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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vol. VI, No. 5

THE FOGGY BOTTOM CURRENT 2nd District sees command change

CUTTING THE LEASH

■ Police: Klein replacement

moves from Capitol Hill post By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

Cmdr. Matthew Klein of the Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District announced this weekend that he is stepping down from the post he has held for a little over two years. In an open letter to the

community, he said the transfer would allow him to spend “much needed time” with his family. Klein will be replaced by Inspector Michael Reese, formerly of the Capitol Hill substation in the 1st District. Fraternal Order of Police head Kris Baumann openly doubted Klein’s time-with-family claim — a workhorse for outgoing officials of all professions. In a Washington City Paper

report, Baumann alleged that the move is a result of Klein’s role in exposing the open-book cheating scandal that had Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes investigated and then exonerated. Baumann cited “widespread information” within the department that Klein was involved as a whistleblower, but neither Klein nor department officials have discussed the lead-up to Groomes’ suspension. See Police/Page 10

Neighbors protest parties at yoga site By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent

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Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and Department of Parks and Recreation director Jesús Aguirre cut the ribbon Saturday on the Upshur dog park, the first of its kind in Ward 4.

Problems with rowdy parties have prompted a group of Adams Morgan residents and the local advisory neighborhood commission to protest caterers’ use of host Stroga, a yoga center at 1808 Adams Mill Road. A protest hearing before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is scheduled for today, according to Cynthia Simms, spokesperson for the city alcohol agency. The hearing comes despite steps that Stroga owner Doug Jefferies said he has taken to alleviate community concerns. For instance, Jefferies said he has cut back on the frequency of the events that have agitated neighbors most, “Grey Goose Mansion” parties that are part of a Grey Goose Vodka promotional campaign. According to some community members, when the Grey Goose parties started in early September, Stroga transformed into a de facto weekend nightclub — one

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Residents complain about rowdy parties, but the owner says he is taking action to address concerns. that is unaccountable to the neighborhood because of a liquor licensing loophole. See Stroga/Page 5

Library appeal will continue this year

Biddle looks to April ballot after winning interim post

By ELIZABETH WIENER

■ Council: Critics question

Current Staff Writer

Though construction of an expanded Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library is under way, a protracted zoning appeal of the project continues. The Board of Zoning Adjustment Tuesday delayed until Feb. 1 consideration of an appeal of building permits for additions to the historic library at 16th and Lamont streets. Expansion of the 1925 library has been controversial in the community, with some neighborhood groups objecting to an addition that they say would crowd the site and impede access to adjacent apartment buildings. Objections have also focused on a long ramp that would lead disabled patrons to a new entrance on the library’s west side. But the zoning appeal filed by a current advisory

NEWS ■ Whole Foods seeks ABC license for eat-in areas. Page 3. ■ Zoning board delays decision on Van Ness project. Page 3.

committee’s voting process By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

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An obscure zoning question is the focus of a challenge to plans for the Mount Pleasant library. neighborhood commissioner and a former commissioner centers on an arcane question: whether the city’s zoning administrator correctly identified the rear yard of the corner lot in allowing the side of the expanded library to See Library/Page 10

PA S S A G E S ■ What do beer and religion have in common? Chris O’Brien will tell you. Page 13. ■ How to pick a life coach. Page 13.

Newly seated at-large D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle is vowing not to soft-pedal his approach to a tenure that could be as short as four months. When the April 26 election rolls around that will seat either him — or his replacement — as at-large member for a nearly full term, Biddle said in an interview yester-

EXHIBITS ■ Phillips show pairs own works with visiting masterpieces. Page 23. ■ American Ballet Theatre visits Kennedy Center. Page 23 .

day, he plans to have a legacy already in place. “I want my four-month term … to be reflected in my influence on colleagues and … some outcomes [in terms of] legislative pieces,” he said. Biddle added that he is meeting with other council members now and examining ways he can “move legislation and bills forward in a timely fashion.” It remains to be seen if or how critiques of the messy process that led to Biddle’s success last week at the Democratic State Committee will impact his chances in April. See Biddle/Page 5

INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Exhibits/23 Foggy Bottom News/11 In Your Neighborhood/18 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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Whole Foods plans for on-site eateries By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Whole Foods aims to create eat-in areas with alcohol service in its stores in Glover Park, Logan Circle and Tenleytown. Through representative Andrew Kline, the grocery chain has applied for restaurant licenses allowing the three D.C. stores to serve beer and wine on site. Customers would be able to eat at counters in specialty-themed areas of the store, “and consume a glass or wine or beer as the case may be,� Kline said at last week’s meeting of the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission. He said Whole Foods has already unrolled the concept “all over the country,� including at its Fair Lakes, Va., location. At that store, customers can choose to eat in different areas designated for Asian food, seafood and barbecue, for example. “I liken it to the Disneyland of food and drink,� Kline said of the Fair Lakes store, adding that “the concept is to offer that type of amenity, that type of experience, at Whole Foods stores in the District of Columbia.� Whole Foods’ corporate public relations firm declined to offer details.

Critics appeal city decision on pawnshop In the latest round of conflicts between a planned Georgia Avenue pawnshop and a group of Takoma residents, the local advisory neighborhood commission has filed an administrative appeal protesting the store’s new license. The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs approved a pawnbroker license allowing the Dallas-based Famous Pawn to open a franchise at 7301 Georgia Ave. The agency determined last month that the chain had the “financial responsibility, experience, character and general fitness� to operate the store. The decision came after several months of neighborhood campaigns against the pawnshop, which some have feared could harm an area slated for revitalization. On Jan. 4, the Takoma neighborhood commission filed an appeal against the decision with the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings. It also requested that regulators delay implementing the license. The request cites the agency’s failure to give the commission’s opinion “great weight,� as required by a recently passed pawnshop law. A spokesperson said yesterday that the agency plans to respond “in the very near future� but does not comment on active litigation. The agency has posted the legal explanation for its decision at dcra.gov. Famous Pawn’s attorney, Roderic Woodson, said the shop would open sometime in January. He asked residents to let the store prove itself as a “good neighbor.� Several community members are planning a protest in front of the store this Saturday at 11 a.m. — Katie Pearce

The three applications with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration request permission to sell alcohol between 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Each of the Whole Foods plans to designate at least 70 seats for the new eating areas. The Logan Circle application requests a 130-person capacity, which would include 80 outdoor seats. Last week the neighborhood commission voted not to protest the application. “We’re not likely to have noise and public drinking problems from that source,� said commission chair Charles Reed. Neighborhood commissions in Glover Park and Tenleytown are expected to vote on the applications at their meetings this month. For all three stores, a hearing before the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is scheduled for Jan. 31, with petitions due by Jan. 18. The Whole Foods stores already hold grocery store liquor licenses that allow them to sell beer and wine from their aisles. And in Logan Circle, where a D.C. law generally prohibits sales of single containers of certain types of alcohol, Whole Foods can sell “singles� under an exemption carved out for full-service grocery stores.

The week ahead Thursday, Jan. 13 Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E will host a communitywide meeting on recent crimes in the 2nd District. Metropolitan Police Department representatives will include Assistant Chief Diane Groomes; the new 2nd District commander, Michael E. Reese; his predecessor, Matthew Klein; and the commander of the investigative division, Danny Hickson. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will also participate. The forum — being held as part of the commission’s monthly meeting — will begin at 8 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.

Saturday, Jan. 15 The Northwest Neighbors Village will host a seminar on winter preparedness. Melinda Jabbie from Home Instead Senior Care will discuss how people can stay informed and plan for emergencies. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. Reservations are suggested; call Carole Bernard at 202-237-1895. ■ Adas Israel Congregation will host a conference on “The Challenge of Poverty to Achieving Educational Excellence.� The event will include a keynote address by Mayor Vincent Gray and a panel discussion with Beatriz “BB� Otero, founder of DC Bilingual Public Charter School, and Maurice Sykes, former deputy superintendent of the D.C. Public Schools. The conference will begin at 1 p.m. at Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW.

Tuesday, Jan. 18 The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will include discussion of the proposed Walmart store at the old Curtis Chevrolet site on Georgia Avenue. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. John United Baptist Church, 13th and Tuckerman streets NW. ■ The Crestwood Citizens Association will hold its bimonthly meeting, which will focus on the “Environmental Health of Crestwood.� The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at 1901 Quincy St. NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature updates on the organization’s activities and a report from Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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District Digest Council hearing to air special election plans Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, has scheduled a Jan. 19 public roundtable on the upcoming special election. In a report submitted to the council last week, the Board of Elections and Ethics offered two proposals for the election to fill the seat vacated by now-D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

Under one plan, the election would be held at 143 polling places, which the board estimates would cost $829,000. An alternative plan would cost $624,000 over a three-day voting period at 16 voting centers throughout the District. In December, the council allocated $590,000 in a reserve fund for the special election, according to a news release from Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. In the news release, Cheh says she wants to give her constituents an opportunity to voice concerns and preferences.

