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Serving Foggy Bottom & the West End Vol. VI, No. 6

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Foggy Bottom Current

Activists float ideas for using iGaming funds

Mood Lounge reopens after Dec. 30 stabbings

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■ Safety: Board requires

training, restricts promoters

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Before a hearing this month on the city’s controversial “iGaming” legislation, a few community activists are shopping around an idea for controlling the potential new revenue stream. Douglass Sloan, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Riggs Park, is heading an effort to direct iGaming revenue toward specific causes rather than toward the city’s general fund. Sloan and his supporters believe the majority of the new revenue should be allocated to programs for education, job training and social improvement, as well as to infrastructure repair. Adding a stipulation in the city’s new iGaming legislation could set up this funding funnel. At a Logan Circle meeting last week, Sloan said he wasn’t “there to discuss the ethics or morality of the law, or how it was passed,” but to accept it as fact and try to influence its impact. “This is something that is here,” he said. “The only thing we’re trying See Gaming/Page 18

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The city alcohol board last week lifted its suspension of Mood Lounge’s liquor license, allowing the Shaw club to reopen under tight restraints. Mood, at 1318 9th St., has been closed since Dec. 30 following a double stabbing outside its doors early that morning. Several neighbors and city officials had called for making that clo-

Council members work to refine rules for nightclubs ■ ABC: Some residents seek

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clarity in ‘club’ definition

The CityDance Conservatory Dancers performed with the School Without Walls Concert Choir during Monday’s annual tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Washington National Cathedral.

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Board denies extra club at Shadow Room By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board last week denied applications for a second nightclub and an outdoor “summer garden” at 2131 K St., but the board rebuffed neighbors’ calls to shutter the existing Shadow Room there. The 300-capacity club opened in 2007 in a commercial building near several apartment buildings and town houses in the West End, and neighbors say it quickly became responsible for increased noise, traffic and litter in the area. Owners later applied to open a second club, to be called Sanctuary 21, in the basement of the same build-

NEWS ■ Ward 4 incumbent draws five challengers. Page 2. ■ Council to consider gas station ownership bill. Page 3.

sure permanent, due to Mood’s history of problems in the neighborhood. But after a marathon hearing last Friday, the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board opted to end the license suspension. Mood reopened over the weekend, according to its attorney, Roderic Woodson of Holland & Knight. He said the board’s decision “was appropriate and in the public interest, and in the interest of the licensee.” Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans had a different reaction. “Needless to say, we are very disapSee Mood/Page 18

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Sanctuary 21 would have joined Shadow Room at 2131 K St.

ing, with an additional 250 patrons. “We are convinced that some nightclub activity is appropriate for the neighborhood, because the establishment is located in a com-

mercial zone,” reads the board’s order to renew the Shadow Room license, issued last Wednesday. “Thus, we are persuaded that our original limitation, limiting Shadow Room to an occupancy of 300 patrons, is appropriate for the neighborhood, and appropriately balances the interests of businesses and residents.” The Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission and some individual residents fought the applications for more than a year. They testified at alcohol board hearings last year that Shadow Room brought disruptive patrons to the neighborhood, that the establishment’s valet parking See License/Page 18

EVENTS ■ ‘FELA!’ returns for limited run at Warner Theatre. Page 23. ■ Long View features mixed-media works of L.A. artist. Page 23.

In an unusual move, Eden, at 1716 I St. NW, recently filed to change its liquor license status from a tavern to nightclub. The switch could be a sign that establishment owners are seeing the writing on the wall: With the city poised to tighten the leash on latenight establishments, using a tavern license to run what is essentially a nightclub may soon be yesterday’s gimmick. At last week’s Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission meeting, commissioner Kevin O’Connor applauded the request by Eden, previously known as Eyebar. “It’s truth in advertising,” O’Connor said in an interview. “There are so many establishments in the District that operate as taverns with endorsements that are in essence nightclubs.” The problem, he said, is “there’s so little difference” between the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation

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Eden, a lounge on I Street, wants to convert to a nightclub license.

Administration’s definition of a nightclub versus a tavern. But there has always been one important difference between the two categories: security. Nightclubs are required to have security plans on file with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. For restaurants and taverns, that requirement is at the discretion of the board, which reviews those establishments case by case. Now, with the outbreak of violence at several restaurants and clubs in recent months, including stabbings at Mood Lounge in Shaw and See Nightclubs/Page 30

INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Exhibits/23 Foggy Bottom News/11 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8

Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/17 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/25 Theater/23 Week Ahead/3


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Ward 4 D.C Council member Muriel Bowser, who kicked off her re-election campaign over the weekend, will face five other candidates in the April 3 Democratic primary. All of the candidates have experience in local civic groups, and most have campaigned previously for city office. Judi Jones, Baruti Jahi and Renee Bowser have tried for the Ward 4 seat; Calvin Gurley ran for council chairman last year and once for mayor in the 1980s. Newcomer Max Skolnik comes to Ward 4 after four years as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Southwest. The Current spoke recently with the Ward 4 candidates about their campaign priorities, views on government ethics reform and stances on Walmart.



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Bowser became Ward 4 council member through a special election in 2007, replacing Adrian Fenty after he was elected mayor. Previously, she had served as a neighborhood commissioner representing Riggs Park, and in leadership roles with the Lamond Riggs Citizens Association and Ward 4 Democrats. On the council, Bowser serves as representative to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board of directors and chairs the Committee on Government Operations. “I think a top priority for the city is restoring the public’s trust in government,” Bowser said, describing that goal as “the overarching theme of my work” since taking the government operations post in August. She said the recently passed eth-

ics legislation offers a “sweeping transformation … for the culture of accountability in the D.C. government” and establishes “real penalties for public officials” who commit transgressions. And a new independent ethics board gives the city “one ethics sheriff.” The council member said she “doesn’t run into too many voters” who want to stop Walmart from coming to Ward 4. While Bowser said construction on the Georgia Avenue store is expected to begin this spring “after over a year’s worth of community input and debate,” she emphasized that the second store, on South Dakota Avenue, is “in its very early stages.”


Bowser, unrelated to the incumbent, served as a Petworth neighborhood commissioner from 2002 to 2008, and has been involved with the D.C. statehood movement and with activist groups like Ward 4 Thrives, which is opposed to Walmart’s entrance to the area, and Empower DC. She works as general counsel for the United Food and Workers International Union. Bowser said she believes Ward 4 needs a leader “who pays attention to all sections of our ward, and all demographic groups,” and can address the area’s “wide economic disparity.” She named job creation as a top focus — “trying to bring good community partners to Ward 4 and the city,” and also noted the need for “first-rate education” and effective constituent services. The candidate criticized the new ethics legislation for not addressing corporate bundling, and for creating a potentially redundant third ethics agency. “Why not strengthen the agency you had?” she said. See Election/Page 7

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012



D.C. Council to vote on Cheh bill blocking more gas station monopolies By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A long-stalled bill aimed at increasing competition among gas stations and their suppliers has picked up steam again, with a first vote in the D.C. Council now scheduled for Feb. 7. The Retail Service Station Amendment

Act, authored by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, would prohibit gasoline distributors from owning and operating service stations, allow operators to buy gas from any supplier, and give operators a right of first refusal to buy their stations. Cheh recently said she will soften the impact by making the bill prospective.

Her bill was spurred by the concentrated control of D.C. stations. Two distributors — Capitol Petroleum Group and PNG — control more than 70 percent of the gasoline market in the city, a situation some say keeps prices high. Capitol’s owner, Joe Mamo, has waged a fierce lobbying campaign and has support on the council. At-large member Vincent Orange

said yesterday he will “vigorously oppose� Cheh’s bill. Orange said there is no assurance passage will bring prices down, and he argued that the bill targets a minority businessman. Cheh said later that she thinks she has the votes to pass the bill, noting that Ward 5 member Harry Thomas, who opposed the measure, has stepped down.

Board OKs museum hearings, Watergate work By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Two projects in the Foggy Bottom/West End area moved forward in the development process at a Zoning Commission hearing last week. The board approved renovations to the Watergate Hotel and agreed to “set down� the proposed George Washington University Museum for a public hearing. New owners of the vacant Watergate Hotel are planning a $70 million renovation, and they needed zoning approval to increase the number of rooms from 237 to 355 — an essential move, Euro Capital representatives have said, to ensure economic viability. The company’s Jacques Cohen said in November that the project had fallen behind schedule while Euro Capital negotiated with the Watergate complex’s three residential cooperatives. He said he had support from two of the three to seek approval of the change as a “minor modification� without a lengthy public hearing process. The third co-op, Watergate West, ultimately reached agreement with Euro Capital, and the Zoning Commission OKed a minor modification without discussion at

its Jan. 9 meeting. Commissioners also required little debate to advance the planned George Washington University Museum, which would replace a rose garden in the 700 block of 21st Street. Setdown means that the project is worthy of consideration and the plans are ready to be presented at a public hearing. The university envisions the four-story limestone structure connecting on the second story to the adjacent Woodhull House, a historic brick building that would be converted from office space into a home for some of the museum materials. Once the museum is complete, the Textile Museum has pledged to relocate there, where its collections will be housed alongside the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection and other university-owned pieces. Aspects of the proposal are facing objections that could alter its design, though. Paul Goldstein of the Office of Planning said at last Monday’s meeting that the D.C. Department of Transportation may not grant a curb cut to serve a proposed loading dock, which could force a redesign of the museum. Also, the Historic Preservation Review Board has requested

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changes to the connection between the museum and the Woodhull House. The Zoning Commission doesn’t have the authority to determine whether a curb cut should be installed, but commissioners said they support a loading dock for a museum. “Moving art is a significant endeavor, not only from the handling of it but the security aspect also,� said commissioner Michael Turnbull. Members of the West End Citizens Association are expected to voice objection at the public hearings to the proposed building’s appearance and its impact on traffic and parking. At past meetings, association members have said they don’t oppose a museum but that the university has chosen the wrong site for it. As part of George Washington University’s 2007 campus plan, the Zoning Commission approved a new “academic/administrative/ medical� building at the 21st Street site, of the approximate dimensions of the proposed museum. The university’s further-processing application presents the full details of its plan, seeking zoning approval to begin construction.





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A community meeting will focus on the modernizations of Coolidge High School and Roosevelt High School. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Coolidge High School, 6315 5th St. NW. For details, contact Ebonee Price at 202-724-8052.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

The National Capital Planning Commission will host a public workshop to solicit ideas about how the design of federal facilities and property can contribute to better public space. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the commission’s offices, Suite 500 North, 401 9th St. NW. To RSVP, visit ■The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier as guest speaker. The meeting will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department will hold a Neighborhood Watch training session. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, contact officer Rhonda Hardy at 202-270-2286.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to review high school graduation requirements for social studies. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, Jan. 26

The D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue will hold a public hearing on iGaming and the Lottery Amendment Repeal Act of 2011. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 412, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■The U.S. General Services Administration will hold a public forum on the federal government’s planned auction of the West Heating Plant in Georgetown. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW.



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Knollwood ceremony marks 50th birthday

The Knollwood military retirement home in Chevy Chase will celebrate its 50th birthday at a ceremony today. Donations from Army wives helped fund construction of the 6200 Oregon Ave. home, which was opened by the Army Distaff Foundation in 1962 for Army officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; widows. Men were first accepted as residents in 1989. First lady Mamie Eisenhower attended a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony â&#x20AC;&#x201D; held at the White House because the construction site was covered with snow â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Lady Bird Johnson cut a black and gold ribbon to mark the opening,

according to newspaper clippings provided by Knollwood. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunchtime ceremony will feature a cake-cutting with a ceremonial saber, as well as music by members of the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps.

Venture capital firm to receive D.C. grant will receive a $100,000 grant from the D.C. government to aid local entrepreneurs, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. The firm is relocating to the District from Sterling, Va., and has committed also to hold its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Distilled Intelligenceâ&#x20AC;? technology conference here for at least the next four years. The company will invest in startup technology businesses in the District, the release states, which officials expect to help spur D.C. job growth.

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Developer proposes mixed New bill would name block for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aunt Bettyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; use at Tenley Safeway site If a new bill passes the D.C. Council, a block of Quackenbos Street will be renamed for Elizabeth Thomas, the freed slave who gave up her Brightwood property to create Fort Stevens. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser has proposed the change. Thomas, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aunt Betty,â&#x20AC;? owned and farmed about 11 acres in the area. In 1861, Union soldiers took over her hilltop property and tore down her house in order to build the fort. She cooked for the troops and carried a shotgun to ward off Confederate soldiers, according to historical records, and became known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the heroine of Fort Stevens.â&#x20AC;?

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A project to rebuild the Tenleytown Safeway into a larger supermarket, with a parking garage below it and housing above and behind it, is scheduled to break ground in mid-2013, developers said last week. But some residents and Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commissioners are concerned the proposed building at 42nd and Davenport streets will be out of scale with the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many single-family homes. Clark Realty Capital, which has partnered with Safeway on the project, envisions the supermarket growing from 34,000 to 58,000 square feet, and an undetermined number of apartments filling five stories above it. The plan for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Terraces at Tenleyâ&#x20AC;? also calls for about 26,000 square feet of town houses attached to the building to buffer it from homes on 43rd Street. In an interview after last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood commission meeting, Clark representative John Sunter said the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transit options and refurbished public facilities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; schools and a library â&#x20AC;&#x201D; make it a great choice for more housing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got an incredible amenity base,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the tenets of transitoriented development and of smart growth is you do your growth where that major investment has been made.â&#x20AC;? Safeway received zoning approvals last year for a similar project on the site of its Petworth store, also located near a Metro station, and has completed mixed-use projects elsewhere in the city. In Tenleytown, the company originally planned to rebuild the supermarket as a standalone building. But Safeway regional real estate manager Avis Black

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Safeway envisions housing atop an enlarged grocery store.

said at the meeting that the D.C. Office of Planning decided â&#x20AC;&#x153;that was not appropriate for this particular area.â&#x20AC;? In an interview, Joel Lawson of the Planning Office said that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t entirely correct. City planners â&#x20AC;&#x153;certainly discouragedâ&#x20AC;? a single-use, one-story building, he said, but wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily reject one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do feel that a mixed-used development is consistent with the [cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] Comprehensive Plan,â&#x20AC;? Lawson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also acknowledge that the Comprehensive Plan didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require a mixed-used project on the site.â&#x20AC;? Some residents of nearby singlefamily homes, including a few that now immediately abut Safewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface parking lot, disagree that a large apartment building makes sense for the site. Developers said the mass of the planned 75-foot building will be concentrated on commercial 42nd Street, stepping down steadily toward the nearest homes and concluding with â&#x20AC;&#x153;linerâ&#x20AC;? three-story row houses. But neighbors said the best option would be to remove the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top floor, which developers have proposed as about 27,000 square feet of housing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of us, I think, think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too See Safeway/Page 30

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 3600 block, Patterson St.; sidewalk; 6:40 p.m. Jan. 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2900 block, Rittenhouse St.; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Military Road; construction site; 7 a.m. Jan. 12. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Northampton St.; street; 10 a.m. Jan. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5400 block, 31st St.; street; 9 a.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  6300 block, 31st Place; street; 3 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  3400 block, Oliver St.; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 14.

