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Bowser leads straw poll in Ward 4

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■ Election: Gray finishes in

second at Democratic forum By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

It was a victory for Muriel Bowser, but also a disappointment. The Ward 4 D.C. Council member won last Wednesday’s mayoral straw poll of Democratic activists in her home ward, but she failed to

secure the 60 percent of votes needed for their official endorsement. Of 652 ballots cast by Ward 4 Democrats, Bowser received 322 — 49 percent — while Mayor Vincent Gray came in second with 223. Third-place finisher Andy Shallal, the owner of Busboys and Poets, trailed significantly with 33 votes, with the other five candidates splitting the remaining 74 votes. These results came in the wake of a January straw poll by the Ward 8

Democrats in which Bowser also bested Gray, but similarly came short of winning an endorsement. Bowser’s campaign touted last week’s showing as evidence that D.C. craves new leadership, citing the fact that more than 60 percent of straw poll voters declined to support Gray. “My constituents in Ward 4 have seen my leadership first hand,” Bowser said in a news release. See Election/Page 25

Push to enforce noise rules sparks debate By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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Youngsters got to tour Georgetown’s Tudor Place Historic House and Garden on Saturday before convening to make Valentine’s Day cards.

If you choose to live in a dense and bustling commercial area of a major city, do you still have the right to complain about noise? This longtime neighborhood conundrum has become more glaring recently south of Dupont Circle, where a new group is working to quiet down the area’s nighttime activities. The neighborhood group, which calls itself the “D.C. Nightlife Coalition,” argues that the District has failed to enforce its own noise laws with the bars and clubs in the 1200 blocks of Connecticut Avenue and 18th Street. The group says excessive spillover noise from those venues has been detrimental to nearby residents, causing sleepless nights and other stress. Solutions may come from negotiations with individual club owners, but the coalition also wants to see action from a higher level in the city. Members are inviting See Noise/Page 10

Mayoral hopeful Lewis vows to boost access to broadband By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

One of the things Reta Jo Lewis saw firsthand during her three years at the U.S. State Department was just how much digital technology has transformed our world. The former special representative for global intergovernmental affairs says her diplomatic globe-trotting left her particularly impressed with countries like New Zealand and Singapore, which invest heavily in broadband networks connecting citizens with high-speed Internet access. She’s thrilled that President Barack

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Obama has made this an American priority, and now, as a Democratic candidate for mayor in D.C., she’s pitching herself as the best person to ensure that every District resident can get online. Although she acknowledges that Mayor Vincent Gray is already pursuing this goal — specifically through the Connect.DC initiative from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer — Lewis insists she would do more as mayor. “We’ve taken some steps. I just think we need to go further,” she said in an interview Monday. “If we are going to become the great city that

Comment period extended for zoning rewrite proposal

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the Lewis campaign

Reta Jo Lewis, a former State Department official, would seek private-sector tech partners.

we want to be, we know that we need to be connected, and we can’t leave anybody behind.” Like Gray, Lewis sees issues of See Lewis/Page 25

EVENTS

Fire chief speaks about recent death at ANC meeting — Page 3

National Theatre to host national tour of ‘American Idiot’ — Page 29

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Residents of the Palladium and its condo board are among the organizers of a new coalition calling on the District to crack down on nightlife-related noise.

Residents who want to testify on proposed changes to the District’s land-use regulations will have more time to do so. The Zoning Commission on Monday extended the comment period on the zoning rewrite from March 3 to April 17, and commissioners will likely schedule additional public hearings. The change marks the second time the Zoning Commission has decided to hold the record open for longer on the Office of Planning’s recommended overhaul of the Dis-

trict’s 1958 zoning code. Various proposed changes have sparked heated debate throughout a process that has stretched more than five years. While backers of the rewrite’s smart-growth policies say the time is ripe for action, some residents have complained that they haven’t had enough time to read and digest the complex, thousand-page zoning regulation document released last summer. “There’s an awful lot in this code, and the time delay will give a lot of people enough time to understand it and hopefully comment on it so the See Zoning/Page 11

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Logan parking idea sparks dissent near site on S Street — Page 7

Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Foggy Bottom News/15 Exhibits/27 In Your Neighborhood/18

Opinion/12 Police Report/6 Real Estate/17 School Dispatches/20 Service Directory/34 Theater/29

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Fire chief seeks to ‘change the culture of our department’ after recent death By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A recent death outside a Northeast fire station could be symptomatic of a problematic culture within the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Chief Kenneth Ellerbe told residents last week. Medric Cecil Mills Jr., 77, suffered a medical emergency across the street from a Rhode Island Avenue NE firehouse Jan. 25. Bystanders ran to the fire station, but a firefighter told them that no one could respond until the squad was formally dispatched. Mills died on the way to the hospital after police flagged down a passing ambulance.

Ellerbe briefly discussed the issue as part of a previously scheduled presentation at the Palisades/Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commission meeting last Wednesday. He said he couldn’t take questions on the matter because it would bias the disciplinary process, but noted that he had not canceled his public appearance despite the controversy. “Considering the current circumstances I would say it’s more courageous than anything else [to attend this meeting], but things happen and we still have to be out here,� said Ellerbe. “It’s nothing that we’ll run from, it’s nothing that we’ll try to smooth over, it’s something that will be dealt with appropriately,� he added.

The issue extends beyond the two or three firefighters involved in the Rhode Island Avenue case, said Ellerbe. The chief has clashed with union leadership throughout his tenure at the agency, saying they refuse to allow changes that would benefit residents but inconvenience firefighters. “This is something I’ve been talking about for three years: We need to change the philosophy of our department and change the culture of our department to focus on the priority, which is to serve the citizens of the District of Columbia,� he said. Notably, Ellerbe has been pushing for a schedule change that would eliminate 24-hour shifts: Firefighters would report to work on

more days than they do now, but they would stay on for just 12 hours at a time. This would ensure that the emergency responders are more alert, especially for paramedic duties, he said. “If you find yourself not doing anything at 2 a.m., stop by the firehouse and see what they’re doing. They’re resting,� said Ellerbe. “And I want them to be resting on their time.� Ellerbe and other D.C. officials have at times suggested that union intransigence compromised public safety, leading to issues like alleged mass walk-offs in which dozens of firefighters simultaneously call in sick, and even possible equipment sabotage. The union has denied any intentional disruptions, and no investigation has concluded that this occurred.

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The week ahead Wednesday, Feb 12

A community meeting on Garrison Elementary School will discuss efforts to push for a full modernization of the school in fiscal year 2015, rather than the partial project now funded. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school, 1200 S St. NW. ■American University’s Kennedy Political Union will host a D.C. mayoral debate. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Kids in the Triangle and the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District will host a forum on “How Growing Downtown Families Approach DC Public Education.� Panelists will include D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 901 3rd St. NW.

      

    

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The D.C. Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Zoning Regulations Review for individuals and organizations in wards 1 and 2 that have not previously testified before the commission on this case. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the D.C. Housing Finance Authority, 815 Florida Ave. NW. To testify, contact Donna Hanousek at 202-727-0789 or donna.hanousek@dc.gov. â– The DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and other groups will hold a mayoral forum focusing on youth issues. The event will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fraser Mansion, 1701 20th St. NW; a youth reception will begin at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will hold her annual Tax and Financial Services Fair from 10 a.m. to noon at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Admission is open to D.C. residents; preparation of tax forms is available to residents with a household income of less than $52,000 a year and income only from wages, salaries and pensions. ■The D.C. Public Library’s design review panel will hear presentations by three architecture teams on their concepts for the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. For details, visit dclibrary.org/mlkfuture.

Monday, Feb. 17

Busboys and Poets will host a candidates forum in the Ward 1 D.C. Council race. The forum will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

The D.C. Department of General Services will hold a community meeting on the planned modernization of the Duke Ellington School of Arts. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the school, located at 3500 R St. NW. ■The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a public meeting on the agency’s proposal to modify its Long Term Control Plan to include green infrastructure, including projects in the Georgetown area. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will host an opening reception for the exhibit “Murals of Washington: Spectacle and Story� and a related panel discussion in conjunction with the group’s regular meeting. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open house-style public meeting for the North-South Corridor Planning Study to examine opportunities for public transportation improvements, including discussion of the most feasible route options. The event will be held from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Banneker Recreation Center, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW. Overview presentations will take place at 4 and 7 p.m. â– The National Park Service, the D.C. Office of Planning and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a meeting on concept design alternatives for Franklin Park. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th St. NW. Reservations are requested; visit franklinparkdc.eventbrite.com.

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District Digest Council bill opposes fracking in U.S. forest

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh last week introduced a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sense of the councilâ&#x20AC;? resolution opposing fracking in George Washington National Forest in Virginia, which sits over part of the Marcellus Shale Geological Formation and within the Potomac River watershed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are serious concerns about the impact of fracking in the George Washington National Forest as it pertains to the environment and the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drinking water,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making the hydraulic fracturing fluid needed to effectively mine for natural gas requires drawing millions of gallons of water from the Potomac River watershed. The water used for fracking is mixed with numerous chemicals and waste hydraulic fracturing fluid is frequently disposed of through underground injection.â&#x20AC;? Various other politicians and entities, including the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and the Washington Aqueduct, have also objected to fracking in the forest. Fracking could become possible in the next decade or so under a management plan the U.S. Forest Service is currently updating.

Cold leads to many water main breaks

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority responded to 11,700 emergency calls for water main breaks and leaks in January â&#x20AC;&#x201D; three times the normal number â&#x20AC;&#x201D; due to the bitter cold, according to a news release. The authority, also known as DC Water, repaired nearly 90 water main breaks and 40 leaks, as compared to a monthly average of 29. The agency also helped callers deal-

  

            

               

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Norton seeks look at Civil War defenses

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton last week introduced legislation to Congress to recognize the Civil War defenses in the Washington area as a national historical park, as well as to launch a study on how to promote the sites to the public. The Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a local group of advocates and historians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been vocal in pushing for the legislation, particularly as 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens in the District. The bill would redesignate the 22 Civil War defenses under National Park Service jurisdiction in D.C., Maryland and Virginia (including forts, batteries and trenches) as one national historical park, according to a news release from Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Associated government-owned sites would affiliate with the park by cooperative agreement. The bill would also require the U.S. secretary of the interior to study cost-effective ways to educate the public about the Civil War sites, submitting those findings to a U.S. House committee. The local Civil War defenses were built at the start of the war to protect the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital and President Abraham Lincoln. Norton introduced the bill Feb. 5 with a bipartisan group of representatives from the region: Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Jim Moran, D-Va.; and Frank Wolf, R-Va. In its own news release, the local Civil War alliance praised Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action as â&#x20AC;&#x153;timelyâ&#x20AC;? during the anniversary year. More information is available at dccivilwarforts.org.

Tax office modifies policies on refunds

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue recently kicked off the 2014 tax filing season, announcing new online services for electronic filing and the availability of debit cards for refunds. Officials say that filing tax returns electronically allows for a faster refund. Links available at taxpayerservicecenter.com lead to several options, including guidance on free software as well as an online version of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s income tax forms with accompanying schedules. For the first time, D.C. taxpayers due a refund will have the option of requesting a prepaid debit Visa card rather than a paper check or direct deposit. No bank account or credit check is required to enroll, and the taxpayer will be able to use the card to pay bills, make purchases and make in-person cash withdrawals at most banks.

Another change this year attempts to combat identity theft. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax form now requests the taxpayerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth date, which will also be used to notify the taxpayer of the availability of any tax benefits based on his or her age. Tax officials also noted that the D.C. Council has passed legislation repealing income taxes on state and municipal bonds for individuals, estates and trusts. Previous law would have taxed income earned on out-of-state bonds acquired after Dec. 31, 2012.

Health director hails CVS on tobacco sales

D.C. Department of Health director Dr. Joxel Garcia last week praised the CVS chain for its announcement that the drugstores would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, and he urged other retailers to follow suit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a bold move for CVS Caremark and one that I applaud,â&#x20AC;? Garcia said in a released statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. â&#x20AC;Ś CVS has drawn a virtual line in the sand to put public health interest over fiscal gains.â&#x20AC;? Garcia said that as a doctor and Health Department director he takes â&#x20AC;&#x153;the health of each District of Columbia resident seriously and personally.â&#x20AC;? He encouraged all smokers to quit and asked other shops to stop selling tobacco products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put the health of the District as a top priority. Together, Washingtonians, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call it quits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for good.â&#x20AC;?

GWU appoints first sustainability director

A former high-ranking federal official will become George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first executive director of sustainability, tasked with creating a Sustainability Institute at the school. From 2009 to 2013, Kathleen Merrigan served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she created the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know Your Farmer, Know Your Foodâ&#x20AC;? initiative to support local food systems; helped launch first lady Michelle Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Move!â&#x20AC;? campaign; and represented the United States before the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.

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Due to a production error, the last line of an item in the Feb. 5 issue on Rick Hoffman, new regional sales vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, was cut off. It should have said that in a previous position he oversaw 11 offices in the Hamptons. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.


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Historic district boundaries Rodent issues briefly shut Safeway in Ward 4 debated for Meridian Hill By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Despite widespread support for creating a new historic district surrounding Meridian Hill Park, the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board agreed Jan. 23 to delay voting on the proposal for a month to allow more comment from a few property owners on the fringes who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be included in the district. The proposed Meridian Hill Historic District would stretch from the grand mansions, embassies and churches on the west side of 16th Street, through the iconic park of the same name, to properties just to the east of 15th Street, with V Street to the south and Irving Street to the north. The area contains a unique collection of grand beaux-arts, Venetian Gothic and other classically styled structures that were part of a plan by Mary Henderson to create an elegant gateway to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital. Henderson, a senatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife who built her own castle at the foot of Meridian Hill in 1889, oversaw the construction of lots or sold them off to others who shared her vision. Some apartment buildings constructed after Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death in

1931 are included in the landmark nomination because, according to the city preservation office, they continue her plan to create an architecturally distinctive luxury enclave on the hill. Four homeowners on the east side of 15th Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only single-family homes in the proposed district â&#x20AC;&#x201D; want to be excluded, as does the owner of the Dorchester Apartments on 16th Street, and the pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church just south of the park. Neighboring advisory neighborhood commissions in Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan and U Street generally voiced support, but some commissioners are backing limited requests for exclusion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re adding one more layer of bureaucracy to everything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing with our building,â&#x20AC;? the owner of the Dorchester complained at a hearing last Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a historic district as an additional layer of bureaucracy,â&#x20AC;? board chair Gretchen Pfaehler responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But since weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about boundaries, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll leave the record open. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crucial we get the borders right.â&#x20AC;? The board will review any additional comments, as well as architectural guidelines for the new district, at its Feb. 27 meeting.

Preservation board opposes razing Chinatown buildings By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Elephant in the room? The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board rejected a plan Jan. 30 to demolish two small but historic buildings in Chinatown, but board members said nary a word about the monumental project driving the request. Monument Realty wants to redevelop a big chunk of Chinatownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main block as office and retail space, with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hutong,â&#x20AC;? or open-air Chinese market, in the alley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a controversial plan that has divided the community, and that the preservation board itself rebuffed in October. Last month, the firm was back with a much more modest request to declare an 1887 commercial building and 1922 alley warehouse â&#x20AC;&#x153;noncontributingâ&#x20AC;? to the Downtown Historic District, which would help clear the way for building bits of the new project on their lots. Monument has already submitted raze applications for the two structures, but the board, on a 4-2 vote, said they should be preserved. But board members did not address the larger project, despite the debate itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still stirring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only issue before the board â&#x20AC;Ś is the contributing status of these two struc-

tures,â&#x20AC;? preservation planner Steve Callcott told them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The larger redevelopment project is not being considered.â&#x20AC;? Monument, however, is still pursuing both the small-bore demolitions and the multimillion-dollar development it calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gallery Tower.â&#x20AC;? The next stop could be proceedings before the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent for Historic Preservation, a hearing officer who could supersede the board to allow the demolition and also the larger redevelopment effort if he finds it to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;project of special merit.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a minor setback and extends our approval process several months because we will now have to go to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent,â&#x20AC;? Monument principal Michael Darby said later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But that does not deter us.â&#x20AC;? In a statement, Darby called the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote â&#x20AC;&#x153;very close,â&#x20AC;? adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the benefits our proposed project will bring to the city and the Chinatown area and community far outweigh the demolition of these buildings.â&#x20AC;? Callcott told The Current he believes Monument may redesign the project to respond to the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns. But if it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blessing, he said, the firm See Chinatown/Page 38

The Safeway at 6500 Piney Branch Road in Brightwood closed Thursday after the Health Department found five â&#x20AC;&#x153;criticalâ&#x20AC;? violations including evidence of rodents. The grocery reopened the next day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Location is infested with vermin, mice and rats,â&#x20AC;? said the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mice feces observed throughout the deli prep area, bakery goods â&#x20AC;Ś case(s), bakery production area, rear storage areas, electrical panel room, walkin refrigeration unit for dairy and the walkway used for storage in the rear leading to the loading dock.â&#x20AC;? The report said the grocery chain would have to

â&#x20AC;&#x153;eliminate harborages and eradicate vermin by professional means,â&#x20AC;? with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;30-day eradication planâ&#x20AC;? required before it could reopen. In a statement shared Monday, Safeway spokesperson Craig Muckle apologized to customers and said the store spent â&#x20AC;&#x153;hundreds of hours thoroughly cleaning so our shoppers can be confident that the store is sanitary.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our senior management team â&#x20AC;Ś will institute new policies to ensure that this will not occur again,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Beth Cope

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This is a listing of reports taken from Feb. 3 through 9 in local police service areas.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 900-979 block, 7th St.; 8:55 p.m. Feb. 3. Burglary â&#x2013;  500-599 block, H St.; 8:10 p.m. Feb. 8. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  600-699 block, F St.; 10:52 a.m. Feb. 3. Theft â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 10:23 a.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, New York Ave.; 11:44 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  700-899 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 10 a.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 9:57 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, L St.; 6:55 a.m. Feb. 9. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 6th St.; 12:18 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  4th and L streets; 9:20 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 6th St.; 12:54 a.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  700-899 block, K St.; 11:15 a.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, I St.; 7:20 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  G and 8th streets; 4:18 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, I St.; 7:57

p.m. Feb. 7.