The roundtable will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

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Dog park debuts at Ward 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upshur The Friends of 16th Street Heights Parks, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and Ward 4 Council

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From Page 1 Though Stroga itself does not hold a liquor license, individual caterers have hosted events at the yoga center using their own catering licenses. Mindy Moretti, a former Adams Morgan neighborhood commissioner, said a protest hearing of this kind — for a catered site — is unprecedented. “They’ve never done this before,” she said of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Some neighbors say Stroga’s unusual technique allowed it to evade the normal licensing process, which typically allows the community to provide some input to the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration. They say it also allowed Stroga to skirt a major regulation now in Adams Morgan: a moratorium on new nightclubs. But owner Jefferies said he’s frustrated that some community members have continued to pursue regulatory action despite his efforts to accommodate them. He said he knocked on doors and organized a community meeting, which took place Sunday. At that meet-

BIDDLE From Page 1 Closed-door wheeling and dealing as well as open entreaties by sitting council members preceded Biddle’s 40-31 victory in a third round of voting. The first round had Biddle leading but falling short of a win, while the second round ended in a tie between him and former Ward 5 Council member Vincent Orange. Some observers, among them critics of the Democratic committee’s role in appointing an interim council member, decried the chaotic meeting as politics at its worst. “I saw a small group of political insiders deciding who should fill the vacant at-large seat,” e-mailed Ward 1 school board member Patrick Mara, whose name pops up on short lists for possible April candidates but who has not declared his candidacy. “That is extremely unfortunate

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ing, Jefferies said, he agreed to enter residents’ homes and “listen to the decibel sound” Friday, when a “major record label is coming to do a book signing.” Most importantly, Jefferies said, he has significantly scaled back the “Grey Goose Mansion” events to about once a month. Moretti said that’s not enough: Stroga still holds other noisy events, like weddings, and the loophole Stroga and its caterers have brought to light needs to be addressed. “There are other events that happen there,” she said. “This protest is not just about Grey Goose; it’s about using that site.” In early December the neighborhood commission unanimously passed a resolution objecting to the events at Stroga due to large crowds, safety hazards and impacts on the community’s “peace, order and quiet.” Jefferies pointed out that he doesn’t rent out the facility for the sole purpose of entertaining thirsty nighttime revelers: Stroga also holds events for good causes like Haiti relief, he said. In addition to the neighborhood commission, Simms said a protest from a group of residents who live near 18th and Calvert streets also prompted today’s hearing.

for democracy in D.C.,” added Mara, a member of the D.C. Republican Committee. Biddle countered that Thursday’s meeting was only one moment in the lead-up to his election. “I can understand when people see that snapshot … they may not like what they think they see,” he said. A fuller image, he said, would show that he emerged as the victor after candidates across the city were vetted and after he sat down with many Democratic State Committee members for one-on-one conversations. “That’s where the bulk of the support was generated,” he said. Biddle’s nearest competitor in Thursday’s election, former Council member Orange, has said he will run for the seat in the spring. It remains to be seen whether Orange will reprise the conciliatory tone he struck Thursday, when he acknowledged that he may have been disrespectful or “unkind” during the brutal fall campaign that ended with

Kwame Brown besting him for the council chairman post. “But it’s a new year,” added Orange, whose representative did not reply to The Current by deadline. Joshua Lopez, once an aide to former Mayor Adrian Fenty, is the only challenger to Biddle to make it on April’s ballot so far. In a statement that may foreshadow the talking points of several of Biddle’s opponents, 26-year-old Lopez touted his independence from last week’s committee process. According to the elections board’s website, Biddle, Orange and Lopez are among 14 hopefuls who are circulating petitions to get on the ballot. The others are Leo Alexander, Stanley Mayes, Jacque Patterson, Dorothy Douglas, Calvin Gurley, Kelvin Robinson, MaryEva Candon and Wayne Dickson, all Democrats; Arkan Haile and George Jackson, no party; and Alan Page, D.C. Statehood Green Party.

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Jan. 2 through 8 in local police service areas.

PSA PSA 206

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â&#x2013;  GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH

Burglary â&#x2013;  3000 block, Canal St.; store; 4:50 a.m. Jan. 3. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 33rd St.; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, N St.; church; 8:20 a.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 35th St.; government building; 8:30 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  3000 block, K St.; office building; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4:05 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 11 a.m. Jan. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 4. Simple assault â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; street; 1:30 a.m. Jan. 7. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 7 p.m. Jan. 7.

PSA PSA 207 207

â&#x2013;  FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2400 block, M St.; medical facility; 4:50 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, G St.; university; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  2200 block, G St.; university; 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; street; 12:45 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  2300 block, E St.; residence; 2 a.m. Jan. 6. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 9:45 a.m. Jan. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; noon Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 8 a.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; medical facility; 8 a.m. Jan. 6. Fraud â&#x2013;  2500 block, K St.; residence; noon Jan. 4.

PSA 208 â&#x2013;  SHERIDAN-KALORAMA PSA 208

DUPONT CIRCLE

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Twining Court; restaurant; 8:45 p.m. Jan. 3. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 5 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; bank; 303 p.m. Jan. 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  19th and I streets; sidewalk; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  800 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 2:29 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland Place; sidewalk; 7:45 p.m.

Jan. 5. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 11:20 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 9:10 a.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 9:20 a.m. Jan. 8. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  800 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 7. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:46 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  19th and M streets; sidewalk; 8 a.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; residence; 12:25 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 9:50 a.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; restaurant; 7 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; office building; 8:12 a.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; drugstore; 9 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 17th St.; residence; 11:10 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11:56 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 4:05 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 7 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern; 2 a.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11:50 a.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 2:20 p.m. Jan. 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; street; 3 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1500 block, S St.; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; street; 2:15 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Caroline St.; street; 8 a.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Riggs Place; street; 11 a.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; alley; 3 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 20th St.; street; 4:15 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  17th and N streets; street; noon Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  16th and O streets; street; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; unspecified premises; 6:50 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, M St.; street; 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 19th St.; street; 7:30 a.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1500 block, R St.; street; 4:45 p.m. Jan. 6.

â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; alley; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; street; 8:45 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1700 block, K St.; alley; 4:15 p.m. Jan. 7. Simple assault â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; tavern; 12:43 a.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  17th and R streets; sidewalk; 12:30 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 2:45 a.m. Jan. 7. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:55 p.m. Jan. 4. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  18th Street and Riggs Place; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; bank; 5 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 20th St.; restaurant; 2:45 a.m. Jan. 8. Property damage â&#x2013;  19th and Corcoran streets; street; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Willard St.; street; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1800 block, R St.; street; noon Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; street; 2 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Jan. 6. Fraud â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; street; noon Jan. 5. Prostitution â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 2:15 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:10 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 1:35 p.m. Jan. 6. Drug possession with intent to distribute (cocaine) â&#x2013;  1600 block, L St.; street; 11:50 p.m. Jan. 4. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  1900 block, 15th St.; street; 4:45 p.m. Jan. 5.

PSA PSA 303 303

â&#x2013;  ADAMS MORGAN

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  Adams Mill and Ontario roads; sidewalk; 12:45 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 9 p.m. Jan. 8. Robbery (assault) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Ontario Road; sidewalk; 9 a.m. Jan. 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; parking lot; 2 a.m. Jan. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 2 a.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; residence; 11:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Crescent Place; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Kalorama Road; street; 4 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  Columbia and Ontario roads; street; 2:25 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Old Morgan

School Place; street; 11 p.m. Jan. 7. Simple assault â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; 2 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:30 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:50 a.m. Jan. 8. Unlawful entry â&#x2013;  1800 block, Columbia Road; residence; 7 p.m. Jan. 3. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  2900 block, Adams Mills Road; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Kalorama Road; street; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Euclid St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Property damage â&#x2013;  1700 block, Euclid St.; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1800 block, California St.; street; 11:30 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Euclid St.; street; 4 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Ontario Road; street; 11 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Adams Mill Road; residence; 5 p.m. Jan. 8. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Ontario Road; park area; 5:05 p.m. Jan. 5.

PSA PSA 307 307

â&#x2013;  LOGAN CIRCLE

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; residence; 2:25 a.m. Jan. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, R St.; residence; 6 p.m. Jan. 2. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 9th St.; street; 11:45 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 2 a.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 15th St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; alley; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 9th St.; street; 1 p.m. Jan. 8. Simple assault â&#x2013;  900 block, Rhode Island Ave.; residence; 4:04 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  15th and L streets; street; 5:15 p.m. Jan. 7. Destruction of property â&#x2013;  1400 block, R St.; street; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 3. Property damage â&#x2013;  13th and M streets; store; 5:20 p.m. Jan. 6. Drug possession (cocaine) â&#x2013;  13th and L streets; sidewalk; 11:13 p.m. Jan. 7. Drug possession (heroin) â&#x2013;  1200 block, M St.; public housing; 10:20 p.m. Jan. 4. Drug possession (marijuana) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Logan Circle; street; 1:35 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; alley; 7:35 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 9th St.; street; 2:45 a.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  11th and O streets; street; 8:45 p.m. Jan. 8. Possession of a prohibited weapon â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; street; 3 a.m. Jan. 8.


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On a precipice The District’s latest credit report is a classic instance of good news, bad news. Certainly, city officials should be pleased about the positive side of the Dec. 14 analysis by bond rating agency Standard & Poor’s — specifically that the District’s financial position is good. But officials must also note that the authors go on to say that they “expect it to weaken based on a trend of using reserves to offset revenue shortfalls.” It’s hardly an endorsement of recent actions by District officials. Frankly, the prediction doesn’t seem off base when considering recent budget actions, though we are optimistic that new Mayor Vincent Gray will stop drawing down the reserves — something for which he criticized his predecessor. The tenor of the D.C. Council under new Chairman Kwame Brown — who has predicted a series of 7-6 votes in the coming two years — is more ominous. There was reason to spend some of the District’s reserves during tough economic times. But former Mayor Adrian Fenty tapped the accounts too often in his budget proposals, and the D.C. Council did not have the votes to match expenditures with current revenues. By 2009, the District’s reserves had already dropped to $920 million from a high of $1.6 billion in 2005. Now they’re estimated to drop to between $780 million and $800 million when auditors conclude their review of the 2010 fiscal year. And, as written, the 2011 budget marks the fourth consecutive year that District officials have used the fund balance to pay for operating costs. When discussing options for eliminating the $400 million gap in the 2012 budget, Mayor Gray has said that many ideas — including some kind of tax increase — are on the table. The balance between spending cuts and revenue increases will be — and ought to be — the subject of spirited debate. But elected officials should pay heed to Wall Street and rule out any further use of the reserves.