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 4100 block, Livingston St.; street; 9:20 p.m. Jan. 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:25 p.m. Jan. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; liquor store; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:40 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 9 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Brandywine St.; residence; 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Theft (attempt) â&#x2013;  5400 block, 41st St.; residence; 4:55 p.m. Jan. 14. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  4800 block, 45th St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5100 block, 44th St.; street; 7 a.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  41st Place and Livingston Street; street; 11:20 a.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  45th and Sedgwick streets; street; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  45th and Sedgwick streets; street; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 3900 block, Davis Place; residence; 5:35 p.m. Jan. 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, 38th St.; residence; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  2900 block, 38th St.; residence; noon Jan. 12.

â&#x2013; 4000 block, Calvert St.; school; 6 p.m. Jan. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2800 block, 28th St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  28th Street and McGill Terrace; street; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  2700 block, 38th St.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 11:30 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 29th St.; street; 1 a.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Cleveland Ave.; street; 8:40 a.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Klingle Place; residence; 9:15 a.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 4:45 p.m. Jan. 14.

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â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1000 block, Paper Mill Court; residence; 4:50 a.m. Jan. 15. Burglary â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 4:30 a.m. Jan. 9. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 32nd St.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Jan. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 2:30 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; sidewalk; 1:15 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:15 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 4 p.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  3200 block, S St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 36th St.; restaurant; 10 p.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 5:04 p.m. Jan. 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Jan. 15.

psa PSA 207


â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 600 block, 20th St.; sidewalk; 11:55 p.m. Jan. 13. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  25th and M streets; street; 1:14 p.m. Jan. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  800 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 3:20 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  800 block, 22nd St.; university; 5 p.m. Jan. 9. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; street; 3 p.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 10:45 p.m. Jan. 12. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:50 p.m. Jan. 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, I St.; restaurant; 2:45 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, L St.; store; 6 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; store; 5:21 p.m. Jan. 12.

â&#x2013; 1100 block, 17th St.; government building; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 6:15 p.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  1600 block, L St.; tavern/nightclub; 12:01 a.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 8 a.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 11:45 a.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 11:45 a.m. Jan. 14. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; street; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 18th St.; street; 5:20 p.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  1500 block, L St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 14.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 1800 block, Jefferson Place; street; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  16th and P streets; sidewalk; 5:10 p.m. Jan. 13. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1800 block, Jefferson Place; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 14. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; hotel; 10 a.m. Jan. 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 12:24 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  19th and M streets; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; tavern/nightclub; 5:45 p.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 7:45 p.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. Jan. 13 â&#x2013;  2100 block, S St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 2:05 pm. Jan. 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Q St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 16th St.; street; 8:54 a.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 9 a.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; alley; 4 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  19th and R streets; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Leroy Place; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Q St.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and S Street; street; 8:30 a.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  1900 block, S St.; street; 1:15 p.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  1500 block, M St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; alley; 5:15 a.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 22nd St.; street; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Theft from auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 11.

psa PSA 301


â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 1400 block, S St.; residence; 1 a.m. Jan. 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 4:42 p.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; tavern/ nightclub; 10 p.m. Jan. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, 17th St.; street; 4 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Seaton St.; alley; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  16th and Caroline streets; street; 6:45 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; street; 2 a.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  1700 block, S St.; street; 3 p.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  Johnson Avenue and R Street; street; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

psa PSA 303


â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1700 block, Euclid St.; sidewalk; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 14. â&#x2013;  17th and Euclid streets; sidewalk; 1:05 a.m. Jan. 15. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Euclid St.; sidewalk; 2:05 a.m. Jan. 15. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 20th St.; residence; 8:43 p.m. Jan. 15. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 4:53 p.m. Jan. 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:56 a.m. Jan. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Ontario Road; alley; 9 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Biltmore St.; alley; 4:40 a.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  16th and Belmont streets; street; 7:20 a.m. Jan. 14.

psa PSA 307


â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1200 block, M St.; sidewalk; 6:44 a.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  12th and L streets; street; 2 a.m. Jan. 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, S St.; sidewalk; 3:50 p.m. Jan. 12. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  1100 block, O St.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Jan. 11. â&#x2013;  11th and R streets; street; 4:54 p.m. Jan. 12. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 2:50 p.m. Jan. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  10th and L streets; street; 1 a.m. Jan. 9. â&#x2013;  10th and L streets; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 10. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 10th St.; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; alley; 1 a.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  1000 block, L St.; street; 1:30 a.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  1100 block, N St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13. â&#x2013;  900 block, R St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. Jan. 15.

The Current


the South Dakota Avenue location could be a “prime spot” for the retailer.

“Add more auditors, add more investigators.” On Walmart, Bowser pointed to “study after study” demonstrating that the retailer doesn’t create jobs in the communities where it locates. She said the council should hold public hearings on the issue and conduct indepth studies on ramifications.

Jahi served as president of the Shepherd Park Citizens Association from 2006 to 2007, and as a member of the Committee for the Development of Upper Georgia Avenue. He’s currently active with Ward 4 Thrives. He previously worked as a manager at NASA. He said the incumbent has failed to come up with creative solutions to the M. Bowser area’s problems, like crime and lagging economic development, and “the interests of the people have not been adequately represented.” Jahi believes the community needs a stronger leader to deal with big- R. Bowser box retailers as well as to develop strategies for growing the Georgia Avenue and Kennedy Street corridors. He criticized the new ethics legislation as “shameful,” saying it doesn’t correct the “basic Gurley pay-to-play environment.” The bill should have addressed corporate bundling as well as eradicated constituent services funds, he believes. Jahi thinks there’s still opportunity for community members to prevent two Walmarts from coming to Ward 4. “The people can make the ultimate decision on the

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Gurley has served as president of neighborhood associations in Fairlawn and Takoma. He has worked as an auditor and accountant for the federal government, including about 18 years for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He believes “the citizens in Ward 4 have been losing for a long time” in many ways — through inadequate education, high crime rates, and rising property taxes and utility costs. The emphasis of his campaign, he said, are the intertwined issues of crime and education. “We have a lot of our kids dropping out, and they’re resorting to the streets.” To encourage jobs in Ward 4, Gurley wants to help start a police cadet program at the high school level as well as a Federal Emergency Management Agency office specifically to serve local residents. Gurley said the city will waste money creating a new ethics agency rather than attacking the central problem: conflicts of interests among city officials, many of whom are indebted to others for their hiring and salaries. He disagrees with the Georgia Avenue location for Walmart and would like to see affordable rental units there instead, but said


outcome” by pursuing legal routes through the council and courts, he said. “No other city in the country can state that two Walmarts are half a mile from each other.”


Jones is now in her fourth term as a neighborhood commissioner representing the LamondRiggs area. As a teacher, she has 10 years’ experience in D.C. schools and 13 years in Montgomery County. Ward 4 needs a leader who can address “frac- Jahi tured” communities and “in-fighting amidst our neighborhood and blocks,” Jones said. She named education as her top priority. “The schools are improving, but not well enough,” she said, and high schools need Jones stronger business and career programs to create job skills. She also noted the importance of smarter development and D.C. statehood rights. Jones said citizens didn’t get to contribute enough to the council’s Skolnik new ethics legislation, which she said accomplishes little but creating extra bureaucracy. “I know in Ward 4 they’re not satisfied,” she said. She also believes “the people [should] have the ultimate say” in removal of elected officials. On Walmart, Jones believes “six is crazy”

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for the entire city, particularly since all are planned for east of Georgia Avenue. “It speaks volumes on their market and what they plan to do,” she said. Though she thinks the Walmart planned for South Dakota Avenue makes sense, she opposes the one planned for Georgia Avenue.


Skolnik served from 2004 to 2008 as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Southwest. In 2002, he founded KidPower Inc., an organization offering programs for youth in low-income D.C. neighborhoods; he’s also a board member for the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates. In line with his background, Skolnik is focused on youth development, which be believes is “key to the success of the entire city.” He said he wants to see a comprehensive approach, based “not just on what’s happening in the classroom … but also family environments, what’s happening outside of school, mental-health services, those types of things.” In tackling ethics problems, Skolnik believes the council has “played musical chairs” but not yet addressed the root of the problems — unregulated flow of money, through mechanisms like corporate bundling, constituent services funds and members’ outside employment. Skolnik said the council seems to have “grabbed onto Walmart as a silver bullet for our employment and job crises,” but he doesn’t believe it’s a solid base for “building a world-class economy in the District.” He would like to see the council do more to encourage a small-business culture. “Where are the mom and pop shops, the bakeries, the floral shops … up and down Georgia Avenue?”

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The Foggy Bottom


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

A case of poor timing

It might not rank among the most egregious congressional affronts to real home rule for the District, but the intrusive legislative wrangling that led indirectly to a May 15 special election in Ward 5 ought to offend D.C. residents. Not only does this interference have a clear price tag — about $318,000 — but it also will leave Ward 5 residents without representation on the D.C. Council for an extra six weeks. The story begins in the wake of the District’s 2006 election, when voters elevated two ward council members to citywide office. That created vacancies in wards 4 and 7 and brought attention to a questionable provision in the home rule charter — a requirement that special elections cannot take place for 114 days. City officials amended the law to speed up the process, reducing the waiting period to 70 days. Voters would still lack a representative in the meantime, but it would be for a much shorter period. Because this seemingly routine change required a change to the home rule charter, it required the approval of Congress — not just its assent, as does all D.C. legislation. In November 2010, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton managed to get House approval, but the measure languished in the Senate. It was referred to committee, but Del. Norton says that a senator placed an anonymous hold that halted its progress. Now, with the resignation of disgraced Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas Jr., election officials have scheduled a May 15 vote to fill the vacancy. That’s expected to cost about $318,000 for a special election that’s likely to draw relatively few voters. There’s little question that many more voters would cast ballots if the election could have been held in conjunction with the city’s already scheduled April 3 primary. What’s more, Ward 5 would have had its new representative sooner, and taxpayers would have saved a hunk of change. It’s hard to believe that members of Congress would really want to spend time sorting out the appropriate timeline for D.C. Council elections. Indeed, according to Del. Norton’s office, the ranking Republican said at a hearing on the 2010 bill that the District should not have to come to Congress on such matters. It’s past time to fix that. The $318,000 cost of a special election made necessary only by intrusion on the District’s local affairs is something that should galvanize congressional Democrats and Republicans alike.

The wrong approach

The D.C. Taxicab Commission is mulling an initiative that would eliminate vehicles more than seven years old from the city’s fleet. In an interview, commission chair Ron Linton said customers want to ride in comfortable, safe cars, and he cited a statistic that more than half of all D.C. cabs fail the city inspection on the first try. But neither point has much to do with age. An older taxi can be a clean, smooth ride, while a three-year-old cab has had more than enough time to show wear and tear without proper maintenance. And it’s not clear that the older cabs are the ones failing inspections, or that the newer ones are sailing through. We’re glad the commission is looking at the issue, but it seems to have overreached in concocting this proposal. A better method would be to require more frequent inspections for older taxis, or to work harder to regulate the taxis operating without the proper registration — as many as 2,000, according to Larry Frankel, chair of the Small Business Association of DC Taxicab Drivers. Mr. Frankel is also skeptical about a scheme to add a 50-cent surcharge on every fare to fund upgrades to the city’s fleet. That measure, along with a proposal to paint cabs a uniform color, install credit-card readers and more, is now pending before the D.C. Council. At first glance, the council reform measure seems to us a mixed bag. In particular, it seems unlikely that the city could ensure that drivers in fact use the surcharge proceeds to pay for extra maintenance. The credit-card readers seem like a major step, but we don’t really see the point of every taxi being the same color.

