you have to do something mathrelated, like calculating problems, working in your math book or doing a worksheet. Next, you get to take shots at the basket! There are eight shots for Trashketball and two teams. The Trashketball is a tennis ball, which someone colored. Since we have 15 students in our class, someone will get a second turn. The first team starts at the one shot and if the player makes it, the next person on the same team shoots the two shot. If that person misses it, the next person on the same team shoots the one shot again. Once the first team is done, the second team goes. After that, Mr. Stone calculates what shots each team made so far. After the first round, you do more work that is math-related. This time around, we usually work in our Dalmatian books (our math journal is called a Dalmatian book because it has black and white spots on it). When weâ€™re done with that, itâ€™s time for the second round of shots, and whichever team makes it to the highest level of shots wins! â€” Kasey Orava, third-grader
On the cold morning of Dec.8, Murch Elementary had a preliminary Battle of the Books. Two teams faced off in a simulated battle. The Battling Badgers of Pattersonia (Mr. Pattersonâ€™s fourth grade) faced off against the Dreaded Dragons of Ottenville (Ms. Ottenâ€™s fifth grade). It was a close fight. The Battling Badgers answered a question wrong, and it was the only mistake they made. The Dragons answered it correctly. The Dreaded Dragons won 10-7. See Dispatches/Page 15
DISPATCHES From Page 14
During the assembly, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders were enlisted to read a range of books, and in March they will compete in a Battle of the Books. Homerooms will face other homerooms to answer questions about the books they read. It is rumored that the Battle of the Books goes back to the 1930s, when it was part of a Chicago radio program. Today it is a reading program for elementary, middle and high schools. Books are selected over a range of reading levels and genres. Over winter break, students begin reading the books.Â When we asked Principal Cebrzynski what he thought of the Battle of the Books, he said, â€œItâ€™s fortunate to have Ms. Hope bring it here. It is great.â€? English Language Learners teacher Holly Hope started Battle of the Books at Murch this year. We want thee to read! â€” Zach Crouch and Noam Jacobovitz, fifth-graders
National Presbyterian SchoolÂ
Hereâ€™s a rundown of whatâ€™s going on in the new year at National Presbyterian School. Every year, we do a musical, which is open to fourth, fifth and sixth-graders. This yearâ€™s production is â€œAladdin.â€? Of course, everyone wants to be the hilarious genie. Mr. Nolan, the long-term drama substitute, is directing it along with Mrs. Hull, the long-term music substitute, who will be in charge of the music part. Also, basketball has just started back up. We have a boys team and a girls team. They are made up of fifth- and sixth-graders. Now to our oldest grade in the school, sixth grade. The students just took a really big test, the SSAT, on Jan. 4, so they could get into a new school after this one. The test took the whole morning to complete. Finally, our school is hosting an Alumni Movie Night. We sure are keeping busy around here in 2012. Happy new year from National Presbyterian School! â€” Nina Carter, fifth-grader
St. Annâ€™s Academy
During the second quarter, the seventh grade has had many amazing activities. We had our Christmas concert. Some of the songs sung by our class were â€œJingle Bell Rockâ€? and â€œRockinâ€™ Around the Christmas Tree.â€? We also went on many field trips, one being a trip to the National Geographic Society to see a movie about the Roman Empire. We also went ice-skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. For many students, this was their first time ice-skating and so the students who knew how to skate helped those who didnâ€™t. We sure had a lot of falls and laughs. We ended up with a nice lunch in Chinatown. This trip will give us many fond memories. In social studies with Mr. Kane, we are learning about the Roman Empire. In Spanish, we are getting ready for a quiz on time, place and food. In science, we are going to do a DNA test on strawberries. Yum! In religion, we are getting ready for a test on the 10 Commandments and mortal/venial sin along with the two greatest commandments. In language arts, we are learning how to write a thesis statement. So far, this has been a great school year. â€” Claudia Silva and Victoria Dos Santos, seventh-graders
School Without Walls
On Jan. 3, I arrived at Metro Center and joined a slow-moving, massive line that contained students not only from Walls, but from all across the city. At the lineâ€™s end waited the Metro sales office. Waiting in that line was unpleasant but essential. Student transit passes are no longer sold at Walls. Now, they can only be purchased at the sales offices. The pass is a necessity. For $30, students ride â€œfreeâ€? for a month. Without it, even taking one bus to school and one back costs more than $15 a week. Before purchasing a pass, student IDs have to be registered, forms have to be filled out and paperwork must be turned in. But this only has to be done once. On Tuesday, many of us at Walls found ourselves in an uncomfortable position. I was informed that
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the leniency period allowing people to buy passes without forms ended with 2011. Paperwork is now required, each and every time. No one, not the Walls administration, not the school system administration, and most of all, not Metro, informed students that leniency had existed. Like many others, I was forced to return the next day. Metro singlehandedly controls the means for a vast majority of students to get to school. It is a relationship that should not be abused. There needs to be better communication between Metro and its riders.
There needs to be a change.Â â€” Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader
During the winter break, I went Christmas shopping with my mother, my sister and my grandmother. I played with my sisterâ€™s new Nintendo DSi and my American Girl doll. I also started working on my science project for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Fair. I sold Girl Scout cookies for my troop. And I got to see the â€œIce! Merry
Madagascarâ€? exhibit at National Harbor. The huge ice sculptures were really beautiful. The exhibit had lights inside the ice â€” it was amazing! We watched a preview of the movie â€œMerry Madagascar,â€? and a short clip explaining how the ice sculptures are made. The sculpting artists came from China. It took 2 million pounds of ice to complete this exhibit. I also saw ice sculptures of the Nativity scene with baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The best part was the lighted ice slide! â€” Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader
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16TH ST HEIGHTS OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS TWICE! 2 1-BR units in co-op bldg with “Old World Charm” & “Art Deco Flair”. Units have high ceilings, sep DR, HWFs, lots of closets and low fees! EZ transportation, 1 Blk to RC Park. Priced at $149K & $135K. www.TheChampionCollection.com. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700
RARE 828 SF 1BR, 1BA with fabulous city views. Loads of closets, freshly painted, fully equipped kitchen with loads of cabinets and counters: All just a short distance to the Cleveland Park METRO. Monthly fee includes utilities. Jeffrey Kochan Foxhall Office 202-363-1800
RENOVATED! One of the Hill’s prettiest Streets 3BR, 1.5BA, Granite & SS KIT; Great MBA w/glass tile; Sep finished Studio space in charming Backyard. Beautiful heart of pine floors; gas FP; just a few blocks to Barracks Row, METRO & Eastern Market. Susan Fagan 202-246-8337 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700
BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED colonial featuring 3 finished lvls, brand new Pergo flrs, designer granite, FR of kit, screened in porch with set down deck, LL feature in-law suite w/BA. So much more! Sintia Petrosian 301-395-8817 Friendship Hts 301-652-2777
ONE OF THE LAST large parcels on Mass Ave, this Circa-1926 mansion sits on almost a half-acre next to the VP’s residence. Mediterranean-style villa w/ chestnut paneling, two kitchens, and over 8,000 sqft of living space. Two-car garage w/ sep apt plus add’l prkg. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400
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ALL NEW 2 lvl condo lives live house. 1200sf, 2BR/2BA, open layout, maple flrs, great light, & modern look inside and Victorian look outside. Phil Di Ruggiero 202-725-2250 Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200
