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Vol. XLV, No. 7

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Members want to study school’s efforts

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A decision on Georgetown University’s campus plan was delayed for the second time on Thursday, as the Zoning Commission requested more time to evaluate new procedures designed to mitigate the

effects of students living off campus. The commission put off a ruling on the university’s 10-year plan until May to review an extra two months of data and additional feedback on litter pickup, bus service, security patrols and other university services. A university operating in a residential zone is required to demonstrate that it is not adversely impacting its neighbors, and residents living near Georgetown argued in a series of hearings last year that noisy,

disruptive students were overwhelming nearby communities. Residents and the D.C. Office of Planning have said the only solution is for the school to offer enough dorm space on campus or in a satellite location to house all its undergraduates. The university is instead proposing to add 250 on-campus beds, which would increase its housing capacity from 76 percent to 80 perSee Campus/Page 7

Spree of robberies continues in Ward 3 By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Vida Fitness sponsored D.C.’s largest Zumba workout dance event on Saturday at the Riot Act Comedy Theater in the Penn Quarter area. More than 200 fitness lovers participated.

Robbers struck three times along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor Monday night, just days after police backed off a theory that only a few criminals are responsible for this year’s crime spree. Speaking last Thursday at the ■ CRIME: City Tenleytown/Friendship Heights seeks ways to advisory neighborhood commission deter theft of meeting, Metropolitan Police smartphones. Department Lt. Alan Hill said that Page 5. publicity about the robberies and a lack of arrests may have inspired additional robbers to come to the area. “We thought we had one small group of people doing it and now it’s become very popular. It’s the thing,” Hill said at the meeting. “We believe it’s growing to proportions where we’re not really sure we have suspects.” See Robberies/Page 7

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Speaking to reporters yesterday, 2nd District Cmdr. Michael Reese and Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh urged residents to report suspicious activity.

Glover ANC requests renewal of license cap

Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon plans make way through city review


■ Event: Most commissions

Current Staff Writer

A limit on liquor licenses in Glover Park now appears likely to continue, but with slightly looser terms. Following the pattern of years past, the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission voted last week to back a mild expansion to an existing license moratorium. The change would allow a potential 14 liquor-serving restaurants, up from the 10 now operating. Also following the pattern of years past, the moratorium and its renewal have inspired debate — and some divisiveness — about the business and restaurant culture in Glover Park. Thursday’s vote came after a storm of comments on the neighborhood listserv, where discussion has continued since. It also followed a back-and-forth debate at the

NEWS ■ City names new Walter Reed project manager. Page 5. ■ Board agrees to let recall backers circulate petitions. Page 3.

give support to March 17 run By KATIE PEARCE Bill Petros/The Current

The Glover Park commission has recommended adding two new restaurant licenses to the area’s moratorium zone, which was created in 1996.

meeting itself, where a handful of young homeowners argued against choking out new restaurants. Glover Park is one of several areas in the District where a moratorium limits the number of liquor licenses. It first took effect in 1996, prohibiting new licenses on See Licenses/Page 18

SPOR TS ■ St. Albans grapples way into tournament’s top 10. Page 11. ■ Visitation hoops is led by seven seniors. Page 11.

Current Staff Writer

The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, a recently rebranded event that now includes live entertainment, will be winding its way through the city March 17. In the meantime, organizers are winding their way through the nitty-gritty of neighborhood politics, trying to win support for street closures and live performances. The already sold-out event,

PASSAGES District’s oldest Methodist church marks quarter century of progressive ideals as a ‘reconciling’ congregation. Page 13. ■

which includes a half-marathon and two-person relay in addition to the full marathon, will cover a large swath of the District. Both the 26.2mile full marathon and the 13.1-mile half-marathon will include sections of Capitol Hill, downtown, Dupont Circle, Columbia Heights, North Capitol Street and H Street. The event started in 2006 as the National Marathon, but last year the Greater Washington Sports Alliance sold it to the San Diego-based Competitor Group Inc. The event is now part of the “Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon” series, See Marathon/Page 24

INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/16 Opinion/10 Passages/13

Police Report/6 Real Estate/17 School Dispatches/10 Service Directory/25 Sports/11 Theater/23 Week Ahead/3

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Elections board approves recall’s wording By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Advocates of recalling Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown have until Aug. 13 to collect about 45,000 signatures — a daunting 10 percent of the city’s registered voters — to get the measure on November’s ballot. The Board of Elections and Ethics on Monday approved the two recall petitions submitted by Dupont resident Frederick Butler, which include identical language to justify stripping both Gray and Brown of their offices. Signature pages approved by the board list as reasons “the multiple times that the National and social media [have] highlighted their breach of office through unethical behavior,� and that the city leaders have failed to fulfill the duties of their offices. Neither Gray nor Brown sent representatives. But the two politicians had earlier submitted their own “answers� to the recall proposal, which will also be included on the signature pages. Gray’s response says he has “steadfastly remained focused on making progress� on his key priorities, including job creation, education, fiscal stability, public safety and “moving the District forward� on voting rights, taxicab improvements and sustainability. Brown said that as council chairman he “led the effort� to enact comprehensive ethics and job creation

The week ahead Thursday, Feb. 16

The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature Mayor Vincent Gray as guest speaker. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW. â– The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold its regular meeting, which will focus on ways that Cleveland Park families with young children can better connect with one another. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will include an update from Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and an opening reception for the exhibit “Celebrating Artists in Our Community.� The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

legislation, and said he will continue to work on maintaining the city’s financial stability, improving middle schools and investing in job-training programs. Also this week, the board postponed consideration of a separate ballot initiative that would ban corporate contributions to District campaigns, transition and inaugural committees, council members’ constituent services funds and any city official’s legal defense fund. On Tuesday, the board announced a special meeting Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. to review the proposal. Sponsor Bryan Weaver said the brief delay is needed to fix a “technical glitch� in the petition language so that it will create stand-alone legislation if the initiative is approved, rather than attaching the contribution ban to a recently passed emergency ethics bill. He said he hopes to be back before the board with final language in about a week. The initiative, aimed at limiting corporate and lobbyist influence over public officials, requires signatures from 5 percent of the city’s registered voters to appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Last week, D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan released an opinion that the proposed ballot measure is “a proper subject� for an initiative under D.C. law. In a letter to the elections board, Nathan said the provisions related to contributions constitute a “valid governmental interest� and therefore, if adopted by voters, would pass constitutional muster under prior U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

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The Crestwood Neighborhood League will hold a candidates forum for the Ward 4 D.C. Council race. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 4850 Blagden Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold precinct elections to fill vacancies for delegates from precincts 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32 and 138. The caucuses will be held from 7 to 7:15 p.m.; participants must be registered to vote as a Democrat in the particular precinct. The meeting will be held at St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. It will be followed by a forum for at-large D.C. Council candidates at 8 p.m. For details, visit




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District Digest D.C. ready to seek â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; waiver

The District has closed a comment period on a new metric for measuring school progress, which it expects to submit to the U.S. Department of Education by Feb. 23. According to a news release from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, just

25 out of 187 D.C. public schools last year met federal requirements for adequate yearly progress based on standardized test scores. Ten states have already received waivers from No Child Left Behind rules, and most others are applying.

School audit shows enrollment increase

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tem and public charter schools collectively increased enrollment 2 percent this school year to 76,753, according to data from an October audit published Monday. Charter schools drove the growth, increasing 8 percent to 31,562 students, while traditional public school enrollment dropped 1 percent to 45,191, the data show. According to a release from the Office of the State Superintendent

of Education, which conducts the annual enrollment audit, the 20112012 school year is the third in a row to see an increase.

Network. The free event will take place at Coolidge High School, 6315 5th St. NW, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the release states.

Mortgage settlement Target grant to fund brings D.C. millions District homeowners are collecnew tutoring effort tively eligible to receive $40 million of a $25 billion national settlement against a series of banks, the D.C. Office of the Attorney General announced last week. Residents who held mortgages with Bank of America, Citi, GMAC/Ally, JPMorgan Chase or Wells Fargo may be eligible to receive a portion of the money. Contact the individual bank for information on your mortgageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eligibility.

Local food forum planned for Feb. 18

The annual Rooting DC Forum, held this year on Feb. 18, will feature cooking and food preservation demonstrations and panels on food justice, according to a news release from the sponsoring Field to Fork

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A new D.C. pilot program funded by a grant from the Target Corp. will pay for tutors to help improve student literacy in elementary and preschool classrooms, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. The Minneapolis-based retailer provided $150,000 to the DC Reading Corps, which is managed by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Serve DC volunteerism office.

D.C. GOP names new executive director

Adams Morgan resident Nicholas Jeffress has replaced Paul Craney as executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee, the group announced. According to a news release, Jeffress worked for the committee in 2010 to coordinate volunteers; the release credits him with helping Patrick Mara win the Ward 1 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education. Craney stepped down from the postion in order to move to Massachusetts, where he is taking a new job, according to a letter on the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website.


In the Feb. 1 issue, an article on remarks by Police Chief Cathy Lanier stated incorrectly that the number of violent crimes in D.C. had fallen by double-digit percentages for the third consecutive year; in fact, it was the number of gun crimes. In the same issue, an article stated incorrectly that construction had not started yet on the H Street NE project that will include a new Giant store. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202-2447223.




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Police chief battles against rise in smartphone thefts By DAVID GUTMAN Current Correspondent

The District has seen a marked uptick in thefts and robberies in 2012, with early estimates ranging from a 33 percent to a 50 percent increase over last year, Mayor Vincent Gray said at a news conference Friday. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers were already up 12 percent over 2010, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The surge in robberies is not specific to any ward, and it is almost entirely due to thefts of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, said Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Lanier said 40 to 50 percent of all robberies in the city are smartphonerelated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is the single fastest rising crime issue that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in a long time,â&#x20AC;? she said. The police force has been focused on this issue since the start of the new year. The department has

reassigned 200 officers and made 150 arrests, said Lanier. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also set up a tip line offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrests or a $1,000 reward for anonymous tips leading to arrests. The robberies tend to be of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;snatch and runâ&#x20AC;? variety, although victims have also been accosted by multiple assailants, Lanier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a property problem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; people are getting hurt,â&#x20AC;? she said. The phones are resold quickly, usually fetching anywhere from $100 to $300. There have even been reports of people coming to buy what they thought was a belowmarket-price smartphone who were then robbed by the would-be seller. Lanier said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly easy crime to carry out. Smartphones are ubiquitous in the city, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re portable and they have a high resale value. See Phones/Page 7



City names new Walter Reed project manager Martine Combal, an urban planning and affordable-housing specialist, has been named project manager for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambitious effort to transform 67.5 acres at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center into a mixed-use development of shops, offices, housing and charter schools. Combal replaces Eric Jenkins, who had guided the project since planning got under way in 2009. Jenkins was unceremoniously ousted from the post two weeks ago. The leadership change comes at a critical time for the project. Jenkins led a Local Redevelopment Authority of city officials and resi-

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Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1100 block, New York Ave.; restaurant; 8:25 a.m. Feb. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, F St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  600 block, 13th St.; store; 3:10 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; store; 4:07 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1000 block, H St.; hotel; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  700 block, 13th St.; restaurant; 2:15 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; store; 7:45 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  Unit block, 7th St.; restaurant; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1000 block, H St.; hotel; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 10th St.; parking lot; 7:30 a.m. Feb. 6.

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Robbery (fear and violence) â&#x2013; 800 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; 2:45 a.m. Feb. 11. Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 5th St.; restaurant; 7:41 p.m. Feb. 9. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; restaurant; 12:24 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  400 block, 7th St.; office building; 5:25 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  700 block, H St.; restaurant; 3:54 p.m. Feb. 10. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; grocery store; 10:28 p.m. Feb. 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  400 block, 8th St.; parking lot; 9 a.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; parking lot; 5 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  500 block, 9th St.; parking lot; 8 a.m. Feb. 11.

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:50 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 8:20 p.m. Feb. 11.

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dence; 11 p.m. Feb. 8. Stolen auto â&#x2013; 38th Street and Windom Place; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Legation Street; street; 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:33 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Brandywine St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  River Road and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 7:55 a.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  4300 block, 38th St.; street; 8 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Huntington St.; street; 3:05 p.m. Feb. 8.

psa 203

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Breaking and entering (vending) â&#x2013; 4900 block, Connecticut Ave.; government building; 9 a.m. Feb. 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Upton St.; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 5.

