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Package thief gets 18-month prison term

Kalorama experiencing notable property deals


■ Real estate: Government

of France to sell half an acre

By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

A serial package thief who has been convicted of numerous crimes within a few blocks in Dupont Circle over more than a decade was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release and treatment for drug abuse and mental health issues. Wayne Bridgeforth, 60, was convicted of second-degree theft and felony contempt in D.C. Superior Court, where Judge Neal Kravitz called the case “unusual and difficult” and said Bridgeforth’s sentence would be stiffer than for a typical case of package theft because “he’s been here many, many, many times before.” His latest arrest followed an incident last July when he stole a package from a front stoop in an area of the neighborhood from which he had been previously ordered by a judge to “stay away,” according to a report from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The package contained a camera, which See Thefts/Page 31

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A pair of recent real estate transactions in Sheridan-Kalorama have attracted national headlines: the Obamas renting a house at 2446 Belmont Road NW, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner purchasing 2449 Tracy Place NW right around the corner. But two other deals may have a longer-term impact on the neighborhood. Representatives of the

French government announced Monday that they will be selling half an acre of their five-acre ambassador’s residence, potentially allowing the development of up to four homes on Kalorama Circle NW. And at the other end of the neighborhood, residents have applauded plans to convert the former Textile Museum into one large single-family home — putting an end to concerns it could become a disruptive diplomatic property or a multi-unit residential building. Both projects were discussed at Monday’s meeting of Advisory See Kalorama/Page 15

Chads restaurant boasts new celebrity ownership ■ Business: Kornheiser,

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Povich among four buyers

NBC4 held its 2017 Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday and Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The annual event featured CPR demonstrations, motivational speakers, health screenings and fitness classes.

By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

AU removes controversial statue after threats By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

From Dec. 9 to Jan. 3, a statue depicting Leonard Peltier — a Native American man convicted in 1977 of murdering two FBI agents and imprisoned ever since — stood at Ward Circle next to American University’s Katzen Arts Center. But on Dec. 29, American University Museum director and curator Jack Rasmussen and other university officials started moving hastily on plans to remove the statue. In a private email sent on that day to the statue’s artist, known only as Rigo 23, Rasmussen cited “credible threats the university received, to the statue and

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The statue was removed from near Ward Circle on Jan. 3.

to the surrounding buildings and people.” The email’s subject line was simple: “Uh oh.” By the middle of last week, no traces of the statue were visible from the street, and the artist is now considering legal action

against the university. “Having it up for three weeks has been an honor,” Rasmussen wrote in the Dec. 29 email, obtained by The Current. “I don’t think another DC museum could have it up for three minutes ... including the National Museum of the American Indian, unfortunately.” Rigo 23 is part of a movement that seeks clemency for Peltier, whom various dignitaries from U.S. congressmen to Nelson Mandela have argued was wrongfully convicted. American University unveiled the statue — standing 9 feet tall and depicting a bloodied Peltier sitting down with his hand on his chin, lost in thought — on See Statue/Page 31

The restaurant Chadwicks has been an anchor in Friendship Heights since 1982, particularly for professionals in the local news media. Though it’s undergone some changes over the years, including the abbreviated name Chads, the affordable prices and friendly atmosphere have kept locals coming back. But in the next few months, the 5247 Wisconsin Ave. NW restaurant will see a transformation, thanks to several high-profile new owners: nationally recognized sports talk personality Tony Kornheiser; syndicated talk show host and former local news anchor Maury Povich; longtime University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams; and D.C. entrepreneur and socialite Alan Bubes. The quartet purchased the restaurant late last year and plan to change its name, upgrade its interior and add a studio where Kornheiser, a former Washington Post

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The restaurant, located below street level, dates to 1982.

columnist and ESPN anchor, will record episodes of his podcast “The Tony Kornheiser Show.” Immediate tweaks will include new flooring and paint, an expanded wine list with help from Calvert Woodley Liquors, and a sound system that will simulcast Kornheiser’s podcast recordings, according to Geoff Dawson, a local restaurateur who’s helping the new owners with the business end of their new venture. Eventually, visitors will be able to view Kornheiser’s podcasts and interviews from an enclosed green room space in the restaurant, Dawson said. See Chads/Page 7





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ANC 2C opposes Penn Quarter Sports Tavern’s application for rooftop alcohol service / Page 3

Susan Calloway Fine Arts’ year in review looks back on pieces from 2016 exhibits / Page 21

Looking back at the highs and lows of last year’s Northwest news — in poem form / Page 10

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Safeway vows store upgrades Project collects memories of Walter Reed’s past after Chevy Chase complaints By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Many Chevy Chase residents rely on their local Safeway — their only affordable, convenient supermarket within easy reach by foot or bus. But an increasing number of those who are able to travel farther have been choosing to do so. And now, Safeway’s Eastern Division leadership is on scene in hopes of correcting the issues that have driven once-loyal customers to shop instead at Giant Food and Whole Foods Market. “We’re not running a very good supermarket, and I take full responsibility,� Kenneth Melville, Safeway’s regional manager, said at a November meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase). Melville was then just two weeks into the job. “I’ve made a little bit of progress — not enough,� he said. “My team is in here, and we’re going to get it solved.� Customer complaints about the

store at 5545 Connecticut Ave. NW had reached a boiling point by that time, with comments heating up on the Chevy Chase listserv and 100 residents signing onto a petition requesting improvements. Complaints included long lines with just two cash registers open at busy times; inventory that’s frequently out of stock, too limited and low quality; a lack of courtesy from staff; and unsanitary conditions. The store has an average rating of 1.9 out of 5. Melville promptly agreed with residents about the problems. “I’m a country boy from Texas, and I tell it the way it is,� he said. To address these conditions, Safeway’s plans include a “complete reset� at the store: a full analysis of existing and potential inventory to ensure that supply and selection meet customer expectations. This “reset� is expected early this year and will likely bring additional fresh foods and organic items, officials said. Meanwhile, the store will also be remodeled sometime this year, See Safeway/Page 5

The week ahead Wednesday, Jan. 11

The University of the District of Columbia Community-Campus Task Force will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room A-03 of Building 44 on the university’s campus, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Preliminary agenda items include 2018 budget scenarios and upcoming university events. For details, contact Thomas E. Redmond at 202-247-5622 or

Saturday, Jan. 14

The National Park Service will host stakeholder meetings in connection with the development of a plan to guide the improvement and management of the Rock Creek Park complex that includes the nature center, horse center and maintenance area. A session for bird watchers will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW; a session for those interested in the horse center will follow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the same meeting room. ■The DC Language Immersion Project will present “DC’s Bilingual Education Fair� from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. The event will feature 30 exhibitors, a children’s and adult program with three speakers, and story time activities presented in Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin, Amharic, Hebrew and German. Admission is free; to RSVP, visit

Wednesday, Jan. 18

The Foxhall Community Citizens Association will hold a general meeting at 7 p.m. at Hardy Recreation Center, 45th and Q streets NW.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold a community meeting to discuss the city’s plans for an outdoor swimming pool at Hearst Park. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 Lowell St. NW. ■The Foggy Bottom Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. The location has not been announced.

When the now-shuttered Walter Reed campus was a thriving medical facility and military base, Andre Carley’s adventures as the young son of a serviceman included trips to the base’s movie theater and commissary as well as two near-death experiences. The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B member recounted some of his recollections of growing up near the storied Georgia Avenue NW campus during a meeting Monday night at Shepherd Elementary School hosted by CulturalDC. “I have a lot of fond, fond memories of Walter Reed,� said Carley, whose father served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. CulturalDC has joined with Ward 4 residents and businesses to spearhead “Walter Reed

Dreams,� a community-driven arts and cultural tribute this spring that will feature multiple activities — including a documentary film and light installation — as part of the redevelopment of Walter Reed. As part of its project “Shared Stories,� the nonprofit is inviting community members to tell their stories of life on campus or in the shadow of the historical site on one of the District’s most prominent avenues. To schedule a “Shared Stories� event in your neighborhood, contact Samantha May at or 202-315-1307. You can also share your story online at walterreeddreams. com or by phone at 929-266-4736. — Kathleen J. Bryan

Roof deck application draws ANC objection By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

Owners of the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern near the Archives Metro station are seeking to sell alcohol on a rooftop deck that it hasn’t built yet, but neighborhood leaders declined Monday to support the liquor license application until the establishment secures approval from city agencies for the deck’s construction. Despite mixed feedback from residents on the plans, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C (Downtown, Penn Quarter) voted 3-0 to oppose the application, saying they want to know the deck is feasible before supporting liquor sales on it. “If you were requesting for an existing sidewalk cafe or summer garden, I would make a decision

yes or no. But this is not existing,� ANC 2C member John Tinpe said. “Based on that, I’m not going to make that approval. It’s very hypothetical.� The three-story restaurant’s managing members Michael Brand and John Sher said Monday that the design and zoning approval process for the rooftop deck would be costly and time-consuming, especially if they were to find out afterward that liquor sales were prohibited there. Commissioner Kevin Wilsey said he sympathizes but ultimately tipped in favor of some residents’ concerns over noise and hours. The application called for a 49-seat rooftop summer garden at the 639 Indiana Ave. NW sports bar, which would operate from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

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Friday and Saturday. Several residents pointed out that ANC 2C generally opposes liquor licenses for outdoor establishments open past midnight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most recently at the Ten Tavern at 707 G St. NW, which commissioners discussed Monday just moments before taking up the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. Brand and Sher came this time with a more modest proposal than their previous presentation last January, which included the planned rooftop deck as well as a now-defunct plan for another outdoor patio on the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second floor. Residents registered strong opposition to the outdoor patio in particular, and ANC 2C voted unanimously against the application at that time. A heated debate arose among See Rooftop/Page 31

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District Digest Dupont post office recovers from glitch

The Temple Heights Post Office in Dupont Circle is fully functioning after more than three weeks of computer problems that forced many routine transactions to be conducted manually. The outage at 1921 Florida Ave. NW lasted from Dec. 7 to Dec. 28, according to U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Tom Ouellette. Employees were able to conduct transactions like weighing packages and selling stamps manually, Ouellette said. Options that required computers, such as tracking packages, were unavailable for those weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just an internet outage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nothing different from what would happen in a home after the power goes out,â&#x20AC;? Ouellette said in an interview. One resident told The Current that he was turned away from buying a stamp there in early December, and that everyone else he encountered that day was turned away as well. The cause of the outage is unclear, as is the reason for the long delay between the beginning and end of the outage, Ouellette said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mark Lieberman

Halcyon set to debut performance series

An eclectic new performance series based out of the Halcyon House in Georgetown is set to debut this month with a conversation with international ballet star Misty Copeland. The new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Halcyon Stageâ&#x20AC;?

series intends to offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;a fusion of innovative performances, transformative conversations, and experiences that push past traditional boundaries and limitations,â&#x20AC;? according to a news release. Planned programming includes pop-up concerts, cabarets, book parties, hip-hop initiatives, new twists on classical music, and gatherings for entrepreneurs. Steering the series is the nonprofit S&R Foundation, whose artistic director Septime Webre previously spent 17 years helming The Washington Ballet. Though the Halcyon House at 3400-3410 Prospect St. NW â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will serve as home base for the series, the program will extend across the city with its events. According to the release, current partners include Politics and Prose, Wolf Trap, and Edens, which operates Union Market in Northeast D.C. The premiere event, in which Webre will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;an intimate, noholds barred conversationâ&#x20AC;? with Copeland, takes place Jan. 23 at Halcyon House. Upcoming events at the Georgetown property include a March 2 evening with culinary entrepreneur Claus Meyer, a March 14 book party with social critic Camille Paglia and an April 8 cabaret performance by E. Faye Butler. At Union Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dock 5 performance space, pop-up concerts will include a â&#x20AC;&#x153;classical music raveâ&#x20AC;? performance of Stravinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rite of Springâ&#x20AC;? on March 18, and Philadelphia-based BalletX dancing to the music of Amy Winehouse and indie rock band

Beirut on May 13. Halcyon Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings also include a hip-hop initiative involving â&#x20AC;&#x153;house partyâ&#x20AC;? performances and an eight-week series of free music-making workshops for youth in Southeast D.C., according to the release. Full details on the schedule and tickets to the events are available at

GWU plans another commercial project

Shortly after construction began at one George Washington University-owned development site on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the school announced a new partnership that will create another commercial building next door at 2100 Pennsylvania. The school announced in late December that it will partner with Boston Properties to redevelop an existing office building at Pennsylvania and 21st Street NW and the Rice Hall administrative building on I Street NW behind it. The office/retail project, which will require approval by the Zoning Commission, is intended as a revenue generator for the university â&#x20AC;&#x201D; similar to the office building now under construction at 2112 Pennsylvania and the existing commercial building at 2200 Pennsylvania. The latter project, The Avenue, was also developed by Boston Properties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GW is excited by the opportunity to once again partner with Boston Properties to deliver a first-class commercial development that will activate the Foggy Bottom Campus with neighbor-



hood-serving retail while creating the opportunity to fund new academic initiatives through the revenue generated through a longterm ground lease,â&#x20AC;? Lou Katz, the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive vice president and chief financial officer, said in a news release. More specific plans for the project havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been developed, and construction remains years away. Rice Hall will be emptied by December 2018 to prepare for the redevelopment, and the university hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet decided where to relocate its current administrative functions. Tenants at the existing 2100 Pennsylvania building will leave by June 2019.

Mayor signs stronger GPS tampering law

A newly strengthened D.C. law makes it a criminal offense for persons on probation or parole to tamper with their GPS monitoring devices. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the legislation last week, saying in a news release that it â&#x20AC;&#x153;closes a critical loophole that allowed individuals â&#x20AC;Ś to go unpunished after removing, disabling or tampering withâ&#x20AC;? electronic monitoring devices theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ordered to wear as part of a supervised release. The previous D.C. law allowed prosecutions for such offenses only when the individual was ordered to wear the devices by the U.S. Parole Commission or a judge. This limited legal interpretation was due to a D.C. Court of Appeals decision, according to the release. The new law, however, more broadly applies to orders to wear the GPS devices from â&#x20AC;&#x153;any agencyâ&#x20AC;? that can require them, including the Court Services and Offender Agency, the Pretrial Ser-

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vices Agency and the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, the release says. Individuals found guilty of tampering with their device â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including by attempting to remove it, failing to charge it or trying to mask its signal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can face up to six months in jail. The Washington Post exposed the previous legal loophole through a series of reports last year about repeat offenders in the District. Mayor Bowser introduced an emergency bill tackling the issue in September, and the D.C. Council signed off on it unanimously last month. The mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release touts the GPS monitoring devices as a significant tool in monitoring compliance, a deterrence against reoffending, and aid for law enforcement in subsequent criminal investigations. With the latter aspect, the release cites a 2013 drive-by shooting on North Capitol Street, wherein tracking devices helped officials arrest the criminals responsible. However, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federally funded public defender service and the local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union have both criticized the new law as unconstitutional, according to a Post report last week. The critics say that the new system will allow the Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the independent federal body that watches offenders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to dictate the intrusive condition of monitoring without due process protections. Bowser told The Post she was undeterred by the potential legal challenges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see them in court,â&#x20AC;? she said.