The Current

Sorry, more scandal stuff … On the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, we were never far from questions about political scandal in our little city beyond the monuments. People who came to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo were asking what might happen next. Folks at the Safeway grocery at 5th and K streets NW made similar inquiries. And at a small private dinner Sunday night, the conversation included a wide range of good things, but always returned to worries that there’s more scandal to come. The week had ended with yet another guilty plea in the Harry Thomas Jr. corruption probe. Marshall Banks, a 71-year-old Howard University professor who had worked with nonprofit youth groups, pleaded guilty to writing checks to Thomas even after Banks learned Thomas was spending much of the money to enrich himself with a lavish lifestyle. There was no indication that Banks took a dime for himself, but he was a good man who did nothing to stop Thomas. Banks “was caught up” in Thomas’ wrongdoing, said his attorney, Vandy Jamison Jr. Now Banks could face up to three years in prison. It reminds us of the famous Edmond Burke quote, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Here’s how U.S. Attorney for the District Ronald Machen sees it. “While Harry Thomas lined his pockets with money meant to benefit children, he was unable to do so alone,” Machen said in a formal statement after Banks’ guilty plea. “Marshall Banks stood by while Thomas stole the money and instead of reporting it, actively helped to conceal the fact that grant funds were being funneled back to Thomas. Today’s guilty plea underscores the importance of standing up and speaking out against public officials who are on the take,” Machen concluded. While Banks was in federal court seeing his reputation and career ruined, the U.S. attorney for the state of Maryland was a guest on the WAMU 88.5 Politics Hour. Rod Rosenstein’s office prosecuted former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson, who has been sentenced to 14 years for public corruption. “Unfortunately, corruption is endemic to government,” Rosenstein told the Notebook and host Kojo Nnamdi. “And the way that we prevent corruption is by investigating and prosecuting it, by encouraging people when information comes to their attention, when they’re the targets of a corrupt official, or allegations of corruption come to their attention, to bring

it to the attention of federal law enforcement.” Rosenstein and Machen say their offices confer regularly, usually on drug and violent crime offenses. And they see eye to eye on how important it is to prosecute elected officials and to be thorough. “The defendants are often people who have standing in the community; they’re respected,” Rosenstein said on Friday. “They have people who will come into court and testify as character witnesses on their behalf. And in order to prove those defendants guilty, you really need to have very powerful evidence, not just the testimony of other criminals, but something that objectively is going to be very difficult for them to deny.” Machen said something similar when he was a Kojo guest a few weeks ago. Sources say Machen’s office is painstakingly sifting through campaign records of Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown. Neither is suspected of pulling a Thomas — converting government money to his own use — but both are under investigation for possible campaign violations that may violate federal law. The temperature has risen with the Thomas guilty plea. Who’s next, if anyone, we’re often asked. We don’t know. But we’re keeping an eye on the comings and goings from that U.S. Attorney’s Office. ■ Oh, yeah, that. After Vincent Gray was elected in the fall of 2010, one of his first promises was to go beyond the letter of the law and reveal all of his transition/inaugural donors and how any money raised had been spent. He even went so far as to say he might do weekly reports. Fast-forward more than a year. Late Friday, just before the holiday weekend, the mayor’s office finally released a full report on that spending. In the news business, it’s called a “Friday news dump” when government officials release unflattering information just ahead of the weekend, hoping the bad news gets lost or stale by Monday. The mayor’s office said the report simply was released Friday to meet a self-imposed deadline to have it done by the middle of January. The dump left reporters suspicious as they thumbed through the report, which showed the mayor had raised and spent nearly a million dollars on his transition and inauguration. Some of it was given in several $25,000 chunks, as well as a number of $10,000 and $5,000 donations. And we’re sure the folks who gave that amount and other large sums just wanted to make sure the mayor had a smooth transition and a nice party. Nothing to see here folks; move along. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor D.C. needs more elected officials

The recent New Hampshire primary illustrates why ethics are more easily observed in that small state, and why we in Washington find it all but impossible. The Washington Post tells us that New Hampshire residents vote in total for about 5,000 representatives of various forms at different levels of government. It is these elected officials who perform primary oversight over their peers, in their own party and in the opposing party. By comparison, residents of

the District of Columbia get to vote for about 20 in total. For the last 15 years, since “reforms” gutted the school board, there has been virtually no one in a ward to challenge the power of the single council member. In Ward 1, where I live, Mayor Vincent Gray, Council member Jim Graham and their ward heelers are the central points of power, and little happens without their at least tacit approval. Citizens are listened to, but hotel, real estate, developer and liquor industry interests generally prevail. Yes, our form of governance has been modeled on Plunkett of Tammany Hall and Richard Davis’ old Chicago. This goes down to the advisory neighborhood commission level.

My current representative, I understand, is a lobbyist for a firm that represents part of the alcohol beverage industry; a past representative also had ties to that industry. Another was an employee of Council member Graham. Some may call it a coincidence, but during Mr. Graham’s tenure in office, the number of liquor licenses and their hours of operation along 18th Street and U Street have mushroomed. Yes, the District needs a vote in Congress, but we just as much need a state legislature, town/ county officials, school boards, et cetera. Without these forms of offsetting powers, we can only expect more ethical lapses. Vic Miller Washington Heights

The Current

Letters to the Editor Ethics reform took wrong approach

I would like to comment on the D.C. Council and the recently approved Comprehensive Ethics Reform Amendment Act. It would seem that this council action is an attempt to address the results of the problem, rather than the cause. The legislation allows for investigation of questionable actions and potential violations after the fact. And even though the legislation has been approved, there is no guarantee of effective implementation. The establishment of additional audit and review capabilities does not address the real problem. Human nature has bestowed in all of us a very good idea of right and wrong. I would think that any law-abiding citizen recognizes the ethics requirements of his or her job, particularly one in public service â&#x20AC;&#x201D; i.e., honesty, transparency, avoidance of conflict of interest and favoritism, et cetera. If you hire or elect the right person, the chances of fraud, embezzlement or corruption are virtually absent. The answer does not lie in adding a layer of oversight, complexity and expense to investigate problems that have occurred. Accountability and ethical standards should be ingrained in the people we choose to represent us on the council. I would suggest that residents think carefully about whom they want to elect to the council. April 3 is fast approaching, and this is our opportunity, as citizens of D.C., to determine the membership on the council and solve the problem. As an additional safeguard and way to re-enforce proper council representation, D.C. citizens should again insist on a tightening of campaign finance laws and term limits. It is disheartening to know that when the voters last imposed term limits and restrictions on campaign contributions, the council overturned the measures and ignored the message that the voters were sending. Voters should insist on revamping the election laws to disallow large corporate or private contributions and bundling, as well as extended, expensive election campaigns. At the same time, D.C. residents should insist on no outside employment for members while serving on the council. There are many talented, educated, successful residents in D.C. with private and public work and business experience, successful careers and strong leadership skills. Limiting campaign contributions, outside employment and the number of terms would not deter many talented, motivated and expe-

rienced people from running for and serving on the D.C. Council. Jane Lewicki Washington, D.C.

Former ANC chair will remain active

It has been my privilege to serve as chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D for the last 16 months. During that time, I had the opportunity to meet and get to know so many residents of the ANC 3D community and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on their behalf â&#x20AC;&#x201D; work with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political leaders on the issues our residents consider priorities, ranging from campus plans and zoning to transportation policy. I just wanted to express my appreciation to the residents of our community and from across the city for all the help and support they have offered me over these last 16 months. Although no longer chair, I look forward to continuing to represent, protect and advance the interests of my constituents. Tom Smith Commissioner, ANC 3D02

MLK should inspire D.C. voting rights

On Monday, as a nation, we commemorated the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who devoted his life to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;noble struggle for equal rightsâ&#x20AC;? and reminded us that those who join this fight make greater people of themselves and a greater nation of their country. Now, as citizens, let us reflect on the great legacy he left us. That legacy is felt nowhere more deeply than in Washington, D.C., where Dr. King stood in the shadow of the memorial to President Abraham Lincoln and delivered a speech that became more famous than the historic steps on which he stood. Yet, nearly a half a century later, here in the District, Dr. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream has not been fully realized. While we point with pride to the strides we have made to fulfill the foundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dream of equality for all, President John F. Kennedy once said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let us not overlook how far we still have to go.â&#x20AC;? In the District, we have very far to go indeed. Although D.C. residents finally earned the right to vote for president in 1961, 50 years later, we still do not have voting representation in Congress. Fifty years later, our laws are still subject to the political whims of an overly politicized Congress that routinely abuses its power by trampling our rights. I was born in D.C. I grew up here. And when I turned 18, I registered to vote here. Yet I am not permitted to elect a voting member of Congress. Like my neighbors, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m eligible to vote. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m qualified to vote. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still registered in the

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District and vote in every election. I have even worked for the city government and for the federal government â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for Eleanor Holmes Norton, our exceptional but nonvoting representative. Still, I am denied the right to elect a voting representative. I can only imagine the look of horror on Dr. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face, peering down on our great city, to see that 44 years after his death, after the fire hoses and the dogs and the riots, 600,000 American citizens are still denied the right to vote. In Dr. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory, we must renew our commitment to winning the full rights of citizenship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including full voting representation in Congress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for all residents of D.C., and rededicate ourselves to Dr. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demand that â&#x20AC;&#x153;[a]nyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.â&#x20AC;? David Grosso Independent candidate, at-large D.C. Council seat

Spring Valley claims unsubstantiated

Deciding to take the high road isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy, as demonstrated in advisory neighborhood commissioner Kent Slowinskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 11 Viewpoint [â&#x20AC;&#x153;ANC should help ensure thorough cleanupâ&#x20AC;?]. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really unfair to the residents of Spring Valley to have a neighborhood commissioner making allegations in a resolution about their health and welfare while failing to provide names and back up facts. Anyone can go through the minutes of Spring Valley Partnering Team and Restoration Advisory Board meetings, take quotes out of context and make them appear alarming. Members of the Spring Valley community, Restoration Advisory Board and Spring Valley Partnering Team would be well served if the names of experts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, D.C. Department of Health, D.C. Department of the Environment and American University were listed and their allegations properly attributed. Instead, Viewpoint readers are left with out-of-context hearsay. Perhaps Mr. Slowinski has cried â&#x20AC;&#x153;wolfâ&#x20AC;? enough times that even his commission colleagues no longer believe him. They voted down his resolution. In his role as commissioner, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for Mr. Slowinski to start sharing his expertsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names and their claims with those responsible for the cleanup of Spring Valley. While he has brought significant attention to the aftermath of World War I, he has failed to bring his sources to the table. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for Mr. Slowinski to take the high road for the residents of Spring Valley. Alma Gates Member, Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board

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The commission will hold a special forum to review proposed changes to parking regulations in Ward 1. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; election of officers. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  presentation on the 2012 SunTrust Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll USA Marathon on Saturday, March 17. â&#x2013;  presentation on Bike DC on Sunday, May 13. â&#x2013;  update on a senior shuttle bus to local grocery stores. â&#x2013;  update on the process for redevelopment of the Stevens School site. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by neighbors for removal of a tree box at 25th and K streets. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation for completion of Francis Field improvements, including safe-

ty lighting. â&#x2013; update on the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review of the proposed redevelopment of the West End Neighborhood Library site by EastBanc. â&#x2013;  update on the Watergate Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoning Commission application for a minor modification to the plannedunit development that authorized construction of the mixed-use Watergate complex. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013;  dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  SHAW

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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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. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; report from the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s task force on the Chinese Embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction project on Connecticut Avenue. â&#x2013;  discussion of 2225 California St. â&#x2013;  consideration of revised bylaws. â&#x2013;  discussion of a Bastille Day event on Saturday, July 14. â&#x2013;  discussion of 2132 Wyoming Ave. â&#x2013;  open comments. For details, contact or visit anc2d. org. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

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 ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 11 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioners elected Mike Benardo as chair, Matt Raymond as vice chair, Samuel Goekjian as treasurer and Nick Barron as secretary. The commission also welcomed new commissioner Matt Connolly, who represents single-member district 2F05. â&#x2013;  commissioner Charles Reed

described his participation in an ad hoc task force for liquor license reform, created by Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham. Reed shared his opinions on some provisions Graham has suggested, which could become law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some are noncontroversial, some are helpful â&#x20AC;Ś [but] I think some are extremely harmful,â&#x20AC;? Reed said, criticizing in particular an idea to prohibit closing-hour limitations in voluntary agreements. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 5-0, with Matt Connolly abstaining, to inform the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that they accept requested changes to a voluntary agreement for The Pig restaurant, at 1324 14th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to protest a liquor license application from â&#x20AC;&#x153;1541 Q St. LLC,â&#x20AC;? in order to work out a voluntary agreement. The applicant is planning a restaurant (commissioner Charles Reed said it would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;upscale Italianâ&#x20AC;?) for the space at that address, formerly occupied by Well-Built Furniture. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to write to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, encouraging the agency to extend a suspension of Mood Loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liquor license â&#x20AC;&#x153;indefinitely.â&#x20AC;? The suspension began following a double stabbing outside Mood, at 1318 9th St., on Dec. 30. Following an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hearing after the meeting, Mood was allowed to reopen. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Matt Connolly abstaining, to authorize withdrawal of an appeal concerning the voluntary agreement for Eagle Cafe, at 1414 9th St. The commission had previously objected to language changes the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board had required, but, according to commissioner Charles Reed, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s counsel suggested â&#x20AC;&#x153;they not appeal because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not worth the effort.â&#x20AC;? The commission plans to seek independent cooperation from the restaurant owner for earlier closing hours. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application from the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center at 1719 13th St., which seeks to increase its enrollment. A representative said the center wants permission for 205 children, compared to the 185 the certificate of occupancy now allows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing any structural changes,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using the existing facility and increasing the number of children weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re serving.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0, with two abstentions, to voice support for legislation from Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans that would require reimbursable details (overtime police officers) for nightclubs when they stay open past midnight. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

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Live from Sundance: Josh Levin of West End Cinema project, Roger had not been given the lifetime achievement Oscar he subsequently (and rightly) received. At the time, no one had documented the immense impact Roger has had on both the art and West End Cinema has made it a the business of movies over the past habit of bringing in producers and 50 years. Whether you measure directors for Q&A sessions after him by his work as a director of its various and sundry screenings great low-budget genre films—like of their films. “Corman’s World: the great Vincent Price gothic Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel“ was followed, as is often the case, with Q&A, but was different in that Josh Levin, West End Cinema’sco-owner, changed hats to film producer and fielded questions. FBN reached Josh Levin at the renowned Annual Sundance Film Festival for this interview. FBN: How did you get involved with this documentary? JL: Rich Lim, a good friend and colleague of mine in the New York film scene, approached me a few years ago to ask if I’d meet with horror films based on Edgar Allen Alex Stapleton, a young woman Poe’s work—or as the producer he had worked with at Shooting who launched the careers of just Gallery. Alex had somehow about everyone we think of as great convinced my hero, Roger American filmmakers—Coppola, Corman, to let her (a 24-year-old Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, with no directing credits) tell his John Sayles, Ron Howard, Peter life story and she needed someone Bogdanovich, James Cameron and to give her project it’s first backing, more—Roger’s career deserves this both funds and emotional support. type of celebration. She bowled me over with both FBN: Who is the audience— her infectious enthusiasm and her those who loved Corman or is gritty determination to get the film it more about the business of made, no matter the obstacles—a Hollywood? very “Roger Cormanesque” way to JL: Primarily, I’d say our target make a film, as it turns out! audience is film fans, both those FBN: Why Roger Corman, who love Roger’s work and those why now? who aren’t as aware of him, per JL: When Alex started the se, but have certainly felt the huge FBN INSIDER INTERVIEW WITH JOSH LEVIN, PROPRIETOR, CULTURAL MENSCH, AND PRODUCER OF CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL

impact he has had on American cinema. FBN: As producer, where did/ do you work on this? JL: I came in with the first money for the project. I got Alex up and running and out of New York into Los Angeles, and provided lots and lots of emotional support and cheerleading as she took the ball and ran with it until she connected with Stone Douglass, who is the main producer of Corman’s World. FBN: What was the time line? JL: Alex had been working on it for at least a year when I got involved in early 2008, and Stone came in about six months after Alex first went out to Los Angeles. FBN: What is your relationship with the director, if any? JL: I adore Alex, and am thrilled to have played a part in getting her first film produced. FBN: How many years have you been in the film industry? JL: In 2004 I started working in the film industry on the distribution side, then started producing in 2007/2008. In 2010 I moved back to DC and opened West End Cinema along with my business partner Jamie Shor. FBN: How did that happen— choice, family connections, circumstance, lucky break? JL: I had a lifelong dream of running my own movie theater, and saw an opportunity when I was living in New York in 2004 to get involved in art-house films, and I dove in. FBN: What trends do you