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Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013; 3300 block, Woodley Road; residence; 4:15 p.m. Feb. 9. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3700 block, Newark St.; street; 7:30 a.m. Feb. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, Huidekoper Place; street; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:45 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:50 p.m. Feb. 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Garfield St.; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Cortland Place; street; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 29th Place; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 1:45 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Macomb St.; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Garfield St.; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 39th St.; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  2900 block, 39th St.; street; 11:40 p.m. Feb. 9.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013; 4700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 1:15 a.m. Feb. 6. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  4200 block, 46th St.; resi-

Burglary â&#x2013; 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 6 a.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 6 a.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts


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Ave.; university; 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 5000 block, Dana Place; school; 7:30 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  4900 block, Sherier Place; residence; 8 a.m. Feb. 7.

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 17th and Desales streets; street; 12:54 a.m. Feb. 10.

psa PSA 206

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1800 block, Phelps Place; residence; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  19th and R streets; street; 1 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 10 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 10:25 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Wyoming Ave.; government building; 1:35 a.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 12:15 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 8 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; drugstore; 7:57 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:10 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; store; 1:04 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 20th St.; restaurant; 3:38 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  2200 block, P St.; church; 1 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft (attempt) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; store; 5:10 a.m. Feb. 8. Breaking and entering (vending) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:50 p.m. Feb. 12. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Church St.; parking lot; 6:35 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 16th St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft from auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 19th St.; alley; 9 a.m. Feb. 10.


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Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013; 1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5 p.m. Feb. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  2700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; gas station; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 12:25 p.m. Feb. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:39 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; school; 1:50 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 36th St.; restaurant; 10:30 p.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; noon Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:20 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:20 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  3100 block, K St.; street; 12:15 a.m. Feb. 10.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 19th Street and Desales Row; alley; 1:45 a.m. Feb. 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  17th and H streets; street; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2400 block, M St.; hotel; 2:20 a.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  700 block, 23rd St.; university; 11 a.m. Feb. 7. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:16 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:45 p.m. Feb. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; restaurant; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  2100 block, H St.; university; 6 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; medical facility; 11 a.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10:08 a.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 18th St.; medical facility; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 9. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; office building; 8:23 a.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 10 a.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; sidewalk; noon Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 5:55 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 11:40 p.m. Feb. 10. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; store; 7:20 a.m. Feb. 11. â&#x2013;  500 block, 17th St.; government building; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

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â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 14th and V streets; alley; 4 a.m. Feb. 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  16th and Swann streets; street; midnight Feb. 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; residence; 10 a.m. Feb. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; store; 4:20 p.m. Feb. 8. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; street; 12:05 a.m. Feb. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  15th and R streets; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 5. â&#x2013;  1700 block, V St.; alley; 9:10 p.m. Feb. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Corcoran St.; street; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8. â&#x2013;  17th and Q streets; street; midnight Feb. 10.

ch n The Current W ednesday, February 15, 2012


At least two of Monday’s three robberies do appear to be linked to each other, 2nd District Cmdr. Michael Reese said at a news conference yesterday afternoon: After one crime, he said, “they drove a short distance away and committed another robbery.” In the first incident, police said, three black men in their 20s punched and robbed a solitary pedestrian in the 3800 block of Warren Street in North Cleveland Park at about 7:15 p.m. and fled on foot. Another pedestrian was robbed by three gunmen at about 10:15 p.m. in the 5200 block of Western Avenue near Harrison Street in Friendship Heights. Five minutes later, two more pedestrians were approached and robbed at gunpoint by three men in the 4300 block of Garrison Street near Wisconsin Avenue, about two blocks from the Western Avenue incident. In that third robbery, one woman was struck in the head with a handgun and both victims were forced to lie face-down. The suspects drove off in an “older model, dark colored vehicle,” according to a police listserv post. Suspects in all three cases wore ski masks, police said, and none of the Monday victims required hospitalization. Police believe the latter two incidents were committed by the same robbers, and that the first may have been as well. Reese asked residents in the area, particularly on

CAMPUS From Page 1

cent of its undergraduate enrollment. At their public meeting Thursday, zoning commissioners said they hope the university can find another way to resolve neighbors’ objections. “Frankly, that’s an extreme measure and I’m not sure we can insist upon that,” commissioner Peter May said of the housing proposal, “and I would rather the university find some way to address these issues in a more proactive way. I don’t know what it is, but I just know that it hasn’t happened yet.” “Otherwise,” May added, “our only option is to go with what OP suggests.” Commission chair Anthony Hood said he hopes the programs the school added last fall will do the trick. University officials project those efforts will cost $1 million annually on top of existing initiatives. The school began conducting twice-daily litter pickups in much of West Georgetown and Burleith, added a late-night bus service to discourage noisy students from walking through residential neighborhoods, and increased security patrols to crack down on rowdy behavior and crime. “I just think the things that were proposed by the university are great, ... but it’s not clear whether it works,” said Hood, adding, “We’re faced with the university bringing something down here that’s been three or four months, and there’s no proof to it. … It has not had time to run its course.” The commission had already delayed the end of its hearings on the campus plan from the summer to November to help resolve traffic issues; the university ultimately pledged $2.5 million in intersection improvements. Many residents were upset with even that delay, and complaints continued last week when the

Warren Street, to report any suspicious vehicles or other activities they witnessed around the time of the robberies. He also recommended that pedestrians stay alert while they walk through quiet streets and urged against talking on a cellphone. Earlier posts on the department’s listserv and Twitter page contained some incorrect times and locations of the robberies, according to Reese. Jonathan Bender, a Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commissioner, posted on the Tenleytown listserv that he “apparently just missed being a candidate” for the robberies as he walked home from the Tenleytown Metro station Monday night. “I think the only way to catch the perpetrators and/or deter further robberies is to keep [a high level] of officers on the street for at least the near future,” Bender wrote in an email to The Current. “I hope the police will do so.” Reese said he has increased police presence in response to the robberies, both with uniformed officers and “covert operations” that he declined to discuss. At community meetings, Police Chief Cathy Lanier has said efforts also include deploying plainclothes officers, escalating the priority of 911 calls for suspicious activity and checking on previous suspects and convicts. “The actions taken by the police have given me confidence that they’re taking this very, very seriously,” Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh said at yesterday’s news conference, adding, “I think that they are bringing to bear the resources and the strategies that will ultimately get these people.”

decision was pushed back another three months. “I’m sort of exhausted by it,” said Jennifer Altemus, president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown. “I feel like it has been delayed over and over again, and the university keeps getting more time and chances to get it right and do it again. … [Commissioners] keep sending [the university] back to the drawing board to figure something out, and they don’t come back with anything different.” Altemus also said she worries that commissioners might be overlooking some of the community’s points offered in hearings nearly a year ago. She pointed to commissioners’ focus on undergraduate stu-

dents, despite impacts she fears from the 967 graduate students the school hopes to add over the next decade. University spokesperson Stacey Kerr wrote in an email that she is confident the Zoning Commission will be impressed when the school presents additional data on its programs April 12 and discusses them at an April 30 hearing. “We look forward to providing the Commission with further information to show the effectiveness of our investments,” Kerr wrote. Unlike some recent university campus plans, Georgetown isn’t seeking approval for controversial new development; rather, residents say the university needs to correct problems caused by past growth.

PHONES From Page 5

That resale value is where Gray and Lanier say the fight against smartphone theft will be won or lost. Lanier recently had a conference call with the head of the Federal Communications Commission, the chief of the New York Police Department, and the five biggest wireless providers in the country. The officials hope to emulate a British program in which wireless providers permanently disable any smartphone that has been reported stolen, thus killing its resale value and removing the incentive to steal such devices. The motto of the British program is “A stolen phone is a useless phone.” So far, American wireless providers have been hesitant. The deci-


sion must be unanimous among the providers, because none wants even the hint of a competitive disadvantage. They’re also wary of stepping onto what they see as a slippery slope of government intervention and service disruption, Lanier said. Paul Quander, the District’s deputy mayor for public safety and justice, said the problem of smartphone thefts has no geographic boundaries. Lanier agreed, saying that she’s spoken with city and campus police chiefs all over the country and they’re seeing the same problem. “This is a national issue,” she said. “We’ve done all we can at the local level.” Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh urged residents to be mindful when they have a smartphone out and to be proactive if they see something suspicious. “Call the police and don’t be shy about it,” Cheh said. “Citizens need to be partners with their government.”


Wednesday, February 15, 2012



The Northwest


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Making progress

Mayor Vincent Gray and other District officials are praising President Barack Obama’s support for D.C. budget autonomy in his just-released 2013 budget proposal. Such a move would be “consistent with the principle of home rule,” the document correctly states. We are also pleased with the president’s proposal, and we appreciate D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton for her role in pressing the issue and securing President Obama’s cooperation. Congressional feuding has made an already-untenable situation worse. Because the District’s spending is bound to federal appropriations, when Congress can’t agree on its budget, the city faces the threat of not being allowed to use its own tax dollars for trash collection, libraries, building inspectors and more. Tying small, local concerns to the federal government’s budgetary behemoth also causes difficulties in planning. School officials, for example, have said that it’s hard to make budgeting decisions using the government’s fiscal calendar, which splits the school year in two. Local budget autonomy is the kind of issue that shouldn’t be one at all; most Americans, we’re sure, would agree that the District’s fiscal affairs should be its own. But given the current political climate, we’re doubtful that President Obama’s suggestion will sail through Congress. And unfortunately, the president has shown that he’s willing to sacrifice District interests for larger political gains. It rankles to think that self-determination should be the subject of political horse-trading. But if a compromise can be reached, we hope that its trade-offs at least involve process rather than substance. That is, perhaps the city’s budget could be treated like its other laws, subject to congressional review but allowed to stand unless action is taken within 30 days. We would prefer that to intrusive, policy-oriented restrictions placed on local dollars.

Not yet shovel-ready

The dustings of snow we’ve seen so far this winter in Northwest are hardly enough to warrant sand and salt, much less a shovel. Yet the debate rages on in the D.C. Council over a measure that would give teeth to the city’s shoveling law. We agree with backers that the issue should be resolved before we get any real accumulation. Yet Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and her co-sponsors have drawn some flak for the proposal, and they’ll need to adequately address those concerns in order to get any traction. A general objection to the bill, which would let the city fine property owners who don’t clear their sidewalks within eight hours of a storm, is about piling on burdens: Many D.C. residents simply feel they are too nickel-and-dimed already. Some view the proposed fine as simply another way for officials to line the city’s coffers. Perhaps an adequate system of warnings — and exemptions for seniors and disabled residents who can’t shovel — would help chill these complaints. Council members Cheh and Tommy Wells, Ward 6, have already required that such an exemption be put in place before any tickets are issued, but we’d like to hear how it would work. One idea would be to direct any collected fines to a fund that would cover the costs of clearing paths for those who aren’t able. Local leaders should look to cities where a shoveling law is already in place — such as New York, Boston and Chicago — for ideas on that issue and other aspects of implementation. Despite the concerns, the success of shoveling laws in those and other cities suggests that it should be workable here, too. We already require citizens to shovel, which is clearly a public good; it seems silly to skip enforcement of a law we’ve already approved. Some have claimed that the city is one of the worst offenders, failing to clear paths on its properties, and we agree that there should be a serious commitment to improve that track record. But inaction on the part of one doesn’t justify it for all, and we look forward to the days when we won’t have to trudge into the roadway to traverse our neighborhoods after a big storm.