Working out Walgreens When Walgreens sought permission over the summer to begin selling beer and wine at its 1217 22nd St. store, many nearby residents had justifiable concerns. The West End neighborhood does not have as much retail as most residents would like, and a number of the existing stores already offer beer and wine. The area also attracts a number of vagrants, and the store’s plans seemed likely to exacerbate the issue. Walgreens representatives noted that they were responding to customer demand — and following suit with practices in many of the national chain’s stores elsewhere. Thankfully, after several months of negotiations, the store reached a settlement with residents who had lodged an official protest with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The eight protestants included former advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein, who helped broker the agreement, and sitting commissioners Rebecca Coder and Asher Corson. The neighborhood won some worthwhile commitments: Beer and wine will take up only 2 percent of the store’s floor space, and the store will not advertise beer or wine on its doors or windows. Managers also agreed to institute and enforce a no-loitering program around the store. Planned upgrades include improvements to the storefront appearance and the addition of coolers offering food. Given conversations on several area listservs, another of the agreement’s provisions might be particularly popular among area shoppers. Walgreens won’t have any self-checkout machines in the store, given the difficulties they would pose in enforcing restrictions on underage or inebriated patrons buying alcoholic beverages. We commend Walgreens and the neighborhood leaders for reaching a sensible accord. We agree with Mr. Silverstein’s assessment that they worked together cooperatively to make the neighborhood “an even better place to live, work, visit, and conduct business.”

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Arizona reverberations …

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t the Lincoln Memorial this week as flags flew at half-staff, an Australian couple commented on the terrible shootings in Arizona. “There’s a lot of people in the world who are just a little bit crazy,” the wife told NBC4. “This man was just crazy by the sound of it.” Her husband agreed. “Look … we’ve been in America for two weeks and it’s not at all violent. We’ve met friendly, peaceful people.” The perspective from these folks from down under was reassuring. Political violence always has been a part of American culture, but we shouldn’t let it define America. As victims are buried and the injured try to recover, it’s important that the American people also treat the psychic wounds of this violent outburst. Some will call for more “security” to insulate members of Congress from their constituents. With 535 members, the logistics of that would be mindboggling, never mind the image of cowering public officials afraid to move about. To his credit, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer told reporters he encourages any member of Congress to bring security concerns to his office, but he doesn’t envision a U.S. Secret Service-style presence for each of them. Gainer is a former assistant chief of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. He must worry about and deal with the unexpected every minute of every day. The phrase “freedom is not free” often is used to signal support for a strong military. In the case of domestic political violence, we also should remember that our free domestic society comes at a cost, too. ■ The fence is back. A security concern has overturned an irritating issue involving Mayor Vincent Gray. You may remember last year that while Adrian Fenty was mayor, the city’s Public Space Committee ruled that Gray had improperly constructed an iron fence at his home on Branch Avenue in Southeast. After some dispute about whether this was a dirty trick of the Fenty administration, a portion of the offending fence was removed. And Gray paid a $300 civil fine. But now, the fence is back. D.C. police asked for permission to have the fence reinstalled as part of their security review of Gray’s home now that he’s mayor. The fence is back, and there are now a series of security cameras around the property. ■ Barry, Pratt and Williams. You might think it’s a law firm. You’d be wrong. Former mayors Marion Barry, Sharon Pratt and Tony Williams got together for a rare joint appearance last week on WTOP’s “Politics Program With Mark Plotkin.” Plotkin asked them to cite their biggest disappointments. “Ask Sharon some more questions while I think about that,” Barry said as he deflected

the question. When it came to what the mayors thought was their best accomplishment, Plotkin could hardly get Barry to stop talking. All three mayors had some hard and sure advice for Mayor Vincent Gray. Each said Gray should fully address the city’s tough budget problems right away, in his first budget due this spring. Williams, Pratt and Barry each said it gets harder and harder to take tough positions after the first year. “Spend your political capital,” Pratt said. She urged Gray also to follow through on his promise to focus on job creation. Gray, who was appearing separately on WAMU’s Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi, said he has a good relationship with all three former mayors and intends to call on them frequently for advice. On WTOP, Williams stumbled when Plotkin asked him for whom he had voted in the Fenty-Gray contest. After a moment of clearing his throat, Williams confirmed that he had voted for Fenty. He said it was his duty to support the sitting mayor. Plotkin noted that Williams’ mother, Virginia, had worked hard supporting Gray. “So you differed with your mother?” Plotkin asked. “I differed with my mother,” Williams said, sighing, “and I heard a lot about it, too.” ■ Who votes where? It got only a little attention, but it’s going to be a big deal soon. New D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has selected Ward 2 member Jack Evans and at-large members Michael Brown and Phil Mendelson to tackle redistricting. Evans is the veteran. He was involved in redistricting in 1991 and 2001. Mendelson chaired the 2001 effort. It’s all new to Brown. When the U.S. Census Bureau’s figures come out in April, the council will have 90 days to redraw ward boundaries to reflect population shifts. Essentially, each ward must have about 75,000 citizens. It could be a political minefield if there’s too much redrawing. And it’s too complicated to get into here. In addition to the council, the city’s vast network of advisory neighborhood commissioners must reflect any new census data. Each single-member district of the advisory neighborhood commissions is supposed to have about 2,000 citizens. We have more people than we did in 2001, so there will be more commission members. Everyone, keep a calculator and a map at the ready. ■ The last word. Former Mayor Adrian Fenty has signed up with a professional speakers bureau. WTOP’s Mark Segraves reported that Fenty’s fee is set at $20,000 per speech, plus expenses. No word yet on whether Fenty has anything lined up. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Graham contributed much to Metro board On Jan. 3, mass transit commuters of D.C. lost a tremendous ally with Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham stepping off the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors. Council member Graham was an amazing ally for D.C. commuters when it came to dealing with the agency. His years on the Metro board

were not easy years. General managers and suburban representatives were continually pushing for higher and higher fares. However, Council member Graham fought hard to keep fares at a lower rate. His long-term vision and commitment to keeping mass transit affordable for all Washingtonians were critical over the past couple of years. Also important to us was his focus on local Metro issues. When the Woodley Park station was turning off its elevator before the final trains arrived, Council member Graham was there for us. When the escalator repair project

stalled for several weeks and Metro was not answering community members’ questions, Council member Graham reported to the community on what was occurring. We were lucky to have such a dedicated civil servant working for us. His replacement, Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, has an arduous task ahead of him. However, I hope and trust that Council member Wells will continue Council member Graham’s legacy of service and support to the neighborhood. Peter Brusoe Woodley Park


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City should speed up Takoma school redo On Dec. 22, Takoma Education Campus experienced a major fire during the holiday season. With $2 million worth of damage, the school has been deemed uninhabitable for the remainder of the school year. Through the work of D.C. Public Schools and the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, Takoma Education Campus opened its doors at Meyer Elementary, at 2501 11th St. NW. I commend interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson and her team for their work in restoring Meyer and transporting Takoma students to their temporary home, without any disruption to studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; education. I had the pleasure of greeting students at their new home, and I saw firsthand the success of the transition. However, I believe we need to begin the process of moving forward with rebuilding Takoma Education Campus. I look forward to working with the administration of Mayor Vincent Gray to determine when reconstruction will commence and how it will be funded, scheduling Takomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reopening and advancing its modernization to coincide with needed repairs. Convening a school improvement team to ensure the transparency of the renovation process and finally, determining the cause of the fire and holding responsible parties accountable are also essential. Finally, I ask that Meyer Elementary School be maintained and kept to a standard that is suitable and safe while Takoma students occupy the property. The rebuilding of Takoma Education Campus needs to be a top priority, and I look forward to working with Mayor Gray and City Administrator Allen Lew on advancing this shared goal. Muriel Bowser D.C. Council member, Ward 4

Assisting homeless is filled with hurdles As a board member of Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place, I am responding to the letter from Laura Platter about providing shelter for the homeless [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fight homelessnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cause, not symptom,â&#x20AC;? Letters to the Editor, Jan. 5]. Thank you for thinking of us and our partners within the faith communities and the government. We are doing as much as we can to find shelter for the homeless men and women in Ward 3; unfortunately, due to lack of affordable hous-

ing, lack of temporary shelters and budget constraints, it is an uphill battle. Currently there are permanent homes for 35 individuals as well as four church shelters and two hypothermia shelters that provide seasonal relief. That being said, there will always be those who do not want to go indoors due to trust issues, addictions, worries of theft of personal items, et cetera. Friendship Place has an outreach worker who is out on the streets five days a week trying to convince our homeless neighbors to come visit our little house for medical and psychiatric treatment, food, water or just to warm up or cool down. It can take weeks, months or sometimes years to convince someone to come inside. However, the public can help during hypothermia season. If you see a homeless person on the streets at night when it is below 32 degrees, please call the hypothermia hotline at 800-535-7252 and let them know where you sighted the person. Workers will send a van to pick up or to check up on the individual. People can die when the temperature is below 32 degrees. Leigh Rollins Board member, Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place

Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans need further discussion I would like to add my voice to that of Laura Platter, in her Jan. 5 letter to the editor concerning Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to install a gate at the Tenleytown Metro station to prevent the homeless from taking shelter there at night. After The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 15 article on the subject, I expressed views similar to hers on the Tenley listserv, and I was encouraged by the fact that no one responded to my posting with views favoring installation of the gate. Before our advisory neighborhood commissioners assume that neighborhood views favor Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning, I hope that there will be a full discussion of this issue. Rather than focusing solely on the Metro station, this discussion should include ways in which our neighborhood can help address the issue of inadequate shelter for our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homeless. Carol Grigsby American University Park

Bicyclists must wear helmets at all times Featured on the Jan. 5 front page is an article titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cyclists make safety a resolution,â&#x20AC;? and right next to it is a photo of one, possibly two, bicyclists riding unsafely. One of the D.C. laws about safe

bicycle riding is the requirement to wear a helmet at all times when riding. This not only makes sense in the District but anywhere else! Brad Bickford The Palisades