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and better employee scheduling is already underway, according to Stacey Brown, Safeway’s vice president for human resources and labor relations. “We’re looking to really remodel and brighten up and freshen up and improve the conditions — from an appearance perspective, and a customer service perspective, and an inventory perspective,” Brown said at the November meeting. In an email Monday, Safeway spokesperson Beth Goldberg said improvements are underway and continuing. “We continue to closely monitor the on-going improvements in check-stand wait times, in-stock positions and overall store conditions,” Goldberg wrote. “We are pleased with the positive reaction we have received from our neighbors over the last several weeks, but we strive to do more to serve the community.” Two ANC 3/4G members told The Current recently that they’ve seen some progress. Commission chair Randy Speck reported that he’s found shelves to be better stocked, and more checkout lanes open. However, on one visit he found a skimpy banana selection and “gruff and impatient” customer service. “Safeway management seems quite serious in addressing this store’s acknowledged shortcomings, but it will take time to recover from years of neglect,” Speck wrote in an email. Meanwhile, commissioner Chris Fromboluti said he hasn’t seen enough improvements to win him back from Whole Foods. “The overall impression is that this store is tired and out of date although the issue of not enough cashiers seems to have been resolved on my visit,” he wrote in an email. Some neighbors feel the recent marks of progress are long overdue. At the Nov. 28 meeting, Chevy Chase resident Bill Hopper said the Safeway has been deteriorating for the last seven to eight years. “Why did it take so long to

get the two of you here to address such basic things?” he asked the company officials. Brown replied that part of the issue is the store’s unusual shortage of storage space, meaning that there isn’t a back room with extra inventory to replenish bare shelves. Another problem was that until early 2015, Safeway had highly centralized operations on the West Coast that made it easy to overlook local needs. “We couldn’t so much as order large Old Bay cans, because they’d never heard of large Old Bay cans in Pleasanton, Calif.,” said Brown. But after the company merged with Albertsons, different regions received greater autonomy, Brown said. “We started making decisions locally, and while it certainly wasn’t done fast enough, we suddenly had to make decisions faster for the 125 stores in the Eastern Division,” she said. “We’re not moving fast enough — we’re not making corrections quickly enough. But we appreciate the concern; we appreciate the input.” Shortly after the officials’ comments in Chevy Chase, the D.C. Department of Health ordered a temporary emergency shutdown of another local Safeway store: 1747 Columbia Road NW in Adams Morgan. The agency had found mouse droppings in the store, unsanitary food-contact surfaces and inadequate refrigeration, among other issues. The store was ordered closed Nov. 30 and was allowed to reopen the following afternoon. Goldberg, the Safeway spokesperson, told The Current that the company is now paying additional attention to its D.C. groceries. “All of our stores within the area are held to the highest standards of safety and sanitation,” she wrote in an email. “With the recent incidents in mind, we are thoroughly re-examining all of our [stores’] conditions to ensure our customers receive the highest quality food and shopping experience.” Goldberg invited customers to raise concerns to a store manager or to provide comments online via

Construction halted for special events



The D.C. Department of Transportation will suspend construction activities on roads and sidewalks for seven days total for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the presidential inauguration. The agency will be halting such work on Jan. 15 and 16 in observance of MLK Day, and from Jan. 19 to 22 for the 58th presidential inauguration, according to a news release. That schedule marks a revision from the department’s original proposal to suspend all construction work between Jan. 13 and Jan. 24. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton had objected to that plan, writing in a letter to the D.C. agency that “for years, no such work stoppage … has proved necessary” for the holidays. She said she was unaware of any federal security directives for “such an extreme cutback” that could cause “serious economic harm to our city’s economy and workers.” Transportation Department spokesperson Terry Owens told WTOP last week that his agency opted to ease the work restrictions after meeting with the construction community and law enforcement officials, including the Secret Service. During the planned suspensions, lane closures will not be allowed for any non-emergency work on roads, sidewalks and manholes within the District’s right of way, according to a release.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 DMV announces holiday closures

D.C. Department of Motor Vehicle locations will be closed for three days for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the presidential inauguration. The offices will shut down on Saturday, Jan. 14; Monday, Jan. 16; and Friday, Jan. 20. In a release, the agency encourages customers to complete certain services such as renewing vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses entirely online at The agency expects customer volumes to be high before and after the closures.

New Nebraska Avenue signal goes live

In conjunction with this week’s opening of American University’s new East Campus as students return from winter break, a new pedestrian crossing is in place to accommodate increased foot traffic across Nebraska Avenue NW. The D.C. Department of Transportation has placed a “HAWK” (high-intensity activated crosswalk) signal and pavement markings mid-block on Nebraska between Ward Circle and New Mexico Avenue, similar to signals used in Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park and elsewhere in the District. Some neighbors had opposed the signal during the East Campus approval process and remain concerned that the HAWK will lead to congestion on Nebraska and at Ward Circle. The East Campus project includes three dorms along with administration and classroom space.

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PSA 101 â&#x2013; DOWNTOWN

Theft â&#x2013; 900-999 block, F St.; 2:51 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 13th St.; 3:52 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1306-1399 block, H St.; 4:01 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 13th St.; 4:10 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 12th St.; 8:36 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, I St.; 12:26 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 1:53 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 7:27 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 8:11 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  900-999 block, G St.; 4:49 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  700-999 block, Independence Ave. SW; 7:20 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, G St.; 5:10 a.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, New York Ave.; 12:18 p.m. Jan. 7.


Burglary â&#x2013; 2900-2999 block, 29th St.; 4:06 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, 35th St.; 8:49 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft â&#x2013;  3900-4099 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:06 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  2600-2649 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:51 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3800-3829 block, Macomb St.; 7:01 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  3800-3829 block, Macomb St.; 2:47 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, Woodley Place; 7:14 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  2806-2899 block, 27th St.; 9:31 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley Place; 5:47 p.m. Jan. 6.

PSA 205



Burglary â&#x2013; 5000-5099 block, Sedgwick St.; 9:35 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  3000-3035 block, 44th St.; 10:42 p.m. Jan. 4.

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 5210-5228 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:27 p.m. Jan. 7 (with knife).

Sexual abuse â&#x2013; 3000-3029 block, K St.; 1:26 a.m. Jan. 2.

Theft â&#x2013; 5302-5329 block, Nevada Ave.; 6:44 a.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Northampton St.; 5:39 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, Patterson Place; 10:26 a.m. Jan. 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:19 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  5000-5099 block, Nebraska Ave.; 1:46 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Legation St.; 4:40 p.m. Jan. 3.




PSA PSA 206 206

PSA 203



PSA PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; CHEVY CHASE


PSA 204

Theft â&#x2013; 4400-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:20 a.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  3400-3421 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:20 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  3900-3999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:42 p.m. Jan. 3. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3500-3599 block, Williamsburg Lane; 6:39 p.m. Jan. 2.


Burglary â&#x2013; 3800-3899 block, T St.; 1:01 p.m. Jan. 3. Theft â&#x2013;  1048-1099 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7:47 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 8:28 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1048-1099 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 8 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 8:45 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 9:06 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1048-1099 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:20 a.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 5:48 p.m. Jan. 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, Dumbarton St.; 6:18 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 31st St.; 6:31 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 31st St.; 8:31 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; 8:58 p.m. Jan. 8.

PSA 207

PSA 207 â&#x2013; FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:20 p.m. Jan. 8.

Burglary â&#x2013; 2000-2099 block, M St.; 3:31 p.m. Jan. 3. Theft â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:55 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 15th St.; 12:37 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 6:32 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, L St.; 8:45 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, I St.; 1:09 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, M St.; 8:38 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  900-915 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 12:22 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 15th St.; 1:11 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 10:19 a.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:49 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 1:19 a.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:45 p.m. Jan. 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2700-2749 block, Virginia Ave.; 6:43 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, G St.; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, De Sales St.; 6:39 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, K St.; 3:01 a.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, K St.; 3:21 a.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, K St.; 3:54 a.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 25th St.; 7:01 a.m. Jan. 8.

PSA 208



Burglary â&#x2013; 1700-1799 block, P St.; 12:37 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, N St.; 8:22 p.m. Jan. 4. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, Newport Place; 4:37 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, Hillyer Place; 9:08 a.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:47 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  2002-2099 block, R St.; 12:55 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1600-1639 block, 20th St.; 9:45 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 5:59 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 9:36 p.m. Jan. 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 23rd St.; 3:41 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1200-1221 block, 17th St.; 12:34 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Riggs Place; 4:15 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, S St.; 6:13 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Church St.; 1:27 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, R St.; 3:12 p.m. Jan. 4.

â&#x2013; 1800-1820 block, Phelps Place; 9:35 p.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, Sunderland Place; 7:12 a.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 3:58 p.m. Jan. 8.

PSA PSA 301 301


Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1600-1699 block, R St.; 3:35 a.m. Jan. 7. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1700-1723 block, 17th St.; 11:47 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft â&#x2013;  1726-1799 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 9:37 a.m. Jan. 6. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Swann St.; 5:52 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1820-1899 block, 14th St.; 12:32 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1600-1619 block, 15th St.; 9:09 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Q St.; 3:48 p.m. Jan. 6.

PSA PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; ADAMS MORGAN

Burglary â&#x2013; 2400-2479 block, 16th St.; 12:27 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1940-1955 block, Biltmore St.; 7:10 a.m. Jan. 7. Theft â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, 18th St.; 1:35 a.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, 18th St.; 8:19 a.m. Jan. 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1801-1898 block, Calvert St.; 4:41 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, Cliffbourne Place; 4:04 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  2300-2399 block, Ashmead Place; 4:24 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Wyoming Ave.; 9:24 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, Cliffbourne Place; 9:04 a.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  2480-2599 block, 16th St.; 1:17 p.m. Jan. 8.

PSA PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; LOGAN CIRCLE

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 923-999 block, P St.; 1:12 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Corcoran St.; 1:34 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, 9th St.; 10:12 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 12th St.; 9:12 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 9th St.; 9:59 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Vermont Ave.; 2:19 p.m. Jan. 7. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 9th St.; 2:08 p.m. Jan. 8. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Riggs St.; 3:20 p.m. Jan. 8.


The Current Wednesday, January 11, 2017


CHADS: Sports talk personality, friends purchase area restaurant From Page 1

The sale came together quickly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; initial conversations began four to six months ago, and the final paperwork was signed in the last week of 2016, Dawson said. Plans will start to take shape in the restaurant over the next 30 to 90 days, according to Bubes. The restaurant will remain open throughout the transition, Dawson said. News of the Chads purchase arrived first on the Jan. 3 episode of Kornheiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s podcast, aptly titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Announcement.â&#x20AC;? Kornheiser called for loyal listeners to write in with suggestions for the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. In an interview with The Current, he said renaming the restaurant will help him and his fans put their stamp on it. The idea for the new business was born out of loose conversations among friends, the new owners told The Current last week. Bubes had heard that Chads was up for sale and floated the possibility to Kornheiser, who thought Povich and Williams might be up for the transaction as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make it seem like there was a master plan and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been sitting waiting to pounce on an opportunity,â&#x20AC;? Kornheiser said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not at all. It just sort of grew out of a conversation.â&#x20AC;? Povich signed on to purchase the restaurant as an act of friendship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They basically told me I was going to be a partner. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I had a choice,â&#x20AC;? Povich joked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually when my friends ask me something, I just blindly do it.â&#x20AC;? Unlike Kornheiser and Povich, Williams brings a modicum of restaurant experience, having helped oversee a few restaurants in

Columbus, Ohio, while he coached basketball at Ohio State University in the late 1980s. Meanwhile, Bubes is the founder of Linens of the Week, a company that has provided Chads with tablecloths and other fabrics for years. And Dawsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s properties include popular establishments like Penn Social and the Iron Horse Taproom. Chads founder Joe McGuinness put the restaurant up for sale in 2015 and considered three offers before making a deal with

â??Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a fancy restaurant. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to sell anything where you have to add foam.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tony Kornheiser Kornheiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group, McGuinness told The Current in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m almost 71, I have been doing this for over 50 years, it was simply time to retire,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Tucked below street level at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Jenifer Street NW, the restaurant was known as Chadwicks for its first three decades in service, co-owned by McGuinness, Tom Russo and Mike Kirby. Russo, who owned the rights to the name, decided to pull the Chadwicks name from the Friendship Heights restaurant when he fell ill in 2012 in order to avoid any issues with his estate, according to McGuinness. McGuinness decided to simply shorten the name to Chads, which stuck, though Bubes and other longtime patrons still call it Chadwicks out of habit. A location in Georgetown closed in 2014; another one

remains in Alexandria, still operating as Chadwicks. Handing Chads over to the new owners made sense because McGuinness knows many of them from their patronage of the restaurant over the years. Povich recalls that his colleagues at WTTG-TV often headed to Chads after newscasts to commiserate with each other and with their competitors at WUSA-TV â&#x20AC;&#x201D; playful ribbing over who missed out on an exclusive story, debriefs on how that nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show had gone and a fair share of drunken merriment. Ken Crawford, a Woodley Park resident who worked at WUSA for almost a decade in the late 1980s and early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, describes Chads as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;home away from homeâ&#x20AC;? for the local media crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious stories that would not be fit to print. Things were lively. We were all friends,â&#x20AC;? Crawford said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business through Chadwicks and the good times that we had down there.â&#x20AC;? The new owners plan to continue making changes to their establishment over time, based on feedback from patrons and Kornheiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listeners. Long-term goals include teaching high schoolers about podcasting, an idea Kornheiser credits to his son Michael. And visitors can look forward to an annual appearance from Povichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, longtime TV journalist Connie Chung, who told The Current that she has agreed to serve as a waitress there once a year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fair warning, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be the waitress from hell,â&#x20AC;? Chung said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just for fun.â&#x20AC;? Kornheiser teased on his show that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d

Photo courtesy of This Stinks Productions LLC

Tony Kornheiser will host his podcast from a studio in the upgraded restaurant.

like to see the restaurant become a hub for University of Maryland sports fans. Williams told The Current that the place will be welcoming to all, and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t formally affiliate itself with the Maryland school. Kornheiser is coming in with a humble attitude, freely admitting that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no expert on running a restaurant, and that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far from certain the endeavor will prove successful. But Povich and Williams do think their new venture will be a hit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; within reason. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go into things with my heart with the idea that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to make money,â&#x20AC;? Povich said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s positive is just a bonus.â&#x20AC;? Though change might scare off some loyal customers, Kornheiser and the others want to preserve as much of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing spirit as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a fancy restaurant. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to sell anything where you have to add foam,â&#x20AC;? Kornheiser told The Current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole model of it is to be welcoming and familial and friendly.â&#x20AC;?

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The Foggy Bottom


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Road woes

Given D.C.’s burgeoning development and affluent new residents, it can be easy to forget the bleak periods of local history in which the city government struggled to provide such basic services as road maintenance and repairs. Pothole-covered streets were emblematic of a city that was both cash-strapped and irresponsibly managed. Today, the District is hardly strapped for cash, and we’ve been impressed with the great improvements to the government’s fiscal stewardship. Still, traveling around Northwest and hearing from residents, we’ve encountered troubling signs that our roadways are slipping back toward the infamous conditions of the last century. One difference now is that the D.C. Department of Transportation pledges to quickly address issues, particularly during its annual “Potholepalooza” event. But while many pothole complaints result in fast responses to provide temporary repairs, some residents have lambasted the quality of the work. We’ve also been on the record questioning the cost-effectiveness of repeated short-term fixes rather than more comprehensive repaving projects or at least smoother, longer-lasting patches. There should no longer be a resources issue — the District government has adequate cash. Perhaps it’s a matter of priorities, with elected officials simply putting other spending areas first. Perhaps the D.C. Department of Transportation simply needs to improve the quality of the work done by its staff and contractors. Whatever the reason, smooth streets — or a lack thereof — are a visible sign of government functionality. And they’re important to residents and other people using our roadways. As the D.C. Council goes through its annual oversight hearings of the D.C. Department of Transportation in the coming months, we hope legislators will ensure that the city has a sufficient road budget and that it’s spent wisely.