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Theft â&#x2013; 2700-2799 block, Woodley Place; 10:36 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  3200-3212 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:07 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  Macomb and 38th streets; 1:28 p.m. Feb. 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  35th and Garfield streets; 9 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  3600-3609 block, Garfield St.; 9:23 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  2900-2909 block, Garfield St.; 8:25 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  2300-2599 block, 42nd St.; 8:22 a.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, 31st Place; 12:46 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, 31st St.; 1:27 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  2520-2599 block, 28th St.; 3:40 p.m. Feb. 9.

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â&#x2013; Foggy bottoM / west end

Robbery â&#x2013; 2200-2299 block, I St.; 2 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, I St.; 2:52 p.m. Feb. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 (with knife). Burglary â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, K St.; 3:41 a.m. Feb. 6. Theft â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, I St.; 10:10 a.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1626-1699 block, I St.; 12:21 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1100-1129 block, 17th St.; 12:47 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 3:15 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, M St.; 5:29 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 25th St.; 5:45 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:10 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, 22nd St.; 10:54 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, I St.; 9:20 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  2400-2499 block, M St.; 12:49 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, Vermont Ave.; 3:39 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1400-1433 block, K St.; 4:11 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 5:38 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:48 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  2100-2499 block, K St.; 4:45 a.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 26th St.; 10:19 a.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Connecti-

cut Ave.; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013; 1400-1433 block, K St.; 9:10 p.m. Feb. 9. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  L and 26th streets; 8:24 p.m. Feb. 4.

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â&#x2013; sheridan-kaloraMa PSA 208

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Robbery â&#x2013; 1400-1499 block, P St.; 1:23 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Q St.; 10:42 p.m. Feb. 8. Theft â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 9:15 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1200-1249 block, 22nd St.; 9:08 a.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 14th St.; 11 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 14th St.; 11:55 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1300-1499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 4 p.m. Feb. 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, R St.; 8:57 a.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Riggs Place; 10:12 a.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, N St.; 10:19 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  Rhode Island Avenue and St. Matthews Court; 9:28 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  15th and N streets; 8:49 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  N and 19th streets; 2:17 a.m. Feb. 7.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; dUpont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1800-1828 block, 16th St.; 9:39 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  17th and R streets; 9:50 a.m. Feb. 6. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  2100-2199 block, 14th St.; 3:40 p.m. Feb. 7. Theft â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Q St.; 2:38 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1920-1999 block, 15th St.; 7:08 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1600-1617 block, 14th St.; 10:38 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1800-1823 block, 14th St.; 12:21 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1600-1699 block, U St.; 2:25 a.m. Feb. 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2000-2099 block, 14th St.; 1:04 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Q St.; 12:14 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1700-1720 block, 14th St.; 3:56 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Willard St.; 8:40 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1400-1429 block, S St.; 1:14 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Swann St.; 1 p.m. Feb. 9.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adaMs Morgan

Robbery â&#x2013; 3000-3099 block, Ontario Road; 1:40 a.m. Feb. 9. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:50 p.m. Feb. 7. Theft â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Adams Mill Road; 10 a.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Adams Mill Road; 7:20 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1737-1776 block, Columbia Road; 6:23 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  2416-2499 block, 19th Street; 8:22 p.m. Feb. 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2322-2499 block, Ontario Road; 8:08 a.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  2322-2499 block, Ontario Road; 9:35 a.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  2300-2499 block, Champlain St.; 12:06 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  2322-2499 block, Ontario Road; 8 a.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1700-1733 block, Euclid St.; 5:46 p.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Belmont Road; 7:09 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1630-1699 block, Euclid St.; 8:16 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  Ontario Road and Euclid Street; 9:36 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  Ashmead Place and Belmont Road; 5:20 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1800-1881 block, Kalorama Road; 2:59 a.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  1800-1881 block, Kalorama Road; 11:45 a.m. Feb. 9.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery â&#x2013; 1-1299 block, Blagden Alley; 1:20 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  10th and O streets; 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  1800-1099 block, N St.; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 4. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1000-1127 block, 13th St.; 6:33 p.m. Feb. 9. Theft â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Kingman Place; 5:26 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Kingman Place; 6:18 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Kingman Place; 6:26 p.m. Feb. 3. â&#x2013;  1700-1709 block, 9th St.; 1 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 13th St.; 3:38 p.m. Feb. 7. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1700-1737 block, 11th St.; 9:40 a.m. Feb. 4. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, N St.; 9:46 a.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  R and 13th streets; 4:22 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, 9th St.; 4:05 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1128-1199 block, 13th St.; 11:50 a.m. Feb. 8.


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Parking idea for S Street parcel stirs controversy among nearby residents By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

A controversial idea to explore remaking a city-owned property at 1325 S St. in order to provide public parking won full support from the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission last week, despite pushback from several residents.

Neighborhood commissioners emphasized that â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no solid planâ&#x20AC;? yet and that their support was merely to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk aboutâ&#x20AC;? the possibility of redevelopment. But they still heard opposition from residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from both the Logan Circle and U Street neighborhoods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want such a structure near their homes. The idea for redeveloping the 1.6-acre

property, now used primarily as a warehouse and vehicle lot, comes from the Studio Theatre. A task force of area businesses and churches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; led by the theater, a longtime Logan Circle institution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been looking for solutions to the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking shortage, and it has presented schemes involving a garage with between 150 and 550 parking spaces. That facility could either be a central-

ized parking structure or part of a mixed-use project involving a park, housing or artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; studios. Back in January, the community development committee of the Logan Circle neighborhood commission supported the idea of turning the S Street property into a parking facility. Parking has been a major issue in this booming See Parking/Page 10

City board turns down condo conversion plan

Zoning board decision harms Wesley Heights, ANC warns

By ELIZABETH WIENER

By BRADY HOLT

Threading warily through District zoning and preservation rules, the Historic Preservation Review Board has rejected plans to turn a stand-alone single-family home in Mount Pleasant into condominiums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care what you do inside. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge addition, you see it from the street, and we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be approving that,â&#x20AC;? said member Joseph Taylor. Conversion of historic homes to multifamily buildings has become a flash point of late, especially in increasingly pricey neighborhoods like Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle. But Potomac Construction Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal for 1867 Park Road is even more controversial, as it targets a block of grand homes that is not only part of a historic district but also individually landmarked. The case is unusual because it involves joining two lots, one of them vacant for some 60 years since fire destroyed a 1904 house. But it also underscores broader concerns bubbling up before the board about out-of-

When he wanted more space at his 4540 Lowell St. property, Andreas Xenophontos followed a common route: He tore down most of the existing house, while intending to keep enough of the old structure that the project could count as an expansion rather than new construction for permitting purposes. When the work was finished, the house was nearly all new and stood more than 10 feet taller than before, and its covered front porch had been enclosed and turned into a room. All that is ordinarily legal, often to the chagrin of neighbors. But during the construction, Xenophontos discovered that the walls he had intended to retain were rotten and

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The Historic Preservation Review Board rejected plans to turn the 1867 Park Road home into condos.

scale additions and continued condo conversions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my third appearance recently,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who came out personally to the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 23 meeting to protest the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with one of the truly beautiful blocks in Mount Pleasant. My concern is, How is this board going to say no when the owner of the next lot says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;six luxury condosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? If it was affordable housing, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing. But Ward 1 has its luxury condo need filled.â&#x20AC;? See Park Road/Page 38

unstable, and he removed those as well. That changed the project from a renovation to a new house, and the home lost its grandfathered right to be close to the property line. The front porch room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sticking out too close to the street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; required an exception from a zoning overlay in place in Wesley Heights, a 1992 regulation designed to preserve uniformity of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blocks. The side of the house, though maintaining the same footprint, was also out of compliance with current rules. The Board of Zoning Adjustment voted on Jan. 29 to allow the reduced setback, despite opposition from the local advisory neighborhood commission, the Office of Planning and See House/Page 8

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the next-door neighbor. Advisory neighborhood commissioners blasted the ruling, saying it weakened Wesley Heightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; protections against development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The overlay requirements were put in place to ensure that certain standards were met when a home is torn down and a new home is built in its place,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Tom Smith said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a recognition that added zoning protection was required to preserve the residential character of that neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? The zoning board concluded, though, that the effect of the project was minor. Focusing on the front room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the basis of most discussion at a Nov. 19 hearing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rather than the side setback, board members said it was the legal height and depth of the new house, not its front room, that cast a shadow on the next-door neighbor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall the structure that has been put in place is similar to the one

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that was there before â&#x20AC;Ś so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a substantial impact upon the neighbors with this particular addition being there,â&#x20AC;? board chair Lloyd Jordan said Jan. 29. Smith said this position overlooked the effect of the front room on the next-door neighbors, who will have reduced light in summer mornings. Moreover, he said, the argument that the footprint is the same as the old house ignores the reason the zoning code differentiates between a new home and a renovation. The zoning board was largely unconvinced by one argument from Xenophontos: He had blamed the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs for not stepping in to tell him that removing the wall required additional approvals even though inspectors knew he removed it. Jordan, formerly the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director, said it was Xenophontosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; responsibility to formally alert the regulatory agency about changes to his plans.

Court ruling protects homeowners, city says

Homeowners do not need to keep paying interest after theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve paid their delinquent property tax bills, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled last week. The move is a small coda to a recent scandal in which many properties were lost to minor debts, many involving the Chicago-based company Aeon Financial that specialized in liens on such properties. In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel said Aeon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which purchased hundreds of tax liens in the District starting in 2006 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had no right to keep dunning the homeowners and threatening foreclosure after theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve paid up their property taxes. The firm has come under fire for allegedly misrepresenting homeownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; obligations and charging what officials say were inflated fees for routine legal paperwork. Aeon had no interest in actually buying the homes, city officials said, only in collecting fees homeowners had to pay to avoid foreclosure. Ted Gest, spokesperson for the D.C Office of

Pinstripes chooses D.C. for first urban site When Dale Schwartz describes how he conceived the idea of Pinstripes five years ago, he quotes Walt Disney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very little adult in a child, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of

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his first urban location of Pinstripes, at the Shops at Georgetown Park mall. The grand opening party Friday evening attracted a streaming flow of people who packed the 3,400-square-foot, two-level space. Schwartz said he liked the idea of including the Italian-born sport of bocce in his concept because of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;sophisticatedâ&#x20AC;? appeal. It also fits the concept of serving â&#x20AC;&#x153;phenomenalâ&#x20AC;? Italian and American fare. On the first floor, guests find a spacious dining area, an open kitchen and a bar. They can also reserve space on 14 bowling lanes and six bocce courts. Upstairs is an event space flexible enough to accommodate anywhere between 20 and 600 people. Both floors offer views of the C&O Canal.

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various D.C. officials, including the mayor and heads of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, to walk with them this Saturday night to see what the fuss is about. “We’re meeting with city officials … to have them hear what we’re hearing,” said Sarah Peck, a coalition member and lawyer who lives in The Palladium condo building at 1325 18th St. According to Peck, the coalition includes the Palladium’s condo association, along with the condo association of Jefferson Row, a complex at 1824-1834 Jefferson Place. Owners of the Tabard Inn, as well as Steve Coniglio, the developer of a new project next door at 1743-1755 N St., also support the cause, she said. But striking the right balance between the interests of businesses and residents has been a long-term puzzle for many mixed-use areas. “It’s something that as an [advisory neighborhood commission] we continually struggle with,” said Kevin O’Connor, a Dupont commissioner who chairs a committee dealing with liquor license issues. “You have businesses that have been there for years and years — and

residents who might have different expectations for the neighborhood than what is actually there.” O’Connor said he has seen some successful noise negotiations take place recently between residents and businesses in South Dupont, including Public Bar and Midtown. He also said his commission can try to address problems through settlement agreements, especially as a round of liquor license renewals need approval this year. D.C. nightlife advocate Mark Lee, in a recent piece for the Washington Blade, took issue with the noise coalition. He wrote that “claiming ignorance after moving into an entertainment district … should not be grounds for later complaints regarding living in a commercial zone.” Lee claims the criticisms in South Dupont come from “a tiny cadre of chronic complainers,” including Dupont neighborhood commissioner Abigail Nichols. Nichols, who represents the “club zone” in question and is also a member of the new noise coalition, was not available for comment yesterday. Peck disputes the suggestion that city residents who have trouble with noise should just “move to the suburbs.”

“This is a desirable place to live,” she said of her neighborhood, near embassies, shops and the White House. “This is part of the city’s plan to grow and expand.”

❝It’s like Curly, Moe and Larry getting together to solve the problem.❞ — Sarah Peck But Peck said “now’s the time when we get together and say we want a diverse community, we want mixed-use, we want people who are paying high property taxes, but we also want to make sure everyone is compliant with the law.” While D.C. law sets a 60-decibel limit for nighttime sound levels, the coalition says it has regularly recorded noise above 90 decibels coming from outdoor smoking areas and back alleys of clubs and bars, according to Peck. “That’s like standing next to a train,” she said. Peck gathered extensive information on decibel levels and city noise laws on the coalition’s website, dcnightlifenoise.com.

The group already has the ear of alcohol agency director Fred Moosally, who met with members last week. He wrote in an email to The Current that “noise enforcement is a dynamic and important issue in the District” that his agency will continue to work on in collaboration with the regulatory department and the Metropolitan Police Department. A noise task force bringing together all three agencies, first launched in 2012, is currently in the process of scheduling its next round of investigations, according to alcohol agency spokesperson Jessie Cornelius. She wrote in an email that the task force will look at the concerns of the South Dupont group during the next few months. But Peck said residents are frustrated with the perceived lack of coordination between the different arms of government. “It’s like Curly, Moe and Larry getting together to solve the problem,” she said, with each agency shuffling responsibility to the next. Dupont commissioner O’Connor agrees with the coalition that enforcement is a problem, but he questions its anti-business tone. “I don’t like that it’s all the responsibility of businesses,” he said. “We live in a mixed-use neighborhood.”

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neighborhood, where the recent commercial and residential development has strapped the area of available spaces. This led the committee to host public forums last year to seek ideas. At last Wednesday’s neighborhood commission meeting, several neighbors asked commissioners to table their vote on the S Street property, arguing that other affected parties in the adjacent ward and commission need to be consulted. “Out of respect of your neighbors … I think this idea of tabling is the very least you can do in terms of getting more joint support of what options may look like,” said Stephen Kelleher, who lives in the 1300 block of S Street. He also said he was “more than annoyed” when he learned about these talks through an article in The Current. Arguing that the plan was still very preliminary, Logan Circle commissioners voted unanimously to give support to the idea of exploring development options to bring parking spaces to the property. The parcel sits right beside the border between two neighborhood commissions, and between wards 1 and 2. Technically, it lies just outside the boundaries of the Logan Circle commission, falling under the jurisdiction of the adjacent U Street commission. Residents who opposed the action of the Logan Circle commission last week took their complaint to the U Street commission, urging an emergency resolution on the issue. S Street resident Elizabeth D’Angio told the U Street commission that the stance of the Logan Circle group was “out of line.” The U Street commission didn’t add an emergency resolution to its

agenda at last Thursday’s meeting, but chair James Turner said “it would’ve been better form” for the Logan group to get in contact before Wednesday’s vote. Turner, who said he has since been in touch with the Logan commission’s chair, suggested that cooperation is essential as more development occurs. Disputes between different neighborhood groups and residents within their boundaries are nothing new, with affected commissions routinely feeling differently about an issue that affects them both. Gottlieb Simon of the D.C. Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions told The Current that a commission can have a say on an issue that affects its jurisdiction, whether or not it’s occurring within its technical boundaries. Tim Christensen, at the request of Studio Theatre, presented the various parking facility concepts for 1325 S St. last month with a representative of the JBG development firm. He said at Wednesday’s meeting that he intends to “float [the idea] all over the place and see what people think.” “The first thing we’re going to do is engage the local community — residents and businesses nearby,” he said. The Current identified Christensen in the previous article as a presenter associated with the Logan Circle Community Association (of which he is president) when he was actually presenting on behalf of Studio Theatre. The renderings were commissioned by James Nozar, a theater board member who lives in the area and works with JBG. Nozar has expressed that JBG is not in the business of operating parking garages and that this was just an idea that he intended to share with more community members.