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Green area ratioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; should apply broadly The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 5 editorial â&#x20AC;&#x153;A greener cityâ&#x20AC;? pointed out environmental considerations currently before the Zoning Commission. The Committee of 100 on the Federal City was the only witness to offer testimony at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 20 hearing on the potential inclusion of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;green area ratioâ&#x20AC;? in the zoning regulations. The decision, expected Feb. 28, will indicate the weight the Zoning Commission places on green site design when balanced against development priorities in the city. The scales havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tipped to the side of environmental protection for some time, and the commission seemed surprised when the Committee of 100 pointed out that 80 percent of the land area in the city would be excluded from the green area ratio requirement threshold proposed under this new zoning chapter. The Office of Planning is in the process of writing a new zoning code that has proved controversial because, if approved, it would expand the development envelope and permit greater density and lot coverage. Building setbacks are being suggested that would allow matter-of-right development much closer to adjacent property lines. Protections currently guaranteed by overlays will be diminished. In other words, under the new zoning regulations, much more open space would be occupied by building mass on individual lots. Exclusion of 80 percent of the land area in the city from the new green area ratio regulations, given a proposed increase in lot occupancy, seems a significant omission by the Office of Planning. Also missing from the green area ratio provision is the requirement for developers, builders and homeowners to replace non-city trees removed by new construction. The Committee of 100 supports inclusion of the green area ratio chapter in the new zoning regulations and all efforts to expand and implement environmental protections. We also believe that to be effective, the regulations must apply to 100 percent of all development, additions, alterations and repairs in the city. There must be balance between benefit to development and benefit to the environment. Alma Gates Zoning chair, Committee of 100 on the Federal City

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POLICE From Page 1 Those reports are â&#x20AC;&#x153;very troublingâ&#x20AC;? if true, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh said. She added that she is â&#x20AC;&#x153;sorry to see [Klein] goâ&#x20AC;? and described him as a commander who was responsive to the community. In an interview, Klein said that he was not forced to step down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just say I asked Chief Lanier for a move,â&#x20AC;? he said. Klein will retain the rank of commander in his new post as court liaison, within the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Internal Affairs Bureau. Klein, who oversaw a 10 percent drop in crime in the past year in his district, said that he will miss the men and women who â&#x20AC;&#x153;work tirelesslyâ&#x20AC;? to protect the 2nd District. He also noted another focus during his tenure: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have worked to improve our responsiveness to the community,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sorry to see him go,â&#x20AC;? said Ed Solomon, an advisory neighborhood commissioner for Georgetown and Burleith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a superb working relationship with Cmdr. Klein â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he was attentive to community needs, he responded to requests and directed resources

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LIBRARY From Page 1 butt up to the property line. Building permits were issued last August. In a preliminary hearing Tuesday, confusion abounded. Despite zoning office documents stating that both the Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant advisory neighborhood commissions had filed the appeal, members from both panels said they had not voted to appeal. Newly elected commissioners said they wanted more time to decide whether to intervene in the case. Mount Pleasant commissioner Gregg Edwards and former Adams Morgan commissioner Chris Otten â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who actually filed the appeals that were mistakenly attributed to the commissions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; complained they had not gotten the necessary documents to prepare their appeal.

An attorney for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs objected sharply that the permit documents are publicly available, and had in fact been sent to Edwards by e-mail. Jeff Bonvecchio, director of capital projects for the D.C. Public Library system, said demolition is nearly complete and excavation under way on the $10 million project, and that the library system will continue work at its own risk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a multimillion-dollar project that is being constructed now. The library needs some finality on this,â&#x20AC;? said Jay Surabian, an attorney for the city. Zoning board members voted 31 to delay their hearing on the case. They said Otten and Edwards will have to figure out how to pay the $1,040 filing fee required for appeals filed by individuals before the hearing can resume.

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Elizabeth Martineau

A neighbor with impeccable taste in the arts reached FBN to alert us to a painting exhibit of one of our more private FB neighbors, the fine artist Elizabeth Martineau. The exhibit, which is located at Maruka Gallery in Ward 2’s Shaw neighborhood, opened December 17 and closes January 20. FB neighbor, Martineau, has lived, married, and raised children in D.C. She is Haitian born and her highly creative style reveals a joie de vie through her use of intense colors, intricate layers of pattern, and texture. With her skillful technique, each piece develops a visual resonance that challenges the audience to immerse itself in the beauty and power of art. When one enters the second-floor gallery, a first glimpse reveals the sheer beauty of the space—hardwood floors, a simple wood bench in the center—with your eye then drawn across the room to a unique form, Martineau’s tall cylindrical canvases painted with figurative shapes. For those who know her work, you will see here also a new direction in her abstract painting on fringed layers of paper—chock full of glorious layers of colors and geometric shapes that are made light by the dimensionality of these waves of fringe. This visitor was enticed by the many large works, beckoning with figures and florals. The hallmark of the works is a beautiful palette of earth and jewel tones that underlays gold and figurative black outlines, also a “trademark” of her style. These works are in many ways as rugged, with the use of line and form, as they are

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Who rEAlly iS your FAMily? The issues around families— dysfunction, abandonment, adoption, nurturing, favoritism within blood families—are as prevalent today as they were in the time of the Greeks. If you think there’s anything new with regard to family relationships—dysfunction, abandonment, adoption, favoritism, jealousy within blood families since the height of the Greek civilization through the tale of the young Harry Potter—you are in for a very special opportunity to participate in a six installment program led by Ori Z. Soltes that begins Wednesday, January 12 at West End Library. The theme of this book series sponsored by West End Library Friends, is how the main character’s birth family is not always his family and how this

manifests in the impacts and consequences of relationships gone awry. The session lasts approximately 90 minutes. It starts with Soltes’ (30 minute) presentation during which he describes the work, next come issues of the literature he finds important to appreciate the work and, lastly, its place in the larger context. Soltes says that for the first book, Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex), he will describe the Greek theater, Greek thought, ideas, and concerns, followed by a group discussion and questions. For each subsequent session, the practice is that the group members receive an email with ten questions to think about and to shape comments for participation, as well as serve as (continued on next page)

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elegant. The painting titled “Elise” brought Gustav Klimt to mind as we gazed at the subtle geometric patterns that define the background and foreground. Martineau paints in acrylic

and oils, on canvas and paper. The works in this show are sized predominantly three-feetsquare. Each waits to be looked at and then discovered over and over. They are indeed powerful, and this space, filled with Martineau’s art is museum-like. As a child, Martineau was (continued on next page)

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inspired being surrounded by Haiti’s most renowned artists at Centre d’ Arts in Haiti, which happened to be cofounded by her uncle, noted architect/intellectual Albert Mangones*. Martineau went on to study art and textiles at the University of Medellin, in Colombia, South America. She continued her art studies at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Martineau has exhibited internationally, attracting worldwide collectors. Her work “Le Bouquet de Tulips,” was adapted as a design for a scarf by the House of Hermes in Paris. She has also accepted commissions to paint murals in Washington, D.C. Maruka Gallery’s owners, Debra Agostini and Keith Kaye, are both admirers of Martineau’s work and Debra, a long-time friend, speaks of

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a guide when reading. Soltes brings a broad academic background to these discussions. He majored in the Classics— the literature and philosophy of the Greeks and Romans. Soltes has a commanding ability to integrate time periods, cultural mores, and these themes with a relevance to our experience and ideas we hold. He teaches theology and art history at Georgetown along with putting together courses for the Smithsonian. He candidly notes that his career is a strange bird in the academic world – “It’s good luck as I have taught theology, art history, Middle East with the emphasis on politics and theology.”” “Family Relations” series begins Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 pm in the 2nd floor West End Library Meeting rooms). Session attendance ranges from 10 to 25. WE/L has a stock of books available for cardholders to checkout in advance of the classes.

her warmly for the wonderful creativity she brings to everything she does. This show represents a new direction for Maruka. Debra notes that artists have come to them wanting to show their works at the Gallery (which many are also on the website). So the main floor has this stunning collection of designer jewelry, much of it set with precious stones, and highlighted by the work other artists, including Wainwright Dawson III, Martineau’s son who was raised in D.C. and now lives in Santa Fe. Maruka Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am–8 pm. —FBN Maruka Gallery & Boutique 1300 9th Street NW (corner of 9th & N St) 202-745-1881 www.MarukaDC.com

* “He is probably best known for the statue of Neg Mawon, a work that is iconic for Haiti and has in recent years become a symbol for freedom and independence across the Caribbean. As an architect, he brought advanced ideas learned at Cornell University (he was awarded the Sand Goldwin Medal) to Haitian building. In the 1980’s, he was honored by the American Institute of Architects for his works. His considerable engineering expertise would be notably put into service for the preservation of historic sites, especially the Citadel and Palais Sans Souci in Milot.” From LeGrace Benson/Arts of Haiti Research Project 29 April 2002.

All DiSCUSSiONS ArE HElD AT THE WEST END NEiGHBOrHOOD liBrAry ON WEDNESDAy EVENiNGS, ON THE SCHEDUlED DATES, FrOM 6:30 pm–8:45 pm. JANUAry 12, 2011 — E.A. Sophocles, oedipus the King (oedipus Rex) An oracle told Laius, king of Thebes, that the child born to him by his queen Jocasta would slay his father and wed his mother. When a son was born, the infant’s feet were riveted together and he was left to die on Mount Cithaeron. But a shepherd found him and tended him, and delivered him to another shepherd who took him to his master, the king of Corinth. The eventual consequences would be deadly on a range of familial fronts. FEBrUAry 2, 2011 — Jean racine, Phaedre When Theseus, king of Athens, disappears during an expedition and is rumored to be dead, his wife, Phaedre, pursues her love for her step-son, Hippolytus. Hippolytus, however, loves a princess of the former ruling family of Athens. Racine succeeded Corneille as the darling of the French tragic drama scene and this is one of his masterpieces of transforming a Greek story into one all his own, while trading Corneille’s championing of honor for championing love. FEBrUAry 23, 2011 — ivan Turgenev, Fathers and sons NPR says the following: “Fathers and Sons is a 200-page ravishing knockout of a book that explains just about everything you need to know about families, love, heartache, religion, duels, and the institution of serfdom in 19th century Russia, not to mention advice on how to seduce your housekeeper’s young daughter.” Need we say more? MArCH 23, 2011 — William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man born in western Virginia, comes with some slaves to Jefferson, Mississippi, to become a rich, powerful family patriarch. It is the 1830s. He obtains 100 square miles of land and begins to build a large plantation that includes an impressive mansion. In time, he befriends a local merchant and marries his daughter, Ellen. Ellen bears a son and daughter, both of whom are destined for tragedy. This is one of Faulkner’s masterpieces that play, in part, on the biblical story of King David and his son, Absalom. APril 13, 2011 — Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs in Heaven When a Cherokee tribal lawyer comes to the door to claim Taylor’s illegally adopted Indian daughter, Turtle, Taylor and her six-year-old flee across the West. As their lives skirt the edge of poverty and despair, Turtle becomes emotionally unmoored, and Taylor begins to question the cost of flight to the daughter she loves. And the reader is confronted with the question of how family relations are best defined—by blood-line or love-line? MAy 4, 2011 — J.K. rowling, Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone This is the first book in the Harry Potter series. Harry is the only surviving member of a powerful magical family, but he doesn’t know that until he receives notification of his acceptance into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts is a magical and mysterious, friendly and dangerous, good and evil facsimile of a traditional British boarding school—fertile ground in which Harry wrestles with the question of what constitutes home and family while in the process of discovering who he truly is.


