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THE GEORGETOWN CURRENT Probe clears Fenty over park deals

Schools clamor for full funding levels


■ Budget: Extra funds reduce


cuts but don’t eliminate them

Current Staff Writer

An 18-month investigation into contracts for city parks and recreation projects is winding down much the way it started — with rancor, and some questions still unanswered. Special counsel Robert Trout last Friday delivered his long-awaited written report on the case, finding “no wrongdoing” by former Mayor Adrian Fenty, and no intent by his administration to circumvent the D.C. Council’s role in approving multimillion-dollar contracts. But Trout also found that the layered contracting process resulted in approval of “grossly inflated” bills and “significant waste of taxpayer funds.” In answer to the thornier question of criminal culpability, Trout recommended that U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen investigate allegations of contracting irregularities by two firms, Banneker Ventures and Liberty Engineering and Design, and their owners, Omar Karim and Sinclair Skinner, both friends of Fenty who benefited from the fat park contracts. At a hastily called news conferSee Contracts/Page 23

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Dozens of parents, students and advocates lobbied against proposed cuts to their school budgets Monday evening, while Mayor Vincent Gray emphasized that he has done his best to protect the schools during this tough time. “When I ran for mayor, I said it was my top priority to provide an

Alley remedy may be on the way at long last ■ Maintenance: Repairs may

come within next 90 days Bill Petros/The Current

Seven year-old Emma Bort played with blocks Sunday at the House of Sweden's new “Imagination Station.” The embassy also offers “Zero to One,” a room for babies and their parents to bond. See story, page 15.

Service road would harm park, some say The road would therefore satisfy Current Staff Writer the requests of Georgetowners who want the school to make better use of its Canal Road entrance. While much of the debate over But some of the school’s Foxhall Georgetown University’s campus neighbors and several local environplan has centered on housing and mentalists have raised the alarm enrollment growth, some neighbors about potential damage to the park are focusing their opposition on a and the park experience. The different matter altogether: the proBill Petros/The Current Foxhall-Palisades advisory neighposed construction of a roadway borhood commission cited the issue along the western edge of campus Mary Cheh said buses could turn around near the Lombardi center. as a major reason for voting 8-0 to near Glover Archbold Park. oppose the plan; the Georgetown The university decided on the path as part of an internal “loop road” that would “reori- commission referenced the environmental concern in its ent [university] buses away from neighborhood streets,” own resolution, also in opposition. Last week, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh according to the school’s submission to the Zoning See Road/Page 25 Commission. By CAROL BUCKLEY

NEWS Officials mull adding waterfront stairs to Kennedy Center. Page 3. ■ Potential tax hikes spawn early debate. Page 5. ■

excellent education to the children of the District of Columbia,” Gray said. But, he added, “We’re facing a huge budget deficit.” Gray said he was able to soften the blow to the schools after chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi announced an unexpected increase in the District’s projected revenue for fiscal year 2012. Of the $105 million in additional funds, Gray directed $76 million toward the schools, resulting in a $50 million budget gap. The school system’s total proposed local budgSee Schools/Page 32

SPORTS ■ Boys, girls lacrosse teams kick off season. Page 13. ■ School Without Walls becomes a school with lacrosse. Page 13.

By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

Almost-spring showers may be a sign of some wonderful things to come, but for some Georgetown residents, rain presages a less pleasant scenario than crocuses and daffodils: a flooded, pockmarked, muddy alley that runs behind about 20 homes on 31st and 32nd streets south of R Street. “My family has owned our property since 1965, and we cannot recall the alley ever having been maintained,” resident Joan Larrea wrote to The Current. On a recent rainy afternoon, that neglect was obvious. Mud had nearly erased what asphalt remained, and pools both small and very large marked the lane’s ruts and depressions. Residents’ years of complaints may finally bear fruit: A District Department of Transportation spokesperson said re-grading and repaving could happen in 60 to 90 days — as residents also heard

PA S S A G E S ■ Exhibit offers kids’ space for playing, relaxing. Page 15. ■ GDS debate team charges ahead without coach. Page 15 .

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Basements and garages along the alley have flooded during rains. recently — but noted that a drainage issue could require collaboration with the city water authority beforehand. “We are hoping we can complete [the upgrade] using local capital funds,” said spokesperson John Lisle. “I’ll believe it when I see it happen. … I’ve been complaining for years,” said neighbor Dale Curtis, surveying the muddy mess from beneath an umbrella last week. Curtis has owned his 32nd Street home since 1998. Neighbors have periodically tried to take care of the matter themSee Alley/Page 25

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/31 In Your Neighborhood/22 Opinion/10

Passages/15 Police Report/6 School Dispatches/16 Real Estate/21 Service Directory/33 Sports/13 Theater/31

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Residents endorse concept, challenge details for Kennedy Center steps By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

National Park Service and federal transportation officials are proposing to solve a long-recognized flaw of Foggy Bottom’s iconic Kennedy Center: its isolation from the Potomac River and a path popular with pedestrians and cyclists. The performing arts center is one of the most identifiable properties in Washington, and theater, dance and opera patrons crowd the waterfront terrace during intermissions for one of the city’s most famous views. But the white-marble structure is divorced from the Potomac as well as nearby neighborhoods by a tangle of roadways. Now, a renewed effort to connect the building to the river it borders is running into criticism from some residents, who are challenging both the design-selection process so far and the schemes that planners have put forward. With federal highway money now available for improvements,

Tenley society history report raises fears By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A new document that details the shared history of about two-dozen homes in American University Park has sparked concerns among the area’s advisory neighborhood commissioners that preservationists would be more easily able to designate the properties as historic against homeowners’ wishes. The Tenleytown Historical Society is backing the “multi-property document,” prepared by a member of its board of directors, for acceptance by the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board and, ultimately, the National Register of Historic Places. The document itself — titled “American University Park in Washington, D.C.: Its Early Houses, Pre-Civil War to 1911” — does not nominate homes for historic landmark status, but facilitates the paperwork for individual applications, proponents said. Renovations to properties designated as landmarks are subjected to a more rigorous process designed to ensure they remain loyal to their history. The bulk of the 33-page report describes the area’s transition from farmland to a residential neighborhood, when developers laid out the area streets in the late 1890s around the then-new American University. The developers initially built only one house on most blocks — 10 in 1897 and seven more by 1903 — before struggling to overcome a See Houses/Page 24

officials are looking to add steps to link the center’s broad, elevated terrace with the national park’s pedestrian trail and the river below. A connecting stair was originally part of architect Edward Durell Stone’s concept for the Kennedy Center, but it was never built. Sparse attendance at a recent public meeting — due perhaps to shorter-than-usual notice of the federally mandated forum — has alarmed some neighbors that a decision will be made without adequate public input. “We ask … that we be included in a more thorough and in-depth design process,” said an editorial on the Foggy Bottom Association’s website. The author, Susan Trinter, also noted that there is widespread support for the general concept of connecting the pedestrian trail to the Kennedy Center. Meeting attendees reported that a federal highway official at the meeting described one of the four stair designs as the frontrunner — a status that no design should have at this

Drawing Courtesy of Arthur Cotton Moore

Some residents are calling for a reconsideration of Arthur Cotton Moore’s 1987 design. point in the planning process, according to National Park Service procedures. A Park Service spokesperson did not reply to questions for this article. A Kennedy Center spokesperson declined to comment on the center’s preference but said its administration is working with stakeholders on a design that would consider all par-

The week ahead Wednesday, March 16 The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a meeting to discuss health and wellness programs in the public schools, including athletic offerings, healthy food initiatives and school-based health centers. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The Foxhall Community Citizens Association will hold a membership meeting to discuss Georgetown University’s campus plan, including the proposed “loop road.” The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hardy Recreation Center, 4500 Q St. NW. ■ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C will host a community meeting on Pepco’s planned installation of smart meters. Speakers will include representatives of Pepco, the Office of the People’s Counsel and the Public Service Commission. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room of the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

ties’ concerns. The “preferred” option mentioned at the meeting would have a pair of stairs running parallel to the Potomac. Other designs envision a long, single ramp, a single stair or a central, “grand” design. According to reports on website The Georgetown Dish, some residents — with the support of Ward 2

Council member Jack Evans — have clamored instead for an option like that designed in 1987 by Arthur Cotton Moore, the architect of the nearby Washington Harbour. In Moore’s pro bono design, a central stair would face the river, functioning as a “grandstand” as much as a pathway, he wrote in an e-mail to The Current. Pedestrians and cyclists could take a pause and watch a river sunset, or rowing enthusiasts could gather for a regatta. A similar concept is in the works at the nearby Georgetown Waterfront Park. Such steps would also allude to the other important civic and memorial structures in D.C., Moore said, noting that “the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Archives, the museums, and the memorials [have similar steps that] create a sense of grand entrance, importance, majesty, and dignity” that would be appropriate for the Kennedy Center. See Steps/Page 24

Spring is


Thursday, March 17 Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and D.C. Public Schools acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson will host a “State of the Schools in Ward 3” forum. The event will feature an expo of area schools and a town-hall-style meeting on the future for Ward 3 schools. The forum will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW. ■ The D.C Department of Transportation will hold a public forum on the DC Circulator. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard Hotel, 140 L St. SE. ■ The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold a forum for candidates seeking the vacant at-large D.C. Council seat. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW.

Saturday, March 19 The Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians will hold a symposium on “Thinking About Washington’s Public Spaces.” The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. The fee is $80; $45 for students. For details, contact Jere Gibber at 703-768-6987 or ■ At-large D.C. Council member Michael Brown and AARP District of Columbia will hold an open forum on issues such as health care, utilities, budget cuts and aging in place. The event will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and Northwest Neighbors Village will hold an interactive seminar on exercise and nutrition. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Sunday, March 20 Blessed Sacrament Church will hold a neighborhood blood drive as part of its centennial celebrations. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Duffy Parish Center, 3630 Quesada St. NW.

March is Orchid Month Attend a repotting demo or simply enjoy Mrs. Post’s signature flower adorning the Mansion.

A Photographic Journey of the Ambassador’s Daughter, Moscow 1937-38 The mystique of 1930s Moscow is revealed in prints from the collection of Emlen Knight Davies, stepdaughter of Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post.

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Monday, March 21 The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, focusing on “Secrets of Georgetown Chefs.” The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Boffi showroom, 3320 M St. NW.

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District Digest ANC seeks new name for Stoddert center Stoddert Recreation Center could be renamed as the Glover Park Community Center, if the suggestion of the local advisory neighborhood commission gains traction. The Glover Park/Cathedral Heights commission voted unanimously last week to recommend the name change to the D.C. Council. After the commission’s Thursday meeting, commissioner Jackie Blumenthal said the proposed change is intended not only to eliminate confusion with the Benning Stoddert Recreation Center in Southeast, but also to make clear that the center is available to the broader community

beyond Stoddert Elementary School. The school and recreation center share a site at 39th and Calvert streets NW. — Katie Pearce

Firefighters tackle gas station blaze The Washingtonian gas station at Wisconsin Avenue and Q Street in Georgetown was heavily damaged yesterday in a fire that shut down roads and snarled morning traffic. Paramedics did not take anyone to the hospital, although emergency medical personnel evaluated three people and recommended transport for one person, who refused, said D.C Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department spokesperson Pete Piringer. Firefighters responded at about 8 a.m. to the blaze, which began in a service bay of the station and spread to ignite a nearby car and damage the Los Cuates restaurant at 1564 Wisconsin Ave. The fire was under control within 15 minutes and was extinguished within an hour, said Piringer. Piringer said the fire was under investigation but appeared to be an accidental blaze that began as station employees were changing a fuel pump in a service bay with a space heater. Gasoline fumes ignited first, then nearby combustibles followed, he said. — Carol Buckley

Police make arrest in attempted burglary The Metropolitan Police Department made an arrest last week in a suspected burglary in


progress in Mount Pleasant, according to a news release. At around 2 p.m. March 9, a 911 caller reported that a man had broken the rear window at a house in the 1700 block of Kilbourne Place and entered the home, according to the release. Police responding to the scene observed both the broken window and the suspect inside. Officers then saw the suspect climb out of the window and onto the roof, moving to a second house — in the 3100 block of 17th Street — where he kicked in a skylight, according to police. The owner of the second house ran outside, and police talked the suspect into surrendering himself. The suspect was later identified as 51-year-old Willie Gray of Congress Street SE. He has been charged with two counts of burglary, according to police.

Program offers safe rides for St. Paddy’s The Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer its SoberRide program tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day, providing free cab rides worth up to $30 to wouldbe drunk drivers. The program will operate from 4 p.m. March 17 through 4 a.m. March 18. Ride seekers can call 800-200-TAXI (8294). AT&T wireless customers can also dial #TAXI. Last year, 525 people took advantage of this service, according to a release from the program’s sponsor, which also notes that more than a third of U.S. traffic deaths on St. Patrick’s Day are alcoholrelated. SoberRide will be offered

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Realty firm sponsors design weekend Washington Fine Properties will sponsor its inaugural Spring Home + Design Weekend on Saturday and Sunday in the Logan Circle and U Street neighborhoods. From noon to 6 p.m. both days, 20 home-furnishing retailers will feature new spring lines and offer discounts and special offers on furniture and accessories. Design professionals will be available to offer tips and advice. Participating showrooms and their locations are listed at

D.C. film competition gears toward locals The D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, partnering with locally based SnagFilms, has announced a “Washington’s Best Film” competition for documentary and narrative productions. Winning films in each category will be distributed on SnagFilms’ global streaming network, and possibly on the firm’s video-ondemand channels. Crystal Palmer, director of the city film office, said it has been successful in encouraging outside movie and television producers to film here, and now wants to “elevate the national and international

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profile of the city’s most talented filmmakers” through the contest. SnagFilms, founded in 2008 by Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, streams ad-supported films on the web, on iTunes and through a new iPad application. Chief executive officer Rick Allen, at a mayoral press briefing last week, said the Washington area is becoming “a global capital” for film. “D.C. is Hollywood with cherry trees,” he said. Competition rules will be announced soon at

Private sector pitches in for summer jobs The city’s slimmed-down Summer Youth Employment Program already has more job seekers than jobs, and now District officials say that offers of employment by private firms are outpacing those of previous years. Mayor Vincent Gray announced last week that 212 employers have already signed up to offer 5,200 job slots for city youth, “well ahead of last year.” Non-District government employers include CVS, the Downtown Business Improvement District, Georgetown University, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Wachovia Bank. Gray has limited this year’s program to 12,000 youth, age 14 through 21, because of budget constraints and to allow better management and more meaningful jobs. More than 18,000 applications had been received as of last week. The program will run from June 27 through Aug. 5. More information is available at

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Potential tax hikes spawn early debate By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

A sunnier-than-expected fiscal outlook for the coming year has not cooled the debate over the right solution for a still-challenging budget gap of about $320 million. Spending cuts are inevitable, but increased revenues may also play a part: To the dismay of some, Mayor Vincent Gray has been careful not to rule out the possibility of a tax hike to help plug the city’s financial leaks. The D.C. Council, with Gray at its helm, voted down

an income-tax increase in December. But some members who opposed the measure said at the time that the proposal could gain more support if citizens had more time to comment on it. A few months later, some residents are voicing their opinions even before the mayor releases his budget, due on April 1. The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations, a coalition of 34 associations, spoke out against a putative increase at a recent oversight hearing. “The taxpaying public is fed up,� said Chevy Chase See Taxes/Page 25


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Fence requirement renews park skirmish John Stokes said in an interview that the District can’t allow dogs to run free in an unenclosed area. “It is a dog park after all, and it’s an offleash dog park at that,� he said. “You’ve got to have a fence.� But members of the dog group said they’ve had little time to find money for this and other stipulated features for the dog run. “This park was not approved until Jan. 25 of this year; they’ve given us maybe six weeks to raise by their estimate $20,000,� Diana Winthrop, a member of the dog group, said at last week’s meeting. “The window for raising money is ridiculously small, and we’ve had to work diligently to raise 14, 15 thousand dollars� — the amount the group has already collected. The group went before the neighborhood commission Thursday to request a $2,500 grant to put toward that total, but commissioners said they hoped to offer a more meaningful contribution: persuading the parks department to eliminate the fence requirement outright. The commission plans to ask for that change in time for its April 14 meeting, when it will vote on the grant.

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

In “Fatal Attraction,� a woman who appears to have drowned in a bathtub pops up and keeps fighting. This, Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission chair Jonathan Bender said last week, is what has happened with Chevy Chase Park. In recounting the 1987 horror flick during the commission’s meeting Thursday, Bender was expressing his frustration that after years of debate about the park had finally been settled, yet another issue has emerged: a 5-foot-high fence surrounding the site’s temporary dog park at Livingston Street and Western Avenue. The fence is one stipulation of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s consent for the dog park. When the agency approved the Chevy Chase Dog Group’s application to let dog owners use the park’s ballfield as an early-morning dog run, it asked the group to fund a series of improvements, including the $6,600 fence that would surround the field. Parks department spokesperson

“I’m going to support your grant request, but I hate the fence. ‌ The breaking up of the park is a shame,â€? commissioner Matt Frumin said, adding, “Our goal between then and now is you’re not going to need this money.â€? As planned, the ballfield will be available for off-leash dogs from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. — for the most part, formal recognition for an established practice — until the parks department eventually constructs a full dog park. Dog owners never had a problem with the lack of a fence in the past, Winthrop said. At Thursday’s meeting, commissioners also raised concerns about ongoing renovations to the playground at Chevy Chase Park. Commissioner Tom Quinn said he had identified design lapses like a tiny sandbox, a dearth of benches and a storm drain located inside the fenced playground. “I can go on and on, all these little things. I can’t even imagine the big things I can’t see yet,â€? Quinn said. Quinn said he successfully worked with a parks department planner to address the sandbox and the storm drain — the sandbox is See Park/Page 23


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from March 6 through 12 in local police service areas.