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PINSTRIPES: Bowling, bocce From Page 8

ban/city allure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like being in a community, and Georgetown has it,â&#x20AC;? Schwartz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like a place with an element of an oasis.â&#x20AC;? Schwartz had to go through multiple reviews from government bodies, neighborhood groups and residents in the tony condominiums above the restaurant, to ensure that the massive renovation of the space and the related noise wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disrupt the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarkably quiet,â&#x20AC;? Schwartz said of the bowling alley in the back of the restaurant, noting that the noise of the pins cannot be heard from outside the enclosed space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We put sound attenuation here because of the condos above.â&#x20AC;? The final outcome was wellreceived by community leaders. Bill Starrels of the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission released a statement on Pinstripesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; arrival: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We enthusiastically welcome Pinstripes to the Georgetown

neighborhood. We are very pleased about Georgetown being the first expansion location for Pinstripes on the east coast.â&#x20AC;? Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans described Pinstripesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debut as part of the continued development of the neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is another step in the renaissance of Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? he said at the opening party. Located at 3222 M St. (with an entrance on Wisconsin Avenue), Pinstripes is among several recent developments near the C&O Canal, including the Capella and Graham hotels. In the Georgetown Park commercial building, the restaurant is accompanied by retailers including Anthropologie, H&M, J. Crew and a new HomeGoods. Renovations of the 250,000-square-foot structure also included upgrades to a 700-car parking garage. Schwartz says he plans to expand Pinstripes in the Washington area. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyeing locations in Bethesda, Reston and Tysons Corner.

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Zoning Commission can get more broad-based feedback,â&#x20AC;? said Nancy MacWood, chair of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. MacWood, whose group has opposed many of the changes, said it is key that the Office of Planning meet with residents over the next two months so they can better understand the changes that could affect their communities. The agency has agreed to do so, and officials have been meeting in particular with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8A, which had complained of feeling excluded from the process. Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood added that his panel is likely to schedule further hearings

in March or April before the record closes. A current round of hearings is ongoing in different parts of the city; the last, for wards 1 and 2, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the D.C.

â??Life is passing us by as we keep holding onto this 1958 zoning code.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cheryl Cort Housing Finance Authority, 815 Florida Ave. NW. Some residents and advocates have raised concerns about delaying a decision on the zoning rewrite, fearing that opponents are simply trying to stall the process. Cheryl

Cort, policy director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, said in an interview that the extra month wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t likely make a big difference, but she said that it is important for the Zoning Commission to take action soon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not necessarily a problem to hold open the record. But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing this for more than five years and we really need to move on,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life is passing us by as we keep holding onto this 1958 zoning code.â&#x20AC;? Northwest neighborhood commissions have been divided on the rewrite. Some, including Cleveland Park and Palisades/Spring Valley, have opposed key proposals. Others, including Dupont Circle and Glover Park/Cathedral Heights, have been supportive.

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On decriminalization

The D.C. Council voted last week, on initial consideration, to decriminalize marijuana possession in private spaces, partly spurred by concerns about disproportionate arrests of black residents. We support the decision to make possession of less than an ounce of the drug a civil offense punishable by a $25 fine. The bill, originally drafted by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, follows the lead of over a dozen states that have eliminated criminal penalties for possession. Proponents have argued that drug arrests leave a permanent stain on a person’s record, impairing his or her ability to find a job and remain in public housing. Law enforcement also doesn’t seem to be working as a deterrent, with possession arrests shooting up in D.C. by 60 percent from 2001 to 2010. And the racial disparities are disturbing: The American Civil Liberties Union reported last summer that in the United States, black people are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana use than are white people; in the District, the factor skyrockets to eight. Nine in 10 local arrests for drug possession were of black people, the study reported. In fact, we believe city leaders should consider going further and take a look at the pros and cons of legalization, which could help decrease the illegal trade of and crime associated with marijuana, provide yet another source of local tax revenue and free up police to focus on more serious offenses. Washington state and Colorado are conveniently serving as test cases, with their recent experiences allowing recreational marijuana use providing ample evidence for our local officials to weigh. That said, we support Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and other members who opted to maintain criminal penalties for public use of marijuana. While the decision — a rejection of Council member Wells’ proposal to fine public use at $100 — alters the overall approach, we see serious problems in allowing public use. As Mr. Mendelson noted, exposure to children is a big concern. Another reasonable fear is pervasive use, including by non-residents flocking to the city. Adding more sources of second-hand smoke to our streets would also be undesirable. And as the chairman noted, many legal acts — urination, intoxication — are not allowed in public spaces. Some have argued that continuing to levy criminal charges against those found smoking in public would mean racial arrest disparities persist. Legislators should use their oversight capabilities to insist on fair enforcement.

Seeing the light

The goal is a laudable one: to halve the energy consumption of the District’s streetlights and reduce maintenance costs by installing modern, longlasting, environmentally friendly LEDs. And as the D.C. Department of Transportation has rolled out a handful of the new lights across the city, results have often been positive. Many residents have welcomed the bright new lights that they can trust aren’t going to burn out — on top of the benefit to the city’s coffers and to the environment. But others haven’t. Why? Because the agency either failed to foresee that residents would want a voice in how their streets and alleys are lit, or just elected to ignore that possibility. In areas such as Chevy Chase, residents were furious about harsh, bright lights that appeared outside their homes. To its credit, the Transportation Department has responded in Chevy Chase, installing bulbs with a lower wattage and a “warmer” glow that’s more yellow than blue. The agency has fitted the new lights with shields that direct the glare away from residences. And, when those fixes proved insufficient for neighbors, the agency promised to do more. But the Transportation Department is still only solving the problem it created itself by failing to notify or consult with neighbors. Belatedly, the agency is now scrambling to figure out what residents want — which it should have determined before installing a single bulb. Officials have said the color of the light was selected because it’s the most energy-efficient. The “warmer” the light color, the more electricity it requires. This is indeed an important consideration, but it must be balanced with the quality-of-life concerns of affected residents. “I think it’s very regrettable that a decision that has a possibility to affect the lives of 630,000 people was not worked out in consultation with the community, but was instead an engineering decision,” says Chevy Chase resident Laura Phinizy. We agree, and we hope the Transportation Department will take the lesson to heart that it has learned in Chevy Chase: Community outreach upfront will provide a better outcome down the road. It’s something that should have been clear after memorable streetlight controversies over the years in other neighborhoods, including Foggy Bottom, Spring Valley and Georgetown.

The Current

What more does Michael Brown know … ? You haven’t forgotten Michael A. Brown, have you? He’s back in the news. Big time. Last June, the former at-large D.C. Council member pleaded guilty to a felony bribery count after he was caught by an FBI sting taking cash from people he thought were local businessmen. It was simple, crass corruption. The plea agreement called for 37 months in prison. But his sentencing date has been delayed a couple of times (it’s now April 28) because Brown agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their ongoing probe of corruption in city government and politics. The most notable probe centers on the $650,000 shadow campaign that helped elect Vincent Gray mayor in 2010. Apparently, Brown has been very helpful — and that could be making other city politicians nervous. It turns out Brown also committed more crimes than prosecutors first knew about. The amended court papers filed last week now have Brown poised to serve 43 months in prison rather than the original 37. The court papers show Brown admitting to taking about $120,000 in secret, illegal campaign donations during 2007 and 2008 in schemes with Jeanne Clarke Harris and a businessman only identified as “CoConspirator 1.” Media reports for a couple of years now have identified “Co-Conspirator 1” as businessman Jeffrey Thompson, while Thompson’s lawyer Brendan Sullivan has declined all comment to reporters. Harris and Thompson are familiar names in the swirl of corruption. Harris and Vernon Hawkins, another longtime political operative, have both pleaded guilty to felony crimes for running the expensive shadow campaign to benefit Gray. Those court documents say the $650,000 to help Gray was provided secretly by “CoConspirator 1” — i.e., Thompson. Gray generally has said he did nothing wrong but steadfastly has declined to comment on how his friends could undertake such a breathtaking shadow campaign alongside his legitimate one. No charges have been filed against Gray. He has made a general apology for “the pain” his 2010 campaign caused. But again, the mayor doesn’t really say what that “pain” means. It’s certainly been painful to him.

But back to Brown. The court papers show Brown had a cozy relationship with Thompson, freely meeting with him and asking for illegal monies, sometimes described as “loans” and other times just fake contributions. In 2007, Brown got $20,000 for his unsuccessful Ward 4 race to replace Fenty on the council. He signed documents showing the money was a loan. But, as the court papers show, “Brown understood from his discussion with Co-Conspirator 1 and Harris that, notwithstanding the document describing the payment as a loan, Brown was not expected — and Brown did not intend — to repay the money. Neither Co-Conspirator 1 nor Harris ever sought repayment of the money.” In 2008, Brown asked for and got about $100,000 for his successful at-large council race. About $45,000 was provided just for Election Day get-outthe-vote expense. The court papers say “Co-Conspirator 1” made it clear and Brown understood that the money was being provided illegally. So what? Brown’s a crook. What does all this mean beyond the fact that Michael Brown, son of a famous father, threw away an honorable public service career that lay before him? One lawyer familiar with the case suggested that Brown knows a great deal about the big illegal shadow campaign itself — how it operated and who-metwho as it unfolded. There’s one source who contends Brown has worn an undercover wire as part of his cooperation. The Notebook could not verify that assertion, but, again, just the idea that he may have done so could have some folks scrambling to recall their conversations with him. ■ AU mayoral forum. Join the Notebook tonight for a mayoral candidates forum at American University, sponsored by the student-run Kennedy Political Union. The Notebook will be moderating, and questions will come from WJLA reporter Sam Ford and WTTG Fox 5 reporter/anchor Matt Ackland. It’s at 7 p.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center (Nebraska and Massachusetts avenues NW). Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor District should offer compost collection

I was very pleased to see your Jan. 15 editorial “Recycling improvements,” and especially pleased that you call for D.C. to “join other jurisdictions in launching compost-pickup services.” I couldn’t agree more. Cities like Portland, Ore., have already demonstrated that weekly collection of kitchen and yard waste is a costeffective program. Composting is definitely an important component of reaching Sustainable DC’s goal of zero waste by 2032. Much can be done long before 2032! Along these lines, we would like readers to know that the Cleveland Park Citizens Association is having a community meeting, “Compost Is Black Gold: Creating Value in Our Neighbor-

hood,” on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Park Library. With panelists from Compost Cab, Love and Carrots, the University of the District of Columbia’s Department of Urban Agriculture and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we will hear many perspectives. We will also hear from Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh on legislative initiatives, including the proposed Office of Waste Division that you mention in your editorial. Ruth Caplan Chair, Greening Committee Cleveland Park Citizens Association

Letter not accurate about deer issues

This is in regard to the Feb. 5 letter “Population of deer must be reduced.” First of all, the speculation that “culling in the upper reaches of the [Rock Creek] park may be sending the deer elsewhere in our

parks” — specifically into Glover Archbold Park — is suspect. I have personally encountered many, many deer in Glover Archbold — often in groups and over a protracted amount of time. Second, since Glover Archbold seems to have a deer population of its own, the observation that the deer mentioned in the letter were “searching vainly for food in the park” is clearly incorrect. Finally, in my opinion, the most important justification for culling is the extreme pressure to which an overly large deer population subjects forest environments. If collisions with vehicles were our only worry and the deer population did not represent an ecological threat, then I’d say that we humans should be good neighbors and go out of our way to find the means to peacefully coexist with this species that just so happens to share our region. William Chertack Glover Park


The Current

Letters to the Editor Newsletter publicized new business grants

As the editor of the Forest Hills Connection and a member of the Van Ness Vision Committee, I would like to fill in some missing pieces about how Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F got wind of the Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants [“Program to offer grants to Connecticut Avenue firms,” Feb. 5]. David Bardin, a former neighborhood commissioner, and Sally Gresham, current commissioner, tag-teamed to find out that Van Ness had been designated part of the Great Streets program and that our small businesses were eligible for these grants. The Forest Hills Connection posted a piece by William Sittig, also a Van Ness Vision Committee member, about this grant program. Also, committee members divvied up the small businesses along the Van Ness commercial corridor to approach about this opportunity. Both the Franklin Montessori School and Bread Furst are planning to apply. Paola Bernacchi, the owner of the Petworth gift store Palo Borracho, wants to relocate to Van Ness after learning that the space she is leasing will not be available much longer. She found out about these grants through the Forest Hills Connection and approached the vision committee for assistance. Marlene Berlin Forest Hills

City needs to address construction parking I am a resident in close proximity to the German Embassy, where a major renovation project has been underway for the last few years. I would like to echo the concerns noted in Peter Watkins’ letter to the editor in the Feb. 5 issue, especially the implications of this experience for other proposed major renovation and construction projects in the Palisades and nearby neighborhoods. While I would acknowledge the occasional presence of D.C. parking enforcement personnel to ticket parking offenders, this appears to have had minimal effect as construction workers routinely move their vehicles throughout the day in an effort to avoid getting tickets. Given the substantial parking, traffic safety (parking near or in driveway entrances), noise, trash and quality-of-life issues associated with such projects — as well as the related negative impact on the value of residential properties — I would urge public officials responsible for

approving them to prohibit workers involved from parking in the neighborhood but rather require them to be transported to the site from a suitable commercial location. Otherwise, current and prospective residents will be discouraged from remaining or locating here, thereby offsetting whatever potential long-term commercial benefits may be envisioned. This is especially true of the Safeway mega-project for which it is difficult to imagine any net benefit to the attractiveness to the Palisades. Mary Ann Luc The Palisades

Finding lost dog will need community help

My black and tan dog Havoc has been lost for 3 1/2 months. Havoc is seen consistently in Northwest D.C. and Bethesda neighborhoods, specifically American University Park, Spring Valley and Westmoreland Hills, and this has been confirmed by K-9 tracking dogs. He may be roaming nearby areas as well. My volunteers and I spend hours a day looking for him, but at this point, the chances are small that there will be the perfect right time/ right place to see Havoc. I’m writing to put out a plea for help. An immediate phone call is so critical to me getting Havoc home. It does not matter if it’s 3 a.m. or you are unsure of what you saw — I’d rather get incorrect calls than no calls. Havoc moves quickly, so waiting even 15 minutes makes a huge difference. If you do see Havoc, please follow him until I get there — I can be there in 10 minutes. Neighborhood residents are vital to getting Havoc home. Please save my number (248-755-7594) in your phone so you always have my information on hand. I continue to get sightings, but they come hours or days later because people tell me they do not have my phone number handy. Havoc is mostly black with tan legs, muzzle and dots over the eyes, and he’s about 50 pounds. Pictures can be found on Havoc’s website (bringhavochome.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/ BringHavocHome). Thank you for the continued tolerance of all my signs. I cannot wait to remove them. Janet Mihalyfi The Palisades

Measure could harm residents of condos

The D.C. Council has given initial approval to the D.C. Condominium Amendment Act of 2013 (B200139). A final vote is expected next month. This bill will have a major effect on D.C. condo owners and a posi-

tive impact on the businesses affiliated with the condo “industry.” Although many of the changes seem good for the nearly 50,000 D.C. condo owners, some are not what they appear to be. This amendment package — the first since the original D.C. Condo Act passed in 1979 — is unknown to most unit owners, even though they are the ones who own the condo industry. Unfortunately, there is no organization that solely represents D.C. condo owners. The Community Associations Institute, which supports this bill as it is, has only a few hundred D.C. condo owner members compared to thousands of industry members. I have concerns with two provisions in the act: first, the new weaker standard for lawsuits, and second, the frequent deference to existing association documents. Even though few condo owners file lawsuits unless they have been personally harmed, the possibility of lawsuits alone should be incentive for condo boards to comply with their fiduciary duties. The new provision of the bill that permits the “substantially” prevailing party to be paid attorney’s fees by the losing party should be a strong incentive for boards. But there is a catch. The bill also changes the current “reasonableness standard” for court decisions to the “business judgment standard.” The new business judgment standard is clearly a counterweight to the favorable attorney’s fees provision. With it, substantially prevailing would be extremely difficult — if an owner could prevail at all. It will give unnecessary protection to executive boards when they fail to make decisions appropriately and will undermine any benefit for unit owners that the law at first glance appears to provide. The second problem is the act’s repeated deference to existing association governing documents when those documents conflict with the new amendment provisions. The deferential language is phrased differently throughout the bill, but it always means the same thing and it occurs often for the pro-condo owner provisions. So, many of those new provisions will only be suggestions to associations, encouraging them to amend their governing documents if they want to realize any benefit. It’s worth noting, though, that condo associations do not need the government’s permission to change their documents. If the council wants to do something for condo owners, the amendments should mandate the changes that legislators believe are important enough to include in the first place. Otherwise, mentioning them is only a superficial gesture. Lawrence Albert President, Woodbine Condo Board

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Letters to the Editor Garden center plan would save station

For many months now I have been working on a proposal to rescue the deteriorating bus station at 5720 Connecticut Ave. and open the Chevy Chase Garden Center, selling such things as orchids and azaleas. The site is the only remaining part of the Connecticut Avenue streetcar line. The station has fallen into a total state of decay in the hands of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and it is completely unused except as a bathroom for bus drivers. To garner public support, I launched savethestation.org and began a petition. I contacted the transit authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of real estate and station planning, who sent a very cordial and straightforward email detailing the process. I completed the requested information and presented my proposal at the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 27 meeting. At that meeting the director of station planning and development stated that the transit authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single concern about repurposing the building is customer parking and traffic â&#x20AC;&#x153;threatening bus operations.â&#x20AC;? Taking another look at the station and surrounding area, I realized that Oliver Street runs directly behind the station, and we could load vehicles using the existing rear gate (we would install a wider one). Street parking exists on Connecticut Avenue and Oliver Street, and we hope to negotiate use of the Wells Fargo parking lot after hours and when the bank is closed on Sunday. I am a native Washingtonian. When I was a child, my grandmother would take me on weekends to the National Arboretum and educate me on every plant, insect and tree and how everything connects. I have grown up working at and managing garden centers with the hope of one day having my own. Please join in supporting my proposal to save the station and run a little garden shop. Mark Joseph Sniegoski Rockville, Md.