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Strange brew: Synagogue offers talk on Bible, beer By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent

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hris O’Brien may no longer be a practicing Catholic, but he does have something positive to say about the religion’s poster child. Jesus is a “good guy to have on your side at a party,” he offers. The beer enthusiast, who lives in Columbia Heights and works as American University’s director of sustainability, pointed out that Jesus not only enjoyed the occasional shindig — but he even turned water into an “alcoholic beverage.” They’re stories like this that O’Brien intends to explore tomorrow with 125 beer enthusiasts at “Religion & Beer: A Tasting at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.” For $12, attendees will meet with O’Brien in the synagogue’s community center to try out six microbrewed beers, each of which O’Brien will weave into a discussion on beer’s religious history. His thesis? Beer and religion are inextricably linked. “Beer has really been intertwined with spirituality since as far back as we know,” he says. For instance, man’s first-known written recipe, which was recovered in Iraq, was a hymn to a beer goddess for some holy hooch, he says. And a “whole catalog” of Christian saints earned their spiritual stripes by conveying potable

portents. For “some [saints, beer] sprang out of rocks; another was in his casket being buried, and it spouted beer,” he says. And history shows that alcohol didn’t just flirt with divinity, he says — it became an integral part of religion as an institution. “In most civilizations, brewing ended up becoming associated with spiritual power. And, therefore, churches would dominate control of it,” he says. For years, the Catholic church was the Western world’s “primary brewer,” he says. And the Protestant Reformation? That, too, “was in part about control over beer.” If some of O’Brien’s views on religion seem positioned behind the lens of beer goggles, skeptics won’t find any respite in his perspective on the development of mankind overall. In 2006, O’Brien’s published a book, “Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World,” which casts beer as a positive driving force in man’s societal evolution — as well as a tonic to current environmental woes. O’Brien first became interested in the “human and ecological experience of beer” when he began to sample microbrews. In college he thought the drinks were the territory of beer snobs, only for the rich. But after landing a job as a promoter for the Green Business

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Columbia Heights resident Chris O’Brien will toast the religious history of beer at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue tomorrow. O’Brien, who works as director of sustainability at American University, has published a book about beer, which he also offers as a tonic for our environmental woes. Network and the Fair Trade Federation, he dabbled in microbrews and “decided it was much better to go with quality over quantity.” He also realized that microbreweries fit the profile of companies it was his task to promote. “All these small breweries are green businesses,” he says. “They just don’t call themselves that.” It wasn’t long before he set out

to write a book on the matter. And in the process of doing so, he decided to get some firsthand experience with brewing as well. He contacted the owner of a hotel in Zululand of South Africa — home to a nanobrewery with operational difficulties — and proposed running the place. The owner was keen on the idea, so O’Brien traveled to South Africa and spent about four months

cultivating his own brew. During this experience, he continued to work on “Fermenting Revolution.” Its main thesis is that there have been “at least three great revolutions in human history,” all substantially influenced by beer. First came grain agriculture, which O’Brien says was “by and large an effort to have a secure supply for ingredients of beer.” The See Beer/Page 19

Lessons from a life coach:Addressing the emotional, professional and social This is the fourth in a monthly series about locals and their occupations. By AMANDA ABRAMS Current Correspondent

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yle West was feeling down. He wasn’t depressed, exactly; he just knew that he wasn’t living up to his potential. So one night last summer, the Bethesdabased tech guy turned to his most trusted source of information, Google, and found a website for Jim Weinstein, life consultant. And things haven’t been the same since. “If I had to say a single, major, lifechanging event that’s had an impact, it’s going to Jim,” West said, adding that his satisfaction with work and his relationship with his girlfriend improved significantly. Those are strong words. But what’s just as surprising is that the techniques Weinstein introduced don’t sound particularly complicated or time-consuming; West didn’t spent hours lying on a couch detailing his childhood, for example.

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“Life consultant” Jim Weinstein “The single biggest thing he said is that you just have to shift your focus,” explained West. “You get stuck in something, but then you can have this conscious dialogue with

yourself, saying, ‘I don’t want to be in this bad mood anymore; let’s shift it to a better place.’ That’s what’s worked best for me.” The concept of a life coach might seem like a luxury: After all, it’s essentially hiring someone to serve as a personal advice giver. But it’s not too different from seeing a therapist, something that’s long been considered a useful way to improve one’s life. To boot, a life coach offers an added benefit in a culture that favors immediate results: a focus on doable actions and concrete outcomes. At least, that’s how Weinstein, a Dupont Circle professional who prefers to call himself a “life consultant,” sees it. “A traditional therapist only deals with emotional issues,” he said, sitting in his modern, peaceful Q Street office. “They don’t help with rewriting a resume or deciding whether someone should leave the city. Being a life consultant is more practical.” That doesn’t mean psychological elements don’t enter the picture. Weinstein has a degree in counseling that allows him to address issues that have an emotional com-

ponent. For instance, a senior executive might come to him and complain that he’s unhappy at his job. But often, said Weinstein, the real problem is a personality conflict with someone in the office — which can be approached very differently than simply encouraging the executive to find a new job. But while he advises clients about personal problems, traditional employment-related issues of the “I’m ready for a career change” or “I need to find a job” variety dominate. “For example, someone came in yesterday who works for the federal government and has hated her job for 15 years,” said Weinstein. “So I asked her, ‘What do you like?’” Before an hour was up, the life consultant had suggested she start a business that would bring together her favorite activities. Urging his clients to move in entirely new directions in response to work woes isn’t unusual for Weinstein, but the suggestion itself is only a first step. In this case, he sent the client off with homework, asking her to investigate potential competitors and write a See Life coach/Page 19


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Spotlight on Schools German strategy games. Ashton Lindeman, a fifth-grader, attempted to make a snowman in Rhode Island before her sister jumped on it. Eva Gondelman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mainly slept, went ice skating and went to a movie.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lucia Braddock, fifth-grader, and Payton McCarty-Simas, sixth-grader

Aidan Montessori School During winter break, some of us traveled, and some stayed home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to Colorado, and I went skiing,â&#x20AC;? said Eva Sophia Shimanski, a fourth-grader.

School DISPATCHES One student went to Paris and then to Egypt. Another student got caught in snow in New England and could not return on schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got a huge marble machine,â&#x20AC;? said Sofia Brown, a fifth-grader. Ariel Garfield, a fifth-grader, got a puppy. Our teacher, Mrs. Mosher, went to the National Gallery of Art, had dinner with friends and played

British School of Washington On Dec. 20, Year 5 and Year 6 went to the observatory at the University of Maryland. We were told about the lunar eclipse that would happen that night. After, we got to go outside to where the telescopes were. There

were three telescopes set up for us all to look through; one was focused on the moon, the second on Betelgeuse, and the third on Jupiter and three of its moons. We enjoyed looking at the moon because you could see the craters and all the details that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see without a telescope. We found out that what appeared to be a bright star was actually the planet Jupiter. When we looked at it through the telescope, we could see three moons surrounding the planet, and the purple streams on the planet. Even through the telescope, Betelgeuse was still very small, but very, very bright. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sam Ebell, Menna ElAmroussy and Nick Klingen, Year 5 York (fourth-graders)

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Deal Middle School DC-BAS testing is coming up! There are many views on testing. Sixth-grader Joey Horvath said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a bit nervous about taking it, but think I will do a better job than I expect.â&#x20AC;? Sixth-grader Eva Brickman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not worried because I know we have been taught what to do. It is a bit of a nuisance.â&#x20AC;? Sixth-grade humanities teacher Ms. Buerkle said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is a good thing for teachers to see the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; progress. However, I feel it takes up too much time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julia Agostino and Ava Zechiel, sixth-graders

Eaton Elementary The fourth- and fifth-graders are doing a ballet program with the American Ballet Theatre, which is visiting from New York City. The program we are doing is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make-A-Ballet.â&#x20AC;? We spent a whole week working together with the American Ballet Theatre teachers for our performance on Jan. 7. For two mornings, we learned and practiced our choreography with two dance teachers. We started out learning some French dance terms, for example, â&#x20AC;&#x153;plier,â&#x20AC;? which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;to bend,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;sauter,â&#x20AC;? which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;to jump.â&#x20AC;? The teachers used those words throughout the practice. They taught us a whole dance. We had to practice a lot at first without music, and then when we got it, we danced with music. We were nervous, happy and excited about our final performance. We are also doing some backgrounds and scenery for the ballet. We worked in smaller groups, and the design teachers taught us about symmetry. We made symmetrical shapes and painted canvases and worked together to make the backgrounds. We will also be wearing shirts and pants that will match the background. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexandra Mendez and

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Georgetown Day School From taking pictures to playing basketball, almost everyone in our class has a different hobby. We interviewed 10 people in the class to ask them what their favorite hobby was and why. It was interesting to see the variety of results. One person said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite hobby is to swim, because it makes me feel free.â&#x20AC;? Another said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to play video games, because I can connect and play with people in this awesome virtual world.â&#x20AC;? It is nice seeing how all of my classmates have such a range of hobbies. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Hearst Elementary Hearst students started 2011 by writing New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions. Some students wrote about things theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to learn. Others wrote about how to improve the school environment. In pre-k, one student wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to learn about plants and planets.â&#x20AC;? In fifth grade, two students wrote that they would try to do their best and to always do their homework. In our class, one student said he wanted to focus on the main ideas being taught rather than just focusing on one idea. Another said she wanted to put in more effort to improve her writing. One student said it was important to stop wasting dry erase marker ink by doodling when we use our mini-whiteboards. Many focused on the need to be better listeners and not talk to neighbors or distract them during instruction time. One student wrote that she would work not to â&#x20AC;&#x153;have attitude.â&#x20AC;? Our favorite was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t joke around during class when we are learning.â&#x20AC;? We agreed with those who thought improving behavior was important so we could learn more. See Dispatches/Page 15