STUNNING 1900 SF 2BR, 2BA Penthouse with sweeping views, updated gourmet KIT, MBR ste with sumptuous bath & ample closets, huge living & dining rooms, spacious private balcony, & garage parking space in top notch building with pool. View at www.robythompson.com. Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300
NANTUCKET CHARMER! Rarely available 3 BR 2.5 BA home in sought after neighborhd close to the Palisade Rec Ctr. Open kit to fam rm leading to priv grdn & deck. MBR w/ marble BA, steam shower & huge walk-in clost. Convenient nearby transpo shopping & dining. 5205 Sherier Pl. NW Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400
ADAMS MORGAN $315,000 BEAUX ARTS BEAUTY. Pass through the most beautiful lobby in Washington when you come home to The Wyoming. Corner 1BR w/high ceilings, wood floors, good closet space, xtra stor. Pet OK, 24hr desk, great bldg roof deck. Nr Metro; 42 bus at the door. Call for info. Joe Kelley 202-238-2874 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 BETHESDA $1,850,000 MODERN designer’s dream. Centrally located, stunning, one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Large functional spaces, huge windows, custom lighting & sound system. Contemp appliances including Bulthaup, Meile., SubZero & Gaggeneau. MBR w/ mini kitchette & frplc. LL in-law suite. Yusef Khatib Foxhall Office 202-363-1800
service bldg with pool and gym. Elaine Conroy 202-744-6291 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300
GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200
FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800
CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700
BETHESDA $2,108,000 SUNNY, spacious custom home renov and expanded to include 1st floor Mste. Double LR, double FRs and large eat-in KIT. Sunny exposure & sited on 2 acre lot in Avenel. Three car garage with circular driveway on a quiet street. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 BRIGHTWOOD $205,000 TOTAL CONVENIENCE! Huge Unit, Lots of Sunlight, gorgeous HWFs and conveniently located to Public Transp, Dtwn Silver Spring & Metro, all this and Gar PKG! Fee incl all utils, except phone and cable.www.DCMDHomeFinder.com. Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 CLEVELAND PARK $409,000 BROADMOOR Co-op, Top Flr. Beautiful lge 1BR w/ lots of light & park views. Updtd KIT w/new ss appls & gran Counters. Sep Dining. HWFs, Freshly Painted & Custom Bookcases. Full Serv Bldg. Garage PKG to rent. Walk to Metro & shops. 3601 Connecticut Ave NW. John Mammano 571-331-8557 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 CLEVELAND PARK $435,000 BROADMOOR Co-op. Beautiful & bright 1BR + den. Just bring your suitcase. Updated KIT w/ New SS appls. Large rooms, HWFs, Formal DR, Freshly painted, Good views & Many period details. Indoor PKG Avail/rent. 1/2 blk to Metro & shops. 3601 Connecticut Ave NW. John Mammano 571-331-8557 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300
WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300
SW WATERFRONT $375,000 HARBOUR SQUARE… Spacious S-facing Co-op Unit w/spectacular river & pond views. 2 Balconies, 2 Lg BR, 2BA, Approx 1200 SF, newly painted w/refin flrs & loads of closet space. Sought-after community has Roof Deck & Olympic-size pool. Under 2 blks to METRO! www.TheChampionCollection.com. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 TAKOMA PARK $529,000 PRICE REDUCED! Just 3 blks to Farmers’ market & ½ mile to METRO. Charming 3-4BR, 2.5BA home has much to offer: Updtd KIT, LR w/FP, formal DR, terrific FR add’n w/PR on 1st flr. Fin LL w/ Rec Rm, BR & BA. New CAC, pretty landscaping, inviting Front Porch, Rear Deck, & OSP! Julie Roberts 202-276-5854 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 U ST CORRIDOR $355,000 SUPER WOW! Literally sun-drenched, rare top flr unit. Virtuallly new & totally hip open flr plan. Daryl Laster/ Lance Horsley 202-294-9055 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200
2BA with International flair: high ceilings, high gloss parquet floors, brand new windows & atrium door to balcony/patio. Freshly painted w/both a real DR & lightfilled eat-in KIT. Gracious, spacious!! Elizabeth Russell Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 COURTHOUSE $1,199,000 STUNNING 2 story PH at the Wooster & Mercer. 2BRs, 2BAs, over 1800sf w/soaring ceilings, incredible lights from flr-to ceilings windows. A MUST SEE!! Tom Spier 202-320-6711 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 703-522-6100 DC - NE $164,900 INVESTOR’S DELIGHT! Semi-detached 2BR, 1.5BA, w/Bsmt, 2-car PKG, govt approved $1,300/mo. High rate of return! 1 mile to 3 METRO stops. Hope to sell with tenant in place. Timothy Healy 301-980-4085 Chevy Chase Office 202-986-1001
GEORGETOWN $1,645,000 BRIGHT END UNIT townhouse with CLEVELAND PARK $499,204 3BR/4.5BA, built in 1990. Fully finished TRULY GRACIOUS space!! True 3BR, on 4 levels. Large, open LR/DR with
southern light. Chef's kitchen. Master suite & terrace with views of VA. Family room opens to garden. 3 fireplaces. Sauna. Elevator. Garage. 3242 Reservoir Rd. NW Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Tamora Ilasat 202 460-0699 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 GLOVER PARK $399,000 RENOVATED. 1 of only 2 units at Sheffield w/private terrace leading to grassy courtyard-perfect for pet friendly bldg. Large windows, great light, open plan. Large LR w/built-ins, renov KIT w/granite, stainless, lots of cabinets. MBR w/WIC, & 2nd large closet. Updated bath. W/D. HWD. Condo fee includes cable, HBO, Showtime. FHA approved. Garage Parking & storage included. 2320 Wisconsin Ave. NW #112 Kristen Bell Farman 202-870-4055 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 PETWORTH $249,900 - $259,900 ALMOST SOLD OUT! FHA APPROVED! Light filled, fantastic condos in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. Choose from 1BR w/den or 2BR/2BA. Quality &
affordability, finished with stylish and superior materials: gran, ss, HW & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! www.804taylorstreet.com. 804 Taylor St NW. Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 SPRING VALLEY $375,000 OPEN HOUSE JAN. 15, 1-4PM. Stately brick colonial home with slate roof and circular driveway. Gracious entry foyer with den, living room, formal dining, kitchen and powder rooms on main level. Dining room opens to screened porch that overlooks private landscaped garden. 4 bedroom and 4 full baths. Fireplaces in living room and lower level family room. 0.25 acre on quiet street. 4020 51st Street NW Roberta Theis 202-338-8824 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 SW WATERFRONT $329,000 SPECTACULAR, Bright & Especially Large. Huge 2BR, 1BA situated in the heart of the SW Waterfront with a modern open floor plan, WICs galore, and a top of the line Chef's KIT complete with granite and stainless steel. Full
WESLEY HEIGHTS $575,000 CHIC & SOPHISTICATED 1,653 sq ft Home is Sun-Filled and offers both East and West Exposures / Spectacular Sunrise and Sunset Views & a View/The National Cathedral! So much more! Connie Parker 202-302-3900 Friendship Heights 301-652-2777 WESLEY HEIGHTS $825,000 FABULOUS Price Reduction. ELEVATOR to all levels of this classic Westover TH. Move-in condition. Open floor plan offers elegant kitchen/dining on one level, gracious large LR. Mste includes French doors to balcony too!! Assigned parking. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 WEST END RENTAL $4000/MO. FABULOUS FURNISHED 1 BR penthouse w/spectacular views of the western Georgetown skyline. Renov to the high end with granite and hardwd flrs. Gourmet kit, stainless steel appliances. Sep dining area with French doors opening to large balcony. Garage prkg included in rent. 2555 Pennsylvania Ave #1011 Derry Haws 202-287-6707 Long and Foster 202-944-8400
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Renovated Brightwood home is bright, clean slate
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bank typically concentrate on a handful of neighborhoods. Among them are Petworth and Brightwood, both offering collections of pre-war housing that are attracting investors and do-it-yourself renovators alike. Just beyond Petworth’s northern border, this Brightwood end-unit property, built in 1924, has been thoroughly updated, and the result is a bright, clean slate for new owners. The entry from the grayish-tan brick exterior opens into an openplan living and dining space divided by a central stair. Original hardwood floors can be found here and throughout much of the home. Because the property is semi-detached, windows line the length of the ground floor, bringing in loads of light even on an overcast winter day. Beyond the hardwood-lined living room is another bright space.