The Current

Let’s try ‘ethics’ autonomy …


any of the city’s political leaders piled out of the John A. Wilson Building on Monday to celebrate a crumb of recognition from President Barack Obama. The president, who mostly prefers eating in our restaurants to paying real attention to city matters, included a modest statement about D.C. in his budget proposals. He said he agrees that the city should have “budget autonomy” to spend its tax revenues without the sluggish approval of Congress every year. It’s a big goal of the District because the city’s budget gets mired in and held up by congressional turf battles that have nothing to do with the District. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton praised the president’s move, saying she had asked him for support during a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday concert at the Kennedy Center. City leaders were so busy praising the president’s budget language that no one pointed out that the proposal isn’t actually in the budget itself. The president merely declared that he would work with Congress in the future to “pass legislation” on autonomy. There’s no fundamental reason to deny the city its right to spend local tax dollars as its leaders see fit. But the politics of scandal could get in the way. Some members of Congress — Republican and Democrat — may be reluctant to grant any budget freedom until the ethics air clears a bit more. The city was already embarrassed this year when former Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas Jr. resigned and pleaded guilty to two felony corruption charges. He’ll be sentenced on May 3 — likely to prison — just as the Congress is getting down to business on the budget. Worse, there are the ongoing federal criminal investigations into campaigns run by Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown. Both probes have been going on for months, and both have the potential to severely embarrass the city’s political leadership. Mayor Vincent Gray told us on Monday that it would be unfair to continue denying District citizens the right to control their own fiscal affairs. We asked him if the scandal stuff would dampen congressional enthusiasm. “I really don’t know,” the mayor replied. “I think that we’ve demonstrated that this city is moving forward. We’ve balanced our budget in ways so many other states have not. I think we’ve proven ourselves to run a government.” Gray has made inroads to Republicans who control the House, but the shadow of scandal can snuff out even the best of intentions. “We finally have a White House that’s taking somewhat of an interest in supporting our efforts to get budget autonomy, which is important,” said D.C.

Council finance chair Jack Evans. But he acknowledged that the air of scandal “certainly won’t help.” The District wants to press for budget autonomy, statehood and other political rights enjoyed by the states. And, as we have often written, it is admittedly unfair to hold scandal against the District. If scandal were the issue, Maryland would have lost its rights with the conviction of former Gov. Marvin Mandel. The same could be said for many other states. The city is at a disadvantage of its own making. It has a new ethics law and — soon, we hope — a new ethics panel in place to investigate and punish wrongdoing. The city’s established offices of the D.C. auditor, attorney general and inspector general also could toughen their staffs and their approach to ethics. We do give credit to former Attorney General Peter Nickels and current AG Irving Nathan for pursuing the Harry Thomas Jr. scandal. Their work laid the foundation for the criminal charges brought by U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. But there is nothing like the fresh air of “ethics autonomy” — real ethics reform and enforcement — to clear the air over both the Wilson Building and Capitol Hill, where Congress is watching. ■ One City. One big bill. The preliminary bill for the mayor’s One City Summit last Saturday tops $600,000. About 1,700 people participated at the Washington Convention Center. Others participated online. Those who attended got the added advantage of a free lunch and the chance to talk directly with members of the mayor’s staff and cabinet as well as some council members. But the Notebook and others still wonder, what was the true benefit? Some called the $600,000-plus event little more than a “feel good” exercise. As we’ve pointed out before, the mayor just four days earlier had given a 58-minute State of the District address in which he laid out his priorities for the coming year. Wouldn’t that speech have more naturally followed the big citizen confab last Saturday? ■ Batter up? We just want to mention that the Washington Nationals begin spring training this weekend in Florida. But the ball club already is urging local folks here to buy tickets to the May home series with the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s a “Take Back the Park” campaign. The Nats are trying to minimize any repeat of previous games when Phillies fans overwhelmed the ballpark here. For now, the team is selling only to local D.C. area addresses. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has groused his opposition in a letter to Nats owner Ted Lerner. But you can be a home team booster by joining in. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Ward 4 candidate’s complaints unfair

Contrary to Baruti Jahi’s accusation [“Poll biased toward Ward 4 incumbent,” Letters to the Editor, Feb. 8], the Feb. 1 Candidates and Endorsement Forum sponsored by the Ward 4 Democrats was conducted in a fair and ethical manner. All candidates were notified of this event immediately after it was approved by the members at the January 2012 meeting. Out of 314 votes cast at the

Feb. 1 forum, Mr. Jahi received four votes. The votes were counted publicly, and the outcome was not challenged by any of the candidates or members of the public. Mr. Jahi’s characterization of the July 2011 elections of officers of the Ward 4 Democrats is also inaccurate. In addition to being consistent with the organization’s bylaws, the elections process was well-publicized for several months in advance of the elections. Anyone who wanted to participate had every opportunity to do so and would have been able to had he or she attended and participated in the monthly meetings leading up to the elections.

Ward 4 citizens who regularly attend meetings of the Ward 4 Democrats are also aware that these meetings always start on time at the designated hour, out of consideration and respect for the time and schedules of our members, and for this I will not apologize. Rather than posture and defame the volunteers who give of their time to participate in this process, Mr. Jahi needs to accept responsibility and accountability for his own failure to participate in the activities of the Ward 4 Democrats of Washington, D.C. Deborah M. Royster President, Ward 4 Democrats of Washington, D.C.

The Current

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Finding a solution for all boathouse interests VIEWPOINT robert norris


n announcing a feasibility study to implement a non-motorized boathouse zone along the Georgetown waterfront from 34th Street to a site immediately upstream of the Washington Canoe Club, the National Park Service stated that it will examine two questions: “What facilities and uses can be accommodated in the zone?” and “How many facilities can be accommodated, and where might they be placed?” It is my intention in this Viewpoint to provide workable and compelling answers to these questions. While there appear to be four possible sites within this zone, only three are acceptable. For these sites, there are three obvious stakeholders: George Washington University, Georgetown University and Jack’s Boathouse. The Park Service should, once and for all, deep-six the upstream site originally proposed for Georgetown University’s boathouse in the 2006 environmental assessment. This site is located inside the C&O Canal National Historical Park near the entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail. The public’s use and enjoyment of this treasured but congested area should be preserved and the historic and scenic features of the park protected. The C&O Canal Advisory Commission repeatedly rejected this site for a boathouse. Based on many welldocumented concerns, there was signficant opposition to this site during the 2006 review process. Of the three remaining possibilities, George Washington University has been promised the site located between 34th Street and Key Bridge. To advance its claim, the university purchased two nearby town houses that it intends to convey to the Park Service in exchange for this site. Georgetown University’s boathouse should be located on the site commonly referred to as “Jack’s.” This site is between Key Bridge and the Potomac Boat Club and includes the town houses noted above. In order to acquire this property from the Park Service, Georgetown University would exchange its upriver parcel and its mile-long easement over the Capital Crescent Trail. The estimated length of the Jack’s site is 200 feet along the river and 230 feet along Water Street; the depth from the street to the river is about 100 feet. The square footage is roughly 21,500. Thus, there is obviously ample space at this site to accommodate all of the

Letters to the Editor Oregon Avenue bike lanes inappropriate

I read with interest Mr. Infosino’s letter in The Current’s Feb. 8 issue [“Oregon Avenue work will be disruptive”] concerning the reconstruction of Nebraska and Oregon avenues. While Nebraska Avenue’s reconstruction was inconvenient, the street’s residents now benefit from a potholefree road, new sidewalks and curbs

university’s needs associated with its rowing program, including an interior rowing tank. (The proposed boathouse for George Washington University has a footprint of about 13,500 square feet, and it, too, will have a rowing tank.) There are many advantages for locating Georgetown University’s boathouse at this location, which is within the non-motorized boathouse zone but outside the C&O Canal Park. Unlike sites within the park, it would not adversely impact the historic and scenic features of the canal. Also, there would be fewer height restrictions on the boathouse at this location. And since the site fronts on Water Street (unlike any proposed site within the park), it is easily accessible, with no requirement for a vehicular turnaround. This location would also avoid safety problems inherent at the narrow gateway of the busy Capital Crescent Trail. And finally, this site poses no environmental concerns. But most important, the selection of this site should have wide public support. Jack’s Boathouse, a longtime popular venue, should be moved to the area adjacent to the Aqueduct Bridge, known as the Dempsey site. It would be easy to move the small office building currently located in the parking lot. Jack’s rental operation consists ostensibly of floating docks strung together on which kayaks and canoes are stacked. Thus, moving the Jack’s operation to the Dempsey site would result in only a minor inconvenience. The adoption of this proposal would “cluster” the two university boathouses and the Potomac Boat Club, thereby creating a “boathouse row” around the commanding presence of Key Bridge — an aesthetic plus. In addition, the high school rowing programs would benefit since the two universities would vacate the Thompson Boat Center, reducing the overcrowded conditions in that facility and providing more space for the high schools. The university boathouses and relocation of Jack’s Boathouse must be approved environmentally after the preparation of either an environmental impact statement or an environmental assessment, but the projects could be considered together, avoiding a duplication of effort and expense. I hope the community and especially the stakeholders and the Park Service will embrace these recommendations. The acceptance of this proposal would finally provide that elusive light at the end of the tunnel. Robert Norris is a Cathedral Heights resident.

from Utah to Oregon avenues, new street lamps, new driveways, new embankment walls, new crosswalks, new parking lanes that double as bike and skateboard lanes, and improved drainage. It is worth noting that the city provided the advisory neighborhood commission with detailed plans of the construction project early on. The city also allowed for sensible modifications per neighbors’ wishes. For example, if you compare the north and south sides of Nebraska Avenue, you will notice that on the south side, the sidewalk and “parking” (the grassy

area between the curb and pavement) is 15 feet wide while on the north side the sidewalk is as narrow as 5 feet. While Oregon Avenue residents focus on sidewalks, they lose sight of the real problem, which is the city’s plan for dedicated bike lanes on the west side of Oregon. Not only are they unnecessary, but they would kill many trees. In my view, narrow sidewalks and curbs on the west side of Oregon would increase safety without destroying the bucolic nature of the street. Frank Buchholz Chevy Chase

Letters to the editor The Current publishes letters and Viewpoint submissions representing various points of view. Because of space limitations, letters should be no more than 400 words and are subject to editing. Letters and Viewpoint submissions intended for publication should be addressed to Letters to the Editor, The Current, Post Office Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400. You may send email to


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The Current

Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

The upper elementary is putting together a class cookbook. It will include appetizers, entrees and desserts. We decided to ask a few children some questions about the class cookbook and what they think of it. We started off by asking sixth-grader Sofia Brown what she is looking forward to and why. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am excited about making the new class recipes because I like to cook and then eat!â&#x20AC;? she said. Next, we asked fourth-grader Leyu Negussie the same question. She said she is excited about the cookbook because her picture is going to be in it, and she thinks it will look very good. She is also excited for Jaquelin Weymouthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chocolate pie recipe. Yum! After Leyu, we thought it was time to ask a fifth-grader a new question. It seemed as though Eva Gondelman was very enthusiastic about the cookbook, so we decided to interview her. We asked what she put in the cookbook. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I put in two desserts. One was Mexican wedding cakes and the other was toffee. Mmm!â&#x20AC;? Sixth-graders Ian Smith and Lucia Braddock were up next. Ian put in spaghetti and shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pie. Lucia put in apple aebleskivers and chicken enchiladas. Our final question went to fourth-grader Alexandra Bullock. We asked her if she had ever done a project similar to this before. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, and that is what makes it exciting!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eva Sophia Shimanski and Isabel Bouhl, fifth-graders

Beauvoir School

There is a group of kids in our


class who like playing with dominoes. Our goal is to make a really big domino track somewhere in the classroom. Sometimes, we set dominoes up along the tops of the cubbies. We try to make as long a track as possible. It is a challenge to not have a big section fall down while we are still setting them up. People like to crowd around to watch when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to knock them down. Someone knocks down the first domino, and it creates a chain reaction. The dominoes make a clicking noise. When they fall, it is really cool! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Michael Harreld, third-grader

Blessed Sacrament School

Blessed Sacrament School recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week, a week when Catholic students and teachers across the country celebrate Catholic education. This year, we reflected on faith, academics and service. We also had lots of fun activities. Students enjoyed an appreciation day, where they took a break from their usual uniforms with a free dress day and had a doughnut breakfast. On Teacher Appreciation Day, teachers received flowers and cards from their classes saying how much we are thankful for their hard work. When Catholic Schools Week begins in our school, we have an assembly and prayer service in our gymnasium, where a former Blessed Sacrament student speaks about being Catholic and his or her experience being educated in a

place like Blessed Sacrament. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speaker, Mr. Patterson, went through Blessed Sacrament and now teaches at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School. He is also a father of Blessed Sacrament students. He talked to us about why we should treasure our faith and grow in it. To close the week, we had a Mass in our church. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Orem, fifth-grader

British School of Washington

The world of business can be tough, yet Year 4 St. Louis has been learning to have a head for business. On Feb. 2, the class had a very successful money and trade business sale. The companies were Charlotte & Co, Cosmic Comix, Valentine Bows and Ocean Lily Pastries. What did they sell? Well, Charlotte & Co sold bracelets to do with the seasons spring, summer, fall and winter; Cosmic Comix sold Jake and Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adventures comics; Valentine Bows sold cupcakes; and Ocean Lily Pastries sold cookies, cupcakes, muffins and croissants. Ocean Lily Pastries sold out first, then Cosmic Comix. After that was Charlotte & Co and finally Valentine Bows. This was all part of our International Primary Curriculum unit on money and trade. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lavinia Palmer, Year 4 St Louis (third-grader)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