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Regarding the Jan. 15 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chevy Chase neighbors battle raze plan,â&#x20AC;? it was disappointing to me that a majority of the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission voted Jan. 13 against the resolution to have the new owner of the property at 3823 Morrison St. NW meet with the concerned neighbors to discuss his plans to destroy the 100-year-old house. While the law may formally permit the new owner, Mr. Holman, to destroy his purchased

property, the fact that more than 70 neighbors strongly opposed this should carry some weight with our elected representatives. Two representatives who were out of town submitted proxy ballots against a community dialogue resolution even though they were not present at the meeting to hear the quite passionate community discussion on this. (Thank you Carolyn Cook and Rebecca Maydak for voting for community discussion.) The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5-2 vote did not reflect the sentiment of the community attendees, of whom a majority, by a show of hands, favored discussion. It is welcome news that Mr. Holman has reconsidered and is now prepared to sell the house under specified conditions. However, this turn of events occurred outside the context of the advisory neighborhood commission. The community was not seeking legal advice from the commissioners; rather, they sought representation by their elected officials. Leonard Jewler Chevy Chase

Morrison St. house should be restored

I would like to join other neighbors who want to encourage Mr. Holman to be open to discussing restoring 3823 Morrison St. rather than demolishing it. From Mary Rowseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 22 Viewpoint piece and a follow-up email she sent out, it appears that she has found an individual with expertise in restoring old houses who believes he could do the work needed to restore it at a reasonable cost. What does Mr. Holman have to lose in opening his doors to this individual and others who might be willing to buy the house from him and then proceed with restoration? Why not open the doors so that people who are seriously interested can bring in an engineer to assess the extent to which the foundation is comprised and whether the house is structurally sound, or could be made sound at a reasonable cost? Barbara Robinson Chevy Chase

City should not build on McMillan Park site

As we head into the new year, it is time that we commit to tearing down the fence and returning McMillan Park to the people. This year there is a mayoral race. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make this a key election issue. If Mayor Vincent Gray has his way, McMillan Park with its unique underground caverns will be destroyed and replaced with characterless town houses and multi-tenant office buildings. The original park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. would be lost. This high spot overlooking federal Washington could become an iconic peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s park, with hydroponics, galleries and markets below ground, and skywalks,

promenades, fields, arenas, theaters and stages above ground. This would complete the â&#x20AC;&#x153;emerald necklaceâ&#x20AC;? of green spaces envisioned by Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant. Skywalks could enhance the views and could connect with the existing reservoir, reuniting this original historic area of the city. The history of McMillan Park is the history of local Washington â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its culture and how life was lived. This was the only public park accessible to African-Americans during segregation. It is part of our cultural heritage. The original Olmsted promenades and the Augustus Saint-Gaudens statuary belong atop this beautiful spot for all to see. Washington certainly does not need yet another 20 acres of insignificant buildings when it could save a piece of history. I urge all Washingtonians to support an international competition for the design of a world-class Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park. Carole Lewis Anderson Georgetown

Franklin should serve educational purpose

The Franklin School at K and 13th streets NW is an architectural gem embedded in a vast matrix of sterile office buildings. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history of great service to this city contrasts with its high-rise neighbors filled with squadrons of high-powered, high-priced lobbyists whose primary mission is influence peddling of the highest order and service to themselves. The Franklin Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission, as an academy or a model shelter for homeless people, served purposes totally antithetical to its wheeler-dealer neighbors. Is it any wonder that the latter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mercantile pirates and corporate raiders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have trained their binoculars on Franklin for â&#x20AC;&#x153;redevelopmentâ&#x20AC;?? The philistines who desecrate magnificent structures like Franklin, inside and out, epitomize some of the worst acts of architectural vandalism in this city. One nearby example was the demolition of most of the old Columbia Hospital for Women, a magnificent Mediterranean villa in the West End. When they started, the developers had the Venus de Milo; when they finished, all that was left was her belly button. The Franklin School claims special preservation attention in this city as the twin sister to the Charles Sumner School Museum. Both were designed by inspired architect Adolf Cluss and are two architectural jewels. Sumner was saved from demolition, but only by sacrificing the magnificent Magruder School, adjacent to Sumner and virtually a part of it, to the developers. Franklin School, an architectural survivor like Sumner, should be preserved for academic use and no other. Long live Franklin School! Jim McGrath Chair, D.C. Tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Advocacy Coalition


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IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO KEEP A COMMUNITY CLEAN Looking out the window the other morning, my husband spied a very welldressed woman, probably in her early 30s, passing our house. Such a sighting would be unremarkable, except for one thing – the well-dressed woman deposited her empty coffee cup and donut wrapper in our neighbor’s planter. Yes, it is winter, and there is nothing blooming in the planter – but it is still clearly a planter, not a trash can. Incidents like this – and they happen every day – have inspired the Foggy Bottom Association to launch a new initiative. Beginning March 1, look out for our CLEAN COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN. Working together, we can eliminate litter and keep trash off the streets and in appropriate containers. If each one of us takes responsibility for picking up trash and depositing it into the proper receptacle, we can keep our community beautiful, and reduce rats’ access to food and shelter. Interested in joining this effort? Send an email to president@foggybottomassociation.com.

UPCOMING FOGGY BOTTOM ASSOCIATION MEETINGS & EVENTS TUESDAY, 8:00-9:30 PM (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE) DC Mayoral Candidate Forum – a joint program with the Dupont Circle Citizens Association, ANC 2A, and ANC 2B Moderated by Tom Sherwood, NBC Washington Heart House, 2400 N St NW, Multipurpose Room

TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 7:00-9:00 PM

Community Forum – What Issues Should the FBA Address? Location TBA

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WEST END LIBRARY EVENTS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 7:00 PM “Beginning the New Year with Meditation,” 2nd of a 3-part series on the practice of Jyoti meditation, led by David Newcomb. Additional session set for February 19 at 7:00 pm THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 7:00 PM “Marie Antoinette in Love,” a talk by Juliet Grey, a local actress and author of an acclaimed trilogy of historical fiction on the life of the legendary Marie Antoinette (Rescheduled from Tuesday, January 21) FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 3:30 PM Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gorge Chocolate and a movie for Valentine’s Day fun - a program for kids and teens TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 12:30 PM West End Book Club-1 – discussion of Native Son by Richard Wright, in celebration of Black History Month THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 7:00 PM West End Book Club-2 – discussion of The House Girl by Tara Conklin It’s all happening at the West End Library, 1101 24th St NW. See you there!

WARD 2 EDUCATION NETWORK MEETINGS SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 10:00-11:30 AM Topic & location TBA Light snacks. Babysitting available. RSVP to W2EdNetwork@gmail.com

MUSIC IN FOGGY BOTTOM Friday , February 21, 7:30 PM The Concordia String Ensemble The United Church, 1920 G St, NW. FREE ADMISSION. For more information, please call (202) 331-1495.

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Grand Colonial home offers views of Rock Creek Park

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warmer months. Inside, the grand foyer opens to several living spaces. Among them is a sleek eat-in kitchen to the east. Upgraded five years ago, this room features top-of-the line appliances flanked by white cabinetry from Snaidero, a firm known for award-winning European-designed kitchens. The room, facing Kalorama Circle, has a side door leading down to the street and to a rear patio. The living and dining rooms are also adjacent to the entryway. The spaces feature original folding doors and offer sneak peeks of the lush back terrace. The main level also includes a library with a hidden corner wet bar and built-in shelves flanking French doors. Another perk here is a full bathroom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a rare feature on the first floor of any multi-level home. Adjacent to the foyer and library, this space (also renovated five years ago) includes a blue and white sink with an Asian dragon decoration and a standing shower.

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of varied architectural designs. Many of them serve as diplomatic posts, including the French ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand estate, a Tudor revival mansion just around the corner. While the exterior appearance of the home at 26 Kalorama Circle is modest compared to its more ornate neighbors, this large house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nearly 4,000 square foot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offers an abundance of posh details. Constructed in 1958, the threelevel dwelling showcases a blend of original features and upgrades, with outdoor views of Rock Creek Park. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home is now on the market for $2,750,000. The red brick exterior is complemented by yellow-painted oversized windows with dark-hued shutters. From the sidewalk, a double staircase leads to a set of heavy double doors. The rose bushes and vines that decorate the staircase will bloom multicolored flowers in

Photos courtesy of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty

This five-bedroom, five-bathroom Colonial on Kalorama Circle is priced at $2,750,000. Outdoors, accessed by the library and dining room, is the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attractive flagstone terrace. Wrapping around the rear of the house, this private space with manicured landscaping creates a natural flow between the main floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living spaces. Four bedrooms and three baths are on the second floor. Two of the bedrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the master and one other â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have their own private bath with a standing shower. Another bedroom, last used as an office, features built-in bookshelves. And along the hallway is a shared bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and a linen

closet. The basement features more built-in shelves, and a large SubZero wine refrigerator here also adds to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertaining potential. This renovated level also showcases high ceilings with track and recessed lighting. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth bedroom and bathroom are located here. It has served as a dressing room but could also be converted into an entertainment area or fitness center. Adjacent to this space is a

laundry room with upgraded appliances. Outside, a tandem garage and driveway can be accessed from Kalorama Circle. This five-bedroom and fivebathroom home at 26 Kalorama Circle is listed for $2,750,000. For more information, contact Jonathan Taylor of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at 202-276-3344 or jtaylor@ttrsir.com or Maxwell Rabin at 202-669-7406 or mrabin@ttrsir.com.

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Quiet Haven

Kent. Amazing new home to be sited on tranquil lane with views over the trees toward VA. Old school construction with options to include elevator & many custom amenities. 6 BRs, 5.5 BAs. Near to all the Palisades conveniences. $2,295,000 Eric Murtagh  301-652-8971

Kent. Lovely brick home tucked away on leafy cul de sac. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Redone kitchen, 2 frpls. Delightful deck and terrace. Steps to shops & restaurants. $950,000 Leila Harrington  202-330-1717

Palisades Period Piece

Palisades, D.C. 1911 Victorian farmhouse with great potential. Gracious proportions, original woodwork, double staircase. 4 BRs, 2 BAs. Detached studio/ guesthouse. $839,000 Nancy Hammond  202 -262-5374

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Palisades. Amazingly spacious 1 BR + sleeping alcove, 2 BA condo. Light filled, Great updated kit w/SS, brkfst bar. Hrdwd flrs, huge walk-in closet. Unique custom features. Utilities & parking included. Pet friendly bldg. Super location. $399,999 June Gardner  301-758-3301

Glover Park. Large 1 bedroom in the heart of Glover Park. Gourmet kit w/granite & SS. W/D, open flr plan. Patio roof top deck. Pet friendly. Across from Whole Foods, next to Starbucks for your morning boost! $350,000

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Chevy Chase, MD. Stylish renovated Euro style junior 1 BR at the popular Willoughby. New BA, renov. kit. Huge windows, walk-in closet. Super location in the heart of Friendship Heights. $249,900 Ashk Adamiyatt 202-607-0078

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Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve stabbing. The board will start an internal investigation on Feb. 12. Simpson said he hoped the board would call for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;show causeâ&#x20AC;? hearing on the possible revocation of Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. â&#x2013; commissioners voted unanimously to oppose Madamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Organâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application to terminate its settlement agreement with the commission. Commission chair Billy Simpson said the owner of the establishment at 2461 18th St. was unwilling to negotiate possible changes. The agreement covers minimum food service, trash management and rodent control. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously agreed to support street closures associated with the DC Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Marathon, planned for Saturday, March 15. Affected streets will be closed between 8 and 11 a.m., with cars blocked during that time. About 25,000 runners are expected for the race, which runs through seven of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight wards. Commissioner Gabriela Mossi said she had spoken with an irate resident who was unable to get to a doctor during a previous race. Another resident asked commissioners to support the race only in parts of the city where it would not affect residential neighborhoods. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support an application from Buca di Beppo for valet parking at 1825 Connecticut Ave. The restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager, Farhad Mehraban, said cars would be parked in a garage in the building. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to oppose a Historic Preservation Review Board application for changes to the approved plan for the future Hilton Residence Tower adjacent to the Washington Hilton hotel, unless the developer agrees to certain conditions: installing a sound barrier around the proposed roof pool as well as one around the existing lower pool adjacent to 19th Street, and extending a planned green screen along 19th Street. Commission chair Billy Simpson said the conditions were minor for such a large building. Commissioner Marty Davis emphasized the noise concerns of 19th Street neighbors, and commissioner Jimmy Rock said he worries about the prospect of loud parties, particularly because he sees the building as likely to attract more young people since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now planned as apartments rather than condos. Hany Hassan, the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architect, said the residential building will not be have the same owners as the hotel. He emphasized that the green planting is planned along the 19th Street wall. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to make a $1,000 grant to Christ House toward two security cameras which total $1,650. According to commissioner Marty Davis, 3rd District police officials suggested cameras to deter loitering problems at the 1717 Columbia Road medical facility. The commission will meet at 7

p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org. ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; public safety report. â&#x2013;  discussion of George Washington University Police Department policies. â&#x2013;  public comment. â&#x2013;  update from Ian Swain of the D.C. Department of Transportation on the New Hampshire Avenue project. â&#x2013;  update on the Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom Ward 2 Education Network from Chris Sondreal. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by the Ward 2 Education Network for a resolution in support of full funding for Garrison Elementaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modernization. â&#x2013;  discussion of the policies of the Watergate shuttle. â&#x2013;  informational presentation on tax law changes and new initiatives. â&#x2013;  discussion of proposed alterations to the D.C. Water and Sewer Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-term control plan. â&#x2013;  consideration of a landmarking application for the Office of Strategic Services headquarters building at the Naval Observatory. â&#x2013;  discussion regarding a public hearing to declare Stevens School surplus property. â&#x2013;  consideration of a proposal to install parking meters on the National Mall and restore Circulator service there. â&#x2013;  consideration of an application for a new CR license for CafĂŠ Deluxe, 2201 M St. â&#x2013;  presentation on a prospective planned-unit development application for 2100 K St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for Hyatt Place, 2121 M St. â&#x2013;  discussion of the Marine Corps Marathon. â&#x2013;  discussion of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. â&#x2013;  discussion of grants. For details, visit anc2a.org. ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; introduction of new Metropolitan Police Department representatives from the 2nd and 3rd districts. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on Circulator bus recommendations. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution to drop the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protest of the Alcoholic Beverage Control license renewal application for Fireplace, 2161 P St.

