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Vol. VI, No. 13

THE FOGGY BOTTOM CURRENT Assessments up after two-year fall


■ Real estate: Commercial

growth outpaces residential By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

Newly released property assessments for fiscal year 2012 show a turning point in the city’s fortunes after two consecutive years of declining values: Both commercial and residential property rose over

last year’s levels. Commercial property was the success story of this year’s assessments. Overall, the category is up 16.33 percent. The section of the city that includes the K Street corridor, Penn Quarter and the West End rose by nearly $7 billion, or 19.73 percent. Smaller commercial zones in the area that the city calls Garfield (which comprises the bulk of the Woodley Park neighborhood) and in Kalorama (which includes part of

Adams Morgan) also saw big gains, of 32.49 and 14.16 percent respectively. Georgetown also saw a jump of over $220 million, or 9.47 percent. That gain was expected, said Lance Marine, vice president of retail services for CB Richard Ellis. “There’s been a lot of repositioning this year in Georgetown,” he said. “The economic downturn opened up a lot of new opportunities, and See Assessments/Page 7

ANC to consider moratorium tweaks By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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The Washington National Cathedral’s annual Shrove Tuesday pancake races drew contestants from the clergy and staff, as well as students from St. Albans, National Cathedral and Beauvoir schools.

The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission is scheduled to vote this evening on whether to support an extension of the West Dupont Circle moratorium on liquor licenses. And the commission’s committee charged with reviewing the policy is recommending that it do so — with tweaks. The committee’s recommendations call for lifting the limit on restaurant licenses while extending the moratorium on other licenses for another three years. “By [proposing to ease] the moratorium and allowing CR licenses, we’re creating a balance,” said commissioner Kevin O’Connor, who spearheaded the review effort. “We accept that the neighborhood is changing,” he went on. “We want to exert some control, while allowSee Moratorium/Page 5

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The moratorium covers a stretch of P Street west of Dupont Circle. It is scheduled to expire March 23, but the city is slated to consider an extension.

Mall likely to house Target, Bloomie’s

Appeals court hears debate over Giant redevelopment


■ Zoning: Neighborhood

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The to-be-redeveloped Shops at Georgetown Park is closing in on deals with two large retailers to anchor a revitalized mall, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. Big-box retailer Target and a Bloomingdale’s boutique will occupy large swaths of the long-troubled Georgetown shopping center, say the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Representatives of Minneapolis-based Target and mall management declined to comment on the reports, and a Bloomingdale’s spokesperson did not reply to The Current by deadline. The inclusion of Target may spark a long-running debate over the nature of retail in historic Georgetown.

PA S S A G E S ■ Takoma writer pens Marian Anderson opera. Page 13. ■ Producer nabs two spots in Environmental Film Festival. Page 13.

groups challenge procedures By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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Bloomingdale’s “SoHo” concept was slated for the mall before the property changed hands. A survey by the neighborhood’s business improvement district last year revealed that some see the presence of ubiquitous brands such as Starbucks as a drag on the area’s cachet. See Stores/Page 7

SENIOR LIVING ■ New wellness center opens on Georgia Avenue. Page 20. ■ Two ‘senior villages’ take different paths. Page 19.

The decade-long battle over the Giant supermarket site on Wisconsin Avenue is now playing out at the D.C. Court of Appeals, which heard arguments Tuesday that the city Zoning Commission erred when it approved an ambitious retail and residential development for two blocks in 2009. A three-judge panel handling the

EVENTS ■ Shakespeare Theatre presents ‘An Ideal Husband.’ Page 31. ■ German photographer makes art from Google Earth. Page 31 .

case was clearly interested not only in arcane zoning questions but also in the impact — on both the city and immediate neighborhood — of a new 56,000-square-foot supermarket and other shops, set to go south of Newark Street, and a five-story residential and retail building planned for the low-scale block to the north. Controversy over the project that has divided the community for years may not be resolved until the court rules. “We all want a new supermarket,” said Dan Hecker, who lives across the street from the project See Giant/Page 10

INDEX Business/17 Calendar/28 Classifieds/28 District Digest/4 Exhibits/31 Foggy Bottom News/11 In Your Neighborhood/24

Opinion/8 Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/23 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/33 Theater/31




Mayor taps Hood, Jordan for seats on zoning panels By ELIZABETH WIENER

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Mayor Vincent Gray, who vowed last year not to put three developers on the city Zoning Commission, is instead reappointing a longtime community activist, Anthony Hood. Gray has also picked a well-known former District official, Lloyd Jordan, to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Zoning Adjustment. The nominations submitted to the D.C. Council last week will help both panels handle crowded caseloads. Filling a seat on the Board of Zoning Adjustment is especially critical; it has had to postpone some cases recently for lack of a quorum. And the current chair, Meridith Moldenhauer, is due to give birth to her first child in April. Gray also renominated Nicole Sorg, business development director at an architecture firm, to keep her seat as one of three mayoral appointees on the five-member zoning Board of Zoning Adjustment. The other two seats are filled by a member of the Zoning Commission, and by a staffer from the National Capital Planning Commission, representing the federal interest. The council’s Committee of the Whole, apparently recognizing the urgency of the appointments, will hold a confirmation roundtable on Sorg and Jordan today. The two panels play important roles in the city’s development. The Zoning Commission is currently overseeing a major rewrite of the District’s entire zoning code. It also rules on major projects known as planned-unit developments, as well as the perennially controversial campus plans that guide the growth of colleges and universities. The Board of Zoning Adjustment hears individual applications for exceptions and variances

from the zoning code, both for private homes and for larger commercial and residential buildings. Acting as the Foreign Missions Board of Zoning Adjustment, it also reviews plans for new and expanded foreign chanceries, also a hot-button topic in some D.C. neighborhoods. Thus picking the members, who receive only stipends for their work, is sometimes politically charged. Builders and business groups generally want panel members who are friendly to growth, while some residents push for nominees who are more sensitive to the impact of development on residential neighborhoods. Occasionally, the clash erupts at confirmation hearings. Last year, then-Mayor Adrian Fenty caused a mini-furor by submitting three Zoning Commission nominees, one by one, who either worked for or owned development firms. The council confirmed two — Konrad Schlater and Greg Selfridge — but Gray as council chairman balked at the third, Stanley Wall, and simply let the nomination die. Having developers form a majority on the five-member panel “would hurt the credibility of the Zoning Commission,� Gray said at the time. Outside witnesses expressed concern about “loading� the commission with developers, or “tipping the balance� on what are supposed to be objective panels guided only by zoning law. That left Hood, who has served on the Zoning Commission since 1998, in his seat, and he continued to serve as the commission’s chair. Hood got his start in local affairs as a neighborhood activist in Ward 5, active in the Woodridge Civic Association and Democratic Party politics in the ward. In his “day job� Hood works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. See Zoning/Page 5



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ANCs split over bike lane along New Mexico Avenue By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

When the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission considered the prospect of a bike lane on New Mexico Avenue and Tunlaw Road, commissioners saw it almost as a no-brainer. The body needed little discussion before supporting the lane last month. But their neighbors up the hill in Wesley Heights had a different reaction, grilling D.C. Department of Transportation bicycle coordinator Jim Sebastian on the safety and practicality of designating a section of the roadways for bikes. The city plans to install a 5-footwide bike lane on Tunlaw between Calvert Street and Davis Place and on New Mexico between 42nd Street and Cathedral Avenue. “It’s fairly straightforward,� Sebastian said at Wednesday’s meeting of the Wesley Heights/Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commission. The department estimated that 100 cyclists ride along the street daily, sharing space with about 9,000 cars. “We’re trying to stripe it so people know where they are. People are veering in and out of the parking lane,� Sebastian said. “We’re trying to show folks where they’re supposed to be.� The bike lane would narrow the travel lanes slightly, but Sebastian said the 40-foot-wide road has enough room for bikes without giving up its two-way travel or its onstreet parking.

But commissioners and residents Wednesday said a designated lane wouldn’t protect bicyclists from potential collisions with moving or parked cars. Commissioner Lee Minichiello said when he used to bike in the neighborhood, he stuck to side streets or sidewalks rather than the busier New Mexico Avenue. “I think encouraging people to use that bike lane may not be the best for their health,� he said. Commission chair Tom Smith added a further concern: Residents on the east side of New Mexico Avenue backing out of their driveways would need to pass through the bike lane. Not that he wants more parking limits in the neighborhood, he said, but “with all the parked cars there, you can’t see.� With a bike lane, he said, “you are giving bicyclists a false sense of security on New Mexico Avenue.� Sebastian said he would continue working with the community to develop solutions to the issues they raised — or, if need be, ditch the project altogether. But Brian Cohen, chair of the Glover Park neighborhood commission, said “red herring� arguments shouldn’t block a plan that would improve bicyclists’ safety and ultimately reduce dependence on cars. “There are already plenty of bicycle riders that use New Mexico Avenue,� Cohen wrote in an e-mail. “A bicycle lane will give them more space, and alert cars to their presence.�

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The week ahead The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a construction kickoff meeting for the O&P Streets Rehabilitation Project in Georgetown. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hyde-Addison Elementary School, 3219 O St. NW. ■Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C will hold a public meeting to receive input from local residents regarding the construction phase of Giant’s Cathedral Commons development. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

Thursday, March 10 The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a public meeting on the development of a strategic revitalization strategy for the 14th Street corridor between Spring Road and Madison Street. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at West Education Campus, 1338 Farragut St. NW.

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Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a public hearing on the D.C. Public Schools budget for fiscal year 2012. The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. To testify, contact Ahnna Smith at 202-724-0696 or by 4 p.m. March 11.


Wednesday, March 16 The Foxhall Community Citizens Association will hold a membership meeting to discuss Georgetown University’s campus plan, including the proposed “loop road.� The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hardy Recreation Center, 4500 Q St. NW.

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Thursday, March 17 The D.C Department of Transportation will hold a public forum on the DC Circulator, including potential changes such as an end to service on the Smithsonian-National Gallery of Art route. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard Hotel, 140 L St. SE. â– The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold a forum for candidates seeking the vacant at-large D.C. Council seat. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW.







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District Digest Logan, Dupont areas see condo break-ins Metropolitan Police Department officials have noted an uptick in burglaries of condominium buildings in the Logan and Dupont circle areas. At last week’s meeting of the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission, Sgt. Andre Suber said police were “having problems with the new condominium buildings.� He said “one particular guy was able to get inside� otherwise-secure buildings because residents unwittingly allowed him entrance. “This guy has wreaked havoc on our community,� Suber said. Capt. Aubrey Mongal, in an email, said police are “concentrating on a few leads, to include the man [Suber] described, as well as preventative tips for building occupants� in Police Service Area 307, which includes the Logan Circle neighborhood. Mongal wrote that in January and February, “there were several individual incidents or burglaries in 307 that had similar traits as well as

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several other reports of incidents such as thefts, destruction of property etc. ‌ .� He named 1425 11th St. and 1800 S St. as two addresses where recent crimes fit this trend. Another officer at last week’s Logan Circle meeting also mentioned the 1600 block of 11th Street. Mongal noted that the 3rd District in general has seen a rise of burglaries recently. — Katie Pearce

Council head asks IG to probe Gray matter D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown announced Sunday that he has asked the D.C. Office of the Inspector General to investigate allegations made by Sulaimon Brown against D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and his campaign. Sulaimon Brown, a former candidate for mayor, was dismissed abruptly last month from a position with the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance. He told The Washington Post that Gray campaign staffers had promised him a job in return for biting attacks on former Mayor Adrian Fenty. He also said members of the Gray campaign handed him envelopes of cash to finance his campaign. “The allegations made by Sulaimon Brown are only allegations at this point,� the council chairman states in a release. “However, they deserve an independent review and therefore I am referring the matter to the Office of the Inspector General.� Gray himself requested that the D.C. attorney general and the D.C. Council investigate the allegations, which he described as “surprising, shocking and appalling.� He said he did not promise Sulaimon Brown a job, only to give him “fair consideration.� Gray also said he doubted that any of his campaign aides had given Brown money. Street Address

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Mayor expected to appoint Henderson Mayor Vincent Gray has given strong indications that he will appoint Kaya Henderson as the permanent D.C. schools chancellor,

and he is expected to make the announcement at a news conference today. “I would like to see her leadership. Frankly, what I’ve seen, I really liked,� Gray said at a meeting yesterday. “I didn’t feel the need to mount a national search.� Henderson, who served as deputy to former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, took over the top role temporarily after Rhee resigned in October. Gray said yesterday that if he were to appoint someone other than Henderson, “a lot of people would leave.� A new appointee would also bring in a new staff that could slow down reform efforts, he added.

New revenue lessens school budget cuts D.C. public school principals learned their fiscal year 2012 budget totals last week, and officials say an unexpected increase in District revenue will allow schools to avoid some cuts that previously seemed inevitable, according to a news release from the school system. Mayor Vincent Gray announced last week that he would provide the school system with a portion of the city’s extra $105 million. “Ensuring a quality education for all children is one of my top priorities,� Gray said in the release. But the schools must still address nearly $50 million in lost revenue or increasing costs for the next fiscal year, the release said. Principals are tasked with reviewing their totals and finalizing their budgets by March 18. Individual school budgets are available to the public on the school system’s website,

Correction In the Feb. 16 issue, an article on George Washington University’s new dormitory, West Hall, misidentified the name of the building’s architect, EYP Architecture & Engineering. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.




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ZONING From Page 2 A popular member of the panel, he could continue to serve on the commission until 2014, and possibly be reelected as chair, if his renomination is confirmed. For the Board of Zoning Adjustment, Jordan is an interesting pick. An attorney long active in District government, he worked for the financial control board in the mid-1990s and then as director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs from 1998 to 2000. He then moved to Holland & Knight, a law firm with a thriving practice in the zoning and real estate matters that often come before the board. Now he is a partner at Akerman Senterfitt, a national firm. He also worked on

LICENSES From Page 1 allowing businesses to come in.� The moratorium, which limits the number of liquor licenses within 600 feet of the intersection of 21st and P streets, began in 1994 as an effort to maintain a diversity of retail and prevent a saturation of alcohol-licensed establishments. It is one of several moratoriums throughout the city, including one that covers a nearby section of 17th Street. And, over the years, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has renewed the West Dupont Circle Moratorium periodically, often with modifications proposed by neighbors. Now commissioners are considering whether to again extend the moratorium, which expires March 23. In December, the commission convened an ad hoc committee to review the policy and provide recommendations about its renewal. The committee — composed of representatives from the community, the commission and a local business association — held sever-

the Gray campaign last year. In reply to questions from The Current, Jordan said his old job at Holland & Knight does not present any conflict. “I would recuse myself only if I had a personal or financial interest in parties or subjects before the BZA. I do not have such an interest,� he wrote. He said his current practice at Akerman does not involve “any matters pending before zoning, BZA or other land use regulatory bodies.� But his experience at the regulatory affairs department, which oversees building permits and zoning compliance, will provide expertise. “I lived with zoning regulatory issues in DC for a long time,� he wrote. Jordan was also a member of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission when it wooed the Washington Nationals and built their new stadium.

al public meetings to discuss the issue and posted its recommendations last week. They are: • to continue a modified moratorium for West Dupont Circle for three years; • to eliminate the cap on restaurant licenses as a way to support the creation of a “restaurant rowâ€? along P Street; • to exclude the block of New Hampshire between O and P streets from the moratorium; and • to reassess the effectiveness of the moratorium every six months. In addition, the committee recommends encouraging businesses within the moratorium zone to enter into “good faithâ€? voluntary agreements with neighbors. Those agreements should follow the neighborhood commission’s public-space guidelines, the committee says, and favor closing times before 1 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends. The committee also suggests that the alcohol administration revise its policies so that blocks can be added to or excluded from the moratorium without requiring changes to take place within 600-, 1,200- and 1,800-foot increments.