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DISPATCHES From Page 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maya Ginyard and Tess Mortell, third-graders

forward to: International Week, where students will learn about different cultures through cuisine, art and music, is coming up, and the Winter Formal dance will be a chance for girls to let loose. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Parisa Sadeghi, 11th-grader

Key Elementary Many students went away over the break to visit family for the holidays. Next week the third- through fifth-graders are taking the DCBAS tests in preparation for the DC-CAS tests given the end of the school year. We have been reviewing math and reading in preparation for the tests. The basketball team is 2-0 for the season so far. The team plays in the Jelleff Basketball League. This week we play the DC Heat. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kyla Booker and Jed Rosenberg, fifth-graders

Mann Elementary On Jan. 5, Horace Mann students started a Journalism Club. It meets in the library at recess on Wednesdays in order to learn more about journalism and inform people about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on at Horace Mann. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for grades three through five. So far there are 17 members. First- and second-graders will be eligible to join later in the year. Our advisers are Ms. Hensley, the librarian, and Ms. Koerner, a fourth-grade teacher. We tried to answer the who, what, where, when, why and how questions that make a good article. This is just the first of many! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julia Diaz-Young, Tara Bhagat, Bianca Berrino, Katarina Kitarovic, Chase Palmer, Tara Mokhtarzadeh, Aubrey Nowland, Alex Healy, Adrianna Hayden, Olivia Falk and Sophia Colon-Roosevelt, fourth-graders; and Jazba Iqbal, Allie Archer, Nyusha Lin, Catherina Bley, Madeleine Hand and Clara Hager, fifth-graders

National Cathedral School Students have just returned from a two-week winter break, well-rested and excited to begin their last semester of the year. Exams will take place next week, during which there will be no classes and students will come to school only to take only the twohour tests. Though stress looms over the campus, morale has been high, and both lower- and upperclassmen are optimistic about the upcoming days. Junior Cara Murphy said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I actually love exam week. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity to do better in your classes, and you have a long time to study for each exam.â&#x20AC;? Though scheduling the lengthy tests after the winter break has been a source of controversy on campus, many girls favor having the empty break to study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I prefer [having exams] after break because I can study over break. Having exams before would only increase stress,â&#x20AC;? said junior Isobel MacKenzie. Despite pressures from exams, students have several things to look

National Presbyterian School The boys basketball team is on fire! Although the team has not played its first game yet, the players have been practicing hard. There are 13 kids on the team, and the coaches are Coach Craig, who is the Upper Division PE teacher, and Coach Benton, from One-onOne Basketball. Practices are on Mondays and Wednesday from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. and start with warm-ups, then go on to focus on dribbling skills, offensive concepts and footwork, defensive concepts and footwork, controlled scrimmages and shooting skills. The first game will be held Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samuel Backlund, sixth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School On Dec. 20, the school put on a spectacular Christmas pageant about a young, selfish girl named Zoe who is taken back in time to the first Christmas and helps angels on their quest to see Jesus. The eighth-graders were the actors and actresses, while all of the other grades sang a song and played recorders, kazoos and bells. All of the classes were in different costumes, such as elf hats, outside clothes, animal costumes, Hawaiian outfits, shepherdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; robes, musical notes and gold star costumes. Everyone who came, including parents and Father Dave, thought that the play was funny and creative. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fourth-graders

Parkmont School During the month of November, I wrote a novel for my reading group class. All the kids in the class had a different minimum length for their novels. My novel needed to be 35,000 words; naturally, writing so many words seemed daunting. I like writing and I think that writing is a way to be super creative. I also find writing to be an

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excellent way to make sure that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn to violence. If I get all my anger and frustration out by making horrible things happen to characters, like cutting them in half, and dragging their legs up a staircase, then I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think like that in my everyday life. I can also multiply my good feelings by making wonderful things happen, like eating perfectly cooked bear meat. Fortunately, I was not only able to finish the novel early, but I actually wrote beyond the minimum and got extra credit for the assign-

ment. Only one other student finished the assignment in time, and we were both given T-shirts. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A.G. Abrams, 11th-grader

St. Albans School On Sept. 29, 130 students stepped gingerly off the buses that took us to our destination, Calleva Wilderness Adventures. Somewhat awkwardly, because we were all cramped from the bus ride, we arranged ourselves into our groups and headed toward the forest. Once we were in the forest, the

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Iconic Georgetown home ready for close-up

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ome buyers looking in Georgetown may be surprised at the difficulty they have finding a home that fits their

ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY image of a classic Georgetown property. There’s greater variety in the neighborhood than most real estate browsers imagine, and some of the most iconic homes rarely come on the market. The latter case is certainly true for this East Village property, a classic Federal design that has not been available for a quarter century. Near the beginning of that period, owners dramatically expanded the 19th-century home to cover more of its deep lot — while still leaving space for a garden, swimming pool and cabana. But the size of the house is only one draw for this residence, where the first impression is a Georgetown home straight out of central casting. The double entry leads through a vestibule to a long hall punctuated by marble tiles. A crystal chandelier completes the high-ceilinged scene, which seems ready to wel-

come A-listers for a high-powered soiree at any moment. From the entry, guests would move into the double parlor, a very large space made visually more expansive by reflective materials. Gold leaf lines the high ceiling, and lacquered walls the hue of café au lait warm the room immeasurably. A fire in either — or both — of the marble-surround fireplaces would animate these surfaces, setting light bouncing around the space. This large room includes improvements made in the owners’ expansion, and these elements — French doors and fixed transoms — reveal nothing of their recent pedigree. Those French doors, like their twins in the dining room, open to a terrace ideal for pre-dinner cocktails or a weekend coffee break. The space is linked to the more extensive gardens below but offers an immediate outdoor escape from the home’s main public rooms. Those spots include an African mahogany-paneled library, which features another fireplace. The room is well-lit by several sconces for reading by the fire, but a pulldown screen and built-in projector allow for other activities as well. The large dining room features

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wainscoting and a strié-effect blue wall treatment, but the star of the show here is a double-height chandelier. The blackand-white Boffi Photos Courtesy of Washington Fine Properties kitchen and butler’s pantry is one This six-bedroom Georgetown home section of this is priced at $7,900,000. home that reveals Another level up the period-perits 1980s roots, but the large space fect staircase wait two more bedis hardly a throwback, thanks to its rooms and a full hall bath. These classic palette and excellent condirooms were decorated for children, tion: The black-lacquer cabinets so new owners may want to erase still glisten like new. And the large the hand-painted murals here. footprint here means that renovaBut those spaces make a point: tors have loads of options, though Despite the formality of some the current layout works. rooms here, the home is a familyThe second level is host to a friendly one. A bottom level is master suite as well as two bedlined in easy-to-clean terra-cotta rooms and a full hall bath. The tiles. A fireplace makes it cozy, and owner suite is spacious, including walls of windows make the casual not only a large bedroom with a space bright. This room is connectterrace overlooking the swimming ed to other useful spaces, including pool and beyond, but also two a laundry area, au-pair suite with a extensive mahogany-clad dressing kitchen and staff entrance, lighted rooms and a marble-and-mirror wine closet and storage areas. bath. Cast in brass as well as gold, French doors lead from the famhardware here and elsewhere in the home is from classic manufacturer P.E. Guerin. A hallway wet bar features more of the glam accents.

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. Mary’s Court, 725 24th St. NW. Agenda items include: ■ report on the Stevens School visioning committee. ■ consideration of George Washington University’s application for a second-stage planned-unit development on Square 103 (Law Learning Center). ■ consideration of George Washington University’s application for a campus-plan amendment to cover acquisition of three properties within the campus boundaries. ■ presentation on George Washington University’s restoration of historic town houses at 20th and G streets. ■ consideration of proposed development at 1700 New York Ave. by Carr Properties on the parking lot of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. ■ consideration of a public-space application for curb cuts at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, 515 20th St. ■ consideration of a public-space application by Litestars, 2101 L St., for a sidewalk cafe.

updates on Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration applications by the Rookery/Bayou and Shadow Room. ■ election of officers. For details, call 202-630-6026 or visit anc2a.org. ■

ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont ■ DUPONT CIRCLE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: ■ election of officers. ■ consideration of a refiled publicspace application by Kabab-Ji Restaurant, 1351 Connecticut Ave., for valet parking. ■ consideration of a public-space application by Nooshi Restaurant, 1120 19th St., for a 50-seat sidewalk cafe. ■ consideration of Historic Preservation Review Board and Board of Zoning Adjustment applications for renovation of 2025 Massachusetts Ave. ■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by the Republic of Congo for chancery use of 1720 16th St. ■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Shake Shack, 1216 18th St., for a new restaurant-class license for an American-style restaurant specializing in burgers and shakes (no entertainment or dancing; 12-seat sidewalk cafe; seating capacity of 102; total occupancy load of 108; hours of operation, sales and service Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.). ■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by The Cajun Experience, 1825 18th St., for a new restaurant-class license and stipulated license (hours of operation Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight; hours of alcohol sales and service Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight; entertainment endorsement for live music by a jazz combo Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight). ■ consideration of a request by Soho Tea and Coffee, 2150 P St., to change its current voluntary agreement to permit service of alcohol until 2 a.m. rather than midnight. ■ consideration of a resolution in favor of making information on city development subsidies available online to the public. For details, visit dupontcircleanc.net. ANC 2C2C ANC Shaw ■ SHAW The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th St. NW.