â&#x2013; consideration of a new Alcoholic Beverage Control license application for a restaurant-class license for Tico, 1926 14th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by FreshFarm Markets for a letter of support for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Houseâ&#x20AC;? farmers market on Vermont Avenue. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for a valet staging area for Al Tiramisu, 2014 P St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for a valet staging area for Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab, 740 15th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for use of two parking spaces as a valet staging area for Barcode, 1101 17th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for use of two parking spaces as a valet staging area for Georgia Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 950 15th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for use of two parking spaces as a valet staging area for the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, 1700 H St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for construction at the Patterson Mansion, 15 Dupont Circle. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for construction at 1728 P St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for construction at 1528 Church St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a variance at 1536 T St. to allow a rear deck. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; government reports. â&#x2013;  discussion with Stacie West of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation regarding planned renovations for the Mitchell Park playground. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request for use of the Spanish Steps for a wedding on Saturday, April 26. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition and garage alterations at 2405 Tracy Place. â&#x2013;  announcement of the Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll USA Marathon planned for Saturday, March 15, and associated road closures. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact davidanc2d01@aol.com. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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This past week, the seventh grade here at Annunciation Catholic School participated in a project about moss. Lately, we have learned about different organisms, especially in the plant kingdom. We have done many problems on the subjects we learn in class, but most are not as interactive as this. This project was different. We were given instructions and some moss, and we had to create our own terrarium for moss. We could use any seethrough glass or plastic container, and decorate it. At home we would take a daily log of the sunlight, added water and observations we took. In our log we could have talked about many things, including why or why not our mass grew, or if there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough water. We were also asked to make a brochure about moss in general, and about our moss that we took care of. This brochure was supposed to have multiple information brackets about moss, the care of moss, where moss can be found in the wild, and how you built your terrarium. We had to bring our brochures and terrariums into school. Then, during class we passed the terrariums and brochures around the room. Some terrariums had a lot of moss, and others didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. This showed that tiny differences in the way the moss was kept could have slowed down the growth. We all saw different moss terrariums, each individually crafted and each one of a kind. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cole Arnold, seventh-grader

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Deal Middle School

To perform or not to perform. That is the question. Despite that fact that fewer people than expected auditioned for the Shakespeare Festival, we still fulfilled director Jill Roosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dreams of performing two short plays. Our 40-person cast had only four weeks to produce abridged versions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Julietâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelfth Night.â&#x20AC;? We worked really hard, sometimes stay-

ing at school until after 8 p.m., and rehearsing almost every weekend. We performed on Jan. 31. Some people were worried that we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fill up the auditorium, but we had a great turnout! Even if you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it to the festival, you should definitely come to our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Oz,â&#x20AC;? in May. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophie Weich, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School

Yet again students obtained a break in the school week after receiving a two-hour delay last Tuesday due to icy conditions. In contrast to the recent icy conditions, our academic and athletic teams have been on fire! Firstly, our Quiz Bowl team clenched first place out of 16 teams at a recent Oakland Mills Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academic Tournament. The three-man team of Noah Cowan, Tajin Rogers and Ned Sanger have now qualified for the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Scholastic Tournament, held in May. In swimming, our boys team finished in 14th place out of 20 schools while our girls team finished in ninth place out of 22 schools in the recent Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swimming and Diving League championships. Senior Schuyler Bailar received first place in the 100-yard breaststroke, for the second year in a row, while junior Scott Callander received second place in the 100yard butterfly. Yesterday, our indoor track and field teams were exempt from classes to attend the 2014 DC State Indoor Track and Field Championship Meet held at the Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports and Learning Com-

plex in Hyattsville, Md. The boys team went after first prize after placing second, behind Gonzaga, in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meet. Both the girls and boys teams ran exceptionally well this season, and our hard work culminated in yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performances. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Edmund Burke School

On Jan. 28, the seventh-graders from Burke School took a trip to Food and Friends, which is an organization that for many years has given food to people who are struggling with HIV/AIDS, and those with other immunodeficiencies such as cancer. The seventh-grade students were either able to deliver the food directly to these peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s houses with a parent or teacher driving or pack the deliveries at the Food and Friends premises. Jade, one of the seventh-graders who went on the service trip, enjoyed three hours of deliveries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though I was freezing cold, it warmed my heart when I saw the impact that I was making on these people,â&#x20AC;? Jade said. Dylan, another seventh-grader who worked in the kitchen, told us that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It felt so good to help the sick people, young and old. It was surprisingly fun!â&#x20AC;? The seventh-graders will be taking a total of four trips to Food and Friends and these trips will help us learn the value of selflessness as we reach out to those in need. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eoin Campbell and Jade Diouf, seventh-graders Last fall the Burke middle school made its way to Camp Wabanna for a two-day retreat. We were split into groups and traveled into the woods for bonding nature exercises. After lunch, we had an hour of swimming followed by free time until dinner. The food at Camp Wabanna is delicious which made being there so easy! Following dinner, we had sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mores and chatted with our classmates.

The next morning a bunch of girls sat outside and watched the sunrise. We had free time until breakfast and after breakfast another set of groups went into the woods for more bonding games while the other half had game free time. Camp Wabanna was an awesome trip. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Naiyana Black and Eva Gondelman, seventh-graders

Holy Trinity School

Holy Trinity School participated in the fifth annual schoolwide spelling bee on Jan. 16. There were 26 total finalists from all the grades, fourth through eighth, who participated. The three finalists (a fourth-, sixth-, and eighth-grader) will move on to the Cluster Bee, held at the Logan Auditorium in Washington on Feb. 26. It was really exciting watching our fourth-grade classmate do so well. It was the first time a fourth-grader has ever been a finalist at Holy Trinity! Whoever wins the Cluster Bee will move on to a live taping at NBC studios in March. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll even get to be on TV! After that, a lucky winner will move on and try to win the actual Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. At Holy Trinity, we are all really proud and look forward to cheering on our three winners. Maybe it will be a fourth-grader! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caitlin R. and Tom B., fourth-graders

Key Elementary

On Jan. 31, we ended our week with some classical and jazz music. Potomac Players preformed as a trio at Key School and played us animal sounds on the cello, violin and viola. We all tried to guess which sound they were playing. They also played us some beautiful pieces on their strings. It was a wonderful end to the week. Coming up at Key, we have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passport Presentation Dayâ&#x20AC;? on Feb. 7. A family from Lebanon is coming to teach us about their See Dispatches/Page 21

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DISPATCHES From Page 20 country and culture. We will learn where Lebanon is on the world map, and learn about the foods, the celebrations, the clothes and much more. We also have a science fair and a science family night on March 7 when all students in grades three through five will present their science boards and tell us about their experiments. For the students in second grade and lower, it is optional to do a science project. Ms. Johnson and Mr. Wetherald, our science teachers, highly encourage the second-graders to do a project to get ready for third grade. Thanks for reading! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daniella Nichols, fourth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

Every year on the last day of Catholic Schools Week we have International Day where each grade does a different country and all the kids get to visit each country. This year we had Island Day where each grade did a different island and we learned a lot about their history, food and culture. Second gradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s island was Australia and we wore the flagâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colors of red, white and blue. My teacher Ms. Wampole explained that the Australians make â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairy breadâ&#x20AC;? for birthdays using bread and butter and sprinkles. We also

learned how some animals like koalas are in trouble because the climate is so hot. We also practiced some Australian words like â&#x20AC;&#x153;gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;day mate,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;chuck-a-wobblyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;willy-willies.â&#x20AC;? I loved visiting all the different islands in the other classrooms. The other islands were Japan, Ireland, Madagascar, Puerto Rico, Australia, Galapagos, Majorca, Sicily, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Marshall Islands. My favorite was Sri Lanka. I would really like to go there. They have really yummy food and pretty beaches. My sister Kathleen liked the Marshall Islands because they had rice with soy sauce. It was also fun to visit Puerto Rico because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very musical island. In the kindergarten classroom, they showed a video about Madagascar that showed how the people make bricks out of clay and then carry a lot of bricks on their heads, even the kids. Island Day was really fun! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexandra Browning, second-grader

like this idea because it meant they had to give their slaves up and had no one to do their work anymore. Moving through the years, some leaders were not as nice as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honest Abeâ&#x20AC;? and put in segregation laws called Jim Crow laws which separated blacks and whites. The following years, many civil rights activists stood up and fought for their rights. They began to fight harder when Rosa Parks was arrested for not up giving her seat up for a white man. Some civil rights activists were assassinated, like Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy. Although riots and fights were happening and people were dying around these marchers, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop them. People like King, Stokely Carmichael and John Lewis led these marches. The biggest march took place Aug. 28, 1963, when the March on Washington came to D.C., 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Grace Nimley, sixth-grader

Parkmont School

Powell Bilingual Elementary

On Jan. 17 my Civil Rights class visited the American History Museum. The exhibit that we saw was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changing America.â&#x20AC;? This exhibit was about the years 1863 to 1963. In the year 1863, the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation that made all blacks in the South free from slavery. Some people did not

Powell Bilingual Elementary School wants to thank the volunteers who performed their day of service at Powell on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, especially the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soccer team and members of SOL from Catholic University. We also want to show our appreciation for the Big Smiles Dental Van that brought perfect hygiene to our stu-

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 dents. Last week our parents started learning Spanish with Ms. Pena and Ms. Conde. Our school is truly bilingual when the parents take the classes too! Also on Jan. 31 we had a special visit from Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market with a cooking demonstration for parents and students so they can make a healthy breakfast. I learned how to make an omelet. We then had our Awards Assembly to celebrate our achievements in January. Tomorrow we will begin our Green Schools Challenge competition with a kickoff event. We will try to reduce our energy use by 5 to 10 percent. Other special events this week include a visit from the Mexican Embassy as part of the Embassy Adoption Program. We will also celebrate Black History Month with a special art, music and food program put on by the students and parents followed by a special meeting with at-large D.C. Council member David Catania. Also do not forget that we invite you to take a tour of Powell on Tuesdays at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Blanca Morales, fifth-grader and Pantherville deputy mayor, and Jose Garcia, fifth-grader and Pantherville city councilmember

Ross Elementary

Happy Chinese New Year! This year we are celebrating the Year of the Horse. Mr. Flanagan, our librarian, let lower elementary kids ride a

real rocking horse and sing a fun song called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rickety, Rickety, Rocking Horseâ&#x20AC;? while they were riding. We are celebrating the Chinese New Year, too, by having a whole bulletin board to show our pride in the Chinese New Year. We also have facts and fun activities on the board. Our instructional coach, Mrs. Barton, and one of our library volunteers, Mrs. Lolita Ellis, showed lower elementary students how to use chopsticks. Some of the kids who already knew how to use chopsticks came up front to show their classmates. The kids use fake noodles (made of yellow yarn), and foam-like green cubes to practice picking up food. In Mr. Markusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth grade, kids are learning about geology. They have a four-day project on sugar and have to shake the sugar cube until it turns into actual sugar. We fifth-graders call it sugar sediments. In the pre-K, students are starting to learn about patterns in architecture. Mr. Flanagan will discuss buildings and houses, starting with our own schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architecture. Fourth and fifth grade also had a field trip to the Smithsonian Theater for a show/play on Black History Month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lions of the Industry.â&#x20AC;? It was funny, educational and creative. I enjoyed this because the characters were funny and asked you questions as if it was only you there. See Dispatches/Page 24

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DISPATCHES From Page 21 The third-graders’ fun assignment testing toys for The Washington Post is over. You can read the KidsPost story “Putting Toys to the Test” to see the winners and see what our third-graders liked. — Jonathan Velasquez, fifth-grader

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

St. Patrick’s encourages students to go the extra mile. In history, compete in the National History Day competition. In science, write a paper for a Dupont Circle grant. In English, write a book. In Spanish, go to Costa Rica. I’ve done two of those things: I’ve written a book and gone to Costa Rica. The Costa Rica trip includes two teachers and about 16 students from sixth through eighth grades. It was one the best experiences of my life. We were there for about two weeks during the summer, and we went whitewater rafting, did a homestay (staying in a host family’s house for the night and interacting with them only in Spanish), rescued sea turtles at a conservation station, and went on 2-kilometer-long zip lines over Monteverde. The students who traveled to Costa Rica with me remember it as if it were yesterday. The trip bonded us together. We recount memories constantly and laugh about the littlest things that we treasure. While we were there, we would constantly ask the tour guide or the teachers how to say something in Spanish and they would say, “Figure it out yourselves!” We cobbled together our one or two years of Spanish to

The Current present gifts to our homestay hosts, get food at a grocery store and ask people where to go or what they were selling. This trip was useful and yet so fun! — Izzy Verdery, eighth-grader

School Without Walls High School

Two weeks ago, the student body experienced a bit of a change. Ms. Schultz, a humanities teacher, took the entire school to Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University to hear from Mohamed Sidibay, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone. Sidibay guided us through the story of his life in Sierra Leone during the nation’s civil war and how he got lucky enough to come to the United States. He said that the thing that kept him going through all of his hardships was education. It was a constant in his tumultuous life. Sidibay is now a student at George Washington University. The event was sponsored as a part of the community service club, as part of an initiative to create more of a service environment in our school culture. The community service club has started creating lesson plans in advisory, our version of a homeroom, about once a month. Ms. Schultz hopes to bring speakers in the coming months about similar engaging topics. Sidibay came to challenge the school body to raise money to build a school in Uganda. To build one classroom costs $6,000, and the student body is confident we will reach it, and possibly — hopefully — even surpass it. His story was so touching that many people were empowered to build this school on behalf of Mohamed and other survi-

vors like him. — Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hello, fellow Mustangs! This week the fourth grade is going to take two field trips. First we will go to the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site for Black History Month. I learned that Frederick Douglass was an abolitionist. He was a slave, but he escaped and then worked to free other slaves. Then we will go to the Yorktown Victory Center, which relates to our unit about the Revolutionary War. We are studying the war and the battles between England and the American colonies, which wanted to be free from British control. Yorktown was the battle that won the war. — Henry Trimble, fourth-grader

Sheridan School

It’s been a really fun week for kindergartners at Sheridan School. We used chocolate chips to learn math, used trampolines in PE and danced with the whole school. I normally only use chocolate chips for cookies but in math my teachers showed us how to use them for comparing numbers. Our teachers gave us each a handful that we used to solve problems like “if I have five chips and you have two, how many fewer do you have than me?” We’ve been learning math for a while but this was way more fun because we got to eat the chocolate at the end of class. Other shapes we know from math class we used as mats during gymnastics. In gymnastics we use mats of all different shapes, sizes and colors. There were cylinders, rectangles and the wedge, which

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The Three Mo’ Tenors performed at Duke Ellington School of the Arts on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 as part of the school’s “Black Boys Rock the Arts” program. The group — Phumzile Sojola, Victor Ryan Robertson and D.C. native Duane Moody — performed a varied repertoire at the show.

looked like a piece of cheese. From doing gymnastics you learn how to have good balance and flexibility. We got to practice these skills while bouncing on a small trampolines. At each trampoline you could jump off, over an object and onto a mat. It was awesome. I am glad I got to practice my balance because during assembly time we had whole-school dance lesson with our buddies! — Zora Thompson, kindergartner

words. Recently, we had to take a test on Rosetta Stone where we had to spell French words and if you got one wrong you had to redo the entire test. We like Mr. Maubouche’s way of teaching and we also like Rosetta Stone because it’s an interactive computer program. Au revoir! — Kayla Tom and Aidan Mailley, fourth-graders

Stoddert Elementary

On Jan. 30, Washington Latin’s dance department put on an exciting program for friends and family. Leah Kolb, a dance teacher at Latin, put together the dance department showcase. Students in the seventhgrade dance class danced the 1920s Charleston. The eighth grade preformed an upbeat jazz number. The newly started Bhangra club performed to Jassi Shidu, a Hindi hit. Next, three seniors showed of their hip-hop skills in their own number. Kolb and senior Marissa Johnson had a tap off. The crowd loved the intense tap battle. The high school dance class performed a dance it had been working on for a few months. The class split up into four separate dance styles that would all be preformed in one song, featuring jazz/contemporary, hip-hop, ballet and African-style dance. After these four styles were performed, the whole class came together to combine all the styles in one combination. All the students involved had a great time and showed it through their performances. Latin is now even more excited to hold the dance showcase in the spring. — Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader

This year we’re learning how to speak French with Mr. Maubouche in our world language class. He teaches us lessons and we also use Rosetta Stone. For example, we’re going on a field trip skiing and our lesson yesterday was a really fun and relaxing one where we learned French words having to do with skiing. We learned “le ski” is skiing (the sport) and “skier” is the action word (verb) of “to ski.” There were some complicated French vocabulary words in this lesson like “chairlift” which is télésiège in French. We learned about the prefix “tele” (which means transmission over a distance). We’ll try to remember our French vocabulary words when we are actually skiing next Thursday. We watched a short video on the three sisters from Montreal who are participating in the Olympics. We listened to them talk and we were supposed to listen for an accent. In Canada English and French are the two languages We get on Rosetta Stone and learn about multiple French words and phrases. We use a headset to repeat what we hear in French. We also match pictures to French

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LEWIS: Former State Department official says she would add to Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broadband efforts

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web access and digital literacy as key to reducing unemployment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To apply for schools, to apply for a job, you gotta be online,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need more training programs to give people the skills.â&#x20AC;? Lewis would push for a new line item in D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget to address persistent connectivity gaps across the city, closing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;digital divideâ&#x20AC;? that leaves many people disconnected in wards 5, 7 and 8. She declined to say how much public money she would invest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;it

has to be an informed decision, based on the evidenceâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but suggested funds could come from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $321 million budget surplus. Lewis also feels confident that her background in business, including a stint at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, would prepare her to engage private-sector partners for help with this project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have those relationships. No one has to introduce me to those folks,â&#x20AC;? she said. Neither does Lewis need an introduction to people who are currently struggling without online access. While campaigning in Anacostia recently, she met mothers frustrated that

their children werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even guaranteed computer use at school or at public libraries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were talking about the lack of resources in our libraries and our computer labs,â&#x20AC;? Lewis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They know that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a computer for their kid when they get home.â&#x20AC;? In December, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer began a push â&#x20AC;&#x153;to raise public awareness in the District of Columbia of the benefits of having access to technology in the home and connect families to the information, resources and services they need.â&#x20AC;? According

to a news release from the office, the campaign â&#x20AC;&#x153;utilizes local papers, public transit, mobile [phones], social media and direct mail as well as placement of posters in public libraries, recreation centers and other public venues.â&#x20AC;? Lewis lives in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. Since 1978, she has served as chief of staff for the D.C. Department of Public Works, special assistant to President Bill Clinton and chair of the D.C. Commission on Women, among other positions. This article is part of a series exploring key policy objectives from mayoral candidates.