O’Connor, who led the review, said he was pleased with the renewal discussion. “It was very civil,� he said. “And there was a lot more consensus than I thought.� But, said O’Connor, differences did emerge. For instance, some community members were concerned about public safety given a spike in assaults around the time that certain liquor-licensed establishments close. Others complained of late-night noise. “We have plenty of noise here,� said P Street resident Rick Schreiber. Meanwhile, other community members advocated for a more business-friendly environment. “We do not think the moratorium should continue,� said Dupont Circle Merchants and Professionals Association executive director Ed Grandis. Given the spectrum of opinions, O’Connor said the committee opted for a middle road. It recommends extending the moratorium for three years instead of five years, and it supports lifting the moratorium on restaurant licenses, but not all licenses.



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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Feb. 27 through March 5 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.




Theft (below $250) â– 5200 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 4 p.m. Feb. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  5400 block, 39th St.; street; 4:30 a.m. March 5.

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:45 p.m. March 5.




Burglary â&#x2013; 4600 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 12:45 p.m. March 4.


Burglary â&#x2013; 3700 block, Benton St.; residence; 9:10 a.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 11:25 a.m. March 2. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; hotel; 6 p.m. March 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 8 a.m. March 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3700 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  2500 block, 28th St.; street; 8:30 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Ordway St.; street; 3 p.m. March 4.   




11:45 a.m. Feb. 28. 37th and O streets; street; 10 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013; 3900 block, Reservoir Road; university; 9:25 a.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:10 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 7:20 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Cadys Alley; tavern; 10:07 p.m. March 4. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 10:50 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:10 p.m. March 3. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 31st St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013; 

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 4200 block, Cathedral Ave.; residence; 10 a.m. March 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Lowell St.; street; 12:01 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  Hutchins Place and Reservoir Road; street; 7 p.m. March 4.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 1300 block, 35th St.; residence; 9 a.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Banks Alley; residence; 2 p.m. March 3. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 12:03 p.m. March 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store;




Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013; 800 block, 21st St.; university; 10:30 p.m. March 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  2300 block, M St.; medical facility; 4:35 p.m. March 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; noon March 1. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 12:35 p.m. March 4.



Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1800 block, Riggs Place; sidewalk; 8:05 p.m. March 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10:10 a.m. March 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; residence; 6 p.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; office building; 6:45 a.m. March 3. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 16th St.; residence; 5:20 p.m. March 4. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 1 a.m. Feb. 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; tavern; 12:15 a.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 4:38 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 16th St.; street; noon March 1. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 3:30 p.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 2:38 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; drugstore; 5:11 a.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; store; 1:30 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 7 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern; 1:30 a.m. March 5. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:45 p.m. March 5. â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; restaurant; 4:21 p.m. March 5.

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 1600 block, 15th St.; street; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; street; 11 a.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 15th St.; alley; 8 a.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Hopkins St.; street; 12:06 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, U St.; street; 10:45 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  17th and O streets; street; 10:19 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  23rd and P streets; street; 5 p.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Bancroft Place; street; 7 p.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 16th St.; street; 10 p.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  20th and S streets; street; 11:45 a.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; street; 8 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  16th and S streets; street; 9 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 15th St.; street; 12:01 a.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 20th St.; street; 5:50 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  Johnson Avenue and S Street; street; 9 p.m. March 4. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Church St.; parking lot; 10 p.m. March 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 18th St.; street; 2 p.m. March 5.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1800 block, Kalorama Road; sidewalk; 3:30 a.m. March 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1800 block, Adams Mill Road; street; 2:38 a.m. Feb. 28. Burglary â&#x2013;  2600 block, Adams Mill Road; residence; 2 p.m. March 1. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1900 block, Biltmore St.; street; 7 a.m. March 1. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 6:25 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; government building; 7:30 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Florida Ave.; restaurant; 8:15 p.m. March 4. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Euclid St.; residence; 10 p.m. March 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Mozart Place; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 4:30 p.m. March 1.

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â&#x2013; LOGAN CIRCLE

Burglary â&#x2013; 1700 block, 10th St.; residence; 9:34 p.m. March 2. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 9 a.m. Feb. 28. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  13th and R streets; street; 9:50 a.m. March 5. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; 2:27 p.m. March 3.

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 1600 block, 11th St.; street; 6:45 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Blagden Alley; parking lot; 9 a.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 13th St.; street; 2 p.m. March 3. â&#x2013;  1100 block, S St.; street; 9:15 p.m. March 3.

PSA 401 â&#x2013; COLONIAL VILLAGE PSA 401


Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 7400 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; 12:55 a.m. March 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  300 block, Cedar St.; restaurant; 9 p.m. March 1.



Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013; Georgia and Missouri avenues; gas station; 11:45 p.m. March 1. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  5900 block, 9th St.; residence; 1:30 a.m. March 5. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  300 block, Rittenhouse St.; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Whittier St.; residence; 11 a.m. Feb. 28. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  500 block, Riggs Road NE; government building; 6:15 p.m. March 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  14th and Rittenhouse streets; street; midnight March 4.

PSA 403 â&#x2013; BRIGHTWOOD PARK PSA 403


Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 5300 block, 5th St.; sidewalk; 10:41 a.m. March 4. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  600 block, Ingraham Ave.; residence; 3:30 p.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  5th and Kennedy streets; residence; 3:25 a.m. March 5. Burglary â&#x2013;  5300 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; 1:45 a.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  5400 block, 13th St.; residence; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. â&#x2013;  5100 block, Illinois Ave.; residence; 1 p.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  5500 block, 8th St.; residence; 7:30 a.m. March 3. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  800 block, Missouri Ave.; street; 4:45 p.m. March 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, Kennedy St.; store; 10 a.m. Feb. 28. â&#x2013;  5300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. March 1. â&#x2013;  700 block, Longfellow St.; residence; 6:15 p.m. March 4. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Missouri Ave.; street; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.


ASSESSMENTS From Page 1 the tenants that have survived are doing very well.” Those commercial numbers have helped shrink the city’s projected budget gap for fiscal 2012. City chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi has revised estimates down from a $500 million-plus shortfall to $322 million. In Northwest, residents saw neither the staggering increases of the last decade’s housing boom nor the decreases that began as the nation’s housing market cratered. Overall, residential property assessments

STORES From Page 1 But that same survey noted that some well-known retailers are able to retain a veneer of hipness, and Bill Miller, director of retail leasing for local firm Transwestern Retail, said that Target may be one of them. “Target is probably the best in class for a mid-level tenant,” said Miller, a West End resident and expert on local retail trends. Not only does it fill a need in the neighborhood for home goods — “Where can you buy a spatula in Georgetown?” he asked — but the popular chain could also be the solution for the mall’s hardest-to-fill spot. The shopping center’s lowest level — which sits two floors below M Street and is now occupied by a moribund food court — is the

went up 0.12 percent, the first overall increase in two years. But that small increase hides some notable numbers in parts of Northwest. Georgetown’s single-family homes went down in value this year by 0.24 percent. But add in the area’s pricey condominiums, and the neighborhood noses up by $43.4 million, or 0.94 percent. Condos put a handful of other neighborhoods in the black this year as well, including the Palisades, Observatory Circle and a segment of town that includes the U Street corridor and parts of Dupont Circle and Logan Circle. A gain in Garfield of 7.25 percent was also largely driven by rising condo values. But condominiums units dragged down

“biggest, deadest space” in the mall, Miller said. Subterranean spots are hard to sell to tenants, he added, but a store like Target could fill the space — and draw the customers, he conjectured. The District now has only one Target, and it sits in a Metrorailaccessible location at Columbia Heights. Transportation and parking will likely be a major point of concern for Georgetown residents when the mall’s redevelopment comes up for review, and the inclusion of a popular store like Target may further those concerns. If Bloomingdale’s does ink a deal to locate in the Shops at Georgetown Park, it would mark the second time the retailer has attempted to put its first D.C. store in that location. According to sources, Bloomingdale’s is looking to put a downtown-cool “SoHo” spot in the mall, the same concept that was


some other spots somewhat, including Crestwood, Massachusetts Avenue Heights and Chevy Chase. Only a handful of spots west of Rock Creek Park saw drops in overall residential values this year — a change from last year, when only a few saw gains. Berkley and Crestwood saw drops of 0.94 and 1.51 percent respectively. But Crestwood’s decline was steeper than last year’s 0.18 percent. Most areas that have seen falling values experienced smaller declines this year. Columbia Heights, where just-risen property values took a beating during the recession, saw a less precipitous drop than in past years: 2.95 percent for single-family homes, or 0.99

announced in 2008 as a new anchor tenant for 82,000 square feet in a post-redevelopment mall. But that announcement proved too optimistic, as then-owner Western Development defaulted on a note and lost the mall at auction to New York firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. Vornado Realty Trust was brought on to manage the space. Even if both retailers sign leases tomorrow, neither will open its doors in Georgetown for at least a couple of years. The design review for a redevelopment will be stringent — as it was a few years ago when Western Development went through the process. Weighing in will be the local advisory neighborhood commission, city agencies and even the National Park Service. The ultimate decision to greenlight any project will rest with the Old Georgetown Board and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

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Mayoral ‘missteps’ If Mayor Vincent Gray enjoyed a honeymoon upon taking office, it’s certainly over now. While the mayor has made some strong appointments and laid the groundwork for action on key issues, it’s clear that his administration has made a number of what he calls “missteps” in its first 60 days, including some unwise hires. Perhaps the clearest example is the hiring of former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown to a position in the Office of Health Care Finance, followed by his firing amid media questions. Even more damaging to the mayor’s reputation is The Washington Post’s recent reporting on Mr. Brown’s allegations about campaign improprieties. Mr. Brown’s antics on the campaign trail, including his over-thetop criticism of Adrian Fenty, offer reason to doubt his claims now. Indeed, The Post has repeatedly noted that it does not have independent corroboration of charges that Mr. Gray’s campaign aides gave cash payments to Mr. Brown. Thus, there’s reason to doubt his claims that the Gray campaign promised him a job — all the more so given Mr. Brown’s rhetoric in recent television interviews, including a suggestion that the mayor ought to resign. This behavior seems to offer credence to Mr. Gray’s insistence that he agreed only to ensure that Mr. Brown would be interviewed for a job. Given Mr. Gray’s strong record of public service, we would be surprised if he did the things Mr. Brown alleges. There is evidence, however, of behavior we consider inappropriate. In particular, the cell phone records of repeated conversations between Mr. Brown and Mr. Gray’s lieutenants — as well as at least one extended dialogue apparently between the two campaign principals — seem to indicate wrongdoing. Then there’s the text message, recounted by The Post, in which Mr. Gray told Mr. Brown that “you know and we know what agreements had been reached … and none has been breached.” We’re glad investigations are under way. Mayor Gray asked that the D.C. Council and his attorney general look into the matter; Council Chairman Kwame Brown wisely requested that the city’s independent Office of the Inspector General conduct an inquiry. That’s a good start, but we believe that any city-run investigation might be suspect in the minds of many D.C. residents. We hope that the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which has declined to say whether it is looking into the matter, has in fact begun an inquiry, and that it will act with proper dispatch.

A historic win George Washington University recently received two treasure troves. Local developer Albert Small, who grew up in Chevy Chase D.C., donated his 700-piece collection of Washingtoniana memorabilia to the school to form the basis for a D.C. museum. And Ben’s Chili Bowl, stalwart of U Street and provider of untold half-smokes, has donated 50-plus years of its documents to the Gelman Library, where they will become part of the Africana Research Center. The donations are great news for local historians, both current and future. In fact, Mr. Small chose the university for his collection partly because he wants it to be studied, and George Washington offers plenty of students. He also contributed financially to the project, providing $5 million to launch the museum. We’re impressed by and appreciative of his contributions. We are also excited about the planned museum, which will take over the historic Woodhull House at 21st and G streets NW. School officials are seeking further donations to fund the $22 million facility, which will include room for other collections as well. But not all D.C. history will be housed in Woodhull. Would-be scholars visiting the museum, expected to open in 2015, will need to scoot over to Gelman Library as well to get the full story on local Washington. There, they’ll find photos, menus, payroll books and even art created by customers at Ben’s Chili Bowl.


‘Put ’em under oath … !’ Is Mayor Vincent Gray an “organized criminal”? Is Sulaimon Brown a “nut job”? Are we all caught up in an embarrassing soap operetta? Well, so far, we can answer only that third question. And the answer is, yes. Just when we thought the sport-utility vehicles and the high salaries were all the rage, along comes a former minor candidate for mayor — Sulaimon Brown — to make damaging allegations of corruption, payoffs and treachery that have rocked the city and its reputation. So far, as of this writing, Sulaimon Brown is the only person who has admitted to possible criminal wrongdoing. He says he accepted cash — and promises of a job — from Gray campaign operatives last summer to pile on the criticism of thenMayor Adrian Fenty. The Gray team denies the allegations. Gray jumped ahead of this scandal — first reported in The Washington Post — by calling on Sunday for the city’s attorney general and D.C. Council to get involved. Council Chairman Kwame Brown promptly — and probably correctly — kicked it over to the independent Inspector General Charles Willoughby. But Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans has gone a step further. He told News4 this week that he thinks the federal U.S. attorney should step into this mess. “Put ’em under oath and see what they say,” Evans told us. He said that approach may be the only way to really clear up what, if anything, happened. Inspector General Charles Willoughby’s office is independent, and it has investigated several corruption cases. But the office is also focused on its noninvestigative duties, like tracking the city’s spending. Even if the inspector general found something illegal, it would simply be turned over to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen. So, why not cut short the time and just get the U.S. attorney involved now? “The U.S. Attorney’s Office takes any allegation of corruption very seriously,” the office said in a statement to News4. It would neither confirm nor deny any involvement. On Sunday, Sulaimon Brown (we keep using his first and last names because there are too many

Browns in city politics and we want to keep things clear) stepped up his rhetoric. He called the mayor an “organized criminal” who is engaged in “racketeering.” More than one person has called Sulaimon Brown “a nut job.” He says he’s just trying to clear his name and own up to what has happened. When we asked Gray about being an “organized criminal,” he smiled ruefully and let loose a little laugh. But Gray knows this is no laughing matter. People want to know if their new mayor has engaged in illegal behavior. When Gray was first elected, many feared he was a reincarnation of Marion Barry because he came from east of the Anacostia River. Gray has gone out of his way to reassure those voters — many of whom are nervous white voters who liked Fenty. Gray is appointing as schools chancellor Kaya Henderson, who was Michelle’s Rhee right-hand deputy for three years. Gray has promised to tackle the daunting budget problems facing the city. Gray has reached out to community leaders, saying he truly believes in “one city.” But this mess about campaign wrongdoing has everything up in the air. “What we need is a prompt, effective look at this,” said Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, who favors an inquiry first by the inspector general. Cheh said she is “demoralized” by the controversy. She backed Gray for mayor even though Ward 3 voted 79 percent for Fenty. Let the investigations begin. ■ The worst case? Assume the worst has happened. Some city insiders fear that if this scandal “gets legs,” there could be a push to bring back the financial control board. These city leaders say Republicans in the House could pass such a law and the Democratically controlled Senate would be unlikely to side with the city. And we all know that President Barack Obama doesn’t have anything invested in local Washington’s politics. ■ Speaking of Barry. The former mayor turned 75 this past week. He had what aides called a little party for close friends. Your Notebook wasn’t invited, but we have asked for a photograph of the event. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Proponent’s use of ‘path’ is misleading In Cary Mitchell’s Feb. 23 Viewpoint piece “Rose Park path is not a multi-use trail,” the insistence on referring to the park path as a “pedestrian path” is dishonest and dangerous. The statement is dishonest because an article in the same paper quotes a former Rock Creek park superintendent as saying the path “remains a multiuse trail open to all users.” The statement is dangerous because it contributes to a growing culture of mistrust between bicyclists and pedestrians in the park and city. The rehabilitation project will not “turn” the path into a multiuse trail. The path “is” multi-use. While courtesy must be paid to others, riders have every right to

safely use the path in its current condition. This is why improvements are so important. We must work together. One recent Friday evening, I witnessed an aggressive man flash profane gestures at slow-peddling bikers in the park and scream that they were not allowed. Not only was he wrong, but his bullying also destroyed an otherwise peaceful park atmosphere. I can only think that this boorish behavior is what happens when we choose misleading positions over honest dialogue. Of course, this man does not represent a majority of parkgoers, just as dangerous riders do not represent a majority of bikers. Bikes, pedestrians, pets and children can safely coexist in the park, just as they legally do throughout the city. Like it or not, bikes are permitted in the park. As a result, it is disheartening that the one measure that could make the path safer for everyone — widening it