WArd 2 NEighBorhood WAtCh trAiNiNg TUESDAy, JANUARy 24, AT THE SECOND DISTRICT HEADqUARTERS (3320 Idaho Avenue, NW) The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has announced citywide Neighborhood Watch Training sessions at each of their seven police districts. Neighborhood Watch is a community-based crime prevention program where neighbors look out for each other’s safety, property, and homes in a systematic and sustained way. It

is based on the idea that when residents, businesses, clergy, police, and other partners look out for the safety of the neighborhood, establish and maintain open lines of communication, and collaborate to resolve problems of crime and disorder, they create safer, friendlier, and healthier neighborhoods. Neighborhood Watch also serves as a communication link for disaster preparedness and terrorism alerts. Since September 11, 2001, the ongoing threat of terrorism has necessitated community residents

as well as police to look out for suspicious activities of terrorism. In Ward 2, training is planned for Tuesday, January 24 at the Second District Headquarters (3320 Idaho Avenue, NW). “The key to strong neighborhoods is looking out for one another,” said Evans. “This training will provide important information on organizing your block and I encourage citizens from across the Ward to attend.” For more information, contact Yvonne Smith (yvonne.smith@ or call (202) 727-8809.

think are important in film? JL: Right now, the biggest trend I see is the diminishing quality of the mainstream Hollywood films that get put out. Even though I’m an art house guy, I love popcorn movies if they’re good. FBN: What country do you see promising new productions and new talent coming from? JL: There is increasing film production coming from several African countries that I’m very excited to see. It’s a chance to see rich storytelling traditions expressed in a new medium. FBN: Has your co-owning West End Cinema changed any of your perspectives or views of the industry or your product? JL: Well, it’s nice to actually see the first dollar! Working at West End Cinema has allowed me to renew my appreciation for what making films is ultimately about, entertaining audiences. FBN: Do you think that your discerning eye has changed how you choose your selection of films for the West End Cinema? JL: The credit for programming West End Cinema goes to my colleagues, Jamie Shor and Renee

Tsao, at PR Collaborative. Having said that, as a theater our choices are based more on what indie, foreign and documentary films we think audiences will enjoy than on our own personal tastes. FBN: Can you say a bit more about Sundance—how long you’ve been going, if it’s an exercise in discovery or plain hard work and would this documentary be shown there? JL: I have attended four or five times over the past seven years. For the first time last year, I had the honor of being at the festival with a film, Corman’s World, which had its world premiere at midnight on the opening Friday night of Sundance 2011. My main reason for going most years is for work, to meet filmmakers and distributors, to raise awareness of the West End Cinema as an option in the DC market and to see what films look to come out of Sundance with that hard-to-define buzz. West End Cinema 2301 M Street, NW w: (202) 419-FILM (3456) (continued on next page)

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For the Discerning Film Lover: your own Club! (Your Valentine’s Day Gift-to-Self? Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.)


tantalizing and star-studded tribute to Roger Corman, Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director producer, and seminal influencing force in modern moviemaking over the last 60 years. Featuring interviews with Hollywood icons and cinematic luminaries— some who launched their careers within Corman’s unforgettable world of filmmaking—including Paul W.S. Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert De Niro, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Ron Howard, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, William Shatner and Jack Nicholson, along with many others. This documentary chronicles how Corman created his cult film empire, one low-budget success at a time, capitalizing on undiscovered talent and pushing the boundaries of independent filmmaking. Director Alex Stapleton weaves archival footage of Roger’s illustrious career—starting from his early days of genre-defining classics including the original Fast and Furious and

Join the West End Cinema Film Lover’s Club and get free passes, discounts on movie tickets and treats, advance notice on special events, a free subscription to Film Comment—the brilliant magazine from the Film Society of Lincoln Center—and more! mEmBERship LEvELs: Film Lover—$25 per year/Benefits: • $1 off all movie tickets (operas and special events excluded) • Free 1-size upgrade on popcorn, sodas, coffee, tea (i.e., buy a small, get a medium) • Free movie ticket and free large popcorn on your birthday • Advance notice on screenings and special events Friend of the Cinema—$50 per year/All Benefits of Film Lover, plus: • Two passes good for any movie, any time (operas and special events excluded) good Friend of the Cinema—$100 per year/All Benefits of Friend of the Cinema, plus: • Free one-year subscription to Film Comment magazine Best Friend Forever of the Cinema—$200 per year/All Benefits of good Friend of the Cinema, plus: • Six passes good for any movie, any time (operas and special events excluded) NotE: Discounts do NOT apply to online ticket purchases. (We hope to have

them available for purchase on our Website in the future.) Memberships can be purchased at the box office or over the phone at (202) 419-3456, and are good for one year from purchase date, are non-transferable, and are NOT tax-deductible.

Little Shop of Horrors, The Crybaby Killer, The Intruder, House of Usher and The Wild Angels (which at that point in 1966 was his 100th film)—with present-day video of him

and his wife Julie on location; still at work as they continue to produce and distribute films outside the studio system: fast, cheap and out-of-this-world!

CALENDAR Foggy Bottom/WEst END ADvisoRy NEighBoRhooD CommissioN 2A (WWW.ANC2A.oRg) WEDNEsDAy, JANuARy 18, 7 pm. REguLAR mEEtiNg. School Without Walls 2130 G Street, NW tuEsDAy, JANuARy 31, 7:30 pm. FBA moNthLy mEEtiNg. Panel on Homelessness: Policies, Service Delivery and Issues and Trends. St. Stephen Martyr Church Parish Hall. (entrance on 25th Street NW) WEst END CiNEmA – upComiNg FiLm RELEAsEs WAR hoRsE – opens January 20th: The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse-an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. 146 min. • PG-13 • Dir. Steven Spielberg **Advance tickets will be available online and at the box office beginning January 17th** oKA! – opens January 20th: OKA! is directed by Lavinia Currier and filmed in Sango, Akka, French, and English. It is based on Louis Sarno’s memoir, Last Thoughts Before Vanishing from the Face of the Earth, and stars Kris Marshall, with Isaach de Bankolé and Will Yun Lee, and a magnificent local Bayaka ensemble cast. 106 min. • Not Rated • Dir. Lavinia Currier **Advance tickets will be available online and at the box office beginning January 17th** JoFFREy: mAvERiCKs oF AmERiCAN DANCE – special screenings saturday, January 28, 1:30 pm and sunday, January 29, 11:00am: JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE takes a look at the Joffrey Ballet, the groundbreaking cultural treasure known as the first truly American dance company. 90 min. • Not Rated • Dir. Bob Hercules • Tickets: $15 osCAR DoCumENtARy shoRts – opens February 10 tuesday, February 7, at 7 pm. Author talk: Michael Dirda, the Pulitzer-Prize winning book critic for the Washington Post, will discuss and sign copies of his book, “On Conan Doyle.” Dirda’s study is an elucidating primer on Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the world’s most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. It is also a revealing memoir of Dirda’s own lifelong fascination with Holmes, a passion shared with legions of devoted “Baker Street Irregulars.” Mr. Dirda’s lecture will be followed by a reception with books available for purchase and signing at the event. Reservations are not required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street NW. Open to the public. Free. (202) 3317282, ext. 16. thE Foggy Bottom AssoCiAtioN touR oF thE DipLomAtiC RECEptioN Rooms At thE stAtE DEpARtmENt – thuRsDAy, FEBRuARy 23 At 10:30Am FoR mEmBERs oF thE Foggy Bottom AssoCiAtioN The Diplomatic Reception Rooms are among the most beautiful rooms in the world used for official entertaining. The 19th century-style rooms contain a collection of museum-caliber American furnishings of the period 1750-1825. In this setting the Secretary of State, the Vice President, and Members of the Cabinet entertain the leaders of the world as well as foreign and American dignitaries at luncheons, receptions, and dinners. The tour will include an overview of the rooms and their contents with selected emphasis on some items and their history. Those wishing to attend should contact Jackie Lemire at 337-2167 or prior to February 13. Space is limited. Reservations will be honored in the order they are received. Attendees will need to provide a photo ID such as a valid driver’s license or a valid passport.

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January 18, 2012 ■ Page 13

GU premieres dance based on Post editor’s 2003 book

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


n “Into Sunlight,” a modern dance production that will have its D.C. premiere this weekend at Georgetown University, themes of war and protest are explored in an a performance inspired by a nonfiction book that Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss wrote a decade ago about the Vietnam War era. Like Maraniss’ 2003 book — the Pulitzer finalist “They Marched Into Sunlight” — the Robin Becker Dance adaptation juxtaposes two narratives that unfold on the same day in October 1967. In one, an elite Army battalion is ambushed during a controversial battle in Vietnam and 61 soldiers are killed. In the other, University of Wisconsin-Madison students engage in a sit-in protest against Dow Chemical, the maker of napalm, in what would be the first violent confrontation of that era between police and students. “David presents such a broad scope of the details of human life and perspective,” said Robin Becker, choreographer and artistic director of Robin Becker Dance, which she founded in 1987. “I was really moved by the book and the parallels between the young people who were fighting the war and those who were fighting against it.” Becker said what she found most powerful about Maraniss’ book was “the way he sees the

❝From the first scene of the dance ... I felt the book.❞ — Author David Maraniss world through the lens of the human heart.” “He catches such human detail that you’re pulled right into the depths of the lives he’s engaged in, down to [their] dreams,” she said. Becker describes her interpretation as symbolic and abstract, drawing on the mythic themes of tragedy, turmoil and healing that are evoked during times of war. While the performance re-enacts battles, Becker doesn’t include fight scenes. “I knew that I didn’t want my dancers to learn combat choreography with fake fighting and punching,” she said. “I felt that nothing would evoke the truth of the horror of that, so I purposely didn’t want

Top right and bottom right, John Maniaci; bottom left, Johan Elbers

Georgetown University is presenting the D.C. premiere of “Into Sunlight,” an adaptation of a book about Vietnam by The Washington Post’s David Maraniss. Above, Sarah Parker, Yoko Sugimoto and Joe Joehlel perform; bottom left and right, Sugimoto-Ikezawa and Jehle dance. to go near it.” Instead, Becker incorporated slow-motion movement in which the dancers morph into distorted shapes, evoking a living frieze that she calls a wall of carnage. For author and journalist Maraniss, having his work adapted to dance was a new experience. “I’ve had my books translated into a lot of different languages, but never before into a language of modern dance,” he said. “I was curious about how she could do it and very excited about it.” Maraniss was able to observe Becker’s early stages of experimenting with the choreography. He also attended the production’s

March 2011 premiere at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And he said the piece captures the essence of his book, something he didn’t necessarily expect. “I didn’t know whether when I watched it, I would feel my book or not, … but from the first scene of the dance when I first saw it, I felt the book, and that was kind of thrilling for me,” he said. Maraniss said his book depicts two very different worlds and tries to show that regardless of a person’s perspective, he or she faces many of the same questions about the meaning of war, patriotism and the role of dissent in American life. It also explores the impact of burdens that are placed on younger generations by those who came before them. “Certainly the echoes of Vietnam are present since the Iraq war started, and the issues of war are as timely today as they’ve ever been, sadly,” he said. Georgetown University history professor Katherine Benton-Cohen, who teaches Maraniss’ books in her classes, worked with David Goldman, artistic director of the

school’s Davis Performing Arts Center, to bring the production to Washington. “There is something very powerful about the way this piece engages the human body in physical expressions that evoke war, memory, integrity, honor and politics,” said Goldman. “We’re always cognizant of bringing productions to Georgetown that will speak in particular ways not only to our campus community but to the wider D.C. cultural community, so that they can see a work that they otherwise might not see.” Before each evening’s performance begins, Maraniss will provide a 10-minute introduction; a post-show question-and-answer session will be moderated by Benton-Cohen and will include Maraniss, Becker and members of her dance troupe. “Into Sunlight” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $18 for general admission and $10 for students. For details or to purchase tickets, visit

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Many people are excited that it is the new year of 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to make this the best new year Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had at Aidan!â&#x20AC;? said Lucia Braddock, a sixth-grader. Sofia Brown, another sixth-grader, is really looking forward to having an exhibition, but most of all going to Echo Hill. Chinese New Year is on the list for Ariel Garfield, also a sixth-year. This year, the upper elementary is holding a mock election. We are learning about the executive branch, the legislative branch, how presidential elections work, how people vote and how the Electoral College works. We have done a debate that included questions on books, the environment and class policies. The candidates for president and vice president are: Sylvia Altman and Leyu Negussie, Serena Brown and Alana Hodge, Ariel Garfield and Elliot Sealls, and Lucia Braddock and Ian Smith. Senatorial candidates are Marshall Cooperman for Massachusetts, Edvin Leijon for Alaska, Josie Schiffer for Iowa, Eva Gondelman for California and Nina Gumbs for New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am nervous, but since I am for Sylvia, who is one of my best friends, I am OK,â&#x20AC;? fourth-grader Leyu Negussie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel really good and hope we win,â&#x20AC;? fourth-grader Alana Hodge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone else wins, I will still be happy and support them,â&#x20AC;? Lucia Braddock said. Nina Gumbs said the class could go to Rock Creek Park to pick up trash. Eva Gondelman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would plant more trees and cut down on


factories.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sylvia Altman, fourth-grader, and Ian Smith, sixth-grader