ELECTION: Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ward 4 base earns her a victory, without a formal endorsement

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonight they made it clear that like them, DC wants a new, more independent and pragmatic Mayor to help transform our schools, bring good paying jobs and housing we can all afford to our city.â&#x20AC;? Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign manager, Chuck Thies, played down the import of the results in the two wards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And so ends the pre-season,â&#x20AC;? he tweeted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two straw polls, zero endorsements. On to the real election.â&#x20AC;? Last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s straw poll event at Paul Public Charter School also included a mayoral candidates forum. On stage in the school auditorium, Bowser and Gray turned out combative performances alongside Shallal, Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, Ward 6 Council member

Tommy Wells, at-large Council member Vincent Orange, former U.S. State Department official Reta Jo Lewis and Carlos Allen, a local rapper most famous for reportedly crashing a White House state dinner in 2009. Bowser pleased the audience with her defense of Ward 4 priorities and sharp criticism of her rivals. Meanwhile, Gray offered a feisty defense of his record, repeatedly riling up the crowd by raising his voice and gesticulating dramatically. One key local issue discussed was the redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Wells made a case for investing in D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing neighborhood corridors, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before we pour a bunch of money into Walter Reed, we need to pour money and streetscape development in Georgia Avenue, into

Kennedy Street.â&#x20AC;? Moments later, Bowser seized on those remarks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let me just correct this statement,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to invest in Walter Reed. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to invest in the Walter Reed that the citizens of this ward and the District of Columbia want â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a transformed town center thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to have affordable housing, much-needed retail, senior housing and park space.â&#x20AC;? Bowser also challenged Evans on his approach to economic development in her home ward. Evans said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;14th Street is the example I use when you ask what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do for Ward 4.â&#x20AC;? He continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We partnered with a number of businesses to create an environment that then led to economic revitalization of a street that is now the most exciting street in a metropolitan region.

That is exactly the model I would use on Georgia Avenue and the other commercial corridors in Ward 4 and throughout the city.â&#x20AC;? Bowser shot back, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of my colleagues just said we want to do for Ward 4 what we did for 14th Street, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have $5,000 a month, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live on 14th Street.â&#x20AC;? One of Orangeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategies during the forum was to castigate the Gray administration for failing to invest in existing public resources such as the University of the District of Columbia, specifically with regard to athletic programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This government has been hording money at the expense of the citizens. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more concerned about Wall Street than the people on our streets,â&#x20AC;? he said.

But Gray argued that the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall strength â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fiscally, and with regard to economic development â&#x20AC;&#x201D; benefits Ward 4 as much as any other part of the city. Specifically, he talked up D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget surplus, strong bond rating and low interest rates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what our surplus gets us â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it gets Ward 4 the reputation of being one of eight wards in the District of Columbia that is part of a city that is doing phenomenally well fiscally,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. But again, Bowser wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t satisfied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a surplus, but we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to get the number of ambulances that respond to our citizens so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not dying on the street,â&#x20AC;? she said to huge applause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let everybody tell you itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all hunky-dory in the District of Columbia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not.â&#x20AC;?

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Events Entertainment long the Korean War: North Korea and the Armistice Negotiations.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. reischauer@jhu.edu. â&#x2013; Aaron Smith, senior researcher for the Pew Research Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Internet & American Life Project, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dating Digitally,â&#x20AC;? about the evolving public perception of online dating. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. â&#x2013;  The West End Library Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; monthly series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes Strange Meetings: Visual Art in Western Literatureâ&#x20AC;? will feature Georgetown University theology professor Ori Z. Soltes leading a discussion on Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Picture of Dorian Gray.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Nick Mann will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forgetful.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs Council will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thailand Elections: What Happens Next?â&#x20AC;? by Karl Jackson, director of Southeast Asia Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, and Greg

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Poling, fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-293-1051. â&#x2013; Jerome Charyn will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Artist Mia Feuer will discuss her commissioned, site-specific project â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mia Feuer: An Unkindness,â&#x20AC;? part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now at the Corcoranâ&#x20AC;? series. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Marissa Meyer will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cressâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 15 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Photographer Martin Schoeller will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kayapo Defenders of the Amazon.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $21.60 to $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Make This Upâ&#x20AC;? Nonfiction Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Sea: An Autobiographyâ&#x20AC;? by Langston Hughes. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Films â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present Jim Jarmuschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1984 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stranger Than Paradise,â&#x20AC;? about a Hungarian ĂŠmigrĂŠ, his friend and his cousin as they travel between New York, Ohio and Florida. 6:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The International Uranium Film Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; organized to highlight nuclear and radioactive issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present a program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fukushima & Nuclear Power Plant Risks,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Japanese documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forbidden Ground Fukushimaâ&#x20AC;? and the Indian production â&#x20AC;&#x153;High Power.â&#x20AC;? A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Lutins du Court-MĂŠtrageâ&#x20AC;? will feature four French short films ranked by critics among the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 25 of 2013. 6:30 p.m. $6 to $10. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  The Human Rights Watch Film Series will present Yoruba Richenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Black,â&#x20AC;? about how the African-American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights. A Q-and-A session will follow. 7 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202419-3456. The series will continue weekly through March 12. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present the 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gettysburg Story,â&#x20AC;? which includes aerial cinematography, motion-control time lapse and 3-D animated maps. A panel discussion will feature director Jake Boritt, narrator Stephen Lang

Wednesday, FeBRuaRy 12 â&#x2013; Concert: Listen Local First will present Nappy Riddem, a six-piece reggae band started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. and Civil War scholar Gabor Boritt. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech series will feature Milan Cieslarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colette,â&#x20AC;? based on a novel by Pulitzer Prize nominee and former American University professor Arnost Lustig. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  Derrick Weston Brown will host a Black History Month open mic poetry event focusing on civil rights. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present a showcase featuring new graduates of its Storytelling 101 class on stage for the first time. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Acre 121, 1400 Irving St. NW. speakeasydc.com. â&#x2013;  Bowen McCauley Dance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening to Love,â&#x20AC;? featuring emotionally charged dances set to musical scores ranging from Brahms to Stravinsky to country rock legends Jason and The Scorchers. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  George Yamazawa Jr. will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Reading â&#x2013;  At-large D.C. Council member David Grosso will host an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evening of Poetry,â&#x20AC;? featuring readings by D.C. poet laureate Delores Kendrick, DC SCORES participants, Free Minds and the D.C. Youth Slam Team. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Suite 406, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-724-8105. Special events â&#x2013;  The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday through 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. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wine, Twine, and Valentine,â&#x20AC;? a happy hour event, will feature textileinspired craft activities accompanied by wine and music by DJ India. 5 to 8 p.m. $18 to $20; reservations suggested. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  A pizza and beer tasting will celebrate the release of Pizzeria Paradiso owner Ruth Gresserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cookbook. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $65 for the book and entry to the event. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichhouse.org. â&#x2013;  The DC Music Salon series will focus on The Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first U.S. show, held 50 years ago at the Washington Coliseum. The event will include a screening of the entire show, followed by a conversation with people who were there. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Disney on Ice will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Years of Magic,â&#x20AC;? featuring 65 of Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories. 7 p.m. $20 to $80. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. The performance will repeat Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Monday at 12:30 p.m. Thursday,FeBRuaRy Feb. 13 Thursday 13 Benefits â&#x2013;  A family-friendly Olympic Viewing Party to benefit the United Capital Blades Speedskating Club will feature special guest Nathaniel Mills, a three-time short track Olympic competitor for the United States. 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Free admission. The Boiler Room at Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Grille, 5018 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301979-9456. â&#x2013;  The President Woodrow Wilson House will host a Speakeasy Bash, featuring live music by swing/jazz quartet The Laissez Foure, dancing, a 1920s costume contest, food and an open bar with signature vintage cocktails. 7 to 9 p.m. $45 per person; $80 for a couple. President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. 202387-4062, ext. 41222. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smithsonian Discovery Theater on Tour Presents: Lions of Industry, Mothers of Inventionâ&#x20AC;? will feature an interactive play about the creativity and genius of AfricanAmerican entrepreneurs and inventors (for ages 8 through 12). 10 a.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead an arts and crafts program on how to make Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day-themed bird feeders. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts â&#x2013;  Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows program will perform chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will perform works by JanĂĄcek and Martinu, as well as the D.C. premiere of a piece written for Mutter. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Music Be the Food of Love â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? will feature pianist Ryo Yanagitani, the Bulgarian all-woman vocal ensemble See events/Page 27


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 Orfeia, baritone Anthony Duke Eversole, clarinetist Jerome Schwarz and pianist Ruthanna Weber. Proceeds will benefit THIS for Diplomats, a group that helps new diplomats and their families adapt to life in the United States. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; performance at 7:30 p.m. $25. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. ifmusicbethefoodoflove.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013; The band Driftwood will perform. 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Amy Brecount White, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forget-Her-Nots,â&#x20AC;? will demonstrate â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Language of Flowers: Victorian Bouquet Making.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Think Local First DC will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locals Unpluggedâ&#x20AC;? discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Coffee Can Create Community,â&#x20AC;? featuring leaders of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing coffee culture on what it takes to own and run a cafe. 8 to 10 a.m. $20 to $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichhouse.org. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soft Power in Countering Extremism From the Horn of Africa to the Western Sahel.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. softpower.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Reginald Washington will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dawn of Freedom: Researching Records of the Freedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bureau.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Washington Room, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  Scholar Manuella Meyer will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psychiatry and Brazilian Republicanism, 1889-1930.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 113, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. â&#x2013;  David Kyvig, professor at Northern Illinois University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Offspring of Our Own Choiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Amendments in Constitutional Thought and Practice.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, a former senior policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Fear: A Whistleblowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA.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;  The Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series will feature a talk by Eleanor Weller Reade, co-author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Golden Age of American Gardens: Proud Owners, Private Estates, 1890-1940.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. â&#x2013;  Issam Nassar, associate professor of Middle East history at Illinois State University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photographing the First World War in the Middle East: The Suez Campaign in Palestine, 1915.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. issamnassar.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Transgender advocate Janet Mock will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity,

Love & So Much More.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013; Iris Krasnow will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex After â&#x20AC;Ś : Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Jewish Literature Live will present an evening with Anouk Markovits, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am Forbidden.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Amphitheater, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-7470. â&#x2013;  Author Leslie Carroll, who writes under the pen names Juliet Grey and Amanda Elyot, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marie Antoinette in Love.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;DoubleX Lovefestâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a discussion of culture, politics and the way women love now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature Hanna Rosin, editor of DoubleX, Slateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site for women; Noreen Malone of The New Republic; June Thomas of Slateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outward section; and Christina Antoniades, editor of The Washington Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Date Lab.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present the 2003 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Romare Bearden.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Feb. 19, 26 and 27 at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Library will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northwest Side Story Film Marathon,â&#x20AC;? featuring romantic comedies from various eras. 1, 3:30, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature an encore showing of DvorĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rusalka.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. $20. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Yuya Ishiiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mitsuko Delivers.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc. Performances â&#x2013;  CityDance School and Conservatory artistic director Lorraine Spiegler will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving Towards Abstraction: Made in the USA,â&#x20AC;? featuring dance pieces by Delphina Parenti, Robert J. Pirore and Therese Gahl. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: Love Storiesâ&#x20AC;? will feature a trivia contest about the famous couples in the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, will host a Humanitini Happy Hour, featuring a short film and panel discussion exploring the value and vitality of the

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On exHiBiT and stability, will open Saturday with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Connersmith. The show will continue through March 29. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202Maria Fribergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calmation,â&#x20AC;? a single-channel HD video with 588-8750. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paintings From the Brandywine Valsound, is part a new exhibition at Connersmith. ley, Cuba, and Provence (2013),â&#x20AC;? an exhibit of watercolors and oils painted â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stitched DC,â&#x20AC;? highlighting area quil90 ink and pencil drawings by Nelson last year by Hillandale artist Cynthia ters with two dozen quilts in a variety of Gutierrez from his series â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Death of Howar, will take place today from 5 to styles and sizes, will open Saturday at Fearâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mandalas,â&#x20AC;? will open Friday 8 p.m. in the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio at 3940 the anacostia arts Center with a at the District of Columbia arts Highwood Court NW. reception from 4 to 7 p.m. The exhibit Center with a reception An RSVP is requested will continue through March 29. from 7 to 9 p.m. The at virginia.goode@wfp. Located at 1231 Good Hope Road exhibit will conclude com or 202-274-4693. March 16 with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SE, the center is open Tuesday through â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ASCAP: One Hundred Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202talk at 5 p.m. Years and Beyond,â&#x20AC;? cele631-6291. Located at 2438 brating the centennial of â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Artists Exhibition,â&#x20AC;? showcasing 18th St. NW, the center the American Society of work from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Links to Learning: is open Wednesday Composers, Authors and through Sunday from 2 to Museum-in-Residenceâ&#x20AC;? program for the Publishers with sheet fall semester of preschool through 7 p.m. 202-462-7833. music, photographs, eighth-grade students at Takoma â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tingleguts,â&#x20AC;? featuring pamphlets, posters and Education Campus, will open Tuesday at works by New York artist other memorabilia, will Gregory McLellan built up the Phillips Collection and continue Cynthia Howar will open tomorrow at the through March 24. from many layers of oil host an exhibit of Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the and enamel on panel, James Madison museum is open Tuesday through Saturher watercolors and will open Saturday at Building. The exhibit will oils today. day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday Project 4 with a recepcontinue through July 26. tion from 7 to 9 p.m. The until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 Located at 101 Independence Ave. a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission on the weekexhibit will continue through March 15. SE, the library is open Monday through ends costs $12 for adults and $10 for Located at 1353 U St. NW on the Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202- third floor, the gallery is open Wednesseniors and students; it is free for ages 707-8000. 18 and younger. Admission during day through Saturday from noon to 6 â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mediating Dissent,â&#x20AC;? featuring about weekdays is free. 202-387-2151. p.m. 202-232-4340. humanities. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. The Coupe, 3415 11th St. NW. humanitiniFeb2014.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  French actress HĂŠlène Merlin will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parlez moi dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SoirĂŠe PreValentin,â&#x20AC;? featuring a reading and discussion of poems, letters, photographs, songs and films in an homage to French romance. 8:30 p.m. $8; free for members. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. Tour â&#x2013;  A docent-led tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum will highlight artworks by African-American artists in the permanent collection. 12:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street Lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. The tour will repeat Feb. 18, 20 and 27 at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 Friday FeBRuaRy 14 Class â&#x2013;  Professional storyteller Susan Strauss will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Passionate Fact 3-Day Storytelling Workshop,â&#x20AC;? about the creation and use of story for relaying scientific, historic or cultural information. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The program will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Arts Club of Washington will present the Friday Noon Concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Schubert, Brunetti and Brahms. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature soprano Allison Mondel and baritone Richard Giarusso performing works by Schubert, Mahler and Wolf. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Virginia vocalist Nancy Scimone will debut her program â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mating Call â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Dating Life of Birds and Bees.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  JACK Quartet and pianist Ursula Oppens will perform works by Feldman, Ferneyhough, Carter, Anderson and Adès. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  A Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day concert will feature soprano Irina Mozyleva, accordionist Alexander Sevastian and pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern performing music by Russian composers of the 1930s through 1960s. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $90. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. thercas.com.

â&#x2013; Singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway will perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will perSee events/Page 28

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Continued From Page 27 form works by Janácek, Martinu and Dvorák. 8 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present singer Rosanne Cash presenting selections from her new CD “The River and the Thread.” 8 p.m. $35 to $55. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-7859727. ■ Julia Nixon, Kenny Wesley, David Kitchen, Cal Everett, John Trupp and The Walking Sticks will present “Love Songs: The Beatles.” 8:30 p.m. $30 to $90. The Hamilton Live, 600 14th St. NW. thehamiltondc.com/live. ■ The bands Love Canon and Blue Tips Rhythm Revue will perform. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Demonstration ■ Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present a cooking demonstration on “Chocolate for Your Valentine,” featuring dishes that incorporate chocolate. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures ■ Bradley Shreve will discuss his book “Red Power Rising: The National Indian Youth Council and the Origins of Native Activism.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Pan Guang, professor and academic director at the Shanghai Academy of Social Science, will discuss “China in the Middle

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Events Entertainment East: An Expanding Footprint.” 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/ chinamiddleeast. ■ “The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library: Three Possible Futures” will feature representatives of three design team finalists vying to preserve Mies van der Rohe’s landmark while transforming the library in a model civic and cultural hub for the 21st century. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Poets Brenda Cárdenas and Valerie Martínez will discuss the relationship between poetry and visual art. 2 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. ■ John Austin and Ify Okoye will discuss their book “Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. Festival ■ Drink the District will present “The Presidents Day Beer Fest,” featuring unlimited tastings of more than 50 beers. 7 to 10 p.m. $40 to $50. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. drinkthedistrict.com. The event will continue Saturday with tasting sessions at noon, 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Films ■ “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Festival of Preservation” will feature Marion Gering’s 1934 film “Thirty-Day Princess” and Hal Roach’s 1933 film “Busy Bodies.” 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. ■ “Global Glimpses,” featuring nominees for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, will feature Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty.” 7:30 p.m. $9. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. The series will continue with screenings on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, FeBRuaRy 14 ■ Discussion: Best-selling author Min Jin Lee will discuss “Heart’s Desire: Love the Late Bloomer,” about challenges of the writing craft, the topic of Korean immigrant experiences in her work, and her upcoming projects. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. KoreaCultureDC.org.