PSA 201


Robbery (gun) â– 6200 block, Oregon Ave.; parking lot; 11:50 a.m. March 11. Burglary â–  2700 block, Military Road; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. March 10. Theft (below $250) â–  5600 block, Connecticut Ave.; government building; 1:30 p.m. March 11. Theft from auto (attempt) â–  5900 block, 31st Place; street; 5:30 p.m. March 6.

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PSA 202 TENLEYTOWN/ AU PARK Theft (below $250) â– 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 11:23 a.m. March 12. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â–  5100 block, 42nd St.; street; 2:30 p.m. March 9.

PSA 203

PSA 203 HILLS / VAN NESS â– FOREST Robbery (knife) â–  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 11:30 a.m. March 10. Theft (below $250) â–  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 3:30 p.m. March 8. Theft (tags) â–  3200 block, Davenport St.; street; 6:30 p.m. March 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  3700 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:45 a.m. March 11.



Robbery (force and violence) â– 2900 block, Ordway St.; sidewalk; 2:45 p.m. March 9. Assault with a dangerous weapon â–  3400 block, Lowell St.; residence; 1:30 a.m. March 12. Burglary â–  2700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 1:10 p.m. March 8. Theft ($250 plus) â–  3000 block, Cathedral Ave.; school; 3:30 p.m. March 7. â–  3900 block, Watson Place; residence; 11:30 a.m. March 9. Theft (below $250) â–  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 11 a.m. March 7. â–  3400 block, Porter St.; residence; 9 a.m. March 8. â–  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 8:30 a.m. March 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  2400 block, Observatory Place; street; 2:30 a.m. March 7.

â– 2900 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 5 p.m. March 7. â–  2900 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. March 7. â–  2700 block, Ordway St.; street; 7 p.m. March 7. â–  4100 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; 10 a.m. March 8. â–  2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; street; 9:30 p.m. March 8. â–  2500 block, 28th St.; street; 7:30 a.m. March 9.



Burglary â– 3100 block, Chain Bridge Road; residence; 1 p.m. March 6. Theft ($250 plus) â–  5200 block, Loughboro Road; medical facility; 11:10 a.m. March 8. â–  3000 block, Foxhall Road; residence; 2 p.m. March 11. Theft (below $250) â–  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:45 p.m. March 6.

PSA 206

PSA 206 â– GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH Robbery (gun) â–  38th and R streets; sidewalk; 2:50 p.m. March 10. Burglary â–  1200 block, 31st St.; residence; 2 p.m. March 11. Theft ($250 plus) â–  1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; office building; 11:42 a.m. March 9. â–  1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; office building; 1 p.m. March 11. Theft (below $250) â–  3100 block, O St.; church; 5:45 a.m. March 8. â–  1600 block, 35th St.; school; 3:30 p.m. March 8. â–  37th and O streets; sidewalk; 12:55 p.m. March 9. â–  1000 block, 31st St.; office building; noon March 10. â–  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 11:40 p.m. March 11. â–  1300 block, 30th St.; residence; 3 a.m. March 12. â–  3200 block, M St.; specialty store; 6:15 p.m. March 12. Theft (shoplifting) â–  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; noon March 11. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â–  1600 block, 29th St.; street; 7 p.m. March 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  2500 block, P St.; street; 6:30 p.m. March 6. â–  1900 block, 36th St.; street; 8 p.m. March 6. â–  1600 block, 28th St.; street; 8 p.m. March 11.

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Theft (below $250) â– 2000 block, Pennsylvania

Ave.; restaurant; 10:30 p.m. March 7. â– 900 block, 26th St.; parking lot; 3 p.m. March 8. â–  2300 block, H St.; university; 8 p.m. March 9. â–  600 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 8:20 a.m. March 11. â–  2000 block, G St.; sidewalk; 9:30 a.m. March 11. â–  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; noon March 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  1200 block, 23rd St.; street; 11:55 a.m. March 11.



Robbery (snatch) â– 1700 block H St.; alley; 11:45 p.m. March 10. Burglary â–  1700 block, K St.; construction site; 8:30 p.m. March 8. â–  1800 block, I St.; restaurant; 9 p.m. March 9. â–  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 4:30 p.m. March 10. â–  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 7 p.m. March 10. â–  800 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 8:30 a.m. March 12. Stolen auto â–  1500 block, Q St.; street; 8 a.m. March 8. â–  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:50 p.m. March 9. Theft (below $250) â–  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 1 a.m. March 6. â–  1600 block, 17th St.; office building; 4 p.m. March 6. â–  1600 block, I St.; tavern; 11:30 p.m. March 6. â–  1100 block, 17th St.; office building; 11:30 a.m. March 7. â–  2000 block, M St.; hotel; 6 p.m. March 7. â–  18th and M streets; sidewalk; 1:15 a.m. March 8. â–  1100 block, 17th St.; office building; 4:20 p.m. March 8. â–  1200 block, 22nd St.; sidewalk; 6:10 p.m. March 8. â–  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 1:36 a.m. March 9. â–  1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; noon March 9. â–  1800 block, I St.; store; 12:30 p.m. March 9. â–  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. March 9. â–  16th and P streets; sidewalk; 7 p.m. March 9. â–  1800 block, K St.; bank; 10:30 a.m. March 11. â–  1800 block, L St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. March 11. â–  1800 block, K St.; specialty store; 2:45 p.m. March 11. â–  Unit block, Dupont Circle; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. March 11. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â–  1000 block, 18th St.; street; 11 p.m. March 7. â–  2100 block, Wyoming Ave.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. March 8.

1300 block, 20th St.; street; 6:35 p.m. March 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1800 block, New Hampshire Ave.; park area; 6 p.m. March 6. â–  18th and Church streets; street; 8:30 p.m. March 6. â–  17th and O streets; street; 12:05 a.m. March 7. â–  1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 10:20 a.m. March 7. â–  2100 block, N St.; street; 7 p.m. March 7. â–  2100 block, California St.; parking lot; 9 p.m. March 7. â–  2100 block, California St.; parking lot; 10 p.m. March 7. â–  1500 block, Church St.; street; 10:15 p.m. March 7. â–  1900 block, N St.; street; 8 p.m. March 8. â–  17th and N streets; street; 5 p.m. March 10. â–  L Street and New Hampshire Avenue; street; 6:55 p.m. March 10. â–  1400 block, Hopkins St.; street; 8:30 a.m. March 11. â–  19th and R streets; street; 10 p.m. March 11. â–  2000 block, Florida Ave.; street; 11:30 p.m. March 11. â–  1000 block, 21st St.; street; 3 a.m. March 12. â– 

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PSA 303 MORGAN â– ADAMS Theft (below $250) â–  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; 3 a.m. March 7. â–  Florida Avenue and T Street; street; 7 a.m. March 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  Columbia Road and Harvard Street; street; 10 p.m. March 6. â–  2800 block, Adams Mill Road; street; 4 p.m. March 9. â–  2900 block, Ontario Road; street; 4 p.m. March 10. â–  1800 block, Clydesdale Place; street; 8 a.m. March 11. â–  2600 block, Adams Mill Road; street; 6 p.m. March 11. â–  2800 block, Ontario Road; alley; 7 p.m. March 11. â–  2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 7:30 p.m. March 11.

PSA 307

PSA 307 CIRCLE â– LOGAN Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â–  10th and P streets; sidewalk; 2:15 p.m. March 11. Stolen auto â–  1300 block, 12th St.; alley; 7:30 p.m. March 9. Theft ($250 plus) â–  1300 block, M St.; residence; 9 a.m. March 7. Theft (below $250) â–  1400 block, P St.; sidewalk; 1 p.m. March 9. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â–  1300 block, 9th St.; street; 5:30 p.m. March 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  1200 block, 13th St.; street; 9 p.m. March 9. â–  15th and Church streets; street; 11 p.m. March 11.




Police officials describe internal stings that led to 4th District arrests By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Despite the arrest of four police officers at the 4th District station in Brightwood last week, officials say police corruption, while not unheard of, is not widespread across the city. On March 7, 4th District officer Jennifer Green was arrested for allegedly participating in what she thought was a burglary and pocketing some of the proceeds. The next day, three more 4th District officers were charged with buying what they thought was stolen property, another blow to the force stationed at 6001 Georgia Ave.

The subsequent but unrelated sting operations shook up other officers, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a mayoral press briefing last week. “The bottom line in the 4th District is, when we took them out, the look on the faces of the other officers was just devastating,� she said. “We realize this has damaged the trust, and we’ve got to get it back. Hopefully this sends a message.� “I am confident there is not widespread corruption across the police department,� Lanier said in an earlier statement. “There are almost 4,000 officers who do an outstanding job,� said Mayor Vincent Gray. “While this untoward activity involves four officers, scores of other officers work

with integrity every day.� Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser called the actions of the four officers “a significant breach of trust,� but also said she has “no reason to believe [such problems] are widespread within MPD.� Bowser called for a thorough investigation, and said she expects the police department’s Internal Affairs Division to “weed out bad cops swiftly and certainly.� Bowser and others expressed confidence in Cmdr. Kimberly Chisley-Missouri, a 20-year veteran who has led the 4th District for about 15 months. Bowser said in a statement that she is impressed with the commander’s “nononsense leadership and positive results.�

Chisley-Missouri also won support on a neighborhood listserv. One poster wrote, “We have a commander who sounded the alarm when things didn’t seem right. We had an [Internal Affairs Division] that actually ran towards the alarm/corruption, didn’t cover it up, didn’t ignore it, didn’t lie about it.� At the press briefing, Lanier detailed a multi-layered system police use to detect and apprehend “bad� officers, relying on management alerts, an audit and compliance division, tips and criminal investigations. “We act on those four sources� to determine if internal affairs should set up what the chief called “proactive sting operations.� See Police/Page 25

UDC plans draw neighbors’ initial support


As a show of its support, the D.C. government has appropriated $35 million to build the student center, with the stipulation that money must be spent by the end of 2011. Though many spoke up in favor of the development plans, support was not universal at Saturday’s neighborhood meeting, intended to be a brainstorming session before school officials take the plan to the advisory neighborhood commission. Residents said the timeline for the student center seems rushed and the plan includes less specificity than either Georgetown’s or American’s proposals. In the report, the university evaluated three sites for both the student center and the dorms, and indicated its preference. While the residents support the university’s preferred locations for both — the student center at Van Ness Street and Connecticut Avenue and the dorms at the southwest corner of the campus on what is now athletic fields — they were concerned that the university has not committed to a specific location for either building. “I’ve looked at other campus plans, and they seem to be a little more clear and distinct on what’s going to happen,� said local advisory neighborhood commissioner Adam Tope, who led the meeting Saturday. Nearby neighbor Elaine Greenstone said she fears that if


By ALLISON BRENNAN Current Correspondent

In a departure from neighborhood opposition to the campus plans of Georgetown and American universities, Van Ness residents voiced their support Saturday for development goals of the University of the District of Columbia. After decades of living near poorly maintained school buildings, residents welcomed the university’s commitment to improve facilities, saying students deserve amenities comparable to those at other universities. Some also said a planned new student center would enhance the community, increase retail activity and improve the school’s aesthetics. “Currently now, it looks like a prison,� said neighbor MaryAnn Miller. “It’s hard to find how to get into the building.� The plan, which the Zoning Commission will consider at a May 2 hearing, will govern the University of the District of Columbia’s expansion over the next 10 years. It calls for a new 80,000-square-foot student center and two dormitories that would house 600 students total. The plan is part of a larger push by both the D.C. government and the university to reinvigorate the school, which has seen its enrollment decline by roughly 60 percent since its height in the 1980s.

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the Zoning Commission approves the plan as is, the school would be able to change the locations of the buildings without additional input from the community. “It might allow them to do what they want whenever they want, and I think they should want to be better neighbors than that,� said Greenstone, who said she supports improvements at the school. Residents also expressed concern that some issues left out of the plan, such as a comprehensive traffic study unique to the Van Ness area, are indicative of the university’s limited resources and recent turmoil. The plan also lacks details about smaller matters that residents said would affect day-today living, including where loading docks for the student center will be located. Spokesperson Alan Etter said the university is leaning toward the sites indicated in the plan. He also reiterated that the university is committed to maintaining an open dialogue with the community through meetings and by fielding questions via Facebook. He said school officials hope the student center will provide a link between the university and neighbors, “opening up the community.� University officials will present the campus plan to residents during a meeting to be held March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Room A03 of the university’s Building 44.

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Transportation report recommends curb extensions for Northwest By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Department of Transportation hopes that installing a series of “curb extensions� will help prevent speeding cars from cutting through neighborhood streets in a section of Northwest, according to a report released last Wednesday. Curb extensions — in which roadways are narrowed around intersections to slow traffic and offer easier pedestrian crossings — represent about 20 percent of the $9.4 million of

improvements the department recommends in its Rock Creek West II Livability Study, which covers Forest Hills, Friendship Heights, Tenleytown, American University Park and part of Chevy Chase. Other recommendations include establishing designated bicycle routes; changing signal timing at some intersections and adding additional pavement striping; and making more significant changes to Ward Circle, Chevy Chase Circle and 40th Street and Fort Drive. But the most consistent recommendation has been the curb extensions.

“It’s something slightly new to us, within the last few years,� said Transportation Department planner Anna Chamberlin. The extensions — which can be paved or vegetated, with the livability study recommending some of each — are common in Europe, she said, and the department has used them in other parts of the city as part of larger streetscape renovations. Within the study area, the curb extensions are recommended for intersections where local neighborhood streets meet roads that carry more through traffic, said Chamberlin.

Narrowing the streets at the intersections would force cars to slow more to make tighter turns, which planners hope would make motorists less likely to drive as fast on a neighborhood street as they did on the busier road. Some of the curb extensions would be among the first of the dozens of recommendations to be implemented, according to the report. They likely would be installed in groups as part of large contracts, Chamberlin said. See Traffic/Page 24

18th Street work ‘like a root canal’ By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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No tax-free lunch Foodies and bargain-hunters alike have been enthusiastic about D.C.’s recent surge in food trucks, which have brought burritos, barbecue and even bahn mi to the starved-for-variety masses. Now the joy over the road-food revolution may spread from bean lovers to bean counters. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans has proposed legislation that would require mobile vendors to charge sales taxes on their offerings, rather than paying a current $1,500-a-year fee. That would eliminate an unfair advantage the trucks have over their brick-andmortar competitors, which must pay sales and property taxes. Unsurprisingly, many food truck owners are opposed to the change, and a group has banded together to fight the bill. In a letter sent Monday, the newly formed DC Food Truck Association asked the council member to “pause” to consider truck owners’ input. Certainly Mr. Evans should consult with the industry as he moves forward. But we don’t think this discussion should preclude action. We fear the association’s calls for a wholesale reworking of vending regulations is designed to halt the process entirely. Instead, we would like to see Mr. Evans create a working group to offer suggested changes in a reasonable amount of time. Vendors would also have an opportunity to comment at a hearing on the measure. Our own comment on the bill is that it should apply only to largescale vending operations, at least some of which already have the ability to levy the tax. Doug Povich, co-owner of a truck that sells $15 lobster rolls, says his business has an electronic payment system that could easily separate taxes from the company’s take. But he notes that other vendors might have trouble adjusting to the change, and we think it might not make financial sense for them to do so. The new food trucks are a great addition to the city so long as they do not unfairly infringe on brick-and-mortar competitors. We imagine that in most cases, their success would make paying sales taxes perfectly feasible.

Fostering development Given the tenor of the times, it’s not surprising that so many of the candidates vying for the at-large D.C. Council seat would object to tax abatements and programs such as tax increment financing to foster economic development. Tax breaks often seem like a bad idea at first glance, even if the effects are meritorious. Moreover, the District government has failed to show the public that the deals make economic sense for the city and has not held recipients to their promises, including hiring D.C. residents. There might also be a bit of hometown boosterism in the rationale offered by one of the candidates, former Ward 5 Council member Vincent Orange, for his opposition: “Retailers have discovered there’s disposable income in D.C. They will come.” Certainly, that is often the case. Walmart has not sought tax breaks or other government help as part of its plan to open four D.C. stores. The streets of Georgetown and many other neighborhoods are filled with retailers similarly drawn to spots they see as lucrative. But other projects do require incentives to gain traction. We’re confident that DC-USA in Columbia Heights — home to Target, Best Buy and Bed, Bath & Beyond, among others — has proved a net positive for the District. The mixed-use projects that are remaking Petworth’s streetscape would almost certainly not have gotten off the ground without city assistance. The District, however, cannot afford to issue blank checks. First, officials should consult a reliable real estate advisory service to obtain independent certification that the project would not occur without D.C. help — and that the city will most likely end up benefiting financially. The public should have access to enough information to know the deal is in the public interest.