Thinking long-term

Amid overcrowding at Ward 3’s elementary schools, a city task force recently worked to comprehensively overhaul school boundaries across the District. But the effort understandably struggled, given that its main way of addressing capacity issues at high-demand schools was to shift some families to less popular ones. Largely absent from the discussion was the potential for creating a new neighborhood school in Ward 3 to absorb demand. Indeed, D.C. Public Schools even owns such a building: the former Hardy School on Foxhall Road NW, which the school system vacated when Hardy Middle School moved to its larger current home two decades ago. The building is now leased to the Lab School of Washington, which operates a special-needs elementary there near its main Reservoir Road campus. The issue commands attention now because Lab is requesting an extension of its lease, which currently runs through 2023, so the school can carry out $2.5 million in maintenance and repairs. With the current lease term, Lab understandably fears any investment could soon be lost if its lease weren’t renewed. The D.C. Council last month hastily authorized Mayor Muriel Bowser to negotiate the requested extension. We’re sympathetic to the Lab School’s interest, especially given that its special-needs program serves some public school students. But there’s possibly a more compelling need for this property as a neighborhoodserving elementary, and a long-term lease for Lab could close off that possibility for decades. Another incentive for the public schools to take over the building would be to free up more space in Ward 3 for out-ofboundary students — providing them access to popular programs, while ensuring neighborhood kids enjoy a greater diversity of classmates. Mayor Bowser should direct the D.C. Public Schools and the Office of Planning to promptly begin assessing the current and future public education needs in southwest Ward 3. If the school system once again needs the old Hardy, the Lab School deserves a warning that it would need to vacate. Meanwhile, if careful study concludes that the property isn’t valuable for public use, the lease should be extended. We’d note that in the Palisades area, two private school buildings could potentially become available in the near future: the current Georgetown Day lower/middle school, which is slated to move to Tenleytown, and the Ashby Street building of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day, which is working to shift its seventh- and eighth-graders to a larger facility. If D.C. Public Schools does reclaim the Hardy site, we hope the District government and other stakeholders will help Lab transition to one of those sites if the schools’ officials show interest.

The Current

Guns, again …


entucky Rep. Thomas Massie a few days ago introduced a bill to get rid of the federal law establishing “gun-free” zones around public schools. He calls his bill the “Safe Students Act.” The conservative Republican’s news release was blunt. “Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” Massie said in early January. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.” In December, Rep. Massie announced he had re-launched a Congressional Second Amendment Caucus. Again, he was blunt. “The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that’s occurred over the last few decades. I look forward to working with the new President and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda,” Massie stated. The views of Massie, who represents a largely rural area of Kentucky, are important to us locally because he has sustained an effort to overturn the District of Columbia’s urban gun laws. Massie supports “open carry” on city streets and neighborhoods. In the past, Massie’s efforts have been stymied by the Senate and/or the Obama White House. But times have changed. Donald Trump will replace Obama in a matter of days, and the House and Senate are firmly in the hands of Republicans. Another assault on D.C. gun laws could come at any time. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton already has fired a defensive shot. She is pointing out the new “security” signs outside entrances to Hill office buildings. These bright red signs warn visitors “Do not attempt to enter the building with any of the prohibited items listed below.” The first line on the list cites any firearm “regardless of any permit to carry status in any state.” Also banned are replica guns, ammunition, Tasers, explosives, fireworks and “any pointed object,” including daggers or razor knives. Norton highlights what she and others see as hypocrisy. “It is ironic that the Republican-led Congress, which has relentlessly tried, but failed, to overturn D.C.’s gun safety laws, including its prohibition of guns in D.C. government buildings, has not tried to overturn the federal guns laws that protect Members in the Capitol Complex, but instead is doubling down to ensure Members are protected,” Norton said in a news release. “Many of my Republican colleagues appear to be concerned about their own safety, but not the safety of D.C. residents and visitors, who are protected by D.C.’s local gun safety laws as they travel about the city.” In the past, Rep. Massie has dismissed allega-

tions of hypocrisy, saying the Capitol Hill buildings are fully protected at entrances, so there’s no need to carry guns inside. Norton noted that federal law (40 U.S.C. § 5104) prohibits guns in the entire Capitol Complex, both in the buildings and outside them. A separate federal law (18 U.S.C. § 930) also prohibits guns in federally owned or leased buildings, as long as notice of the prohibition is conspicuously posted. Of course, that leaves open a few questions. Why is Capitol Hill so protected? Why not let “open carry” be the law of the land? If we can carry guns on the streets, churches and other public places, why not carry them 24/7 inside the halls of Congress? And think how much we taxpayers could save if we took more responsibility for ourselves instead of depending on government and the U.S. Capitol Police to protect us. If everyone is armed who wants to be, what could go wrong? ■ Local D.C. gun laws. As we noted, the District bans open-carry firearms (at least until the courts or Congress changes the policy). To carry a concealed weapon within the District, you have to have a permit issued by the city. Importantly, there is no reciprocity with other jurisdictions. You may have a license to carry a weapon in Maryland or Virginia or any other state, but that doesn’t give you the same right in D.C. Several thousand law enforcement officers expected to come to D.C. to aid with crowd control and other security will be temporarily sworn in by D.C. police to allow them to carry weapons. ■ ACLU advice. The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to put online and distribute a leaflet with advice to protesters and other citizens about their civil rights at a time of heightened security. “We’re just in the final stages of preparing a leaflet that will be printed up in large numbers,” said Art Spitzer, legal director of the District ACLU office on Connecticut Avenue NW. He said it would include “things that people from out of town might not know” about local Washington and the federal complex here. For example, the leaflet will note that there are any number of police forces — city police, Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Capitol, Federal Protective Service and so on that may interact with visitors and protesters. Spitzer said the D.C. police do a far better job of crowd control than in years past, but noted some individuals and protest groups “want to be arrested.” ■ The official 411 on 1/20/2017. Last week the District government and Secret Service held a press conference on plans for the Trump Inaugural and its effect on citizens, businesses and transportation. The city has created a website with most of the information: Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Brighter streetlights won’t reduce crime

By implying that brighter streetlights reduce crime, Carol Morgan’s letter to the editor in the Jan. 4 issue perpetuates a myth that is not based in fact. Excessively bright street lighting creates glare, making it

more difficult to see. According to a 2012 report of the American Medical Association, “Glare from nighttime lighting can create hazards ranging from discomfort to frank visual disability.” The solution is not brighter lights but proper and uniform lighting levels using shielded fixtures that focus light downward to streets and sidewalks. I suspect Ms. Morgan does not need brighter streetlights but

instead more focused lighting with modest Kelvin levels to cover the “nooks and crannies.” Numerous studies have shown that brighter streetlights negatively affect health and the environment. The International Dark Sky Association has extensive information on street lighting for anyone who is interested in finding out more on this subject. Lee Mayer Chevy Chase

9 Op-Ed

The Current

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

When is New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s? Answer not always clear VIEWPOINT DANIELA GRIGIONI


cross the diverse community that is Washington, D.C., weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky to have multiple opportunities to mark the new year. There was New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day on Jan. 1, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a Chinese New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day coming up in a few weeks. In September, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll mark the start of the Jewish new year on Rosh Hashanah and of the Islamic new year on the first day of Muharram. Meanwhile, Congress enjoys the liberty to set its own calendar. When it comes to the federal budget and the 2017 fiscal year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon mark our third New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day of the year. The first was on Oct. 1, 2016, the start of the 2017 fiscal year. Unfortunately, Congress elected not to pass a full budget, instead adopting a short-term spending bill that funded the government for nine weeks, avoiding a budget fight in the midst of the campaign. When that funding expired, our second New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day for the 2017 fiscal year occurred on Dec. 9, when Congress opted for another short-term measure to carry the government through most of April, leaving funding for the end of the 2017 fiscal year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; May through September â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unresolved. Federal grants play a huge role in my work, providing after-school programs for children. The federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative â&#x20AC;&#x201D; generally known as 21st CCLC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; provides funds to D.C. and to the states, which in turn award grants to community centers or school-based after-school programs. The After-School All-Stars D.C. program at Charles Hart Middle School is lucky enough to receive a 21st CCLC grant that makes all the difference to the participating children and to their families. Coming from some of the most impoverished areas in D.C., students at Hart are able to enjoy art exploration, dance, athletics, mentoring, a phenomenal class in healthy eating run by a professional chef, a farm-to-table garden project, singing, performing, spoken word and poetry. We have a partnership with TechBridge that exposes young girls to the sciences. As part of the after-school programming, children learn about many careers they might

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR March marks launch of broader movement

On Jan. 21, people from across the United States will come to our city to march together in solidarity and the spirit of democracy to protect our rights, our safety, our health and our families. The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March on Washington will bring together volunteer organizers and residents from all 50 states, and I am proud to be a leader of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local chapter. But this march is about more than one day or one person. The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March on Washington is the start of a movement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a movement that begins on a local level and must include all voices from D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse community. This past weekend, Jan. 7 and 8, I was one of approximately

not otherwise, as well as about life on college campuses. Participants also join in service projects, and meet volunteers and mentors who help them develop leadership skills and the competencies necessary to be competitive in college and the job market. But running a good program depends not just on funding, but on being able to plan for what funding youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have. The delay in adopting a full-year budget means D.C. and the states wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how much money theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have for Having multiple starts to 21st CCLC the fiscal year comes at a grants until April, seven cost, and the uncertainty months into the year. it creates for after-school fiscal Jurisdictions programs is one of them. may guard against the prospect that Congress might decide to cut funding for afterschool programs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in some cases by holding off on making any grants at all until they know exactly what kind of resources theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have. Indeed, if funding were cut, this source of safe, healthy and enriching activities might just disappear. Many children would return to an empty home or remain in the streets; for many, dinner would be uncertain. Who knows what to expect in the new budget? President-elect Donald Trump will have new initiatives, and presumably some cuts to propose, and Congress should and will have its say. We can certainly hope that something as important and worthy as support for after-school programs never ends up on the chopping block. Still, having multiple starts to the fiscal year comes at a cost, and the uncertainty it creates for after-school programs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and for other essential funding streams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is one of them. Our students, our families, our workforce and our country itself suffer with this kind of uncertainty. At this time when there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nearly enough after-school programs to meet the need, our federal budget process should provide certainty and support â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not additional challenges. Daniela Grigioni is executive director of AfterSchool All-Stars D.C. and is a 2016-17 Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance.

300 volunteers braving snowy weather and frigid temperatures to encourage local businesses and community members to join us. Those volunteers, along with more than 700 businesses across the city who agreed to share information on the march with their customers, are making a loud and clear statement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights are human rights, and that we will continue to advocate for policies that reflect our entire community. On Jan. 21 thousands of D.C. residents are planning to march and hundreds more are contributing their time, expertise and even their homes and businesses to support this opportunity. And make no bones about it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this march is a vital opportunity to pull together our shared capital, experiences, perspectives, skills and motivations. Our growing D.C. local group is reaching out across our city to find ways to

connect and pull in the diverse voices of our community. We are hosting events at local businesses. We are walking in the 11th Annual MLK Holiday Parade. We are engaging local community leaders and houses of worship. We are contacting our local government officials. We are having uncomfortable and necessary conversations about race and privilege. D.C., we need you to join this local movement. We need to pull together, talk together, understand together and figure out what comes after the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March on Washington together. We need your voice. Visit and get connected. Spread the word about our efforts. And join us at 10 a.m. on Jan. 21 at the intersection of Independence Avenue and 3rd Street SW to send a message to the world that cannot be ignored. Jackie Savage Capitol Hill

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The People and Places of Northwest Washington

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Looking back on the year gone by ... As we leave 2-0-1-6 Let’s look back and take some picks. Farewells offered, most sincere: “Thank you!” Henderson, Lanier. Council’s mandate, voters’ plea: Statehood Now! for our D.C. Council energy: no lack. Some old hands, and Gray is back. Reynolds, Whatley and MacWood Stay as ANC reps. Good. Some incumbents not returned; Voters spoke, and lessons learned. This year, much that’s new and good Comes to Northwest’s neighborhoods. Cheers for Ellington’s Show Choir, Antwan Wilson, chancellor hire. Fillmore’s arts are still in play. Against Trump, students’ protest day. Renovations some schools get: Roosevelt, Murch, Lafayette. Add new buildings up at WIS? HPRB says plans still miss. Some libraries will get new looks; Might be hard to find some books. Always Politics and Prose; Kramerbooks to more space goes. Wardman’s neighbors voice pleas: Must new condos take down trees? Citizens ask FAA: Please reroute that noise away. Lights make some folks catatonic: Shut off billboards electronic. Meanwhile, solar tops a roof: Geophysical U. is proof. Take a swim, quench summer thirst? Neighbors cool on pool at Hearst. Sport on water does proceed, Recognizing boathouse need.

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Clockwise from above: Roosevelt High unveiled its modernized campus, including a spacious atrium with skylights; the National Zoo’s giant panda Bao Bao will head home to China in early 2017, months after her brother Bei Bei (shown) celebrated his first birthday; developers plan to redevelop the Fannie Mae headquarters near McLean Gardens as a mixed-use project; the advertising firm Digi Media erected digital signs across the city over the summer, prompting a suit from the D.C. attorney general; and residents in Georgetown and nearby communities continued to lobby federal agencies for reduced airplane noise from nearby Reagan National Airport. Open spaces now in play: What will go at Fannie Mae? Sure, Spring Valley’s “Ladybird” Sounds bucolic when first heard. Neighbors, though, fear traffic, height Won’t re-“fresh” old market site. Digging still, the Army Corps Seeks munitions, just found more. Tortoise beat the hare in race; Turtle Park’s repairs? Snail’s pace. N Street Village gets a lift: Logan Circle’s Oprah gift. Homeless shelters, spread through town,

Cause some neighborhoods to frown. New site chosen for Ward 3: Next to District 2 P.D. Tenleytown, once quiet ’hood, Mourns its Safeway, closed for good. Buildings rise there, much demand. Tenley Metro plaza planned. (Adams Morgan not so sure That its plaza can endure.) Recent building touts success: Up Conn Ave, new Park Van Ness. City doesn’t need to plead: Got new land at Walter Reed. Every year, and without fail, “Town” against some “gown” will rail. Colleges’ enrollments rise; AU neighbors question size. Georgetown’s dorms keep kids off streets. (As does offering late-night eats.) ABC lifts moratoriums: Georgetown now can add emporiums. Condos rise on waterfront, Those with views might bear the brunt. D.C. history stays alive Assuring that some sites survive. Palisades’ beloved park Designated now: “Landmark.” Off Ward Circle, they made sure Homeland’s site becomes “secure.” Sunoco’s classic pediment Causes developers’ im-pediment. “Historic district?” asks Burleith.