The sunroom was once a screened porch but is now an all-season spot ideal as a casual living room; a wall niche makes a nice location for a television. On the other side of the stair, double windows let sunshine flood the dining room and the adjacent kitchen, which is also bright thanks to a window and French doors leading to a deck, the home’s rear yard and a parking pad beyond. The renovated kitchen balances warm and cool tones and yields a modern sensibility that retains a homey touch. Stainless-steel appliances set amid wood cabinetry include a gas stove, and granite counters in a warm neutral offer plenty of prep space for the cook. A trio of doors just beyond the kitchen add tons of utility to the home: A half bath, coat closet and storage with washer-dryer hookups wait behind them. The trek upstairs offers plenty of visual interest as it turns past an exposed brick wall that’s been painted a warm white. Period details other than original floorboards wait on this level, including fixed transoms above bedroom doors. The master bedroom is sunny and sizable; a translucent door to
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This end-unit home on Longfellow Street in Brightwood is priced at $449,900. An open house will take place Sunday. the master bath is a smart way to visually maximize space. The bath is also roomy, with a spa tub and separate shower stall lined in marble tiles, as is the floor. A large closet has been fitted with custom shelving, as have other storage spots here. A second sizable bedroom features exposed brick, also painted white, that acts almost as molding on the upper portion of the space. It connects to a full bath that also has a door to the hallway. A third spot here could be a bedroom, home office or more; it lacks a window but gets natural light through a skylight. A finished basement lends itself
to use as a casual living spot or as an in-law suite, thanks to plumbing and wiring installed for a kitchen here. A full bath, entrance to the rear yard and closet with a washer and dryer are also on this floor. As development in the area continues, particularly on Georgia Avenue, this location is becoming surrounded by more and more
amenities, including the proposed Walmart. This three-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 500 Longfellow St. is offered for $449,900. An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For details, contact Realtor Dina Paxenos with Keller Williams Capital Properties at 202256-1624 or dina@dinapaxenos.
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transcripts or apply for financial aid. Many of them â€œsimply think college is not obtainable,â€? he said. â€œBut when theyâ€™re exposed to it, they suck it up.â€?
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miniums showed that shadows from the new building would impact them only about three months of the year. â€œThatâ€™s not substantial enoughâ€? to conflict with a zoning overlay protecting open space in the Dupont area, Moldenhauer said. The projectâ€™s design is â€œa reasonable response to constraints of the property, and in the long run will be beneficial to the neighborhood,â€? said board member Peter May. The Dupont Circle advisory
A crowd of skeptical reporters at the press briefing questioned details of both bills. Who would pay for the tests, one asked. And isnâ€™t college unrealistic or unnecessary for those who want to pursue a trade or construction job? Brown stood his ground. He said most private schools require every student to take the
neighborhood commission had also voiced unanimous support, citing the need for more rental housing in the neighborhood. George Keys, attorney for the Richmond residents, said they probably wonâ€™t appeal. Keys noted that Keener-Squire and its architect, Eric Colbert, had already made design changes â€” moving a rooftop deck away from the Richmond, for example â€” to lessen the impact. Keener-Squire also agreed to a condition that requires locking the rooftop deck at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekend nights. A spokesperson for the firm said construction will begin in late 2012.
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SAT or ACT, and District students should be held to the same expectations. â€œItâ€™s OK to encourage kids to have high standards,â€? he said. â€œI donâ€™t see anything wrong with increasing the number of District students who apply to college.â€? Noting a current high school graduation rate of only 57 percent in the District, he said,
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we need to get enforcement in place.â€? Since 1922, the District has required property owners to clear their adjacent sidewalks after a snowstorm. But under current law, the process for enforcement â€” city workers will clear the snow-covered sidewalk, then go to court to seek reimbursement, even if it requires a lien on the property â€” is so convoluted that scofflaws virtually never face a penalty. Chehâ€™s bill, co-sponsored by Tommy Wells of Ward 6, would instead impose fines, although the dollar amount has been halved since last yearâ€™s non-action on the bill. Proposed fines are now $25 for residents, and $125 for commercial property owners. Warnings will go out first, and fines will be issued only once per day, under the softened bill. In addition, the executive branch will set up an exemption system for those â€” senior citizens and the disabled, for example â€” who canâ€™t shovel. During debate Jan. 4, Cheh agreed that no penalties will be imposed until the exemption system is in place. Other cities have similar side-
â€œfor all those who say this wonâ€™t work, doing nothing in this city hasnâ€™t worked for 30 years.â€? Brown said details will be hashed out during the legislative process and with D.C. Public Schools officials. Although charter schools are not included in the legislation, Brown said he expects some to follow suit.
walk-shoveling laws, some with steeper fines, Cheh and Wells said. Cheh argued that clear sidewalks are â€œvitally important for all those who walk.â€? She spoke of children forced to walk in the street because sidewalks near schools are not shoveled, and of seniors without cars who are homebound after a heavy snow. And if not shoveled promptly, she noted, the snow can turn to ice, making travel even harder. â€œThis is not a novel idea,â€? Cheh said. â€œThis law has been on the books since 1922. Now itâ€™s time to enforce it.â€? Still, the legislation has been mired in complaints. Critics have said the proposed fines would seem like just another tax, punishing seniors, the disabled and even small businesses. Theyâ€™ve argued that the city and federal governments should shovel their own properties first before residents are fined. And they worry that city workers have more important tasks than handing out tickets to shoveling scofflaws. Ward 1 member Jim Graham, who refused to move the same bill two years ago when he chaired the committee on public works, listed his concerns: Who will write the tickets? Who gets the ticket â€” the property owner or the tenant? What about poor people who canâ€™t afford a shovel â€” or a fine?
â€œNobody wants to see gaps in the sidewalk, but once we start issuing fines, expect a very strong reaction,â€? Graham warned. â€œIâ€™m not sure if it will result in clearer sidewalks. This is just going to be a lot more people paying money to the District government.â€? Muriel Bowser of Ward 4 echoed him. â€œMy concern is parking enforcement officers kind of marauding the neighborhood giving out tickets. There is a perception, among people who live here and pay taxes, that the government is nickling and diming them again and again.â€? The worst offenders, several members said, are federal and D.C. agencies that donâ€™t clear sidewalks around their property â€” parks and schools, for example â€” but would not be subject to the new fines. The National Park Service has acknowledged that it doesnâ€™t have funding to clear its many parcels of parkland in the city. And as for the city itself, Cheh said her bill would not apply. â€œWeâ€™re not going to fine ourselves. But itâ€™s clear the District government has to do a better job.â€? The bill passed on first reading â€” with Bowser, Graham and Ward 8 member Marion Barry voting no â€” after Ward 2â€™s Jack Evans moved to close debate. â€œWeâ€™ve been talking about this forever,â€? Evans said.
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ities with fascinating multifamily buildings, retail space and, most significantly, a new library and a new fire station,” said neighborhood commission chair Rebecca Coder. “This project offers a lot to the neighborhood, and we welcome it.” Representatives of the Foggy Bottom Association and the West End Citizens Association also testified in favor of the plan. But the Zoning Commission heard testimony from affordable housing activists from across the District and beyond, including several members of the Occupy DC movement. EastBanc is asking to develop the library building without the 8 percent affordable-housing component required under D.C. “inclusionary zoning” rules. The firm had initially pledged to incorporate those units into the firehouse project, while reserving the library development for luxury condo or apartment units. Though EastBanc still plans to satisfy inclusionary zoning rules for the fire station property — 8 percent of that building will be affordable rentals — it now can’t finance the affordable-housing requirements for the library project. District economic development officials say they hope to find a way to subsidize those units, but believe the project’s overall future shouldn’t be tied to them. They’ve noted the public benefits of a new library and firehouse, and the increased tax revenue of additional residences.