The air has been moist with adolescent sweat, worry and excitement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in recent weeks, Duke Ellington School of Arts has been filled with

critical events. For parent-teacher conferences, students had the day off school and parents took their place in the busy halls, moving from class to class learning about their children. Later that week, prospective students dripped through the halls on their way to callbacks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; followups from the auditions for Duke Ellington that took place earlier. Theater callbacks consisted of a warm-up and a workshop to see how well students take direction. Next, on Wednesday, were callbacks for the Literary Media and Communications department; students were dropped into a simulation classroom and observed interacting with the teacher and assigned text. Finally, on Thursday and Friday, prospective students participated in the vocal music callbacks. Current Ellington students also got a taste of the excitement when, last Tuesday, students in the dance department got the opportunity to attend a performance at the Kennedy Center by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Also last week, the seniors at Duke Ellington presented their Variety Show Fundraiser, which they had been preparing for more than a month. The show presents talent acts as well as afashion. On Monday, Ellington hosted a read-in for Black History Month where parents, teachers, students and other speakers read material by AfricanAmerican authors. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Barrett Smith, 10th-grader

Edmund Burke School

On Jan. 27 and 28, the middle school performed a collection of eight one-act plays from two of David Ivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; anthologies: â&#x20AC;&#x153;All in the Timingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Flies.â&#x20AC;? There were two acts, with four plays in each act. Act 1 opened with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sure Thing.â&#x20AC;? Two people meet and fall in love, but when they say anything awkward, a bell resets the conversation. It was followed by

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Arms,â&#x20AC;? where two construction workers are instructed to build the Tower of Babel and if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, their boss will kill them, so they try to organize a way out of their predicament. After that was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Words, Words, Words.â&#x20AC;? Three chimpanzees typing into infinity try to write Hamlet. The final play in the first act was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enigma Variations,â&#x20AC;? where a woman named Bebe W. W. Doppelganger is discussing her dĂŠjĂ vu problem with her psychologist, while the same conversation takes place in a parallel universe. Act II began with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Flies.â&#x20AC;? Two mayflies on a date learn from David Attenborough that they have only one day to live. Following that was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Variations on the Death of Trotsky,â&#x20AC;? during which Leon Trotsky hallucinates his own death eight times. Third was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soap Opera,â&#x20AC;? where a repairman is caught in a love triangle between a washing machine and his childhood girlfriend. The final play was â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philadelphia,â&#x20AC;? where a man learns from his friend that he is caught in a pocket of reality called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Philadelphia,â&#x20AC;? where if he wants something, he has to ask for the opposite. Students helped with set changes and props. The show had two evening performances and one matinee over the weekend and was a terrific success. We are all most grateful to the director, Michelle Johncock; assistant director, Sean Felix; the technical director, Mel Bratz; and the high school students who helped us have a great production. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Juliana Schifferes, eighth-grader

Holy Trinity School

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Bulldogs wrestle way into top 10 By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Before Saturday, St. Albans hadn’t finished in the top 10 of its annual invitational wrestling tournament since 1997. That changed when the Eagles emerged out of a tough 32-team field Saturday night to finish in ninth place. After the tournament, St. Albans coach Chuck Crossan recalled that previous top-10 finish, when the Bulldogs came in seventh. “We had one of our more successful seasons ever. This is the first group of kids that we’ve had in a long time that are really dedicated to this sport.” The St. Albans Bulldog Wrestling Tournament has been a fixture in the District for more than six decades, and it brings together a slew of local and national talent. “It’s a huge event for us,” said Crossan. “We get some good wrestling schools from around the East Coast. The kids get to see some good wrestling. We’ve been doing that for 65 years.” The Bulldogs had several athletes place in the top eight of their respective weight classes to boost the team’s score. Sophomore Andrew Neal, who competes

in the 120-pound weight class, finished in sixth place to win the Bulldogs’ first medal Saturday night. “I won three matches — got a bye in the first round and lost in the quarterfinals. It means a lot [that] this is our tournament. I’m pretty proud of what I did.” Aram Balian also grabbed a sixth-place medal for the Bulldogs in the 285-pound division. Three St. Albans grapplers finished in seventh place: Corey Rich in the 138-pound division, Charles Cato in the 160pound bracket and Marquis Johnson, who competed in the 220pound division. “It means a lot,” said Johnson. “This was pretty much my last wrestling match in this school. It feels good to come away with seventh place and to improve from eighth place last year.” Thomas Pack and Fred Lohner-Piazza also had strong outings for the Bulldogs. They finished in eighth place in the 126- and 152-pound weight classes respectively. “We are looking really good — especially for next week [in the D.C. City Championships],” said Neal. “We feel really good. I think we are going to come out on top. I’m pretty confident in that. I don’t think we have seen a team that can stand up against

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Aram Balian, top above, was one of seven St. Albans wrestlers to place Saturday. Patrick Wenzlaff of St. John’s, left, took bronze in the 170-pound bracket. us there.” Several other locals had good showings. Sidwell’s Jonathan Matts grabbed sixth place in the 126-pound division, while Gabe Baldinger finished in sixth in the 145-pound

division. Meanwhile, Patrick Wenzlaff of St. John’s grabbed the bronze in the 170-pound bracket. “I started off slow,” said Wenzlaff. “I lost to See St. Albans/Page 12

Gonzaga falls to Paul VI in double-overtime By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Junior guard Nate Britt drives to the basket against the Stags. Gonzaga dropped two tough WCAC games last week.

After DeMatha routed Gonzaga in front of a national television audience last Friday, the Eagles had little time to dwell on the loss. Gonzaga had to play Paul VI — the top team in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference — two days later. The Eagles showed resilience as they rebounded in a big way against the Paul VI Panthers and took them into double overtime. The game came down to the final shot, but there was no magical ending for the Eagles: A buzzer-beating shot went awry and Gonzaga fell 85-83 at the sold-out Carmody Center. “I tweeted after the DeMatha game that we as a team were going to learn from it,” said Eagles coach Steve Turner. “Tonight we showed people that we certainly learned from it even in a tough loss.” Had they beaten DeMatha and Paul VI, the Eagles would have had a shot at the top seed going into the WCAC playoffs. Instead, Gonzaga will likely be locked into the third seed after beating St. John’s last night at the Carmody Center. The

Eagles must win one of their two remaining games — or the Cadets must lose one of theirs — for Gonzaga to clinch the spot. “At this point, as long as you’re not in the play-in games, seeding doesn’t matter,” said Turner. “Everyone goes to 0-0, and you’re going to have to win three games to win the championship.” In Sunday’s game, Gonzaga jumped on the Panthers early and took a quick 17-10 lead. Junior guard Nate Britt and Kris Jenkins sparked the early run, providing a preview of what the pair would do in the rest of the game. Overall, they combined for 63 points. But by the end of the first quarter the Panthers had cut Gonzaga’s lead to 19-17. In the second quarter, the nip-and-tuck play continued, until Jenkins threw down a thunderous slam dunk and Britt swished a 3-pointer to propel the Eagles to a 33-36 lead at halftime. After intermission, the Eagles were unable to pull away from the Panthers. Paul VI managed to take a 60-56 lead with less than two minutes to play, but Britt scored the Eagles’ last six points of regulation

to send the game into overtime tied at 64. “He made the biggest plays down the stretch and gave us an opportunity to win the game,” Turner said of Britt’s 35-point outburst. The Eagles clung to a 75-72 lead late in the first overtime period and had a chance to sneak away with a win. But Paul VI hit a 3-pointer to send the game into a second overtime period. In that period, the game remained close as fatigue set in. But the Eagles were unable to hit the gamewinner at the buzzer. “[After] being embarrassed on TV, we found a way to come back two days later and gut it out against the No.1 team in the league and had a chance to beat them,” said Turner. “To be right there with an opportunity to beat them, our guys are going to learn from that experience. We’re back in the right direction even with two losses.” Gonzaga will wrap up the regular season by traveling to Good Counsel Thursday and hosting Senior Day against St. Mary’s Ryken Monday.

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together in first grade. By their middle-school years, five of the Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seven seniors were playing for the Maryland Flames on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine playing basketball without these people,â&#x20AC;? said Dawson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never known it really. We all went to different grade schools. But in outside basketball, we all played together.â&#x20AC;? That friendship and chemistry on the court has propelled Visitation to one of its most successful seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the best team I have ever coached at Visitation,â&#x20AC;? said Cubs coach Mike McCarthy. Before McCarthy started coaching the girls, Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother led their middle school AAU team. Even when they were in seventh grade, Kathy Gillespie said, she knew they

could be a top-flight team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were always just competitors,â&#x20AC;? said Gillespie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look very imposing. ... But they had this competitive drive that other teams couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match.â&#x20AC;? Gillespie helped build the team thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing today, said Dawson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We scouted Libby [Mosko] off the soccer field,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Gillespie spotted Libby on the Little Flower soccer team and knew we had to have her. She wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the greatest basketball player right off the bat, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developed.â&#x20AC;? That same plucky performance that Gillespie fostered has served the girls through their four years at Visitation. The Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seven seniors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dawson, Williams, Kate Gillespie, Kathleen Tabb, Libby Mosko, Emma McVearry and Kelsey Tillman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have had a decorated four-year run. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won over 96 games together while losing just 19; only two of those losses were in ISL games. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also won three league regular-season titles and two ISL tournament championships.

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Grace Brethren-Clinton 100, Washington International 47 Jewish Day 52, Edmund Burke 37 Maret 64, The Heights 28 Covenant Life 52, Field 46 Sidwell 68, Georgetown Day 43 Grace Brethren-Clinton 80, Edmund Burke 47 GW Community School 58, Lab School 45

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes it easy on passing because we know where each other is going to be, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing together for so long,â&#x20AC;? said Gillespie. Gillespie is the only Cubs senior who will play at the college level next season, which has spurred the seniors to go out on top together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since Kate is the only one of us playing basketball in college, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our last time all playing,â&#x20AC;? said Mosko. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to leave, hopefully, winning the ISL and the ISL tournament â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to have our last memory being as good as all of our other memories.â&#x20AC;? While the seven seniors have just two regular-season games remaining â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on the road against Bullis Saturday and Flint Hill Sunday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the conference tournament, they hope to make more history together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we play for each other,â&#x20AC;? said Gillespie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all such good friends. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the seniors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the underclassmen, too. We are all so close. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just want to win for ourselves, but we want to win for each other the most, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what drives us.â&#x20AC;?

up.â&#x20AC;? Cadet Tom McNamara grabbed eighth place in the 195-pound division for St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Wrestlers from across the District will meet next Saturday at Model Senior Secondary School to determine city champions and which competitors will move on to the regional competition.