This month in ... ■ 1972 — The Burleith Citizens Association threw its support to a proposed recreation club as purchaser of the land and facilities of the financially troubled Jelleff Boys Club. The membership voted to support a zoning variance sought by attorney Raymond de Member for the Georgetown Racquet Club, which would have had a swimming pool and indoor tennis, squash and handball courts. The members conditioned their support on assurances that the club would preserve much of the site’s open space and remain in character with the neighborhood while providing adequate parking facilities.

provide enough funding for lower student-teacher ■ 1977 — Following congressional imposition of ratios, more teacher aides, better special educaa 35,000-employee ceiling on the District government, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Polly Shackle- tion programs or well-stocked libraries. Mayor Marion Barry had proposed ton introduced a bill to set a $263.8 million funding priorities in hiring. The bill From Our ARCHIVES level. The group provided gave priority to those posileaders with a detailed comtions that enhanced an parison with the better-funded Montgomery Counagency’s ability to provide direct services to the public and those that enhanced the government’s ty school system. revenue-collecting capacity. ■ 1987 — Ward 3 school board member Wanda Washburn hailed an agreement with Mayor Mari■ 1982 — Parents United for Full Public School on Barry on a spending plan for fiscal 1988. She Funding, a one-and-a-half-year-old group, began said the mayor’s amended $412.5 million budget pushing for a $289 million budget for the D.C. Public Schools. Even that, leaders said, would not proposal provided most of what the school board

(Protect what’s seen, not underneath.) Local history: Where to see? Now returned to Carnegie. Bicentennials now grace Mount Zion Church and Tudor Place. Cleveland Park did celebrate Engine Company 28. Lately people often found Challenges in getting ’round. How will Reno Road survive Renovation of Beach Drive? New bus schedules may abound. How goes SafeTrack underground? Get from Georgetown anywhere? Gondola that floats through air. At Comet Ping Pong, it’s too bad They were attacked. So very sad! People wandering. Lost? Oh no. Searching phones — Pokémon Go! So, while probing crystal ball Each new year, as we recall, Some old issues still crop up: Cope with neighbor’s new pop-up. Cut-through neighborhoods still grump: Slow down traffic: hump or bump? As we enter ’17, Let’s start fresh, with slate that’s clean. Fond farewell — sigh! — to Bao Bao Who now learns to say “Nihao.” — Lee Sturtevant had requested. “This is the first time since I have been on the board that we have received the equivalent of full funding,” Washburn said. ■ 1992 — Three residents of Sevier House, a Georgetown residence for the elderly, filed suit to prevent a scheduled June 1 closing. The lawsuit alleged that the decision by the Board of Governors of the Episcopal Church Home to shut the facility violated a 1978 court order and ignored the need for assisted living facilities for the elderly in the District. Attorney Garret Rasmussen filed the suit, which sought a preliminary injunction to block the board’s efforts to relocate the residents involuntarily.

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GUEST POST: ONE WAY TO HELP FOLKS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, ALL DAY Throughout the Foggy Bottom & West End Community Hello - my name is Zenobia McBride. I am a Washington, DC native and have been a police officer in the City for over 26 years. Recently, I have become increasingly aware of the significant homeless population in the City, more specifically in the Foggy Bottom area. There are people from all facets of the community – Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, elderly and youth, singles and entire families. Please, don’t misunderstand me -- it had not escaped me that there were substantial numbers of unhoused people sleeping on the sidewalks, beneath bridges, and within the wooded/grassy areas of the City. And over the years, I’d always thought I was doing my part to help them – contributing to organizations like S.O.M.E., giving ‘car seat’ cash to panhandler while stopped at a traffic light, purchasing dinner for someone down on their luck after paying for my meal. Yeah, I have always tried to

lend a helping hand to the less fortunate, all the while lamenting, “I wish I could do more.” I’ve come to believe that my keen awareness of the issue means nothing, if I don’t do more to address it. As the saying goes, “Who are we as human beings if we ignore the suffering of others.” Upon further consideration, I realized that not only can I do more - I must do more to help! I’ve been given a platform, access to resources, and opportunity - now I have a plan! I am currently organizing an event to assist the homeless during the remainder of the winter months. The moniker for the event, which will be held on January 14, 2017, is “It’s In the Bag!” We will be providing survival kits (in the form of bags) for 50 men and 50 women. The bags will be filled with hats, gloves, socks, hand/feet warmers, hygiene kits, and non-perishable food items. In keeping with the “bag” theme, we will give out the Empowerment Plan Coat/ Sleeping Bag combinations to as many as we can - the goal is 100. Please check out this

link; it’s just so perfect - www. I have already requested 12 of the $100 coat/sleeping bag combos, and plan to use one myself to sleep out with the homeless on the night of the event. While this is the perfect venture to launch the New Year, it’s only the beginning. “It’s In the Bag!” will serve the homeless population where they are, but the ultimate goal is to elevate their living situation. Replicating the Empowerment Plan model – which includes a job training and employment component -- here in Washington would be a step in that direction. Please support this effort with your financial contribution here: https:// fundraiser/Zwantstohelp. If you are willing to sponsor, partner or otherwise support this endeavor please contact me on 301-537-4628 or via email, mknitcount@aol. com. “Let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions.” (John 3:18)

HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE MEETING SCHEDULED SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM 2201 G St NW, Funger Hall (entrance on G St), Room 210 As you likely know, the encampment along 27th St has grown larger and is

causing some serious problems. The Task Force needs to meet, talk, and develop a plan of action. What form that action will take is up to the group. Please email if you are interested in attending. Coffee and sandwiches will be served.

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UPCOMING FBA MEETINGS TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 7:00-8:45PM School Without Walls, 2130 G St NW The FBA has invited a senior official from the District government. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 7:00-8:45 PM Location TBA Azar Nafisi – Foggy Bottom resident and author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination – will discuss her books, her life, and the current state of the nation.

WEST END LIBRARY FRIENDS’ 2017 WINTER-SPRING BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES HEROES AND DEMI-GODS: THE RISE AND FALL Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm Throughout human history, some individuals have been considered somehow more than the rest of us. While in modern times we have been less likely to ascribe a divine connection to charismatic and successful figures, we still place them on pedestals. The problem with such a position is that any fall is catastrophic. How has this idea played out in Western literature? How can this idea inform our thinking about ourselves as a species? Professor Ori Soltes leads the discussions. JANUARY 18 - Sophocles’: Oedipus Tyrannous (Oedipus the King) In the consummate Greek tale of a fall from the heights, Oedipus, whose preternatural cleverness allowed him to solve insoluble problems and become king of Thebes, is happy with a queenly wife and four beautiful children. But plague has struck Thebes. In figuring out why, the king learns things he wishes he had not. Inner sight leads to tragedy, blindness, and exile. Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at the interim West End Neighborhood Library, 2522 Virginia Ave NW. Call (202) 724-8707 for more information.

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Serving D.C. residents who are age 18+ with a disability or age 60+ and their caregivers

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Executive Director’s Message Laura Newland Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! It was great to see so many of you last month at the Mayor’s Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. I hope everyone got some much needed rest over the holidays because it’s a brand new year and we have a lot of work to do! You may have heard me say that in order for the Office on Aging to be the best in its class, we need your input. Last year, we asked you all to participate in our needs assessment study. I want to thank all of you who were willing to share your experiences with us. Your feedback is helping us shape our vision for an agefriendly D.C. and how DCOA can better meet you where you are. One of the biggest themes that came out of the assessment was seniors want more input on programs and the

services they receive. This is something we knew, but it’s reaffirming to have the data to back it up. Over the past year, I’ve really focused on listening more. I experimented with a new town hall format where seniors had the opportunity to present to me. The town halls are a great forum for us to connect with you in the community and this year we will continue to focus on more dialogue and more opportunities for you to lead the conversation. Check out our website at or give us a call at 202-724-5626 to find out when the next town hall will be in your ward. The needs assessment also highlighted a concern shared by so many seniors in our community — the risk of falls and other accidents. In fact, it was a top concern among all seniors surveyed. We know

that healthy living and regular physical activity can help reduce falls risks as well as being aware of physical hazards throughout your home and community. But there are so many more factors that contribute to falls, both individual and environmental. Last year, we held falls prevention workshops in all eight wards, and we plan to build on this in the coming year. Mayor Muriel Bowser has been hard at work reducing hazards in the community through the Vision Zero initiative, which seeks to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities by making the city’s streets and sidewalks safer for all commuters. Continue to engage with us and keep us informed about the risks in your community, and let us know how we can work together to help keep you safe in your homes and

in your neighborhood. There was also some encouraging news — seniors in the District want to engage more with the Office on Aging! I take this as a compliment because I thought by now you’d be tired of hearing from me! We know we need to do a better job getting the information you need to support you in taking charge of your long-term goals. My External Affairs team has been hard at work in coming up with new and innovative ways to connect with you in the community to keep you engaged and informed. We want to make sure that we are amplifying your voices so that government, community organizations, and service providers continue to work together to support healthy aging in D.C. I invite you to review the needs assessment available

on our website at www.dcoa. gov and share your thoughts with us. Do the results reflect your personal experience? What ideas do you have for us as we continue to move towards an age-friendly D.C. for all residents? You can email your feedback askthedirector. or call us at 202-724-5626. I’m excited for our future and looking forward to working with you to make D.C. the best place in the world to age!

Idriys Abdullah, consumer protection advocate for the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking,

COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR – JANUARY 3rd, 17th and 31st • noon Join the D.C. Caregivers Online Chat at Noon to discuss “Care Plan 101: Set Yourself Up for Success as a Caregiver” on Jan. 3, “Separating Long Term Care Insurance Myths from Realities” on Jan. 17, and “Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills” on Jan. 31. Log on to http://dcoa. at noon or visit at your convenience and hit replay to see the chat. For more information, contact linda.irizarry@ or call 202-535-1442. 4th • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The D.C. Office on Aging in collaboration with the Hayes Senior Wellness Center will hold a Community Health, Information and Wellness Fair at 500 K St. NE. For more information, contact Ms. S. Briscoe at 202-727-0357.

7th and 8th • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the Washington Convention Center, 901 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW. The D.C. Office on Aging will be in booth 2744. For more information, see http:// 10th • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The D.C. Office on Aging in collaboration with the G.W. Carver Senior Apartments will hold a Community Health, Information and Wellness Fair at 4800 E. Capitol St. NE. To learn more, contact: Ethel Hollins at 202-388-5252. 12th • 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Presentations will be made by the D.C. Office on Aging and collaborating partners at the Residences at Thomas Circle, 1330 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For more information, call

Nancy Piness, Community Life Services Director at 202-6265774

18th • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Community Health, Information and Wellness Fair will be held by the D.C. Office on Aging in collaboration with Colony House Senior Apartments at 930 Farragut St. NW. Contact Mr. Harris at 202-7224048 for more information. 19th • 10 a.m. to noon Train to become a DCOA Ambassador. Learn information about DCOA programs and services and help us connect to D.C. residents who are age 60+, people with disabilities who are 18+ and their caregivers. Call 202-724-5626 to register for this or future training classes. 22nd • 4 to 6 p.m. Iona presents a free panel

and discussion on group houses from the 1960s to ‘80s and alternative living in cities. The event features guest artist James Landry’s “In Bed” photography series. Former group house members and others will join the panel to discuss intentional communities, villages and other alternative housing options for the future. Panelists include: Anne Becker, former Iona poet in residence, and Leslie Marks, Montgomery County Senior Housing. There will be a pay-your-way dinner after the event at a restaurant in the area. Iona is located at 4125 Albemarle St. NW. To register, call Patricia Dubroof at 202-895-9407.

25th • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Community Health, Wellness and Informational Fair will be held by the D.C. Office on Aging in collaboration


and member of the Elder Abuse Prevention Committee, receives an award for exemplary service for his commitment to educating District seniors on how to protect themselves against financial exploitation. In one year, Abdullah trained more than 700 seniors in all eight wards through the Money Smart for Older Adults workshops. The Money Smart program provides awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to encourage advance planning and informed financial decision making. with NCBA Estates at 2801 14th St. NW. To learn more, contact Dwight Mays at 202-387-4367.

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Spotlight on Schools Blessed Sacrament School

Every year Blessed Sacrament School participates in the National Geographic Bee, an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society designed for children to compete with thousands of schools to win a scholarship for college. At Blessed Sacrament, the fifththrough eighth-graders are given a chance to participate. The competition is a fun, inspiring and interactive way for students to test their knowledge about our country and the world around us. Each social studies/ history class takes a quiz and a winner is chosen when everyone else is knocked out. The winners of each grade (two from each grade), then compete with the rest of the grade winners to see who will be the overall champion and have a try at winning the bee. Each person has the chance of competing for national college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee champion. I hope our school and others do well and can go as far as possible. Good luck to everyone! Go Bulldogs! — Stephen Connors, seventh-grader

Lowell School

The eighth grade went on a field trip to Calleva this fall as a precursor to the trip that we will


be taking to Costa Rica in the spring. We participated in many team-building activities. We started building a mountain biking trail for future visitors and campers to use and enjoy. To build the trail we split into four groups. One group cleared the path, one built the trail, one lined it with branches and the last lined it with rocks. The trail was almost completed, but it was very precise and well made. It took about eight hours to make and 10 minutes to ride. The main reason that the eighth grade went to Calleva was our spring trip to Costa Rica. That trip is designed to enhance our Spanish skills and help the local communities. Since many of us will be working together to complete tasks that the families assign us, the Calleva trip had many team-building activities to improve our problem-solving skills. Some of these included obstacles that could only be scaled or crossed by using teamwork, and games that required communication and cooperation. The Calleva trip was a fun and useful experience. The activities we did prepared us for Costa Rica. They showed us how to team build, solve problems and break through the language barri-

er. This trip was a very good simulation of our experience in Costa Rica and we hope that our experience there will be equally challenging and satisfying. — Alex Joseph and Quinn Spencer, eighth-graders

Murch Elementary School

Everybody loves snow days, right? Well, that might be so, but we don’t think you know the half of it. For D.C. school kids, one snow day will not change the schedule. But starting on the second snow day, a day will be added to our school year for every snow day for up to three snow days. (D.C. Public Schools hasn’t shown the plan for more than three snow days.) We talked to some students who have different opinions on the snow days. Fifth-grader David Dang says, “I would like to keep going to school without any snow days.” Snow days also mean that most kids need someone to watch you and some parents can’t take time off of work. Fifth-grader Naomi Waite says, “I would like it to snow enough for a snow day even if I had to make up for it because I love snow!” As you can tell, these two have different feelings about snow days. We also interviewed fifthgrade science teacher Karen Levy: “Snowy days in school can

be fun, too — we can weave the snow into our lessons!” On snow days, some kids love partaking in snowy day activities such as sledding or having a snowball fight. Others would just prefer to stay indoors. We think it’s now up to you to decide if snow days are good or bad. — Callum DeLelle and Eli BenatarFaranesh, fifth-graders

Our Lady of Victory School

A new year is a special time to celebrate new beginnings. This New Year’s, my grandparents visited. We decided not to have a big party and instead chose to spend time with family and start new traditions. All six of us — my grandparents, dad, mom, brother and I — worked together to assemble my Christmas present, a 1,000-piece puzzle. It took us all night and the next morning. At midnight we toasted with sparkling cider and kissed underneath mistletoe. On New Year’s Day, we visited the National Cathedral and walked through the Bishop’s Garden. Later that afternoon, my grandmother prepared a traditional Czech dish made with lentils. Eating lentils on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring luck and prosperity throughout the year. My 2017 resolution is to be more patient with my brother and to earn better grades. We’ll see

how that turns out. — Scarlett K., sixth-grader

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

The word “capstone” is defined as the crowning piece of a building, and for St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, its meaning has not changed. The Capstone Project is completed in the eighth grade at St. Patrick’s, as the last project that students will accomplish in their career at the school. Ending in eighth grade, St. Patrick’s uses the assignment as a way for students to explore any topic intriguing to them. The year-long project ends in March, following an essay in the fall, a creative product in the winter and a presentation in the spring. The essay requires students to delve into their chosen topic through research and present their findings in an argumentative writing style. A physical representation incorporating what the student has learned so far, such as a documentary, model or science project, is due in the winter trimester. To wrap up the year, students create a slideshow on their topic to present to an audience of parents, teachers and younger students. The Capstone Project has allowed me to become a true expert on my topic. This year, I am researching birth order and its See Dispatches/Page 26