— is the one measure that has been opposed by those most vocal. The result of this gridlock is a trail that remains wanting whether you walk, run or ride. During the recent trail rehabilitation hearing, members of the public came to the table with a number of ideas to assuage safety concerns. Ideas ranged from building speed-mitigation tactics into an improved path to creating new or better access onto the Rock Creek trail near the park’s entrances. Exploring these ideas with the larger community seems like a better use of time than bullying bikers or boasting about the ability to hold up improvements with litigation and political connections, as some in early attendance at the hearing suggested. Indeed, working for better Rock Creek access may even get opponents what they really want: fewer bikes in Rose Park. Jeremy Van Ess Northwest D.C.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR City’s car choices should be smarter In considering Kwame Brown’s penchant for an options-riddled gas-guzzling behemoth, one can only hark back to former Mayor Adrian Fenty behind the wheel of his Smart Car. Smart is a brand name, a description (as in smart growth, for example) and a synonym for elegance. If elegance at times overlaps with aloofness, so be it. Michael Kent American University Park

Headstone unsuitable for Palisades median Recently, some residents of the Palisades have been discussing a granite memorial headstone installed in the grassy median strip in the middle of MacArthur Boulevard in a residential area of the Palisades. It looks like a gravestone, but is not, and is meant to commemorate a police officer who worked in the Palisades. Some residents have questioned what it is, why any particular person is honored in this way on public land, and how the headstone came to be installed in the median strip in the first place. While I am not aware of its provenance and how it came to be placed in the public street, the headstone seems out of place and obtrusive on our landscaped median. And that it was installed without community discussion just makes it feel heavy-handed. Without in any way diminishing respect for the police officer’s service, a donated tree or a bench with a small, unobtrusive plaque would have been fitting and more appropriate to the setting in my view. L. Richards The Palisades

Tenley library design leaves users in dark I wonder if I am the only one who finds the new TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library truly depressing. Perhaps that is because I visited it on a cloudy day. All the discussions I read before going concentrated on the wonderful natural light. Well, let me tell you, there is little natural light to be found there on a gray day. The interior was bleak, to put it mildly. The principal color, battleship gray, matched well the grayness outside. The lesser color, rust, did nothing to help my spirits. The artificial lighting did little

to brighten things up; it seemed wherever I went I was surrounded by gloom. The floors were dirty and looked especially dingy. I felt particularly sorry for the librarians at the front checkout desk who are ensconced in a gray, cavelike enclosure with little room and even less light. Also, the high ceilings and hard surfaces seemed to amplify noise — a minor issue, but still an issue. I will return on a sunny day and hope that improves my experience. But whatever happened to warm colors and bright interior lighting? The temporary library may have been tiny, but it was always a pleasant and cheerful place to be. Is it too soon to hope for the renovation and brightening of this branch? R. Smiths Washington, D.C.

Palisades resident lived life to fullest Betty Hays, 96, world traveler, politically progressive activist, volunteer and founder of The Phoenix in Georgetown, died on Jan. 22 at Washington Home and Community Hospices. She had been in failing health for several months but was still living in her home in Northwest D.C. until a few days before her death. Betty was an intrepid and fearless traveler, a generous friend, and an enthusiastic participant in life. Even in her 90s, she trekked through jungles and climbed mountains; rode camels; studied lemurs, dolphins and orangutans; and sifted for bones and potsherds in archaeological sites around the world. She was a staunch political progressive, and she spent much of her volunteer time working for progressive causes. Betty delighted in the company of friends young and old, adored her family, good food and new experiences, and had a sharp sense of humor and a zest for life. Even at the end of her life, she closely followed politics, and was thrilled to have lived long enough to see an African-American elected president. Both Betty and her late husband, Bill, were enthusiastic admirers of modern art and design. Their home on Potomac Avenue — the “strange brown house at the end of the road,” as Betty recalled people saying — is a striking 1940s example of mid-century modern architecture, and the Hayses furnished that home with first editions by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, among others. They also displayed the pre-Columbian pottery figures that they had admired and collected during their years of travel in Mexico. Betty was a staunch supporter

of local arts in Washington; she was a series subscriber to Arena Stage from its beginning and frequently took her grandchildren to see Mikhail Barishnikov or Judith Jameson dance at the Kennedy Center. She was an early supporter as well as a beneficiary of the Palisades Village project, which allowed her to continue to live in her own home with support from volunteers who became new friends. As she became blind and hard of hearing, she appreciated their assistance when they read to her (Washington Post columns by Eugene Robinson were a particular favorite) and accompanied her to yoga classes. She squeezed every ounce of living out of her long life, and every day she made a difference. She will be sorely missed by legions of friends around the world whom she inspired to live their lives to the fullest by her example. Meghan Hays Shaker Heights, Ohio

City law does limit trash pickup hours I write in support of Scott Osberg’s letter to the editor on noise issues [“Would noise law also cover trash trucks?,” Feb. 16]. Mr. Osberg’s letter inquired why noise from garbage collection trucks is not treated similarly to party noise, what can be done about this, and asked about a follow-up article. According to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs website, “trash collection by private haulers is prohibited between the hours of 9 pm and 7 am in residential, special purpose, or waterfront zones, or within 300 feet of any of these zones. These rules do not apply to Department of Public Works vehicles, only private trash collection companies.” You can file a complaint with the department but must do so within seven days of the violation. There is a possible $1,000 fine for violators. I am writing in support of a follow-up article, as the garbage collection service for a number of institutions in my neighborhood causes similar problems with the beeping, backing up and dropping of Dumpsters sometimes as early as 5 a.m. I am sure that this occurs all over the city. The Current can serve to provide greater notice of this law to residents, and advocate notice be given to all licensed businesses at the time of license renewal as well as to all trash haulers doing business in the District. Doreen Thompson 16th Street Heights

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GIANT From Page 1 site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But nobody in the community is cheering for a five-story building to the north.â&#x20AC;? Giant is now doing preliminary work on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cathedral Commonsâ&#x20AC;? project, including soil borings on site, and hopes to break ground this fall, said Phil Feola, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning attorney. He said the firm will proceed at its own risk while the court case is under way. The main issue before the

THE CURRENT appeals court is the proper procedure for approving a large-scale planned-unit development on property also covered by a 1989 zoning overlay that calls for â&#x20AC;&#x153;low-density neighborhood commercialâ&#x20AC;? uses. Attorney Dominic Perella, arguing pro bono for three neighborhood groups, said the overlay specifically requires the Board of Zoning Adjustment to review any major construction projects to see if they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;in harmony with the existing scaleâ&#x20AC;? of the site, now covered by one- and two-story commercial buildings. But the Zoning

Commission ruled that it would handle the decision on its own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a mere formality,â&#x20AC;? Perella told the judges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The overlay was designed precisely to make sure that scale and mass stay very low.â&#x20AC;? And the Board of Zoning Adjustment, a body separate from the Zoning Commission, clearly would have balked at the new plans, he said, if it had been given an opportunity to review them. Feola sharply disagreed. He said the Zoning Commission created the 20-year-old overlay, delegating certain reviews to the Board of Zoning

Adjustment, and had the right to â&#x20AC;&#x153;take back that authority.â&#x20AC;? He also said the project should be considered as a whole: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seventy-seven percent of this project is two stories, 23 percent is five stories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that equates to low-density commercial.â&#x20AC;? Judges pondered whether the Board of Zoning Adjustment should have heard the case first, as specified in the 1989 overlay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So the Zoning Commission can determine at any moment in time to change the overlay?â&#x20AC;? asked Judge Inez Smith Reid.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Zoning Commission is a legislative body, and through rulemaking or a contested case can change the zoning,â&#x20AC;? Feola replied. Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby said she believed the Board of Zoning Adjustment would have been more likely to consider concerns of neighbors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Zoning Commission views things at a higher level,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So the one step in the process that would have given them an effective say was cut out.â&#x20AC;? Feola said the Zoning Commission gives great weight to the views of the affected advisory neighborhood commission, which gave unanimous but conditioned support to the deal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Zoning Commission looks at all that, at the impact of traffic. What the petitioners didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like was the decision, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking the court to overturn it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Judge William Pryor cut to more real-world issues, with what he called â&#x20AC;&#x153;homemade questions: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Giant grocery, a pharmacy, a boarded-up 5&10,â&#x20AC;? Pryor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A number of [city] agencies support this project. What is the percent of people in your community who oppose it?â&#x20AC;? he asked Perella, attorney for the opposition. Perella said that was not the point, acknowledging that there are â&#x20AC;&#x153;a substantial number of peopleâ&#x20AC;? on both sides. But, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;agencies canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take shortcuts. As the argument drew to a close, Feola said referring the case to the Board of Zoning Adjustment wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have worked, since â&#x20AC;&#x153;the BZA would have turned it down â&#x20AC;&#x201D; too tall, too big, too much,â&#x20AC;? forcing Giant to go to the Zoning Commission anyway to rezone the property. Perella, in his closing argument, repeated those words. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s precisely our point,â&#x20AC;? he told the judges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The BZAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role is to review this, and the fact the applicant would have lost is not a reason to ignore the board.â&#x20AC;? The appeal raises other issues, such as the ability of Idaho Avenue, which lies west of both blocks, to adequately handle two-way truck traffic serving the supermarket and other stores. But the judges barely mentioned those issues. They took the case under advisement, giving no indication of when they will rule.


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Ladies and Gentlemen: presented at ts on this proposed project, which you Please consider these to be my Commen the Public Scoping in February 2011. throughout y pro bono projects for my hometown As you know, in 1987, as one of my man e from enad prom Post, the idea of extending the my career, I proffered in the Washington Center’s the ing nect nedy Center -- and then -- con Washington Harbour around to the Ken cept Con the d rove d stair. The NCPC not only app 24 years terrace to the Potomac River via a gran that sed plea ly its Legacy Plan. So, I am extreme red. Design, but made the proposal part of side con g bein n for the Center and the city is agai later, my idea of this significant amenity d, ente pres ngly each of the four options you That being said, I write to oppose stro failure in its scale, these reasons: it is a poor design and a particularly your preferred option, for cost, and safety. appropriateness, response to the river, presents two us building, and your preferred option Scale: The Kennedy Center is an enormo Marshall Fire the by ed fire escape stairs often required narrow exit stairs—the type of retro-fitt out of lly who , -ons ver look like superficial little add on older buildings. These stairs will fore . character with the scale of the building conceived by ter (despite some modern elements) was Cen y ned Ken The ess: Appropriaten structure— like plea classic dignified symmetrical tem the architect Edward Durrell Stone as President to l oria ding has been dedicated as a mem even more significant now that the buil erson, (Jeff ls oria , important buildings and mem Kennedy. In the Washington tradition cheek walls. king flan set of grand stairs between two Lincoln) have as a prime feature a majestic to that ond resp to fail turned parallel to the building, Obviously, the NPS narrow little stairs walls, k chee its that years ago, the NCPC appreciated tradition. (In approving my design 24 that tradition). which would house elevators, maintained s do not y from the river, these narrow little stair Response to the River: By turning awa c, and its traffi boat r’s , see the sunset, or watch the rive provide places to sit and enjoy the view ch can be whi , case stair the 1987 design—an impressive many regattas. Note the contrast with that are ities activ of ber t to enjoy the increasing num le to used as a grandstand for people who wan peop ging brin s dock for water taxis and ferry boat spaces taking place on the river plus a floating 00 20,0 the of one A theater patron could park in er, the Center. Here is how it would work: dinn early an for r a ferry to Washington Harbou in Rosslyn (mostly unused at night), take all e— hom go to s ter for a show, retracing his step then take the ferry to the Kennedy Cen rgetown. ges and through Foggy Bottom and Geo without fighting the traffic on the brid 7 grand stair 198 the delson, Structural Engineers, Cost: With the help of Tadjer-Cohen-E platform, stair r lowe cture, counterweighted by the was conceived as a simple cantilever stru General ner, Tur iting ter’s cantilevered terrace. Wh thereby imposing no weight on the Cen cost, nor ent curr its of million. (I have no knowledge Contractor, estimated its cost then at $4 s.) narrow exit stairs made of glas of the expensive individually supported, would be ssary evacuation of the Center. People Safety: The 1987 design anticipated nece ding, then buil the of lobby which is on the water side directed out of the theaters, then to the people—as of s sand thou ld provide ample egress for to the terrace, where a grand staircase wou small exit stairs. contrasted with your preference of two ake that would tever I can to prevent an avoidable mist My only interest here is this: to do wha President. forever mar a National Memorial to a Sincerely, Arthur Cotton Moore

March 9, 2011

… “I am extremely pleased that 24 years later, my idea of this significant amenity for the Center and the city is again being considered. That being said, I write to oppose strongly each of the four options you presented, particularly your preferred option, for these reasons: it is a poor design and a failure in its scale, appropriateness, response to the river, cost, and safety… My only interest here is this: to do whatever I can to prevent an avoidable mistake that would forever mar a National Memorial to a President.” Arthur Cotton Moore’s 1987 rendering of Kennedy Center River Access Design Concept

Yes, We Support The “Concept”— But Let’s Have More Process On The “Design” The concept was always to provide pedestrian access from the Rock Creek Park sidewalks to the Kennedy Center building. These days, where public funding of anything is rare, the notion that the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has (continued on the next page)

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Yes, We Support The “Concept” (cont’d) approved financing for access to the Potomac River side of the KenCen is incredibly welcome and long overdue. Anything to enhance the access for those walking from Georgetown and Washington Harbour will be a huge boon to this national memorial and living arts center. A solution based on greater auto access is a nonstarter—monumentally expensive, logistically impractical, and out of synch with the basic principles of “Smart Growth” and TransitOriented Development (TOD). With George Washington University’s 1000-car garage about to debut on Washington Circle, and our Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans renewing his Whitehurst tear-down threat, already challenging weekday

rush hour gridlock would deter even the most stalwart of audiences from an evening at the KenCen. At the very sparsely attended February 22 Public Scoping meeting, four designs were presented, with the FHWA representative announcing which National Park Service (NPS) design was a fait accompli. The only visuals (one architectural elevation drawing for each alternative) can be accessed at http:// document.cfm?parkID=427& projectID=35055&document ID=39041 [Click on “Scoping Informational Boards” (659.7 KB, PDF file)] but they are difficult to see and details are non-existent. If FHWA is going to allocate taxpayer money on this, we ask that the design

be in keeping with the scope, design, and functional integrity of the KenCen, and that we be included in a more thorough and in-depth design process. So constituents, there is still time to write up a note of support for the project concept but requesting more public input with a different design approach. The period for written comments closes at 5 pm on March 14. To post a comment to NPS online 24/7 at: http://parkplanning. cfm?documentID=39041 Anyone preferring to mail comments should send a letter to: Alexis Morris, Greenhorne & O’Mara, Suite 106, 810 Gleneagles Court, Baltimore, Maryland 21286.

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straightening of signs and restoration of a blown-over signal box were completed by us neighbors working with DDOT to get the job done.