Beauvoir School

At Beauvoir, we support Buddy Bison. He helps us get outside and spend more time in nature. We carry him on our class yellow backpacks, and kids and teachers like him a lot in third grade. We also like to hang out with him. For instance, we took him on our field trip to Hemlock Overlook, where we learned how to survive in the wilderness. We had fun with Buddy, and he learned a lot from us. He was so happy to be outdoors. If you want to know what Beauvoir students do with Buddy, go to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Henry Seidenberg, third-grader

British School of Washington

It was Friday morning and students were just about to set off to the British Embassy for a celebration of 200 days to go until the 2012 Olympic games in London. When we arrived, we were introduced to U.S. fencer Tim Morehouse, who won a silver medal in the Beijing Olympic games and is hopefully going to compete in the London games. He taught us how to fence and he even let us have a go at dueling him (we all lost). We also met U.S. Paralympics cyclist Justin Widhalm, who had gone to war in Afghanistan, where he broke his back in three different places and injured his knee; he had

to have it reconstructed. The hospital said he would probably never cycle again. But he proved them wrong. Now he cycles in the Paralympics team and is hoping to get to the Olympic Games. He brought along some of his training bikes for us to ride and race against him. None of us beat him. Seeing the athletes was inspiring. I (Euan) have always wanted to be an Olympic runner, and this will spur me on to achieve that goal. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; John Dewdney and Euan Ritchie, primary house captains (fifth-graders)

Deal Middle School

As students are settling in from winter break, there is a ton happening. Just last week, we saw a glimpse of snow, but to studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; despair, it did not turn into a delay. Also, the first issue of our school newspaper, The Viking Journal, came out this month. In about a week, students and faculty members will officially change into the third advisory. Students are getting ready for tests, and teachers are preparing to give out and grade those tests. We also had a fire drill last week. On Thursday, we will be going to our Viking Time activities, where we get to know our teachers outside of the classroom setting. On Jan. 23 and 24, students will prepare and take, for the third time, Paced Interim Assessments. As always, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another super busy and exciting month at Alice Deal Middle School! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ben Korn, sixth-grader

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Last week, students began pre-





paring for the annual Winter Ball and taking part in a volunteer service. The Winter Ball is held each year in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art gallery, set up by the Museum Studies Department; this year, the event will take place on Jan. 21. Students will join together to enjoy refreshments, dance, converse and plainly have fun. Students are allowed to invite guests outside of the Duke Ellington community to interact with their peers. The ticket fee is $15 per person, which is used to cover the danceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costs. Any additional earnings will go toward supporting the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts programs. On Jan. 12, a select number of students at Duke Ellington volunteered with the organization Food & Friends, whose mission is â&#x20AC;&#x153;to foster a community caring for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other lifechallenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.â&#x20AC;? The young individuals went to the Food & Friends facility near the Fort Totten Metro station and helped fulfill that mission by helping to put together lunches and pack them away for delivery. Also on Jan. 12, the Museum Studies Department held its opening night for the latest exhibit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Re-uniting Ellington.â&#x20AC;? This is the second exhibition for the school year. The exhibit includes a diverse collection of photographs and installations, designed to show unity among the eight arts and six academic departments. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Quadaja Herriott, 10th-grader

Edmund Burke School

Just a few days ago, a representative from an organization called Amman Imman, or Water Is Life, visited our school and told us about her work. This group provides clean water to villages, homes and children who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any. The organization focuses mostly on the Azawak people in Niger, Africa. We

learned how many children in Africa walk miles in the hot sun just to return home with buckets of liquid thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more mud than water. Sometimes they must drink the same water their animals bathe in. The shocking information was provided by a cool slide show that mainly showed adorable children. The representative explained that Amman Immanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main goal is to dig enough wells to provide water all across Niger all year long. We saw pictures of children with happy faces running their dirty hands under taps that offered clear water. These wells are called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wells of Love,â&#x20AC;? and for a very good reason. We were told about all we personally could do in order to help provide the means for clean water, which includes direct donations, walks, campaigns and special events. After the representative finished her presentation, the whole school gave her a loud round of applause and a group of students flocked to her after the assembly finished to sign up to help with the program. The representative couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been more excited. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katie Boyd, eighth-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary

All the third-graders in Mr. Fadenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Ms. Zaidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classes studied what Martin Luther King Jr. wanted for our country. After learning about his hopes and dreams, we thought about our hopes and dreams and then created our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stone of Hopeâ&#x20AC;? to show or say what we want for our country. We had seen the Stones of Hope at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial when we went on a field trip in October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Stone of Hope was for people to respect other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just not like someone because of their skin color,â&#x20AC;? said Jaden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Stone of Hope is equal rights for all,â&#x20AC;? said Elise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I worked with a few other students in a group, and we combined our dreams,â&#x20AC;? said Miles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our See Dispatches/Page 15

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Stone of Hope was for people to stop fighting. Someday, we hope, someone will step up and do the better thing. We also want people to stop littering.” We didn’t really put our dreams on stones. We used paper. Some of us added a picture. We put our Stones of Hope together to make two collages. The National Park Service is displaying our collages at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial bookstore as part of the special events celebrating Dr. King this January. — Miles Kraham, Jaden Marshall and Elise Simon, third-graders

Janney Elementary

While most newspapers are shrinking, Janney’s Jaguar Journal is expanding. “Our goal is to publish every month,” assistant principal Linda Sell said. That will make the Journal “a more vital part of Janney [and provide] a more frequent opportunity for our journalists to write about what’s going on in the community.” The first Jaguar Journal of 2012, due in mid-January, will have stories on soccer, Scrabble, author Judith Viorst, theater, basketball and a trip to the Colosseum in Rome. The student newspaper at Janney is the only one at the elementary school level in the D.C. public school system. It began in 2010 when Aaron Epstein, a retired journalist and volunteer tutor at Janney, wrote to principal Norah Lycknell and counselor Maureen Leventhal, suggesting that starting a school newspaper would be “a valuable educational experience” for students. Now that the newspaper will be published more often than two to three times a year, the staff expects to work harder. Student staff members are: Meg Buzbee, Chloe Fatsis, Zara Hall, Caroline Katzive, Josh Landweber, Emily Oliphant, Oliver Satola, Nicholas Spasojevic, Naomi Todd, Anna Warner and Maddie Williams. Mr. Epstein, the editor and journalism coach, now is assisted by Stefan Fatsis, a journalist and Janney parent; Ms. Sell, Ms. Leventhal and Jacqueline Epstein, a tutor and retired teacher. The students at the Journal have a lot to say and a lot to write about. As journalists, their goal is to live by the newspaper’s motto: “Thou shall not bore the reader.” — Maddie Williams, fifth-grader

Key Elementary

Over the holidays, the fifthgrade Key School Student Council, after raising nearly $400 with our “Pengram” fundraiser, paid a visit to New Endeavors by Women, a homeless shelter in the Washington area. While we were there, we gave the women blankets and helped them decorate their Christmas tree. Cindy Bouchez, a Key parent on the trip, said, “The women at the

shelter could not stop smiling once the children walked in the door, and the children were overflowing with joy the minute they saw the smiles on the faces of the women. It was one of the most magical moments I’ve ever experienced, and I think the children will remember it far more than any presents they received for the holidays!” It felt really good to give back to those who are less fortunate. We raised that money by selling “Pengrams” holiday notes for friends. Needless to say, it remains a fifth-grade tradition, and what a great way to give back. — Will Kubzansky and Isabelle Shea, fifth-graders

made posters for our China research. The other third-grade class studied Japan, and after four weeks of research, we presented in front of the whole third grade. Some of us were extremely nervous, and others were very confident, but everyone pulled it off and did very well. We found most of our research on the iPad, and the rest from informational books. We also searched on the iPads for pictures for our posters. It turned it to be the best day ever because everyone showed what we all learned about the Chinese and Japanese cultures. — Lulu Sullivan and Jalen Thompson, third-graders

Maret School

National Presbyterian School

At the end of 2011, our thirdgrade class studied China for four weeks. We studied aspects of China, including the government, the last emperor and famous landmarks. We

On Jan. 11, the fifth-graders had a special lunch to end our Judaism unit in religion class. For the lunch, we had bagels with many spreads

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 such as salmon spread, matzo ball soup, noodle kugel, rugelach and orange juice. Now, you may be wondering what some of these foods are. Well, here is what they are. The matzo ball soup is basically chicken noodle soup with matzo balls. The matzo balls are like veggie meatballs. The noodle kugel is a delicious dish made with cinnamon, noodles, cream cheese and raisins. Mrs. Topf made it for us. The rugelach is a roll with chocolate or jelly in it. After we had this great lunch, a rabbi came to answer our questions about Judaism. Her name was Joui Hessel. Now that I have told you about the special lunch, I will tell you about our field trip. The field trip is on Jan. 13. We are going to see the exhibit on Ancient Egyptian mummification at the National Museum of Natural History. While we are there, we are going to work on our survey papers. They will question


the things we notice around us in the exhibit. The reason we are going to this exhibit is because we are studying ancient Egypt in history. We are also making Canopic jars in art. That wraps it up! — Kit Neifach, fifth-grader

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

Early in December, St. Patrick’s hosted a fair called Gifts for Goods. It is an event where people sell items to get donations for organizations like the World Wildlife Fund, which helps endangered species, or the Children of Kibera Foundation, which helps people who are living in poverty in Nairobi, Kenya. The fair was supported by our Community Service Club, a group of fifth- and sixth-graders who do community service. In the fall, the Community Service Club members went to the See Dispatches/Page 19

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pointed in the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision,â&#x20AC;? reads a statement from his office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will continue to work with the relevant agencies and civic groups to ensure that the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laws and regulations are adhered to and that this establishment does not infringe on the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to peace, order and quiet.â&#x20AC;? In its decision, the alcohol board attached a number of new restrictions to Moodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. Notably, it has banned the club from using any outside promoters. It also requires that Mood representatives reappear before the board in 45 days for a status update. The board has required â&#x20AC;&#x153;alcohol awareness trainingâ&#x20AC;? for all of Moodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employees, along with security training for relevant personnel and managers. And within 30 days, Mood must submit a new security plan that outlines its surveillance camera system, methods for handling fights and assaults, and processes for communicating with police, among other details. The alcohol board has also forwarded its investigative report of the stabbings to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of the Attorney General for â&#x20AC;&#x153;further enforcement action.â&#x20AC;? Woodson said Mood representatives started Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing with a proposal to settle the case by paying fines and making various improvements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The settlement was unacceptable to the board,â&#x20AC;? he said. From there, the hearing stretched until nearly midnight, Woodson said, due to detailed investigations from the alcohol board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The board should be credited with making a studied decision,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;not based on mere

service illegally blocked streets, alleys and private property, and that management littered the neighborhood with promotional fliers. Board members also heard testimony from Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration inspectors who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t corroborate neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; allegations, but wrote in the order denying the Sanctuary 21 application that they recognized residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The record shows the neighborhood does not have the capacity to deal with additional nightclub patrons,â&#x20AC;? the order states. Additionally, the board denied the 25-person summer garden, which Shadow Room envisioned as a lounge on a privately owned stretch of sidewalk where patrons could escape the loud club atmosphere to talk to each other or on the phone. The order states that although noisy patrons coming and going from a nightclub donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t warrant pulling a license, the complaints donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak well to a request to

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to do is get in front of the revenue stream to ensure that it goes toward the people who need it most.â&#x20AC;? Sloan said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working with a couple of other neighborhood commissioners, as well as a member of the faith community. Plans to make the District the first jurisdiction in the nation to offer regulated online gaming have been


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Mood Lounge reopened this weekend following a two-week license suspension.

allegations, not based on supposition, and not based on rumor.â&#x20AC;? The hearing focused directly on details of the Dec. 30 stabbings, rather than Moodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very specific. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address noise, trash, unruliness,â&#x20AC;? said Evans communication staffer Andrew Huff, addressing some of the complaints that have surrounded Mood. Mood Lounge opened about a year ago in the former BeBar and EFN Lounge spot, opening mostly on weekends and hosting a number of private events. The two victims of the Dec. 30 stabbings were rapper Marquis King and Jason Todd Thomas, who was working as a promoter for King at an open-mic night at Mood. As the city documents describe, the stabbings occurred on Moodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front sidewalk. By last account, the two victims were listed â&#x20AC;&#x153;in critical but stable condition.â&#x20AC;? Later that day, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier enforced an emergency four-day suspension for Mood. Once that was set to expire, the alcohol agency extended the suspension and later arranged for the Jan. 13 hearing.

contentious since the D.C. Council first approved the program through a supplemental budget bill in December 2010. As the program is proposed, the D.C. Lottery would offer access to games â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like Texas Hold â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Em, blackjack and bingo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in certain designated â&#x20AC;&#x153;hot spotsâ&#x20AC;? and through usersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home computers. City officials have projected that the system could bring in more than $13 million in its first four years. As other states have started crafting similar legislation, the program has stalled in D.C. due to ongoing debates. The next major step will be a Jan. 26 hearing in the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Finance and Revenue, chaired by Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jack Evans.