■ “Les Lutins du Court-Métrage” will feature four French short films ranked by critics among the country’s top 25 of 2013. 7 p.m. $6 to $10. Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, 1847 Columbia Road NW. francedc.org. ■ The 18th annual Iranian Film Festival will feature Kamran Heydari’s 2012 film “My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. The film will

Meeting ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances ■ Members of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other artists will present a musical preview of the upcoming production of “Moby-Dick.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “Sucker for Love: A Valentine’s Day Special.” 7 p.m. $22. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. speakeasydc.com. ■ The Georgetown University Dance Company will perform new and returning works by guest choreographers. 8 p.m. $8 to $10. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The Georgetown Improv Association will host “ImprovFest,” featuring visiting collegiate and professional guest troupes. 9 p.m. $5 to $8. Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 9 p.m. ■ Busboys and Poets will present the “11th Hour Poetry Slam,” hosted by 2Deep the Poetess. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events ■ The Glover Park Village’s monthly “Friday Free-for-All” series will feature a film or games, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and a Valentine’s Day dinner, from 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. events@gloverparkvillage.org. ■ “Woo at the Zoo” will feature a talk about the frisky flirtations animals use to sweep mates off their feet, as well as Valentine hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a chance to decorate sweets for your sweetheart. 6 to 9 p.m. $100 to $125 for two tickets. Visitor Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. ■ “Queen of Hearts: A Valentine’s Day Opening Benefit” — featuring sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and festive music — will celebrate love, passion of art and the debut of the special exhibition “Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great’s Art Patronage.” 7 to 10 p.m. $75 to $1,000. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202243-3944. Saturday, Feb. 15

Saturday FeBRuaRy 15 Book signing ■ D.C. resident Jay Lee will sign copies of his book “Change Your Mind, Change Your Life.” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1185.

Children’s programs ■ The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature musiKids’ new program “In Search of the Magic Dragon.” 10 a.m. $6 to $8.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. ■ A Family Fire Safety event will combine safety tips with a chance to meet a firefighter and see a fire engine up close (for ages 3 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about sub-Saharan Africa’s night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas 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. 202-895-6224. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes and workshops ■ Christian Fabian from building materials producer REHAU will lead “The City of the Future: Materials & Functionality Workshop” in conjunction with the exhibition “Post Oil City: The History of the City’s Future.” 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Architectural Research Institute, Building 32, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. udc-causes.eventbrite.com. ■ Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ Artist and writer Patterson Clark will lead a workshop on environmentally friendly techniques he has developed and refined for creating paper, inks, brushes and even wood printing blocks. Noon. $10. SCRAP DC, 3101 12th St. NE. scrapdc.org. After the talk, participants will help at a off-site Anacostia Watershed Society volunteer event to remove invasive plants on Saturday afternoon; the weekend’s activities will also include a hands-on workshop Sunday at noon. Concerts ■ The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will present “Passion,” featuring works that have touched the hearts and stirred the passions for generations. 3 and 8 p.m. $46. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-293-1548. ■ The 21st Century Consort will present “Tango Amor Valentine’s Day Celebration,” featuring a complete performance of Frederic Rzewski’s monumental setting of the iconic Chilean protest song “The Citizens United Will Never Be Defeated.” Lecture at 4 p.m.; concert at 5 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the G Street lobby a half hour before the performance starts. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Zimbabwe Legit, one of the first rap groups from Africa to make a splash worldwide, will perform at a preview concert for the Kennedy Center’s upcoming “One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide” festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The John E. Marlow Guitar Series will feature Chilean classical guitarist Carlos Pérez performing Ibero-American music See events/Page 29


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 28 from 19th-century composers such as Pujol, Barrios and Sagreras. 8 p.m. $25; $12.50 for students ages 18 through 22; free for students ages 17 and younger. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-6546403. â&#x2013; Lloyd Dobler Effect will celebrate the release of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest studio album. 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Art therapist Rebecca Wilkinson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3525225. â&#x2013;  Patricia Kirkham, professor at the Bard Graduate Center, will discuss the enduring legacy of Charles and Ray Eames in shaping modern design through their furniture, textiles and architecture. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  James Tobin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Deni Y. BĂŠchard (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos in the Congo and Make Conservation Go Viral,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and John B. Judis will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Sandra Jowers-Bowser, associate professor of history at the University of the District of Columbia, will lead a discussion with witnesses and participants of the civil rights movement on what they endured to obtain freedom for all. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Family program â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage will present their annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Presidentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Family Day,â&#x20AC;? featuring patriotic craft activities, performances and special guests. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recovered Treasure: UCLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival of Preservationâ&#x20AC;? will feature Arthur D. Ripleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1946 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chase.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Mount Pleasant Library will present a 2012 film about a boy and his dog as part of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tim Burton Saturday Movie Mini-Series.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Bruno Dumontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camille Claudel 1915.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The film will be shown again

Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Glimpses,â&#x20AC;? featuring nominees for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, will feature Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Omar,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m.; and Danish director Thomas Vinterbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hunt,â&#x20AC;? at 7:30 p.m. $9. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Lutins du Court-MĂŠtrageâ&#x20AC;? will feature four French short films ranked by critics among the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 25 of 2013. 7 p.m. $6 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. Performance â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase, a variety show, will feature musician Spencer Joyce, hip-hop artist Bo Jankans and comedians Mike Finazzo, Damo Hicks, Reggie Melbrough, Jon Yeager and Danny Hill of YellowTieGuy. 10 p.m. $10 to $15. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-431-4704. Special events â&#x2013;  Rabbi Mark Novak will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minyan Oneg Shabbat: Jewish Renewal Service and Potluck Lunch,â&#x20AC;? featuring song, chant, meditation, story and Torah in a joyous, meaning-filled morning of communal prayer and celebration. 10 a.m. Free admission. Geneva Room, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-362-3270. â&#x2013;  The National Portrait Gallery will offer a chance to view a special installation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Viewpoint of Billions, Portrait of Americaâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through Google Glass, which will reveal images from American culture when looking at the mixed-media 12-foot flag created from paint, paper and eyeglass lenses. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. The installation will also be available for viewing Sunday and Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cartoon Skateâ&#x20AC;? event, from noon to 2 p.m.; and a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock n Skateâ&#x20AC;? event, from 8 to 10 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea and Chocolate-Tastingâ&#x20AC;? will feature a costumed interpreter explaining how once-exotic imports have enthralled Americans since Colonial times, followed by a sampling of 18th- and 19thcentury teas and a guided tour through the 1816 mansion at Tudor Place. 1 to 3 p.m. $25 to $30; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vintage Valentine: An Evening With the Washingtonsâ&#x20AC;? will feature wine, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and the chance to see rare objects from Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noteworthy Washington Collection. 5 to 7 p.m. $10 to $15; $16 to $25 for two. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. â&#x2013;  Politics and Prose will host a beer tasting with local historian and beer connoisseur Garrett Peck, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20 (includes dinner and a 3-ounce sample of each beer). Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Teen program â&#x2013;  DC Youth Slam Team coach Jonathan B. Tucker and team members will host a youth open mic event for student poets, singers, musicians and actors. 5 to

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13 through 15 at the Greenberg Theatre. First performed in 1610 by the Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Men and set in Jacobean London, the play offers a vivid depiction of human folly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and particularly greed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; On STaGe as a trio of small-time con artists succumb to the same weaknesses they exploit in their victims. The performance Kennedy Center Opera House. Presented as part of an all-American will feature the American University Chamber Orchestra, which will perform winter season, the adaptation of Herthe music Handel arranged for the cenman Melvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19th-century literary tenary of Jonsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comic masterpiece. classic features massive nautical sets Tickets cost $10 to $15. The and dazzling multimedia visual effects. Greenberg Theatre is located at 4200 Bent on killing the fabled white whale Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587; that severed his leg, Captain Ahab american.edu/cas/auarts. relentlessly scours the ocean, without â&#x2013; The George Washington regard for the crewmembers that serve university Department of Theatre him aboard the Pequod. Tickets start at $25. 202-467-4600; & Dance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absurdities: An Evening of Ionescoâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 20 through 23 kennedy-center.org. in the Betts Theatre at the Marvin â&#x2013;  National Theatre will host the Center. Washington premiere of Green Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The program features two plays by rock musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idiotâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 18 avant-garde playthrough 23. wright Eugène The 2010 Ionesco: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tony Award nomiBald Soprano,â&#x20AC;? a nee for Best Musihilarious â&#x20AC;&#x153;antical features the playâ&#x20AC;? that has music of Green been performed Day with the lyrics nightly at the Theof its lead singer, atre de La Billie Joe ArmHuchette in Paris strong. It is the since its 1950 story of three boy- Green Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;american idiotâ&#x20AC;? premiere; and will play at National Theatre hood friends, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chairs,â&#x20AC;? each searching Feb. 18 through 23. known as a definfor meaning in a ing example of the Theatre of the post-9/11 world. Absurd. Tickets start at $48. The National Tickets cost $10 to $15. George Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849; thenationaldc. Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marvin Center is located at 800 21st St. NW. 202-994com. â&#x2013;  american university will stage Ben 0995; theatredance.gwu.edu. â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Jonsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Alchemistâ&#x20AC;? Feb. The Washington National Opera will present the East Coast premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;MobyDickâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 22 through March 8 at the

7 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Tours and walks â&#x2013; Writer Rocco Zappone will lead a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ulysses-esqueâ&#x20AC;? walking tour of Washington, filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks and tour guide Brian Kraft will present the fifth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Columbia Heights Historical Drinkabout,â&#x20AC;? featuring an exploration of the neighbor-

hood with stops at several of its cafes and bars. 2 to 5 p.m. $20. Details provided upon registration. washingtonwalks.com. Sunday, Feb. 16

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Washington National Opera will open the east Coast premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moby-Dickâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 22. Company has extended Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Importance of Being Earnestâ&#x20AC;? a second time. Performances will continue through March 16 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s satire weaves together mistaken identities, imaginary characters, courtship and the undoing of upperclass society. Tickets cost $18 to $106. The theater is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. â&#x2013; Folger Theatre has extended its inthe-round production of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard IIIâ&#x20AC;? through March 16 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Drew Cortese stars as the Machiavellian king, one of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most diabolical villains. To realize his goal of reigning as his countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undisputed monarch, he will stop at nothing, with seduction, bribery, conspiracy and mass slaughter all figuring into his quest. Tickets cost $40 to $72. The theater is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. program on the winter night sky (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. â&#x2013;  Maira Kalman will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everythingâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 5 through See events/Page 30

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Continued From Page 29 8). 2 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Children will hear a story about President Abraham Lincoln and then create a special piece of art inspired by his life and accomplishments. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts ■ “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Bach, Barber and Corea. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. ■ Organist Brink Bush and pianist Frank Mitchell Bush will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. ■ As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the Curtis Institute of Music will perform works by Lutoslawski and Mussorgsky. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Flashband Project will present “Brokenhearted Ballads,” featuring 40-plus musicians in eight temporary bands per-

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form his style of nouveau folk rock. 8 p.m. $18 to $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Discussions and lectures ■ Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, will discuss “The Presidency of James Madison.” 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ North Washington Neighbors Inc. will host a discussion with longtime Ward 4 community leader Joe Hairston and Henry Wiencek, who wrote about Hairston’s family in the National Book Critics Circle Awardwinning book “The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White.” 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. 202882-9274. ■ Johns Hopkins University professor Franklin W. Knight will discuss the history of rum and its connections to the African slave trade. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ Laura and Peter Zeranski, authors of the cookbooks “Polish Classic Recipes” and “Polish Classic Desserts,” will discuss classic Polish cuisine and holiday traditions. The event will include samples from dishes in their books. 3:30 p.m. $15 to $20; reservations required. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-7852320. ■ Catherine Dent and Derek Palacio will discuss their respective books, “Unfinished Stories of Girls” and “How to Shake the Other Man.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Deni Béchard will discuss his book “Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos in the Congo and Make Conservation Go Viral.” 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present “Les Lutins du Court-Métrage: Festival of New French Shorts,” featuring Yann Le Quellec’s 2012 film “Beauty and the Beat” and other selections. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Global Glimpses,” featuring nominees for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, will feature Cambodia’s entry “The Missing Picture” (shown), at 5 p.m.; and Belgium’s entry “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” at 7:30 p.m. $9. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performance ■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature emerging and established poets, followed by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tours and walks ■ A park ranger will lead a “Black Georgetown Walk” and discuss the neighborhood’s rich African-American heritage. 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6227. ■ In honor of Presidents’ Day Weekend, a park ranger will lead a walking tour of Georgetown focusing on the neighbor-

Sunday, FeBRuaRy 16 ■ Concert: Didgeridoo player William Barton will perform his own works and a selection of music by fellow Australian composers. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music.

hood’s presidential connections. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6227. Monday, Feb. 17

Monday FeBRuaRy 17 Class ■ Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present “Just Breathe,” a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. meditation-dc.org. Concerts ■ The Austrian Cultural Forum and American-Austrian Cultural Society will present a traditional Wiener Kaffeehausjause with entertainment by pianist Stan Engebretson and soprano Rosa Lamoreaux (shown). The menu will feature Austrian wine, open sandwiches, apple strudel and petit fours. 3:30 p.m. $35 to $40. Embassy of Austria, 3542 International Court NW. instantseats.com. ■ As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance will perform the music of George and Ira Gershwin. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Tudor Place curator Erin Kuykendall will discuss “George Washington’s Plateau and Presidential Table,” about the fine French porcelain, English glassware and a rare American-made mahogany plateau that adorned the Washingtons’ dining rooms. Noon to 1 p.m. $8 to $25; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. ■ The Sibley Senior Association’s fourweek lecture series on “Understanding Computers and the Internet” will feature a session on “Understanding Social Media,” including Facebook and Twitter. 1 to 2 p.m. $10 to $15 per class; $30 to $45 for the series. Conference Room 5, Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-

364-7602. ■ The Bread & Roses labor series will focus on the value of building alternative sustainable food supply chains and the promise of union co-ops, with a presentation by Dennis Olson, senior research associate and policy analyst at United Food & Commercial Workers International Union. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. ■ Alex Pentland, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Human Dynamics Lab and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, will discuss his book “Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons From a New Science.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ A three-part exploration of D.C. theater will kick off with a panel discussion featuring Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks as moderator and some of the region’s leading artistic directors, including Ryan Rilette of Round House Theatre, Eric Schaeffer of Signature Theater, Paul R. Tetreault of Ford’s Theatre and Paata Tsikurishvili of Synetic Theater. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Kogod Cradle, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. The series will continue March 24 and April 28. ■ The Classic Conversations series will feature Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Tony Award-winning actress Patti LuPone. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $45. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Performance ■ Theater Alliance will present Lise Bruneau in Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” which involves audience volunteers and requires an actor who has never seen the script to impersonate characters, read and ad-lib the story of a rabbit that attends the circus without a ticket. 7 p.m. $15 in advance; pay-what-you-can at the door. Capitol Hill Arts Worksohop, 545 7th St. SE. theateralliance.force.com/ticket. Special events ■ In honor of Presidents Day, the Library of Congress will open the Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions to the public, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; hold its twice-annual Main Reading Room open house, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and celebrate past and future presidents with hands-on activities like speech re-enactments, trivia and crafts, at 10 a.m. Free. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-8000. ■ In honor of Presidents Day, a “Meet President Wilson” event will feature guided tours through his private residence in Washington. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 to $10; free for ages 11 and younger. President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. 202-387-4062. Tuesday, Feb. 18

Tuesday FeBRuaRy 18 Classes ■ Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present “Just Breathe,” a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $5 to $10 per class. Thirdfloor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. meditation-dc.org. ■ The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. See events/Page 31


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 30 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013; The Tuesday Concert Series will feature sopranos Rachel Barham and Rebecca Kellerman Petretta and pianist Jeremy Filsell performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic of Monteverdi.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the Juilliard School will perform works by Shostakovich and Schubert. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Joe Cross, juicing guru, author and creator of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,â&#x20AC;? will discuss his latest juicing adventures, present samples of his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mean Greenâ&#x20AC;? magic juice and sign copies of his latest book. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Whole Foods Market, 2325 Wisconsin Ave. NW. cherie.lester@wholefoods.com. â&#x2013;  LuĂ­s Almagro Lemes, Uruguayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minister of foreign affairs, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uruguay and Human Rights in the 21st Century.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atrium, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. uruguayandhumanrights.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Chalecki, visiting research fellow at the Simson Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hacking the Climate: Political and Ethical Issues With Geo-Engineering.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/ geoengineeringissues. â&#x2013;  Sylvie Penichon, photograph conservator and author, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caring for Your Collection: Contemporary Photography.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Junius Williams will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Architect Dhiru Thadani will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions of Seaside: Foundation/ Evolution/Imagination. Built & Unbuilt Architecture,â&#x20AC;? about the Florida project that has become the most influential New Urbanist town in America. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Club will discuss Ayana Mathisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Popular Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind the Scienceâ&#x20AC;? will feature NPR science correspondent Joe Palca discussing planetary science with geophysicist Sean Solomon, director of the LamontDoherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  New America Foundation director of work and family Liza Mundy (shown) and The Atlantic senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daddy Track,â&#x20AC;? about paternity leave as a transformational equalizing force that draws men into the domestic sphere while enabling women to excel

at work. 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013; Stephen Sestanovich, professor at Columbia University and senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Affairs, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maximalist: America in the World From Truman to Obama.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books That Shaped Americaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a discussion of James Baldwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fire Next Timeâ&#x20AC;? led by Kyle Dargan, director of creative writing and assistant professor of literature. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-3847. â&#x2013;  Conservators and scholars of American art will explore the rich history of Rembrandt Pealeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Before Yorktown,â&#x20AC;? now on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art after an extensive three-year restoration. 7 p.m. $8 to $10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Embracing Democracy: Artistic Expression & Israelâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Dror Moreh, Academy Award-nominated director of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gatekeepersâ&#x20AC;?; Linda Greenstein, freelance journalist and former NPR Jerusalem correspondent; and Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic. 7 to 9 p.m. $11 to $15. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x2013;  Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and John Donoghue, professor of neuroscience at Brown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mapping the Brain.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $23.40 to $26. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will present Jacob Kornbluthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inequality for All,â&#x20AC;? about the chasm between the very rich and everybody else. Lunch buffet at 11:30 a.m.; film screening at 12:30 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present a romantic comedy as part of its monthlong â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celluloid Sweetheartsâ&#x20AC;? series. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th annual Black Film Festival will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil Rights in America.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Italian Cultural Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cineforum 2014 series will feature Vittorio De Sicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matrimonio allâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;italiana (Marriage Italian Style),â&#x20AC;? starring Sophia Loren. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atrium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington. esteri.it. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will host a screening of the BBC Panorama documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saving Syriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Children: Health Crisis in Syria and Among Syrian Refugees.â&#x20AC;? A panel discussion will feature three physicians who have worked with victims of the

niques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013; The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Breathe!â&#x20AC;? weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257.