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Environmental film fest biopic adds another feather to producer’s cap By MARION LEVY Current Correspondent


s president of VideoTakes Inc., Sheridan-Kalorama resident and filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown has produced hundreds of short films and publicservice announcements, many of them to promote the work and causes of nonprofits. Two of her newest films will premiere at D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival March 17, marking her sixth year participating in the annual event. “Henry A. Wallace: An Uncommon Man” will show at noon at the National Portrait Gallery, and “America’s Sustainable Garden: United States Botanic Garden,” will screen at 7 p.m. at the Maret School. Both films were directed by Joan D. Murray, who has been the executive producer and director of many of Cannon-Brown’s films. “My relationship with Joan over the years has resulted in many films with an environmental theme,” said Cannon-Brown. “She is passionate about conservation, and she wants to get the message out. She finds that film is a won-

derful tool. … I have the technical expertise and she has the vision, and together we’re a pretty good team.” Cannon-Brown says as produc-

er, she is responsible for overseeing every aspect of production from conception to final result. “To be what she is is so difficult,” said Murray. “You have to manage everybody. … And nobody gives the producer [credit]. They’ll say [to me], ‘Oh, you did this film.’ It’s Sandy who did the film. That’s what’s so amazing — the hard work is Sandy behind the scenes.” The pair spent two years working on “Henry A. Wallace,” a biopic about Murray’s grandfather. Wallace was a scientist who developed hybrid corn in 1926 and served as secretary of agriculture

and then U.S. vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt. He ran for president in 1948 on the Progressive Party ticket and founded The Wallace Genetic Foundation, now a major supporter of the film festival. “His relationship to the festival and to Joan, and to agriculture around the world, is very, very prominent,” said Cannon-Brown. “He is one of the great intellectuals of our political history. He went home from his day job and wrote a book every night — [he had] that sort of energy.” During Wallace’s presidential campaign, he refused to participate in any segregated events. “So he was a great leader in civil rights, and way before his time. [He was] a very fascinating individual,” Cannon-Brown said. Murray said researching the film was particularly difficult because there was so much material on Wallace, who published 20-odd books and left behind “hundreds and hundreds of writings.” Cannon-Brown and her crew drove to the Wallace family farm in upstate New York and combed through box after box of material.

Left, courtesy of Sandy Cannon-Brown; above, VideoTakes Inc.

“Henry A. Wallace: An Uncommon Man” delves into the life of the scientist and politician, above, who developed the first hybrid corn and served as Franklin Roosevelt’s vice president. It is one of two films Sandy Cannon-Brown, left, produced for the festival. “I now call her my expert on Wallace,” Murray said of CannonBrown. “I’m being truthful when I say Sandy is a national and international expert on my grandfather. She really knows him backwards and forwards.”

“Oh, I love it,” said CannonBrown. “Every day is a complete education. I’m a perpetual student, thanks to my job.” But Cannon-Brown, who started VideoTakes in 1985, said she plans See Films/Page 27

Sing cycle:Takoma librettist tells Marian Anderson’s story in historical opera By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


early 72 years ago, on an Easter Sunday, two teenagers sprinted through the streets of D.C. toward the Lincoln Memorial. They were headed into a crowd of more than 75,000, who had swarmed downtown to see opera star Marian Anderson. This scene forms the opening of “Let Freedom Sing,” an opera about the life of the African-American singer that’s about to start its second run in D.C. But it’s not a piece of fiction — librettist Carolivia Herron borrowed the story from her mother. As a child, Herron heard many times about her mother’s experiences at the 1939 Marian Anderson concert, arranged by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused Anderson permission to perform at Constitution Hall. “I had grown up with this story as a part

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Carolivia Herron, left, wove the experience of her mother, Georgia Johnson Herron, at Marian Anderson’s Lincoln Memorial concert into an opera about Anderson. of my life — about how she and Uncle Jack ran downtown,” Herron said. Her mother, Georgia Johnson Herron, a former D.C. schoolteacher who now lives

with Carolivia in Takoma, remembers little about Anderson’s performance. But other details of that day are still with her. “I just remember seeing the shadow up there, and the crowds … and all the mics,” she said. “Let Freedom Sing” debuted two years ago, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial performance, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Now the Takoma Theatre Conservancy is co-sponsoring six performances of the opera later this month, with help from city funds. The one-hour chamber opera both starts and ends with the Lincoln Memorial, featuring significant moments in the life of Marian Anderson intertwined with a narrative about Herron’s mother and uncle. Herron described the opera, which references Georgetown, Kenilworth, Dupont Circle and other D.C. neighborhoods, as a “joyful celebration of this city.” A writer and former professor at Harvard University and other schools, Carolivia Herron became involved with “Let Freedom Sing” by coincidence. As vice president of

the Takoma Theatre Conservancy, she visited the Washington National Opera office a few years ago to discuss potential collaborations. Shortly after, the organization commissioned her for the Marian Anderson project. She would be working with New Yorkbased composer Bruce Adolphe, director of family concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and founder of The Learning Maestros, a company that creates educational books and CDs for young students. Herron said she was “very nervous about meeting Bruce,” because she already had her mother’s story in mind as the opera’s framework. But when she brought up the idea, he told her, “I’ve already started writing music for it, and it’s the music of people running,” she said. The team was commissioned to craft the opera with young people in mind, but Herron said they didn’t take that directive too literally. “If you write it well, people See Opera/Page 26



Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School Aidan Montessori School will hold a science and math fair March 23 to help students learn how to use the scientific method. In Mrs. Chakrabartyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lowerelementary classroom, third-year Edvin Leijon is researching a pigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the heart because I get

School DISPATCHES to dissect it,â&#x20AC;? Edvin said. He said that the heart has a lot of arteries and acts like a filter. He picked the heart over the brain because he said that it looked very, very fun when fourth-year Rowan Bortz did it last year. Third-year Julian Cunningham is researching fish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, it looked like fun when I saw other people doing it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Fish have 10 or more fins, Julian said. Third-year Stephen Sealls, who is in Mrs. Kendrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower elementary class, is doing non-decimal systems. Stephen said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun because he can make long chains. Third-year Josie Shiffer is doing the periodic table of elements for her science fair project. Josie chose this because it was a fun and interesting subject. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brandon Jacobs and E.J. Sealls, fourth-graders

British School of Washington Year 4 has been learning about habitats. We went to the National Zoo for our topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do You Live Around Here?â&#x20AC;? and learned about the habitats of the animals and plants that we found there. We noticed that the size of the enclo-

sure depends on the size of the animal and how many live together. More recently we presented an assembly in the style of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.â&#x20AC;? We asked questions about habitats, and after each question someone came up and explained more about the answer to the audience. It was really fun because we got to dress up in costumes that were suited to our questions. As well as this, we have looked at towns and cities and animals that live there, like foxes, squirrels, raccoons and sometimes bears. As a project, we were given animals and had to make a habitat in a show box for that animal. It included what they eat and drink and what else can be found in their habitat. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thomas Crompton, Year 4 Edinburgh (third-grader)

Deal Middle School The DC-BAS and DC-CAS testing is just around the corner for all public middle-schoolers. At our school, the DC-BAS testing days were early: last Tuesday and Wednesday. The tests came as no surprise to sixth-graders. A fellow student said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is going to be too easy.â&#x20AC;? My pre-algebra teacher told me that while the DC-BAS may give good information, it can be detrimental to a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning if that information is misused. I say that the testing came too early and we could have used the extra time for studying if the test were a bit later. Some students thought they had too much on their â&#x20AC;&#x153;platesâ&#x20AC;? to be fooling with a test. When I say â&#x20AC;&#x153;plates,â&#x20AC;? I mean they already have too many homework assignments

and essays to do. I hope for next year that the tests are at their regular, later date. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Christiana Peek, sixth-grader

Duke Ellington School of the Arts The Vocal Music and Instrumental Music departments had their monthly recital March 3. It featured students and their instructors in a medley of renowned pieces. These shows give the students an opportunity to perform the songs they have been diligently studying, and to present them to their peers. The next recital will take place in early April in the Ellington Theater; the performances are open to the public. The highly anticipated annual Visual Arts showcase opened March 4 in the Ellington Gallery and will continue through April 1. Artists and Duke Ellington teachers Mr. Little, Mr. Davis, Mr. Easton, Mr. Harris and Ms. Maggi are displaying their varied talents via paintings, sculptures and computer graphics. Mr. Easton, the department chair, said the exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objective is to reflect the â&#x20AC;&#x153;languageâ&#x20AC;? used in the creation of art. On opening night, Literary Media and Communications student Lauryn Nesbit collaborated with the Visual Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; staff and performed an original poem based on the theme of the show. This exhibition is also open to the public free of charge. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Layla Sharaf, 10th-grader

Eaton Elementary The second-graders are going to visit the Gandhi Center this week to learn more about India. Dr.





Pennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class has been learning about the man that the Gandhi center was named after. His name was Mahatma Gandhi, and he was born in India in 1869. We figured out that, if he were still alive, he would be 142 years old. We learned that when he was young he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a good student and barely graduated from high school, but when he got older he went to London to study law. After law school he went to South Africa for a job with his brother. In South Africa, Gandhi experienced racism and prejudice and he decided to try to help people and make things better. He wanted life to be fair so all people could have civil rights. Just like Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi was peaceful and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in violence. We read a book about Gandhi. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Second-graders

Edmund Burke School On Feb. 25, a group of eighthgraders served an elaborate breakfast at school. It was followed by a movie. The eighth-graders served eggs, waffles, bacon, fruit and juice to all three grades of the middle school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bacon Lovers Unite!â&#x20AC;? was the unofficial slogan of the event, which included simultaneous screenings of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Story 3â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Incredibles.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fun to have eggs and bacon and waffles over a movie with your best friends,â&#x20AC;? said eighthgrader Ginger Mandel. The event was part of the eighth-grade leadership program at Burke, in which committees plan and carry out special events, including a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day dance. An Amazing Race is also coming up for rising and newly accepted ninth-graders. It can be best described as a scavenger hunt with international flair. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pippa Dobbyn, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School The annual Middle School Community Production is a performance of student-written short scenes that all fall under one theme. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Play Along!,â&#x20AC;? as the scenes centered around the theme of fun and games. The cast of sixth-, seventh- and eighthgraders showcased their work for family, friends and others on March 4 and 5. Cast member Simone Ameer said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part of Community Production has been when you get a new scene and find out what your role is and you rehearse it for the first few times.â&#x20AC;? She added that the process of making a scene perfect is also really great. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you have a new scene down, and everyone on stage is off book [not using a script], ... itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s then when the scene really flows and you can play with it and enjoy it more,â&#x20AC;? Ameer said. The positive reactions of all who attended confirmed that the scenes really did flow and that the

actors performed at their best. The production was co-directed by teachers Mayra Diaz and Tracy Goetz, along with student director Tovia Rosner. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Holy Trinity School March 2 was the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Every class in the lower school celebrated in its own way. The third-graders read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to their preschool buddies, who were overjoyed. The fourth-graders read Dr. Seuss books to the first-graders, who enjoyed it very much. The second-graders dedicated half an hour of their time to reading Dr. Seuss books in the garden outside the Parish Center. Kindergarten celebrated with a read-a-thon and cotton candy. One student brought in books on an iPad. Our librarian, Mrs. Bland, who helped to organize the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, said she loved seeing the smiles on the faces of students and teachers as they read. Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, wrote many famous childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cat in The Hat,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grinch,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Eggs and Hamâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cate Lyons and Katie Moran, third-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary In February, the fourth- and fifth-grade students had a wax museum to share about different well-known and less known African-Americans and what they did for our country. We broke into groups of about 10 students. Each group went to one of the pre-k through third-grade classes. A couple of students explained how the wax museum would work and then students were allowed to come up and touch us. When touched, the wax figure would come to life and share his or her story. To prepare for this, we had to think about the person we were going to be in the wax museum. We researched our person in the library and classroom. We took time to read this information to learn more about him or her. We also practiced sharing our story with our classmates before doing the actual wax museum. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anaya Patterson, fourth-grader

Janney Elementary On Feb. 26, Janney hosted the second annual D.C. School Scrabble Championship. Fortyeight players from Washington and Virginia in grades three through eight competed. In School Scrabble, kids play in teams of two. Games end after 45 minutes. Everyone in the tournament played four games. There were three divisions based on how much experience players had. See Dispatches/Page 15


DISPATCHES From Page 14 Here are the winners: In Division A, eighth-graders Josh Castellano and Jackson Whitcup from Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church, Va.; in Division B, sixth-graders Vincent Graham and Will Hamlin from Alice Deal Middle School; and in Division C, fifth-graders Maggie Bujor and Emily Kruse from Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean, Va. The highest-scoring play was “slaving” for 95 points by Will and Vincent, and the highest-scoring game was 496 points by Josh and Jackson. That is so many points! Some cool “bingos” — words using all seven tiles — were “truffles” (an edible fungus) by sixthgraders Calvin Wagner and Sammy Levenson of Deal and “senarii” (a kind of Greek or Latin verse) by eighth-grader Charlie Williamson from Maret School and seventhgrader Jake Radack from Deal. The tournament was run by my dad, Stefan Fatsis, who wrote a book called “Word Freak” about competitive Scrabble. He runs Scrabble clubs at Janney and Deal. — Chloe Fatsis, third-grader

Key Elementary This week at Key our science projects are due. We have been working on them for the past few months. Everyone in the third through fifth grades had to choose a topic and complete a science project. A panel of judges, including some local scientists, comes together to judge each student’s project. The projects will be graded. There is a first, second and third prize for the Science Fair. The winner will

get to present his or her project at the citywide Science Fair. Tonight we will have a Science Fair at school and all of our parents will come. Each of us will have to stand by our projects for the first half-hour to explain our projects and answer any questions. Then the winner of the Science Fair will be announced. — Clare Messina-Fitzgerald, fifth-grader

Kingsbury Day School In the last two weeks we have been working on an essay related to a movie called “Gasland.” The directors of “Gasland” came to visit our school to help us understand the impact of the drilling for gas on our health. In the film people were offered money to lease their land. The water surrounded by the gas well had gas mixed in with it. It bubbled as if it were on a stove. Each time the gas well got used, the company put more chemicals into the well to make it work. If fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, for gas keeps going on, we will eventually get to the point where there is limited food and water. On Wednesday we had an award ceremony to celebrate the end of the first semester. Teachers handed out awards of achievement to their students. In my video graphing class we are learning to use interesting technology. We have the opportunity to create a film on a topic we choose. In this class we act, edit and use a lot of tech hardware. — Aiman Iapalucci, 12th-grader

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Second-graders in Ms. Breslin’s, Ms. Harn’s, Ms. Nickel’s and Ms. Stanton’s classes studied true American heroes. Then they worked to learn and memorize information about them. Finally, they dressed up as wondrous heroes such as Wilma Rudolph, Jackie Robinson and Ruby Bridges. At the wax museum you could push a button on a “statue” and that student would come alive and tell you all about that particular hero. Other classes and parents and siblings of second-graders got to visit

the wax museum, which was held in the cafeteria last week. Afterward, the second-graders went on stage and sang songs including “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban. They also sang a song called “I Need a Hero.” — Billie Evans, fifth-grader

Lowell School The fourth-graders grow wild celery plants for the Chesapeake Bay in our classrooms. We grow the grasses by putting sand and soil in small bins that are placed in a


large tank that is filled with water. We sow the seeds in the small bins and filter the water. We check the temperature of the water and make sure it stays clean. Some of the fourth-graders will go to Mason Neck State Park in Virginia on a Saturday in April to plant the grasses in the bay. This is important to the bay because these plants keep the bay clean by filtering the water, and provide shelter and food for fish, crabs and waterfowl. See Dispatches/Page 16

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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Did you know he would be 107 if he were still alive? Here’s what we did at Horace Mann to celebrate his birthday on March 2. During library, the fourthgraders were very busy, as they offered the whole school green eggs (and no ham)! It would be hard to cook ham for the whole school, so we just made green eggs by scrambling eight-dozen (96) eggs and dyeing them green. We accidentally broke two eggs onto the floor, so that’s really only 94 eggs, but still, that’s a lot of eggs, isn’t it? The fourth-graders had the biggest smiles as they cracked eggs, beat them, mixed in milk, cooked them, put them into cups and served everyone in the building. They were just like Sam I Am as they went to every classroom in the school trying to convince everyone to try them! — Gian Maria Berrino, third-grader, and Jazba Iqbal and Akia Poge, fifth-graders