St. Albans 70, Landon 61 Gonzaga 52, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 45 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 74, McNamara 55 Bell 47, Dunbar 35 Coolidge 83, Roosevelt 58 Hebrew Academy 42, Edmund Burke 32 Sidwell 74, Flint Hill 69 DeMatha 76, Gonzaga 47 Maret 63, Georgetown Day 46 Episcopal 68, St. Albans 59 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 66, Carroll 57 Roosevelt 83, Washington Metropolitan 16 Coolidge 73, Wilson 48 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 74, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken 46 Paul VI 85, Gonzaga 83

Saint Anselmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 56, Washington International 42

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Covenant Life 50, Edmund Burke 31 Georgetown Day 56, Flint Hill 52 Holton-Arms 49, Maret 27 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 77, McNamara 45 Visitation 58, Sidwell 41 Coolidge 63, Roosevelt 33 Bullis 58, Georgetown Day 51 Edmund Burke 45, Sandy Spring 37 Flint Hill 67, Sidwell 48 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 87, Carroll 67 Visitation 60, Maret 29 Coolidge 58, Wilson 37

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

February 15, 2012 ■ Page 13

Dumbarton Church marks 25 years of GLBT inclusion By ANNA WEAVER Current Correspondent


umbarton United Methodist Church is a handsome, late-19th-century building that sits among historic row houses on a neat residential street in Georgetown. It’s the oldest Methodist church in D.C., and 2012 marks its 25 years among the most progressive Methodist congregations in the country, its members say. That’s because a quarter of a century ago, Dumbarton members unanimously voted to join the Reconciling Ministries Network, which is made up of Methodist churches that welcome people of all backgrounds and sexual identities and support their full inclusion into active ministry. “In a lot of the world and even in parts of this city, those are still radical ideas,” said Chett Pritchett, Dumbarton’s lay leader and a gay member of the congregation. “We were doing it 25 years ago.” “Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are part of the fabric of this congregation,” said church member Ann Thompson Cook, who helped lead Dumbarton’s nine-month exploration process in 1986 and 1987 as

the community decided to become a reconciling church. Dumbarton strives to be welcoming to all. At church services, everyone gets a name tag, including guests. The sanctuary pews are set up in a semicircle to position people closer to the altar, and children are called up for an interactive lesson in front of the congregation before going to Sunday school. The Feb. 12 service given by Dumbarton’s pastor, the Rev. Mary Kay Totty, focused on Valentine’s Day and knowing the difference between romance and love. Totty asked all the couples in the congregation to stand up. There were a few young couples, some partners celebrating more than a half-century of marriage, and pairs both gay and straight. “We celebrate with you and we rejoice with you,” Totty said of the couples’ commitments. “There is so much more love in this world than romance.” In an interview a few days before the service, Totty said that when she was assigned as pastor to Dumbarton in 2009, she “knew it was the church that I always wanted to serve” because of its inclusive community. She estimates that about 15 percent of the 300-member congrega-

tion is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Totty also pointed out that the United Methodist Church will not ordain openly gay ministers and also includes some discriminatory language against gays in its “Book of Discipline.” “It’s absolutely vital for churches to say publicly and with joy that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are God’s loved children just as they are, and that we need to welcome and celebrate all people,” she said. Dumbarton itself began as a traditional Methodist congregation, founded in Georgetown in 1772. It moved into its current church in 1850. Member Michael Doan says that in the early 1970s, the congregation was transitioning from a more conservative makeup to a more progressive one that supported peace and social justice issues. Affirmation, a Methodist gay rights organization, began holding services at Dumbarton in 1979, but

Courtesy of Dumbarton United Methodist Church

Moments at Georgetown’s Dumbarton United Methodist Church, clockwise from above: the baptism of members Jennifer and Amy Stapleton’s baby, Sam; a couple at services; an Easter celebration; and the Rev. Mary Kay Totty, who chose the church because of its inclusive approach, speaking to congregants.

as tenants and not as a sponsored church group. Then Affirmation members asked the congregation to go a step further and look into full inclusion of gay people in the church community. That began a church discernment process over several years including studies and education sessions for parents — on top of the nine months of meetings, a sermon series and seminars leading up to the 1987 vote to become a reconciling church. It wasn’t an easy transition, church members say, and some members left the congregation. “It was an education process,” Doan said. “I don’t think it would have worked if it had happened all at once.” Doan admits that he himself was wary at first. Now, he said, “I don’t think of it as an issue. They’re just people in the church.” There are nearly 500 United Methodist churches in the Reconciling Ministries Network and about 33,500 United Methodist churches in the country. Each year since its members voted to become a reconciling church, the Georgetown congregation holds a celebration on the Sunday before Lent, including a Mardi Gras pancake breakfast. This year’s 25th anniversary celebration will take place this coming Sunday, and it will include a 10 a.m. talk by a former pastor, the Rev. Mary Kraus, on Dumbarton’s history of LGBT advocacy and an 11 a.m. worship service including a

guest sermon by Sean Delmore, a Methodist minister and gay rights advocate. Kraus is looking forward to celebrating with her former congregation, which she says helped educate her about the LGBT community. While she was pastor from 1990 to 2009, she saw a deepening of the congregation’s understanding of what it meant to be a reconciling church. “Children really helped lead us through it,” she said. “This generation is just now raised in that kind of [inclusive] community that’s providing key leadership in other justice issues as well.” At a social hour following the Feb. 12 service, some of those children, along with adult members, helped sponge-paint multicolored banners that will hang in the church sanctuary for the 25th anniversary celebration. Thompson Cook pointed to the church members talking and snacking on refreshments and to the inclusive service beforehand and said, “You can tell … we’re completely comfortable with each other.” Church administrator Melany Burrill, who is gay, said her parents time their visits to see her with the reconciling anniversary each year. “It’s one of our ‘high holy days,’” she joked. Burrill said she chose to join Dumbarton in 1995 because the congregation knows “the difference between talking community and living community.”

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 9 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioners voted 4-0, with Sam Serebin absent, to send a letter to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation recognizing the Friends of Friendship Park as the official community steward of the park at 45th and Van Ness streets. â&#x2013;  Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Alan Hill reported that police no longer believe the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robberies are being committed by the same perpetrators. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought we had one small group of people doing it, and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become very popular,â&#x20AC;? Hill said of the robberies. Although there have been higher numbers of robberies and thefts from cars in the area so far this year compared to the same time period last year, burglaries of homes have decreased, said Hill. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for an addition to a home at 4601 Western Ave. The homeowner said none of his neighbors objects to the plans and that he will provide the commission with letters of support. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a valet-parking application for Rosa Mexicano, 5225 Wisconsin Ave. The operation will begin at 6:30 p.m. on weeknights and 5 p.m. on weekends and will take three metered parking spaces. â&#x2013;  E. Gail Anderson Holness introduced herself as an at-large D.C. Council candidate. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to ask that the D.C. Department of Transportation make no permanent changes to the intersection of 42nd Street and Military Road until the agency presents more information on broader community traffic issues to the commission and the public. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to elect Matthew Frumin chair and secretary, Jonathan Bender vice chair and Tom Quinn treasurer. Beverly Sklover didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vote because she objected that the other four commissioners had privately discussed the slate of officers without including her. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest â&#x2013;  Forest hills / North cleveland park The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the Capital Memorial SeventhDay Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit

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among the complexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful. With an open floor plan and upto-the-minute finishes and amenities, the unit is a quiet showstopper thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially suited to entertaining. But even this smart space knows when to take a backseat. New hardwood floors and a neutral palette highlight the stars of this show: the views. The Washington Monument, the Kennedy Center, the Key Bridge and the Potomac can be glimpsed through dozens of windows or from either of the two balconies, both with new tile flooring. Walls have been removed to allow spaces to flow easily into one another, but each spot retains its focus. A living area is centered on a wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in shelving. Next, a dining room is defined by partial walls. Follow the arc of the windows a bit more, and a family room waits near the large kitchen. That kitchen will likely draw

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This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath unit at the Watergate complex features an open floor plan and updated finishes. quite a lot of interest. With stainless-steel appliances from names like SubZero and a classic blackand-white palette, this space is made for a serious cook. Or, if buyers prefer to pick up the phone rather than a chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knife, a second entrance here allows caterers to come and go with ease. A long peninsula with space for stools offers guests a spot to perch while chatting with the cook, and more space beyond the kitchen allows for a casual dining area. Renovators also smartly extended cabinetry slightly beyond the kitchen to create wine storage and a buffet ideal for serving during parties. This home will sparkle during those events, but day-to-day living Advertisement

here will also feel luxe, thanks to renovations that have left behind high-end baths and ample storage space. The master suiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closet, for example, calls to mind a bowling alley lined with rods and shelving. Though the other three bedrooms here are sunny, spacious and welcoming, making this large unit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than 3,600 square feet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a true alternative to a single-family home, the master bedroom is the behemoth that will likely seal the deal for the next owner. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than enough space for a kingsized bed, sitting area and more. Glass doors open to a balcony, and windows line much of the room, giving the large spot a light airiness. The master bath is another draw,

with a stone-lined shower enclosure larger than some entire bathrooms. Two parking spots come with this property, but potential buyers will likely be drawn here by the amenities within walking distance, including the new Whole Foods next to the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. That development also includes new restaurants, while others are in the works elsewhere in the neighborhood. Watergate residents can walk along the Potomac River for recreation or to quickly reach the shops and restaurants of Georgetown.

Of course, the number of amenities within the Watergate, including a post office and drugstore, means that residents can find much of what they need right at home. But drivers have loads of options as well. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to access highways out of town from this spot, and Rock Creek Parkway is a scenic way to reach other parts of the city. The four-bedroom, 3.5-bath Unit 1209-S at 2500 Virginia Ave. is offered for $1,995,000. For details, contact Gigi Winston of Winston Real Estate at 202-333-4167 or

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and around the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central Wisconsin Avenue strip. In the years since, the Glover Park neighborhood commission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which advises the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the authority on the matter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has supported gradual tweaks. Each time, the board

has followed the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead, according to commissioners. In 2008, the panel voted to allow three new â&#x20AC;&#x153;CRâ&#x20AC;? licenses allowing sales of beer, wine and liquor. Those licenses ended up going to existing restaurants Breadsoda, Surfside, and Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company. With the moratorium now set to expire in April, the Glover Park commission last week voted 3-1 to

ask the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to uphold the restrictions for another three years, while permitting two additional CR licenses on top of the 12 now authorized. Though commissioners who supported this change framed it as a compromise, a handful of residents at Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting voiced objections. Joining the opposition was commissioner Ben Thielen, who cast the dissenting vote.




â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot of growth in this entire corridor,â&#x20AC;? said Thielen, who argued for removing restrictions on CR licenses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room for more restaurants here.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal said many residents had participated in â&#x20AC;&#x153;really interesting conversationsâ&#x20AC;? online on the issue. Of the comments the commission reviewed, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a vast majorityâ&#x20AC;? wanted to retain the moratorium but open it up â&#x20AC;&#x153;to attract more or diverse restaurants.â&#x20AC;? But commission chair Brian Cohen cautioned that â&#x20AC;&#x153;if we do open it up, we need to be carefulâ&#x20AC;? since residents canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t control the quality of restaurants coming in. He also argued that while â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyone hates the empty spacesâ&#x20AC;? in Glover Park, we â&#x20AC;&#x153;want a diversity of retail,â&#x20AC;? like stores selling pet prod-


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ucts, toys or books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restaurants and bars can easily crowd out other retail,â&#x20AC;? he said. But resident Joe Kildea countered that â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not economically viableâ&#x20AC;? to launch those types of businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unrealistic weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have this wonderful mix and be able to pick.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Charles Fulwood said his concern is quality of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a free-for-all â&#x20AC;Ś you are going to attract some consequencesâ&#x20AC;? like noise and fights at night, he said. Blumenthal also cited the potential for parking problems to worsen. Thielen, though, said he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly skepticalâ&#x20AC;? of Glover Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential to explode as a major nightlife corridor, given competition from more popular areas like U Street. When Blumenthal proposed adding two new licenses to the moratorium, residents questioned whether that would make any difference. One woman pointed out that when three CR licenses were added in 2008, they went to existing businesses instead of drawing in new ones. One Glover Park restaurant owner, Paul Holder of Town Hall, discussed an economic angle of the moratorium on the neighborhood listserv Sunday. He and other restaurateurs â&#x20AC;&#x153;paid the cost to do businessâ&#x20AC;? in an area with limited licenses, he wrote, and would face a competitive disadvantage if more licenses become available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To completely do away with this tangible barrier to entry, you change the dynamic â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? He said no one should assume his position â&#x20AC;&#x153;is rooted in the fact that I am currently selling our old location.â&#x20AC;? Holder recently relocated Town Hall from 2218 to 2340 Wisconsin Ave., taking over the CR license of the former Blue Ridge. He intends to sell the license for the old 2218 space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of two currently unused CR licenses in Glover Park. The other was formerly owned by Margaritaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and is now up for sale, according to Blumenthal.