But activists said the District has inclusionary zoning requirements because the Zoning Commission recognized the soaring home prices in much of the District, and they said ignoring that background would set a bad precedent. “Clearly the so-called market won’t correct the lack of affordable housing for low- and moderateincome human beings,” testified Linda Leaks of Empower DC.
❝This project offers a lot to the neighborhood, and we welcome it.❞ — Rebecca Coder “Therefore, we need to use the few tools that we have available to us, which include the mandatory inclusionary zoning.” At a December hearing, several zoning commissioners also expressed concerns about the loss of some affordable housing from the project. On Thursday, commission chair Anthony Hood asked EastBanc president Anthony Lanier whether the two buildings could move forward if his commission didn’t waive the affordable-housing rule. “If the commission were to insist on that affordable-housing component, the project would be stalled,” Lanier replied. “Stalled, or go away?” asked Hood. “I cannot speculate, but it would be stalled,” said Lanier. EastBanc is also asking that the Zoning Commission allow the build-
ing to be taller than regulations would otherwise allow — 110 feet plus a penthouse with pool facilities and mechanical equipment. Commissioners have responded more favorably to that request than to the affordable-housing issue, with Peter May even calling requests for greater density in the area “a foregone conclusion.” But some immediate neighbors, including residents of a four-story condominium building and a twostory town house, testified Thursday that the proposed scale is too much. Others also objected to the design of the building, likening its series of projecting and regressed bays to a bureau with some of the drawers half open, and complaining that the projections would block their views. Testimony also covered increased traffic in the block’s back alleys, which EastBanc promised to widen as part of the project. Through dozens of meetings with neighbors and civic groups since March 2010, EastBanc has revised its plans to quell some objections to the building’s design, traffic management and construction plans. Changes came as recently as this month, with architects working to better integrate the proposed building’s facade with two adjacent town houses and reducing the size of the planned roof structure. But for some, the modifications weren’t enough. “Our opinion just hasn’t changed since the design was initially presented to us,” said Gretchen Hitchcock of the RitzCarlton Residences board. The Zoning Commission will vote on the proposal on Feb. 13.
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year, it required that crews go one block into residential neighborhoods on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, according to executive director Kristen Barden. Although she said the contracts aren’t directly comparable, the BID is spending $28,000 more on litter pickup in 2012 than it did in 2011. “The board was overwhelmingly supportive of doing this,” Barden said. “They have all heard these complaints from residents for a long time.” The broader litter cleanup program is typically funded by a mixture of BID funds — which come from local businesses — and D.C. grants. The city’s Department of Small and Local Business Development provided $90,000 of the total $178,000 contract, according to Barden. The additional $28,000 was shifted from the BID’s security budget, where it would have been used to hire extra private guards and Metropolitan Police Department
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officers on such special events as St. Patrick’s Day. “We’ve heard from the membership over the years that security is less of a concern, and that they’d rather have us spend money on marketing and cleaning, and we’re doing that,” said Barden. The Adams Morgan BID contracted with the nonprofit group Ready, Willing & Working to do the litter pickup. The group — which hires predominantly homeless and/ or formerly incarcerated D.C. residents — also has contracts to clean up streets in the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District and other sections of the city. Barden would not say what prompted the BID to switch from its previous contract with Gospel Rescue Missionaries. Reynolds said that although Adams Morgan business patrons are responsible for litter strewn farther than just one block from commercial corridors, he appreciates the BID’s effort. “I do think it is a goodwill gesture on their part, and I think it’s a nice thing for them to do,” said Reynolds. “But it’s also an appropriate thing to do, because we have a lot of these establishments.”
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Wednesday january 11 Class â– A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â€œSahaja Yoga Meditation.â€? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â– Composer, singer and songwriter Pierre de Gaillande and his band will perform English versions of songs by iconic French poet/singer Georges Brassens. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Chris Byars Octet and pianist Freddie Redd will perform jazz selections. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â– Eric Kaufmann of Birkbeck College, London, will discuss â€œShall the Religious Inherit the Earth?â€? 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. email@example.com. â– Richard Pomfret, adjunct professor of international economics at the School of Advanced International Studies Bologna Center, will discuss â€œAlternative Future Economic Scenarios for Central Asia.â€? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Gina A. Rudan will discuss her book â€œPractical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â– David Major, retired FBI supervisory special agent and director of counterintelligence, intelligence and security programs, will discuss â€œ2011 Espionage Debrief: A Worldwide Year in Review.â€? 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â– Hicks Stone, the youngest son of architect Edward Durell Stone and author of his biography, will discuss the breadth of his fatherâ€™s life and career. A book signing will follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â– Linda Voris, assistant professor of liter-
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Events Entertainment ature at American University, will discuss â€œGertrude Stein: A Writer Is a Writer Is a Writer.â€? 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â– Former Washington Post columnist Donna Britt will discuss her book â€œBrothers (and Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â– The Petworth Neighborhood Library will present an episode of the documentary series â€œEyes on the Prize.â€? A discussion will follow. 3:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â– â€œThe Met: Live in HDâ€? will feature an encore performance of the Metropolitan Operaâ€™s production of â€œFaust.â€? 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. â– A Kurdish film festival will feature Shawkat Amin Korkiâ€™s 2009 film â€œKick-Off,â€? about refugees living in a soccer stadium in Kirkuk. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. â– The Lions of Czech Film series will feature David Ondricekâ€™s 2006 film â€œGrandhotel.â€? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Sporting event â– The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 7:30 p.m. $92 to $205. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Thursday, Jan. 12
Thursday january 12 Book signing â– George Norfleet will sign copies of his book â€œA Pilotâ€™s Journey,â€? about the Tuskegee Airmen. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Concert â– Electronic musician and vocalist Yoko Kamitani will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â– Joan Bradley Wages, president and chief executive officer of the National Womenâ€™s History Museum, will discuss efforts to identify a site for the museum and lobby Congress for a permanent facility. 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â– Historian and human rights activist Vadim J. Birstein will discuss his book
â€œSmersh: Stalinâ€™s Secret Weapon: Soviet Military Counterintelligence in WWII.â€? Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â– Phillips Collection curator at large Klaus Ottmann, author of â€œThe Essential Mark Rothko,â€? will discuss â€œMark Rothko and Color.â€? 6 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â– A gallery talk on â€œEvolution of a Collectorâ€? will describe Duncan Phillipsâ€™ initial dislike of the work of modern artists such as CĂŠzanne, Matisse and Picasso, and his later decision to collect and champion their work. 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â– London-based architect Jim Eyre will discuss the boundaries of art and science through building scales. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â– Savitri D, Bill Talen and Reverend Billy will discuss the book â€œThe Reverend Billy Project, From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall.â€? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. â– PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley will lead a panel discussion on â€œRemaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity,â€? featuring Princeton University professor Cornel West (shown), personal finance expert Suze Orman, filmmaker Michael Moore, author Barbara Ehrenreich, poverty expert Jeffrey Sachs, urban revitalization strategist Marjoa Carter and Feeding America president Vicki B. Escarra. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. tavistalks.com/remakingamerica. â– Erik Demaine of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will discuss â€œAlgorithms Meet Art, Puzzles, and Magic.â€? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-3286988. â– Theoretical physicist and author Lawrence Krauss will discuss â€œOn the Universe and Nothingness.â€? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â– The â€œImmigrants in Americaâ€? book discussion series will delve into â€œBrother, Iâ€™m Dyingâ€? by Elwidge Danticat. 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3072. â– Jodi Kantor will discuss her book â€œThe Obamasâ€? in conversation with David Brooks. 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. â– Randall T. Frost will discuss â€œThe Structure of Bowen Theory.â€? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, BgafMk^gj@Yhhq@gmj =n]jqEgf\Yq%>ja\Yq >jge,%/he Dggc>gjGmjKmf\Yq:jmf[` :]_affaf_BYfmYjq)kl
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Schein on piano. 7:30 p.m. $50. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202625-2361. Discussion â– Journalist and author Thomas W. Lippman will discuss his book â€œSaudi Arabia on the Edge: The Uncertain Future of an American Ally.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
Thursday, january 12 â– Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Leila Josefowicz will perform works by Debussy, Mackey and Sibelius. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. â– â€œClassic Conversationsâ€? will feature actor James Earl Jones and Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn. 8 p.m. $35. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Films â– The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present the documentary â€œChautauqua: An American Narrative,â€? about the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. A discussion will follow. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â– The Alliance FranĂ§aise de Washington will present Sylvain Chometâ€™s 2010 animated film â€œThe Illusionist.â€? 7 p.m. $9; $4 for students and seniors. Reservations required. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202234-7911. Performance â– The Topaz Hotel Barâ€™s weekly stand-up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Tasting â– Chris Oâ€™Brien, author of the book â€œFermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World,â€? will lead a â€œtutored tastingâ€? of winter beers that have been brewed in ways that support their surrounding communities. 7 p.m. $20 in advance; $23 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Friday, Jan. 13