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Murch Elementary On Feb. 2, the third-graders went to the National Building Museum to learn about planning cities. Jobs needed for planning cities are carpenter, architect, painter and, of course, city planner. The first thing we did was go into a classroom. The teacher took a map out from behind a bin and asked us what the colors on the map meant. Almost everyone knew that the color green meant parks or forests. We didn’t know the rest of the colors. She explained, “Yellow means residential, which is where people live, purple means industrial, which is where things are made.” Then she divided us into groups to make models of buildings. For example, someone making a commercial building might make a grocery store. After we placed cards marking where we wanted to put our buildings, we placed our buildings on the map. We even got to take our buildings home! — Nadav Oren, third-grader

National Presbyterian Laura Krauss Melmed, a renowned writer of poetry, children’s picture books, nonfiction ABC books and fantasy books, has been at National Presbyterian School giving writing classes. The fourth, fifth and sixth grades first met her on Feb. 28. On March 1 she gave a lesson to the second grade, and on March 2 she gave a class to the first grade. Both grades made a class story. On March 3 she gave a class to the third-graders, and they wrote poems using evocative words about springtime. The fourth- and fifthgraders will also do this lesson. Laura Melmed’s best-known books are “Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z” and “The Rainbabies.” Laura Melmed told the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders that she is a resident of D.C., and was motivated to do an ABC book about it. The book is mainly about places in Washington, and it includes the National Air and Space Museum and of course Capitol Hill. — Phillip Zaki, fifth-grader

Paul Public Charter School Ms. Venti’s sixth-period class had a field trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Jan. 29. We went on the field trip to realize how many innocent people lost their lives over stupid stuff. When we got there, we went through an exhibit called “Danny’s House.” He was a normal boy whose life changed because of the Nazis. He lost his sister in the Holocaust. See Dispatches/Page 38




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Senior book clubs merge literature, memories By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer


ook clubs are nothing new for well-read Washington types, some of whom can boast of belonging to two or even three monthly get-togethers. But Iona Senior Services is aiming for a novel sort of club with its upstart “Take Charge/Age Well” book group. The idea came out of a popular workshop about the roles and relationships that seniors experience in retirement, said Iona director of communications and development Meg Artley. “It was so successful they ran it again,” she said, but organizers still saw further demand. “It got people thinking from a proactive, positive place, and they wanted to continue to meet,” she said. Organizers Deb Rubenstein and Lylie Fisher settled on the idea of a book club that would focus on the challenges and opportunities that seniors face after leaving the working world. The theme is particularly appropriate in career-focused D.C., said Artley. “People had wonderful professions, wonderful careers, and they’re wondering how to step off

from that.” The new club will hold its first gathering March 29 at Iona’s headquarters, at 4125 Albemarle St. NW. A handful of people have signed up already to discuss “Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom,” by Mary Catherine Bateson, said Artley. The author, an anthropologist, tracks six older people, from a one-time boatyard worker in Maine to Jane Fonda, to see how they have carved out fulfilling lives in their later years. Those looking for seniors-only book groups can also find meet-ups that tackle general literature. But here, too, said Chevy Chase resident Bernice Degler, the experiences of a long life have a way of worming themselves into a conversation. “Since it is a group of older, experienced people, that’s a richness that can be shared,” said Degler, organizer of the Northwest Neighbors Village book club. When Degler joined the village, an organization aimed at helping seniors remain in their homes, she decided to focus on creating and nurturing a book club. A year and a half later, the group now numbers about a dozen and often meets around Degler’s dining table.

The books have been a varied lot since the group’s inception. And though the selections are made by vote, early choices reveal a strategist at work: The first book, Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” was designed to get bodies in the door, said Degler. “Everyone loved it.” But universal acclaim is not always attainable — or desirable — in a book club. While books like Abraham Verghese’s “Cutting for Stone” have been smash hits, at least one member loathed French novel-cum-philosophical-musing “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” recalled Degler. She noted that the group’s long memory animates meetings in a particular way. Book clubs across the country have tackled best seller “The Help,” but with every club member bringing personal memo-

ries of the civil rights era to the table, “discussion got very lively,” she said. The group’s members bring more than memories, said Lois Berkowitz, who joined the club about a year ago. Those seated around Degler’s dining-room table typically “are very well-read” and often have had “very high-level jobs,” said Berkowitz, a Chevy Chase resident. “It’s just a pleasure to interact with them,” she added. But the less cerebral aspects are also draws, Berkowitz noted. Some book clubs become elaborate, with seated dinners and scheduled discussion leaders. The free-flowing, casual tone of the village club is just her style, she said.

An upcoming selection will highlight that lighter side. Though the group typically assigns such hefty fare as Anthony Trollope, members will take a beach-read break in combination with a field trip later this spring. When Arena Stage puts on the world-premiere adaptation of John Grisham’s first novel “A Time to Kill,” the Northwest Neighbors Village book club will be there with the book fresh in their minds. It’ll be a bit of “travel and rest” for the group, Degler said. Seniors interested in joining the Iona “Take Charge/Age Well” book group should reserve a spot for the first meeting by calling 202-8959448. For information about Northwest Neighbors Village and its book club, visit




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Downtown day center faces As one village expands,another hibernates challenges due to cutbacks By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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s with many other senior services facilities, the Downtown Clusterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Geriatric Day Care Center is feeling the pains of the recent recession. The center, one of two free citywide programs for residents with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, has recently trimmed staff and services and created a waiting list for the first time, said executive director Thomye Cave. Each day from 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., the center serves about 38 residents from across the city out of the Asbury United Methodist Church at 926 11th St. NW. It offers art, occupational and recreational therapy, support groups, counseling, health screening and other services. About 87 percent of its participants have some form of dementia, Cave said. The day center, which started in 1976 and previously included a facility in Mount Vernon Square, is struggling these days with decreased funding from both its government and philanthropic sources. Cave said the center has reduced its therapeutic services by about 45 percent, slashed the equivalent of four staff positions, and is operating at least $100,000 below its budget needs. The facility receives a little more than half of its funds from the D.C. Office on Aging, which Cave described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;underfunded to meet the needs of the senior population.â&#x20AC;? Cuts to that agency, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;have to be passed on to the subgranteesâ&#x20AC;? such as her center. The Office on Agingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget declined by more than $1 million between 2009 and 2011. But Cave said the problem is not with the agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the city

council were to really establish a sense of urgency about addressing the needs of the elderly â&#x20AC;Ś then folks like Downtown Clusterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s would not have as much difficulty,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meanwhile, she said, decreases in the day centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other funding source â&#x20AC;&#x201D; contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have also affected services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year was one of the worst years of philanthropic giving,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an endowment. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have someone with deep pockets that we can go to.â&#x20AC;? And according to Cave, the center is actually budget-friendly. While it costs roughly $70,000 to $80,000 per year to place a patient in nursing home, she said, the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services total about $9,000 per person per year. She pointed to the example of a 22-year program participant who had both of her legs amputated due to a vascular disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We arranged for her to get subsidized housing, we helped her through art therapy. â&#x20AC;Ś Movement therapy and occupational therapy helped her increase her body strength and mobility,â&#x20AC;? Cave said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a person who was a good candidate for a nursing home. We saved well over a million dollars for one participant.â&#x20AC;? The center is available for all D.C. residents over 60 who are free of communicable disease, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;deemed appropriate for day-careâ&#x20AC;? supervision, Cave said. It does not charge its participants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two-thirds of whom have incomes below the poverty level â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but accepts donations. Office on Aging spokesperson Darlene Nowlin said the Downtown Cluster facility is one of four adult day-care centers in the city.

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ome say it takes a village to help seniors age in place. But what do villages take? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A huge amount of work,â&#x20AC;? said Tibby Ford, president of Kalorama Village. The so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;villagesâ&#x20AC;? started cropping up across the city several years ago, part of a broad effort to help residents remain in their communities as they grow older. The phenomenon began in Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beacon Hill and has since spread to Chicago, San Francisco and the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with outposts in Chevy Chase, Dupont Circle and the Palisades, as well as Capitol Hill. Organizing efforts are now under way in Georgetown and Glover Park. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it works: Members pay annual fees in return for a variety of services, which can range from rides to the doctor to help with household chores. The goal is to allow independent-minded elders to stay in their homes as long as possible. But, a few years after the villages took root, some say executing the concept remains a challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rewarding,â&#x20AC;? said Janean Mann, president of Northwest Neighbors Village in Chevy Chase. In the early days, Northwest Neighbors had only 20 members,

and organizers oversaw the services themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We passed the BlackBerry around,â&#x20AC;? Mann said. Then, in 2009, the village became official, replete with a 501(c)3 designation and a dedicated cadre of volunteers. It received some startup funds from the D.C. Office on Aging and from the local advisory neighborhood commission. And it began charging annual fees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $250 for the associate level (for people who want to contribute but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet need services), $500 for individuals and $750 for households. Now the village boasts 115 members and a diverse group of volunteers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have everything: computer geeks, lawyers, social workers,â&#x20AC;? Mann said. But the village does more than provide services. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social, too. Some members get together for regular coffee klatches. Others meet for Spanish-language study groups. There are yoga classes and book clubs, seminars and cinema. Most of all, there is community. In fact, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more community than ever; in November, the village expanded to include Tenleytown and American University Park. But another District village has had a tougher time. When Kalorama Village launched in 2008, it attracted 140 members. But Ford said the odds were stacked against the effort. The geographic area was small, and its

population was even smaller. So the group opted for minimal fees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $50 annually for individuals, and $75 for households â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to reduce barriers to entry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought we would start off modestly,â&#x20AC;? she said. And unlike other villages, Kalorama chose not to employ an executive director, to help keep costs down. But Ford said organizers may have underestimated the sheer number of members it takes for a village to thrive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While there was interest, there was not the critical mass of village enthusiasts we needed to sustain a movement,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our members were happy we existed, but few needed services or wanted social events.â&#x20AC;? The group spent two years trying to drum up interest in the village, and succeeded in coordinating some services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We said weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d claim success if we helped one person,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we did. We helped more than one person.â&#x20AC;? But ultimately, the demand simply wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about numbers, and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have them,â&#x20AC;? Ford said. As a result, the group plans to â&#x20AC;&#x153;hibernateâ&#x20AC;? for a year, she said, while still providing guidance to those looking for certain services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of us think that the village concept is fabulous. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not ready to give up on it,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Aging Office opens Ward 1 senior wellness center By JULIA Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;DONOGHUE Current Correspondent


erobics classes, quilting groups, massage therapy and nutritional advice are some of the services the new Ward 1 senior wellness center offers to residents 60 years and older. The facility, at 3531 Georgia Ave. NW, held orientation sessions in February, and the staff plans to introduce the first monthly schedule of programming this week. The city expects to host a grand opening in April, when the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new name will be unveiled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a beautiful facility. They did an incredible job with it,â&#x20AC;? said Andrew Hopkins, spokesperson for Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know on the first day they had a heavy volume of people coming through and taking classes.â&#x20AC;? The centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular business

hours are expected to be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The D.C. government offers wellness programs to city residents who meet the age requirements, though the senior centers are meant to be recreational in nature and are not viewed as adult day care. The Ward 1 facility is not equipped to handle residents who are suffering from dementia or other serious illnesses, said Michelle Singleton, the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director, in an interview. The D.C. Office on Aging already operates four other senior wellness centers, including the Hattie Holmes facility on Kennedy Street in Ward 4. Program participants are not obligated to attend the center closest to their home and can go to any facility in the city. Singleton said she expects residents from a variety of D.C. neighborhoods to go to the

new center, located a few blocks south of the Petworth Metro station. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At other wellness centers, there are daily regulars,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People come and spend their entire day there with comrades and friends. They practically have to turn the lights off to get people to leave at the end of the day.â&#x20AC;? In addition to aerobics, the center will offer other fitness activities like line dancing, indoor volleyball and tennis instruction; the staff also plans to organize walking groups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure the seniors are conscious of moving and keeping their limbs in good shape,â&#x20AC;? said Singleton. The facility also has billiards tables and several areas where residents can play cards. Clubs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such

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Michelle Singleton directs the new senior center at 3531 Georgia Ave. NW. as one geared toward jewelry making â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have been formed at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other wellness centers, Singleton said. The center also plans to sponsor field trips. For example, the nutrition classes might visit a local farmers market or grocery store to learn how to shop for healthful food. In addition, Singleton plans for special events. She has already scheduled a visit from a humor therapist, who will talk about the benefits of laughing every day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are trying to keep our seniors healthy so that they have an opportunity to age in place without having to go to a nursing home,â&#x20AC;? said Singleton. There are about 100,000 seniors living in the District. About five or six â&#x20AC;&#x153;senior-onlyâ&#x20AC;? apartment complexes are located on 14th Street in Ward 1, according to Hopkins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is definitely the demand for senior programs in the Ward 1

community,â&#x20AC;? he said. The new Georgia Avenue center already has about 250 people registered for programs, and Singleton expects to the number to increase once the facility is up and running. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People were there waiting outside before we opened our doors this week,â&#x20AC;? she said. According to Council member Graham, the programs offered at the senior center are especially vital for older residents who live alone. While people in a senior-only complex are likely to have access to special programs through their building association, those who remain in single-family homes may be isolated, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a number of seniors directly to the east and west of Georgia Avenue. A lot of them are living in their family homes and, in many cases, they are by themselves,â&#x20AC;? Graham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These programs are especially relevant and important for those people.â&#x20AC;?

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A METICULOUSLY renovated ONE LEVEL home with stunning panoramic views. Deep wraparound balcony. Spacious Foyer Living, Dining and Den. Gourmet Kit. Three very private bedrooms and baths. Storage galore. Garage prkg. 4200 Mass Ave. NW #814 Stuart Blue 202-298-5942 Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 ALEXANDRIA $199,999 TOP FLR, MOVE-IN ready 1BR w/office or den. Parking included. Gleaming HWD flrs, ample closets, updated BA & lrg open kit. Corner unit with lots of privacy, plenty of windows which brighten the entire interior. Extra storage and so much more. Loic Pritchett/ Simunek Team 202-550-9666 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 ARLINGTON, VA $1,395,000 TURNBERRY TOWER. This magnificent 1 BR plus den 2 BA residence offers full service concierge, fitness center, indoor pool pavilion. Spectacular Potomac River and City views, private elevator, marble baths, gourmet kitchen, 11’ ceilings, huge private balcony. 1881 Nash St. #1809 Salley Widmayer 202-215-6174 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

car gar. Close to hiking and biking trails. Yusef Khatib Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

CLEVELAND PARK $399,000 LARGE 2BR, 1.5BA with open KIT w/granite & stainless steel appliances, HWFs, W/D, Pkg included. Pet-friendly. Low fee includes gym, pool & Metro shuttle. See photos at Heather Davenport 202-821-3311 Matt McHugh 202-276-0985 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