Looking back … and ahead … Let us go back to Nov. 2, when Vincent Gray won the mayor’s office. In his victory speech, he was eloquent, warning that the city was facing tough fiscal times. “We have to come together to find ways to address the huge budget crisis our city faces,” he said, “through shared sacrifice, by restoring fiscal responsibility and by showing respect for taxpayer dollars.” Now, just over 10 weeks into his term, the mayor is being accused of not living up to his own words. Gray ordered, or allowed others to order, record-setting salaries for his top appointees. And some of those appointees saw their own children appointed to high-paying city jobs, too. And this week we’re not even going to get into the luxury SUV controversy and the murky allegations from Sulaimon Brown that Gray is an “organized crook.” The mayor’s office has been long on procedure and pomp and short on policy. It seems like many in the Gray administration think it’s enough just to be appointed to a job and to hold onto it, rather than to do something with it. Gray’s press office must be busy doing something, but in the rapid-fire, 24/7 world of media relations, nearly every reporter complains of delayed responses and uncertain access. Some veteran advisers also wonder what’s going on. For example, why does the mayor do the right thing by appointing an HIV/AIDS commission to ramp up the fight against the deadly disease, but then appoint himself co-chair? That guarantees the mayor will be bogged down in meetings and process rather than depending on the commission to bring him its best advice. Insiders say Gray is having a difficult time making the transition from legislator who weighs policy to executive who enacts it. “He’s not the chairman of the council anymore,” said one frustrated adviser. On Monday, NBC4 reported that there’s heavy pressure to replace Gerri Mason Hall as Gray’s chief of staff. Some suggested the change is imminent, but others say that little in the Gray camp moves quickly. And Hall is a confidante of Lorraine Green, the mayor’s numero uno private adviser. Hall has strong credentials in personnel work. But being chief of staff is not a personnel job; it’s a

policy job. The chief of staff has to crack heads if things don’t get done in a way that makes the mayor look good. The chief of staff has to juggle policy and politics. A good chief of staff would laugh if some top city official wanted his or her child on the city payroll. But Hall’s own child got a job. The early missteps of the Gray administration cannot all be laid at Hall’s feet, though. There have been many anxious calls and meetings about how Gray can get back on track. Any shake-up, several advisers say, should come before Gray presents his austerity budget on April 1. Initial plans are to emblazon the budget book with the high-sounding words “Sharing the Sacrifice.” It will take only a nanosecond for opponents to point out that the mayor’s office is living the high life. Some insiders expect Gray to order salary reductions, or they hope he does. Gerri Hall makes $200,000 — the same as the mayor. Communications director Linda Wharton-Boyd makes $160,000. Staff changes and salary reductions would be just the start of getting back on track. It’s early in the Gray administration. Other mayors have gotten off to rough starts too. Remember how then-Mayorelect Tony Williams was paid thousands of dollars by an accounting firm and bank but didn’t report it? Williams paid a $1,000 fine and had to fight to reestablish his chief financial officer reputation. Gray has to show that he can be the city’s chief executive. And he needs a staff that will help him do it. ■ Traffic. Traffic. Traffic. Why weren’t there traffic officers around the Verizon Center on Sunday when the hockey game was over? Traffic snarled, and cars crawled through surrounding streets. There wasn’t a traffic control aide or cop in sight. In the 9th Street tunnel leading to Virginia, three lanes of traffic tried to squeeze into the only one that actually led onto the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. Horns honked and people fought to break in line. Again, not a cop in sight. When will the city take rush-hour and specialevent traffic seriously? It seems the only time we see it is on the Fourth of July. What about the other days of the year? Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Gray should reduce his aides’ salaries Like so many D.C. residents, I have been following with increasing dismay the myriad missteps and bad decisions by Mayor Vincent Gray and certain members of the D.C. Council. The mayor sought to “allay those concerns” in his letter published in The Current [“Missteps won’t deter city’s serious efforts,” Viewpoint, March 2]. Although he apologizes for a number of mistakes, he makes no apology for the high salaries that he is paying his current staff — even when they are above what is allowed by D.C. law. His chief of staff, for example, is now being paid a salary of $200,000. He says these salaries are necessary to get the “top-quality

managers” that his administration needs. He is wrong for at least two reasons. First, given the enormous budgetary hole we have to dig out of, this is not the time to give raises to city staff. Instead, the mayor should follow the example of President Barack Obama, who froze his staff salaries when he came into office because of the economic situation we faced. Second, the chief of staff to President Obama makes $172,000. It’s hard to argue that the mayor needs to pay his chief of staff an additional $30,000 to get “top quality.” In fact, if performance is any measure, recent events would suggest we have hardly gotten what we paid for. Sally Paxton Washington, D.C.

Give proper credit for flapjack victory “Flapjack Fun,” your March 9

cover photo of the Shrove Tuesday pancake races in front of the Washington National Cathedral, was charming but a tad misleading. We Episcopalians take our pancakes very seriously — right up there behind the Holy Spirit and social justice! And while your photo caption cited participation of Cathedral staff and representatives of Beauvoir, National Cathedral and St. Albans schools, the winner and Grand Flipper of the competition was Sonya Sutton, music director of unattributed St. Alban’s Parish, the first inhabitant of the lovely mount and independent of both the Cathedral and the schools. Let the world know that St. Alban’s Parish is second to none when it comes to food fun. And now we have the Golden Skillet to prove it. Jo Turner Parishioner, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church


Walmart’s arrival a bad deal for District VIEWPOINT BILL MOSLEY


s Walmart’s arrival in D.C. inevitable? The comments of local officials might lead one to think that if the notoriously low-wage retailer makes some promises on employee pay — Mayor Vincent Gray said in an interview with WTOP Radio that “$12 and up with benefits is fair” — all will be smooth sailing for the retailer to operate in the District for the first time, with plans to open stores in Arbor Place, Brightwood, Capitol Hill and Capitol View. Should D.C. welcome Walmart? Given the lingering recession, D.C. certainly needs jobs. Also, many D.C. neighborhoods, including some where Walmart is planning to build stores, are underserved by retail. Residents are eager for new places to shop for the variety of goods Walmart offers. D.C. officials should be concerned about Walmart’s wages. According to the organization Wake Up Walmart, the company’s average hourly wage of $11.75 translates to $20,774 over a full year — about 6 percent below the federal poverty level for a family of four. And this is for those lucky enough to work full time. Walmart employs large numbers of part-timers, some 30 percent of its workforce, according to the same group, which is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. But there are other reasons, as outlined by Wake Up Walmart and discussed in Robert Greenwald’s film “Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Price”: ■ Walmart claims its stores will add jobs and retail opportunities, but its predatory model actually destroys jobs and competition. When Walmart enters a community, its sheer size in combination with low prices drives competing stores out of business. A study found that Walmart’s arrival in a community actually reduces retail employment by 2.7 percent as it destroys smaller, often locally owned businesses. ■ One reason Walmart’s wages are so low is its hostility to organized labor. The company has a history of illegal firings, threats, surveillance and other tactics to intimidate employees who may be thinking of organizing. Walmart would rather shut down a store than bargain with workers, as it did in Jonquiere, Quebec, when employees voted to form a union. ■ Another way Walmart keeps prices down is by hav-

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Memorial is a fitting tribute to officer L. Richards’ letter demands a response [“Headstone unsuitable for Palisades median,” Letters to the Editor, March 9]. The author claims that “some residents have questioned what the headstone is, why any particular person is honored in this way on public land, and how the headstone came to be installed on the median in the first place.” The author further states that the memorial “seems out of place and obtrusive” and that “it was installed without community discussion.” The memorial commemorates Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. John Ashley, who died in the line of duty on May 30, 2004. Sgt.

ing most of its merchandise manufactured abroad, much of it in China, by workers paid only pennies an hour and often forced to work 14 hours a day, seven days a week in sweatshop conditions. ■ Walmart has been sued repeatedly for discriminating against women — a suit by 1.5 million female employees will be heard this spring by the U.S. Supreme Court — and for violating wage-and-hour laws, including forcing employees to work without pay for part of their shifts. Walmart will argue that its D.C. stores, mostly planned for African-American communities, will provide badly needed jobs and opportunities to shop, and that opponents are outside elitists on an ideological vendetta against the company. Walmart will be stopped only if residents and small businesses in the affected neighborhoods take the lead in opposing the stores. For D.C. officials, welcoming Walmart after extracting concessions on wages must seem easier than generating grassroots economic development — helping local entrepreneurs launch businesses that generate good jobs and real benefits for their neighborhoods. Residents need to show that mammoth big-box stores are not the kind of economic development they want. Walmart should be allowed to come here only under strict conditions. The wage levels cited by the mayor are just the start. When Walmart wanted to start up in Chicago, the city insisted that union labor be used to build the store. D.C. also should require Walmart to: ■ allow workers to form unions without company interference and require Walmart to recognize a union if a majority of workers sign cards requesting it. ■ dedicate 25 percent of its profits earned in D.C. toward helping District entrepreneurs open small businesses in neighborhoods where Walmart is operating. ■ refrain from undercutting the prices of nearby businesses that sell similar goods. ■ pledge to buy its goods only from firms that provide decent wages and working conditions for employees. Of course, if Walmart should agree to these conditions, or even most of them, it wouldn’t be the Walmart we know. And that’s the point. D.C. needs businesses that build the community, serve the needs of residents and respect their workers. We don’t need Walmart. Bill Mosley is a member of Metro-DC Democratic Socialists of America’s steering committee.

Ashley was extremely committed to the Palisades and was frequently seen fulfilling the community’s wishes by doing speed enforcement in the 4900 block of MacArthur Boulevard — hence the location for his memorial. The memorial was donated by Officer Joseph Pozell (a Metropolitan Police Department reserve officer, and a good friend of John Ashley’s, who died in the line of duty less than a year later on May 17, 2005). Joe ran the Oak Hill Cemetery and was able to obtain the memorial and the engraving without cost to the community. As to why any particular person is honored this way on public land, suffice it to say that of the many people who are memorialized in some way (big or small) in the District of Columbia, few of them are memorialized for having given their life serving the public. Contrary to the author’s asser-

tion that there was no community discussion, the “headstone” (as the author puts it) came to be installed through discussion in the Palisades Citizens Association and pursuant to a resolution of the advisory neighborhood commission. While Richards deems the memorial out of place and obtrusive, we question how many Palisades residents even know the memorial exists. We often forget that it’s there — and we helped get it there and drive by it every day! The author suggests having an “unobtrusive” plaque, but were this memorial any less obtrusive it would be unnoticeable, which would defeat the purpose of having a memorial in the first place. The memorial is a fitting tribute to a dedicated public servant who worked hard for this community. Erik S. Gaull Patrick A. Burke The Palisades

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New-look Cubs hope to overtake archrival Saints By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

■ Girls Lacrosse Preview

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The Cubs are counting on three experienced seniors to fill the void left by the loss of seven of last year’s starters.

After changing coaches and losing seven seniors from a year ago — six of whom are now playing the sport in college — Georgetown Visitation’s lacrosse team is set to usher in a new era. And senior Caroline Collins said new coach Emma Wallace isn’t even thinking about the past. Wallace, a All-American lacrosse player in high school, also played for the storied Johns Hopkins University program in college. “Right before our first game [coach Wallace] said, ‘Everyone’s talking about all the talent you lost, but I don’t

know who was on your team last year, I wasn’t a part of that. All I know is the talent that’s here right now and I think there’s a good bit of it,’” said Collins, a third-year varsity player who will take the field for Bucknell University next season. Collins and fellow seniors Cat Brennan and Casey Lindlaw will lead the Cubs this year as they try again to do the unthinkable — take down St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, winner of 16 consecutive Independent School League upper division crowns. The Cubs fell to the Saints in two meetings last year, including a title game loss in which Visitation relinquished a 9-6 lead. One of the Cubs’ main strengths this year will again be in net, where Gen Giblin returns

for her fourth year as a starter. In addition to the seniors, the team will look to a strong junior class, which includes Maddie Dawson, Maddy Williams, Mary Grace Mooney, Dina Miller and Kate Gillespie, along with some talented freshmen. With a fresh start, this year’s squad is out to show it can do more than settle for runner-up. “I know about the tradition [at Visitation] and how well they’ve done in the past. I’m excited to take it from where it was to the next level. That’s my hope,” said coach Wallace. In the lower division, Georgetown Day (0-8 overall, 0-7 league) and Maret (1-9,1-6) will look to bounce back from tough seasons. Maret has only one senior, talented midfielder Katie Westone, after losing four-year

varsity mainstay Julia Thayler to an ACL injury. So the Frogs will lean on their junior class, which features midfielders Eve Barnett and Jessie Libow, attacker Madison Centenari and goalie Ella Blanchon. Sophomore Caroline MalinMayor is another player to watch. “We don’t have any superstars, but we have a lot of potential to play together very well,” said coach Emily Beckwith, noting that the team’s strengths will be in net and on defense. National Cathedral was bounced from the AA division after finishing in last place in 2010, but coach Jane Degrenier said there is plenty of hope thanks to the return of two seniors — Sarah Whelihan and cocaptain Annah Jamison, who See Visitation/Page 14

Lacrosse grows in D.C., with School Without Walls adding programs By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

As lacrosse grew in popularity in the city, Wilson High School launched the first boys program in D.C. Public Schools last spring, setting an important precedent. Just one year later, more than a dozen boys at School Without Walls — and even more girls — stepped onto the practice field this week to start preparing for their inaugural seasons. Administrators, teachers, parents and volunteers spent two years looking at the possibility of turning the hope of lacrosse programs at Walls into reality. But the school faced several challenges, including gaining access to a practice field and finding experienced people to teach the game. Earlier this year, the school secured a field at Francis-Stevens Education Campus where the teams could train. And, as it turned out, two teachers on staff, Matthew Ambrosio and Margaret Kennedy, played the

sport collegiately and were more than willing to coach. But there was another major roadblock: The school couldn’t obtain funding from the school system for sticks, balls and equipment. So parents took matters into their own hands. In an effort spearheaded by Terry Lynch, vice president of the school’s parent association, they raised thousands of dollars to support the program. “The parents really stepped up with helping us, and that really allowed us to have a team,” said Kennedy, a history teacher at Walls who will coach the girls lacrosse team this spring. She played lacrosse at the University of Pittsburgh, competes for a local club team and referees high school games. According to Lynch, Dave Lowenstein and his wife Kathlene Collins, whose kids attend Walls and were excited about the possibility of playing lacrosse at the school, held a meeting in their home in February, which

helped jump-start fundraising and organizing for the spring season. Winners Lacrosse, a local training program, donated sticks and goalie equipment. And the money raised by parents — boosted by large contributions from two anonymous donors, Lynch said — allowed the teams to order the equipment they will need for the season. The girls and boys teams started working out on Monday and will practice side-byside three times a week this spring. Neither squad has any games lined up yet, but the plan is to set up a club schedule that will allow the teams to scrimmage against other local programs while the kids get a feel for the game. Ambrosio, who played lacrosse at the University of Rochester, said he knows preparing players to play a brand-new game will be an uphill battle, but he thinks the kids will catch on quickly. “We’re nervous because some of the kids

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Led by coaches Harry Alford and Lucius Polk, Wilson introduced D.C.’s first public school boys lacrosse team last year. have never seen a lacrosse game before, never picked up a stick, never tried to throw a ball. But I’m confident because they’ve played other sports before,” he said. See Lacrosse/Page 14

St. John’s gets off to fast start with upset victory over St. Albans By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

■ Boys Lacrosse Preview So much for a run-of-the-mill start to the 2011 boys lacrosse season. St. John’s upset St. Albans 5-4 Friday at Georgetown University, giving the Cadets their first win since 2002 over an opponent from the Interstate Athletic Conference, a league that dominates the sport in the Washington area. Cadets fans went wild after sophomore Taylor Valencia — one of four transfers from

Damascus High School in Maryland — scored the game-winning goal with less than a minute to play. Valencia scored two goals on the afternoon, junior Chris Balla recorded a hat trick and junior Justin Rosenberg, a University of Vermont commit, was tough in the net after letting up the first two goals of the game. St. John’s erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 in the victory. The win was monumental for the program, which competes in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, but it was just the latest in a long string of evidence that St. John’s lacrosse (12-8 overall, 4-6 league in 2010) is coming around. The Cadets have

improved every year since head coach Danny Phillips took over in 2007, a year after a season in which the team won just two games. The Cadets won 10 contests in each of Phillips’ first two seasons, 11 in 2009 and 12 last year. Now they’re off to the races with a 2-0 start and more talent than they’ve had in quite some time. They have five seniors on the roster and plenty of depth with the addition of Valencia and fellow sophomores Ryan Fornatora, JT Oliver and Ryan Zablocki, all transfers from Damascus. Coach Phillips said Valencia might be the most talented player he’s ever coached. The

attacker scored seven goals in the first two games of the season. Gonzaga, meanwhile, is coming off a dream campaign in which the team upset Landon of the IAC in the regular season and went on to beat DeMatha for the WCAC championship. The Eagles return a strong core group of players including senior Kyle Bruun, a St. Joseph’s University commit, and Sean Whitcomb on the attack. Junior Connor Reed, who has already committed to Johns Hopkins University, joins seniors Reid Spencer and David Planning, an Ohio State See Preview/Page 14