The hearing will include a report from the D.C. Lottery based on community meetings this fall, and input from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspector general on how the law was passed. It will also consider legislation proposed by members Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Phil Mendelson (at-large) that would repeal iGaming altogether. In the meantime, Sloan and his supporters have been visiting advisory neighborhood commissions across the city, trying to win backing for their revenue proposal. The goal is to organize a presentation for the council hearing. According to a written explanation of the proposal, the funding strategy would ensure that gaming revenues help â&#x20AC;&#x153;the neediest residentsâ&#x20AC;? of wards 5, 7 and 8. Residents


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â??It becomes a legislative mess and political football if you start dictating where specific funds are going â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Commissioner Charles Reed Council member Michael Brown is likely to back the idea. In an interview, Brown said that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t specifically support Sloanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal but agreed that directed iGaming funding could be possible. Brown said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard from several people â&#x20AC;&#x153;who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have concerns about gaming, per se, but wanted to make sure the money was going to a particular place.â&#x20AC;? He said he plans to discuss the concept with his colleagues. According to Sloan, he has backing from about 20 individual neighborhood commissioners and other activists. So far, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;about sixâ&#x20AC;? neighborhood commissions have voted in support of the proposal, and he expects more will sign on after meetings this week. But Sloanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempts to convince commissioners in Logan Circle last Wednesday were unsuccessful. Commissioner Charles Reed said it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad fiscal policyâ&#x20AC;? to direct revenue toward specific causes, when council members are democratically elected to make those judgments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a distinction from a

expand the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations outdoors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Permitting the Applicant to allow its patrons to consume alcohol outside will lead to further disturbances of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peace, order, and quiet,â&#x20AC;? the order reads. In an email, neighborhood commission chair Rebecca Coder wrote of the orders that â&#x20AC;&#x153;both are solid wins for the West End.â&#x20AC;? The Current could not reach attorneys for the establishment for comment yesterday. The issue divided the five alcohol board members; neither the order to renew the Shadow Room license and reject its summer garden, nor the order denying an application for Sanctuary 21, had unanimous support. Board members Donald Brooks, Herman Jones and Mike Silverstein voted to deny a license to Sanctuary 21, with interim chair Nick Alberti and member Calvin Nophlin dissenting. Herman Jones opposed the order that renewed Shadow Roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. The orders donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include reasons for individual board membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; positions. dollar that comes from Internet gambling and a dollar that comes from income taxes,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It becomes a legislative mess and political football if you start dictating where specific funds are going to be dedicated.â&#x20AC;? Reed said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the time is better spent on lobbying effortsâ&#x20AC;? once the mayor and council propose a budget. Sloan, who ran for the Ward 4 council seat in 2007, suggested that one motivation for giving this guidance is public loss of faith thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occurred â&#x20AC;&#x153;in light of recent scandals with the D.C. Council.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;To a certain extent,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this organizational structure has gone against trust.â&#x20AC;? Other commissioners argued that the list of causes Sloan has pinpointed could be seen as arbitrary, and that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs could very well change over time. Sloan emphasized that the proposal is still â&#x20AC;&#x153;a living, growing thing,â&#x20AC;? and will continue to incorporate new ideas. Some commissioners also worried the proposal could lead to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shell game,â&#x20AC;? whereby the council would simply devote less general funding to the highlighted causes. Mike Benardo said that in Florida, where gambling revenue was earmarked for education, â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyone found ways around that.â&#x20AC;? The Logan Circle commission ultimately voted to continue watching the legislation and possibly consider a resolution next month, after the council hearing. One resident chastised the commission for failing to take action. If commissioners â&#x20AC;&#x153;arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even willing to go in front of a council person and â&#x20AC;Ś recommend where they send funds, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just wack, in my opinion,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Washington Home, a home for the elderly, where we played bingo and had ice cream with residents. We met people and talked to them about what they did when they were little. Then, we told them what we do every day. All of the stories were great. We sang our school song and two other songs to the residents, and then one elderly woman said a prayer and sang a song to thank the club for coming to the home. Other people joined in the singing. Our Community Service Club hopes to create a brighter future for people in Washington, D.C., and in the world. It is also rewarding for the students who participate. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexander Carnot, fifth-grader

School Without Walls

Last Wednesday, students in the music department left class shortly before lunch and filed into the multipurpose room, where four people sat by the microwaves, tuning instruments. They were the Old City String Quartet, an ensemble formed in 2008 at the Curtis Institute of Music. It was an amazing opportunity for Walls students, both to listen to an incredibly talented group and to see individual performers who have been part of prestigious orchestras as the Tokyo Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The four performers, playing a cello, viola and two violins, treated those in attendance to compositions

by Mozart, Beethoven and BartĂłk. After each piece, they took the time to discuss with the assembled students any reactions, thoughts the students had while listening, and even the pieces themselves. On a more academic note, the second advisory is ending. After this long weekend, the last few midterms and all final exams for halfyear classes will be taken. For some, exam week is the last lap before a new semester. For many, it changes a weekend that could have been used to recover from a hectic week filled with projects, essays and last-minute quizzes into one spent studying and reviewing. But many seniors look at it a little differently: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one week closer to graduation. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

For the past two years, I have been going to the Shepherd Tifereth Israel Tutoring Program every Sunday afternoon. It has been going well. My tutors have really helped me with math. My grades have improved, and I am more confident. The program director is Mr. Dan Nathan. I interviewed him two weeks ago. This is what I learned. Mr. Nathan started the tutoring program 14 years ago when both of his daughters were going to Shepherd Elementary. Mr. Nathan and Congregation Tifereth Israel wanted to help Shepherd Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community. His volunteer tutors are members of the synagogue, teens and adults who live in the neighborhood, and parents of the students




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getting tutoring. Mr. Nathan told me that he loves working with children. The words he uses to describe us are â&#x20AC;&#x153;energetic,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;creative,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;smartâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;funny.â&#x20AC;? The tutoring program has about 25 to 30 students, and there is space for a few more. Also, Mr. Nathan is always looking for new volunteers because the tutoring program grows every year. Here is contact information: Shepherd TI Tutoring, Dan Nathan, Congregation Tifereth Israel, 7701 16th St. NW, Washington, DC

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 20012; shepherdtutoringprogram@ I encourage you to share news tips and comments with me. Please contact me at snherisse@yahoo. com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

The day before the winter break, we performed â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dreamâ&#x20AC;? for our parents, fourth- and fifth-graders and others.


Following our play, we had a cast party. To get ready for our performance, we read the play. Students thought about what character they wanted to be. To audition for a part, one had to memorize the Gettysburg Address and say it to the class. The more you memorized, the better chance you had of getting the part you wanted. We moved to making our costumes. We were given a yard of See Dispatches/Page 28

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Wednesday january 18 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Bill Amt of Iona Senior Services will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coping With Post-Holiday Depression.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202244-7400. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Foust will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Still, Small Voice Within: Exploring the Relationship Between Meditation and Intuition,â&#x20AC;? featuring a talk and guided meditation practices. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15 donation suggested. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  Rafrechi, a group of Haitian-born singers, will perform soul music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Pianist Yael Weiss (shown), violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Clancy Newman will perform works by Beethoven, Newman, Higdon and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. $32. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Dan Roberts Trio will perform jazz selections. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historyâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by New York University professor Deborah Willis on â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Negro Women

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Events Entertainment and Beyond: Posing Beauty in African American Culture.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Trita Parsi will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Single Roll of the Dice â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diplomacy With Iran.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Necessary, How It Works.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Julia Osman, professor of history at Mississippi State University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;In the Name of Honorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Officers of the French Army and Their Participation in the American Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. Films â&#x2013;  A film series on the civil rights movement will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom Riders,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Easy Walk: 1961-1963,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271225. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Repertoireâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Billy Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1955 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Seven Year Itch,â&#x20AC;? starring Marilyn Monroe. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Masayuki Suoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1996 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shall We Dance?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  A Kurdish film festival will feature Hisham Zamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bekas and Bawke,â&#x20AC;? about two brothers who want to live in the United States with Superman. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202895-6776. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will

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feature CĂŠdric Klapischâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Piece of the Pie,â&#x20AC;? 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. 202966-6000. Special event â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Spiritual Tribute to Dr. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legacyâ&#x20AC;? 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. 202-687-4134. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Oklahoma City Thunder. 7 p.m. $10 to $605. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Thursday, Jan. 19

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Book signing â&#x2013; George Norfleet will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey,â&#x20AC;? 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&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program will perform classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A registered nurse will talk about how to prevent falls both indoors and outside. 10 a.m. Free. Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Washington Project for the Arts membership director Liz Georges on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Washington Art Scene.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;25 Architects in 25 Weeksâ&#x20AC;? lecture series will feature a talk by Bill Kirwan of Muse Architects on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Work With an Architect.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-347-9403. â&#x2013;  Robert Watson, assistant professor of

Thursday, january 19 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Ingrid Fliter will perform works by Mozart, Schumann, Glanert and Mozart. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 204-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. history at Hampton University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Economic Power of the Kuba Textile Culture.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University students, faculty and staff will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflections on Dr. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legacy.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-4134. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bonnardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Technicolor Visionsâ&#x20AC;? will focus on the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of saturated color, pattern and light to depict scenes from everyday life. 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Peter and Syril Kline will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mystery of Shakespeare,â&#x20AC;? about their findings after spending years in search of the truth about the author of the greatest plays in the English language. 6:30 p.m. $10. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-3383552. â&#x2013;  International Spy Museum board member Oleg Kalugin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vienna, City of My Dreams,â&#x20AC;? about his experiences as a KGB operative in Austriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital throughout the 1970s and 1980s. 6:30 p.m. $20. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Shalom Auslander, a frequent contributor to NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;This American Life,â&#x20AC;? will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope: A Tragedy.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Artist Barkley Hendricks will discuss his artistic practice in conversation with Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art at Duke Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nasher Museum of Art. 7 p.m. $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Chuzzlewitâ&#x20AC;? by Charles Dickens. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;State of Wonderâ&#x20AC;? by Ann Patchett. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  The West End Neighborhood Library will present Ralph Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1968 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charly,â&#x20AC;? starring Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney and Dick Van Patten.

1:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013; The Phillips Collection will present Vincente Minnelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1956 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lust for Life,â&#x20AC;? about the tortured but prolific post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. 6 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The DC Latin American Film Showcase will feature AdriĂĄn Biniezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gigante,â&#x20AC;? about a shy supermarket security guard who becomes transfixed by a cleaning woman he spots through a surveillance camera. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. Friday, Jan. 20

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Reineck, Sprenkle and Poulenc. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Voices @ CUA Vocal Music Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will open with a concert by the Great Noise Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and students. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 640 Michigan Ave. NE. The festival will continue Saturday with concerts at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sydney Nathans, professor emeritus of history at Duke University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker,â&#x20AC;? about an enslaved woman who fled her owner in 1848 and spent the next 17 years trying to recover her family. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Hay-Adams Author Series will feature a three-course luncheon and book talk with Pulitzer Prizewinning couple Tony Horwitz and Geraldine Brooks (shown) about their latest books â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil Warâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calebâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing,â&#x20AC;? respectively. Noon. $85. Hay-Adams, 16th and H streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts@Middayâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by Wendy Wick Reaves, curator of prints and drawings at the National Portrait Gallery. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-3638286. â&#x2013;  As part of a series highlighting objects in the Society of the Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vaults, curator Emily Schulz will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Diana tapestries,â&#x20AC;? woven in Brussels around 1600 and among the original furnishings of Anderson House. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The American Research Center in Egypt will present a talk by Walters Art Museum director Gary Vikan on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, See Events/Page 21


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Continued From Page 20 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Thomas Caplan will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spy Who Jumped off the Screen.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  Cinema Night will feature Zhang Yimouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1991 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raise the Red Lantern.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $5 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film|Neuâ&#x20AC;? series will open with Robert Thalheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Westwind,â&#x20AC;? about inseparable 17-year-old East German twins who impetuously accept a ride from a West German teen and his mates. A discussion with actor Franz Dinda will follow the first screening. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film|Neuâ&#x20AC;? series will continue through Jan. 26. Meeting â&#x2013;  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&#x2013;  Discovery Theater will present a show about the civil rights movement, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Old Is a Hero?â&#x20AC;? 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $8; $3 to $6 for children. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. The performance will repeat Wednesday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  Students from eight D.C. elementary schools will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey,â&#x20AC;? featuring dance, theater and musical selections inspired by the experiences of various ethnic groups in America. 3 p.m. Free. Fillmore Arts Center, 1819 35th St. NW. 202-729-3794. â&#x2013;  Nigerian-American artist Obehi Janice will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;fufu & oreos,â&#x20AC;? a one-woman show reflecting upon depression, identity and faith. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-4134. â&#x2013;  Opera Lafayette will present a preview performance of Pierre-Alexandre Monsignyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Roi et le fermier.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Choreographer Robin Beckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance company will present the D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into Sunlight,â&#x20AC;? inspired by Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist David Maranissâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book â&#x20AC;&#x153;They Marched Into Sunlight.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $18; $10 for

students and veterans. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013; The In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barber & Barberillo,â&#x20AC;? featuring Samuel Barber and Giancarlo Menottiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Hand of Bridgeâ&#x20AC;? and Francisco Asenjo Barbieriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Barber of Lavapies.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $40; $36 for seniors; $20 for students. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening With Alice Waters,â&#x20AC;? featuring a conversation between food pioneer Alice Waters and D.C.-based chef JosĂŠ AndrĂŠs and a reception with light fare from area chefs who serve locally grown organic food. 6 p.m. $200 to $1,000 for the conversation and reception; $100 for reception only. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Alliance Française de Washington will present a silent dance party with guests equipped with wireless headphones to hear two sets of music. The event will also feature French silent films, a Marceau-inspired mime performance and a silent poetry performance in French sign language. 7 p.m. $20; reservations required. 421 7th St. NW. 202-2347911. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Denver Nuggets. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Saturday, Jan. 21

Saturday january 21 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Mary Ann Jung in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosalie Calvert and the War of 1812.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about first lady Dolley Madison and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Classes â&#x2013;  Casey Trees education coordinator Priscilla Bocskor and urban forestry instructor Shawn Walker will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trees 101â&#x20AC;? class. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casey Trees Headquarters, 3030 12th St. NE. â&#x2013;  Teaching artist Kent Gay will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drawing Nature.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:15 a.m. Free; reservations required. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Concerts â&#x2013;  Bach to Rock will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;B2R Battle of the Bands,â&#x20AC;? featuring local high school students competing for the winning title. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. BgafMk^gj@Yhhq@gmj =n]jqEgf\Yq%>ja\Yq >jge,%/he Dggc>gjGmjKmf\Yq:jmf[` :]_affaf_BYfmYjq)kl