CENTRAL $440,000 TOP FLOOR – Large 1 BR/hdwd flrs, granite counters, walk-in closet, exercise room, e-lounge, fab location, walk to GW, Metro, G’town, Dupont, World Bank, law ATLAS DISTRICT/ firms. Pets OK. H STREET 1111 25TH St. NW #912 6 UNIT CASH COW. Great investment $289,000 Kornelia Stuphan 202-669-5555 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS op along the newly revitalized H St/Atlas Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 FIVE YEAR OLD 1BR with all the bells & district. 6 Nicely kept units, $1550 whistles and private outdoor space. A monthly positive cash flow w/ 25% down CHEVY CHASE $284,000 block from 14th St and grocery store, after debt service. 7.8% cap rate. Close to PRESTIGE BUILDING! Upper floor, shops, restaurants and subway. Pet new high end rental by Clark construc- large, sunny 1BR. Brand new KIT, pkg, Friendly. Don’t miss this one! “Columbia tion, Safeway, CVS and the upcoming 24-hr desk, roof deck. Close to Metro. Station” at the corner of 13th & Monroe. trolley. Possible seller financing. By Appt. Pat Gerachis Sharon Guizzetti Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 CHEVY CHASE / COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $384,500 FRIENDSHIP HGHTS $369,000 JUST LISTED! Large 1BR+den with BETHESDA $1,995,000 ENJOY FIREWORKS on 4th of July & open KIT w/granite & SS appliances. OUTSTANDING contemp tucked away National Cathedral from your 14th flr bal10’ ceilings, cherry wood floors on charming cul-de-sac. Magnificent cony. 1BR, 1.5BA apt w/picture window, and huge walk-in closet. Steps to Metro, home, superbly located for easy access to den, W/D in updtd KIT + PKG space. Indr shops & restaurants. See photos at DC, VA and the Beltway. Modern interior pool, gym, guest pkg, chic new lobby & w/ traditional façade, light, airy feeling party rm, free shuttle or walk to METRO. Heather Davenport 202-821-3311 w/huge windows and wide-open spaces. Mary McGuire 301-717-7563 Matt McHugh 202-276-0985 5BR, 5.5BAs, in-law ste, media room & 2- Chevy Chase Office 301-986-1001 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300


ONE OF ONLY A FEW detached homes in Historic Mt Pleasant–2 parlors, form DR, Gran/ss eat-in KIT, 5BR+office & study. 3/5BA, cedar sauna, 2 FPs, WF, CAC, studio in-law ste w/priv entry. Lg lot w/gardens, driveway pkg for 3+ cars. Nr Metro, shops, restaurants, Rock Crk and Zoo. Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 LOGAN CIRCLE. $1,295,000 PENTHOUSE. Total 2007 renovation of turreted 1885 Victorian retains original detail. 2400 sf of living space, dramatic 28 ft ceilings, 2BR/2.5BA, rusticated hdwd flrs, sep.din rm. Gourmet t/s kit w/brkfast bar, custom Italian cabinets & honed Carrara counters. Gas FP & prkg. 1306 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 MICHIGAN PARK $279,000 LOADS of CHARM, SUPER PRICE! All-brick 3BR Cape has 2BR + FBA on main level. Full bsmnt w/FBA. Fenced rear yard, detached garage. Near CU, METRO, Prov Hospital. Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 MT PLEASANT $299,000 WELCOME to this freshly painted 1BR. The floors have been redone in this well laid out apt in a small building in the heart of Mt Pleasant. FHA approved for financing and Small pets are allowed. Kent Madsen Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $589,000 SWEET TOTAL RENOVATION! 4BR/2BA w/in-law ste. Open flr plan for entertaining, hi ceilings, cherry HWs, exp brick, recessed lights, dry bar, kit w/ tall cherry cabs, SS appl & Carrara marble & much more. Phil Di Ruggiero 202-725-2250 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

PETWORTH $199,900–$299,900 FHA APPROVED & one year Condo fees Paid! Light filled, fantastic condos available in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. Choose from 1BR, 1BR with den, 2BR/2BA homes. Quality & affordability, finished with stylish and superior materials: granite, SS, hdwd & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $699,000 OPPORTUNITY…right in the heart of the EXPLOSIVE Columbia Hgts business district. 2 former bldgs combined for a great Newly Renovated Space. New plumbing from fixtures to the street, New heat, AC and electric. Think Future and Buy Now! Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

TAKOMA PARK $519,000 FABULOUS Takoma Bungalow! 4BR, 3FBA, fin LL. Entry foyer w/French drs, hwf, huge eat-in KIT, renov BAs, CAC, FP. Deep frt porch, back deck, patio. Metro, buses, grocery, parks, public swimming/tennis. The charm you’ve been looking for! Lili Sheeline 202-905-7561 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

DUPONT $519,000 A RARE OP! Stunning open loft on entire floor of classic Dupont twnhse – Vaulted ceilings, grmt KIT, 2 frplcs, sumptuous BA w/steam shower & soaking tub, huge priv roofdeck w/southern vws of the Washington Monument. Pictures at Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

WESLEY HEIGHTS $725,000 LOVELY 2,044sf PH w/sweeping views of VA from walls of windows w/sunny western exposure! LR w/FP, entertaining-size formal DR, gourmet kit w/brkfst area, 2 master suites, exceptional storage spaces & 2 prime garage spaces. Connie Parker 202-302-3900 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

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enovators of older homes are always hunting for ways to do the impossible: make their alterations stand out while

ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY blending in. Homeowner Maureen Flanagan hit upon an ingenious solution in her 2001 reimagining of a midcentury property in the Hawthorne section of Chevy Chase. Inspired by a contemporaneous drawing of a never-built Michigan home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Flanagan adopted its glassy, geometric facade as her own. The result is a symmetrical composition of three peaked-roof pavilions, with two smaller pieces flanking a larger, central element. Beams march across all three glass-front spaces and emphasize the roofâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vertical orientation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; resulting in an interesting tension with the long, low profile of the property. Inside, the addition forms a sunny great room that feels pleasant even on a chilly late-winter afternoon. Radiant heat underneath hardwood floors is the reason, said

Flanagan. Ceiling fans help regulate summer temperatures, and other measures like energy-efficient glass and seven zones for heating and cooling help push utility bills lower. Most additions wait in the rear of homes, but Flanaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to rework her facade has an advantage: Visitors step directly into the most visually striking portion of the property. When they move past the additionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soaring volume, they find cozier spots that nevertheless maintain the Wright-approved themes of ample light and natural materials. A fireplace warms a seating area near glassy Pella doors that look out on a wraparound porch and beyond. A sunny dining room shares that view and connects as well to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts-andcrafts-inspired kitchen. Cherry cabinetry and hefty bronze hardware set the tone for this space, which, while decorative, would make a serious cook happy. Granite counters are more than spacious, as is storage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though one wall is free of upper cabinetry to accommodate four large windows. An adjacent breakfast room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also toasty, thanks to radiant-heat flooring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offers a peek through

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Homeowner Maureen Flanagan adapted a 1950s Frank Lloyd Wright design when it came time to remodel her Chevy Chase home. three walls of windows at another aspect of Flanaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remodel. Fledgling trees and plants from the 2001 project are now mature and thriving. The attention to landscape detail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two koi ponds, evergreen plantings for privacy, deciduous for winter sun â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also jibe with the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspiration: Wright was known, after all, for settling his designs into their surroundings. Here, that environment includes Rock Creek Park just one block away. But for all the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nods at the famous architect, this home is fit for 21st-century living. Two bedroom wings allow privacy. The master suite boasts a sunroom ideal as a home office and a separate

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Brick Col. w/dramatic addition. Open floor plan, 5BRs up, 5.5 BAs + au-pair suite. Gourmet Kitchen. Pristine condition. 2 car garage. Walk to Metro. $1,795,000

Chevy Chase, DC. Spectacular kit/fam room addition in side hall Colonial gives light filled view thru from front to back. 5 BRs, 4.5 updated BAs. Finished LL, screen porch, deck, patio & garden. $979,000

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arate bedroom and bath make this space appropriate for long-term guests. Also on the lower level, a woodpaneled home office with a separate entrance served Flanagan well when she worked from home. Beyond that room, a very large two-car garage offers a large adjacent storage area and a separate, sizable workshop. This four-bedroom, three-bath home at 7000 31st St. is offered for $1,350,000. For more information contact Realtor Arlene Koby of Weichert, Realtors, at 301-5870534 or

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space that could be another bedroom, a sitting room or a nursery. The master bath is a calming spot in sunset colors, with a spa tub and frameless-glass shower. The opposite bedroom wing also features a remodeled bath, with white tile popping against black marble floor tiles. With most bedrooms and baths on the main floor, this home offers single-level living that will be attractive to many buyers. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more space below. A renovated bottom level is a spot fit for entertaining as well, with a wet bar and wood-burning fireplace. A sep-

Kalorama. Beautifully renovated 1,020 sf coop on Embassy Row. Bright one bedroom plus study, one bath. Large rooms, high ceilings, hdwd floors. $475,000

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Way Cool Dupont West. Sunny & spacious corner unit in popular Georgetown Overlook. 1 bedroom, exposed brick, fireplace. Pet friendly building. $395,000

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ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1C Adams â&#x2013; ADAMS MORGAN The commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 6 at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy


At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 16 meeting: â&#x2013; Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans addressed residents about the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tight finances, noting the need to cut spending drastically and to boost tax revenue by attracting economic development. Evans also discussed the 2010 Censusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upcoming effect on ward and advisory neighborhood commission boundaries and said he does not foresee a major impact on the Foggy Bottom/West End commission. â&#x2013;  commissioner Armando Irizarry announced a Feb. 22 meeting to discuss access to the Kennedy Center from the Potomac Parkway Trail. â&#x2013;  Foggy Bottom Association board member Lucia Pollock announced that her groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 22 monthly meeting would feature a presentation by Matthew Gilmore, co-author of the history book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foggy Bottom and the West End.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  a resident described an accident at Washington Circle in which a car struck a then-empty pedestrian island, and said the city should find a way to improve safety in the area. â&#x2013;  D.C. Water and Sewer Authority

project manager Bruce Beall told residents that a yearlong pipe replacement project near the intersection of 25th and N streets is set to begin in March or April. During the construction, parking will be restricted on the west side of 25th Street near N Street, and the northeast section of Francis Field will be fenced off to serve as a staging area. â&#x2013; commissioners raised no objections to planned street closures for the March 26 National Marathon. Constitution Avenue between 15th and 22nd streets and 18th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues will be closed from 7 a.m. to about 8:30 a.m. for the race. â&#x2013;  Freshfarm Markets representative Laura Genello announced that the Foggy Bottom farmers market will open for its sixth season April 6 at 24th and I streets. The commission voted 5-0, with commissioner David Lehrman absent, to support the market. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to negotiate a trial period for the 7-Eleven store at 922 New Hampshire Ave. to operate 24 hours a day, extending its existing hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Commissioners and residents said the owner of that 7-Eleven franchise has been a very good neighbor and that they are confident a trial period would go smoothly enough that no one would object to making the change permanent. The New Hampshire Avenue store is the only 7-Eleven in the District and one of fewer than three dozen nationwide that have not already gone to 24-hour operation, according to a 7-Eleven corporate representative who spoke at the meeting. â&#x2013;  a Metropolitan Police Department officer announced that recent arrests in a George Washington University parking garage and dorm have helped lower the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crime rate. The officer also reminded residents not to leave portable electronics in their cars. â&#x2013;  the commission informally approved a letter of no objection to planned street closures for the May 22 Bike DC event. The noncompetitive ride will pass through the District and Arlington that Sunday morning, a Bike DC representative said. â&#x2013;  commission chair Rebecca Coder announced that the second annual Duke Ellington birthday concert will be held April 29 at Duke Ellington Park, the triangle formed by New Hampshire Avenue and M and 21st streets near Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childhood home. The event is tentatively scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to write a letter of no objection to a planned expansion of George Washington University Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency room. The $2.8 million project will take over office space within the hospital, and the hospital plans to lease replacement space in a nearby office building, said chief operating officer Kim Russo. The hospital

does not expect to take on additional patients after the expansion but is seeking to meet only existing demand, she added. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 5-0 to pass a resolution asking that city officials maintain universitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enrollment and faculty/staff caps. Mayor Vincent Gray has mulled lifting the caps as an economic stimulator, but commissioners were skeptical of those benefits and worried that further university expansion would harm the neighborhood. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to object to George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-stage plannedunit development â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a planned Science and Technology Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bordered by I, H, 22nd and 23rd streets. In a letter to the Zoning Commission, the neighborhood commission said to receive its support, the university must provide specifics on traffic and construction management, add amenities like a second entrance at the Foggy Bottom Metro station and consider the historical significance of Building K at 817 23rd St., which it plans to demolish. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court, 725 24th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  discussion of a Stevens School vision statement. â&#x2013;  discussion of a trial period for extended hours at 7-Eleven, 912 New Hampshire Ave. â&#x2013;  discussion of brick sidewalks on 26th Street. â&#x2013;  discussion of the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon. â&#x2013;  consideration of demolition issues related to George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned Science and Engineering Complex on Square 55. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration issues: Bayou (formerly The Rookery), 2519 Pennsylvania Ave., cooperative agreement; Wine Specialist, 2101 L St., transfer of ownership and change in location; and American Foreign Service Club, 2101 E St., renewal. For details, call 202-630-6026 or visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont


The commission will meet at 7 p.m. March 9 in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama


The commission will meet at 7 p.m. March 21 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact or visit

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Renovated and expanded Tudor mansion with main house & 2BR, 3bath guest house, nearly 12,500 sf on 1+ half-acre. 7 BR, 7 full & 1 half baths, expansive main kitchen, atrium-like family room, formal dining room, and library. Master suite with 2 separate baths, dressing rooms & closets. Home theater, home gym, full staff quarters. Mature plantings, large deck, pool, 2 attached garages for 3 cars & exterior parking for 9+ more cars. $8,995,000.

Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344


Large 6 BR, 4.5 bath stucco and shingle detached Victorian-esque home with inviting front porch, steps from the National Cathedral. High ceilings, wood floors, wood-burning fireplace, eat-in table space kitchen, sun room, 5 BR, 3 bath plus den on upper floors. Lower level in-law suite with second kitchen, BR, bath. Lovely rear garden/yard and detached garage. $1,575,000.

Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344



Complete top-to-bottom renovation. 4,100 sf on four finished levels. 6 BR, 5.5 baths, luxurious features, gorgeous wood floors, thick crown molding, sunken LR & fam rm each with fplcs, top-of-the-line kit w/ marble counters, Subzero & Viking, baths outfitted with Waterworks fixtures and marble tile. Large private yard with an 8’ x 41’ lap pool. One car garage. $4,350,000.

Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344


Spectacular top/front penthouse unit at the Ventana. 2,373 interior sf, 2 BR, 2.5 baths, three levels, awesome open floor plan with contemporary/ modern flair, walls of windows overlooking F Street. Private balcony and private roof deck. One garage parking space included. $1,495,000.


This lovely center hall colonial in the Town of Chevy Chase is close to downtown Bethesda. Features include 5 BR, 3.5 baths, 3 fireplaces, kitchen/family room and 1st floor den/study. High ceilings, hardwood floors, three fireplaces and loads of storage are wonderful features included in this exceptional property. $1,175,000.

Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

Sally McLuckie 202.297.0300


Julia Diaz-Asper 202.256.1887 Daniel Miller 202.669.6478

Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202.333.1212


Welcome to Swann Street, one of the prettiest and most sought after blocks in DC. 3 BR, 2.5 baths, 2,600+ sf Contemporary features some the finest finishes available. Waterworks baths, crown molding, eat-in kitchen KitchenAid and Jenn-Air apliances, gorgeous granite counters. Also included is a spacious 1 BR rental unit on the lower level. $1,449,000.


Darling Federal on a quiet one-way street. Lovely period architectural character includes fireplace, crown molding. Separate dining room with French doors leading to landscaped yard featured on Georgetown Garden Tour. Loads of storage includes walk-in and cedar closets, dry basement. Views of Tudor House gardens. Near buses, shopping and restaurants. The perfect city home. $987,000.

Michelle Galler 703.217.9405

Swanns Way – New Construction! Exquisite renovation of the old Cavanaugh Workshop. 7 units (1 & 2 BR) by local green builder Features highest quality materials, including Pella windows, Energy Star appliances, high-tech green insulation, wood floors and big windows for incredible southern light. $349,000-625,000.

J.P. Montalvan 301.922.3700

Russell Firestone 202.271.1701 Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344

Brent Jackson   202.263.9200           Robert Sanders 202.744.6463

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Meticulously maintained 4 BR, 3 bath Federal. Features include a lovely sun-filled dining room with bay-window, gourmet kitchen and a large formal living room with built-ins, fireplace and French doors opening to an expansive rear terrace and deep garden. Harwood floors, designer finishes and crown molding throughout. $1,395,000.