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Northwest Sports VISITATION From Page 13 were lost to injuries last year. The team has a deep senior class this year that also includes co-captain Katie Lotterman, top defender Julia Meier and 2010 leading scorer Sasha Hanway. In

goal is junior Isabel McCullough. Sidwell (7-9, 5-3) finished in third-place in 2010, and the Quakers will try to regain the form that earned them the 2008 ISL A Division banner. In the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will look to a strong junior class that includes attacker Kathlyn

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully that will translate.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy said the teams had a good turnout, with 15 boys and 17 girls attending the preseason meeting, thanks to word of mouth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students that have played before spread the excitement to other students,â&#x20AC;? she said. Harry Alford, now in his second year with the Wilson boys team, knows all about the difficulties of building up a new lacrosse program. Last year, his first-time squad struggled with inexperience but found its way as the season progressed, even winning an exciting overtime match against Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior varsity team. Alford, who starred at both St. Albans and the University of Maryland, is excited that the sport continues to grow in the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like other people are excited about the possibility of having more lacrosse and more opportunities for their kids to be involved. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good sign that other schools are taking note of it.â&#x20AC;? Wilson had a tremendous turnout for the sport this year, and Alford said training programs like Breakout Lacrosse are helping develop players even before they reach the high school level, which has already benefitted Wilson and should eventually help Walls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really good for us,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives kids a basic understanding of the game before we even coach them.â&#x20AC;? Walls athletic director Alan Holt said he has already spoken to his Wilson counterpart, Mitch Gore, about scheduling matches between the two schools. For his part, parent Lynch said Walls has been striv-

Dunne and midfielders Helen Daly and Ciara Guinen. Senior Molly Bugge returns to lead the defense and senior Maria Bowe is back in goal for the team. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has nowhere to go but up this year: The Lady Cadets are looking to win their first league game since they beat Paul VI on March 25, 2009.

ing to provide students with the most well-rounded education possible, and he thinks the addition of lacrosse will help foster a complete experience at the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oftentimes the athletic experience enhances the academic performance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; students are well-organized, healthier, and seeking to achieve set goals, all of which fit in [with] the mission of the school to prepare students for challenging post-high-school education,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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The Walls girls hope to take on the Lady Tigers, above, in a contest sometime this season.

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University commit, in the midfield, and senior Peter Benziger is leading the defense. The team will look to pick up right where it left off last season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My coaching staff and I are really excited about the work ethic and drive this team has,â&#x20AC;? said coach Casey Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These kids want to prove they can play at a very high level and continue to play smart lacrosse.â&#x20AC;? St. Albans, normally a perennial contender in the Interstate Athletic Conference, will look to rebound from a difficult season featuring just one league win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to make progress over the course of the season and to get better every single day. If we work hard and continue to improve, we will meet with success,â&#x20AC;? said coach Malcolm Lester. Juniors Browning Altizer and Alex Vicas both started in goal last year and will share time again in 2011. Senior captain Albert Kammler, a Virginia commit, is leading a defense that also includes

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Gonzaga had plenty of reason to celebrate last season. The Eagles finished a historic year with their first WCAC title since 1998. Bowdoin College-commit Sam Thorne and Wesleyan Universitycommit Bobby Cunningham. Captain Robert Talcott, who also committed to Bowdoin College, will head the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s midfield group. Other top middies are junior Mike Wiacek, senior Kush Jadeja, and sophomores Mike Sniezek and Kevin Dougherty. St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; top attackers are sen-

iors Bryan Moynihan and Tucker Leachman, as well as junior Hank Balaban. Sidwell (8-7, 4-4) is a team on the rise in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference. Look out for the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior class, including Ben Glassman and Alex Anand on the attack, Andrew Winglee in the midfield and Chris Borges â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the top â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;keepers in the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in goal.

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

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Embassy exhibit lets parents ‘relive’ first moments with kids By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer


unlight streams into a bright, white room lined with long, white pillows. Everything is soft and undulating, bathed in the sound of soothing music. This is what the womb would look life if designed by Ikea. And it’s open to the public at the House of Sweden. Last month, the House of Sweden kicked off a yearlong program of interactive exhibits, seminars and concerts collectively called “The Fabric of Life.” And, appropriately enough, the first exhibits deal with those seminal threads — the experiences that dominate the first years of life. According to the embassy’s events catalog, the new “Zero to One” room offers parents the “ideal setting to relive the moment they first met their child.” So the room, bathed in white and covered with soft material, offers a collection of bean-bag-type pillows, where infants lie like so many chocolate chips in a vast sea of cookie dough. “It’s deliberately under-stimulating,” said tour guide Ingrid Tegner. “It’s a safe space so you as a parent can interact with your young child.” The exhibit was originally designed by artist Katti Hoflin for Stockholm’s Kulturhuset (House of Culture), inspired by growing research on attachment theory — the concept that children’s earliest experiences influence their relationships for the rest of their lives. As a result, Tegner said, the room is specially designed to suit babies’ developmental needs. For instance, the pillows give babies support as they begin to crawl and stand, and mirrors dot the floor so babies can glimpse their reflections.

Above, courtesy of the House of Sweden; right, Bill Petros/The Current

The House of Sweden has opened two new children’s spaces: The “Zero to One” room for babies — modeled on a setup created for a cultural center in Sweden, above — and the “Imagination Station,” right. Four-year-old Ian Gaull plays in the room for older kids, right. “The authors of that exhibit knew their client very well,” said Olivia Garaj Zawadaszka, a U Street resident who has brought her eight-month-old daughter Caroline to the Swedish Embassy for quality playtime a couple times in recent weeks. She noted that the soft floor benefits children who are just beginning to crawl, and the bright whites appeal to babies’ developing sense of color. “It’s the best exhibit in D.C. for children this age,” she said. Meanwhile, the “Imagination Station” next door provides a Swedish-inspired play space for ages 2 through 10. “I think it’s great,” said Leayah Clearey, a Kent resident, whose 3-year-old was

painting on an art table there on Sunday. The table, basically a spool dispensing layer upon layer of large circular paper, seemed simple enough. But Clearey said it’s perfect for children who want to create art and then take it home.

“You might think it’s silly, but for her it’s great,” she said. “I think I’m going to make her one of her own.” Clearey said she especially appreciates the opportunity for additional play space in See Sweden/Page 19

Georgetown Day School debate team leads the pack while lacking a leader By MARION LEVY Current Correspondent

at Georgetown University and former Georgetown Day School

debate team member. “But if you want to win national tournaments,


ebate at the high school level is much like any other extracurricular activity: The success of the team rides on a commitment of long hours on the part of coaches and students, as well as that certain spark that comes from just the right combination of personalities. And like any other extracurricular activity, students get out of it what they put into it. “You can definitely do it for a couple of years, get something out of it and spend most of your energy somewhere else,” said Rebecca Tushnet, a law professor

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The GDS debate team is succeeding even without a coach.

then yeah, you’ve got to commit to it.” Georgetown Day School’s current debate team has definitely learned how to commit. Out of an estimated 90,000 high school students who participate in debate nationwide, Georgetown Day has two-person teams that rank third and fifth and that have closed out two of the year’s national competitions — meaning they won both sides of the bracket and were left facing each other. And all this without the benefit of a coach. Jim Gentile stepped down for health reasons at the beginning of the school year after coaching the team since 1989. His replacement

also stepped down, for family reasons. “We’re in limbo,” said Isaac Stanley-Becker, a Georgetown Day School junior who, partnered with David Herman, is ranked fifth in the nation. “They haven’t had a sort of firm, central system that’s been organizing them and telling them what to do,” said Edmund Zagorin, a former debate team member and University of Michigan senior who volunteers some of his time to help the team remotely. “They’ve really sort of charted their own course in a lot of ways,” he said. “They’ve been absolutely amazing. And I think that’s really a testament to their See Debate/Page 19

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Spotlight on Schools Annunciation Catholic School Last week, we had our annual science fair. Parents judged each student in grades five through eight. There were many different science fair projects, including to kill or not to kill organisms in fertilizer; do men or women have a

School DISPATCHES better memory; and potato power. The fifth-grade first-place winner was Nicole Gooden with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Potion vs. Lotions,â&#x20AC;? and the sixth-grade first-place winner was Robert Maloney with â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Do Velocity, Mass, Motion and Momentum Have to Do With Executing a Strong Karate Blow?â&#x20AC;? Kathleen Healy won first place in seventh grade with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fertilizer Effect on Plant Growth.â&#x20AC;? The eighth-grade firstplace winner was Jo Belanger with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which Are More Intelligent: Gerbils or Mice?â&#x20AC;? The fourth-graders did their own science fair projects on health. Mrs. Crowley, the science fair coordinator and science teacher for grades five through eight, helped us with the scientific method and the format for the project. We could have not done it without her! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Devin Holmes and Katherine Precourt, eighth-graders

British School of Washington When I got to school, I was worried about what I was going

to say to Prince Michael of Kent. I am the captain of our house, Patuxent, and as such I was going to speak to the prince about the sports in school. When the prince arrived, the nursery pupils greeted him. Afterward, the prince walked into the entrance hall. The house captains were wearing our P.E. shirts with our house colours, and we were waiting to greet him. As he walked in, I was so excited and nervous! The prince shook my sweaty hand and asked me where I am from. I responded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am from Colombia in South America.â&#x20AC;? I thought he looked elegant, tall and fit. While the prince went on a tour of the school, I had to quickly run upstairs and get changed into my school uniform because he was going to observe our Year 6 classroom while we were doing an experiment as part of our International Primary Curriculum course. When the prince came in the classroom, he asked me where I was from for the second time! I guess he must have thought I looked like the kid he met downstairs. When the prince left, everyone sighed in relief that everything had gone well. It was a very special day. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Diego Martinez, Year 6 New York (fifth-grader)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts The visual arts department started off the week with its annual Portfolio Review. Portfolio Review is a weeklong event in which the visual arts students meet in the Ellington Gallery and

one by one get their artwork evaluated by their instructors and classmates. Academically, Ellington hosted a College Fair on March 8 in the Students Cafe with Trinity College, the University of the District of Columbia and Delaware College of Art and Design on hand, just to name a few. Students were handed brochures and applications and got to speak with the representatives from each college to learn more about the college experience. On March 10, the student leadership council held a bake sale. The purpose was to raise money to benefit Foreign Exchange Student Appreciation Day, an event that will be held during the lunch period April 7. Foreign exchange students and their host families will come to Ellington for an appreciation brunch. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lend Adams, 10th-grader

Eaton Elementary Girls on the Run is a running program for girls in third, fourth and fifth grades. Our coaches are Ms. McKinley and Ms. Barry. Both teach first grade. On March 9, we had our first Girls on the Run 2011 meeting. We meet two times a week after school for an hour. During that time we do exercises and stretches, and we go outside to run in the neighborhood. The big running goal for us is to finish a 5K race later in the spring. Some of the girls who did Girls on the Run last year said the first time they did a 5K it was





really hard, but they trained so long and so hard, they still finished the race. This year we look forward to achieving our goal, which is crossing the finish line. Another part of Girls on the Run is learning about self-confidence and feeling strong. It feels good to be part of a group of just girls where we can talk about things important to girls and things that we all like. Girls on the Run helps with self-confidence because it pushes us to do things that we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t normally do by ourselves. We have journals that have sections for what happened during our meetings, our goals and how we felt about the day. Girls on the Run is so much fun! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lilly Koerner, Isabella Wood and Destiny Frink-Morgan, third-graders

Georgetown Day School After having the honor of attending a teaching by the Dalai Lama a few years ago, eighthgrader Miranda Curtis fell in love with Tibet and got busy learning about the culture and learning the language. But as she immersed herself in her studies, she also felt compelled to raise awareness about the lack of freedom in religious and cultural beliefs being afforded to the Tibetans by the Chinese. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I learned about the cruelty Tibetans faced, I knew I had to help,â&#x20AC;? she remarked. Miranda hopes to help by speaking about these problems to others. She is also in the process of creating her own website,, which will be completed very soon. A couple weeks ago, Miranda spoke at an all-middle-school assembly along with her mother and her Tibetan tutor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a new generation,â&#x20AC;? Miranda said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One day [we will] be sitting in the oval office, writ-

ing books and helping the world. I want kids and teens to grow up knowing of the injustices committed against Tibet, so we can change the world.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary During February and March, the third-graders wrote essays on many topics. Some of the topics were different countries, rare animals, common animals, important events in history and important people in history. Students picked a topic, researched the topic and then shared information with the class. We found our information in our library by using books from our nonfiction section. If we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a book, we used our online catalog to help us. Also, another place we found information was Webpath Express, which is something like Google, but it has sites that are appropriate for students. Our teacher, Mr. Faden, taught us how to write essays. First, we learned how to write a topic sentence. Next we learned how to add details. Then we learned how to write closing sentences. He gave us graphic organizers to help us plot out our essays. Mr. Faden also helped us learn how to form paragraphs with the information from our graphic organizers. One day, we looked at our work and saw that they had begun to form into good essays. When we presented our essays to the class, we explained why we picked our topic. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; James Day and Gracie Dodd, third-graders

Key Elementary This week is the Key School Auction. It is a fundraising event that takes place every year to See Dispatches/Page 17














DISPATCHES From Page 16 raise money for the school. Every year each class does a class project to be auctioned off. Examples this year include a painted bench and a mosaic table. The fifth grade is doing a frame with a picture of President Abraham Lincoln in it. On the frame, each fifth-grader has drawn and decorated a star. The fifth-grade project is always donated back to the school. We finished our floor plan projects this week. Each student had to design a house and then decorate it. We then had to figure out the area of each room and of the whole hose. It was very interesting to see the different designs and how everyone decorated their houses. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Georgia Woscoboinik, fifth-grader

Lafayette Elementary We are Danielle and Mei, Lafayette fifth-graders. We have worked for the last couple of weeks to collect cleats for kids who live in a large township called Khayelitsha in Cape Town, South Africa. Meiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older sister, Talia Dweck (Lafayette class of 2000), is currently living in Cape Town and working for an organization called Grassroot Soccer. This organization uses soccer to â&#x20AC;&#x153;educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV.â&#x20AC;? We have learned about the life-threatening danger of HIV, which attacks the immune system and makes people unable to fight diseases. Every day, Talia meets and works with young kids eager to play soccer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but they have to

do it barefoot. We are planning to send Talia a box of cleats to share with these kids. We collected more than 80 pairs of cleats at Lafayette, through the Chevy Chase listserv and through our Stoddert Soccer teams. You can read more about Grassroot Soccer at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Danielle Breslow and Mei Copacino, fifth-graders

Lowell School Ever since the beginning of the year, the fifth-graders have been arguing about whether Wikipedia is a good website for research, so we decided to have a debate. We have had a couple of debates this year, and we were excited to have another. Fifth grade uses a system of â&#x20AC;&#x153;tellingâ&#x20AC;? points. Using this, when a student makes a good point, or says something worth mulling over, his or her team gets a point. If someone talks over someone else, that team loses a point. In the end, the team with the most points wins. One student decided to write down the arguments along with the telling points to help decide the winner. The debate caused everyone to think critically about using the Internet, specifically Wikipedia, as a research tool. Technically, the anti-Wiki team won when all the points were added and subtracted, but on the merits, it was a very close issue. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stella Drews-Sheldon, fifth-grader

Mann Elementary In the fifth grade, we have started a project to raise money for a girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; high school in Pakistan. We are raising the


money because it is the Peace Corpsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 50th anniversary and because multiple devastating natural disasters have struck the area. We are raising money from now until the beginning of June. Our plan is to try out different ways to raise $200. We interviewed several people around the school about what they think of the Peace Corps project. Ana Sierra said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is very helpful to the world because a lot of people need help right now.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Hensley told us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that whatever we can do to help educate the girls of Pakistan to grow up and become strong women who can help their country is wonderful. It also reminds me of a great book, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Listen to the Wind,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; which we should read again!â&#x20AC;? (Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like Ms. Hensley to make a book connection!) Mr. Howes answered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that it is a really good idea for the fifth-graders to help those that are less fortunate than themselves and to connect to different parts of the world.â&#x20AC;? The fifth-graders are hosting a bake sale on March 16, and we hope you will drop by and try some of the tasty treats! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherina Bley, Jazba Iqbal and Madeleine Hand, fifth-graders

Maret School The students in Mr. Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third-grade classroom have a chance to do extra-credit problems every week. The extra credits are typically about social studies and math. The problems are usually pretty challenging, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worth it. For example, this week we are tracking NBA or

college basketball players and calculating their field-goal and free-throw percentages for the entire week. If you get the challenge right, you earn a raffle ticket that can be used in the upcoming raffles. There are four raffle drawings a year, and each one has better prizes than the last one. Two of the smaller prizes are getting the rocking chair for a day and getting a bag of Mr. Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scrumptious granola to feast on. One of the special prizes is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Private Dinageâ&#x20AC;?; if you win that prize, you get to invite two friends to have lunch with the teacher in the classroom. Another great prize is a computer party that can be used during indoor recess. When you win something in the raffle, it feels great because all it took was the correct answer to an extra-credit challenge. When you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win in the raffle, it is not a big deal because a friend might invite you along. The raffle is just one of the many fun things that we do in Mr. Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Third-graders

National Cathedral School The end of the third quarter is nearing for all students, and everyone is excited to embark on two weeks of spring break, during which students will be traveling to a variety of different places. Some girls will be participating in school-sponsored trips. A group of junior and senior French students will be accompanying Madame Spittler, the director of the French department, on a trip to France. They will stay with French families and visit the pres-

tigious school Stanislas. A common trip for some juniors to take during the 14 days is the famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;college road trip.â&#x20AC;? Junior Nicole Frydman is one of many who will be spending half of her time vacationing and the rest visiting universities. Common destinations include New England, North Carolina and the Midwest. Spring break provides the ideal time for such a time-consuming journey, as students do not have to worry about missing school. The campus is full of excitement about the coming weeks, and girls in all grades are working hard during the final days in anticipation of a long-awaited, relaxing vacation. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Parisa Sadeghi, 11th-grader

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School The fifth grade has been studying the 1800s in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, including the Civil War and the Reconstruction period. In math, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing arithmetic with fractions. In language arts, we are competing in a competition called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate America.â&#x20AC;? The point is to write something on immigration in America. Recently, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been studying child labor and the Industrial Revolution. My favorite part of fifth grade is doing projects and posters on books our class/group reads together. My group enjoys doing plays. One conflict going on at the moment is over the recess field. Fourth-graders have been getting the whole field to themselves on some days, while we, the fifthSee Dispatches/Page 18


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Parkmont School On March 9, the Parkmont Middle School main lesson class went on a field trip to the National Gallery of Art. The class project was for World Mythology, in which we were studying Greek mythology that week. Our teacher gave each member of the class a worksheet to do. We had to find references to Greek myths in the museum and write about them. There were a lot! Then the class went to an exhibit about Gauguin in a spot that had been completely changed since the last time we were there, for our Art and Music History class. Last time we were there, it was an Arcimboldo exhibit.