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years. Mini-spelling bees in each language arts classroom determine the top two spellers in each class. Then those students are sent to the schoolwide spelling bee. Our fourth-grade representatives were Pierce Anthony, Adriano Bayz, Constantine Bayz and William Martinez. We asked Adriano how he felt about going to the spelling bee, and he said, “I’m happy and really grateful to have the opportunity to participate.” Pierce said, “I’m kind of nervous to be going into it with everyone watching, but I’m glad I’m in it.” The spelling bee was extremely intense. It was so intense that it went on for two days! Finally at the end of the competition there were three winners. Seventh-grader Sam Joyce was the champion, and the runners-up were eighth-grader Sylvia Gisler and seventh-grader Andrea Giordano. All three will go on to the cluster bee, and then hopefully the city bee and national spelling bee. We wish them the best of luck. — Abby Gallagher and Rose Norton, fourth-graders

Janney Elementary

During the renovation and expansion of Janney, construction workers discovered a box of old documents. It turned out to be a school time capsule from 1986. Inside, we found a cassette tape on which Amanda Rocave, the student council president of 25 year

ago, was heard to say the box was hidden in a storage room “because there is pretty much no use for it, and no one will find it and throw it away.” Amanda said that the time capsule should not be opened until 2036. That meant that we opened it too early. We also found a copy of a 1986 student newspaper, which contained a book review by a student named Shana Zallman. She now is a second-grade teacher at Janney. “I don’t remember the time capsule,” Ms. Zallman said. “But when I had lunch with two of my friends, they remembered it and were excited that it was found.” There were other treasures in the pile, too, such as an old M&M’s wrapper, a Mickey Mouse puffy sticker, a cardboard binder, a clipboard and a sticker showing two teddy bears skating on ice. Also, there was an ad in a copy of Time magazine. It showed an old Kodak camera — with film. — Oliver Satola and Zara Hall, fourth-graders

Key Elementary

During the cold winter months, Key has a program for kids of all ages to take fun and interesting after-school classes. It’s called ASEP, which stands for After School Enrichment Program, and it’s run by our PTA. Families registered for classes online. There were many choices to choose from, for example: Fun in French, Hip Hop Dance, Jewelry Making, Chess Masters, Grossology, iMovie, all kinds of sports, Learn About

Dinosaurs! and much more. Fifth-grader Ollie Friman, who takes Chess Masters, says, “You get smarter when you think.” Another Key student, third-grader Mina Kassim, has really enjoyed her after-school classes. “I take iMovie. I like the enrichment classes because my friends are with me and I get to learn new things.” Enrichment classes are a really fun way to learn new things during the cold months. — Isabelle Shea and Samantha Squires, fifth-graders

the chicks will stay in our classroom for about three weeks after they hatch. We will release the buttonquail in Mrs. Thoeni’s parents’ aviary. We are interested in learning about how birds protect themselves from predators, and how they lay eggs. Studying birds is fun! We think it is so cool that birds can fly, and we can’t wait to learn about how they do it. — Leila Granier, Ricky Hardart, Rohit Barrett and Rhian Jones, second-graders

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In second grade at Maret, we get to study birds! We each choose a bird to research, and we will become experts on our birds. We go to the Zoo to visit our birds, and we will go birding in nearby parks to look for local birds. We will research our birds in books and on the computer. We will study each bird’s physical description, food, habitat, migration, nesting and young. All of our research will go in our bird books, which we will share with our parents during Maret’s Publishing Party! We will also learn about birds in Spanish, art, music and science. In Spanish, we will learn bird vocabulary. In art, we will make clay sculptures of our birds and also paint the cover for our bird books. In science, we will learn about bird beaks, feathers and feet. We will sing a song about birds in music. We also get to hatch buttonquail in our classroom! We will help turn the eggs in the incubator, and then

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For the past seven years, Murch fifth-graders have put on a play called “Jubilee” about the Harlem Renaissance. Ms. Anne Smith, the Murch music teacher, wrote the play and a couple of the songs. The play takes place during the Harlem Renaissance and is told from the perspective of a character named Dorothy West. The play brings together many people from the Harlem Renaissance to create this huge story. Some characters include Bessie Smith, W.E.B. Du Bois and


Langston Hughes. In total, there are about 15 fifth-graders putting on the play. The actors and actresses are taking the emotions of their characters seriously, and they are doing a really great job acting the way their characters would act. Sierra Johnson, who plays Dorothy West, shared this acting tip: “Make sure you’re in your character’s personality, because then you will feel like your character and be more comfortable with the crowd.” Ms. Vicki Otten, one of our fifthgrade teachers, and Ms. Smith are the directors of the play. The play is very fun, and you learn about the Harlem Renaissance and the challenges people faced. — Julia Arnsberger, fifth-grader

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Wednesday february 15 Concerts â&#x2013; Tony Award-winning vocalist Alice Ripley will perform memorable Broadway tunes. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Youth! High School Choir Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will culminate with a public concert. 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-5538. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Yevgenia M. Albats, editor of The New Times, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Russian Spring: Does It Stand a Chance?â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. â&#x2013;  William Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Art Museum and director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Archimedes Codex.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Room 320 A and B, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5115. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature actress June Lockhart, who will discuss her professional and personal interests, including space travel and politics. 5:30 p.m. $20. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  John Nichols will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, From Madison to Wall Street.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  Peter Groffman of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Spots and Hot Moments: Nutrient Dynamics in Citiesâ&#x20AC;? as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Edge: Urban Sustainabilityâ&#x20AC;? lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 208, WhiteGravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Tim Weiner will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enemies: A History of the FBI.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glory.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free.

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Events Entertainment Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013; The National Museum of American Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Warner Bros. Theater will show a preview of the PBS film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clinton,â&#x20AC;? the 16th episode in the American Experience presidential biography series. A panel discussion will follow 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Bertrand Bonelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Pleasures.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. Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magicâ&#x20AC;? will feature Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-known characters and stories. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $75. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Performances will continue through Tuesday at various times. Sale â&#x2013;  The St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opportunity Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-966-5288. The sale will continue daily through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; there will also be a $7 bag sale on Friday and Saturday. Thursday, Feb. 16

Thursday february 16 Concerts â&#x2013; The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Herbert Blomstedt, will perform works by Beethoven and Strauss. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Young Concert Artists will present 20-year-old violinist Benjamin Beilman (shown) and pianist Yekwon Sunyoo performing works by Mozart, Strauss, Rogerson, Prokofiev and Kreisler. 7:30 p.m. $24. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Soul, jazz and gospel singer Robert E. Person, a D.C. native, will perform. 8 and 10

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Author Joe Howell will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil Rights Journey: The Story of a White Southerner Coming of Age During the Civil Rights Revolution,â&#x20AC;? about his experiences working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and growing up privileged in Nashville, Tenn., during the last years of Jim Crow. 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Lyons will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islam Through Western Eyes.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-8476 â&#x2013;  Mike Guardia will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;25 Architects in 25 Weeksâ&#x20AC;? lecture series will feature a talk by Marcie Meditch of Meditch Murphey Architects on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Energy House.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-347-9403. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Laurence, associate professor of political science at Boston College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emancipation of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Muslims: The Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Role in Minority Integration.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Author Blair Ruble and jazz broadcaster Rusty Hassan will discuss Rubleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U Street: A Biography.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1261. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deliberate Drama: Vuillardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Painting and Photography.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Gershon Baskin, founder and chair of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Artist Alyson Shotz will discuss

Performance â&#x2013; The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance will present a student showcase. 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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Friday, february 17 â&#x2013; Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ecliptic,â&#x20AC;? her installation of yarn drawings. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013; Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Stake? 2012 and National Security.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International School Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Joanne Griffith, editor of the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redefining Black Power: Reflections of the State of Black America,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Meaning of Black America in the Age of Obamaâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee activists Courtland Cox and Freddie Greene Biddle. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013;  Jamal Joseph will discuss his autobiography â&#x20AC;&#x153;Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Chuzzlewitâ&#x20AC;? by Charles Dickens. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magna Carta and the Constitutionâ&#x20AC;? will feature A.E. Dick Howard, professor of law at the University of Virginia; Peter Onuf, professor of history at the University of Virginia; RenĂŠe Lettow Lerner, associate professor of law at George Washington University; and Zachary Elkins, associate professor of government at the University of Texas. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Local author George Brummell will discuss Black History Month and his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shades of Darkness: A Black Soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Through Vietnam, Blindness, and Back.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Walter Mosleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simply Murderâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Universe of Battle, 1863,â&#x20AC;? the fourth and fifth episodes of Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Cine Francophone will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Lutins du Court-Metrage,â&#x20AC;? featuring French short films of 2011. 6:30 p.m. $8. Letelier

Reading â&#x2013; Rita Dove (shown), Linda Gregerson, Elizabeth Nunez, Jacqueline Osherow, Linda Pastan and Jane Smiley will read their Folgercommissioned poems and essays from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sistersâ&#x20AC;? chapbook, a new anthology published in conjunction with the Folger exhibition of the same name. 7 p.m. $25. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Friday, Feb. 17

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crossing a Barrier of Footlights: An Opera Demo for Kids,â&#x20AC;? highlighting D.C. cultural history and African-American accomplishment in opera, will feature musical selections from Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Traviataâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aidaâ&#x20AC;? performed by Washington National Opera artists (for children ages 8 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet will present a Black History Month concert about the integration of African-Americans in the U.S. Navy. Noon. Free. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-433-3366. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a composers concert, featuring works by Kurt Stern, Michael Fantus, Edgard Varese and J.T. Martin. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Hans Uve Hielscher, organist and carilloneur at Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany, will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friday Music Series, Duo Appassionata will perform four-hand music for Viennese fortepiano. 1:15 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical theater program will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Cy Coleman,â&#x20AC;? featuring songs by the composer of classics such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Best Is Yet to Come,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Spenderâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rules of the Road.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd St. NW. 202-319-5414. â&#x2013;  The American University Symphony Orchestra will hold the first round of its annual Concerto and Aria Competition, featuring student instrumentalists and singers. 7 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The final round will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  Jazz singer Dianne Reeves will perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $55. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Ward Wilson, senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rethinking Nuclear Weapons.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 â&#x2013; Jack Warren, executive director of the Society of the Cincinnati, will discuss the dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OyrĂŠ journal and letters, a series of French documents on the Yorktown campaign previously unknown to scholars. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The Peace Cafe will present a talk by William Parry, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Rebecca Walker will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Leslie Ann Warden of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Egyptian Administration During the Old Kingdom.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Historian Timothy Stanley will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchananâ&#x20AC;? (in conversation with Buchanan). 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Lutins du Court-Metrage,â&#x20AC;? featuring French short films of 2011. In conjunction with the screenings, the Hillwood mansion and a special exhibition will be open for viewing. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $8. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Cinema Night will feature Thomas McCarthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Visitor,â&#x20AC;? about a college professor who travels to New York City for a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. 7 p.m. $5 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Glimpses: Foreign Language Film Nomineesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Iranian director Asghar Farhadiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Separation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $8. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iranian Film Festival 2012â&#x20AC;? will feature Bahram Tavakoliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here Without Me.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. Performance â&#x2013;  D.C.-based theater company Faction of Fools will present a commedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; arte version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Juliet.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Saturday, Feb. 18

Saturday february 18 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; A celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ezra Jack Keatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Snowy Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature a reading of the classic childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story and hands-on activities. 11:30 a.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  Gina Marie Lewis, professor of art at


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Events Entertainment Bowie State University, will lead a workshop for children ages 8 through 11 on AfricanAmerican artist Faith Ringgold. Participants will create collages of female civil rights leaders, tour the home of Mary McLeod Bethune and view an original quilt made by Ringgold. 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. 202673-2402. Concerts â&#x2013; The Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Members of the Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will present musical highlights from Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;CosĂŹ fan tutte.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present violinist Julia Fischer (shown) and pianist Milana Ceryavska performing works by Mozart, Schubert, Debussy and SaintSaens. 8 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Photographers Franz Jantzen, Bruce McKaig and Anne Rowland will discuss perception and the visual senses as both relate to their work. 10 a.m. Free. Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-234-5601. â&#x2013;  Yvonne Caruthers of the National Symphony Orchestra will discuss the cultural hegemony of Budapest, Prague and Vienna in their imperial centuries as the centers of classical music and opera. 2 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American History will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Country: Japanese American Soldiers and Citizens and the 70th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Rebecca MacKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices Online and a fellow at the New America Foundation, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Family programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discover Engineering Family Day,â&#x20AC;? for children ages 5 through 13 and their families, will feature hands-on activities such as making slime, playing with robots, putting a Hot

SE. 202-724-5613. â&#x2013; The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kids Are All Right,â&#x20AC;? featuring author/activist Candace Gingrich-Jones and the Pittsburgh-based performing arts troupe Dreams of Home. 8 p.m. $25 to $55. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-293-1548. â&#x2013;  Daniel Burkholder and Sharon Mansur will present an evening of duets. 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.