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Concerts â– The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Franck, Ibert and Kabalevsky. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â– Philadelphia-based trombonist Jeff Bradshaw will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â– The Embassy Series will present â€œSchubertâ€™s Birthday Celebration,â€? featuring Earl Carlyss on violin, Kenji Bunch on viola, John Patitucci on double bass and Ann
Meeting â– The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Performances â– The Git-Hoan Dancers from Washington state â€” comprised of members of the Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit nations of southeast Alaska and led by carver David Boxley â€” will perform traditional and contemporary dance wearing elaborately carved masks. 12:30 and 2 p.m. Free. Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m. â– Theater Allianceâ€™s â€œHothouse on Hâ€? series will feature a staged reading of Nathan Louis Jacksonâ€™s â€œBroke-ology,â€? about a loving African-American family facing its troubles with humor, resiliency and grace. 7 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. theateralliance.com. Special event â– Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church will present a Shabbat service commemorating the spirit and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. 7 p.m. $6; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Sporting event â– The Washington Capitals will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. 7 p.m. $76 to $157. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Saturday, Jan. 14
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Childrenâ€™s program â– The â€œSaturday Morning at the Nationalâ€? series will feature a performance by the Revision Dance Collective. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Class â– Juliette G. Tahar will lead a class on â€œEveryday Delicious Vegan Meals.â€? 10 a.m. to noon. $25; reservations required. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. smithcenter.org. Concerts â– National Symphony Orchestra musicians Aaron Goldman, William Wielgus and Janet Frank will present â€œTeddy and the Ten Hats,â€? about a bear whose zany collection of hats represents a variety of music from Haydn to Sousa and beyond (for children ages 3 through 5). 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Orchestra, featurSee Events/Page 21
ing students from premier collegiate jazz programs along the East Coast, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will host a family concert by the youth of the Bokamoso Youth Center in Winterveldt Township near Pretoria, South Africa. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. chaw.org. ■ Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. ■ The Axelrod String Quartet and the Old City String Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. 8 to 10 p.m. $31. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. The performance will repeat Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Performance ■ Bettmann Dances will present “Quis Custodiet,” about the issue of security and its effect on creative expression. 7 p.m. $25; $15 for students, teachers, seniors and artists. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. quis.bettmanndances.com.
Expo ■ The 19th annual NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo will feature activities, exhibits, health screenings, exercise classes and cooking demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. nbcwashington. com. The expo will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Film ■ “Paris to Fort Lee: French Filmmakers and the American Industry” will feature Étienne Arnaud’s 1912 film “Robin Hood,” at 2:30 p.m.; and Maurice Tourneur’s 1915 film “Alias Jimmy Valentine,” at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
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Discussions and lectures ■ “Flour Power” will explore how the city’s last remaining 1800s grist mill used water power to make flour and help advance the Industrial Revolution. Noon and 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Kenneth Pollack (shown) and Daniel Byman will discuss their book “The Arab Awakening: America and the Transformation of the Middle East,” at 1 p.m.; and John M. Barry will discuss his book “Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Warren Perry, National Portrait Gallery staffer and former Graceland tour guide, will discuss his book “Echoes of Elvis: The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley.” 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis will use video of well-known ballets to help explain the fine craft of making a ballet. 3 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Poet and Institute for Policy Studies board chair E. Ethelbert Miller and political analyst and playwright John Feffer will discuss “The Intersection of Art and Activism,” followed by a sneak preview of Feffer’s upcoming play “A Little Knowledge.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
Special events ■ Chris Morganroth III, an elder of the Quileute Tribe, La Push, Wash., will tell traditional stories and discuss how his tribe is presented in the “Twilight” books and movies. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ David Boxley, a Tsimshian carver from Metlakatla, Alaska, will unveil his specially commissioned 22-foot totem pole, which tells the story of Eagle and Young Chief. Noon. Free. Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ The DC Anime Club and It’s Gosu will present an afternoon of video game tournaments and anime screenings (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Room A-5 and A-10, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. dcanimeclub.org. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Philadelphia 76ers. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Walks and tours ■ Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive “Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3415208. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a vigorous winter hike in Rock Creek Park. Noon. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, Jan. 15
Sunday january 15 Children’s program ■ Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about writer, poet and art collector Gertrude Steing and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. Concerts ■ The All Points West Chamber Music Ensemble will present a family concert. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. chaw.org. ■ National Symphony Orchestra cellist Yvonne Caruthers and a small ensemble will present “Connections: MORE Language and Music.” 1:30 and 4 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The six-piece, Baltimore-based ensemble Jazz Caravan will perform. 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202. ■ Mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams and pianist Lucas Wong will perform works by Berlioz and others. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151.
Monday, january 16 ■ Concert: The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University will host their annual “Let Freedom Ring” musical celebration, featuring Grammy-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. 6 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by Herbert Sumsion, H.K. Andrews and Adam Drese as part of its Choral Evensong series. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. ■ Guest organist John Cannon from Fort Collins, Colo., will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ A choir from the Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ in Riverdale, Md., will perform gospel music in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Americantiga, the National Gallery of Art Chamber Players and soprano Rosana Orsini will perform Brazilian and Portuguese music. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures ■ The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk by Rabbi Harold White, Jewish spiritual leader of the Interfaith Families Project of the Greater Washington, DC Area and former senior Jewish chaplain at Georgetown University. 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ Natalie Wexler will discuss her book
“The Mother Daughter Show,” at 1 p.m.; and James G. Hershberg will discuss his book “Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Anne Markham Schulz, professor of art history and architecture at Brown University, will discuss “Woodcarving and Woodcarvers in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Venice.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Fariba Nawa will discuss her book “Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. Films ■ “Maurice Tourneur: 1930s” will feature the French-American director’s 1930 film “Accusée, Levez-Vous!” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Hip-Hop Cinema Cafe, Words Beats & Life and the “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” series will present Joshua Atesh Litle’s 2010 film “The Furious Force of Rhymes.” 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Performance ■ Students from the St. Labre Indian School in Montana will perform powwow-style dances and drumming. Noon. Free. Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Reading ■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature emerging and established poets, followed by an open-mike segment. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes. 5 p.m. $78 to $157. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Walk ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a vigorous winter hike in Rock Creek Park. 10 a.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, Jan. 16
Monday january 16 Discussion ■ Sally Bedell Smith will discuss her book
“Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Steven Spielberg’s 1972 film “Something Evil.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance ■ Theater J’s “Locally Grown Festival” will feature a staged reading of Jacqueline Lawton’s “The Hampton Years,” about a Jewish professor and two students who struggle to create art at an all-black Virginia college amid World War II and segregation. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $30. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. Reading ■ In honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, poets Carlos Parada, Kim Roberts and Dan Vera will present dramatic readings of speeches and poetry with a protest theme. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. Special event ■ “King in Our Midst” will feature interfaith dialogue and performances by groups such as Malcolm X Dancers & Drummers, St. Augustine Gospel Choir, poet Tony Keith, Urban National H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir, Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir, and CityDance with singers from School Without Walls. 2 to 4 p.m. Donation of a nonperishable canned food item or a new children’s book requested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Houston Rockets. 2 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tuesday, Jan. 17
Tuesday january 17 Book signing ■ Allan Topol will sign copies of his book “The China Gambit.” Noon. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Classes and workshops ■ Arlington-based writer, book artist and educator Sushmita Mazumdar will lead a memoir-writing class. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 See Events/Page 22
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Continued From Page 21 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â– Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â– Yoga instructor Liz Nichols will lead a six-week â€œLaughter Yogaâ€? class that will combine deep breathing, stretching and laughter exercises. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â– Artist Chuck Baxter will lead a six-week â€œTry Your Hand at Artâ€? class. 2 to 4 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â– The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concert â– An anniversary concert in memory of legendary composer and recording artist Debbie Friedman will feature local singers Lisa Baydush, Sally Heckelman, Audrey Katz, Teddy Klaus and Jill Moskowitz. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Discussions and lectures â– The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by American University politics and journalism professor and retired USA Today reporter Richard Benedetto on â€œHow the Obama White House Manages the News Media.â€? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8954860.