THE CURRENT The group thoroughly enjoyed the field trip. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bryant Pugliese, eighth-grader

Ross Elementary The student council coordinated a clothing drive for students in Uganda. Students and families brought in clothes that were then sent to Uganda. It felt good to collect the clothes so the students in Uganda will feel better. Students are collecting change for the Pennies for Patients campaign. The money will go toward kids with blood cancer. The Club Invention program successfully ended on Tuesday. The student-inventors created a water-cleaning machine and a robot. We are now gearing up for the Tiny Chefs, a cooking program for pre-kindergartners and kindergartners. Ross is excited to host all of the principals from Cluster 3 schools. They will tour the school and see what students are doing. In P.E., all Ross students are learning how to play golf. We are starting with putting and chipping. Field hockey is coming up for third through fifth grades. Ten fourth- and fifth-graders

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traveled to Howard Middle School to attend a S.T.E.M. Education Expo. At the expo, they learned about science and math. They talked to teachers and saw robots. The fifth-graders are applying to middle schools throughout D.C. In fifth grade, students are making a hall of fame of progressive activists. Each fifth-grader is researching an activist and reporting what they learn. The first-graders are doing authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studies about Mem Fox. Students are publishing stories based on her work. Last week the first-graders visited the National Building Museum to learn how to build a building. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chloe Frampton and Raymond Shelton, third-graders

St. Albans School On March 10, the St. Albans Form II and the National Cathedral School eighth grade participated in the Prevention Convention. This event was meant to help students learn about alcohol, drugs and how to deal with other difficult issues in high school. The discussions were led by a group of trained juniors from both schools. At 1:30 p.m., the eighthgraders gathered in Trapier Theater to hear a few juniors and seniors share their own experiences and opinions about drinking and how certain choices can affect your life. Afterward, students learned about the effects of alcohol on a teenagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brain along with significant statistics. After this brief presentation, the students were split into 12 groups, each led by a combination of juniors and seniors from both schools. The high school students quizzed the eighth-graders on alcohol abuse and fielded related questions. The groups discussed important topics including the drinking age, drunk driving, school guidelines and possible consequences. Overall, the discussion was productive and reinforced many topics

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy On March 3, the first-, thirdand fourth-graders went on a field trip to the National Postal Museum to learn more about transportation and the history of the U.S. Postal Service. We went through a trail to see how they delivered the mail a long time ago. The mail was delivered by horse, then by boat and then by carriage. At the museum we had a tour guide, and she let us get into a carriage that would have delivered mail. Later, the mail was delivered by train, and finally by airplane. We also learned about a dog named Owney. He rode the train all over the country and helped deliver the mail. The last thing we did was make our own stamp collection. The field trip was so much fun! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chloe McLean, third-grader

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School This week at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, there will be a junior retreat on Wednesday. Also, registration for rising juniors will end on Friday. Friday night will also be the spaghetti dinner, with funds going to charity. Many adults and students alike have signed up for it and are very enthusiastic about the event. Last week included the celebration of Ash Wednesday. All of the school was called to participate in a Mass where we celebrated the beginning of the Lenten season. This is a season of sacrifice and solemnity and is very important in the Catholic faith. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

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abilities as debaters and their ability to work together.â&#x20AC;? Zagorin says his major role has been to find at least one per-

the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always need more play areas, especially now that more people are choosing to stay in the city,â&#x20AC;? she said. Plus, she added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to expose kids to different cultures.â&#x20AC;? And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly the point. Tegner said the House of Sweden seeks to serve as a conduit for information about Swedish life while offering an opportunity for cultural exchange in the local community. So, in addition to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rooms, the House of Sweden hosts displays of Swedish art and design, as well as a series of seminars about life in Sweden and beyond. This year, topics will range from female entrepreneurship in both Sweden and America to Swedenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s switch from a conscript army to an all-volunteer one. The embassy is also sponsoring a touring lecture series devoted to Stieg Larssonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Millenniumâ&#x20AC;? triology, in partner-

â??We stepped up to do this as a team ... . Every idea that we have is an idea that we have, not an idea that I have or any one person has.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Team captain Joe Krakoff son to act as assistant coach at each tournament, where teams are known to bring up to 10 coaches to provide research and assist students in coming up with strategies against the top teams. Despite providing all of their own research, current Georgetown Day students are still achieving fantastic results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Debate is, like many activities, part preparation and part execution,â&#x20AC;? said Zagorin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So you can prepare as much as you want, but being able to execute is the decisive factor in who wins and who loses. You can think of it as a tool or a weapon thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only as powerful as the person who wields it.â&#x20AC;? Team captain Joe Krakoff, who, with fellow senior Ben Levy, is ranked third in the nation, says it has been a group effort to keep the team afloat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We stepped up to do this as a team â&#x20AC;Ś . Every idea that we have is an idea that we have, not an idea that I have or any one person has. We deliberate about everything,â&#x20AC;? Krakoff said. Krakoff organizes weekly practice sessions, and team members spend up to three hours a day researching and preparing for debates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GDS has gotten lucky, in a way, by having an unbelievable team of committed individuals,â&#x20AC;? said Zagorin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very few other schools have that, and when these students graduate it remains to be seen who will rise up and take their place if there is no one to teach them.â&#x20AC;? Krakoff says that although it has been a rough adjustment, continuing without a coach has ultimately been a positive experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brought us as a team a lot closer,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we depend on each other a lot more and not an adult, which seems like it would be hard, and it was hard for a little while, but we persevered, together.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also taught them unexpected lessons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rent a car big enough to fit the debate team in unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 25 years old,â&#x20AC;? Krakoff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that we found out over the course of the year.â&#x20AC;?



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Driveway width raises historic concerns By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer


narrow driveway, a dented minivan and pleas from a family of five have led to some leeway on driveway rules in Cleveland Park, home to one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most closely guarded historic districts. Philip West and Barbara Yellen, who live with three children in a 1922 house opposite the Washington National Cathedral, were rebuffed in February when they asked the Historic Preservation Review Board for permission to widen their 7-foot, 9inch driveway to accommodate modern cars. But now the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Preservation Office, after a quick survey of driveway widths in Cleveland Park, has determined that a â&#x20AC;&#x153;modestâ&#x20AC;? increase wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set any precedent for the neighborhood historic district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A reasonable case can be made that adaptation for modern use of those very few driveways that are functionally obsolescentâ&#x20AC;? is compatible with preservation law, deputy state historic preservation officer Steve Callcott told The Current. At the Feb. 3 hearing, Yellen made a compelling case, describing

the difficulty of navigating her minivan up a sloping driveway, squeezed in by retaining walls on both sides. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My car is scratched on both sides,â&#x20AC;? she told the preservation board. But some board members noted that her husband could apparently get his car into the narrow driveway at 3409 Woodley Road without problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has an Acura,â&#x20AC;? Yellen explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His car can get up the driveway. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the one with the minivan, with all the kids.â&#x20AC;? Narrow driveways are a tough issue in the Cleveland Park historic district. Parking is scarce, families are growing and cars have gotten wider. Requests for new curb cuts and driveways are routinely denied â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there and citywide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because they jeopardize pedestrian safety. And preservationists worry that widening the early-20th-century driveways could disrupt the streetscape. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Generally the widening requests we get are from Cleveland Park,â&#x20AC;? said Anne Brockett, the preservation office staffer who reviewed the West/Yellen case. Brockett said older row-house districts usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have many driveways, while later â&#x20AC;&#x153;suburban onesâ&#x20AC;? like Takoma have wider driveways already. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a hot topic in Cleveland

Park,â&#x20AC;? Brockett told the board. According to his wife, West conducted a survey of neighborhood driveways and found that theirs is the narrowest. As part of a larger remodeling project, they want to increase the driveway by 22 inches, to 9 feet, 7 inches, which would require dismantling and reassembling one of the historic stone walls that squeeze it in. Yellen described the daily travail on Woodley Road, where parking is allowed on only one side of the street and spaces are often filled by visitors to the Cathedral and its schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the end of the day, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got my kids, 6, 8 and 12 years old, several bags of groceries, their sports equipment, musical instruments â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cello, guitar. My kids are tired, grumpy, hungry. There is no parking on the Cathedral side, and I cannot get the car up the driveway. Sometimes one of the younger kids has fallen asleep, and I have to carry them into the house,â&#x20AC;? she said. Most board members seemed sympathetic to her parking plight, but not to the driveway-widening solution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have children and live on narrow alley. I have a van. Not much different than you,â&#x20AC;? said member Robert Sonderman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m having a

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A Cleveland Park couple wants to widen their 7-foot, 9-inch driveway. difficult time justifying moving this wall.â&#x20AC;? Said Tersh Boasberg, the former board chair who helped establish the historic district: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people in Cleveland Park canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use their driveways. If we set a precedent by widening this, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to widen every driveway.â&#x20AC;? But current chair Catherine Buell and member Peter Landis supported the driveway-widening request. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have an abnormally narrow driveway, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not com-

fortable saying you have to live with that,â&#x20AC;? said Buell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How is this different from widening the door on [historic] firehousesâ&#x20AC;? to make room for modern fire engines, Landis asked. The driveway-widening idea is part of a larger project to expand the Woodley Road home. The preservation board last month unanimously approved a large rear addition and restoration of the original front window, but rejected a small side addition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; envisioned See Driveway/Page 23

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Northwest Real Estate DRIVEWAY From Page 21 as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mud roomâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because it would be visible from the street. The board took the driveway issue under advisement. But now, says Callcott, the preservation officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survey has

found much evidence of â&#x20AC;&#x153;driveway creep,â&#x20AC;? with owners adding some pavers of flagstones that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to â&#x20AC;&#x153;substantively affect the characterâ&#x20AC;? of the neighborhood, and in fact have provoked almost no complaints. Looking only at driveways bounded by walls or berms, the staff found only four that were less than 8

PARK From Page 5 now as large as in the previous playground, and the storm drain is outside the playgroundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the neighborhood commission might have to fund additional benches on its own.

CONTRACTS From Page 1 ence Monday, Skinner called the report a â&#x20AC;&#x153;vindication.â&#x20AC;? In his written response, he also labeled the investigation as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an ongoing smear campaign against the [former] mayor and used to derail his re-election.â&#x20AC;? Karimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s firm, Banneker Ventures, is still suing the city for canceling the project management contracts, saying the company hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been paid fully for legitimate work. Attorney A. Scott Bolden, representing both men, called the report â&#x20AC;&#x153;politically motivatedâ&#x20AC;? and said the matters Trout wants referred to the U.S. Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office are â&#x20AC;&#x153;outside the scope of his investigation.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both were fully absolved of any wrongdoing, and he ought not go traipsing through financial transactions that are unrelated,â&#x20AC;? Bolden said in a brief phone interview. Bolden also noted some irony in the timing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those who pushed for this the most are now targets of investigation,â&#x20AC;? he said, referencing recent allegations enveloping Mayor Vincent Gray and some council members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no higher ground.â&#x20AC;? In his 258-page report, Trout lays out a now-familiar story that came to light in the fall of 2009, when council members realized that contracts for several long-stalled park improvements, recreation centers and athletic fields had been funneled through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to the D.C. Housing Authority and its construction subsidiary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all without the required council review. Ultimately, a $4.2 million contract to manage construction of all the projects was awarded to one firm, Banneker Ventures, which in turn awarded most of the engineering work to a year-old start-up, Liberty Engineering. Karim and Skinner, principals of the two firms, are friends and business partners with numerous financial dealings. Under Bannekerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s management contract, the company pocketed a 9 percent mark-up on fees to all con-

feet wide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the zoning codeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minimum for a compact car. Callcott said his office concluded that allowing the Yellen/West family to alter its driveway would not â&#x20AC;&#x153;lead to a domino effect.â&#x20AC;? The family is now preparing plans for the driveway and moving forward with other work on their home.

Stokes dismissed concerns that the work had fallen behind schedule. The ballfield will be open â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least for â&#x20AC;&#x153;limited useâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by April 2; sod is scheduled to be installed today. Openings of the playground and on-site recreation center will follow, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After all of these years, we look forward to everything being open for use by the community,â&#x20AC;? Stokes said.

sultants and subcontractors, including Skinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-person firm. Liberty, in turn, subcontracted out most of the engineering and survey work and, according to Trout, tacked on an even heftier mark-up. The report notes that David Jannarone, then director of development in the deputy mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;close friend of Skinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;acted as if it was a foregone conclusion that Banneker would be awarded the contract.â&#x20AC;? Despite Jannaroneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;inappropriateâ&#x20AC;? contact with Banneker during the bidding process, Trout concludes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jannaroneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparent mindsetâ&#x20AC;? did not give Banneker â&#x20AC;&#x153;an actual advantage.â&#x20AC;? Trout also found no attempt by Fenty or his administration to circumvent council oversight of large contracts. The convoluted contracting process was â&#x20AC;&#x153;prompted by a sincere desire â&#x20AC;Ś to expedite the completion of long-awaited public projects,â&#x20AC;? the special counsel wrote. But the system ended up costing taxpayers dearly, Trout said. Officials said they channeled funds to the housing authority because of its supposed expertise in construction management, but then handed the management over to Banneker. The economic development office then signed off on Bannekerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invoices even though staff thought they were high. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All these multiple layers of management led to a significant waste of taxpayer funds,â&#x20AC;? Trout wrote. The relationship of Karim and his favored subcontractor, Skinner, drew special notice. Trout noted that the two had â&#x20AC;&#x153;multiple ties,â&#x20AC;? including a shared office and transfers of more than $1 million that neither man â&#x20AC;&#x153;could or wouldâ&#x20AC;? explain. In winning the park work, Trout wrote, Skinner â&#x20AC;&#x153;misrepresented the capacityâ&#x20AC;? of his tiny firm and submitted false rĂŠsumĂŠs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; facts that should have been obvious to Karim. Yet Skinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s firm submitted invoices that marked up its payments to other engineers by more than 125 percent, and to outside surveyors by 400 percent, Trout said. Banneker signed off, as did the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development office. Trout said both men refused to

answer questions about their business dealings and, when ordered to by a court, â&#x20AC;&#x153;repeatedly responded: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recall.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Karim and Skinner essentially thwarted the investigation, and their performance left us with the clear impression that they believed they had something to hide,â&#x20AC;? Trout wrote. He is recommending the council refer â&#x20AC;&#x153;matters related to Banneker, [Liberty Engineering], and Bannekerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection of general contractorsâ&#x20AC;? to the U.S. Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office â&#x20AC;&#x153;for further examination.â&#x20AC;? The report came out Monday after a brief but rancorous meeting of the special D.C. Council committee set up to investigate the matter. Committee chair Harry Thomas (Ward 5) defended the long timeline, saying the witnessesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; failure to cooperate prolonged the proceedings. He said their repeated inability to recall simple facts about their businesses raises the possibility of perjury by Skinner and Karim. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The report makes plain the contract was a bad deal,â&#x20AC;? said Mary Cheh of Ward 3, whose committee has been struggling to improve city contracting procedures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At many points along the way it deviated from best practices and probably migrated into worst practices.â&#x20AC;? When Muriel Bowser of Ward 4, a loyal Fenty ally, offered a different perspective, Thomas initially cut her off. After a unanimous vote to release the report, Bowser was permitted to speak. She noted that although the contracting mess grew to involve $87 million in spending authority, only $6.2 million was actually transferred before the council intervened. And she emphasized there was â&#x20AC;&#x153;no wrongdoing on the part of Mayor Fenty, no contract steering by the administration.â&#x20AC;? Even a notorious $2.5 million Christmas Eve payment to Banneker in 2009 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after the council had voided its contract â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was â&#x20AC;&#x153;meant in good faith to pay subcontractorsâ&#x20AC;? for work already done, Bowser said, quoting Troutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. Trout will brief the committee on his investigation and recommendations in an open meeting Friday.