Saturday, february 18 â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program: The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Winter Show.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $5.75. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Wheels car through a wind tunnel, and learning about the science of popcorn. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magna Carta Family Activitiesâ&#x20AC;? will feature hands-on activities, an episode of the 1960s sci-fi television series â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time Tunnelâ&#x20AC;? and 13th-century music performed by Consort Anon. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Presidential Family Fun Day will feature music, stories, hands-on activities and special guests. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. Films â&#x2013;  A Reel Portraits Double Feature will feature the 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and the 1994 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pulp Fiction,â&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Originals Now: Amie Siegelâ&#x20AC;? will feature recent short films by the independent filmmaker, including 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Moon.â&#x20AC;? The event will include a talk by Siegel. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Glimpses: Foreign Language Film Nomineesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Belgian director MichaĂŤl R. Roskamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bullhead,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m.; and Israeli director Joseph Cedarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Footnote,â&#x20AC;? at 8 p.m. $8 per screening. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performances â&#x2013;  D.C. poet laureate Dolores Kendrick and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will host the 10th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poet in Progress Reading Series.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Foulke Room, Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, 301 East Capitol St.

Walk and tours â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walking tour of Herring Hill, a vibrant 1800s African-American community in the heart of Georgetown, and share stories of sacrifice, adversity and success. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of Sight: Life and Works of Enslaved and Domestic Servants at Tudor Placeâ&#x20AC;? will explore domestic service from 1816 through modern day. 10:30 a.m. $10; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202965-0400. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a rigorous two-mile hike up the Teddy Roosevelt Trail to Pulpit Rock and back via the Valley Trail. Noon. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walk through the Georgetown Waterfront Park and discuss the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation over time. 2 p.m. Free. Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  The Kreeger Museum will offer its monthly public architecture tour. 2 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and younger. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3552. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks and tour guide Brian Kraft will present the third annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Columbia Heights Historical Drinkabout,â&#x20AC;? featuring an exploration of the neighborhood with stops at several of its cafes and bars. 2 to 5 p.m. $20; reservations required. Sunday, Feb. 19

Sunday february 19 Concerts â&#x2013; Classical guitarist Andrew York will perform. 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-3632202. â&#x2013;  ArcoVoce and soprano Rosa Lamoreaux will perform. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The professional choir of Christ Church will perform works by Philip Radcliffe, Clifford Harker and Jacques Arcadelt. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677.

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â&#x2013; Guest organist Federico Andreoni of Montreal, Quebec, will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project initiative will feature a performance by students from the Curtis Institute of Music. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Camerata will perform chamber music written between 1890 and 1921 in honor of an exhibit of drawings by Pablo Picasso. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of President Woodrow Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;First Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? by Kristie Miller, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Ladies.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will host a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glaucoma: The Sneaky Thief of Sight.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Medical Building, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-234-1010. â&#x2013;  Martin J. Powers, professor of Chinese arts and cultures at the University of Michigan, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solving the East/West Conundrum in Modern Chinese Art.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Mary Dudziak will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a production of Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Il Tritticoâ&#x20AC;? broadcast from the Royal Opera House. 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Tuesday at 7 p.m. See Events/Page 22




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Continued From Page 21 â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Glimpses: Foreign Language Film Nomineesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Polish director Agnieszka Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Darkness,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and Canadian director Philippe Falardeauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monsieur Lazhar,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. $8 per screening. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Lutins du Court-MĂŠtrage: Festival of New French Shortsâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Journey of Maryse Lucas,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Tailor,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birds Get Vertigo, Tooâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tre Ore.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locally Grown Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jon Spelmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prostate Dialogues.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $10 to $30. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature emerging and established poets, followed by an open-mike segment. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  In honor of Presidents Day, a park ranger will discuss how Theodore Roosevelt laid the groundwork to preserve and protect the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural and cultural resources for future generations. 10 a.m. Free. Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a stroll through historic Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key Memorial and discuss the inspiring story that led to the writing of the national anthem. Noon. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a moderately strenuous two-mile hike

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Events Entertainment while explaining how Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and other U.S. presidents enjoyed Rock Creek Park. 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. Monday, Feb. 20

Monday february 20 Concert â&#x2013; The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project initiative will feature a brass recital by students from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Doron Petersan will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sticky Fingersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Single Roll of the Dice: Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diplomacy With Iran.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Local author Joe Howell will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Apostle Paul: His Life, Times and Beliefs,â&#x20AC;? focusing on Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conversion and early years. 7 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Film â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Ken Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1974 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Groove Tube,â&#x20AC;? featuring Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer. 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Special events â&#x2013;  In honor of Presidents Day, the Library of Congress will host a public open house of


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Wednesday, february 22 â&#x2013; Film: The eighth annual Showcase of Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries and Shorts will feature Danfung Dennis and Mike Lernerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hell and Back Again.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. its Main Reading Room, with reference librarians available to demonstrate online resources and discuss access to the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast onsite collections. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-8000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Georgeâ&#x20AC;? will feature selfguided tours through the historic Tudor Place mansion, a special exhibit of rare Washington-related objects, and crafts activities led by costumed interpreters. 10 a.m. to noon. $10; $5 for children. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  Actor and singer Michael McElroy will present a Black History Month celebration of the life and music of Nat â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kingâ&#x20AC;? Cole. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-8520. Tuesday, Feb. 21

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Class â&#x2013; The Jewish Study Center will present a class by Jonina Duker on â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Jewish Life Through Its Cookbooks.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:15 p.m. $20. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Mike Flaherty and Dixieland Direct performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mardi Gras at Epiphany.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Members of the Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will perform selections from various operettas. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Dr. David Rabin, vice chair of the Institute for Universal Health Care, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can We Have Good Health Care at Lower Cost?â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The West End Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Autobiography of Malcolm X.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library,

1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013; Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Syriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Uprising.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Ambassador Dennis Ross will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Challenges Ahead: America and the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  G. Derek Musgrove will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013;  Science Cafe will feature a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quantum Mechanics: Embrace the Weirdness,â&#x20AC;? led by Steve Rolston, physicist at the University of Maryland and co-director of the Joint Quantum Institute. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer-winning journalist Katherine Boo will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Major Pettigrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Standâ&#x20AC;? by Helen Simonson. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. Film â&#x2013;  Stephen Shackelton, a top executive and chief ranger with the National Park Service, will show stills and clips of iconic U.S. parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite and discuss how the agency uses the media to protect and conserve them. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408. Performance â&#x2013;  A Youth Poetry Slam will feature local residents reading or reciting original poetry. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Special events â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races. 12:30 p.m. Free. West front grounds, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The Museum of the American Cocktail will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cocktails of the Lost Generation,â&#x20AC;? about the drinks favored by writers, artists and others in 1920s Paris. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Tabard Inn, 1739 N St. NW. 0philgreene@ â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stitches for Soldiersâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to work on stitching projects for active military personnel. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280. Wednesday, Feb.february 22 Wednesday 22 Class â&#x2013;  Lincoln Smith, founder of Forested LLC, will lead a class on forest gardens as a way to

produce what people need in healthy ecosystems. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casey Trees Headquarters, 3030 12th St. NE. Concerts â&#x2013; The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project initiative will feature a classical recital by students from the Cleveland Institute of Music. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music From Japan: Echoes of the Silk Roadâ&#x20AC;? will feature ancient instruments brought to Japan along the Silk Road, including the long-extinct Persian harp. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  John C. Brittain, professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is De Facto School Segregation Increasing?â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Paul Stillwell, former director of the Naval Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history division, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Charles Waldheim, professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Landscape as Urbanism.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free. Koubek Auditorium, Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Solar physicist Paal Brekke will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Explosive Sun: The Source of the Northern Lights.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $35. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  David Unger will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emergency State: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Ellen Clark, director of the Society of the Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library, will discuss celebrations of George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday since it was first observed by the troops at Valley Forge in 1778. 7 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Authors Mark Long and Jim Demonakos and illustrator Nate Powell will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Silence of Our Friends.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288. Films â&#x2013;  The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia will present the 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Washingtons of Sulgrave Manor.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Dina Zvi Riklisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fifth Heaven.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. 202966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  The Next Reflex Dance Collective will perform. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Sacramento Kings. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.


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Mixed-media works highlight African-American journey


lysses Marshall: The Journey of On exhibit Hope,â&#x20AC;? featuring mixed-media works by the Georgia-born Marshall about the African-American journey Located in the House of Sweden at 2900 through slavery and freedom, will open K St. NW, the exhibit will be open Friday tomorrow at International Visions Gallery through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202and continue through March 337-7313. 17. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Politics and the Dancing An opening reception will Body,â&#x20AC;? exploring how choretake place Friday from 6:30 to ographers from World War I 9 p.m. through the Cold War used Located at 2629 dance to celebrate their culConnecticut Ave. NW, the galture, voice social protest and lery is open Wednesday raise social awareness, will through Saturday from 11 open tomorrow in the James a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5112. Madison Building of the â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown ARTS 2012,â&#x20AC;? Library of Congress and the third annual art show of continue through July 28. President Franklin D. Located at 101 the Citizens Association of Roosevelt used this radio Independence Ave. SE, the Georgetown, will open with library is open Monday a reception tomorrow from 6 microphone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on display to 9 p.m. at House of through Saturday from 8:30 at the Newseum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to Sweden. Continuing through make his â&#x20AC;&#x153;fireside chats.â&#x20AC;? a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 202-707Monday, the show features 8000. paintings, watercolors, prints, sculpture and â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ă&#x2018;ew York: Latin American and Spanish photography by Georgetown artists. Artists in New York City,â&#x20AC;? highlighting Latin

American and Spanish artists who live in New York, will open tomorrow at the Art Museum of the Americas. Continuing through May 20, the exhibit presents diverse works about urbanity, mobility and migration. An opening reception and gallery talk will take place tomorrow at 6 p.m. Located at 201 18th St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-463-0203. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press,â&#x20AC;? exploring how media coverage of presidential campaigns has evolved from the time of William McKinley in 1896 to Barack Obama, will open Friday at the Newseum and continue through Jan. 27. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors, students and military personnel; and $12.95 for ages 7 through 18. 888-639-7386. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can You Walk Away? Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in the United States,â&#x20AC;? challenging perceptions of slavery in America today and raising awareness of a growing humanitarian crisis, will open Friday in the

Show celebrates early 20th-century Broadway


he In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shuffle to Show Boat,â&#x20AC;? a 1920s Broadway tribute, Feb. 24 through March 4 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. In 1920, two musicians meet in

Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage and continue through Aug. 31. Located at the Armed Forces Retirement See Exhibits/Page 28



New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed Tin Pan Alley, falling in love with the music and each other and creating a dynamic new synergy that leads to the American musical. The cabaret pays tribute to forgotten musical treasures from the period through the eyes of a group of performers. Performance times are 7 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 2; 4 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 3; and 5 p.m. March 4. Tickets cost $18 to $37. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993; â&#x2013; The Georgetown Theatre Company began presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;North, South, Race & Class,â&#x20AC;? a series of staged readings of 19thcentury plays, at Grace Episcopal Church last week and will continue the series through March 7. The plays illuminate questions of individual identity and overlapping group identities that fed into the tensions leading to the Civil War. Each reading will be followed by a discussion led by a literature or history scholar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gladiator,â&#x20AC;? on Feb. 15, tells the Spartacus story; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Octoroon,â&#x20AC;? on Feb. 29, sensationalized the peril of a young slave woman at the hands of an evil white man, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Escape, or A Leap for Freedom,â&#x20AC;? on March 7, was written by an escaped slave and is reputed to be autobiographical.