Tuesday, FeBRuaRy 12 â&#x2013; Performance: â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening With Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkinâ&#x20AC;? will feature a musical love story told entirely through a selection of the greatest songs ever written for the stage. 7:30 p.m. $95 to $150. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. crisis inside Syria and in neighboring Jordan. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. Meeting â&#x2013;  Recovery International will host a weekly group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3642680. Performances â&#x2013;  Seventh- and eighth-graders from three Maryland and Virginia schools will perform a selection of President Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speeches as part of the sixth annual oratory festival on the Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre stage. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Free; tickets required. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords.org. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by Breaker Breaker and Love Onion, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. washingtonimprovtheater.com. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sale â&#x2013;  The St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opportunity Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-966-5288. The sale will continue daily through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; there will also be a $7 bag sale on Friday and Saturday. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Toronto Raptors. 7 p.m. $6 to $332. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Wednesday, Feb. 19

Wednesday FeBRuaRy 19 Classes â&#x2013; Science of Spirituality teacher David Newcomb will lead a class on Jyoti tech-

Concerts â&#x2013; The Happenings at the Harman series will feature the trio OperaBelle performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Love Songs From Around the World.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  As part of the Conservatory Project, an organ showcase will feature students from various music schools. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Musician Asaf Avidan will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $28. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  Solo artists John Hammond and Jackson Edwards will perform. 8:30 p.m. $25 to $30. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sylviane Diouf will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slaveryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  National Museum of Women in the Arts associate curator Virginia Treanor will discuss selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Workt by Handâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game Changers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Women and Sportsâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Jill Agostino, New York Times editor; Mari-

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ah Burton Nelson, author and former professional athlete; and Bonnie Morris, an expert on the history of gender and athletics who teaches at George Washington and Georgetown universities. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $7; free for students. Reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. nwhm.ticketleap.com/game-changers. â&#x2013; Angela E. Stent, professor of government and foreign service and director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the 21st Century.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  As part of the Evenings With Extraordinary Artists series, Dona D. Vaughan, artistic director of opera programs at Manhattan School of Music and artistic director of the PORTOpera summer festival in Maine, will discuss her wide-ranging career in the world of opera in a conversation with Peter Russell, director of DC Vocal Arts and a founder of Washington Concert Opera. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations required by Feb. 18. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3. â&#x2013;  Barbara von Barghahn, professor of art history at George Washington University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, and Picasso: A Spanish Quartet.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut See events/Page 32

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Continued From Page 31 Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Author Leslie Carroll, who writes under the pen names Juliet Grey and Amanda Elyot, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Notorious Royal Marriages.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Historian Robert Edsel and other panelists will discuss Edselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painstaking research about the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program; his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in Historyâ&#x20AC;?; the recent film starring George Clooney; and his work as founder and chair of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Films â&#x2013;  The Human Rights Watch Film Series will present Harry Freelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Shadow of the Sun,â&#x20AC;? about two men with albinism in Tanzania

pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice. A Q-and-A session will follow. 7 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. The series will continue weekly through March 12. â&#x2013; The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present the Oscar-winning 2012 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inocente,â&#x20AC;? about a teenage artist who struggles as a homeless undocumented immigrant amid a lifetime of personal challenges and bleak circumstances. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature JĂŠrĂ´me Bonnellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just a Sigh,â&#x20AC;? starring Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Happenings Happy Hour series will feature a performance by Furia Fla-

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menca. 5:30 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013; Artist, activist and performer Jonathan B. Tucker will host an open mic event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. Readings â&#x2013;  Spooky Action Theater will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;DorotĂŠiaâ&#x20AC;? by Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues. 7 p.m. Free. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301. â&#x2013;  The Visiting Writers Series will present a nonfiction reading by Marione Ingram, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hands of War: A Tale of Endurance and Hope.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. McDowell Formal Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/visitingwriters. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corcoran Uncorked: Hitchcock Eveningâ&#x20AC;? will feature screenings of Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Birdsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rear Windowâ&#x20AC;?; a chance to create a vintage movie poster by experimenting with screen printing techniques; a round of movie trivia; and an exhibition tour of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alex Prager: Face in the Crowdâ&#x20AC;? focusing on how glamorous Hollywood heroines of the 1950s and 1960s influenced Pragerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. 5 to 9 p.m. $12; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202639-1770.

Wednesday, FeBRuaRy 19 â&#x2013; Film: The 16th annual DC Independent Film Festival will present the U.S. premiere of Ed Kucerakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Partners for Peace,â&#x20AC;? about a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delegation to Israel and Palestine led by Nobel laureate Jody Williams in solidarity with women activists forging a path toward peace. A panel discussion with Williams (shown), Kucerak and Women, Action, & the Media executive director Jaclyn Friedman will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. $10. Theater, U.S. Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. dciff-indie.org. The festival will continue through Feb. 23.

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Thursday FeBRuaRy 20 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; The Museum of the American Cocktail will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Negroni: Italian for MĂŠnage a Trois â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Evolution of a Three-Part Classic,â&#x20AC;? led by Dave Lord, Matt Keller and Luke Johnson. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 to $50. Occidental Grill and Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. motacservices.com. â&#x2013;  Meditation instructor David Newcomb will present a two-part â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deeper Into Meditationâ&#x20AC;? series. 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225.

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Chuck Redd Quartet will perform Brazilian music in a tribute to famed radio host Felix Grant. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform works by Laursen, Hong, Struass, Chopin and Amosov. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Quatuor Ebène will perform works by Haydn, Schumann and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Musician Samantha Fish will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will demonstrate how to liven up soups with the tasty crops of spring. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S.

Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Scholar Renata Keller will discuss her forthcoming book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Struggle Over the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. â&#x2013;  Jeff Colgan, associate professor at America University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moby-Dickâ&#x20AC;? composer Jake Heggie will discuss bringing Herman Melvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic battle of man versus beast to the stage. 5 p.m. $12. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterthur: An American House and Gardenâ&#x20AC;? by Christopher Strand, Winterthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of garden and estate. 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Banville Forum: A Preview of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/2014NuclearSummit. â&#x2013;  Tom Fitzgerald will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me: Tom and Lorenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fabulous and Opinionated Guide to Celebrity Life and Style.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Dan Schueftan, visiting professor of government at Georgetown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israel in a Disintegrating Regional Environment.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations

requested. Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. pjc.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013; Egyptian multimedia artist, musician and writer Hassan Khan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known for interpreting personal and communal experiences through experimental video, digital animation, sculpture, text, photography and sound â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss his work in conversation with Bibiana Obler, assistant professor of art history at George Washington University. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $20; free for students. Reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. â&#x2013;  Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philosophical Baby: What Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-3286988. â&#x2013;  Pamela Nadell, professor of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and gender history and director of the Jewish studies program at American University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancient Jewish Sects: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Geoff Dyer will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition With China â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and How America Can Win.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver Twistâ&#x20AC;? by Charles Dickens. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Colum McCannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;TransAtlanticâ&#x20AC;? and its fictional portrayal of Frederick Douglass. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Called Again,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;46 Days: Triumph on the Trail.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $21.60 to $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiction Fun!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a monthly discussion of classic and contemporary novels led by the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will delve into Alice Munroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Life.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. espencer@cathedral.org. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visionaries of Early Black Education and Basketball: Julius Rosenwald and Dr. Edwin B. Hendersonâ&#x20AC;? will feature clips from the documentaries â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rosenwald Schools,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basketball, More Than a Game: The Story of Dr. Edwin B. Hendersonâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supreme Courts: How Washington DC Basketball Changed the World.â&#x20AC;? A panel discussion with filmmaker Aviva Kempner, authors Bob Kuska and Stephanie Deutsch, and Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandson Edwin B. Henderson II will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K St. NW. 202-2493955. â&#x2013;  The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library will host a monthly horror film series. 6 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Inter-American Development Bank will present Juan Carlos Valdiviaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yvy Maraey, Land Without Evil,â&#x20AC;? about the GuaranĂ­ culture of Bolivia. 6:30 See events/Page 33


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Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The American University Museum will host a multimedia concert by HABITAT, featuring composition, concept and images by Steve Antosca, percussion performance and video content by Ross Karre, and audio and video technology by William Brent. 8 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. ■ The Congress will perform rock music. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com.

that brings together four authors to read their most electric writing before a panel of three all-star judges — will feature competitors Larry Doyle, Danielle Evans, Elizabeth Winder and Regie Cabico and judges Dan Kols, Lisa Bonos and Eric Schulze. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Special event ■ “History & Hops” will feature samples from and conversation with Thor Cheston and Nathan Zeender of Right Proper Brewing Co., a brewpub located next to the historic Howard Theatre. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichhouse.org. Friday, Feb. 21

Friday FeBRuaRy 21 Concerts ■ The Arts Club of Washington will present the Friday Noon Concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a Composers Concert, featuring works by Leslie Bennett, An Ming Wang, Sharon Guertin Shafer and Winifred Hyson. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ As part of the Arts@Midday series, pianist Sophia Vastek will present a thoughtprovoking and meditative recital of music by John Adams and Nico Muhly. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286.

Friday, FeBRuaRy 21 ■ Discussion: Laura Lippman will discuss her latest mystery, “After I’m Gone.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Friday Music Series will feature mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. ■ As part of the Conservatory Project, students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University will perform works by Beethoven, Scodanibbio, Rabbath, Rameau and Ligeti. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Concordia String Ensemble will perform works by Martinu, Dohnányi and Dvorák. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. ■ The KC Jazz Club will present jazz drummer Kimberly Thompson. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery,

Discussions and lectures ■ Howard Blum will discuss his book “Dark Invasion: 1915 — Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Alden O’Brien, curator of costume and textiles at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, will discuss the content and themes of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ exhibition “‘Workt by Hand’: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.” Noon to 1 p.m. $8 to $10; free for ages 18 and younger. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Anderson House director of education Eleesha Tucker will discuss two 1783 letters from Gen. George Washington on the discipline of the Continental Army. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Local poets Sarah Browning and Brian Gilmore will respond to the Folger

Theatre’s “Richard III” with original work exploring themes from the play. 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present John Huston’s 1956 film “Moby Dick,” starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart and Leo Genn. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ The 16th annual DC Independent Film Festival will present Amy Finkel’s 2013 documentary “Furever,” about the grief people experience over the loss of a pet and how they immortalize the deceased. 7 p.m. $12. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. dciff-indie.org. The Current welcomes submissions for the Events & Entertainment calendar, although space constraints limit the number of items we can include. Items should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event and include a summary of the event and its date, time, location with complete address, and cost to attend (indicate “free” if there is no charge). Also, please list a phone number for publication and a phone number for an editor to reach a contact person. Entries may be sent to calendar@currentnewspapers.com or The Current, P.O. Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400.

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could try to convince the mayor’s agent that both the demolition and overall project “are necessary in the public interest.” A Monument spokesperson said in an interview that “to date, there have been no major revisions to the design.” Monument’s plan spans the middle of a block bordered by H, 6th, 7th and I streets, a major vestige of what was once a thriving Chinatown. The firm has already acquired 14 properties on the block, and it plans to restore some of them and demolish others to create 30,000 square feet of retail space and a glassy 10-story office building. Project architect Robert Holzbach described the design in October as “a contemporary expression of Chinese culture,” with the glassy office tower evoking “Chinese lanterns, stacked in space,” along with upscale stores, relocated Chinese restaurants at ground level, and a lively open-air market drawing tourists and shoppers into a midblock alley. After the October hearing, Monument executive Kirk Salpini said the plan is “consistent with current zoning and will deliver a density boost near one of the busiest Metro stations in the District, while preserving Chinese businesses in Chinatown.” The local advisory neighborhood commission, and some Chinatown residents, supported the plan, saying it would rejuvenate the aging commercial area and bring new customers to existing businesses. Some business

owners in Chinatown have already inked deals to sell their property to Monument, in some cases with a promise to lease back new space for their restaurants. But the preservation board unanimously rejected the concept, saying it required too much demolition of what Callcott had called “one of the most intact historic blocks” downtown. “We should retain as much of the existing fabric as we can, rather than destroying a large part of the neighborhood and rebuilding it with something from somewhere else,” board member Graham Davidson said at the time. He called Monument’s vision a “fake neighborhood.” Only one witness at the Jan. 30 hearing ventured to discuss the larger issue: Yi Chen, a local filmmaker who produced a documentary about the history of Chinatown and the “untold stories of three residents determined to keep their Chinatown from disappearing” amid pressures of redevelopment, according to a website about the film. Chen said she was speaking for dozens of residents of the Wah Luck House, an apartment building constructed in 1982 to accommodate low-income Chinatown residents displaced by other construction. She said they had largely been cut out of the conversation because they don’t speak English. Chen said she was there to “support the physical and cultural preservation of Chinatown. The preservation of Chinatown” must include “the people who live there,” she said. Board chair Gretchen Pfaehler gently cut her off. “Although seemingly related, today we’re dealing only with the demolition,” she said.

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board, “replicated in scale and mass, on the same site.” The existing house would be carefully restored, he said, noting that Potomac Construction had “rescued many historic properties.” City architectural historian Tim Dennee thought the approach was reasonable. “It’s very hard to say it’s incompatible to put back a mass that was there historically. It’s untenable to take that position,” Dennee said in his report to the board. But then things got complicated. Architectural historian Emily Eig, retained by neighbors protesting the overall project, said it can’t be built as planned because the site is still divided into two lots. “And because this block — all free-standing singlefamily homes, no row homes, no joined houses — is landmarked,” she said, the project must go to the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation for permission to combine the lots. Beidler protested: “We believe it’s already one lot. That’s the way my client bought it.” The preservation board, bemused, agreed to assume he was correct. But, as chair Gretchen Pfaehler warned, “If it’s not a single lot, that’s a whole different case.” Board members seemed torn about the project, but several members helped focus the debate by saying it came down to a pretty basic preservation issue: The new construction is being couched as an “addition” to a historic house, and board guidelines weigh strongly against large additions, especially those visible from the street. “If we do have one lot, we’re talking about an addition. And if you look at the existing house and what’s being added, I can’t support this

much addition,” said member Nancy Metzger. “A house no longer there for 60 years is not enough to justify this. The addition is too large, because it detracts from the existing historic house,” chair Gretchen Pfaehler said. The vote was 6-2 to reject the plan. Meanwhile, Armstrong’s organization has asked the D.C. Zoning Commission for new protections for Mount Pleasant as part of the commission’s ongoing zoning code rewrite. The requested code change would restrict matter-of-right conversions of single-family houses into multifamily in the R-4 zone that covers much of Mount Pleasant. “Conversions are now widely seen as a No. 1 problem in the neighborhood,” she said, particularly because the R-4 zoning allows a multifamily dwelling to cover more of a lot than an existing single-family home, requiring only that the site have 900 square feet of land area for each unit. “The opportunity to add up to 50 percent to an existing building — and then to sell it off in pieces — is an irresistible temptation to developers,” she said. Office of Planning spokesperson Tanya Stern said in an interview that her office is “looking at this issue” as part of the zoning update process. Although no proposal has been drafted at this time, Stern said the office is considering “text that would exempt the Mount Pleasant historic district” from provisions making conversion of single-family homes to multifamily a matter of right in that area. Any change would require review and approval by the Zoning Commission.


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