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Northwest Real Estate HOUSES From Page 3 lack of transportation options, according to the report; development restarted in earnest in the 1920s. Those 17 original houses, and the handful of farmhouses that preceded them in the area, serve as â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant reminders of our neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history,â&#x20AC;? Jane Waldmann, the historical society member who led the research for the document, said at Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting of the Tenleytown/American University Park advisory neighborhood commission. But commissioners were skeptical of the motivation for the documentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation and worried about its possible effects. They voted 5-0 to oppose its adoption. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does the inclusion on the multi-property document change in any way the strength of that application over the wishes of the current owner?â&#x20AC;? commissioner Matt Frumin asked rhetorically. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to believe the answer has to be yes, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why [the historical society is] doing it.â&#x20AC;? Historical society members said they typically have neither the interest in nor the

resources for pursuing a contested application, but said that having the neighborhood history on file would help justify a historic homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protection if necessary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone wants to tear down their home and build some monstrosity, [the document] does give us precedent to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably not going to fit into the theme of the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? one member said at the meeting. Commission chair Jonathan Bender countered that renovations and new buildings are a matter of individual taste, which the advisory neighborhood commission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a body that is â&#x20AC;&#x153;accountable to votersâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can weigh in on more appropriately than the historical society. Commissioners said their opposition to the document at this stage would give them precedent to oppose nominations of any individual property in the future, if need be. Frumin added that he had heard from one resident who strongly opposed his propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inclusion in the document and was not sure whether the other affected homeowners were aware of the documentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible implications. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have a role and you want to preserve those houses, and you do it magnificently,â&#x20AC;? Frumin told the historical society members, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we need to look out

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cladding and floating character of the Kennedy Center terrace,â&#x20AC;? Luebke wrote. The 2007 plan also included a ground-level plaza with trees and a possible fountain, along with a retaining wall to separate the gathering space from the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. The commissioners did not acknowledge Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design directly during the 2007 hearing, through they made comments indicating they might object to a broad stair. They noted that the National Park Service wanted the retaining wall between the roadway and the plaza to be low enough to maintain

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my DNA to have to check with some community panel to have to do work on my own house,â&#x20AC;? he added. Kim Williams, a historian with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office who helped prepared the multi-property document, said her office generally discourages landmark nominations opposed by the owner-occupant of a property, and described the new document only as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a chapter in a book describing the history of the neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It reduces the burden on designations that could be done anyway, so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go back and redo the research or copy from another nomination,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeowners shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be threatened by this at all.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This lays the groundwork for eventual designation,â&#x20AC;? Frumin replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason to do it if it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advance your cause of preserving these houses.â&#x20AC;? Despite the acrimony over the document, the commission proceeded to back the Tenleytown Historical Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s applications to designate 4131 Yuma St., 4628 48th St., 4901 47th St. and 4624 Verplanck Place as historic landmarks. Owners of the four properties want the designations.

Intersections with more extensive and expensive recommendations would wait longer to see changes and likely require further traffic studies. The study calls for more than $1 million to be spent eventually on both Ward Circle and Chevy Chase Circle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; first on modifying signal timing and adding new, larger signs and then on installing new and possibly additional traffic signals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but planners said funding for such projects is harder to come by than for smaller block-by-block improvements. But the benefit of the smaller improvements â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the curb extensions and others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is that they can now be done with a better understanding of the overall neighborhood context, said Christopher Delfs, another Transportation Department planner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tried to look at, what is the root problem and what are the treatments to that root problem,â&#x20AC;? he said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rather than using speed humps as the only solution to undesirable traffic. The study considered speed humps, Delfs said, but ultimately did not recommend any new ones in the area. Residents can still request humps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 75 percent of a blockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s households must sign a petition seeking them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but under a 2010 policy change, the Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s analysis will â&#x20AC;&#x153;consider the potential impacts of speed humps on the operations of the surrounding transportation network,â&#x20AC;? according to the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we do get any of these requests in the future, we should be reviewing them

the view of the Key Bridge for northbound motorists. A solid, broad stair would be more likely to block that view. The final design also must fit in a fairly small footprint. The riverfront park is only 30 feet wide at the project site, and any steps must fit within that area and rise to the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terrace 32 feet above ground level. The public-comment period ended Monday for the initial phase of the design process. In April, an assessment including the officially preferred design will be released, and the public will again have 30 days to comment. A decision is due in July.

through the lens of this study,â&#x20AC;? Delfs said. In conducting the livability study, the Transportation Department solicited community complaints and concerns about intersections and roadways in the area, and used the responses and its own accident data to determine what areas to study further for possible solutions. Community leaders applauded the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process and results. Matt Frumin, a Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commissioner who helped guide the livability study, said he only wished more of the $9.3 million of recommendations could come quickly to fruition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The one thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappointing about the study is we looked at a lot of things and [planners] got a lot of input, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a symptom of the budget that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living in that not a lot of it is going to be done right away,â&#x20AC;? Frumin said. Aside from the two traffic circles, the livability study largely ignored through traffic on major arterial streets, such as Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues, as major changes to those roads could have ripple effects throughout the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation network. A future study will examine possible improvements to major roadways, Delfs said. The department also plans to continue conducting neighborhood-by-neighborhood livability studies, using Rock Creek West II as a model throughout the city. Budget pressures may prevent the city from meeting its goal of three studies per year, Delfs said, but the department does plan to more forward soon with Rock Creek West I, covering the section of Chevy Chase between Broad Branch Road and Rock Creek Park.





Northwest Real Estate POLICE From Page 7 The “burglary” Officer Green allegedly participated in was actually a sting. She helped an informant find a house to burglarize, waited in the car, then took $600 for her part in the fake crime, officials said. The other three officers were targets of a two-month confidential criminal investigation conducted by the Internal Affairs Division after hearing reports of police purchasing stolen goods, Lanier said.

ALLEY From Page 1 selves, grading their properties to prevent flooding of basements and garages. But some of those fixes have merely worsened the problem for other neighbors, wrote resident Corbin Harwood. Harwood’s own effort at mitigation — adding pavers along the side of his home frequently used by pedestrians — has been less than successful. A few months later, “already the pavers are sinking in mud,” he said. “It is shameful that it took so long to get this matter addressed,” said advisory neighborhood commissioner Charles Eason, who recalled visiting the alley with a representative of then-Mayor Adrian

ROAD From Page 1 weighed in on the issue. “I find it perplexing for the University to state that the only way to allow its shuttle [buses] to turn around is to construct a loop road along the western edge of its campus,” Cheh wrote in a letter to the university. She suggested two turnaround points that would funnel buses in and out of the Canal Road entrance but not require a loop road: by the Lombardi Cancer Center and the helipad. “I sincerely hope that the University will reconsider … building a road that will direct traffic into view of Ward 3 residents and cause noise, air and light pollution each day,” she added. University officials have estimated that a bus would travel the loop road every five minutes; some residents argue that the traffic would be even heavier. Complicating the matter is an agreement signed in 2003 by the school with the National Park Service granting a scenic easement over a 2.5-acre portion of university property adjacent to the park in exchange for permission to build the Canal Road entrance. Neighborhood opponents have charged in the past that the road would infringe on the easement — which allows a roadway only for

Officers Silvestre Bonilla, Dioni Fernandez and Guillermo Ortiz apparently believed they were buying stolen electronic goods, and were videotaped paying for televisions, iPads and iPhones, in some cases putting them into police cars, according to the investigation. The three pleaded not guilty last Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court. They were placed on administrative leave and ordered to surrender their police firearms. Lanier noted, ruefully, that an “attempt at receiving stolen property” is considered a misdemeanor. Fenty two years ago. Residents remembered other meetings with city officials over the years. The visitors would declare the spot to be one of the worst in the city, promise action — and then nothing, residents said. But they hope a meeting last week with city transportation officials, neighbors, a representative from Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans’ office and Eason will be the last of its kind. It’s not just the flooded garages, muddy shoes and bumpy car rides that have troubled residents: The neglected alley has become a health and safety hazard. Standing water turned to winter ice has caused falls and at least one sprained ankle, neighbors said. In the summer, the pools are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. service vehicles — but now acknowledge that the protected slope would narrowly escape any construction. “It contradicts the spirit of the scenic easement if not the letter,” said Foxhall advisory neighborhood commissioner Ann Haas. “The University will work closely with the National Park Service regarding the design to ensure that the park is not adversely impacted,” Georgetown University spokesperson Julie Bataille wrote in an e-mail. But according to critics, the loop road would compromise a central purpose of the easement: “to protect vegetation … that serves to effectively screen several University structures from the view of visitors” to the park, according to Park Service documents. Road noise also would harm the park experience, said advisory neighborhood commissioner Kent Slowinski. “I was in the park last week, and even a golf cart on the [existing] service road was pretty loud,” he said. What’s more, said Slowinski, the current roadway has seen problems — including two partial collapses of the slope that deposited debris in the park stream below — that a larger, more heavily used road would undoubtedly make worse. The university is undertaking stabilization projects to make sure the slope is better protected, said Bataille.

TAXES From Page 5 resident Anne Renshaw, a former president of the group. With hefty property tax bills just arriving, income taxes due in April and reports of “ever-present waste” like vehicle leases the talk of the town, there is no appetite for funneling more money to the District government, she said. What’s more, said the federation’s Dave Mallof, the remaining gap is actually a very small percentage of the city’s budget. Given the explosion in spending over the past few years, he added, there is “more than enough maneuvering room” to balance the books using only spending cuts. But the impending budget has also sparked some progressive groups to get out their message that a targeted tax hike is the right move for the city, particularly given the potential cuts to city programs for the poor that Gray’s budget director Eric Goulet hinted at last week. Elizabeth Falcon of organization Save Our Safety Net suggested

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recently that a handful of new tax brackets for high earners would “ask more of those who have suffered the least in the recession” instead of balancing the budget “on the backs of the poor.” The mayor’s budget should tax income over $100,000 at a rate of 9 percent, $200,000 at 10 percent and

❝The taxpaying public is fed up.❞ — Anne Renshaw of the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations $500,000 at 12 percent, Falcon wrote. Now, the city has three tax brackets, with the top rate set at 8.5 percent for income over $40,000. A new bracket for high earners would put D.C. in a category with 11 other states that raise rates for income over $100,000. Many of those states have tax rates lower than the District’s, but many also have municipalities that levy their own taxes on top of state receipts. For overall tax liability, the

District ranked 24th in the country in 2009, according to the Tax Foundation. Jenny Reed of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute also suggests that adding a high-earner tax bracket would be an equitable approach to the city’s fiscal woes. Reed, with fellow policy analyst Kwame Boadi, recommends that D.C. add a tax bracket of 9.5 percent for income over $200,000. Reed emphasized that such a bracket would not kick in for a family until a married couple is earning more than $400,000 annually. That’s due to the city’s provision that married taxpayers may file separately on the same return, she said. For married couples making $500,000 annually, Reed said, the higher rate would lead them to pay an additional 0.6 percent of their income in taxes. Even if it were to apply to all income earned in 2011, the hike would raise about $44 million for fiscal year 2012 due to the difference in calendar and fiscal years, Reed estimated. The tally would rise to $66 million the following year.

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Events Entertainment Wednesday, MarchMARCH 16 Wednesday 16 Class ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707.

Discussions and lectures ■ Stefan Kanfer will discuss his book “Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart.” 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ David Brooks will discuss his book “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Kennedy Center’s “maximum INDIA” festival will feature the documentaries “Does Gandhi Matter?” and “Ismat & Annie.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will feature the D.C. premiere of Nicole Torre’s 2009 film “Houston, We Have a Problem,” about U.S. energy policy and the country’s dependence on foreign oil. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The festival will continue through March 27 with screenings at various venues. ■ “Celebrating the Oscars at the Nation’s Library” will feature Elia Kazan’s 1954 film “On the Waterfront,” starring

Marlon Brando, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677. ■ National Geographic will present “Mission Blue,” about the work of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. A discussion with Earle and filmmaker Robert Nixon will follow. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature Ousmane Sembene’s 2004 film “Moolaadé,” about a woman who protects a group of girls from female circumcision and starts a conflict that tears her village apart. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Performance ■ Actress Shabana Azmi will star in “Broken Images,” a psychological thriller about a relatively unknown Hindi short-story writer who becomes wealthy and famous by writing a best seller in English. 8 p.m. $39 to $100. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Thursday, MarchMARCH 17 Thursday 17 Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead ages 5 and older on a hike along the Woodland Trail. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts ■ The National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble will perform works by Antosca, Shatin and other composers in honor of the 70th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. 12:10 p.m. Free. Rotunda, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Musician Maggie Sansone will per-

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form Celtic music for the hammered dulcimer. 5 p.m. Free. 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326 ■ International recording artists Les Nubians, a French-Cameroonian sister duo, will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. ■ De Danann — featuring Alec Finn, Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh, Eleanor Shanley and the Culkin School Irish Dancers — will present a St. Patrick’s Day concert. 7:30 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ The 64-member Hamilton College Choir will perform sacred and secular works. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119. Demonstration ■ Cooking instructor and holistic nutritionist Danielle C. Navidi will present a cooking demonstration, “Lemons: Savory and Sweet!” 11:30 a.m. $10; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. Discussions and lectures ■ Amitai Etzioni, professor of international affairs at George Washington University, will discuss “Why It Is Morally Wrong to Cut Into the Social Safety Networks.” 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ W. Dean Pesnell, project scientist for the Solar Dynamics Observatory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will discuss “The Many Colors of the Sun.” 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5664. ■ Michael Bratton, professor of political science and African studies at Michigan State University, will discuss “Violent Partnership and Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717

Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ S. David Hargrove, professor of psychology at Appalachian State University, will discuss “Literary Study From the Perspective of Bowen Theory.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films

Friday, MARCH 18 ■ Concert: Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will perform works by Chopin. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.

Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5676. ■ Cheryl A. Smith will discuss her book “Market Women: Black Women Entrepreneurs: Past, Present and Future.” 1 p.m. Free. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-673-2402. ■ Scholar Benjamin Fordham will discuss “The Domestic Politics of World Power, 1890-1945.” 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-2692. ■ Historian Sid Hart will discuss John F. Kennedy. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. ■ Artist Peter Doig will discuss his paintings, which reference both art history and popular culture. 6 p.m. $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on Philip Guston’s politically charged hooded figures. 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ Neil Strauss will discuss his book “Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Paul Mason will discuss his book “Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Author and peace activist Ahdaf Soueif will discuss the political situation in Egypt. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. ■ Karen Tei Yamashita will discuss her book “I Hotel,” a 2010 National Book Award finalist for fiction. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “The Early Years of the Peace Corps” will feature panelists Bill Moyers (shown), former U.S. Ambassador Jack Hood Vaughn and former Sen. Harris Wofford, D-Penn. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin. 7:30 p.m.

■ Senior Cinema Thursdays will feature George Nolfi’s 2011 film “The Adjustment Bureau,” starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. 10:30 a.m. $5. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. ■ “Chase Away the Blues With Some Romantic Movies” will feature Michael Gordon’s 1959 film “Pillow Talk,” starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ Partners of the Americas’ Farmer to Farmer Program and the School of Advanced International Studies will present George Langworthy and Maryam Henein’s documentary “Vanishing of the Bees.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Performances ■ Shubhra Bhardwaj will present “Ticket to Bollywood” as part of the Kennedy Center’s “maximum INDIA” festival. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Friday, MarchMARCH 18 Friday 18 Class ■ Citronelle master sommelier Kathy Morgan will lead a class on “Sommelier Secrets.” 1 to 3 p.m. $100. Michel Richard Citronelle, 3000 M St. NW. 202-625-2150.