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The In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shuffle to Show Boat,â&#x20AC;? a Broadway revue, Feb. 24 through March 4 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation. The church is located at 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 703-271-7770; â&#x2013; Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre is presenting Richard Hellesenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Necessary Sacrificesâ&#x20AC;? through Feb. 18. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $20 to $33. The theater is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202347-4833; â&#x2013;  Keegan Theatre is presenting Neil Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laughter on the 23rd Floorâ&#x20AC;? through Feb. 18 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; â&#x2013;  Rorschach Theatre is presenting Fengar Gaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Galleristâ&#x20AC;? through Feb. 19 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993; â&#x2013; Studio Theatre has extended Donald Marguliesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Stands Stillâ&#x20AC;? through Feb. 19. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; â&#x2013;  Theater J is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for Presidentâ&#x20AC;? through Feb. 19 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Performance times are generally at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $70. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-7497;

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which includes 27 locations in the United States and abroad. In D.C. this year, the marathon will feature 15 to 20 stages for live local bands, according to Diane Thomas, communications director for the sports alliance, which remains a partner to the event. Thomas listed locations in Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, near Howard University and along Constitution Avenue as among the proposed spots for stages. Ideally, she said, the bands will come from and reflect their local communities. In Adams Morgan, for example â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where a stage is likely to go up either in Unity Park or at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; people will likely see â&#x20AC;&#x153;something more jazzy, maybe some mariachi,â&#x20AC;? she said. In addition, the day will include a post-marathon concert near RFK Memorial Stadium. According to a brochure from the Competitor Group, the marathon will pull in about 21,000 runners, up to 20,000 spectators and up to 3,000 volunteers. Representatives from the Competitor Group did not respond to requests for comment. More details about the marathon, including full maps of its courses, are at In each of the D.C. communities affected by the race, which will kick off at 8 a.m. at RFK Stadium, advisory neighborhood commissions are providing input on planning details to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Though most commissions have backed the marathonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans, a variety of opinions have come out. Commissions in Dupont Circle and Logan Circle gave unanimous support, while two in the Capitol Hill





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area voted in opposition. The Foggy Bottom commission supported the plans, but two members abstained from the vote due to concerns about the for-profit motive of the event. Thomas said this level of neighborhood politics is new to the Competitor Group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very unique. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the only jurisdiction they deal with that has ANCs,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new thing that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never worked with before.â&#x20AC;? She said her alliance has visited 12 commissions so far, with three more to go. Only the two Capitol Hill commissions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of which includes the NoMa and Penn Quarter areas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have voted in opposition. Neighborhood commissioner Tony Goodman said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think performances planned in his immediate community, around K and 1st streets NE, will have much impact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That stage is completely surrounded by train tracks and giant office buildings,â&#x20AC;? he said. But he said his fellow commissioners were concerned about noise and disruption the marathon could create in more residential parts of their neighborhood, the portion of Capitol Hill in the Northeast quadrant. Another commissioner, Scott Price, said trash and transportation issues also came up. In Foggy Bottom, the chief concern wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the marathonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential to disrupt, but its financial basis. Commission chair Asher Corson, who abstained from voting, described the event as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cross-promotional effortâ&#x20AC;? for the Competitor Group, which also publishes a magazine and sells running gear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things we should be considering is if the best use for our limited space and limited time is to allow for-profit organizations to take over the city for these events,â&#x20AC;? he said. The Competitor Group brochure estimates that the marathon will yield $695 million total.

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NW DC resident with adult training background will teach you to use the Internet, e-mail, Windows, Microsoft Word, numerous other programs, or other electronic devices. Help with purchase and setup available. Mac experience. Call Brett Geranen at (202) 486-6189.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 31

The Current

G e oRG e tow n , D C

Built circa 1900 and renovated by Gordon Architects, this semi-detached townhome is located in Georgetown’s prominent East Village. Period details seamlessly blend with modern systems and spaces in this stunning residence. This timeless home is flooded with light through the home’s southern exposure. The beautifully terraced outdoor gardens provide a quiet and secluded environment. 2 car garage. $2,595,000.

Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

F ox ha l l , D C

sP R i n G va l l e y, D C

A sweeping private circular drive opens to 1/2 acre of manicured grounds. Beautifully appointed 7 BR brick Colonial. With over 9,000 sf on 3 levels, this home offers grand rooms fit for entertaining. Additional features include an elevator, breakfast room overlooking the rear grounds, fitness room, fully-finished lower level and an attached 2-car garage. $2,399,000.

Michael Rankin 202.271.3344 tessa Morris 202.236.9543

Bill abbott 202.903.6533

C h e v y C hase , M D

Recently completed new construction! The finest materials have been artfully combined to create a 6 BR, 6.5 bath masterpiece with spacious rooms, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, soaring ceilings and unique architectural details on an 11,000+ sf lot with views to Virginia. Elevator ready. $2,195,000.

Hidden jewel in Kenwood with 4 spacious BR, 4.5 baths, large deck off master bedroom and an incredible pool with stone waterfall and 2 level back patio. 3 fireplaces, recently added breakfast room, loads of charm, and room for expansion. $1,656,000.

Bill abbott 202.903.6533

Bill hounshell 202.271.7111

G e oRG e tow n , D C

The incomparable 3303 Water Street – the most sought after address along the Waterfront! Two, large 1 BR residences w/ clean architectural lines, the finest finishes & expansive C&O Canal views. A discreet, full service community with dramatic common areas, spectacular views, rooftop pool, sun decks, doorman & concierge. $925,000 – $1,049,999.

Gary wicks 202.486.8393 Mary Fox 202.316.9631

C h e v y C hase , D C

Stunning mid-century home fully renovated and ideally located on quiet cul-de-sac near Rock Creek Park. Incredibly spacious 3,200 sf with 4 BR, 3 baths, chef’s dream kitchen with banquette, wonderful large fam rm, rec. room, dramatic LR, elegant DR, replacement windows, and lovely oak floors. Large landscaped yard, stone patio, pond, and garage. $865,000.

Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011 Richard seaton 202.907.8037

G e oRG e tow n , D C

This beautifully renovated 3 BR, 2.5 bath semi-detached row house in the East Village was painstakingly restored between 2006 and 2008. Sited adjacent to Rose Park, the house offers 3 exposures and an abundance of natural light. The high-end kitchen features granite counters and Viking Professional appliances. Picturesque rear garden with flagstone patio and stone bench. $1,275,000.

Jonathan taylor 202.276.3344

B e t h e sDa , M D

Timeless 5 BR, 4.5 bath residence sits on a stunning 36,000 sf lot on a quiet cul-de-sac. The main level offers an expansive LR, a coveted 1st floor family rm, large DR + foyer, mud rm, powder rm & coat closet. Master suite + 4 additional BR on the 2nd & finished LL rec. room. 3 fplcs, floor to ceiling windows, hardwood flrs, crown moldings & 2 car gar. $949,000.

Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011 Richard seaton 202.907.8037

Pa l i s a De s , D C

This sweet 3 BR, 3 bath bungalow in the Palisades is located on a great street with many renovations presently taking place. Features of this home include hardwood floors on the first level, carpet on the second level, front porch and a rear deck. $825,000.

Barbara Zuckerman 202.997.5977

Downtown, D.C. 202.234.3344

C h e v y C hase , D C

Exquisite new construction by Foxhall Developers. Features include an open floor plan, generously sized rooms, soaring ceilings and unique architectural details on a gorgeous 6900+ sf lot. Select your own finishes. Fall 2012 delivery. $2,200,000.

Pa l i s a De s , D C

Dynamite 3 BR, 3.5 bath Palisades townhouse provides turn-key, close-in living in a tranquil setting. Constructed 1979, the property offers amenities & upgrades at every turn. Beautiful hrdwd fls & crown moldings, 2 fplcs, eat-in kitchen. Each BR has an en-suite bath. Fantastic deck & covered 2 car parking. Quick access to parks, bike path, downtown. $942,500.

Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011 Richard seaton 202.907.8037

w e sl e y h e iG h t s , D C

OPEN SUNDAY - Two great choices at the luxurious Colonnade! *Just Listed – Stunning, large and sun-filled 2 BR, 2.5 bath with glorious 950 sf stone terrace overlooking front gardens and fountain! $849,000. *Largest 1 BR + den, 1.5 bath unit with oversize balcony and exciting floor plan! $499,000. Deluxe building with fantastic services, pool, fitness, guest parking and gardens.

Diana hart 202.271.2717

Georgetown, D.C. 202.333.1212

Chevy Chase, MD 301.967.3344

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GRand oppoRtunity

Chevy Chase, MD. Share the rewarding experience of customizing this brand new home. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths with amazing options available including elevator, pool, gazebo. 2 car garage. $2,895,000

eRiC MuRtaGh 301-652-8971 kaRen kuChins 301-275-2255

now and FoReveR

Greenacres, Chevy Chase, MD Brand new! Four finished levels includes 4 bedrooms w/en-suite baths + au pair suite. Family rm open to deck, top of the line kit w/island. Many custom touches. Garage. $1,399,000

Pat Lore 301-908-1242 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338

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ClassiC Beauty

Forest Hills. Impeccable center hall 1940 Colonial. Exquisite luxury from top to bottom. 7 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, on 4 finished levels. Lovely manicured grounds. One of a kind! $2,395,000

ellen aBRaMs 202-255-8219 anne-MaRie Finnell 202-329-7117

RoMantiC RetReat

Cleveland Park. 1917 Bungalow loaded w/charm & original details. 4 BRs, 3 BAs, open LR/DR, eat-in kit, den w/stone frpl. Finished LL, screen porch w/wooded views. Garage. $1,250,000

lynn BulMeR 202-257-2410

sensational penthouse

Chevy Chase, DC. 3 levels, 4,000+ sf of luxurious open living space plus huge private roof top terrace. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs includes 2 master suites. Large top of the line kitchen, gas frpl, balconies, private elevator. Walk to Metro. 9 year old bldg has concierge. $1,750,000

ChiC style

Chevy Chase, Md. Martins Addition. Want it all? This home has it. Renovated, spacious & well appointed. Open floor plan. 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths on 4 finished levels. Garage. Walk to Brookville shops. $1,649,000

Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255

Delia McCormick 301-977-7273

GRand & GloRious

Bethesda. Ashleigh. Just renovated grand Colonial w/new kitchen, baths, windows, hvac. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, walk-out LL w/rec room. One half acre + lot. 2 car garage. Motivated Seller. $1,199,000.

Dramatic Craftsman

Town of Chevy Chase. Live where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at! Only blocks to downtown Bethesda & Metro. Crafted in the finest traditional manner on 4 levels. 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 2 car garage. Huge 9,000 sf lot. $1,195,000

Linda Chaletzky 301-938-2630

Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255

Between the CReeks

stylish & ChiC

ClassiC ChaRM

Chevy Chase, MD. Rollingwood. Crisp white center hall Colonial w/5 BRs, 2 BAs, 2 HBAs. renov. kit/fam rm w/center island & table space. Awesome LL w/hrwd floors, rec rm, br & ba. Walk-up attic. Patio. $1,125,000

Laura McCaffrey 301-641-4456 Suzanne Blouin 301-641-8448

Logan. Classic renovated townhouse w/3 levels. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen w/granite island, ChaRM & ChaRaCteR SS appliances. Open Bethesda. Deerfield. Gracious Colonial LR, spa-like bas, w/front porch. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths 2 skylights, frpl, up includes Master suite. Welcoming deck, garden foyer, lge living, dining & family rooms. & parking! $999,500 Updated kitchen w/bkfst rm, 2 porches. LL rec rm w/bath. $950,000 leyla phelan

202-415-3845 Mellow eleGanCe

City tReasuRe

Michigan Park. Wonderful 4 finished level Colonial w/4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Family rm w/frpl, updated kitchen, refin. hardwood floors. Enclosed front porch. 2 car garage. $349,900

Delia McCormick 301-977-7273

Linda Chaletzky 301-938-2630

Dupont. The Chastleton Sun filled & renovated 1 bedroom w/redone kitchen w/granite counters, tile & SS Charming & Classic applicances. Hrdwd Cleveland Park. Tilden Park One floors. Bldg offers bedroom w/separate dining rm. front desk, gym Updated kitchen, hrdwd floors. & roof deck.Walk to Extra storage, low fee. Cats 2 Metros. $340,000 allowed! $304,900 Leslie Suarez Leyla Phelan 202-415-8400 202-246-6402

Relax & enjoy

Chevy Chase, MD. The Hamlet Wonderful renovation in this always sought after townhouse coop community. Over the top kitchen, LL has unbelievable master suite opening to brick patio. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Fee includes taxes. $725,000

Kathi Higdon-Kershaw 301-613-1613

BRiGht deliGht

Glover Park. Sunny, spacious 1 bedroom. Freshly painted & ready for you. Parking included Well run bldg w/24 hr desk,pool, convenience store & many more amenities. $258,500

susan MoRCone 202-437-2153

Takoma Park, MD. Charming cottage w/three bedrooms, two baths, light filled den & open kitchen. Abundant character & architectural details. Corner lot. Convenient to DC. $398,500

eRin MCCleaRy 202-744-8610 Melanie FRiedson 301-346-9207

sunny outlook

Mt. Pleasant. The Saxony. Great views from this studio w/new open kitchen, newly tiled bath, closet organizer & hardwood floors. Walk to 2 Metros. 24 hr bldg. $160,000

Marina Krapiva 301-792-5681

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