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KALORAMA: Northwest neighborhood sees flurry of activity

From Page 1

Neighborhood Commission 2D (SheridanKalorama). Alex Venditti, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage representing the French government, told residents not to expect any immediate change at the Kalorama Circle site. The sale of the land hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been marketed, and any buyer would need to return to ANC 2D for regulatory review before constructing any project. But Venditti emphasized the rarity of open space becoming available in the desirable neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already heavily developed, and its status as a historic district restricts tear-downs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a unique and significant way for someone to build,â&#x20AC;? Venditti said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Based on our analytics that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly going to draw in some unique folks that might be interesting.â&#x20AC;? A French official at the ANC 2D meeting said the sale reflects a broader policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just thinking globally about our strategy in real estate, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting to decrease a little bit our properties around the world,â&#x20AC;? he said. The ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence itself sits at 2221 Kalorama Road NW, about half a block from the circle, but French holdings also include three lots along a never-constructed segment of Belmont Road that would have run between Kalorama Circle and Connecticut Avenue NW. These lots, located near the circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northeast section, comprise the half-acre that will be listed for sale. Venditti said a single buyer will be

expected to purchase the three lots together, and then would likely consolidate or subdivide them in another arrangement. Based on zoning guidelines for the site, Venditti presented a pair of possible options for the property: a single grand mansion occupying the entire half-acre site, or four large homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two directly on Kalorama Circle and two more behind them. He said that a church or school use would also be legally permissible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to receive a tremendous amount of attention, based on where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s located and the significance of having that much land available in this wonderful neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Venditti. Venditti and Elise Ramer, a spokesperson for Coldwell Banker, declined to comment further but said more information on the listing will be released later this month. Meanwhile, ANC 2D voted 2-0 to support a Historic Preservation Review Board application for minor exterior additions and renovations at the former Textile Museum. Architect Ankie Barnes said the buyers of the sprawling property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 0.8-acre lot with two connected historic homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will use the 27,000-square-foot building as one single-family non-diplomatic house. The Textile Museum discontinued its longtime use of the 2320-2330 S St. NW site in 2013 to prepare for a move to the George Washington University campus, and the property first sold for $19 million in 2015. The latest buyers, whom Barnes did not identify, had been looking around SheridanKalorama and eastern Georgetown before selecting the property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a really nice family and they absolutely love it,â&#x20AC;?

Barnes said. City records show that the property was last sold in October for $23 million, and Barnes said interior renovations to convert the building from an institution back to a home will require an extensive investment. In the 1970s, large areas of the historic interior had been gutted, he said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tragedy, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an opportunity because it allows us to put something back.â&#x20AC;? ANC 2D members praised the plans, with Ellen Goldstein calling them â&#x20AC;&#x153;ambitious and tastefulâ&#x20AC;? and chair David Bender adding that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relieved about the singlefamily use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is far greater than what I had envisioned would happen to this property,â&#x20AC;? Bender said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought there would probably be a battle of changing the footprint totally, and fighting condos going up in the backyard and everything else.â&#x20AC;? Another resident chimed in: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bravo, thank you, thank you!â&#x20AC;? Barnes also sought to alleviate concerns that the buyers planned anything but owneroccupancy of the property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not going to be a bed-and-breakfast or anything like that?â&#x20AC;? Bender asked at one point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I imagine theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have beds and serve breakfast,â&#x20AC;? Barnes quipped, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take money for it.â&#x20AC;? Goldstein also asked whether the new owners would expect to hold large events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably two or three sizable parties per year and some smaller functions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be an institutional use, but residential,â&#x20AC;? Barnes responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ask you to come.â&#x20AC;?

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At Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ANC 2D meeting, residents and commissioners also aired concerns about impacts from neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest-profile upcoming residents: the Obamas and the Trump/Kushner household, as both properties will require Secret Service protection. Residents are concerned about a loss of parking around the two locations, and the possibility that Belmont Road could be closed altogether to non-residents between Tracy Place and Kalorama Circle. Tom Lipinsky of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office said his colleagues have been pushing for information from the Secret Service, and are also encouraging the D.C. Department of Transportation to limit parking on one side of each street to Ward 2 residents. Neighbors are particularly worried about the spillover effects if Islamic Center of Washington worshipers park on previously unaffected blocks once new restrictions are in place along Belmont and Tracy.







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Buyers of the former Textile Museum at 2320-2330 S St. NW in Sheridan-Kalorama will convert the historic property into a single-family private residence.



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A grand manor beckons in Woodland Normanstone


eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all been there. We see an unusual home and wonder: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behind those walls? Who lives


there and what does it look like inside?â&#x20AC;? The property at 2933-2943 Benton Place NW is such a home. Once the residence of the late Moin Qureshi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a former World Bank senior vice president and acting prime minister of Pakistan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the interior behind the massive wood door and Moorish facade is every bit as grand as you could imagine. At once stately and intimate, the Mediterranean Revival villa was built in 1927 and renovated in 2001 (when 2933 and 2943 were connected). It sits on a halfacre of beautifully landscaped grounds with a pool, fountain and mature greenery. Offering approximately 15,000 square feet of living space, it includes eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three half-baths, three kitchens (family, catering and staff), and a library, elevator, multi-car garage, separate pool house, and a host of rooms ideal for family life or diplomatic use. This three-level property is on the market for $8,000,000.

A dramatic high-ceilinged foyer with a marble floor and central curving staircase welcomes you to the elegance within. To the left is a formal library whose rich mahogany walls, bookshelves and cabinets would feel quite at home in Downton Abbey. Off the library is the catering kitchen with adjoining pantry, GE Monogram gas range, Kitchen Aid compactor, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers, two Thermador wall ovens, two dishwashers, and practical stainless and butcher-block counters. From there you have a choice: Explore an office/bedroom with en-suite three-piece bath, or a small round sunroom (the first floor of the central turret) with a beamed and beadboarded ceiling and walls of French doors that open into the garden. Additional public rooms are on the other side of the house via the windowed loggia that leads back to the grand foyer. Step into the sunken living room or relax in the adjacent sitting room overlooking the garden. Both feature glass-fronted display cabinets, as does the dining room, which also has a wood-burning fireplace. A small hallway leads to the great room, a large family-friendly space surrounded by windows and anchored by an elevated gas fireplace with traditional arabesque mantel design. From here,

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This eight-bedroom Mediterranean Revival home in Woodland Normanstone is priced at $8,000,000. you can enter the delightful breakfast nook with garden views, tile floors and a country French look and feel. Or you can go straight from the great room into an equally great family kitchen with two pantries, tile flooring and backsplash, granite counters and maple cabinets with rope design. There is also a large island with white quartz counter and undermount sink (one of two) and an adjoining black granitetopped table. Appliances include two concealed Sub-Zero refrigerators, a Thermador glass cook top, four Dacor ovens and sixburner gas range, and two built-in Asco dishwashers. Off the kitchen is another guest bedroom or office space with two deep walk-in closets and en-suite bathroom, which features black marble, brass fittings, and mirrors on the wall and medicine cabinet. The second floor, accessed from the hallway staircase or alllevel elevator, holds the private

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living spaces. At one end is the master wing: two exceptionally spacious bedrooms (the larger of the two has a vaulted ceiling); four room-sized walk-in closets; a sitting room; and two master baths, each with a deep, glassenclosed walk-in shower, decorative tilework on the backsplash and soaking tub surround, doublesink vanities (his in dark wood, hers in white with a curved granite counter), and a private commode with toilet and bidet. On the other end of the floor are three smaller bedrooms, one-anda-half baths and a window-lined octagonal study or childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playroom (the second level of the turret). Located midway between the two wings is a large guest room with full en-suite bath, sitting room and laundry area. Back stairs lead to â&#x20AC;&#x153;downstairs,â&#x20AC;? which houses staff quarters, storage rooms, separate fam-

ily recreation, exercise and billiards rooms plus a wine cellar. There also is an exterior entrance to the stand-alone pool cabana. This exceptional residence is located in the prestigious Woodland Normanstone neighborhood, just south of the Naval Observatory. It is off Massachusetts Avenue NW with easy access to major bus routes and Dupont Circle. The eight-bedroom, eight-bath home at 2933-2943 Benton Place NW in Woodland Normanstone is listed for $8,000,000 with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For details, contact Edward Poutier at 202-421-8650 or Edward@EdwardAndStewart. com; Stewart Coleman at 202841-2936 or Stewart@; or Douglas Blacker at 202-997-0301 or Douglas@EdwardAndStewart. com. For a virtual tour, visit


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In Your Neighborhood ANC 1B ANCColumbia 1B Lower Heights â&#x2013; LOWER COLUMBIA HEIGHTS / SHAW Pleasant Plains PLEASANT PLAINS / U STREET Shaw/U Street AVENUE LOWER GEORGIA The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1C Adams â&#x2013;  ADAMS MORGAN The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy


The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Room 108, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013; DUPONT CIRCLE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  swearing-in of commissioners. â&#x2013;  election of commission officers. â&#x2013;  presentation by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans

regarding Ward 2 and citywide updates. â&#x2013; approval of ANC 2Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed mission and vision statements. â&#x2013;  public comments and announcements, including an update regarding the commissioner vacancy in single-member district 2B04. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Lemon Cuisine of India for a new Class CR restaurant license at 2120 P St. NW. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding Alcoholic Beverage Control licensees with settlement agreements for extended hours during the 2017 inaugural week. â&#x2013;  designation of a new representative for ANC 2Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protest of Eye Bar/Garden of Edenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license renewal application. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for 1610 Riggs Place NW. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition and front basement entrance at 1532 U St. NW. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding ANC 2Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priorities for the 2016-2017 D.C. Comprehensive Plan amendment process. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application at 1700 M St. NW for streetscape improvements, including a new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramp; driveway, sidewalk and alley paving; and bike rack installation. â&#x2013;  administrative matters, including approval of the 2017 meeting calendar and update regarding the Dupont Circle Resource Center renovation. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution in support of planned activities in Stead Park for 2017. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding proposed changes to the D.C. Youth Rehabilitation Act. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding the negative effects of

the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new LED streetlight installations. For details, visit ANC 2C ANC 2C Quarter Downtown/Penn


The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in Room A-3, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama


The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 7 meeting: â&#x2013; the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alcoholic beverage committee reported on difficult issues with the Drafting Tableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liquor license renewal at 1529 14th St. NW. Condo owners, who live above the bar, have complained about noise. The committee also said it had not heard from the Pearl Dive/ Black Jack restaurant and bar at 1612 14th St. NW about its license renewal and that negotiations were underway on a settlement agreement with the soon-to-open Noddle Dog at 922 N St. NW Rear. The committee has agreed to a settlement agreement with Chicken and Whiskey, which plans to open in February at 1738 14th St. NW, and has signed an agreement

with Vita Lounge/Penthouse at 1318 9th St. NW on its license renewal. â&#x2013; commissioners unanimously agreed to protest the renewal of the tavern license for The Commodore at 1100 P St. NW, saying the hours applied for differ from those of the settlement agreement. The company is under new management. â&#x2013;  commissioners rejected a motion 1-3 with one abstention that would have opposed conversion of a meeting room at the Logan Condominium at 1210 R St. NW into three residential units. The meeting room is owned by the Metropolitan Baptist Church, which moved to Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County and is in bankruptcy. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Development Committee recommended the conversion be permitted if all three units meet the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;affordableâ&#x20AC;? standard, instead of just one as proposed by the church. Bill Fitzgerald of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty said that due to a $425,000 mortgage on the meeting room and the $600,000 needed to convert it into three units, it would be impossible to finance the change if all three have to meet the â&#x20AC;&#x153;affordableâ&#x20AC;? standard. â&#x2013;  the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Development Committee reported the discovery and correction of errors in a public space application for Shake Shack at 1400 14th St. NW, and that its members recommended that ANC 2F vote against the proposal. A company vice president provided drawings for the development and reported it had secured the needed District permits. As a result, the commissioners took no action. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously agreed to write a letter of support to the Historic Preservation Review Board for a new sevenstory mixed-use building with 37

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rental apartment units at 1341 14th St. NW. â&#x2013; commissioners unanimously agreed to write a letter supporting a permit to allow a contractor to use public space while adding floors and altering the facade of 1441 L St. NW. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the Historic Preservation Review Board allow a new row house on a double lot at 1311 R St. NW, but to oppose the planned facade. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously asked the District government to extend the area covered by the local â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clean Teamâ&#x20AC;? to Thomas Circle, at an estimated annual cost of $25,000. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 with one abstention to approve ANC 2Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiscal year 2017 budget with receipts of $18,770 and projected expenses of $20,357.28. As of Sept. 30, the commission had a cash balance of $28,363 with the possibility of an additional $33,000 from a 1989 certificate of deposit it recently found. ANC 2F chair John Fanning said the commission might have to split the $33,000 with neighboring ANC 6E, because its boundaries include areas that were once part of ANC 2F prior to redistricting. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  reports from the offices of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans and Mayor Muriel Bowser. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Office of Public-Private Partnerships. â&#x2013;  election of officers and appointment of committee chairs and members. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Policy Committee matters: ongoing settlement agreement discussions; new Class DR restaurant license for Shake Shack, 1400 P St. NW; and renewal application for Piassa Ethiopian Cuisine & Cafe, 1336 9th St. NW #2. â&#x2013;  consideration of Community Development Committee members: Historic Preservation Review Board application for rear and roof addition at 1534 14th St. NW; and Historic Preservation Review Board concept, massing and design for sidewalk enclosure for Shake Shack, 1400 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network for support of environmental justice legislation. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution in support of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March on Washington. â&#x2013;  discussion of an inspection by the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs of construction and pumping of groundwater into the alley at 1525 15th St. NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

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Events Entertainment A Listing of What to Do in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Jan. 11

Wednesday JANUARY 11 Film â&#x2013; The Programmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice series will present Scott Freimanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deconstructing the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; White Album,â&#x20AC;? featuring a multimedia lecture by the composer, producer and celebrated Beatles expert filmed live at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jacob Burns Film Center. 8 p.m. $7 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-3464. Special event â&#x2013;  The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 8 p.m. $50 to $750. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Thursday, Jan. 12 Thursday JANUARY 12 Antiques show â&#x2013;  The Washington Winter Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring antiques and fine arts, with the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Styleâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will open with a reception for sponsors, benefactors and designers, from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; and for gala patrons and young collectors, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. $200 to $500. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will present weekly chess instruction for kids of all ages, temporarily relocated to the Chevy Chase Library. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Lisner Auditorium will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daniel Tigerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Live!,â&#x20AC;? an interactive musical adventure led by the star of the hit television series on PBS KIDS. 6:30 p.m. $22 to $75. Lisner Auditori-

um, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. Class â&#x2013; Joy of Motion Dance Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angela Ingram will lead an Afro-Cuban salsa dance fitness class, with instruction offered for all abilities. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Concerts â&#x2013;  Nashville-based folk artist Derek W. Curtis will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Jeremy Denk will present Stravinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Firebird,â&#x20AC;? Rimsky-Korsakovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legend of the Invisible Cityâ&#x20AC;? Suite and Ravelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Left Handâ&#x20AC;? Concerto. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thursday Night Bluegrassâ&#x20AC;? will feature King St. Bluegrass. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $12 minimum. Mr. Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown Back 2 School Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature Surprise Attack and Black Shag Sherpas. 8:30 p.m. $6. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will explore how to select and savor winter-hardy crops such as celery root, parsley root and parsnips. Noon and 12:50 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Nora Atkinson, curator of craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will discuss some of the standout pieces in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Connections,â&#x20AC;? the new installation of the Renwick Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent collec-