Dramatic penthouse, airy family and loft areas, wood floors, gourmet kitchen in quartz, maple & stainless, 2 BR, 2 baths, separate den, 500+ sf, rooftop terrace with panoramic city views, parking, walk to U Street, Columbia Heights and Metro. $609,900.


Sun-drenched semi-detached East Village residence featuring huge (nearly 500 sf) LR plus separate DR. 11’ ceilings, hardwood floors and pvt deep garden. 3 BR, 3.5 baths up. Full basement with BR, bath and separate kitchen. Includes parking. 1st time on the market in over 30 years. A truly special opportunity. $1,895,000.


Luxurious condominium with designer finishes, 2 BR, 2 baths, free flowing living, dining, office and entertaining areas, wood floors, contemporary kitchen in white, granite and stainless, built-in office space, generous closets, gated entrance, walk to Capitol Hill and Metro. $429,900.

J.P. Montalvan 301.922.3700

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the opera. The Takoma Theatre Conservancy, which aspires to own and rehabilitate the shuttered Takoma Theatre as an arts center, is co-sponsoring six performances of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Freedom Singâ&#x20AC;? this month in cooperation with the Washington National Opera, the Washington Performing Arts Society and The Learning Maestros. The conservancy won a $50,000 Neighborhood Investment Fund grant from the city to help put on the opera, which is intended â&#x20AC;&#x153;to show the community what kind of thing could be at the Takoma Theatre if we had it,â&#x20AC;? said Loretta Neumann, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who think they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the opera come out and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Neumann said of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Freedom Sing.â&#x20AC;? Two daytime performances for elementary school students will take place March 24 and 25. Meanwhile, two evening performances â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at Meyer Elementary School on March 24 and the Washington Ethical Society on March 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; aim to raise funds not only for the theater conservancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core mission, but also for the renovation of the Takoma Education Campus, which suffered a major fire in December and has temporarily relocated to Meyer. In addition, the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) in Southeast will host two performances on March 27. For tickets and more information, visit or call 202-379-4838.

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Events Entertainment Wednesday, MarchMARCH 9 Wednesday 9 Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Edward Steinfeld, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing Our Game: Why Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Industrial Rise Doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Threaten the West.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5816. â&#x2013;  The American Humanist Association will present an introduction to humanism. 6:30 p.m. Free. 1777 T St. NW. 202-2389088. The talk will repeat March 16 at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Evison will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;West of Here.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating the Oscars at the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Libraryâ&#x20AC;? will feature William Wylerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1949 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heiress,â&#x20AC;? starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift and Miriam Hopkins. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature TomĂĄs Rehorekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changes,â&#x20AC;? a drama with four interconnected story lines. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances â&#x2013; Tanusree Shankar Dance Company will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Theater Alliance will continue its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse on Hâ&#x20AC;? series with a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tripâ&#x20AC;? by Crystal V. Rhodes. 7:30 p.m. Pay what you can; $10 for advance tickets. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NW. 202-399-7993, ext. 2. The series will continue Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Edmonton Oilers. 7 p.m. $60 to $330.

Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Thursday, MarchMARCH 10 Thursday 10 Benefit â&#x2013; Friends of Guy Mason will hold its annual fund-raiser, featuring cocktails, music, a silent auction and music by the Ron Chiles Duo. 6 to 9 p.m. $60. Savoy Suites Hotel, 2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  Asima, a male choir and percussion ensemble from the south Indian state of Kerala, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Red Light Ensemble will perform works by composer Morton Feldman, who found inspiration in his friendship with artist Philip Guston. 6 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $55. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  The Wordless Music Orchestra and Tyondai Braxton will perform works by Adams, Burhans, Andriessen and Braxton. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Sibley Senior Association will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Can Be Done for Chronic Pain?â&#x20AC;? by Dr. Thomas Heckman of the Sibley Memorial Hospital Pain Center. 10 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 1, Renaissance Building, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602. â&#x2013;  Karen Shanor, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bats Sing, Mice Giggle,â&#x20AC;? will discuss echolocation, circadian rhythms and other communication techniques used by animals of the eastern deciduous forest. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  William Zartman, professor emeritus

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Thursday, MARCH 10 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra, pianist CĂŠdric Tiberghien (shown) and ondes martenot player Tristan Murail will perform works by Messiaen. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Hawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1944 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Have and Have Not,â&#x20AC;? starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan and Lauren Bacall. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013; The Washington National Cathedral will present the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Budrus,â&#x20AC;? about a Palestinian community organizer who unites local Palestinians and Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Separation Barrier. A question-and-answer session with producer Ronit Avni will follow. 6:30 p.m. $4. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  Carnegie Capital Science Evenings will feature the local premiere of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carl Djerassi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; My Life,â&#x20AC;? followed by a talk by Djerassi, inventor of the first oral contraceptive pill, and American Chemical Society executive director Madeleine Jacobs. 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Art will present Marion Cajoriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1993 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  CinĂŠ Francophone will feature Pascal Chaumeilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arnacoeur,â&#x20AC;? about a man who is hired to prevent a rich young French woman from marrying an English millionaire. 7 p.m. $9; $4 for students and seniors. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will present Ray Kurzwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transcendent Man,â&#x20AC;? about the concept of singularity. A post-screening discussion will feature Kurzwell and director Barry Ptolemy. 8 p.m. $45. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. Friday, March 11

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Bizet, Takemitsu and Schubert. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  Organist Christopher Gage will present a recital. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free.

National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts@Middayâ&#x20AC;? will feature insights into the poetry of Emily Dickinson by scholar Judith Farr, coupled with a new song cycle written by Gary Davison and sung by soprano Julie Keim (shown). 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  Parikrama â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a six-member band that incorporates Indian instruments into their traditional Western-style combination of guitar, drums and keyboards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and pianist Noreen Polera performing works by Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninoff. 7:30 p.m. $100. Embassy of Armenia, 2225 R St. NW. 202-625-2361. â&#x2013;  Sitarist Shubhendra Rao and cellist Saskia Rao-de Haas will perform original compositions with European and Indian influences. 7:30 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House will present the Columbia Players string quartet. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. â&#x2013;  Antares and soprano Marianna MihaiZoeter will perform works by Harbison, Schubert, MallonĂŠe and Messiaen. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Folger Consort and vocal and instrumental trio Trefoil will perform 14th- and 15th-century Italian music. 8 p.m. $35. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The concert will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Robert Baer and Dayna Williamson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Peter Agre and Vaughan Turekian of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Promoting Diplomacy Through Science.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 200, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-739-7425. â&#x2013;  Sylvia Hoehns Wright, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Path Worn Smooth,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eco-legacy, a 21st Century Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heritage.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  Author Hubert Haddad and Alliance Française de Washington educational director Sarah Pickup-Diligenti will discuss Francophonie literature. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Alliance de Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Jeff Greenfield will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Alexander Nemerov, exhibition curator of â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s Americaâ&#x20AC;? and professor of art history at Yale University, will discuss what See Events/Page 29





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 28 makes Aultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings special. A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinema Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature David Fincherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Social Network.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $5; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Reel Affirmationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;RA Xtraâ&#x20AC;? film series will feature Keith Hartmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Should Meet My Son!â&#x20AC;? 7 and 9:15 p.m. $12. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. $75 to $340. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Saturday, MarchMARCH 12 Saturday 12 Benefits â&#x2013;  The Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School will host a silent and live auction with music and food. 6 to 10 p.m. $25 in advance; $35 at the door. Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, 1375 Missouri Ave. NW. 202-422-5205. â&#x2013;  Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Gala will feature food, music and a live auction in celebration of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th anniversary and in honor of its 12 founding partner parishes. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $100; reservations requried. Conference Center, 4000 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-722-2280, ext. 326.

Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Concerts â&#x2013; The Washington Performing Arts Society will present Afro-Cuban performer Poncho Sanchez. 8 p.m. $25 to $55. Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-785-9727. â&#x2013;  The Pan-American Symphony Orchestra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Concierto Andalouse,â&#x20AC;? featuring oud player and folk singer Marcel KhalifĂŠ. 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-3977328. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Alan H. Simmons, professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Pygmy Hippos to Cats and Cattle: The First Residents of Cyprus and Their Unique Menageries.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Composer Elena Ruehr, professor of music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gospel Cha-Cha,â&#x20AC;? her composition for a Langston Hughes poem. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Garden Association will present a seed-planting seminar about salad greens and herbs. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  Meryle Secrest will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modigliani: A Life.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; The Saturday Morning at the National series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shimmer Swimmers,â&#x20AC;? featuring shadow puppets in a singalong nautical adventure. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The House of Sweden will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space for Children,â&#x20AC;? designed to foster creativity and play (for ages 10 and younger). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-467-2645. The program will continue Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through April 24. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Cultural Study Abroad, a local travel company, will present an intensive Italian language class as a fund-raiser for the choir at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $160. Location provided upon registration. 202-669-1562. The class will be offered weekly through April 30. â&#x2013;  Clara Sachs will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rags to Riches: Thriftshop Wardrobes.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to noon. $29. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. â&#x2013;  Orchid curator David Lafond will lead a class on orchid care and repotting. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. â&#x2013;  Instructor Karen McComus will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Things French.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m.

â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembering Risorgimentoâ&#x20AC;? will feature Paolo and Vittorio Tavianiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1974 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Allonsanfan.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances â&#x2013; The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust will The show will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sports event â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Los Angeles Clippers. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.

Saturday, MARCH 12 â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program: Georgetown Family Saturdays, organized by the Georgetown Moms group, will feature a performance by Mr. Skip. Proceeds will benefit the D.C. Public Library Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Georgetown Recovery Fund. 10:30 a.m. $25 per family. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW.

present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Images of Truthâ&#x20AC;? as part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximum INDIAâ&#x20AC;? festival. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saudade: Songs of Love & Longing,â&#x20AC;? featuring actress Jenifer Deal, vocalist and instrumentalist Cecilia Esquivel (shown) and pianist Jose CĂĄceres. 4:30 p.m. $18; $15 for seniors and students. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  The Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute will hold its 2011 Conference & Expo, featuring exhibits and seminars. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $85 to $110; $10 for entrance to exhibit hall only. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. â&#x2013;  The Travel & Adventure Show will feature culinary challenges, hands-on activities, giveaways, vendor displays and seminars. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15; free for ages 16 and younger. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

Walks and tours â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead a tour of historic Georgetown, from the Old Stone House to the Francis Scott Key Memorial. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a hike to Rolling Meadows Bridge. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, March 13 Sunday MARCH 13 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Kids in Sports and the Franklin Montessori School will present creativemovement and cooking classes for ages 3 through 8 as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;BeneFITâ&#x20AC;? fund-raiser for the Forest Hills Playground. 2 to 5 p.m. $20 per class. Franklin Montessori School, 4473 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-492-1337. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Steinway Series will feature pianist Robert Jordan performing works by Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt. 3 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000.

â&#x2013; The Cathedral Choral Society will present Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missa Solemnisâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Choral Fantasy.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $25 to $80. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 877-537-2228. â&#x2013;  Violinist Yevgeny Kutik will perform preludes and sonatas by Ravel and Shostakovich. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will present an openmic night. 5 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326 â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble and Chatham Baroque will perform works by Vivaldi and other composers in honor of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. â&#x2013;  Guitarist and composer Paco PeĂąa will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flamenco Vivo.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $25 to $55. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  Pianist Utsav Lal will perform as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximum INDIAâ&#x20AC;? festival. 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 29 Oberoi will present an Indian culinary demonstration. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Rabbi Phyllis Berman will discuss their book “Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus and Wilderness Across Millennia,” at 1 p.m.; and Alan Cheuse will discuss his novel “Song of Slaves in the Desert,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ National Gallery of Art lecturer Eric Denker will discuss “Canaletto’s Venice: The Art of Fiction.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films ■ ITVS Community Cinema will present Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel’s film “Pushing the Elephant,” about a mother and daughter who are reunited after being separated due to the Congolese civil war. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-939-0794. ■ “Remembering Risorgimento” will feature Luchino Visconti’s 1963 film “The Leopard.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” will feature the film “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.” 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Parade ■ The 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

will feature floats, marching bands, drill teams and Irish wolfhounds. Noon to 3 p.m. Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets NW. 202-670-0317. Sports event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Chicago Blackhawks. 12:30 p.m. $95 to $355. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Monday, MarchMARCH 14 Monday 14 Concerts ■ Monday Night at the National will feature Zemer Chai — the Jewish Community Chorus of Washington. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ Irish performer Duke Special will perform. 8 p.m. $25. Gibson Guitar Room, 709 G St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, will discuss “Romare Bearden and the Aesthetic of the Grotesque.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, will discuss “Nonviolent Action in Pro-Democracy Struggles.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6215. ■ Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum will discuss his work to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, the most productive wild salmon fishery in North America. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Ian Pounds, a volunteer with the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization, will discuss the group’s work in 11 orphanages throughout Afghanistan.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. ■ Donald Haggis, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss “Farming, Feasting and the Foundations of the Early Greek City: Recent Excavations at the Site of Azoria, Crete.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Greece, 2217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Paleoartists John Gurche and Karen Carr will discuss “Recreating Our Past: The Art of Human Origins.” 6:45 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Cal Ripken Jr. will discuss his children’s book “Hothead.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ John Ross, a human rights advocate and an intern at the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights, will talk to the St. Columba’s Peace Fellowship about his work on behalf of Palestinian rights. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119. ■ Andrew Skurka will discuss “Trekking the Wild North,” about his 4,700-mile hike around Alaska and the Yukon. 7:30 p.m. $18. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performance ■ Odissi Vision and Movement Centre will perform as part of the “maximum INDIA” festival. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Oklahoma City Thunder. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Tuesday, MarchMARCH 15 Tuesday 15 Benefit ■ Kreeger Museum will host “Cocktails

Monday, MARCH 14 ■ Discussion: Joshua Foer will discuss his book “Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.” 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919.

for Conversations,” a fund-raiser for its new art and music program for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. 6 to 8 p.m. $100. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. Concerts ■ The Wind Ensemble of the Greenbelt Concert Band will present “A Celebration of Ireland!” 2 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. ■ Harpsichordist Béatrice Martin will perform works by Couperin, Forqueray, Royer and Rameau. 7:30 p.m. $35. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Discussions and lectures ■ A panel discussion on “Empowering Women” will feature Eleanor Smeal of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Rosemary Segero of Hope for Tomorrow and Marilyn Sephocle of Women Ambassadors Foundation. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Jeremy N. Smith will discuss his book “Growing a Garden City.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Michael Farquhar will discuss his book “Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly From Royal Britain.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■

The opening day of the annual

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will feature the world premiere of Mark Terry’s 2011 film “The Polar Explorer,” about the latest climate change discoveries being made in the Arctic and Antarctica. 6 and 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The festival will continue through March 27 with screenings at various venues. ■ The Kennedy Center’s “maximum INDIA” festival will feature the documentaries “The Story of Gitanjali” and “Pather Panchali: A Living Resonance.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Women in Film & Video will present local filmmaker Lauren F. Cardillo’s film “The Mother Road,” preceded by a clip from Heather Gwaltney’s film-in-progress “Ageless.” 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Val Guest’s 1970 film “Toomorrow.” 8 p.m. Free. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-462-3356. Wednesday, MarchMARCH 16 Wednesday 16 Concert ■ The National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble will perform in honor of the 70th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. 12:10 p.m. Free. Rotunda, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The concert will repeat Thursday at 12:10 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ Art historian Karin Alexis will discuss “Masters and Masterpieces of Netherlandish and Dutch Art.” 6 to 8:30 p.m. $60; reservations required. Residence of the Ambassador of Netherlands, 2347 S St. NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Jim Curtis, retired professor of Russian language at the University of Missouri, will discuss “Beyond Faberge: Russian Art, Fashion and Interior Design in the Age of Nicholas II.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for college students. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ David Brooks will discuss his book “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Kennedy Center’s “maximum INDIA” festival will feature the documentaries “Does Gandhi Matter?” and “Ismat & Annie.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Celebrating the Oscars at the Nation’s Library” will feature Elia Kazan’s 1954 film “On the Waterfront,” starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677. ■ National Geographic will present “Mission Blue,” about the work of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. A discussion with Earle and filmmaker Robert Nixon will follow. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700.