Events Entertainment â– Nichole N. Bridges, associate curator for African art at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will discuss â€œThe Symbolic Elegance of Lower Congo and Kuba Textiles.â€? Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. â– Cokie Roberts will discuss her book â€œFirst of Hearts: Selected Letters of Mrs. Henry Adams.â€? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– A panel of Georgetown University faculty members will discuss â€œA Dream Deferred: Dr. Kingâ€™s Unfinished Campaign for Economic Justice.â€? 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-4134. â– Merle Hoffman will discuss her book â€œIntimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion From the Back Alley to the Board Room.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– The Palisades Book Club will discuss â€œBel Cantoâ€? by Ann Patchett. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. FIlm â– The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present the 1976 film â€œTaxi Driver.â€? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Performances â– The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Arts Consortium and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will present â€œA Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr.,â€? featuring a special appearance by the youth of the Bokamoso Youth Centre in South Africa. 7 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th Street and Independence
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Tuesday, january 17 â– Concert: Nashville-based pop singer/songwriter David Mead will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.
Avenue SE. 202-547-6839. â– The Arts Club of Washington and First Draft at Charter Theatre will present a reading of Mario Baldessariâ€™s new comedy â€œThe Bison Beast of Dubois,â€? about a small townâ€™s attempt to revive its tourism industry. 7:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. firstdraft.org. Special event â– Dennis J. Pogue, vice president for preservation at George Washingtonâ€™s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, and Gardens, will discuss â€œGeorge Washingtonâ€™s Mount Vernon Distillery.â€? A tasting of four classic whiskey cocktails will complement the presentation. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St. NW. museumoftheamericancocktail.org. Sporting event â– The Washington Capitals will play the New York Islanders. 7:30 p.m. $45 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Wednesday, Jan. 18
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Discussions and lectures â– The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Mary Bullock, Sarel Kromer and Laurie SegelMoss on â€œRwanda Peace Narratives.â€? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â– Adam Goodheart will discuss his book â€œ1861: The Civil War Awakening.â€? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– Kenneth D. Ackerman will discuss his book â€œYoung J. Edgar: Hoover, the Red Scare and the Assault on Civil Liberties.â€? Noon. Free. West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â– The National Womenâ€™s History Museumâ€™s lecture series on â€œThe Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Womenâ€™s Historyâ€? will feature a talk by New York University professor Deborah Willis on â€œNew Negro Women and Beyond: Posing Beauty in African American Culture.â€? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. email@example.com. â– Trita Parsi will discuss his book â€œA Single Roll of the Dice â€” Obamaâ€™s Diplomacy With Iran.â€? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss his book â€œHealth Care Reform: What It Is, Why Itâ€™s Necessary, How It Works.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â– Julia Osman, professor of history at Mississippi State University, will discuss â€œâ€˜In the Name of Honorâ€™: Officers of the French Army and Their Participation in the American Revolution.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. Films â– The Textile Museum will present the 2011 films â€œFold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsuiâ€? and â€œAnatsui at Work.â€? Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202667-0441, ext. 64. â– A film series on the civil rights movement will feature â€œFreedom Riders,â€? at 3:30 p.m.; and â€œNo Easy Walk: 1961-1963,â€? at 5 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271225. â– The â€œAmerican Repertoireâ€? series will feature Billy Wilderâ€™s 1955 film â€œThe Seven Year Itch,â€? starring Marilyn Monroe, Evelyn Keyes and Tom Ewell. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets
NW. 202-633-1000. â– A Kurdish film festival will feature Hisham Zamanâ€™s 2005 film â€œBekas and Bawke,â€? about two brothers who want to live in the United States with Superman, and his 2007 film â€œWinterland,â€? about two Kurdish refugees in Norway. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. â– The French CinĂŠmathĂ¨que series will feature CĂŠdric Klapischâ€™s 2011 film â€œMy Piece of the Pie,â€? about a single mother who loses her job at a local factory but soon lands work cleaning the Paris apartment of a handsome but cocky power broker. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Special event â– â€œA Spiritual Tribute to Dr. Kingâ€™s Legacyâ€? will feature the combined chapel and gospel choirs of Georgetown University, as well as Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee co-founder Bernard Lafayette Jr. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6874134. Sporting event â– The Washington Wizards will play the Oklahoma City Thunder. 7 p.m. $10 to $605. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Thursday, Jan. 19
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ehind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves,” an exhibit meant to clear up misconceptions resulting from the popular “Twilight” books and films, will open Friday at the National Museum of the American Indian and continue through May 9. Approximately 20 objects of art by the Quileute people of coastal Washington state offer an authentic interpretation of the tribe’s wolf imagery and mythology, including several wolf headdresses. Located at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will open an exhibit today of more than 30 drawings by the Dublin-born artist Michael Craig-Martin, who grew up in Northeast D.C. but now lives in London.
On view through Feb. 17, the drawings portray subjects from ordinary life using a mechanical line. An artist’s reception will take place today from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 805 21st St. NW on the second floor, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-994-1525. ■ The District of Columbia Arts Center will open an exhibit Friday that presents work by four artists who competed in what the center is billing as the “World’s First Art Decathlon,” modeled on the sports events that test all-around athletes. Artists Shanthi Chandrasekar, Lee Gainer, Lisa Rosenstein and Mary Woodall competed in 10 artistic areas: textiles/fiber art, painting, drawing, video, printmaking, photography, collage, sound, conceptual
art and sculpture. Their works will remain on view through Feb. 5, during which time they will be judged by an eight-person panel. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., and an artist’s talk and awards ceremony will be held Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833. ■ “Dan Tulk: Lines and Shadows,” a memorial exhibition for Virginia artist Dan Tulk, will open Friday at Washington Project for the Arts and continue through Feb. 3. Tragically killed in a traffic accident last November, Tulk created sculptural installations and small sculptures from everyday objects and inexpensive materials. His works project a visual simplicity and ephemeral nature that belie their exacting and often elaborate construction.