Concerts ■ The Morehouse College Glee Club will perform. Noon. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Schumann and Schubert, among others. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-3332075. ■ Organist Charles Miller, director of music at National City Christian Church, will present an all-Bach recital. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The percussion ensemble Taal India will perform as part of the Kennedy Center’s “maximum INDIA” festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Central Asian Music Festival will feature a concert/lecture by Adam Grode and Yerbolat Myrzaliev, featuring a family of long-necked lutes such as the Kazakh dombra and the Kashgar kobyz. 6 to 8 p.m. $25; reservations required. Kazakhstan See Events/Page 27





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 Embassy, 1401 16th St. NW. 202-8330189. â&#x2013; Tenor Rufus MĂźller and the Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chamber vocal ensemble, Cathedra, will perform Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Matthew Passion.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $60 to $75. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. The concert will repeat Saturday at 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House will present singer/songwriters Patricia Morrison, Mary Shapiro, Hannah Spiro and Sarah Gilberg. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. â&#x2013;  The University of Southern Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SoCal VoCals will perform a cappella music. 9 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. Dancing â&#x2013;  A swing dance will feature Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs and Casey MacGillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blue 4 Trio competing in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle of the Bands.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. to midnight. $15. Chevy Chase Ballroom, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 703359-9882. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Egemen Bagis, Turkish minister of European Union affairs, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s European Union Membership: A Win-Win Case.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5880. â&#x2013;  Historian Nora Titone will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013;  Bobby Ward will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chlorophyll in His Veins: J.C. Raulston, Horticultural Ambassador.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  Ethnographic photographer Peggy Fleming will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Capital Pool Checkers Club: Tradition, Competition, and Community in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  Library volunteer Marilyn Barth will discuss Larz Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journal describing his 1910 trip with Secretary of War J.M. Dickinson. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basic Principles for the Rehabilitation of Azerbaijanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Post-Conflict Territories.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-7721. â&#x2013;  Author Julie Orringer will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Invisible Bridge.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013; 

National Geographic will present the

D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Pasture,â&#x20AC;? about prospects for the longstanding way of life of nomadic yak herders in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet. 7 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Performances â&#x2013; Georgetown University Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Reluctant Dragon,â&#x20AC;? based on the story by Kenneth Grahame. 7 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will present an all-male production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $30 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Nuit de la Pub (The Night of the Ad)â&#x20AC;? will feature screenings of films about advertising in France and the United States, as well as a talk by Anne Saint Dreux, director of the House of Advertisement in Paris. 6:30 p.m. $15. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Grande FĂŞte de la Francophonie 2011â&#x20AC;? will feature culinary specialties and crafts from more than 35 French-speaking nations, as well as a live concert. 7 p.m. $30 to $50. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Saturday, MarchMARCH 19 Saturday 19 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The Saturday Morning at the National series will present the singing superhero Kinderman performing African call-andresponse dances. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Singing Lizard will perform. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Black Box Theater, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. NW. 202547-8639. â&#x2013;  The House of Sweden will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space for Children,â&#x20AC;? designed to foster interactive creativity and play (for ages 10 and younger). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202467-2645. The program will continue Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through April 24. Classes â&#x2013;  Smithsonian curators William Fitzhugh and Dennis Stanford will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underwater Settlements: Our New Frontier,â&#x20AC;? about how technological advances have fostered underwater archaeological exploration. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Experts on the archaeological history of the American Southwest will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaving Mesa Verde: A 13th-Century American Mystery.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  First Class Inc. will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Generate Passive Residual Income.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-7975102.

â&#x2013; Gayle Tzemach Lemmon will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Alan Paul will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.


Saturday, MARCH 19 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist Yuliya Gorenman will perform the last in a series of eight concerts devoted to performing the complete cycle of Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sonatas for piano. 8 p.m. $25; $10 for students. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852787.

â&#x2013; Cultural Study Abroad, a local travel company, will present an intensive Italian language class as a fund-raiser for the choir at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $160. Location provided upon registration. 202-669-1562. The class will be offered weekly through April 30.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing works by Haydn, BartĂłk and Beethoven. 4 p.m. $48 to $125. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old School Hip Hop Meets Go-Goâ&#x20AC;? will feature performers Chuck Brown (shown), Beâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;la Dona, Experience Unlimited, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow and Whodini. 7 p.m. $65 to $75. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present the Vogler String Quartet performing works by DvorĂĄk, Beethoven and Schulhoff. 8 p.m. $33; $29 for seniors and students. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. â&#x2013;  Classical guitarist Mark Ashford will perform works by AlbĂŠniz, Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla, as well as a selection of French songs arranged by Roland Dyens. 8 p.m. $25; $12.50 for students; free for ages 9 through 17 with the purchase of an adult ticket. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Darrell King will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Do You Want It: The Story of Southeast Trina.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.

â&#x2013; Weekend Family Matinees will present Michael Swanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Lion.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. $5.75. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present Kevin Costnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1990 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dances With Wolves.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Reginald Barker and Thomas Inceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1915 silent film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Italian,â&#x20AC;? accompanied by live music performed by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembering Risorgimentoâ&#x20AC;? will feature Alessandro Blasettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1933 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;1860 (I Mille di Garibaldi),â&#x20AC;? about Giribaldi and Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liberation as seen from an ordinary Sicilian village. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

Performances â&#x2013; Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe will perform a highly stylized classical dance-drama as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximum INDIAâ&#x20AC;? festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dance Place will showcase area youth performing various dance styles. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-2691600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  Miya Hisaka Silva, founder and artistic director of El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador and Joy of Motionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Classical Repertory Dance Theatre, will present an evening of her past

yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choreography. 8 p.m. $30. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-362-3042. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Glass Menagerie Projectâ&#x20AC;? will feature Christopher Durangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,â&#x20AC;? a 30-minute parody of the Tennessee Williams classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Glass Menagerie.â&#x20AC;? 10:45 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Special events â&#x2013;  In honor of Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, the D.C. Public Library and the nonprofit Womanifesting will host a forum on how local women leaders are making a difference through community building, collaboration and social activism. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  Amateur bakers will compete in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Makes-Me-Wanna Shout! Coconut Cake Challengeâ&#x20AC;? semifinals, to be judged by local food celebrities and the public. Proceeds will benefit Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, a nonprofit group that provides meals and social services to homeless men and women. 2 to 4 p.m. $15. Miriamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-939-0794. â&#x2013;  Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gone Raw will present a cocktail reception and five-course raw dinner with San Francisco-based physician Daphne Miller, who has studied healing diets from around the world. 5:30 p.m. $110; reservations required. Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gone Raw, 1341 L St. NW. 202-347-8349. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House will host a Spring Ball, featuring traditional country dances, gaming and dessert. 7 to 11 p.m. $50; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth annual Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party will feature the DC Cowboys (shown), DJ jameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; foks, food and an open bar. 9 p.m. $25. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3278. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Columbus See Events/Page 28

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 27 Crew. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a tour of the community surrounding Meridian Hill Park and explain Mary Foote Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in creating â&#x20AC;&#x153;Embassy Hill.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. Meet at the Joan of Arc statue above the cascading waterfall at Meridian Hill Park, 16th and Euclid streets NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will lead a weekly walking tour of his hometown and share reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $15. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3415208. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a one-mile hike to Fort DeRussy. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Sunday, March 20 Sunday MARCH 20 Concerts â&#x2013;  The 34th annual Bach Marathon will feature 10 organists performing the music of J.S. Bach and those influenced by him. 2 to 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202363-2202. â&#x2013;  The Washington Master Chorale will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;British Masterpieces,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Britten and Williams. 4 p.m. $20 to $30; $10 for students. National

Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-596-8934. â&#x2013; The Verdehr Trio will perform a world premiere by Yang Liqing and the Washington premiere of Peter Dickinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebration Trio,â&#x20AC;? as well as works by Szymanowsky and Rachmaninoff. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by Richard Ayleward, Thomas Morley and William Boyce. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202333-6677. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Symphony will perform works by Copland, Brahms and Shostakovich. 5 p.m. $16 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral artistin-residence Jeremy Filsell will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Pianist François Chaplin will perform works by Debussy. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202842-6941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Dorothy Kosinski, director of the Phillips Collection, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art and the Phillips Collection.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766.


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â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faithâ&#x20AC;? will feature D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton discussing the state of the District. 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  David J. Getsy, associate professor of art history, theory and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rodin Touch.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Alice Tangerini, staff illustrator in the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian Institution, will present a slide show on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  Jaimy Gordon will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lord of Misrule,â&#x20AC;? winner of the 2010 National Book Award for fiction. 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.

Film â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of Sophie Fiennesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow,â&#x20AC;? about the working processes of renowned German artist Anselm Kiefer. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature a reading by emerging and established poets, followed by an open-mike event. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Panjabi MC will fuse the two worlds of hip-hop and bhangra (a north Indian dance) as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;maximum INDIAâ&#x20AC;? festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Faction of Fools will present Matthew R. Wilson in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great One-Man Commedia Epic.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door; $15 for ages 12 and younger. The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. Special events â&#x2013;  A Purim Carnival will feature crafts, games and puppetry. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 per family. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3278. â&#x2013;  Washington Shakespeare Readers will hold a participatory reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Richard III.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Bender Library, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the

tion required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116.

Monday, MARCH 21 â&#x2013; Discussion: Andre Dubus III will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Townie.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

New Jersey Nets. 1 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Walks and hikes â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile hike to Milkhouse Ford and discuss the diverse natural and cultural resources that surround the historic water crossing. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk through Dumbarton Oaks Park and explain why it was considered landscape architect Beatrix Ferrandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;crowning achievement.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, MarchMARCH 21 Monday 21 Classes â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in qi gong, a Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing and meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Company members from Paul Taylor Dance Company will lead a participatory master class for intermediate-to-advancedlevel adults. 7 p.m. $15. Rehearsal Room, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Concerts â&#x2013;  Le Nouveau Trio Gitan will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Monday Night at the National series will feature the a cappella group open5ths performing spirituals, doo-wop and sea shanties. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Indie-rock band Polock and Spanish recording artist Russian Red will perform. 8 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Chef, instructor and holistic health counselor Tania Mercer will lead a demonstration on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooking for the Spring Equinox.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. $5; registra-

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will host a talk by Davis Kennedy, publisher and editor of The Current Newspapers. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. â&#x2013;  George Washington University professor Lynn Westwater will discuss 17th-century Venetian writer Arcangela Tarabott, who was forced to become a nun against her will. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 450, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1996 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Night.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will present four films to mark World Water Day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dhakaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challenge: A Megacity Struggles With Water, Sanitation and Hygiene,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dongting Hu: A Lake in Flux,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Scarcity on the Indus Riverâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chattahoochee: From Water War to Water Vision.â&#x20AC;? A post-screening discussion will feature the filmmakers and Katherine Bliss, director of the Global Water Policy Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Root Auditorium, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helke Sander in Focusâ&#x20AC;? will feature the filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1977 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The All-Round Reduced Personality.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Art will present the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects.â&#x20AC;? Filmmaker Edgar Howard will introduce the film and take questions after the screening. 7 p.m. $10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present an â&#x20AC;&#x153;NT Liveâ&#x20AC;? high-definition broadcast of Danny Boyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frankensteinâ&#x20AC;? from the Nationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olivier Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122.

Performances â&#x2013; The Actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Center will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tragedyâ&#x20AC;? by Will Enos. 7:30 p.m. Free. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202232-1911. â&#x2013;  The Lincoln Theatre and Theater J will present a dramatic reading of Michael Olmertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving the Chains: The Darryl Hill Story,â&#x20AC;? about a college athlete who made history in 1963 by becoming the first African-American on the University of Maryland football team and in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A question-and-answer session with leading sports figures and journalists will follow. 7:45 p.m. $25 to $35. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202328-6000. Reading â&#x2013;  The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series will feature a reading by Mary Karr and Lyrae See Events/Page 29





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 28 Van Clief-Stefanon. 7:30 p.m. $15; $7.50 for students. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Tuesday, MarchMARCH 22 Tuesday 22 Class â&#x2013; The Museum of the American Cocktail will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Cocktails of the Great Hotel Bars, Part II,â&#x20AC;? led by instructors Chantal Tseng, Derek Brown and Philip Greene. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Tabard Inn, 1739 N St. NW.

Concerts â&#x2013; Cellist Alicia Ward, artist-in-residence at Strathmore, will perform classical and contemporary pieces. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Miriam Fried will perform four piano and violin sonatas by Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. $32. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Le Nouveau Trio Gitan will perform gypsy jazz. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Peggy Orchowski, reporter and columnist for Hispanic Outlook magazine, and Leah Durant, founder of a progressive think tank on immigration, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Going on With Immigration Reform?â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Q&A Cafe series will feature Carol Joynt interviewing Vincent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buddyâ&#x20AC;? Cianci, former mayor of Providence, R.I., and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined With Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $50. The RitzCarlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-4110. â&#x2013;  Martin Gilman, professor of economics at the National Research University and a 24-year veteran of the International Monetary Fund, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sovereign Debt and the IMF: The Case of Russia.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. McGhee Library, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a talk by David Hamlin, who will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Making of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Great Migrationsâ&#x20AC;? and show excerpts from the National Geographic Channel series about the trials and tribulations of the millions of creatures that must migrate to survive. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room 6, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Martin A. Nowak, professor of biology and mathematics at Harvard University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evolution and Christianity.â&#x20AC;? 4:15 p.m. Free. Great Room, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5600. â&#x2013;  Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, founding principals of the Spanish architecture firm Nieto Sobejano, will discuss their work. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Registration required. National Building

Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013; Malalai Joya will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Author Del Quentin Wilber will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Journalist Marvin Kalb will interview ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer about the transformation of journalism, the state of the evening news and gender barriers in the newsroom. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Main Ballroom, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Films Women in Film & Video will present two films by local filmmakers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Liza Figueroa Kravinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty in the Eyes of the Beheldâ&#x20AC;? and Sheila Denninâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Flag.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-1291. â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voyage of the Pastiki,â&#x20AC;? about a ship constructed entirely from recycled plastic. A discussion with director Max Jourdan will follow. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Patrick Conradâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1987 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mascara.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-4623356. â&#x2013; 

Performance â&#x2013; Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Dubious Memories,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brief Encountersâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Also Playing.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $22 to $65. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. Tour â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everywhere You Look: GermanAmerican Sites in Washington, DCâ&#x20AC;? will feature a look at a new online virtual tour, followed by a walk through the historic downtown to the German-American Heritage Museum. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 166. â&#x2013; 

Wednesday, MarchMARCH 23 Wednesday 23 Book singing â&#x2013; Jay R. Tunney will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Mall Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. Classes â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present information on programs and resources available to help area homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The class will repeat March 30 at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, MARCH 22 â&#x2013; Discussion: Jodi Picoult will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sing You Home,â&#x20AC;? about a same-sex couple and their attempts to have a child. 7 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.

â&#x2013; First Class Inc. will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Launch Your Own Greeting Card Business.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4:30 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102.

Concert â&#x2013; Cellist Tanya Anisimova and pianist Lydia Frumkin will perform works by Anisimova and Schubert. 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Daniel W. Drezner, professor of international politics at Tufts University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theories of International Politics and Zombies.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Ted Gup will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Secret Gift: How One Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kindness â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a Trove of Letters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  David Stern of the University of Pennsylvania and Katrin Kogman-Apel of Ben Gurion University in Israel will discuss the importance of the Washington Haggadah. Noon. Free. Mumford Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Jeroen Gunning, reader in Middle East politics and conflict studies at Durham University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Costs of Not Engaging Hamas.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Tomiko BrownNagin will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Courage to Dissent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Leaders from Kulturhuset childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center in Stockholm and the National

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum in Washington, D.C., will discuss whether todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children get enough play time. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. â&#x2013; Ori Z. Soltes, a resident scholar of theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absalom, Absalom!â&#x20AC;? by William Faulkner. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Architect Annabelle Selldorf will discuss her latest work, including a residential tower in Manhattanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Chelsea neighborhood and New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal processing facility for recyclables. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Vishakha N. Desai, president and chief executive officer of the Asia Society, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Re-imagining Diplomacy: Arts and the World in the 21st Century.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Intercultural Center, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  John M. Hotchner, former president of the American Philatelic Society, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Idea to Envelope: Creating and Selecting Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stamps.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Colin Thubron will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;To a Mountaintop in Tibet,â&#x20AC;? about the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trek from Nepal to Mount Kailas. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Cokie and Steve Roberts will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Traditions.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the

event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating the Oscars at the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Libraryâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1938 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventures of Robin Hood,â&#x20AC;? starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677. â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest Defender,â&#x20AC;? about legendary naturalist George Schaller. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Avi Nesherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Matchmaker (Once I Was).â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances â&#x2013; The D.C.-based contemporary dance company Human Landscape Dance will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Francophone torytellers Mimi BarthĂŠlĂŠmy, Myriame El Yamani, Barry Jean Ancelet and Bienvenu Bonkian will tell tales of the Caribbean, West Africa, Louisiana and North Africa. 7 p.m. $15; reservations required. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. 202-234-7911.