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tion. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Meet at the first-floor information desk, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the woman-led peace group Codepink and the human rights group Global Exchange, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;U.S.-Saudi Relations: An Evaluation of Our Long-Time Alliance.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Jeffrey Splitstoser, assistant research professor of anthropology at George Washington University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Findings on Ancient Indigo Textiles From Peru.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202994-5200. â&#x2013;  Ron Liebman will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Law,â&#x20AC;? about a legal revolution gone mad. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400. â&#x2013;  Lori Stokes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; co-anchor of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eyewitness News This Morningâ&#x20AC;? on WABC-TV in New York City and the daughter of the late Rep. Louis Stokes, D-Ohio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will share memories of her father inspired by the autobiography that he completed at the age of 90, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gentleman From Ohio.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. â&#x2013;  Social activist Greg Jobin-Leeds will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;When We Fight, We Win!: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World.â&#x20AC;? The program will include a community discussion with local activists and artists, and a theater performance by AgitArte, a collective of artists and organizers who collaborated on the book. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202243-1188. â&#x2013;  In connection with the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gene Davis: Hot Beat,â&#x20AC;? a panel discussion on the Washington art scene in the 1960s will feature Benjamin Forgey, independent art critic; Jean Lawlor Cohen, consulting curator; Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center; and Paul Richard, Washington Post art critic from 1967 to 2009. 6:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trumpâ&#x20AC;? will feature Catholic social activists and congressional staff members discussing the opportunities, obligations, challenges and responsibilities for people of faith in engaging the new president and Congress. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Gaston Hall, Healy Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Caribbean-American poet Alan King will read from his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Point Blank,â&#x20AC;? a frank and beautiful collection of poems that address love, family, race

January 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20, 2017 â&#x2013; Page 20 and identity. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs Council will host a talk by Prasad Kariyawasam, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the U.S., about his country, which resolved a 25-year civil war with Tamil rebels with a ceasefire in 2009 and has sought to build up its economy in the years since then. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 to $35; registration required. Residence of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, 2530 30th St. NW. 202293-1051. â&#x2013;  Journalist and cultural commentator John Strausbaugh will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Emily Esfahani Smith, a New Criterion columnist and an editor at Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hoover Institution, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a memoir and essay writing workshop led by Maura Policelli. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family and the Differentiation of the Intellectual Systemâ&#x20AC;? by Robert J. Noone, co-founder of the Center for Family Consultation and faculty member at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202965-4400. Films â&#x2013;  The weekly Textiles at Twelve series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Textile Traditions of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Kingdom,â&#x20AC;? a one-hour series of short films exploring the process of creating visually and technically stunning textiles. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. â&#x2013;  The Library of Congress will present the 1930 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Doorway to Hell,â&#x20AC;? about a Chicago gangster who decides to retire to Florida but is forced to move back after his younger brother is kidnapped. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5603. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings at the Edgeâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Living Canvas: True stories where life imitates art,â&#x20AC;? presented by Story District with an all-vinyl music set by DJ Adrian Loving and 10-minute pop-up talks offering insight into the National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bud, Not Buddy,â&#x20AC;? a world-premiere commission for a jazz ensemble and actors based on the Newbery Medalwinning book by Christopher Paul Curtis with original music by renowned jazz artist Terence Blanchard (for ages 9 and

Friday, JANUARY 13 â&#x2013; Concert: Harpsichordist Richard Egarr, director of the Academy of Ancient Music, will present a program of 17th-century English keyboard masters. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-7075502. older). 7:30 p.m. $20 to $50. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Chorale under conductor Cheryl Branham will launch its spring season with a series of 12 weekly rehearsals leading to a concert performance. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $180 to $215. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop Quiz: Presidentsâ&#x20AC;? will test participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; knowledge of all things presidential. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first monthly Trivia Night will offer a chance to team up with friends or join fellow nerds to take home a prize (for adults and savvy teens). 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. Tour â&#x2013;  Alexandra Torres, a U.S. Botanic Garden education specialist, and Claire Alrich, a staff member with the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nature in Motionâ&#x20AC;? tour of the indoor gardens about societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with plants and the natural world. 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Friday, Jan. 13

Friday JANUARY 13 Antiques show â&#x2013; The Washington Winter Show will feature antiques and fine arts with the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Style.â&#x20AC;? Special activities will include guided walks, dealer talks, book signings and a loan exhibit on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-1971.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $25. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The See Events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 show will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class ■ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear will present “Paint & Sip,” an evening of painting and wine. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert featuring Rebecca Clarke’s “Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale.” Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ The Hometown Sounds series will feature entertainer and Howard University alum Aaron “Ab” Abernathy and the band Nat Turner. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Red Sammy — a project of Baltimore singer-songwriter Adam Trice — will perform a mix of rock, folk, country, blues and Americana styles. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ “Jazz on the Hill” will present the Kevin Cordt Quartet. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202546-8412. ■ Tom Chaplin, frontman of the Grammy-nominated band Keane, will perform in support of his solo album “The Wave.” 8 p.m. $35. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. ■ Katita and the Fajitas will perform its last show, a double bill with the Milestones. 9 p.m. $10 to $13. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Troll Tribe will perform. 10:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Asia Society Policy Institute will present a panel discussion on “Fostering Innovation in Asia,” featuring Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Wonkyong Kim, executive vice president for government affairs at Samsung Electronics America; and Haruno Yoshida, president of BT Japan. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ The Washington Winter Show will feature a luncheon and lecture by famed designer Lela Rose, creator of a bridal collection and exclusive bridesmaid line. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $135. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Political strategist, author and attorney Sophia A. Nelson will discuss her book “E Pluribus One: Rediscovering Our Founders’ Vision for a United America.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films ■ “Games, Lunch and a Movie” will feature a screening of Robert Zemeckis’ 1984 film “Romancing the Stone,” star-

Exhibit features work from gallery’s 2016 shows “Year in Review,” showcasing work from nine exhibits held at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in 2016, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Continuing through Feb. 4, the show highlights


artists Mark Willems, Dana Westring, Mark Giaimo, Carol Reed, Dean Fisher, Katie Pumphrey, Natasha Karpinskaia, Matthew Langley, Steven S. Walker, Antonia Walker and Maud Taber-Thomas. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-9654601. ■ “Of Leaves and Clouds,” featuring nature-focused works by Brooklyn artist Glenn Goldberg, will open today at George Wash“Thieves Like Us” by Eames ington UniverArmstrong is part of an sity’s Luther exhibit at Flashpoint. W. Brady Art Gallery. On view through April 14, the exhibit includes paintings, small ceramic objects and works on paper that rely on the artist’s signature stylized dots. Located at 805 21st St. NW on the second floor, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-994-1525. ■ “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics,” exploring the power of rock to change attitudes ring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Games at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon; film at 1 p.m. Free; reservations required by Jan. 11 for lunch. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527. The program will continue Jan. 27 with another film. ■ In celebration of MLK Week 2017, the Georgetown Library will show the 2014 movie “Selma,” about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965. 1 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Potter’s House will host a screening of Dean Puckett’s film “Honey at the Top,” about the Sengwer forest people of Kenya being evicted from their ancestral land in the name of conservation. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. Performances and readings ■ The China Performing Arts Agency will present Image China’s “Confucius,” a new dance drama performed by the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater in a production directed and choreographed by Kong Dexin, a 77thgeneration direct descendent of Confucius. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $150. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at

about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom, will open Friday at the Newseum. On view through July 31, the exhibit was created in partnership with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $22.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and $13.95 for ages 7 through 18; it is free for ages 6 and younger. 888-639-7386. Dean Fisher’s “Still Life/Landscape” is part ■ “Us + Them = U.S.: Finding Common Ground in a Divided Nation,” a group show by Washington-area of an exhibit at Susan Calloway Fine Arts artists about our nation’s current political divide and recalling the gallery’s 2016 shows. ways of mending it through art, will open Friday with Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at Smith Center for Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202Healing and the Arts’ Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts 462-7833. Gallery. The exhibit will continue through March 4. ■ “Orchids: A Moment,” the 22nd annual orchid Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open exhibit presented by Smithsonian Gardens and the Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600. U.S. Botanic Garden, will open Saturday with hundreds of fragrant orchids at the Hirshhorn ■ “Perversion Therapy,” presenting works by Eames Museum and Sculpture Armstrong and John Moletress Garden and continue through that point to the anti-LGBTQ May 14. history of President-elect Donald Located at Independence AveTrump and some of his cabinet nue and 7th Street SW, the nominees, will open Friday with a museum is open daily from 10 reception and performance Friday a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. from 6 to 9 p.m. at Flashpoint ■ “Different Dimensions — One Gallery. An additional Artlove,” presenting four different performance will take place Jan. takes on painting, will open 18 from 7 to 9 p.m., and the show Tuesday with a reception at 7:30 will continue through Feb. 4. p.m. at the Austrian Cultural Located at 916 G St. NW, the Forum. On view through Feb. 17, gallery is open Wednesday John Lennon’s 1964 Gibson the show includes paintings by through Saturday from noon to 6 J 160E is part of an exhibit Suzy Kopf of Baltimore; Daniel p.m. 202-315-1305. Domig of Vienna, Austria; ■ “January ’15 - October ’16,” fea- at the Newseum. Champneys Taylor of D.C.; and turing mixed-media installations by Sheila Crider that embody social issues, will open Markus Kircher of Salzburg, Austria. Located at 3524 International Court NW, the galFriday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at DC Arts lery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to Center. The exhibit will close with a reception and noon and 2 to 5 p.m. 202-895-6700. artist’s talk Feb. 12 at 3 p.m.

7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ■ Washington National Opera will present the world premiere of “The Dictator’s Wife” by American composer Mohammed Fairouz and librettist Mohammed Hanif as part of its threeday American Opera Initiative Festival. 7 p.m. $35. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. ■ Collage Dance Collective and dancers from the Jones Haywood School of Dance and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present “Experience Rise,” a concert honoring the legacy and contributions of giants and pioneers. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $35. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ■ Laugh Index Theatre will present “Wintery Lit!” 7:30 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202462-7833. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre’s youth arts program Paso Nuevo will present “Aliens: Our Story of the Human Race/ Aliens: Nuestra historia sobre la raza humana,” an evening of original poetry, music, monologues and songs performed in English with some Spanish. 8 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. ■ The In Series will present “Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody,” a cabaretrevue evening of hit songs by the man who told America’s story in song for nearly a century. 8 p.m. $22 to $42. Source, 1834 14th St. NW. 202-204-

7763. The performance will repeat Jan. 14, 20, 21 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. ■ “American Pops at Lisner” will present “Don’t Rain on My Parade: 75 Years of Streisand,” a celebration of 10-time Grammy winner Barbra Streisand and the enduring power of her music hosted by Fran Drescher and featuring Broadway guests Amber Iman, Lindsay Mendez and Laura Osnes. 8 p.m. $10 to $65. Lisner Auditorium,

George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. ■ Busboys and Poets will present “11th Hour Poetry Slam,” hosted by 2Deep the Poetess. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play See Events/Page 22

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Continued From Page 21 the Chicago Blackhawks. 7 p.m. $50 to $750. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Saturday,JANUARY Jan. 14 Saturday 14 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; A monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Storytimeâ&#x20AC;? event will feature volunteer readers from the neighborhood with a personal twist on a book that sparks the imagination and broadens the mind (geared toward ages 6 and younger but appropriate for all ages). 10 to 11 a.m. Free. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rocky Worlds: Our Inner Planets,â&#x20AC;? about how Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars were formed (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about Theodore Roosevelt and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  A workshop for kids who like to build and create will explain how to properly use a hammer and which nails are best for the job, followed by a chance to create nail art to take home and display (for ages 7 and older). 1 to 2:30 p.m. $15 to $20; free for accompanying adults. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Janetta Rebold Benton, a professor of art history at Pace University, will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changing Ideals of Physical Beauty in Art: The Mystique of the Chic Physique.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  The Mount Pleasant Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning Yoga.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. â&#x2013;  Instructor Joe Yablonsky will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Developing Black-and-White Film at Home.â&#x20AC;? 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Events Entertainment $75 to $95. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013; Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202243-1188. â&#x2013;  Local artist and graphic designer Katrina Villavicencio will present a D.C.themed linocut workshop (for all ages). 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE. 202-554-9455. â&#x2013;  Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Library Tango Practica.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. Concerts â&#x2013;  Afghan singer Ustad Mahwash will perform romantic Persian poetry set to music in ghazals, as well as Kabuli songs and Afghan folk music. 1 and 3:30 p.m. Free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turquoise Mountainâ&#x20AC;? exhibition, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-6331000. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Saxophonist Tal Shtuhl and his quartet will perform works by Duke Ellington and Clifford Brown, as well as selections from Shtuhlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty Horizons.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Axelrod String Quartet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring Mark Destrube on violin, James Dunham on viola, Marilyn McDonald on violin and Kenneth Slowik on violoncello â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present works by Haydn, Webern and Brahms with a lecture preceding the concert. Lecture at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $25 to $35. Music Hall, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. The lecture and concert will repeat Sunday at the same times. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale will present a concert featuring works by American composers Paul Leavitt, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein, as well as a cantata by composer Stephen Burton Douglas that is based on Martin Luther Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have a Dreamâ&#x20AC;? speech. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies of Jazzâ&#x20AC;? will present Candice Bostwick. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant,

601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5468412. â&#x2013; Piers Faccini, a British songwriter with Italian and Jewish roots, will perform songs from his latest album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Dreamed an Island.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15 to $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. â&#x2013;  Dub City Renegades, Thunder Body and the Pocket Band will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $13. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  Mandolinist Chris Emerson and guitarist, singer and songwriter Ty Bennett will perform. 10:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. Demonstrations â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooking Up History: Changing Ideas of Healthy Eating in 19th-Century Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Academie de Cuisine chef Brian Patterson and Smithsonian host Jessica Carbone discussing how ideas about diet and nutrition have changed over time. The event will include a demonstration of recipes from 19th-century American cookbooks and a look at dietary reformers whose ideas about whole grains and vegetarianism influenced the foods many Americans put on their tables. 12:30 p.m. Free. Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Author Cynthia Spivey and chef Ailsa von Dobeneck will prepare recipes from Spiveyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Eat Paleo,â&#x20AC;? while discussing the Paleo diet and healthy recipes found in historic menus. A book signing will follow. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Oriental rug restorer and dealer David Zahirpour will explain and demonstrate ways to determine appropriate use and to protect, clean, conserve and restore rugs and textiles so that they can be enjoyed for as long as possible. 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. â&#x2013;  Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Foremothers in the Capitol Rotunda: Making 7+(:25/')$0286





Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Michael K. Kellogg will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wisdom of the Middle Ages,â&#x20AC;? about a wide range of literary works, including Arthurian romances, Boccaccioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tales, Danteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Divine Comedyâ&#x20AC;? and Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confessions.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Saturday, JANUARY 14 â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program: Eric Litwin, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Groovy Joeâ&#x20AC;? as well as the original author of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pete the Catâ&#x20AC;? series, will present a program that combines early literacy and music. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. the Marble Speak,â&#x20AC;? about womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suffrage movement leaders Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. 1 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0233. â&#x2013;  Gary Taubes, an award-winning science writer and senior scientific adviser to the Nutrition Science Initiative, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Case Against Sugar,â&#x20AC;? about the history of Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; use of the sweetener, the development of high fructose corn syrup and the latest medical research on how sugar acts on the body. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Carol D. Marsh will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nowhere Else I Want to Be: A Memoir,â&#x20AC;? about her experiences as founder and director of Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, a local residence for homeless women living with AIDS. 1 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? will feature a talk by Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd on his personal perspective on civil rights and a lecture by Mikelann Scerbo on the civil rights movement. 1:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  As part of MLK Week 2017, an event celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Muralâ&#x20AC;? by the late Don Miller will feature a talk by Leslie King-Hammond, graduate dean emeritus and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at Maryland Institute College of Art on artist Don Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body of work in the larger context of American art; and a talk by Craig Miller, the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, on his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art-making process and the imagery used in the mural. 2 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Russell L. Riley, associate professor and historian at the University of Virginia, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside the Clinton White House: An Oral History.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015

Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jean Desmetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream Factory, 1906-1916â&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up in the Air!,â&#x20AC;? a cinĂŠ-concert screening of the featurelength â&#x20AC;&#x153;Filibusâ&#x20AC;? and three other works about aviation. The event will feature pianist Andrew Simpson performing a live score and Elif Rongen making introductory remarks. 1:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-842-6799. â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will screen Generation Kikaidaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kikaider the Ultimate Human Robotâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jean Desmetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream Factory, 1906-1916â&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies First,â&#x20AC;? featuring films of the era that depicted women as daring and modern. The event will feature pianist Andrew Simpson performing a live score and Elif Rongen making introductory remarks. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-842-6799. Performances and readings â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center and the Public Theater will present a full-day marathon of Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trilogy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gabriels,â&#x20AC;? a three-play cycle that chronicles a year in the life of one family who reunite at three different points across 2016 to celebrate, remember and wait for the world to change. 1:30 p.m. $120. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performances will repeat Jan. 15, 21 and 22 at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Washington National Opera will present the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Gets Kept,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adamâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lifeboatâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; three short operas on themes related to the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centennial celebration of John F. Kennedy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as part of the three-day American Opera Initiative Festival. A talkback with the artists will follow the performance. 7 and 9 p.m. $49. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  KanKouran West African Dance Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual presentation celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visit Casamance,â&#x20AC;? about the cycle of seasons of the people inhabiting the Casamance region of Senegal. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  Story District will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Shelf,â&#x20AC;? featuring eight of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top storytellers of 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katy Barrett, Dia BĂši, Scott Hollingsworth, Mike Kane, Meg Kays, Joseph Price, Nick Randhawa and Caitlin Reilly. 8 p.m. $25. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cartoon Skateâ&#x20AC;? event, from 10 a.m. to noon; and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock n Skateâ&#x20AC;? event, from 8 to 10 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, See Events/Page 23

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 22 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. ■ “Activism for All Ages: A Networking and Organizing Event” will feature keynote speeches by Jim Turner, on insights he has gleaned from his years as an activist attorney; and University of the District of Columbia law professor Edgar Cahn, on bringing ideas to fruition. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 214, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library will host an “eReader Rescue” session offering one-on-one help with digital media downloads for Kindles, iPads and e-book readers. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Petco will host the Humane Rescue Alliance’s mobile pet adoption vehicle with adoptable cats and dogs. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Petco, 3505 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library will host an adult coloring program. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ “A Celebration for the Animals,” a gala to honor the Humane League’s first year of operations in D.C., will feature keynote speaker Toni Okamoto, founder of Plant Based on a Budget, one of the fastest-growing vegan blogs. 7 p.m. $45 to $85. The Riverside Center at Washington Parks, 601 Division Ave. NE. A VIP multi-course vegan dinner at Equinox Restaurant, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, will precede the gala at 5 p.m.; tickets cost $250 to $550. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Philadelphia 76ers. 8 p.m. $18 to $510. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Walk ■ “Winter at Fort DeRussy” will feature a one-mile hike focusing on how soldiers passed the cold winter months in the forts surrounding Washington during the Civil War (for ages 10 and older). 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday,JANUARY Jan. 15 Sunday 15 Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Class ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 10 and 11:30 a.m. $6 to $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts ■ French pianist Lise de la Salle will make her Phillips Collection debut with selections by Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt and Sergei Prokofiev. 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Phillips

Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ Middle C Music will present a recital by cello, piano and voice students of Fairouz Foty. 5 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202244-7326. ■ Internationally renowned singer Betsayda Machado (shown) will present a high-energy, salsa dancing concert with Afro-Venezuelan percussion and vocal ensemble La Parranda El Clavo. A salsa dance lesson in front of the stage will precede the concert. Dance lesson at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Half Step will perform a Grateful Dead tribute concert, and the Allman Others Band will perform an Allman Brothers tribute concert. 8 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Journalist and commentator Mark Shields will discuss current affairs. 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, provost of the Washington National Cathedral since April 2015, will discuss “The Provost’s Ministry in 2017: A Look Ahead and a Conversation for Cathedral Community Engagement.” 10:10 a.m. Free. Bethlehem Chapel, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. ■ Ed Roslof, former director of the Fulbright Program in Russia, will discuss the history and theology of icons and their everyday use by Orthodox Christians in the first of two talks on the subject. 10:30 a.m. Free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. The lecture will continue Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. ■ Eliot A. Cohen, professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss his book “The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force,” about the need for hard power as a mainstay of U.S. foreign policy as well as the need to adapt it to new circumstances that include the Islamic Stage group, nuclear threats in Korea and Iran, a heavily armed China, and a more aggressively imperial Russia. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra — known for portraits that express an emotional depth, and hailed as having reinvigorated the genre of portraiture — will discuss her career and work. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-842-6799. ■ Garth Greenwell will discuss his novel “What Belongs to You,” the story of a young American man teaching in Sofia, Bulgaria, and his intermittent relationship with a hustler named Mitko. 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Con-

ters. Pianist Andrew Simpson will perform a live score. 5:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-842-6799.

Monday, JANUARY 16 ■ Special event: The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University will present Grammy Award-winning soul singer Gladys Knight (shown) and the Let Freedom Ring Choir in a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will include recognition of Abel Enrique Núñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center and recipient of the 15th annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed at the entrance to the Hall of Nations beginning at 4:30 p.m. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. necticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ A panel discussion on “Donald Trump Exposed” will feature author and analyst Phyllis Bennis, the Rev. Graylan Hagler and Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin, among others. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. busboysandpoets. com. ■ Patrick Kingsley, former Egypt correspondent for The Guardian and now the paper’s inaugural migration correspondent, will discuss his book “The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-First Century Refugee Crisis.” 7:30 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ Interfaith Power & Light will present a screening of an episode of the documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously” about carbon pricing. A discussion with representatives of Interfaith Power & Light and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network will follow. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. ■ “Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory, 1906-1916” will present “The Colorful World of Cinema,” featuring films of the era that let audiences experience richly colored screens. Pianist Andrew Simpson will perform a live score, and Elif Rongen will make introductory remarks. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-8426799. ■ “Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory, 1906-1916” will present the 1913 adventure film “When the Earth Trembled,” about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and other global disas-

Performances and readings ■ The monthly “In Your Ear” show, which presents readings and performances by poets who draw on an avantgarde tradition, will feature Valerie Hsiung and Miriam Suzanne. 3 p.m. $5. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202462-7833. ■ Petworth Citizen and Upshur Street Books will present the DC Literary Open Mic, featuring writers sharing poetry, a story or a piece of flash fiction. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. ■ “Sunday Kind of Love” — a monthly program offering readings by emerging and established poets, followed by an open mic segment — will feature Annie Kim and Samantha Thornhill (shown) as part of “Writers Resist,” a national network of writers committed to defending the ideals of a free, just and compassionate democratic society. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. ■ Petworth Citizen will host a comedy showcase. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. Special event ■ Kriser’s Natural Pet will host the Humane Rescue Alliance’s mobile pet adoption vehicle with adoptable cats and dogs. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Kriser’s Natural Pet, 3707 Newark St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Philadelphia Flyers. 12:30 p.m. $42 to $650. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Monday,JANUARY Jan. 16 Monday 16 Children’s program ■ Banjo player Frank Cassel will present “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and performance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856. Discussions and lectures ■ U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “Sugar: History, Botany, Production, and Processing.” 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will discuss his book “Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. ■ Lisa Servon, former dean of The New School and now a professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss her book “The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives,” about how the country’s traditional banking and credit system has become largely dysfunctional and unwelcoming to any but the wealthiest. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Film ■ “Virginia Dwan Selects” will feature Federico Fellini’s 1954 film “La Strada,” about a childlike peasant girl “acquired” (and then exploited) by a loutish traveling entertainer. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-842-6799. Performance ■ Laugh Index Theatre will present “Improv Wars,” a friendly competition among improv troupes, with the audience voting for the winner. 8 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Special events ■ Vermont Avenue Baptist Church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day prayer breakfast will feature guest speaker Kheaven Clarke of Central Union Mission on “Leaving a Legacy for Our Children” and guest musical performers God’s Miracles. 9 a.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. Reverend John R. Wheeler Family Life Center, Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, 1630 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-667-1078. ■ InterPlay DC will present a day of song, dance and storytelling with international artist Masankho Banda and the Bokamoso youth to honor the lives of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 to $50 and a potluck dish to share. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. 301-681-8860. ■ “Not Just Another Day Off: Where Do We Go From Here?” will feature poets and actors performing excerpts See Events/Page 24

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Continued From Page 23 from the speeches of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, weaving poetry throughout the presentations. Attendees are asked to bring canned food for the Food Pantry of the Church of the Reformation or school supplies for Miner Elementary School. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Shall Not Be Moved: Sanctuary, Witness and Covenant. A Tribute to Dr. Kingâ&#x20AC;? will use song, narrative and prophetic reflection to explore how faith communities have addressed the Rev. Martin Luther Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calls for them to be sanctuaries for those in need and to demonstrate public witness to injustice. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host a live recording of Shawn Stevensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular podcast â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Model Health Show.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Portland Trail Blazers. 2 p.m. $17 to $510. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Tuesday JANUARY 17 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present a weekly Lego Playtime and Engineering Challenge Program (for ages 4 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  A certified yoga instructor will lead a walk-in gentle yoga class targeted to


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Events Entertainment ages 55 and older. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in yoga class practicing introductory viniyasa techniques. 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Lindsey Crawford of Yoga District will present a yoga class for beginners. 1 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-7271288. â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a refresher workshop on the pros and cons of reverse mortgages. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7006. â&#x2013;  Charles B. Jones, associate professor of theology and religious studies at the Catholic University of America, will lead a four-session course on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding Religion: Four Perspectives on Faith,â&#x20AC;? kicking off with a look at psychology. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. The course will continue with sessions on sociology, anthropology and phenomenology on Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. Concerts â&#x2013;  Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform classical works by Schumann. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Shen Yun Performing Arts 2017 will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Experience a Divine Culture,â&#x20AC;? presented by the Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C., and featuring dance and music evocative of Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Middle Kingdom. 7:30 p.m. $70 to $250. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge will host its weekly open mic show. 8 p.m. Free.

Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brexit and Its Aftermath: Challenges in Europe in an Era of Populismâ&#x20AC;? by Michelle Egan, professor at the American University School of International Service and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Single Markets: Economic integration in Europe and the United States.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Political journalist Bret Baier will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Final Mission,â&#x20AC;? about the brief period between Eisenhowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prophetic farewell address on the evening of Jan. 17, 1961, and his successor John F. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inauguration on the afternoon of Jan. 20. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  The History & Biography Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Warrior: A Memoirâ&#x20AC;? by Glennon Doyle Melton. 2 p.m. Free. Meeting Room, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  Douglas Preston will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lost City of the Monkey God,â&#x20AC;? about a search for a lost civilization in the jungles of Honduras. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400. â&#x2013;  Historian Peter Hayes, professor

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Tuesday, JANUARY 17 â&#x2013; Concert: As part of the Tuesday Concert Series, soprano Jaely Chamberlain (shown) and pianist Andrew Welch will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;NeoAntiquity From the British Isles to the Americas,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Britten, Hahn and Barber. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. emeritus of Holocaust studies at Northwestern University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Did the Holocaust Happen? A Leading Scholar on Eight Key Questions.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. â&#x2013;  Robyn C. Spencer will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crime and Punishmentâ&#x20AC;? discussion series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a look at 10 works of fiction from different eras and genres that explore humankindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggle for systems of justice that work for all â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will examine â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crime and Punishmentâ&#x20AC;? by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. The series will continue March 21 with a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrablesâ&#x20AC;? by Victor Hugo. â&#x2013;  Upshur Street Booksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;PostElection Discussion Group: Protestâ&#x20AC;? will focus on whether public demonstrations are effective, what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve accomplished historically and the logistics of the various marches and protests in D.C. during the inauguration. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Third Floor, 4200 9th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Bret Baier, chief political anchor at Fox News Channel, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhowerâ&#x20AC;şs Final Mission,â&#x20AC;? about the pivotal moment when Eisenhower articulated his vision for the future and then left the Oval Office in John F. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands. 7:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives and CNN Films will present the premiere of the behind-the-scenes documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House,â&#x20AC;? followed by a panel discussion moderated by CNNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jake Tapper. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater,

National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; The Washington Jewish Film Festival will present Deborah Riley Draperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2016 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Olympic Pride, American Prejudice,â&#x20AC;? about the 18 AfricanAmericans who boarded a ship to Germany to represent the United States in Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nazi-branded Olympic Games only to discover that they enjoyed liberties in Germany that had never been granted to them in America. 7:30 p.m. $13.50. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Embassy of the Czech Republic will feature a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traces in the Wind,â&#x20AC;? a tone poem of remembrance using provocative words of three women who survived the Holocaust through the power of the arts, directed by Gail Humphries Mardirosian, featuring an original piano score by composer Tom Andes and performed by Stephens College theater majors. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required by Jan. 16. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Drew Anderson. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Teen program â&#x2013;  The Writopia Lab will present a short story workshop (for ages 13 and older). 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Wednesday, Jan. 18

Wednesday JANUARY 18 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; The Tenley-Friendship Library will host an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Age-Friendly DCâ&#x20AC;? program on available magazines, large-print materials and audiobooks. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, will host a weekly tai chi class. 2 p.m. Free. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. 202726-2080. â&#x2013;  Guy Mason Recreation Center will offer a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentle Gyrokinesisâ&#x20AC;? class to improve posture, balance and agility. 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. â&#x2013;  A homebuyers workshop will provide information on how to purchase a home using a DC Open Doors mortgage product, featuring Max Sandler of Tidewater Mortgage Services and CJ Rader and Melissa Lango of Long & Foster Real Estate. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. 202-7774663. â&#x2013;  St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church See Events/Page 25

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Continued From Page 24 will host classes on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music, Movement and Holy Energy,â&#x20AC;? about the power of music and movement to integrate mind, body and spirit; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Journey We Share,â&#x20AC;? about the legacy of race in the U.S.; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enriching Connections With Others,â&#x20AC;? about the art of listening in order to form stronger relationships. 7 p.m. Free. St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119. The classes will continue Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8. â&#x2013; Poets on the Fringe will host a weekly poetry workshop, with attendees asked to bring one of their own poems with sufficient copies to share with the group for positive critique. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $6 to $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. â&#x2013;  Instructor Tara Bishop will lead a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga for Allâ&#x20AC;? restorative yoga practice. 7:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Susan Lowell will lead a tai chi class. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. Concerts â&#x2013;  Pianist Carlos CĂŠsar RodrĂ­quez and tenor Peter Burroughs (shown) will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Musical Migration,â&#x20AC;? featuring a journey from the songs and hymns of the Civil War through songs of the Americas and 21st-century composers. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Austrian jazz quartet Kompost 3 will perform. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. â&#x2013;  Israeli singer-songwriter Snir Yamin will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  Kyle Morton, lead singer and songwriter from Typhoon, will perform in support of his debut solo record, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Will Destroy You.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15 to $17. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. â&#x2013;  Roosevelt Dime and the Herd of Main Street will perform. 8 p.m. $8. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polling the Middle East: What Do They Really Think?â&#x20AC;? by pollster and Arab American Institute president James Zogby. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachu-


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Events Entertainment setts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The Guy Mason Reading Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Worst Hard Times: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived The Great American Dust Bowlâ&#x20AC;? by Timothy Egan. 11 a.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  John Nixon, a senior leadership analyst with the CIA from 1998 to 2011, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  National Museum of Women in the Arts associate educator Adrienne L. Gayoso will discuss a selection of abstract works in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. â&#x2013;  Geneive Abdo, senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a-Sunni Divide.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400. â&#x2013;  As part of MLK Week 2017, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds will discuss the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Life, My Love, My Legacy,â&#x20AC;? written by Coretta Scott King as told to Reynolds. 6:30 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former senior Middle East adviser to President George H.W. Bush, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  A lecture series by art historian Vanessa BadrĂŠ on â&#x20AC;&#x153;France Alive: A History Told Through Great Works of Artâ&#x20AC;? will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Realism: Representing the Real World, in Fragments or Totality,â&#x20AC;? about 19th-century paintings. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books & Barsâ&#x20AC;? modern-day book club will meet. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Gordon Biersch Brewery, 900 F St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Films From the Vaults: Presidential Inaugurations.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. The program will repeat Thursday at noon. â&#x2013;  The Avalon Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;French CinĂŠmathèqueâ&#x20AC;? series will screen Vincent Garenqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2015 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Her Name (Au nom de ma fille),â&#x20AC;? an emotional legal drama based on a true story that moved France for three decades. 8 p.m. $7 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-3464.