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eegan Theatre will present Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Jan. 21 through Feb. 18 at the Church Street Theater. Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,”
An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-7103. ■ “Art @ Work: A Collaboration to Heal DC,” a community arts project, will open Friday at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts’ Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts
Gallery and continue through Feb. 18. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to add their touches to a growing graffiti-style mural in the gallery. The completed mural will be permanently installed in a local neighborhood as part of the “Open Walls” project of Albus Cavus, an arts group that transforms commuSee Exhibits/Page 30
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the play depicts the harried writing staff as they frantically scramble to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman Max Prince. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, as well as at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703892-0202; keegantheatre.com. ■ American Ballet Theatre will present “La Bayadère” and a mixed repertory program Jan. 31 through Feb. 5 at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $99. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” Jan. 12 through Feb. 4 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. D.C.’s commedia dell’arte theater company will present a high-octane adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, featuring five actors in a one-hour piece that joins physicality with Shakespeare’s poetry and highlights tragedy by juxtaposing it A commedia dell’arte production with humor. of “Romeo and Juliet” will open Performance Jan. 12 at the Mead Theatre Lab. times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and $15 for children ages 12 and younger. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 800-838-3006; factionoffools.org. ■ The Kennedy Center will close “Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards,” starring Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor, Jan. 15 in the Eisenhower Theater.
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Keegan Theatre will present Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Jan. 21 through Feb. 18. Everything is bigger in Texas. For the late Texas politician Ann Richards, that maxim held true not only for her huge character and heart, but also her wit and hairdo. Taylor wrote the play as a way of sharing what it was about the down-home woman that affected so many people so deeply. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $54. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ “Billy Elliot the Musical” will close at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House Jan. 15. Set in a small English town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a talent for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $25. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ The Mariinsky Ballet will present “Les Saison Russes” Jan. 17 through 22 in the Kennedy Center’s See Theater/Page 30
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Park mall is less clear. Some community leaders have said previously that they believe the mall’s small storefronts will be consolidated into anchor stores, citing Target and Bloomingdale’s as likely tenants. But 10 months after those stores were expected to have been named tenants, nothing has materialized publicly, and the Vornado spokesperson had no comment. “Do we need more communication? In a short answer, yes,” said Bill Starrels, the advisory neighborhood commissioner representing southern Georgetown. Starrels said a December meeting with the Georgetown business community, which he attended, was a good start. At that meeting, according to Starrels, Vornado expressed an interest in attracting more big-name retailers to the mall — which he said would be a positive move for the neighborhood, attracting more shoppers to the Georgetown business district. The last public activity at
Georgetown Park came over the summer, when Vornado applied to the Old Georgetown Board for permission to add windows and entrances to the mall. Some of the changes would optimize space for “a larger format tenant,” the project architect said at the time. Board members rejected those proposals as “not appropriate for this facade, or for Georgetown.” The Old Georgetown Board, part of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, must grant approval to exterior modifications to the neighborhood’s buildings, including any signage. Commission secretary Thomas Luebke said there had been no new applications for either the mall or the Barnes & Noble site as of last week, but the deadline for the board’s next meeting isn’t until tomorrow. The Vornado spokesperson wouldn’t say how soon Nike would move in at 3040 M St. and declined to offer any additional information. The spokesperson also declined to discuss why the company hopes to change the Georgetown Park mall, stating that the firm prefers to “look forward,” while adding that plans have not yet been developed.
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“We’re working through some redevelopment ideas, we’re working closely with the community, and we’re very committed to the project,” the spokesperson said. “I think at the end of the day, there will be a Georgetown Park that really adds to Georgetown.”
for it — it’s not automatically applied to a property tax bill. Ten members of the public testified at the hearing, including former Ward 3 D.C. Council member Jim Nathanson, who drafted the original legislation in the 1990s. All were in favor of the new bill, with one exception: Kwame Boadi, who represented the nonprofit DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Boadi said that while his organization supports adjusting tax benefits to account for inflation, it questions whether this particular tax code is the best choice, as it impacts residents who have income in excess of $100,000. Instead, his group advocates that the council look at Schedule H, a tax credit that would apply to homeowners and renters, including seniors, who make less than $20,000 — an income cap that was set 35 years ago and, if adjusted for inflation, could impact a larger number of low-income D.C. residents, he said.
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for the primary race. Biddle didn’t respond to requests for an interview for this story. On his campaign website and in previous interviews, he emphasized his experience in education — as a teacher, the leader of an advocacy group and a Ward 4 representative on the D.C. State Board of Education. On his website, Biddle, a Shepherd Park resident, also highlights his interest in ethics reform: “Sekou believes the District of Columbia can only reach its full potential when our leaders are as honest, competent and hard working as our citizens,” the website states. Biddle placed third in last April’s at-large special election, behind Orange and Republican Patrick Mara, collecting 9,373 votes to their 13,583 and 11,851, respectively. He was selected narrowly over Orange to serve as the interim at-large member in January 2011. Holness said her three years on the Columbia Heights advisory neighborhood commission, including the last two years as the body’s chair, left her feeling constrained by the position’s limitations. “As an ANC commissioner, you’re not able to do things that city council members can do,” Holness said, adding, “I believe this is just an opportunity to take it up a notch and serve more of the people.” As an at-large council member, Holness said, her top priority would be to improve the District’s public education offerings, from pre-k through college. The school system needs to gear students toward either higher education or a trade, she said. In addition to serving as an advisory neighborhood commissioner, Holness is pastor of the Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Petworth and president of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. “I’ve worked in the community all of my life, since the age of 12 when I served as president of the local Youth NAACP, … in every quadrant of the city,” said Holness. Orange, who did not respond to interview requests and did not appear to have a website for his re-election campaign as of yesterday, is a former Ward 5 council member who served from 1999 to 2007. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2006 and for council chairman in 2010 before winning the at-large seat last year. In previous interviews, Orange emphasized a commitment to fiscal responsibility and eliminating fraud, waste and abuse in D.C. government. He chairs the council’s Committee on Small and Local Business
Eric Goulet, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Vincent Gray, testified that the mayor supports the concept of the bill but has concerns about the loss in revenue. By his office’s estimates, the bill could cost the city $1.23 million. Goulet added that there are currently more than 20 different tax credits that could otherwise help this demographic group. He also emphasized that unpredictably high expenditures on Medicaid, electricity and water and police retention benefits are outpacing the city’s revenue gains. Bowser responded by asking about the status of awaited appointments to the tax commission, which could stall the bill. Goulet said Gray is close to filling the seats and that his decision should “come soon, in the next couple of weeks.” Bowser said that if she lacks the necessary votes for the bill she will consider providing a graduated property tax deduction. For example, homeowners with less than $100,000 income could qualify for a 50 percent reduction in the property tax bill, but those who make between $100,000 and $125,000 might qualify for a 25 percent decrease.
Development, for which he recently ordered all D.C. department heads to attend a hearing and discuss their compliance with laws that require agencies to contract with small local businesses. Last fall, Orange also famously pushed for council members to have higher salaries but to be prohibited from holding outside employment and to be limited to serving two four-year terms. Shapiro, a Ward 4 Chevy Chase resident, said he hopes to bring his experience from eight years on the Prince George’s County Council to the District. Biddle He said he’s “fed up” with the D.C. Council’s behavior. “There’s too much infighting,” he said. “I think there’s a need for stronger and more ethical leadership on the council. ... I’ve got a track record that demonstrates that I’ll do what I say I’ll do.” Shapiro said his top priority Holness would be job growth, which he would achieve as an at-large council member by designating “technology districts” in blighted neighborhoods that would offer tax incentives to businesses setting up there. “I think job creation is the No. 1 need that this city has right now,” said Shapiro. “There are parts of the Orange city that are just left behind.” He pointed to his successful push for an arts district in his Prince George’s County legislative district as an example of what he would help accomplish in D.C. Additionally, two D.C. Statehood Green Party candidates filed for the April 3 primary: G. Lee Aikin and Shapiro Ann Wilcox, both of the Dupont Circle area. Mary Brooks Beatty, a former Ward 6 advisory neighborhood commissioner, is unchallenged as the Republican candidate in the November general election. Two seats will be up for grabs in the November election; under the home rule charter, each political party can nominate only one candidate. Incumbent Michael Brown, an independent, is seeking re-election. Former D.C. Council aide David Grosso is also running as an independent.