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Saturday, january 21 â&#x2013; Concert: Saxophonist, composer and jazz educator Peter Fraize will perform selections from his new CD â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organic Matter.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St. NW. 202-7851997. â&#x2013;  Pianist Ruth Rose and violinist Jorge Orozco will perform works by Brahms and Gershwin, as well as South American pieces. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  Members of the Air Force Strings will perform chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  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. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present cellist Steven Honigberg, pianist Audrey Andrist (shown) and violinist James Stern performing works by DvorĂĄk, Schumann and Brahms. 8 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flour Powerâ&#x20AC;? will explore how the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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202-895-6070. â&#x2013; Linda Killian will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Stephanie Deutsch will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Lecturer Saul Lilienstein will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bridging the Centuries: Mozart and Schubert.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $15. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Tariq Ali will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Family festival â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Africa!â&#x20AC;? will feature dress-up activities, storytelling, dancing and crafts. Free. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enchanted Island,â&#x20AC;? featuring music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others. 12:55 p.m. $22. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Gatten: Texts of Lightâ&#x20AC;? will feature a cycle of films by the American director about William Byrd IIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library, one of the largest in Colonial America. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. A screening of more films by Gatten will take place at 4:30 p.m. Performance â&#x2013;  A performing arts troupe from the High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University


will present a dance and music performance to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Black Box Theater, Tregaron Campus, Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St. NW. 202-243-1884. Special event â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeare & Dessertâ&#x20AC;? will feature an evening of staged readings, sonnets, music, dessert and libations in support of St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 choir tour to England. 7:30 p.m. $25. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-3638286. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his 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. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  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. â&#x2013;  The Kreeger Museum will offer its monthly public architecture tour, which highlights the residence of David and Carmen Kreeger, designed in 1963 by renowned architect Philip Johnson. 2 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and See Events/Page 22






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Continued From Page 21 younger. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3552. Sunday, Jan. 22

Sunday january 22 Concerts â&#x2013; The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by Bruch, Prokofiev and Beethoven. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Mozart, Auric, Messiaen, FaurĂŠ, Nagel, Ellington and Piazzolla. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202433-4011. â&#x2013;  The Washington Saxophone Quartet will perform works by Bach, Mozart and Copland. 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-3632202. â&#x2013;  Bassoonist Karen Geoghegan and pianist Timothy End will perform. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â&#x2013;  Guest organist Chelsea Vaught from Lawrence, Kan., will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Pianist Ann Chung and violinist Paul Chou will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Michael Fried, professor of humanities


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Events Entertainment and art at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Honest Outlaws: Sala, Ray, Marioni, Gordon.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013; Lori Stewart will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I Had as Many Grandchildren as You,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and Patricia Schultz will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the Second Edition: Completely Revised and Updated With Over 200 New Entries,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Family festivals â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;KidSpy Family Festival: Tradecraft TryItsâ&#x20AC;? will offer an insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peek into the shadow world of spying (for families with children ages 7 and older). 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $10 per person; reservations required. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farm to Table Family Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature live music, hands-on activities and information on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;farm to tableâ&#x20AC;? movement, all in celebration of the recently commissioned portrait of chef, author and restaurant owner Alice Waters. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present Sharon La Cruiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock,â&#x20AC;? about the life of a forgotten civil rights activist. A discussion will follow. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Gatten: Texts of Lightâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Mountains, Singing Oceans, and Slivers of Time,â&#x20AC;? featuring pairs of films from three of the American directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing series. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building

â&#x2013; Teaching artist Ignacio Hernandez will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guitar Chord Melody.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE.

Sunday, january 22 â&#x2013; Concert: The Brasil Guitar Duo will perform works by Villa-Lobos and other Brazilian composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Hip-Hop Cinema Cafe, Words Beats & Life and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? series will present Joshua Atesh Litleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Furious Force of Rhymes.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Boston Celtics. 1 p.m. $10 to $780. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walk through historic Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key Memorial. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  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. 23

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Classes â&#x2013; Teacher and therapist Elizabeth Muniot will lead a weekly yoga class. 5:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.

Concerts â&#x2013; The D.C.-based band Empresarios will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Tunes & Cocktails at The Jefferson,â&#x20AC;? an open singalong of theater music, will feature pianist Glenn Pearson and special guests Kevin Stephen McAllister and Ashleigh King. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Quill Bar, The Jefferson, 1200 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the New York-based postclassical string quartet ETHEL. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present violinist Joshua Bell performing works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Ravel, YsaĂże and Gershwin. 8 p.m. $45 to $115. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Dupont Circle Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly Live and Learn Seminar will feature life skills coach and heart attack survivor Debra Cruz discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women and Heart Health.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. Firefly Restaurant, 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  Cullen Murphy will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The History/Biography Book Club will discuss Doris Kearns Goodwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1995 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before the Rain.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood








Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present Michael Curtizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1942 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casablanca,â&#x20AC;? starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  A Kurdish film festival will feature Hisham Zamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterland,â&#x20AC;? about two Kurdish refugees in Norway. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202895-6776. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Mark Robsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1969 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gone A-Hunting.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202462-3356. Performance â&#x2013;  Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locally Grown Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature a staged reading of Stephen Spotswoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cold November Light,â&#x20AC;? about a difficult artist and his wheelchair-bound model, and Gwydion Suilebhanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot & Cold,â&#x20AC;? about a quarantine in a biohazard laboratory and Christmas in a suburban Jewish kitchen. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $30. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. Tuesday, Jan. 24

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Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Sushmita Mazumdar will lead a memoir-writing class. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  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&#x2013;  Yoga instructor Liz Nichols will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laughter Yogaâ&#x20AC;? class. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. â&#x2013;  Artist Chuck Baxter will lead a six-week â&#x20AC;&#x153;Try Your Hand at Artâ&#x20AC;? class. 2 to 4 p.m. $10 per session. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448, ext. 4. Concerts â&#x2013;  J.P. Reali, winner of the D.C. Blues Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Battle of the Bands for the past two years, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Alt-pop group Delta Rae will perform. 8 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by playwright Edgar F. Russell III on â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celebration of Abraham Lincoln From the Golden Age of Radio.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Janet Taliaferro will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Virgin Hall,â&#x20AC;? about four women college friends from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;silent generationâ&#x20AC;? who bridged a culture their mothers had discovered. 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. See Events/Page 24


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omestead,â&#x20AC;? featuring some 20 new mixed-media works by Los Angeles artist Mike Weber, will open tomorrow at Long View Gallery and continue through Feb. 19. The former Washington, D.C., artist continues to explore themes of spirituality and genealogy inspired by his childhood memo-

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ries of abandoned homesteads outside St. Louis. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tel Aviv: Photographs by David Bergholz,â&#x20AC;? presenting images of the seaside Israeli city during a two-week visit in March 2008, will open tomorrow at the Washington DC Jewish Community Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery and continue through

April 6. at Susan Calloway Fine Arts and continue An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception and talk will take through Feb. 18. place tomorrow from 6:30 to 9 p.m. An opening reception will take place Located at 1529 16th St. NW, the gallery Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday p.m. 202-777-3208. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annie Leibovitz: 202-965-4601. Pilgrimage,â&#x20AC;? featuring phoâ&#x2013;  International Visions tographs by the wellGallery last week opened known magazine and a retrospective of artwork advertising photographer by Bill Dorsey, known for that she took for her own his landscapes and depicpersonal enjoyment rather tions of the Washington than an assignment, will area, and will continue it open Friday at the through Feb. 11. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Winter Comes â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? by Bill Smithsonian American A closing reception and Dorsey is part of an exhibit at Art Museum and contin- International Visions Gallery. artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk will be held ue through May 20. Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 9th and G streets NW, the Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday p.m. 202-633-1000. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5112. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time of Day: Caroline Adams,â&#x20AC;? presentâ&#x2013;  Gallery plan b recently opened an exhibit ing landscape paintings and prints inspired by of paintings by Bernardo Siles that have been the mid-Atlantic countryside and the moundescribed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;tranquil and mesmerizing.â&#x20AC;? The tains and clouds of Ecuador, will open Friday exhibit will continue through Feb. 26.

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hree-time Tony winner â&#x20AC;&#x153;FELA!â&#x20AC;? will return to D.C. for a limited engagement, Jan. 26 through 29, at the Warner Theatre. A provocative hybrid of dance, theater and music, â&#x20AC;&#x153;FELA!â&#x20AC;?


explores the extravagant and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend, Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. The Tony Award-winning show â&#x20AC;&#x153;FELA!â&#x20AC;? will return to D.C. for a limited Saturday and Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to engagement at the Warner Theatre. $120. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster. Nomadic Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A theater adaptation of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s com. Night of One-Act Playsâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 19 book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wings,â&#x20AC;? Feb. 4 through 19 in â&#x2013; The Folger Theatre will present through 28 at the Davis Performing the Family Theater. Susanna Centlivreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gaming Arts Center. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something different Tableâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 24 through March 4 in about the new boy at school. Ikarus The student-produced show will the Elizabethan Theatre. examine the idea that all human Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main challenge is not In this comedy by one of 18thinteractions schoolwork, but fitting in with his century involve perforclassmates. Instead of a backpack, Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most mance. Featured he dons a feathery white pair of popular playshows include wings. To stop the kids from tauntwrights, an indeNeil LaButeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ing his feathered look, Ikarus soars pendent-minded â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liars Clubâ&#x20AC;? and over the city. Just when he thinks widow with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coaxâ&#x20AC;? and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alone, a brave schoolgirl tells penchant for Wendy him what someone should have gambling holds a Wassersteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from the start: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your flying is beaunightly card â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting for tiful.â&#x20AC;? game teeming Philip Glass.â&#x20AC;? Performance times vary. Tickets with revelers Folger Theatre will stage â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cost $18. 202-467-4600; Performance and rakes. times are 8 p.m. Performance Gaming Tableâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 24 through â&#x2013;  The In Series will close â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barber Thursday times are gener- March 4. through Saturday & Barberilloâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 22 at Source. ally 7:30 p.m. A double bill of Samuel Barber and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. and Giancarlo Menottiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Hand $12; $10 for students. Georgetown Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. of Bridgeâ&#x20AC;? and Francisco Asenjo University is located at 37th and O Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Barbieriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Barber of Sunday. Ticket cost $39 to $65. The streets NW. 202-687-3838; perLavapies,â&#x20AC;? the show melds the Folger is located at 201 East American operatic piece into a â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will presCapitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; Spanish zarzuela. ent the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The See Theater/Page 24 Wings of Ikarus Jackson,â&#x20AC;? a dance/ â&#x2013;  Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Mike Weberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Life Livedâ&#x20AC;? is on display at Long View Gallery. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from See Exhibits/Page 24

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Continued From Page 22 â&#x2013; Joseph Sassoon, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and visiting fellow at Oxford University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saddam Husseinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Editor Mark Schuller will discuss the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Film â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present the 1961 musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Story,â&#x20AC;? starring Natalie Wood. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Performance â&#x2013;  The Children of Uganda will perform a celebratory program of song and dance, showcasing East Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant culture and history. 7 p.m. Free. St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Day School, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW. Reading â&#x2013;  Meena Alexander and Ishion Hutchinson will read from their work. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6294. Performances â&#x2013;  Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locally Grown Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jon Spelmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prostate

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Events Entertainment Dialogues,â&#x20AC;? about the effects of prostate cancer and treatment on sexuality and relationships. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $30. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. The performance will repeat Feb. 12 and 19 at 5 p.m. â&#x2013; Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Boston Bruins. 7 p.m. $60 to $145. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tasting â&#x2013;  Shellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Back Room will present a Compass Box Whisky Co. tasting featuring the La Palina El Diario cigar. 6 to 10 p.m. $50; reservations required. 1331 F St. NW. 202737-3003. Wednesday, Jan. 25

Wednesday january 25 Concert â&#x2013; Singer/songwriter Bilal will perform neo-soul and jazz music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by physicist Fred Rothwarf on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Silent Revolution: Rare-Earth Permanent Magnets.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-8954860. â&#x2013;  Dorothy Washburn of the University of Pennsylvania will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aesthetics and Meaning of Geometric Patterns on Kuba Textiles.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64.


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Tuesday, january 24 â&#x2013; Discussion: Walter Mosley will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I Did Was Shoot My Man.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  William A. Dobak will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning and Ward 6 neighborhood planner Melissa Bird will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planning for D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Streetcar System.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  J. Morgan Grove of the U.S. Forest Service will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greatest MultiTasker Ever: Urban Trees.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.

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Film â&#x2013; The Reel Israel DC series will feature Yohanan Wellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salsa Tel Aviv.â&#x20AC;? 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. Performances â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happenings at the Harmanâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Ballet Teatro Internacional performing classical and contemporary

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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.

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â&#x2013; Panelists will discuss the process of reinventing Tysons Corner as a walkable, sustainable urban center. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Leigh Stein will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fallback Plan.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Robin Sawyer, an expert in human sexuality and adolescent health, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teens and Sexuality.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $5. Black Box Theater, Tregaron Campus, Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St. NW. 202-243-1800. â&#x2013;  Melissa Jacobs, editor of the website, will discuss what it means to be a female NFL fan. 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Prose Book Group, for young professionals ages 21 through 35, will discuss Barbara Kingsolverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poisonwood Bible.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Public Tenley, 4615 41st St. NW.

noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-234-2711. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversation Undefined,â&#x20AC;? featuring student work from Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Architecture and Planning, opened last week at Project 4, where it will continue through Jan. 29. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liana Finck: The Bintel Brief,â&#x20AC;? showcasing pieces from Finckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming graphic novel based on the Jewish Daily Forwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bintel Briefâ&#x20AC;? advice column, opened recently at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, where it will continue through March 2. Located at 600 I St. NW, the synagogue is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202408-3100.

dance. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013; As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? series, members of the Washington Stage Guild will perform excerpts from various productions from the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25-year history. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282, ext. 16. â&#x2013;  Theater Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse on Hâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a staged reading of Brian Silbermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase, a variety show hosted by Christian Hunt, will feature area comedians, musicians and performing artists. 8:30 p.m. $12. Riot Act Comedy Theater, 801 E St. NW. 202-431-4704. â&#x2013;  Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou will host the monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparkleâ&#x20AC;? open-mic poetry event, a reading series exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. 9 p.m. $4. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Charlotte Bobcats. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tour â&#x2013;  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington and the National Gallery of Art will present a descriptive art tour. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Information Desk, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-234-1010.