American cocktails inspired by powerful women, with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood. 7:30 p.m. $25; reservations suggested. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. viaumbria. com/events. The class will also be offered Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, JANUARY 18 â&#x2013; Reading: Sociologist and public intellectual Michael Eric Dyson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America,â&#x20AC;? about his call for Americans to face the true state of race relations in the country, which includes understanding both the history of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s racially motivated violence and the dangers it poses for the future. 7 p.m. $14; $32 for a copy of the book as well as one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.

Performance â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comedy at the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;? will feature Langston Kerman (shown), a finalist for the NBC Diversity Standup showcase in December 2015. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the Hall of States an hour before the performance. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;District II,â&#x20AC;? volunteers using their own laptop computers will help update the interactive website, focusing on 1940s and 1950s images of the area around the Carnegie Library building, Mount Vernon Square and downtown D.C. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW.

Concerts â&#x2013; Live at 10th & G will host a midday â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Always Room to Celloâ&#x20AC;? concert by American Pops Orchestra music director Luke Frazier and principal cellist Sean Neidlinger. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Free admission. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform classical works by Clarke and Schumann. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Korean pianist Somang Jeagal will make his Phillips Collection debut with selections by Sergei Rachmaninoff and FrĂŠdĂŠric Chopin. 6 p.m. $8 to $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Guitarist and vocalist David Lee Jones will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Jon Kimura Parker will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portraits of America,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical landscape featuring works by Gershwin, Bernstein, John Williams and more. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $99. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thursday Night Bluegrassâ&#x20AC;? will feature By & By. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $12 minimum. Mr. Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5468412. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mic-Drop: A Presidential Goodbye Partyâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Congress and the Dawn Drapes. 9 p.m. $13


to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron on the Oscar-winning movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spotlightâ&#x20AC;? and on journalism in the current environment. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Lori Kartchner, education programs coordinator, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Campaign Textiles and Inauguration Day,â&#x20AC;? about the use of flags, bandannas and other textiles by 19th-century presidential campaigns to show support. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. â&#x2013;  National Portrait Gallery senior historian David C. Ward will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portraits, Politics and Pageantry,â&#x20AC;? featuring fun-filled facts and little-known tales about U.S. presidents and the issues they faced. Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase and Georgetown chapters of the group National Active and Retired Federal Employees will host a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;villagesâ&#x20AC;? that help people stay in their homes as they age, featuring executives from the Northwest Neighbors Village, Georgetown Village, Dupont Circle Village and Cleveland & Woodley Park Village. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House and Institute for Policy Studies will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;TeachIn on Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plans (And How to Resist Them).â&#x20AC;? 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Chait, a noted commentator and the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The National Interestâ&#x20AC;? column for New York magazine, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America,â&#x20AC;? about President See Events/Page 26

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Memphis Grizzlies. 7 p.m. $19 to $464. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Thursday, Jan. 19 Thursday JANUARY 19 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will present weekly chess instruction for kids of all ages, temporarily relocated to the Chevy Chase Library. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a weekly clinic for individuals and families searching for rental housing in D.C. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Via Umbria cocktail director Michael Rovezzi will walk through the steps to making five different class

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Barack Obama’s accomplishments in areas including expanded health care, a curb on Wall Street’s excesses, the nuclear treaty with Iran, and the global accord on climate change. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a memoir and essay writing workshop led by Maura Policelli. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Performances ■ Teatro de la Luna will present a performance by bilingual magician Juan Estrella from Ecuador. 4 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. ■ The Washington Improv Theater will present “Rise Up! Inauguration Weekend,” featuring players from throughout the country. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Performances will continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with different lineups each night.

Film ■ The Cinema Club will present the 2009 film “Daughter-in-Law,” about a young woman living in the second century in Kazakhstan, a setting in which traditional notions of womanhood and family life at the time are explored. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.

Tour ■ In conjunction with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s exhibit “District II,” a walking tour on “Race, Space, and the Power of Place on Mt. Vernon Square” will examine the exterior of the Carnegie Library — one of the District’s first desegregated spaces — and explore how concepts of race and difference impact how citizens are allowed, prohibited, discouraged or encouraged

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Sheridan sixth-grade students have the opportunity to explore their passions through a program called Academic Passion. For eight weeks every Friday we meet with group members who share a similar passion. In academic pas-

to share space. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $5 to $10; reservations required. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. Friday, Jan. 20

Friday JANUARY 20 Class ■ Christian Kloc will present a juggling workshop. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Donation of at least $5 suggested. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202547-6839. Concerts ■ Jazz ensemble The Wee Trio will perform with guest pianist Fabian Almazan. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Baltimore-based UltraFaux will perform original acoustic music. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ “Jazz on the Hill” will present Aaron L. Myers II. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 sion some people played soccer, videoed themselves, then blogged about it. Some people worked with teachers to get advice about a passion or to learn what they do at school. For example, some students had the opportunity to experience apprenticeships. They worked with a faculty or staff member like the athletic director. Others worked on math projects because math is their passion. At the end of each week we

Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412. ■ “Don’t Tell Me This Town Ain’t Got No Heart” — a benefit concert for Planned Parenthood, and Electric Frontier Foundation — will feature John Kadlecik, Oteil Burbridge, Aron Magner and Jeff Franca with special guests Joe Uehlein and David Gans. 8:30 p.m. $50 to $55. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will host “An Evening With Bashville: Women Swearing-In Music.” 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. ■ Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter Mike P. Ryan will perform. 10 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW.

202-364-1919. Special event ■ The National Archives will screen the live broadcast of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony. 11:30 a.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

Discussion ■ Politics and Prose will host a “Teach-in on Women’s Rights” with Fatima Goss Graves, Jennifer Klein and Rebecca Traister. 4 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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reflected on the Academic Passion session. We wrote about what we did, what we learned and how we felt. At the end of the eight weeks, we presented our passions to our classmates by sharing a written piece, a video or something we built. Our classmates get to ask questions about the passion and why we chose it. One of the goals of the Academic Passion program is to teach students about learning because

when you are exploring something you love you have a personal interest in the subject, which enhances your experience and refines your learning skills. The Academic Passion program makes us feel good because we are exploring our passions. And it makes us feel good to be at Sheridan because of the special program in sixth grade. — Eli Weissman and James Gaeta, sixth-graders

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THEFTS: Serial package thief in Dupont sentenced to 18 months in prison

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Bridgeforth tossed aside when a neighbor told him to stop. According to the U.S. attorney’s report, Bridgeforth was subsequently arrested twice in the ensuing months when Metropolitan Police Department officers caught him returning to the “stayaway” zone, which is bordered by 14th, 17th, Q and S streets NW. Bridgeforth has been to prison numerous times over the years for similar crimes, but afterward has returned to similar habits upon returning to the neighborhood. D.C. court records show that more than two dozen felony and misdemeanor cases have been brought against him since the early 1980s. At Friday’s hearing, Bridgeforth attributed his crimes to his addiction to cocaine. “With no disrespect to my community, I think my drug is what creates this monster,” he said.

Bridgeforth also said he has no reliable income, regularly experiences homelessness and has slept for many years on the steps of the Foundry United Methodist Church at 1500 16th St. NW. He apologized repeatedly for his crimes but also said that he’s not the only one in the neighborhood who steals packages. “I can’t get a job [anywhere] because of my thefts,” Bridgeforth said. “I just don’t know where I can really go.” He wasn’t able to pursue drug treatment during his last stay in prison because of a prior violent crime on his record, he said. “I’d rather be in the program than be on 17th Street,” he said. Many residents have interacted with Bridgeforth over the years, and quite a few say they’ve seen him steal their packages. Mike Silverstein, member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B (Dupont Circle), testified at Fri-

day’s court hearing that Bridgeforth once stole 90 days of crucial medications from a Corcoran Street resident’s front porch. “It’s not a matter of somebody taking a sweater,” Silverstein said. ANC 2B voted unanimously in November to authorize Silverstein to draft a community impact statement for Bridgeforth’s sentencing hearing. Then, Silverstein said that this case was the first one he’s seen in his 30 years in the neighborhood where he felt community impact statements were necessary. Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets executive director Bill McLeod and Dupont Circle Citizens Association member Rob Halligan also submitted statements and came prepared to testify at Friday’s hearing, but Bridgeforth’s attorney Seth Schrager argued that three different public comments would be superfluous, and Kravitz agreed. All three Dupont representa-

tives told The Current after the hearing that they’ve been a part of numerous email chains over the years in which neighbors report minute-by-minute updates of Bridgeforth’s whereabouts and activities. They all believe that structural issues with the D.C. court system have let Bridgeforth off the hook on numerous occasions for crimes they’ve seen him commit. Halligan said he’s “frustrated as hell” by Bridgeforth’s continued presence. Feedback from neighbors was helpful for Judge Kravitz, who said their comments “make an enormous difference” in his understanding of the case. Silverstein and the others expect Bridgeforth to be released early on good behavior, and they’re not optimistic that he’s done taking a toll. “We were terribly impacted by this,” Silverstein said during the hearing. “This is something we don’t want to go through again.”

ROOFTOP: ANC opposes sports bar’s liquor license request for roof deck

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residents at Monday’s meeting. Some, including a representative of the nearby Pennsylvania Condominiums at 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, spoke vehemently in opposition to the application, arguing that noise emanating from the restaurant’s sidewalk cafe already causes disruptions. Others vigorously defended the restaurant

against those charges, adding that the establishment is a safe and friendly asset to the neighborhood. “It’s not a crazy late-night place,” one resident said. “It’s a family place that serves that neighborhood extraordinarily well, and with extraordinary discipline.” Commissioners largely avoided weighing in on the noise concerns, citing procedural obligations instead. Tinpe said he doesn’t want to “put

the cart before the horse,” and Wilsey added that it would be unfair to give “preferential treatment” on hours to one neighborhood establishment over another. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will review the sports tavern’s application on Feb. 20. ANC 2C’s opinion carries “great weight” at that hearing, but board members will determine for themselves whether the license is appropriate.

STATUE: Removal of artwork at AU sparks debate over free speech

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Dec. 9, the day before an event at its Washington College of Law that featured a representative from the movement. In a lengthy public statement first posted on Jan. 1 and updated on Jan. 9, the university attributed the removal of the statue to “threatening communications” that “put the security of the piece and the safety of the community at risk.” The decision to remove the statue also stemmed from “positive and negative feedback” received in mid-December suggesting that the statue’s prominence outdoors incorrectly implied that the university had taken an advocacy position on Peltier’s guilt or innocence, said university spokesperson Camille Lepre. Lepre declined to comment on the nature or magnitude of the threats beyond what’s available in the public statement “due to their nature.” “AU’s police department followed its normal threat assessment protocols to evaluate the threatening communications,” Lepre wrote in an email. Dec. 29 was also the day that the university was sent a letter from the FBI Agents Association, a non-governmental organization. The letter accused the university

of excusing the murder of two men and called for the immediate removal of the statue. A day later, Rasmussen cited recent news stories from conservative outlets in an email to a university colleague involved in taking down the statue. “Fox News and The Washington Times have stirred up the crazies,” Rasmussen wrote. The university statement says “objections” to the statue did not play a role in the decision to remove it. The university did not make Rasmussen available to The Current for a requested interview. Rigo 23 was frustrated to hear so suddenly that the statue needed to be taken down. He still doesn’t know where the dismantled statue, which he spent months constructing, is being held. Lepre wrote Tuesday that it’s currently in “a facility which is designed for the storage of sculptures” but declined to specify its location due to security concerns. The San Francisco-based artist is now mulling legal action against the university with the help of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, a group dedicated to preserving free speech. He believes the university censored his art in violation of their contract, which presented the statue to American University “for the purpose of exhibi-

tion” until April 30. The university claims it hasn’t violated that agreement because the contract didn’t state that the statue would be on display for that entire time. Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, an attorney from the Partnership for the Civil Justice Fund, called the university’s contract interpretation “completely disconnected from reality and legally baseless.” Rigo self-funded construction of the statue, and called Rasmussen in 2016 to see if Katzen would display it. He and a friend drove the statue across the country over three days in early December. Until Dec. 29, Rigo said his relationship with Katzen was “wonderful, really flexible, amicable.” Rigo responded to Rasmussen’s Dec. 29 emails, asking for more information about why the statue needed to be taken down, but he says he never received a reply, and that he found out for certain that the statue would be removed when a reporter from NBC4 called him to ask for comment. Now Rigo is communicating with the university exclusively through its general counsel’s office. He says he has never encountered such opposition to one of his artworks in the United States or abroad. And he’s disappointed that the decision to remove

the statue came while students were away for the holidays. “The students have a right to know what goes on or doesn’t go on on their campus,” Rigo said. Meanwhile, the FBI Agents Association was heartened by the university’s decision and plans to continue to lobby against Peltier’s clemency, according to spokesperson Paul Nathanson. Verheyden-Hilliard told The Current that her organization is calling for American University to restore the statue outside Katzen Arts Center, or at the very least to provide more information on its current whereabouts. “We thought that that was a stunning move by American University to stifle and extinguish political speech,” Verheyden-Hilliard said in an interview. “It’s really a shameful act from the University which is supposed to be a center for academic freedom and the museum which is supposed to be a center for free artistic expression.” Regardless of the statue, Rigo still hopes President Barack Obama will pardon Peltier before his last day in office. “This opportunity has forever robbed me of having the statue in public view when Peltier gets out of prison, which is what we anticipate and hope will happen,” he said.

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