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nities through public art. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600. ■ The National Portrait Gallery will open a small exhibit Friday of memorabilia and an iconic painting of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the American Girl Guides in 1912, which later became the Girl Scouts of the USA. On view throughout 2012, the exhibit celebrates the organization’s centennial. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ Hemphill will open two exhibits Saturday with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and continue them through March 10. “Franz Jantzen: Ostinato” features Jantzen’s photographic assem-
blages, which combine multiple images of the same subject from different angles, just as the ostinato technique in music repeats notes, motifs and phrases to build up a
Paula Lantz’s abstract paintings are part of an upcoming exhibit at Touchstone Gallery. composition as a whole. “Willem de Looper: Paintings, 1968-72” celebrates a Washington Color School stalwart, presenting four large-scale stained-color-field
canvases by de Looper (19322009). Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-5601. ■ Cross MacKenzie Gallery will open an exhibit Saturday of new ceramic work by Korean artist Hyun Kyung Yoon with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue it through February. Located at 2026 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202333-7970. ■ “Into the Wild,” featuring bold colorful abstract paintings by Paula Lantz inspired by her recent safari to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, opened last week at Touchstone Gallery, where it will continue through Jan. 29. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787.
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Opera House. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $29 to $150. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ The hit musical “La Cage aux Folles” comes to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater Jan. 17 through Feb. 12. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $65 to $130. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” Jan. 17 through March 4 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon Wednesday, Feb. 1. Tickets cost $37 to $90. The Lansburgh is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. ■ Arena Stage will present “Elephant Room” Jan. 20 through Feb. 26 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202488-3300; arenastage.org. ■ Arena Stage will present John Logan’s Tony Awardwinning play “Red” Jan. 20 through March 4 in the Kreeger Theater. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org. ■ Ford’s Theatre will present Richard Hellesen’s “Necessary Sacrifices” Jan. 20 through Feb. 12. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $33. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833; fordstheatre.org. ■ Rorschach Theatre will stage the world premiere of Fengar Gael’s “The Gallerist” Jan. 20 through Feb. 19 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; rorschachtheatre.com. ■ The In Series is presenting “Barber & Barberillo”
The In Series is presenting “Barber & Barberillo” through Jan. 22 at Source. through Jan. 22 at Source. A double bill of Samuel Barber and Giancarlo Menotti’s “A Hand of Bridge” and Francisco Asenjo Barbieri’s “The Little Barber of Lavapies,” the show melds the American operatic piece into a Spanish zarzuela. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $40 for adults, $36 for seniors and $20 for students and youth. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763; inseries.org. ■ Scena Theatre is presenting Irish playwright Brian Friel’s translation of “Hedda Gabler” through Jan. 29 at the H Street Playhouse. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $16 to $40. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824; scenatheater.org. ■ Theater J is presenting Renee Calarco’s “The Religion Thing” through Jan. 29 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center, is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3214; theaterj.org. ■ Washington Stage Guild is presenting the world premiere of the epic Civil War romance “Amelia” through Jan. 29 in the Undercroft Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-582-0050; stageguild.org. ■ Studio Theatre is presenting Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still” through Feb. 12. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. The theater is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org.
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Located in the Wooster building, this two story unit has three sides of amazing windows streaming in natural light as it faces south. This unit is 1600 SF of living space and has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, large open floor plan and an amazing gourmet kitchen. 2 car parking. $1,085,000
Well-appointed 2BR, 2BA, perfect for d’town living, bright & open floor plan incl chef's kit & island with brkfst bar, sun-filled LR leading to balcony, DR, spacious MBR ste, garage pkg, rooftop pool, deck, exercise room. $1,080,000
Stunningly updated rambler in one of Arlington's most sought-after neighborhoods. Gourmet kitchen, walls of windows, contemp feel, natural light, dark hardwood floors, spacious lower level with walks out to flat backyard, two car garage and much more. Close to everything! $869,000
Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick
Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick
GLOVER PARK, WASHINGTON, DC
WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC
CHEVY CHASE, WASHINGTON, DC
This two story loft is located on the top floor of the Wooster with southern exposure. 1100+ square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, chef's kitchen and an expansive living space. Large outdoor patio, two parking spaces. $829,000
NEW LISTING! Charming three bedroom, two bath home with hardwood floors, kitchen with granite countertops opening to the formal dining room. Spacious family room, rear deck and extended back yard. $699,000
2 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit in The Foxhall building with a renovated kitchen bedrooms, large terrace, W/D in the unit, and parking. The Foxhall has 24 hour reception, indoor pool, tennis courts, fitness center. $575,000
NEW LISTING! Impeccable TH-style end unit in the Christopher Mews. Updated kitchen and baths. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Large roof deck. Parking space. Close to two metros. Newly installed fireplace. $559,000
Nancy Taylor Bubes
Nancy Taylor Bubes
William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki
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Chevy Chase, DC
Wesley Heights, DC
Chevy Chase, DC
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Beautifully remodeled 2-bedroom, 1-bath townhouse with your own back yard perfect for grilling. This wonderful house is a short walk to Metro, Whole Foods, and other restaurants and retail.
1,173-SF 1-bedroom. Cathedral views. Floorto-ceiling windows. Spacious balcony. New appliances. Cherry cabinets. Wood floors. Garage. Pool. Pets OK. FHA Approved.
Truly a Gem!
Beautifully renovated Georgian Colonial set on 11,398 SF. Exquisite eat-in kitchen, 4 large bedrooms includes master suite with fireplace, bright expansive lower level.
Chevy Chase, MD
Joan Caton Cromwell 202.441.8912 www.JoanCromwell.com
Chris Fischer 703.930.6349 www.FischerMcMasterHomes.com
Katherine Martin Gilda Herndon
Chevy Chase, DC
Spring Valley, DC
Takoma Park, MD
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Chevy Chase Colonial
This lovely home is located in a small enclave of high quality homes off of Foxhall Road in prestigious Colony Hill. With 6 bedrooms and more than 6,700 SF this home has wonderful rooms ideal for entertaining and daily living.
Must See Home!
Tom Williams 202.255.3650 www.TomWilliamsRealty.com $1,149,000
Great Price Reduction!
4 level Tudor with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, front and back porches, 2-car garage, finished basement, 2 fireplaces, and deep back yard.
Wonderful Spring Valley 4-bedroom, 3.5bath home with new kitchen, updated baths, gleaming floors, and many updates. Huge deck overlooks private lot and pool.
Charming, historic bungalow that has been expanded and remodeled. Surprising roominess with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 remodeled baths. 1st floor family room and finished basement.
Updated, large stone colonial with 4 bedrooms on 2nd, master bedroom loft office, charming sunroom, lower level family room, garage, lovely garden. Walk to Metro.
Frank Snodgrass Dolly Tucker
Bret Brown 202.409.4338 www.McEnearney.com
Lynn Raskin 202.253.0100 www.NotableHomes.com
Sue Hill Andy Hill
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Completely renovated with great attention to detail. Beautiful hardwood floors, brand new kitchen with granite countertops, 4 bedrooms, and great landscaping.
Anna-Maria Falcone 301.674.2389 www.amfalcone.com
Chevy Chase, MD
Somerset House I
2,100-square-foot, 2-bedroom plus den, 2.5bath condo with southeast exposure. Luxury building in prime Chevy Chase location.
Juanita Fogelman 301.523.2620 Frank Snodgrass 202.257.0978 www.FrankSnodgrass.com
Bryce Resort, VA
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Bryce Resort, VA
Gourmet chef’s delight. Every possible appliance & built-in has been tastefully arranged. Above golf course, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, rec room, workshop, and deck with views.
4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 2007 Cedar home with vaulted wood ceiling and stone fireplace; main floor master suite; gourmet kitchen, decks in the treetops, fine craftsmanship.
Kate & Kevin Brennan 240.731.3974 www.BryceGetaway.com
Kate & Kevin Brennan 240.731.3974 www.BryceGetaway.com
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