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hakespeare Theatre Company is On EXHIBIT presenting Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Ideal Husbandâ&#x20AC;? through April 10 at Sidney weird men with equally weird lives. One is a Harman Hall. perverted sociopathic coroner; the other is a Sir Robert Chiltern is a well-regarded chronologically cataleptic insurance agent. politician living in wedded bliss (or so he They could meet in only one supposes) with his morally place: the morgue. This upstanding wife. His safety show is not recommended and comfort are challenged for anyone with cardiac or when a past crime comes to nervous conditions; no chillight and threatens his status dren will be allowed. as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ideal husband.â&#x20AC;? Performance times are 8 Performance times are p.m. Wednesday through 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sunday. Tickets cost $20. Wednesday and Sunday; 8 The theater is located at p.m. Thursday through â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Ideal Husbandâ&#x20AC;? will run 1409 14th St. NW. Saturday; and 2 p.m. through April 10 at Sidney Saturday and Sunday. â&#x2013; Theater J is presenting Tickets start at $37. The the- Harman Hall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chosen,â&#x20AC;? adapted by ater is located at 610 F St. Aaron Posner from the novel by Chaim NW. 202-547-1122; Potok, through March 27 at Arena Stage. â&#x2013;  Molotov Theatre Group is presenting Set against the backdrop of World War II, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Morgue Storyâ&#x20AC;? through April 2 at 1409 the play portrays Reuven Malter and Danny Playbill CafĂŠ. Saunders, passionate, intelligent young boys A famous comic book artist, frustrated on opposite sides of a baseball game. After with her personal relationships, meets two

Danny injures Reuven in the game, an unlikely friendship forms. Performance times generally are 11 a.m. Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60, except for a $30 preview at 7:30 p.m. March 9. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013; Studio Theatre will kick of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Ireland: The Enda Walsh Festivalâ&#x20AC;? with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Penelopeâ&#x20AC;? March 15 through April 3 in the Metheny Theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Penelopeâ&#x20AC;? is Walshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s riff on Homerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odyssey.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been 10 years since the end of the Trojan War, and Odysseus still isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t back. Even more galling, his wife Penelope refuses to choose another husband from her suitors. From the bottom of a drained swimming pool, these Speedo-clad admirers make their final pitches for her affection, as they contemplate the return of her husband â&#x20AC;Ś and the end of their lives. The Enda Walsh Festival will also feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Walworth Farce,â&#x20AC;? April 6 through May 1, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Electric Ballroom,â&#x20AC;? April

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pproximate Landscape,â&#x20AC;? featuring photographs assembled from downloaded Google Earth images by German photographer Christoph Engel, will open today at the Goethe-Institut and continue through April 29. An opening reception with remarks by Engel and

Enda Walshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Penelopeâ&#x20AC;? will open March 15 at the Studio Theatre. 13 through May 1. Performances of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Penelopeâ&#x20AC;? will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $44 to $65. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300;

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On EXHIBIT Corcoran College of Art + Design photography chair Muriel Hasbun will take place tonight from 6 to 8. Reservations are requested. Located at 812 7th St. NW, the institute is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-289-1200, ext. 161. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflections,â&#x20AC;? presenting artwork by VSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ARTiculate program artists, will open tomorrow with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the ARTiculate Gallery and continue through mid-May. Located at 1100 16th St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202296-9100. â&#x2013;  St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church will open its 21st annual Haitian Art Exhibit and Sale, featuring works salvaged from the earthPamela Violaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is on display quake-ravaged Rainbow at Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edison Place Gallery. Gallery in Portau-Prince, on Friday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will continue through March 16. Located at 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW, the church is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m., Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m. 202342-2800. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Portraits: A New Language,â&#x20AC;? featuring images by Alexander Calder (1898-1976) of celebrities, will open Friday at the National Portrait Gallery and continue through Aug. 14. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glimpse: 500 Children, 500 Cameras, 500

Now Open for Sunday Brunch 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 pm Christop Engelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Approximate Landscapeâ&#x20AC;? series is on display at the Goethe-Institut. Moments,â&#x20AC;? presenting photographs and books from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glimpseâ&#x20AC;? project that highlights Palestinian children in refugee camps, will open Friday at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery and continue through April 8. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013; Addison/Ripley Fine Art will open an exhibit Saturday of new constructions and watercolor-and-ink drawings by Brooklyn artist Julia von Eichel, who is a minimalist influenced by nature, and continue it through April 23. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-338-5180. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Room of Our Own,â&#x20AC;? presenting more than 50 images by members of the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photography collective f11, opened last week at Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edison Place Gallery, where it will continue through April 1. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 702 8th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. It will also be open March 12 and 26 from noon to 4 p.m. 202-872-3396.

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From Page 16 We went to the main exhibit starting on the fourth floor. We saw that Hitler was a regular guy who used propaganda to convince people that the Jews were bad. He said, “The Jews betrayed us.” When the Holocaust started, Jews tried to escape to the United States, but many were not let in. They were trying to escape what the Nazis were doing, like burning books and killing lots of people in concentration camps. We learned a lot. I thank Ms. Venti for taking us on the trip. — Jaron Brice, sixth-grader

St. Albans School On March 3, the eighth grade will be taking a field trip to several government buildings downtown. The main attraction of the expedition will be a tour of the Library of Congress. The trip is made possible by Dr. James Billington, the grandfather of eighth-grader Nelson Billington. The boys will also tour the White House and have lunch at Union Station. The field trip also coincides well with the boys’ study of 20thcentury American history. The Library of Congress holds many historical items and documents that will allow the eighth-graders to truly see our country’s history, not just learn about it in class. This trip comes as part of a series of presentations and excursions thanks to the parents of eighth-graders. This past fall, some of the boys went to see a play by Ken Ludwig, prominent playwright and father of Jacob Ludwig. Mr. Ludwig later spoke to the boys at school about “Macbeth,” which they were reading in English class at the time. This winter, John Bredar, a documentary producer, gave a presentation to the boys about a National Geographic film titled “Inside the Secret Service.” — Alec Ward, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy On March 1, the third-, fourthand fifth-graders went on a field trip to the National Geographic Museum, where we saw the “American I AM” exhibit. This exhibit was all about the history of African-Americans. We went there to learn more for Black History Month. We have been learning about the civil rights movement all month. At the museum we saw a video of Ruby Bridges, James Meredith and the Little Rock Nine. The museum also had the bench that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sat on while he was in jail. The exhibit also had costumes and outfits that belonged to famous African-Americans. We saw a dress that Marian Anderson wore and a tennis outfit that Venus Williams wore. They also had one of Stevie Wonders’ harmonicas and the guitar that Prince played at the Super

St. John’s College High School On Feb. 28, St. John’s girls basketball defeated Good Counsel 6254 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship played at American University’s Bender Arena. St. John’s, with a 15-1 conference record and 24-2 overall record, was ranked No. 1 in the conference standings and No. 22 nationally by USA Today. The win marks our fifth overall league title in girls basketball in 20 years. St. John’s students recognized our commitment to helping the poor this week. The campus ministry department presented Poverty Education Week, teaching the causes of, and issues surrounding, economic poverty in all of our classes. The Mothers’ Club held a Hunger Banquet, which took place during lunch. All of the students were divided up to represent world economic demographics and fed accordingly. For most, the meal consisted of water and rice or rice and beans. A select number of people received a yellow ticket and were served a full meal complete with salad, entrée and dessert. This was a learning experience showing that most people in the world live off around $2.50 a day, while those a little wealthier live off of just $10 a day. The small percentage that was given the fullcourse meals represented the proportion of rich and prosperous people. — Emmett Cochetti, ninth grader

School Without Walls This author would like to issue a retraction. Mr. Bennett, our tennis coach, has been paid for the last two years, promptly and fully. Mr. Bennett did not speak to me for last week’s article, and he is in no way to blame for the inaccuracies. Last Saturday was interviews. Students signed up to interview prospective students. It is a lot of fun (it helps that pizza is provided for lunch), and more people volunteered than were needed. About 200 eighth-graders came to try to get into the next freshman class. About 140 will be offered spaces sometime in the next few weeks, with about 120 expected to attend. There were also a few transfers interviewing for other grades. In general, though, the people entering higher grades are moving into the District. They are interviewed whenever they move, and they often come between advisories. There were three who arrived this semester. It seems to be crunch time for clubs. There were fundraisers every day we had school last week. Tuesday and Friday the National Honor Society held bake sales. Wednesday and Friday the Riding Club also had bake sales, raising money for its competition this past Saturday. Thursday the Student Government Association had a

bake sale as well. (Its traditional source of revenue is taking percentages from classes’ dances or events, so it was quite unusual.) Thursday the British Culture Club sold pizza to offset costs for its upcoming spring-break trip. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

Sheridan School Recently the eighth-graders led a special assembly. Each eighth-grader chose a novel that was both appealing and challenging. Books such as “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Animal Farm,” “East of Eden” and “The Art of Racing in the Rain” were chosen. As they read the novel of their choosing, the students worked carefully to gain a sufficient understanding of the characters and conflict in the book. Over the course of several weeks, each eighth-grader wrote a monologue from one character’s perspective conveying the main conflict of their book while staying in character. The eighth-graders had to practice public speaking and dramatic performance skills as they transformed into their characters and became part of a living wax museum. As each student came through the assembly, the eighth-graders came to life, portraying their characters. Candice Autry, middle school science teacher, said that this was one of the best assemblies she had attended at Sheridan. — Eliza Shocket, eighth-grader

Stoddert Elementary Hi. I’m Victor, and yesterday after testing we traveled to the International Spy Museum. We traveled there by bus. For me, the trip seemed long because I thought we’d get there in about 10 minutes and it took about 30. When we got there, I felt surprised. The first thing I saw was a statue of a spy hanging from the wall. Then I saw the cafe and the store, but I was interested in going into the museum. First, we saw a show about spies and we saw spy instruments. We came to a room where we had to become another person — a spy! It’s called assuming an identity. I was Gary Wonziak. I was 25 years old. My mission was to go to Singapore for 90 days to steal some secrets. Hi. I’m Leo, and I went to the museum, too. The Spy Museum is a big place, and it’s fun. My favorite part was crawling through the air duct. It was like a tunnel. We got to see people in the museum, but they couldn’t see us. In China, our field trips are mostly to the park. The museum has many facts about spies. Spies are clever and very cool because they do many things we don’t know about. Some things are dangerous, and other things like crawling through air ducts are pretty safe. Everything that we saw was incredible. — Victor Gunar, fourth-grader, and Leo Mam, fifth-grader

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NEW PRICE! Completely renovated, grand Kalorama home perfect for entertaining, or comfortable family living. Features 5BR, 5FB, 2HB, original details, 9ft+ ceilings, hardwood floors, parking for two, & a roof deck overlooking Mitchell Park. $2,699,000

Stunning rebirth of historic Dupont rowhouse! Extremely large home with a classic feel. Home features 5 BR, 6.5 BA, 7FP, formal dining, gourmet kitchen, expansive upper deck, 2-car pkg., large LL au-pair suite with full bath, kitchen, and separate entrance. $2,595,000

Fabulous end unit 9-year-young townhome has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, $200,000 in new upgrades, gated parking, chef’s kitchen, sunlight and windows galore!! The best of it all in East Village near Park and Pennsylvania Avenue! Move-in ready! $2,395,000

Handsome stone & clapboard cape with high ceilings. Family kitchen, paneled library & family room. Fantastic Loggia addition with French doors that open to expansive terrace, pool, cabana with kitchen & bath & sweeping lawn. 3 car garage. $2,250,000

Jim Bell

Jim Bell

Eileen McGrath

Ted Gossett





kent, Washington, DC

spring Valley, Washington, DC

au park, Washington, DC

georgetoWn, Washington, DC

NEW LISTING! 4BR, 4.5BA with luxurious MBR suite with walk-in closets and renovated bathroom. Sunroom, LL family room, large rear, flagstone terrace, and 2 car garage. $1,995,000

Elegant 4 bedroom, 3 full, 2 half bath home in Spring Valley located on quiet cul-de-sac features large rooms and ideal floor plan for entertaining, large terrace and pool for three-season enjoyment on nearly 1/3 acres with two car garage. A rare offering. $1,995,000

Almost new construction in AU Park! 5BR & 3 full BA. Large sunken family room, eat-in kitchen with granite counters. Master suite with walk-in closet & private bathroom. 3rd floor loft with vaulted ceilings & skylights. Back patio & garden. $1,145,000

Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath detached home in the East Village of Geogretown. Features hardwood floors, a grand living room, beautifully renovated kitchen and baths and rear patio and garden. $1,145,000

W. Ted Gossett

Nancy Taylor Bubes

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick


Eileen McGrath




Mass aVe heights, Washington, DC

georgetoWn, Washington, DC

BethesDa, MarylanD

Wesley heights, Washington, DC

SHOREHAM WEST - Elegant and peaceful corner unit with 2,450 square feet, stunning views from 70 feet of windows. Six especially spacious rooms, balcony, twocar parking, washer/dryer. Pets welcome. $1,100,000

Beautiful 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in the heart of Georgetown boasts exquisite details throughout including custom cabinetry, high ceilings and recessed lighting. Renovated kitchen, updated bath, separate dining room and private rear patio. $830,000

NEW LISTING! Charming brick 4BR, 3.5BA end unit with private rear terrace, updated BAs, fireplace, & 2-car parking. Offers amenities of a condo with the privacy of a single-family home. $799,000

Truly spectacular & rarely available 3BR/2.5BA TH boasts expansive south-facing Terrace, renovated Kitchen & Baths, Brazilian hdwd & beautiful designer touches. Includes 2 parking spaces and pool. Nearby several conveniences & pub trans! $675,000

Matthew B. McCormick Mary White

202-728-9500 202-338-2255

Nancy Taylor Bubes


Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick



Kay McGrath King


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955 26th Street NW #805 Spacious and bright 1-bedroom condo at The Griffin. Features include an award-winning kitchen, 2 balconies (north and south exposure), high ceilings, washer/dryer and 1 parking space!

the Colonnade

Lovely 2 bedroom, 2½ bath condo, ideal for living and entertaining. Within walking distance to restaurants and shops. Beautiful pool, fitness center, and grocery store.

Anslie Stokes 202.270.1081

gilda herndon Katherine martin

301.807.7884 202.494.7373

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Stunning, top-floor, 1-bedroom + den/office. 931 sq.ft. features 14-foot ceilings top-of-the-line kitchen, cherry floors, washer/dryer, storage unit, and garage parking.

marian lobred 202.486.0667

Beautiful views of the City!

Fully renovated one bedroom corner unit. Stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, gas cooking, washer/dryer, pet-friendly. Close to Brookland Metro.

Alyssa Crilley 301.325.0079

Alive with Color & Charm

Bright, open, & airy! This home boasts 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 2 additional guest rooms/dens! Improvements include a two-car, detached garage and new H2O heater!

Ann mcClure 301.367.5098 KeNSiNgtoN, mD


A must See!

Light-filled & updated 4-level split! 4 bedrooms, 2½ updated baths, formal living and dining rooms. Large family room, private backyard w/ porch. Hardwood floors.

mark hudson 301.641.6266


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incredible location!

Fantastic end-unit townhome in soughtafter Tuckerman Station! Brand new kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors redone, 1st floor FR and library. Walkout lower level fully finished w/ wet bar, full bath, and bonus room.

tom Williams 202.255.3650

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Stunning New Construction

Beautiful design and expert craftsmanship. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, porch, high ceilings, large rooms and chef’s kitchen. Over 5600 SF. Seller will pay closing costs.

Allison Brigati Kelly garrett

240.475.3384 202.258.7362



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