For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama ■ SHERIDAN-KALORAMA The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: ■ election of officers. ■ government reports. ■ updates from neighborhood groups. ■ updates on a public-space application for an outdoor cafe at 2100 Connecticut Ave.; a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for renovation and expansion of a vacant embassy building for chancery use at 2406 Massachusetts Ave.; a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for construction of a new chancery and embassy staff residential building at 2300-2310 Connecticut Ave.; and an Alcoholic Beverage Control license renewal application by Veritas Wine Bar at 2031 Florida Ave. For details, contact davidanc2d01@aol.com or visit anc2d.org. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown ■ GEORGETOWN / CLOISTERS Cloisters BURLEITH / HILLANDALE

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan ■ LOGAN CIRCLE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org. ANC 3B 3B ANC Glover Park ■ GLOVER PARK/CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the cafeteria of Stoddert Elementary School, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: ■ a question-and-answer session with Mayor Vincent Gray. ■ consideration of a grant request from Hardy Middle School PTA. ■ presentation on a request by the DC Metro District of Potomac Appalachian Trail for commission support of its application to the D.C. Trails Advisory Committee and the D.C. Department of Transportation for funds to improve trails in Rock Creek Park, Wesley Heights Park and Whitehaven Park. ■ introductory discussion of renewal of the Glover Park liquor-license moratorium. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact anc3b@aol.com or visit dcnet.com/anc/3b.


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Concerts â&#x2013;  The Saxony-Anhalt Brass Quintet will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Austrian band Netnakisum will perform. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $5. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. InstantSeats.com. â&#x2013;  The Vincent LĂŞ Quang Trio will perform a mix of classical, jazz and rock music. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for students. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Curtis Fentress, founding principal of Fentress Architects and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Touchstones of Design,â&#x20AC;? will discuss his works, including the National Museum of the Marine Corps and international airport terminals in Denver and Seoul. A book signing will follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â&#x2013;  Ori Z. Soltes, a resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of Sophoclesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oedipus the King.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Stanley Lucas, co-chair of Greater Washington Haiti Relief, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haiti One Year Later â&#x20AC;Ś Still Waiting for Relief.â&#x20AC;? Proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders. 6:30 p.m. $15. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  Parag Khanna, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

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â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic of the Melting Pot: Immigration in America,â&#x20AC;? journalist and George Washington University professor Steve Roberts will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Every End of This Earth,â&#x20AC;? about 13 immigrant families and the new lives theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made in America. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. 202-232-8734. â&#x2013;  Contemporary artist Alexis Rockman will discuss his artistic influences and the impact humans have on the Earth. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Slate Political Gabfestâ&#x20AC;? will feature Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discussing a range of political topics. 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. â&#x2013;  Paula Amann, former news editor for Washington Jewish Week, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul Treks: Five Lessons From Journeys to a Jewish Life.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $7. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x2013;  Victor Mair, professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secrets of the Silk Road.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-7723.

Film â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lions of Czech Filmâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Jan Hrebejkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pupendo,â&#x20AC;? about two families in Prague during the era of â&#x20AC;&#x153;practical socialismâ&#x20AC;? (in Czech with English subtitles). 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.

Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesday Night Open Mic Poetry,â&#x20AC;? hosted by 2Deep the Poetess, will feature a mix of professional spoken-word performers, open-mic rookies and musicians. 9 p.m. $4. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. Thursday, January 13 Thursday JANUARY 13 Classes â&#x2013;  Ray Franklin-Vaughn will lead a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classical Yang Style Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai Chi Châ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uanâ&#x20AC;? for area seniors. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present information on programs and resources available to first-time home buyers. 11 a.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The seminar will repeat Jan. 20 and 27 at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  PS7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gina Chersevani and the Museum of the American Cocktailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Philip Greene will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian Cocktails.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45; registration

Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will present violinist Sergey Khacatryan (shown) performing works by Silvestrov, Shostakovich and Sibelius. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 204467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Brown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Trinity and Washington Rules: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foreign Policy for Over 50 Years.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Michael Perino will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Wolfgang Mieder of the University of Vermont will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making a Way Out of No Way: Martin Luther Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Use of Proverbs for Civil Rights.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lens Into Liberia: Experiences From International Reporting Project Gatekeepersâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Sunni Khalid, managing news editor of WYPR in Baltimore; Teresa Wiltz, senior editor of TheRoot.com; Ed Robbins, freelance video journalist; John Schidlovsky, director of the International Reporting Project; and Steve McDonald, director of the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity at the Wilson Center. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth-floor auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. leadership@wilsoncenter.org. â&#x2013;  Arthur Lord, adjunct fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demystifying Free Trade Agreements: A Comparative Analysis of American, Japanese and Chinese Efforts to Shape the Future of Free Trade.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m.

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Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-6635812. â&#x2013;  Svante Cornell, research director at the School of Advanced International Studies Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Azerbaijan Since Independence.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-7723. â&#x2013;  Catherine Dawson will lead a gallery talk on Roy Cohn. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Statement: The Evolving SelfPortrait.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Author and New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Remaking.â&#x20AC;? 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Embassy of India, 2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. â&#x2013;  The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will host a talk by journalists Joe Bavier and Marcus Bleasdale and Human Rights Watch researchers Ida Sawyer and Anneke Van Woudenberg about their collaborative project investigating Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resistance Army atrocities in central Africa. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. PulitzerLRA.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Takoma residents Tammy Belden and Judy Tiger will offer tips on taming the clutter in our lives. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  Author Brad Meltzer will discuss his suspense novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Inner Circle.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  New York-based photographer Mike Schreiber will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;True HipHop,â&#x20AC;? a collection of his work over the past 13 years. 7:30 p.m. $5. Kay Community

â&#x2013;  The Adult Film Club will watch the films â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citizen Kingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have a Dream.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  A three-part sci-fi film series will feature Gordon Douglasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Them!â&#x20AC;? about nuclear tests in the desert that spawn giant ants through mutation. 6 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  CinĂŠ Francophone will feature Jacques Audiardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Un Prophete,â&#x20AC;? about an 18year-old who ends up in jail and is put to work by the leader of the Corsican gang that controls the prison (in French with English subtitles). 7 p.m. $9; $4 for seniors and students. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-2347911. â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present the world premiere of Peter Weirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Way Back,â&#x20AC;? about prisoners at a Soviet Union labor camp who flee the Siberian Gulag and begin a treacherous journey across thousands of miles of hostile terrain. A discussion with Weir (shown) will follow. 7 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700.

Performances â&#x2013;  Performers from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stompâ&#x20AC;? will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-1291. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Tasting â&#x2013;  Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fermenting Revolution: How Drinking Beer Can Save the World,â&#x20AC;? will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tutored tastingâ&#x20AC;? of beers that have been brewed in ways that support their surrounding communities and the environment. 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Friday, January 14 Friday JANUARY 14 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Schumann, Schubert, BartĂłk and Barber. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202333-2075. â&#x2013;  Singer/songwriter Bob Franke will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer David See Events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 Gariff will discuss “Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelite Dream.” 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Wajahat Ali will discuss his recently published play, “The Domestic Crusaders.” 6:30 p.m. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-332-6433. ■ John Quiggin will discuss his book “Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Princeton University professor Cornel West will lead a discussion with broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley (shown) on African-American history and culture. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Performance ■ Mirenka Cechova, a Fulbright Scholar from the Czech Republic, will present “The Voice of Anne Frank,” based on the famous Holocaust victim’s diary entries. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852787. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reading ■ Authors Achy Obejas, Porochista Khakpour and Danzy Senna will read from their works and discuss race, politics, family and cultural dislocation. 7:30 p.m. $12. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special event ■ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church will present a Shabbat service commemorating the spirit and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Vancouver Canucks. 7 p.m. $75 to $340. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tour Walk of the Town tour guide Tim Stewart will present “Monumental Stories,” a walking tour of major attractions. 10:30 a.m. Free; tips appreciated. Meet on 15th Street NW near Pennsylvania Avenue and the northwest corner of the Commerce Department. walkofthetowndc.com. The tour will repeat every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. ■

Saturday, January 15 Saturday JANUARY 15 Concerts ■ The Kennedy String Quartet will present “Making Music With Friends,” an interactive program that explores the connections between the way we feel and the way music is made (for ages 4 and older). 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $18. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The D.C.-based band Lucky Dub will perform a mix of reggae, funk, jazz, ska and Latin grooves. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium

Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Emerson String Quartet will perform. 6 p.m. $63. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. ■ Irish tenor Robin Tritschler and pianist Graham Johnson will perform works by Schubert. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Cortright McMeel will discuss his novel “Short,” at 1 p.m.; and Daniel Rasmussen (shown) will discuss his book “American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Mayor Vincent Gray will join Beatriz “BB” Otero, founder of DC Bilingual Public Charter School, and Maurice Sykes, former deputy superintendent of the D.C. Public Schools, to discuss “The Challenge of Poverty to Achieving Educational Excellence.” 1 p.m. Free. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202362-4433. ■ Gerry Corman will present meditation techniques. 1 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ “Islamophobia and Beyond: Challenging the Politics of Exclusion in America” will feature Faiz Shakir, vice president of the Center for American Progress; Shahid Buttar, a civil liberties lawyer and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Wajahat Ali, playwright and essayist; Fouad Pervez, contributor to Foreign Policy in Focus; and Corey Saylor, director of government affairs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Festival ■ The National Museum of American History’s “Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Family Festival” will feature a musical tribute, a panel discussion on the Freedom Riders and hands-on activities. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Films ■ “Stories From a Russian Province” will feature Alina Rudnitskaya’s 2005 film “Civil Status,” Vitaly Mansky’s 1996 film “Bliss” and Yury Schiller’s 1998 film “Flight of the Bumblebee” (all in Russian with English subtitles). 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Neorealismo 1941-1954: Days of Glory” will feature Luchino Visconti’s 1942 film “Ossessione” (in Italian with English subtitles). 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

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Saturday, JANUARY 15 ■ Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present Sweet Honey in the Rock performing its annual children’s concert. 1:30 and 4 p.m. $12. People’s Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. 202-7859727.

Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key Memorial. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. ■ A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including “The Exorcist,” “The West Wing” and “Wedding Crashers.” 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-979-3370. ■ Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will lead a weekly walking tour of his hometown and share reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3415208. ■ The Smithsonian Associates will host a tasting tour of four Adams Morgan restaurants. 2 to 5:15 p.m. $76. Meet at the southwest corner of Columbia Road and 18th Street NW (in front of SunTrust Bank). 202-633-3030. The tour will also be offered Jan. 22 and 29. Sunday, January 16 Sunday JANUARY 16

Company will perform in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Special events ■ The Phillips Collection will kick off its yearlong 90th anniversary celebration featuring the newly renovated Phillips house, special art installations, interactive tours, films, champagne and a display of birthday cake designs by local chefs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. The festival will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Collective Voices will present the 15th annual “Poetry Extravaganza” tribute honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 1 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. Sporting events ■ The DC Rollergirls will present a match between the Cherry Blossom Bombshells and Scare Force One. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. ticketmaster.com. ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Toronto Raptors. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead a stroll through

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Open house ■ The Washington Studio School will hold an open house and drawing session. 1 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. 2129 S St. NW. 202-234-3030. Reading ■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature readings by emerging and established poets. An open-mic event will follow. 4 to 6 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event ■ “Service to Serve Haiti” will feature a gathering of congregations, service organizations and individuals to celebrate hope and to help Haiti rebound and recover. The event will include a service fair, music, dance and food. 3 to 6 p.m. Free. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. servicetoservehaiti.org. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the See Events/Page 22

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Events Entertainment Ottawa Senators. 3 p.m. $75 to $340. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead ages 5 and older on a walk through Dumbarton Oaks Park and discuss the variety of birds that live there during the winter months. 10 a.m. Free. R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a three-mile hike to Rapids Bridge. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, January 17 Monday JANUARY 17 Concerts ■ The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University will host the 10th annual “Let Freedom Ring” musical celebration, featuring Grammy-winning vocalist Patti LaBelle and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. 6 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Starry Mountain Trio will perform an eclectic mix of sacred and secular folk songs. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $10 to $15. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202462-6734. Discussions and lectures ■ TransAfrica Forum and Let Haiti Live will present a symposium on “Waiting for Justice in Haiti: One Year Later.” 9:30 a.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “A History of Sugar.”

10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. ■ Anglican theologian and human rights activist Mark Durie will discuss “Religion and the State: Muslims, Citizenship, and Loyalty.” 7 p.m. Free. Anglican Parish of Christ the King, 2727 O St. NW. 301-6560576. ■ Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel will discuss their book “Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Performances ■ “King Across the Ages,” a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will feature soulful music and dance. 2 p.m. Free with donation of a canned food item or new children’s book. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present a “NT Live” high-definition broadcast of “FELA!” from London’s National Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. Special event ■ “MLK Day Poetry: Not Just Another Day Off” will feature poetry and speeches in a family-friendly event celebrating the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Utah Jazz. 1 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tour ■ U.S. Botanic Garden volunteers will lead a tour of the conservatory. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave.

SW. 202-225-1116. The tour will repeat Jan. 24 and 31. Tuesday, January 18 Tuesday JANUARY 18 Classes ■ Saul Lilienstein, a former opera conductor and impresario, will lead an eightsession seminar on “Music of the Russian Romantics.” Noon. $128. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. The class will continue through March 15. ■ David Boris and Brian Joyner will lead a seminar on “Nailing the Job Interview.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. Concert ■ Mezzo-soprano Dragana Jugovic del Monaco, principal soloist of the Serbian National Theatre opera company, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Judith Viorst will discuss her book “Unexpectedly Eighty: And Other Adaptations.” 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The Midday Book Club will discuss “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ National Gallery of Art lecturer David Gariff will discuss “Aesthetic PreRaphaelitism.” 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ “The Unfinished Business of Dr. King’s Legacy in Education” will feature Lucretia Murphy, executive director of the See Forever Foundation; Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center for Education and the

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Workforce; Emma Violand-Sanchez, a member of the Arlington County School Board; and Tim King, founder of Urban Prep Academies. 4 p.m. Free. Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-4358. ■ Author David Swanson will discuss his book “War Is a Lie.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202332-6433. Film ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Anthony Harvey’s 1984 film “Grace Quigley,” starring Katharine Hepburn and Nick Nolte. 8 p.m. Free; donations suggested. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-462-3356.

Performance ■ The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Arts Consortium will present a “Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” featuring a special appearance by the youth of South Africa’s Bokamoso Youth Centre discussing and singing about their challenges and dreams. 7 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SE. 202-5474102. Support ■ Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680. The group meets every Tuesday. Wednesday, January 19 Wednesday JANUARY 19

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Book signing ■ Steve Harvey will sign copies of his book “Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man.” 7 p.m. Free. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. 202-466-4999. Concert ■ The Diotima String Quartet will perform. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for students. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. Discussions and lectures ■ A panel of experts from Clemson

Films ■ The National Archives will present “The Valley of the Shadow of Death,” the sixth installment of Ken Burns’ 1990 documentary “The Civil War.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Kyoko Gasha’s 2009 film “Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice,” about the lives of several Japanese women who struggle to reconcile a traditional upbringing with the desire to create unique lives. Gasha will participate in a postscreening discussion. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp.

Performances ■ “The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration” will feature students from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre performing works by Kanji Segawa, Vasily Vainonen and Raymond Lukens. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 6 p.m. ■ The Trailer Park Boys will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Reading ■ A reading to benefit the group Food & Friends will feature members of American University’s creative writing faculty, including Kyle Dargan, Danielle Evans, Stephanie Grant, David Keplinger, Richard McCann, Andrew Holleran and Rachel Louise Synder. 7 to 10 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Founder’s Room, School of International School Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2972.


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omparisons between artworks can shed light on an artist’s stylistic influences and evolution. For example, French impressionist painter PierreAuguste Renoir learned from Flemish baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens. And Claude Monet painted almost photo-realistically before he became an impressionist. These and many other revelations emerge in an exhibition titled “Side by Side: Oberlin’s Masterworks at the Phillips,” on view through Sunday at the Phillips Collection. Visit this weekend and enjoy free admission as part of the kickoff festivities for

a yearlong celebration of the museum’s 90th anniversary. There will also be a display of artfully decorated birthday cakes and free champagne. Oberlin College is renovating its Allen Memorial Art Museum and loaned out 25 of its key pieces for exhibition at the Phillips, which pairs them with appropriate works from its own collection. Among these pairings, one of the most revealing is the placement of Renoir’s iconic “Luncheon of the Boating Party” (1880-81), a mainstay of the Phillips Collection, next to Rubens’ mythological painting “The Finding of Erichthonius” (1632-33) from Oberlin. Renoir often copied paintings by Rubens at the Louvre in Paris, and he praised the ear-

lier artist for his magnificent color and “extraordinary richness.” While these attributes abound in the monumental “Luncheon,” visitors will likely discover other stylistic similarities between it and the “Erichthonius,” including robust figures, open brushwork and close attention to lively details. Also revealing is the juxtaposition of Oberlin’s early Monet “Garden of the Princess, Louvre” (1867) with the Phillips’ late landscape by the same artist titled “ValSaint-Nicolas, near Dieppe (Morning)” (1897). The two paintings could hardly be more different, stylistically, and visitors might easily think them by different artists. “Garden of the Princess,” painted from an upper window of the Louvre, looks out on a well-trimmed grassy garden with a bustling street scene in the distance and towering buildings on the horizon. So realistic are the details that the painting would resemble a period photograph if not for its colors, though these lack the strong feeling for light that later came to define impressionism. “Val-Saint-Nicholas,” on the other hand,

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at Honfleur Gallery and continue through Feb. 18. Finzi, a dermatological surgeon, uses syringes, propane torches and other nontraditional tools to create his paintings, which include images of sensational figures from the 19th century. An opening reception will take place Friday at 7 p.m. Located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-580-5972. ■ “The Orchid in Chinese Painting,” featuring 20 works related to orchids in Chinese paintings from the 15th to the 19th centuries, will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and continue See Exhibits/Page 30

R.C. Gorman’s 1973 self-portrait, lithograph print on paper, is part of an exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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Kristi Boone, Craig Salstein, David Hallberg and Marcelo Gomes appear in American Ballet Theatre’s rendition of Robbins’ “Fancy Free.” dies in a 90-minute show with no intermission. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $20; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; atlasarts.org. See Theater/Page 30

Above, Peter Paul Rubens’ “The Finding of Erichthonius,” 1623-33; left, Paul Cézanne’s “Viaduct at L’Estaque,” 1882 looks almost abstract and glows with the golden warmth of a sunrise over the English Channel. This painting is all about atmosphere and light, rendering the coastal headlands as a blur of purples, greens, oranges and yellows. Also, the brush marks are very See Phillips/Page 30


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Picasso invented cubism and reflects his continuing enthusiasm for the new style. Nearly 30 years later, he painted “Still Life With Glass and Fruit” (1939), a powerful abstraction from the Phillips Collection that blends both cubism and surrealism, a style then popular. However, he blends them in a particularly Picasso-esque way that is anchored in the real world, then plunging into World War II. His still life, which follows his antiwar “Guernica” by two years, seems to anticipate the horrors of the coming conflict by posing a fractured glass and writhing fruit against a fathomless black void. “Side by Side: Oberlin’s Masterworks at the Phillips” will close Sunday at the Phillips Collection. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend admission is normally $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and free for ages 18 and younger, but it is free for all this Saturday and Sunday. 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org. Design Center and continue through Feb. 8. Located at 300 D St. SW on the sixth floor, the center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-646-6100. ■ “Off-Kilter,” presenting colordrenched figurative paintings by Leslie M. Nolan, opened last week at Touchstone Gallery, where it will continue through Jan. 30. Nolan’s paintings create “an impression of physical solidity threatened by emotional disintegration,” states a release. A reception with a wine tasting and live music will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. ■ The Washington Project for the Arts has announced the exhibition schedule for its sixth “Experimental Media Series,” which showcases new sound and video art in the area. The first presentations will take place tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. For other dates, times and venues, visit wpadc.org.

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