â&#x2013; The Mariinsky Ballet will close â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Saison Russesâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 22 in the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opera House. Boasting an artistic legacy that spans more than 200 years, the St. Petersburg company will present three works by Michel Fokine: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chopiniana,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scheherazadeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Firebird.â&#x20AC;? 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;

â&#x2013; The Alliance Française de Washington, D.C., opened an exhibit last Friday of paintings done in the south of France in 2010 by American artists Eileen Pestorius and Emma Lou Martin. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 22. Located at 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacrifice of the Mushroom Kings,â&#x20AC;? presenting an eight-minute computer-animated film and two prints by artist and self-avowed video game fanatic Jonathan Monaghan, opened last week at Curatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, where it will continue through Feb. 18. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 201, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-387-1008. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 19122012,â&#x20AC;? a yearlong exhibit of artworks and artifacts that tell the story of the U.S. Marine Corps aviation

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big, and we would like it to be smaller,” one resident said at the meeting. “If they would just shave a floor off the top of it, that would go a long way to assuage our anxieties about it.” Other residents worried about the parking plan for the building, which tentatively includes less than one space per housing unit — an amount developers said is appropriate for a transit-accessible area but which neighbors said would threaten their street parking. At the meeting, Sunter said “it would be very difficult” to make the project work with less housing and


a fatal shooting outside Heritage India in Dupont, city officials are looking into stiffer regulations for late-night establishments. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans introduced legislation last month that would require nightclubs, along with restaurants and taverns with entertainment endorsements, to hire overtime police officers after midnight through the city’s “reimbursable detail” program. Evans’ bill also seeks to regulate promoters by requiring that they hold a city license. Under current law, an entertainment endorsement allows a restaurant or bar owner to essentially rent out their space to promoters for “special events” — creating a loophole of sorts that allows temporary changes to the nature of the establishment. At the Dupont Circle meeting last week, concerns were raised that Evans’ bill was “dead” because it landed in the Committee on Human Services, which is chaired by Ward 1 member Jim Graham. Graham, who has established a task force to work on potential new legislation for liquor laws, is under no obligation to offer Evans’ bill a public hearing, which is necessary to move the legislation forward. The Dupont commissioners resolved at their meeting to write to Graham, urging him to hold a hearing on Evans’ legislation. When reached for comment, Graham said Evans’ bill was one of several proposals related to reimbursable details for late-night establishments. “There are a number of issues related to the reimbursable detail officer program, and there are a number of other alcohol regulation issues,” he said. “The idea that Jack Evans has needs to be seriously considered, but we couldn’t separate it from all the other [reimbursable detail] discussions we’ve been having and will continue to have.” The reimbursable detail program, which was established in 2000, allows liquor license holders and groups like citizens associations to hire uniformed police officers as an

that a full traffic study wasn’t yet available. Developers are scheduled to present the plans again, including details on the feasibility of a smaller building and the additional traffic information, at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets. Sunter said developers have already responded to input on the building’s design they’ve heard from neighbors individually and at a previous meeting in October. “A lot of people, they wanted massing that was respectful to the neighborhood side of the site,” he said in an interview. “Some folks even said if it has to be taller on 42nd Street to accomplish that, that’s fine, and we took that to heart.” outdoor security detail. The Metropolitan Police Department charges more than $50 per hour per uniformed police officer, and the city subsidizes the cost with a $1 million fund that pays half of an officer’s hourly wage. Complicating the program in the future is its steady loss of available funds. “The program is a victim of its own success because so many bars are using it,” said Graham. “The $1 million subsidy has been eaten up rapidly, and the city doesn’t have limitless funds.” The liquor law task force that Graham established is meeting this month, and expects input from the police department. According to Graham, the group is also looking into changes for existing liquor license laws. “Once the working group has made its recommendations, I’m going to hold a public hearing,” said Graham. “Some of these [recommendations] could be controversial and provocative, and depending on how that goes, we will introduce legislation and proceed from there.” Graham noted that elements from Evans’ bill could become part of his “omnibus” legislation that results from the working group. Area neighborhood commissions are also seeking a more active role in forming appropriate new rules for liquor licenses. “I think ANCs throughout the city really need to take a hard look at bars and nightclubs that have a history that lends itself to problems,” said Dupont commissioner Jack Jacobson. “We haven’t done a good enough job with that in Dupont, and it’s incumbent on us … to go after bad actors and support good neighbors.” Fellow commissioner O’Connor also sees room for improvement. “The important thing is getting things labeled appropriately. … What do those things mean and to what establishments and what type of activities do they apply?” he said. What’s more, O’Connor said, “We need to do a better job at regulating promoters and knowing who is running these events in our neighborhoods, which is to their benefit as well so we can recognize responsible parties.”

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W E SL E Y H E I G H T S , D C

Outstanding stone residence with timeless architectural appeal situated on a 1 acre double lot in the heart of Wesley Heights. This significant 6 bedroom, 4 full and 3 half bathroom home features a circular driveway, swimming pool and tennis court. $3,999,000.

Barbara Zuckerman 202.997.5977 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

W E SL E Y H E I G H T S , D C

This 7 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom fully renovated Tudor with pool features 5,611 sf on four levels. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in Wesley Heights, 4323 Hawthorne has undergone a complete renovation and expansion by noted DC builder, Murillo/Malnati Homes designed by Cunningham and Quill Architects. $2,500,000.

Dave DeSantis 202.438.1542 Thomas Castagnola 202.297.5151


Luxury abounds in this exquisite new construction boasting 5,500 of interior space on 4 finished levels, including 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Superior craftsmanship with the utmost attention to finishes and details can be found throughout. Located within walking distance of Friendship Heights shops, restaurants, and Metro. $1,949,000.

Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011


New Listing – This extraordinary 3-level, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom urban townhouse is located in a tranquil setting of Washington. Features include spacious living and family rooms, crown moldings, 2 fireplaces, and two-car covered parking. $942,500.

Richard Seaton 202.907.8037 Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011


Sophisticated Federal in the East Village, ideal for grand entertaining. Restored with extensive improvements. Excellent scale, large formal rooms, high ceilings, and 4 fireplaces. Inviting front library, formal dining room, chef’s kitchen, and a second level double-parlor living room with adjoining sunroom. 4 BR’s with 4 full and 2 half BA’s. Backyard features private patio and garden. One-car garage and extra parking. $3,995,000.

Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344


Located in Harborside, this waterfront townhouse overlooks the Potomac River and offers a private boat slip. 5 levels of elegant living custom designed by owner’s architect and designer features custom woodwork, built-ins, marble and granite finishes and custom faux painting throughout. Full floor master BR w/ luxury BA and sensational closets. Complete with an elevator, a brick terrace and 2-car garage. $2,495,000.

Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

B E R K L E Y, D C

Foxhall Crescents – Architectural Design Chic with walls of windows, gourmet kitchen, 3 spacious BR’s, elegant baths on 3 levels, circular staircases, gleaming hardwoods, marble flooring, formal LR, DR and library, 3 marble fireplaces, entry-level 2-car garage, privately sited on a premium lot with terraced gardens. Minutes to the White House. $1,299,000.

Robin Waugh 703.819.8809


This truly magnificent Watergate apartment offers spectacular uninterrupted views over the Potomac River and downtown Rosslyn, VA. This sensational lateral co-op offers Best Address living in the heart of Washington, DC. The accommodations comprise a full service building with 24 hour front desk, doorman, maintenance and steps from historic Georgetown and the Kennedy Center of Arts. $579,000.

Stan Kelly 202.997.1872

Downtown, D.C. 202.234.3344

Georgetown, D.C. 202.333.1212


A unique architectural and interior design experience fusing together the renewed 1905 structure with modern contemporary solutions. Measuring over 5,600 sf on 4-levels, this home boasts state-of-the-art amenities and luxury features, including chef’s kitchen, surround sound system, private elevator and pièce de résistance rooftop terrace. $3,190,000.

Robin Waugh 703.819.8809 Lauren Herberghs 703.625.3590


This stunning new construction features over 6,300 sf of living space, dynamite finishes, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. Located in the heart of Chevy Chase DC, this sensational colonial is close to Lafayette and public transportation. $2,195,000.

Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011


New Listing - Entirely rebuilt and expanded home with 3 finished levels. Features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances, garage, and a charming facade with wrap front porch. Located within walking distance to Connecticut Avenue shops and Metro. $1,200,000.

Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011 Richard Seaton 202.907.8037


Now three great choices at luxurious Colonnade! *JUST LISTED – Stunning 2 BR 2.5 BA with glorious 950 sf stone terrace overlooking gardens & fountain! $849,000 *Beautiful 1 BR+ Den 1.5 BA w/renov’d kitchen, balcony & evergreen views! $489,900. *ALSO JUST LISTED – Largest 1 BR+ Den 1.5 BA unit w/oversize balcony and exciting floor plan! $499,000. Deluxe bldg w/services, pool, fitness and gardens.

Diana Hart 202.271.2717

Chevy Chase, MD 301.967.3344

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granD opportunity

Chevy Chase, MD. Share the rewarding experience of customizing this brand new home. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths with amazing options available including elevator, pool, gazebo. 2 car garage. All so close-in to the action. $2,895,000

eric murtagh 301-652-8971

sensational penthouse

Chevy Chase, DC. 3 levels, 4,000+ sf of luxurious open living space plus huge private roof top terrace. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs includes 2 master suites. Large top of the line kitchen, gas frpl, balconies, private elevator. Walk to Metro. 9 year old bldg has concierge. $1,750,000

Delia McCormick 301-977-7273

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outstanDing craftsmen

Town of Chevy Chase. Leave your keys at home & walk to dwntwn Bethesda & Metro. Old World craftsmanship & custom detailed home w/5 BRs, 5.5 BAs. Large lot, 2 car garage. $2,149,000

eric murtagh 301-652-8971 karen kuchins 301-275-2255

chic style

Chevy Chase, Md. Martins Addition. Want it all? This home has it. Renovated, spacious & well appointed. Open floor plan. 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths on 4 finished levels. Garage. Walk to Brookville shops. $1,649,000

Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255

classic Beauty

high style

Forest Hills. Impeccable center hall 1940 Colonial. Exquisite luxury from top to bottom. 7 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, on 4 finished levels. Lovely manicured grounds. One of a kind!

Town of Chevy Chase, MD. Restored & expanded Tudor w/ 5+ bedrooms, 4.5 baths on 4 finished levels. Impressively & impeccably done. 3rd flr “skywalk”, amazing home office. Steps to Crescent Trail & Metro. $1,795,000

ellen aBrams 202-255-8219 anne-marie finnell 202-329-7117

all the Bells anD Whistles

Greenacres, Chevy Chase, MD. Brand new! Four finished levels includes 4 bedrooms w/en-suite baths + au pair suite. Family rm open to deck, top of the line kit w/island. Many custom touches. Garage. $1,399,000

Pat Lore 301-908-1242 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338

karen kuchins 301-275-2255 eric murtagh 301-652-8971

granD & glorious

Bethesda. Ashleigh. Just renovated grand Colonial w/new kitchen, baths, windows, hvac. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, walk-out LL w/rec room. One half acre + lot. 2 car garage. Motivated Seller. $1,199,000.

Linda Chaletzky 301-938-2630

spacious anD Bright

stylish & chic

classic charm

Chevy Chase, MD. Rollingwood. Crisp white center hall Colonial w/5 BRs, 2 BAs, 2 HBAs. renov. kit/fam rm w/center island & table space. Awesome LL w/hrwd floors, rec rm, br & ba. Walk-up attic. Patio. $1,125,000

Laura McCaffrey 301-641-4456 Suzanne Blouin 301-641-8448

Logan. Classic renovated townhouse w/3 levels. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Chef’s kitchen w/granite island, charm & character SS appliances. Open Bethesda. Deerfield. Gracious Colonial LR, spa-like bas, w/front porch. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths 2 skylights, frpl, up includes Master suite. Welcoming deck, garden foyer, lge living, dining & family rooms. & parking! $999,500 Updated kitchen w/bkfst rm, 2 porches. LL rec rm w/bath. $998,000 leyla phelan


Linda Chaletzky 301-938-2630

contemporary loft

relax & enjoy

Chevy Chase, MD. The Hamlet. Wonderful renovation in this always sought after townhouse coop community. Over the top kitchen, LL has unbelievable master suite opening to brick patio. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Fee includes taxes. $725,000

Kathi Higdon-Kershaw 301-613-1613

Adams Morgan. Great light in this 2 BR, 2 BA condo Gourmet kitchen w/ custom cabinets, city chic granite & SS Chevy Chase, DC. Christopher Mews. appliances. Exposed Duplex two level one bedroom condo. Open stairwell w/exposed brick, brick & bamboo 3 skylights, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, floors. $489,000 sep DR opening to deck. $329,000.

Beverly Nadel 202-236-7313 Melissa Brown 202-469-2662

Anne-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117 Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219

Design Delight

Chevy Chase, DC. Enchanting front porch Colonial w/delightful private garden. Living rm, dining rm, renovated kitchen/family rm. 3BRs, 2.5 BAs, rec room. $829,000

susan Berger 202-255-5006 ellen sanDler 202-255-5007

city living at it’s Best

Logan. The Grant. East facing studio in Art Deco bldg that was totally renovated in 07. Kitchen w/granite, SS, ceramic tile bath. W/D, hdwd floors. Pet friendly, walk to Whole Foods, Metro and nightlife. $209,900

thomas Welch 202-422-6500

Glover Park. Stylish & bright semi-detached townhouse w/3 bedrooms, 4 baths, open kitchen & fireplace. In-law suite, great deck, lge yard & garage. Great location. $774,500

Bonnie Roberts-Burke 202-487-7653

sunny outlook

Mt. Pleasant. The Saxony. Great views from this studio w/new open kitchen, newly tiled bath, closet organizer & hardwood floors. Walk to 2 Metros. 24 hr bldg. $160,000

Marina Krapiva 301-792-5681

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