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familiar tales of a young nation in this musical romp. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $15 to $55. Ford’s is located at 511 10th St. NW. 800-551-7328; ■ Comedy group Gross National Product will present “State of DisUnion” March 18 through April 22 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The comedy revue will feature topical sketches, audience-inspired improv and musical parodies. Sketches include “The Sound of Palin,” “The Former Dictators Club,” a James Bond parody called “The Man With the Asian Funds,” “Facebook Improv” and “Punked!” Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $25; $20 for seniors; $15 for students. The Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; ■ Catholic University will present “Man of La Mancha” March 18 through 20 in the Hartke Theatre. In this musical, which is based on “Don Quixote,” Miguel de Cervantes and his assistant, Sancho, are imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition and must barter with prisoners for the return of their possessions. They re-enact the life of Quixote, a noble knight who lives in a world of madness. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15; $10 for students, seniors and university alumni. Catholic University is located at 3801 Harewood Road NE. 202-319-5416; ■ The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust will present “Simple Dreams” in the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater March 19 and 20. Combining puppetry and imagination, “Simple Dreams” is an interplay of music, dance and performers animating simple objects such as sticks and umbrellas to create vivid images of birds, fish and other animals. The show is appropriate for ages 5 and older. Performance times are 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $18. 202-467-4600; ■ Monologist Mike Daisey will return to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company with the comedic “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” March 21 through April 17 for an already-extended run. With tales of pride, beauty, lust and industrial design, Daisey illuminates the war — from China Mike Daisey will bring “The Agony to Silicon and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” to Valley — over how we see our Woolly Mammoth. world, and the human price we pay for our high-tech toys. Daisey’s other works include “The Last Cargo Cult,” “If You See Something Say Something” and “How Theater Failed America.” Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $40, except for pay-what-you-can shows March 21 and 22. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939;

Ford’s Theatre will stage the world premiere of the musical “Liberty Smith” March 23 through May 21. ■ Theater J will present the untold story of physicist Rosalind Franklin in “Photograph 51” March 23 through April 24. Based on a true story, Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51” follows two English laboratories racing to uncover the structure of DNA. At King’s College, Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins try to overcome their contentious relationship and move forward on their research. At the Cavendish Laboratory, Francis Crick and James Watson work hungrily, refusing to let a series of embarrassing mistakes deter them in their quest to achieve fame, fortune and a lasting legacy. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60, except for pay-whatyou-can previews March 23 and 24 and $30 previews March 26 and 27. Theater J performs at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; ■ The Blue Man Group will come to the Warner Theatre from March 23 through April 3. Audiences escape the ordinary as they’re surrounded by a convergence of comedy and multimedia technology, as well as the haunting, driving rhythms of a live band. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $32. The Warner Theatre is located at 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-551-7328; ■ Synetic Theater will present “King Lear” at the Lansburgh Theatre March 24 through April 24. In its second production this season at the Lansburgh, Synetic will present the seventh play in its “Silent Shakespeare” series. Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Irakli Kavsadze plays the title role. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $55. The Lansburgh is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ The Keegan Theatre will close an extended run of Conor McPherson’s “The Weir” March 19 at the Church Street Theater. The cast of “The Weir,” a portrait of the dark and guarded corners of the human heart, includes company members and Helen Hayes nominees David Jourdan, Kevin Adams, Susan Marie Rhea and Jon Townson. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through See Theater/Page 38



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Colorist Palermo gets U.S. retrospective By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent

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olor was liberated from form during the 1960s, becoming an end in itself. Many artists contributed to this liberation, including one well-known in Europe but unknown here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Blinky Palermo, whose low recognition quotient may stem from his short life. He died at age 33. Last month, the first-ever retrospective devoted to Palermo on this side of the Atlantic opened at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Featured are some 40 paintings and installations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with extensive documentation of past installations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the artist created during his brief career from 1964 to 1977. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blinky Palermo takes painting and begins to make something else



Above, â&#x20AC;&#x153;To the People of New York City,â&#x20AC;? 1976, installed at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, acrylic paint on aluminum; left, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Untitled (Totem),â&#x20AC;? 1964-67, casein paint on canvas on wood out of it,â&#x20AC;? said Hirshhorn deputy director Kerry Brougher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It starts to be about you looking at the painting and your relationship to the painting in a more interactive way. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen an artist who looked so different in reproduction. You can look at these paintings in books and none of the books really tell you what this work is about.â&#x20AC;? Palermo was born in Germany in 1943 as Peter Schwarze. He adopted the moniker Blinky Palermo in the early 1960s, taking the name of the Mafioso manager of boxer Sonny Liston. This move reflects the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of American culture, a love that led

him to relocate to Manhattan in 1973. New York lured him as the epicenter of abstract expressionism and jazz. He felt so strongly about the city that he dedicated his most monumental painting to its inhabitants. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;To the People of New York Cityâ&#x20AC;? (1976), the painting fills a large room at the Hirshhorn. It celebrates the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diversity by presenting the colors of the German flag â&#x20AC;&#x201D; black, red and yellow â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a contemporary setting. The painting includes 40 rectangular panels of various sizes hung See Hirshhorn/Page 38

Gallery features Chesapeake Bay seascapes


hesapeake Color,â&#x20AC;? featuring colorful abstract-realist seascapes of the Chesapeake Bay and other locations by Stephen Day, will open today at Susan Calloway Fine Arts and continue through March 26. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is

On EXHIBIT open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Covered,â&#x20AC;? presenting new paintings on magazine covers by Washington-area native Cindy Kane, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cross MacKenzie Gallery and continue through April 13. Located at 1054 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-333-7970. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Room,â&#x20AC;? featuring constructions by Stewart Watson informed Cindy Kaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings by family history and genealogy, will open are on exhibit at Cross Friday at the District of MacKenzie Gallery. Columbia Arts Center and continue through April 10. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Stephen Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clarke Point IIIâ&#x20AC;? is one of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abstract-realist seascapes on display at Susan Calloway Fine Arts. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-4627833. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stan Squirewell: Interconnected,â&#x20AC;? spotlighting recent work by Squirewell about empowerment and powerlessness, will open Saturday at International Visions Gallery and continue through April 23. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5112. â&#x2013;  Conner Contemporary Art will open three exhibits Saturday and continue them through April 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paladins and Touristsâ&#x20AC;? features new drawings of men by ZoĂŤ Charlton. See Exhibits/Page 38


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SCHOOLS From Page 1 et for fiscal year 2012 is now $487.8 million. “The situation is not as dire as it was a few weeks ago,” Gray said, calling the allocation of the additional $76 million “a dramatic way” to show his support for District schools. But advocates from the hardest hit schools said the remaining cuts

❝The school simply cannot absorb the budget cutbacks and maintain its level of excellence.❞ — School Without Walls parent Sherry Trafford threaten to thwart the programs there, and they called on officials to alter their plans. For instance, Sherry Trafford, a School Without Walls parent and a member of the home and school association’s board, said proposed cuts of $810,119 would force the school to eliminate positions and programs that are vital to the magnet’s success. The 16.8 percent budget decrease would occur despite a projected increase in enrollment from 457 students to 476. “The school simply cannot absorb the budget cutbacks and maintain its level of excellence,” she said. She noted that federal officials recently recognized the school by granting it a National Blue Ribbon award for excellence. And she emphasized that Walls maintains a strong track record “in attracting, retaining and graduating” students. And yet, she said, “The pro-

THE CURRENT posed budget represents a major policy and programmatic shift for the school, implemented not through a thoughtful program evaluation process, but through slashing the budget so significantly that the character of the school is completely altered.” Students from Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School in Northeast said the proposed cuts — approximately $750,000 — would hamstring the nascent career and technical education program there as well, even as the school prepares to add another grade. “I see various [construction] projects” around the city, said student Charles Bennet. “Too many of these jobs go to people who live outside the District.” He said supporting programs like the one at Phelps would help equip D.C. residents with the skills they need to join the workforce. “I hope that instead of cutting our money, you will increase it,” said fellow Phelps student Lyric Carter. Meanwhile, John Katz, chair of the local school restructuring team at Deal Middle, said he would like to see the allocation for the school “raised modestly.” He noted that Deal’s per-student allocation of $8,400 is the lowest for any middle school, and amounts to a $443 reduction from last year. If the proposed budget were put in place, he said, Deal would be forced to cut five teachers, which could jeopardize the “small-school atmosphere” its leadership has worked to create. “While Deal is by far the largest middle school in the District, we have created a small-school atmosphere by establishing a team structure in which all students are placed in groups of approximately 100,” he said. “This structure can only work when supported by a

Initial school-by-school budgets for fiscal year 2012 These figures come from the “Initial Budget Allocation Sheet” released for each school and posted on the D.C. Public Schools website, The enrollment figure is the verified enrollment projection for fiscal year 2012; the initial per-pupil expenditure is the total budget allocation divided by the student enrollment projection; the total budget allocation is the sum of the required staffing funds, flexible staffing funds, additional funds and Title I funds. School Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Barnard Elementary School Brightwood Education Campus H.D. Cooke Elementary School Coolidge High School Deal Middle School Eaton Elementary School Duke Ellington School of the Arts Francis-Stevens Education Campus Garrison Elementary School Hardy Middle School Hearst Elementary School Hyde-Addison Elementary School Janney Elementary School Key Elementary School Lafayette Elementary School Mann Elementary School Murch Elementary School Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (Adams Campus) Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (Oyster Campus) Powell Education Campus Marie Reed Learning Center Roosevelt High School Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High School Ross Elementary School School Without Walls Shepherd Elementary School Stoddert Elementary School Takoma Educational Center Thomson Elementary School Truesdell Education Campus West Education Campus Whittier Education Campus Wilson High School

sufficient number of teachers and administrative staff.” Katz noted that the cuts would be especially difficult as the school prepares to enroll at least 54 more students in fiscal year 2012 than in fiscal year 2011, and moves forward with its International Baccalaureate program. “Thus, we do not seek funds that would permit growth in Deal’s staff — although that is needed and would certainly be welcome — but only a modest increase in per-pupil allocation that would allow the school’s staffing level to remain constant at the fiscal year 2011 level,” he said. But not all schools faced cuts. And some even received a boost in funds, due in part to a change in the way funding was calculated. This year, officials implemented a $8,400-per-student minimum, which helped even out funding between specialty high schools like Walls and Phelps and comprehensive high schools, like Tenleytown’s Wilson, which is getting $1.2 million more for fiscal year 2012 than it did in fiscal year 2011. Matt Frumin, a parent and chair of the advisory Wilson

Enrollment 424 470 576 409 659 945 467 534 266 227 516 280 315 535 389 702 295 543 167 519 311 395 600 495 169 476 356 342 331 369 443 257 394 1,536

Per-pupil expenditure $9,563 $11,962 $11,504 $11,658 $9,627 $8,400 $8,590 $11,405 $10,942 $13,827 $8,400 $10,050 $9,670 $8,400 $8,721 $8,400 $8,608 $8,813 $8,400 $10,897 $13,627 $11,849 $11,165 $3,131 $10,320 $8,889 $8,839 $9,512 $12,514 $11,301 $11,014 $11,089 $9,873 $8,400

Management Corporation, said he “applauds” the decision to create the new minimum. But, he said, the new funding formula should be tweaked. “Conceptually, that floor should relate to the core or foundation funding, not total funding, which includes add-on funds targeted to meet the specific needs of specific students,” he said. He encouraged officials to initiate the fiscal year 2013 budget process as soon as possible, perhaps by establishing an independent commission on budgets. Other advocates also had suggestions for improving the budget process. For instance, longtime schools advocate Mary Levy urged officials to increase transparency in the months leading up to the budget’s release. “The lateness of proposed local school budgets for next year and the absence of any budget for the rest of the school system mean that parents and citizens are excluded from [having] any influence until it’s too late to change them,” she said, noting that changes were made to local budgets as recently as this past weekend. She said funding also appears to

Total budget allocation $4,054,807 $5,622,136 $6,626,155 $4,768,280 $6,344,218 $7,938,000 $4,011,721 $6,090,336 $2,910,470 $3,138,659 $4,334,400 $2,814,029 $3,046,015 $4,494,000 $3,392,641 $5,896,800 $2,539,366 $4,785,223 $1,402,884 $5,656,523 $4,237,969 $4,680,552 $6,699,153 $1,549,972 $1,744,019 $4,231,195 $3,146,557 $3,252,965 $4,142,197 $4,170,153 $4,879,045 $2,849,988 $3,889,792 $12,902,400

favor small schools over large ones, and argued that, in dire economic times, officials should consider cutting the central office staff, which has ballooned from a low of 405 people in fiscal year 1996 to 772 in fiscal year 2011. Meanwhile, Washington Teachers’ Union president Nathan Saunders railed against the proposed closings of River Terrace and Shaed elementary schools, both in Northeast. He also argued against a reduction in instructional coaches and guidance counselors, which he said could seriously undercut efforts toward improving professional development and student health. “It gives rise to skepticism on whether DCPS truly wants to improve its schools, or simply is motivated to cut, cut, cut,” he said. Gray said he appreciates advocates’ input as the city works to finalize budgets. “We ask you to help us think creatively about the stewardship of these dollars,” he said. Principals have through Friday to work with their local school restructuring teams to review their budgets and report back to the school system’s central office.




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From Page 31 around the room at eye level and grouped in 15 sections of between one and four panels each. The panels offer various permutations of stripes in the three colors, each panel riffing off the preceding one and creating a witty interplay that unites the whole. “I think you see a European responding to American commercialism, modularity, serialism and repetition,” said curator Lynn Cooke. Palermo was bucking the trend at the time toward these things in Pop Art and minimalism. “To the People of New York City” is one of the so-called “Metal Paintings,” a group the artist began in early 1975 and painted on sheet aluminum. He applied the paint by hand in the gestural manner of

abstract expressionism, even though that movement was on the way out by then. “You see the texture of the paint. You see the drag of the brush. You see that the edges are not crystalline. They’re not pure and perfect,” said Cooke. “He’s not trying to get the kind of pristine finish of Ellsworth Kelly. These are made works.” The artist’s hand and love of thematic variation are evident throughout the show, even in early works such as the untitled totem made between 1964 and 1967. This narrow painting stands like an abstract totem pole some 9 feet tall. To make it, Palermo attached six short boards of various lengths crosswise at their centers to a single long board, creating what resembles a ladder with a single central rail. He then covered the boards with canvas and painted the long central piece red and the cross

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“Stress Cone” is a site-specific installation by Mia Feuer. “Ascension/Immersion” is a two-channel video by Blithe Riley of a performative piece by Mary Coble. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750. ■ “Lewis Baltz: Prototypes/Ronde de Nuit,” featuring photography questioning the American postwar industrial landscape by Baltz and works by artists who inspired him, will open Sunday at the National Gallery of Art and continue through July 31. Located at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. ■ “In the Tower: Nam June Paik,” featuring 20 video works and works on paper by contemporary artist Nam June Paik and a biopic about him, opened Sunday in the East Building Tower Gallery of the National Gallery of Art. It will continue through Oct. 2. Located at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. ■ “To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America,” exploring the dark world of artist George

THEATER From Page 30 Saturday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-8920202; ■ Washington National Opera will close “Madama Butterfly” March 19 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Performance times are Thursday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $300. 202-4674600; ■ Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue will close “Finn McCool” March 20 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s Melton Rehearsal Hall. The group, popular from the Capital Fringe Festival, will present a blend of theater, rock music and

pieces white. Where each short board crosses the long one, he painted a blue triangle so that, when the work is stood on one end, each triangle’s apex points up like the tip of an arrow. Perhaps this painting, with its Old Glory colors and its suggestion of climbing a ladder, symbolizes the promise of success the artist saw for himself in America. Certainly that promise was on its way toward fulfillment when Palermo left for a fateful vacation in the Maldives in February 1977. It ended there, though, with his death from what Cooke called “complications relating to drugs.” “Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977” will continue through May 15 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Located at 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000;

Ault (1891-1948) with 47 paintings and drawings by him and his contemporaries, opened last week at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and will continue through Sept. 5. Located at 9th and G streets NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Postcards From France,” presenting collages by Deborah Saks, opened recently at the Alliance Française de Washington and will continue through April 1. Located at 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-234-7911, ext. 31. ■ “Canadian Impressions,” presenting prints by 12 Canadian artists on the occasion of the 52nd annual meeting of governors of the Inter-American Development Bank this month in Calgary, opened recently at the Cultural Center of the InterAmerican Development Bank, where it will continue through April 29. Located at 1300 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-623-3558. ■ “The Gulag Collection,” featuring 15 paintings by Ukrainian artist Nikolai Getman (1917-2004) that depict the harsh lives of political prisoners of Soviet forced-labor camps in the 1940s and ’50s, opened recently at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, where it will continue through March 31. Located at 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, the embassy is open Monday through Friday by appointment. 202-274-9105.

storytelling in this re-telling of an Irish legend. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20. Melton Hall is located at 641 D St. NW. ■ Georgetown University is presenting Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie Project” through March 27 in the Davis Performing Arts Center. This re-envisioning is part of the Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival. Performance times are 8 p.m. March 17, 18, 19, 23 and 24; and 2 p.m. March 20 and 26. Tickets cost $15 to $18; $12 to $15 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors; and $7 to $10 for students. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838;

Theater J is presenting “The Chosen,” adapted by Aaron Posner from the novel by Chaim Potok, through March 27 at Arena Stage. Performance times generally will be 11 a.m. Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Washington Stage Guild is presenting “Red Herring” through March 27 at the Undercroft Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-5820050; ■

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